Romanian photographer Mihnea Turcu is based in Bucharest but has travelled extensively both in Romania and the wider world. His work is based around capturing the essence of humanity in the most traditional corners of his country.
Travel and cultural documentary photographer Jacob James has a passion for immersing himself in new cultures and experiences. His work revolves around capturing the human side of life for people right across the globe, whether that’s the nuances in different cultures that make us all unique, or the simple, instinctual emotions that deep down we all have in common.
Romania is the gem of eastern Europe. Stunning mountain landscapes, traditional rural life and some of the most hospitable people in Europe. Despite it's often damaging stereotypes, Romania is a country that will tug on your heartstrings and make you want to come back. With good accessibility and accommodation across the country this will be an incredible adventure without losing too much comfort.
Adventurer by name, adventurous by nature. Our Adventurer tours are for those of you who love to take the path less beaten, to explore beneath the skin of a country and to find those magical moments of authenticity. To hear stories from those who live the wonderful cultures of this planet and to photograph real life, as we find it, wherever that may be.
Photograph the saxon villages of Sibiu and discover the handicraftsmen that still practice their traditional methods.
Explore the magic of Maramures as we step back in time.
Photograph daily life around the harvest season
Discover the remote Alpuseni mountains, where untouched villages give a glimpse of historic rural life.
Day 1 - Bucharest (Arrival)
Bună Ziua and welcome to Romania We will arrive into Bucharest, the capital of Romania, in time for an evening meal and drinks. During this ‘meet and greet’ dinner we can get to know each other and discuss the next ten days. Depending on your arrival time into Bucharest there may be an opportunity for you to explore the city during the afternoon and see the famous sites such as the Ceausescu Palace or the Arc de Triumph.
Day 2 - Sibiu County
Set in the foothills of Carpathians, Sibiu is home to some wonderful villages where local handicraftsmen still practise traditional skills such as leather work and fleecing. It will be your first experience of rural Romania on this trip and is a wonderful introduction to life in the Romanian countryside. The drive from Bucharest is around 3.5hrs so this will leave us plenty of time to explore the region.
Day 3 - Sibiu County
Sibiu county is the perfect location to get a taste of rural Romanian life. During this time we’ll be looking for photogenic opportunities within the villages themselves and in the homes we visit. If we’re lucky, we may also get to spend some time with traditional shepherds in the hills surrounding Sibiu.
Day 4 - Sibiu County
To make the most of the stunning location, we will be staying in local, homely guest-house accommodation in Sibiu. When photographing people we have to be flexible and allow for changes, so there is no set itinerary for this section. Each day we will explore the village whilst talking to the local people, exchanging ideas and hearing their stories.
Day 5 - Maramures
An early rise will see us driving to the historic region of Maramures. With a lunch stop in the second largest city in Romania, Cluj Napoca. We will aim to arrive into Maramures in time to photograph the beautiful landscape and people working, just as the sun lowers and the light becomes magical.
Day 6 - Maramures
Maramures is the jewel of rural Romania. Said to be home to the last remaining peasant culture in Europe, Maramures is a wonderful region that is famous for it’s wooden churches and hay bales that cover the landscape.
Day 7 - Maramures
If traditional wooden house and churches weren’t enough to wet your appetite then hopefully the epic mountain scenery, incredible hospitality and photogenic locals should do it. Maramures is a look back into time where people still cut hay by hand and transport their goods by horse and cart.
Day 8 - Maramures
Having the freedom of an open schedule means we don't have to keep to any strict timings. As we wander through the villages, stopping for food and palinka on the way, you'll soon discover what makes Romania so special. You'll also find that the best images of these regions aren’t set up, they are often the ones we will find by wandering and listening to the stories of locals.
Day 9 - Alpuseni Mountains
The next stop on our journey is the Apuseni mountains; a traditional region with extremely remote villages. Many villages here are still frozen in time with old houses and archaic family life. This is your chance to discover a region that is away from the tourist routes and can give you a true, unadultered view of traditional Romanian life.
Day 10 - Alpuseni Mountains
Access to many of the villages in this region will require a steady 2-3hr hike where we can take in the amazing scenery on offer. These days will be some of the longest but no doubt the most rewarding!
Day 11 - Bucharest (Farewell)
On our final full day, we will make the journey back to Bucharest. The final day will give us plenty of opportunity to relax and discuss the journey we've had. There will be an opportunity to do a portfolio review and some post processing advice too. We'll end the evening with some drinks and food before you depart the following day - hopefully with a hard drive full of amazing photos!
Of course! If your partner in crime wants to join our adventure they’re more than welcome. All our tours are designed to immerse you fully into the culture of the destinations that we visit. We think even non-photographers would find this pretty fascinating. The only caveat we have is that this is first and foremost a photography adventure and any accompanying non-photographers would be required to stay with us at all times throughout the tour.
Yes. It is a mandatory requirement on all of our tours that each participant has their own travel insurance policy. We highly recommend a travel insurance policy that not only covers medical expenses and repatriation but also covers your personal belongings and liability. For more information on travel insurance and our suggested providers please visit our travel services section.
Also, as a traveller with Intrepid Exposures, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visas and travel documents. Despite the fact we can’t sell you visas directly, we work with a number of partners who can find you the best solution to match your needs. If you need help arranging visas for any of our tours, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
We will try our very best to cater to any dietary needs, that being said we cannot always guarantee it due to the remoteness of some of the places we stay. We will notify you if this is the case and work with you to come up with a fair solution. As long as you notify us of any requirements or allergies when booking your trip we will do our best to accommodate any needs you have.
Yes, of course! Unfortunately our website doesn't offer this functionality yet. If you wish to pay the deposit and then the remainder in one instalment you can do so using the website. If you would instead like to pay for the trip in its entirety in one payment, please contact us directly and we can advise you on the best way to do this.
We do, but on a trip by trip basis. Some tours naturally lend themselves to extensions, others not so much. Please consult the individual tour pages for more details on the extensions offered. If you would like to create your own personal tour extension, please contact us directly for assistance in doing so.
We do everything in our power to make sure out tours run smoothly, that being said there’s certain things we can’t control. Natural disaster or conflicts in the areas we travel may mean that we have to rearrange our plans and itineraries. However, we will keep a close eye on developments in the areas we travel and notify you if there are any issues or doubts.
In a word, Yes. All our tours are covered by Protected Travel Insurance (PTS). This means that your money goes into a protected bank account and can’t be accessed by us until you get back from your trip, so should anything happen your money is 100% protected. Find out more