Romania – The Ultimate Photo Expedition
Join us on a photography tour through some of Romania's most photogenic locations, from the mountains to the sea. A tour by photographers for photographers of any skill who want to discover the best of what Romania has to offer.
Dates: June 10-20, 2019
Duration: 11 days | Round-trip Bucharest
Group size: max 6 persons
Cost: $3290 USD
Experience Romania by photographing well-known sites as well as hidden gems, spectacular and unique sites, while enjoying authentic Romanian dishes and becoming acquainted with old customs and traditions.
Your guides, Andrei Stoica and Dorin Sveduneac, will make everything happen. Andrei is an avid photographer living in Arizona who returns to Romania every year to explore and capture the landscape and people. His photos were published in National Geographic and other magazines, while his latest photos are frequently chosen as "photo of the day" on many web sites. Dorin is also a passionate photographer and a native of Bucovina, whose dedication can be seen in his numerous exhibits over the past few years, with an emphasis on the everyday beauty that Romania has to offer. Dorin's photos are regularly chosen in the daily selection of best shots on National Geographic's website.
Day 1: Bucharest
Arrive in Bucharest and check in at our hotel in the heart of the city starting at noon. At 3 PM we meet and greet the tour participants at the hotel, then stroll through the old Bucharest neighborhoods.
Have dinner at Caru’ cu Bere, a historic restaurant opened in 1879. In the evening we'll have a chance to present personal portfolios, if available.
Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 2: Sinaia, Bran, Brasov
We start our journey by driving north to Sinaia, where we take a photo tour of the most majestic of Romania’s castles, Peles.
After lunch, travel further north and visit the Bran Castle, better known to the world as Dracula’s Castle.
In the evening, drive to Brasov and check into our hotel, then explore the old town Brasov. Good opportunities for night photography can be found around Council Square (Piata Sfatului).
Overnight in Brasov.
Day 3: Brasov, Prejmer, Rupea, Viscri
Early morning, wander through the old town, visit the Black Church (Biserica Neagra) and Rope Street (Strada Sforii), believed to be one of the narrowest streets in Europe. Our final stop in Brasov is on Mt. Tampa where panoramic views of the city await us.
After lunch we're heading to the Prejmer fortified church, then visit the Rupea Citadel, a photogenic hilltop fortification.
However, our destination for the day is Viscri, one of the few Romanian villages aiming to maintain the look and feel of its ancient roots. Viscri is not a place to go, it's a story to live. Strolling through Viscri's dirt roads feels like a trip back in time. Prince Charles of Wales owns a house here. Walk around, visit the local fortified church and count the many ornate windows found throughout the village.
Overnight in Viscri.
We wake up very early to catch the sunrise over the photogenic fortified church in Biertan, a short drive from our hotel in Sighisoara.
After breakfast we drive to Vama, in Bucovina, a region rich in natural beauty and steeped in centuries-old traditions. The name Bucovina means “beech land” and some of Romania's most beautiful countryside is found here: rolling green hills nestle villages and monasteries in their valleys. Horses, decked with red-tasseled bridles, travel dirt roads, as villagers crowd churchyards in traditional folk costume on Sundays and holidays.
No trip to Romania would be complete without a village experience. A visit to the countryside offers a glimpse into the unspoiled beauty of Romania and its centuries-old traditions. We will be staying in a village, meet our welcoming host and have a chance to experience and taste traditional, small-scale farming. Everything, from making hay for livestock, to collecting eggs from the hens, to milking the cows and goats, to preparing fruit and preserves is still done by hand.
Dinner by the bonfire.
Overnight in Vama.
Day 4: Viscri, Sighisoara
After a hearty breakfast we’ll visit some of Viscri’s workshops where tradition is kept alive by local artisans.
Traditional lunch in Viscri, where food is cooked using recipes from Romanian countryside and made with local vegetables, fruits, meat and dairy.
In the afternoon head to Sighisoara, a perfectly intact 15th century gem with colorful houses and narrow, cobblestone streets. We’ll discover the medieval Citadel included in UNESCO World Heritage: the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the roofed stairways, etc. The old city is also the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula).
Overnight in Sighisoara.