BARCELONA 6-DAY

June 25 - 30, 2017

September 3 - 8, 2017

June 24 - 29, 2018

September 2 - 7, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Street and People Photography

Includes

- 6 Days

  1. -Photographer | Guide

  2. -Small Group Size

  3. -Photo Walks

  4. -Fine Hotel

  5. -Breakfasts & 2 Dinners

  6. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Barcelona

Gothic Quarter, Borne, Sagrada Famillia, Montjuic & Raval

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Experience the color and charm of this wonderful city.

Barcelona Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Barcelona is the place to go for visitors looking for a modern city with a strong sense of tradition. Here you will find the most eccentric architecture ever designed, no less that 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites, exciting markets, Roman, Gothic, Modernist and Bohemian influences, unique local fiestas and an unrivaled choice of options for eating, drinking and nightlife. Most photographers who visit this city are quite overwhelmed by the sheer number of photographic opportunities it has to offer. Each neighborhood has a unique footprint though somehow they manage to harmonize with each other. Barcelona should be at the top of any photographer's list who wants to capture stunning images.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the magical city of Barcelona.


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by metro, car or minibus

No elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Laurie Cohen  |  June 25-30, 2017

Laurie Cohen  |  September 3-8, 2017

Laurie Cohen  |  June 24-29, 2018

Laurie Cohen  |  September 2-7, 2018



Weather | Sun



April - Temps 63/47 F  17/8 C  Sunrise 7:35 | Sunset 8:15 (20:15)

May - Temps 69/54 F  20/12 C  Sunrise 6:45 | Sunset 8:51 (20:51)

July - Temps 80/64 F  25/17 C  Sunrise 6:24 | Sunset 9:28 (21:28)

September - Temps 76/60 F  24/16 C  Sunrise 7:46 | Sunset 7:38 (19:38)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, seascape and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Pulitzer Hotel, Hotel Banys Orientals, Acta Atrium Palace or similar - Barcelona


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Barcelona (AMS) - Transfer time to hotel 30min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Price



BARCELONA 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 25-30, 2017:  $4,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 3-8, 2017:  $4,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 24-29, 2018:  $4,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 2-7, 2018:  $4,595


Single Supplement:  $600

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.





BARCELONA 6 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Gothic Quarter Barceloneta - Royal Palace

We meet our guests at our hotel in Barcelona on Sunday morning, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. From here we will set out for a pleasant day of shooting that starts at Plaza Cataluña before walking down the famous Ramblas and through the old town until we reach the port in the Barceloneta neighborhood. Here we will explore the modern seafront and surrounding areas. During lunch we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. After lunch we will head to the Ciutadella park to relax in this beautiful setting before making our way to the Arc de Triomf to photograph the locals with great background interest and soft light. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” in at one of our favorite restaurants. Afterwards we will photograph the spectacular light, water & music spectacle at the Magic Fountain, and then head up to the Royal Palace that now houses the Catalan National Art Museum to get fabulous viewpoints over the city and the fountain. (D)

Monday (2)  Gaudi - Sagrada Famillia - Diagonal Mar

Our second day in Barcelona will include exploring more of the city's neighborhoods, including environmental portraits and modernist influences that Barcelona is renowned for. We will incorporate different shooting styles, camera settings and accessories such as ND filters for slow shutter speeds in daylight photography. Our day will begin at Gaudi's Casa Mila where we will photograph the chimney stacks and ventilation towers on the roof. Afterwards, we will walk up the Passeig de Gracia to capture photogenic details and contrast in this beautiful street. Other modernist sites we will visit include Casa Battlo, Casa Amatller and a visit to the stunning Hospital de San Pau before arriving to the Sagrada Familia, where we will experiment with different ways to capture this amazing church as the setting sun hits the towers. In the evening we will do a night photography session, capturing images using moving light through the high-tech sector at Diagonal Mar & the Forum. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Boqueria Market - Gothic Quarter - Borne District

On day three, we will start at the exciting Boqueria market and capture the chaotic energy as the locals go about their routine. From here we will head to the Gothic quarter and pass by street performers, Roman & Gothic architecture, narrow alleyways and open courtyards filled with atmospheric light. This area has one of the best preserved Gothic footprints in Europe, and will make for some stunning images. Also located nearby is the old Jewish quarter where any Jewish presence for over 600 years has been lost in the ancient stones. This is the site of the oldest Synagogue in Europe. After a Tapas lunch, we will explore the Borne district where you will see the most authentic side to Barcelona. Here you will find designers, violin makers, art studios, fashion houses, graffiti covered locales and the stunning Catalan Music Palace amongst other photogenic sites. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Park Guell - Gracia District - Raval

On Wednesday, as the morning light arrives, we will capture Gaudi's masterful symmetry of architecture & nature at Park Guell. Here you will find the mosaic ceramic style that he used to decorate his designs, as well as twisted metal, stone and colored glass, all harmonized with the surrounding flora. On leaving the park, we will visit the Gracia district to walk the streets and photograph the small plazas of this bohemian neighborhood. Gracia also houses Casa Vicens, another unusual modernist structure with a fantastic wrought iron gate in the shape of a dragon. After lunch, we will visit the oldest district in Barcelona, called Raval. This neighborhood is an area with a large community of non-Spaniards who have brought their own flavor to Barcelona and have made it quite different than the other neighborhoods. (B)

Thursday (5)  Sitges - Barcelona - Montjuic

On day five we will take the train out of the city to visit the beautiful seaside town of Sitges. Here we will enter the old village to photograph the narrow white-washed streets and seafront. Sitges is known as the Monte Carlo of Spain, and although many visitors come especially around carnival time, it has not lost it's charm. After a lunch by the seafront, we will explore more of the town. On our return to Barcelona we will take the cable car from the port to spend time visiting the  beautiful mountain & castle at Montjuic. This is a great retreat from the city, with it's pine trees, gardens, olympic village and various sites of natural beauty. In the evening we will celebrate with our “Farewell Dinner” and one of our favorite Spanish restaurants. (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Barcelona

On day six, we set out to photograph Barcelona at sunrise as the city is awakening. Upon our return to our hotel, we enjoy breakfast and our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Barcelona or elsewhere in Spain and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)


Optional Excursion - Friday (6) Montserrat

After lunch on Friday we make a visit to Montserrat, Montserrat literally means ‘the serrated mountain’. Catalans know it as Montsagrat (‘sacred mountain’) and thanks to the magnificence of the mountain scenery surrounding Santa Maria de Montserrat this is one of Spain’s most visited places. Montserrat stands on the top of an enormously imposing range of craggy mountain that is about 9km long and 5km across. With its strangely shaped crags, towers and terraces it seems to rise out of nowhere providing superb rock climbing and fabulous views. The monastery is one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites and many go to file past the statue of the virgin high above the main altar of the 16th century basilica. (Includes transportation, admission and a guide). (B)

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Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


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Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email us for more information.




Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


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Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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All registered guests for 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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