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June 2019 Dates: SEPT 2019 Dates:
Week 2: June 08-15 Week 6: sept 07-14
Week 4: June 22-29 Week 8: sept 21-28
ITINERARY FOR THE DALMATIA WEEK:
WEEK 2 - WEEK 4 - WEEK 6 - WEEK 8 -
DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY - ZAGREB
Welcome! We look forward to meeting you on this Photo journey! Upon arrival at the Zagreb Intl Airport, you will be met and transported to your hotel where we will greet you in Zagreb’s City Center. Here, we will meet for a quick review of photo gear you may want to use for our first excursion. After that, relax for the evening or perhaps take a stroll around the Ban Jelicic Square, filled with many restaurants and cafes, as well as wonderful Slasticarnas (ice cream & dessert cafes). Our photo journey will begin very early, so do not unpack just yet and get some rest…Remember, each day of our journey will have photo discussion and tips.
DAY 2: ZAGREB —> PLITVITCE LAKES NATIONAL PARK —> PAG ISLAND
Nutrition begins early…then, we grab our bags and head to our first UNESCO World Heritage site of Plitvitce Lakes National Park. We will hike the trails to capture beautiful images of waterfalls, wooden bridges over streams, and the gorgeous flora and fauna. There will be much to see and photo. Plitvitce is a treat for the eyes and the soul. In the early afternoon, we depart to Island Pag - our base-camp for the next two days. Our modern condo accommodations in Novalja will be at the friendly, Ville Sunca (link).
DAY 3: PAG ISLAND
Exploration of Island Pag begins early. On Day 3, we typically opt to use this day as sort of a “chill day” allowing the body to settle into it’s new time-zone and environment. Island Pag is known for its monolithic moonscape topography, as found on Metanja and Rucica. This unusual landscape is a natural phenomena occurring from years of Bura winds. Settled in the Bronze Age, this highly unique island is filled with numerous photographic locations not seen elsewhere in the country. Here, we will visit some of the ancient Roman areas such as Paski most and take our boat (weather permitting) to the neighboring island of Dolfin, or the amazing Zavratnica Bay.
DAY 4: ZADAR
After our Day 3 rejuvenation, we take the pace back up a notch and journey to our second UNESCO World Heritage site: the walled city of Zadar. This city has so many amazing photo ops and will also offer many photographic challenges to learn from…and, what a great location to learn! The history is also fascinating, with life dating back to the Stone Ages. In 59 BC this stone-walled village, was renamed Ladera when it became a Roman municipium. In 48 BC, it became a Roman colonia. It was during the Roman rule that Zadar acquired the characteristics of a traditional Ancient Roman city with a regular road network, a public square (forum), and an elevated capitolium with a temple. Of course we will also experience Zadar’s famous sunsets…so get prepared to be amazed!
DAY 5: PAG ISLAND -> TROGIR -> HVAR ISLAND
Today, we say “Bok” (bye) to Island Pag in the early morning as this will be a big day. This time, our morning will visit another UNESCO World Heritage site: Trogir. In case you haven’t heard of this little gem, Trogir has 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its culture was created under the influence of the ancient Greeks, and then the Romans, and Venetians. Also, in the early 1800’s, it was occupied for many years by French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte. Much inspiration for beautiful photos and a charming place to visit. After a short stay here, we are on to our next destination: the world famous Hvar Island! The Grand Amfora Resort will be our destination located directly on the promenade and a short stroll to the Hvar town square. Hvar provides, excellent dining, charming wine bars and cafes, nightlife, a 16th century fortress, UNESCO heritage sites, super yachts the size of hotels…it’s all here, and you will be right in the middle of it.
DAY 6: HVAR ISLAND
Our day will begin early for optimal photos and amazing sites to visit for your best photo experience. You can not go to Hvar without seeing it’s most amazing sites such as, Hvar Town, the 16th century Spaniola Fortress, the gorgeous Pakleni Archipelago and other amazing sites. It will be a full day of enjoying Hvar’s beauty and evening photography along the cobbled alleyways is stunning. There is no shortage of things to see and experience…
DAY 7: HVAR ISLAND -> SPLIT -> ZAGREB
Today, is our final transfer day but your journey doesn’t end yet as you will be immersed in great history again. Upon our early arrival in the busy port town of Split, we will explore the Palace of Emperor Diocletian. You can not miss it in all it’s grandeur built in 305 AD. After the palace visit, we head north to the capitol city of Zagreb. Time allowing, we will explore the upper town of Zagreb via the Funicular Railway. Here, you will find St Marks Church, the Croatian Parliament, the famous Kamenita Vrata (The Stone Gate), and one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe called “K Crnom Orlu” (“At the Black Eagle”) where Dante’s great-grandson once worked. Zagreb’s beautiful Cathedral can not be missed. This is a great time to do some shopping, take some personal photos and soak it all in. At days end, we will meet again and have our ‘retreat finale’ group dinner. Where we will enjoy the evening sharing photo stories of the amazing week.
DAY 8: BON VOYAGE
This day is all yours. We consider all our travel guests as our new friends and hope that your journey met all it’s expectations. Allowing us to be part of your experience in a country we are so passionate about is truly a gift for us too. Thank you…