Guide for Romania and Bulgaria

I know that Romonia and Bulgaria are not Hungary but they are geographically close and there is no forum for Romania and Bulgaria so I thought that that perhaps someone reading this forum might be able to help. Next spring I will be doing an Eastern Europe river cruise which ends in Bucharest. I would like to spend an additional 5-6 days in both Romania
and Bulgaria but need to find a travel agent who can arrange for a car and driver/guide. Any suggestions?

Posted by James E.
3661 posts

Here is a cut and paste of a response I put in the General Forum just a few days ago:

You are lucky. Romania is a special place. Love it. I am not going to
say Romania is a modern western destination; it isn't, but it has all
the creature comforts you need for an enjoyable trip including ample
bathrooms and some pretty good food if you know where to look. Public
transportation while extant is not of very high quality or great
comfort or great reliability. I am not a great fan of guides but this
is a place where I believe they are worth the investment. You should
be able to hire a guide with a car and have very nice, very clean,
very acceptable accommodations for maybe $350 a day.

My part time business puts me in a position where I get asked for a
Romanian guide from time to time. I have used and recommended Daniel
Gheorghita on a number of occasions and I have gotten nothing but good
feed back The last time we used him the intent
was to return to Budapest from Sibu by train but the Hungarian rail
was threatening a strike so Daniel drove us into Budapest on a
fantastic 6 hour road trip. He is a great kid and it was fantastic.

As for actual hotels? Depends on where you are going to visit. It's a
big country. Do try and spend one full day in Bucharest. Despite what
you may read, it really is an interesting town.

As for the language, Romanian is a Romance Language so if either of
you know a little French or Spanish or Italian you should catch on
pretty quickly.

Posted by James E.
3661 posts

Anddddddddddddddddd, we just returned from our second trip to Bulgaria. Both times we hired:

Pavlina Docheva
Tour Designer and Guide
Easy Bulgaria Travel Ltd
Bulgarian Tour Operator
Member of the Association of Bulgarian Tour Guides

1407 Sofia
Lozenets, 15 Golo Bardo str.
Tel. 00359 2 967 0260
Mob. 00359 878 956 414

She's a pretty wonderful person.