Rod Thomas Photography

Exploring The Dolomites

16th - 23rd September, 2021

  • Price: $6750 aud

  • Deposit: $1,000.00

  • Duration: 8 days - 7 nights

  • Location: The Dolomites, Italy

  • Participants: 6

Picture perfect lakes. Magnificent mountain vistas. Charming Villages.

The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy that form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley. The Dolomites are nearly equally shared between the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol and Trentino 

It is easy to see why so many people have fallen in love The Dolomites and over the course of eight amazing  days we aim to show the very best of this Italian alpine region has to offer. We will be staying in beautiful motels, exploring charming little villages, driving some of the most scenic roads in the world, eating good food and photographing alpine lakes and sensational mountain vistas. Join us on this photographic adventure and go home with a bag full of amazing images and memories that will last forever. 

  • 16th September, 2021 - Venice to The Dolomites

    After arrival into Venice International Airport, our guides and myself will arrange a group pick from the airport and drive directly to The Dolomites where we check in at the hotel in the town of Ortisei, located in the middle  of the most beautiful massifs of The Dolomites. Depending on the time and weather conditions, we will capture the sunset from one of the mountain passes or from on top of the mountain using a cable car.

  • 17th September, 2021 - Exploring Ortisei

    We have a full day to explore the beautiful area around Ortisei and Val Gardena. We will drive to spectacular mountain passes such as Passo Sella and Passo Gardena. We might even make a round trip driving through scenic ski villages with mountain views all the way. Sunset tonight will be from one of the epic mountain passes nearby. 

  • 18th September, 2021 - Ortisei to Bressanone

    Today we are up early for a sunrise shoot at one of the most picturesque locations in The Dolomites. If weather permits, we will take the Seceda gondola which will take us to the top of the mountain where we have spectacular views on Odles masssif. After we get back to the valley, we will continue our journey to Bressanone and the Funes valley. Sunset tonight will be at the famous St Johann church with the jagged Geisler group of mountains in the background. 

  • 19th September, 2021 - Bressanne and Val di Funes

    After breakfast and a morning shoot at Bressanone, we have a full day to explore and enjoy the beautiful Funes valley. During the day we will visit two of the most beautiful churches in the region,  St Maddalena and St Jacob. With a bit of luck, breathtaking views will accompany us all day. We will also visit Passo della Erbe for amazing mountain views. 

  • 20th September, 2021 - Bressanone – Lago di Braies

    Today we have a travel day through some of the most beautiful country side in this whole region. Depending on the road conditions, we might take a small detour to another amazing church, Santa Barbara, before we get onto the main road to Brunico and Lago di Braies. Sunset at Lago di Braies and dinner at our hotel. 

  • 21st September, 2021 - Lago di Braies - Cortina d'Ampezzo

    After a morning shoot and breakfast, we must leave this beautiful lake and drive to the amazing Cortina d'Ampezzo. On the way we can possibly stop at one of the nearby lakes, Duerrensee and Lake Misurina. 

  • 22nd September, 2021 - Cortina d'Ampezzo

    We have a full day to explore the amazing mountain views around the area. We will explore the high mountain passes such as Passo Giau and Passo Falzarego. If weather permits, we can take cable cars to nearby mountain huts at Lagazuoi and/or the amazing rock formations of Cinque Torri ( five towers ). One of the highlights is a visit to Tre Cime which boats some of the most dramatic peaks in The Dolomites. We can also stroll around Cortina's old town and enjoy an Italian coffee or Aperol Spritz when not shooting beautiful mountain scapes or reflections in the lakes. 

  • 23rd September, 2021 - Cortina d'Ampezzo – Venice airport (VCE)

    After our last sunrise shoot, we will depart for Venice International Airport and say our goodbyes. If requested, we can book the airport hotel or a hotel in the old town of Venice for those who want to extend their Italian experience. 

  • What is included ?

    • Airport transfers from Venice, Marco Polo International Airport.
    • All transport while on tour ( gondolas included ).
    • 7 nights twin share accommodation.
    • All meals and soft drinks while on tour.
    • All park entry fees where required and local taxes.
    • Professional photo and video guides.
  • What is NOT included ?

    • Airfares of any kind. 
    • Travel Insurance. It is highly advised to arrange this for both yourself and your camera gear if you dont already have a policy in place.
    • Alcoholic drinks of any kind.
    • Visas if needed to travel to Italy from your home country.
  • Terms and Conditions

    Cancellation Policy : 

    Should you need to cancel your place on the tour, this cancellation request needs to be received via email. Cancellations are subject to a 50% admin fee of the required deposit. Final payment for the tour is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour unless otherwise specified. If you cancel after this time, there will be no refund of fee or deposit. Should another participant be found to fill the vacant place we will then, and only then, refund the deposit and/or balance you have paid. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have a deposit payment. Registrations are allocated on a first come first served basis. Tour itineraries may be subject to change due to weather, road conditions or any other other unforeseen circumstances.

    * In the extreme case of something similar to COVID-19, all participants will be offered a refund or the chance to re-schedule this tour for another time

    Travel insurance : 

    Travel insurance is MANDATORY and highly recommended for cover of unforeseen circumstances. Camera and equipment insurance is the responsibility of the individual photographer. 

    Camera experience required : 

    A modest level of photographic experience would be advisable to get the most out of this tour. Familiarising yourself with your basic camera operations is also strongly advised. Please bring camera manuals in case the tutors need to make adjustments to your camera settings. 

    Minimum numbers : 

    All tours are conducted based on a minimum of participants booking. This may vary according to the tour you have chosen. If we cancel due to minimum numbers not being reached you will get a full refund of the tour cost only that you have previously paid. Other bookings you may make related to this tour are not our responsibility and so we recommend travel insurance to cover this. We will only run this trip if we reach the required minimum number of guests.

    Guides Availability : 

    We will be assisting you to take photographs and video and provide tuition throughout the tour if needed. In the event of a guide being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control we will endeavour to provide another guide of similar experience. 

    What else do you need to know ? 

    There maybe some moderately energetic walking involved to get to certain locations so please consider this related to your physical abilities. If you have any other medical conditions that might affect your enjoyment of the workshop please let us know. Evening and early morning shoots will form part of the tour. You may choose to not participate in these but we recommend that you do take part. 

    Early morning shoot times are entirely dependant on the sunrise times so schedules we set for departure will need to be adhered to strictly. It’s not fair to the group as a whole to have to wait for a late riser so we will leave exactly at the times we say.

    Please bring clothing suited to early morning or evening shoots that may be a little chilly, sturdy foot wear, hat, sunscreen and camera of course…. Like any trip away from home please bring personal medication requirements. We usually meet the evening before the workshop to have drinks and/or dine together and get to know each other. Please consider this when planning your travel arrangements. 

    Liability Limitation Statement :

    We aim to provide every participant with a safe and enjoyable experience during the tour. As there is always an element of risk associated with the outdoors and travel in general we accept no responsibility/liability for injury, death, illness, losses or additional expenses associated with tour participation. By signing the booking form you are agreeing to all the listed terms and conditions. 

    Privacy Statement : 

    The information provided by participants will not be released to any other parties.

    Trip Investment : 

    The cost of the trip is $6750. A deposit of $1000, or full payment plus any single supplements, is to be paid with the return of the booking form. If paying just the deposit amount with your trip registration, the remainder of the trip needs to be paid no later than 60 days prior to departure.

    A single supplement is available for this tour - $500 aud

    Other questions ? 

    If you have any questions about this tour please do not hesitate to contact us.

     

    **  Your spot on this tour is not confirmed until we receive both a completed booking form and either the  deposit required or full payment at time of booking. **