SECRETS OF CYPRUS

24th – 30th November 2024
More than just party spots, stunning beaches, and hot weather, Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that is packed full of historic monuments, monasteries, church ruins, and old towns. With history around every corner – this is a new destination that I am rolling out on a more consistent basis from 2025. Similar to all of my previous photo trips (conducted since 2019), this excursion promises a week immersed in the intriguing past of this island.

about the destination

Forgotten churches scattered through the island, the eerie allure of abandoned ghost towns frozen in time, quaint old towns and vistas that unveil themselves at every turn – all of which are beckoning to be explored and photographed. While the pristine beaches with shimmering coastlines might entice many, this tour is tailored for those seeking a deeper connection with history and a passion for seeking out unique images with their camera – as we photograph off the beaten path.

We will be hunting out great image opportunities, following a tour route that I have designed entirely from the ground up, after two scouting trips in 2024. We seek out a mix of interiors and architecture as well as iconic Cypriot locations that I have researched and previously visited. We shall begin our time together in the South, starting in Paphos – however, during the 7 days, we will pass into the North, which is where the variety will come into the trip. The trip ends back in Paphos on the evening of the 30th of November 2024.

This photography adventure is for a maximum of four guests and you can reserve your place for £299, with the final payment due 12 weeks before the trip takes place.

DURATION

7 Days

PRICE

£1,299

FROM

24/11/24

UNTIL

30/11/24

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Trip

Features

Accommodation

8 nights of accommodation are included from the evening of the 23rd November (evening prior), until the 30th November 2024. No single supplements – you get a bedroom to yourself.

Route

The trip starts and ends in Paphos - following a tour route that I have designed entirely from the ground up. We shall however visit both the North and the South of the island during the week.

Transportation

I provide the wheels in the form of a large mini van. There will always be sufficient space, for both luggage and comfort. (More information will be in the welcome pack).

Breakfast Daily

Breakfasts included daily, including coffee, tea, bread, med style breakfast and fruit, bagels – served at the accommodation (if available) or a cafe very close by.

Group Size

The group size will be five only (four plus myself driving). This smaller group is done by design as it allows us to be more flexible with our vehicle choice and route.

Airport Transfers

Airport collection and drop off is included in this trip. You shall be collected at anytime the day prior by myself or a dedicated driver who will bring you to our hotel.

Photography Focus

There is a heritage architecture photography focus to my trips – but there is no threshold with ability, I have had a mix of people on my trips from seasoned pros to iPhone snappers!

Support & Guidance

7 days’ of photography guidance with myself James Kerwin – Plenty of dedicated time to assist you with composition and techniques. There will also be an Editing Q&A!

Unique Images

Designed to be unique - Our group gets access to a selection of heritage locations, including many disused Greek Churches, and we visit historical sites across the island of Cyprus too.

We will be hunting out great 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 Cypriot locations that I have researched and previously visited. We will visit both the North and the South of the island.

This journey is undoubtedly an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiasts to refine their craft. Accommodations throughout the trip are meticulously arranged and accompanied by sumptuous breakfasts served daily. I wanted to build an itinerary that would highlight the best of Cyprus in the time that we have available. I will show you the two extremes, on both sides of this beautiful island.

We mix interior and architecture photography locations with historic exteriors and locations on this comprehensive adventure. The key objective of this tour is to make donations to locals, including Heritage Initiatives, building owners, caretakers, and suppliers from around the island.

Here are a few of the possible examples (a more comprehensive guide will be sent in the welcome pack):

Paphos Old Town

Tombs of the Kings

Edro III Shipwreck

The Old Church of Saint Nicholas – Sunken in a lake

Lefkara & Larnaca Old Towns & Mansion ruins

A small abandoned theme park

The abandoned Greek churches of Northern Cyprus

Bellapais Abbey

Beautiful monastery ruins in the North

Sunset at Buffavento Castle

Stunning externals in Famagusta

Free time – as we cycle around Varosha Ghost Town

*Note: The itinerary in Cyprus is not set in stone and can change based on environmental variables. This is to maximise the guest experience. We shall also allow ample time to cross the border by vehicle during the week.

Layers of Nicosia

Nicosia boasts a rich history that’s reflected in its architecture. From ancient ruins to medieval fortifications and Ottoman-era structures, the city showcases many different historical periods. Capturing these layers of history in your photographs can provide a profound sense of the city’s past. One of the most iconic features is its 16th century, Venetian Walls.

Street Scenes: Beyond individual buildings, narrow alleys, colorful facades, traditional wooden shutters, and ornate doorways all contribute to the city’s unique charm. British colonial architecture adds another dimension to the city’s visual narrative.

Varosha Ghost Town

Cycling around Varosha Ghost Town in Cyprus feels like pedaling through a scene from a post-apocalyptic film set. Once a bustling resort area, Varosha now lies abandoned, frozen in time since the Turkish invasion of 1974. Riding through its deserted streets, you’ll encounter rows of derelict buildings, their facades weathered and worn, and streets reclaimed by nature.

During some downtime: you can either cycle or walk through the town – and the only sounds will be the distant sound of waves crashing against the nearby shore. It’s a surreal experience, offering a glimpse into a past suspended in time.

Old Town Paphos

Paphos’s old town offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rich history and archaeological heritage. The old town of Paphos is a maze of narrow streets lined with weathered stone buildings, showcasing centuries of Mediterranean life. Amidst the hustle and bustle of local activity, you’ll find traditional tavernas serving up authentic Cypriot dishes.

The Tombs of the King: A large necropolis. Lying about two kilometers north of Paphos harbor in Cyprus, in 1980, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Paphos and Kouklia. This is just one destination for some low-light photography.

START TO TAKE PORTFOLIO WORTHY PHOTOGRAPHS

My urban-orientated photography tours and workshops are aimed at any level of photographer who is also looking to improve their photography and meet like-minded people who love travel. 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 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 the 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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