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Reisbegeleiding 9,0
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Overnachtingen 8,2
Reisroute 8,4
8.4 5 beoordelingen
  • 10

    Winter in Transylvania

    An excellent winter break. Relaxed but comprehensive itinerary with a competent leader. No tourist crowds &amp; some lovely towns or villages especially Sighisoara. Most meals are included. Food is good, so not a venue for weight watchers. All hotels were very good, particularly Sighisoara

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Dinner in the ice hotel restaurant. Sighisoara.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Competent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I suggest Exodus offer the stay in the Ice Hotel itself as an option at an additional cost. I suggest limiting the stay in Brasov to 1 night &amp; spend the last night enroute to Bucharest in the mountain resort of Sinia

  • 6

    Beautiful Transylvania

    Beautiful mountains, giggles and too much schnapps! Despite being a warm winter for Romania, we had a wonderful time exploring traditional villages, crumbling churches and the beautiful Balaea Lac.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The beautiful scenery up at the ice hotel and walking through the snowed in road tunnel to reveal a stunning view.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was fun and very proud of his saxon heritage. I think he prefers leading more active groups though.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wrap up warm, but be prepared for it to be baking indoors, so layers are ideal. It wasn't a very active trip. There was quite a bit of walking in towns but a minimal level of fitness was fine.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you again to Exodus for doing all the hard work of organising things for us again!

  • 8

    Winter in Transylvania

    An interesting and varied trip but forget the ice hotel !

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The evening meal in Sibiel with local music

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tomas ,s knowledge of his country was very good, and he imparted a lot of information. However as tour leaders go, he was not very communicative on practicalities He gave out instructions in a very haphazard way to whoever happened to be around him at the time.He did not gather us together and tell us times, where we were eating etc etc in a methodical manner, so we had to pick up info as we went along.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take good waterproof boots with a good grip for icy conditions

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Winter in Transylvannia

    Scenery was very picturesque, both in the towns and in the countryside. All administrative arrangements proceeded without any hitches. The tour provided a good varied programme of city tours and countryside walks. We were given a good sampling of food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Countryside walk ending with dinner at a village with shepherd performing, Snow finally falling on the 3rd last day of the tour. Visit to bear sanctuary.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thomas was entertaining, humorous and shows great pride of his heritage.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good hiking shoes needed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tour did not include any major aspect of Hungarian influence, as it concentrated mainly on Saxon heritage.

  • 10

    Winter in Transylvania

    I booked this as I wanted to try something different from my usual trekking holidays, especially as I was recovering from several knee operations. I had always wanted to visit the Eastern side of Europe and the holiday delivered in all accounts and I felt that the trip was well organised from the outset and the leader made sure that everyone was well informed both with the days' plans and the local history. All the visits are included and almost all the meals so the trip offers excellent value for money for the "lazy" traveller who wishes to see a different country but not have all the difficulties with planning transport or restaurants.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the visit to the bear sanctuary. I knew a little about the history of the sanctuary prior to visiting and loved to see these beautiful creatures in a loving environment and being well cared for. Unfortunately the weather was not so good during the visit but it was so fascinating to just see these mammals rooting in the bushes and foraging. I would have liked a slightly longer time at the sanctuary to just watch the bears but was aware that they only open their gates for a limited period in order to protect the bears from simply continuing to be yet another "tourist attraction"; being the very reason they rescued them from the circuses in the first place. This visit was followed by a short hike across some woodland to a local village. Again it was very peaceful despite the weather's attempts to make it into a full blown winter hike!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thomas was very attentive of the group and made an effort to chat to everyone at some point on the trip. He explained what each day would involve and listened to any requests that the group may have in order to try to accommodate these requests into the day's events. I felt he put himself out to ensure that the meals went well and all the restaurants were well chosen and had a well set out menu plan, especially for me being a vegetarian. He stayed later in the evenings and offered to show the group the interesting sites with evening walks in the villages and towns. He had a good knowledge of all the history of the areas we visited and ensured that he passed on this knowledge with querky walks and alternative strolls around the relevant sites. We would not have been aware of some of these buildings or history without his guidance. I felt he handled the group excellently and had a good sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Money was difficult to obtain prior to the trip to Romania from banks but some of the group managed to source some Romanian currency from the post office before the departure. Also the leader will guide you to the best exchange offices after arrival but this was not until day 3 of the trip for me. Because of the travel dates we flew out at a weekend so this was not until the Monday. That said, there was little need to spend a lot of money as the majority of the evening meals and lunches and all the visits to the churches, parliament building and sanctuary were included. The money is only needed for drinks, coffees etc. Bring warm clothes with you as the weather we had was quite interchangeable and also some "yaktracks" to put on your shoes for extra grip over the icy cobbles in the towns! But don't forget to take them off when inside the churches and buildings as they are quite slippy on the flag-stones. I would advise taking a smaller kit bag rather than a suitcase as you do need a large wardrobe and it is easier for transporting into all the different hotels and accommodation buildings. It is also nicer for the driver not to have great large cases to shift!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would definitely recommend this trip as an easy cultural break and the guide was excellent with the group and made sure we all saw the "local" Romania and not just the tourist side. I would seriously consider about a further visit to think about snow shoeing or more adventurous holidays to that country. The trip is fantastic value as all meals are included and you will not go hungry as the portions are bigger than the USA portions in my experience!!

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