About me

About me

My name is Olena Goncharuk. I am a qualified English-speaking tourist guide and a tour leader, based in Kyiv, Ukraine. I’ve been working in the tourism industry for 20 years.

My job is to tell stories about history, culture, art, architecture, food, modern life. A tourist guide is a cultural ambassabor of the country. Guiding is my passion. I would like to share my knowledge and travel experience and appreciate feedback. Tourists provide different points of view, and mutual communication is a good way to understand the world, life, country, and self.

After getting an MA degree in History in 2002 and MA in Psychology in 2015 at the university, I’ve worked as a tourist guide, travel manager, a tour leader. I’m a member of two public organizations such as Ukrainian Tourist Guides Association and League of Kyiv‘s Guides. In our work we follow the principles of the European Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (FEG) and World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (WFTGA). I always improve my knowledge participating in Ukrainian and international training programs.

Once I realized that a blog gives more opportunities to acquaint people with Kyiv and Ukraine. The result is a Travel blog “Ukrainian Vacation”. You can find practical and useful travel information here. Real and correct facts are the key point to avoid frustration and enjoy a journey as much as possible.

Travel makes us happy, keeps contacts and relations, breaks national stereotypes. Let’s discover Ukraine together! Hope you’ll love my country as I do.

I’m open to cooperation in the tourism industry for those individuals and companies who share the ideas of responsible and sustainable tourism. The main concept of this travel blog is publishing useful and helpful information to organize a fascinating and comfortable trip. Please, pay attention I don’t write about video games, night clubs, or casinos and don’t cooperate with companies which are engaged in this business.

How to book a tour?

Please, visit Services page where you can find many tours in Kyiv and Ukraine.

Pay attention that it takes some time to organize one or two days tours around Ukraine. I cooperate with Travel Club Around UA that works in the travel industry for many years and proposes the best tours in Ukraine. All tours are private with pick-up and drop-off in your hotel. The price depends on the number of tourists.

If you didn’t find a tour you like to book in the Services, you can write us a request and we’ll do our best to create a tour according to your interests and wishes. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about traveling to Ukraine.

Contact me on e-mail: guide.kiev.ukraine@gmail.com

Follow me on Instagram @olena.guide.ukraine

Visit of “Ukrainian village” museum of folk architecture and life, Buzova, Kyiv region
Visit of Annual European Tourist Guide Meeting in Faro, Portugal, November 2019
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