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ABSOLUTELY excellent in every regard.We would be dropped off at the venues and our driver would go, when we were finished he would be waiting at the door for us. No long walks etc.Our guide spoke excellent english and was very knowledgeable.The two lunches we had on our two day tour were lovely and nice venues.Didnt need to get visa as they organised all that and we just walked off cruise ship and they were waiting .Cannot recommend this tour highly enough.
Excellent tour and very personable guide. Highly recommend.
Two day tour is well worth the cost to not only see exterior facades, but also inside the Hermitage, Church of the spilled blood, the castles, Rasputin's home, even the beautiful metro system, and much more. Our guide, Valerie, was very knowledgeable and hospitable. Don't visit St P without the 2 day Viatour.
Great tour that allows you to see all he important sites in St Petersburg. Our guide Yulia was outstanding.
Great tour...amazing how much information Veronica provided. Definitely recommended.
Great value, very well organized. Guide was very good, would have liked to hear about life in Russia in the present time, but the history was interesting.
Great way to see all the highlights of St Petersburg in a compact manner during a two day cruise stop. We easily identified the tour operators as we exited the pier and were led out to the lovely 16 passenger touring van. The first day was jam packed and we quickly learned our driver and tour guide were adept at getting to the front of lines and finding a way to be dropped of very close to the venues. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Each of us was given a mobile device with an ear piece, so we could hear the guide easily. The lunch stops each day were very nice and the meal was quite adequate. We were each given a bottle of water as well.
The only problems came from the patrons themselves. Some decided they didn't want to participate in the itinerary and would rather shop the whole time. Since people without visas need to be accompanied by official guides at all times, this caused our guide to spend time making alternative arrangements. She did this very efficiently, but neverthelesss, it caused a disturbance to the tour. Others decided as the day went along, that they wanted to take an extra outing to a carnival. This again caused a disruption.
From the points of price, convenience and value, I would certainly recommend these small group tours for cruise passengers. I would encourage the tour operators to give better information prior to the tour as to what exactly the participants will need for documentation and the fact that the tour ticket is you vis as well.
Excellent tour, with Veronika. We had a slight blip when getting off the ship as we made good time through passport control and were out by 7:15, and there was no sign of maxibalti until after 7:30 by which time we were worrying as the other tour companies were all very visible. When they did turn up, we were transported to another part of the port to meet the rest of the group there was 16 of us in total. They were not so lucky getting through passport control and we ended up waiting until after 9am which was frustrating. But that was the only blip in an otherwise splendid tour. It might appear expensive at first glance, but considering it includes the minibus and driver, tour guide, all attraction entrance costs, two boat trips and lunch on both days, it really is first class value.
Worth being aware the weather in st Petersburg is VERY changeable and the rain when it comes is hurricane proportions. Take a waterproof and umbrella. Also a very full on trip, loads of walking trainers would be very sensible and very little time to pick up any drinks or snacks on route. There's also very little opportunity for any shopping, but they do try to arrange a stop at a tourist shop.
St Petersburg has so much to offer and this tour gave us an opportunity to see as much as we could in the limited time we had in port. Our guide, Marina, was incredibly knowledgable about the history and art all around the city. She was very willing to accommodate any requests and truly knew the best way to see everything. Being such a small group we had 11 people allowed us to see so much, compared to the huge groups of 50 people. The optional folk show after the first day of the tour was fantastic! This tour really provided a great overview of some of St Petersburg's major sites.
Loved it! Our tour guide was Veronika and she did a wonderful job! It was just the right pace for us, although some people felt it was too fast. The meals were delicious and the tour guide took us to a large souvenir shop that had better prices than some of the other places. I highly recommend this tour to give you a taste of St. Petersberg!
Veronica, our tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable of St. Petersburg!!!
So glad we booked this tour instead of the Princess Regal Cruise Ship Excursion which was a huge busload of people compared to our group of 14 people.
The local guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable and passionate about their city. It was one of the best tours I've been on. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone.
Silvantna was outstanding.
We saw everything we wanted to see and more
Our trip was booked through Viator with a tour guide company called MaxiBaltTours. We were told that the maximum party would be 10 people and we would be guide around by an experienced guide. Our experience was on coming down the ships footway to find a MaxiBaltTour guide waiting for us and informing us there would be just the two of us to be escorted on our two-day tour. Our guides name was Mikhail Yuryevich, who was to use just one word Brilliant. Our transport was a leather seated people carrier from which we hardly had to walk further than 40 yards to get to each venue.
Most people on our cruise had not heard of Viator and were slightly sceptical about booking Russian guides in Britain but were also keen to hear of our experience. When we told them of all the places that we had visited in the two days and of our absolute endorsement of Viator and MaxiBaltTours they were keen to write down details of how to book them for future visits to St Petersburg.
Wonderful! Well organised, brilliant guide, really made the 2 days in St Petersburg worthwhile.
Our tour guide, Marianna, was outstanding in every respect. She was professional, knowledgeable, efficient, polite, friendly and spoke perfect English. The site visits were timed perfectly and we didn't waste any time waiting. We couldn't imagine a more enjoyable, educational and productive visit to St Petersburg.
Dave T Australia
Russia is different ... arriving in a large cruise ship we lined up for well over an hour to clear through immigration but then that is part of the Russian experience. Our choice had been to take the ship's shore excursion or that offered by Viator ... and my wife and I are so very glad we took the Viator option. Clearing immigration we were quickly met by our tour guide and taken to the bus ... not the standard 55 seater where you need headphones just to hear the guide, but a person bus with just three other couples on board. The beauty of the Viator tour was its flexibility. When we arrived at the Hermitage, bad weather had meant there were hundreds of people lined up, many from our ship. Our guide immediately bypassed the Hermitage and took us to the next site with the Hermitage put later on the program. End result, we simply seemed to miss the crowds, got in quickly and had plenty of time to explore each site with our guide. It felt personal and private and, as a result, we managed to get into many sites that the cruise excursion did not, especially the Church of Our Saviour of the Spilled Blood. Being a small group the tour was self paced with the only deadline being the time we had to be back on the ship for departure on the second day. You wont regret booking a Viator excursion in Russia.
The two day trip was 5 star without a doubt. Our tour guide, Mikhail Glushkolf, was the best. His knowledge of the city was outstanding.
James N United Kingdom
This was an excellent tour and much cheaper than the equivalent provided by our cruise company. We were a group of 17 and we were greeted by our guide Anna and shown to our bus. From the moment she started to provide us with information you could tell this was going to be a great trip. This is a busy tour and being in a small group, along with Anna's guidance, helped get us through the turnstiles and into each venue quickly. No long treks from coach parks as the mini bus could get right up close to each visit. The scenery was stunning and along with Anna's information proved to be a very informative and interesting trip. Anna was brilliant and she even had to deal with one of our party needing medical attention and needing to go to hospital. She even kept us informed of their condition throughout the afternoon of the trip. Helped by Elijah the driver Anna got us to places quickly but did not skimp on information or time at each location. The trip round the Hermitage was stunning along with Catherine Palace and other sites. A three course lunch is provided each day and was typical Russian fare which was very enjoyable. Bottles of water were also provided as part of the cost which was very good. This is the first time I have used Viator and booked for a party of six people who were all very impressed with Anna's knowledge and professionalism. I will definitely be using Viator again for trips abroad, it will save me a lot of money but will provide the same, if not better, experience.
This was a wonderful experience and Alexi, our guide, couldn't have been more interesting and presented the information well. I would highly recommend this excursion and local tour company.
Michael was an excellent guide. Incredible knowledge of the history of St Petersberg. Door to door travel with no queueing. Evening folk dancing was fantastic. Learnt so much about Russia and #39;s past and present. It was a lot for our children to get through but Michael kept them interested.
The best tour with the most informed and informative guide on our month long trip. We saw the best of the best in a city that has sooooo much to see. Anna, our guide, is brilliant. This was operated by a local tour company. There were 9 on our big comfortable van together
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