Overview – Camargue and Provence
If you were to use your most vivid photographic imagination to create a perfect location for a photography tour, you wouldn’t do better than this trip to photograph Provence and the White Horses of the Camargue.
Provence is arguably the most irresistible region in France. Provence ranges from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the delta plains of the Camargue and boasts Europe’s grandest Canyon, the Gorges du Verdon. Fortified towns guard its ancient borders; countless villages perch defensively on hilltops; and great cities like Arles, Aix and Avignon are full of cultural glories.
It is in the Camargue region of Southern France that we will find the beautiful white horses. The Camargue Horse is an ancient breed and is among the oldest and most beautiful equines on earth. The Camargue Horses with the backdrop of Provence and the Mediterranean is one of the most photogenic opportunities in the world.
Highlights Camargue and Provence Tour
- 6 Nights and 7 Days in Provence
- Includes All In Country Lodging and Transportation
- 3 Days with the White Horses
- Expert Professional Photographer Guides
- Max Attendees: 8
Arrive in Marseille, France on May 19, 2019, by noon.
Depart from Marseille on May 25, 2019, after 5 PM
May 19, 2019 – Day 1
Today is a Sunday, and you will be picked up at your hotel or the Marseilles airport at 12noon today. Once we’ve made the pickup we’ll begin our photographic tour of Provence.
Our first stop is Parc ornithologique de Pont de Gau. The Ornithological Park is the ideal site to discover, observe and photograph a plethora of bird species, which include hundreds of pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Ponds, swamps, lawns, channels, reed beds, salt marshes all create this vast 60-hectare area, entirely devoted to the discovery of nature and birds of the Camargue. It is on the Park’s trails, where the peaceful silence is only broken by the bird songs, that you can observe, even closer still, birds that seem to ignore you entirely.
May 20 – 21, 2019 – Days 2 & 3
We have two sessions each day with the horses, one at first light and one late in the day. After the action at night, we take images of the herd on their own or in small groups, silhouetted against the sunset.
For the next 2 ½ days, we will photograph at least a dozen Wild White Horses running through the marsh heading straight towards you and your camera. It is an exhilarating experience. The horses will make several passes in front of your camera. Multiple runs by the horses will let you tweak your technique and increase your number of “keepers”. We will also take the time to make images of the Camargue Cowboys (Guardians) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts and hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd.
Your sessions with the horses will consist of the following scenes:
- A shallow pond where the horses run towards us and kick up water showing the full power of their stride.
- Time on the beach having the horses run on the sand back and forth with the sea as a backdrop
- Running out of the ocean towards us as we stand on the beach.
- In open fields, the horses will run back and forth with a bare backdrop and grass fields.
- Stallions are standing on their back legs, alone and with another stallion.
May 22, 2019 – Day 4
Saving our favorite till the last day; Today begins with a morning Stallion Shoot. This session is a unique opportunity to see the White Horses entwined at full height. The Stallions have a feisty temperament and often spar with each other. The final morning session ends with us being up close with the horses allowing for more intimate poses for portraits with several different lighting scenarios.
May 23, 2019 – Day 5
After our final horse shoot on the morning, we will head back to the hotel and pack up to head to our next location in Provence. In the afternoon and into the night we will spend our time around Avignon capturing the history and architecture of Avignon and the surrounding small French villages. We will end our day at the massive aqueduct for a sunset photo shoot over this unusual structure.
May 24, 2019 – Day 6
Today we will spend the day in Provence visiting towns like Gordes, the Plateau de Sault and the surrounding quaint farmland between Valensole, Roussillon, and Avignon
May 25, 2019 – Day 7
Today we have one final photo shoot in Provence before we head to the airport in Marseilles. Please schedule your flights home after 5 pm. If you cannot get a connecting flight home, we can drop you off at one of Marseilles local hotels near the airport.
Included on Your Tour
- Transfers from Airports to Hotels and returns
- Accommodation in 3-star hotel in Sainte Marie de La Mer
- All entrance fees
- 3 Star Accommodation in Provence
- Fees paid to ranchers and horse Gardians
- All ground transfers
- Guiding fees
- Photographic Tuition
Excluded on Your Tour
- International Flights
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals during the tour
You will use a full range of photographic gear for this adventure. We will be photographing a wide range of subjects including the horses, birds, architecture, landscapes, street photography, twilight photography, street photography and more.
Here are a few camera gear recommendations to give you some ideas. Please, feel free to write me to talk about what you have and what you may need.
- A telephoto lens like the 80-400mm (Nikon) or 100-400mm (Canon)
- A mid-level zoom like a 70-200mm
- A wide angle lens like the 16-35mm
- A walk around lens like the 24-105mm or 24-120mm
- Circular Polarizer for horses and landscape sessions
I am sure that I don’t need to mention that you need comfortable walking shoes. We will not have any high exertion days, but you do need shoes that you can comfortably wear as we wander the villages in search of the perfect images.
Boots and waders will be available for rent fo you to use when we are at the beach for the Camargue Horses. The fee (January 2017) is $50. A bargain vs getting wet and or trying to pack you own waders!
It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, so just get in touch, and we can talk about what you have and what you might need.
US Citizens Traveling To France*
Must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure.
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Arrival and Departure Airport
Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) is the destination for this tour. Plan to be at the airport by noon and we will meet you at the airport and take a leisurely and photographic drive to the hotel.
If your travel plans require you to have an extra nights stay in Paris or Marseille, we ware happy to help.
Plan your outbound flight from Marseille after 5PM.
There are probably no direct flights to Marseille and so you will most likely fly through Paris. You can choose to make a direct flight connection or you could take the train directly from the Charles de Gaulle Airport. The train can sometimes be faster than the train depending on your connection times.
I’ve done both, if you have questions just ask.
Lodging & Transportation
All of the transportation and hotels are included in the workshop, so no worries, just get your self in and out of Marseille and we have done the rest!
If you are coming in early or staying late me know and we can help with getting you our group rates.
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*Information for US citizens travel to France was obtained from the US Department of State and was valid as of April, 2018.
If you are traveling from a country other than the USA, please consult with your consulate or State department for your entry requiremnts.
About the Camargue Horses
The Camargue region of the South of France is famous for the beautiful Wild White Horses that roam the area. You will not need to be a horse lover to be transfixed while watching and photographing this world renowned and noble breed splashing through the shallow waters of the marshlands and lakes. It may be possible to photograph the Mares and Foals and also the Gardians (French Cowboys) working with the horses in their natural habitat. You will not be disappointed with the stunning results you can capture on camera.
All photography sessions are in the early morning and early evening, dawn and dusk, to ensure that we do not miss the spectacular light and different backgrounds. The Camargue is a haven for any lover of nature and the wild. It is situated on the coast of Southern France and consists of wonderfully unspoiled wetlands, natural lakes and marshland and extraordinary wildlife.
About the South of France
Arguably the most irresistible region in France, Provence ranges from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the delta plains of the Camargue, and boasts Europe’s greatest canyon, the Gorges du Verdon. Fortified towns guard its ancient borders; countless villages perch defensively on hilltops, and great cities like Arles and Avignon are full of cultural glories. The sensual inducements of Provence include the sunshine, food and wine, and the heady perfumes of Mediterranean vegetation.
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This 7-day tour is $4995 per person sharing. If you are a solo traveler, I will do everything I can to assist you in finding a suitable person to share your lodging. If we cannot find a person for you to share accommodations, the single supplement is $650.
A non-refundable $1000 deposit is required to reserve space in the Camargue Horses and Provence Tour. The balance will be due on January 13, 2019.
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You are going to join a very experienced group leader, you are going to create great images, you are going to leave a better photographer than when you arrived, and we’ll have some laughs along the way! You Will Be Amazed!
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