Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Chisinau Moldova by Tour Guide Valery B. (Guide #20263)


Clive Russell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #283132, Treasures of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: May 28/18

Two words - Valery Cares! Beyond the knowledge and passion to show us his beautiful country, he cares that the tour is yours or 'becomes yours' - what you want, what interests you - not just a tick box of sites. He also has that rare quality of telling you enough to intrigue you but not too much to bore or overwhelm you (so you forget half of it). He also dealt with politics well He learned names immediately! All arrangements were efficient, communication before exceptional and the driver was excellent

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Clive! I am so happy you enjoyed my tour and the ammendments. It was my pleasure to drive you around Moldova so that you have a better idea of the country. I also enjoyed your company immensely. You have been fantastic! Best to you, Dylan and Ali

Christopher French

United Kingdom
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Tour: #283132, Treasures of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: May 11/18

Valery is a very friendly, knowledgeable guide. The tour was relaxed and unhurried. He was helpful and flexible to our needs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christopher for your feedback. I really enjoyed your company. Best regards!

Ronald A. Dale

Canada
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Tour: Odessa "A Pearl by the Sea", Chisinau, Moldova
Date: Apr 20/18

pick up by driver not tour director little information from Chisinau to Odessa unless directly questioning the tour director In Odessa we had requested to see at minimum the steps, the opera house and the beach on the water of the bs. No tour was available of the OH. No beach found We experienced a beautiful walk along the boulevard and saw some extraordinary buildings in the square. The experience of the day trip did not justify the cost due to lack of information in comparison to other day trips taken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronald! Thank you for finding the time to write a comment on Odessa tour. I am really sorry to hear that you didn't fully enjoy it unlike many tourist before who were happy to see the sights that are in my tour description. Unfortunately, things you wished to do on the spur of the moment we're not doable given reservation situation at Opera house, long distances to the beaches that don't have easy access to, traffic jams. I hope that you enjoyed seeing the sights specified in the tour description.

Elizabeth Clarke-Glynn

United States
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Tour: #283131, Chisinau "A Flower Made of Stone", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Jan 27/18

Great guide for the city of Chisinau. Very thorough and engaging. He took us out of the city to see the countryside despite not being a normal part of the tour. Minivan option was really nice in the winter.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elizabeth for your kind words. Best to all of you!

Ari Rissanen

Belgium
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Tour: #283132, Treasures of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Oct 31/17

I did two tours with Valery and both were excellent. Valery did everything he had promised - and actually even more than that. Communication was very easy and in addition to seeing all the interesting sights of Moldova, I had very interesting and informative conversations with him. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ari a lot for such a nice feedback. I also enjoyed your company and all the conversations we had on these tours. Best of luck!

Ari Rissanen

Belgium
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Tour: #283408, Tiraspol "Back in the USSR", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Oct 30/17

I did two tours with Valery and both were excellent. Valery did everything he had promised - and actually even more than that. Communication was very easy and in addition to seeing all the interesting sights of Moldova, I had very interesting and informative conversations with him. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ari, I really appreciate it! All the best

Neil O.

United States
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Tour: #283132, Treasures of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Oct 5/17

Val took us on an excellent tour and pointed out a bunch of gems that would have otherwise been overlooked. Highly recommend booking any tour offered by Val. Very knowledgeable about all things Moldova and was able to answer all the questions we had. This tour involved some walking up slight elevation. Not a problem, but should be noted. Highly recommend booking any tour offered by Val. You won't be disappointed. Recommend taking some water/snacks with you for an all day tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Neil for this feedback, I really appreciate it. Best to you and your friends!

Stefan R.

Germany
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Tour: #283131, Chisinau "A Flower Made of Stone", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Sep 30/17

This city tour fully met our expectations - the length, the content, and Valery's flexibility to adapt it to our needs and wishes - everything was just fine. We learned a lot about the city and the country and can only recommend Valery as a local guide while in Moldova!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stefan, thank you so much for such a nice comment! Kind regards

Virginia Simmons

United States
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Tour: #283173, Highlights of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Sep 9/17

If you want a warm and friendly guide who knows so much about Moldova - the history, the culture, the environment, the roads, etc. - then you want Valery Bradu as a guide. We just had one of the best days ever with Valry because he made sure we were entertained and involved in the tour. He went that extra mile for us and we highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Virginia, I also enjoyed your company. Surely we had a great time on the tour as we could speak about so many topics echanging our life experiences. Your friendliness and warmth will always stay in my mind. Thank you so much!

Margaret Bart

United States
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Tour: #283408, Tiraspol "Back in the USSR", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Jun 29/17

Valery arrived promptly which I appreciated. He was knowledgeable about the area and his English was easy to understand. I was very pleased and I enjoyed his company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margaret, I also enjoyed your company. We had a great time together and I appreciate your feedback. Best regards!

Andrew Davies

United Kingdom
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Tour: #283408, Tiraspol "Back in the USSR", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Jun 27/17

Great thanks

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrew for your feedback! Best regards

Martin Tatchell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #283408, Tiraspol "Back in the USSR", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Jun 15/17

A really fascinating tour to an unusual place. A guide is necessary for this trip and Valery has had many years experience and knowledge of travelling to Transnistria so felt complexity relaxed during the tour. Highly recommend on a trip to Moldova.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Martin for speaking so highly of my guiding. Best regards!

Martin Tatchell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #283132, Treasures of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Jun 14/17

I would highly recommend this tour with Valery.The visit to the winery was fascinating and well worth it. The drive in the beautiful Moldovan countryside to visit the monasteries and churches was very relaxed and interesting. Valery does not rush his tours and is very flexible in his itinerary.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes Martin, this tour was really enjoyable. Truly we visited the most interesting sights in the countryside.You were great company, thank you!

Martin Tatchell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #283131, Chisinau "A Flower Made of Stone", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Jun 13/17

This is an excellent tour to visit the main attractions and learn the history of Chisinau. Valery is an excellent guide who speaks perfect English and his knowledge and sense of humour made the tour very enjoyable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Martin, it was my pleasure to show you the best sights of Chisinau. Thank you for taking a keen interest in our history. I also enjoyed this tour.

Judith-ann W.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #283408, Tiraspol "Back in the USSR", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: May 2/17

Valery is an excellent tour guide and a smooth driver! Very informative - comprehensive historical knowledge..

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judith so much! I am glad you liked my tour. Good luck!

Nick Wyse

United Kingdom
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Tour: #283131, Chisinau "A Flower Made of Stone", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Apr 13/17

We travelled to Chisinau as we had discovered our grandfather was born here. We wanted to learn as much as we could about the city and the county of Moldova. Valery was brilliant. He knew so much about Chisinau and Moldova - his knowledge is encyclopaedic - but he was also fun and made our tour both informative and enjoyable. He was able to modify where we went as the day progressed. Highly, highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nick,I am happy that you discovered Moldova and enjoyed your stay. It was my pleasure to give you all the information you expected to get from a local guide. Truly we had so much fun together. Best regards!

Donald Ashton

United States
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Tour: #283131, Chisinau "A Flower Made of Stone", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Apr 12/17

I highly recommend Valery as a guide. He has an outstanding knowledge of local history and culture, and he seems to thrive on sharing his knowledge with his clients. For me, one of the thrills of sharing my time with Valery was in getting an understanding of the real situation in a USSR country regarding economics, religion, travel restrictions, workplace conditions, and many other aspects of everyday life from someone who actually lived through the last part of the Soviet times.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Donald, thank you very much for your good review. Nothing pleases me more than learning that my knowledge helped you better understand local history and culture. I really enjoyed your company as you were very friendly,caring and fun to be with. Good luck!

Ardice Hartry

United States
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Tour: #283173, Highlights of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Apr 11/17

This was a very enjoyable tour. The monasteries have been extensively repaired, but they are still interesting because a) one learns a lot about the impact of the Soviet Union on spiritual life; and b) they have been reconstructed as much as possible to resemble their original design. Usually, we see monasteries with faded murals, so to see them as they might have been when first built is a nice change. The winery was also fun -- if you've never been driven through a wine cave before, it's a treat.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ardice, thank you very much for your positive feedback. I am happy that you and the family enjoyed the tour to the monasteries and the winery. Best regards!

Ardice Hartry

United States
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Tour: Odessa "A Pearl by the Sea", Chisinau, Moldova
Date: Apr 9/17

While this tour is a long day, it was definitely worth it. Odessa is a beautiful city, and it was fascinating crossing through the many different border checks on the way. Valery is a great guide -- informative and flexible -- and very resourceful! He helped us negotiate all the border crossings, and, in Odessa, he took us to unique sites. We also made a special request: a detour to see a small site, and he easily accommodated us. Hopefully, he will also give you a display of his musical talents.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ardice so much for such a nice comment. I really enjoyed two days we spent together and all the topics we covered. It was my pleasure to drive you to all the sites. I am glad you and the family enjoyed your stay in Moldova!

Ricardo Berrio

Spain
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Tour: Odessa "A Pearl by the Sea", Chisinau, Moldova
Date: Mar 4/17

Valery the tour guides de was absolutely great I just choose a tour that was not appropriate for a short stay in Chisinau as the drive is very long to about 4.30 hours each way including border crossings. We visited Transnistria and that was a very interesting experience and Odessa was very nice. Overall we had a very good time but if you want to go to see this tour you need to be ready to spend a long time in the car

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ricardo so much for your comment. I also enjoyed your company. Good luck!

Ashley Cheechoo

United States
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Tour: #283408, Tiraspol "Back in the USSR", Chisinau, Moldova    view tour
Date: Feb 5/17

Valery was exceptional. From meeting us at the airport (with flowers!) to driving us everywhere we wanted to go. He was knowledgeable, interesting, helpful and kind. We discussed a wide range of subjects from politics and music to history and Moldavian culture. His enthusiasm is contagious and after this weekend we consider him a friend. If you choose to visit Moldova, you will not regret booking Valery as your guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ashley, It's been a pleasure meeting you and John. I also enjoyed the weekend we spent together talking about topics that are of great importance to us. Thank you so much for speaking so highly about my guiding, I really appreciate your taking a keen interest in Moldovan history and culture. I wish you and the family best of luck!