Anna Irena BudzinskiUnited States
From the planning process to the tour itself, Tanya was very accommodating. She is very knowledgeable in regards to the places we had visited. Additionally, she was very attentive to our requests and made sure we were comfortable throughout the day. I highly recommend using Tanya as your guide in Irkutsk!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Anna, thank you very much for your review . It was a pleasure to spend this great day with your wonderful family. I enjoyed every minute of it. I wish all the best to you and your family, and welcome back to Baikal
From the start I knew our tour was going to be great. Tanya was prompt, friendly, gave sound advice on what we should wear and was passionate about her job. Everything and more that was advised was included in the day and Tanya was very professional yet so passionate about sharing her knowledge with us. We truly had such a great day and would recommend Tanya to anyone who wants a great day around Irkutsk.
Tanya is an exceptional guide. She is friendly, attentive to details and very organized. During the planning phase, I made many requests some of which were very unique (e.g. visiting a Buddhist astrologer, arranging for a meeting with a shaman). At the end of the trip I realized every request had been fulfilled. The three days seemed like a week as a result of the variety of activities. We had great conversations. The trip far exceeded my expectations. It was another great Siberia experience.
Tanya has been great and assist us through our tours in listvyanka and Irkutsk
Allen WilsonUnited States
Though the weather was a bit tough, Lake Baikal and its museum were exceptional. On the way, The Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography was a unique surprise bringing tangible life to local Siberian history. At an outdoor concert, we participated in local folk dance--Tanya was very at home with this—what fun. With exceptional local knowledge and flexibility, she did a great job of making the very best of this short-notice, two-day window I had available. I highly recommend her services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allen, I’m happy that you liked this tour and appreciated my folk dancing skills. This dance was by chance, anyway, it was specially for you, and it was really fun. Thank you for being so kind to find time and send your review. And I’m happy that I was able to give you some idea of our life here, you are a grateful tourist, who is so much interested in our culture, life and sightseeing. Come back again to Baikal, maybe next time, when you have much more time to visit other places
Allen WilsonUnited States
Now this was a treat--we spent the first day in Irkutsk and then on to Lake Baikal. Typically, church visits offer a fair amount of redundancy but Tanya keyed in on the best of the local variety—well worth it. Irkutsk surprises with many old wood houses near modern buildings that reveals its frontier feel having been since antiquity, a gateway to east and west and the Arctic. See remaining comments on my Listvyanka tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allen, It was a pleasure to guide for such an outstanding person. It was really great experience to know you. The city tour passed like one moment. Thank you for coming to see Baikal and thank you for this comprehensive review. I’m always happy to see you here, in Irkutsk, whenever you decide to come back.