ABOUT US

We are the small team of off-road enthusiasts who collectively share a love of nature and the outdoors.

VALI DUTU

Vali is the founder and the mastermind of “Adventure-Romania”. He was born in the historical Transylvanian town of Brasov. Has a medical education and used to work as a biomedical engineer in Romanian and British hospitals. He has also been a mountain rescue volunteer. In 1993 he moved to the U.K., but one off-road driving weekend near Stonehenge with some friends changed everything. He purchased a Land Rover to explore new horizons and came back to Romania to discover hidden parts of his homeland.

He realised that his true passion is off-road driving. In 2002, against all the good advice from the family and friends, he moved back to Romania. He left the secure job for a more adventurous life, remembering the saying “follow your passion, not your pension”.

In Romania, he was involved in off-road competitions, both racing and organising. He became the president of the Bucharest Off-road Club. Searching for perfect trails for off-road competitions he gained a lot of experience and discovered many roads. Many of them are used now for adventure trips.

Vali is passionate about Romania, its history, traditions and heritage. This is how “Adventure Romania” was founded, to share life experience in Romania with people looking for joy.

Vali’s photos in NationalGeographic YourShot project.

Vali, Adventure Romania's founder and mastermind.
Lisa, Adventure Romania's team member.
LISA KRAINEVA

Lisa has a programmer degree and used to run her own IT company in Russia. It’s funny, her life also was changed by Land Rover. She nearly accidentally applied for participation in a local Land Rover G4 Challenge event and passed to the national selection level. She didn’t win the privilege to represent Russia in the 2008 international competition but joined the team of organisers. Since that moment she gradually moved from IT business to auto events. For the moment she is certified as a driving instructor (both on and off-road) and has a rescue officer qualification. Due to her job, she made a lot of trips in Europe and Asia. The most remarkable ones are Amarok Polar Expedition (this trip is a registered Guinness Record), which took her, in winter, to the coldest place on Earth – Oymyakon; and Hyundai trip from Sakhalin to Moscow (they went through Saint Petersburg and made about 12600 km from east to west). For the Amarok project needs, she crossed Russia behind the wheel totally five times from west to east or back in three months.

Her adventurous spirit is so strong that one day she realised that she has visited 14 countries in one month.

She also drives a motorcycle, BMW GS1200A and Honda CBR1000RR. After her first visit to Romania for job needs, she came back in a month because she couldn’t sleep, dreaming about a moto trip through the Transfagarasan highway.

Now her heart is taken by Romania and she is here with us to share her knowledge with our guests to make their experience safe and amazing.

OUR TOURS

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