Gerald B.United Kingdom
If your idea of a tour is to be driven at breakneck speed through the avenues of Odessa in a 45 years old Russian car without seat belts then this tour is for you. Igor had a relatively good knowledge of the Jewish heritage in Odessa but we felt that he was learning as he went along. Nice guy but choose another guide if you want to ride in safety and comfort.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry about that. "Breakneck speed" was never above the speed limit though. 45 y.o. is an age when you can only dream of breakneck speed especially compared to modern cars. This is a big tall car where you sit upright and see everything very well in all directions so it feels faster than it is. I know this; probably I should explain it in the beginning and drive half the usual speed. I realize that the way we drive in Odessa must be different from the way people drive in your hometown.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Our guide was advised of the comments above and in order to avoid surprises regarding his well maintained vehicles, he was advised to add to his tours the fact that one of the attractions of his tour is in fact, the ride on one of his very popular classic soviet Volga vehicles. We contacted Mr Barnett for further assistance but never heard back.