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In-depth reviews from our clients. Read their experiences, see photos, & get personal insight into what Dorosh offers

Last pictures with our family

Closing the Loop. Our Return to Ancestral Homeland

Heritage Tour

It is a real honor to post this travelogue on my website. It was written by the clients who have become my friends. Thank you and I miss you much! Our return to our ancestral homeland,... Read More

Leah story photo

Leah’s heritage tour in Eastern Ukraine

Genealogy Research, Heritage Tour

She remembers the stories Baba would tell of her life and those stories stayed with Leah long after her Baba passed away. “My Baba told me about leaving Western Ukraine with my Mom in 1929... Read More

Testimonials

We’re proud of the work we do and want to share what our clients think of us. Read testimonals from past clients and travellers.

From: US | Date: 2020

"I have had the most professional and exciting experience with Dorosh Tours. I wanted to research my maternal line in Ukraine. I didn't have much information to go on and thought it would be very difficult and maybe impossible to learn about this side of my family. Dorosh /Olia really..."

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- Wendy Norris

I have had the most professional and exciting experience with Dorosh Tours. I wanted to research my maternal line in Ukraine. I didn't have much information to go on and thought it would be very difficult and maybe impossible to learn about this side of my family. Dorosh /Olia really left no stone unturned and I was so happy with my research reports they provided. I now have names,dates and places to fill in all previous empty blanks in my family tree. I found the whole experience wonderful, even the price. I highly recommend their services. Wendy

- Wendy Norris

From: GB | Date: 2020

"I have been trying to research my grandfathers side of the family for many years with very little progress. This is until I contacted Andriy and his team, within the space of weeks I found out more than I found in many years of searching. I can’t thank them enough..."

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- Jordan Ihnatyszcz

I have been trying to research my grandfathers side of the family for many years with very little progress. This is until I contacted Andriy and his team, within the space of weeks I found out more than I found in many years of searching. I can’t thank them enough for the wonder research they’ve carried out, it’s been a smooth and enjoyable process from the outset and can’t wait to continue my journey with Dorosh heritage tours.

- Jordan Ihnatyszcz

From: Australia | Date: 2019

"Eight of us travelled in a comfortable, new minibus around Ukraine for 26 days from Kyiv to Lviv in August -September 2019. The sun shone and the sunflowers filled the fields. What a memorable holiday! In Kyiv we walked beside the Dnipro River, saw some magnificent churches, the catacombs and..."

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- Maria Medynski and Odarka Bej

Eight of us travelled in a comfortable, new minibus around Ukraine for 26 days from Kyiv to Lviv in August -September 2019. The sun shone and the sunflowers filled the fields. What a memorable holiday! In Kyiv we walked beside the Dnipro River, saw some magnificent churches, the catacombs and parks. We ambled down some boulevards and ate delicious Ukrainian food like Mama used to make. Sometimes even pizza when we wanted a quick lunch! Watched the Independence Day march and mingled with the happy crowds in the Maidan. We travelled to Odessa, Vinnytsia, Kamyanets Podilskyi, Kolomyia with the big pysanka, Karpaty villages, Ivano Frankivsk and then, the beautiful city of Lviv. Everywhere the greenness of the country will surprise you. Saw an opera, visited a school, shopped at malls for modern fashions as well as in village markets where we found some Ukrainian crafts at bargain prices! The hotels were excellent and air-conditioned. All the comforts of home. The guides spoke English as well as Ukrainian! They were very informative and friendly and couldn't do enough for us. We had a lot of laughs with them and the drivers were very helpful with our luggage. If I can I will go again. Thank you Dorosh Heritage Tours!! Photos are on Tripadvisor - search Dorosh Heritage Tours

- Maria Medynski and Odarka Bej

From: U.S. | Date: 2019

"Christmas has come early! I received one of the greatest gifts in the family research that Olia provided. I had been working on my genealogy for 3 years, but simply “hit a brick wall” with my father’s family. Within two months, I received a well-researched, professional report that answered many..."

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- Jane Opryszko Miller

Christmas has come early! I received one of the greatest gifts in the family research that Olia provided. I had been working on my genealogy for 3 years, but simply “hit a brick wall” with my father’s family. Within two months, I received a well-researched, professional report that answered many questions and provided some surprises. Even my two cousins from Ukraine could not provide me with the kind of detail I received from Olia. A summary was provided along with photos of the support documents, a family tree, and details about each person in my tree. When I started my family work, I only knew of my grandfather. Now, I know that there were 11 more siblings and 3 half siblings!!! My research has expanded from 1891 for my grandfather, to my 4th great grandfather mid-1700s! I could never have done this research alone. Dorosh Heritage Tours provided a trip of a lifetime to Ukraine 2 years ago to meet today’s generations, and now, the Dorosh research team with Olia Waldman, provided the precious family information on generations past. We will continue the search on my grandmother’s family.

- Jane Opryszko Miller

From: Canada | Date: 2019

"I have just returned from my first visit to Ukraine, travelling with 4 cousins, one of whom has visited 6 times, always with Dorosh Heritage Tours. Now I know why! Andriy has 30 reviews on TripAdvisor, and ALL are 5 star reviews rated "Excellent". These reviews are torrents of praise..."

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- Joe Cavin

I have just returned from my first visit to Ukraine, travelling with 4 cousins, one of whom has visited 6 times, always with Dorosh Heritage Tours. Now I know why! Andriy has 30 reviews on TripAdvisor, and ALL are 5 star reviews rated "Excellent". These reviews are torrents of praise and superlatives - in my experience all richly deserved. I am astounded by the breadth of Andriy's talents; his tours are meticulously planned, yet he welcomes last-minute changes. Unfailingly punctual, yet he is always totally relaxed. Andriy is at the same time very professional yet charmingly warm and personable. He operates from the very highest ethics and principles. Very quickly he became an adopted member of our family and a valued friend. Andriy displays an encyclopedic knowledge of the history, culture, customs, cuisine and peoples of his beloved country. He employs a broad network of excellent local tour guides and genealogists; Julia and Victor in particular. I came with high expectations; all were hugely exceeded. Ukraine is a picturesque nation of faith-filled people, history, heartache and hope. It tugs on my heartstrings still. I have every intention of returning, most assuredly with Andriy as friend and guide, and I pray it will be soon! Thank you, Andriy, for an unforgettable and life-enhancing introduction to Ukraine! I miss you! For those of you reading this and contemplating such a trip, Dorosh Heritage Tours is most definitely the finest way to go!  

- Joe Cavin

 

"I was so impressed by the information found about my father and his Ukrainian family. Dorosh heritage tours have a group of researchers who are friendly and efficient. They also think outside the box when researching for information. Consequently missing pieces of the puzzle have been filled. I recommend this..."

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- M Clayton

I was so impressed by the information found about my father and his Ukrainian family. Dorosh heritage tours have a group of researchers who are friendly and efficient. They also think outside the box when researching for information. Consequently missing pieces of the puzzle have been filled. I recommend this company highly - good value for money, reliable and clear. Information was supported by documents.

- M Clayton

Galleries

A collection of images from our various tours to give you an idea of what to expect on your unique journey with Dorosh

Medvedivtsi Local Research

Genealogy Research

Finding lost relatives, locating an ancestral plot and the burials of the ancestors or just creating a Virtual Tour to show what the village is like are the main goals we set to achieve by doing local research in the villages. I would like to take you Medvedivtsi village in present day...

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Kniazhe Heritage Tour 2012

Heritage Tour

One of the most memorable tours and family reunions in my life. More to come. One of the most memorable tours and family reunions in my life. It took place in May 2012 and was later followed by several other visits with the same family, to the same village. More...

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