Romania activity holiday, Western Carpathians
Description of Romania activity holiday, Western Carpathians
This short – four day – but extremely worthwhile, small group activity holiday in Romania will have travellers: cycling, hiking and caving amongst the beautiful karst landscapes and beech forests of the Western Carpathian Mountains.
Clean and fresh mountain air combined with river valleys and flower-filled alpine meadows make this region of Romania incredibly inviting for lovers of the great outdoors with the chance to journey underground, in Meziadului and Crystals caves, a definite highlight for adventurous explorers.
Back on the surface you’ll be invited to experience the warmth and hospitality of local Romanians in authentic guesthouse accommodation in the village of Rosia. This really is a gorgeous region of Romania with the drama of the Padurea Craiului Mountains blending effortlessly with laid back rural life hidden within the hamlets and over the hills.
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1 Reviews of Romania activity holiday, Western Carpathians
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2018 by Orley Moyal
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
There were so many memorable moments, from the stunning views on the Hikes and Bike rides, to the excitement of exploring Caves millions of years old!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
I can't think of any tips because everything was taken care of and every need seen to, so that everything ran smoothly and seemed effortless and an absolute pleasure!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Our Guide was local and our accommodation was run by Locals too, which helped us not only integrate more easily but also made us feel so very welcome and constantly aware of the small, yet valued positive impact that our mini- visit was having.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
From the very start, we received wonderful support and guidance from Mihai - Tour Operator Co-ordinator.
We were then picked up from the Airport & returned on the last day by Andrei, who is a font of knowledge and an absolute delight to speak with!
Our main Guide- Tic (Ludovic) was an absolute Star! He made the whole experience PERFECT in every way! His kind and gentle manner and his knowledge and passion for both the land and the wildlife was truly inspirational!!
PlanetLeave No Trace: we work hard to leave fewer footprints in our office and in the outdoors. We take special care of the waste management in our trips, we use as much as possible sustainable ways for transport and eat and consume local products.
Invest money and effort in conservation: we pledge between 5 to 10 % of our incomes after taxes into local projects that support nature and local culture conservation. We are active partners of the Apuseni Nature Park, Padurea Craiului Natura 2000 site and other protected areas and landscapes.
Small groups: we promote travel in small groups: 4 to 12 people and very rarely to 15 people. That allows us to interact with you much easier and to keep a good quality of the entire trip. The group’s dynamic is much better and you enjoy your holiday in a small, friendly group, instead in a large one.
In the office, we use recycled paper for all of our docs, bike or walk to work and use only electronic brochures instead of printed ones.
We provide travelers with an updated Codes of Conduct (responsible travel guidelines) in which we suggest different ways to reduce natural resource use in their destination as well as to minimize damage to the environment, wildlife and local culture.
During our trips, we provide suggestions to travelers to actively support local projects which tackle issues related with local environment and/or local culture. Several ways of support local project are available: donations, voluntary work or transfer of know-how.
PeopleLocal guides and local services – we use in our programs as much as possible, local services (at least 50% of the services included in the itinerary are owned and operated by local people/businesses) and local people (local guides besides the tour leader). This is good for the local communities, because we support them to become self sustainable and reliable and is good for you too, because you can have a better interaction with the locals, and experience their way of life in a direct manner. Please note that we never combine groups (unless you want this) together, so you’ll always have your own personal guide, taking care only of you and nothing else.
In all of our trips we use more than 80 % local services (in terms of accommodation, meals, local transport and local guiding), mostly family run businesses, in which locals are self employed.
Respect for local communities and their environment. Our guides and staff will help you to understand and respect the places and people you are visiting, so you’ll be more comfortable and enriched visiting them.
Fair trade travel - we pay people with the fair wage for the services that they provide to us and we make sure that nothing we do in the mountains or in our office exploits people.
We encourage learning about local cultures- our trips have an educational component, both for the traveler and for the local people. We encourage you to learn about local culture and we design our trips according with this principle. We believe that our trips are designed in order to facilitate you not merely to see but to understand.
In the travelers code of conduct as well as during our preparatory communication with the travelers we ensure that enough and accurate information is provided to them in what regards the social, environmental and economic situation in the Apuseni Mountains and Romania.
In the Traveler Code of Conduct, we provides travelers with suggestions of several ways to minimize their impact on local culture and during the trip, the tour leader or the local guide provides suggestions to support local projects (environmental and social) or initiatives which benefit the host communities and their well being.
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