Hikers in Retezat national park

The whole trip was fabulous. If we need to choose, certainly our top two highlights were the hikes from Cabana Balea Lac to Cabana Podragu and back. What glorious views in every direction! The grasses and wildflowers were lovely. It was fun hiking along the high ridges, slipping in and out of clouds. One minute, we were in warm sun; the next, we were almost hidden from view. Those two hikes are probably the most spectacular we have ever done anywhere. The hike from Lac Balea to Varful Laitel was lovely, too. That’s the first time I think we have ever lain on the grass and just soaked up the views and sun on a spectacular day. Our lunch with your mom and grandmother was very special and is something we will always remember. We are very grateful to them for their warm and gracious hospitality. Lunch was delicious, and it was nice to meet part of your family. Other highlights included our tours of Sighisoara, the castles of Sinaia and Bran and the monasteries. You and John arranged a perfect tour that offered unforgettable hiking combined with interesting cultural sites to give us a chance to know Romania better. Again, many thanks for a wonderful trip. You live in a very beautiful country, and your family is lovely.

All the best, Francis and Nancy Passavant – Boston, USA – September 2006, Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Fagaras and Retezat Mountains tour