Our trip to Romania was excellent.
The itinerary that you put together worked extremely well.
The hotels that you helped me select were all very comfortable.
Catalin served us very well as both guide and driver. He was always helpful and accommodating, and an endless source of interesting information.
Thanks for all of your assistance in arranging a successful experience for us.
Jim and Karen Lehrburger, Florida, October 2016
We are now on board of the plane awaiting taking off. I can't wait to text you about how much we appreciate your service before and during our stay here. It makes us enjoy our holidays here and appreciate the beauty and the uniqueness of your country. Your immediate attention to our need and request is especially appreciated.
Once again thank you for it. Btw, Andrei has gone a very good job. We are very pleased with his service, too.
Have a nice day!
Patrick Yuen, Hong Kong, June 2016
I would like to thank you for your organization of my tour in Romania. The tour was very satisfactory, smooth and safe. It met our expectations and our desires. The agreed accommodations and restaurants were excellent in compliance with the available budget. I posted on “Trip Advisor”, in Italian, the following review. I translated it in English so you can understand and have your feedback about the services of Mr. Ovidiu Botoni as our driver/guide.
“Travel together with Mr. Ovidiu was very interesting experience, not only in Bukovina, but certainly all over the Romanian territory! Historical and cultural preparation are accompanied by the ability to indicate artistic, geographical and culinary details, together with enthusiasm and appreciation of the traditions. Added value: a perfect Italian!”
Thank you again, kind regards.
Giacomo Saviozzi, Italy, May 2016
Romania far exceeded expectations, due in a large part to our guide Catalin. He is a true ambassador for Romania. From a vast knowledge of European history and geography, to a deep appreciation of local truly food and, to his love of the pure nature of the Romanian countryside (organic living, bear and bird watching and fishing), Catalin generously shared all. This four-day tour packed in more knowledge of Europe than any college course.
The only bad thing, that it is over.
The variety of accommodations, food, and sites made each day an unique gift. May Romania gently move into the future, while preserving a traditional, healthy past for the world to enjoy and model. Not an easy balancing act.
Bring your family, and friends or schedule a work event. Move seeing the Transylvania region of Romania to the top of your bucket list; before it gets pulled into the 21st century.
Romania and Romania Tours are simply fantastic.
Pamela Swingley, California, May 2016
I had a very nice tour! I really enjoyed seeing the countryside of Transylvania and learning about the history. Added bonuses were the snow in Bran and the Christmas market in Sibiu. Catalin was very a professional and knowledgeable guide.
Thanks to you for doing such a great job of organizing the tour, always very responsive and flexible with my last-minute travel plans due to business.
Ellen, USA, November 2015
I would like to thank you for organising this one day trip. My friends and I have really liked it. We especially appreciated the guide, who was very professional and kind with us. He told us a lot from Romanian history and was able to answer our questions. We have visited all planned sites and even more: the monastery near Peles castle, the small Pelesor castle. We did not have a chance to visit Brasov on foot, as it was very cold in the evening, so the guide made the car trip for us in the city. However, he even extended the program and we have finished the day with the digustation of Romanian wines. It was an interesting experience and we bought each a bottle of wine.
The trip was good, the car was comfortable. We don't have any point to complain for :)
Thank you again!
Yulia, Russia, November 2015
Hello Dear Alexandra!
Thank you very much for everything.
I had the best time in your beautiful country. Catalin was not only a wonderful guide but also a beautiful person that took me into the beauty history and traditions. I am most greatful for all the efort you put into this wonderful trip.
I hope to be back soon!
Carla Goldstein, México, October 2015
The day was fantastic! Alex was a wonderful guide who was very engaging and knowledgable. He went above and beyond our expectations, he took us to some special locations and told us interesting stories of our surrounds.
We would be more than happy to book with you again in the future. Romania is such a beautiful country and after seeing the countryside yesterday we will definitely be back.
Anita, Australia, October 2015
Both my husband and I agree that the vacation was very good, minus the Peles Castle issue (which we didn't get to see as it was closed). The hotels were great, car was clean and comfortable. The guide was informative and most importantly, he made sure we were okay. The wine cellar selection and the food served was fantastic. There was plenty of time to see the sights and then enjoy the cellars after. You really did a good job and honestly I think a lot more people would love this itinerary.
In the itinerary that the guide had for the Bran castle day, he had the second stop as a church. I am really glad he offered the option of visiting the bears instead because it helped give some variety to the itinerary, and it shows that there are other interesting things to see besides churches in Romania. I also liked that these are rescued bears, not a zoo, and I think more people would also appreciate seeing them if they know that.
Thank you for all your help and the wonderful holiday.
Sara Lueloff, USA, October 2015
The tour was wonderful! All 6 of us had a terrific time and we were all very impressed with Elena. She was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She tried wry hard to get us back by 5:45, but our requests for souvenir shopping and bathroom stops complicated her efforts. There was no problem from us returning a little late. Elena and the driver did a great job.
Thanks for arranging this memorable tour for us.
Anne, USA, October 2015
The trip was AMAZING! I loved the Danube Delta and the guide was fantastic. He knew so much about the Delta and wildlife and little hidden spots we would have otherwise never seen. I loved it.
Thank you for all of your help in organizing this!
Kris Morrow, USA, September 2015
We enjoyed our trip with Dan and apart from some minor misunderstanding of how things are done in your country in regard to tips and meals everything was as we had expected.
Dan took extra time to show us some things which were not part of the "official" itinerary which made the trip extra special.
Herb, Australia, August 2015
Hello! I miss Bucharest already!
Feedback to pass along:
You have been very professional and wonderful to work with and I was very impressed with the level of care you gave to me and my family. The customer service was excellent and much appreciated.
Alex was an excellent guide and driver and we would request him again and will pass your information and his along to friends and family. He was professional and friendly and gave us a good feel for the city and the country.
Thank you both so much!
Lexie, USA, August 2015
We couldn't have hoped for more! I would highly recommend Romania Tours if you want to get a good glimpse and understanding of the country's history and heritage. The food, the warmth of the people, and the enigmatic scenery are well worth it.
We hired a private tour, taking us across several cities and towns in Transylvania and Walachia. Catalin, our guide was very knowledgable and accommodating to all our needs and requests, including an additional stop at a bear sanctuary. We enjoyed our tour and the time with our tour guide! We liked every single stop during our trip, getting the best explanation from our tour guide and some great insights to Romanian culture.
We also enjoyed the places where we stayed for the nights of the tour. The first night we stayed at a guesthouse, where the owners cooked dinner from scratch (yes, including the cheese, wine and local 'brandy'), it was all homemade and truly delicious. On the second night we stayed in Bran village, with a beautiful view to the castle.
Catalin was fantastic, please send him our thanks and if coming through Romania again we will be sure to go through you guys again!
Ashley Clayton, UK, July 2015
The tour pacing was good, especially since my mom was with us. Not too much time in the car other than day 1. Having a big car was really nice, so each person could have a whole row, and could move from the right side to the left side at will. Andrei was excellent, good tour guide, good personality, knowledgeable.
Sibiel - good, but the farm smell was pretty strong (didn't bother me, but my mom didn't like it)
Sighisoara - good, great location, but the Medieval festival went on until 2am.
Brasov - good, good location
Sinaia - good, great location
We had a great time in Romania. Thanks.
Ben, California, July 2015
I'm not quite home, but have had some time to reflect. First of all want to say what an outstanding guide Catalin was, he quickly ascertained our travel style and adapted our journey accordingly. His extra efforts in procuring carpets while we were in the north of the country was very much appreciated. One drawback, which was no fault of his, was our lack of Lei while we were in that area, I would suggest that you emphasize to future clients that if they plan on purchasing goods outside of the main cities that they make sure to have enough Lei to cover any perspective items or even have enough for the unexpected items which may present themselves. Catalin was very gracious in covering our shortfall, but I was upset that I placed him in that situation.
Also wanted to say how much we appreciated Catalin's daily recommendations on local dining venues, if it hadn't been for his choices we would have missed so much in Romanian cuisine. He was the rare guide who was willing to dine with us on a regular basis, for which we were very grateful. His knowledge of local history and geography were a great asset, and he presented it all in a way that was not overwhelming. Like a superb waiter at a fine restaurant, he had excellent timing and grace. I would HIGHLY recommend him as a guide for just about any personality type, he knows how to "read" people.
Romania I will highly recommend to anyone I can, your country was an excellent value with an amazing history, culture, cuisine, and landscape. The country was beautiful and I will return again. Thank you so much for a wonderful opportunity to experience your country, your services made the trip the stuff of memories I will always reflect fondly upon.
Dave Spaeth, Canada, July 2015
Our tour of Romania was excellent, and owes a lot to the knowledge and skill of our driver as well as to your organisation. We learned a lot and we enjoyed the whole trip. We particularly enjoyed: the smaller country hotels; the local food (and beer/wine); the attractive green countryside; and, all the knowledge about your fine country that we gained from our (your) excellent driver.
Many thanks for your help!
Andrew Branson, New Zealand
Alexandra: Please let me add to Andrew’s email my gratitude to you and Catalin for all the assistance you provided to make our visit to Romania most memorable. As Andrew says we have already passed on the good experience to others thinking of visiting a country that is a little off the beaten track for European and American tourists.
While I was a little perturbed by all the tourist plastic junk being sold at Bran, and the thought of a Disneyland that Catalin told us about, I can see that Romania is prepared for greater tourist input. I do hope that the small hotels, and restaurants serving Romanian food do not become overwhelmed, or taken over by large multi-national companies. We particularly enjoyed the replacement hotel with its view of Bran castle, off the beaten track literally, and not a place that we would have found without Catalin’s good driving and local iknowledge.
As for Catalin as a tour driver, we could not have asked for any more. He is a fount of great knowledge, and apprised of history, geography, and social conditions with great grace. His driving is excellent, and he provided great companionship. Above all he made us want to come back to Romania,and to alert others to our great experience.
May Romania thrive and expand under your company’s gracious handling of tourists.
Many thanks again.
Nancy, New Zealand, June 2015
Sorry for the delayed reply as we've had limited internet connection while on the road.
The tour was very very good and Mr. Catalin is an excellent guide. We are very blessed to have him as our guide. His patient and detailed explanations have definitely given us more insight into Romania and surely better than any travel book or blog could have ever provided. We had a wonderful time especially staying in the home stay with lovely Mrs. Adriana Oltean. It reminded me so much of happy childhood times at a relative's house!
Thank you for organizing this lovely tour. I will surely recommend your tour company to my friends and relatives when they wish to visit Romania.
Lim SY, Malaysia, June 2015
Our guide and driver was excellent. He spoke good English, drove safe and well. His knowledge and passing on information was excellent. If something of interest appeared, Catalin went out of his way to stop and let us see.
I would thoroughly recommend both Romania Tours and the driver.
Harry Kimble, Australia, May 2015
Just wanted to say we had a wonderful tour in Romania. It is a beautiful place. Our guide Andrei was excellent, very friendly and helpful. Thank you for all your help.
Peter and Glenys Wood, New Zealand, May 2015
Thank you for a wery well organized and interesting trip. We were all impressed by Romania, the people, architecture, nature and would love to come back another time, maybe in the summer. Our guide Andrei did a great job, impressing how much he knows about your history.
Thanks, and hope to also see you next time. Keep up the good work. :)
All the best,
Espen Lynne, Norway, November 2014
My sister and I recently travelled with your guide and services.
Excellent car and guide! He is very knowledgeable , a pleasant and cultured person. We will surely recommend your agency and Catalin to our friends here in Brazil and in Miami where my sister lives.
We also loved Romania and will be back soon.
Thanks and keeep up the good work!
Fernanda Caiuby and Gisela Millian, October 2014
We would just like to say how much we enjoyed the tour. It was very well organized & Alexander was the best guide we could have had he was always patient with two old ladies, helpful & informative. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your tour to anyone.
Phil Mcneale, London, September 2014
I loved my trip to Romania. Thank you so much for organising this trip for me. Romania was more than I expected. The food, the people, and the destinations on the tour were all fantastic. The accommodation was excellent and my guide (Catalin) was brilliant.
I will be recommending Romania as a must see holiday choice for my friends and family. I hope to come back some day and see other parts of the country as well.
As for the trip, I would not have changed a thing. We spent the right amount of time in each location, and the free time to explore the city was a bonus. Each of the places we stayed at was excellent. Thanks for the hotels that you recommended.
Catalin was great. He had great knowledge about all the places we visited and he was easy to talk to, so I felt comfortable asking him questions.
Michael, Australia, September 2014
I am writing to thank Romania Tours for an excellent holiday which surpassed our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed your country, it historical sites and scenic beauty, and people, who were so helpful. The weather was also very kind to us. would we visit again? -yes! Would we recommend it to our friends? - most certainly.
Firstly, I would like to thank you for making all the arrangements in a very efficient and helpful manner, as well as having the flexibility to meet our specific requirements. It was a delight to share our dinner with you on our first night. Again , thank you. Should come to the UK Cambridge area let us know.
Secondly, we are seasoned travellers who recognise the importance of the guide/driver to the success of a tour. Alexandru Badea was outstanding. He was knowledgeable, spoke good English, flexible for change, had a good sense of humour, introduced us to good restaurants and importantly was a safe driver. We enjoyed his company and learnt a lot about Romania and its people in general. Please pass on this email to Alex.
One more thing to mention was our visit to the bear sanctuary. It was really interesting and enjoyable, and worth including in the regular itinerary.
John Upham, UK, September 2014
We are all safely back home having enjoyed our trip. The schedule worked out perfectly with everyone and the trains showing up on time. The hotel in Suceava was good and the breakfast enjoyable. Our guide, Gabriel, was very knowledgeable and very helpful. We were very impressed with all of the monasteries we saw. The dinners we had were good.
A very enjoyable trip and many thanks to you for your help in coming to the Hotel Royal to meet us.
All the best,
Honor (Elizabeth), Ireland, September 2014
Kay & I had a wonderful time in Romania and thoroughly enjoyed the 7 day Treasurers of Romania private tour with Silviu Dumitru.
Our adventure began with the exchange of email with you on October 9, 2013. Your helpful suggestions guided us to the selection of the Treasures of Romania tour which afforded us the best opportunity to discover the traditional Romanian lifestyle and the most important UNESCO sights of Romania. We enjoyed each of the 6 properties that you selected for us for our tour. Both of us REALLY like Casa Călin in Varma. It offers a very special countryside experience. You also helped us in the selection of Hotel Central in Bucharest conveniently near Cişmigiu Park and Vatra Restaurant.
During our week with Silviu, we were able to learn and see a lot. Silviu is a fantastic guide, an excellent driver and now a good friend. Romania is lovely and perfectly safe. The people we met in Romania were without exception warm and gracious. We most especially appreciated the harder to reach areas of Maramureş, Bistrita-Năsăud, Suceava and Neamţ counties in the north. Those who visit Romania without seeing these counties are missing a lot.
Our only regret was that we did not have the opportunity to meet you in Bucharest to personally thank you for all of your help.
We shall certainly recommend Romania and the services of Romania Tours to all of our friends.
Clifford and Kay Sweet, California, July 2014
Shamina and I thoroughly enjoyed our recent tour with Andrei. Thank you for organising it so efficiently. Your country is really beautiful with lovely people, architecture and scenery. I loved the towns and cities that we visited and the castles, monasteries and churches. The scenery was amazing especially the Transfagarasan Road ... I loved it! Andrei was a brilliant guide, informative, friendly, courteous - couldn't have a better one. It was very interesting to learn about the history and culture of Romania.
Your suggestion to have 1 night in a village hotel and 1 in the city was a good one, and we were pleased to be close to the centre in Sibiu.
Many thanks again for organising everything.
Jane & Shamina, London, July 2014
We express our gratitude for the trip, everything - program , arrangement, hotels was perfect. Many thanks to Silviu, he is a very nice guide, professional and reliable driver and just a charming person.
We'll sure recommend your company to our friends.
Olga Arkharova, Russia, June 2014
Sarie and I had a wonderful trip through Romania and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Only wish we could have stayed longer as there was so much more we would have liked to have seen. Andrei was a superb guide and went out of his way to make the trip enjoyable and to accommodate all of our requests. The choice of hotels matched our expectations and we were very comfortable. We were most impressed with the level of service we got from your company and your ability and professionalism in organising the extra visits that we requested. We would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone wishing to visit Romania and will encourage people that we know to do so. We were extremely impressed with Romania, the scenery, beauty, cleanliness, friendliness of the people and the sites that we visited. It was so much more than I expected.
Pam McFadden, South Africa , May 2014
Brent and I are back from our trip and wanted to send you a quick note to let you know just how much we enjoyed ourselves while in Romania! We could not have asked for a better experience. Everything was perfect, such as the tour itinerary and accommodations, but most importantly I have to express just how wonderful Silviu made our vacation! He is an exceptional representative of your company - very professional, punctual, full of good knowledge and always helpful in any way he could to make everything go as smoothly as possible. We feel very lucky to have spent the week touring Romania with him. In fact, Brent and I are already discussing another trip to Romania in the future!
Thank you for all of your assistance and helping to make our trip so magical!
Lory Newcomb, Chicago, May 2014
Had a great time. Catalin was absolutely one of the best guides I have ever had. Knowledge, personality, energy and even his driving were the best. Your attention to detail and responsiveness was amazing and I appreciate all your efforts. Hotels were good and I loved the food especially "mamaliga". Thanks for everything.
David Best, New York, May 2014
Thanks for your email.
Yes, the flight went very well yesterday, but London had several engineering working planned and was a bit nightmare returning home.
We had a lovely time in Romania. Shame it was raining almost all the time and we couldn't see Peles Castle as from outside is very very beautiful! But things happen, there is nothing we can do about it if it was closed yesterday!
The 3 places where we stayed were quite nice and helpful. We cannot complain. Adriana cooked us a very nice dinner and the 3rd place in Bran was very beautiful, also with very good food. The hotel in Bucharest very good as well. But decoration I will highlight the pension in Bran for its decoration (but food was great as well). Adriana's pension as she is quite helpful and the food is very good! She did a great job. And the hotel in Bucharest was lovely, even if we stayed only for few hours.
I need to thank Andrei. He was very helpful and talkative with us, explaining everything he knows about everything. I believe is not easy to stay with 2 people that you do not know at all for 3 whole days, and he was just great. Excellent service. Please extend my thanks to him. We had a lovely time with him.
About the tour I need to say that is great, as we could see many places in less than 3 days, and even if you spend too much time on the road, is worth it to visited everything we visited. I cannot be happier I booked the tour with you. Thanks Alexandra also for your great services. Shame I didn't get to know you, but on the email, you are very helpful and of course I will recommend you whenever I have friends who want to go to Romania. As we made the most of it and saw a lot of things, and everything thanks to you and your great service.
Please continue like that as you are doing a great job. And I work in hospitality and I know what I am talking about :)
Ainara Lopez, UK, May 2014
Julianne, England, April 2014
We have so enjoyed our trip to Transylvania - a journey made enjoyable by our guide Catalin who was so thoughtful - including Targu Jiu was amazing!
We would recommend your tour - exceptionally well-organized - many thanks!
Terribly sorry for my delay in replying!
We had an amazing trip! We can't say enough about Romania and how friendly everyone was!
As predicted, we could have done wihtout Bucharest..... (Thats usually the case when traveling, big cities aren't for us).
Everything else, however, was amazing.
Our favorite part was Sibiel at the Adrianna Guest House. They were so so welcoming to us. We went on a horse ride with them and loved 'talking with them' (Silviu translated). They are such a great place to have on your tour! We wished we spent another night with them.
In Sighishora we enjoyed the room / hotel. Very quaint.
Our guide Silviu was wonderful. Went out of his way to make sure we had a nice trip.
Thank you for all your efforts! :)
Sarah McLean, Dubai, March 2014
Yes we made it home safely, thanks for asking! Our trip was phenomenal! We loved every bit of the vacation. Silviu was an outstanding guide, he was very patient with our children and his friendly attitude made it easy to feel welcome. The highlight of the trip would definitely be the experience at Adriana's Guesthouse and the tour of the Peles Castle. Thank you so much for setting this wonderful vacation for my family! This will be a trip that will always be remembered. We have already recommend your company to many of our friends in Sicily. Lastly, thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful country.
MaryAnn Hurtado, Sicily, October 2013
Thank you so much for your assistance. I had a wonderful stay in Romania, and truly one that I won't forget. Catalin is a wonderful tour guide and very knowledgeable in all the sites we visited. Thanks to him for his expertise and professionalism. The accommodations were all very nice and beyond my expectations.
I wish you and the company all the best.
Charles, USA, October 2013
We have been home a couple of weeks now and it is time to thank you for our introduction to Romania. Your guide, Catalin, was really really great. We had the best vacation ever! Romania is a nice country! The amazing mountains, churches, castles, nature, people and the food. We loved Sibiu and Sighiosara, and Brasov was excellent. Bella Muzica is that kind of hotel you never want to leave…
I can’t explain how much I loved this trip and we will come back next year, for sure.
We received good value and would highly recommend your company to anyone wishing to tour Romania.
Jonna Ahlberg and Anders Axelsson, Sweden, August 2013
Here I am again ;)
First of all, I and my father enjoyed very much your country. We were very pleased with the tour and thank you very much for your suggestion about this tour. If we had chose the other one, we were not able to see so many different things. Even I have already shown some pictures to some of my friends and they were very surprised with your nice country (in the positive sense, of course).
Therefore, I would highly recommend this tour. The hotels were also good. Of course, different hotels/different categories, but all very well chosen.
Regarding the guide Alex, we only have good things to say about him. He was very nice, he was always willing to show us different things, many that we not included in the tour but because we were only 2 people there was plenty of time and with his help we could take advantage of it. We were very glad to have him as a guide. Nothing to complaint. He was really extraordinary. Definitely, he made our stay In Romania, a pleasant one.
Thus, I only have a good feedback to give to you.
Once again, I also would like to show my gratitude for all your help in our interchange of e-mails.
All the best to you!
Best regards from sunny Lisbon (Summer again :)),
Leila Ascenção, September 2013
Romania and Bulgaria Tour
I have been home now for just a week, arrived back to weather just like in Romania! But it is winter here so to be expected.I had no idea how beautiful a country Romania is. The greeness was unbelievable and I loved your mountains. I have never seen such peaks that always appeared to be there, no matter what part of the country we were in.
The accommodation was superb, I get very excited when I stay at different hotels, and always take photos of my rooms. My Romanian ones were quite different to other places I have stayed, they had a design unique to each town.&