EN|中国
ES|DE
www.spb-tours.com www.spb-tours.com www.spb-tours.com Choose your cruise

Need help or more info?

Feel free to contact us whenever
you like by email or phone if you
have any questions, wishes, or
comments concerning your trip
to St. Petersburg.

Yours,
Contact Us

What our clients say

Dawn Butcher
"We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful 2 day tour my family & I enjoyed with Elena in St. Petersburg.... it was the highlight of our cruise. Elena was so knowledgeable, warm & friendly, nothing was ..."
Read all testimonials

Make a difference with SPB-Tours!

SPB-Tours will donate $1 of your total
tour cost to Orphanage
House No. 40 in
St. Petersburg.
More information

Luba Anazkaya

My romance with St. Petersburg began over eleven years ago when I moved here from my faraway homeplace in Siberia. I came here to study my post-graduate course at the St. Petersburg Teachers’ Training University, having graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages at the State Omsk University in 1996. I quickly fell in love with its bridges, canals, palaces and embankments, and I have not been able to leave ever since. Tour guiding actually began as a hobby for me, but I have been giving tours for six years now. Whether it's rain or shine, I love giving tours, because the city is beautiful regardless. I adore Peterhof, the Hermitage, the Yssoupovs’ Palace and their picturesque surroundings. In St. Petersburg, your senses never rest. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and love of this majestic place with all of our guests.

Maria Khorosheva

St. Petersburg is my native city - it is the city of my grandparents, my parents, family and friends. For eight years now I have been working as a licensed guide in the city, having graduated from St. Petersburg University where I studied languages, history and arts. I love my job because it really makes me happy to introduce my home city to visitors, each time in a different way. I am a theater enthusiast and also love attending art and photo exhibitions. In my work, I can share my knowledge as well as my feelings about the city with our guests. I always tell them about the contradictions that exist in our daily lives here, the lingering memories of victories and defeats that took place in the past and still occur in the present. I tell guests about the people who changed our history, the saviors of our city - those who filled its life with eternal values and happiness, and those who never enjoyed fame but played a vital part in making our city a soulful place with "musical" architecture. I warmly welcome you to St. Petersburg, the most memorable city ever. I will be happy to share my love of the city with you!

Elena Yurchenko

I was born in St. Petersburg on March 22, 1979, and have lived here ever since. My interest lies in languages, having studied English and German, as well as Linguistic Interpreting at St. Petersburg State University. It was at University that I began to consider becoming a guide. I took a training course and have been working as a guide with great pleasure ever since. I am dynamic, active, helpful, and knowledgeable, which really helps me to find the right approach for the different kinds of guests visiting St. Petersburg from all over the world. My favorite part of this job is meeting new people. I love traveling too, and have been all over Europe, Africa and Asia. Here in St. Petersburg, I am especially knowledgable about the Hermitage, Catherine's Palace and Yusupov's Palace and I will gladly answer any questions the visitors may have.

Elena Ivanova

I was working as an English teacher and as a scientific translator at the D.I. Mendeleyev Institute for Metrology for years, before I decided to do something different. In 1989 I finished training as a tour guide, and now for more than twenty-five years I have been working as a tour guide in St. Petersburg. I really enjoy this work because it gives me the opportunity to show off my beautiful city. I also get to meet and communicate with many interesting people, to enrich my knowledge of history and arts, and to practice my English. Despite some economic problems and rainy weather, I believe that St. Petersburg is the most wonderful city in the world. I guide various excursions: a sight-seeing tour, the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church on the Spilt Blood, Peterhof (the “Russian Versailles”), Catherine’s Palace (famous for its Amber Room), and the Yusupov’s Palace (one of the most magnificent private mansions of the 19th and 20th centuries, the place where Gregory Rasputin was killed). I feel like an ambassador of St. Petersburg and I am never tired of telling people how wonderful my city is!

Eugenia Chesnokova

I was born and raised in St. Petersburg and still live here. I'm currently studying at the St. Petersburg University in the Department of Museum Studies. From my studies at the Department, I have gained a vast knowledge of culture, archeology, history and art history of Russia and St.Petersburg, as well as having become familiar with the inner world of a museum. A few years ago, I took a training course for tour guides and have been working as a guide ever since. I appreciate my job because it gives me a great opportunity to share my knowledge, thoughts and feelings about art and the history of my country and native city with tourists. To be a guide is not a job; it is a way of life and an exciting creative process. I enjoy meeting different people from different countries. I am interested in art and my hobby is contemporary dancing. It is amazing not only to study art, but also to create it. I will be happy to show you highlights of St. Petersburg, acquaint you with the real life in our city and make your tour exciting, lively and unforgettable.

Elena Semenova

I am a St. Petersburg native and studied at the University here. I was an English teacher for a couple years, but my interest in history and people eventually led me toward the tourism industry. I am completely passionate about St. Petersburg and its history, magnificent architecture, and arts. In particular, I am interested in the history from the Romanov’s dynasty to the Soviet times. I do my best to make my tours reflect my love of and respect for this gorgeous city. To know a bit about me: I am married with two wonderful daughters. My other passion is music, particularly Russian classical music. With stories, conversations, and sometimes a little music, I try to illustrate as much as possible about life in St. Petersburg and help my visitors discover this fascinating city.

Anna Ponomaryova

My name is Anna. I was born and raised in Leningrad, the city that was formerly, and currently known as St. Petersburg. I witnessed first-hand, the radical changes that took place in our country in the 1980s and 90s. The transition from the USSR to Russia's democratic state happened in front of my own eyes. The Iron Curtain was lifted up and our country opened up to international tourists, as well as the whole world. This was a very important moment. I have been working as a guide for three years, but I feel that I have always been a representative of my city. It gives me great pleasure to meet people coming for the first time to St. Petersburg, and lead them through the most beautiful and interesting places, showing both the museums and palaces, as well as diving into the ordinary life, revealing scenes generally hidden from the eyes of tourists. I am always happy to meet new people from around the world.

Ekaterina Samarina

I am 33 years old and was born in Leningrad. I have been working as a tour guide since 2003. I can speak both English and German, and my goal is always to give an excellent tour to our customers so they can enrich thier knowledge of St. Petersburg and truly enjoy their stay. I graduated the Herzen State Pedagogical University in 2004 with a degree in linguistics. I have also taken art courses at the Hermitage and The Russian Museum of St. Petersburg. I am an energetic, creative person who also enjoys traveling and sightseeing, exploring new cultures and art.

Elena Skidan

I was born and raised in St. Petersburg and have over twenty-five years experience as a tour coordinator and tour guide. I am a professionally licensed guide for the St. Petersburg museums. I enjoy traveling, and have gone with groups to far-flung places such as Siberia, Mongolia, China, and Nepal. I have traveled independently all throughout the Far East, Europe, and the United States. I also enjoy music, art, sports, yoga, and mountain skiing. I have a Masters in Multi-channel Communications and a son who is a rock singer.

Sveta Dementyeva

I was born in the Krasnoyarsk region, a small town in the south of Siberia. I graduated there from the Institute of Foreign Languages in 1984. I moved to St. Petersburg soon afterwards and took guide courses at the GosIntourist School. I have been working as a guide for over 23 years now. It is my only job and I love it.

Tatiana Timoshuk

Welcome to the most magnificent city in Europe. I am among the very most experienced guides in Russia as this has been my profession since foreign guests first began arriving at the end of the Soviet Era. The St. Petersburg experience is perhaps he best kept secret of treasure in the world and I will delight in sharing every element of it with you. This city of islands, canals and rivers is a work of spectacular architecture that was the home of the Tsars with their opulent palaces and the playground of the world’s elite. If you have an affinity for history, St. Petersburg is the textbook. You will walk in the footprints of Lenin and visit all corners of the birthplace of the revolution that changed society and the world. Curious about the Soviet Era? My family and I lived through it. I enjoy sharing the experiences about life “behind the Iron Curtain.” I equally enjoy sharing and enabling you to experience what life is truly like today in post-Soviet Russia. Do not let unfounded concerns of logistics, formalities or any such issues enter your thoughts. You will experience the natives’ true treasures and touch the soul of my city and culture that can only be felt with an individualized visit facilitated by a true insider.

Maria Sigajeva

I am delighted to call St. Petersburg my native city. I graduated from St. Petersburg University with degree in Linguistics & Intercultural Communication. As an experienced traveller, I am convinced that St. Petersburg is one of the most unique and magnificent cities in the world and it’s really worth the visit. Though I have lived here all my life, every time I walk around the city I cannot help but wonder and admire its magic beauty, its broad, straight avenues, majestic palaces and cathedrals, green parks, countless bridges and canals. I conduct various excursions trying to cover all the aspects of the history of the city and our modern life. During different tours you will have the opportunity to catch the spirit of the age of Russian Tsars, revolution, and Soviet times, and I will be glad to share with our guests my admiration and extensive knowledge about the city.

Elena Tarasova

I was born in the Leningrad region in 1977. I have been working in tourism for a long time - it used to be my family business. Since 1996 I have been working as a tour leader and then tour guide, conducting tours in Russian. In 1999, I graduated from the St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts and got a diploma with distinction in History of World Culture. Art History was my special interest. Since 2002, after finishing my tour guide training, I have been working as a licensed English speaking tour guide. I conduct tours in top places in St. Petersburg: the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Russian Ethnography Museum, Menshikov Palace, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Spilt Blood Church, Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace in Tsar’s Village, Pavlovsk Palace, Gatchina, Oranienbaum and Yusupov’s Palace. Especially for ballet lovers I guide a special tour to theAcademy of Russian Ballet named after Vaganova. My other passions are dance, yoga and traveling. I am an active, knowledgeable and positive person. I adore my city and believe that after visiting it once, you’ll wish to come back again and again to enjoy its special charm and beauty.

Maria Vladimirova

I was born in a remote southern part of the former USSR, so living in St. Petersburg growing up seemed something beyond our dreams. Luckily, my family eventually moved to Russia and I went on to study at St. Petersburg Teacher Training University. I’ve been living in this city now for over 10 years and can’t help admiring it every day. After obtaining a degree in English and German and completing the necessary tour guide courses, I was ready to fulfill my ambition of becoming a licensed tour guide in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I consider it a great honor to be a representative of such a city, to promote the cultural heritage of St. Petersburg, and make the visitors aware of its majestic beauty and significance as a unique museum. I very much look forward to showing the city’s splendor and sharing my impressions with people from all over the world. I will do my best to make your stay in St. Petersburg a real enjoyment, and an adventure as well!

Natalya Granskaya

I was born in St. Petersburg, and I love my city's true beauty. For me it's like a miraculous mosaic of different styles: luxurious Baroque clashes with strict Classicism, and unexpected Gothic stands alongside multicolored Russian style. It is St. Petersburg that inspired me to study art. I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts as an art historian, then I completed the educational program at the State Hermitage Museum. I began working as a guide in the picture gallery and the treasure gallery of the Hermitage in 2003. Since then I graduated from the St. Petersburg School for City Guides and am licensed to conduct tours in all main museums and churches of the city. I work as a city guide from May through September, when our city is like Venice with its numerous rivers and canals! I will be delighted to show you its beauty. I am a natural storyteller and can tell you tales from Russian history, where truth is spiced with legends and historical anecdotes. I really love meeting new people and want to make your stay in St. Petersburg truly unforgettable!

Alexander Shmidke

I started working as a tour guide five years ago, first doing “off the beaten track” walking tours in the city centre, boat trips and pub crawls. The more I came to know my city, the more I fell in love with it and chose guiding as my main occupation along with business interpreting. After graduating from the Faculty of Political Science of St. Petersburg State University in 2008 I got the licenses required to conduct tours of all major attractions in St. Petersburg and its suburbs. My main focus of interest is the political and military history of St. Petersburg. In this city every street is illuminated with dramatic events which changed the path of the country and the whole world, and it's my passion to relate these incredible stories to our guests. I do tours covering subjects such as St. Petersburg history, the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the assassination attempts on the Czars and Bolshevik leaders, social changes in the Soviet Union, World War II and the Siege of Leningrad. My hobbies range from researching the history of abandoned WWII battlefields and studying Art Nouveau architecture to forest trekking and rooftop walking.

Maria Malakhova

A native of St. Petersburg and a keen art and music lover, I’ve always had an intense love for this city, and this admiration is what I always try to share with our guests. One can read about the beauty of the city in guide books, about its architectural gems and its historic past, but all these remain bare facts unless you come here and feel it for yourself. I’ve been to many nice cities, yet none of them are as atmospheric and distinctive as St. Petersburg - that’s my conviction. I have a University degree in Linguistics, and now I’m getting my second degree in Art History. My personal interests range from literature and music (Wilde, Nabokov, Barnes, Tchaikovsky, Franz Ferdinand) to dancing and traveling (lindy-hop in Paris or tango in The Hague!). I’ve been working as a licensed tour guide since 2003, and the more I do it, the more I like it. The most thrilling thing about my job is the opportunity to meet people of different cultures and lifestyles from all corners of the world. I really enjoy my work, and it is a great pleasure to infect others with my passion for St. Petersburg!

Olga Alekseyeva

St. Petersburg is one of the most magnificent and amazing cities in the world, and a fascinating place to go on vacation. It is the city where I was born, and I am proud to call it my hometown. I graduated from St. Petersburg University with a degree in Literature and Linguistics and I have been working as a tour guide for four years now. It is very enjoyable work for me because it gives me the opportunity to meet different people from all over the world and take them to the amazing museums and beautiful places the city has to offer. It would be my great pleasure to show you all the main highlights of St. Petersburg and its suburbs and to make your stay enjoyable. Welcome to St. Petersburg! Prepare to be impressed by its breathtaking beauty and the splendor of its museums and palaces.

Virineya Chikichyova

I wasn't born in St. Petersburg, and I think in some ways that allows me to appreciate it more. I do a lot of traveling, and that gives me the ability to compare this city to many other places, yet I'm still in love with St. Petersburg. This city has the ability to surprise you every day, as my work as a guide has certainly shown me. More than that, guiding keeps me fascinated with St. Petersburg. In addition, I study politics and that is why I am not only interested in the past, but also in the present and the future of this city. I'm convinced that the city grows and changes a little bit every single day, and I try to evolve along with it.

Eugenia Romanova

Nice to meet you dear guests of St. Petersburg! I’ll be happy to show you around my city, rated among the most beautiful cities of the world. Do you want to take photos in beautiful places? I’ll show them to you! Do you want more detailed accounts of history? I’m a passionate history lover and we can talk about any topic that interests you. I studied at the State University where I received a diploma in social anthropology. I like getting to know people of all nationalities and backgrounds, so we will have a great time! My aim will be to make you fall in love with the city of White Nights, draw-bridges, rivers and canals, unique architecture and rich history, the way I fell in love with the city myself back in 1995 when I came here from a town called Smolensk in the western part of Russia.  After twenty years, I have not stopped admiring this place and I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with you. I look forward to meeting you with SPB Tours!

Elena Volkova

I’m originally from St. Petersburg and I’m really proud of being a citizen of this amazing city. I was born in what was then called Leningrad and I have seen many changes which the city been through. I graduated from St. Petersburg University where I studied languages, history and literature. I have been guiding for nine years already and I must say that I do really enjoy it. I meet a lot of people through my work and I have met many nice, friendly and broad-minded people. I’m convinced that my city is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you come here at least once its beauty will take your breath away and the city will stay with you forever. Visit once and you'll always be longing to return.

Katya Sivokon

My name is Katya Sivokon and I’ve been working as a guide for five years. But I can’t say that this feels like work for me - it’s my lifestyle. My job completely encompasses my passions of art, architecture and the history of St. Petersburg. I enjoy introducing people to our city, our culture and our local life. I have a lot of hobbies including travelling, sports, dancing, reading. I always like learning something new. St. Petersburg is a marvelous city, and it is worth visiting. Come here and once you feel its magic atmosphere, you will fall in love with St. Petersburg forever!

Julia Arseneva

St. Petersburg is my native city and the birthplace of my parents and grandparents. I grew up in the historical centre of the city and its beauty and spirit became a natural part of my consciousness. An integral part of my school education was intimately getting to know the town and its environs, its history and its mysteries, its creators and arts. After school I went to St. Petersburg University to study arts, literature and languages. This helped me to appreciate my native city in a wider cultural and historical context. The city – with its white nights, its grandeur, its majesty – was a romantic place to grow up in and enjoy in my younger years. I was in love with St. Petersburg and it felt like a natural choice to enter the Intourist guide courses and qualify as a guide and interpreter. Since then I have been working as a guide and immensely enjoy revealing the majestic beauty of the city, its history, its mysterious spirit and cultural life to the guests of St. Petersburg.

I have travelled a lot and the more I travel, the more I appreciate the special attraction of my beloved city, one of the most fascinating places on Earth. It is my privilege to share my knowledge and admiration of this great place with those who come to see it. I want them to feel the atmosphere and majesty and imperial grandeur of this fabulous city.

Olga Boyarskaya

I think my career as a tour guide was predetermined. I’ve always loved my native city, St. Petersburg, I've always loved studying English as a second language and I've always loved meeting all kinds of different people from all over the world. I graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in Linguistics. While I was studying in the University I took guiding courses and became a certified guide of St. Petersburg. I was lucky to start my career during the time when the Soviet regime collapsed and Russia was opening up to the rest of the world. This time provided lots of opportunities in tourism. I started traveling with groups through the former 15 republics of the USSR which had just became independent at that time. I also took tourist groups to China, Mongolia, Iran and Eastern Europe. All this experience made me appreciate my native city even more and gave me the opportunity to show it in a different perspective while comparing it with various cities of Russia and other countries. St. Petersburg is absolutely unique and I’ll be happy to convey all of its wonders to you on my tours.

Diana Ljung

I am one of those lucky ones who really loves their job. I have 10 years experience in this profession and I am a licensed guide for all of our major museums. I am also a happy mother of a 18 years old son who shares my passion for history and foreign languages. 

I am totally in love with my city and very happy and proud to show you around fabulous St. Petersburg. There is so much to see here: from the beautiful sights along rivers and canals embankments to the fantastic museum collections. I am especially interested in history and arts. St. Petersburg has accumulated an outstanding heritage since the days of its foundation. Many of our guests come back here again and again to see and experience more and it is a pleasure to see old friends and to meet new ones from all over the world and to show them something new each time.

Valery Dmitriev

I don't pretend: I really love everyone coming to St.Petersburg! I've tried a dozen of different jobs but more then 20 years ago I noticed that I loved taking people around the city since my early childhood and decided that this is what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life.

ART IS IN MY HEART.

Irina Furman

I'm glad that I have so much to say about my own home city. Since a really young age I've been thinking about becoming a tour guide. There is something to be said for being able to represent and talk about a city whose relatively short history contains so much mysticism, romanticism and glory. My study has always been connected with languages, and not long time ago I decided to complete the guide course. I truly enjoy it - I can honestly say that it doesn't even feel like a "job".

I love talking to people. I also work as an interpreter and a teacher whih has also given me plenty of great experience. So, it will be an absolute pleasure for me to show you the entire beauty and charm of the Northern Capital of Russia.

Dasha Gutova

Even though my full name is Dasha Gutova, many guests know me as simply "Dasha from Russia". I graduated from St. Petersburg University of Culture and Art where I specialized in art history, literature and the history of Russia.  I'm very fortunate to be doing what I really love and to be able to share my fascination of this amazing city with its guests.

I’ve been working as a guide in St. Petersburg for 14 years already. This area is extremely rich with beauty, art, history and culture. It is an exceptional place - one that combines culture with the enchantment of the poetic White Nights. When you arrive in St. Petersburg, I'll be exited to take you around, to uncover "the Russian soul" of the city hidden behind the classical beauty of European facades.

Maxim Komarov

My name is Maxim Komarov. I am 32 years old and for more than 10 years now I have shared my passion for St. Petersburg, my hometown, with visitors from all over the world. If St. Petersburg is the city of your dreams, I can help you realise that dream.

As a licensed tour guide, I can promise you an exciting and memorable visit to our world famous museums, palaces, cathedrals and gardens.
As a local, I can show you the more unusual, off-the-beaten-track venues where you can feel like a true Russian.
As a friend, I will try to make my city your second home.

With love from St. Petersburg,
Max

Ludmila Kosareva

¡Muy buenos días a todos!

Me llamo Mila. He nacido en San Petersburgo. Aquí mismo gradué la Universidad de Economía y Finanzas, el Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras y el Curso de Historia del Arte. Y... ya llevo 12 años trabajando de guía-intérprete en San Petersburgo y sus alrededores. ¡Adoro mi ciudad! Es una de las más lindas del mundo, está llena de cultura e historia.Y me encanta compartir mi pasión por San Petersburgo con los visitantes, mostrarles las maravillas de la ciudad, contarles de los eventos más importantes que ocurrieron aquí. En San Petersburgo cada uno encuentra algo que toque su corazón.¡Así que no lo duden más! ¡Les espero! ¡Bienvenidos

Kirill Kotkoff

Kirill (Cyrill) A. Kotkoff was born in Leningrad in 1978. After studying in the Department of Oriental Studies of St. Petersburg State University, he began to work with Chinese tourists in 2000. He is the only one guide-interpreter in St. Petersburg, who works with several oriental languages, including Chinese, Cantonese and Vietnamese. Since 2007 he is also working as an expert with the “Neva Times”  daily newspaper. His main interests are foreign languages, history and anthropology. He is the author and co-author of several books, such as  “The Cantonese Language for Beginners” (2000),  “Everyday Cantonese”  (2006, the 1st book for learning Cantonese in Russia and in the Russian language), “China – myths and reality” (2010, written with a well-known Russian scholar A. Dragunkin),  “Japan – myths and reality ” (2013, written with A. Dragunkin), “Spoken Mandarin for Self Study” (2013, written also with A. Dragunkin), “Tibet – myths and reality” (2014).    

Boris Lobanov

I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, like seven generations of my ancestors before me, so I had no other option but to love the city with all my heart and share my enthusiasm with its guests. In my work as a guide I always make sure the visitors of the city feel very comfortable, as if they were travelling with a good friend who happens to have abundant knowledge about the history of the place, its cultural peculiarities, its nicest restaurants and the ways to avoid crowds in the museums. I am looking forward to welcoming you in St. Petersburg and helping you get the best touring experience!

Ekaterina Maslova

I was born and raised in St. Petersburg. My background is in law and economics: I graduated from the Department of International Relations in the Institute of Foreign Economic Links, Economy and Law, before studying linguistic interpreting at St. Petersburg State University. Tour guiding first started off as a hobby, but once I took a training course for tour guides, I have been working as a licensed guide in the city ever since.

I like giving tours despite the weather in our city and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with our guests - I will gladly answer any questions you put to me! I enjoy guiding as it gives me the chance to communicate with many interesting people as well as enrich my knowledge of history and the arts. I also love travelling to other countries, but can never stop telling people how beautiful my native city is. So come to St. Petersburg! I will be thrilled to meet you and show you around this unforgettable city!

Alexander Peretyagin

Although I have lived in this fascinating city for most of my life and know St. Petersburg in great detail, I still cannot stop discovering it. I live and breathe this city, a city rich in history and genuine beauty. I am a very energetic, patient and creative person and I truly enjoy showing people around my native city. I love sharing my versatile knowledge and life experiences with St. Petersburg guests and making their experience personal and unforgettable.

Victoria Prokofieva

I was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). For more than twenty years I have been working as a tour guide in St. Petersburg. I graduated from St. Petersburg State University where I studied English language and literature, and while I was a student there I finished tour guide courses.

After university I worked as a teacher of financial English at the University of Economics and Finances for ten years. Now I teach tour guides in professional training courses (with the Intourist Company) and I really enjoy it. I am a member of the special State Qualification Committee which is responsible for the professional level of St Petersburg guides.

I love St. Petersburg with its history and architecture. I travel a lot all over Russia (Far East, Siberia, Urals) because of my own personal interest in visiting historical places of interest, and learning on the spot. I am happy to share my knowledge of the country and my love for St. Petersburg with the guests of our country. My work as a tour guide gives me the opportunity to meet many interesting people from different places of the world. Art and culture truly connect people! I am happy to live and work in such a great city like St. Petersburg.

Catherine Shatalova

I am more than happy to welcome you to St. Petersburg, the capital of the Russian Empire. My name is Ekaterina Shatalova and I graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University. I am an experienced guide, and have been working between Moscow and St. Petersburg for five years.

I was born in Moscow in 1983, but nowdays I live in St. Petesburg where I met my love.

Russian and foreign people alike consider our city a unique source of inspiration. St. Petersburg, which finds itself on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is undoubtedly the cultural capital of Russia.

I am pleased to tell you that in our city there are more than three hundred palaces, two hundred twenty one museums, over two thousand libraries and more than eighty different theatres. You will see the streets and embankments where Pushkin and Dostoevsky used to stroll. In addition to this, you will have an opportunity to feel the unique atmosphere and experience the culture of 18th and 19th centuries. St. Petersburg is the city where our Emperors and Empresses lived, died and created the history not only of our country, but the world over. 

Undoubtedly, everybody will find something special in my city to remember forever.

Tatiana Shulga

I am proud to be a graduate of the St.Petersburg University, one of the best educational establishments in Russia. I have been working as a tour guide for twenty years. Over the years I have met many people, and visited many countries, which all make my love for my city even stronger. I will be happy to share it with you when you come to St. Petersburg.                                                                  

It is a pleasure to guide people around one of the most mysterious and beautiful places in the world - the city of Pushkin and Dostoevsky, Chaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov as well as Mendeleev and Pavlov.                      

With its rivers, canals, islands, palaces of the royalty and nobles, the Hermitage collections, and the Russian ballet – St.Petersburg's poetic and romantic attractions appeal to everyone.

You will be truly moved by the stories about Peter the Great and the last Romanovs, the Bolshevik Revolution and Soviets, the horrors of the siege of Leningrad and of tales of daily life today in St. Petersburg.

Mariya Sorkina

My name is Maria, or Masha – the most traditional Russian name.

I’m 32 years old, but nobody believes me! I think it’s my job that keeps me so young - guiding is a very creative and dynamic activity. It’s my true vocation. Every day I enjoy walking through beautiful gardens, visiting priceless museums and talking to people from all over the world… and I also have to find quick solutions to unexpected situations that may arise, which is a kind of training too, it helps to keep my mind open and alive.

Besides giving tours of St. Petersburg, I’m a teacher of French and English. I started working at St. Petersburg State University once I graduated from Philological Faculty, but now I’m mostly dealing with children and teenagers, which I love. I hope my little son will easily learn languages with my help!

Come to St Petersburg, and we’ll surely become friends!

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Je m’appelle Maria ou Macha – le prénom russe le plus courant.

J’ai 32 ans, mais personne ne me croit ! Je pense que c’est mon métier qui me conserve si jeune, parce qu’être guide est une activité très crétrice et dynamique. C’est ma vocation. Tous les jours j’ai le plaisir de me balader dans de jolis jardins, visiter des musées de renommée mondiale et de rencontrer des gens du monde entier... Et je dois aussi trouver des solutions pour des situations inattendues qui peuvent survenir ce qui est aussi une sorte d’entraînement pour mon cerveau.

En dehors du tourisme, je suis professeur de français et d’anglais. J’ai d’abord travaillé à l’Université d’Etat de Saint Pétersbourg parce que je l’avais terminée, mais maintenant j’enseigne principalement des enfants et des adolescents. Je les adore ! J’espère que mon petit va aussi apprendre facilement les langues étrangères avec mon aide.

Venez à Saint Pétersbourg, et nous deviendrons certainement des amis !

Maria Vikhodzeva

I’m so lucky to be born and raised in St. Petersburg. I haved lived here all my life with my mother and twin brother. I actually have a degree in chemistry but have been working as a tour guide since 2006. It’s such a pleasure to have a job which allows me to meet new people, learn something new about different nationalities and enjoy the art and architecture of this fascinating city again and again.

During the off-season I do some tutoring and make clothes. Sewing is another passion of my life. I’m very fond of it because I can design all kinds of clothes according to my taste; I get to choose the color and style. What I come up with always seems to impress my friends and colleagues, thankfully. 

Daria Nikiforova

Are you a Saint Petersburg guide? Yes, I am.

I am the one honored to share with you the beauty of Saint Petersburg. I am that one who will walk with you through its history. I am that who is in love with Peter the Great`s city.

I am also a historian and English translator and in 2005 received university degrees in both Art History and in English. I started my way as an associate in the Hermitage, and from there moved on to the City Sculpture Museum. But when I started as a tour guide I found my true passion.

My love is the Hermitage. During my studies, I was practically living there. It became my second home. I am in love as well with Peterhof. It is a wonderful fairytale of fountains and palaces.

I am a positive and open hearted person who loves life and my city. I am married and have two little daughters. In my free time I am drawing, listening to classical music, going to the theater or doing different sports. But my favorite is reading. From books I take the most interesting stories to make an unforgettable tour for you. And the best reward is to see your bright eyes and shining smiles.

Anna Stolnikova

Welcome to Saint Petersburg, one of the most historical, majestic and romantic cities in the world. 

I was fortunate to be born and raised here, as were my parents and grandparents. I have a degree in linguistics from one of the oldest Universities of Saint Petersburg – Herzen Pedagogical University. Having many friends from other countries, I was frequently showing  the sights of the city to them and their friends and families, which inspired me to become a professional tour guide. 

I will show you my native city from different perspectives: I will tell you the history of the foundation of Saint Petersburg, its architecture, about the Romanov family, who lived and ruled here, about outstanding personalities, who worked here in different times, about the events of the revolution of 1917. The times of the Second World War I know not solely from the books, but also from the stories of my grandmothers and grandfathers, who survived these tragic times. I will walk you through one of the most interesting periods of the history of my country – communism, “perestroika” and collapse of the Soviet Union. You will get an insight into the everyday life of contemporary citizens of Saint Petersburg and even learn some Russian words. 

It’s a pleasure for me to meet people from all over the world and share my passion and love to the history and culture of my city and I am looking forward to being you guide!

Veronika Azevich

I was born and grew up in a beautiful city on the Neva River, the capital of the Russian Empire. When I was a child I enjoyed walking through the outstanding collection of the State Hermitage museum and spent a lot of time among adorable fountains of the beautiful Lower Park of Peterhof. I started to study English in a Gymnasium and was practicing in London during the school summer holidays. In high school we started a course on Tourism and as a result I became acquainted with the guide profession. After high school I studied in the State University, under the Scandinavian faculty. After graduation the university I had an internship in Stockholm, Sweden. While I was at university I took a special tour guide course to develop my skill and knowledge base. Being a guide is a great honor for me. It's a great pleasure to show tourists spectacular and amazing places of our city. I always tell them enthusiastically about mysteries and secrets of Saint-Petersburg and about the outstanding heroism of inhabitants of our city during the Second World War. One of the numerous advantages of my job is a meeting and communicating with new people. I love traveling and discovering new places. I'm really happy to carry out a job which is simultaneously my calling in life.

Olga Sokolova

"Fantastic!" - that is what most people say about Saint-Petersburg and It's such an amazing feeling that I can help you to get to know this beautiful city.
Saint-Petersburg is often called an open air museum where every house, every street, bridges and canals is a priceless exhibit. It has so much to offer you even if it's not your first visit.
Being a professional tourist, during my excursions I always try to put myself in the "tourist's shoes" and to make the stay of our guests interesting, enjoyable and relaxed.
This city has a soul of it's own and with me you'll discover Saint-Petersburg with all its history, traditions, architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Welcome to Saint-Petersburg and find out what you love it for!

Tatjana Filimonova

I have been working as a tour-guide since 2000 and really enjoy this profession. It is not only the job but the mode of life. I am always excited to meet new people, to know about them and their country and at the same time share information about the beautiful and magnificent Saint-Petersburg.

This is my native city. I have two higher degrees, I graduated from State Pedagogical University and got the profession of teacher of literature and English language and I have graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University and worked as a journalist. I also worked as a trainer for other tour-guides. I enjoy working with tourists and showing them our gorgeous "museum-like-city”: every building, church, bridge, embankment has it's own history.  I love to tell the visitors different stories and legends, to talk about daily life of Russian people. I like to travel myself and I understand that most important message to leave with is: "We would like to come back to Saint-Petersburg again." I always try do my best for that and even more.

Katja Zhukova

I was born in the south of Russia and soon my family moved to Saint Petersburg. I graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University named after Alexander Pushkin (prominent Russian writer).

 

The University was situated in the Tsar's Village, the place where Russian Tsars used to stay in summer time. Maybe this fact inspired me to become a guide. I wanted to know more about the historical places in Saint Petersburg and to share this knowledge with people who come here to see the striking beauty of the palaces and churches.

I have been working as a tour guide since 2008. With every tour, I try to show to my guests as many interesting places as possible in the time we have in our city.

I like to pass on what it’s like to be a local in our fantastic city, I don’t just talk about historical facts, I like to make tours really exciting and engaging!
Come and let us make your vacation here unforgettable!