Photography Tour to the Italian Alps and the South of France
On this Photography Tour we are combining two of the most photogenic locations and subjects we could think of… Italy’s Northern Crown, the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dolomites and Frances captivating white horses of Camargue that will be an experience you will never forget.
Dates of the Tour: June 9, 2018 to June 16, 2018
Tour Leader: Kevin Pepper
Maximum number of attendees: 8 plus tour leader
Tour Cost: $4997USD
Deposit Information: $750USD with the balance to be paid 90 days prior to travel
Included - Transfers form Airports to hotels and return, Shared accommodation in 3-star hotel in Sainte Marie de La Mer, All entrance fees, Accommodation in the Dolomites at a 3-star hotel, Fees paid to ranches and horse guardians to facilitate transfer and photo sessions of horses, All ground transfers throughout your stay, Guiding fees, Photographic Tuition,
Excluded - Flights, Travel Insurance, Items of a personal nature, Meals during tour, Italy Portion of the Trip
Beloved by photographers and nature lovers alike, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dolomites sit perched atop northern Italy like a rocky crown. This exhilarating few days of photography to locations we have already been to and know will take you through some of Italy’s most unbelievable scenery, with plenty of visits to small villages along the way.
Photos of the Dolomites courtesy of Ed Cooley who will be on this trip with us
Italy Portion of the Trip
The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 meters and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems.
June 9, 2018 – Arrive at the Venice airport from home. You will be picked up and taken to our hotel in the Dolomites that we will use as home base till we depart for France on the 12th.
June 10 and 11 – We will be photographing in the mountain ranges of the Dolomites that we have scouted for optimal photographic opportunities.
June 12 – Today is a day to fly to Marseilles. After one last sunrise photo shoot in the Dolomites. Together we will book our flights so that we depart from Venice and arrive in Marseilles at the same time.
From the airport you will be transferred to our hotel in the Camargue Region of France. We will check in and head to the town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and go visit le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau where thousands of Flamingos, Egrets and other birds flourish in the Camargue wetlands.
France Portion of the Trip
The Camargue region of the South of France is famous for the beautiful Wild White Horses that roam the area. You will not need to be a horse lover to be transfixed whilst watching and photographing this world renowned and noble breed splashing through the shallow waters of the marshlands and lakes. When in season we can photograph Mares and Foals and also the Gardians (French Cowboys) working with the horses in their natural habitat. You will not be disappointed with the stunning results you can capture on camera.
All shoots are taken in the early morning and early evening, dawn and dusk, to ensure that we do not miss the spectacular light and different backdrops. The Camargue is a haven for any lover of nature and the wild. It is situated on the coast of Southern France and consists of wonderfully unspoiled wetlands, natural lakes and marshland and exceptional wildlife.
For the next 2 ½ days we will photograph at least a dozen Wild White Horses running through the marsh heading straight towards you and your camera. It is an exhilarating experience. Several drives take place to enable you to practice your photographic skills both technical and compositional. We will also take images of the Camargue Cowboys (Gardians) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts and hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd.
Your sessions with the horses will consist of the following scenes:
- A shallow pond where the horses run towards us and kick up water showing the full power of their stride.
- Time on the beach having the horses run on the sand back and forth with the sea as a back drop
- Running out of the ocean towards us as we stand on the beach.
- In open fields the horses will run back and forth with a bare backdrop and grass fields.
- Stallions standing on their back legs, alone and with another stallion.
June 13 - We have two sessions with the horses today, one at first light and one late in the day. After the action at night we take images of the horses on their own or in small groups, silhouetted against the sunset
June 14 – We have two sessions with the horses today, one at first light and one late in the day. After the action at night we take images of the horses on their own or in small groups, silhouetted against the sunset
June 15 – Saving my favorite till the last day; Today begins with a morning Stallion Shoot. This is a unique opportunity to see the White Horses entwined at full height. The Stallions have a feisty temperament. They fight with their manes flying. This final morning session with the horses is for more intimate portrait and posing opportunities both with the sun in front of and behind the horses.
After our horse session we will check out of our hotel and head to Marseilles. It is Marseilles where we will spend our final night for those that fly home on Saturday. For those that can get a flight out Friday night after 6pm, we can drop you off at the airport on our way to Marseilles.
If some of the most photogenic mountain ranges in the world and white horses running in the Mediterranean are possibly in your future, click on the red button below to ask me your questions before you book.