Romania Capathian walking and bears
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
We met some characters who inspire us to see the world differently. The guide Udo was full of botanical knowledge, Koreen was so passionate about wildlife, there were poor shepherds who prefer to live outside than in and people preached about it being the most beautiful place in Europe. Watching wild bears was the highlight which makes us want to protect the forests further
What did you think of your group leader?
Udo was a well experienced leader but he still had the enthusiasm to make our time there as engaging and interesting as possible. He enjoyed spending time drinking with the group in the evening, he liked telling stories and he ensured everyone felt included. He was a role model for other guides
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Currency - get it in Romania, much better rates. No more than 1000 leu needed. We were told that the airport only accepts Euros, this was wrong. Food - not great. And bring snacks as there is no opportunity to purchase any as there are no shops until the end of the week. The restaurant had no vegetarian options. Avoid sheep's cheese given out by shepherds! Be prepared to queue for a long time for cable cars. If you want to go to the top of the mountain, it still takes 3.5 hours to walk after going up the cable car
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you want to have a varied, active and wonderful wildlife holiday, this is the place to go. If you want a restful, relaxing holiday this isn't for you. Sleep is short with early starts and dogs barking all night. If you want to see the old way of life, get an essence of Eastern Europe and see birds you can't spot in Britain, come here. If you want fine dining, somewhere to put your feet up and a TV, you need to go elsewhere. For those who do want to explore Transylvania, this is the best holiday to not only see the sights but immerse yourself in it, coming away with a deep sense of enrichment