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Western Crete, Chania

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  • Holiday Style Holiday Type
    Photography workshops
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy
  • Group Size Medium Group
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Western Crete, Chania

Dates to be confirmed    (8 day workshop)

Chania is not just a city – it is a painting!

This tour is ideal if you want to mix up urban exploration and sightseeing with lounging by the sea. The Lefka Ori (mountain) provides a dramatic backdrop to the city’s stunning Venetian architecture and bustling market. There is much to explore and photograph  in the old town with the Venetian harbour, iconic lighthouse (one of the oldest in Europe), and the cobbled alleyways, courtyards, cafés and tavernas. The Ottoman influences are captured in the Mosque by the port and the two minarets which will add spice to your pictures.

Cretan food is one of Greece’s most distinctive regional cuisines. Excellent local produce and healthy ingredients lift its fame to the first ranks among the healthiest diets in the world.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Daily photo workshops
  • All transportation including; taxis and coaches
  • Tour guide for entire tour.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Camera and all other camera related gear.
  1. Day 1 Sunset Photography

    Arrive in Chania around 1 pm, check into our hotel and relax while getting to know the group.

    Dinner will be down in the Old Port followed by sunset photography at the lighthouse.

  2. Day 2 Portraiture Class

    A walk up to the old tannery and abandoned leather production district of town for a spot of urban decay photography and exploration. There are supposed to be ghosts there too, so make sure you get your cameras set in ’undead’ mode.

    Lunch at Oxo Nou, a dance and creative art space and café, overlooking the beach and the tanneries.

    After lunch we will do the classroom session of the location portraiture class to be ready for golden hour in the old buildings.

    Dinner will be in one of the fantastic tavernas after which we head back to the hotel.

  3. Day 3 Sunrise Photography

    Sunrise photography at the lighthouse in the old port, coffees down at the harbour, then back to the hotel for breakfast and a time to recover from the early start.

    Lunch will be taken at the old covered market and include some street photography around the market as well as a chance to buy some of the delicious local produce.

    Then a relaxing stroll down on the coast at Nea Chora to soak up the beach vibe, late afternoon sun and fishing boats.

    Dinner will be in one of the tavernas combined with a photo critique session.

  4. Day 4 Mountain Villages

    A drive up into the mountain villages to photograph traditional village life.

    Lunch will be in a traditional mountain style restaurant.

    The afternoon will be spent taking in the stunning mountain scenery which will culminate in sunset photography.

  5. Day 5 Drive to Elafonisi

    Drive to Elafonisi, lots to photograph and explore from beaches to monasteries, this beautiful and rugged area is an absolute bounty for photography.

  6. Day 6 Street Market

    Today we will head to Chania’s street market then up to Malaxiana to meet Katerina and Dminitris and their amazing space for our post -production workshop and to unwind with good people and good food.

  7. Day 7 Trip to Akrotiri

    Trip to Akrotiri to see the monastic wine production and religious architecture.

    Sunset at at the top of Halepa will finish off our last day with our last night spent in Chania.

  8. Day 8 Time to Fly

    Say your goodbyes before getting flights home.

Palazzo Duca

This property is 9 minutes walk from the beach. Near the Venetian harbour in the old city of Chania, Palazzo Duca features elegant studios and apartments with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi throughout. Taverns, café-bars and the central market are within a short stroll.

Fitted with Cocomat mattresses, the accommodation offers a kitchenette, fridge, LCD satellite TV and safe. Free toiletries are also included, while some have a spa bath or seating area. Most units open out to a balcony with views of the old city.

Nea Chora beach is just 900 yards from Palazzo Duca. Other popular beaches, such as Chrissi Akti and Agii Apostoli, are located less than 1.9 miles away. Chania International Airport is at a distance of 7.5 miles.

This is our guests’ favourite part of Chania Town, according to independent reviews.

Palazzo DucaHome comforts

Crete accommodation

There will be a fair amount of easy hiking and you will need to be able to get up hills, flights of stairs, and be OK with a certain level of heat. If you are carrying a camera bag full of equipment you will need to be OK with having this on your back for several hours at a time.

A camera is the obvious one, but also a tripod is a must. Having spare batteries and memory cards is also strongly advised.

No, you have to make your own way to the destination, but wherever possible we will meet you at the airport in Greece.

Yes. We always ensure you will be staying at the best accommodation possible in the area. This means it will be clean and well presented, although in the more remote locations may not be as fancy as in the cities.

All levels are welcome, from the novice to the seasoned professional.

Overall Rating
Agnes Martin
Reviewed On 26/01/2017

The two photography trips I have taken with Chryssie, to Lemnos and Crete, were both wonderful. Chryssie guided us to beauty spots beyond the tourist trail and has an impressive network of local contacts (guides, tavernas, hostels) ensuring an all-round authentic experience. Professional photographer Matt Widgery is generous with his time and knowledge and has helped me improve my photography beyond my expectations. The photos I took on each trip are treasured mementos of fun-filled holidays.