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 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.


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  |  October 19 - 28, 2019

Laurie Cohen  |  June 20 - 29, 2020

Laurie Cohen  |  October 18 - 27, 2020

Weather | Sun

June - Temps 85/65 F  29/18 C  Sunrise 5:34 | Sunset 7:49 (19:49)

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


Travel, landscape, seascape. architecture and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 or 5 star hotels


2 Dinners

Local transportation


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

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

Haifa - Bay Club Hotel - An Atlas Boutique 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.


Bethlehem: Optional if available

Petra & Wadi Rum, Jordan: Optional 4-day post adventure is available (see below)

Helpful Links

> Faces of Israel - A Photographer’s Guide - by Laurie Cohen



Photo Adventure Vacation | October 19 - 28, 2019:  $7,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 20 - 29, 2020:  $7,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 18 - 27, 2020:  $7,995


Photo Adventure Vacation | October 28-31, 2019:  $2,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 29 - July 2, 2020:  $3,495

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 27-30, 2020:  $3,495

Single Supplement:  $900 (10 day)   $400 (4 day)

(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.


Day 1 |  Tel Aviv - Jaffa

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, we will discuss the week ahead. Our workshop starts in Tel Aviv, the nation’s business & cultural capital. Here we will spend time in the neighborhood of Neve Tzedek before we shoot some of the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus architecture, beautiful buildings from the British Mandate period, street art and urban decay in the Florentin neighborhood. In the early evening we will capture the atmosphere at the world’s oldest port in Jaffa, before our “Welcome Dinner” where we will enjoy some excellent Israeli cuisine. (D)

Day 2 |  Tel Aviv - Old Jaffa - Caesarea - Haifa

On Day 2 we will explore the flea market in Old Jaffa as the city awakens, before checking out of our hotel and heading north to arrive to the ancient town of Caesarea. With a history dating back 2,300 years to the days of King Herod, visiting the national park is like walking through a story. 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 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 at sunset on the coastline before continuing up the coast to check in to our hotel in the city of Haifa. (B)

Day 3 |  Haifa - Acre

Our day starts with a morning walk in Haifa. The beautiful architecture at the German Colony lies at the base of the Baha’i gardens. These magnificent gardens are a UNESCO world heritage site, and extend all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. In the centre stands a gold-domed shrine of the final resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i faith.

In the afternoon we will head to one of our favorite photogenic gems in Israel - Acre. 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. Acre offers an excellent blend of architecture, seascape, people and street photography. In the evening, we will head back to our hotel in Haifa. (B)

Day 4 |  Tzfat - Sea of Galilee - Golan Heights

Today we head to Safed (Tzfat), located in the Upper Galilee. Tzfat is a picturesque town of spiritual people and artists, wrapped in mysticism and mystery, and steeped in sacred atmosphere. One of the four holiest towns in Israel, it’s location is also the highest elevation, and commands wonderful views over the Galilee and Mount Hermon. With the grapevines growing up the arbors of its stone houses, the decorated iron gates, the beautiful panorama that is visible from the verandas, and the winding cobblestone alleyways, is like strolling through a painting.

Heading south, we pass by the Kinneret, or the Sea of Galilee. The Kinneret is Israel’s largest fresh water reservoir, and is also the country’s largest and most important source of drinking water. The Kinneret played an important role in the early years of Christianity and has now become a pilgrimage site for many Christians. According to Christian tradition, Jesus lived, preached and performed miracles in the Kinneret and the surrounding region. It was here that he was said to have walked on water. One of the most beautiful sights along the Sea of Galilee is the Greek orthodox church of the 12 apostles. Built in 1925 by the Greek orthodox church, it’s red-domed roof has an interior of beautiful Greek icons. In the late afternoon we check in to our hotel in the Golan Heights, before capturing the sunset on Mount Bental, bordering Syria. (B)

Day 5 |  Golan Heights - Jerusalem

The Golan Heights, Israel’s mountainous northern region, is one of the most beautiful and most traveled parts of the country. There are wonderful scenic treasures alongside lovely nature reserves, historic and archeological sites. The beauty of the Golan is so captivating that some visitors return here again and again to enjoy the sights. For the history buff, the Golan is a region of endless fascination. Prehistoric sites and megalithic edifices, whose purpose remains a mystery, are dotted through the hills and valleys; Hellenistic towns, Roman fortresses and Crusader castles stand guard over the roads and ancient highways of the Golan. The Golan is the place where Jesus sought his last moments of peace before embarking on his final journey to Jerusalem. Our day will include visiting remnants of the 1967 6-day war within the Golan Heights. Battle-scarred buildings, deserted towns and rusting military equipment within surrounding fields of spring flowers are testament to the conflict that occurred here. On 10 June 1967 the Six Day War, against all odds - Israel’s greatest military victory came to an end. At the end of our day, we will head south and check in to our hotel in Jerusalem. (B)

Day 6 |  Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the state capital and the biggest city in Israel. Jerusalem is a holy city to 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)

Day 7 |  Jerusalem

In the morning we head out to Mount Scopus for sunrise views over Jerusalem before exploring more of the City’s highlights. Starting with some street photography in the Mahane Yehuda market, we will continue to the Old City and wander through the bustle of the markets and narrow, cobbled lanes to arrive to the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other significant religious sites. In the late afternoon, we will take a short drive out of Jerusalem to photograph the St. George’s monastery perched on the cliff of a gorge, with the stunning landscapes of the Judean desert in the background. Here we can stop for some authentic Arabic coffee with the local Bedouins. In the evening we will have a group critique of our best images taken so far. (B)

Day 8 |  Dead Sea - Masada

Today 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. At the mineral spa area of Ein Bokek in the Dead Sea, we check-in to our hotel. (B)

Day 9 |  Dead Sea - Ramon Crater

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, ancient towns, canyons and national parks. Today we enjoy a pleasant drive around the Negev, stopping at scenic points to photograph the Ramon crater, the largest erosional crater on earth. With weather conditions permitting, we can practice astro-photography techniques at night due to the surrounding desert’s lack of light pollution. In the evening we will celebrate our “Farewell Dinner” in Ein Bokek. (B) (D)

Day 10 |  Dead Sea - Eilat

Watching the sun rise over the mountains across the Dead Sea, photographing the salt deposits on the shore and capturing Masada in all it’s glory in the morning golden hour is on the agenda before breakfast. When we check out of our hotel in the Ein Bokek, we will review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell on arrival to Eilat. If you are continuing on to our Petra & Wadi Rum 4-day Adventure we will cross over into Jordan. (B)

Note: Guests can return to Tel Aviv via a short domestic flight from Eliat, or we can schedule transportation by car from Ein Bokek. We will discuss your options once you register, or feel free to call of write us.


Click here to go to the Petra & Wadi Rum page for more details and photos.

Day 1 | Eilat - Aqaba - Wadi Rum

For those continuing on for our 4-day Wadi Rum and Petra Photo Adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Jordan’s most photogenic area of natural beauty, and a lost city frozen in time. If you are continuing on from our Israel Photo Adventure, you’ll simply be continuing on with us. If you are meeting us, we’ll arrange to have you picked up at Eilat Airport or your hotel in the early morning.

Located less than 2 hours drive south of the Ramon Crater, lies the border of Jordan in Aqaba - our gateway to the magnificent mountainous desert of Wadi Rum. A protected desert wilderness covering over 700 square km of dramatic landscapes, this arid area contains sandstone mountains reaching a height of over 1,700 meters, unusual rock formations in sandstone and granite, narrow canyons known as Siqs, and rock carvings etched by it's inhabitants dating back millennia. The residents of Wadi Rum are made up of Bedouins, a nomadic people that typically live in the desert and whose livelihood revolve around herding goats. Their hospitality is legendary in the Middle East.

After leaving the border, we head towards the desert and stop to photograph the steam train at the Hejaz railway. Set in an idyllic landscape, this railway line was of major importance to the Ottoman Empire. With the help of T. E Lawrence [also known as Lawrence of Arabia], the Turks were defeated, and this event helped shape the Middle East today. Upon reaching the Wadi Rum village, we switch vehicles and take a short ride by 4x4 to our Luxury Desert Camp, where we check in. After enjoying a lunch of local cuisine and settling in to our luxury tents, we will take a camel tour to capture this beautiful region during sunset. This will surely be one of the highlights of your trip, and capturing the dramatic scenery at this hour will make for some memorable images. After a well-earned rest, we will enjoy dinner together. For guests that enjoy astrophotography, Wadi Rum is hard to beat. With extremely low light pollution and mountainous landscapes, a clear sky can produce some amazing images. (L) (D)

Day 2 | Wadi Rum - Petra

Our second day starts early as we take a sunrise tour by 4x4 vehicle to visit some of the area's most interesting and photogenic sites. Watching the sun rise between the sandstone rock creating subtle changes of light, textures in the desert floor changing as the sun rises and illuminates the wonderful rock formations. Some of the locations we will visit include the Red Sand Dunes, Little Bridge, Burdah Rock Bridge, Khazali Canyon, and Lawrence's Spring - named after the British soldier, Lawrence of Arabia that resided here. This is a great way to start our day. The first impression you may have of Wadi Rum during golden hour is the feeling that you are on a different planet. The similarity to Mars is striking. No wonder it has been the backdrop of so many movies. After breakfast, we leave our tent camp and head to our next destination - our beautiful hotel located near to the Red Rose City of Petra.

A World Heritage Site, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the legacy of Petra seems to have been frozen in time. This amazing city dates back more than 2,000 years, and was built and inhabited by the Nabateans, an ancient Arab civilization. The Nabateans were considered scientists, and admired for their ingenuity in architectural planning, construction and irrigation skills. Petra is located at the crossroads of ancient trading routes, and was of major importance for caravans passing through. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a guided tour with an expert on the city's heritage. Passing through the Siq [narrow slot canyon] we arrive to the Treasury, probably Petra's most iconic structure, and the setting for the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". We will spend a few hours touring the ancient city, as you try to absorb the scope of it's size while photographing the fascinating scenes that unfold around each corner.

In the early evening, before arriving to our hotel, we will take some artistic shots of the wind farm that overlooks Wadi Musa, the municipality of Petra and the surrounding area. Using a combination of tripods and neutral density filters, we will capture movement of the turbines in motion, perfect when the sun starts to go down. After returning to our hotel and enjoying an excellent dinner, we will take a well-deserved rest after experiencing a truly memorable day. (B)

Day 3 | Little Petra - Petra

After breakfast, we will head to Little Petra, a far smaller site, though of major importance to Petra. Known locally as Siq Al-Barid, this site includes temples, tombs, cisterns and other methods in channeling and storing water. Various religious ceremonies were held here and festivals were hosted by the king of the Nabateans. Evidence of wine production is represented by a well preserved fresco depicting cherubs with grape vines. After relaxing in our hotel and going over our best images selected to date with a group critique, we will prepare ourselves with tripods and warmer clothing as we head out for our night shoot.

Before arriving to visit “Petra by Night”, probably one of the most beautiful sights that can be captured in photography, we will stop at a viewpoint overlooking the Dana Biosphere reserve to capture beautiful panoramic shots during sunset. A tripod and graduated neutral density filter to balance skies will be useful here. Finally, our day ends in spectacular fashion as we spend 2 hours photographing Petra by Night. Walking down through the Siq with lanterns on the floor directing us and the cliffs of the canyons towering above us, stars emerging through the natural beauty of the rock, and the wonderful silence that beckons us to the Treasury, this event has to be one of the most spectacular and memorable nights you will ever experience. Arriving to the Treasury, with it's floor covered in lanterns, the beautiful facade cut out of sheer rock is laid bare in all it's glory. Even the best photographer could not create lighting of such beauty. After photographing the light show, we will make our way back to the exit, enjoying the scenes on our own without distractions and at our own pace. Back in the city we will celebrate with a “Farewell Dinner” fit for a King, or Queen. (B) (D)

Day 4 | Petra - Aqaba - Eilat

On Day 4 we head out early for a sunrise tour of Petra. Arriving to the sites at dawn with just the sound of the call for prayer, watching the locals attending to their rickshaws, and having the whole place to ourselves, we prepare ourselves as the colors of the pink sandstone become more intense. Here we can explore at our own pace. Some may wish to do an uphill hike to visit the High Place of Sacrifice, or to view the Treasury from above. Others may prefer to just wait and watch the scenes that unfold. On returning to our hotel, we will enjoy our breakfast, check-out of our hotel and head back to the border where we will exchange contact information, and sadly bid you farewell. (B)

Due to it's location, guests have a number of options on returning home. Aqaba airport in Jordan and Eilat airport in Israel serve international flights. Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy some time on your own at the end of our trip by staying at the Red Sea coastal towns of Aqaba or Eilat. Finally, you have the option of returning directly to Tel Aviv by vehicle with your guide.

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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 to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

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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   Subscribe to our Think Orange Blog and eNews. PWA THINK ORANGE is a wonderful mix of stories and tips related to travel, photography, adventure, culture, art, technology, cuisine, lifestyle, people and more. Our objective is to immerse you in a world you may only fantasize about. Raise your awareness and inspire your creativity. Perhaps even help make you a better photographer. We deliver similar experiential experiences that our guests enjoy on our photo adventures. Like all of our adventures, our blog is “photo-centric”, while also allowing you to experience all the nuances and cultural aspects of travel and adventure. Welcome to our world. We hope you enjoy. Our eNews is a great way to receive information about upcoming photo adventures, exciting new destinations, photography tips, special offers and more. Subscribe today!

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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 for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

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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.

Combination Tours


You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

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.





October 19 - 28, 2019

June 20 - 29, 2020

October 18 - 27, 2020


October 28 - 31, 2019

June 29 - July 2, 2020

October 27 - 30, 2020

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Seascape and People Photography


  1. -10 Days (or 13 Days)

  2. -Only 4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts

  6. -2 Dinners

  7. -Local Transportation

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