There is nothing like experiencing a place for the first time. I have traveled all over Western Europe, but the closest I have been to the southeastern nations is Greece and Turkey. Now I am traveling to the native land of my good friend and long time assistant, Gavriel Jecan. Other than as the home to vampires, gymnasts and despots, Romania remains unknown to most.
We will travel to Gavriel’s ancient hometown of Brasov, nestled in the Carpathian Alps. We will be traveling just as the untouched forests in the Carpathians are turning golden, which will lend a great backdrop to the very traditional 12th century villages we will be passing through.
We will visit several orthodox monasteries, famous for their medieval murals, and we will engage the diverse peoples, Roma, ethnic Hungarian and German, as well as Romanian, all along the way. With Gavriel as our guide it will be like visiting a good friend, not like traveling with a standard tour guide. It is a trip I am eagerly awaiting.
Led by Art Wolfe
Assisted by Gavriel Jecan
Limited to 10 participants
Transportation and Accommodation
All meals, lodging, and transportation specified on the itinerary are included. You will be responsible for your flight to and from Romania. You are encouraged to arrive one day prior to the workshop so that there is no worry of flight delays causing any problems.
*This tour is just being finalized now, the itinerary will be adjusted with additional information when it becomes available.
Oct 4 Fri Bucharest
Arrive in Bucharest and transfer to Brasov medieval city over the Carpathian mountains in to Transylvania. Check in to the hotel and Dinner
Oct 5 Sat Brasov
After breakfast will be visiting and photographing the historical medieval city of Brasov and its attractions (Black church, St. Nicolas church) Lunch and continue our journey to the Prejmer fortified church (UNESCO world heritage site). Return to Brasov to photograph the sunset and Dinner, pack up for our departure in the morning
Oct 6 Sun Brasov-Magura
After Breakfast will drive through the mountains to Rishnov castle, during our journey will photograph fall color and forest landscapes, Lunch, after lunch will visit the Risnov Castle. After our photo session will drive up to the Village of Magura where will spend the night.
Oct 7 Mon Magura
Sunrise photo session before breakfast. After breakfast will walk through the village, photograph rural landscapes, lifestyle and landscapes. Before sunset will visit the Castle Bran (this is known as the Dracula castle). Return to our accommodation in Magura for dinner and a good nights rest.
Oct 8 Tue Village of Viscri
After breakfast will depart for the Village of Viscri, where we will photograph the local blacksmith, horse shoeing operations, and other traditional Romanian occupations. Sleep overnight in a traditional house which was remodeled by Prince Charles.
Oct 9 Wed Sighisoara
After breakfast the group will photograph another world heritage fortified church. Drive to Sighisoara, on route will grab Lunch. Sighisoara is a well known medieval city. Check in and photograph the last light of the day through this fascinating medieval city.
Oct 10 Thurs Sighisoara
Breakfast and morning architecture photography, then will drive to a Gipsy village – Brates to photograph their lifestyle and Architecture. Return to Sighisoara for dinner and pack for our next day departure.
Oct 11 Fri Maramuresh
After Breakfast will Drive towards Maramuresh, North West Romania, with frequent stops to photograph landscapes and villages. Lunch en route. Overnight in Maramuresh
Oct 12 Sat Ieud
After breakfast will photograph the hilltops villages and landscapes of this remote area, on route to Ieud town where the group will overnight.
Oct 13 Sun Ieud
Sunrise over Ieud mountains and valleys, Panorama of the villages and churches pocking through the morning mist. After the morning field session the group will breakfast together. After breakfast we will have a photo session in the Orthodox church, documenting the Sunday traditional service. During the day we will visit and photograph the craftsman’s workshops, while in the afternoon we will visit the Ieud Catholic church and Sunday traditional service, Dinner.
Oct 14 Mon Moldovita
After breakfast will drive to Joy Cemetery in Sapinta village. We will stop in Sigetul Marmatiei for lunch and photography and continue our journey to Moldovita in Bucovina region. Dinner and a good night rest in Moldovita. (this will be our accommodation for the next three days)
Oct 15 Tue Moldovita
After breakfast will photograph the local tradition, villages and landscapes.
Oct 16 Wed Moldovita
After breakfast will photograph the Moldovita monastery, Lunch and drive to Sucevita monastery, Photograph the village life and dinner
Oct 17 Thur Moldovita
Drive to Suceava airport to fly to Bucharest, where will connect with our international flights home
156 km: Bucharest, Romania (OTP / LROP) Henri Coanda International Airport
158 km: Sibiu, Romania (SBZ / LRSB) Sibiu International Airport
180 km: Targu-Mures, Romania (TGM / LRTM) Târgu Mureș Transilvania International Airport
183 km: Bucharest, Romania (BBU / LRBS) Bucharest Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport
This Trip Includes:
- Photographic composition seminar and master in-the-field photography instruction
- Romania-based, expert photographer, instructor/assistant support
- Lodging and meals throughout the tour
- Daily services of guide/driver accompanying the trip throughout
- Daily services of air-conditioned, 15-pax van (extra room for gear) transportation to photography destinations