ISRAEL

ISRAEL

November 19 - 24, 2017

February 18 - 23, 2018

November 18 - 23, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Seascape and People Photography

Includes

  1. -6 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Israel

Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Negev

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Experience biblical ruins and crusader fortresses in the Holy Land.

Israel Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

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 week 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



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

Some elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Laurie Cohen  |  November 19-24, 2017

Laurie Cohen  |  February 18-23, 2018

Laurie Cohen  |  November 18-23, 2018


Weather | Sun



February - Temps 64/46 F  17/7 C  Sunrise 6:17 | Sunset 5:32 (17:32)

October - Temps 77/63 F  25/17 C  Sunrise 5:36 | Sunset 5:57 (17:57)

November - Temps 75/60 F  24/14 C  Sunrise 6:21 | Sunset 4:34 (16:34)


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape. architecture, seascape and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



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

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

Crowne Plaza Dead Sea or similar - Dead Dea


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 VisaMapper for more information.


Excursions



Bethlehem tour (optional post adventure excursion)

Petra and Jordan tour from 1-4 days (optional post adventure excursion)

*Note: PWA does not operate these post excursions but is happy to suggest existing programs


Price



ISRAEL 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 19-24, 2017:  $4,195

Photo Adventure Vacation | February 18-23, 2018:  $4,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 18-23, 2018:  $4,495


Single Supplement:  $600

(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 6 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Tel Aviv - Jaffa

We meet at our Hotel on Sunday 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 workshop starts in Tel Aviv, the nation’s business & cultural capital. Here we will spend time in the photogenic neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, then head to Jaffa’s flea market before practicing street photography techniques around the city centre. In the early evening we will capture the atmosphere at Jaffa port before our “Welcome Dinner” where we will enjoy some excellent Israeli cuisine. (D)

Monday (2)  Caesarea - Jerusalem

Caesarea is an old Roman port city on the Mediterranean shore, and is nothing short of an archeological wonderland for photographers. Like many forts and cities in Israel, it has been run and overrun by all sorts of people over the ages, from Romans to Arabs to Crusaders, each adding their own mark to the place. With its sun kissed beaches and ancient structures, you can't visit Caesarea without being awed by the beauty of the Mediterranean. The day will also include a visit to nearby Nachsholim to practice blurred water effects, combining slow shutter speeds and ND filters. From here we will head to Jerusalem in time to capture a panoramic view of the city during the magic hour, and then check-in to our hotel in Jerusalem. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Jerusalem

We will spend Tuesday in Jerusalem, the state capital and is the biggest 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 thousands of years back, 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. Even to the most hardened atheist, It is impossible to leave Jerusalem without it leaving it’s mark on you. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Dead Sea - Masada

On day four we depart for 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. Masada, a mountaintop fortress is surrounded by barren landscapes of the Judah 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. In the evening we check-in to our hotel. (B)

Thursday (5)  Negev Desert

The Negev is a large desert that covers the entire southern half of Israel. The least populated area in Israel, it is a home to (among others) the nomadic desert people known as the Bedouin. The Negev offers some truly breathtaking scenery and fascinating sites. Here we will visit spectacular desert gorges, the largest erosional crater on earth, ancient towns, canyons and national parks. The itinerary date is designed for capturing stars at night without any light pollution on a new moon. The desert at night during these conditions are spectacular to photograph and a memorable way to spend the last night of the adventure. In the evening we enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Negev Desert - Tel Aviv

After spending time capturing the sunrise in the Negev, during breakfast we will review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell on arrival to Tel Aviv. We urge you to extend your stay in Israel or elsewhere in the Middle East and make good use of everything you will learn 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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