Sicily Photo Tour : Live It, Love It, Shoot It

Tour Intro

Together you will explore Sicily's 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 are steps away from our private transport. Hear the ancient myths on the sites where they happened, explore hilltop villages, enjoy Sicilian cuisine, and last but not least taste the Sicilian wine.

We walk in the footsteps of monsters and heroes, from Cyclops, Odysseus, Aeneas, Sappho, Empedocles, Theocritus, and Archimedes, to Bellini, Garibaldi, and WWII allied armies, Mafia dons, Giovanni Falcone, and Inspector Montalbano. As the greatest scholars and travelers have known, Sicily is the key to understanding Italy and our Greco-Roman Heritage: “Italy without Sicily leaves no image in the soul: here is the key to everything.” Goethe, in Palermo, April 13, 1787.

The Strabo Photo Tour Collection is proud to announce a special tour to Sicily, led by accomplished photographer and instructor Nancy Ori. The trip consists of the historic city center of Palermo and the seaside villages of Catellammare and Scopello. The ancient Greek Ruins of Agrigento and Segesta, Marsala, the saltpans of Saline, and the old quarter of Trapani are waiting for us. Lastly move on to the South East corner of Sicily with the ancient city center of Siracusa, Ortigia, the honey-gold baroque UNESCO world heritage site of Noto and charming hill town of Ragusa.

We always welcome significant others and friends who are not photographers to share this rewarding experience overflowing with history, beauty, fun, and a chance to savor the flavors of this amazing region.  Guests are certain to have an equally wonderful time and are welcome as an integral part of the workshop.

There are interesting aspects of Sicilian 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. Nancy enjoys the structure of a well-organized workshop but with the freedom to stop along the way for any interesting photographic opportunity.  We will also need to remain flexible for changes in the weather. The accommodations that have been chosen for us combine simple elegance with excellent locations near your photographic opportunities.

Tour Highlights

• Limited to 12 participants to optimize your photographic experience
• Explore and photograph on foot in the historic city center of Palermo, with its rich tapestry of history depicted in its architecture and sculptures.
• The ancient Greek Ruins of Agrigento and Segesta.
• Marsala and the saltpans of Saline.
• Off the beaten path hill towns of the honey-gold baroque UNESCO world heritage site of Noto and charming hill town of Ragusa.
• Photograph in Ortigia the finest least spoiled old town of Siracusa, with its resonances of light, stone, and sea.

Tour Itinerary

April 26: Home
Sellunte

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

Depart home today on your overnight flight to Palermo, Sicily, likely connecting in Rome. (meals on plane)

Please note Your airline schedule will be multi-city, flying in to Palermo (PMO), and home from Catania (CTA).

April 27-29: Palermo
Palermo

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

Arrive by early afternoon today and be transferred to your hotel. The city center of Palermo is approximately an hour away from the airport. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the incredible sites of old Palermo, including matchless gems like the Palatine Chapel and La Martorana. Photograph as you make your way to a lovely restaurant for your welcome dinner, followed by a photography session from a hotel terrace.

Enjoy an early morning photography walk with Nancy, followed by breakfast. Meet your local guide and continue with the sights and sounds of Palermo, capturing photo opportunities at the Capo or Vucciria Market, Piazza San Domenico, and Arab district of La Kalsa. If time permits we will also visit the Palermo Cathedral and the Cappella Palatina. Take a day trip by private coach to the beautiful coastal towns of Castellamare and Scopello in the Northwest corner of Sicily. Home to beautiful idyllic beaches, with one of the islands most perfect views. Overnight Palermo. Overnights Palermo (D; B; B)

April 30-1: Marsala
Trapani

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

Depart Palermo after breakfast and photograph the incomparably beautiful temple at the Segesta archeological site. Continue on to the old quarter of Marsala for the next two evenings. There will be an early evening photography walk with Nancy.

You will have a day trip from Marsala with photography in Trapani and Erice. You will tour the ancient mountaintop town founded by Aphrodite and ruled by Hercules, where a cult of sex once flourished. Erice is a walled medieval town sitting 750 m above sea level. Photograph in the maze of streets and with good weather views of the coastline below. Late this afternoon reach the salt flats and romantic windmills of far western Sicily, taking in the story of the lagoon, the flamingos if migrating through, and the color & shadow of the salt flats in the setting sun. Overnight Marsala (B, D; B, L)

May 2: Agrigento
Sellunte

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

Enjoy your last morning photography session in Marsala. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then make your way to southern Sicily to the ruins of Agrigento. Check in to your hotel with views of the ancient that you will photograph late this afternoon, concentrating on Tempio di Hera and Tempio della Concordia. We will walk the row of temples that are similar to those in Greece.   Overnight Agrigento (B)

May 3-4: Ragusa Ibla
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, L)

May 5-6: Ortigia, Siracusa
Flower Pots

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

There will be another photo shoot early this morning with Nancy, returning to the hotel for breakfast. Continue your journey east and make your way 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 photographing the narrow lanes of this historical city.

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

May 7: Catania - Home
Fish Market

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

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, photography instructor and experienced tour leader
Nancy J. Ori is respected internationally for over 30 years as an industrial photographer and video producer and enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and is now on the faculty in New Jersey of numerous art centers and museums. 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 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. The group is now 18 years old and is the largest group of exhibiting fine art photographers in New Jersey.

Photographing in the West Coast tradition of her long-time mentor, Ansel Adams, Nancy expresses her own interpretation of the landscape and architecture. Her photographs reveal a love of light, shadow and form in natural and man-made settings. They are powerful documentations of the land expressing its vulnerability and endurance.

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

Ori’s work has been widely published and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. View Nancy’s website www.nancyoriphotography.com. for detailed information or call her at 908-790-8820.

I’ve thought a lot about the trip and felt that your instruction was excellent and your patience with our questions and our technical inadequacies was remarkable. I thought everyone else would be much more accomplished than I am and was delighted that I could keep up and learn so many new things. Your teaching style matches my learning style – focused and to the point. I also learned so much from my fellow students who graciously shared their knowledge and experience.
The scheduling and pacing of the trip were excellent even though by the evening I was too exhausted to participate in the frivolity. However, I didn’t feel left out because you did not use that time for instruction. It was a great workshop for content, organization and student support.

Ruth

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 9 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $5 if 400 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

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 you continually put in my life.

 

 

Carol

Additional Notes

Focus and pace of the trip
Each of the areas we will visit has something unique to offer. We will have time to explore them with our cameras with out rushing. The trip is suitable for virtually every level of photographer with any special interest. Anyone who is reasonably fit and in good health should be able to participate easily. The majority of time will be spent walking in hill towns 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 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: Nancy Ori, photography instructor and experienced tour leader

Nancy J. Ori is respected internationally for over 35 years as an industrial photographer and video producer and enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and is now on the faculty in New Jersey of numerous art centers and museums. 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 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. The group has grown under Nancy’s direction to be the largest group of exhibiting fine art photographers in New Jersey.

Photographing in the West Coast tradition of her long-time mentor, Ansel Adams, Nancy expresses her own interpretation of the landscape and architecture. Her photographs reveal a love of light, shadow and form in natural and man-made settings. They are powerful color and black and white documentations of the land expressing its vulnerability and endurance.

“I’ve lead many photo tours to Italy, so I am quite versed in expectations and have chosen some amazing opportunities for you. A workshop location like this is a once in a lifetime experience that evolves within a tight time frame, unlike a class that has time over several meetings to learn about the camera or a particular topic as the single focus. My location workshops are shooting experiences. Lots of shooting!  We fit the instruction in between driving, sightseeing, eating, and lots more shooting. Instruction will happen more on an as needed basis so I can solve issues as they arise, usually on a one-on-one basis.

Please be open to the informal atmosphere that I like to create. I have a relaxed style but that in no way means I am low energy. I am interested in serious discussion and sharing of information when there is time. In general, this is a ‘go out and make photographs’ kind of workshop. That means we will be up early and out late in the evenings, taking a mid-day break for lunch and another at dinner, during which, there will be time for group or individual discussions. It will require you to be proactive in asking questions and get involved. There are no classrooms or formal sessions.

You will be amazed at the photographic opportunities here. When you get home and start looking at all your images, you will be overwhelmed at all that you saw and were able to capture and learn.”

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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