Photo Tour in Transylvania

Photo Tour in Transylvania

Capture idyllic countryside through your lens

5 Days

This photo tour of Southern Transylvania focuses on the richest German-Saxon heritage in Romania featuring charming towns and villages with well-preserved characteristic houses and old traditions still carried by local people. You will explore the surroundings of Sibiu, where you will be able to photograph beautiful landscapes with gentle mountains and quaint villages, craftsmen that continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors and village people that work the land as centuries ago.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1, October 18  Arrival in Cluj-Napoca

Day 2, October 19  Morning shoot and photographing local craftsmen and farmers

Day 3, October 20  Sunrise in Biertan and countryside

Day 4, October 21  Visit to a local blacksmith and an organic farm

Day 5, October 22  Departure from Cluj-Napoca

Why travel with us

Day 1 18th of October 2017 – Wednesday

  • Arrival in Cluj-Napoca
  • Shoot in the warm evening light before sunset
  • Travel to Orlat village

village of biertan transylvania romania

Accommodation in Orlat.

Drive time: 3h

Day 2 19th of October 2017 – Thursday

  • Sunrise shooting – landscape with mountains in the distance and picturesque villages in the foreground
  • Visit local craftsmen – blacksmith, brick-maker or harness-maker
  • Visit a glass making factory
  • Stop by the side of the road to get to know and photograph farmers working in the fields
  • Workshop in late afternoon – look through pictures and discuss how they can be improved

Glass Making in Romania

Accommodation in Biertan.

Drive time: 3h

Day 3 20th of October 2017 – Friday

  • Sunrise shoot in Biertan village
  • Meet a Roma coppersmith family
  • Visit a family that makes charcoal using a traditional method by slowly burning wood over a long period of time

Photo Tour of Transylvania - Visiting a coppersmith

Accommodation in Biertan.

Drive time: 3h

Day 4 21st of October 2017 – Saturday

  • Capture the sunrise in Biertan
  • Meet a local blacksmith and see how he works
  • Have lunch at an organic farm
  • Review the pictures taken

Photo Tour of Romania - Blacksmith

Accommodation in Cluj.

Drive time: 3h

Day 5 22nd of October 2017 – Sunday

  • Transfer to the airport
  • Departure from Cluj-Napoca

Photo Tour in Transylvania - Shepherd

Drive time: 20′

 

Suggested Itinerary Viewed On Map

Suggested Accommodation

Unglerus Guesthouse Biertan

Unglerus Guesthouse 3* – Biertan

Initially one of the village’s old German-Saxon buildings, Unglerus Guesthouse managed to preserve its authentic medieval atmosphere even after its renovation. The 32 rooms are large, with hard wooden floors and high ceilings and decorated with antique furniture. From the windows you can see the impressive fortified church, as the building is located close to the central square. The restaurant serves traditional, delicious meals accompanied by one of the best wines of the region.
ileana guesthouse orlat

Ileana Guesthouse – Orlat

Ileana is a traditional guesthouse from Marginimea Sibiului region in Transylvania, having a high entrance gate and inner courtyard covered with a curtain of vines. It offers a pleasant stay in 5 traditional rooms and the hospitality of the hosts and the meals they cook are the main reasons to love this place. While serving the tasteful home-cooked meals the welcoming hosts will tell you stories about themselves, life in the village, about their traditions or about the art of icon glass painting as the lady of the house is also an artist.

Photo Tour Leaders

Jesper is from Berlin, Germany and began to take pictures in 2005 while he was a student. What started first as a hobby, turned quickly into a passion. He is a collector of moments and wants to share his knowledge of photography. He believes that the best way to learn is doing, therefore his workshops focus more on taking picture than on theory. For him it is really important to get a feeling for photography and to educate yourself in the way you see through the camera. You can make great pictures with a bad camera, if you got the feeling, but the other way around it’s not going to work.



Daniel is a Romanian tour guide since 2011 and the very first tour he organized was for photographers. Since then he ran tours for several international photo tour leaders including a Pulitzer Prize winner so he became very aware of the specific needs of photographers. He really loves the rural areas and people practicing traditional occupations and helps photographers interact with them. Previously he worked for Microsoft, Soros Foundation, Ecosistemi, Deloitte and AIESEC, lived in 4 different countries and traveled to another 30 on 4 continents.


Included Services

  • Accommodation for 4 nights in standard double room (with private bathroom), breakfast included
    • 1 night in Orlat, near Sibiu at a rural guesthouse
    • 2 nights in Biertan
    • 1 night in Cluj at Hotel Rao, 3*
  • Accommodation for the photo tour leader in a single room is included
  • Visits to craftsmen and locals mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide services throughout the program (accommodation and meals are included).
  • Transfer by 8+1 seats minibus on the above itinerary (Renault Trafic, Mercedes Vito, VW Transporter or similar)
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)

For prices please contact us for details.

Traveler’s Reviews

Enis from Turkey
“Being interested in photography, this trip definitely had an impact on my experience and I learned a lot being there.  In no moment I felt like a tourist or a guest, it was like being with friends that I have known for a long time. Thanks for this amazing experience; I hope to see you again in Transylvania again in the future.”