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VENICE

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

CROATIA

DUBROVNIK

SANTORINI

MILOS

CRETE

VENICE

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

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 romantic city of Venice.

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 travelers.

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 romantic city 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)

Weather | Sun

April – Temps 64/50 F  18/9 C  Sunrise 5:30 | Sunset 9:01 (21:01)

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: 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.

Accommodations

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

Helpful Links

> Hotel Papadopoli Venice – by Roman Martin
> Top 7 Attractions in Venice – by Team Think Orange
> Attending Carnevale in Venice – by Ena Escallier
> Venice Carnevale – by Roman Martin
Venice Essentials – by Roman Martin
> Coffee Around the World – by Ian Robert Knight



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VENICE | APRIL 12-17, 2020 From: $5,395 Register
VENICE | APRIL 11-16, 2021 From: $5,795 Register
Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Roman Martin

April 12-17, 2020
April 11-16, 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

VENICE 6 DAYS

Day 1 | Venice - Venetian Lagoon

We meet 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 the Canal Grande.

In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Venetian restaurants. (D)

Day 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, along with the neighboring islands of 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)

Day 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 vaporettos 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)

Day 4 | San Michele - Murano - Burano - Torcello

Today is dedicated to a few of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon. After 3 days of noise, crowds and frenzied activity it could be nice to have 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 Tiepolo is kept. Next 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.

(Optional)

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)

Day 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 streets 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)

Day 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)

(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.

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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*


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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.

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