St Petersburg: Private City Sightseeing Tour
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration options: 4 - 5 hours
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Visiting in February we didn't really need the skip-the-line part of this tour as there were no queues, but we did get the benefit of a private tour, as there were just two of us on the tour and the expertise and knowledge of our tour guide. We'd met our guide, Olga, the previous day during our visit to the Hermitage and were looking forward to the tour of Catherine's Palace with her. The Palace is beautiful, breath-taking and stunning. Again Olga's love and passion for art came across during the tour. Olga also pointed out buildings of interest on our journeys, both too and from the Palace. The journey takes about 40 minutes by car, longer by public transport. I booked a transfer as I didn't feel confident in travelling by public transport. After travelling around the centre of St. Petersburg by bus I would consider making my own way there if I were to visit again.
A chance to walk to the three cathedrals and have other buildings of interest pointed out on the way. Our guide also told us where the points of interest we wanted to visit were located, which was really helpful. We learnt a lot about Russian history - hopefully after all the tours we've done we should remember at least some of it. Beware the people in animal suits at the meeting point, Alexander's column, in Palace Square - if they offer to take a selfie say 'no'! ~They don't tell you how much it will cost.
Our guide Marina was great - good English, flexible regarding our wishes tailoring tour to suit, informative, and delivered an informative and interesting tour with personal charm
Our driver is so accommodating and helpful,as my partner was too cold to get out of the car, he was trying to turn the car to help her Get a better view the scenery.
Igor was a super guide. And talked with great knowledge on the Fortress and history. He was excellent in the Cathedral with superb historical facts and insights.