Testimonials

These testimonials have been written and shared with us by our tours’ guests. We have collected them in this place after more than a decade of providing genealogical, historical and cultural tours. There are a few more of them on our Facebook page, TripAdvisor , Google or Yelp.

You can also check our the complete offer of PolishOrigins’ tours, blogs written by our guests or photos from our tours to understand even better what we do and how people react to it.


David (Genealogy Tour)

September 2017

In my view, Pawel, Zbigniew, Ivanka, and Hubert were all knowledgeable, personable, excellent English speaking guides.  Each had also reviewed the Zbigniew’s genealogical report well enough to bring a personal touch to the tours.

Zbigniew did a remarkable job of finding genealogical records on individuals relatives who lived in Lviv and the surrounding towns and villages to the east and south of Lviv.  We learn history of the family and was new to the relatives we met with in Warsaw and Krakow – giving the experience additional significance.

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Kristin (Genealogy Tour)

September 2017

We had the most amazing time in Europe, but particularly in Poland.  I have to admit that I was not prepared for all the emotions and feelings that I experienced in Poland.  I was so overwhelmed that I can’t even put it into words.  It is easy to read a book about history or watch a film or google the internet to find information, but when you are standing where that history took place and it is actually family members lives explained, then it is very confronting.  It also makes you realize that those historical events have given us the lives that we have today and we are grateful for that.

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Jocelyn (Genealogy Tour and Galicia Tour)

August 2017

Lucan was the perfect guide for us.  He really understood what we were looking for, was extremely proactive in doing the initial research and talking to priests, town hall officials, and people we met.  We could not have asked for a better guide!

Our expectations were more than met, both with the amount of information Lucan was able to find for us and the added bonus of actually getting to meet some relatives.  We look forward to continuing our research by incorporating all of the information we gathered on this trip.

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Joe (Genealogy Tour)

July 2017

Our tour guide Pawel was excellent. He was very professional and personable. He was an excellent liaison between the tour guests and our new found family. He explained all matters very well and made sure that we understood the various customs and traditions that may have influenced our family. While on our tour Pawel even was able to find more of our existing family while we visited the site of my father’s birthplace. We all treasured having Pawel as our guide.

We were very satisfied with the research. When we first started with PolishOrigins our hopes were to just find some few pieces of information. The genealogy report was very detailed and complete.

All communication with Anna and Magdalena were prompt, thorough and professional. They met our expectations in all ways.

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Kathleen and  Donald (Genealogy Tour)

July 2017

Zenon was everything we had hoped for in a guide.  Friendly, fearless and undaunted in his efforts to connect us with the persons, places and locations of our ancestors.  Part genealogist, part  undercover detective in his ability to approach civil servants, store keepers, church officials and possible neighbors to gain more information to help unravel the whereabouts of our living relatives. He carefully studied all of the research we had completed before our arrival and provided us with a well thought out journey to each of the villages and churches contained in our family tree. His demeanor was so non-intimidating and approachable that most strangers immediately wanted to help us in our quest to find living relatives.

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Theresa (Genealogy Tour)

July 2017

Both guides extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their profession. Customer service excellent – I felt it wasn’t just a job for them but that they were intent on making sure I had a good and safe experience.

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Sara (Genealogy Tour)

July 2017

We cannot say enough good things about Lucjan Cichocki! He was very knowledgeable in the best way to do research for Polish sources, which proved invaluable. Eg. being bold enough to knock on the priest’s door or the village leader’s door to ask for what we wanted, or to call up our cousin and ask for a meeting. His knowledge of what would and would not work in the rectory, the archive, on the village street was great. On top of everything else, he’s was also a very interesting travelling companion, and we never ran out of things to talk about during our tour (not just genealogy). Dziękuję, Lucjan!


Linda (Genealogy Tour and Mini Galicia Tour)

June 2017

Lucjan was very knowledgeable and determined to provide us with all the information that he could find. He was an excellent guide and interpreter and went above and beyond to show us the region of our ancestors. He brought us together with so many nice people.

We had a variety of places to stay (which I found to be very interesting) Food was excellent.

All information I received prior to the trip was accurate and very well planned.

I will recommend PolishOrigins to my family and friends who may want to visit Poland.

Overall a great experience


William (Genealogy Tour)

June 2017

I am considered an adventurous and active senior citizen, as I am over 70 years old, have physical limitations and a disability that requires the use of a cane to walk safely outside of my home.

I traveled alone on a trip that included stops in Paris, Nice, Monaco, Poland, and Lithuania. When I travel, I am always anxious to experience as many local adventures as possible and meet new people in each country, and rely on tours and private transportation to give as much flexibility as possible.

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Mary (Genealogy Tour and Mini Galicia Tour)

June 2017

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Just want to quickly comment about the fantastic experience I had on the Galicia Tour and my Genealogy Tour these past two weeks. I am extremely overwhelmed from that experience. Visiting beautiful areas of southern Poland and meeting my 91 year old aunt and two first cousins was something I will never forget. I had a successful experience, in part, to all the preparation I did beforehand, not to mention the excellent researcher and translator. Thank you Lucjan, Pawel, Aga. I am forever grateful.


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