Without reservation, I highly recommend TJ Travel for small group tours in all Baltic Sea ports, particularly St. Petersburg. Agents were very knowledgeable and responsive to my queries, itineraries were well-planned and comprehensive (recognizing our time constraints in each port), and our guides were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, flexible, patient and well-spoken.
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I just wanted to share with you what a pleasure it was doing business with TJ Travel. I have worked in the travel industry for twenty years and this was an excellent experience.
I really appreciate that every email (there were many) was responded to promptly and even when our agent was out of the office someone responded and let us know they were out.
Our time in St. Petersburg was wonderful. We had a great time with Tatiana. She did a great job of knowing what would be of interest to my 17 year old son. She even made the time at The Hermitage decent for him. She hit the high points knowing that I wanted to visit there but kept our overall time there limited.
Please thank Helen again from us for a fantastic job!
We recently visited Saint Petersburg, Russia and hired TJ Travel to be our travel guide. We toured for 3 days and found it was an excellent tour. The itinerary was great, well timed and planned and enabled us to gain access to all of the sights our large group had wanted to see.
If you are on a cruise then just book with this fabulous Company; have the best experience; and save yourself a load of money compared to the cruise company's excursions. Dont be frightened by the Cruise company saying you have to book their tours or have a full Russian visa in order to get off the ship- its rubbish!
To all the wonderful staff at T J travel.
Firstly my apologies for taking so long to respond to your letter. I was sick on my return to Australia and it has taken time to catch up with everything.
To start with Victoria was always there to guide us through the booking process. I would send off an enquiry at night and the answer would be there when I woke up.
I just returned from a Viking cruise to the Baltics ("Homelands"). A group of 6 friends (2 of whom had spent a few days in St. Petersburg on a prior trip and one of whom was a Russian history major) booked a 2-day private tour of St Petersburg with TJ Travel. I don't lightly give 5 stars, but TJ Travel earned it in many ways, such as:
1. answering fully and promptly the many questions that we had;
Hats off both to TJ Travel and to our terrific guide, Nadia Smotkin, for a 2-day private tour of Saint Petersburg. Without question it was the highlight of our glorious Baltic Sea cruise.
First, over the many months of planning this trip, TJ communicated exceptionally well, responding to my questions and emailing substantive replies promptly.
We just wanted to write and thank Tatiana so much for an unbelievable one-day tour of St Petersburg, Russia. Once our ship, Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas, came into port Wednesday morning 8-Aug, we found it very easy to go through immigration and locate our TJ Travel group as explained in the instructions.
Hello TJ Travel,
My wife Jan and I recently visited your city on the Sapphire Princess cruise ship (about 3 weeks ago.) We bought a private tour for the 2 days we were there and had the pleasure of working with Renat and Elizabeth for both days. It was not only the highlight of our cruise, but the best escorted tour of any kind we have ever had.
Dear TJ Travel
I went on St Petersburg tour with your company on 7/14 through 7/16. I wanted to commend your company due to your professionalism with our communications prior to the tour; Your tour guide, Victoria, was so personable and so knowledgeable about this area. She so enjoyed showing us the palaces of the Tzars, the subway. the Hermitage, and the Church of the Spilled blood. It was a pleasure.
Booked our 2 day tour with TJ Travel after reading such great reviews here on TripAdvisor and Oh are we glad we did. From initial e-mail to drop off at ship we couldn't ask for better.
Met after we came through immigration from our cruise liner by Lisa and shown onto our Minibus. There were 14 of us which was a perfect group size. Lisa spoke excellent English and her knowledge of the sites we were taken to was phenomenal!
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 making contact with our guides. As your tours were small groups, I think we had 14 at most, it was a welcome change fr om the cruise ship tours wh ere you are usually in groups of up to 42.
“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 and straightforward. They responded promptly to each of my questions and were very reassuring that all would go well.
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 combine us (and it was more fun for us).
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 hesitate to recommend TJ Travel to our friends.
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 left Saint. Petersburg. Everything about the tour was fabulous!
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 booked the cruise. Helen organised our tours very efficiently, modifying the order expediently depending on traffic and circumstances at the time.
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 Travel arranged for a driver to pick us up at our hotel to join a 2-day cruise ship shore excursion.
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 possible.
I am 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.
My name is Svetlana. I was born in Leningrad and live in St. 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.
I am Irina Avdeeva. I have always been keen on English since I started to study it at school when I was ten. After receiving higher education I started teaching English, and I really liked it.
Hi, I am Elena, a licensed guide with a vast 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 a fascinating place.
Hello! My name is Nina Pokrovskaya. I love this job so much that it seems I was born to be a guide. I moved to Saint Petersburg from Murmansk in 2005, and fell in love with this city forever!
Welcome to St. Petersburg! My name is Elena Glazkova. 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
Hello dear travelers! I love travelling myself, because it’s a great opportunity to learn about people and the world. When I came to St. Petersburg for studying, I fell in love with this magnificent city
I have been living in St. Petersburg all my life, it’s my native city. It is the city of my parents and grandparents. Therefore St. Petersburg is more than just my home — it is my culture, my lifestyle, my character
My name is Ksenia, which means “welcoming”. I’ve been doing my beloved job for almost 10 years. It was my dream as a child to become a tour-guide and, since all my dreams come to life, I am a tour-guide.
My name is Maria, I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and graduated from St. Petersburg State University, faculty of sociology. My tour guide experience (in English and Spanish) began in 2003.
I was born in Saint Petersburg and graduated from Saint Petersburg State University, with a Master’s degree in Oriental Studies and Philology. I’ve been working as a guide since 2002 and enjoy it very much.
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.
Hi! My name is Alex. I’m a qualified and fully licensed tour-guide in St. Petersburg, Russia. Tour guiding is my true passion, and I’ve been doing this for about 15 years. And I’m so happy and honored to work for TJ Travel.
Hello. My name’s Anna Lashchuk. I’m an experienced licensed guide, working in this field since 2002. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by the gorgeous palaces and magnificent museums all my life.
Hello! My name is Irina that means “peace”, which reflects in my character. I was born and raised in Kazakhstan, spent 6 years in Moscow and finally found the best place to live – Saint Petersburg.
My name is Dasha and I’m very happy to welcome you here! A life long resident of this great city, my family arrived to St.Petersburg back in the 1890's. There is a lot of St. Petersburg in my DNA, I have to admit.
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 the most important historical places of Russia.
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