I can thoroughly and unreservedly recommend Iulian as a guide. We made lots of changes before our holiday even started and Iulian calmly accommodated them all. From the moment he picked us up at our hotel in Bucharest, to the moment he dropped us of in Brasov, we felt as if we were in very safe and competent hands. Our five day trek in the Fagaras Mountains was challenging at times but never uncomfortably so. He pitched it at just the right level. We never felt pushed beyond our limits, but at the same time felt pretty chuffed with our achievements, which included the highest peak in Romania, taking in stunning scenery, but also little dozes after a well deserved sandwich. You get the best service when traveling with Iulian, like the only private room in a rural cabana that mostly consists of dormitories. He also offers a priceless insight into the country and its history that you simply don’t get from the books. Even after the trek had finished, Iulian planned an itinerary for our onward journey and even booked our hotels for us. He’s a fun, knowledgeable and kind man and really did enhance our trip. If you are sitting on the fence about whether you need a guide or not, I’d say get one and opt for Iulian. The mountains can be hazardous and it really put my mind at rest to know that Iulian would always get us to our destination pretty much before the rain arrived and always before we crumpled with exhaustion! We’d have been lost (quite literally) without him!
Hannah Frankel and David Taylor, London, UK – 14-18 July 2009