St Petersburg Essentialguide's
Privacy Policy
Your Privacy is Important to Us

Welcome to St Petersburg Essential Guide - Your Best Travel Guide to Russia

Thank you for visiting St Petersburg Essential Guide and reviewing our Privacy Policy.

Why do we have a privacy policy? Because your privacy is important to us and we want you to be confident that your details are safe and will not be shared with any other entities without your expressed permission. 

We believe in putting the customer experience above all else. With that in mind, we’ve made some updates to our our privacy policy to comply with the transparency requirements under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which is an EU-wide privacy and data protection law that gives individuals more control over their personal data.

We, Davide and Anastasia, will collect no personally identifiable information about you when you visit (our website) unless you choose to provide that information. This Privacy Policy does not describe information collection practices on other sites, including those linked to or from our website.

Our Privacy Policy outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use St Petersburg Essential Guide (the website), as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard information.

We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us.

St Petersburg Essential Guide strives to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all our operations. Likewise, we are dedicated to protecting our customers, consumers and online visitors privacy on our website.

Now, if you are ready for the nitty gritty, then read on...

personal IDENTIFICATION information

St Petersburg Essential Guide collects personally identifiable information from the visitors to our website only on a voluntary basis. Personal information collected on a voluntary basis may include name, postal address, email address, company name and telephone number. 

We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, place an order, subscribe to the email newsletter, respond to a survey, participate in a contest or sweepstakes, fill out a form, request some other service or information from us, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site.

Specifically, if you subscribe to our newsletter, we will ask for your first name and will require your email address.

If you complete a form, we will require your name and your email address, and will ask for information relevant to the purpose of the form.

If you submit content to us, we will ask for your name and email address. Photos you include with your submission, or details in your submission, may personally identify you.

If you request to be notified about comments on any content you submit to us, or request to be notified when others submit content, we will require your first name and your email address.

If you purchase a product or service from us, we will collect your name, email address, and billing and/or shipping address. Your credit card number(s) are encrypted and not collected by St Petersburg Essentialguide, the website. currently uses PayPal as payment processor. By clicking on a product link and making a purchase, you consent to that platform's use of cookies, as outlined in the link below.

Paypal's Privacy Policy

This site also uses Facebook commenting. Facebook stores all of your comments (if any) and may show them on your timeline, depending on your Facebook settings. This link contains Facebook's Privacy Policy.

In addition to that Users may also visit our Website anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us.

For your information, Users can always refuse to supply personal identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities. Honestly, we don't recommend such an action with us as we are not a big company but just a simple and small travel website, which uses your information only to provide you with the best services and information you need or ask for your trip to Russia.

We also collect each visitor's IP address, which helps us combat spam and fraud. We do not use IP addresses for any other purpose.

If we make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information, we will inform you by placing a notice on our site. We will use personal information received from you for internal purposes only and will not sell it or provide it to third parties.

Lastly, (the website) also contains links to other websites that may be of interest to you. However, once you have used them to leave our site, we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide while visiting such sites. These sites are not governed by this privacy statement. Always exercise caution by reviewing the privacy statement of the website in question before continuing to use it.

noN personal IDENTIFICATION information

We at may collect non-personally identifiable information about you whenever you interact with our site. Non-personally identifiable information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about your method of connecting to our site, such as the operating system and the Internet service provider you used, and other similar information.

use of cookies and web beacons

We, Davide and Anastasia (owners of, may use cookies to help personalize your online experience, as well as content, and ads. We also may use cookies to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic.

For your information, Cookies are identifiers that are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your web browser to enable our system to recognize your browser.

Basically, the purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have come to the site for the first time, or have returned to a specific page. If you personalize the site's pages, or register with any of our site's services, a cookie enables to recall your specific information on subsequent visits.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying settings in your browser; however, if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site and some parts of the Site may not function properly. So it's better if you don't make any changes!

What is a Web Beacon?

A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor your journey around a single website or collection of sites. They are also referred to as web bugs. They are commonly used by sites that use third-party services to monitor traffic. They may be used in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content on the pages of a website.

As you browse this website, Google Analytics and advertising cookies will be placed on your computer to collect demographic and interest information, but we do not tie the cookie to any personal information that you provide to us. If you do not wish your data to be collected via Google Analytics, you may use their Opt-Out Tool.

From time to time we may also use third-party advertising companies to promote ads on our website. These companies use cookies and web beacons in their ads to ascertain how many times you've seen an advertisement. No personally identifiable information you give us is provided to them for cookie or web beacon use, so they cannot personally identify you with information from our website.

Some third-party advertisements may be provided by Google, which uses the DoubleClick cookie to serve ads. This cookie enables Google to serve ads to users based on their visits to other sites on the Web. You may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie by visiting the Google Ad Content Network Privacy Policy.

Browsers can be set to accept or reject cookies automatically, or to notify a user when a cookie is being requested. Privacy software can be used to override web beacons. Taking either of these actions should not cause a problem with our site.


Again, browsers can be set to accept or reject cookies automatically, or notify you when a cookie is being requested. Privacy software can be used to override web beacons. Taking either of these actions should not cause any problems with our site, should you choose to do so.

Consult the Help section of your browser for guidance on how to refuse all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is requested.

However, keep in mind that if you choose to refuse 's cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site. Personally speaking, if you want to experience the best of or any other similar website we advise one more time that you don't make any change, but simply leave things as they are, so we can help you to deliver what you're looking for on our website. 

If you want to learn more about how cookies works we recommend that you visit the following website: And, if you want to learn how to enable or disable cookies on your own visit the Google Help Guide.

children's online privacy protection act

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. This website is directed to adults. It is not directed to children under the age of 16. We operate our site in compliance with current regulations. Anyone under the age of 16 must provide parental consent to use this site. We do not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 16 years of age.

non personal information

In some cases, we may collect information about visitors that is not personally identifiable.  We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users' movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. The information collected is used solely for internal review and not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.

how we use collected information (our website) may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes:

  • To Run and Operate our Site: We may need your information to display content on the Site correctly.
  • To Improve Customer Service: Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • To Personalize User Experience: We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
  • To Improve Our Site: We may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.
  • To Run a Promotion, Contest, Survey or other Site Feature: To send users information they agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to them.
  • To Process Payments: We may use the information users provide about themselves when placing an order only to provide service to that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to provide the service.
  • To Send Periodic Emails: We may use the email address to send user information and updates pertaining to their order. It may also be used to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If user decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the user would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we included detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email or user may contact us via our site.


We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our site.

sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletter or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

release of information

If we sell St Petersburg Essential Guide, the information we have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in our site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale so that the service provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through our website of that change in control and practices, and we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make.


We provide this privacy policy as a statement to you of our commitment to protect your personally identifiable information. If you have submitted personally identifiable information through our website and would like to review that information, click on this link. You can also request to edit or delete any of your information from the servers by clicking on this link.

third parties service providers

Users may find advertising or other content on our site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing.

These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our site, is subject to that website's own terms and policies. This privacy policy does not cover the use of cookies by advertising partners and third party service providers.

If you don't wish your data to be collected by any third partners we work with, you may opt-out by visiting, or the

affiliate products & services

For your information, we may receive an affiliate commission for some of the products and services sold on The compensation earned from the sites does not influence the information in this site, but rather it helps us to continue to run the website and provide you with great information about Saint Petersburg Russia. Thus, please do support our sponsors and recommendations. This site takes time and effort to deliver original content, free, to you. Supporting our sponsors and affiliate partners is a WIN-WIN-WIN for you, me, and them. Thank you very much.

Currently the affiliate services platforms we use on the site are:

By clicking on a product or service link offered by the listed affiliate partners above, you consent to that platform's use of cookies.

google adsense

Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to this website. As we told above, Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to our website and/or other sites on the Internet.

You may opt-out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting Ad Settings. Alternatively, users can opt-out of third-party vendor’s use of cookies for interest based advertising by visiting

Some of the ads may be served by Google. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to Users based on their visit to our Site and other sites on the Internet. DART uses "non personally identifiable information" and does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, etc.

You may opt-out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at

If you wish to learn more about how Google manages data in its ad products click on the following link: How Google Uses Information from Sites or Apps that Use our Services.

As we use Google Adsense to pay the bills, we also have listed what we think are the all certified providers with whom Google share its date collected from users when visiting our Website. For that please Check Out This Page.

web search results on this site

The search box on this web site ("Search Box") is powered by Google Inc. ("Google"). You acknowledge and agree that Google's privacy policy shall apply to your use of the Search Box and by using the Search Box you consent to Google using your personal data in accordance with its privacy policy. Learn more about the Google's privacy at


We use third-party companies involved in social media so that you can share content with your friends and followers on various social media platforms. The list are as follows with links to their privacy policies:


Pinterest: offers RSS as a way to easily follow content updates. We use [FeedBurner/FeedBlitz] to let you subscribe to these updates via your email address.

data storage

Personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information collected by this site is stored on our host's servers. That host is SiteSell Inc., located at 1000 Saint-Jean Boulevard, Suite 702, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5P1 Canada.

If you wish to review your information stored on the SiteSell servers for, click on this link (available by May 28, 2018). You can also edit, download or delete any of your information from the servers by clicking on that link.

updates and effective date

St Petersburg Essential Guide (our website) reserves the right to make changes to this policy. If there is a material change in our privacy practices, we will indicate on our site that our privacy practices have changed and provide a link to the new Privacy Policy. We encourage you to periodically review this policy so that you will know what information we collect and how we use it. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

agreeing to terms

By using St Petersburg Essential Guide or any services offered by this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy and terms of service. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed as your acceptance of this Privacy Policy and of those changes.

For any questions relating to our Privacy Policy you may contact us at the following: info (at) st


This document was last updated on May 24, 2020 to comply with The General Data Protection Regulation.


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