BUDAPEST & BEYOND

12th – 15th September 2024
The central districts of Budapest trill tourists with a combination of easily accessible historical sites, shopping districts, amazing lodgings, and a wide variety of dining options. These central neighborhoods of Budapest are vibrant and grand. This is where you will find a plethora of beautiful buildings, monuments, and structures that reflect the history of the city. They showcase a wide variety of architectural styles from various eras, all of which add to Budapest’s distinct urban design and cultural story.

about the destination

Embark on a captivating urban adventure through the enchanting streets of Budapest, delving into its hidden gems and historic treasures during this immersive three-night, four-day journey. Bid farewell to the bustling tourist hubs as we venture into the heart of the city’s lesser-known districts, uncovering remarkable architecture.

Budapest has a captivating charm – with its varied architectural styles. We wander through the streets to discover a myriad of courtyards, staircases, and buildings each with captivating designs. Art Nouveau facades embellished with ornate details grace numerous structures, showcasing an era of intricate craftsmanship and artistic expression. The cityscape is a mosaic of hidden gems, each telling a unique story through its architectural language, inviting exploration and admiration.

We base ourselves in the heart of the city, with everything right on the doorstep from our home for the trip, a charming boutique hotel – where we stay for 4 nights. Secure your spot now by clicking the provided booking links, and reserve your space with a deposit of only £299, with the final balance due eight weeks before the adventure begins.

DURATION

4 Days

PRICE

£739

FROM

12/09/24

UNTIL

15/09/24

In stock


Trip

Features

Accommodation

I will provide 4 nights’ accommodation - on the 11th, 12th, 13th and the 14th September, at a boutique hotel in the heart of the city.

Group size

The group size will be between four and six people (plus myself), with variations dependant on couple bookings.

Locations

We take in locations around 2 city's, including old courtyards, staircases and entrances. This will be a route that I have designed.

Walking Tour

On most days we will be walking (or using trams) to navigate the districts of Budapest, we visit lesser-visited districts.

Food & Drink

Breakfast and some refreshments are included each day and will provided you with some fuel to explore the city of Budapest

Support & Guidance

Time with me to talk to myself or other participants about your travels, photography, and of course your gear - all weekend.

Post Processing

We have a sit-down editing Q&A session at a local venue, processing shots from the trip. I provide tricks & tips for editing faster, as well as printing ideas

Transfers

Airport collection and drop-off WILL be provided on this excursion. Provide me with your flight details and arrangements will be made, with details in the welcome pack.

Transportation

Our meeting spot for this tour is in Budapest - however, I provide transport in the form of a decent mini van - for the planned excursion outside of the city perimeter.

These shorter tours are designed for people who cannot attend a week-long adventure but would love to discover some of a city’s hidden architectural gems with me. Maybe a week is too long for you, or maybe you don’t have the budget – well try this four-day option instead.

We will be hunting out great image opportunities, following a tour route that I have designed entirely from the ground up during 2023/4. We seek out a mix of interiors and architecture across Budapest, that I have researched or previously visited. The absolute maximum group size will be five people (plus myself), with everyone staying in one location for the duration. I take care of all the restaurant bookings (should we wish together at night), and the accommodation so you can relax and take in our splendid surroundings as well as focus on your photography.

A comprehensive guide/ welcome pack shall be sent out 10 weeks before the trip takes place. This will contain kit requirements, transfer information as well as breakfast and check-in information. The pack will also contain details about our main photography locations and of course the nearby attractions should you wish to extend your stay in this fantastic city.

SCHEDULE

Wednesday – Everyone arrives, tonight is our meet & greet – hosted in a local venue, which will be provided in both the welcome pack and the pre-trip Whats App group. Transport from the airport is provided.

Thursday – Our first day out photographing in Budapest, we vary up the locations aiming to start around 0830/9 am with a finish time of around 6 pm. We will stop for snacks and a small lunch today – while hitting 4 or 5 locations for photos.

Friday – Similar to our first day. We vary up the locations aiming to start around 0830/9 am with a finish time of around 6 pm. We will stop for a longer lunch break today – as today is the day we hold the editing Q&A.

Saturday – On Saturday we take the short one hour/90 minute drive out towards the small city of Székesfehérvár. We aim to be on the road at around 8 am and back in Budapest by 8 pm. There may well be a surprise or two in-store today as well!

Sunday is a shorter day, we have breakfast together – and chat through the week’s work before. We wrap up with a final adventure out in Budapest with the cameras – before saying our goodbyes. Transport back to the airport is provided.

We stay for 4 nights in the heart of Budapest – and transfers are provided in this photo trip package.

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

ACCOMMODATION

The Aparthotel is located in the centre of Budapest, near the Deák Ferenc tér metro station, the Basilica, the entertainment district of Budapest, the Opera, and the Parliament. The three-star hotel has 63 exquisitely furnished apartments with well-equipped kitchens, air conditioning, dining areas, and a city view. you can find the hotel website here: https://www.florinhotel.hu/ – This hotel can be subject to change (it will be reserved with participant deposits). A complete upgrade is available – please send me an email if this spot does not meet your requirements.

Hidden Budapest

Finding hidden courtyards in Budapest is like finding peaceful havens among the bustling energy of the city. These hidden gems, each with its distinct charm and personality, provide a haven from the busy streets. Centuries-old architecture, these hidden gems instantly take you back in time.

Hidden Staircases

Taking pictures of Budapest’s hidden staircases provides an interesting look into the less-traveled areas of the city. These staircases, hidden from the busy streets, have a certain charm that is sometimes missed. Their weathered steps, enigmatic turns, and ancient architecture narrate a tale of Budapest’s past.

Székesfehérvár

We take a short trip outside the walls of the city and head towards Székesfehérvár. This provides an opportunity to beat the crowds, as we walk around a smaller city filled with beautiful architecture. There might be a couple of castle ruins for our group’s eyes and camera to feast on too – but that’s the group’s secret!

START TO TAKE PORTFOLIO WORTHY PHOTOGRAPHS

My photography, travel, and urban adventure tours are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography and meet like-minded people who love travel. From beginners looking to understand the basics and improve, to advanced photographers searching for great locations to rekindle or feed their enthusiasm and inspiration or perhaps wanting to know how to use a specific lens.

The key aim of our time together is to have fun and enjoy being outdoors, whilst leaving inspired to take photos for your photography portfolio. However, during our adventure, I can help you, should you require this guidance – and talk you through the key elements of producing a great image. Key elements such as post-processing techniques, composition, and subject choice as well as timing and light.

I will also chat with you about the technical aspects of photography, helping you understand your camera and settings whilst keeping it simple. The typical areas that we discuss will be the exposure triangle of f-stop, ISO, and shutter speed, but also, composition and finding unique angles. We also discuss understanding light and how it can impact the mood of an image and the key technical elements if needed.

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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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