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


  • July 2017 First, I am somewhat remiss in posting late in that we were there about a month ago. But I cannot give TourPetersburg anything but the highest marks. Maria and Polina and her family and George - our driver were wonderful. The schedule I requested was not easy, but it definitely delivered. We have done three different visits to SP. Once, on our own in 1999. Second, with a group prior to TourPetersburg. I asked to see the special rooms in the Hermitage - the Diamond Room and the Gold Room. Only two groups go at one time at appointed times and with a smaller number of people. You have a private guide/curator. Having Maria allowed us for easily translation. July 12 - We met Maria at 10:00 AM for our tour. We started at the University Embankment; visited the Egyptian Sphinxes (where she showed us how to "greet" them (they are from Napoleon's time) - cover their ears and whisper in the cat's ear. Then the Priviet, Rooslam,… More
    Daniel King
    USA
  • May 2019 Hi Polina and Maria, Thanks for a wonderful two days. In spite of the bad weather, we had a great time. We especially enjoyed spending time with Olga and girls and having tea with you and your family, Polina. You and Maria really listened to what we wanted and we now have a much better idea how regular people live in your city and could see how the city has changed over the years. We didn’t feel that we were visiting old history but current life. I thought this would be our last visit but now I am not so sure.
    Bente Sentek
    Canada
  • June 2018 We had two magical days in St. Petersburg. It is an incredible city. We didn’t miss a thing. The city is gorgeous and maintained so beautifully. There are sumptuous gardens and forests throughout the city. Everything is sparkling clean and manicured. The architecture is so stunning.  We visited museums, palaces, The Church of The Spilled Blood and an awesome synagogue. The food we had was different and very tasty. We had a terrific and knowledgable guide named Maria with a private driver. The highlight of our trip was dinner with a wonderful Russian family.  Polina and her family invited us into their home and prepared a wonderful Russian dinner for us. We so enjoyed hearing about the life in Russia. We realized that the people and lifestyle are very similar to ours. They are friendly, affectionate and easy to be with.  We really felt like family. We fell in love with the city and the people.  We hope to return again.
    Ina Cantor
    USA
  • August 2016 Our three-day St.Petersburg visit exceeded expectations. I gave you a rather long list of sights that I wanted to see and you fit them in our schedule in an orderly and sensible way. As things worked out, there were no "hitches" or delays, and all the details were as we had agreed upon. Our guide and driver were courteous, helpful and well informed. And, just as important, they impressed us as being genuinely nice, trustworthy people whose company we enjoyed. I would certainly recommend you and your company.
    Bill O
    USA
  • August 2018 Our family of 11 has nothing but compliments for Polina and Maria. I initially dealt with Polina to set up our 2 day custom tour and she was very informative--professional--and timely in all contacts with her. At the last minute minor changes were made due to long wait times at Catherines Palace and here again Polina's suggestions were communicated professionally and thoughtfully.Our tour guide was Maria and she was simply outstanding. Everything was as promised with absolutely no surprises. Maria was very organized and amazingly worked thru minor changes to our itinerary to maximize our time. This company is simply outstanding to work with and have my highest recommendation. Excellent value for a quality tour!!!
    Jim & Linda Hale
    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
    Canada
  • 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
    USA
  • September 2014 Our St.Petersburg guide was Maria and she made all places in Saint-Petersburg we visited so memorable. Excellent English and an outstanding knowledge of Russian and Art history. She organized everything, bypassed all the queues and made sure we saw all the important things without rushing and even arranged a trip to the local restaurants for lunch. Brilliant!!
    Bob and Ed Swindle
    UK
  • June 2018 We loved the tour and your beautiful city.  Maria was terrific and VERY knowledgeable, always finding answers to our questions and we found Maxim to be very good driver. We will recommend you and your company to others in future.
    Maryann Braden
  • August 2016 Hi Polina, It was our pleasure to spend 3 days with Maria and Ruslan. We had a good time and found the schedule full and to our satisfaction. There was so much to see. One could easily spend 2 weeks in St. Petersburg and barely scratch the surface. We were happy to get the tour that we did and found both Maria and Ruslan to be excellent. We will certainly recommend you and your company to others wishing to go to St. Petersburg or other places in Russia as I understand that you also run tours in other cities. If we ever return, we will be sure to connect with you again.
    Barbara L Garbens
    Canada

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 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 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.




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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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