Italy – Bellissimo 2021


Rescheduled for  Oct 28th – Nov 6th, 2021

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Oct 28th – Nov 6th, 2021

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


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

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

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! 

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!


  • Dates: Oct 28th – Nov 6th, 2021
  • 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.

Included during tour dates:

  • Personal Instruction with MPA team
  • 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!


Italy Pre-Tour Extension 1*

  •  Oct 24th  – Arrive Milan (MXP) – Overnight Lake Como – Hotel Como
  •  Oct 25th – Overnight Lake Como – Hotel Como
  • Oct 26th  – Overnight Dolomite Mountains – Hotel Belvedere
  • Oct 27th  – Overnight Dolomite Mountains – Hotel Belvedere
  • Oct 28th   – Venice – Extension Ends – Hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio


  • Oct 28th – 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)
    • Overnight Venice – Hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio
  • Oct 29th – 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.
    • Overnight Venice – Hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio
    • 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.
    • Overnight Venice – Hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio
  • Oct 31st – 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.
    • Overnight Florence – Hotel Borgo San Luigi
    • 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.
    • Overnight Florence – Hotel Borgo San Luigi
    • Today we plan to drive through the beautiful areas of the Chianti region with time to discover the small villages and landscape.
Driver at our disposal.
    • Overnight Florence – Hotel Borgo San Luigi
  • Nov 3rd – 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.
    • Overnight Italian Riviera – Hotel NH La Spezia
  • Nov 4th – 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
    • Overnight Italian Riviera – Hotel NH La Spezia
    • Travel to Milan for our final night together.
    • Overnight Milano Malpensa – Hotel La Perla
  • Nov 6th- Depart Milan (MXP) – At Your Leisure

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

Refund and Cancellation Policies


  • David McKay
  • Ally McKay
  • David Carr
  • Toby Gelston
  • Steve Scurich
  • Kaz Mayeda

Instructors are scheduled, however, they are subject to change as needed.


Tour Pack

Please download the Tour Packet from the link below.  Much of the information contained in this packet is also available under the Tour Prep page here on the website. However, this packet will also include some gear specifics for this tour.  Please note that specific flight information, arrival and departure times, accommodations, and other logistical information may not be in this packet. Those items will be emailed to you at various times in the planning process of each tour. 

Italy 2021 Tour Pack


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