Visa-Free
Shore Excursions
in St.Petersburg,
Russia 
Phone: +7 965 09 555 12
E-mail: alexp@stpetersburg-guide.com

Personal experiences

Many of our clients have sent glowing, complimentary thankyous and would be happy to give you a personal recommendation. You are welcome to contact them for references and detailed stories.

Ted Hewlett, Nashville, Tennessee
As many of you would know, if you're looking at this site, privately arranged tours are definitely the way to travel when on cruise ship. After taking a couple ship tours, we decided we'd likely never again want to be herded around in a large group, often not being able to hear the guide, not being given enough time to look or shop - because someone in the group has been lagging behind, visiting just the same tourist areas that everyone else goes to, and often, being taken to places of business that the cruise ship has "arrangements" with. Should you be looking for a private tour in St. Petersburg, or need assistance with any other port in the region, you will not be in any way disappointed with this company - by far and away, the very best...

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Susan Shanley, Sacramento, California
I was introduced to Alex's Tours & Travel by very good friends about two years before I actually traveled to Russia. Moscow and St. Petersburg custom tours arranged by Alex & his team far exceeded our expectation. Our private guides in St.Petersburg and Moscow were excellent...

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John and Darlene Schwandke, Chicago, IL. USA
Words cannot really express how pleased Darlene and I were with our private tours of St. Petersburg and we agree that certainly Kristina is one of the most excellent St. Petersburg English speaking tour guides. By the end of day number three we felt like family and miss not seeing her smiling face in the morning. She is personable, animated, knowledgeable, adaptable, and possesses unique communication skills...

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Judith and Michael Basset, NZ
Ludmila did a superb job of organizing our 3 day private tour in St Petersburg. Everything I asked for was included and some extra things as well. The private tour guide chosen, Nadya, and the driver, Andrei, were splendid. Andrei knew endless 'rat runs' to avoid traffic, and he was always, almost miraculously, able to park where we wanted. Nadya was charming and knowledgeable as well. She understood our personalities and engaged with us very nicely. I think she would be especially good with British tourists- everyone, really...

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Like & Diana, Singapore
Choosing Alex Tours has been an excellent decision from the start. Alex answered our email enquiries without delay and provided the necessary invitation for visa application. Our wonderful guide Elena and driver Vlad made sure that we got the most out of our 5 days in St Petersburg. The itinerary was perfectly balanced between the must-sees and customized activities...

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Elvira Casal, Miami, FL, USA
Everyone in the group was extremely happy with our St. Petersburg shore excursions and asked me to convey their thanks to you for organizing everything so well. Kristina was a wonderful private guide, very knowledgeable and entertaining as well. She was truly the best tour guide we had not only during our 2 day private tour of St.Petersburg in particular, but during our Baltic cruise in general!

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Nancy and John Wingelaar, Salt Lake City, Utah
We have been to St Petersburg three times now and have used Alex and his tour service each time. The last time was last year when we did the Baltic Cruise on Princess with three friends. We think that being on a private shore excursion in St. Petersburg is the best way to explore it. Alex, his St.Petersburg private tours, guides, and drivers are top notch. They are extremely professional, reliable, willing to please, and will try to meet your needs in anyway they can...

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Adrienne Cohen, UK
We found Alex's tour company on the internet and what a great find. Our 2 day custom tour of St.Petersburg was excellent. We had a delightful private guide, Kristina, speaking perfect English and a pleasure to be with...

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Garth and Darleen Treude, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Visiting Russia is truly a wonderful and exciting event. Our custom private tour of St. Petersburg & Moscow was a huge success and produced lifetime memorable moments thanks to our tour guide Luda and newly found good friend Alex Polenov...

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Adrian and Karen Morrissey, Western Australia
After flying from St Petersburg via Moscow, Adrian and I met with Anna as planned. We continued with a most excellent private tour as you had proposed and arrived back at the airport in good time to fly back to St Petersburg without any anxiety...

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Ana Maria Bacallao, Miami, FL, USA
I researched and reached out to 3 different companies and Alex promptly answered with the most comprehensive itinerary which could be customized to our interests and needs... the next morning I would have an email from Alex with all the answers. We contracted with Alex and his attention to detail in providing us all the information necessary for the trip was amazing...

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Karen & Michael, Australia
It was by chance that we found Alex's website when we were looking for alternative tours of St Petersburg rather than doing the often crowded and expensive cruise ship tours. Each contact we had with Alex prior to leaving Australia was dealt with professionally and he answered our questions promptly and honestly...

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John & Evelyn Haught, Falls Church, VA., USA
From our first e-mail exchange everything became simplified. They handled all the bureaucratic paper work required to apply for a Russian visa; found us a spacious, well-appointed apartment in a top location; developed an itinerary tailored to our limited time-frame and special interests; and treated us like VIP guests from the moment they met us at the airport....

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Victor and Suzanne Cabel, Calgary, Canada
Alex is the kind of travel organizer that exists only in imagination, but this guy is for real! Once I connected with him about mid-April it was a pleasure to wake up each day and read the return email Alex sent to all my questions...

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Wendy and Kendra, Phoenix, Arizona
Coordinating our trip with Alex was very easy as he was very responsive! Our trips were customized so we were able to see everything that we wanted to! Whether it was the transportation to/from the hotel/airport or our excursions to Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage our trip went off without a hitch!

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Brenda Karon, Tucson, Arizona
Because it was my mom's birthday we had Alex set up some special events, a dinner at a local restaurant that was off the beat and path. He had a special cake from a fabulous local bakery waiting at the restaurant. He even had a bouquet of her favorite flowers waiting there for her. Alex made all of the arrangements I asked him to and he was very eager to do it. He went above and beyond to make our trip special and we all appreciated it so much...

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Art & Martha Segal, Tucson Az USA
Once I contacted Alex, I knew he would do a good job, as he expeditiously responded to my email and answered all our questions. All 26 of the others were thrilled with our arrangements, and more thrilled upon completion of our two day customized tour, as Alex did everything we wished, saved us a bunch of money and supplied us with two outstanding guides...

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Joanna Chen, USA
We had a wonderful time at St. Petersburg. Special thanks to our tour guide lady Christina and driver. Christina is very knowledgeable, she gave us excellent services. We will highly recommend your company to our friends.

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Judy Wilcox, Nebraska
Working with Alex was a pleasure. He answered my hundreds of questions by email prior to our arrival. He offered suggestions for hotels and restaurants. He made reservations for the ballet and folk show for us. He arranged for airport transfers. He helped with documents for our visas. We feel that we got our money's worth...

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Judith Sachwald, MD, US
My husband and I had the great pleasure of being Alex's clients however most of the time we felt like his friends and guests. Like you, we found Alex via the internet and were impressed by the options and his personal touch but had reservations about booking without references. We called a few people that Alex previously served to put our minds to rest...

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John Edgar, Duxbury, MA
I recently spent 3 days in St. Petersburg and Alex's staff made the entire experience seamless and worry-free. They were prompt, courteous, and took care of every detail, which then allowed me to focus solely on the history and beauty of the city...

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Liz & Derek Laynes, Australia
The fact that you are taken to the locations and dropped off as close to the front door as possible and then picked up afterwards, was nothing short of amazing. We did not have to worry about anything. As I have a disability the thought of traveling to St Petersburg and trying to find our own way around was quite daunting as public transport and the underground are definitely not disabled friendly...

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Mansi Bhatt, Cambridge, MA
Over the course of planning this trip I realized he is a very genuine and honest person. He was also not at all pushy like some other tour company that kept contacting me even after I told them I had booked with someone else. He even helped us plan a visit to see a folklore show the first evening of the St.Petersburg tour and transportation back to the ship. All the guides were great and knowledgably...

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The Luces, Miami, Florida, USA
We had a great time, and your tour guide was the best. We felt like we were with family, rather than tour guide. St.Petersburg was beautiful, but what we will remember forever is the kindness and hospitality and the friendship that we felt with you and your tour guide and driver. I will strongly recommend your company to anyone going to St.Petersburg and I hope to return again some day to spend time with all of you...

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Anne Clarke, Yorkshire UK
I decided to do a little research for an alternative and had the good fortune to come across Alex's Tours. From my first e-mail I knew I had come across a gem, and had no hesitation in entrusting him with the group. Alex answered all my many questions promptly, warmly and has a great sense of humour his professionalism is second to none...

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May Green, Virginia, USA
Everyone write the praises of Alex's Tours and his super guides. So what can I say that has not been said many times...over and over. YES, he is the greatest.YES, he lives up to his word. YES, he has it together. YES, he made our trip memorable. YES, he has a sense of humor. YES, that is why we hired him...

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Charlene Rathgeb, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
From the minute I emailed my first enquiry to Alex, I knew that I would be in good hands if I entrusted him to take good care of my group of 16, while we spent our 2 days in St. Petersburg. Alex answered me promptly, warmly, had fantastic suggestions for what might suit my group (very personalized itinerary), and was never bothered by my endless emails and questions. I was gobsmacked by his professionalism and his brilliance...

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Paul Muench, Washington, D.C. USA
Dear Alex,
My two traveling companions (Janet and Ali) and I would like to express our deepest appreciation to you, our guide Lena, and our driver for making our three days in St. Petersburg a fantastic experience. All the way from our pre-cruise e-mail planning to our final departure leaving your wonderful city, everything was handled perfectly. Your flexibility in being able to customize...

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Soraya Kazmi, London, Great Britain
Having visited St. Petersburg, I see why it would have been difficult for the other tour companies to accommodate us, as Alex would often carry the wheelchair up the various staircases, but never made us feel like it was a problem or a burden and was always happy to help. I would definitely use Alex's tours if I ever go to Russia again, as I think it's great value for money and they made our trip to St. Petersburg perfect! I would also recommend Alex's tours to anyone, not only people with mobility problems...

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Lois & Marlene, Calgary, AB Canada
My sister and I recently took a 2 day tour of St.Petersburg, Russia that you had arranged for when our ship, the Star Princess came to port on September 3-5, 2010. I would like to thank you for your quick response to all my emails. You answered all my questions completely and alleviated much of our apprehension. Our tour was absolutely fabulous, unforgettable and exceeded our expectations...

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Anne & Ian, London, UK
We disembarked after a lengthy wait to get through passport control to be met by Olga our guide and Roman our driver for the 2 days we were in St Petersburg. We had already told Alex where we wanted to visit and so we had a couple of very full days. We went to Pavlovski Palace...

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Donnell Alexander and Craig Thornley, Auckland, New Zealand
Alex was a superb navigator through both the geography and organisational logistics of St Petersburg, allowing us to make the most of our time in this beautiful city. He was punctual and trustworthy, in addition to being friendly and professional at all times...

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Ted and Annette King, Melbourne, Australia
By great good fortune we came across Alex's website when looking for an alternative to a ship-sponsored tour of St Petersburg. Alex's prompt response and excellent organization meant that we had the best possible experience of this great city over two days...

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Eileen, Williamsville, NY, USA
Our guide was amazing...she was a talking history book. By the end of the 2 day tour our entire group had a great understanding of Russian history. Finally, our driver was exactly where he was suppose to be at the exact time. We didn't waste one second waiting for our bus or driver! That is really important when you are on a tight schedule...

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Jean and Gerard Dieters and party, Australia
We can confidently recommend your services; the itinerary was good, we were never rushed, we did not have to stand in long queues, and we were taken to and from the ship every day on time. We also appreciated the trust you place in your guests; you did not ask for a deposit, and only expected payment for the total costs of our three day private tour at the END of the last day...

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Spencer and Vivienne Snow, Oregon U.S.A.
We are pleased to recommend your services to visitors to St. Petersburg. We hope your business continues to flourish, and feel free post these comments on your web site if you wish, and to refer prospective clients to us for reference....

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Joan and Philip Hall, Auckland, NZ
Dear Alex, You were the best contact we could have made! Coming from New Zealand was always going to be a big experience for us Kiwis. The way you made us confident with your speedy replies to our emails and queries was our first indication that we could trust you and your team to do a good job...
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Michael P. Tierney, Greenwich, CT, U.S.A.
Russia is not an easy country for foreigners to navigate by themselves. However, Alex and his carefully vetted team made her endlessly fascinating history, art, politics, architecture, people and traditions come alive for my family in a highly memorable and enjoyable manner...
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Dr. Anthony Moulton and Monica Eischen, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
We were extremely pleased with Alex's assistance in every respect. Alex and the guides he arranged for us in both cities were deeply knowledgable in Russian history and contemporary life, completely fluent in English, and - certainly the most important consideration - extremely welcoming and pleasant companions. We will return....
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Kevin and Tina Torres, San Francisco, California, USA
Our trip to St. Petersburg was a delightful experience, due in large part to the exceptional service provided by Alex's Tours and Travel. The trip was an adventurous one for my wife and me because it was our first time in Russia, the alphabet and language were new to us, and we brought our 1-1/2-year-old daughter....
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Penny Allen, Canada
Even though we had only one day to take in the sights of St. Petersburg, Alex's Tours and Travel was most accomodating to our needs. We saw all the highlights, and it was the best way to see an unfamiliar city in a short amount of time...
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Lori Christopher Glenn, Charleston SC, USA
It had always been a dream of mine to visit St. Petersburg. The opportunity arose when my aunt and I attended a family reunion in Finland. I like to travel independently but have travelled enough to know that some places must be seen with local guides. St. Petersburg is one of those places as the history is so incredibly rich...
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Gary Smith, San Francisco, California
When you are in an unknown country for the first time, it's hard to make your way without native people to help you. I believe today's tourist vitally needs the company of a reliable and caring companion...
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Daniel, Andra and Danny Barber, Detroit, Michigan
Ours was a very special experience. We were there in St. Petersburg two times to adopt a baby. A company in St. Petersburg was helping us, but they only took care of adoption arrangements...
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Fishing with Bob and Sandy Lanier from Fort Worth, Texas
A photoreport on how we went fishing on a beautiful river with Bob and Sandy Lanier from Fort Worth, Texas. The fishing included a traditional Russian picnic with barbecue (shashlik)...
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