MENTION Transylvania and most people conjure up an image of Dracula – or a far less sinister Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show – but this magical corner of Romania has lots to offer.
The Travel Department has just added a Transylvania Photography Holiday to its active tours list – perfect for those looking to develop their skills as a snapper under the guidance of an expert tutor.
The largest of the Balkan nations, Romania is a land of stunning mountain scenery, unspoiled countryside and historic towns, making it a fantastic destination for anyone looking to develop their street, landscape and documentary photography skills.
The group will be based in the charming old town of Brasov for four nights, with the opportunity to photograph the remarkable landscapes of the Transylvania region as you travel high into the Carpathian Mountains.
You’ll also visit the picturesque medieval town of Viscri, famous for its traditional houses and Saxon fortified church, and Sighisoara, with its impeccably preserved hilltop citadel.
Of course, no stay in Transylvania would be complete without a visit to the imposing fortress of Dracula’s Castle.
This tour is provided in association with Dublin Photography School and is suitable for anyone seeking to develop their digital photography skills, from beginners to advanced.
Stewart Kenny, an award-winning fine-art landscape photographer plus an additional tutor from the school will accompany the group, offering tutorials, demonstrations and photography tips, as well as spectacular photographic opportunities. Camera buffs will love this picture postcard tour of a region steeped in history – and not a vampire in sight!
Alternatively, if photography is not your thing but you’re still looking for something a bit different then TD’s three-night city break to Bucharest could be the answer.
From its 17th and 18th century Orthodox churches to its art nouveaux villas, neoclassical palaces and imposing communist-era buildings, the remnants of Bucharest’s fascinating history are everywhere.
The historic Centru Vechi or Old Town has evolved into a lively entertainment district, full of bars, pubs and restaurants while the city also boasts an abundance of parks, gardens and museums.
Prices for the Bucharest city break start at €359 per person with departure dates in April, June and October.
Transylvania Photography tour prices start from €699pp for four nights including return flights from Dublin, B&B hotel accommodation, transfers, excursions, taxes & charges, expert local guides and tutors from Dublin Photography School, with flight departing 13 September 2017.
See www.traveldepartment.ie for more details.