April 12 - 21, 2018

Join renowned garden photographer, David M. Cobb, and Ireena Worthy for 9 magical days in the countries that define the beauty of spring.

Proposed Itinerary

April 12 – Amsterdam: After arriving at Schiphol airport we transfer to our hotel. In the late afternoon we have a quick supper and welcome meet and greet. After food and introductions, we leave from the hotel to photograph Amsterdam. One of the world’s most photogenic cities, Amsterdam comes alive during the twilight hour. From the Herengracht, Prinsensgracht & Keizersgracht to the Damrak, the canals, architecture and beautiful lighting will inspire us far into the blue hour.

April 13—North Holland: We wake up early to see Holland in Bloom. In spring the tulip bulbs in the region burst into life, as we photograph some of the world’s largest tulip fields and historic windmills. After breakfast we visit the Alkmaar Cheese Market, the oldest traditional cheese market in the Netherlands. In the evening we travel the beautiful backcountry roads photographing tulip fields and windmills at sunset.

April 14—North Holland: We rise early to visit the lovely town of Zandaam and the Zaanse Scans; an open air museum that recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Zaanse Schans will have us drawing inspiration from the same windmills that Claude Monet admired in his paintings. In the afternoon we trace the North Sea coast on our way to Noordwyk.

April 15—16 Noordwyk, Holland:  We travel one of the world’s most scenic road trips—The Bollenstreek on our way to Keukenhof, known as the Most Beautiful Spring Garden in the World.  We have two full days to photograph the 7 million spring bulbs such as hyacinth, narcissus, crocuses and over 800 varieties of tulips in spectacular flower shows and surprising inspirational gardens. During both days master garden photographer, David Cobb will host several macro and garden photography instructional sessions in Keukenhof Gardens.

April 17—Kinderdijk, Holland:  Early rise to once again explore the Bollenstreek on the way to the charming town of Delft; home to dozens of beautiful, intersecting canals, including the Vrouwjuttenland, a canal dating back to 1432 and remarkable for its charming houses, cafés and the water lilies which float tranquilly upon the surface. In early afternoon we travel to the beautiful wetlands around Dordrecht; home to the windmills of Kinderdijk. Built around 1740, the 19 charming windmills were declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

April 18—Bruges, Belgium:  After an early sunrise at Kinderdijk, we journey south to the town of Ghent for a quick lunch, before arriving at the picturesque city of Bruges. Bruges was left largely intact after the war and its historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.  With cobblestone streets, quiet canals, quaint market squares and towering medieval church spires, Bruges’ old world charm never ceases to inspire photographers.

April 19—Bruges, Belgium:  Today we wander through Bruges to explore the fairy-tale medieval architecture of Europe’s Venice of the North. Beginning with a sunrise walk along the romantic Groenerei canal lined with trees and 17th century almshouses we end the day with an evening canal cruise and night photography to capture fabulous floodlighting of buildings along the canals.

April 20—Amsterdam, Holland: We travel back to the Amsterdam, by way of the magical Hallerbos Forest with fresh green beech leaves and a carpet of wild bluebells that float among the woods.  An escape from our modern world to the land of faeries presents natures marvellous reality. We have a final evening dinner and meeting where each participant can present images for critique.

April 21 – Travel Day: Today we transfer from our hotel to our flights back home.


Cost: $2,975.00 USD


$100.00 discount for returning Northern Straits Photo Workshop Participants