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Whether you’re an avid photography enthusiast or just enjoy taking pictures, Boston Photography Lovers is the perfect way to meet great people who share a passion for photography or have always wanted to learn more! Our members love travel, adventure, culture, and of course photography! Many of our events & activities are great for taking pictures, sharing pictures, and learning! We even do some big trips around the world and locally in New England.

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Extraordinary Nepal & Bhutan

Kathmandu

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an extraordinary Nepal & Bhutan Adventure! September 10th - 23rd 2020 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 (1,000 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 and Bhutan 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 (1,000 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: $3,595.00 *Single Supplement: $578.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/nepal-bhutan-group-tours/

Iceland Uncovered

Reykjavik

The Land of Fire & Ice September 20th-September 27th 2020 Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club ( http://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have invited us to a one of a kind adventure throughout Iceland! E-mail [masked] for the DAILY ITINERARY! Sign up at: https://www.photoflytravel.org/iceland-small-group-tours/ Our Iceland small group adventures are one of a kind, built from scratch with a local team of experts. With a small, intimate group as always, we’ll explore the country in specially outfitted 4 wheel drive Mercedes Sprinters, which allow us to go off road to Iceland’s hidden treasures & off the path gems, while the big bus tours are stuck on the main roads & typical tourist viewpoints with no clue what they’re missing! *We have limited space due to the # of seats in our unique 4×4 vehicles so don’t hesitate to get your deposits in before it’s too late! Please e-mail us for the day by day itinerary ([masked]): * 7 nights /8 Days Iceland small group tour * Breakfast everyday * Welcome & farewell dinners, & 2 lunches included * Boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels in excellent locations * 4×4 custom rigged Mercedes Sprinters let us adventure off the path to witness and photograph so much more! * Private, local expert guide throughout! Reykjavík Region The country’s capital is filled with great museums, Viking history, food, nightlife, and lookouts with sweeping views of the sea and surrounding foothills. “Reykjavík is a city of bold contrasts: it is both cosmopolitan and small-town; vibrant and sophisticated; young-at-heart and yet full of history…With a population of 120,000, Reykjavík is not a whirlwind metropolis. Few skyscrapers grace the skyline, traffic jams are rare and faces are familiar. But don’t be deceived—a steady beat of energy and events keeps the city alive and pulsing with excitement…downtown, in the city’s museums, galleries, theaters, cafés, and swimming pools, busy locals bustle about with a seemingly inexhaustible energy.” – Iceland Tourism Board * Reykjavík: Explore the city on your own or hire a local guide for a walking tour (optional). * Experiencing the capital on foot is a delightful experience with much to see, including old style wood-framed houses, clad in colorful corrugated-iron, and mixed with a creative collection of postmodern architecture. Witness the lively atmosphere in Reykjavík’s old harbor area & stroll along the many historic trails winding through the streets and alleys. * Hallgrimskirkja Church: The country’s tallest & by far most domineering church is amazing to photograph inside and out. It was designed by architect Guðjón Samuel in 1937, whose work was inspired by his fascination with the interesting shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. We’ll be treated with a must-see view of the city by taking an elevator up the 250 ft high tower (great panoramic photo ops here!). This Lutheran church’s interior is fairly plain, presumably designed this way on purpose to accentuate its most stunning feature, the massive 5275 pipe organ! * The Blue Lagoon: Formed in 1976 during operation at a nearby geothermal power plant, people began to bathe in the unique, supernatural blue water and apply its silica mud to their skin which proved to have incredible rejuvenating properties. Today, Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world and contains 9 million liters of water which is self-cleansing (renewing itself every 40 hours!). The water temperature is a constant[masked]°F year-round and a relaxing dip will be just what the doctor ordered after our long flight. Sudhurland Region (The South) This regions diverse landscape boasts some of the most interesting and photogenic sights in Iceland, including two national parks: Þingvellir (Thingvellir) and Skaftafel. “From wonderful waterfalls, to great glaciers, the South has it all. With the Golden Circle route, connecting Þingvellir, Gullfoss (“Golden Waterfall”) and Geysir,” some of the country’s most picture worthy sites can be seen in a single day! Further east along the breathtaking coastline, you will find Skógafoss Waterfall, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, & Vatnajökull Glacier, and that’s just scratching the surface of Sudhurland’s natural wonders.” – icelandontheweb.com * The Golden Circle: A truly epic day trip takes us around the world famous “Golden Circle”, filled with breathtaking waterfalls, spewing geysers, volcanic craters, and stunning national parks. * Geysir Geothermal Area: Here we’ll witness the Strokkur geyser which shoots a column of water up to 98 ft. in the air every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces. * Gulfoss Falls: With a nickname of “Golden Falls”, our first encounter with an Icelandic waterfall will not disappoint. Created by the river Hvítá which plunges into a crevice some 105 ft deep, thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall, deep into the gorge. * Thingvellir National Park: Located by Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island, this national park is world famous for two primary reasons: First, it’s the site of the world’s oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 A.D. & two, its beautiful canyon, which is actually the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates that are pulling apart a few centimeters each year! The area’s combination of natural phenomena and historical significance make it inseparable from the fabric of Icelandic national life. * Kerid Volcanic Crater: Another must stop to witness and photograph, the Kerid Caldera is composed of red volcanic rock and is 180 ft. deep, 560 ft. wide and 885 ft. across! A small, shallow lake fills the collapsed crater and is striking with its beautiful opaque and aquamarines, surrounded by its red crater walls; this an excellent contrast of colors. There’s little vegetation in the steep-walled crater except for one side covered with deep, green moss perfect for an eery image. * Skogafoss Waterfall: A 340 step climb to the top will reward us with an awe-inspiring view over south Iceland’s coastline. Standing at 200 ft, impressive is an understatement with the heavy veil of water pouring below. Get close enough and we’ll be enveloped in a cloud of spray, sound, and refracted light. * Vik’s Black Sand Beaches & “The Needles”: Reynisfjara Beach’s black sands and astounding rock formations are a delight to the eyes and our cameras! It’s been ranked one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. At one end we will discover Reynisdrangar (“The Needles”), unique basalt sea stack formations. According to legend, the Reynisdrangar needles were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land, but when daylight broke they turned to stone. 215 ft above sea level at their highest, “The Needles” make an excellent frame for some stunning photos! * Fjadrargljufur Canyon Hike: One of the most spectacular canyons in Iceland, natures wild creation stretches for 1 mile along the Fjaðrá River. We’ll take an easy, paved ridge trail and follow the canyon for its entire length, stopping for photos along the way. In just 2.5 miles, the variety of viewpoints to capture excellent landscape images is amazing. * Seljalandsfoss Waterfall: Fed by melting water from the famed, glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, this powerful waterfall cascades into a pretty meadow but is best known for the walking path that runs behind its curtain of water where we can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint for some interesting photographs. Highlands Region “A paradise for nature lovers, hikers, photographers, geologists, volcanologists and all travelers seeking authentic adventures, the Highlands are fully accessible only by 4×4 drive vehicles (and are) characterized by some of Iceland’s most awe-inspiring, beautiful and “otherworldly” landscapes… High mountains with huge craters, majestic glaciers, stark rocky deserts, volcanoes, mountain lakes, immense lava fields, black volcanic sands, moraines and unbridged rivers dominate this region. But, hidden in the Highlands, you can also find lush green oases in remote valleys, as well as geothermal hot springs areas.” – icelandontheweb.com * Landmannalaugar: Perhaps the most unique part of the highlands, Landmannalaugar is one of Iceland’s most awe-inspiring places. The colorful rhyolite mountains are among its main characteristics with their varying textures, shapes and sizes. We’ll embark on a 1 hour hike throughout this alien landscape and will be amazed by the diversity everywhere we turn. * Ljotipollur Explosion Crater: Ironically, Ljotipollur translates to “Ugly Puddle”, the last thing you would say to describe this beautiful, mile wide caldera. The vibrant, red crater walls contrast wonderfully with the deep blues of the lake at the bottom. * Vatnajokull National Park: Western Europe’s largest national park is also home to the continents largest glacier of the same name, Vatnajökull! We’ll see many amazing views of this glacier, also the world’s largest outside Arctics, driving through the park before visiting the awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, a green oasis set between glaciers, and formally worthy of its own national park before being incorporated into Vatnajokull. There will be easy and moderate hiking options to choose from when we explore this gorgeous region. * Svartifoss (Black Falls): This is the iconic waterfall that made the Skaftafell region of the park so famous. With water tumbling 100 ft over the edge, the falls are bordered on both sides by tall black basalt columns, resembling the pipes of a giant organ! * Optional Glacier Hike: Svínafellsjökull is a breathtaking outlet glacier fed from Vatnajökull glacier, and the scenery and views are simply stunning. We trek safely through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, meandering through ice ridges and deep crevasses with an expert glacier guide. Before the adventure, our guide will teach us how to use basic glacier equipment like crampons and ice axes required to navigate the ice. (Optional) Austerland Region (The East) In just a few words, East Iceland can be characterized by “picturesque fishing towns, hauntingly beautiful fjords, steep mountains, highland farms, villages, forests, clear mountain streams, bird cliffs, columnar basalt formations, and vast expanses.. (and) has most of what makes Iceland so unique… The landscapes of this area are contrasting, strikingly beautiful with many mountainous fjords along the eastern coast, while the Vatnajökull (Vatnajokull) icecap is the dominant feature in the south-east with its famous Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.” – icelandontheweb.com This is also the only region to discover reindeer in the wild. * Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon: A real highlight during this adventure and eye-catching natural wonder; blue, white, turquoise, and black streaked icebergs shift and creak about in an icy dance on this 815 ft deep lagoon (considered the deepest in Iceland). These 1,000-year-old chunks floating out to sea are the remains of the retreating Oraefajokull Glacier. Wandering the black pebble beach in search of great photos of the crystal clear, “mini icebergs” resting on the shore is a must. * Glacier Lagoon Boat Cruise: We’ll float among the huge icebergs of Jökulsárlón to get up and close for all sorts of fantastic viewpoints. We can even taste the 1000 year old ice, and if we’re lucky, might catch some shots of seals. Our local guide will explain the fascinating geology and history of the lagoon along the way. Vesturland Region (The West) “Geographically close to Reykjavík, yet far, far away in sentiment, West Iceland is a splendid microcosm of what Iceland has to offer. Yet many tourists have missed the memo, and you’re likely to have remote parts of this wonderful region to yourself.” – Lonely Planet The enormous area consists of fjords, valleys, glaciers, volcanoes, and craters, and is also where most of the Icelandic sagas with their heroes took place. In the West the water flows from the earth in every form, from sparkling cool mineral water to Europe’s voluminous hot springs. Every kind of volcano can be found here, and the clearest sign is the perfectly formed crater of Snæfellsjökull with its glacial cap at the summit. * Snaefellsnes Peninsula: The 55 mile long headland, “comprises a world of diversity. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles , (and) remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past.” – Visit West Iceland * Village of Arnarstapi & Arch Rock: The picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi is home to magnificent basalt rock formations stacked along her sea cliffs. After wandering around the cliffs and capturing some great shots, we’ll take an easy hiking trail linking this settlement to the nearby town of Hellnar. Along the way lies Gatklettur Arch Rock, a cliff defined by its unique circular arch. Gatklettur shows how distinctive wave action has eroded the rocks into arches and beautiful swirled patterns just waiting to be photographed! * Hellnar: For centuries, Hellnar was among the largest fishing villages beneath the Snaefellsjokull ice cap. The village is home to one of Iceland’s most peculiar caves, Badstofa. It’s unique due to the way light enters and bounces off its colorful interior. We’ll overnight here, the perfect base to explore the gems of Snaefellsnes. * Djúpalónssandur Beach: One of many Snaefellsnes wonders, this picturesque beach is covered with countless, little black stones shaped by the constant pounding of waves, ocean, and wind. We take a a short walk down Nautastígur path (Path of the Bull) through a lava field with massive lava formations. The walk is arguably even more beautiful than the beach itself and Snaefellsjokull Volcano towering above adds a dramatic element to the entire landscape so unique to Iceland * Kirkjufell Mountain & Waterfalls: This extinct volcano is the icon of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and when we see the enchanting little waterfalls in front of this uniquely shaped mountain we’ll immediately know why. The best photographs can be taken by capturing the falls & crystal clear water in the foreground, and the majestic mountain in the background. We’ll do our best to arrive in perfect time for excellent morning/afternoon light during sunset or sunrise. This can also be an excellent place to view & photograph this awesome landscape with the aurora borealis glowing in the night sky above, IF we get extremely lucky! * As always 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 camera’s, composing 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!) * 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 Reykjavík International Airport (KEF) * Don’t forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary of our Iceland small group tours at [masked] The adventure doesn’t have to end here!!! Optional North Iceland Extension Geothermal Wonderland (3 nights) Week 1: September 27th – September 30th 2020 “Iceland’s mammoth and magnificent north is a geologist’s heaven. A wonderland of moonlike lava fields, belching mudpots, epic waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and whale-filled bays – this is Iceland at its best. The region’s top sights are variations on one theme: a grumbling, volcanically active earth. There are endless treats to uncover…” – Lonely Planet Did we mention we’ll be here during an ideal time to see the mysterious Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)? The North Region is closest to the Arctic Circle and the best chance we’ll get. (Of course no guarantees, but 3 nights here will up our odds greatly!) * 3 nights /4 Days North Iceland Small Group Tours * Breakfast everyday * Boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels in excellent locations * 4×4 custom rigged Mercedes Sprinters let us adventure off the path to witness and photograph so much more! * Round Trip Domestic Flights Included (REK <–> AEY), 400 USD Value! * Private, local expert guide throughout! Nordurland Region (The North), and the Diamond Circle… Loaded with marvelous “Diamonds”, this magnificent circuit in Iceland’s northeast is the perfect compliment to the more popular “GoldenCircuit” in the South. Hot springs, gargantuan canyons, surging waterfalls, and intriguing volcanic formations are just a few of the features our cameras will get giddy for! * Akureyri Town: This small city in north Iceland was rated #1 in Lonely Planet’s “Best Places in Europe 2015”! After our short flight from Reykjavík we’ll spend a few hours here to find out why. “Less visited Akureyri, sits on the north coast under snowcapped peaks at the head of Iceland’s longest fjord. It’s Iceland’s second biggest urban area, and while you shouldn’t expect a big-city vibe (the population is only 18,000), this easy-going place has more buzz than anywhere outside of Reykjavík…Expect cool cafes, quality restaurants, (and) a handful of art galleries, a far cry from other rural Icelandic towns…” -Lonely Planet * Lake Mývatn: “With the ominous peaks of Mt. Hverfjall and Krafla volcano as a backdrop, Lake Myvatn has a surprising serenity that is ideal for light hiking. The ground near the shoreline is mostly flat, with a few rolling hills, unusual craters, and hidden surprises along the way like the Grjotagja Cave with underground bathing springs!” -icelandtravel.is With rare birds abound, the lake is believed to to harbor more species of duck than any otherplace in the world! It is truly a microcosm of all the natural wonders Iceland has to offer. * Goðafoss Waterfall: The closest translation for this beauty is ‘The Waterfall of The Gods”, and at 100 ft. wide with water flowing around a semicircular rim, it falls 40 ft. into the foaming pool below- a sight for the gods, & our cameras, in more ways than one! * Pseudocraters of Skutustadagigar: Formed by gas explosions whenboiling lava flowed over these wetlands, the craters are a real site to photograph. The protected, natural wetlands is also an excellent area for birdwatchers. * Dimmuborgir: “The Dark Fortess” is the most common translation for these incredible lava formations created thousands of years ago, and will spark our imagination of the mangled forms that lie within. As lava cooled following an eruption, nature formed strange pathways, stacks, chimneys, tubes, and towers scattered across the lava field. We’ll navigate our way throughout this eery, yet stunning landscape with our cameras snapping around every corner! * Mt. Namafjall, Geothermal Wonderland: At the foothills of this spectacular volcanic mountain, gigantic mud craters surrounded by colorful sulfur crystals, boiling mud pots, steam vents, and other geological wonders thrive. Need we say more? * Volcanoes, Craters, & More Volcanoes: The Krafla Volcanoes caldera is a 6 mile long and 1 mile deep cauldron standing on the edge of the Eurasian and American tectonic plates. Though the caldera is collapsed, it’s still extremely active with a total of 29 recorded eruptions, most recently in the 1970s. Three mesmerizing sites occupy this area: 1. Leirbotn (Vivid blue hot streams, bizarre sci-fi architecture, and the photogenic plumes of this geothermal power station make the approach to Krafla almost as exotic as the volcanoes themselves!), 2. Víti Maar (a volcanic crater with an opaque, teal green lake smiling for our cameras), and 3. Leirhnjúkur (steaming sulphuric terrain with multicolored lava field landscapes to top off the views). * Dettifoss, Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall: “Referred to by some as ´The Beast’ in comparison to ‘The Beauty’ of Goðafoss, this monstrous behemoth of a waterfall is guaranteed to steal your breath away. Set within stark, rocky surroundings with bone-shatteringly sheer drops on either side, there couldn’t be a more fitting backdrop for such untethered natural power” – visithusavik.com 18,000 cubic ft. of water plunges over the edge every second, the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe! The fact that it’s also 150 ft high and 330 ft wide is almost an afterthought. There will be a number of great viewpoints where we can take in and photograph this natural wonder. * Ásbyrgi Canyon, “The Shelter of the Gods”: A massive horseshoe-shaped rock formation, Ásbyrgi stands guard next to the northern entrance to the much larger, 22 mile Jokulsa Canyon. The bizarre shape is the aftermath of severe glacial flooding due to an erupting volcano underneath the Vatnajökull ice cap thousands of years ago. Surrounded by cliffs reaching 328 ft and busy photographing & taking in the views, we might miss Botnstjörn Lake among the waving green grasses and fir trees which also cover the area. Be sure to take a closer look because flocks of water birds call this place home. * Hljodaklettar, “Cave of Echoes”: This distinctivecluster of columnar rocks derive their name from the strange echoes & acoustics created by the numerous caves and uncommon rock formations. The columns lie at all angles creating a multitude of hexagonal patterns, making for very interesting photos! * As always 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 camera’s, composing 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!) * All Ground Transfers Included * Round Trip Domestic Flights Included (REK <–> AEY), 400 USD Value! * International airfare not included but we’re happy to help you find the best flights as always. (Flying in and out of Reykjavík International Airport (KEF) * Don’t forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary of our North Iceland 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:[masked] *LIMITED SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/iceland-small-group-tours/ _________________________ Join Us! North Island Extension (optional) *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $310.00 *LIMITED SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/iceland-small-group-tours/a

Wonders of Japan

Akihabara

September 26 - October 5, 2020 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]

Mystical Israel & Timeless Jordan

Tel Aviv-Yafo

November 6th - November 19th 2020 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. It’s during this part of our journey that some of the images we capture will likely end up on your walls for years to come. 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…)

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