In what city of Europe was the first surgery performed at night with the light of a gas lamp? Who, when and where in Europe opened the first coffee shop? What is the taste of the famous Ukrainian borshch (beetroot soup)? You will hear the answers to these and many other questions if you come and see me in Lviv, Ukraine.
My name is Irene (Iryna in Ukrainian, Irena in Polish, Irina in Russian). I am a civil engineer, later got MBA degree with internship in Wayne State University, USA. I am also a professional guide since 1987. I keep saying that my tour guiding is my first love and my second job. Since 2007 I am lecturing on the courses, which are licensed to prepare tour guides in Lviv. I provide classes for English speaking guides.
I was born and brought up in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. The city is named after Lev (Leo, Lion), son of the city founder - Prince Danylo. The first record about the city dates back to 1256. In 1998 Lviv was put on the UNESCO heritage list.
I am eagerly waiting for you in my old and always young Lviv, in the city of never ending legends, tales and reality, where people are dancing under the sky, where grownups are smiling like children and kids are walking as snobby grownups. . .
Lviv is a Holiday, which is always with those, who visited it at least once, the city, which penetrates into your heart and soul by the simplicity of its narrow and crooked streets, "fat" cobble stones, benches, street-lamps, lanterns and street lights, which are shining as small sparkles during all your further life, attracting like a magnet and inviting to come back again.
We will walk along the "tracks of our lions" (we have many of them in sculptures and different decorations), and they will tell you our mysteries and secrets, inspiring and striking by their uniqueness and love.
Everyone can find something interesting, dear and very special for himself in Lviv. I will be glad to compose an itinerary on your request.
My tours include (please, see details in Tours section):
• "Lviv yesterday, today and tomorrow" - a 3 hours sightseeing tour: combined walking and by car/bus/mini-van
• "Streets of old Lviv" about 3 hours walking tour
• "Lviv Pockets" Tour of Lviv courtyards - something hidden from an ordinary view.
. "Lviv Opera House"
• "Eating in Lviv".
• "Lviv and Beer".
• "Lviv by Night".
• "Coffee in Lviv".
• "Jewish heritage tour"
• "Lychakiv cemetery" The open air museum of grave stones, (the only one in Ukraine)
• Lviv Museums - we have 21 museum in Lviv and I would be glad to help you discover them.
• "The Golden Horseshoe of Lviv" tour of three castles, which are located around Lviv.
Why should you choose me? I am reliable, flexible, exstraordinary, never boaring. . . Do you think I am boasting? Just come to visit and check!
A Recent Review of this guide
From the moment we met her we found her to be extremely friendly and helpful and pointed out so much on the drive. The first day of our Tour was mainly on foot and she took us to many places she frequents herself and they were all outstanding. On the second day of our tour, our children started losing attention to all the history of the city, and we asked Iryna to do something to get their attention back on this important tour. She immediately did that and it got their attention and interest back.
Guide licence #4 issued by the Lviv City Council for work in Lviv.
Guide licence #41 issued by the Tourist Department of Lviv region for work in Lviv and Lviv region.
Civil Engineer, Diploma B-1 #610558 Lviv University "Lviv Politechnica".
MBA degree registraton#93 granted by Lviv Institute of Management.