Naples Italy and Amalfi Coast Photo Tour

Tour Intro

Optional Sicily Extension - dates, final itinerary and pricing to be announced

The Strabo Photo Tour Collection is proud to announce a special tour to Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and optional extension to Sicily, led by accomplished photographer and instructor Kathy Adams Clark. The trip consists of the historic city center of Naples, along with the ruins at Herculeum, sunset photography of Mt. Vesuvius, and the seaside villages of Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, and smaller less frequented towns. Those on the extension will enjoy blue hour photography of Mt. Etna from Taormina, with the ancient city center of Siracusa, Ortigia, the honey-gold baroque UNESCO world heritage site of Noto and charming hill town of Ragusa.

Together you will explore the rich history, beauty, arts and culture. You will photograph and walk among some of the best-preserved Greek ruins in the world; Roman mosaics, baroque palaces, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hear the ancient myths on the sites where they happened, explore hilltop villages, enjoy the cuisine, and last but not least taste the wine.

We always welcome tour companions who are not photographers. There are interesting aspects of Italian life waiting to be explored in every location. The trip’s leisurely pace will provide ample opportunity to wander through medieval hill towns, and feast on the renowned regional foods and wines. You will need to remain flexible to accommodate for unforeseen photographic opportunities, as events and weather changes we want to remain adaptable to photograph unique opportunities. The accommodations that have been chosen combine simple elegance with excellent location.

Tour Highlights

• Limited to 12 participants to optimize your photographic experience
• Explore and photograph on foot in the historic city center of Naples, with its rich tapestry of history depicted in its architecture, ruins of Herculeum, and sunset photography of Mt. Vesuvius.
• Accommodations with beautiful views from Sorrento and Amalfi.
• Photograph the islands on a day trip to Ischia and Procida.
• Photograph in various hill towns along the Amalfi Coast such as Positano, Atrani, and Raito. Sunset photography at the Greek ruins of Paestrum.
• Optional Sicily Extension with views of Mt. Etna, off the beaten path hill towns of the honey-gold baroque UNESCO world heritage site of Noto and charming hill town of Ragusa, and Ortigia the finest least spoiled old town of Siracusa, with its resonances of light, stone, and sea.

Tour Itinerary

October 1: Home
Champagne

Photo By: Rose Erato

Photo Location: Italy

Depart home today on your overnight flight to Naples, Italy (majority of flights will connect through Rome). (meals on plane)

Please note Your airline schedule will be round trip Home-NAP, UNLESS you are attending the extension it will then be multi-city Home-NAP/CTA-Home). CTA is Catania in Sicily.

October 2-4: Naples

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy

Arrive by early afternoon today and be transferred to your hotel (group transfer time to be announced). You will meet Kathy and your local guide in the hotel lobby to begin a brief walk and educational talk near the hotel, a distinct neighborhood in central Naples. Enjoy your welcome dinner followed by sunset photography of Mt. Vesuvius.

Enjoy the next morning photographing the ruins of Herculeum. After lunch take a brief break at the hotel and then explore on foot the very photogenic neighborhood of Spaccanapoli.
Later this afternoon or evening there will be a photography shoot at Saint Gennaro catacombs.

Your last full day in Naples the program will take you to various islands along the coast. Start early at Ischia Island, photographing the castle, then move on to Procida, a very different island, filled with colorful buildings.
Return to your hotel for a chance to rest, and then photograph late this afternoon or early evening in the Cave of Sibyl. Overnights Naples (D; B, L; B)

October 5-7: Sorrento

Photo By: Randy Ziegler

Photo Location: Italy

After breakfast at the hotel depart for the colorful Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. Photograph Castellammare di Stabia for photography at the deserted Villa San Marco. You’ll come away with very unique photographs, that few tourists every see. From here take the Monte Faito cable car to view and photograph the beautiful bay and surrounding town at sunset. Drive just a bit further to your lovely accommodations in Sorrento.

The next morning walk with Kathy early to the Marina Grande harbor to photograph the fisherman returning from a days work. After breakfast at the hotel your local guide will explore and share the history of Piazza San Francisco, the fourteenth century cloisters, and local markets and artisans of Sorrento.

Your last full day in Sorrento, those that wish to see Capri can take an optional day trip on your own. Others can go on a walking tour with Kathy for additional photography in the distinctive neighborhoods surrounding the hotel.

October 8-10: Amalfi
Bike

Photo By: Randy Ziegler

Photo Location: Italy

Depart after breakfast for the Southern Coast, with overlook photography at Ravello, amidst the gardens. Amalfi will be your home base for the next three evenings. Giving you time to photograph on your own and explore the famous towns of Amalfi & Positano, but also the less frequented and touristy Praiano, Atrani, among others.

One late afternoon you will drive further east to photograph the Greek ruins at Paestrum. Explore the ruins on your own and Kathy will explain where to meet for blue hour photography at an overlook close by. Overnight Amalfi (B, L; B; B, D)

October 11: Naples - Home or on to Sicily
TreviHorse

Photo By: Richard Buchbinder

Photo Location: Italy

Those NOT attending the extension will be transferred to the Naples airport for your flight home (group transfer time to be announced). B

Tour Extension

October 11-16: Sicily
Ragusa
Photo Location: Sicily

Those on the extension will enjoy blue hour photography of Mt. Etna from Taormina, with the ancient city center of Siracusa, Ortigia, the honey-gold baroque UNESCO world heritage site of Noto and charming hill town of Ragusa.

Extension Pricing and Details

Extension Itinerary

October 11: Naples - Catania - Taormina
Fish Market

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

Those attending the extension will be transferred to the Naples airport for your one-way flight to Catania, Sicily. Strabo Tours will book everyone on the same flight, and this has been included in your land cost.

Your Sicilian guide will transfer the group from Catania to your accommodations in the North, Taormina. You’ll have a photography walk in this preserved medieval town, with narrow streets to explore, in which there have been many writers and artists that have made this town famous. This evening enjoy a photography session of Mt. Etna and the Alcantara Gorges. Overnight Taormina (D)

October 12-13: Ragusa Ibla - Noto
Ragusa

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

Have a leisurely breakfast this morning and move on with your local guide to the charming hill town of Ragusa Ibla, one of the most picturesque towns of Sicily. Close by is Noto, a UNESCO world heritage site of honey-gold baroque. Drive out into the country for lunch at a dairy farm where Ornella and her farmer husband Salvo treat us to produce of the farm. Given time you will visit the charming town of Modica where chocolate is made in the traditional Aztec way brought to us by the Spaniards. You will overnight in overnight Ragusa Ibla (B, L; B)

October 14-15: Siracusa
Arethusa Spring, Siracusa

Photo Location: Sicily

There will be a photo shoot early this morning, returning to the hotel for breakfast. Return northeast and make your way back towards Siracusa. There will be photo opportunities in the ancient city center of Siracusa, the ancient Greek superpower of Syracuse. Ortigia is the finest least spoiled old town, with its resonances of light, stone, and sea. Enjoy a walk photographing narrow lanes of this historical city.

The next day enjoy early morning photography with Kathy followed by a leisurely breakfast. Enjoy a walking tour with your cultural guide in this amazing historical city. Photograph amidst the Jewish quarter, and Arethusa fountain. Overnight Siracusa (B; B, D)

October 16: Siracusa - Catania - Home
Father & Son

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

Depart Siracusa this morning in time to reach the Catania Airport, where you will start your journey home (group transfer time to be announced).

Photo Leader

Kathy Adams Clark
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Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy Adams Clark is a professional nature photographer and owner of a stock agency representing thirteen photographers. Her work has been published in a variety of national and regional publications including National Geographic Books, The New York Times, and Sierra. Kathy teaches over fifty photography workshops and classes each year. Her work may be viewed weekly in the Houston Chronicle's “Wonders of Nature” column, written by her husband, Gary.

Kathy enjoys traveling with people new to photography as well as with folks with advanced skills. She has an ability to explain complicated photographic terms in easy-to-understand language. She likes to teach those hungry for new information but also understands that photography can be a solitary task. Each person traveling with Kathy is treated as an individual, but the group always has fun.

Kathy is an accomplished naturalist as well as a photographer, skilled in 35mm film and digital cameras. She is very passionate about nature, birdlife, and wildlife. Gary Clark who is an acclaimed naturalist guide in his own right will co-lead some trips each year with her.

A lifelong naturalist, Gary Clark has studied birds, mammals, and butterflies in North, Central, and South America and in East Africa.  He is an award winning professional writer whose column “Nature” appears weekly in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News.  He has authored feature articles in state and national magazines and has written six books that include photographs from his wife, Kathy.  He frequently conducts birding workshops and leads birding tours.  He is founder of the Piney Woods Wildlife Society of Texas, former president of the Houston Audubon Society, and former vice-president of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.  Gary is a full professor at Lone Star College.

Because of both Kathy & Gary's love of nature, and the work they do, Strabo Tours is proud to make a donation to the Houston Audubon Society for each trip they take part in.

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

Pricing and Details

Additional Notes

Focus and pace of the trip
Each of the areas we will visit has something unique to offer, and we will have time to explore them at leisure. The trip is suitable for virtually every level of photography or special interest. Anyone who is physically fit, and in good health should be able to participate in the entire program. The majority of time will be spent walking in hill towns (very steep in Amalfi) and amidst Greek & Roman ruins. As in all our tours we walk at a photographer’s pace. Some of the sites will be rocky, with uneven surfaces, or many steps to reach a particular vantage point. Please call us at 607-756-8676 if you have any specific questions on fitness or health.


Photo Leader
Kathy Adams Clark, photography instructor and experienced tour leader

Kathy is a professional nature photographer and owner of a stock agency representing fifteen photographers. Her work has been published in a variety of national and regional publications including National Geographic Books, The New York Times, and Sierra. Kathy teaches over fifty photography workshops and classes each year. Her work is seen each week in the Houston Chronicle's “Wonders of Nature” column, written by her husband, Gary.     
      
Kathy enjoys traveling with people new to photography as well as with folks with advanced skills. She has an ability to explain complicated photographic terms in an easily understood language. She likes to teach those hungry for new information, but also understands that photography can be a solitary task. Each person traveling with Kathy is treated as an individual but the group always has fun. Kathy’s an accomplished naturalist as well as a photographer. She is skilled in 35mm film and digital cameras.   www.kathyadamsclark.com

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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