Join me on a 12 day photo tour to Romania, the feel of Medieval Europe, deep into the past. This is travel photography at it’s best; no where else can you get the feel of this very old Europe, or capture such pastoral beauty, the way you can here. From the wilds of Carpathia to the flora and fauna teeming along the Danube Delta, we’ll discover this wonderland which is peppered with castles and time-forgotten villages.
It is a country where people still raise livestock for food and household implements and tools are still hand crafted by local artisans. Working the land is their history and they still practice it to this day. You won’t be surprised to be passed by a few horse drawn carriages on the road, as we make our way through the verdent forests and rich, rolling hillsides, the line of haystacks from here to the horizon.
We’ll be creating our photographic stories. We will visit homes, capture the process of milking buffalo, witness and document traditional cheese making, and have several private photo sessions . The people working in the fields of all ages, artisans, and of course the UNESCO protected famous wooden churches built in the early Middle Ages. Don’t miss the live music and photo session with the musicians we have planned, either, or the shoot inside the fairytale castle of Rogoz!
And of course we will visit the ancestral home of Vlad Tepes, Dracula, tell a few ghost stories, and hunt a few vampires on our way!
We will be staying at beautiful boutique hotels and guest houses at small local villages and sampling the distinct and savory local cuisine.
Of course, photographic reviews and feedback photo sessions will be part of the trip.
Come and capture this travel photographer’s delight, we will tell the stories with our cameras.
I’ve been on a few photo tours before, and this one was different in that I really felt close to the people I was photographing. A lot of times people are just treated like ‘subjects’ and I would go photograph popular festivals or spots in a town, but this trip was fantastic because the lead photographer had a lot of contacts in the country and we had some rare opportunities to see and photograph things that normally I think we wouldn’t have, without having rapport with the right people. I met some incredible people and made friends I never thought I would have. It was a truly unique trip that I’d love to repeat.
Day 1.- BUCHAREST - BRAȘOV
Pick up from the Bucharest airport, and head to Brașov.
Brașov is beautiful, and poetically sits at the heart of the country. We will have a late afternoon/evening stroll around the city to acquaint ourselves and have some spontaneous photo shooting time along the cobbled streets, followed by a traditional dinner to serve as our tour welcome.
Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2 .- BRAȘOV - CINCȘOR
After breakfast, we will traverse the windy streets of the city to its beautiful center, passing Council Square as we go. There will be ample time to photograph the stunning medieval architecture, and sights will include the Black Church, the largest Gothic cathedral in Southeast Europe.
Early breakfast followed by a photo session with people dressed in medieval costumes at the Citadel Fortress, a good view point over the old city. After that we will go for a trip to the famous Bran Castle, to learn something about the Dracula’s myths and facts. After lunch in a very interesting restaurant called D.O.R., where we can taste some traditional cuisine with an artistic interpretation, we will leave to Cincsor with a short stop at Fagaras medieval fortress.
In the evening, we’ll go on to learn how bread is made by traditional methods, and enjoy eating it with dinner!
Day 3 .- CINCȘOR - DRĂGUȘ - LISA - VISCRI
After breakfast we will photograph the traditional way of making bread in an outdoor oven. Until the bread is cooked we will have some time to visit the fortified church of the village. Here we will discover for the first time in Romania, the traditional architecture of Transylvania Saxons. After we will enjoy a good lunch prepared by Chef Adrian, and we will have the chance to taste the fresh bread, just taken out of the oven. After lunch we will depart for Viscri, with a short stop in Cincu, were we have the chance to photograph some nice-looking old gipsies.
In Viscri we will be hosted for two nights in a Saxon traditional house complex, in the middle of this small remote village that is part of UNESCO World Heritage. If time permits in the evening we will spend some time on the village alleys photographing the local people.
If time permits in the evening we will trek out into the winding streets to watch the cows being driven home – an integral part of life in this remote Transylvanian village.
Day 4 .- VISCRI VILLAGE
Today we start in the best way possible; photographing the sun rising over the hills of Viscri. Then, we will head to another fortified church so we can climb to the bell tower for a panorama of the incredible landscape.
We will start our day early in the morning, photographing the cows when are going on the pastures, an important part of the day in rural areas of Romania. After that we will have our breakfast, followed by a visit at a local gypsy blacksmith. At lunch we will be back at the guesthouse and after we can have some rest. In the evening we will go to a sheepfold to witness their normal activity. We will be able to see how the sheep are milked and how to prepare cheese in a traditional way. It is also a good place to photograph a sunset on the beautiful meadows of Transylvania.
Day 5 .- VISCRI - SIGHIȘOARA - COPȘA MARE
After breakfast we will head for the region of Copșa Mare, making a stop at one of the few inhabited UNESCO heritage Medieval villages – Sighișoara. After a little time working our cameras there, we’ll head to the villages of Biertan and visit the workshop of a traditional brick maker and we can go to visit the fortified church. After lunch we depart to Sighisoara, one of the few still inhabited medieval cities of Europe, included in UNESCO Heritage. Time for some street and architectural photography and for a visit of the house where is believed that Vlad the Impaler (the ruler that inspire the Dracula myth) was born and spent his childhood, now converted into a museum and restaurant.
In the evening we will have a photo session with some fire dancers, and we will spend the night at a hotel in the old city.
In the evening we’ll spend a time in the village, getting close to people and photographing local life.
Overnight two nights in the Saxon medieval complex, Copșa Mică.
Day 6 .- SIHISOARA - GURA HUMORULUI
After breakfast we will head to the next destination of our trip, Bucovina. The road takes us over the peaks of the Carpathian Mountains in the historical region of Moldova.
We will take lunch in a beautiful scenery at Dracula Castle restaurant, located in the place where the writer Bram Stoker imagined the house of the famous vampire. After lunch we’ll continue towards Bucovina and we will arrive in Gura Humorului, where we will be staying for two nights at a guesthouse.
Day 7 .- GURA HUMORULUI
It's Sunday, in the morning we will witness the service at a church in a small village. After breakfast we will have another visit at a church in the area, when the people are leaving from the service to have the chance to photograph them on the village alleys.
We will continue our journey with a visit to Sucevita and Moldovita, two of the painted monasteries, part of UNESCO Heritage, were we can admire some unique architecture and some beautiful art painted on the walls of the churches. The lunch will be on a restaurant on our road. In the evening we will have a photo session with models dressed in traditional costumes at the accommodation.
Day 8 .- GURA HUMORULUI - BUDESTI
After an early breakfast we start the journey to Maramures. We will make a long stop in Ciocanesti, a small traditional village, where we will photograph a blacksmith and a lady that makes traditional blankets on an old weaving machine. Here we can also see an artist who paints eggs, a part of Bucovina’s village Easter traditions. After lunch in a local restaurant where you can enjoy village life, we will leave to Budesti. We will have another short stop at a traditional wooden monastery in Barsana on the way.
Dinner and overnight in Budesti.
Day 9 .- BUDESTI
We will start our day with an early visit in the village of Breb, were we can see the activities of the people. After breakfast we will visit Budesti wooden church, included in the Unesco Heritage, and we will see a wood carver in action. We will also go to a traditional house, to see how the people live. After lunch we can go to a traditional washing installation for the blankets and we will have a photo session at an old wool making machine.
Day 10 .- BUDESTI - CLUJ- FLIGHT TO BUCURESTI
Early in the morning, we’ll head on to Cluj. After a short visit to the city we will leave for the airport for our flight to Bucuresti.
Day 11 .- BUCURESTI
We will visit the old part of the city and mainly concentrate on photographing the Old Comunist style architecture and buildings. From the "House of the People" build by dictator NIcolas Caucescu to the Comunist era apartments that still exists. The fantastic Carturesti Carusel, a palace transformed into a library. We will also enjoy a photo sessions with traditionally dressed models in a very special location.
Day 12.- BUCUREȘTI
One last sunrise in Romania, and today is the day for the International departure..
|Prices per person|
|4-10 Participants||5650 US$|
|Single Room Supplement||650 US$|