Mikhail from the Volgograd Sputnik Travel Company gave us a full-day Stalingrad Battlefield Tour whilst we were travelling around Russia.
He picked us up from the Volgograd Airport and was eagerly waiting for us as soon as we got out of the baggage area. He was very friendly and from the get go was someone you felt instantly comfortable to be around.
The tour went to so many sights around Volgograd and was better than we had ever expected. He timed everything so perfectly from the changing of the guards at the Motherland Calls sight to getting everything in at the museum before it closed. As result we were able to see so much in just one day. His English was impeccable and he was a fun guy to be around. He had a genuine enthusiasm for the sights from rubbing the snow off signs to be able to read them, getting us in the best spots for photos, to running to displays in the museum to show us. His enthusiasm really added to the trip and experience and is something you often don’t find in tour guides. He had so many interesting personal stories and had an excellent understanding of the Stalingrad history. He took us to great little lunch spot too and helped us order the food and describe what everything was which is most helpful when you don’t speak Russian.
Mikhail was with us all day right up to the point of dropping us back of at the airport and walking us in to make sure we knew exactly where to go. Mikhail was the best guide we had in Russia and one of the best we have ever had. I would absolutely whole-heatedly recommend him and the tour to anybody considering a trip to Volgograd.
Karina Noelle Baker and Kirk Bodiam Rasanen
Visited January 2017