10 day Reportage Photography Tour – 100% focused on the Gypsy culture of Transylvania.
This tour focuses on the lives of different Gypsy cultures and village in Transylvania in the counties of Mures and Brasov in Romania.
Day one to ten
This tours itinerary is currently being reviewed. I am planning a trip in January/February to explore new villages in Transylvania and improve on the schedule for what we were running in 2014. The new itinerary will be posted here in March/May 2015.
The tour goes something like this. Land in Targu Mures, stay in that area for 3/4 days visiting different village every day, using a 3 star hotel as our base in Tagru Mures. We then move over to Sighisoara and the surrounding villages and the Gypsy village where Prince Charles has a house. Then on down to Brasov and Bucharest. The idea, is you will see different casts of Gypsies, the different life style they have and the ability to photograph this and show the differences. We use ‘dance’ as the ice breaker and organise local dancers to perform for us, this gets us into their world and obviously makes great pictures at the same time.
[tab title=”Costs”]I do not run large groups on this tour. Maximum is 5 people. This is to keep the “zoo” factor down and lets us integrate more with the people, getting into their homes and experiencing their way of life.
The costs below cover an all inclusive photography tour for 10 days with myself and a Romanian translator/fixer, plus the local gypsy guides in each area we stay, three meals a day, transport and hotels. Everything is included except any bar bills we pick up along the way.
One person €3,500 euro. The cost of logistics, paying dancers, transfers and my guides are nearly the same as if we had 5 people on the tour, hence the higher cost for one person traveling on their own.
Two People €2,700 euro pp.
Three People €2,200 euro pp.
Four People €1,950 euro pp.
Five People €1,800 euro pp.
[tab title=”What to expect”]Expect, the unexpected. You cannot book anything in advance, you call the day before, or just turn up. We will have a great plan cancelled an hour before, and instead meet a family by chance that makes a better picture story than we had planned. It just goes this way. You need to have an open mind and a taste for adventure on this tour. Have a look at the Review section to see what others have said.
Because we are not like a normal photography tour, with 10 people who do not know each other, we can be very flexible on what we do. This is a huge advantage to you in terms of taking pictures, you will get the time you need and ability to ‘hang out’ with locals and get them relaxed to joke and smile and forget you have a camera.
We can tailor each day was we wish. As we are moving around on this tour, we cannot be as flexible as on the other tours where we are based in one location, but we can still change what we look for every day in the village we go to and depending on what story you want to tell, depends on what we are looking for.
Expect to take your photography seriously, I will push the boundaries to get you that shot, and be as professional as I can, giving advise on technique or your style if required, or just focusing on getting you into the right position for the shot. I also like to have fun, so when we are having lunch when the light is no good, we are on holiday, and relax and enjoy ourselves. After all, you are here to take great pics, but also to have a great time. [/tab]
To make an enquiry for the Dancing with the Gypsies Tour, use the Photography Tour Enquiry form. Once you have all your questions answered and dates set, use the booking page to make payment.