Italy: Florence & the Hill Towns of Tuscany with an extension to Venice
Oct
1
to Oct 11

Italy: Florence & the Hill Towns of Tuscany with an extension to Venice

This departure is limited to a maximum of twelve participants. It is intended for people of all levels of interest and accomplishment in film, or digital photography. While the emphasis will be on photography, this is also a cultural journey, which we believe will enhance your ability to capture the essence of Tuscany in your images. Your photography expert and leader, Ron Rosenstock, has been leading photo tours to Tuscany and Venice since 1985. Along with the local guides, Ron will take you to photo locations you could not access on your own, including monasteries, churches, and vineyards. In Florence, there will be quiet, pre-dawn photo walks led by Ron. He will take you to premier photographic locations to capture the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Corridor, and the Duomo. If you are participating in the Venice Extension, early morning shoots will take you along the Grand Canal where Ron has found the location from which Claude Monet painted his impressions of the Santa Maria della Salute Church. While we have specific itineraries, we have the flexibility to take advantage of photographic opportunities we find along the way.

Tuscany has perhaps produced more accomplishments in art and science than any other place in history. It is the birthplace of the Etruscan civilization, the Italian language, and the age that shaped modern history, the Renaissance. Imagine a small region that can claim Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante, and Botticelli as its native sons! The first part of our trip will center on Florence, the capital of Tuscany, the city where the Renaissance began. It is a living museum of art and culture. We will explore its streets, piazzas, and great works of art and architecture in the company of excellent guides.

A short drive from Florence transports us into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will stay in Chianti, among the best-preserved landscapes in Italy, some virtually unchanged since artists depicted them five hundred years ago. The region has large areas of woodlands, interspersed with vineyards and dotted with medieval towns high on hills and ridges. The quality of light here has inspired generations of artists. Our journey will explore this glorious land in depth. Everywhere there is something of compelling beauty, curiosity, and interest — brilliant architecture, classic Tuscan landscapes, the daily life of the people themselves, providing continuity between past and present.

We always welcome tour companions who are not photographers. There are interesting aspects of Italian life waiting to be explored in every location. In Florence, the countless museums, churches, markets, restaurants, and stores within walking distance of the hotel, make the city a desirable destination for any traveler. The quaint Tuscan villages offer wonderful landscapes, local markets, piazzas, and small shops to be enjoyed by all who might like to sketch, write, or simply appreciate the culture of Italy. The trip’s leisurely pace will provide ample opportunity to wander through medieval hill towns, and feast on the renowned regional foods and wines.

October 11-15: Venice Extension with Ron

Venice, legendary city of art and the capital of the Veneto region, is built on an archipelago of more than a 100 small islands separated by a dense network of 177 canals, and joined by 400 small bridges. Water is everywhere, shaping the life of the city, and reflecting its compelling beauty. The city is an exotic blend of Gothic, Byzantine and Renaissance styles, and appears today much as it did in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Venice is a wonderful city to explore on foot. As you wander the streets and alleys, you’ll see dark passageways that end in sunlit squares, palatial buildings lining the canals, ornate bridges spanning the waterways, and beautiful cathedrals in every quarter. You do not have to go far to see gondolas moored under tiny stone bridges, and laundry hung out house windows or across the alleys to dry.

Our tour will include a visit to the tiny island of Burano, scarcely more than a half-mile wide and a forty-minute boat ride across the lagoon. Burano is one of the most colorful and photogenic places anywhere

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Japan: Fall Colors of Kyoto and Beyond
Nov
5
to Nov 16

Japan: Fall Colors of Kyoto and Beyond

Autumn is one of the most spectacular times of year to visit Japan. The trees will be bursting with color on this photographic journey. On his first trip to Japan, Ron takes you from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Miyajima Island & Mount Koya, ending in the ancient capital and heart of old Japan, Kyoto. We will visit Hiroshima, hear monks at prayer and stay at a traditional Japanese Ryokan inn.  Japan has it all from natural landscapes, ancient temples and traditional culture to wonderful modern street photography.

This will be a trip of discovery, excitement and incredible, memorable images.  There is nowhere in the world like Japan and this trip takes you to the best locations imaginable.

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Majestic Icons of South Island, New Zealand
Dec
6
to Dec 20

Majestic Icons of South Island, New Zealand

Nowhere in the world can one find such a land as New Zealand for sheer beauty and scale. Volcanoes, glaciers, high mountains, fiords, tussock lands, and geothermal springs — the country is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Our trip will concentrate on the highlights of the South Island. The South Island has some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, with towering peaks, glaciers, majestic fiords, and pristine lakes. We’ll spend all of our time here, moving about to photograph the diverse landscape and changing colors of its breathtaking beauty.

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The Mystery of Morocco
Jan
17
to Jan 29

The Mystery of Morocco

This photo tour itinerary encompasses Essaouira, Marrakech, Fes, blue washed town of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, and also spends two evenings in the Sahara, giving participants more opportunity to capture the pink and purple heud sunsets over the dunes. In Marrakech we will visit the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square, perhaps the greatest open-air spectacle in the world. Traveling back in time, we'll see snake charmers, musicians, magicians, acrobats, and dancers. Fes is an ancient city, with its spectacular medina - where time seems to have stood still and photographs beckon around every corner. You will see veiled women and laughing children, donkeys pulling carts, and vendors carrying huge mounds of bread on trays above their heads.

Combining the history and natural beauty of this rich and fascinating country with first-person encounters, we will visit native villages, ancient medinas, and craftsmen’s workshops, sharing experiences and sipping mint tea: symbolic of the warm, sincere Moroccan generosity. Hotels are comfortable, as is the private, air-conditioned coach for land transportation. An expert local Moroccan guide will add his unique touch to this extraordinary trip, sharing his insights into and his love of this exotic land. This tour is already filling up quickly, so sign up!

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Extension to Essaouira: January 29 - February 1

Visit the exquisite Majorelle Garden. It is part of the former residence of French artist Louis Majorelle, beautifully renovated by the late couturier Yves St. Laurent. Surrounded by an abundance of plants is Majorelle's deep-blue villa, which is simply breathtaking. We then drive to Essaouira, which has been home to Phoenicians, Romans, Portuguese, and a large Jewish population over the centuries. The fortifications of the old city are a mixture of Portuguese, French, and Berber military architecture, and their massiveness lends a powerful mystique. You’ll find narrow lanes, whitewashed houses with blue painted doors, tranquil squares, pleasant cafes, and artisans. Essaouira is full of the irresistible angles and picturesque sights that are so attractive to photographers.

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Ireland St. Patrick's Day Tour
Mar
9
to Mar 19

Ireland St. Patrick's Day Tour

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland with Ron Rosenstock. Ron is an honorary citizen of Westport. You will be invited, with Ron by the town council of Westport, County Mayo, to a pre-parade party. Everyone in the parade is dressed to be photographed, and you’ll have ample opportunity to do so while enjoying the festivities. After the parade there are music sessions in the many pubs of this National Tidy Town award winner.

Your itinerary is set in the unspoiled villages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the dramatic coastline of Western Ireland. The soft pastel shades of the mountains and clouds appeal to the artist and photographer. These natural landscapes, along with the people render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty. We will visit places you could never locate on your own — tiny villages, hidden beaches, castles, and ancient abbeys.

Your home away from home, is a lovely hotel on the Quay (harbor) of Westport, County Mayo. It is walking distance to the quaint town center, with it’s many shops and pubs of Westport. There is a pool and optional spa facilities available. You will enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and dinners during your stay. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or we can stop in town and have a picnic lunch wrapped for our daily excursions in the field. Transportation is provided in a roomy tour van, which is large enough for both the group and our equipment.

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Ice Caves and Northern Lights of Iceland
Mar
26
to Apr 2

Ice Caves and Northern Lights of Iceland

Ron has visited Iceland every year for many years and every time it is a different experience.  There isn't a landscape on earth that has the variety that Iceland provides and there is no better time than under the Northern Lights. 

Experience the vast volcanic landscape, breathtaking glaciers, seek out the Northern Lights, and hardy Viking hospitality that have been celebrated for centuries in Icelandic sagas. We can’t predict the weather, however, this is one of the most opportune times of year to capture the Northern Lights and hike inside an ice cave. Experience Iceland without crowds of people and with the beauty of low light and hours of dusk. 

On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars, hike to stunning waterfalls, and languish in ancient geyser springs. From the capital city to remote farms and diverse landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Southern Coast, Iceland has some of the most picturesque landscape. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join us on this exploratory adventure of one of our planet’s most fascinating and unique environments.

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The Spirit of Bhutan
Apr
10
to Apr 23

The Spirit of Bhutan

Bhutan’sancient history relies heavily on Buddhism, local mythology, and legend. This country, nestled in the heart of the Himalayan Mountains, has, for centuries, remained a mystery to the rest of the world. Ghosts, angels, yetis, demons, and saints shaped the past. Fortunate are the few travelers to visit the Buddhist kingdom of Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon), or Bhutan as it is known to the outside world. Bhutan is holding on to its cultural traditions despite the homogenization process that has engulfed so many other small countries.

The tour includes opportunities to photograph some of Bhutan’s most visually exciting places, including the famed Tiger’s Nest monastery, dramatic landscapes, villagescapes, and the beautiful Bhutanese people. Our adventure includes the Shangri-La setting of the Paro Valley, the remote Wangdi Valley, the capital city of Thimphu, and the cultural heartland of the country, its thriving spiritual center abounding with numerous centuries old temples, shrines, and monasteries. There will be unique photographic opportunities that other travelers do not have the opportunity to experience, such as a private monastery and nunnery in the Bumthang Region. These provide intimate moments where you witness and photograph members during their candlelit prayers.

Ron enjoys a couple days of photography in Bangkokprior to the main program. He invites you to photograph with him at his favorite temples and early morning light at a floating market. A huge network of canals where hundreds of people go about their daily lives, is just the other side of the Chao Praya from the huge skyscrapers of the financial district but seemingly a world away. Bangkok’s canals are a magical place to visit and are a remarkable contrast to the frenetic pace of the rest of the city.

We invite you, the inquisitive traveler, to join photographer Ron Rosenstockon this special tour of Bhutan. We will have a cordial welcome in this country with its brilliant colors, compelling architecture, irresistible allure, and warm hospitality.

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Exploring Greenland: The Final Frontier
Aug
22
to Aug 30

Exploring Greenland: The Final Frontier

East Greenland has to be the most remote region of the world that Strabo Photo Tour Collection has travelled to. It’s isolated yet a very special place, with a different language, and culture. Ron Rosenstock attended a scouting tour to this region in September 2014 and is excited to return and share it with you. We have combined East Greenland with a tour of Reyjkavik, which includes the round trip flight and transportation to Greenland.

Kulusuk, Greenland is just a short flight from Iceland but its culture and landscapes are a world away. In a land dominated by the Ice Cap and impossibly steep mountain ranges, 3,500 people have made their home. On this exclusive expedition, view towering icebergs, glaciers and stunning waterfalls. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. You’ll travel by boat each day, photographing the amazing glaciers, icebergs, remote land, and seascapes. East Greenlandic culture is deeply rooted in myths and legends, often expressed in bone and rock carvings, but at the same time it is a globally connected culture with strong hunting roots and an everyday spirit of adventure. You will then return to Iceland, to connect with your flight home the next day. Join us on this adventure of our planets most fascinating and unique environment.

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In the Light of Ireland
Sep
10
to Sep 20

In the Light of Ireland

Ireland is always breathtaking, but the beginning of summer is one of the best times to capture images that blend dreamscapes with mist, ruins and the dramatic terrain.  Your itinerary is set in the unspoiled villages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the beautiful coastline of Western Ireland. The soft pastel shades of the mountains and clouds appeal to the artist and photographer. These natural landscapes, along with the people render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty. We will visit places you could never locate on your own — tiny villages, hidden beaches, castles, and ancient abbeys.

You will enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and dinners during your stay. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or we can stop in town and have a picnic lunch wrapped for our daily excursions in the field. Your home away from home, is a lovely hotel on the Quay (harbor) of Westport, County Mayo. It is walking distance to the quaint town center, with it’s many shops and pubs of Westport. There is a pool and optional spa facilities available. You will enjoy traditional Irish breakfasts and dinners during your stay. Lunch will be at various restaurants and pubs, or we can stop in town and have a picnic lunch wrapped for our daily excursions in the field. Transportation is provided in a roomy tour van, which is large enough for both the group and our equipment.

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Scotland: The Highlands, the Isle of Skye & the Outer Hebrides
Sep
20
to Oct 1

Scotland: The Highlands, the Isle of Skye & the Outer Hebrides

I am thrilled to take you to the wild landscape of the Highlands in Scotland, and the Western Isles. This itinerary begins in the Highlands with small villages, wild landscapes and an incredible history from neolithic to the modern day.  We will travel to the Isle of Skye and then on to the Outer Hebrides by ferry.  Based at Breascleate on the west coast of Lewis, we will be close to Callanish which has become an icon of the archaeology of Scotland, inspiring many artists, poets, and photographers. The pale and sometimes ghostly stones have an extraordinary affinity with their landscape. Both to the north and south we will encounter many beautiful and exciting photo opportunities.

Harris and Lewis are not separate islands, despite usually being talked of as if they are. Harris is the southern third of the largest and most northerly of the Western Isles, most of which forms Lewis.  There are numerous sandy beaches and little coves, extensive moorland interspersed with lochs, and many historical sites throughout this sparsely populated area.

On Skye we will photograph the spectacular Quiraing range, a basalt uprising that is the dominant feature of the Trotternish Peninsula. A trip across the peninsula will take us to the tiny village of Uig, and beyond to the Fairy Glen, a magical forest of Hazel trees situated amidst strange and wondrous hills and valleys. We will also spend a day in the Cuillins - Skye's most dramatic mountains. At the meeting point of three sea lochs on the west coast of the Scottish mainland is the very photogenic Eilean Donan Castle where we will stop to photograph.

This and so much more is limited to 10 participants, so please click here for more information and registration. 

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The Passageways of Venice
Oct
10
to Oct 18

The Passageways of Venice

Venice is a wonderful city to explore alongside your Photography Leader, Ron Rosenstock. As you wander the streets and alleys, you’ll see dark passageways that end in sunlit squares, palatial buildings lining the canals, ornate bridges spanning the waterways, and beautiful cathedrals in every quarter. You do not have to go far to see gondolas moored under tiny stone bridges, and laundry hung out house windows or across the alleys to dry. Venice, legendary city of art and the capital of the Veneto region, is built on an archipelago of more than a 100 small islands separated by a dense network of 177 canals, and joined by 400 small bridges. Water is everywhere, shaping the life of the city, and reflecting its compelling beauty. The city is an exotic blend of Gothic, Byzantine and Renaissance styles, and appears today much as it did in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Your tour will include a visit to the tiny island of Burano, scarcely more than a half-mile wide and a forty-minute boat ride across the lagoon. Burano is one of the most colorful and photogenic places anywhere.

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Autumn Beauty in Japan
Nov
8
to Nov 19

Autumn Beauty in Japan

Autumn is one of the most spectacular times of year to visit Japan. The trees will be bursting with color on this photographic journey. On his first trip to Japan, Ron takes you from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Miyajima Island & Mount Koya, ending in the ancient capital and heart of old Japan, Kyoto. We will visit Hiroshima, hear monks at prayer and stay at a traditional Japanese Ryokan inn.  Japan has it all from natural landscapes, ancient temples and traditional culture to wonderful modern street photography.

This will be a trip of discovery, excitement and incredible, memorable images.  There is nowhere in the world like Japan and this trip takes you to the best locations imaginable.

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The Spectacle of East Greenland
Sep
5
to Sep 13

The Spectacle of East Greenland

East Greenland has to be the most remote region of the world that Strabo Photo Tour Collection has travelled to. It’s isolated yet a very special place, with a different language, and culture. Ron Rosenstock attended a scouting tour to this region in September 2014 and is excited to return and share it with you. We have combined East Greenland with a tour of Reyjkavik, which includes the round trip flight and transportation to Greenland.

Kulusuk, Greenland is just a short flight from Iceland but its culture and landscapes are a world away. In a land dominated by the Ice Cap and impossibly steep mountain ranges, 3,500 people have made their home. On this exclusive expedition, view towering icebergs, glaciers and stunning waterfalls. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. You’ll travel by boat each day, photographing the amazing glaciers, icebergs, remote land, and seascapes. East Greenlandic culture is deeply rooted in myths and legends, often expressed in bone and rock carvings, but at the same time it is a globally connected culture with strong hunting roots and an everyday spirit of adventure. You will then return to Iceland, to connect with your flight home the next day. Join us on this adventure of our planets most fascinating and unique environment.

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Vinalhaven, Maine: Photo Tour & Infrared Workshop
Jun
2
to Jun 7

Vinalhaven, Maine: Photo Tour & Infrared Workshop

Join Ron for an incredible exploration of Vinalhaven Island in Maine with the eyes of Infrared Imagery.  This tour is designed for anyone who has converted a digital camera to infrared. Ron Rosenstock will be showing prints and digital slide shows of before and after his processing of images. He will demonstrate post capture techniques of contrast control, toning, as well as using digital techniques that are similar to what used to be done in the film dark room. Ron’s goal will be to educate participants as to the unlimited possibilities of image making with an infrared camera.

But the beauty of this trip is in the place.  Maine is such a truly special place to photograph. Ron has been vacationing in Vinalhaven for many years. It is very much an extension of his backyard, so you will have a great photographic and educational experience. Although Vinalhaven is not your characteristic Maine destination, it provides the most beautiful foggy mornings, ocean currents, old boat years and miles of unspoiled coastline. As long as the light is good, we try to keep busy photographing, but during mid-day we take a lunch break and travel to our next location. The days are long, so we try to give you some time to catch your breath, download images, and get ready for the next location. Keep in mind that the Maine coast weather forces us to be flexible, so trust Ron’s instincts here!  The itinerary  may not be followed to the letter, but not to worry, you'll never forget the beauty you witness on this trip.

If you are considering converting a camera to infrared, do it before this trip! For my go to source for camera conversion, check out my Useful Links page by clicking here.

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Greece: Santorini with Ron Rosenstock
Oct
15
to Oct 23

Greece: Santorini with Ron Rosenstock

Ron Rosenstock invites you to join him on an adventure of Santorini. If you have ever dreamed of a leisurely trip to the most picturesque Greek Isle, with enough time to photograph, and merely enjoy with no time pressures, then this is the trip for you. Spring is one of the best times to visit, as the weather is lovely and it is prior to the summer influx of inhabitants which doubles the population to approximately eleven thousand.

Days will be filled with unique photographic opportunities, in that there are so many wonderful hidden places to explore. Your leader will seek out obscure settings to visit and photograph, places you would not find on your own.

Santorini, Greece is known as the home of one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Discover the famous submerged caldera, the volcano’s crater, which is situated today in the middle of a thirty-two square mile basin of water. The accommodations are superbly located with fantastic views of the caldera and the colorful buildings of Fira, yet far enough away from the cruise ship action. Around the basin, hanging on cliffs of 150 to 300 meters in height, one can admire some of the most beautiful traditional villages of the Cyclades. The lively colors of the white Cycladic houses and blue painted windows contrast stunningly against the black volcanic rocks rising from sea. This scenery inspires artists and visitors alike. A few of the villages are named Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia, all of which entail many steps on each of the daily outings. The island name comes from ‘Santa Irini’ and it is officially called Thera.

Join Ron Rosenstock in Santorini—exploring the iconic photographic locations of this picturesque island. Photograph the rich architectural colors, distinct blue domes, whitewashed buildings, brightly colored flowers, and warm friendly faces, against the blue Mediterranean sky.

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Ireland Exclusive for Camera Club Members
Aug
8
to Aug 18

Ireland Exclusive for Camera Club Members

Your itinerary is set in the unspoiled villages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the dramatic coastline of Western Ireland. The soft pastel shades of the mountains and clouds appeal to the artist and photographer. These natural landscapes, along with the people render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty. We will visit places you could never locate on your own — tiny villages, hidden beaches, castles, and ancient abbeys.

We will be traveling in a roomy van enough for people, equipment and lots of ideas!  Join us to bring back images that will enrich your work and your presentations. 

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Iceland: Fire & Ice Tour with the Snaefellsnes Peninsula Extension
May
7
to May 17

Iceland: Fire & Ice Tour with the Snaefellsnes Peninsula Extension

The unique interplay of light and shadows in Iceland, together with the intensive colors of the rapidly changing nature, makes every photographer’s heart jump! The traditional theme and image of Iceland has been ice and fire, but it is much more than that. Mother nature has painted a magnificent tapestry of colors with geological phenomena unmatched elsewhere in the world. Inexorably intertwined with this exotic natural environment are the 280,000 Icelanders who along with their Nordic and Celtic ancestors have called this North Atlantic Island their home for over 1100 years. They live mostly along the coast; over one-third live within a 20-kilometer radius of Reykjavik, the capital city.

Experience the vast volcanic landscape, breathtaking glaciers, and hardy Viking hospitality that have been celebrated for centuries in Icelandic sagas. On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars, hike to stunning waterfalls, and languish in ancient geyser springs. From the capital city to remote farms on the tips of exposed fjords, Iceland is picturesque, including some features of the moon surface. Volcanoes, hot springs, and glaciers influence the look and feel of the country. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join us on this exploratory adventure of one of our planet’s most fascinating and unique environments.

New Tour Extension!

Ron is excited to share a new location with you on the pre-trip extension to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Western Iceland provides fantastic photo ops including such stops as Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Snæfellsjökull glacier, Djúpalónssandur pebbled beach, all while staying in the fishing village of Stykkishólmur.

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