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Exploring Cappadocia’s off-the-beaten-track beauty will uncover lesser-known gems often as impressive as the main sights but without the accompanying crowds. On this trip, we dive deeper into a stunning area, picking out a few off-the-beaten-path gems, such as cave churches and monasteries, and mixing them with an array of derelict locations and abandoned spaces. Using these as our photography spots for the seven-day adventure.
A region with delicious food that caters to all tastes, this trip is of course a great opportunity for you to improve your photography as well. Accommodation is provided throughout, including a stay at a very historical town, mostly saved from the brink of destruction just a few years ago – it is a town packed with historical mansions. Turkish breakfast is provided throughout the tour as is a room to yourself – as we keep this as a small group adventure tour.
Reserve your space now for £249, with the final balance due 10 weeks before the trip takes place – the welcome pack is sent out around five months prior, to allow you ample time to book flights and additions.
Access to locationsOur group gets access to a selection of abandoned locations, including many disused Greek or Armenian Churches, and we visit historical sites across the region of Cappadocia (full info in the welcome pack).
Group SizeThe group size will be maximum six (plus myself driving), with everyone staying in just two accommodation locations for the duration of the trip. We primarily base ourselves in Urgup, which provides a base close to Goreme.
AccommodationI provide 6 nights of accommodation on this photo tour from the 28th April - 3rd May 2025 (departure day). There is no single supplements on my tours – you get a bedroom to yourself.
Food & DrinkBreakfast each morning is included in this tour package. Some refreshments are provided throughout, I also provide water throughout. All evening meals are at recommended spots!
Ad-ons AvailableIn this package, I also provide options for ad-ons, these are in the welcome pack and can be reserved prior to after this main tour taking place. Options include help in Istanbul.
Relaxed PaceThere is a 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!
TransportationWe provide the wheels, the fuel, and the driver throughout your stay in Türkiye, who also doubles up as a translator and they will always be on hand throughout the trip.
Post ProcessingI host a Q&A about post-processing techniques over a spot of lunch on this tour. There is also the option to do an editing session with me 1v1 back in Istanbul should you wish.
TransfersIn this package, I also provide internal flight costs from Istanbul to Cappadocia (and return), this is to ensure our group arrives together and can start the tour together.
Without a doubt, the jaw-dropping frescoes of Goreme’s rock churches, the panoramas at Uchisar Castle (above), the Instagram-famous, heart-shaped swings in the “Love Valley” and of course, the obligatory hot-air-balloon ride at sunrise are all worthy of your time. However, on this adventure tour, we dive deeper – and provide those with a thirst for history and culture with something a little unique.
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 locations that I have researched or previously visited and photographed. The tour will be similar to my 2023 & 2024 offerings to the region – but with the added benefit of experience, more location information, and knowledge.
Here are a few of the possible examples of our location choices – but of course, a comprehensive guide shall be sent in the welcome pack upon booking:
A Pink Salt Lake – Salt Permitting
A stunning selection of ruins
Historial houses/mansions – with permission
At least five disused & derelict churches
Cave Monasteries & Churches
We stay in a beautiful and historical town (name to be disclosed later) – which is packed full of beautiful architecture and mansions.
A once Byzantine monastery complex, home to almost 200 monks, boasts a well-preserved labyrinth of tunnels carved out of volcanic rock and even the remains of an ancient winery. Greek alphabet symbols stand out against blackened walls, while intricate religious frescoes also remain. And lots more hidden architecture and gems of the region.
*There is a paid ticket entry to some of our historical sites – paid locally, please allow a budget of around 60 Euros for these entrance fees. These fees are not included in the trip cost and some are optional during the trip.
Additionally, there is the option to delay your return internal flight – if you wish to stick around in the region for some extra time (say to take that obligatory hot-air balloon ride). There is also an extension option that will become available to you in the Welcome pack – this is an exclusive add-on to the Ankara region.
Note: The itinerary in Türkiye is not set in stone and can change depending on several factors, such as weather and available access timings to locations.
The Cappadocia region’s tourism activity is mainly concentrated in Ürgüp and Göreme. However, there are many other wonderful settlements, some of which are packed with historical buildings – we visit one, a place where Orthodox Greeks lived until the population exchange and there were once nearly 700 stone mansions.
A number of historical events have caused some buildings in the region to become derelict, this includes churches! We visit a handful of both Armenian and Greek structures (donating to heritage institutions as usual), to photograph the interiors and to learn a little about their history.
Cave Cities & Landscapes
The subterranean cities in Cappadocia have become famous worldwide, just as much as the unusual fairy chimneys that characterise the landscapes in the region. We focus on some of the lesser visit gems, such as a 13th-century church carved into a volcanic mountain and a Byzantine-era cave monastery.
LEARN TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS
My photography, travel, and adventure tours are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography or just meet like-minded people. From beginners looking to understand the basics, 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 collection. 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 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. 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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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.
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?
- 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.