Great guide, very prepared and available to share and get engaged in discussions about the country, its culture and characteristics. Nicolai was also flexible with timing and did not mind to spend extra time after a very long day. Definitely recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Nicola! I defenitely enjoyed our conversation too. Thank you for very nice review! I are always welcome to Moldova! All the best!
Angela T.United Kingdom
This was the second of our day tours with Nicolai, and we were glad that we had chosen his tours. Not only was he an excellent guide, full of knowledge as well as some quirky facts, but he was also able to answer all our odd questions. He was a delight to be with. The journey to Transnistria is over an hour, but Nicholai was able to give us so much history about the area, as it didn't seem long. We saw pretty well everything in Tiraspol and also a really good lunch. Don't miss the opportunity to visit
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Angela! I like odd questions!) Best wishes from friendly Moldova!
Angela T.United Kingdom
A great day tour with Nicolai, who was the perfect guide. The route was planned to maximise the day, visiting Curchi Monastery at a time when we were the only tourists, and then the Orheiul Vechi complex at a time which was also best for lunch. The Cricova tour ended the day - and was a good time to go back after our wine tastings. We can't rate Nicolai highly enough: his knowledge of the geography and history of the area was superb, and was passed on in an endearing way. We had a fun day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Huh, sounds so good, thank you Angela! They say "we are nice with those who are nice too". It is about us all. It was great! I wish you and Peter just positive experience from your future tours!
Ramsey ZarifehUnited Kingdom
A great tour of Chisinau by local guide Nicolai. Highly recommended. Cycling around the capital was the best way of seeing all the sights, with an informative guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Ramsey, thank you very much for your nice words! I appreciated our bike tour too! There are a lot of places in Moldova to be explored with bikes. So you are always welcome in Moldova!
Rod Qui nUnited States
Our tour guide, Nicolai, was an amazing tour guide. His knowledge of the country's history allowed him to describe in detail the ruins we visited. Nicolai scheduled every detail of our tour and stopped at significant features of the country that you would not get on any public tour. His friendships with the wineries allowed us to have a private tour. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Heeey Heeey, my friend Rod! Thank you a lot for your high appreciation! I agree that was great! So, see you in one year, at the next Wine Festival! Best wishes!
As a fan of urbex, I was very excited to find Nicolai's "forgotten castles" tour. He went above and beyond to accommodate my last-minute request and the tour was amazing, including some extraordinary locations and great critical discussions. He is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Moldova and pointed out many details I was overlooking. He is a very polite guy with a great sense of humour - and for those worrying about drivers, you're safe with him :) One of the best guides I've ever met!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Huh, thank you very much, dear Alana, for your kind words! Yeah, that nice experience happens when both, a guide and a traveler share the same passion! It has been a big pleasure for me too. I hope you left Moldova with some good memories and you are always welcome back! So many ruins remained here to be explored! Trust me!))) Wish you all the best!
James ClarkeUnited States
I highly recommend Nicolai as a guide! This was my first visit to Moldova. I wanted to see the highest point of the country - a remote hill called Balanisti. He was happy to make the arrangements. Nicolai met me at the airport, on time, with the driver waiting. During the six hour tour, we had a great conversation on on the history and geography of Moldova and the overall region. Nicolai speaks several languages and also helped confirm my onward travel to Romania. I had a great visit to Moldova.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear James, thank you a lot about your decision to come to Moldova and to choose me as your guide! As I told you - you are my very first tourist from Tours By Locals and I am so happy I had so pleasant and smooth start within this great community of travelers and guides. I wish you to reach new tops of the world, and who knows, may be one day I say you "Hello James!" on the way to a mountain peak) All the best!