Zermatt Swiss Alpine Landscape 4-Day Tour - 2023
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SFR 1870.00 | Euro € 1710.00* | AU$ 2784.00* Per person
ZERMATT – SWITZERLAND. Join us for the 7th edition of our Zermatt Photography Workshop, Travel Photography & Astrophotography. Experience an unforgettable 4-Day Extended Photography Adventure in the Swiss Alps, including the Gornergrat 360 degrees view (Elevation 3,135 m / 10,285 ft) where you will experience a unique panorama encompassing 29 of the Alps’ mightiest peaks, as well as breathtaking photography locations such as Lake Riffelsee (Elev. 2,757 m), Lake Stellisee (Elev. 2,537 m) and the Klein Matterhorn (Elev. 3,883 m).
IN A NUTSHELL, ALPINE LANDSCAPE AND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDANCE AT IT’S BEST, INCLUDING TWO ICONIC 'MATTERHORN AFTER DARK' NIGHTSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS.
ZERMATT PHOTO TOUR
A unique opportunity to work alongside (Suisse born) Australian professional landscape photographer Martial Fatton and LTG Global Awards Winner 2016 & 2017 Blue Tongue Photography Tours.Experience a unique overnight stay in a Swiss Mountain Cabin (Elev. 2606 metres) and 2 cosy nights at Hotel Dufour in Zermatt.
Tour Highlight and Inclusions
This Exclusive small-group photographic adventure has been carefully put together, allowing you to experience a diversity of Alpine landscapes and lighting. We guarantee a wealth of photography opportunities, including small group tuition, practical notes and one-to-one support tailored to your individual needs while on-location learning the importance of image composition, available light and night photography techniques.
- Experience a unique overnight stay in a Swiss Mountain Cabin (Elev. 2606 metres)
- 2x cosy nights at Hotel Dufour in Zermatt
- 3x Breakfast during the duration of the photo tour
- Welcome dinner on our first night in the Alps
- Cable cars and train pass during the workshop
- All entrance fees to exhibits & locations that we visit for photography
- Train to the Gornergrat 360 degrees view (Elevation 3,135 m)
- Night photography & Sunrise session at Lake Stelisee
- Sunset & night photo session in at Lake Riffelsee
- A smorgasbords of Alpine sceneries throughout the 4 days
- Spectacular panoramic views over the Matterhorn
- Half day trip to the Klein Matterhorn (Elev. 3,883 m)
- Professional photography advise
- Fully escorted tour in French and English
- Photography group of 4 – 8 participants maximum
Mai/June | 2024 (4-Day) Zermatt Photo Tour
Aug/Sept | 2024 (4-Day) Zermatt Photo Tour
August 28 to 31 | 2024 (4-Day) Zermatt Photo Tour
Cost: AU$ 2,984* | single supplement AU$ 625.00*
SFR 1890.00 | Euro € 1920.00* | US$ 1992.00*
All prices have been calculated in Swiss franc, exchange rates between currency may vary from day to day.
Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or more tours* (*conditions apply, not valid with any other offers, applicable only for direct online bookings). SwissPass discount applicable on demand.
This Zermatt photo tour is offered as a stand-alone or post – Venice & Tuscany tour extension May/June & Oct. 2024 or Paris May/June & Aug/Sept 2024. It is a perfect tour to include a non-photographer companion
The only extra cost for non-photographers is $975 plus meals and transportation cost during the tour. (The single supplement fee also applies to the participant). Observers/ non-photographers companions can either tag along while you are out taking photographs, or do their own exploring of Zermatt’s surroundings and we’ll all meet up in the evenings to share a few stories of the day’s events.
A $1000 deposit will secure your spot. Click here to make your deposit »
- 3 nights accommodations
- Breakfast (3x) and welcome dinner (1x) during the duration of the Tour
- Cable Car & train pass in Zermatt required for the workshops for all 4 day
- All entrance fees to exhibits & locations that we visit for photography
- Martial’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction
Option B: 3-4DAY (PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP COMPONENT ONLY)
Cost: SFR 980.00 | Euro € 896.00* | AU$ 1468.00*
Inclusions: Two night of Astrophotography / Night Photography, Alpine landscape & Nature Photography Guidance, Professional Landscape Photographer – guide, Light Refreshment, Small group size. Exclusions: Meals and alcoholic beverages, travel transportation (cable cars & trains), hotel pick up & drop-off, travel insurance, personal expenses and overnight accommodation in Zermatt.
Option C: Lake Stellisee night photography workshop
Cost: SFR 650.00 | Euro € 658.00* | AU$ 1020.00*
Inclusions: Afternoon/ Morning tea, Dinner, Breakfast and none alcoholic beverage, Train/ Cable Car to Sunnegga Paradise, Landscape, Nightscape & Nature Photography Guidance, Professional Landscape Photographer – Guide, light refreshment, small group size. Exclusions: Travel Insurance, personal expenses and alcoholic drinks.
This overnight workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers of all ages. A moderate level of fitness is required (some walking). SwissPass discount applicable on demand.
Photo Components Only: SFR 450.00 | Euro € 455.00* | AU$ 740.00*
Option D: Lake Riffelsee night photography workshop
Cost: SFR 475.00 | Euro € 480.00* | AU$ 585.00*
Inclusions: Afternoon tea, picnic dinner and none alcoholic beverage, train to the Gornergart 360, Landscape, Nightscape & Nature Photography Guidance, Professional Landscape Photographer – guide. Light refreshment, small group size. Exclusions: Travel Insurance, overnight accommodation in Zermatt, personal expenses and alcoholic drinks. SwissPass discount applicable on demand.
This 6-7 hour session is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers of all ages. A moderate level of fitness is required (some walking).
Photo Components Only: SFR 375.00 | Euro € 380.00* | AU$ 447.00*
All prices have been calculated in Swiss francs and may vary with the daily international exchange rates.
Level of physical difficulty: 3 out of 5
This 3-4Day Tour / Workshop starts in Zermatt and is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers of all ages. A moderate level of fitness is required (some walking).
Ever dreamed to spend 4 days shooting Alpine Landscapes alongside an award winning professional landscape photographer? There really is no place on earth like the Alpine town of Zermatt in Switzerland; it is truly one of the most exciting locations in the world to explore and photograph.
This Workshop gives you the opportunities to learn all the inside tips and tricks you need to know on how to capture amazing landscapes and nightscape images. Hidden high up in the middle of the Swiss Alps away from all the city light pollution, Zermatt is also the perfect place to have a go at shooting the Milky Way!
The Tour start at 1:00 pm sharp at the Zermatt Train Station where will get a group transfer to our hotel to drop off the excess luggage we wont need for our first day/ night workshop at Lake Stellisee. If you arrived earlier in Zermatt, we will meet in the Dufour Hotel lobby to have a short orientation and get to know each other, what to pack for the first night and go over some important details about the next four days. Martial will give a short tutorial on camera settings, exposure and the use of your camera’s histogram.
Shortly after, we’ll make our way by foot to Zermatt’s Talstation Sunnegga; you don’t want to miss the last cable car, as it will add an extra 1.5 hours steep walk to the upper station! At Sunnagga, we will be have our first induction to Alpine Photography Landscape, an short easy 30 – 40 minutes walk will take us to Fluhalp, our ‘base camp’ for the night. (It usually takes us a bit longer with all the photo stops and adapting to the altitude!)
With a bit of luck we will spot a few Edelweiss and hopefully get to meet some of the locals along the way; Marmots, Chamois, Alpine Ibex, Chocard and Eagles
We’ll check-in our accommodation late afternoon, and before dinner go through a few basic camera settings and ‘must do check list’ to be ready for our night photo shoot. We will have an early dinner at 7:00 pm so that we can catch on a bit of sleep, and weather permitting wake up half way through the night to capture the Milky Way shining over the mighty Matterhorn!
For those game, who wish to experience the early light, Martial will offer a pre-breakfast session and make his way down with the group (head torch on) to Stellisee in time to claim a spot to capture the blue hour and immortalise the breathtaking reflections of the Alps in the iconic mountain lake at Sunrise.
After breakfast (8 – 9 am) we’ll make our way to the edge of the Findelgletsher (glacier) via the Grimdjibach Track. It is an awesome hidden gem away from the crowds, a fairly manageable hour hike, offering spectacular viewing spots looking out over the Alps and probably as close as you will ever get to the Ice Ages without freezing your bum off!
After lunch, we’ll check-in at Hotel Dufour and all going to plan, have time to recharge and catch up on a couple of hours sleep for the previous night. Mid-afternoon we’ll catch the iconic Gornergrat mountain train and make our way up to the world most famous 360 degrees panoramic view.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a late afternoon picnic style dinner at Lake Riffelsee as we wait for the light to go down for our second twilight photography session and another great opportunity to capture some amazing images of the ‘King of the Mountain’ peaceful giant, the Matterhorn. We’ll catch the last train back down the valley to Zermatt around 10:30 pm from Riffelalp.
A well deserved sleep-in this morning and after a leisurely breakfast we’ll make our way to a traditional little old Swiss Alpine village, typically build with rocks, wood and slate roofs, away from the busy tourists routes After a well-earned rest and a taste of fresh local produce for lunch, we’ll hike down to Furi and catch a cable car to the Schwarzsee. This is a great place to spend the afternoon with a camera and make good use of those ND filters for waterfall and long exposure effects. We will get back in Zermatt late afternoon to explore the town and enjoy a typical Swiss meal all together. Optional free night to your leisure.
We saved the really best for last, this morning after breakfast we’ll make our way up to the Klein Matterhorn, a snow-covered peak of the Pennine Alps, with unobstructed breathtaking views over the Italo-Swiss Alps and Zermatt in the distance. At 3,883 metres above sea level, it is the highest place in Europe that can be reached by aerial cable cars, as well as by any other means of transport.
We will have the place nearly to ourselves at this time of day and will experience the magical early morning sun glowing on the surrounding Peaks. The perfect place to put in practice everything you’ve learned over the past 3 days and experience snow perhaps for the fist time. Time and weather permitting we’ll adventure for a short walk in the snow before heading back to the hotel to collect our suitcases and say our goodbyes. Our tour ends after lunch. Easy transfer and public transportation to Brigg, Sierre and Visp strain stations via Täsch Station is available daily.
Nature, Landscape, night and astrophotography
In addition to great daily photo opportunities and night excursions, we will also touch on the following photography topics, including:
- Understanding your camera
- Working with available light [read & understand the light]
- How to read your histogram, be in control
- Depth of Field calculation
- What lenses should you use?
- Camera settings to take the perfect shot everytime
- Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it!
- Filters, Neutral Density and Neutral Density Grads
- Photoshop/ Lightroom tips and tricks
- Night photography tutorial
- Capturing raw
Personal Items and Weather Conditions
Temperature range for this time of year: 8C to 20C but it can get very cold and humid.
Try to pack light on this Zermatt Photo Tour, as you will have to transport your luggage between trains and Hotel in Zermatt. You will also need to pack and carry a basic change of cloth in your camera bag for the overnight workshop at Lake Stellisee (Elev. 2,537 m)… our Mountain Cabin is a short 30-40 minutes walk between Sunnegga and Fluhalp. Drop off laundry service is available at Hotel Dufour.
Your favourite DSLR camera, a multi focal lens (i.e 18-70mm) or fix lens, the wider the angle the better (i.e 14, 18,20mm full frame camera and 10, 12mm cropped sensor camera), and a medium to long-range lens (i.e. 80-300mm), plenty of memory cards and fully charged batteries. A small steady tripod & cable release for long exposure is essential. Don’t forget to bring your camera manual if you are not 100% sure about your camera functions. Please note that for better results a recent DSLR digital camera is preferable (0-5yrs old) as technology changes. Polarizer filter, Neutral Density and grabs filters are not a prerequisite but are great tools to have for long exposure and colour saturation.
This workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers of all ages, however a good sense of humour and minimum fitness is recommended. Sturdy shoes, suitable warm cloths, drink bottle, a head torch and a good camera bag… remember, you will be the one carrying your own photography gears!
A perfect add-on before your Zermatt Photo Tour is our popular Paris in the Spring Street photo tour in France or after your Zermatt Photo Tour to join us on either Venice & Cinque Terre or Tuscany photo tour
Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or more tours or participants.
Paris in the spring | Paris Photo Tour
May 8 to 11 | 2022 (3 nights)
Venice & Cinque Terre | Venice Photo Tour
May 16 to 24 | 2022 (6 nights)
Toscana | Tuscany Photo Tour
May 24 to 29 | 2023 (5 nights)
Cancellations, Refunds, Guides & Weather Policy
Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellation Policy: A 25 – 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your seat depending on the tour that you have selected - refer to individual itinerary. Seats to be paid in full at the time of booking or within 4 weeks of departure on all Australian tours except all extended tours; 8 weeks for Karijini, Exmouth to Broome, Golden Outback & Southwest WA, Margaret River, Kalbarri Coral Coast 5-Day and Wave Rock, and 12 weeks on all extended European & USA tours including: Paris, Zermatt, Venice, Tuscany, Italian Dolomites, Swiss & French Alps tour and USA Canyons & National Parks. Cancellations less than 30 days on day tours no refund; 12 weeks for all extended tours, including: Karijini, Exmouth to Broome, Golden Outback & Southwest WA, Margaret River, Kalbarri Coral Coast 5-Day and Wave Rock, it also includes all our international tours & workshops: Paris, Zermatt, Venice, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Italian Dolomites, Swiss & French Alps tour and all the North American tours. Deposits non refundable except tours cancelled due to sever weather, mechanical failure or minimum numbers not met; full refund will be given. Minimum and maximum numbers are at the discretion of the operator. Tours already commenced no refund. No refund for tours missed due to lateness & sickness. Travel insurance and public liability (in the even you accidentally damage someone else property) are mandatory on all our extended tours and highly recommended on day tours as well. Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure. Maximum 1 baggage* per person i.e. Camera bag water bottle jumper (Extra luggage* allowance on all extended tours (1 pp – personal effects) NOTE: We cannot guarantee that you will see kangaroos emus or any wild animals on our tours nor wildflowers as they are seasonal. For MasterClass workshops extended tours and international travel policy please check our website or individual tours.
Our tours leader is Martial Fatton – Blue Tongue Tours Owner/ Operator, however we reserve the right to provide a photographer of our choosing, which we guarantee is competent of their position. Your assigned photographer might change from initial notification until the tour departure due to illness, engagements or any other reason deemed necessary by Blue Tongue Tours, not limited to the photographers listed on this site. While we do our best to match you with a photographer of your choosing if requested, for these reasons we cannot guarantee a specific photographer for an individual tour.
Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of inclement weather, before the tour commences, you have the option of a) continuing the tour as planned and we’ll do our best to concentrate the tour to areas sheltered from the elements. At prior request, we can provide an umbrella. Or b) rescheduling the tour at no additional cost (availability permitting).
Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and other circonstances beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide the best possible experience and safety of our clients!