Romania hiking vacation, self guided

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Responsible tourism: Romania hiking vacation, self guided

Environment

We advise all of our clients to stay to the marked paths. This is to maintain the environment as they pass so that it remains pristine for walkers using the pathways in the future. It is also important in order to keep some distance from the local wildlife which can include bears and wolves in the woods. We also advise that they take all of their rubbish with them until the end of the day and recycle or dispose of it as is appropriate.

The vacation is particularly good for wildlife lovers. The Carpathians offer a wide selection of birds and mammals in itís rural location. Eco-tourism helps maintain this area so that it remains this way for future visitors.

As much as is possible on this trek we have tried to ensure that the walking is done from hotel to hotel, meaning that there is no need to be transported from or to a hotel each day and reduces the need for transportation journeys and their effect on the environment. When the luggage needs to be transferred we use the hotels or local companies to ensure that the driving required is kept to a minimum.

Community

Most of the hotels we use in Romania are small and family run enabling these establishments to continue into the future. They are the establishments which are most in need of the tourism income and their ability to continue their success is important to the Transylvanian area of Romania. We also arrange for our clients to eat either at the hotels or at small local restaurants, again keeping the income in the small towns and villages where they stay overnight. We also use either the hotel, local companies or local taxi companies for the luggage and people transfers necessary for this trek. This also keeps the environmental impact of the trek to a minimum.

While on this trek our clients will come into contact with and be able to observe the local communities of the Transylvanian area. This will give them the opportunity to experience the rural Transylvanian life in action as they pass through.

6 Reviews of Romania hiking vacation, self guided

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Reviewed on 13 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Each day's hike was unique and presented a different aspect of the Transylvanian countryside. Absolutely beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't underestimate how strenuous the hikes can be. Some portions of the trails are quite steep. Even though the trip is rated as moderate, be prepared for some serious mountain hiking.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it was clear that all the hotels were owned and operated by the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Outstanding. The route provided a wonderful variety of scenery, and each town and hotel has its own unique character. The support was excellent. A couple of issues came up for which we needed to call the local representative, and they were easily taken care of.

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2018 by

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
possible.

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!

Many thanks,

Anna

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Whilst all the accommodation was great we particularly enjoyed the hospitality and personal touch from the 'homestays' ( Pensiunea Ana and Pensiunea Nea Marin).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We wish we had allowed for an extra full day in Brasov at the start of the vacation. Walking poles a must. Big stick and a pea-whistle to fend off sheep dog attacks.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Without doubt all three.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It met all our expectations and more. The scenery, the peace and tranquility whilst walking through stunning countryside and the friendliness of everyone we met made trekking in Romania a great experience.

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole vacation was excellent, the walking was obviously our highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a flower book, there were so many we could not recognise. We were a group of four vegetarians, the food was fantastic whether you were a meat eater or not. All thoughtfully prepared.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All accommodation was run locally with products purchased in nearby towns and villages.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing, we had great fun.

Reviewed on 30 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This was a great walking vacation. Hard to pick a most memorable....The country was really beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The walk directions were particularly good. The last day surprisingly hard! Take walking poles and good boots as some sections quite muddy.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We always stayed with local people and ate locally.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great vacation. Romania is a beautiful country. The people were always friendly and helpful. Our accommodation was always clean and comfortable. We ate well and the walks were very good...varied terrain. Definitely recommend use of walking poles... The walk directions were very good and we managed perfectly...except for one slight detour. Romania is well worth a visit.....Bran Castle and Rasnov Citadel added value....we also spent a couple of days in Bucharest...highly recommended.

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We were bowled over by the unspoilt Romanian countryside. No tractors or combined harvesters, just people creating hay stacks using pitch forks, horses
and wooden carts being used for transport and horses dragging logs down from the forest. Each place we stayed was interesting in its own right and visits to
the Black church in Brasov and Bran Castle added to the vacation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Unfortunately, or fortunately, we didn't see any bears on the walk. We found out that there are viewing platforms where feeding areas can be watched at a
safe distance. Might be worth staying an extra day to go and see the bears.
We also enjoyed our few days at the end of the walk visiting Sibiu and Sighisoara (especially the fortified churches near the latter).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the tourism that walking vacations such as this are obviously helping the local community, though Transylvania itself is one of the better off areas in Romania. We met lots of friendly local people including confident optimistic young people, a lot of whom spoke good English which they had learned from the TV (explained some of the american accents)

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. A moderate walk which left plenty of time and energy to relax and chat to the local people.

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