Hiking in Romania: Visit at the Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti and hiking tour in the Piatra Craiului mountains

I recently took a one day tour with Iulian with two friends including a visit to the Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary and a hike in the Piatra Craiului region. I would highly recommend Iulian's incredible local knowledge and passion for the region to anyone travelling to this stunning area of Romania.
In the lead up to the trip Iulian was meticulous in making preparations for the trip and keeping us informed about conditions and what we would need to bring. We met with Iulian in Sibiu the evening before the trip and he helped us with recommendations for a fantastic restaurant serving authentic, hearty Romanian food (which we really appreciated when we set off for our walk the next day!).
Iulian's in depth knowledge of the region was evident as he navigated us through areas of dense woodlands where we spotted bear tracks and he gave us insights into the rich culture of the region. Some of the views were simply breathtaking and Iulian (also an excellent photographer) was on hand to capture a few images for us too.
We were then dropped off in Brasov where, again Iulian had several recommendations for place to eat and things to do the following day.
I would also mention Iulian's partner George who took the hike with us who also had an intimate knowledge and passion for the mountain environment.
All three of us would love to visit more of Romania's stunning landscape with Iulian. His tour has inspired us and whetted our appetite for more adventures.
Thank you Iulian & George

Patrick Strode,Plymouth, UK