How are the tour guides in Russia? If we travel by ourselves, is it a good idea to book tour guides for some excursions?
All guides must be certificated by the national tourism administration. Most guides have Bachelors degrees form Universities of Culture and are highly educated in History , Languages and Art. They are professionals in their field and have exceptional English skills. Some tours are recommended to take with a guide. You can take individual tours with a guide who will share with you the history and vast knowledge of a specific place or that special painting. Also, it is recommended to have a guide to most touristy spots. During white nights season in St. Petersburg , for example, lines to Hermitage and most palaces are hours and hours in the waiting. If you book a guide you do not have to stand in line , which can save you hours of your precious time.