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Belgium and the Netherlands Photo Tour, Spring 2022

April 16, 2022 - April 26, 2022

$4695

Strabo Photo Tour Collection:
607-756-8676
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LIVE IT, LOVE IT, SHOOT IT on a photographic tour from Amsterdam and beyond to Ghent and Brugge, Belgium with Nancy Ori. There will be daily photo-focused city walking tours in both of these lovely cities, as well as small canal villages with windmills, traditional architecture and lovely, warm hospitality.

Moving from one country to another you will stay within walking distance of the famous Keukenhof Gardens. Photograph through the eye of resident local guides and photographers, taking you to their hidden gems. These top rated locations combine the best mix of what makes this region so recognizable. Timing is everything. Your local guides will get you to the best locations for best available light and maximum visual appeal.

Tour Highlights ~ A Photographic and Cultural Adventure

  • 10 days of photographing and instruction with accomplished photographer and tour leader Nancy Ori.
  • Amsterdam, day and night walking tours to photograph architecture, canals, bicycles, and European city life.
  • Quintessential Ghent and Brugge with their dramatically lit canals.
  • Seven million tulip bulbs of Keukenhof Gardens in South Holland.
  • Day trips photographing small canal villages and windmills.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring 18th century windmills, Kinderjik.
  • Relaxed and flexible itinerary to make the most of the photo opportunities that come our way.
  • Tour limited to 12 participants for extra attention.

Additional Information

Estimated Land cost: $4695 per passenger*, based upon minimum of 9 paying passengers, maximum of 12. All our program prices are based on double occupancy. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 6-8 paying participants.

Single room supplement: $845 Single rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. We try to accommodate single travelers who request single accommodations, as well as single travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, we are unable to find a suitable roommate, or you are in a single for another reason, you will need to pay the single supplement.

*Note: The land cost is based on current exchange rate between the Euro and US dollar. Should these rates change significantly, there may be an adjustment in the trip price.

Itinerary
April 16 Home
Your journey to Holland begins with an overnight flight from the U.S./Canada to Amsterdam, Netherlands. The tour does not include any free time in Amsterdam. The city is filled with many museums and tourist activities. If you would like us to reserve additional evenings at the hotel to see the sights or just get over jet lag, please email Strabo as soon as possible with approximate number of evenings. This is very busy time of year as you can imagine, therefore we should arrange early to prevent having to stay at another hotel. Public transportation can be taken to the train station or private taxi can be taken to the hotel.

*PLEASE NOTE: International airline ticket will need to be booked multi-city: Home/Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU)/Home.

April 17-18 Amsterdam (Overnight Amsterdam – none, L)
Arrive prior to 2PM. The first meeting will be in the hotel lobby at approximately 3PM. Depart to photograph idyllic Dutch villages, with their old wooden houses and surrounding dykes. Marken and Edam, the later known for its famous cheese market and old port. Driving further north to the smaller harbor of Enkhuizen, before returning to photograph the windmills at Zaanse Schans, providing a full portfolio of Dutch icons for any visitor. The next day enjoy breakfast on your own at various coffee shops within walking distance of the hotel. Your local guide will take you to the best places to photograph in Amsterdam, away from the typical tourist sites. Photograph the quiet neighborhoods, architectural reflections in the canals, all creating a fairytale vibe. After an afternoon break at the hotel, begin again as the whole place sparkles to life as a special atmosphere descends on the city. Capture the light trails of boats and the silky dreaminess of the canals with night photography techniques. Weather permitting – photograph the best place in Amsterdam for sunset.

The next morning depart via coach to the picturesque village of Giethoorn. Giethoorn is a very peaceful place, such simple beauty that it hardly seems real. Walk past boats gliding along small canals, and old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. See boats drift under a wooden bridge where an elderly resident may be going to see a neighbor. No this is not Venice, or Amsterdam. It is too quiet, too serene and remote. It is so calm that its nickname of the “Dutch Venice” may give a false impression of size and crowds and commercialism.

April 19-21 Lisse (Overnight Lisse – B, D all days)
The next morning depart via coach to the picturesque village of Giethoorn. Giethoorn is a very peaceful place, such simple beauty that it hardly seems real. Walk past boats gliding along small canals, and old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. See boats drift under a wooden bridge where an elderly resident may be going to see a neighbor. No this is not Venice, or Amsterdam. It is too quiet, too serene and remote. It is so calm that its nickname of the “Dutch Venice” may give a false impression of size and crowds and commercialism.

Return to the coach with your photo tour leader and travel south of Amsterdam to Lisse where you will prepare for a full day of photography tomorrow amidst the flowering bulbs.

Although the weather can be unpredictable the tour has been timed around visiting the famous Keukenhoff Gardens, staying within walking distance. Bicycles will be provided for those that would like to travel as the locals do. With almost 80 acres of gardens, one could get memorized in the colorful seven million tulip bulbs that are planted each year in the park. The gardens have optional boat rental as well through the canals. Overnight Lisse

April 22-24 Brugge (Overnight Brugge – B, D; B, L; B)
Depart Lisse this morning for a photography session at Kinderdijk Netherlands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring 18th century windmills. The village is a unique icon of the Dutch water management system. Waterways, footpaths and bikeways crisscross the area, leading to preserved working windmills. Continue on to Belgium for three days in the quintessential Brugge. Bruges or Brugge (Dutch), is almost a perfect medieval fairytale town.

The next day start early taking a boat ride along the canals, getting off at various locations for photography. Your local guide will point out interesting details and give you facts on what you are seeing to help your shooting time along the way. You will be covering plenty of locations, chasing the morning light. Reconvene with local guide as the day winds down, see a city lost in time as the lights turn on, it is simply a sight to behold. The cobbled lanes and canals link the market squares, they are so picture perfect that you may find it difficult to put your camera away and absorb the beauty. The architecture, with Gothic and Baroque buildings is truly jaw-dropping.

Your last full day in Brugge enjoy a day trip to the quaint town of Damme. Damme is just 3.5 miles from Brugges, transport via mini-bus or those that wish to bicycle can do so with bikes from the hotel. Cycling is a fantastic way to see some of the quaint Belgian countryside without having to travel far from the city, the ride is mostly straight and flat. Damme’s rich history stretches back to the 12th century and was the site where Canadian troops fought to liberate Holland in World War II.

April 25 Brugge – Ghent – Brussels – Home (B)
Those that want to capture more images early morning in Brugge may do so on their own, and the group will then depart for a photography tour of Ghent. The City of Ghent is a university town and cultural hub. It is one of the most underrated, picturesque medieval cities; it’s nothing short of spectacular. Sitting at the confluence of two rivers in the Flemish lowlands, it boasts a non-auto center area flush with churches, striking merchant houses, squares, and cobbled streets. Transfer to Brussels airport hotel for the evening. (B)

April 25 Brussels – Home (B)
Depending on your flight time this morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel. There is a hotel airport shuttle for your departure.

COVID-19 Update

Strabo Tours is committed to continuing the wonderful photography/cultural programs that we have offered for almost 20 years. We are very committed to providing you with a safe journey and therefore have adopted new protocols for Strabo and our partners. We need each of our guests to understand and commit to adopting these protocols as well. What we have all learned in 2020 is that we know how to better protect ourselves and those around us, whether we are at home or abroad.

The new protocols will discuss the issues that have the greatest impact on reducing the transmission of illnesses. In order to have the broadest protection for Strabo, our partners, and guests, we will all need to follow these guidelines to protect the health of each other. Please note that several resources have been reviewed to develop these new protocols including the CDC, WHO and WTTC.

Please contact Strabo Tours if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help and guide you through your journey.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Estimated Land cost: $4695 per passenger*, based upon minimum of 9 paying passengers, maximum of 12. All our program prices are based on double occupancy. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 6-8 paying participants.

Single room supplement: $845 Single rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. We try to accommodate single travelers who request single accommodations, as well as single travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, we are unable to find a suitable roommate, or you are in a single for another reason, you will need to pay the single supplement.

*Note: The trip cost is based upon the current exchange rate between the Euro and U.S. Dollar. Although the rate has been relatively stable, should it change, there may need to be an adjustment in the trip price.

The land cost includes:
• Transportation for tour events in the tour van.
• Accommodations based on two people sharing a room.
• Services of driver guide during specific days of the tour.
• Breakfast (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D) as listed.
• Extensive pre-departure information and services.
• Tuition for instruction by Nancy Ori.

The land cost does not include:
International air fare; air fare tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; meals not listed as included; activities listed as optional, or those taken on your own; passport expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature or those not listed in what is included; tips to guides and service staff.

Please contact Strabo Tours if you would like assistance with your International Airfare.

Book with Confidence:
Bookings through March 1, 2021, will have lower cancel fee should guest cancel or change to future trip. Contact Strabo Tours for details.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds
A deposit of $750 per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

• 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.

• 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.

• 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Fitness and Health
The trip is not strenuous and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. You will be on foot in each of the cities and be able walk a few miles at a time. You can also travel via bicycle, the traditional mode of transportation of the locals. Some hotels do not have elevators.
If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

Insurance
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure). Your tour could also be cancelled or cut short due to reasons out of Strabo’s control, in which Strabo cannot be held responsible.

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program.
For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlets, which outline their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. There are various levels of coverage you should be aware of before making your purchase. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll-free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

For more information and to register:

Strabo Photo Tour Collection:
607-756-8676
Click to reserve a tour

Details

Start:
April 16, 2022
End:
April 26, 2022
Cost:
$4695
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Website:
http://www.phototc.com/

Organizers

Strabo Photo Tour
Nancy Ori