2019 Photo Expeditions

Attention-grabbing trips for shutterbugs

BY JILL ROBINSON — Winter 2019

We’re seeing more photo expeditions led by expert photographers, giving amateur shooters a chance to learn in the field while experiencing amazing adventures. Here, three 2019 options that grabbed our attention.


Italy Photography Expedition, April 12-21 and Sept. 6-15

Discover Italy from a photographer’s point of view on National Geographic’s 10-day tour with a National Geographic photographer. In must-sees such as Florence, Rome, Siena, Venice, and the Tuscan countryside, either Massimo Bassano or Dave Yoder shares insights and behind-the-scenes perspectives, whether shooting popular sights such as the Venice canals or getting special access to locals’ daily lives. Includes accommodations, meals, daily activities and excursions, gratuities, and arrival and return transfers. $7,995 per person, double occupancy. natgeoexpeditions.com


Photo Immersion in Spain’s Wine Country, June 18-25

Combine photography with wine tasting in Spain’s Ribera del Duero region with this offering from Lumaria Workshops. The eight-day tour with award-winning photographers Robert Holmes and Andréa Johnson — who have published more than 50 books of travel, wine, and food photography — explores a wine region under transformative change due to new winemakers and wineries stepping to the forefront. Includes lodging, photography instruction, most meals, all activities, and ground transportation. $7,250 per person. lumariaworkshops.com


Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer Photo Safari, Aug. 20-30

Enter the polar bear’s realm with Natural World Safaris on an expedition around Norway’s Svalbard archipelago with wildlife photographer Shannon Wild and National Geographic videographer and photographer Russ MacLaughlin. The 11-day itinerary aboard the M/S Freya travels past 80 degrees north in the Arctic so guests can photograph the region’s sights and wildlife — from polar bears to walruses. Includes 10 nights’ accommodation aboard the ship, meals, zodiac excursions, and guidance from the camera experts. $11,800 per person. naturalworldsafaris.com

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