I chose Pavel to plan my Ukraine vacation for many reasons. His website is such a great resource. Every element of the tour is explained in detail so you know what you are doing, seeing and paying for. Other Ukrainian tour agencies I checked out on the internet do not offer such a wide range of activities and sights to see. Pavel speaks excellent English and is a good backup photographer when you are too busy having fun to take pictures. When Pavel takes you around to different destinations in Ukraine he makes sure to recruit the local experts and guides to explain what you are looking at. Even though Ukraine is in the news for having a military conflict, it is a huge country and the military action is only in a small area. I felt safe the whole time. Plenty of ATM machines, affordable food and hotels, and free internet all around. Peter is a good driver, request him too.
I loved driving the BTR-60 Armored personnel carrier at the Shampaniya interactive museum. The BTR is similar to the American Stryker but the Stryker only has been around for 15 years and the BTR much longer. If you are crazy enough and want to scare your mom, lie on the ground as it drives over you. Awesome collection of Afghan war and WW2 weapons and many activities, bring extra money! As a criticism, I think the museum needs more sizes of reproductions of historical uniforms for photo shoots. Humans today around the world are much larger than in the 1940s. Cool to know if they do fit you are posing in historically authentic uniforms.
Buran is the super high tech space shuttle program flown only once by the Soviet Union. It went into space and back completely automated with no crew onboard. That was a massive surprise to me as I had never heard of it. I don’t think many Americans are aware of Soviet air and space accomplishments beyond Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin.
The nuclear missile base at Pobuzhskoe was an extreme visit too. Going deep underground into the command bunker you felt the seriousness of the place. Once the command center was powered up it was strange to see the 1970s computers, button lights, and gauges flash on ready for the button push to end the world.
For the authentic Red Army Experience, drink some locally made vodka and hook up with a local girl ;)
Craig Martindale, Washington, USA, Ukraine Military Tour
"Soviet Union (USSR) Military Heritage"
1 week after returning to Paris, I begin to check all the itinerary that we have done and photos in Carpathian regions.
First of all I renew my gratitude to you who organized this 5 day's Carpathian tour.
The schedule was very hard, as usual, but I admet that my request was also hard.
After the trip I have only a good memories in each spot, not only the main thema to visit ancient wooden churches but also the discovery of different cultures in Carpathia.
All arrangements are perfect and I can imagine how much you have consacred your time for the preparation of this trip. We have done more than 12 hours every day but I could have a good rest at each hotel where I stayed.
Only one remark for the similar tours in the future, I think it is better to choose a car adapted to the very bad road, if we can call it "Road".
Thank you again and hope to see you in the next visit in Ukraine.
Yoko Okano, Japan-France, Ukraine Tour "Wooden Churches of Carpathians"
Thank you for giving us such wonderful holiday in Ukraine. We have enjoyed it so much. Thank you for looking after us so well and for your kindness and consideration at all times.
We wish you and your business well for the future and if you ever get the opportunity to visit Australia we would love to have you stay at the farm and pick you up at the airport in Sydney. Best wishes to you and your family. We will always remember you and keep in touch.
John and Glenys Dymock, Boorowa, Australia, Ukraine Tour "West Ring and South Loop"
When you go to visit a new country, a new city, you will come across the historic architecture of the city, beautifully decorated parks, museums with broad themes.
Kryvyi Rih offer something totally different you will not find in many cities. Rodina Mine showed me how the work of more than 1,300 meters underground. The safety of our 10-person group cared of four skilled workers. In the meantime, we traveled by train, walked through mining excavations and seen how they work with new mining machinery.
Over four hours walking have passed quickly. At any moment we could ask various questions related to the work of a miner, as well as the mysterious ... Shubin.
Dwight from Silesia, Poland
Ukraine Tour "Rodina Mine"
The both tours were extremely hard in schedule, I have to say. However full of rich experience of these tours gives me now not only a good memory but also lots of love to Ukraine and Ukrainian people.
Hereafter my comments about our tours.
- All arrangements were excellent in general including your guidance and care door to door.
- The schedule was hard due to the roads which are not yet well structured for the tourism especially in Cherkassy
- 2 hotels were also good enough but the hotel in Buda should be appreciated to stay a little longer in a calm but
I had just 3 days to do all itineraries unfortunately.
My great thanks to you Pavel and to the driver Alexey, both so kind and careful, who made my dreamful tours efficient and real. Especially the visit at museum in Shevchenkove and meeting with museum staffs who love Taras Shevchenko so much were so emotional and unforgettable for me. All of you have shown Ukrainian golden heart to me and I'm sure you will continue to do so to all futur tourists in UKR.
Yoko Okano, Japan-France, Ukraine Tour "Taras Shevchenko Places"
I enjoyed meeting you and everybody else during the trip. I must say Ukrainians are very friendly people, it is a very nice country.
The experience at the airfield with more "soviet era" infrastructure was I thought very good! I understand that Kiev is a vast concentration of wealth and influence, like all big cities everywhere!
Roger, UK, Kiev Helicopter Tour
Fantastic Helicopter Tour Over Kiev!
I wanted to make a romantic surprise to my girlfriend. We made a helicopter ride over city. We had great time. She was very happy. Thank you Pavel for the fantastic tour! I recommend this tour to everyone!
Emre, Turkey, Kiev Helicopter Tour
I have taken helicopter tours in other European cities but this was the most enjoyable to date. Pavel provides a very personal, well organised and friendly service, and it is great not having to share the helicopter with others. My partner was nervous about the tour but for the rest of the day was then talking about how wonderful it was. I have been to Kiev a number of times but this is a unique way to see any city and also to see sights that you cannot see from land. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
David, UK, Kiev Helicopter Tour
We've just finished our tour of Poltava Battlefield Museum. Margarita was an excellent guide as well as Victor in Poltava museum. Thank you for organising the day out.
Rolf Grein, Germany, Poltava Tour
I really enjoyed the tour of Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk espically in Zaporizhzhya I visited many places there. But I like Dnipropetrovsk soo cool city. Thank you for great tour and thanks all translators and the drive too.
Abdelaziz Ali, United Arab Emirates, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk Tour
You did a wonderful job and were able to give us a taste of your beautiful city inside a park. Thank you for all the info and history. What a beautiful city!
Nancy, Karen, Regina and Verginia, United States of America, Kiev Tour
We really enjoyed our time in Ukraine and got only the very best impression of your beautiful country. I'm sure that we will return - and soon!
Mark and Lynda, Fremantle and Perth, Australia
Ukraine Tour "West Ring"