Carpathian Mountains and Bears

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The moment in the bear hide when we saw the first bears appear into the clearing.

What did you think of your group leader?

Udo was our group leader. He was friendly, approachable and his local knowledge which he was only too willing to impart was excellent.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Listen to your leader! They are the experts. Be prepared for lots of walking over sometimes challenging terrain. It is a mountain area so obviously there is a lot of up and down on rocky ground so make sure you have appropriate footwear.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The trip was really amazing. There are only a couple of things I would have changed if given the choice. Firstly, no one was particularly interested in the bird watching trip. Most of us just stood around waiting for it to be time to move on to the rest of the day's activities. I think that this trip should be optional as, for me and some of the others, it was a waste of a morning. The second thing is that there was not enough time allowed for Bran Castle. We were rushed around the castle and were then given very little time to look around the market. I would have liked at least another couple of hours to explore the castle more slowly and in detail and to browse the market.