Carpathian culture and wildlife
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing the brown bears.
What did you think of your group leader?
Thomas was extremely knowledgeable about Romania and anxious to help us understand the Carpathian history. He was also aware of the needs of the group and allowed us some flexibility where he could regarding walking speed as there were differences in the group. He had many local contacts which enhanced my enjoyment as I love meeting local people. My only slight criticism is the amount of time that he spent on his phone.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared for rain and, when it does rain, oh boy does it rain! The bird watching was mind numbingly boring so, if you don't like bird watching, take a book! There were enough of us that didn't want to do the bird watching to go back to the hotel but it wasn't allowed..... The trip notes are extremely accurate and you do need a certain level of fitness to access the walking.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The hotel was lovely and the staff could not do enough for us. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the food absolutely gorgeous. Katharina worked her socks off for us. The cats and dogs were an added bonus!