Were so happy to announce our new Alpine Italy & Slovenia Photo Tour which combines our favorite locations into an epic 8-day photography extravaganza.
If we could yodel, we would!
Imagine snowcapped mountains, vast meadows fragrant with wildflowers, romantic chapels, and charming alpine architecture.
Here we are again in Südtirol/Italy in a cozy apartment in a small alpine village, working on marketing for next year’s tours, hiking, and drinking Campari Spritz. ;-)
For those of you who have participated in our Slovenia/Croatia and Dolomites photo tours earlier this year, you know how stunningly beautiful these alpine areas are and how much we love them for their culture and impressive photogenic glory. We’ve just now put the finishing touches on this new tour of our all-time favorite photo locations. It’s up and happening. Come join us! For tour details, click here. »
This Alpine Italy & Slovenia Photo Tour is Not a Hiking Tour!
Although at times we will be as high as 9,000 feet up in the Alps with 360 views of mountain peaks and alpine valleys, this is NOT a hiking tour. We reach our amazing photo locations via ski lifts/gondolas or we drive our vans up to the top. Some uphill walking is required but it is minimal. We always encourage our participants to go at their own pace and enjoy the experience. We will be there for you. Also, any of the walks are optional. There are plenty of other photo ops.
The Fantastic Locations You’ll Photograph
We begin this Alpine Italy & Slovenia photo tour in the heart of the Dolomites and spend the first two nights in the tiny village of San Pietro in the Val di Funes. From here we have easy access to the iconic scenes of the Santa Magdalena and St. Johan churches with the breathtaking backdrop of the Odle/Geisler Massif. We will also drive to Val Gardena where the gondola ski lifts take us up to 9,000 feet and some of the best alpine vistas in the Dolomites.
Next, we head to the peaceful Alpe di Siusi. Our comfortable hotel is located on the highest alpine meadow in Europe and is dotted with a myriad of wildflowers and tiny wooden storage huts with the proud Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto mountains in the background. The plateau is a pedestrian-only area, so once we arrive at our hotel we park underground and spend our time roaming the mountain paths in search of stunning compositions.
We then head to the west to Cortina in the Italian Dolomites. From here we have access to the magnificent Tre Cime di Lavareda for a sunset photo shoot.
From Cortina, we head a bit to the very NE of Italy for a ski gondola ride up to a tiny bucolic hamlet on the top of Monte Lussari where we spend the night in a newly remolded alpine hotel. Jure, the owner, and innkeeper, plays the accordion for us after we have captured amazing images at sunset and at the blue hour. Polka dancing to Jure’s fun music has occurred.
And last, but certainly not least, we head to the SE into Slovenia for our last two nights of this tour to Lake Bled. This area is rich in photo ops, especially the evening blue hour setups on Lake Bled and the nearby Chapel of St. Primoz.
The Tasty Part
Hospitality is wonderful in this part of Europe. Hotels skillfully combine traditional architecture with modern conveniences and design. The food, wine, spirits, and desserts are to die for. Strudel anybody?