I never take time to write reviews but for this wonderful experience I had to. We just returned 2 weeks ago from Baltic Cruise. We used Red October instead of getting our own visa's or using the planned cruise shore excursions. Thank goodness we did!! We were meet at shore by our tour guide Alona( hope spelling is correct) who was fantastic! Her knowledge, personality and love of St. Petersburg was unbelievable! Thank you Mike Finn ! He lives in New York which makes it easier and gives you peace of mind to talk to . Everything he said was exactly as he saiid it would be! I was apprehensive and a little worried as we had never booked independently before. We always used the ship's excursions. Never again ! With Alona as our guide and a wonderful driver we had a very personal experience in St. Pete's. We also were a group of only six, never had to wait in line and saw 5 times what others on the ship did. Alona's love and knowledge of the city was way beyond what we ever expected! She made our 3 days a historical personal experience! And the price was much better than those offered from cruise line. Anyone thinking of visiting St. Pete's I would definitely use Red October without hesitation!!! We also used Red October to plan a day excursion to Berlin . Again everything was perfect and exactly like Mike Finn told us it would be. We were met by a wonderful Tour guide who lived in Berlin her whole life. She lived thru the Berlin Wall going up and coming down! Wonderful Day. As I stated earlier I have never taken time before to write a review but was so appreciative of those before who wrote about using Red October . Because of those reviews we used RO! And I am so glad we did.. We saw more payed less and had a very personal experience in one of the most beautiful interesting cities in the world. Again thank you to our tour guide Alona! Red October obviously has a valued guide with her! Her historical knowledge was unbelievable her personality a gift! We thank her, Mike Finn and Red October!! We had Mike and Alona set up what sights we should see! They covered everything possible we could see in 3 days! Thank you Red October!
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