At Photography Travel Tours we search out the most photogenic and iconic locations on the planet.
Santorini is right up there at the top of the list — not to be missed on your “Photographic Bucket List”! Here is what the people of Santorini, an ancient island in the Greek Cyclades, have to say about their beloved homeland: “So much has been written about this mysterious sea realm, the colorful land, the enchanting sunsets and the clear blue skies of Santorini. Words cannot express the grandeur of an island that knows how to get reborn out of the ashes.”
Since words fail, we reach for our cameras and find endless subjects to photograph on this magical island and its 4 whitewashed towns which decoratively cascade from the crest down the hills circling the world’s largest inhabited volcanic caldera.
There’s something for every photographer’s style and preference: large vistas, sculptural architectural details, wildflowers and people (even donkeys). Aside from the visual feast, your senses will be engaged by the scent of cedars, freshly baked feta pies and the taste of Santorini’s world renowned wines, cherry tomatoes, honey, sweet white eggplants, capers, cheeses, fresh fish and meats.
This is a perfect tour to include a non-photographer spouse or significant other (one double bed only per room). While you are out taking great photographs, they are also having a wonderful time exploring the island of Santorini or just relaxing on the hotel veranda while taking in the amazing view of the caldera and the ocean, 800 feet below. The photographers will have free time during the mid-day to spend with the non-photographers and of course you will meet up each evening to swap wonderful stories of the day’s events.
We fell in love with this island over 30 years ago and keep returning happily. Join us for a wonderful photography travel tour to one of the most photogenic places in the world.
- Our Greek photography tour to Santorini is timed for late spring. Expect fewer tourists (it gets insanely crowded in the summer months), much cooler temperatures (ever hauled your camera gear uphill in 90 degree weather?), more wildflowers and dramatic skies (we photographers love clouds, right?).
- We will stay in a wonderful, small hotel (nine rooms) in the quiet and charming village of Firostefani. We have all rooms reserved for this tour. Just outside your room is a large veranda with a view of the Aegean Sea and Santorini’s dramatic caldera. From Firostefani we can walk down a path along the crater rim to the bustling village of Thira or up the path to the tranquil and photogenic village of Imerovigli.
- We will make numerous trips via van to the most magical village on the island, Oia. Here we will photograph morning blue hours, sunrises, sunsets and evening blue hours.
- Since we will be traveling by van, we’ll have a chance to visit small traditional villages, the Greek and Roman excavations of the ancient city of Thira and a Greek Orthodox monastery perched on the highest point of the island.
- Weather permitting, we will take a short boat ride to the Island of Thirisia to visit another traditional Greek village.
- We’ll visit a museum with amazing treasures found on the island from a settlement that dates back to 1600 BC and a lovely small exhibit of a preserved traditional cave house.
- Every morning, we’ll offer the opportunity for a “before-breakfast” shoot with Jim and Magrit.
- Evenings will find us photographing magical sunsets and “blue hours” (before or after a tasty Greek meal).
- We’ll have plenty of opportunity to sample traditional Greek food and excellent local wines in cozy tavernas.
- In addition to great photography opportunities on this photography travel tour to Santorini, Greece we will have time for photo sharing and critiques. We will also be lecturing on photographic topics including:
- Digital Workflow
- HDR Photography
- Panoramic Photography
- Depth of Field calculation
- Focal Blending
- Blue Hour Photography
- Filters, Neutral Density and Neutral Density Grads
- Photoshop Tips and Tricks
- Nik software
This is a sample itinerary which is subject to change depending on weather and other circumstances beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide the best possible experience for our clients.
April 7, 2019
Arrive on the island of Santorini by air or boat. There are direct flights to Santorini from many cities in Europe.
April 8 – 13
Six full days exploring this magical island via our personal van and on foot.
The tour ends after breakfast and transportation will be arranged for departure via air or sea.
Dates: April 7 to 14 | 2019 (7 nights)
Each participant will have their own room. If two paying spouses/significant others are on the tour, and sharing a room/bed, a $795 discount applies to the total.
Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or more.
What is included?
- 7 nights lodging
- All breakfasts
- All transportation while on Santorini including boats and shuttle to and from the airport or port
- All entrance fees and tolls
- Jim’s & Magrit’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction
Level of physical difficulty: 2.5 out of 5
Involves walking up and down steep hills while photographing. Some of the vantage points involve 10-15 minutes of uphill walking with camera gear and tripod.
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Personal Items & Weather Conditions
Temperature range for this time of year: 59 to 69º F
Average monthly rainfall for this time of year: 1 ”
Shoes: Comfort for walking is the main criteria. Sandals are nice as well if it gets warm.
Light weight rain jacket. You don’t have to go all out here, but if we have some wet weather and it is not raining too hard we can still go out and get some good photos. We have worn cut open Hefty bags as skirts and they work great when we did not have rain pants. Montbell makes an excellent parka and pants that are extremely lightweight.
Small umbrella for rain and shade. I use an umbrella often to block the sun from hitting the front element of my lens. Black is best. I have recently begun using a handsfree telescopic umbrella which I love. You can watch a video of my review at PhotographyTravelTours.
Sweater or light jacket for possible chill on early morning shoots. A light layer underneath a rain jacket can be surprisingly warm.
Hat for sun and rain protection.
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