Days and Knights of Malta Photo Tour (Nov, 2018)

2018 Destination Photography Workshop with Harold Davis

What: At the cross-roads of history and central to the Mediterranean, Malta is a romantic and uniquely situated island country. Ruled by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, the Knights of St. John, the French, and (up until 1964) the British, Malta boasts some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world, numerous incredible fortifications, and a capital (Valletta) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety. 

Valletta © Harold Davis

Because of its unique attributes, history, location, and size, Malta presents great photographic opportunities in a very manageable environment. We’ll walk the fabled cobble-stoned streets, stairs, and ramparts of Valletta with our cameras, explore locations known only to locals, and enjoy legendary Maltese hospitality. In the evening, when we’re not photographing sunset or the night sky, we’ll critique our photos and work on extending our range of photographic techniques.

St Ursula Street, Valletta © Harold Davis

Where: The country of Malta is a small archipelago in the Mediterranean roughly equidistant from Sicily and the North African coast. Malta is a member of the European Union. English is one of the two official languages (the other is Maltese). The workshop will primarily be based in Valletta, the capital of Malta, with several days to explore the smaller, more laid-back island of Gozo.

Blue Grotto, Malta, from above © Harold Davis

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018 (leave US Friday, November 2) to Monday, November 12, 2018 (nine nights and ten days).

Group Size: This is an exclusive, small photo workshop (non-photographer significant others are also welcome) with very limited space availability (the minimum group size is six and the maximum is twelve). We’ve heard quite a bit of excitement about exploring Malta with Harold, so this group is likely to fill quickly.

How to Register: Please send us an email expressing interest right away; a completed registration requires a $1000 deposit, the trip Reservation Form, and a copy of your currently valid passport page.

Details: The group will meet at a luxurious 5-star hotel adjacent to the main gates to the ancient fortified city of Valletta. We will explore Valletta and the surrounding areas such as Burgu and Silemma on foot over the course of several days with the assistance of professional guides as well as docents from the Malta Photographic Society.

Sea Cliffs of Gozo © Harold Davis

In addition, excursions will include:

  • A sunset harbor cruise of Valletta and the surrounding areas
  • Special boat tour of the Blue Grotto designed for us to allow for photography
  • The fabulous fishing harbor at Marsaxlokk
  • A sunset visit to the citadel at Mdina
  • Tour of the world-famous neolithic sites with a local archaeology expert

Besides our time on the main island of Malta, we’ll also travel by private bus and the ferry to the island of Gozo, where we will spend two nights. Gozo is likely the island famed in antiquity called Ogygia, where Calypso lived. Limerick poet extraordinaire Edward Lear described its coastal scenery as “ponskizillious and gromphiberous, being as no other words can describe its magnificence.” On Gozo, we will visit sea cliffs, salt pans, small villages, churches, and beaches.

Church and Lighthouse, Gozo © Harold Davis

When (alas!) our time on Malta draws to a close on Monday, November 12 2018, transfer to the airport for return to the United States or further adventures in Europe is included.

Cost: $5,850 per person (single supplement $875); $500 early-bird discount for completed registration by November 1, 2017.

Dome, St Augustine Church © Harold Davis

Inclusions: 

  • Nine nights lodging (seven nights at a 5-star hotel in Valletta, two nights in a 4-star hotel on Gozo).
  • All breakfasts (9).
  • Three dinners and three lunches.
  • Airport transfer to and from the hotel in Valletta.
  • Guided and docent led tours of Valletta and the surrounding areas.
  • Many excursions as indicated.
  • Transportation to and from Gozo.
  • Photographic guidance, discussions, and one-on-one tutorial sessions with master photographer Harold Davis.
  • Service charges.

Exclusions: Airfare and transportation to Malta, meals except as indicated, wine and spirits, admissions except as indicated, and personal items such as laundry and souvenirs.

Assisting with air travel arrangements: We’re happy to consult and advise regarding air travel arrangements to Malta on request. 

Travel Insurance: Very highly recommended. More info.

To Register: Please send us an email expressing interest right away; a completed registration requires a $1000 deposit, the trip Reservation Form, and a copy of your currently valid passport page.

Street Lamp, Xlendi © Harold Davis