Leica Photo Adventure: Dolomites | Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2024

$8,895 ($2,495 Deposit)

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Workshop at a Glance

  Physical Activity
  Photographic Intensity
  Classroom Instruction
  Climate/Weather Severity
  Food and Accommodations
  Cultural Immersion
  Good for Non-photographers



  • Join Leica Store Miami for an incredible photography trip to the Dolomites in Italy, a region renowned for its dramatic mountain landscapes and picturesque alpine villages.

    This adventure will take us to Ortisei, a charming town nestled in Selva di Val Gardena, Alpe di Siusi, Europe's largest high-altitude alpine meadow, Cortina d'Ampezzo, known as the "Queen of the Dolomites" and more. We'll also spend an evening in one of the regions famous mountain lodges, Rifugio Lagazuoi, a high-altitude refuge offering some of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the Dolomites. Accessible via a cable car, this location is perfect for capturing the sunrise with the sun casting a golden glow over the rugged mountain peaks and valleys. 

    This trip is filled with stunning landscapes, iconic Tyrolean architecture and delicious cuisine, ensuring an unforgettable experience in the Dolomites. 

    Leica experts Peter Dooling and David Farkas, along with photographic location experts and guides Marcus McAdam and Harry Martin, will be on hand to give assistance and advice as you photograph these iconic landscapes.

    While other cameras are certainly allowed on this trip, the focus is on Leica camera systems and learning how to use them to their full potential. Current owners as well as those wanting to try Leica gear out for a week of real shooting are encouraged to attend. We’ll share our favorite tips and tricks so you can get the most out of this exceptional gear.

    Why this trip is different

    This is not a workshop where you spend most of your daylight shooting hours sitting in a classroom. Why travel to some of the most beautiful and picturesque locations just to be stuck indoors? Instead, we will focus on making the most of each and every day to capture as many great photo opportunities as we can. Weather permitting, we will shoot as many sunrises and sunsets as we can. We will be covering a fair amount of ground each day with many stops along the way to get out, explore and shoot. 


    What to Expect

    • Capture images of epic mountainous landscapes of the Dolomites as we visit Selva di Val Gardena, Alpe di Siusi, Cortina d'Ampezzo and more.
    • Spend one evening in the high mountain lodge, Rifugio Lagazuoi, and photograph the spectacular sunset among the peaks.
    • Chase the light and pack in as much photography as we can.
    • Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded Leica enthusiasts in a small group setting.
    • Receive in-field photography instruction, as well as 1-on-1 post-processing and critique sessions during downtime.

     

  • Dates:

    Wednesday, September 25 - Wednesday, October 2, 2024

    Cost: 

    $8,895 - Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for $900)

    Size:

    Limited to 8 attendees


    Included in the cost of the trip:

    • Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for $900)
    • All meals and beverages except alcohol and snacks
    • Ground transportation in two vans
    • All fees for park access
    • Gratuities for our guides Marcus & Harry
    • In the field photography instruction
    • 1-on-1 Adobe Lightroom and critique sessions
    • Loaner Leica equipment (*limited availability)

    Not included:

    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Alcoholic beverages and snacks
    • Medical Travel Insurance (required)
    • Visas (if necessary)

    Fitness & health

    Because of the altitude and hiking involved in this trip, it is essential that you are actively fit and healthy. Whilst there are no long hikes or big mileage, expect most walking to be around 15-20 minutes in length (but up to 1/1.5 hours for one location), the altitude makes everything difficult. All hiking will be done at a relaxed pace, as we will have plenty of time to get to our locations. 

    Safety

    Most locations we visit involve few difficulties to those with even low levels of fitness. Where walking over uneven terrain, slippery rocks or when standing near cliff edges is required, you will be properly briefed on the potential hazards.

    Travel Insurance (required)

    It is a requirement of booking that guests provide evidence of personal travel insurance to cover cancellation and curtailment, medical and emergency expenses (including repatriation), personal accident, injury and death in addition to loss of/damage to luggage and possessions, personal possessions and flight cancellations/delays.

    Climate

    Our guides love September to run their Dolomites trips as the climate is ideal for hiking. Having said this, due to the varying altitudes we will be at, there will be a wide range of temperatures to endure. During the daytime at lower levels, it will be pleasantly warm in the sunshine. At altitude early in the mornings it may be around freezing point, with snow possible.

    Getting there

    We recommend flying in and out of Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). We'll meet at 11:00am on September 25th at or near the airport- location TBD, load the vans and head north. The workshop will end on October 2nd, but please book your departing flights after 3:00pm because it will take some time to get back to VCE from Cortina. Of course, you're welcome to extend your stay to explore Venice or perhaps travel elsewhere in Italy.

    Signing Up

    To sign up for the photo adventure, just pay the deposit, and single room supplement if you so choose, here on our websiteemail us (workshops@leicastoremiami.com) or call 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. 

    We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

     
  • ITINERARY

    Wednesday, September 25th: Meetup and Drive to Ortisei

    Our trip will be begin at 11:00am on September 25th. We'll meet at a location at or near the (VCE) Venice Marco Polo Airport - location TBD, load the vans and make our way to the lovely mountain town of Ortisei in the Dolomites. This evening, we'll have a welcome dinner where we'll get to know one another and talk about the trip.

    Thursday, September 26th: Ortisei and Selva di Val Gardena



    We'll spend our first three nights in Ortisei, a charming town nestled in the Val Gardena valley. Here in the Selva di Val Gardena, you'll capture the quintessential Tyrolean architecture, vibrant local culture, and stunning views of the surrounding peaks. As you wander through the town's narrow streets and vibrant markets, you'll have the opportunity to photograph the historic churches, colorful frescoes, and the scenic beauty of the Alpe di Siusi, Europe's largest high-altitude alpine meadow.



    Today we'll set out after breakfast to explore the region. We'll take in the magic of Val di Funes and San Giovanni church and after sunset we’ll return to Ortisei for dinner. 

    Accommodation: Rainell Dolomites Retreat

    Friday, September 27th: Ortisei and Selva di Val Gardena

    After breakfast we’ll head up to one of the most spectacular views in the whole of Europe, the striking peaks of Seceda. Only a short walk following our cable car straight up the mountain, we’ll spend the morning exploring this amazing vista. After lunch we will explore some locations nearby before heading onto the famed Alpe di Siusi for sunset. 

    Accommodation: Rainell Dolomites Retreat

    Saturday, September 28th: Ortisei to Refugio Lagazuoi

    An early rise to photograph sunrise over the beautiful peaks of Sassolungo. We’ll return to our hotel for breakfast, and after checking out head up to our one and only refuge hut of the trip - Lagazuoi (a short cable car journey). 


    Next, venture to Rifugio Lagazuoi, a high-altitude refuge offering some of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the Dolomites. Accessible via a cable car, this location is perfect for capturing the sunrise with the sun casting a golden glow over the rugged mountain peaks and valleys.

    Accommodation: Rifugio Lagazuoi

    Sunday, September 29th: Refugio Lagazuoi to Cortina d'Ampezzo


    We will watch the sunrise from atop Lagazuoi before a relaxed breakfast and our descent down from the refuge. After checking into our hotel for the next three nights in Cortina, we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon and sunset at Cinque Torre.

    Accommodation: Hotel de Len

    Monday, September 30th: Cortina d'Ampezzo



    We'll spend our last two days of the trip exploring Cortina d'Ampezzo, known as the "Queen of the Dolomites." This chic resort town provides a blend of natural beauty and sophisticated charm, with opportunities to photograph its elegant streets, historic buildings, and of course the surrounding mountains.

    Accommodation: Hotel de Len

    Tuesday, October 1st: Cortina d'Ampezzo


    Today we’ll explore one of the highlights of the Dolomites - Tre Cime. We’ll hike 360 degrees around what is arguably the most photogenic mountain in Europe, stopping for lunch at a picturesque refuge on the way. 

    Accommodation: Hotel de Len

    Wednesday, October 2nd: Departure

    Our last morning will see us photographing Lago di Braies, a popular location but one that cannot be missed! We’ll then make our way back to Venice in time for your return flights home. 



  • Payment

    A $2495 deposit, along with the single supplement room fee if you choose it, is due at the time of registration. The balance will be due on July 20, 2024. 

    Withdrawal and Refund Policy

    Enrollment is limited to 8 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

    If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

    At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
    Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
    Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
    Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

    Course Cancellation and Other Terms

    Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.

    In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.

    In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.

    In the event of a natural disaster or severe weather event, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to postpone or cancel the workshop.

    Travel Insurance (required)

    It is a requirement of booking that guests provide evidence of personal travel insurance to cover cancellation and curtailment, medical and emergency expenses (including repatriation - we suggest $500,000 in evacuation coverage), personal accident, injury and death in addition to loss of/damage to luggage and possessions, personal possessions and flight cancellations/delays. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend purchasing travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

    Camera Gear Insurance (STRONGLY recommended)

    We advise all of our workshop attendees to insure their camera gear against damage, theft, loss, etc. If your gear is not already insured, check with your home owner's insurance to see if they offer coverage. There are several photo specific insurance policies out there as well.

    Communicable Illness Protocols

    Our main goal on all of our tours is to keep everyone safe. To that end, we ask that everyone do their best to avoid exposure to communicable diseases like Covid-19, influenza, RSV, etc before and during our trip. If someone in our group becomes ill on the trip and we deem it to be harmful to the group, we reserve the right to remove them from group activities where social distancing is not possible.


    Single Room Policy
    If you sign-up for double occupancy room sharing and there are no other attendees to pair you with, you will be responsible for paying the single room supplement.

    Transfers
    If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit or workshop fee, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

    There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.



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