France Photo and Painting Tour

Tour Intro

Itinerary, 2021 dates and pricing to be announced

Claude Monet was a painter recognized today around the world as one of the most famous French Impressionists. His work can be viewed in museums and art galleries throughout the four corners of the world. However, you may not be aware that most of Monet’s work was inspired and painted in Normandy. He grew up near the Norman Port of Le Havre and following the completion of his studies in Paris, he naturally returned to the place of his childhood.

During his time in Paris, he met Eugene Boudin, a native of Honfleur who was to become his mentor and lifelong friend. Following the example of Boudin, Monet experimented with a new technique of painting in the open-air at a time when most painters worked indoors. He was inspired to do so by the scenery and light conditions found on the Norman coast. He completed most of his coastal scenes around Honfleur and near-by beaches.

The paintings he did in Rouen contained a series of the Cathedral showing how different times of day and weather could affect the color of light on his majestic subject. Monet spent more than half of his life in the little village of Giverny surrounded by beautiful country scenes. It is possible today to visit the artist’s house to get an insight to the inspiration of this master painter. The gardens that he first landscaped, he then spent half of his life painting, notably of course… the Japanese bridge over the Water Lily Pond.

Tour Itinerary

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Cathedral Normandy

Photo By: Nancy Ori

Photo Location: France

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Coastline Bayeux Beaches

Photo By: Nancy Ori

Photo Location: France

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Bayeux

Photo By: Nancy Ori

Photo Location: France

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Giverny Flower

Photo By: Nancy Ori

Photo Location: France

Photo Leader

Nancy Ori
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Nancy Ori

To view a slide show of Nancy's images from her photo programs to Cuba, click here:  Cuba travel program with Nancy Ori      It's a perfect of example of the wonderful opportunities you will explore with her.

Nancy Ori is respected internationally for over 35 years as a corporate photographer and enjoys teaching photography and other mixed media workshops. Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and is now on the faculty in New Jersey at several museums. She curates about six group exhibits annually and enjoys exhibiting her award-winning work regularly.

In 1990, she established the NJ Heritage Workshops for Photography and Painting, which she holds each spring in Cape May. And in 1995, she founded and still directs the New Jersey Photography Forum, a group of professional and serious amateur photographers that meet regularly to discuss their work and exhibit within the state. Under her direction, the group has grown to be the oldest and largest group of fine art exhibiting photographers in the state.

Photographing in the West Coast tradition of her long-time mentor, Ansel Adams, Nancy expresses her own interpretation of landscape and architecture. Her photographs reveal a love of light, shadow and form in the natural and man-made settings. They are powerful documentations of both the land and architecture expressing vulnerability and yet endurance. She is currently working on a series of abstract photographs she has made during the many tours she has done for Strabo globally over several years.

Nancy’s teaching style is casual and supportive, but with great passion. One of her students sums it up nicely: “The workshop was wonderful, and hard and fulfilling and really fun!  As usual, you were brilliant, prepared, encouraging, insightful and organized. Thanks again for your passion and for all the fun and knowledge my annual “photography camp” puts in my life.” Carol A.

Nancy’s work has been widely published and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US and Europe. View her websites: www.nancyoriphotography.com or www.nancyorifineart.com . For detailed information call her at 908-790-8820.

It’s always enlightening and enjoyable listening to you and discussing things. The vast majority of time, after attending a workshop (which I rarely do anymore), l leave feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. However, there is something about your approach that, following time spent w/you, I go away encouraged and motivated. It’s a bonus to get applicable business contact info, and some written reference material, but it’s the feeling of, “hmmm, I can do this...”, that makes all the difference. And for that, I thank -you. Glenn, freelance photographer

Glenn

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 0 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.

Airfare

Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

The land cost includes:
  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

Subject to Change

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Release

Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.

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