NORTH OF SPAIN

$500.00

September 15 to September 28, 2020

Package Price:    $ 6595. for 5 participants minimum

Package Price:    $ 6095. for 6-9 participants

Package Price:    $ 5595. for 10-14 participants

“A VISUAL AND GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCE”

MADRID/ASTURIAS/LA RIOJA

Spain is a fascinating country, full of history, culture and amazing sights. Although I have travelled the entire Iberian Peninsula, the north of Spain, specially Asturias and La Rioja, are by far my favorite regions.  The gastronomic excellence, best wines in the world and fantastic weather complement the breathtaking picture opportunities.

Join us in this comprehensive exploration of the sights and gastronomic wonders of northern Spain visiting its quaint villages, centers of culture and experiencing La Rioja during the grape harvest. Stay in hand selected hotels while dining in the places locals do.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

13 nights of single accommodations in 4 star hotels

All land transportation

All breakfasts, two dinners

Five wine tastings  

Entrances to monuments.

Tuition

*Price is per person, single occupancy.

This workshop is limited to 14 students.

A deposit of $ 500 is required to reserve you space.

NOT INCLUDED:

Airport transfers and airfare from/to your home cities are not included.

Lunches  and dinners (except for 2).

Driver’s tips.  

North of Spain with Raul Touzon

ITINERARY

Day 1

Madrid/Villanueva de San Mancio

Arrival in Madrid Barajas Airport and transfer to the village of Villanueva de San Mancio to start our adventure and experience our first gastronomic feast in our welcome dinner

Hotel La Posada del Canal

North of Spain with Raul Touzon

Day 2

Villanueva de San Mancio

Today we enjoy our first wine tastings at the Protos Cellar in the Penafiel Castle and in the Villa Vilano Winery, both locations with great picture opportunities. Dinner tonight is at Medina de Rioseco

Hotel La Posada del Canal

North of Spain with Raul Touzon
North of Spain with Raul Touzon

Day 3

Villanueva de San Mancio /Laguardia

Early morning departure to Laguardia in the heart of La Rioja. Set atop a hill in the middle of a valley, the picture-perfect town of Laguardia, is a walled town surrounded by vineyards on all sides.

In the afternoon enjoy a walk through the medieval narrow streets and stop at one of the multiple bars to try some local wine accompanied by a ración or a pintxo, before dinner.

Hotel Eguren Ugarte

Day 4

La Rioja

The tiny province of La Rioja is distinguished by its ochre-colored earth, bright blue skies, and world famous wines. Vineyards line the banks of the Río Ebro, while hilltop towns such as Haro and Logroño straddle the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. After breakfast we photograph the towns of San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Haro where we have lunch. In the afternoon have another wine tasting in the Muga Winery. On the way many landscape opportunities to photograph arise.

Hotel Eguren Ugarte

Day 5

La Rioja

Another day in the heart of the best wine region in the world. A visit to Elciego Village and a wine tasting at the world famous and photogenic Marques de Riscal Cellar is the highlight of our day.

Hotel Eguren Ugarte

Day 6

Laguardia/Burgos/Leon

After breakfast we transfer to Leon with a quick stop in Burgos to visit its magnificent cathedral.

León is a wonderful city, combining stunning historical architecture with an irresistible energy. Its standout attraction is the cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Spain. Tonight we stroll the streets to capture twilight images of narrow streets and plazas of the picturesque old quarter, the Barrio Húmedo.

Parador San Marcos

Day 7

Leon/Oviedo

Time to transfer to Oviedo, but before leaving magnificent Leon, we visit its world famous cathedral.

The city of Oviedo, capital of Spain’s Asturias region, it’s a relatively small city, yet both elegant and refined, with a charming historic quarter and plenty of shops and restaurants.  Tonight we explore the historic center while enjoying some exquisite cider and dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel La Reconquista

Day 8

Villaviciosa/Luanco/Gijon

After a quick breakfast we explore the villages of Villaviciosa (famous for its Cider), the seaside village of Luanco where we have lunch by its charming port and ending the day at the historic district of Barrio Cimadevilla in Gijon. Dinner tonight at Casa Ramon

Hotel La Reconquista

Day 9

Ribadesella/Cangas de Onis

After breakfast we depart for Cangas de Onis with a quick stop at Ribadesella for lunch and some images of its charming port. Split in two by the Río Sella’s estuary, Ribadesella is a low-key fishing town and lively beach resort. At night we photograph Cangas town’s center and its magnificent Roman arch.

Hotel Los Arcos

Day 10

Picos de Europa/Covadonga/Cabrales

The first capital of Christian Spain, Cangas de Onís, is situated in the narrow valley carved by the Sella River. We start the day with a visit to the Picos de Europa National Park, known for its dramatic scenery, rocky trails and home to the Enol and Ercina glacial lakes. We end the day with a visit to the Covadonga village, the Santa Cueva de Covadonga, a cliff side cave sanctuary with a Romanesque chapel and the magnificent sanctuary where King Pelayo defeated the moors. Dinner tonight is in the village of Benia de Onis at the Casa Moran restaurant.

Hotel Los Arcos

Day 11

Cangas/Santillana del Mar/San Vicente

Today we travel to Santillana del Mar, one of the towns with the greatest historical-artistic value in Spain and of true architectural treasures.  A visit to the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, its most representative building, will complete our exploration of the town.

Time to head to San Vicente de la Barquera one of the most picturesque sights on the Cantabrian coast, with its beaches, the old village and the exceptional backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of the Picos de Europa. A late lunch at the Boga-Boga restaurant completes our adventure.

Hotel Los Arcos

Day 12

Madrid

After breakfast we transfer to Madrid where you will enjoy the free afternoon. Before dinner we shoot some of the monuments near the hotel at twilight.

Hotel Jardin de Recoletos

Day 13

Madrid

Visits to Parque del Retiro, Fuente de Las Cibeles, Puerta de Alcala and other of Madrid’s important sights will be scheduled for today. At night we have our goodbye dinner at El Capricho Restaurant.

Hotel Jardin de Recoletos

Day 14

Madrid

Departure/Transfer airport

PAYMENT

Clients may pay for the workshop directly online or by check.
If the client chooses to pay by check, click here to get more information.

GEAR LIST

Photographic equipment: bring your normal photographic gear: a camera, lenses, and a flash if you have one.

Please make sure your photography equipment is in good working order before leaving home, and be sure to bring extra batteries. There is nothing more frustrating than having your equipment quit during a workshop week, particularly in a foreign country where repair or replacement is challenging. Check with your insurance company and make sure your equipment is covered.

Digital capture: the workshops embraces your use of digital cameras within traditional photography workshops. Please be aware that you will need to be technically self-sufficient and bring the following equipment with you:

  • digital memory cards with reader
  • power adapters and cables for laptop and digital camera
  • camera manual
  • batteries and charger for rechargeable batteries

It is expected that you know how to download images from your camera to the laptop, edit images using your software, and organize the edited images for critique.

Participants will be given “standards” to follow while at the workshops. These standards are designed to simplify daily presentations and critiques. Closer 30 days before the start of your workshop you will receive a letter from us with more specific details on photo and computer gear.

Once you sign up, we will gladly provide you with the detailed itinerary!

CANCELLATION POLICY

Client’s participation in the workshop is not guaranteed unless and until payment is received in full by raul touzon. Unless otherwise agreed below, workshops are non-transferable and non refundable.

If you cancel and the workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel, you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the worksho

REFUND POLICY

  • If requested more than 60 days from the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $250 fee.
  • 31 days – 60 days: 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days: no refund
  • Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
  • Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Photography workshop policies and general liability waiver

Please read the following document carefully. Each individual participating in a photography workshop conducted by Raul Touzon Photography must submit a signed copy of this form as part the registration process.

Participants under 18 years of age must also include the signature of a parent or guardian.

“The photographer” shall mean the organizer known as “Raul Touzon Photography”.

“The client(s)” shall be those who attend the workshop.

The information presented in this contract cannot be altered in any way by the client(s) unless such conditions are expressly agreed upon by Raul Touzon Photography and provided in writing prior to the commencement of the workshop.

  1. Health & safety: I am aware that the courses and activities related to the workshop in which I am participating present certain risks including, but not limited to, bodily injury, death, illness, loss or damage to personal property, and other safety-related dangers. I further understand that these outdoor photography courses in certain instances present inherent risks of personal injury or sickness, such as falling, falling rocks, getting lost, traveling in rough terrain, forces of nature such as lightning strikes, wild animals, absence of prompt medical attention, if needed, and travel by automobile or other conveyance. I understand these risks, recognize that these dangers cannot be eliminated, and acknowledge other dangers not mentioned may also exist. I understand the physical requirements of participation in these activities and affirm I meet these requirements, and that my physical and mental health is good, and that I am not under a doctor’s care for any condition that might endanger other participants or me. I understand that instructors may not possess the required training or equipment to handle incidents that may occur. In case of injury, accident, illness, or my inability to complete these activities, I will bear the full cost of any additional transportation or evacuation procedures performed by Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors or the national park services.
  1. Copyright & license: all photographs created by the client during the workshop remain the intellectual property of the client. The client retains full copyright of these images. Client images may be used to promote future workshops without compensation to Raul Touzon Photography or the client.
  1. Prices: prices for the workshops are available online and are non-negotiable. Amenities may vary for individual work- shops and it is the client’s responsibility to read the course details carefully. Airfare is not included in the workshop fees.
  1. Payments: you can make payments directly online or by check. We cannot guarantee your placement in a workshop unless we receive full payment. Unless specified, workshops are non-transferable.
  1. Refunds/cancellation by the client(s):

Cancellations will receive 100% refund minus a cancellation administration fee of $ 250.

Cancellations made within 31 days to 60 days prior to the start of workshop dates, are entitled to a 50% refund based on the full tuition fee of the workshop.

Cancellations made within a 30 days period prior to the start of a workshop will not be entitled to a refund.

In the unlikely event a workshop cannot be conducted for reasons defined in item (6), the client will receive a 100% refund, or the choice of an alternative workshop of equal value. No further compensation is required.

  1. Refunds/cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography due to an insufficient number of participants: if insufficient bookings are made, Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or postpone a workshop. Notice will be given to the client no less than 10 days prior to the workshop date. In this circumstance an alternate workshop of equal value, or 100% refund be offered to the client.

Force majeure: (typically, force majeure clauses cover natural disasters or other “acts of god”, or the failure of third-parties such as suppliers and subcontractors to perform their obligations to the contracting party.)

The due performance of the contract is subject to alteration or cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography owing to any cause beyond their reasonable control (e.g. sudden illness/injury/victim of crime).

Raul Touzon Photography may substitute another photographer in the event that the assigned instructor is unable to attend the workshop due to such factors. However, it may prove difficult or impossible to find a skilled replacement at short notice. As explained in item (6), 100% refund, or an alternate course will be offered if no workshop can be performed.

  1. Valuables: all valuables belonging to the client including camera equipment are the clients’ responsibility. Raul Touzon Photography and its instructors cannot be held liable for any lost or damaged equipment (camera or other) while participating in a workshop.
  1. Complaints: any complaints regarding the workshop or its instructors must be made in writing within seven days of the workshop. All complaints will be taken seriously and acted upon accordingly.
  1. Logistics and accomodation: whenever possible, our trip participants are lodged in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations, but refrain from extravagance. Some interesting photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities.
  1. Our itinerary is intended as an example only. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, natural history or cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by tour leader.
  1. Governing law: the laws of the state of Montana shall govern this agreement. Any notices required or permitted under this agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (I) delivered in person, (ii) sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, with proper postage affixed, or (iii) sent by overnight mail service with confirmation of delivery. In the case of (I), notice shall be deemed effective upon delivery; in the case of (ii) and (iii), notice shall be deemed effective upon confirmation of receipt or delivery.
  1. Concealed weapons: in February 2010 the federal government lifted the ban on loaded and concealed weapons in our national parks. While we respect the rights of those who wish to carry firearms, Wild West photos will not allow individuals who participate in our workshops to carry firearms of any kind. If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy please contact us by phone or email prior to registration.
  1. Participation: I certify that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risks, consequences, and potential liability for this participation. I hereby release Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors, any landowner, employee of the landowner in which we hold the workshop, the us forest service, the national park service, and other land managers where these activities occur from any and all liability claims, causes of action, debts, and demands that may arise as a result of my participation in these activities. This document shall also serve as a release and assumption of risk for my heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and members of my family. Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or change activities without prior notice, and reserves the right to cancel the registration of any participant it determines fails to meet the requirements of these activities.
  1. Responsibility: Raul Touzon Photography act only as agents for the passenger in regards to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.

They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provided are for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.

Signature of participant:      ______________________________________________________

Print name:                            ______________________________________________________

Date:                                       ______________________________________________________

As a parent or guardian of the participant indicated above, I acknowledge reading this form and agree to all the provisions above. In addition to the above release and assumption of risk, I also give my permission for instructors, staff, volunteers, and emergency personnel to make necessary first aid decisions in the event of an accident, injury, or illness to the above named participant.

Signature of parent/guardian:        ______________________________________________________

Print name:                                        ______________________________________________________

Date:                                                   ______________________________________________________

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