ITALY

VENICE

July 9 - 14, 2017

Sept 10 - 15, 2017

July 8 - 13, 2018

Sept 9 - 14, 2018

Travel, Cityscape, Street, Architecture and People Photography

Includes

- 6 Days

  1. -Photographer | Guide

  2. -Small Group Size

  3. -Photo Walks

  4. -Fine Hotel

  5. -Breakfasts

  6. -2 Dinners

  7. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Venice

San Marco, Grand Canal, Rialto, Murano, Burano & Torcello

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Venice is a glorious cliché, more romantic and more beautiful than you can imagine.

Venice Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Venice (Venezia) really needs no introduction. The Serenissima has been a fabled destination for centuries. Just the name Venice is enough to conjure up a host of images, even for those who have not yet set foot in Italy: gondoliers in striped jerseys, the Rialto and the Bridge of Sighs, masked balls, golden barges, courtesans in gondolas and crumbling palaces facing streets made of water. The western world's most famous figures visited Venice, marveled at the gold mosaics of St Mark's, admired art in churches, explored the city's maze of canals (or, in Byron's case, swam in them), and then proceeded to preach Venice's wonders to those unable to make the journey.

Venice is a glorious cliché, more romantic, more beautiful and more surprising than you could expect. No matter how many photographs or films you may have seen, it is still a jaw-dropping experience seeing Venice's canals and palaces for the first time. That first cruise down the Grand Canal - punctuated by exclamations and photography - is one of life's unforgettable experiences.

For centuries Venice was a republic of immense power; controlling trade routes in the Adriatic, and waging successful wars with rival states. Ruled by a doge, who had his powers controlled by a cabinet, Venice was a proud and rich republic, known as la Serenissima, the most serene. Every year the Doge would take part in a symbolic ceremony, the Marriage of the Sea, to celebrate Venice's mastery over the ocean. Like most great powers, however, Venice's glory was followed by a decline. La Serenissima lost her chattels in wars, and the city's trade routes declined in importance. By the eighteenth century, Venetians was already seeking profits from the tourist trade, leasing fine palazzi to foreign travellers.

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. What better location to express your creativity than the fairytale setting at the Carnevale of Venice.


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers*

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by walking and boat taxi

No elevation changes and a moderate amount of walking

(*non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Gabriella McSwain  |  July 9-12/14, 2017

Gabriella McSwain  |  September 11-13/15, 2017

Gabriella McSwain  |  July 8-11/13, 2018

Gabriella McSwain  |  September 9-12/14, 2018


Weather | Sun



July - Temps 81/64 F  28/18 C  Sunrise 5:33 | Sunset 9:00 (21:00)

September - Temps 75/58 F  24/14 C  Sunrise 6:46 | Sunset 7:28 (19:28)


Includes



Travel, cityscape, street, architecture and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Hotel Ai Due Principi, Hotel Savoia & Jolanda, Colombina Hotel or similar - Venice


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) - Travel time to hotel 1hr

You can also use Milan Malpensa (MXP) or Verona (VRN) and transfer via train, bus or car.

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



VENICE 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | July 9-14, 2017:  $4,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 10-15, 2017:  $4,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | July 8-13, 2018:  $4,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 9-14, 2018:  $4,595


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.



VENICE 6 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Venice - Venetian Lagoon

We meet on Sunday at our beautiful hotel in Venice where we will discuss 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 in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will set out for a wonderful day of photography along the lagoon. Passing Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and some of the very beautiful palazzo’s facing Canal Grande. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Venetian restaurants. (D)

Monday (2)  San Marco - Dorso Duro District

On day two we will spend the morning in and around San Marco square. After breakfast we will begin our day with the Campanile di San Marco. From the tower we will have an excellent view of the San Marco square and the lagoon, with the neighboring islands San Giorgio and Giudecca. After taking in those breathtaking views, we will head to the Basilica di San Marco, which is one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Next-door is the Palazzo Ducale, the Doge’s Palace, built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city. After lunch, we will move on to the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute in the Dorso Duro Area. We will visit the Guggenheim museum and the Accademia Galleries nearby. We will end the day with a nice stroll at the Zattere, which is a spacious promenade that runs along the entire southern shore of Venice's Dorso duro District. There we will find many notable buildings and monuments, making for some relaxing walking and photography. Dinner reservations will be for 7pm since Venice closes early. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Rialto Bridge - Canal Grande

On day three, we will spend a lot of time on and along the Canal Grande. Early breakfast will allow us to get to the Herb and Fish Market where we will have the opportunity to document various types of fish indigenous to the area; the vendors and the locals as they go about their regular errands. Great photo op, especially if you enjoy shooting “candids”. The Rialto Bridge was the beating heart of the commercial life in Venice, with store-fronts built into the bridge, and is an amazing place for people watching and for capturing images of Vaporetto’s and gondolas traveling up and down the canal.

After lunch, we will visit Ca’ D’Oro, the Golden House, built between 1428 and 1430, where an important art collection is now open to the public as a gallery. Next, we will cross over to the opposite side of the Canal Grande in order to catch a good view of Ca’ D’Oro’s façade facing the canal. After that we will visit the Basilica dei Frari. This is One of the greatest churches in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. (Titian, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school of painting, is interred in the Frari.) Dinner at 7pm at one of the best restaurants in Venice. (B)

Wednesday (4)  San Michele - Murano - Burano - Torcello

Wednesday is a day dedicated to a few of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon. After 3 days of noise, crowds and frenzied activity it could be nice with a little change of pace. Thankfully, a complete change of scenery is only a boat ride away. After breakfast we will head to San Michele Cemetery Island on the Lagoon. Isola di San Michele is the most peaceful of Venetian islands, and it isn’t a tourist attraction. Visitors are expected to act with “quiet respect” and to dress appropriately (no shorts, tank tops, etc.). This is a sacred place.  

Next we will visit Murano, famous for its glass factories. Murano is composed of seven islands, linked by bridges, separated by eight channels. In 1291, since many of the structures in Venice were made of wood; all the glassmakers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the fire hazard. The island became famous, initially for glass beads and mirrors. Aventurine glass was invented on the island. It later became known for chandeliers. We will visit Campo Santo Stefano with  its abstract blue glass starburst sculpture in the middle of the square.  Next to it are the Church of St. Stephen and its 19th Century clock tower. We will have lunch at one of the best restaurants on Murano after we have explored the island.

Next stop is the Island of Burano, the very colorful island, also famous for their lace. We will head for Piazza Galuppi where San Martino Bishop's Church is located, where a famous opera of Gian Battista Tiepolois kept.  Net door is the "Museo del Merletto" (Lace Museum), the Town Hall, a well made of Istria's stone and the Baldassarre Galuppi's sculpture made by Remigio Barbaro, the well-known sculptor from Burano. The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, a request must be sent to the government, to find out which are the certain colours permitted for that particular lot.

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The last island we will visit before returning to Venice is Torcello, where Ernest Hemingway spent some time in 1948, writing parts of Across the River and Into the Trees. The main attraction of Torcello is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639 and with much 11th and 12th century Byzantine work, including mosaics (e.g. a vivid version of the Last Judgement), surviving. Other attractions include the 11th and 12th century Church of Santa Fosca, which is surrounded by a porticus in the form of a Greek cross. Another noteworthy sight for tourists is an ancient stone chair, known as Attila’s Throne. (B)

Thursday (5)  Getting lost (together)

On day five after breakfast, we will have a leisurely morning, “getting lost” together. We will focus more on “street photography”, documenting Venetian daily life, boats, narrow streets off the beaten path, crossing beautiful bridges, photographing palazzos reflected in the green waters of the canals… This is what will give you the more personal memories, and there is no end to the hidden treasures we will stumble upon. After lunch we offer an optional “Walking Tour of Hidden Venice”. A two hour walking tour with highly recommended tour guides leading us through the back alleys and side walks of Venice. After the tour we will sit down at the famous café Florian, (Italy’s oldest café) and listen to the orchestra playing in the Piazza San Marco. Ending the day with a gondola ride on Canal Grande at sunset. In the evening we will prepare for our wonderful Venetian “Farewell Dinner”, with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip.  (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Venice and Goodbye 

On day six, we set out early for some street photography and then our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Venice or elsewhere in Italy and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

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


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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.



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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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