Romania Photo Tour
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST
King Carol I, Bucharest
It’s time to start the “Romania Photo Tour”. Bucharest is a city of contrasts. It is a place where you can admire a stunning and beautifully restored 19th-century building located right next to a ruin or to a sleek new tower of glass. Bucharest has many beautiful and hidden little streets which are generally not seen by tourists, and also a hidden world of gypsies who live in shabby buildings located right in the very center of the city. To all these add the green parks, the old town, the vivid night life, the lights and the shadows. . . . .it’s everything you need for a good photo walk.
You’ll also visit the impressive Romanian Parliament. It was constructed at the command of the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. For this project, he had large areas of the old town completely destroyed. Today, this is the second largest administrative building in the world (after the Pentagon) and was certainly the most expensive.
The Village Museum is one of the most beautiful museums of Romania. Inaugurated in 1936, the Village Museum boasts original traditional houses from all over Romania. This living museum is like 1000 villages gathered into a single picturesque entity. Then it will be time for lunch.
We’ll meet again in the evening for a short photo tour in the center of Bucharest. It will be a good chance for some beautiful pictures at dusk and also lots of fun.
Overnight in Bucharest.
BUCHAREST – CURTEA DE ARGES – SIBIU
Man selling hand-made brooms
In the morning we’ll set off to Sibiu. On the way we’ll stop to admire the monastery at Curtea de Arges, one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in Romania. It is here where the former kings of Romania are buried.
Before reaching Sibiu, you’ll be taken to a remote area with forgotten villages and dirt roads. You’ll be able to take pictures of a world which doesn’t exist any more in other parts of Europe. From old houses to the local farmers, everything is going to be a real joy for the photographer.
Sibiu is the final destination for today. You have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Sibiu.
Remote village in Transylvania
Sibiu is perhaps the most beautiful city in Romania, and perhaps the reason it was chosen as the European Cultural Capital in 2007. Built by German colonists who had been brought to Transylvania by the Hungarian kings, Sibiu is a stunning medieval city. It boasts wonderful architecture: towers, old churches, cobblestone streets and alleys, passages, staircases and cast-iron bridges. Therefore, the morning should be a wonderful occasion for some street photography.
In the afternoon we’ll set off to the rural area around Sibiu. You’ll get to roam on dirt roads, to capture interesting rural scenes, and to admire a very different way of living.
Overnight in Sibiu
Village in Transylvania
The photo tour of Romania we’ll start very early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise up in the mountains. After the sunrise, you’ll walk in villages located up in the mountains where raising livestock is still the main occupation.
In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a photo tour in Sibiu for some early evening and night-time scenes.
Overnight in Sibiu
SIBIU – ALBA IULIA – TURDA
Alba Iulia, Transylvania
Alba Iulia is known for its fortress built in the first part of the 18th century and is one of the best preserved Vauban fortifications in Romania. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of the citadel and you’ll visit buildings such as the Orthodox Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Church.
In the afternoon you’ll reach a remote rural area located in the Carpathian Mountains. You’ll take advantage of the afternoon light and you’ll enjoy a photo walk in these forgotten villages. You’ll take pictures of the locals, gorgeous landscape and locals.
Overnight in Transylvanian village
TURDA – SURDESTI – VADU IZEI
Surdesti Church, Maramures
The tour continues with a very different kind of tourist attraction. The salt mine of Turda is an outstanding landmark on the map of the Romanian tourism. The salt mine was renovated in 2009 and represents a great opportunity for any photographer to take very interesting pictures. Don’t forget your tripod.
After the salt mine you’ll be driven to Maramures, a place where the purity of nature blends with the beauty of the old villages, a place where the locals keep their traditions untouched, and where carved wood represents a common way of building.
Further on, you’ll have your first contact with a spectacular wooden church. Built in Surdesti in 1724, this UNESCO site, made of evergreen oak beams, impresses because of its very high steeple which reaches 54 meters (177 feet).
Then you’ll continue your journey through the villages of Maramures. You will walk and take many pictures of this forgotten corner of Europe.
In the afternoon we’ll reach our destination, a traditional guest house where your hosts are warm and friendly, the meals are phenomenal, and the local plum brandy is . . .well, “strong” doesn’t quite describe it. Just try some and you’ll see!
Overnight in Vadu Izei
VADU IZEI – SIGHETU MARMATIEI – SAPANTA – VADU IZEI
The Village of Sapanta, Maramures
There is no photo tour without an excursion to a local market and the market in Sighetu Marmatiei is one of the best. It is here that you can photograph the farmers while they sell their fresh produce, and then we’ll be going to see a cemetery which is unique in the world. The Merry Cemetery, founded in the 1930s by a local carver, is a place of mourning like any other cemetery but it is also a place of very black humor. The crosses, painted in bright colors and describing the deceased in words and images (and not always complimentary), will be a great subject for your pictures.
The convent of Peri is the one of the highest wooden structures in the world. Part of a large complex, the church is a great example of the local art and architecture.
In the afternoon we’ll take a photo tour of a local village where you’ll be able to admire the old houses, the ancient crafts, and the daily life.
In the evening, once again, you’ll be stuffed full with plenty of excellent food and plum brandy.
Overnight in Bucharest.
VADU IZEI – BARSANA – BISTRITA – SIGHISOARA
Traditional carver, Maramures
Today we will leave the rural area of Maramures, but on the way you’ll get to see some other amazing sights of this part of the world. You’ll meet a famous wood carver who enjoys welcoming visitors and you’ll get to understand (and photograph) his workshop and his works. And in Barsana you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the wooden convent and its local architecture.
Driving through the Carpathian Mountains, you’ll return to Transylvania. In Bistrita you’ll take a short walk in this old German city. Further on, you’ll reach the center of the Hungarian minority and in the city of Targu Mures, you’ll admire the beautiful Secession-style architecture .
In the afternoon, we will come to Sighisoara.
Overnight in Sighisoara
SIGHISOARA – BIERTAN – SIGHISOARA
Sighisoara is one of the best medieval citadels of Europe, a top UNESCO heritage site. Founded by the Germans in the 12th and 13th centuries, Sighisoara is a major tourist attraction.
Sighisoara is surrounded by many remote German villages, real time capsules where it is very normal of seeing cows walking freely on dirt roads, plenty of horse-drawn carts, old houses, and stunning medieval fortified churches, several of them UNESCO sites. During this tour you’ll get the chance to photograph a genuine gypsy family. Further on you’ll admire the impressive fortified church in Biertan, another UNESCO site.
In the afternoon you’ll get a short walking tour of Sighisoara, where you will admire the cobblestone alleys, the medieval buildings, and the watch-towers. The Clock Tower itself is the perfect spot for an amazing panorama.
The day ends with some late afternoon-early evening photos of this lovely old town.
Overnight in Sighisoara
SIGHISOARA – VISCRI – BRASOV
Hand-made woolen socks
Today the “Romania Photo Tour” is dedicated to some other remote villages. The village of Viscri became famous after Britain’s Prince Charles purchased an old traditional house which has been transformed into a guest house. To this, add the beautiful village itself and one of the oldest fortified churches of Transylvania, another UNESCO site.
We’ll continue with another remote village. We’ll walk here for a while and we’ll photograph the people, the old houses, and the old fortified church.
In the afternoon we’ll reach the city of Brasov.
Overnight in Brasov
BRASOV – BRAN – BRASOV
Prejmer fortified church, Transylvania
Brasov is surrounded by the beautiful peaks of the Carpathian Mountains. It is here where we can find some of the most picturesque villages in Romania. Early in the morning we’ll go for a photo session in this forgotten world.
Bran Castle is by far one of the most famous tourist attractions of Romania, therefore we can’t miss it. Originally built by the Teutonic nights some 800 years ago, Bran Castle became famous especially after Bram Stoker wrote his famous novel “Dracula.”
After lunch we’ll take a detour to the most impressive fortified church in Transylvania. Built 800 years ago, the fortified church of Prejmer is another UNESCO site, and also extremely well- preserved.
Overnight in Brasov
BRASOV – SINAIA – BUCHAREST
Peles Castle, Sinaia
On the way back to Bucharest, we’ll pass through the Carpathian Mountains for the last time. We’ll stop in Busteni and we’ll take the longest cable-car ride in Romania. Sinaia is probably the most famous mountain resort of Romania, and it is here that Prince Carol decided to build his summer residence.
The monastery of Sinaia is a fine example of Byzantine art, and is the oldest building of Sinaia.
In the afternoon we’ll reach Bucharest, and in the evening, you’ll enjoy a final dinner (and maybe some more plum brandy).
Overnight in Bucharest
BUCHAREST – OTOPENI AIRPORT
You’ll be transferred to the airport according to your flight time.