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Ireland ~ Dublin to Dingle – June 2018

Tour Highlights ~ A Photographic and Cultural Adventure

 ~ 10 days of photographing and instruction with accomplished photographer and tour leader Nancy Ori.

~ Walking tour of Dublin, fishing villages and dramatic coastline of Howth Bay.

~ Monastic site of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains.

~ Colorful Kinsale in the South is one of the prettiest towns in all of Ireland.

~ Photograph County Kerry, from Killarney to Slea Head and Dingle.

~ Tour limited to 12 participants for extra attention.

~ Evenings spent in traditional Irish pubs with music sessions.

~ Relaxed and flexible itinerary to make the most of the photo opportunities that come our way.

Explore and photograph Eastern and Western Ireland on this unique photo tour with Nancy Ori. You will need to fly in to Dublin and home from Shannon. Reaching Dublin you will travel along the eastern seaboard to photograph fishing villages of Malahide and Howth Bay, the charming village of Avoca, and the Wicklow Mountains. Enjoy a day of photography as you have photo stops crossing the Southern Coast of Ireland to one of the most colorful towns of all Ireland, Kinsale. County Kerry has amazing photo opportunities that most tourists never see, from Killarney to the Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula, a remote finger of pure countryside, is a magical place. It has mountains, rugged coastline, small towns of character, and a remarkable concentration of prehistoric and early Christian monuments. You explore the unspoiled villages, stonewalls and white cottages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the dramatic coastline. These natural scenes, along with the people, render this Isle a place of inspirational beauty. There are spectacular monastic and megalithic ruins to seek out in your daily adventures. Nancy will plan outings with consideration each day of the interests and energy level of the group. This tour is designed to explore the less traveled Ireland. There will be a city walking tour of Dublin, if you wish to extend your stay and explore more of Dublin on your own contact Strabo Tours and we would be pleased to offer some accommodation suggestions.

For more information or to register,contact Strabo Photo Tour Collection  607-756-8676

 

Your journey to Ireland begins with an overnight flight from the U.S. to Dublin*, Ireland. *Please note your international airline ticket will need to be booked multi-city: Home/Dublin, Shannon/Home.   
Malahide and Howth are just 15 miles from the Dublin International Airport. After checking in to your hotel, relax, and then meet (time to be announced) in the hotel lobby for a brief introductory meeting followed by a welcome dinner. The following three days the group will explore these beautiful seaside villages on walking programs, rising early for sunrise photography and blue hour photography at dusk. The first two evenings will be in Howth, and then move south to Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains. Howth Harbor (the name rhymes with ‘both’) is delightful and you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the east or west pier to enjoy great views of Howth Village and Ireland’s Eye, a beautiful island just off the coast. A few of the architectural landmarks of Malahide include the Carnegie Library, Casino, railway station and Robswalls Castle, a tower house was once occupied by Cistercian Monks of St. Mary’s Abbey. Continue on to Bray, the biggest town in County Wicklow, and home of Powerscourt House and Gardens. Bray is known as the gateway to the Garden of Ireland. Bray Head and the scenic cliff walk, which provides a wealth of photo opportunities, dominate the scene. The next day there will be an early morning photo shoot of Glendalough monastic site and the Wicklow Mountains, which have rolling fields of lavender. Stop in Avoca, a charming village where you will visit the Avoca Handweavers workshop.We will be traveling to areas where there are fewer tourists and will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy conversations with the local people. We will experience the Irish food, culture and history in the quite towns, bogs, limestone landscapes and castle ruins throughout the county. Overnight first two evenings Howth, next two evenings in Glendalough (D; B, L three days)
Board the coach early this morning driving through County Tipperary and Cork. Touring along the way there will be a stop for lunch and a photo shoot at The Rock of Cashel. ‘The Rock’ is a gem in Ireland’s landscapes, a prominent green hill, banded with limestone outcrops, rising from a grassy plain. Stone fortifications contain a round tower and 13th century Gothic cathedral and 12th century Romanesque chapel. Continue your journey to Kinsale, a fishing port with colorful houses and fishing boats along the shore. Arguably the prettiest village in all of Ireland. The next day will be early morning exploration of this medieval town, and an afternoon drive to Cork City and explore the English Market dating back to 1788. Your last photo shoot of the day will be in Cobh Town, the last port of call visited by the Titanic on her maiden voyage. Overnight Kinsale (B) 
After a morning photo shoot in Kinsale we continue west to County Kerry. In Killarney National Park there will be a photo stop at Muckross House and Gardens, followed by lunch. Continue driving west to the Dingle Peninsula, which thrusts out into the Atlantic, claiming Ireland’s most westerly point. Here, majestic hills soar over vast bowls of unspoiled valleys, glittering mountain streams tumble down to lakes, summer hedgerows blaze with fuchsias, and soft, golden beaches stretch for miles. The region boasts of some 2000 prehistoric and early Christian remains. We make our way along the lovely Slea Head Drive, looking out onto the resplendent Blasket Islands, offering us a grand land and seascape. There will be photographic opportunities as we will be overwhelmed with Iron Age and early Christian rocks and ruins. Clustered on hillsides over the cliffs are beehiveshaped stone huts built by monks as a place of worship. The Town of Dingle, has a lovely harbor and painted storefronts will delight your senses. Overnight Dingle (B each day, D one evening)
After breakfast, we will pack up and depart north, with photography opportunities in Listowel Town. Continue on to Craggaunowen 16th century castle. Overnight near Shannon Airport for flights home tomorrow. Overnight Shannon (B, D)
After breakfast this morning, say good-bye to your new friends, transfer to the airport (time to be announced) and board your flights for home. (B)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Land cost: $3,995 per passenger*, based upon minimum of 8 paying passengers, maximum of 12. All our program prices are based on double occupancy. There is a small group surcharge of $300 if 6-7 paying participants.

Single room supplement: $845 Single rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. We try to accommodate single travelers who request single accommodations, as well as single travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, we are unable to find a suitable roommate, or you are in a single for another reason, you will need to pay the single supplement.

*Note: The trip cost is based upon the current exchange rate between the Euro and U.S. Dollar. Although the rate has been relatively stable, should it change, there may need to be an adjustment in the trip price.

The land cost includes:

  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room.
  • Services of driver guide during the tour.
  • Breakfasts (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D) as listed.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
  • Tuition for instruction by Nancy Ori.

The land cost does not include: International air fare; air fare tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; lunches; dinner in Ennis; activities listed as optional, or those taken on your own; passport expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature or those not listed in what is included; tips to guides and service staff.

Please contact Strabo Tours if you would like assistance with your International Airfare.

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 than120 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.

FITNESS AND HEALTH The trip is not strenuous 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 should 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.

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).

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.