“Three lovely days”, June 5-7,2017
Though I’m an old hand in St. Petersburg I’m not good with historical overviews, so I hired this company to guide Four dear friends of mine to the Hermitage, Peterhoff and on a long Canal ride with a guide. Julia was my contact, and she was easy and agreeable to organize details. Each event went as planned, and the boats, drivers and guides were friendly, knowledgeable and well organized. We enjoyed the experience. I would use Julia’s organization again. Our guides were Julia, Anna and Elena.
“Enlightened visit to St. Petersburg May 6-7, 2017”
Four of us cruised the Regal Princess which docked at St Petersburg overnight. We booked GrandPetersburg for a two day tour. Our guide was Julia and the driver was Slava. The schedule for the 2 day was well managed and we were able to see the main attractions of the city. Julia is well versed in Russian history and culture and we enjoyed her narration. She arranged an early entrance to the Hermitage Museum before its opening to avoid the queue. For every room in the Museum, she pointed out its high lights, otherwise we would be lost in the vast space and collections. For every palace and cathedral, she brought our attention to its significance. She was extremely flexible to accommodate our requests for a canal ride so we could see the city from a different view; a ride in the underground train (subway) to see Soviet architecture rather than just those of the tsar eras; the market place to see Russian produce and daily life of local people. Although this is our second visit to St. Petersburg, this tour has been very enlightened.
GrandPetersburg is a small company but not without its uniqueness. The tour group is small. We had 6 in our group. Unlike the mass mainstream tours, nobody was left behind; we received personal attention and we were able to hear the guide and ask questions.
Slava was very thoughtful and he dropped us off and picked us up at the closest proximity, sparing us from much walking. He also provided us with umbrellas when it was raining.
One suggestion for Julia is when planning your next similar tour you should include some time for lunch. On our second day the schedule was tight. The first visit was the Hermitage Museum followed by the canal ride. We could bring our lunch to eat on the canal boat.
Thank you for making St. Petersburg the highlight of our cruise ports. Your souvenir will be a good memory of our visit.
I have organised a one day tour to Peterhof and Catherine’ s palace with Grand Petersburg.
They were on time to pick us up at the hotel. Our tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. The drive was also very polite. We did not have to Q up at any point. The places we visited were very pretty and we did not feel rushed at all.
«Our trip to St Petersburg».
«We greatly enjoyed our tour with Julia. We learnt a lot from her while seeing the great spots of St Petersburg. She has a sense of humour, she’s knowledgeable, very accommodating and flexible. The car that we hired with her help is clean and well-maintained. Julia thank you very much for unforgettable visit of St Petersburg».
«Very professional! I would definitely recommend it».
«GrandPtersburg is an excellent tour company. They made our two days in St Petersburg unforgettable. Our guide, Julia was friendly, helpful and very knowledgable. The driver Slava was very polite and attentive. His van was convinient and clean.
We were very happy with the whole itinerary and Julia was quick and efficient to answer all our questions regarding the tour. We would have no hesitation in recommending GrandPetersburg».