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Wales - Cymru Photography Tour

 


June 12th to June 24th, 2017

12 nights/13 inclusive days  |  Limited to 9 participants

$4,588 USD per person | Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

The deposit for this photography tour is $300

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Gateway airport: London Heathrow [LHR]
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Photography Tour Overview: Having lived among the Welsh for ten years and learnt their language, I find them to be a noble race that dwell proudly in ‘Cymru’, while holding tightly onto one of Europe’s oldest cultures.

These ‘hill folk’ are reputed to be the original Celts, and claim the oldest language in Europe as being the ‘Language of Heaven.’ We invite you to join us for pieces of Welsh heaven amid this intimate land of mountains, ocean, moorland, forests, tumbling rivers, castles and a Celtic culture.

Geographically speaking, Wales sits to the west of central England - Ireland is the next stop westwards - and averages approximately 105 miles east to west, by 165 miles north to south. Contained within this intimate landscape are a plethora of picture opportunities and cultural experiences. Some of those images, i.e. castles, were the result of oppression from their English neighbors, and their vain attempt to ‘control’ the Welsh. Today those same castles, such as Caerphilly [Caerffili], Caernarvon [Caernarfon], Carew [Caerhiw], Harlech and Cricieth, are classic images just waiting for you to capture them from the best vantage points.

Our Welsh photography tour gets under way with a pair of ancient English villages, and then we head across the Severn River estuary into South Wales. Cardiff and environs has a variety of photo ops, and then we go west via a 'new' castle to the St. Davids region in southwest Wales. Here, mighty St. Davids cathedral ‘hides’ in a hollow, and St. Govans Chapel is tucked into the ‘cleft of a rock.’ The coastal scenes are enchanting.

Moving north via the Preseli mountains from whence came the blue stones at Stonehenge four millenniums ago, we’ll head inland and on to mid-Wales to explore the Rheidol valley and scenes from the television series 'Hinterland'.

The best is saved for last as the group photo-explores Snowdonia National Park, Harlech, Caernarfon, a sheep farm plus much more. The north is where spectacular mountains rise from boulder-strewn lakes, and narrow, but paved, one-vehicle lanes await your visit armed with sufficient memory cards. You’ll need plenty!

Lastly we'll explore more lush green rolling hills of Powys where stone walls have given way to hedgerows, and the movie industry came to pay homage.

John Baker, photographer/leader, and former Welsh resident photographer

Our itinerary . . .

Just a moment, first things first! We suggest that you set your camera clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.

Days 1 + 2  |  South central Wales
Our group will meet in the lobby of our gateway hotel near the Heathrow airport at 9:30 am, and we'll then head west to Wales, detouring for two very photogenic English villages which were shooting locations for 'Cranford', 'Downton Abbey', and the movie 'Warhorse' etcetera. On over the Severn river into the land of song, harp, Red Dragon and the 'language of heaven'. On to our accommodations in the vicinity of the Welsh capital city, Cardiff.
During our stay we'll take in a pair of castles, a folk village, Llandaff Cathedral, and the terraced symmetry of 'the valleys' shaped by the coal industry. If you like people pictures, and like to hear strong local accents, you'll find the residents to be very obliging.
Near Cardiff, 2 nights

Days 3, 4 + 5  |  South west Wales
As we head towards St. David's we'll spend time at a coal-mining Heritage Park - a true step back in time - which depicts the life of the coal mining communities on several levels . . . the photo ops are excellent too. We'll traverse several more valleys as we travel west via a peninsula detour for ocean and cliff-top vistas.
Working from the St. David's area, on days 4 and 5 we'll point lenses at St. David's Cathedral, castles, pretty villages, and much more as always. We'll also explore the Pembrokeshire coastal path from which we can shoot the setting sun and more.
South west Wales, 3 nights

Day 6  |  Mid-Wales
Going north today, we'll detour to a coastal village or two as we head to the Strumble Head lighthouse. We'll then travel via Fishguard Harbor to photograph a well-situated exposed burial chamber. Nearby is the location that was scientifically proven a few years ago as being the origin of Stonehenge's 'blue stones' . . . we'll visit that spot too. On the River Teifi we'll look for fishermen in Coracle boats that owe their origins to the Roman period, plus a waterfall, old mill and centuries old bridge. Each will be worth a few frames prior to continuing on north to Aberystwyth for our one night sojourn. The region was the setting for the television series 'Hinterland'.
Aberystwyth, 1 night

Days 7, 8, 9, 10 + 11  |  Snowdonia National Park
Prior to breakfast we'll explore the Aberystwyth seafront including the remnants of the 13th century Castle. Then another detour as we make our way via the market town of Machynlleth, to the estuary-situated town of Aberdyfi. We then have a waterfall, a narrow gauge railway, a lake, and one of Wales' highest peaks to shoot as we head to our 5-night home in Snowdonia National Park.
On days 8, 9, 10 and 11 we'll make several loop trips to photograph castles, lakes, old bridges, narrow gauge railways, Porthmeirion, and on to the Isle of Anglesey to point cameras at a castle, lighthouse, and the signage in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwrndrobyllllantysiliogogogoch. A boat trip around Puffin Island is also scheduled while on Anglesey with expected sightings of Cormorant, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Grey Seals and of course the Puffin. It's also possible that Bottlenose Dolphins and the Harbour Porpoise will make surprise appearances. As we travel around North Wales we'll encounter light-kissed mountain scenery in what are the 'rugged' slate and granite dominated counties of Merioneth and Dwyfor. The Welsh language is strong in the north, and you'll hear me speaking it with the locals, especially when we make a farm visit for images.
Near Harlech, 5 nights

Day 12  |  Lush north-central Wales and an English village
As we depart North Wales today we'll encounter a 'gentler' Welsh landscape as we journey through north central Wales taking in the location for the shooting of 'An Englishman Who Went Up A Hill, and Came Down a Mountain'. We'll then journey on to our Heathrow hotel via a picturesque English village. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action by John.
Near Heathrow airport, 1 night

Day 13  |  Departure day
As there is no photography scheduled for the day of departure, your flight home can be arranged for any time today.


Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours

 
 
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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous' to 'mildly strenuous'

A majority of images are found in close proximity to our vehicle

In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous

 
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Photography Tour Cost, the Fine Details and Enrollment

Trip Cost: $4,588 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

The deposit for this photography tour is $300

 

Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [ensuite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’

  • Following the trip, field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, and a disc containing images of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry etcetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:

  • Cardiff Castle

  • Welsh Folk Village

  • Harlech Castle

  • Porthmeirion

  • Cricieth Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

  • Puffin Island boat excursion [weather permitting]

  • Any other admissions such as Caerphilly Castle and Pembroke Castle are optional and not included

  • You will of course have free reign to photograph the exterior of locations not included, and if time permits, to enter at your own expense

 

                            

 

 
 
 
 
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