There is so much to feel, experience and see during the brief time you are in St. Petersburg. Ours was a 2-day tour. Larger tour groups miss the focus a personal guide can give you. Thanks to Marina and Alex we got in all the side doors eliminating long lines. Alex sped us through the city and country side safely and efficiently. As a result we took in more sights than would have been possible otherwise. Marina's in depth knowledge of the museums, the culture and history put everything into perspective. With Marina we got below the surface and understood the deeper historical forces at work in shaping the story of this important city. To add to the touring pleasure, we always ate local. We ate with Russians in non-touristic restaurants and cafes. That was a very important part of appreciating the the whole experience.