Name: Peter and Annabelle Wallace
From: USA, Marion, Iowa
Name: Bob and Carol Patterson
From: USA, Iowa
Name: Jaime Cervera
Name: Bruce and Marcia Friedman
From: Houston, Texas - USA
I organized a visit to St. Petersburg in August 2005. The purpose of the visit was twofold: first, meet my wife on holiday, as she is in Canada and I work in Asia, and then visit the city.
While browsing the web I discovered the Russian Adventure site, and read everything on it to get the most information about it, and the city of St. Petersburg. Then I decided to contact Tatiana about using her services for my wife's visa and as a guide and accommodation provider. She happened to have free time during my planned dates, so we struck a deal. First she provided the invitation letter for my wife, and then she found accommodation for us for the duration of our stay.
I later sent her the flight details and she agreed, as part of the tour, to pick us up at the airport. She then drove us to our apartment, which was very well located five minutes from Nevsky Prospect. We had requested an apartment for more privacy, and were quite pleased with what Tatiana had arranged. Then we discussed the visit plan, and we agreed on four days with Tatiana as a guide, and the rest alone for walking tours in the city center points of interest. The first day was an orientation tour using a car to get around quickly. Tatiana was on time in the morning, and we spent the whole day visiting the various points, without entering any.
Then we agreed to three additional days with her assistance for detailed visits to Peterhof, Catherine Palace, and a one-day tour of the Hermitage. It was evident from the start that Tatiana was an excellent tour guide. She possesses a great knowledge of her culture, her city and her country. She is a very literate person, versed in French, English, Italian and German. We really enjoyed her presence and her services. She always seemed to enjoy her work, which made it pleasant for us. In my opinion, she is gifted as being passionate about her work, while remaining very professional all the time.
As a result, St. Petersburg has become one of my favorite destinations, and I am presently enrolled in Russian classes to enhance my career prospects, and to discover the rich Russian cultural heritage.
I strongly recommend Tatiana as a responsible private tour organizer and guide, the best that I have encountered so far.
Name: Jay and Maureen Copan
From: USA, D.C., Washington
Maureen and I just wanted to express our sincere thanks to you for the wonderful four days we recently had in St. Petersburg. From the moment you met us at the airport, until the time you took us to the train station, we had an amazing experience - all because of you and your beautiful city.
From the beginnings of St. Petersburg at the Peter and Paul Fortress to the Hermitage, and to the museums reflecting life after the Revolution, and during Soviet days, you taught us, and showed us so much Russian history, we will always be grateful.
Your tours were excellent; the restaurant choices always the best - especially the one near Catherine's Palace! Your assistance on securing ballet tickets, train tickets and the like was invaluable. Your knowledge of St. Petersburg, and, for that matter, all Russian history, was outstanding.
We loved St. Petersburg, and look forward to coming back to visit. We have already recommended you to many of our friends. In our opinion, having you show us your St. Petersburg was the best decision we could have made. Thanks to you, we believe that the world is a much smaller place.
Name: Richard Henderson
From: United Kingdom
We arrived back in UK safe and sound.
We had a delightful time in St. Petersburg and would like to thank you for your help which did much to make the holiday a success. We were most impressed by your professionalism. If you need a reference for any of your potential clients you may give them my e-mail address.
Best wishes and good luck in your business.
Marcia and I had a great trip with you in St. Petersburg. Your planning, guidance, narration, and your consideration for the limitations of our aging bones left us with great memories and a better understanding of Russia, its history, and its people. We were all agreed that those two days were the highlight of our trip.
Thank you very much. You have a lot to be proud of. Please feel free to use us as references if that will be helpful to you.
Name: Claire Guilbault
Well, I guess it is about time for me to send you a message of gratitude for everything you have done for Susan and I while in St. Petersburg. We most certainly were very happy with your services and kindness and thanks for looking after us and specially the hotel Neva. What would we of done without you. You certainly know how to handle any problems, no matter what they are. I agree you are "a fearless leader".
Feel free to give me as a recommendation should you need an extra one. I will gladly and highly recommend you.
With all my thanks and best wishes,