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Photography Trip in Mani

Refine your skills in photography exploring the un-spoilt beauty of Mani’s peninsula in an intriguing 7-day photo workshop trip!
Through our lenses we will separate the moments of history and mythology; the countless Byzantine churches, the Homeric tales, the majestic ancient ruins and of course the present. We will study form and colour and learn how to portray religion and history through the art of photography; in other words capture Mani bare, without its dusty cloak.
Leader photographer, the seasoned past National Geographic’s associate photographer, Nikos Kokkas.

Group up to 6

PRICE:  2500 29 March - 05 APRIL 2018

As a passer by you can see Mani in three days, as a walker you can see it in three months and to see its soul you need three life times. One for the sea, one for its mountains and one for its people.”

That’s what the locals say. This is Mani. Its un-spoilt beauty remains unscathed.  The ghosts of its past linger amongst the endless olive groves. A heavy past which spans back thousands of years and carries with it the weight of history and mythology.

Mani will inspire us, as we hike to the southernmost point of the Balkan Peninsula, Cape Tainaro and walk through picturesque fishing villages. At all points of our enriching experience the powerful Mount Taygetos will remain closely behind us, providing the backdrop for ample photo opportunities. Mani’s stone-built towers and barren land undergo a metamorphosis everyday at sunset as the light illuminates their eerie presence.

To capture all aspects of Mani’ s rugged beauty is nearly impossible but through the photography workshop we will attempt to take some of this beauty with us to keep forever!`

The first day will be dedicated to guest arrivals at the four star design hotel  Periscope.
We will wait for you to check in and as soon as the group has gathered we will then enjoy a drink accompanied by stunning views of the Acropolis and Lycabetus on the hotel’s private roof top bar. By the end of the evening you will know all details concerning our Mani photography workshop trip. A delicious dinner will bring our day to a close.

Rise and shine! It’s an early start today as we head off to Mani. The trip will be around 4 hours long and our final destination is Mani’s foremost history hotel, Kyrimai at the enchanting bay of Gerolimenas; where we will stay for the duration of our photography workshop in Mani. It’s a comfortable journey so once we arrive we can have a little rest at our hotel and have our first shots at the natural port with the charming stone-built houses reflecting in the calm blue waters. Later, after our dinner at one of the quaint taverns in the surrounding area, we will have our first meeting with the Greece Photo Workshop photographer/supervisor where we get the chance to discuss our aims, objectives and individual needs.

An early start for a brilliant day! Armed with our cameras, we will head south. As far south as we can go in fact! Tenaro is the southernmost point of the Peloponnese and of the Balkan peninsula. An area veiled in mystery as the locals still support that it is from here that Hades, god of the underworld, would take people over to the next world. A once in a lifetime opportunity for landscape photography! The impressive stone-built towers of the village of Vathia, built on the hill looking towards the sea in fear of pirates are a photographer’s dream photo.

After our lunch, we go back to have some rest and it’s time to review our first f day.

Days four and five will be divided between Laconian and Messinian Mani. We will let our cameras do the talking as the photography workshop goes from village to village. Walking through the picturesque narrow roads, with the traditional stone-built houses and the small churches that go back as far as the 10th century, the opportunities for architectural photography are vast. In Messinian Mani we will visit Riglia, Platsa, Thalames as well as the small fishing villages of Trachila, Agios Dimitrios, Agios Nikolaos and Stoupa. The Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine influence can be seen almost everywhere. In Lagkada lies a magnificent monastery with significant national historical value. In the small fishing village of Trachila the three level cave provides a real photography extravaganza. Agios Dimitrios also boasts of having the biggest cave in Greece and it is said that it is from this small fishing village that Helen of Troy was taken by the Trojans. Finding inspiration for our photography workshop in a place where mythology walks hand in hand with history will not prove a difficult task.  After all it is not a coincidence that it was by the remarkable sandy beaches of Stoupa, at the shore of Kalogria, that Nikos Kazantzakis was inspired to create the immortal character Alexis Zorbas (Zorba the Greek).

Crossing to Laconian Mani we will find ourselves in the historic area of Oitylo – Karavostasi. Oitylo has been inhabited since Homeric times, and its traditional architecture is truly an experience to photograph. It is in Oitylo that the historical Medici family originated from. The beautiful village of Areopoli, with its narrow streets and truly remarkable churches bustles with life. Areopoli played a significant part in the Greek Revolution. As we head down to the small gulf of Limeni our cameras are clicking away at the absolutely astounding view.

After all of this you must be hungry! Don’t worry our afternoons/evenings will be accompanied by the delicious and aromatic Mani local cuisine, local wine and relaxing atmosphere coupled with a review of each day.

Today the day will be dedicated to the enchanting Kardamili.
Kardamili – first mentioned by the ancient Greek poet Homer – was the main port for the ancient city of Sparta.  As you walk through fruit orchards and olive groves, from modern to old Kardamili, its long history flashes before your eyes. The temptation to capture the moment will be irresistible; the fortified tower houses provide a timeless architectural backdrop for our lenses as they gather around an 18th century church. This magical seaside village, with its turquoise waters, found at the feet of the majestic Taygetos mountains, is also one of the best-preserved ecological areas in Greece. A photographer’s feast! Before dinner, and if time allows, we may also venture to a near by village.

Our last day in Mani and time to do something different! Kalamata, the town with the “fair eyes” (Kala Matia) is one of the most beautiful suburban towns in Greece and capital to the district of Messinia. It has a rich history and between the Castle area and the old town we will get the chance to practice our street photography as we wonder through its bustling with life picturesque streets. Mingling with the locals also means an opportunity for portrait photography, and there will certainly be some interesting faces to capture! Kalamata of course is well known for its olives and olive oil, so as we photograph we will not forget to stop, taste and buy, some of the exquisite local products.

After a rewarding lunch we are ready to go back to Athens. Upon our arrival at Periscope in Athens and after a short rest we get ready for our last dinner together. We eat, talk and wish that we meet again soon at another Greece Photo Workshops photography trip!

The day is all yours! Don ’t forget to check out! We wish you a pleasant journey and hope to see you soon!



– Accommodation* in Athens at the modern 4 star Hotel Periscope (2 nights)
– Accommodation* in Mani’s foremost historic hotel, Kyrimai .
– All transfers with private cars (what is not included is the transfer from and to the airport).
– Home made breakfasts.
– 1 welcome dinner and 1 farewell dinner.
– Photographer & escort to every photography location.

*House accommodation is provided on a double occupancy basis.

Single room supplement € 400.
If you are traveling alone and wish to find a room mate to share a twin bedroom, we will try to match you with another guest of the same sex and desired profile requesting the same.

Nikos Kokkas was born in south-western Germany, near Stuttgart in 1972. He grew up in Thessaloniki but his family immigrated to Germany for a second time when he was 15 years old. That functioned in a way as a “new beginning” in his life and that was the point where he started expressing a growing interest on travel and photography simultaneously. He bought his first SLR camera, a Minolta X-700 by the age of 16 and started discovering the endless aspects of light, in colour and B&W. Carrying a camera on a daily basis, it started being obvious how his life would proceed. Self taught and having already travelled a lot in Europe, “camera in hand”, he returned to Greece in 1995, to Athens, with only one aim: to start working as a freelance journalist and photographer.

With a growing economy in the press at the time, and speaking three foreign languages, English, German and a little French, Nikos started producing and publishing his own subjects. His topics which drew inspiration from Greece and other parts of the world ranged from architecture and interior design, to travel and social issues. So far he has produced and published over 60 travel and social issues from Greece, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, U.S.A., Israel, Panama, Zambia, England, Ireland, Oman. He was a member of the Greek edition of National Geographic Magazine, having produced 6 subjects from different places in Greece with a certain point of view. A few years ago, he also developed an interest in portraiture making it a very important part of his work until today. He has collaborated with numerous major Greek magazines and newspapers. Part of his work can be seen on his website www.nikoskokkas.com , on facebook Nikos Kokkas and the facebook group Nikos Kokkas’ Pictures.

He lives in Athens.


Already in April, Mani is carpeted with wild flowers and everything seems to be blooming. The air is scented by invigorating blossom aromas mixed with the salty taste of the sea.

The  average daily temperature in this month can reach highs of 20°C (68°F) or drop to an average minimum temperature of 11°C (52°F).
The temperature during the day is mild, at evenings though, you will find that you will need a jacket and long trousers .


The taxi terminal is located just outside the airport arrivals terminal at Exit 3. There is a flat rate of 35 Euros during the day and 50 Euros at night for going to the center of Athens.

The metro is another transportation option available at the Athens International Airport. It is quite easy to use and the charges very consistent. The train station is connected to the airport although one will require to go up a level from the arrivals using an elevator and cross over a pedestrian bridge. You are required to purchase a ticket from the station desk for 8 Euros per person. Trains run every 30 mins (on the hour and half hour) from 0530-0015 (0200 on Fri & Sat nights) and take 40 mins from/to city centre (Syntagma Square)

Express bus
The express bus station is located just in front of the Athens Airport Arrivals. The express bus X95 is the one that goes directly to the Syntagma square. It takes approximately one hour to get to the center of Athens.

Since we will be walking, comfortable shoes are required.

You may need to ask people if it is OK to take their picture. If you have a language problem or feel uncomfortable, let us do the talking.

DSLR’s or Mirrorless are preferred, but todays high-end compact cameras are very impressive. In addition, its recommended you bring a lightweight tripod, extra memory cards and a laptop. Once completing registration, you will be contacted by the photography instructors and you will be sent the full list of the prerequisites.

Photography Trip in Mani

Refine your skills in photography exploring the un-spoilt beauty of Mani’s peninsula in an intriguing 7-day photo workshop trip!
Through our lenses we will separate the moments of history and mythology; the countless Byzantine churches, the Homeric tales, the majestic ancient ruins and of course the present. We will study form and colour and learn how to portray religion and history through the art of photography; in other words capture Mani bare, without its dusty cloak.
Leader photographer, the seasoned past National Geographic’s associate photographer, Nikos Kokkas.

Group up to 6

PRICE:  2500 29 March - 05 APRIL 2018

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