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cfohara June 19th, 2006 11:30 PM

St. Petersburg - Tour Guide Tipping
As part of our baltic cruise, my wife and I will be taking a 2 day tour of St. Petersburg this summer through the tour company Red October. There will be 4 other people on the tour with us for a total of 6 people. As I understand it, Red October will supply a driver and a guide.
What would be the appropriate tip for the driver and tour guide? Is tipping appropriate in Russia?

Kuki June 20th, 2006 12:39 PM

Tipping is certainly acceptable and appreciated in Russia. If you have the same guide and driver for both days, as we did. I'd think for the two of you $100 tip (split maybe 60/40 between the guide and driver) would be appropriate.

Robbie H June 20th, 2006 01:15 PM

We also used "RO" in '04 and agonized over this very point, especially because it was just the two of us for the 2 days. I think we ended up giving $80 to the guide and $50 to the driver. No idea what is or was appropriate for small groups but we felt they were VERY deserving.

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