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“You will not be disappointed!”

Tailored Tours St.Petersburg/ Day Tours and Shore Excursions
Ranked #19 of 381 Tours in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Timofey Kruglikov is a graduate of the St. Petersburg State University in Russian History. He also has a degree in History of Russian Culture of the High School of Religion and Philosophy of St. Petersburg.Since 1998, a lecturer for St. Petersburg Academy of Culture, the author and organizer of numerous successful tours and excursions on Russian politics, history and culture for a diversity of tourists from around the world.Our tours are mostly meant for those who are interested in Russian history and the history of the Russian art, and those who would like to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of St. Petersburg in the context of the Russian and the world history and culture.We not only give you bare facts, dates and names, but introduce you to the mysterious world beyond the city guidebooks.And not so seriously, but entertaining..
Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our group of 4 adults spent 3 days with Timofey Kruglikov seeing the major sites of St. Petersburg and we could not have been more pleased. Tim is very knowledgeable about Russian history, philosophy, art, and much more. If I lived there, I would take his classes in Russian history! He made everything come alive and inspired us all to go home and read more Russian authors of old and new. If you are fortunate enough to get him as your guide, you will not be disappointed. Also, thank you to Alexander, the driver, who carefully took us everywhere we needed to go. Bravo to both!

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Reviewed August 14, 2014

We, 6 adults and 2 teenagers arrive to St. Petersburg by cruise ship. Mr. Timofey Kruglikov picked us up at the docks for the most wonderful 3 days tour. He took us to the main attractions of the city. We did not have to stand in lines to enter and his knowledge in history and art made each place more amassing. He was very responsive to our wishes and added places to our pre planed
tour. Thanks, for the most perfect tour!!

Thank Chava K
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our family of 4 are travel lovers from Omaha, NE. We spent 2 days with Tim recently in St. Petersburg during our 2 week Baltic cruise tour. Part of our joy for travel is in the planning; we take great care to pick the best guides so that our children get a full world-view. All of us agreed that our time spent with him was the pinnacle of the entire trip.

We pre-arranged all the details via email well in advance of our arrival; Tim made excellent suggestions and was very flexible and patient with our questions. Responses were quick and thorough. And, the tour is a true value when you price-compare it against the ship's group tours. With Tim you get a customized tour, maximizing your precious time, and perfectly suited to your group's interests. You can absolutely,100% trust him with your time and money.

The first day of our tour, Tim and his driver arrived just as planned at the port. While the itinerary was followed, Tim allowed us to make a few slight modifications as the hours rolled by (we decided we'd rather do more sight-seeing than eat!) St. Petersburg was made all that more interesting by Tim's knowledgeable commentary. While certainly an expert in his field, he never talked over our heads, or bored the kids with details that were beyond their interest level. He was genuinely interesting to visit with; we shared many laughs. The tour van was clean, with easy access in and out. Our driver provided excellent curbside service; he and Tim were in frequent (but hardly noticeable) contact with never a hitch in pick-up arrangements. We had Tim's full attention the entire time.

We felt a true connection to Tim. His casual, effortless style made our time together very special and low-stress. Because he handled all tickets (no standing in line or trying to read maps to navigate the locations), we were able to really focus on the tour sites completely and to take plenty of photos. Although he likely does a similar route several times per week, the commentary seemed fresh and contemporary. We stuck to him like glue as we didn't want to miss a word! This guy knows his stuff and knows how to read his customer. I've never seen someone make something look so easy...truly a joy.We'll never forget him.

I could go on and on, but bottom line, there's a reason why Rick Steves recently selected Tim to escort him through St. Petersburg. Tim has a team at the ready to show you their amazing city; I would not hesitate in the least to work with anyone on his staff. Thanks, Tim, for the memories of a lifetime!

1  Thank Shelley W
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

Ever since I read Gogol's short story, "Nevsky Prospekt" years ago, I've wanted to visit St. Petersburg. i agree with a previous reviewer: Skip the cruise ship tour and instead hire Timofey Kruglikov from Tailored Tours St. Petersburg. You'll avoid the crowded bus tour and engage someone who will, as the company name suggests, tailor the tour to your preference. Our ship spent 2 days in St. Petersburg in June. We found Timofey on TripAdvisor and from start to finish, he was superb. He was responsive to our emails during the planning stages; he showed up on time, as promised. He delivered as he said he would. He and his driver, Alexei, showed us around St. Petersburg for 2 days; the price was $360 US per person for our party of 5. The city and its museums may be described in one word: "stunning". Virtually all of the war damage has been repaired. Each palace is more breathtaking than the one before. Despite the crowds, the Hermitage is a gem -- not just the art, but the building itself. (Catherine the Great's art collection forms the basis for the Hermitage's collection.) I read two books before going to St. Petersburg: Harrison Salisbury's "900 Days", about the siege of Leningrad durring WW II, and Robert Massie's "Catherine the Great." I encourage you to read up on this city before you go; it will greatly enrich your experience. Timofey is knowledgeable about art and history, and as I said earlier, tailored our tour and his remarks to our liking. He even took us to a Russian "pancake" restaurant for lunch one day. And, we rode the subway, and walked down Nevsky Prospekt, just as I hoped we would. I recommend Timofey without qualification.

1  Thank Balsher
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

We did a two day private tour with Timofey and it was perfect! When organizing it, he got back to us very quickly and we felt completely comfortable changing what we wanted to see. He was so accommodating, Also, We adored Alexander - our tour guide and Oleg our driver. They met us at our cruise ship and took care of everything we needed - Money, food, bathroom breaks :)) Alexander really knew his history and we found him fascinating and full of interesting information. He was able to have us skip long lines and he was good at telling us information where we could hear him before we saw something where it was very crowded. Oleg was simply an amazing driver. We are in awe of him and his driving skills! Thanks so much for making our trip so enjoyable. I would love to come back and if/when I do, I will be using Timofey.

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