Name: Michael and Leigh Ackland
From: Australia, Victoria
From: Australia, Brisbane
My husband and I decided to visit St Petersburg on our round the world trip but were a little intimidated by the visa process. Luckily, during my searches, I found Tatiana, who answered all of my questions and dealt with all of my needs.
She organised our visa invitations and told me how to then apply for our visas and replied to my constant bothering of confusions about the process.
She picked us up from the airport when we arrived and drove us to Natalia Bnb, where we stayed for 2 nights. This itself was a fantastic experience and Natalia was so caring and made us feel so welcome and fed us great Russian breakfasts. It was so close to everything and made our experience so much better and easier.
Tatiana also booked a train for us to Moscow, as well as tickets to the ballet, which was spectacular.
What I loved and appreciated most about using Tatiana for my Russian travel, was that I never had to worry. She provided me with all that I needed and even gave me her personal details so we could contact her if anything arose. (which of course it didn't).
So a massive Thank You to you Tatiana as well as Natalia for both your kindness and efficiency.
I will definately recommend your services to others and if we have the pleasure of travelling to Russia once again, we will not hesitate to contact you again.
Alicia and Chris
Name: Chris Ryan
From: Australia, Melbourne
I travelled to St. Petersburg in March/April 2005. Tatiana arranged all the visa requirements, as well as the comfortable, reasonably-priced and conveniently-located apartment I stayed in. Tatiana also showed me how to use the metro, where to eat and shop, as well as offering sound advice on things to do and see in St. Petersburg.
I found Tatiana to be very professional and friendly, and cannot recommend her invaluable service highly enough.
Name: Richard Quinn
From: Australia, Brisbane
I visited St. Petersburg from Australia for a few days in November 2002 and engaged Tatiana as my capable guide for 3 of those days. She is an intelligent, enthusiastic and very professional young lady who is most knowledgeable about all the monuments and icons that make St. Petersburg and the entire region such a unique and rewarding place to visit. St. Petersburg is, quite literally, a living museum, with the most amazing architectural, historical and cultural landscapes and experiences that have somehow survived a century of seiges, wars and dictators. I can happily recommend Tatiana as your guide to provide an introduction to this side of St. Petersburg. The depradations that St. Petersburg has suffered over the last century or so have made the people, understandably, hard and stoic but it has also made them very accomodating especially to foreigners. I experienced little acts of kindness constantly during my stay even with the language barrier. On that score Tatiana used her local knowledge and language abilities to assist me. When I had neglected to get the requisite stamp in my passport before my departure she came around, took me to the right place (which I would never have found on my own), ensured everything was fixed up and then refused any payment for her efforts. My visit was too short and the weather was not so kind so I am keen to visit again, perhaps during the summer, to enable me to investigate more of what St. Petersburg has to offer. As an aside, I can confidently say that the food in St. Petersburg is fantastic. My thanks to Tatiana for introducing me to a couple of very nice establishments that she likes to frequent. There were none of the heavy slavic dishes I was expecting only tasty food with a hint of french provincial.
Name: Lisa Downes
From: Australia, Brisbane
Thank you for making my recent visit to St. Petersburg a fantastic experience that I will remember throughout my lifetime. The homestay, business meetings and guided tour you provided were exceptional.
My homestay with you and Sergy was of exceptional quality. I enjoyed the comfort and privacy of my own bedroom and sitting room, while at the same time, participating in regular, daily life. I particularly enjoyed sharing many conversations around the kitchen table. This was such a unique way to gain an insight into the real culture of Russians living in St. Petersburg - lifestyle, politics, the arts, employment, history, business, the economy and even a little about shopping.
The business meetings you arranged for me were very informative and rewarding. I learnt a great deal about my area of business and how it operates in Russia. I also made valuable contacts with influential people, which I have continued to foster and which will be of benefit for potential return trips to Russia.
The guided tour you arranged during my visit was fantastic. In the time I had available, I saw the sights I had particular interest in plus many treasures I had not considered. Your ability to recognize and adapt the tour program to my interests meant I was continually fascinated by the places we visited. Your seemingly vast knowledge of St. Petersburg and Russia, both past and present, also meant that my many questions were answered with such detail to satisfy my curiosity.
Tatiana, visiting St. Petersburg was the highlight of my four-country trip. It is the destination I speak most passionately about and recommend to colleagues and friends. I will certainly engage your services on my return trip to St. Petersburg and recommend you to anyone considering visiting your city.