AMSTERDAM

April 22 - 27, 2018

September 2 - 7, 2018

April 21 - 26, 2019

September 1 - 6, 2019

HOLLAND (add-on)

April 27 - 29, 2018

September 7 - 9, 2018

April 26 - 28, 2019

September 6 - 8, 2019

Travel, Cityscape, Street, Architecture and People Photography

Includes

- 6 Days or 8 Days

  1. -Only 4-8 Guests

  2. -Photographer | Guide

  3. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  4. -Breakfasts

  5. -2 Dinners

  6. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum, Rossebuurt, Rotterdam, Delft and Kinderdijk

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With it’s mesmerizing network of canals, this floating city is magical and unique.

Amsterdam Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

The Netherlands is the country where light astonishes the visitor. It is no wonder that the Dutch gave human civilization several very important painters. Our adventure takes us to a number of lovely and interesting areas of the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Delft. Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From it’s canals, to world famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam can be counted as one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city-culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transport-but it is quiet, and thanks to it’s extensive canals, has little road traffic. What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis, creating a friendly and relaxed environment. Rotterdam is a dynamic international city on the waterfront, always offering something to see or do. The city is famous all across the globe as one of the world’s biggest ports. The city center includes with many shops, local businesses, museums and parks. Delft is a city of great character and quaint beauty. It is known for it’s historic town centre with canals, the painter Vermeer and Delft Blue pottery. No trip to the Netherlands would be complete without a visit to the flower area where photographs of the unforgettable tulip fields are a must!

Dutch Countryside (Extension) We’ve added an optional 3 day Holland Extension that includes the Dutch countryside, including Kinderdijk and Zaanse Schans. Imagine capturing the sunrise in the “land of windmills”. During the 17th century, more than 600 windmills were constructed in the area around the Zaanse Schans, creating the first industrial zone. We will also photograph from the waterway of de Zaan by boat. We’ll step aboard a koeienboot (cow ship), which, as the name implies, was used to transport cattle across the water in the past. Join us in April and you will enjoy Holland’s world famous tulips in full bloom.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations, carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity, so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than Amsterdam.


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by walking, car or minibus

No elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Charles Borsboom  |  April 22-27/29, 2018

Seymour Templar  |  September 2-7/9, 2018

Charles Borsboom  |  April 21-26/28, 2019

Seymour Templar  |  September 1-6/8, 2019



Weather | Sun



April - Temps 63/50 F  17/9 C  Sunrise 5:52 | Sunset 9:22 (21:22)

September - Temps 64/51 F  17/10 C  Sunrise 6:59 | Sunset 8:19 (20:19)


Includes



Travel, landscape, architecture, street, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 or 5 star hotels

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Amsterdam - Banks Mansion, Hotel Vondel, Grand Hotel Downtown or similar

Deft - Hotel Delft Centre, Museum Hotels Delft or similar

Zaanse Schans - Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam or similar


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) - Transfer time to hotel 45min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.


Price



AMSTERDAM 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 22-27, 2018:  $4,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 2-7, 2018:  $4,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 21-26, 2019:  $5,195

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 1-6, 2019:  $5,195


HOLLAND 3-DAY EXTENSION

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 27-29, 2018:  $1,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 7-9, 2018:  $1,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 26-28, 2019:  $2,195

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 6-8, 2019:  $2,195


Single Supplement:  $700 (Amsterdam)  $300 (add-on)

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.



AMSTERDAM 6 DAYS


Sunday (1)  Amsterdam

We begin in the morning at our hotel where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. After lunch we set out for a city walk along the canals, the many historic buildings and photograph some of the atmosphere of this special city. In the evening we have the perfect introduction to Amsterdam, our “Welcome Dinner” on board one of Amsterdam’s famous canal cruises. (D)

Monday (2)  Amsterdam - Rijksmuseum - De Pijp - Albert Cuyp

After breakfast we will visit the newly renovated Rijksmuseum. The renovation started in 2004 and the ‘new’ museum opened its doors again in 2012. Although way over the original budget, it has received enthusiastic praise from all over the world. Just the building itself is worth a visit, and it’s art collection is just as exceptional. Many paintings of the Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and van Gogh can be seen. During our visit we will definitely check out their use of light specifically. After lunch we explore more of Amsterdam, it’s canals and many historic buildings. One of the liveliest areas is “De Pijp”, filled with (ethnic) shops, cafes, restaurants and cozy bars, and close by is the largest and most popular market in the Netherlands. There's no place like the Albert Cuyp street market to discover Amsterdam’s typical sense of humor and laid back atmosphere. At the end of the afternoon we will settle down in one of the many bars for a relaxing drink and from there we will find ourselves a place for a wonderful dinner. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Amsterdam - Keukenhof - Tulip Fields - Rossebuurt

On Tuesday morning we set out to experience the FloraHolland Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the largest flower auction in the world. Here we’ll witness the hustle and bustle of the auction floor, watch traders bidding against the clock and be amazed at the quantity of beautiful flowers traded daily. Flowers from all over the world (Europe, Ecuador, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, etc.) are traded on a daily basis, around 20 million flowers daily.

(Spring Schedule: We will leave the city of Amsterdam and travel a short distance to the flower area of the Netherlands to view and photograph the world famous Dutch tulips. Here you will see the endless flower fields along the streets and fields. And no trip to the Netherlands would be complete without a visit to the world famous “Keukenhof”.)

After our day photographing the Dutch countryside, we will head back to our hotel in Amsterdam to relax and enjoy dinner. Afterward we are free to explore the famous Red Light District. From brothels to sex shops to museums, the Red Light District leaves nothing to the imagination. Cameras are permitted (except never in the direction of the female entertainers! Strictly banned!). This is proof enough that the RLD deserves a visit, if not a look see. The Red Light District simply oozes charm and one cannot help but admire the old buildings that lean at odd angles, and the tree-enshrouded canals. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Delft

The Netherlands is more than just Amsterdam, so on Wednesday, we set out early to explore this small country. Our minibus drives us south to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is a dynamic international city on the waterfront, always offering something to see or do. The city is famous all across the globe as one of the world’s biggest ports. The city center includes with many shops, local businesses, museums and parks. Weena, for example, is a street lined with international businesses and multinationals. Its modern high-rise buildings and striking architecture define the face of the city centre. We will walk through different parts of the city center. Places like Weena, Oude haven, Erasmusbrug, Willemsbrug and Noorder eiland are all just places that celebrates 'old' and 'new' Rotterdam. Later the day we will explore some parts of the Port of Rotterdam. Will we see huge containerships, docks, refineries and other bigger that big marine equipment. At the end of the day we drive back and we will spend the night in a hotel in Delft, just 50 minutes outside Amsterdam and nearby Rotterdam. (B)

Thursday (5)  Delft - Nieuwe Kerk - Prinsenhof

Delft is the City of Delft Blue, the House of Orange and Johannes Vermeer. This charming city received it’s city franchise in 1246. The city has a really nice and welcoming atmosphere and the center is small enough to visit all the places on foot. We will visit the house of Vermeer and see, explained in nice displays, how ‘the master of light’ created his paintings (e.g. the Girl With the Pearl Earring). We go into some of the royal sites like the Nieuwe Kerk, all members of the royal family are buried here, and the Prinsenhof, the place where Willem of Orange was shot to his death. Later that day we will see the 17th-century porceleyne fles. This is the only factory that still produces original Delft blue ceramics. Afterward we enjoy our “Farewell Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants. (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Delft

At breakfast we have our final discussion, review our best photos from the week, trade contact information, and bid you farewell. Guest who are continuing on to the Dutch countryside, we will depart for Kinderdijk after checkout. (B)

We urge you to extend you adventure with us to explore ad photograph the Dutch countryside on our Holland Extension.

HOLLAND 3 DAY EXTENSION


Friday (1)  Kinderdijk - Zaanse Schans

Our extension begins with a visit to a different but very characteristic Dutch landscape, namely “Polders”. Kinderdijk is a village about 15 km east of Rotterdam, situated in a polder in the Alblasserwaard at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. We will have ample time to walk around and shoot before lunch. From here we will drive to Zaanse Schans, where we will base ourselves for the next two nights. During the 17th century, more than 600 windmills were constructed in the area around the Zaanse Schans, creating the first industrial zone. The windmills were used, among others, to grind spices, produce paint, saw wood, and make oil. A number of these windmills still exist and can still be visited today. You will see how these wind-powered machines work, inside and out. (B)

Saturday (2)  Zaanse Schans

We are up early to capture the sunrise in the land of windmills. After breakfast we off to photograph from the waterway of de Zaan by boat. We’ls Step aboard a koeienboot (cow ship), which, as the name implied, was used to transport cattle across the water in the past. Our guide will tell us wonderful stories along the way, about life in the Zaanstreek in the past. We’ll have wonderful photographic opportunities from this vantage point. In the afternoon Zaanse Schans we will see authentic houses, windmills, a tinware factory, a cheese and dairy factory and other crafts. Both inside and out, the old Zaan style is visible. Afterwards we have our second “Farewell Dinner” of the week. (B) (D)

Sunday (3)  Zaanse Schans - Amsterdam

At breakfast we have our final discussion, review our best photos from the week, trade contact information, and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Amsterdam or elsewhere in Europe and make good use of all the wonderful photographic techniques you will have learned on our amazing photo adventure. (B)

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All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



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NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.







 

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