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VENICE - that most improbable of cities

2nd-7th Dec 2019

SORRY - fully booked

“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” Alexander Herzen


We invite you to come and discover an extraordinarily remarkable city.

Venice is a place like no other - unique and evocative and guaranteed to enchant and beguile in equal measure. A city of poetry, of music, of beauty, of decadence, of art and creative wonder, of romance and love, it has left its indelible mark on generations of travellers.


Peggy Guggenheim remembers the city on the lagoon: “One always takes for granted that Venice is the ideal city for a honeymoon, but this is a serious error. Living in Venice, or simply visiting it, means to fall in love with it, and there is no space left in the heart for anything else”.


We will be there less for the romance, unfortunately, and more for the creative angst and toil.  Not only toil of course -   our endeavours will be interspersed with relaxing meals and stimulating conversations (we hope) around the tables of carefully chosen and authentic trattorias. You can be assured, we take our nourishment very seriously and we will avoid at all costs any restaurants where the menu is laminated and translated into six different languages.


Our time in Venice will be spent exploring the undiscovered gems - the labyrinth of medieval alleyways and canals that are extraordinarily close to its bustling centre. Of course we won’t completely bypass the big attractions, but our focus will be to tease out the forgotten Venice, the quiet Venice, the Venice that doesn’t yield its secrets without a struggle. 


December in Venice is likely to mean fog - a gift to photographers everywhere and so the locations will be selected each day depending on what the light and weather are doing, to make the very best use of our time. They will certainly include a visit to some of the islands, including Burano with its brightly painted houses.


We thought about including Bellini’s in Harry’s Bar as part of the itinerary but further investigation suggested that such an obvious, over-hyped experience was not necessarily in keeping with our philosophy as artists. Instead, we will visit the equally famous Skyline Bar in the pink-tinted Hilton Molino Stucky. Housed in a former grain mill, and reached by shuttle service across the Giudecca Canal, it is  one of the most dramatic-looking buildings on Giudecca island (and that’s saying something in this city). Its glorious panoramic views of the southern lagoon will offer us wonderful photo opportunities as we sip our cocktail of choice while watching the sun slowly disappear beyond the horizon. 


We will be staying in the charming and family owned and run Ala Hotel, in the ancient heart of Venice, just a few steps from St Mark’s Square. As always our emphasis is on a small group (max. 10) and our objective is the creation of images that are neither derivative, cliched nor a rehash of what has been done so many times before.

Our tour begins at around midday on Monday 2nd December at St Marco Polo airport. We will travel to our hotel in style by private water taxi which will  speed us across the most fascinating waterway in the world - The Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge, then along the quieter, smaller, canals to our hotel.




SINGLE ROOM (bottom row, right)  £1585 (sorry, sold out)

CLASSIC ROOM £1,685 (sorry sold out)

SUPERIOR ROOM (top row, left) £1795 (sorry, sold out)



Return private water taxi from Marco Polo airport to our hotel.

5 nights accommodation with breakfast at the Hotel Ala, Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio - San Marco 2494
30124 Venice.

Return private water taxi to Burano

Bellinis (or other) at sunset on the Skyline Rooftop Bar.

All entrance fees

Max, 10 clients.

Tuition from Valda and Doug


The trip is ideally suited for people wishing to bring non-photographing partners. Supplement £825 or £995 (depending on room grade) to include breakfasts, bellinis, transport and entrance fees


Flights, insurance, meals (apart from breakfast), airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours.


Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.

Average temperature 6C


VIDEO of VENICE TOUR December, 2018, with Terry Gibbins

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In the event of the Client cancelling the Workshop or Tour, Bailey Chinnery Photography reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee in accordance with the following scale:


  • The Deposit may be returned if cancellation takes place more than 3 months prior to the Dates if an alternative booking can be secured.


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Bailey Chinnery Photography cannot be held responsible for the lack of photographic coverage caused by any restrictions in force by officials or organisations of any location where the workshop or tour is due to take place. Bailey Chinnery does not guarantee any specific location or photograph, although every effort will be made to deliver the Workshop or Tour as described on the website and tour notes.


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Whilst every care is taken to provide the Tour or Workshop on the Dates, it is subject to alteration or cancellation by Bailey Chinnery Photography owing to any cause beyond its reasonable control, i.e. Act of God, Fire, War, Road closure, illness etc.


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In the event of cancellation by Bailey Chinnery Photography, Bailey Chinnery Photography’s liability shall be limited to a full refund of any sums paid by the Client in respect of the Workshop or Tour. A rearrangement onto a future Tour or Workshop can be arranged free of charge and the Deposit or Fee transferred to such at the discretion of Bailey Chinnery Photography. Bailey Chinnery Photography will not be responsible for any further costs, losses, claims or actions howsoever arising, and the Client hereby indemnifies Bailey Chinnery Photography against same.


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Bailey Chinnery Photography will use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the named photographers will be available to lead the Tour of Workshop; however, in the unlikely event that one cannot attend an alternative replacement leader will be sought. If this is not possible the Workshop or Tour may still be able to proceed with a single leader and without reduction in Fee.


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It is the responsibility of the Client to posses a valid passport (if required) and all visas, permits and certificates, including medical certificates required for the Workshop or Tour and sufficient personal funds in the appropriate currency. All advice or notes given by Bailey Chinnery Photography on such is given in good faith.


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The Client is hereby strongly advised to take out a suitable insurance policy to cover for any expenses, losses, claims or actions of any kind arising in connection with (but without limitation) to both cancellation by either party and force majeure affecting the Workshop or Tour or any event or matter relating to or dependent upon the Workshop or Tour.




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