Cyclades Workshop – General Information

The workshop includes:

  • 6 nights and breakfasts in luxury hotels located in Santorini and Milos.
  • Photography instruction in a small group setting by Ugo Cei and Massimiliano Cremascoli.
  • Daily excursions to the islands’ points of interest, as per the detailed program below.
  • Evening processing and critique sessions.
  • All local transportation, including boat fares between Santorini and Milos.

The number of participants is limited to twelve people. Please note that all instruction will be given in English.

Price (incl. VAT): €2000 / $2,200.

The price is based on double occupancy and upon availability of a room mate. Single room supplement available for €400 / $450. If you are travelling with a non-photographer and wish to stay at the hotel with that person, the single supplement will apply.

A deposit of €400 / $450 is required to ensure the booking upon registration. Payment can be done via PayPal or bank transfer.

Not included in the workshop price: air transportation, all meals outside of breakfast, drinks, tips, personal expenses.

Early Bird Discount

Advance bookings whose deposit is made before January 31, 2017, 23:59 CET will enjoy a discount of €300 / $300 on the workshop price. The total price for early-bird participants is €1700 / $1,900.

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Detailed Program

Notice: this program is preliminary and subject to change, depending on atmospheric conditions and ferry-boat schedules.

The tour starts on the afternoon of the first day in Fira, on Santorini Island, and ends on the morning of the 7th day in Adamas, on Milos Island. These two locations were chosen because of the availability of several direct flights from and to Athens, even during the off season.

Day 1 – Santorini

Arrival in Santorini, transfer on your own to the hotel. The group will gather after lunch with a meet and greet moment We spend the afternoon strolling on the rim of the caldera enjoying the views of the villages, the sea below and the islets of Nea Kameni and Thirassia. We are not in a hurry, so we will pause for some drinks or snacks.

Sunset will be at around 7PM so we will have opportunities for shooting classic panoramas and there are plenty of very scenic shots that can be framed within a few hundred metres or so from our location. After the sunset session is closed, we reach the taverna to have lunch, chat and share your first impressions of the island. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2 – Santorini

This is an intensive workshop day. After breakfast, we board our private minibus and head to the southern part of Santorini, stopping for photos anytime something presents itself, or whenever your instructors can find some good locations. This happens frequently as we approach the wineries around Pyrgos and the church ofPanayia Episkopi in Pyrgos itself.

Proceeding further south we stop at the ancient site of Akrotiri before reaching the surrealpumice stone cliffs that dominate the lunar coast of Cape Exomytis and the beach at Kokkini Ammos.

From ancient Akrotiri there’s a one hour path to the lighthouse at Cape Akrotiri, with fantastic views out to the caldera. After lunch, our goal is to reach the most spectacular of all Santorini’s villages, Oia. Here we seize the opportunity to photograph one of the most beautiful villages of all the Cyclades, with a really amazing architecture.

Below Oia there’s a nice harbour, Armeni, where all the fishermen’s boats are moored. We wait for sunset at around 7PM, possibly together with some crowd, but you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful sunset the world has to offer.

We will be shuttled back to Fira to have lunch and then have a review and critique session of your shots with your tutors.

Day 3 – santorini

An early morning start will bring us on a two-hour footpath along the edge of the caldera visiting the three villages: Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli to sample the countless dramatic view of Santorini.

After this, we will be shuttled to either Skala Fira or Ammoudhi to take an excursion boat to the three islands of the inner archipelago: Palea Kameni, Nea Kameni and Thirassia. We hope to pass some time in the latter, so that we can take different, but always terrific, views of Santorini from a different point of view.

Depending on the time of departure of the last boat from Thirassia back to Santorini we either experience sunset here or in Fira where we can finally rest in a taverna with a glass of ouzo as starter, after a long but rewarding day.

Day 4 – Milos

In the early morning, we will board the ferry from Santorini to Milos. Departing the port of Skala Fira is an opportunity in itself to take some shots of Santorini from the sea.

Upon our arrival at Milos, we reach our hotel to check in. We can now have some time to yourself, that you can spend to rest or to sample local foods and drinks.

Later, we take our minibus up to the charming hilltop village of Plaka, where we can have one of the best views in the whole Aegean, particularly at sunset and without the crowds that, at least during peak season, spoil Santorini’s one. Hurry up to Kinigos taverna to taste their varied menu with its famed moussaka, or Navagio with their tasty cuttlefish risotto. Overnight at your hotel in Adamas.

Day 5 – Milos

We board our private bus in the morning and head straight to the pleasant fishing syrmata village of Klima, with boathouses hewn into the rock. From here, after a short stroll we reach the well-preserved roman amphitheatre and the early Christian catacombs. After having visited Klima, we head to the north coast to visit the very photogenic syrmata villages of Fyripotamos and Mandhrakia.

Our next destination is one of the most alluring coastal landscape of whole Europe: Sarakiniko, also known as “The White Place”. This is a bewitching landscape of white tuff, sculpted by erosion into bizarre pillars, boulders and arches, all around a wonderful emerald-green inlet whose sandy bottom is perfect for a refreshing dip.

Papafragas, also on the north coast is a narrow fjord-like wonder with deep, dark caves and crystal-clear waters that change color according to the weather and light, undeniably another scenic coastal landscape.

Pollonia, the end of the road on the north coast, is the perfect place, with its tamarisk-shaded beach, to enjoy the lunch in one of its fine tavernas, like Yialos and Armenaki. The afternoon is open for doing some photography in the area of Adama, Trypiti and Plaka or you can hone your birding technique in the salty lagoon at Hivadolimni, where in september it is possible to spot some migrating birdlife. Dinner in Adamas and overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 6 – Milos

A morning departure brings us to the Adamas pier for a three-hour boat excursion to the towering and inaccessible cliffs of Kleftiko, on the southwest tip of Milos.

We then return to Adamas for a quick lunch, after which our bus will take us to the south coast, stopping at Zefyria for a visit to the magnificent 17th-century church.

We then reach the Paleohori beach, which is backed by extraordinarily coloured cliffs and whose waters are warmed by underground volcanism. Further east on the south coast we arrive at the little cove of Tzigradho, with its steep sandy slope leading to one of the most stunning beach of all the Cyclades.

Once the sun start setting, we could stop at some of the mines in the southeastern corner of the island, like the Paliorema sulfur processing plant. With its rusty machinery and eerie landscape, this could easily be a must stop for photos in Milos. Catching the sun’s last rays from the church above Plaka is one of the best ways to say goodbye Milos. Dinner in Adamas or Plaka

Day 7 – Departure

After breakfast, we say goodbye and let everyone free to reach the port or the airport on their way home.

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