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Erik.FaroeDear Nina,
I hope and trust you are well and that all is good in beautiful Saint Petersburg!
Thank you very much for being our tourguide in Saint Petersburg – your city is truly magnificent with so much to offer ! We are grateful for the tour you took us on showing us so many of your city’s beautiful and historic attractions – not to forget all the special more private places you showed us and told us their interesting stories. Especially your deep knowledge about the places and their history and your personal natural touch to everything during the tour made it an experience we will not forget. And we wish to thank you for everthing you shared with us – is was a wonderful day in Saint Petersburg with you!

Karl-Erik Reynheim, Faroe Islands, Denmark
June 2015

 

Dear Nina,

 

It was a pleasure to have you as guide in St. Petersburg. We really appreciated your knowledge of St. Petersburg, your flexibility, your understanding of our needs and your truly pleasant company. You made our trip an unforgettable experience. Next time if we need a guide in St. Petersburg, you are definitely our choice.
Kou-I
Szu, Taiw
an
June 2014

 

"Dear Nina, We leave your beautiful city with very heavy hearts. We loved every moment of being here. Thank you for making it come alive with the history and fun. Both Roger and I would like to come back. Having had the opportunity to live my dream has been wonderful and it has excelled all expectations. We also experienced a little of navy day thank you for that suggestion. Take care and all the very best and thanks"

Sally & Roger Cook, Australia
July 2013 

1“Dear Nina,

We are back home and wish to thank you again for guiding us around your beautiful city. You have been the perfect guide. Knowledgeable and initiative on one hand , but also figuring what our interests were and leading the five days ,we have been together, accordingly. Special thanks for bringing us to the wonderful restaurants for our lunches, for getting tickets to magnificent performances and generally for the friendly atmosphere you created around us. We could not have chosen a better guide. Love from Neta, Chech, Haya and Avi”

Avi Dotan, Israel
June 2013

 

2“If you are looking for a custom and personal tour of St. Petersburg, Russia, rather than going with a bus group, where your individual desires and expectations are rarely met, then Nina could be a good option for you. Whether you’r? the type who wants to plan all the details yourself, or someone who prefers someone else do it for you, Nina will work with you to make sure you are pleased with your visit to her beautiful city. There is so much to see and do in St. Petersburg, that having a local native plan your time can prove to be very beneficial. Her time management proved very valuable, as was her wealth of knowledge about each place we visited. Nina was also very conscious of the little things tourists often need help with when travelling to a strange and foreign country. These include offering suggestions of places to go during your free time, including making reservations for you at local restaurants, and also suggesting places to try and avoid. As for getting around within this large city, you could not ask for a more professional, courteous, and friendly driver, than Misha, who Nina uses often. It was a pleasure having him join us from time to time, and he was well prepared meeting us at the airport when we arrived, and getting us to the train station, when we left.”

Gregory and Laura Olewinski, Milwaukee, WI, USA
August 2012

 

3“Dear Nina, We are very sad to leave a city that has so much exceeded all of expectations, as did our guide. We thank you very much for your help, hospitality, and kindness.  Your efforts on our behalf to handle all difficulties, people and circumstances was both noticed and appreciated.” We will miss you. Terri, Katie, Bill and Emery

Emery J. Mishky, New Jersey, USA
May 2011

 

5“Dear Nina, We leave St Petersburg after one of the great experiences of our lives. As I endeavoured to say to you with feeling we are so grateful to you for arranging an amazing programme that suited our tastes so well. We were also so appreciative of the care and consideration you showed in arranging lifts ( elevators) in so many places and pushed to staff  to provide access to these . Thank you so much. We will never forget your quite delightful understanding of our needs and your respect for these. 

We regard you as a special friend and it is sad to say goodbye. Please know that despite the fact that this of course was a business arrangement because of you it was so much more than that.

We send our love and very special thanks.”

Hylton and Angela  LeGrice, New Zealand, Auckland
September 2010

 

Thank you very much for acting as my guide and interpreter during my recent visit to St Petersburg. I really appreciated your very efficient organisation of the two days we spent together and for the way you rang ahead and managed the visits to museums and restaurants. I like your determination to save your client’s time and avoid queues. I also appreciated your flexibility and making sure we used the limited time available to good effect.

I am glad you chose the Podvoye restaurant for Sunday lunch and the fact that our visit coincided with ‘pancake day’ added to the authentic Russian experience. The high point of the visit was, however, the troika ride and it was made perfect by your insistance that we should be treated as special and not expected to wait around in the cold awaiting our turn.”

Robin Chater,Newbury, Berks, UK
February 2009

 

“I would highly recommend Nina as a tour guide for St. Petersburg.  We spent 3 great days with Nina in June 2008.  We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids, ages 11 and 13) = Nina kept our tours interesting, fun and dynamic.  She was great at reading both the adults and kids in our group to make sure the pace was right and to focus on the aspects of the tours that we were most interested in.  Her great sense of humor and energetic personality made each day unique and fun.  Her driver was professional, safe and courteous.  Her restaurant recommendations were great and her patience with all of our silly “first trip to Russia” questions was quite amazing ;-)

I would not hesitate to recommend Nina to anyone looking for a tour guide in St.Petersburg – she is a great ambassador for this beautiful city!”

Chris & Laurie Watt, Switzerland/USA
June 2008

 

“Nina is the best! She made our trip to St. Petersburg wonderful. Getting around was so easy and she knew “out of the way” places that made our trip very special. Nina is fun as well as courteous and considerate. We would have been lost without her.”

Wilson and Jill Carraway,Thomasville, USA
February 2008

 

“Dear Nina, I was really pleased with your services, very professional and also a friendly behaviour with us, plus your smile and your humor. So thank you, we have spent a really good time in St. Petersburg we now appreciate very much because of you”.

Bernard Mouthier, France
January 7, 2008

 

“Dear Nina,

Thanks to your excellent guidance through St. Petersburg, we have explored the city on a very enjoyable and instructive way. The explanation about the admirable palaces, beautiful monuments and history of St. Petersburg was very clear. As you were a very spontaneous and lovely person, we enjoyed your company very much. We would highly recommend you to anyone visiting St. Petersburg.”

Joseph Proios, Antwerp, Belgium, PROIOS MARITIME s.a.
October 10,  2007

 

“Dear Nina! We really enjoyed our day out, many thanks to you. You are a really fantastic tour guide!!”

Darril and Alison, David and Gail, Scotland

September 5, 2007

 

“Nina was an excellent choice, a good guide and a lovely person. She ensured that my visit to St. Petersburg was one of the most memorable highlights of the whole trip.”

Barry Fielding,Sydney, Australia

August 20, 2007

 

“Thank you for the wonderful tour of St. Petersburg. The city was as beautiful as promised and the tour guide was exceptional”

Barry Solomon,Little Rock, USA

July 3, 2007

 

“To potential visitors to St. Petersburg,

I had the occasion to use Nina as a tour guide during my recent visit. I can say that I was very, very pleased with her efforts. Her preparation prior to my arrival was excellent, and she did an exemplary job of both arranging the itinerary, and in helping illustrate the historical and contemporary context to the many interesting things we saw. I would whole heartedly recommend Nina to anyone visiting St. Petersburg.”

Michael Minneman, Denver CO,

October 25, 2006

 

“I want to thank you for showing me the beautiful city of St Petersburg! Knowing that my transportation to and from the airport, and my reservations for your tours, were taken care of after I sent you the deposit through Western Union allowed me to relax about my upcoming trip. The driver you arranged for me was very professional, and the car tour of the city was just amazing, as were your tours of the Hermitage and Peterhof. You have a great talent for making people feel comfortable and explaining the sites, culture and life of St Petersburg. I will highly recommend you to anyone who is traveling to St Petersburg.”

Jake Sturm, New York

July 15, 2006

 

“I would like to thank you on behalf of Tania and me for all the services and guided tours that you provided us during our stay in St. Petersburg. You are an accomplished guide and business woman. We enjoyed your company, and will highly recommend your services to our friends.”

Alex and Tania Birukoff, USA

May 5, 2006

 

“My wife and I spent four wonderful days in Saint Petersburg thanks to Nina. In addition to tours of the usual attractions, Nina arranged for us to have excellent seats at the Mariinsky for a production of the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila. Nina was always prompt, completely reliable, and was more than willing to share insights into life in Russia. If you are planning to visit Saint Petersburg, we strongly suggest that you arrange for Nina to be your guide.”

John and Roberta Eidson, Ca, USA

April 24, 2006

 

“I used Nina as my guide in St. Petersburg during the last week of March 2006. She is very professional, very knowledgable, and very personable. You will not be disappointed.”

Harris Strickland, Carlson Wagonlit Travel,Tallahassee, Florida

March 25 2006

 

“Nina, you are a top-notch tour director. I had long looked forward to visiting St Petersburg, and it was a wonderful experience enhanced by your guidance. I, however, will be ever grateful to you for your handling of my son’s medical emergency. Thanks to your quick thinking, we were all five of us in “good hands,” from Pushkin’s public emergency room, to the ambulance you called, to the good medical facilities in the city. And thank you for staying with me, to see that Bill would be all right and finding us a place to stay. For these reasons, St. Petersburg is a good memory. Blessings, Hattie Cockshoot Irish.”

Donald and Harriet Irish, USA

October 10, 2005

 

“Dear Nina,

Thank you very much for looking after us during our stay, we had a fantastic time, your tours are wonderful and I really enjoyed your company. St Petersburg is an awesome city and we plan to come back sometime next year.”

Simon & Sally Claxton, England

August 24, 2005

 

Nina is a superb guide, charming, intelligent, with a great sense of humor and excellent English. In one day with Nina you absorb, enjoy and experience what it would take at least three days to do on your own. Nina is like her city, St.Petersburg, elegant, beautiful and enjoyable. Highly recommended.”

Pamela and Dick Evans, Australia

Sept 4, 2005

 

“I recommend Nina, tour guide, to anyone, for any length of time, without hesitation. My husband and I spent two and a half days with Nina during a week in St. Petersburg and the experience added significantly to our appreciation of the city and its environs.

She took us on our first ‘overview’ trip of the city; then to Peterhof and Pushkin. Nina is an experienced guide who knows her city, her history and her English. But that was only part of what endeared her to us. We found Nina funny, straightforward, and willing to help with questions such as, “What about the mosquitoes in our room at night?” and “Where can we eat within walking distance of our apartment?” Her recommendations were great. She also taught us to text message on our cell phones - a teenage communication system we hadn’t yet learned.”

Sally Petersen, Portland, Oregon

July 15, 2005

 

“Thank you for the wonderful tour services you provided us while on an adoption trip to St. Petersburg, Russia in April, 2005. With the new independent adoption rules in Russia, we had a week of free time between submitting our dossier and receiving an adoption referral. You made the week totally memorable for us with your professional tour guide services. We have been on many group tours before but none have been nearly as nice as an individual tour with you. The four days we spent with you were extremely enjoyable. Your excellent knowledge of Russian history and your fluency in the English language made each day special for us. We truly enjoyed being able to decide where to go, how long to spend at each location and when to stop for breaks such as lunch. We appreciated the friendship you provided us while in St. Petersburg while learning much about the city and its history.

Thank you and best wishes.”

Jim and Sharon Dahlke, Westfield, Wisconsin

May 5, 2005 

 

“Thanks to you my visit to your native city was a great one. I enjoyed the historical walking tours of the city center and the restaurants you took me to were very nice. But mostly you are very intelligent and an interesting person and I enjoyed your company on the tours very much. I look forward to see you again on my next visit.”

Jasbir Singh (Canada)

April 27, 2005 

 

“When I speak to people about my trip to Russia the highlights always center around my stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the World, Saint Petersburg. I know for certain that the main reason this experience was so positive was because of Nina. All six in my traveling group enjoyed Nina so much after our first day with her that we enlisted her for a second day, and then again a third.     Without Nina’s knowledge, skill, pleasant attitude, and genuine concern the magnificence of the city would not have sparkled as brightly. For someone on a short schedule as I was Nina was the perfect guide! She spent as much, or as little time, at the sights as there was interest in. Nina is extremely personable. She has a rare talent to engage everyone in the group in a personal and friendly way.     Saint Petersburg truly is an amazing city! So many sights, so much beauty, such wonderful people! I will definitely return, and when I do I hope my new friend Nina will once again help to make the experience memorable.”

Russell Nielson, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

April 18, 2005

 

“ I am writing to thank you so much for a wonderful tour of the hermitage, a good conversation over coffee and tour of St Isaacs. My daughters and I thought you were very good and very attractive. We will certainly recommend your service to our friends. London was very warm when we got back yesterday but is raining again today. Best wishes and thanks again.”

Julie Harrison (London,UK)

April 12, 2005 

 

“Our family (Frank, Michell and our two children, ages 5 years and 8 years) have traveled in several different countries using many guides along the way. Our excursion in St Petersburg with Nina was excellent. Nina is among the best guides we have ever had. She has a nice manner, knows St. Petersburg, its people, its history, its food. She brings a rare breadth of maturity and experience and knows how to tailor her service to her immediate client’s needs. For anyone, including families with young children, needing an excellent guide while in St Petersburg, speak to Nina and enjoy.”

Frank Cosentino and Michell Basil, New Jersey-USA

August 23, 2004 

 

“This was the second time I’ve been to one of the world’s greatest cities, St. Petersburg. Both times I just got cheep airfares, a nice apartment off the internet and help from Nina and got a lot of trip for my money. This time I came during White Nights (Wow)! The city is alive with something interesting around each corner. The endless variety of very talented sidewalk performers, world renowned museums such as the Hermitage or the Russian Museum, or just the architecture, like such national treasures as St. Isaacs Cathedral or the Winter Palace, and I can’t forget the canals, parks, fountains, and magnificent statues. Yet Saint Petersburg’s greatest assets are its people. They are wonderfully open and friendly and many speak at least some English. One of the legacies of its people is art, art is every where. The streets are filled with sidewalk artists and great art and souvenir shopping. Go to the theater, see a ballet or just go to the Circus. Eating out is alive and well, (some of the best food I have ever had) in S.P. and very reasonably priced if you get a little off the Nevskiy. What I also like about S.P. there is so much to see in a close central area that is easy to get around in. I also feel it is a very safe city. The two trips I have made have been so enriching on so many levels. I can’t emphasize enough what a wonderful city it is to visit.

In my first visit to St. Petersburg I met Nina. I have been on several of her personal tours and used her interpreting skills on quite a few occasions.

There are a lot of possibilities in S.P. and you only have so much time. Nina can listen to your interests and tell you all the different options there are to see, taste, hear, meet, do, or experience and help make it all happen smoothly and make the most of your time. Nina has always been honest, knowledgeable, efficient, punctual, professional, personable, and even some wise friendly advice for me.

I am always interested in talking with anyone who has any questions about my impressions or experiences in St Petersburg. Just e-mail me.”

Peter Chapko, Sandpoint, Idaho

July 8, 2004 

 

“I have recently visited St Petersburg on two occasions. On my first visit which was for business, the trip was organized, and I stayed in a hotel while I was there which was ok. While on my first visit I met a tour guide, Nina. She said if Iever visit St Petersburg in the near future she would be able to organize my trip for me, which she did. I contacted her on her e mail address and gave her the dates when I would like to visit and, ,from then on, Nina organized everything., I was collected from the airport and taken to my apartment, which was really nice, and far better than staying in a hotel. Also she organized theatre tickets and also a car and driver to take us to all the places of interest, which was a great way as you see everything at the pace you want to. St Petersbug is a wonderful city to visit and there are so many wonderful places to see. My visit was made more enjoyable by Nina herself; she was so pleasant and knowledgeable and nothing was to much trouble and, after a wonderful stay, I was taken to the airport for my trip home.”

Jeff W. Lloyd, Cardiff, Wales-UK

November 25 2003 

 

“I have toured St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas two times with Nina as my guide, translator and care taker. I use the words ‘care taker’ because she is a completely wonderful tour guide and translator. With Nina by your side, nothing ever goes wrong. Her knowledge of the area and her command of the English language is excellent. Russia is a wonderful country and St. Petersburg is one of the most enchanting cities in the world and Nina makes sure you see the best of the city and country in a completely safe way. I have spent a total of three weeks in St. Petersburg over two trips and these were the most fascinating vacations of my life. The architecture, buildings, museums, people and food are nothing short of incredible. Yes, even the food is wonderful. Nina knows the best restaurants in the city. I never even came close to having a bad meal, even though I was not accustomed to most of the dishes that were served. On my two week trip, I had the opportunity to go with Nina to the island of Valaam in the North Lodoga lake. You arrive in the morning after boarding the boat in the early evening for an overnight trip. Valaam is a village which has a Monastery founded in the 12-th century. The trip was among the most tranquil and moving experiences of my life. During this trip, we toured Pskov which is one of the oldest cities in Russia. The churches of Pskov were virtually indescribable, but were certainly old and beautiful. We toured an icon museum. I was awed when I saw one of the religious paintings that was dated in the early 1400’s, before America was even discovered.

As I am writing this, I want to be in St. Petersburg. I want to experience Russia and St. Petersburg through Nina’s eyes. I want to immerse myself in the culture of the city. Yes, I am dreaming now, but I will be going back and Nina will be my guide once again. For the trip of a lifetime, call Nina.”

Jerry McKnight, MD, Professor University of Alabama

September 10, 2003