Testimonials from Our Clients

What our clients say about us:

Hi Tatanya,

We had a fabulous time on the Tour with Maria who was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable and interesting and

good fun too. I would definitely recommend you to others as I think it was so much nicer in a smaller minibus rather than a big coach. I hope one day we can return and see some more of St. Petersburg and Russia.

 

Best Regards

Jacqui x

NCL 17-18 May

 

Hello Olga,

 

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our 2 day Highlights Tour with Alex on May 17 & 18. It was enjoyable traveling with a small group. I’m so glad we booked with TJ Travel. I will definetly recommend your tour if any of my friends travel to St. Petersburg. Another day in St. Petersburg would have been ideal—maybe another trip. I would have liked to have seen the Royal Carriages—our friends were there a few years back and had pictures of the carriages. Thanks for all your correspondence and help. Great Tour—small groups are wonderful. Keep up the tours.

 

Sincerely,

 

Karen Kiser

NCL 17-18 May

 

 

I had trouble getting on the tourist adviser sites but I am happy to highly endorse TJ Travel as a great tour company, everything went very well and we got more than our moneys worth, When we compared tours with other passengers of the Emeral Princess they were all very quiet about their more expensive tours arranged by the ship which did not compare to yours . We expecially

enjoyed the small group of 15 compared to being in a group of 40-50 which were what the busses for the ship

tours were part of. The lunches were good and the chanpagne river cruise really set their teeth on edge. Maria was great and her English and knowlege was perfect. Thank you for a wonderful 2 days fullfilling my wifes bucket list dream of visiting your great city. Sincerely Mike French–

Emerald 18-19 May

 

Hello Tatyana,

Thank you for looking after us so well in St. Petesburg. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with you. The tour was excellentthanks to your endless knowledge of everything and not forgetting Alex, the driver, who always managed to find a convenient parking place and knew all the ways to get round your busy city.

 

I have given your details to several people who wished they had come on the tour with us. They may use you in the futur or pass your name to friends.

 

Thank you once more for all your help.

 

Margery

Discovery 18-20 May

 

Dear Tatyana,

We had a wonderful tour with TJ Travel. It was outstanding. Alex is one of the best tour guides I’ve had. Everything went very well, all was as

expected. Very much appreciate the early entry into the Hermitage Museum, we saw how crowded it got as the day went on. The canal ride on the second day was a big plus, it was very nice to see the city from the water, as well as from the bus. We were lucky to miss the rain while on the boat ride, it happened while we were in the museum. The food the second day was something to rave about, absolutely delicious. I was excited to taste the borscht soup and chicken Kiev, as I’ve had it

here in the US. It was of course much better than we have here. Also the country salad to start was different and very good.

 

Jacki Fullerton

NCL 17-18 May

 

 

 

Hello Tatyana,

 

St. Petersburg was breathtaking and we were extremely happy with Irena! She was wonderful, very calm and patient with a large group and a very tight schedule. Everybody could understand her very well even though not everybody spoke English well. We learnt so much about Russian history (from Peter the Great to Rasputin) and all the places we went to! When we come back we will schedule more locations that have to do the the last 90 years. The food was great!

 

The only thing I would like to change: less traffic! But, of course, there is nothing that you can do about it.

 

Lia drees NCL 17-18 may

 

Dear Tatyana,

 

Yes, I certainly liked your tour. Our tour guide (Zenia) was very knowledgeable and friendly. She made the whole experience great fun and interesting. The tour itinerary was also very well thought out with enough time at each place so you did not feel rushed but also covering all the major sites. Excellent tour which I couldn’t recommend enough and I will certainly put our feed back on the websites where we heard about you.

 

Thank you (and Zenia and Edward) very much for a very enjoyable time in your lovely city.

 

Best wishes,

 

Joanna Queen Vic 16-17 may

Dear Tatyana,

 

It was so nice to meet you! Beverly and I had a great trip. It was especially satisfying for me to return to the Baltic area after 58 years, as I was on the first American Navy ship to cruise the Baltic Sea in1954, nine years after the 2nd World War ended in 1945. What made it enjoyable was TJ Travel. Your continual communications with concise and important information

gave us a very happy and comfortable feeling before we even met your tour guides at each port. The guides were

very impressive with their historical knowledge, stories above and beyond what any of us could have expected. Matt in Berlin, so loved his tour job he made us all so attentive. Maria in Tallinn, Estonia was remarkable in answering all of our questions, as was

Alexandra in St Petersburg and Maria in Helsinki. I took many photos and as Bev and I have talked about TJ Travel many times already, I am sure if they travel to the Baltic Sea area, TJ Travel will be the only travel company they will connect with. I hope someday in the near future Bev and I can return and if we do, you will be the first person we will call!

 

With warmest regards,

 

Phil Guarino NCL 5-7-89-10 may

 

Hi Tatyana:

 

Just a note to say that we had a wonderful two days with Elena Lyapakinn (hope I have the correct spelling) in St Petersburg. The tour was so well organised that despite the traffic we saw everythingas promised. The three of us thought that it was great value for the

price charged and we would recommend your company to all our friends. I have put a comment on Tripadvisor as

we enjoyed the tour so much. Perhaps we will meet again one day.

 

Hope your summer is good.

 

Regards, Helen Axford NCL 17-18 may

 

Dear Olga,

 

Just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with your company and Sofia (Sophia) in particular. She is a

great asset to your company and is a delightful person. Even when there was a computer problem at Catherine’s

Palace, she was professional and worked very hard to fix the problem. TJ Travel was able to be flexible

about the rest of the day so that we were able to see everything on the schedule and still reach the ship on

time.

 

I have already recommended your company to friends, Penny and Larry Helgoe, who will be arriving in August

on a cruise. Hope that you hear from them soon.

 

Thanks for all of your help to make this possible,

 

Laure Guyot Jewel May 20-21

 

 

 

Dear Olga and Tatiana,

 

Dave and I want to express our gratitude and thanks for a wonderful two day visit to your beautiful St. Petersburg. Our driver, Andrew, was very skilled and our guide, Nina, was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. The entire experience was the highlight of our cruise, and we would love to come again and see more of your city. I have already recommended your company to another couple, as they are considering a visit to your city next year. I will continue to share with others the professionalism of your staff and the wonderful programs you have available for visitors. Our entire group of ten was most pleased with all your efforts and we all enjoyed a wonderful visit.

 

Blessings,

 

Colleen and Dave Hinman Jewel 20-21

may

 

P. S. Please give Nina our kind regards. She is a wonderful ambassador for your city.

 

 

Hi Olga,

 

Well, we’re home and trying to get rested. I just want you to know what a treasure you have in Nellya. She was

absolutely amazing and what a wonderful person. She made our tour come to life with the stories and explanations of the history of Russia.

 

Your tour company is top notch — with employees like Nellya you’ll be a success for a very long time.

 

I have posted my feelings on Cruise Critic and hope that many others will read the posting and book their tours through your company.

 

Thank you for a terrific time in your beautiful city.

 

Jackie Anderson Constellation 26-27 may

 

 

I want to let you know how much we enjoyed this part of our St. Petersburg experience. Tatiana was a great guide; lots of fun and very informative! We could understand everything she said. She made each of us feel so special. Thank you for offering us this great experience.

 

Maryann Haeger Constellation 26-27 amy

 

 

Good evening, Tatyana:

 

David and I thoroughly enjoyed the tours.

 

Boris, our guide in Berlin, was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and lots of fun. He took very good care of us and was very solicitous. Many passengers who took Berlin tours with the cruise line had lots of complaints about their trip, but everybody in our group had a great time.

 

Our guide in Tallinn was also very knowledgeable, if a little shy. We had a very nice time there and learned

much.

 

Alex did an absolutely outstanding job in St. Petersburg. She was quite knowledgeable and a very good leader. Her command of the English language was admirable; she used idioms and complex grammar like a native speaker. She made sure we had great position in crowded areas, she got us through lines quickly, and she conducted herself with great professionalism. She really made us feel special.

 

 

 

We wish you all the best

Karen & David Rafferty 26-27

May

 

 

 

Hello Olga,

 

We just returned from our cruise on the Celebrity Constellation, during which we had the two day excursion with your company on June 7 and 8. We were a group of 13. We all agreed that those two days were exceptional, we wish to say how much we appreciated the efficiency of your compagny. We enjoyed our two days and the ballet. Thank you very much for organizing everything. Our guide Inna was excellent and so was the driver. Everybody only had good comments.

 

We just wanted to say thanks and that we would not hesitate to recommend your company to people visiting St-Petersburg.

 

Have a nice day.

 

Micheline Schinck 7-8 June

 

 

Dear Tatiana,

 

CB & I have just returned from our Baltic Cruise and want to send you a brief note about our visit. Nellya our guide was superb. She answered all of our questions and was clear and informative. Her command of history,

art and of course English are outstanding. She got us through difficult places in record time. We saw all we wanted to see and more. Our thanks to her for a wonderful visit. We also want to thank Ksenia for our

evening stroll on Nevsky Prospect. She was informative and fun! Seeing St. Petersburg from street level instead of through a windshield was one of the

highlights of our visit, along with the vodka tasting of course!

 

We will certainly recommend your company to any friends who are going to visit St. Petersburg. We will call

you again if we find ourselves in St. Petersburg again.

 

CB & David Loftin Azamara 16-17 June

 

 

 

Hi Tatyana,

 

I so enjoyed our walk thru St.Petersburg with you. It gave us a chance to walk amongst the people while they were enjoying a festive occasion. This was one of the highlights of our trip. Fran and I really

enjoyed the Vodka tasting and have used the shot glasses that were a very nice gift from the restaurant.

I was able to find the Vodka that the glasses had printed on them. I already had in my refrigerator the

middle brand we tried as it was a gift to me last Christmas. Again thank you for the great time you showed us. I will get on the web sites and recommend you and TJ Travel.

 

Regards, Joe constellation 26

27 May

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Good morning Tatyana;

 

On June 22 & 23, I had the privilege of touring your wonderful city while on a cruise with my family and

friends. I wasn’t able to fill out a comment card but I did want you to know my thoughts on this tour and your company.

 

Katya was our tour guide and Vadim was our driver. I want to tell you how very pleased we all were with

everything that was provided by your company. Katya was very informative, funny, patient and a pleasure to meet. She made sure that we saw as much as we possible could in those 2 days and we did. We were all exhausted after the second day but we wouldn’t have

changed a thing and we all said that we got the very best of St. Petersburg thanks to Katya and TJ Travel.

 

I would not hestitate to highly recommend your company to anyone who is visiting your city and I wish you

continued success in the future.

 

Many thanks for a wonderful experience

 

Ruth DeYoung CL Sun 22-23 June

 

Hi Olga & Tatyana,

We have just returned from Australia after a fantastic cruise which included 4 ports in Norway and a number of Baltic cities. We wanted to give you some feedback regarding the shore excursions we booked with you in

Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Berlin.

 

We must start with the excellent service provided by Olga when booking our tours. The information provided by her was both timely and complete and her professionalism gave us the confidence to expect nothing less than 100% satisfaction from the tours offered (and we were not disappointed).

 

Moving on to the individual tours.

 

Our first was Tallinn and our tour guide (sorry but we cannot remember her name) was knowledgeable and friendly. The only slight negative we could find was that because we were a relatively large group we did have some difficulty in hearing her and the additional of whisper headsets would easily overcome this problem. I did mention this to Tatyana when making payment.

 

On to your lovely and interesting city of St Petersburg where we had Victoria as our guide. What a fun guide she is!! Her enthusiasm is quite infectious and as there were only 10 in our group she was able to interact with all of us and make our visit to “your home” one of the highlights of our trip.

 

In Helsinki we had Maria as our guide and once again we have nothing but praise for her and the tour offered. She was prepared to go out of her way to ensure that we got the most out of our tour.

 

Finally Berlin where our guide was Boris. American by birth, what an unbelievable depth of knowledge of

German history he has. From the moment he met us on the coach in Berlin we knew that this was going to be a tour to be remembered. His interesting insights into the past as well as the issues facing modern Germany were thought provoking and delivered with a relaxed style mixing humour and when required a more sombre, serious approach. A great tour!!

 

In closing a final thank you to all involved in making the visit to these places a wonderful experience, we have treasures memories of all.

 

Regards

David & Colleen Salisbury eurodam 17-

18 june

 

 

 

Just a note to thank you for arranging such a personalized tour for us. We enjoyed the company and expertise of

 

of ALL our guides and drivers.

 

Thank you

 

again; you run an excellent service.

Suzanne Gordon

 

 

 

Good morning from sunny Vancouver, we are in our summer now. Both Sheila and I really enjoyed your tour of your Staint Petersburg. We had two places which were the most memerable of our 59 days of travel, the first was Cairo-Allexandera, and to finish the tip was Staint Petersburg, Elaina, I hope I got the spelling of her name right, of our very exceptional tour guide. Elaina was the best guide we have ever had, her choice of the times to see the places which she took us to, saved us from getting drenched on the sunday. It was a very exciting time in our travels as, Staint Petersburg was at the top of our bucket list of places to see in the world.

We will highly recomend your company, as out of 10 people on our bus tour, 10 people could not say enough about what we saw and the places we went. Thank you again Elaina for the great tour of your city.

Thank You

Ken & Sheila Pomeroy

Dear Tatyana,

 

We had a wonderful 2 days in St. Petersburg. Our guide was Kseniya Gurova. She did a phenomenal job and everyone of us were thrilled to be in her group. She was extremely knowledgeable and easily understood.

Friends of ours who took your tour recommended you and your company highly. They were right on target. We’ve already praised you to many of our friends that are looking to travel to St. Petersburg in the future. We were very pleased with the way you handled the correspondence from the beginning. It was our pleasure to meet you. I hope we meet you again in the future. If you ever travel to our area, please contact us so we can reciprocate!

Thanks for all you did to make our experience in St. Petersburg so delightful.

Helaine & Jay Shinske

 

 

 

 

Dear Olga,

 

Thank you for your help in setting up tours with TJ Travel on our recent Baltic Cruise. You were very helpful in answering all my questions. Sorry I didn’t have a chance to meet you while we were in St. Petersburg.

 

We found the van travel to be much more accessible to seeing the sights than riding in a large tour bus.

 

We can’t say enough good things about our guide, Alex. She was very attentive to our needs for frequent restroom breaks–a rarity in our experience with other guides. She was personable, well-versed in the history of Russia, and an expert at navigating or avoiding long lines of tourists.

 

We are very happy to have found you and arranged for our tours of St. Petersburg and Helsinki. Please forward this information to Alex and feel free to use any parts of these comments in your marketing.

 

Sincerely,

 

Annette Margo, PhD

 

 

Dear Olga

 

Thought I must write to say how much we all enjoyed our tour of St Petersburg with TJ Travel. It was absolutely fabulous from beginning to end. Tatyana was an outstanding guide. We shall certainly be back some time in the future to enjoy more of this fascinating beautiful city.

Thank you so much once again for giving us an excellent exciting taste of St Petersburg.

Kind regards.

 

Carolyn Robinson and party (Cazrob)

 

Hello Olga, Geoff and I would like to thank you and all the team for making our stay in St. Petersburgh

so memorable. It is an experience we shall never forget, every thing was great. We have already passed on your details to friends who are thinking of visiting next year. Many thanks sorry we did not meet. Margaret and Geoff. Eclipse 30-1 july

 

 

Hi Olga,

Just letting you know Pam and I had a wonderful time in St Petersburg,our guide Tatiana was really great, we could not have wished for a better guide.I have given the information on the tour to my travel agent and she is pleased to recommend the tour to other people, so I do hope you get more business from our recommendation as we loved every part of the the cruise and tours, we only wished we had book tours in other cities with you.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for every thing.Hope your mother like the book on Australia as I was so happy to find such a great book, and wanted your Mum to get an idea on what Australia has to offer.It is a well travelled book as it spend 21 days travelling through Europe ,so it is well travelled.

Thank you again, and please thank Tatiana for both of us, and tell her that we told the 10 people sitting at our table on the cruise all about our tour and a couple to the people from the UK got your email address from us as they were wrapped in the tour we did ,we let them read the tours as we had the emails with us and they were very impressed.

 

Lyn Bowley and Pam Crompton on”.Celebrity Cruises .”

Tatyana,

 

We had an amazing experience and was one of the top one or two highlights of our three-week trip. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable on diverse subjects from art history to architecture to politics. She was personable and a pleasure to spend the day with. She was outstanding. Kudos to our driver for navigating St. Petersburg rush hour. TJ delivered everything that they promised. I would love to come back and spend more time. Thanks, Loren witkin Poesia

 

 

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with you. I especially appreciated your consideration when one of our group could not make it for the second day. That was unexpected. Most companies do not understand the issues that can arise at the last minute.

 

Sophia was a wonderful guide. Not only did she give us a great tour with much information and history, she also gave us some good insights into an everyday Russian’s thoughts and ideas. I very much appreciate that because it allows us to get to know more cultures.

 

 

Thanks again for a great tour!

James Smith

 

Dear Olga and Tatiana

 

Wendy and I just wanted to say, on behalf of our family, a really big thank you for making our two days in St Petersburg so enjoyable.

 

Our guide, Maria, was excellent and gave us a very good tour. She was especially good with the children and really got them involved. Our driver, Vadim, was also very good.

 

We were so pleased that we have recommended you to our local travel agent.

 

Thanks again.

 

John Neighbour

 

 

 

 

Hi Tatyana

 

Just a note to inform you that our group of 20 found complete satisfaction with our tour with TJ on July 13 and 14.

Kathy Niu was so very pleased with you and would recommend you to her friends who will be cruising in September.

Our tour guide Katiya is excellent, giving us in depth knowledge of history associated with palaces, paintings and events. We are so impressed with the grandeur of Russian architecture, arts and culture, and wished we could have spent more time there. What made the visit so pleasurable was that Katiya managed to switch schedule around to avoid the crowd, and we did not have to wait much at all the sites, all due to her expertise at moving us in. And the driver too, always managed to park close by and very courteous.

 

I am glad I managed to persuade Kathy not to switch, and I believe I made the right choice.

 

Sincerely,

 

Betty Chan

Dear Tatiana and the team at TJ Tours

 

We had a wonderful visit to St Petersburg for which we thank you, and would like to thank Sophia (for her knowledge and excellent English) and Konstantine (for his driving skills) for making our tour so special. Your organisation was superb and we learnt so much about your beautiful city. We have no hesitation in recommending your tours.

 

Kind regards

 

Richard and Jane Pearce

 

Dear Olga,

Now that the dust has settled on our Baltic cruise with Royal Caribbean, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking TJ Travel for a wonderful 2 day experience ( 20/21 July) in St Petersburg. Olga, our guide, was so professional, knowledgeable and organised that we all on the trip found it most enjoyable and, after speaking to our fellow passengers on the ship who did other tours , we realised how much more we had seen. The hydrofoil trip to Peterhof was seen as an excellent idea and they were envious of our canal/ champagne trip. Mind you we were blessed with lovely weather as well which always helps.

 

Dear Olga and Tatyana,

We have just returned to Australia from our cruise of the Baltic and my husband and I would like to thank you all at TJ Travel for a fantastic two day St Petersburg highlights tour.. It was absolutely the best excursion of our holiday and we both loved St Petersburg. Please pass on our special thanks to Nina our guide. She was wonderful and definitely brought the Russian history to life. We also went to the ballet one evening and as we had no time to return to the ship to get changed ,she very kindly organised that for us as well as getting our driver for the evening to take us to a Russian pie shop for dinner. We caught up with most of the friends we met on our day tour later on the ship and they too were raving about how great our time in St Petersburg was.

We loved the fabulous shop we were taken to at the end but wished we had more time there.Half an hour wasn’t enough.

 

Graham and Helen Rankine.

Australia

 

 

Good morning,

 

We just returned from Amsterdam last night and I wanted to take a minute to tell you how much we enjoyed your 2 day tour in st. Petersburg on 7/25 and 7/26. We had Nelly as our guide and she was very organized and provided us with so much information. Both days were wonderful. We also did the night time walking tour in St. Petersburg the night of July 25th. We had Natalia as our guide and she was delightful. She took us to a great place where we grabbed something to eat and then we took off all over the city. She also was a wealth of information. We enjoyed being out in the city and we had wonderful weather…..as opposed to mostly rainy days on our cruise! The vodka tasting was also alot of fun. Natalia said she doesnt usually do the night time tour…….well, you wouldnt have known it.

 

 

 

Thank you again

Karen Ely 25-26 july constellation

 

 

 

Hello Tatyana!

 

I have already left a glowing review on trip advisor for your company and will do one on cruise critic also. I can’t tell you how happy we were with your services! Everyone in our party felt we were personally taken care of and treated to a wonderful 2 days of tours, tailored to what we wanted, from the 3 yr old to us grandparents. I would highly recommend your tour to everyone. While we were concerned initially with the cost since there were 11 of us, by the last day we were thinking we got a bargain for everything we got to do! It was definitely the highlight for all of us! Greetings to everyone and hope we get to do it again sometime in the future!

 

Susan Utterback

 

 

Dear Olga – I’m sorry I’m so late in telling you how much we enjoyed our two tours with you on July 9. Sofia was an absolutely fabulous tour guide, one of the most knowledgeable we’ve ever had anywhere. In spite of all the things we had to see, how our group spread out at times, and the things she needed to tell us about along the way, she never seemed stressed or hurried and always was friendly with a smile on her face.

 

Our evening tour guide was very nice also (I’m sorry I can’t recall her name) but of course we didn’t spend as much time with her. There ended up being only 4 of us on that evening tour, yet we had to pay only the minimum amount. We loved the places she took us and thoroughly enjoyed the canal cruise.

 

 

 

Thank you again for your wonderful responses to all our earlier questions, for your great prices, and for your fantastic tour guides. We will definitely recommend you to anyone we know who will be going to St. Petersburg.

 

Sincerely,

Judy Stevenfeldt

Dear Tatyana,

 

Greetings from South Africa.

I apologise for taking so long to reply to you but would like to thank you for providing us with a fabulous two day tour of St Petersburg. I know that our group of six people requested to visit more sites than usual and Polina was fantastic and managed to fit everything in.

Polina really was the perfect guide and made our visit to your amazing city very special.

Of course I will not hesitate to recommend you very highly. I particularly valued your prompt response in answering all my queries when we were organising the tour. Thank you so much.

 

Warm regards

Lynda

 

 

Dear TJ Tours

 

We were on your 2 day St. Petersburg Tour on the 18th and 19th of August. The tour was excellent. One of the strong advantages of your tour is the size of the groups. The small group was almost like having a private tour. Our guide Nina was outstanding. Her knowledge of St. Petersburg was amazing. Her knowledge of the art collections in the Hermitage led me to ask her if she was an art major. I am convinced that her knowledge of the Hermitage enabled her to work around the rooms in a way that enabled us to avoid most of the crowds, thereby enabling us to enjoy the art works more. The professionalism of TJ Tours is something you should be proud of.

 

Again Thank You.

 

Regards, Tom Slaughter

 

Dear Olga,

 

We have just returned from our trip.

The highlight of our trip was most definitely St Petersburg, thanks to your company.

You were able to arrange a time-table that included everything that we wanted to see.

 

One often dreams of far-off destinations which, when you visit, sometimes disappoint.

However, our 2 day-tour of your beautiful city far exceeded all our expectations.

 

We believe that this was due mostly to our wonderful guide, Elizabeth.

Through her enthusiasm, she did everything in her power to make our tour exciting, opening up new vistas of history, art and life of the people of St Petersburg, both the past and the present. She made sure that we could see everything at a pace that was comfortable for us. Whenever we felt tired or in need of a drink, she made sure that we rested and took refreshment.

 

Please convey to Elizabeth our heartfelt thanks for a wonderful 2 days and for taking care of us so well.

Also to Boris, our driver, who drove so safely and made sure that he parked the car as close as he could to all the places.

 

We have relations anxious to know all about our experiences in St Petersburg and we will be recommending your firm for their trip

Once again, our congratulations to your company and a special thank you to Elizabeth.

 

Warmest regards

Sarah and Max Epstein

 

Dear Tatiana

 

We visited St Petersburg aboard P&O Oriana on 11/12 August 2012 and we were part of a small group that enjoyed TJ Travel’s All St Petersburg Tour.

 

When we met you in your souvenir shop we told you how much we enjoyed the trip and how pleased we were with your staff. However, the experience was so good that we wished to write to thank you and to commend your team:

 

Olga – for her efficient, friendly and courteous booking services;

Eduard – for his excellent driving, with long hours and great courtesy;

Alex – for her professional and charming services as a guide. Her English was excellent; her knowledge amazing; her group control commendable; her personality charming and attention-retaining; and her energy and endurance unstoppable.

 

Everybody on the Oriana appeared to thoroughly enjoy your lovely city, but of course most passengers opted for the ‘safe’ option of P&O excursions. By comparison your tour was excellent value for money and I think all of us in the group agreed we had done so much more and better and much cheaper than had we done P&O trips.

 

Thank you Tatiana for delivering such excellent services through a great team. Having done the headline 10%, we now look forward to returning to St Petersburg to enjoy much more of that which your fine city has to offer.

 

Attached is a review that we have published in similar forms on the following websites:

 

Roger & Irene Russell

 

Dear Olga,

 

Just a quick note to say thank you all for a great time in Russia and the Baltic Highlights Tour. You guys are terrific. We could not be happier with the tours. Hats off to our tour guide, Alex in St. Petersburg. She and the driver were truly wonderful. She showed us and taught us so many things in a short period of time. There’s no way we could have ever done this on our own. The guides in Germany, Tallinn, and Helsinki were also very good. Again, a great tour package. We really enjoyed the folk show at night in St. Peterburg. A really nice surprise of great talent. As you can tell, we were very happy we chose T.J.Travel for our tours. You guys made our shore excursions a time to remember. Again, thank you so very much! Linda Noack and John Mckay NCL 11-12 sept

Just do it! Set up the private tour, and you won’t be sorry! We are a family of four, with kids 17 & 22. I searched and contacted quite a few tours before I chose TJ Travel. I had heard horror stories of group tours, and for just a bit more than some, and less even than some other tours, we had a private driver and guide in the comfort of a Mercedes van for 2 days in st. Petersburg. In fact, it was far less expensive than the ship-sponsored tour.

Once we got through customs (allow 30 min. minimum), our guide, Nina, was waiting with a sign with our name on it. The van was right out front, and off we went. We visited all the sights the big tours did, but at our own pace and with ease. We had extra time for shopping, coffee, and a metro tour that we didn’t even plan for because it was just the four of us.

Nina was a magnificent guide, and the driver always managed to work his way to the front! Nina knew exactly how to beat all the lines at all the sites, including the horrific lines at Katherine’s Palace and the Hermitage. She was a wealth of knowledge on art, architecture, history, and more, and didn’t hesitate to answer all our questions (my husband was a political science major and did quite a lot of studying on Russian history). Her English is impeccable, and she understood our sense of humor, too. She also took a few photos of the four of us, which is a rarity for me to be in our family vacation photos!

I could go on and on about every place we visited, but it is in all the other tour descriptions. I simply want to emphasize that, while out and about on our tour, we saw the other tours I had considered and were so thankful that we did not choose them!! Yes, they had good reviews, but the other guides we saw looked bothered and uninterested, and the groups looked like they were all bored and/or lost. Nina was a little firecracker and kept us engaged and enlightened. She chose a great lunch spot and even added on interesting things to do and see, since we had the extra time. It was also nice to be able to safely leave things in the van with the driver when we didn’t want to have to carry jackets, umbrellas, and even my purse a couple of times! He was completely trustworthy. He even surprised us with a bunch of delicious candies at one of the stops.(Though my 22 year old daughter may have influenced that a bit – wink*.)

All I can say is that Nina and TJ Travel absolutely MADE our trip to St. Petersburg, and I know we would not have enjoyed it nearly as much with any other group. My tip: spend the extra and make it PRIVATE, with just your own travel group or family. You will be glad you did! If we ever get to go back to Russia, we will request Nina most definitely!

“The meaning of life is a life with meaning.”

Rhonda Cavner – 2012

Dear Tatyana,

We have finally returned to the US after a wonderful experience on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager cruise through the Baltic. There is no question that St Petersburg was a trip highlight! Thank you again for a wonderful experience touring your city and surroundings for two days. Our family of nine enjoyed the trip so much, incluidng the wonderful lunches at the summer palace, the pierogi bakery, and of course, the tour of the farmer’s market (yum!). I hope that you will add our names to your list of references if you ever need a statement from a past client. We have such positive impressions of your expertise, your trip management, and of course, of our experience in St Petersburg.

Thank you again.

Leslie Glaze
Jody Gross
Shelly Silverman
and the boys!

September 2008

Dear Julia and Irina,

Tony, our cousins and I want to thank you so much for making our trip to St. Petersburg in late July so very wonderful. We were looking at our pictures last night and were amazed at how much we covered and what a wonderful trip it was.

Julia, thank you so much for getting our visas organized, answering so many questions, and so graciously helping us plan our two days in St. Petersburg. I know it was a lot of work, but everything went just perfectly! I’m so happy we were able to meet you for your wonderful tour of Yusipov Palace. You’re amazing!

Irina, thank you so much for so tirelessly showing us all around your beautiful city. Your knowledge of the city, the art in the museums and the history was incredible! You are a wonderful guide.

Both of you worked to give us an extremely hassle free and wonderful trip. From the bottom of our hearts, we are eternally grateful.

Please feel free to use us or this letter as a recommendation for future guests.
We hope to come visit you again one day!

Sposiba and best regards,

Joni and Tony (New York)
Ennio and Diane (Canada)

July 2008

Thank you!

I think of you often and would definitely recommend you to others going to Russia – 2 of the best days in my life! What a wonderful tour!

Thanks,
Maryanne

July 2008

Hello Tatiana,

We had the best time ever in St. Petersburg and can’t thank you enough. It was the highlight of our trip. Hope that you are well and having a busy tourist season.

Allan and Beverly Wachtel

June 2008

Dear Julia,

I’m writing this inside the Air France plane about to take off to Paris. I’m surrounded by my family, all of us happy to have finally discovered Saint Petersburg through your inimitable charm and authoritative introduction to the city, its culture, its history and its people.

I’m at a loss trying to say what the high point of the trip was, there were so many wonderful moments… Perhaps, speaking of people, the lunch at Elena’s was the crowning touch.

Thank you for all these grand moments. We’ll be back and, in the meantime, we’ll recommend your services to our friends, we know they’ll thank us! Our St Petersburg experience couldn’t have come close to being the same without you…

Best regards,

Jean-Louis Gassee

June 2008

Thank you for your help in planning an excellent 2 day tour of St. Petersburg for our group. Everything took place exactly as you described it. The group was very happy with your services and all of the sights they took in. They especially enjoyed the Russian Folk Show. Thank you again for all your hard work. Warm regards,

Lorilee Larsen

Cruises of Excellence

In July of 2008, I escorted 25 people on a 2 week cruise with a 2 day stop in St. Petersburg. I contacted Travel to St. Petersburg to arrange for a two day tour of the area. Tatyana was our tour leader and was absolutely wonderful. Her knowledge of the area was faultless. We learned so much from her about the history of the area, but also interesting info that you probably wouldn’t find in a book. She arranged lunch for us for two days. Both were excellent. She could get tickets for the opera, the choir, ect and other entertainment for the evening. She and her company are the very best. I am a travel agent and have been escorting groups on tours and cruises and arranging shore excursions for a very ling time(20 years). Tatyana and her company are the best. I very highly recommend TJ Travel to St. Petersburg. Sincerely,

Leslie Sollee

Travel Trends

Dear Tatyana and Julia,

You and Julia made me a hero of my agency, A Vacation of a Lifetime with your knowledge and expertise with my 2 groups of 24 and 15 people. There wasn’t anything you did not know about the Hermitage, Church of the Spilled Blood, The Palace, Petergof/Gardens , etc.. Your layout of our 2 day tour was excellent and flowed, no-one was tired. Your drivers were pleasant and great, navigating us thru the busy streets flawlessly I did not have to worry about the Russian Visas as TJ Travel took care of everything. One of our clients lost her visa, we e-mailed you from the ship the night before we were docking for our 2 day tour and the next morning for our pickup you were there with her visa. This jumped your company up to a 10+.(cannot go higher than a 10 in the USA). Your Air Conditioned buses were clean and comfortable. I want to thank you and Julia for your smiles, patience and all your efforts in creating a wonderful experience for my group, You took care of EVERYTHING including lunch. I look forward to working with you again in the future. You have my permission to give out my e-mail if anyone needs further information on how wonderful and delightful and so full of knowledge you both are.

Marcia Berwick

A Vacation of a Lifetime Royal

Palm Beach, Florida.

Dear Tatyana,

We had a wonderful time on our tour of St. Petersburg. Marina was very knowledgeable, intelligent, accommodating and truly a delight to be with. Victor was an excellent driver. We enjoyed every moment of the two days and wish it had been longer. Thank you!

Judy Finn

Mike & Gill

We would like to thank you, and especially Olga, for the excellent service you provided for our visit on 22nd May. Olga made it a memorable experience and showed us the very essence of the St Petersburg in what was a very short time. She managed to give us a real insight, not only of the city but also of the lives of ordinary citizens and the dramatic changes through which you have lived. And we enjoyed her company very much. Our appreciation also goes to your driver (Roman?) for his talent in spotting the car parking opportunities so cleverly amongst all those Mercedes and Volvos! We will recommend you.

Dear Tatyana and Julia,

Our two days in St. Petersburg were wonderful . . . . it was a fantastic experience. Our tour guide (Meme)took us to all the places we wanted to visit and was so knowledgeable about the history of each place. It really brought everything to life and we got a real feeling for the culture of your beautiful city. Thank you for being able to modify the tour so that Judee and her mother could attend the folk show, while 4 of us could go to the ballet. We only wish we could have had more time in St Petersburg to savor each delightful moment!!! I am so glad we found your agency. You are the best; not only in the tour arrangements, but with the personal care that you provided from the day we first inquired until the time of our trip.

Best regards to you.

Bill and Elaine Allan

Dear Tatyana and Julia:

I write to thank you very much for your services on our trip to St. Petersburg. Every one in our party was thrilled with the itenerary and you were so very well organized. Plus, Nelly was absolutely fantastic as a guide. She knew everything we needed to know, she had us in the right places at the right time, and she has a great knack of getting us away from the crowds into a secluded spot. We always felt like we were our own little group, unbothered by the crowds.

I cannot thank you enough. I was so very pleased with everything. I hope you get answers from the other travelers, but trust me when I tell you, they were very pleased and impressed.

Please feel free to have any prospective clients e-mail me and I will happily give them my total reccomendation. If they are thinking about it, have them contact me and I will make sure you have some customers.

Again, thanks very much. We had a splendid time and it was very well done.

Jon Johnson,

Laramie Wyoming

Hi Tatyanna.

We have just had an amazing tour of St. Petersburg.using TJ TRAVEL .Our tour guide’ Nelly ‘was fantastic. We missed all the crowds and our guide had an encyclopedic knowledge of EVERYTHING..Its nice to deal with a fully professional outfit……………. Thank you very much………………..

Hazel and Roger Morgan

We recently traveled on the Eurodam to The Baltic. Friends had recommended TJ Travel for a private tour of St. Petersburg and we could not have had a more positive experience. We communicated through emails and Tatiana, one of the owners, tailored our trip to exactly what we were interested in seeing and doing. She took care of the required Visas and emailed them to us well in advance. Our guide met us promptly at the cruise terminal. The five of us were thrilled with our guide, Marina, who was very knowledgeable, intelligent, accommodating and truly a delight to be with. The van was modern and comfortable with large windows and we had an excellent driver, Viktor. It was so nice not to be on a large tour bus with 50 or so other passengers. We felt the price of the tour to be very reasonable and worth every cent.

Judy Finn

Hi, Tatyana.

I’m over 60 and don’t trust travel forums. Anyone can post anything. I do, however, trust my instincts. I don’t know how I found you on the net but I’m certainly glad I did. From my initial enquiry I was impressed with both the speed of your response and the fact that you actually responded to my specific queries. Vacation time is very precious and TJ Travel seems to understand this. I told you what my wife and I wanted to see and you made sure we saw it all…and more. Our guide, Nellie, was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant and her English top-notch. She has an obvious (and justifiable) pride in your beautiful city and a passion for its history and culture. There is no doubt our appreciation of St. Petersburg was enhanced by her infectious enthusiasm. We met up with old friends in St. Petersburg, who wanted to explore the city on their own, without a guide. There’s no doubt that their experience was not nearly as rich as ours. For example, they took a canal cruise but the commentary was only in Russian. TJ Travel made certain that our canal cruise, on a similar boat from the same company, had English commentary. The itinerary may have been the same, but it was not the same trip! This is just one example of how a competent and knowledgeable guide can add value to a vacation. From your initial responses to my e-mail, to the excellent tours, to the follow-up to make sure we were happy with our guide and tours, thank you. TJ Travel provided me a level of comfort which allowed me to relax and more fully enjoy the wonders of St. Petersburg. Bolshoi spasiba.

We have finally gotten “un-packed” and returning our home too something close to normal. The wonderful weather we experienced in St. Petersburg (though you may have considered it too warm) followed us throughout the cruse and into our two day stay in Amsterdam after the ship docked. We were quite pleased with your guide service and transportation in St. Petersburg. We enjoyed Marinna (hope spelling is close) and our skillful driver. Being half-way around the world and selecting someone from the internet could be chancy. Your policy of no deposit and not asking for payment until the second day, convinced us you were the persons we wished to do business with. Your reduction of our per person charge as the other two couples joined us, further confirmed the wisdom of selecting your service. WE LIKED TJ TRAVEL!!!

Fromstein

Dear Tatyana

Our trip now seems a long time ago! Thank you so much for our two-day tour and a particular thank you from all of us to Marina, who made the visit so special – she was charming, knowledgeable and professional and a joy to be with; she is a credit to your company. I have posted a reply on the Trip Advisor site and would be more than happy to endorse your company.

Best wishes

MarieT

Dear Julia & Tatyana

Thank you so very much for arranging the 2-day tour of St. Petersburg for my husband and myself on 4/5th. June. We did enjoy visiting your lovely city and were most grateful that you were able to supply us with such an excellent guide and driver. The memories of those two days will remain with us for all time. With sincere thanks once again and our very best wishes to you and your travel business.

Christine & Herbert Blackman

Dear Tatyana and Julia,

I am back in London. Rosemarie and I enjoyed our short visit to St. Petersburg. This was due to the fact that our guide Julia and driver Alexander were both wonderful! We were able to visit all the places in our itinerary. In fact, we saw more than we expected! Thank you for the wonderful service your company provided. Rosemarie and I will definitely recommend your company to our family and friends.

Sarah Perry

Tat:

It was a pleasure meeting you in St. Petersburg during our recent visit (June 24-26 2009) aboard Oceania’s Regatta (ship) . I just wanted to let you know that our group enjoyed the days spent in St. Petersburg — it was the highlight of our entire trip! We all thought our guide and driver were great! All of us spoke very highly of our guide and will recommend your services to our friends who visit St. Petersburg.

Thank you again,

Scott & Phyllis Polo

Tatyana,

We just returned home and we want to thank you again for all the time you took to answer our questions before the trip and for making the 2 days we spent in St Petersburg the highlight of our trip.Julia is an amazing guide – we were all impressed by her knowledge and ability to get us around and into everywhere without having to wait in a line!!! Please thank her again for all of us. If you want a referral from us, just let me know. We all hope you have a great summer season and many more in the future. It was nice to meet you and thanks again,

Jan & Roy Stevenson

Hi Julia & Tatyana

We thought we should write to thank you very much for organising our special trip around St Petersburg last month. In particular we would like you to pass our thanks to Kseniya, our guide for the three days. Her English was perfect and her knowledge of the history, culture, art and antiquities of St Petersburg could not have been better. She made us feel very relaxed, dealing quickly and capably with all the administration associated with visiting the museums, churches and galleries. Also please thank our driver, Mikhail, who did a splendid job transporting us in safety and comfort from one location to the next. He may not have spoken any English (probably as much as we spoke Russian!) but he always had a smile and a good demeanour. The itinerary was just what we wanted, and it was excellent that Kseniya and yourselves could modify it as we wanted (the Metro really was worthwhile). We are so pleased that we chose to organise a private tour with a small group. Not only was it much more economic, but we saw the large groups shuffling round the main sights and their tours were so impersonal – no chance for questions! We would certainly recommend TJ Travel to anyone who’s planning a trip to St Petersburg.Thank you also for suggesting that two others join our group. We enjoyed their company on the tour and on the ship, and it helped make our visit more enjoyable and affordable.Once again, many thanks for looking after us – we’ll be in touch next time we visit!

Kind regards

Steve & Jane Bishop

Hi Tatyanna.

The main advantage our group gained from booking a private tour with TJ TRAVEL was ‘NO QUEUES. a personal very professional service,a small intimate group , and a guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of everything we saw.Talking to other cruisers ,we saw more, at a cheaper price and more importantly at a more relaxed pace than the cruise tours.Thank you for making our Snt Petes tour so satisfyingly memorable

Roger and Hazel Morgan

Dear Tatiana

It was lovely to meet you at last on our tour of ST.PETERSBURGH.What a jewel you have no wonder you are so proud of the city, I have never been any where to match the splendour and history of your country. The tour guide NELLIE was outstanding in every way, her knowledge was very impressive to say the least and she was able to explain points of history with ease. The two day trip was fantastic and certainly contained a variety of different aspects of the city to see including the underground which I thought was very interesting to the splendour of the churches and palaces. In all a very well thought out programme with something to see and of interest to everyone. Please pass on my personal thanks to NELLIE for being such a wonderful guide the success of the trip was largely down to her personality, and of course the driver without him none of it would have been possible.

Dear Tatyana,

You may certainly give My email address to those interested in a recommendation. My wife, who’s Grandfather came from Russia was extremely interested to visit St. Petersburg. She never imagined that it would be so gratifying to visit the Country of Her Grandfather even though it was just St. Petersburg and probably no where near where He was from. Your tour made it especially memorable.

All The Best,

Ronnie and Frances Fulton

Hi Tatyana

Yes we very much enjoyed the two days of touring in St. Petersburgh. We appreciated the variety and volume of sites that we saw. Our favorite was Catherine The Great Palace. We found our guide Catherine to be very informative, entertaining, and personable. The driver was safe and courteous. Without hesitating we will recommend your tour company to other people traveling to Russia. If we ever have the opportunity to return to St. Petersburgh we would use your tour company, and specifically ask for Catherine and the driver to show us around again.

Thanks

Jim Holland

Dear Tatyana

Your tour was the best of our whole trip. It was so flexible, and my parents were thrilled with what they got to see, and the bus driver was so good with them. My boys and their wives had a great time also, so it was meaningful to all involved. Please give my email to anyone who wants info about your tours, I will give glowing reports. When I get time, I will also respond to the travel sites. Thanks again for being so patient!

Evelyn

Dear Tatyana:

All six of us had an absolutely wonderful time…..It certainly was a highlight of the entire cruise. Olga was our guide and she she was simply fantastic. Tatyana called her “Knowledgeable Olga”. We didn’t spend one minute waiting in line or waiting for anything at all, for that matter. Our cruise ship was 45 minutes late getting into the port…….and then they made the Independent travelers wait until all the Princess Cruise Excursion Passengers had disembarked. Even with those situations, we still saw twice as much as the rest of the Cruise Passengers.

Your friend,

Annette

Hi Tatyana,

We had a wonderful time in St. Petersburg! Our guide, Julian (not sure of the spelling) was excellent, very knowledgeable, friendly, & answered all of our questions. We were amazed by how much we saw & how much we learned. I will always be left with the impression of wide open spaces & gold!The beautiful doll you gave me is now on display in my china cabinet in my dining room, a wonderful reminder of a fantastic city.Many thanks for your excellent care before, during, & now after our trip. I would highly recommend you to anyone & hope your business continues to grow & prosper. You deserve it!

Best always,

Catherine & family

Tatyana and Julia,

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience in St.Petersburg and thought our tour guide Nellie (I think that’s how you spell her name) was exceptional. She made the tour very interesting and it was very well planned – her knowledge of the city and communication was very good. There were ten people on the tour, and we all thought your tour and guide was very good – definitely a Worthwhile trip.I will definitely be recommending your company to other travellers going to your Russian city. Speaking to people on the cruise we definitely did the right thing. Thanks again for a great two days…. without your tour and guide it would not have been the same – thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mark Terry

Dear Julia,

We want to let you know what a wonderful time we had in your most beautiful city. Ira was an outstanding tour guide and an absolute delight. She was extremely knowledgeable and has an uncanny way of getting to the front of the long lines. She handled our parents needs with the absolute utmost care and tended to them the whole time. We were more then thrilled with her. I will be posting your information on Cruisecritic.com as soon as I have a free moment to let others know about your company. We were very pleased with everything. Please send Ira our regards and we hope to return and see more one day. We loved St. Petersburg. It was the highlight of our trip.

Thank you again,

Ellen & Steve Sax

We have just come back home after our cruise et three days in London I want to announce you our big contentment for our two days in ST Petersburg Program took place perfectly without loss of time Our guide spoke marvellous French and had big knowledge Ceremonies in the customhouse took place without any problem Toue my family joins me to thank you very warmly

Jean-Philippe Bainier

Hi Tatyana,

Just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our tour with Anna. She was truly outstanding and absolutely the best guide we had during our entire visit. We were so sorry not to have booked the whole three days with you! I was nervous about the late time and not being able to get off the ship without proper documentation. As it turned out, we had absolutely no problems as you expected. Any way, we learned much but never felt lectured. The interaction between her and Hannah was wonderful. She is truly a gem. Again, thanks for making our visit special.

Paul Bullwinkel

Just thanks from Helsinki. We had a good time in SP due to a well organized tour. Maria and Viktor were great and you really made me feel like Peter the Great. Many thanks again

Peter Klein

Tatyana,

Just got back from the very same cruise that sailed August 5th. We used TJ Travel, and was thrilled with the responsiveness and thoroughness of them prior to meeting them. We were equally impressed after meeting them. Our guide, Olga, was very accommodating and got our “off beat” sense of humor. We slipped through lines and around big groups for three days, to get the most out of St. Petersburg experience. The ship tried to scare the passengers with security and visa issues. Julia and Tatyana handled everything. Would highly recommend them.

Dear Tatyana,

we had a wonderful time with Nina. Not only was she a wealth of information about your history,art,etc, but had such a nice personality that we all enjoyed her company and very much appreciated how much we were able to see and experience and how accomodating she was. I do have her card in case we know of anyone else who will be coming to St. Petersburg.

Thank you again.

Jan

Dear Tatyana,

We had a wonderful time in St. Petersberg, everyone of us enjoyed the tours your company provided for us and as there was a sixty years age difference between the oldest and the youngest of our group, that says a great deal for your city and especially for your guide Olga and Victor the driver. Olga was an excellent guide, her knowledge of St. Petersberg, its history and all the sights we were shown was amazing. Olga went out of her way to personalise the tour, for example, when she found out that most of our group were Muslims, the second day she included not only a visit to the Mosque in the city where we took photos of the amazing blue and turquoise mosiacs on the outside of the building, but also alot of information about its history etc. Unfortunately there was a funeral taking place so we could not go inside. When we went to the Hermitage, which I had visited the previous year, on hearing that I hadn’t seen the Impressionists then, she especially made time for me to view them. Olga had a very special way of talking to the children about how they should behave in the Hermitage for example and sticking close to avoid getting lost that was so pleasant and effective. She also taught us all quite a few Russian words.Victor our driver was excellent also. He drove very safely and was very pleasant to be with.It was so nice to meet you and Julia also, it felt like meeting friends and made us feel very much at ease in your city. When we left Olga and Victor on the last day, we all felt quite sad after enjoying two full days of their company.I am more than happy to alllow you to use this email as a reference and sincerely wish you and your company all the very best in the future. I will definitely recommend you whenever I get the opportunity. Please give our best wishes to Olga and Victor.

SpiceyBa and Kind Regards,

Christine Thabet.

Dear Tatyana/Julia

We all did meet up on the Ship and everybody was full of praise for the 2 days of our visit to St. Petersburg. The commentary by Nellie was very friendly and informative and she left nothing to chance making sure we were all together. The Folk evening on the first night at the Palace was excellent, although we were weary after a long day, – the entertainment,costumes and humour lifted our sprits and we enjoyed the dinner back at the ship even more because we had lots to chat about. Our thanks to the Driver (who’s name escapes me) for a safe comfortable drive. Well, we are back into our normal routine. Any prospective clients of yours are welcome to telephone me for a reference on your services. Best wishes to all your team and many thanks for a memorable St. Petersburg Yours sincerely

Bruce Gotting

Dear Tatyana,

A small thank you for organising our two day tour in St. Petersburg. We could not fault it, exactly what we wanted, good mix of culture and a little of Russian life in a very short time. Irena, our guide, was excellent, very personable, enthusiastic, flexible and interesting. She worked hard and we appreciated it. We are happy to give you a reference if you want to use us. What we liked was the fact you and Irena did what we wanted and did not follow a well worn path as some guides do and then they become automatic with no personality, Irena was natural and enthusiastic and interesting. Thanks,

Gerry Lidgett

Hello Julia & Tatyana,

We so enjoyed our 2 day (standard program) tour of St. Petersburg with 6 other passengers. The grouping was an ideal size and the others in the group were so congenial. We only wish that the weather had been more cooperative! Nina was very informative, knowledgeable and professional. Her mastery of English is exceptional! She was sensitive to our needs and arranged our tour to best suit us and the weather. We only wish that we could have seen more and had additional time in St. Petersburg….another time! Thank you for the rewarding experience.

Hello Tatiana

I would like you to know how pleased and delighted we were with the service we received from your company whilst visiting St Petersburg. Unfortunately the weather was not very kind for us but our visit was not spoiled because of the way our tour was altered to avoid the torrential rain which we encountered in Peterhof.Nina was a joy to be with and her information at every venue was superb, I think she enjoyed being with us as much as we enjoyed her company and Sergy’s. The group had not met our party before we joined the Bus but we all became friends very quickly.I will be posting a report on Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor as I feel more people would benefit from an independent tour instead of the big groups from the cruise companies.

Best Regards.

David Smith

We loved the tour and Peter was wonderful. Please feel free to use us as a reference. I will also write something on travel forum. thanks and I hope we return soon.

Patti

Good Morning Tatyana! And Julia And Irena !!!!

Ladies, thank you so much for a wonderful two days in St. Petersburg! I’m sorry it’s taken me a bit to write you, but it’s been a whirlwind since returning home last Monday.All your arrangements, aforehand informations, and assistance in customizing these two days of touring for my group could not have been better!!!!!! And my group was totally bowled over when we had the private boat for the canal tour portion and with the champagne—again thank you for that surprise! We loved the two restaurants for our lunches….the pies place on the first day, and the charming log building place for borscht and stroganoff on the second! Fabulous! While the crowds at the sites were horrific, Irena zipped us right in to see things and back out, so we really maximized our little time in your incredible city. What a perfect overview of your city’s highlights and treasures and introduction to your country and culture. Had my people booked ship’s tours, they would only have seen a fraction of what Irena showed us in the two days there and they would have paid more! Irena was the perfect choice as guide for our group, since so many of us had had exchange student experience. She was such a delight ! Her knowledge of everything from the countryside, to history, to art, anything and everything Russian was phenomenal…..my brain was bursting from all her information, all the sites, and experiences those two days.When I have people cruising the Baltic again, be sure I will calling on you again! …

Eva Wallert, MCC

Dear Tatyana and Julia

We are back in Canada and we would like to thank you again for making our stay in St. Petersburg so enjoyable. Your professionalism at time of booking, the perfect organization during our stay, the charm, good humor and knowledge of Maria made our visit an unforgettable event. Victor even though we could not communicate with him was a nice addition to our stay. I would not hesitate to recommend you to our friends visiting your beautiful city. I hope one day I will be able to return your hospitality.

Thanks again and kind regards,

Peter Klein

Hi Tatyana,

I I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful tours thaat you provided for the Bennedettos and me I was so impressed with the knowledge of our guides Alexandra and Peter. Thanks to you and them it made my trip one of the most memorable I have ever taken. I am recommending you to every one I know if they should make a trip to St. Petersburg. I remain

Sincerely.

Clinton Creasy

Hi Tatyana:

I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our St. Petersburg tour with Ireana. She was an amazing guide, who knew the answer to every question we asked (and we asked a bunch!). Her guided tour of the Hermitage was fantastic, and her knowledge of art was superior. Your choice for the itinerary was perfect! I will strongly recommend your guide service to anyone traveling to St. Petersburg. Thanks, again, for making our visit so wonderful

Lil and Tim Vayhinger

Dear Tatyana

We are just back from our cruise and would like to thank you for a most memorable trip to your beautiful city. Special thanks to ‘Catherine the Great’ who was so informed, interesting and delightful company. All our friends will soon know about your company and the fantastic service you give and we hope to visit again.Warmest wishes to all the team

Ruth and James Habibi

Tatiana,

Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour of St. Petersburg. Marina was an exceptional guide. She was Interesting, knowledgeable, personable – and made us feel very welcome. The tour and Marina exceeded our expectations and were definitely the highlights of our trip.

Thank you.

Nita and Jane

Julia:

Eileen & I wanted to thank you once more for your terrific service and two wonderful, memorable days in St. Petersburg. Our guide Julia could not have been better – gracious, courteous, humorous, knowledgeable (make that extremely knowledgeable!), completely fluent in English. She took in all of our questions and requests with aplomb. She was great! And thanks to Ramon as well for his efficient service – he may not talk much, but he took good care of us! And both of you owners were terrific as well, from start to finish. We are so glad to have met you both. And we must also thank you once more for the beautiful (and completely unexpected) teacup and saucer! We love it; it has already taken up residence in the china cabinet in our dining room. We don’t want to speak for Brian & Carol, but we know they felt the same way. We got home late Saturday, and today has been very busy at work. However, I will get reviews into both Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor in the coming weeks. And, if anyone needs a direct reference, please feel free to have them email me. And keep bringing people to the ‘pancake place’ and ‘pie place’ for lunches – both were great fun, and we loved the food.

Cheers,

John & Eileen O’Keefe

Dear Tatyana and Irena,

Just a line to thank you so much for your services whilst we were in St. Petersburg. The itinery and Irena were both excellent – infact we all feel we have been very spoilt. We went on a Thomson tour bus excursion and all said it was awful being herded round in such a large group and that we wish we could have done it with you. Quite a few of my friends have shown great interest in visiting St. Petersburg after we have given it – and you – such a glowing report and have put it on their list of “places we must to visit” and we have strongly advised them to do the tour with you. I have kept your e-mail contact and I will pass this on to them should they visit St. Perersburg. Thanks again – you made out trip to St.Petersburg very memorable and it has been a pleasure to both meet and do business with you.

Our Best Wishes,

Marilyn & Terry Uff

Irena, Tatyana and Victor

Thank you so much for such a memorable tour of St Petersburg earlier this month. Irena was the perfect tour guide, her knowledge of art and its history was incredible and added so much to the tour. The fact that we could change the itinery, spend more time when we wanted and go to other places – ie the metro, made us feel special. Other passengers from the ship loved St Petersburg but hated the way they were rushed around and had no time to do what they wanted. 1.5 hours in the Hermitage!! As there were 9 (actually 8 of us) on the tour, it was also cheaper than the two full day tours from the ship and put us in touch with each other which made our holiday.

Jean Barnes

We were recently in St Petersburg Russia as one of the calling places on a cruise. My wife cannot walk far and most of the tourist places are vast to say the least. Our visit lasted two whole days and we decided to look for a private tour as my wife could not contemplate a great deal of walking. After some research we decided to engage TJ Tours [traveltospb@gmail.com.] They answered our preliminary enquires promptly and covered all our questions comprehensively and we booked them for the two days car, driver, guide and us. This meant we could tour at our own pace, see things at our own pace, hear what the guide was saying and have the ability to ask one to one questions; our very well informed guide (Irina) even shared the wheel chair pushing chore. We had lunch in small places used by the locals rather than enormous restaurants which charged much for little but paid a commission to the coach guides. All in all we had a very worthwhile two days. Not cheap but you certainly “get what you pay for” and we would heartily recommend these people. As to the city itself – well it is stunning and well worth a visit, the two days usually allowed by tour companies is probably not enough but a second visit could be well worth while

Roger Sprosen
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