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Responsible tourism: Romania family vacation
We work alongside the Mihai Eminescu Trust which is responsible for local agro and eco tourism in the area. As a result our impact on the environment is at the bear minimum with many of our activities working with nature - hiking, cycling, canoeing. Our groups are also small helping keep tourism at a sustainable and responsible level. The trust is active in many ways within the local community including restoration of numerous heritage and Unesco sites and properties and introducing agro and eco tourism to local communities. Local cottage industries are highly encouraged and wherever possible protected. All our guests understand the importance of protecting the natural environment and we always provide useful tips and guidance on our vacation info packs. We also actively work with the local community to support environmental protection. This includes tree planting with local schools as well as fund raising for the Zarnesti bear sanctuary which cares for over 68 brown bears who were raised in captivity and often abused.
By working alongside the trust we work in partnership with the local communities. Our guests get to visit the local cottage industries such as the black smith and brick maker in Viscri and weaver and charcoal makers in Malancrav. We also work with locals to transport our guests by traditional horse drawn carts. It gives our guests a chance to experience real rural life as well as providing responsible tourism to the community. Some of the local cottage industries are on the brink of extinction as the younger generations are drawn to the lights of the city but by involving the families it is helping maintain the curiosity and interest of the young and we are sesing positive signs of sons and daughters taking on their parents mantels and becoming 4th or 5th generation experts. In Viscri village the local Black Smith is a great example of this and him and his family are supportive of the alternative trade our responsible tourism brings to the area. We are also helping local communities where possible we always arrange lunches at local residents homes so our guests can experience real Romanian food and hospitality. Many also have cosy guest houses which we also are in partnership with.
Reviews of Romania family vacation
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2016 by Sara Wood
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Gosh, where to start! The scenery and the architecture of the Transylvanian Alps was stunning. Very unspoilt with a huge diversity of plant and insect life. I was very interested in the agriculture, two of our guides grew up on farms and were happy to explain the methods used and acted as interpreters for me when I had some questions for a shepherd we met in the mountains. My son loved the cycling, there are some very good cycle paths which were quite challenging but not impossible. My husband loved the recent political history which all of our giudes were happy to talk about.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Do not go on the Ttransfagarasan road on a Sunday - it is very busy. Also the guides are very fit, so do some training before you go on vacation. If I have a chance to go again I would include some swmming for the children. there are thermal baths between Curtea de Arges and Cozia Monasteries or salt lakes outside Sibiu.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I do think that we benefited local people as we visited and stayed in small villages bringing economic benefits to the local villagers.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
The Romanian people were very friendly and happy to help. Romania was not at all as I expected. It was very well organised, but it felt relaxed.