Eastern Romania Revealed

12th – 19th April 2025
Welcome to Romania, a region of the world teeming with hidden gems and beautiful architecture as well as the forgotten and abandoned. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the beauty of structures, spaces, and the landscapes of Romania’s Eastern side. Characterized by a rich historical tapestry, Romania offers a treasure trove of hidden architectural marvels waiting to be discovered. From forgotten castles and mansions to Synagogues and quaint old towns, this region is our playground as we concentrate on architecture and off-the-beaten-path sites during these urban adventures.

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As we lead you off the typical route, immerse yourself in a world of rich history, mystery, and architectural marvels. Photograph the imposing grandeur of remote castles that whisper tales of a bygone era, marvel at the minute details of centuries-old churches, and capture the eerie beauty of hidden synagogues.

Join a small group of fellow photographers and urban enthusiasts on an immersive 8-day trip, featuring a captivating tour of Bucharest’s historic architecture. And you can relax knowing that your convenience and comfort come first as I have carefully chosen the best driver to take you to each photography location. I take care of every detail, including the overnight accommodation – so you can relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings, putting all of your attention to your photography and the experience.

Starting and ending in the Capital, Bucharest this exceptional tour requires a minimum of four participants to commence – but will only run with a maximum of six. Secure your place with a deposit of £299 with a final payment 10 weeks before departure.

DURATION

8 days

PRICE

£1,675

FROM

12/04/2025

UNTIL

19/04/2025

In stock

Trip

Features

Transfers

Airport collection and drop off is included. You shall be collected at anytime by a dedicated driver who will bring you to the accommodation.

Transportation

We provide the wheels, the fuel and the driver throughout your stay in Romania. This includes airport transfers upon arrival and pre departure.

Heritage Tour

The key objective of my Urban Orientated Tours is to make donations made to local Heritage Initiatives, caretakers and suppliers around Romania.

Group Size

Maximum of 6 guests – plus a driver and of course myself leading the group. This is a tried and tested group size, the tour needs 5 to run.

Local Knowledge

We take a stroll through Bucharest with a local historian and photographer for a morning – he will showcase his Capital city.

Post Processing (Q&A)

I host a Q&A about post-processing techniques over a spot of lunch, in a cool venue over lunch/dinner during this tour.

Refreshments

Breakfasts included, including coffee, tea, bread, med style breakfast and fruit, bagels – served in the hotels/accommodation.

Support & Guidance

8 days’ of photography guidance or advice with myself James Kerwin – we can discuss gear, editing, or travelling.

A Good Balance

This time of year offers an excellent balance of some ‘down’ time in the evening, whilst still affording a great amount of daylight.

My photography, travel, and urban adventure tours are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography and meet like-minded people who love travel. From beginners looking to understand the basics and improve, to advanced photographers searching for great locations to rekindle or feed their enthusiasm and inspiration or perhaps wanting to know how to use a specific lens.

We will be hunting out great image opportunities like this throughout your time in Romania, following a tour route that I have designed entirely from the ground up during 2022 and 2023. We seek out a mix of interiors and architecture as well as iconic locations and extraordinary places that I have researched and previously visited.

This trip starts and ends in Bucharest, Romania’s Capital. An exact itinerary will be provided by December 2024 (as a more comprehensive guide will be sent in the welcome pack) but here are some examples of what we could visit:

We take a look at many stunning disused Synagogues with beautiful features.

A visit to a huge former spa town, where once casinos, baths, hotels are the subject.

We visit a handful of heritage buildings across Romania’s East.

We shoot exteriors in a stunning old town of a historic city called Brasov.

Bran Castle – The stunning castle. We pick out a unique vantage point for sunrise/sunset.

A Stunning old Mill – this will require a short hike to reach the destination for Sunset.

We step into the heart of Bucharest’s Old Town, where narrow cobblestone streets wind through a labyrinth of interesting buildings.

This trip’s main focus is Bucharest and Eastern Romania (the opposite side of my 2024 trips). We hit the highlights, as well as stunning off-the-beaten-path locations – I will do my best to keep the driving time to a minimum, but please do keep in mind that Romania is a large country, so some longer drives between destinations might be inevitable.

*Note: As mentioned the itinerary in Romania is not set in stone and can change based on environmental variables. This is to maximise the guest experience but a guide shall be sent out in late 2024.

BUCHAREST

Bucharest, Romania’s vibrant capital, stands as a living canvas where past and present coalesce in an intricate architectural symphony. As a photographer, you’re poised to capture the city’s diverse beauty, from ornate historic structures to modern marvels. Embark on a visual journey that uncovers the nuances of Bucharest’s architecture and the stories it whispers. We under-take a tour with a local architect and story-teller.

A UNIQUE ROUTE

A new journey – one that commences and ends in Bucharest, Romania’s dynamic capital. Our camera will focus on Bucharest’s architecture before we ascend to the country’s East including the city of Brasov, but also smaller places like Bârlad, as the landscape transforms into a tapestry of rolling meadows, quaint villages, and ancient castles. A route designed from the ground up – to supply you with a range of unique photography locations.

Heritage Spaces

Hidden among the various cities of Eastern Romania, beautiful synagogues stand as silent witnesses to a rich Jewish heritage. Some remain concealed within the folds of forgotten towns, echoing tales of vibrant communities, while others sit abandoned, and bear the weight of untold stories. We visit a handful of these in addition to some lost churches, heritage old towns, a famous castle, and more. with each location revealing a unique charisma and charm.

START TO TAKE PORTFOLIO WORTHY PHOTOGRAPHS

My photography, travel, and urban adventure tours are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography and meet like-minded people who love travel. From beginners looking to understand the basics and improve, to advanced photographers searching for great locations to rekindle or feed their enthusiasm and inspiration or perhaps wanting to know how to use a specific lens.

The key aim of our time together is to have fun and enjoy being outdoors, whilst leaving inspired to take photos for your photography portfolio. However, during our adventure, I can help you, should you require this guidance – and talk you through the key elements of producing a great image. Key elements such as post-processing techniques, composition, and subject choice as well as timing and light.

I will also chat with you about the technical aspects of photography, helping you understand your camera and settings whilst keeping it simple. The typical areas that we discuss will be the exposure triangle of f-stop, ISO, and shutter speed, but also, composition and finding unique angles.

We also discuss understanding light and how it can impact the mood of an image and the key technical elements if needed.

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Should you have any other questions please email me on info@jameskerwin.uk

Accommodation

Throughout the trip, I do my best to provide you with amazing accommodation, but what you get might not be 5-star throughout. Particularly during our time in rural areas, some modern luxuries simply won’t be available despite us staying in a nice hotel. However, we can guarantee the essentials you’ll need in order to enjoy your stay: warmth, good food; power plugs for charging batteries; plus a modern, heated bus, and comfortable beds. The wifi will be at least consistent, if not necessarily fast.

Activity Level

Some elements of this trip will require walking and sometimes over rough ground – so be sure to bring proper walking boots or other outdoor footwear. You’ll also need warm outerwear.

  • What Should I Bring With Me?
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  • There could be storms, or it may be raining at points so maybe bring a raincoat.
  • Enough clothes for the entire trip.
  • Solid boots – such as walking boots.
  • Lots of spare batteries (as they will soon run flat) and memory cards.
  • A sturdy tripod – 99% of my work is shot using a tripod (a loan could be arranged if you tell me in advance).
  • Manual for your camera.
  • Laptop for editing during the week (if interested/mentioned in the tour listed).
  • Phone – wifi will be provided at hotels.
  • Power adaptor(s).
  • Check the welcome pack for any additions to this list.

Welcome to…

Once you arrive in the coutry and settle in at our Hotel – we’ll gather for a brief welcome and introduction, this will be mentioned in the WELCOME PACK and on the Whats App group chat (that I will set up prior). The aim here is to get together to chat about travel, cameras, and all the things we’ll see in our time together.

Goodbyes…

We’ll arrange transportation for you back to the relevant airport and from here, head homeward or onto your next destination. If you’d like to extend your time in the destination, I will be happy to offer advice and suggestions of things to do and photograph.

Just make sure to let me know as it might be more convenient to stay in the same start/end hotel or accommodation spot. If this is the case, I will usually offer to book it for you (additional fee due upon check-in). 

All of my destinations are connected – it is key for me when I am choosing tour destinations. In the welcome pack – I will list the start and end destination for your tour. The pack will ALWAYS be sent out 6 months prior to the tour taking place. 

However, since the global pandemic hit us all in Spring 2020 – huge changes have hit the travel industry and multiple airlines/carriers have changed routes/destinations. My best advice is to look on Skyscanner – but also don’t rule out looking on airlines sites directly for flights, such as on Ryanair, Pegasus or Middle Eastern Airlines. Sometimes deals don’t pop up on sites like Skyscanner and things are changing/improving daily – Wizz air for instance had lots of options change in mid-2020 – but have said they are revising routes daily since 2022.

I would also STRONGLY advise booking directly with airlines for the foreseeable future – as should the worst happen, you would stand in a better position to get a refund or to make a claim through your insurance firm. In other words – don’t book with firms that act like agencies (Lastminute.com) etc.

I can highly recommend Turkish Airlines as one example – they have been “photographer friendly” since 2020. But of course this only works if they fly to the tour spot. 

For this trip please check with me if you are ensure which airport to fly into or out of. If unsure, please email me on info@jameskerwin.uk.

Sure you can – just make sure to let me know as it might be more convenient to stay in the same start/end hotel or accommodation spot. If this is the case, I will usually offer to book it for you (additional fee due upon check-in). 

  • Any personal expenses/gifts for friends etc.
  • Alcohol costs – accept where stated in the welcome pack.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Photography Insurance.
  • Some food might not be included – check welcome pack for details.
  • International air tickets – See “how do I fly” section for more information on flights.
  • Visa fees (if applicable) – but I can offer advice or assistance.
  • Photography equipment, although some hire can be arranged through James in advance.

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