I am a member of The Moldovan Association of Travel Agencies and Guides, fully licensed; my name is included in 3 editions of "The Lonely Planet" ed. 2007, 2010, 2012 Romania/Moldova. It will be my pleasure to drive you across the country to the wineries, monasteries and other historic sites giving all the information you expect to get from a local guide, answering all of your questions, helping you find things of interest and souvenirs you plan to bring back home, also providing any useful information on Moldova in order for you to have a better picture of the country. Before becoming a tour guide at the end of the 90-s I worked as an English-speaking translator for a number of years, but I always felt the need for expanding my knowledge of the country and engagining in activities which would enable me to establish a more personal contact with travellers from around the world and help them discover this beautiful country. Tourism changed my life forever as it became not only my full time job, but also a hobby. During my tours I try to carefully listen to my tourists' needs and requests so that even a small detail will not skip my attention. Even though Moldova is considered a country "off the beaten path", in recent years I noticed a growing interest in Moldova as it became an Associate Member of the EU in 2014 which immediately led to the increase in the number of travellers who chose this country as their short holiday destination. I am proud to say that I have met hundreds of wonderful people from around the world over the last 18 years who ultimately have become my friends as I am on contract with all the major hotels in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as travel agencies. This great experience enriched me a lot as a person giving me a rare a chance to interact with my tourists in a friendly environment and also show them the best of this country making sure they leave Moldova with vivid and nice impressions of my homeland. My motto is: " We are connected to one another no matter where we are on the planet". In my free time I play the guitar, piano and also compose rock songs in English as I am a musician by profession ( my first degree is music, second degree is foreign affairs).
I formed a duo " Escape" with my colleague a singer who recently graduated from Chisinau conservatoire. We will be happy to perform my songs for you to make your stay in Moldova most enjoyable and memorable. I can also organise group tours upon request.
A Recent Review of this guide
I had such a wonderful time with Valery on my extended layover in Chisinau! First we toured the city and then took a ride to the second largest winery in the world, Cricova. Valery was so kind and knowledgeable - he even played a song for us on the piano at Pushkin's House as he is a trained musician. Would not hesitate to recommend and only wish I could have spent more time in Moldova!
The Guide's License issued by the Moldovan Association of Travel Agencies and Guides, November 2016