CROATIA & SLOVENIA May 2019
Croatia—a rising premier photography destination—offers timeless, unspoiled nature coupled with centuries-old medieval villages and a lively contemporary cultural and gastronomic scene.
Join us as we explore Croatia’s spectacular scenic beauty. Explore timeless, tiny Slovenia as we photograph spectacular lakes, majestic mountains, striking waterfalls, alpine meadows, vineyards, bucolic farms and architecturally picturesque villages. To top it off, there seems to be a photogenic fairy-tale castle perched on every available promontory.
About the Tour
Per person double occupancy
International Airfare INCLUDED
Single Supplement Optional
$2500 due at time of booking
Tour Guest Limit
12 Guest Maximum
90 Days before departure
This price is inclusive of Round Trip economy airfare from USA gateway city. See below for more details.
Tour Pricing Info
M&M Guide Photographer
International RT economy airfare USA gateway city
All airport transfers
Internal airfare if applicable
Tour program and services for official 14 days
Local Experienced English-speaking guides
Double occupancy rooms
All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Any Admission fees as mentioned in the itinerary
All ground transportation in an air conditioned vehicle (within the tour itinerary)
Any Passport and Visa arrangements
Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
Additional drinks and other personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
Any services not specifically mentioned in the tour program
Tips for guides or baggage handlers
We use local boutique hotels and other establishments that give us access to great photos, food, and transport.
More specific information on accommodations will be provided on a closer date to the tour.
Tour Itinerary- subject to change
DAY 1 (Sept 3): Depart USA
DAY 2 (September 4): Arrival in Dubrovnik
Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to the hotel. The photography adventure begins with a chance to explore the old city and an evening photography shoot before we gather for our welcome dinner.
DAY 3 (Sept 5): Dubrovnik
Spend the day camera in hand discovering all that Dubrovnik has to offer. Explore the old city with its narrow streets, street performers, diverse architecture, and well-preserved medieval walls. You’ll have some free time to do some sightseeing in the afternoon before meeting up for a late afternoon shoot. The medieval walls offer spectacular views of the city, the sea, islands and mountains and we’ll use this vantage point to make the most of the light for some creative long exposures and blue hour shots
DAY 4 (Sept 6): Dubrovnik to Hvar island
Early risers have the opportunity to capture the sunrise over the Adriatic coast from a city vantage point before we depart for the island of Hvar. We’ll take the scenic route along coast with many photo stops along the way. A short ferry ride brings us to the sunny island of Hvar where we’ll spend the afternoon and evening wandering through the charming town of Hvar with our cameras.
DAY 5 (Sept 7): Hvar island
We begin the day with a panoramic sunrise shoot before setting off for the western part of the island. Today we’ll photograph some of the most scenic places on the island including lush lavender fields and traditional Croatian villages. We’ll have some free time to explore, sunbathe and swim before meeting late afternoon to try our hand at creative seascapes and to experiment with long exposures.
DAY 6 (Sept 8): Split & Plitvice Lakes NP
After breakfast and another chance to capture early light in the old town, we leave Hvar and travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park. We’ll take the ferry to Split where we’ll have time for a spot of sightseeing, photography and lunch before we continue to our destination. Arrive in time for a late afternoon walk in the national park to capture stunning lakes and waterfalls.
DAY 7 (Sept 9): Plitvice Lakes NP
We’ll have a full day to photograph the lakes, waterfalls and caves in this incredible UNESCO world heritage site. Here you’ll have the opportunity to try different photography techniques using tripods and long exposures as well as work on composition. Enjoy free time exploring the lakes alone before meeting late afternoon to make the most of the play of golden light and reflections in the water.
DAY 8 (Sept 10): Plitvice Lakes to Lake Bled
Morning time to explore Plitvice lakes for one more time followed by a hearty breakfast. Our next destination is located in Slovenia, where a gorgeous glacial Lake Bled with a tiny island lies amidst the Alps.
DAY 9-11 (Sept 11-13): Lakes Bled and Bohinj
We’ll take 2 full days to explore the beautiful Gorenjska region starting with a sunrise shoot at the shore of Lake Bled. From Bled Castle perched up on the cliff top we’ll capture superb panoramas of the lake with its island and Baroque church. Visit the spectacular Vintgar Gorge the perfect location to experiment with capturing fast-flowing water and try out some long exposures. Our second glacial lake is Bohinj and has a very different feel. Here we’ll take time to hone our composition skills at the lake shore and capture creative reflections. A short drive takes us to the surrounding picturesque villages where you’ll have the opportunity to capture traditional agricultural architecture including the landmark hayracks of Slovenia, as well as scenes of rural village life. Cap off the evenings with a sunset shoot at the lakeside.
DAY 12 - 13 (Sept 14-15): Soca River Valley and Triglav National Park
Our route takes us over the Vrsic pass, the highest pass in the Julian Alps with incredible views across the Slovenian Alps. We travel down to the Soca River Valley to explore more of the Triglav National Park. Capture the incredible emerald waters of the Soca and discover gorges and waterfalls as we hike along the riverbanks. As well as capturing stunning landscapes, we may be lucky with some wildlife photography and will also take the opportunity to photograph the historical World War I remnants along the trail. Our route will take us on an exciting tour of some of highest mountains in Slovenia offering incredible views across Slovenia and into Italy.
DAY 14 (Sept 16): Ljubljana
We leave the Alps and head to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a gem of a city. We will have full day to wander the charming streets of the old city camera in hand and capture the highlights of Ljubljana including baroque churches, diverse architectural details and the castle as well as trying our hand at some street photography and candid portraits in Ljubljana’s bustling marketplace and along the café-strewn riverbanks.
DAY 15 (Sept 17): Departure from Ljubljana
After breakfast check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Ljubljana airport.
End of tour.
What To Take (These are only suggestions, they are NOT required!)
Our list of Recommended Gear for your Photo Tour
· 2 camera bodies—the same manufacturer that will fit all your lenses
· Camera battery charger and cords
· CompactFlash/SD Cards (bring as much memory as possible. At least 40 gigs)
· Card Reader for file transfer
· External hard drives for back up (we recommend a minimum of a 500GB drive)
· Black Rapid camera strap
· Extra batteries (lots!)—best packed in checked luggage even when traveling abroad
· Lenses (Depending on the tour) Medium telephoto, Fixed, Wide angle & Macro lens that give you a wide range
of length. 10mm to 500mm if possible
· 1.4x or 2x teleconverter for the telephoto—same brand as lens
· Tripod and head
· Flash—strobe with automatic TTL fill flash capabilities or Reflector
· Photo backpack
· Lens cloth and cleaning fluid
· Blower ball for dust
· Circular polarizing filter
· Grad ND filters
· Rain sleeve for camera and lens
· Cable or electronic shutter release
· Laptop computer (travel size such as a netbook)
· Current version of Photoshop or Lightroom
· International power adapter
· Multiple plug power strip & adaptor to gain electric outlets in your room for simultaneous downloading & recharging
· Sensor cleaning supplies
GUESTS SHOULD PACK LIGHT. YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, ROLL, SCHLEP, AND/OR OTHERWISE TRANSPORT YOUR OWN BAGS AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES ON THIS TRIP. LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. M&M RULE OF THUMB IS ONE BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR AND ONE 20-22"" ROLLER FOR YOUR CLOTHES AND TOILETRIES. INVEST IN A TRAVEL TRIPOD - BENRO (http://www.benrousa.com/products/travel-angel-ii/) HAS MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE. MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS CPAP MACHINES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION. PACKING LIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.
Tour Difficulty = Moderate to Strenuous
Easy = less than 2 miles walking/day and little climbing; Moderate = up to 5 miles walking per day with some climbing; Strenuous = more than 5 miles/day of walking and several climbing/hills/rough terrain expected. You should know your health and ability to carry your gear in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions and be able to walk 5 miles or more per day and make climbs in elevation of up to 1000 feet in gain and be OK climbing many steps or steep terrain.
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