a romaniaN winter
photography workshop

february 2 - february 12, 2019

$4,775 (per person, based on double occupancy)

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Day 1 – Lasi

You will arrive in Iasi and you will be transferred to the hotel located in the heart of the city. In the afternoon we will have a walk in the city and photograph during the blue hour and then have a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Lasi

Included meals: D.

Day 2 – Bucovina

Photograph a steam train in Bucovina and our first sunset in the countryside.

In the morning we will head towards Bucovina, the land of churches and spectacular natural settings. Once there, we will have the opportunity to shoot Mocanita Hutulca, one of Romania’s narrow-gauge steam trains. As the train travels through villages, forests and by the river we can capture it in motion. In late afternoon we will have a sunset shoot and be able to photograph the picturesque landscape dotted with haystacks, barns and lined with fences.

Overnight: Bucovina

Included meals: B, L, D.

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Day 3 – Bucovina

Painted monasteries and traditional crafts.                    

We will start the day with a sunrise shoot of the village, after which it will be time to discover Bucovina’s most famous attractions, the Painted Monasteries. Most of the monasteries date from the 15th and 16th centuries and are impressive examples of Byzantine art.

We will visit Sucevita Monastery, set in a beautiful location among gentle hills and Voronet Monastery, known for its colorful frescoes and unique shade of blue.

We can walk up on the nearby hill and photograph it and its impressive surrounding walls from a distance. As we drive through the countryside we can expect to see people traveling by horse carts, sometimes with large loads of hay - very interesting to see and photograph. As we meet such opportunities, we will stop and photograph.

Overnight: Bucovina

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 4 – Lazarea, Harghita

Photograph swans and beautiful mountain scenery and gorge.

We will leave behind the region of Bucovina and travel towards Transylvania. One of the stops along the way will be at Pangarati Lake, a place where hundreds of birds live during the cold winters. We can photograph swans and wild ducks as they glide across the clear surface of the water.

We will drive though more mountain scenery and then pass through the Bicaz gorge, an 8-kilometers-long route bordered by impressive mountainous rocks. Nearby there is a small natural lake where we will stop if the conditions are good for photography.

Overnight: Lazarea, Harghita

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 5 – Biertan

Ride a dog-drawn sledge and have a blue hour shoot at a fortress.

In the morning we will have the opportunity for capturing the beautiful Harghita Mountains (part of the Carpathians) by riding a dog-drawn sleigh. We will glide through the snow-covered trails in the sled pulled by a team of Siberian Huskies and take in the surrounding scenery, while enjoying a bit of adrenaline!

The rest of the day will be spent in Biertan, a village of Transylvanian Saxon heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit the fortified church, an imposing monument that overlooks the entire village and valley and photograph it at blue hour.

Overnight: Biertan

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 6 – Fagaras Mountains

Visit a gypsy family and stay at an ice hotel.

You will start the day with a sunrise shoot in the hills of Biertan, followed by a visit to a Roma family. You can have an insight into the gypsy culture and learn about their unique traditions. As the man is a copper smith, you will be able to photograph him at work and together with his family.

You will then drive towards the Balea Waterfall from where you will take a cable car up to Balea Lake, where the ice hotel is built every year.

The hotel is located high in the Fagaras Mountains, at an altitude of over 2000m. It has double rooms and igloos decorated with furniture made entirely of ice, an ice restaurant where you can serve your meals and even a church made of ice. The ice constructions as well as the mountain landscape also make for interesting photo opportunities.

Overnight: in a Ice Hotel

Included meals: B, L, D.

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Day 7 – Brasov

Discover Brasov.

We come down from the mountains and head towards Brasov, a medieval city surrounded by the Carpathians. There we will have a photo walk around the old town, to admire and capture the colorful houses, the defensive walls and towers.

Later in the afternoon, we will be able to photograph from a distance the imposing Bran Castle, perched on top of rocks and surrounded by a dense forest.

Overnight: Pestera

Included meals: B, L,D.

Day 8 – Transylvanian Mountains

Discover Brasov and capture the beauty of the Transylvanian Mountains.

We start the morning with a sunrise and golden hour shoot in the mountains in one of the most beautiful regions of Romania between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, which are both part of the Carpathians.

The rest of the day will be spent in the same setting, photographing some of the most picturesque mountain villages from the Transylvania region. The area has many traditional houses scattered around the hills and country roads bordered by wooden fences, which offer great photography compositions with nature and human settlements.

Overnight: Pestera

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 9 – Bran Castle

Visit the Bear Sanctuary and Bran Castle.

Romania is home to the largest bear population in Europe. Wild bears hibernate in winter but in Zarnesti there is a sanctuary where formerly captive bears are now kept in safe conditions. We’ll be able to observe them in their natural habitat and find out their moving stories.

Our next attraction is Bran Castle. Usually associated with Dracula, Bran Castle is actually a beautiful medieval castle in Transylvania, tastefully decorated by the queen in the 1920s. Among the many rooms of the castle, we will encounter a room named after “Bram Stoker” where you can find out the story of Vlad the Impaler, the man behind Dracula’s legend.

Overnight: Pestera

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 10 – Bucharest

On our last day we will travel to Bucharest and on the way we can stop to photograph a castle or some of mountain landscapes we will see on the way. In Bucharest, we will have a walk in the city, explore the pedestrian-friendly old town with lots of beautiful buildings and interesting street photography opportunities. As evening comes we will go to the Palace of Parliament and photograph it during blue hour.

We will have our farewell dinner at one the traditional restaurants in Bucharest, an ideal time to share with the group our best memories of Romania!

Overnight: Bucharest

Included meals: B, L, D.

Day 11 – going home

We will be transferred to the airport so we can catch flight back home, or to our next adventure!

Included meals: B.

PRICE: $4,775

  • Per person in double occupancy room

  • $360 additional for single room accommodation

price includes

  • Service of English-speaking guides
  • Private ground transportation to all locations
  • Accommodation according to itinerary
  • All meals described into the tour itinerary
  • All admissions and activity expenses as noted on itinerary
  • All transfers with four wheel drive cars (Dacia Duster or similar) max 3 passengers plus driver
  • Private airport-hotel transfers
  • Expert photography guidance

price does not include

  • International airfare to Lasi
  • International airfare from Bucharest
  • Optional tours
  • Alcoholic beverages, drinks, sodas
  • Tips and travel insurance
  • What is not mentioned as included


tour overview:

  • Dates: February 2 - February 12, 2019
  • Price: $4,775 (per person, based on double occupancy)
  • Location: Romania
  • Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques

Points of interest: 

  • Lasi

  • Bucovina

  • Lazarea

  • Biertan

  • Fagaras Mountains

  • Brasov

  • Transylvanian Mountains

  • Bucharest

Photography guide: Tim Vollmer

Photography guide: Marisa Marulli

Photography guide: Marisa Marulli

I am very happy to recommend Tim and his work. His landscape photography is simply beautiful. Tim’s appreciation of light, composition and his ability to capture the moment is exquisite; with the results on his site speak for themselves.
— Rocky Kirschner
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