Joan Payne review 5 Oct 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Walking through meadows filled with autumn crocus and meadow saffron and watching the traditional methods of agriculture against a spectacular mountain backdrop.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared for the forest sections of the trek. Both the beech and the spruce forests are dark and silent and the forest floor is bare of vegetation. The bare ground makes steep the descents difficult and walking poles are essential. And very few views in the forest, even at the highest points! Also be prepared for the litter and rubbish dumps that you'll see even in the remotest parts - especially large plastic bottles.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not sure. We were told that walking isn't popular amongst Romanians. The growth areas in the tourist industry in the mountains seem to be quad bike treks and motor bike scrambling. On the trek we met very few visitors from outside Romania.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
The trek was well organised and went mostly to plan. The hotels and guest houses were all good, especially the small ones. The weather was very good. Dogs were less of a problem than we had feared. The local people we met were very friendly and helpful. See comments above about dark forests and litter.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for returning your Feedback after your recent vacation to Romania. We are
pleased that you had an enjoyable trip.
I am Anna, and it is my responsibility to process your feedback and to ensure that any issues
that might be highlighted are referred to the appropriate person within the company. This
will help us to maintain our attention to detail and to keep our information as up to date as
Unfortunately education around littering and recycling in Romania is not at the forefront,
having said that, it has improved dramatically in recent years, and hopefully will continue on
this trend. The walking tourism industry is growing too, as you say, walking is not popular
with the Romanians, so it has taken a while to realise that tourists may have an interest, but
the industry is growing slowly. These two points, hand in hand should go a long way to
boosting the area
We look forward to hearing from you again and hope we will be able to help you to organise
future walking vacations - donít forget your repeat customer discount!