CARPATHIAN CULTURE AND WILDLIFE

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Having arrived in the dark, waking up on the first morning and stepping out on to our lovely balcony to admire the sun rising over the stunning mountains covered in a thick layer of fresh snow! Breathtaking! Also seeing bears in the wild - it was amazing to be that close to them - although slightly un-nerving too!

What did you think of your group leader?

Udo our group leader was great fun.  Full of stories and information of the history, flora, fauna, the people and the place.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Don't go expecting to see wildlife, accept that wildlife is elusive and that any sightings are a bonus.  The trip notes do give the impression that seeing wolves and beavers is possibly more likely than it is.  We were lucky seeing 5 bears at the hide and the splash of a beaver going into the water, but I think expectations were raised a little high.  The scenery, people and more easily spotted flora and fauna made this trip excellent.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

This is a great trip and I would really recommend it.  An excellent mix of walking in stunning scenery, fantastic culture, fabulous people and amazing wildlife.