Holland and Belgium Photo Tour

Tour Intro

Estimated 2020 rates

LIVE IT, LOVE IT, SHOOT IT on a photographic tour from Ghent and Brugge, Belgium to Amsterdam and beyond in Holland 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

  • 11 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.

Tour Itinerary

April 14: Home
Brugge Canal Boat

Photo By: Andy McSweeney

Photo Location: Holland

Your journey to Belgium and Holland begins with an overnight flight from the U.S./Canada to Brussels*, Belgium. The tour does not include any time in Brussels as it is considered more of a business city. Strabo can recommend some hotels in the area or an airport hotel if you would like to travel a day or two earlier to explore on your own or simply get over jet lag. 

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

April 15-18: Ghent-Bruges
Brugge Architecture

Photo By: Andy McSweeney

Photo Location: Holland

Departure time from Brussels Airport will be announced. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and depart for the very picturesque City of Ghent, a university town and cultural hub. Ghent is one of the most underrated, unknown 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. Continue on to your home for the next four days in the quintessential Brugge. Bruges or Brugge (Dutch), is almost a perfect medieval fairytale town. Your local guide will point out interesting details and give you facts on what you’re seeing to help your shooting time along the way. You will be covering plenty of locations, chasing the morning light as it fades. As the day winds down, see a city lost in time as the lights turn on, the city at night 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. You will have an additional three days with Nancy and your local Brugge guide getting you to all the right places at the right time. One day you will travel further afield to Flanders Fields, with remembrances of WW I. Overnight Brugge (D; B three days)

April 19-21: Lisse
Flowers

Photo By: Nancy Ori

Photo Location: Holland

Leave Belgium behind as you travel to South Holland. There will be a photography session at Kinderdijk Netherlands, an 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 another hour to the town of Lisse where you can prepare for a full day of photography tomorrow amidst the flowering bulbs. Although the weather can be unpredictable we have timed the tour around visiting the famous Keukenhoff Gardens, staying just a few minutes away. 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 bike rental along the trails or boat trip through the canals.

The next day meet your local Holland guide and travel further afield to picturesque villages such as Amersfoort and Geithoorn. Amersfoort is a very historic and attractive city, having many fine medieval buildings. The town center is easily explored on foot, with many photo opportunities. The railway station is one of the busiest in Holland with several tracks converging on the area. Giethoorn is so peaceful, so different and has such simple beauty that it hardly seems real, gently gliding along small canals past old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. You can turn down a “side street” (another small canal) and drift under a wooden bridge where an elderly resident may be strolling over 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 Lisse for your last evening before moving on to Amsterdam tomorrow. Overnight Lisse (B, D three days)

April 22-24: Amsterdam
Brugge Reflections

Photo By: Andy McSweeney

Photo Location: Holland

After an early breakfast 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 what was once one of the major harbors of the Dutch East India Company, Hoorn. Given time you may visit Enkhuizen, before returning to photograph the windmills in late afternoon light at Schmerhorn, providing a full portfolio of Dutch icons for any visitor.

The last two days in Amsterdam you will enjoy the best places to photograph, away from the typical tourist sites, with your local guide. Your lovely hotel provides breakfast snack bags each morning, which allows the group to depart early on foot. Photograph the quiet neighborhoods, architectural reflections in the canals, all creating a fairytale vibe. 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. One evening you will photograph the best place in Amsterdam for sunset.

You may wish to extend your stay to enjoy some of the many museums of Amsterdam such as the Ann Frank House, or art museums. Overnight Amsterdam (B bags; farewell D)

April 25: Amsterdam - Home
Brugge Markets

Photo By: Andy McSweeney

Photo Location: Holland

Depending on your flight time this morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and perhaps another early morning photo walk. There is public transportation back to the airport or the hotel staff can call a taxi for your departure. (B bag)

Photo Leader

Nancy Ori
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Nancy Ori

To view a slide show of Nancy's images from her photo programs to Cuba, click here:  Cuba travel program with Nancy Ori      It's a perfect of example of the wonderful opportunities you will explore with her.

Nancy Ori, photography instructor and experienced tour leader
Nancy J. Ori is respected internationally for over 30 years as an industrial photographer and video producer and enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and is now on the faculty in New Jersey of numerous art centers and museums. In 1990, she established The NJ Heritage Workshops for Photography and Painting, which she holds each spring in Cape May. And in 1995 she founded and directs the New Jersey Photography Forum, a group of professional and serious amateur photographers that meet regularly to discuss their work and exhibit within the state. The group is now 18 years old and is the largest group of exhibiting fine art photographers in New Jersey.

Photographing in the West Coast tradition of her long-time mentor, Ansel Adams, Nancy expresses her own interpretation of the landscape and architecture. Her photographs reveal a love of light, shadow and form in natural and man-made settings. They are powerful documentations of the land expressing its vulnerability and endurance.

Nancy's teaching style is casual and supportive but with great passion. One of her students sums it up nicely: "The workshop was wonderful, and hard and fulfilling and really fun! As usual, you were brilliant, prepared, encouraging, insightful and organized. Thanks again for your passion, and for all the fun and knowledge my annual "photography camp" puts in my life."  Carol

Ori’s work has been widely published and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. View Nancy’s website www.nancyoriphotography.com. for detailed information or call her at 908-790-8820.

It’s always enlightening and enjoyable listening to you and discussing things. The vast majority of time, after attending a workshop (which I rarely do anymore), l leave feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. However, there is something about your approach that, following time spent w/you, I go away encouraged and motivated. It’s a bonus to get applicable business contact info, and some written reference material, but it’s the feeling of, “hmmm, I can do this...”, that makes all the difference. And for that, I thank -you. Glenn, freelance photographer

Glenn

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 8 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 6-7 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.

Airfare

Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

The land cost includes:
  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) 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. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

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).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) 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.

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).

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 pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. 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.

Subject to Change

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Release

Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.

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