Douglas GuthrieUnited States
Our 2.5 day tour with Liviu was terrific and the introduction to Romania was perfect! From Bucharest to Brashov to Peles Castle to Bran to Sibiu, we covered much of Romania's beauty as well as history. Liviu has a great knowledge of history and there was no question he couldn't answer from politics to culture to history. We found Liviu to be flexible and considerate of our interests and requests. He introduced us to great Romanian food, beer & wine. We will certainly tour with Liviu again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It certainly was my pleasure to meet you, too, and it represented a nice cultural exchange, with a lot to find out on my part, as well. It would be great to meet you again on Romanian main or off-the-beaten-path tourist routes some day.
Anne CouplandBouvet Island
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The courage of such an enterprise is worth praising. Maybe you could make others wish they could come and visit on their own, forming their own opinion.
Jerome TelesAlexandria, VIRGINIA, United States
Liviu is an incredible fount of knowledge. He flows out ancient names and dates without hesitation. Every question we asked had extraordinary answers and stories. If we had 5 volumes of empty books, he could have filled them up during our all day tour of Sighisoara and the outlying countryside. His English and diction are perfect. His voice projects very well. And he is so personable and witty.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I will remember you, Jerome, and your companions, for your witty words and for the bold initiative of taking such an interesting and complete tour of Romania and Romanian-influenced territories. My hopes are that this quest for personal roots will leave you all with memories to cherish.
Jerome TelesAlexandria, VIRGINIA, United States
Liviu was an extremely knowledgeable guide in Brasov. He met us promptly at our hotel and we immediately started visiting the many places of interest in Brasov. His English was perfect and he was very personable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I want to thank you for your kind words, hoping the tour was not a bit too tiring, and that the rest of your Romanian stay will be an an experience worth-remembering.
Thank you Liviu for a wonderful tour. We appreciated your kindness and time you put into finding the addresses of our family's old properties in Cluj-Napoca. Your great command of English and Hungarian made for enjoyable, interesting and fun conversations! We covered a lot of ground and we were amazed at your depth of knowledge of so many of Transylvania's and Romania's famous monuments and historic sites. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guide. I will be recommending your services to others
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is great when one meets people ready to see with their own eyes and judge with their own minds. Such enthusiasts will then probably pass on their experiences to others, and generally make for the best ambassadors of a place. I am happy we met and spent nice moments together.
We have just completed our tour of Transylvania with our guide, Liviu. His knowledge of and passion for Romanian history is outstanding. Liviu was always punctual and took into account the needs of the group. Nothing was too much trouble. He has a great sense of humour and I would be happy to recommend him to all travellers visiting the beautiful country of Romania. I thank him for his expert guidance and thoughtfulness.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I would like to thank you for the generous words and feedback. They provide us, guides, with a motivation to move on. No need to mention that your sense of humour and ease to communicate will be temembered.
Tim McCutcheonUnited States
Liviu is the most thoughtful, most helpful guide we have encountered in our many experiences with international travel. He customized a tour specifically for us, as I was tracing family roots back to Transylvania circa 1910. He did advance research, visiting the small villages my grandparents emigrated from, and knocked on village doors to inquire of the locals in an effort to unearth information in advance of our arrival. An educator in his home town of Brasov, you will learn much from him! Book him now!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I want to thank you too for the thoughtful and warm lines you sent me, as they always provide me an extra-stimulus to go on and find ways to really be there for those who need guidance when arriving in my country. Maybe yo could consider returning to Romania some time in the future, when more mysteries about your family and about this country, which is part of your own self, might be unveiled.
We found Liviu had exceptional knowledgeable and he was very happy to share it with us, he was friendly and had impeccable English. We would recommend him to anyone who wanted to have a city tour of Brasov.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both for your kind words, with the definite hope that all your Romanian stay will give you 5-srar experiences.
David WrightUnited States
NB: this review applies to all three tours with took with Liviu. We recommend Liviu highly; he went way above and beyond to help my family find more family in Romania, providing an amazing experience for us in meeting and spending the day with them, and translating all our conversations as we discussed family here and there. He also provided two excellent winery tour day trips, with his expertise and stimulating conversation on all things Romanian. Thank you, Liviu!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad it was an experience of distinctive character. I wish it were a beginning for more in-depth knowledge of Romania and of part of your roots.
Caitlin SymonsUnited States
This tour is great option if you don't have a lot of time to see sites and you want to go to some places that are away from the tour bus crowds. You also get to enjoy a lot of beautiful scenery on the drive between sites, plus you may see some wildlife—for us this included spotting a bear and her cubs coming out of the forest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I myself will not forget the sight of the bear and her cubs staring at us from the forest, as well as I believe the impressions of this trip may stick to your minds, from the wealth of all your Central and East-European tour memories.
Eugene SimorUnited States
Wow...what a beautiful country. Made even more beautiful by having a very knowledgeable tour guide like Liviu to explain the history and customs in detail. I highly recommend Liviu as a tour guide. Great value and great fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy that special tourists like you (in all respects) enjoyed a special part of my country. Do not forget there are other great places of it still left to experience, should you find a chance to drop by some other time. Besides that, it is a part of who you are...
Eugene SimorUnited States
Simply the best. This tour is a great way to get to know Brasov and get educated while strolling the historic streets. Liviu is a wonderful guide who really knows his city. His english is excellent and he is full of information. Very passionate about his city and is easy going. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: When one has such tourists, always ready to absorb new information, the guide's job also becomes much easier. Really hoping it was an informative and entertaining way to come closer to part of your past.
Eugene SimorUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Following in somene's footsteps proved to be a much more captivating enterprise than initially expected. I think it must have been even more so for you. Nice memories to remember.
It was our last day in Romania and Liviu provided another spectaculat trip for our 32 member group. We have seen Peles castle and Bucharest by bus and then on the foot also. Really enjoyed the whole day with Liviu who can organise nearly anything you think to do in Romania. Your number 1 tourguide in Romania.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is not little thing when someone calls you no.1 tour guide in a country, and.for that I want to thank you for making my day...I wish your group had really felt this way, and seeing with your own eyes and judging with your own minds, you would be able to pass on a reliable image of my country. For all that, a hearty thank you!
As I mentioned in my previous reviews Liviu is a great tour guide. We had a great time and also a good details provided about Brasov. Thank you for a great day out !!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice words, and I wish I had had the chance to do much more, especially on this particular occasion!
We had a great day out with Liviu. First we visited Bran castle and then Sighisoara town. Liviu had such a great knowledge about those two places and on top of that you get very reliable tour guide while in Romania. Fully recommended by all 32 hikers in the trip. Hats off to this enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide !!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hats off to such a group with whom it is place of cake to organize a trip like this! I will remember searching for someone lagging behind, and the questions asked here and there. A trip to remember
Liviu is a very professional guide and you can rely on him completely. He organised a bus pick up at the Bucharest airport and then we had a fabulous stopover to Snagov monastery with our group of 32 hikers. On our way to Brasov we received plenty information about Romania and our destination Brasov. I would highly recommend everyone Liviu as a perfect tour guide while in Romania.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jozef and all the rest for being such patient and interested tourists, next to whom guiding is always an easy task. Keep up this great hobby of admiring the world around at your own pace!
Arthur SchiffUnited States
Liviu is a charming, fascinating and intelligent individual. He made our experience in and around Brasov magical. Such a breadth of cultural and historical knowledge is rare. If you want a suoerb guide who will provide you with a wonderful, personal experince, please choose Liviu when you visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both for these special words, it was a pleasure to show such interested witty tourists around. Maybe this experience will be an encouragement to use (TbL) guided services more often!
Sissy BlanchardUnited States
Liviu was a wonderful host and tour guide! It's easy to see his passion for Romanian history and culture. The tour was paced perfectly and he was very accommodating to our ship's schedule and getting us where we needed to go. We covered twice the sights that the ship's included excursion offered in the same time. We really enjoyed his knowledge and communication and learned so much! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for existing and keep this fresh and thirsty for knowledge nature of yours. You were great!
Peter K.United States
5+ Stars!! Liviu exceeded all of our expectations. It was clear from the start that he would do all he could to make our private tour a success. With his help we were able to fully explore my boyhood home and surrounding area. In addition, even though the day turned out to be much longer than expected, he still insisted in taking us on a walking tour of Sighisoara. Liviu's understanding of the area history, culture and "folk tales" rounded out an exceptional experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Peter, it was indeed an experience out of the ordinary. If my presence helped to build a bit of magic, I could only be happy. The emotion of rediscovering your own footprints somehow transmitted to everyone, and it felt almost as if we all parricipated in the process.
We had an amazing Romanian adventure. Our family of 3 spent a week touring Romania with Liviu, beginning in Bucharest, through old Wallachia and into Transylvania where we spent the majority of our time. Liviu is a wonderful guide, his knowledge of Romanian history, culture, customs and religion is outstanding. Liviu customised our tour to what we wanted. I would definitely recommend touring Romania with Liviu.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really hope our 'loop' through Romania was an experience to remember (for all its ups and downs), and to make you recommend Eastern European views and thrills to other travellers.
Edmund LeslieOmaha, NEBRAASKA, United States
Marvelous guide...English excellent! Knowledge of city, people, history delivered in a thoughtful and balanced manner. He was not a stuffed shirt! Very relaxed and interested in our comfort and satisfaction. He picked a great place for lunch and made great menu suggestions. We would have missed all this on a bus tour or if we tried to do this on our own. My wife and I could not have been more pleased. We were in Bucharest for a short time but we felt we saw a great deal. Marvelous few hours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: An actor lives out of the feedback received from the audience. To a certain extent, a guide is an actor playing his role for the time spent with the tourists. I can only feel happy for these words you wrote about our tour together. They sound like acclaims from the audience to me, and give me strength to move on!
I really enjoyed this road trip through much beautiful Transylvanian landscape to Cluj which includes a visit to the spectacular salt-mine at Turda. (Vlad II's home in Sighisoara may be substituted for Targu Mures.) Very capable and entertaining local guide, meticulous. He gives it his all and can show you things other guides can't. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Transylvanian beauty sells almost by itself, therefore being around to help the process a little is always easy. The tour did hopefully offer that insight that sheds light over this gem of Romania and Europe.
A thrilling, whirlwind tour through Wallachian locations associated with Vlad the Impaler, with a very capable and entertaining local guide. Unforgettable, even challenging. This guy gives it his all and can take you places other guides can't. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I do hope the additional thrills only boosted the pleasure of being together in Dracula's footsteps.
Jennifer JonesUnited States
My wife and I had a very long list of things we wanted to see while in Romania, and Liviu went out of his way to make sure we got to see as much as possible. He is also a history teacher with a vast knowledge of the history of Romania, and there were many things about the locations we visited that we would never have known if it weren't for him. If you want a truly educational experience and get the most for your money, definitely go with Liviu. Todd Jones
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice words, when I had ceased to hope they would come. I hope the Romanian part of your trip was worthy of a 5 star experience. There is definitely more about Romania than what we visited together, so plenty for another journey. With your help, Todd and Jenny, some of the people who "don't even know Transylvania is a real place", to quote your words, will get to find that out. It was rewarding being by your side for a week, and I'd like to do that another time.
Linda McCurryUnited States
A memorable experience and great communication. Liviu customized the tour to include reservations at the Palace of Parliament and modified the pace in response to an injury in my party. We all enjoyed the mix of driving, walking, and talking with breaks for refreshment and lunch. Liviu's entertaining and educational commentary gave the drive around "The Little Paris of the East", and visits to the Village Museum, Palace of Parliament, and Old Town, a context we would not have had on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice words. I hope it was indeed a good experience for all of you, and that it did not prove a bit strenuous at times. Always happy to show such tourists around.
Hallo, Es war eine gute Tour mit einem hervorragendem Städteführer Liviu. Es hat uns sehr gut auf Deutsch durch Bukarest geführt.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Es ist leicht, solche begeisterte Touristen zu fuehren. Ich wuenschte nur, mehr Zeit zu haben. Ich hoffe, diese Stadtfuehrung es war 5 Sterne wert.
Elizabeth KundinUnited States
I highly recommend Liviu for a tour. He is a teacher by training, and it shows - he has a deep knowledge of the history of Transylvania and Romania and he loves to share it. He also clearly has a passion for the artistic and cultural legacy of the area. He absolutely went above and beyond what we had expected and contracted for.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words, and I hope you did enjoy the time we spent together as much as I did. This tour of some Fortified Saxon Churches only represents a small part of what Transylvania has to offer, so why not see it as an invitation for some more in-depth exploration...
Steven WattsNoosaville, QLD, Australia
Excellent tour by Liviu. A highly informative insight into both Brasov and recent Communist history; lunch was a piece of living history. Highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice words. It felt much easier to do this tour with dedicated tourists, ready to absorb both info and a state of mind, such as you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I wish the rest of your Romanian stay went on at least as well as soi far.