Tour Plan

Day 1. Arrival

We meet you at Rome Fiumicino airport in the morning. If you arrive a day before we will pick you up at the hotel before we head to the airport to meet the rest of the participants. When everyone has met at the airport, we will take you to a restaurant to have lunch on Lungomare di Salute. This seafront street is home to the most famous seafood restaurants. There are no tourists at all, and it is a favourite dining place for Rome residents. The staff do not speak English and the prices are reasonable. After lunch we will go to Tuscany and settle in our house that requires a separate note. This is an old estate of Poggio Covilli, one of the most famous and beautiful places in Tuscany. We will photograph the estate in the sunset so you could have an opportunity to have a good rest after your journey.

Day 2. Pienza

To photograph the sunrise, we will go to a panoramic point of Pienza town; the most beautiful place in Tuscany and the quintessence of the most picturesque views of Val D’orcia. In case of good light conditions, and especially if we are lucky with the fog, you will come back with a dozen of stunning photos. You will need a lens up to 400mm. After the photography session we will have cappuccino with dolce in a cafe in the old town square, and then you will have time to explore Pienza, lovingly designed and built by Pope Pius II on the site of his native village. In addition, Pienza is home of the most delicious sheep cheese Pecorino and famous for it in the world. After this we will go home. Our sunset photography session will take place near Torrenieri village. We will photograph Tuscany’s famous cypresses in the smooth folds of the fields.

Day 3. Podere Belvedere

On the third day of our photography workshop we will meet the sunrise in Podere Belvedere, perhaps, the most photographed spot of the Tuscan countryside. This truly iconic point looks equally beautiful at sunrise and at sunset. After our photography session we will have a morning coffee in old town of San Quirico d’orcia. We will spend a lunch siesta at our estate. In the evening to photograph the sunset we will go Vitaleta Chapel, the most famous small Church in the Tuscan fields. If we are quick enough, we photograph it from 2-3 completely different angles on the wide-angle lens as well as telezoom lens. We will have dinner in the famous craft brewery Brasseria della Fonte, the owners of which are our friends. In addition to excellent American pale ale they offer delicious Tuscan food.

Day 4. San Gimignano

We will get up earlier than usual because of a longer drive, about 1.5 hours, but it will be worth it. We will photograph the rising sun with a view of San Gimignano, so called the medieval New York City, with its 13 tall beautiful towers built by the most notable people. Then we will have a morning coffee at Marcella’s chocolate shop with her delicious dolce. We will leisurely walk through the streets of this gorgeous historic town, visit Duomo where we will see a fresco by Ghirlandaio, and climb Torre Municipal, the highest town’s tower. For lunch we will go to Siena, one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany, and eat at Taverna San Giuseppe, the ancient and most famous restaurant of the city. After lunch we will explore all the labyrinth of the streets and visit the most beautiful medieval Duomo of Italy. When Richard Wagner, famous German composer, saw it for the first time, he cried, that much was he impressed with the ornament of the facade. We will also go up to the panoramic viewpoint of the city and photograph Siena from high up. Lastly, we will lie on the legendary Il Campo square where Il Paglio horse race takes place, the most famous competition of contrade in Tuscany. In the evening we will enjoy dinner at a restaurant near our house.

Day 5. Macciano

Our sunrise is planned in a valley near Macciano. Beautiful smooth fields, lightening up by the first rays of the rising sun, lonely estates and creeping fog altogether form a charm of warm autumn Tuscany. We will also take pictures from a few other spots nearby, including the famous La Foce frame, and then go for a morning coffee in small non-touristic Cetona town with streets made of snow-white stone. After a morning walk, we will visit the gallery of famous contemporary Tuscan artists – Tazio Angelini and Fausta Ottolini, who have regularly represented Italy at various exhibitions of modern art including New York City. Their gallery and apartments are situated in the old cantina of ** century. We will have a glass of cold Prosecco with them, see how they live and if you would like you can practice your portrait photography skills, the artists are incredibly photogenic. Then we will have lunch in the best restaurant of Merlot town. We will photograph the sunset in already familiar Podere Belvedere.

Day 6. Montalcino

This day will be dedicated to Tuscan wines. We start our sunrise session by photographing the incredible views of Val d’orcia, opening up from the top of the hill, which is located in Montalcino town, home of delicious Tuscan Brunello di Montalcino, the king of red wines from the autochthonous Tuscan Sangiovese grapes. After our morning photography tour and walk in this pretty town, we will go for lunch and a tasting of best Brunello wine by the Association of winemakers in the legendary and ancient Montalcino fortress La Fortezza. Then we will visit the old Abbey founded by the King Charlemagne himself, and the main temple dated to the 8th century. In the afternoon another wine tasting experience will be waiting for us. The fields in the area belong to our great friends-winemakers Col d’orcia Marquis Cinzano, and we will go to their winery to taste their Brunello and supertoscana wines. We will finish the day by photographing the sunset in the fields of Torrenieri.

Day 7. Pitigliano

We leave a little earlier than usual again and start the day in a very cozy and ancient Pitigliano town. It is so harmoniously built into a huge tuff rock and seems to be rather a product of nature than a man. After our morning photography tour and workshop, we will enjoy our traditional leisurely walk. This town, like no other else, offers countless beautiful locations for the street photography. We will visit the historical Duomo and then go to see the catacombs, there are so many of them that they create a separate underground town of Pitigliano. Almost every local here has his own cellar. Our friends, who produce the most delicious cheese salsa dip, will gladly take us to their cellars that were dug thousands of years back by the Etruscans who were the first inhabitants of Tuscany. At noon we will go to Cascade Saturnia hot springs famous for their naturally formed multi-level white baths. There we will relax and recharge our energy for the rest of our photography tour. We will spend our evening photographing the sunset in another medieval miracle of Tuscany – Sorano town. It resembles Pitigliano a bit, yet it has a different character. Sorano is a more brutal and unusual town hanging over a real abyss. We will dine near our estate in San Quirico d’orcia ‘Al vecchio forno’, the best restaurant in the area which is repeatedly mentioned in the Michelin Guide.

Day 8. Crete Senese

We will photograph the sunrise near the town of Mucigliano, surrounded by classic Tuscan landscapes, yet not very famous among tourists and photographers. Then we will drive along Crete Senese, one of the most beautiful roads of Tuscany. We will make numerous stops to photograph these scenic views. We will enjoy a good long siesta at home to recover fully from the previous busy day. Our sunset photography session will take place at Podere Boccoleno, famous for its quaint winding cypress road.

Day 9. Bagno Vignoni

We will meet the sunrise in a small village with the oldest hot springs of Bagno Vignoni. This town was favorite for Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian filmmaker who shot here the final scene of his “Nostalghia” movie. We will have our traditional morning cappuccino with a view of the main thermal pool, and then go on a guided tour to the two ancient and non-tourist towns – Sarteano and Radicofani, where in one of the temples we will see the original majolica by Andrea della Robbia. During the day we will visit beautiful San Fillippo Bagni hot springs. And if there is still some energy left, we will go to the Abbey of San Galagano to photograph it in the first evening lights. This unique monastery with its roofless walls houses a sword in a rock, the prototype of the Excalibur. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner; we ensure to choose the best restaurant for it.

Day 10. Rome

In the morning we leave for Rome and around 12.00pm we will be at Fiumicino airport. Your return flight should be in the afternoon. Those, who wish to have an additional walk in Rome, we can take you to the city.

Tips

In our free time, in a cozy atmosphere with a glass of wine by the fireplace, we can discuss the photos taken and talk about the composition. Our award-winning photo guide will give photography workshops on digital photo editing workflow. He will also guide you and give practical advice during the photography sessions on the spots and teach you how to photograph and glue panoramic shots. You will leave this photo tour with your best landscape photographs!

Clothes

Autumn in Tuscany is the most beautiful time, rich in colors and flavours. The temperature is mild and normally varies from 10°C in the morning to 20°C in the afternoon. It is the season of the olive harvest, and as a part of our photography tour we will visit the old Fattoria to see the whole process of olive oil production and try the freshly pressed oil, the taste of which is simply divine. It is also a season of white mushrooms and truffles, and it is the hunting time. The restaurants offer their best seasonal dishes of game and mushrooms. You will return from this photography tour inspired and thoroughly enriched by beautiful Tuscany!

Since the temperature is mild we recommend taking some warm clothes and waterproof shoes, for example, hiking boots would be very useful in the mornings to protect you from dew. During the day we will swim in hot springs, so, please, take swimming suits/swimming trunks and crocs or flipflops. We find sneakers the most comfortable for our daily walks. And dear ladies, mini photo sessions are included into our photography tour for you, so please, take a couple of beautiful dresses.

Tour Price

3500 $
for 10 days

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    Meetup at Keflavik airport, arrival time is flexible. It will be a calm adaptation day including walks in the city center and in the port, a visit to hot springs and watching the sunset on the waterfront overlooking the monument of Drakkar. We will spend the first night at Reykjavik’s camping site.

    We leave Reykjavik early morning for the village of Geysir to photograph Strokkur, the most famous geyser in the world, which erupts about every 15-20 minutes at a height of 20 meters. Near the village there is a small, little-known, but very unusual waterfall named Braurfoss, we will take photos of it too and then move on to the largest release of water in Europe, Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden waterfall). If we are lucky with the sun, we will see a rainbow (or a few!) in the background of the waterfall. Then, we will go to Landmannalaugar, the heart of the Colorful Mountains. The name translates as “cupel of the men of this Land.” The hot river flows right out of the lava field in which we can swim and enjoy the incredible scenery. Here we will set up our camp for 2 nights.

    On the third day of this Iceland photography workshop we will do a trek in the Colorful Mountains. These rhyolite mountains are full of various minerals; that is where the wealth of the color palette comes from. We will see many smoking fumaroles, mountain rivers, waterfalls, lava fields, and craters of extinct volcanoes. It will be a very beautiful and life-time memorable track. Another advantage is that the trek is not difficult and even children can walk it. It takes about 5-6 hours with a maximum drop of 500-600 meters. During the trek we will make a lot of beautiful panoramic shots. In the evening we will photograph the sunset with a beautiful view over the golden ridge of the mountains and swim in the hot river.

    We will head to the village of Vik. We will drive along one the most beautiful of roads in Iceland, wading through dozens of rivers, enjoying and shooting incredible landscapes that will include snow-capped mountains, endless velvet fields, rivers and lakes, and a land dotted with lava flows. It will be a scenic unforgettable drive. We will arrive and set up camp in Vik, the most southern town of the country. At sunset we will go to see two beautiful waterfalls. The first one is Glymur, little known, but very beautiful. It is hidden in a narrow gorge, almost in a cave, and is very difficult to shoot, our photo guide will give you a detailed tour that will help you to take unique pictures. Then, in pre-sunset light, we will shoot one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls called Seljalandfoss. This is the only waterfall that can be photographed from inside, there is a path that allows you to take a walk around it. While the low sun is still shining, we will move to one of Iceland’s most iconic beaches; Reynisfjara. There we will see Atlantic puffins for the first time, and will photograph incredibly shaped basalt columns, caves, and legendary rocks of petrified trolls in the sea. After sunset we return to the camp to rest.

    At dawn we will visit the famous Dyrholay Cape. We will photograph beautiful landscapes of rocky shores with Atlantic puffins in the first sunrays. You will need a 400mm lens or bigger to be able to take good shots. Then we go to the very popular Scogafoss waterfall. This is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and we will try to get there before he buses with tourists. After our morning photography trip, we will have breakfast, fold tents and head to the east to Skaftafel town. On the way we will stop by the most famous canyon Fja. It will be about an hour’s walk along the cliffs ends with a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. We will set up a camp, have some rest and then explore the famous Icelagoon (Jokulsarlon) at sunset. You will enjoy photographing drifting majestic icebergs in the rays of the sunset contour light.

    It will be the most sleepless night of our photography tour, but it will be worth it. We will meet the sunrise in Icelagoon, by the ocean, where the waves of the anthracite beach carry ice floes, and sometimes whole icebergs. To shoot them in the first rays of the rising sun, is, perhaps, the main highlight of our photo tour and if we are lucky with the weather conditions, it will be one of the best dawns of your life. And we will do everything possible to make it happen. Then we go back to the camp and if the weather is favorable, you will enjoy a flight in a seven-seat plane.

    It will be an hour-long flight over southern Iceland, you will enjoy the views of the colorful mountains, beautiful rivers, Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajokul, and the alien landscapes that surround Longisjor lake. This flight might become one of the most amazing visual experiences for you. For the security reasons, there is only one window that can be opened on the plane, so only one person is able to take photos. However, we normally agree that the pictures are shared between all participants and do not have a copyright. If you are interested in an individual flight, we can arrange it for you, the cost is approximately 1500 euros. During the day we will rest, take a walk around Svinofell glacier, and in the evening, we go to photograph the most elegant waterfall of Iceland Svartifoss, its narrow transparent water flow is framed by the basalt rocks. It was this scenic view that inspired the architect… to create the largest temple of Iceland …. kirha. Since it is a very popular place we will take pictures around 21.00 to avoid crowds of tourists.

    On the seventh day of our photography workshop we will head to the North of the island to the shores of the steaming volcanic lake Myvatn and spend 2 nights there. It will be the longest transfer of the tour; about 5 hours. After setting up a camp, we will go on a sightseeing trip around the lake and walk among mini craters, enjoying completely different landscapes compared to the south. In the evening after a long road trip we will relax in the thermal lagoon, which we prefer over the famous Blue Lagoon. There are less people, 2 saunas, cold beer available right in the hot lake, and beautiful views around. We will have a good rest and gain energy before the final part of our eventful trip.

    On the 8th day of our photography trip we will start our morning at Dettifoss, the most mystical and captivating waterfall. We will take pictures and enjoy the primal energy of its powerful muddy stream. Prometheus, the film by Scott Redley begins with the scenes of this waterfall. Then we will go to Sellfoss waterfall; numerous streams of which fall along the walls of a long canyon. After the waterfalls we will go to Husavik, a fishing village where we will take a boat and set off to go whale-watching. We never know if we are going to be lucky, however, in 9 out of 10 cases we photograph the giant tails of these magnificent creatures, and sometimes the whales can even emerge ten meters away from the ship. This trip will end with a hot cocoa from the captain. After whale-watching we return to Myvatn village to relax. In the evening, we will visit the famous Gryms cave, and at the sunset we will go to the famous Godafoss waterfall (waterfall of the gods) that in addition to its beauty has a historical prominence. The old idols were thrown into its three majestic streams, when Iceland accepted Christianity.

    We will go to the north-west of the island to the town of Hvitserkur where we will camp. In the evening, we will go to shoot photos of the seals that are enjoying the sun on the rocks of the surrounding bays. After that we can go to the hot springs.

    It will be your final day of this eventful photography workshop. We will start our day early to photograph the iconic Icelandic rocks, Hvitserkur, that resembles a dinosaur drinking water, in the rays of the rising sun. Then we will fold up the camp and head to Reykjavik. We will arrive at the town after lunch and stay in a camping area. You can fly home in the evening on the same day, or the next day.

    The cost of the tour includes all the logistics from and to the airport, accommodation in comfortable double rooms (exception Iceland, where we will be camping). Since we sometimes rent beautiful historic houses, we cannot always provide one bathroom per room, but it is rather an exception than a rule. For an additional fee of 90 euros/day we can provide you with single room accommodation. The price includes guide services, photo workshops and training, and discussion of photos of the participants.

    It does not include air tickets, food, drinks and souvenirs.

    Our tours are drone-friendly, we will show you the best locations that permit to film from drones and will help you to take stunning shots from a bird’s eye view.

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