In early October I planned a trip to Ivano-Frankivisk, Ukraine, to find my father’s birthplace and research family ancestry. At first, I thought I would do this on my own. However, considering my non-Ukrainian language capabilities and lack of transportation, I decided to find a local guide to help me with this challenge. I found Andriy Gnytka and his tour company Green-Ukraine through the internet. Andriy speaks excellent English, knows the area well and he had a car. In only one day I saw everything I needed. We drove to my father’s birthplace town, met local people and Andriy shared my reason for being there. The local people were able to show us hidden gravesites, forgotten churches and much more. I could never be able to find these things on my own. I even found two cousins I never knew I had!
After talking to Andriy I find his local guide service extends far beyond the Ivano-Frankivisk area. Andriy can organize guided tours from the Carpathian Mountains to Kiev. He can provide theme tours such as hunting, fishing, local culture or historical knowledge-based tours. In his words, “any tour a person dreams up.” Andriy was a real asset to my Ukrainian experience. Someday I hope to go back to Ivano-Frankivisk to see my new-found relatives and get Andriy to organize another tour event for me. Hmmm, maybe a balloon ride in the Ukrainian Carpathians near the Borzhava mountain range…
Really, give Andriy a call at +38 063 7707874 or see his website to help assist you with your own Ukrainian adventure.