Near the beginning, it was a difficult decision to let go and trust someone else to arrange our tour. But I would trust and use Travel All Russia again - and we will.
The Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg was on our bucket list (and it was better than expected). We read the guidebooks, we looked over what was to see, and we looked at ways to see it. But how do you do it safely, easily, efficiently, and most important, memorably?
Travel All Russia had the most flexible tour package of all we looked at. We liked their general 7-day Venice of the North itinerary and after discussion and reassurance that they were flexible, added more to it to make sure our sightseeing wants were met.
I thought I saw errors but they knew the non-published times and availability of St. Petersburg museums and benefits of having a licensed guide, so together we got museum tickets, with and without a guide, as well as show and ballet tickets (we are not fond of queues).
The hotel recommended and used was excellent for our needs and we enjoyed the suggestions for restaurants and places to shop from a knowledgeable group of concierge and front desk personnel.
The transportation was on time and in small vehicles with drivers who knew their City. The Licensed Guide was terrific and thorough and developed a quick understanding of the informational needs of each of us and our youngest adult daughter.
Our guide made her beloved City and its History come alive! During the week, we decided to shorten an outdoor tour and added a museum and included our guide in the change.
We also, on our own, added museums and places to go alone that were suggested by our guide or were on our list if we had the time or the ambition.
We had a phenomenal time during our St. Petersburg tour! Near the beginning, it was a difficult decision to let go and trust someone else to arrange our tour. But I would trust and use Travel All Russia again - and we will.
Don & Janis Crego