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10 tours for capturing great travel photo book content

One of the best parts about coming home from an unforgettable trip abroad is sorting through all your photos and deciding which ones to share in a beautifully printed travel photo book. We’ve lined up some of our favourite Explore tours for capturing beautiful photographs for a travel photo book.
Author: Bob Books
Date Published: 8 May 2024

One of the best parts about coming home from an unforgettable trip abroad is sorting through all your photos and deciding which ones to share in a beautifully printed travel photo book

When you’re planning a photography holiday, it helps to know what sort of photographs you want to capture. Are you a keen nature or wildlife photographer? Or maybe you prefer candid street photographs or documentary-style portraits? Once you have an idea of what you want to photograph, you’ll be able to plan your holiday accordingly. 

The adventure holiday experts at Explore craft authentic travel experiences for small groups that are perfect for getting to the heart of destinations and capturing memorable travel photos.

Need some inspiration? Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or on your own, we’ve lined up some of our favourite Explore tours for capturing beautiful photographs for a travel photo book. 

Food and Drink

Food and drink tours provide many wonderful opportunities for photography, from capturing the vibrant colours and presentations of beautifully crafted drinks and dishes to documenting the culture that surrounds the food, including food markets, street vendors and traditional cooking methods. Food and drink also bring people together, which means an opportunity to photograph social interactions between vendors, shoppers, chefs and diners. 

1. A Taste of Sicily

Get to know the dazzling island of Sicily with this unique food tour that will take you from the vibrant streets of Palermo to the historical city of Syracuse. You’ll have the chance to try indigenous wines and sample local delicacies like arancini and sfincione, while photographing picturesque landscapes, food markets, vineyards, olive groves and ancient ruins along the way. 

2. A Taste of Southern France

This gastronomic journey through Southern France will allow you to experience its distinctive flavours firsthand at local markets, bistros and wineries, as well as photograph the history and culture of this iconic region. From Bourdeaux’s famous vineyards, charming villages and rolling hills to Lot region’s fascinating cave system and underground rivers, photography lovers will be spoiled for choice. 

Wildlife Holidays

Wildlife holidays provide opportunities for photographers to photograph a wide array of subjects in their natural habitats while also learning about the animals, their behaviours and their habitats. The small group tours at Explore are all led by expert tour leaders and guides with plenty of knowledge to share about the area as well as the wildlife you’re looking to spot.

3. Costa Rica Wildlife Tour

Costa Rica is known for its wealth of nature, and actually contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. On this trip to Costa Rica, keen nature and wildlife photographers will have the opportunity to photograph everything from tropical rainforests teaming with birdlife and animals like monkeys and sloths, to active volcanoes and picture perfect beaches.

4. Family: Botswana and Zimbabwe Safari

If you’re looking for a photography holiday that the whole family can enjoy together, this Botswana and Zimbabwe tour could be the perfect fit. You’ll get to explore some of Africa’s unique wilderness, including the majestic Victoria Falls and Okavango Delta, while spotting and photographing fascinating species of animals like elephants, lions and rhinos along the way.

Activity Holidays

Looking to do something adventurous while also connecting with the natural world and photographing diverse nature and landscapes? An activity holiday could be an excellent choice, as the constantly changing landscapes make for the perfect backdrop for photography, and activities like hiking or biking also provide plenty of opportunities for capturing action shots in a variety of lighting conditions.

5. Amalfi Coast Walking

The Amalfi Coast is a photographer’s dream, whether you love photographing landscapes or snapping candid shots of beach goers and daily life in charming seaside towns. This walking tour of the Amalfi Coast will take you and your camera everywhere from the rugged coastal cliffside of Amalfi and Ravello to the iconic island of Capri and the fascinating UNESCO-listed city of Pompeii.

6. Cycle Saigon to Hanoi

This cycle tour of Vietnam is the ultimate adventure holiday, and will give you a chance to get off the beaten track and photograph some of the lesser known parts of this beautiful country. From the lush green Central Highlands to Nha Trang’s stunning beaches and turquoise waters, as well as traditional houses, temples and marketplaces all along the way, photography lovers will have plenty to document.

Discovery Holidays

Discovery holidays are a wonderful opportunity to photograph a country’s culture, history and landmarks from a unique perspective. Explore’s Discovery Holidays are designed to fully immerse you in the culture of your destination with distinctive experiences like festivals, meals with locals and home stays, making them perfect for practising your street, travel and documentary photography.

7. Simply Peru

This two-week discovery tour of Peru will take you from the capital city of Lima through to the iconic ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the impressive Colca Canyon, with plenty of opportunities to capture unique photographs. Practise your street photography on the streets of Lima and Cusco, snap the adorable herds of llamas and alpacas enroute, and capture wonders like the Inca ruins, floating reed islands and spectacular mountain views all along the way.

8. India’s Golden Triangle

Discover the culture and beauty of Northern India with a weeklong tour of India’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ which connects the capital of Delhi with the Taj Mahal in Agra and the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Photography lovers will appreciate an early morning start to photograph the gleaming Taj Mahal at sunrise, as well as visits to famous bazaars, rural villages and even a star-gazing observatory.

Family Adventures

Tackling adventures and exploring new places as a family is a wonderful way to create unforgettable memories together. Explore’s small-group Family Adventures are carefully crafted to combine must-see sights with memorable activities and excursions, and best of all, they’re all designed around school holiday dates.

9. Family Albania Adventure

If you’re looking for an active family holiday with plenty of opportunities for capturing unique photos and memories, this Albania adventure tour is a great option. With activities like rafting, wild swimming and canyon hiking, as well as spectacular coastlines and quirky towns to explore, you’re sure to return home with some of your most memorable photos yet.

10. Family Turkey Coastal Active Adventure

This active family getaway to Turkey’s beautiful Antalya Province is packed with picture-perfect views and family-friendly activities like swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking and sightseeing. In addition to picturesque islands and ancient cities, you’ll have potential opportunities to spot and photograph wildlife like colourful kingfishers, egrets and herons, as well as giant loggerhead turtles.


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