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SEPT 2019 Dates
september 09 - 18
ITINERARY FOR THE DALMATIA WEEK:
DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY - ZAGREB
Welcome! (Dobar Dan) - to your Croatian photo journey. We will be that smiling face you see at the Zagreb Intl Airport and once you gather your bags, we head to your hotel in Zagreb’s City Center. Dependent on your flight arrival time, you can either relax in the hotel or take a stroll around the Ban Jelicic Square just outside the lobby. Regardless, your epic photo journey will begin early the next day so do not fully unpack just yet.
DAY 2: ZAGREB —> PLITVITCE LAKES NATIONAL PARK —> PAG ISLAND
In the morning we grab our bags and head to our first UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvitce Lakes National Park. We will do a photo walk here to the waterfalls, over wooden bridges, capture streams and the gorgeous flora in the park too. Plitvitce Lakes is a treat for the eyes and the soul. In the afternoon, we depart PLNP and head to Island Pag - our base-camp for the next few days.
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 in the Metanja and Rucica region. This unusual landscape is a natural phenomena occurring from centuries 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 and do a photo walk through the old town called Stari Pag.
DAY 4: PAG -> ZADAR -> PAG
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 here is fascinating, dating back to the Stone Age. 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 experience all of this and Zadar’s famous sunsets…so get ready!
DAY 5: PAG ISLAND -> TROGIR -> HVAR ISLAND
Today, we say “Bok” (bye) to Island Pag and head south to 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, then the Romans, and the Venetians. In the early 1800’s, it was occupied by French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte. There are many opportunities for beautiful photos here and after a short stay, we are on to our next destination: the world famous Hvar Island! Old Town Hvar (Stari Hvar) to be exact.
DAY 6: HVAR ISLAND
Our day will begin early for optimal photos and amazing sites to visit for your best photo experience. We’ll photograph Stari Hvar, the 16th century Spaniola Fortress, the Pakleni Archipelago and seaside to name a few. It will be a full day of photographing Hvar’s beauty and the evening along the golden cobbled walkways.
DAY 7: HVAR ISLAND -> SPLIT -> ZAGREB
Today, our journey finds us in the port town of Split, where we explore the Palace of Emperor Diocletian, built in 305 AD. After the palace visit, we head north to the capitol city of Zagreb. Here we explore the upper town of Zagreb, finding 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 either. At days end we will meet for our group dinner and enjoy the evening sharing photos, stories the new friendships we all made.
DAY 8: BON VOYAGE
This day is your departure day back to the airport for your homebound flights.