Testimonials

We are very proud of the testimonials we’ve received. We hope you’ll take a look at what some of our participants have had to say about our tours.

“I just wanted to tell you again what a WONDERFUL time I had in Mexico! I LOVED THIS TRIP! So many INCREDIBLE memories. The sights were amazing and I learned so much. Jim – you got us to beautiful places! Thanks again for a GREAT trip!” ~ Beth R., Oaxaca trip participant


“I recently returned from Cambodia on the most fabulous photography trip. We experienced parts of Cambodia that I would not have discovered on my own as a tourist and that gave us a much broader understanding of the country. The experiences took as through much history, beautiful landscape and above all the experience of meeting and interacting with the absolutely wonderful people of Cambodia. Our two weeks were filled with the most amazing opportunities to capture this beautiful country and its people in our images. The planned itinerary alone would have done that but Karl also never misses a chance to stop the bus and change the plan if new opportunities present themselves. We road on the bamboo train, heard first-hand about some of Cambodia’s dark days, experienced markets and temples galore . As well we found ourselves in the middle of a festival one day and wandered through the most incredible little village another. We stopped to see duck farming, lotus harvesting and water buffalo. Not a day went past without incredible memories being created. Karl creates an environment that allows each individual to experience the trip in the way they feel most comfortable. He is always willing to share his wealth of knowledge but also allows you the freedom to “do your own thing”. There were many people involved in making this trip a success – from the tuk-tuk drivers to our incredible local guide and of course our main driver. Every one of them contributed to the terrific organization and the warm atmosphere of this trip. I have arrived home from this trip with amazing memories, a wealth of gorgeous images and the desire to return and further explore beautiful Cambodia.” ~Catherine P. Cambodia trip participant


“Fantastic tour! Well-organized agenda and logistics. The casa particulares in Havana, Vinales, and Trinidad were all clean and comfortable, our hosts were gracious, and the places we dined were very good. Chris Baker, Sandor, our drivers, and other local guides all did a terrific job and took good care of us. Last but not least the Cuban people were wonderful. I have done a lot of photo tours and workshops, and I would rank this in the top category of my experiences.” ~William W., Cuba tour participant


“The experience was wonderful and Jim was relentless in ensuring that we experienced Peruvian culture. From our pre-trip tour of Lima to our exploration of Inca ruins, a local guide/expert was leading our group. Besides visiting the iconic Machu Picchu, abet our time was limited mainly due to weather, many sites of Inca ruins are visited. The trip was well organized and Peruvian indigenous locals are available as models. A visit to a high Andes school was one of the high points of the trip. The young children were engaging and tugged on your heartstrings.   Jim does a good job coordinating travel which includes plane, train, bus, and “tuk-tuk” transportation. Hotels were nice and up to western standards with WiFi available at all locations. Food was unexpectedly very good with a variety of dishes. Yes, you get to sample the local delicacy, guinea pig. This was a wonderful experience and Jim is a genuinely nice person who is continually available to ensure you have a good experience. I highly recommend Jim Cline Photo Tours.” ~John V., Peru tour participant


“This was an exceptional experience that was designed to offer something for everyone in the group. It included some wonderful experiences with local Romanian craftspeople and local farmers, often planned but also arranged on the spot by our excellent local guide. These were good engaged experiences that weren’t at all rushed and gave all the attendees more than enough time to photograph the craftspeople and, often, their families. A key highlight was the ability to participate in three very different Romanian weddings, also arranged by our local guide. Each in a different region and with a different regional look. It also allowed for visits to many historic sites and scenic landscapes in northern Romania. Our photographic guide offered considerable guidance that also allowed/encouraged people to stretch how they used their cameras in different scenarios. I would definitely recommend this trip.” ~Mark T., Romania tour participant



“I am so glad that I joined the Colombia 2022 photo tour led by Chris Baker. It was a great chance to see the colorful colonial architecture,, experience the friendly local people and their culture, enjoy the delicious food, observe the awesome flower festival with a lot of photography opportunities. It is also a great chance to learn from the other photographers. Thank you!!” 
~Rosalie W.,  Colombia tour participant



“This was a fabulous photography tour. Jim Cline is an excellent guide and photographer. My photography improved thanks to his tips and suggestions. The tour was well organized and Jim has a good sense of how many activities to include in a day. Our hotels were comfortable. I particularly enjoyed his mix of photography, culture, and food. The opportunity to photograph portraits and environmental shots was exceptional. The other group members were great to travel with. When we had some travel changes due to canceled trains and flights, Jim handled the situation very well. He was decisive and quickly found alternatives that worked for everyone. I will definitely go on more of Jim Cline’s photography tours.” 
~Beth P., Peru tour participant



“As always, it’s been a great trip. I would like to thank the Jim Cline support group for staying on top of our journey and making changes as needed. (Pending rail strike had us get off Machu Picchu a day early or it would have been at least an additional 2-day stay or a four-hour walk to get transport) But it was a seamless change and we still had a great time. Thank you, Jim, it’s always it’s an adventure.”
~Nelda C., Peru tour participant



“This was a true ‘Full Circle’ trip in that we saw almost every section of Namibia. What a fabulous country. We were a small group so we could move around easily and see the diversity and beauty of the country and people. Our local guide Orlando, is the best guide you could imagine – in every way. Jeremy made sure we were up early, got to all the great photo ops, saw all the sights, and helped in so many ways. I loved Namibia and this trip.”
~Shelly R., Namibia tour participant



“A well-resourced Jim Cline tour as usual. Chris Baker (tour leader), Alex (country leader), and all the individual city leaders and drivers did a great job and took good care of our group. All four lodgings were very nice, and the itinerary was very diverse and interesting. A great trip with a great group of fellow travelers!” 
~William W.,  Colombia tour participant



“This was a fabulous experience, certainly the best trip we have taken in a long, long time. The sites, hotels, restaurants, local guides were all superb. I really liked the personal touches Jim arranged for us to photograph locals he knew from prior trips. Jim was attentive to a real variety of personalities and very gracious. Thanks so much, I can’t recommend your trips enough!” 
~Brent & Kathryn S.,  Peru tour participants



“Jim, thank you for a spectacular trip. You are masterful at providing us with wonderful photo opportunities.”
-David A., multiple-tour participant


“Inspiration does not come easy in our 21st-century world, but traveling with Karl has given me that peek of inspiration. Raising the idea within me of the possibilities that photography provides. Karl is an excellent teacher and inspiration.” -Joe M., multiple-tour participant


“This was our third time traveling with Jim Cline’s tours. We have been consistently impressed with the organization. When you are traveling with a group in foreign countries, there are many opportunities for error. Everything has been very well organized. We appreciate all of the efforts that are made to form relationships with the people who are our photography subjects. We appreciate all of the homework that goes into planning these awesome trips! Thank you, Jim and Karl, for three wonderful trips!!” -Kim & Tim R., Ensenada tour participants


“It was fascinating traveling through a country slowly moving past the 1950s with a guide as knowledgeable and helpful as Jeremy. He showed us many excellent photo ops (he knew the cities like the back of his hand), good critique of my pictures, knowledgeable help on technical questions. I think the images I got were very good. Jeremy was awesome and I’d certainly go with him again. I also would absolutely recommend this trip because the Cubanos were great, the scenery unique, and Jeremy is off-the-scale good.”  ~Jim P.,  Cuba tour participant


“I enjoy traveling with Jim because of the strong relationships that he has developed with people over the years. This provides unique opportunities to photograph people and places that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to. I travel with Jim because I know that I will experience cultures in a way that I would never be able to on my own.” ~Mindy S., Guatemala tour participant


“I have been on multiple photographic tours with Jim Cline Tours. The most recent Cuban experience was an excellent example of why I return time and again. In Cuba, Jim Cline arranged access to many opportunities for photography that I have found to be unique. These included the opportunity for a morning of instruction from a prominent Cuban photographer. This included being able to photograph two members of the Cuban National Ballet Company in a personally owned mansion dating to the 1930s or 1940s. Other opportunities included access to a professional boxing gym and meeting the participants; photographing an African-Cuban dance performance – specifically arranged for the group; a photographic opportunity and dinner at a tobacco farmer’s home and too many more to mention.”

“The planning Jim Cline Tours puts into a ten-day photographic opportunity is excellent. The knowledge gained is incremental depending on your level of photography. Jim seems particularly interested in your own experimentation and questions the photographic has related his/her results. There are few critiques but the ones that take place generally involve other professional photographers and are exceptionally enlightening.” ~Phil P., Cuba tour participant


“I had great anticipation for this Jim Cline photo trip and was not disappointed. I will continue to recommend these photo tours as a way to learn and enjoy new places.” ~Dennis C., Day of the Dead tour participant


“This was my first trip with Jim Cline Photo tour. First of all “Amazing Myanmar” is truly amazing. My wife and I have traveled to almost all Asian countries. This is the first time my pre-trip trepidations were totally shattered. What a lovely country and what fantastic people!! It was an amazing experience. From the moment I landed at Yangon to my departure, it was a fantastic experience. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and caring. All photo shoots were very well planned and executed.”

“Our group being small gave us an opportunity to advance our knowledge on one on one basis. Karl is not only an exceptional photographer but a great friend and a great human being. It was my privilege to know him and call him my friend and teacher. We really had a memorable time in Myanmar thanks entirely to Karl and the two local guides.  I am definitely planning to participate in other JCPT in future and would whole-heartedly recommend it to any serious photography enthusiast. Please accept my many thanks for managing such wonderful photo expeditions.” – Kirit C., Myanmar tour participant


“My favorite part of this trip was Chris’ input, be it in the realm of photography or in his vast knowledge of Cuba. Chris was great; he took me from non-photographer status, i.e. point and shoot only…to fanatical photographic virtuoso. That was a surprise bonus since I was just going along for the ride…not for the photography! Chris made photography, history and current events fascinating. Plus, he truly had a love for the locals and treated them with compassion and respect. The local guides were also fabulous and attentive… Being introduced to Cuba through the eyes and camera of Christopher was inspirational.”  ~Paula Z., Cuba tour participant


“Thank you for a wonderful trip that exceeded my expectations. Every event we attended was photographically superb. This is the only trip I have taken that I would consider doing again. You can be sure I’ll sing praises of this tour to all my photographer friends.” –David and Koon G., Day of the Dead tour participants


“I have recently returned from the “India Gujarat and the Malabar Coast” photo tour. In every way, this trip exceeded my expectations. I was introduced to India and its wonderful people in the most exciting and unique way. The places we visited were varied and interesting and offered incredible photographic opportunities. Beyond the photo component, this trip was a wealth of experiences that I will never forget. In the time we were in India I danced with gypsies, visited a slum, found myself in the middle of tribal celebrations, drifted through the backwaters in a houseboat, bounced across the desert in an open-air jeep, slept in palaces, slept in a hut (complete with mongoose skittering over the roof all night long)… amongst many other things!”

“Through all of this I was completely taken with the beauty and warmth of the Indian people. I have returned from this trip with fabulous images and even better memories. Karl and local guide DV were the most amazing guides for us. Helpful, kind and patient, they met our personal and photography needs in every way. My photographic skill set has expanded through the expertise and experiences I was offered on this trip. An absolutely fantastic tour in every way!”  –Catherine P., India (Gujarat) tour participant


“When I think about the time we spent in Romania, I envision traveling back in time 75 to 100 years. The experiences you arranged for us enabled us to see the unique ways people lived a century ago; I mean, barrel-makers, woodcarvers, sheepherders, mushroom and potato pickers (BTW, I still taste the porcini mushrooms…mmmmm, they were delicious). Thank you … I think you planned an incredible and most enjoyable trip.”  –Marilyn C., Romania tour participant


“Karl is a fantastic and great guy whom I respect, with a refreshing approach to travel photography. I have been on at least ten photo tours now and, opposite of some other tour companies and guides, Karl is totally focused on we participants. Karl is always there (at shooting locations) for us, not his own shots. Karl gives his time and is one of the best leaders in the business.”

“The other thing that is so good with Karl is his tour group communication is simply “Excellent” plus he makes everything a joy. Before a location, he briefs the group on what to expect provides tips and pointers on the location, light and camera settings, answers questions, etc. By the time the bus stops everybody is up and running then he guides those who want and seek his input. I would love to do at least two more JCPT.”  ~Peter I., Vietnam & Angkor Wat tour participant.


“These are the best photo workshops that I have taken! Jim knows how to pace a trip, has great local contacts and takes you to the top spots.”  –Len O., Day of the Dead tour participant


“If someone wants a vital experience with another culture; solid instruction photographing people and places in that milieu; and a out-and-out good time, this is the trip to take…I thought this trip was fantastic! Jim did an incredible job of managing the trip. Shepherding 10 strangers in a strange land takes a great deal of tact, firmness, and diplomacy and Jim handled every situation with aplomb. Jim did a great job of attending to people’s needs both photographic and logistic. The restaurants and food were excellent.

The photo opportunities here were excellent and varied and I was able to photograph subjects to which I’m usually drawn but I also had the chance and challenge of photographing subjects, especially people, that I normally don’t seek out. It is the vitality and the openness of the people that has stayed with me. Thanks for a great trip!”  ~Louis S., Peru tour participant