We worked with Olga on our three-day port stop in St. Petersburg in June 2015 on the recommendation of other well-traveled friends. She was fantastic, and probably the best private tour guide we have ever used. Her English was excellent, and she managed to get us to the highlights of St. Petersburg as well as to Peterhof Palace in three days, without ever feeling rushed and customizing an itinerary for us.
She is extremely knowledgeable about history and how to get around the St. Petersburg area most efficiently. Olga was full of anecdotal tales and had a great sense of humor that made everything more interesting and fun.
We were definitely beneficiaries of her connections and her high regard in the local tourism industry in terms of preferential access. Even though it’s hard to beat Peterhof Palace, her tour of the Hermitage Museum was probably the highlight: getting in early, literally have rooms to ourselves, and being ushered through the vast museum to see the highlights.
If (hopefully, when) we return to Russia, we would definitely engage Olga again and would encourage anyone who wants a top-notch tour to hire her.
LARRY AND VALERIE
San Marino, CA, USA