Israel Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

At the intersection of Asia, Europe and Africa - both geographically and culturally - Israel has been a meeting place of cultures, empires and religions since history began. Everyone from Moses to Mark Twain has dreamed of going there. The appearance of prophets seems to be dwindling and the Crusaders have long since hung up their swords and shields, but travelers still come in droves, almost magnetically, to this land still considered holy by countless millions.

The appeal of Israel’s ancient and holy past may be obvious enough but many new arrivals are surprised to see that it’s much more than a lesson in history. While Jerusalem is a dazzling amalgam of past and present, and a contested hotbed for the world's monotheistic faiths, the whole country is a tightly packed ball of everything from Mt Masada and the Negev desert to the beaches of Eilat, not to mention it’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites (and 17 more sites are currently under consideration).

Weeding through Israel's convoluted history is both exhilarating and exhausting. There are crumbling temples, ruined cities, abandoned forts and hundreds of places associated with the Bible. And while a sense of adventure is required, sites are safe and easily accessible. Israel is about its incredibly diverse population. Our Israel Adventure is run by an experienced, multi-lingual Israeli photographer who will guide you to the most photogenic sites specifically selected for maximizing your time available in this marvelous country. The tour is designed for beginners and advanced amateurs, with an emphasis on creative travel photography techniques.

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 time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Israel, with all it has to offer, is a wonderful backdrop to learn and expand on your photographic skills.


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Some elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Laurie Cohen  |  November 19-24/26, 2017

Laurie Cohen  |  February 25 - March 2/4, 2018

Laurie Cohen  |  June 17-22/24, 2018

Laurie Cohen  |  November 4-9/11, 2018


Weather | Sun



February - Temps 64/46 F  17/7 C  Sunrise 6:17 | Sunset 5:32 (17:32)

June - Temps 85/65 F  29/18 C  Sunrise 5:34 | Sunset 7:49 (19:49)

November - Temps 75/60 F  24/14 C  Sunrise 6:21 | Sunset 4:34 (16:34)


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape. architecture and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 or 5 star hotels

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Tel Aviv - Brown TLV Urban Hotel, AL Hotel or similar

Jerusalem - American Colony Hotel, Arcadia Ba'Moshava Boutique Hotel or similar

Dead Dead - Crowne Plaza Dead Sea or similar


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) - Transfer time to hotel 45min

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 Visa Map to find out.


Excursions



Bethlehem: Optional post adventure excursion is available

Petra and Jordan: Optional post adventure excursions are available from 1-4 days


Price



ISRAEL 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 19-24, 2017:  $4,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | February 25 - March 2, 2018:  $4,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 17-22, 2018:  $5,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 4-9, 2018:  $4,995


NORTHERN ISRAEL 3-DAY EXTENSION

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 24-26, 2017:  $2,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 2-4, 2018:  $2,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 22-24, 2018:  $2,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 9-11, 2018:  $2,695


Single Supplement:  $700 (6 day)  $400 (3 day ext)

(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.



ISRAEL 6 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Tel Aviv - Jaffa

We meet at our Hotel 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. After some informal discussions about what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques, we will discuss the week ahead. Our workshop starts in Tel Aviv, the nation’s business & cultural capital. Here we will spend time in the neighborhood of Neve Tzedek before we shoot some of the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus architecture, beautiful buildings from the British Mandate period, street art and urban decay in the Florentin neighborhood, and the flea market in Old Jaffa. In the early evening we will capture the atmosphere at the world’s oldest port in Jaffa, before our “Welcome Dinner” where we will enjoy some excellent Israeli cuisine. (D)

Monday (2)  Jerusalem

After we check out of our hotel in Tel Aviv, we will stop to shoot landscapes at the magnificent Bell Caves of Beit Guvrin before heading to Jerusalem, the state capital and the biggest city in Israel. Jerusalem is a holy city to all three religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam and this is due to its 5000 year history of stories and legacies. Jerusalem's main history revolved around the old city, the same preserved site dating thousands of years back, documents the life it used to be. In the city, you will find four quarters: Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian. You will experience the ancient city, unique markets and picturesque residential neighborhoods through your lens. Even to the most hardened atheist, it is impossible to leave Jerusalem without it leaving its mark on you. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Jerusalem

On Tuesday morning we head out to Mount Scopus for sunrise views over Jerusalem before exploring more of the Old City’s highlights. Starting with a pleasant walk along the Ramparts to arrive to the Muslim quarter, we will wander through the bustle of the markets and narrow, cobbled lanes to arrive to the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other significant religious sites. In the late afternoon, we will take a short drive out of Jerusalem to photograph the St. George’s monastery perched on the cliff of a gorge, with the stunning landscapes of the Judean desert in the background. Here we can stop for some authentic Arabic coffee with the local Bedouins. In the evening, a group critique of our best images taken so far. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Dead Sea - Masada

On day four we depart for the Dead Sea. With its salt formations and changing landscape, the Dead Sea allows for completely new photographic opportunities on each visit. Thanks to its unique elements of nature, the Dead Sea is unlike any other place in the world. It is the lowest point on earth, giving it unique scenery found nowhere else. Masada, a mountaintop fortress is surrounded by barren landscapes of the Judah desert. Hidden springs, caves and mountains gives the area a variety of photographic opportunities amidst one of the most beautiful settings Israel has to offer. At the mineral spa area of Ein Bokek in the Dead Sea, we check-in to our hotel. (B)

Thursday (5)  Ramon Crater

The Negev is a large desert that covers the entire southern half of Israel. The least populated area in Israel, it is a home to (among others) the nomadic desert people known as the Bedouin. The Negev offers some truly breathtaking scenery and fascinating sites. Here we will visit spectacular desert gorges, ancient towns, canyons and national parks. Today we enjoy a pleasant drive around the Negev, stopping at scenic points to photograph the Ramon crater, the largest erosional crater on earth. With weather conditions permitting, we can practice astro-photography techniques at night due to the surrounding desert’s lack of light pollution. In the evening we will celebrate our “Farewell Dinner” in Ein Bokek. (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Dead Sea - Tel Aviv

Watching the sun rise over the mountains across the Dead Sea, photographing the salt deposits on the shore and capturing Masada in all it’s glory in the morning golden hour is on the agenda before breakfast. When we check out of our hotel in the Dead Sea, we will review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell on arrival to Tel Aviv. We urge you to extend your stay in Israel or elsewhere in the Middle East and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. For guests who wish to extend their stay on our 3-Day Northern Israel extension, details are below. (B)

NORTHERN ISRAEL 3 DAYS


Friday (1)  Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Acco

On arriving to Tel Aviv, guests who continue with us on our 3-Day extension will continue north and arrive to the ancient town of Caesarea. With a history dating back 2,300 years to the days of King Herod, visiting the national park is like walking through a story, and wandering between the ancient buildings one can both sense how people lived here thousands of years ago and enjoy modern, contemporary experiences, such as the enthralling musical performances held in the beautiful Roman Theatre. We will wander through the ruins of the castle and the various temples, visit the hippodrome, ancient port and the tiny artists’ square and explore the Roman aqueduct on the coastline before heading off. From here we will continue up the coast and check in to our hotel in Acre (Acco) before heading out for some late afternoon shooting. This ancient crusader city is a UNESCO world heritage site, dating back to the 11th century.

A visit to Acre is part of the Israeli experience. The city is a meeting place for East and West, new and old, beauty and ruins, all adding to its uniqueness. The fascinating history that has passed through the streets of Acre, the legacy left behind by its conquerors, the buildings that adorn the city and the places of worship built there are just part of the experience this city offers. Among the high-walled alleys and underground passages is a huge mosque and a Christian monastery, an inn and Turkish baths, halls built by the Knights Templar, with an extraordinary Templar tunnel and fascinating archeological findings. These are joined by intriguing museums and many churches, a row of hotels near the inviting beaches, a marina, restaurants and a picturesque fishing port. Magnificent architecture, set on the coastline appears almost intact. Acco offers an excellent blend of architecture, seascape, people and street photography. (B)

Saturday (2)  Acco - Golan Heights

Saturday begins with some morning street photography around more of Acco’s sites. The combination of low morning light and the locals starting out their day will make for some great environmental portraits and story-telling type shots. After we check out of our hotel we drive north to the Golan Heights, Israel’s mountainous northern region, and one of the most beautiful and most traveled parts of the country. There are wonderful scenic treasures alongside lovely nature reserves, historic and archeological sites. The beauty of the Golan is so captivating that some visitors return here again and again to enjoy the sights. For the history buff, the Golan is a region of endless fascination. Prehistoric sites and megalithic edifices, whose purpose remains a mystery, are dotted through the hills and valleys; Hellenistic towns, Roman fortresses and Crusader castles stand guard over the roads and ancient highways of the Golan. The Golan is the place where Jesus sought his last moments of peace before embarking on his final journey to Jerusalem. Our day will include visiting remnants of the 1967 6-day war within the Golan Heights. Battle-scarred buildings, deserted towns and rusting military equipment within surrounding fields of spring flowers are testament to the conflict that occurred here. On 10 June 1967 the Six Day War, against all odds - Israel’s greatest military victory came to an end. At the end of our day, we will check in to our hotel in the Golan. In the evening we will celebrate our second “Farewell Dinner” with you. (B) (D)

Sunday (3)  Tzfat - Sea of Galilee - Tel Aviv

On Sunday morning we leave our hotel in the Golan, and head to Safed (Tzfat), located in the Upper Galilee. Tzfat is a picturesque town of spiritual people and artists, wrapped in mysticism and mystery, and steeped in sacred atmosphere. One of the four holiest towns in Israel, it’s location is also the highest elevation, and commands wonderful views over the Galilee and Mount Hermon. With the grapevines growing up the arbors of its stone houses, the decorated iron gates, the beautiful panorama that is visible from the verandas, and the winding cobblestone alleyways, is like strolling through a painting. In the winter months, we also include a visit to the Hula Valley, the resting place for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds who follow the Jordan Rift Valley on their journey between Europe and North Africa. Storks, cranes, pelicans and flamingos are a familiar sight. The Hula Lake attracts birds and water fowl, and you can also see water buffalos roaming wild and many species of aquatic plants. This area is exceptional for bird photography and nature lovers. Heading south, we pass by the Kineret, or the Sea of Galilee. The Kineret is Israel’s largest fresh water reservoir, and is also the country’s largest and most important source of drinking water. The Kineret played an important role in the early years of Christianity and has now become a pilgrimage site for many Christians. According to Christian tradition, Jesus lived, preached and performed miracles in the Kineret and the surrounding region. It was here that he was said to have walked on water. One of the most beautiful sights along the Sea of Galilee is the Greek orthodox church of the 12 apostles. Built in 1925 by the Greek orthodox church, it’s red-domed roof has an interior of beautiful Greek icons. From the Sea Of Galilee, we head back to Tel Aviv where we sadly bid you farewell. (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 to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


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.


Blog & eNews



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Gift Certificates



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 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.


Combination Tours



You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Loyalty Club**



All registered guests on 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.






 
ISRAEL

ISRAEL

November 19 - 24, 2017

Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2018

June 17 - 22, 2018

November 4 - 9, 2018

N. ISRAEL (add-on)

November 24 - 26, 2017

March 2-4, 2018

June 22 - 24, 2018

November 9 - 11, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Seascape and People Photography

Includes

  1. -6 Days or 8 Days

  2. -Only 4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts

  6. -2 Dinners

  7. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Israel

Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Caesarea, Acco, Golan Heights, Tzfat

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