The Tuscan countryside is one of the most photogenic areas of the world. A favorite with Photographers and film makers for many years. It is especially good when it's in full autumn colour. The countryside is breath-taking and perfect for improving your travel and landscape photography.
During this 7 day Photography tour you will experience a land famous for its mist filled valleys, rolling hills and medieval towns & villages. Each day you will travel to locations specially selected for their photographic qualities, and in the evening you will experience the tastes of the local food and wine. This isn't just about photography, its about immersing yourself into the sights and sounds of the Tuscan culture.
The tour is run on a small group basis with an emphasis on quality of the tuition and locations.
Saturday 19th to Saturday 26th October 2019. 3 places available
Price is £1745.00 pp. group size 6 people (single occupancy)
Pay £200 deposit below
(with final payment 12 weeks prior to departure)
Included in the price is
Transfers to and from Pisa airport in Italy. All transport between locations, B&B accommodation on single occupancy basis.
Breakfast each morning.
Not included is,
Flights to and from Italy, Meals not stated above, Travel insurance
(it is highly recommended that you take out adequate travel insurance)
I would like to comment on the Tuscany Tour 2014,
I decided to go on this tour as I wanted to improve my photography and travel, so this felt ideal. I had previously done a short Landscape workshop with Garreth so I was fairly confident. What I didnt expect was the planning and organisation to the finest detail, that Garreth did for us, to enable us to get the most out of our time. He meticulously planned each day, gave us instruction if we needed it, advice after we had taken our photographs or just general encouragement. The locations were perfect and well suited for our needs. There was also time to take in the wonderful ambiance of Tuscany itself and we had many a pleasant evening sampling the local cheese and wine. We photographed town and country sunrise , sunset and everything between and I learnt such a lot. The group ranged in experience and i felt we supported each other.This was my first experience as a sole, older, female traveller and I was quite nervous, but it was a genuinely wonderful experience and I cant recommend it highly enough. I have already booked on the tour planned for 2015.
What to expect
Each day over breakfast there will be a short information presentation of what and where we will be visiting that day. We will then meet at approx. 8.30am and travel as a small group to specially selected locations. This will include a variety from landscapes to city scenes or small hill top towns and villages. Depending on the light and weather we will hope to Finnish off the day with a sunset. At each stop there will be a short talk on what and how to best photograph your location. plus time to split up and explore.
Lunch and evening meals, each and everyday we will find ourselves where there will be a variety of places for you to get some something to eat. (not included) You will have the option to eat as a group or head off to find a quite place to yourself. For those of you who already know me, food plays a big part of my tours and workshops, and is an important part of experiencing another culture. So rest assured there will always be somewhere to get good food.
Optional Sunrise. Sunrise is approx. 6am. So for those who want to make the most of their photographic opportunities you can meet me at 5.30am each mooring where we will travel approx. 15 mins to a location to capture the sun rising over the Tuscan landscape, we will then return to our accommodation approx. 1hr later for breakfast. If you don't fancy getting up quite so early. you can have a bit more time in bed and meet up with everyone at breakfast.
Group dynamics Travelling as group can be great fun, and its a brilliant way to make new friends. But its also good to get time to yourself. So each day there will be the opportunity to split up into smaller groups or spend a few hours walking and exploring by yourself. If you are a lone traveller, don’t worry you wont be left on your own either. I have a fine collection of old jokes that will keep you laughing for days??????
One 2 one tuition. throughout the tour you will get the chance to reserve some private tuition. This could be to help with techniques or composition, or to work on your Street photography and Landscapes. However even if you don't need any dedicated photography tuition time. feel free to shout out questions during the day.
Where will we be going and what will we see, The whole tour is planned and researched to make it an unforgettable and pleasurable experience. locations are selected from previous trips to make sure we photograph each and every location at the best time of day and in the best light available. This means that there may be a need to change the itinerary to suit the weather and light conditions during the tour.
Some of the places we will visit are Siena, Florence, Castiglione D’orcia, Castiglione del Lago, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, San Quirico D’orcia, plus many individual locations for capturing the landscape at its very best. Travel will be by private car and possibly by train into florence.
Our location, our accommodation is just 10mins from the fabulous hill top town of San Gimignano, and will be the same accommodation for the whole tour. San Gimignano is a joy to walk around and has plenty of cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy and discover. All rooms will have private bathrooms and will be single occupancy unless otherwise selected. The distance from Pisa airport is approx. 1.5 hours. Every effort has been made to select accommodation that is of good quality and has a pool and private areas. it will also be located as close as possible to all the places we will be visiting. Journey times during the week will vary from a 10 min drive to a couple of hours. But don’t worry you wont be spending most of your holiday stuck in a vehicle. there will be plenty of stops on the way for great photo opportunities.
Terms & Conditions
A non-refundable deposit as specified for each Workshop, Tour or Course description of more than one day is required at the time of booking and must be be paid online or sent with a completed booking form.
Payment in full is required for a Tour or Course description of one day or less at the time of booking and must be be paid online or sent with a completed booking form.
The balance of the workshop tour or course price is due 12 weeks prior to the departure date. Should this final payment fail to reach us by the date specified, we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled and retain the deposit. If a booking is made 12 weeks or less prior to the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking.
Any cancellation by the client must be made in writing, The date on which the letter is received by us will determine the cancellation charges applicable. Less than 4 weeks to departure point 100%: (no refund given).Between 4 weeks to 12 weeks before departure date 75% . Over 12 weeks notice Full refund excluding deposit. These charges are expressed as a percentage of the total tour price,
The receipt of a deposit does not imply acceptance of a booking. We will confirm our acceptance of your booking in writing, and it is at the time we send out this confirmation that a contract comes into existence between us.
An administration charge of £25 will be made for alterations or amendments to a booking. The transfer of a booking from one tour to another, if made more than 4 weeks days prior to departure, will also incur a fee of £25. The intention to transfer should be notified in writing, At 4 weeks or less before departure cancellation fees will also apply (see clause 3 above).
Go Explore Photography and Mr Garreth Anderson reserves the right to alter or cancel any holiday. Should an alteration or cancellation become necessary, you will then have the choice of accepting the change, taking an alternative holiday (and where this is of a lower price we will refund the difference), or withdrawing from the contract and accepting a refund of all monies paid to Go Explore Photography or Mr Garreth Anderson.
Under booking is the situation in which the minimum number of bookings required to run a tour is not met, and if we have to cancel a tour for this reason, we will not do so less than 30 days prior to departure. Force majeure is unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, such as war or the threat of war, riots, terrorist activity, civil strife, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood or adverse weather conditions.
In the event of the specified tutor being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, another tour leader will be provided. If this is not possible, then the holiday will be cancelled and a full refund will be given
We reserve the right to change any of the prices, service or other particulars contained on this website at any time before we enter into contract with you. If there is any change, we will notify you before we enter into such contract.
If you have special dietary or other requests, you should inform us of these prior to departure. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
Where airport/hotel transfers are included in the cost of the holiday, such transfers are only included when participants travel on the flights specified by us. Participants arriving or departing on different flights will be responsible for their own transfer costs and arrangements.
Flight booking is the client’s responsibility and Go Explore Photography or Garreth Anderson are not responsible for any expenses, loss or other damage caused to you by the acts or omissions of the carrier. You are referred to clause below.
The type of holidays we offer requires flexibility and must allow for alternatives. For this reason the outline itinerary and holiday description must be taken as an indication of what may take place on the holiday, and not as a contractual obligation on the part of the company.
Go Explore Photography and Garreth Anderson does not accept liability for any loss or additional expense caused by delay or interruption to travel services through weather conditions, civil disturbance, industrial action, strikes, wars, floods or sickness. Such losses or additional expenses are the responsibility of the passenger.
Go Explore Photography and Garreth Anderson accepts responsibility for acts and /or omissions of its employees (whilst acting in the course of their employment). The Company does not accept responsibility or liability for death, bodily injury or illness caused to the client or any other person included on the booking form, unless arising from the negligent act and/or omission of the Company’s employees (whilst acting in the course of their employment). Any claims shall be subject to English law in respect of any question of liability or quantum, and all proceedings shall be within the exclusive domain of the English courts.
The client must communicate any perceived failure in the performance of this contract on the spot to the tour leader thus giving the tour leader the opportunity to achieve a satisfactory solution. Should this not be possible, you should make your complaint known to us in writing within 28 days of the completion of the holiday.
It is a term of the contract between us that you will obtain the appropriate travel insurance cover before you set out on the holiday (whether abroad or in this country). The insurance must cover the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs (for overseas holidays), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings and flight cancellations and delays.
For overseas and international travel All clients must be in possession of a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates, including medical certificates required for the whole of the journey and the client accepts responsibility for obtaining the same. All information and advice given by us on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment etc is given in good faith.
In the unlikely event that we become unable to provide a significant proportion of the services you have booked after you depart, we will make alternative arrangements for you at no extra charge, or if this is impossible, we will provide you with transport back to the point of departure from your holiday destination, and a pro rata refund for the cost of the remainder of your holiday. In addition, if appropriate, we will pay you compensation of an amount which is reasonable taking into account the circumstances, and which is not covered by the terms of your own travel insurance as per clause above.
By making payment online or by completing the booking form, you are agreeing to accept all the above conditions. The person who completes the booking form does so on behalf of all the individuals included on it, so that all are bound by the booking conditions.