Croatia’s Capital City Center, Ban Jelicic Square at night

Croatia’s Capital City Center, Ban Jelicic Square at night

Roman Gladiator Arena in Pula

Roman Gladiator Arena in Pula

Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Ancient Astro-Hungarian Architecture

Ancient Astro-Hungarian Architecture

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2020 Dates

May 23 -31 | June 06 - 14 | September 05 - 13 | September 19 - 27


ITINERARY FOR THE istrIa - DALMATIA photo RETREAT:

DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY - ZAGREB

Welcome! (Dobar Dan) to your Croatian photo journey friends. Upon your arrival to Zagreb Airport, we will be the smiling faces you see once you make your way out of baggage claim. Once we are all together, we will head to our hotel in Zagreb’s City Center. Which is our first destination on this amazing trip. Dependent on your flight arrival time, you can either relax your feet at the hotel or take a stroll around the city centers Ban Jelicic Square, which is very close to the hotel.

DAY 2: ZAGREB —> PULA —> rovinj

Early morning departure, we grab our bags and head to our first of many UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Roman Gladiator Arena in Pula. We will do our photo walk here and create the most spectacular images of the ancient roman architecture. In the afternoon, we depart for the walled seaside village of Rovinj - our location for the night. At sunset and blue hour, we will all photograph the seaside wonder and then head back to our hotel.

DAY 3: Rovinj —> PAG ISLAND

Transportation to 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. Once we arrive to Island Pag, we will grab our rooms and unpack. Island Pag is known for its amazing monolithic moonscape topography. 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 Stari Pag.

DAY 4-6: PAG -> ZADAR —> Split

Over the next three days, we take the pace back up a notch and safari to our more UNESCO World Heritage sites: including the walled city of Zadar and the world famous towns of Trogir and Split. These cities have so many amazing photo ops and will also offer many photographic challenges to learn from…and, what a great location to learn in too! The history and architercture here is fascinating, dating back to the Stone Age. 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 too…so get ready! We will also being traveling to and exploring the Palace of Emperor Diocletian on a private photo tour. The Palace was built in 305 AD and will offer an incredible display of epic imagery to be made. After the palace visit, we check-in to our hotel and take some personal time to review all of our photos and afterward, we will all head out for the evening to grab dinner, walk the promenade and the check out the nightlife there too.

DAY 7: Split —> zagreb

Today, our journey begins early with our trek back up to the Capital City of Zagreb. Here we spend the day and evening exploring the old town of Zagreb, where we find the famous Ban Jelecic Square, 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. We also will visit and photograph Zagreb’s beautiful Cathedral as well. At days end we will meet for our group dinner and enjoy the evening sharing photos, stories and the new friendships we all made throughout the week.

DAY 8: BON VOYAGE

This day is your departure day back to the airport for your homebound flights.

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Ancient Stone Fortress and the bridge to Pag Island

Ancient Stone Fortress and the bridge to Pag Island

Ancient walled village of Rovinj

Ancient walled village of Rovinj

UNESCO World Heritage Site of Zadar

UNESCO World Heritage Site of Zadar

Photograph the famous Saint Marks Church in Zagreb

Photograph the famous Saint Marks Church in Zagreb

Samobor Old Town