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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Had the most Amazing 1 week with Andrei ever! Am so glad we went with him, and am looking forward to our trip again next year! It really feels like you’ve gone travelling with an old friend who is spontaneous and game for any adventure. He drives, he guides, he hikes, he cooks, he fixes (changes tyres ), starts fires, whatever you want to do, he tries to make it happen and he constantly takes super good care of you. With Andrei, you are guaranteed of that personal touch he brings to his tours and his love for his beautiful country. If you are adventurous and game for spontaneity, Andrei will take your tour up a notch and give you memories you’d never forget. I wish I could post some of the pictures but really there were too many. Loved loved loved my trip to Kazakhstan.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

I highly recommend travelling with Andrei and Dima, they are very professional and helpful, they answer all your questions quickly! We had an incredible experience and these guides are now friends. Spassiba!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Loic G
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Reviewed October 17, 2019 via mobile

Andrey is a great guide for hiking and nature lovers. He avoids the crowds and shows hidden places and popular ones from hidden viewpoints and trails.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Tatiana K
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

Audrey is a professional photographer and always suggest the good spots to go for taking photos- the photos he took were amazing! He led us to some special routes to the scenery places so that we can avoid the crowd and enjoyed the quite time. He is an extremely experiences driver and always place safety first. The guesthouse ms that he arranged for us are lovely, warm and clean. We love it!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MATTHEWWCF
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Reviewed October 11, 2019

We did the 3 day tour to Charyn, Kolsai, and Kaindy with Andrey. It was a great experience, and we're really glad we did it.

We initially thought about hiring a car and doing the trip ourselves, but after reading online (and seeing for ourselves on the tour) how the police target tourists for bribes, we're glad we had a local handling things.

First off, all 3 major sites we saw - Charyn, Kolsai, and Kaindy are stunning. Andrey obviously goes to each of them often and will show you the best spots for photos. He also knows places in between (like the Lunar and Black Canyons) that are a little off the beaten track and are also worth stopping at for a great photo op. There’s absolutely no one around at these little places, which made them feel even more like a hidden gem.

We had a lot of questions since it was our first time in Central Asia, and his knowledge about the area, culture, wildlife, everything, were awesome - he gave us a lot of local insights.

He treats you like a friend, rather than a customer - from taking you to a supermarket to stock up on snacks for the trip, to telling you about the wild camel he saw in that same area last week. It was a great time.

We didn’t realise there would be so much offroading during the tour, but Andrey’s vehicle is very well equipped for it, despite going over rocky dirt roads, through rivers, and up hills. We always felt like we were in safe hands, and with a driver who knew what he was doing. It’s comfortable, with a lot of foot and head room too (which my tall boyfriend appreciated a lot).

We opted to stay at the guesthouse in Saty Village for both nights, and our hostess was wonderful. She’s an excellent cook, giving us a variety of typical Kazakh meals during our stay, and freshly fried bread, snacks, and tea/coffee constantly on offer (definitely try the homemade jam!). The house and bathroom were spotless (though remember to bring your own toiletries). There’s even a sauna out the back, which was excellent after a long day of hiking.

All in all, you might be able to find cheaper options elsewhere, but I bet you’d get less value out of it. Andrey is committed to providing a very high quality experience, and it definitely shows. Highly recommended

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Samantha C
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