EAST EUROPE

BUDAPEST, VIENNA

& PRAGUE

June 9 - 20, 2017

November 10 - 21, 2017

June 8 - 19, 2018

November 9 - 20, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Street and People Photography

Includes

  1. -12 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -Side trip to Salzburg

  10. -Side trip to Karlovy Vary

  11. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Budapest Vienna Prague

Buda Castle, Citadel, Belvedere Palace, Salzburg, Charles Bridge

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Three of the most beautiful UNESCO cities in Eastern Europe.

Budapest-Vienna-Prague Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn

Our 12-Day Budapest, Vienna and Prague Photo Adventure was designed to combine the very best of these 3 amazing and not-to-be-missed cities. We spend 4 days in each city. You may also book each city individually or combine only Budapest and Vienna or Vienna and Prague.

Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary. Budapest became a single city, occupying both banks of the River Danube, with the  unification in 1873, of Buda and Obuda, on the west bank, and with Pest, on the east bank. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest has extensive UNESCO World Heritage sites. They include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle District, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the third-oldest metro line in the world. Budapest is famous for its 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal cave system, the second largest synagogue and the third largest Parliament building.

Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Belvedere Palace, State Opera House, City Hall, the many museums and the numerous aristocratic mansions along the Ring Boulevard make Vienna one of the most important cultural capitals and one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, which used to be joined with Slovakia until the two separated into distinct sovereign states in 1993. The Old Town square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe. The square dates back to the 12th century and started life as the central marketplace in Prague. Today it is full of houses and churches built in centuries past in different architectural styles - Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic creations all tell a different story. The most notable sights: Old Town Hall Tower and the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nickolas Church. We will also photograph the Jan Hus statue. For a stunning view over the square, we will climb the Old Town Hall Tower.

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 the breathtaking cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague, as well as the surrounding countryside.


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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 or minibus

Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Roman Martin  |  June 9-20, 2017

Roman Martin  |  November 10-21, 2017

Roman Martin  |  June 8-19, 2018

Roman Martin  |  November 9-20, 2018


Weather | Sun



July - Temps 79/59 F  26/15 C  Sunrise 5:20 | Sunset 8:21 (20:21)

September - Temps 71/52 F  21/11 C  Sunrise 6:24 | Sunset 6:52 (18:52)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

6 Dinners

Austrian countryside including Burgenland

Czech countryside including Bratislava Castle

Salzburg, Austria day tour

Transfers for Budapest to Vienna to Prague

Local transportation


Accommodations



Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest, Boscolo Budapest, Hotel Nemzeti Mgallery Collection or similar - Budapest

Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof Wien, Sans Souci Vienna or similar - Vienna

Mamaison Pachtuv Palace Prague, Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague or similar - Prague


Travel Information



Arrival Airport: Budapest International Airport (BUD) - Transfer time: 45 min

Departure Airport: Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) - Transfer time: 45 min

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 VisaMapper for more information.


Price



BUDAPEST | VIENNA | PRAGUE 12-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 9-20, 2017:  $8,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 10-21, 2017:  $8,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 8-19, 2018:  $9,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 9-20, 2018:  $9,495


Single Supplement:  $1000

(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.


BUDAPEST VIENNA PRAGUE 12 DAYS


Friday (1)  Budapest - St. Syephen’s Basilica - Parliament - Chain Bridge

We meet in Budapest, the capital and largest city in Hungary. Budapest became a single city, occupying both banks of the River Danube, with the  unification in 1873, of Buda and Obuda, on the west bank, and with Pest, on the east bank. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest has extensive UNESCO World Heritage sites. They include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle District, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the third-oldest metro line in the world. Budapest is famous for its 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal cave system, the second largest synagogue and the third largest Parliament building.

We begin our day 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 our guests are trying to achieve with their photography. After lunch our photo adventure starts throughout the city center. We will explore St. Syephen’s Basilica, Parliament, Danube Promenade and the Chain Bridge. In the evening we will celebrate our guests’ arrival with a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Hungarian restaurants. (D)

Saturday (2)  Budapest - Buda Castle - Citadel - Gellert Hill

After breakfast we travel to the Buda Castle district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll through the cobble-stoned streets and alleys of Castle Hill. Buda Castle has also been known as the Royal Palace and The Royal Castle. At noon there is a changing of the guards’ ceremony, which will give us added opportunities for great images from this picturesque area. Near the presidential residence is the Fisherman’s Bastion, with a viewing terrace over the Danube Promenade, Margaret Island and Gellert Hill. After lunch we are off to the Citadel, a fortress that was built by the Hapsburgs in the middle of the 19th century, to keep the city under surveillance. From Gellert Hill we’ll get a chance to take some wonderful evening and sunset photos of Budapest. (B)

Sunday (3)  Budapest - Varosliget - Vajdahunyad Castle

We arise early for a sunrise shoot of this beautiful city. After breakfast we will visit Varosliget, one of the most beautiful city parks in Budapest. The famous Vajdahunyad Castle, the Szechenyi Spas, the zoo and the Vidampark (an amusement park). Lunch at the Gundel restaurant. After lunch we will visit Heroes’ Square and then walk down Andrassy Boulevard where we will photograph the most architecturally interesting buildings such as the House of Terror and the Hungarian State Opera House. In the evening we will enjoy a wonderful dinner celebrating our last evening on Budapest. (B) (D)

Monday (4)  Budapest - Sopron - Burgenland - Vienna

We do an early morning check-out of our hotel in Budapest and head to Vienna. The route will take us through Sopron, the famous Hungarian wine region, to the Lake Ferto / Lake Neusiedl, which is the second largest steppe lake in central Europe. The Austrian/Hungarian border and the UNESCO World Heritage Site landscape surrounding it will be our photo challenge of the day. This area has very interesting village architecture, as well as many fabulous palaces. In Austria, we will explore the Burgenland region, which means “land of castles”, and is Austria’s red wine capital. In Vienna we check-in to our hotel. (B)

Tuesday (5)  Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - Gloriette

In the morning we will take a short drive and visit the Schoenbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a great place to learn about the history of the Hapsburg dynasty as well as the history of Austria. After we will tour the majestic outdoor gardens and get lost in a labyrinth before we enjoy the palace view from the Gloriette. We will also visit the oldest zoo in the world as well as the Palm House. In the evening we explore the city at night and enjoy a wonderful dinner. (B) (D)

Wednesday (6)  Vienna - Hellbrunn Palace - Salzburg

After breakfast we depart Vienna for  a day trip to Salzburg. Our first stop will be Hellbrunn Palace. The “Pleasure Palace” of Hellbrunn, with its spacious park and its unique trick fountains, was built 400 hundred years ago by Salzburg’s Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hoehenems. The Prince had excellent architectural taste and an amazing sense of humor. After we will continue our drive to Salzburg. The city of Salzburg, and especially its historic city center, is one of the loveliest places in Europe, winning international acclaim in 1997 when it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After a photo walk around this fairytale city where Mozart was born, as well as a myriad of photographic opportunities. Finally, we will take a funicular and visit a fortress that has magnificent views of the city, and where we are guaranteed to capture unforgettable photographs. (B)

Thursday (7)  Vienna - Imperial Palace - Belvedere Palace

After an early morning sunrise shoot, we head to the historic centre of Vienna, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Belvedere Palace, State Opera House, City Hall, the many museums and the numerous aristocratic mansions along the Ring Boulevard make Vienna one of the most important cultural capitals and one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. In the evening we will take some night shots during a dinner cruise down the Danube River. (B) (D)

Friday (8)  Vienna - Bratislava Castle - Prague

After breakfast we checkout of our Vienna hotel and head for Prague. On our way to Prague we will stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Hapsburg Monarchy Territories. We will take a walk through Bratislava Old Town down the narrow lanes, and then we will explore the burghers’ houses and nobles’ palaces. An elevator takes us up the UFO open-air observation deck. This structure was declared Slovakia’s building of the century. It will give us a 360-degree view as far as 100 kilometers. We will also stop at the Bratislava Castle with its magnificent views of the Danube as well as great views of the city from its very peak! In Prague we will check-in to our hotel, explore the city and enjoy dinner. (B) (D)

Saturday (9)  Prague - Wenceslas Square - Vitava River Cruise

Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, which used to be joined with Slovakia until the two separated into distinct sovereign states in 1993. The Old Town square, with its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe. The square dates back to the 12th century and started life as the central marketplace in Prague. Today it is full of houses and churches built in centuries past in different architectural styles - Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic creations all tell a different story. The most notable sights: Old Town Hall Tower and the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nickolas Church. For a stunning view over the square, we will climb the Old Town Hall Tower.

In the afternoon we will walk down famous Wenceslas Square, which lies at the heart of the New Town. “New Town” was laid out in 348 by Charles lV. We can also photograph the National Museum and the Prague State Opera if it interests you. In the evening we will enjoy a river cruise down the Vitava River. (B)

Sunday (10)  Prague - Karlovy Vary - Charles Bridge

After an early morning sunrise shoot, we depart for Karlovy Vary, the most visited spa town in the Czech Republic. It was named after the King of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles lV, who founded the city in 1370. There are 13 main springs and about 300 smaller springs with a temperature of about 72 degrees Celsius. The spa has been visited by many rulers and artists, including Goethe, Chateaubriand, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorak. The city is also known for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. We will visit the Becherovka Museum, the Moser glass shop and the Thun porcelain shop. In the evening we will photograph the famous Charles Bridge at sunset. (B)

Monday (11)  Prague - Prague Castle - St. Vitus - Charles Bridge

After breakfast we’ll visit Prague Castle, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world. The ceremonial changing of the guard, which includes much fanfare, as well as a flag ceremony, will give us great opportunities to capture some lovely photos. We will stop at St. Vitus Cathedral, which is located at the Prague Castle. It is the largest and most important church in Prague. The cathedral is the burial place of former Czech kings and a home to the Czech crown jewels. There are magnificent views of the whole city from this vantage point. On our way back to Old Town we will walk across and again photograph Charles Bridge and immerse ourselves in the atmosphere by watching street artists sketching and listening to musicians playing. Our “Farewell Dinner” will be at one of Prague’s most well-known breweries. (B) (D)

Tuesday (12)  Prague

On Tuesday after breakfast, we have our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and say goodbye at check-out. We urge you to extend your stay in Prague or elsewhere in Europe where you can practice all the photography skills you learned on our 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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