Photo by: Brenda Tharp
Croatia Photo Tour – Gem of the Adriatic
- Istria, the “Second Tuscany”
- The historic cities of Split, Dubrovnik, and Rovinj
- Krka Falls & Plitvice National Park with its many lakes and waterfalls
- Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, rich castles and monasteries
- The sunny island of Hvar
- Limited to twelve passengers
- Photo passion and instruction by Brenda Tharp.
- Ten days with local photography guide and photo leader.
per person, double occupancy*
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 5-7 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $495.
“Gazing on this coastline, it’s like you’ve been transported back 50 or 60 years, to the unspoiled European coastlines of classic movies…crystal blue waters, weathered clay tile roofs, picture perfect villages… It’s an almost magical scene…pristine mountains and sparkling seas dotted with billowing sails…” –International Living Croatia is one of Western Europe’s best-kept secrets: a lush region of coves, forested islands, and its crowning...
“Gazing on this coastline, it’s like you’ve been transported back 50 or 60 years, to the unspoiled European coastlines of classic movies…crystal blue waters, weathered clay tile roofs, picture perfect villages… It’s an almost magical scene…pristine mountains and sparkling seas dotted with billowing sails…” –International Living Croatia is one of Western Europe’s best-kept secrets: a lush region of coves, forested islands, and its crowning jewel, the walled city of Dubrovnik. This country offers an astounding array of natural and historic wonders from the rich Renaissance architecture of Hvar to the grandeur that was Rome in Diocletian’s palace in Split. We immerse ourselves in a unique culture that draws on both Roman and Venetian influences. The riches of these former empires unfold as we follow ancient trails through fertile countryside and along rocky coasts that lead to pristine beaches. We move in step with local life as we make our way through lively fishing villages, bustling markets, and charming hamlets preserved as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The variety of stunning places in Croatia creates a diverse canvas for photographers. The mountains, national parks, red-tiled roof cities, numerous islands, and sunny paradises of the south provide infinite photo opportunities of beautiful city scenes and landscapes. This tour, created to give maximum insight into all the beauty Croatia holds, travels from the stone walls and ancient streets of Dubrovnik, to the harbor town of Hvar, the sunniest of the isles, to the lakes and waterfalls of the Krka Falls & Plitvice National Parks, and finally ends in ‘The Second Tuscany,” the Istria Peninsula.
The itinerary will guide us, but we also make unscheduled stops for discoveries along the way, with an eye for the group’s interests. You can plan to be out for early and late light when weather and schedules permit. Your leaders will offer guidance and some instruction on the tour, and will also be available to answer questions and provide photographic advice.
Accommodations are in central locations to maximize your photographic experience. In order to be located in the City of Dubrovnik, for instance, where you can begin photographing as soon as you step outside your hotel door, you also have to be prepared to handle your luggage and equipment on the flights of stairs. In order to be close to Plitvice Park at sunrise and sunset, we are staying very close to the park with a wonderful restaurant. While on the island of Hvar we stay at a lovely beach resort, and on an island in the Istria Peninsula near Rovinj. WE have chosen all locations with the most important thing in mind – getting to the right location at the right time.
September 26: Home
Your journey begins with an overnight flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia. All participant flights will need to be multi destination, flying in to Dubrovnik, and return from Zagreb, Croatia or continue on to Glasgow Scotland with Brenda. (meals on plane)
September 27: Dubrovnik
US and Canadian citizens arrive today to Dubrovnik Airport, transfer to the hotel via taxi. Today will be a day to rest from the flight, with a brief introduction to this beautiful city and enjoy a welcome dinner with your photo leader and your Croatian guide. The “Pearl on the Adriatic: as Lord Byron so famously described Dubrovnik, is a much celebrated town, a World Heritage Site, and is completely encircled by over a mile of beautifully preserved walls built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. Historically, these walls provided protection against all intruders, from the Saracens to the Turks, coming by way of sea. Today, however, it can be strolled at leisure and makes for a delightful introduction to the town’s intricate, stone-paved inner structure. We explore the town’s main works of art, learn about its history of proud and fierce economic and political independence from Venice, marvel at the loving way the town was restored after the shelling in 1991, and take pleasure in discovering its architectural details, enchanting secrets, and narrow alleys. Overnight Dubrovnik (D)
September 28: Dubrovnik
Today view the traditional sites of Dubrovnik’s old city; with your local guide at your disposal, and your photo leader will choose which locations will best suit the interests of the group. Such sights include Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, and the Franciscan Monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Take part in walking the walls, which surround the city to record its spectacular views. Dubrovnik (B, L or D)
September 29-30: Hvar
After breakfast depart Dubrovnik, traveling north along the spectacular Adriatic Coast, past old fishing villages, and new resorts to Drvenik, where you board a ferry to Sucuraj. Upon arrival to this quaint harbor town, there will be a brief introduction to Hvar, including views of the Franciscan monastery and fortress, the beautiful town square by the sea, and the old theater, the first in Europe to be open to the public. With accommodations in town, you will have plenty of time to relax and photograph the beautiful scenery that surrounds us. Hvar is Croatia’s sunniest island and home to lush lavender and rosemary fields. This exclusive island is constantly drawing in tourists from all over the world because of its natural beauty and alluring atmosphere. Overnight Hvar (B, L or D each day)
October 1: Krka Falls
After breakfast and another chance to capture early light in the old town, take the ferry to Split, another UNESCO world heritage site. After a quick lunch, visit the Diocletian’s Palace. Continue your drive to Krka National Park and check in. Enjoy this afternoon and tomorrow morning exploring and photographing this rich area, known for a series of 7 waterfalls. In the south, Skradinski Buk waterfall is flanked by traditional watermills. To the north, a nature trail passes another striking cascade, Roški Slap, and the Krka Monastery, built above ancient Roman catacombs. Visovac Island is home to the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy. Overnight Krka Park (B, L or D)
October 2-3: Split - Plitvice National Park
Photograph early morning light in the park, and depart for Plitvice Lakes after breakfast.
Take a walking tour around several of the Lower and Upper Lakes of the National Park. This is one of the most scenic parts of Croatia. The entire day will be filled with photographing waterfalls, breathtaking scenery, and sixteen terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Capture the serenity of this natural wonder. (Accommodations are basic with large tour buses arriving for the day, it is however the best location, being located directly in the park, with early morning and late afternoon access. Overnight two nights, Plitvice (B, L or D each day)
October 4-5: Rovinj - Istra Peninsula
Returning to the coast you will travel along the beautiful Bay of Kvarner to the lovely Opatija, a once famous retreat of Middle European nobility, and then on to your final destination for the evening. Bale Village is a gem, it is off the beaten path, which adds to it’s appeal, and just a short drive from Rovinj. You will feel like you’ve been transported back in time as you walk the cobblestone street up to the church. The region is appropriately named, “The Second Tuscany.” Istria is a magical land of old hilltop towns, wonderful valleys, and picturesque coastal towns. There will be time for photography in Rovinj, along the coast, it is a wonderful old town, with narrow cobblestone streets and a charming atmosphere. You will begin early in the morning for the right light looking over the harbor, taking a mid day break, and then enjoy evening photography along the harbor. Take time to photograph the Basilica of Euphrasius, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Overnight Rovinj (B, L or D each day)
October 6: Rovinj – Zagreb
Depart the Istria Peninsula after breakfast, traveling to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. There will be time to capture the city’s highlights, the upper town with small cobbled streets, the beautiful sand-stone made cathedral or even the unique Mirogoj cemetery. There will be a farewell dinner after checking in to the hotel. Overnight Zagreb (B, D)
October 7: Home
There will be a group departure (time to be announced) from the hotel to the airport; or hotel arrange taxi service. (B)