Name: Peter and Annabelle Wallace
From: USA, Marion, Iowa
Name: Bob and Carol Patterson
From: USA, Iowa
Name: Melissa and Glenn Harshman
From: USA, Pennsylvania
Name: Leslie and Lily Lanahan
From: USA, Texas
Name: Bruce and Marcia Friedman
From: Houston, Texas - USA
From: USA, D.C., Washington
Maureen and I just wanted to express our sincere thanks to you for the wonderful four days we recently had in St. Petersburg. From the moment you met us at the airport, until the time you took us to the train station, we had an amazing experience - all because of you and your beautiful city.
From the beginnings of St. Petersburg at the Peter and Paul Fortress to the Hermitage, and to the museums reflecting life after the Revolution, and during Soviet days, you taught us, and showed us so much Russian history, we will always be grateful.
Your tours were excellent; the restaurant choices always the best - especially the one near Catherine's Palace! Your assistance on securing ballet tickets, train tickets and the like was invaluable. Your knowledge of St. Petersburg, and, for that matter, all Russian history, was outstanding.
We loved St. Petersburg, and look forward to coming back to visit. We have already recommended you to many of our friends. In our opinion, having you show us your St. Petersburg was the best decision we could have made. Thanks to you, we believe that the world is a much smaller place.
Name: Robert Petrin
I organized a visit to St. Petersburg in August 2005. The purpose of the visit was twofold: first, meet my wife on holiday, as she is in Canada and I work in Asia, and then visit the city.
While browsing the web I discovered the Russian Adventure site, and read everything on it to get the most information about it, and the city of St. Petersburg. Then I decided to contact Tatiana about using her services for my wife's visa and as a guide and accommodation provider. She happened to have free time during my planned dates, so we struck a deal. First she provided the invitation letter for my wife, and then she found accommodation for us for the duration of our stay.
I later sent her the flight details and she agreed, as part of the tour, to pick us up at the airport. She then drove us to our apartment, which was very well located five minutes from Nevsky Prospect. We had requested an apartment for more privacy, and were quite pleased with what Tatiana had arranged. Then we discussed the visit plan, and we agreed on four days with Tatiana as a guide, and the rest alone for walking tours in the city center points of interest. The first day was an orientation tour using a car to get around quickly. Tatiana was on time in the morning, and we spent the whole day visiting the various points, without entering any.
Then we agreed to three additional days with her assistance for detailed visits to Peterhof, Catherine Palace, and a one-day tour of the Hermitage. It was evident from the start that Tatiana was an excellent tour guide. She possesses a great knowledge of her culture, her city and her country. She is a very literate person, versed in French, English, Italian and German. We really enjoyed her presence and her services. She always seemed to enjoy her work, which made it pleasant for us. In my opinion, she is gifted as being passionate about her work, while remaining very professional all the time.
As a result, St. Petersburg has become one of my favorite destinations, and I am presently enrolled in Russian classes to enhance my career prospects, and to discover the rich Russian cultural heritage.
I strongly recommend Tatiana as a responsible private tour organizer and guide, the best that I have encountered so far.
Name: Robert Webster
From: USA, Nevada, Las Vegas
As a 58 year old American traveling alone, I was very nervous and apprehensive about my 30 day stay in St. Petersburg. Luckily, I found Russian Adventure. Russian Adventure sounds like a tourist company that caters to wealthy Americans. Actually, it is solely owned and operated by Tatiana, a young attractive Russian woman, and native of St. Petersburg. She was of invaluable assistance to me.
Tatiana picked me up at the airport, quickly found a mistake in my documentation, and then gave me an orientation of the city. We rode the metro together, she showed me how the phone system works, and gave me streetwise advice regarding my personal safety.
For the same price as a youth hostel dormitory, Tatiana found me a Bread & Breakfast one block from the metro and 15 minutes from the Hermitage. I had my own private room, free phone access, and for a small fee the Russian woman that owned the apartment washed, ironed, and cooked for me. I could come and go as I please and enjoyed complete privacy.
Tatiana is fluent in English. Her hourly rate for translation is a fraction of what corporate companies charge. She can also arrange any activity you desire, such as getting ballet tickets.
If you want personalized service, and don't want to spend a fortune for it, you are not going to do any better than Russian Adventure. I know. I spent 6 months planning my trip to St. Petersburg.
When you don't know the city, people, or language, it is comforting to know that Tatiana is available 24/7 to handle any emergency.
Name: Linda and Bryan Reis
From: USA, Arkansas
Thank you so much for your professional services during our trip to St. Petersburg. Thank you too for your friendship and for the lively and informative conversation. Our trip was certainly enhanced by your help as a guide, interpreter, historian, driver, philosopher and friend. Please remember that we would welcome you and Sergey into our home should you ever decide to visit Arkansas.
Name: Dave Miller
Hi to all,
I thought it important to shower accolades on a particular individual, Tatiana, with her own business who's goal is to see English speaking travelers from abroad have a comfortable stay in St. Petersburg, Russia.
To be honest, it was a complex trip, a meeting of two people, and included last minute schedule changes, trains to outside destinations, the last minute location of an apartment, plus the typical pick up and transfer from and back to Pulkovo airport. All went remarkably smooth.
She is quite knowledgeable of her city of St. Petersburg, and offered a historic perspective, and a modern cultural perspective when asked, at every turn. She also respected our privacy when necessary.
She knew inexpensive but respectable places to go, and she made herself available at every request. She was on time, quite punctual, and absolutely fair and honest with every transaction.
She's quite a nice person. A friend for us who offers professional tour and travel assistance in St. Petersburg, Russia.
I'm personally recommending her.
Name: Danielle Powell
Without your services it would have been impossible to see and do so much in my short time in St. Petersburg. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your unique and exceptional city. Your recommendations and guidance were much needed even for a veteran traveler. Thank you so much!
Name: John E. Buckley
From: USA, Florida
I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you once again. When people ask me what I believe was the highlight of my trip I tell them it was the excellent job you did. Not only was your knowledge of everything we saw unsurpassed but you were able to make it extremely interesting. I was always the one at school who complained about memorizing facts and figures and never managed to retain any of them. I showing my photographs to people I have found I remember so much because of the stories you related about each place we visited. I have no doubt that I will return to St. Petersburg in the future and when I do I'll be sure to contact you.
If you are interested I have my photos posted at http://jeb1217.homeip.net/russia.htm They are not yet sorted and are still uncaptioned but I was receiving too much pressure from friends and family to get them posted. Quite a few didn't turn out, mostly the ones from indoors. Guess that's another reason to return.
Name: Mark Thomsen
From: USA, Arisona
My name is Mark Thomsen, and I returned to the States last month after spending all of August in St. Petersburg and Kiev. This isn't so much a topic, but rather simply an endorsement. I rented an apartment through Tatiana's site, and it was awesome. Everything was as promised: The apartment was exactly as it looked in the pics, and located exactly where it said on the map. The price was exactly as quoted. Tatiana met me at the airport no problem, and even spelled my last name correctly on the sign she was carrying. Tatiana herself was extremely kind, and speaks great English. I recommend you book her tour-guide services ahead of time; I did not do so, and thus I had to discover the city on my own.
I could write all day about how awesome my trip was, but that will have to wait for another time. For now, I close with: Thank you, Tatiana!
Name: Walvoords family
From: USA, Texas, Dallas
Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a special blessing to meet you and to have you as our personal guide in St. Petersburg! My great expectations from my dealings with you on the web were certainly true. We are grateful for the great tours, the good restaurants, and the safe lodging that you prepared for us. We had an informative and stress free time (except for the traffic, ha). Our family also has a greater insight and appreciation for the Russian people and culture and also what life is like now as compared to Soviet times.
Thank you again for everything.
Nan, John, Shaun and Jeanan
Name: Selena Snow
From: USA, New York
My husband and I visited St. Petersburg for my birthday on April 11, 2004. Having only 4 days to see this amazing city, we were so thankful for Tatiana! We were not able to secure a full program with her on such short notice, but she spent much of her time giving us thorough information on the city and major sights to see. We stayed in a very nice apartment that Tatiana secured for us, and I remember watching snow fall out the huge windows at breakfast time. We walked much of the city, and even hailed a few taxies. All the information Tatiana supplied us with was accurate, and she made us feel welcome to call her at any time with questions. She supplied us with timely transportation from the train we arrived on (which was hours ahead of our anticipated time), and to the airport upon departure. We will always have wonderful memories of our short stay in St. Petersburg, and when we return will surely call Tatiana!
Name: Audrey Matson
From: USA, Colorado, Denver
...Of course, everyone here at work is very interested in my trip to St. Petersburg and I've enjoyed telling my colleagues all of the "Tatiana stories". You really made my vacation one that I will never forget. I always enjoy my vacations but this trip was truly unforgettable. I just read through some of the testimonials on your web site and I was not surprised to see that others before us have also enjoyed visiting St. Petersburg with you. You are a very special person!
Name: Bob and Marcia Frumerman
Marcia and I had a great trip with you in St. Petersburg. Your planning, guidance, narration, and your consideration for the limitations of our aging bones left us with great memories and a better understanding of Russia, its history, and its people. We were all agreed that those two days were the highlight of our trip.
Thank you very much. You have a lot to be proud of. Please feel free to use us as references if that will be helpful to you.
Name: Claire Guilbault
Well, I guess it is about time for me to send you a message of gratitude for everything you have done for Susan and I while in St. Petersburg. We most certainly were very happy with your services and kindness and thanks for looking after us and specially the hotel Neva. What would we of done without you. You certainly know how to handle any problems, no matter what they are. I agree you are "a fearless leader".
Feel free to give me as a recommendation should you need an extra one. I will gladly and highly recommend you.
With all my thanks and best wishes,
Name: Ken Taft
From: USA, Colorado, Denver
I traveled to Russia in June 2002 visiting St. Petersburg and Moscow. I arrived by bus from Tallinn and Tatiana was at the station to meet me. Over the next couple of weeks, I was treated to overwhelming hospitality and friendship. I was repeatedly amazed at the amount of knowledge she possessed regarding St. Petersburg and its history. While most tour guides seem to be mundane in their storytelling of notable sights, Tatiana was endlessly amusing, charming, and clever. At her home I was treated to delicious cooking and prompt attention to my needs. The accommodations were very comfortable and I felt a part of the family. With Tatiana to help I never had any trouble buying tickets, getting directions, or navigating the subway system. She always seemed to be one step ahead of me knowing exactly what I was going to need or where I should go next. Because of her many connections, I was fortunate to be treated to a boat ride on the Neva river on an old yacht, during the bridge raisings of "The White Nights" festival in June. I planned to stay five days in Moscow. She predicted I would want to return to St. Petersburg early, and of course she was correct. On the fourth day I anxiously returned to St. Petersburg to once again be with my new friends. I highly recommend anyone planning to visit St. Petersburg to have Tatiana as your guide and host, and you may leave as I did with a new life long friend.
Name: Bill Drohan
I wanted to thank you for arranging for our great trip to St Petersburg. The tours and your knowledge of the history of St Petersburg was most interesting and educational. We also appreciated your perspectives on the former Soviet Union,and the current political situation.
We also appreciated Anna's assistance on Sunday and Monday. She is very nice and very knowledgeable.
Let us know if you would like us to serve as a reference for you. We would be happy to do so
All the Best.