GUIDES ST. PETERSBURG

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Welcome to my page!


My name is Elena. I was born and grew up in the wonderful city - St. Petersburg and at one day started tour there. And till now I can not stop).

I am an accredited guide in St. Petersburg and have all the necessary licenses to work in the museums of the city. I arrange excursions in Russian and English. I speak a little Spanish too.

I try to make my excursions fascinating, positive and understandable. Without unnecessary dates and surnames. Interestingly, truthfully and with humor. I easily find a common language with children of different ages, I will be happy to see you with the whole family.

I do excursions in different formats on all types of transport. I am pleased to work on my car Toyota Rav4. I will provide, if necessary, children's chairs of the appropriate age category.

I am ready to develop a tour according to your wishes. Always glad to consult on accommodation, meals, transport, entertainment.


My contact details:



My excursions:





  • Sightseeing tour

  • Hermitage

  • Peterhof

  • Tsarskoe Selo

  • Jewish St. Petersburg

  • Kronstadt

  • Peterhof + Oranienbaum + Kronstadt

  • Rivers and canals

  • Night Petersburg

  • Courtyards and ceremonial St. Petersburg

  • Russian Museum

  • Petersburg for children

  • Wedding Excursions

  • Mystical Petersburg

  • Gatchina

  • Pavlovsk
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Zaretskaya Elena - guide in St. Petersburg


First time in Russia

I visited Russia for the second time as an adult quite recently, and when I was three years old, my grandparents and I went to Saratov. I, of course, have some early memories, but these are some notes from my childhood...




Christmas Fair on Red Square - Moscow, Russia

As a person with an Estonian passport, in order to travel to Russia, I had to go through a red tape with visas. Actually, that's why I traveled to other countries, because everything is much easier with them. But I decided that it would be very nice for me to visit Russia, namely, St. Petersburg.

The architecture is really very impressive. Everything is designed in a certain style, Empire (Empire, "imperial style"). I'm not a big fan of Empire, but I still perceive all this beauty. We were in the Hermitage, and in the Faberge Museum, and in the Peter and Paul Fortress. I was very surprised by the size of everything.

St. Isaac's Square - St. Petersburg, Russia

When you are in Finland (I live here all the time), here everything is small. The river is narrow, shopping areas are super-small. And when after that you come to Peter, there are such distances, and you see everything very far. It's one thing when you see it in the picture, and another when you go there and see all these scales.

I also noticed that children walk on the grounds. Why did I not notice this in Finland? Because children do not walk there on the grounds. Mostly they walk in kindergartens.

I was also very surprised that there are a lot of entertainment centers for children everywhere, I don’t know how they all stick, how this business exists.

Following; It is surprising that a lot of advertising housing. Some developers, a lot of apartments, some houses, new areas, complexes, and it's all in the new subway car. In Finland, real estate is so abundantly advertised.

In St. Petersburg at the subway stations, I felt that the USSR really was in this city. In Estonia, for example, you will not see this anywhere. Yes, there are some Soviet monuments here and there. When I got off the subway at the station of Kirovsky Zavod, I was amazed. This station is all in some military shields, sculptures, wreaths, sickles and hammers. It feels like I'm in the past. It was a very unusual feeling.

underground station

Of the minuses: stuffiness in the rooms. You go in any room, be it a museum, just a shopping center. There are old buildings in Finland too, but somehow everything is thought out there, and everywhere you can breathe normally.

Very surprised that the hotel was a porter things. There is no elevator in the building, we have the fourth floor, we were given things. Nice, of course, but very unusual.

In St. Petersburg, there are very competent people, everyone has a very beautiful language. When you are Russian and live outside of Russia, your language is a priori a little more meager, because you communicate with the same people, you have one vocabulary. Therefore, it was nice to hear the beautiful correct Russian language, just a delight for the ears.




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