Express to Russia is a member of ASTA (the American Society of Travel Agents). Offering excellent customer service is extremely important to us. We promise to give our all to make your trip to Russia a wonderful experience. We want to leave you with great impressions of your Russian trip. Below are some things our past clients have said about our services and Russian tours. We also have past customers who are willing to talk about their experiences with our company. If you would like these references, please contact us and we will put you in touch. We hope that you will visit Russia with us!
We want to let you know how wonderful our recent tour to St. Petersburg and Moscow went. With the help of our two excellent tour guides and three very capable drivers (our three Vladimirs), we were able to have an awesome experience in Russia. The beauty of the cities, churches, Christmas lights and markets were not understated by your descriptions. From the delicious foods to our unique experience in making our own matryoshkas, the trip exceeded our expectations. We were delighted with the hotels you chose for us and appreciated the hospitality of your staff.
As avid travelers across the continent, we are fortunate to count Moscow as our 32nd European capital visited. We can assure you that Moscow moves to the top of our list as a dynamic urban area steeped in wonderful tradition. It is a delightful blend of history and modernity in a clean, safe, and welcoming environment. We are grateful to you and to Express to Russia for helping to facilitate our week.
We wish you the best as you continue your work assisting sojourners to your wonderful land!
Just wanted to write and thank you for all the arrangements.
The whole trip was superb and the services that we received were top class.
The drivers were excellent and the guides - Leana, Marina, Ilona and Olga were all extremely knowledgeable on Russian history , art , politics and most importantly extremely warm and friendly.
Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed our trip and fully intend to come back to Russia.
We had a wonderful visit to Russia. The weather was perfect every day (although quite warm). No rain at all until we were leaving. Our guides were delightful and extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They seemed to enjoy their time with us, too, and it is always nice to leave a good impression about Americans.
We could not be happier with the trip you organized for us. Everything went perfectly, like clockwork. The hotels were wonderful. The tours were excellent. It was without a doubt the best organized trip we have ever taken. Everyone was perfectly on time.
In short, our trip could not have been better in any regard. We are happy to provide references for your company and help you in any way possible. You are very, very good! Several times we said how fortunate we were to have booked with Express to Russia instead of with some of the huge tour groups we saw being led around like cattle. We feel we received excellent, excellent value for our money in every way. There is no substitute for having a private guide that knows all the "ins and outs." We felt like VIPs getting to bypass the very long lines at the palaces.
My wife had an idea for you--she said it would have been nice if your guides had a simple business card they could give us so we could see their proper names and not forget them (it seems I forget my own name these days).
The only complaint I have is that now I have to lose the weight I put on caused by all the excellent Russian food we enjoyed. My wife has promised to start making proper borscht, one of our favorites. The food was outstanding everywhere we ate, from simple cafeterias to very nice restaurants.
We also very much enjoyed all the Russian people we met. I did not get to practice my Russian too much because so many people spoke English. We found everyone we encountered to be quite friendly and glad to see a couple of Americans. I only wish our governments would quit making trouble with each other for no reason.
I have found people all over the world to be basically the same. It is the governments and "leaders" that make a mess out of things.
I now have to sort hundreds of photographs while I remember where we were. It will be a pleasant task.
Thanks once again to you and to all your people for organizing a perfect trip for us. Your organization is as good as they come.
Russia was excellent; we thoroughly enjoyed our tour and we could not find fault with anything.
We did not know what to expect; never having spoken to anyone that had been there.
Having done your tour; I would happily recommend Russia to anyone.
“The Great Journey” tour which we did from East to West from Vladivostok to Moscow, (and in our case extended to St. Petersburg) was organized by Galina Belskaya from Ulan Ude. We would love to give her a big “Thank You”.
It has been an absolute delight traveling by “Express-Trans-Siberian-Railway”.
We felt like we won the lottery. We never imagined the service could be so perfect. Friendly local people greeted us at every destination to accompany us to our Hotels. Competent guides and their drivers invited us early in the mornings on sight-seeing tours and to many museums, which often lasted until late in the afternoons. They even accompanied us on the 70Km long drive from Irkutsk to Listvianka and Lake Baikal. We felt very privileged that they spent so much time with us. They also invited us, on occasion, to lunch or dinner. We also enjoyed many complimentary snacks and delicious meals offered by “Express to Russia” at the various stops along the line.
The service we received en route in the beautiful four to five star Hotels, as well as that received on the train has been excellent.
As two first-class travellers, we really enjoyed all the room in the four-birth cabin, as it helped us keep our luggage under control.
This grand railway journey not only lived up to our nostalgic notions but also exceeded our expectations. The endless expanse of the Taiga was impressive. Somehow the typical Siberian landscape lent a very special atmosphere to our journey. Our only complaint was that the windows of the train were occasionally not clean enough for us to take good photos, but we know that can happen on long tours. The many historic buildings and ruins along the Railway line drew attention to Russia`s rich history. The small wooden Dachas and their surrounding gardens scattered along the outskirts of the cities we passed, offered a weekend escape to city dwellers, and a chance to grow and preserve food for the harsh winters. The people we met on the streets were always very helpful and friendly, and we could easily understand their body language. Many would also come to our assistance when it came to negotiating some of the many steps around the railway station platforms.
Looking back at our wonderful journey, we can wholeheartedly recommend this “once in a lifetime” trans-Siberian railway adventure.
We have just returned home to the UK after our visit to Russia and the cruise on the MS Rostropovich. We had a superb time. The quality of the ship was superb and the service provided by all the staff was very friendly and professional. A very good introduction to Russia on our first visit to your country.
I am emailing to thank you personally for the very efficient service provided by Express to Russia. From the initial enquiry, through the provision of additional information, to the conclusion of the booking you have always responded very promptly to my emails. This made the whole process much easier than it might otherwise have been and I would most certainly recommend your services to others.
Thank-you and best wishes for the future.
Wonderful tour, all went off perfectly,
the drivers and guides were knowledgable and wonderful to work with the hotel's selected were great
Louis and I want you to know that our vacation was just great. The Rostropovich was very nice boat. All the crew were pleasant and helpful, including our guide Antonne. The food was very good. All the transfers worked out perfectly.
We certainly would recommend your company.
Solo queria decirle que ya estamos de regreso de nuestro viaje a Rusia y que nos encanto. Gracias por toda su ayuda; el tour y los guias fueron excelentes y los lugares visitados fueron mas que increibles. Ojala pueda en algun momento repetir el viaje, ya que nos quedamos con ganas para mas. Gracias una vez mas.
We have returned from our trip and I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. All of the arrangements worked out perfectly along the way. All the drivers were on time and very helpful.
Our hosts and driver, Roman and Helen were really exceptionally nice to us and made the trip very enjoyable. The local guides in Novgorod, Pskov and Smolensk did an outstanding job. The hotel arrangements were all excellent. This was really a great trip. Thank you again for your help.
We had the most wonderful cruise and really enjoyed Russia.
The crew on board were fantastic, food was great and we had a professor on board discussing current affairs, amazing.
Tours were amazing and informative.
Transfers were on time, so all in all, thank you for arranging such an experience, much appreciated.
Just wanted to share with you that my brother and I loved our trip to Russia. What a beautiful and fascinating country--I'd visit St. Petersburg every summer if I could! Our guides (Liana in Moscow and Andrew in St. Petersburg) were so knowledgeable and loved explaining history to us. I especially liked how Liana would sometimes recommend books that centered on the places we were visiting.
I enjoyed the M-Hotel very much, although the Gudonov was a bit difficult because it was hot and there was no screen on the window (along with a nightclub that was pretty noisy, haha.)
Thank you again for helping arrange such a wonderful trip for us!
We had a great visit! The weather could not have been better, and Maria was a terrific guide. The hotel and the staff were so welcoming and other people we engaged along our way were very helpful despite our language barrier! It all worked thanks to your efforts on our behalf and I will be recommending your company to our friends who have already shown interest in visiting St. Petersburg.
Two days ago we have returned from our journey in Russia. It was absolutely a wonderful experience! We had enjoyed every minute of our trip. Beautiful country with so much to offer! Many thanks for the great assistance that you have provided to us with the booking of the cruise!
I wanted to convey that my trip to Russia was magnificent!!. The tour was fantastic. Express to Russia did a fantastic job in introducing me to the extraordinary country of the Russian Federation. The tour was superb.
Thank you for all of the great work you did for me in facilitating my trip to Russia. You did wonderful work and my trip was grand.
Thank you for everything. We had a splendid 4 days with Tanya the guide and driver Denis (Not sure how his name is spelt).
We really had a wonderful trip with this booking. I have submitted some pictures and given my feedback hope they help.
TOO MANY wonderful pictures and memories to share - impossible to tell the whole story. I highly recommend booking with you if any of our friends interested in visiting Russia.
We want to express our joys and delight in our 4 days touring cities to cities of the golden ring. AMAZING.
We enjoyed all our hotels and russian restaurants - Tanya took real good care of us.
Hence we did give them (Tanya and Driver) a generous tip !
And once again please convey our happy THANKS for her great service, knowledge and hospitality to introducing to us all the great cities on the Golden Ring to putting up with us throughout the 4days 3nights.
Just finished (May 27th to June 6th) a tour using Express To Russia. Our Tour involved 6 which allowed us to minimize costs and benefit from personalized group tours. We expanded greatly on the basic "Two Capitals and the Golden Ring" tour by adding a couple extra days and a quite a few extra tors such as the Armoury Tour and Diamond Fund in Moscow, the Treasuries Galleries at the Hermitage (Gold and Diamond), Moscow Nikulin Circus, and Feel Yourself Russian Folkloric Show to name a few. Basically, they had to work hard to arrange everything and they came away with top marks going well beyond expectations like both the driver and guide meeting us at the high speed train car door as we got off at 11:45 PM (almost midnight), suggesting good eating places, selecting eating places at lunch to meet our preferences, dropping some of us off at the Faberge Museum (a museum we hadn't included in the tour package), setting a record for number of Moscow Metro Stations seen (15), and taking us to out of the way souvenir shops that had good pricing. Nothing but good to say about Express To Russia, Yulia Kubyshkina who made it all happen in such a great way, Galina who assisted when Yulia was on vacation, Tour Guides Lena, Alicia (I hope I spelled her name correctly) and Nadia and Drivers Dimitry and Antonio. A great trip made better by the professionalism and attention to detail of the Express To Russia Team. Thank you!
Thank you for organising our tour. We really enjoyed ourselves and the trip was an amazing experience: the guides, drivers, accomodation and tours will leave an everlasting memory.
We were especially happy at the professionalism and know how of the Guides.
Thank you for this well organised and interesting set of experiences.
We had a great time both in Moscow and St Petersburg. Your travel agency was excellent in coordinating the whole trip. Everything worked like clockwork. The guides assigned to us were very nice and friendly. They had a great knowledge of their subjects. The cars and the drivers were great. The hotels were good and the itinerary was good.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience. It was nice dealing with you and your company.
Thank you very much for a great Russian experience.
Have a great future ahead.
Just wanted to thank you for all your planning to make our trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg effortless on our part. The guides were very personable and knowledgeable as were the drivers. Sorry for my "panic text" upon our arrival in Moscow. Had we been your customary travelers with luggage Vladimir's timing would have been spot on. As it was we had only carry on and in addition immigration was also very fast.
So again, I want to express my appreciation for all your planning. You and your company provided a wonderful service.
Our trip visiting Moscow and St Petersburg was absolutely perfect, beautiful and amazing !!!!
Thank you so much !!!!!
You have a wonderful team! We loved Lina, Ala, Tatjana, Jaroslav, Vladimir in St Petersburg and Sef. They all were very kind and informative, just gorgeous . Thank you :-)
I want to provide to you some feedback about the boat trip which we undertook from 12 till 19 May 2018.
1. The transfers from the airport to the boat was fantastic. Your driver went out of his way to assist us till into the reception area of the correct boat. He was on time at the airport also. He was very friendly also.
2. The cruise: this was a memorable experience for us. We got much more than we expected. The Russian history lessons; the Russian language lessons; the Vodka tasting lecture – these were very informative
3. The crew on the ship went out of their way to make us comfortable and relaxed. They were always available and very friendly
4. The local tours and the guides were very well planned and executed. The Guides are so passionate about their tasks and made one feel ashamed of the way we were told by our government in the communism era how bad Russia was.
5. The transfer from the ship to the airport in Moscow was great. The driver was there on time and drove safely to the airport with us. Very friendly also.
I will definitely recommend the tour and your company to all who ask me about the visit to Russia.
Perhaps I will come visit Russia again in the future and spend more time in Moscow also.
Thank you once again for assisting with arranging a most memorable vacation!
We are home. We had a wonderful trip. Our favorite part was the TSR in Russia. We liked our provadnitse, Tanya. Here is our photo with her. We also liked Nadia very much, our charming guide in Irkusk.
Thank you so much for organizing this for us. Please tell your company what a good job you did.
We will be happy to recommend Express to Russia to anyone.
We are now on our way back home. In behalf of my family, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks for making our short trip to Russia enjoyable. It was over all not hectic which we appreciated...unlike other tours we've eyperienced in the past in other places. If you need to get more feedback in details, please let me know, but more over all rating is excellent. Please thanks our local guides and our drivers for us.
We have now a better perspective of Russia because of you. I will definetely recommend your company to our friends who have Russia in their bucket list of places they want to go.
Regards and hope to see you in the Philippines sometime in the future.
The driver was great, accomodations great, price great, and our tour guide was like having a pleasant private expert.
We have just had a fantastic holiday visiting St Petersburg, Novgorod Veliky, Moscow and Golden Ring Towns. Cañnot thank Rusian Rail enough for helping to buy tickets which arrived by email within 24 hours and printed out easily. We knew exactly where to go to catch the train and everything was perfect. Great fun and stress free!
Finally I returned home from fantastic Trans-Siberian Train trip for 17days starting Vladivostok to Mockba stopover at Irktusk in order look over kaikal lake the most long 2,200km ,the most deep 1.6km the water for total population of 6 billion peoples on the earth to drink 40 years, isn't it amazing? Another 4 days respectively in Moscow and Saint petersberg. In addition to the major point of interesting,In this occation I am so impressed as well as astonished by the train itself ,how was it built ? for long time of period ,has been operated without any accident and troubles. Everybody I met after my trip was surprised to know about my trip and the Trans-Siberian Train.
I from now on will be a public relation promotor for Russia and also the Train.
I and my wife really enjoyed our trip and also happy.
I really appreciate your quick and excellent services provided to me.
I am looking forwarding to trip again beautiful your country!
Just spent 8 days in Russia on the Two City tour. The arrangements made were fantastic and things went absolutely without a hitch!
We were met at the airport as promised and our drivers and guides were always on time. Our guides in Moscow and St Petersburg, Alla and Olga were knowledgeable and responsive to the millions of questions we had about Russian history, and also making sure we got to see the things we particularly wanted to see.
We had been a bit worried about navigating our way around the train station but our train trip from Moscow to St Petersburg was a delight. We were taken right up to our seats in Moscow and met on the platform in St Petersburg!
The tour was planned well with enough time to do stuff on our own (the ballet and folk dance). And all the correspondence in the initial stages was handled excellently by Galina, who was quick to reply and offer us alternatives when necessary.
I just want to thank you for the wonderful trip you organised for me in Russia in September/October.
Everything went as planned.
All the guides and drivers were excellent. They helped me gain an insight into your beautiful homeland and people.
I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and will recommend Express to Russia to my friends.
Thank you for your help in setting up my trip to St Petersburg. The tours where great. My tour guide and driver where great and very professional always on time and accommodating. I will be using your service on my next trip to Russia. Again thank you and it was a pleasure.
Just a short note to thank you for planning and ensuring our tour arrangements go smoothly. We had a wonderful time, thanks to Liana, our guide on Moscow and Nadia, our guide in St Petersburg.
Both of them were excellent, friendly and informative.
Just letting you know that our tour of Russia has been fabulous, our guides have been exceptional, our drivers attentive and safe drivers and the over all professionalism from beginning to end of you and the company was very good.
I wanted to let you know that our trip was wonderful and all the arrangements worked perfectly. We really enjoyed both Moscow and St Petersburg. The high speed train was fantastic.
Both the Arbat House and M Hotel were very nice, the M Hotel we especially liked. Our guides were excellent, and Olga in particular did a great job in St Petersburg. The driver in St Petersburg, Illya was also very helpful.
We highly recommend visitors to Moscow and St Petersburg to choose Express to Russia as their travel agent - great value for money removes all the hassles of looking at maps and dealing with transport to the wide range of stunning places. We visited in September 2017. The weather was great – mostly sunny with a chill in the air. Everything about the trip was exceptionally well organised - it was wonderful to be met at the train stations/airports, and transported to our accommodation. The guides had an amazing knowledge of history and culture, and a great sense of humour. These guides made our visits a much richer experience than if we had been touring alone. The accommodation was excellent and in very good locations (Aquamarine in Moscow and Rossi in St Petersburg).
I would like to thank Galina and all of the staff at Express to Russia for organising everything a making our holiday so pleasurable, stimulating and hassle free.
I enjoyed my holiday in Russia very much and I found your company to be extremely helpful and courteous, it was a joy to correspond with you, thank you for making my holiday plans easier.
Staff of Express to Russia and especially ms, Galina are exceptional competent ladies: very communicative and prompt with answers; booking, invitation letters, transfer from the airport to pear and in Saint Petersburg to hotel (we extended staying there for five days on our own) etc. went smooth. Pleasure to do business with ms. Galina and Express to Russia!
I write in thanks for a great experience on our tour. Everything went off without a hitch.
Special mentions to Alexandra in Smolensk and Olga in St Petersburg who really went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience - booking restaurants and so on for us. Alexandra had arranged for the head of the Katyn memorial to guide us through in English which we were very grateful for. Olga also went above and beyond accompanying us to the post office at 7.30pm to post some paintings we purchased at the winter palace.
We were also very happy with all of the hotels. All in all it was a great trip.
We are having a wonderful time in Russia. Our tour guide for the Siberian tour, Nadia, is great. She went out of her way to make sure we appreciate The places we visited and gave us a lot of enjoyment.
I want to tell you about the trip.
Everything was great, well organized places beautiful like hotels
Thank you so much
The only incidente unpleasant was with the guide in Moscow, no comentes
We have just arrived home in Canada. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Express to Russia and the guides and drivers were lovely people as well as being very knowledgable.
Leave this with me for a few days so that I can get caught up at home and I will write with more detail as well as going on TripAdvisor.
We spoke with people who had done river cruises and we were so happy to have used your company instead. Anastasia in St. Petersburg was our favourite guide although Helen (St.P) and Ilyana (Moscow) were excellent. The driver in St. P - Vladimir, was a very good driver and an asset to your company.
Our trip was great — in the end, the train was a real adventure for us and all your services with the local guides, hotels and activities were perfect.
Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful trip. Dad and I really enjoyed the entire trip. Moscow was fantastic!! The hotel was very nice, loved the location. The bus was very comfortable. The way the days were organized made traveling for Dad very easy and manageable. It was great that we were taken and had time to visit things from the bus. Appreciated that we were picked up and returned to hotel each day. Also appreciated that the optional boat ride included the transportation to the site.
Vera was an incredible guide who went above and beyond to make sure our trip was enjoyable. We felt very well cared for. We also appreciated her warm personality and how knowledgeable she was.
We also enjoyed St. Petersburg. While the hotel was very nice, the location was not convenient. Public transport was a 15 minute walk away and that was too much for some of the older members of the trip, Dad included. There were no restaurants, cafes nearby.
Also, the one optional tour did not include transportation to/from hotel which was not convenient. We also would have preferred that the city tour have included a visit to the Church on the Spilled Blood and time to tour St Issacs (not just photo stops).
That said, we were so glad we visited your lovely country and have recommended putting Russia on our friend's future vacation sites.
We are back from our beautiful, Russian Cruise Excursion. My wife Helga and I want to thank you for helping me/us to arrange this wonderful trip. The specific reason for this trip was to take once more an adventure trip of this kind as a gift to our self on our 50th wedding anniversary. The anniversary was on the 10th while we were in St. Petersburg were we celebrated at the Astoria hotel with a ballet in the evening at the Mariinsky Theater in Tsar Nicolas Box.
Upon our arrival on ship, and thanks to you I felt like a Russian finding the bottle champagne in our cabin and enjoying it. I made a toast to you and want to express my sincere thanks. My wife and I would have liked to have met you while in St. Petersburg. I now would like to say, that we experienced some of the Russian Soul and would wish that the rest of the world would have such love for their country.
Buen dia Yulia ya de vuelta de nuestro extenso viaje por Europa y Rusia queriamos Expresar nuestra conformidad con Express to Russian, desde los choferes, los hoteles
(salvo el desayuno del Hotel Rossi que no había frutas) las guías Nina y Nadia fueron todos muy muy amables, puntuales y excelentes guías. No dejaremos de recomendarlos.
Muchas gracias por tus servicios. Enviamos un cordial saludo.
Thank you for all you did to help up create a fabulous trip to Russia! Everything clicked with no problems, and the tour guides and drivers were great. We had the best time! Moscow and St. Petersburg were everything we had hoped, and the whole experience was incredible. I am so glad we got to go!
Thanks again for helping to make this happen!
It was a long held dream of mine to visit your beautiful country.
Cruising between St Petersburg and Moscow was beyond my expectations , so far my best travel experience
Thanks to Express to Russia for all their assistance in organising my trip
Everything about the tour you organised for us was wonderful... the hotels and their position close to the city centres, the guides and drivers as well as the inclusions of the sights we were to see. We would strongly advise that the trip to Peterhof is an automatic inclusion in any tour if possible. We made our way down to Gorky Park on the Metro on our free day in Moscow, beautiful on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Hoping this finds you well and continuing to bring enjoyment to many other travellers....
We finally returned late Sat after spending a couple of days in London and visiting friends. I wanted to thank you again and tell you how much we enjoyed our tour of St Petersburg. What a wonderful city - all of the different styles of architecture and the water canals made it one of the best we've visited. We particularly liked Catherine's Palace with the fountains and the Amber Room, so we're grateful that you were able to arrange that extra excursion. Finally, please thank our guide and driver again for us. They did a great job and made the history and buildings come alive for us.
Express to Russia did an outstanding job of processing my VISA application. I traveled to Russia ten years ago and secured a VISA directly through the Russian Consulate in Seattle but endured considerable challenges with paperwork requirements, excessive delays, and general hassles. Not so this time. Express to Russia allowed me to quickly complete the VISA application by providing assistance on the confusing parts. I highly recommend Express to Russia for anyone who plans Russian travel.
We are back from Moscow and we wanted you to know that we had a GREAT time! Everything was perfect : the hotel, your drivers and the guides! Thank you so much for all your help!
I had a wonderful time on my trans-siberian trip and would be open to giving a recommendation to any of your potential guests. Thank you for all your help in booking my ticket and help with my visa.
Just a note to thank you for the amazing holiday and trip to Russia! I had a wonderful time and all the arrangements were superb! The local guides were always on time and well prepared, and had such great knowledge to share. It was a very enjoyable experience.
Much appreciated for your great service.
I LOVED THE CRUISE!!!!! It was amazing and I had the best time. The food/service/cabin were all great and the price was FANTASTIC!!!!! I have mentioned this to my sister and her husband and they are considering going next year. LOVED it. I don't have ONE complaint :).
THANKS for an amazing experience.
Yulia, thankyou so much for designing our trip to Russia. My grandson Sean and I had the most wonderful time. The sights were amazing. We were able to do a little exploring on our own too. Every one was so helpful. It was especially nice we had the same guide and driver in St. Petersburg, we became friends. The Sapsan train was fantastic. Neither one of us had ever ridden on a train like that I recommend it for anyone. I can't thank you enough.
We have just arrive back in South Africa after a week in the UK. We enjoyed our holiday in Russia very much. The boat trip was fantastic and certainly lived up to our expectations. Thank you to you and your team, especially Galina who assisted us with the bookings and in obtaining visas. I must say that the advertised programme was very accurate, unlike the programme that was sent to passengers on the boat who booked through other travel companies. Also the advice given to us on optional tours was useful and enabled us to visit all of the places we wished to see. Your team was very helpful and efficient and we had a wonderful time.
Many thanks and kind regards
Before it goes out of mind, would like to provide our (Me, Meena and Poorvi) genuine feedback on the arrangements you made for our trip.
Really appreciate the way express Russia had planned our pick ups, stays, drops n most importantly our guides.
When arrived on Moscow, had slight doubt on what if the person who is going to escort us to the hotel, is late.
But the driver was waiting for us. Though we could not communicate with him due to language barrier, he was very warm n efficient in making sure we reached to Arbat hotel n most importantly we boarded train safely and in time.
Arbat hotel was good, the only feedback I would like to convey to the hotel is if their reception staff can be little more responsive n customer friendly. The quality of service was good n the location was very convenient. It would be good if they add little variations in the breakfast. :)
Hotel arrangements in Irkutsk and Ulanbataar were very comfortable.
Without the efficient and knowledgable guides, our stays would not have been enjoyable. Here is our feedback on individual guides.
Lena is very professional n knowledgeable to answer all the inquisitive queries. The Moscow city tour was aptly planned to cover most in a day. The best quality I would say about Lena is she made sure that on rest of our Moscow stay, we were on our own n use Metro without any assistance. Her suggestion for restaurant, help in shopping local food, really shows her understanding on people's requirements.
Yana, OMG!!! She has so much of knowledge on Siberian region. It was not limited to environment, but the history, lifestyle, almost everything!!! The way she waves her information in the form of stories, make it so easy to understand n keep interesting. I would definitely have her as a guide if in future think about exploring around Irkutsk. She is very warm lady. She made sure we are boarded the train, even though it was late for her.
Moghi - Our cute n warm guide for Ulanbaatar. She made us comfortable enough as soon as we met. It is not that Lena n Yana didn't, but Moghi looks so caring. She planned all the places to visit in a day, became one of us and most importantly went out of the way and attended local drama with us, made sure that in night we are reached the hotel safely.
By now you made us so accustomed with women guides. It was really thoughtful of you and your team to arrange women guides for three ladies.
When we arrived on Beijing station, we were looking for one more warm lady waiting for us as a guide.
But then saw Roma - Our guide in Beijing. A quite young boy, waiting for us for our Beijing tour. As per the standards, he was too good in engaging us with information about china, Beijing and history. He made sure for our water supply in 2 days. No doubt, he is a very good guide, but he is nice person also, who has gone out of way and arranged local show tickets for us, escorted us to theatre, and dropped us to hotel back. The lunch arrangements he had chosen for us was really an experience of authentic Chinese food.
Now the turns for drivers. Our drivers in the cities Moscow, Irkutsk and Beijing were very responsible, helped us in our baggages and were safe drivers.
Suggestion on hotel in Beijing - it was not pleasant stay in the hotel, as neighbourhood was stinking.
And the last but very important - you and your team had made fabulous arrangements for us. It was really effortless, enjoyable and very safe journey for us.
Thank you so much for turning our dream trip into memorable experience !!!
Hola Yulia, Devuelta en nuestro hogar. Fernando y yo queremos agradecerte infinitamente la hermosa estadía organizada en tu bellísimo pais. Choferes, guías hoteles impecables. Si tenés oportunidad de agradecer a Polina su rápida respuesta inicial te lo agradeceremos.
Rusia siempre en nuestro corazon
ESTIMADA YULIA, YA ESTAMOS EN NUESTRA CASA OTRA VEZ, PERO QUEREMOS DECIRTE QUE HEMOS REALIZADO UN TOUR HERMOSO, CONOCIENDO UN HERMOSO PAIS, SIENDO UNA GRAN SORPRESA PARA NOSOTROS DADO QUE EN ESTA PARTE DEL MUNDO PENSABAMOS QUE ERA DE OTRA MANERA, EMPEZANDO POR EL CLIMA , EN MOSCU HACIA MUCHO CALOR Y ES MUY LINDA CIUDAD COMO TAMBIEN SU GENTE, A PESAR DE LAS DIFICULTADES DE COMUNICACION POR EL IDIOMA, SAN PETESBURGO CON SUS FABULOSOS PALACIOS NOS ENCANTO, SIENDO UNA CIUDAD TAN ESPECIAL.
LAS GUIAS BUENAS, PERO LA MEJOR MARIA EN SAN PETESBURGO A QUIEN RECOMENDAREMOS SI AMIGOS DECIDEN VIAJAR A ESE HERMOSO PAIS.
CON RESPECTO A LOS CHOFERES VLADIMIR DE SAN PETESBURGO Y LAMENTO NO RECORDAR EL NOMBRE DEL CHOFER DE MOSCU PERO AMBOS SUPER AMABLES SIN ENTERDERNOS POR EL IDIOMA.
YULIA HA SIDO UNA ACERTADA DECISION HABERLOS CONTRATADOS Y RECOMENDAREMOS A QUIEN NOS SOLICITE.
OJALA PODAMOS VOLVER ALGUN DIA !!! AUNQUE ESTAMOS MUY MUY LEJOS Y ES MUY DIFICIL PARA NOSOTROS. UN ABRAZO Y GRACIAS POR EL SERVICIO
The trip was great, both Irina the guide and Victor the driver were excellent. I saw everything I wanted to. The hotels were very good.
All in all a very well run trip. Many thanks.
I would like to thank you and your team for organizing our trip to Moscow and St Petersburg which went of very well. Everything was perfect and to our full satisfaction.
We have already recommended your group to some of our friends who plan to visits Russia shortly.
Thanks a lot for the every thing you have done. You have placed right people at the right place.
This was my maiden trip to an overseas country and you have made me very much comfortable.
My booking manager was Polina and she is asset to your company. She speaks good English and she understands the customers requirements as well. She is prompt in action and reliable.
I stayed at Stroganove Guest Hotel in Kursk for 4 days and the service was excellent. But nobody speaks English. I managed with google translator. The breakfast was not that much good and all four days it was almost similar menu.
My stay in Matreshka Hotel in Moscow was the best. Service was excellent. Hotel staff was very friendly. The breakfast was a buffet and with many varieties. Receptionist speaks English and it made me very much comfortable...the restaurant staff do not speak English but managed with body language, It was a nawal experience and I enjoyed it.
Wish you all the best.
Hope to keep in touch with you.
say my hello to Ms Polina
Thank you Express to Russia for making our first trip to Moscow, Russia completely wonderful! We enjoyed 3 tours, City Tour, Subway and Arbat Street and The Kremlin and Red Square Tour. Our Guides arrived early with name signs, spoke excellent English and were very knowledgeable about their home Country! I would highly recommend their services!
Thank you, I had a totally georgeous time in Russia! I really appreciate your service and have already recommended your agency to friends.
For anyone who is having Transsiberian Train in theyr mind to travel with it, just go for it! Do not wait! Book your ticket trough expresstorussia.com and you will find yourself at Lake Baikal shore within two Months!
I personally will come back again!
My request for a train ticket from Moscow to St Petersburg was dealt with swiftly and professionally. I had a number of queries relating to my booking for which I received prompt replies – the advice received added clarity to my travel plans. The tickets were delivered electronically which saved time, and the requested seat assigned. I’d like to add that I will definitely use ‘Express to Russia’ on my next visit and thank you for the experience
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and Express to Russia for having organised my unforgettable trip to St Petersburg this month. Everything was perfect: the transfers and tours were great and on time, the hotel was very nice and well located and my guide Olga was very professional and knowledgeable. Olga is an excellent guide and I would also like to thank her for her professionalism and friendliness. The tours were great.
Anastasya, I would like to thank you for your prompt replies to emails, professionalism and patience. Your professionalism and promptness are above expectations. I was very impressed. THANK YOU.
My experience with everyone in your company was above expectation.
I will for sure recommend your company to friends and colleagues and I will look forward to my possible next trip to Russia (travelling with Express to Russia).
Thank you for the unforgettable experience.
Thank you very much for the excellent service provided by Express to Russia.
I was very pleased with the immediate response to my questions and with bookings made for me by the agency.
If I visit Russia in the future,I will definitely contact Express to Russia again.
I'm personally satisfied with all the arrangement during the last siberian trip.
Everything was well planned and local guides were really helpfull. Maybe the only problem was about the train arrangement, because the group was seperated into 2 different carriages and yes i know you already mentioned beforehand that this is how it would be if we travel by regular trains.
Well, nothing is perfect. But overall, we enjoyed the trip and all the professional arrangement!
For sure, we will continue this cooperation :)
We had a great time in Russia, and the tour was amazing! Both our tour guides Lena (in Moscow) and Irina (in St. Petersburg) were wonderful, and went out of their way to make our trip memorable. They clearly imparted their passion for their respective cities, and made navigating a new country easy and fun. All our pick-ups and drop-offs were prompt, and everything was perfectly scheduled. I really loved my time in Russia, and hope to return sometime! Also I want to mention that Galina was great in helping us organize our tour. She answered all my questions quickly and promptly.
Thanks for a great trip, and a wonderful introduction to Russia!
Thank you and your team for making all the arrangements for our trip to Russia this spring.
We were in Helsinki on business and wondered how we could combine this trip with a trip to Russia.
We contacted you because we had had such good service last year.
You took all the stress out of our hands and helped us with visas, a fantastic train trip from Helsinki to St Petersburg, excellent accommodation and two full days of excursions.
You arranged for a driver to meet us at the station on arrival and for the two full days of our trip.
He was excellent. He gave us an exciting few days driving round St Petersburg and out to Pushkin and Pavlos. He took us to the Mariinsky on our first evening and was happy waiting for us..it was longer than we all thought..but fantastic.
On our two full days our driver Vladimir and our guide Olga were pleased to show us their city. They were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. They wanted us to enjoy the Hermitage and the Palaces out of town which we did. We stopped to look at the canals and seven bridges. We stopped frequently to take photos.they were both very professional and lovely people.
It was a trip to remember and it was possible because our driver and guide were so good and the itinerary you planned for us was perfect.
We would give five star ratings to your organisation, our driver and guide, the places visited and our accommodation.
We will definitely tell our friends about you.
We will definitely contact you if we are planning another trip next year.
We would like to thank you for your assistance in planning our trip to visit Russia.
Our trip was wonderful and we continue to talk about our experiences often. We were very pleased with all aspects of the trip and enjoyed it very much. We particularly enjoyed our guides--they were all excellent. Our drivers were also very good.
Please extend a special thank you to each of our guides: Zina and Lena in Moscow; Irene in Vladimir; and Oxana in St. Petersburg.
Each of them were terrific. They were very knowledgable and professional. In addition they were engaging and willing to answer all of our questions. We enjoyed them all and found them very pleasant to travel with. We have traveled a great deal and had many guides over the years, and found each of our guides on our trip to Russia were top quality.
Just a note to say thank you for the fantastic river cruise in August from Moscow to St Petersburg. We had an amazing time - enjoyed every minute of our trip. Loved your country, and are coming back to St Petersburg in early May on a cruise. Thanks for organizing everything so well. We had no problems what so ever. We have told all our friends they must to go to Russia!
Thanks so much again.
Dear Ms Elena,
We just arrived from this wonderful trip through Russia,Mongolia and China!
No words to describe our satisfaction! Everything went in a perfect way!
All guides, arranged by Express to Russia and local representatives, were full knowledgeable.
Congratulation and we are open to giving all recommendations regarding your company.
In special, give to Miss Asya our bests thanks for the full assistance.
We had the most wonderful trip. We never realized that Russia was such a beautiful country and so steeped in history. The crew members could not do enough to help us, always with a cheerful smile. We learnt some Russian dancing, and completed the Russian language course. There were only 12 English speaking passengers and our tour guide was a young lady called Anastasia, we all fell in love with her.
My wife & I have just completed the Journey of a Lifetime 16 day 15 night Trip as organised by Express to Russia. We also had a tour of St Petersburg & Moscow as well. The planning & execution of both trips was well above our expectations. The guides we had in all of our destinations were exceptional & the meet & greet & return to the stations went as smooth as clockwork. We had one minor hitch but that was through no fault of Express to Russia..a quick email from our Ipad had the problem resolved immediately
We did have some misgivings at the start about doing the booking online ourselves but Elena was wonderful & answered all of our questions promptly & to our satisfaction. We felt comfortable with the whole process.The train trip is wonderful with Mongolia being a "special " place for us! We highly recommend Elena & her company. I am happy to answer any questions any body may wish to ask.
I travelled from Beijing to Moscow by train, and from Moscow to Paris by train. Russia is a beautiful country and I loved the trip and the help I was provided! I would definitely use the tour agency again!
I want to thoroughly recommend the services of Express to Russia. We booked an 8 day cruise on the MS Leo Tolstoy with Galina and she was simply wonderful to deal with - nothing was a problem and she was so prompt in answering my stupid questions! And the cruise was absolutely fabulous and represents really good value for money.
We are back to US from amazing trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg organized by you. We are so happy that used your service for this tour and will be using it again and again if we decide to come back in the future. Hotel choice was the best ever we can wish for in term of location, cleanness, breakfasts, and customer service. I would definitely recommend your company to my friends and family. Special THANKS to your tour guide Lena in Moscow and driver Vladimir in SP. These 2 people and of course ASYA deserve the outstanding review for their performance. :)
Express to Russia provided my daughter and I will all the online tools we needed to plan our train trip between irkutzk and St.petersburg. I was consistently impressed by the level of support provided via email. We could not have done this trip without this excellent website. Highly recommended! This site is reliable, offers quick turn-around, and provides excellent serve at reasonable costs.
Cheers – we had a great time
I would like to thank you all, especially Asya, for setting up our cruise Moscow-St. Pete cruise at the end of May! We loved Russia, and the cruise was first-class! We plan to return again in the future. I wish more people from the USA would visit Russia to see how our two nations are more alike than different!
We would like to thank you very much for making the arrangements for our river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow in Sept-Oct. We were very pleased with every aspect of the cruise. The accommodation and the meals were excellent, the staff very knowledgeable & courteous, the quality of the tours was excellent. We found the lectures on the boat very interesting & everything possible was done to make sure the tourists had a wonderful experience. Thank you, too, for arranging the hotel for us the night before the cruise. It was in a great location & very comfortable. All aspects of the trip were wonderful & it was great value for money spent. Our sincere thanks.
Express to Russia was a great help in booking our river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg. We just knew those two cities would show us a good time and we were hoping to find other Russian hidden treasures during the cruise. We weren't disappointed. I've included our picture from Kizhi to show you an example of the old, wooden architecture.
I want to thanks and also congratulate because all your arrangements and itinerary worked as a swiss watch, in other words, "perfect"; I also want you to congratulate because all your guides, the young and the not so young ones were really delightful, I learned a lot from them and i also had wonderful conversation with them, and Alex the driver, just perfect. Thanks to all of you.
I am home with thoughts of Russia! Suzi and I had such a wonderful trip. We enjoyed visiting the museums, palaces and churches, sampling your traditional food and learning about your country and culture.
The hotels were wonderful and their locations were perfect.
Most of all, we enjoyed your tour guides. They were so nice and knowledgeable. May I give extra praise to Margarite and Anatoly. He was such a gentleman, opening our doors and watching out for us. Margarite was so enjoyable to be with!
Thank you again for the tickets to the folk show. It was something I would not have thought of going to but I am so glad we went. It was so much fun and very entertaining.
Everything on the tour went perfect and I would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone planning to visit Russia.
Many thanks for the PERFECT trip to RUSSIA you arranged for me, Vada, and my traveling friend, Luellen! Every single transfer, reservation and cruise detail was handled professionally and as a result, our trip was a great success. I recommend Express to Russia for anyone planning a wonderful experience in majestic RUSSIA.
Vada and I returned from Russia on Thursday with fond memories of our fabulous trip. Everything fell into place without a glitch. Thank you so much for your assistance and patience in answering our many questions and scheduling transfers, etc. Everyone was on time and very accommodating. We cannot thank you enough for your help!
The trip was truly wonderful, and your company and Ms. Belskaya were more than helpful, professional and prompt with answers to all of my many questions. We loved the cruise/boat, the staff, the food and the on-shore excursions with the very qualified guides. The price ranges for the boat were very fair, and, in short, we were thrilled with the whole Russia experience and what you provided. We are recommending the trip to all of our friends in Canada - you have our full endorsement!
We used this company on our recent visit to St Petersburg. We booked through them in lieu of doing the excursion from our cruise line. We were EXTREMELY PLEASED with our driver and our English speaking guide - Tatiana. We were a family of 3 and were taken to the sights we requested with expertise, efficiency and great knowledge. We had a wonderful experience and we thank you for that!!
Thank you for arranging our transfers in St Petersburg and Moscow. Our drivers were courteous, on time and above all drove very responsibly considering the way other drivers behaved, particularly in Moscow !!!
I just wanted to thank you for your help to get our Russian visas in Paris back in June. You have been absolutely efficient and quick to help us and without you, it would have been difficult to get our visas. Thank you and all the best.
I have booked the Transsib journey from Moscow to Beijing through 'Express to Russia'. The service was excellent, I have received information on different options (with / without stops, different Trains & routes) which really was not easy to find out anywhere else. All my questions (and there were many!) about visas, invitations etc. were answered promptly by email. The tickets were ready for pick-up when we entered the Moscow office, the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely book through 'Express to Russia' again and can highly recommend them to anyone planning a similar trip with the Transsibirian Railway.
We returned home yesterday and I have a need to write without delay to let you know that we had a fantastic time in Russia and that we very greatly appreciate everything you did to ensure that everything was organised to perfection. We were not easy clients, but you responded to all our queries, requests, uncertainties and crises with speed, friendliness and superb efficiency.
In particular, I must thank you for dealing with the problem of our missed connection in Dubai. Your immediate response to our frantic messages was most reassuring and it was wonderful to be met in Moscow by a concerned and welcoming driver even though it was midnight by the time we cleared customs and immigration. All the other arrangements went like clockwork and we had a wonderful time throughout our tour. The on-board manager, Natalya, was knowledgeable and efficient - and a lovely person - and beautiful weather contributed greatly to our overall experience.
I know you didn't arrange the weather, but you arranged everything else, and for that we thank you most warmly.
We just wanted to thank you again for your help in setting up our Russian cruise. We've appreciated your support all the way through - from taking us through the complex paperwork of the visa application to talking to our taxi driver in St Petersburg to make sure that we were in the right place. Great service!
We absolutely loved the cruise! We learned a lot, relaxed a lot and were dazzled by beautiful cities and landscapes. We couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Russia.
Express to Russia did a great job for us. We had traveled to a lot of places. Russia is tough to do on your own because few people speak another language and the majority of people in the tourist business do not care or are plain rude. This company arranged a 4 day tour of the Golden Ring for us. They were very professional with great customer service. They had a van, a driver and a professional tourist guide assigned to us, who had everything well planned and executed. Mind you, this is not Las Vegas and the infrastructure is just not there. However, unless you go with a big group tour, to me this is the best option and you will see and learn more about this beautiful region. A couple of extras were that our guide went out of her way to make sure we got to the right station and train when they dropped us off to go to St Petersburgh and the tour director at the office saved us at the last minute getting us the same train tickets where another Russian tour company failed miserably. I would do it again, no question. Very happy.
Thanks for all it was a memorable trip for a life time. All your team was great very professional and same time very much humanitarian
I wish to express my sincere thanks for the arrangement which you made for my wife's trip and myself to St. Petersburg. Everything was OK and we have enjoyed every moment. I wish to express also our appreciation to Catherine (the guide) and to Vladimir (the car driver) who were very helpful and professional. Many thanks to you all.
This serves to express our heartiest gratitude to you, and your team for making our first visit to Russia most enjoyable and memorable.
The remarkable experience already started the first time we received your feedback, upon our request for a private tour to the specific places we wanted to visit. Your most professional attitude and response immediately gave us a comfortable impression on you and your company.
Truly enough, the professionalism was reflected in the entire tour, from the moment we arrived in Moscow until our departure. The three guides and three drivers, namely Leana, Elena, and Alia, plus Alex and the two gentlemen in Moscow, did a smashing job. They were not only knowledgeable in their fields of service, but were always willing to go an extra mile to assist with our ad-hoc requests. The fluency of the guides’ English and their personalities, with a touch of humour, especially in Elena was an extra bonus for us! A real team work was felt among them (guide and driver) which greatly contributed to the success of our trip.
Naturally, you were a “wonder”, in that you attended to each and every request of ours in detail, up until the end of the tour. Although there was a slight hiccup in the transfer from the hotel to the airport in Moscow, which was due to an accident, your personal call to ensure we reached the airport on time was greatly appreciated.
As regards the two hotels you recommended, namely the Aquamarine in Moscow and Rossi in St. Petersburg, they were both good. Aquamarine was new and had everything provided from the customer’s perspective. The choice of the breakfast buffet was plentiful and in good quality. All the staff there was friendly, helpful and kind. This was specially felt when they offered their best to assist with the replacement taxi to the airport. The only suggestion we had was perhaps to provide a shuttle service to the Red Square since it was probably a main spot for most tourists.
The Rossi’s location was great as it was within walking distance to Nevsky Prospect, and again, the staff was most friendly and helpful. Since it was an older hotel, we fully understood its limitations. Our room was less convenient as it only had one socket, and no drawers for our clothes, and a laundry line was missing in the bathroom. What we would have great appreciated was a water boiler, as coming from SE Asia, we were not used to having cold drinks from the fridge all the time.
In all, it was a brilliant trip, thanks to you and your team, and we would definitely spread the words around about your company.
We have to say that the whole tour is a very nice and interesting, we admire the heritage of Russia and acknowledge the richness of this land.
Every point of interest in Moscow as well as in the surrounding of the Golden Ring is surprisingly beautiful, and of course St Petersburg with its Hermitage is marvellous.
The Cosmos hotel is ok, only the service was very slow when we checked in due to too many guests and too little staff, and also the entrance is at a lower level than the reception lobby and since there is no lift, every guest has to bring his luggage by hand through the stairs which is not recommended for older people. one other thing that they must take care of is that the strong smell of cigarettes' smoke comes in the corridors of the non smoking hotel floor.
One Cathedral St Isaac we found it a pity that we could not enter inside.
But in the end, the tour is still a very nice tour, although the experience of being pickpocketed in the Metro in St Petersburg, and especially the 7 hours long interrogation with the police was embarrassing and taking away our precious time that we otherwise can use to have another happy and funny entertainment in the city.
Luckily we got your help Dasha, our thanks again.
We have returned home from our travels in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and I wanted to thank you for your part in arranging our trip. Everything went extremely well and we were very pleased with our experiences in Russia. I appreciated your emails in answering all my questions, and the travel was everything we had hoped for. Both hotels were excellent; guides and drivers very professional, helpful, and prompt. We had a great vacation!
I will be happy to write a review of our visits to St Petersburg and Moscow.
The guides that you arranged were just outstanding. I cannot say enough good things of them, but our guide in Moscow would have to be one of the most knowledgeable guides we have ever had. She was able to provide information on any and all questions we had on Russian history, and also worldly knowledge. She was able to communicate her personal experiences in a way that we felt like we really got an understanding of the country. We could not have gotten this from reading a book.
Asya, I would also like to thank you and compliment you for all of the help you gave me in planning this trip. Your quick and helpful email responses to my questions made my work much easier. I will be happy to provide references to your prospective clients if you would like.
Thank you for all you did for us.
I just came back from Russia which a fall in love with after my trip.
Our two tour guides were awesome, nice and polite, very professional. Please give my respect to Elena in Moscow and Lila in St. Petersburg, the same to both drivers in Moscow and St. Petersburg (Vladimirs) , all of them made a good job, I will highly recommend their service and your travel agency if I hear someone wants to go to Russia.
The hotel in Moscow, the Cosmo, the location was good but the service was poor, the staff at the front desk were not friendly or nice at all times, it seems that they did not like their jobs, they never looked at your eyes when you were talking to them and every time I got a phone call from home they made it difficult to who ever was trying to reach me, right away when they answered the phone after the second ring, they hang up on people, never got a message and were never nice to who ever was calling.
The rooms had not iron board or an iron which is standard in a hotel, the second room me had, the toilet seat had stains on it, there was not water inside the refrigerator and neither on the floor, the restaurants inside the hotel were not good enough only one Japanese and one Italian were.
I just want to thank you and your agency for an excellent service, I will promote it as much as I can, the only negative thing was the staff front desk from the Cosmo Hotel in Moscow.
Thank you both for making our visit to St. Petersburg so enjoyable. Asya - your prompt replies to my many emails and your efficient organization were greatly appreciated. Elena - you were a delight. I don't know how you remembered all those names and dates! Your knowledge and enthusiasm made our 2 days with you very interesting and memorable. I will recommend you both to any friends we hear who are travelling to St. Petersburg. Thank you again for 2 wonderful days.
We greatly enjoyed our trip to Russia- the tour arrangements worked out very well. WE really enjoyed our guides- very informative and helpful, especially Elena who we had on the second day. Thanks for your help. Hope we can return some day!
Everything went so smooth. It was the best decision to book my trip with your company. I will happily recommend your company to my friends, and hope to get in touch soon about my next year holiday. Thanks again to Galina Belskaya for the excellent job in organising my trip!
I really appreciate your excellent customer service. I'll recommend Express to Russia to everyone who needs travel services in your country.
Great, well organised company and would highly recomend them to freinds. Thanks Express to Russia!
Thank you very much for your organisation.
The trip was very interesting and the guide (Irina) was fantastic !
Thank you again.
We found Express to Russia and Asya Ashina really helpful recently when we booked a trip on the Trans Siberian Express. At every stage, Asya kept us informed and her quick responses to our questions was very appreciated. Very impressive company.
I want you to know that Percy and I had a great time in St Petersburg. Our guide, Rita, was very attentive to our wishes and extremely knowledgable about the local history. She answered all our questions and made sure that we were happy each day with the tour. The tour of the city was a lot fun but Rita's expertise and care made it memorable and Vladmir did an excellent job of driving. We didn't experience a single problem during the entire adventure so my compliments to you and your staff for a job very well. I have already recommended your service to others and look forward to booking another tour with you in the near future.
Good trip to St Petersburg, everything was just as expected and the tour guide Rita was excellent!!
The two transfers you provided both went very smoothly, with a clear sign deployed at the airport and agreement on exactly when/where to meet for the return. Car was fine too.
Enjoyed talking to the driver, Vlad, as well, who is a nice guy.
We went to St Petersburg with a UK tour company but booked an extension to Moscow, and Asya organised this. She was fantastically helpful responding quickly to all my questions, and when we arrived everything worked perfectly. The guides were great fun and knowledgeable.
Our time in Moscow was wonderful thanks to your very knowledgable guides.
The hotel was lovely much nicer than it looks on the Internet. The only issue was that they only served beer. No wine or spirits. At the end of the day it is nice to sit and have a glass of wine or cocktail.
The hotel was helpful in helping to track our luggage.
I have just returned home from a wonderful holiday visiting St Petersburg and Moscow. My guides and drivers were the most amazing people, very knowledgable and went out of their way to make sure I was happy with my holiday. Russia is beautiful, the places are gorgeous and I loved the people I met who were extremely welcoming, warm and hospitable. Thank you Express to Russia, I recommend you highly and without hesitation to anyone considering a holiday to Russia!!
Sonia and I would like to thank you for your services during our stay in Russia. You have provided reliable support in transportation, supplying tickets and guiding us in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. This made our trip enjoyable and free of concerns for arranging for all of this by ourselves. You have been very patient while preparing our trip to make sure that our desires (sometimes changing) have been met. I would like to make a special mention of our two guides in Moscow (both of the name Helen). They have been outstanding as far as the knowledge of the English language, interesting presentation, and adapting to our interests. We would not hesitate to recommend your company to other travelers.
After my wife and I visited Russia recently, it really changed our doubt of what we'll experienced in that country. Yes, to see is to believe and not just hearsay. Our Russia River Cruise trip was a remarkable and memorable one because of many fantastic places we've seen and wonderful experiences we've encountered. Very relaxing, excellent services and delicious Russian foods everyday during the cruise. Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places we visited in Russia are awesome. Clean, wide roads and streets and not to mention, it is safe to walk for sightseeing. Forget about drinking water filtration, bottled water is available everywhere and safe to drink. Other than many delicious breakfast foods, my wife loved very much the Russian oatmeal in the cruise every morning and I miss it too. Participating in the Talent Show during our river cruise was one of the highlights we've experience. There were 2 couples of us who performed the "Valse de La Guardia" dance and received the most highly applaud among participants. Not to be left out, tour guides were courteous, friendly and very considerate of giving us enough time for taking pictures and shopping. Many thanks and Kudos to Asya and Lina for their help and prompt responses before and during our trip that contributed to the success of our wonderful journey. We highly recommend the "Express to Russia" for their cheap, reasonable and courteous services than "Vikings". Hope to see you again Lina and Dimitry!!
The trip was wonderful, and everything was arranged very well. All my dealings with Express to Russia were efficient and friendly and everything ran smoothly on the ground in Russia, too.
Thank you for a wonderful holiday of a lifetime.
I have been home for just under a week and wanted to thank you for your organization and assistance.
The Gold Ring Tour was exceptional, Heather and I enjoyed it very much, a historical trip I would suggest to anyone
travelling to Russia. Our driver, Sergei and our guide, Tatiana were a pleasure to be with and we were well looked
after and informed.
The train travel from St. Petersburg to Moscow, the transfers from the train station to the hotel and transfers from
the hotel to the Domodedovo airport were friendly, comfortable, efficient and reliable.
The Arbat House accomodation in Moscow was ideally located, very comfortable, good breakfast, and the staff was
very pleasant and helpful.
Thank you for all you considerations to my requests, your great organization and your attention to details. You have
made out trip memorable. I will willingly share my experiences with others and recommend they book with you.
I really had a good time in Moscow and St. Petersburg last days despite the rain and do a little cold.
was a beautiful trip through the Express to Russia that had also fortunate to have two excellent guides, as well as motorists.
If you have the opportunity to travel again, I will undoubtedly through the Express to Russia.
We are home safely now and I should like to confirm that the expedition to Novgorod went extremely well, as I told your colleagues in the office.
Dmitiri was there on time, drove carefully and accompanied us with the guide all day. We would recommend him highly.
Many thanks for finding Tatiana as a guide for us at Novgorod. She is excellent, loves her city and is a very well informed historian and archaeologist. She is also a very pleasant person and we enjoyed our day with her very much, as well as finding out a lot about her town and Russia in general.
We have now returned from our trip to Russia and had a most wonderful experience. Thanks for all your help in organizing this and to your drivers in St Petersburg and Moscow and also your trip organiser in Moscow.
You all did your company proud.
We have just come back from Russia (Cruise from Moscow to Saint Petersburg) with the Lev Tolstoj. It was absolutely fantastic. The staff was very professional and we really had a great time. We will definitively use your travel company again.
Our trip to Russia was more than we expected it to be...well organized tours, good accomodation, efficient tour heads and drivers. Very commendable! We will surely commend your travel agency to our friends who will plan to visit Russia . Thank you for your fast and reliable agents like Galina, we have good memories of Russia.
Once again "pashiba", thank you.
The cruise from Moscow to St.Petersburg was spectacular. The rivers, lakes and locks as well as the vast expanses of Russia boggled the mind. I walked miles and miles and felt so safe and people helped me at every turn. I loved the Armory in Moscow, the Hermitage was beyond fabulous. Pushkin and Catherine's Summer Palace were awe inspiring, to have such wealth for so many centuries is truly a great undertaking. It is a journey that I will remember and we will return.
Just wanted to thank you for all your help in planning my trip to Russia. Your attention to all my questions, availability, and flexibility ensured that this was a really memorable adventure.
Took a river cruise through Russia's waterways! We were "awed" from The Hermitage in St. Petersburg all the way to the underground Metro System!! Expresstorussia.com staff, specially Asya helped me each step of the way for any questions/inquiries!!! Thank you, Asya!!!
All our arrangement worked well and the guides and drivers were professional, on time and knowledgeable.
Thanks for making our trip memorable,
Thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and found your services to be excellent. the connections and transfers were timely and professional and the apartment was a delight. Everything you said it would be.
Thank You (and Your Service) for Your help ... Doing business with You and Express to Russia has been / is a pleasure. (Thank You for NOT price gouging.)
You and "Express to--" will be My first choice for travel assistance to/inside all of the Countries that You serve, beginning-------now.
Thank you for a marvellous holiday. I have and will recommend your company to all my friends. The whole trip was excellently organised and very good value for money. I shall definitely be returning via your excellent service.
We really appreciate your help. We have travelled in major ways throughout our life -- three times around the world, Germany, Austria, Cambodia, Nepal, etc. etc. -- yet the trip we took now was a first for us, since we have always been independent travelers. We thought the trip was wonderful -- the guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg were outstanding, the ship was everything that was promised. We were glad we booked a suite -- the regular staterooms seemed small for spending a week on board, but the difference in price was modest and well worth it.
My wife and I would like to thank you most sincerely for making all the arrangements for our recent visit to Russia. The arrangements exceeded our expectations and we were extremely impressed with both the guides and drivers that you allocated to us. Both of the hotels were very central and gave good standards of service.
All in all very good and we will have no hesitation in recommending your company to our friends.
I just wanted to thank you for such a loving trip; everything was just perfect, the guides, Tatiana and Vera were excelent, and the two hotels were very nice and comfortable; Russia is a wonderful country and the tour was so much better than I expected. I will recomend it to other people. Thank you so much.
Our tour guides and drivers were wonderful. The content of the tour in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Novgorod was superb. You adjusted our schedule to accommodate all of the activities that we wanted to do outside of the tour and everything went smoothly.
Thanks so much.
My husband and I booked a 7-night cruise on Volohod M/S Lev Tolstoy from St Petersburg to Moscow in August 2012. Asya at Express To Russia was excellent in every way - very helpful in providing advice, very quick in replying to emails, understanding about changes I made, and all arrangements she made worked out perfectly.
We loved the cruise and our only regret was not ensuring we had more time in St Petersburg and Moscow at each end of the cruise.
We had a wonderful time and the tour surpassed our expectations. We were particularly impressed with the flawless coordination of the many transfers; that was the aspect of our stay in Russia that made us the most nervous, and we are so grateful it was handled perfectly. We also enjoyed all of our tour guides, particularly Mikhail, who took us around the Moscow Kremlin and Armoury museum, Natasha, our guide for the city tour of St. Petersburg, and Evgeny, the driver who took us around St. Petersburg. The hotels were also wonderful; my sister, the world traveller, and I, have agreed that the Moscow hotel was the best hotel we have ever stayed in.
Thank you again for a wonderful experience! It has been a pleasure!
Laola and I thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Anton Chekov. The tour was well organised and showed us the diversity of Russia. Your company was also reliable in that we were transferred on time from place to place. We would highly recommend the tour.
Thank you for all your help and assistance.
From start to finish, a memorable experience. Responses to inquiries were prompt, the ship (AntonChekov) met our expectations and the apartment rentals were well located, clean and provided the needed amenities. A most enjoyable holiday! Thank you.
The cruise was far better than I expected. The best thing about booking directly through you was that we were not a mainly Australian group as is the case when booked through Australia. We wanted to meet people from other countries and your cruise had a good range of international travelers which adds to the experience immensely. We made a lot of new friends and Russia is such a beautiful country I will never forget some of the amazingly beautiful places we visited. I also knew that the average age of these cruises through Australia are older retirees but again yours was a range of ages which was also very good.
I would love to come back again and see some other places in Russia as well.
All the crew on the ship were wonderful our guide Anastasia was such a beautiful girl and she was always willing to assist us and explain Russian way of life. The knowledge of the guides was excellent, the food was excellent the room was extremely comfortable and we truly have had the trip of a lifetime.
We have just returned from a Russian River Cruise, Moscow to St Petersburg, thanks to Aysa and her crew we had a wonderful trip and will definitely use Express to Russia when booking our next visit !
I would like to thank you for an unforgetable river cruise.
The cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg was wonderful. Everything exceeded my expectations.
The organisation of the whole cruise from the time I arrived in Moscow to the very end was faultess. Everything went like clockwork. The cruise itself was exactly what I expected and in that short period of time we saw quite a bit of Russia. I have no problems in recommending your company and the river cruise to my friends. Of course the success of the whole package was largely due to you who organised it so well. Congratulations
We thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour of the Old Arabat area and our visit to the Novodevinchy Convent. Your guides were professional, very knowledgeable and so welcoming. You provided a wonderful service.
Express Russia is a professional company that I would recommend to tourists visit the country. Helpful.
I want to thank the organizers of the Moscow to St. Petersberg boat trip. We enjoyed every moment.
The crew, group leaders, and the waiters on S.B. Nickolai Chernyshevsky were first class. The inclusive tours and activities were super, including the pianist and folklore group. The accomodation and facilities were very good and the food outstanding.
Had a truly memorable holiday
Our students and Dr. Kourova came back to the States with unforgettable memories about the trip to St. Petersburg! It was the highlight of our trip to Russia!
We would like to say thank you for all your great work of putting the program together and for the outstanding guide Elena Kartseva who made our trip even more incredible than anyone could expect! On behalf of the University of Central Florida, we appreciate your great job and looking forward to working with you again!
Thank you for a wonderful trip. It was well organized and your company did a good job. I don't think we will be getting into that area again, at least for quite some time, but I will definitely recommend you to my friends who might be interested.
Thank you and good luck with your company.
I want to thank you personally for your help in making our stay in St.Petersburg a thorough success. We had a marvelous time and you and your agency should be recommended for smoothing the way for visitors to Russia. Having our own personal guides and driver certainly eased the way into the various museums and castles and shortened the waiting times there considerably. The most difficult parts of our trip were before and after our actual stay since getting the visas and the chaotic conditions at the airport when we left were somewhat nerve wracking.
We will certainly recommend you and your agency to our friends and acquaintances if they are planning a trip to Russia. Thanks again
Thank you for organizing our trip.
Everything was perfect - guides, drivers, hotels , trains. We even had perfect weather Moscow and St Petersburg were very busy and crowded - tourism is very popular.
We would definitely recommend you to anyone.
I wanted you to know that you and your company did an excellent job at arranging every aspect of our tour and stay in St. Petersburg as well as the arrangements of the driver to and from the apartment and the apartment itself in Moscow. Everyone that had their job to do, did it in a timely manner and got us to our destinations in plenty of time. This was the first time that I had ever booked a trip where it was just the two of us and I have to admit that I was a little concerned that it would all come together. Well, it did and I really have you to thank for making it a very enjoyable trip. Our driver, Eugene, and our guide, Olga, in St Petersburg were great. She had such a wonderful knowledge about everything we saw and was so pleasant to have with us the entire week. Eugene was always at our hotel waiting for us when we came out the door--even when we had to leave for the airport at 4:30 in the morning. Thank you again.
I would like to say a BIG thank you for your help with the cruise/accommodation for my two travellers. They have returned and told me that everything was excellent - they loved their cruise and found the arrangements and assistance they got there to be fantastic - very efficient and helpful staff - they loved every moment of it.
I really do appreciate all the help you gave me.
I was amazed at how smoothly the Lev Tolstoy cut through the still water, so that all I heard through my open window were the birds chatting it up. This was about as dark as it ever got while on board - most nights, the sunsets were followed pretty quickly by sunrises. I'll have one of my sunset photos posted - then you can see why it was worth staying up past midnight to watch them! :-)
We just returned from a Russian river cruise we booked through this company. It was a wonderful trip and Asya did a wonderful job of taking care of all the arrangements for us. The driver that picked us up at the bus station in St. Petersburg was there and waiting for us with our name on a sign. The one who took us to the airport after the cruise was very nice and helpful and a delight to talk to.
We would recommend this company for sure.
Thank you Asya and Galina for arranging our St Petersburg break. Our tour was fantastic and our tour guide Viktor was excellent. We learned so much about this beautiful city in the short time we were there. Also, thank you to Galina for arranging our ballet tickets. We had a great night out.
Many thanks to everyone at ExpresstoRussia.com for their recent assistance on my trip to Russia. My friend and I were the entire tour group and it was fabulous. No missed connections, no lines, everything convenient.
Our driver in St. Petersburg, Yevgeni Katz, was recruited by a friend to take us around for a few days, he took time off from his job as an engineer(!) and was an amazing guy.
I have just returned home from our extended trip, which included our visit to St. Petersburg. I would wholeheartedly recommend using your company for visiting St. Petersburg. Your service was excellent, prompt, and helpful. Our guide, Olga, was extremely helpful and informative, and our driver was cheerful and reliable. While the hotel was different from our past experience, it was comfortable and very well located for our needs.
I have already recommended your services to people who want to visit St. Petersburg. We learned and experienced far more than any cruise ship passengers possibly could, and feel you gave us good value for the cost.
Feel free to use my comments on your website or with prospective customers.
Express to Russia is everything it promised to be, and made our time in St. Petersburg enjoyable and memorable.
I had such a great experience with all your services from beginning to the end. Dasha's email response in order to proceed this trip was very quick and informative.
Over ten different tour companies, I decided to ask Dasha to arrange my trip. She arranged exactly what I desired.
My English and Russian speaking guide, Anna Mazenkova, was much more special than I expected. She educated me and taught me many different things
about cathedrals, history, culture and all the beautiful places. Normally tour guides I know just show us around and have an easy time.
But Anna's explanation about building and guide changed the way I see Russia and people.
My driver, Anatoli, waited for me at St Petersburg airport and he did not speak English but I felt very safe and secure having him as my driver.
In fact my personal visit to Kirov Ballet performance and Mariinsky theatre I asked Dasha to have him drive. Price was not important. I thought he is very responsible, kind and well mannered. I like he was waiting for me and Anna at each exit on time.
Thank you so much for making my trip very meaningful and enjoyable.
Our experience with Express to Russia was very good. Our travel was worry free and very comfortable. I would gladly recommend Express to Russia to others.
I received my Business Visa today and would like to Thank You and your Company VERY much for your good, clear and fast service.
If I Need you again in the future I will defenately use You again and also I will recommend your company to other Business people that
need to travel to Russia. Thanks again and Many Good wishes from Sunny Australia.
The trip was great! Our driver was superb and both our guides were first class. We will recommend your company to our friends.
Thank you for your help in setting up our trip.
I am very glad to put in a good word for your excellent tour company. You handled all the tour arrangements so well. Compliments also to Dasha the tour guide & Dmitri the driver. The tours to the museums, city & palaces were really well explained and interesting. We were so happy not to stand in the long lines. Our driver drove efficiently and safely. We will have only compliments if anyone asks us about your tour company. Russia is beautiful and we have a great appreciation of your history, art and people.
I am writing this mail to thank you and your company to have taken care of our VIP guest.He personally called to thank me for making his holiday a wonderful experience.
Many thanks for booking our train tickets from Riga to St Petersburg and sending us the visa invitations. Our trip went very well and we had a great time in your marvelous city.
We have returned home safely after enjoying our visit to Moscow.
You and your counter part in Moscow, Ms. Yulia had done tremendous job of organizing the trip. The pickup at airport, the hotel, sightseeing's in Moscow and transfer back to airport for return - all were very well planned and executed . Everything were on time.
The tour guides - Elena and Alla were absolutely fantastic. Their command on English was very fluent and easy to understand. We really enjoyed their caring mannerism and knowledge while they were with us.
Thanks as Moscow will remain as a very positive experience with us. We will be very glad to recommend your company to our friends for future needs.
All 19 of us had a WONDERFUL time in Russia. The cruise was incredible - we all felt that it exceeded our expectations by miles. The boat was very comfortable, we hardly knew we were moving, the food was excellent, the staff all very friendly, and the boat very clean. The entertainment and excursions were good with nice guides and we really could not find fault with anything. It was also very good value for money.
Thank you for your help with co-ordinating our wonderful holiday. We are telling all our friends and I am sure more people will be booking soon through you.
Thank you for everything.
I did enjoy my stay in Moscow and I hope to return to Russia next year, rest assured that I will use your services at this time.
We had a wonderful time. Our guide and driver were great. St. Petersburg was vibrant, interesting and hospitable. We come away with so many good memories.
We will spread the word that Express to Russia is a good way to see Russia.
We both enjoyed our trip to Russia and have been so impressed by your service and attention that we have recommended you to some UK friends, if they decide to go on the Moscow - St Petersburg cruise.
We had a FABULOUS time in St. Petersburg!! Our driver, Sasha, and guide, Anna, made everything so easy. And Anna has an amazing amount of knowledge in her head - she was the BEST guide ever! We hope to come back next year and see the things we missed this time, and we will book through you again. Your service is excellent! Dasha was so good about taking care of all of the details before our trip, and all of the arrangements she made for us worked out perfectly. A great big THANK YOU to all of you!!
We really enjoyed the Hotel Kristoff. We weren't sure what to expect from a B&B (it means something quite different in the US) and we were delighted to find a comfortable room (loved the up-to-date bathroom!) within a charming hotel. The breakfast was EXCELLENT. Also, the staff were really friendly and spoke good English. One dark-haired woman was expecially helpful (I wish I had noted her name.) She even researched what kind of flower I had bought in a bouquet.! Super-duper service!
Thanks to Asya at Express to Russia, our recent trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow couldn't have gone smoother. While we did most sightseeing on our own, we did book an excursion to Novgorod. This was "the way" to see some Russian countryside as we know only a few Russian words, and Arkady, the guide, was both helpful and knowledgeable. Hopefully, Asya will help us in several years book our trip on the Trans-Siberian Express!
I used Express to Russia and had a great experience. Their service was great and so were the prices. I highly recommend them.
Our trip to Saint Petersburg exceeded my every expectation! We were promptly met at the airport by Vladmir and taken to our hotel. The hotel was extremely well located, just 2 blocks to The Hermitage. The room was clean, beds comfortable and the bath had every amenity, with a great shower. The hotel staff were helpful and there was always someone on duty who spoke English.
Our tour guide, Maria, was beyond great. She gave a detailed history of each site, allowing us the needed time to absorb all we saw. Maria's explanation of Russian culture, and the events of the last 20 years in Russia, gave us a perspective we lack, having been educated in the United States. To call this a "vacation" is a misnomer, it was an educational experience.
Express to Russia did an excellent job of arranging an itinerary that met our interests. Every request was promptly met, communications were very timely. Not enough can be said about Maria and Vladmir, they were perfect guide, teacher and driver.
I recommend Express to Russia without reservation. I hope to return to Russia, and will certainly use your services. Thank you.
I just wanted to thank you again for organising our tour. Everything ran very smoothly, everyone was on time and we enjoyed every second of it. You have a beautiful country.
I would like to specifically commend our guides, Lina and Maria. They were both wonderful and their intelligence amazed me. They went out of their way to help us and made it their business to make sure we were happy with the daily schedules. They are great assets to the Express to Russia company. I would also like to mention our driver in St Petersburg (I can't remember his name). He was a very kind man and another great asset to the company.
Thank you again. We will definitely recommend your company to others.
We had a great time in Russia and I took some great photos. Thank you again for the great tours!
I would like to thank you for the excellent services your travel agent did for us. We enjoyed every minute of our visit to St. Petersburg. We are so impressed by your team and I already recommended your travel agent to my brother in law who is working in Moscow. He himself is so amazed with the services your team had done for us.
I would personally recommend the hard work of Asya, Maria and Victor. Asya was so detailed with our itinerary, very knowledgable with her work, Maria is so well versed with her job, amazing woman and Victor is so kind, a very caring person. They make sure we are fine, took good care of us from the beginning until Victor make sure we are safe at the train station. You truly have an excellent team.
More power to your company.
Take care and please give my regards to Asya, Maria and Victor.
Jenn and I are back from our amazing trip, and wanted to pass on our thanks to you and the team for your wonderful powers of organisation and planning.
Everything was brilliant!
Now we’ve all returned safely from the Russian tour. We have had a very nice trip in Russia; and we like to thank you for a very good and professional job in handling our events. All the arrangements went off smoothly without a hitch. Our guides and drivers came to the pick-up points on time. And all the guides were very knowledgeable as well as able to speak very good English.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all the people involved in helping us to have a very enjoyable trip. I certainly will highly recommend your agency to our friends if they want to travel to Russia.
Thank you so much for providing me with the necessary help for my trip to Moscow.
My trip was fantastic. I would say this was the best trip ever to Russia.
The Hotel Bega was FANTASTIC! I loved that hotel. The service was excellent as well as the accommodation. I had a fantastic time and the service provided by Express to Russia was excellent, as always. I was sad to leave Moscow but shall return soon and will be again seeking services from Express to Russia!
Thank you for organising a wonderful trip to Russia for me.
All the staff at Express to Russia looked after every aspect of my trip wonderfully.
I was met at Domodedevo Airport by one of your drivers after a 22 hour flight from Melbourne, Australia and taken to my hotel just as you promised.
The hotel I stayed in in Moscow, the Ulanskaya was in a good location close to the Metro and not far from Red Square and it was moderately priced by Moscow standards.
I really enjoyed the river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg on board the MV Litvinov. All the staff on the boat looked after us very well and I enjoyed seeing the Russian countryside and something of village life in Russia.
My stay in St Petersburg was wonderful and now St Petersburg is one of my favourite cities. The Hotel I stayed in, the Northern Lights was very reasonably priced and my room was spacious and airy. The only inconvenience was that it was two storeys up with no elevator but with friendly staff and pleasant surrounds, I wasn't complaining.
Since I've been back in Australia, I've been missing Russia and all things Russian.
I hope to be able to book another trip to Russia through your organisation soon.
I wanted to let you know that the tour today was great; St Petersburg is beautiful and both Marina and Vladimir are first class.
Moscow is great; the guides very knowledgeable and the drivers punctual.
Thank you for all your help; the trip was fine. Only problem was lack of money changing facilities on boat; this was a problem we had not expected. All transfers worked well; boat staff and coordinators very good. Especially liked our coordinator Nastija, and Anna at the front desk. Sorry we didn't get chance to meet you in St. Petersburg. Melody is a good, reasonably priced hotel in quiet location. See comments above.
I just wanted to write and thank your company for the wonderful service I enjoyed during my recent trip to Russia. Everything planned and prepared by Express to Russia and my contact there Elena was perfect, and we enjoyed the hotels (Northern Lights in Petersburg especially), the drivers and the tours. All the drivers were on time, courteous and efficient, and we greatly enjoyed all three of our tour guides in Moscow, Petersburg and Novgorod.
We only had one missed connection, one of the drivers from Domodedovo to our hotel had a car break down, and I very much appreciate Elena’s attention to the matter and the refund processed on my credit card to pay for the taxi –
I will be happy to use your company again on a future trip and to recommend your services to anyone planning a trip to Russia!
Thank you very much. It was one of the best trips in our life. Everything was excellent!
Just returned from a fanstastic and rich experience in moscow, the Golden cities and St. Petersbrg. We felt taken care of as if we were royalty! our guides were extremely knowledgable and so we learned so much and gained such an appciation for the people, the struggles and the country. Witout the guide and driver, we would have just appreciated the architecture but learned nothing. You helped at every turn - this could not have been a better experience and we cannot thank you enough.
The entire tour was perfect, you did an excellent job.
And we thank you.
Will keep you and your company in mind whenever a Russian trip is requested.
We would like to thank the two travel guides we had on our recent trips in and around Moscow, they were very informative and knowledgeable and answered any of our questions which we asked them.
Ii just want to take a few min to say thanks for the great service. Everything was excellent, the city was so beautiful. I really enjoy it the whole tour.
Sorry that I just send you this massages but I just came back from Spain.
Hotels A1 (Moscow) and Tradition (St Petersburg) are both very well situated, with excellent service, clean and cousy bedrooms, good breakfast service and personnel is always willing to help. Thanks for the attention during our stay, specially the "Customs made" breakfast from A1 and the birthday present from Tradition on the 1st of September. We really felt at home! Thanks.
This is to thank you and your office, especially Tania, and your driver(can not remember his name) for the more than special help you gave us in our dilemma!
Thanks SO much to assist us in getting to Police Stations, train tickets etc etc. That is something that we will never forget. We know you went far beyond your boundaries.
Tania(I think I remember right) did have so much patience with al the red tape, and with al the translations. We are very greatefull, without her help we would have still been in St Petersburg.
So much thanks also for the driver that went to us IN the train compartment! please give our thanks for him.
I wanted to thank you personally for your great service with doing all the booking arrangements and then making the last minute change to our transfer to the hotel in St. Petersburg.
Our visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg were sensational. The river cruise was equally stunning and we enjoyed the total experience.
The tour guides at all the tour opportunities were just great. They knew the history, were very helpful and friendly and made the tour experience a very enjoyable one.
Your selection and recommendation of the M Hotel was great. The location was perfect, the facilities and cleanliness of the room great and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
We will be delighted to recommend your services.
Pam and I had the greatest time with our whole journey and everything was completely trouble free.
Many thanks once again.
Well. we've completed our trip and are back home for a couple of days. Just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for all your help in arranging our trip to St Petersburg.
All of our connections clicked great, the hotel was comfortable, quiet ,and nicely located, and the staff was very helpful. Our guide, Anna, was terrific and helped us to appreciate the various sites that we explored with her and on our own. Your city is lovely and very interesting. Thanks also to our drivers Yuri and Michael.
We had a great time on our trip to St. Petersburg and will always remember it. We hope to come again some day. Our best to you and the staff of Express to Russia.
Many thanks for a most enjoyable and memorable Golden Ring tour in July.
Everything was just as you planned for us, from the train station pick-up to the drop-off for departure at Moscow airport.
The midnight train to Moscow was very comfortable, somebody was running up to the lady guard with the list of names even as you spoke to Lynda on the mobile.
Please extend our thanks to the guide Erina and the careful driver Alexis - we enjoyed every place (including the food) on the itinerary listening to their rich history as explained by Erina. She did a great job we were blessed to have her as our guide.
I am recommending this tour to all my friends in Canberra.
I want to express to you my sincere gratitude for so expeditiously delivering my suit coats to St. Petersburg. Your efficient handling of my tour to Russia was outstanding. Lena was an exceptionally fine guide and a most interesting person to boot. I was mightily impressed with the fluency in English that both guides possessed. I fell in love with Moscow and St. Petersburg. I hope that my fellow-New Jerseyian owner of your company knows what an outstanding job the team of five people who helped me supplied.
I must say thank you for your great organising of such a wonderful trip. I can not stop recommending your company to all that I come across. Others in my group on the cruise also shared how great the communication was with Express to Russia and I am grateful that I booked through your company. The experience has been a good one.
I just wanted to let you know how happy my husband and I were with your arrangement of our Russian river cruise. Your professionalism and reliability were very much appreciated. You were always there to answer my questions and help me plan our trip. When, at the last minute, we wanted to change our Gold Room tour to the Peterhof, you quickly made that adjustment without any problem whatsoever.
I will happily recommend you and your agency to any of our friends who want to visit Russia. Please forward this email to the person in charge of your agency, so he or she will know what a wonderful representative you are for the Russian travel industry.
Best wishes and much success,
Our visit to St. Petersburg was very enjoyable and I wish to thank you for the effort you have put in to make it so. Everything worked out just fine, and the three ladies, Tatjana, Veronika, and Marina who were our guides, each did an excellent job.
The weather, of course, was absolutely perfect. I think we experienced the city at its very best.
That you were able to provide such excellent service at very short notice is quite remarkable. We have no hesitation at all to recommend your agency to our friends.
Thank you again and good bye.
I just wanted to say an official thank you for an amazing trip. We really had a great experience and were very impressed by the very high professional standards of our tour: the punctuality, level of knowledge and just general pleasantness were impressive, so thank you again for facilitating such a great trip.
Ya de regreso en casa quiero agradecerte todas tus finas atenciones que me brindaste para preparar este viaje inolvidable a Rusia. Todo salio perfectamente los guias y choferes nos atendieron muy bien Gracias a todos y espero volver algun dia y claro que los recomendare ampliamente a mis familiares y amistades.
ALL the arrangements made by you were super and Kersi and I are very grateful to you. The cruise was superbly organized and I have been recommending it to all my Indian friends since my return.
Thanks again for ALL the support you gave me, for the last 4 months.
Lena, our guide in Moscow was excellent. She was very knowledgable and could answer any question we had for her. We liked that she could pick up on our interests and take us places we might not have thought of to go. When we realized that one of the places we had chosen to see would probably not be that interesting to us, she was able to arrange entry to the Diamond Fund and the Armoury for us. Riding the Metro with Lena was a real adventure and a lot of fun. In Saint Petersburg we found Anna well versed in the history of the Tsars and in the Hermitage collection. Arkady in Veliky Novgorod was a very good guide and answered all of our questions with ease. Novgorod was perhaps a long way to go for a day trip, but we did enjoy it. Vasily was a great driver to have and kept us safe with good humour and skill. We enjoyed ourselves so much, my daughter says she is already planning to return. We would both have no hesistation to recommend ExpresstoRussia to anyone we know.
I would like to thank you for the unforgettable tour in St Petersburg we had on 7th and 8th of May. It was so much pleasure and all of us are satisfied with the itinerary and service you've provided.
We just want to tell you that we enjoyed our trip to Russia very much.
We also want to thank you for all the arrangements you have made for us. Everything went very smooth and boat, hotel and transfers worked in perfection.
We have now returned from the Russian River Cruise, that you have organized for us. You and your staff have made everything very easy for us, to do the booking and the transfers.
Our ship, MS Maxim Litvinov, and the ships crew was excellent, very friendly and the whole ship had a warm ambient, created by the crew.
All ports visited by us, and the river Volga, have left a deep impression
on us. I can not single out any one, because there where all magnificient.
Again, the ship and its crew, who are our friends now, and the beauty of Russia will remain in our memory for ever.
Spa'siba - Da svidanja .
From all of us, thank you very much for the well arranged ground tours while we were in russia. The tour guides, namely, Ms Lena and Ms Maria were very experienced and also very accommodative to our needs.(not forgetting the driver in St Petersburg!!)
Definately, we shall recommend your company to our friends in Malaysia who want to visit Russia.
We have finally “recuperated” from the 13-day Moscow-to-St Petersburg excursion that you arranged for us on cruise-ship Nikolai Chernichevsky, which we followed up with a seven day extension in St Petersburg and Helsinki.
The quality of the services we received from City Realty (or CR Tours, or TravExpress, but in fact personally yourself) in planning this trip was a wonderful blend of professionalism and warm personal attention. The advice you gave us was always clear and well thought out, the transportation arrangements worked impeccably (Aleksandr in St Petersburg was extremely helpful), the M-hotel which you recommended in St Petersburg was very comfortable and conveniently located, and the manner in which you interceded on our behalf with the cruise-ship company on the two occasions when we needed exceptions from their policy was admirable. The many superlatives I used above reflect exactly the way we feel – we will enthusiastically recommend you to any of our friends who need the services of a travel agent in Russia.
For what it was – a moderately priced, non-luxury, no-frills affair – the cruise itself was eminently satisfactory. Our cabin (comfortable because oversize – thanks to your intercession) was serviced impeccably. The reception staff (Anna and Marina) and the cruise director Artem were very attentive and helpful (especially when I needed some medical attention – and the Doctor on board was good to have). The food was very tasty, varied and well-prepared, and was served beautifully by the lovely Irina who was permanently assigned (a very lovely touch) to our table, and who (along with the entire kitchen staff) caringly tended to my special dietary needs when I developed that medical problem. Even though we came aboard as individual passengers rather than with a large group chaperoned by a travel agency, we were looked after by an excellent boat guide, Anna Yuvkina, often aided and abetted by Zoya; both were personable, conscientious and diligent and responded to all our needs. They also entertainingly taught us the smattering of Russian that we learned on board.
Special credit goes for the organization of the city and shore excursions – starting with the transportation (even when it was hampered by the interminable traffic snarls in Moscow and St Petersburg) and ending with the high quality of the local guides, who were well-trained, very knowledgeable, entertaining and spoke beautiful English. It was lovely to watch them work in collaboration with the boat-guides to shepherd their flock – I felt totally confident that I will never be lost in the course of the excursions.
The Moscow tour was what we expected – except emphasized by the poignant reminiscences of our guide of the life in the city before Perestroika, with which he entertained us during the interminable traffic jams. The highlight, though, was the night visit, where we were fortunate to be at the Kremlin at the windup of the rehearsals for the military orchestra competition – punctuated by 1812 overture and attendant fireworks.
The luscious serene shores of the waterway provided a welcome relaxing change from the bustle of the Moscow sightseeing. We were blessed with good weather most of the time, and the leisurely cruise was pleasantly punctuated by the brief shore visits to Uglich, quaint Goritsy with its icon-museum, expansive Yaroslavl with its churches and monuments and beautiful shore park, and the long walk and intricate wooden architecture of Kizhi. Mandrogi came closest to what I would term a tourist-trap, but a beautiful and interesting one nonetheless…
And at the end – a memorable stay in St Petersburg, starting with beautifully guided tours (by Marina) of the Peter and Paul Cathedral (with the touching mausoleum for the murdered last Tsar and his family), the Hermitage and Peterhoff… And. later, on or own, the Russian museum, the Michailovsky garden, walk around the Church of our Savior on the Spilled Blood, strolls along Nevsky Prospekt., shopping at the Gostiny Dvor; but culminating near the beginning with a glorious Gala concert conducted by Gergyev on the 150th birthday of the Mariinsky, and at the end with a visit to you in your office to thank you in person for helping arrange all the above for us…
I have a special place in my heart for St Petersburg – as a heartening monument to mankind’s ability to reverse the evil turns of the wheel of time. Originally built by a visionary Tsar to be a glorious monument to humanity (and to himself – so what? he deserved it), ignominiously hijacked to become Leningrad by the Communist revolution, tormented by the Nazi siege in WWII, with which I was made intimately familiar through the poignant stories of a Faculty colleague who survived that period, and who I fervently wish were still alive to see it now bouncing back to recover its old glory under its original name. I hope to return…
We returned from our 2 weeks in Russia and Estonia a few days ago, and I wanted to thank you for persevering on our part for booking the extra-special rooms at the Kremlin and at the Hermitage.
The guides you provided as well as the drivers were superb and, in addition to being very knowledgeable, were very entertaining to spend time with!
I wanted especially to mention the guide who did our 7 hour day at the Kremlin. Elena Vinogradova was the perfect guide/teacher and new friend! She was not only patient, but very warm and welcoming. I had a leg problem at the last minute, and had to use a wheelchair for that particular day. She took it in stride and with the help of several of my friends, I was able to manage the many stairs, etc. inside the Kremlin. She also went above and beyond to help a friend of mine get information on an eye hospital/clinic which we eventually visited.
In St. Petersburg, we had 2 guides, Anatolii and Katya. I'm afraid that I did not get their last names, but they were both very informative and helpful. The driver in St. Petersburg was Vladimir, and I found that we had both worked for General Tours, but at different times.
All in all, we had a wonderful time with the people and services which you provided.
Thank you again for a perfect trip.
I am taking this opportunity to thank you for an excellent organisation of our excursions in St.Petersburg and also many thanks to Maria and Victor
for showing us around. They did a sterling job !!!
I had heard a lot about St. Petersburg, but nothing can compare with actually seeing it yourself and we could not have done a fraction of it without the help of
you and your team. What a magnificent city !!
ONCE AGAIN , thank you very much indeed.
The trip to St Petersburg and Moscow was wonderful. All of the guides were good especially the Lena´s in Moscow. Michael was a good driver and everyone was on time.
We will certainly recommend your company to our clients. Also the Ballet in St Petersburg was wonderful.
The only negative thing was the cost of food in Moscow!
Ot sebia I lica moih turistov hochu vas poblagodarit za organizaciu nashego tura. Oni ochen dovolni, voditel, Viktor Liubimov, ochen-ochen horoshiy. Tak chto smelo mojete ego vashim gostiam rekomendovat.
Eshe raz spasibo za service I professionalizm, bilo kraine priatno rabotat s vami. Budu s radostiu vas rekomendovat esli vdrug kto budet obrashatsia))
Horoshei vam nedeli!
Once more I say "Bolshoye spasibo!" to you and your company for my excellent vacation. All the drivers did a great job in such a huge and complex city. My guides --- Lena, Natasha and Maria --- all spoke English very well, and were so very knowledgeable. They answered my every question. The folk show was delightful, and the ballet was not overly modern. I enjoyed it. In my free time I used my guidebook for some extra activities. For example, on my first day, when I visited you at your office, I was walking a route along the Moika and Griboyedov canals. My last activity was a very pleasant excursion in a boat on the Moika, Neva and Fontanka Rivers while I listened to a narration (in Spanish; I was a missionary in Peru for a while). As I now page through my guidebook, I usually say, "Been there, done that". And that is because of you and your fellow staff, who arranged a very personal tour for me. I was delighted to be interviewed at the end. I hope my comments get you some business. May God bless you.
I would like to thank you for all the arrangements that made my trip to Russia possible. All guides and drivers were very kind and efficient, above all when I fell down and sprained my ankle. A clinic was quickly found and I coud be properly medicated. In Moscow we had a fantastic guide, who helped us to buy tickets for the Armory Chamber and the Diamond Fund. In spite of the smog, we had an unforgettable stay in Moscow. In the Golden Ring , we didn´t like the hotels because they had no air conditioning. New hotels were quickly found to our entire satisfaction. Many thanks to you and those who have attended upon us.
We are finally back in the Bahamas after a very enjoyable tour.
Thank you very much for the excellent arrangements you made for us in Russia.
Our first guide, Lin, the university professor, was excellent; and provided a grand introduction to the beauty, culture and people of Russia. She made our tour of Moscow revealing, educational and exciting. Please convey our special thanks to Lin.
The Golden Circle Tour introduced us to another aspect of Russia. Cultural, ethnic and religious features made us aware of the life in these smaller towns; and we were able to appreciaate the the Russian way of life, and the hardships and triumphs of the past years.
St. Petersburg was the highlight of our tour. The Hermitage, the palaces, the ambience, the great monuments and artistic masterpieces are never to be forgotten. They were outstanding and equal to or superior to others we have been fortunate to experience in our travels.
Vassily, our driver, in St Petersburg, got better and better each day. He became a great asset, and very accomidating. His suggestion of the Park Restaurant for lunch proved to be an excellent dining experience. We liked it so much that we returned for our farewell to Russia dinner on our last night. It was great!
Liza, It was very nice of you to arrange this tour for us. The little mishap with the wrong hotel in Suzdal was very professionally handeled, and made us appreciate Nikolaevsky Posad even more.
Many, many thanks. You did an excellent job.
Thank you Liza for organizing our trip to Russia. The hotels were generally very good and our guides (Leona-Moscow/Katyia-St Petersburg) were excellent. We very much enjoyed our visit to Russia.
I just wanted to thank you for ensuring our holiday to Russia was a success. We had a wonderful time, the weather was perfect and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We have now safely returned home to Melbourne (and quite a cold wet winter) with wonderful memories of our holiday.
I can´t recommend your services enough. The guides and tour have been excellent. We particularly enjoyed the company of Rausan while in St Petersburg. She is an excellent guide as was Illya and Valentina. I think that Rausan is quite a special guide and has such a pleasant voice to listen to all day. Gladly I have captured her talent on video!!! We also appreciated the service of Andre and Anatole. Apologies for my english spelling of these names but as you know I cannot speak let alone type in Russian. I have been trying however and it has been fun. We have found Russia and its people wonderful and we would love to stay longer in St Petersburg. We were of course very glad to visit Moscow but it is certainly not as conducive to tourists as is St Petersburg. We found it difficult to find suitable restaurants and apart from Kremlin, red square and St Basils, the city highlights were not as interesting as St Petersburg. But of course you probably know this.
I must say that we are so very impressed with your service and and that of your guides and I will be sure to recommend you on tripadvisor.com. It is not so often that you cannot say how a service could be improved because I think that as a tour operator you are already excellent. I think that this was clear from our first contact because you were prompt in replies to my emails.
I am glad that you were our tour operator as everything was perfect. All staff were on time, spoke excellent english (which is soooo appreciated by non russian speakers) and were very knowledgable in their history (of course). Believe me that I can be very critical particularly as I have worked in hospitality extensively and have high expectations but you have definately met them. I hope you can understand clearly how impressed we are with your tour operation.
Just a little message to say that we had a lovely time in St Petersburg. It is a lovely city and I loved all the canals. Our guide- Rhoshanna? was very good as was Victor and Alexander- the drivers. It was very hot and I believe it still is, so I was glad to get back to the rain!
Thank you very much
Back from Russia I would like to thank you for your help with our trip. We had some brilliant days in St. Petersburg and Moscow (fortunately we left Moscow before the smog of the fires came). The location of the two hotels was excellent.
We are back home in Jerusalem and before we get too busy, my wife and I want to thank you and your company for the wonderful service provide to us. Been our first visit to Russia we could not a better help, information and service than what you have done. All work according to the schedule, the transfers where on time and it was a great help. I will recommend people not to hesitate and book all the necessary transfers directly with your company. Thank you also for the nice accommodation you provided on the cruise boat. My wife was very happy with the cabin and more than anything about the special food prepared for us. Every day the cooks surprised us with a different vegetarian dish, which were among the best we were ever served.
We also want to thank on a very special way, the English speaking escort on board, Anna Sukhorikova, she took care of all of us like a mother, went the extra mile and way behind the call of duty. She was always willing to help and make sure everybody was doing well.
The only thing my wife and me regret is not having an opportunity to hear during the cruise, more about Russia after the Soviet era. They cover all the rest of history well, but not in the ship neither the local guides shared much about present days. This is just a constructive remark for your company to consider for future.
Also we are very thankful of the optional offered on board for the Moscow show. I think is not emphasized enough how excellent it is. I will highly, highly recommend it to everybody. It was one of the best shows we have seen of its kind.
Again, thank you for your service and the way you answer all my questions. We will be happy to recommend your service and product to our clients.
Best regards from the city of Jerusalem.
Just wanted to let you know that My grandson Bruno and I couldn´t have been more pleased with our week in Moscow (6/15 - 6/21). We were absolutely enchanted with the whole experience, including getting lost a couple of times in the Metro during our free time.
Although both our guides (both Eleanas) were excellent, I would particularly commend the first one (she took us to the Tatiakov, the KGB tour, and to that beautiful cemetery where so many great Russian artists, authors, composers, musicians, militarists, and politicians are buried). Her knowledge is encyclopedic; and her understanding of today´s Russia as a product of its past was, for us, truly enlightening.
I will be taking another tour in Russia, with my wife, within the next two or three years. I will be in touch with you when the time comes. Meanwhile, I will refer you to other potential visitors to Russia as I meet them.
The cruise was awesome. We really enjoyed all of it. The weather wasn´t the best, but you take what you get. The staff aboard the ship was incredible. We had an excellent English ship guide and all the local guides spoke very good English. We enjoyed the tours off the ship. We felt that they could have been better arranged. We found that on some days the tours were all sitting and then the next day they were all walking. So we thought that they could have been split up ie: walking in the morning, sitting in the afternoon or reversed. I did mention that on the sheet they asked us to fill out. The meals were very good and the dining room staff were excellent. We had the same server all the time and we fell in love with her as well as our English guide. Most of the staff are University students.
Thank you for being ever so helpful when booking the tour and all our questions. We would not hesitate to recommend this tour to others.
Thank you very much for your organise to a FIT program for me this time.
On the coattails of you, a long-time dream came true to visit to Russia.
I am fully satisfied during stay in St. Petersburg despite miserable weather when I visited to Pushkin as my main event on 16th June.
I wish to back there again on day soon.
My name is Margarita Ruchaevsky and we just return from our trip to Moscow and ST. Petersburg.
Elena Kachevskaya arranged this trip for us.
I would like to THANK Elena for the GREAT job she did. She made everything absolutely perfect- from our transportation, hotels, trips, even the weather.
Your tour guide in Moscow Elena Kyksheva was exceptional.
Thank you Elena for making our trip the most enjoyable. I´ll recommend your agency to all our friends and be happy to be used as reference if needed.
I just wanted to thank you so much for your work on my trip. I just got back to Cairo and I had a really great trip there in Russia. Really, it was great. Both guides were very professional and super knowledgeable and I learned so much about your terrific country. The hotels were both good and all connections were punctual to the minute, which, living in a country like Egypt came as such a nice surprise.
I want to thank you for arranging my trip to St. Petersburg. I had a wonderful time. Your team was great. Olga was a very good tour guide who helped me a lot during my trip. The driver, Anatoly, was also wonderful. He showed me around St. Petersburg and I appreciate his kindness. Unfortunately, since I don´t speak Russian, I could not tell him how much I appreciated his help. Please let both of them know that I really appreciated their assistance.
Thanks to Express to Russia, I was able to visit your beautiful country.
I just want to inform you that we have completed our trip to Russia. We really enjoyed the arrangement you have made for us, from the airport transfer, picking up our Bolshoi tickets, the hotel in Moscow, and of course the Golden Ring tour itself. Our tour guide, Irina, provided us with a lot of information on the buildings and history, which make our following visits to Moscow+St. Petersburg more rewarding. Thanks again for making our visit to Russia a wonderful one.
I felt that I must write to thank you for organising the cruise for us and the transfers from the airpott to the ship and then later to the train station.
We had a fascinating time and will be happy to recommend your company and the cruise to others.
We are back in Australia and I wanted to thank you for organising our vacation in Russia. Everything worked as planned and we had a very interesting and enjoyable experience. We are very glad that we held out for the suite. It was very comfortable.
Thank you for your very professional assistance.
I did not have computer access whilst away to write and thank you and my ancient cell phone was not working. We enjoyed our trip and our drivers. The first guide in Moscow and the guide in St. Petersburg were both excellent and smoothed the trip. The hotels were exactly as expected and good value for the price and all plumbing etc worked unlike my visit 20 years ago We liked the restaurant too in Moscow but in St. petersburg with less crowds enjoyed the opportunity to eat out. B oth hotels were excellent positions and had good and helpful staff Overall with all the changes in Russia the lovely fast new train to St Petersburg and the wonderful buildings and museums we loved our few days
Good Morning Liza...
As we pack up to leave St P and Russia today I want to say "thanks" to you from Susanne and I for all your excellent service and kindness. Russia has been a wonderful experience. The people are fantastic, expecially our guides - Lena Vinogradova in Moscow and Maria here in St P. We have learned so much and had a few laughs along the way. I hope they have not found us to be "difficult tourists". The accommodation is just what we were looking for - comfortable and simple in very good locations. Please pass on our thanks to your colleagues who helped make this trip so memorable for us. We have been talking about your service to our friends and we have no hesitation in recommending you personally and your company as excellent service providers for travel in Russia.
With very good wishes...
I am writing to thank you for all your assistance with the organisation of probably the best holiday we have ever had. We would also like to thank the guides and drivers in Moscow and St Petersburg for making our visit such a pleasure we will treasure the memories for years to come. We intend making sure that everyone we know is made aware of the options available for visiting your wonderful country. Will keep you in mind for our next visit. Thanks again to all involved.
I just wanted to say thank you so very much for helping plan our trip to Russia. Everyone at your office and the mini-van drivers (Alexander and Victor) were wonderful. Helpful and kind. You were also so very helpful when we had trouble with our flight in NYC and were going to be arriving in Moscow late.
I would recommend your company to anyone who would want to visit Russia!
Thank you so much! Spaseeba!
I just wanted to drop you a line and to say I was very happy with the service you provided, especially when there was a problem with my transfer in St. Petersburg. Knowing I could reach you made my life a lot easier! If you would like to use me as a reference in the future please feel free to do so.
Thanks for all you did to make my vacation a memorable experience.
My guide was wonderful, and thanks to the kindness and generosity of the young woman who used her cell phone to call you and let the guide know where I was waiting when the meeting place was blocked off, I was able to see the Kremlin.
St. Petersburg is definitely a city I would visit again given the opportunity.
Returned in Argentina I send this e-mail to say that tours organization was premium.
I should mention the excelent service and cordiality of Mr. Alexei Uspenskiy. He speeks a very good spanish and knows so good the SP history.
I just wanted to take this time to personally thank you for the wonderful experience we had in Russia. As you know by Don´s note we had a great vacation. You and Liza were so helpful in making the arrangements and being so flexible with all of the unexpected changes. The vacation was beyond our expectations. The individual
tours via Elena, Maria and the driver Victor in St. Petersburg, made our experience richer by allowing us to sample the local customs, hear about the history and provided an opportunity to appreciate the culture. The people we encountered were friendly, helpful and genuine.
Thanks so much for a lovely vacation and a lifetime of experiences we will not forget. We highly recommend your tour group.
Suellen and I want to thank you and Liza for all your hard work that you did making our trip to Russia the best vacation we have ever had. We understand that you both went above and beyond the call of duty as we went through changes, changes to the changes and finally more changes. We would recommend your travel service without hesitation.
We were so pleased with the professionalism and sensitivity of our guides and drivers. Thinking back I am not sure our Elena, our Moscow guide, was able to show us all the sites providing plenty of time at each location. She did a great job.
In St. Petersburg Maria was amazing, she was able to avoid crowds as she took us room to room in the Palaces. She gracefully was able to make ad hock changes based on our needs. Victor, our driver was very helpful and also went beyond the call of duty. When he picked us up to take us back to the airport he even came up to the room to help with the baggage.
Suellen and I believe the crew of the ship was working hard to make our cruise a good one. Our main issue with the ship was the tours and options tours offered. The staff and meals on the ship were very satisfying. We were happy with being able to stops at the small villages on route to see rural Rissia.
We still have fresh memories of our wonderful visit to magnificent St Petersburg. Thank you for providing excellent service and wishing everyone in your Company a Happy New Year. Please pass on our special thanks and best wishes to Maria and Mikhail.
many thanks for the vouchers and for the clear advice. It has been very helpful and I would certainly recommend your service to anyone for future use.
Thank you so very much for organizing our trip. Everything went wonderfully, and we really enjoyed our time in Russia. Moscow was beautiful, Lake Baikal was very cold, yet very fun to swim in, and the DPR Koreans that I met and made friends with in Vladivostok was beyond priceless. The guides you got for us did an exceptional job, and the drivers helped us out a lot as well. The hotels you got for us were great, and the room you got for us in the Vladivostok really made the long stay comfortable. The trains were also very enjoyable as was the Russian hospitality, although we really weren´t expecting people to be so generous or helpful. Overall, the trip was wonderful, and you arranged it magnificently. You really went out of your way to accommodate my schedule and help me with my schoolwork, so I really appreciate it; I couldn´t have done it without you.
So once again, thank you for all of your efforts, and hopefully in the future you will be able to help us out again. Take care, and thank you for everything.
I enjoyed very much my visit to Russia with you and all was perfect concerning the cruise, reservation and so on.
Thank you so much for all your hard work on my trip! I had a wonderful time and everything you had planned worked just beautifully. I was especially appreciative of Alla Levitina, my guide while in Moscow. She was so knowledgeable and agreeable to answer my many questions and her patient attitude made me feel very comfortable. She enabled me to vastly increase my understanding and appreciation for the people of your wonderful country.
I´ve been back from holiday for a few weeks now. I just wanted to thank you again for all you did to get our train tickets to us at our hotel - especially as it was during your weekend time. My friend & I both had an amazing time in Russia. I will definitely remember Express to Russia for my next visit :) Thank you.
Attached are few selected pictures from our Russia trip album.
It all started with Elena, who patiently worked with us through numerous e-mails to help us plan the perfect itinerary. Elena went over all the minute details with us and we were ready to take off.
Our guide Lena in Moscow was just great. She is very knowledgeable, interesting, personal, and courteous. We learned a lot from her in two days including the History of Russia. The panoramic tour was very informative. We also enjoyed Tolstoy Estate. By the end of our tours with her, we felt we were saying goodbye to an old friend. Valentina took us for our walking tours in Moscow. She too is great and knowledgeable. She tried to maximize our visit to the Kremlin and made sure we saw and learned everything. She was very helpful at Old Arbat and made our souvenir shopping a breeze. She also hooked us up with a nice restaurant there. Our driver Alexander took us on four trips from and to the airport. He was a pleasant young man and punctual. We joked around with him trying to help him improve his English. We found out that he is getting married in August. In St. Petersburg, our guide was Anna. Anna was like a breath of fresh air. She is young but mature and responsible. She tirelessly used the phrase “our beautiful city” numerous times a day. We loved her accent when she said it. She made sure to show us and prove to us how beautiful St. Petersburg is. Peterhof is like a fairy tale. Anna proved her expertise in the art when we toured the Hermitage with her. She has great insight and explained the paintings and art beautifully. Her driver Victor is a gentleman and very helpful.
All our guides were very proud and enthusiastic about their country. Their ultimate goal was to make us appreciate Russia and to make sure we tell our friends about their beautiful country and we sure did.
Thank you all for taking the effort to make this a once in a lifetime trip and an unforgettable experience.
Just wanted to thank you for all the preparatory work and guidance !
Everything went very well and we had really some nice time (and weather) in Moscow.
Really appreciated your professional help and wish you the best.
Devuelta en Chile quiero dejar constancia y felicitarlos por el excelente apoyo que tuve en San Petersburgo el 29 de Mayo a mi llegada en el Celebrity por el servicio prestado por su oficina y en especial por la guía y el conductor que nos apoyaron.
El equipo fue muy profesional y de trato muy agradable
I have just got back from my trip to Russia and I wanted to take a moment to tell you about my experience with your company:
I was extremely pleased with the 2 guides you provided for my walking tours of Moscow & St Petersburg. Firstly both guides arrived at my hotels exactly on time and were very polite and friendly. They both spoke excellent English, they were very knowledgeable and they were interesting throughout the 3 hour tour. I even passed on your information to a tourist in the lobby of my hotel who enquired about my walking tour after she overheard the initial meeting between the guide and I. I also had you book a train ticket from Moscow to St Petersburg and you handled that really well including having the guide bring it to me prior to our walking tour. Your prompt responses to my email enquiries and your regular updates were very well received. Overall I was really impressed with your company and I would highly recommend you to anyone who is thinking of traveling to Russia. Thanks you!!
It has been such a pleasure dealing with Express To Russia and with you in particular. I really appreciate your professionalism and helpfulness and I will definitely recommend you to my friends who are travelling to Russia.
Everything was perfect.
Saint Petersburgo is marvellous!!!
Thank you very much for your attention.
We will recomend your Agency to our friends.
We LOVED the train ride. It was the highlight of our trip.
Moscow and St. Petersberg were unforgettable. The people we met were so lovely.
St. Petersberg is definitely a place we want to revisit over and over again. A part of us is still remains there.
Thanks again and we look forward to doing business with you soon.
I want to let you know that Dana and I had a wonderful time in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Tonya, Valentina and Lena were fantastic!! What beautiful and clean cities!! I wish we had spent a day or two more in Moscow but we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Peterhof and Catherine’s palace. I could definitely see myself coming back for another visit. Thank you very much for arranging everything and answering all my questions. I will encourage people to travel to Russia for vacations and also refer them to you and Express to Russia.
I am sorry it took me so long to get back to you to express our gratitude for the marvelous job you did in arranging our tours and train trip to Moscow. Everything went beautiful. It was a wonderful experience thanks to you and your tour guide in Moscow, Lena, who gave us the best tours in the world. You should always use her because she is the best. Give Lena, our regards and express to her our gratitude for showing us your beautiful country.
In the meantime I returned from St. Petersburg to Germany. I had a real great stay in St. Petersburg.
I would not miss to thank you for your very interesting and well-organized guided tour to Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room (together with my guide Maria) and the well-organized transfers from and to the airport.
Well we´re home after our wonderful cruise on M/S Russ and slowly recovering from jet-lag.
I couldn´t miss the opportunity to thank you for your efficient arrangements and help, as this was my first internet tour booking and I was a little uncertain what to expect. Everything went really smoothly - transfer pick-ups on time (even early); the cabin and ship were comfortable and immaculately clean; the staff were great and particular congratulations to the tour guides - both on the ship and on shore excursions - they were really helpful and knowledgeable.
I will happily be a reference for your travel service as we were really impressed with the smooth efficiency of the arrangements during our trip to Russia last year.
Again, many thanks for making our trip so memorable.
Thank you so much for getting our tickets! I am so happy that everything is now in place and we are now ready to come to Russia! Please can you tell us where your office is in St Petersburg? We would like to come in and thank you for everything while we are in the area! Thank you so much for everything! Blagodaryu Vas za vsio!
Many thanks to the work you and your team has worked to help a dream come true so i can go see my girlfriend in russia and propose to her! i found the services excellent, most helpful with added visas on your site that this site I have seen nowhere else. Russia is a new tourist destination and your team is at the forefront of providing a hassle free service. I will defenitly be using this site again when i next vist. A very happy customer mr ben adams Again many thanks to Daria and im looking forward to my holiday and engagement plans.
I want to express my greatest gratitude in making our tour a reality. We enjoyed the tour so much. It was very well organized and the guides were very professional and nice. We had a great time in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The schedule was well balanced with enough time to rest and do extra things. We had such a good time that we are planing to invite other family members to Russia and do the tour again possibly next summer. So as we get closer to the summer of 2010 I will contact you to help us with these future reservations.
Thank you for the email confirming my train from Moscow to St Petersburg. Thank you very much for all your hard work with my request over recent months. I greatly appreciate everything you have done.
I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our trip in Moscow. Lena was great, very knowledgable, very helpful and took us to places we really liked. The second day was a bit too much for me and we had to cut the tour short by 2 hrs. The lady who took to the Tretyakov Gallery also did an outstanding job. I would certainly recommend your tour company to my friends.
Eventhough the hotel was far from the city center, it was clean, quiet and had friendly employees. The breakfast was wonderful! Dinner was expensive but we expected that. I must say that doing this over the computer was a little scary but it worked out fine. Thanks ever so much for all you and your colleages did for us. I wish we could come and visit Russia soon again.
Chava and I are back home in Israel after a magnificent holiday in Russia.
We would like to thank you for arranging everything so well and especially for choosing two excellent guides.
Lena Vinogradov was a delight in every respect, knowledgeable, intelligent and a wonderful companion. Natalya in Saint Peterburg was charming, very professional and great fun to be with. Victor our driver in Saint Petersburg was particularly kind and helpful.
Thank you for your kind gift and you can be sure we shall further recommend your services to our friends in Israel.
Just back from holidays. We had an amazing time. Loved St Petersburg very much. Thank you for helping us organizing the trip. I found your website very helpful. And all staff very profesional and helpful as well. So big thanks again to everybody in the office. We would like to return to russia for moer holidays at some point.
we are back to Canada, we enjoyed very much Russia, Moscow, what a nice city.....
the guide was very good with a perfect french language
Thank you again for your support
We have just returned from our tour to Russia. Our entire tour with Express to Russia was very enjoyable. We feel we got very good value for our money. We enjoyed our hotels, the Bega seemed more like a 4 star than 3 star. Our meals were great. The best part was our tour guides and drivers. They did everything they could to make our tours satisfying and enjoyable. They were fun to be with and were extremely knowledgeable and insightful. Lena and Aleksander and then Leana made us feel welcome in Moscow. Sergie and Yuri brought to life, Sergiev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal. And Tania and Victor helped us enjoy St. Petersburg and finally Nadia and Victor showed us Pushkin. Please pass along our thanks and appreciation to them.
ps. We did "Feel Yourself Russian" at the Nikalievski Palace one evening and found it to be a lot of fun and good value also.
Just a quick note to thank you so much for all of your help in making arrangements for our day in St. Petersburg. We had the most magnificent time ever!!
Your driver and guide were prompt and professional, and there was nothing we could ask for that they werenґt happy to do for us. We recommend your company highly, you are all highly professional and accommodating. So we thank you for that.
Yana took us everywhere...a quick breakfast, a city tour, with stops...Peterhof and the Hermitage, and knew every possible thing about all of it. Did a wonderful critique on the artwork at the Hermitage, gave us some time for shopping, and appreciation of our surroundings.
She was a wonderful guide...and made sure we saw everything. We had time for a fabulous dinner at a restaurant on the Canal, where we had the best borscht and chicken kiev and Russian Standard Vodka!!!! (We invited both Yana and the driver to dinner, but they both professionally declined). And guess what Elena, we did indeed go on the ґcanalґ ride. even in the drizzle of rain, so it was splendid!
We never stopped until it was time to board the train.....both she and the driver must have been exhausted....I know we were, but with memories to last a lifetime.
So thank you all so much for all you did to put St. Petersburg on the map for us with lasting, wonderful memories.
I would like to thank you for all your help with our recent trip to Two Capitals and the Golden Ring in reverse order. Everything went really well, my Husband and I had a great time, really loved Russia and it’s people.
All our Tour guides and Drivers were both friendly, helpful could not do enough to make our trip both memorable and enjoyable.
The hotels you helped me choose, were in excellent locations and offered good breakfast and friendly service.
Once again, Thank you. I would recommend your company to anyone.
We had a marvellous time in both Moscow and St Petersburgh. The hotels were good, the tours excellent and all of your arrangements worked very efficiently. I believe we were even very fortunate with the weather. Thank you very much for your help in organising the holiday. We will certainly pass on your details to anyone we know who may be visiting Russia.
We would also like to thank our guide in Moscow, Leanna, for a wonderful tour and a very warm welcome to Russia.
I want to tell you what a wonderful job your company did with our Moscow visit. Both of the Lena's were excellent-smart, nice most helpful. We have done a lot of travel and these two were great! Our driver was also very good. We had one Lena do the historical portion and was with us most of the time.
Many, many thanks!
Our group returned from Russia on Saturday. I would like to thank you very much for your excellent service, welcoming approach and overall support. All the hotels and dinners (maybe with the exception of dinner in Moscow) were very good, and all in all our clients were satisfied. We are well aware that you had a lot of work with our group, so once again thank you.
I wish you all the best, and hope we will have a chance to cooperate once again in the future.
The tours were great. Thank you!
We have just returned to Australia and this is the first chance I have had to contact you. I would like to thank you for organising the tour and also for the gifts that you sent to us at the conclusion of the tour. First of all, I must congratulate you on the way the tour was organised. From the time that we first arrived to the time we left, there was not a single problem and there was not a moment that we did not totally enjoy the experience. Well done! I must also make special mention of the guides and drivers. Because we had Victor and Jana for 4 days(sorry if I have spelt the names incorrectly), we got to know them very well and we were very impressed with the way they worked as a team. They went out of their way to make the tour unforgetable. Please pass on our thanks. The Moscow guides were also very helpful and we were impressed by the knowledge and willingness to help us durng our stay. I will certainly recommend expresstorussia to friends. Once again, thanks for a wonderful team effort.
Sorry for getting back to you so late, but I have been quite busy these days in the office after my short vacations. The trip you organized was great, just amazing. Let me comment every aspect:
- The train to St. Petersburg was quite an experience. The same trip that took us back to Tallinn in 4 hours, this train spent 9!! Basically stops almost 3 hours in the border were controls are done by 4 different police divisions (2 from Estonia and 2 from Russia). It was not only a trip to Russia, also to 40 years ago!! The Russian border guards were like the ones in KGB films, a bit scary. We all loved the experience, but we will not do it again :)
- St. Petersburg was perfectly tied up. The bus was waiting for us at the train station, took us to the hotel were we could take a shower (obviously the train has not this). The guide we had was very well prepared, I would recommend her for any tour in Spanish, English or French as she was really fluent at the three of them. The hotel (Helvetia) it is a must. New and very well placed in the city. The restaurant was superb with an outstanding service.
- The bus from St. Petersburg to Tallinn was a nightmare until the border due to the pavement. Russia's road was so bad that the bus hardly speeded over 40km/h! Once entered to Estonia the road was smooth as silk!
Thanks again for your help. Amazing trip we had. My family loved it!
I should have sent you a message with our THANKS!! as soon as we returned to US, Sorry for the delay - but anyway receive here our BIG THANK YOU!! for the Wonderful trip to SANKT PETERBURG!!
Let us say WELL DONE to our GUIDE and Good Friend TANIA - her patience to explain time and again the details of Russian History was very valuable, because even when we believed we were familiar with this History it is different when you have to relate names and facts to specific places.
To our Grandson NICOLAS the trip to RUSSIA was (he has said many times) the MOST IMPORTANT EXPERIENCE - for a person going for the first time outside AMERICA (he has been in central and South America before) going to EUROPE and in particular to an IMPPERIAL CITY is something very special
Back again in office from my Moscow trip last week. We were very happy and satisfied with the car service you offered us and specially with Nikolaj, the best driver from Moscow. We wish to thank you and Nikolaj as well for this great support which made our stay and work in Moscow more than comfortable.
I've arrived in Poland and wanted to express my deepest appreciation for your planning the visit to Russia. The tour with Olga was the very best!!! Your support was truly superb. I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment and appreciate the opportunity to see your great country. Thank you.
I wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour through Russia.
Let me start off by saying that I appreciate all of the attention that you gave me when preparing the trip. Your responses were prompt and your answers and suggestions were always helpful. Everything was very well organized by Express to Russia. The guides were very knowledgeable, nice, and punctual. It was great to have such personal attention in a small group. The tours were interesting and we learned a lot about Russia and its history and culture. It even sparked our interest to purchase a couple of books on Russia to learn more.
The hotels were generally good for 3-star hotels. They were clean and the staff were friendly. Unfortunately, the hotel in Moscow had no hot water. I have a feeling that this is not uncommon and it takes away from the pleasure of the trip.
The guides were also very attentive to my mother's needs. For example, my mother doesn't hear well from her left side so the guides made sure to stand on her right side so that she could hear better.
P.S. Thanks for arranging such nice weather in St. Petersburg!
Thank you so much for taking such good care of us while we were in St. Petersburg. Everyone enjoyed the tour, our guides, and drivers. We were even blessed with good weather. The hotel was certainly convenient to getting around on our own.
It was a pleaseure to meet you, too. Thanks for bringing the Folk Show tickets to us yourself. We all enjoyed the performance and another opportunity to shop, of course. An added bonus was the city parade on Saturday.
Thanks again. I just wanted you to know how pleased we were with our visit to your lovely city.
I was a member of the Music Tour that you handled this past week. We stayed at the Dynasty Bed and Breakfast. We all had a great time and your staff made all of that possible. Very, very nice. Eugene is a great tour guide, well informed and enjoyed his work.
I just wanted to email you to thank Express to Russia for the outstanding tour your company put together for me recently. I had a wonderful time and have nothing but positive things to say about the experience.
First and foremost, I was blessed with incredible tour guides for both cities. They both had an amazing command of English and were both warm and easy to get along with. Their knowledge of the cities was also amazing, as evidenced by me commenting to my St. Petersburg tour guide once that it seemed like she could tell me something about every building we passed by. She was able to talk history, architecture, art, and a wide variety of other subjects. In both cities, I felt immersed by their knowledge, which added immeasurable value to the experience.
I had no problems at all with the various occasions I was being picked up. Everything worked like clockwork and the drivers were always very polite. The fact that you gave me such a detailed itinerary before the trip made things a lot easier for me.
Both hotels were also very nice and clean.
I especially appreciated the flexibility that was shown when my flight into Moscow arrived several hours late. I had thought the tour for that afternoon would be cancelled, but my tour guide simply shuffled the itinerary around, with the result that I was not short-changed at all.
My only suggestion would be to add an excursion to your St. Petersburg tour specifically designed for the Siege of Leningrad. When I asked, my tour guide stopped us by the monument to the Siege that is located on the drive to the Summer Palace. However, it would make for a good excursion to include a visit to the memorial, to the museum, and to the mass grave at Piskarevo Park (plus other sites). Many Americans are familiar with the Siege, so Iґm willing to bet that such an excursion would be popular.
Thanks again! I've already told people I know to contact me if they ever want to visit Russia because Iґll set them up with your tour company.
We are in Tokyo and getting ready to return to Hawaii. The trip to Russia was great! Your planning and assistance was key to our having a really enjoyable time. We would like to thank you for all you have done for us. Thanks again!
We thank your team for making our visit to Russia so endlessly memorable -- and special appreciation to Nastya for helping Lola through my two days´ absence in hospital. Everything went well afterwards, especially with Julia on the Vladimir-Suzdal tour.
Perhaps we may meet again someday.
Thank you for all the arrangements and good advice for my recent trip to Russia. Your driver, Victor, was perfect: he gave me a tour of the route from the airport and even taught me some Russian words. The hotel Nevesky was just right for me, a single. The staff couldnґt have been more friendly and helpful right up to my leaving; by then we were up to hugs for goodbyes! (We overcame the language problem with much laughter.) Not a fancy place, but more than adequate and the ladies made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend it to anyone! I loved Russia and hope that I can make the trip again...
We both want to thank you for arranging our wonderful holiday. St Petersburg is a beautiful city with so many lovely buildings and places of interest. It was all made so much more intresting by our two wonderful guides, Oksana and Albina, their command of English was excellent and their knowledge incredible and they were both so willing to help us with whatever
questions we posed.Without them we would never have got so much from our visit.
The guide at Novgorod again spoke very good English and was very informative.
Our driver, Vasilly, was also excellent, driving us with great care and always there when we needed him and also very willing to help us.
The same can be said of all the staff we met at the hotel who were all very pleasant and did their best to make our stay a happy one.
We both feel we have learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and we would love to go back to see more.
Thank you again
We want to thank you for all that you did for our nice trip. Irina and Tanya [the guide in St. Petersburg] were specially nice and efficient. The taxi drivers were on time always.
Thank you again for your help.
So very sorry this thank you is soo late but i wanted to thank you and your very fine organization for a truly wonderful trip! Everything went just fine and no problems at all! All members of our trip had a great time!We also wanted to thank you for providing us our truly great driver Nikoli Dimitrov! He was not so much our driver,but he was a true member of our party! He was GREAT!! We look forward to booking our trip to MAKS 2009 with your firm , and wish to have our new friend Nikoli as our driver.
I am home and wanted to send you a special thank you for a well organized trip. I enjoyed my trip to Russia and the Ukraine. All the hotels were very good 3 star hotels. In fact, July 4th was USA National Day and the Lybid hotel gave me a bottle of champaign and a fruit basket. This was a surprise and very much appreciated. All the transfers were on time and cordial. All the tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable and the tours were helpful. The tours provided me with an orientation of the city on arrival before I travelled around independently. Suzdahl was a particularly charming town and very memorable. St Petersburg was very European and the Hermitage and Petrovets/ Peterhof was to be remembered. Moscow was a much more interesting city than I expected. The Kremlin was unforgetable and the excellent metro system made it easy to move around the city. Kiev was also interesting. The Caves Monastery was very unique and Independence Square was bubbling with activity. The 4 berth overnight train rides were comfortable and thanks for the lower berths. I had not thought of the sleeping locations. Every train departed and arrived on time. I had also been warned by everyone before leaving that St P and Moscow might be dangerous for non-whites. While I believe every big city has its dangers, I did not find a single incident dangerous nor did I experience any racism. In fact, on a few ocassions I was lost and even though there may have been a language barrier, helpful Russians pointed me in the right direction.
Thank you again for a job well done. I will recommend to my local agent that they consider Express to Russia and yourself as an agent for Russia land tours.
My daughter and I had a great time in both places, Moscow and St Petersburg.
First, the schedule was followed right on time by the very professional guides and drivers, which was very important to me, since I value punctuality and to keep up with the schedule when I travel.
The guides (two ladies called Lena in Moscow and Anna in St Petersburg) spoke perfect English which I complimented all the time (we live in the US, but English is not my first language).
They were very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had about history and culture, aside of the descriptions of the places we visited.
I thanked them personally, but I wanted to let you know that they add to making the trip enjoyable.
The hotels were well located, the Cosmos hotel in Moscow is right across a metro station, which we used without problems. People gave us indications about maps and subway just by hand signs in different places, since they did not speak English, neither us Russian.
My favorite hotel was the Pushka Inn in St Petersburg because of the charming building, the location and the attention of the staff. Also, breakfast at the Pushka Inn was excellent.
The tour of the Kremlin and the Tretyakovsky State Gallery were my favorites in Moscow. As per the city of St Petersburg and all the places we visited there exceeded our expectations.
I highly recommend your organization to any traveler; please feel free to add any of these comments to your website.
Thank you for making our vacation so special. Everything went without a hitch, and the tour guides we had were great. Our guide in Moscow, Liana, was very knowledgeable about both the Kremlin and Russian art.
Our guide in St. Petersburg, Anastasia, was fantastic. She went above and beyond any duties, and she was very knowledgeable about all the places we visited. She was very tolerant of our 7 year-old, and she was interesting, and warm and kind. She was a very good fit with our family. We would highly recommend your travel agency and guides to anyone traveling to Russia.
Thank you and good job!
I wish I could have come by to thank you in person in St. Petersburg, but Yana said your offices were closed.. The trip was just fantastic ! Every thing went well for us. We have so many great stories and pictures to share with our friends back home. If you ever need references for anyone, please feel free to send them my email. Lena and Yana were both great guides !
My family and I thank you for your good assistance and services in regard to our recent trip to Russia. You provided everything we needed for a safe and very satisfactory experience during our trip. Everything we requested, you provided, and your service personnel were excellent.
While it is hard to single out any one person from such an excellent group of drivers, tour guides and travel assistants, because they were all very professional and very helpful to strangers such as us, we would particularly like to thank Anastasia, our guide in St. Petersburg for the last two days. She does an excellent job, is very professional, has patience and humor, and could not have been more helpful or informative. She has a great future in the growing business of tourism, but would do well anywhere and in any public position. Her intellect and communication skills will carry her far.
All your people exceeded our expectations and we want to again thank them, and you, for your assistance. You made our trip comfortable and enjoyable and educational and took the stress out of the little things that so often create problems.
We would like to say thankyou for your help in organising our fantastic holiday in Russia. We had a wonderful time and were very happy with both hotels, especially the petro palace who upgraded us to their "apartment" which was amazing. - the biggest bath I have ever seen and a built in coffee maker, my husband wants one for our house now!
Everything worked out perfectly and I will recommend Express to Russia if I can persuade any of my friends to holiday in Russia.
We tried to visit you in St Petersburg to say thankyou in person, but we were told you worked in a different office which we couldnґt find.
Thank you again!
Sorry for being a little bit late giving feedback from our great journey! We just needed some time to digest all the impressions and editing the pictures.
Everything worked out really well to our satisfaction! You and your partners have done a great job. All transfers drivers were waiting for us and waiving the banners! We got all train tickets and hotel vouchersas promised.
Moscow was beautiful and hot, Baikal was exiting and cool (only 2 of us went swimming before we new the temperature was only 6C :-).
The trains were very comfortable with good service and restaurant cars (except train #364 which did not have any restaurant). Hopefully the Russian custom control also will speed up their check procedures soon so the boarder crossing does not last for 7 hours any more (since Naushki was not a very exiting city...)
Mongolia also met our expectations and the ger camp was very comfortable (may be too well organised eliminating some of the challenges expected, and they did not serve us airag, the fermented horse milk beverage).
Beijing was even more commercial and well organised than we had expected, but gave us the tourist traps and shopping which we needed after 15 days on the way!
I have enclosed some snapshots from the tour.
Thank you again!
I wanted to let you know how incredibly wonderful our tour guide, Lena, was for the KGB Tour. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were beyond any of our expectations. It was by far the most informative, intriguing and memorable part of our trip around the world. We wanted to make sure that you knew how incredibly pleased we were with Lena and her tour. Every part of the trip that we planned with Express to Russia went perfectly - all the transfers, the hotels, trains and tours. I will definitely recommend your company to anyone I know that is planning a trip to Russia. Thank you so much for your service and for making the Russian part of our trip go so smoothly.
I wanted to tell you that our trip to Russia was absolutely fantastic. The drivers in Moscow and St. Petersburg were absolutely competent and professional. The guides impressed us with their deep knowledge of Russian history, architecture, and art, and with their ability to answer all questions and to accommodate our personal preferences.
Also, the pleasant personalities of the guides in both cities made our trip extra enjoyable. Thank you so much for your help, and I will be glad to recommend your agency to anyone interested in traveling to Russia.
We just returned to America. Our days with Anna were great. Thank you for a great experience in St. Petersburg...and relay our appreciation to Anna and our driver.
Thank you for everything that you did. We had an absolutely wonderful time. So good in fact that I have passed on your name to other people who plan to visit Russia. A number of South Africans and American. Your tours and tour guides are the best! We are already talking about all that we missed and thinking of taking in Kiev next time.
Thanks once again.
I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work youґve put in helping us organize our trip. Everything was wonderful and you were a big part of it.
I would highly recommend your services to anyone whoґs going to Russia in the near future!!!!
I wanted to thank you for helping make my trip so enjoyable. Elena and the driver on my city tour were very nice and quite helpful. Albina made my trip to the Hermitage one to remember. She is very knowledgeable about the art and history and conveys her knowledge quite well. My shopping trip with Albina and Victor was a real pleasure. Victor really made an extra effort to get me where I wanted to go and make sure I got what I wanted. A very nice day spent with two very nice people.
Thank you again for helping make my trip one to remember.
Thank you very much - I look forward to receiving the tickets.
May I take this opportunity in thanking your company for all your help in planning my trip on the Trans Siberian, it has been an excellent service - I can't wait to start my journey.
I just wanted to thank you for organizing such a great trip for us. Our guide Anna was great, smart and very educated on all topics, fantastic to have around! The hotel was very confortable, Georg the driver was efficient and so typically russian, I think... If one little detail could have been better it is to combine both excursions out of St Petersburg the same day since most of the road is the same. But trully I will recommend your organisation to friends and relative that may want to come and visit St Petersburg. Thank you for your great job and your follow-up.
Our whole family had a great time in St. Petersburg, and the help of Express to Russia was a big part of that. They were always kind and helpful and arranged for all kinds of things, from a great babysitter to advice on nearby stores. The city is so stunning, and being able to stay right in the heart of things walking distance to all the sights made our trip much more enjoyable than others we know who stayed farther out and didnґt have the kind of help Express to Russia offers. We also highly recommend that anyone going buy the Knopf Map Guide before coming, it helps you to understand where the apartments are as well as the many other amenities and aspects of the city.
I want to thank you at this time for the wonderful service that I have received. It is my intention to return to Europe in March and at that time I will use your company to go to St. Petersburg once again.
I wanted to thank Express to Russia for a truly wonderful trip to St. Petersburg. But especially Katia, because of her patience and willingness to work with me to make my second (but not last!) visit to Russia truly great. Thanks again and I will of course be using your services again when Nina and I come back to St. Petes (as a married couple of course!).
I wanted to write to you to express my appreciation for the way we were treated.
We especially appreciated the guided tour that you organised for us at very short notice - the interpreter and guide was absolutley brilliant. We felt that you made a special effort us to organise this, and that the service was very personal and helpful.
Working with you over e-mail to organise the booking was also very straightforward - you were always very quick, helpful and courteous, and I felt that things were being done confidentially. It was interesting to have the details and correspondence all recorded on a secure site.
Although I speak some Russian, having people who speak very fluent english is obviously very reassuring for others like my parents who would struggle to communicate generally in Russia. I hope that I can come to St Petes again to enjoy your services once more.
Best wishes to all of you.
I am a German Expatriate working in Saratov, Russia. I use my vacation to get to know the country. For a four day trip to St. Petersburg with my parents who flew in from Germany, I made a reservation with Express to Russia. They organized tours for us to Tsarskoje Selo and Pavlovsk on the first day and Peterhof on our second day. They picked us up in a very comfortable Van and while riding to the sightseeings the guide gave us lots of information about the history, present and future of St. Petersburg. So additionally we also got a St. Petersburg sightseeing tour! The palaces in Tsarskoje Selo and Peterhof are usually very crowded. Lots of tourists were waiting at the entrance but thanks to Express to Russia we were in there in a minute. The guide was also experienced in those places and gave us useful informations and hints. To sum it up, we really enjoyed St. Petersburg and the tours. My parents were very enthusiastic about St. Petersburg and promised to come back next year! Thank you, Express to Russia, that our trip to St. Petersburg is still very vivid and pleasant in our mind.
We have arrived back in Pretoria and I am back at my desk. We were initially a bit apprehensive about setting up our tour on the internet, so I thought to let you know that we were very happy with every aspect of the service you provided. The bookings, appartments, transfers, rail trip and car/driver were all excellent. Many thanks. Regards
Just wanted to say hi and thank you!!
Everything was perfect as you arranged it. The driver was at the airport, the hotel was ready, no problem, and thanks to you.
It was wonderful doing business with you, and will be a returning customer later this year.
Just to let you know how much we enjoyed our last trip to Moscow. The service was excellant as allways. We stayed at the Golden ring Hotel,and on this occasion you also organised a very enjoyable tour of the Kremlin. We shall continue to use your service. We are in fact today booking another trip with you. Using your Express to Russia site. We shall try to take some photos this trip.
I am very happy with your services and hope your company will do great business despite the difficult times.
We came back three weeks ago and had to attend to lots of chores that are now all under control.
Please accept biiig thanks from Mr. Sims, my husband Dan and myself.
Your organization of our visit to your beautiful country was impeccable. We felt well-taken care off and very special!
We loved all the tour guides you have allocated to us - but Elena Vinogradova in Moscow, a wonderful human being who was closer to our "age" and far more experienced a guide - was our favorite! We shall certainly recommend your agency and Elena Vinogradova as a guide - to anyone that we know wants to visit Russia.
Young Anna and especially Elena Kaschevskaya made our stay in St. Petersburg a very, very enjoyable affair. They were efficient, knowledgeable, extremely helpful, kind and personable young ladies.
We fell in love with the driver Sasha in St. Petersburg! What a character! We even christened him with two more "informal" names:
"The formula 1 driver Sasha" or on occasion: "a Kamikaze driver Sasha"!
:-)))) Still, Sasha got us where we were going in the shortest period of time through the heaviest road traffic with admirable driving skills and without the scratch - on the car or the passengers! :-)))) [this is supposed to be a "smiley face"]
We did have a slightly disturbing experience when Mr. Sims was pick- pocketed in St, Petersburgґs underground, but he managed to cancel his credit cards before the big damage could be done and soon got back on his feet. After that incident however, he was not willing try the underground transport again.
Well, I guess this says it all Alisa. Ah, yes, I hope Elena Kaschevskaya mentioned to you that my husband wanted to bring you a bunch of flowers as a way of thank you for taking such good care of us.
We are so sorry that we never had enough time left in St. Petersburg after the guides would return us back to the hotel - to make it to your office before closing time.
Thanks again for everything and....KEEP UP A GOOD WORK.
Realy it was very nice holiday. Like a dream. Thank you very much for your help during this trip. Everything was perfect. If anybody wants to came Russia from Turkey I will advise Express to Russia.
I must admit going to Russia was a big deal for me. I didnґt speak the language and had no idea what I was getting into. I cannot tell you how happy I was to use your company to find me places to stay, interpreters, flight tickets, cell phone use and the list goes on and on. People were very friendly in your office and my visa was worked out very quickly. I have told my friends if they ever want to go, please call Express to Russia. By the way, our friend Vladimir was indispensable for me.
Thank you so much for your help!!! We had a great time with Julia!!!
We appreciate all you did!!! Our time in St. Petersburg will NEVER be forgotten!!! My father still talks about it and I´m sure he will for a long time!!! Julia did an incredible job as well as Alexi the driver. I know none of this could have been done without you so please accept our sincere thanks. If there is anything we can do for you... please let me know!
Again - thank you so much!!!!!
I am writing to thank you for organising the excellent hotel Admiral for us in St Petersburg. The room, bathroom etc were very nice and the ladies in charge were extremely kind, friendly and helpful.
Also the tour of the Hermitage on July 5th with Anna Lapteva was the highlight of our time in St Petersburg. This most beautiful and highly educated young woman gave us three (my husband, daughter and me) a personalised tour of the beautiful treasures in the Hermitage and taught us a lot about the development of Modern European art over the centuries. Her high level of knowledge and her charming manner was very very impressive. Please pass on our appreciation to Ms Anna Lapteva if possible!
Thank you again!
We have just arrived home from our holiday, having spent a week in Finland after we left St Petersburg. This is just a quick email to thank you and your colleagues for all your help with our arrangements. It all went very smoothly.
We loved St Petersburg and will definitely come back for a longer stay at some point in the future.
Myself and my friend Kevin Foy stayed in the Ermitage until Sunday the 22nd of August.I just wanted to drop a note to you to thank you for being so professional and kind to us. We will certainly recommend the Ermitage to our friends!
Many thanks. I would like to say that I have been very impressed by your prompt service and customer care. I will be recommending your service to my family and friends.
I would have sent you a message anyway to say thank you very much for all the help you gave us in organising our visit to St Petersburg. We are now safely returned.
Everything was wonderful. The staff at the hotel at Vladimirsky III were friendly and helpful. The hotel itself was perfect, all that was needed, with a great location for seeing everything. When we needed a big bar and excellent jazz music, we popped into the ground floor of the Radisson, on the next corner!
The Bliny restaurant around another corner was good too. Being able to walk to all the places we wished to see was also helpful in getting a sense of the city.
We were especially happy to be very close to the Ackhmatova Museum. We came because of the Mannerheim Exhibition, at the General Staff Building, saw the ballet Don Quixote at the Mariinsky, visited especially the Dutch masters at the Hermitage, and the magnificient Russian Museum; and took a boat trip out onto the river!
The taxi met us exactly at the airport, and was helpful in making sure we reached the destination, which is not simple, with the hotel up the stair case.
I would strongly recommend your services to anyone else contemplating a visit to the city, and we thank you very much indeed.
We enjoyed our stay in Saint-Petersbourg. The Filippov hotel is very nice.
Thank you very much.
nous avons passe un excellent voyage !
hotel tres bien et les transfers aussi.
la ville est merveilleuse....
merci encore pour vos services.
We are back home in Bangalore after a very nice hoilidays in Moscow & St.pґburg. Thanks a lot once again for the excellent arrangements.
The biggest service your company did for us was to arrange the invitation which every private visitor to Russia has to have in order to get a visa. This service was invalueable and I have twice recommended you to fellow New Zealand travelers to Russia who used this service and one of them leaves for Russia in two days. For those unfamiliar with the invitation from OVIR, believe me when I say it is a nightmare of red tape and Russian bureaucratic nonsense and it usually takes my sister in law months to arrange after hours of standing in the famous Russian queue for documents. But, with your service, all I did was give you my details and 25 days later my invitation arrived.
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