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Sam Lokhorn

03 11 2019

I traveled to the Baltic Sea with my mother, her sister and my 2 sisters on a cruise ship to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday. We spent 2 weeks touring and doing excursions, 2 of the days were spent in St. Petersburg Russia. We did some ship sponsored excursions and some private excursions booked with Excoor. By far our favorite days were spent with Ludmila Tours. It was nice to be able to leave our sweaters and purchases in our own van as we toured the next place.  Both days that we spent with Jane our fabulous tour guide were fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, flexible with our schedule, spoke excellent English not to mention that she is super sweet. Because it was my mom's birthday we had Ludmila set up some special events, a dinner at a local restaurant that was off the beat and path. Ludmila had a special cake from a fabulous local bakery waiting at the restaurant. They even had a bouquet of mom’s favorite flowers waiting there for her.  They went above and beyond to make our trip special and we all appreciated it so much. Ludmila Tours made our trip to St. Petersburg outstanding!


01 11 2019

All 12 of us wanted to thank Excoor and Ludmila Tours for our excellent tour in St. Petersburg. We had a great time, and your tour guide Elena was the best. We felt like we were with family, rather than tour guide. St. Petersburg was beautiful, but what we will remember forever is the kindness and hospitality and the friendship that we felt with our guide and driver. We will strongly recommend this tour to anyone going to St. Petersburg and we hope to return again too!

Lessie Jakelton

31 07 2019

Olga, our guide, and Andrei, our driver, picked us up at the Port. On the recommendation of other reviewers, I decided to go with Ludmila Tours instead of the cruise company - do not believe the cruise company that you have to book with them - you don't. Ludmila Tours organise everything inc your 2 day visa for you. All you have to do is print off your ticket/s in Russian to show to security. Have to say, no one was interested in our Russian tickets, only our passports and cruise ship cards. First day, we stopped at the embankment, then outside St Isaac's church, then a short stop at a quality tourist stop for a toilet break and free coffee (would have liked a bit longer there!), then on to Catherine's Palace, lunch at Russian cafe - really cheap at £8 equivalent for 2 coffees, 2 cakes and 2 pieces of Russian pie, then on to fountain gardens at Peterhof. 2nd day, we did canal cruise, short underground trip, lunch was included this time in a restaurant - very nice, then The Hermitage, inside St Isaacs and inside Church of Saviour of Spilled Blood. All these major sites are fantastic to see. Olga was very informative, organised all the tickets, we did not have to wait in queues and Andrei got us around comfortably and safely in our minivan. Water was also included on the bus. It was really good being in a small group and we were all picked up from the port/hotels and dropped off afterwards as necessary. We thoroughly enjoyed this taster of St Petersburg and hope to visit again. We would recommend using Ludmila Tours, felt sad that we didn't have longer there.


11 01 2019

We were recommended to use this business for our tour by a family member who had done it just a few weeks before. Had we not had the recommendation we would have been nervous to not use the cruise line’s.

We are so glad we went with Ludmila Tours. Not only was there a substantial saving for the same product versus the cruise tour (40%+ less) but the small group (there were 13 of us) created a more personal experience.

More importantly, however, were the guide, Anna, and Mikhail, the driver. Mikhail drove well and safely, and was there ready to pick us up when needed. However, Anna was the star of the show. She has excellent English, and spoke it so well that she could be understood by the 5 different nationalities on the trip, 2 of whom did not have English as their first language. Her knowledge of the tour locations and content (and everything in between!) was so incredibly deep but also pitched perfectly so as not to lose us in detail. A real talent when dealing with a mixed group.

In addition, everything was under control and planned to perfection. She was unflappable, which in turn gave us confidence, an important feature for us with a 6 year old child.

We would not hesitate for one second to recommend or use them again. A fantastic experience

Leo Holsgeihm

11 01 2018

My wife and I booked a private tour of St Petersburg with Ludmila Tours. Our guide Eugenia was excellent. Ludmila Tours was in contact with my wife prior to our travels to customize our tour to the sites we wanted to see. Our fabulous tour guide contacted us the night before our tour to reconfirm the details for the following day. This was helpful as it was our first time in Russia. Booking ahead helped avoid the long lines at the Hermitage and Catherine palace . Guide Eugenia navigated and shared interesting facts with ease. She also spoke English very well and shared trips about the city for the rest of our stay along with other key historical places.

Linda Morroe, Australia

05 06 2017

The very best tour operator is Lyudmila tours. Our guide had an amazing knowledge, understanding and passion that brought our tour to life unlike any other guide we have had in other countries. We pre-booked our trip from Australia before arriving, Lyudmila Tours gave us all the directions and booked tickets and skipping the queues (which on the day was extremely long). Brilliant private tour.

Phil K, Jr.

22 05 2017

Working with Ludmila Tours was wonderful!! I did all of the organizing and planning for myself and my daughters to visit Russia and found Ludmila tours online. Manager was so helpful and responsive with all of my questions, some not even referring to the tours, just Russia in general. We did three tours with them, they were private and we could ask our own questions and see what we wanted to see the most. Both of our tour guides were well educated and were able to explain everything. I highly recommend working with Ludmila.

Helen S, USA

22 08 2016

We had a private tour with Ludmila Tours in St.Petersburg while traveling through Russia. The city was our final destination on our vacation and our tour with Valeria was the final excursion of the trip. It was truly FANTASTIC! There were only four of us (two couples) and it was perfect. Managers did a great job of communicating before the tour and told us where to meet our guide on the morning . Guide Valeria was early and easy to find. She made the navigation of the ticketing line so easy for us. It was truly overwhelming all the people on site and the fact that she took the time to gather the tickets was really helpful. At the beginning of the tour she gave us a great overview of the history of Russian Federation and the St Petersburg. It really helped to lay the groundwork of what we were going to be seeing. Throughout the tour she was really attentive of taking time for questions and pointing out the highlights of the museum. Given the fact that we were a small group, we could easily maneuver around the larger tour groups and see a lot more. I Definitely recommend Lyudmila tours. All 4 of us agreed that we will definitely request Lyudmila Tours again when we are back in St Petersburg.

Sara Thompson

16 06 2016

This was our first private tour in Russia and it was excellent - I am very happy we did it - sure, you can use the audio guide or a guide book but I suspect you would have spent 4-5 hours or more in the Hermitage alone and you'd be exhausted with all of the details. This was well worth it especially considering that some of the commercial tours with 20-30 people are not much less expensive - there were only 4 of us. Thanks Lyudmila Tours for personal approach from the beginning of booking till the end of the tour. 10 out of 10! Exceeded our expectations!

11 12 2019

I recently took a 2 day St. Petersburg tour with Ludmila Tours as part of a Baltic cruise. The company was able to accommodate me on short notice as a solo traveler which was a huge save for me. The tour was wonderful. Our tour group was 11 people total and we had a great time . Our tour guide, Eugenia, was knowledgeable and graceful. Our driver, Mikhail, drove safely and had a real knack for getting the best parking spots and pick up points. Would go again with this company for sure !

This trip was absolutely amazing. Our guide Tatjana was wonderful, very knowledgeable, very easy going, and was able to slightly rework the tour when it appeared it may get bogged down by other groups. At every stop there was time to appreciate where you were. not just the 'photo stop'. would truly recommend this tour company, and even ask for Tatjana.

We did the 2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group tour in early October from the Norwegian Getaway. People in our group plus our most capable guide Tatiana and driver Andrew in a comfortable bus. Was a little hectic in the cruise port but once we got underway, it all went smoothly. Purchased the tour through EXCOOR ), all we needed was to give the cruise ship info and ID and they took care of everything. Had to go through Russian customs but all we needed was our tour ticket and passport - Visa's were taken care of. Visited the Hermitage, Catherine's Palace, Peterhoff, the Metro (subway), a canal cruise, a bakery, had a traditional lunch in a cute restaurant, Church of our Saviour, souvenier shops and numerous other places, all on time. (You can use your credit card to buy anything in Russia). Tatiana took good care of us - bought all of our venue tickets as needed and proceeded capably & calmly through all the attractions. Her English and knowledge of the places were both outstanding. Take this tour and ask for her!

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