Amazing! The highlight of our Baltic cruise. Excellent, charming and knowledgeable guide. NO QUEUES. No queuing for tickets. Relaxing and enjoyable as everything taken care is by Elena, including all tickets and VISA.
Ignore the warnings of your greedy cruise company and BOOK DIRECT with RED SUN TOURS. BOOK the BEST.
Elena even took superb photos too!
In planning our Baltic Trip, we knew the two days in St. Petersburg, Russia was an event we wanted the highest value and experience. Red Sun Tours fulfilled all our expectations!
We were greeted just past customs by Elena the owner and Katya our guide who spoke perfect English. Promptly, our tour began in a private minivan driven by Igor and a detailed itinerary for the two days. My wife and I felt like diplomats passing crowded group tours at all the historic treasures and museums, royal palace homes and gardens, local culture, and our most special event, a family dinner in tasting Russian cuisine with fantastic conversation.
We want to thank Elena and Red Sun Tours for their incredible communication, comprehensive details, and personal touches to our St. Petersburg visit. We will suggest to many that they book a private tour with Red Sun Tours.
Dave & I did a two day private tour with Elena & she is just the most knowledge person to have as a guide in St Petersburg. We went to the Faberge` museum, Catherine’s palace & Pavlov’s palace, Elena was able to get us to the front of queues as we were only a small group. Her knowledge of the history of each & every thing we visited was impressive & due to me having a slight disability she alway mindful of how I was going.
Elena speaks perfect English which was also great & she showed us all around the city’s interesting sights as well as the large toll road around the city.
We would definatly recommend Elena & her company to anyone wanting an expert guide in St Petersburg & want that personal touch. She also provides Wi-Fi in her vehicle which was fantastic as we didn’t need to spend more on getting a Russian SIM card
Thanks to Anastasia, Elena & off course Igor for the fabulous tour of a fabulous city.
We visited St Petersburg 2nd & 3rd of October and were met by Anna at the cruise terminal.
For 2 days we were introduced to all the many highlights of St Petersburg. It was brilliantly organised with no queuing, personal driver and more importantly, fantastic knowledge and information on all the sights we visited from Anna. – Catherine’s Palace. Metro ride, Tour of Peterhof Fountain Gardens, walk on the Palace square, Tour of the Hermitage museum, Church on Spilled Blood & a Canal Tour.
Everything ran like clockwork and was very flexible.
We witnessed many other companies with large groups of tourist trying to negotiate entry to venues – chaotic. We talked to fellow passengers on our ship about their experience with their respective trips. Not all positive with many people envious of our experience.
Should you plan visiting St Petersburg I couldn’t recommend Red Sun Tours highly enough. Everything from the organising of visas to customising your tour requirements are all here. Wonderful and we will definitely use their services when we return to Russia.
We arranged two tours with Red Sun. One to Peterhof and another to Catherine’s Palace. From the very first correspondence, I had a good experience with Red Sun. Elena, the owner, was very responsive and always very prompt and thorough with her email responses to my inquiries. For our first tour, to Peterhof, we were fortunate to get Elena as our guide. We had a driver that drove us out to Peterhof and along the way Elena pointed out many historical sights. Since we were going to Catherine’s palace and later the Hermitage, we chose to skip the main palace and just see the gardens, Montplasir and the Cottage. At Peterhof, the highlight is its spectacular gardens so visiting them is a must. The main palace is quite crowded so I think you might have a better experience visiting some of the smaller buildings at Peterhof especially if you are going to also visit Catherine’s and the Winter Palace (Hermitage). Elena was a very thorough guide and her driver was excellent. She was very willing to help us with suggestions and took extra time to help us locate some souvenirs at a reasonable price.
For our second tour with visited Catherine’s Palace. Our tour guide again was named Elena (but not the owner). Red Sun arranged for us to get skip the lines entry at 11 am. Elena was a very proficient guide. She had a detailed knowledge of the palace, it’s history and contents which made our visit very enjoyable. Besides seeing the main palace, we walked up the ramp that provided an overview of the gardens, visited the grotto and wandered through the gardens. Throughout, Elena was most informative and helpful including assisting us with photographs.
Overall, I would recommend Red Sun Tours if you are looking for a small tour company that will go the extra mile to accommodate your private tour needs and desires. Elena, the owner, is very responsive and will work very hard to develop a program that will fulfil your requests (travel with kids, elderly, etc.).