The person who gave name and ideology to the project, Peter started running the tours in 1996 all by himself,
inspired by some walking tours he’d taken in other cities in Europe.
Before settling for the tours, Peter had tried over twenty different jobs, the most amazing being of a live (!)
translator in the movies in St. Petersburg, in the wild times of the early 90’s. Screening of pirate copies of Hollywood action movies
was accompanied by simultaneous voiceover translation, done by a person with a microphone, sitting behind the audience. It wasn’t
paying too well, alas.
Today Peter occasionally fixes a job or two as a journalist – for several years he was a writer with The
St. Petersburg Times, the city’s English language newspaper. Whatever money he saves, he spends on travelling, preferring long
and detailed low budget journeys, such as an epic St Petersburg to Tasmania overland, or more recently his regular expeditions to the Sahara.
Belonging to a rare breed of Russian backpacker, Peter has acquired a unique habit of acting as an ambassador of
his own city and country, both of which he so much loves. Lonely Planet St. Petersburg commented on Peter’s tours:
“He’s ultra knowledgeable and laid back, but most importantly, his passion for the city is infectious".
"Wanted to thank you for recommending Vika to take us through the Hermitage. She did an absolutely marvellous job... just the right tone, the right pace" - little we can add to this comment by a happy customer. Vika does trips to Pushkin, Peterhof and all other palatial suburbs as well as tours of St Petersburg's principal museums and attractions.
An excellent guitarist, Nick plays in a number of bands on St. Petersburg club scene for over a decade. He's our chief expert on clubbing and always has few tips on local nightlife for you up his sleeve.
Having obtained his PhD in Medical Psychology in 2006, he quits his job as a scientist for a time being. He's a broad specialist in the sphere of guiding, but his Revolution Tour is an absolute hit. He boasts to know the location of a workers' canteen where Lenin had his last meal before the Revolution - and claims that it's still functioning!
Nick is a keen sportsman, biking and snowboarding being his favourites. He is a fine connoisseur of Russian banya (steam bath) and bliny with apple and cinnamon
Olga is our chief authority on classical St. Petersburg, a qualified linguist, and one of a few guides at Peter’s Walking Tours who give tours of the numerous St. Petersburg’s museums and palaces. Olga is young and charismatic, an adorer of cats and an expert on things Russian – she’s seen more of this vast country than all of the other guides here combined.
Olga can do most of our theme tours, including the Dostoyevsky Walk and the Pub Crawls.
Dmitry is a native of the Petrograd Side, a fascinating early twentieth-century neighbourhood north of the Peter-and-Paul Fortress. So naturally, the Petrograd Pub Crawls the walking tours of the area (voted the neighbourhood of the year by Peter.s Walking Tours) are among his specialities. Dmitry is a university graduate in Spanish philology, fluent speaker of five European languages, an aspiring traveller and photographer . We could not dream of a better guide really.
One of the youngest in our team, Alina belongs to the generation that considers Communism ancient history. Yet, she's already got over four
years of experience working with Peterwalk and is fully licensed as a museum and palace guide.
That, added her personal courage and charisma, makes Alina a rather valueable cadre for Peterswalk.
Alina is now busy studying design at a prestigious art school, so she only gives a couple of tours a month, primarily
"A very sharp local travel guide" - The Rick Steves'.
La nostra nuova guida in lingua italiana e inglese. Laureata in letteratura italiana con la tesi su
Umberto Eco, Ania non perde l'occasone, quando non lavora come guida e interprete, per viaggiare in tutto il mondo (sfruttate
il momento e chiedetele com'è andata la pesca di piragna e alligatori in Ecuador!). E' veramenta instancabile, sia quando fa la vendemmia in
Chianti o gioca capoeira per le strade di Firenze, che quando fa la guida a San Pietroburgo parlando il vero Vernaholo Fiorentino.
I suoi turisti dicono che si diverte quanto loro durante le escursioni. Non importa se vi accompagnerà all?Ermitage per vedere i quadri dei
Vecchi Maestri o vi stupirà con il suo Pub Crawl per i bar della città, la sua capacità di intrattenere sarà per
voi una esperienza unica e indimenticabile.
Zhenya. Loves teaching English to kids, travels to exotic places like Jamaica and Monetegro, and does great Original walks abd bicycle tours, as well as the Hermitage and other palaces.
Welcome: our bright young super-guide for Pub Crawls on Fridays. Natasha's other job is weapon sales.
A history student majoring in Russian-Swedish relations, she is young, beautiful, sporty, adventurous and a komsomolka on top of that. Customers point out 'her enthusiasm for Russian history' - and also the fact that she drives fast. Yunna does great city walks and palace and museum tours.