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Private Tour or on Your Own?

Friday 02 September 2016 - 21:14 Mihai
Private Tour or on Your Own?
I think it is worth reading this article if you are considering a Private Tour in Romania...

You could add “with us” and would be "Why choose a Private Tour with us?", but that would sound more like a cliche.

I prefer to say only “Why choose a Private Tour?” because I think 90-95% of the tourists interested in a Private Tour in Romania would ask/search anyway more touring companies for a quote/information.

All phrases like I/We are the best company, I/We  have so many years of experience, I/We can customize all type of Private Tours, I/We have such a fleet of cars, I/We can take you to all these unique places, etc. will just sound repetitive.

 
I think there are few simple things that will help you decide if you want a Private Tour or maybe not. And also choose the right Private Tour company/Private Guide maybe.
 
First, I think my country Romania is very beautiful and safe. So, whether it is a Private Tour or on your own it’s a good call you thought to visit it!
 
I think Romania has been really on the tourists map only for a small period of time comparing to other "veterans", starting probably in January 2007 when Romania joined the European Union. So until 2007 I really doubt there was such a thing as a Private Tours in Romania company really working.
 
The best part for you now is they do exist now and can offer you quite an experience in Romania and not only a visit.
 
Besides the famous Dracula Castle in Transylvania, all the history around the Fortified Churches in the Saxon Villages and the unique Medieval Towns in Transylvania, the Traditional Maramures with its Wooden Churches, the Charming Bucovina with its Painted Monasteries or The Amazing Wild Danube Delta, which made UNESCO to include 29 sites from Romania on their World Heritage list, the best part of Romania and what I consider to be the key to truly enjoy a tour in Romania is to interact with locals and get some authentic travel experiences.
 
So if you are interested only in cities and other touristic objectives - like to have them checked on a list “I have been there” - you will not need a private tour in Romania.
 
While the authentic travel experiences would be possible mainly in the Country Side or Rural Areas of Romania, and only going within a Private Tour. And when I say this, it is mainly because in these areas people simply just speak only Romanian language and some of these people simply live now like their great grandparents used to live 100-150 years ago. This way you will actually meet the real people, see the still living century old traditions, enjoy beautiful landscapes and eat real local food in these people’s home, not just from a traditional local restaurant. These places are not "touristic attractions" and will offer you unique experiences. These people are always happy to welcome tourists in their homes simply because they dont get so many tourists visiting them and they would be interested to find out things about you as well.
 
Then 
 
- it is your holiday and you want to make the most of it! So you don’t have to worry about anything, especially driving and parking also, but you want to be relaxed. This might actually offer you more desire/time/energy to visit even more of Romania
 
- you want to have the option to customize the tour all the time, but also have a local guide with experience near you that would suggest if it is a good call to do that or maybe not
 
- you want to feel safe with a local guide that speaks the locals’ language 
 
- overall prices in Romania are quite affordable, so even for a Private Tour you should get an affordable cost
 
- cost is important, but it can be the key to actually having a unique experience that you will remember, and not just a place/country you visited
 
I think Romania is still far from offering all the comfort and everything a foreign tourist expects when going on his own, especially in the Country Side areas or meeting the locals. Even a simple "Skip the Line" option for buying the entry ticket is not available at the two most famous castles in Romania, Dracula and Peles, where you can end up in a que for at least 30-45 minutes in high season. So, it can end for you to be quite an experience, and sometimes unpleasant. Not only to mention that your whole opinion about Romania might suffer. This is why a Private Tour in Romania might be a good option for you.
 
Now, if you decided you want to go for a Private Tour in Romania after you made your homework on researching the info on the Private Tour companies' websites, I think it comes to mainly two things
 
1) How fast you actually get a reply from the Private Tour company after your enquiry? I think this shows how interested is actually the company to offer you some simple answers and eventually go in the Private Tour with you.
 
2) After you receive the answer, are the reviews/testimonials good/very good for this company? And are they real? I think probably Trip Advisor is the only service that can answer that question for now. I think pictures or videos on the Private Tour company's website from the previous Private Tours are a good proof of the reviews being real as well.

Another aspect that I consider important is that some Private Tour companies like I Travel in Romania are just a one employee/private guide company, so you will actually be sure that the person you will have the first contact with will eventually be your Private Guide.
 
I hope this was interesting for you and if you are now considering a Private Tour, I am looking forward to receiving your enquiry for a Private Tour in Romania with my company, I Travel in Romania.
 
If not, I hope you will still have a very pleasant visit in my country Romania.
 

 

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