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Mila

Co-Founder and Tour Guide

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Mila is now a Ph.D. student in Sociology in Oregon. Her interest in travel first came in the form of knick knacks that her father would bring from piloting international flights. This interest grew through a year of studying Mandarin in China and backpacking in Taiwan.

Her outgoing personality, her love for history, and her excitement for meeting new people led her to start working as a licensed tour guide in St. Petersburg. Working for several local companies, she grew dissatisfied with the way companies treated tourists and decided to do something about it. This led her to start Experience Russia.

It has been more than six years since Mila first started working as a local guide; these days, you can find her around the city proudly holding Experience Russia sign, while enthusiastically sharing stories with her tourists.

Alena

Co-Founder and Tour Guide

Alena has always been fascinated with the history of Russia and Great Britain. Born and raised in the Soviet Union, Alena graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in English language and British literature. Since graduating, she dedicated herself to teaching English to children (including Mila) in a number of local schools for over 25 years.

After retiring recently, she decided to combine her lifelong passion for teaching with her favorite pastime of studying history and became a licensed tour guide.

On tour with Alena, her love for storytelling and sense of humor really shine through, making her not only a great tour guide, but a perfect fit with Experience Russia.