11 Day ‘Arctic Photo Expedition’ – June 2019

  • Leaping Polar Bear

An immersive photographic adventure conducted by
professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic

6th of June to 16th of June 2019 

 

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Amazing close-up Polar Bear experience, filmed on an IPhone, during our June 2018 Arctic Photo Expedition

Join Australian-based Pro Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic, on this exciting 11-day Photo Expedition, travelling through the Arctic around the archipelago of Svalbard. We will travel by ship and explore the coast, attempting to circumnavigate the island if ice conditions allow. Michael led a booked-out Photo Expedition to Svalbard in 2016, to absolute rave reviews (with a second, fully-booked photo expedition in June 2018). For the photo tour participants, it was the ultimate trip of a lifetime, with plenty of 'once-in-a-lifetime' photos taken during the trip.

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arctic circle | Arctic Photography Workshop and Tour

Arctic Fox

We will be seeking and photographing iconic Arctic wildlife species including polar bears, reindeer, foxes, walrus and other seals, whales, auks, puffins, and many many more, as well as stunning glacial landscapes.

We will have 9 participants on this photo tour, led by professional nature photographer and tutor: Michael Snedic. 

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing your photos, and receiving feedback, along the way. One of the added benefits of joining this photo adventure is that should there be any issues with your camera settings, or getting sharp, clear images, Michael is with you to assist and advise on every zodiac trip and landing.

"If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some outlying northern areas home to polar bears and walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. This is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic"- Peregrine Adventures

There will be many opportunities to photograph from the ship also. Landscapes, icebergs, and lots of wildlife, as we sail amongst them.

Walrus - Arctic

Our ship

Built in Denmark in 1992, the Ocean Nova delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling and has a reputation as an excellent ship for expeditions to the Arctic. Originally built to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, Ocean Nova’s ice-strengthened hull has enabled the ship to ply the Arctic waters with ease for 25 years. Ocean Nova is a certified Carbon Neutral vessel and offers a comfortable option for discovering the polar regions. With a maximum of just 78 guests, the Ocean Nova is a more intimate, small group, expedition experience with all the benefits that affords.

Arctic- Boat Nova

The ship will also have non-photographer passengers. While we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general Arctic experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group. On outings we will usually operate as a group, with Michael in one zodiac with his photography participant.  WildNature Photo Expeditions works closely with the Quark Expedition Team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

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Your instructor

On this expedition you will have access every day to professional nature photographer and instructor, Michael Snedic, there to help you photograph the stunning wildlife we will encounter, especially polar bears. He will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being experienced an experienced wildlife/nature photographer, he is also one of Australia's most experienced photographic tutors (15 years).

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (20 years+) and widely-published wildlife and nature photographer, writer and tutor. His articles and images have featured in many magazines, calendars, diaries, books, brochures, billboards and many other publications.

He is the author of two books on Australian wildlife and a Lowepro Ambassador for Australia, a Lenscoat Ambassador, as well as The Nature Conservancy's Photo Competition Ambassador, both in 2015 and 2016. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at photographic organisations, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across Australia for the past 15 years. He also conducts overseas photography tours to Africa, Antarctica, the Subantarctic, the Russian Far East, Galapagos Islands and India. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with photo expedition participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Michael Snedic - Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary

Day 1

This morning we’ll have our first photography briefings and warm-up opportunities. We will spend some of the morning exploring Longyearbyen with a local guide, and there may be some last-minute shopping opportunities (as a frontier town there are some serious outdoors stores here). Also anyone whose flights or connections were delayed have a chance to catch up with us today. In the evening we board our ship, the Ocean Nova, operated by Quark Expeditions and set sail. The wildlife and scenic opportunities will start almost immediately!

Close-up Walrus

Day 2-12

Your expedition will explore western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. We’ll cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, and your Expedition Team will be constantly searching for wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities so we have no fixed itinerary, however we do hope to visit some of our favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.
The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas since the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox.

Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, you can book the kayaking option and take an excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary outings on selected voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned site from centuries ago.

Image: Courtesy of Peregrine Adventures
Image: Courtesy of Peregrine Adventures

Cruising through the Arctic, photographing walruses chilling-out on ice

In some areas we will explore the stunning scenery from aboard the ship, but we will often transfer into the inflatable Zodiacs to explore bays, islands, icebergs, and to land at most sites.

Michael will present both group and one-on-one photography sessions and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.

Arctic cruising

A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active all expedition long. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises with stretches of colorful tundra, bursting with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close and personal with the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates!

Arctic Photo Expedition participants 2018
Arctic Photo Expedition participants 2018

There’s a huge range of environments around Svalbard, and every day will present new subjects. Sometimes the sky is clear and blue, sometimes it’s overcast and grey, sometimes we will see parhelion and “sun-dogs”, but the sun will never actually set (unless it’s behind a mountain). You may even end up photographing some wildlife under a midnight sun. The days will be busy, often with several off-ship expeditions per day.

Michael will be conducting a series of group and individual lessons along the way, including giving you feedback on your work. We want you to come back with the best images you can, as well as with new skills.

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Svalbard landscape © Peregrine Adventures

Day 11

Your adventure ends back at the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that you arrive in Longyearbyen on the 5th of June (or earlier if you wish to spend some time exploring on your own). Boarding of the Ocean Nova will take place on the evening of the 6th of June. The ship will depart in the evening and cannot wait for anyone on delayed flights. As weather in the region can be a bit temperamental, flight delays do happen. To keep the start of your adventure as stress free as possible, arriving early is a good idea.

Polar Bear playing

Health and fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the inflatable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore. Living on the ship sailing in unfrozen water, the outside temperatures are sometimes close to freezing. But it is summer and at times in the sun it can be quite warm.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Peregrine will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts. Actually, with the excellent meals provided on these trips it’s not hard to put weight on, so some people like this option.

We will be travelling on a ship but while we can occasionally be exposed to storms and heavy seas, most of the time the coast and ice provides a lot of protection. We’re not on the open ocean!

puffins
Puffins © David Burren

Costs

There are a variety of cabin classes, from triple-berth cabins up to a selection of twin-share cabin types. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket. Prices are per person.

All these prices are in Australian dollars. A 20% non- refundable deposit is required to secure your place (based on full fare).

Arctic ice formations

Prices

(Per Person)

Quad$10,300
Triple$10,500
Upper/Lower$13,900
Bridge Deck$14,700
Upper Deck Twin$15 700

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The trip is being put together with our partners at Peregrine Adventures and they take care of the travel arrangements for us, while we are running the photography program and will be your local contacts on the trip.

Travel to/from Longyearbyen is not included. Peregrine can of course arrange flights and accommodation for you as part of a package, but you’re free to make other arrangements.

Deck Plan

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition by professional wildlife/nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic.
  • Transfers between airport, hotel and ship at each end of the itinerary
  • Shipboard accommodation, onboard the smaller Ocean Nova (80 capacity)
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and home-made biscuits available around the clock.
  • All excursions.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • A waterproof expedition parka is supplied on board for you to keep.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Longyearbyen.
  • Meals in Longyearbyen (other than as above).
  • One night's accommodation at Longyearbyen, before the expedition starts.
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
  • Peregrine will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Limited onboard internet access is usually available.
  • Tips (voluntary) for the crew (suggested US$13- $15 per day per person).

Contact and Reservations

To reserve your place or to ask any questions about this exciting Photo Expedition, please contact Michael via the contact form or via phone at +61 408 941 965.

Feeding polar bears - Arctic

15 Day Russian Arctic Photo Expedition – Inc. Wrangel and Herald Islands – July 2019

With Michael Snedic

22nd of July to 5th of August 2019

Join us on this 15 day Russian Arctic Photographic Expedition, in the Russian Far East. This unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world.

The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. There we will spend four to five days under the guidance of local rangers on the nature reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age,
this island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is perhaps best known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed here. We hope to catch many glimpses of this beautiful animal. The island
also boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific Walrus and lies near major feeding grounds
for the Gray Whales that migrate thousands of kilometres north from their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can normally be seen further inland. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. The ‘mammoth steppe’ vegetation complex, a rich and diverse relic from the Pleistocene epoch nurtures over 400 plant species and never fails to astound visitors with its sublime beauty.

 

We will have a maximum of 10 photographers on this expedition, being led by professional nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic. As we travel around the sea, we will be photographing from our ship, from Zodiacs, and from land.

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs, but also in reviewing images and image critique sessions.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Your 
Photography 
Leader

On this expedition you will have access every day to Michael Snedic, a professional nature photographer and experienced instructor. Michael is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter.He  will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings. 

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (22 years) and widely-published photographer, writer and Photo Expedition Leader (16 years). His photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world.

Michael is owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions and presents exciting photography workshops and tours to many wonderful photographic and travel destinations. Michael is also a Nikon School Tutor for Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills. No matter what brand or model of camera you own (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji or Panasonic) Michael can help!

Nature Conservancy
Photo Competition Ambassador

Nikon
Nikon School Tutor – Australia

Itinerary:

Our itineraries are always subject to weather conditions, but the basic plan is as follows:

Day 0 – Nome

Those departing from Nome, Alaska, should arrive in Nome before midday and preferably the previous night.

On arrival, you should check in with Bering Air at the Nome Airport who will have details of our charter flight. During this flight you will cross the International Date Line, arriving into Anadyr on Day 1 of the expedition. You will clear Russian Customs and Immigration.

Day 1 -Anadyr

ll expedition members will arrive in Anadyr; depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr, the administrative centre of the Chukotka region, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and crew on board the Akademik Shokalskiy. If flights have been on time we plan to depart Anadyr this evening. As we depart you are invited to join the captain, officers and the expedition team on the bridge. The Anadyr estuary is renowned for its Beluga Whales.

 

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Day 2 – Anadyrskiy Bay and at Sea

As we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards the Bering Strait there will be introductory lectures, an introduction to the staff and ship and a series of compulsory briefings and drills. There will also be a chance to relax or enjoy some ‘birding’ with our naturalists and/or settle into ship life and for many of you adjust to the time changes.

 

Day 3 – Lavrentiya and Cape Dezhnev

We arrive in Lavrentiya Bay this morning to visit the Chukchi Region’s administrative centre of Lavrentiya. The place takes its name from James Cook, who landed here on St. Lawrence’s Day in 1778. We will explore the township and have the opportunity to view the mythical figure ‘Pelikan’, a Chukotkan sculpture which is said to have special powers, we will also visit the local museum which displays an interesting insight into Yupik and Chukchi cultures. There may be an opportunity to view Chukchi song and dance and to interact with the locals.

Sea conditions permitting, we will land at Cape Dezhnev this afternoon. The north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost. It is also an historic landmark named after the Siberian Cossack, Semyon Dezhnev, who in 1648 became the first European to sail from the Arctic to the Pacific.

A steep scramble from the beach brings you to an abandoned Border Guard base, a monument to Dezhnev and another to all the sailors who have sailed these seas. Cape Prince of Wales in Alaska lies 89km across Bering Strait.

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polar bear and cub

Days 4 – Kolyuchin Inlet and Kolyuchin Island Island

This tiny rock in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk is covered in birds, with sea-lions thrown in for good measure to fill the gaps. There’s no room for us to land, but we expect to photograph guillemots, kittiwakes, and various species of auklet (and sea-lions of course).

Day 5 – At Sea

This group of islands is in the western corner of the Sea of Okhotsk, and is the last place to thaw out in summer. While the ice can restrict where we go, it does increase our chances of seeing seals, especially the iconic Ribbon Seal.

Days 6 -10 – Wrangel and Herald Islands

Another birding hot-spot, this is a breeding location for many species. Spectacled, Common and Brünnich’s Guillemot, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros, Crested and Parakeet Auklet, Horned and Tufted Puffin: the list goes on. Of course this also supports a population of Steller’s Sea-eagles. As well as exploring the islands from the water and landing in the one permitted location, we also get to explore the taiga forest on the mainland.

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Days 11 – At Sea, Bering Strait and North Siberian Coast

As we sail south there will be opportunities to download memory cards, share conversations and recap on our time at Wrangel Island.

 

We will pass the Diomede Islands, sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle because they straddle the International Date
Line. Here Russia and America are separated by only 2.3 nautical miles of ocean. We will remain in Russian territory as we cruise south past the islands.

In 1867 when the USA purchased Alaska from Russia the new boundary was drawn between Big (Russian) and Little (USA) Diomede Islands. This makes Big Diomede Island Russia’s eastern-most possession. The island was originally inhabited by Yupik Eskimos but after World War II the native population were relocated to the mainland. Today there are no permanent residents but the Russians maintain a Border Guard station there. It is an important island for birdlife with good numbers of Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common and Brunnich’s Guillemot and Horned and Tufted Puffin. If the Border Guards grant permission (we have applied for it) we will Zodiac cruise the coast near the station,
the bird numbers in this region are spectacular, especially puffins.

We continue along the North Siberian Coast, although well mapped and charted, there have been very few Expedition Cruises and consequently there is a lot of scope for expedition landings. Depending on weather and sea conditions we will attempt an expedition landing today.

There are several choices, at Cape Vankarem there is a seasonal large walrus haul out, the animals may or may not be present. The area around the Cape is bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous coastal lagoons and inlets; nearby there is a small Chukchi village whose residents still make their living hunting walrus, seals and whales. There is another smaller Chukchi village called Nutepelmen which is situated on a spit at the entrance to Pyngopikhin Lagoon, further west of Cape Vankarem.

Day 12 – At Sea and Masik Village

This afternoon we plan to visit Masik Village, an archaeological site at Mechigmen Bay which is part of Beringia National Park.
This site consists of subterranean dwellings, food caches and possible ceremonial structures where materials used in construction were whale skulls, ribs and jawbones.

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Days 13 – Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands

Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley. Whalebones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. There are many meat pits used for storage and other remains of a busy whaling camp that united several aboriginal villages at a time. In one location, immense Bowhead Whale jawbones and ribs are placed together in a stunning arch formation.

Gray Whales are frequently seen around the island. After landing at Whale Bone Alley we will take the Zodiacs on a whale-watching excursion. We will also cruise close inshore of neighbouring Nuneangan Island (Bird Island) where a large number of seabirds nest.

On nearby Arakamchechen Island there is a prominent walrus haul out; if the animals are present we will land and walk across the tundra to view them from the cliffs.

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Days 14 – Preobrazheniya Bay

Today we will be in the vicinity of Preobrazheniya Bay where there are some outstanding ‘Bird Cliffs’ which we will Zodiac cruise, the rock faces, ridgelines and soaring granite spires are home to an abundance of bird life. Species that can be seen include Common and Thick-billed Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Least and Crested Auklets, Vega Gulls and Arctic Tern. Both Horned and Tufted Puffins are normally in vast numbers stretched along cliffside grasses.

This evening join the staff for an expedition recap and a disembarkation briefing, and then simply relax as we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our journey.

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Day 15 – Anadyr

After breakfast it will be time tosay our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a hotel of your choice.

Those returning to Nome will join a charter flight that will depart Anadyr around midday and, because of the International Date Line will arrive back in Nome on the evening of the previous day. However, we strongly advise that you do not book any onward travel from Nome until the following day to allow for possible delays in the charter flight. Those returning to Moscow can either be transferred to the airport or hotel in Anadyr, depending on their flight times.

Note: During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and/or opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

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Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the in atable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specic health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to help.

Our Ship

The latest addition to Heritage Expeditions' fleet, legendary Russian icebreaker and former research vessel Kapitan Khlebnikov holds the passenger ship record for the most crossings of the Northwest Passage and has famously circumnavigated Antarctica - twice.

Built in 1981 by Finland's Wärtsilä Company and one of four Kapitan Sorokin-class icebreakers, Kapitan Khlebnikovwraps comfortable surrounds in a formidable, ice-reinforced vessel powered by 24,000 horsepower diesel-electric engines and is capable of breaking ice as thick as two metres.

Recently refurbished, Kapitan Khlebnikov comfortably accommodates up to 110 guests in well-appointed and spacious cabins and suites all featuring large windows that can be opened and en suite facilities. Common areas include large open decks, two dining rooms, a digitally equipped theatre-style lecture room, heated indoor pool, sauna, gymnasium, fully-stocked library, bar, lounge and four-person elevator.

The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Our Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists, botanists, historians and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ship is crewed by an enthusiastic and experienced Russian Captain and crew.

Kapitan Khlebnikov

Kapitan Klebnikov

The World Famous Ice-Breaker

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • Pre/post cruise transfers
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard. Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All expedition zodiac and shore excursions.
  • Pre and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • International/domestic flights
  • Passport/visa expenses. We provide assistance with Russian visa paperwork, but you’re responsible for the actual visa.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage. Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, gratuities and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.
  • All items of a personal nature

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while I run the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes, mostly twin- share cabins. Your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

The twin-berth cabins can be reserved as single cabins for 1.8x the standard price. There’s also a mandatory charge of US$500 per person to cover local fee payments.

Cabin TypePrice
Superior Plus Triple:US$12000.00
Superior Plus:US$14125.00
Mini Suite:US$14650.00
Heritage Suite:US$15500.00

These prices are in US dollars per berth. A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

NB: PRICE INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION FEE BY MICHAEL SNEDIC

How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about the workshop, contact Michael via the Contact Form to the right:

Contact

Michael Snedic: Contact Form or call +61 408 941 965.

Butterfly Photography Workshop

bribie butterfly house

Where: Bribie Island Butterfly House

 

When: Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Time: 10am to 1pm

 

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Itinerary

10am - Meet at the Bribe Island Butterfly House, 208 First Avenue, Bongaree

There will a brief session covering the best types of equipment recommended for macro photography. You will then be instructed on various macro photography techniques, specific to photographing butterflies. 

Techniques covered will include recommended depth-of-field needed for great butterfly shots, composition, focusing suggestions, backgrounds and much more.

1pm – Finish Butterfly Photography Workshop

This three hour workshop is designed to give you the opportunity to photograph a variety of butterflies, in different situations/conditions.

Michael will give professional photographic tuition throughout the workshop, including one-on-one time for participants. He will teach you how to take the best possible photos as well as getting the most out of your camera.

Price

$125 (plus GST)

Price includes photographic tuition from Michael, plus entry to the Bribie Butterfly House

Booking

To book your place, please use the contact form and Michael will send you payment details.

Please note: This workshop is limited to 8 participants. This will ensure that you receive comprehensive tuition time with Michael, as well as lots of butterfly photography time

All images kindly donated by, and copyright to, Sharon Smith

17 Day/16 Night Alaskan Wildlife and Wilderness Photo Adventure

With Michael Snedic

12th to 28th of August 2019

Would you like to spend 17 days in one of the greatest wilderness and wildlife locations on the planet, camera-in-hand, learning how to take the BEST images? Then why not join Michael Snedic on this exclusive 17 day Alaska Photo Adventure?

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Alaska At Its Best!

 

Photography opportunities may include Brown and Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon, Humpback Whales, Orca Whales (possibly breaching or bubble-feeding), Porpoises, Sea Lions, Sea Otters, Moose, Caribou, Ground Squirrels, Wolves, Porcupine, Fox, Golden Eagles, Puffins and loads of other wildlife and birds. Add in lots of incredible scenery, including calving and tide water glaciers, coastal mountains and gravel beaches.

Our exclusive, boutique itinerary has been designed from ‘the ground up’, so as to give you, the customer, every possible photographic opportunity, in the most stunning natural places. Every single detail has been designed to give you the BEST possible photographic experience.

Limited to 9-10 participants and led by Professional Wildlife and Nature Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic, you will be in for an unforgettable photographic experience of a lifetime!

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Highlights include:

  • Breathtaking Helicopter Adventure To Dog Sled Camp, then Dog Sledding on a Glacier
  • Denali to Anchorage Alaska Railroad Trip
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Private Cruise - Get Close To Glaciers Whilst Small Ship Cruising
  • Seward to Anchorage Alaska Railroad
  • 7 Nights Staying At The Exclusive Katmai Wilderness Lodge, the only private establishment on the coast of Katmai National Park’s 3.6 million acre wilderness. Highlights include Brown Bears interacting and fishing for salmon

flying eagle

Itinerary:

Our itineraries are always subject to weather conditions, but the basic plan is as follows:

Mon 12 Aug:

Arrive in Anchorage, staying at The Historic Anchorage Hotel.


Tues 13th of Aug – Talkeetna

Today you will be transferred from Anchorage to Knik River Lodge in Palmer and enjoy a Helicopter Adventure Glacier Dog Sled Tour.

After a 1-1.5 hour transfer (one way) from Anchorage you arrive at Knik River Lodge. From Knik River Lodge you will take a breathtaking 15 minute helicopter ride. After landing, you will experience a dog sledding adventure that you will never forget. Meet an experienced Iditarod Musher who will teach you to mush your own dog sled team along one of the most scenic snow covered glaciers! (approx. 1 hour on the glacier).

PS - If snow conditions do not allow for dog sledding, your helicopter flight will take you to a glacier for a trek.

Important – Helicopter Weight Restrictions

There are strict passenger weight limits applicable to helicopter flights. 

Staying at Susitna River Lodge - Talkeetna

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Denali backcountry lodge

Wed 14 Aug to Fri 16th Aug – Denali National Park

Today take the minicoach transfer to Denali.

From the Denali Park entrance you will be transferred by private bus from the train station to Denali Backcountry Lodge. Your Denali Wildlife Drive from the park entrance to the lodge offers the opportunity to search for bears, moose, and caribou.

We will spend a few days searching for the best photographic opportunities, with our experienced local Alaskan Guides there to help us achieve this.

Staying at Denali Backcountry Lodge

Meals:
Breakfast and dinner included on 14 Aug
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on 15 and 16 Aug

denal mt mckinley

Sat 17 Aug Anchorage

Denali to Anchorage Alaska Railroad

You will know from the very moment you climb aboard the Alaska Railroad, you are riding on one of the best trains in the world. The charm and scenic appeal of this great and vast land is amplified through panoramic windows and underscored by historical narratives of lifelong Alaskan conductors and tour guides. The scenery is sublime and there will be photographic opportunities everywhere!

Staying at Historic Anchorage Hotel

Meals:
Breakfast at lodge, lunch and dinner on the train

Sun 18 Aug Anchorage

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Whether you are onboard the Steller Sunrise or Steller Explorer you will enjoy heated cabins, bathrooms, salon areas, sleeping areas, life rafts, and walk around decks for excellent viewing. Each is equipped with the most modern navigational equipment such as radar, global positioning system (GPS), video chart plotters, video depth sounders, and marine radios which allow us to contact other vessels and the USCG at all times. These small vessels will give you the opportunity to get really up close with glaciers and various marine life and wildlife.

Following your cruise take the Alaska Railroad train journey to Anchorage.

Staying at Historic Anchorage Hotel

Meals:
Breakfast at the hotel, boxed lunch on cruise and dinner on train

Mon 19 Aug – Anchorage to Kodiak

Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kodiak.

Staying at Best Western Kodiak InnPlease note that this flight from Anchorage to Kodiak is not included in the price at this stage.

Important - Luggage Weight Restrictions

There is a suggested luggage limit of 20 kg for the float plane flight to Katmai including hand held luggage and
camera equipment. A soft sausage-type bag should be used. Excess luggage and hard suitcases can be
stored at Andrew Airways in a secure room until your return.

Meals:
Breakfast at the hotel

fairbanks dog sled

Tue 20 Aug to Mon 26th of August – Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Today you will be met and transferred by float plane from Kodiak to Katmai Wilderness Lodge.

Katmai National Park is located on the northeast coast of the Alaska Peninsula. The park was first named a national monument in 1918 after exploration following the eruption in 1912 of Novarupta Volcano. In 1980 the monument was enlarged and designated a national park. Katmai has a large population of protected brown bears - more than 2000. As they are not hunted and food during summer is plentiful, the bears are extremely tolerant of humans and extraordinary viewing is possible. Katmai Wilderness Lodge is the only private establishment on the coast of Katmai National Park’s 3.6 million acre wilderness, located in Kukak Bay against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Comfortable accommodation is provided in modern log cabins with private bathrooms. Deluxe meals are served in the dining room and a basic assortment of beverages is included. The lodge is powered by solar, wind and gas generator. Whilst at Katmai Wilderness Lodge all meals and drinks (excluding spirits) are included.

Staying at Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Meals:
Breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner at lodge on 20 Aug
All meals at Katmai Wilderness Lodge 21-26 Aug

bear and cub

Staying at the Katmai Wilderness Lodge offers guests an exclusive and small intimate bear/wildlife viewing opportunity to experience a true Alaskan adventure. Each day you will set out on landing craft boats (vessels specially designed) in which the bow of the boat lowers into a ramp for easy get on and off access to explore this beautiful wilderness area. Activities include guided bear viewing & hikes, sea kayaking and fishing. Since the lodge is located on the coastline, guests are able to appreciate both the land and the marine wildlife.

Tue 27 Aug- Anchorage

Today you will be flown back to Kodiak to connect with your onward flight to Anchorage.

Please note that the flight from Kodiak to Anchorage is not included in the price.

Meals:
Breakfast at the lodge

Tue 28 Aug – Anchorage / Tour ends

After breakfast, transfer to Anchorage airport where your adventure concludes.

Meals:
Breakfast at the hotel

Your 
Experienced Photography 
Leader – Michael Snedic

On this expedition you will have access every day to professional nature photographer and instructor, Michael Snedic. He will be there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter. He will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings. As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being experienced an photographer, he is an experienced photographic tutor, with 15 years experience presenting photography expeditions and adventures across the globe.

He is also a widely-published photographer and writer. Michael’s photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world, and he has been a feature writer for Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine ‘Australian Photography’, since 2006.

Michael is also an Australian Ambassador for Lowepro, LensCoat and the Nature Conservancy Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Australian Institute of Professional Photography

Nature Conservancy

Photo Competition Ambassador 2015, 2016 and 2017

LensCoat

Australian Ambassador

Photographic Locations and Subjects Include:

 

Anchorage

  • Anchorage has over 2500 resident moose that may be found in the metropolitan parks or even downtown. 
  • Anchorage sits at the convergence of Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm, tucked between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains.  Sleeping Lady mountain sits across the Inlet, outlined by the Alaskan sunset. Explore the mountains and get a birds-eye view of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city with the Tordrillo Mountains in the background.

Talkeetna

  • Talkeetna is the starting point for most climbers, embarking on the journey to climb Denali.  Talkeetna is actually closer to the mountain than the Denali Park Entrance.  It is home to three converging major glacial rivers and with the Alaska Range and Denali in the background, it is an unforgettable sight.
  • A variety of hiking trails weave through the area offering alpine forests, pristine lakes, and stunning vistas.  Moose and bear may be seen throughout the forests as well as wildflowers and loon on the lakes.
  •  

Denali National Park

  • Travelers in Denali National Park see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali.
  • During your visit to Denali search for and photograph wolves, Dall sheep, moose, grizzly bears, caribou, ground squirrels, rabbits, the elusive lynx, porcupine, Alaska’s state bird the ptarmigan, golden eagles, and fox

icy mountains

Girdwood

  • Located between the Chugach Mountains and Turnagain Arm, the resort community of Girdwood is in the northern most rainforest.
  • Girdwood offers a maze of walking trails allowing guests to get into the wilderness just steps from their hotel.  The lush forest is home to wildlife such as moose, bears, ground squirrels, porcupine, and a host of birds., which will be great fodder for your cameras!

 
Seward

  • At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice.
  • Kenai Fjords National Park photography landscape highlights include active tide water glaciers, coastal mountains, gravel beaches, and hanging glaciers
  • Search for and photograph sea lions, whales, porpoises, sea otters, eagles, mountain goats, Steller sea lions, bears, and birds such as puffins and kittiwakes.

Cost:

Approximately $AU19 950 per person, twin share (Single Supplement available upon request).

(NB - ALL PRICES QUOTED FOR 2019 ARE PROVISIONAL & SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS NEXT SEASONS PRICES ARE YET TO BE FINALISED, HOWEVER EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO KEEP THE PRICE SIMILAR TO THE ONE QUOTED HERE)

We have incorporated the best accommodation locations, gourmet food, various trips (helicopter, dog sledding, boat cruises, train trips etc) and the most AMAZING experiences to make this one very special trip!

Maximum Number of Participants: 8 - 10

cub on bear

Inclusions

  • Professional photography tuition throughout the expedition by Michael Snedic.
  • All accommodation, as per itinerary
  • All meals, as per itinerary
  • Helicopter Glacier Trip, with dog sledding
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Private Cruise
  • Seward to Anchorage Alaska Railroad
  • All activities at Katmai Wilderness Lodge
  • Pre-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • International and domestic airfares
  • Airport/hotel transfers unless specifically stated
  • Passports
  • Visas
  • Passenger taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra meals not shown in the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Items of a personal nature including medication
  • Excess baggage charges

Bookings:

For more details or to book one of the limited spots: please contact Michael Snedic either via the Contact Form or call him on +61 408 941 965.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

20 Day Antarctic / South Georgia / Falklands Photography Expedition

With Michael Snedic 

23 November - 12 December 2017

 

On this 20-day photographic adventure we will explore the wildlife paradises of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands before visiting the amazing Antarctic Peninsula.

Our 2016 Antarctic workshop spent most of its time working along the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. This 2017 workshop will revisit some of the highlights of the Peninsula, but the wildlife (and scenery) of South Georgia puts this adventure in a class of its own, and we’ll be visiting the island in one of the peak times for wildlife activity.

We will have a maximum of 9 photographers on this expedition, being led by professional nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic. Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing and critiquing your photos along the way.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Rockhopper Penguin © David BurrenRockhopper Penguin © David Burren

Photographers and iceberg © David BurrenTowering iceberg © David Burren

Your 
Experienced Photography 
Leader

On this expedition you will have access every day to professional nature photographer and instructor, Michael Snedic. He will be there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter. We will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being experienced an photographer, he is an experienced photographic tutors, with 15 years experience presenting photography expeditions and adventures across the globe.

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic is an experienced (21 years) and widely-published photographer, writer and photo expedition leader. His photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world.

Michael is owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions and presents exciting photography workshops and tours to many extraordinary wild places across the globe. He is also an Australian Ambassador for LensCoat and the Nature Conservancy Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Australian Institute of Professional Photography

Nature Conservancy

LensCoat

Itinerary:

Our itineraries are always subject to weather conditions, but the basic plan is as follows:

Day 1 (23 November)

We start in Buenos Aires, meeting up at our hotel (included in the package).

Day 20 (12 December) – Ushuaia and Buenos Aires

After breakfast we leave the ship, and have a little time to explore Ushuaia again before we take our charter flight back to Buenos Aires and your connections home.

Close Penguin Encounter - Antarctica © Michael Snedic © Michael Snedic

Day 3 – at sea

On our way towards the Falklands, our day is full of preparatory activities aboard the ship. We will also be keeping our eyes open for wildlife such as albatrosses.

Days 4-5 – Falkland Islands

The Falklands are a fascinating group of islands full of wildlife, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and landings. Here we expect to see Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic, and hopefully King Penguins, along with a range of other birds and mammals. As well as visiting islands (many of which are working farms), we visit the charming capital of Port Stanley.

Icebergs - Antarctica © Michael Snedic © Michael Snedic

Days 6-7 – at sea

Having left the Falklands behind, we continue towards South Georgia. Our days won’t be quite as busy as when we have landings, but we have plenty of on-board activities to get through, including more photography. Along the way we will cross the Antarctic Convergence into colder Antarctic waters.

Close seal experience in Antarctica © Michael Snedic

Days 8-11 – South Georgia

South Georgia is a wildlife haven, as the breeding site for animals from all over the Southern Ocean. King and Gentoo Penguins, nesting albatrosses, as well as fur seals and the huge Southern Elephant Seals are all examples which we will be meeting on land, with multiple landings per day. More than half of the world’s Elephant Seals breed here, along with more than 100,000 King Penguins.

As well as its amazing wildlife, there’s a lot of human history on the island, including the remnants of sealing and whaling industries. Visiting the grave of the explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton at Grytviken is a highlight for many people.

Gentoo Penguins © Michael Snedic © Michael Snedic

Days 12-13 – at sea

Now we leave the subantarctic islands and wildlife behind, and head towards Antarctic proper.

Days 14-17 – South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

You’ve arrived in Antarctica! Snow, glaciers, icebergs, mountains, penguins, whales, it’s all amazing. The scale of the environment is literally breathtaking, and you will take away photographs and memories you will never forget. We explore many islands as well as landing on the continent itself.

Sunset in Antarctica © Michael Snedic © Michael Snedic

Day 18-19 – Drake Passage

After more than two weeks of wildlife encounters, we start our journey home (depending on the weather we still hope to see birds such as albatrosses).

Day 20 (12 December) – Ushuaia and Buenos Aires

After breakfast we leave the ship, and have a little time to explore Ushuaia again before we take our charter flight back to Buenos Aires and your connections home.

Adele penguin - Antarctica © Michael Snedic © Michael Snedic

Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special tness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the in atable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements these should be discussed with our booking sta .

Antarctica Photo Expedition participants in zodiac © Michael Snedic

Our Ship

The Ocean Endeavour is a great expedition ship, with plenty of vantage points for scenic and wildlife photography from all around the ship. Along with our group the voyage will also have non-photographer passengers and while we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general Antarctic experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group.

On Zodiac outings we usually operate as a group with our own boat, where Michael will always be with you to provide photographic guidance. We work closely with the Quark expedition team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

The ship is quite spacious, and is very well appointed. You won’t be roughing it!

Deck plan

Owner’s Suite:$40 050Endeavour_Owners

CabinCostDecksKey
Triple (interior):$19 3504Endeavour_Triple
Single (interior):$27 2505Endeavour_Single
Twin Porthole:$27 2504Endeavour_TwinPort
Twin Window:$24 6105Endeavour_TwinWin
Twin Porthole Plus:$27 0754Endeavour_TwinPortPlus1Endeavour_TwinPortPlus2
Upper Deck Twin:$27 0907,8Endeavour_UpperTwin
Superior Twin:$27 6505,7Endeavour_SuperiorTwin
Top Deck Twin:$28 7708Endeavour_TopTwin
Twin Window Plus:$29 3305Endeavour_TwinWinPlus1Endeavour_TwinWinPlus2
Junior Suite:$30 9305,7Endeavour_Junior

These prices are in AU dollars per person. A 5% deposit is required to secure your place, with the balance due in mid-August 2017.

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Peregrine Expeditions, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while we run the photography program. The ship has a wide variety of cabin classes, and your choice of berth type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

A $500 discount is available for non-photographer partners.

When you book a single berth in a twin cabin, we do try to allocate cabins so you share with another member of our photography group.

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition.
  • Hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires on day 1.
  • Flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia on days 2 and 20.
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
    Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All ship-based excursions.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Buenos Aires.
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
    Peregrine will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Limited internet access is usually available onboard.

Gentoo Pengion with chick - Antarctica © Michael Snedic © Michael Snedic

How to book

To reserve your place, to get onto the waitlist once it’s booked (there are sometimes cancellations in the long lead-up to these expeditions) or just to ask more questions about the workshop, contact Michael.

Please note: If minimum numbers aren't reach (9 participants), this Photo Expedition will still go ahead with Michael Snedic as the Photo Expedition Leader

For more details, contact Michael Snedic either via his Contact Form or by calling +61 408 941 965.

Participants 2 in Antarctica © David Burren
© David Burren

Peregrine

14 Day ‘India Wildlife and Culture Photo Safari’

India Safari - Asian Leopard

Visit 'The Wild Heart of India'!

Come And Join Me On This Very Exciting Photo Safari,
In Partnership With Mantra Wild Adventures.
Experience India's Best Wildlife And Cultural Highlights!

 

Date

12th to 25th of January 2018

Price

Pay $7999 AUD per person (twin share)

*Single Room Supplement: $2,989 AUD

8 Guests Only For Maximum Tutor/Participant Ratio

India Safari

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

India Safari - Udayagiri Caves

Experience Central India with its unique mix of ancient culture and its breathtaking wilderness. Indian art, culture and spirituality all developed amidst a rich, natural beauty.

We will see vivid Indian art dating back to prehistory, visit sacred Buddhist and Hindu sites, and begin to comprehend the origins of modern India.

We explore the variety and biodiversity of the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh while taking Wildlife Safaris in India’s most beautiful National Parks.

We will visit highland habitats, teak forests, bamboo and grasslands areas as well as riverland areas.

We will go on safari to seek out the big cats—tigers and leopards—as well as monkeys, crocodiles and a huge number of bird species.

Explore India’s biodiversity

Madhya Pradesh has some of India’s most important and significant national parks and reserves.

Satpura National Park is 1400 square kilometres of highland habitat for some of India’s most important wildlife.

Pench Tiger Reserve consists of over 700 square kilometres—primarily of teak forest—and is considered one of India’s finest tiger reserves.

Kanha National Park is one of the largest national parks in India and extends over almost 2000 square kilometres of undulating country.

Bandhavgarh National Park, amidst the Vindhyanchal Ranges, covers about 440 square kilometres and contains a mixture of grassland, bamboo and densely wooded hills.

India Safari - Sloth Bear

India Safari

Game drives provide the best opportunities for all types of wildlife viewing and for having a chance encounter with a big cat. We explore, mostly by jeep, looking for some of India’s most exciting wildlife including: tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild boars, rhesus monkeys, langurs, hyenas, wild dogs, pangolins, marsh crocodiles, and many species of bird.

Accommodation:

We will be staying in a beautiful Palace, Boutique lodges and tented camps along the way.

India Safari

Itinerary

DAY 01

DELHI

Arrive Delhi by International flight. After crossing immigration and baggage, you will be met by an Inspiration India/ Mantra Wild representative at the arrivals hall, who will transfer you to your hotel (rooms are available from 12 noon).

You will receive a traditional welcome with “Aarti and Tikka” wherein a silver tray with a small oil lamp is used to welcome you, along with a vermilion mark on the forehead.

DELHI reflects the legacy and heritage of Mughal Delhi, which is now known as Old Delhi. Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes where you get a glimpse of the many flavours from the wedding bazaar to spice markets to graceful architecture. In contrast to Old Delhi the imperial city or New Delhi, created by the British, has numerous fine colonial structures, magnificent buildings and wide boulevards laid according to the master plans of the great colonial architect Lutyens.

Overnight: The Claridges (Deluxe room)

Taj Mahal

India Safari - tigress and cub

DAY 02

 DELHI -BHOPAL-SATPURA VIA BHIMBETKA

Early morning, transfer to New Delhi Railway station to board Bhopal Shatabdi Express (0600/1350hrs).
Assistance upon arrival and drive to Satpura (180 Kms; 4 hrs), enroute, stop at the Bhimbetka Rock shelters, an archaeological site of the Paleolithic era, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent. Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30,000 years old.

On arrival in you are assisted with checking in to your lodge.

Overnight : Reni Pani Jungle Lodge (Cottage)
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch at Satpura & Dinner

 

DAY 03

 SATPURA

Enjoy morning & afternoon safaris by Jeep in the National Park.

Overnight : Reni Pani Jungle Lodge (Cottage)
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

India Safari - Kingfisher

India Safari - Kings Lodge

DAY 04

SATPURA

Morning: Jeep safari in the national park.

Afternoon: enjoy a Boat Safari.

Overnight : Reni Pani Jungle Lodge (Cottage)
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 05

SATPURA - PENCH

Early morning start for Pench. We recommend an early start at 0600 hours and arrive Pench in time for lunch.
This will be a long day suggest a day at leisure.

Overnight : Jamtara Wilderness (double luxury tent with private facilities)

Meals : Full Board

Satpura National Park is cradled in the Satpura Range (Mahadeo Hills) and straddles the State of Madhya Pradesh. With the adjoining Bori & Panchmarhi Sanctuaries, Satpura N.P. provides 1427 sq. kms of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem cover to India’s wild denizens. Satpura N.P.(set up in 1981 and 524 sq. km) is beautiful and unspoiled. It represents nature at its very best. The fascinating deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and Tawa’s vast reservoir combine to give this Park an unique beauty. The terrain is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests. The altitude ranges from 300 Mts. to 1352 Mts. From the 4500 feet Dhoopgarh peak to the almost level plains of Churna the ride is only 60 kms but it takes about 5 hours to travel from the cool environs of Panchmarhi resort to the edge of the Tawa reservoir.

Satpura & Bori abound in Central Province wildlife. The bio-diversity is stunning with over 1300 species of plants, which include numerous rare bryophytes and pteridophytes. While Sal & Teak forests are abundant, Central India mixed deciduous forests cover a major part of the area. An evident eyesore is the rampant and unchecked growth of Lantana. The meadows and valleys have been completely taken over by this invader.

The terrain, which is covered by some of the oldest Sal & Teak forests in India, is home to 50 mammal species, 254 bird species & 30 species of reptiles. The Tiger, Gaur, Leopard, Indian Giant Squirrel, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Chital, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Rhesus Monkey, Langur, Nilgai, Hyena, Wild Dogs, Smooth Otter, Pangolin, Porcupine, Marsh Crocodile, Ratel, Four Horned Antelope and many other species of wildlife are seen. Birds are seen everywhere and Malabar Pied Hornbills, Crested Serpent Eagles, Crested Hawk Eagles, Honey Buzzards, Paradise Flycatchers, Pittas, Thrushes, Peafowl, Pheasants fill the air with their calls.

Afternoon, enjoy a Boat Safari.

Overnight : Reni Pani Jungle Lodge (Cottage)

DAY 06

PENCH

Morning, game drive into the park.

Pench Tiger Reserve is India's 19th Project Tiger Park. It is considered to be one of the country’s finest new tiger reserves spread over 700 square kilometres and consisting primarily of teak forest. The population of game is also very high – it has a very high density of prey ( Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Sambar, Blue Bull and the Indian Bison) and is also home to a very healthy population of Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog and Jackal amongst other smaller predators. The bird list has over 280 species.

This evening, we have arranged a night safari in a private jeep with a naturalist.

Overnight : Jamtara Wilderness (double luxury tent with private facilities)

Meals : Full Board

 

India Safari - tiger

DAY 07

PENCH-KANHA

Drive to Kanha, a distance of 210 kms / 6.5 hours.

Kanha is one of the largest national parks in India extending over 1945 sq. km. of undulating country, which includes a core area of 940 sq km. Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. The most easily spotted are the stripped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig, chital or spotted deer, barasingha or swamp deer, sambhar and black buck. Less commonly seen species are tiger, Indian hare, dhole or Indian wild dog, barking deer and Indian bison or gaur. Other animals found in the park are Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, jungle cat, panther, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, porcupine and wolf. Kanha has some 200 species of birds. The commonly seen species of birds include cattle egret, pond heron, black ibis, common peafowl, crested serpent eagle, racket-tailed drongo, and hawk eagle, various species of fly-catcher, woodpecker, pigeon, dove, parakeet, babbler, mynah, Indian roller, white-breasted kingfisher and grey hornbill.

Afternoon, walking safari/ village tour.

Overnight: Shergarh Tented Camp, (Standard Tents)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

India Safari - Indian Roller

DAY 08

KANHA

A full day in Pench Tiger Reserve with morning and afternoon game drives..

Overnight: Shergarh Tented Camp, Standard Tents

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

India Safari - changeable hawk eagle

DAY 09

KANHA

Morning and afternoon jeep safari drive into the park. Game drives provide the best opportunity for all types of wildlife viewing, from bird and butterfly watching, to sighting the major prey species and chancing an encounter with a big cat. The drives would incorporate different regions of the park, showcasing its huge bio-diversity. The major mammals include gaur, dhole, barasingha, sambar, chital, muntjac, leopard and tiger. Afternoon drives are predominantly experienced in the Mukki region, often parked quietly aside water holes, waiting and watching for the late evening activity.

Overnight: Shergarh Tented Camp, Standard Tents

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

  KANHA-BANHAVGARH

Today you will be departing for Bandhavgarh National Park (290 kms / 7 hours)
Set amidst the Vindhyanchal ranges, the park covers an area of 437 sq. km. and has a series of ridges running through it. About half the park is covered with fine stands of Sal while mixed forests are found in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of bamboo and grasslands are found throughout. The main view area is still in the core of the park with its 32 picturesque wooded hills.

There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Common langurs and rhesus macaque represent the primate group. Carnivores include the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Grey Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard and of course the most famous of all the Royal Bengal Tiger. The other animals spotted in the park are Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Nilgai, Chinkara and Gaur. The vegetation along streams and marshes is rich in bird-life. The common ones are little Grebe, Egret, Lesser Adjutant, Sarus Crane, Black Ibis, Lesser Whistling Teal, White-eyed Buzzard, Black Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Common Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Dove, Parakeet, Kingfisher and Indian Roller. Reptilian fauna include Cobra, Krait, Viper, Rat snake, Python, Turtle and a number of lizard species.

Overnight : Kings Lodge (Deluxe Cottage)

Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

DAY 11

BANDHAVGARH

Drive to Kanha, a distance of 140 kms / 4 hours

Morning & Afternoon game drives in the park on jeep. We will also arrange a visit to villages surrounding the park.

Overnight : Kings Lodge (Standard Rooms)

Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

India Safari - Renipani

DAY 12

  BANDHAVGARH

Morning & afternoon game drives.

OPTIONAL – Full day permit to the park.

Overnight : Kings Lodge (Standard Rooms)

Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

India Safari - Tiger II

DAY 13

 BANDHAVGARH – JABALPUR-DELHI

This morning drive to Jabalpur airport (200 kms/ 5 hours) in time to board your flight for Delhi

Jabalpur-Delhi Air India 1420-1550 hours
(Current schedule Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
The other option is to take Spice Jet flight SG 2415: 1610/1755 hrs.

On arrival transferred to an airport hotel.

Overnight : Holiday Inn (Standard Rooms)

Meals Breakfast

DAY 14

  DELHI – AGRA- DELHI - DEPART

After an early breakfast, transfer to Nizamuddin Railway Station to board Gatimaan Express (0810/0950hrs) to Agra.

Agra is globally renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. But this royal Mughal city has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many monuments that epitomise the high point of Mughal architecture. In the Mughal period, in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of India. It was here that the founder of the dynasty, Babar, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the river Yamuna.

Arrive Agra and experience the sublimity of the Taj Mahal (the Taj is closed on Fridays) - a varying kaleidoscope of solitude, colour and mood. A tribute from a great emperor to the memory of his beloved wife, it was 22 years in the making (1631-1653) and is a cerebral experience that defies description. Widely regarded as the earthly replica of paradise, the TajMahal is likened to “a vision, a dream, a poem and a wonder”.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Later, guided visit to the Agra Fort - strategically situated along a bend on the Yamuna River. Built in the 16th century AD by three generations of Mughal emperors, it is a superb synthesis of stern military fortifications with delicate interior details.

Post visit, drive back to Delhi and transfer to airport to board your International flight back to home.

*End of Tour*

India Safari - kings lodge 2

India Safari - Indian Jackal Pench

Package Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 13 nights on double occupancy basis
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Room with Breakfast in Delhi 
  • Room with all major (3) meals at Satpura, Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh, lunch in Agra
  • Transportation as follows:
  • Delhi – Arrival and departure transfers for both the visits
  • air-con Tempo traveller (13 seater)
  • Delhi – arrival and departure transfers
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicles during transfers
  • Safaris as per program
  • Services of local English speaking guide in Agra and monument entrance fees
  • Portering fees at the hotels/airports only
  • Park entry fees as per the itinerary
  • A portion of package cost goes to TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers) Campaign supporting Tiger Habitats.
  • All currently applicable taxes

Price Exclusions

  • International and domestic airfare, visa fees, airport tax or any insurance cover
  • Drinks of any nature, any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips or gratuities of any sort.
  • Any car arrangements on free days
  • Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks
  • Personal items (drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc)
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as ‘included’

General Conditions

  • The price are on Per Person basis in AUD
  • Check-in time is 1400hrs and Check-Out time is 1100hrs
  • All prices are subject to any revision of tax and tariff structure

Bookings

For more information, or to book your place on this very exciting, Boutique Photo Safari of India, please contact Michael via either email or phone.

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phone: +61 408 941 965

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