CROATIA

September 15-24, 2018

USD $4,995.00 per person



YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:

10 days & 9 nights in Split, Brač Island, Korčula Island and Dubrovnik.

Ground transportation within country.

All accommodations as specified in itinerary.

Entrance fees when applicable as based on the itinerary.

All gratuities are included.

Experienced Local tour guides.

Included meals:  All breakfasts, lunches, and seven dinners.  Please advise us about any dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Two alcoholic beverages included per person during dinners.

 

YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Baggage fees are common upon check-in at the airport.  These fees are the responsibility of the passenger.

Fees for theatrical or live performances outside of our tour itinerary are the responsibility of the passenger.

Travel insurance is recommended for all travelers, in the event that they have need to cancel.

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1:  SPLIT, CROATIA

Depart your home to Split, Croatia.  Most international flights from the United States will arrive in the afternoon.

Dinner and welcome party this evening.

This evening is a terrific opportunity for photo session discussions with the local photographer guide, to get an overview of the days ahead.

 

Day 2:  SPLIT, CROATIA

Welcome to Split!  The second largest city in this beautiful country and the famous capital of the Ancient Roman province of Dalmatia.  Split will be our home for the next two nights.  Our accommodations will be in a Villa/Private Apartment allowing the group to enjoy off times together.  In most cases, the properties will have a private pool and al fresco dining for your enjoyment.

We will tour Diocletian’s Palace and the old city center with a local guide.  Diocletian’s palace is an ancient fortress built by its namesake, who as the Roman Emperor at the turn of the 4th century AD constructed this impressive monument as his eventual retirement palace.  This area is now filled with quaint shops displaying the typical goods of the Dalmatian coast including every possible iteration of delicious white and black truffle based goods (The black truffle honey is a particular favorite of ours!), lavender aromas and intricate hand crafts from local artisans.  This area is perfect for photo opportunities!

In the evening we will meander through the promenade highlighted by the beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea and the many bars, restaurants and other nightlife options in the heart of this bustling city.

Venture uphill to the first lookout on Marjan Hill, which offers a breath taking panoramic view of the town.  

Next we will explore the mighty Klis Fortress, which has been a defensive stronghold in the area for over two thousand years.  This impressive fortress was shot as the city of Meereen in the Game of Thrones.  Stand on the balcony where Khaleesi viewed the city of Meereen; from this vantage, there are breath taking views of the entire Split region.  

Dinner is on your own this evening.

 

Day 3:  SPLIT, CROATIA

Enjoy breakfast at our home before departing to Krka National park on the river which grants the idyllic site its name.  The Krka River slices through the untouched natural environment creating some of the most beautiful and impressive waterfall networks in the world, the most impressive of these is the Skradinski Buk.  This park is home to the largest travertine cascade system in Europe and the second highest concentration of lavender per square km in Europe.  We will spend the day swimming in the lakes created by the falls, exploring the wildlife and of course enjoying some delicious local food and wine in a picnic setting.  An optional attraction is to visit a 15th century Franciscan monastery on the small and otherwise desolate Visovac Island, which is in the center of the Krka River.

The first hydroelectric plant in the world was opened on the Niagara Falls, but the second was opened only three days later on the Skradinski Buk waterfall, making it the first such in Europe.

The walk around Skradinski Buk is rather easy, some uphill walking, but not too difficult.  We will partake in some great photography exploration and then we drive upriver to other waterfalls.  We may also visit the seaside town of Šibenik, with a UNESCO protected cathedral and interesting old town, depending on time and the interests of the group.

We will return to our home in Split to relax, shower and change before going back out into town to enjoy the evening over dinner and drinks in the promenade.

 

Day 4:  SPLIT & Brač ISLAND, CROATIA

Today we will enjoy breakfast in Split before departing for Brač Island just off the coast of the mainland.  Our ferry ride will last 45 minutes, during which you can enjoy the scenery of Split from the sea with a backdrop of nearby mountains.

Once we arrive on Brač, we will check in to our stately Villa known as “The White House” overlooking the Brač Channel and town of Pucisca.

After settling in we depart the Villa for a winery tour exploring the three things that make the island of Brač famous: Wine, olives, and a beautiful white stone which has been mined on the island for a millennia.  This Brač stone was used to build Diocletian’s palace in Split and is a major factor in the unique flavor profile of the wines grown on Brač; the density of the rock forces the vines to struggle and reach deeper into the earth for water and nutrients.  Stone from the Pucisca quarry was also used to partly construct the actual White House, as well as parliament buildings in Vienna and Budapest.

We will drive to the Vidova Gora peak, the highest point of Brač, offering an amazing view of Hvar Island and all of Brač.

Once we have had our fill of wine and snacks we will return to The White House to relax for the evening and enjoy a home cooked meal featuring Croatia’s most famous grilled dishes, such as the national dish Cevapcici.

 

Day 5:  Brač ISLAND, CROATIA

Dawn photo opportunities, guided by our local photography expert.

This morning we will enjoy breakfast at our villa before departing to Croatia’s most popular and beautiful beach at the southern end of Brač Island.

Sunbathing on Zlatni Rat Beach is always an interesting experience as no two days there will be the same.  The beach, which juts out into the crystal blue water of the Adriatic Sea, is constantly changing shape and size due to the powerful currents in the area.  Some days it looks like an arrow, other days like a teardrop, leading to the beach’s many nicknames like the Golden Cape or Golden Horn.  Although the currents are strong, it is safe to swim in the area since the currents force swimmers back towards land, not away from it.

After lunch near Zlatni beach we will return to the house for a quick shower and depart to another area of the island to visit a second set of wineries in order to experience all the best that Brač has to offer.

After the winery tour we will dine in town at a Konoba, or traditional restaurant serving all local products, similar to the Italian tradition of a trattoria.

 

Day 6:  Brač ISLAND & KORčULA ISLAND, CROATIA

We wake and enjoy breakfast at The White House and then depart for the nearby island of Korčula.  The birth place of Marco Polo and home to lush olive groves and ancient vineyards, this island was long fought for by the Turks, Venetians, French, Austrians, Partisans, and Germans because of its immense beauty and resources.  We will settle into our accommodations and then explore the best preserved medieval town center in the Adriatic to learn the history of this island.

Next, we take a boat tour to Stupe Island and enjoy a local restaurant on the island for dinner.

 

Day 7:  KORčULA ISLAND, CROATIA

Enjoy breakfast this morning on the way to the vineyards of Korčula, which are unique in that most original grape vines in the region have been grafted with American root stock and replanted, but not here.  The Lumbardi Grk and Pošip grapes are the original indigenous vines of Croatia.  Today, we will visit local wineries featuring these premium tastings.

After wine tasting we will enjoy some free time for photographic opportunities, with the local guide and lead photographer.

After wine tasting we will enjoy one of the local beaches:  Either the Vela Przina, a wide crescent that's popular with families, or Pupnatska Luka, a sheltered cove.

This evening will offer further exploration of the medieval town and dinner at a local establishment.

After dinner, we will do a critic session and prepare for photo opportunities in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 8:  DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

After breakfast we depart for Dubrovnik, the southernmost city in Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea.  This city is known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century.  Dubrovnik’s majestic splendor and beauty is why it was chosen by the director of the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, to be the city King's Landing in the show.

A stop along the route to partake in the Peljesac Wine Tour will give us yet another sampling of Dalmatia’s fantastic wine selection as we visit three wineries, with lunch occurring during the tour.  Continuing to Dubrovnik, after the tour we settle into our home and then venture out to have dinner in the Old City surrounded by the massive embattlements of the fortress.

Sunset shots on top of Srđ hill are recommended.

This evening is free for dinner.  We will organize a drop-off and pick-up time in town.

 

Day 9:  DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Dubrovnik is a wonderful city for dawn photo opportunities.  

After breakfast we continue to explore Dubrovnik and the city’s famous fortifications with a tour of the wall.  For those interested, a Game of Thrones tour can be taken that highlights the locations that King's Landing scenes were filmed and pictures can be taken sitting on the Iron Throne.  We will also do a guided food tour in the Old City.

Get ready for a ride to the top of the town and then enjoy a final surprise celebration prior to returning to the United States. 

 

Day 10:  DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Depart Croatia to your home.
 


Lead Photographer: Don Toothaker

 Don Toothaker
 Don Toothaker

Primarily a self-taught photographer, Don has been photographing a variety of subjects for the past 12 years as a professional photographer and instructor.  In 2009, Don co-founded New England Photo Workshops and he is currently Hunts Photo's principle instructor.  He is committed to exploring and sharing the beauty of his native New England and other regions of the world through imagery and teaching.  
Being a photography and workshop instructor is Don’s primary role at Hunts Photo and Video.  He founded Hunt's very successful Photo Walk program in 2014 and his efforts with customers in and out of the store have earned him Hunt’s prestigious Customer Service Award in 2015 and 2016.  Don has been a juried member of Nikon Professional Services since 2011 and has had his work published in various national and international magazines.

Born and raised in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, Don attended Northeastern University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History after serving in the United States Air Force.  He currently resides in Bradford Massachusetts with his wife Kate and their children Demsey and Daniel. 

Don displays his work at www.toothakerphoto.com


DEPOSIT

A $1,000 deposit is required to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour.  Deposits are generally non-refundable, except in rare cases when we cannot confirm all components of a booking at the purchase price. 

 

FINAL PAYMENT

Any pending balance must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to departure.  If your booking falls within the 90 days, payment in full is expected at the time of booking.


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