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Reviewed 26 July 2019 via mobile

My wife and I were accompanied by our 75yo mother and 6 yo daughter on a scheduled customized 5-day trip stop in St. Petersburg with Mila. Went everywhere supposed to go and much more. From palaces, museums, landmarks, treasure vaults, modern galleries to cosplay on royal garden, hand painting the Matryoshka dolls, champagne river cruise on a Venetian boat, miniature toy museum and much more.
Mila is thoughtful and attending to both elderly and kids. Her recommendation on restaurants and souvenirs were always on the mark. And, we never had to wait in lines as she has friends at important entrances. She’s a true pro.
Lastly, both her English and Mandarin Chinese are fluent, 她在天津和台灣念過書,我覺得是聖彼得堡在地普通話中文導遊最佳人選之一,中文溝通及解說能力不在話下,對老人及小孩的照顧更是體貼、無微不至。We had a wonderful vacation, money well spent!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank David000005
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Experience_Russia, Owner at Experience Russia, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2019

Dear David,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and for trusting us with your trip.
It was a delight to meet your family and spend those few days with you all. :)
I hope to see you all again soon!

我很感谢您也用中文写您的评语,我觉得是非常有用的!下一次您们来到圣彼得堡,请找我吧。

Warm wishes,
Mila

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Reviewed 24 July 2019 via mobile

Paul and I can’t thank Alice enough for the fabulous tour she gave us on Tuesday 16th July. Alice is Mila’s sister. She was a fantastic host taking us through the interesting history of St Petersburg as well as various restaurants to sample typical Russian food.
We started at a restaurant serving the most amazing pies which were eaten with borsch soup. All extremely delicious. Then we were taken to our next restaurant to sample Stroganoff outside Count Stroganoff ‘s palace. Apparently his chef had originally made it for him as he lived beef but had lost most of his teeth! Hilarious!
Then Alice took us on an adventure on the St Petersburg underground. It certainly made our London Underground seem boring.
Finally we had blini. To my surprise they were not like blini we get in the UK. They were more like pancakes with various delicious fillings.
Thank you so much Alice for such a fantastic afternoon.
Edwina and Paul

Date of experience: July 2019
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Experience_Russia, Owner at Experience Russia, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2019

Dear Edwina and Paul,

Thank you for your detailed review of your experience on the food tour. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to introduce Russian cuisine and the St. Petersburg Metro to the both of you. We wish you the best in wherever your travels should take you next! We'll be eagerly awaiting for your return to St. Petersburg one day.

Warm wishes,
Mila

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Reviewed 22 July 2019

We decided to try something different and booked this walking food tour. Our guide was a nice young lady with fluent English. There were only 4 people on the tour which made it convenient for walking and listening to the guide. Between the sightseeing we were trying different local dishes. My favourite was sweet blini with cottage cheese. Will advise this tour to my friends.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 July 2019

My family and I had an amazing time touring St. Petersburg with Mila. She took us on a private tour to the Hermitage, the Saviour on the Spilled Blood Church, Catherine's Palace, and the Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens. Very knowledgeable and professional. Thanks for an amazing tour!

Date of experience: June 2019
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Experience_Russia, Owner at Experience Russia, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2019

Dear Kristen,

Thank you so much for leaving a review!
I was very happy to meet you and your wonderful family . I hope everyone can come to St. Petersburg for longer the next time, so that I can show you many more awesome places. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

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Reviewed 7 June 2019

I booked a tour for me and my grandmother as a part of our European trip and Baltic cruise. My grandmother’s friend had recommended that we go on tour with this company and to ask for Mila to be our guide. So, we contacted Experience Russia and we were able to easily arrange Mila to be our guide in St. Petersburg.

Before we decided on which tour to book, we were able to get in contact with them to answer our questions. We ended up choosing their “custom private tour”, because who knows when we will be in St. Petersburg again? We let the staff know our preferences and asked for a few recommendations and before long, we had our own personal itinerary planned. Throughout the process, they were very patient and informative, sharing their recommendations while still being accommodating.

Our final itinerary included all of the museums and palaces that we had heard about before, plus a few places that we hadn’t. We were offered restaurants that fit our dietary needs and we signed up for an evening show-ballet in the Mariinsky theater.

After we booked, we received our “tour tickets” (it acts as a visa waiver) within a few days, and all that was left to do was show up.
We loved every item in our itinerary! My grandmother especially loved Pavlovsk palace, The Faberge Museum, and The Church on the Spilled Blood. My favorites were the canal boat trip and all of the fountains in Peterhoff park. The ballet in the Mariinsky was the cherry on top

Regarding our tour guide, Mila, there are no words to describe how terrific she was. It was as if she was the Mayor of St. Petersburg – she knew everything and everyone, even many of the museum employees! She managed to lead us through awful crowds and show us all the best things, it seemed like she had some secret weapon (or a spell) to make everything smooth. She was also very considerate and attentive, she always ensured that we were comfortable, and she planned ahead for extra stops that were needed on the way for my grandmother.

To sum up, every single step of the process was a pleasant experience, which we really enjoyed. Me and my grandmother highly recommend this company and especially Mila.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Linshee
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Experience_Russia, Owner at Experience Russia, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2019

Dear Linshee,

Thank you so much for sharing the details of your trip, it brought back all of the great memories that I made while taking you both around St. Petersburg. Don't hesitate to let me know if you ladies plan on coming back. It will be my pleasure to show you around some more!

Best wishes,
Mila

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