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Supplier: M19967

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Base of operations: Romania
We are a licensed tour operator. We are a small family business, managed by people who have been working in the travel industry in Eastern Europe since the late 1990's. We’ve traveled extensively ourselves - we understand traveling is personal and individual. Therefore, we do not sell “one size fits all” type of tours. The itineraries you see listed here are mere suggestions and they can be used as a starting point. They are also useful for people who are not familiar with Romania and/or Bulgaria, because they offer an idea as to what can be accomplished in a certain number of days. Since all our tours are private, there is no limit as to the effort we’ll put into customizing your itinerary for you. We can add or remove sights, upgrade hotels, shorten or extend the itinerary, add some special experiences (concerts, market visits, etc.).

Customizing your tour comes at no extra charge, and we will work with you until we have the perfect itinerary, tailored to your interests and traveling style. That is because we want you to have the trip of a lifetime, and that can only happen if you discover Romania or Bulgaria your way.

Booking a private tour also means that you will enjoy great flexibility while traveling: some people like to take their time and visit less places but stay longer to really "experience" each destination. Others like to move a little quicker and pack in as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. And that’s ok - the tour is entirely yours, so you get to set your own pace.
Questions and Answers
Private, customized tours to Romania and Bulgaria.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Starting the company came as a natural outcome of the 10 years long experience of guiding and tour leading of its owners, Vlad and Zoe Trestian.

2. What is your company's mission?

Providing our travelers with a behind-the-scenes view on our countries (Romania and Bulgaria), their people, history and culture. Our guides do more than just a dry presentation of facts: interaction with locals (home hosted meals, local crafts presentations), visiting local markets, accounts of everyday life in Bulgaria and Romania, these are just some of the tools we use to accomplish our mission.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Private tours of Romania and Bulgaria, focusing on culture and history.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Zoe and Vlad Trestian. Zoe is Bulgarian, Vlad is Romanian, and they have both been working as guides / tour leaders in Eastern Europe since the late 1990's.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Our "Dracula Tour in Transylvania", probably because of the world fame the Dracula story has acquired. It's even popular among the travelers who are not Dracula fans, because the itinerary covers some of the gems of southern Transylvania.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

Being told that the perspective on Romania promoted by major guide books publishers, such as Lonely Planet, is entirely wrong. The travelers found Romania to be a lot safer, more beautiful and the services received a lot better than what they expected after reading the various guidebooks available.

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M19967
Dracula Tour in Transylvania, Romania 10% off.
A private tour to the highlights of Transylvania, following in the footsteps of Vlad the Impaler, the infamous historic character behind Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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EUR 1315 / Per person
Tour Package
Duration: 5 days
Season: January - December

Reviews and Comments
No. Rating By / Subject

 1  Barbara / Zoe Trestian is not a guide
We eventually decided to pass. The woman claims expertise in guiding in Bulgaria while our research revelead no one ever heard of her in the travel community of Bulgaria. The local guide association does not have her name on file. Much less for what she claims to be a travel expert.

 2  Mrs. Debbie Valera / Romania private tour
Hi Vlad,
there really isn’t anything more I could say to do differently or otherwise in the future. I was very happy with how the trip turned out and your input was invaluable. Everything went as I had hoped and with a private tour one doesn’t generally hit too many snags or surprises. I would definitely keep suggesting that travelers visit the gypsy family. The whole gypsy experience — including our interlude with the coppersmiths and seeing some of their homes — was the most insightful part of ... view more our trip. Also, though we are very particular about our accommodations, etc. the homestay in Vadu Izei was terrific. I know that it’s far but if someone has extra days Bucovina is worth every minute. Like I said in my earlier e-mail, I expect that we will plan a trip to Bulgaria in a few years. I’ll keep in touch.

 3  Elizabeth Brand / Dracula tour in Transylvania
I really enjoyed the trip, and Isabella was wonderful. I think it was the perfect mix of guided tour and time to explore on my own. And your company really made the whole trip very comfortable. Isabella was very, very knowledgable and did a very good job. I learned quite a lot both about Romania and eastern Europe. And because we are pretty close in age we were easily relatable. I cannot say enough good things about her.

 4  Mr. James Waugh / Romania budget tour
The trip itself was excellent and an eye opener when compared to what the Lonely planet and others have been describing. I will be sending a report to Lonely Planet asking that they amend their latest edition dated 2010 as it is very wrong on many parts especially about stray dogs, toilets and Roma problems. Firstly our guide Isabella - a wonderful young lady very well educated, knowledgeable, excellent people skills and her English was first class. As a Blonde driving a Bucharest registered car she received ... view more little or no courtesies from other drivers but impressed us both with her driving skills good nature and ability to safely get from A to B. My wife and I were amazed that within a few hours she could clearly understand our Scots accent especially as we were the first Scots she had as personal clients. Her depth of knowledge in regard to historical, geographical, demographic, political and current affairs in regard to Romania was superb. I cannot praise her highly enough.

The accommodation and food was excellent as was the places Isabella chose to use as lunch/coffee break stops. All very clean good toilet facilities and nice staff. You of course are well aware of the only fly in the ointment Passiflora Hotel. For what seems to be a relatively new establishment we were not impressed on our arrival. Among the small establishments this was the only place that we did not instantly take to. There was an air of unkemptness about the public area, the restaurant was dirty, table clothes stained and badly in need of changing. The booking mix-up worked out for us in that Cassa Humor was the opposite clean, lovely staff who obviously took a pride in their professions, good food and an excellent location. We both agree the trip was good value and an excellent taster of the delights of this wonderful part of Romania. We learned a lot, saw and did a lot and most importantly had fun while doing so and are looking forward to our next visit.

 5  Anne and Bruce Willis / Bulgaria Private Tour
I would truly say that seeing Bulgaria with a private driver/guide is the perfect way to do it. Tom did a great job. His car was comfortable, his ability to provide logistics and organizational support was flawless. He knew how to maneuver Bulgaria’s roads and traffic masterfully whether in urban traffic or less than idea rural stretches. He knew how to gauge keeping quiet or providing commentary and for a full week of togetherness with someone you don’t know that is important. His personal reflections, ... view more and life story were as important to our experience as learning layers of complex Bulgarian history. He was cheerful and helpful and very willing to be flexible. Providing a sidetrip to visit his father in his summer home was a nice personal extension that added to our experience and feel for the life of the people.

There is much to see in Bulgaria and we enjoyed the amount of time that we had, even though there was a lot of driving and time in the car. Our favorite was Plovdiv, and if there was a day we would have eliminated it would have been the day north of Varna to see Kaliacre Cape and the Balchik summer palace & gardens, though we did enjoy them. I feel that the itinerary you planned was very good and covered many important and varied sites. If anything could be improved upon it would be to provide more information regarding the History of Bulgaria and to try to weave that into themes to tie the sites we visited to historical and cultural contexts. That is a big task with a country with such a complex past. A recommended reading list that your guides have also read might provide a common framework for exploring the history. A couple books we read included Birds Without Wings (Louis De Bernieres), Sailing From Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World (Colin Wells), and Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria (Kapka Kasabova).

 6  Stephanie DeChellis / Dracula Tour in Transylvania
We had a fantastic time – our guide and now our friend Isabela was wonderful - the country side just mind blowing and my new home Peles just jaw dropping. I personally could spend 2 nights on each place especially Sighisoara and Sibiu!!
Thanks for helping make this an unforgettable trip. I am and will continue to tell people to go to Romania!

 7  Richard Murphy / Bulgaria private tour
The trip was brilliant! Toma was a fantastic guide, very knowledgable and willing to answer all of our questions. He was very patient while Rebecca and I spent ages at archaeological sites and yet his time-management was perfect, as there wasn’t any site that we felt like we didn’t have enough time at, which is probably a reflection of the organisation and preparation before the trip.

The accommodation was brilliant, all the hotels were in convenient locations. To be honest, I’m used to stay in ... view more very low budget places and while it was great to have swanky hotels for a change, I wonder if cheaper hotels might bring the overall cost down. Other than that, I have nothing but enormous praise for the whole trip. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Bulgaria is one of the most amazing countries I’ve visited, I only wish we could’ve had more time. Thank you (and Toma) for a brilliant adventure. Next time we’ll do it at a more leisurely pace and include Romania as well.

 8  Tom Medeiros / Bulgaria private tour
My wife and daughter and I had a great trip. Thank you so much for your concern and professionalism throughout the entire process. Your operation was first rate from our initial planning phase right through to the completion of the trip. Stoyan was a wonderful guide and a great driver. I really appreciated his help in dealing with a medical problem that occured during our stay in Varna. I cannot think of any aspect of the trip that I would change. It was as it was billed. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful ... view more Bulagarian landscape, cities and people. Once again, thank you for all your help.