Who is this tour suited to?

These photo tours cater for a wide spectrum of people at a range of different levels. Steve's skill in explaining things, patience and tireless energy mean that he is able to pitch talks and individual tuition so that they are relevant for a range of different abilities.

These tours are primarily aimed at people who have at least a basic knowledge of their cameras and are keen to develop their skills further.

The people who get the most from a trip like this are those who are aware of the areas that they want to develop. It might sound obvious, but if you know your own shortcomings then you are better able to tackle them!

If you have a greater knowledge, then Steve will be able to fill in a lot of the theories behind things that you might have already thought that you knew, which will help make decisions more instinctive and more confident. He will also be able to help you to take your photography forward to the next stage and can teach you a number of advanced techniques and theories.

If you are an absolute beginner, then these tours will still teach you a vast amount about photography. A large part of photography is artistic and not technical. Selecting viewpoints and angles, composition and especially approaching people to take their picture are as vital as apertures and shutter speeds. Allied to this Steve will explain all of the technical aspects that you need to know as they relate to you and your camera.

You will get more out of these tours if you have a basic familiarity with your camera. If it is new, and out of the box then you might spend a great deal of time thumbing through the manual, and not learning about photography. I should also point out that whilst I has a lot of experience with different cameras, he doesn't know everything about all of them! If you are not familiar with your camera, then you should definitely bring the manual with you! Between us, we should then be able to sort out most things!

Different trips will offer a differing level of comfort, and also include varying degrees of physical activity. The specifics for a given tour will be included in the trip notes. Impressions of Morocco is based on the Intrepid Comfort style, which (very) loosely equates to three star accommodation; but we will also be staying in a desert camp and an atmospheric guesthouse, where the accommodation will be more basic. There will be some long drives and a fair amount of walking on this trip, although at the time we are travelling the temperatures won't be too high. A good level of fitness will help you to get the most out of this trip. The trek is not a long one, but there will be lots of steep steps and hills, which can be challenging both uphill and downhill.

Finally, it is important to remember that whilst photography does need patience and sometimes you need to wait for a picture; this is a group tour. There will be a lot of time for you to go off on your own, but there will also be times where we have to meet at a certain time, or during a journey need to maintain our pace. If the group dynamic is not really for you and you have the opinion that everyone else can just wait for you if you are taking a picture, wandering off or shopping then these (or any group tours) probably aren't for you!

This tour is organised and led by Steve Davey | The land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, but the tours don't appear on the Intrepid Travel website | The only way to book is through this site!

Highlights of this trip

Ethiopian Easter at Lalibela

• Boat ride on Lake Tana

• Carved churches of Lalibela

• City and hyenas of Harar

Simien Mountains walk

Extensive photographic tuition

This tour is organised and led by Steve Davey | The land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, but the tours don't appear on the Intrepid Travel website | The only way to book is through this site!

Highlights of this trip

Bustling capital of Hanoi

Scenery at Vang Vieng

• Exploring the Mekong Delta

Historic Hoi An

Hilltribe markets at SaPa

• Stunning Halong Bay

Extensive photographic tuition

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Vietnam Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi
Day 3: Ninh Binh
Day 4: Train to SaPa
Day 5: Sapa
Day 6: Bac Ha
Day 7: Train to Hanoi
Day 8: Halong Bay
Day 9: Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An
Day 11: Hoi An
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13: Can Tho
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 15: Tour ends

Included in the trip price

11 nights hotel accommodation

• 1 night overnight cruise

• 2 nights sleeper train

All transport as per itinerary

• 14 breakfasts

• 10 lunches

4 dinners

• Hanoi to Danang flight

• Danang to Ho Chi Minh flight

• SaPa village trek

• Hanoi street food tour

• Tam Coc boat trip

• Hoi An cooking class

• Hoi An town walk

• Mekong Delta sightseeing tour

• Ho Chi Minh city tour

• Entrances as per itinerary

• Pre-trip Facebook group

• Experienced Intrepid leader

Expert photographic tuition

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unforgetPlaces4PCThis tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.

Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.

Bookings are made through the Intrepid Special Groups Dept. in the UK not the Intrepid website or agents. Use this link for more information

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Starts: 27 Nov. 2017
Ends: 11 Dec. 2017

Code: IOV17

Price: From 2225 pp
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Min 8, max 12 people
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AU$3750 • NZ$3910

Optional single supplement: 395

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who is this tour suited to?

Our photo tours cater for a wide spectrum of people at a range of different levels of photography. Steve's skill in explaining things, patience and tireless energy mean that he is able to pitch talks and individual tuition so that they are relevant for a range of different abilities.

These tours are primarily aimed at people who have at least a basic knowledge of their cameras and are keen to develop their skills further.

The people who get the most from a trip like this are those who are aware of the areas that they want to develop. It might sound obvious, but if you know your own shortcomings then you are better able to tackle them!

If you have a greater knowledge, then Steve will be able to fill in a lot of the theories behind things that you might have already thought that you knew, which will help make decisions more instinctive and more confident. He will also be able to help you to take your photography forward to the next stage and can teach you a number of advanced techniques and theories.

If you are an absolute beginner, then these tours will still teach you a vast amount about photography. A large part of photography is artistic and not technical. Selecting viewpoints and angles, composition and especially approaching people to take their picture are as vital as apertures and shutter speeds. Allied to this Steve will explain all of the technical aspects that you need to know as they relate to you and your camera.

You will get more out of these tours if you have a basic familiarity with your camera. If it is new, and out of the box then you might spend a great deal of time thumbing through the manual, and not learning about photography. I should also point out that whilst I has a lot of experience with different cameras, he doesn't know everything about all of them! If you are not familiar with your camera, then you should definitely bring the manual with you! Between us, we should then be able to sort out most things!

Travel in Vietnam
Accommodation in Vietnam is generally of a good quality, although even the best rooms might have a few rough edges. On this trip we are staying in some excellent places, which have been named in the itinerary. Please do bear in mind though that due to operational and other reasons we might need to replace some of these places with those of a similar standard. You will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

On this trip, we will spending two nights on sleeper train to and from SaPa. This will be somewhat basic, but all part of the fun of travelling in Vietnam.

The climate can be hot and humid in much of Vietnam, and there will be quite a lot of walking on this trip. You will get the most out of this adventure if you hav a reasonable level of fitness.

Food in Vietnam can be spicy at times, and they tend to cook with a lot of fish sauce,. We can often organise vegetarian food, but sometimes the choices will be somewhat limited.

Group tours and personalities
It is important to remember that whilst photography does need patience and sometimes you need to wait for a picture; this is a group tour. There will be a lot of time for you to go off on your own, but there will also be times where we have to meet at a certain time, or during a journey need to maintain our pace. If the group dynamic is not really for you and you have the opinion that everyone else can just wait for you if you are taking a picture, wandering off or shopping then these (or any group tours) probably aren't for you!

Similarly, if you are the sort of person who gets offended or irritated by other people easily, and just "have to speak your mind" about it, then maybe any group trip is not for you. These trips work better if everyone is prepared to work together as a team, and help each other. We will all have a better time, and come away with better pictures and better memories.

Tipping
On these trips I believe in trying to get to places in the best possible light, and seeing as much as possible. This can often mean early starts and long days for the drivers and local leaders who are with us. I expect a lot from them; but I also think that tipping them generously for their efforts is the right thing to do.

Vietnam is very much a 'tipping' country, and so we intend to run a tipping kitty for any locals who help us, such as hotel porters who carry bags to rooms. A tipping kitty means that you won't have to worry about this every time you check into a hotel, saving a lot of hassle.

Although officially tipping is optional, if you are the sort of person who doesn't believe in tipping on principle, or if you think that tipping as little as possible, then please do not book on this trip: it makes us all look bad!

Non-photographing partners
Steve is often asked about non-photographing partners coming on our trips, and he always say that they are more than welcome - as long as they are not photographer-phobic! Steve believes that travel photography is a great way to engage with a place and the people who live there. Because we are photographers we will see more sunrises, talk to more locals, try more foods and visit more markets than ordinary trips. This means that non-photographers can engage with us - and some even go away with a new interest in photography. We are also about having a good time too - Steve is mindful that this is a holiday as well as a photography tour - so we aim to have lively meals, a lot of laughs and the odd drink or two. As someone recently stated abut our tours:

"Your love of photography and travel is infectious and I can honestly say I have never laughed or learnt so much on a holiday before!"

If Steve had to have a mission statement for these tours, then this is it!

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