Four startups that will change your mind on travel / Russia Beyond The Headlines
"We believe that a city is much more than just a historic center, worn-out facts and the monotonous voice of a guide," announces the St. Petersburg-based startup Sputnik8.соm. Sputnik is an online platform that connects innovative guides from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kyiv with travelers from around the world.
The concept behind Sputnik is giving people the chance to look at a city through the eyes of a specific person, to walk his favorite routes, and to see the places that he loves. The St. Petersburg version of the site offers tours of the city's pubs, antique shops, flea markets, and walks in the footsteps of writers and poets (Doblatov, Dostoevsky, and Brodsky).
There are also options for adults only, such as Risqué Petersburg, touring the city's two erotic museums and suggesting clubs with the most beautiful dancers. The English version of the site offers guided tours in different languages, depending on the languages that the guide speaks (see the flags by each tour).