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Kyrylo Shturbabin

First of all, I believe that that the best way to explore a new place is to try to live a local's life: eat local food, check favorite hotspots, learn a couple of new phrases. And moreover, try to be engaged in everything that is going on around. That is the best way to observe something new

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Don't hesitate to ask me about the best restaurants, bars, clubs, and cafes of Ukrainian cities. I can also advise which sights, operas, and museums are worth visiting."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since I have been a child I have traveled to many places in Europe and Egypt together with my parents. Later on, I have been engaged in many exchange programmes which helped me to explore new countries and even to live there for quite a long time (USA, Czech Republic, Finland, Armenia). Then I became a tour guide in Kyiv since I loved sharing about my city. And now I enjoy helping visitors who come to Ukraine to fall in love with our country"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My friend and I once visited Tbilisi, Georgia, which we absolutely loved. We went to a famous local sauna to enjoy heat and water. It was great, but afterward, the owners of that sauna wanted to get more money that we paid before. We both called the police to help find the truth. After listening to quarrels in Georgian language, we were finally released. That stressful experience still did not ruin the impression about Tbilisi, but I will never forget it for sure."

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Recent trip reviews for Kyrylo

Ukraine, Ukraine - Jun 9 - Jun 16, 2019

Traveler: Joseph R. - Local specialist: Kyrylo Shturbabin

This was an amazing trip and it was entirely thanks to the team at Ukraine Culture Trip! Lena, Natalia, Rowan, Julia (Lviv), Alex, Iliana (I think that was her name... In Kiev), and the whole family that welcomed us for breakfast! I highly recommend using Ukraine Culture Trip for any travel you have planned in Ukraine. Thank you for making this suck an amazing experience for my family!

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Kyrylo Shturbabin, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your kind review, Joe! It is crucial for us to know whether our guests had a pleasant experience and what did they like the most during their travel with us. All of us at Ukraine Culture Trip have really enjoyed both assisting you on your trip personally or supporting you distantly. We'd love to see you and your family in Ukraine again to give you even more memories and impressions from our beautiful and welcoming country!