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


WHY CHOOSE 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.



WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY


  • July 2014 About a week before I left for my Baltic cruise to Saint-Petersburg, I was given Polina's contact. I emailed her on a Friday night requesting to arrange a 3-day St.Petersburg tour package that mirrored the ship's land tour for my party of 11. By Monday, she had arranged everything including our visas! On top of that, she did not even ask us for a deposit. The cost was less than half the price of the ship's tour. The 3-day St.Petersburg private tour was simply fantastic! It included all St.Petersburg places to visit, Hermitage tour, Peterhof tour also. Our guide, Dasha was incredibly knowledgeable, very professional and engaging. She looked after the group extremely well. We have travelled extensively and this is the best private tour we had.
  • August 2018 Maria, Thanks very much we have had a lovely cruise with the highlights being st Petersburg. Again the tour with your company was excellent Many thanks
    Rachael Fenlon
    UK
  • 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
  • July 2018 My family spent two beautiful days in St Petersburg with Maria during our Scandinavia cruise. She was extremely informative and organized throughout the tour and even went the extra mile to assist my elderly Italian parents. If you plan to visit St Petersburg, I highly recommend visiting this gem with Maria!
    Niccolo Rinaldini
    USA
  • 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
    Canada
  • February 2016 Hello Polina and Maria. We would like to thank you for making our winter visit to your beautiful city perfect. You were both so attentive collecting us from our hotel to take us on so many trips. Steve loved the submarine and the Navel museum was quite amazing too. There was so much to see. The Political History Museum was so very interesting and the depth of your knowledge was fantastic. The Faberge museum was quite stunning not just the collection but the building itself is wondrous. We felt incredibly safe and cared for in your company. Nothing was too much trouble for either of you and you were kindness itself. You are 2 very professional young women who really know Saint Petersburg inside out and speak perfect English. We can't thank you both enough for an amazing 2 weeks in your fantastic city. We loved being there in winter as it so much quieter and the snow made it magic too. We will be back and definitely… More
    Sue and Steve Woodward
    UK
  • August 2018 2 days touring from cruise ship with our excellent guide Maria. Gave them a list of must-sees and they did the rest. We saw almost all of our must-sees and SO MUCH more. Maria uses her local knowledge and contacts to skip past or avoid lines. Flexible itinerary adapting on-the-fly to current conditions. Took us to nice spots for lunch that were very affordable and great food. Highly recommended.
    Paul Schneider
    Canada
  • 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