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Photography Holiday in Corfu

£1549 pp

Corfu, Greece

8 Days

Small Group up to 8 People

Photography Holiday in Corfu

What You'll Do

Explore the island of Corfu, capturing legendary sunrises, coastlines, monasteries & much more; make the most of the island’s incredible diversity on this 7 night photography holiday as every day brings you somewhere new, led by a professional photographer & tour leader on this small group tour.

This 7 night photography holiday has been carefully crafted by a professional photographer and experienced tour leader so that you experience the very best that Corfu has to offer.

Whether you’re a beginner or simply need new perspectives for your inspiration, each day is packed with new sights and subjects on excursions chosen to give even a seasoned traveler something new to discover.

During the 25 hours of hands-on tuition, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot on foot, by boat, and have plenty of diverse views of water, land, and ancient buildings to bring something new to your collection, improving your skills to capture images perfectly.

Your photography tutor for the week, Pat, will also bring along some extra tools for the trade if you would like to try something new. Bear in mind there is no editing on this holiday; you are encouraged to see new things daily in a new way and vastly improve your shots and enjoy your time in this stunning area.

You’ll stay in a great 3-star hotel, carefully chosen for its comfort, modern facilities and panoramic views. Enjoy a spacious ensuite room with its own balcony, air conditioning and WiFi to guaranteed to leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated.

Experience
Highlights

3-star hotel accommodation with large pool overlooking the Ionian Sea.

25 hours of hands-on expert tuition and guidance.

Includes breakfasts, dinners, and return airport transfers from Corfu.

Your Local Host:

Mary & Pat

Mary and Pat have been running their photography holidays for the last couple of years now…

Your holiday host, Mary
– Mary has worked in travel for the past 20 years and has hosted groups for many different companies
– She is extremely detail oriented and hands-on to ensure everything runs like clockwork so h Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Arrive and check-in to the Pantokrator Hotel
– Make use of the hotel’s lovely outdoor pool or take a stroll down to Barbati; a charming village which is home to one of Corfu’s finest beaches
– There will be welcome drinks at the hotel bar at 7pm, followed by a group dinner

 

 

 

Where will I stay?
– During your photography week, you will be staying in a 3-star hotel offering double ensuite rooms, all with stunning views
– There’s an amazing outdoor space complete with sea views, private pool, outdoor gym, lounge chairs and a pool bar for you to enjoy
– WiFi throughout
– 300 metres from the beach
– You’re in walking distance of local tavernas and a blue flag beach
– Onsite restaurant and full service bar

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Introductory Workshop and Boat Trip

– After breakfast, there’ll be an introductory workshop on the basics of aperture, exposure, ISO and composition for those who would like to attend
– Have an easy walk through some local olive groves close to the hotel, giving you the opportunity to capture these ancient trees native to the area
– You’ll enjoy an optional lunch on the beach, followed by a boat trip with some stunning views of Corfu’s north east coastline, as well as the famous White House, the former home of Gerald Durrell
– If you’d like to enjoy an early evening aperitif and share images from the day, there will be a meet up at the hotel bar, followed by dinner in the hotel’s restaurant

Accommodation

Pantokrator Hotel

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Tour the Island

– Drive to the charming fishing port of Kassiopi and capture the picturesque harbour and Byzantine castle
– You’ll continue inland to Old Perithia, a ghost village dating from the 14th century, where you’ll have some free time to explore – followed by the opportunity for lunch in one of the 5 local tavernas (including Foros, recommended by Rick Stein)
– The day continues with a drive to Cape Drastis on Corfu’s dramatic north west coast, onto Loggas Beach for alternative shots of seascapes
– The final stop of the day is at Afionas, one of Corfu’s oldest and most picturesque villages where its surrounding fields will be ablaze with Spring colours in May

Accommodation

Pantokrator Hotel

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Mouse Island

– The first stop today is at Mouse Island on the outskirts of Corfu Town
– ​Next, we head to the town to visit the ancient Venetian fortress which showcases a range of architectural styles and provides stunning views of the town itself
– Enjoy lunch in the town, followed by free time to take in the old town with your camera at your own pace

 

 

Accommodation

Pantokrator Hotel

Seaview Rooms

Amphitheatres and Albania

​- Today you can choose to spend today at your leisure, relaxing and unwinding, enjoying the facilities in the hotel, or further exploring the local area
– There will be an optional excursion (locally payable) to Albania, just  a short boat ride away across the bay
– This will include a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint, with its beautiful amphitheatre and temple

 

 

Accommodation

Pantokrator Hotel

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Explore Corfu Highlands

– Your first stop today is at Ypapanti Church on the Bay of Gouvia
– Next you’ll continue up into the island’s central highlands for sweeping views of Corfu Town and across to Albania
– There are amazing views of the island’s landscapes cypress trees filled landscapes
– Enjoy a coffee in the village of Chlomos before heading to Lake Korission, Corfu’s largest lagoon
– Keep an eye out for Flamingos on the lake and 14 species of orchid
– ​After lunch at Alonaki’s Taverna overlooking the sea, you’ll visit the “Kaiser’s Throne” for stunning 360 panoramic views of the island

Accommodation

Pantokrator Hotel

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Ancient Villages and Churches

– Your last full day begins discovering ancient villages such as Agios Markos and Sokraki, where time seems to stand still
– ​After lunch you’ll head to Angelokastro, a magnificent Byzantine castle, located on a rock 305 metres above the sea
– For the photography finale of the week, you’ll get to take in Paleokastritsa, a functioning hilltop monastery, containing flower-filled gardens, a traditional olive press and spectacular sea views
– This evening we will have a final meetup to share your favourite images and enjoy dinner together

 

Accommodation

Pantokrator Hotel

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Departure

– After breakfast and check out, you’ll be heading back to the airport with images that will last you a lifetime

Location Information

Your hosts have chosen a stunning 3-star hotel as your home for the week, with large swimming pool and incredible views over the Ionian Sea. Just 40 minutes from Corfu airport, it is located in the picturesque village of Barbati, home to a one mile long Blue Flag beach. The hotel acts as the perfect base with comfortable modern bedrooms and an onsite bar and restaurant.

  • 7 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel in a private double ensuite room
  • Full 5 day itinerary with morning and afternoon photography sessions
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • 3 course dinners taken at the hotel restaurant including beer/house wine and water
  • All transport to photography locations and necessary entrance fees
  • 1 guided boat trip
  • Guidance and tuition from experienced photography tutor and services of a personal Tour Leader
  • Check in anytime after 2pm on day 1 and check out by 12pm on day 8

FAQs

Nearest airport:
Corfu (40 minutes by car)

Pre-booked transfers:
Transfers are included in the price leaving from Corfu airport to the hotel at 14:30 on arrival day, and departing from the hotel to the airport at 11:15 on departure day.

For any arrivals or departures outside of these times, a private transfer can be arranged for you for €60 each way.

Please be sure to pass on your flight details to your hosts prior to arrival.

- Suitable for all photographers from beginners to advanced
- Please bring a DSLR/SLR camera, point and shoot camera with manual controls or a smartphone with at least 5 megapixels and a xenon flash
- Minimum age 18 (under may attend if accompanied by an adult)
- There is also some equipment available to borrow on request (subject to availability)

- This holiday runs on specific start dates twice a year
- Photography holidays are for 7 nights/8 days

- Rules of composition (and when not to use them)
- Confidence and your own eye for details and subjects of interest
- Using exposure and ISO to best effect
- About using 'depth of field' to focus on your subject
- How to master whichever type of camera you own (including phones), and to utilise their essential modes and functions to the best of your ability
- Landscape, wildlife, portrait, architecture, and close-up photography techniques

Essential
Either:
- A smartphone with at least 5 megapixels and a xenon flash (anything less will give a poor image quality)
- Phone charger
Or:
- A DSLR/SLR camera or a point and shoot camera with manual controls (If you are using a camera that does not allow you to change lenses, then an optical zoom of at least x10 will be useful)
- CF or SD memory cards with sufficient capacity for the number of photographs you might take
- Spare batteries for your camera
- A battery charger and a European plug converter
- A camera bag, large enough to hold all the equipment you need (don’t forget to check your airline’s size restrictions for carry-on luggage)
- Rain covers for your camera and camera bag (bin liners work well for this purpose)

Useful additional extras
- A tripod, useful if you have a long, heavy telephoto lens or want to shoot long landscape/night time exposures but not necessary if you have a small camera which is easy to handhold
- A laptop/tablet for downloading, storing and sharing images (a card reader is an easy way to download images; I use a dual slot Lexar USB card reader - it accepts both SD and CF cards)
- If you have a lot of images and a small laptop memory you might also want to bring a storage device, either a USB stick with a large memory or a portable backup device
DSLR/SLR users may also wish to bring
- A general purpose lens, ranging between 28-100 mm
- A telephoto lens, ranging somewhere between 70-400mm
- In addition, these lenses may be useful: a wide angle lens e.g. 17-40mm (good for wide landscapes) and a macro lens (good for close-up plant and insect photography)

*Please note: your tutor, Pat will have a spare Canon EOS 6D body and a range of canon lenses (17-40mm, 100m macro and 100-400mm mk 1) and a tripod if you would like to work with any of these

- Your accommodation for your holiday week has been chosen so there is an abundance of great views, natural beauty, beaches, restaurants and small villages to explore during your free time
- Also be sure to use the hotel pool and facilities if you need a break
- Your host would be more than happy to help you plan out a good hike, cultural points of interest, or transportation to make the most of your free time