Italy – Bellissimo!

April 17th - 26th & May 2nd -11th 2020

Join us as we visit many of our favorite locations! We have led several tours to Italy and this marks our return after 6 years! We are excited to share our love of some of the most beautiful places in Italy including Venice, Tuscany, Lake Como , Cinque Terre and more! 

Italy Bellissimo

VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY!  

WOW…we have had to add a 2nd tour! The first tour sold out in ONE HOUR to our pre-list!

This tour will follow the first tour and be an identical itinerary. See below!  

Join us as we return to beautiful Italy!
10 day 9 nights – Main Tour – Venice – Tuscany w/Florence – Cinque Terra – Pisa

Optional 5 day/4 night  Extension – Lake Como and the Dolomites!

ONLY 13 Photographers plus 3 Instructors! 
 

We have been asked over and over to return to Italy. It is after all one of our favorite countries in all the world. We are announcing our return with an incredible tour exploring and photographing our favorite locations! 

After MUCH consideration, we have decided to do this tour in a much different way than our previous Italian tours. Each location we are going to savor and enjoy. Much like a great Italian wine, this tour is not about quantity, but QUALITY! 

We will be spending 3 nights in each location allowing us to really take in and explore and ENJOY these incredible places. You will understand why Ally and I love Italy and why these locations are our favorites.

PLUS, we will be visiting our very favorite town in all of Italy, and very special for us personally, the small town of Camogli! A unique hidden gem that very few tourists know about. This is REAL Italy and a small coastal town where we will be staying and enjoying real Italian life! 

This tour is NOT a bus tour. This is a SMALL group tour. 

We will have two vans and drivers available to us so that we can get out and photograph those early sunrises and yet stay out and photograph amazing sunsets!

This will be the perfect blend of a photography workshop and yet still allow for some local tour favorites such as a guided walking tour of Old Florence and of course David’s Michelangelo! We have found it is equally important to LEARN about locations as well as photograph them. In order to do this properly, we are not going to be moving from location to location each day, but rather making sure we truly enjoy these locations we have selected! 

 

Our tour will start in beautiful Venice! Venice is known around the world. We will be exploring Venice during the early mornings and later evening to avoid the tourist. So many people that go to Venice, arrive by cruise ship, take a quick tour of St. Marco square, by a shirt, and leave.  This will be a completely different experience in the city known for love and romance! 

Plan on some beautiful early mornings and later evening with a break during the day for other sightseeing if you desire. This will give us fantastic opportunities to really get “lost”  together in Venice! Don’t worry, a simple water bus (Vaporetto) from anywhere and you can get back to your hotel no problem. We will show you how!

Burano Island is a unique town just a short water taxi ride away from Venice. You will LOVE the colorful homes and waterways! We have arranged a private water taxi to whisk us away to this special place for a few hours!

 

THE DETAILS: Italy Bellissimo!

  • Dates: May 2nd – 11th  2020
  • Price: $5995 (Single Supplement add $1300)
    • Non-Photo Rate $5495 (ONLY 2 Available!)
    • After registration is complete, David will contact you to set up a payment plan. A $1500 deposit is required. 
  • PLEASE SEE REGISTRATION DETAILS BELOW! 

Included during tour dates:

  • Personal Instruction with MPA team.
  • SMALL group setting!
  • Transportation in Italy including Private Water Taxi from Venice airport. 
  • Private Vans with English Speaking Drivers at our disposal.
  • Guided historical walking tours of Venice and Florence.
  • Breakfast each day
  • Accommodations – See hotels below  
  • Photography-Travel-Friendship-Adventure! The McKay Motto!

NOT included:

  • Transportation to and from Italy
  • Personal Expenses such as meals not listed in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Trip Insurance (Highly Recommend)
  • Gratuities 

 

*Instructors are scheduled but could change if needed. You will always have a top MPA instructor team! 

 

Scheduled Itinerary*: 

A PRE TOUR Extension will be offered April 28th – May 2nd  to Lake Como and the Dolomites. This will be offered in a separate email to those that register for the main tour. 

Main Italy Tour
 VENICE
Welcome to Venice Int airport (VCE)
At your arrival, our local guide will be waiting
for us for a private water taxi transfer to our
hotel in Venice.

We will have a welcome meeting and dinner together! (included)
Hotel Cannaregio or similar 4**** (3 nights)
 
VENICE
Today we will start the day off with a good breakfast before heading out. This will not be an early morning due to travel fatigue. We will spend a great part of the day exploring and photographing. After lunch, we will plan on free time before heading out for sunset and nighttime sessions. 

This will allow you to get a feel for Venice and the culture there. 
 
VENICE – BURANO ISLAND

We will plan an early morning, then we will enjoy an excursion to Burano Island with a private water taxi for about 4 hrs. You will love this quaint town full of color and canals! It is a beautiful location to photograph. 

TUSCANY – FLORENCE

After a Private water taxi transfer to the mainland,
we will meet our driver. We will leave Venice for the beautiful Florence for a private walking tour of the city center. Before
heading to our hotel stop at Piazzale Michelangelo.
Driver at our disposal.
Hotel Villa I Baronci or similar 4**** (3 nights)

TUSCANY – SAN GIMIGNANO – VOLTERRA

Excursion day throughout the beautiful Tuscan
countryside with time in San Gimignano and Volterra. We may have an opportunity to visit a local winery with lunch or dinner (not included)
Driver at our disposal.

 TUSCANY – CHIANTI REGION

Today we plan to drive through the beautiful areas of
Chianti region with time to discover the small villages and landscape.
Driver at our disposal.

 CINQUE TERRE – LUCCA

Today leave Tuscany. Stop in Lucca for a
walking tour of the city center and some free
time. In the late afternoon drive to your hotel
in the Cinque Terre area.
Driver at our disposal.
Hotel La Camogliese or similar 3*** hotel (3
nights)

 CINQUE TERRE

Travel through the Cinque Terre with your
driver (limited area). You can also visit the
Cinque Terre by train or cruise (ticket not
included)
Driver at our disposal.

 CINQUE TERRE

Travel through the Cinque Terre with your
driver (limited area). You can also visit the
Cinque Terre by train or cruise (ticket not
included)
Driver at oour disposal.

Arrivederci, Italy.  

Departing airport will vary based on participation in Tour 1 in April or Tour 2 in May. Please confirm with MPA BEFORE booking airfare!

*Subject to change based on many factors but dates are set
* Due to weather conditions, and other factors, times, and routes may change

 

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