CROATIA & SLOVENIA                    June 5-19, 2023

Lake Bled Slovenia sunrise
Lake Bled Slovenia sunrise
press to zoom
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
press to zoom

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

Guest Price

    $13,900 USD 

               Per person double occupancy

               International Airfare INCLUDED

 

Single Supplement Optional

    $1,200 USD

 

Deposit

     $3,500 due at time of booking

 

Tour Guest Limit

    12 Guest Maximum

 

Registration Deadline

    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 Photographer

    Mike Gulbraa

 

Mike G.jpg

Guest Pro Photographer

    Jeff Cable

 

Tour Leaders

Included

  • International RT economy airfare from USA gateway city

  • All airport transfers

  • All services described in itinerary

  • Local Experienced English-speaking guides

  • All lodging

  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Any Admission fees as mentioned in the itinerary

  • All ground transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle

 

Not Included

  • 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 itinerary

  • Tips for guides or baggage handlers

  • Airport Taxes

 

Tour Highlights

  • Dubrovnik

  • Adriatic islands

  • Adriatic Sea

  • Diocletian’s Palace

  • Plitvice Lakes

 

Accommodations

We use local boutique hotels and other establishments that give us access to great photos, food, and put in place for the best photography.

We'll use the following lodging for this trip:

Tour Itinerary

Tour Itinerary- subject to change

 

DAY 1 (June 5, 2023)

Depart USA

DAY 2 (June 6, 2021)
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.  Those that want to venture out after dinner are welcome to do so - Mike G., will gladly show you some of his favorite sites.  Overnight at private apartments in Dubrovnik.  (B, L, D)

DAY 3 (June 7, 2023)
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.  We’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.  Overnight at private apartments in Dubrovnik.  (B, L, D)

DAY 4 (June 8, 2023)
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.  Overnight at Hvar Grand Beach Resort.   (B, L, D)

DAY 5 (June 9, 2023)
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.  Overnight at Hvar Grand Beach Resort.  (B, L, D)

DAY 6 (June 10, 2023)
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.  Overnight at Hotel Jezro.  (B, L, D)

DAY 7 (June 11, 2023)

We’ll have a full day to photograph the lakes, waterfalls and caves in this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Here we’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.  Overnight at Hotel Jezero.   (B, L, D)


DAY 8 (June 12, 2023)
We'll spend some more time exploring Plitvice Lakes in the morning followed by a hearty breakfast. Our next destination is located in Slovenia, where the gorgeous glacial Lake Bled with a tiny island lies amidst the Alps.  Overnight at Pazlar Bled.  (B, L, D)

DAY 9-11 (June 13-15, 2023)
We’ll take 2 full days to explore the beautiful Gorenjska region starting with a sunrise shoot on 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.  We'll 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.  Overnight at Pazlar Bled then Hotel Mangart on 15th.  (B, L, D)

DAY 12 - 13 (June 16 & 17, 2023)
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 Triglav National Park. Capture the incredible emerald waters of the Soca River 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.  Overnight at Hotel Mangart then Allegro Hotel on 17th.  (B, L, D)

DAY 14 (June 18, 2023)
We leave the Alps and head to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a gem of a city.  Some guests have said they like Ljubljana more than Paris!  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.  In the evening we'll do some long exposure work along the river that runs through the heart of the city with beautiful buildings as our backdrop.  Overnight at Allegro Hotel.  (B, L, D)

DAY 15 (June 19, 2023)
Unfortunately, after breakfast we'll check-out from the hotel and take a shuttle to either the Ljubljana airport or some guests may shuttle to Zagreb for flight connections.  (B)

Helpful Info

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

·       Bring as much memory as possible

·       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

·       Lenses - we recommend being able to cover focal lengths from 10mm to 400mm

·       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 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+(because of elevation)

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.

 

 

Cancellation Policy

Pursuant to Clause 2 under Enrollment: If you need to cancel within a stated refund period, M&M Photo Tours, Inc. may allow you to apply all monies paid to a future trip, within 12 months.  We must receive written notification (E-mail is accepted) of your cancellation and your desire to apply the funds to a future trip.

 

We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance as this policy is strongly adhered to. The purchase of travel insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation is highly recommended.  M&M Photo Tours, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any trip/tour/group due to insufficient registration at any time.  In the event of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given.  It is agreed by registering for any M&M Photo Tours, Inc. tour that M&M Photo Tours, Inc.   assumes no responsibility for refund or additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip.

 

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is highly recommended.  We recommend:

www.insuremytrip.com

 

Click below for

Booking Terms & Conditions

 

What's Included