May 29, 2014
Review about St. Petersburg - Venice of the North by Audree Feldman
Thought you would like some feedback on our St. Petersburg tour. First, there aren't words to describe what an absolutely fantastic guide Tatyana Surkova is. When we met her and explained that we wanted to visit the Impressionists Gallery at the Pushkin Museum and she immediately said it was no problem & worked it into our sightseeing program. That evening we had dinner before returning to our hotel and she wrote out our hotel information in Russian, including the price we should pay, to give to the taxi driver and showed us the best place to get a taxi. The Arbat Nord in St Petersburg was a good location as we could walk to Nevsky Prospect. Decent size room, but no dresser or mini bar. Again, excellent breakfasts. Our guide, Victoria Barskaya, was a pleasure to be with. She went out of her way to handle our requests. Our driver, Alexander was also a pleasure. Our last day in St Petersburg, Carolyn decided she wanted to check through her carry-on bag, but needed a small lock & key. We didn't pass any place to buy one. Alexander dropped Victoria & us at the Russian Museum and we said our good-byes to him. About an hour later, Victoria received a phone call from him saying he had bought a lock & key and left it at the front desk of our hotel. What a nice thing for him to do! We couldn't have seen as much in St Petersburg as we did without them. It was a trip we will always remember.
Thank you so much,