Unique Opportunity for The
World's Fair of Imaging...an Exclusive Leica Factory Tour...and
September 30-October 7, 2004
Our Shutterbug photokina
· Three nights in Cologne, Germany
· photokina VIP Badge and Welcome Reception
· Two Nights, Heidelberg
· Two Nights, Wetzlar (for Leica Tour)
· Exclusive Leica Solms Factory Tour and Presentations
· Accompanied Tour Escort from Cologne to Heidelberg to Wetzlar
· Private Long Distance Motorcoach October 3-7
· Sightseeing Tours, Photo Ops, Rhine Boat Trip
· All castle, museum and river cruise fees
· Daily Buffet Breakfasts
· Four dinners
· Two Lunches
2004 promises to be a very
exciting year at photokina, the World's Fair of Imaging in Cologne,
Germany. Now's your chance to join Shutterbug on a very special
trip to photokina, followed by our own exclusive Leica Factory tour and
sightseeing and photo opportunities on the Rhine, in medieval towns and
through the castles of Germany. Our post-photokina trip will be with George
Schaub, editor of Shutterbug, Ron Leach, editor of Petersen's Photographic
and a special guest pro.
The World's Fair
If you've always wanted to attend photokina, the World's Fair
of Imaging, now's your chance. Photokina is the international destination
for all those who love photography and imaging. It's where the newest
gear and innovations are announced, as well as innovations that set the
pace for the photography world for years to come. Visitors attend from
over 65 countries, and exhibitors come from around the globe. The massive
exhibit will fill your eyes and ears with an astounding range of products,
from the latest cameras, both digital and film, to lenses, lighting, digital
imaging equipment, and more. In addition, the numerous halls of photokina
are filled with many exhibits from top photographers and image associations.
Cologne: A Photo Festival
The town of Cologne itself opens its doors to photo visitors with literally
hundreds of gallery shows, openings and special events all with photography
in mind. The many restaurants and pubs in Old Town, along the banks of
the Rhine, become a place to meet and greet photographers and exhibitors
from around the world.
When you arrive you'll be given a VIP pass to the photokina halls,
which also gives you free public transportation in and around the city
of Cologne. The price includes accommodations in and around Cologne.Your
VIP photokina badge gives you instant and immediate access to all that
photokina and Cologne offer during this exciting show. We'll also
provide a special reception to acquaint and orient you with all that you
can see during your stay in this exciting city on the Rhine.
After the Show: On
After photokina we've planned an exciting trip that will give you
a true taste of Germany, plus an exclusive Tour and special presentations
at the Leica Factory in Solms. We begin our journey with a private, deluxe
motorcoach ride to Heidelberg, one of the most romantic cities on the
Rhine. When we arrive in Heidelberg we'll take a guided tour of
the city followed by a traditional German meal. The next day we head out
for Rothenberg, a charming medieval town typical of southern Germany,
where we'll have many great photo opportunities. We finish our day
with dinner at an historic castle overlooking the Rhine.
The next morning we'll depart for our Rhine Cruise from Rudesheim
to St. Goarhausen, perhaps the most beautiful stretch of the river. We'll
explore the small towns and end our trip at Marksburg Castle in Braubach.
Leica Factory Tour
After our castle tour we'll take a leisurely motorcoach trip to
Wetzlar and join together for dinner in a traditional restaurant. We'll
spend that evening and the next in Wetzlar, and visit nearby Solms for
a special Leica Factory tour and presentations by Leica personnel. We
have joined with Leica to bring you a very special event, one you're
sure to remember long after you return home. After a night of rest in
Wetzlar we'll get you back to Frankfurt airport for your return
trip home, or bid you farewell as you continue your journey in Germany
or anywhere in Europe you choose to go.
Throughout our journey after photokina we'll be accompanied by an
English speaking tour escort who will enliven your journey with special
commentary on each leg of our trip. Remember, we cover all hotel accommodations,
daily breakfast, photokina VIP badges (and free transportation throughout
Cologne), four dinners, two lunches and all tours and fees from September
30-October 7. Airfare is your own, and transfers are not covered, except
for those traveling from Wetzlar to Frankfurt on October 7. Our courteous
travel consultants will be glad to help you arrange any flights and transfers.
Due to the fluctuation of currencies it was possible to negotiate a low
price of $2,499 per person based on double occupancy until June 15th.
Single occupancy supplement is an additional $1381.
Due to space limitations and
anticipated interest in this once-in-a-lifetime journey we recommend that
you reserve your trip with us today. Please call 1-866-674-3476 (ask for
the Shutterbug photokina trip) for more information and reservations.
We will be posting further information on our website, www.shutterbug.net,
and in future issues of Shutterbug as the travel date approaches. If you'd
like to learn more about the exciting programs and events at photokina
visit the show's website at www.photokina.de.