- Transfers: Return airport transfer to/from the ferry terminal, ferry ticket (only needed for the return journey), return transfers between the ferry terminal and hotel, all transfers during photography days
- Accommodation: 4 nights in a standard hotel room. Upgrades available.
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 1 dinner
- Activities: experienced photography tutor will provide guidance and coaching on days two and three. A choice of activity on your free day (please note that activities MUST be booked in advance to check availability): kayaking, climbing, hiking, E-biking, or Segway. For a supplement, Discover Scuba Diving is also available
Gozo’s landscape deserves more than a quick holiday snap. That’s why this 4-night break is all about capturing the real essence of Malta’s sister island with your camera.
You won’t waste any time having to find the best spots either. Instead, professional photographer Pete will guide you around the island to a mixture of well-known locations and hidden gems.
Pete lives on Gozo and has completely immersed himself and his work in the land and culture. With his help, you’ll get insider knowledge of the island as well as tips on how to take full advantage of your camera settings.
Though this holiday is geared towards landscape photography, you will discuss your interests with Pete beforehand so that he can tailor the itinerary to suit. The beauty of this small island means you can go from photographing the ancient Citadel to the sweeping land and seascapes in one day. If you would also like to be active, the photography days can involve as much walking as you like.
Pete is a brilliant photographer and his passion comes across in all of his lessons. He will help you with composition and you could even learn more about image editing using Adobe Lightroom. Simply talk to Pete when you meet him to let him know exactly what you want to get out of your time here.
You will also enjoy the sights of Gozo away from your camera lens during a half-day activity of your choice. However, whether you kayak, climb, bike, or hike over your surroundings, you may not be able to resist putting your new camera skills to good use.
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Departure day: this trip runs from Friday to Tuesday during the date ranges displayed below.
For our full booking terms and conditions please click here
Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 people, maximum 4 people.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions
Flights, Arrival and Welcome
You will be picked up from Malta International Airport (Luqa) for the two-hour transfer to the hotel in Gozo. The transfer includes a taxi to the ferry port for the 25-minute crossing and another taxi to your charming hotel.
Once you have checked into the hotel, there will be an introductory meeting with the local team before a welcome meal in the restaurant.Included Meals: Dinner
Land, Sand and Sunset Photography
After breakfast, Pete will meet you at the hotel to discuss your objectives for the next couple of days.
Of course, the itinerary is up to you but you may want to head back to Mgarr harbour where you first saw Gozo. Here, you can photograph the fishing boats, yachts and ferries that cross the glistening waters that separate Gozo from its much larger neighbour, Malta.
Qala point is another area of interest. As the easternmost point in Gozo, you’ll get phenomenal views out to sea.
A picnic lunch is included at one of the photogenic spots so you can have more time to admire and capture the views.
Pete will also usually recommend San Blas beach. Its red sands against the blue waters make for a beautifully contrasting photograph. What’s more, it’s usually quite a peaceful place with hardly anyone around.
Located on the west of the island, Dwejra Bay is an ideal location for sunset views and stunning photographs. Watch the sun dip into the darkening waters as the dramatic coastal formations sit in the foreground.
Once the sun has set, you’ll go back to the hotel and have a free evening to spend as you please. We recommend trying some of the fabulous local food.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Photographing the Sunrise, Cities and Seascapes
After breakfast, it’s an early start for the chance to photograph the sun as it rises over the harbour. We promise you won’t regret this wake-up call. The colours and light at this time of day are incomparable and we’re sure this is the spot you’ll take some of your favourite photographs of the holiday.
Though the landscape is perfect for capturing on camera, the cities and towns are just as photogenic. In Rabat (Victoria), you’ll learn more about the fascinating capital and visit the towering Citadel.
After the everyday bustle of the city, Pete uses his insider knowledge to take you to lesser-known spots such as Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar. Translating as ‘red beach’, this is a swimming area that not many tourists know about. Instead, you’re likely to get a more authentic insight into Gozo as the locals use these crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim. A picnic lunch is also included at one of your locations.
You will then say goodbye to Pete as you make your way back to the hotel for a free evening.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Half Day Outdoor Activity
Following breakfast, you have a free day to choose one of the half-day activities on offer. Use our ‘Personalise’ tab to find the activity to suit you. All activities are included in the price except the Segway tour which comes with a small extra charge and the introductory scuba dive which is a full-day activity. These activities are specifically designed to help you get out and explore Gozo even further.
Please note that activities MUST be booked in advance to check availability.Included Meals: Breakfast
Unfortunately, it’s time for your Gozo photography weekend to come to an end. You will have breakfast before the two-hour return to the airport in Malta.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Sea kayaking allows you to marvel at the stunning views from a completely different perspective and explore Gozo's beautiful coastline. You can see wonderful beaches, sea caves and imposing cliffs. During paddling breaks, you can also snorkel and take a look at the underwater world. A picnic lunch is included.
It is possible to do this activity year-round but it is weather dependent. The main season is April to October.
Experience the fun and thrill of climbing and abseiling the side of one of Gozo’s great cliffs. Expert guides will take you to the best locations on the island to suit your experience and climbing ability. You will learn safety techniques and as your confidence grows, so will your climbs and descents!
A picnic lunch is included. It is possible throughout the whole year, however, the main season is from October to May.
Discover Scuba Diving (DSD), 1 or 2 dives
Gozo is renowned for its dive sites so what better place for you to discover scuba diving? Rather than take the plunge with a certification course, this introduction to diving will help you explore the underwater world without any prior experience.
You have the option of a one or two dive experience of the underwater world surrounding Gozo – supplements apply.
Gozo has a great deal to offer a cyclist. Our guides aim to avoid major hills and travel down the country roads and along sea cliffs to make the most of the spectacular views and quaint villages. Our guide will adapt to the level of the guests and offer a balance of easy, fun and technical riding.
This activity is available year-round but some may find it more strenuous in the hot summer months, mid-June to Mid-September.
Segway tours are a unique, memorable and fun way to explore the island. They are eco-friendly, self-balancing, electric transportation vehicles and it is easy to learn how to ride them. Enjoy Gozo's hidden treasures by 'gliding' through the beautiful scenery without getting tired feet on this two-and-a-half-hour trip.
The local guides know every corner of the island and so once you have discussed your interests and fitness, they’ll guide you on a suitable hike. All routes are designed to take you into quieter areas with the best scenery.