For our 3 days tour we had Maria as a tour guide, and she was really professional and made everything interesting. In the visit in the Yusupov Palace we had to split in two groups, so we had also the occasion to listen to Katia, another excellent guide! I can recommend both of them, as they have a great knowledge of history and plus they both know very interesting stories to entertain visitors during the tours! Hope to come back again in Saint Petersburg because I have loved it!

Maria Teresa C, Apr 2016

For our 4 days trip to the city, we had #1 tour guide showing us this beautiful city. Highly recommend this company and especially Katia as a tour guide :) she brought the history alive and was really interesting to listen to. Thank you!!

Hyvinkaa, Finland, May 2016

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Our time with K JOY Travel exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend this company! We had an incredibly knowledgeable and great guide. Her knowledge of the sites, history and local customs made our 3 days in Saint Petersburg and Moscow very enjoyable. Kseniya also provides great customer service and ensures that her customers are well looked after from preparing for the tours, during the tours and any required follow-up. 

Steve C.

Kseniya at K Joy developed a custom tour for us that was impeccable. Our guide, Kate, knew so much about all the attractions and kept pace with our frenetic agenda of activities. Kate's English was perfect - and on the train back from Moscow, she gave me a tutorial in the Russian alphabet. One of our drivers enjoyed practicing his English so it was a mutually beneficial learning experience.

In Moscow, we walked nearly 10 miles, seeing everything we had hoped to see and more. If you ever go, take the subway as it is remarkable. Day 1 and 3 in St. Petersburg were equally amazing, though it is a considerably more modern city. So much to see, so little time.

If you're making a trip to either place, contact K Joy. They are the best!

Visited August 2015

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K JOY Travel was referred to me by a friend as I was planning our 3 day Visa free trip to St. Petersburg without knowing what to expect. My daughter and I are experienced travelers but our guide Kseniya Gurova really opened up the city's potential for us. In addition to being responsive and flexible, she showed a level of caring and follow up that is unusual, even for private guides. Her driver and luxury car were always there to pick us up at the end of our tours. The highlights of our trip were not just the usual sights ( Hermitage, Peterhof, St. Catherine's, Church on Spilled Blood) but rather a canal boat tour organized at the last minute; and a ride on the underground, stopping at those stations with beautiful mosiacs and chandeliers. Finally, we really enjoyed her sharing about her own experiences growing up in Russia. 


Dottie, Pauline, David and I want to thank you for all you did for us in putting on such a wonderful two day tour in St. Petersburg. We arrived home last evening after completing our cruise. What a great time we had in Russia. Your hard work in preparation and your professionalism are really appreciated. We also enjoyed the Russian chocolate.

Thanks again for all you did. We will always remember you and the beautiful sites we enjoyed on your excursion and will be certain to call you the next time we visit St Petersburg. Best wishes for you and your company.

Greg Ulrich

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We are seasoned travelers and often use a local guide to make best use of each day in a new city. While in St. Petersburg, K JOY Travel provided a private tour of the city and also the Peterhof and Catherine palaces (both are worth the drive). Kseniya make our trip an absolute delight, organizing transportation, events, and providing expert commentary on art and history in a story-telling context. Highly recommended.

 Janet, Greg Peet

K JOY Travel 2-day tour of St. Petersburg was the high point of our 12-day 5-city Baltic cruise. Everything was planned in advance including all expenses: transportation, temporary visas, fees and local lunches. The itinerary maximized visits to historic locations as well as occasional shopping stops. Our guide’s familiarity with history, architecture, art, culture and social issues made every minute a valuable experience. I accumulated six typed pages of notes. In addition, she shared information about her personal life living in a Russian city that gave us an insight that most tourists would never see. Her willingness to make changes to the tour as well as her frankness and openness with information contributed to a wonderful experience. The use of a mini-van for 14 in our group made it possible to expedite each visit, where large buses would have significantly slowed progress. It was one of our most memorable excursions thanks to Ksenyia and her company. If I could add more stars to my evaluation, I would. I recommend her tour.

Charles Markee

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Dear Kseniya,
Thanking you , once again for some wonderful memories of your beautiful city, your Great Aunt and delicious food. We were thrilled with all the itinerary you put together for us, including the metro rides and the visit to the Art gallery for Daniel’s paintings. We also appreciated your prompt replies to our requests. We have passed on your name to some people who are interested in visiting St Petersburg next year so here’s hoping you hear from them. For us our trip to St Petersburg was fantastic. We would love to visit again one day. We are now planning a holiday to Vietnam in early February. We will be thinking of you, skating on the Neva River!

thank you, once again
your friends, Graeme and Judith

Utilizing Kseniya from K JOY Travel as your guide on a visit to St Petersburg will truly make your experience a most memorable one. She is extremely knowledgeable, personable, well organized, and truly loves her city. Kseniya made our two and a half day visit one we shall never forget.

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Thanks again for making our two days in St. Petersburg so special, for sharing your love of St. Petersburg with us.  You will remain in our hearts.
Jo Gibbs,

DO NOT HESITATE, BOOK K JOY Travel NOW!!! If you want to insure a deep rich historical and cultural tour then you have found your ultimate company. Kseniya's friendly outgoing nature and her encyclopedic knowledge of Russian art and history will delight the most experienced and novice traveler alike. I discovered this website by chance and was unsure what to expect but when we were five minutes into our first day I new I had discovered a true jewel. I cannot imagine my trip to St. Petersburg now without Kseniya.
David Umansky,
Sep 11, 2013    

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Kseniya, thank you so much for the tour you gave us. It was truly perfect.We really appreciated your efforts.You were very considerate and flexible,and your knowledge and attention to detail was much appreciated by all.We wish you good fortune in any future plans you have ,and if we can supply a testimonial for your company please let us know.

Thank you again

William Simpson

We had a 2 day tour with K JOY Travel. They arranged for us to be picked up from the airport and to be driven around the city on our tour, which meant we got to see so much more than a walking tour. Our guide Kseniya was marvelous. She worked with us before the visit to see what we wanted out of it a provided the perfect tour. She has a deep knowledge of the city its history, legends and characters, and conveys it it in a really interesting way. I would highly recommend her services.

Richard Norton-Hall,
May 3, 2013

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A fascinating experience! I cannot tell how much we have enjoyed our time in Russia with JOY Travel, which was made all the more special by Igor and Kseniya Gurova. Thank you both for your warmth, your lovely humour, your kindness, and your attention to every detail of our needs, for giving us such a wonderful time in your hometown.

Sep 19, 2012    
Raj Sivananthan

We have arrived back from a most wonderful trip to St Petersburg.
K JOY made our Christmas trip to St Petersburg so enjoyable. The tales that our guide told us made The City a place of magic and mystery. It was not here is a Palace built in 1750 etc etc but we were told about the people who lived there, Peter The Great, his Wife and the family. Even about the Dish Washer who married a Tsar. Our guide took us through three days of real magic and we did not want her to finish. At the end of each tale she would look at us and say. Of course there could always be another story.
Anybody wanting to see the real St Petersburg must contact K JOY Travel.
Thank you! You made our trip something to remember.

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We found K JOY, pleasant,  professional, efficient and knowledgeable. They were able to maximize the few “glorious” days in St. Petersburg enabling us to feel welcomed and eager to return!

Mark W.

Our visit to Saint Petersburg was thoroughly enjoyed by all six members of our party. We had been told that the sights of this city are wonderful but what we saw far exceeded our expectations. It must be said that our enjoyment was immeasurably enhanced by the input of our guide. Her knowledge of the city and its history added so much interest and we would have missed so much without her. We thank her also for her sweet nature and good humour.

Robert Attwood,
Sep 8, 2012

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I would like to share the very positive experiences that we had while staying in St. Petersburg and participating in extremely interesting tours with K Joy Travel. We had the incredible privilege of being toured throughout St. Petersburg by Kseniya. Her unique abilities plus her superb comprehension of the English language and a very personal approach will make your tour a real pleasure.

Bruce and Wendy Smiley

We can highly recommend Kseniya and her company K JOY travel. She arranged three marvelous days for us in St Petersburg. Kseniya is friendly, has a wonderful sense of humour and is entirely professional as a guide. Her knowledge of St Petersburg its history, culture and people is impressive, her dialogue is always interesting and never boring. During our visit to the Hermitage Kseniya used her expertise in the history of art to explore the paintings, it was riveting. She has so many talents. Thank you Kseniya we will never forget you or our stay in St Petersburg. 

Carole Troote

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If you are planning to visit Saint Petersburg, Russia, I can recommend K JOY Travel. We had a 2-day tour with them in the summer of 2010. They arranged a wonderful trip for us. We would like to thank our guide Kseniya. Her knowledge of the beautiful city is complete. Her knowledge of all the history that goes along with every step of the tour will answer any questions that you may have. Our tour of the vast Hermitage with the largest collection of art in the world could only make sense with a guide that knows every piece of art and the history that accompanies it. Kseniya’s knowledge of Russian History and Art combined with a very personal approach to the complex mixture of architecture will make your tour of Saint Petersburg not only a pleasure, but more important, it will all make sense.


Traveling in St. Petersburg with Kseniya is liking traveling with a friend. It just so happens that friend is also an expert in everything St. Petersburg. She is knowledgable, friendly, and speaks perfect English. We have traveled with many private guides in many countries and Kseniya is clearly among the best! We can highly recommend her and her company for your visit to St. Petersburg.

Jordan Bromberg,
June 2010

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I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful, fantastic tour you gave us of St. Petersburg.  You are the best!!  You made our trip so much more enjoyable and interesting than we could have imagined! We loved EVERY minute of our tour. We had the best tour guide we had ever had. Her knowledge is extensive and her manner is charming and engaging.  I would highly recommend you to anyone who is interested in touring and understandinig St Petersburg! Good luck,

Eileen Weinstock

“If you want to have a great experience in St Petersburg, Russia, contact K Joy”

We (wife, daughter and I) traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of the Oceania cruise Itinerary in June-July, 2015. We had a 3 day stop in Russia, my wife found K JOY tour on TripAdvisor and let me tell you, hands down that was the best find yet.

The pre-cruise communication with the owner of the company (Kseniya Gurova) was great, my wife sometimes wonder if Kseniya ever sleep, because her email response was quick. Our 3 day trip was finalized after several email exchanges: Day 1 and 3 in St. Petersburg and Day 2 (18 hours) to Moscow.

I'll leave the price for you to figure out, as it’s on the company’s website; all I can say is, the tour guide we had was wonderful (thank you, Katya!) and our driver (with a Mercedes van) was always smiling.

A few couples on the same cruise with us booked their private tour with other companies and ended up sitting in the 18 people van with other people; we (the 3 of us) had a true private tour with our own guide and driver. It’s not hard to figure out which one is better. Kate even changed the itinerary a bit so my wife could take more photos at multiple train and metro stations both in Moscow and St Petersburg; something you would never be able to do with bigger tour.

So my friends, if you ever get a chance to visit St Petersburg, don’t forget to contact this company.

Another thing, K Joy doesn't ask you to pay upfront and they are honest on what they charge.

Visited July 2015

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