Nick Melidonis - Spirit of Place
'A Celebration of Eye, Mind and Spirit'


Boutique Small Group Photo and Cultural Tours

Nick Melidonis is a prolific traveller and loves to share his travels and adventures with like- minded people. Nick has been designing and leading photo and cultural tours for nearly 20 years years and he feels his greatest success is the repeat business from satisfied customers. Each destination is carefully researched prior to the tour being offered to ensure all you need to do is turn up and enjoy yourself.

‘Spirit of Place’ photo and cultural tours are meticulously planned to show you the very best of the inspirational destinations we travel to with some down time built in so you can relax and explore on your own. We know that you are also there to enjoy a holiday and to choose your level of participation in our many workshops and activities along the way. 

Whether you want to walk along the caldera’s edge to witness the million dollar views in Santorini; explore the ancient kingdoms of Cambodia and Angkor Watt; experience a sunrise in the largest Buddhist temple in the world in Indonesia’s Borobudur; lose yourself in the colour and spiritual rituals of Varanasi in India or marvel at the antics of the orang-utans in Sarawak and Sabah, we’ll make sure your experiences are like no other.

Our tours are more than great photography with some of the world’s best photographers; you will also experience the rich culture and cuisine of the places we visit with our knowledgeable guides; fantastic local food; an introduction to many local artists and personalities and visits to numerous exciting places off the beaten track. We also understand that not everyone is a serious photographer and we cater for both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts. The overriding aim is to have fun.

We want you to go home from our tours feeling not only that you've been to some fantastic places, met some great people and had a fabulous time, but you’ve also captured some great photographic memories to take home with you.









Nick and Photographers on AmorgosNick and Photographers on AmorgosNick and Photographers (Pat) on Amorgos overlooking Chora



THE HIDDEN JEWELS OF GREECE - MAY 30th - June 13th  2018

15 days - 14 nights

September 2017 FULL. 


                                                        DETAILS OF MAY 11TH -25TH TOUR DETAILS CLICK HERE


New Tour open, May 30th - June 13th  2018, (SAME ITINERARY  - 5 places left)

Details for MAY 30TH -JUNE 13TH  2018 TOUR 2, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 $6,250 – loyalty discounts apply


‘Sugar cube’ style houses spill down the slopes, waters are crystal clear turquoise and all shades of blue, food is fresh, healthy Mediterranean fare and there are unexpected paths leading to ancient monuments.  After taking happy explorers on 17 previous tours to his homeland of Greece, Nick will use his amazing insider’s knowledge to lead this small personal tour to some of the hidden secrets of the Aegean Sea.

This travel adventure will be a relaxing journey through some of Greece’s hidden jewel islands, with enough time at each destination for your personal exploration and interaction with local Greek people.  The tranquil charms of the small islands in the West Cyclades have a timeless atmosphere. Their distinctive white architecture and narrow streets reveal colourful surprises around every corner.

Each island is different.  There is stunning scenery for photography and for those interested in activity, we have options for our group to enjoy. All activities are voluntary and will be arranged according  to the wishes of our travellers.

Photography and iPhonography: Nick, an award-winning master photographer, will show you how to creatively use your camera in dawn to dusk variations of Aegean light.  He’ll also introduce ways of using your iPhone to create photographs you thought were only possible with SLR cameras.;

Cuisine: Come to the markets with us and where possible, join cooks and chefs at hotels and restuarants for demonstrations on Greek food preparation;

Dance: Eva will bring out the inner dancer in you, teaching elements of the smooth and sinuous movement of belly dancing and traditional Greek dancing that can also develop your party or nightclub technique.

Milos is largely an undiscovered island with spectacular landforms and landscapes. Volcanic in nature, Milos is known as the island of colours thanks to its aqua waters; colourful rock formations and buildings painted in vivid primary tones. This horseshoe-shaped island floats serenely in the Aegean Sea and It was here that the world- famous Venus de Milo statue was discovered. 

Sifnos has a dreamlike quality and consists of a string of three whitewashed villages, anchored by its capital, Apollonia, that sit like pearls along the crest of the island. The changing light caresses a landscape of abundant terraced olive groves, almond trees, oleander and aromatic herbs. Each of the island’s bays are a spectrum of aqua waters offering breathtaking vistas. Sifnos is where photographic legend Henri Cartier-Bresson photographed in the 60's. One only needs to look at his world-famous photograph of Flora running home up the narrow steps (see page 7), to understand why he loved this island of bright light and contrasts so much. We will visit and shoot at his favourite sites.

It is said that Folegandros is where the scent of life comes back to you. This untouched jewel of true Greece is an island with wild natural beauty and remains away from mass tourism. Its alluring cliff-top village, Chora is easily one of the most appealing villages in the Cyclades. Our hotel is one of the most stunning I have seen in Greece.

We will discover Naxos, the largest and greenest of the Cyclades, where Theseus lost Ariadne to Dionysus, the God of wine. It has impressively high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops. It also boasts beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with Cycladic cubic houses. 

This will be a personal odyssey like no other.

About Your Tour Leaders 

Nick Melidonis, Master Photographer and 2016 World Photographic Cup silver medalist, will take you on a personal travel adventure sharing his passion for photography and insider’s knowledge of his homeland Greece. 

Eva Cass, an oriental dancing teacher and a wonderful cook, has a rich Greek background. Eva has returned to the Greek islands many times and will share with you her passion for Greek culture, its lifestyle and its fresh Mediterranean cuisine.






PATAGONIA IN AUTUMN - March 26th - April 8th,  2018

with Ignacio Palacios

Details for 2018 TOUR, PLEASE CLICK HERE

I'm stoked to have been asked by Ignacio Palacios to join him on an adventure of a lifetime to stunning Patagonia in 2018. I was there in 2010 for a tour on my way to Antarctica and I was blown away with the rich diversity of one of the world's most picturesque regions and vowed to return one day to enjoy it once again.

Ignacio is one of Australia's most creative and awarded travel, wildlife and landscape photographers and recently won an amazing haul of 7 gold awards at the NSW AIPP awards. He has been conducting tours to many parts of the world and has led numerous tours to this region.

Come and join us on this remarkable adventure!


Patagonia - the Classic Itinerary

Joining this classic itinerary tour will give you the opportunity to discover some of the most remarkable landscapes in the Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia. Prepare to be amazed at incredible glaciers, rugged mountain peaks and dramatic skies where lenticular clouds are often seen.

This itinerary will cover all the iconic locations for photography at the right times of day with the best light, but we will also enjoy the culture of the region. Ignacio Palacios has travelled the region countless times, and you will learn about its history and its customs. Patagonia is famous for its great food as well, and we will enjoy the finest local meals such as its delicious empanadas and its most famous sweet (alfajores/dulce de leche).

Tour Dates: 26 March - 8 April 2018
Tour commences in Puerto Natales (Chile) and ends in El Calafate (Argentina)
Tour cost: US $10,490 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: US $1990
Participants: Max 14
Deposit: US $2000



About Ignacio Palacios

Ignacio Palacios is a Spanish/Australian travel photographer based on Planet Earth that stops in Sydney from time to time. He is best known for his travel, landscapes and fine art photography. His previous background was in engineering and management consultant for various companies in wind and renewable energies.

Although he has been a part time photographer since 1998, he became a full time professional photographer in 2012 following the footsteps of three generations of photographers in his family.

Ignacio has traveled around the world since 1998, gathering an extensive collection of images of people, places, wildlife and landscapes across more than 80 countries in five different continents. He is one of the world's few full-time professional photographers/guides and he has led tours to Patagonia, the Altiplano, the Atacama Desert, Galapagos, Spain, Norway, Finland, and Iceland since 2013.

Ignacio writes and provides images to numerous magazines and publications around the world, such as Luminous Landscape and Lonely Planet books and guides.

He has received Australian and International awards and has been finalist and highly commended in some prestigious competitions such as the NSW AIPP Epson Awards, BBC Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer, National Geographic Travel Contest, Australian Geographic Photographer of the Year, Travel Photography or the Year, IPA, Head On, Eyes on Asia and the International Loupe awards.

In 2014 he was awarded with a LUX Gold in Spain (the most prestigious professional photography award in his country).