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NAPLES & AMALFI

May 20 - 27, 2018

September 16 - 23, 2018

May 19 - 26, 2019

September 15 - 22, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Street, Architecture, Seascape and People Photography

Includes

  1. -8 Days

-Only 4-8 Guests

  1. -Photographer | Guide

  2. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  3. -Breakfasts

  4. -2 Dinners

  5. -Ferries

  6. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Naples & Amalfi Coast

Naples, Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Procida, Pompeii

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Naples will seduce you with its history, the Amalfi Coast with its charm.

Naples & Amalfi Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

If you view Naples as an unruly port city to famous destinations like Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, you are making a mistake. Naples is Italy's third largest city and one of its oldest, most artistic and most delicious. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its museums boast some of Europe's finest archaeology and art, and its collection of royal palaces and castles make Rome look positively provincial. Naples is also one of Italy's culinary heavyweights, serving up the country's best pizza, pasta and coffee, and many of its most-delicious seafood dishes, street snacks and sweet treats. 

Certainly, Naples can feel anarchic, tattered and unloved. But look beyond the grime and graffiti, take out your camera, and you'll discover a city filled with interesting neighborhoods, breathtaking frescoes, sculptures and panoramas of bewitching street life, of spontaneous conversations and profound humanity. Welcome to Italy's most unlikely masterpiece.

In the distance stands Mount Vesuvius, guarding the Bay of Naples, Pompeii and the wonderful city that bears its name. Off in the distance are the breathtaking Isles of Ischia, Procida and Capri, which guard her entrance in spectacular fashion.

The Amalfi Coast, with its villages perched high on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Salerno, have been a paradise for poets, photographers and travelers, each seduced by her beauty. The Sorrento Coast and the Isle of Capri are no exceptions. In 1953, John Steinbeck wrote that Positano “Bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone”. Join us as we explore Positano, the Isle of Capri and the Amalfi Coast “by sea”, and Ravello, Sorento and Positano “by land”. Naples and the Amalfi Coast combined is a unique and spectacular experience.

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. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the magic of Naples and the Amalfi Coast!


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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 and minibus, ferry and boat

Considerable elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Roman Martin  |  May 20-27, 2018

Roman Martin  |  September 16-23, 2018

Roman Martin  |  May 19-26, 2019

Roman Martin  |  September 15-22, 2019


Weather | Sun



May - Temps 74/56 F  23/12 C  Sunrise 5:55 | Sunset 8:04 (20:04)

September - Temps 78/57 F  25/14 C  Sunrise 6:43 | Sunset 7:12 (19:12)


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



Naples - Palazzo Turchini, NH Ambassador, Renaissance Naples Mediterraneo or similar

Amalfi - Luna Convento, Palazzo Ferraioli Hotel, Hotel Marina Riviera or similar


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Naples (NAP) - Transfer time to hotel 35min

Arrival & Departure Airport: Rome (FCO) - Transfer time by hi-speed train to hotel 2 hrs

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.


Price



NAPLES & AMALFI COAST 8-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 20-27, 2018:  $6,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 16-23, 2018:  $6,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 19-26, 2019:  $6,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 15-22, 2019:  $6,995


Single Supplement:  $900

(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.



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Sunday (1)  Historic Naples

We meet in Naples on Sunday morning at our beautiful hotel centrally located near the port in historic Naples. Naples was founded between the 7th and 6th centuries B.C. by the Greeks, the port was named Neapolis, which means “New City”. The historic center of Naples is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has one of the biggest historical city centers in the world, and prides itself on the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city. We begin by discussing PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what the guests are trying to achieve with their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will set out for an amazing day of photography throughout Naples historic district. In the evening we celebrate our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Neapolitan restaurants. WARNING: Be prepared to gain 5-10 lbs on this trip. (D)

Monday (2)  Spanish Quarter - Castel dell’Ovo - Piazza del Plebiscito

On day two we carefully explore Naples historic Spanish Quarter as well as some of the other neighborhoods of Naples. This will give us the opportunity to photograph the grit of Naples and its colorful street people and shop owners. In the afternoon we will visit the Castel dell’Ovo (Egg Castle), dating back to 117 BC. Considered the oldest of Naples Castles, Castel dell’Ovo juts out into the bay on the tiny isle of Megaride. The same island where Siren Partenope washed ashore after plunging herself into the sea because she failed to lure Ulysses. The same siren that gave Naples its first name, Partenope. Legend has it that a Roman poet named Virgil placed an egg into a glass jar, the jar into a metal cage and hid it beneath the castle. As long as the egg remained safe and intact, the city would too. The only flaw with this myth of course, is that Virgil lived long before Castel dell’Ovo was actually a castle. In the evening we will set out to photograph the late setting sun in the Piazza del Plebiscito with the Basilica Reale San Francesco di Paola in the background. This always makes for sunning photos, and a great long exposure opportunity. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Procida - Naples

On Tuesday we depart Naples harbor by hydroplane ferry for the volcanic isle of Procida in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 25 km from the city of Naples. We spend the day applying our skills to the many photographic opportunities on this dramatic island including its wonderfully colorful and iconic harbor. In the late afternoon we return to Naples where we’ll rest up. In the evening we will further explore Naples at night and enjoy Naples world famous pizza and gelato. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Pompeii - Herculaneum - Castel Sant’Elmo

After an early morning breakfast we depart Naples to photograph the incredibly well preserved and haunting ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under 13-20 feet of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. Upstaged by its larger rival, Pompeii, Herculaneum harbors a wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics to carbonized furniture and terror-struck skeletons. Indeed, this superbly conserved Roman fishing town of 4000 inhabitants is easier to navigate than Pompeii, and is not to be missed. In the afternoon we will take the funicular up to Castel Sant’Elmo for a sunset view overlooking Naples. (B)

Thursday (5)  Naples - Ravello - Amalfi

Today we bid Naples farewell and set out for the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. En route, we will stop for lunch in Ravello, a stunning resort town set 1200 feet (365 meters) above the Tyrrhenian Sea on the Amalfi Coast. Ravello is best known for its iconic cliffside gardens and breathtaking views. We’ll visit the 13th-century, Moorish-style Villa Rufolo which offers far-reaching views from its terraced gardens, and hosts indoor and outdoor concerts during the popular summertime Ravello Festival. Villa Cimbrone, a medieval-style estate perched on a steep outcrop, is surrounded by another celebrated garden. The amazing nerve-tingling 4.4 mile (7 km) drive down the Valle del Dragone toward Amalfi is well worth the excitement, as well as for the views and photographs. By the afternoon we arrive in Amalfi to check into our hotel. In the evening we explore the harbor and city and enjoy dinner. (B)

Friday (6)  Coastal Cruise - Isle of Capri - Faraglioni

On day six we depart Amalfi by private boat for the Isle of Capri. The cruise along the coast is an epic photographic opportunity, capturing nearby islands, small coastal villages and views of Positano from the sea. Next up, the famous Isle of Capri. Capri is an enchanting and picturesque island made of limestone rock. A favorite with Roman emperors, the rich and famous, artists, and writers, it's still one of the Mediterranean's must-see places. Weather permitting, we will take our boat along the east cost of the island where we will explore and photograph the beautiful coastline including the Faraglioni. Capri is perhaps most famous for its Blue Grotto, but honestly, Capri has such a breathtaking coastline, that it’s hard to really decide which side of the island is your favorite. Once ashore we will lunch in Capri Piazzetta, high above Marina Grande. If time permits we will explore the other side of the island including the the Bay of Marina Piccola and Via Krupp. After an amazing day on the Isle of Capri we return to Amalfi by boat for dinner and a well deserved rest. (B)

Saturday (7)  Sorrento - Positano

On our last day we travel to the coastal village of Sorrento, wonderfully located over white steep cliffs and offering a fantastic view of the Bay of Naples. Sorrento lies on a Tufa terrace and is enclosed by impressive rocks on limestone mountains. Here we will enjoy a morning of photography and a hearty lunch. After, we make the return drive along the stunning Amalfi coast to the famous seaside village of Positano where we will spend the afternoon and evening. In 1953, John Steinbeck wrote that Positano “Bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone”. Here we will enjoy our “Farewell Dinner”. After we return to Amalfi for a well deserved rest. (B) (D)

Sunday (8)  Amalfi - Naples

On our final day we are up early for some early morning photography (optional because you may be tired). After we return to the hotel for breakfast, our final group discussion, review our photos, trade contact information and depart for Naples where we will bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay on the Amalfi Coast or elsewhere in Italy and make good use of all the wonderful photographic techniques you will learn on our amazing photo adventure. (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.


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Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



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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



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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**



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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.






 

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