Discover Santorini with Photo Leader Ron Rosenstock

Tour Intro

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Join accomplished photographer and guide Ron Rosenstock through this special tour. Ron is a veteran tour leader and has run this trip several times before. He has conducted more than 250 tours to many destinations worldwide. Ron taught photography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. His published books include his exquisite black and white photographs: The Light of Ireland, Chiostro (Cloister), and Hymn to the Earth; color photographs in Journeys. Ron’s work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad, and his photographs are to be found in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass., The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Mass., and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Ron’s striking, one-of-a-kind photographs can be seen at www.ronrosenstock.com.

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. The accommodations are superbly located with fantastic views of the caldera and the colorful buildings of Fira, yet far enough away from the cruise ship action. 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. 

Join Ron—exploring the iconic photographic 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. The emphasis of the trip is on photography, yet this is much more, one that non-photographic travelers can enjoy just as well. Days will be filled with unique photographic opportunities, in that there are so many wonderful hidden places to explore. Discussions on technique and processing are often covered during the evening at the hotel or over dinner.

Tour Highlights

  • Photo instruction as needed by your tour leader Ron Rosenstock
  • Accommodations in the picturesque village of Firostefani
  • Six full days exploring the Isle of Santorini
  • Quaint whitewashed buildings and blue windows of the Cycladic houses
  • Early morning and late light photography walks

Tour Itinerary

October 15: Depart Home

There are overnight flights to Greece, in which you may connect in Athens or another European city to Santorini Airport (Thira – JTR). Participants can depart early and overnight in Athens prior to taking flight to Santorini, and/or upon return from the isle. We can recommend the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel, which is with in walking distance of the airport.

October 16: Santorini

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Ola 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 17-22: Santorini

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Santorini Bell Tower

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. Ron will organize early morning photography 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 shooting. Lunch will be enjoyed at various photographic locations, returning to the hotel with time to work on your images, 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 23: Santorini - Athens - Home

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Santorini

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

Note: This itinerary has been carefully constructed to assure participants the best Santorini has to offer. However, should events arise that are beyond our control, itinerary, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Leader

Ron Rosenstock
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Ron Rosenstock

Ron started leading photo tours in 1967. In those years he has led hundreds of tours to many destinations worldwide. Ron has retired from Clark University after teaching photography there for thirty years. He has published three books of his exquisite black and white photographs: The Light of Ireland, Hymn to the Earth, Chiostro (Cloister),and his new color book Journeys. Ron’s work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad, and his photographs are to be found in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass., The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Mass., and the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Ron is happy to share his vision and insights to all who travel with him. Although he now only photographs with a digital camera, his philosophy of teaching hasn't changed since the early large format film days. He firmly believes that the photograph comes from within, not from without. Meaning you can't buy creativity, however, you have to learn to recognize that creative spirit within. Ron teaches exercises that will help that creative spirit come to the surface. These may consist of: 1) Entry ways to seeing, 2) photographing in the NOW, 3) practical aspects of printing, exhibiting and getting your work out there. During the photo tour he will teach and use a digital projector several evenings. Most people who travel with Ron have a basic understanding of how the camera works, and others who know everything about the camera. He doesn't focus on technical knowledge, rather places the emphasis on a more zen approach. Ron believes it isn't necessary to know all the latest digital technique, but it is necessary to know yourself.

Please feel free to view Ron's website and e-mail regarding any questions.

 

Why do you LOVE nature photography?   by Ron Rosenstock

Let me use some of the same words, Nature photography is LOVE!  Since the very beginning of our species starting to walk upright, we have been recreating nature in various art forms, from cave paintings to digital photography. Technology has changed, but what is most important, hasn’t. The worlds greatest artists have received their inspiration from nature. We are as much a part of nature as nature is a part of us.  For those of us that take the time to smell the flowers, it’s so much more.  Poets but their feelings into words, painters paint and we photograph.  Each image we make is showing us on a deeper level, who we really are. “Listen, my heart, to the whispering of the world.  That is how it makes love to you”  Tagore.

Icebergs remind of Buddhist sand mandalas. Fleeting moments of incredible inspiration.  As our planet warms, there are more and more tremendous icebergs floating by the coast of Greenland, and on to warmer waters only to become part of the ocean once again.

In my humble opinion this was a well run trip that delivered just what it promised.  The pacing worked perfectly for me.  I liked stopping at lots of different locales.  We seldom stayed anywhere that was too short or too long for me.  Can’t think of anything that would have improved the trip for me. I give the trip and Ron Rosenstock a 10 out of 10.
 

E. Clark

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 8 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $300 if 4-7 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

It is a photographers paradise-so much to shoot and in the most incredible light. But what makes Ron's trip special is RON. Ron takes care of his people. Even the most timid, first time traveler is included, drawn out, mentored and educated. I truly look forward to exploring elsewhere under such positive circumstances.

 

B. Bartel

Many thanks for a wonderful trip. The photography has been most productive, but more importantly your insight into creativity will prove most helpful in the future. I hope to be making an other trip with you next year.

Thanks again.

F. Mertes

This was such a wonderful trip. Ron was a brilliant, kind, sensitive, and talented photographer. He shared his information freely, and had a great sense of hummor.

S. Musumeci

Your talk on photography and the spirituality of photography was a great revelation for me as I have always felt this way about it myself. Your talk was the affirmation I had been searching for. It was great beyond words to be participating with a group of Artists who were as passionate as I about photography and image making.

M. McLaughlin

I can’t say enough about Ron. I’ve been on four Ireland trips and New Zealand last January with him. Iceland is now on my bucket list. He is a master leader who’s perfect at getting us to the best places at the best time with the best photographic guidance. His willingness to share his companionship and knowledge (always with good humor) were immeasurable gifts to all of us. This was one of my most memorable trips ever.

S. Corbin

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, the 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 or port. There are various room types available, all rooms have one queen bed, see costs under general information section. The hotel now offers spa facilities.

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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