‘UTP = Urgently To Promote’

A company doing it the right way. From my initial enquiry about the holiday to coming home everything was seamless. You guys bend over backwards and are a model example to much bigger companies on how to do it.

‘Excellent way to do a tour – tailor-made for you’

‘Superb experience – felt really taken care of and was great value for money’

‘Great personal treatment with people that care’

‘Really well put together, interesting itineraries with guests well looked after’

‘We loved the personal and energetic feel of the four. An excellent team!’

‘Outstanding. Excellent, personal service, accommodating and outstandingly helpful. We hope Untravelled Paths manages to retain its marvellous personal ‘feel’ and attention to detail’

“A very different type of holiday, really enjoyable experience.”

“So nice not to be treated like a child by a tour company”

“Never to be forgotten.”

“Well organized. Takes all the stress and hassle out of visiting diverse locations. Not a bad word to say!”


The Brown Bear Experience

‘Our trip was just amazing and brilliant. Made very special by Dragos, Bogdan and Dan. Love to join you for another trip in the future!’ – Maralyn, September 2013 

‘My daughter, Alex, and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. We found Cristina, and also the drivers, and the guide on the bear tracking, both helpful, informative and pleasant at all times. Would recommend Untravelled Paths and hope to travel with your company again.’ – Linda, September 2013

‘Thank you very much for a wonderful trip to Romania. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and think ourselves very lucky to have seen five bears when watching at the hide. What a great experience. The hotels were both great, absolutely what we like: small, friendly, well positioned, with all the necessary facilities. The balance in the tour between guided activities and time to explore on one’s own was great and we were very impressed with both Bucharest and Brasov, which is charming. The trip and time at the hide was wonderful and met all our expectations and more. We would certainly recommend your company to others.’ – Sally, September 2013

‘Earlier in the week my mother and I returned from four great days in Romania on the bear tracking trip.  We really enjoyed it.  We both thought our guide was excellent. Thank you for a very enjoyable trip!’ – Rebecca, August 2013 

‘We wanted to say a massive thank you for making our trip to Romania fantastic.  Everything you did from start to finish really made a difference, which we probably didn’t expect. Although we love finding new places we would like to come back and will definitely use you again. The organisation has been brilliant throughout and on a personal level would like to thank our guide and congratulate him on being such a great guy – genuine, friendly and always thoughtful towards us no matter how much he had already done throughout the day – it didn’t go unnoticed.  It feels like we made a friend in Romania. There are lots of decent companies around, but not many excellent ones – so keep up the good work!’ – Matt and Sam, August 2013 

‘This was the most wonderful holiday I have ever been on. From the beginning to the end it was fantastic. The hotels we were booked into were great – Z Boutique in Bucharest and Casa Wagner in Brasov. At the bear hide we saw 5 bears and several wild boar. Then we went on a fantastic walk in the mountains where we looked for signs of bears – and there were plenty of those. The guide, Dan, was really knowledgeable. We were taken everywhere by private transport and everything worked perfectly. Would really recommend.’ – Patricia, July 2013

‘Transylvania was a highlight we will never forget and that is thanks to Untravelled Paths and all the staff from the start through James and then Cristina. The bear tracking and hide were amazing, the bear sightings from the hide were very special and Dan our guide was brilliant his knowledge was phenomenal, he introduced us to all the plants and animals and also the culture we visited a shepherd and his family and enjoyed tasting cheese. The trips to Castle Peles, Castle Bran and Sighisoara were excellent. Viscri was a highlight all were made more special by Cristina – she is a superb guide, so well organized, adaptable and full of enthusiasm. We were doubtful about the bear sanctuary, but after visiting it is a must to understand about the plight of the captive bears and excellent work being done by the sanctuary. Casa Rozelor is a superb accommodation and compliments an excellent package from Untravelled Paths.’ – Ian, June 2013

‘Just returned from our Romanian Bear Tracking holiday and it was great, thank you for the wonderful itinerary. Everything was great and we enjoyed it immensely. I would like to thank the young man who drove us to and from Brasov, he drove calmly and carefully the whole way through some very difficult roads and traffic. Please pass on our thanks and compliments.’ – Kathryn, June 2013


The Ice Hotel Experience

“We just wanted to thank you for our wonderful trip to the Ice Hotel in Romania. It was fantastic. Our guides were great in Bucharest and Brasov. The accommodation was great too. We were most impressed with our personal guide Marius, he was outstanding. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to make the trip more memorable. The trip organisation was outstanding and we certainly felt like VIPs, my husband was inspired by Romania, and as this had been the biggest secret I have ever kept it all went really well. We will be posting some very good feedback on Trip Adviser shortly along with some photos.” – Debbie & Richard, March 2014

“Would like to say I have been on many holidays during my lifetime and the one organized by Untravelled Paths was faultless. Cristina was brilliant with her help and instructions, everything went so smoothly , the hotels were excellent, transfers etc so well planned. Thank you for arranging what was an unforgettable experience.” – Bob, February 2014

“I just wanted to say thanks for a fantastic trip last week! We had a great time. Marius was an absolute star and really made the trip! The hotels were great and the weather (appreciating that you weren’t responsible for this!) was a real bonus!! We’ve been very impressed with UTP from the outset. Please pass our thanks on to everyone involved.” – Sue, February 2014

‘Just wanted to send you our regards and a note about our amazing time in Romania and how wonderful Marius was as our guide. He was so wonderful and knowledgeable, as well as extremely accommodating and flexible which we appreciate.  He was also a wonderful and safe driver, and we felt extremely comfortable with him during the entire trip. We will do our best to recommend holidays in Romania through Untravelled Paths.’ – Yvany and Frank, January 2014

“Just a short email to say thank you for an amazing trip to the Ice Hotel. We had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed all of the towns we visited. Cristina was brilliant – whatever you are paying her it’s probably not enough! She was a star throughout the trip and never stopped smiling. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the whole trip as it was so easy and painless to arrange and every aspect was covered.” – Sarah and Family, April 2013

“We wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone that made our holiday to Romania such a fantastic one. From our very first email you provided a great service. I really appreciate your speedy replies to all the correspondence and all the help you gave in creating our itinerary. The accommodation through out our stay was first class and far exceeded our expectations. Cristina and Dragos were also amazing a huge credit to your team, professional and efficient ensuring that every part of the holiday ran smoothly. Of course our stay in the Hotel of Ice was the high light of our trip, an amazing experience one that we will never forget. We have used a variety of different travel companies in the past and you certainly stand out as one of the best. Since our return we have been urging all our friends to visit Romania with Untravelled Paths. Hopefully one day we will travel with you again.” – Jodie, March 2013

“Firstly I would like to say how wonderful our break to Romania was and how lovely Marion and our driver were!! An absolute credit to the company!! Secondly my husband is now OBSESSED with going back!! Thank you so so so much, our stay is DEFINITELY one of the best breaks we have had.” – Kelly, March 2013

“A wonderful and positive experience we both enjoyed ourselves in Transylvania and were looked after very well indeed.” – Dave, February 2013

“Already at home, and after our trip to Romania and experience in Ice Hotel, we want to thank you all, for your support and professionalism. We loved this trip, not only for the unique experience, but especially for the entire program was very well managed. We are two young travellers ”girls” and we felt very safe in your “hands”. Cristina, thanks for all the help and care. Congratulations to the whole team.” – Joana, February 2013

“This was bought as a Christmas present for me and I have to write to you to thank you for a really fantastic trip. My partner and I like to travel to new places and try interesting experiences and this was trip certainly has provided many great stories to tell. The itinerary was well constructed and our guide Cristina made the three days thoroughly enjoyable. This is certainly a trip that I will be recommending to friends and family. In fact I actually proposed to my partner during the stay in the Ice Hotel and I am pleased to report that she accepted.” – Brett, February 2013

“I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our Romania break last week. As you may know Liane and I got engaged, which was extra special. I especially enjoyed the tour guides in Brasov, and Bucharest, and was impressed how professional and entertaining they were. Cristina was a great tour manager and was very friendly. The transport and drivers were top notch as well. As someone who works in the industry, I know how rare it is that a company gets every element of a holiday to a consistent high standard. Well done. We will definitely book another holiday with you soon.” – Marina, February 2013

“What can I say amazing trip it was my wedding anniversary on the 14th feb it was an experience to spend it in ice hotel and Transylvania was enchanting. Our guide was delightful and very helpful even to the most difficult customer myself, and my husband enjoyed his company and was always ready to help with anything that was asked of him a very pleasant man. Next year is our 20th anniversary and my husband’s 50th on 17th feb so we will definitely keep your company in mind when looking for our next adventure and will recommend your company and have done so already to people who have asked again thank you for making our wedding anniversary/valentine a most unusual and enjoyable experience.”- Tina and Kevin, January 2013

“Just to say a huge thank you to both you and James. Paul, Paul, Julie and I had SUCH a great time! I have almost convinced my boss to book for him and his boys. My Sales Director also seems interested and a lot of people have asked me for the Untravelled Paths details. Paul is already looking at flights for February!!! You guys rock!” – Lisa, January 2012

“I wanted to email you to say thank you so much for a fantastic break away in your beautiful country Romania. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and loved the ice hotel experience ! But most of all i would like to thank Cristina for her company throughout our stay – she is a bright shinning star so warm and welcoming. We managed to visit the Peoples Palace friday morning how amazing and grand it is, thanks again for your hospitality and we hope to come again to experience the summer or autumn sometime.” – Julie, Sean, Russell and Emma, January 2012

“Just to say thank you for a fantastic tour of Romania with Untravelled Paths. Everything lived up to our expectations from the Ice Hotel to the trip to Bran Castle and Brasov. Cristina and Dragus were so helpful and kind and looked after everything we needed. We had a brilliant walking tour with a young chap whose name I didn’t catch. Overall we have  had a wonderful week and an insight into a little known country with wonderful friendly and open people, that we are all going to tell others about to visit. Thanks once again.” – Andrew and Annette, December 2012

“The ice hotel trip was fantastic; Christina is a keeper!! Everything was so smooth; no glitches or problems for anything. Had a great time everywhere we went, with the other folks on our trip, and with Christina. Thanks for everything. I wish you continued success with your trips and the ice hotel, and won’t hesitate to recommend you and your company.” – Karen, November 2011

“What a fantastic trip! It outweighed any expectations I may have had. Everything was seamless from start to finish. I will be recommending this trip to friends/family!” – Rhian, March 2011

“Just had to drop you a line to thank you and your team for the most amazing trip. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, everything went to plan, very slick operation from arriving in Bucharest to being collected at 7am to come home. We were very impressed with Christina and her driver Marion, we liked Christina’s positive attitude, she is very much a ‘can do’ lady, nothing is to much trouble, please pass on on thanks. ” – Cherry, February 2011

“Thank you so much for arranging for us to be so well looked after on our visit to the Ice Hotel at the weekend. We had a fantastic time all the staff were fantastic and really made our stay special. It really helped having people to meet us and look after us especially as the cable car had only just opened. We loved the ice hotel – I’ve been to the one in Lapland before but the setting at Balea Lac was really beautiful – it was such a stunning location it was much better in my eyes and we had a brilliant time.” –Catriona, February 2011


The Traditional Transylvania Experience

“A wonderful and positive experience we both enjoyed ourselves in Transylvania and were looked after very well indeed.” – Dave, February 2013

“We wanted you to know that we enjoyed our time in Romania very much. We thought Romania was fantastic but the people were truly fabulous. Food and drink was excellent. We saw bears in the wild and had a great time at a Medieval Festival in Sibiu.  Bought a CD of a great Hungarian Folk Band! I don’t think we had any specific preconceptions before we went but having been there we have been totally smitten! All the hotels were great and thanks to your team we were in the heart of where we wanted to be. The City Guides were excellent. Young people with such exuberance and pride for their country. They gave us an insight into so much and made us feel welcome. Gabi who did most of the transfers and trips was also helpful and very knowledgeable. We had a good laugh with him at many things and he was so punctual and pleasant throughout. Couldn’t fault him! So I think James has created a great travel company. We will certainly book another trip again next year and may be try a different country. We have already given your website details to friends so lets hope they book trips with you too!” – Helen, August 2012


The Dracula Experience

‘I recently travelled to Romania on the Dracula tour with Marius as our guide. It was so amazing and so affordable. Maria and I  had the most amazing 40th trip made perfect by Marius. He was so flexible and knowledgeable we loved him. Thank you for the best long weekend ever and I will be sure to recommend Untravelled Paths all day every day.’ – Milly, March 2014

“In short, we loved the trip, and had a fantastic time. It was excellent value for money, and ranks amongst our favourite holidays ever. Dragos and Cristina were absolutely superb; there when we needed them, not there when we didn’t, always cheerful and full of interesting info to flesh out the sometimes long drives and to add insight to the “official version of events”. The country was just a great place to visit. Surprising and delightful were the words I used most often. Bucharest was far from the chaos and drabness that the guidebooks suggest. We could have enjoyed more time there but were happy with what we did do and see. The castles, especially Peles of course, were out of this world. Quite the most remarkable we have seen anywhere, and a real highlight of the trip. We wished we could have had more time to explore Brasov, but throughly enjoyed its charm. Another of the highlights for all of us was the Wolf and Lynx Tracking. Although in truth it would more accurately be described as a hike up a mountain through forests that wolf, lynx and bears inhabit, everyone just loved what for us Africans anyway was a fantasy landscape and being in such a beautiful environment. And Dan was superb. Sighisoara was remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable – although it did add considerably to the amount of time in the car, it was worth it. Overall, the standard of the accommodation fitted the surprising and delightful description. We loved all the quirky features in  the rooms, and being able to step out of our hotels right into the squares and hearts of the towns was a real plus. Thank you again for everything you did to enable our unforgettable holiday.” – Bill & Family, December 2012


The Danube Delta Experience

‘I had a great trip to the delta with my son Joseph last month – many thanks for the recommendation’ – Ian, August 2013 (2nd UTP Experience)

‘We are having an absolutely wonderful time experiencing the delta. Well done!’ – Carol, September 2013 (3rd UTP Experience)



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