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CINQUE TERRE & LIGURIA

Genoa, Portofino, Portovenere, Cinque Terre and more

TUSCANY

CINQUE TERRE

SICILY

NAPLES & AMALFI

PUGLIA

VENICE CARNIVAL

Enjoy breathtaking vistas, tiny villages and amazing Italian food.

There really are no words to describe the picturesque landscapes of the southern Ligurian coast, better known as the Riviera di Levante. The contrast between the coastal deep blue sea and the jagged mountains only adds to the fascination for this land. From the beginning of the 12th century, Genoa’s great ship-owning families made the city into a Mediterranean power, touching every ocean around the globe, and was once considered one of the maritime capitals of the world. Trade flourished and wealth abounded.

The Portofino Peninsula, best known for its jet set crowd, spectacular vistas and pristine landscape, possesses a romantic sophistication that transcends this land. In contrast, the little villages of Cinque Terre are a return to centuries past, and seem to have grown from the sheer cliffs, almost defying gravity. Or the majestic beauty of Portovenere. Both of these amazing locations are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. With so much history related to the sea, and such a dramatic landscape, the southern Ligurian coast of Cinque Terre is a must to photograph.

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 region of Cinque Terre!

The Portofino Peninsula, best known for its jet set crowd, spectacular vistas and pristine landscape, possesses a romantic sophistication that transcends this land. In contrast, the little villages of Cinque Terre are a return to centuries past, and seem to have grown from the sheer cliffs, almost defying gravity. Or the majestic beauty of Portovenere. Both of these amazing locations are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. With so much history related to the sea, and such a dramatic landscape, the southern Ligurian coast of Cinque Terre is a must to photograph.

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 region of Cinque Terre!

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

 

Experience | Difficulty

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

 

Weather | Sun

April/May – Temps 67/51 F  19/11 C  Sunrise 6:30 | Sunset 8:14 (20:14) September – Temps 75/63 F  24/17 C  Sunrise 6:45 | Sunset 8:00 (20:00)

 

Includes

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

 

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Genoa, Italy (GOA) – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Arrival & Departure Airport: Milan Malpensa, Italy (MXP) – Transfer time to the hotel by train 2hrs
Arrival & Departure Airport: Pisa, Italy (PSA) – Transfer time to the hotel by train 1hr 30min
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

Genoa – Melia Genova, Bristol Palace Hotel, NH Marina or similar
Santa Margherita or Rapallo – Grand Hotel Miramare, Excelsior Palace, Grand Bristol Resort & Spa or similar
Monterosso (or La Spezia) – Punta Mesco Hotel or similar
La Spezia – NH La Spezia or similar.

Helpful Links

> How to Visit Cinque Terre – by Roman Martin


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Roman Martin

May 3 – 8, 2020
September 13 – 18, 2020
May 2 – 7, 2021
September 12 – 17, 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

CINQUE TERRE | LIGURIA 6 DAYS

Day 1 | Genoa

We meet at our hotel in Genoa, where we’ll discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” and 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 pleasant day of photography throughout this old yet charming port city.

In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” in the caverns of a hidden Italian restaurant on one of the side streets. (D)

Day 2 | Rapallo - Santa Margherita - Portofino - San Fruttuoso

We depart Genoa in the morning by train for the coastal village of Rapallo where we will be staying at one of the city’s magnificent grand resorts, the Excelsior Palace. Once in Rapallo we will set sail by ferry to explore the romantic seaside villages of Portofino, Santa Margherita and San Fruttuoso (which is only accessible by boat). Our vantage point from the sea will allow for many great photographic opportunities of these beautiful villages. We will lunch in Santa Margarita and dine in Rapallo at night. (B)

Day 3 | Camogli - Rapallo

In the morning we take a short ride to the opposite side of the Portofino Peninsula and visit the seaside village of Camogli. In the late Middle Ages, Camogli was a considerable seaport. In its heyday, the fleet consisted of hundreds of Camoglis Tall Ships. It was even called the “city of a thousand white sails”. In the late afternoon we return to our hotel to do our first photo review of the workshop. Afterward you are free to take a break and enjoy the amenities of our hotel. Our seaside resort hotel is located in a perfect location allowing us access to the city and the sea and some magnificent photography. In the evening we explore Rapallo for some long exposure sunset, twilight and night photography. (B)

Day 4 | Monterosso* - Vernazza - Corniglia

On day four we set out early to capture the early morning light. After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and prepare for our journey to Cinque Terre. We travel by train from Rapallo to Monterosso where we will be staying for the remainder of our stay in Cinque Terre. Our hotel, the recently remodelled Punta Mesco is considered one of the nicer family run hotels. We will be located in the heart of Monterosso where you can enjoy the nightlife as well as the beauty of the village. After we explore the village of Monterosso and break for lunch, we depart by rail to explore the Cinque Terre villages of Vernazza and Corniglia. The stunning landscape and colorful houses make for countless beautiful photos. (B)

*If accommodations are not available in Monterosso we will be staying in La Spezia.

Day 5 | Monterosso* - Portovenere - Riomaggiore - Manarola

We begin with a morning review of our photos to date and discussions about post-processing. On day five we head south by ferry to the small port of Portovenere which lies at the base of the rocky cliffs that overlook the Golfo della Spezia. Hidden behind this fortified fishing village are narrow streets that lead to the 11th-century church of San Pietro and a 16th-century Castello. Portovenere is considered one of the highlights of our trip. Pesto lunch in Portovenere.

From here, we head back north by ferry to the most southern village of Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore. Traveling by ferry gives us the opportunity to photograph these villages from the sea. Once ashore in Riomaggiore, we will explore the village and hike the cliff trail (easy hike) to Manarola. We arrive in Manarola in the late afternoon. After a photo tour of this unique fishing village, we prepare to enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” overlooking the sea, with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. Afterward, we’ll photograph the sunset as it falls upon this quaint village. Here we will make good use of our tripods as we study low-light long exposure photography. Finally, we take the last train back to Monterosso and rest up for our final day. (B) (D)

*If accommodations are not available in Monterosso we will be staying in La Spezia.

Day 6 | Monterosso*

On day six, we awake to our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. From here you can depart by train to Pisa, Florence, Milan, Genoa, or anywhere else in Italy. We urge you to extend your stay in Cinque Terre or elsewhere in Italy and make good use of everything you will learn on our Photo Workshop Adventure. (B)

*If accommodations are not available in Monterosso we will be staying in La Spezia.

(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

 

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 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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Subscribe to our Think Orange Magazine and eNews. 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 Card, good toward any of our Photo  Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Cards and 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.

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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.

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