Join our journey through the ancient forests and charming rural landscapes of the East Netherlands, photographing the idyllic country roads and lush farmlands of this timeless setting. Together with award-winning Dutch photographer Lars van der Goor, explore some of the most picturesque locations in the area and get lost in the mystical, foggy forest of the “dancing trees”.
The first day will be spent meeting your fellow photographers and enjoying the photogenic streets of Amsterdam. Our experts will give a brief introduction to prepare you for the coming days.
From Amsterdam we make our way to the Bilderberg Hotel, located on the doorsteps of the spectacular Speulder Forest. This picturesque woodland is home to what locals refer to as “dancing trees”, which twist elegantly to form intriguing compositions. In the evening, Lars van de Goor will conduct a workshop on how to best take advantage of the local light and weather conditions, sharing some of his iconic nature photography.
The lighting is absolutely best in the morning, early when the fog is settling and later when you can capture rays of light falling through the canopy. Lars van de Goor knows this forest like the back of his hand and will lead us to some of his favourite spots. Speulder Forest developed its unique appearance due to the custom of felling straight trees for building material, especially as support beams in local mines. This has left a forest full of irregular and gnarled trees, providing almost endless subjects for photography. Lars will show us some of the trees featured in his award-winning photographs, as well as a few secret details that can be difficult to spot.
After a short drive from the Speulder Forest, we arrive in the town of Lochem. The rest of the day will be spent, exploring and photographic the surrounding countryside. This part of Gelderland is renowned for its rural charm, with tree-lined avenues, lush farmland and picturesque estates.
Lars van de Goor lived in this region of the Netherlands for some years, considering it one of the most beautiful parts of the country. You will undoubtedly fill your memory card with stunning photographs that seem plucked from a storybook.
This morning will be spent with exciting lectures and workshops at the Bilderberg Hotel, assessing shots taken so far, as well as some free time to explore the surrounding area and practice new techniques. Unless there is fog to photograph, which will always take precedence over any other activity. Lars van de Goor is an expert in using natural light and local weather conditions to create stunning compositions. During the workshops he will share some of the insights that helped him win numerous international awards.
Driving to De Carolinahoeve, we will walk along the old King’s Road. This ancient thoroughfare leads all the way from Dieren to Ede, over 37 km long, but we will only explore the most interesting stretch. This timeless landscape is the perfect place to capture amazing nature photography, with scenes that seem to have come straight out of a painting from the Dutch Golden Age.
Driving to Delden, we will discover a unique landscape of bent beeches reflecting in the calm river. This is the perfect ending to our journey, as we reflect on what we have experienced along the way. Rest of the day will be filled with post-processing workshops, one-to-ones and sharing our images from the trip. In the evening, we will have a grand farewell dinner.
Today we return to Amsterdam for your return flights.
May 05 – 12 – 2019
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: XXX
Exertion level: Moderate
Meals: All meals included
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€4,450 in shared double room.
€4,850 in single room.
All prices are per person.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
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There are many flights to Schiphol Airport, most of them on a daily basis to and from international Airports. The airport is located 17.5 km from the city and is easily reachable by train.
You must have a valid passport from before the start of your journey to the Netherlands. Visitors from outside EU may need a visa, otherwise you can stay as long as required. Please check with the local embassy and read more at https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands
The predominant wind direction in the Netherlands is southwest, which causes a moderate maritime climate, with warm summers and cool winters, and typically high humidity. Much of Holland is below sea level, making fog, mist, and dampness your too-frequent companions. As the Dutch weather is unpredictable, be prepared to layer your clothing any time of year.
In East Holland, the average temperature in the month May ranges from 7°C to 18 °C with around 65mm of rain.
The ideal time for traveling throughout the country is from April to October, with July and August usually being the months with the nicest weather.
The official language is Dutch. In some parts of the Netherlands, people often speak a dialect besides Standard Dutch. Many Dutch people also speak German and English.
The Dutch monetary unit is Euro (EUR)
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate on a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is canceled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to de- parture.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.
Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.