BEST of ITALY May 1-13, 2020
The Best of Italy tour combines the top iconic locations of Venice, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, & Rome and gives an option to add The Amalfi Coast as apost trip extension while introducing you to several hidden gems of each area and more. The time we'll spend in each location will you leave you desiring to come back often and explore more.
About the Tour
Per person double occupancy
International Airfare INCLUDED
Single Supplement Optional
$2,500 USD due at time of booking
Tour Guest Limit
8 Guest Maximum
90 Days before departure
This price is inclusive of Round Trip economy airfare from USA gateway city.
Tour Pricing Info
M&M Guide Photographer
Guest Pro Photographer
International RT economy airfare USA gateway city
All airport transfers
Tour program and services for 12 days
Double occupancy hotel stays
All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Tips for drivers/ guides
Personal expenses like laundry etc.
Other things not mentioned in the itinerary or "What is included"
We use local boutique hotels and other establishments that give us access to great photos, food, and transport.
More specific information on accommodations will be provided on a closer date to the tour.
Day 1: Fly from USA to Milan
Arrive in Milan and transfer to Venice via train. After arrival in Venice and a brief time to relax, meet for our first photo shoot: an afternoon walk along the many canals of Venice and environs. Tonight we’ll enjoy an evening shoot at one of several pre-selected locations (St. Mark’s, etc.,) working Blue Hour shots. Hotel in Venice TBD - at least 3 or 4 star locations for entire trip. L/D
Day 2: Venice
Today we’ll spend time working shots in Venice in the AM and again in the later day but in between we’ll take a private water taxi to Burano to enjoy the charm of the villages. B/L/D
Day 3: Venice
We'll spend another full day photographing the charm and gems of Venice. B/L/D
Day 4: Florence
After breakfast we’ll head to the mainland and take a train to Florence. In Florence we’ll wander the narrow side streets, shoot the Duomo (Cathedral), visit awesome interiors of chapels, and work the Blue Hour from Piazza Michelangelo which overlooks Florence and the Duomo. Hotel in Florence TBD. B/L/D
Day 5: Chianti Region
We'll head to the charming landscapes and vineyards or Chianti today. Hotel TBD. B/L/D
Days 6-7: Heart of Tuscany
We'll spend our time concentrating on the awesome landscapes of the Tuscan heartland and pay visits to classic villages of Siena, San Gimignano and other locations. Hotel TBD. B/L/D
Days 8-9: Cinque Terre
After breakfast we’ll catch our train to Monterosso al Mare and our adventure on The Cinque Terre begins! The Cinque Terre is a collection of 5 main towns/villages that hug the coast line and are connected by milk run trains. Over the next 2 days and nights we’ll shoot the best of Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, and more. Blue Hour, sunrises, sunsets, street scenes, and landscapes are the order of the day. Hotel in Monterosso al Mare TBD. B/L/D
Days 10-11: Rome
We will take the train to Rome and take up our rooms in The Eternal City. For the next two days we’ll wander Rome taking in all her Piazzas, alley-ways, world-class sites, and just soak in and photograph all that is Rome. Hotel in Rome TBD. B/L/D
Day 12: Rome to Home
Start your journey home today.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION (NOT Included in main tour cost)
3 Days along Amalfi Coast
We'll help you arrange for a 3 day extension along the Amalfi Coast where you can enjoy the coast, visit secret gardens, venture to the island of Capri for a half day, and ake photo stops in Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi city. The Amalfi Coast dazzles with craggy cliffs with picturesque villages clinging to them and shimmering bays. Hotel and meals on your own.
What To Take (These are only suggestions, they are NOT required!)
Our list of Recommended Gear for your Photo Tour
· 2 camera bodies—the same manufacturer that will fit all your lenses
· Camera battery charger and cords
· CompactFlash/SD Cards (bring as much memory as possible. At least 40 gigs)
· Card Reader for file transfer
· External hard drives for back up (we recommend a minimum of a 500GB drive)
· Black Rapid camera strap
· Extra batteries (lots!)—best packed in checked luggage even when traveling abroad
· Lenses (Depending on the tour) Medium telephoto, Fixed, Wide angle & Macro lens that give you a wide range
of length. 10mm to 500mm if possible
· 1.4x or 2x teleconverter for the telephoto—same brand as lens
· Tripod and head
· Flash—strobe with automatic TTL fill flash capabilities or Reflector
· Photo backpack
· Lens cloth and cleaning fluid
· Blower ball for dust
· Circular polarizing filter
· Grad ND filters
· Rain sleeve for camera and lens
· Cable or electronic shutter release
· Laptop computer (travel size such as a netbook)
· Current version of Photoshop or Lightroom
· International power adapter
· Multiple plug power strip & adaptor to gain electric outlets in your room for simultaneous downloading & recharging
· Sensor cleaning supplies
GUESTS SHOULD PACK LIGHT. YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, ROLL, SCHLEP, AND/OR OTHERWISE TRANSPORT YOUR OWN BAGS AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES ON THIS TRIP. LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. M&M RULE OF THUMB IS ONE BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR AND ONE 20-22"" ROLLER FOR YOUR CLOTHES AND TOILETRIES. INVEST IN A TRAVEL TRIPOD - BENRO (http://www.benrousa.com/products/travel-angel-ii/) HAS MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE. MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS CPAP MACHINES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION. PACKING LIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.
Tour Difficulty = Moderate
Easy = less than 2 miles walking/day and little climbing; Moderate = up to 5 miles walking per day with some climbing; Strenuous = more than 5 miles/day of walking and several climbing/hills/rough terrain expected. You should know your health and ability to carry your gear in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions and be able to walk 5 miles or more per day and make climbs in elevation of up to 1000 feet in gain and be OK climbing many steps or steep terrain.
Pursuant to Clause 2 under Enrollment: If you need to cancel within a stated refund period, M&M Photo Tours, Inc. may allow you to apply all monies paid to a future trip, within 12 months. We must receive written notification (E-mail is accepted) of your cancellation and your desire to apply the funds to a future trip.
We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance as this policy is strongly adhered to. The purchase of travel insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation is highly recommended. M&M Photo Tours, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any trip/tour/group due to insufficient registration at any time. In the even of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given. It is agreed by registering for any M&M Photo Tours, Inc. tour that M&M Photo Tours, Inc. assumes no responsibility for refund or additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip.
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