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Romania in winter time

Romania Photo Tour

“Picturesque winter landscapes ”


Itinerary for Romania Photo Tour

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 you will head towards Bucovina, the land of churches and spectacular natural settings. Once there, you 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 you can capture it in motion. In late afternoon you 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.

Day 3 – Bucovina
Painted Monasteries and traditional crafts. You 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 them date from the 15th and 16th centuries and are impressive examples of Byzantine art. You 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 travelling by horse carts, sometimes with a big load of day, very interesting to see and photograph. As we will 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. You 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. You can photograph swans and wild ducks as they glide across the clear surface of the water. You 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 also 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 you will have the opportunity for capturing the beautiful Harghita Mountains (part of the Carpathians) by riding a dog-drawn sleigh. You can glide through the snow-covered trails in a dog sledge 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. You will visit the fortified church (locals call it fortress), an imposing monument that overlooks the entire village and valley and photograph it at the 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.

Day 7 – Brasov
Discover Brasov. You will come down from the mountains and head towards Brasov, a medieval city surrounded by the Carpathians. There you 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, you 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. Capture the beauty of the Transylvanian Mountains. 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. You’ll be able to observe them in their natural habitat and find out their moving stories. The next attraction on the list is Bran Castle. Usually associated with Dracula, Bran Castle is actually a beautiful medieval castle in Transylvania, tastefully decorated by our queen in the 1920s. Among the many rooms of the castle, you 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 your last day you will travel to Bucharest and one the way we can stop either 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 the blue hour.
We will have our farewell dinner at one the traditional restaurants in Bucharest, an ideal time to share with the group your best memories of Romania.

Overnight: Bucharest | 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.



February 2 – 12, 2019


11 days / 10 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, people, nature, wildlife, culture





Fagaras Mountains


Transylvanian Mountains



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 with four wheel drive cars (Dacia Duster or similar) max 3 passengers plus driver
  • Fees for visiting national park zones and museums.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • 2 Professional photographer guidance

not included:

  • International Airfare
  • 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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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 winter time February 28, 2018