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Romania Photography Tour

29th Apr - 08th May, 2022 - 1 PLACE REMAINING

Tutored by Astrid McGechan and

£3799.00 pp / Deposit -£300.00

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Our Romania photography tour will take place in April and May 2022 with Astrid McGechan. Over the last 30 years, Romania has developed into one of the most visually and culturally wonderful places to visit. The 2022 Light & Land photography tour has been extended by a couple of days to allow us extra time to visit locations with a wealth of photographic experiences on offer. 

Transylvania, Romania’s most famous and largest region, is usually associated with vampires and legends. But this tour will actually provide you with an insight into the reality, culture and beauty of this truly fascinating region. On the agenda, there are mountainous landscapes with mist in the valleys, medieval towns and truly interesting people, from local organic farmers to gypsy coppersmiths. 

The landscape in Romania is spectacular and unlike any other country you will visit. Rural isolated farms, haystacks, lakes, rivers, mountains and rolling hills give the most incredible back drop. Add to this an abundance of wild flowers and you can start to see that this is a tour with so much variety you won’t fail to be inspired. Did we mention snow capped mountains?

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At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • Accommodation for 9 nights on a single occupancy basis with private bathroom (double available on request)
    • Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
    • Entrance tickets to Prejmer fortified church and Libearty Bear Sanctuary
    • Visits to craftsmen, workshops and communities mentioned in the itinerary
    • Transfers from the airport to hotel on the first day and return from recommended flight
    • English speaking tour guide services
    • Transport during the tour
    • Tuition from Astrid McGechan
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Insurance
    • Meals not mentioned
  • Duration 7+ Night Tours
  • Tour Code ROM14
Romania Photography Tour

Romania Photography Tour - Romania Landscape Photography 

Over the last 30 years, Romania has developed into one of the most visually and culturally wonderful places to visit. The 2022 Light & Land photography tour has been extended by a couple of days to allow us extra time to visit locations with a wealth of photographic experiences on offer. 

Transylvania, Romania’s most famous and largest region, is usually associated with vampires and legends. But this tour will actually provide you with an insight into the reality, culture and beauty of this truly fascinating region. On the agenda, there are mountainous landscapes with mist in the valleys, medieval towns and truly interesting people, from local organic farmers to gypsy coppersmiths.  

Our tour will start in the charming medieval town of Sibiu. One of the major fortified towns in Transylvania, it has narrow streets, squares and defensive towers surrounding it, and the houses all have the “sleeping eye” roof windows.  

We will spend time with a family of Romany coppersmiths and learn about their gypsy heritage and lifestyle. This will give us the opportunity to engage with the people and culture. We have put together some fascinating experiences with real people, so as to avoid the managed photo opportunites you will find on some tours. 

Small-scale farming is very prevalent in Romania, so we will travel into the hills to spend time with shepherds working the flocks of sheep and goats. As the sun comes up, we will see the herd of cattle in the village of Viscri as they head up to pasture after milking. 

We then move on to Sirnea. Vampires are synonymous with Romania, although Daniel, our guide, does not enjoy the link with as much relish as some tour guides. Bran Castle is linked to Bram Stoker and his famous novel. High on the side of a mountain, Bran makes for a stunning image and we will spend time photographing it as it is covered by the warm evening side-light. 

Thankfully, Romania made keeping bears illegal a few years ago. Most garages, circuses and some shops had a bear kept in appalling conditions. The Bear Sanctuary has been working very hard to help the abused bears of Romania have a better life and we will spend some time exploring the sanctuary with one of the conservationists. Hopefully the bears will not be too shy. The sanctuary is not a zoo and visits are limited to aid the wellbeing of the bears. 

The landscape in Romania is spectacular and unlike any other country you will visit. Rural isolated farms, haystacks, lakes, rivers, mountains and rolling hills give the most incredible back drop. Add to this an abundance of wild flowers and you can start to see that this is a tour with so much variety you won’t fail to be inspired. Did we mention snow capped mountains?

I hope we have whetted your appetite a little to learn more about and explore Romania. 

Your tutor for this tour will be Astrid McGechan, and she is looking forward to introducing you to this wonderful country. This tour is limited to 6 places. 

(You are expected to travel to Cluj-Napoca from where the tour will start and we will transfer in the afternoon to Sibiu).

  • Rural guesthouses

    We chose to stay in rural guesthouses as they offer a more traditional experience than large hotels and they are closer to where the good photo opportunities are. The rooms are comfortable and clean and have en-suite bathroom. The difference between a rural guesthouse and a hotel is that at a rural guesthouse usually there is no 24h reception, meals are served as a set menu (not a a la carte), there is no bar, in some places internet works only in the dining area, towels are not changed daily or the room is not done daily, there is no AC (not needed since they are in mountainous areas), no elevators. By staying in those places you will feel like you are in Romania, not in any standard hotel in the world .

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Independent Feedback based on 3 verified reviews

Michael - 9th Jul, 2019

The trip was great fun with some great photography. Lots of good pointers from Paul. The locations were well selected and time spent at each was about right. In addition the guest houses were a good standard with good food. Daniel, our guide, provided interesting background information on Romanian history and culture. Overall the balance of cultural interest and photography was right. A great tour. As before my only real problem with these tours is the treatment of couples. This is administratio

Lynn - 5th Jul, 2019

Lovely trip with a relaxed pace. Nice range of locations and subject matter.

Krystyna - 27th Jun, 2019

Paul was a wonderful tutor and paced the trip brilliantly. His and Daniel’s choice of locations was perfect and the guest houses were warm, clean and comfortable. My only gripe is not with the tour itself but that Light and Land treat couples so unfairly- yes we had a room each to make a point and much to everyone ‘s amusement but surely it would have been preferable to give us a couples discount?

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

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