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SPB or Tourdbylocals

It is so hard to decide which tour company to choose from SPB or tourbylocals? The price seems to be more or less the same.


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I have booked a toursbylocals guide based on positive reports on this forum. We have not yet taken the tour, but I was impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of the staff in the office ( I made a few phone calls before deciding to book ). The guide has promptly and completely replied to all my emails. I take these all as good indicators. I am looking forward to a good experience.

Posted by
7205 posts

We've used Toursbylocals in several destinations (including Russia) with great success. Just used a TBL guide this past summer for SPB daytrip to Catherine's Palace in Pushkin. He also included our transportation in his own car, door-to-door, and return. We used TBL several summers back AGAIN in SPB and again to Catherine's Palace.

For Moscow we hooked up with Dan Petrov who we've used on 2 different trips. He's a wonderful, knowledgeable, funny guy who will arrange any particular schedule you'd like. He took us to several off-the-beaten tracks destinations which we really enjoyed. is his website.