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Private Tours and VISA-FREE Shore Excursions in St.Petersburg Russia and Baltic Capital Cities

Dear Guests,

Thank you for your interest in our website; we hope you will find it informative and helpful. Our information is current and intended to give potential travelers effective tools to plan and book their travel arrangements in Russia. Please feel free to ask any questions. We will be happy to answer all of your questions regardless if you plan to visit Russian soon or in the near future or if you are simply taking a "virtual" vacation at this time.

I am Ludmila Ilyina, co-founder and CEO for Ludmila Tours, fully authorized and licensed tour operator (Federal Registration MBT #008222).

Our travel company is located in St. Petersburg, Russia and specializes in VISA-FREE shore excursions and private tours of St. Petersburg, Russia. We are a team of trained, experienced professionals who know this field really well and love it very much. As for me, I worked in Saint Petersburg as a tour guide for more than 15 years and garnered extensive experience in tour arrangement for individuals, families and groups.

I have worked with most of St Petersburg's travel companies and finally felt ready to start and operate a new travel agency. I hired those people whom I have known for many years - enthusiastic and knowledgeable women and men who love the tourist industry - who are ready to work 24/7 with big smiles not just on their faces, but most importantly in their hearts. These are the loyal colleagues upon whom I complete rely. Read more about Ludmila

Our objective is to become a major, contributing force in making St. Petersburg one of the world's most desirable and talked-about travel destinations. Do you think we have chosen an impossible goal to reach? At first glance it seems difficult but in reality it is not. St. Petersburg stands among the world class cities and is already a well known, popular travel destination.

Every year we host about 3 million visitors from all over the world, but, as people say, there is no limit for perfection! Traveling is a passion for me; I have been to many different countries and cities and must say that St Petersburg is at the top of the list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Please let me strengthen your desire to visit our wonderful city and country so rich and interesting with history and culture.

Allow us convince you that this destination really deserves your visit. You will not be disappointed. Your Russian trip will be cherished and well remembered for many years. We will be happy to assist with every little detail of your trip from visa support to tailor-made sightseeing tours, personalized to satisfy your wishes and interests.

We are ready to give you many useful recommendations for planning your tour. Please contact us with your inquiries.

Sincerely yours,
Ludmila Ilyina

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Fabulous Day, Truely Awesome City, Absolutely Fantastic Tour 16/12/2017
Wow! What a fabulous day, what a truely awesome city and what a fantastic tour! As promised at the time of booking, this was a small group tour of Saint Petersburg and entry visas were pre-organised and problem free. Clearing Russian immigration is a long process (about 90 minutes) with so many passengers disembarking for tours, so rise early and be patient. Once the passport was stamped for entry, we were seemlessly met on the other side of the cruise terminal by our tour representative with clearly marked signage and joined our small group of about 16. Our fluent English-speaking guide for the day was magnificant and her deep knowledge of this spectacular city and truely amazing sights was impressive and obviously acquired growing up locally with a love for this beautiful city and its stunning history. While a month spent here could not do Saint Petersburg justice, this full day tour took us on an expertly guided hands-on walking tour of the major sights including entry to the beautiful Faberge Museum, the stunning four linked palaces comprising the Hermitage Museum, a cruise along the picturesque Neva River and a wander through the spectacular gardens and fountains of Peterhof. Of course, there was so much more too as these major sights were linked by minivan, hydrofoil or comfortable walk. Each attraction had comfort stops, time was available for a quick lunch in a local restaurant and wireless headsets were supplied by our guide enabling her to give the group an expert commentary in enclosed spaces. Be aware that some of Saint Petersburg's attractions are closed on specific days and substitutions are made but hey, in one day there is always another spectacular sight to see instead anyway! Very professional operation, trouble free and highly recommended.

The Best Tour 12/11/2017
The journey to Russia was our dream for a long time and finally it came true. This September we were in Saint Petersburg during 5 days for 2 of them we booked the private tour from Ludmila tours. It was wise decision. For 2 days with our guide Svetlana we learned, saw and enjoyed more than for the rest 3 days. Highlight of our tour was the visit to the Hermitage museum and canal cruise. In the Hermitage our guide was a true magician we managed to avoid huge groups and had absolutely fabulous tour. We also were impressed by our driver Boris. He was always on time, brought us to all main sights as close as possible and was very patient in crazy traffic. Thank you Svetlana and Boris for wonderful 2 days! Thank you Ludmila tours for excellent organization!
Uki luminar

3-Day private tour and driver excursion 27/08/2017
We booked three day private tour with Ludmila tours. We were picked up by our cruise ship by our tour guide Anna Glushkoff. We were able to see a lot more of St. Petersburg's palaces, museums, and churches then we would have ever been able to see with our ship excursions with much less money. Our guide, Anna, was simply amazing and unparalleled in her depth of knowledge. She knew exact dates of everything, every architect, every painter, every sculpture, basically everything. She was very pleasant and accommodating. Anna's english was impeccable. Over the years we have had many private tour guides. Unquestionably Anna was simply the best. I also would like it to be knowing that you do not need visas if you book with a tour company.
Joseph E

The only way to see St Petersburg 14/03/2017
We were picked up at the ship, everything went smoothly. we were dropped of at the attractions our guide had the tickets in hand -no waiting, no lines, no fuss. Our guide was knowledgeable and the communication was in flawless English. The service is not cheap but if you are going to see the best of St Petersburg in two day this is the only way to do it.
David L

Fabulous two day private tour of St. Petersburg 18/02/2017
We splurged on this private customized tour as Russia is a dream vacation for us and we wanted to do it right. Our tour guide Svetlana is a brilliant young woman, multi-lingual, with an infectious passion for St.Petersburg. Her knowledge of history and the arts greatly enhanced our visit to the Hermitage/Winter Palace, Catherine's Palace, Church of the Savior on the Blood, Alexander Nevsky Lara/Tikhvin cemetery, St. Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, beautiful views over the frozen Neva river, Grand Choral Synagogue, The Mariinsky Theatre and the magnificent metro stations (such as Pushinskaya, Ploschad Lenina, and Avtovo). Svetlana took us to a charming cafe Lindfors for chai and coffee, where they have fresh delicious savory and sweet pies. Stop for a hot cup of Sbiten to warm up and get energized for a wonderful tour with Svetlana and the driver Boris who was skilled at finding quick and easy routes throughout the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. All tickets and transport are included, and you will avoid long time consuming queues. Highly recommend Ludmila tours and the tour-guide Svetlana for an incredible overview of a remarkable city
S heri HBrooklyn NewYork

Unbelievable quality, courtesy, organization. 30 June 2015
From booking, correspondence, and arrangements, Lyudmila and Alex's tours gave my husband and me an amazing experience in St Petersburg, and surrounds. We had 2 days with Marianna and the driver Vladimir. We were picked up promptly. We had early entrance to The Hermitage. We had a private tour in the diamond rooms. Marianna guided us through the Hermitage, navigating to desired rooms, all the time accompanied with her extensive knowledge, and wonderful lilting voice. Yusopov Palace, Church of Spilled Blood, St Isaac's Cathedral, St Nicholas church, a subway ride, visit to Eliseev , were all included on our day 1. Next day was Peterhof, Catherine Palace including amber workshops and hydrofoil. We were on a cruise ship and were limited to the 2 days and we had and desired a full schedule. You can tell we had our skates on! For the 2 days Marianna and Vladimir coordinated so that we seamlessly moved from one venue to another. Lunch breaks, (one at Gogol restaurant) coffee, washroom breaks were all arranged, to allow for an efficient yet not rushed itinerary. All entrances, boat tickets, lunch reservations could only have been done by an organization such as this with exceptional local knowledge. You see tour companies must construct an itinerary to include clients wishes and yet must accommodate museum closings, traffic and local happenings, and of course they had to have us back at the ship for sailing. Further, the command of English is crucial. Other friends from the ship had very different experiences from ours with other tour companies and many had complaints. We were simply extremely pleased with our amazing tour provided to us and we recommend Alex's tours and Lyudmila tours very highly indeed.
Visited May 2016
Jilly Bundanoon. Chicago, Illinois USA

Elite quality. No Hassle..Safe..Professional 3 July
Ludmila was perfect for what we were looking for. I went with my wife, and her mother and grandmother on a Baltic Cruise, and for the 2 day stop in St. Petersburg I wanted to be able to see a lot of things, while being able to feel like I'm going back home to visit, and not just a tourist. Ludmila offered the perfect option, with a customized itinerary which was far more extensive (and practicle if you know what is worth seeing) than the cruise ship excursions. Our price for a two day excursion was actually less than some of the one day excursions the ship offered, and unlike the ship excursions, we were able to have our tickets (which are also your visa) designate a longer time frame for each day... Mikhail K., Houston, TX, USA

Don't miss St Petersburg 26 June
I was lucky enough to go to St Petersburg and to have Ludmila as my guide. Being a solo female traveller, it was great to have my own guide, who not only showed me St Petersburg, talked about it's history with great knowledge but also helped with transfers and flight time changes. All the little things that can make traveling on your own tricky. Her relaxed manner, great sense of humour and love of St Petersburg was infectious... Alison B., Adelaide

Best way to see St. Petersburg is with Ludmila Tours 26 June
Our tour of st. Peterburg was perhaps the best travel experience I have ever had. This tour was worth every penny and then some. We never would have been able to see as much of St. Petersburg and would never have learned as much any other way, Inna (our guide) and Vlad (driver) were so kind and funny and knowledgable. Inna and Vlad were very flexible, adjusting everything based on our discussions and thoughts of the moment. Our group of 4 included my elderly mother and they knew when it was time to walk and when to use the wheelchair and just treated her with such care. I know some of you reading this might have concerns about booking a private tour in russia, so feel free to contact me if you want a recommendation from a real person - thecliffordfamily@mail.com. Sandy C., Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Sam Ackroyd and Family: "Ludmila Tours" 19 June
We have just returned from a cruise trip to St Petersburg in June 2014. We were travelling as a family including young children and did not fancy a ship organised bus tour. We booked a 2 day private tour with Ludmila Tours and it was brilliant. There were no issues at the passport control as Ludmila provide all the necessary paperwork prior to travel and VISA not required for cruise passengers if doing an organised tour which does NOT need to be with the cruise company despite what they may say. We travelled in a lovely new Mercedes 7 seat van with just our family so could set the pace and stop where needed for rests etc. Samuel A. Halifax, Great Britain

Great tour company 7 May
Everything about this 2-day tour of St. Petersburg was excellent! Very well organized, comfortable van, fabulous tour. Our tour guide was named Svetlana. She was just wonderful! I just don't think we could have had a tour guide more knowledgeable or enthusiastic about all the sites we visited in St. Petersburg. When we got back to the ship and talked to other people about their tours, we felt like we had the best tour. I would certainly recommend Ludmila tours - they definitely have their act together! Cheryl & Mike H. Arlington, Texas

Ludmila Tours" 8 March
We went to St. Petersburg July 2012. Two families 3 adults and 2 teens, I was concerned that the cruise tours would be crowded and boring for our teens so I booked a private tour with Ludmila tours. I got to tell you this was the best decision!!! Our tour guide was fantastic ...Kristina. She was able to engage our teens in a wonderful tour. She was funny and very energetic. We enjoyed every minute of the visit and her company. I strongly recommend if you are going to St Petersburg to work with her. Our immigration was very smooth and pleasant, Ludmila tours take care of all the details. You don't need a visa! So don't let your travel agent, tour company, or cruise line tell you otherwise. We can recommend them, don't be frightened about the visa talk, it really is no problem getting off the ship and through Russian immigration, its exactly the same for those using the ships tours. Dora D. Milan, Italy

We loved St.Petersburg! January 26
Last July we went on a Baltic cruise and spent 2 full days in St. Petersburg. We did not want to book with the ship and after some search I found Ludmila Tours on the net. I sent them a list of sites we wanted to see in St. Petersburg. Ludmila offered an excellent 2 day tour program at a very reasonable price. We had a great guide Helen who was very knowledgeable and nice to us. Her English was perfect. Our driver Vlad was very friendly. We enjoyed Russian lunch included in our tour, Ludmila's choice of restaurants and meals was excellent. If you plan to visit St. Petersburg, we definitely recommend you to work with Ludmila Tours there. margiesue58, San Diego, California