Pick up some expert tips and frame-worthy shots on the road
By Michelle Chumbley
Brad Josephs/Natural Habitat Adventures
Stare into the amber eyes of an endangered Bengal tiger. Track an Alaskan brown bear as it snatches salmon. Follow the delicate flutter of a million butterflies, swirling in colorful clouds around Mexico. Natural Habitat Adventures helps you capture these moments in the wild on photography tours, each helmed by expedition leaders with professional experience behind a lens.
Groups are kept small to ensure unobstructed nature encounters, and personalized advice from tour heads aid camera buffs of all skill levels. On the seven-day "India's Tigers & Wildlife: A Photo Safari" tour New Delhi before venturing south into Ranthambore National Park to meet its big cat population. Eight departures are available between April and June, with prices from $5,595 per person before airfare.
Pair up with a pro
Silversea Cruises combines exotic destinations and photography classes to help passengers capture one-of-a-kind images. The line's enrichment series presents stimulating programs by professionals, from guest chefs to bridge instructors; a travel photographer will offer shooting and editing lessons on the Silver Whisper cruise ship.
Hop on an 11-night excursion leaving Hong Kong on Feb. 23 and use your newfound knowledge to shoot the colorful markets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and golden temples of Bangkok, Thailand's capital. Rates start from $6,350 per person, plus airfare. A 13-night Indian Ocean voyage departing March 23 stops in Madagascar for close-ups of bushy-tailed lemurs and lands in Cape Town, South Africa, where a cable-car ride up Table Mountain brings unparalleled shots of the city; prices start at $7,250.
The information in this story was accurate at the time it was published in January/February 2015. Please visit Vacations To Go or call (800) 680-2858 for current rates and details.