Valera’s Russia

Welcome to St. Petersburg


Ralf Parton, Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, California State University


Saint Petersburg in Brief

The federal city of St. Petersburg, the Сapital of Leningrad Region, is a Russian port city situated at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The City was founded by Tsar Peter I on May 27, 1703. The Swiss-Italian architect Domenico Trezzini was his first great builder of his new Capital. St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia with a metropolitan population of 5,225,690. As of 2016. In Europe, it makes it the 3rd largest one ( after Moscow and London ), the 1st one not being a capital and the northernmost one in the world with more than 1 million population. The City is divided into eighteen districts which are in turn subdivided into municipal towns and municipal settlements.
There are 342 bridges in the “Venice of the North” — 13 of which are drawbridges across the Neva River, the main waterway of the City....

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Highlights to visit

The City of the Romanoffs and Lenin, Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, etc — St. Petersburg is the Cultural Capital of Russia and one of the world’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
We can visit the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Faberge Museum, the Cathedral of St. Isaac, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and the Yusupov Palace. And much more…
In the Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of the City, one can pay respect to the necropolis of the Romanoffs.
Of the 18 administrative districts, 4 are the former Summer Imperial residences – Peterhof ( the Russian Versailles ), the Royal Village ( with the Amber Room ), Pavlovsk and Gatchina. Along with Oranienbaum and Kronshtadt.

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About me

My name is Valera BASOV. Have you ever been to my country of the Soviet Union - The USSR - or Russia ever before ?
From North to South, East to West — its history illuminates one’s excitement from within!
Chance is … we could meet! I’ve been in tourism in my Country since 1988 upon graduating from the local State University.
For 23 seasons, I've worked as Head National Tour Guide and Chaperone on the most popular cruise line in the world. Viking Cruises. Sailing the Volga — the Waterways of the Tsars. From St. Petersburg to Moscow and back. Coordinating airport transfers, giving lectures on (history, culture, politics, art), escorting guests during tours in ports of call, interpreting, hosting entertainment programs and shows — catering to an upscale English-speaking market. Most times, I’m personally requested by travel agents in North America, the U.K. and Australia.
Today, I am semi-retired with the breadth of experience like non-other — and creating excitement within my country, like non-other.
I would look forward to you contacting me…
Until we meet,
Valera BASOV


Land of the Firebird

The Beauty of the Old and New Russias
Russia's political and cultural environments

Everything is possible !!!

Every language spoken if need be
Multi colleagues in trade if required for your trip

Bookings to kindly be as much in advance as possible…

You arrange for your Russian Visa and the hotel of your choice and I will attend to your trip upon arrival or

I will attend to your Visa and hotel plus your trip upon arrival

I look forward to your E-mail or — pick up the phone and call me.

Tel: +7 (911) 215-10-18

Welcome to The Venice of the North!

"Russia's more interesting with a Russian” — Brian Harrold.
A Promised Experience Of A Lifetime Is Awaiting You!





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