Turkey Photo Tour
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Turkey Photo Tour

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North Eastern Turkey Photography Tour

12 – 26 September 2018 | 14 Nights | £2800pp

Discover Turkey’s dramatic landscapes and endearing culture on this fascinating photography holiday centred around the picturesque villages and high pastures of North Eastern Turkey, offering a mix of relaxation, travel and excellent opportunities for photography.

Photo Tour: North Eastern Turkey

This is a region that relatively few travellers visit, the cool climate and high rainfall mean a short summer season making the coast less appealing to holiday makers. The regions real beauty lies inland in the hills and pastures. Turkey’s North East is rugged and mountainous. The landscape, at times reminiscent of the Alps, boasts huge forests, lush green valleys, remote mountain villages, hazelnut, tobacco and tea plantations. It is truly breathtaking.


We spend a lot of time on this tour visiting “Yayla(s)”, high altitude villages. Although common across much of Turkey, in the Kaçkar mountains – in particular around Camlihemsin – the ‘yayla(lar)’ are spectacular. Often characterised by small clusters of stone and wooden houses, like basic chalets and often with a metal roofs. The houses are normally used in the summer season, June to September, when their owners come from far and wide to enjoy spending time amidst the wonderful scenery, often in homes they were born in, or grew up in, or have some family attachment to. There are very few outsiders here! Some traditionally activities can still be seen, such as the making of yoghurt and local cheese.


The Hemsin people need a special note here, with their strong facial features and fair skin they are more Caucasian than Turkish in appearence. They have a great sense of humour, huge personalities and a particularly distinc talent for baking pastries. Ethnically the Hemsin people are of Armenian decent or a mixure of Armenian Christian and indiginous tribal cultures, they have lived in the area for centuries.



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 – Wednesday 12 September

Meet in Istanbul. For those that arrive early enough we will use this day to explore locally. Evening trip briefing with our photo tutor Rod Wheelans and tour leader Serkan Cetin.


Day 2 – Thursday 13 September

Flight to Trabzon. Transfer to Camlihemsin.


Day 3 – Friday 14 September

Visit Amlakit ‘yayla’, a high pasture or a remote village in the mountains above Camlihemsin.


Day 4 – Saturday 15 September

Free day in Amlakit.


Day 5 – Sunday 16 September

Visit Elevit. Elevit is another village high above Camlihemsin town where locals frequent during the hotter summer months.


Day 6 – Monday 17 September

Free day in Elevit.


Day 7 – Tuesday 18 September

Visit Pokut. An amazing pasture with a cluster of wooden houses and stunning views.


Day 8 – Wednesday 19 September

Explore Pokut and the village of Sal.


Day 9 – Thursday 20 September

Drive to Ayder. Explore the local town. The rest of the day is free in Ayder.


Day 10 – Friday 21 September

Visit the village of Kevrun. Overnight in Kevrun.


Day 11 – Saturday 22 September

Free day in Kevrun. Overnight in Camlihemsin.


Day 12 – Sunday 23 October

Camlihemsin and local villages.


Day 13 – Monday 24 September

Camlihemsin and local villages.


Day 14 – Tuesday 25 September

Transfer to airport for flight to Istanbul. Final night of tour with last group dinner. Perfect for going through our photographic highlights.


Day 15 – Wednesday 26 September – Departures

Transfers to airport for departure flights.



Trip Fees

£2800 per person – Double / Twin Flights to Turkey are NOT included
Single Supplement £200



Internal flights from Istanbul to Trabzon return. All accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and ground transportation in a private vehicle. Any public transportation if used is also included. Photographic tuition and reviews from our tutors, local guides and drivers are included in the tour fee. Meals during group activities and excursions will be included, on any “free” days meals are not included other than breakfast.


Not Included

Flights. Customary tips; There is a tip kitty policy on this trip and we will collect 20 Turkish Lira (£3) per person, per day, to cover tips in restaurants, hotels 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 10% 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.



Saturday 12 September – Saturday 26 September 2018 (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 meals are included except on free days. 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.

Turkey Photo Tour
Turkish Faces

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.