back to testimonials

Natalie Oldani

Andriy helped provide my family the experience of a lifetime!

My mom never really knew much about her family background aside from the fact they came from Western Ukraine and she was familiar with a few Ukrainian cultural traditions. My sister and I knew even less. But after our tour with Andriy, my mom and the rest of our family have a much fuller understanding of our family tree, ancestral villages, and Ukrainian culture and history---a priceless experience. Andriy really worked wonders and put together an exceptional program of the Ukraine tour for us under a short turn-around and with very little family biographic information to work with. We saw two ancestral villages and several places our great grandparents would have frequented (churches, city halls, etc). Andriy also arranged for a first-rate local historian to tell us all about the towns, the immigration patterns, and even more details about our distant family. We were beyond pleased with our experience in Ukraine and have memories that we will cherish for years to come. Additionally, Andriy rounded out our tour with cultural and historical sights and activities that gave us a better flavor of what it means to be Ukrainian. We had a tour of one of the largest Russian Orthodox monasteries, saw the Carpathian Mountains, learned about the Hutsuls, and had a fantastic tour of Lviv—including top-tier seats to a ballet in the famous opera house.

Most importantly, Andriy is a pleasure to work with! He is a consummate professional who fully understands his client base and their interests. We were impressed that he would often anticipated our needs or wants even before we did! In arranging the program of the tour, Andriy was easy to communicate with, eager to accommodate, and prompt with his replies, all traits that carried over during our trip. Andriy’s personable, outgoing, yet easy-going personality made him a pleasure to travel with and we were happy to get to know him. We highly recommend Dorosh Heritage Tours for anyone interested in arranging a heritage trip to Ukraine and would gladly arrange travel with him again either in Ukraine or neighboring countries Poland or Slovakia.