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 CROATIA

Zagreb, Plitvice, Krka, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik

Explore Roman, Greek and Venetian architecture along the Adriatic.

Our Croatia Photo Adventure is a wonderful combination of the must visit cities, coastal villages and National Parks in Croatia. Our journey will take us through Zagreb, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik. 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. Šibenik 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. After a few days exploring Split and Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO), a 30,000 square meter, 1700 year old Roman palace, we head south to Dubrovnik for our final days.

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!

As we head south into Dalmatia we will explore two breathtaking National Parks, Plitvice Lakes (UNESCO) and Krka. Their beauty will make you speechless. Šibenik 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. After a few days exploring Split and Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO), a 30,000 square meter, 1700 year old Roman palace, we head south to Dubrovnik for our final days.

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!

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)

Weather | Sun

June – Temps 79/63 F | 26/17 C  Sunrise 5:16 | Sunset 8:28 (20:28)
September – Temps 78/61 F | 25/16 C  Sunrise 6:42 | Sunset 6:52 (18:52))

Includes

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

Travel Information

Arrival Airport: Zagreb, Croatia (ZAG) – Transfer time 30min
Departure Airport: Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV) – 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 Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel or similar
Šibenik – D-Hotel & Marina or similar
Split – Marmont Hotel, Le Meridien Lav or similar
Dubrovnik – Sun Gardens Hotel, Excelsior or similar

Helpful Links

Oyster Farm at Peljesac Peninsula – by Roman Martin
Amazing D-Resort Sibenik – by Michael Chinnici
Visiting Croatia – by Roman Martin


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Roman Martin

September 21-29, 2019
May 30 – June 7, 2020
September 19-27, 2020
May 29 – June 6, 2021

*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.

ITINERARY

CROATIA 9 DAYS

Day 1 | Zagreb

We meet at our Hotel in Zagreb where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great 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)

Day 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)

Day 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 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)

Day 4 | Krka National Park

In the morning we will depart for 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)

Day 5 | Šibenik - 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. Beautiful 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)

Day 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 schedule if the weather does not permit the Hvar ferry to run.

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 its rich cultural heritage, Omiš gives us a view into the past with many cultural monuments, such as the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Peter, Mirabella Fortress from the 13th century, and 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.

Day 7 | Split - Diocletian's Palace - Dubrovnik

In the morning we will visit more of the old city and the Split fish market. We will stroll along Split’s 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 afternoon we drive to the south of Croatia, stopping in Neretva valley along the way before arriving in Dubrovnik. (B)

Day 8 | Dubrovnik

On day eight we dive right in with an early morning walk along the ancient walls of Dubrovnik, from one end to the other, offering us spectacular views of the city, the sea, the islands and the mountains that watch over this magnificent fortress. Dubrovnik has been described as a jewel encased by city walls and, beyond them, by the unbroken blue of the sea. Here we will concentrate on people, seascape and architecture photography. In the late afternoon we will explore the inner streets of the city, getting to know the city better. In the evening we will visit the harbor, armed with our tripods, and experiment with low-light and sunset photography. Finally, we celebrate Croatia with our “Farewell Dinner” at one of our favorite Dubrovnik restaurants. (B) (D)

Day 9 | Dubrovnik

While enjoying a late breakfast we conduct our final group discussion, review our photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Croatia and make good use of everything you learned on our Photo Workshop Adventure. (B)

This adventure is followed by our Dubrovnik-Montenegro Photo Adventure which makes for 14 amazing days in Croatia.

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

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.

Private Guided Adventures

 

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 to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

 

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

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 learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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How The Program Works
For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*


Redeeming Your Points

Redeeming your points couldn’t be easier. You can always log in to your account to check your points balance. When you are ready to book your next trip, register and pay your deposit. When you go to pay your balance you will be given the option to apply your points and receive a discount.

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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.