We had two days in St. Petersburg (via a cruise). Rather than using one of the cruise ship tours (which are too large and too impersonal), I used Natalya's company to coordinate a private tour in which our group of six were driven around in a private van and which were able to customize our itinerary. The first day was out at the two large palaces in the countryside. The second day was within St. Petersburg, including stops at known as well as less known sights (at my request). The tour guide was personable, spoke English well enough to get all of our jokes, was smart enough to laugh at all of our jokes, and had extensive knowledge of general history (for the city) but also art history (for individual paintings at The Hermitage). Normally, requesting personalized service would cost more; however, we paid less than what the cruise ship excursions would've cost. Therefore, it was win-win for our group--better prices and better service. I cannot recommend this tour group highly enough, including the pre-planning stages when I was able to communicate with Natalya via email to optimize our two-days.
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