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6-7 May 2017, Regal Princess
I travel rather extensibly and I’d like you to know Kate’s tour was the best one I’ve ever taken. She is knowledgeable, sincere and well spoken. That meant a lot to Jeanette and me.
With my warmest regards and many thanks, and hopes that I shall see you and Kate again.
|Steven||25-29 September 2016,
|Hi Julia Many thanks once again for making our trip to St Petersburg a lovely and memorable one. Olga and Edward are both such wonderful company. Thanks especially for the arrangements with the Conservatory, the results were far above what we had expected and it has given Ben even more motivation to write music. I have shared with many friends about my trip and they are pleasantly surprised to know that its possible to make arrangements directly with a Tour Company in Russia and I have recommended your Co to my friend Sandra, who may be contacting you to plan her trip for June next year with her family. Warmest regards.|
|Connie||3-7 September 2016,
Angletere – Viking Ingvar
Dear Julia, Thank you so much for your help with arranging a lovely time for us in St. Petersburg. We had fun touring with Helen and Edward and learned so much about your beautiful palaces, museums and way of life. We will be most happy to recommend your services to any of our friends who are considering travel to your beautiful city.
|Annette & Brian||1-2 September 2016,
Hermitage Official Hotel
|HI Julia, We are home and getting settled back in to our real lives!We can’t thank you, Elena and Vladimir enough for the wonderful tour experience. She was really amazing, as you said. Thank you for the reading list and recipe! I have forwarded your email to the girls.We will indeed get on trip advisor and rate Dancing Bear.|
|Peter and Veronica||2016,
Celebrity Eclipse cruise
Thanks for a great visit, Veronica has posted a review on Trip Advisor.
Regards to Venus.
|Laila||18 August 2016,
Thanks again for the excellent tour with Katja, she was great.Thanks a lot.
|Gail and Bob||15-17 August 2016
|We had a wonderful three days. Way beyond our expectations. Please thank Vladimir and Liza again for us.|
|Neer||14-15 August 2016,
|Hi Julia: we all made it OK back home after the unbelievable beautiful cruise. The main highlight of the trip was St. Petersburg. Enjoyed every minute of the trip thru you. You are an amazing guide and moreover amazing person. I just go around sharing the beauty of St. Petersburg to my coworkers and very proudly show your picture to everyone. If ever we visit your side of the world we will contact you. Good luck on your marriage proposal. Keep in touch.|
|Cathy||10 August 2016,
Ship Queen Elizabeth
|Hi Julia, Thank you for all your help in organising our tour to St Petersburg. It was lovely to meet you at the cruise terminal. Please pass on our sincere thanks to Elena and Vladimir for a superb trip, nothing was too much trouble, even when we changed plans at short notice and then had to change them again due to the weather. We would highly recommend Elena as a tour guide, very friendly and helpful and her knowledge is outstanding. We will be giving you a 5 star rating on trip advisor and praising you on Cruise Critic to hopefully get you more business. Once again many, many thanks.|
|Sue||6-7 August 2016,
|Hi Julia, I am now at home in the UK after enjoying my cruise and visit to St Petersburg. I cannot praise Kate enough. Her knowledge of St Petersburg and its history was incredible, I don’t think there was one questions she could not answer in perfect English. She also had great understanding with my husband who does not have the best mobility following a stroke. Where possible she managed to arrange for him to use the lift, a big bonus with so many people everywhere!
She also gave us a great insight into day to day life in Russia, we thoroughly enjoyed your lovely pies and pancakes! We were very lucky with the weather, just a little rain but of course you had taken care of us with rain macs. Your supply of water was much appreciated. I must also say ‘thank you’ to Vladimir. He was a good driver and looked after us well. I have a great photo of him with his KGB face!! Please pass on our thanks to Kate and Vladimir from us all, Sue George Ted and Diane. Tell her not to forget that we will all come back for a Russian wedding in the future!
I will leave a review on tripadvisor at a later date. Thank you again, we are so pleased we chose you to look after us.
|Sikandar and the Grou||23-24 July 2016,
|Dear Julia, Sorry for being late to thank you for your Excellent services.. First of all, our entire group want to thank you for providing us Tania as a Tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, kind and helpful, a people’s person. We definitely will recommend your services to all our friends. Please check with Tania if she received her pictures, which I send her few days back. Give our regards to Tania. All the best.Regards.|
|Denise Small||16-17 July 2016,
|Hi Julia, Just wanted to say a big thank you to you, Kate and Vladimir for making St Petersburg the highlight of our cruise. Kate was very good at finding clean toilets for me at short notice! She also managed to find a photo shop which sells compact flash cards which my daughter’s camera uses. These are not easy to find these days having been superseded by SD cards, but this was all done very efficiently without taking up too much valuable sightseeing time. We all loved the pie shop where we had lunch on the second day! I will be adding my own 5* review on Trip Advisor as soon as I get a chance (still trying to catch up with things up home at the moment). Kind regards.|
|Kathy Overstreet||8 & 9 July 2016,
|Julia, We returned home on Saturday evening and wanted to let you know that we are so happy we used your company for our tours in St. Petersburg. Helen and Edward were so accommodating and pleasant to be with for those 2 days. Please pass our thanks on to them. Feel free to use our comments on your web site or to use us as references for those considering using your services while traveling in Russia. It was a long 2 days and I hope that Helen and Edward had a good time too. It may take us a while to get over the 6-7 hour time lag, but we will. Our Baltic trip was very memorable; we saw so many places we had only read about in history books and saw on TV. To experience them in person was a delight. Take care and I hope you have a wonderful tourist season.|
|Helen and Rebekka||16-17 June 2016,
|Hej Julia,Many many thanks for a very memorable couple of days in Skt.Petersburg. Your tour leaders were fantastic and I would thoroughly recommend your tour agency. I do not like trip adviser, and would rather not write a recommendation thru them. We are so satisfied with all your help and discussions about the best way to visit all the sites we wanted. I can not complain at all, quite the opposite , very very satisfied. Thank you also for the list of books to read. Maybe one day when I have time……. ! Best wishes to you all Helen and Rebekka.PS: I will come again !|
|Helen and Rebekka||16-17 June 2016,
|Hej Julia,Many many thanks for a very memorable couple of days in Skt.Petersburg. Your tour leaders were fantastic and I would thoroughly recommend your tour agency. I do not like trip adviser, and would rather not write a recommendation thru them. We are so satisfied with all your help and discussions about the best way to visit all the sites we wanted. I can not complain at all, quite the opposite , very very satisfied. Thank you also for the list of books to read. Maybe one day when I have time……. !|
|Heather||25-26-27 June 2016,
|Hi Julia, I hope you are well. We have returned from our trip to Europe and I just want to say a big thank you for all of your help. Kate was fantastic and the itinerary was perfect for us. We have learned so much about St Petersburg and Russia as a result. Swan Lake was beautiful and the seats couldn’t be better! I will not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone who is interested in visiting St. Petersburg and will persuade friends to go even if they haven’t considered it! Please send Kate and Peter our many thanks. They were truly wonderful.|
|Annie and Richard||10-11-12 May 2016,
|Dear Julia, thank you so very much for organising our tour in St Petersburg. From my earliest correspondence with you to our final goodbyes with Tatiana and Vladimir it was flawless.Tatiana was an exceptional guide. Warm , funny knowledgable and happy to oblige our thirst for more knowledge of your history. As I said to her -why read fiction when the history’s so much
more! We spent our last evening at the Caviar Bar in the Grand Hotel. Wow! Thank you for everything. I will tell all my friends about your superb service and have already posted on TripAdvisor. Best Wishes, Annie and Richard
|Stu and Ange Weir||27-28 December 2015,
|Hi Julia, We have just made it back home from our holiday and I just wanted to say thanks so much for the fabulous time we had in St Petersburg because of you guys.We had an incredible couple of days on our tour and saw more than we could have wished for. Kate was amazing and a real asset to you company. Thanks to you too for organising our itinerary and always communicating so quickly with me, you made it all so easy. The only thing we probably wouldn’t worry about doing again was the Farmer’s market, but everything else was so worth it. I will put a review on trip advisor for you, hopefully this week, you guys do a fantastic job and we are totally happy to recommend you to anyone!|
|Nicky and Jon Scott||23-26 October 2015,
Four Seasons Hotel
|Dear Julia, How lovely to hear from you.
Please accept our best wishes for Christmas and the coming year. Could you also pass on the same message to Kate and Edward.
Jon and I have such lovely memories of your beautiful city and we always recommend your tour company to friends who are thinking of visiting.
Once again, have a very merry Christmas and healthy & happy New Year.
Kindest regards as ever
Nicky and Jon Scott
|Max||23-24 August 2015 ,
|Dear Julia,I’m just writing to thank you. The tour surpass our expectations. Olga was very kind, always willing to explain everything. I’m sure we will return and then we will call you. Thank you again.Regards,Max.|
|The Dykman’s||14-15 August 2015 ,
|Dear Julia:It is great hearing from you!Yes, we’re home, happy and reliving our memories of the most amaizing trip to your beautiful country. Now, with the pictures on hand we are revisiting the incredible places and all the splendor we saw in our tours.Thank you for the books recommended and many thanks for the recipe of Borsch! I’d made my light version last week, but I will try yours before the winter ends. We would highly recommend your services! Meeting you was great and we enjoy very much your knowledge and expertise.We send you a big hug and hope to keep in touch!|
|Cindi Barrette||8-9-10 August 2015 ,
|Julia, We are now home and working to readjust our body clocks. As I expected, our tour in St Petersburg was one of the highlights of our trip. As promised, I’ve posted reviews on both Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic. We were charmed by our guide, Kate, and would like to follow up with a few conversations we had with her but ended up forgetting to get her email address. Please check with her and if she is willing send her email address to me or give her my email address. Feel free to give my email address to people who want a reference for your company. Everyone in the group thanked me for «finding» Dancing Bear and putting the tour together. It was a joint effort so I want to pass their appreciation on to you too.|
|Darlen and Timothy||5-6-7 August, 2015
|I have found St. Petersburg to be a wonderful place to visit. Last night we went to a restaurant where the waiters and waitresses sang and danced as well as took our orders and brought our food. It was a very interesting experience and the food was very tasty. One of the waitresses was a really good singer, I think she has had formal training because I saw her helping others with their singing arrangements. We have enjoyed this trip to St. Petersburg very much.|
|Mark Peterson||3-4-5 August 2015,
|Julia,We just got home from our cruise. I thank you, Elena and Vladmir for a wonderful three days. I went to. We were exhausted at the end, but glad we saw all that we did. The itinerary was perfect. Vladmir’s driving was truly professional. I wish every car I got in had someone like him driving. Elena was highly knowledgeable and it was a delight to spend three days with her.|
|Susan (and Spencer) Meredith||28-29-30 July 2015,
Seabourn Quest cruise ship
|Dear Julia, Spencer and I are back in Miami, now, and recovering from the usual Jet lag. However, before I did anything else, I first wanted to thank you and Kate and Gena for one the great experiences of my life. It was so kind of you all to share your city with us in such a wonderful, informative and entertaining way, By the end of the 3 days, we truly felt we were saying goodbye to «friends». I am attaching a list of books and movies that you and Kate might find interesting based on our discussions. Please let us know if there are any other areas of interest with regards to books and movies and we will provide more ideas. I hope you enjoyed my children’s books; perhaps someday they will be available in Russian. 🙂
Once again, thank you VERY much. With warm regards and much affection, Susan (and Spencer) Meredith
|Mike and Kay Larson||20-21 July 2015,
Phoenix, Az Wind Surf
|Hello Julia, A 5 Star review has been posted to Tripadvisor. A special shout out to Elena. She is the most knowledgeable guide I have ever had. I highly recommend her when you are booking future tours.|
|Mike Larson||20-21 July 2015,
|Hi Julia, Just got back from visiting family for the holidays and wanted to wish you a very happy new year also. Our stay in St. Petersburg was the high lite of our trip. Elena was the most knowledgeable guide I have ever had. Even when I tried to stump her I couldn’t.|
|Peggy Bracco Gartneк||17-18 July, 2015 ,
Rotterdam cruise ship
Dear Julia, Kate and Vassily,
Having returned from our cruise to the Baltic sea, I want to thank you once again for the warm welcome that you gave us in St Petersburg and all your help in planning our tour. We managed to see a lot of the beautiful sights of St Petersburg in only two days while keeping a relaxing pace. Our guide Kate was wonderful; we will never forget her stories about life in Russia and her humour. Vassily is a very good and skilful driver . During our visit I was often reminded of a Billy Joel song about Leningrad, especially the line: ‘we never knew what friends we had, until we came to Leningrad’.Thank you for your friendliness. We do hope to meet you once again.on behalf of the Bracco Gartner family, Peggy Bracco Gartneк
|Diarmuid||17-18 July 2015,
Many thanks for your mail. It looks like many things we experienced during our two days there, I had not heard of it before. We arrived home at 1am this morning from our trip. In summary, it was the highlight of the the trip and we were absolutely delighted with having chosen you as our tour company. Helene was fantastic, super knowledgeable, well organized and had that personal touch. We could not have asked for a better guide. Our driver too (Sasha — hope I have the correct spelling here!) did a super job getting us right beside all the attractions. I will write more details in my review, and I certainly will be putting anyone I ever hear of going to St. Petersburg in touch with yourself. It is a beautiful city and I can see how you and your team would be so proud to show it off to visitors. I really hope to return there at some stage in the future.
Thanks and regards, Diarmuid.
|Lanna Trimm||23-25 June 2015,
Serenade of the Seas
|Julia,I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had in St Petersburg! Beautiful city and we enjoyed it more than we imagined. Elizabeta and Edward were more than we could have hoped for in a guide and driver! They were so wonderful and knowledgeable! We could not recommend them any higher in praise! By the end of the trip quite frankly, we felt so sad we had to leave not only St Petersburg but them! Thanks for making the trip so special! Whatever they earn, they deserve double! 🙂 They are simply amazing! Going with Dancing Bears was the best decision!|
|Karen Gleanson||22-24 June 2015,
Official Hermitage Hotel
|Hi Julia,We are a bit done with crowds. That was the appeal of the places outside St. Petersburg. We’ll explore on our own tomorrow and see what we discover.Our tour was fantastic, your assistance priceless. Our visit would have not been nearly so satisfying or educational without your help and that of Elena.Thank you!|
|Douglas Kerr||17 June 2015 ,
|Good morning Julia,Thank you for a great day. Your guide Olga was excellent.
I will recommend your Tours to anybody coming to St Petersburg in the future.
|Jeff Poster, France||13-15 June 2015,
|Julia, we returned to France to find a great deal to do and many mid-summer activities….. Katia was wonderful throughout the entire three days, I hope you continue to work with her as people follow my recommendations.
Best regards, Jeff Poster , France
|Harvey Dragoon||10-11 June 2015,
|Hello Julia, Just a quick note to thank you for having Kate guide us around St Petersburg. She was very warm, informative and met all of our expectations during the 2 days. We could not have asked for more. What a beautiful city it is and the history is quite amazing. Thank Vladimir for driving us around. He did a great job getting us around. How he is able to get through traffic is quite a skill. All of us appreciate you stopping to say hello when we arrived. Good luck with your studies. We arrived back in New York yesterday. My wife and I drove back to Boston today.|
|John Harley||8-9 June 2015,
|Hi Julia. You were absolutely correct when you said that Helen was one of the very best. We learnt and saw a lot.
|Laura Moran||31 March -1 April 2015,
«Comfort » hotel
|Julia, Thank you so much for this sweet note. My boyfriend and I ADORED our trip to St. Petersburg this year and miss it already! Kate was the best tour guide ever!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Laura Moran
|Marc Cane||25 March 2015, Kempinsky Hotel||Dear Julia…. The tour with Helen was more than enjoyable — she’s as knowledgeable as a university professor and more fun. She not only knows about the Bolshevik revolution and the preceding events, but is a fount of knowledge on Russian art and architecture. Marc Cane|
|Gloria & Xiaomeng||21 March 2015, Kempinsky Hotel||Dear Julia, Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of Catherine Palace, we had a lovely time with you. And I do appreciate your travel advice.
Wish you all the best Regards, Gloria & Xiaomeng
|Frederik Vanden Bogaerde||January 31-st 2014 — February 1st 2015 — Taleon Club||Dear Julia, Thanks for the good tour the last two days. Your service and that of the guide and driver were impeccable. We found especially Kate to be more than an excellent guide.|
|Mariana Campos de Lima (Portugal)||February 8-9th 2015 — The State Hermitage Hotel||Hello, Julia. We really enjoyed our stay in St Petersburg and definetely the tour plays its role in this fact. Victoria is a very special person Who shared a lot of knowledge and passion for her City with us. We miss her! Also, Gena was an excellent driver we had safe and tranquil rides with him, and he was very polite to us. I’m very grateful with your service and I would recommend to friends!|
|Oleg and Allie — Ohio, USA||August 10-13, 2013 — Pushka Inn Hotel||We would like to take a moment and thank you for planning and carrying out such a fantastic tour program. We all had a marvelous time. Julia, your knowledge of St Petersburg is sensational, and our kids enjoyed every moment! Special thanks to Edward for the courteous chauffeur services.|
|John & Diane Reid||Norwegian Star May 23 & 24 2014||Hi Julia,We just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you again for showing us your great city! All of us, John, Shanna, Jimmy and myself, thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The next stop on our cruise was to Helsinki and it couldn’t compare to what we saw in St. Petersburg. We were all in agreement that St. Petersburg was by far the best stop on our whole trip.So, thanks again! We will definitely recommend you to anyone visiting St. Petersburg in the future.
Cheers, John & Diane Reid
|Mari Lehtonen||3-4 July 2014, Eurodam Cruise Ship||Hi Julia: Now that we are home and settled back into our routine, I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our wonderful tour of your beautiful St. Petersburg. Everything went like clockwork and we really enjoyed having Irina as our tour guide. She was so informative and did everything she could to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves.Thanks again for making St. Petersburg the highlight of our Baltic cruise.|
|Kae and Bill Chiaramonte||28-29 July,»Nautica» cruise ship||The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our visit to St. Petersburg with the expert guidance and driving provided by your team. Kate’s knowledge of your fair city is beyond belief and together with the driver’s knowledge of the traffic we could not have been more satisfied. Thank you for working diligently with us to give us a unique experience in St. Petersburg. When we return we will know who to contact for guidance. Thank you!|
|Keth and Olga — Pert, Australia||27 — 28 July 2012 — Celebrity Eclipse||Firstly I just hope this email arrives to you ok. Well You might not remember me , but I was the guy that arranged for 8 of us to have a fantastic 2 day tour of St Peterburg off the Ship «»Eclipse»» back on 27 and 28 July — plus the ballet.
Actually I took mt wife Olga to see the Australian Ballet last night — Romeo & Juliet — it was spectacular with special effects, costumes and amazing ballet — but that’s another story. We all have been so very busy since arriving back in Australia — but we often talk about you and the fantastic tour you provided us with. We all loved St Petersburg and you. Olga & I most certainly will be back in a year or two — and will get in touch with you to arrange that — so we must keep in touch. as we said on the tour with you — you would be most welcome in Perth , Australia if you ever came our way.
|Frank & Bonnie||June 12, 2012 , Vision of the Seas cruise ship||Dear Julia, we have been back from the Baltic cruise now for more than four months but we still enjoy our memories! We have been looking back through the photographs we took of our superb tour of St. Petersburg with you. What a range of things we did that day and what a lot you shared with us about your city! We got immersed in the art and history, and the daily life. We felt fortunate to have you to ourselves, Bonnie and I, to be as it were in your «classroom» for the day wherever we went. And we appreciated Vladimir making that day so efficient by driving us so near where we were to go and picking us up with so little effort on our part. You will remember us perhaps since I was interested in seeing St. Petersburg State University where my son had gone to school in the early 90s there. You picked us up at the port and took us to the Hermitage, the Museum for the Decorative Arts, The Church on the Spilled Blood, to the Porcelain Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress and lots of other sites. We also spent that wonderful time at the end of the day in the couple’s home sharing dinner together – their family recipe for borscht – (vodka!) and conversation. I have made a DVD of that day that we would like to send you if you would not mind giving us your address. I’ll send it along. We hope you all are very well. With much appreciation, Frank and Bonnie|
|Bev & David Broomhall — Brisbane — Australia||14-15 July 2012, Grand Princess cruise ship||Hi Julia, We have returned from our holiday and just wanted you to know what a great time we had in St Petersburg. You are an exceptional guide with a vast knowledge of your homeland.We saw such a lot in the time we had there and you made it so interesting and enjoyable. Please pass on our thanks to your driver Edward, as he also helped to make our tour enjoyable. He has a wonderful sense of humour. As I promised I have a couple of books about Australia that I would now like to send to you. Is the address on your site the best address to post them to?
We wish you good health and happinessBest Wishes
Bev and David Broomhall, Brisbane, Australia
|Dave & Neta Townsend — Littleton, Colorado, USA||Hotel Dvory Capelly, 7-11 September 2011||Julia, I wanted to thank you for a great tour last year. Your knowledge and love of St. Petersburg certainly came through in the tours you provided to our family. The hospitality you showed was exceptional. Our driver, Alexi, was also excellent – always on time, courteous, and was most gracious in declining (thankfully) my offer to drive.The variety of places we visited in our five day stay provided a great overview of the city. In looking at the pictures we still marvel at the beauty of the palaces and cathedrals you took us to as well as the city itself. Your special touch for getting us to some excellent places to eat that allowed us to savor the local cuisine was also appreciated.Your guided tours were certainly a great value, and your getting us accommodations worked out very well. You defiantly earned our highest recommendation. When we return to St. Petersburg we will look forward to touring with you again.Dave & Neta Townsend
Littleton, Colorado, USA
|Silvia Vickers — Lincoln, England||3-9 November 2011, private apartment in the downtown (Rented by Dancing bear Tours)||Dear JuliaWell here we are back in England and a little warmer and the leaves on the trees looking beautiful.Thank you for looking after us so well during our trip to St. Petersburg. Hard to pick out a highlight, but one was being able to see inside the art school and having a tour with the Director — that was really something different. Also the ballet was a wonderful evening.You brought the palaces to life with your knowledge and we gained much more information than if we had gone around on our own. Skipping the queues was also a bonus! The Seige Memorial was very moving and as you know, we have our own commemorations at this time of year for all the soldiers who have died in war.We have lovely photos and memories and perhaps on our next visit we will come at a warmer time of year.Hope all goes well with you and Vladimir and that your business thrives. I will mention your name to anyone who shows an interest in visiting your beautiful city.All the very best
|Alan & Ros Woodbridge — Dorset, England||August 5-6, 2011 — Black Watch Cruise Ship||We spent two fabulous days in your company in August 2011 seeing the best of St Petersburg. The tour was just what we and our two friends wanted — to see the sights and the real St Petersburg. Your attention to detail was fantastic and the tour went like clockwork — even to the timing of the fountain at Peterhof! It was the little extras that Julia and her driver provided that put the icing on the cake — the Russian restaurant, the pie pub, the underground and the farmers market amongst others! We would have no hesitation in fully recommending this tour — it was brilliant. Thank you, JuliaAlan & Ros WoodbridgeDorset|
|Kristine and Brad Sturgill — Denver, USA||September 5 — 6, 2011 — Hotel Sampson||Julia, Just wanted to take a minute to thank you again for the wonderful tour you gave us of St. Petersburg. We enjoyed every minute of the tour and seeing the beabbuty of the city as well as learning of the rich history of the city. This has definitely sparked a new interest in Russian history! I went to the Palace at Peterhof gardens and was stuck between a spanish tour group and a private tour behind me with an english speaking guide. After eaves dropping on the english guide even for just a couple of rooms I realized even more how lucky we were to find you! Her descriptions lacked enthusiasm and were very superficial.Thank you again for showing us your city.Kristin and Brad|
|Hans and Marion Raanhuis — Holland||August 20 — 21, 2011 — Rotterdam Cruise Ship||We have enjoyed Julia as our host and guide in St. Petersburg very, very much. Without her knowledge of the city and its highlights, experienced guiding and her humor St. Petersburg would not have been so beautiful as we have experienced it now. Also her knowledge of art and history is a perfect combination. I cannot imagine that there can be a better guide than «our» Julia.Thank you very much and we can and will recommend you to anyone who is going to visit your beautiful city.Hans en Marion Raanhuis.|
|Rebecca Nabors and Beverly Nabors — California, USA||August 1 — 2, 2011 — Norwegian Sun Cruise Ship||Dear Julia,We are now at home and wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for such a great tour. Looking at our photos and reminiscing about our trip, it is hard to believe we saw so much in such a short period of time. Your choice of sites, pacing, English language expertise, and expert knowledge of Russia and its history provided us with an unforgettable time in St. Petersburg! You provided such a wealth of information in a way that was narrative and entertaining, and not just overwhelming facts that are easily forgotten. We still remember it! This definitely helps us appreciate all our photos. Thank you. If you ever travel to the United States and are able to visit California, we would love to be your «unofficial» tour guide. You were so personable during our St. Petersburg tour, I feel as though we are friends. Our homes are welcome to you. We sincerely hope our paths will cross sometime in the future.Please keep in touch. Peace,Rebecca Nabors and Beverly Nabors|
|Earl & Joyce Godwin — USA||July 28 — 30, 2011 — Oceania Insignia Cruise Ship||Hi Julia: Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our time in St. Petersburg and the care and efficiency with which you and Adel worked. It was encouraging and comforting to have you respond to inquiries so completely and quickly—a foretaste of the quality of your services. Adel was an excellent guide. Knowledgable and creatively flexible in the manipulations of our itinerary as dictated by the weather and other factors. With pleasure we will recommend Dancing Bear (Adel did point out several bears, but none were dancing) to anyone we know who plans a trip to St. Petersburg.Earl & Joyce Godwin|
|Liz Wolstenholme||July 24 — 26, 2011 — Azamara Cruise Ship||Dear Julia Just to say how much we enjoyed our day in St Petersburg. When talking to others on the cruise we had clearly had a much better experience than those on other tours. so thank you for making this possible. Liz|
|Cathy Nieuwenhuys and friends||July 23 — 24, 2011- Boutique Hotel Rahmaninov||Dear Julia, just wanted to thank you for arranging our excursions around St Petersburg, we enjoyed our weekend immensely. Alfia was very informative and pleasant, and Gennady our driver was excellent as well.Kind regards,Cathy Nieuwenhuys|
|Lyn Pond — Shropshire, England||July 23 — 24, 2011 — Nevsky Palace Hotel||Dear Julia, I am writing to thank you so much for your welcome and enthusiasm. I have wanted to visit St Petersburg since I was a little girl of 10 helping to make sea socks, and raising funds for the relief of the siege of Leningrad. Now you, having shared your wealth of knowledge about, and love of, your beautiful city have made my dream a reality. Anyone visiting St Petersburg needs a professional guide to help make the most of their time as there is so much to see, and we were so lucky to have you, a guide steeped in the history of your city speaking fluent English, making the past come alive for us.I recommend you as a guide «par excellence» with an excellent driver to help you show us the «sights».Kind regards,Lyn Pond Shropshire, England|
|Pamela and Dale Cantwell — Colorado , USA||July 16 — 20, 2011- Pushka Inn Hotel||I wanted to write to thank you again for showing us St. Petersburg. I’m certain you were a very good pharmacist, but I have to say your true calling is introducing travelers to your beautiful city. We travel a great deal and have never met a guide with such knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for her city. I got in touch again with the sheer pleasure of seeing art, and your explanations of the paintings and sculpture added immeasurably to all of our enjoyment. I’m especially glad we got a chance to see the Russian Museum on the final day. Please use me as a reference anytime.Thanks so much and give Vladimir a hug for me.|
|Vivienne Watkin and Allan Daitz — London, England||July 14 — 15, 2011- Norwegian Sun Cruise Ship||We would like to thank you very much for 2 fabulous and indeed memorable St Petersburg days.You are a superb guide.Wishing you well in all your endeavoursKind regardsVivienne Watkin and Allan Daitz|
|Ralph Dosch — Switzerland||May 30 — 31, 2011- Norwegian Sun Cruise Ship||With short notice I found Julia on the internet, she immediately understood my likes and dislikes. In addition I was traveling with my elderly mother, who depended on a wheelchair. Julia called me prior to our arrival requesting as much information from us as possible. We were all very surprised by the perfect organization and good guidance through the sites of St. Petersburg. I would more than recommend Julia, I would go as far as saying «you would be stupid to join a large tour over Julia» Besides we had a perfect car and driver, who was always at our disposal. The german speaking guide was knowledgeable and flexible.I would give the 12 points out of 10!!|
|Jim Cleaveland — USA||May 25, 2011 — Nevsky Forum Hotel||Most unsual request fielded with precision. For a student of 20th century Soviet Union, Julia arranged a personal tour covering Lenin’s arrival, review of Soviet politics, house of Kirov, Sts P & P Cathedral where Peter the Great was buried, & a rushed morning to try to taste a bit of the Hermitage. Three intense days for a person with little time and intense, catholic interests. The ultimate value is her creating a three day tour based on what my interests were and and what I wanted to see and what she believed that I should take away from her beloved Petersburg.|
|Phillip Ivancic and Julia Balaz||January 8, 2009||We used Julia’s services as a part of a brief stay in St Petersburg from the 29th of December 08 until the 1st of January 09. We’re really glad we made use of a professional guide. There is so much to see in St Petersburg and without Julia’s help we would have only seen a small fraction. She was extremely professional and her numerous anecdotes and stories really added to the whole experience. She has a deep knowledge on Tsarist history, Russian literature & culture, World War 2, Revolutionary events and she provides first hand insights into the massive changes that have taken place since the early 1990’s.We would happily recommend her services to anyone considering a trip to St Petersburg.Phillip Ivancic and Julia Balaz — Sydney, Australia|
|Professor Andre Thomashausen & Family||January 4, 2009||Julia & Vladimir: thank you. You made our visit to St. Petersburg a total success. Every step along the way was in response to our individual interests and your knowledge of all and any aspects or interests in and around St. Petersburg is exceptional. Your restaurant recommendations were precise and good, and nobody felt lost although we didn’t understand a word of Russian.All best wishes from Andre, Sonia, Sophie & Stefan|
|Peter Christel Stijn||September 9, 2008||Julia, Many thanks for the 3 days of the great culture of Saint Petersburg & your Russian patience. It was nice to have you with us.
Please visited Antwerp (not a Dutch city!) some day.Many thanks!Peter,Christel and Stijn
|Jack Spann||August 30, 2008||Julia, thanks for making you 2 days in SPG so informative and enjoyable. Please feel free to use me as a reference as I could not have been more pleased with your professionalism and dependability.Thanks!|
|Gordon Mansfield||August 21, 2008||Hello Julia Thanks for showing us your city and culture. It was nice to have you with us for the two days. Hope to see you someday in Canada.Gordon, Sylvia, Martin, Klaus|
|Chris, Dorothy & Linda||May 7, 2008||Dear Julia, Thank you for organising such an excellent trip for us to St Petersburg last weekend. Your knowledge of the city, its history and its treasures was fantastic and your ability to bring it to life with your anecdotes made it a weekend to remember. Thank you and Vladimir for your first class guiding and driving. The visit to Catherines Palace and the ballet were highlights of a memorable stay in the city.Highly recommended!Thank you again for lookng after us so well — Chris, Dorothy and Linda|
|Geoff Perkins||April 27, 2008||Julia we greatly enjoyed your passion and knowledge for Russian history and your ability to show us the great museums and palaces of St Petersburg. We enjoyed your company and we won’t forget your organisation of out ballet tickets at the Mariinsky Theatre.Geoff and Karen|
|Lisa||April 20, 2008||My 2 teenaged children and I visited S.P. last summer and loved our time with Julia. My teens, who can be difficult, thought Julia was the best guide we had in Russia. Julia arranged for our train tickets to Moscow and showed us the incredible sights of Saint Petersberg.Please feel free to use me as a reference.|
|Sayre||February 28, 2008||Jimmy and I had a wonderful stay in your beautiful city. Your tour was absolutely amazing and so much information. I came with so much knowledge of Russian history and it’s people. You are so blessed with learning and studying all the history of your country. May you continueto share your knowledge of Russia with other foreign people.I Feel so honor to have found a wonderful friend in Russia.may God continue to bless you and your family. Tell your husband hello and that he was a good personto take us all over the place and waiting so patiently. He needs big hug.If anyone needs references on Julia’s tourswe will be glad to provide information.|
|Maureen Patrick||December 13, 2007||I used julia’s services for three days in october 2007 and I couldn’t be more pleased.Julia is one of the most knowledgeable guides I have met and shecertainly loves her city. And she knows more about hidden st petersburg as well. I got to see so much during my three days — owing all to JUlia and her husband,vladimir who is her sometimes driver. They are both charming people and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a great guid in St Petersburg.|
|Ian H Segal||October 24, 2007||Sharon & I thank you for all your patience and skill as a guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 days with you. Our trip to St Petersburg was absolutely brilliant — especially because of the time spent with you.Please thank Vladimir for his patience in the traffic!Please feel free t use us if any potential clients want a reference on your guiding skills.Thanks once again.Kind RegardsIan H Segal|
|Judy, Steve and Mindy Hagen||October 24, 2007||Hi Julia — Just wanted to say thanks for your services last week in St. Petersburg. We learned so much and appreciate all of your efforts on our behalf. The train ride went well and our time in Moscow was excellent. Elena is a very competent guide and her enthusiasm for Moscow is equal to yours for St. Petersburg. We saw a great deal and left Russia very satisfied with both parts of our trip.Thanks again!Sincerely,Judy, Steve and Mindy Hagen|
|Tyjimess||October 18, 2007||Hello Julia and Vladimir, We had a great trip, and meeting you made it the best. Jim and I want to thank you for being such a good guide, and so patient with your curious “tourists”. St. Petersburg was the best. What a beautiful city you showed us! And so much history.If you ever have a chance to come to the USA, please let us know. We live on the West coast, in the state of Washington in the summer and in California in the winter.|
|Alikatt||October 16, 2007||Julia was a fantastic guide, and she is right, her husband is a great driver! She is very knowledgeable about Russian history and very proud of her country. She answered all of our questions and showed us wonderful sights. I would highly recommend her and Vladimir.Being with a private guide was the best experience.|
|Joan Mostert||October 15, 2007||Dear JuliaI would like to thank you for all the wonderful sights you showed us, including myself Joan Mostert, in Saint Petersburg.It would have been a great experience for me to spend the day with you in the Russian museum but unfortunately time was too limited. Another site to have visited with you would have been the Pushkin Flat Museum where I could possibly have bought some of his poetry, particularly the one which you recited to us in the bus.My son and daughter-in-law are very enthusiastic to visit Russia, especially Saint Petersburg. Whenever it is possible to do this, they will certainly contact you as I have told them how very much I enjoyed travelling with you.I wish you every success with your family tourist business.Kind regards
|Laurette, George, Elaine, Emilie and Vincent||October 15, 2007||Dear Julia!We had a wonderful visit of St. Petersburg with you. We
appreciated every moment of that journey in the tzars capital. And your
metro! Marvellous!Thank you for everything and also for the nice gift you offered us.God blesses you and keeps you in good health.
|Sharon Carrell||October 15, 2007||We had a wonderful time in St. Petersburg and saw more than I ever imagined we could see
in four days. We also had a great time with you and Vladimir and enjoyed our time with both
of you. You were very professional but also fun to be with and that’s important when on
vacation. We would definitely recommend your services to anyone traveling to St. Petersburg.Please let us know when you travel to the U.S. We definitely want to see you.
|Brad||October 15, 2007||Thanks again for showing me such a great time in St. Petersburg.
Unfortunately 2 days wasnt nearly enough. All it did was whet my appetite to come back!
|Nancy and Morris Freedman||October 15, 2007||Dear Julia, thank you for making “our Russian dream” come true and for your wonderful guidance through all the treasures of St Petersburg. We are forever spoiled by your caring, personal service and would love to have you show us the rest of the world!It has been a magical five days.Thank you so much for taking such good care of us!!Fondly,Nancy and Morris Freedman|
|Tom||October 14, 2007||I visited St. Petersburg for the first time earlier this year. Julia and Vladimir were excellent: professional, knowlegable, and (important to me) very flexible. Seeing this beautiful city with them was wonderful.Highly recommended!|
|Jan & Don S||September 16, 2007||Julia and Vladimir are Russian Jewels! It was so pleasant to have a private qualified guide and expert driver for the 4 of us for our 3 day SP stay, that we cannot visualize a visit to SP without Julia and Vladimir. Other visitors have gone into details, but all we can do, to better that, is to give them a rating: on a scale of 0-10, we would give them a 9.999! We suggest that if you are SP bound, bind yourself to Julia and Vladimir! It is the best advice we can give you.|
|Simon||September 9, 2007||We (two Americans, former citizens of Russia) and two our friends spent two very active, very busy, and very interesting days with Julia and her husband. Julia is an exciting guide, full of energy and ideas. We made the best decision when we hired Julia as our guide in St. Petersburg. We started out preparation for St. Petersburg five month or so before arrival.
Why? First of all, we had to obtain entry VISA to Russia and Julia provided excellent service to provide us with formal invitation. Second, I had to find my cousin in St. Petersburg who I did not see for more than 20 years and Julia helped me with this task.We had arrived on August 24, 2007 on board of Star Princess, and Julia was waiting for us at embarkation point at exact time. It worked out fantastic. Her husband is the driver of minivan, so Julia could have her full attention to ours. They make a great team and this is why we saw much more with him driving and dropping us off close to the entrances.Julia is intelligent, knowledgeable, organized with perfect English, and very knowledgeable of her country and city’s history.
Before the end of our first day, we became the best friends. I guarantee she will answer your e-mail inquiries and give you a fair price and you will get more than you ever imagined. We highly recommend Julia as your guide in the St. Petersburg area.Thanks Julia for helping to make our “Come back to Russia” trip so special.
|Monique||July 23, 2007||I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Julia. First, she always responded promptly to my email questions. She was very helpful in finding accomodations in St. Petersburg (at the Baskov — excellent) On the day of our tour, Julia was prompt. I found Vladimir to be a gentleman and very kind in his manner. Julia is very knowledgeable about the history of St. Petersburg and any other questions we had. I would highly recommend her services.Thanks Julia, we had a great time!Monique|
|Peter Smith||July 9, 2007||My wife and I are 77.I warned Julia that we might not be as mobile as we would like.She is very patient and understanding, had a collapsible seat for my wife and would keep her eye on us, telling her to sit from time to time; sadly we only had two days in St Petersburg, but Julia and Vladimir took us without rushing to so many places, of which she is understandably proud; she was prompt, punctual and flexible; when we were running short of time she made sure we saw the outside of a church which she would like to have taken us into; when every theatre was performing Swan Lake or opera she got us two tickets for the Hermitage production of Giselle; took us on the metro and Vladimir met us two stops on;had a picnic ready on the first day; bought ointment for my wife’s feet and measured them before buying some comfortable flipflop… You would be missing so much of her city if she doesn’t take you, and we miss them both.Peter and Prue Smith|
|Marcia Kamien & Herb Cohen||June 19, 2007||We and two friends spent two very active, very busy, and very interesting days with Julia Ivanushkina and her husband. Julia is an exciting guide, full of energy and ideas. We all really enjoyed our time with her. And she took us to wonderful restaurants where we had authentic and delicious Russian food!|
|Susan||February 19, 2007||Julia, Thank you SO much for helping to make our trip to St Petersburg so fantastic. You went out of your way to insure our time there was well spent. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire agenda. Not only did we have a great time, but we also learned ALOT! You are the best!Sending you the warmest of regards from the US!!!Susan|
|Mike and Pam Zent||October 23, 2006||What a good decision we made when we hired Julia as our guide in St. Petersburg. We had arrived a day early before our Viking River boat cruise started and arranged for Julia to pick us up at our hotel,guide us for the day through St. Petersburg and drop us off at our ship for embarkation. It worked out fantastic, especially since Julia had some experience with Viking and made some great suggestions of places to visit that she knew we would not see on their tour. Her husband is the driver which allows us to have her full attention and she to have ours. They make a great team and I felt we saw much more with him driving and dropping us off close to the entrances. Julia is intelligent, organized, efficent, fluent in English, and very knowledgeable and proud of her country and city’s history. By the time we were dropped off in front of the boat, we were the best of friends. I guarantee she will answer your e-mail inquiries and give you a fair price and you will get more than you ever imagined. We highly recommend Julia Ivanushkina as your guide in the St. Petersburg area.Thanks Julia for helping to make our trip to Russia so special|
|Morris and Lucille Cohn||October 17, 2006||Julia and Vladimir made our stay in St. Petersburg very enjoyable. Julia knowledge of art and history gave us a true feeling of Russia. She was most helpful, and took care of our every need. An excellent guide. Make sure she takes you to the pie shop.|
|John Stoll||October 9, 2006||What a fantastic 3 days we spent with both of you. Thanks to you we loved Russia! The day trip to Novgorod with picnic lunch was the highlight of our 14 day cruise. You were able to take us to all of the places we had read about, while all of the other guides I had interviewed only wanted to give us a set program. We thoroughly enjoyed the subway, Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage, and the yummy restaurant where we had lunch. You always stopped so we could take photos. We have never hired a private guide before, but you certainly set the standard. I can’t believe that we didn’t even have to pay anything in advance!Judy and I can’t recommend you highly enough. Outstanding!!|
|Pauline Peck||September 25, 2006||Hi there Julia,
We are back home safe and sound with all our memories intact. Thank you
So much for all the stories you regaled us with, your knowledge is outstanding
and I feel very lucky to have found you:Take care.Very best regards to you bothLove Pauline
|Ed Lappen||August 29, 2006||Thank you for everything you did for my family when we visited St Petersburg. You were just what we needed. I especially appreciated your taking us shopping and your understanding of our situation. We were able to relax and enjoy our trip and you really made the difference. You should be a psychologist.Thank you again for everything. Please feel free to use us as a reference. :.We will recommend you to anyone we know visiting St Petersburg.|
|Edward Mihm||August 14, 2006||We are tardy in writing and thanking you for all you did to make our visit to St. Petersburg so very special. Vince and Jean Ricci and my wife, Peggy, completely agree with me that not only are you a wonderful guide, but also that you are very knowledgeable and helpful. More than that we view you as a good friend. Everything we did and saw in your city was extraordinary and you took such a personal interest in our needs and interests.We will certainly recommend you to our friends who are coming to the city of Peter.Julia|
|Cliff Wilkinson||June 9, 2006||Hi Julia — A big hello to you from your “Utah” friend Cliff Wilkinson. It was such a pleasure to meet you and your husband and to have you as guides in St. Pete. It was a very enjoyable experience and I learned so much from you that I did not learn on my first visit to Russia. Thank you so much for your kindnesses, courtisies and friendship. We have now pictures of you and your husband. I would like to meet your daughter some time. It was so nice to feel the warmth and care that you had for me, my daugher Colleen and Alison while we visited St. Pete.|
|Cam and Ahgela||May 30, 2006||Dear Julia, Thank you and your husband so much for spending time to take us around and show us Nut Island and the wonderful pararma of Leningrad etc. We were thrilled with our day with you and it was so nice to meet up once again… as with true friends in England, as we say, we “started just were we left off” after our last visit.|
|Ali and Denise||May 27, 2006||Dear Julia and Valamir
thank you both for making our trip to st. petersburg so memorable!
the amazing architecture and the beautiful colors came alive thru
your eyes for us!! we felt as though we were walking through history!
you were a marvelous introduction to russia!!
|Phil Curme||May 13, 2006||Julia, First thanks for being such a great guide. Your research was meticulous, your commentaries informative and both you and your husband were great company. Our visit to St Petersburg wouldn’t have been the same without you both and your comfortable vehicle.|
|Tamra||December 2, 2005||Julia was an amazing and serendipitous find . We were able to see more of St. Petersburg in two days with her and her husband than we ever could on our own and on foot. We really appreciated her incredible knowledge of Russian history as well as finer details about the culture and language. Charming, personable, and very attentive to our travel needs.Spacibo bolshoi, Julia!|
|Sara Clefstad||September 16, 2005||Julia is by far the best tour guide that I have ever experienced. She worked so well with our choir from Canada (Prairie Voices) and I think she actually liked our music! (Right, Julia?) Julia is charismatic, selfless, and a pleasure to be guided by. “Come, my chickens,” or “Please, my darling…” what a sweetheart.Highly reccommended. 100%|
|Dirk Dhont — Belgium||September 10, 2005||Hi Julia, I have travelled all over the world but you gave my St Petersburgh a special value. This is not just guiding but putting foreigners in the shortest time draped in Russian style. it is like having lived there forever and still ongoing the excitement of intreaging history. And I can tell you, you have a history to tell about. Dirk|
|Claire Fast||August 26, 2005||hello julia! i was part of the prairie voices choir from winnipeg, canada that had you as our tour guide when we visited st. petersburg. i just wanted to say that you really helped us understand russian culture and the history of beautiful st. petersburg. we all really enjoyed it and were so fortunate to have you as our tour guide!thank you so much. -Claire Fast|
|Ira J. Furman — New York||September 8, 2004||My wife and I obtained visas in connection with a cruise that took us to St. Petersburg, where we had arranged to tour for two days with Julia. The twenty hours we spent with her, a car and driver, was as rewarding as we could have hoped for. Clearly, Julia is a professional who enjoys her work and makes every effort to accommodate her “guests.” If you have been fortunate enough to find this website, look no further. I will respond to email with subject line “St. Petersburg.”|
|Henk en Petie Kesting — Netherlands||July 11, 2004||We made the cruise by boat from Moscow to St.Petersburg. Julia then was our guide. The best guide you can have. Reliable, very well informed, with a lot of humour and a high knowledge of history and art. And as St.Petersburg is the city where she lives, here guidance in St.Peterburg is really above everything. As she was for 12-days our guide, we do know here verywell. The opportunity she gives through here own company to visit just St.Petersburg is the best you can think of.|
|Paul Horsle||November 19, 2003||Thank you very much for an outstanding and spectacular experience — and to know you Julia. You took the breath from me in all your knowledge about the history of St. Petersburg. I am very satisfied spending all my days at your private at your friendly house and accomodation. I am very interested in history — and I am happy to learn a lot of the European eastern part. Even the smallest details was not overlooked… *s*.Everybody interested in St.Petersburg will do the wisest choice to have Julia as personal guide while in town.|
|Heather Lowe||October 15, 2003||Julia is amazing. I met her on a travel web site, and decided to spend a day with her when I was in Russia for two weeks. Now I am wishing I had devoted more of my time to spend with her instead of navigating on my own! I had some pretty obscure literary interests — not the usual beaten-path sites — and she worked hard to design a day that would include all my desired stops. She also did a lot of research and preparation beforehand, which added to my experience and made me feel like everything was catered just to me. Last but not least, she is just plain fun to hang out with!really recommend her as a guide and as a friend.|
|Pilar||September 3, 2003||I was with Julia in St Pet for 3 days in August 2003 and I can tell you it was great. She took me to places where tourist people have no access, we did not line up in any of the museums and palaces (and you can not imagine such queues there were!), she even helped me in the hotel. I was very lucky with her because she could speak english and russian!!! and it is very, very important in Russia. I was also in Moscow but definitely I saw much more things and better explained in St Pet!|
|Rolf and Joke — Holland||September 3, 2003||What about Julia in St. Petersburg? She can talk! (in English) She told us a lot of things and anecdotes you don not find in the books. We were happy to be one of the first customers of Her guidance and B-and-B service. Hospitality, a warm atmosphere and quality guidance are the keywords of her service. She helped us with making a program for our three day-visit. Based on that program she guided us efficiently through the city, taking us from train to metro, to busses, taxis and boat. She showed us the way to the Hermitage, Peterhof, museums, restaurants, theaters and shopping centers. We think we saw twice as much in those three days as during other city trips we made on our own. So be sure take a good rest before and after visiting St. Petersburg with Julia!|
|Linda||September 3, 2003||Julia does bring the city alive through her knowledge and appreciation of its history and arts. She is a great translator and always seeking to improve her skills. I enjoyed meeting her and look forward to seeing her again when I return to St. Petersburg.|
|Darin and Cristy||August 8, 2003||Julia does a fantastic job. Her knowledge of St. Petersburg and its history and art is encyclopedic. Her translation skills are superb, and in all of her conversations her warmth and humor come through clearly. I cannot wait to be able to return.|