Romania Winter Photo Tour

“Picturesque winter landscapes”


During our Romania Winter Photo Tour, a member of the European Union since 2007. On this photo tour, you will encounter some of the most charming landscapes in Europe and an old and traditional way of living like nowhere else.

Photograph beautiful Romanian castles and cross the Carpathian Mountains for a visit to Transylvania, which is well known for its Dracula stories. Capture the winter in flowing hills and landscapes, that make this a pristine location for photography.

Not to forget about its rich history. Many things here are still being done the way they have always been done, from agricultural work to transportation.

Romania Winter Photo Tour


  • Bucovina. Sunrise in the vineyard. Crossing the Carpathian Mountains. Spectacular scenery with valleys and majestic mountains, small farms, haystacks.
  • Lazarea. Impressive mountainous rocks, nearby there is also a small natural lake where we will stop if the conditions are good for photography. You can photograph swans and wild ducks as they glide across the clear surface of the water.
  • Biertan. a village of Transylvanian Saxon heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can glide through the snow-covered trails in a dog sled.
  • Fagaras Mountains. Visit a gypsy family and stay at an ice hotel
  • Pestera. The old part of Bucharest, an exploration of the narrow streets. Famous castles. Includes Bran Castle (associated with Dracula)
  • Viscri. Sunrise, head north to mountain town Brasov. Explore cobbled streets, historic buildings, defense walls & towers.
  • Hunter Vip in Reghin. Fortified church in a Transylvanian village. Old heritage. Golden hour wine tasting.
  • “Land of the painted monasteries”, UNESCO World Heritage.
  • “Merry Cemetery” in Sapanta with colorfully decorated wooden crosses.
  • Cluj-Napoca. Last fully functional narrow-gauge steam train in Europe.
  • Pestera. The old part of Bucharest, an exploration of the narrow streets. Famous castles. Includes Bran Castle (associated with Dracula)

Images from the past

Romania Winter Photo Tours

Itinerary of Romania Winter 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 the 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 upon 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 a big load of the 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 through 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 coppersmith, 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 an 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 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 parts 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 the 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 of 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.

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January 29 – February 7, 2021


11 Days / 10 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, people, nature, wildlife, culture






Fagaras Mountains


Transylvanian Mountains



  • All meals described into the tour itinerary
  • 10 nights Accommodation
  • All transfers with four-wheel drive cars (Dacia Duster or similar)  max 3 passengers plus driver
  • Entrance tickets to tourist sites & activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private airport-hotel transfers
  • Professional photographer guidance

Not Included:

  • International flights to Lasi
  • International flights from Bucharest
  • Optional tours
  • Drinks/sodas
  • Tips and Travel Insurance

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel to Lasi and from Bucharest

Join me on this Romania Winter Photo Tour

Photography Instructor for the Romania Winter Photo Tour

Tim Vollmer

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CEO & Founder

Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is 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 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 lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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