Turkey is a land of stunning beauty, surprising diversity and countless photo opportunities, perfect for a wonderful photography holiday. With more than a hint of the east, the country feels exotic and yet strangely familiar. As soon as you are away from the main holiday resorts you’ll find incredible scenery and welcoming people – both of which will have you eager to get your camera out and start creating incredible images.
A city that hardly needs an introduction, Istanbul is famously known as the point where east meets west. Bustling bazaars, soaring minarets and friendly locals await us in this exciting and photogenic city, the perfect starting point for our Turkey photography adventure.
You’ll meet your photography leader and the rest of the group this evening for a brief chat about your tour.
An early start enables us to capture a stunning sunrise over the Bosphorus before we head in to the city. We’ll stop for a traditional Turkish breakfast before exploring the Grand Bazaar. Colourful, chaotic, labyrinth-like and massive, the covered bazaar is a wonderful place for photographing local traders and their eclectic selection of wares. We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring before making our way through the old town to the extraordinary Blue Mosque. A cascade of domes and minarets, it is one of the most beautiful buildings you are likely to see.
After lunch we head out again, this time wandering deeper in to the narrow streets of the old town, awash with history and photo opportunities. We’ll end up at a great vantage point for sunset where we’ll shoot the Blue Mosque once more, and the lights of the city.
In the evening we enjoy a quintessential Turkish experience – a belly dancing show. Before the show we’ll have special access to photograph the dancer in the finery of her costume.
Today’s journey to Turkey’s capital, Ankara, will take up most of the day, but it will be a photographic adventure in itself. We’ll shoot spectacular fields of sunflowers, capture the beauty of Sapanca lake and stop off at villages for lunch, coffee and photos.
We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring Ankara’s old town and shooting its lovely old buildings before heading for the surreal scenery of Cappadocia. The drive will take around 6 hours including a couple of stops on the way. The first will be at Lake Tuz, one of the largest salt lakes in the world that is surrounded by rolling hills, followed by Aksaray where we’ll have lunch and visit the countryside nearby for views of Mount Hasan, a dramatic snow capped peak in the distance. We’ll arrive at Cappadocia in time to catch the sunset over the famous ‘fairy chimney’ landscape.
One of the most striking sights in Cappadocia is the early morning ascent of hot air balloons gently rising over the unique landscape of the region. We’ll go to a vantage point for sunrise to get the best shots of the balloons and the scenery, before taking breakfast at a nearby cafe.
Next we’ll visit Uchisar Castle. Here ancient dwellings connected by tunnels are cut in to a large rock that forms the highest point of Cappadocia and has panoramic views of the whole area. Goreme open air museum in nearby where there are rock-cut churches and beautiful frescoes to keep our cameras busy.
After lunch, the Red and Rose valleys will be our destination for the late afternoon light and sunset. Named for the colours of the rock and the way the hue changes with the light, we’ll visit several great spots for scenic shots as well as cave churches, cave houses and tunnels.
We’ll have another chance to photograph the Cappadocian scenery just after sunrise, before driving to Konya. On the way we’ll stop off at the Sultan Han Caravanserai. Built in 1229 as a rest place for travellers on the old Caravan route from Persia, it is the largest in Turkey and offers us a great chance for some interesting architectural photography.
We arrive in Konya in time for lunch. Turkey’s most religious city and an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims, Konya is home to the famous Sufi sect know as the Whirling Dervishes. Dressed in distinctive white costumes, the dervishes whirl at high speeds and enter a trance and get closer to God, a practice which has been going on here since the 13th century. They make stunning subjects for photography and we’ll have a private audience with them so we can get the very best shots.
It will take us around 3 hours by road to get to Egridir, a beautiful lakeside town, arriving in time for dinner.
We leave early for some photography around Egridir lake before continuing our journey to Olympos, which will take around 3 hours. Famous for its quaint tree houses, attractive coastline and the eternally burning flames rising from the ground of nearby mount Chimaera, there’ll be ample opportunities for great photos here. We continue for Kas, another 2 hours by road, arriving by dusk where we’ll shoot the pretty coastal village as it lights up at sunset.
The coastline around Kas is beautiful and dramatic. We’ll spend the morning working our way to various vantage points before heading down to the Sunken City of Simena. The site offers some interesting subjects for photos as well as a chance to take a dip! After lunch we head for Dalyan, a charming little village on the Dalyan River which is around 3 hours away by road.
An early start means we will miss most of the crowds and catch the best light as we cruise up the river to the famous Caunos Rock tombs. We’ll spend some time getting the best shots before heading back towards the coast, stopping on the way at various points to shoot the glorious scenery.
The afternoon is left free for you to enjoy Dalyan. You can relax on the famous Iztuzu Beach, wander around the charming town, or head out in the surrounding area for more photography.
Our tour ends this morning after breakfast
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 £29 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.
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