IRELAND

IRELAND

September 10 - 16, 2017

June 17 - 23, 2018

September 9 - 15, 2018

June 16 - 22, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Nature and People Photography

Includes

  1. -7 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Ireland

Dublin, Galway, Connemara, The Burren, Cliffs of Moher

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Be inspired by the soft light, the gentle mists and almost ethereal scenery.

Ireland Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Although Ireland has modernized dramatically in recent years, some things never change. Ireland has long been a magnet for writers, artists, playwrights and musicians. They were all inspired by the soft light, the gentle mists and almost ethereal scenery - you’ll surely be enchanted by this magical land. We start our adventure in Dublin, the capital, and largest city, in Ireland, but most of our time will be spent in western Ireland, home to Galway and the Connemara region, best known for it’s natural beauty.

Galway is often referred to as the “most Irish” of all Irish cities. It is arty, bohemian and renowned for its pleasures. The Irish pride themselves on being friendly and gracious hosts and strive to make guests feel at home. Of course, Galway is as much a city as a staging post for what lies beyond – and in this case, what lies beyond is an image of Ireland at its wildest. For every star God put in the sky, it is said, He laid a million stones in Connemara. And those stones – be they meshed into the ground and trodden upon by black-faced sheep, or punching upwards into the magnificent Twelve Bens mountain range – come together in a wonderful mosaic.

Connemara is as much a coastal phenomenon as a National Park. Take a drive, and within a few hours you’ll be winging your way from Maam Cross to the harbor town of Clifden, or from the Gaeltacht village of Spiddal and the coral beach at Carraroe to a creamy bowl of chowder in Roundstone, an old harbor village on the windswept Ballyconneely Peninsula. You'll recognize a few places from your favorite films too.

And of course we cannot forget The Cliffs of Moher, which stand 702 feet high. Like a scene straight out of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, the cliffs are known as west Clare’s iconic image. Hollywood has taken note: blockbusters Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince and the Princess Bride made the cliffs celluloid stars. On a clear day, views from the cliff tops include the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Twelve Bens mountain range. Nature enthusiasts take note: the cliffs are a Special Protected Area due to the myriad species of sea birds that call the cliff face home.

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 lush green hills and stunning cliffs of Ireland.


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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 car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking and light hiking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guide



Daniel Acevedo  |  September 10-16, 2017

Daniel Acevedo  |  June 17-23, 2018

Daniel Acevedo  |  September 9-15, 2018

Daniel Acevedo  |  June 16-22, 2019


Weather | Sun



June - Temps 63/50 F  16/7 C  Sunrise 5:08 | Sunset 10:08 (22:08)

September - Temps 62/50 F  15/7 C  Sunrise 7:05 | Sunset 8:00 (20:00)


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations (except in remote locations)

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



The Merrion, Clontarf Castle Hotel or similar - Dublin

Park House Hotel or similar - Galway (City Center)

Glenlo Abbey Hotel or similar - Connemara

Gregans Castle Hotel Historic Hotels Worldwide or similar - Burren


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Dublin Airport, Ireland (DUB) - Transfer time to hotel 45min

Optional Departure Airport: Shannon Airport, Ireland (SNN) - You will not return to Dublin

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



IRELAND 7-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 10-16, 2017:  $4,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 17-23, 2018:  $4,895

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 9-15, 2018:  $4,895

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 16-22, 2019:  $5,095


Single Supplement:  $700

(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.



IRELAND 7 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Dublin

We meet at our Hotel on Sunday morning, where we begin by discussing PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. Followed by lunch and informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. We’ll have lunch and then go for a walk through this beautiful town to discover the true essence of Dublin. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Irish pubs. (D)

Monday (2)  Galway

We depart Dublin and head west to Galway where we will check-in to our hotel. Once we arrive we discover this pretty city by the sea. Streets, bridges, the cathedral and the Corrib River will be the main attractions here. Colorful streets and city reflections, midday and evening light are found here and they make for fantastic shots in the Celtic city. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Connemara - Inagh Valley - Lennane - Aasleagh Falls

On Tuesday we travel to one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, the very west of Galway county. This is the land where people still speak “as gaeilage” or, “in Irish”. So, it will be thrilling to hear them speaking it, with its arresting lilt. The magnificent scenery of lakes, hills, villages and coastline encompass this wild and exciting region, and all of it ready and waiting for us to discover. Here we will start driving and stopping through boggy roads around Inagh valley. We’ll take spectacular shots of Inagh Lake, Lennane village, Aasleagh Falls, and the only Irish Killary fjord, one of only three glacial fjords in Ireland. We'll be amazed with the constant light changing in this part of Ireland and its breathtaking scenery. Tonight we stay in a comfy hotel at Delphi valley. If there are good weather conditions, and if desired,we may do some hiking the next morning. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Connemara - Kylemore Abbey - Clifden - Roundstone

On Wednesday we start with a short walk up around Delphi valley, just to gain some elevation to take some early morning pictures of the surrounding landscape. After some stream and mountain shots we head back for a drive towards Kylemore Abbey where we can stop for nice reflections of the abbey on the lake. Next we drive to Clifden, this is the largest village and the capital of Connemara. Here we can enjoy this pretty place and have some lunch. A nice walk around to take some pictures of its colorful streets, bay and pier. Following that, we’ll do a special driving tour through a narrow and bumpy bog road full of Irish sheep and small lakes with great views of the famous twelve beans of Connemara. The lovely fishing village of Roundstone is our next photo opportunity. There are stunning views to take of the pretty village and pier with the huge twelve bean mountains in the background. After our nice day we'll drive our way back to Delphi valley. (B)

Thursday (5)  The Burren - Ballyvaughan - Black Head

On day five we get up early and travel to the Burren National Park on the south side of Galway Bay in County Clare. On our way to the Burren we stop in Kinvara to photograph its 16th century castle and village. Then on to the ancient Corcomroe Abbey, a unique 13th century Cistercian monastery. A few miles away is the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan, we’ll probably stop for lunch here at a famed restaurant. Afterwards we drive to Black Head Point to see the real essence of this unique landscape. Blue sea and grey rocks offer some of the most incredible natural art pieces for us to photograph, from small details of flowers and cracks to the wide angle landscapes. We spend the rest of the day around this area taking some shots and getting to know the unique beauty of it, including our visit to Pulnabrone dolmen, a tomb that dates back to the Neolithic period, in the evening. (B)

Friday (6)  The Burren - Aillwee Cave - Doolin - Cliffs of Moher

After a good rest in the quiet Burren Hotel and after having breakfast, the group moves to the nearby Allwee cave, a  beautiful example of the underworld treasures that Burren holds. The tour inside consists of a 30 minute walk through the colorful rocky caverns. We’ll then walk the coastline to the very west of the Burren, we stop between Black Head and Fanore to take some interesting flower and rock shots. Within a short walk we can enjoy the artistic rounded stone formations on the grey pavement, with the always blue sea backgrounds. We’ll capture the most unusual images ever. For lunch we go to Dooling village, a pretty fishing village with colorful shops and some of the most traditional pubs in Ireland. Here we are close to the top attraction of the day; the majestic Cliffs of Moher. One of the world's greatest natural wonders, it’s just there in front of our eyes, hopefully we'll take as much of it our memory cards will hold for the rest of the day. An hour ferry trip by the sea level cliffs is an option here. In the evening we head out to our “Farewell Dinner”, where we will have great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Saturday (7)  The Burren - Dublin (or Shannon)

On our last morning, we will enjoy breakfast while reviewing our past week’s photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before heading back to Dublin (or Shannon depending on which airport you are departing from) for our return home. We encourage you to extend your stay in Ireland or the United Kingdom and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

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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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You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Click here to explore our wonderful selection of Combination Packages.


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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