Joseph Ephraim YipSingapore
One of the best decisions I have made. When you find the right person, you will enjoy the city even more. Please look for Nicolai if you are ever in Chisinau. He is such an awesome guy, felt like we were friends walking happily in a city and it made the whole adventure so pleasant. Good company, good weather, that's one of the best things you can ask for. He is a good photographer too!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Fantastic! Thanks a lot, Joseph! See you somewhere in this world!
Daniella ONeillUnited States
Nikolai was a great guide. He was super knowledgeable about Moldovan history. He catered the tour to our specific topics of interest. He was flexible, accommodating and extremely friendly. We definitely recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He-heeey))) Thanks a lot Daniella! All the best to you, guys!
This tour was the best thing what happend to us during our stay in Chisinau. Nicolai very helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Stanislaw! I appreciate that! All the best to you!
Paul JetterUnited States
Very interesting Tour, especially for an American, seeing the historical sites, as well as understanding the History of the region, as well as the current economical, and cultural state. Nicolai is very accommodating and knowledgeable about the region, and very passionate about Moldovan and region history.
Paul JetterUnited States
Very informative and interesting Tour seeing the historical sites of Odesa, as well as the main city street. Nicolai is very well informed of the history of Odesa, and is very friendly, helpful, and accommodating to the tourist.
Joan BadeUnited States
Nikolai is very knowledgeable and fun! Our discussions ranged from Moldova history to 80s movies. It was most interesting to hear his personal history and how it differed from mine and also how similar it was!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He-hey))) Awesome! Thank a lot Joan!
Truly a tour through the unexpected and hidden corners of Chisinau. Nicolai really knows the city, and is passionate about it - tons of details, knowledge, insights, and observations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He-heeey!) Thank you very much, Rene!
Lily FaustUnited States
Nicolai put together an outstanding two day tour, for my first time, travelling as a single woman, in Moldova. He provided the appropriate balance of historical and cultural context, was flexible about sightseeing options, and was very helpful in providing suggestions to tailor the tour to best fit my needs and interests. Beyond being an excellent guide, Nicolai is an engaging person to spend time with. I would highly recommend that you hire him if you have the opportunity to visit Moldova.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He-heeey) It was a pleasure for me too, Lily. I never discussed so many things with my tourists! You are great! All the best!
Nicolai has been a very professional and informative guide and nice person, I had a city tour customized to my special interest in soviet / socialist architecture and truly enjoyed walking around the city and its in buildings. I'd definitely book another tour with him again. Thank you again Nicolai for this great experience in Chisinau!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Hannes! Thanks a lot my friend!
We spent a great day with Nicolai exploring Chisinau and the Moldovan countryside. He was extremely flexible, knowledgeable, funny, and fun, and with great English and careful driving skills. I highly recommend him to show you the best of Moldova. Thanks, Nicolai!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He-hey Rusty! Nice to hear from you! Thanks a lot for your words! Best wishes from Chisinau!
Nicolai is an exceptional guide with a great with a passion for history and a good sense of humor. His expertise and knowledge of the local areas made our trip an outstanding experience! A perfect guide to Moldova and a very nice guy - I will recommend Nicolai to anyone visiting Moldova.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey-hey) Thank you very much my friend! When tourists are nice people - the tour is going smoothly too) All the best, Sebastian!
Deborah SmythUnited Kingdom
I really enjoyed the tour as it was something different .. Nicolai made the trip smooth and funny, he was very informative and the tour couldn't be any better.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He-heey Thank you very much! I agree. It was cool! All the best, my friend!
Nicolai is a excellent guide. Nicolai was our tour guide when we visited in Transnistria and Milestii Mici. He has a wide knowledge and understanding of Moldova history and culture. He is very helpful and he has a good sence of humour. I strongly recommend Nicolai as a guide and a driver as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Tomi! Very happy to read that! You are the best, guys!
Nicolai is very dedicated to his profession, we had a great day, took us to all places agreed, all well explained, and also very helpful with us, since our luggage didn't arrive with us, he made more than his dues in order to get the partial bags that arrive one day after.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Ezequel for your nice words! It has been a pleasure for me too! Have a safe flight tomorrow!
Graham ZebedeeUnited Kingdom
Very good. Friendly, informative, flexible, punctual, very good English, strong on the history/politics/social issues in Moldova. I'd use him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He-heeey, Graham! Nice to hear from you! Thank you very much! Best wishes from sunny Moldova!
Although we consider ourselves avid travellers, we were facing the unknown when we booked Moldova. It has the reputation of being 'Europe's least visited country' and the only time we hear about it is when there appears to be a political crisis. We need not have worried, having Nicolai bring us on this amazing day trip was fabulous! He was great at putting us at ease, answering our numerous questions etc. It truly was a wonderful day, We want to go back!!! We fully recommend Nicolai, day to remember!
A super tour, Nicolai really brought the city of Chisinau to life for us. We saw the 'landmark' buildings such as the parliament and cathedral, but this tour is also about the numerous hidden gems. We saw how ordinary Moldovans live, customs and traditions, how the city is doing at the moment, ate cherries straight from the tree, got a glimpse into life in this 'treasure chest' of a city. Nicolai answered all our questions and was great company. Highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi there! Thank you very much for your nice words! You are always welcome back!
Nicolai was nice feel us and try to assist with all requstes we had . One of the best guide I met.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my friend! It really was a good day! You are always welcome in Moldova!
Marilyn P SidebothamUnited States
Great day! Guide was prompt, thoughtful, and very informative. Tour was interesting and definitely recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marylin! It was a great day for me too! Wish you to have enough energy and passion to travel for the many years ahead! All the best from Moldova!
Mitchell PratteUnited States
Excellent tour of Transnistria and Chisinau. The tour was thorough and we were able to see all of the sites I wanted to see. He also added time in to eat at various places to try some of the local food. Excellent tour and guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He-heeey!) Nice to hear from you! Thank you very much! Greetings from Moldova!
Nicolai provided a fully customised packaged which involved driving to Ukraine&picking me&my parents up.As my mum had a bad hip, Nicolai ensured the car was always parked close to reduce her walking distance. Nicolai's passion and knowledge of Moldova was second to none. Nicolai went above and beyond our expectations&made our experience unforgettable. I will be back for more tours by Nicolai! I would highly recommend Nicolai if you want an exceptional guide to show you the beauty of Moldova.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Ben! It was very pleasant and emotional for me too, since we had a mission in Moldova. You are always welcome in Moldova! Best regards to you, your parents and Richmond Tigers!
The tour with Nicolai was wonderful. His knowledge was amazing (and we really pushed him) and his personal stories and opinions were clearly thought out and articulated. We particularly appreciated his willingness to meet our requests even when it meant more work for him. We had a flat Tyre, and border trouble but Nicolai stayed positive and talkative even 4 hours after the tour should have ended. I've never had a guide like that. He's a great guy and a great guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Adam! We definitely had some adventures to remember! It was a pleasure for me too to talk with such smart guys as you and your Dad! Thanks for that! Tell to your friends about Moldova! This country needs more attention) Best wishes my friend!
Robert VolmerUnited States
Wow, incredible day with an incredible guide. I have taken many tours with Tours by Locals and this was one of the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Robert! I also had a very nice and unusual day! Quite sure, you are going to remember Moldova))) All the best my friend!
Sir William GallagherNew Zealand
Very interesting and attentive. Always on time yet flexible great history background
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Sir William! It was great experience, for sure!
I'm extremely pleased with the two tours I booked. The Abandoned Soviet Bunker was AWESOME, 100% full of adrenaline, definitely not for the heart fainted! I recommend this one to adventurous people - it's at your own risk, so careful instructions must be followed. I'd do it again though. The next day we did abandoned "castles", Balti, Drochia and other sights. We got to see the most interesting places of Moldova that we wouldn't have known about without Nicolai. He's highly knowledgeable and personable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrea, thank you very much for your nice words! It is always great to travel with great people! The world is small, no time to hesitate to travel, so see you one day! You are always welcome in Moldova!
Benny Van RoeyBelgium
Nicolai is a fantastic, lovely, sweet, attentive, caring and skilled young man. He gave a lot of information about the history of Transnistria. We have visited special, unusual and interesting places and things. The lunch in the restaurant with local music was great. We had very nice chats in the car. No negative point, except maybe the weather. Nicolai is one of the best guides we ever had. Highly recommended !!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Benny for nice words! We've done a great job! Wish you guys all the best! And see you one day, you never know, the world is small)
Benny Van RoeyBelgium
Nicolai is a fantastic, lovely, sweet, attentive, caring and skilled young man. He gave a lot of information but not too much either ;-) He is also an excellent driver and the atmosphere in the car was awesome with very nice chats and music. We enjoyed it very much. No negative point, except maybe the weather ;-) Highly recommended !!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Benny! It was a big pleasure for me too! I promise I will develop my skills as hard as I will be able to control the weather!))) Big hello from Chisinau!
Ben CookUnited States
This was amazing! Nicolai was the best guide I have had yet in Tours but locals. Extremely accommodating, interested in delivering above the expected, and delivered exactly that. Was such a great trip and really appreciated Nicolai's professionalism and flexibility.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ben! Thank you very much for the nice words! I can tell the same about you! A lot of places here remained undiscovered, hope to see you again one day! Best wishes to you and your family from Chisinau! ( P.S Tell your friends about Moldova))) )
Amazing 1day excursion with a fantastic guide. Nicolai made a special program for me including sights near Kishinov (Curchi monastery complex, Orhei Vechi natural attraction, Vartely wineryi). I also asked him to include some places with Jewish heritage interest. We saw the old Jewish area and the synagogue of the city, I was introduced to the Jewish library and cultural center in Kishinov. Visited the Orhei Jewish cemetetery. Very good timing, organization, knowledge and great company. Very recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gabor, firstly, thank you very much for a great day, as a guide I enjoyed that too, I like when people are interested in my country and ask "right" questions. Secondly, thank you for the comment, I was expecting for something nice from you, because when two guides meet - both enjoy))). Well, now I have a friend in Budapest, I suppose) Wish you all the best and you are welcome in Moldova, there are more interesting places and stories this country hides! Thank you!