We had booked 2 tours with Hanna i.e. the Maidan and Kiev full city. They both kind of blended into 2 days of bliss. Hanna is a joy to be with.. passionate, friendly, accommodating and immensely knowledgeable. Whether it's history or architecture, food or culture she delivers it all in a manner that never felt forced. She loves her city and we went by bus and underground to intensely interesting places. We even got out to Babi Yar. As she walked away you felt a sense of loss...someone else's lucky turn!!!
Hanna was a real find. She quietly listens to what you know and she then effortlessly fills in the gaps. She is friendly and unassuming but a true professional. Her English is truly impeccable and her willingness to go the extra mile to deliver what she, through intuition, senses you need really sets her apart. The Maidan tour is non-profit as she donates the proceeds to the charities attached to the victims' families. That there tells you all you need to know about this passionate lovely person.
Mark DamischUnited States
Hannah was fabulous. Her knowledge of Babi Yar was second to none. She showed me things that I did not know existed after one year of study. Personable. In depth.! Hire her. Buoy will be most satisfied
Raymond DreverUnited States
Hanna was wonderful. Her English is impeccable. She has a sense of humor and responded to what we wanted to see. Anyone would be fortunate to have her as a guide.
Thank you a million times for the amazing your yesterday Hanna! Everyone in our group truly loved the experience. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, expertise and stories. My heart is full!! Barb
Nigel TwoheyCayman Islands
Sigurd Øyvind KambestadNorway
Anna is the best guide you can get!
Kelly CullinaneUnited States
Anna was great! She was able to give facts and figures, but also weave a story that really gave us a feel for what we were seeing and experiencing. I highly recommend a tour with Anna if you are interested in knowing more than that basic tourist rhetoric.
Aleksandra MalamudUnited States
Very knowledgeable and nice guide! Anna met us at the train station and helped us to leave our luggage in the lockers. Then she walked us through the most interesting places of the center of Kiev with great narration, and then helped us to get a cab to airport and advised for the rout where we could see some more of the great places. Thank you, Anna!
Peter JenksUnited Kingdom
Anna is an exceptionally good guide .She is very knowledgable, her English is excellent and very easy to understand. She is also a very nice person and I enjoyed all my time with her very much I would certainly use her again and recommend her to my friends. Peter Jenks
This was my third day tour with Anna. She was gracious to help me with a few additional errands - like getting a local metro card and assisting with my ticket purchase at the Motherland statue. Again - a pleasant encounter.
Interesting, friendly and engaging. Very nice guide providing good information on Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. Took us into a lesser visited part of the Catacombs and allowed us to see more of the Lavra than other tourists. Gave advice beyond the tour and was very professional and affable throughout. Also very flexible. Bell Tower wasn't originally on the tour but Anna kindly agreed to take us. Definitely recommended.
Mike BairdUnited States
Anna's tour was perfect! We had a 21-person group with a lot of specific timing and location requirements that she was able to work around. I definitely recommend her for anyone wanting to learn about Ukraine's several modern revolutions (the Maidan of 2014 in particular) in the places where the major events occurred. I'm bringing another group back this week already!
The itinerary was flexible which was great. I am going to be traveling back and forth due to project work so it was specific to culture and to get familiar with the area.
Kathy LesleyUnited States
Anna is a terrific tour guide! She has a deep knowledge of Kiev and love for the city that's based both on studying history, and on personal observation that you couldn't get from books alone (since her family has been in Kiev for generations). She made a great effort to find information that was tailored specifically to my own interests, and is very articulate and fluent in English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian. I highly recommend Anna!
Anna is a great tour guide. Smart, flexible, attentive to her guests' needs and interests, friendly. Gives tours in an interactive way. Recommend.
Andrew ZuraUnited States
Excellent guide. Excellent English. Very knowledgeable.
Michael StrmiskaUnited States
Anna was very informative and articulate and her manner was warm, open and humorous. She helped place the Jewish history of Kiev into the larger context of the general history of the city, including the delicate topic of the sometimes tense relations of Jews with others in Kiev, such as Cossacks. We had a six-hour walking tour supplemented by metro and trolley car, beginning in Podol Square district and ending at Babi Yar. I was not bored for one minute and feel I learned a huge amount about Kiev.
Jacobus SutherlandSouth Africa
Anna is a competent tour guide with a wonderful knowledge of the history of Kiev. She is also a passionate resident of Kiev and loves the city, and her enthusiasm rubs of easily on everyone. She has a warm and friendly personality which makes one feel comfortable and at ease in her presence. We would highly recommend her as a guide when visiting Kiev.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You made this long day very easy for me. I really enjoyed spending time with you, hope to see you soon! Sending you, guys, a lot of hugs :) Anna
Christine KleinOntario, L8J 3T6, Canada
Anna is amazing. My mother and I just love her. She's knowledgeable and intelligent and fun. She needed to scale our tour of the Maidan to one that my mother could handle and it was very suitable for an 85-year-old with mobility problems. Not only did she give us exactly what was needed but she also showed herself to be very empathic, helping my mother with whatever she needed be it getting seated in a car or a restaurant where we stopped for a break. Anna is a gem.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, my dear! Hope your flight was well and I will see some day again in my city! be healthy and wealthy:) Anna
Anna was a fantastic guide, offering many interesting historical anecdotes and facts, as well as being very cheerful. She also was willing to make some changes to the route while taking into account my interests and the places I had already visited. Dyakuyu!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my dear! We had a fun time together, hope your stomach fell better;) Anna
Anna is such a nice tour guide, and she has an amazing amount of knowledge, especially impressed of the details she could bring inside the St Sophia Cathedral.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, my dear friend! I am waiting for you back with your friends :)
The Maidan tour will really touch your heart!
Anna is incredibly knowledgeable about history and culture (and good coffeeshops), enthusiastic and a great communicator. Can not recommend her highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hugi! Thank you for such sweet words. Remember - one day in Kiev and one day in Odessa is not enough, so I am waiting for you in Kiev;)
Anna is very capable,professional,smart,energetic and has memorised all histories chronicle, names,places and many untold stories.She is totally devoted to her mission all in hlaving an adorable sense of humour and being pretty proud to be Ukrainian. Anna lives the informations, the stories while she is explaining about them. She has a unique approach in exposing the informations that made the latter very soft to be assimilated. Thank you Anna for that interesting tour. Wassim , February 21st, 2015
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, my dear friend. It was wonderful to spend that day with you, I enjoyed it very much and would love to see you again in my city and my country to show more ;) Anna
Luiz Claudio TeixeiraBrazil
Really nice tour and guide. Anna is friendly, flexible,and very knowledgeable. I hope to visit other places again with her on my next travel to Kiev.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, my dear friend. Hope to show you more when you come back;)
Arlene K.Tarzana, CA, United States
Having Anna as our guide made all the difference in understanding the protests from someone who experienced and participated in them. It was a fascinating and poignant tour as we walked by make-shift memorials, remnants of barricades and gigantic photos of what the square looked like during the protests. Highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback, I am more than happy that our part of the recent history became more understandable and close to you. Anna
Arlene K.Tarzana, CA, United States
Anna presented a comprehensive, knowledgeable and sensitive tour focused on the history and lives of the Jews of Kiev.
Trevor WhitmanUnited States
Anna was very knowledgeable and an absolute great tour guide! Riding in the car on the loop tour made it very enjoyable in the cold weather and also very accommodating for everyone who was not able to walk extensively! Anna's English (and Russian) was perfect and would highly recommend her to anyone else looking for a good tour of Kiev!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for great words. Hope your trip back was nice :)
Chandramouli BharadwajUnited States
Anna is an excellent tour guide with very good knowledge about Kiev and Ukraine. We really enjoyed the tour and would like to recommend her to other potential tourists.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! I hope your trip to Armenia and Georgia was fantastic :) Anna
Michael WalrodUnited States
Anna was a wonderful guide. Her knowledge of the city and its culture was excellent. Would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much :) Anna
Richard GastUnited States
Anna provided us with an introduction to this beautiful and spiritual place which combined historical details, contemporary color, and reverence for its long traditions. She is a highly skilled professional guide with a deep appreciation for this very special place and considerable experience sharing it with guests. I strongly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to understand the real heart and soul of Ukraine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My dear friend, I am so glad to hear such good recommendation! I really hope that your trip to Lviv and heritage tour was wonderful :) Anna
Richard GastUnited States
Anna was a delightful, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable guide to the principal sights of central Kyiv. She met the needs of our diverse little group with a lively mixture of interesting historical details and charming contemporary features of this vibrant metropolis. She was consistently patient and attentive to our needs. She is an experienced professional guide and skillfully managed all of the little details of our trip. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!!! Anna
Nadia RupniakUnited States
She is charming, efficient and extremely knowledgeable. Anna is able to describe politically sensitive events during Ukraine's history with objectivity and empathy for the nationality of the foreign tourists who request her tours. She was very thorough and after spending 3 days with her we felt we had seen the most important things in Kiev, and gained a more enlightened perspective on the country and people. We all loved Anna!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nadia! Many thanks for such comment. It was a great pleasure to work with you. Thank you for possibility to show you Polish Kiev :) Anna
What can I say.... soldier on...miserable weather but definitely NOT a miserable guide,,, smart and funny.. she taught us lots, especially me.. the Chernobyl museum was a real eye opener for us.
We enjoyed the tour very much. Our tour guide Anna was very knowlegable and where possible adapted the tour to suit the audience. Fluet English and easy communication! Thanks a lot!
Anna was simply great. I saw more of Kiev than I could ever hope to and she never lost her enthusiasm through the course of this LONG tour. I don't think I could even list all of the places that I visited, it was simply every major sight in the city. Her family has a long history in Kiev so she has all the good stories that go along with it. I can't recommend it enough, she is a wonderful guide. She even sent me some Ukrainian music once she saw that I was a fan ;)
James SniderUnited States
Anna was an absolutely delightful guide and very knowledgable. She did an excellent job of describing the details of the places we visited and not just pointing out the sites. I highly recommend her. James
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Anna is Svitlana's nickname.