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April 2 - 8, 2017

June 4 - 10, 2017

September 17 - 23, 2017

April 1 - 7, 2018

June 3 - 9, 2018

September 16 - 22, 2018

Travel, Cityscape, Street, Architecture and People Photography

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  1. -7 Days | 6 Nights

  2. -Photographer | Guide

  3. -Small Group Size

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Fine Hotel

  6. -Breakfasts

  7. -2 Dinners

  8. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Madrid & Castile Leon

Madrid, Old Madrid, Salamanca, Segovia and Avila

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Madrid & Castile Leon Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Our Madrid and Castile Leon Photo Adventure includes Madrid, Old Madrid, Segovia, Avila and Salamanca.

Old Madrid is steeped in history and charm, and one of our favorite cities. It is full of interesting sights and spectacular architecture, tapas bars, churches and plazas. It’s interesting to note that Madrid’s population had scarcely reached 20,000 when it was chosen as the capital in 1561, which probably explains why it feels so comfortable shooting there. Our Madrid adventure consists of a beautiful array of architectural, street, people and cityscape photography. You will not be disappointed.  

After Madrid we move on to the Castile Leon region of Spain. With its magnificent historic city of Segovia, and its Roman aqueduct of Segovia, probably built c. A.D. 50, is remarkably well preserved. This impressive construction, with its two tiers of arches, frames the setting for Segovia. Other important monuments include the Alcázar, begun around the 11th century, and the 16th-century Gothic cathedral. We’ll also visit Avila and its superbly preserved 11th century walls, punctuated with its 88 cylindrical towers, and the nearby gardens of the palace of  La Granja de San Ildefonso. And finally Salamanca, a city of rare beauty, awash with golden sandstone overlaid with ochre-tinted Latin inscriptions, an extraordinary virtuosity of Plateresque and Renaissance styles. All of these cities are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the amazing cities of Madrid and Salamanca!



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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 metro, car or minibus

No elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Daniel Acevedo  |  April 2-8, 2017

Daniel Acevedo  |  June 4-10, 2017

Daniel Acevedo  |  September 17-23, 2017

Daniel Acevedo  |  April 1-7, 2018

Daniel Acevedo  |  June 3-9, 2018

Daniel Acevedo  |  September 16-22, 2018


Weather | Sun



April - Temps 63/45 F  18/7 C  Sunrise 7:46 | Sunset 8:47 (20:47)

September - Temps 80/61 F  27/16 C  Sunrise 7:42 | Sunset 8:45 (20:45)


Includes



Travel, landscape, cityscape, architecture and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

7 days

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Hotel Quatro Puerta del Sol, NH Palacio De Tepa or similar - Madrid

Hotel Rector, NH Salamanca Puerta de la Cathedral or similar - Salamanca


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Madrid, Spain (MAD) - Transfer time: 30 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



MADRID & CASTILE LEON 7-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 2-8, 2017:  $3,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 4-10, 2017:  $4,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 17-23, 2017:  $4,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 1-7, 2018:  $4,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 3-9, 2018:  $4,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 16-22, 2018:  $4,595


Single Supplement:  $700

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $325

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $325


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.



MADRID & CASTILE LEON 7 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Old Madrid - Puerta del Sol

We meet on Sunday at our hotel in Madrid where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great 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 in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will set out for a wonderful day of architectural, people and fine art photography throughout Old Madrid. There is so much to absorb throughout this small Madrid neighborhood. So much so that the visual assault is even overwhelming at times. We will explore the neighborhoods that include the famous Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Spanish restaurants. (D)

Monday (2)  Retiro - Museo Nacional del Prado - Botanical Gardens

On Monday we explore some of the oldest neighborhoods in Old Madrid. We spend most of the day photographing great architecture, gardens, graffiti, street performers and shop owners. We’ll visit the The Plaza San Miguel market which has been a haven for Madrid’s homemakers and servants since the early 19th century. The iron-and-glass Mercado opened in May 1916, and was eventually abandoned after years of disrepair, but now it’s been beautifully restored and includes 33 merchants. This is just one example of the many types of interesting places we will explore. The Spanish are an extremely warm and proud people, making photographing Madrid all the more enjoyable. In the afternoon we will photograph the Retiro neighborhood which includes the Parque del Retiro, Museo Nacional del Prado and Botanical Gardens. In the evening we will venture out to photograph the lighting of the buildings, which Madrid does so well. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Las Cortes - Atocha - Lavapies - Grand Via

On day three we are up early to photograph the neighborhoods of Lavapies, Las Cortes as well as the Atocha train station. Las Cortes is a small district that holds the lower house of the Spanish parliament and several other government buildings. Atocha train station is a beautiful piece of architecture and worth a peek and grab a few photographs. Lavapies has a deep history. It was the Jewish quarter of the city until the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, the church of San Lorenzo being built on the former site of the synagogue. Today Lavapies is a poor neighborhood consisting mainly of immigrants. In the evening we will venture out again to photograph the Grand Via at sunset. (B)

Wednesday (4)  La Latina - Opera - Royal Palace

On Wednesday we visit La Latina. In and around this area are the origins of Madrid. Here we will find the churches of Iglesia de San Andres and Iglesia de San Francisco el Grande. We work our way to the other side, where La Latina borders with Plaza Mayor and another ancient part of the town, Los Austrias, where you can find the beautiful Palacio Real (Royal Palace). A visit to the Royal Palace is optional, but stepping into it’s adjacent Cathedral is a must. Before dinner we photograph the sun setting behind the Royal Palace. (B)

Thursday (5)  Segovia - Salamanca

On day five we checkout early and drive north to the magnificent city of Segovia for an enjoyable morning of photography. Here we will witness one of the most well preserved Roman aqueducts and the world, as well as the old village and the Spanish fortress of Alcázar of Segovia. Segovia is indicative of a complex historical reality. Its neighborhoods, streets, and houses are laid out in accordance with a social structure consisting of different cultural communities. Moors, Christians and Jews coexisted for a long time in the medieval city and worked together during the 16th century manufacturing boom. All the component parts of the built environment, from domestic architecture to the great religious and military structures, can be found in Segovia in a broad range of construction techniques and styles. After lunch we hit the road for our drive to Salamanca. After checking in we photograph this amazing city at sunset from across the river. (B)

Friday (6)  Salamanca

On Friday we explore Salamanca and all it has to offer. Salamanca is a city of rare beauty, awash with golden sandstone overlaid with ochre-tinted Latin inscriptions, an extraordinary mix of Plateresque and Renaissance styles. Whether bathed in the light of sunset or floodlit by night, there's something magical about Salamanca. You’ll be fascinated by the mass of monumental buildings assembled in the city center including three Cathedrals, the University founded in 1218, Plaza Mayor, museums and more. The energy of the massive Spanish and international student population provides the city with so much youth and vitality. After a well deserved late afternoon rest, we prepare for our wonderful Spanish “Farewell Dinner”, with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Saturday (7)  Salamanca - Avila - Madrid

After an early breakfast we depart Salamanca for our return to Madrid. On our way back we make a stop in Avila, best known for its famous walls built in Romanesque style. Avila's old city, surrounded by imposing city walls comprising eight monumental gates, 88 watchtowers and more than 2500 turrets, is one of the best-preserved medieval bastions in all Spain. By late morning we are ready to return to Madrid, have our final group discussion, trade contact information and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Madrid or elsewhere in Spain and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

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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.


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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.


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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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