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Testimonials from Our Clients

  • | September 2017

    We did the Waterways of the Tsars River Cruise with Viking on September 27th. We added a two night extension at the beginning in Saint Petersburg. We basically had two full days extra since we didn't need to board the boat until 4:30 pm on the day of t...
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  • Gail Brunton | September 2017

    Hello

    Just want you to know how delighted we were with TJ Travels 'Best of the Baltic' tours. We were on the cruise ship Regal Princess and the instructions given us to meet with your representatives were very clear and we had no trouble at all ...
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  • Nick | August 2017

    “Visit to St Petersburg and Berlin”

    After booking a cruise on Celebrity Eclipse 18 months ago, we needed to book a tour Having checked their prices for off shore touring we checked with Google for a company who provided what we wante...
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  • Carmelynn Bragiel | July 2017

    “TJ Travel is the only tour group name you need to know for St. Petersburg!”

    We booked TJ Travel for a two-day tour of St. Petersburg, Russia this summer. TJ Travel was wonderful from start to finish. The booking process was simple a...
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  • Penny Fitz-Randolph | July 2017

    We LOVED our TJ Travel's 2-day Highlights of St. Petersburg tour with the marvelous Ksenya. We were upgraded from the standard tour because the only others on the tour that day from our ship were my brother and his girlfriend, so it made sense to combi...
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  • Peter Johnson | July 2017

    Dear Anastasia,

    TJ Travel did an excellent job setting up our private tours in St. Petersburg. The private coach was very

    clean, their driver was always at the ready and there was always plenty of water available. Immigration

    was a...
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  • Shirley and Brian Tonkin | June 2017

    We recently spent an incredible two days in St Petersburg as part of a Baltic cruise. We were a group of 4 adults and were looking for a guided tour that would cater for a small group such as ours. Friends recommended that we consider TJ Travel and we ...
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  • Kathi & Larry Bramblett | June 2017

    The decision to use TJ Travel for our tour in St Petersburg & Berlin resulted in one of our best travel experiences ever.

    Our small group of 12 were very well suited, stayed together and truly shared the experience of St Petersburg together....
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  • | June 2017

    My husband and I took your 2 day tour with Faberge Museum and our guide was Sofia and the driver was Andre.

    Sofia was very knowledgeable. She kept our group of 11 moving from one attraction to the next. Everything was timed really well. Sofia wa...
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  • David & Catherine Randles | May 2017

    Dear TJ Travel,

    We thoroughly enjoyed our two day tour of St Petersburg with TJ Tours on 18-19 May. Our guide, Maria, was fantastic and our driver, Vitaly, was very professional. Our tour couldn’t have been more perfect, and we would not h...
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  • Roy and Jean | May 2017

    There are many accolades that can be said how well TJ Travel put together an itinerary for our two fleeting days in St. Petersburg Russia but I’m sure that I would not do them justice.   For our particular tour there were only two coupl...
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  • Steve and Lucille | May 2017

    Hello from Florida,

    We have been very busy since our return from our cruise so I am finally writing back to you.

    Our tour with TJ Travel was amazing! A once in a lifetime experience.
    We couldn't have been more pl...
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  • Cynthia Robertson | May 2017

    Good Morning Tatiana,

    We have just returned home from our cruise.  It was a fun filled month, busy, but so rewarding.

    Firstly, I want to tell you how pleased we were with the service you and your office staff provided us pr...
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  • Ed and Rita | September 2016

    Hello Tatyana! We received your email and coincidently was just about to write to you to thank you for your excellent service. Our entire experience with TJ Travel was superior in every way.  Your company was so well organized and each detail was ...
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  • John Howe | September 2016

    Hi Tatyana, It was a pleasure meeting you on our Faberge evening and thank you for making the (early) visit possible for us. Our tour in Saint Petersburg was the highlight of our trip. We have been raving about TJ Tours and our experience since we le...
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  • Mary Cosgrove | September 2016

    I must tell you how much I enjoyed the tours organised by your company and how impressed I was by the smooth organisation and efficiency displayed.

    Our guide Nina,was absolutely wonderful and her knowledge of the history and culture of your trul...
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  • Moira & Chris Hammond | August 2016

    Hi Tatyana, We are most pleased to give feedback. We were extremely pleased with your guide Helen and driver Roman. Our two days in St Petersburg (23/24th July) were the highlight of our cruise on the Marco Polo and one of the main reasons why we boo...
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  • Lynne Zagrodnik | August 2016

    Our guide and driver were FANTASTIC!!

    Our guide was extremely knowledgeable - she shared both the history of this incredible city as well as her own experiences. We were accommodated with booking a tour only two days before our arrival - TJ Trav...
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  • Mary | August 2016

    I just wanted to drop you an email regarding our tours with TJ Travels in both Berlin (7/29) and St Petersburg (8/1 and 8/2).  In Berlin, we had Boris, who was excellent!  Very knowledgeable and entertaining.  I was amazed at how much he...
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  • Ian Cunningham | July 2016

    Fantastic 2 day tour of St Petersburg including Faberge museum. We travelled in a small group of 12 in a fully air conditioned mini van with free Wi-Fi. The tour was well organised and kept strictly to the timetable to enable us to fit in as much as po...
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  • Tom Potter | July 2016

    This was our second trip out with TJ Travel, the first being in 2008 when we first visited St. Petersburg. We had such a good experience the first time it was a no brainer that we would of course book again with TJ Travel. We started the process well i...
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  • Kathryn Conrad | July 2016

    Excellent Tour by TJ Travel. Sophia was our guide and Demetri was our driver.

    I was a little concerned not booking a tour through our cruise (Royal Caribbean July 2016), but TJ travel exceeded our expectations. They waited for us at port as im...
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  • Sally Ladky | July 2016

    The best travel tip I got from a friend here was to use TJ Travel. The smartest thing I did was to follow the advice!

    From the time schedule, which included promptness, efficiency and almost never encountering a line, to the flexibility to add ...
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  • Helen Trigar and Julie O'Brien | June 2016

    Hi Tatyna and all at TJ Travel,

    We were very satisfied with TJ Travel both in St Petersburg and Berlin. Right from the moment when we first contacted you earlier this year to enquire about your tours we found you to be so prompt in responding t...
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  • Carmen Bariletto | June 2016

    Dear Tatyana, I'm sorry it took so long to send a reply.

    I cannot say enough great things about our tours in St. Petersburg and in Berlin. We had Ellen (don't recall her Russian name) in St. Petersburg. She was extremely knowledgeable about eve...
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  • John Lim | May 2016

    Originally, we like most people, have already booked all our 5 tours with the cruise ship , simply because we all want a peace of mind as it is a VERY frightening thought to be left behind or be entangled with a Russian visa issue. We were not too both...
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  • | January 2016

    My wife and I used TJ Travel this past August. We used their services in St. Petersburg,. They provided a tour that went beyond our expectations. If you are ever traveling in this region, you will not be disappointed. They knew their area of resp...
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  • | January 2016

    Hi all, thought I would add my two cents worth here for SPB.  We arrived via Silversea Cruise lines to St Petersburg at 0800.  Smaller ships, like the SS and others, usually dock at the English Embankment.  This is very close to the Herm...
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  • Marjorie | January 2016

    We had an awesome 2 day excursion in St. Petersburg with TJ Travel. We booked the All Highlights tour, and were thrilled with everything. We were among the first to get off the ship and go through passport control, but our guide, Nina, and driver, Tony...
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  • Michael C | January 2016

    My wife and I used TJ Travel exclusively on our Baltic Capital Cruise this past July. We used their services in Berlin, Tallin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. In every case, they provided a tour that went beyond our expectations. If you are ev...
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  • Leo Graves | January 2016

    We booked TJ Travel on a recommendation from my accountant, who visited last year. The entire experience was top rate and professional from the outset, beginning with initial online contact and inquiries. We toured three cities with TJ Travel, St. Pete...
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  • Kevin | September 2015

    Our family of 3 (mom, dad, 15yr old daughter) did the 2 day "All Highlights St. Petersburg excursion Aug 11/12 from the Eurodam with TJ Travel. Our guide was Sofia, and the driver was Kosta. Sofia was a wealth of information, and very helpful, no quest...
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  • Linda and Gordon DeGroot | September 2015

    Tatyana,

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time in St Petersburg. Our guide, Elaina, was terrific. She was easy to understand and provided so much information about the history of Russia and life in Russia today. The nicely decorated restaurants served ...
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  • Ian and Kate | September 2015

    We booked a package of tours with TJ Travel when on a Baltic cruise in September 2015. After the now standard research of tour operators via the internet, we settled on TJ Tours based on prior reviews, and the nature of responses to our emailed queries...
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  • Lindsay Slater | September 2015

    My family traveled from the states and used TJ Travel for private tours on three stops of our Baltic Cruise over late June and early July. I choose them because they were very highly rated on Tripadvisor. I was not disappointed. We used them in Talinn,...
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  • Mary Louise Borello | September 2015

    Hello Tatyana,

    The high point of our Baltic cruise was our three day land excursion with TJ Travel in St Petersburg.  We paid about a third of the price that we would have paid through the ships excursion office.  Instead of having 45 ...
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  • Paul and Diane Burman | September 2015

    Hi Tatyana

    Our experience with TJ was absolutely magnificent. Our guide Nina was superb and we are still amazed at how one person could have so much knowledge. We loved the city and everything about the tour.

    The cruise company tours did ...
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  • Richard Baker | September 2015

    Hi Tatyana

    Booked on personal recommendation, found Tatyana's company excellent - both in booking from UK and on the ground upon arrival. Arrangements were as promised with two very full days, seeing almost all of the major sights with a small g...
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  • | August 2015

    Tatyana,

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time in St Petersburg. Our guide, Elaina, was terrific. She was easy to understand and provided so much information about the history of Russia and life in Russia today. The nicely decorated restaurants served ...
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  • John smith | August 2015

    Our family of 3 (mom, dad, 15yr old daughter) did the 2 day "All Highlights St. Petersburg excursion Aug 11/12 from the Eurodam with TJ Travel. Our guide was Sofia, and the driver was Kosta. Sofia was a wealth of information, and very helpful, no quest...
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  • Roleen Webber-Green | October 2014

    Good morning

    I would like to thank everyone who helped prepare and execute the trip for our group’s Top 12 Directors with the Chairman, Mr Alain Taïeb.

    He has given you the best review of all the trips we have done so far.

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  • Maree McCarthy | September 2014

    Just a brief email to say that the group of us were enormously happy with the service you give. From the pickup at the cruise ship to getting us back there again was a most pleasant experience. Elizabeth, our guide was great, perfect English, a very wi...
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  • Michael Levin | August 2014

    Hello Tatyana,

    Very nice to hear from you. Our cruise ended on August 30th in Southampton and then we spent several days in London. I've been home in California for a week and just getting over a bad case of jet-lag (non sleeping issues).

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  • Martha Spring | August 2014

    Hello Tatiana,

    Frank and I want to thank you for arranging our custom tour of The Hermitage, Brandt's House, and the Russian Museum with Elena on 10 August. With Elena's expertise, we saw so much in the Hermitage and Russian Museum that we could...
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  • Trish Breyer | August 2014

    Dear Tatiana:
    thank goodness we were recommended to TJ Travel.
    We had a wonderful experience in your magnificent city thanks to TJ Travel and our marvelous guide, Inna Sulimova.
    we were so impressed with your organization and efficien...
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  • David and Carol Sinnett | August 2014

    I'll add something similar on Cruise Critic as well.

    Elena was great in St. Petersburg and we also thought Kristel in Tallinn was excellent. Cristofer in Stockholm and Sarah in Helsinki were also first rate and we recommend all the guides we had...
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  • Allen Woelke | August 2014

    Tatyana,

    It was a pleasure to meet you as well. I appreciate how hard your firm worked to customize our two day tour in St Petersburg. I don't know if we can afford to come back so it was important to see and experience as much as possible. With...
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  • Nancy Dempsey | August 2014

    “Amazing 2 Days in St. Petersburg!”
    Our family thoroughly enjoyed the excellent tour services provided by Anna and Ivan of TJ Travel during our recent visit to St. Petersburg! Ivan was a friendly and professional driver, and he knew e...
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  • Zahava & David Gerstenfeld | August 2014

    Our friends in Las Vegas told us about a Baltic cruise they took last year with Princess Cruise Line and the tours they booked with TJ Travel. They raved about TJ Travel. And now we know why.

    We, and another couple, took a 14-night cruise on the...
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  • Michele Silver | August 2014

    Dear TJ Travel: Our family has returned from our Baltic cruise and our tour with your company in St. Petersburg. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for a wonderful tour. Our guide Olga and driver, Igor were exceptional! We were a family of 5 a...
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  • Paul Frank | August 2014

    Excellent tour, guide and driver”
    Won’t repeat what all the recent reviewers have said, but agree with them all. Our guide was Dina and our driver was Oleg. Dina was incredibly knowledgeable and very personable. She was also very organ...
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  • Barbara Bennett & George Hodge | July 2014

    TJ TRAVEL - We had the best Russia 2 day tour of anybody on the ship. Everything was done right, from the original reservation, confirmation,tickets,papers,instructions and being right at the gate when we got thru customs. The 10 passenger van was much...
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  • Bob Munson | June 2014

    We have only done about 20 cruises, and, until St. Petersburg, we always did shore excursions with the cruise line (usually included with the price of the cruise). But, visiting St. Petersburg, it was important to cover as much as possible. TJ Travel&r...
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  • Betty Chan | May 2014

    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...
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  • Jacqui x | May 2014

    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...
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  • James Smith | May 2014

    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...
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  • Lynda | May 2014

    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 m...
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  • Graham and Helen Rankine | May 2014

    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...
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  • Karen Kiser | April 2014

    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 i...
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  • Roger & Irene Russell | August 2012

    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 enjoye...
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  • Rhonda Cavner | June 2012

    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 we...
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  • Scott & Phyllis Polo | June 2009

    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 highl...
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  • Leslie Glaze Jody Gross Shelly Silverman and the boys | September 2008

    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 to...
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  • Maryanne | 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

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  • Leslie Sollee | July 2008

    In July of 2008, I escorted 25 people on a 2 week cruise with a 2 day stop in St. Petersburg. I contacted TJ Travel 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 fault...
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  • Joni and Tony, Ennio and Diane | July 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 ...
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  • Jean-Louis Gassee | 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 introductio...
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  • Allan and Beverly Wachtel | June 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.

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Tour guides

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    Irina Rubashkina

    I have been working as a tour guide in Saint-Petersburg for over 15 years, and I am still enthralled with being a guide. I like meeting new people and sharing with them my knowledge of the history, art, and architecture of the city, and also my impressions of its unique charm and special aura. It is a city, which may appear different, but is always fascinating, romantic and enigmatic.

    I was born in Saint-Petersburg, and have lived here all my life. I remember this city in different periods: in Soviet times, when it was “the imperial capital with a provincial destiny”; when it was dirty and neglected at the beginning of 90-s; and I remember how the city started to flourish, and how it gained back its fame as the cultural capital of the country with clean avenues, restored buildings, polite and cultural people, and numerous museums, theatres and concert halls. I always feel pride when our visitors, having been charmed by Saint-Petersburg, exclaim “What a beautiful city you live in!”

    Being a guide I feel myself the “ambassador of peace” as very often I am the first Russian our tourists meet here. I try to do my best to convey the idea that although we are from different countries and Russian history is complex and unique, we share the same values as people elsewhere.

    Being a passionate traveller I always try to put myself “in the tourist’s shoes” and make the stay of our guests here comfortable and enjoyable, as people travel not only to get knowledge but also to relax and unwind.

    Guiding is my part-time job which I combine with teaching English to students of journalism and public relations at Saint-Petersburg University, my alma mater.

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    Elena Glazkova

    Welcome to St. Petersburg! My name is Elena Glazkova, I am a graduate of the department of languages and literature of the Perm Teacher Training University. Now I work as a tour guide. I’ve been working as a guide since 2006 and enjoy it very much. I like meeting people and sharing my knowledge of history and art, and also my memories, views, my personal experience of living in my country that has come through major changes.

    I wasn’t born in St. Petersburg but it became one of my favorite hobbies long ago. I like discovering new pages in the history of this beautiful city. Together with my friends and my daughter Sasha I like strolling along the embankments, visiting museums, walking in the shades of trees in the huge gardens of Peterhof, Tsars Village or Pavlovsk. Iwould be pleased to share my love to St. Petersburg with you!

    The best gratitude to me is to see that our guests from different countries enjoy being in the city, their smiles and thanks for the tour, their wish to come back to the city again and again!

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    NINA POKROVSKAYA

    Hello! My name is Nina Pokrovskaya and I have been working as a licensed English-speaking tour guide in St Petersburg for 9 years.  I love this job so much that sometimes it seems to me I was born to be a guide, though I am a teacher of English and German languages by diploma. I was not born in Saint Petersburg but when in 2005 I moved here from Murmansk … I fell in love with this city forever!  People find me very communicative, passionate and active (one of our tourists compared me once with a firework), so I’ll be happy to share my love for this wonderful city with you!

    I enjoy meeting new people, telling them something really interesting about Russia and St. Petersburg. Believe it or not but one of my hobbies is answering questions!  I like when people are interested in the Russian history, our past and present, cuisine, everyday life, whatever! The best gratitude for me is to see that our guests from different countries enjoy the city and my excursions and they would like to come to Saint Petersburg again. Quite often they really do!

    I have been happily married for seven years and have got two little children. My daughter’s name is Catherine. We called her after the Russian Empress Catherine the Great! My husband works in the State Hermitage museum so we both like fine art, history and travelling. Being an active traveler myself, I know how to make my own excursions entertaining, dynamic, comfortable for everyone and special.

    I am sure that Saint Petersburg has much to offer the visitors and one would always find something interesting to see and to do here!

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    ELENA KUZNETSOVA

    Hi, I am Elena, a licensed guide with over 9 years experience and many satisfied customers.  I was born in St. Petersburg. To my mind, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I’m proud to live in such fascinating place. Northern capital of Russia is known for its monuments of history and culture, and unique architectural ensembles. I enjoy making my tourists happy to spend interesting time and to see beautiful places of my beloved city.  I always try to make our trips based on your wishes, that you could feel the hospitality of St. Petersburg.

    About me: Higher Education: St. – Petersburg State Institute of Psychology and Social Work. Qualification – psychologist. I graduated from the Association of guides and interpreters in St. Petersburg in 2004, qualification guide-interpreter. I am an accredited guide to the Government of St. Petersburg.

    I conduct group and private tours of St. Petersburg and its suburbs in the English language for large tour groups and individual tourists. License: Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Savior on Spilled Blood, the Yusupov Palace, Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, rivers and canals, sightseeing and walking guided tours.

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    IRINA AVDEEVA

    I am Irina Avdeeva. I trained to be a teacher of foreign languages at Teacher Training University. I took a course in the English and German languages. I have always been keen on English since I started to study it at school when I was ten. And later it didn’t take me long to decide what to do after finishing school.

    I used to teach English at university and to employees of different international companies for many years. I should say I really liked it. And also, I stayed in England for some time sharing my knowledge of Russian with students of Durham University which was an exciting experience.  But then I felt that I wanted to try something else. So I decided to change my line, did a course in tour guiding and made it my full time job.

    Living in such a fantastic city as St.-Petersburg gives you a lot of opportunities to learn and discover. And being a tour guide you have a constant need to move on to new knowledge. It is a very evolving job and you have to evolve with it.

    I entirely enjoy my job. Meeting new people, showing them around our stunning city and sharing your knowledge with them is really great. Moreover, it is very exciting and challenging to deal with people from around the world getting to know their cultures, traditions and views. In my opinion, I am quite a sociable and outspoken person and also, I reckon, quite talkative. So, apart from giving information about the city, I never refuse to speak about something else regarding the past and the present of our country, people’s everyday life and concerns and any other issues that might interest our guests.

    I love the city I live in. Every time I show  visitors around St.-Petersburg I can’t help feeling proud of it and falling in love with it again and again. So, why not come to St.-Petersburg and see everything with your own eyes with us?

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    SVETLANA SHOSTATSKAYA

    My name is Svetlana. I graduated from the State Teachers´ Training University with a degree in literature and linguistics. I was born in Leningrad and live in Saint-Petersburg now, but I’ve never moved. Our city changed its name several times reflecting the most significant turning points of the country’s history. It happened so that my profession made me study this history, full of contradictions.

    Saint-Petersburg is not only my native city, but also my hobby and my inspiration. I believe that I have found my vocation, which is the greatest achievement of my life so far. I have always been in love with this city. But I managed to appreciate the beauty and mystery of Saint-Petersburg truly when I started training as a tour-guide. Since 2009, I have been working as a guide. This job is very special to me. What am I actually doing while conducting tours? I am sharing the adoration of my native city with people from all over the world, I am showing off the splendor of the Northern capital, and just having fun discussing everyday life. I can say without any hesitation that I am a happy person. I work with enthusiasm and pleasure since I really enjoy guiding. I can’t imagine any other profession which could make me as enthusiastic and satisfied as this one.

    As for my hobbies, I like travelling and reading. The more I travel, the better I realize how lucky I am living in such an amazing city. And travelling inspires me to study the arts, architecture and history of my hometown even more. What is the mystery of Saint-Petersburg to me? Every time I visit its imperial palaces and gardens with my guests, I discover something new and experience different emotions. Let’s discover Saint-Petersburg together!

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    ALEXANDER GORODINSKY

    Hello dear travellers.

    I love travelling for its great opportunity to get a real knowledge about people and the world. When I came to St. Petersburg for studying I fell in love with this magnificent city – full of history, elegant architecture and interesting, literate and open minded people. It is said in Russiaif you study in St. Petersburg  you get two degrees at once: one – for your major in University, another – for culture and history. I can say, it is true.

     

    I got a master degree in Geography in St. Petersburg State University and The University of Bremen (Germany). For a few years I have been working on climate changes with German partners and participating in international expeditions to Arctic. While travelling I have been observing Russia from Hi-tech and historical cities to the real wild. Then I realized I would like to show all of this cultural and natural beauty of Russia to people to change their attitudes to Russia.

    After additional graduation Igot a certificate from the St. Petersburg Association of Professional Guides and Interpreters andI have been guiding around St. Petersburg for 4 years.

    I prefer to beinformal inmy excursions,having conversation to our guests rather than being boring like an audio guide. During our excursions we cover not only interesting and funny facts about highlights of the city, but also talk about everything happens to us in Russia: everyday life, habits of Russians, customes, politics etc. My favorite side tours are The Hermitage Diamond room and Catherine’s and Peterhof parks and pavilions by bicycle.

    As for hobbies, I like mountain biking and hiking a lot travelling this way on the Globe. I do yoga and interested in Indian philosophy. I am also keen on classical music andplay the piano.

    See you in magnificent streets of St. Petersburg!

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    NADIA SMOTKIN

    My name is Nadia. I have been living in St.Petersburg all my life, it is my native city. It is the city of my parents and grandparents. Therefore it is more than just my home – it is my culture, my lifestyle, my character, that have been formed through the generations. I have always felt a spiritual connection with my city and didn’t stop admiring its unique beauty: its magnificent and romantic rivers and canals, endless bridges, long and wide avenues decorated with elegant European style buildings, its treasures under the sky where every single stone and every house can tell its own story, where every palace still remembers its noble owners and the time of ceremonial receptions and luxurious balls.

    After graduating from the University of Foreign Languages (Department of Language Studies and Translation) I decided to apply my knowledge of the language to a new profession – a tour guide. For me guiding is not just a job, it’s my hobby and my pleasure to show the city where I live and to share my knowledge of its history and art. I have been guiding for many years and never regretted it! St.Petersburg gives me a lot of inspiration and energy. The real happiness for me is to live in the city I was born in, the city I am in love with.

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    KSENIA SIMUTENKO

    My name is Ksenia which means wellcoming.
    I`ve been doing my beloved job for almost ten years. It was my dream when a child to be a tour-guide and as all my dreams fulfill, I am a tour-guide.
    I was very lucky with my teacher, one of the best guides in Saint-Petersburg, who said: “your number one goal is to make your tourists happy”. This is my number one task and I try my best to succeed in it.
    I put a lot of humor in my excursions, making them interactive and vivid. Dialog is greater then a monologue and I learn a lot at my work.
    When my clients ask me how did I manage to learn SO much information about Saint-Petersburg, my native city, my answer is: “It’s not a problem to learn something that you love with all your heart and mind”.
    I`m also very lucky with my boss Tatiana, it`s a pleasure to work for a person you like and know very well
    My original education is teaching kids, so this is my second favorite activity. I put my pedagogical ideas into practice with my little one.
    I also have a masters degree in international communication, so I tend to be a person of the world. I almost never have a cultural shock when I go somewhere I have a cultural excitement.
    I`ve been to many countries and I have many more to visit.

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    MARIA

    My name is Maria, I graduated from St. Petersburg State University in the faculty of sociology, I speak English and Spanish. I love to travel very much and to meet people that travel too, that’s why I work as a tour guide. Together with my husband we have already visited Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Mauritius, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Egypt. Besides visiting old towns and their museums, we search for new spots (new for us) to practice kite surfing and mountain skiing.The other hobby that I have is my pets; I have a dog (German shepherd), a cat and a big parrot.

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    SOFIA

    I was born in Saint Petersburg and graduated from Saint Petersburg State University, with a Master’s degree in Oriental Studies and Philology. I have a Diploma from the School of Business (Economics Department), and attended courses on the theory and history of journalism in the 20th century. I’ve been working as a guide since 2002 and enjoy it very much. As a person I’m communicative, responsible, creative and artistic. I enjoy attending ballet (when I was a child I studied ballet) and opera, listening to music, watching movies, visiting art galleries, meeting with friends, and playing sports. I have a special interest in the historical past of Russia, trying to meet people from the former noble families. Some people say that the generation of the 1980s is a transitional one – from soviet to democratic Russia, we remember a little bit from the soviet past, but the mentality is absolutely different. We are more independent and open-minded. I like meeting people and I think that the process of communication can bring a lot of new emotions to our life.

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    Helen Solovyova

    I've been working as a guide for 17 years and still enjoy it. People from other counties of the world come to St. Petersburg and it' s such a great feeling when I can help them to get to know this wonderful city. And not only its outstanding architecture but also its mood and atmosphere and people living here. I like people, like travailing myself and understand how important it is when you come to another country especially without knowing the language to find a person who sympathies with you and makes your tour pleasant and easy. That's why I like my profession. It' touching and I'm really glad when tourist say after several days in St. Petersburg that they want to to come back again, that they'll tell their friends and relatives to come to Russia.
    A few words about myself. I've been living in St. Petersburg since my childhood. I went to school and university here. Then I worked for some time as a bibliographer in the national library which was nice. But then decided to try something else. Being a student I used to work from time to time mostly on holidays as a guide with Russian tourists. For Russians St. Petersburg has always been one of the most attractive cities to travel within their own country. So I wanted to come back to guiding but on more serious level. At that time in the nineties because of economical and political changes in our country Russians stopped traveling. So I had to improve my English and to complete a special course for guides to be able to work with foreign tourists. Since that time I work every season which is for about five months. For the rest of the year I teach English and have more time to do what I like: reading, going to concerts of classical music and playing the piano just for myself. Winters are long here but finally the spring comes and it means that tourist are coming again. For me it's always a good moment of anticipation of the next season.

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    Alexandra Belyaeva

    Hi! My name is Alex. I’m a qualified and afully licensed tour-guide in St. Petersburg, Russia. I graduated from St. Petersburg University of Languages and Culture. I also studied Fine Arts and Teaching of English.Anyway my true passion is tour-guiding. I’ve been doing this work for about 15 years. And I’m so happy and honored to work for TJ Travel. I’ve been with the company sinceits foundation.And it’s more than just a jobfor me. We’re a great team of devoted colleagues and friends sharing equal values and ideas! My family is another important part of my life. There are no words strong enough to expressmy happiness of being a mother of my little twin-girls! My overall life experience and sufficient knowledge make a great contribution into my work.

    I’m passionately in love with my city, its fabulous architecture, art and history. I take my work as a life-long discovery.There is a way more than just history andart that you can learn about here. During our tours I will highlight all significant aspects of Russian life today. Oncea tour has begun, I always try to create such a positive and welcoming environment that would encourage our open and free communication. In this era of sophisticated technology when you can obtain any information at the click of a mouse there is still something hardly available via net. These are real-life humanemotions and feelings. During our tours you will have an opportunity to discover the real world of Russia through the eyes of the local, not merely a list of facts.

    Above all I always focus on my clients’personal needs. Ibelieve it’s highly important to craft such tours that would reflect our tourists’ peculiar interests and preferences and contain the most relevant information. I would also happily adjust to your pace to make it the most comfortable and enjoyable experience for you.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you in St. Petersburg!

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    Anastasia

    ¡Hola! Soy Anastasia, guía oficial de turismo de San Petersburgo. Me gradué de la Universidad Estatal de San Petersburgo y soy licenciada en la historia de Rusia. Aparte de eso aprendí español y portugués y año tras año voy practicando estos idiomas para mejorar mis conocimientos. San Petersburgo es el destino turístico número uno en Rusia que merece este rango y cada temporada atrae más y más viajeros. Todo el mundo goza de sus palacios espléndidos, museos impresionantes, catedrales lujosas y arquitectura fabulosa. Llevo 7 años enseñando mi ciudad natal a sus visitantes. Sobre todo me encanta compartir las historias interesantes y desconocidas, acercar a mis clientes a la cultura rusa, cada vez descubriendo junto con ellos algo nuevo en mi querida ciudad.

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    Anna Lashchuk

    Hello.

    My name’s Anna Lashchuk. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by gorgeous palaces and magnificent museums all my life. I was born here in St-Petersburg and going to the Hermitage and Peter and Paul fortress are among my very first memories. My parents used to take me to the former tsar’s residences which surround the city like a real precious necklace. I’ve always loved roaming around those huge royal gardens… It seems as if every church, every old palace, every tree on the grounds of royal residences is filled with memories of the old times - enchanting stories about powerful Russian tsars, smart and beautiful tsarinas, bloody revolutions, and Russian culture as it is.

    I mean, no wonder history is my hobby, no wonder I love travelling so much. On the other hand, being a traveler myself and a traveler with my family, my husband and our daughter, I understand your aspirations. I’m an experienced licensed guide working in this field since 2002. I love my job as it’s always about fun, holidays, entertainment, adventures, discoveries, surprises, Russian history and culture, operas and ballets, delicious cuisine and what not!

    I’ll be happy to guide you around beautiful St Petersburg and do my best to make your holiday unforgettable and special.

    Hope to see you soon,

    Anna Lashchuk.

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    Irina Sycheva

    Hello! My name is Irina that means „peace“, so I am peaceful to my guests. I was born and grew up in Almaty (Kazakhstan), lived in Moscow for 6 years and finally found the best place to live – Saint-Petersburg. I received my higher education here, graduated from the Institute of foreign languages. According to my diploma I am a linguist-interpreter/translator but by nature I am a guide. I like to study that’s why I finished guides ‘courses twice-firstly in English then in German. If I tried to share all my knowledge with my guests I would sound as a bore. A good guide is a guide who can adapt information according to clients’ needs and wishes and provide a personal touch. Of course, I am happy to satisfy the client’s curiosity entirely. English speaking guests come from different countries and not all of them are native speakers. For me it’s important to be understandable that’s why I simplify my English, if needed.

    Welcome to Saint-Petersburg, share love for this city with me, enjoying its atmosphere of amazing hospitality, intelligence and beauty.

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    Daria Baranovskaya

    My name is Dasha and I’m very happy to welcome you here!

    A lifelong resident of this great city, my family roots in St.Petersburg date back to the 1890's. There is a lot of St.Petersburg in my DNA, I have to admit. Hearing my parents’ facts and stories about the city, both glorious and sorrowful, feeling their passion inspired my love to appreciate everything this unique place has to offer.

    After graduating from St.Petersburg State University, with the English language being my major, I’ve been working as an interpreter, project coordinator, English teacher…So many titles but tour guide has been my favorite so far. Ever since I started guiding, which was 6 years ago, it's been a lot of fun! Sharing my passion for St.Petersburg, which I call home, with foreign visitors has been truly amazing.

    As an experienced traveler I understand how important a guide can be for enhancing a visitor's experience. Getting to know a new place with a local makes all the difference. St.Petersburg, full of things to do, places to go and information to take in, can seem a little overwhelming without the expertise of a native. The tours, provided by our fantastic TJ travel team, will help you get the most out of your visit.

    You know, those who live here can't imagine living anywhere else. Those who visit can't imagine not coming back. Whether it's your first time or you just want to experience the city anew, with its rich and fascinating history, its wonderful landmarks, and majestic architecture, it will be my pleasure to offer you an enthusiastic, informative, and professional tour.

    I LOVE my city, and I'm sure you will, too.

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    Dmitry Prynkov

    Hi! My name is Dmitry and I’m happy to see you in my city.

    St. Petersburg has so much to offer to those who are looking for stunning architecture, world known pieces of art and most important historical places of Russia. The idea is to make them talk to you and open their secrets. I’ll share the most peculiar stories and the most controversial facts about our country. My job is to breathe life into the palaces, parks, statues and canvases that you are going to see. No rush, no bustle, I want you to relax, enjoy your stay and feel special connection with this beautiful city. I'll take care of the rest. I’m not just a guy who knows about history and art, I’m your new Russian friend.

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    Elizabeth

    Hello!

    My name is Elizabeth, in short Liza. I was born in Saint Petersburg and I am charmed with its spirit and beauty since my early age.

    Did you ever think to make a picture of your home place? As to me, I would take a wide palette of colors to portrait my Saint Petersburg. Next, I would also take a large canvas, and cover it with a gray ground. You see, there were old marshes there 300 years ago when construction of Saint Petersburg started. The next step: yellow, pink and beige and light blue: in the colors of Russian nobility and the color of the blue eyes of Empress Elizabeth. Along the palaces I would draw dark blue lines of rivers and canals and the main blue line that would be the Neva river, crossed with the iron bridges in lace of iron black railings, those are famous drawbridges of Saint Petersburg.

    And, dear guests, I would be so happy to introduce you to Saint Petersburg, to its museums and architectural ensembles. I would be glad to help you to create your own image of Saint Petersburg with your own palette of memories and best impressions. As a licensed professional guide and a mother of two children I always go along with the requirements of my guest who may be experienced travelers or young kids.

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    Grachev Michael

    Hello, dear guests! My name is Mikhail. I was born in Saint-Petersburg 26 years ago, in 1991; right after the original city’s name had been restored. My ancestors settled in SPB in the late 19th century, so I was brought up with love to the city I live in.

    I graduated from Saint Petersburg State University, faculty of Oriental Studies. Now I’m working on my PhDin the field of Iranian languages. Iwork in different places - one of them is the State Hermitage museum with the second largest art collection in the world where I study ancient Middle-Eastern art and make exhibitions of artifacts.

    Since 2012 I’m spending my summertime vacations with tourists from all around the world and I can honestly say, that this is not just another job for me, but my real passion! Showing the most exciting sights to travelers, telling them stories about the city, I always find myself discovering Saint-Petersburg from a different perspective, falling in love with our city again and again.

    Another pleasure of my profession is the permanent cultural exchange with the guests of TJ. I always prefer to transform my tours into free dialogue, to exchange views, to discuss not only our famous history, but the place of Russia and St. Petersburg in the modern world.

    So, hope to see you in the most European Russian city, city of history, art and beauty!

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    Kseniia Borovskaia

    Hello,

    My name is Kseniia Borovskaia.

    I have been working as an English guide for over 20 years, and I love meeting people, showing them around our beautiful city which I consider the most beautiful one.

    It makes me happy when I see my tourists enjoying the trip, get interested in Russian history and art.

    I realize that a foreigner sees me as a representative of Russia, and I feel my responsibility .

    So I try to be honest, polite and not to let people get bored .

    Traveling, reading, my love to classical music make me eager to share my impressions and knowledge .

    On the other hand, I am very interested in other people’s opinion and ready to perceive it.

    So, welcome to Russia and let’s enjoy it together!

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    Lena Naumenko

    My name is Elena. I was born in the Soviet Union, in a country that doesn’t exist now. But it was this country that provided me with free education: I received a teaching degree in a small town in Siberia and became a teacher of English and French. The dream of every student studying languages back then when the country was closed, was to be able to visit another country or a place where English was spoken. After graduation my dream came true and I was invited to continue my studies at a private university in Texas, the USA, where I did my Masters of Education with English emphasis.

    I returned to Russia in 2005 after having been away for over seven years. I came to visit friends in St. Petersburg and stayed here. This city stole my heart, captured my mind and enchanted my soul. I cannot imagine living in any other place. My home is here, my family is here and the job that I enjoy so much is also here. The city fills me so much that it makes me want to tell its rich history, share its fabulous stories and show its magnificent architecture to those who come here for the first time, to all friends and visitors.

    I have been working as a certified guide for the last five years. I do tours both in English and in Spanish. I know exactly how it feels to be in a country where you are not able to read any of the signs or inscriptions – I lived in Japan for a year! So I try to become an intermediary between my tourists and St. Petersburg. I help them reduce the culture shock, have a great time and experience true Russia with its enormous distances, delicious cuisine, its warm-hearted people, its hospitality and its ability to embrace other cultures. If you have never been to Russia, it’s time to visit it! St. Petersburg is thebest place to start your acquaintance with this country. And I’ll be happy to be your guide!

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    Marina Marinina

    Welcome to St. Petersburg, dear TJ Travel guests!

    My name is Marina Marinina and I am a licensed English-speaking tour guide, and it is not just my job, it is my favourite hobby as well.

    It is a real pleasure for me to meet new people and share with them my love to my native Saint –Petersburg . My family has been living here for almost 100 years, so I feel myself an integral part of this amazing, romantic, beautiful and very poetic city. I studied at school and university here. After I had graduated I started my career in the International Department of Saint-Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry dealing with business tourists from different countries of the world.

    At the same time all my life I was keen on studying history, art and architecture of both Russia and St.Petersburg and attended numerous courses and read a lot of books on these topics. And in the course of time I realized that guiding is my real vocation, and I was ready to share my knowledge of the city with the others. So I did a course of tour guiding and my hobby became my profession and I am really happy with it.

    In my work I not only tell interesting catchy facts and funny stories about St.Petersburg, its history, art and people, but also have vivid conversations with my tourists about everyday life and customs of Russians. Also it is always interesting to listen to the stories of our guests and to learn more about their own countries.

    Come here and see everything with your eyes!

    Hope to see you soon!

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    Maya

    Dear travelers and guests of Saint-Petersburg!

    My name is Maya, I am a young and energetic tour guide who would be happy to escort you to one of the most beautiful cities on our planet!

    I moved to St-Petersburg from Murmansk, the city which is located above the Arctic circle, in 2005 to receive my high education. I’ve graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. And, believe it or not, my specialization is a tour guide! I devoted 5 years of my life to studying art, architecture, history, culture of Russia and entire World. I have also received my second Diploma of “Guide-interpreter” in Saint-Petersburg State University. However, after graduating, I decided to try myself in other fields, which were not my scene actually. Soon, I came back to guiding again. So far, guiding has been my main occupation for more than 7 years.

    I do travel a lot and really love it. I enjoy spending my off seasons abroad, exploring art galleries, inspecting minds of locals and doing shopping at local markets. And it is such an amazing feeling to visit a country I’ve never been to, but heard a lot from my guests and learn its folks and types. I am really blessed to gain not only skills, joy and pleasure from my job, but also an outlook.

    With first spring sunshine I always come back to my beloved St Petersburg, full of positive energy and new experience which I dare to share. It is only when we compare things, people, places, situations or our feelings that we can appraise them.

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    Natalia Kulagina

    Why I love doing guiding? Well, it’s because of my tourists!

    I started out as a tour guide back in 2010 and since that time I’ve been to places like the Hermitage, Catherine palace and Peterhof probably hundreds of times! And every time it’s a totally different experience. It’s YOU, my dear guests, who make all the difference! I love your questions, your comments, your jokes and when you don’t want to leave at the end of the tour, I know I LOVE my job!

    Please come to visit us in Saint-Petersburg, Russia! I’ll be taking care of you, I’ll entertain you, tell you stories and make you laugh! You’ll take stunning pictures and I promise, you’ll fall in love with my beautiful city and Mother Russia!

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    Olga

    Hello dear friends and guests of my beloved Saint-Petersburg! Let me tell you a story: My name is Olga and I was raised in the very center of this gorgeous city by my mom, who used to work as a tour guide for many years. Ever since the time I was little I would spend hours and hours walking around Saint-Petersburg. I loved listening to countless stories about czars, their treasures and palaces. I heard fascinating stories about simple people and their struggles, stories about architects, writers, poets, artists and musicians, who lived and created their masterpieces here. Some of those stories were true, others just beautiful legends, but altogether they had sparked in me a great interest in history and art. At the University I studied art history, as well as English and Spanish, so when I finished my studies I was prepared to work as a tour guide in both of those languages. I love my job passionately as it gives me the opportunity to be surrounded by interesting people from all over the world. I get to learn all the time and share my knowledge with others. And of course I consider myself fortunate to be part of a wonderful team at TJ Travel. By nature I am an explorer and I love traveling to exciting places, so I know what it feels like to be a tourist. When I am guiding tourists around Saint-Petersburg, I do my best to make each tour educational, memorable and fun.

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    Sofía

    Soy Sofía, nací en San Petersburgo y vivo aquí durante toda mi vida y casi durante toda mi vida llevo estudiando español. Primero, gracias a mi madre estudié en el colegio Cervantes donde empecé a aprender español desde la niñez, después seguí estudiándolo en la Universidad Pública de San Petersburgo. Puedo decir que estas dos cosas - San Petersburgo y el español - son dos aficiones de mi vida. Tengo suerte de poder combinar las dos trabajando como guía por San Petersburgo. Me encanta conocer algo nuevo sobre mi ciudad, sobre su historia, arquitectura y costumbres y después compartir todos esos conocimientos y sobre todo mi amor con Ustedes, con los que llegan a San Petersburgo. Y a cada de Ustedes trato de contar y mostrarles lo más interesante y lo más impresionante de mi ciudad para que Ustedes se enamoren de San Petersburgo de una vez y para siempre y regresen otras veces para conocer un poco más sobre una de las ciudades más divinas del mundo. Espero que pasaremos juntos unos días inolvidables y este viaje se convertirá en la mejor experiencia de su vida.

    ¡Nos vemos en San Petersburgo!

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    Svetlana Dotitse

    Let me introduce myself.My name is Svetlana, I was born in the heart of Leningrad on Basil’s Island. Now I live in St.Petersburg and I have never wanted to move. From my childhood I have been surrounded by the beauty of the city andit was so natural to see elegant palaces, historical monuments, golden domes of cathedrals, stroll along the embankments of the Neva river during the “white nights”…

    …Since that time I graduatedfrom the Pedagogical University, faculty of foreign languagesmajoring in English and Spanish, but my passion is history and architecture. I realized that this city is a museum under the open sky, the subject to study and explore.I’ve learnt a lot but practice is the best master,and now I am a licensed city guide and can confess that I am happy doing what I enjoy–meetingnew people, showing them the best of the city, sharingpositive emotions.

    To my understanding a goodguide is like a good host who makes the guests feel at home, showing them the best views, sharing the most interesting stories and some little-known historical facts. There is so much to see and learn: the history of St. Petersburgthat is the least Russian of all Russian cities, the Russian Royal family, fascinating architecture, romantic rivers and canals…

    I can assure that TJ Travel company is the best choice for your visit, because our caring Director Tatiana and professional team strive to keep up the highquality of service to make your trip the most enjoyable.

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    Tatiana Ivanova

    My name is Tatiana and I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, the most beautiful city of Russia. I graduated from St. Petersburg State University, languages department in 2000 and since then I work as a tour guide. I do tours in English and German languages. I think of myself as a very lucky person because my job is actually my hobby. I'm a big fan of travelling, meeting new people, that's why in winter time, when tourist season in St. Petersburg is over I move over to Asia, places like Thailand and India, where I do tours for Russian speaking guests.

    In 2006-2007 I worked on cruise ships in Florida, and since than my heart starts beating faster every time i see a cruise ship.

    I have a passion for history and I simply love sharing my knowledge with guests coming to St. Petersburg. I enjoy explaining about everyday life, political situation and mentality of Russian people.

    Conversations with my friends from all over the world are the best way to relax after a long working day.

    Come visit us in wonderful St. Petersburg and I will help you to discover its unique spirit.

    Looking forward to seeing you!

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