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3 AMIGOS
3 DESTINATIONS
3 WEEKS

Andalusia, Spain  |  Sardinia, Italy  |  Israel & Jordan

Special 10th Anniversary Celebration. Select one, two, or combine all three.

Our 3 AMIGOS, 3+ DESTINATIONS, 3+ WEEKS Photo Adventure is a one-time opportunity to tour with our three most popular photographer leaders, exploring 4 amazing destinations across the Mediterranean. Michael Chinnici (USA), Roman Martin (Croatia), and Laurie Cohen (Israel/Spain) will be your hosts throughout this journey. We will travel to Andalusia (southern Spain) for 7-days; the breathtaking Italian island of Sardinia for 5-days; then off to Israel for a 10-day adventure through history, and ending with a spectacular 4-day desert adventure in Jordan. You may select just one, combine two, or combine them all. You may travel with us for as little as 5 days or all 28 days.

Andalusia is a dream come true for any travel photographer looking for nature, architecture, landscapes, seascapes, people and more. This large autonomous region of hills, rivers and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast, is breathtaking in so many ways. It was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its stunning architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace. We’ll be beginning and ending in Seville, and visiting and exploring Jerez, Medina-Sidonia, Parque Natural Los Alcornocales, Marbella, Granada and Cordoba.

Sardinia is located off the coast of Italy and is known for its stunning blue-green crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, medieval villages, authentic customs and even a touch of jet-set lifestyle. It has nearly 1,243 miles of coastline and a mountainous interior. Yes, the sand really is that white, and the sea the bluest blue. Imagine Costa Smeralda’s scalloped bays, photographing her countless breathtaking coves, looking up at sheer cliffs that ensure seclusion; or sailing to La Maddalena’s cluster of granite islands.

Israel is 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 there’s so much more. 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 all the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jordan’s Petra & Wadi Rum is a not-to-be-missed Add-On at the end of our amazing adventure across the Mediterranean Sea. This 4-day Add-On is a must for every photographer looking to capture the ultimate in ancient history, heritage and nature. Petra itself should be on everyone’s bucket list, and Wadi Rum is a stunning sandstone and red rock introduction to the Jordanian desert. We’ll sleep in one of the finest luxury desert camps, tour by 4x4 jeep tour and follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.

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 better locations to express your creativity than the destinations of Andalusia, Spain; the island of Sardinia, Italy; and the holy lands of Israel or Jordan!

Andalusia is a dream come true for any travel photographer looking for nature, architecture, landscapes, seascapes, people and more. This large autonomous region of hills, rivers, and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast, is breathtaking in so many ways. It was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its stunning architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace. We’ll be beginning and ending in Seville, and visiting and exploring Jerez, Medina-Sidonia, Parque Natural Los Alcornocales, Marbella, Granada, and Cordoba.

Sardinia is located off the coast of Italy and is known for its stunning blue-green crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, medieval villages, authentic customs and even a touch of jet-set lifestyle. It has nearly 1,243 miles of coastline and a mountainous interior. Yes, the sand really is that white, and the sea the bluest blue. Imagine Costa Smeralda’s scalloped bays, photographing her countless breathtaking coves, looking up at sheer cliffs that ensure seclusion; or sailing to La Maddalena’s cluster of granite islands.

Israel is 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 there’s so much more. 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 all the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jordan’s Petra & Wadi Rum is a not-to-be-missed Add-On at the end of our amazing adventure across the Mediterranean Sea. This 4-day Add-On is a must for every photographer looking to capture the ultimate in ancient history, heritage, and nature. Petra itself should be on everyone’s bucket list, and Wadi Rum is a stunning sandstone and red rock introduction to the Jordanian desert. We’ll sleep in one of the finest luxury desert camps, tour by 4x4 jeep tour and follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.

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 about 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 better locations to express your creativity than the destinations of Andalusia, Spain; the island of Sardinia, Italy; and the holy lands of Israel or Jordan!

Group Size

8 – 12 Guest

Experience | Difficulty

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

Weather | Sun

Andalusia – June – Temps 85/60 F  29/15 C  Sunrise 7:03 | Sunset 9:42 (21:42)
Sardinia – June – Temps 82/60 F  28/16 C  Sunrise 6:00 | Sunset 8:52 (20:52)
Israel – June – Temps 85/65 F  29/18 C  Sunrise 5:34 | Sunset 7:49 (19:49)
Jordan – June – Temps 97/78 F  36/25 C  Sunrise 5:34 | Sunset 7:24 (19:24)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, cityscape, architecture, and people photography
  • Professional photographers | guides
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (8-12 guests)
  • 5 to 28 days (you choose the combination)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners (per tour)
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Andalusia – Arrival & Departure Airport: Seville Airport, Spain (SVQ) – Transfer time: 30 min“
Sardinia – Arrival & Departure Airport: Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) – Transfer time 45min
Israel & Jordan – Arrival & Departure Airport: Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) – Transfer time 45min
Each 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

See each destination page for hotel accommodations



Photo AdventurePriceRegister
ANDALUSIA | JUNE 6-12, 2020 From: $5,995 Register
SARDINIA | JUNE 14-18, 2020 From: $4,295 Register
ISRAEL | JUNE 20-29, 2020 From: $7,995 Register



ExtrasPriceRegister
PETRA & WADI RUM | JUNE 29 – JULY 2, 2020 From: $3,495 Register
Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Michael Chinnici

June 6 – 12, 2020 – Andalusia, Spain
June 14 – 18, 2020 – Sardinia, Italy
June 20 – 29, 2020 – Israel
June 29 – July 2, 2020 – Petra & Wadi Rum, Jordan

Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Laurie Cohen

June 6 – 12, 2020 – Andalusia, Spain
June 14 – 18, 2020 – Sardinia, Italy
June 20 – 29, 2020 – Israel
June 29 – July 2, 2020 – Petra & Wadi Rum, Jordan

Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Roman Martin

June 6 – 12, 2020 – Andalusia, Spain
June 14 – 18, 2020 – Sardinia, Italy
June 20 – 29, 2020 – Israel
June 29 – July 2, 2020 – Petra & Wadi Rum, Jordan

*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

ANDALUSIA 7 DAYS

Day 1 | Seville - Plaza de España

We begin our journey through Andalusia in Seville, Spain. After meeting in the lobby of our hotel, 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 wonderful day of architectural, people and fine art photography throughout Seville.

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar Castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda. We’ll cover all on day one and two. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Spanish restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Seville - Royal Alcázar - Catedral de Sevilla

We set out early to capture Seville as the city awakens. After a morning of street photography, we set our sights on The Alcázar of Seville. A royal palace built for the Christian king Peter of Castile. It was built by Castilian Christians on the site of an Abbadid Muslim residential fortress destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville. Adjacent to the Alcázar is The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

After lunch, we will continue our adventure through the city capturing it’s amazing Arabic and Spanish architecture. In the evening we will be treated to a flamenco dance while dining. (B)

Day 3 | Jerez - Medina-Sidonia - Parque Los Alcornocales - Marbella

On day three we depart Seville and drive south toward the Mediterranean Sea. Our first stop will be Jerez, more formally known as “Jerez de la Frontera”. Its old quarter surrounds the Alcázar de Jerez, a Moorish fortress founded in the 11th century. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is a famed riding school with horse shows and a carriage museum. The city is also known for flamenco music and sherry production in the so-called Sherry Triangle lying to the west.

Next is a little gem called Medina-Sidonia. An unspoiled, ancient white-washed hilltop town, little-known despite its important history. The town was one of Spain’s most important ducal seats in the 15th century; producing an admiral who led the Spanish Armada against England. The title of Duque de Medina Sidonia was bestowed upon the family of Guzmán El Bueno, of the Tarifa siege, for his valiant role in taking the town. It is considered by some to be the oldest city in Europe used as a military defense location due to its elevated location.

On our way to Marbella, we will drive through the mountains of Parque Natural Los Alcornocales. Once in Marbella, a seaside resort village on the Costa del Sol, we will check into our hotel. We’ll spend the evening taking in the Spanish Riviera. Just west of Marbella is the Golden Mile, consisting of prestigious nightclubs and coastal estates. This leads to Puerto Banús marina, filled with luxury yachts, and surrounded by upscale boutiques, bars, and restaurants. (B)

Day 4 | Costa del Sol - Granada

After sunrise and breakfast, we will depart for Granada, perhaps one of the best-known cities in Southern Spain. En route, we’ll hug the coast, better known as the Costa del Sol, where we’ll stop to capture some seaside villages. You’ll love this region of Spain.

Granada is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens. We’ll check-in and begin exploring the magnificent city. (B)

Day 5 | Granada - Alhambra - Nasrid Palaces

We are up early so we can enter the Alhambra as it opens. To help put Alhambra in perspective, everyone agrees that the Alhambra in Granada is one of the most magnificent buildings the human race has ever created, so much so that it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 by UNESCO. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress, and a citadel; the residence of the Nasrid Sultans and top government officials, court servants and the royal guard. We’ll spend the morning exploring Alhambra and the Nasrid Palaces. Opulent Moorish-style courtyards, reception halls & royal quarters are at the heart of the Alhambra.

There is actually so much to see and photograph in Granada that you could spend almost one week here. So if you like it, you will surely return. (B)

Day 6 | Cordoba - Mosque of Córdoba

We’ll depart right after breakfast for our drive west to Cordoba. Cordoba was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century. Also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba and the Mezquita, whose ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, is the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

We’ll focus on some street photography in the late afternoon hours. After a well-deserved rest, we prepare for our wonderful Spanish “Farewell Dinner”, with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Day 7 | Seville

After an early breakfast, we depart Cordoba and return to Seville Airport (about 1.5 hours west) where we will bid you farewell. At breakfast, we’ll trade contact information and conduct our last photo review.

If you are continuing on to our Sardinia 5-day Adventure, we will transfer to the airport together. Your airfare, hotel and airport transfer will be included. (B)

SARDINIA 5 DAYS

Day 1 | Olbia - Ottana - Orani - Nuoro - Orosei - Cala Gonone

We meet at our hotel in Olbia, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. We will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques.

In this shortened version of our 10-day Sardinia Photo Adventure, we will travel south into the center of the island. Along the way we will explore the hilltop villages of Ottana, Orani, Nuoro and ending in Orosei. Ottana and Orani are best known for their traditional carnival costumes and performances, including distinctive masks worn by the Boes, Merdules and Filonzana.

This is the region people head to directly when they’re interested in discovering the most genuine Sardinia. Neither the Romans nor the Carthaginians nor any other foreigners have ever succeeded in conquering this wilderness. Centuries of isolation has created a culture in which ancient customs and traditions infuse everyday life to a greater extent than just about anywhere else on Sardinia. In many villages magnificently colorful traditional clothing is still worn, and visitors who witness one of the countless festivals that are held here, will come away convinced that the ancient rituals still thrive in this region.

We’ll roam the ancient streets of Ottana, photographing and conversing with the residents. It is also home to the Romanesque church of San Nicola. We will stop in the small village of Orani, the city of Nuoro, and other nearby villages along the way. The entire route from west to east is only a 2 hour drive.

We end our drive in Cala Gonone, but not before passing through Orosei. Scenically positioned at the gulf’s northernmost point and surrounded by marble quarries and fruit orchards, Orosei is an unsung treasure. Over centuries the silting of the Rio Cedrino (Cedrino River), Spanish neglect, malaria and pirate raids took their toll on the town, once an important Pisan port. Today the atmospheric historic centre is laced with cobbled lanes that twist to pretty stone-built houses, medieval churches and leafy piazzas for kicking back and watching the world go slowly by.

Just east of the town is Marina di Orosei. The beach marks the northern end of the Golfo di Orosei; from here we can see the gulf arched in all its magnificence to the south. The Marina di Orosei beach is closed off to the north by the Rio Cedrino and behind the beaches stretch the Stagni di Cedrino lagoons.

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

Day 2 | Grotto del Blue Marino - Cala Mariolu - Spiaggia Cala Luna

We are up very early in the morning for the sunrise where we will depart by boat to the magnificent beaches and coves to the south including Grotto del Blue Marino, Cala Mariolu and Spiaggia Cala Luna.

We’ll hug the coast by boat as the sun rises over the horizon to our east. The coast is stunning beyond words. We’ll explore the Grotto del Blue Marino, which we will do both by land and sea.

The sea at Cala Mariolu looks like it has been painted. It is known as ispùligi de nie (snow flakes) because it consists of small round, pink and white pebbles, mixed with sand. Cala Mariolu gets its name from the Mediterranean monk seal that is said to have ‘stolen’ the fish from the nets of the fishermen from Ponza and was therefore called the mariolo (thief). Its landscape is striking, with its endless shades of blue, emerald green and sky-blue, as well as its pebbles that resemble snowflakes. The cliff surrounding it reaches a height of 1400 feet and looks out onto the sea both to the north and to the south, making Cala Mariolu accessible from the land only via a challenging trekking trail (for experts) through dense Mediterranean scrub.

The beach, rock formations and shallow waters of the Cala Mariolu will give us countless photography opportunities. Please feel free to bring your GoPro’s, drones or an underwater housing for your iPhone. For those not interested in getting into the water, there is plenty to shoot from shore.

Spiaggia Cala Luna is Sardinia’s famous teardrop cave and a must for any photographer. It’s fun to shoot from inside looking out, especially when a sailboat is passing by. We may even bring a model with us to pose amongst the rocks.

Our final destination by boat for the day will be Spiaggia delle Rocce Rosse, in Arbatax, for a long exposure shot of the famous red rocks jutting out at sea. After a day of exploring, we return to Cala Gonone at sunset for a well-deserved dinner. (B)

Day 3 | Porto Taverna - Olbia - Porto Retondo - San Pantaleo

We depart Orosei for the Costa Smeralda, in the northeastern part of the island. We will drive the coast, stopping near Porto Taverna to photograph Isola Tavolara off in the distance. Although this is a long narrow island, it appears as a pointed triangle out at sea making for a great midday long exposure. Please be sure to have a tripod and a 6, 10 or even a 15 stop ND filter.

If time allows we may stop in Olbia, but it’s a busy port city that sometimes is more trouble than it’s worth attempting to navigate the streets. Finally, we will arrive at our hotel in San Pantaleo (or Porto Retondo), where we will be spending our final two nights. (B)

Day 4 | Costa Smeralda - La Maddalena - Porto Cervo

Back in 1962, flamboyant millionaire, Karim Aga Khan established a consortium to buy a strip of unspoiled coastline in northeastern Sardinia. The coast was christened Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) for its brilliant green-blue waters.

These days billionaire jet-setters cruise into Costa Smeralda’s marinas in mega-yachts like floating mansions, and models, royals, Russian oligarchs and balding media moguls come to frolic in its waters. Starting at the Golfo di Cugnana, just north of Olbia, the Costa stretches 34 miles northwards to the Golfo di Arzachena. The ‘capital’ is the yacht haven of Porto Cervo, although Porto Rotondo, attracts plenty of paparazzi with its Silvio Berlusconi connections and its attractive seafront promenade. Inland from the Costa Smeralda, the mountain communities of San Pantaleo and Arzachena offer a low-key counterpoint to the coastline’s glitz and glamour.

We’ll spend this final day exploring the coast, have lunch in Porto Cervo on the veranda of some posh restaurant, and take a boat out to La Maddalena, a breathtaking island off the coast. We’ll return to enjoy a wonderful outdoor “Farewell Dinner” in the countryside at a family run farm-to-table restaurant. (B) (D)

Day 5 | San Pantaleo - Olbia

While enjoying breakfast we conduct our final group discussion and review. We’ll depart for the airport after checkout.

If you are continuing on to our Israel 10-day Adventure, we will transfer to the airport together. Your airfare, hotel and airport transfer will be included. (B)

ISRAEL 10 DAYS

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 center 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 is just part of the experience this city offers.

Among the high-walled alleys and underground passages are 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 a 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 freshwater 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 a 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 its 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 in 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 give 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 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 astrophotography 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 its 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 or write to us.

PETRA & WADI RUM 4-DAY ADD-ON

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 are known as Siqs, and rock carvings etched by its 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 lives 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 4×4 to our Luxury Desert Camp, where we check in.

After enjoying a lunch of local cuisine and settling into 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 4×4 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 the 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 in 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 its size while photographing the fascinating scenes that unfold around each corner.

In the early evening, before arriving at 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 the 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 in the Treasury, with its floor covered in lanterns, the beautiful facade cut out of sheer rock is laid bare in all its glory. Even the best photographer could not create the 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 its 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.

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

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

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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.

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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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