Spain Photo Tour: Andalusia Photo Tour

Tour Intro

Fall under Spain’s magical spell: Andalusia (Spanish Andalucia) is outside the major cities and is considered somewhat “off the beaten path”. It is undoubtedly the most exotic and stunning region in all of Spain. The beauty of it’s remarkable architecture and breathtaking landscape will entrance you, while the diversity and warmth of it’s culture will captivate you.

If this rugged landscape could speak, it would testify to untold battles and conquests by both Moors and later Christian forces. These remarkable people left behind some of the finest architectural examples of their refined culture. Many regard Granada and the fabulous high Sierra Nevada as the hub of this astonishing region. The first view of the Sierra Nevada; a majestic hunched, spine of rock glistening with its mantle of snow in very early spring is a memory that abides forever. Directly behind the great hulk of the Sierra Nevada lie the fertile hills and valleys of Las Alpujarras. From Granada you will travel on to Ronda, and photograph the white-town route, as you drive west from Ronda, there will be Zahara, Arcos de la Frontera to the plains of Jerez. Then on to Seville during the April Fair or Seville Feria, being the centerpiece of romàntic Spain. You are certain to feel, and encouraged to capture the flamenco spirit in your heart as well as through your lens. Cordoba, a photographer's delight, has enough subjects and light conditions to fill albums. Venture to Andalusia with Tom and Cree on this amazing journey.

Tour Highlights

  • Fall under the spell of Andalusia, Spain during the April Fair of Seville and Patio of Flowers in Cordoba.
  • Photograph the impressive architecture of Granada’s Alhambra, Seville’s Alcazar, Cordoba’s Mosque, and more.
  • Ronda, and the enchanting ‘white-town route’, villages strung together, draped along hillsides, under their castles.
  • Photograph the beautiful patios, flowers, gardens, Roman and Moorish monuments, and bullrings.
  • Stay in the heart of each location, taking early morning and dusk photo walks with Tom & Cree.
     

Tour Itinerary

April 21: Home

There are overnight flights from the U.S./Canada to Granada, Spain (GRX). PLEASE NOTE EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO BOOK MULTI CITY FLIGHTS, HOME FROM SEVILLE (SVQ).

April 22-23: Granada - Alhambra

Arrive Granada this morning or early afternoon where you will be transferred to the hotel.

The City of Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the confluences of two rivers. The backdrop of mountains creates a beautiful setting for this historical city that embraces an artístic grandeur of Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. A taste of the city’s appeal is found in Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra, a useful book to read prior to departure. Enjoy the afternoon on your own, to rest after your day of travel.  There will be an introductory meeting, followed by sunset photography and welcome dinner.

The next morning your local guide will take you on a journey through the Albayzin and the Realejo neigborhood, a labyrinth of streets in the historical disctricts of Granada. Sharing the hidden streets full of history and charm, with you some of the most stunning views and memories of the city. Late this afternoon you will have a tour of the Alhambra, although a tourists highlight, the crowds may have given way. Ascent to the gardens of the Alhambra and surrounding areas, passing by the Cármen de los Mártires, which, with its more than seven hectares, is the largest of the Cármenes of the city, which includes a magnificent mansion, romantic gardens and orchards. Enjoy sunset photography from San Nicolás and the viewpoint San Cristobal. The Mosque gardens provide another vantage point from the Carmen de los Geraneos. Overnight Granada (D; B, L)

April 24-25: Ronda

After enjoying your last morning in Granada travel to Ronda for photographic activities along the El Tajo gorge. Ronda sits on a plateau of a large rock outcropping. Because of the cliffs, Ronda was one of the last Moorish cities to fall during the Reconquest of Spain by the Catholic monarchs. It certainly takes the prize for picturesque views. You can easily explore its central sights on foot, however, if you choose to take the foot trails up and down the cliffs you will need to be in good physical condition. You will have a guided tour learning about the history of the bullring, the Puente Nuevo -18th century bridge, Plaza de la Ciudad and Santa Maria la Mayor Church, take an optional hike up the former mosque tower for a different view.

There are footpaths leading off the Plaza del Campanillo down to ruined Moorish mills; or upper mills footpath for spectacular views of waterfall and Puente Nuevo. You can also soak in the ancient baths, taking the trail from the Casa del Rey Moro – lavishly furnished mansion with terraced gardens and a flight of 365 stairs cut into the living rock and leading to the river and the Moorish baths. Meet again this evening for sunset photography. Overnight Ronda (B; B, L)

April 26: Arcos de la Frontera

Since todays drive is a short one, venture off the the beaten path again, traveling northeast of Ronda, to the lesser known white towns of Setenil, Olvera or Zahara. Setenil has a twist on the traditional white towns, being that the houses in the ravine, are built in to the side of the cliffs. Continue westerly, reconnecting with the ‘white-town route’, which is made up of white villages strung together, draped along hillsides under their castles. Rolling hills are broken by patches of grey mountains, broken by fertile land, producing wheat, grapes, and olives. As you approach Arcos there are marvelous photo ops to capture the setting of the village. After checking in to the hotel, wander with your local guide through the ancient, romantic, winding streets of the old town. Overnight Arcos de la Frontera (B, D)

April 27-29: Cordoba

After breakfast pass by Seville on your way to Cordoba. Just before Cordoba is the UNESCO archeological site of Medina Azahara, at one time it was a sumptuous Moorish palace, now the city is left in ruins. Continue on to Cordoba, a photographer's delight, including a Roman bridge crossing the river, which is magical at sunset. After checking in to the hotel you will have a brief walking tour. Enjoy another two full days photographing this magical city. At one time the population of one million, was comprised of Muslims, Christians, and Jews líving in harmony. There will be a walking tour through the city’s ancient Jewish quarter, a maze of narrow streets now one of the most fashionable neighborhoods. One of the architectural marvels is the Mosque (Mezquita), a vast square of what seems like endless red-and-white striped arches. Weather permitting the tour has been planned to visit the city during the Patio of Flowers festival, beautiful gardens along the Street of Flowers, with flowing potted plants, hanging along side the white washed homes. Overnight Cordoba (B, D; B; B)

April 30-2: Seville

After breakfast say goodbye to Cordoba and return to Seville. Just outside the city center is the Plaza de Espana, built for the 1929 World Fair.
After checking in to the hotel enjoy a city tour, to acclimate you with the different neighborhoods of Seville. Remember one of the highlights in Seville is the April Fair, which we will photograph tomorrow. The majority of residents are on holiday, leaving many markets and shops closed during your stay. You will find many wine bodegas,  sometimes referred to as the other “cathedrals” of Spain and provide a wonderful opportunity to learn of the culture and history of the area. 

Walk the historical city of Seville from the medieval walls southward to the main landmarks, following the ancient cardús, or north-south road of the Romans. Discover the north half of the historic city, less famous than the postcard Seville, but with plenty of unique buildings and more importantly, unique people. Other highlights of Seville include: Macarena Gate and Walls, The Cathedral of Seville including the Giralda (originally the mosque’s minaret). You may wish to return and climb the spire in the late afternoon for the best views. Photograph as you wander with your local guide on the narrow streets in the Old Jewish Quarter and the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Enjoy your evenings photographing amidst the tapas bars, clubs, and narrow, winding, medieval lanes. Your guide can point out hotels with rooftop terraces to enjoy the skyline at dusk. Overnight Seville (B, L; B; B, D)

May 3: Seville - Home
Sagrada Familia

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Barcelona, Spain

Everyone departing today will be transferred out to the Seville (SVQ) airport for departure home. (B)

Photo Leader

Tom & Cree Bol
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Tom & Cree Bol

Tom and Cree have been guiding trips together for over 25 years, and both are passionate photographers. Their teaching philosophy is simple; ‘teach the student, not the subject.’ They love teaching and helping others develop their creativity and technical skills. Their trips often sell out well in advance.

Tom has been called one of America’s visionaries for his photography by National Geographic Adventure, and he is a frequent contributor to many photography magazines. He has taught hundreds of workshops over the past 25 years, and is a KelbyOne Instructor. Photo District News called him one of the best photography workshop teachers in America. You can watch his backstory here http://vimeo.com/120904640. His images have been published worldwide by hundreds of clients, and his assignment work ranges from editorial travel features to national tourism campaigns.

Cree taught high school photography for twelve years, and her students regularly won national awards for their work. She runs a portrait photography business, and is known for her evocative images and friendly nature. She loves to experiment in post processing, and is often sought out for help with Lightroom and Photoshop.  She is a veteran traveler and speaks 4 languages.

Photo Leader

Tom Bol
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Tom Bol

See how Tom Bol got his start at https://vimeo.com/120904640

The September 2011 Photo District News education issue, listed Tom as one of the best photo workshop instructors in the country!

Tom Bol is a freelance photographer specializing in adventure sports, nature, and travel photography. He has been photographing full time for twenty years, and teaching workshops for ten. Assignments have ranged from national ad campaigns for clothing companies to producing images for worldwide tourism clients. With a background in guiding adventure sports, Tom’s editorial assignments often result in interesting situations, including shooting from the bottom of a crevasse on Mt. McKinley, to running into a snow leopard at twenty thousand feet in the Himalayas.

Tom is a regular contributor to Digital Photo and Outdoor Photographer magazine, a contributing photographer at Canoe and Kayak magazine, and a regular speaker at tradeshows representing Nikon and Manfrotto. He was also on the list of National Geographic Adventure’s “50 of America’s Top Visionaries” for his photography.

Note from instructor:

I think workshops are a fantastic way to develop as a photographer, both technically and artistically, and have a lot of fun during the process. On these workshops I’m available at anytime to offer advice and critique of images. I will offer formal classes as well as field demonstrations on technique and creative choices in image making. For those that are interested, we will explore flash technique and light painting. I will also provide participants with “workshop notes”, excerpts from magazine articles I have written on a variety of topics.

I really enjoy working with participants one on one, being able to focus on specific areas with individual’s results in faster, more effective learning. What I enjoy most on workshops is seeing how participants can improve their skills in such a short time.

Having been to numerous workshops over the past 5 years, Tom has to be my favorite instructor. With Tom you are guaranteed 3 things - an in-depth knowledge of photography and lighting with an ability and desire to share this with participants, energy and lots of it, and FUN! Tom loves spending time with his students and getting to know each one, as to maximize the workshop for each person. A workshop with Tom is time well spent.

B. Peterson

Photo Leader

Cree Bol
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Cree Bol

Cree taught high school photography for twelve years, and her students regularly won national awards for their work. She runs a portrait photography business, and is known for her evocative images and friendly nature. She loves to experiment in post processing, and is often sought out for help with Lightroom and Photoshop.  She is a veteran traveler and speaks 4 languages. Tom and Cree have been guiding trips together for over 25 years, and both are passionate photographers. Their teaching philosophy is simple; ‘teach the student, not the subject.’ They love teaching and helping others develop their creativity and technical skills. Their trips often sell out well in advance.

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 10 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $600 if 8-9 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

What a fantastic trip!  Spain was mindblowing – opening up new vistas not explored before.  And what a great group.  I feel like I was among the best of creative geniuses on this trip.  I have no intention of comparing myself to others.  I just keep on learning.

Carol Hug

Thank you Rose for making our trip so amazing.  We had a wonderful time with you and will always remember the great experience we had with you as our tour leader.  Our photos of Africa are awesome. 

S. & Z. Lankford

This was one of the most invigorating trips I’ve been on. Richard was very professional, and assisted us in solving some problems we were having. He works with people quite well, and his knowledge of photography is evident, he also has the ability to pass that knowledge on to others. Richard spent time with each of us, and was always available for questions. The trip was well worth while.

C. Tufts

Richard Buchbinder was an excellent workshop organizer and leader in many ways. He is also a fine, dedicated, and skilled person, with an easy to get along with personality. He continually circulated among the participants, looking through viewfinders as requested, and making suggestions.

B. Lewis

Additional Notes

The trip is suited for people of all photographic levels, and there will be plenty of time to work individually with participants to address specific photographic concerns. On several occasions, we will venture out to photograph the city at night This is primarily a photo tour,with time to enjoy the famous architecture and arts.

 

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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