We will begin this Netherland Photo Tour in the town of Zaandam just north of Amsterdam.
Zaandam is a short 20-minute direct tram ride from Schipol Airport and an even shorter 12-minute tram ride into Amsterdam. We will spend 3 nights at the beginning of the Netherlands Photo Tour and 1 night at the end in Zaandam which allows us easy access to Amsterdam and to the tulip fields, small villages, and windmills of North Holland. We will then move on to lovely Delft for 3 nights and then charming Leiden for 2 nights to have easy access to the Keukenhof Gardens.
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Join us for this 9-day Netherlands Photo Tour for an experience of a lifetime in a region that you will not want to leave!
- Four nights in Zaandam, three at the beginning and one at the end. Good access to Amsterdam and the tulips fields and small towns and villages of North Holland.
- Three nights in lovely Delft which makes a good base for exploring the windmills at Kinderdijk and Rotterdam.
- Two nights in charming Leiden. This is a good base for easy access to the Keukenhof Gardens and Haarlem.
- In addition to great photo opportunities on our Netherlands Photo Tour, we will be lecturing (mostly in the field) on photographic topics including:
- Digital Workflow
- Panoramic Photography
- Depth of Field calculation
- Focal Blending
- Blue Hour Photography
- Filters, Neutral Density, and Neutral Density Grads
- Photoshop & Lightroom Tips and Tricks
- Nik software
This is a sample itinerary that is subject to change depending on weather and other circumstances beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide the best possible experience for our clients.
April 16, 2023
Our Netherlands Photo Tour begins at 3 pm at our hotel in Zaandam, the Best Western Zaan Inn. We chose this location for easy access to Amsterdam (12 minutes by tram) and the tulip fields, windmills, and small towns and villages in North Holland. Zaandam is also very close to Schipol Airport. Direct trams run every 30 minutes. It only takes 19 minutes to get to the airport.
After an introductory meeting and our first dinner together, we will experience our first blue hour photo session nearby at the famous Zaanse Schans historic site.
April 17 & 18
We will have these two days to explore the countryside and villages to the north including possible visits to Hoorne, Marken, and Alkmaar. This region is great for photographing charming towns, tulip fields, and windmills. We will also venture into Amsterdam for dinner and an evening blue hour photo session on one of its beautiful canals.
April 19 & 21
We move on to the south to the over-the-top charming town of Delft. In addition to being a wonderful photo location in its own right, Delft allows for easy access to the windmills of Kinderdijk, modern Rotterdam, and a couple of medieval villages on the outskirts of Rotterdam.
April 22 – 23
We move a bit north to beautiful Leiden for 2 nights. This is another wonderful town to explore with the camera. It is close to the breathtakingly beautiful Keukenhof Gardens which will allow us to arrive early and be right there when the gates first open.
Back to our hotel in Zaandam for our last night and another evening blue hour session in Amsterdam.
Our tour ends after breakfast. Easy access from our hotel to the airport or Amsterdam is available.
Dates: April 16 – 25, 2023 (9 nights)
Cost: $5,825 | single supplement $740
A $500 deposit will secure your spot.
What is included?
- 9 nights lodging
- All breakfasts
- Daily van transportation to photo locations
- All entrance fees and tolls
- Jim’s & Magrit’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction
Level of physical difficulty: 2 out of 5
The Netherlands Photo Tour features the fifth flattest country in the world. We will be walking to some of our photo locations. For example at the windmills at Kinderdijk, expect roughly a 2-mile round trip walk and when visiting the Keukenhof Gardens, you may be walking more than 2 miles, depending on your energy level. For most other parts of the Netherlands Photo Tour, we will be traveling in a 9 passenger van. You must be physically able to step in and out of the van under your own efforts (the step up into the van is higher than a typical stair step).
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Personal Items & Weather Conditions.
Temperature range for this time of year: 38º to 60º F. It can be cold and wet, so come prepared. This includes rain gear, warm layers, a warm hat, gloves, an umbrella, and rain protection for your camera.
Average monthly rainfall for this time of year: 1.5″
Please pack light as we will not have room in the van for more than one piece of luggage plus a camera bag for each of us. Magrit and I travel for 4.5 months with one 25″ and one 26″ Travel Pro Max Lite luggage each in addition to our camera bags and Magrit’s small travel purse. Most airlines are now charging for more than one piece of checked baggage. Keep in mind that laundry service is usually available.
Waterproof/Breathable rain jacket with hood. This is an essential piece of clothing on all our tours. Combine this garment with a lightweight down or pile jacket and you will be happy during cool early morning photo sessions and times when it rains.
Two pairs of shoes: One sturdy pair for in the field that you can get wet and muddy. One pair for towns and evenings.
Small umbrella for rain and shade. In addition to using my umbrella for rain, I often use it to block the sun from hitting the front element of my lens. Black is best.
Sweater or light jacket for possible chill during early morning shoots. A light layer underneath a rain jacket can be surprisingly warm. Magrit and I travel with lightweight down vests and jackets. We also travel with lightweight stocking caps and gloves.
Hat for sun and rain protection.
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