Holland/Belgium Photo Tour

23 Apr - 3 May, 2018
Photo leader:
11 days, from 4950 USD
Join Jim for 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, 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 plus take amazing images.
Day 1: Monday, April 23.
You will depart the U.S. today and arrive in Amsterdam the following morning.

Day 2: Tuesday, April 24. 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 25, 26. 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 closeups 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 27. 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 closeups 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 28. Zaandam/Brugge.
This morning we visit an historic Dutch settlement, Zaandam. In 1697 Czar Peter I of Russia spent time here studying ship building, 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: Saturday, Sunday April 29 - 30. 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: Sunday, May 1. Brussels.
We drive to Brussels today, stopping enroute 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: Monday, May 2. 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: Tuesday, May 3. 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

Single supplement:  $1225

REFUND SCHEDULE INTERNATIONAL TOURS:
If you cancel 150 days before the tour departure, you will get a full 100% refund.
If you cancel from 149 to 120 days before departure, you will get 70% of your deposit/tour cost refunded.
If you cancel from 119 to 90 days days before departure, you will receive 50% of the tour cost refunded.
If you can cancel less than 90 days before departure, you will not receive a refund.

REFUND SCHEDULE U.S. DOMESTIC TOURS:
If you cancel 90 days before the tour departure, you will get a full 100% refund.
If you cancel from 60 to 89 days before departure, you will get 70% of your deposit/tour cost refunded.
If you can cancel less than 60 days before departure, you will not receive a refund.
Includes all lodging based on double occupancy, all breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, all land transportation, all entrance fees, photo instruction, critiques upon demand.

Not included:  International airfare, items of a personal nature, meals except those indicated.
LOGISTICS:
Our itineraries are designed to take advantage of the best light and the best photographic opportunities. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, traffic, local governmental policy changes, cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by Jim Zuckerman.

Whenever possible, our groups stay in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations, but refrain from extravagance to keep the cost of the tour reasonable. Many wonderful photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities, however, and where necessary we will be accommodated in rustic country inns, cabins or tented camps.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Jim Zuckerman and Killer Stock, Inc., act only as an agent for the passenger in regard to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.

They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provide for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
All tour participants are strongly encouraged to carry trip cancellation insurance as well as medical emergency evacuation insurance. No one likes paying for insurance … until you need it. For example, if you sprain your ankle two days before departure and you can’t walk without pain (or can’t walk at all), you would lose your entire investment in the photo tour if you ddn’t have insurance. Many things happen in life that we don’t expect, and it’s nice to know you have a safety net to protect you, just in case.

Likewise, if you get injured in a remote place and you have emergency evacuation insurance, help will be on the way immediately and it won’t cost an arm and a leg to transport you to a hospital.
General Enrollment Information for Photography Tours and Workshops by Jim Zuckerman Photography

1. RESERVATIONS
A deposit of USD$1000 will reserve a place for you on a tour or a workshop. Deposits and trip payments may be made by personal or business check. Full payment of the trip fee is due 120 days prior to departure date. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat your reservation as canceled, as if in writing. Trip fees are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars. No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a trip for any reason whatsoever. Each trip is sold as a package only. This policy also applies to tour extensions and independent travel arrangements. Cancellation fees are not transferable.

2. HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS
Jim Zuckerman’s Photography Tours and Workshops are within the capabilities of average people in good health. If you have concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness as it relates to a trip, please inquire with us before reserving a space. By paying a trip deposit, you certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions of disability that would create a risk for you or other trip participants. We reserve the right to request a doctor’s statement of good health. The company’s or trip leader’s judgment shall provide the ultimate determination of an individual’s ability to embark upon or to continue a trip. Once a trip has been confirmed, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to our cancellation policy. We assume no responsibility for medical care or for special dietary requirements.

3. INSURANCE
All participants are strongly urged to purchase travel protection insurance.

4. TOUR COSTS
The costs of the tour include lodging in double room occupancy, meals as stated in the itinerary, transfer from the airport to the hotel and return, and all photo instruction. Not included are airfare or other transportation from your home to the trip staging location, airport departure taxes, insurance, beverages during dinners and bar expenses, tips and gratuities to local guides, phone calls, passport or visa expenses, laundry or items of a personal nature.

Single accommodations are available for a supplemental cost. You will be charged the single supplement fee if you desire single accommodations or if you wish to have a roommate, but one is not available.

5. LOGISTICS
Whenever possible, our trip participants are lodged in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations, but refrain from extravagance. Some interesting photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities.

Our itinerary is intended to be followed as closely as possible, but participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, natural history or cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by tour leader.

6. RESPONSIBILITY
Organizers act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.

They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provide for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.
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