TURKEY

TURKEY

June 4 - 10, 2017

October 8 - 14, 2017

June 3 - 9, 2018

October 7 - 13, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Street and People Photography

Includes

  1. -7 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -FineHotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners & 4 Lunches

  9. -Private Guide & Driver

  10. -3 Domestic Flights

  11. -National Park Entry Fees

  12. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Turkey

Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Selcuk and more

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Moonscape hills, fairy chimneys, ancient Greek temples and seaside villages.

Turkey Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Inner Turkey has a fascinating collection of UNESCO regions and cities such as Cappadocia, Kusadasi, Pergamum and Assos. We begin with the moonscape hills and stunningly beautiful villages of Turkey’s Cappadocia region, all sights to behold. Located in the center of Turkey, the Cappadocia region includes the towns of Avanos, Göreme, Nevsehir, Ortahisar, Uçhisar and Ürgüp. We will explore the underground cities, ancient Christian cave art, numerous hiking trails and volcanos, “fairy chimney” rock formations, and taking a sunrise hot air balloon ride for a view of the breathtaking landscape from above. We will also visit the atmospheric city Selcuk. Ephesus, including the House of the Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her last few days.

We begin and end in magnificent city of Istanbul, where east meets west. Historically known as Constantinople after the Roman Emperor Constantine I, Istanbul was for years the centre of the Roman Byzantium and Ottoman Empires. Home to many of the most recognizable images of the country of Turkey, such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque, Istanbul is not to be missed.

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. Istanbul and inner and southwestern Turkey are excellent locations to learn and master your photogenic techniques. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity.


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Group Size



6-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by minibus, car and airplane

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Roman Martin  |  June 4-10, 2017

Roman Martin  |  October 8-14, 2017

Roman Martin  |  June 3-9, 2018

Roman Martin  |  October 7-13, 2018


Weather | Sun



June - Temps 68-73/50 F  20-23/10 C  Sunrise 5:48 | Sunset 8:34 (20:34)

October - Temps 68-76/55 F  20-24/12 C  Sunrise 7:10 | Sunset 6:27 (18:27)


Includes



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

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (6-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners and 4 lunches

Private guide and driver

3 Domestic flights (Istanbul > Cappadocia > Izmir > Istanbul)

Local transportation


Accommodations



Arcadia Blue Hotel, Hotel Sultania, Eresin Crown Hotel or similar - Istanbul

Yunak House Cave Hotel or similar - Cappadocia

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Charisma De Luxe Hotel or similar - Kusadasi


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airports: Istanbul, Turkey (IST) - Travel time to our hotel 45min

Our adventure begins at 2 PM 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



Hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia (optional - fee applies)


Price



TURKEY 7-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 4-10, 2017:  $5,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 8-14, 2017:  $5,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 3-9, 2018:  $5,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 7-13, 2018:  $5,595


Single Supplement:  $700

(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.



TURKEY 7 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Istanbul

We begin on Friday afternoon at our beautiful hotel in the Sultanahmet section of Istanbul. We begin with an informal discussion on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. After we will take a photo walk of this magnificent and magical city, home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites. We’ll explore the Galata Bridge which links Old Istanbul and Beyoğlu via the Golden Horn. Walk north through Karaköy (Galata) and uphill to Galata Tower. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Istanbul restaurants. (D)

Monday (2)  Istanbul - Cappadocia - Red Valley - Uchisar

After breakfast we depart for the airport and fly to amazing Cappadocia. En route we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. In Cappadocia we begin by visiting one of the fascinating subterranean cities complete with a ventilation system and a water well. We’ll visit a winery with rolling stone doors and focus on soft light photography in the Red Valley and the natural rock citadel of Uchisar. Our Cave Hotel will amaze you. It’s carved into the side of a mountain, as are many of the homes, hotels and churches in Cappadocia. (B) (L)

Tuesday (3)  Cappadocia - Goreme Valley - Fairy Chimneys - Zelve

Cappadocia is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Goreme Valley. The lunar like landscape of this region is eerie, yet beautiful. Over thousands of years, the rain has eroded this landscape to give rise to strange rock formations known as “Fairy Chimneys”. Many of these have homes and churches carved into them. Some of the grottos are magnificently decorated with colorful frescoes depicting biblical scenes. Just imagine the amazing photographic opportunities! In the afternoon we visit Zelve, which became one of the most important settlements and religious centers for the Christian community between the 9th and 13th centuries. (B) (L)

Wednesday (4)  Cappadocia - Balloon - Dervent Valley - Pasabagi

We depart in the early morning hours for an optional Hot Air Balloon (additional fee) ride over Cappadocia. Here we will capture the morning light and photograph the intense rock formations in the Dervent Valley. In the afternoon and evening we work on some soft light photography in the hidden monastic valley of Pasabagi. (B)

Thursday (5)  Izmir - Kusadasi

After breakfast we depart for Kayseri Airport for a domestic flight to Izmir, where we will begin our exploration of the western coast of Turkey. Upon arrival we will transfer to Kusadasi and our hotel on the sea. Here you can rest and enjoy the features of our wonderful hotel or walk the streets and docks of the seaside village. (B)

Friday (6)  Selcuk - Ephesus - Sirince

After breakfast we devote the entire day to sightseeing in and around the atmospheric city Selcuk. Ephesus, the largest ancient city ever uncovered includes an amphitheater which can still hold 24,000 spectators, marble covered streets, gymnasiums, public latrines, the library of Celsius and the temple of Artemis. Next we visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her last few days. And finally the historic hill village of Sirince, where we will photographic the old houses and local merchants. In the evening we enjoy our “Farewell Dinner” at a favorite seafood restaurant. (B) (D)

Saturday (7)  Kusadasi - Istanbul

While enjoying breakfast we conduct our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before our transfer arrives to take us to the airport. We arrive at Istanbul Airport where you can pickup a connecting flight, or book extra nights with us and extend your stay in Istanbul and apply all the wonderful photographic techniques you learned on this photo adventure. (B)

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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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