Georgian Adventure

10th – 20th October 2024
An amazing photography destination with stunning former soviet architecture and gorgeous views throughout. An exclusive 10-day photography tour includes everything from breathtaking architecture and photography opportunities in Tskaltubo to a walk through the former Soviet capital of Tbilisi. Georgia is a gem every step of the way – and in this tour, we delve much deeper under the hood! This trip is a variation of my 2019 tours which involves less travel time, freeing up more time for photography. With the new added benefits of a rest morning and an all-new “edit to print” workshop during the tour.

about the destination

An epic Autumn 2024 tour of Georgia! An exciting destination for photography as it offers beautiful landscapes and stunning soviet architecture with delicious food that caters to all tastes. This trip is a great opportunity for you to improve your photography, explore your creativity and at the same time discover an amazing country.

I work only with experienced & knowledgeable drivers to provide transport to each of our photography locations and this is included and provided alongside all overnight accommodation. I take care of all the bookings, so you can relax and take in our stunning surroundings as well as focus on your photography.

The tour also comes complete with a trip into Tbilisi (a city that I now call home), where we photograph some of the relics from a by-gone era and look around the old town before we complete the trip and in no better way but to eat & drink – as we provide a “wine & food” extravaganza in the nation’s capital.

There has been a late cancellation – and with the deposit having been paid, please click the button opposite to reserve your place at this discounted price.

DURATION

10 Days

PRICE

£1,529

FROM

10/10/24

UNTIL

20/10/24

In stock


Trip

Features

Group Size

Maximum of 6 guests - plus a driver and of course myself and my assistant.

Accomodation

10 nights accommodation included - in apartments or hotels, with no single supplements or additional fees (this includes the night of arrival).

Transportation

I always provide Transport, a driver and fuel throughout your entire time with me in Georgia.

REFRESHMENTS

All evening meals included - at restaurants recommend by locals. I also provide coffee each morning and a water throughout.

POST PROCESSING

A Lightroom & Photoshop / Post processing session & Q&A is included.

Transfers

Airport collection and drop off is included. There is an option for Tbilisi collection available, for a fee.

Transfers

Airport collection and drop off is included. You shall be collected at any arrival time.

Taste Wine

A “food & wine evening” included on our last night in Tbilisi. As we send you off in style in the Nations capital.

A Good Balance

A moderate pace that works for everyone. including a free morning - to take down time.

This is a bumper tour – with an extended amount of time. We will use this time to undertake routes that we have never done prior. As we seek out Autumn image opportunities – following a tour route that I have designed entirely from the ground up. We seek out a mix of interiors and architecture as well as iconic Georgian locations that I have researched or previously visited.

Here are a few of the possible examples – a more comprehensive guide shall be sent in the welcome pack:

The Italian courtyards of Tbilisi

Two derelict houses of culture

A disused cinema in Tbilisi

The interiors of the former sanatorium town of Tskaltubo

A stunning former theatre in central Tbilisi

Abandoned mansions in the mountains

The hidden architecture of Tbilisi

Permission visit to a stunning village hall in Western Georgia.

Both rural & cityscape locations from East to West.

We have a session editing and then preparing one of YOUR images ready for print, we also discuss techniques/and printing methods. Finally – as a gift from your trip I then despatch these out to your home (a gift from your time with us!)

*Note: The itinerary in Georgia is not set in stone and can change based on environmental variables.

TSKALTUBO

The sanatoriums of Tskaltubo, a town in the west is one of the most interesting places to visit in Georgia. The place is distinguished and although it has received a lot of footfall during 2019 – there is a reason why – the architecture is stunning and beautiful.

TBILISI

At the country’s heart is Tbilisi, a capital with an old town of elegantly dilapidated wooden balcony houses, an alternative arts scene, stylish cafes. We spend some time in the cobblestoned old town, and your camera won’t be stuck for subjects to shoot – that I can promise.

LOST CULTURE HOUSES

Dotted throughout Georgia, there are lost and neglected Houses Of Culture. These are a left over relic from the soviet era – a place in every town, village and city where people used to go to watch theatre, play games or just chat over a glass of Saperavi.

LOCATION TO PORTFOLIO TO PRINT

My photography, travel, and adventure tours are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography and meet like-minded people. From beginners looking to understand the basics and improve, through to advanced photographers searching for great locations to rekindle or feed their enthusiasm and inspiration. The key aim of our time together is to have fun and enjoy being outdoors, whilst leaving inspired to take photos for your own photography portfolio.

However, during our adventure, I can help you, should you require this guidance – and talk you through the key elements to producing a great image. Key elements such as post-processing techniques, composition, and subject choice as well as timing and light.

While here we learn to conduct an edition session, talk about printing techniques, tips, and tricks on making a print and getting the best out of your file, and finally, we send one of your files to print, a gift from me to you but it will also serve as a memory from your time with me in Georgia!

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Should you have any other questions please email me on info@jameskerwin.uk

Accommodation

Throughout the trip, I do my best to provide you with amazing accommodation, but what you get might not be 5-star throughout. Particularly during our time in rural areas, some modern luxuries simply won’t be available despite us staying in a nice hotel. However, we can guarantee the essentials you’ll need in order to enjoy your stay: warmth, good food; power plugs for charging batteries; plus a modern, heated bus, and comfortable beds. The wifi will be at least consistent, if not necessarily fast.

Activity Level

Some elements of this trip will require walking and sometimes over rough ground – so be sure to bring proper walking boots or other outdoor footwear. You’ll also need warm outerwear.

  • What Should I Bring With Me?
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  • There could be storms, or it may be raining at points so maybe bring a raincoat.
  • Enough clothes for the entire trip.
  • Solid boots – such as walking boots.
  • Lots of spare batteries (as they will soon run flat) and memory cards.
  • A sturdy tripod – 99% of my work is shot using a tripod (a loan could be arranged if you tell me in advance).
  • Manual for your camera.
  • Laptop for editing during the week (if interested/mentioned in the tour listed).
  • Phone – wifi will be provided at hotels.
  • Power adaptor(s).
  • Check the welcome pack for any additions to this list.

Welcome to…

Once you arrive in the coutry and settle in at our Hotel – we’ll gather for a brief welcome and introduction, this will be mentioned in the WELCOME PACK and on the Whats App group chat (that I will set up prior). The aim here is to get together to chat about travel, cameras, and all the things we’ll see in our time together.

Goodbyes…

We’ll arrange transportation for you back to the relevant airport and from here, head homeward or onto your next destination. If you’d like to extend your time in the destination, I will be happy to offer advice and suggestions of things to do and photograph.

Just make sure to let me know as it might be more convenient to stay in the same start/end hotel or accommodation spot. If this is the case, I will usually offer to book it for you (additional fee due upon check-in). 

All of my destinations are connected – it is key for me when I am choosing tour destinations. In the welcome pack – I will list the start and end destination for your tour. The pack will ALWAYS be sent out 6 months prior to the tour taking place. 

However, since the global pandemic hit us all in Spring 2020 – huge changes have hit the travel industry and multiple airlines/carriers have changed routes/destinations. My best advice is to look on Skyscanner – but also don’t rule out looking on airlines sites directly for flights, such as on Ryanair, Pegasus or Middle Eastern Airlines. Sometimes deals don’t pop up on sites like Skyscanner and things are changing/improving daily – Wizz air for instance had lots of options change in mid-2020 – but have said they are revising routes daily since 2022.

I would also STRONGLY advise booking directly with airlines for the foreseeable future – as should the worst happen, you would stand in a better position to get a refund or to make a claim through your insurance firm. In other words – don’t book with firms that act like agencies (Lastminute.com) etc.

I can highly recommend Turkish Airlines as one example – they have been “photographer friendly” since 2020. But of course this only works if they fly to the tour spot. 

For this trip please check with me if you are ensure which airport to fly into or out of. If unsure, please email me on info@jameskerwin.uk.

Sure you can – just make sure to let me know as it might be more convenient to stay in the same start/end hotel or accommodation spot. If this is the case, I will usually offer to book it for you (additional fee due upon check-in). 

  • Any personal expenses/gifts for friends etc.
  • Alcohol costs – accept where stated in the welcome pack.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Photography Insurance.
  • Some food might not be included – check welcome pack for details.
  • International air tickets – See “how do I fly” section for more information on flights.
  • Visa fees (if applicable) – but I can offer advice or assistance.
  • Photography equipment, although some hire can be arranged through James in advance.

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