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This is a great tour, by a well organised company. I highly recommend this tour - it was far superior and much more reasonably priced than the ship tours. The small group meant less time queuing, less time waiting, more sites visited and a much richer, fuller experience.
Nina was our guide and Ivan our driver - both were very professional. Nina's knowledge of St Petersburg history, architecture and culture is amazing. She is enthusiastic and obviously loves St Petersburg and tour guiding. With her great organisational skills and vast experience with the itinerary she was able to keep us all on schedule, without feeling rushed, so that we could see everything on the itinerary - and with St Petersburg's traffic that is not easy. Ivan's driving is amazing and even in the chaotic traffic we felt completely safe while he navigated through traffic jambs. The itinerary included all the most significant sites of St Petersburg that can be seen in two days - and combined with Nina's fantastic information we learned more, and appreciated more, of St Petersburg than we thought possible.
The tour company was running many tours from our ship in St Petersburg - everyone in our van was from the same country- we were all introduced to each other and had a great two days together. The van was modern, clean and well maintained. Access to the internet was great. The two souvenir shops we visited, while reasonably expensive, had a great variety of good quality merchandise - I wanted some souvenirs and didn't want to spend too much time out of a tight schedule to do this, so it suited me well.
The two restaurants visited were interesting and I enjoyed the food. The only criticism is that I would have loved to buy a glass of wine with each meal, but it was just too difficult to negotiate.
We thoroughly enjoyed this well organised two day our. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The schedule was extremely well managed and the variety of experiences and depth of information from thre excellent English speaking guide Michael made he whole tour very enjoyable. Two good lunches as well.
Excellent tour!! Well organized, great tour guide, knowledgeable and very considerate of the group.
We will certainly use TJ Travel for our next excursion.
This tour was worth every penny! It really made good use of the limited time I had in St. Petersburg. My only suggestion would be to add the cost of taking pictures at one location into the original price. I found it frustrating to have paid the fee while others who did not continued to take pictures anyway. The surroundings were too beautiful to resist!
Extremely knowledgeable tour guide throughout the two days bringing the history of St Petersburg, it and #39;s rulers and nobility to life. Missed hydrofoil ride due to bad weather which was unfortunate. Excellent lunches on both days. A very intense programme - not suitable for anyone with walking difficul
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