Ireland Photo Tour Dublin to Dingle

Tour Intro

Explore and photograph Eastern and Western Ireland on this unique photo tour with Douglas Beasley. You will need to fly in to Dublin and home from Shannon. Reaching Dublin you will travel along the eastern seaboard to photograph fishing village of Howth Bay, the charming village of Avoca, and the Wicklow Mountains. Enjoy a day of photography as you have photo stops crossing the Southern Coast of Ireland to one of the most colorful towns of all Ireland, Kinsale. County Kerry has amazing photo opportunities that most tourists never see, from Killarney to the Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula, a remote finger of pure countryside, is a magical place. It has mountains, rugged coastline, small towns of character, and a remarkable concentration of prehistoric and early Christian monuments. You explore the unspoiled villages, stonewalls and white cottages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the dramatic coastline. These natural scenes, along with the people, render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty. There are spectacular monastic and megalithic ruins to seek out in your daily adventures. Doug and your local guide will plan outings with consideration each day of the interests and energy level of the group.

This tour is designed to explore the less traveled Ireland. There will be a city walking tour of Dublin. If you wish to extend your stay and explore more of Dublin on your own contact Strabo Tours and we would be pleased to offer some accommodation suggestions.
 

Tour Highlights


~ 10 days of photographing and instruction with accomplished photographer and tour leader Douglas Beasley.
~ Walking tour of Dublin, fishing villages & dramatic coastline of Howth Bay.
~ Monastic site of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains.
~ Colorful Kinsale in the South is one of the prettiest towns in all of Ireland.
~ Photograph County Kerry, from Killarney to Slea Head and Dingle.
~ Tour limited to 12 participants for extra attention.
~ Evenings spent in traditional Irish pubs with music sessions.
~ Relaxed and flexible itinerary to make the most of the photo opportunities that come our way.

Tour Itinerary

July 6: U.S. - Dublin

Your journey to Ireland begins with an overnight flight from the U.S./Canada to Dublin*, Ireland.
*Please note your international airline ticket will need to be booked multi-city: Home/Dublin, Shannon/Home.

July 7-8: Dublin - Howth

The majority of flights land quite early in Dublin, therefore we have included guaranteed check in upon arrival to the hotel. Your hotel is situated a couple miles from Howth (the name rhymes with 'both') and is just 15 miles from the Dublin International Airport. Upon arrival you can take a taxi to your hotel, relax and get over jet lag or perhaps take an optional tour in Dublin on your own. This evening you’ll have an introductory meeting (time to be announced) in the hotel lobby followed by a welcome dinner with your photo leader. The following day the group will explore the beautiful seaside village of Howth and Portmarnock Beach your photo leader and local guide.

Howth Harbor is delightful and you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the east or west pier to enjoy great views of Howth Village and Ireland’s Eye, a beautiful island just off the coast. You can photograph architecture, culture in the village or there are several walking trails along the cliffs. Overnight Sutton/Howth (D, B)
 

July 9-10: Glendalough-Wicklow Mountains

Depart after an early breakfast to reach Dublin on a city walking tour. Photograph the River Liffey with its beautiful bridges, and the historic Georgian district. Continue along the East coast south of Dublin to Bray, the biggest town in County Wicklow with a lovely boardwalk. Bray is known as the gateway to the Garden of Ireland. Bray Head and the scenic cliff walk, provide a wealth of photo opportunities that will dominate the scene. Your drive continues through the Wicklow Mountains, to the monastic site of Glendalough. Arrive late in the day after the majority of crowds have left. If the weather permits enjoy an early morning photo shoot there the next day. Stop in Avoca, a charming village where you will visit the Avoca Handweavers workshop.

We will be traveling to areas where there are fewer tourists and will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy conversations with the local people. We will experience the Irish food, culture and history in the quite towns, bogs, limestone landscapes and castle ruins throughout the county. Overnight Glendalough  (B, D; B)
 

July 11-12: Kinsale - County Cork

Board the coach early this morning driving through County Tipperary and Cork. Doug and your local guide will determine interests of the group and photo opportunities along the way. Continue your journey to Kinsale, a fishing port with colorful houses and fishing boats along the shore. It is arguably the prettiest village in all of Ireland. The next day will be early morning exploration of this medieval town, and an afternoon drive to either Cork City and explore the English Market dating back to 1788 or to Cobh Town, the last port of call visited by the Titanic on her maiden voyage. Given the right light conditions a drive to Old Head drive may be in order for late light along the cliffs. Overnight Kinsale (B, D; B)

July 13-14: County Kerry - Dingle Peninsula

After a morning photo shoot in Kinsale we continue west to County Kerry. If the weather is kind today you may stop in Killarney National Park where you find Ross Castle with colorful row boats and a stop in town for additional architecture and time for those that would like to do a bit of shopping.

Continue driving west to the Dingle Peninsula, which thrusts out into the Atlantic, claiming Ireland’s most westerly point. Here, majestic hills soar over vast bowls of unspoiled valleys, glittering mountain streams tumble down to lakes, summer hedgerows blaze with fuchsias, and soft, golden beaches stretch for miles.

The region boasts of some 2000 prehistoric and early Christian remains. We make our way along the lovely Slea Head Drive, looking out onto the resplendent Blasket Islands, offering us a grand land and seascape. There will be photographic opportunities as we will be overwhelmed with Iron Age and early Christian rocks and ruins. Clustered on hillsides over the cliffs are beehive-shaped stone huts built by monks as a place of worship. The Town of Dingle, has a lovely harbor and painted storefronts will delight your senses. Overnight Dingle Peninsula(B, D; B)

July 15: Shannon

After breakfast, we will pack up and depart north, with photography opportunities as you make your way towards Shannon. Not far from our hotel for the evening is another beautiful Abbey, enjoy early evening photography before your farewell dinner. Overnight near Shannon Airport for flights home tomorrow. Overnight Shannon (B, D)

July 16: Shannon - Home

After breakfast this morning, say good-bye to your new friends, transfer to the airport (time to be announced) and board your flights for home. (B)

Photo Leader

Douglas Beasley
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Douglas Beasley

Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also studied Eastern Religions and Native American culture, he worked for several prominent commercial photo studios as a photo assistant and darkroom slave. Both helped him develop a appreciation for detail and technical proficiency but left him longing for artistic self-expression. He then opened his own studio in Minneapolis, MN emphasizing commercial and editorial fashion. He currently works on fine-art based commercial projects around the world.

He has been published internationally and featured in numerous photo magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, PDN, Shots and PhotoVision. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s Japanese homeland. His most recent book Earth Meets Spirit was published by 5 Continents Editions of Milan, Italy and is distributed by Abrams.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He believes in helping each student find their own voice rather than making anonymous ‘pretty pictures’.

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Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 9 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 6-8 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

“I took some of the best photographs of my life and discovered things inside of me that I didn’t know were there. I feel like you can easily, honestly and gently point out many of the emotional blocks keeping me from making photographs. I don’t want to make excuses and I want to create work that is true to myself, and I feel like you’re a great catalyst.”


S. Sampedro

“I have taken many classes from Doug and he has inspired me in all aspects of being a photographic artist. His gentle nature makes him very approachable and is willing to give advice even when the workshop is over. I would encourage any one interested even a little bit to take one of his workshops. I promise it’ll open up you mind, eyes, and soul.”


Heather Matson


“Doug is kind, supportive, insightful, nurturing, sensitive and brilliantly attuned both technically and spiritually to the art, the eyes and the heart.”



 

Layla Smart

“You really walked everyone through your creative process which I found, as a new devotee to photography, enlightening! Thanks for a wonderful/thoughtful/honest presentation. I was truly inspired!”

S.Weber

Additional Notes

Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also studied Eastern Religions and Native American culture, he worked for several prominent commercial photo studios as a photo assistant and darkroom slave. Both helped him develop a appreciation for detail and technical proficiency but left him longing for artistic self-expression. He then opened his own studio in Minneapolis, MN emphasizing commercial and editorial fashion. He currently works on fine-art based commercial projects around the world.

He has been published internationally and featured in numerous photo magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, PDN, Shots and PhotoVision. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s Japanese homeland. His most recent book Earth Meets Spirit was published by 5 Continents Editions of Milan, Italy and is distributed by Abrams.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He believes in helping each student find their own voice rather than making anonymous ‘pretty pictures’.

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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