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Lake Garda & the Dolomites Photography Holiday
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Lake Garda & the Dolomites Photography Holiday

  • 4 Night Holiday
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Italy has diverse landscapes, making it the perfect location for a photography holiday. From the stunning Lake Garda surrounded by enchanting green hills, historic towns with narrow cobblestone streets, to the impressive mountain range of the Dolomites; you can capture amazing imagery on this 4 night holiday.

Based in the lakeside town of Riva del Garda, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph Italy's most incredible landscapes, enjoy a private boat sightseeing tour on Lake Garda and explore the quaint towns of Limone and Malcesine.

Discover the charms of Lake Garda and explore the breathtaking Dolomites, whilst enjoying amazing Italian cuisine and culture.  

This tour is provided in association with Dublin Photography School and is suitable for anyone seeking to develop their digital photography skills, from beginner to advanced.

Stewart Kenny, an award winning fine art landscape photographer plus an additional tutor from Dublin Photography School will accompany the group, offering tutorials, demonstrations, photography tips as well as unique and spectacular photographic opportunities. 

Dublin Photography School offer a special €85 price onto their Travel Photography Workshop for anyone who books this trip. 

 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
 Verona is approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes away from yout hotel.
Climate

Lake Garda is renowned for its mild and pleasant climate. The weather is most warm and dry in spring and autumn. Summers are warm and winter days can be cool. 

Food & Drink

Northern Italian food tends to be richer and heartier than that found in Italy’s Mediterranean regions, but no less delicious, with fine cheeses, cured meats, risottos and filled pastas on every menu. Try fresh water fish from the lake, drizzled with olive oil and juice from local lemons and accompany it with a glass of fragrant white Nosiola or Lugana wine. The high quality meats from the Alpine regions may be matched with a classic Valpolicella or refreshing Bardolino.  Exquisite seasonal specialities such as chestnuts, pears and peaches will enhance your Lake Garda dining pleasure. 

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The Metal Green Mercedes by Timothy Williams

Holiday highlights

Riva del Garda

Surrounded by imposing mountains and sparkling blue water, this town is known for its medieval towers, Renaissance churches, and narrow cobblestone streets. The Bastion, a Venetian fortress, was built on the steep slopes of the nearby Mount Rocchetta and offers a splendid view of the city and the northern part of the lake.

Limone

Located along the northern end of Lake Garda, Limone is set along a backdrop of rocky cliffs with stunning lakeside scenery. The heart of Limone old town is centred around its beautiful little harbour, the Porto Vecchio. The quaint narrow streets around the port are filled with gorgeous boutiques and shops so you can shop to your heart’s content.

Malcesine

Malcesine is a charming medieval town situated on the east side of Lake Garda and is famous for its medieval Scaligero Castle. You can wander along the promenade at the south of the town and enjoy the many cafés and stunning views.

The Dolomites

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. the Dolomites are an incredible mountain range located in northeastern Italy and are incredibly popular amongst outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers..

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
 Verona is approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes away from yout hotel.
Climate

Lake Garda is renowned for its mild and pleasant climate. The weather is most warm and dry in spring and autumn. Summers are warm and winter days can be cool. 

Food & Drink

Northern Italian food tends to be richer and heartier than that found in Italy’s Mediterranean regions, but no less delicious, with fine cheeses, cured meats, risottos and filled pastas on every menu. Try fresh water fish from the lake, drizzled with olive oil and juice from local lemons and accompany it with a glass of fragrant white Nosiola or Lugana wine. The high quality meats from the Alpine regions may be matched with a classic Valpolicella or refreshing Bardolino.  Exquisite seasonal specialities such as chestnuts, pears and peaches will enhance your Lake Garda dining pleasure. 

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The Metal Green Mercedes by Timothy Williams

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Italy

Afternoon

Travel to Italy

Begin your photography adventure to Italy with a flight from Dublin to Verona airport. Upon arrival in Verona you will be met by our local expert guide and transferred to your hotel in Riva del Garda. Surrounded by imposing mountains and sparkling blue water, this town is known for its medieval towers, Renaissance churches, and narrow cobblestone streets.

Evening

At leisure

You will have the remainder of evening free for independent exploration. We recommend exploring the pretty streets of Riva del Garda’s historic centre with its wide range of restaurants, shops and bars. Your local guide will be happy to suggest some places for you to sample traditional cuisine at your leisure. The Bastion, a Venetian fortress, was built on the steep slopes of the nearby Mount Rocchetta and affords a splendid view of the city and the northern part of the lake. Riva’s central square, Piazza III Novembre, is a great spot to settle into your new surroundings with a drink.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in Riva del Garda (2 nights)

Day 2 – Explore Lake Garda

Morning

Photograph Limone

This morning you will board a private boat for a unique sightseeing tour with your local expert guide and your Dublin Photography School tutors. Your first stop will be at Limone, a small village backed by lemon groves, with waterside cafes and cobbled streets lined with shops. Your Dublin Photography School tutors will be on hand offering tips and tricks as well as demonstrations so you can get the most out of your camera’s settings and photographic equipment. Limone is an ideal location for you to develop your street and documentary style photography.

Afternoon

Photograph Malcesine

Afterwards, with fantastic panoramas and a spectacular mountain backdrop, travel onwards for a visit to picturesque Malcesine, famed for its medieval Scaligero Castle. Meander through the small streets of Malcesine with your camera and capture the hustle and bustle of what’s going on around you, while shooting from the hip. As with every day, the Dublin Photography School tutors are available at all times during your excursions to ensure you get the most out of your photography. In the late afternoon return by boat to Riva del Garda.

Evening

Sunset photography in Riva del Garda

This evening your Dublin Photography School tutors will take you by foot for a location shoot along Riva Del Garda’s stunning lakeside. Filter and long exposure tuition and demonstrations will be given so you can create a dreamlike feel to your dusk images. This sunset photography offers the perfect end to your jam-packed day of exploration in Lake Garda!

Day 3 – Explore the Dolomites

Full day

Photograph the Dolomites

This morning you will depart Riva del Garda and spend the day exploring the Dolomites. As you travel around this famous mountain range, well known for its stunning jagged peaks, you will have excellent photographic opportunities to practice your landscape and nature photography skills. As always, the photography tutors will be on hand to offer composition tips, tricks and demonstrations so that you can get the most out of your camera’s settings. Abstract, macro, water and panorama photography tuition is also provided. To begin travel travel through the Sarca Valley towards the Castle of Drena. There will be a photography stop made at this castle where you can see Marocche with Brento Alto and Casale in the background. Afterwards descend from Lasino and continue towards Sarche and Toblino. Another photography stop will be made at the Castle of Lake Toblino. Here there will be a short walk to the viewing point for photos, with the Casale mountains in the background, before another shorty walk along lake side. Next, transfer to Ranzo ascending towards the photo stop which will give you spectacular views over Lakes of Toblino and Cavedine. Following this descend towards the Bus de Vela, making a stop at Trento for lunch at your leisure before continuing Segonzano with a photo stop at the stone pyramids before arriving at your hotel in Moena in the late afternoon.

Evening

Sunset Photography

After some brief time to get familiar with your new surroundings it will be time to pack up your camera bag and head off on an evening sunset photography location shoot at Carezza Lake. You will depart by coach to climb up to the Costalunga Pass up to the Carezza Lake to photograph the Latemar mountain range, the Catenaccio mountain range and the Carezza Lake. Depending on the weather at the time of your location shoot, there is the chance you can witness the optical phenomenon of “alpenglow” which appears as a horizontal reddish glow near the horizon, changing the shade of the mountains. Dusk, long exposure, composition and equipment demonstrations and tips will be given by your Dublin Photography School tutors to give you the tools to create memorable sunset images.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in Moena (1 night)

Day 4 – Explore the Dolomites

Morning

Photograph Pass Pordoi

Today you will spend another day shooting the stunning mountain ranges and spectacular landscapes of the Dolomites. At each location and throughout the entire adventure the Dublin Photography School tutors will discuss how to get the most out of your images with the equipment that you have. The morning will begin with driving through Canazei and arriving at Pass Pordoi for a photography stop.

Afternoon

Photograph Ortisei

The picturesque village of Ortisei will give you more opportunities to catch daily life through documentary and reportage style photography. There will also be some free time for you to grab some lunch at your leisure before continuing back to Riva del Garda.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in Riva del Garda (1 night)

Day 5 – At leisure & return home

Morning

At leisure

You will have the morning at leisure in Riva del Garda. This is the ideal time to take all the tips & tricks you have learned from the Dublin Photography School tutors and head out with your camera independently to put them all to practice at your own pace. Or perhaps you would like to do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. The choice is all yours.

Afternoon

Return home

In the afternoon it will be time to say goodbye to Italy as you depart Riva del Garda towards Verona airport for your return flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Grand Hotel Liberty 4

Just steps away from Riva del Garda’s historic centre with its wide range of restaurants and shops, Grand Hotel Liberty is your oasis of relaxation for your stay in Lake Garda. With its kind and accommodating staff and comfortable guest rooms, this old world building is the perfe... read more read more read more

Just steps away from Riva del Garda’s historic centre with its wide range of restaurants and shops, Grand Hotel Liberty is your oasis of relaxation for your stay in Lake Garda. With its kind and accommodating staff and comfortable guest rooms, this old world building is the perfect combination of Italian style and comfort, offering you a truly lovely experience. The hotel’s standard rooms have a contemporary style, while the superior rooms are decorated with an Art Nouveau theme and offer a little extra space.  Rejuvenate with a visit to the spa on your free days, and be sure to visit one of the two hotel bars for an after dinner drink and chat with fellow holidaymakers.

Hotel address
Grand Hotel Liberty
Viale Carducci, 3/5
38066 Riva del Garda (TN)

Lago di Garda
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Central Hotel 4

Central Hotel is ideally located in the main square of Moena, a village in the Fassa Valley, in the heart of the majestic Dolomites mountain range. This boutique hotel offers cosy, comfortable accommodation decorated in a traditional alpine style that features local raw materials... read more read more read more

Central Hotel is ideally located in the main square of Moena, a village in the Fassa Valley, in the heart of the majestic Dolomites mountain range. This boutique hotel offers cosy, comfortable accommodation decorated in a traditional alpine style that features local raw materials.   Due to the historic nature of the property, the rooms are individually styled and are of varying dimensions.

Hotel address
Central Hotel
Strada Luigi Heilmann, 4
38035 Moena TN
Italy
Moena
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