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“Wonderful Tour”
Review of Insider Tour

Insider Tour
Ranked #7 of 411 Tours in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Established in 2003, Insider Tour offers a unique perspective on all things Russian - history, architecture, arts, and present day life. All tours are conducted by experienced career tour guides with your unique interests matched with your tour guide's area of expertise. Fully licensed. No visa required for cruise guests. We offer tours in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Novgorod, and across the Baltics.
Reviewed February 15, 2014

We booked the insider tour for our cruise stop at St Petersburg. Since we have a small group, we have our own private bus and personal tour guide. Our guide took advantage of a small group, and was able to get us into all the points of interest without waiting on the long line. We enjoyed all the wonderful places at our own pace. The restaurants we went also had great local food. All in all, it was a wonderful experience.

1  Thank Forceman Y
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

My Wife and I took a 3 Day Private Tour of St.Petersburg with Insider Tour last July. After much research Insider Tour offered many options and were flexible in adding any activity we wanted, for an additional fee, if the activity was outside the original itinerary. They always responded to all my e mails promptly when I had a question even before I made any deposits or commitments. They also came recommended by a travel agent friend of ours. All communications were professional and replies prompt. All was explained clearly and when it came to make the booking all the paperwork for visas etc were in my e mails with no problems. I prepaid a portion of the tour and paid the balance in cash when I arrived in St. Petersburg.
We had a private driver in a beautiful New Mercedes with a separate tour guide named Kate. Having both a Driver and a Guide are key as we were always dropped off and picked up as close to a venue as possible. If we wanted to make an unplanned stop the driver would just pull over and wait and Kate would accompany us. The driver knew his way around and was an extremely friendly man. Our guide Kate was amazing!!!
Kate speaks perfect English and is a teacher at University of St. Petersburg. She was extremely knowledgeable, polite and fun. We couldn't have had a better guide!! If you are on a 3 Day Tour be prepared to be overloaded with historical information which at times can become tiring. When that happened we just told Kate and she kept it lite. My wife and I love experiencing a city more than seeing all the museums, which there are plenty of here, and Kate took us to some great lunch spots where we had Borscht, Meat pies and a few vodka shots as well!!!
We are Canadian and wanted to get our kids some Russian Hockey sweaters so Kate took us to a local arena (Not on the regular itinerary....lol) and a hockey store. We spent lots of time selecting and getting our kids names on their sweaters spelled in Russian. Kate thought we were nuts! but we couldn't of done it without her.
Every morning our car was at the port on time, clean and ready to go. We discussed our schedule for the day, made changes if we wanted and then went on our way. The 3 Days are exhausting but will never be forgotten. Kate made the whole experience amazing and we felt we had a true friend by the time we left St. Petersburg. We still exchange e mails and miss her. I can only speak for our experience and guide but I would say selecting Insider Tour is an excellent choice if you are looking for a professional responsible tour company in St.Petersburg

4  Thank Richard B
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

Our guide Valentina made our two days in St. Petersburg the trip of a lifetime. She had so much history that she shared with us. She was very well connected and was able to get us into sites without waiting in line.

1  Thank Jim C
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

I made the private tour arrangements in St. Petersburg for our group of 10 family members. We wanted to customize our tour based on the group preferences. The folks at Insider Tour were extremely helpful to meet our requirements and prompt in providing us with timely details information regarding visa and other requirements. Our visit went on without a problem. Our tour guide and driver were both knowledgeable and professional. Our tour guide spoke english fluently and had made VIP arrangements for us so we did not waste any time waiting in lines. We were so pleased with the tour that everyone in the group felt that it was the best part of our entire two week trip.

1  Thank Ray S
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

When we departed from our cruise ship in St. Petersburg we were not allowed to go on our own, and was bound to one of the preset tours the ship arranged. Luckily we had bought our own tour with Insider Tour. We got driven direct to all the best attractions, and also got past every line as our guide had VIP passes for us. We saw the other cruice guests standing in endless lines to the Winter Palace while we went straight in. The other guests stood in large groups trying to hear their guide, while we got all the info directly from our Alexandra. She even took our 1-year old girl on a little stroll while we had lunch. We got more than we payed for and would certainly use their service again.

1  Thank Robert A
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