Shayne (Angela) ThomasUnited States
Prompt, intelligent, articulate, and very knowledgeable about Romanian culture, economy, history and geography. Spotless and beautiful vehicle, impeccable driving. A wonderful 12 hour, jam-packed and interesting day trip. Two wonderful castles were explored with Vlad as our informative guide. A most delicious local lunch was enjoyed. We also explored a quaint and lovely town/city (Brasov) on foot. Carpathian Mountains were breathtaking. Vlad was so awesome!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shayne and Angela, thank you very much not only for the kind words but also for a very pleasant company over the 12 hours. Really hoping to see you back soon!
Louise C.Nevada City, CA, United States
Our time with Vlad was a combination tour and transportation from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. Vlad was willing to customize for our needs. He took us on a walking tour of Rousse, a delightful lunch in an old fortress, to an old stone church built in the rock and a tour of Tsarevets outside Veliko. He carried our luggage along with us in his very nice car as we planned to stay in Veliko overnight. Vlad is knowledgeable about both Romania and Bulgaria -- though less so about Bulgaria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louise, thank you very much for the rating! I hope you had a great time in Bulgaria!
Shayne (Angela) ThomasUnited States
Such a relief to come out of the arrival and see Vlad waiting for us with our name on a sign. Beautiful, new vehicle that was comfortable and spotless. Impeccable driving. We stopped off at the Village Museum which is an open-air ethnographic museum. We then did a panoramic tour (by car and on foot) of Bucharest where Vlad pointed out interesting highlights that gave us a great base. Therefore, we spent the next two days going to see many of the items he shared with us on our initial city tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shayne and Angela, i'm glad you enjoyed so much Romania and also my company. Remember, there's much more to discover! Have a safe flight back home!
Coletta RobinsonUnited States
Vlad's tour was the highlight of our trip to Romania! He is knowledgeable and an interesting historian of Romania. He gave many insights about the people, culture, history and economy as well as the tours of all the sites. He was considerate and the car was very comfortable for a long day. The tour left at 9AM and returned about 10PM. Vlad even managed to locate a special treat for me ... an excellent Turkish coffee in Brasov! Unforgettable. Vlad will not disappoint you and will enjoy his company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Coletta, thank you very much for the kind words! I'm delighted you enjoyed the day. It was a pleasure to chat with you and Joe. I'm just sorry there is no possibility to rank travelers, just the guides. I would have given you 6* outta 5 :). Hugs to both of you and looking forward to seeing you again! There's plenty more to explore and you just made yourselves a friend here!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the rating Bianca! Hope you arrived safe and sound back to Japan! Hugs to all of you!
Our day started with our Guide (Vlad) picking us up from our Hotel. Headed to Peles Castle where Vlad was of immense help with tickets and entry. After that we headed to Bran Castle which was very nice. Again Vlad was extremely informative while we were driving there on whatever we asked and what we were expected to see. Then we visited rasnov, Brasov and Poiana Brasov which was great too. Thanks again Vlad for making our day extra special. Will definitely recommend Vlad to anybody going to Bucharest
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ivan, thank you for your kind words. Hugs to all 6 of you, especially to your awesome kids!
Penelope RhoadsFranklin, VIRGINIA, United States
Vlad was a wonderfully, informant tour guide for us 4 seniors. We contacted him to work up a private 3-day tour out of Bucharest. He proposed a great itinerary that included what we asked for, Bran Castle, Peles Castle and Slavic Prahova Salt Mine, and some places he thought would be interesting for us. He told us all about his beautiful country and the history of the places we saw. His suggestion of the Transfagarasan road through the Carpathian Mts was awesome. Vlad was the perfect tour guide!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Penny, Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm glad to hear that my suggestion worked and i'm delighted to hear you loved Romania so much! Looking forward to seeing you again!
Lindsay AlsadirUnited States
I am so glad my travel agent recommended Vlad! Romania was our favorite destination. Together we customized a four day tour for me and my two children, 8 and 12yrs, which included Mamaia Beach, Constanta, Bran and Peles Castles and Bucharest. We even did a half day at the Aquapark. My kids loved it! Vlad was punctual, considerate and insightful. He contacted me a week in advance warning of unseasonal weather. We packed raincoats along with our bathing suits. So much to see and learn about in Romania!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lindsay, thank you very much for your words. I'm glad i was able to help you achieve your dream :). Please say hello to the kids for me, and looking forward to seeing you again!
Guillermina MolinaUnited States
Vlad was incredibly energetic and his enthusiasm for this tour was contagious. He made sure that we had a lovely day visit to Bulgaria and provided insightful information about the country and culture along the way. I highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words, Guillermina! I`m glad you had such a pleasant experience, and i`m looking forward to seeing you again! All the best!
Paulomi BhattUnited Arab Emirates
Vlad was the most perfect guide for our recent 6 day trip. He addressed every query meticulously prior to the trip with impeccable communications. The itinerary was personalised & gave serious thought to our requirements. Vlad was wonderful, punctual & worked tirelessly to give us an insiders take on Romania. His knowledge is vast & we saw every facet of the country. He explained every detail of the attractions visited with humour and incredible stories. We would definitely use Vlad's services again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paulomi, thank you very much for your review! I hope Dubai will understand what a beautiful country we have and we will have more tourists from there :)
Shari GuzikUnited States
Vlad was right on time and we learned a great deal. His knowledge is quite extensive and it is a trip worth taking! Be prepared for a fast moving long day but you will see everything. Peles Castle is not to be missed. In my opinion it was the highlight but the charm of Brasov was wonderful as well. Great time and thanks, Vlad.....we had a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Shari! It was a great time for me as well, good company makes the days even easier and more fun!
William ForgioneScottsdale, ARIZONA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the rating, William! Regards from Bucharest!
William ForgioneScottsdale, ARIZONA, United States
All tours delivered as described. Vlad is an excellent guide. Went out of his way to accomodate our requests. Brasov is a beautiful town and worth a visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Will, thank you very much for the kind words. Looking forward to seeing you again!
David BairdChristchurch, CANTERBURY, New Zealand
Vlad picked me up on time and gave me a great overview of Romanian history during the drive. Both castles we visited (Peles and Bran castle in Transylania) were stunning, and the scenery was beautiful. The day was well paced with food and toilet stops an good times, and we covered so much. Vlad was good at listening to what I wanted to do and altered the schedule to fit in the things I wanted to do. It was a long day but I never felt Vlad rushed things.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, thank you very much for the rating and the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour itself and my company as well. Looking forward to seeing you back here (more rested next time :) ). Enjoy the rest of your staying in Eastern Europe!
Thomas WagnerUnited States
Vlad is an awesome tour guide and his English is excellent. He got us into Peles Castle ahead of the tourist rush so that we could enjoy a detailed narrative on its history. Once the other tours showed up they rushed right past us not realizing what they were missing. On our trip to Bran Castle he treated us to some local street food, which I highly recommend to all! We finished the day with a trip to the historic town of Brasov. This is an all day excursion and Vlad really knows the history of area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear TJ, thank you for the rating. I realize that probably for most of the tourists, the visit here is the only opportunity for having a bigger picture on the beautiful Romania, that's why i always give 110% to offer that. I'm sure this is not your case, you will come back for more, so i kept many other interesting stories for your second visit here :)
Thomas WagnerUnited States
Vlad is absolutely a great tour guide. His English is perfect, so no problems there. The salt mine was beyond my expectations! The wine tour was the high light of the day! After a great lunch we had the opportunity to sample 12 different wines directly from their barrels and holding tanks. I must say that all the wine we sampled were fantastic. My only regret is that we can't get those wines in the States. I highly recommend Vlad to anyone looking for a great and knowledgeable guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear TJ, thank you very much for the rating, but above all thanks for the appraisal towards the wines. Coming from wine connaisseurs, these words are publicity for the Romanian wines, so you are already doing as you promised, acting as honorary ambassadors of Romania in Florida :). Looking forward to seeing you for some more of the beautiful Romania and it's wonderful wines :)
Vlad is a proud Romanian very earger to show off his beautiful country. He is very knowledgable about the country today and its' history and is always willing to share it. Thoroughly enjoyed the day 6 of us spent with Vlad. We would highly recommend him as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allan, thank you for your rating. Indeed, you got me well :). I am a proud romanian, on one hand because we do have a rich and beautiful country, but on the other hand, my father being a retired navy officer left some scarves as well :). Hope to see you soon!
Bruce EdgeUnited States
Had a great tour of Transylvania. Vali was excellent and I highly Reccomemd. He was flexible and responsive to requests and very knowledgable. I will call for him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words, Bruce! Looking forward to seeing you back here, to discover some more of the beautiful Romania!
Simply AMAZING :) We had 5 perfect days with our guide Vlad, who was always very friendly, nice, organized and responsible, taking us to a journey through Wallachia and Transylvania regions, full of interesting histories, not to mention the insanely beautiful breath-take landscapes! He even came with some extra surprises, that wasn't added to the initial plan. Definitely 5 stars! Vlad is one of the best guide we ever met! Thanks for the awesome days!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muito Obrigado, Marcelo! Looking forward to seeing you again here, to discover even more of our beautiful country! Hugs to the rest of the group as well!
Andrew QuinlanUnited States
Vlad fulfilled all his promises and even went far beyond. I got a fantastic sense of Romania as a country and felt like I truly achieved a basic understanding of the culture. We spent 12 hours together and were literally conversing the entire time. He has a deep historical understanding of all of the sites we visited and shared so many details it was unbelievable. He is truly passionate about history and he enthusiastically answered every question I had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andrew, thank.you for the kind words. I'm glad when guests leave Romania with a good impression. Plus, as i spend all that time together with my guests, why not.to make it a quality time? ;) Looking forward to seeing you again!
Súper recomendado Vlad, la pasamos padrisimo y sus explicaciones fueron perfectas! Nos encanto hacer el tour con Vlad, no se arrepentiran! Tour en español perfecto!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias para tus palabras, Mitzi! A la proxima! :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the rating, Michelle! Have a safe trip back and looking forward to seeing you again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the rating!
Mary Amundson-millerUnited States
Excellent full day trip! We got to see the highlights outside of Bucharest and got some shopping in too! Vlad did an excellent job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words, Mary! Hope to see you back soon!
Mary Amundson-millerUnited States
Vlad, thank you for arranging this tour for us. We truly enjoyed the wine tasting and the special treat of meeting and visiting with the vineyard owner. The restaurant was spectacular too. Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mary, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour, the dishes and the wines. Thanks for sparing the time for writing the review. Looking forward to seeing you again! Regards from Bucharest, Vlad
Anthony JohnsonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review, Tony! Hope everything is ok in Tampa! :)
Anthony JohnsonUnited States
We had a very informative tour by Vlad travelling to Transylvania from Bucharest. Vlad is very knowledgeable about the country of Romania and about Constanta, as well. We visited the Black Sea on another day. Vlad's fees were very fair considering the long amount of time we were in the vehicle and the distances traveled. We felt comfortable discussing any travel topic with Vlad. We gained a lot of insight into the culture, history and outlook of the Romanian people thanks to Vlad's extensive knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tony, thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure talking to guests so interested and prepared as yourselves!
Allan McMillanUnited Kingdom
Wow! What a fantastic tour. Everything went smoothly from initial booking of tour, emails with Vlad confirming tour details and the tour itself was wonderful. Vlad is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and his love for his job and Romania itself shines through. Peles Castle is stunning. Bran Castle is everything we hoped it would be in a breathtaking location. Brasov old town is one of the most picturesque places I have ever visited. My 2 teenage sons and myself had such a great time. Thanks Vlad!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Allan, and looking forward to seeing you back!!!
The four of us enjoyed our tour with Vlad, who went beyond his itinerary when he found out we hadn't been to the Old City. He took us to a very good restaurant for lunch which we all enjoyed and helped us all with our menu choices, including a traditional desert.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the rating, Richard! See you guys again soon!
Kimel FisherUnited States
My daughter and I enjoy very much our 1 day tour. It was very well planned and our time was well spent. Excellent tour. Our guide was well informed and very helpful as we visited the tour sights. Again, excellent guide and tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words! I wish you a happy new year 2018!
Mark RubinUnited States
Spent an interesting and educational day with friendly Vlad who spoke perfectly understandable English. Recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, it`s been a pleasure to introduce you to the beauties of Bucharest. Looking forward to seeing you again to see together more of our surprising country. And thank you very much for the rating as well as for the kind words! All the best to Nora too! With friendship, Vlad
John MilnerUnited Kingdom
I contacted Vlad in March when planning my visit to Romania. Not only did he advise on a day trip from Bucharest to Transylvania but also managed to obtain a ticket for me to attend a concert at the prestigious biennial George Enescu Music Festival. As expected, he was an outstanding guide. His knowledge and enthusiasm for Romanian history, geography and culture, combined with an excellent sense of humour, made him a great companion. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, thank you very much for the kind words. As i always said, i prefer my guests to see me more as a local friend than as a local guide. It`s been an honor meeting you and i hope to see you again in two years, at the next Enescu Festival :).
Vlad is very knowledgeable guide. He can tell you so many stories about all around you and Romania in general. Tour is interesting but be prepared for crowded lines.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words, Iryna. Well... regarding the lines, it's still high season, plus i hope you'll agree that i helped you "cut" all the "cuttable" lines ;)...
Robert RosaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for reviewing the tour, Bob!
Excellent tour and excellent guide. Vlad is very personable, knowledgable and well organized. This was a very long day but well worth the time and the money. I would highly recommend Vlad as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, Alexandria! I am glad you enjoyed your time! Looking forward to seeing you again here!
Adelina MartUnited States
Vlad took us on a Castle tour in the summer of 2017. We absolutely loved the experience and would book him again! He is super knowledgeable about Romania and lovely to talk to. We definitely felt like get got the inside scoop on all of the attractions we went to and left with a insider's perspective on Romania. He can also get us past all of the lines, which is worth it, especially at the most popular attractions. We hope to use him again next time for a longer tour, and highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words, Adelina! Hope to see you guys here again next year, but for a longer journey exploring the beauties of Romania :).
Saqib AhmadUnited States
Vlad is extremely well informed about the history, customs and sites in Romania. We had an absolutely excellent time with him. He was very accommodating and made extra effort to make us feel at home in Romania. I would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone visiting Romania for the first time and looking to get a Romanian experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tank you for you feedback, and you are absolutely right on both you comments, but i never advertised the car as suited for more than 4 ADULTS. The car IS for 4 adults and 2 children, and this is what compact MPV's like VW Touran are designed for. I have had discussions with groups of more than 4 adults i advised renting a minibus... Anyway it's been a pleasure meeting you and your 3 children are very well educated and sweet! Say hello to them for me again :)
Andrew MatwijecUnited States
I booked my tour to Peles and the Sinaia Monastery with Vlad during a recent trip to Romania. I have worked with over 30 tour guides during my international travels. Vlad ranks among one of the best tour guides I have ever had. He was very communicative and arranged everything for my tour. He even gave me advice on travel in Romania prior to my arrival in the country. He is extremely knowledgeable of the local history and enlightened me on many aspects of the region. I will definitely be coordinatin
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrew, thank you for your kind words. It`s been a pleasure meeting you and i hope you will soon come back for more :).
Margaret DunhamUnited States
Excellent tour and guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the rating, hope to see you guys... sometime! :)
Margaret DunhamUnited States
Our flight was delayed by 10 hours, but Vlad worked with us to come up with an excellent tour that fit into our schedule. His flexibility was greatly appreciated. He was also helpful in finding/recommending restaurants that satisfied my husband's eating constraints (vegetarian and gluten free). I highly recommend Vlad as a tour guide. He is personable and has a great sense of humor. He is quite knowledgeable about Romania and provides great insight into the culture and history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review, Maggie. It was a pleasure knowing you guys, and i admire you for what you did and how much you fought for it... you know what i mean! All the best to all 3 of you!
Tom PerkinsUnited States
Vlad is a very good guide and we really enjoyed our tour of Bucharest. He is very knowledgeable and was very willing to customize the tour as needed to see things that we wanted and spend as much time as we needed. If you're coming to Bucharest and are thinking about a guide...I would highly recommend Vlad ...I'm certain he will do a great job for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tom, thank you very much for your kind words, it`s been a pleasure meeting you guys. Looking forward to seeing you again here! Greetings from Bucharest, Vlad.
Ashley ThurmanUnited Kingdom
Just want to say a HUGE thank you to Vlad for our recent tour - it was perfect! I contacted Vlad as I was looking for something a little different (a football tour, that no one could seemingly provide). Within 24 hours, he'd put together a bespoke tour with itinerary, and did all the timings and locations to work around us. Everyone in the group commented on how great Vlad was - massively recommend you get in contact with him if you're looking to do anything in Bucharest! Thank you Vlad!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ash, thank you for your kind words and i`m glad to see that the mediocre quality of the game didn`t have an impact on my rating :). Hope you liked Romania enough to see you again in your upcoming honeymoon :).
Anthony N.United States
Great guy, knows his stuff and a pleasure to have as a guide. Enjoyed this trip and he knew the places we went well. Gave good insight into the things that we saw. Very helpful for me to see it with a guide when I was out of my element in a foreign country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your feedback, Tony! Hope i raised your interest in coming and seeing more :). Happy New Year!