The day tour with Raman to Mir and Nesvizh villages and the castles was very interesting. Raman was friendly, open and very knowledgeable about the castles and he also told a lot about Belarus, its history, culture and background which we wouldn't have heard about otherwise. Transport was perfect, there was a separate driver, so Raman could freely talk, explain and ask any questions you might have, while driving through the Belarusian landscapes. Highly recommended to have a tour with Raman!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Tim! Thank you very much for the words, I'm glad to hear that you liked! Thank you for your and Kristina's intelligent and very gentle way of visit and communication, I have always a wish to do my best for the people like you. Have good ways in your life! Good luck!
Mitchell PratteUnited States
I had a great day with Raman as we drove through the countryside and visited a few of the sites around Minsk. He made the time fun and worthwhile. I am glad I chose Raman. It was a positive first-time exposure to Belarus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mitchell, thank you for the review and the warm words! God bless you! have good ways only!
As a group of six, we found Raman A. as a professional, friendly and easygoing guide. He's knowledge of Belarus is top level. Highly recommending his services, also communication with Tours by Locals was very easy. Traktor settlement tour was ten out of ten and Minsk Hippies & Jeans tour gave different view to invasion of Rock'n Roll decades ago. Kurapaty memorial was a reminder of insanity of human race. Visit if You can.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Harri! thank you for the review and the time you spend with me, thank you for your attention and empathy to me and my city! and yeah, we are conservative, we don't shake lady's hands, that's true. Thank you for understanding!
Dee AxelrodUnited States
Tour guides meet so many people that they can acquire a sort of rote, slick feel, but Raman was the opposite of that. He knew the subject and he was more than willing to talk about it, but I really felt like there was someone real there. It was a pleasure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dee! Thank you for your review! You should know that I was willing to talk cause there were people who were listening, kind and extremely regardful ones. I mean you and Jane, thank you for that! Have a good luck in all your ways!
Robert PennaUnited States
This is a must see for those going to Belarus. Castles are beautifully preserved and historical artifacts are easy to see and understand. The guide is outstanding and wants you to gain an understanding of the country's history and culture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you, Robert!
Robert PennaUnited States
Raman is an excellent guide with a fine command of English language. He is thoughtful, pleasant and honestly wants you to gain an understanding of his country, its history and culture. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you both, Robert for that days and so many funny stories! I told one that is about your wife, wc and monkeys, to my wife, that was didactic for her:) Have a good luck in all your ways and travelings!
Sueann LonghiniUnited States
I did not choose one of Raman's suggested tours, but instead let him know what I was interested in (small village life, old cemeteries, nature, unusual or unique places) and had him design a custom tour. We were NOT disappointed! Raman planned a full day of adventures for us that continued until after sun down. Belarus has so much to offer and with only a couple of days Raman was still able to share much of what we were hoping to see...and what we weren't expecting, but were delighted by. A huge thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The season is going down, so, there is time to remember about those wonderful days that we spent with you, guys! And that is a memory which inspires! Big thank for your appreciating!
Sueann LonghiniUnited States
Raman was amazing. Prior to our trip I sent him a list of places and things I wanted to see and he created the perfect walking/car combo tour for us! We saw meaningful monuments, hip art districts, riverside neighborhoods, trendy restaurants and hidden shops. Any request we had he tried to fulfill. He had a wealth of information and knew the whole city very well. If you want to know Minsk this is the guide for you. We were so impressed with his first tour suggestions we booked a second tour with him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, guys, for such warm words! I feel myself alive when I have such tourists like you. That trip to Hrodna is in my heart forever. Have a good luck in all your ways.
We had a wonderful tour in Minsk. Raman was our guide, and he was fantastic! He spoke very good English and gave us good, relevant and interesting information about Minsk. He took us to wonderful places in the old city, the Sovjet part etc. We could give our best recommendations for this trip and for Raman as guide! Please note that he set up a special tour for us since we wanted to see Minsk by night in stead of the regular tour in the morning. He answered quickly and arranged everything just perfect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Line, thank you very much for your warm review, I haven't even expected!)) Have a good luck in your ways! All the best to your well-talented husband and to your children!)
Gabriel PeronUnited Kingdom
This tour about the Soviet industrial settlement of Minsk Tractor Works offers a fascinating view on how work and social life were intertwined in Soviet times and how the state was trying to provide for industrial workers. Raman, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and interesting, as well as perfectly fluent in French, which was unexpected as we had booked a tour in English.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gabriel, thank you very much for your warm words! Was the tour around the factory interesting? It's new one... I wish you good luck in your ways!
Clive RussellUnited Kingdom
Raman was an informed, professional guide and his partner driver Alex was full of smiles on what was a dreary rainy day in Belarus. The castles are both very worth seeing, each different and interesting. Raman took us to every nook and cranny, no matter the number of stairs to get there. It was fantastic. We then had a visit to the town of Mir and they found a lovely place for lunch. The communication before hand was excellent and arrangements were simple and timely.
Andy EbbottUnited States
Minsk is a big city and hard to cover in 3 hours. Raman and his driver created a tour that combined driving and walking and gave me a good overview of the city in a short period of time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: it was a pleasure to make it for you, Andy! thank you!
Robert VolmerUnited States
Great guide and great experience. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you, Robert! have a good luck in your ways like you had it at the airport!;)
A really excellent tour. Raman was very knowledgeable about the topics that we were interested in and provided a sophisticated and nuanced commentary.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Peter! it was a pleasure to make this tour for you and Julia!
It was a very quick custom made tour for 2 people. We were very happy with Raman's knowledge of general history as well as interesting anecdotes about the owners of the two castles. We can recommend him as a guide to anyone who wants to get to know the castles and become familiar with the past of Belarus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wojciech, thank you for the recommendation and the day we spent together! I also learned a lot from you and Kim. Have a good luck and i really wonder which language will be the next one for you to learn)
I would recommend this tour and guide to everyone, we learnt so much from this guide about the castles and the small towns we went through. He even dropped us off at a diner where we got to try the local food !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you, Ellen for such a beautiful and interesting day I spent with you all! have a good luck in all you ways! say hello to all the rest guys!
Andrew ChungUnited States
I really have to thank Raman. My flight was delayed but luckily Raman was able to do his very best to accommodate me. Of course the fact that the Sun goes down late in summer helped too. Belarus is a pleasant surprise. I got to learn so much about the country of Belarus. Get prepared to walk a lot and take lots of photos. Also wanted to say that he arranged a very good driver Andrej for this tour. Now I know why Belarus is called "Hospitality Beyond Borders". Hope to visit again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andrew,thank you! Welcome to Belarus!)
Stephen PollockUnited Kingdom
We had a fantastic 4 hours with Raman on our first morning in Minsk ,he tailored our tour to meet our interests .He was extremely knowledgable ,engaging and humourous .If travelling to a new city this is THE BEST way of getting your bearings and discovering those off the beaten track gems that only locals know about .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: wow, thank you, guys, for such warm words! good luck in your further ways!)
Denzil BourneUnited Kingdom
Had an amazing tour with Raman. I was very short on time but he showed me the main tourist sights and I was able to take pictures to post on social media. The cities history is varied and Raman was able to answer all my questions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Denzil, thank you very much!) good luck to you and to UK)
Charles WolfsonUnited States
The tour was wonderful, very pleased with Raman.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Charles!
Excellent tour with excellent guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you very much, Minna! good luck to you and to the rest of the team!)
Raman was a dedicated to work and we can see that! It is also important to us that we can trust that all is well (security, timing etc...). Now all was well! Our team was not easy but raman handled the situation well ;-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mikko and others! sorry, I've just noticed your comment! well, your group was one of the most funny and live I evere seen!) thank you for the hours of travelling together! everything the best to you! thank you for the comment!
Easy to understand and enjoyable tour.