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BUDAPEST & PRAGUE

Buda Castle, Parliament, Citadel, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle

Two of the most amazing UNESCO cities in Eastern Europe.

Our 7-Day Budapest and Prague Photo Adventure was designed to combine the very best of these two amazing and not-to-be-missed cities.

Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary. Budapest became a single city, occupying both banks of the River Danube, with the unification in 1873, of Buda and Obuda, on the west bank, and with Pest, on the east bank. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest has extensive UNESCO World Heritage sites. They include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle District, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway, the third-oldest metro line in the world. Budapest is famous for its 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal cave system, the second largest synagogue, and the third largest Parliament building.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, which used to be joined with Slovakia until the two separated into distinct sovereign states in 1993. The Old Town square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe. The square dates back to the 12th century and started life as the central marketplace in Prague. Today it is full of houses and churches built in centuries past in different architectural styles – Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic creations all tell a different story. The most notable sights: Old Town Hall Tower and the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nickolas Church. We will also photograph the Jan Hus statue. For a stunning view over the square, we will climb the Old Town Hall Tower.

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 breathtaking cities of Budapest and Prague, as well as the surrounding countryside.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, which used to be joined with Slovakia until the two separated into distinct sovereign states in 1993. The Old Town square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe. The square dates back to the 12th century and started life as the central marketplace in Prague. Today it is full of houses and churches built in centuries past in different architectural styles – Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic creations all tell a different story. The most notable sights: Old Town Hall Tower and the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nickolas Church. We will also photograph the Jan Hus statue. For a stunning view over the square, we will climb the Old Town Hall Tower.

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 breathtaking cities of Budapest and Prague, as well as the surrounding countryside.

Group Size

4-8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by car or minibus
  • Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

July – Temps 79/59 F  26/15 C  Sunrise 5:20 | Sunset 8:21 (20:21)
November – Temps 50/38 F  10/3 C  Sunrise 7:08 | Sunset 4:24 (16:24)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4-8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Czech countryside including Bratislava Castle
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival Airport: Budapest International Airport (BUD) – Transfer time: 45 min
Departure Airport: Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) – Transfer time: 45 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 Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Budapest – Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest, Boscolo Budapest, Hotel Nemzeti Mgallery Collection or similar
Prague – Mamaison Pachtuv Palace Prague, Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague or similar


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Roman Martin

November 10 – 16, 2019
July 5 – 11, 2020
November 8 – 14, 2020
July 4 – 10, 2021

*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.

ITINERARY

BUDAPEST & PRAGUE 7 DAYS

Day 1 | Budapest - St. Stephen’s Basilica - Parliament - Chain Bridge

We meet in Budapest, the capital and largest city in Hungary. Budapest became a single city, occupying both banks of the River Danube, with the unification in 1873, of Buda and Obuda, on the west bank, and with Pest, on the east bank. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest has extensive UNESCO World Heritage sites. They include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle District, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway, the third-oldest metro line in the world. Budapest is famous for its 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal cave system, the second largest synagogue, and the third largest Parliament building.

We begin our day discussing 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 with their photography. After lunch, our photo adventure starts throughout the city center. We will explore St. Stephen’s Basilica, Parliament, Danube Promenade and the Chain Bridge. In the evening we will celebrate our guests’ arrival with a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Hungarian restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Budapest - Buda Castle - Citadel - Gellért Hill

After breakfast, we travel to the Buda Castle district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll through the cobble-stoned streets and alleys of Castle Hill. Buda Castle has also been known as the Royal Palace and The Royal Castle. At noon there is a changing of the guards ceremony, which will give us added opportunities for great images from this picturesque area. Near the presidential residence is the Fisherman’s Bastion, with a viewing terrace over the Danube Promenade, Margaret Island and Gellért Hill.

After lunch we are off to the Citadel, a fortress that was built by the Hapsburgs in the middle of the 19th century, to keep the city under surveillance. From Gellért Hill, we’ll get a chance to take some wonderful evening and sunset photos of Budapest. (B)

Day 3 | Budapest - Varosliget - Vajdahunyad Castle

We arise early for a sunrise shoot of this beautiful city. After breakfast, we will visit Varosliget, one of the most beautiful city parks in Budapest. The famous Vajdahunyad Castle, the Széchenyi Spas, the zoo and the Vidampark (an amusement park). Lunch at the Gundel restaurant.

After lunch, we will visit Heroes’ Square and then walk down Andrassy Boulevard where we will photograph the most architecturally interesting buildings such as the House of Terror and the Hungarian State Opera House. In the evening we will enjoy a wonderful dinner celebrating our last evening in Budapest. (B)

Day 4 | Budapest - Bratislava Castle (Slovakia) - Prague

We do an early morning check-out of our hotel in Budapest and head to Prague. On our way to Prague, we will stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Hapsburg Monarchy Territories. We will take a walk through Bratislava Old Town down the narrow lanes, and then we will explore the burghers’ houses and nobles’ palaces. An elevator takes us up the UFO open-air observation deck. This structure was declared Slovakia’s building of the century. It will give us a 360-degree view as far as 100 kilometers.

We will also stop at the Bratislava Castle with its magnificent views of the Danube as well as great views of the city from its very peak! In Prague we will check-in to our hotel, explore the city and enjoy dinner. (B)

Day 5 | Prague - Wenceslas Square - Vltava River Cruise

Since 1992, the extensive historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, which used to be joined with Slovakia until the two separated into distinct sovereign states in 1993. The Old Town square, with its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe. The square dates back to the 12th century and started life as the central marketplace in Prague. Today it is full of houses and churches built in centuries past in different architectural styles – Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic creations all tell a different story. The most notable sights: Old Town Hall Tower and the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nickolas Church. For a stunning view over the square, we will climb the Old Town Hall Tower.

In the afternoon we will walk down famous Wenceslas Square, which lies at the heart of the New Town. “New Town” was laid out in 348 by Charles lV. We can also photograph the National Museum and the Prague State Opera if it interests you. In the evening we will enjoy a river cruise down the Vltava River. (B)

Day 6 | Prague - Prague Castle - St. Vitus - Charles Bridge

After breakfast, we’ll visit Prague Castle, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world. The ceremonial changing of the guard, which includes much fanfare, as well as a flag ceremony, will give us great opportunities to capture some lovely photos.

We will stop at St. Vitus Cathedral, which is located at the Prague Castle. It is the largest and most important church in Prague. The cathedral is the burial place of former Czech kings and home to the Czech crown jewels. There are magnificent views of the whole city from this vantage point.

On our way back to Old Town we will walk across and again photograph Charles Bridge and immerse ourselves in the atmosphere by watching street artists sketching and listening to musicians playing. Sunset shoot of Charles Bridge. Our “Farewell Dinner” will be at one of Prague’s most well-known breweries. (B) (D)

Day 7 | Prague

On our last day after breakfast, we have our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and say goodbye at check-out. We urge you to extend your stay in Prague or elsewhere in Europe where you can practice all the photography skills you learned on our photo adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

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

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

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.

Private Guided Adventures

 

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Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

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 learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

Rewards Program

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How The Program Works
For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*


Redeeming Your Points

Redeeming your points couldn’t be easier. You can always log in to your account to check your points balance. When you are ready to book your next trip, register and pay your deposit. When you go to pay your balance you will be given the option to apply your points and receive a discount.

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You can SAVE up to $1200 by combining two or more back-to-back 6-Day or longer Photo Adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact 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.