Greece: Photographic Tour of Santorini

Tour Intro

2019 rates listed, Contact Strabo Tours for private group or future photo tour.

If you have ever dreamed of a leisurely trip to Santorini, with enough time to photograph, and merely enjoy with no time pressures, then this is the trip for you. October is one of the best times to visit, as the weather is lovely and it is after the summer influx of tourists which doubles the population to approximately eleven thousand.

The emphasis of our trip is on photography, our days will be filled with unique opportunities, in that there are so many wonderful hidden places to explore. Your leader will seek out obscure settings to visit, places you would not find on your own.

Santorini, Greece is known as the home of one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Discover the famous submerged caldera, the volcano’s crater, which is situated today in the middle of a thirty-two square mile basin of water. Around the basin, hanging on cliffs of 150 to 300 meters in height, one can admire some of the most beautiful traditional villages of the Cyclades. The lively colors of the white Cycladic houses and blue painted windows contrast stunningly against the black volcanic rocks rising from sea. This scenery inspires artists and visitors alike. A few of the villages are named Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia, all of which entail many steps on each of the daily outings. The island name comes from ‘Santa Irini’ and it is officially called Thera.

Explore the iconic artistic locations of this picturesque island. Photograph the rich architectural colors, distinct blue domes, whitewashed buildings, brightly colored flowers, and warm friendly faces, against the blue Mediterranean sky.

Tour Highlights

Photography instruction as needed by your tour leader Kathy Adams Clark
Accommodations in the picturesque village of Firostefani
Seven full days exploring the Isle of Santorini
Quaint whitewashed buildings and blue windows of the Cycladic houses

Tour Itinerary

October 1: Travel Day today or prior for overnight in Athens
Santorini cliffs

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Santorini, Greece

There are overnight flights from the U.S. to Athens, Greece, where you will then connect to the Santorini Airport (Thira – JTR). Participants can overnight in Athens prior to taking flight to Santorini, and/or upon return from the isle. We can recommend the Holiday Inn, Athens Airport Hotel (Attica Avenue), which provides shuttle service, or a short taxi ride.

October 2: Athens - Santorini
Staircase & Caldera

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Santorini, Greece

Arrive anytime today to Santorini from Athens, a transfer from the port or the Thira Airport will await you, taking you to the hotel. Participants will check in and relax on their own. We will have a brief introductory meeting this evening upon everyone’s arrival (time to be announced). (D)

October 3-8: Santorini

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Santorini, Greece

We will have six full days to explore the nearby village of Firostefani, and other villages on the magical island of Santorini. Transportation will be on foot in the hill towns of Santorini, and coach service to the villages. Kathyy will organize early morning walks in the vicinity of the hotel, for those that wish to photograph prior to breakfast. We will then walk to town or travel to surrounding villages for a full day of work. Lunch will be enjoyed at various locations, returning to the hotel with time to work on your photogarphs, and capture the last light of the day. Please note the tour entails plenty of walking, with many steps in the hill towns. Dinners will be on your own at local restaurants, with a farewell dinner provided.

Santorini is the last island to the South of the Cyclades Archipelago. Centuries ago a volcanic eruption followed by a devastating explosion sculptured the rugged cliffs and brought about the unique spectacle of Santorini and the Caldera basin. The villages of Santorini Greece, where the traditional architecture can be seen are: Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Pyrgos, Emporio, and others. It has been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world; from the Caldera breathtaking views of the volcano and neighboring islands, from the east, miles of dark sandy or pebbled beaches, everywhere one sees blue domed churches, stunning whitewashed buildings, and remnants of days gone by.

Fira, the capital of Santorini, is perched on the edge of an impressive cliff, offering a spectacular panoramic view of the volcano. Stepped streets with sun-bathed verandas allow visitors to relax and enjoy the spectacular views at sunset, capturing the iconic whitewashed buildings perched on the dramatic cliffs. Imerovigli (the name means watchtower) is set on the highest point of the caldera’s rim. A trail descending from the church of Ayios Georgios crosses the isthmus and encircles Skaros, then finally reaching the small chapel of Theoskepasti, with a memorable caldera view.

At the tip of the northern horn of the island sits Ia (Oia), Santorini’s second largest and most picturesque town. The cubical white houses stand out against the natural color layers of rock, earth, and solid volcanic ash that rise from the sea. In 1900, there were approximately nine thousand inhabitants, now a mere 500 permanent residents, and more than 100 boats. Many of the mariners use the endless flight of stairs from the kastro to descend down to the water and the small port of Ammoudi, where the pebble beach is home to the island’s nicest fish tavernas.

Traveling South of Firostefani, we will visit the lovely Emporio and Pyrgos. Though today Pyrgos has only 500 inhabitants, it was once the capital of the island. It boasts of medieval houses, stacked on top of one another and back to back for protection against pirates. There is a beautiful panoramic view from the ruined Venetian castle, which can be reached by climbing the picturesque streets, which follow the shape of the hill. Overnight HOTEL IRA. (B & L each day, D Farewell Dinner)

October 9: Santorini - Athens - Home
Santorini Caldera

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Santorini, Greece

You will be transferred to the airport or port today, for your return to Athens, or choose to explore various islands. (B)

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 4 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.

Testimonials

Kathy is always good, but she went the extra mile. She assisted me in getting the best hummingbird photo’s I have ever taken. I particularly appreciated all the time and effort Kathy spent in setting up lights and backgrounds to enable us to get wonderful hummingbird shots. Results were fantastic. Great trip!!!

J. Braud

This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I was challenging myself to learn all sorts of new things, photography, a new culture, and was immersed in it. It surpassed my expectations and I met so many beautiful souls along the way. Kathy was fantastic, I give her a 10++!!!

D. Whitney

Everywhere we went was a highlight. Every place had something special. Kathy was a 10+, she was always there to give photo suggestions, help with equipment and locating things to photograph. She is an excellent teacher!

B & R Nelson

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.

Accommodations

On this sunlit island, one of the most beautiful in the world, our hotel is in the picturesque village of Firostefani. Situated in a quiet area, perched high up on the edge of the caldera, the lovely hotel offers a spectacular panoramic view of the volcanic islands, the far horizon and the deep blue sea. The hotel location is convenient, just a few minute walk from the island’s capital Fira, but away from the busy town center. The name Ira comes from 'Hera', a goddess of Greek Mythology and wife of Zeus. You will be transferred to the hotel from the Thira (JTR) airport.

Food & Drink

Breakfasts will be taken at the hotel, other meals included at various local restaurants as listed in brochure. The food is both delicious and wholesome.

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