Light & Land

Albania

30th Mar - 07th Apr, 2018 - 2 PLACES REMAINING

£1899.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP

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This photographically undiscovered country lies between Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo where mountains sweep gracefully down to the Adriatic and Ionian seas. 

Whatever genre of photography you enjoy Albania will shower you with subjects, from beautiful snow capped mountains, to stunning lakes, ancient villages and the character filled faces of farmers. You will get to explore a country that is as yet largely free of photographers and as a result the images that you create here that will inspire a legion of others to follow in your footsteps.

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  • Tour Code ALB03
  • Included
    • Accommodation on a single occupancy basis
    • Breakfasts
    • Transport during the tour
    • Transfers from the recommended flights
    • Ferry boat ticket on Koman Lake
    • English - speaking guide
    • Tuition from Paul Sanders
    • Entrance fees to all castles and monuments as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excluded
    • Meals not mentioned
    • International flights
    • Insurance
  • Duration 7+ Night Tours
  • Exertion Moderate
Albania

This photographically undiscovered country lies between Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo where mountains sweep gracefully down to the Adriatic and Ionian seas. 

Whatever genre of photography you enjoy Albania will shower you with subjects, from beautiful snow capped mountains, to stunning lakes, ancient villages and the character filled faces of farmers. You will get to explore a country that is as yet largely free of photographers and as a result the images that you create here that will inspire a legion of others to follow in your footsteps.

This country of contrast bears the diversity of its struggle throughout history for an identity of its own. The Romans, Ottomans, Nazis and Communists have all left their marks on this jewel of South Eastern Europe.

Albania was once declared an atheist state; the practice of any religion was outlawed which makes it incredible that churches and mosques dating back thousands of years have survived. It is now mostly Muslim and the call to prayer echoes across the cities and villages. Muslims, Christians and Jews all live harmoniously together.

Enver Hoxha, led the country as a dictator from 1944-1985, his paranoia about a global attack on Albania led to the creation of some 700,000 bunkers, the remains of these can been seen littered around the countryside and in cities. There are secret submarine bases, army checkpoints that can now be seen and now lie abandoned - some used for drying herbs and covered in graffiti.

From the lakes of Butrint and The Blue Eye to the cobbled streets of Gjirokasta, through the deep river gorge of Lengarica and scaling the heights of the ancient villages of Qeparo and Benje. Albania will give you plenty of opportunity to shoot a wide variety of subjects.

We will travel around the country mainly by minibus, with our guide, translator and driver visiting villages that time appears to have forgotten. We will take tea with farmers and travel across a lake on a ferry that has been converted from a bus into a boat. 

The variety of faces is a street photographers dream. The contrast between the modern city worker in his 4 x4 and the traditional villager taking their wares to market by horse and cart gives the most exciting visual feast. 

Speaking of feasts, you won’t go hungry during our tour either, the portions are big and the quality of food is stunning, sweet lamb, goat and tender beef followed by desserts and local wines give an understanding to Albania’s culinary influences from the years of occupation by different cultures.

Paul Sanders will lead this tour; he will guide you towards your own visual story of vivid and vibrant Albania. His experience as Picture Editor of The Times will help give you a narrative to your pictures, he will push you to explore the locations and get the maximum out of this exciting trip. Paul led his first two tours to this amazing location this year, both of which were sold out. 

Paul will also be joined by Graeme Green. Graeme is a professional photographer, journalist and travel writer, whose colourful and vivid work has appeared in international publications, including The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, Wanderlust, National Geographic, BBC Travel and more.

Hotel Victoria, Tirana

30th March, staying at Hotel Victoria on single occupancy.

Hotel Alpin, Llogara

31st March, staying at Hotel Alpin on single occupancy.

Hotel Kalemi, Gjirokaster

1st April, staying at Hotel Kalemi on single occupancy.

Hotel Alvero, Permet

2nd April, staying at Hotel Permet on single occupancy. 

Hotel Enkelana, Pogradec

3rd April, staying at Hotel Enkelana on single occupancy.

Hotel Victoria, Tirana

4th April, staying at Hotel Victoria on single occupancy.

Guesthouse, Valbone

5th April, staying at a guesthouse in Valbone.

Hotel Panorama, Kruje

6th April, staying at Hotel Panorama on single occupancy.

Paul Sanders was a superb leader, I really cannot praise him highly enough. He had time for everyone, and was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Ed, the guide, was a great ‘fixer’. He seemed to know everyone in Albania -and they all liked him!). His knowledge of place and history, together with his command of English, when combined with his humorous stories, made for an informative and fun time. Fati, the driver, was an excellent driver. He never got lost and was most considerate in the manner of his driving. I’ve been driven around Southern Europe by many people; without doubt, Fati was the best! The other photographers were a great bunch and we were indeed fortunate that we all got on very well. The hotels were perfectly satisfactory. I know some were disappointed by the first, but not me. Paul’s choice of stops was inspired. Many locations were out of the way and certainly not obvious. There were enough venues for everyone, street as well as landscape. The scenery in Albania was a real eye-opener, as was the friendliness of the people, and the low costs. Although the choice of menu was occasionally limited, the food was very tasty and plentiful. Richard - February, 2017

Peter was very committed to getting the most out of the tour and the locations. He worked very hard throughout long days to ensure the trip was a success. February, 2016

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