We had a great trip to St Petersburg. To answer your questions and give you the feedback scores – How was your UK travel manager, (5). Overall experience (5). Would your recommend this holiday (Yes). Would you recommend our company (Yes). The visa company were excellent, very efficient and helpful. The Hotel Helvetia was just the ticket. The rooms were spacious with a sitting area and kitchenette. The interconnecting room was small but very adequate and our daughter was very happy to have her own space. Our travel guide Natasha, was very efficient, informative and good fun, her English exceptional and her enthusiasm never ending! The tickets for the ballet were very good indeed and the performance was excellent. The weather, although a challenge being so cold, enhanced the experience, the city looked magical and there were no queues for any of the attractions. We went to the Mir travel office and they too were most helpful and friendly. We did not experiment greatly with food as the cold meant we did not want to travel too far in the evenings, but this really did not impact negatively on the holiday. We saw everything we wanted to see. I suppose the only thing I would say is to perhaps know which sites/attractions are under renovation and to what extent – the Peter and Paul Fortress was virtually all under cover externally and they were renovating the alter internally too. I hope this information assists. We had a super holiday and the ballet was a real treat.