ITALY

TUSCANY

April 26 - May 1, 2015

Sept 13 - 18, 2015

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

Includes

  1. -6 Days | 5 Nights

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -4-Star Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -Local Transportation

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CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURES

Tuscany

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

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Great food, wine and breathtaking landscapes await you.

Tuscany Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Experience a full sensory experience replete with the amazing food, wine and landscape of Tuscany and Umbria. Join us as we explore the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture that is evident in the villages we will visit including walled medieval villages that sit high atop hilltops overlooking the vineyards that grace this beautiful land. Join us for wine tasting in the cellar of an ancient winery in the Chianti region of Tuscany, the stunning Gothic Duomo in Siena and the romantic medieval villages of Cortona and Orvieto. 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 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 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

5 hotels in 5 nights

Minimal elevation changes and a moderate amount of walking

(*non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Roman Martin  |  September 14-19, 2014

Roman Martin  |  April 26 - May 1, 2015


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)

6 days | 5 nights

4-star hotels and villas

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Palazzo Alexander Hotel - Lucca

Hotel Certaldo - Certaldo

NH Excelsior - Sienna

Relais Villa Baldelli - Cortona

InnCasa Charme Hotel - 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 ride over Tuscany followed by a champagne brunch

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

Fashion photo shoot on the old streets of Lucca with Italian models


Price



TUSCANY 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 26 - May 1, 2015:  $3,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 13-18, 2015:  $4,195


(Optional) Private Room Supplement:  $600 April / $800 Sept

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $250 April / $300 Sept

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $300 April / $350 Sept


Deposit:  $1000


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*Hotel accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling with a companion you do not need to pay the private room supplement. Breakfast is included if it’s included in our room rates.


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TUSCANY 6 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Lucca - Pisa

We meet on Sunday morning at the Palazzo Alexander 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. In the early evening we will celebrate your arrival with a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. We then head to nearby Pisa for some sunset and twilight photography of the Cathedral di Pisa and the Leaning Tower. These could make for some amazing HDR photos. The Cathedral is a beautiful piece of Romanesque architecture. (D)

Monday (2)  Lucca - San Gimignano - Certaldo Alto

On day two we depart Lucca and move south to the Tuscan 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 medieval city, known as the ‘Medieval Manhattan’ for its many tall towers. This walled village lies 56 km south of Florence. 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 a nice day, we finally settle into our hotel in Certaldo, the wonderful Hotel Certaldo. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Certaldo - Radda in Chianti - Siena

On day three we depart for another beautiful day of shooting which includes a private lunch and wine tasting at our great friend Daniele’s winery. The 500 hectare winery is located on land rich in history and soil. After much eating and drinking, we reluctantly depart Daniele’s for Siena. They say that Siena is a “State of Mind”, and perhaps they are right. It has an alure 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. Here you will marvel at Siena’s incredible Cathedral and its breathtaking gothic architecture. This is one of our favorite Cathedrals in Italy. In the evening we settle into our Siena hotel, the NH Excelsior. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Siena - Toscana - Cortona

After breakfast 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 HDR. Next we’ll move east to the small hilltop medieval village of Cortona where we will spend the night at the Relais Villa Baldelli. The only disappointment about Cortona will be our departure. Cortona is a favorite with all our guests. (B)

Thursday (5)  Cortona - Orvieto

After our early morning exploration of Cortona and photography discussions over an expresso 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, the magnificent inncasa Charme Hotel, we explore some twilight photography before settling in to enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” overlooking this city of Orvieto. (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Orvieto

On day six, 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 a central location in 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 and make good use of all the wonderful photographic techniques you will learn on our amazing photo adventure. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®


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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