Romania

Romania
[ Rural reality in Romania ]

Romania, and especially Maramures region, is the last truly rural place in Europe.  Our photo tour focuses on the rustic nature of the country and its ancient traditions. Landscapes and agrarian practices are inextricably linked and we will strive to capture the life of people in the villages of Maramures, the colorful paintings on the walls of Bucovina’s monasteries and the charm of the old medieval Saxon towns of Transylvania. Whilst on tour we will photograph rural life, which takes you back in time and capture some of those inimitable moments with artisans who still, to this day, take real pride in their craft. Many spontaneous opportunities to photograph arise as we travel (architecture, people old barns, livestock, shepherds, horses and carts…), hence we will stop to capture those moments.

Services

Services included

  • Accommodation for 9 nights in standard double room (with private bathroom), breakfast included.

We choose to stay in rural guesthouses as they offer a more traditional experience than large hotels and they are closer to good photo opportunities. The rooms are comfortable and clean and have en-suite bathrooms. The difference between a rural guesthouse and a hotel is that in a rural guesthouse usually there isn’t a 24h reception, meals are served as a set menu (not a la carte) and there is no bar. By staying in these rural retreats you will feel like you are in truly in Romania

Meals

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for 10 days (starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 10)
  • Meals normally include soup or a starter, main dish, a dessert, water and coffee/tea and a soft drink (a glass of juice). For the last dinner wine/beer is also included.

Entrance tickets, including the additional fees for taking pictures:

  • Sucevita monastery
  • Sapanta Merry Cemetery
  • Surdesti wooden church
  • Viscri fortified church
  • Visits to craftsmen, workshops and communities mentioned in the itinerary

Private transfers from the airport to hotel on the first day and from hotel to airport as guests come in and depart, even if they are arriving or leaving at different times.

English speaking tour guide services throughout the program.

Travel by 8+1 minivan only for a group of up to 6 (including photo tour leaders) and by minivan and SUV (if the group has more 6 persons).

Services not included/additional costs

  • Alcohol and occasional stops for coffee/tea/snack

Questions via E-Mail or Phone:

+43 680 1231 892

michael@lightmotives.com

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Cluj-Napoca

    You arrive in Cluj-Napoca and will be transferred to a hotel located in the heart of the city. Depending on your time of arrival you can have dinner and relax or explore the older part of the city.

    You will also meet with your photo tour leader, local guide and the other photographers participating in the tour. There will be an outline of the tour, introductions and expectations from the group. Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

    Hotel Beyfin http://www.hotelbeyfin.com

    Hotel Beyfin
    Hotel Beyfin
  • Day 2

    Bukovina

    Today we travel to Bucovina region, “the land of painted monasteries”.  On our way we pass through a mountainous region with opportunities to capture beautiful landscapes, lakes surrounded by forests and villages and people carrying on their traditions agrarian practices.  Ploughs driven by horses are still used to work the land. Horse and bullock carts and shepherding of livestock are commonplace. Before dinner we have a photo presentation.

    Accommodation in Vama (Bucovina region)

    5 h
    Bucovina Lodge Rural Guesthouse
    Bukovina Lodge
  • Day 3

    Moldovita

    We travel today to Moldovita where you will photograph one of the few steam trains still functioning in Europe. As the train travels through villages, forests and by the river we will have a few different opportunities to capture it in motion from the roadside.

    We then visit Sucevita monastery, set in a beautiful location among gentle hills and featuring the largest number of wall paintings of all painted monasteries of the region.

    You will then return to your guesthouse in Vama but on our way we will have a stop at Sadova to photograph the picturesque landscape dotted with haystacks, barns and lined with fences.

    Accommodation in Vama (Bucovina region)

    3 h
    Bucovina Lodge Guesthouse
    Bukovina Lodge
  • Day 4

    Maramures

    We leave Bucovina behind and travel to Maramures region also known as “the last peasant culture in Europe” and renowned for its wooden churches.

    There is an opportunity to visit the workshop of a renowned potter. As with all the artisans we see, there are opportunities to take photographs.

    Accommodation in Danesti (Maramures region)

    5 h
    Hanul Teilor Guesthouse
    Hanul Teilor
  • Day 5

    Sarbi - Sapanta

    Today we discover more of traditional rural life and the people of Maramures region, in the village of Sarbi. We visit a brandy distillery so you can learn how the locals process the fruit to obtain the strong horinca (fruit brandy), a natural whirlpool, an old mill and a thresher operated by a water stream and still functioning as they did centuries ago.

    In Sarbi you will also visit a traditional shoe-maker and you can photograph him while working.

    In the afternoon you will travel to Sapanta where you will see the Merry Cemetery. Here the crosses are decorated with poems on the carved wood that telling stories of the deceased.  You will also meet the man that makes the crosses and visit his workshop. Photo review and critique in the evening if time permits.

    Accommodation in Danesti (Maramures region)

    4 h
    Hanul Teilor Guesthouse
    Hanul Teilor
  • Day 6

    Surdesti - Sighisoara - Viscri

    We start the day by visiting one of the tallest wooden churches in the world in Surdesti village.

    In the afternoon we travel to Sighisoara, a well preserved and beautiful medieval town in the heart of the country, built by the German-Saxons in the 12th century. You can wander the narrow cobbled streets in search of the best perspectives to photograph the colorful historic buildings.

    In the evening we will arrive in Viscri, a well preserved traditional Transylvanian village.

    Accommodation in Viscri (Transylvania region)

    5,5 h
    Viscri 125 Guesthouse
    Viscri Guesthouse
  • Day 7

    Viscri

    We spend the early morning on the streets of Viscri village as it is a time of the day when people start their activities. People take their milk to central points and cows are gathered and taken to the pastures by a herdsman. Photo opportunities abound.

    In the middle of the village, there is a fortified church built by the German-Saxons in the 13th century, a place of prayer for the villagers but also for shelter, in the past, when the enemies attack the village.

    We visit a black-smith and hopefully photograph him while shoeing to a horse.

    Photo talk and review if time permits.

    Accommodation in Viscri (Transylvania region)

    1 h
    Viscri 125 Guesthouse
    Viscri Guesthouse
  • Day 8

    Viscri - Sibiu

    Today we get an insight into gypsy culture and visit a Roma family learning about their unique traditions. The man is a copper-smith and we are able to photograph him and his family.

    We have lunch at an organic farm where all the food is prepared with natural products.

    In the afternoon we see another traditional practice in Transylvania; charcoal making. We see how charcoal is made, by burning wood for a long period of time and get to know and photograph the workers while they carry out their activity. The smoke and faces of the workers create great photo opportunities.

    Accommodation in Sibiu (Transylvania region)

    3,5 h
    Hotel Casa Luxemburg
    Hotel Casa Luxemburg
  • Day 9

    Sibiu- Rimetea - Coltesti

    We have a morning photo walk in the charming medieval town of Sibiu, roaming the cobbled streets, admiring the beautiful historic buildings and eye-catching roofs.

    We then travel, weather permitting, to a colorful lake created by residues from a neighboring mine. The lake has already drowned a village and the spire of the church emerges ominously from the lake. We can visit it only if the weather is good as the road is unpaved and can be impassible during rainy periods.

    In the afternoon we visit two beautiful villages of Hungarian heritage:  Rimetea and Coltesti.  In Coltesti we can hike to a nearby ruined fortress with a good ‘landscape’ view over the village and mountainous backdrop.

    Accommodation in Coltesti

    4,5 h
    Hotel Conacul Secuiesc
    Hotel Conacul Secuiesc
  • Day 10

    Coltesti - Cluj Napoca

    On the last day we travel back to Cluj-Napoca for the return flight home and hopefully with good memories and inimitable moments captured on camera.

    Departure flights should be after 11 am so there is enough time to get to the airport.

    1 h

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