We stayed at the excellent Hotel Christina in Bucharest for a few days and booked a short tour of Transylvania with a company they recommended. It was a fairly long drive but throughout our guide, Aurelian (he owns the company) judged the mood perfectly answering all our questions and knowing when to offer more information without being pushy.
Although the tour normally had three main stops he kept suggesting additions and alternatives to visit, taking into account any interests we might have, all included in the tour. As well as being knowledgeable he was honest advising us to take a short tour inside Castle Peles which we did not particularly want to do - (we took the tour and he was right!) and also advised that the tour of Castle Bran was probably not worth it (we took the tour and he was right again!).
After driving us 140km back to the hotel he even hung around whilst we freshened up and then drove us a couple of miles into the old town for dinner to save us the price of a taxi - all included in the tour!
From what we could see his charges were in line with all the pre-packaged bus ones except he offers a comfortable car, one to one guidance and ultimate flexibility.
In the end, perhaps the fact that the number one hotel in Bucharest, Christina, promotes his tours exclusively says more about Ian Events than any number of reviews!
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