TOURDATES: Summer 2020
While we have led tours in Italy for many years, this new one has us especially excited! The Italian Dolomites are a mountain range in northern Italy, just a bit north-west of Venice. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009 as a landmark area of particular beauty and significance to the entire world. Up in these majestic mountains lay some of the most beautiful and heart-stopping views that you’ll find anywhere in Italy. It is also home to the largest lake in Italy, Lago di Garda, which is a stunning location lined with castles and classic Italian villages.
Our tour of the area will include some of the most beautiful locations with a wide variety of activities. We’ll start in the Lake Garda area and explore our way to Trento for a night. Near Trento is Ferrari Spumante (the Italian Champagne) and it is one of the biggest and most impressive winery/cellars in Italy. We’ll then move to Selva di Val Gardena, where we’ll set our home base and explore the beautiful surrounding areas. If you want to join us on a true adventure, you’ll have the option to do a Ferrata hike!
This tour is designed for those looking for a little more activity, adventure, authenticity, and intimacy than riding on a crowded tour bus could provide. We’ll have two groups: a handful riding motorcycles, and another team riding in the comfort of a small touring van. The motorcycle riders will take slightly different roads to our destinations and will do some day trips to explore the “motorcycle heaven” that is the Italian Dolomites. We’ll sometimes meet up during the day to hike or visit a location together, but we’ll always meet up by the evening to share dinner, laughs, and evening explorations. If you ride and your partner does not, don’t worry! There will be fun for both of you and you’ll still have plenty of time to share stories and snuggle in the evenings.
All guests can expect some amazing options, like alpine meadow hiking, shopping in quaint mountain villages, vineyard tours, and even exploring on electric bicycles through the streets of medieval towns & neighboring trails. Of course, there will be photo opportunities galore. We’ll mostly be staying in smaller, more intimate hotels and guest houses for a richer and more authentic experience. Count on great hospitality and Italian country cooking!
We keep our groups small to allow us to have a more intimate experience and stay in places that larger groups could not. We love to see the bonds that can form when small groups of people share a unique experience together and feel comfortable with all their travel companions. Will you join us on this adventure of a lifetime?
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Lifelong photographer, educator, lover of travel and adventure. Kevin has taught and photographed in amazing places, all over the world like Russia, China, Japan, Italy, England, Germany, Cambodia, Peru, Brazil, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Greece, Canada, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and even Las Vegas. Kevin is also passionate about riding motorcycles, and the freedom to explore that it fuels.
AKA, the Queen Bee. Clare is the one that keeps it all together. Her creativity, passion, and genuine love for travel and sharing her experiences makes her your go-to-gal when you really want the inside scoop. Clare has been co-leading workshops with Kevin from day 1.
OUR ITALIAN PARTNERS
Husband of Cristiana, and your quintessential non-typical Italian man. His knowledge of Italy and passion for sharing it is contagious. If you don't love Max for his encyclopedia brain, you'll love him for his sense of humor. Max is a lifelong motorcycle rider.
The charming and beautiful Cristiana makes everyone feel so wonderfully welcome and at ease. She keeps Max in line and takes care of all the little details that add up to a fantastic overall experience. She is a wonderful cook and definitely knows where to find the best shopping deals.
We love to go on adventures. But even more gratifying is being able to share those experiences and see the glow in the eyes of our friends. We've met some of the most amazing and inspiring people on our journeys through the years. Some of our workshop attendees have become dear friends, and we can't imagine what our life would be like if we hadn't been doing this!
Our dream is to share the love of photography, adventure, discovery, and deepening friendships. If we get to ride motos while we do it, all the better!
Optional Motorcycle Rental: TBD
We have top-quality motorcycles available to rent from BMW, Moto Guzzi, and Ducati. See available bikes for this tour below. If there is a bike you really want to ride, please let us know ASAP so we can reserve it for you! Colors and model year changes may vary. Seat heights and weights are from manufacturer specs.
Many of our travelers are repeat customers, join us once and find out why! We take pride in offering a sincere and personal vested interest in your enjoyment and experience. We'll do everything we can to make sure you're a satisfied customer, too!
"I LOVE the whole trip it was amazing everything from where we stayed to the food and the company the trip was perfect. Great Job guys!! There is no other way to travel, you get the intimate backstage pass to the area."
"I loved this adventure because it was off the beaten track, and we were privileged to experience the Umbria and Tuscany regions of Italy in a way most tourists don't get to enjoy. The people you meet become friends, the places you stay are small local gems, the food you enjoy is awesome, the sights you experience and photograph are indescribable and the attention to detail and the way they work in activities that interest everybody is phenomenal. This was my first travel adventure with the Kubotas, and I look forward to participating in others!"
"EVERYTHING! The motos were so much fun! The weather was PERFECT- I feel like we got so lucky there. The food was incredible. I loved the places we stayed and all the places we visited. I didn't want it to end. The Italy motophototour 2016 was an epic adventure of a lifetime and food for the soul. I am leaving feeling alive and inspired in a way that I didn't know was possible."
"If a picture is worth a Thousand Words, then the MotoPhoto trip is worth a Thousand Pages."
"The Secret Italy trip was fantastic! The convenience of having everything planned out for us, from each stop along our way that offered incredible photo ops, all the way down to the wonderful Italian dinners we shared together. All we had to do was show up! My wife, who is not a photographer, had an awesome time as well. We made many friends and continue to stay in touch. A big thanks to Kevin, Clare, Max and Cristiana for their planning and hospitality. I would do it again in a heartbeat."
"Where do I begin? I loved the entire trip throughout Italy with Kevin, Clare, Max and Cristiana. They knew what photographers would be interested in seeing. Best of all, there was no one saying "why do you have to take so many pictures where ever we go?" It was great to be with so many people with exactly the same interests as me. There was a wonderful variety of places to photograph. There were endless photo ops whether you like photographing people, landscape, close-ups, architecture, or food. And there was endless food as well. The accommodations were beautiful and spacious. Max and Cristiana are so warm and knowledgeable about the history and culture of the various towns we visited. I loved their home town of Stroncone the best. I hope to go to Italy again with Kevin and Clare's tour some day."