St Petersburg tour guides


Hello, we are Maria and Polina! It seems now we have been in this business forever. We have been working as professional guides in Saint-Petersburg for about 10 years. Each of us being an excellent private guide worked for different companies in our beautiful city running tours of different kinds and this way got precious experience. Having decided we are strong enough to work on our own we arranged TourPetersburg Company. Thus, we have been functioning for more than 7 years as an official company at the touristic market of St. Petersburg.

We see our aim not in arranging tours properly or just booking tickets in museums. We are happy to break people’s stereotypes about Russia and Russians. We show the country and the city we live in with love. We would like you to see St Petersburg the way we see it and to fall in love with it forever.

We work very hard and as a result we are happy to say that we receive more and more enquiries every year. We try to pay as much attention as possible to every detail in our work: our tour guides are highly professional and easy-going, our drivers are helpful, polite and attentive, our prices are the lowest among competitors.

We are proud to inform you that we do not have negative comments about our tours. Every businessman tells his clients about the personal approach in his work. This is what we try not to proclaim but to practice. Of course, we have standard sample tours to make the process of choosing what is important to see here or not easier for our guests. Then the process of improving the tour begins. We are attentive and flexible to tourists’ ideas and suggestions and do not want everyone to have one and the same tour. Keeping in mind their wishes, desires and special needs we would like them to enrich the standard sample tour with something unusual that will help our guests to know Russia and Russian people better, to pay attention not only to interesting and famous museums, spacious parks and magnificent palaces of Saint-Petersburg but also to see our everyday life sitting quietly in a café watching ordinary Russian people around, for example.

Our goal is to change foreign guests’ perception of Russia and people who live here. That is why working with tourists mostly coming to Russia for the first time we still would like to give them the possibility to choose what they would like to see in St Petersburg. There are several options. Of course, you may have the must-see tour, this is what most visitors do. Also there is always an opportunity to mix it with something not usual as, for example, a visit of Russian banya, a photo session in Russian traditional costumes… This way the tour becomes a very special experience, nobody will have anything of this kind. We ask and provoke our guests to be brave and extraordinary. They are very grateful for it later!

We are so delighted to hear when in the end of the tour our guests say their ideas about Russia were totally different and they did not expect to find here so many well-educated, English-speaking, positive, enthusiastic young people. Most of the tourists are sure Russia is going to be unusual, strange and unpredictable. It is a pleasant surprise for them to realize we are very hospitable, highly professional and willing to communicate and to share.

Polina Kurshakova

I am Polina, a professional guide in Saint-Petersburg. I will be happy to help you here as I love my job and dealing with people of all nationalities. I have a degree in English and management. When there is free time I love reading, especially about Russian history. I will be happy to welcome you here in Saint-Petersburg and to show you our beautiful city.

Phone Number: +7 931 231 01 90


Maria Kostina

Hi. I am Maria, a native citizen of Saint-Petersburg. I have been a tour guide here for seven years. Why have I chosen this job? Because I like to speak languages (English, Italian and of course Russian), to meet new people, to tell them about my country's history and the city. I would like to enjoy Saint-Petersburg with you. You are warmly welcome to one of the most beautiful cities of the world, to my city!

Phone Number +7 921 650 20 70



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.


  • 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
  • August 2017 We had a 2 day stop over in St Petersburg on our Baltic Cruise. We contacted Maria at Tourpetersburg and received detailed options as to what she thought would suit our party of 4 adults and 6 teenagers. We were met at the customs hall in the port by Anna and spent 2 days with her on our private minibus. She took us to the most admired places in St Petersburg including the wonderful palace of Peterhof, the Hermitage, The Church of the Spilled Blood. But what made the 2 days for us were the local details, taking us on the underground, going to a soviet cafe, and listening to Anna's intelligent, informed and generous information and explanations. Anna made this trip extraordinary. I would absolutely recommend Tourpetersburg.
    Fiona Armstrong Hall
  • 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
  • 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
  • March 2018 This was about our 8th trip to St Petersburg and we have always used Tourpetersburg as they have always given us 100% satisfaction. It was our 45th wedding anniversary so a special occasion. Our guide was Katya this time and she was as professional as Lena was last time, she spoke perfect English, was kind and extremely helpful. We visited the Faberge museum and it was wonderful to see so many examples of perfection. Polina always comes up with some new place for us to visit each trip and its worth asking her to recommend other things, other than the very obvious stunning palaces which should never be missed of course..
    Sue Woodward
  • August 2018 Maria was recommended to me by a friend. If you are on a cruise and have 2 days in St Petersburg then Maria's guided tour will enable you to see as much as possible in the limited time with the most enjoyment. If you want a knowledgeable and pleasant guide taking you around in a nice chauffeured Mercedes then Maria will give you complete satisfaction. You will enjoy walking past the long queues trying to get into the Hermitage. The only problem with superb St Petersburg is that the rest of the world can be quite disappointing in comparison.
    Bill Paraska
  • August 2016 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 6 to make maximum use of our limited time and to see the sights we were really interested in. Maria was exceptionally knowledgeable about the city and very efficient in arranging for tickets so we didn't spend a lot of time in lineups. We would highly recommend Tourpetersburg to anyone planning a trip to Russia.
    Alan McIvor
  • April 2018 St Petersburg went extremely well. We could not have asked for more from Maria who was exceptional: in guiding, helping and facilitating all we enjoyed. She was patient, considerate/thoughtful and careful; she understood and anticipated all our needs and went well beyond what can be expected of anyone. She was there proactively facilitating, in the hotels, at all the attractions. She used her experience to help us lose as little time as possible queuing, waiting, struggling with menus, bills, etc … All members of our group said that she was the very best guide they have ever had in all their travels, and they are all well-travelled people. Please convey to her our deep appreciation. She was magnificent! In terms of attractions, they were all interesting and appreciated. There is nothing we would have omitted. The palaces were dazzling. Cathedrals stunning. Museums were excellent. Maria made them all come alive with her explanations (often patiently repeated, because we were not able to remember all the facts in one… More
    Pauline Lee
  • August 2018 My family and friends (22 people)had a great time exploring the beautiful city of St Petersburg for 2 days during our Scandinavian/ St Petersburg Cruise last Aug 22/23, 2018. Maria our very knowledgeable guide showed us the different landmarks of the city(Hermitage museum, Peterhof Palace, Catherine Palace /Garden,Church of the Spilled Blood, St Isaac Church etc).We particularly enjoyed the specialty Russian breads during our quick lunches. Thank you Maria for your recommendation on these 2 days . The breads were delicious!! We learned so much about St Petersburg’s history, arts , paintings and other stuff because Maria was an excellent story teller. Thank you for sharing all the infos to us ,we will forever be greatful for the knowledge but most specially for the .... memories!!! Thanks for the souvenirs as well.  
    Maria Solita
  • October 2016 I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Ms Polina Kurshakova of Tour Petersburg for the excellent service provided to my group recently on our visit to St Petersburg in early October 2016 . The itenary that was prepared was cleverly and delightfully planned in accordance to our expectations , and the service of the tour guide Ms Tatiana , was indeed very professional , competent and simply adorable . My group had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves . Certainly a well organised company which i will have no hesitation to fully recommend to all who wishes to be well taken cared of whilst visiting St Petersburg . My regards and congratulations to Polina and her Management , wishing her every success in her undertakings , and i will continue to give her my support with repeat businesses and referrals to all my group of friends , family and work colleagues visiting Russia in the near future . Best Regards Louis Tan Head of… More
    Louis Tan