In August this year I finally visited Romania. 9 beautiful days in a beautiful country.
We started hiking at Parangul Mic and Parangul Mare. Beautiful destinations. There I met Dan. Very nice guy, communicative and likable.
That day the weather was beautiful and the nature was opening more and more as we where going further. A beautiful path full of uphills from which we were able to see the surroundings carpathian peks.
Second hiking was from Busteni to the summit Omu. Simply wonderful! The sight on glacial valley was enchanting. Again, Dan was with us. As we already know each other from the day before, we talked some more. He is a very nice guy who managed to combine business with pleasure. Hiking, spending time in nature, tour guiding, enjoying the views on fresh and healthy air, that's life!
It was a long hike, so we got to know each other a little better. As we hiked, Dan was describing near mountain tops, naming them and explaining their name meanings. He had a personal story about almost every mountain top.
Of course not all stays on hiking, we had a drink-two together, we deepened our friendship and exchanged contacts.
Do you want to hike in Romania? Dan of your choice! Do you want to sit down and have a drink after a wonderful day? Dan is your choice.
I spent 4 days in Romania on a tour organised by Outdoor Activities in Romania with my girlfriend and her parents. From the moment we first made contact with Dan, it was clear that we were not dealing with an ordinary travel agency. Dan asked us questions to ascertain our interests and fitness levels and then put together a custom itinerary to suit us all. All our requests for amendments were met with good humour and expert advice.
On the ground, the experience was faultless and showed us the very best of Romania. Dan is an excellent and expert guide and his choices of what to do and where to stay cannot be faulted. His personality, charm and experience shone through at every stage.
Apart from Dan as our tour guide we were very lucky to have Adrian as our driver. Apart from being an excellent, professional and patient driver, Adrian was witty, helpful and good humoured, further enhancing our trip.
What really set this experience apart, however was Dan's cheerful willingness to adapt the programme as we went along to reflect the group's tastes and abilities. This could not have been further from the identikit tour itineraries I have experienced in the past.
We could never have seen so much of what Romania has to offer in such a short space of time without Dan's expert input and flexibility. From talking to him it is clear that this is down to hours of preparation for each trip. The results of this dedication were clear to see. We were even lucky enough to see bears, which made the trip especially memorable!
This is a truly boutique product at a very reasonable price point. I would not hesitate to recommend a trip to Romania to all my friends and I would suggest they go with Outdoor Activities in Romania, even though I do not normally opt for organised tours.
Remarcabil, as they say in Romanian!
I am lucky to have traveled a lot in my life, but Dan's tour of Romania absolutely knocked my socks off! My husband and I and two teenaged sons had a flawless 9 day tour, encompassing Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and three beautiful villages in the Carpathian Mountains. We enjoyed some gorgeous hikes along river gorgeous, high alpine-like meadows and rocky knife-edge trails. Dan made it all very special. He is an expert at picking superb little hotels and restaurants, great walks and interesting experiences. As well as enjoying the staggering beauty of Romania, I feel as though I really understand Romania as a country, having glimpsed some of it's recent and distant history and culture. I must add that the Romania is also great value. I know all this sounds like hyperbole, but I mean every word. Go to Romania, and go with Dan Chitila. We fully expect to return and see more of this amazing country.
Honestly, I am not quite sure where to begin with my review because our experience was fantastic!
I reached out to Dan roughly four months before my June 2018 trip to Romania to inquire about his outdoor activities throughout the Romanian countryside. I feel as though we clicked instantly, he knew exactly what I was looking for before I did. His passion for the outdoors and travel run deep and shows in everything that he does, which means so much to me. You see, the outdoors, more specifically the mountains, are my soul soothing, heart bursting, happy place. Originally I had planned on exploring Romania solo but two of my dear friends decided to join me on my adventure. We all have different fitness levels but it was no problem for Dan to accommodate all three.
Dan and Outdoor Adventures is your must-book trip in Romania.
Rather than taking a standardized tour, Dan and team provide a truly customized adventure to the best off-the-beaten-path locations in Romania.
Dan is beyond knowledgeable about the hidden gems of Romania---from awe-inspiring hiking, to great local food, to supporting the villages and guesthouses in the mountainous regions of rural Romania.
Trust me, book with Dan, and you can't go wrong. He is also a perfect conversationalist for music, politics, literature, history, and many, many more subjects!
Thanks Dan, can't wait to come back!
We booked a three day tour with Dan last week. Dan was very helpful in putting an itinerary together for us. He is very passionate about his country and really made the difference to our trip. Lots of hiking, exploring and getting to know the areas outside Burcharest, then our final day exploring the Capital. He is a great guide, very knowledgeable and easy to easy to talk to. If you are planning a trip to Romania, Outdoor Activities is the company to organize and travel with.
We recently had the pleasure of spending 10 days on a custom tour of Romania with Dan as our guide and planner extraordinaire. We communicated by email for more than 4 months and his attention to detail and his quick responses were most impressive. He asked lots of questions to get a sense of what we wanted and he absolutely came through with flying colors. We could not have been more pleased with the end result. We had so many experiences that were memorable: Sunday church service in Breb, visiting with a woman who was spinning wool, helping me obtain a wonderful basket at a watermill, visiting palinka distilleries in the homes of locals. Dan was always attuned to our needs and remained flexible throughout our trip. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his very careful driver, Adrian. Thanks so much, Dan and Adrian.
i am one of four who booked with Dan on an extended tour of Romania. Dan turned out to be the best part of almost a month in Eastern Europe and Romania. We had planned a River Cruise on the Danube between Budapest and Bucharest with another couple, and seeing the lack of value the cruises extension to Romania offered we looked into hiring a private guide. We found Dan through a report on the BBC website about Romania and decided to contact him. Dan responded quickly and spent much time crafting an itinerary for the four of us. . A little background. We are in our 60's and not that much into hiking and although that seems to be Dan's focus, but after much work by Dan he came up with an itinerary that was suitable for our needs. I can't emphasis enough how much work he did and time he spent on creating our 13 day experience.
Dan is a great tour guide. He is funny (loves Seinfeld) and very knowledgeable of all things Romania. I was very apprehensive spending 13 days with someone completely at their mercy in such a foreign country but Dan completely alleviated those fears the first time I met him. Dan took care of everything. He arranged for guest houses, tours, and daily activities. Every guest house was comfortable and a good representation of local homes. We never had to even move our heavy suitcases Dan and his driver Adrian took care of us like we were royalty. I can not emphasis enough how much I enjoyed my time with Dan and the wonderful experiences he gave us. From meeting the hat maker to having plenty of Palinka to drink. If you want to have a great time in Romania Dan with Outdoor Activities is the company to go with.
I've booked a trip some time ago with Dan, because of the glowing reviews in TA. It was so awesome I visited Romania again, mostly for Dan, 2 years after! I asked him to "make it a bit more extreme this time" as the one-day trip as I did last time made me hunger for more.
He did deliver! There is nothing like the stunning mountains, the complete quiet, and the great company Dan is on the trip. I would recommend him because:
1. Strong passion for hiking - of course, he is running his business, but you do not feel like you are being led around a fixed path. Paths are always up for discussion, and he is really enjoying showing people around!
2. Experienced, and knows the area very well - very important in this activity. He understands the risks and goes out of his way to minimize them. He phoned the mountain services to check on weather conditions before, since we were going a little further than normal
3. Personal & friendly: He is upbeat, caring and likes to joke around where possible, but can also hold a real conversation.
If you have the opportunity to visit Romania & Dan, you won't be disappointed!
I always wanted to do Mountain Hiking in Winter, and so i started my web search, which i came across a blog that recommend Dan from Outdoor Activities, So i got in contact with him, and honestly i don't regret my decision. What a Friendly service.What a kind and helpful person Dan is. I asked for an Amazing Adventure filled with walks, hikes,food ,and Local Culture and i got it all 🙂 🙂 :). i would like to thank you once again Dan and Laur ,keep up the good work. and see you soon for a longer stay 🙂