First, let me address a concern most of us have when searching the internet for a more intimate tour itinerary and we find that such tours are usually offered by local tour companies rather than the larger corporate brands, and then we wonder… if not immediately, then certainly as we are about to wire a substantial sum of money to book the tour… is this local tour company legitimate? And, as we experienced, in the case of Irene’s Travel, you will not find any other company that could be more honest and committed to providing you with everything you ask for.a
We hired Ciprian (Chip) Slemco for a two week tour through Moldova and Northern Romania, and our experience was everything we had hoped to find… and more. He was very personable and as he got to know us and what we are interested in, rather than insist on staying with our pre-arranged itinerary, he even offered modify our itinerary on the fly by suggesting that we take an excursion into Ukraine. We had not thought of doing that but we enthusiastically accepted. With his flexible attitude and his knowledge of the area we saw so many more things that suited our taste than we ever would have if we had taken a tour offered by a large tour company.
Chip was totally accommodating and a great guide. And our tour included many more personal views of the region than any brand name tour could ever offer. (By the way, for clarification, the company name, “Irene’s Travel”, is named after Chip’s wife Irene, while they use “HelloBucovina” as a more identifiable label for what they offer).
We highly recommend their services.