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On our 1st of 2 days, we were grouped with 3 other couples from another cruise ship to tour the gardens at Peterhof Palace and Catherine's Palace. Our guide, Eugenya, was not only very knowledgeable, but was extremely entertaining as well. For the rest of the group, this was their 2nd day, so on the following day, we actually received a private tour! Our new guide was named Anna, and she too was exceptionally knowledgeable and personable. She navigated us masterfully through the Hermitage, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, and Peter and Paul Fortress. I can't say enough about how enjoyable and enriching this tour was for me and my husband. By the time we parted company, Anna felt more like a daughter and shaking her hand simply didn't seem adequate, so I give her a good-bye hug instead.
We got to see what was planned. Tour guide and driver were professional.
Penelope Jill S United Kingdom
Excellent tour conducted by knowledgeable and friendly guide
Maria was a fantastic guide and really cared that we understood Russia and the history. We loved everything about the tour except for our lunch venue on the second day-not good. Happy we chose Viator for this experience.
My husband and I took this tour in St. Petersburg Russia July 30th 2015.Came in on a cruise ship Well, let me tell you, I was so impressed with this company and more impressed with the young lady Tatiana who was our guide and her driver Andrew. There was another young lady waiting for us till Tatiana got there. Tatiana spoke English very well and she was a wealth of information about the history of St. petersburg. The Canal trip was absolutely beautiful and the Church on the spilled blood was something I will never forget! Included in our tour was a shopping excursion we did not due.We were doing a shopping excursion with the cruise ship the next day So Tatiana took us to Peter and Paul fortress. We had the BEST TIME with her and cant stop praising this tour we took! What a remarkable young woman she is! This ended up being a private tour Tatiana, Thank you soooo much for showing us the best time!
A great tour magnificently enhanced by out Tour Guide Olga.
There were many highlights with it being unfair to single out any one in particular.
Thoroughly recommended and fantastic value.
This is the most fantastic tour you will ever take. Despite the cruise ship company telling us we needed an independent visa if we didn't take one of their shore excursions, the tour company insisted their tour covered the visa so we placed ourselves in their hands. What a wonderful decision that turned out to be. We were met outside the Port Immigration area and taken by car to the airport where we were safely checked in for our flight to Moscow. When we arrived our guide - Mikhail - was waiting for us and we caught the train into the city the train is much quicker than driving and you get to see so much of the outer suburbs of Moscow. When we arrived in the city our car was waiting and we spent the day seeing the wonderful sights of Moscow. The Kremlin, Red Square, The Armoury, the Tsars Jewels and fantastic Faberge Eggs, St Basil's Cathedral and the wonderful subways. We saw and experienced so much I can't believe it was all done in one day! Later that night, Mikhail saw us onto the high speed train back to St Petersburg where our car and driver were waiting to take us back to the ship. You would expect some little hiccup during such a tour but everything went perfectly. Do not miss this trip!
Guide Natalie Natalia was great. She and our driver, Valeria, accommodated our desire to take photos. We were in really good hands and enjoyed every minute.
This is the only way to see St Petersburg when coming off a cruise ship with limited time. The tour is great and being a smaller group you get more time and see more things. My negative is that for lunch you actually have no choice but to eat where the tour director takes you and this is a set meal and price. I would like the tour company just to include this in their price, because you have no choice or time to go somewhere else to eat. As for shopping you will again be directed to one shop and one shop only. But all in all this is the only way to see St Pete in a short period of time
I cannot say enough good things about this tour. We were met by a representative from the tour company immediately after exiting border control on day one. Our tour guide, Elena, was the best! She was from St. Petersburg and was very knowledgeable about the city and its history. It was a jam packed two solid days of St. Petersburg which is exactly what we wanted. We saw the Hermitage, Catherine's Palace, Peterhof, St Isaac's Church, The Church of the Spilled Blood, and Peter and Paul Fortress. We took a tour of the city's subway system, had two wonderful typical Russian lunches, and did much sightseeing around the city by bus. I shouldn't say bus, as it was more of a van, with only 16 or so people on the tour, making it much more enjoyable and personal than a bus tour. I feel that our two days in St. Petersburg could not have been better. I highly recommend this tour!
Tour was great as well as guide. However had traveled before to Russia previously. I had a visa and was allowed to travel freely on my own after tour. Tour company obtained visa for us but we were only allowed to travel with guide. This information wasn't communicated before our arrival in st Petersburg so that was a bit frustrating
Tour De Force agents were extremely wonderful and helping memorable trip
This tour was completely worth it. We were guests in ST Petersburg town itself and our guide picked us up from our hotel. Short transits and beautiful palaces both including the grounds at Peterhof were worth visiting.
Couldn't have been better. Very well organized so no wasted time. Our guide, Laraisa, was terrific. She was very knowledgeable about everywhere we went. Her English was perfect and she was very personable. Tour was definitely worth the money.
Lida did a fantastic job and we were so glad that we had her for 2 days. She is so knowledgeable and has a sweet personality. The tour was amazing.....got to see everything that we wanted to see.
Darryl S USA
Wow, the only way to see St. Petersburg! Guide was great and small group size was perfect. Saved nearly 200 each on cruise ship prices and didn't have to deal with a bus size tour.
Not much about pushkin, but excellent tour.
It was a great experience in St. Petersburg. We wish we have more time to explore. Our tour guide and driver was very good and knowledgeable.
It was a fantastic time! Our guide was great and we saw all the sights with just 7 other people. I highly recommend seeing this city in a small group. We were able to see so much more than the large bus tour. We were met at the ship each day and had a full day with interesting lunch stops and wonderful photo opts.
The tour was excellent. Our guide Victor and driver Asfan met us at the port and were extremely helpful and very knowlegable .St Petersburg is magnificent and everything we had imagined. My wife needs to use a wheelchair so we were a little bit more concerned than most tourists that everything would be ok. We need not have worried, most of the tour was accessible and there were some lifts . We would not hesitate to book with Viator again in any city we visit.
Wonderful, wonderful and wonderful. Guide Jane was exceptional. Best guide we had in three weeks of touring. Excellent English and very good about controlling group.
This was an excellent tour it was very well organised, the booking process was easy and included our visas. We were picked up from the ships terminal on time, the process was smooth and efficient. The van was clean and in a excellent condition, we also received bottles of complimentary water. Our tour guide Elena spoke excellent english and was very knowledgeable, entertaining and interesting. She was very professional and ensured the tour kept to time and our driver, Dimitri (Vlad) was very friendly and polite. We saw a lot of St Petersburg the canal cruise and a visit to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood was a highlight and did not disappoint. Our party of four had a great time we all thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Highly recommend this tour.
Great trip with excellent tourguide Nadya
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