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

Guided

Luxury

from €2.410 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!

  • 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
  • If you wish, 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

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. 

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!


Day 1 ~ Arrival in Alta Badia
Arrival in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer on request) and check into your hotel.
Located in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is truly the “heart of the Dolomites.” Geographically in the South Tyrol (Südtirol), this area was part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find unique mountain scenery with villages rich in natural beauties and ancient traditions, witness the simple everyday life of the local people (the “Ladini”), as well as the customs and traditions of the ancient Ladin culture.
In the afternoon meet with your photographer guide for a trip briefing and orientation, route maps and everything necessary for your  adventure in the Dolomites.
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… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ Santa Croce Sanctuary
In the morning take ta private transer 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 private transfer back to your hotel. (3-4 hours hiking 9km / 5.5 miles, 122m / 400' ascent, 762m / 2,500’ descent.)
B,D…Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 3  ~ Mount Lagazuoi
In the morning private transfer 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 your hotel. (5 hours hiking 6.4km / 4 miles, 1,004m / 3,295' descent.)
B,D…Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 4  ~ 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 you’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 private trasnfer 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…Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 5  ~ Fanes
In the morning take a short private 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 back to your hotel. (6-7 hours hiking 18km / 11 miles, ~700m / 2,296’ ascent and descent.)
B,D…Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 6 ~ 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. After lunch take a private transfer back to Corvara. (3 hours hiking 5km / 3.1 miles, 180m / 591' ascent, 274m/899' descent.)
B,D…Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 7 ~ 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. 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…Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 8 ~ Departure
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer on request)
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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

Guided Trip:
From € 3.380 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.410 per person (minimum 4 participants)

High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%
The cost is based on 4-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 5-star, please contact us for a quotation.


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and maps of the area
  • Accommodations in Alta Badia
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Lifts and cable cars in the area for 5 days
  • Private transfers and local public ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!
Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation.
Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.

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!

 

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Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2860
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2860
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2860
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 930
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.320
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 930
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2390
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2390
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
21-28 Jul
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Available
€ 1.310
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 930
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.040
12-18 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-25 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-24 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
4
Limited space
€ 2390
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 1.320
21-27 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2390