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Size isn’t everything in the world of photography, and although the Dolomites aren’t exactly small, this cluster of jagged peaks is more about form, about stature of a different kind. This autumn photography tour bears witness to a mountain range that’s a work of art in itself. The Dolomites are a unique piece of natural architecture, and are even thought to have been included in the background of one of the most famous paintings of all time – the Mona Lisa. If these majestic Italian peaks were good enough for Leonardo Da Vinci, then they’re good enough for us…
From a distance the Dolomites are dramatic and imposing, but as we travel around this scenic part of northeastern Italy, we will discover an area with an unexpected soft side. Under the aggressive peaks, peaceful rivers flow through valleys that are home to charming settlements. Cottages emerge from the mist and still, turquoise lakes lie in the shadows of the mountains.
Clearly, there’s an abundance of opportunities for fantastic photography here! In the autumn light we will venture out to capture the rugged peaks from plenty of angles, while always having an eye on the spectacular colours of the fall scenery all around us in this photogenic part of Italy.
From Venice, we will drive north towards the Dolomites, arriving in time for an incredible sunset photo shoot at the Passo Rolle and Baita Segantini. As the sun goes down, we will capture the mountainous landscapes, before driving onwards for another hour to our hotel perched near the Carezza lake.
Overnight accommodation in Carezza.
After an early start, we’ll have breakfast at the hotel, before packing up and heading towards our next base: Val di Funes. The area looks like a scene straight out of “The Sound of Music” and, as alpine settlements go, takes some beating. We will spend the next two nights enjoying the sights of St Maddalena, and will have the afternoon and sunset session at St. Johan church and St Maddalena church.
We will eat and stay in the village.
After a delicious lunch, the plan is to drive to La valle Wengen, to capture a chapel that is in one of the finest photographic locations you will see. After enjoying the dying light of the day and another sunset, we will return to our hotel in Santa Maddalena.
After breakfast, the plan is to pack up and head off the plain, onwards to the eastern part of the Dolomites. There we will find Tre Cime, the most famous three peaks in all of Italy, and the mountains that best express the Dolomites reputation as a place of unique natural architecture.
Our sunset shoot will be at Passo Giau.
For the following three nights, we will stay at Cortina D’Ampezzo.
After breakfast, we'll make our way back to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, where we'll hike beneath the peaks of the Three Sisters for an amazing sunset shoot. It will take us about 1.5 hours to get there by foot, though the scenery is stunning and we will take our time making our way up the slopes comfortably.
After sunset, we will hike back to our cars and make our way back to the hotel for dinner.
We will then check out from the hotel at 11am, commencing the journey back to Venice airport and arriving after 14:00. There you can catch a plane home or stay for a few days in a city with architecture to match the incredible rock formations we have enjoyed over the past week. For those departing home on this day, please schedule your flights for after 17:00, in order to accommodate for any possible delays.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas. The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable.
18-24 Oct 2022: Guided by Daniel Kordan & Iurie Belegurschi - SOLD OUT 18-24 Oct 2023: Guided by Daniel Kordan & Iurie Belegurschi
After graduating from art school he studied at Moscow’s institute of Physics and Technology, which pointed him toward a career as an optics physicist. During his studies he developed expertise not only in physics, but in mountain climbing and hiking.
He regularly led tourist groups during the holidays through the Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo workshops and chief editor of Continent Expedition magazine, a publication about travel and adventures all over the world.
Daniel has received several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia ’13 and ’14 winner, Best Photographer ’13 finalist, among others. He currently spends most of his time in Norway, scouring the Lofoten islands and in Tuscany, guiding groups of keen photographers.
Born in Moldova, Iurie developed an interest in photography from an early age after his uncle converted the family bathroom into a darkroom.
Iurie moved to Iceland in 2006. Drawn in by the incredible light and landscapes, he began traveling the country, with the camera in hand, in search of inspiration and honing his skills. Continually winning awards in international photography competitions, his images have been published and put on display in a number of leading publications and exhibitions.
In 2012 Iurie founded Iceland Photo Tours, with the ambition of sharing the many wonders Iceland has to offer with passionate photographers from around the world.