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Our travel club hosts adventures locally in Houston and around the world for all things travel, culture, adventure, & photography! Join us on a local photo walk, or travel talk during happy hour, and then meet new travel buddies for future adventures! This is a the perfect group for those looking to make new friends in Houston and find compatible travel & photography partners for life!

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Mystical Israel & Timeless Jordan

Tel Aviv-Yafo

November 6th - November 19th 2021

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us on this brand new adventure. Email [masked] for the DAILY ITINERARY!

Sign up at https://www.photoflytravel.org/israel-jordan-group-tours/

Israel (8 Nights/9 Days):

The first part of our journey is spent exploring many corners of this beautiful country. Astounding landscapes, amazing people, surreal history (not only religious), and diverse varieties of local cuisine make for the trip of a lifetime, and this is only part 1!

Tel Aviv (2 Nights)

Highlights:
* Privately guided orientation tour of the city
*Rothschild Boulevard and famous landmark Bauhaus edifices
*The Center for Israeli Innovation
*Ein Hod Artist Village
*Tasting Experience at the Carmel Market
*Trip to Jaffa

Haifa, Kibbutz, Akko, Nazareth, & the Turquoise Grottoes of Rosh Hanikra (2 Nights)

Highlights:

* Kibbutz living
* Haifa
* Akko
* Rosh Hanikra
* Steepest Cable Car in the World
* Kayaking through the grottoes of Rosh Hanikra
* Nazareth

The Sea of Galilee, Mt Gilboa, & the Warm Springs of Gan Hashlosha National Park

Highlights:

* Capernaum Fishing Village
* Tabgha
* Mt Gilboa Scenic Drive & Hike
* Gan Hashlosha National Park

Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, & Everything In-between (3 Nights)

Highlights:
* Privately guided tour of various sites
* The Old City: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Muslim quarter
* Dome of The Rock
* Photograph Iconic Landmarks: the Russian Compound, the Haas Promenade with views of the holy city, and the First Station (Tachana)
* Tasting Tour at Machane Yehuda Market
* Traditional Shabbat Dinner
* Bethlehem
* Jericho
* Judean Desert Road Trip & Desert Fortress
* Dead Sea
* Ein Gedi Oasis

Eilat (1 night)

Highlights:
* R&R at a resort
* Optional Snorkeling Adventure (Not Included: price and sign up details TBD)

Part 2: Jordan (5 Nights/6 Days)

Part two of our adventure takes us across the nearby border, but it’s like stepping back in time 1,000 years! Where Israel has been modernized in many areas, Jordan has retained massive swaths of uninhabited wonderlands, dotted with tiny villages and ancient traditions still practiced to this day.

The Wadi Rum (1 Night)

Highlights:

* Luxury Camping
* Martian Dome Optional Room Upgrade: Ultra-glamping
(See daily itinerary for price & more details)
* Jeep Safari
* Optional Sunrise Hike to Rock Bridge (See daily itinerary for price & more details)

Petra (2 Nights)

* Magical Nabatean City Guided Tour
* Exploring Petra once in the PM and once in the AM to allow for plenty of time to see more & photograph at your own pace

Amman (2 Nights)

En Route from Petra:

* Shobak Castle
* Madaba
* Mt Nebo & Moses’ Discovery

Guided tour of Amman:

* Roman Theatre
* Citadel and the Temple of Hercules
* Old City Walk

The Eastern Desert Castles:

* Al Kharaneh
* Amra Castle
* Al Azraq Castle

This entire trip will be amazing for photography and one photographer will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their cameras, compose better images, etc.

PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!

Notes:

* Privately guided small group tour as always!
* All Taxes & Fees included
* All transfers and ground transportation included
* Roommate Pairing to save money
* International Airfare is not included

We will assist all guests with finding the best flight if needed

**Flying into Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) and departing from Queen Alia International Airport, Amman (AMM). Specific arrival/departure times needed will be sent to the group approximately 4 months prior to the trip.

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Price: $3,395.00
Single Supplement: $895.00

Sign up at https://www.photoflytravel.org/israel-jordan-group-tours/

Marvelous Morocco!

Tangier

November 15 - November 27, 2021

PhotoFly Travel Club presents another spectacular tour of Morocco – you’re invited!

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!
Sign up at: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/morocco-group-tours/

* 12 night/13 day
* Private English speaking guides throughout
* Breakfast Daily
* 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners (including Welcome and Farewell Dinner Celebrations)

Tangier (2 Nights)
– Outskirts Road Trip: Pass splendid villas & gardens en route to Cape Spartel and it’s striking lighthouse. – Hercules Cave: Continually inhabited since the Neolithic period, full of legends.
– The Medina (Old Walled City): Privately guided tour through the labyrinth of paths that make up the cultural epicenter of the city and stops at several main attractions.

Chefchaouen – ‘The Blue City’ (1 Night)
Wander around and photograph the kasbah, the Medina, Jewish Quarter, Berber Souk (open air market), and the Artisan Quarters.

Volubilis
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, 2000-year-old Roman ruins of Volubilis.

Meknes
Two UNESCO World Heritage sites; Bab el Mansour, the grandest of all royal gateways and Moulay Ismail’s personal stable & granary for his 12,000 horses.

Fes (2 Nights)
– Guided City Walk: Artisans’ quarters, 14th-century Koranic schools, Al Karaouine (medieval theological university), Potters District, famous Fes tannery, the old Mellah (Jewish quarter) and 17th century synagogue, royal gates, and open markets.
– Family Dinner in Traditional Home: We’ll enjoy a very special experience dining at a traditional house with a host family.

Erfoud & the Sahara Desert (2 Nights)
On the edge of the Erg Chebbi – a 30 mile long and 3 mile wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 170 ft high, some of the highest in North Africa!

Erg Chebbi Desert Camp
All luxury tents at the camp have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms w/ showers
– Camel ride into the desert for an amazing sunset, Moroccan feast, and night under the stars!
– Enjoy and photograph sunrise the next day before breakfast; camels can be arranged for an additional fee.

Boumalne Dades: Land of Valleys & Gorges (2 Nights)

– Tinghir: Old French fortification which used to be the base of the French Legion Army.
– Todra Gorge: Walk among the palm and olive groves to the deep & narrow canyon of pink and grey rock towering 1,000 ft high.
– Dades Gorge & Valley: Admire and photograph all sorts of interesting formations.
– Ait Ben Haddou: On our way to Marrakesh we’ll visit this world famous Ksar (fortified village), now an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Marrakesh (3 nights)
- Bahia Palace: Erected by the countries top artisans in the 19th century to be the greatest palace of its time.
- Saadian Tombs: The tombs date back to the late 1500’s during the reign of a sultan who spared no expense creating his glamorous resting place.
– Koutoubia Minaret: The most stunning minaret in the country, this mosque is the largest in Marrakesh and a great site to photograph.
– Majorelle Botanical Gardens: Designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle over the course of 40 years and are reminiscent of the famous Generalife gardens in Granada, Spain.
– Jemaa el Fna Square: Wander around and photograph this UNESCO site and the heart of Marrakech.

Sign up for a number of different optional tours:
– Hot air balloon ride, ATV ride in a palm grove, full day trip to Essaouira, cooking classes, hammam (spa), horse cart rides, and others available.

* Tour Leader and photographer in attendance for personal assistance
* International Airfare not included; happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Fly into Tangier (TNG) & out of Marrakesh (RAK) )
* All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Join Us!

*Solo travelers will pair up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,695.00

*Single Supplement: $550.00

OR

Deposit: $600.00

Colorful Cuba

Havana

Colorful Cuba

January 2 - January 10, 2022

Join Here: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/cuba-small-group-tours/

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club are relaunching their Colorful Cuba tour. It is an excellent program full of surprises, fun, and off the beaten path sights - and it is 100% legal! Take this once in a lifetime trip to this undisturbed Caribbean gem!

* 8N/9D throughout the best of Cuba with amazing off the path experiences!
* One-of-a-kind "casa particulares" (small converted homes & guesthouses!)
* Privately guided adventures and local experts throughout
* Breakfast every day
* 3 Dinners, 4 Lunches INCLUDED
* Legal, licensed & permitted program with all USA compliance requirements met under the SCP Program

Email us directly at [masked] to receive a detailed daily itinerary!

Havana

* Old Havana: Privately guided walking tour including many of the historical sites

* "Fusterlandia" & Jaimanitas Fishing Village: Colorful fishing village made famous by local artist, Jose Fuster, outside Havana

Soroa

* Unesco Biosphere Reserve

* Callejon de Hamel: Street art project where resident Salvador Gonzáles Escalona has decorated and painted in vibrant colors a pedestrian alleyway with scrap objects

* Las Terrazas: Mountain community was built as a reforestation project in the 1960s and is now part of the same UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

* Orchid Garden: Specialized botanical garden, with a collection of 20,000 specimens and more than 350 species of orchids

Viñales

* Sustainable Farm Discovery: Cuban farmer and his family who'll show us around their organic farm and explain the methods they use to grow their produce without pesticides or artificial fertilizers

* Valley Walking Tour & Tobacco Plantation: A beautiful walk through the valley to a local tobacco farm to learn about the making of Cuba’s famous cigars

* Cuban Cooking Class: Learn to cook Cuban-style with a cooking demonstration of 'platos tipicos'.

Cienfuegos

* Bay of Pigs: Scenic drive along the site where the Bay of Pigs occurred in 1961.

* Sinkhole or Ocean Snorkel: Stop for a swim and snorkel in the ocean or by a sinkhole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank.

* Guided Orientation Walk & Palacio de Valle : A short walk to see and learn the local landmarks followed by a visit to the Palacio de Valle, an "Arabian Nights" like aspiring restaurant with a fantastic terrace bar.

Trinidad

* Guided Trinidad Walk: Cultural tour of numerous churches, museums, and many colonial buildings

* Learn to Bartend: Bartending demonstration and discussion of the history behind Cuba’s most popular cocktails.

* Salsa Lesson: Visit a local dance school for a demonstration and lesson in the dances of Cuba

* Salto de Javira Waterfall: An easy hike to this beautiful waterfall, perfect for photos and a dip to cool off.

* Dinner on the Beach: Weather permitting, we'll celebrate this amazing journey together with a feast on the beach!

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Price: $2,295.00
Single Supplement: $695.00

Check out our club's official trip page: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/cuba-small-group-tours/

Astounding Antarctica

Antarctica

January 25th - February 6th, 2022

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an unbelievable adventure to Antarctica!

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/antarctica-group-tours/

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

This "lost world" truly is like traveling to another planet! The unbelievable landscapes, animals, colors, and light make Antarctica a premiere destination for photographers, adventure travelers, nature lovers, history buffs, & just about every other type of traveler out there! Our travel club has partnered with the best specialized operator in the industry taking groups to the Arctic and Antarctic for over 25 years!

P.S. It's obviously quite expensive getting to the most remote place on earth, but we encourage you to research other options out there so you can see how incredible our value is!

Getting There...(~3 nights)

* Night 1: We sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.
* Day 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage. Along the way we'll enjoy fascinating lectures by experts in marine biology, mountaineering, Antarctic research, & more.

- Wildlife Along the Way: Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds we might see.

Exploring Antarctica...(~5-6 nights)

"Antarctica’s surreal remoteness, extreme cold, enormous ice shelves and mountain ranges, and myriad exotic life forms invariably challenge you to embrace life fully...Antarctica is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary species. Some, such as the enormous whales, migrate from afar, while others, including the Weddell seal and emperor penguin, remain close to the continent. Antarctica possesses an unnameable quality. Call it inspiration, call it grandeur…it is simply the indescribable feeling of being a small speck in a vast, harshly beautiful land. To let our minds soar in a place nearly free of humankind’s imprint: this is magic." -Lonely Planet

Neumayer Channel: Great for multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. We can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, possible snowshoe hikes, and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands: Sail through the stunning and world famous Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. Also a good chance we'll encounter humpback, minke whales, & leopard seals here! Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.

Neko Harbor: An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbor offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay: We have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure!

Activities & Adventures

*Shore excursions and Zodiac cruises to enjoy wildlife and nature experiences
*Overnight camping opportunity with gear provided
*Hiking
*Kayaking (optional)
*Photography workshops
*Mountaineering (optional)
*Onboard interactive workshops
*International airfare not included

*Don't forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary for our Antarctica small group tours ([masked])

Available rooms:

Quad Cabin (4 twin beds/both bunk beds; 2 portholes)
Twin Cabin Porthole (2 twin beds; 2 portholes)
Twin Cabin Window (2 twin beds; 2 windows)
Twin Cabin Deluxe (2 twin beds; small sofa; 3 windows)
Superior Double (1 double bed; 1 sofa bed; 2 windows)

*For our solo travelers, we will pair you up with same sex UNLESS single occupancy is requested to have your own room. Prices begin at $9,395, please message directly for pricing and availability.

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