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Transylvania Long Weekend BU

Visiting: Romania
Trip Duration 5 Days
 

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Transylvanian BackwatersScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 29 reviews
(8 out of 10)

Jan

Swatar
The Transylvania part of the tour is beautiful and well worth a visit. The highlight for me was the bear watching and Dracula castle. Best to extend the stay by a couple of days in the guest house at Moeicu to explore and appreciate the surroundings in greater depth as the tour is jam packed with activities given its short duration. The hotel in Bucharest is marked 4 star but it is 3 minus at best. Avoid the restaurant booked on the first evening. The food is terrible. All dishes were precooked and even the 'fresh' bread was stale. There are many good restaurants a few minutes away from the hotel on the main boulevard. The accommodation in Moeicu is set in wonderful surroundings and the hosts are lovely people who are happy to please.
Confirmed traveller: 07 June 2017
Published on: 10 June 2017
(6 out of 10)

Debbie

Stockholm
This is an excellent tour to see the highlights of Bucharest and Transsylvania on a long weekend. The organization was flawless and the sights visited were all worthwhile. When we could not visit Pelisor castle as it was closed for a special event, Explore replaced it with a visit to an interesting monastery and and a fortress. We were also lucky and saw two bears on the first try. While the hide is a bit far from the where the bears feed , one of them came out of the forest near the hide before walking down to where they feed and it was a magnificent sight. In spite of these positive experiences, I only give this tour a 3 out of 5 stars. The primary reason is the standard of the hotel in Bucharest. Google describes it as "unassuming". I realized this means shabby, especially if you are allocated Room 609 or 610. The bathrooms were okay, although the one, small towel provided was really worn. The furniture and carpets were worn. The a/c, TV and Persian blinds did not work. The hotel was reluctant to change me to another room and I wasted one hour with a repairman before he said the broken items could not be fixed. As it was 30 degrees C out the day we were there, a/c would have been nice. I was eventually changed to a better standard room with better towels, but the a/c and TV did not work there either and had to be fixed. I did not like the reluctance of the hotel to respond to my requests. With that said, the service at the reception was generally good, especially in getting taxis. I liked the guesthouse in Transylvania, but it was very basic. Our guide was kind and considerate, an excellent organizer and had some good anecdotes, but seemed weak on history, which was my primary interest. He could have pointed out more things and told some stories on the way to Transylvania. We spent the 3 hour trip in silence. Finally, be aware that if your flight leaves late on Monday, most museums in Bucharest are closed. The Village Museum was open and we visited that on our own and enjoyed it. On the whole, it was a good trip and I am glad that I did it.
Confirmed traveller: 22 May 2017
Published on: 09 June 2017
(3 out of 10)

Althea

Reading
The Hotel Minerva is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in, rooms dingy and dirty, bathroom disgusting, and just don't get me started on the breakfast! As for the staff, although I was perfectly pleasant to them I was obviously just a terrible nuisance to them. The guesthouse was pleasant enough but the amenities were much too basic for the amount paid. Tiny thin towel, no usable electric socket and a very uncomfortable bed. However, the lady who ran it was lovely and the food was good.

The itinerary of the tour was quite good, although the bear watching would have been better on a different evening rather than after several hours in a bouncy mini bus. The castles visited were very interesting.
Confirmed traveller: 08 May 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017

Thank you for your feedback Althea, I’m sorry that you were disappointed with aspects of your trip. I will be honest and say that we’ve had some concerning comments about the Hotel Minerva recently and we have addressed this with our local agent. They have discussed this with the owners and they have assured us that they are working on improving their standards – this includes refurbishing most of their rooms in time for the next season. We’ll continue to monitor this and make sure they’re meeting the standards we expect.

(9 out of 10)

Raymond

An enjoyable long weekend. The highlights for me were visiting Bran Castle which is a delight and watching Brown bears in the wild. I would have loved more time watching the bears so my only suggestion would be to allow this and re jig the itinerary so that there is less time in Sinaia , whilst Peles and Pelasor were interesting castles if you didn't fancy a long walk in the countryside then this day was a bit strung out. Accommodation was basic and comfortable. Overall an enjoyable experience.
Confirmed traveller: 08 May 2017
Published on: 11 June 2017
(9 out of 10)

Bernard

Exeter
We flew Ryanair which we arranged ourselves and that worked out well. The airport to hotel transfer was easy and the hotel in Bucharest was very comfortable. The excellent tour leader arranged a dinner together the first night which set the scene for a very sociable tour. The itinerary was very good and started well at the forest with bear sightings almost immediately. The following days were spent visiting castles and quaint old towns. Food was better than expected and very reasonably priced. The guest house accommodation was basic but comfortable and the minibus was a newish Mercedes with a very safe driver. Altogether a great, interesting weekend trip.
Confirmed traveller: 08 May 2017
Published on: 09 June 2017
(9 out of 10)

Rosemary

North Lincolnshire
Lovely country & scenery. Very good guide.
Excellent customer service
Confirmed traveller: 08 May 2017
Published on: 08 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

Maria

Bristol
Great tour highly recommended. Fascinating places to visit, had a great time cant fault any of the places we visited. Everything was very well organised from start to finish. Oana our tour guide was brilliant looking after us in all manners of ways from translating menus to giving excellent historical talks and general information. The only disappointment was not having a full tour of Peles Castle. The accommodation at the hotel for the first night was clean but needed a little TLC as part of the architrave was missing from the door frame in my room and the picture frame hung up had broken glass. I also suggest at the guest house which was fabulous in its location and décor needed better lighting by the steps outside. Other than that I can only describe the tour as near perfect. Considering returning to Romania with Explore for a longer trip in the near future.
Confirmed traveller: 26 September 2016
Published on: 05 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

Peter

Dundee
Make sure if you are traveling with an on line Web check in ticket that you check in and get your boarding pass before leaving the UK. Not easy to check in in Romania an costs €35 at airport.

Baggage reclaim on two levels, so possible to miss representative.

Interesting and varied itinerary with opportunity for independent plans
Confirmed traveller: 06 June 2016
Published on: 14 June 2016