Laury VekslerUnited States
We are 4 Americans who wanted an informative & fun City Tour of Odessa. I found Igor & we are all glad I did!! Igor was AMAZING!! He was very quick to reply. Made a customized tour. Was on time. His English was very good. We are so happy we chose him & I hope anyone reading this, books a tour with him. We are so happy we met him & spent the day with him. We also loved Odessa so much more because of Igor. EVERYONE!!! Please book a tour with Igor, you won't be sorry!! THANK YOU, Igor!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I also enjoyed my time with you. I especially appreciate your review!
R Jeffrey DavisNurnberg, Germany
I had a great time with Igor. We saw many of the places I had hoped to see and much more. He was not only knowledgeable about places but, of course, about history of those places we saw. Igor was also quite flexible, suggesting options of where our tour might go. I remember the first night when he met me at the airport, he took me to a local restaurant where Odessites enjoy eating. There was a band playing and many people from the restaurant clientele danced.
Helen MosbrookerUnited States
Igor was professional, helpful, and spoke English Very well. He had a car that was well suited for the bumpy dirt roads we went on to reach our destination. We were very happy with our tour into the country and highly recommend him as a top tour guide. Helen and Mike, Oak Harbor, Wa.
Linda OrnsteinUnited States
Igor provided us with a wonderful day in Odessa! His knowledge of the city and its history was excellent, and he managed to pack in all the things that we had expressed were important to us. I noticed in some of the commentaries that there had been concern over Igor's classic car. Granted, it was an older car, but it was just fine. Good guide, good tour, great day!
Stephen JaffeUnited States
Igor was an outstanding guide. A little standoffish to start, he warmed to us after a while. Our requested sights in Odessa were the usual sights plus an emphasis on Jewish culture. He covered everything on his submitted itinerary and explained all the sights. He allowed us time to see everything and then took us to lunch at a local cafeteria for regional food. I would highly recommend Igor as a guide in Odessa. He listened to our requests and took very good care of our needs.
Mark SpergelUnited States
needs to improve english skills but very pleasant and tour was fun and informative
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Sorry you had to cut your tour, there was something more to see. It looks like I do need to improve my English because when I read previous traveler comments about my English being terrific I did not realize terrific meant terrible… I thought it meant good… now I know that it depends… but still confused. Come back, I will improve my English by then and show you what you could not see this time.
Pat MillerBluffton, SC, United States
Igor was very pleasant, but wasn't quite up to par on his history. He knew where to go in Odessa and what each place of interest was, but didn't have a lot of knowledge when asked about particulars--only general knowledge. He wasn't as attentive as he should have been to his guests when walking thru the city and would cross the streets without looking to see if his guests had made it across. It's a very long day to walk Odessa and he walks much faster as he is approx. 25-30 years younger than we were.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry, I was trying to show you as much as possible. Sometimes being too enthusiastic harms. But I did apologize when told about that and changed my approach immediately, walking behind you rather than leading the way.
John G SchusterCanada
The private tour by Igor was very helpful and accomplished the desired goals. He was able to do much background research so that the locations desired would be located. His knowlege of Odessa and area is very complete and insightful and he is able to express what he knows in a manner easily understood.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Sorry for the bumpy roads…
Kathy Bright NovickPalm Springs, CA, United States
We had a great tour with Igor. He is a really good, well informed guide. His languages skills were terrific. We would recommend him personally and the service to all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I also enjoyed my time with you. Come back! Thank you.
Donna J.United States
Unfortunately Igor left a lot to be desired.He was not at the ship to greet us.I had to ask someone to call his phone.When he arrived, it was in a tiny,very old (probably from mid-50's) car in very poor condition.We could barely fit.When I asked why he didn't hire the van as I had asked, he said we didn't need one and could use his car for $60. When I told him NO, he called a van, we had to pay for this in addition to his charge.He did not even come with us into the Museum.We think--no license-Not friendly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Donna Sorry but you are inventing. A car is EXTRA; please re-read the tour description. Not sure about tiny (15'10" long, 6' wide) but I don't think so. Very old is not always the same as very poor. Anyway I did not make you use it and I had it only because the van I'd arranged for you failed to appear which was out of my control, I DID explain this to you. The tour is mainly pedestrian, see the description. I did ask if I was needed in the museum; had I been told yes, I would have certainly come.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've discussed this tour with Igor and asked him to address the concerns raised here. It seems there was all sorts of mis-understanding related to transportation.
Mary KlestoffUnited States
Igor is an excellent guide for Odessa. He knows the history and all the interesting details about every building, every street in Odessa. But he also gave us a glimpse into the life of Odessa and its people - pre-revolutionary, communist era and modern day. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Igor and his beautiful wife who joined us for part of the tour. Wish we had booked Igor for our other stops in the Crimea. Be prepared to walk a lot!