Sicily Photo Tour with Eileen McCarney Muldoon

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 Eileen Muldoon. The trip consists of the historic city center of Palermo and the seaside villages of Catellammare and Scopello. Greek ruins of Selinunte rising above the coast of the Mediterranean and  Segesta. Marsala and the saltpans of Saline, 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. Eileen 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.

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 without 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.
 

Tour Highlights

• Limited to 12 participants to optimize your photographic experience
Palermo, Sicily’s capital is known for its art, music, food, and an array of majestic ancient mosaics in cathedrals, chapels, castles and palaces.
• Greek temples of Segesta & Selinunte, which sits high on a plain above the Mediterranean.
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.
Extend your stay and photograph  the iconic Mt. Etna and the Northern coastal town of Cefalu, with the majestic Rocca as a backdrop.

Tour Itinerary

April 24: Home

Depart home today on your overnight flight to Palermo, Sicily, likely connecting in Rome. (meals on plane)
Please note If you are NOT doing the extension your airline schedule will be multi-city, flying in to Palermo (PMO), and home from Catania (CTA). If you ARE doing the extension your airline schedule will be round trip Palermo.

April 25-27: Palermo

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Palermo 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 Eileen, followed by breakfast. Meet your local guide and continue with the sights and sounds of Palermo, capturing photo opportunities at the Capo Market, Palermo Cathedral, Cappella Palatina and Arab district of La Kalsa. 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 28-29: Marsala
Motya Salt Works

Photo Location: Sicily

Depart Palermo after breakfast and photograph the beautiful temple at the Segesta archeological site. Continue on to the old quarter of Marsala for the next two evenings. 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.

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. There will be an early evening photography walk with Eileen. Overnight Marsala (B, L; B, D)

 

April 30: Selinunte - Agrigento
Noto Duomo

Photo Location: Sicily

Depart Marsala early this morning, arriving at Selinunte when they open. To the Greeks it was Selinos, today it is one of the most impressive and captivating archaeological sites in the world. Capture the varied temples and ruins with the softness of the sprinkled wildflower blooms. The site sits on a high plain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, adding a richness to your photographs. After lunch there will be additional photography stops, one of which will be the white cliffs, or Scala dei Turchi (Stair of the Turks) outside Agrigento. Continue on to your hotel for the evening in Agrigento. Overnight Agrigento (B)

May 1-2: 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 charming hill towns. 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. You will visit the charming town of Modica where chocolate is made in the traditional Aztec way brought to us by the Spaniards, and Scicli, a lovely town with narrow streets to wander photographing the beautiful architecture. You will overnight in overnight Ragusa Ibla, one of the most picturesque towns of Sicily. (B, L; B, L)

May 3-4: Siracusa, Ortigia
Arethusa Spring, Siracusa

Photo Location: Sicily

There will be another photo shoot early this morning with Eileen, returning to the hotel for breakfast. Continue your journey east and make your way to Noto, a UNESCO world heritage site of honey-gold baroque. Then on to Ortigia and Siracusa. There will be photo opportunities in the ancient city center. Siracusa, is 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 Eileen and your cultural guide in this amazing city. Photograph amidst the Jewish quarter and Arethusa fountain. Overnight Siracusa (B, D; B, L)

 

May 5: Home-or-Mt. Etna
Cefalu

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 or continue on to a magical place. (group transfer time to be announced).

Tour Extension

May 5-8: Mt. Etna and Cefalu with Eileen

Extension 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.

Extension Itinerary

May 5-6: Catania-Mt. Etna-Cefalu
Fish Market

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

Those that are extending your stay with your photo leaders will drive north to Taormina to photograph Mt. Etna in all it’s glory and enjoy views of the volcano over lunch. Continue on to the very photogenic Cefalu coastal town. Cefalu is known for beautiful sunsets, beaches, the towering Norman Cathedral, and the rock formation or Rocca that forms a massive backdrop for the village. Enjoy another full day here photographing the historic old town, you will note influences from the Byzantine period, but also Arab, Spanish and finally Italian. Those that enjoy a good hike, there is a trail going up the Rocca for views of the city below. The Temple of Diana ruins are also on the Rocca. (B, L; B) Please note Those on extension will issue their tickets round trip Palermo (PMO).

May 7: Cefalu-Palermo Airport
Cefalu

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

After another photo walk this morning return to the hotel for breakfast. Enjoy photography stops en-route to either Monreale for the Cathedral and Cloisters, or the less traveled Castlebuonno just south of Cefalu, set in ancient ash and chestnut forests. Continue on arriving at your hotel for the evening close to the airport. (B) Overnight PMO airport hotel.

May 8: Airport-Home
Flower Pots

Photo By: Fred Kurtz

Photo Location: Sicily

The hotel can arrange taxi today, returning you to the airport in time for your flight out.

Photo Leader

Eileen McCarney Muldoon
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Eileen McCarney Muldoon

I've been told my teaching style is very fluid ~ it changes with each individual student.  Everyone has their own method of learning, so I adapt to you, rather than you having to adapt to differen intructors.  That is one of the reasons I enjoy leading workshops.  It allows me the opportunity to spend individual time with each student.  Travel workshops attract beginner to advanced photographers and it is equally as exciting  to see the beginner learn to master the controls of their camera as it is to see the proficient photographer leap to new creative heights.  I have seen photography enhance the lives of many students, so I look for ways that each student can apply photography to enrich their life. ~ Eileen

As a fine arts photographer and photo instructor, Eileen has lead international photo/travel tours with Profundo Journeys and creative photographic workshops with Olaf Willoughby.  This past year they taught at Maine Media Workshops, exhibited in Providence and led a Street Photography Workshop in Brooklyn, NY.

She has two distinct portfolios. One, in color, is more contemplative work whilst the other reflects a personal way of seeing the environment. These images are quiet observations of the world and those who inhabit its space. Eileen uses natural and ambient light as a means to express emotion. 'My "decisive moment" is when I lose myself to my subject & know there is a complete union.'

Eileen's work has been exhibited at Newport Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, Mystic Arts Center and numerous galleries throughout New England and New York. She also looks forward to an upcoming solo show at Leica Soho in New York in 2016. Eileen has recently been accepted to exhibit at the Fine Art & Documentary Photography Show in Berlin for Women Photographers.  The show in August 2016 will be the largest European Photography Exhibit of the year. Additionally, she has had two books published and is working on number three.

Eileen McCarney Muldoon continues to learn by being a member of The Leica Meet Admin team.

 

Traveling with Eileen McCarney Muldoon over these last six years has changed my life in so many ways.  I have been to Cuba, Peru and Italy with her as well as partaking in other photography workshops in the United States.

I was in the middle of my second year  in the Rhode Island School  of Design Continuing Education Photography program when the notice for her first trip to Cuba arrived.  Within ten minutes, i made the decision to go. That first trip was life changing  with my photography, travel, instruction and learning and forming life long friendships.  Eileen is an extremely knowledgeable and professional teacher as well as an accomplished photographer and learning from her has been a gift.  She is very patient yet challenges her students to do their best work.

Whether traveling single within the group or with a partner, one feels very welcome and comfortable traveling with Eileen.  Cuba was so amazing that i have been every year since she has done this workshop followed by Peru in ’15 and just returned from an amazing trip in Italy.  I not only would like to but would plan on traveling with Eileen as often as possible in the future to places that i intend on visiting.

K F Whittemore

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 9 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 5-8 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 had the pleasure of joining Eileen in Greece. It was an incredible experience, as Eileen has a gift for teaching. She was able to accommodate all skill levels so that we all felt a great deal of accomplishment and success. Her teaching approach is clear and organized with clear goals for each assignment. My only regret is that I have not been able to join her again but I hope to soon!
 

R Andreozzi

The first time I toured with Eileen I honestly believe I experienced several years of growth over a two-week period. On each succeeding trip I have enjoyed additional inspirational bursts. I have especially benefited from her thoughtful private critiques of my photography.  Over the past four years I’ve come to look upon her as a trusted advisor. To top it all off, she is an experienced tour leader and a pleasure to be with when traveling.

B Synwoldt

Let me start by declaring my hand. I already co-teach photo workshops with Eileen at Maine Media, in London and in New York. Let me tell you why.
Ask her about camera technique, workflow or the metaphor and meaning in your work. Eileen will help your development in all these areas but more importantly, she brings a very different sensitivity to a workshop.

She has an uncanny ability to tune in to the needs of the individual student and adapt her teaching style to deliver exactly what they need. Time and again I've seen her patient creative energy guide students to achieve their best. Her very personable style and years of experience in travel photography make her an ideal group leader.
 

O Willoughby

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.

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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