Guided tours of St Petersburg Russia

We are Polina and Maria. We work in St. Petersburg as private guides. We are always ready to arrange for you best St. Petersburg tours, to show you the city where we work and live.

Usually the decision to visit Russia is not easy and quick for foreign guests. The next step is to understand what cities to go to. The way of travelling is also important as it can be and individual tour, a private guided tour, a tour in a small group of 6-10 people or a big (up to 40 people) group tour. Each way of travelling has its own privileges and disadvantages and we are not going to discuss them now.

In St.Petersburg tourism our experience is rich enough to satisfy any tourist. Communication will not be a problem because we are also offering help with translation everywhere – shops, cafes, bars, theatres…

What Customers Say


  • robinJuly 2014 We had a wonderful 2-day St.Petersburg private tour with Maria as our private guide, and were so glad to have a small group of four instead of 40, like most people on our cruise! This enabled us to dart around big groups, get into museums early, and no lines for the bathrooms! (Plus, Maria found us all the free bathrooms!) She was very knowledgeable, spoke great English, and was able to adjust the individual tour to our interests. We were able to see all St.Petersburg places to visit and do a LOT. This is an active tour, and we made the most of our time. Thank you, Maria! You are the best St.Petersburg private guide!
    Robin & Joe
    Minnesota, USA
  • Susan FainerJuly 2017 It was a pleasure to deal with Tour Petersburg! We were interested in different sites as this was our second trip to St Petersburg. Always prompt, Polina responded to our questions and provided excellent suggestions that only a very experienced tour operator could. Our most knowledgeable and congenial guide Elena was a pleasure to be with during our 2 day tour. Our driver Ruslan's skill at getting us around should be mentioned as well. We would highly recommend this company and thank those mentioned for making our trip most memorable.
    Susan Fainer
    Canada
  • gregAugust 2015 Polina was our guide for 3 full and fabulous days. We worked with her in advance on what we wanted to see and she arranged everything perfectly and to fit our schedule. She was great to be with and extremely knowledgable ,and spoke very good English. ( She taught English ) . She arranged a driver but only where needed to keep costs in line. The car was very comfortable and well worth it. We never waited in lines and truly enjoyed our days with her. She was prompt,courteous ,sincere and looked after everything. I highly recommend her.
    Greg and Betsy
    USA
  • SwaminathanJuly 2017 Saint Petersburg was the highlight of our Baltic Sea cruise and we were very fortunate to have as out tour guide Maria and driver George. They allowed our group of 12 to make maximum use of our limited time and to see the highlights of the city. The tour was well organized and Maria was an excellent guide. She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and made sure we saw all the highlights of the city. Even when we were a bit tired she was able to get us going with her enthusiasm and smile. We would highly recommend your tour to others.
    Swaminathan
    UK
  • Alice-Marie-and-David-Melbourne,-FL,-USAJune 2015 On a 12-day cruise in the Baltic my favorite place was St.Petersburg, Russia. Our guide was Ms. Polina Kurshakova. She is the reason our 3-day St.Petersburg guided tour there was so perfect and our favorite port of call. I am so glad we did this St.Petersburg individual tour and did not pile on a bus with a lot of grumpy people. Excellent English, and she was always so concerned about how we were. She helped to plan our three days there. I did not know where to start. I have not stopped talking about her and St.Petersburg private tours she sets up. Our time there was too short. Polina, you are as pretty on the ouside as you are on the inside. I love your city-St Petersburg, Russia.
    Alice Marie and David
    Melbourne, FL, USA
  • Carolyn JonesJuly 2017 We had two full days in St Petersburg as part of a cruise and arranged for private touring with Tourpetersburg for both days. We made arrangements by email with Maria, who answered all our questions quickly and efficiently. We wanted to see most, but not all, of the stops on the usual must-see tour of the city, but also wanted to add a stop of our own, which they were able to accommodate. I had previously reviewed the shore excursions offered by the cruise line. While the cost for private tours was a little, but not much, more, we were able to customize our tour and have our own private guide and vehicle, so it was well worth it. We are not people who usually take formal tours. When travelling, we mostly head into a city on our own and explore using local transport and our feet. To see anything in a short time in St Petersburg, however, a guided tour is a must. First, it eliminates the… More
    Carolyn Jones
    USA
  • harryJuly 2014 About a week before I left for my Baltic cruise to Saint-Petersburg, I was given Polina's contact. I emailed her on a Friday night requesting to arrange a 3-day St.Petersburg tour package that mirrored the ship's land tour for my party of 11. By Monday, she had arranged everything including our visas! On top of that, she did not even ask us for a deposit. The cost was less than half the price of the ship's tour. The 3-day St.Petersburg private tour was simply fantastic! It included all St.Petersburg places to visit, Hermitage tour, Peterhof tour also. Our guide, Dasha was incredibly knowledgeable, very professional and engaging. She looked after the group extremely well. We have travelled extensively and this is the best private tour we had.
  • Testim 2August 2017 Our time in St. Petersburg was short, and we had lots on our list of places to see and do. Thankfully, this company allowed our group of 6 to pick and choose the sights and events that most interested us. The guide and driver both demonstrated exceptional ability to guide us in, through, and ahead of super crowded sights, which allowed us to make the most of our short time in their beautiful city. Choosing this company was one of the best decisions we made while on our trip this summer.
    Lacey McPherson
    USA
  • SueFebruary 2016 Hello Polina and Maria. We would like to thank you for making our winter visit to your beautiful city perfect. You were both so attentive collecting us from our hotel to take us on so many trips. Steve loved the submarine and the Navel museum was quite amazing too. There was so much to see. The Political History Museum was so very interesting and the depth of your knowledge was fantastic. The Faberge museum was quite stunning not just the collection but the building itself is wondrous. We felt incredibly safe and cared for in your company. Nothing was too much trouble for either of you and you were kindness itself. You are 2 very professional young women who really know Saint Petersburg inside out and speak perfect English. We can't thank you both enough for an amazing 2 weeks in your fantastic city. We loved being there in winter as it so much quieter and the snow made it magic too. We will be back and definitely… More
    Sue and Steve Woodward
    UK
  • Cindy BishopAugust 2017 I'll be honest. I was a bit apprehensive about touring Russia. Our cruise ship allowed us only one day to see the sights and I didn't see how that was possible with a large tour group from our ship. A friend of a friend told us about the Tourpetersburg group. For a couple of months Polina worked with me to arrange everything that we wanted to see. She personalized the tour for our group of 6 people. She even got us our visas. The day of the tour, Maria met us right outside customs, even waiting an hour and a half for us when we were stuck both on our ship and at customs for unexplained reasons. But once we met Maria the fun began. She took us on a tour of St. Petersburg, for a fun ride on a hydrofoil to Petershof, a great lunch back in St. Petersburg, shopping, then an amazing tour of the Hermitage, including the famed Gold Room. We went to other sights… More
    Cindy Bishop
    USA

Why Us


Your safety

Your guide knows what can be difficult for a foreigner visiting Saint-Petersburg and will be responsible not only for your personal guided tour but also for your safety. We will never take you to a place that is not suitable for you or your children. We see our main task as making your stay in our wonderful city comfortable, interesting and safe. Working directly with us, not via an agency, you will save time and money while also having the best expertise. No cancelation penalties!

Our individual approach

You will be offered a guided tour in which all your preferences will be included. We are happy to meet any needs of each guest. Thanks to our experience we can offer you the best options of what to see here. During the high season queues are endless in St. Petersburg museums. This is our job to book your tickets in advance. Being one of the best tour guides in Saint-Petersburg we want you to have a great experience during your visit. No deposit!

Rich experience

Visiting St. Petersburg you will not have to study guidebooks for information or itinerary, they usually write one and the same things. We will tell you everything we know about the city and its history. But a private guide does not only run tours. Being experienced in St. Petersburg tourism we believe in professionalism and cooperation that is why in our work we have been using many contacts we collected over the years.




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We would like to help you with the choice of the city and to provoke you to come to the cultural capital of Russia, to our Northern Venice – Saint-Petersburg. To confirm our point of view below we offer you a comparison of two most famous cities in Russia – Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.
St Petersburg is located in the Northwestern part of Russia, Moscow – in the central one. Climate differences all come from this fact – the weather in St Petersburg is worse and there are more rains here. Because of the climate and its geographical location from the end of May to the beginning of July you can experience the period of White Nights in Saint-Petersburg. Generally Moscow gets more sun, it is located on seven hills and from Vorobyovy Mountains you can see the half of the city. As Moscow is the capital of Russia with the population of more than 12 mln people, its rhythm and tempo of life is very active. Also, Moscow’s population keeps constantly growing. The population of Saint-Petersburg is only 5 mln people and life here is considered to be quieter. Talking about these cities’ territory in Moscow it is two times bigger than in St Petersburg.
St Petersburg is considered to be the cultural capital of our country as more than 8000 cultural objects are located here. So, if you are in interested in Russian history and art this is the city you need to visit.
Within its history St Petersburg changed its name 4 times (Saint-Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad-Saint-Petersburg). Moscow has been Moscow all the time.
From the point of view of the economy, our city is the center of shipbuilding when Moscow’s main industry is aircraft equipment production. There is more transport in Moscow that is why they have endless traffic jams at rush hours. Also there are more policemen in Moscow as the city has more power. You may watch VIP motorcades that provoke difficulties on roads very often there. In our city the traffic is much quieter.
Of course, the situation in the city influences the character, life and mentality of those who live in Saint-Petersburg. Citizens of our city are considered to be more European as initially Peter the Great founded the city as European capital of the country. Also, such European countries as Estonia and Finland are very close to us. Citizens of St Petersburg are considered to be more thoughtful, calm, polite, cultural and much friendlier.
We hope we managed to achieve our goal and to persuade you to come to our beautiful city. We will be happy to show you Saint-Petersburg at its best.

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