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Simon, USA

27 08 2019

We had 3 days in St Petersburg as part of our Baltic cruise. We found this offer of a private tour. It was the same price as the tours offered by the boat. However instead of getting on a bus with 30 people, we had a tour with just my husband and me and the couple with whom we were travelling. We were transported in a small Mercedes 8 seater and driven by an excellent driver Vladmir. Our guide Svetlana was an extremely knowledgeable young woman who spoke excellent English. All the museum entries were included and because we were a small group we moved ahead of the larger groups in any queues. It allowed us a fabulous experience of this fabulous city with flexibility and superb guidance. If you are in St Petersburg for less than 72 hours and on a guided tour, you do not need a visa. This requirement was somewhat unclear from the cruise company, but this tour company made it quite clear that a Visa is not required, saving us the cost and hassle of getting a Russian visa.

Hallie Velton

16 07 2019

A really well organised two day highlights tour. Tatyana was an absolute gem of a guide with so much knowledge and well supported by Andre the driver. Would highly recommend this tour. With the visits pre-planned there was no waiting in long queues and being part of a small group was really nice.
Jane (English) name was an absolute treasure told the history of everything we went to see very knowledgeable and friendly. Took us to all the usual beautiful places including a trip on the underground which was a real eye open opener virtually a Cathedral underground lunches out that were very good.

JJ

11 10 2018

My wife and I had a 4 night visit to St Petersburg from 08-10-16. We have visited a number of cities over the years and had never used an organised a tour guide before. As we felt that we could "see everything but see nothing" in a place like St Petersburg we decided to break with tradition and organise a guide.
We booked our "Splendid Two Day Tour" through Viator (part of Tripadvisor) which included all the usual "must see" locations (including Peterhof) and a Canal Trip and Metro trip but all subsequent information etc came from Ludmila Tours.
Our guide (Christina) and Driver (Boris) were excellent, giving great insights into the various places visited.
We were met each morning at and returned in the evening to our hotel at the agreed times having had full and enjoyable days out.
In conversation on our first day, my wife had mentioned that our trip was my birthday treat. The second day of our guided tour coincided with my birthday. Christina and Boris met us with a Bottle of Russian "Champagne" (yet to be tasted) and a box of Chocolate sweets (eaten that night!). A very much appreciated gesture from two very pleasant people.
The tour is well worth the cost. Try it. You will not be disappointed

Oliver Skofield

26 07 2018

We had a wonderful time during both days of our private tour. We did 2 day tours and they were both great. The first day he even meet us at our hotel.

Marina was our tour guide. She was also wonderful, very passionate about the art and history of Russian “cultural capital”. She was knowledgeable and we all enjoyed our time with her. She picked a delicious place for lunch and went above and beyond showing us everything. We really enjoyed stepping back in time to imagine what life must have been like.
We would highly recommend all tours from Tickets and Tours. I appreciate all the help I received from manager Julia when trying to decide what tours we wanted to do. She always answered my emails in a timely manner.

Thank you again for an awesome time and we know our experience was so much richer with our private excursion in Saint-Petersburg.

Robert W.

23 06 2018

My wife and I visited St Petersburg on a Holland America Baltic cruise. My wife uses a wheelchair for longer distances due to her joint disease. We took the 2 day personal tour and worked with Tanya as our tour guide and Sergei was our driver. Both did a wonderful job showing us St Petersburg's greatest sites. Tanya took the time to make places accessible for us, especially highly popular locations with large crowds. Sergei was able to get into places we thought were impossible to fit. They made sure we saw what we wanted to see. We visited many places that we were told we could not visit via wheelchair by other tours. The Peterhof was amazing. We got a special tour at Catherine's Palace. We were able to customize our tour to visit other "off the grid" locations such as the Leningrad Siege museum. There was only a Russian speaking guide for this museum, so Tanya translated everything the museum guide said. It was a great tour. The entire visit to St. Petersburg was our best stop on the cruise thanks to Tanya, Sergei, Alex's tours and Ludmila tours. I would greatly recommend them to anyone traveling to St Petersburg, especially those with physical challenges and/or disabilities.

Gabriel Florez

23 06 2018

My wife and I had one day in Saint-Petersburg with our cruise stop. Ticket and Tours set up a private driver to pick us up at the port to take us to The city . Sergey was a fantastic driver and very professional. He had water for us and we appreciated his air-conditioned modern Mercedes. Our guide Svetlana was amazing. Highly recommend Tickets and Tours if you’re looking for nice skip-the-lines experience in Russia.

Jessica Nelson

17 05 2016

Highly recommend Tickets&Tours! It was an amazing experience ! Our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable about the history behind all that we saw on both days! Booking with T&Tours also allowed us to skip the wait lines to get in to most of the sights which was a bonus on hot August mornings. The entire booking process was extremely easy and everyone I had contact with via email was so helpful with all the questions I had. This was our first time to Russia . I would highly recommend Tickets and Tours when looking for private tour groups in Saint-Petersburg. You can't go wrong with them! Our party of four tourists booked two separate tours on adjoining days with beat the queue passes, Tour 1 was “Imperial Residences of Russian Tsars” with tour guide Julia who was exceptional with her warm greeting, friendly and courteous and with a passionate description of her knowledge of the extraordinary art and sculptures and historic buildings, a purely delightful experience. Tour 2 was the Best of St. Petersburg with tour guide Elena who also was a great and knowlegable guide with a passion for the history and culture that greeted us, can thoroughly recommend Tickets&Tours for their touring excellence, thank you!

Lena Kim

11 12 2019

The private tour was a really good choice for us. The company got our tickets for all places we visited beforehand and they were all included in the price we paid upfront. Our tour guide Svetlana was very knowledgeable and so sweet and accommodating throughout the two days. She took us to all the sites we had hoped to see while in the city and was able to give us a greater understanding of the history of the city as well as a better understanding of what it’s like to live in Russia today. She was funny and just a pleasure to be around. The best part of the experience had to be how quickly she was able to get us into places, the most important being the Hermitage where we were able to skip the ridiculously long lines. It felt like we had a private tour with her scooting us around the crowds and giving us a chance to take pictures and giving us some interesting facts. She was also able to do this at the Winter Palace where we were actually the only people in some of the rooms. On the first day she took us to a great lunch at a traditional Russian restaurant that looked like an old communist era apartment, sorry the name eludes me right now. Even my dad, who is so picky with food, enjoyed the atmosphere and was able to find something to eat there! I also have to say that both Svetlana and our driver (Vladimir?) were extremely helpful and patient with my mom and aunt who both have low mobility. Though Svetlana pushed us all to see everything we could, she felt bad if anyone missed anything!, both she and the driver made sure to help my mom and aunt in and out of the van, slowed down when they needed to, and used elevators where they could. At times, my mom and aunt were able to remain in the van while the rest of us continued on the tour when they needed to rest. My mom mentioned that on day two Vladimir, who did not really speak English, tried to give them a tour of the parts of the city they passed as they drove to meet Svetlana, me, my dad and uncle after a short metro/subway ride we took. My mom really appreciated his effort.

Though it was an intense tour, especially for my mom and aunt, I only heard my family say wonderful things about the experience of seeing St. Petersburg and especially about Svetlana and our driver. Overall I couldn’t agree more! I found the tour to be insightful and fun and was happy to have someone with us who was closer to my age for a little while! Svetlana was friendly and understanding and I greatly appreciated her efforts and presence on this wonderful adventure!


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