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May 5 - 12, 2018

October 6 - 13, 2018

April 27 - May 4, 2019

October 5 - 12, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Architecture and People Photography

Includes

  1. -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

Sicily

Palermo, Cefalu, Taormina, Siracusa, Ragusa & Agrigento

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The scents and tastes of this land will take hold of you.

Sicily Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Sicilian shores are washed by three different seas, and it’s reflected in the island’s ancient name for Sicily: “Trinacria”, the three-cornered island. Sicily has had a long and tortuous history dating back more than 2,000 years. To know Sicily, you must first breath in its aroma and taste its food. Palermo, the island’s capital city, is renowned for its fascinating blend of Arabic, Norman and Baroque architecture. On the east side of the island is the 18th century re-built city of Catania, located between the Ionian Sea and the slopes of Mount Etna. Catania is a UNESCO World Heritage site. And on the south side of the island is the magical and very much loved 27th century old city of Siracusa, founded by the Corinthians. After Siracusa we explore the mountain top village of Ragusa and then on to Agrigento to view and photograph the Valley of the Temples, and the stunning white rocks of Scala dei Turchi.

Sicily to most first-time visitors is a complete revelation. Although it’s the largest island in the Mediterranean it is relatively undiscovered, steeped in history and bathed in sunshine; offering the discerning traveller fine cuisine, stunning beaches, mountains, volcanoes, art, archaeology and unforgettable hospitality. Can you think of a better place to study photography than Sicily?

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 seductive island of Sicily!


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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 and minibus

Considerable elevation changes and a moderate amount of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Roman Martin or Michael Chinnici  |  May 5-12, 2018

Roman Martin  |  October 6-13, 2018

Roman Martin  |  April 27 - May 4, 2019

Roman Martin  |  October 5-12, 2019


Weather | Sun



May - Temps 70/58 F  21/16 C  Sunrise 6:16 | Sunset 7:53 (19:53)

October - Temps 73/64 F  22/18 C  Sunrise 6:58 | Sunset 6:58 (18:58)


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



Palermo - Hotel Federico II - Central Palace, Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes or similar

Taormina - La Plage Resort or similar

Siracusa - Algila' Ortigia Charme Hotel, Des Étrangers Hotel & Spa or similar

Ragusa - Antica Badia Relais Hotel, De Stefano Palace Luxury Hotel or similar

Agrigento - Villa Athena Hotel, Colleverde Park Hotel or similar


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airports: Palermo, Sicily (PMO) - Transfer time to hotel 45min

6 Day Departure Airport: Catania / Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) or Palermo, Sicily (PMO)

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



SICILY 8-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 5-12, 2018:  $5,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 6-13, 2018:  $5,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 27 - May 4, 2019:  $5,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 5-12, 2019:  $5,995


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.





SICILY 8 DAYS


Saturday (1)  Palermo

We meet on Sunday in Palermo at our hotel, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During our group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will set out for a wonderful day of photography throughout the city of Palermo. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. (D)

Sunday (2)  Palermo - Cefalu - Taormina

On day two we depart Palermo and drive east to the city of Cefalu on the northern coast. Cefalu is an ancient city falling in an emerald sea. On the beaches we will find beautifully colored fishing boats and delicious seafood. We’ll photograph as much of Cefalu as time will allow us, before we move on along the northern coast hunting for breathtaking villages and coastline. We end our day on the eastern side of Sicily in the romantic city of Taormina where we check into our hotel. In the evening, we head up the mountain by gondola to Taormina and enjoy a wonderful Sicilian dinner. (B)

Monday (3)  Taormina

On Monday we spend time exploring the beauty and history of Taormina as well as enjoying the amenities and photo opportunities of our fabulous resort. Taormina is the type of Sicilian village that you just can not get enough of. Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, the town remains an achingly beautiful spot with gorgeous medieval churches, a stunning Greek theatre and sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos and Mt Etna. Founded in the 4th century BC, it enjoyed great prosperity under the Greek ruler Gelon II and later under the Romans, but fell into quiet obscurity after being conquered by the Normans in 1087. (B)

Tuesday (4)  Siracusa

On day four we’re up early to photograph the low light, and then off to Siracusa in the south, passing Mount Etna to our west. The terrain is volcanic and the views and photo opportunities are endless. There are many small villages and ruins along the way which will provide many photo opportunities. Siracusa is an ancient Greek and Roman city, known for its well preserved ruins and beauty, and especially known for it’s sunsets. Once there, we check into our hotel followed by dinner in the oldest part of the city. (B)

Wednesday (5)  Siracusa - Ortygia

Our day is dedicated to exploring the city of Siracusa, a wonder to behold. One of the great ancient capitals of Western civilization, the city was founded in 734 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and soon grew to rival, and even surpass, Athens in splendor and power. Siracusa became the largest, wealthiest city-state in the West and a bulwark of Greek civilization. Our focus will be street photography, seascape, architecture and people photography. The island of Ortygia, where our hotel is located, is an ancient city first inhabited by the Greeks, which juts out into the Ionian Sea and is connected to the mainland by two small bridges. (B)

Thursday (6)  Ragusa

We depart the seaside city of Siracusa for the mountain top village of Ragusa, a fascinating town on the southern side of Sicily. Ragusa's baroque architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. It's an unusual town, divided into two parts - the Upper Town and Ibla. After the earthquake of 1693 destroyed most of the town, half the people decided to build on the ridge above town and the other half renovated the old town. Our lovely boutique hotel will be our overnight stay in this charming ancient village. (B)

Friday (7)  Agrigento - Valley of Temples - Scala dei Turchi

We checkout early for our return trip to Palermo, but not before stoping in Agrigento to view and photograph the Valley of the Temples, and the stunning white rocks of Scala dei Turchi. At one time the fourth-largest city in the known world, Agrigento, or Akragas as it was then known, is home to Sicily's most impressive Greek ruins. The UNESCO-listed Valley of the Temples is one of the most mesmerizing sites in the Mediterranean, boasting the best-preserved Doric temples outside Greece. They include the Tomb of Terone, Temple of Hercules, Temple of Olympic Jupiter and the Temple of Concordia. After an amazing day, we check into our hotel and head out for an amazing Sicilian “Farewell Dinner”. With great fun and laughter we will discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Saturday (8)  Agrigento - Palermo 

While enjoying breakfast we conduct our final group discussion and review. We depart early for our 2.5 hour drive to Palermo. Those departing Palermo will be first dropped at the airport (approx. 12:00 noon). Those staying on for a late departure will be dropped in Palermo. We do urge you to extend your stay in Sicily or in Italy and make good use of everything you will learn on our 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.


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.






 

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