ReviewsPrivate St Petersburg tour during Eurodam cruise visit

My family and I visited St Petersburg on a cruise we on Eurodam. Considering the myriad of attractions and our limited amount of time, we decided to hire a Russian tour guide. Our criterion for selecting a tour company: small group (just our family), customizable, competitive pricing, flexible tour company, personalized attention, and knowledgeable about Russian art, literature, history and culture.
Private St Petersburg tour during Eurodam cruise visit
After extensive searching on the web and contacting several tour companies, we decided to go with MaxiBaltTours.

They embodied what we were searching for in a tour company. Alexei, the owner of the tour company, was the quickest in responding and most responsive of all tour companies we emailed. We requested that our tour be focused in Russian literature.
 
Private St Petersburg tour during Eurodam cruise visit
 
They were very helpful in making a customized schedule, which allowed us to see many literary heritage sites that most other companies did not include. The price of their tour was comparable to other companies and much less expensive than the ‘recommended cruise excursion’.

When we actually got to St Petersburg we had a private van, a tour guide, and the owner Alexei who came along for the tour to make sure we had an enjoyable experience. He had a special surprise for us as Dosoevsky tour.

Dosoevsky tour

He scheduled a meeting with Dmitri Dostoyevsky (The grand son of literary icon, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of Crime and Punishment) who gave us a private tour of the Dostoyevsky Museum. The tour was fascinating and very authentic. This is not the kind of service you would expect from a larger more commercial tour company!

They were also helpful in finding vegetarian dining for us.

Vegetarian dining

We saw some of the main highlights of the city which you would see with most companies, but we also had a chance to see things which you would not see normally and that is what I think makes MaxiBaltTours different. Alexei was very accommodating. We had mentioned an interest in seeing the Vodka Museum, which was not on our tour schedule and Alexei reorganized our 2nd day so we could fit it in. Alexei and our tour guide, Maria, were very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Because they both we raised in St. Petersburg they had cultural insight which provided for many interesting conversations.

Private St Petersburg tour during Eurodam cruise visit

The St Petersburg boat tour of the city was a particular favorite of mine.

St Petersburg boat tour

Also, he provided an additional activity of seeing the Russian ballet Swan Lake at the Hermitage Theater as an option to us.

Russian ballet

The ballet was beautiful and reasonably priced. He dropped us off at our ship and provided time of us to get ready before escorting us to the Ballet. I doubt we would have had that option on a different company. Maria was also very knowledgeable about the art and history of the Hermitage since she has been going there since she was four years old.

Private St Petersburg tour during Eurodam cruise visit

All in all, the experience was everything we could have hoped for. I am confident that if you decide to hire MaxiBaltTours, you will be just as pleased as we have been.

Private St Petersburg tour during Eurodam cruise visit

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Optional tours
Russian Folk Show

Russian Folk Show

When you are in St. Petersburg, ballet is one of the things you can't miss! This is where the Russian Composer Peter Tchaikovsky wrote Swan Lake, one of the most beautiful and dramatic ballets of all times. Ballet here is always accompanied by an orchestra and you can be guaranteed that you will see a high quality performance.

Duration: 2 hours
Russian Ballet

Russian Ballet

If you are looking for a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing and want to get to know the Russian culture and mind, then this show is definitely for you. You will see Russian & Cossack dancing, listen to famous national instruments while beautiful voices sing of the joyful traditions in the Russian countryside. Feel yourself Russian!

Duration: 2-3 hours
Canal Tour

Canal Tour

What can be more impressive than seeing the beauty of St. Petersburg leisurely from the water? The city is criss-crossed with small rivers and canals which make the city look like Venice or Amsterdam. Our comfortable boat will take you past the granite embankments along the main waterways of St. Petersburg.

Duration: 1 hour