Rica Ram – Israel

Salut Bogdan, am sosit cu bine acasa. Vacanta a fost foarte placuta si in special deosebita. Tin sa-ti multumesc in mod special tie si colegilor tai pentru ca ne-ati primit cu toata caldura si nu ati economisit nici-un efort pentru a ne face sa ne simtim bine. Am avut ocazia sa cunoastem oameni tineri, profesionisti carora le pasa de natura si de soarta tarii lor. Tot ce am stabilit a fost infaptuit cu buna vointa cu stare de spirit placuta, cu dorinta de a ajuta. Dupa cum ti-am promis vreau sa recomand serviciile tale. Le voi povesti prietenilor de aici si voi incerca sa ajung la media in ebraica. Inca nu stiu cum, dar voi incerca.

Fernando Llorente Martínez

Estimado Bogdan, como organizador desde España de este nuevo viaje de 38 personas, principalmente de montaña y con algo de turismo tradicional, realizado por las montañas Fagaras, Postavarul, Piatra Creiului y Bucegi, quiero agradecerte la organización de toda la parte de excursiones por los montes, han sido muchos más días que el año pasado, más técnico y con varias opciones cada vez, lo que aumenta la dificultad. Haz extensible a Radu, Ciprian y Razvan, mi agradecimiento y el de todo el grupo, porque nos habéis cuidado a las mil maravillas. Muchas gracias.

John Devries

Thanks to Gigi Popa (the proprieter of the Pension Elena where we were staying) we were put into contact with Bogdan Costescu – head ranger of the Piatra Craiului National Park who was to be our guide for a day in early May 2007. Bogdan took us on the one-day itinerary from Zarnesti. Little did we know at this point, that this day would transpire to be the highlight of an already excellent 17 day photography trip to the Carpathian mountains and Danube delta.

The weather was not kind to us, we had light snow for much of our time walking up to the ridge, but we enjoyed looking at some of the early flowers and birds, such as ring ouzel which was abundant at a shepherd’s hut. We were very pleased to be accompanied on this walk as mountains can be unpredictable places in such conditions. We were shown signs of bear, red deer and wild boar activity on our way, as these animals had left telltale signs such as clawmarks on a tree, soil disturbance and prints in the mud near drinking places. We were also shown a wallcreeper nest and the site where the final scenes in the film “Cold Mountain” were produced.

After lunch at the Curmatura chalet, we walked back down to Bogdan’s car, and we set off to a bear hide deep in the forest in the hope of seeing and photographing wild bears. Apparently there is about a 75% chance of seeing them. Near the hide we met up with another local ranger who brought food to tempt the bears (a sack of maize kernels).

We quickly and silently entered the hide at around 17:30 and waited in hope for a bear to pay a visit. At around 19:45 we were both astonished and delighted to see not a bear, but a lynx appear, which casually crossed the clearing, stopping twice to spraymark it’s territory before disappearing off into the forest. We could not believe our luck – sightings of lynx can be a once in a lifetime experience !

As if that was not enough, we were also treated to two good sightings of brown bears before the light failed and we headed for home. What a day – fantastic!

We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed both the things we saw, and the company of Bogdan who was a very good guide, and helped put us into the position of being able to see and photograph some of Romania’s most incredible large carnivores. Thank you so much – I highly recommend your services to anyone interested.

Françoise – Luxembourg

Emily just went on and on about her Romania trip this year. The girls were great, the sites were amazing and it was so obvious that she was so comfortable to be at Premium Montana camp. I think for me that was the best part. To see her so confident and so positive – its never easy to let her walk away but its much easier when I know Professional Team’s camp is on the other end and Emily is about to experience something amazing! YOU and your crew should be so proud of the impression you’re having on these girls!! I can’t say enough nor can I say thank you too often. To make it even better for Em was that she became my tour guide while we were in Saxonian Land – we even went to the same place for dinner that the gang went to while they were there!! She absolutely loved being able to show Mom around and take care of me!!”

Alex

Champéry – Portes du Soleil, Valais, SUISSEBernard and Florence, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ryan arrived back from camp at 12:30am this morning full of love and laughter and stories and happiness!!!! The first words out of his mouth were I wish I stayed for another week and I want to go next year for TWO weeks!!! He spoke more last night than he has in months! Thank you one more time…

Frank Smith – London

…I have to admit that I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I signed up for an Montana Premium camp, but what came of it was absolutely amazing! We did everything from rock climbing to facials and so much more. We learned a lot about not only caring for our bodies, but also how to pamper, indulge, and renew our body and soul! I had such a great time and met some really amazing girls. Camp is full of so much activity and fun that I couldn’t imagine going to camp anywhere else! I extremely recommend this retreat for any teenagers who love to be active and relaxed at the same time! I promise you, there is no other retreat like this in the world!…

Jackson Holly – London

My name is Holly and I am Jackson Eric’s mom. I wanted to say thank you to you and your staff for making brechins experience truely wonderful. Brechin had soooooo much fun in her week that he wants to come out for 2 weeks next year. He really enjoyed the on climbing and back horse training and said the coaches were great and he learned a great deal in the camp.
Thanks again, Jackson Holly