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“Amazing One-Day Private Tour of St. Petersburg!”
Review of SPB Tours

SPB Tours
Ranked #5 of 441 Tours in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: With the most solid and trusted reputation, SPB-Tours is a PERSONAL, FAMILY-RUN company with offices in Berlin and St. Petersburg, founded by a local guide with 25 years of experience. Since 2006, we have become the leading company on the cruise-ship market in the Baltic due to the highest quality tours and shore excursions at the most competitive prices in St. Petersburg (VISA FREE for cruise ship passengers) and across the whole Baltic, including Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm, Warnemunde, Berlin, Oslo and Copenhagen! Our tours are specially tailored for cruise-line passengers and we also love to welcome land tourists. You can choose from an amazing variety of tours that offer not only some of the best introductions to the historical and contemporary aspects of city life as part of our SMALL group sizes, but also an INTIMATE and PERSONAL introduction from our top-rated, expert, local guides. If you don't see what you like, no problem! We can craft a special itinerary to meet your every desire and need.We promise not only to give you a trip of a life time but we also give back to our community through philanthropy with the Orphanage House No. 40. Check out our website for more information. :) . From Russia, with love!
Reviewed July 8, 2017

We are a family of 10, so a private tour made the most sense. Jordan at SPB-Tours patiently helped me craft our tour itinerary by email. When the day finally arrived, Katryn was our fantastic and knowledgeable guide and Igor our skilled driver. We learned that our one day in St. Petersburg happened to be a celebration day - the Scarlett Sails - and so the city was filling up with people, roads were closed, and traffic was building. Katryn still made it possible for us to see everything on our itinerary. She artfully guided us through the Hermitage, the Church on Spilled Blood, to the hydrofoil, around Peterhof, then to a delicious lunch, then to the Peter and Paul Cathedral, and then to the Artillery Museum. I still can't believe we saw all we did, and learned so much thanks to Katryn's commentary. She used a microphone and we each had earphones, which I didn't think would be necessary but turned out to be a huge benefit. Everyone could comfortably walk and look where they wanted to rather than crowding around Katryn trying to hear, especially when there were crowds.
At the end of the day, 4 of us stayed in St. Petersburg for the traditional Russian music and dance show. Katryn told us everything we needed to know about the venue and nearby restaurants (blinis are my new favorite food!) and gave us our tickets before taking the rest of our group back to the ship. After the show (which was amazing!) there was a SPB-Tours driver standing out front just for us. With any outer tour company this could have easily fallen through the cracks, but SPB is top-notch, first-rate, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a tour operator in the Baltic. Back on the ship we compared notes with other passengers, and we had by far seen more than anyone else, especially people doing the ship-sponsored excursions. The day was an absolute success - thank you SPB-Tours and Katryn and Igor!

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Reviewed July 8, 2017

We took 5 tours in different countries around the Baltic Sea with SPB Tours. They were all well organized and informative with articulate local guides leading them. The two day tour in St. Petersburg was particularly well done (our guide was Elena). We saw and learned a lot in the small amount of time we were able to spend in each city. The groups were kept small allowing for interaction between us and the guide. The guides were well versed in the city, its history and distinctive features. I'd highly recommend these tours to anyone.

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Reviewed July 8, 2017

I had excellent email communication with SPB. They follow up my questions. Booking procedure is very professional and easy to follow. I have not had tour yet, so far I have had good experience with them.

Thank sysy007
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

The quality of service from SPB Tours from booking to the end of the two days in St Petersburg was exceptional.
My husband is disabled and we wanted to ensure that he could visit all the main sights in St Petersburg. SPB Tours certainly delivered 100% on that!
Our guide Irina and driver Max were utterly amazing. Irina was flexible regarding the itinerary in order that we could see the French Impressionist paintings in the Hermitage.
Her knowledge on Russian history was impressive and it was so interesting to be able to ask questions about modern day Russia.
Although the private tour initially seemed quite expensive, it was worth every penny.
Without the support we received we would not have been able to achieve a fraction of what we experienced over the 2 days
I would thoroughly recommend SPB Tours to anyone thinking of visiting St Petersburg

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Reviewed July 8, 2017

I would highly recommend SPB Tours, very efficient service, both online and in person. I think we got lucky having Maria Khorosheva (guide) and Alexa (driver), also touring on a Saturday and Sunday meant we didn't get stuck in traffic! Maria was extremely personable, friendly, funny, knowledgeable and pushy, which makes for an excellent tour guide. We jumped queues (made up of the cruise tours!!!). Seeing inside the Church of Spilt Blood will be remembered forever! As a note to SPB, I would have preferred to not have the boat trip, as we were shown everything that we had already seen the day before, but to have more time with the gardens and fountains in Peterhof Park (or even better go inside!). The lunch / restaurant on the first day was superb, and unexpected! The coach we had was also very comfortable.

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