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Silviu Martin

I'm Silviu Martin, an entrepreneur who is passionate about cycling and travel. My promise is to support you with my unmatched local expertise to deliver the most authentic experience possible.

I believe that an unforgettable travel experience has to have these ingredients:
> a truly epic landscape
> an authentic experience
> stellar support

In 2017, I have successfully finished one of the toughest ultra cycling races and definitely my biggest challenge so far, The Transcontinental Race. In 2018, I'm training to race for another epic race, this time in Ireland, The TransAtlantic Way.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I'm passionate about sports in general but I focus on road cycling. Me and my team love to design bespoke trips in the Balkans with Romania, Croatia and Slovenia being our focus at this time. We can support fellow cyclists in exploring the epic roads of Transfagarasan and Transalpina in Romania, the Mangart in Slovenia, the Sv. Jure in Croatia along with its fabulous islands."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I believe that traveling is not only about exploring the world and seeing new places. It's also about seeing yourself with new eyes. I've always been fascinated about the freedom of exploring new countries, practicing sports and meeting new people. I feel that travelling is just a natural part of who I am and what do best."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I have so many dear moments that I remember but I have to say that my most epic adventure was cycling from Belgium to Greece in 17 days. It was a 4.000 km bike journey I will definitely not forget."

Recent trip reviews for Silviu

Fall 2019 journey, Romania - Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2019

Traveler: Rod E. - Local specialist: Silviu Martin

The KimKim portal turned out to be an excellent tool to work with Silviu during the planning stages of the trip. It is easy to navigate and by keeping and allowing full access to the running dialogue, I found it a very good repository for reference and sharing with the rest of our group.

Silviu was responsive and very willing to tailor the trip to our requirements. He included everything that we had set out for him as our "wish list" for the trip and offered some options for our... read more

The KimKim portal turned out to be an excellent tool to work with Silviu during the planning stages of the trip. It is easy to navigate and by keeping and allowing full access to the running dialogue, I found it a very good repository for reference and sharing with the rest of our group.

Silviu was responsive and very willing to tailor the trip to our requirements. He included everything that we had set out for him as our "wish list" for the trip and offered some options for our consideration as we planned the journey which was very helpful landing on our final itineray.

Silviu was very accommodating during the planning phase as well as throughout the trip. He was knowledgeable about the countryside while sharing history of the various towns, villages and regions while we were on tour. The accommodations were well appointed, comfortable with great amenities and the food was beyond our expectations. The bicycles that Silviu provided and maintained were very good quality road bikes that performed excellent.

His transport vehicle was comfortable for the transfers that we made between cities.

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Silviu Martin, local specialist, responded to this review:

Rod, it was a great pleasure to design and run this cycling holiday for you and your friends. I enjoyed getting to know you and to hear your stories and I'm happy that we got to share quality time. I do hope we see each other again.

Until next time....never stop exploring. :)

Yours truly,

Silviu

Cycling around saxon villages, Romania - May 5 - May 13, 2019

Traveler: hugh s. - Local specialist: Silviu Martin

The Saxon villages of Transylvania sounded to me like an intriguing place to visit on a bike. it is marketed as a region full of history, social upheaval and change, all set to a backdrop of stunning scenery. it is all of these things and more, the little medieval villages inhabited by industrious saxon farmers for over eight hundred years lie in amongst the pretty wooded meadows and valleys.
Due to economic deprivation over many years, these once prosperous villages are now set in a time... read more

The Saxon villages of Transylvania sounded to me like an intriguing place to visit on a bike. it is marketed as a region full of history, social upheaval and change, all set to a backdrop of stunning scenery. it is all of these things and more, the little medieval villages inhabited by industrious saxon farmers for over eight hundred years lie in amongst the pretty wooded meadows and valleys.
Due to economic deprivation over many years, these once prosperous villages are now set in a time freeze. unchanged in over a century. beautiful castles and fortified churches sit beside well constructed houses set out in the neat linear fashion of the Saxon village.
Since the communist era many of the Saxon people left their houses and businesses and returned to Germany . much of the land is common ground, grazed by the romany shepherds with their flocks of sheep, usually assisted by half a dozen big dogs helping to guard against the bears and wolves also living in the area!
Poverty is evident in this area, the villages and churches are very run down, though there are signs of funding and investment to repair and maintain.

It is a fabulous place to tour on a gravel bike, in fact just made for gravel bike touring! some of the roads are well surfaced, but many are either really badly potholed or just clay and rubble surfaces. there are many footpaths throughout the region which make great cycling in dry weather, beware though, when it rains the mud becomes a tenacious sticky clay that will stop any bike in its tracks! The topography is gently rolling hills with some steep but short climbs. all the while travelling through open meadows, woods and forests.

So its a great place to cycle tour, but if like me you prefer to stay in bed and breakfasts rather than camp then logistically its very difficult to make a plan. I was unable to confirm any bookings until I contacted Silviu Martin of Martin Adventures. Silviu was terrific, he arranged all the accommodation along the way , no mean feat as even with use of the native language tying down bookings was difficult. Silvui is the consummate professional, he is conscientious, and really cares that his clients get a good experience. We were a self guided group, but Silvui kept in touch to ensure everything went smoothly. I would highly recommend Martin Adventures

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Silviu Martin, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hugh, many thanks for your nice words and for this review.

It was great to have you here and, I must tell you, I was impressed when you told me that you actually had fun in that really rainy and cold day :) Also, great insights about Transylvania. I'm sure they will also help other travelers. Looking forward to seeing you again.

Regards, Silviu

Steve

Tour of romania, Romania - Aug 18 - Aug 24, 2018

Traveler: Steve P. - Local specialist: Silviu Martin

Had a great time, Silviu was very helpful and kept in touch with our progress, he was very professional. We will recommend you and Silviu. Thanks again. Steve, and rest of group.

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Silviu Martin, local specialist, responded to this review:

Steve, I'm so happy you enjoyed your time cycling here in Transylvania. :) The area you explored is one of my favorite ones in Romania. Hope to see you and the guys again.

Cheers,

Silviu