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Turkey Photo Tour


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Southern Turkey Photo Tour 2016

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.

Photo Tour: Kas and the Southern Coast

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.


Rod Wheelans FRPS FIPF MFIAP MPAGB – Tutor

Rod Wheelans

Rod Wheelans

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.


Our Approach to Travel Photography

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.



Day 1 – SUN 2 October – Kas

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.


Day 2 – MON 3 October

Meet at Hotel for introductions and trip briefing with our photo tutor Rod Wheelans and tour leader Serkan Cetin.


Day 3 – TUE 4 October

Excursion to Sutlegen village and surrounding areas, dinner in the village of Islamlar.


Day 4 – WED 5 October

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.


Day 5 – THU 6 October

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.


Day 6 – FRI 7 October

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.


Day 7 – SAT 8 October

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.


Day 8 – SUN 9 October

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.


Day 9 – MON 10 October

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.


Day 10 – TUE 11 October

Free day in Kekova.


Day 11 – WED 12 October

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.


Day 12 – THU 13 October

Visiting villages around Patara; Kinik, Saklikent and others.


Day 13 – FRI 14 October

Drive to Dalya. Visiting local villages, Kaunos ruins, the famous river / delta and the amazing Iztuzu beach, a sanctuary for endangered loggerhead turtles.


Day 14 – SAT 15 October

Visiting some of the more remote and lesser known villages around the Dalyan delta.


Day 15 – SUN 16 October – Departures

Tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to Dalaman for return flight.



Trip Fees

£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.


Not Included

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.


Previous Journey Anatolia Guests

Returning guests receive a 15% discount from the tour fee.


How to Book

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)


Group Size

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.


Attitude and Approach

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.

Lycian Tomb Kekova
Family in Gursu Village
Lady with Goose
Man in Mardin Cafe

Previous Photo Tour Galleries

Photo Gallery: Places

Photo Gallery: Places

A gallery of landscape photos taken by various Journey Anatolia guests over the last 10 years of photography tours in Turkey.
Photo Gallery: Some Favourites

Photo Gallery: Some Favourites

Some of our travel photo favourites from the last 10 years of photography tours in Turkey. Taken by us and our various collections of photographers and guests.