Holland & Belgium Photo Tour
April 20 - 30, 2020
This is an unforgettable photo tour to a place that must be on your bucket list. Holland in the spring is dazzling, and the
highlight of this trip is two whole days to immerse yourself in the exquisite floral designs of Keukenhof Gardens. Nowhere
else on the planet will you find displays of flowers like this. Keukenhof is 80 acres of manicured perfection, and you will be
enthralled with what you see and photograph. Also included in this tour are classic Dutch windmills, expansive tulip fields,
a beautiful traditional Dutch historic village, magnificent Brugge, Belgium, night photography in Amsterdam, and two days
in stunning Brussels. Your photographic skills will be put to the test in the areas of macro photography, landscape photography,
night shooting, HDR, and architecture photography. You will learn a lot and you'll take amazing pictures.
Tour Policies (please read)
Visit the photo gallery
Day 1: Monday, April 20. You will depart the U.S. today and arrive in Amsterdam the following morning.
Day 2: Tuesday, April 21. Amsterdam.
Upon arrival, after you go through immigration and collect your
luggage, take a free shuttle to our airport hotel to rest from the trans-Atlantic journey. In the late afternoon,
we head into the heart of Amsterdam for twilight and night photography of the canals, bridges, and beautiful
lighting that is characteristic of this dynamic city. We have an early welcome dinner so we can be ready to shoot
at the optimal time. Overnight airport hotel. 4-star hotel.
Days 3 - 4: Wednesday - Thursday, April 22, 23. Keukenhof Gardens.
We leave the hotel early this morning and arrive at Keukenhof Gardens before the crowds. Nowhere
in the world is flower photography more exciting, more incredible, than here. We have two full days to
shoot the spectacular floral designs, patterns, and close-ups of the huge variety of tulips and other species
of flowers that are on display in the outdoor gardens as well as in the enormous greenhouse. In the morning
you will concentrate on landscape photography that encompasses large sections of Keukenhof, and as more
people enter the grounds you can focus on the dizzying array of colorful patterns that are artfully laid out.
Overnight Lisse. 4-star hotel.
Day 5: Friday, April 24. Alkmaar. This morning we visit the famous medieval cheese market in Alkmaar.
The operation of the market is re-enacted for tourists, but it dates from the 15th century. It's a photogenic sight
with uniformed workers, piles of hundreds of cheeses, and traditional scales. We will get there early to get a good
vantage from which we can photograph the activities. After the event is over, you can move in for close-ups of the
Dutch models and graphic patterns of cheeses. After lunch, we drive to Kinderdijk to photograph the rows of classic
Dutch windmills in late afternoon and sunset lighting. Overnight Lisse. 4-star hotel.
Day 6: Saturday, April 25. Zaandam/Brugge.
This morning we visit a historic Dutch settlement, Zaandam. In 1697 Czar Peter I of Russia spent time here studying
shipbuilding, and in 1871 Claude Monet made 25 paintings based on the windmills and the scenes around this city.
The traditional houses from centuries gone by make wonderful subjects to shoot as they reflect in the quaint canals.
The large, colorful windmills that attracted Monet will still attract your eye as you look for the best angles to shoot
them. In the afternoon, we drive by taxi to the fairytale town of Brugge in the Flemish region of Belgium. Overnight
Brugge. 4-star hotel.
Days 7 - 8: Sunday - Monday, April 26 - 27. Brugge.
Picturesque cobbled lands and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares with soaring towers, historic
churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. We will be able to photograph this historic town in many types of lighting
including twilight and night. You will want to ascend the clock tower to get an aerial view of the square, and the architecture
is beautiful from so many angles. Overnight Brugge. 4-star hotel.
Day 9: Tuesday, April 28. Brussels.
We drive to Brussels today, stopping en route to visit the spectacular Hallerbos Forest nearby. It is carpeted
in bluebonnets, and it will leave you captivated with its beauty and photogenic opportunities. We continue
on to Brussels and check into our centrally located hotel. We will capture classic European scenes at twilight
this evening as many great photographic compositions are within easy walking distance of our hotel. Overnight
Brussels. 4-star hotel.
Day 10: Wednesday, April 29. Brussels.
We have a full day to explore beautiful Brussels. We visit the Atomium built for the 1958 World's Fair, the
Grand Palace, the Town Hall, the incredible Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and more plus another twilight/night
photography session. Overnight Brussels. 4-star hotel.
Day 11: Thursday, April 30. Departure.
Today we transfer to the airport for our return flight home, knowing we've captured amazing pictures of wonderful
gardens, villages, and architecture in Europe.
TOUR COST: $4950.
Includes all lodging based on double occupancy, all breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, all land transportation,
all entrance fees, photo instruction, critiques upon demand.
Single supplement: $1245
Not included: International airfare, items of a personal nature, meals except those indicated.