Escorted Cultural Tours to Romania

Rustic + Rural Romania

Transylvania • Maramures • Bucovina


Parents and son filtering milk through handkerchief in Jina Transylvania Romania by Ralph Velasco
Man shoveling hay into barn in Transylvania Romania by Ralph Velasco
Two Brothers Sitting at Table in Jina Transylvania Romania by Ralph Velasco
Milkman with horse in river in Bucovina Romania
Proud blacksmith showing horseshoe marginea in Bucovina Romania
Woman peeling fruit before throwing it into a pot in Sarbi Maramures Romania
Young boy with cat on stairs at brick makers Viscri Transylvania Romania
Bran Transylvania Romania
Older Man and Sons with Sheep and Sun Rays in Sheep Fold Jina Transylvania Romania
Fresh ripe tomatoes at a Market in Sighetu Marmatiel Maramures Romania
Family working hay stacks
Family Working Hay Stacks
Sheep Herder with Flock
Older Women with Yellow Scarf
Morning Mist over farm and field
Milkman on cart with white horse over river
Blacksmith Brothers Chatting
A Honey Bee house production
Bucovina Romania
Bucovina Romania
Closeup of milkman horse cart
Landscape in Morning Mist Vama Bucovina

Learn Photography in Beautiful Romania


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On this tour we’ll visit some of the most picturesque regions of Romania where an abundance of people, architecture, landscape, food, animal and other photo opportunities abound.

After a short glimpse of Bucharest, we’ll make our way to the region of Maramures, one of the last truly rural areas in Europe. Assuming normal weather conditions we’ve timed our trip to put us in this unique part of the country during the “hay harvest” so that we’ll be able to see the locals, young and old, cutting hay with a scythe, piling haystacks many meters high, and transporting the final product by horse drawn carts as has been done for centuries.

From Maramures we’ll cross the Carpathian Mountains into Bucovina. In this region we’ll visit the world famous painted monasteries in Moldovita and Sucevita and discover the art of meticulously hand-painting eggs. The hills and winding roads of Bucovina offer breathtaking landscapes and are a great place to view and photograph the beginning and end of the day, and we’ll be sure you have several opportunities to do just that.

Next we’ll explore the often-misunderstood region of Transylvania, where we’ll find charming medieval towns and villages such as Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Viscri. If we can arrange it, a highlight of this area will be a chance to visit the simple hamlet of a working shepherd and his family, high up in the mountains at the time when they’re herding and milking the sheep. At the end of our visit we’ll have an opportunity to taste some of their delicious homemade cheese and milk products, right on site.

Finally we’ll wind down our tour by spending time in a pleasant hotel set among some of Romania’s most beautiful nature. This area is surrounded by imposing mountains, rolling hills, lush forests, endless haystacks, grazing animals and people of all ages working the fields. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore this area on your own and as a group.

Join me for a unique trip filled with beauty and impressive photo opportunities in Rustic and Rural Romania!

Special Note: This is a trip that I’m leading in conjunction with my friends over at Jim Cline Photo Tours.  I’ve worked with Jim and his staff over the years on a number of trips and they’ve gone without a hitch.  Rest assured that this trip is made up of our carefully scouted and planned itinerary, and that I will be leading the tour.  At the same time you can count on the vast experience of Jim and his excellent staff who have been organizing, administering and leading photo tours around the world for well over a decade.

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    Carole Haner-Brackett Photography Basics Meetup participant
  • “Thanks again for such an amazing trip…my photography interest and appetite has completely grown since the trip and I have come back so invigorated and inspired.  I’m excited to learn more and begin to take some higher quality pictures.”

    Sarah Radka Cuba tour participant
  • “Thanks for a great trip.  All went smoothly and I had a great time.  I return a better photographer for certain and have a new perspective on what I see.  You offer a great product – smart itineraries, hotels and food choices…I look forward to another trip.”

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  • “Our tour leader Ralph was one of the most knowledgeable trip leaders I have experienced over the past 40 years. He is a very experienced photographer and generously shared his knowledge, talents and experience with us.  I think I learned more composition skills and believe I am a better photographer.”

    Larry Ehemann Central Europe, Cuba East and Romania tour participant
  • “I really liked the [small] size of the tour. It felt like traveling with friends from very early on, and continued to feel that way. That last hotel we stayed in, the one in Budapest, was such a treat! Those views were fabulous, and it ended the trip in style. Ralph is a good trip leader… He wasn’t hovering, but he did stop and give tips and I felt well-tended. The local guides were all outstanding!”

    Heather Hellier Central Europe tour participant
  • “Ralph is an engaging and knowledgeable photographer that puts his world class experience in your hands. This trip has been off the charts.”

    Steve Grove Travel photography class, Cambodia and Vietnam tour participant
  • “The photo critique alone [at the Photography Boot Camp] is worth the price of admission.”

    Shaune Kelly Photography Boot Camp, Cuba and Tuscany tour participant
  • “Great examples clearly demonstrated the points Ralph made.  His teaching methods made many things much simpler to understand.  I thoroughly enjoyed this class!”

    Brenda Hatcher Photography Boot Camp participant
Romania Map


August 25 – September 7, 2019


The price for this trip in double occupancy is $5,275 per person*.

* A single supplement of $535 will apply to those wishing to have their own room throughout the trip (availability may be limited).


Although this tour will be led by Ralph Velasco, for more information and to register for this trip, please visit our friends over at Jim Cline Photo Tours by clicking on Rustic + Rural Romania.

  • In each location we’ll be sure to do our best to get you in the right place, at the right time.
  • Opportunities to meet, interact with and photograph the locals as they go about their daily lives.
  • Daily photography instruction with award-winning travel photographer Ralph Velasco, including group photo walks and locally-guided walking tours in many locations.
  • We’ll also have a mid-trip Image Review & Feedback session.

Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has organized and led close to 100 international tours, including to Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Spain, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, and other locations (hover your mouse over the TOURS tab above for our currently available trips).  He’s also organized and participated in over a dozen fully-licensed Humanitarian and People-to-People programs in Cuba.

Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger and for the past 10 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures.  He’s also Creator of Tour Organizer Training, a free webinar and online course series designed to teach everyday people, step-by-step, how to organize and lead their own special interest trips, whether around the world or around the corner.  Click here to join the next free webinar.

All activities and itinerary details are subject to change, but rest assured we’ll make every effort to provide a comparable alternative should changes to our schedule need to be made.

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