Reviews from travel participants
“The world of an amazing peninsula”
We met the first summer days in the sunny Crimea. Our trip lasted ten days, so we were able to visit many cities: Kerch, Feodosia, Novyi Svet, Sudak, Yalta, Balaklava, Sevastopol, Bakhchisarai, Simferopol, Yevpatoria. The program was as rich as possible, but at the same time Pasha managed to integrate time into the timing to enjoy the moments in the most fabulous places. Most of all I remember the General's beaches - these are the most beautiful bays on the Sea of Azov, surrounded by rocks. There are few people and the water is crystal clear. The views are no worse than any overseas Maldives. I would also return to the Novyi Svet - an amazingly beautiful place, next to the mountains with huge rock massifs, a beautiful beach, forests. And since I am a lover of mountain recreation and hiking, the abundance of capes amazed me, especially Chameleon and Meganom.
For those who will be in Crimea, I advise not to limit themselves only to beaches and palaces (although they, of course, deserve special attention - Swallow's Nest, Livadia Palace, Dulber Palace, Vorontsov Palace), but also get to the cave cities (Eski-Kermen, Kachi-Kalyon, Chufut-Kale, and next to it the Assumption Cave Monastery), see the Valley of Ghosts, climbing Mount Demerdzhi. Well, we were also lucky that we got to the flowering of poppies - bright fields of incredible beauty!
“New Years Eve in the Mountains!”
On this trip we visited different cities - Kislovodsk, Pyatigorsk, Essentuki, Zheleznovodsk. Surprisingly, despite the fact that they are located close to each other, we felt the weather contrasts in full. If in the first it is warm and sunny, then in the rest it is often foggy, damp and cool, but this does not detract from their charm. We climbed Maloye and Bolshoye Sedlo, Mashuk, Beshtau. A walk through the snowy forest, which was included in the route, deserves a special mention, and despite the fact that the maps wanted to lead us on a different path, Pasha's orienteering skills did not let us miss this fabulous New Year's beauty! I especially remember a unique place - Bermamyt Plateau: a beautiful view of Elbrus opens from the rocky ridge (from this point it is only 30 km away, as if at hand). I would return here in the summer, the sunsets there should be unforgettable!
“The best thing that happened to me in 25 years of life”
A trip to Adygea is not just another vacation, the discovery of new places, it is something that greatly influenced me, helped me find and understand what energizes me, for which I am ready to go to great lengths. We walked a bunch of kilometers, climbed peaks of different complexity, saw the splendor of the waterfalls, enjoyed the mesmerizing panoramas of the Caucasus Mountains. This is where my first two three-day hikes took place. The first is climbing Mount Oshten, the second is climbing Bolshoi Tkhach. There I met, perhaps, all the weather conditions - wind, rain, thunderstorm, lightning, fog, bright sun. The lack of urban amenities is nothing compared to the sensations that you experience standing on top of a mountain, watching the sky strewn with stars, walking through fairy-tale forests! When you stand at the top, you look at all the natural beauty around, it will take your breath away! And you catch these moments of happiness. There is such a phrase "to get sick with mountains" - this is definitely about me. This journey is forever in my heart. Memories of him are so vivid and vivid that they cause tears of joy and personal awe. Thanks again for this trip! I want more and more!
The Legend of Vladimir
“Head down in history”
I have long wanted to visit a city with a rich ancient history - Vladimir. Of course, traveling with Sight Hiker is never limited to one city, so we visited its surroundings, cities that are heard by almost every resident of Russia, as well as completely unknown ones. Such for me was Gus-Zhelezny with its grandiose cathedral - the Trinity Church. Another amazing discovery for me was the Dyukinsky reserve, an excellent place for meditation and merging with nature. In general, Vladimir left me with the impression of a multifaceted city, capable of impressing both with its ancient history, natural resources, and “liveliness”. In the center of the city you meet a lot of young people, various cozy places to relax after intense walks. This city definitely deserves attention, so I recommend using Pasha's guide! :)
The Legend of Vladimir
“All nuances will be taken into account”
It's hard to write a small review about a big trip, but I'll give it a try. The trip was very busy. We visited not only well-known cities such as Suzdal, Vladimir, Murom, etc., but also less popular, but quite remarkable small towns. For example, Gus-Zhelezny with its huge pseudo-Gothic cathedral or Yuryev-Polsky with its white-stone St. George's Cathedral.
This is not the first time I have traveled with Sight Hiker, so I was sure that I would not have to worry about anything. The organization of the trip, as always, was at a high level. When drawing up the route, the wishes of all participants were taken into account. For example, I really love the beauty of nature and Pavel included a visit to the Dyukinsky reserve in the route, where you could meditate while sitting on a mountain surrounded by centuries-old pines ...
The travel program is very eventful that sometimes you remember about food only in the evening. But this is also for the best, because in addition to new impressions, you also lose weight :)
Summing up, I can recommend the Sight Hiker team as high-level professionals for organizing travel of any complexity. All the nuances will be taken into account and the optimal routes will be proposed according to your wishes. And most importantly, you don't have to worry about anything and you can enjoy new impressions!
Road to Seliger
“Funny road, pleasant company”
Despite the fact that I had already been to the Tver region, without hesitation I agreed to go on a car tour to some familiar (and new) places! For me, this trip is, first of all, the maximum of picturesque views, the beauty of Russian nature, something very soulful, echoing inside. And also - this is the variety of monasteries and churches, the architecture of which you never get tired of admiring. We even saw a piece of St. Petersburg - the Transfiguration Church in the village of Krasnoe (the second such was built just in St. Petersburg). An unexpected discovery for me was that Pasha organically included a visit to the Stepanovskoye-Volosovo estate in the trip. Admire people who are ready to invest in the restoration of almost destroyed objects. After this trip, I received many admiring comments under the photos from friends. It seems to me that this is a real talent when, through pictures, you can interest people in the places you have been to. And this talent cannot be taken away from Pasha! :)
Through the Wild Field
“Much has been a revelation for me!”
Traveling in Ryazan, Lipetsk and Tula regions was amazing! We visited a lot of interesting places that I did not even know about! And those attractions that are the most visited tourists, and those that few have heard of. According to my wishes, a route was developed with the greatest number of such (non-tourist) places. Much has been a revelation for me! It was a trip by car, so, as it seemed to me, we were not limited in time. But - it just seemed :). Pavel planned everything in such detail that he even took into account the sunrise and sunset so that we could enjoy them in the most beautiful angles!
Accommodation along the entire route was in apartments, which meant reduced costs. All apartments were within walking distance of the main attractions and with all amenities. Movement Logistics - Great! Paul knew exactly where to go, where to park, where to eat, etc. (As if he had been here more than once!). Every day was full of pleasant events and experiences! I was comfortable, calm and very interesting!
In short, then:
1) These areas have a lot of interesting and beautiful sights!
2) The magnificent nature and lovely county towns along the way! By the way, not one of them was left without attention. Paul told the story of the occurrence and the most significant events of each!
3) In the central cities (Ryazan, Lipetsk, Tula) visiting museums and parks. Paul was a guide here too!
4) The route was built taking into account the wishes and with the most intense program!
5) Accommodation is comfortable and inexpensive.
I wish everyone who has not been to these places to visit them! And to make the trip a success and have only a pleasant experience, I recommend using the services of the Sight Hiker team! They are the best!!!
In the depths of Russian history
“Even the most banal city will appear from an unexpected side”
How often do we consider Russian regions when planning our vacation? In terms of the preferences of the population of the entire country, this is rather the exception than the rule. And it was this summer, traveling through the Tver and Novgorod regions, that I made sure exactly how much we are losing by following this logic. Each day of the trip was so eventful, varied and unlike the other that we managed to fully immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the cities and their environs. Since I absolutely do not like a beach, relaxed vacation, such a format “constantly on the move in search of something new” gave me an unreal thrill from travel! On our way there was an incredible number of beautiful temples, cathedrals, monasteries, monuments, parks, embankments, museums, and even such unusual objects as the flooded bell tower of St. Nicholas Cathedral, the radio astronomy observatory. On this trip, I discovered in myself a love for such a folk craft as enamel (which later prompted me to visit the Rostov factory), for the first time in my life I took a steam train along the Bologoye - Ostashkov route, enjoyed the picturesque nature of Valdai from the territory of the monastery on Selvitsky Island.
Most of all I was struck by the one hundred percent return and detailed calculation of Paul's hypothetical force majeure when organizing the routes. With such a person, you can be completely sure that even the most banal (it would seem!) City will appear from an unexpected side, not just the sum of all the famous sights.
Elena and Svetlana Sorochan
Hungary + Bulgaria (individual tour)
“A mix of sightseeing and relaxation”
The request for a cultural program in a new country, combined with a vacation at sea, is perfectly executed. This trip was a mix of sightseeing and relaxation: you can walk around Budapest for days, and then it is amazing to relax in the famous thermal baths, visit the parliament and immediately go to Lake Balaton in the wonderful place of Tihany. We used buses, metro, trains and a ferry for one day, were mobile and did not worry if we managed to get to know the 5 points of the route and return to the hotel in the evening - everything was planned in advance, up to the time and marked on the map bus departure points. We studied Bulgaria thoroughly, we selected several ideal beach holiday destinations with almost empty beaches, from where we traveled to nearby places and received incredible pleasure from the travel process itself and the feeling of sun-filled joy.
Southern steppes (Kalmykia, Astrakhan)
“Every day is like a small life”
I already tried to travel with Pavel, so I decided without a doubt that the May holidays are a great time to escape from work and home routine: to go somewhere. You usually start thinking about May holidays only in April “it would be nice ...” but, as a rule, there are no forces to plan with the organization, and you cannot find good hotels at affordable prices. The main advantage of trips with Pavel is that he always offers to think about vacation very early - they started taking care of the trip at the end of February, which I consider to be excellent (and certainty that May will not pass without a trace and significant savings). Then you can not get distracted by the closing of the quarter and try to finish all the work before May, everything is already organized and planned for me.
Trips to the regions of Russia often seem boring and unattractive, but right up to the moment when there is a person with a thirst to show you local beauties that rarely can captivate at a distance. We visited the Rostov-on-Don, Astrakhan and Volgograd regions, and also got acquainted with Kalmykia. I would never have thought that wild tulips were blooming in Kalmykia, that there were so many wild hares in the steppes and birds singing so noisily that in the Astrakhan region locals fish from almost every puddle, and Volgograd impresses with its power and atmosphere of eternal memory. Small details, such as a boat trip to the Volga delta, views of flood fields, a wonderful view of the Don River from steep hills or an amazingly delicious place in Astrakhan with Caucasian cuisine, make every day a trip special. The combination of exploring cities and enjoying nature (sunrises and sunsets on the lakes, walks in the steppes and dunes) makes each day a little separate life - it seems that the vacation does not last two weeks, but a month.
What I appreciate accompanied by Pavel is his desire to show beauty, enjoy the moment, share a feeling of delight from the diversity of our country. Thanks to his enthusiasm, sometimes there are forces to sometimes walk 20 km per day, to get up at 5 in the morning for the sake of dawn, and also in the evening after a busy day to take a walk and enjoy the evening scenery. After a trip to the south of Russia, it was possible to reboot, to feel freedom in the steppes, to feel lightness and to throw off everyday worries at least briefly from the shoulders. The opportunity to trust in the hands of a professional and not delve into the details almost until the departure is priceless. I love when the trip includes many unexpected places and impressions, surprises.
New Year in Tula (individual tour)
“The trip exceeded our expectations”
Pavel and I went to Tula on New Year's holidays. A trip for one day was planned very clearly, starting from the choice of the day (sunny and minus 5 - perfect), ending with the route and the distribution of time for attractions. The ride on the train through the snowy forests drowning in the sunshine alone was breathtaking! Pavel showed and told us in detail about the main attractions of the city and its history, visited the weapons museum with us and advised where it is best to buy souvenirs. One day on a trip somewhere seems like a completely frivolous matter, but with a competent approach, we managed to do everything everywhere, saw a lot and got some impressions. I would like to express special thanks for the very idea of the trip, we turned to him at the very height of the holidays and were sure that it was already difficult to find some inexpensive options for spontaneous departure, but the trip exceeded our expectations. Thanks!
Tale about the Yaroslavl region
“Everything was organized and planned very competently”
The trip to the Yaroslavl region was wonderful! Everything was organized and planned very competently! The route has been carefully designed. And we were able to visit all the main (and not only) sights of the cities that passed, in a fairly short time.
Everything was thought out to the smallest detail, including places for food and rest. And the fact that we managed to see the bell tower in Kalyazin during sunset, when it gradually wraps itself in the darkness of the night, is beyond praise to the organizer of the trip!
I’ll also write that this trip cost us quite inexpensively, and this was a pleasant bonus to a wonderful trip experience! I recommend everyone to use the services of this professional traveler. And Paul would like to wish you a pleasant and successful journey, which he can share with us!
Along the Baltic coast
“Insanely picturesque and fabulously cozy”
Baltic States - such was the advice from Sight Hiker on the request "I want peace and comfort, but in a new place." The routes were built measured, sedate, insanely picturesque and fabulously cozy. Feeling yourself in medieval Tallinn, admiring the romance and modernity of Riga, getting lost in the winding streets of Vilnius, seeing the Trakai Castle and visiting Narva, traveling around regional pearls is priceless! No matter what request and amount of strength I apply, everyone will always plan me here in the best possible way. I am ready to go without knowing the directions and points of the plan, and be 100% sure that I will be satisfied!
Poland - the pearl of Europe
"You can make a big mistake ..."
Sight Hiker helped me discover the real gem of Europe - Poland. Having visited most of the countries of this region, I thought that you can spend 4 days on this country, having visited only Warsaw and Krakow. As a result of 2 weeks, I can say that this can make a big mistake and miss an incredible amount of beauty! We saw the fortress in Malbork, Poznan, Wroclaw, Torun, Lublin, Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz, the Ksenzha and Power Castle (fell in love with it at first sight) and many more small cities.
On this trip, I found "my" city, which I would like to return to constantly - Gdansk, with the neighboring resort of Sopot. An incredible atmosphere and beauty, a port city that can compete with the Netherlands for its stunning architecture. Many thanks to Pasha for being able to arrange an inspection of the Moshchna castle - it was extremely inconvenient to get there without a car, but by the magic of logistics he still managed to make me see this beauty with my own eyes. The trip was very intense, bright and bright, a year later I was still caught up by the constant flashbacks “oh, how good it was”, “how great we walked around the old squares”, “what an amazing university it was all the same”, etc.
It seems to me that travel is a piece of complete freedom of curiosity and experience, it is something that will fill life meaningfully and that you will remember in old age. It is necessary to try to invest in travel to the maximum! It is so beautiful!
Western Europe (individual tour)
“The most memorable trip of all”
Alsace-Luxembourg-Belgium-Netherlands. This is my most memorable trip of all. Although I was already in all four countries, I had the feeling that I did not see even 1/10 of what I discovered with Sight Hiker. The incredible villages of Alsace fascinated me and conquered me, you ride between them on bicycles among the vineyards of the famous wine path of France and you feel ... made in a special way. I also discovered the Netherlands from a new perspective through small towns like Haarlem, Zaandam, Volendam and charming Delft. The Hague and Rotterdam impressed me quite differently - amazing, huge, architecturally amazing cities that seem a little unrealistic. You walk as if bewitched, as if in a different world, and you catch yourself constantly on the thoughts, “Is it really possible?” You can describe places endlessly, but the main thing, in my opinion, is the magic of organization: the magic of finding and combining places / impressions, the magic of planning all points of the route, the magic of noticing an incredible amount of important little things, as well as the magic of the work of a person who is truly in love with his job.
Europe tour (individual tour)
December - January 2018
“New Year with a view of Neuschwanstein Castle”
See a third of Europe in a month and feel like a hero in an adventure movie, travel by plane-train-electric train-ferry-bus, see Norway and not go broke, pay back 2.5 times the map of Copenhagen Card attractions, visit Christmas markets in 3 European capitals, meet New Year's Eve overlooking Neuschwanstein Castle - all this is Sight Hiker. I would never have believed in my life that I would become the center of such an unrealistic plot, only gigabytes of photographs prove that all this was not a breathtaking dream! Thanks to you, I spent the brightest month in my life, thanks!!
Kaliningrad and the Curonian Spit
“Isn't that happiness?”
The vibrant energy of Kaliningrad, which combines the memory of the past and the present, unity with nature on the Curonian Spit, as well as a sea of drive and positive from the Baltic coast, is what a trip to Kaliningrad was remembered for. Goosebumps wandering through the forts, the stunning architecture of the city itself, the most magnificent museum of the world's oceans - I am ready to return to Kaliningrad again and again! I would like to constantly recall the simple charm of resort towns and sunsets, sunsets, sunsets in the dunes on the Curonian Spit, relaxing on beaches where there is not a soul and you are the first to leave your footprints in the sand for a day. A whole day of cycling through the chic coniferous forests, an excursion to the dancing forest and the height of Müller. Behind all this my euphoria is clear planning, timing, drawing up a route that I did (good) not)) Is this not happiness?
Thanks Sight Hiker!
From Greeks to Cossacks
“Thanks for the organization, thanks for the emotions!!!”
The very idea of a trip to Tsimlyansk seemed very interesting to me. Since I like to visit new places for me, especially with such a good program. The weekend promised to be interesting. And everything exceeded my expectation: exploring the sights, walking, romantic evenings and the alluring moonlit road, birdsong in the morning and of course the Tsimlyansk reservoir, which I discovered for myself. Thanks for the organization, thanks for the emotions!!! That was great!
Saint Petersburg and surroundings
“The action plan was drafted sooo thoughtfully”
Most of all, of course, I liked that dilapidated fortress Oreshek. She is on the water, prisoners were kept there. She liked me with dilapidated buildings and her own special spirit, basements, a small square in the center with something like a stage. And the fact that it is surrounded by water, as if protected from the outside world.
The organization was good, the action plan was drawn up sooo thoughtfully. I would only include a day or two on simple walks around the city, when you seem to recognize the city from the inside. We settled in a convenient place, not far from the station, even the apartment was with a special touch, at the end of the building with many windows, so I liked it. In general, the trip was wonderful, I would recommend it to everyone, and especially for those who like thoughtful actions!
Saint Petersburg and surroundings
“Vyborg became a favorite place”
The trip to St. Petersburg turned out to be one of the richest and cheapest. For several days, I managed to see many attractions, and the routes were composed very logically and organically, after the park there was a museum, then architecture. They didn’t forget about a hearty snack) Vyborg became a favorite place - a city about which almost nothing was known before. A fabulous medieval castle, beautiful views of the Gulf of Finland and the cleanest air from the park - a great place for the soul!
Saint Petersburg and surroundings
“Everything was under control, scheduled every minute”
Once, together with Pavel and my girlfriend, we went to St. Petersburg. The trip was planned for 3 months, if not more. Since we live in different cities, materials were sent to us and also in response we wrote our wishes. We went to the May holidays: me, my girlfriend and Pavel with a girl. The trip from beginning to end was successful, sunny Peter delighted our eyes. In addition, a suburb was planned for the trip, namely Kronstadt, Vyborg and several other cities that were impressive!
Everything was under control, scheduled every minute. I was in St. Petersburg for the second time, so I recognized many places, but I also learned many more new places: when everything blooms, the botanical garden is gorgeous, the children's world, although it’s just a store, is so fascinating that I don’t want to leave it , and just a walk around Peter is already inspiring! It was with this trip that the metro began to seem not so large-scale, and the bridges can be watched forever! I am glad that you started to travel, it will work out!
From Greeks to Cossacks
“These moments are forever in my memory!”
Living near the city of Taganrog, I have never been there before, which is very embarrassing. But I am very glad that I went on a trip with just such a person. Who knows a lot about traveling and organizing with comfort for you. A visit to all the most memorable places, a trip in an electric train, local food, the sea, and everything is easy, without stress, fuss. Because it’s already planned. And I did not have to worry about anything, but only enjoy what is around me. I learned many interesting facts about this city and its history, about people, about life.
Thank you for such an organization. These moments are forever in my memory. See you soon!