Our friends at Photofly Travel Club have planned another great adventure and we are all invited!
July 23rd-July 31st 2014
From Zagreb to Dubrovnik, we’ll explore the best of the best when it comes to this Eastern European gem. Our Croatia small group tour is filled with beauty for us to soak in, photograph, and marvel at. We’ve custom built this adventure to experience the highlights of Croatia including some of the countries amazing islands just off the coast. As always, e-mail us to see the daily itinerary at [masked]
* 8 nights/9 days throughout the best of Croatia
* Charming & Unique Boutique style hotels throughout
* Welcome & Farewell Dinner included
* Privately guided tours throughout (City tours of Zagreb, Split, & Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Elaphiti Islands)
* Zagreb: We’ll explore the capital of Croatia via a panoramic bus and walking tour of the historical and photogenic highlights (Trg Bana Jelacica (“main square”, Fruit Market, St. Markus Church)
* Plitvice Lakes National Park: Oldest park in Southeast Europe & an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness more than 16 lakes lined up and separated by natural limestone barriers. The lakes are among pristine forests and renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. So many incredible photographs to be taken in here!
* Trogir: Explore this picturesque city known as “The Stone Beauty”, a charming stone town under the protection of UNESCO which takes pride in their fascinating Romanesque cathedral, churches, towers and beautiful palaces. With 2300 years of tradition, its rich culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, & Venetians. We’ll stay in the Tragos Hotel, a small, family owned boutique built within a historical Baroque palace in very heart of Trogir!
* Split: The second largest city in Croatia and “the capital of Dalmatia” has gradually developed around the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian built more than 1700 years ago. The entire old city of Split has been built within the walls of the UNESCO world heritage site, Diocletian Palace, making this historical center very unique. From Diocletian’s cellars to the Market (Pjaca), to the sunny sea promenade (Riva), and past the fish-market all the way to the Theatre: morning, day and night in Split encompasses the real atmosphere of a typical Mediterranean city.
Enroute we visit Makarska where fashionable cafés, bars, and boutiques overlook the beautiful harbor where luxurious yachts and water crafts are moored in the horseshoe shaped bay. Next stop is the fisherman town of Ston, known as the “capital of Croatian oysters” where we can have lunch, walk around, or take an optional tour of the city walls.
Dubrovnik City Tour: Reclaimed, not just as a Croatian treasure but also as one of the world’s treasures; a fact that was officially recognized when the United Nations declared this medieval town as a World Cultural Heritage site. Its fortresses, imposing walls surrounding the city, palaces, churches, and small streets form a perfect harmony with the natural surroundings. Our tour includes visits to the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s oldest pharmacy, the Cathedral with its famous Treasury, and Rector’s Palace, the former seat of government in the Dubrovnik Republic.
Optional Sea Kayaking Adventure: Become acquainted with Dubrovnik from it’s stunning seacoast! An easy paddling kayak excursion beneath the old city walls, is a unique opportunity starting beneath the ancient Fort Lovrjenac in the small port called Pile. We’ll set off to explore caves and beauties of the mysterious Lokrum Island accompanied by our experienced kayaking guides.
Boat trip to explore Elaphiti islands! We’ll hop on a scenic boat ride via an authentic Dalmation boat which used to be used for fishing & transportation of wine or olive oil. En route, discover the Adriatic coastline sailing between the islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. The archipelago of Elaphiti islands is just 30 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik and are covered with pine forests, charming villages, & idyllic bays. We’ll stop at the island of Lopud, covered by lush Mediterranean vegetation, olive groves, vineyards and citrus fields. Formerly known as the Greek “Delaphodia”, the island attracted many nobles and middle class citizens of Dubrovnik that built luxurious palaces and residences around the island. Lopud is well known for their beautiful beaches where we can swim and relax in the sand & sun.
* Plenty of free time throughout to explore on our own
* A range of optional excursions excellent for photography (Jeep safari up Mosor Mountain to abandoned village of Gata, Olive Factory tour & Maslinica Village visit on Solta island, Biking through Split, Hiking excursions in Dubrovnik, & Bike/Wine tours)
* Photographer with us throughout to teach those interested in improving skills (basics, SLR instruction, composition, etc). Totally optional -no need to be an avid photography enthusiast!
* All Taxes, Transfers, & Fees included
* Airfare is not included but we will help you find a good flight! (Round Trip international to Zagreb plus one way Dubrovnik –>Zagreb on last day)
* Roommate Pairing to save money as always!
* Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked]
*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.
Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/croatia-small-group-tour/