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.


  • harryJuly 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.
  • Testim 2August 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
  • SueFebruary 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
  • Cindy BishopAugust 2017 I'll be honest. I was a bit apprehensive about touring Russia. Our cruise ship allowed us only one day to see the sights and I didn't see how that was possible with a large tour group from our ship. A friend of a friend told us about the Tourpetersburg group. For a couple of months Polina worked with me to arrange everything that we wanted to see. She personalized the tour for our group of 6 people. She even got us our visas. The day of the tour, Maria met us right outside customs, even waiting an hour and a half for us when we were stuck both on our ship and at customs for unexplained reasons. But once we met Maria the fun began. She took us on a tour of St. Petersburg, for a fun ride on a hydrofoil to Petershof, a great lunch back in St. Petersburg, shopping, then an amazing tour of the Hermitage, including the famed Gold Room. We went to other sights… More
    Cindy Bishop
  • bill-oconnorAugust 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
  • Testim 1August 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
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAugust 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
  • Test Sue WoodwardMarch 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
  • 2016-baltic-sea-cruise-lizs-photos-501August 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
  • Test Pauline LeeApril 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