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Itinerary for the istria week:
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, streams and the gorgeous flora in the park. There will be much to see and photo here. Plitvitce Lakes 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.
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: 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 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 visit the famous Sea Organ and Sun Dial! It is truly a unique experience all packed into one area. Even Alfred Hitchcock visited Zadar and is quoted as saying, “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, Florida.” It is pretty amazing and we will plan to experience our sunset there as well…
Day 5: PAG island -> pula
Today we say “Bok” (bye) to Island Pag in the early morning for another epic day of photography. This will be a big day as we travel to the pièce de résistance of the Istrian Peninsula: Pula. Here, we will be spending a couple of days and visit many places, such as the 24bc Gladiator Amphitheater, the Arch of Sergii and the Temple of Augustus. This will be another great day of study in how to work with varying angles, exposures, working with shadows, story-telling and doing our best in creating “that perfect shot”.
day 6: Pula -> rovinj
With so many epic days behind us, we begin to wind down a little, but not all the way down as we still have an amazing day ahead. Destination: Rovinj. One of the most stunningly photographic villages in all of Europe. It’s no wonder the famous ‘Giacomo Casanova’ often visited this city. We will experience and photograph the city inside the walls and out to find stunning ‘postcard views’ that will have you giddy with excitement.
day 7: rovinj -> zagreb
Today, we travel from Rovinj back to the Capital City of Zagreb. Time allowing, we will explore the upper town of Zagreb via the Funicular Railway, the upper town where we 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 either. Once our day winds down we will meet for our ‘retreat finale’ group dinner in the city center. Afterward, back to the hotel and ready the bags for your flight home tomorrow.
DAY 8: Zagreb Lay Day
Transport to the airport day based on your flight schedules…