CROATIA

June 3 - 10, 2017

Sept 23 - Sept 30, 2017

June 2 - 9, 2018

Sept 22 - Sept 29, 2018

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Architecture, Nature and People Photography

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  1. -8 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -National Park Entry Fees

  10. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Croatia

Zagreb, Plitvice, Krka, Sibenik, Trogir, Primosten, Split, Hvar

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Explore Roman, Greek and Venetian architecture along the Adriatic.

Croatia Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

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!


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by car, minibus and ferry

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)


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations

Breakfasts

2 Dinners

Local transportation


Accommodations



Esplanade Zagreb Hotel or similar - Zagreb

D-Hotel & Marina or similar - Sibenik

Hotel President Solin, Marmont Hotel, Le Meridien Lav or similar - Split


Travel Information



Arrival Airport: Zagreb, Croatia (ZAG) - Transfer time 30min

Departure Airport: Split, Croatia (SPU) - Transfer time 30min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Price



CROATIA 8-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 3-10, 2017:  $4,395   SAVE $800   Now $3,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 23-30, 2017:  $4,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 2-9, 2018:  $4,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 22-29, 2018:  $4,695


Single Supplement:  $800

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $300

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.



CROATIA 8 DAYS


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. (B)

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Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures


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We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


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Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email us for more information.




Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


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We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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Loyalty Club**



All registered guests for 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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