We have recently returned from an Explorer Scout expedtion to Romania. Iulian co-ordinated a programme for 25 of us from the Perse School in Cambridge. After meeting us at the train station in Brasov at 6am, the group spent a weekend acclimatising before splitting into two groups. One headed into the Fagaras mountains with Iulian on a 7 day trek while the other stayed in his homevillage of Ucea de Sus with Romanian families. While we were there, we repainted the village school and were warmly welcomed by the local community. The groups s… (>>>)
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN I walked on a series of day walks guided by Iulian Cozma of the Step by Step Agency in Romania during July 2007. Iulian guided us for a number of day trips in the Brasov area. We were a party of three walkers, old friends who like to get into the hills from time to time. We found Iulian to be very reliable, a very pleasant and knowledgeable walking companion with a good knowledge of his routes, the countryside generally, and Romanian history and customs. Iulian had organised everything well in advance, and the trip itself … (>>>)
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 traverse f… (>>>)
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 Br… (>>>)
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 anywhere else i… (>>>)
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 (which was … (>>>)
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 for Dut… (>>>)
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 … (>>>)