ITALY

DOLOMITES 

& LAKE COMO

May 20 - 26, 2018

July 15 - 21, 2018

May 19 - 25, 2019

July 14 - 20, 2019

Travel, Landscape and Nature Photography

Includes

  1. -7 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Dolomites & Lake Como

Ortisei, Puez Odle, Alpe di Siusi & Lago di Como

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Stunning and striking vertical reefs, majestic valleys and crystal clear lakes.

Dolomites & Lake Como Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

We’ve combined two of Italy’s most majestic destinations into one amazing photo adventure. The natural beauty of both the Dolomites & Lago di Como (Lake Como) are sure to take your breath away throughout every day of this adventure.

What makes the Dolomite mountains so unique is how it’s fabulous vertical reefs glow in the changing light and present a startling and dramatic contrast to the pastoral beauty beneath. The region’s early morning and late afternoon light paint stunning sun-drenched vistas that are magical and captivating, and a photographer’s dream.

Comprising over 90,000 acres of mountainous terrain, the Italian Dolomites offer a unique corner of the Alps with distinctive geology and a fascinating blend of cultures. The geological origin dates back some 230 million years when the rock was deposited in the form of marine sediments and coral in a low open sea (that’s why you can find fossilized shells and marine remains along the paths of these mountains). This material formed the base of the mountains. Much later, around 65 million years ago, the rocks were lifted high up by various tectonic events, and the Alps came into existence.

The Dolomites are notable for their composition of pale colored dolomite -- a limestone like rock formed beneath deep, ancient seas -- atop darker volcanic bedding. Our workshop is set in a valley known as Selva de Val Gardena, in the western Dolomite mountains surrounded by these limestone formations.

After four days in the Dolomites we move on to the most famous of the Italian lakes, Lake Como. It has absolutely stunning views of the surrounding majestic Alps with their deep valleys running through them. The towns and villages along the lakes shores are stunningly picturesque. The opportunity for amazing photographs are everywhere, from villas, to villages, ruins, picturesque narrow alleyways and streets along the lakeside. We’ll spend the last 2 nights in the romanic village of Varenna.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. The Dolomite Mountains are the perfect backdrop for this Nature, Wildlife and Landscape Photo Workshop Adventure. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime.


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by car and minibus

Considerable elevation changes and lots of walking (hiking optional)

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  July 16-22, 2017

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  May 20-26, 2018

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  July 15-21, 2018

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  May 19-25, 2019


Weather | Sun



May - Temps 76/50 F  24/10 C  Sunrise 5:47 | Sunset 8:53 (20:53)

July - Temps 85/60 F  30/15 C  Sunrise 5:43 | Sunset 9:01 (21:01)

September - Temps 76/52 F  25/11 C  Sunrise 7:01 | Sunset 7:10 (19:10)


Includes



Travel, landscape, nature and wildlife photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Hotel Adler Resort, Hotel Alpenheim or similar - Ortisei, Italy

Hotel Royal Victoria, Hotel du Lac or similar - Varenna, Italy


Travel Information



Arrival Airport: Bolzano (BZO) - Transfer Time to Ortisei: 45min

Arrival Airport: Verona (VRN) - Transfer Time to Ortisei: 2hrs

Arrival Airport: Milan Malpensa (MXP) - Transfer Time to Ortisei: 3hrs 45min

Departure Airport: Milan Malpensa (MXP) - Transfer Time from Varenna: 1hr 25min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

(We will provide you with airport transfer options and information when you register)

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.


Excursions



Dolomites Mountain Biking (optional)

Lake Como Kayaking (optional)


Price



DOLOMITES & LAKE COMO 7-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | July 16-22, 2017:  $4,795

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 20-26, 2018:  $4.595

Photo Adventure Vacation | July 15-21, 2018:  $4,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 19-25, 2019:  $5,295


Single Supplement:  $700

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


DOLOMITES & LAKE COMO 7 DAYS


Day 1 | Ortisei - Selva de Val Gardena

We meet at our hotel on Saturday morning, where we will being by discussing PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During our group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will set out for a pleasant day of photography throughout the Ortisei and Selva region including the beautiful village of Selva de Val Gardena. After a sunset photoshoot we celebrate with a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Alpe di Siusi - Ortisei

In the morning we visit the Alpe di Siusi National Park, which is the largest high altitude Alpine meadow in Europe. Located in Italy's South Tyrol province in the Dolomites mountain range, it is a major tourist attraction. In the afternoon we return to Ortisei, and with an altitude of 4055 ft (1236 m) above sea level, it makes Ortisei the ideal place for winter and summer holidays. With it’s old and solid mercantile tradition and rich history, Ortisei exhibits an urban plan that blends harmoniously with the landscape. The centre of the village is designed with a pedestrian only area making it a wonderful meeting place From here one may easily wander off into the woods in search of an old farm. In the early evening we enjoy dinner at the Seceda Sofie hut with a sunset photoshoot. (B)

Day 3 | The Dolomites

On Monday we set out explore some of the most amazing locations in the Dolomites, including Passo Gardena, Passo Val Parola – Falzarego, Passo Pordoi – Terrazza delle Dolomiti and Passo Sella. We travel by minibus which will give us easy access and time to discuss photography while traveling. In the evening, we again enjoy a sunset photoshoot. (B)

Day 4 | Puez Odle National Park

On Tuesday we’ll spend the entire day visiting the Puez Odle National Park. The Puez-Odle Nature Park is a very special place for nature lovers. It offers many hiking trails, vie ferrate, high peaks and protected flower fields, but what makes the nature park so unique, are the openly displayed rocksand layers, which show the evolution of the Dolomites. In 2009 the Dolomites and the Puez-Odle Pature Park were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening we will capture one of the most iconic Dolomite sunset shots. Dinner back in Ortisei. (B)

Day 5 | Ortisei - Varenna (Lago di Como)

We depart early for our drive to Varenna on Lake Como (Lago dei Como). If time permits we may stop in the city of Balzano which is along the way. Varenna is a charming storybook village that will steal your heart. We’ll spend the later afternoon exploring and preparing for a sunset shoot. (B)

Day 6 | Varenna - Bellagio - Villa d'Est

On Thursday we are up early to travel by ferry to Bellagio, Villa d'Est and more. Our day will be filled with photo opps throughout these beautiful villages the dot the shoreline. Midday you will probably be tempted to take a dip in the lake. After sunset we enjoy our wonderful “Farewell Dinner” with great fun and laughter, and finally, one last gelato before saying goodnight. (B) (D)

Day 7 | Varenna - Milan 

On day seven, we awake early for our last photo walk. During breakfast we will have our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. You can take a train from Varenna to Milan, or we will be happy to transport you to the airport. We urge you to extend your stay on Lake Como or elsewhere in Italy and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®



  Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


Blog & eNews



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Gift Certificates



Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.



Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Loyalty Club**



All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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