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Between Barcelona and Madrid lies this land of fairytales and castles.

ARAGON

May 28 - June 2, 2017

May 27 - June 1, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Nature and People Photography

Includes

  1. -6 Days

  2. -Photographer | Guide

  3. -Photo Walks & Discussions

  4. -Small Group Size

  5. -Fine Hotels

  6. -Breakfasts

  7. -2 Dinners

  8. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Zaragoza & Aragon

Zaragoza, Belchite, Los Monegros, Huesca, Bielsa, Ainsa

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Aragon Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Aragón has an enormous artistic legacy, which is the result of its millennial history: Prehistoric towns, remains of the Roman civilization, Romanesque hermitages, turrets and Muslim and Christian castles, monasteries, palaces and cathedrals are distributed all around it’s territory. Aragon today is a fascinating region of Spain, both for it’s natural splendor and for the lasting vestiges of it’s history. Some of the highest and most impressive peaks of the Pyrenees mountains are found within Aragon's territory, while the valleys of the foothills are sprinkled with picturesque stone villages. Solitary castles grace hill tops, elegant monasteries speak volumes of the glory of days gone by. Zaragoza is one of the great monumental cities of Spain. It’s historic heritage of Romans and Moors reflects in the fascinating architecture. Belchite is a powerful reminder of the devastation caused during the Spanish Civil War. It remains today as it was on the day of it’s surrender. 

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 Aragon!


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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 or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Laurie Cohen  |  May 28 - June 2, 2017

Laurie Cohen  |  May 27 - June 1, 2018


Weather | Sun



May - Temps 66/46 F  19/8 C  Sunrise 6:22 | Sunset 9:15 (21:15)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Alfonso Zaragoza, Hotel Silken Zentro or similar - Zagagoza

Los Monegros or similar - Tardienta

Los Siete Reyes or similar - Ainsa


Travel Information



Arrival Airport: Barcelona (BCN) - High Speed Train to Zaragoza: 1hr 45min

Arrival Airport: Madrid (MAD) - High Speed Train to Zaragoza: 1hr 30min

You can also fly directly into Zaragoza via RyanAir, Iberia/Air Nostru or Air Europe


Our adventure begins on Sunday at 11 AM in Zaragoza and ends on Friday afternoon in Barcelona

You may also choose to depart the group on Friday morning in Zaragoza.

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


Price



ARAGON 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 28 - June 2, 2017:  $3,895

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 27 - June 1, 2018:  $4,195


Single Supplement:  $600

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $300

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $300


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.




ARAGON 6 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Barcelona - Zaragoza

We meet our guests at our hotel in Zaragoza on Sunday morning, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. After lunch we set out to photograph the stunning and varied architecture of Zaragoza, which includes the Aljaferia Palace, which is the largest surviving example of Islamic/Spanish architecture from the Taifas period. In addition, we explore the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar Church, which has a long history starting from the Romanesque period, then Gothic, to what is now Baroque style architecture, as well as other photogenic sites. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Spanish restaurants. (D)

Monday (2)  Zaragoza - Belchite

Our day two, we visit the beautiful scenery at the Monasterio de Piedra park, southwest of Zaragoza. After photographing the surrounding national park which includes waterfalls and lakes of the oasis, we will spend time relaxing in the spa situated within a 12th century monastery. After lunch we head to Belchite for some late afternoon & night photography at this fascinating town. Belchite was completely bombed out during the Spanish Civil War. It's remnants are testament to the siege that took place here, and has been left exactly as it was on the day of it's surrender. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Los Monegros

On Tuesday we check out of our hotel and drive north to the barren desert landscape of Los Monegros. The Monegros region, a huge stone and sand reset lying midway between Huesca and Zaragoza, is one of the most interesting parts of the community of Aragon. The landscape here is dominated by huge expanses of desert and is home to countless species which are unique in the world, thanks to the very specific conditions these plateaus provide. We check into a unique concept hotel at Los Monegros that is built around a series of caves. After lunch we concentrate on landscape photography at Los Monegros. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Huesca - Ainsa

On Wednesday, we drive a short distance to Huesca, based at the foot of the Pyrenees mountain range. Huesca has a history going back more than two thousand years. Here we check-in to the hotel Ainsa. After lunch we photograph the 11th century town of Ainsa located within a stunning mountainous background. The historic quarter, declared a Historic-Artistic site, is formed by a group of houses that are packed together in the most harmonious and uniform of ways, among which the slender tower of the collegiate church stands out, as well as the enormous premises of the castle, almost as big as the rest of the town. The walls that surrounded the town centuries ago remain almost intact today, the town itself being filled with monuments that bring us back to the Middle Ages. (B)

Thursday (5)  Bielsa - Ainsa

After reviewing images in the morning, we drive through beautiful countryside scenery before arriving at the Valle de Pineta, where we will spend the afternoon photographing. This valley, surrounded by picturesque mountains, has some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. After our “Farewell Dinner” we offer the option to focus on night photography in Ainsa. (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Ainsa - Montserrat - Barcelona 

On day six we depart Ainsa and drive east to the mountain range and monastery located at Montserrat. Here we will have our final discussion, trade contact information, and bid you farewell upon our return to Barcelona. We urge you to extend your stay in Barcelona or elsewhere in Europe 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 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 for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


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 us 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. Click here to explore our wonderful selection of Combination Packages.


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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Loyalty Club**



All registered guests for 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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