Yuri was an outstanding guide. A last-minute replacement, he spent a bit of time chatting with me in flawless English about my interests and put together an awesome itinerary on the fly. We spent the full day covering the historic sites in central Kiev, including some hidden gems like the pagan ceremonial site on the ridgeline near St Andrew's church and things I took a special interest in, like the St. Michael's funicular. He picked out a great lunch spot, too! Best guide ever!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Chris...:). Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Chris HodgesUnited States
Yuri was excellent. He developed a great itinerary for me and provided insightful historical background for each site. His English was excellent and I would recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Chris, bon voyage!
Can I give Six Stars? Once in a while there is someone who goes the extra mile and Yuri certainly did. So interesting - with his ranch, the museum at Pereiaslav, and the installation at Побузьке! Not to mention some adventures on the way and some great time spent together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tim! Hope to see you and Marry again some day...
John TisdallUnited States
Yuri speaks colloquial English, is on time, is knowledgeable, and is a good driver. With that out of the way, he has lots of energy but is always solicitous about asking if you are fatigued and very prepared to stop at an out-of-the-way coffee shop and talk about the culture of Ukraine. He has traveled around but returns to his country where he feels he is a guardian of the environment, co-existing with nature, and hoping to pass on his improvements.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rob!
Yuri is a really great guide. He did me a customize tour, it was perfect, his english is just perfect. Just have good things to say about it. He drive me to the places I have more interest to know.. and he always are preocupied if I was liking it or not and see what he could do to make my experiencce even better. I usually not like to do city tours, but with Yuri I felt I just was taking a walking with a friend by the town. A lot of informations and a good way to explain it. THANX YURI
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Renato! Hope to see you again when you are back to Kiev..
Joyce MorganUnited States
Yuri took us to see the country side and took us to some friends of his for a BBQ that was excellent. Good traditional Ukrainian food. His english is very easy to understand and he is very knowledgeable and willing to make changes to the itinerary. He was on time to pick us up at the dock. His car was very comfortable. Thank you Yuri!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Joyce! Please, say hello to Tom from me :)
Melanie Miller FosterUnited States
My family worked with Yuri to take a special trip to Sofievski Park in Uman where we met a friend that we had hosted in our home in the U.S. Yuri is a great driver and a truly gifted translator. He was more than willing to customize this trip, and worked very hard to make sure that we achieved our objectives. We were incredibly pleased with our experience and really enjoyed getting to know Yuri.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Melanie!
Mitchell PratteUnited States
I only had a short time in Kiev and Yuri filled my time well. We toured what I wanted to see and he also added some interesting visits along the way. He picked me up at the airport and dropped me off at my hotel. Excellent time in Kiev - short but it was as good as possible, thanks to Yuri.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot, Mitchell!
Wendy FitzpatrickUnited Kingdom
Yuri was very helpful and knowledgeable and nothing was a problem
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Wendy!
Andrew B.United Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Appreciate :)
Andrew B.United Kingdom
Yuri guided and interpreted for 2 days while we were in Ukraine. He was very helpful in tailoring our days to meet our interests. The first day was a long drive out to the Missile Museum, well worth it. We are not sure we will find a similar museum anywhere else. The second day he took us to the Pereyaslav Khmelnytsky open air museum, explaining each of the buildings and bringing to life the exhibits in the 3 mini museums we visited within the buildings. Excellent service and good company. Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot!
My girlfriend and I have enjoyed the time spent with Yuri as it was not only a tour which we have booked with him but at the same time the opportunity to have a genuine interaction with a knowledgeable local Ukranian. We will be recommending him to our family and friends who will be visiting Kiev and wait for you to revisit Turkey, hopefully with the family! Thank you Yuri!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much indeed, Batu!
Yuri was fantastic. Totally professional. He was a mine of information and answered my many, many questions with good humour and clarity. PERFECT English and his translating skills at the museum were first class. I would highly recommend Yuri as a guide. Brilliant day and I thank Yuri for making it extra special.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot, Jan!
Jan Rune Yanni VikanNorway
Yuri was very flexible on how to put together itineary and was helpful to arrange a longer horse ride than included and showed us an open air museum, introduced us to local home made foods a.s.o. We ended up driving quite a lot because of this - but was well worth it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both! I'm very glad you enjoyed it :)
Mark MarkovichUnited States
The Cossacks Outpost was a great experience, and I highly recommend it. First, Yuri is a great guy. He's also well educated, fluent in English, and he lived through the turbulent times from the from the end of the USSR through today. Yuri tailored our tour specifically according to our requests. The highlight his small ranch near Yahotyn, for a slice of Ukrainian village life. Our day included home cooking and horseback riding. Yuri also took us to many unique sights Southeast of Kiev. Unforgettable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mark! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!
I have really enjoyed the Cossack Outpost tour. Yuri and his family have been remarkable hosts and I have been very pleased with the genuine traditional foods, warm hospitality, friendly company, comprehensive service and comfortable car trips to interesting places. This was the perfect introduction to Ukraine. I will come back any time I am in Ukraine. I was lucky to find them.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Appreciate you response, Daniel. We will be looking forward to see you again.
Thomas LevitanUnited States
The beyond Kiev tour with Yuri was excellent. Good information and translations, ability to customize and interesting conversation. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Thomas!
Kathy LesleyUnited States
Yuri's help was invaluable in connecting us with people in a village outside Kiev that my family came from, and where we didn't know anyone. His knowledge of the area and of the Ukrainian language was very helpful as we traced our roots and met the local people, who were friendly and accommodating. He made a point of meeting us beforehand to help arrange the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Yuri.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm happy it all worked out well for you. THANKS!
Susan MinorUnited States
Yuri, through his diligence and concern, helped my sister and I find links to our past. He talked to elderly people and through them found an obscure cemetery where we found graves of relatives. The tour went to all the places we wanted to see in a very comfortable van. He was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and provided local information that would not be included on a regular tour. I would highly recommend him to future travelers.