St Petersburg private guide: private tours and shore excursions

private guide in st petersburgHello,

My name is Alisa.   I  am a licensed private guide in St Petersburg  and  owner of Petersburgtrip. We offer private tours and shore excursions that combine “must see” places  and charming, but still off the beaten track sights that large   groups generally miss. We design a well-thought route that allows you to see as much as possible during the time available. Private guide will give you a feeling of what it’s like to live in St Petersburg, so we often walk or travel by public transport (a private vehicle can be arranged though).

Currently we offer:

visa-free shore excursions   for 1-3 days
 ready-made tour   programs   for those who  arrive by air or land
 –  private tours  in and around St Petersburg walking city tour, Hermitage museum guided tour, White nights evening tour, Pavlovsk tour,  Yusupov palace visit,  tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine palace) and Peterhof
excursions  for St Peterline ferry passengers
customized tours

You can contact me by mail  

Advantages of our private guide services and shore excursions in St Petersburg:

  • Save on a private  car   if you don’t need it. Our tours are mostly designed as walking or we use public transport to get to the sights, this way you save money, travel “local style” and can be more flexible with time – no need to run from museum  to the car rented for specified time when you feel that you haven’t seen enough. Nevertheless, private transportation can be arranged upon agreement.
  • Spend maximum time in the places you like. If you are taking a day guided tour to  suburban residences such as Tsarskoe Selo or Peterhof you stay there as long as you wish.  I strongly believe that it’s impossible to see these places properly during the short time given by standard tours. Unless the weather is very, very bad . But you didn’t come to Russia to stay at your hotel, right? :)
  • The guide meets you at your hotel before all  tours. Don’t waste your precious time trying to find out how to get to the meeting place in the unknown city or waiting for other members of the group tours.  There are so many places to see in St Petersburg!
  • We are doing our best to make our tours affordable, informative and entertaining.

In my blog you will also find information on transport, top sights in Saint-Petersburg and its suburbs like Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo,  travel tips and even recommendations on local food and places to eat. This blog is quite new, but I do my best to add information  on regular basis. Your feedback is MUCH appreciated.


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Are private shore excursions in St Petersburg expensive?

cruise shipAs a guide and travel agency owner, I often face a bias that private shore excursions in St Petersburg are much more expensive than group tours offered by a cruise company. I don’t really agree with that and to prove my point I decided to use a booklet of Royal Carribean that my tourists brought me in 2014.

The most popular sights cruise tourists visit in St Petersburg are the city tour, Savior on Spilt blood church, St Isaac’s cathedral, the Hermitage, Catherine palace in Tsarskoe Selo or Peterhof fountain park and sometimes Peter and Paul’s fortress. Continue reading

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