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Red October Tour Company
Ranked #35 of 410 Tours in St. Petersburg
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

We chose Red October based on recommendations from friends. They use a van so that you are not in a large group. There were 10 of us, 3 couples from Singapore, 1 couple from Canada and we were from the USA (Florida). I found it interesting that we were from different parts of the world and chose Red October based on what friends told us. The cost of a two tour came to $646 or $323 per person. Cost is based on the number in the group. We were on a cruise with the Emerald Princess and the best I can figure is that seeing the same sites would have cost us about $600. The main difference is that with a small group in a van, we were almost always dropped off in front of the attraction and not in the tour bus area.We all stayed together so that you did not have to wait for stragglers. The other advantage is that there was lots of traffic in St. Petersburg and road construction which held up the tour buses while our driver was taking side streets to avoid the congestion. At dinner on the ship, some of our table mates complained that because of the congestion, they did not get to spend the allotted time at an attraction.
Helen was our tour guide. She spoke perfect English and had been doing tours for 20 years.She was friendly and knowledgeable We were given head sets and she used a microphone, so you could hear her every word. At the Hermitage, there were tour guides trying to talk by speaking loudly and it was obvious that folks in the back could not hear. We did not have that problem. She took us to all the usual attractions and because we were ahead of schedule she took us to a Holocaust Statue that the local residents had built. It was quite moving.
Again, because we were a small group, she took us to a non tourist restaurant for lunch. I assume that the patrons were office workers from their dress. She suggested the meat pies and told us to order the small size and try 2 or 3 of them. They were quite good and we were all pleased with lunch.
Because she was so familiar with the attractions, when we went to the Hermitage, it was extremely crowded, but she would take us to different areas and then back track so we saw it all but avoided the crowds. You can only do this in a small group. She had a schedule that she tried to keep taking us to the busy attractions when they first opened. She wanted us to meet at 7.30 AM and our group was early so she used the extra time to drive us around St. Petersburg.
At the end of our second day, she took us to a souvenir store that offered all the Vodka you could drink for free. Some of our group took full advantage. Of course the more you drink the more you might buy. Souvenirs are pretty much the same at each store but the store Helen took us to was much cheaper than what we saw elsewhere. You can go to their web site and see their tours and prices. Our group had a great time and St. Petersburg was wonderful. One of the couples from Singapore had traveled about everywhere in the world and said Helen was as good as a tour guide can get. The bottom line is that a small group with a knowledgeable guide makes for a great experience.

4  Thank ron41520
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

I heard about Red October and read the reviews on trip advisor and decided to book our tour with them. Mike Finn is the one who booked our one day tour for St. Petersburg, Russia.We are getting ready to make the trip and have been very impressed with RO so far.Mike Finn has been a great person to deal with, such a good professional and very kind! We have been very impressed with his service! It wasn't hard to understand the steps you have to take to book your tour to enter Russia. I just had to pay attention and follow the directions Mike so promptly gave to me, he will help you all the way! I know I will have a great time there and when I return I will post my review to let you know!

4  Thank izapawlus
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

We had 2 days to see St. Petersburg & I didn't think we could do it. Our guide, Helen, did such a great job that we felt we not only saw St. Petersburg but we left the city feeling like we were leaving our 2nd home. She knew the facts, she knew the people & she knew how to bring the city to life. It was like a full emersion into history. We left her with hugs & a feeling like we were saying goodbye to an old friend. I couldn't have been happier with the experience. And to top it off, others on our cruise paid more for a far less personal experience! If you're looking for the best...hunt for Red October!

3  Thank MoeKnowsFun
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

Red October gave our group of 8 an incredible (2) day tour ! We were in St. Petersburg, Russia on August 8 - 9, 2011. Helen was our tour guide.

We especially appreciate the great use of our time.....no wasted time, no waiting in long lines, seamless transition from one activity to the next.
Red October far exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Helen, has knowledge of St. Petersburg, and speaks English and Russian. Helen gave us accurate information and was an incredible guide.

We were genuinely cared for. Helen always was smiling, assertive and gracious !
We felt like royalty !

We even made some last minute changes while on tour and all of them were acommodated with ease.

I look forward to using Red October again, when in Berlin, or anywhere else in the world where Red October offers tours.

We made our initial contact through their Agent, Mike Finn, in NY, who responded within
hours to our initial email inquiry with detailed information ...fast informative answers.
Prices, tour details..all communicated with accuracy and speed....
Very thorough with required paperwork for entry into Russia. We had everything we
needed !

2  Thank Lois813
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Just returned from a cruise and when we went to Saint Petersburgh Russia we used the tour group Red October. From the minute we met our tour guide Helen things went smoothly and efficiently. All our excursions we had planned we perfect and all recommendations given by Helen and Red October were great. I would highly recommend this company if you are planning a trip to Russia.

2  Thank parkin71
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