- 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.
Published on: 08 March 2016
We’re sorry to hear that you were a little disappointed with your tour leader, especially as you felt he was unorganised. Marian was new to the tour and finding his feet regarding free time and allowing you the opportunity to explore on their own, but I’m sorry this impacted your overall experience. As food cannot be consumed in the hide it can be some time between meals and this should have also been advised by the Tour Leader. We have addressed your points with our local agent and Marian directly