Photography holiday

Greek Islands, Zakynthos, Greece

8 days from
per person
£949

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Holiday Itinerary

Join this 7 night / 8 day Greek photography holiday in this amazing, lush part of the Ionian isles. Combining photography with culture and history on this magical island will give you unlimited access to limitless photography possibilities.

This photography holiday is an authentic Zakynthian experience for travellers who want to embrace all they can on their holiday time and who are looking for a real change from the normal mass-produced tours.

This is a complete tour centred around the traditional, local and the wonderfully hospitable life of Zakynthos Island and its people. It covers every aspect, from history to music, farm to table, ocean to mountains, from old town to new town - that can be offered for you to experience and capture on your camera to make life long lasting memories.

The photography holiday includes accommodation in comfortable fully equipped rooms, with your Greek host family on site at all times; an authentic Greek home away from home.

Escape to Zakynthos island and immerse yourself into Greek culture, tradition and get familiar with their lust for life while capturing it all for future memories.


Suitability
- Photography holidays are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced photographers
- Minimum age 18
- Your hosts are Greek-Australian but fluent in English
- Activities are conducted in English


Travelling solo?
- These photography holidays make great singles holidays and singles are welcome to join an existing group
- Email hello@golearnto.com or contact us via live chat (click on the ‘start chat’ link at the bottom of this page) or call us to check availability


Photography holiday start days
- This holiday runs from 25 March to 25 November
- Photography holidays are for 7 nights / 8 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- If dates appear ‘on request’ please email us hello@golearnto.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible


Photography holiday itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1 - Arrival, welcome meeting, new ideas
- On arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your accommodation
- You will have time to settle in and soak up the atmosphere and the new surroundings
- In the evening, you will enjoy a wonderful homemade dinner with your hosts
- Later on, you will meet your photography guide, to give you an insight of all the wonderful things there are for you to discover, along with a presentation of the work of great photographers for inspiration and fresh ideas
- You will also discuss the programme and design together the perfect itinerary to make the very best of your photography holiday time
- Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure in an idyllic beach front tavernas or quiet local bar

Day 2 - Zakynthos town: the treasure hunt begins
- After breakfast you’ll have a visit to the very top of Zakynthos town, Bohali, with magnificent views over the town and harbour below and let your stresses melt away while wandering around the old Venetian Castle
- Your photographer will be there to help you feel confident and at ease with your camera equipment as you snap the inspiring surroundings
- A leisurely walk through the pine forest, below the castle walls and along the colorful cobblestone streets, will reveal the hidden treasures of the old town and lead us down to the harbor where the fishing boats sit
- There will be time to explore hidden gems, soak up the amazing local history and culture and why not taste authentic local products, relax with a nice coffee, or enjoy lunch in one of the local tavernas, before heading back to your accommodation
- In the evening, you’ll meet up with others at the villa and spend a couple of pleasant hours, having a photo critique session, over drinks and fresh fruit

Day 3 - Having fun at Gerakas beach
- Photography should not be all about rules and textbook implementation, it should also be fun!
- You’ll head to the beach of Gerakas, a very important nesting ground of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, which makes for the perfect setting for today’s photography workshop
- You will walk down the cliffs amid the lush foliage of the clifftops to arrive at the picturesque beach for today's shots
- Have lunch at one of the many local tavernas to sample the local cuisine

Day 4 - Swimming at the Shipwreck Bay & Farm-to-fork culinary experience
- Wake up at your own pace today and enjoy a relaxing summer morning in the lovely surroundings of your accommodation
- Around midday, you’ll set off for an exciting drive to the north of the island once again, with several gastronomic stops along the way, including an olive oil farm where you can sample the precious golden oil
- You will have a delightful boat ride to the world famous Shipwreck Bay for a once in a lifetime swimming and photographic experience
- Lunch will be at a wonderful family owned and run traditional mountain taverna where you will watch how Grandma cooks a traditional Zakynthos lunch using a secret family recipe handed down through generations
- As your meal cooks, get to know the farm and its gardens, trees and animals then reward yourself with your homemade meal at the tavern served with local wine and a delicious dessert to finish

Day 5 - Turtle boat trip & evening photo critique session
- After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set off for an exclusive aquatic experience to Marathonisi Island
- You will have a rare photography experience on the water in boats, as well as a beautiful natural setting of wonderful little caves to explore - perfect for snorkeling, swimming or a paddle, and of course, photographs
- In the evening, you’ll meet back at the villa, for your second photo critique session over cheese and wine

Day 6 - Behind the scenes
- Today you will explore the hidden treasures located in the north part of the island, a paradise of natural beauty
- You will explore the little known paths off the beaten track and tour through the picturesque villages Louha & Giri, wander around the colorful alleys, visit ruins of old mills and enjoy the glorious countryside
- You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a rustic country lunch, with yet more delicious home produced food
- Before retiring for the evening, you can submit your choice of three photographs for tomorrow’s farewell photo exhibition

Day 7 - Cheese and wine exhibition & farewell Greek celebration
- Enjoy your day at leisure and in the evening you will gather at the villa to enjoy an exhibition of your work
- Over cheese and wine you will have the opportunity to discuss the week’s activities with your fellow photographers
- You will have time to dress up before the farewell party begins at a nearby local taverna
- There, you will enjoy an exclusive Greek celebration, comprising of great food, great company, plenty of local wine and of course Greek music and dancing - a perfect complement to this rustic farewell meal!

Day 8 - Departure day
- This morning why not enjoy a final walk to Laganas main street or the beach
- When it is time to leave, your driver will take you safely to the airport


About the photographers
- Your photography sessions will be led by one of two possible tutors, Dimitris or Mpambis
- Dimitris was born and raised in Athens
- He left engineering and moved to Zakynthos in order to follow his true love, photography
- He set up his studio in Zakynthos and has worked as a professional photographer doing advertising and travel photography since 1995
- Mpambis was born in Zakynthos in 1966 and lives permanently on this island
- He studied economics in AUTH and worked for 29 years in the private sector, during this time he was heavily involved in theatre and photography
- Nowadays, as well as being a Theatre Director, he is also a  professional photographer


About your hosts
- Your host Denia was born and raised in Zakynthos, and studied Economics in the UK and now runs the family business
- Antonis, the father, is in charge of all transfers, trips out, any additional driving you may need and he also makes his own olive oil and wine
- Effie, the mother, is in charge of all things domestic and is always there if you need anything
- She has a keen eye for detail and takes great pride in the family villa
- They work well together to combine all of the elements of the culture to let you experience the cooking, the wine, and the music - what Zakynthos is all about!


What will I learn?

- Landscape photography, nature photography & street photography
- Culture & history of the island
- How to best use your camera settings and ‘see’ a good photograph
- Photography fundamentals and core skills such as controlling exposure, focusing, depth of field, aperture, camera modes, white balance and colour temperature
- Underwater photography
- Elements of composition and how to benefit from natural lighting
- How to change resolution and image size, image adjustments and layering
- Introduction to downloading images, different file formats; introduction to photo editing software including Adobe Photoshop
- The digital SLR course will give you a great introduction to taking better pictures and aims to inspire you to take your photography skills to the next level


Accommodation
- You will stay in studios complete with bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens and verandahs for relaxing on
- All rooms have AC, TV, and WiFi
- Accommodation is included for 7 nights / 8 days
- Check in anytime after 12pm on day 1 and check out by 12am on day 8


Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- There is no official disabled access
- There are ground floor rooms
- The hosts will do their best to place you in a ground floor room where available (please check availability first)
- All showers are walk-in with one small step


Meals
- Breakfast is included on days 2-8
- Lunch is provided on days 4 and 6
- Dinner is provided on day 7
- All soft drinks and wine are included with every meal
- If you have dietary requests these must be communicated to us at the time of booking


What to bring
- Any digital camera
- Comfy shoes/trainers/sandals for day trips
- Bathing suit and sunscreen
- Hat and sunglasses
- Spending money for any local shopping


Be inspired by the stunning surroundings on the Greek island of Zakynthos, for a truly unforgettable experience. Learn photography in Greece and take your skills to a new level on this photography holiday with a difference.