Taking in the wonderfully photogenic regions of Provence and Languedoc, our South of France photography holiday enable us to capture medieval citadels, striking fields of lavender and villages with cobbled streets and old stone houses.
Nice, the elegant capital of the French Riviera, mixes old-world opulence with a modern vibrant urban energy to create a very special city. The old town offers traditional markets, narrow labyrinthine streets and colourful houses, and the famous Promenade des Anglais is a great place for eating out or watching the sunset.
You’ll meet your photography leader and the rest of the group this evening for a brief chat about your tour.
The old town of Nice has hardly changed since the 18th century and will provide us with numerous photographic opportunities. We’ll visit the Cours Saleya flower and food markets for a colourful slice of every day life before wandering around the nearby narrow lanes that are filled with small food shops and delicatessens. We also visit the fish market of Place St Francois and shoot some of the Baroque buildings that are dotted around the area, and there’ll be an opportunity to get up high and shoot the terracotta-coloured roofs of the city.
After lunch we’re in for a complete contrast at the medieval village of Gorbio. Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by rocky mountains and olive groves, this unspoilt spot consists of narrow cobbled streets, stone archways and old houses. After a couple of hours we continue to St Paul de Vence, another medieval village but one that was found by the rich and famous in the 50’s and 60’s. It still retains much of its charm with cobbled streets and stone architecture, but has a vibrant, contemporary feel to it with its many art galleries and chic cafes.
Early morning is the best time for capturing St Paul De Vence as it can become busy with tourists during the day, so we’ll make the most of the early morning light and quiet streets before breakfast. Then we’ll head out to photograph the nearby landscape and shoot panoramic views of the village before driving to the Plateau de Valensole. The journey takes us though some glorious countryside and we’ll take is slow, stopping at many vantage points along the way including the Gorge du Verdon, where gorgeous aqua water squeezes between towering limestone cliffs.
We’ll arrive in the Plateau de Valensole early evening and there’ll be time to shoot the famous lavender landscapes while there is still some light.
On the Plateau de Valensole lines of purple-blue lavender cover rolling hills and lead the eye to a perfectly placed windmill or lonely tree for that perfect shot. We’ll spend most of the day in the countryside finding the best viewpoints and making the most of the early morning and late afternoon light. Our lunch will be in one of the local villages, where we’ll find a few more photo opportunities of the traditional agricultural life of the region.
Ringed by well-preserved 800-year-old stone ramparts, Avignon is an attractive and lively city with an historic centre that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cobbled streets once used by knights wind between wonderful buildings including the massive fortress that dates from the 1300’s and the Papal Palace, one of the most important Gothic structures in Europe.
We’ll arrive in time for lunch and spend the afternoon photographing at all the best locations, ensuring that we are in position to shoot the city and the Saint-Bénézet bridge across the Rhone at dusk.
Perched on a rocky hilltop, impressive Carcassonne is the perfect image of a fairytale medieval castle. Huge battlements and pointed turrets are set against a mountainous backdrop and surrounded by dense woodland, making the town a wonderfully photogenic location. We arrive just before lunch and in the afternoon we’ll drive to the nearby Canal Du Midi. An enchanting and peaceful waterway built by Louis XIV to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea, the canal will provide us with numerous photo opportunities. We return to Carcassonne in time to photograph the city in the late afternoon light.
An early start this morning ensures we get to shoot the ancient streets, alleyways and buildings of Carcassonne before the crowds and while the light is at its best.
We’ll leave for Toulouse mid morning. Known as ‘La Ville Rose’ (the Pink City), Toulouse sits at the confluence of thanks to the Canal du Midi and the River Garonne. We’ll shoot the food markets, cityscapes, streets and architecture of the city until dusk.
Our tour ends this morning in Toulouse
Our photography holidays and tours are designed to maximise the chances of getting great images by visiting photogenic sites at times that are good for photographing them. This generally means trying to avoid crowds and being out when the light is best, just after sunrise, and again in the late afternoon. Occasionally we’ll stay out after sunset or make use of clear night skies. The middle of the day is often reserved for lunch, free time, travelling, downloading images and relaxing. We try to make the most of each area we visit so there may a lot of distance covered and sometimes days can be long. Please read the itineraries carefully to get an idea of driving times and any particularly demanding days.
Our holidays are planned for dates when the weather is expected to be suitable for photography; however, with an ever more unpredictable climate there is always the possibility that we’ll experience poor conditions. In this case we’ll give what advice we can to help you get good results from your photography, and we may make changes to the tour to try to make the best of the situation.
The joining time is 18:00 on day 1 at the hotel reception, your photography leader will meet you there.
We can arrange transfers for you at the beginning and end of your tour at a cost of £49 each way.
It is condition of booking that you are covered by adequate travel insurance. If you are bringing expensive photography equipment we recommend that this is insured too.
The following photography equipment is recommended:
- DSLR or mirrorless camera
- Wide angle lens
- Mid range zoom
- ND filters
- Remote shutter release
- Sufficient memory cards and storage devices
You’ll need light casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Early mornings can be chilly so a sweater is recommended. A sun hat and some long sleeved items are a good idea to help protect your skin against the sun.
Rooming is based on a twin share basis. If 2 people book together, they will automatically be roomed together. Those travelling alone will be sharing with another single traveller of the same sex unless a single room has been booked. If you desire privacy, are a light sleeper or a loud snorer then we’d recommend you book a single room.
All accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis. You’ll need money to cover lunch, dinner and your drinks. As a rough guide we’d recommend that you allow around £15 – £25 per day.