Thank you Julian for the trek in Romania, it was truly an unforgettable experience. Now that I have had a week of school back in England I am beginning to appreciate how amazing the expedition was and how spectacular the scenary was. I am beginning to wish I was back in Romania now. Thank you especially for the panoramic photos, they are a good reminder of what we did. I hope all is well and the next group you take up into the mountains will enjoy themselves as much as we all have.
Tom Parker, Perse School – Cambridge, England – Fagaras trave… (>>>)
On August 4-6, 2007 my wife and I embarked on a hiking tour in Romania’s Bucegi Mountains led by mountain guide Iulian Cozma, from the Step by Step Agency in Brasov. Our tour took us from the Prahova valley town of Busteni up by cable car to the Babele Chalet, the Heroes Monument, Omu peak, and back to Babele for the night. On the second day we went from Babele past Omu and all the way down to the Bran area, where we stayed at a wonderful inn in the village of Simon called Inn on Balaban. On the third day, we saw the Bran Castle and took a brief tour of … (>>>)
I’ve hired a few professional guides over the years and Iulian is by far the best and the nicest I’ve come across. He’s totally competent and professional, which is what you pay for and expect, but you don’t often get the feeling that your guide is enjoying the programme as much as you. Iulian goes way beyond the call of duty. I can’t fault him in any way, and we certainly tested him! On top of having such a congenial guide, the Carpathians are a wonderful combination of really wild mountain country like you probably can’t find a… (>>>)
Full of energy, full of useful information, a fully tailored experience; this was our ideal guide for a time-starved trip through Romania. Iulian not only provides everything you’d hope, he is also an outstanding character. I don’t remember ever experiencing such charm and magnanimity from someone I previously didn’t know. I plan to return to the Carpathians for this very reason, and I cannot emphasise enough how much our mountain experience, and Romanian experience, was enjoyable directly due to Iulian’s assistance (… (>>>)
We, 6 Estonian women, visited Fagaras Mountains with the help of Iulian in the beginning of July. Some of us had had experience in trekking in the mountains but in general we consider ourselves amateurs. We expected many Kodak, Pentax, Canon, etc. moments and to move around the Fagaras range as much as possible. Our expectations were fulfilled, even more; we learned a very good lesson. We were preparing ourselves going to Podragu chalet (from Balea) on our third day but it was pouring and even snowing. The wind wanted to fly us back to Est… (>>>)
Thanks Iulian for organizing such a great trip for us! Our guide was friendly, generous, flexible and professional at all times. Very difficult to organise such a trip without a guide. Mountains were spectacular, hikes varied, some challenging – some easy, as we requested.
June 2007 – Dick Delaney, Galway, Ireland… (>>>)
The hiking tour in the national Parc Piatra Craiului was really a fantastic experience for all of us. It was tuff. But is was very rewarding as well. The steep parts of the tracks, the rock climbing and the gletchers gave us some trouble here and there. But at the samed time these were the highlights of the tour. Along of course with the great views of the area and yes! yes! yes! … the four bears (not beers) which we spotted from a short distance. Really great! We didn’t see a single human being for more than three days, that’s very unusual … (>>>)
Julian gave us good service before we even met. He kept in touch by e-mail, promptly responding to our queries regarding our traveling arrangements. He was able to avert a likely disaster by alerting us to an airline timetable change and helped us formulate an alternative travel plan. This even involved him travelling to Bucharest from Brasov in order to meet us at the airport. A taxi took us to the train station where he negotiated the purchase of train tickets (which would have been difficult and time-consuming for us on our own) and he … (>>>)
Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie reisen im Februar in die Karpaten. Klar, zum Skifahren. Und – genauso klar – das war unser Problem: Kein Schnee. OK, ein bisschen schon. Aber eindeutig zu wenig. Die Pisten waren abgeschabt bis runter auf eine duenne Schicht, darunter Eis, teils Stein und Erde. Keine Aussicht auf Neuschnee. Da sassen wir in unserer Huette. Was tun, bevor der Lagerkoller kommt? S.O.S an Iulian! Im Nu hatte er ein skifreies Tagesprogramm für uns entworfen und rollte im wahrscheinlich neuesten, bequemsten und bestpolie… (>>>)
Skiing in Balea Lac, Fagaras Mountains – a thrilling adventure. This is the story of one of the best days in my skiing life. In the middle of March 2007, I was staying with some friends on a mountain hotel in Balea Lac in Transylvania. There were only one option to come to the hotel and that was to use the cabin. During the summer there is normally an open road, but during our stay it was buried in lots of snow. Beside the skiing adventure I must highlight the amazing cultural experience with excellent local food and drinks. Morning The alarm o… (>>>)