First trip with Charlie in Romania

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 in Europe, plus a rich and colourful history that’s left its mark all around, including ancient buildings such as the amazing Saxon fortified churches which Iulian will take you to and are a delight to visit when your leg muscles are screaming at you to take a break. We’ve already diarised our next trip with Iulian in 2008. I can’t wait to go back.

Charlie Swan, London UK – July 2007