Photo by: Holland
Location: Nancy Ori
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Holland and Belgium – Live It, Love It, Shoot It

  • 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.
  • There will be private vehicle for day trips and local guides in both Brugges & Amsterdam.
Region

Europe

Destination

Holland

Dates

April 16-26, 2020

Duration

10 days

$4695

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 6-8 participants. 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 (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $845.

Tour Overview

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...

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. Please contact Strabo Tours for details and additional evening cost.

Photo Leader

Nancy Ori

Your instructions regarding exposure settings, use of flash outdoors, control of flash intensity were invaluable. I have a new-found appreciation for variations in natural light as well, while there is much to learn, these tidbits have renewed my interest and passion for photography. It is a wonder and a pleasure to take photos that capture what I saw, and wanted, with minimal adjustments. Also, you were wonderful in taking the time to critique my old photos. While others had given me their thoughts yours were the most insightful, directive and helpful.  

— Edgar

I’ve thought a lot about the trip and felt that your instruction was excellent and your patience with our questions and our technical inadequacies was remarkable. I thought everyone else would be much more accomplished than I am and was delighted that I could keep up and learn so many new things. Your teaching style matches my learning style – focused and to the point. I also learned so much from my fellow students who graciously shared their knowledge and experience. The scheduling and pacing of the trip were excellent even though by the evening I was too exhausted to participate in the frivolity. However, I didn’t feel left out because you did not use that time for instruction. It was a great workshop for content, organization and student support.

— Ruth

Tour 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

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 what was once one of the major harbors of the Dutch East India Company, Hoorn, or the smaller harbor of Enkhuizen, before returning to photograph the windmills in the evening light at Schmerhorn, 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. Overnight Amsterdam (D; L)

April 19-21: Lisse

This morning depart via coach to the picturesque village of Geithoorn. 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. Board 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. Enjoy another full day tomorrow to capture your favorite places in different light. Overnight Lisse (B, D three days)

April 22-24: Brugge

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.

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 and afternoon light as it fades. 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 local Brugge guide will get 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 (B three days)

April 25: Brugge - Ghent

After a relaxing morning in Brugge depart for your 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. Stay through a farewell lunch and additional photography. Transfer to Brussels airport hotel for the evening. (B, L)

April 26: Brussels - Home

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