TUSCANY PHOTO ADVENTURES
ITALY

TUSCANY

April 25 - May 2, 2015

Sept 12 - 19, 2015

April 23 - 30, 2016

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

Includes

  1. -8 Days | 7 Nights

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -4-Star Hotels & Villas

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Lunches

  9. -2 Dinners

  10. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Tuscany

Lucca, Chianti, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Cortona, Orvieto

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Great food, wine, medieval villages and breathtaking landscapes await you.

Tuscany Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Experience a full sensory experience complete with amazing food, fine wine and breathtaking landscapes. Located in central Italy, Tuscany stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Central Tuscany is dotted with medieval hilltop fortresses, vine-planted hillsides and sculptural stands of cypress trees; the northwest and east harbor boast dramatic mountain ranges and fecund forests; and the central and southern coasts feature a garland of islands floating tantalizingly close to a shoreline teeming with wildlife. The range of outdoor activities on offer is equally diverse, contributing to the region's reputation as a repository of grand-slam sights and experiences unmatched anywhere in the world.

Join us as we take picture-perfect postcards. We will explore medieval villages, historic towns, castles, country churches (the so-called pievi) and beautiful abbeys that are scattered all over. The architecture includes Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Walled medieval villages that sit high atop hilltops overlooking the vineyards grace this beautiful land. You’ll be inspired during the countless opportunities to capture breathtaking photos.

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 Tuscany!


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers*

Easy schedule

Travel by car or minibus

4 hotels in 7 nights

Minimal elevation changes and a moderate amount of walking

(*non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Roman Martin  |  April 24 - May 1, 2015

Roman Martin  |  September 11-18, 2015

Roman Martin  |  April 23-30, 2016


Weather | Sun



April - Temps 70/49 F  21/10 C  Sunrise 6:11 | Sunset 8:13 (20:13)

September - Temps 83/60 F  28/16 C  Sunrise 6:46 | Sunset 7:36 (19:36)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

8 days | 7 nights

4-Star hotels and villas

Breakfasts

2 lunches

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Palazzo Alexander Hotel, Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell'Alba (or similar) - Lucca

Palazzo Leopoldo - Radda in Chianti

Relais Villa Baldelli, Relais La Corte dei Papi (or similar) - Cortona

Inncasa Hotel, Grand Hotel Italia (or similar) - Orvieto


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airports: Pisa (PSA), Rome (FCO) or Florence (FLR) - Travel time to hotel 30min - 2hr

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

Air Travel: Request a quote if you would like us to help book your air travel.

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


Optional Excursions



Sunrise Hot Air Balloon (including a champagne breakfast)

Wine Making - Be a wine maker for a day (blend your own wine and ship it back home)

Cooking Class - Spend an afternoon cooking in a beautiful Tuscan villa

Fashion Shoot - On the old streets of Lucca with Italian models


Price



TUSCANY 8-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 24 - May 1, 2015:  $4,895

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 11-18, 2015:  $5,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 23-30, 2016:  $5,295


Single Supplement:  $800 April / $900 September

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room (Lucca):  $300

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room (Orvieto):  $300


Deposit:  $1500


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations if you plan to extend your stay. Breakfast is typically included but only if included in our hotel room rates.



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TUSCANY 8 DAYS


Saturday (1)  Lucca - Pisa

We meet on Sunday morning at our hotel in the medieval walled city of Lucca, just one hour west of Florence and just outside Pisa. We start the day off discussing PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of 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 in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will set out for a day of photography throughout this ancient yet stylish northern Tuscan city. Lucca has become a favorite among many of our guests. In the late afternoon we depart for nearby Pisa for some sunset and twilight photography of the Cathedral di Pisa and the Leaning Tower. The Cathedral is a beautiful piece of Romanesque architecture. Upon our return to Lucca, we will celebrate with a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Italian restaurants, one established in the 15th century. (D)

Sunday (2)  Lucca

On Sunday we completely immerse ourselves in Lucca. Lonely Planet says, “Lovely Lucca is a precious pearl of a city that endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot.” The photographic opportunities in Lucca are endless, as you will find throughout this entire adventure. In the afternoon we offer an optional fashion shoot amid the ancient architecture of Lucca. At the day's end, historic cafes and restaurants will tempt us to relax over a glass or two of Lucchesi wine and a slow progression of rustic dishes prepared with fresh produce from the nearby Garfagnana. (B)

Note: The Lucca Fashion Shoot is an optional excursion.

Monday (3)  Florence - Greve - Radda in Chianti

We depart Lucca in the early morning hours for Florence, where we will spend the entire morning and early afternoon photographing this beautiful city. Considered the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is an architectural masterpiece. We will focus on street photography near the city center, the cities iconic and magnificent Duomo, and the bridges that cross the Arno River. After lunch we will head south toward the Chianti region. En route will we explore Greve in Chianti and the countryside before arriving at our beautifully restored historic hotel in the center of Radda. Sunset long exposure photography in the nearby vineyards followed by a Tuscan dinner.

Tuesday (4)  Radda in Chianti - Panzano

On Tuesday morning we take a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Tuscany followed by a champagne breakfast in the countryside. The photographic opportunities from the sky as the sun is breaking the horizon can be stunning. After we will spend the day at a local winery where we will be treated to a photographic potpourri of groves, grapes, villas and rolling hills. At a friends 500 hectare winery we will learn how to make wine in the cellar, followed by a cooking class with chef Margherita in the villa’s kitchen. After our cooking class, we will enjoy a wonderful 4 course lunch. This may very well be the highlight of your adventure. In the evening we will visit the hamlet of Panzano, home of the legendary butcher Dario Cecchini, for an amazing Tuscan steak dinner.

Note: The Hot Air Balloon, Cooking Class and Be a Winemaker for a Day are all optional excursions.

Wednesday (5)  San Gimignano - Siena - Cypress Groves - Cortona

We depart Radda on Wednesday for the medieval village of San Gimignano for an amazing day of photography and food. Since we are traveling by vehicle, we have the luxury of stopping whenever we come across a breathtaking opportunity. San Gimignano is a magnificently preserved walled medieval city, known as the ‘Medieval Manhattan’ for its many tall towers. The village itself was founded in the 6th century and is sited on the old route that pilgrims took, from Northern Europe to Rome. A famous feature of the village is the 13 remaining towers that date from 1150. As well as these towers, which were built by the wealthy when the village was an important centre for trade, its walls, gates, and palaces are intact.

After lunch we head to Sienna.They say that Siena is a “State of Mind”, and perhaps they are right. It has an allure that grabs hold of you and has you coming back for more. Siena dates back to 900 B.C. and is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of Italy’s most visited cities. We arrive early to explore all Sienna has to offer. You will marvel at Siena’s incredible Cathedral and its breathtaking gothic architecture. This is one of our favorite Cathedrals in Italy. After lunch we depart Siena and head for the famous cypress groves in southern Tuscany for some iconic Tuscan photography. Here you will notice how the landscape of Tuscany changes from the north. We will discuss the importance of composition and light, and the use of post processing. Next we’ll move east to the small hilltop medieval village of Cortona where we will spend the night at a lovely historic villa outside the city. (B)

Thursday (6)  Cortona

On Thursday we set out to discover Cortona, a small charming town in the Valdichiana, or Chiana Valley, in the province of Arezzo in southern Tuscany. The city, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters (about 1968 feet) above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno. Our day and evening in Cortona will be spent both inside and outside of city walls, taking in all Cortona has to offer. In the evening we dine at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. (B)

Friday (7)  Cortona - Orvieto (Umbria)

After an early morning exploration of Cortona and photography discussions over an espresso or two, we head to our final destination, the amazing city of Orvieto and its great Etruscan ruins. Located in the southwest region of Umbria, Orvieto is situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. The site of the city is among the most dramatic in Europe, rising above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa. Here will will explore the differences between Umbria and the neighboring cities of Tuscany. After we check into our final hotel we will explore some twilight and sunset photography before settling in to enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” overlooking this city of Orvieto. (B) (D)

Saturday (8)  Orvieto (Umbria)

On day eight, we awake to our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information, checkout of our hotel and prepare for our drive to Rome, where we will bid you farewell. You can also take the train from Orvieto to other destinations throughout Italy. We urge you to extend your stay in Rome or elsewhere in Europe 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 Photo Tours



We offer private photo and cultural tours and workshops for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. If photography is not your thing, we can easily adjust and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Or use our Corporate Team Building workshops to help you and your staff “think outside the box”.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please register here, or email us for rates and information. Please email or call for more information.


Gift Cards



Give someone you know a PWA Gift Card or eCard, good toward any of our Photo & Cultural Adventures, Photo Tours, Workshops, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautiful Gift Cards come packaged in an elegant envelope with gift notecard. For those in a rush or living outside North America, we will send you a printable eCard. PWA Gift Cards and eCards are fully transferable and have NO expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 and above. It makes a great gift for someone who loves photography or travel. Order now, or email us for more information.



Private Online Tutorials



We offer private online photo tutorials for individuals who are not able to attend one of our workshops and are interested in improving their photographic skills. We customize our online class to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. One of our Professional Photographers will work with you using online webinar meeting software, We conduct one-on-one discussions using screen sharing to teach. This is also a great follow-up for former guests who would like to extend their learning even after our adventure has ended. Whether you are interested in a particular type of photography, or learning more about metering, exposure or depth of field, learning more about your new camera, or post processing techniques and tricks, we are ready to teach you. Rates are $125 per hour, and $195 for your first 2-hour Starter Session. Register today or email us for more information.


Combination Tours



You can save up to $1200 by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. We now offer over 110 Combination Packages.


Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance is typically 4-7% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have 100% 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. Squaremouth.com, a leading comparison site, rates Travelex amongst the highest of those it lists. Click here to get a free quote.


Travel Services



We now offer international travel services to help you plan and book your travel to and from one or more of our adventures. Our travel services partner, who Conde Nast Travel Magazine named as "Top Travel Agent" for 5 consecutive years, handles our backend. They offer you the same great rates you get online while providing you with world class customer service. Click here to learn more.


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PWA Loyalty Club



All returning guests automatically receive $300 off their next adventure. Once you’ve attended one of our 6+ day photo adventures, you’ll receive a $300 Gift Voucher† good toward another 6+ day or longer photo adventure. Attend 3 or more adventures and you’ll receive a $500 Gift Voucher good toward any future 6+ day photo adventure.



†LOYALTY CLUB GIFT VOUCHER: The loyalty discount only applies to the workshop fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be in addition to any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or other “discounted specials”. Only one Gift Voucher per person, per workshop. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. This discount has no cash value. Your discount will be applied to the final payment.


Note: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, airport travel and transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless we are not able to negotiate breakfast when booking the hotel. All accommodations are double occupancy and perfect if you are traveling with a companion or photographer friend. Please choose the private room option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if we can match you with the same gender and cannot be guaranteed. 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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