ALEX'S Tours & Travel (Tours 18)
Company specializes in personalized sightseeing tours for travelers on their own and private VISA-FREE shore excursions for cruise passengers, who would like to make the most of their time in St. Petersburg and its surroundings. I have been working in the travel business since 1996. Having worked with clients from Cruise Ships and independent traveler, foreign business men doing business in Russia, couples adopting children from here, people looking for prospective marital partners, and many others, I have had extensive experience in many areas of the travel field, my work has included helping clients with the bureaucracy and red tape that sometimes needs to be navigated.
I deal with the most talented guides and safe drivers, all of them are fully licensed, very knowledgeable and experienced professionals.
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Reviews about ALEX'S Tours & Travel
Garth and Darleen Treude Scottsdale, AZ, USA
23 01 2017
Visiting St. Petersburg and Moscow is truly a wonderful and exciting event. Our trip was a huge success and produced lifetime memorable moments thanks to our guide Luda and newly found good friend Alex Polenov.
Alex is an honest, straightforward, wonderful person that provided insight into the historic and personal side of St. Petersburg and the surrounding countryside. He and his colleagues are extremely knowledge, friendly, and helpful. We had contacted Alex while still in the USA, discussed details of the trip, and met him at our hotel the day we arrived. The trip could not have been better - private guide, honest and reasonable that provided us with an experience that will never be forgotten. Additionally, Alex helped us with arrangements in Moscow. Again, the experience was great.
What is unique about being with Alex's Tours & Travel is that besides seeing the sights in the cities and surrounding areas, you learn about the history, culture, current events, and the people of Russia. Our trip was a fun educational and cultural event. If you go to St. Petersburg and meet Alex, you will have a wonderful trip that will never be forgotten.
Susan Shanley, Sacramento, California
23 01 2017
I was introduced to Alex's Tours & Travel by very good friends about two years before I actually traveled to St. Petersburg. During that time my seemingly never-ending e-mails with questions about travel to Russia were answered quickly, thoroughly, and accurately (as time would tell!).
My trip to St. Petersburg was off to a fabulous start when Alex Polenov (the "Alex" of Alex's Tours & Travel) personally met us at the St. Petersburg Airport. He made us feel like long-lost friends immediately. Our drive into St. Petersburg was the beginning of wonderful sights and learning the fascinating history of this beautiful, cultured City. We had pre-arranged for an apartment in the heart of the City that met our needs perfectly.
Our driver from Alex Tours was at our apartment the next morning ready to begin the adventure! With Luda, our personal guide extradinaire, we visited these many truly remarkable St. Petersburg sights:
Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul
The State Hermitage
Peterhof (via hydrofoil on the Gulf of Finland!)
Imperial palaces at Pushkin and Pavlovsk including:
Catherine Palace (showcasing the stunning Amber Room)
Church on the Spilt Blood
St. Isaac's Cathedral
Plus innumerable museums, monuments, parks, rivers, canals, and bridges!
In addition to the fabulous touring we did during the day, we were privileged to attend the ballet at the Catherine Theatre in the Hermitage for a performance of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" and another evening at the Mariinsky Theatre for performances choreographed by Balanchine. We felt as though Nicholas II and Alexandra could have been in attendance!
Alex planned a delightful excursion to the countryside for us on our last day in St. Petersburg. He personally escorted us to Russian dacha near Lake Ladoga. We toured the dacha, the garden, saw the family banya and the greenhouse. Beautiful fall, flowers were still in bloom and the trees were producing apples in late September. They prepared and served us the delicious, traditional shashlik (Russian BBQ) with all the trimmings.
Alex's Tours and Travel made my trip one of the best ever, and one I will never forget. And, a bonus: I made a life-long friend!
Nancy Wingelaar, SLC, Utah, USA
23 01 2017
We consider ourselves very lucky to have met Alex Polenov when he was on a business trip to the US. Having expressed an interest in visiting Russia, he invited us to come to see him in St. Petersburg. We were delighted and took him up on it. It turned out to be our most memorable trip ever.
With Alex as our trip planner and host, we experienced Russia in a most personal way. Our private guide Julia showed us the public St. Petersburg and also the City from a local point of view.
On our trip to St. Petersburg, we were most fortunate be able to go to an authentic Russian country house. It was warm, cozy and the feel of the country was so different from the city. We had a wonderful time enjoying the flowers, vegetable gardens and eating a delicious Russian barbecue. We hear so much about the grueling Russian winters that this pastoral scene was a contrast to how most people picture Russia. It was something most tourists do not get to experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an "off the beaten path" experience.
Alex and his company took the very best care of us and made our visit interesting and unique. We have not stopped talking about our experiences since our return to the US. We count Alex's Tours and Travel as wonderful hosts and dear friends and would not hesitate to recommend their services.
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Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of the Old Town.
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