Reviews about Romanian Friend tours
This is the Romanian Friend travel journal, filled with reviews and memories from people who’ve visited Romania with our help. Like an open guest-book.
We care very much about our customers’ experience when using Romanian Friend’s services. That’s why we handpick our guide-partners, carefully review all of our tours and help plan your trip just like a trusted travel advisor would. We ask all our customers for reviews to know if they had a great time on our tours and if there’s anything that can be improved.
So here are the travel memories and experiences we collected from people who visited Romania and booked tours with Romanian Friend:
My son is a keen photographer - I’m more interested in people and places and the culture. Both of us thought this was the best few hours we’d spent in a long, long time. We walked for hours through breathtaking scenery, meeting local people and getting a feel for life in the Romanian countryside. Vlad is a wonderful host and the trip is absolutely the best thing we did on our trip. Don’t miss it - and go ahead and book if you are even vaguely considering it. Places are scarce and Vlad takes only small numbers each time. Thank you again Vlad for a simply wonderful afternoon and to Romanian Friend for recommending this trip based on our interests!
Everything was very well organized and adjusted to our needs. We had safe ride and nice conversation during that time. All the views were amazing and it was definitely worth going there. Our guide was helpful and really took care about us. I can highly recommend this tour on Romanian Friend with Adela :)
The trip was simply amazing. We saw bears almost immediately (males, females and cuddles) and thus we totally enjoyed the three hours of bear-watching. Simona, the guide, explained us everything about what the bears were doing in front of our eyes, so it was really like a living documentary. She also showed us bear footprints in the forest and the signs they leave on trees. I would recommend this tour to anyone in Brasov, thanks!
Our tour with Florin was great. Thanks to Florin we saw not only the most famous sites in Maramures region, but also a few of the rare, off-the-beaten-path places on the tour. Florin is very knowledgeable about many subjects, including history, architecture, linguistics and so he proved to be a great source of information on the tour. He also is a very good and thoughtful organizer and he made sure we were exposed to various aspects of life in Romania. We met wonderful people and ate great local food. We stayed at a village guest house in an old wooden house which featured many traditional elements, yet was very comfortable. The car ride, despite being relatively long, was pleasant and safe. Thanks for everything and to Romanian Friend for recommending this trip!
We had an amazing tour with Florin! He showed us around and had so much interesting information to share and soon he felt more like a Romanian friend than a tourguide! He was very thoughtful, friendly and open. We just had an amazing tour with him!
Our tour with Szabolcs was fantastic. Actually there were two guides – Szabolcs and Tomas. Both of them were great to talk to and they organized the trip, so it went flawlessly. While Tomas accompanied and guided us on the bike trail and into the gorge, Szabolcs prepared delicious lunch, provided car transport form one point to the next along the way and gave us the tour of the Salt Mine. Both sites were mind blowing, the views – magnificent, and conversations were heartfelt and interesting. Szabolcs is a great organizer, as well as an entertainer. We never felt rushed or bored in his and Tomas's company. While we were treated like VIPs, we felt at ease every step of the way. Thank you, Szabolcs for the wonderful experience you've given us. When we think of Romania, we'll sure think of this tour and the two Romanian Friends we have made – Szabolcs and Tomas, thanks to all!
We had a wonderful and informative tour through Vacaresti Park with Carmen. She was an enthusiastic guide and clearly loves the area and appreciates the natural world as much as we do. We very much enjoyed looking at the plants and wildlife and hearing about the park's rich history. It was also lovely to visit this part of Bucharest that's off the beaten tourist path with a knowledgeable and friendly Romanian guide. Definitely recommended!
It was epic! Thanks to this tour we spotted 5 wild Bears, 1 fox and 2 wild boars. Thank you very much guys, it was one of the best experiences in Transylvania!
We have taken this two-day bike tour with Marius and we couldn't have been happier! Marius is very knowledgeable about the region and gave us very good pointers along the way. He was a pleasure to talk with during the breaks on various subjects, from Romanian culture and history to biking and other outdoor sports. Both my husband and I had no prior mountain biking experience but Marius was willing to make adjustments, never losing the positive attitude and cheering us up along the way. He gave us many tips that we found useful even for casual road bikers like us. On our ride we enjoyed breathtaking views of the valleys and forests and visited fortified churches, including the ones off the beaten path which Marius arranged to be unlocked for viewing just for us. We stayed in a guesthouse which was a renovated old homestead where the room and amenities were clean and comfortable and provided a great rest. The food prepared from local ingredients was excellent. Overall an amazing experience, much better than we'd expected. We will certainly recommend Marius as a guide and a biking instructor to all our friends. And special thanks to Romanian Friend - we planned our trip in Romania with them and booked 4 amazing tours!
Myself and my two children enjoyed the bear watching immensely! It was the higlight of our holiday and we would recommend it to everyone visiting the area. We saw about six bears, a huge wild boar and a fox. We also enjoyed hearing all about bears and the stories about various bear encounters.
Florin is such a wonderful guide!! He is super knowledgeable about the history and culture of Romania, and is friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend any tour with Florin! Thank you so much for a lovely day! :) And Marius from Romanian Friend was very responsive and helpful to book a tour for the following day, after our initial request was declined. Such a helpful website - would highly recommend!
It was fantastic! Florin was very helpful, friendly, open-minded and funny. He is very intelligent and knows a lot about Romanian History. He also took us to an amazing place to have lunch, with a typical Romanian dish, and it was vegan by chance (pretty important to us because we are vegan, we felt ourselves special, because he really took care about it). We picked us up at our airbnb in Cluj and he dropped us at the airport. And we asked for a little tour in Cluj-Napoca (because we did not see the city) before going to the Turda Salt Mine, and he answered promptly "yes" to us, he woke up 2 hours earlier just to do this for us. And he asked no more money for that. He is really amazing. We learned a lot with him, including seeing a lot of "ABCs", lol. It was a time travel. A great investiment for life. If you have any doubts about booking this tour on Romanian Friend, I hope after reading our review they vanished! Highly recommended! Greetings from Austria/Brazil :)
We worked with Romanian Friend to organize a private tour of the Danube Delta, which we really enjoyed. What we liked about Romanian Friend is their role as a curator of interesting, high-quality Romania-related experiences as well as the brokering with the right tour companies. The tour itself was well organized. We were able to see beautiful wildlife as well as explore the inhabited parts of the Delta, and we were well taken care of throughout. Highly recommend!
Really awesome trip and the guide was super nice. The whole logistics went super smooth and our guide really took care to make sure everything was taken care of. Highly recommended and would love to do it again! Also thanks to Romanian Friend for advising & helping me book this trip!
This tour was absolutely fantastic! Our guide was really caring and took notice of requirements of all in the group. Made the whole journey memorable and ensured that we were fed well during and after the trip which was a very welcome surprise. Thank you!
Tour was great. Relaxing. Easy enough and informative. Florin was amazingly helpful with whatever we needed. Even pointing out to us some amazing swimming zones and lakes. Romanian Friend helped us plan the trip for our group even with short notice., thanks! Will be back to Romania ;)
Booking anything online for the first time can involve some element of risk, but when I saw this photography tour with Vlad on Romanian Friend I thought it sounded interesting and decided to send an email requesting a booking. Vlad our guide picked us up in Brasov and transported to a village where I felt I was traveling back in time. Vlad is a very easy guy to get along with and his passion for photography and Romania is very apparent. I have already written a blog about my experience and if I posted a link on here it would ruin the surprises that await you. Fran & I really enjoyed the experience, so if you were looking to see and photograph the real beauty of Romania, I personally would highly recommend the Photography Tour of Romania: Traditional Villages & Local Life. Thank you! Fletcher & Fran Leeds, UK
Lovely food, delightful company and great views. My husband and children were impressed with the quality of the horses and how responsive they were. We are planning a second trip already. Thank you!
Fantastic day and great value for money! The road trip would have been enough on its own, but the visit to Carta monastery and the clay house were icing on the cake. Our guide Adela was friendly, chatty and knowledgable. She took us at a pace we felt comfortable with and gave us a real tour. Highly recommend!
It was a great experience and well organized. We saw two mother bears with each three young. Also six other bears. Easy and fast booking, thank you!
We loved everything about this tour! After a two hour ascent we reached the top of the mountain with a breathtaking view over the Carpathians and the village. The path can become quite steep and challenging at certain spots, so make sure to bring appropriate shoes with you. Our guide Iancu was very friendly and had a huge knowledge about Romania and everything we asked him. The trip was easily booked through Romanian Friend, perfectly organised and we felt comfortable throughout the whole day. After descending back to the starting point we enjoyed a well deverved beer with some delicious dessert from the local village with our guide, which was a great finish before driving back to Cluj. Thanks!
Flavia wasn't available but her colleagues, Ilie and Diana, were great guides: friendly, knowledgeable & enthusiastic. I saw some really great views and completely isolated villages that I still don't understand how they survive!! The home-cooked lunch was very delicious too. A really great trip, off-the-beaten tourist path and something completely different. Thanks Romanian Friend!
I really enjoyed my whole day with my driver/guide Chip, Bogdan's colleague. He was very accommodating to my special wish, which was to also go to the Village Museum. He also suggested a wonderful monastery tomb visit along the way. He was polite, an excellent guide, and very knowledgeable. He was also open to giving me just the right amount of information about each site, without information overload. Snacks and some beverages were also provided during the day. I enjoyed this tour tremendously and would highly recommend it to others!
Our tour of the Medieval castles of Transylvania was worth every Lei! We were picked up at our hotel and spent almost 9 hours with our guide. He continually provided us with history about the area and the site we were visiting. He was very passionate about Romania and we learned a lot! He obtained tickets to the sites with no effort by us and was well known in the area by people who were always happy to see him. The tour is something anyone visiting this area should experience. We were able to see two castles, one palace and a fortress in one day - and enjoy a nice lunch with local food in a non-touristy restaurant. He also shared stories about the mountains and Romanian Orthodox churches. The distance between the sights would not be easy for someone not familiar with the area - so thanks for the tour Romanian Friend!
We booked the tour last minute and was not sure someone could be arranged so quickly, but Romanian Friend found us an excellent guide! Adela's colleague, Csaba was very professional and he made sure we had a good time. He picked us up on time and we spent 8 hours with him touring the Corvin Castle and Alba Iulia Citadel. He was very knowledgeable and was willing to answer any of our questions about Romania (not just the tour sites). He also engaged my niece who is 15 by asking her fun questions. He took the time to tell us about each site and to ensure we had a good time. Booking this tour was very easy and the response time from Romanian Friend website was very quick - thank you!
Excellent Tour Guide, Excellent Tour. Florin is a very competent, enthusiastic guide who obviously loves his work and he's a really nice, personable guy. It was my pleasure spending the day with him visiting, Mediaş, Biertan and Sighişoara and I appreciate that he talked me into visiting the Turda Salt Mine because it was spectacular! You really couldn't ask for a better guide. Thanks Florin and Romanian Friend!
We had a fantastic trip with Iulian, Flavia's colleague, as he was a great guide. He put a lot of effort into tailoring the itinerary to suit our interests. Importantly, he is a very good driver and we never felt unsafe in the crazy Romanian traffic with him, unlike with several other drivers. We met some fascinating people, had some wonderful experiences and learnt heaps about the Romanian people, history and culture. All this in the picture perfect Romanian countryside! Also many thanks to Romanian Friend for helping us decide to book this trip on short notice, answering all our questions in a timely manner and making sure our experience will be tailored to our needs!
Missed a tour dinner to have this amazing experience. Just finishing looking at photo's and video record of our visit. Two mature females, two adolescents and three new cubs. Excellent viewing point. The silent stroll through the walk to the hide was enchanting and we would have loved it. It was a delight - thank you!
A very enjoyable tour, taking in the UNESCO sights, and the lovely landscapes of rural Transylvania. Our guide, Adela, was very informative, well organised, and most fluent in English. Thank you!
I spent a very enjoyable day with Florin seeing an interesting selection of places in Transylvania. The guide was on time, spoke excellent English and was knowledgeable about all things Romanian, particularly the history and politics of the country. He was a careful driver who made sure the trip took in any particular needs and requests. Five stars out of five - grateful I chose to book through Romanian Friend!
It may have started out as a walking tour with a guide but ended up as a stroll with a friend! My tour of the main attractions and streets with Tudor was superb. We started in the main square and meandered around the beautiful medieval town visiting historical sites within the city walls but also outside in the winding streets of the Romanian sector. I enjoyed every moment and Tudor was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. I particularly enjoyed learning about the colourful history of the town and the views of the town from the hills. Touring with locals is the way to go - they are passionate about their own towns and want you to love them as much as they do. It was a little hilly at times so a basic degree of fitness is required but Tudor is very considerate and will take it at your pace. Very glad I booked this tour through Romanian Friend!
This trip was fantastic! Simona and the ranger were very knowledgeable about their bears and we were incredibly lucky to see 12 bears during the time we were watching! Thank you very much!
We loved this experience! The house stayed in was what we imagine heaven feels like - peace, quiet, nature, green all over. Istvan’s sister was with us throughout the experience and she was a lovely host. The cheese making experience was as authentic as one can desire and we had tons of fun participating! Cund is a lovingly remote and peaceful village and our only regret is that we didn’t stay longer. We will definitely be coming back - thanks Romanian Friend!
Using Romanian Friend to book this Danube Delta tour was easy and the accommodation at Mila 23 and itinerary of this tour was very good! The Delta is a magical place and we saw parts we couldn't have on our own. The guide was a real local and he had very good knowledge of all the birds and wildlife in the area which we saw on all our boat trips. Very good tour, would highly recommend!
Florin was very knowledgeable and really made the tour to Turda, Alba Iulia, and Rimetea memorable. It was a great day trip from Cluj and I'm glad I booked this tour through Romanian Friend!
Adela was informative , attentive and she added greatly to my experience of this part of Romania. This tour was excellent - thank you Adela and Romanian Friend.
Interesting tour with great value for money, would recommend it. Guide friendly and informative. Booking process on Romanian Friend efficient and communication very good. Thanks!
Trip was quite and nice and interesting. Florin is a great guide, he has shared a lot of interesting information with us, suggested many places and was super hospitable. Totally recommend Florin as a guide, very positive person. Marius from Romanian Friend was very helpful with setting up the tour and making suggestions for our visit - many thanks!
Superb tour with a fabulous guide, Tavi. Highly recommend this experience and this was the fourth tour I booked with Romanian Friend -- all of them fantastic!
Great guide and very flexible with our requests and bike pace. This is a very good tour to visit the most important sites and attractions in Bucharest in a couple of hours. Biking is easy and safe.
The tour was great. Alex had incredible knowledge about his hometown of Timisoara and delivered in it a fun and easy to understand way. He kept it interesting with little fun bits of information and you could really tell he loves his job. Two hours was barely enough. Also thanks to Romanian Friend for setting up the tour in very little time - on the evening for next morning!
My tour with Florin was brilliant and I was the only passenger. Florin has a history degree from Cluj University. He is very knowledgeable about Romania and its history and speaks excellent English. Our drive from Cluj to lovely Sighisoara took 2 hours 30. We stopped to see the fortified Saxon church at Biertan, where we also had a coffee. Lunch in the open air in Sighisoara. I found Florin really good company and he is also the safest of drivers. I would unconditionally recommend him to anyone who wants to book a tour from Cluj - thank you Romanian Friend for making my trip so easy to plan!
The tour was great with many stories besides eating and the guide Lala was outstanding with so much passion for what she does and Bucharest. What a great experience!
The whole experience from booking stage to the tour itself was immensely satisfying. Marius at Romanian Friend immediately replied to all questions and concerns and the tour options he recommended were amazing. Out tour guide, Florin, is described on the RF website as “passionate, optimistic, dedicated and passionate about Romanian culture”. This is absolutely true. He was punctual, very fluent in English and very polite. At all times during the day he stayed aware of our needs and wishes and was very flexible to accommodate us. We felt very comfortable, safe and well-cared for at all times of the day. It was evident that he had planned all the small details and despite the hours of driving, he never looked tired. It was impressive that he never even used his mobile. Very difficult to find a better and more professional tour guide! I highly recommend Romanian Fried for all types of tourists of all ages, and look forward to other tours with them in the future! And all of this in addition to the beauty of the places visited in Romania!
Adela was great and very knowledgeable! We learned so much and had a great day! With help from Romanian Friend we were able to do this tour through a last minute booking. We definitely recommend Adela and Romanian Friend when visiting Romania!
I had a very interesting day with Adela visiting villages around Sibiu! She is like an encyclopedia with lots of interesting things to tell me about old and recent history of the area, and could answer all my (many!) questions. Romanian Friend is a very useful site, with lots of info and helpful staff on the chat! A great asset in planning a trip to beautiful Romania!
My wife and I had a fantastic time on the bear watching tour from Brasov. We were really pleased to get to see the bears. In the end I think we saw about 7 in total. Simona was a fantastic guide. She is very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and provided us with a lot of information about the local area as well. Romanian Friend made planning our trip much easier and all the more enjoyable, so thank you!
Adela was a wonderful guide! She was punctual and was waiting at my hotel lobby before the scheduled time. She is friendly, knowledgeable and very professional throughout the tour. She gave a detailed tour of Corvin Castle and during our ride she also answered a lot of my questions about Romanian history. I enjoyed my trip very much and highly recommend her! Also thanks to Romanian Friend for helping me plan my trip, answering my questions and connecting me with such a great guide!
Lovely tour with Romanian Friend and Simona. We saw bears and many wild boars and the tour guide and ranger were very informative and friendly. Highly recommend!
I very much enjoyed my day tour to Turda Salt Mines, Rimetea Village and Albu Iulia. I would definitely recommend Florin as a tour guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and made the trip flexible and convenient by picking me up from the airport and dropping me back at my hostel. Marius from Romanian Friend was very helpful and responded to my emails about the tour promptly.
Romanian Friend was very responsive with answers to our questions and and helpful with our booking. The Food Tasting tour was great. We stopped at 2 rural homes, 1 for dinner and 1 for cheese and wine. Food was very good and it was obvious the cooks were proud of their work. A great experience!
Adela was a super guide with tremendous knowledge of Sibiu area and ability to help us understand the history of Transylvania, its architecture and the current economic conditions in Romania. Thank you!
Appetising mix of local food and nice city stories! We did the Local food tour on a snowy winter morning. Our guide Emma was telling some lightly digestible history about the city, it's about politics and, of course, food. After a nice mixed platter of local delicacies we tried some beer and mici. During the walk we saw some nice hidden gems of Bucharest. Warm wine in a cosy bar made us forget the cold temperatures outside! The Covrigi's (pretzels) filled with chocolate, vanilla or jam were the sweet seal to our fantastic city tour with Emma. A great tour - thanks Romanian Friend!
We went on the Turda Salt mine, Biertan Fortified Church and Sighisoara tour with our guide Florin. Florin is a passionate historian with a background in mountain rescue. You can tell he truly loves what he does and this shows through in his work. We had a great time and would highly recommend. Romania is a beautiful country with friendly people and I'm very glad we discovered Romanian Friend!
I decided to visit Magura village, and wanted to hire a guide for the day to maximize my chances of getting good images. While doing research for my travels, I came across Romanian Friend where local photographer Vlad offered a photography tour around Brasov. I'm very happy I decided to hire him as he is not just an excellent guide but also a very genuine and easy going person. I had a great time, went to places I wouldn't have found on my own and took some great shots! I highly recommend booking Vlad via Romanian Friend if you're looking for a great time in Transylvania. / Fredrik from Sweden
We very much enjoyed our tour with Florin - he was very nice and well-informed. We not only learnt a lot about the history of the Salt Mine and the Alba Iulia Citadel, but also on Transylvania and its people. I would recommend this tour to everyone who visits Cluj-Napoca. It was a very nice way to learn more about Romania and we also enjoyed to see the countryside. And Romanian Friend website helped me a lot to plan our trip. It gives a nice overview of the most important sights in the region, tours and guides, and we would love to return in the summer, e.g. to go hiking in the Apuseni mountains.
The trip in Maramures was highly enjoyable and Florin was a great guide! He was very helpful and always went a step further for us, which we are grateful of. He was also very knowledgeable, not just about Romania but also the region and other worldly affairs. We loved conversing with him. I also appreciate the quick responses from Romanian Friend and help with linking us up. Thanks for everything!
Marius - thanks for all your help. Your website was very professional, clear and easy to navigate. You responded to my email quickly and accurately. We loved our Corvin Castle tour and our guide Florin was amazing, fun and very knowledgeable. He arrived on time, energetic and ready to go, being a history major at university, he was a wealth of information about everything. He made us feel comfortable and answered all our questions and had a great sense of humor. He gave ample time to see everything and took us to a great place for lunch with a cool Romanian atmosphere. We would highly recommend Romanian Friend to anyone traveling to Romania or Cluj-Napoca!!!
Our trip to Sighisoara citadel and Turda Salt mine was a great adventure. Florin’s knowledge of history was the highlight of this tour. For a couple of gals from London who love history and facts, he kept us truly entertained. None of this is in the guidebooks. We really did feel we got a true local experience and we are very happy to recommend Romanian Friend tours to anyone wanting a local experience in Romania. And thank you Marius for all the help and suggestions!
Sergiu was fabulous. And to think this picturesque hiking tour in Apuseni was our second choice! We are really happy that we chose this trip (albeit a little hesitant at the beginning). This was really the experience we were looking for. Away from the hustle and bustle of London. Clean air and a truly local experience. We would never have found this area on our own. The guide was wonderful and tailored the trip to suit us and although he's a true mountaineer, that was never intimidating. We had a lot of laughs and Annette absolutely loved the mud! He even thought of everything including a perfect snack pack. We are very happy to recommend Romanian Friend to anyone wanting a local experience in Romania. I also want to thank you for all the information and help you gave before we left for our trip. And for encouraging us to go hiking in the mountains. Cheers!
Without doubt the most interesting part of my visit to Romania was taking a guided walking tour of Timisoara, and I would strongly recommend Romanian Friend’s tour. Marius from Romanian Friend was incredibly helpful overall with planning my trip to Romania, and also in connecting me with the historical encyclopaedia that is Mark-Alex, a local resident and tour guide. During his walking tour I learnt so much about not only Timisoara and Romania, but also Europe’s history; and how the city played such a crucial part in that. This extensive and fascinating tour taught me more about European history than I ever learnt in school and Mark-Alex’s knowledge and enthusiasm for his home city was just staggering!
We had a day long tour with Ilona, Florin's colleague, who took us on a guided tour of Cluj-Napoca and then to Turda Salt Mine. Her knowledge of the history of Cluj was very impressive, she was great company and we got much more value out of our day in Cluj thanks to her! We would definitely recommend Romanian Friend, all is very professionally handled and we got fast responses to our questions and requests. This was the first time we have had a personal guide, and after this being such a good experience we will use them again, should we return to Romania.
I have traveled around Romania twice (once as a single woman and now married) and have never felt as welcome as when I was with Vlad on the photography tour. While I am not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination, I truly enjoy seeing the more real side of small town life. And Marius from Romanian Friend replied to my request IMMEDIATELY upon receiving it and within the hour on the SAME DAY I was on a private tour of the most beautiful villages with the most real and generous people, the guide included! If you are looking for a way to get beyond the basic tourist attraction, Romanian Friend is the way to go!
We had a great day driving with Bogdan on a tour to see Transfagarasan Highway. The mountain scenery was spectacular in the autumn colours. Bogdan was an excellent guide during the whole day. Very friendly and knowledgeable, with a good sense of humour and a keen eye for Romanian landscape and photo opportunities. Thanks to Bogdan we came back a lot wiser on Romanian history as well. We can wholeheartedly recommend taking this ride and we will definitely contact Romanian Friend again next time we visit Romania!
We really enjoyed this tour! It was incredible to see wild bears up so close. We saw 2 grown females and a grown female with her 3 cubs. Simona was really helpful and informative and was able to answer all of our questions. It was an invaluable experience and Romanian Friend were a great company to work with. They were able to accommodate us on very short notice and it was great value for money! Would recommend to anyone! Thanks guys!
We had a brilliant time Bear Watching, thank you very much. Simona was excellent and did a really good job. We were delighted to actually see five bears and the whole process was done very professionally. Our group of six all felt the same and it was the highlight of our week in Romania. Thank you once for your input and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone!
We had a great day with Adela who was helpful, enthusiastic and really awesome as a guide. Everything went well and as planned and we found out a lot about Sibiu area and Transfagarasan, which was the highlight of our trip. Thanks Romanian Friend!
Great resource for anyone planning to visit Romania! I found it very easy to book through Romanian Friend and the communication was excellent prior to, during and after our trip. The blog post for first-time visitors and Cluj city guide Marius sent us were a nice touch, and we found both very helpful! And the hiking tour with Radu - excellent, beautiful and a unique experience in Romania's Carpathians, also seeing local village life. Would absolutely recommend these guys. Well done!
I had a really great hiking tour with Radu – he was very good company and I greatly enjoyed not only the tour itself but also our conversations. What’s more, he’s very passionate about the outdoors, and was always encouraging yet not pushing during our hike. It was nice to enjoy views from the mountains in remote areas, a welcome change from the cities indeed. In addition, communication with the people from Romanian Friend and Radu was excellent, and I was able to do the trip on very short notice. Definitely can only recommend and thanks for setting it up so easy!
The horse ridding trip in the Romanian countryside was one of the the highlights of our 10 days in Romania trip. After putting our bag aside, we helped prepare fresh food. Peppers, tomatoes home-grown and home made cheese, some meat and other fresh delicious snacks were served on the big wooden table outside. After that we went for a horse ride for the first time. Mariuka, the host, knew exactly which horse matches our character/personality best and showed us from the beginning how to say hi and make first approaches to build a relationship with the horse. The first ride was amazing in the forest in the middle of the nature! On the second day we had the best coffee brewed with fresh warm milk from the cows. Rares, Mariuka's boyfriend, who was also taking great care of us, joked around with the horses and it was a very nice atmosphere and absolutely stress-less. If you go there in expectation of a hourly time schedule, you will be see that you have to be flexible - it is all more or less spontaneous. But in any case it was a wonderful experience and I would go there anytime again!
I really thank you, my Romanian Friend! You have made my stay in Romania special memory. Romania has impressively beautiful nature and villages. I wanted to see real Romania and Iulia granted my wish :) Even horse ride came true while staying at a rural farm in Transylvania! I came from Tokyo- crowded, sleepless, the largest city in Japan. The life felt very different when visiting traditional Romanian villages. It felt calm, delightful, simple, traditional, happy.... :) that's what I wanted to see long time! Without you, my trip to Romania wouldn't be very different from the trip to other European countries. I fell in love with authentic Romania and will be back for sure. Murtumescu!
We really enjoyed the bear watching experience in Brasov! Simona was a knowledgeable and friendly guide, the short walk to the bear hide was really beautiful and we had a really great view of the bears from the cabin. We would definitely recommend this tour to others visiting the Brasov area! We also found the Romanian Friend website really helpful in general for our trip to Romania, particularly the city travel guides which gave us lots of useful tips on what to see and where to go.
From Timisoara we went on two beautiful hikes off the beaten path with Flavia: on one day trip we visited Danube Gorges and King Decebal Statue and on the second we went on a hiking tour to Valea Cernei National Park. Among many highlights we can mention walking through a cave filled with bats, drinking homemade plumb liquor with locals and walking through the gorges. Flavia is very knowledgeable about the whole area, and she was able to change plans and customize the tour on the spot to match our preferences. Moreover, Flavia is a really cool person and we had a lot of fun doing the hikes with her. Thanks to Romanian Friend for setting up a nice and easy to use website and providing the right contact, and thank you Flavia for an amazing experience!
I can honestly say that this was one of the best day trips I have taken so far. My guide Bogdan was very knowledgeable, polite and easy to get along with. I had a lot of fun, learned a lot about Romania and saw a lot of great things. I can't complain about anything. Still can't decide which is more beautiful: Transfagarasan or Vidraru Lake. I'd like to visit more of your beautiful country in the future, thank you Romanian Friend :)
Romanian Friend made it possible to book a tour in Bukarest for me and my two oscillating kids with only a few hours short notice! So we had a great time with our guide Elena to the important points of Communist Walking Tour of Bucharest in Bukarest! She shared all her accumulated background knowledge about the revolution in 1989 and the former communistic regime and answered patiently all our questions. Our tour through Bukarest was much longer than planned because of the interesting facts she told us. Thanks for supporting us in such an uncomplicated way!
The Bucharest Street Food Tour in Local Markets was very nice and I enjoy it a lot!! I have to say it would be difficult for people not to enjoy this tour because you the food is great and with lots of alcohol. And the first beer started at 11:30!! The guide was also very nice and after we finished he sent us an email about all suggestions and tips we asked. Not only that people in the group were also very nice. Thank you!!
My recent 2-day tour visiting Maramures region with Florin was spectacular. Florin's knowledge is boundless, his enthusiasm contagious and his well-planned itinerary excellent. The Maramures region is packed with wonderful scenery, wondrous wooden churches and a center for maintaining century's old traditional lifestyles. The staff at Romanian Friend couldn't have been more helpful or courteous. The entire experience was A+ and I can highly recommend joining Florin for a trip through Maramures.
We had a fantastic day with Florin - he is an ideal guide, super friendly and welcoming, very knowledgeable, and passionate about Transylvania and its history! The salt mine is really something else. We had been looking forward to the installations inside but the really amazing thing is the mine itself. Alba Iulia is an extraordinary piece of work, and Florin could point out to us a multitude of details. All topped off by a drive back to Cluj through beautiful scenery. We hope to be back in Romania again and use Romanian Friend to find another great trip and guide!