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THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DOLOMITES *PLUS* TOUR - 3 NIGHTS/4 DAYS

Overview

With one night more than “The Highlights of the Dolomites Tour” you’ll be able to visit a bunch more of new locations that we couldn’t visit otherwise because of the time at our disposal. If you are visiting in low season and not planning to do any hiking, 4 days might be the best option for you!

Which locations will we get to shoot? Well, that highly depends on the season you are planning to visit; we generally recommend to contact us before to book, specially if you have a few specific locations in mind that you really want to explore, since they may be closed for the snow season!

Each one of our tours is different since our photographers will take you to the best photo locations basing on the weather forecasts, the sun or moon position in the sky and many other variables, so we can’t really make an official day-by-day schedule: we can only give you some general informations about the itinerary.

Winter Sunrise over the Dolomites in our late autumn photography tour

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday or Monday):

You arrive at the airport, we will be there to wait for you. As soon as you will make the reservation, we will ask you the time of your arrival flight (or we will help you choosing the right flights combination for you, if you are having some difficulties) so that we can wait for you and the other participants at the airport. When all the participants are arrived, we move to the hotel (5h drive if you land in Pisa, 4h30m drive if you land in Florence, 2h30h if you land in Venice and 3h if you land in Milan) so that you can set up your room and leave there all the luggages. If there’s time, we will make our first photography session before dinner, just in time for sunset; if there’s not, we will have dinner at the hotel and then if the weather and the conditions permit (and most of all, if you are not tired!), we’ll make a first night photography session.

Day 2/3 (Saturday/Sunday or Tuesday/Wednesday):

The routine could vary from tour to tour, but it will be pretty much this one:

– we are going to wake up really early the morning to catch the twilight and then the sunrise;

– after the morning photography session, we return to the hotel to have breakfast and if conditions permits we go out again to catch some nice morning light hitting the peaks;

around midday we are going to have lunch in some beautiful restaurants to taste some of the local dishes;

in the afternoon some days we will have a postproduction workshop where we are going to teach you everything you need to get out the best of your shots using Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop; if some participants are not interested in the PP workshop, they are free to take a walk around Cortina d’Ampezzo (the town where we generally stay) or maybe do some hikes; lastly, if the weather gives us some nice sky or light conditions even after lunch, we won’t stop to shoot of course!

– In the late afternoon, no matter what we make during the day, we meet again to go for the sunset photography session;

– After the evening photography session, we return to the hotel to have dinner with some delicious local food;

– After dinner, some of you will be tired and all they want is to pour themselves a glass of wine and stay in their room, while others will still be full of energy and want to make some astrophotography; of course we will satisfy everyone! If the sky is clear from the clouds we will go to photograph the milky way, (if we are in the right period of the year), make some startrails or simply capture the stars over some beautiful mountains.

Day 4 (Monday or Thursday):

Well, that is going to be a sad day; unfortunately our tour has come to an end, and we must say goodbye! After breakfast, if all the participants have the flight in the late afternoon we are going to make the last photography session, if there’s not time we will help you make the check out from the hotel and we will take you to the airport from which you will take your return flight.

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When to come?

Since Dolomites are part of the Alps, it is quite normal that those places are getting a lot of snow (and a lot of cold) during the winter season.

The main problem is that the snow will cover many trails and a few roads too; so, unless you are a really experienced hiker you’ll have some difficulties reaching some popular places. For example: to reach the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo, one of the most popular photography spots of the Dolomites, you need to drive on a toll road for about 4kms and then hike for more or less 1h30m; in winter the road is closed and the main path is covered by the snow. You can still reach them, but it will be quite strenuous.

So, coming to our main question: when to come?

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Summer

If you want to shoot the wildflowers and don’t want to think about which trails are open or not (because they are all open in summer!), summer is the best time of the year for sure; the weather is warmer of course and days are longer.

Specifically for wildflowers, we recommend to come here from late June till early August, depending on which flowers do you want to shoot!

Remember also that summer is the most crowded season, so if you are not keen of shooting with some people around in most of the locations you may consider another season.

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Autumn

In autumn you’ll get all the larches in their golden dress; the views are just jaw-dropping and basically all the trails are still open, so you’ll get also to do some hikes. Oh, I forgot to mention that you’ll barely meet anybody around since it’s considered low season, so that you can enjoy the places in peace. Best time of the year to catch the golden larches is generally from the 10th of October till 20th/25th of October basing on the temperatures and the atmospheric precipitations.

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Winter

Winter, as I was saying above, is probably the most challenging season to visit the Dolomites; don’t get me wrong though, it is beautiful! Snowy forests all around and beautiful white-out peaks dominating the views.

You just have to deal with the cold and the fact that you won’t be able to visit a few popular spots, but this shouldn’t stop you from taking some beautiful photos!

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Spring

Spring is the time of the year when the frozen lakes start to melt and where the life comes back again all over the Dolomites; it’s still low season and probably many of the trails will still be closed, but you can capture some really nice shots with the right conditions.

Want more infos?

Check out this complete travel guide to know everything about seasons in the Dolomites!

Smart or Comfort Package?

As you can see below here, we are currently offering this tour in two different versions: what we call the “Smart” and “Comfort” packages.

The “Smart Package” is our price-friendly formula, for photographers that aren’t much interested in “haute cuisine”, wine tasting and big lunches/dinners, but rather prefer to save some (well, actually a lot of) bucks and focus just on photography learning and exploration.

The “Comfort Package” instead has been created for those photographers that are looking for a completely hassle-free trip, where we’ll take care of you from the moment you land till the moment you’ll depart. In this package, we’ll also guarantee at least a 4*-rated (or higher) hotel.

With the “Comfort Package” you are also free to contact us and ask for a private tour, since there won’t be any price addition. You’ll have your own professional photographer following you at all times and focusing just on improving your skill during the workshop!

Check out the details of what’s included and what’s not in both the packages down here, and if you have any questions, contact us!

What is Included?

Airport Shuttle

We can pick you up at the Florence, Pisa or Venice airport.

Breakfast

All the breakfast are included in the price.

Accommodations

3 (three) Nights in a nice typical hotel (or equivalent B&B, mountain hut, etc)

Post-Production Workshop

Assistance and Guidance by a Local Professional Photographer

Private Transports

What's not Included?

Visas (if applicable)

Airline Tickets

Insurance (highly recommended both for you and your photographic gear)

Everything that is not mentioned in the ``What is Included`` list

Single Supplement (500€)

Meals

Lunches and Dinners are not included in the price.

Price: 1490€ (+500€ with the single supplement)

What is Included?

Airport Shuttle

We can pick you up at the Florence, Pisa, Venice or Milan airport.

Meals

3 (three) meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Accommodations

3 (three) Nights in a 4* rated hotel (or equivalent B&B, mountain hut, etc)

Post-Production Workshop

Assistance and Guidance by a Local Professional Photographer

Private Transports

What's not Included?

Visas (if applicable)

Airline Tickets

Insurance (highly recommended both for you and your photographic gear)

Everything that is not mentioned in the ``What is Included`` list

Single Supplement (500€)

Price: 1990€ (+500€ with the single supplement)

Extend your stay.

Instead of the 4-days photo tour, why not opt for the 7-days one? You’ll have more time to catch some beautiful light conditions and to visit more less known spots!

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What to Bring? (Photographic Gear)

- Digital Camera (preferably a DSLR camera, both an APS-C and FF will be more than fine)

- An ultrawide lens (such as the Nikon 14-24mm, Canon 16-35mm, Tamron 15-30mm, Tokina 16-28mm etc); we recommend a lens with a wide maximum aperture (like f/2.8) for night photography.

- A standard zoom lens (like the various Nikon/Canon/Sigma 24-70mm or 24-105mm)

- A telephoto zoom lens (like the various Nikon/Canon/Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm)

- A super telephoto zoom lens (like the Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm); this lens is not necessary but we recommend it anyway since it allows to capture the far away details of the landscapes

- A sturdy tripod that permits to do some long exposure photos, specially during the twilight hour

- A set of ND filters; these are the only filters we feel to recommend, since they become useful when you need to stretch the exposure time a little bit during some difficult light conditions

- A camera remote to avoid blurry shots

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What to Bring? (Clothing)

A few weeks before your departure, we will contact you suggesting the best clothes to bring with you basing on the weather forecasts and the current temperatures, so that you will be perfectly equipped by the time of you arrival!

3 nights is too much?

We also have an amazing two-nights photography workshop available in the Dolomites. If 3 nights is too much for you, that’s your best option!

How to Book

Do you want to enquire or book for this tour? You can use one of the two options below to do that!

Book through the website

At this link (Comfort) or at this link (Smart) you’ll find the calendar where you can select the date you want to do the workshop with us (if they are unclickable it means they are already fully booked) and follow the process that will take you through the cart and then the check out. At the check out you can select whether to pay with Credit Card, Bank Transfer, Paypal or with cash on arrival.

Contact Us

The second option is to contact us directly using the contact form below here or in the “Contact Us” section (or just by emailing at [email protected] ); we’ll try to reply as soon as possible to solve your doubts or prepare your perfect tour!

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