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DOLOMITES AUTUMN TOUR
A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Marco Grassi invites you along on this incredible 6-day Dolomites Autumn Tour. You’ll get to visit the most spectacular sights – such as the Drei Zinnen, Alpe di Siusi, Langkofel, Lago Imdes, the St. Johann Church, the Odle Mountains, Cinque Torri, and many more. You’ll rest in luxurious hotels and apartments after long days of shooting and enjoy personal processing masterclasses along the way.
Oct 18-23/ 23-28
Locations for all weather conditions
Locations for all weather conditions
There is often at least one overcasted day in the Dolomites during a tour - which is exactly what we need for this location!
The St. Johann Church
The St. Johann Church
The St. Johann Church is a well known attraction in the Dolomites and we know some incredible spots to shoot it from!
Unique Night Photography
Unique Night Photography
We know better than anyone how to capture the night sky in the Dolomites - there is always an option to stay in the hotel or to head out for adventure!
After you’ve been picked up from Venice Marco Polo airport, we’ll begin the trip to the Dolomites. The Alps will be in full view, offering captivating sights along the way. After a 2.5 hour drive, we’ll arrive at our first apartment. This will be next to one of the most amazing mountains in the world, the Drei Zinnen (German) / Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Italian). After check in, we’ll drive all the way up to the parking just underneath the Drei Zinnen. From here we will hike on a very well maintained hiking trail towards our first photo spots.
We’ll stay here for sunset, and after dinner, you’ll get to choose between a night shooting session or going back to the apartment to rest.
Images Day 1
At sunrise, we’ll be at Lago di Braies, a stunning green mountain lake surrounded by vertical mountain walls and yellow colored larches. After this, we’ll go back to the apartment for breakfast. We will continue to the small mountain lake Lago Limides. Which offers some of the most pristine autumn photos in the Dolomites, and there are also other secret photo locations nearby to explore.
Images Day 2
The impressive Cinque Torri mountain will be shot for sunrise. After lunch, we’ll drive to the village of San Martino di Castrozza, which is along a small, unknown mountain road offering some of the most jaw dropping forest scenery you’ll find in the Dolomites.
The mountain walls around San Martino di Castrozza are nothing short of spectacular. We’ll stay in the valley for sunset and return at sunrise. In the apartment, we’ll enjoy more personal processing videos.
Images Day 3
After check-out, we continue the journey to our apartment in Ortisei. After finishing lunch in one of our favorite Italian restaurants, we’ll drive to another secret gem, which will offer incredible photographic opportunities when the sun rises above the jagged peaks of the Langkofel mountains.
Back at our apartment, we’ll spend more time on mastering some unique processing techniques. Marco will process 1 photo for each guest and make a record of it. During sunset, we’ll go to a secret location with a fantastic view over the surrounding mountains. Even when the conditions are foggy, the views are breathtaking.
During sunrise, we’ll go to the plateau of Alpe di Siusi/ Seiser Alm, which is the largest high-altitude alpine meadow in Europe. It is also one of the best sunrise locations in the Alps, offering a captivating sight when the sun begins to rise above the 3180 meter high Langkofel range.
Images Day 4
Day 5 and 6
The morning often offers cloudy conditions around the higher mountains, affording amazing photographic opportunities for us.
After sunrise, we continue towards the village of Santa Magdalena, where the famous St. Johann Church is nestled with the Odle mountains rising 3,000 meters behind it. Here, we’ll demonstrate different compositions, and during the evening, there will be more processing instructions.
After our breakfast, we’ll head back to Venice. Along the drive back, we’ll stop at a beautiful high alpine lake offering great photographic locations, and we’ll quite possibly catch the early sunrise colors. Later in the day, we’ll all say goodbye around 11:30am at Marco Polo Venice airport.
Images Day 5 and 6
In 3 to 4 star hotels
Professional photo Guides
Marco Grassi and Jessica Lancia. Our guides know the area better than anyone and have a big drive to teach the group in a fun yet ambitious way. Your success and satisfaction is their success and satisfaction. The more you are willing to learn, the more we encourage you to ask questions at all times.
Depending on the group size, we will use one or two, 9-seater vans to ensure plenty of space for everyone.
All processing videos and presets from Max Rive.
All of Max Rive’s highly esteemed processing videos and presets will be shared before/after the tour. In these videos he will demonstrate his unique and award-winning style of processing in depth. Total value is around 550 USD.
Personal Processing Sessions
The guides will demonstrate the latest processing techniques on a laptop connected to the available tv or monitor in the hotel. A photo from one of the participants or from the guide himself will be used. All sessions will be recorded and shared among the group so everyone can watch the classes back once at home.
Travel insurance and flights
Travel Insurance is required and has to be arranged at some point before the tour start. You will have to arrange your flights to and from Venice Marco Polo airport.
Food: Lunch, dinner, snacks, alcoholic drinks
We will visit the best local restaurants for lunch and dinner. In between we will stop at supermarkets and small grocery stores to allow everyone to get some snacks and drinks if desired.
Max Rive's in the field Tutorials
These videos are not included because these videos can be considered as a workshop on its own.
Enjoy delicious Italian breakfasts
Where can I get the tour information brochures (PDF)?
You will get all tour PDF’s by email when joining our exclusive tour list (CLICK HERE)
Which tour is expected to have the best colors?
Both tours take place during the peak of fall/autumn in the Dolomites which means both tours can expect to have the best fall colors.
What lenses shall I bring to the Dolomites ?
We recommend bringing a wide angle (zoom) and a tele-zoom lens. The 20 to 200mm range is essential – while 15 – 20mm and 200 – 300mm is recommended.
During the hiking part we recommend to bring only 2 lenses in order to keep the weight down to a minimum.
Can I bring my drone?
Yes, but only outside the National Parks. There are some drone spots, but the Dolomites are still best captured with a normal camera.
How long are the hikes?
The Dolomites Autumn Tour is easy, with the longest hike being a 40-minute trek to Drei Zinnen. Along this hike, people will be able to stop to shoot the views around them. Depending on the total fitness level of the group, some smaller hikes from the departure point of each morning/evening are optional.
Do I need to bring a laptop for the classes?
No, the guides will connect their own laptop to the projector in the hotel.
What will the weather be like?
The weather in the Dolomites varies each year. Temps can be mild with 10+ degrees Celsius during the day but it is also possible that the temperatures will just reach above freezing. At the beginning of the tour, we’ll inform you about the expected weather so that you can be prepared with the best gear for the trip.
Is there a required experience level?
No, we have photographers from all experience levels participating. Whether you ask how to shoot in manual mode, how to take a panorama or how to master the handheld focus stack technique – the guide will always be happy to help and adopt his teaching to each skill level.