A couple months ago I asked our followers on Instagram if they’d be interested in joining a travel photography trip hosted by myself and Jacob. The response we received was overwhelming! Hundreds of you expressed your interest and we received tons of suggestions for where you’d want to go.
Since then, we’ve been busy putting together the perfect itinerary for a group trip. It was important to us that it included everything we love about traveling: local culture, beautiful landscapes, delicious food, amazing hotels, and photography. I’m so excited to announce that it’s actually happening, in one of our favorite places in the world: the Greek Islands!
The Greek Islands: Kos, Ios & Crete
September 21st – 30th, 2018
Why choose the Greek Islands?
We compiled a list of every single place that you said you wanted to go — from Iceland to Bolivia, Bali to Italy — and finally settled on the Greek Islands. Here’s why:
- The photo opps — the Greek Islands are undeniably beautiful and offer everything from pristine beaches, rugged landscapes, charming towns, and colorful landscapes. Whether you want to photograph landscapes, cities, or people, there’s something for everyone.
- The timing — the islands are beautiful in late summer and temperatures are fairly constant. It’s the perfect time to visit: the water is still at its warmest, the beaches aren’t flooded with tourists, and everything is much more affordable.
- The culture — Greek locals are friendly and generally willing to help out and offer suggestions for spots off the beaten path. The history of Greece is so rich and we’re looking forward to learning more about the islands together.
- The food — get ready for the best the islands have to offer. Fresh fish, greek salads, mediterranean tapas, gyros, and wine by the sea. We love food and we’re making sure to hit all the local favorites on this trip!
- The cost — we priced out a few destinations based on all of your suggestions, and the Greek Islands were by far the most affordable. Not to mention, this trip allows us to visit three different islands for almost half the price of a group trip to Iceland or Italy.
- The opportunities — as travelers we appreciate the chance to educate ourselves on world matters when possible. On the last day of the trip you’ll have the opportunity to meet Syrian refugees living in Kos to experience first-hand the current condition of the refugee crisis.
What can I expect from the trip?
This trip will be a balance of exploration and relaxation, with plenty of time to learn and enjoy the photography aspect. We designed the itinerary to showcase the best sights on the islands we’re visiting, while still leaving you enough time for spontaneous outings (which often lead to the most memorable experiences anyway).
Jacob and I will host a couple small tutorial sessions on the trip to discus photography and how we shoot and edit. These are always optional to attend. Depending on the group’s interest, we can also cover travel blogging and tips on running a successful travel Instagram account. We’ll be with you each day, so don’t worry about whether or not we’ll cover your question since you’ll have plenty of time to ask us!
Can I still go if I don’t care as much about the photography aspect?
Yes! We’re seeing some amazing destinations, tasting lots of local food, and staying in beautiful places. You don’t need to take photos to enjoy them! The trip is designed for you to enjoy it as you’d like.
What does the schedule look like?
Here’s a quick overview of the itinerary. It’s also listed in detail via our booking page here (click on ‘itinerary’ and ‘+’ icons to expand).
Day 1: Depart from your home city for the Greek Islands.
Day 2: Arrive in Ios. We’ll host a welcome dinner at a local tavern.
Day 3: We’ll take a boat in Ios to visit local swimming holes and beaches, and have lunch on the beach. Dinner at La Buca restaurant.
Day 4: Join us on a walking tour to Ios town, Milopota, Tomb of Homer and Magganari. Free afternoon. Dinner at Koubara Seafood Restaurant.
Day 5: Free morning. Afternoon ferry to Crete. Dinner at Vrakas restaurant in Heraklion.
Day 6: Photography safari through the picturesque villages and wild beauty of Crete (Anogia, Zonania, Psiloriti and more). Dinner at En Plo restaurant in Heraklion.
Day 7: Day at leisure at the beach or spa.
Day 8: Morning flight to Kos. Optional cycling day around the island, stopping for lunch at a cozy tavern.
Day 9: Visit to Kos hotspot to meet refugees on the island, educate ourselves on the situation and assist in various ways through interactions. Farewell dinner at local restaurant Nestoras.
Day 10: Departure day back to your home city.
Where are we staying?
We’re so excited about the properties we’re planning to stay at! Here’s a quick overview of our hotel accommodation on each island:
What if I don’t want to attend something?
You are always welcome to opt-out and do your own thing. Heck, you could attend the trip just for the hotels and boat transfers alone! Just keep in mind there are no refunds if you choose not to participate in that day’s activity.
How much does it cost?
The 10-day trip is $3365 and includes accommodation in a double room. If you’d like your own space, the trip cost is $4215. See our booking link for the full breakdown of what’s covered. We’re thrilled to be able to offer such an amazing trip with top accommodation, experiences and more at this rate. Space is limited, so sign up early to secure your spot!
Have additional questions about the trip? Leave a comment below. We can’t wait to meet you in person in one of our favorite places in the world!