Our Company

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 more than 15 years. Each of us being an excellent private guide worked for different companies in our beautiful city. We ran 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 13 years as an official company at the touristic market of St. Petersburg.

Our aim is not only 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. 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. 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. We 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 the 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 a 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 the Russian banya. 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!

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 have been in this sphere for more than 15 years already. I have a degree in English and management.  The tourist market is constantly developing in our city, and we try to be even ahead of the mordern trends. To achieve it I am happy to deal with your tour requests, to arrange new interesting and non-classical tours, to make your stay here not boring and to welcome you in our unforgettable city.

Phone Number: +7 931 231 01 90

E-mail: info@tourpetersburg.com

Maria Kostina

I am Maria, a native citizen of Saint-Petersburg. I have been working as a tour guide for more than twelve years. Why have I chosen this job? I like speaking languages (English, Italian and, of course, Russian), meeting  new people and sharing my knowledge of history, city and art. I also deal with your requests and try to make the best tours for you. St Petersburg is the city you can visit several times and still there are so many interesting places left unattended. You are warmly welcome to come and discover them and we are here to make your visit comfortable, safe and unforgettable.

Phone Number +7 921 650 20 70

E-mail: info@tourpetersburg.com


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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • June 2019 We booked a tour last year with Maria and our ship was unable to get into St Petersburg. Maria was most caring throughout this disappointing time. We rebooked this year and when we finally met Maria it was like meeting an old friend. Her tour was excellent and included many of the highlights of this beautiful city, but also had some local sights too. A ride on the metro, local cafe and a farmers market. Maria’s English is excellent. Our driver, Constantine, was courteous and helpful. It was a wonderful trip and would highly recommend.
    Sandra Kimberling
  • 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...
    Saudi Arabia
  • 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
  • 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
  • September 2018 My wife and I booked 2 days with private tour guide, vehicle and Driver with Maria while we were there while on a cruise. Olga was our guide and she was excellent and was able to show us the city with great energy and knowledge. We would recommend booking with Tourpetersburg and with Olga.
    Alan Zell
  • August 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
  • June 2019 Maria was an excellent and amazingly friendly tour guide. We felt like we got to know her during our correspondence prior to the trip. She was always happy to answer questions and allow us to change our itinerary to suit our needs. I had last minute mobility problems but she was happy to accommodate my new needs, even arranging a wheelchair for me at no extra cost. The tour was fantastic! We had 2 very full days which gave us a real spectrum of the sights and treasures of St Petersburg. We even got to go in the metro stations to see their amazing mosaics and marble. Wow! Peterhof gardens were beautiful. There was so much more, but suffice to say, we had a great time and we would thoroughly recommend TourPetersburg.
    Valerie Hatch