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Tatyana was our guide and she was awesome. We had only 6 people in our group and we were a group of 4. She knew exactly when to go to the museums to beat the crowds and also there was a huge Navy parade that weekend we were and the bridges going to the Hermitage museum was going to be closed so she planned it so we would get there before the bridges closed. Tatyana also majored in art and in history and she has a passion of the arts. She also brought ponchos for us when we got caught in a rain storm. She was the gem of Saint Petersburg and learned so much of Russia rich history. Out of all the cities we visited on our Baltic Sea tour, Saint Petersburg was the best. We loved the Summer palace and also the Hermitage museum. The most difficult part of the trip was to pass through Russia security on the first day. This took about an 45 minutes to get through but after that the trip was awesome. The second day was nothing going through security.
The tour was fantastic covering the most important aspects of the city. The guide was a very responsible and enthusiastic person. Everything was well planned. We are very satisfied with her performance. It is very good value for money.
A really informative and well organised tour. Good value for money.
Had a great caring guide. Norwegian cruise line's shore excursions were far to hard for handicap even tho my personal consultant assured me they were not! The guide was very informative showed us many beautiful places Catherine Palace, Amber room fantastic to gardens, churches Cut the line entrance to all attractions. Sadly I booked the Russian Ballet Thru NCL Level 1 for handicap. They took us to a smelly theater That had 45 steps WITHOUT a railing to the door and 2 MORE FLOORS of stairs with a rail Their performers were more like a dance school recital than a professional group. Then we found out the next day our Viator companions were treated to the Russian Ballet at the Hermitage Theater.. Viator 10 stars, NCL minus 10 stars
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I really enjoyed this trip and the history was excellent!
Very well organized and fun tour. You will see all the key highlights, and our tour guide Dina was the best. She was so informative and thoughtful, while making sure we got to see and learn about everything. Be sure to book this before you leave. Excellent investment.
Amazing 2 day excursion with our guide Maria. She was a font of information! On the first day we were 'pushing' our time due to the long immigration process from the ship. Took 1.45 hours!! However TJ Tours are aware of this and wait for each of us. Sergay the driver, was a marvel driving amongst the traffic and on the horrific roads! Great going out into the suburbs to have a traditional lunch Beef stroganoffon the first day. There was no option given for a night tour. Maria felt we had had a long day already! Second day was spent in 'town' seeing the sights, and eating a typical café lunch. Paid by credit card. Very cheap. The history and grandeur of the palaces and museum is definite worth seeing and having the knowledge and insight from Maria. Definitely recommend TJ Tours
Highlight of our cruise. Olga our tour guide was both informative and entertaining.
Absolutely wonderful! It is arduous getting through customs into Russia but once there it is captivating! Our guide Helene was fabulous! Excellent English and knowledge. She ensured we saw and did everything possible in the time allowed. Great value for money!!
This trip was amazing, the guide was very professional and knowledgeable about all aspects of St Petersburg history etc. Would highly recommend trip to any on a Baltic cruise
Excellent tour, excellent guide and much cheaper than the ships tours.
Excellent excursion. Tour guide Shetland and driver Alecs are excellent. Tour guide is very knowledgeable, answered all our questions. Brought us to a nice restaurant that serves different pies n other dishes for minimal amount of money . Free lunch on first day was really excellent. We traveled in a nice , clean ,new MB minivan that accommodates only 14 people is a good way to cater for tourist who wants excellent info n highlights of different landmarks and amount of time spent in each place is well planned. Lots of waking but good exercise for a well fit tourists like us.
The two day tour of St Petersburgh really packed in much more than was expected including a trip on the very deep undreground metro system and a long ride on a Hydrofoil. The Gardens and fountains at the Summer palace were astounding, especially when the fountains came on to the sound of music as well as the hidden surprises as you walked round. The Hermitage Museum and Church on Spilled Blood took your breath away as you walked through the ornate gold encrusted walls and ceilings. There is a lot of walking through the tour so it's worth wearing a comfy pair of shoes.
This 2 day excursion was amazing, packed full of all the treasures in St. Petersburg. The tour guide was brilliant, coach driver was very good. Just one thing, there is lots of walking so wear good walking shoes.
We chose this tour because it covered lots of things some tours do not. E.g. Entry into the spilled blood cathedral, the metro and a hydrofoil ride.
This was an excellent experience. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. My wife and kids had a wonderful time. Saved us time. The schedule was rich in visiting historical sites and learning about the history of St Petersburg. Highly recommend this tour. Made out time productive
Excellent tour- our guide (Elena) was incredibly knowledgeable ; eloquent and very sweet.
This tour was intense (take good walking shoes) but gave a great overview of this amazing city.
The tour was very organized- small groups and comfortable transportation in minibuses.
We highly recommend!
This was an excellent tour and value. Our guide Serriol of TJ Tours was awesome, very knowledgeable and we felt that we have experienced St. Petersburg to the max as allowed by time and crowd constraints including a hydrofoil and metro ride. The free Russian lunch at a nice restaurant was great. The Hermitage, Peterhof, Catherine's palace, Church of the Spilt Blood, Peter and Paul fortress,a stop by St. Isaac's Cathedral all lived up to our expectations. Of course there was some shopping thrown in there.
It was a fantastic 2 day excursion. There were only 11 people in our group. Our guide was Tatiana who was very informative and enthusiastic. We left the ship around 8 AM and did not return on day one till almost 6 PM. We saw so much and were able to get into the Hermitage early. We were very comfortable in our beautiful Mercedes mini van. Our driver was good and was able to get around quite easily. The schedule was altered a little but we did get to visit everything that was listed for this tour. TJ Travel did an excelled job and I feel we got so much for the money opposed to booking the tours thru the ship. I was a little hesitant about using a local company but they were very professional and have a blanket visa so you don't need to use the ship to book your tour as they want you to believe. Day 2 was a busy day as well. They got us back to the ship about 1 hr prior to us leaving port. Everything that is listed for this 2 day tour, you will see. You really get a great tour. I would highly recommend this tour and company.
Excellent, comprehensive tour of all the key sights and sites. All arrangements first class and very efficient. Our guide, Viktoria was first class with perfect English - a true ambassador for TJ Travel , St Petersburg and Russia
Blue Shepherd Ireland
We were collected from the ship. There were only 8 people on our mini coach. Yes it was expensive but well worth the money. Tour Guide was excellent and his English was also excellent. The free lunch also was Russian in character and very enjoyable. Our only. problem was the Guide took us to a very nice restuarant but their Visa machine was not working and they would only take Russian currency. Our guide then took us to place for a light snack which meant we had more time to visit other places. Some people on our tour had booked directly with the tour operator which was cheaper.
The tour guide and driver were first class and provided great insights into the St Petersburg attractions. First time with Viator and we can highly recommend them.
This trop was absolutely fabulous. Our guide Olga was knowledgeable, informative and professional. She had to put up with a particularly difficult passenger in our group and she did so with very professionally and with aplomb. St Petersburg itself is an absolute delight and our whole party of 2 x 60 year olds 2 in their 20s and a 6 year old thoroughly enjoyed both day. With the exception of previously mentioned pratt everyone else on the trip was lovely and increased the enjoyment of the experience.
Amazing fabulous full on two days of total wonder ..with the superb Alexander our guide.
He made the whole trip exciting and interesting and with his magic skill for avoing long queues at the main venues.
Totally meorable and fascinating thanks to Alexander
This was absolutely a mazing! Olga Guide and Igor Driver were absolutely the best tour guides we could have hoped for in St. Petersburg. They were very knowledgeable about the history of the city and even some little known fact which were not only interesting but made the time in the van seem like it didn't even exist. Olga went out of her way to make every person in the group including my 2 year old feel like they were family she loves what she does and it is very apparent she has a passion to share her culture with others from around the world. Igor was amazing - he took really good care of my small son and was always knowledgeable of the areas where we would need the stroller or not and would happily take it out and put it away for us. He knew who the pickpockets were and helped our group avoid them he and Olga worked together to make sure we knew who to avoid and kept the entire group safe. The tour areas were superb and if we return to St. Petersburg ever again we will be sure to use TJ's Tour and Olga/Igor team by request. This was a great value and our son was free unlike the cruise line excursions. The cruise line will make it hard for you by creating unnecessary steps to getting to the tour, but once you are in the hands of TJ's Tour team, you will have the best possible time in St. Petersburg. We did not do the evening optional event because our son was exhausted however, I am sure that it would have been just as amazing as the daytime tour was. The majority of people in Russia were kind and it almost seemed like we were in any other city in the world where we didn't speak the country's language. Prices in the area are extremely reasonable for souvenirs and such. I wouldn't have expected the service and commitment to my family's needs from the cruise lines because those groups are extremely large and you are a number these groups are 15 or less and very accommodating to individual needs. Overall I cannot say enough amazing things about this tour or our group leaders, Olga and Igor. Olga and Igor definitely made the tour what it was--I look forward to potential future visits to St. Petersburg because 2 days isn't enough to capture all the amazing sights and history.
The tour guides from TJ Travel were amazing. Helen was quite knowledgeable and was very willing to answer any questions we had. Constantine was the best driver. St. Petersburg is an amazing city with a great deal to see. It would have been overwhelming to try and see all we did with out the assistance of our guides. The restaurants we were taken to had great food. We enjoyed our trip.
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