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CROATIA PHOTO ADVENTURE

Our Croatia Photo Adventure is a wonderful combination of the must visit cities, coastal villages and National Parks in Croatia. Our journey will have us based in Zagreb, Vodice and Split. Zagreb is the capital, and the cultural, administrative, educational and political center of Croatia. A cosmopolitan city with a great nightlife, and many architectural and street photography opportunities.

As we head south into Dalmatia we will explore two breathtaking National Parks, Plitvice Lakes (UNESCO) and Krka. Their beauty will make you speechless. Once in Vodice we will visit the coastal gems of Sibenik and Trogir, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Sibenik is a 1000 year old Roman city that was under Hungarian-Croat rule in the 12th century, followed by almost 400 years of Venetian rule, ending in 1797. The old town of Trogir, which stands intact from the days when it was built, will remain in your fond memory as one of the most memorable destinations of our trip. And if time and weather allows, on day six we will travel by ferry to the magical island of Hvar. This island is perfect for capturing the true essence of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. Our final days will be spent exploring the city of Split with its Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO), a 30,000 square meter 1700 year old Roman palace along the Riva.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than amazing Croatia!

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia!

Saturday (1) Zagreb

We meet on Friday at our Hotel in Zagreb where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. We spend the afternoon photographing the streets and people of Zagreb, a wonderful mix of Balkan and Austrian flavors. During our evening walk we can feel the romantic atmosphere of the Upper Town, which has been lighted by 214 gas lanterns for the past 150 years. After we will celebrate the groups arrival with a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Croatian restaurants. (D)

Sunday (2) Zagreb

After breakfast we will visit the complex of Cathedral of The Assumption of Virgin Mary and the Archbishop’s palace. We continue to the Dolac Market, the central Zagreb market. Then we will take you for a coffee, at the famous Tkalčićeva street, to show you what a local coffee culture means. After a few more photos of the baroque Upper Town where there is a Parliament building, Croatian government and Old City Hall, we will go downtown by funicular – one of the smallest in the world. Downtown was designed during the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and it’s the reason why Zagreb is called ” small Vienna”. In the afternoon we will visit the famous open art gallery “The Cemetery of Mirogoj”. (B)

Monday (3) Plitvice Lakes National Park – Vodice

We check out early in the morning and drive to Plitvice Lakes, which is the biggest and the most famous national park in Croatia. The lakes were accepted as a UNESCO’s World heritage site in 1979. The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today. The forests in the park are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species. There we will walk along forest paths and across little wooden bridges and take a boat ride through the Kozjak lake. We will take pictures of memorable landscapes and turquoise waters. Later in the evening we will be checking into our hotel in Vodice on the Adriatic Coast. (B)

Tuesday (4) Krka National Park

On Monday morning we will go to the Krka National Park, where we will visit the Roski waterfall, which is surrounded by beautiful nature and cascading waterfalls. Here you can photograph nature in all its magnificence. Then we visit a small village with water mills that were used for the production of flour, washing clothes, etc. After that we will visit the island Visovac in the lake created by the Krka river, where there is a Franciscan monastery, which dates from 1445. Beautiful landscapes, old mills and the winding river Krka will give us excellent conditions for photography and the possibility of stunning panoramic photos. (B)

Wednesday (5) Sibenik – Primosten – Trogir – Adriatic Coast – Split

On day five we checkout of our hotel and we head to Šibenik, one of the oldest and most beautiful Croatian cities. A 1000 year old town, historical and cultural monument with well preserved fortresses and ramparts from the past, it will leave you breathless. The monumental St. James Cathedral, built over more than a century, is included in the World Cultural Heritage protected by UNESCO. After Šibenik we drive the Dalmatian coast stopping first at Primosten before arriving in Trogir. Trogir carries the title of the most preserved romanesque-gothic town in Central Europe, and why UNESCO listed it in its World Heritage List. After Trogir we arrive at our hotel in Split. (B)

Thursday (6) Isle of Hvar

On day six we depart early by ferry for the isle of Hvar, the longest and the sunniest island in the Adriatic sea. Along the way we pass the beautiful Adriatic islands of Solta and Brac. Voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar is famous for unspoiled landscape, rich cultural heritage and as Croatia’s trendiest resort of the jet-set. We stop in the town of Hvar and explore the Hvar Cathedral, Spanish fortress, the Arsenal and the Theatre. In 1612 the oldest civic theatre in Europe was founded in the town of Hvar and is active to this day. Before going back, you should not forget a unique Hvar souvenir – handmade agave lace patterns, unique works of art by the Benedictine nuns, a part of the island’s UNESCO heritage. (B)

*Alternate Thursday Schedule (based on weather)

After breakfast we will head towards the small Mediterranean town of Omiš, which is located at the mouth of the river Cetina. Omiš was well known in the past by the Corsairs of Almissa whose Sagittas (ships) brought fame to them. With it’s rich cultural heritage, Omiš gives us a view into the past with it’s many cultural monuments, such as the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Peter, Mirabella Fortress from the 13th century, the remains of city walls and towers. After lunch we will visit Belvedere, and admire and photograph the works of the world famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović.

Friday (7) Salona – Split

In the morning we visit ancient ruins of Salona, once capital of the Roman provinence of Dalmatia, the fourth biggest city in the Roman Empire. We will take some photos of impressive walls with towers and gates, the forum with temples and the amphitheater. You will also hear a story about a coronation of Croatian King Zvonimir. After walking around we will go back to Split where you will have some free time for brunch or sunbathe on the famous Split beach “Bačvice”. Then we will stroll along Splits stunning Riva promenade and explore the amazing Diocletian’s palace, an UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to photograph St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, The Golden gate, Statue of Gregory of NIn, City clock and so much more. In the evening we celebrate our “Farewell Dinner” at one of our favorite Croatian restaurants in Split. (B) (D)

Saturday (8) Split

On day eight we set out for a final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Split or elsewhere in Croatia and make good use of everything you learned on our Photo Workshop Adventure. You may also combine this with our Dubrovnik Croatia Adventure which follows just two days after.

PRICE:

  • June 3-10, 2017:  $4,395
  • September 23-30, 2017:  $4,395
  • June 2-9, 2018:  $4,695
  • September 22-29, 2018:  $4,695
  • Single Supplement:  $800
  • (Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $300
  • (Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350
  • Deposit:  $1000

 

INCLUDES:

  • Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, nature and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group (4-8 guests)
  • 8 days | 7 nights
  • 4 or 5-star hotel
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Local transportation

 

NOTES

  • participians should have basic knowledge of their cameras
  • routes may be changed based on local conditions
  • tours leave rain or shine
  • please wear a pair of good walking shoes and bring a lightweight poncho in case it rains, a bottle of water & sun hat is recommended for high temperatures
  • lightweight tripod is recommended for evening sessions

Group Size

4-8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers*
  • Busy schedule
  • Travel by car, minibus and ferry
  • 1 hotel in 5 nights
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (*non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Roman Martin  |  June 3-10, 2017

Roman Martin  |  September 23-30, 2017

Roman Martin  |  June 2-9, 2018

Roman Martin  | September 22-29, 2018

Weather | Sun

May – Temps 71/56 F  21/13 C  Sunrise 5:28 | Sunset 8:13 (20:13)

July – Temps 85/67 F | 29/19 C  Sunrise 5:30 | Sunset 8:31 (20:31)

September – Temps 78/61 F | 25/16 C  Sunrise 6:42 | Sunset 6:52 (18:52)

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