Jordan is an incredible country that is at the crucible of history: where the great religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism have met, and often fought for countless generations. Many of the geographical sites found in the bible actually can be found in the country which also plays host to ruins from ancient civilisations including the Romans and the Nabateans. Yet Jordan is about more than history and this trip takes in some of the stunning desert scenery at Wadi Rum, the Red Sea at Aqaba and even includes a dip in the Dead Sea.

Our first trip to Jordan ran successfully in November 2013 and we have made a number of tweaks and are confident that this trip offers unparalleled opportunities to explore this fascinating country, and to come back with incredible pictures.

This trip is organised through the Intrepid Travel in the United Kingdom, which means that you have a range of payment options and if you but your flights through them, you trip can be fully ATOL protected. The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.

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Magical Uzbekistan boasts some of the most evocative places in the travel world. Lying on the fabled Silk Route; it was home to great dynasties that were ruled by often despotic leaders. Centred on powerful cities such as Samarkand, and Bokhara, they spread their influence far afield. As a mark of their power and wealth they built great palaces, forts, mosques and madrassas, pioneering Islamic architecture, which later spread as far as India with the Mogul Empire.

Although this is officially trip, Steve has visited Uzbekistan some years ago on a commission for the BBC. He is keen to return to explore more of this fascinating country, which was for so long hidden under the yoke of the old Soviet Union.

This trip is organised through the Intrepid Travel in the United Kingdom, which means that you have a range of payment options and if you but your flights through them, you trip can be fully ATOL protected. The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.

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Our adventure starts in the capital city of Tashkent. Although you are free to get any flight, we have scheduled everything to fit with the either the Aeroflot flight from London, as this currently offers the best price and timing. We have a couple of days in this bustling city, which has a good mix of historical sites, thriving markets and Communist-era civic architecture.

After a short domestic flight (included) to Urgench, we have time to visit the perfectly restored old city of Khiva. The city is particularly atmospheric at sunset, when the light catches the minarets and domes of the mosques and madrassas.

To get to the city of Bokhara, we have a long, but atmospheric drive through the Kizilkum Desert, which will present a number of photo-opportunities and a chance to make our modern way along the Silk Route.

The cruel Emir of Bokhara ruled the city from the Fortress Ark where he built up a reputation for dispensing summary justice. There are a bewildering number of historical sites in the city, but it is also noted for the quiet water-filled stones pools in the old town, around which friendly locals gather to relax and talk.

Our drive to the evocative city of Samarkand takes us via the 3000 Bronze Age petroglyphs at the Sarmysh Gorge; and the ancient city of Nurata, which was founded by Alexander the Great. We even have the chance to ride camels next to the Aidarkul Lake, in the shadow of the Nuratin Mountains.

Our last stop is the city of Samarkand, one of the most evocative names in the travellers pantheon. This city if most well known for the Registan, a series of stunning mosques and madrassas built around a square. Samarkand used to be the realm of the national hero Tamerlane, who conquered Delhi and whose descendants founded the Mogul Empire.

Finally we catch a modern high speed train back to Tashkent, where we have a final dinner before heading to the airport for an early morning flight home.

 

This trip is scheduled to co-incide with the Aeroflot flight from London to Tashkent, but you can, of course, fly on any carrier and spend more time in Uzbekistan. Please ask for more details.

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The photo tour you are looking for is currently not scheduled. Steve Davey is a professional photographer and writer and so only leads three or four tours a year to balance with his professional and family life. You can see some images from the last time that this tour ran below. At the moment we have three tours available, but are busy working on more itineraries:

Impressions of Morocco 2019
We have probably had more tours to Morocco than any other destination, and it is one of my favourite countries in the World. Not only is is it incredibly photogenic, it is also very close to Europe! We have arranged this tour to be shorter and cheaper than many of our recent offerings, but it will still visit a wealth of exciting places: exotic Marrakech, relaxed coastal Essaouria, the remote Toubkal Mountains, historic Ait Benhaddhou - and we will even spend a night under the stars in the Sahara Desert! To see more click here.

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Our first trip to Japan is also the first trip lead by someone other than Steve: photographer Jamie Marshall. This exciting itinerary takes in many of the highlights of this fascinating country, as well as a few hidden gems. We will visit historic Kyoto, Hiroshima as well as vibrant Yokyo. Photographically we will include many ancient temples, a forest monastery, reflected views of Mount Fuji, the famous floating gate at Itsukushima and the Orange gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. To see more click
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Impressions of Laos 2019

Laos is arguably the most entrancing country in South East Asia. Laid back and relaxed, they don't call the national currency the kip for nothing!This unique visits the highlights of this incredible country, from the haunting Plain of Jars in the North, past the soaring karst scenery of Vang Vieng and the Khmer ruins at Champassak, to the sprawling 4000 islands at Si Phan Don. We also spend time in the capital, Vientiane as well as witness the monks processions at the ancient capital of Luang Prabang. To see more click here.

assignment: Holi 2020

The first of our new series of assignment: tours will see us returning to the vibrant and colourful Indian festival of Holi. Our assignment: tours will emulate the way that a professional photographer would approach a commission. They will be hard work, and in the case of Holi, crowded and messy, but will represent a great way to approach a particular festival or place. As well as covering Holi in incredible depth, we will also look for tigers in Ranthambore and photograph the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset. To see more click here.

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