Testimonials from Clients
Feel free to add your own response about your sightseeing excursion, business trip or travel to Moscow, Russia, after using the services of private English speaking guide, personal driver and freelance photographer Arthur Lookyanov! If you are my former client, I would greatly appreciate your open (and honest) comments, which can be sent online using the form below. I hope that you will not mind sharing your Russian experience directly with my potential customers. Your e-mail address will be hidden for security purposes, and only given to a potential customer upon personal request.
Customer responses and reccomendations sent online from 2002 to 2013:
Former clients share their travel experience to Moscow Russia after using services of the private guide and personal driver Arthur Lookyanov. This message archive was started in 2002.
We were prompted to make plans to visit Moscow this year when our daughter Elizabeth was invited to attend a medical conference in June 2013. Our friends Richard and Stacey Host had visited Moscow in February 2013 and recommended Arthur.
It was the best decision. In three days we saw so much and learnt so much about Russian history and its impact and connections with our own history.
We firstly visited St Petersburg for three days on our own and then travelled to Moscow by the fast train Sapsan. Arthur was there to greet us and immediately took us to Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and GUM Department Store. After a quick lunch we visited the vast Moscow Kremlin with all its fascinating buildings. Arthur explained a lot of things to us and took lots of photos. He then drove us to our hotel and helped us check in.
The next day Arthur took us Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery. Many famous people are buried in the cemetery. Later we went to Sparrow Hills and Victory Park (WWII memorial). The peace and beauty of the convent on a sunny day was special in contrast to sadness of the Victory Park with its Hall of Memory and Sorrows. The Museum and collection of military vehicles (including the famous T34 tank) and aircraft was very interesting.
On Friday we did a Countryside tour to Sergiyev Posad (Russian Jerusalem). It was lovely to be out of the city and to enjoy the country area. We finished off the day by walking round the All-Russia Exhibition centre (VDNKh). Once more Arthur drove us back to hotel.
What a great experience! Thank you Arthur for your Tour Guiding competence, friendly accepting character and great photographs. We highly recommend him.
Date: 2013-07-12 00:47:30
Arthur is a great guide and made my time in Moscow exciting and very interesting. He put together a very unique and engaging itinerary that included some Moscow classics as well as some more specialized destinations that focussed on my interest in space and aviation. Arthur has all of the inside knowledge that can make a huge difference when trying to make the most of your time in Moscow. Whether it is how to find the best parking spot, the best way to avoid long lines in Red Square or some super interesting thing to see in a museum or a special view of the city, Arthur has the information. I strongly recommend having Arthur be your guide when in Moscow. He is super friendly, patient, has great English skills and is a great photographer to boot. I can't recommend him strongly enough. I am looking to forward to returning to Moscow again and having Arthur act as my guid again.
From: Los Angeles, CA USA
Date: 2013-06-30 10:31:38
It was a great trip for my first Moscow visit. Arthur is not only a great guide, he is a great driver, photographer and a very good friend of ours. He is very responsible, experienced, knowledgeable, without him, our trip will not be easy. Definitely I will recommend him to all my friends and will revisit him again for my next visit. Truely from our hearts.
From: Hong Kong
Date: 2013-06-26 19:21:01
Hiring Arthur as my driver/guide was the wisest decision I did when I planned my trip to Moscow. He drove me to places I would never be able to visit by myself, even if I spoke any Russian (with is NOT the case). He is also an exceptional photographer, and made the documentation of my trip much better. The fact that he is very knowledgeable in Russian history and culture, make his company even more pleasant and adds great value to his guidance. I strongly recommend Arthur and when I be back to Moscow (what I plan next year with my son), I hope he is available for me to hire him again.
Marcelo Ramos - SĂŁo Paulo Brazil
Date: 2013-06-20 17:59:55
Hi...both me and my wife really enjoyed the three days we spent with Arthur ...a fascinating night trip of moscow,a pictursque trip to suzdal and vladmir and the icing of the cake a trip to the metros and of course pushkin cafe.It was really a very well spent memorable weekend in Moscow!!!Arthur is a patient,well learned ,dignified person with good photgraphy skills and of course a safe driver( that was the best part)who knows his job well.Would definetely recommend him to my freinds visiting Moscow.Good job Arthur!!
Date: 2013-06-19 02:07:18
My family spent a wonderful day with Arthur in Moscow. We met up early and spent the day touring Moscow. Arthur was very knowledgeable about everything that we saw and was able to answer all of our questions. He was very engaging and made us feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend Arthur as your personal guide to Moscow.
Date: 2013-06-14 12:42:38
We learned about Arthurs services in an unfortunate way. After reading a few stories about how Arthur was involved with a young boy who was sent back to Russia from America alone on a plane we decided to use his services while we were in Moscow. My young son and I are sponsors of SOS Childrenâ€™s Village and during or down time from visiting the SOS Childrenâ€™s Village in Tomilino we decided to book Arthur services to take my mother for a tour of Moscow. Little did Arthur know we had some sort of connection, because my son and I just happen to be the sponsor to the same child. Arthur knew we were visiting the childrenâ€™s village but I would always use the childâ€™s birth name because he is no long recognized by his former name and I believe Arthur never connected. I showed Arthur a picture of my son and the boy and referred to the boy by his real name and then informed Arthur who this child was by his former adopted name. Arthur seemed very pleased and happy to see the boys smiling face and to hear that he is doing just fine and wonderful. The service he provided my family was wonderful and the way he treated my 8 year old son was just fantastic! It was a pleasure and honor to meet this man. I will highly recommend my new friends service to anyone traveling to Moscow for wonderful experience!
Date: 2013-05-31 08:43:46
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