Cinque Terre Photography Tour (5-Day) Italy 2024

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$3,400.00 AUD
Regular price
$3,400.00 AUD
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$3,400.00 AUD
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SFR 1990,00 | Euro € 2017.00* | US$ 2140.00* Per person twin-sharing

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Group Size
Min 4, Max 6
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Daily breakfast & welcome dinner included
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4-day train pass
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CINQUE TERRE - ITALY. Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, comprises the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso located in the Italian region of Liguria.

Let yourself be charmed, get inspired and creative, prepare yourself to fall in love, as we explore Cinque Terre most iconic sights, as well as our favourite hidden gems from first light to sunset.

Escape the busy touristic circuits, experience a private and personalised itinerary specially designed for photographer - join us on our next Cinque Terre Photo Travel Tour in spring and autumn 2024. Fully guided by two seasoned travel professional experts and professional photographer. 

Good food and good wine are essential to a successful travel photo tour. Northern Italian food is delicious, so this will also be one of the highlights on this Cinque Terre photo tour.



Cinque Terre is not only a photographer’s delight, Cinque Terre is also famous for its fresh seafood. The towns are, after all, fishing villages! Sample pesto with your pasta, or try some fresh focaccia bread. Anchovies, frisceu, muscoli are another staple, and you'll find the way they're prepared in Cinque Terre most delightful.

We will also explore the old town of Monterosso along the seashore, the largest village of the five villages, hike to the top of Corniglia, shoot a sunset across the water in Riomaggiore and time allowing we’ll also enjoy a fun boat ride to the charming town of Portovenere and visit the historic Portofino by train at the other end of the Parco National delle Cinque Terre..

We will personally help you capture the best possible images during our Cinque Terre photography workshop and show you the best techniques to shoot any type of subject in different light conditions: sunrise, sunset, full midday sun, twilight and night.

Tour Highlight and Inclusions

This Exclusive small-group photographic adventure has been carefully put together, allowing you to experience a diversity of breathtaking urban landscapes and iconic scenery under different light. We guarantee a wealth of photography opportunities, including small group tuition, practical notes and one-to-one support tailored to your individual needs while on-location learning the importance of image composition, available light and night photography techniques.

We like to think of ourselves as explorers rather than tourists and our approach to this photo tour reflects our slow travel philosophy. By spending the 4 nights in the same location, a small and confortable family run hotel, we will be able to come and go freely as we please, and make the most of our time in Cinque Terre.

  • Experience a unique itinerary specially designed for photographers
  • 4 night twin-share room in specially selected accommodation
  • Refer to 'Date & Cost' for single room supplement
  • Breakfast (4x) during the duration of the photography tour
  • Welcome dinner on our first evening in Varnazza
  • Landscape, architecture, sunset & blue hour photography tips
  • An array of iconic landmarks with plenty of photography time
  • Breathtaking sunset & blue hour shoot/ workshop overlooking Varnazza
  • Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso and other little hidden gem along the Italian region of Liguria.

  • Short accessible walks to explore the best photo locations in Venice
  • At least 1 sunrise & 1 twilight photography session
  • Camera settings & technique to take the perfect shot every time
  • As it is our own personalised photo tour, we can stop when and where we want or revisit locations to find the right light!
  • Personalised photography advise from Martial - Professional landscape photographer
  • Fully escorted tour in English, French 
  • Photography group of 4 – 7 participants maximum
  • Complimentary Lightroom / Photoshop editing session, advice and trouble shooting


May/June & Sept/Oct 2024

October 27 to 31 | 2024 (4 nights) 

Cost: AU$ 3,400* | single supplement AU$ 475.00*

SFR 1990.00  |  Euro € 2,017.00*  |   US$ 2,140.00*

A 5% discount apply to those coming from our Dolomites, Venice or Tuscany tour.

Note: all our European tour prices have been calculated in Swiss franc, exchange rates between currency may vary from day to day.

Single supplement SFR 298.00, Euro € 300.00*, US$ 318.00*

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or more international tours* or two+ participants on the same tour (*conditions apply, not valid with any other offers, applicable only when booking your seat (s) directly with Blue Tongue Tours).  Spouse & non-photographer welcome.

This Cinque Terre photo tour is offered as a stand-alone or post – Tuscany tour extension May/Oct. 2024 or Swiss Alpine Landscape tour or Paris (France) May/ August 2024. It is a perfect tour to include a non-photographer  companion. Observers/ non-photographers companions can either tag along while you are out taking photographs, or do their own exploring of Tuscany’s surroundings and we’ll all meet up in the evenings to share a few stories of the day’s events.

A $1500 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot.   Click here to make your deposit »


What is included?

  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Daily Breakfasts and welcome dinner (1x) 
  • Transport during the duration of the tour
  • Entrance fees to galleries and places we visit together during the tour
  • Martial's expertise in guiding and photographic instruction


What is not included?

  • Airport/ train transfer to hotel
  • Meals, lunches, dinners & alcohol 
  • Personal spending money


Level of physical difficulty: 2 out of 5

This 5 Day Tour / Workshop starts and finishes in La Spezia. A moderate level of fitness is required (walking is the best way to discover Cinque Terre).


This is a sample itinerary, our itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and other circumstance beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide our guests the best possible experience, in a secure and professional way.


Day One

This Cinque Terre Photo Tour starts and finishes in Varnazza (option to meet at La Spezia Train Station early afternoon). The charming village Varnazza will be our base for the next 4 nights. We will meet and greet with the rest of the group at 4pm in the hotel lobby, go through a quick orientation and discuss the next 4 days’ agenda. We’ll also give a short tutorial on correct exposure and the use of the camera’s histogram to get the perfect shot every time.

If the conditions for sunset and twilight photography are good, we will have an early dinner, and then we'll make our way up the mountain, so that we can arrive in time to our shooting spot to watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea and capture the ‘blue hour’. It is only a short hike up the hill to this gorgeous view point overlooking the mesmerising Italian Riviera, and towering directly above the town's photogenic little fishing harbour which offers a stellar anchor point for a wonderful composition. This is a magical place to photograph the sunset and blue hour.


Day Two - Four

For those who wish to experience the early light, Martial will take you to a pre-breakfast session. There are some great photo opportunity close by, the town is peaceful at this time of day, the air is fresh and the morning light is just magical!

After breakfast, we will make our way by train to a different part of Cinque Terre, and each day we'll explore another village.

We will spend 4 magical days visiting the iconic ‘Five Lands’ of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso located in the Italian region of Liguria. All 5 villages are car free and are  connect by walking trails, trains, and boats, it is a great way to commute between locations and getting away from crowds. 

Mid-day will provide opportunities for photography in the interior of the villages. This is a good time to find open shade for photographing the architectural facades. We will also use the mid-day hours for photo critiques and photography one-on-one guidance. We will personally help you capture the best possible images during our Cinque Terre photography workshop and show you the best techniques to shoot any type of subject in different light conditions: sunrise, sunset, midday, twilight, night, etc.

Every day, we will have breakfast at our hotel and have a big meal at dinner in one of the local Italian restaurants. Northern Italian food is delicious, so this will also be one of the highlights of this Cinque Terre photo tour. During the day, we will eat light, grab a freshly made sandwich or a brochette on a terrace, etc. to maximise our time for photography.

As we will be doing a lot of sunset and evening blue hour photography, with all this low-light photography, a good tripod is essential. 


Day Five

This tour ends after breakfast. Easy public transportation to both La Spezia Train Station to Pisa and Florence or Milan via Genoa is available.


A perfect add-on before your Cinque Terre PHOTO TOUR is our ITALIAN DOLOMITES, VENICE PHOTO TOUR or join us on our 7-DAY TUSCANY IN THE SPING PHOTO TOUR.


Photography Outline

Landscape, architecture, Sunset & twilight photography 

In addition to great daily urban photo opportunities and night excursions, we will also touch on the following photography topics, including: 

  • Understanding your camera 
  • Working with available light [read & understand the light] 
  • Dare to go manual Vs Auto camera settings 
  • How to read your histogram and how to fine-tune-it  
  • Adjust your image exposure in relation to your subject 
  • Depth of Field calculation & focal blending
  • What lenses should you use? 
  • Camera settings to take the perfect shot every time 
  • Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it! 
  • Filters, Neutral Density and Neutral Density Grads
  • Twilight & Blue Hour photography tutorial 
  • Digital workflow
  • Introduction to Photoshop & Lightroom Post-processing 

Personal Items and Weather Conditions

Temperature range for this time of year: 15C to 25C in May and 18C to 25C in Sept – early October, but it can get very cold and humid.

Average monthly rain for this time of year: 3 day/ May and 4 day/ Sept


Two pairs of shoes: One sturdy pair for in the field that you can get wet if we have a rain day. One pair for evenings or the next day in case the first pair is not dry. 

Light weight rain jacket and rain pants. You don’t have to go all out here, but it will also help you to keep warm at night. * I really suggest a rain jacket if nothing else, the rain gear will keep you dry when walking in the countryside in the early hours of the morning. I have a pair of Teflon rain pants & jacket, super light and perfect to keep in you camera bag in case of a sudden change in the weather.

Hat and sun screen protection.

Be organised and pack smart. Sturdy shoes, hat and sunscreen are essential. We will email you a more detailed and updated recommendation list on what to bring with your booking confirmation depending on the time of the years and weather conditions. I recommend packing a basic easy to grab jacket or lightweight rain coat, etc. in a smaller backpack or in your camera bag in case the weather changes suddenly.

A warm jacket, long trousers and a jumper or light jacket during spring & the late summer month is a must. It can get really cold late afternoon with the sea breeze all year round.

Please pack light, as we have limited amount of luggage space in the Van - one piece of luggage plus a camera bag per person. I usually travel with a 40x60cm case including my close and personal items, plus a backpack style camera bag. Laundry service is usually available in most hotel and accommodations. Some airlines are also now charging for more than one piece of checking luggage.



Camera Equipment

Your favourite DSLR camera, a multi focal lens (i.e 18-70mm) or fix lens, the wider the angle the better (i.e 14, 18, 20mm full frame camera and 10 to 12mm cropped sensor camera), a medium to long-range lens (i.e. 80-300mm), plenty of memory cards and fully charged batteries. A small steady tripod & cable release for long exposure is essential. Don’t forget to bring your camera manual if you are not 100% sure about your camera functions.

Please note that for better results a recent DSLR digital camera is preferable (0-5yrs old) as technology changes. Polariser filter, Neutral Density and grabs filters are not a prerequisite but are great tools to have for long exposure and colour saturation.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers of all ages, however a good sense of humour and minimum fitness is recommended. Sturdy shoes, suitable warm cloths, drink bottle, a head torch and a good camera bag… remember, you will be the one carrying your own photography gears!

Tour Extensions

A perfect add-on before your Cinque Terre Photo Tour is our popular Italian Dolomites in Northern Italy, Venice or our Tuscany 7-Day photo tour.

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for a second European Tour or TWO+ participants.


Italian Dolomites

May 4 to 11 | 2023  (7 nights)

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Venice 'Queen of the Adriatic'

May 11 - 15 | 2023  (4 nights)

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Tuscany 'Chianti Region'

May 15 to 21 | 2023  (6 nights)

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Cancellations, Refunds, Guides & Weather Policy

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellation Policy: A 25 – 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your seat depending on the tour that you have selected - refer to individual itinerary. Seats to be paid in full at the time of booking or within 4 weeks of departure on all Australian tours except all extended tours; 8 weeks for Karijini, Exmouth to Broome, Golden Outback & Southwest WA, Margaret River, Kalbarri Coral Coast 5-Day and Wave Rock, and 12 weeks on all extended European & USA tours including: Paris, Zermatt, Venice, Tuscany, Italian Dolomites, Swiss & French Alps tour and USA Canyons & National Parks. Cancellations less than 30 days on day tours no refund; 12 weeks for all extended tours, including: Karijini, Exmouth to Broome, Golden Outback & Southwest WA, Margaret River, Kalbarri Coral Coast 5-Day and Wave Rock, it also includes all our international tours & workshops: Paris, Zermatt, Venice, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Italian Dolomites, Swiss & French Alps tour and all the North American tours. Deposits non refundable except tours cancelled due to sever weather, mechanical failure or minimum numbers not met; full refund will be given. Minimum and maximum numbers are at the discretion of the operator. Tours already commenced no refund. No refund for tours missed due to lateness & sickness. Travel insurance and public liability (in the even you accidentally damage someone else property) are mandatory on all our extended tours and highly recommended on day tours as well. Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure. Maximum 1 baggage* per person i.e. Camera bag water bottle jumper (Extra luggage* allowance on all extended tours (1 pp – personal effects) NOTE: We cannot guarantee that you will see kangaroos emus or any wild animals on our tours nor wildflowers as they are seasonal. For MasterClass workshops extended tours and international travel policy please check our website or individual tours.


Tour Guides

Our tours leader is Martial Fatton – Blue Tongue Tours Owner/ Operator, however we reserve the right to provide a photographer of our choosing, which we guarantee is competent of their position. Your assigned photographer might change from initial notification until the tour departure due to illness, engagements or any other reason deemed necessary by Blue Tongue Tours, not limited to the photographers listed on this site. While we do our best to match you with a photographer of your choosing if requested, for these reasons we cannot guarantee a specific photographer for an individual tour.


Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, before the tour commences, you have the option of a) continuing the tour as planned and we’ll do our best to concentrate the tour to areas sheltered from the elements. At prior request, we can provide an umbrella. Or b) rescheduling the tour at no additional cost (availability permitting). 

Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and other circonstances beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide the best possible experience and safety of our clients!