We got to see what was planned. Tour guide and driver were professional.
Lets start by saying that our one day excursion with MarieRose Tours, tour guide Lita, was absolutely wonderful. Can't say enough good things. We got off to a somewhat rocky start, though, when Lita was late to meet us at dockside, and none of the local phone numbers seemed to work. While I was on hold with Viator, somebody in Nevada, Lita showed up. From then on, it was wonderful! Basically, we had a private tour, with a very fluent English speaking local, who obviously knew one heck of a lot about the places and people involved in St. Petersburg's colorful history. My somewhat limited mobility was a slight problem, but we worked through it.
We weren't overwhelmed with the lunch provided, going to an Italian restaurant in St. Petersburg, where it was a major consultation to get a refill of a glass of drinking water, wasn't wonderful. Something more Russian would have been a bit better, but that memory pales compared to the rest of the day. 9 hours of nonstop beauty and history were simply wonderful, and Lita made it happen. First stop was the sphinxes of Amenhotep III, on the banks of the Neva. From there to the Spit of Vasilevsky Island, then on to the Peter and Paul Fortress. From there to the Church on Spilled Blood, and then to St. Isaac's Cathedral, and to the State Hermitage Museum. Then the not so memorable lunch, and a stop at a souvenir shop, and in the after lunch hours, a cruise on the canals and the Neva River, for a view of St. Petersburg from the water. Unfortunately, the cruise we got on was Russian language only, but Lita filled in as best she could. From there back to the ship. The architecture of the city is astounding. One totally impressive piece of Neo-classic architecture, overwhelmed by another a short distance away. And on, and on, and on. For beauty, the city rivals Paris in my experience, with the added benefit of no Parisians! In character, I'd say that Peter the Great succeeded in making a city which rivals Amsterdam. A great day!
This tour was absolutely fantastic!!! Our guide and driver were both very accommodating. We ended up being the only two people in his group for the day so the guide went at our pace and even took us to a few extra stops since we had time. As always, I knew booking on Viator that the tour would be exactly what we wanted.
it was a wonderful experience and we wish we had can have more time but just way too much things to see and will return again next time and highly recommended. The driver and the tour guild were both so nice and friendly. Thank you.
Got off to a rough start as the van broke down before it came to pick us up. But even though we started late, we saw everything we were hoping to see. Lida was delightful and so knowledgeable and informative. We had a great time!
Our guide Alex was very frienldy, patient and knowledgeable and gave us all the information we needed to enjoy this tour without overdoing it. There is so much to take in as the tour moves quite quickly from place to place. There was a good mix of churches,palaces, museums and scenic river cruising and we thoroughly enjoyed the day. The only criticism I have is that we were told at the immigration hall at the port that our paperwork would not get us through and that we needed a ship's tour ticket to get off the ship. This was not true and needs to be made clear to customers. We had some anxious moments waiting to see how we would get through and were only accepted when we showed our ship's tour ticket. for a later time.
Enjoyed this day more as had only 6 in our group and the right size van. However, did not follow the scheduled itinerary . Did not have a river cruise but did enjoy the hydorfoil trip back to St. Petersburg from Peterhof. Again, Leida , the guide was excellent.
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