testimonials

I want to thank you for the great experience I had on my June 2010 trip to the Delta and the painted churches of Moldova, even though Romanian had the worst rain in a century.  Valentin is an excellent guide and being a photographer like myself, made the trip that much more fun.  His suggestions for side trips and receptiveness to my desires to get off the main road along the way enhanced my experience.  This was my second trip with Valentin, the first being in August 2009 when I saw Bucharest, Braşov, Sibiu and the towns in the middle.  With both trips, I also learned Romanian history, a few words of Romanian, got a feel for Romanian drivers, and a taste for local cuisine.  I'm using Velvet Tours again for my July 2011 trip to Biertan in south central Transylvania and western Transylvania. August 2009 and June 2010
Mr. David H.

Yes, we arrived back fine. I have to first say what an excellent guide Valentine was. He was very knowledgeable & informative. We felt that he really cared that we had a good time and that we gained a lot from our trip. He also took time to ensure we had enough detail to do things we would want to do in the evening. I think he was the best guide I have ever had on any of my trips & I have been on many. June 2010
Mrs. Belinda B.

We have finally arrived at home; we had such a wonderful trip to Bukovina, thanks to you and your company, and had been telling everyone what a great service your company offered. Sorin was wonderful, a true gentleman and a great company. Thanks for arranging our travels to Bukovina and for all the wonderful memories we`v brought home with us. Looking forward to our next trip to Romania. May 2009
M/M Kevin & Helen N.

We are safely home although with colds (better now) - we have good memories of our tour with Isabela whom we met as planned. She was a good driver, pleasant and most informative - we asked many questions and she answered them. As she may have told you we were interested in the Saxon people, their history and the language nowadays (my husband's speciality) - we preferred Sibiu; our accommodations at Casa Luxembourg and Bella Musica were fine too - their location by the square is good. Once again many thanks for enabling a successful visit September 2010
Mrs. Helga B.

My family and I want to thank you for our great tour of Romania. It was a joy for my children to see the places that their grandfather had told them about, and I am so glad that they got to see and experience for themselves the culture, and traditions of this beautiful country. " Jully 2009
M/M Anthony and Ruth G.

We are back to our separate destinations. I have a bit of after holiday blues! Sorin was fantastic, so well educated and very good politics, I really enjoyed the conversations. I found Romania very beautiful and not at all 'dangerous' like the guide books say. People were always friendly and helpful. In general we enjoyed the trip and certainly thought Sorin was most helpful and lovely. Please send me the address for the "crazy" monk on Snagov if possible. Thanks again so much for everything. Best regards May 2010
Mrs. Susanne R.

We have finally returned home to Minnesota from our Balkan & Romanian holiday. The Romanian part was facilitated by our Serbian friend Stoian and you. We wish to thank you for the excellent guide, Sorin, and a wonderfully planned trip. We will not hesitate to recommend your services to our friends and family. Thanks again February 2010
Mr. Brian D. & Mrs. Grace M.

We enjoyed every single moment of our vacation, the people, the places, the food, the fishing and the great wildlife; it was one of the most rewarding experiences in a long time. Oct 2009
M/M Edward and Maria B.

Let me start by saying that Romania turned out to be a better destination than I imagined, we were delighted to meet Sorin and hope to stay in touch and maybe we can show you around in the US someday. I also wanted to let you know that all of our neighbors are madly in love with the alivanci cake that we learned to make in Sucevita. Thank you for this wonderful trip. Sept 2009
M/M George and Sarah K.

Everything was wonderful I can`t wait for the next time we are in Romania. Sept 2010
M/M Ronald and Lisa P.

Thanks to all of you, everything was beautiful and we loved the food. This trip to Romania will always be the most memorable." Junne 2009
M/M Nelson and Betty W.

We both thoroughly enjoyed the trip through Romania, and haven't stopped talking about it since. Sorin was a fabulous tour guide, and all of the home-stays made us feel as though we were a part of th family. Thank you very much for organizing such a memorable holiday. May 2010
M/M Andrew & Catherine G.

We really loved our trip. We especially liked how efficient you were in helping us to organize the itinerary and get the plans in place. We thought Sorin was absolutely wonderful. He was smart, articulate, thoughtful, fun to be with, always prompt, an excellent driver, and also very tuned in to our needs and interests. He's a real treasure! We're crazy about him. Thanks again for all your help in making this trip such a success. I am happy to recommend Velvet Tours to other potential customers if you'd like! Cheers, June 2010
Mrs. Danielle R.

As a Rick Steves veteran and present client, and a Viking River Cruise client I am used to really great tours and tour guides. Luckily we connected with you. You did an excellent job of making us feel welcome, integrating us into the local life style, and showcasing the beauty and friendship we found in Romania. We really enjoyed seeing Peles Castle, eating at the local grill and shopping in the local market at the foot of Bran Castle. We look forward to seeing you on our next trip to Romania. August 2009
M/M Gary and Sheila F.

Greta and I have indeed just returned home from Europe and I am delighted to say that we both tremendously enjoyed our time and tour in Romania. Sorin was both an extremely knowledgeable and considered guide and companion over the five days. I don't think we could have asked for a better guide. It was great to get both a historical and a current perspective of Romania as we toured. The tour itself, Myth Vs History, was perfect for us as it allowed us to not only experience time visiting Bucharest but equally importantly other regional towns of which we loved Sibiu and Brasov. Whilst only a snap shot of Romania it has encouraged us to return one day for a longer period. The hotels were of consistently good standard and overall everything went extremely well. To be honest the trip overall exceeded my expectations and previously limited understanding of Romania and I will be recommending both yourselves and Romania as a not so out of the way European holiday addition. I would like to once again thank you for all of your assistance and please pass on our sincerest thanks again to Sorin. Cheers June 2010
M/M Michael & Greta R.