Flexible Day Tour in St. Petersburg with Guide & Driver
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
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This was a private family tour of Catherine the Great's Summer Palace, the Hermitage and the Winter palace with hotel pickup and drop off in a clean late model minivan The tour was efficiently run with punctual pickup and drop off at the various locations. There was a seperate driver and tour guide. The guide gave an oustanding background to the Romanov family which resembled the detail of a Russian novel. This was as well as information specific to various exhibits. We had teenage children and our guide initially sanitised parts of the story but we indicated we were happy to tell it as it was and she happily complied. Our children were not upset.
The tour was great and the inner cabin was heated. Having said that, there were two issues : The entire commentary is in Russian which meant that I understood NOTHING of what we were seeing except for the Hermitage which I had visited What a pity given that St Petersburg is full of history! Another minor issue is that the site states that food and drinks can be purchased on board. This was NOT available. Overall, seeing the bridges open etc was fantastic BUT the tour package failed to deliver in terms of content and facilities. I could have easily taken the NEVA TRAVEL tour which offers the same (no food or drinks and everything in Russian)
As a first timer in SPB, I would highly recommend to available this half day tour with a private guide Everything went smooth and Julia was so punctual, accommodating and a very professional guide. Julia has showed what we want to see then after that we feel more comfortable roaming around by our own.
great way to get an overview of the key sites of St.Petersburg, Valeria was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. Everything was very well organised, and Andrey was a very good driver, and the minibus was very comfortable. would not hesitate to recommend.
Ease of organisation, communication and in-depth knowledge all helped to make this one of the most enjoyable experiences during our stay in St Pete's. Thank you to Ksenia for being punctual, pleasant and patient with all our questions.