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Romania in Autumn

Romania in Autumn Photo Tour

Itinerary for Romania in Autumn Photo Tour

Day 1 – Bucharest
Welcome to Romania! Upon arrival in Bucharest, after hotel check in we have our first shoot at the House of Parliament during blue hour. Built by the communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu, the House of the Parliament is the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon and offers great opportunities for architectural photography. Dinner in the city will give us an opportunity to sample some of Romania’s Balkan cuisine.

Overnight: Bucharest | Included meals: D.

Day 2 – Pestera
You will start the day with a photo walk in the old town of Bucharest. We will explore the narrow streets with French-style buildings and get to know the older part of this vibrant city. Then we will capture the two most famous castles in Romania. The first one is the royal castle called Peles and is a beautiful Neo-Reniassance building set in a picturesque location and the second one is Bran castle, famous for its association with Dracula, but in reality a medieval castle tastefully decorated by a Romanian queen in the 1920s. At Peles castle we can photograph inside but not with tripods, it is interesting from both the outside and inside. Bran castle is interesting to photograph from the distance.

Overnight: Pestera | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 3 – Pestera
We will have a sunrise 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 Mountains chain. With the spectacular colors of nature in fall and we’ll be sure to get some stunning shots! Romania is home for the largest population of bears in Europe so today we will go to an observatory, deep in the forest, to see them in the wild and to photograph them. At the end of the day we will return to Bran where we will have a shoot with the castle during the blue hour.

Overnight: Pestera | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 4 – Viscri
We can start the day with another shoot at the sunrise as today we will leave this region and head north to other destinations of our tour. Then we will have a photo walk in Brasov, a charming town laid between mountains. We will explore the cobbled streets of the old town with its German and Romanian quarters and we will photograph the old historic buildings and defensive walls and towers. Prepare to make a serious step back in time as in the afternoon we will take a horse cart and go to a sheepfold. There we will see how shepherds live, how they take care of the sheep and how they prepare the milk products. If we are lucky we might also see how they milk the sheep..

Overnight: Viscri | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 5 – Hunter Vip in Reghin
We will have a sunrise shoot in the village of Viscri and then we will visit the beautiful fortified church of the village. As the sun rises the village wakes up to life and the streets bustle with cows going to pastures and villagers heading to the milk collection center to give the milk they’ve just milked from their cows. This is one of the busiest times of the day in the village and truly fascinating to see. The village was populated for 800 years by the thriving German-Saxon population of Transylvania and the rich heritage left behind when they moved back to Germany is worth having a look at. We will explore the streets with German-style colourful houses and we will go to a blacksmith to see him working the steel. Dinner and wine tasting at the winery set up in a wonderful hilly region. We will be in the winery at the time of the golden hour so if the light conditions are good we can also capture some very good pictures.

Overnight: Reghin | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 6 – Bucovina
We will wake up early in the morning to be back at the vineyard and capture the warm light of the sunrise. Then we will head to the next region of our tour: Bucovina. On our way we need to cross the Carpathian Mountains through Tihuta Pass and once we leave behind the forest, a spectacular scenery lays in front of us with valleys and majestic mountains and small farms with haystacks in their yards. The traditional painting of eggs is an appreciated craft, especially here in Bucovina, so in the afternoon we will visit a lady who paints eggs, learn about the tradition and photograph her at work. It’s a good opportunity to learn about the local culture and for people photography.

Overnight: Bucovina | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 7 – Bucovina
In the early morning we will have a sunrise shot. We will photograph the countryside where the fall landscape is enriched with small wooden cottages where villagers keep their hay. Bucovina is known as “the land of the painted monasteries” so today we will visit some of its beautiful monasteries which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage. We will start with Sucevita monastery, featuring a large number and well preserved frescoes and being surrounded by a high stone wall. From the hill nearby we will be able to shot some nice pictures with the monastery and its walls. Then we will visit the Voronet monastery, which is the most famous of all monasteries from Bucovina due to its blue paintings. The composition of the paint continues to remain a mystery even now, more than 500 years after the church was built

Overnight: Bucovina | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 8 – Maramures region
We will leave Bucovina behind and we will head west to Maramures region. We will cross one more time the mountains, this time through Prislop Pass, so we will have more opportunities to photograph the fall landscape with trees in shades of red, brown and yellow. After we enter in the Maramures region we will go straight to one of its specific wooden churches, also included in the UNESCO World Heritage. People from Maramures used to have a lot of wood as raw material as the region is surrounded by dense forests. Therefore, they used the wood to build houses and churches and they became skilful in the art of wood, gates and objects beautifully sculpted decorating now their homes. The church is placed in a cemetery and with good light can make very interesting compositions.

Overnight: Maramures region | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 9 – Maramures region
We will start the morning with a visit to Barsana, a wooden monastic complex from Maramures where we will have spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and its specific wooden buildings. So we can learn more about the art of wood in Barsana we will visit a local wood carver and photograph him and his workshop. Next stop on our tour is at the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, which is probably the only “happy” cemetery in the world as the crosses are decorated with vivid colours and funny poems about the life of the deceased. After visiting the cemetery we will head to the workshop of the man that makes the crosses from the cemetery. In the afternoon we will go to a brandy distillery so we can see how the locals prepare the “palinca”, a strong local brandy which doesn’t miss from locals’ table at a feast or important event.

Overnight: Maramures region | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 10 – Cluj-Napoca
On our last day in Maramures we will travel to Viseu where we will photograph one of the last fully functional narrow-gauge steam train in Europe. If we are lucky we will see 2 or 3 trains passing by so we can change locations as travel through the valley, next to the river and surrounded by forested mountains. Then we will travel to Cluj-Napoca, located in the region of Transylvania, where we will have a walk through the old center so we can get a feel for the place and see its beautiful architecture. The day ends with a blue hour session in the city center.

Overnight: Cluj-Napoca | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 11 – going home
You will be transferred to the airport so you can catch your flight back home.

Included meals: B.



October 18 – 28, 2019


11 days / 10 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, people, nature, wildlife,culture





Hunter Vip



Mamures region


EURO $3890
per person in double room
EURO $290
Single supplement

Price includes

  • Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
  • all acomondations
  • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • All transfers included into the route plan by with 9 seater minivan.
  • Fees for visiting national park zones and museums.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • 2 Professional photographer guidance

not included:

  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance, health insurances.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
  • Model fees
  • What is not mentioned as included


Photography Instructors


Tim Vollmer

Tim has devoted his life to photography, which has been his long held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt himself drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and in many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that are unique to each country. His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur and an adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family currently lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in Czech Republic.

Phone: (00420) 732203764

See his Website:

Photography workshops

Dean J. Tatooles

Chicago-based photographer, Dean J. Tatooles, is the owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris. In his professional career, Dean has specialized in landscape and wildlife photography and indigenous portraiture. His travels have taken him across all seven continents multiple times.

Dean works primarily with Nikon digital SLR equipment to capture his wildlife images and indigenous portraits and a Linhof 617 S III Technorama medium format panoramic camera to produce his majestic landscapes. At a young age, Dean became fascinated with the topography, culture and wildlife of certain locations in the Southern Hemisphere. In that spirit, he created Southern Cross Galleries after the constellation that bears its name and is only visible from below the Equator. His hope is that his work touches that sense of adventure in everyone and that viewers of his photographs will be transported to another time and place, even if it’s for just a moment.

As owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris, Dean in conjunction with his global partners, has lead photo tours all across the globe. The world is his workplace and Dean is eager to share his passion for photography with others whenever he can. Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris’ photo tours are always small and intimate –with rarely more than six to eight guests on a given trip. Wherever possible, mass tourism and the norm are avoided, opting for the more “off the beaten path” locations. Dean understands that light and timing are everything in creating that perfect photo and makes sure to have his guests in the right place at the right time to maximize opportunities. Accordingly, scheduling is flexible and his tours adapt constantly to conditions on the ground. Dean is happy to have many return guests over the years and hopes that you will choose to travel with us on your next adventure.

Phone: +1 (312) 898-0248

See his Website:

Dean J. Tatooles

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18 Oct – Oct 28, 2019


This is an overview of our currently scheduled photo tours and workshops. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in a booking. New trips are added periodically, so please revisit our website often to keep up to date on recently added itineraries.

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Romania in Autumn February 28, 2018