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 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.

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


  • August 2014 Maria was our St.Petersburg private guide for two days. The days were full, informative and fun. Maria ushered us around and made St.Petersburg trip VERY easy. We entered sites without waiting in lines - which were all VERY long - and she pre-arranged lunches. The days in Saint-Petersburg went from 07:45 to 17:30. We would highly recommend Maria as the best St.Petersburg travel guide. Thank you, Maria, for two great days.
    John Myers
    USA
  • June 2017 This was an absolutely amazing tour of beautiful St. Petersburg. Our tour guide Maria, our driver Yelisyeyi (Елисей) and owner Polina really know the city and the best way to show it off. My group of four adults arrived at 9 am via the Norwegian Getaway at the Port in St. Petersburg. After negotiating long lines at Russian customs we found Maria waiting and we were whisked away to explore and enjoy as much as we could during our two-day visit. We created an a la cart tour that included sightseeing, restaurants, evening cocktails, the Hermitage museum, churches, tombs, coffee and much more. As a small group we easily moved through the city and sites. Maria is extremely knowledgeable, very well versed in Russian history and culture, excellent English, and well connected...Maria seemed to know everybody. Our driver knew every route and navigated the city effortlessly. My favorite thing about the tour is I feel like I was really shown the history, culture and life of St. Petersburg.… More
    Vela John Michael
    USA
  • June 2018 While on a Baltic cruise in June our friends and my wife and I had a free night in St Petersburg . I contacted Maria a couple of months before leaving after seeing some internet posts and she was able to arrange a special evening tour of some very local pubs.they handled all the transportation, visa, and destination planning. It turned out to be the night of the Russia vs Egypt World Cup match. Maria adjusted the itinerary to go to at least local spots with all the World Cup fever and excitement. We had planned on 3 couples but 1 couple could not attend so 4 of us , a great driver and Maria. She took care of all our ordering, language help and lots of local color. On our 10 day Baltic tour our evening in St Petersburg was by far the highlight. I have taken many private tours in Europe and rate Maria number “1”. We are from California and in mid 60’s. Don’t miss a… More
    Charles Ruble
    USA
  • August 2018 Maria was an excellent guide for our group of six for three days in St. Petersburg. We were able to make requests as to what we wanted to see and all of Maria's suggestions were wonderful. We especially enjoyed the many things to see in the Hermitage and Peterhof. Maria suggested authentic Russian restaurants for lunch, which we enjoyed (there were no other tourists). A highlight was seeing some relatives and Maria came to dinner for the evening with us and translated at a very minimal extra cost. We had previously communicated with the relatives through google translate as they do not speak English and we do not speak Russian. I want to visit Russia again. The positive experience was largely due to Maria's skills, the information she provided, and her interest in making sure we had a great experience.
    Helen Appleton
    USA
  • October 2014 I loved the custom made tours and the flexibility offered. Maria Kostina was gracious, polite, knowledgeable, and flexible. She understood that the main purpose of the tour, was not just to get information, but to enjoy the city and be able to wander around and change things as we went along. There were some restrictions due Holidays, days off, and Russian customs of buying tickets early, but these were all dealt with well. Most importantly, there was no RUSHING... I would highly recommend her as a tourist guide in this beautiful city...
    Muna
    Saudi Arabia
  • June 2017 My friends and I had a two day tour of St. Petersburg with Maria and our driver whose name I could not possibly spell. I cannot sing enough high praises for them or for Polina who helped plan our tour. They answered our many emails sent prior to our trip and sent an itinerary that included many of the St. Petersburg highlights. It took forever to go through immigration from our cruise ship. Maria was patiently waiting for us through all the madness. The Mercedes van had snacks and drinks waiting for us. St.Petersburg is an amazing city. There were many sights to see and Maria was able to explain the history of Russia and the importance of each sight. We always felt like VIPs with no line waiting and personal service. They were able to customize the things we wanted to do such as see a subway station and go to a restaurant and bars that locals would go to. We were constantly amazed and impressed. For… More
    Christina Gernale
    USA
  • July 2018 Thank you for the most interesting 2 days in St. Petersburg! Your professionalism, flexibility, and kindnesses are most appreciated, and about which we will be sharing with our friends. All of your combined efforts provided an excellent visit to such an astounding city, and I will be encouraging all of my clients to the Baltic area to experience your tours.
    M.J. Bryant
    USA
  • October 2018 We visited St. Petersburg in October 2018 and arranged for a private tour with Maria for 22 people. I found Maria to be very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. Our visit was so much more enjoyable and worry free. Everything was carefully planned including good suggestions for lunch on both days. I highly recommend contacting her for future visits to SPB.
    Susan Price
    USA
  • August 2014 Maria, thank you again for your excellent private Hermitage, Peterhof and Amber Room tours during our visit to St Petersburg, Russia. August is the busiest time of the year but you were able to move us through the venues and the city with finesse usually at the head of the line. Your knowledge of the history and art of Russia made your St.Petersburg private tours very worthwhile. Your command of English was spot on and entertaining. Hugs from the eight of us.
    Earl Robertson
    USA
  • June 2017 Yesterday we took a private tour arranged by TourPetersburg and it was fantastic! We discussed what we wanted with Polina who was terrific arranging a full day of sightseeing and she truly delivered a great experience. She even bought Russian sweets and sodas for us! Talk about professionalism and going the extra mile for the customer!!! Our tour guide was Maria who was knowledgeable, personable, and a delight. We cannot recommend them enough. We left St. Petersburg wanting to return and have Polina and Maria arrange everything for us.
    Maria Dominguez
    USA

Why Us


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 that will help you to avoid them. 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.

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 you will save time and money while also having the best expertise. No cancelation penalties!




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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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