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 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

  • July 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
  • July 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
  • July 2018 Polina, I want to thank you on behalf of Robert , Lucille , Shirley and myself for providing us with such great tour itineraries and exceptional service. Tatiana and Maria were great tour guides and very flexible and accommodated all our needs. Maxim was a great driver. Dealing with you all has been a most pleasurable experience and we will have no hesitation in recommending each and every one of you. Once again many thanks  for making our stay in your beautiful city so memorable. Warm wishes from us all
    David Sklar
  • May 2019 Maria is an absolutely amazing tour guide - wonderful to work with, incredibly knowledgeable of this amazing city, and really personable. She provided terrific guidance in preparing the trip so that my sister and I could maximize our time and truly visit the treasures most important to us. Our three day program covered Peterhof, Catherines Palace (don't miss the Amber room workshops!) and the Hermitage (with Diamond Rooms!). I can honestly say we would have never been able to be so efficient, see so much and have the incredible, personal experience we had without Maria. I would highly recommend, and I look forward to visiting St Petersburg again WITH MARIA! and soon.
    Lisa Schroeter
  • August 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
  • July 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.
  • July 2018 Polina, Wow wow wow What a great city this is. What a fantastic tour you put together for us. What an excellent guide Tanya is. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable and excellent at her job but is one of the nicest persons we have had the pleasure of meeting. Thank you thank you thank you.  
    Robert & Lucille Sive
  • May 2019 We booked our tour with Maria for May 2019. We were a little apprehensive as my husband needs to use a mobility scooter as he has difficulty walking distances. We need not have been worried. Maria was fantastic. Her knowledge is incredible, everything was very organised and we saw so much (more than other people on our cruise). Maria organised all visas, which was so helpful. I would recommend Maria to anyone who is visiting St. Petersburg.
    Kirstine Jackson
  • June 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
  • July 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

Why Us

Your safety

Your guide knows what can be difficult for a foreigner visiting Saint-Petersburg. He 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. Our main task is 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 to St Petersburg museums are endless. 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 the information or itinerary. They usually tell one and the same things. We will inform you about everything we know about the city and its history. The private guide does not only run tours. Being experienced in St. Petersburg tourism we believe in professionalism and cooperation. 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 the Russian history and art this is the city you need to visit.
Within its history St Petersburg has 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 its 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 the 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, calmer, more polite and cultural, more easy-going.
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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