Natural Gems of Spain - A Photography Expedition

Group trip hosted by Jidhun MG

About the trip

Embark on a captivating landscape photography expedition through Spain, led by an experienced photographer and experience the unique northern beauty of four very diverse regions of Spain – Catalonia, Navarra, Basque Country and Cantabria – along with the allure of the French Basque Coast. This offbeat route promises a blend of cultures, landscapes, and hidden gems that together create a truly enriching travel adventure.

Start from the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, renowned for its art and architecture. Next, learn about the medieval past of one of the main Kingdoms of the country, Navarra and take that much deserved peaceful break in its lush and diverse countryside.

We now discover the northern region of Basque Country where vibrant cities merge with green natural landscapes and stunning coastlines. Explore its exquisite cuisine, strong character and natural wonders.

Finally, head to the majestic Picos de Europa in Cantabria, immersing yourself in untamed nature, towering peaks, and the rich cultural heritage of these enchanting regions.

The Experiences

Roads less travelled

Embark on an offbeat route to explore the hidden treasures of natural parks, medieval towns, coastal fisherman villages, bustling cities, peaceful countryside, unique landscapes and more…

Take insightful walks

Delve deeper into the cities' history and culture through guided walking tours in Bilbao, and Pamplona. Let our knowledgeable guides weave captivating stories as you explore the hidden gems and iconic landmarks of each city, enriching your travel with insights and anecdotes.

Discover the architectural gems

Explore Gothic, Modernism, and Basque architecture that have shaped the region's identity and cultural heritage. Admire the unique Guggenheim Museum building in Bilbao, not to mention Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, the iconic works of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona.

Soak in the nature

Explore nature in all its glorious forms on various hikes through the magical Picos de Europa National Park, Nacedero del Urederra in Navarra and the enchanting Basque coast. Immerse yourself in rugged beauty, idyllic charm, autumn colours and awe-inspiring wonders.

Feel a part of the Jurassic era!

Visit the UNESCO Geopark in Basque Country to witness Flysch, a unique geological phenomenon formed over millions of years. Step back in time and feel the Jurassic era come alive.

Witness mesmerising landscapes

Experience the stunning landscapes of northern Spain like never before. Visit the turquoise waters and lush greenery of Nacedero del Urederra, followed by the surreal desert scenery of Bardenas Reales. Take in the dramatic coastal views along the Flysch route and the breathtaking ocean views of the Urdaibai Natural Reserve. Each place offers a unique and unforgettable glimpse into the diverse natural beauty of Spain.

Wildlife watching

Encounter the incredible Cantabrian brown bears and Iberian wolves in their native habitats within Picos de Europa. As you witness these majestic creatures up close, keep an eye out for elusive creatures like chamois and eagles that grace the skies and rugged terrain. This is your unique opportunity to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the region's wildlife.

Uncover the secrets of the regional cuisine

Dive into the Catalan cuisine as a local host leads you to some of Barcelona's oldest and most authentic food establishments. Discover the traditional dishes and flavours that have stood the test of time. Uncover the region's centuries-old cheese-making traditions and learn how they have earned a distinguished reputation on the global culinary stage.

Learn on the go to capture moments and create masterpieces

Dive deep into the art and technicalities of capturing stunning landscapes as each site visit transforms into an immersive lesson, offering a comprehensive understanding of visual techniques and insights. Navigate through a diverse spectrum of breathtaking natural views, historical landmarks, and unique geological formations.

Enhance your photography skills at every step of the way

This journey, led by an expert photographer, is a transformative experience, equipping you with a toolkit of creative concepts and techniques. Explore the impact of composition, lighting, and perspective, and discuss the balance between artistic vision and technical execution. Uncover the enduring influence of classical art on modern aesthetics and sharpen your creative instincts.
Inclusions

11 nights of accommodation with breakfast in centrally located hostels and hotels. Beds in 6,8 or 10-people mixed dorms or Double Rooms.

Transportation:

Private minibus from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Hostel

High-Speed Train Barcelona to Pamplona

Bus Pamplona to Bilbao

Private minibus from Bilbao to Potes

Transfers from and to Potes

High-Speed Train Santander to Madrid

Private minibus from Madrid Hostel to Madrid Airport

Experiences:

Barcelona Local Gastronomy Walking Tour

Park Guell and Sagrada Familia Private tour

Pamplona Private Walking Tour

Nacedero del Urederra and Bardenas Reales Private Day Tour

Hondarribia, French Basque Coast and the Flysch Private Day Tour

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve Private Day Tour

2 full day and 1 half day excursions exploring Picos de Europa National Park

Entry tickets to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell

Tourist taxes

An English and Spanish speaking coordinator from Kulgana

Meal planning, recommendations and restaurant reservations (complimentary)

Recommendations and support for activities during free time (complimentary)

24/7 support during the trip

Add-ons

International Flight Tickets and Visa

Travel Insurance

Travel pack with Sim card/e-sim and FOREX card

If anyone wants to extend the trip to Madrid or other parts of Europe, we’d be happy to assist and organise.

Exclusions

Meals and beverages except when mentioned in the inclusions

Transportation and transfers not mentioned in the inclusions

Personal expenditures

Dates: 25th September to 6th October ’24 (11N / 12 Days)
All-inclusive pricing per person – INR 1,75,500/-

Non-refundable deposit of INR 35000/- (It will only be refundable if the trip is cancelled)

The rest to be paid before 20th July. 

Spots open – 14

NOTE: Train prices are subject to change. We have taken a buffer but if it goes higher we will need to communicate that separately.

A note from Jidhun

Hey, I’m Jidhun. I was born and raised in a small, beautiful village in Kerala. I feel lucky to have grown up in such a place. It’s gorgeous, with greenery everywhere. That’s why I started taking pictures. Now, photography is my full-time job. I’ve started travelling to places outside my hometown, and I’ve realised that even though I was born in a beautiful place, there are so many other stunning places to see and experience in the world. So, I’ve been travelling more and more. I’ve been to over 15 countries so far. This is my 15th year in photography, and it has become my passion to take photos and share my knowledge and experiences with others. That’s why I’m doing this — to capture Spain’s beauty with my camera and teach what I have learnt so far while we explore the country together, connecting as a community along the way.

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