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“Best holidays ever”
Review of Carpathian Escapes

Carpathian Escapes
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US$53.03*
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Varghis Canyon Tour with optional rock climbing...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Step off the beaten track and discover a hidden secret of the world, the Eastern Carpathians in Transylvania. We are eager to show you what our region has to offer: breathtaking sights, exciting outdoor adventures and cultural activities. We would like to let you see how people live in the area, how locals experience the nature and how enjoyable life can be in this wonderful remote natural haven.
Reviewed 29 June 2018

My boyfriend and me went on the 6 days-ride through the mountains.
We got picked up by a very friendly guide in bukarest. He welcomed us very warm! He drove us to the horse-ranch-and time flew by very fast. His knowledge is far beyond what he needs to know... You will learn a lot about history, the nature and even pick food in the nature to cook it in the campfire for dinner :) the family at the horseranch also welcomed us lovely and we felt like family from the first moment. The food they cooked was very tasty and cooked with love. It's always more than enough and you never need to go hungry :)
The horses are very healthy, fit and happy. They had fast horses for experienced riders and very safe ones for beginners. Everybody could go as fast as you want and feel comfortable with. They choose the horses perfectly for us and also choosed the perfect trails for our level. All together we had one of the best holidays ever and had the chance to meet some lovely people. The rides very amazing, the people very caring and the landscape very beautiful.. we had a lot of fun and we will definitively be back!!!

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István A, Guest Relations Manager at Carpathian Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Dear Ines,
Thank you so much for your kind review. I hope you really enjoyed the Nomad Tour. It was a pleasure to guide you in this hidden landscapes. You and Christian are welcome anytime back in the Eastern Carpathians!

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

A week horse riding in the Hăşmaş Mountains of Transylvania was a great unique adventure.
Despite the rather mixed weather, I had a great time which I cant really fault (albieit the weather on a couple of days was a bit wild and stormy). The guide (Istvan) and our horse riding host family were exceptional and highly professional and really went out of their way to make this a memorable experience. Anyone who goes on this trip should definitely expect to have an authentic cultural experience as well as being hosted by a lovely hospitable Hungarian family who clearly have great passion for their horses. The horses were very well cared for and perfect for my riding level with a good mix of walking/cantering/galloping. Riding durations each day were also just right (4-5 hours) - I believe they have refined the routes and ride lengths over many years of experience.
The environment - very remote, mountainous, vast natural forests with beautiful wildflower meadows, shepherds with their large (human friendly) dogs for protecting their stock from bears and wolves....
A highlight for me was camping out in the high pastures for two nights, cooking and eating around the camp fire, being a little excited at the prospect of seeing a bear or wolf (didn’t see any but saw some very large bear footprints), getting to meet shepherds and experiencing a little of their culture (which hasn’t changed in centuries), watching them making cheese, milking and naming each one of their 30 cows with great pride and drama!
Our guide and interpreter Istvan was exemplary and highly professional. He made huge effort to look after our needs and enthusiastically share his wide knowledge of local history, culture and nature....as well as driving us to/from Bucharest and taking us on interesting side trips. He did an amazing and tricky job too of balancing three languages fluently - Hungarian, German and English . A very positive and generous person for sure.
Would highly recommend Carpathian Escapes! Be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather (in springtime at least).

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István A, Guest Relations Manager at Carpathian Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

Dear Mark, Thank you very much for your kind and detailed review. We are glad you enjoyed your time in the Eastern Carpathians!
You are always welcome back in Transylvania.

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Fantastic experience...our whole family (including three elementary school boys) loved it! From start to finish, Carpathian Escapes handled everything beautifully and made our hike the highlight of our trip!

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Eniko B, Manager at Carpathian Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Dear Erin, thank you very much for taking the time for reviewing us. Best wishes to you and your beautiful family. You are always welcome back in Transylvania and the Eastern Carpathians!

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

The guides are kind and welcoming, they make you not just see the place but also feel its magic and beauty! Their prices are very affordibale and worth the trip.

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Eniko B, Manager at Carpathian Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Dear Byan,
Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
We hope we will welcome you back soon in Csikszereda.
Best wishes,
Eniko

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

My partner and I did this walk in early April. The drive to the visitor station was suited for a 4wd car, however, we managed to get there in our little Renault.
They supplied us with waterproof boots and walking poles which was a great help. Waterproof footwear is a must!!
Finally, the walk is amazing. Very beautiful and we got told of many stories relating to the caves.
Definitely recommend!

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Eniko B, Manager at Carpathian Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear Vincent, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your time in the Vargyas Gorges and thanks for your valuable feedback regarding the road conditions to the entrance of the reserve.
You and your friends are always welcome back in Miercurea Ciuc and Transylvania.

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