Italy (14-22 April 2018)

Discover the most hidden secrets of Italy on a 9 day photo-tour. We have hand-picked our Italian guide to give us the ‘real’ Italy through backroads, kitchens, galleries and so much more.

We’ll explore the most famous city in the world, discover the secrets of Italian life and people of the small towns, do a culinary course, enjoy wine tastings in different regions, visit museums and travel down old roads rich in history inland and along the coast, have dinner with locals – all while exploring Italy and improving your photography skills. 

Dates: 14-22 April 2018.BOOKINGS ARE OPEN.

Photographers are welcome at the same price as non-photographers.

The Team:

Our Photographers:

Peter Hassall (National President of SA Pro-Photographers with 35 years experience) and Leanne Dryburgh (Western Cape Manager of SA Pro-Photographers with 27 years experience) from thephotowalkers.com will be teaching photography for this duration of this photo-tour. The types of photography you will be learning about include: food, architecture, portraits, landscapes,macro, time-lapse, night skies, close up, fashion, street, people, transport, fashion and so much more. This is an ‘Italian Feast of Photography!’

Our Italian Tour Guide:

Leanne travelled to WTM (World Travel Market) in London in 2015 – with the aim to meet and partner with travel specialist in interesting and beautiful places. It was here she met Stefano from Italy and together they have been compiling the Ultimate Italian Photo-Tour.

“Those who want to learn about a new special Italian territory, those who want to be fascinated by beautiful monuments and want to get in touch with the daily life and traditions of a real Italian town. Our regions are in the center, in the heart of the beautiful country, and in each of them offers you a unique atmosphere, outside the traditional schemes of the most famous Italian destinations. With a territory that goes from the sea to the mountains with art, history, culture, food and wine in a few kilometers…” Stefano. Italy.

Itinerary:

(Written by Stefano)

April 14th:
Arrival at the International Airport of Rome, meet and greet by the tour guide and transfer to the Hotel. Check in and welcome aperitif. Tonight we have dinner in a local restaurant eating the typical Romana Pasta and we will discuss about the program we will follow starting from tomorrow morning! Overnight

April 15th: Hidden Rome
Early breakfast and this morning we have a morning photo walk tour discovering the hidden secrets of the most famous city in the world. Lunch on own in front of the amazing Pantheon and in the afternoon another small tour before going back to the hotel for relax and dinner on own.

April 16th: Rome – Ascoli Piceno
We have a morning on own to relax, make some shopping and the photo tour guide will be at your disposal in case you want to have some more info about Rome. After lunch we get on the bus and reach Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche Region. We have a historical path to follow along the great Salaria Road and we will arrive at 5.30, we check in at in a great 3 star hotel and have a welcome drink at the historical Cafè Meletti where we will also have a photo session in this great cafè before going to have dinner at a local Osteria with local and traditional dishes. Overnight

April 17th: Ascoli Piceno
This morning we have a photo Walking tour of Ascoli Piceno, one of the most important villages in Italy and one of the greatest destinations to visit in Italy. Followed by that, we have lunch and afternoon on own to relax and dinner on own.

April 18th: Ascoli Piceno – Urbino
We leave the hotel and go towards Offida, an ancient village perfect for a photo shooting session. We then have a quick wine tour experience, lunch and back to the minivan to reach the great city of Urbino. Check in and welcome aperitif and dinner.

April 19th:  Urboni -Bolonga
We leave Urbino and go towards Bologna, in Emilia Romagna where we check in, have a great photo tour of one of the most beautiful city in Italy and a special dinner with local and great dishes!

April 20th:   Bolonga – Florence
We leave Bologna by train and reach Florence, where we will check-in and have a welcome aperitif and dinner In this great city

April 21st: Wine day tour of Tuscany
We get up early this morning. From Florence it’s a two hour drive to the Val d’Orcia but we’ll see gorgeous scenery as we travel. Our scenic safari is under way, and we’ll make numerous stops for photos.
We reach  the little town of Montalcino where we have a small photo tour and then you’ll be free have a bite to eat in a resturant or caffè. You might like to try Italy’s most valued wine which is made here, the famous Brunello.  We leave Montalcino and travel leisurely through the gorgeous Orcia Valley continuing our photographic tour, until we reach Pienza, considered the first example in the world of modern urban planning. After the tour we get back to Florence

April 22nd- Transfer to Rome by train and to the airport. End of the services

Price:

This Educational Photo-Tour is priced from €3890.00 per person for 9 days. 

All package include:

Two Accredited SA Pro-Photographers to teach you, and Italian Tour Guide to take us through the ‘real’ side of Italy. Airport transfers and all transfers throughout the tour, 3-4 star accommodation with en-suite and breakfast , aperitifs and dinner on 7 nights (2 nights dinner on own), culinary class, entrance into museums and places of interest, wine tastings, breakfasts and 4 lunches.

All packages exclude:

Flights to and from Rome and Visas. (see ‘Meeting Point’ below)

Camera gear and accessories, travel insurance, gratuities, personal expenses, additional entrance fees and medical insurance. Any meals not listed above.

Payment Terms:

A deposit of €1000.00 per person is required to secure your place/s. This will be held in a trust account and refunded to you should the minimum number of people not be reached by the closing date for the tour – 31 January 2018. However, when the minimum number is reached we will confirm the trip and your deposit will count as a part payment. 

50% of the balance will then be payable by no later than 31 January 2018 and the balance is payable in full by no later than 15 March 2018.

Discounts offered on groups of 6 or more.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE  4 OUT OF 8 PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THIS PHOTO-TOUR.

Rates for 4 pax

Rates for 6 pax

Rates for 8 pax

4990 € per person

4290 € per person

3890 € per person

Meeting Point:

If traveling from South Africa, there will most likely be people traveling from OR Tambo and CT International Airports. It is recommended that you take the same flights as it makes for easy transfers at the airports. Should you prefer to travel on your own and meet in Rome,  we will provide you with the meeting time and place. Please email tours@thephotowalkers.com with your preference and we will send the finer details through to you.

Ending Point:

The same applies to the meeting point – just in reverse.

What to Bring for Photography:

In order to achieve the most from the Accredited South African Professional Photographer, a camera body with a manual mode function is recommended. However, all makes of cameras are welcome. A tripod is essential. Head torches for the evenings.

‘Sensible’ clothing to bring:

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Wind breakers come in handy for photographing at dusk and dawn and pockets are useful.

Photographic Skills:

None! Photographers of all skills level are welcome. Come Join Us!

Fitness:

A certain level of fitness is required to enable you to transport your own camera bag, tripod and accessories. Reasonably short to medium distances are covered while photowalking. If during ‘free time’ you would like to partake in other adventures, additional fitness may be required.

Should you suffer from any chronic medical conditions, we recommend that you get a full medical clearance before committing to this Tour.

Visas and Passports:

All visitors must have a passport that is valid for at least six months. Please check if you require a Visa.

Cancellations and refunds:

Deposits are refunded only if cancellation is received in writing by 30 November 2018, less any costs incurred.

A 20% refund of the monies paid will be issued between 1 December 2017 and 31 January 2018, less any costs incurred.

No refunds made for any cancellation after 1 February 2018.

Liability: 

Although every possible care is taken to safeguard you and your property, no company involved in this Tour accepts responsibility for any accident, injury, illness or death incurred during or arising from any tour, or loss or damage to clients property during a tour. We strongly advise you take out insurance for yourself and your property before the start of the tour.

No company involved will be held responsible for any expenses or loss of Safari days resulting from changes in flight schedules, delays or loss of baggage by international air carriers or local air charter companies.

Indemnity:

By booking this Photo-Tour you agree to be bound by thephotowalkers.com indemnity terms and conditions. thephotowalkers.com, it’s staff, employees, suppliers and partners will not be held responsible for loss, injury, death or damage including consequential loss of any nature what-so-ever. By booking this tour you understand and accept this. thephotowalkers.com will do their best to avoid any circumstances that may lead to the above.

Intellectual Property and Confidentiality:

By booking this tour you understand, accept and agree that any information given as well as any service providers, locations, workshops, partners, techniques or any part of the tour what-so-ever is the Intellectual Property of The Photowalkers (t/a thephotowalkers.com.)  Any person who has been on the tour and disperses the information to any other workshop or tour group of any kind will be dealt with by the full force of the law.