Just a quick thank you as the Hollands are back and, despite the weather (nothing we can control), had an excellent trip in St. Petersburg. Everything worked out very well and they were very, very pleased with the drive and guide that they had. Your arrangements were first class and I sincerely appreciate your handling our valued clients.
Scott Allen, CTC Owner Manager Worldwide Central Travel (2007) Ltd.
Im now back in the UK after a great trip and just wanted to say thank you for all your help in organising our holiday. I very much appreciated parallel 60s professionalism and personal approach. You found us the right river cruise to Valaam and Kizhi to fit the dates we were able to travel, and the practical arrangements such as the transfers to and from the airport worked perfectly. Checking in for the hotel and river cruise was easy (not always my experience when travelling in Russia!). The staff in the hotel Moskva and on the river cruise were helpful and friendly, making sure that we found our English-speaking guides, for example. The guides themselves (Anastasia in Valaam and Elena in Kizhi) were well-informed and engaging. Contrary to some of the other feedback, I found the quality of the meals on the river cruise to be quite high.
If I need to arrange another visit to Russia, I will not hesitate to contact you and I recommend your agency to other travellers.
Message: Dear parallel 60, We took care of the river and canal tour. Thanks. I would like to comment about the Valaam tour. The ship and its people were wonderful. The service was excellent. The food was terrible. That was the only down side. The guide you arranged for at Valaam (Anastasia) was fantastic. I would recommed her to everyone. She is extremely knowledgeable and obviously loves the orthadox church. She presents the area with great love and passion. If you can give her a pat on the back, it would be well deserved. We had a grand tome and I hope we can come again. I also saw your tours on a train from Moscow to a town near lake Bykel and a sailing tour of the lake. These are two seperate tours and is tere a way to combine them. Thank you again for everything. I will recommend my friends to you and the Valam tour.
I wanted to thank you and others at Parallel 60 for helping me make the trip to St.Petersburg a very pleasant experience! Your very knowledgeable tour guide, Alexandra, and the driver, were very professional and punctual. The three days we spent in your gorgeous city, will be the most memorable trip we have ever! taken
Thank you again for all your work helping me organize it. Please, send my thanks and best regards to Anastasia and Lena as well.
Message: Dear parallel 60 team, We leave in AM. Just to let you know that Marina was an excellent tour guide. We appreciated her knowledge, congeniatilty and personalized attention. Our driver Nail was also very good We will certainly will recommend you and your company to our friends and contacts
Ellei JC Goldstein MD Clincial Professor of Mediicne UCLA School of Mediicne
On behalf of the hole group I would also like to thank you. It was a very nice tour and everybodye enjoyed it very much. Also you help regarding the late organizations where great. I have no remarks on the tour. The English was clear and we have seen and learned a lot.
I was actually planning to send you an e-mail, but you were faster))
So here is our post-program evaluations:
Our guide Svetlana was very helpful and knowledgeable. The driver was very good as well, always at the right place at the right time.
The program was very satisfying and comprehensive for a 2-day tour. No complaints there. As for the restaurants, the place where we had lunch on 1st day (cant remember the name) had good food and nice waiters but the service was really slow, plus we couldnt find place inside the main hall. Last night, after the tour, we went to the Cafe Literaturnoye for dinner, and it was fantastic. As the prices of these two restaurants are on par, you may consider switching to Cafe Literaturnoye for lunches if you have the chance to do so. As for the Orangine Restaurant at Peterhoff- that was fabulous. The food, the waiters, the view, everything was excellent.
So overall, we were really satisfied with the tour. The only complaint we have is that our feet are hurting pretty bad, but I think that??™s our own fault because we could spare only 2 days for your lovely city, which deserves much more.
Friends and colleagues at the Embassy are asking about our tour and we??™re telling them the things I wrote above, so don??™t be surprised if you receive a few calls from our Embassy for similar programs.
Again, thanks a lot for the excellent work, and I hope we??™ll have other opportunities for working together with your company. (If you are arranging tours in other parts of Russia, like Lake Baikal for instance, please let me know.)
Message: Hello Slava, Just a note to let you know that we really enjoyed our trip to St.Petersburg and that Stanislav was an excellent guide.He certainly knew a great deal about his subject and we now feel that we have had a good education in Russian history.(Also a few Russian words!)
We will certainly recommend your services.
Thankyou again, Best wishes, Viki and Colin Cooper