Hiking in Fagaras mountains

I went in Romania during three weeks, in August and September 2001. I get in touch with Iulian by e-mail, and we planed the tour together. I decided to be with him during the first ten days, with a friend of mine.We agreed that all the accommodation, the meals and the information would be provided by Iulian. The first five days, we hiked in Fagaras mountains from chalet to chalet. During this trek, we rose to the higher pick of Romania (Moldoveanu peak, 2543 m).The five last days were devoted to visit the most interesting places of Transylvania : Sibiu (with its outdoor traditional houses museum),Sighisoara, Sinaia and its Peles castle, Bran castle, Brasov and its old downtown, the saxon fortified churches around Brasov. Then Iulian gave to me all the information I needed for the rest of my trip. In particular, he indicated me the timetable of trains and buses, places to go, places to sleep, itineraries in the mountains… It was a great pleasure to do the first part of my trip with Iulian. Indeed, he always cared about us, with a real professional consciousness. He’s a reliable man. Besides, he knows a lot about Romania, and gives sound advice. Finally, I did like the mere kindness and warm welcome of his parents, in Fagaras, and his grand-mother, in Ucea. It’s a real good plan to travel in Romania with Iulian.

Jean-François GACHET, France, September 2001