Debra PottsUnited States
My day with Irina was my favorite in a three-week trip to Russia. We visited a small village outside Moscow, toured Sergiev Posad and the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, and had a leisurely lunch at Irina's neighbor's dacha. Our hosts, a second Irina and her husband Pyotr, were the most warm and generous imaginable, and when the weather trapped us indoors, vodka and Pyotr's moonshine fueled conversation. Lots of laughter, lots of learning. Irina is friendly, quite knowledgeable, and has excellent English.
Christopher DabskiUnited States
Irina turned out to be a very warm, informative guide who allowed us a glimpse into a peaceful Russian countryside on a pleasant chauffeured car ride that culminated with a visit to her family's dacha. Both Irina and her mother proved to be gracious hosts who served us with a variety of delicious typical Russian dishes followed by a guided tour of the cottage itself, vegetable and fruit garden and nice bucolic surroundings. We enjoyed the conversation and the warm heart-felt
the tour with Irina gave us a real idea of the life and foods of rural Russia and how they spend time in their summer houses. We really appreciated the food which had been grown in her garden and some preserved by her grandmother. Irina thank you for showing us something that you do not get to see or taste by staying in big cities. Also we enjoyed the time spent chatting with Christina. Graeme and Denise
Irene ChongHong Kong
Irina was a fantastic host. I had truly enjoyed her hospitality. A unique experience which let me into the life of the locals, which it is must to make your Russia trip more complete! She has very friendly neighbors which is a big plus! She is a great cook too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Irene, It was my pleasure to have you in my house and to share with you our daily life and country traditions.
Harry H.United States
This was a very nice day, away from all the tourists. Irina is fluent in English. We first toured a mid-sized town. Then drove to the dacha village. We had a very nice lunch, and visited with 2 neighboring families, seeing the gardens at their dachas. We walked around the dacha village with Irina, seeing the fine dachas owned by policemen and customs agents. My only negative comment is that the driver, who is not her usual driver, drove very fast, literally passing every vehicle on the road.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Harry, thanks a lot for your comments . I have already had a couple of dacha tours after your visit and I have changed the driver.I am thinking how to make dacha tour more interesting and I would like to include fishing or mashroom hunting . Irina