Russian Guides – Our Team In Russia

At Russian City Breaks we believe that the most important people involved in our trips (after our clients!) are our guides. With over 20 years experience of guided tours in Russia, we have experienced every sort of tour guide imaginable. We have selected our favorites, who are not only knowledgable, but who more importantly impart this knowledge with enthusiasm and interest. Our guides will become your friends and will play a large part in making your trip to Russia so special.

Maria Smolentseva
Maria studied English and History at University and has been a professional St Petersburg guide for 10 years. She loves to travel herself and is recently returned from China. Maria's energy and enthusiasm for guiding in St Petersburg always leave our clients raving about her. Make sure you request Maria far in advance!
Lena Andrianova
Lena has a wealth of experience when it comes to leading our clients around Moscow. Having lived in Moscow all her life, she is passionate about her home city and loves to talk about all the changes she has seen in her lifetime. Being a school teacher helps her identify with our school groups especially and keep them in tow when visiting the Kremlin or walking across Red Square. Lena will ensure you are well looked after in Moscow!
Tanya Filimonova
Tanya studied foreign languages and journalism, and has travelled across Europe. She has been guiding in St Petersburg for 7 years and is proud to be able to show her beautiful city to visitors from all over the world. She loves working with people and never gets tired of seeing her clients admiring the magnificent royal residences and stunning views of the city. Make sure you ask her to sing a Russian folk song for you!
Lena Kuznetsova
Lena's incredible English diction is even more impressive when you discover she has never visited England. She has been to every other country in Europe however and continually amazes our clients with her English accent. Lena has a degree in linguistics and is currently working on her PhD thesis. She specialises in guiding around Moscow, but also guides on the Transsiberian and river cruises between Moscow and St Petersburg. She says, "What I like most about guiding is the opportunity to show the best of my country to people, so they arrive thinking it's dark and gloomy and dangerous and poor and leave thinking it's magnificent and beautiful!"
Dasha Kontrebinskaya
Dasha studied at St.Petersburg State University, majoring in politics and international business. Her minor was English and interpreting. She started in tourism 9 years ago and hasn't looked back since. Dasha has travelled the world, living in America and New Zealand. She loves working in the travel industry and says that St Petersburg is the most beautiful city in the world and she always gets great pleasure showing it off to people time and time again!
Lyuda Ilina
Lyuda has been guiding for 4 years in her home town of St Petersburg. Her concise English and superb knowledge of all the main attractions make her popular amongst our clients. She lived in Japan for 6 months and is well travelled throughout Europe. Lyuda admits to loving studying and is always acquiring new interesting information to add to her tours.

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