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Enchanting Ireland & the Gems of Scotland!

St. James's Gate Guiness

July 15th – July 23rd 2019 Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked] We're invited to another incredible adventure with our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club! (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) *Deposit needed to secure spot, RSVPing does not secure your spot. Sign up & Secure your spot at: https://www.photoflytravel.org/ireland-small-group-tours/ Last year our travel club returned to explore the vibrant, green lands of Ireland and the adventure sold out in less than a week. Needless to say we’ll be going back for round 4 in 2019! This trip has more off the path, unique experiences and phenomenal photo ops throughout! Please e-mail us for the day by day itinerary ([masked]): * 8 night /9 Day Ireland small group tour * Breakfast everyday * 1 Lunch & 3 Dinners Included * Quaint boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels throughout * Privately guided throughout! Incredible Ireland (8 nights) “It’s a Celtic mystery: how can a country as small as Ireland be packed with so much majestic history, natural beauty, vibrant culture, and, of course, fun? Norman castles overlook wild, empty beaches, Georgian country houses host impromptu traditional music sessions, excited theatergoers spill out into bustling Dublin pubs. Drama and spectacle lie at every turn, with a pint of Guinness to toast it all. But the real Irish secret is the people: their unique blend of warmth, humor, and irreverence will ensure your trip to the Emerald Isle is a true adventure” – Fodor’s * 9 Days throughout the famous gems & hidden treasures of the Republic! * Full Irish Breakfast everyday * Welcome & Farewell Dinner Included * Historic Kilkenny: This charming “city” of 25,000 is indeed the smallest in the country and has been coined the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny Castle and Gardens, Black Abbey, & the original “round tower” of St. Canice’s Cathedral (stunning views & photographs from the top!) are just a few highlights to explore here. Kilkenny is the perfect spot to begin our journey on the “sunny” side of the island. * The Rock of Cashel: On arrival in Dublin our road trip begins by heading south to our first encounter with stunning medieval architecture. The seat of kings and mediaeval bishops for 900 years, this small town flourished until the early 17th century. A must stop for us photo lovers, the place takes its name due to the spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone (12th century round tower, High Cross, Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, & 15th century castle!) * Lismore Castle Gardens and Lady Louisa’s Walk: A spectacular drive with photo stops over the Knockmealdown Mountains takes us to the beautiful heritage town of Lismore. Visit the colorful castle gardens, covered in beautiful flowers, plants & trees, arranged over seven acres within the castle’s 17th century defensive walls. Next up is a woodland walk along the banks of the River Blackwater. The gentle stroll offers magnificent views of Lismore Castle among a variety of flora including beech, ash, ferns, spindle trees, holly, ivy, golden saxifrage, and wild garlic. * Irish Whiskey Tasting & Tour: Jameson expanded their operations to the The Old Midleton Distillery in 1975 providing the space to stretch their whiskey making ambitions. This historic Distillery was fully preserved and is now home to the Jameson Experience, where the charm and elegance of the distillery buildings reflect the pride in the product that was made here. On arrival we’re immersed in the old world atmosphere for the buildings and grounds. A massive cooper vat in the garden and antique barrels & trucks laid out on brilliant green grass create a great start to the experience. We’ll learn about the whiskey making process used by Jameson for over 200 years and then head to the old distillery itself. Antique vehicles, water mills, barrels, and casks line the way and after the tour we’ll enter a large saloon style bar for a glass of the good stuff! There is the option to have it straight up or with ginger & lime. *For those who do not drink or like whiskey, the tour itself is really the heart of the experience & has fantastic reviews. * City of Cork: Ireland’s third largest city “is first in every important respect – at least according to the locals, who cheerfully refer to it as the ‘real capital of Ireland’. It’s a liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan place that was badly hit by economic recession but is now busily reinventing itself with spruced-up streets, revitalised stretches of waterfront, and – seemingly – an artisan coffee bar on every corner. The best of the city is still happily traditional – snug pubs with live-music sessions, restaurants dishing up top-quality local produce, and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals.” -Lonely Planet. There will be time in the evening to wander the cobblestone streets before we enjoy the perfect welcome dinner here in a traditional Irish Pub! * Boat Trip to Garnish Island: This small island lies in the sheltered harbor of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay. World renowned for its gardens carefully laid out for beautiful walks, and a number of plants and other flora extremely rare for the local climate. Our local guide will point these along the way (great for macro photos!). A short boat ride to the island offers pretty views of the surrounding bay. But wait until we see the numerous, stunning viewpoints scattered around the island great for photos! * Pretty Little Kenmare: Free time to wander around this beautiful town self proclaimed as a “walkers paradise”. Shops, galleries, restaurants, & pubs line the streets making it an excellent spot for a pint! * Sneem and the Ring of Kerry: The village of Sneem on the spectacular Ring of Kerry is nestled between mountains and the wild, rugged, coast offering some of the best views in the country! * Kayak Excursion: A unique, expertly guided experience on Kenmare Bay with stable and comfortable kayaks. (*Any participants not interested in motorized kayak trip can have a leisurely morning in the village of Sneem) * Hamlet of Castlecove Hike: Our local guide will take us over the hills to the neighboring village of Caherdaniel. This outstanding well marked trail has commanding views to the south of the spectacular Beara Peninsula & Kenmare Bay, including the islands of Deenish, Scarriff, and the Bull Rock We’ll finish in the small village of Caherdaniel and take a stroll for photographs along the gorgeous beach of Derrynane. (* Any participants not interested in the hike can take a stroll on the spectacular Atlantic beach of Derrynane to meet the rest of the group where the hike ends) * The Dingle Peninsula: Dingle is magic, its mellow landscape is one of green hills and golden sands culminating in Europe’s most westerly point. * Coomenoole beach: This small but stunning beach is awesome to photograph. Drastic landscape photo ops to be taken from the top and on the beach itself. * Slea Head Drive: An epic drive around the most stunning parts of Dingle Peninsula. We’ll see and photograph the breathtaking Slea Head point with the “Devil’s Horns” jutting out at the end, Ventry Harbour with its crescent blue shaped beach, ancient Fahan Beehive Huts, the Blasket Islands, and so much more! * Dingle Town: A vibrant fishing port in the heart of the peninsula, this charming fishing village has a picturesque variety of shops, comfy pubs, café’s, and charming B&Bs. Irish traditional music and dance can be seen and heard throughout town and are a fantastic centerpiece in the pubs each evening. * Connor’s Pass: We’ll depart Dingle with yet another stunning view along the highest mountain pass in Ireland. The views from the road are breathtaking with dramatic, glacier cut mountains and glacier carved lakes dotting the landscape. It’s truly the most dramatic and scenic way to move onto our next adventure! * Cliffs of Moher & The Burren: Looming over County Clare’s west coast, the cliffs stretch for 5 miles and 700 ft over the Atlantic Ocean. Unchanged for millennia, the landscape of the cliffs has, for centuries, welcomed visitors who come to marvel at their splendor. We’ll walk the paths along the 320 million year old cliffs with a variety of vantage points for great photos. Up the road awaits “The Burren”, a unique limestone landscape that was shaped beneath ancient seas and then forced high and dry creating this great geographical phenomenon. In the Burren, land and sea seem to merge into one, vast, exhilarating space beneath huge skies. * Galway: Known as the “City of the Tribes” after a number of prominent merchant families who controlled the political, commercial, and social life of the city, Galway is special, simple as that. Amidst a pulsating knot of winding, cobbled streets, a carnival atmosphere is created every day by enchanting street performers spouting poetry, juggling fire, and beating bodhrans while the sound of fiddles, bagpipes, and harps spill from the open doors of its medieval taverns. Our local guide will show us around the best spots and hidden corners of this great city. * Prehistoric Wonders of Newgrange Tombs: A fascinating guided tour around and inside one of the mysterious wonders of ancient human history. The tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth were built over 5,000 years ago by stone age farmers! These ancient temples were a place of astrological, spiritual, religious, and ceremonial importance (not to mention a massive grave!) The large kidney shaped mound covers an area over one acre and is retained at the base by 97 curbstones, some richly decorated with megalithic art! * Dublin: With a glut of boutique hotels, great shopping, mighty bars, and some of the country’s most sophisticated restaurants, Dublin is fast becoming the premier city destination in Europe. We’ll wander the maze of cobbled streets in Temple Bar, slurp a ‘pint of plain’ in the Guinness storehouse, & marvel atthe world famous Book of Kells – Dublin will not disappoint. * Guinness Storehouse: Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and when in Dublin, no visit is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse. Located in the heart of the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery, Guinness Storehouse was the former fermentation plant of the brewery , now remodeled into a seven story visitor experience, dedicated to the history of this world famous beer. On the top story awaits the Gravity Bar where we’ll enjoy 360 degree panoramic views across Dublin while savoring a complimentary pint of Guinness. * Trinity College & The Book of Kells: Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland and walking through its cobbled stones will bring us back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. The library houses The Book of Kells, a 9th-century gospel manuscript world famous for its illustrations and ornamentation which surpass that of any other Insular Gospel books in extravagance and complexity. We’ll experience a fascinating exhibition about these treasured books before entering the Long Room, the longest single-chamber library in the world containing 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books! * St. Patricks Cathedral:The largest and tallest church in Ireland, St. Patricks was built between 1191 and 1270. However, the site’s history begins way back in the 5th century as the first Christian site in Ireland, where St. Patrick baptized converts. The history is fascinating and the gothic revival architecture is stunning. * Kilmainham Gaol (Prison): Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols, in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’semergence as a modern nation from the 1780s to the 1920s. This historic landmark is now a fantastic museum with an exhibition detailing the fascinating political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. *Please note, we are unable to guarantee reservations for our group until a few months prior to the trip due to the extreme popularity of the site. In the event we cannot secure tickets, an alternative activity will be chosen. * Final Night Irish Dinner, Song, & Dance at the Merry Ploughboy Pub:The only pub in Ireland owned and managed by musicians, its unique ‘hands on’ approach from the owners make our final night in Ireland one we’ll never forget! The excellent food, Irish music & dance show has been awarded “Best Dinner/Entertainment Event in Ireland” and the pub is the current “Music Pub of the Year”. *Please note, we are unable to guarantee reservations for our group due to the extreme popularity of this restaurant until a few months prior to our trip. In the event we cannot secure seats, an alternative dinner/dance show will be chosen. * As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography. (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!) * All Ground & Water Transfers Included * International airfare not included but we’re happy to help you find the best flights as always. (Flying in and out of Dublin (DUB) ) * Don’t forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary of our Ireland small group tours at [masked] ________________ Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $895.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/ireland-small-group-tours/

Extraordinary Nepal & Bhutan

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Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an extraordinary Nepal & Bhutan Adventure! August 15th-28th 2019 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/nepal-bhutan-group-tours/ AND E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! * 13 nights/ 14 Days throughout the best of the Himalayas! * Amazing Boutique hotels & 4 star accommodations throughout * Privately guided adventures throughout * Expert Local Guides Throughout * Breakfast everyday * 11 Dinners, 8 Lunches INCLUDED (Almost all meals!) * FOUR flights INCLUDED (1000 USD Value!) *International flights not included * Air Conditioned Transportation Throughout * Bell Boy/Porter Gratuities Included Throughout Nepal (7 Nights) * 8 days throughout the greatest Himalayan Kingdom! * Perfect combination of culture, photography, food, & adventure! * We truly maximize our time to see the incredible diversity throughout Nepal which most trips don’t even know exists! * Best time of year to explore AFTER the monsoon has passed but before the tourist crowds take over! Kathmandu * Kathmandu City: Highlights include the temple of the Living Goddess & Durbar Square with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty. * Swayambhunath: Just outside the city proper is a hill with a mosaic of small Chaityas (shrines) and Pagodas temples. Pokhara * Pokhara City Adventure: Discover the best of this “Shangri-La” Valley epicenter! * Davis Fall’s * Gupteswor Mahadev Cave * Fewa (Phewa) Lake Chitwan National Park, wild beasts in subtropical Nepal * In Search of Tigers, Rhinos, & ?Sloth Bears?: That’s right, our time here will be spent on safari, exploring the gorgeous park to witness & photograph the beautiful Royal Bengal Tigers, One Horned Rhinos, AND, if we are lucky, even a sloth bear! Not to mention, endless other unique creatures & birds only found in this part of the world. Bhutan (6 Nights) * 7 days throughout the last real Himalayan Kingdom! * Low Volume, High Value Tourism: Perhaps the most sustainable approach to tourism in the world! Thimphu * Thimpu City Adventure: All the best of the new and old… * National Memorial Chorten * Indigenous Hospital * Traditional Paper Factory * School of Fine Arts: Here, young students learn the traditional arts and crafts known as Zo Rig Chusum (the thirteen crafts). Punakha * The Palace of Great Happiness Paro * Paro Town Adventure: Home to the “Tiger’s Nest” and so much more… * The Old Watchtower * Rinpung Dzong: This architectural wonder and the life around it are not to be missed and a must to photograph! * Taktsang Monastary (Tigers Nest): This incredible feat of human architecture and pure will has a name to match and is deservedly one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. * Tour Leader and photographer to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc throughout these Nepal & world famous stupasBhutan Group Tours. (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!) * 4 domestic flights INCLUDED (1000 USD Value!) * International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! * Flying into & out of Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) * Specific arrival/departure times needed will be sent directly to the group. * Roommate Pairing to save money as always! * All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/nepal-bhutan-group-tours/

Wonders of Japan

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September 2nd-11th 2019 Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club ( http://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have invited us to a one of a kind adventure throughout Japan! E-mail [masked] for the DAILY ITINERARY! Sign up at: https://www.photoflytravel.org/japan-group-tours/ Our Japan group tours are chock full of diverse activities including unique cultural experiences, fantastic landscape & people photography, and all the beautiful temples and architecture which make Japan so iconic. E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! * 9 nights/10 days throughout the highlights of Japan * Breakfast Everyday * 1 lunch, 3 Dinners (Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner) Tokyo: 2 Nights Everything that you have heard about Tokyo is true – and it is not. For if ever there was a city that you could not confine to one definition, this would be it. Tradition and technology stand side by side in this city that can be whatever you want to make of it. Highlights: * Privately guided tour throughout Tokyo (Meihi Shrine, Harajuku Fashion District, Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Kanon Temple, Ginza area): – The Electric Town - Asakusa Kanon Temple (Sensoji Temple) – Meiji Shrine – Shinjuku The Japanese Alps & Her Wonders; 3000 Ft Ropeway, Hot Springs, & Waterfalls Highlights: * Shin-Hotaka Ropeway * Shin-Hotaka no Yu Hot Springs * Hirayu Great Falls Takayama: 2 Nights Mountains in Japan were once believed to be the sacred dwelling places of divine spirits. The Hida, Kiso, and Akaishi ranges, known collectively as the Japan Alps, rise majestically in northern Honshu. Highlights: * Privately guided tour throughout Takayama: - Takayama Morning Market - Takayama’s Old Town - Optional Hida Folk Village Tour Hiroshima & Charming Miyajima Island: 1 Night Hiroshima is a city that needs little introduction. Despite its tragic past, Hiroshima is now a bustling and vibrant city which has risen phoenix-like from the ashes. No visit to Hiroshima would be complete without sampling okonomiyaki, a Japanese savoury pancake. While in Hiroshima we’ll take a ferry ride to Miyajima Island where the world famous Itsukushima Shrine is located. Hiroshima: *Privately guided tour of Hiroshima: – Memorial Peace Park, Museum, & A-Bomb Dome - Miyajima Island – Vermilion Torii Gate & Optional Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Kyoto: 4 nights Oozing with tradition, Kyoto is the ultimate destination for anybody who wants to soak up time-honoured Japanese culture. Highlights: * Privately Guided Tour of Kyoto: – Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion) - Okochi Mountain Villa – Monkey Park Iwatayama – Gion District (The Old Geisha Quarter) & Optional Geisha Photo Shoot – Free time in Kyoto to explore on your own – Fushimi Inari Shrine *Japan is wonderful country to see by train and of course they are world famous for their advanced bullet train system. For many of our journeys between each city we visit, we’ll use this fun and efficient way to travel the country. This is one place where local public transit is a lot faster than using a vehicle! * All Transfers, All Rail tickets, All Public Transit Passes, All Entry fees and activities as listed in the daily itinerary, & Taxes included! * Tour Leader and photographer to help those interested in photography throughout these Japan group tours * International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Flying into Narita International Airport in Tokyo (NRT) and departing from Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka) E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/japan-group-tours/ CST[masked]

Greece: Best of the Best, Mainland & Islands

September 27th – October 8th 2019 Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us on an amazing adventure to Greece! E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! Sign up at: https://www.photoflytravel.org/greece-small-group-tours/ ------------- * 11 nights/12 day Adventure * Breakfast everyday * 2 Lunches & 4 Dinners included * Welcome & Farewell Dinner Included * Privately Guided Adventures Throughout ------------- Athens: A taste of the Gods (2 nights) * Explore Athens: Highlights including Constitution square, Monastiraki and flea market area, national library, Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Herod Atticus street, the Panathenaic Stadium (first modern olympic games in 1896), Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Zeus, & of course, the Acropolis & Parthenon with the Acropolis new museum. * Scenic Drive along the “Riviera of Attica” Coastal Road * Discover Cape Sounion & the Temple of Poseidon ------------- Central & Northern Greece: Where the real gems are found… (3 nights) Mystical Delphi: Amazing photography and breathtaking scenery from the slopes of Mount Parnassus await. * Meteora: A real photography highlight on our Greece small group adventure, this region is famous for its beautiful monasteries standing between earth and sky atop huge pinnacle rocks. * Monodendri Villlage: The small town of slate-roofed houses has a handful of great tavernas and some amazing churches including the triple-bell Church of Agios Athanasios and the 17th-century Church of Agios Minas. * Vikos gorge: Formerly regarded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the deepest canyon in the world at almost 3000 ft, this geological wonder has incredible hikes with views for the Gods! ------------- The Greek Isles: Zakythnos & Corfu (6 nights) * 3 nights Zakythnos & 3 nights Corfu * A variety of the best beaches, hikes, culture, & architecture Greece has to offer ------------- Zakythnos: “The Ionian’s Flower of The East” * Shipwrecks, Caves, & Epic Beaches: An incredible day of exploration by traditional Kaiki boat along Zakynthos’ dramatic west coast! * Sea Turtles, the Keri Caves, & Charming Villages ------------- Corfu: The Grand Lady of the Ionian Islands * Corfu Town: An Unesco World Heritage Site, this historic center’s colonial British and Venetian buildings with neoclassical influences will dazzle us and our cameras. * Paleokastritsa Village: Arguably the most beautiful village on the entire island, Paleokastritsa offers a plethora of local taverns overlooking the blue bay and six idyllic beaches dotting the coastline surrounded by olive tree forests unchanged for millennia! * Kanoni Town: A must stop due to the most famous and photographed spots on the island: The church of Panagia Vlacherna & Mouse Island. * Sidari: Live music, Greek dancing, & one of the best beaches on Corfu sum up this small town gem. * Corfu Photography Adventure: Impressive caves, breathtaking cliff views, isolated Byzantine monasteries, & stone-made villages are just some of the highlights we’ll explore and photograph ------------ * All Taxes, Tours, & Entrance Fees included as per itinerary * All Transfers and ground transportation included * Roommate Pairing to save money as always! Avoid the single supplement! * International Airfare is not included but we will assist all guests with finding the best flights upon request! (Flying into and out of Athens International Airport (ATH) ) * EMAIL US to see the daily itinerary for our Greece small group tours at [masked] ------------- Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $448.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/greece-small-group-tours/

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