February 21 - 27, 2020

February 12 - 18, 2021

Travel, Landscape, Architecture and People Photography


  1. -7 Days

-Only 4-8 Guests

  1. -Photographer | Guide

  2. -4 or 5 Star Hotel

  3. -Breakfasts

  4. -2 Dinners

  5. -Gondola Ride

  6. -Water Taxi’s

  7. -Local Transportation



Venice Carnevale

A Grand Venetian Party of Fairytales and Fantasies

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Join us for an amazing week of color, mystery and artistic fun.

Venice Carnevale Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Join us as we photograph the world’s best-known baroque fancy-dress party, it’s as extravagant as Rio’s Carnevale is riotous, celebrating the approach of spring with refined gusto. The Carnevale (Carnival) of Venice is guaranteed not to disappoint.

The Carnevale of Venice is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnevale ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. It is said that the Carnevale of Venice was started from a victory of the "Serenissima Repubblica" against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico in the year 1162. In honor of this victory, the people started to dance and celebrate in San Marco Square. Apparently, this festival started during that period and became official in the Renaissance. However, under the rule of the King of Austria, the festival was outlawed entirely in 1797 and the use of masks became strictly forbidden.

After a long absence, the Carnevale returned in 1979. The Italian government decided to bring back the history and culture of Venice, and sought to use the traditional Carnevale as the centerpiece of its efforts. Reintroduction of the masks began as the pursuit of some Venetian college students for the tourist trade. Today, approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for Carnevale. One of the most important events is the contest for la maschera più bella ("the most beautiful mask"), decided on the last weekend of the Carnevale and juried by a panel of international costume and fashion designers.

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.


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

Roman MartinFebruary 21-27, 2020

Roman Martin  |  February 12-18, 2021

Weather | Sun

February - Temps 47/34 F  9/1 C  Sunrise 7:16 | Sunset 5:33 (17:33)


Travel, people, architecture, fine art and street photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 or 5 star hotel


2 Dinners

Gondola Ride

Water Taxi’s

Local transportation


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

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 Visa Map to find out.

Helpful Links

> Attending Carnevale in Venice - by Ena Escallier

> Venice Carnevale - by Roman Martin

> Hotel Papadopoli Venice - by Roman Martin

> Top 7 Attractions in Venice - by Team Think Orange



Photo Adventure Vacation | February 21-27, 2020:  $7,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | February 12-18, 2021:  $7,995

Single Supplement:  $800

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $400

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $400

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.


We suggest arriving one or two days early. You can book early arrival rooms with us.

During Carnevale we will spend our mornings and days capturing Venice when the light is best. From the Grand Canal to the many secret and hidden spots throughout this colorful and romantic city. But capturing the Carnevale guests dressed in the decadent costumes will be our favorite moments. Some of these shoots may be pre-arranged while others will be spontaneous. The last days of Carnevale are the Grandest.

Day 1 | Piazza San Marco - Enchanted Palace Grand Ball

We meet on Friday at our hotel in Venice 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 magical day of photography in Venice including the famous Piazza San Marco, the Basilica San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the bell tower and the clock tower. In the evening we focus on capturing of the guests arriving at the Enchanted Palace Grand Ball at the Palazzo Flangini. Afterward we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Venetian restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Rialto Markets - St Valentine's Grand Ball

We set out in the early morning hours and explore the smaller canals of Venice. Cross the famous 16th-century bridge and walk to the centuries-old open-air fish and produce markets checking out the meat, cheese, and specialty-food shops. Afterward, we’ll take a Traghetto (gondola ferry) across the Grand Canal. In the evening we will photograph those arriving to the glamorous St Valentine's Grand Ball at the Palazzo Flangini. This beautiful 15th century Palace overlooks the left bank of the Grand Canal. Its Renaissance facade displays the distinctive elegance of an important Venetian palazzo. Views from this palace are stunning, particularly by night. Happy Valentine’s Day! (B)

Day 3 | Gondola’s - Grand Canal - Mascheranda Grand Ball

On Sunday we set out for a gondola tour of Venice. Yes a “tour”, and a very touristy thing to do, but a must when visiting Venice. Later we will have the opportunity to focus on photographing the gondola’s of Venice. We’ll also use this time to explore the more photographic opportunities along the Grand Canal. In the late afternoon and evening our focus with once again turn to the decadent costumes arriving at the Mascheranda Grand Ball at the Grand Palace, Palazzo Pisani Moretta. Afterwards we will photograph Venice at night. (B)

Day 4 | Authentic Venice - Cannaregio - San Pietro di Castello

On Monday we wander without an itinerary away from the main sights to see authentic Venice. We’ll explore the long, sunny expanses of Cannaregio, the boatyards and neighborhood shops of San Pietro di Castello, the warren of narrow streets in Santa Croce. Cross some of the hundreds of bridges (each with a name); spot commemorative emblems on houses; pass through lanes so narrow you have to walk sideways. In the afternoon we take a well deserved rest. (B)

Day 5 | San Giorgio Maggiore - Minuet Grand Ball

San Giorgio Maggiore is the island opposite St. Mark’s Square. It offers breathtaking views (the bell tower vista is incredible, with no lines); Palladian church contains Tintoretto’s “Last Supper.” We’ll explore and capture San Giorgio Maggiore in it’s best light. In the evening we look to capture more decadent costumes as ball-goers make their way to the Minuet Grand Ball for the final night of Carnival. This Ball is located on the Piano Nobile in an authentic 14th century Palace, the Ca’ Pesaro Papafava. With its precious gothic facade and its elegant quadriform gothic windows overlooking the canal of the Misericordia. The palace will be illuminated entirely with candlelights to create a memorable atmosphere. (B)

Day 6 | Burano and Torcello

On Wednesday, with the Carnevale festivities behind us, we venture to Burano and Torcello. These tiny adjacent islands are worth the hour-long boat trip. Burano is a fishermen’s village and a photographer’s dream with its brightly colored houses. Torcello, steeped in Venetian history, was home to one of the swampy region’s first settlements; features a Byzantine church, bell tower with lagoon views, and a small museum. Upon our return to Venice we will enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” at one of our favorite Venetian restaurants. (B) (D)

Day 7 | Venice

On our final day we get together after breakfast for our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos and trade contact information and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay 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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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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