Accessible tour in St Petersburg

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Red Sun Tours is a Russian tour operator, registered at the Federal Agency of Tourism in the Russian Federation. We are licensed to provide VISA FREE shore excursions and other types of tours in Russia.

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Ana Cecilia De Leon


( Guatemala)

“We were in St Petesburg last week. Our tour Guide was Elena. We were a group of 12 with 4 kids included.We came from so far away that we really wanted to make our 2 day visit the best we could! Even beforetraveling, we were loving Elena how she made everything so easy and made space for everything we wantedto do! It was everything just perfect… the entrance to every place was so easy looking at those huge lines.

Her english was perfect and her knowleadge of Russian history was impressive. The car was so comfortablewith AC and water. For sure… our trip wouldn ́t have been the same if Elena hadn ́t been with us. We and the kids loved her so much!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing us one of the most amazing place in theworld!

Don ́t look any further…..if you want the best… this is it!ANA”

Eddy Viljoen

5 star review

( South Africa)

“Our guide, Elena, made this an unforgettable experience. After she showed us St Petersburg and gave us alot of insight into the history, we are in love with St Petersburg! Her knowledge and way of sharing it with us isamazing! Another highlight was the dinner with her family.

With wonderful Russian dishes, lots of vodka andlots of fun!”

Henriette V

( Pretoria)

“We were a group of 10 friends doing a 9 day Baltic cruise; 2 which were spent in St Petersburg. With Elena asour guide for the 2 days we really had a wonderful time. We were picked up and dropped off at the shipterminal and every minute was filled with fantastic visits to various places in the city.

Elena has an excellentknowledge of the history in the city ranging from churches and historic sites right through to where to get abargain!Our first evening was spent with Elena and her family at their family home eating a traditional Russian meal,and drinking some local Russian Vodka.

We could all agree that this was the highlight of our holiday.Should you get Elena as your tour guide you are in for a fantastic time!Thanks Elena for giving us unforgettable memories.”

Joyce Keller

( Edmonton, Alberta)

“Elena (guide and owner) worked with us via email, prior to our trip, to design the private tour we wanted. Elena and Anastasia (driver) make a great team, they were friendly and spoke excellent English. The van waslarge, comfortable and clean and we were given bottled water.Elena arranged for the tour tickets and Russia visa (if you book a tour with a Russian Tour Operator, they getthe temporary visa for you) in advance and gave us clear instructions where to meet her on arrival. We didn’thave to pay anything until the day of the tour. She was on time, waiting for us (holding a sign with our nameon it).

We chose shopping in the morning for traditional Russian souvenirs (Nevsky Prospekt is where all the reallyexpensive shops are); Elena took us to some very nice local shops that had a wide range of prices forsouvenirs. Then we went to the Church on Spilled Blood, where we had lots of time to go inside for viewingand outside for photos.She also made stops by the Neva river, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and a few other places so we could takepictures.We wanted to go for a Traditional Russian lunch (our cost); Elena took us to the Terrassa restaurant (it alsoserves European food).

Elena helped us choose some local dishes (mushroom soup served with a side ofsour cream, assorted meats & pickles, dumplings) which we enjoyed. We sat outside on a 2nd level patio;they had heat lamps and blankets on the chairs, with beautiful views of the city.In the afternoon, we visited Catherine’s Palace; Elena did a good job of getting us into the sites before largetour groups arrived (small group tours can bypass the large ones).

Private tours are worth the money. We talked to some people who took the cruise tours; some paid more forlarge group bus tours and were not as happy with their experience. We got everywhere quickly, had plenty oftime to see and do exactly what we wanted to and avoided long waits.We would highly recommend RedSun Tours for the personal/professional service Elena provides.

Our onlyregret was that we did not (also) book her for our second day in St Petersburg!”


Two day private tour of St Petersburg

July 21, 2019

Visited Июль 2019

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!

This tour was everything we hoped it would be!

October 6, 2019

Visited Октябрь 2019

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.

Absolutely the best tour

August 25, 2018

Visited Август 2018

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

The best tour of St Petersburg by the best tour company.

October 2019

Visited Октябрь 2019

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.

Great 2 days to Peterhof and Catherine’s Palace

August 2019

Visited Август 2019

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.).

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