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Transylvanian Tours

Tour guide, passionately loving Transylvania!
Bucharest, Romania
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About Transylvanian Tours
An experienced journalist and a licensed tour guide with a particular knowledge of and passion for history, religion and trekking, Gelu Trandafir has a great experience in organizing private tours in Romania. As a journalist, Gelu worked with important Romanian media outlets. He graduated the Faculty of Geodesy in Bucharest and Robert Schuman Institute of Journalism with l'IRCOM Angers - Pays de la Loire, France.
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Why book with Transylvanian Tours
  • Tour guide, journalist, engineer
  • Gelu Trandafir has been a tour guide and a Christian scout leader for more than ten years and a journalist (reporter, editor and deputy chief editor with Romanian leading outlets) for 25 years.
  • French
  • Romanian
  • English
  • Professional tour guide
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Jennifer wrote a review Oct 14
New York City, New York1 contribution
Gelu is a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and passionate about his homeland. Spent 2 weeks with a tour group that he led that traveled all over Romania. He always allowed time for questions, pictures and breathing in the experience. The last day of the trip I tested positive for Covid and had to quarantine in my Bucharest hotel room for an additional 14 days. Although I was no longer under his supervision, Gela checked in with me every day, dropping off food, supplies and speaking with the Bucharest Covid control center. He even made sure I got to the airport to return home. I don’t know how I would have managed those 2 weeks without him Gelu is a very smart, skilled, compassionate guide. I can’t recommend him more!
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Peter B wrote a review Sep 2021
Marblehead, Massachusetts2 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I recently completed a 9-day personalized trip to Romania with Transylvanian Tours founder Gelu Trandifir. Our trip was a great success. We have many fond memories of Romania. Gelu and our driver Mihai were excellent guides – they have a great knowledge of Romania and have a passion for introducing their country. And a wonderful country it is – from the medieval towns of Sibiu, Sighisoara, and Brasov, the castles of Bran and Peles, the still-rustic regions of Maramures and Bucovina, and the spectacular mountain highways like the Transfagarasan Mountain Road. We saw a bit of everything – historic churches and fortified villages, a working watermill, famous castles, and street festivals. Gelu led is on a leisurely but dramatic nature walk of Zarnesti Gorge in Piatra Craiului National Park. He worked tirelessly to show and explain the best of his country. Still, for us, the best part of the trip was meeting local people. The entire trip was well planned and executed -- our hotels were centrally located, clean and well-appointed. We could step out of the hotel for a neighborhood walk or to find a nearby local restaurant. And Gelu’s recommendations never disappointed. We highly recommend Transylvanian Tours.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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James0228 wrote a review Sep 2021
East Lansing, Michigan3 contributions2 helpful votes
Gilu is an exceptional guide. Gilu introduced us to so many kind, generous and skilled every day Romanians. A lovely family in Maramures with their delicious meals and kind hospitality. A Bucovina widow who put her heart into creating decorative eggs for Easter. Stunning churches, monastaries and retreats. The picturesque village of Sibiu. If you enjoy nature, Gilus does not disappoint. Our group saw many stunning mountain ranges and lake sights, too. We'd highly recommend Transylvanian Tours! Gilu is caring, fun and informative!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Ciprian Cojan wrote a review Sep 2021
Verona, Veneto, Italy13 contributions1 helpful vote
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I left Romania when I was 10 years old so I didn't know much about its history and geography. With Gelu I spent with my partner 3 incredible days around the forests and beautiful villages along the Transilvanica route. After the trip, I'm more aware of my cultural heritage and finally reconnected with nature!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Charlotte H wrote a review Aug 2021
Padua, Italy5 contributions2 helpful votes
My partner and I spent two nights/ three days with Gelu, trekking on a personalised route along the Transilvanica from Sighisoara to Biertan. It was one of the best experiences of our lives, spending time in nature, visiting beautiful churches and monuments, camping in a shepherd & local priest’s gardens and hearing about the local history (in Gelu’s perfect English) along the way. Gelu has an unlimited wealth of knowledge of the local history, traditions and wildlife and being with him was honestly priceless. We felt very safe (despite my fears of bears and dogs!!) and completely in sync with Gelu. He has so much experience with many different types of people of all different ages and he was such fantastic company; with the exact right balance between allowing us time to relax whilst ensuring we also kept to our schedule (42km in 2 days). Gelu was also kind enough to lend us all of his camping gear - a tent, sleeping bags, liners and stove. He was also very accommodating and open to our vegan dietary requirements!! I cannot recommend Gelu more highly and I am already looking forward to booking another trip with my family from the UK next time! Thank you so much ❤️
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Date of experience: August 2021
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