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Switzerland: Special Festival + Off-Beaten Path

July 23 - August 3, 2019 (SOLD OUT)

August 4 - August 15, 2019 (SOLD OUT)

NOTE: I just opened up a second workshop, and already only a few seats left. This is a unique opportunity, as the festival happens every 20 years!

Switzerland is a magic place: Lakes, mountains, old chalets, castles, The Alps, … So, where do you start, which region do you visit?
I was raised in Switzerland and it took me a long time to lead a workshop in my own country. But the wait is really worthwhile! I wanted to take guests on a special tour, show unique views of my country, and give you opportunities to find your personal vision.

The workshop starts in the French part of Switzerland, Geneva. Geneva is known for the gorgeous views of Lake Geneva, shopping Swiss watches, and one of the tallest water fountains in the world. Somehow less known but really exciting is the Vieille Ville (Old town), with the ancient maze of small streets and picturesque squares, filled with homey cafés, galleries, museums, and lined by thousand years old historical buildings adorned with beautiful masonry facades.

We then travel to the region of Lavaux, the vineyard terraces (80 miles). 2019 is a very special year, as the region is celebrating the festival of the vineyards, which takes place every 20 to 25 years (the last one was in 1999). The festival brings generations together, connecting people from the villages, the countryside and the vineyards, a show unique in the world. We will take many side trips to visit hidden gems and get spectacular views of the French Alps and Lake Geneva.

Then, we will head to the pre-Alps. First in the region of Gruyere (Yep the place where they make the cheese), where we will have great photo opportunities with the Swiss cows, the making of the cheese the traditional way (in old chalet) … and we might even get the chance to hear farmers play their traditional instrument – cor des Alpes (Alphorn). We will continue to Gstaad and Interlaken, known for old timber houses, surrounding mountains (Eiger, Jungfrau), alpine meadows and glaciers. In just a short distance, the language will change from French to German, the food and style of architecture will be very different.

We will cross a few passes and valleys to make our way to the Alps. Traveling by trains and roads, you will have breathtaking views. In addition to the views, you will get the feel on how people live in the Alps, what seasons mean to them, how to they cope with isolation and maintain their cultures. We will search for the wildlife (chamoix, marmots, bouquetins, etc.) and the magical meadows filled with alpine flowers. By keeping the itinerary “loose”, we can work “the light” and “the weather”, which is critical when traveling in the Alps.

The next part is to visit the Italian speaking region of Switzerland. Architecture is unique, with homes built with local stones, quaint villages, and the flair of the Italian culture. This region is also known as the Swiss Riviera!

The final stretch is traveling South to North, thru multiple tunnels and passes and end in Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland.

Itinerary outline (12 days):
23-Jul (August 4) Arrival Geneva
24-Jul (August 5) Geneva - Vevey (UNESCO Sites)
25-Jul (August 6) Lavaux + Fete des Vignerons
26-Jul (August 7) Pre-Alps, Gruyere, Les Paccots
27-Jul (August 8) Montreux - Gstaad; Gstaad - Interlaken
28-Jul (August 9) Interlaken
29-Jul (August 10) Interlaken - Valais - Zermatt
30-Jul (August 11) Zermatt
31-Jul (August 12) Zermatt - Domodosola - Lugano
1-Aug (August 13) Ticino Region - Swiss National Day
2-Aug (August 14) Ticino - Zurich
3-Aug (August 15) End of workshop, departure from Zurich

Included: All ground transportation, Accommodation, guiding and special access
NOTE: Ticket to the festival of the vineyards is not included and need to be booked ASAP to get preferred seating. As soon as you sign up for the workshop, you will receive a link to book your ticket.

Pack your bag and experience once in a lifetime visit to Switzerland with the festival of the vineyards and the hidden gems of the pre-Alps, the Alps and the Swiss Riviera.

See you in Switzerland next July (August).


July 23 - August 3: SOLD OUT
August 4 - 15: SOLD OUT

Registration: $5,900
Single Supplement: $1,200

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600 (Double Occupancy)
$1,000 (Single Occupancy)

Balance Payment due by upon registration (payable by check or credit card)

For additional information, please contact Oliver Klink


Oliver Klink was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. He was selected as Black and White Photographer of the Year 2018, Top 50 Critical Mass (2018 & 2016). His image, “Herding Instinct” won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photocontest in 2014, others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years. “Switzerland is small in size but very rich in cultures and sceneries. Just need to pick the right region at the right time.”
Local staff members (drivers, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!

- Photographing Grand Sceneries, Traditional cultures and festivals
- Finding point of views to reflect a personal vision
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 12 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, ground transportation
- Special permits, private photoshoots, all entrance fees
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included :
- Transportation to Geneva (GVA) start of the workshop and return from Zurich (ZHR) enf of workshop
- Meals (typically breakfast is included with hotel)
- Ticket for the Vineyard Festival (multiple class seats available ranging from $80 - $350) - Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Geneva (for early arrivals)
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $5,900
Single Supplement: $1,200

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600 (Double Occupancy)
$1,000 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by March 1, 2019 (payable by check)

Registration: $5,900
Deposit: $600

Terms and Conditions

- We are traveling in the Alps, where the weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared for moody sky and cooler temperature (40F).
- Up to 2 mile casual walking in small towns and alpine trails.
- We are staying in local hotels and guest houses. Great atmosphere but sometimes small rooms.
- Food is exceptional. Be prepared to taste many cheeses and chocolate.
- We are traveling on ultra-modern highways to the local windy roads
-However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.

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Where: Switzerland
When: July 23 – August 3, 2019 (August 4 - 15, 2019)
Who: Oliver Klink, local staffs
Airport: Start of workshop: Geneva (GVA); end of Workshop: Zurich (ZRH)
Accommodations: Local hotels, guest houses (single or double occupancy)
Weather: 40-90F. Moody Sky, cool temperature in the Alps
Cost: $5,900 ($1,200 Single supplement)

Workshop details for Switzerland: Special Festival + Off-Beaten Path (click on a tab)


July 23 – August 3, 2019 (August 4 - 15, 2019)

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions and activities we find on the spur of the moment. Our local experts and the contacts made over the years are incredible source of information to locate unique. As the group is kept small, we are able to attend special events, without overwhelming the local communities and be welcomed with open arms.

12 days on the ground to photograph various parts of Switzerland.

Day 1 – July 23, 2019 (August 4, 2019):
- Arrive in Geneva (GVA), recover from jetlag

Day 2 (B) July 24 (August 5)
- Geneva - Vevey (UNESCO Sites)
- Visit Geneva old town
- Travel along Lake Geneva and off-beaten path roads

Day 3 (B) Lavaux + Fete des Vignerons
- Photoshoots in the terraced vineyards
- Fete des Vignerons celebration
- Show (You will receive an email after registration, so you can book your ticket)

Day 4 (B): Pre-Alps, Gruyere, Les Paccots
- Grand sceneries in the Pre-Alps
- Photoshoot with Swiss cows, farmers, alpenchor

Day 5 (B): Montreux - Gstaad; Gstaad - Interlaken
- Grand sceneries in the Pre-Alps
- Photoshoot – architecture of the region

Day 6 (B): Interlaken
- Photoshoots along lakes and mountains
- Visit quaint villages

Day 7 (B): Interlaken - Valais - Zermatt
- Experience valleys, passes, grand sceneries
- Photoshoot – local farmers

Day 8 (B): Zermatt
- Alpine flowers and wildlife
- Photoshoot – local architecture

Day 9 (B): Zermatt - Domodosola - Lugano
- Unique region of Switzerland with stone houses
- Photoshoot – valleys, lakes, architecture

Day 10 (B): Ticino Region - Swiss National Day
- The Swiss Riviera
- Photoshoot – festival, fireworks, local traditions

Day 11 (B): Ticino - Zurich
- Traveling South to North, crossing the Alps
- Hidden gems of Zurich, lake views

Day 12 August 3 (August 15): (B)
- Conclusion of Workshop

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, your festival ticket and more.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from low 40F to 90F)
- Warm Clothes (layers, dawn jacket, Gore-Tex shell for the Alps)
- Hiking shoes
- Knee pads (for low angle shooting)
Camera Equipment:
- DSLR (bring your camera manual), extra battery (and charger)
- Recommended Lenses:
Festivals: 50-300mm
Portraiture: 50-120mm
Ancient Villages: 24–105mm
- Tripod (Recommended)
Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, write down questions)
- Camera raingear (Kata, Kirk, or just heavy garbage bags)

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)

Valid passport to travel to Switzerland and Italy


The workshop includes transportation, lodging, breakfast, local guide, photo instruction. The workshop does not include transportation to Switzerland and the ticket to the show of the festival of the vineyards.

Workshop comprises...
- 12 days on the ground in Switzerland
- Breakfast, accommodation, ground transportation
- All entrance fees (except the ticket to the show of the festival of the vineyards
- Private photoshoots with farmers, in old villages
- Coursebook and orientation materials
- Small group
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- One instructor, local guides, drivers

Not Included
- Transportation to Geneva (GVA) and return from Zurich (ZRH)
- Transport to and from airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, meals, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Geneva on July 23 (August 4), unless you need additional time to recover from jetlag. Your return flight can be booked any time on August 3 (August 15) from Zurich.
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Geneva (pre workshop) and airport transportation.

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