Complete Photo Tour Schedule

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Japan Winter Spectacular
January 19 - Feb 1, 2025 

Our Japan photo tour winter workshop with David Lazar & Japan resident Francic Ansing is the only trip we offer that takes advantage of Winter weather, which is photographically stunning. The photo opportunities range from the frenetic, futuristic streets of Tokyo on one end, to the tranquil snow-scapes and elegant cranes and swans of Hokkaido. In between are lovely Geishas expressing life as art, playful Snow Monkeys, bamboo forests, Mt. Fuji, exotic ancient temples, serene Zen gardens, colorful Torii Gates, and a whole lot more.

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Southeast Asia Unleashed!
Jan 4 - 16, 2025  

Luminous Thailand, Laos, Cambodia – A UNESCO World Heritage Photo Tour is led by Nat Geo contributor David Lazar. The region is definitely a ‘bucket lister’ for any travel photographer worth their salt, and here is a rare 3 for 1 opportunity!

The three UNESCO World Heritage sites we visit are Ayutthaya, Thailand; Luang Prabang, Laos; and Angkor Wat & Environs, Cambodia. Plus a lot more great photo opportunities off the beaten path. Join David for all the fun of this classic.

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Iconic Myanmar - The Big 4 
Nov 4 - 16, 2024

We hope the inspirational brilliance of A.P. Soe returns in 2023 (yes, Myanmar is open) to bring you the classic grandeur of his homeland, including off the beaten path to locations only AP knows.

"AP Soe was magnificent. In all my wildest dreams did I ever expect to meet someone so kind and gentle... Although AP was not my first teacher, he is certainly the best...  He made it fun and beautiful." --Mary Ann Schmidt, USA

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Luminous Bhutan Photo Tour Workshop
April 30 - May 13, 2025 

Our Luminous Bhutan photo tour workshop with renowned travel shooter David Lazar is one of our guests most beloved photo tours. The sold out 2023 group sung its praises in all aspects, from leadership to Bhutanese staff being so kind & accessible, locals being so welcoming, and of course – the photography!

This trip focuses on the uniqueness of iconic Bhutan. We have VIP access to most places, including not one, but two fantastically photogenic Buddhist festivals.

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Photographers Gone Wild – Myanmar
January 11 - 24, 2025 

This photo tour is our 3-time Myanmar Photographer of the Year‘s favorite.  K.K. Winn is the ultimate Myanmar photography insider, who knows the light, locations and people of Myanmar like no one else.

KK was a complete star – what a wonderful man… I learned more about photography with KK than I have ever before in my life!... And of course Burma is such a special and wonderful country. The trip was magical... ” – Katie Garrod, UK

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Vietnam Photo Tour Spectacular
June 16 – 30, 2024 & 2025

We are quite confident that our Vietnam photo tour workshop led by David Lazar and Vietnamese master Nguyen Vu Phuoc is the very best on the market. The diversity of impact image making opportunities between landscapes and people are nothing short of spectacular. Along with ancient Vietnamese and colonial French architecture adorned with elegant ladies wearing traditional Ao Dai, the Indochine dream comes to life for the travel photographer.

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Hidden Bali + Mt. Bromo, East Java
Sept 8 – 19, 2024 Sold Out (Sept 28 - Oct 9, 2025)

The island of Bali is much more than its reputation as a honeymoon & party haven, a reputation that prevents all too many photographers from seeing the photo tour paradise it is, at least in our hands!

David Lazar’s Hidden Bali is an original Bali photo tour experience that goes well off the beaten path and into the true heart of The Island of the Gods...

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India - Kumbh Mela 2025 - Calcutta, Varanasi - Taj & Rajasthan Extensions
Feb 5 - 15,  2025 (Sold Out - Waitlist)

India's Maha Kumbh Mela happens only every 12 years, and is by far the greatest spiritual spectacle on earth!  From a photographer’s perspective, most especially those interested in people, culture, street, and historical grandeur, there is nowhere else in the known galaxy that offers such an incredible diversity of photographic possibilities than India.

I had a fabulous time in India!  It blew my mind, no place like it in the world!  It was an absolute blast. Thank you so much!!!" --Shelly Lailberte, USA

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Day of the Dead Photo Tour - Mexico
Oct 26 - Nov 4, 2024 (Sold Out - Waitlist)

Mexico’s Day of the Dead - Día de Muertos – is a vibrant feast for the senses, and most colorfully held in legendary Oaxaca. This is southern Mexico in an area that is quite safe for travelers. The unique celebrations, rites & rituals you will experience make for myriad impact image making opportunities. .

In 2008, Día de Muertos was named to UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” list, which recognizes living expressions of ancient cultural traditions.  Join the wonderful Sina Falker on this unforgettable experience.

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Mexico – Yucatan, Oaxaca & Last Mayans
March 8 - 22, 2024 (Sold Out - 2025 Pending)

Mexico is open! Our Luminous Mexico photo tour workshop in gorgeous southern Mexico with specialist Sina Falker is a unique experience with remarkable inside access. There is simply no other Mexico photo tour workshop that measures up.

“...Sina put an inordinate amount of time and effort to provide the best experience possible. Mexico is a hidden gem; perhaps not appearing as exotic as some of your Asia trips but every bit as interesting. Sina is very diligent & professional & went to great lengths to assist the group..." --Bob McLean, Canada

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Incredible South India + Varanasi
TBA February 2026 

India is an unimaginable, almost kaleidoscopic feast for the senses. From a photographer’s perspective, most especially those interested in people, culture, street, and historical grandeur, there is nowhere else in the known galaxy that offers such an incredible diversity of photographic possibilities.

I had a fabulous time in India!  It blew my mind, no place like it in the world!  It was an absolute blast. Thank you so much!!!" --Shelly Lailberte, USA

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Cambodia - Inside Access
Open  Dates,  private photo  tours of any duration

Our Insider's Cambodia photo tour adventure with local professional Kimleng Sang delivers unmatched access and rare image making opportunities through the heart of the country, including legendary Angkor Wat & Environs.  It does not get any more authentic than this!  We truly believe there is no one better suited to bring you inside Cambodia than Kimleng.
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Ladakh - Private Photo Tours
  June 1 - September 30  

Ladakh is often called “Little Tibet”, and with good reason. It’s a magical land that abounds with otherworldly high mountain landscapes, often punctuated by green oases, crystal blue lakes, and rich, verdant valleys. Exotic ethnic tribes and rare people & portrait opportunities are also plentiful.

For those of you who have visited India, and for those who have held back because of the intensity, Ladakh is not that. It’s a completely different world, a veritable Shangri La. The tour is led by Canon Maestro, Swarup Chatterjee.