Finding Great Guides in Russia
A private viewing of Peter III's small summer palace at the royal residence of Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia, is a snap for Exeter International guides.
Photo by Dan Weisberg for Exeter International
'Tis the season for booking summer travel to Russia, apparently, because two readers have written in asking how to hire great guides and otherwise make smart arrangements in St. Petersburg and Moscow:
"Besides your article Eight Perfect Days in Russia: Moscow and St. Petersburg, have you written anything else pertaining to these two cities? I am looking for a guide/tour/hotel in both cities in June. Is there anyone you would recommend?" -- Marilyn Schiamberg
"I am planning a trip to St. Petersburg and read your article. I understand that a guide is almost a necessity to see St. Petersburg if you want to get into a lot of the sights and beat the long line-ups. You made reference to a guide by the name of Yelena Kirpitchnicova. Do you know which company she works for? I am trying to make the arrangements for this trip as soon as possible--a couple of hotels have excellent specials on now if you book a certain period in advance--but I want to make sure I get a good and trustworthy guide before doing that." -- John Carter