Photography in the Italian Alps: An Artistic Journey into the Heart of the Dolomites

Guided

Luxury

on request on request

Come indulge your senses, while photographing one of the world’s most scenic regions – the Dolomite Mountains – crown jewel of the Alps. You can expect to work hard, play hard, eat well, and sleep well – after all, this is Italy! This exciting adventure will include four and five-star accommodations, expert instruction, transfers to and from Venice’s Marco-Polo International airport, and many incredible meals. Space is limited to just 12 lucky photographers!

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Photo Safaris
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Venice (VCE) Airport, Italy
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from May to October

Highlights

  • Explore the majestic Dolomites with your photographer’s eye – travel with other photographers and instructors where you’ll have plenty of time to pause to capture the perfect images
  • Explore the majestic Dolomite mountains and discover its hidden valleys where the architecture, cuisine, and language reflects a delightful blend of Italian and Austrian and Ladin cultures that make this region so unique
  • Capture the beauty – or just sit back and enjoy – the sunsets and sunrises from Corvara Village,  with marvelous views of the Pelmo Massif
  • Bring your “non-photographer” spouse or partner to experience the Dolomite Alps with you; so many activities are available in the Alta Badia region!

 

OVERVIEW

What is this about, you ask? …A walk in the mountains? A photography workshop? A gourmet food sampling? A Photoshop class? A self-realization seminar?

Yes! Yes! Yes! This adventure simply cannot fit into a typical tour category. Indeed, this is a combination event -- part mountain trek, part hands-on photography workshop, part software skills lab, and part artistic self-discovery!

Sights, sounds, and flavors of the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy will awaken your passion for art.  We have assembled a team of world-class leaders who are sure to bring you to a heightened level of creative thinking and success with your digital photography!

Daily excursions will include walks through charming mountain villages and hikes on trails to a few of the most spectacular vistas on Earth. No need to feel rushed, as you will be among other photographers who understand that a great image takes some time to capture. Short, optional, after-hours classes will teach you current photo-finishing techniques using the latest Adobe software on your own laptop computer. All levels of photographers are welcome, yet basic operating knowledge of your digital SLR camera, and of your laptop computer is required. As a participant you must be prepared to hike on trails while carrying your own camera gear, an extra layer of clothing, and water.

Day by Day

Come indulge your senses, while photographing one of the world’s most scenic regions – the Dolomite Mountains – crown jewel of the Alps. You can expect to work hard, play hard, eat well, and sleep well – after all, this is Italy! This exciting adventure will include four and five-star accommodations, expert instruction, transfers to and from Venice’s Marco-Polo International airport, and many incredible meals.


Day 1 (June 20) ~ Welcome!
Arrival in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer on request) situated in the heart of the Dolomites, and check into your hotel. At 6pm meet with your photographer guide for a trip briefing, followed by a welcome dinner – your first taste of the Dolomites’ incredible regional cuisine and wine!
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… Family Run Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 2 (June 21)~ Santa Croce Sanctuary
In the morning take the bus to Badia (1,324m / 4,344') and take the chairlift to Santa Croce Sanctuary (2,045m/6,709'). These meadows are famous for the spring flowers in bloom which are simply spectacular. We will visit the little church and the typical, wood-coated, stube enjoying lunch here with fantastic views of the spires of Puez-Odle mountain range and Sass de Putia. After lunch, descend to San Leonardo and take a public bus to Corvara. (3-4 hours hiking 9km / 5.5 miles, 122m / 400' ascent, 762m / 2,500’ descent.)
B,D… Family Run Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 3 (June 22) ~ Mount Lagazuoi
In the morning we will take a bus to Passo Falzarego and ride the cable car up to the summit of Mount Lagazuoi (2,778m / 9,114'), a veritable castle of rock, with lots of spires, turrets and hidden military forts to explore. Here we will stop at Rifugio Lagazuoi, one of the highest rifugio in the Dolomites, where you can explore World War I tunnels built into the hillside. On its patios you feel as though you're sitting at the edge of the world, its spacious deck offers 360° view of the Dolomites! From here we will hike down to Rifugio Scotoni (1,985m / 6,512') surrounded by spectacular views of the Cime di Fanis, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will hike down to Capanna Alpina. Private transfer back to Corvara. (5 hours hiking 6.4km / 4 miles, 1,004m / 3,295' descent.)
B,D… Family Run Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 4 (June 23) ~ Rifugio Kostner
Within the enormous fortress-shaped Sella Massif is an excellent network of paths, and its sheer flanks are reserved for mountaineers and via ferrata experts. The mountain group boasts a 3,152-meter (10,341') pyramidal peak, Piz Boè, which can be seen from any of the four passes that bound the Sella Massif.
Today we’ll hike to Rifugio Franz Kostner, perched atop a natural rock balcony at 2,536 meters (8,320'), it offers   incomparable  views of some of the most famous Dolomites’ peaks, including Marmolada (2,950m / 9,678') and Antelao (3,264m / 10,709'), the two highest in the Dolomites.
Take a public bus to Passo Campolongo, and start this beautiful hike. Return to Corvara on the same path, or take the Vallon  chair lift and the Boè Cable car down to Corvara. (4-5 hours hiking 7km / 4,35 miles, 660m / 2,165’ ascent and descent.) Option to ascend via the Boè cable car and Vallon chair lift.
B,D… Family Run Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 5 (June 24) ~ Fanes
In the morning we will take a short transfer to Capanna Alpina (1,726m/5,663'). From here start our hike up to Col de Locia (2,069m / 6,788’) and enjoy an easy hike through the Natural Park of Fanes-Sennes-Braies.
A lovely day through the Altopiano di Fanes to Rifugio Fanes. You'll enjoy beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the "Queen of the Dolomites.” Option to stop for lunch at Malga Gran Fanes (2,105m / 6,906’) or to continue to Rifugio Fanes (2,060m / 6,758’), passing by Lago di Limo (Limo lake). In the afternoon hike back to Capanna Alpina and take a private transfer to Corvara. (6-7 hours hiking 18km / 11 miles, ~700m / 2,296’ ascent and descent.)
B,D… Family Run Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 6 (June 25) ~ Ladin Cultural Day
Today you’ll have plentiful opportunities to photograph the cooking, landscape, and animals of a traditional Ladino working farm, Maso Runch. Hike from your hotel to La Villa (1,433m/4,701') along the river, then go to La Villa “alta” and take a path through the forest. You will have the possibility to see the deer-park, the Lake Sompunt and then continue to the Maso Runch (1,474m / 4,836'). This dairy farm situated at the foot of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park is surrounded by meadows and woods above the village of Badia. We will explore the farm and its facilities, including the farmstead, the mill, the stable, and the hayloft, with the opportunity to learn first-hand about the daily life at the farmstead and capture images of this way of living. At noon we will delight a typical Ladino lunch in an old house at Maso Runch. After lunch take a public bus to Corvara. (3 hours hiking 5km / 3.1 miles, 180m / 591' ascent, 274m/899' descent.)
B,D… Family Run Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 7 (June 26) ~ Val Gardena and Alta Badia Vistas
Ascend into the Dolomites, and enjoy marvelous views of the Sella Massif from different vantage points throughout the day. After a hearty breakfast, hike up to Colfosco (1,645m/5,397') and on to the Edelweiss hut, situated right beneath the Puez High Plateau. Continue to enjoy the views of the Sella Massif and the other surrounding mountains like the Conturines and Santa Croce mountains as we hike. We’ll stop for lunch at the Jimmy Hut, descend to Colfosco by gondola, and hike back to Corvara. (4 hours hiking 9km / 5.5 miles, 610m / 2,000' ascent with cable car plus 245m / 800' hiking descent.)
B,D… Family Run Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 8 (June 27) ~ Departure
Breakfast and transfer to the Venice Airport for departure.
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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Cost

Prices on request, contact us.


Cost Includes:

  • Private transfers to/from Marco Polo International Airport (VCE)
  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • Accommodations in 3-star Family run hotel in classic double rooms
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Lifts and cable cars in the area
  • Private transfers and local public ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Local medical and evacuation insurance available on request. 

Accommodation

Want to learn more about our Luxury Hotels?            
Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World!

Posta Zirm Hotel, Corvara in Alta Badia (4-Star)
The Posta Zirm Hotel is located in the center of Corvara, perfect for both winter and summer holidays.  Here you’ll find a unique atmosphere that unites Ladin and Alpine tradition with modern comforts. The ski slopes, lifts, golf course, and various specialty shops are all just a few meters from the hotel.  Built in 1808, the hotel has been run by the Kostner family since 1908.  The restaurant Zirm Stube is the oldest part of the building: come sit down at one of the welcoming tables, and spoil yourself on the regional specialities and international cuisine! The hotel also features a wellness-center with treatments, pool, and gym; a disco-pub; and mountain-bike rentals.

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About Your Guides

Karin Pizzinini
Karin is a certified professional trail guide born and raised in a village named Colfosco, in the very heart of the Dolomites. This woman knows how to live! Karin is an accomplished parachuter, paraglider, and rock climber, and loves to explore the mountains in the winter on telemark skis. Karin produces television documentaries, teaches high-school science, has traveled the world, and loves to sing along with her guitar music! Her camera is ubiquitous. Recently, Karin started a small business teaching digital photography skills in her region. She speaks five languages, including Ladin, the historical native tongue in the Dolomites, and loves to share her personal insight with visiting guests. She says with her infectious smile, “I am happiest when I am touching the mountains”!

Agustina Lagos Marmol (local operator)
Agustina grew up in Patagonia, and now lives in the Dolomites. She owns the host company Dolomite Mountains, which specializes in ultimate activities in the Dolomites ranging from hiking and climbing to on-piste and backcountry skiing. She is a professional coordinator and outfitter for tour groups in this region of Italy. Agustina is a talented photographer in her own right, a devout hiker, climber, multi- linguist, and loves to fly fish. She is serving as our coordinator for accommodations and most activities during this adventure. Agustina will join us periodically during the week as cultural guide, and interpreter.

 


 

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Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 950
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1610
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2790
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 950
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2790
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1610
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2790
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1560
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 950
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2290
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1990
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1270
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2290
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1990
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2290
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
17-21 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 890
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 950
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1610
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1560
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
1-8 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 1770
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 890
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 950