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“Personalized and Perfect!”
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Top 3 St Petersburg city tour
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Owner description: Hi, my name is Alisa. I am a private guide in St Petersburg, Russia, and owner of Petersburgtrip. I am always trying to combine “must see” and off the beaten track sights in my tours. I offer ready-made or customized programs. We can walk, use public transport or rent a car. My tours are affordable, informative and entertaining.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

On a recent cruise we were fortunate to have 2 days in St Petersburg. Our ship offered a variety of tours, but we decided we would rather have a more personalized experience. After much research we found Alisa Shavykina, and could not have been more pleased.

Alisa speaks perfect English, is very organized and extremely knowledgeable. More importantly to us, she is very flexible and can accommodate a tour to your specific needs. My sister-in-law hurt her back the day before we boarded our ship and was unable to “keep up” with a normal pace of a ship’s organized tour. Alisa made sure we were able to see and do everything planned – but at a more leisurely pace.

Back on the ship at dinner, our tablemates described their day as being herded onto a bus, dropped off and told “be back here in 1 hour”, then back on the bus and so on… We, on the other hand, were immersed in St. Petersburg history and culture, thanks to Alisa.

It requires more planning – you’ll need to get your own Russian Visa (the ships provide a “blanket visa” – which means you MUST stay with your organized tour). But if you want a customized tour with Alisa, it is worth the time and money to get the Visa.

This was by far the highlight of our cruise – Alisa made St Petersburg come alive for us and we were able to experience everything the cruise ship offered and much more!

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We engaged Alisa to guide us through the Hermitage. She met us at our hotel and made everything easy. She had acquired our tickets in advance. We bypassed a long line of ticket-holders. She had asked about our preferences, so she guided us to the galleries we would like the most. There's no way to seeing everything, so the key is to be selective. Alisa has a keen training in art history. Her professionalism is equal to her command of English. Recommended.

Thank John K
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

What a wonderful 2 days. Thanks for showing us the beauty of the city and giving us excellent information. Use Alissa! She takes pride in her work and make the trip enjoyable!
South Africa

Thank mlc526
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Alisa's pre-trip organising, price, suggestions, sincerity, punctuality
and local knowledge were all spot on including The Hermitage.
The other reviews on this TripAdvisor page are fully supported.
She handles the compulsory blanket visa situation well,
currently a pain for cruise passengers without a normal
visa and so required to utilise over-expensive company tours.
Many Thanks, Steve & Barbara. South Australia.

Thank Mugster000
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Alisa was an excellent guide. She was very punctual, polite, and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area. Alisa provided my husband and me with a detailed and comprehensive tour St. Petersburg, including the long list of sites we had requested . She made our trip an unforgettable experience.

Thank SueandMike1
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