Tour guides

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.

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!

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!

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.

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?

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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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