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Margarita Gordienko

Originally from St. Petersburg, I grew up during unstable times in the changing country. Thus, my parents understood, that there was no sense to collect the money, but started travelling and collecting experiences. As a passionate traveller myself (at the moment, I have more than 60 countries visited over the world), I started working as a tour guide during the student times, showing the beauty of the most magical and unforgettable city in the world to the visitors of St. Petersburg. This part-time job grew into my biggest passion in life. I believe, travelling is about emotions, unforgettable experiences and the best pictures, that you make not with cameras, but with your own eyes.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We are specialising in places and activities all over Russia, starting from the classical tours till turning any realities any ideas. Travelling from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok? No problem! Staying in a Russian family for a week? We will find you the greatest one! "

How did you get involved in travel?

"As every student, I was looking for a part-time job, mainly for the summer time, and by chance decided to pass the entry exam for the tour-guide courses. I thought, it could be a great opportunity to practice English, communicating with native-speakers, and to share my knowledge about the city at the same time. As a creative person, I got bored with the classical programs quite quickly, and decided to work out the tours on my own, finding the hidden jams and unusual routes and places of the city. I started receiving a positive feedback not only from my tourists, but also from my colleagues, and then I started thinking. That's it, the combination of creative and accurate work. I started receiving more and more of the unusual requests, and decided to start my own business, broadening the area from St. Petersburg till the Far East of Russia. It took years to get all the necessary experience, but now I can definitely say: you will never leave Russia untouched :)"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The most unforgettable experience for me was at the times, when I was a student and took part in a big social project, which gathered 5000 people all around the world, living in tents outside London, getting acquainted, cooking together for a huge group of people, communicating, sharing experiences and stories about life of our countries. It inspired me for even more travelling and thus learning other cultures."

Margarita is part of the following groups: Russia Travel Agents
St. Petersburg
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Drawbridges During St. Petersburg's White Nights
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The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
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Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg
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