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Roadtrip Europe: Destination Venice

Venice is a city steeped in history, culture and romance – with endless photographic opportunities. It is like no other destination: unique and atmospheric. The iconic Basilica in St Mark’s Square, the Opera House, the maze of narrow winding walkways, gondolas gliding along the network of canals and the lovely arched stone bridges which allow you to traverse the floating city. Diversity enough in just this one location but our Photo Roadtrips always offer more. This is no exception.

In this 8-day tour, we shoot in France, Switzerland and Italy. From the sleepy streets of a Paris dawn, we witness the city come to life and, with an unbroken view of the Eiffel Tower for a backdrop, we shoot fashion with our first model on the expansive, marbled Trocadero. In Switzerland, a picturesque pit-stop. Here, a choice of tempting cake and pastries wait to be enjoyed in a coffee house overlooking the shimmering beauty of Lake Lucerne. Irresistible. And another opportunity to get your camera out.

When we reach Italy, land of contrast and culture, there is much to photograph and now we have two models, both fully-styled. The well-preserved Cittadella, a medieval walled city with arcaded shopping streets, an attractive central square and a relaxed café lifestyle, is the ideal place to explore and there’s plenty of time to shoot with our models here. And so it goes on.

But we never just take you somewhere; you have your photography trainer who will provide the level of instruction and encouragement you need to make the most of each location. It’s tuition geared to the individual and previous Roadtrippers tell us that this sets us apart from most other photography holidays. Throughout the trip there is also plenty of time for you to wander off on your own and shoot independently. It’s a perfect balance. The idea is that you have a great time, learn plenty and bring back some beautiful images to remind you of the trip.

You will be one of just six photographers on a luxury minibus. Before the trip, we will arrange your personal pick-up point in the UK or Switzerland to begin the journey. All accommodation on the holiday is single occupancy in a minimum of 3-star hotels.

Travelling with you is the support team: Trainer/Photographer Andrew Appleton; two experienced photographic models; a driver/assistant; a qualified make-up artist and wardrobe stylist.

The Route

Sat 26th May 2018 – An evening departure from Folkestone for Calais via Eurotunnel and an overnight drive to Paris. We arrive just before dawn on Sunday morning for our first shoot and breakfast!

Sun 27th May – Following our stop in Paris, we head on to Colmar for Sunday evening where we will explore the lovely town and stop overnight. We’ll stop for a bite of lunch on our way through the French countryside. In the evening, you are free to explore the town before we meet up for dinner, a great opportunity to rest after our journey and to get to know your fellow photographers.

Mon 28th May – After breakfast we begin the day with an Urban Portraits shoot in Colmar with our experienced model. An ideal way to get those creative juices flowing. We are then back on the road as we head to Beckenreid in Switzerland for a lunch stop and a chance to shoot some landscapes over Lake Lucerne. We continue our journey via Milan airport, to pick anyone who wishes to take one of our Fly & Shoot packages, and then it’s down to Padova in Italy where we set up basecamp at the charming Hotel Colonna, run by our host, Dario, and his family. It’s here that our second model joins us.

Tue 29th May – We hit the local town of Padova for some street fashion shooting. Padova has a fantastic square in the centre of the town with a beautiful waterfall and a charmingly landscaped park. A leisurely walk into the colourful streets for a contrasting look. After lunch, we make the short hop over to Venice for an afternoon of shooting around the iconic canal settings with our models, and a photography trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without some shots in St Mark’s Square. We’ll stay around that location for sunset to take the classic seascape shot of the gondolas parked up for the evening.

Weds 30th May – Any early risers in the group? We’ll be heading out nice and early to get you back to Venice for the first light. Capture some amazing streetscapes as Venice wakes up. Don’t worry if early mornings aren’t your thing. We will be heading back into Venice with our models and stylist for a morning of styled shooting in the wonderful streets until mid-afternoon. But we’re not done yet! It’s back on our luxury minibus to head for the walled city of Cittadella to catch the late afternoon and evening light. We’ll be stopping at a lovely little restaurant for dinner and, if you’ve all still got the energy left, we’ll squeeze in a quick Night Shoot!

Thurs 31st May – We say farewell to Padova and head towards a personal favourite of ours, Lake Como, stopping off in the ancient town of Monza. By now, those photography skills will be overflowing and it’s time to introduce you to one of our Roadtrip traditions - the 15 minute photo challenge! Just 1 camera, 1 lens and 15 minutes to capture the essence of Monza. This is a great way to stretch the imagination, and it’s a bit of light-hearted fun too. Challenges completed, we continue to Lake Como arriving in time for some shots at the golden hour in this stunning location.

Friday 1st June – Sunrise at Lake Como is a magical event. Early risers are sure to be rewarded with some colourful images across the lake. After breakfast, we make our way up to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland arriving just after midday. There’s a quick stop at Zurich airport to say goodbye to those who have chosen the Fly & Shoot package before continuing to Dijon for an overnight stop and a Night Shooter in the town.

Saturday 2nd June – We head back towards Calais, stopping at the historic Reims race track on the way for the final shoot of the trip. Both previous trips to the race track, which is now a public road, have rewarded us with a bit of a treat: some modern-day sports cars retracing the tyre tracks of those driving greats of yesteryear. And we’ll still have a model with us as well! A short crossing with Eurotunnel and we’re back in Blighty to drop you off.

The Models

Nadia Accha

Nadia Accha will be modelling on our May 2018 Roadtrip to Venice

Scarlett Fox

Scarlett Fox will be modelling on our 2018 Roadtrip to Venice

The Accommodation

All accommodation on the holiday is single occupancy in a minimum of 3-star hotels, meaning that after a day behind the lens you can relax and get a good nights sleep. Your going to need it, as tomorrow we're right back on it! To view the accommodation we have booked for this trip just click the pictures below.

Sunday - The Ibis, Colmar

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Hotel Colonna, Padova

Thursday - Hotel Lumin, Lake Como

Friday - Hotel Ibis, Dijon

For more information on this or any other Roadtrips, email steve@andrewappleton.com.

Payment Options

If you book before December 1st 2017 you will save £300 on the full price of £2495. You can also pay a booking fee of £500 to reserve your place and the balance by 5 equal monthly instalments of £359 saving £200 on the standard price.

After January 1st 2018 the price will be £2495.

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  • 7 Night trip
    May 26, 2018 - June 2, 2018
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - 8 nights single occupancy accommodation in a minimum of three star hotels. Includes collect and return from your choice of location near the M25 UK.
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