Historic, Authentic and Beautiful. Romania is one of the most underrated countries in Europe, made famous by the tales of Dracula. From Maramures in the north, with it’s traditional medieval like peasant culture to the stunning Carpathian mountains around Brasov, Romania is set to amaze you and surprise you at every corner. Join us as we explore some of rural Romania’s hidden treasures over 11 days.
The ‘Rural Romania Photography Adventure’ will take you through the heartlands of the country as we travel up the backbone of Romania, the Carpathian mountains. Through historic Sibiu county all the way up to the famous region of Maramures and back down through the Alpuseni mountains. You sure will be in for a treat, with knowledgable local experts and hands on photographic tuition to take your image making skills to the next level, this sure won’t be a trip to miss.
- 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.
Explore Romania Through Images
Day 1 - Bucharest (Arrival)
Bună Ziua and welcome to Romania. We will arrive into Bucharest, the capital of Romania, in time for a meet and greet dinner and drinks in the evening so we can get to know each other and also 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 Ceausescu Palace, the Arc de Triumph or whatever takes your fancy.
Day 2 - Sibiu County
Sibiu is a beautiful county. Set in the foothills of Carpathians it is home to some really wonderful villages where local handicrafts men still practise century old 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. Over these days we’ll be walking around in the villages between houses and looking for photogenic opportunities in and outside houses. If we are lucky we may also get to spend some time with traditional shepherds in the hills surrounding Sibiu.
Day 4 - Sibiu County
Whilst in Sibiu we will be staying in mainly local homely guest-house accommodation that gives us the perfect locations to photograph this stunning county. Oh and there is no set itinerary. When photographing people we have to be flexible and allow for changes. Each day we will talk and exchange ideas whilst wandering and hearing the stories of the people who live in these villages.
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 very old region with extremely remote villages. Some of them villages 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 look at 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I bring a non-photographer with me?
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.
- Do I need travel insurance and visas?
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.
- Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
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.
- Can I pay for the trip in one payment?
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.
- Do you have a cancellation policy?
Cancelations and any changes you want to make to your tour can be found in our booking conditions here.
To put it simply, if you wish to cancel more than nine months prior to the date of departure we will refund any money paid (excluding the non-refundable deposit).
Cancellation under 6 months prior to the date of departure, will be liable to a refund of 75% of any money paid (excluding the non-refundable deposit).
Cancellation under 3 months prior to the date of departure, will be liable to a refund of 50% of any money paid (excluding the non-refundable deposit).
In the case of cancellation within 30 days prior to the date of departure, we withhold the right to refuse a refund for any money paid.
- Do you offer trip extensions?
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.
- Will my tour be guaranteed?
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.
- Is my money protected?
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
Dates: 10 Oct - 20 Oct 2017
Start Location: Bucharest
Maximum Participants: 6
Transport: Private Car
Food and Drink: Included
Payment Schedule: 3 Installments
What Should You ExpectRomania 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.
Mihnea TurcuRomanian 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.
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Jacob JamesTravel 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.
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Adventurer TourAdventurer 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.
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