Discover Turkey’s dramatic landscapes and endearing culture on this fascinating photography holiday centred around the picturesque harbour town of Kas in Southern Turkey, offering a mix of relaxation, travel and photography.
The attractive town of Kas is perched on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean. The narrow streets of this old fishing village are lined with great restaurants, tea gardens, old greek and ottoman houses and ancient Lycian artifacts.
This Southern Turkey photo tour offers day excursions to beauty spots, seaside towns and fantastic villages where we will meet and photograph beautiful scenery and the lifestyles of local people. We also incorporate a 6 night road trip staying in the villages of Patara, Bezirgan, Kekova and others.
This tour caters for all levels of photographic skill, from novice to advanced. Packed with photo taking opportunities there will also be plenty of time for relaxation, great Turkish food and optional day tours, trekking, scuba diving or sea kayaking, perhaps visiting sites of historical interest or just chilling out on a beach.
Tour photo-leader, Rod Wheelans FRPS FIPF MFIAP MPAGB, one of the best known and most successful exhibition photographers in the UK, will be on hand to help you get great pictures. Evenings will give plenty of opportunity for workshops, discussions, reviews and briefings and Rod will be happy to offer expert feedback on your photos. We are also planning 2 projected Photoshop workshops for those interested.
Our photography tutor on this tour is Rod Wheelans. Rod started taking photographs when he was 7 but didn’t become a serious photographer until he was 12! He has become one of the best known and most successful exhibition photographers in the UK. Rod has been a member of the Visual Arts, Travel and Applied Panels of the Royal Photographic Society and is Chairman of the Photographic Alliance Awards for Photographic Merit so he can help if you are interested in achieving such awards. As well as helping you when you need it, he’ll be looking for his own photographs and you can learn a lot just watching him and his partner, Anne Greiner MPAGB, working with the people we meet.
One of the main pleasures of traveling in Turkey is the warm hospitality of its people. Consequently our photo tours and holidays abound in opportunities for photographing local people. We aim to interact with the local community at every opportunity, and do not encourage fly-by telephoto photography. Our tours are about meeting people and listening to their stories. In this way we are able to enrich photographs with authentic context and make the overall experience more pleasurable for both locals and ourselves. We sometimes organise outdoor “studio” sessions where, with lots of help if you need it, you will get great pictures of willing models or local characters!
We explore by day, during evenings there are opportunities for workshops, discussions and photo reviews. Rod Wheelans will be happy to offer expert feedback on your photos. There may also be time for Photoshop workshops for those who are interested and we like to finish with a final slide show of everyone’s photos from the tour.
You may check out photos from some of our previous tours by following the links in the footer below.
Arrive in Dalaman and transfer to your hotel in Kas. Free day. There will be a short orientation tour into Kas to familiarie you with the town which will be your base for the next 7 days.
Meet at Hotel for introductions and trip briefing with our photo tutor Rod Wheelans and tour leader Serkan Cetin.
Excursion to Sutlegen village and surrounding areas, dinner in the village of Islamlar.
Excursion to Saklikent Gorge, Xantos and Patara, dinner in Kalkan. With a length approaching 18km, Saklikent Gorge is the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey. Walk in as far in as you can, the rock formations are fantastic.
Xanthos was the former capital of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city. Today much of the archeological finds, dating back to the 8th century BC, can be enjoyed at the British museum in London. This UNESCO world heritage site makes for a fascinating excursion for those interested in archeology and ancient Lycian civilization.
Free day in Kas. Rod may set a photo project on free days for those who are interested. Altenatively, you could partake in one of our many optional day excursions; see the activities tab above.
Full day boat excusrion around the Kas coastline. This is a day of relaxation, time to put the cameras to rest and enjoy some fine bathing. Lunch on board the boat.
Outdoor studio workshop. We will arrange a portrait workshop in Kas with a model. This has been a very educational and fun workshop on previous tours in Kas. Rod will be at hand to offer tips on how to compose your photos and use the available light.
Excursion to ancient Lycian ruinds at Arycanda and also to the village of Gursu, a beautiful high altitude cluster of old houses in the mountain north of Kas. We also aim to stop in the village of Kasaba.
Drive to Kekova. Boat excursion around the sunken city and a walk to the Simena fortress. The village here although mainly catering to tourism still maintains much of its authentic charm.
Free day in Kekova.
Drive to Patara Village near the famous Patara beach, visiting the village of Bezirgan en route. We will take a leisurely drive today visiting villages en route to our final stop at Patara.
Visiting villages around Patara; Kinik, Saklikent and others.
Drive to Dalya. Visiting local villages, Kaunos ruins, the famous river / delta and the amazing Iztuzu beach, a sanctuary for endangered loggerhead turtles.
Visiting some of the more remote and lesser known villages around the Dalyan delta.
Tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to Dalaman for return flight.
|£2100 per person – Double / Twin||Flights to Turkey are not included|
|Single Supplement £400|
All accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and tour transportation in a private vehicle. Any public transportation if used is also included. Photographic experts and local guides are included. Meals during group activities and excursions will be included, on any “free” days meals are not included other than breakfast.
Customary tips; There is a tip kitty policy on this trip and we will collect 20 Turkish Lira (£4) per person daily to cover tips for restaurants, hotel staff and drivers. Guide(s) are tipped at your own discretion. Personal items such as laundry are not included. Optional activities, entrance fees to heritage sites or museums are not included. Beverages other than water during meals are not included.
Returning guests receive a 15% discount from the tour fee.
Contact us to check availability. We will then send you an online booking form to fill and information on how to pay your deposit. We require a deposit of £400 per person to secure a place on the tour, the balance is required 8 weeks prior to departure.
Sunday 2 October – Sunday 16 October 2016 (14 nights)
Maximum group size is 12 – not including staff.
3 – 4 star hotels or the like, small charismatic guest houses where possible rather than large hotels.
Breakfast is included as part of your accommodation. Other than this meals are included except on free days where we will not include lunch or dinner. Soft drinks and alcohol are not included.
Private midi-bus in the main. The tour is designed to cut down driving time and maximise location time and photography. We do our best not to over fill the bus, leaving space for your equipment. On any long drives, we will make ample stops.
Occasionally, standards in Turkey are not what we may be used to in the West. As such, in order to maintain a fun and healthy atmosphere on this tour we ask you to bring a positive and open minded attitude.