Based in St. Petersburg, Russia, Insider Tour is run by a group of professional tour guides.

Formerly known as Optima (TravelinRussia.Com), our company was established in 2003 to provide cruise ship passengers and independent travelers with something that was very unique at the time—the ability to take full control of their visit to Russia. Prior to that, we had spent more than 15 years working for large tour and cruise ship operators in the area. During that time we became convinced that the only true way to see and understand Russia was in the comfort of a dedicated tour team, with professionals who have your best interest at heart. We wanted to make a radical departure from the approach of the travel mega stores, which won’t even think twice if a tour encounters an issue.

From the beginning we were fortunate to have created a very talented tour guide team consisting of the guides we had personally met and worked with throughout our careers. These are people with a genuine pride and passion for their work, who to this day are fascinated by Russian history and who are happy to share their knowledge and excitement with you.

NO VISAS FOR CRUISE GUESTS

Cruise ship passengers staying aboard the ship docked for less than 72 hours do not need a visa to go on our tours

NO HIDDEN CHARGES

We do not charge a separate fee for credit card payments - the price you see is the price you pay!

DEPOSIT-FREE BOOKING

No money down to book your shore excursion, which you can pay for when you arrive in port - zero risk if you need to cancel later

FREE CANCELLATIONS

You can cancel your tour any time for any reason absolutely free - with full refunds on any previously paid amounts

NO WAITING IN LINES

Our guides will whisk you inside museums ahead of long lines to allow you to see and experience more

DIRECT INSIDER HOT-LINE

You will receive a cellular phone number of our tour manager who will answer any of your questions before and during your tour

NEVER MISS THE BOAT

Free emergency vehicle replacement to guarantee your continued tour enjoyment and timely return to the ship

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“The tour was excellent and guide was great. I will send you some clients soon. Thanks again!”

Sharon Yukawa Leeds, USA

“We had lovely three days in St. Petersburg. Elena is a superb guide. Thank you for the organisation!”

Cem Önen, Turkey

“Our two day trip with your tour guide Marina was outstanding! Thank you for your service while we were in St. Petersburg."

Charles Liston, USA

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