Anton and Julia was the perfect hosts and made the day most enjoyable. They were entertaining and knowledgeable about the places we visited and took us to a little village to meet locals and view the summer houses.
Julia is a beautiful lady that makes you feel at home and takes beautiful photos of the day and the experience. We highly recommend going on a trip with them!!
Anton and Julia were very warm and accommodating guides. They gathered information and thoughtfully crafted our tour to our interests.
My only suggestion is that the restaurant choice for lunch did not have much ambience or food that would please most western tourists. I'd recommend going up a level or two in restaurant quality. However, it was for locals which we appreciated.we did love the monastery, though!
We wish all the best to Julia and Anton!
Marilyn and Asia HuntAbout activity Day Trip to Zvenigorod: Discover Russian Countryside 6 months ago
Blini Reizen is a Dutch touroperator who offers trips to the former Soviet-Union. We always advise our clients to book excursions with a local guide: to view the country and it's people with different eyes and also to get information they otherwise wouldn't get to know (easy). Two of our travellers found the "Be a guest at a real muscovite's dacha!"-tour at this website and decided to book it through our agency. They liked it very much, I quote: "Our excursion to the Dasha Nadya was fun and educational. We were warmly welcomed and even got a nice souvenir to take home!".
As an employee of Blini Reizen I arranged this tour for our clients and found Nadya very pleasant to work with: she is accurate, flexible, cooperative, interested and always trying to be helpful (e.g. finding out the best way to reach the meeting point from the hotel of clients, etc.). I would surely recommend this tour!
Nadya has told a lot of stories about the time that her (grand)parents stayed in this Dacha. The Dacha is in the original state including furniture and clothing's!
During our visit, we had a lovely lunch and a Russian tea.
The hospitality was great!
My friends from Brazil told me about this trip. They took the risk and bought a private tour to this Dacha house. They ordered a complete package-tour with lunch and tea from a samovar. Everything was delicious and different from the food in the Russian restaurant. The hostess speaks English fairly well, not really good, but with enthusiasm. I think, there is the only one museum of Dacha life in the world, I haven't seen anything like this museum. This is a private area, a normal dacha house, turned into a museum by the family of Muscovites. The museum contains furniture, old things and different subjects, clothes, appliances, dishes and many other items. Consider myself very lucky that I can visit to this Dacha. It is really intersting and unusual place, but only for foreigners. I spent a few hours at the Dacha with my friends, we made friends with the hostess.
And I recommend to all foreigners who are interested in life of Russia and its Soviet past to visit this unusual place.
I wish good luck to Nadya and her Dacha project.