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Transylvanian Backwaters BU

Visiting: Romania
Trip Duration 5 Days

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Transylvanian BackwatersScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Lucked out with the weather. Arrived 1 day early and had to cope with the horrendous taxi confusion at the airport. They need to streamline that process, QUICKLY. Many people very upset about the process. Minerva was fine. I had booked a superior room for the first night and paid extra to stay in it for the second night which was the first night of the explore trip. Loved Bucharest, much nicer than I expected. Easy to navigate on my own. Amazing architecture but most of it needing work. Emi the guide was great, low key but efficient. The one major criticism would be that on the first full day of the tour we were exhausted after touring the city and then having to be on the bus for 4 hours AND then being told that we were going to watch the bears which would be followed by dinner at the guest house. That needs to be changed. We sat in the blind for 2 hours, hot, tired and bored and didn't get back to the guest house until 10:00 whereupon we were expected to eat a heavy dinner. The simple solution would be to do the bear watch the second night as we would have been much more amenable and still have the dinner provided by the guest house the first night so that we would have been able to get to bed at a decent time. Wonderful castles and walks in the mountains.
Confirmed traveller: 23 May 2016
Published on: 28 May 2016
(3 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Not the best organised Explore trip I've been on, but nevertheless I liked Romania and was glad to visit. The Transylvanian countryside is beautiful and I enjoyed all three castles, which are different but beautiful in their own ways. The bear watching is very disappointing. My low score below is based on the poor organisation of the trip rather than the destination, which is great.It was our leader's first trip with a large group and at times his inexperience showed. The group's size was too large for the way the trip was designed which wasn't his fault and didn't help. There was little freedom and we had quite a battle to be 'allowed' to spend a free evening in Bran rather than getting drunk in a restaurant. The leader was desperate for the group to always all do the same thing even when there was no organised activity. This was probably due to lack of familiarity with how Explore usually do things. We were constantly told we 'weren't allowed' by Explore to spend our free time independently which those of us who've travelled with Explore for years knew wasn't right.
Confirmed traveller: 25 May 2015
Published on: 08 March 2016
(10 out of 10)


Aix en provence
Our guide Oana made this trip an absolute pleasure. Although very young, she was knowledgeable,fun and caring of the entire group's needs. Nothing was too much trouble and she was very organised. The guest house owner was very attentive and great fun, and the driver very careful and charming. The itinerary was well thought out and busy without being totally exhausting. We visited Rasnov Citadelle because one of the castles was closed while we were there. It was fabulous and well worth a visit. Don't just go for the bear watching......treat that as a bonus. The Bears only arrived as it was getting dark and at the last possible moment for viewing
Confirmed traveller: 19 October 2015
Published on: 11 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Romania was a very pleasant surprise, it's a country that is very misunderstood. The scenery and sites were amazing, I'd recommend the Pelisor palace for it's unique and startling collection of Arts Nouveaux. Brassov medieval town is simply stunning. There isn't enough money to get to all the antiquities and buildings they want to show off. Visit before the character of the place changes.Extremely experienced, knowledgeable and showed empathy for the group regarding pace and content. Very open about the impacts of recent history from a personal point of view. Clearly used to modifying plans for site closures.
Confirmed traveller: 09 June 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015
(8 out of 10)


A really good mix of cultural highlights and nature. The Transylvanian castles and fortified towns and churches attest to its turbulent past but the people there are open and friendly. The bear watching was the big highlight but prepare to be persistent. We saw nothing on the first day but when we returned for a second night we were rewarded by six turning up at our hide.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2014
Published on: 12 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


A great introduction to the country and it's history. Really enjoyed the varied itinerary and seeing the bears!
Confirmed traveller: 25 May 2015
Published on: 02 October 2015
(8 out of 10)


It was great to see the bears (and some very brave foxes), although we were further away then I expected to be. This was a nice paced trip, you felt like you got a lot fit into the time, but with three nights spent in a lovely guest house the evenings felt relaxing without the constant packing and unpacking you get on some trips where you are constantly moving between hotels. But do be prepared for rain and some disorganization at some of the castles/sights.
Confirmed traveller: 28 September 2015
Published on: 01 October 2015
(8 out of 10)


Bear watching was amazing. We didn't see them on the planned evening due to low mist so paid for a 2nd optional excursion and saw several very clearly.
Confirmed traveller: 14 September 2015
Published on: 01 October 2015
(8 out of 10)


Halifax, West Yorks
Need more variety on short breaks abroad say for or five days, but enjoyed my time on explore trips
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2014
Published on: 30 September 2015