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Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

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Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Safety measures
icon8 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon8 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds
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Safety measures
icon8 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

When your ship docks in St. Petersburg's port, enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private shore excursion. The tour is fully tailored to your interests, and transportation is provided in a private, air-conditioned, sedan or minibus. Pickup and drop-off at the port; no Russian visa required.
  • Full-day private shore excursion in St. Petersburg
  • Private tour for just you and your party is totally customizable
  • Travel in a private sedan or mini bus
  • Fast track access to popular attractions can be arrange ahead of time
  • Guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Private professional tour guide for 8 hrs
Headsets to hear the guide clearly (for groups 8+ people)
Private tourist-class vehicle for 8 hrs
A bottle of water daily
Visa-free paperwork (for cruise ship passengers)
Any entrance fees & donations
Meals / snacks
Gratuities
  • Cruise Ship Terminal , 199226, Makarova Embankment, дом 18, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 197198
  • Morskoy Fasad , ул. Кораблестроителей, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199397
  • Passenger Port St. Petersburg "Marine Facade" , St Petersburg, Russia, 199226
  • Your guide will meet you holding a sign with your name on it and/or the logo of ULKOtours, so you will be able to easily recognize it.
    Disembark your cruise ship at the St. Petersburg port, walk through passport control, and meet your private guide just outside. Climb into the waiting Mercedes sedan or minibus (depending on group size) and set out on your private tour. 

    You and your group can tailor the tour to visit any sights and landmarks you like. Center your activities around food and drink, walking tours, or just enjoy the sights of the city through the windows of your private vehicle. During the high season, it is suggested that you inform your guide ahead of time of your plans, and the tour company can secure advance reservations with fast-track access. 

    Timely delivery back to your ship is guaranteed at the end of your tour.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
    St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg, Russia. The admission needs to be preordered in advance by contacting us. Ticket availability may vary.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Catherine Palace and Park
    Catherine Palace and Park, Pushkin The admission needs to be preordered in advance by contacting us. Ticket availability may vary.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Peterhof State Museum Preserve
    Peterhof State Museum Preserve, Peterhof The admission needs to be preordered in advance by contacting us. Ticket availability may vary.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    The State Hermitage Museum
    The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg The admission needs to be preordered in advance by contacting us. Ticket availability may vary.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
    Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg The admission needs to be preordered in advance by contacting us. Ticket availability may vary.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Faberge Museum
    Faberge Museum, St Petersburg The admission needs to be preordered in advance by contacting us. Ticket availability may vary.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Peter and Paul Fortress
    Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg The admission needs to be preordered in advance by contacting us. Ticket availability may vary.
    Duration: 40 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. In case of rain you will be provided with ponchos
    • No admissions are inlcluded, please contact your tour operator to set up a custom program for you.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY ULKOtours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "There's a lot to see in St Petersburg on one day so take it slow and don't rush,you won't make everything anyway but whatever you see, enjoy it and take you time." See review
    • "Overall, a fantastic experience and I highly recommend for a private tour - make the most of your time!" See review

    Reviews

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    Showing 1-10 of 49 reviews
    star-4
    Our enjoyable excursion in St. Peterburg with Elena
    May P
    , Sep 2019
    Overall we had a really positive experience during our 2 day visit. Elena was very knowledgeable of Russian history and culture and that made the trip both in the city and countryside informative and enjoyable. She went out of her way to make sure she was showing us a good time.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Dear May P, thank you for your feedback on your tour with Elena! We are pleased to hear that our team has made this tour enjoyable for you. Will be looking forward to seeing you again! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Best Tour Ever!
    615johnnyh
    , Sep 2019
    Veronica was so very personable and knowledgeable my husband and I were so very comfortable and enjoyed the day immensely. We have decided all tours from this point forward will be the private tours, we were able to pick and choose the sights we were interested in, thus we had more time in these places.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Dear 615johnnyh, Thank you for your kind words about Veronica! We are really happy to have her in our team and each word of customer appreciation is really very important both, to us and the guides. We hope to see you in Russia or the Baltics again soon so that we could show you more of our destinations! Best regards, Julia Kharlamova
    star-4
    A very nice day with a spanish tour guide in St Petersburgh
    MariaClaudia_P
    , Sep 2019
    I scheduled a visit of the Hermitage and the main Cathedrals/Churches in St Petersburgh. The guide had everything planned to ensure that we were back on the ship on time for other commitment. She was very nice, flexible and accommodated the route to fit everything we wanted to do. It was expensive but worthy. I would have like to hear a bit more of the history of the country but maybe next time.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Dear MCPadvise, thank you for your detailed feedback on your tour in Saint Petersburg! It is awesome to hear that your guide made your visit special and comfortable. There is so much history behind every corner in Saint Petersburg that it is hard to stop exploring. We hope you will be back one day and we could show you some more of Russian culture and experiences! Best, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    BEST EXPERIENCE!
    Renata_W
    , Sep 2019
    Our excursion with Ilya and Valentin (the driver) was the most pleasant and enjoyable experience of our entire 14 day trip througout Norther Europe. The 8 hour private tour started in a very comfortable, immaculate Mercedez passanger van. Our tour guide Ilya was friendly, professional, extremely courteous and spoke perfect English. We were a group of 7, incuding my 78 yo mom who has didifculty walking and two kids 9 and 12. We are also a group of Ukraninans who speak and understand Russian and Americans who do not. Ilya went out of his way to make sure that everyone in the group was engaged, accomodated and entertained at all times. When my mom got tired, he procured a wheel chair for her at the Hermitage. He also changed the itinary on the fly to suit our interests. While we never felt rushed we managed to see so much of St Petersburg in one day. This was truly an exceptional tour. Incredible value for the money!!! over 8 hours of personalized, private tour with a fatastic guide -- money well spent! It has now been a couple of months and my family still talks about this tour, the Georgian restaurant that we loved (Phali Hinckali) and our amazing tour guide, Ilya. The phrase that keeps popping up is "it just couldn't have been any better". Thank you, Ulko tours, Ilya and Valentin.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Dear rxs318, Thank you for this great review! We are so happy that we could give you this amazing opportunity to explore Saint Petersburg, the jewel of the Tzar's crown, as we name it here. Ilya, along with Valentin, make one of the dream-teams of UlkoTours, indeed. We are grateful to hear that you've enjoyed the 1-day trip with them. We hope to see you in Russia or the Baltics again soon so that we could show you more of our destinations. Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Excellent value
    Jbird201
    , Sep 2019
    Our guide and driver were wonderful. Very knowledgeable and accommodating for our group of ten, ages 22 to 73. They recommended sites that we had not previously seen, and took us to a marvelous Georgian restaurant for lunch. we were in contact with the company by e-mail from the time we made the reservation, with offers to notebook tickets and suggestions for our itinerary. I highly recommend them.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Dear Jbird201, Thank you so much for this review. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed our services and that we made you feel welcome! We hope you visit our beautiful city again soon! Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Fantastic Flexible 2 Day Cruise Excursion in St. Petersburg with Ulko Tours
    SamanthaKur
    , Aug 2019
    We booked this tour, which was actually with Ulko Tours, because we were traveling with 3 generations of family members and needed extra flexibility with mobility, desired sights to see, and scheduling. The manager of the company, Ksenia, was very informative and helpful arranging the city drive tour, as well as delicious lunches, tours of the Hermitage, including the Diamond Room, the Catherine Palace, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and a number of other sights. She was helpful to arrange the 3 wheelchairs that we needed for our family who had difficulties walking. The organizational process was straight forward with lots of instruction and information given to us. Liza, our guide was great. She was extremely knowledgeable, with very good English, prompt in meeting us at the cruise terminal where we exited the cruise ship. Liza answered our many questions about St. Petersburg, the monuments, and Russia in general. She helped us ordering from the menus at the restaurants, and was very cooperative in getting us back to the ship in time for sailing. This private tour enabled us to skip the very long lines waiting for entrance to the Hermitage and Catherine Palace. The private minibus that the 10 of us were driven in was even specially designed for those with mobility issues. We would recommend this tour company to anyone needing a shore excursion especially designed to adapt to personal preferences, and desired sights to see.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Dear Samantha, thank you so much for your very detailed feedback on your tour with Liza! Despite her being a young guide, she had been with us for several years already and has earned a lot of excellent feedback from her guests. Your acknowledgment of Ksenia's work is extremely important to us! We always strive to meet all our guests' expectations. It really matters a lot to us that everybody leaves Russia with a positive impression and great memories! Will be looking to seeing you again! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    One day private tour
    Bob A
    , Aug 2019
    Our guide and driver were wonderful!! They met the Seabourn Ovation at the cruise terminal, and my grandson and I got through customs without any problems. The Mercedes was comfortable. Sergei was a very good driver, and Nadia was an excellent guide!! The company supplying the tour was ULKO Tours. I had worked with Anton of ULKO prior to the trip, and he was very accommodating. I highly recommend this company!!
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Dear Bob, thank you for such an amazing review! Nadya, Sergey, Anton, and our managing team enjoyed working with your family, and we hope to see you again on a tour to Moscow or to the Baltic states with UlkoTours soon! Best, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    This Private Shore-Excursion was amazing!
    Carol_B
    , Aug 2019
    Our guide was excellent and very personable. We saved so much money over the prices from the cruise ship and saw much more than we would have seen for the same price. HIGHLY recommended.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear Wetumpka, thank you for your feedback! Each word of customer appreciation is really important for us. It was a real pleasure for the whole ULKO Team to accommodate you in Saint Petersburg. We hope you will get a chance to come back again to see more! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    private shore-excursion: 1-day fully flexible St Petersburg tour
    pksacks
    , Aug 2019
    Natali our guide was excellent. We had as flexible itinerary that we wanted. We told her what we wanted to see in the allotted time and she made it happen to our complete satisfaction.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear pksacks, thank you for this review! It is really important for the whole ULKO Team to know that you have enjoyed your tour experience with us in Saint Petersburg. We hope you visit our beautiful city again soon! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    An Amazing Day in St. Petersburg
    Jacob_H
    , Aug 2019
    I cannot say enough positive things regarding our day in St. Petersburg. We only had 1 day in St. Petersburg and we were met at the cruise terminal by our guide, Kirill, who was holding a sign with my name on it. Kirill, and driver, Sergey, were amazing. Kirill's knowledge of the city's history was awesome! He knew all the details related to our time and Peterhoff and really helped us make the most of our limited time. We enjoyed a lunch following the palace and then headed back to the city to the Fabrege museum and a great shopping spot. Even before our visit, Anton (from the office) was extremely responsive to emails and assisted us in getting tickets in advance of our tour. Overall, a fantastic experience and I highly recommend for a private tour - make the most of your time! Worth every penny!
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Thank you so much for your kind words about Kirill, Sergey, and Anton. They enjoyed working with your family! It's delightful to read that your stay in Saint Petersburg was special and pleasant. We want to mention that our team would love to see you in Russia or the Baltics again soon so that we could show you more of our destinations. Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Excellent Tour
    vickipA5844PC
    , Aug 2019
    Liza was an excellent guide, so knowledgeable about the history and background of the area. Great tour.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear vickipA5844PC, thank you so much for this short, yet very pleasurable comment! It is truly great that you've enjoyed your tour with Liza. We hope your stay in Saint Petersburg was a memorable one! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Amazing!
    Curiosity222878
    , Aug 2019
    Ksenia was an amazing and flexible guide, the tour was incredible, she knew exactly where to take Petersburg newbies like us and took requests and adjusted the tour to our liking. There's a lot to see in St Petersburg on one day so take it slow and don't rush,you won't make everything anyway but whatever you see, enjoy it and take you time.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear Curiosity222878, thank you for such a great review! It's awesome to hear that Ksenia has made your visit special and comfortable. We hope you've enjoyed those little adventures, mentioned in the message. We hope this is your first time in Russia with a few more to come. There is so much to explore and we will be happy to assist you with that:) Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Great private tour of St. Petersburg with Elijah
    Ronald_M
    , Jul 2019
    I decided to take a private 8 hour tour of St. Petersburg since I was concerned the Cruise tour offered would be to regimented and not worth the price. I was so happy with the choice I made to go with a private tour for my family of 6. It was cheaper and customized to how and what we wanted to do with lots of great recommendations by our awesome tour guide Elijah and his driver. Elijah spoke awesome English as he studied in the USA and he was full of knowledge. My family and I would definitely recommend this tour and request Elijah as you will be very pleased. It was a super smooth tour from the time we disembarked to the time we returned to the ship. Definetly the way to go as I heard from others on the cruise ship’s excursion tour that they spent way more and saw half of what we saw and experienced.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear RonMac64, thank you for your very detailed feedback! We are pleased to hear you've enjoyed your 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour with Ilya (Elijah). We are very fortunate to have him as a part of our guiding team. The Fully Flexible 1-day Tour that we offer indeed is one of the most popular options thanks to the flexibility and ease that it provides our guests with. We are happy that you & your family were able to feel the benefits of it yourself! We hope your visit to Saint Petersburg had sparked more interest in Russia and that you are coming back one day!:) Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Excellent Tour!
    jimnicol
    , Jul 2019
    This company catered to exactly what we wanted for our day trip. We wanted photo stops at beautiful places, rest breaks and lunch outside of the touristy areas, and the ability to maximize our short time on shore to see as much as possible. Marina, our guide, was AWESOME and provided a tremendous amount of knowledge and insight to the many places we visited. Highly recommended!
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear jimnicol, thank you for your feedback! It is delightful to hear that you've enjoyed your tour with Marina. She is a marvelous guide, isn't she? We hope you will come back one day, and we will have a chance of making another perfect tour for you:) Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Brilliant Day in St Petersburg
    Cheryl_L
    , Jul 2019
    We visited St Petersburg during a Baltic Cruise and 4 or us booked this tour, we did not want to do all the museums, we just wanted to experience SPB. It was brilliant. UKLO made the arrangements very clear and simple and they met us exactly as they said they would. Our tour guide Violetta was amazing, really friendly, helpful and interesting. It was so much better being in a small group as we were able to avoid the hoards of coaches at the tourist sites and had much more time doing the things that we wanted or that Violetta recommended. I would recommend to anyone it was far better than the large group cruise line tours where you spend most of your time getting on and off the coaches at each site!
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear Mikemaidstone, thank you for this amazing review! We are tremendously happy to hear that you've enjoyed your visit to Saint Petersburg. It is awesome that you were able to feel the benefits of 1-Day Fully Flexible St. Petersburg Tour! This option provides our guests with flexibility and ease. Thank you so much! And come back again! :) Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Amazing Private Experience
    Shane_S
    , Jul 2019
    Veronica our tour guide was absolutely amazing. She was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions throughout the tour and served as our private guide whether we were in the van, at an authentic Russian lunch, or even on other tours. Simply amazing. She even managed to fit us in time to get souvenirs, street art, and even visit Starbucks. She did an amazing job. Her and Pavlov, our driver, were so nice and professional. Highly recommend to anyone who is dropping by on a cruise for an amazing, private, and safe experience. Thanks!
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear 126shanes, thank you for your kind review! It warms our hearts to hear that Veronica & Pavel (Pavlov) had made your visit special and comfortable. We strive to provide excellent service, and each word of customer appreciation is really important for our team. We hope your time in Russia was a memorable one! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Excellent Private Tour
    Robert_H
    , Jul 2019
    This was a fantastic private tour, the guide took me everywhere I wanted to go and more. Very knowledgeable, Friendly and chatty
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear Y7154FSroberth, thank you for your feedback! We highly appreciate it! We hope you've enjoyed your 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour. Thank you so much! And come back again! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    This is a must!!
    HELENE_S
    , Jun 2019
    If you want to learn the history of St Petersburg then this is the tour for you. We had an excellent guide, Liza, who we spent two days with. I can't say enough about how wonderful she was. She was so knowledgeable and made sure that we saw all the important sights. She was accompanied by Sergei' who was the driver and worked as a team to get us to see all of St. Petersburg in comfort and a controlled pace that made this visit to Russia the trip of a lifetime. We would love to return to Russia and have Liza show us Moscow. She made everything so interesting even my 15 year old son cant wait to return.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear gabbyb123456, than you for your kind words! We are delighted to hear that you've enjoyed your 1-Day Fully Flexible St. Petersburg Tour. Indeed, Liza, along with Sergei, make one of our dream-teams. We hope you will come back one day, and we will have a chance of making Moscow tour for you:) Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    St. Petersburg Walking Tour
    Freedom68631796760
    , Jun 2019
    Our family of 4 was on a cruise that stopped in St. Petersburg and decided to book a private tour. UlKO Tours was wonderful and Marina K. was the best tour guide imaginable! I was a bit apprehensive to book a private tour since the cruise ship expressed safety concerns, VISA difficulties and the possibility of a private tour running late, but nothing could have been further from the truth. I did extensive research and found that private tours are the best way to experience a new city and they go out of their way to ensure safety. ULKO tours was great at emailing and answering all of my family's questions before we departed. They even helped us with purchasing Hermitage tickets securely, which saved us time and money. No lines for our family! Marina K. met us immediately outside of customs and was holding a sign with our family name. She introduced us to our driver and we were seated in a comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes van. We felt like VIPs! ULKO tours and Marina K thought of everything, including bottled water. We were able to make the tour our own, and stopped when and where we wanted. Marina showed us the best photo ops and even took pics of our family as our driver secured and watched our bags inside the car. No worries or heavy bags to carry. Along our stops, we saw other people from our cruise and felt sorry that they were part of a crowded group that was herded from one location to the next. Marina impressed us with her knowledge and answered all of our questions. She walked us past the long lines at the Hermitage and was able to show us all of the important parts of the Hermitage that we could never have seen on our own. St. Petersburg is a beautiful city with so much to see. The eight hours flew by so quickly. I would definitely recommend ULKO tours and Marina K.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear Freedom68631796760, thank you for your wonderful review! We are pleased to read that you’ve enjoyed your 1-Day Fully Flexible St. Petersburg Tour with Marina. ULKO Tours team has indeed worked hard to get a better option for pre-booked tours so that our guests would skip the huge lines at the entrances to the museums. On behalf of Ulko Tours, I would like to underline that it's been a great pleasure to work with you for all of our staff, including your guide & driver. We hope to see you on our future tours, there is still so much to see in Russia! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova
    star-5
    Personalized tour
    GrandTour78502
    , Jun 2019
    The guide Elena was lovely and a very good companion for our kids. She has good knowledge of the city and a knows the history very well. She made our tour along with a quiet driver Andrew made our tour very memorable. Thank you Elena and Andrew.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Dear GrandTour78502, thank you for your feedback on a tour with Elena & Andrew! It is great to hear that you’ve enjoyed your visit to Saint Petersburg. At Ulko Tours we always want to make our clients’ tours as memorable as possible, and it warms our hearts to know that Elena and Andrew made your trip special. We want to mention that our team would love to see you on board with us so that we could show you some more of our destinations! Sincerely, Julia Kharlamova

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