The Best Cities to Explore in 2017

2017 is upon us at last. With it, it brings new opportunities, new experiences and the chance to explore new cities across the globe. Over the past year we've been working hard to delve into the underbelly of the most photogenic cities in the world and find the best places to shoot, hide, eat and drink, so you'll have no excuses when you go travelling in 2017 as to what to do when you touchdown. With the shackles of 2016 having been cut, it is time to act on New Year's resolutions to improve your photography. Here is a curated selection of the best photo essays we've made over the past year to inspire your travels in 2017 and make sure you get the most out of your trips, shoot better images, and come away with a higher quality photographs. 

London calling?

London Double Decker Bus - PHOTO: William Lounsbury - NIKON D800 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 29mm - f/5 - 1/25 - ISO 800

London Double Decker Bus - PHOTO: William Lounsbury - NIKON D800 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 29mm - f/5 - 1/25 - ISO 800

With the British pound sterling low, London is looking even more attractive than usual. So you will get more bank for your buck as you explore this photographer's dream, with on of the most internationally recognisable skylines. This carefully woven tapestry of modern and historic building is exciting to shoot any time of the year. There are countless winding streets to get lost in, and centuries-old history to uncover. Where are the best places to shoot? We'll let you in on a few of our secrets.

Feel the roar of the Lion City

HELIX BRIDGE, Marine Bay Sands - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 14-24MM F/2.8 @ 14MM F/2.8 - 2sec - ISO 100

HELIX BRIDGE, Marine Bay Sands - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 14-24MM F/2.8 @ 14MM F/2.8 - 2sec - ISO 100

From little India to Chinatown, Thai cuisine and Malaysian influence, a trip to Singapore is a trip to Asia in a nutshell.  Filled with contrasts, Singapore has developed itself into one of the hottest destinations in 2017. Where skyscrapers back onto forests, and hidden cocktail lounges rest behind smokey temples, Singapore has more to offer than you think. If you are flying to other parts of Asia or Australia, make sure to stop off and take a few days in Singapore.

Finding your time in Northern Italy

PHOTO: Anna Volpi - NIKON D700 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 70mm - f/11 - 1/50 - ISO 500

PHOTO: Anna Volpi - NIKON D700 - 24-70MM F/2.8 @ 70mm - f/11 - 1/50 - ISO 500

Carnival is just around the corner and it will be larger than ever, tick off the most photogenic celebration in the Sunken City. Or spend some time in the region, Venito isn't synonymous with Venice. Near alpine Lake Garda lies the medieval city of Verona for example, the City of Love, which is a sophisticated city atop of Romain foundation that just goes to show you how much Venito, and Northern Italy, has to offer.

Down Under comes up on top

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House - PHOTO: Federico Rekowsk - Canon EOS 5DS R - 70-200mm @ 89MM F/9 - 1/5 - ISO 100

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House - PHOTO: Federico Rekowsk - Canon EOS 5DS R - 70-200mm @ 89MM F/9 - 1/5 - ISO 100

The Aussie dollar is down, and flights to and from Australia have lowered with it. Take advantage of the impressive beaches, modern architecture, friendly people and a relaxed way of life. Australia is a sure-fire destination for the trigger happy photographer with icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house, to trendy coffee culture in Melbourne, there's no limit to what you can photograph down under.

The Divided City

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There is always something hidden in Berlin. The city is quickly outpacing its old saying of "Poor, but sexy" as it thrusts into the 21st century, but that doesn't mean gems aren't still to be found around every other corner. The centre of the cold war hasn't completely shed it's skin yet, and reminants of the Berlin wall still haunt the streets beside hard techno clubs, and beer gardens.

We'll always have Paris

Sacre-Cœur - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 66MM F/8 - 1/125 - ISO 100

Sacre-Cœur - PHOTO: ALEXANDER J.E. BRADLEY - NIKON D7000 - 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 66MM F/8 - 1/125 - ISO 100

Paris is like a fine red wine, this classic elegant city only gets better each time you return. Each time you return you never need to see the same quartier twice. It's expansive and immersive and it holds many secrets. From all of the places in Paris we shot over the last year, we keep coming back to Montmartre and all of the cute secret gardens hidden across the city. Have you been to the Village of Paris yet?


Weather you are a beginner trying to understand your new camera, an enthusiast looking to delve deeper into your photographic knowledge or a professional looking for the best location to take that perfect spot, Aperture Tours has you covered. With so many photogenic cities awaiting you, the only difficult decision is choosing where to go. Grab your passport, your sunnies and your camera, jump on a plane and we'll look forward to showing you the best places to shoot in 2017.


Author : Alexander J.E. Bradley

Alexander is the founder of Aperture Tours which run photography tours in the most photogenic cities across the globe. A professional photographer for over a decade, Alexander enjoys shooting the surreal by mixing dreamlike qualities into his conceptual images.