Testimonials

We have received a lot of positive feedback from our guests all over the world who have chosen Tour De Force as their tour company in Russia.

 

Dear TOURDEFORCE team,

Thank you for your great hospitality.
We really enjoyed our visit to St - Petersburg.
Excellent service.  Thank you for everything. We'll recommend your company.
Best regards,

Mr. Karaca & Ms. Ewen, FRANCE, bchh.ak ( at ) gmail.com
August 30, 2012

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Hello,
 
We visited St Petersburg, august, 29th on a Baltic Cruise, travelling with Vision of the Seas. We had Cruise.com (Sandy Campol) organize a special tour for our group of 10 people with your agency.
We were very impressed with the guide, Liza - she knows so much about the place, and she communicates very well, and was able to answer all our questions - big or small. Ad she has a great personality.
We'll strongly recommend your agency to anyone going to St Petersburg - we had a really great time visiting this amazing place.

Best regards,

Kirsten Ekdahl, kirsten ( at ) ekdahl.dk
August 29, 2012

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Dear Roman,

It was an amazing day out to sec all the wonderful sights of Russia. We learnt a lot about Russian Culture.
I would like to thank you personally for arranging our most brilliant tour of St Petersburg
Our Tour Guide Olga was absolutely superb. She knew everything about our tour, she was so polite and such a fantastic person, amazing personality. We enjoyed it so much to be shown around St. Petersburg by her
Take care. Kind Regards

Grant Jackson and Pannick Family
August 25, 2012

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Tour guide went above and beyond to make us comfortable. It was a wonderful Tour Day!

Linn Rasmussen Brereton
August 24, 2012

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Elena was very pleasant and informative. She was organized and had control of our very large group. I would go with her again!
She was friendly, knowledgeable and a great organizer. Loved every minute. Beautiful city!

Suite Life Group
August 23, 2012

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Once again personal thanks to Bella and staff at Tour de Force. My family enjoyed every moment and we will recommend our guide Alexander to all of my clients. Lots of love.

Raymond
August 18, 2012

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Thank you Roman, the group enjoyed each port and the guides and bus drivers were excellent
There are some comments of participants:
-Every part of the tour war enjoyable. I like St. Petersburg, it was very educational, the Peter garden and the places.
-Eugenia is exceptional. Not only is she very knowledgeable. She is very witty. Her sense of humor, caring attitude was a winner and made the tour amazing! Thanks
-Two words for the guide – “information machine”. Great job! Very knowledgeable of the history. Will recommend to all. Enjoyed! Thank you.
-Thanks to our tour guide, my trip was wonderful and enjoyable, very funny and I will love to recommend your company to family and friends.

WARNEMÜNDE (Berlin) The sightseeing was excellent
STOCKHOLM We enjoyed the Vasa museum, thank you for recommending it.
HELSINKI We did enjoy the Rock Church and we had an added bonus, someone was playing the piano which was excellent.
TALLINN The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, we learned a lot from him.

The time schedule for St. Petersburg was excellent.

Thank you from the Hortence Bremner's group.  Your tour guides were very informative and professional.  The tours of themselves were great.  We had a wonderful time in the countries.(St. Petersburg, Berlin, Tallinn, Helsinki)  Thanks to Tour de Force.  You will be highly recommended if the need arises.

Hortence Bremner Group, lewisdaphne29 ( at ) aol.com
August 15, 2012

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Our guide Lisa was knowledgeable charming and delight.

Moira Simmons Group
August 9, 2012

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We will recommend this service and the two days tours. We had a very positive experience. Svetlana was one of the best guides we have had in our Travels.
Highlights- All that we saw and our Guide.

Robert & Marianne
August 9, 2012

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Hello,

Liked the fact that we met our guide at 9.00 after the majority of passengers had left the ship - avoided long queues at passport control. Kate was friendly, well informed and willing to be flexible in meeting our needs. Transport-Clean and spacious. All staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. Kate showed us her city with an infectious level of enthusiasm. Everything ran very smoothly but we were particularly impressed with how Kate managed to get us into the Hermitage without having to queue. She also steered us through the maze of galleries making sure we saw the highlights of the collection. Loved the flexibility of putting together our own tour. The web-site was really easy to use and offered the best range of choices of any company we looked at. Private boat trip was one of the highlights of the trip. Individually tailored to meet our needs and interests. Kate adapted the program to give us more time where we needed it.  Vodka Museum , the Night boat trip and stroll to have a local beer. We were initially worried about booking an individual tour online because of the issue of visitors’ visas. We were really glad we did and found booking very easy. Our group of 7 (3 adults and 4 teenagers) benefited enormously from the fact that we had a private tailored tour. The trips were less expensive than those on offer with the cruise company and we avoided the feeling of being herded around like sheep on inflexible bus tours. We saw what we wanted, when we wanted and were extremely well looked after by Tour de Force staff. Kate gave us a great insight into life in Russia - she really had excellent knowledge of the city, its history, architecture and art - and she answered all of our many and varied questions. When we returned to the ship on both evenings I'm afraid we couldn't help but felt a little smug when we talked to other passengers who had stood in queues, sat in buses, and moved in large groups.
Kate was an excellent guide: knowledgeable, funny. Nothing was trouble for her. Excellent all around! The tour was great!

Kind regards,

Conor, Peter, Emma & Laura McCartney and Luke,  Geraldine & Sarah Withers, peter.mccartney10 ( at ) gmail.com
August 7, 2012

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Lisa was extremely knowledgeable!  Great person, highly recommended! She is one of the best guides, we have had in 62 countries.
Great Tour!

Ganter, Jesus Corona, Marcela Cardenas
August 6, 2012

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This was an outstanding overview of the city. We had one day and we saw so many sights that we loved  and want to come back. Our guide, Alex, was very knowledgeable and great!

Helen Alter
August 6, 2012

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We enjoyed both days of Tour. Eugenia was a wealth of information. Very knowledgeable guide  with a good sense of humor, Very accommodating.
This was an excellent tour. We feel like we saw all of St. Petersburg. Loved Russia. Beautiful  country!

Charlotte Houser, Frank & Barbara McCloskey, Marsha & John Kelso
August 2, 2012

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Everything was great. Better than I could have imagine. Perhaps more time in souvenir shop.

Linda Carltom
July 28, 2012

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Eugenia was exceptionally knowledgeable and informative. Her stories were incredibly interesting and humorous. A great pleasure to spend time with her.

Colin Traub & Ruth Golgman
July 27-28, 2012

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-What was the highlight of the journey?
-O, too many to mention. beautiful city so the sights were exceptional,. Our home visit to Elena Fridman was a true highlight. She was a lovely and open personality & happy to share her experience and knowledge. Thanks for a great holiday.

Susy & Robbie Wicks
July 19, 2012

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Fantastic 2 day Tour. Our Guide, Eugenia, was absolutely superb - knowledgeable, interesting entertaining and easy to understand. We had a GREAT TIME!

John & Yvone Toomer
July 19, 2012

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Dear Jenny,
Thank you so much for so expertly guiding us this past three days. We have had an unforgettable experience in St. Petersburg & would love to return one day, but next time without  a wheelchair!
With our best wishes & Kind Regards

Graham and Jillian Cox
July 15, 2012

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Wonderful young tour guide, knowledgeable, bright.

Sali Family & Ryers Family
July 14, 2012

 

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Lisa made our 6 th journey most enjoyable. Her knowledge was outstanding. What an asset she is to your company.

Lynne & John Hemming
July 8, 2012

 

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Our driver was amazing careful and polite.  Our guide was extremely knowledgeable had a wonderful sense of humor and it was a pleasure to be in her company. She is a great assist to your company. Thanks for excellent 2 day tour.

Carol Cook and Nancy Huntley
June 30, 2012

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Lisa was our guide. She was knowledgeable, charming and very well organized. Alex was our driver and did an excellent job. The tour covered everything I wished to see plus some. I loved St. Petersburg and hope to return and highly recommend your group to anyone visiting your country. I would definitely use Tour de Force again. I loved the Hermitage and going into the subway stations. I am a chef and the 1913 restaurant was excellent. I have recommended it to friends visiting St. Petersburg as well as your tour group. Fantastic Job

Sincerely,

Susan & Natalie Levy, rockitter ( at ) att.net
June 27, 2012

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Was very useful and helpful. The booking on the website was quite easy. Our Travel Agent in New Zealand didn't know about 72 visa free tours. Our son organized our trip. Tour De Force, thanks a lot.

 

David, Rachel, Tim

June 26, 2012

 

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Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us interesting facts.  She spoke very good English . was very friendly. Felt very safe with our Driver Nicholas – who knows the area very well.

Mr. & Mrs. M. Quirk
June 22, 2012

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The food market was unique to life in St. Petersburg but we cannot take food on ship. Would like to see more unique sights. Helen was fabulous!! Thank you for your help with  our tickets for the tour.
The tour was great! Good Bus Driver

Holly Burton & Marie Nopper
June 22, 2012

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We had a wonderful time! Eugenia and everybody at Tour De Force were absolutely wonderful!

Daria Babushok
June 19, 2012

 

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Metro Tip was a bonus and very well done by our guide who was very professional in doing his job.
Definitely one of the best tour I have ever participated.

Henry Co
June 17, 2012

 

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Dear Bella,
We’ve just returned home.  Thank you very much to you, Elena and Yuri for making our three day stay in St Petersburg an awesome experience! Our friends are already planning visits to St Petersburg and should soon be in touch.
Regards,

Inus Prinsloo, inus (at ) global.co.za
June 16, 2012

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We were very lucky that we were the only two people on our 2-day tour, so got Eugene all to ourselves.  He really made our trip to St Petersburg memorable - told us a lot about how folks live in Russia today, so on a more personal level we got a good insight into Russian life.  We had lunch the first day in a restaurant with the local residents rather than a formal restaurant, which was great.  All the other places we visited were very interesting, loved the metro ride and seeing the local market.  Thanks, we'll come visit you again in a few year's time.

Alan & Cheryl  Trigg, alancheryl ( at ) bellsouth.net
June 14, 2012

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Hi Roman,
Well after all that planning our tour of St Petersburg has come and gone. It was fantastic and overwhelming! I did however make one big mistake on my comments card that we were given to fill in! Put down the underground Metro as our highlight but in fact the true highlight of our tour was Elena our guide. I don't know where you found her but she is the true treasure of St Petersburg! She possessed an amazing knowledge and knows her subject in and out! She was cheerful, enthusiastic and handled the difficulty of moving us through big crowds with ease. It was a real joy for all of us to have her as our guide!
One very minor and friendly comment from all of us is that the bus that is provided is not very practical for the purpose. Windows too low or seats too high and the dark tinted windows made it difficult to get a true perspective of our surroundings when being driven around. Outside of that a great success and thanks again. I am sorry we did not get to meet but it was a privilege being guided in St Petersburg by Tour De Force. Appreciated and thanks again.

Brian Kirsch, kirsch ( at ) oceanviewsp.co.za
June 7, 2012

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Wonderful City,
Wonderful Places,
Wonderful People,
Excellent and most knowledgeable tour guide and driver.

Steve Mayer
June 6, 2012

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Staff were all on time and anxious to help us with anything that we needed. Very knowledgeable guide. Lots of  fun, enjoyed her company.  We loved  the Catherine's palace and gardens.

 

Robert & Cynthia Sutton and  Patrice & Charles Steininger
June 4, 2012

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Our guide, Vica is a highly intelligent and knowledgeable person who conducted our tour at an excellent pace. We saw the most important parts of the city given that we only had 2 days. Comfort of the transport: Perfect. Friendliness of staff: Could not be better. Excellent web site and easy to use and understand. Keep up the good work!

Steve Mayer, mms ( at ) intekom.co.za
June 4, 2012

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Would request same guide should we come to St. Petersburg again, also will recommend your guide to any friends.  The highlight of the journey: Peterhof fountains and gardens. Enjoyable two days would highly recommend Tour de Force. Have already given my travel agent your details.

John & Patricia Yourston, yourston ( at ) blueyonder.co.uk
June 2, 2012

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The highlight was going to visit the 700-day Siege Memorial. We are absolutely sure that we will do another Tour De Force tour! Thank you for everything!!

Lewis & Wendy Winger, Winger Travel Agency, Inc., lew.winger ( at ) verizon.net
June 1, 2012

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Elena was warm and friendly and our driver efficient and we felt safe.
Elena is very knowledgeable, energetic and her English is excellent.  She is also lovely to look at so our husbands enjoyed looking at her too (so did the wives).
About Sightseeing: How can we not be blown away with what we saw? It was something else: The palaces, Peterhof Gardens, which were, to me the highlight and, of course, The Hermitage is amazing - we just got a taste of it. There was a lot to see and our guide and driver tried very hard to comply with our requests while ensuring we get back on our boat in time to depart. About transport: We had a minivan for 6 of us- comfortable and easy to look out of the windows
I have already referred 2 friends who are coming in August-Mike and Lola Ostrofsky- so we were all very happy with all aspects of our tour
About service: very efficient. However, we did not get info re good ballets or theatre so we took a mediocre tour offered by our boat. It would be nice just to see the inside of one or two theatres
The Highlight of our journey were Peterhof Gardens and Hermitage.
Enjoyed every moment.

Hilary Ginsberg, hillbilly2 (at) mweb.co.za
June 1, 2012

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The Tour guide Victoria was fantastic! Very informative and knowledgeable the driver were excellent . Victoria was always smiling Took us to some lovely places. She was a pleasure to be with. Will defiantly inform manager of Liverpool Cruise Club. About Tour De Force. Thank you for two excellent days.

Pat Boswell & Howard Yourston
June 1, 2012

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Our guide, Kate, was very good. The driver, Andrew, was reliable and careful.
The thing that made this tour so wonderful for us was the fact that there were only 4 of us in the group. This meant we could be flexible with some of the things we did. For example, we were able to have Russian lunches, go for a walk along Nevsky Prospekt and avoid or bypass the crowds at many of the main attractions.
We would certainly recommend this tour and your company to any other travelers.

Jenny and Robert Nurse, jrnurse ( at ) bigpond.net.au
May 27, 2012

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Our guide is a walking encyclopedia, in our opinion she knows everything you ever want to know, We immensely enjoyed her tours and we 've got 200% of what we expected.
Everything that was scheduled was great and we loved all points of every excursion.
Zhenya and Volodya were bringing us to very nice places to have lunches and dinner. And of course they knew that we will enjoy Russian food.
Volodya is great driver and very good and nice person and we loved his company. About friendliness of staff: They are incredible people, we wish we can see them again. Everything was done so great , so efficient that we did not even have to ask much. They were , like, reading our minds. We are very happy with them. Our huge THANK YOU to Zhenechka and Volodya. As I said, Zhenya is the best guide we ever experienced and have a luck to meet. And we traveled a lot before.
The Highlight was: Every single thing we 've done with Zhenya .
The Least: A million and a half of mosquitos and flies in Peterhoff. They practically ate us alive. =))
Actually we sent you our friends Luda and Dmitry Scotkins when they told us they are going on a cruise in June. And They liked it very much although they did not have private tours but tours with several other people. And again their guide was Zhenechka. They enjoyed tours a lot. Our many thanks to all of you and again and again to Zhenechka and Volodya. Roman , you have our thanks for arranging our tours and  I have had a real pleasure to know you ( on the phone and computer only- unfortunately ) And  huge THANK YOU  gazillion of times to Zhenya and Volodya . We had unforgettable 2 days and we will remember them for a very long time.

Inna Belyaev, belyaev ( at ) sbcglobal.net
May 27, 2012

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Gentlemen,
 
I just wanted to send you an e-mail to express how much we appreciated and enjoyed our two day private tour with your company.  Please express our gratitude to the driver and especially to the guide, Eugene.  Both did an excellent job.  They were courteous, knowledgeable, thorough and extremely accommodating.  Please share our e-mail information with them should either gentlemen ever need to contact us for a recommendation.
Likewise, we would highly recommend your agency to anyone.  I am forwarding your business information to my travel agent here in the United States.  Thank you again.

Karl Ralph & Floyd Frazier, karle43 (at) hotmail.com
May 27, 2012

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Excellent time management . The  tour exceeded my expectations.

Rogelio David, ral477 (at) gmail.com
May  26, 2012

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Expensive but worth every penny of it.

Sackheim Joan
May  21, 2012

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Delightful guide Katya with exceptional knowledge and good English

George and Irene Millar
May  20, 2012

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Made ever better having Katya as guide. Introduced us to Russian culture. Can`t praise organization or guide and driver enough.

Handbury Family
May  20, 2012

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Katya has ability to pass on  information  in a way that  interests. Her knowledge and personality we found exceptional .  We travel a great deal.

Lyn and Peter Ballard
May  20, 2012

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Our experience with Tour de force was amazing, I will recommend them anytime, and congratulation for having one of the best tour guide in the world. I think the city itself is beautiful.

Amarilys Arocho, licaarocho ( at ) gmail.com
May 18, 2012

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The tour exceeded our expectations. The entire tour was excellent. We can not choose one aspect over the other. The whole tour and experience was wonderful. Our guide was outstanding.

Dale & Christine Huffman and David & Marlyn Solomon
May  17, 2012

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Anna’s enthusiasm and knowledge about St. Petersburg was remarkable. Her energy and politeness and command of English was superb. Our driver, Vladimir was perfect.

Robert & Patricia Brown
May  16, 2012

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Very good driver and guide. Made all our visits very special. The gift pack and water were very much appreciated.

Very good efficiently and knowledge. Plus flexible.

 

Daniel Birnbaum & Eric and Mavis Layton
May  13, 2012


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The most efficient and well run tour I have ever been on. Guide and driver were wonderful. Will definitely recommend and use again myself. Driver and Guide very caring and making sure always with them. Felt very well.

Margaret Morgan & Mary Boyle
May  11, 2012