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Tuscany 22-28.05.2021

Tuscany 22-28.05.2021

 

Light & Land.

Italians say that if God was looking for a place for Paradise on Earth he would certainly create it in Tuscany. And we are probably inclined to agree with him. From the very first moments of being in this graceful land one totally sinks into idyllic admiration.

Architectural paradise of Florence and the magic streets of the ancient fortress towns, pastoral landscapes of boundless hills of the Orcia Valley and pretentious national cuisine make these land mecca for tourists and photographers from all over the world.

We'll visit Tuscany in spring when radiant green leaves and blooming poppies wonderfully add to the ever admirable landscapes.

There will be early waking up to be ready to catch light and to hunt for fogs, to learn how to build up the composition and to take up panoramic photos. How can we do without panoramic views in Tuscany? The spring weather in Tuscany is changeable, and we hope to be fully armed at such dramatic moments at our photo sessions sites. Well, shall we pack our photo backpacks?

  

 

Difficulty level
 
Beginner level. The longest walk you will have to take up is about 50-100m, without an elevation gain; there's no need for any special skills for this tour; we are going to travel during this tour only in a comfortable car or a minivan.
 
 
The Flight
 
We recommend that you should choose a flight to Rome-Fiumicino airport (FCO) to get there by 10-12 am on the first day of the program.
On the last day of the program, we plan to be at the airport (FCO) by 1-2 pm. After that you can check in for your flight or stay in Rome if your departure is scheduled for the next day. In that case, do not forget to make hotel reservations.

 

 

The Itinerary

Day 1 All participants of the tour meet in Rome (FCO)-Fiumicino Airoport. It will take about 3 hours or so to get our cozy hotel at the center of Tuscany. Evening photo session by the walls of Pienza. (//)

Day 2 An early rise and a morning photo session by one of the most famous hills in Tuscany. If we're lucky with the fog we'll move to the south of San Quirico d'Orcia looking for an interesting kind of light. Next we'll have breakfast at the hotel and the old town of San Quirico will be expecting us. The fortress gate, the town hall tower, the narrow paved streets… The town seems to be motionless in a medieval sleep…  Later in the evening there will be a photo session by the fortress walls. (B//)

 

 

Day 3 We meet sunrise in Civita Di Bagnoregio. City walk. Evening photo session in Civita area. (B//)

Day 4 We'll meet the first sun rays by Torrieri. There'll be a classical but still never the same view – blooming poppies with graceful cypresses at the background. We'll look for an unusual perspective of that wonderful place. After breakfast we'll be going to Pienza. A whole day would not be enough for this memorial town. We'll take our time to walk around its streets, to breathe in the smell of freshly baked buns, to have a cup of rough Italian coffee. And also, there's a tiny, almost unremarkable shop nor far from the central square. Its owner is one of the most famous Italian sommelier.  Or, better to say, Sommelier. He supplies the vine for the Pope himself and for the whole Holy See. We won't be able to help visiting. The main thing will be not to get to much into it… And by the town gates a cheese shop will be waiting for us. They say that Peccorino, a rough kind of goat cheese, comes from Pienza… Shall we check its parentage?

The evening photo schedule will be figured out depending on the weather forecast.(B//)

 

 

Day 5 A morning photo session around Pienza. The photo schedule may be changed depending on the weather. Then we'll have a rest till lunch and go to Montalcino. After a delicious lunch of home-made pasta with mushrooms and a glass or two of the ruby Brunello di Montalcino, the view from the fortress walls can suddenly change radically. We'll certainly have to register it. And finally an evening photo session at the foot of Capella de Vitaleta.(B//)

 

 

Day 6  We'll try to make up for everything that hasn't been photographed or that has gone wrong taking into consideration the weather and the group's desires. There's also an extra plan for this day – we'll have a ride round the most beautiful ancient fortress towns of Etruscans. Evening photo session by the walls of Sorano.(B//)

Day 7 A morning photo session. Breakfast. Then we'll pack our things and leave for Rome. We'll arrive at the airport at about 1-2 p. m. and all the participants will be going home.(B//)

 

 
The price of the photo tour to Tuscany includes:
  • Double room in a three/four-star hotel in Tuscany;
  • Breakfasts (except the first day);
  • Guidance and supervision of experienced ADVENTURETIME photo-guide;
  • Car or minivan rent and the cost of petrol;
  • All group transfers; 
  • Meals according to the program;
  • 1 image review and 1 Post processing workshop (PS+LR);
 
The price of the photo tour To Tuscany doesn't include:
  • International airfare to Fiumicino airport (FCO);
  • Health insurance;
  • Single room accommodation in Tuscany (+€450 EUR);
  • Lunches and dinners; 
 
Price: €1950 EUR
 
 
Group limit: 8 people.
 
 
 
 
 
Terms of payment:
 
Your deposit of €1000 EUR will hold your place in the tour. Final payment of €950 EUR is due by February 10, 2021.
 
Attention!!! Due to the current adverse situation, when most countries stop air communication with the outside world, we have changed the payment rules for this tour.
All deposits and payments for this tour will be refunded in full if there is no official information about the opening of the borders and the removal of other restrictions for tourism in the host country – Italy, in this case, – in 30 days before the start of the tour. After these restrictions are removed the old rules will apply.
We are aware of the fact that travel planning has become incredibly difficult. However, we believe that the situation will change until mid-summer 2020.
 
 
Cancellation and refund policy:
 
If you are unable to participate in the program, or if you cancel, and the group is complete, we will refund the amount you paid in full minus €200 EUR service charge. If after your cancellation the group is still incomplete we will refund according to the following scheme, based on the full fee of the tour:
 
>180 days before the start of the tour: full refund minus €200 EUR service charge;
 
>90 days: 75% refund;
 
>60 days: 50% refund;
 
<60 days: non-refundable.
 
 
 
 
A list of photo equipment for the photo tour to Tuscany:
 
  • A full-format camera, stable tripod;
  • A wide-angle lens, such as Nikkor 14-24, or Canon 16-35, or Tamron 15-30;
  • A standard zoom 24-70mm or 24-105;
  • A telephoto lens, such as 70-200 or 100-400 (400mm and more is really useful);
  • 1-2 spare batteries for your camera;
  • Optical care products;
 
A list of necessary wear for the photo tour to Tuscany:
 
  • tracking boots with a hard fluted sole;
  • light shoes to wear in the hotel;
  • high rubber boots for shooting by the high wet or dewy grass;
  • waterproof pants;
  • a raincoat;
  • a fleece jacket;
  • a fleece or knitted hat;
  • sun glasses;
  • personal first aid kit;
  • personal toiletries.

 

Tour Leader

 

Vladimir Kushnarev, mastermind and organizer of the ADVENTURETIME project, photographer, contest winner and prize-winner of international competitions.
 
First place, the National Geographic 2017, Contest in “night landscape” section;
First place, the National Geographic 2017, Contest “Planet Summer”;
First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
Third place, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
Second place, Epson International Pano Awards, 2017;
The winner of International photo contest of The Russian Geographic Society 2018;
Gold medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT, 2019;
Third place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest 2020;
 

 

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