Nadezhda Kalistratova

Hi! My name is Nadezhda and I could be your guide around the most beautiful European city. I do love St. Petersburg since childhood. I remember, me and my mum used to cover half a city by tram to admire the downtown, to look at the Kazan St. Isaac’s domes, the spires of the Admiralty and St. Peter&Paul’s cathedral, large expanses of the Neva River that open over the Palace Bridge. (In those days it was a tram route!). Or one would enjoy dark leaden waves of the Neva in hazy weather. You would never find such heavy waters and low sky in the world, though they enhance an exquisite pattern of the Summer Garden Fence and a strong organized street architecture. I’ve learnt to be fond of St. Petersburg in every kind of weather.

I spent the last school grade in the Peterhof city. We would run into the Lower Park to get prepared to the exams. Amidst the marble statures and worldwide famous fountains, sitting on the benches around shady alleys, it seemed, one learned quicker.

I was really lucky to enter the State University, since my faculty was located in the main office, the former 12 Colleague Building. I would skip boring lectures to get into the Hermitage. No wonder, I consider that being a guide is the best profession in the world. And I’m sincerely jealous of YOU, as you’re just on the way to get in LOVE with St. Petersburg.

 

Elena Krivtsova

Hello to everyone! My name’s Elena.

I’m a licensed experienced Moscow guide fluent in English and Spanish. My job has become a passion for me.

I’m in love with my city which is full of history, art and mysteries. I’m eager to “reveal” my city to you, let you feel the taste of it, find out about its traditions and about its long dramatic history.

I’m currently conducting tours of Moscow for English-speaking and Spanish-speaking visitors. I invite you to join my walks.

Kseniya Gurova

I am Kseniya Gurova. I was born and bred in St. Petersburg, and have always lived here. I graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts with a Masters degree in Art History. I have also taken numerous courses at the State Association of St. Petersburg for tour guides and interpreters. I am an officially licensed English Speaking Tour Guide with a license from that Association, as well as special licenses from all the major museums in St. Petersburg. K JOY Travel Company is my pride and joy. After all, I created it 5 years ago! But I still work as a tour guide in St.Petersburg, as I deeply love this profession, that’s why you may see me on this page, too. I love meeting new people and will be very glad to see you among our guests to share our JOY of Travel.

Kseniya Belous

One of several guides recommended by American Fodor’s Guide Book for Saint-Petersburg tours.

About myself

I studied foreign languages at the Linguistic Department of St.-Petersburg Humanitarian University and then the history of fine arts in The Fine Arts Academy of St.-Petersburg. My granny is a painter and as a child I was often brought to different art museums and exhibitions. I got my love for this sphere from the childhood and had been never disappointed.

I may say I am a patriot. What I love about my country is its diversity. So many beautiful parts which we can visit and be really proud that it is all Russia. I want to share my pride for the country which went through so many difficulties but still remains a great land with very understanding and kind people.

I was born in the Soviet Union and the things now are very different from the time when I was growing up. The country went through the dramatic changes. I was born in Leningrad in 1980-s when there was a shortage of many goods and not so many families could afford to have more than one or two children. But we had our happy childhood, we were brought to the Black Sea in the summer and enjoyed skiing and skating in the winter, visited puppy theatres and ate the best Leningrad ice-cream. I was in the fifth grade when the Soviet Union collapsed and I remember we were given a task to think about our future professions in the new country. I decided that more foreigners would come to visit St.-Petersburg with the borders opened and I would love to work with them as a guide. It was my choice 20 years ago and it happened. Learning languages and fine art history helped me to assure myself that it is a right choice.

My working experience

I have been working as a tour guide for more than 10 years. I started my working career as St.-Petersburg licensed guide. About 5 years ago I started bringing foreign tourists to Moscow, Novgorod, Vladimir and Pskov. Out of the main touristic season I bring Russians to different European countries: Finland, Scandinavian countries, Poland, the Baltic States, Germany, countries of Benelux, France, Spain and Italy.

Except for the touristic sphere I gave lectures in our Fine Art Academy on the history of French architecture (as I am finishing my thesis on Reconstruction of Paris of the 2nd half of the XIX century). Couple of times I was invited to Sorbonne University to participate in different conferences.

Another branch of my working experience is a position of a tour manager and translator in Young Talents Company. I used to work with them 3 years, organizing 3-4 international football competitions for children per season. I was

responsible for corresponding with all the foreign teams and making all the tour programs and transportation.

Some interesting stories

Once I got a parcel from the USA for Christmas from my tourists. There were warm socks and an album with the photographs from our trip – it was so nice and memorable.

About 5 years ago I went to London for Christmas holidays. Walking with my friends along the embankment I heard my name. While I was turning left and right a nicely dressed couple came up to us and said “Privet” which means “Hello” in Russian. They told me that they were in my group the previous year and still remembered some Russian words. It was so touching! They were in a hurry coming to Covent Garden, so we said “Do svidania” to each other which means “See you again”.

Catherine Romanyuk

All my life I’ve been in love with foreign languages and history. I graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages, the department of linguistics and I have been working as a guide since 2006.

I am a very enthusiastic person and I am always eager to make your trip in St. Petersburg unforgettable, exciting and full of interesting activities.

I was lucky to run tours for some famous people. For instance, in 2006 during the G8 summit in St. Petersburg I worked as a personal guide of Roger Moore and Ann Veneman. In 2014 I was invited to work for Omega at the Olympics Games in Sochi, that was an experience of my lifetime.

I am really proud to live in such a fascinating and enigmatic city and I want you to be enraptured with our city too. Make your wish about the best trip to St. Petersburg and we will definitely make it come true.

Catherine Murer

The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Christopher McCandless

I invite you, dear Traveler,for an exciting trip around my mother country.My name is Katya Mourer. Having a great command of European and Russian History and Culture, I'd like to make your experience of St Petersburg unforgetable

I will host you around the Hermitage,an Imperial Palace and its amazing Art Collection, the Peter and Paul's Fortress, the main cemetery, prison and fort, an exclusive collection of Faberge eggs, colorful mosaics of the Church on the Blood and many other exciting sites of our city.

I have a pretty long experience in touring-almost 15 years. And I never want to be a lecturer, rather a friend to share my city and to fit the interests of my guests. I truly believe that traveling is adventure.

Yana Osetrova

Saint - Petersburg is my hometown, and it's influenced me a lot. I can`t imagine living in any other city, with no beautiful architecture, no landmarks, and no connection with European history. As I say to the visitors on my tours, being born here has a huge effect on what kind of person you become.

I've been working as a guide since 2012, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I love everyone who visits this city. My favorite place to give tours is the Russian Museum. After the tour I usually hear that Russian culture is not fully appreciated in the West.  So come visit us to get a taste of what it's all about.

Irina Chulkova

Hello, my name is Irina Chulkova. I have graduated as a teacher of foreign languages and working with people and traveling is my passion that is why I have joined Moscow Association of Guide-Interpreters to become a professional licensed Moscow tour guide.

Being a keen traveler and explorer by nature, I value pre-planned itineraries and flexibility in choosing the tracks. That's why I offer this approach to my tourists. My idea is to think globally, to ruin well-known stereotypes and prejudices, to help bridge the gap between peoples and countries of our planet


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