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  • Amazing experience – well worth the money!                                               I booked this tour as many of the other tours required a minimum of two people to book and this did not. It is obviously more expensive than just the standard bear watching tours but it is well worth the extra money. Irina was incredibly knowledgeable about the bears and also Brasov and the other areas around. We visited the crater lake, peat bog, smelly cave before lunch. As a geography teacher, I am always going to be fascinated by this sort of stuff but Irina’s enthusiasm would make this an enjoyable experience for anyone, including those with no interest in geography! After lunch we visited some springs in the nearby town and also had time to go to a couple of beautiful churches. Finally it was time to see the bears and it did not disappoint! We met the park ranger, another tour guide and 2 more tourists. In total there was only 6 of us in the bear hide which made for a much more enjoyable and intimate experience than if the hide had of been full. We saw 3 bears in total, although I have heard that other groups have seen up to 10 at one time! The dominant male was keeping other bears away. Watching these magnificent animals for 2 hours was an absolute privilege and I could not have asked for anything more! The park ranger even fed us shots of pálinka while in the hide which made for an interesting walk back to the vehicles in a darkening forest with bears only metres away. I must say I never once felt uncomfortable or in any danger, thanks to Irina and the park ranger’s guidance and hospitality.
    Would defo recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see bears, but also wants to get a feel for Romanian geography, culture and the more rural towns and villages. Was fantastic doing it as a solo traveller but would be even better with a group.
    Very enjoyable day that I will not forget, Irina’s love and enthusiasm for the nature of the region shines through and id infectious! Thankyou Irina and the driver (I’m sorry I have forgotten your name!), I will maybe be back some day! (Joe took Day Trip & Bear Watching in the Land of Volcanoes)

  • Watching bears in the wild was a one of a kind experience which we will never forget. We were fortunate to see a mum and her two cubs and three separate male bears of different ages. Irina is very knowledgeable about the bears and shared interesting facts and stories with us during our drive and prepared us for the experience so we could know what to expect. The tour is operated with great sensitivity toward the bears. Only a little food is provided for them, just enough so they will come out but not enough so they come to depend on it. The focus is for the bears to remain in the forest and not come looking for food in the town where it would be dangerous for them. Beary impressive! (Teja took  Bear watching experience near Brasov)

  • The hiking was amazing… They piked us up on the Hostel in Brasov in the morning and we drove in 30 minutes to reach to the Craiului National Park.The hiking lasted 8 hours and we enjoyed one of the most beautiful places in the Carpathians.At the same time that we made the route, they provided us with historical, geological and botanical knowledge.

    100 % recommendable

  • Irina and Alex are really greats! They have a big knowledge about the mountains also the tracking/having techniques… They helped me a lot to overcome my fears about walk on the rocks and climb! I really recomend! Next time I will observe the bears! (Day Trip to Piatra Craiului mountains & main ridge or optional routes, May 2019)

  • We thought we had paid to see the bears in the forest but in fact it turned out to be an action packed day full of adventure and surprises. Robert, our guide for the day, collected us at 9 am and firstly drove us to the frozen lake at Lake St Anna – stopping off to buy us refreshments on the way! Then we hiked a small hill to the stinky cave and back down to a fantastic restaurant. After lunch we set off to see the natural water springs and encountered a group of friendly Romanian guys who shared some of their home made wine! After cakes and pastries in a nice bakery we then set off to the woods to look for bears. Robert took us back to our hotel at 7.30 pm showing us some recommended restaurants and other places of interest on the return journey.
    We’ve been to 57 countries and booked many day trips and this was without doubt the best value of them all. It was so reasonably priced yet we felt like first class passengers. Robert couldn’t have done more for us and nothing was too much trouble. The day was full of adventure and excitement and Robert kindly took a lot of photos for us and emailed them later. Brilliant memories. I’d recommend Neo Tours 100 times over.  (OutdoorHolidays ia a trademark of NeoTour Brasov travel agency). If I had a tour company I would want Robert working for me and heading it up! Thank you!

  • Very informative and interesting tour. The guide (Robert) was super friendly not only on the day of the tour, but through all of our visit to Romania. Would definitely recommend!/ Ilona Ladys (Bearwatching near Brasov, August 2018)

      • A very surreal experience watching the bears up close and personal and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in bears and nature. The tour guide Robert was genuinely super friendly and was easy to talk to. During the tour he gave us many insights and even on the journey to and fro he was gave good information about the local area./Mark Barfoot (Bearwatching near Brasov, August 2018)

      • We had a wonderful time with Ianka and Bogdan cycling in beautiful Braşov scenery. The tour was challenging but if you are reasonably fit you can keep up. The off road cycling was particularly fun and it was great to see some traditional Romanian villages. We would definetly do this again. Also de bikes offered were really good quality! Highlight of our visit to Braşov! /Chelo Lutter-Paz (August 2018)

      • We would like to thank you for helping us to find a hotel when we lost our passport. We particularly appreciated the fact that Dan and Michaela left a mobile phone number for emergencies and that Dan phoned in the evening. We sorted the matter and flew home yesterday.We also had a fantastic time with Andrei. We all really liked him, we had quite an adventure, he got on well with our children, Elpha and Jackson,  and he had a great sense of humour too.  I really was not fit enough for the cycling and struggled on the hills but he was really encouraging and made sure that I was safe. The Delta trip was amazing, He was so interested in the birds and this made us enthusiastic too, even the Children!! Also he gave us an insight into Romanian history, culture and music. The accommodation was lovely too and the food amazing at the house we stayed at.We were so impressed that we will write to the Rough Guide to Romania in order to hopefully get them to mention your company when this is next printed.Regards,

Melissa Perkins

Melissa, her husband Alistair and the children went into Dobrogea and the Danube Delta , on a custom made cycling, kayaking and birdwatching tour

      • The canoe/kayak trip guided by Andrei was great; his knowledge and enthusiasm are a big plus. Andrei is a guide with a good sense of responsability and a heart for the outdoors.
        Frank Bohm (NL) 
        Good guide ! Nice nature, great birds, nice beach ! Friendly place to stay ! Good organization !
        Ruud van Rijn (NL) 
        Frank and his buddy Ruud took a custom-made, shorter version of the bird-watching and kayaking trip in Danube Delta

        • Knowledgeable & pleasant driver.
          Marius’ (our note: the guide) history of Romania was a real addition to our trip
          RICHARD LUTZ (USA)
          Vasile did a very good job as driving and making arrajaments for us. I was sorry I didn’t speak Romanian or German so we can communicate with him. Marius impressed me with his knowledge of Romanian history & competence on the hike.
          Really enjoyed our accommodation.
          BARBARA LUTZ (USA)
          Richard and Barbara took the Transylvanian Myth and History tour.

        • We just got back from our trip to Romania.
          I wanted to tell you how great the team of guides were that we were with. Radu, Mihai and Mr. Vasile were tremendous. Radu was excellent at explaining Romanian history and Mihai was a great hiking guide. It was the right mix of hiking and sightseeing and Mr. Vasile was always there to pick us up. They were all very professional but we feel like we got to know each of our guides in a personal and professional way. Since there were 6 of us we had the luxury of being slow hikers and the guides were very patient.
          It was a nice mix of hiking & a historical perspective of Romania. Mr. Vasile is an excellent driver, Radu a great historian & Mihai was wonderful at. (leading) us. I miss them already!
          Romania was a beautiful country and I hope we can make the trip back there again.
          Kathy Marcus (USA)  Kathy and five of her friends took a shorter, 8 days version of Transylvanian Myth and History 

        • Dear Outdoor Holidays,
          I would like to thank you for the great service you provided me during my short trip in Romania. I had particular objectives to achieve and only four days in which to do so. With the help of my guide and translator, Zota Radu, my objectives were far exceeded. I have nothing but praises for his professionalism, and respect for his ability to communicate in a fashion that allowed me to enter personal and commercial environments with confidence and comfort. The man is a true asset to the field of turism. Thanks again and I look forward to my next trip to Romania.
          Best regards from Boston,
          John Thomas (USA)
        • Mihai is an excellent guide – very knowledgeable, excellent English & quite accommodating.
          Cheia is a lovely village.
          An excellent holiday!
          LINDA PADFIELD (USA)Guide has hiking skills and keep an eye on hikers during inclement weather
          I love the trip – love the country.
          Mihai did a great job
          CARDELL WENDEY (USA)Our guide Mihai Zlavog was excellent, very knowledgeable and very accommodating.
          The trip was extremely enjoyable.
          Linda, Wendey, Koleen and Kathleen took a custom made version of our tours 

        • We have had an excellent holiday. This is mainly because your country has proved so wonderful, and because Mihai has been an excellent guide. His adaptability, patience and kind manner have meant we have been allowed appreciate Romania at all times.
          Thank to OUTDOOR HOLIDAYS and of all to Mihai. Sean Walsh (UK)
          Sean and his wife Louise took the Wildest Areas Circuit

        • “Hi, Dan
          Jane and I appreciate deeply the very special services and attention provided by you and your staff during our trip to your lovely country. Thanks so much for making our tour a most memorable experience.
          With warm wishes, Mikell”
          Mike Jones (USA)
          Mikell and his wife Jane visit Romania, on “Transylvanian Myth and History” ,   

        • One of our best trip ever.
          We enjoy the picnic lunches – the dinner at Sighisoara was great.
          We enjoyed the hikes.
          One of the best places was the guest house in Rasinari, we enjoyed sharing wine with them. We loved walking through the small village.
          Bran castle is great – a must.
          SHARON COLE (USA)Radu and Vasile where wonderful.
          We where kept just busy enough with hikes and sightseeing, and had some time on our own.
          The tour had a nice mixture of city, rural villages and mountain hikes.
          MIKE COLE(USA)

        • Surprised by number of people who understand some English. Outstanding English of guide. Excellent ability of guide and driver to adopt to preferences and needs of tourists/travelers.
          Jonathan Lowe (USA)Enthusiastic yet !! A wonderful combination Laurentiu and Mr. Vasile, charming.
          Michelle Stencel (USA)
          Jonathan and Michelle visited Romania, on “Transylvanian Myth and History” 

        • The hiking was great but maybe a bit too long on some days.
          Sophie McGill (AUS)Radu’s knowledge, attention to the group and constant work made our trip worth the hiking many hours through the rain! Glad it was adapt to our needs.
          Vanessa Picken (AUS)
          Vanessa, Sophie and another six australians visited Romania on Glacial Lakes Circuit 

        • Radu was a legend – very helpful and hardworking, always a gentleman. Had a great time. Shame it rained. Will be back and will recommend. Last days walking 5* ! Mr. Benedek – fantastic.
          Alice Munsey (UK)
          Very enjoyable holiday.
          Paul Munsey (UK) Village peoples lifestyle was quite interesting. I had a very good time with them.
          Masako Morrall Dan was as excellent driver and always willing to help.
          Denzil Alice, Paul and the three daughters took the custom made tour Alice in Wanderland, then come back with Masako & Denzil

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