Back by popular demand, take a dream trip exploring Italy through your camera with celebrity photographer, Me Ra Koh, and her husband, Brian Tausend (award winning photographer and cinematographer). Italy and all its beauty, history and scenery will romance your senses, while Me Ra and Brian empower you to capture your journey through hands-on teaching.
Well known for their photography instruction and sense of humor, prepare to be inspired creatively, laugh till your side aches, and eat the best food while drinking the best wine you've ever tasted! New to this year's tour, we will also have the pleasure of taking a private cooking class with the Countess of a castle! (No, we are not making this up. This trip is simply magical.) The group will explore ancient Rome, the lush, rolling hills of Tuscany, hidden, off-the-beaten path villages, cathedrals and world famous art galleries of Florence (birthplace of the Renaissance) while finishing the tour with a day to get lost in the romantic, winding alleys and canals of Venice. We will sleep in castles, villas and rustic farm settings. All levels of photography are welcome.
Note: Just one place remaining available for May 2017.
Check out some of the images from our Italy Photography Tour 2015
- Photo workshops, hands-on instruction, tuition and mentoring by Me Ra Koh and Brian Tausend
- 2 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel in Rome in double/twin room on breakfast only basis
- 2 nights accommodation in villa/farmhouse style in Bolsena area in double/twin room on HB basis
- 2 nights accommodation in villa/farmhouse style in Tuscany area in double/twin room on HB basis
- 1 night accommodation in 3 star hotel in Venice Lido in double/twin room on breakfast only basis
- Welcome dinner in a Rome restaurant including return coach transfers; 4 courses included 1/2 mineral water and 1/4 wine
- Farewell dinner in Venice; 4 courses including 1/2 mineral water and 1/4 wine
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private a/c coach with driver including airport arrival transfers in Rome (USA group flights only)
- Fast train from Florence to Venice, 2nd class
- 1-day vaporetto pass in Venice
- Professional local guide for sightseeing tour in Florence
- Sightseeing fees and permits during guided tours
- Farm visit and cheese tasting in Pienza area
- Entrance fees to Civita di Bagnoregio town
- Hotel city taxes
- International flights (available on request)
- Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary (6 lunches, 1 dinner)
- Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (eg. laundry)
- Departure airport transfer in Venice (your hotel is very close to the public vaporetto/water taxi which goes directly to the airport)
- Tips for tour guide, driver, restaurants etc.
- Any other items not mentioned above
This tour is designed for ALL levels of photography. Me Ra and Brian have been teaching photography workshops, photographing and filming abroad for over eight years. Their first Italy workshop in May 2015 was a huge success so we've asked them to do it again! Me Ra Koh is also one of the select Sony Artisans of Imagery, inspiring both beginners and pros. And they have both photographed, filmed and produced content for Disney, Travel Channel, Target and more. Whether you are a newbie who simply loves taking photos and/or video or a pro wanting to be creatively refreshed, Me Ra and Brian will take you to new levels with your camera proficiency and creativity while exploring the most gorgeous areas of northern Italy. If your spouse, relative or friend is not a photographer but wants to experience Italy, they are more than welcome to join us. There will be plenty of sightseeing and touring along the way too (do bear in mind though that the pace and timing of the tour will be based around the photographers in the group).
Several photography workshop break-out sessions will be included during the tour. You'll start each morning with Me Rand Brian discussing the day's upcoming itinerary and how to approach the locations with your camera. They'll walk you through photo examples, specific shooting techniques, creative composition, lighting, editing, and the best camera settings for specific subjects (i.e. breathtaking architecture of Rome, winding streets of Venice, rolling hills of Tuscany at sunset, the old men playing cards in the town square, and the night’s sky through time lapse, etc.). There will be ample time for personal feedback and hands-on help from both Me Ra and Brian. And you'll be given a daily photo exercise for you to enjoy (not compulsory, just a fun way to enhance your journey). Most of all, you are going to have an AMAZING adventure that will take your breath away many times over eight days of magic! You'll pretty much want to take a photo every three steps because Italy is that picturesque!
There is also built in time for wandering, exhaling, taking in the scenery, and always freedom to skip a photography workshop or group dinner. Me Ra and Brian are always available and there to enhance your experience, but we want you to feel free to take space at any time to soak up the magic of Italy with your journal and camera alone.
Room basis: Prices are per person based on sharing a twin/double room.
Single travellers: Single travellers may share a twin room with another single traveller of the same sex, or pay an extra single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. If a same-sex room share is not available then you will need to pay the single room supplement. Room shares are arranged in the order of booking.
Group size: Group size - min 5, max 16.
Land only: If you would like to book your own flights, or extend your travels in Europe before or after the tour, then a land-only option is available.
Flight inclusive: We have not shown prices including flights from UK or European airports as we've found that budget airlines will generally provide a better and cheaper option than scheduled fares we could offer. If you would like us to quote from a UK or European airport, please don't hesitate to ask. Packages with international flights from a range of airports in the USA are available on request and will be quoted based on available flights at the time. Please contact us for details.
Dates: If you are flying from the USA you will almost certainly need to depart one day early as most flights to Italy will be overnight. Your return flight should land back in the USA on the same day you depart Italy. If you are booking a land only package, you should plan to arrive anytime on Day 1 and depart on Day 8 (we'd recommend aiming for early arrivals and late departures to make the most of your time). Extra nights are available in Rome or Venice at either end of the tour, and are particularly recommended in Venice if the alternative is an early flight departure on Day 8 (please do not book flights departing Venice before around 10.00am as it takes at least 1 hour on the water bus from the hotel to the airport).
Airport transfers: Your airport arrival transfer is included in the price of the tour. We'll be arranging several transfers through the day, so there may be a short wait to meet other group members arriving at similar times. Your departure transfer to Venice airport is not included but is simple to arrange locally using the water shuttle service from near the hotel (Me Ra and Brian will assist with this).
Tour escort: This is a fully escorted tour. Me Ra Koh and Brian Tausend will host the trip and handle all other arrangements for the tour while you are there (eg. hotel check ins, included meals, entrance fees etc.).
Visas: Are not required for travel to Italy for US / Canadian / European travellers.
Travel Insurance: Is a mandatory requirement for travel on any of our tours. This must cover medical expenses/repatriation/personal liability, though we strongly recommend you also take out cover for cancellation, lost/stolen baggage, and travel delays. Personal medical insurance is not generally suitable. We can offer a comprehensive policy to go with this tour costing from USD 62 per person (however you should check the value of your photographic equipment is covered by this policy or by other insurance you may hold). More information will be provided at booking.
Just one place remaining for our May 2017 departure.
A non-refundable deposit of GBP 300 / USD 500 for land only, or USD 1500 for flight inclusive packages is required to secure your place (some departure airports may require a slightly higher deposit to cover higher flight costs). The remaining balance will be due 8 weeks before departure. Payment plans are available if you would like to pay the balance in installments.
Payments may be made by credit card (Visa/Mastercard) or international bank transfer. Full details will be provided on booking.