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 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

E-mail: info@tourpetersburg.com

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

E-mail: info@tourpetersburg.com


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.


  • 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
  • May 2018 Hi Polina and Maria, Thank you so much for taking such good care of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to your beautiful city and also getting to know Maria! Bob was very pleased with your lovely birthday gift! Thank you again. We will be passing your services onto our friends and family who may wish to visit St Petersburg in the future. Best regards Wendy and Bob
    Wendy & Bob Brogan
  • 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
  • July 2016 It was a blessing that we found Polina `s company on the net so we can book our two days in St Petersburgh with her. The guide was extremely well-informed about all the sites we visited. Her historical and artistic knowledge were exactly what we were looking for. Travel in and out of the city was perfect and always in time and according to the schedule. Our driver was an additional asset (helped us to get to our show as well) and worked fantastic with our guide . The schedule included 2 full days and she was always flexible when we requested a diversion or wanted to spend more time at a location. Her choice of restaurants was excellent and the prices excelent for the quality of food and service. Our recommendation for anybody that want to visit St Petersburgh will be to get in contact with Polina because you will have the best service that you can ask for.
    Marcel Salajan
  • June 2018 WISH I COULD GIVE THIS 8 STARS! Maria met us at the dock, and was the perfect hostess to show us her country. She is extremely knowledgeable both of the history and landmarks but also of the art at the Hermitage. She took us to some out of the way, authentic places to eat, and was an excellent companion as well as a guide. Very tuned into our needs. When we wished to sit, she waited for us and changed some parts of the itinerary as we made some requests. We were told about her by fiends and would never hesitate to recommend her highly.We three spent 2 days with her and our excellent driver.
    Jeanne Slyfield
  • September 2018 We were very pleased with our tour of St. Petersburg provided by Tourpetersburg.com. We had a group of 19 friends who had some specific requests for a two-day tour. We worked with Polina communicating back and forth via many e-mails, taking our strange requests and turning them into something practical. She was always very polite and patient. Among the complications was that 13 of us wanted to go to the ballet one evening, with 6 simply going back to the ship. On the morning of our arrival, a nice bus, an excellent driver and our fantastic guide, Maria, were waiting for us at the cruise ship terminal and we were quickly on our way. Among our requests was to get a bit beyond just the many churches and museums and get some taste for life in Russia. Maria worked it out very nicely, with non-tourist restaurants for lunches and dinner, a trip in the beautiful subway and walks in parks. Both Maria and the driver (who also spoke… More
    Yan Guo
  • October 2016 Can’t say enough wonderful things about our 2 days of touring in SPB. Maria took such good care of me on my 1st day and customized our 1/2 day so i could see exactly what I wanted. Elena took over on day 2 and we walked the city with my husband and also saw exactly what we wanted to see. The depth and breadth of knowledge about the history, the architecture, the artists and their work was so detailed and substantial. We were so impressed. Hope to get back someday for more!
    Jim & Sue Caruso
  • 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
  • December 2018   You must get Maria Kostina the best tour guide ever warm friendly kind helpful and hugely knowledgeable. What an amazing city from stunning winter and summer palaces to Maria taking us to everyday coffee and doughnut cafe for locals.
    Cindy Lass
  • 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