May 14th - 25th, 2017
2017 Croatia Photography Tour – Join Dan and Tanya to photograph the stunning scenery of Croatia… Vibrant blue-green seas set amongst ancient streets with fascinating architecture, spring flowers, incredible waterfalls, lakes and caves – the list goes on and on! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to visit Europe’s new ‘it’ destination – experience the ‘Mediterranean As It Once Was’. Highlights include visits along the Adriatic coast and historic region of Dalmatia including Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic’, the island of Hvar, Plitvice National Park, and the old charming town of Rovinj, just to name a few! We have included a few boutique hotels to pamper you on your photographic vacation. Non-photographing spouses are welcome.
2017 Croatia Photography Tour Travel Plans
Sunday, May 14
Depart US to Dubrovnik (DBV)
Monday, May 15 (D)
After arriving in Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and transferring to the hotel, the adventure begins!
We’ll start off by exploring the old city during an evening photo shoot. Dubrovnik is perched on the Adriatic Sea and its prosperity was historically based on maritime trade. CNN Travel rated it as one of the top ten medieval walled cities in the world built in the 14th and 15th century. After the shoot we’ll gather for our welcome dinner.
We’ll stay two nights at the stylish boutique Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik. Location? Simply ideal: a quiet street in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, just off the main Placa Stradun!
Tuesday, May 16 (B, D)
Spend the day camera in hand, discovering Dubrovnik’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll explore its narrow streets, diverse architecture, street performers, and well-preserved medieval walls. Weather should be perfect this time of year with fewer travelers than later in the summer. Spring flowers will be blooming and grasses will be lush green.
Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains. The city is filled with old buildings, such as the Arboretum Trsteno, the oldest arboretum in the world, dating back to before 1492. Also, the third oldest European pharmacy is located in the city, which dates back to 1317 (and is the only one still in operation today).
We will have some free time for some sightseeing in the afternoon before meeting up for a late afternoon shoot. The medieval walls offer spectacular views of the city, sea, islands, and mountains, and we’ll use this vantage point to make the most of the light for some creative long exposures and blue hour shots. Overnight Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Wednesday, May 17 (B, L, D)
Get up early to capture the sunrise over the Adriatic coast from a city vantage point before we depart for the island of Hvar, or spend a leisurely morning enjoying the hotel.
We’ll take the scenic route along the coast and have many photo stops along the way. A short ferry ride brings us to the sunny island of Hvar, the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian Islands.
We’ll spend the afternoon and evening shooting the dense Mediterranean nature and rich architecture of this charming town.
The four-star Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel is our home for two nights. Perched on the promenade and facing the old city centre, Adriana Hvarʼs most stylish boutique hotel boasts spectacular panoramic views of the town and the marina.
Thursday, May 18 (B, D)
We begin the day with a panoramic sunrise shoot before setting off for the western part of the island. Today we’ll photograph some of the most scenic places on the island including vast lavender fields, ancient olive groves, and traditional Croatian villages.
We’ll have some free time to explore, sunbathe and swim before meeting in the late afternoon to try our hand at creative seascapes and to experiment with long exposures. Overnight Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Friday, May 19 (B, D)
After breakfast and another chance to capture early light in the old town, we leave Hvar and take the ferry to Split. We will stay within the 1700-year-old monument of Diocletian’s palace. Split is a lively city and we will capture evening atmosphere on the main promenade called Riva. A dinner at one of Split’s fine restaurants. Overnight Diocletian Heritage Hotel
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 (2B, 1L, 2D)
A chance to capture early morning light before we continue to our destination: Plitvice Lakes National Park.
The waters of Plitvice Lakes, flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers. This created natural dams, which in turn, have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves, and waterfalls. The forests in the park are home to bears, wolves, and many rare bird species.
These two days will be all about the lakes, waterfalls and caves in this incredible UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here you’ll have the opportunity to try different photography techniques using tripods and long exposures as well as work on composition. Enjoy free time exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park alone before meeting late afternoon to make the most of the play of golden light and reflections in the water. Two nights at Pension Plitvice Ethno House
Monday, May 22 (B, D)
After an optional sunrise shoot at the lakes and a hearty breakfast, we travel onwards to the Istrian coast. We’ll make some scenic stops on the way and arrive in the popular tourist resort and fishing port of Rovinj.
Rovinj looks like it is being pulled out of the sea. It is the most Italian town in Croatia’s most Italian region, according to Rick Steves. He says, “Rovinj’s streets are delightfully twisty, its ancient houses are characteristically crumbling, and its harbor still hosts a real fishing industry.” After a sunset shoot in old town, we’ll overnight at Island Hotel Istra.
Tuesday, May 23 (B, D)
After catching the early morning light in Rovinj, we’ll drive to some of the many charming Istrian hilltop towns. We’ll see colorful old churches, vineyards and olive groves, and spectacular views of the entire region.
Upon returning to Rovinj, we do another evening shoot and soak up the atmosphere of its bustling harbor, winding narrow streets and lively squares. Overnight Island Hotel Istra
Wednesday, May 24 (B, D)
After some early morning photography and free time to shop or explore, we depart Rovinj for the city of Zagreb.
In Zagreb we can spend the early evening wandering and photographing street scenes and city architecture. Overnight at Esplanade Zagreb Luxury Hotel
Thursday, May 25 (B)
We bid farewell to Zagreb and Croatia, and transfer to the airport. We suggest an afternoon flight so you can enjoy the Esplanade Zagreb to the very end! Arrive home today or May 26th.
Tour Extensions Available
May 28th - June 9th, 2017
Minimum 8 Guests
Maximum 12 Guests
EXPLORER RATE: 5511USD per person based on double occupancy
NON-EXPLORER RATE: Add 200USD per person
Single Supplement: 990USD
$500 Per person due at time of booking
Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted
Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.
November 1, 2016: $3000 First Installment
March 1, 2017: Final Payment
Check only for first installment and final payment. Please make check payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:
810 N. Wallace, Suite E
Bozeman, MT 59715
- Accommodations for 10 nights
- Meals where indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner), with beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks)
- Entrance fess to all locations
- Expert photography guidance by Daniel J. Cox
- Local guide
- Airport transfers on scheduled itinerary days
- International airfare
- Airport transfers pre and post tour
- Laundry, miscellaneous expenses, Internet charges, some beverages/meals
- Any attractions/activities not listed on itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities for guide/bus driver
Flights to Book
May 14, 2017
May 15, 2017
Arrive in Dubrovnik (DBV)
Welcome dinner this evening
May 25, 2017
Depart Zagreb (ZAG)
Late day flight is recommended but optional
Travel/emergency evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:
Allianz Global Assistance
(use travel agency ID F203564)
Terms & Conditions
Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.
By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY
Accommodations for 2017 Croatia Photography Tour
May 15 and 16, 2 Nights
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Situated only meters from the Pile Gate, the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik hotel is ideally located for exploring Dubrovnik Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built over a century ago, this central Dubrovnik hotel offers comfortable facilities and technology in two buildings in a historic setting with stunning views over medieval Old town and the Adriatic Sea.
May 17 and 18, 2 Nights
Hotel Adriana Hvar
Hotel Adriana Hvar is one of the finest Mediterranean hotels. This four-star hotel is situated just a few steps from the UNESCO world heritage Hvar Old Town. Perched on the promenade and facing the old city centre, Adriana Hvarʼs most stylish boutique hotel boasts the most spectacular panoramic views of the town and the marina. Adriana’s amenities are as diverse as its view – making it a perfect place for you to relax, renew, and rejoice. Adriana offers 50 deluxe guest rooms, 9 suites and spa specific suites, a year-round rooftop seawater swimming pool, Butchery&Wine restaurant, spectacular Top bar, lounge and multi-level garden terraces with stunning views over the sea and marina.
May 19, 1 Night
Diocletian Heritage Hotel
Diocletian Heritage Hotel is the perfect choice for all history and culture lovers.
The hotel is declared as a heritage hotel because of its rich history. The building is situated in the heart of UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace and has existed for many centuries. In the 15th and 16th century it became home for the famous family Marulić, best known for respected writer Marko Marulić (1450-1524), commonly called “Father Of Croatian Literature”. Their family crest, carved on the east building wall, tells about their life within the walls of today’s hotel Diocletian.
Although the building has been renovated several times, in the hotel today you can still find remains of the Renaissance era: trifora, bifora, monofora and the Marulić family crest.
May 20 and 21, 2 Nights
Pension Plitvice Ethno House
Pension Plitvice Ethno House is a newly created group of buildings in traditional style Plitvicki. Located in the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park, the hotel features include air conditioning, private outdoor pool, sun terraces for sunbathing, sauna, and quick access to relaxing walks in the park. Be sure to try the house specialties in their restaurant facilities – the premier plum and the cottage cheese from 100% organic production!
May 22 and 23, 2 Nights
Island Hotel Istra
Hotel Istra is an island of its own, a traffic-free oasis of sea and sun, wonderful beaches and secluded spots. All rooms are equipped with hair dryer, Wi-Fi, and balcony. Hotel amenities include sand beach, two conveniently located outdoor pools, one indoor pool, spa, and three hotel restaurants for your dining needs.
May 24, 1 Night
Esplanade Zagreb Luxury Hotel
Opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express, Esplanade Zagreb Luxury Hotel offers glamor, style, and tradition, receiving many awards for service, cuisine, interior design, and bar tending. Features include Zinfandel’s, a restaurant among the top 101 in the world, fitness center, massage and beauty salon for pampering and relaxation and is located within easy reach of key attractions such as the Cathedral and the Art Pavilion.
Helpful Information for 2017 Croatia Photography Tour
As many of you know, we try to combine photography and vacation. The price for this trip includes some beautiful boutique hotels and beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks) with included meals where indicated. You may want to consider arriving earlier in the day and departing later when booking your flights to spend extra time enjoying the hotels.
We’ll have early morning and evening photo shoots to catch the best light. Many shoots will be optional for those who do not want to participate or have spouses who are not interested in photography and want to relax. If we’re staying at a hotel for multiple nights, you’ll have options of exploring with the group or on your own. We try to be flexible. After all, this is your vacation!
Weather should be beautiful this time of year, and we have planned to beat the summer heat and crowds. We tried to work the schedule around non-cruise days in the areas. Spring flowers will be in bloom and grass will be lush and green. These details can add value to your trip!
As in many European cities, there will be cobblestone paths and stairwells, with some paths going uphill. There will be a moderate amount of outdoor walking and activity on this tour, will vary from location to location so we ask all guests to prepare before the trip.
Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area (keep this in mind if you are doing more than one European trip), and it is strongly suggested by the embassy to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your departure date. Two blank pages in your passport are required for entry stamps into Croatia. US citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays less than 90 days in Croatia/the Schengen area.
No vaccinations are required to enter Croatia.
Croatia is in southeastern Europe, with the Adriatic Sea to the west, Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the south. Croatia is about the same size as the state of Michigan.
Croatia’s currency is the Kuna. Although many tourist businesses may accept euros, they are not legal tender in Croatia.
Global Blue tax free shopping is available in Croatia. Look for stores with the Global Blue Tax Free signage information in the window. Visit Global Blue Croatia Tax Free Shopping for additional information on forms needed and restrictions. Minimum goods purchase amount is 740,00 HRK (kuna). VAT/tax refund can be done at the airport when departing or once you get home.
220-volt, plugs are two round prongs. Plug adaptors will be sufficient for most laptops, cellphone chargers, and digital cameras. A voltage converter/transformer would be needed for appliances such as a hair dryer or electric shaver.
Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers
"This was an amazing tour of Croatia. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is an amazing walled off city. On to Hvar, a very quaint town on the water. Spent some time in Split, then onto the National Park that has an amazing array of water falls. Spent some time in Rovinj, another Old Town, picturesque. Last stop, Zagreb, the capitol of Croatia. The amazing Old Town could keep you there for days!!! Lots of walking, beautiful weather, new friends and old friends made for a perfect trip!!"
Michelle Duggan, Massachusetts
"A photo tour that exceeded expectations. Beautiful in all respects. Amazing scenery, towns and cities. The people were warm and gracious. The members of the tour group were great. The tour guide was excellent. Tanya and Dan were the best in seeing we all had a great time!"
John Doyle, Arizona
"Tanya and Dan’s logistic skills provide a seamless photo tour where one can truly enjoy the experience. With unlimited photographic opportunities Dan’s instruction has taken my photography to a higher level."
Linda Henry, Oregon
"What a trip
What a group
What a fabulous everything
To our next encounters with nature"
Maud and Leon Soriano, Florida
"I just wanted to again thank you for a wonderful week of photography and relaxation away from the office. It was a really a good group."
Sue Wolfe, Texas