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ISRAEL HOLY WEEK

March 24 - April 1, 2018 April 13 - 21, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Seascape and People Photography

Includes

  1. -9 Days

  2. -Photographer | Guide

  3. -Photo Walks

  4. -Small Group Size

  5. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  6. -Breakfasts

  7. -2 Dinners

  8. -Local Transportation

  9. -Access to Holy Week

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Israel Holy Week

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Acco, Dead Sea

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Capture an unforgettable experience of faith in Jerusalem during Holy Week.

Israel Holy Week Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Celebrating the Holy Week of Easter in Israel is a life changing experience for many Christian pilgrims. Thousands of people from all over the world come to visit each year to trace the footsteps of Jesus and his last moments. In 2018, the Jewish holy week of Passover coincides with Easter. Even to the most hardened atheist, It is impossible to leave Jerusalem without it leaving it’s mark on you. Witnessing the photographic opportunities unfold during Holy Week will make your visit to Jerusalem all the more unique.

Our time together will also includes photography outside of Jerusalem, as we visit the cosmopolitan and exciting city of Tel Aviv, the ancient ruins and sea port of Caesarea, the fortified sea town of Acre, and the barren landscapes of the Dead Sea and Masada.

Israel is at the intersection of Asia, Europe and Africa - both geographically and culturally - Israel has been a meeting place of cultures, empires and religions since history began. Everyone from Moses to Mark Twain has dreamed of going there. The appearance of prophets seems to be dwindling and the Crusaders have long since hung up their swords and shields, but travelers still come in droves, almost magnetically, to this land still considered holy by countless millions.

The appeal of Israel’s ancient and holy past may be obvious enough but many new arrivals are surprised to see that it’s much more than a lesson in history. While Jerusalem is a dazzling amalgam of past and present, and a contested hotbed for the world's monotheistic faiths, the whole country is a tightly packed ball of everything from Mt Masada and the Negev desert to the beaches of Eilat, not to mention it’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites (and 17 more sites are currently under consideration).

Weeding through Israel's convoluted history is both exhilarating and exhausting. There are crumbling temples, ruined cities, abandoned forts and hundreds of places associated with the Bible. And while a sense of adventure is required, sites are safe and easily accessible. Israel is about its incredibly diverse population. Our Israel Adventure is run by an experienced, multi-lingual Israeli photographer who will guide you to the most photogenic sites specifically selected for maximizing your time available in this marvelous country. The tour is designed for beginners and advanced amateurs, with an emphasis on creative travel photography techniques.

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. Israel, with all it has to offer, is a wonderful backdrop to learn and expand on your photographic skills.


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Group Size



6-10 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Some elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Laurie Cohen  |  March 24 - April 1, 2018

Laurie Cohen  |  April 13-21, 2019


Weather | Sun



March/April - Temps 65/52 F  18/10 C  Sunrise 6:38 | Sunset 6:53 (18:53)

Full Moon - March 31, 2018


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape. architecture, and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (6-10 guests)

4 or 5 star hotels

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Jerusalem - American Colony Hotel, Arcadia Ba'Moshava Boutique Hotel or similar

Tel Aviv - Brown TLV Urban Hotel, AL Hotel or similar

Dead Sea - Crowne Plaza Dead Sea or similar


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) - Transfer time to hotel 45min

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.


Excursions



Petra and Jordan: Optional post adventure excursions are available from 1-4 days


Price



ISRAEL HOLY WEEK 9-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 24 - April 1, 2018:  $7,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 13-21, 2019:  $8,495


Single Supplement:  $1000

(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.



ISRAEL HOLY WEEK 9 DAYS


Saturday (1)  Jerusalem - Old City

We meet at our Hotel on Saturday morning, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. After some informal discussions about what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques.

Our first day starts in Jerusalem, the state capital and the largest city in Israel. Jerusalem is a holy city to all three religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and this is due to its 5000 year history of stories and legacies. Jerusalem's main history revolved around the old city, the same preserved site dating back thousands of years, documents the life it used to be. In the city, you will find four quarters: Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian. You will experience the ancient city, unique markets and picturesque residential neighborhoods through your lens. Our photo adventure begins on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.

Upon meeting our group, we will make some introductions, talk about our photographic background and discuss the week ahead. After we will venture into the different quarters of the old city by foot to get an overview of where we will be shooting, capturing photographic opportunities as we wander the old cobbled streets. In the late afternoon we will continue to discover why Jerusalem is so fascinating and so photogenic. The beautiful light through the old city will make for excellent images during the magic hour, and we will round off our day with panoramic views over the Western Wall, Temple Mount and Mount of Olives. Here you will learn why Jerusalem is named the City of Gold! In the evening we will enjoy our welcome dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. (D)

Palm Sunday (2)  Mount of Olive - Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Our photo adventure turns into a unique experience when we witness the beginning of Holy Week on Palm Sunday. As thousands of pilgrims descend the Mount of Olives to re-enact Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, you will be inspired by the sights of the faithful who have made this pilgrimage from all over the world. The procession heads down into the city past various churches related to his journey, and then into the Old City and down into Via Dolorosa. The crowds of worshippers in song and giving blessings, with palms and an abundance of color is a slight to behold. The significance of the palms is how followers greeted Jesus on his entrance to Jerusalem, 2000 years ago. On entering the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Christian pilgrims of six denominations practice their faith together. This is the only church in the world where this occurs. The church is the most important site in the world due to the belief of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Because of the crowds of worshipers following the route, our main subjects today will be environmental portraits and street photography. This is a good opportunity to find good backgrounds and interesting lighting as the faithful pass by. Practicing with different shutter speeds, apertures and other camera settings will help you improve on different techniques in a challenging environment. (B)

Monday (3)  Tel Aviv - Old Jaffa

Today we leave our hotel and head for Tel Aviv, the nation’s business & cultural capital. We will begin at the neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, with it’s renovated historical buildings, urban decay, fashionable stores and restaurants. Later, we will arrive to the Rothschild Boulevard to shoot architecture from the Bauhaus movement and the British Mandate. This part of Tel Aviv holds the largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world. Known as the White City, this UNESCO World Heritage site contains a collection of over 4,000 buildings built in a unique form of the Bauhaus style from the 1930s. From here we will head towards the Florentin neighborhood. This commercial and industrial area has become trendy in the last few years and is is perfect for capturing some of Tel Aviv’s fantastic street art, and has photogenic backgrounds for street photography and environmental portraits. Located nearby is the Levinsky market, which is also on the itinerary. Now we will head towards the Shuk HaPishpishim [flea market] which offers wonderful photo opportunities. You will capture the relaxed atmosphere where traders and buyers come to look for anything from coffee pots to Afghan rugs. The flea market also has one of our favorite humus bars, an ideal stop for a quick snack where we can talk about different aspects of photography, and how to achieve the desired images according to your photographic vision. From the flea market, we will head towards Old Jaffa with it’s maze of homes, winding alleyways and ancient stones, before arriving to the Ancient Port, the oldest sea port in the world. Walking through Old Jaffa is like walking back to it’s origins of some 4000 years. The top of the hill in Jaffa offers panoramic views of Tel Aviv’s modern buildings along it’s shoreline. In the late afternoon we check in to our hotel in Tel Aviv. (B)

Tuesday (4)  Tel Aviv - Caesaria - Acco

From Tel Aviv we head up the coast for a pleasant day of shooting starting at the ancient town of Caesaria. With a history dating back 2,300 years to the days of King Herod, visiting the national park is like walking through a story, and wandering between the ancient buildings one can both sense how people lived here thousands of years ago and enjoy modern, contemporary experiences, such as the enthralling musical performances held in the beautiful Roman Theatre. We will walk along the city walls and around the towers, wander through the ruins of the castle and the various temples, visit the hippodrome, ancient port and the tiny artists’ square and explore the Roman aqueduct on the coastline before heading off. Further north lies Acre (Acco), one of our favorite locations in Israel. This ancient crusader city is a UNESCO world heritage site, dating back to the 11th century. A visit to Acre is part of the Israeli experience. The city is a meeting place for East and West, new and old, beauty and ruins, all adding to its uniqueness. The fascinating history that has passed through the streets of Acre, the legacy left behind by its conquerors, the buildings that adorn the city and the places of worship built there are just part of the experience this city offers. Among the high-walled alleys and underground passages is a huge mosque and a Christian monastery, an inn and Turkish baths, halls built by the Knights Templar, with an extraordinary Templar tunnel and fascinating archeological findings. These are joined by intriguing museums and many churches, a row of hotels near the inviting beaches, a marina, restaurants and a picturesque fishing port. Magnificent architecture, set on the coastline appears almost intact. Acco offers an excellent blend of architecture, seascape, people and street photography. In the evening we will head back to our hotel in Tel Aviv. (B)

Wednesday (5)  Tel Aviv

On day five we explore some more of Tel Aviv’s neighborhoods including the modern seafront, Nachlat Binyamin area, the busy Carmel market, modern high-rises around Arlozorov and the refurbished Sorona market. After lunch we will head back to Jerusalem to check in to our hotel. In the afternoon you will have the option to visit Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum). This is an emotional experience for visitors, so you can choose to attend or if you prefer, relax in our hotel to edit your images. Established in 1953, the core goal of Yad Vashem’s founders was to recognize gentiles who, at personal risk and without financial motive, chose to save their Jewish brethren from the ongoing genocide during the Holocaust. Those recognized by Israel are honored in a section of Yad Vashem known as the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations. In the early evening we will have a group critique of our best images captured so far, and discuss why they stand out, suggestions on retouching and how they may even be improved further. (B)

Holy Thursday (6)  Dead Sea - Jerusalem

On day 6 we head south towards the Dead Sea. With its salt formations and changing landscape, the Dead Sea allows for completely new photographic opportunities on each visit. Thanks to its unique elements of nature, the Dead Sea is unlike any other place in the world. It is the lowest point on earth, giving it unique scenery found nowhere else. The shores of the Dead Sea make for great landscapes with it’s unusual salt deposits, and the contrast of the turquoise blue sea with the barren rock and desert make for some captivating images. Masada, a mountaintop fortress is surrounded by barren landscapes of the Judean desert. Hidden springs, caves and mountains gives the area a variety of photographic opportunities amidst one of the most beautiful settings Israel has to offer. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Masada is most famous for it’s symbolic importance for it’s determination, heroism and martyrdom. One the most loved archaeological sites in Israel, visitors can see remnants of how it’s inhabitants lived here and it’s final downfall to the Roman army. On returning to Jerusalem, we will stop to capture some beautiful scenic views of the Judean desert while chatting and drinking Arabic coffee with some local Bedouins. Nearby are some great views over the St. George’s Monastery. This site dates back to the 4th century and was built for a group of monks to meditate and immerse themselves in the stories of Jesus and John the Baptist. The spectacle of this monastery perched on the cliffs of a ravine, surrounded by the barren Judean hills make for some stunning images. From here we head towards Jerusalem to checkin to our hotel. (B)

Good Friday (7)  Jerusalem - Old City - Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Today is Good Friday, and a very special day in Jerusalem and one of the most amazing sights in religion. Witness hundreds of Christian pilgrims stream through the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City. We will capture the faithful as they hoist wooden crosses and chant prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus. Known as “The way of the cross”, the procession retraces Jesus’ final steps along the Via Dolorosa (latin for “Way of the suffering”) and follow the 14 stations as they finally arrive to the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On this day you will witness some bizarre sights - priests dressed as Jesus wearing a crown of thorns complete with fake blood, men posing as Roman soldiers with full armour, countless worshipers hauling crosses on their backs as the crowd chants hymns - Good Friday in Jerusalem is a melting pot of the weird and wonderful. (B)

Saturday (8)  Jerusalem - Holy Fire 

The Holy Fire is considered a miracle occurring every year on Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter Sunday. The ceremony marks a miracle - at 2.00pm a sunbeam shines through the ceiling to light a lamp placed in the tomb. Inside the church, all of the lights are extinguished before the entrance of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch who is carrying a handful of candles. When the Patriarch emerges, it is said that the candles are lit by a miraculous flame which is then used to light the candles of the congregation. After a procession around the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, those who arrived early watched as the key-holder to the sacred site arrived to unlock the church doors. Due to the church being divided by different denominations, the keys are held by a Muslim man whose family has been considered neutral by all parties for several generations. The tradition of the Holy Fire has been held at the same time, on the same day and at the same exact place dating back to the fourth century. (B) 

Easter Sunday (9)  Jerusalem - Garden Tomb 

Day nine marks Easter Sunday and the last day of our photo adventure. We will start early today to visit the sunrise service at the Garden Tomb - an annual service held for Protestant Christians that believe was the site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection, as opposed to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Before lunch, we will spend some time going over the best images captured from our guests during a group critique. Today we will celebrate our farewell meal together, discuss the incredible scenes and sites we have shared during our week, exchange contact details and sadly bid you farewell. (B) (L)

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



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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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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.


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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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