England Lake District and Beyond in Fall 2021
September 29 - October 9$4895.00
Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland, North York Moors
Live It, Love It, Shoot It
With Photo Leader Nancy Ori
September 29, 2021 – October 9, 2021
- Nine days of photographing and instruction with accomplished photographer and tour leader Nancy Ori.
- Explore with your local guide, learning about the local culture, food, arts and crafts, historical architecture of the region, along with natural lakes and landscapes.
- Hadrian’s Wall, a former defense fortification built by the Roman Empire.
- Photograph dramatic seascapes of Northumberland National Park in Northeast England.
- Travel to the cliff edge between the historic port of Whitby and the smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay.
- Day trips in the Lake District photographing villages, various lakes, valleys and mountain peaks.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Relaxed and flexible itinerary to make the most of the photo opportunities that come your way.
- There will be private vehicle for day trips planned around quieter and peaceful times with your local guide.
- Tour limited to 12 participants for extra attention.
LIVE IT, LOVE IT, SHOOT IT on a photographic tour through the less traveled parts of the United Kingdom: Northern England National Parks, the landscape and quaint seaside villages along the Northeast Coast with Nancy Ori. There will be daily photo-focused walking tours through Northumberland including Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District and North York Moors National Parks. The majority of places visited are considered the least populated and visited national parks of the country, even though some of the most naturally beautiful. The lack of tourists stems from it being the furthest away from the major airports of the United Kingdom.
These top-rated locations combine the best mix of what makes this region so recognizable, woodland, lakes, mountain peaks, historical sites and coastline. Timing is everything. Your local guides will get you to the best locations for best available light and maximum visual appeal. It is not possible to see everything during each tour, as we also like to take time for unscheduled stops. Your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group, and special events taking place during your time here.
September 29 Home
Your journey to England begins with an overnight flight to (NCL) Newcastle Upon Tyne Airport. Please note your flight will be booked multi-city, into Newcastle and home from Manchester: Home/NCS and MAN/Home. (Meals on plane).
PLEASE NOTE: Strabo has included all breakfasts and four dinners. Those that wish to get a take-out meal or have a meal on your own can do so for other dinners and all lunches. If the weather cooperates the group can stop at a local grocery store and enjoy a lunch or dinner outside.
September 30 Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Check in time is approximately 3PM, tonight’s hotel has been included to relax after the flight, or perhaps go on a walk along the River Tyne or old town on your own. The Millennium Bridge can be an interesting photo op at dusk. The hotel can be reached via a taxi ride from the airport or contact Strabo Tours if you would like private transfer arranged. Overnight Newcastle Upon Tyne Hotel (Meals on own)
October 1 & 2 Hadrian’s Wall and Northumberland National Park
Last night was to prepare for an early start this morning to photograph the amazing landscape and the historical Hadrian’s Wall. Travel to the great outdoors with highlights which include the region of Sycamore Gap, Crag Lough, Castle Nick, Rapishaw Gap, or perhaps one of the highest peaks – Sewingshield Crags. Continue on to the Northeast Coast for two evenings photographing the beautiful landscape amidst the least traveled park of England. Not for its lack of beauty, simply because it is the furthest away from London and more populated areas. From your home base for these two evenings there will be photo ops along the coast of Holy Island of Lindisfarne, explore the 9-acres of Bamburgh Castle, up-close and from a distance with the long sandy beach in the foreground and surrounding sky.
A visit to Northumberland would not be complete without a visit to the Victorian Cragside House, gardens and woodland in Rothbury. One of the largest rock gardens in England leads down to a beautiful Iron Bridge and formal garden. Overnight Newton by the Sea (B, D; B)
October 3 North York Moors National Park – Whitby or Robin Hood’s Bay – Yorkshire Dales N.P.
Depart early this morning and travel south to the lovely seaside villages of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay. On the East Cliff of Whitby, overlooking the North Sea, is the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey, which was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque old fishing village along the Heritage Coast. Continue on through the North York Moors to just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Photo stops along the way to your accommodation for the evening. Overnight Harrogate (B, D)
October 4-7 Lake District National Park
Rise in time to be at the gate opening of the photogenic ruins of Fountains Abbey. The dramatic architecture is the largest monastic ruin in the country. Step back into a rich and dramatic past and immerse your camera and yourself into the age of the 1100’s when the Benedictine monks from York came to escape from the extravagance of the boisterous city style. Another beautiful site is a place referred to as Crackpot Hall. The abandoned 18th-century farmhouse lies in ruins near the village of Keld in Swaledale.
Continue on after your morning shoots and enter the Lake District National Park. The Lake District is a magical region, frequented by poets and artists alike. They have turned nature in to art. Enjoy four full days here amidst so many amazing landscapes. There is a reason William Wordsworth lived in various homes in the Cumbria District – never endinginspiration. Travel at a relaxed pace to immerse
yourselves in the beauty. Nancy and your local guide will tap into these inspirational locations each day, which you will each photograph in your own vision. Speaking of poet Wordsworth, his last home, just outside the lovely town of Ambleside, is the lovely Rydal Mount and Gardens with beautiful views of Lake Windermere, Rydal Water, and surrounding woodlands. You can take an optional tour of the home or meander during your visit through the five acres of gardens, amazing natural fells and paths Wordsworth designed himself. A beautiful view from a hilltop above Loughrigg Fell may present itself in good light just outside Ambleside. Lake Coniston is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the district with yet another lovely, yet smaller village than the more famous towns in the region. Keswick in the Northern area of the lakes and Windermere, in the South will certainly provide photogenic opportunities for your small group, yet the majority of time the group will spend in the great outdoors landscapes.
Another day closer to Keswick is Castlerigg Stone Circle, it is one of the earliest and the most dramatic of England’s stone circles, with panoramic mountain views. Lowther Castle near Penrith is considered a ruin on a grand scale, if open it will be worth a visit to the castle and gardens. Pooley Bridge is another famous site on Lake Ulswater where given proper weather conditions a traditional boat ride will be in order, after all you are in the Lake District.
There are several museums and traditional arts and craft places to visit should there be inclement weather, however your
guides prefer to have more outdoor photography in the tiny village of Hawkshead, the home of Beatrix Potter with picture perfect squares, quaint traditional buildings and architecture.
Overnights Keswick (B, D; B; B, D; B)
October 8 Manchester
Enjoy another morning in the wonderful landscapes of the Lake District, photograph previously visited sites in different light or perhaps some lesser known places, favorites of your local guide. Make your way south and west to the City of Manchester. Your driver will deliver you to your airport hotel, where you will be on your own for the evening or perhaps join Nancy and others for a farewell toast to end the program. Overnight Airport Hotel (B)
October 9 Home
Everyone can depart in time to check-in for their flight onward. There is a Skylink Walkway attaching the hotel to the airport, in just a 10-15 minute walk. (B)
Strabo Tours is committed to continuing the wonderful photography/cultural programs that we have offered for almost 20 years. We are very committed to providing you with a safe journey and therefore have adopted new protocols for Strabo and our partners. We need each of our guests to understand and commit to adopting these protocols as well. What we have all learned in 2020 is that we know how to better protect ourselves and those around us, whether we are at home or abroad.
The new protocols will discuss the issues that have the greatest impact on reducing the transmission of illnesses. In order to have the broadest protection for Strabo, our partners, and guests, we will all need to follow these guidelines to protect the health of each other. Please note that several resources have been reviewed to develop these new protocols including the CDC, WHO and WTTC.
Please contact Strabo Tours if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help and guide you through your journey.
Land cost: $4895 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 $500 if 6 or 7 paying participants.
Single room supplement: $595 – 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 from one location to the next in comfortable tour van. Services of driver during those specific days of the tour.
- Accommodations based on two people sharing a room.
- 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; meals not listed as included; 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.
Book with Confidence: Bookings through March 1, 2021, will have lower cancel fee should guest cancel or change to future trip. Contact Strabo Tours for details.
Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds
A deposit of $750 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, 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 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 will be on foot in each of the cities and be able walk a few miles at a time. There will also be quite a bit of time walking to gain vantage points along beaches or from overlooks along the coast, everyone is responsible for their own safety. Some hotels do not have
elevators. 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. 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).
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). Your tour could also be cancelled or cut short due to reasons out of Strabo’s control and Strabo cannot be held responsible.
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.