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Croatia Photo Tour

Updated November 26th, 2022

Croatia Photo Tour 2024

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11 days of Croatian Photo tour magic

This brand new Croatia Photo tour will be 10 full days with just 8 places available. It will have everything from blue water cascading waterfalls to 7th and 14th century walled cities, fortified Adriatic ports with some street photography of locals if you dare!

For this 10 day Croatia photo tour Peter Zuvela and I are taking just 8 people, keeping our group small and lean. This allows us to book the smaller hotels closer to the areas we want to be photographing, it gets us inside the best locations so in most cases we just need to step outside our hotel to see the very things we are here for.

Croatia Photo Tour 2024 – Highlights

  • 11 days in Croatia, 10 full days on tour.
  • Maximum group of 8 people.
  • Tour begins in Zagreb and ends in Dubrovnik.
  • All your breakfasts and all dinners  on tour.
  • All your transport on the tour is included.
  • Australian Croatian guide with extensive experience and fluent Croatian.
  • Photo Tuition from 2 full time professional photographers.
  • Itinerary created by photographers, not a travel agent.
  • All locations have been scouted by us.
  • Extensive photography and Lightroom Notes to keep.
  • Dates: New dates for 2024 to be announced
  • Tour Price: TBA
  • Single Supplement: TBA

Downloads the pdf booking form.

Why a photo tour of Croatia?

Croatia is a rich and diverse country on the Adriatic Coast with a long and colourful history. Over the centuries it’s mountainous countryside has been ruled by the Greeks, the Romans, the Venetians, the Ottoman Turks and the Austrians. Each of these empires have left their mark on Croatia in the form of ancient fortified walled cities, architectural styles and a rich tapestry of cuisine, culture and language.

For photographers Croatia is a paradise, with stunning world heritage listed National parks, crumbling ruins and imposing fortifications. If you have watched any of the Game of Thrones TV series then you have seen some of Croatia’s ancient walled cities, as much of it was filmed here.

Croatia Photo Tour, Plitvice National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

This photo tour is just as diverse as Croatia. We will be shooting landscapes in places that will blow your mind. Plitvice National Park is a one of a kind location with crystal clear blue lakes and cascading waterfalls at every turn. We spend 2 nights at a hotel inside the park, so we have two sunsets and two early mornings as well as a full day to explore and photograph.

Game of Thrones Locations

In the footsteps of Game of thrones we will be exploring some of Croatia’s ancient walled cities from early morning shoots, sunset in strategic spectacular locations and some night photography through the winding cobblestone back streets.

Peter is of Croatian origin and though he lives in Fremantle West Australia he maintains many strong connections with Croatia. He of course speaks fluent Croatian and has returned to his roots for many visits over the years. Peter loves nothing better than to share the sites of his home country off to others, especially if they are as passionate about photography as he is. Peter also knows all the best local restaurants away from the tourist hubs, for that full immersion into Croatian life, culture and food.

Croatia Photo Tour 2024 – Full Itinerary

Day 01 – Day 02. Croatia Photo tour 2024 – Itinerary
Day 1 –  Arrival in Zagreb.
Croatia Photo Tour, Zagreb

Today you will make your way to our Hotel in Zagreb (we will send you full directions from the airport) where you are free to explore the surroundings or just rest and recover after your flight.  This evening we will meet for dinner where Adam and Peter will run through the plans for the coming adventures and we will will begin to get to know each other a little.

Day 2 –  To Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Croatia Photo Tour, Plitvice National Park

Today we pick up a couple of cars and drive through the spectacular countryside of Croatia to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Plitvice is one of the most incredible places on Earth are we are staying at our Hotel within the park for 2 nights. We will head into some lovely spots in the Park for sunset this evening to catch the light before heading back for dinner.

Day 03 – Day 04. Croatia Photo tour 2024 – Itinerary
Day 3 –  Explore Plitvice National Park
Croatia Photo Tour, Plitvice National Park

An early start today to catch the early morning light to beat the crowds. Plitvice is UNESCO world heritage listed with good reason, so it can get busy during the day. We have the whole day here today, beginning in the early morning and then breakfast.

Croatia Photo Tour, Plitvice National Park

After breakfast we will use the middle of the day to explore the park and find some more stunning locations. The light in the middle of the day is usually not so good for these sorts of landscapes, so its more about planning the shots for this evening, working out what sort of scene you want to portray. Then we are off for lunch and a bit of relaxing.

Later in the afternoon we will head back into the park, to the locations we have scouted earlier. Some of these locations will work better at sunset to twilight and others will work better first thing the following morning. Thats all part of the planning that we will be talking about.

Croatia Photo Tour, Plitvice National Park
Day 4 –  Explore Plitvice then to Split

Another early morning and back into the waterfalls, straight to more of the prime locations we scouted the previous day before heading back for breakfast. After breakfast we pack up and head down the mountain to the historic 6th century town of Split.

We will arrive in Split in good time to check in, relax a bit and head out for another sunset. Then off to dinner.

Day 05 – Day 07. Croatia Photo tour 2024 – Itinerary
 Day 5-6 – Explore Split
Croatia Photo Tour, Split

We have three nights and two full days based in Split and we won’t run out of things to do. Split is an ancient city that has been continuously occupied since the 2nd century BC, when it was a Greek colony. Split has many beautiful old buildings and a veritable rabbit warren of small cobblestone alleyways.

Croatia Photo Tour, Split

As always we start early in the morning for the best light and the early morning activity on the streets. We have some great locations planned for around Split. We will explore the Peristyle, Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius (St Duje) as well as the old Jewish Quarter.

Croatia Photo Tour, Split

One of the highlights of Split’s old town is Diocletian’s Palace which is justifiably included in UNESCO’S list of World Heritage Sites . Built by the Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th Century as an imperial fortified residence; today it is an intriguing maze of cobblestone streets with Romanesque churches and Gothic chapels. Endless photo opportunities at every turn!

Day 07 & 08 –  Korcula Island.
Croatia Photo tour, Korcula

After another early morning shooting the sights of Split we jump on the fast ferry to Korcula Island, part of the Dalmatian Archipelago. After arrival we settle into our accommodation, have lunch then we are off on an afternoon walking tour of Korcula city. Korcula is a town famous for its wonderful stone masonry and sculptural friezes including St Mark’s Cathedral and the 15th Century Arneri Palace, all fabulous subjects for detailed photography. We will also visit to the preserved museum house, House of de Polo, which is the reputed to be the original house of Marco Polo.

Croatia Photo tour, Korcula

Korcula was part of the Venice Republic from 1420 -1797 so the Venetian Lion can be seen everywhere in the Old Town along with its stunning fortifications.

We will be using the beautiful afternoon light for a panoramic shoot of the Old City and the waters around Korcula from a high point near the Fort. The views look across the city rooftops to the surrounding water and the nearby Croatian mainland showing stunning views of the mountains of mainland Croatia that come down almost to the waters edge.

Day 08 – Day 10. Croatia Photo tour 2024 – Itinerary
Day 08-10 – Dubrovnik
Croatia Photo Tour, Dubrovnik

After yet another early morning walk around Korcula and breakfast we are off to one of the prime Game of Thrones locations, Dubrovnik. We save the most epic and spectacular fortified city for last. It may sound a bit cheesy saying we are going to shoot one of the Game of Thrones prime locations, but there is a good reason the producers of that TV series chose Dubrovnik for so much of their footage. It’s absolutely stunning!

We are in Dubrovnik for three nights and two full days, that’s three sunsets, three sunrises and two days of exploring. Yes, its all going to be early mornings and evenings out shooting, plus some night photography through the cobblestone backstreets. Dubrovnik is a very popular destination, so to see it at its best we have to be up before the crowds.

Croatia Photo Tour, Dubrovnik
A Brief History of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik began in the 7th century as Rausa or Ragusa by Roman Refugees fleeing from the destruction of the town of Epidaurus by the Slavs.  Ironically a colony of Slavs soon joined the Romans there and they formed a strong alliance.

By the 9th century Dubrovnik was already a massively fortified town.  Fortified enough to withstand a fifteen month siege by the Saracens. And by the 12 century Dubrovnik had become a Venetian suzerain state, though retaining much of its independence. 

Croatia Photo Tour, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik flourished through trade in the 12th and 13th century and expanded its territory substantially up the Dalmatian coast.  In 1420 when Dalmatia was sold completely to the Venetians the city of Dubrovnik remained essentially independent.  This balancing act was maintained for centuries where Dubrovnik brokered deals between the East and the West.  They even managed a trading role between the Ottoman Turks and Europe. 

During the Napoleonic wars of 1800 Dubrovnik profited greatly by being the only neutral mediterranean state, but Napoleon managed to subjugate it anyway in 1808 and Dubrovnik was given to Austria in 1815 and then eventually incorporated into Yugoslavia in 1918 after World War 1.

Many of Dubrovnik historic buildings suffered damage during the 1991-92 struggle for independence, but most of this has now been restored to its former glory.

Croatia Photo Tour, Dubrovnik
The Walls of Dubrovnik

The walls of Dubrovnik, part of the original fortifications were erected in the 16th century and are almost completely intact today.  They run for 1940 metres, surrounding most of the old city at a height of about 25 metres.  There are many towers and fortresses along the length of the walls making for a spectacular walk with panoramic views on all sides, this is especially beautiful at sunset when we will be there photographing the vistas.

Croatia Photo Tour, Dubrovnik
Day 11. Croatia Photo tour 2024 – Itinerary
Day 11 – Dubrovnik – Breakfast and Departure. 
Croatia Photo Tour, Dubrovnik

Our last breakfast together, then pack and final goodbyes before heading off to the airport for our flights back home, or you may wish to stay on for a few extra days to see more of what this beautiful region has to offer.

*** This itinerary is the plan. The actual tour may vary slightly due to weather, road conditions or other things beyond our control.  Either way, we will ensure you get the best photographic tour that we can provide and you will come away with fantastic images and memories that will last a lifetime.

Croatia Photo tour, Korcula

The Important Details.

  • Dates: New dates for 2024 to be announced
  • Tour Price: TBA
  • Single Supplement: TBA
  • Booking Deposit: €1,500
  • (Approx US$1,600 or AU$2,400)
  • 11 days in Croatia
  • Just 8 places available

Downloads the pdf booking form.

* We offer this tour in € (Euro) only. As we pay our suppliers in €, this ensures our price remains stable, with no additional hidden payments due to currency fluctuations.

** The tour price is per person on a Twin Share (or double) room basis. To book the twin share rate you must specify a room partner, as we cannot pair you with others you don’t yet know.  The potential for snoring induced sleep deprivation discord is just too high!

What’s Included

  • Just 08 places available (Maximum number).
  • 11 days in Croatia, full 10 days on tour.
  • Tour begins in Zagreb and concludes in Dubrovnik.
  • Comprehensive E-Book of Croatia pre trip preparation notes.
  • All transport for the duration of the tour in Croatia, including taxis, trains and ferries.
  • All entrance fees to Museums, national parks and special tours.
  • All you breakfasts & All your dinners on tour from dinner on day 1 to breakfast Day 11.
  • All your Hotel accommodation in Croatia for the duration of the tour.
  • All photographic tuition and workshops for the duration of the tour.
  • Two professional photographers to help you get the best photos.
  • Experienced Croatian guides.
  • Extensive 21 page Photography Techniques E-Book, with complete shooting workflow.
  • In depth 36 page Lightroom E-Book, with complete post processing workflow.

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to Croatia from your home port and return.
  • Croatian Visa (if you require one, please check with your travel agent).
  • Initial transfer from the airport to the hotel in Zagreb.
  • Transfer to the airport at the conclusion in Dubrovnik.
  • lunches on tour in Croatia.
  • Travel insurance (required as a condition of booking).
  • Camera Insurance.
  • Alcohol and extra beverages.
  • Any extras you may wish to buy along the way.
  • Tips for local guides (optional).
  • Adobe Lightroom software subscription fees.

No hidden extras

There are no hidden extras on this tour.  There are no breakfasts or dinners that are not covered or nights you have to find your own hotel. All your transport while on the tour, including local taxis, buses and ferries are included along with all your entrance fees to museums, special guided tours and National Parks. The only meals not included are lunches.  Most days we eat lunch on the go, or in a cafe.

Tour beginnings and endings

The tour begins in Zagreb and ends in Dubrovnik, so you just have to make your way to our Zagreb hotel and back home at the end from our Dubrovnik hotel. We will ensure you know how to do this well before the tour begins.

The itinerary created by photographers

This Croatia photo tour itinerary has been researched and created by us, by visiting and photographing each location. It’s not just about arriving in beautiful places, Croatia is full of those, it’s about being there at the right time for the best light and the right cultural experiences.  

We never jam in loads of locations for each day. Rather we spend more time in fewer more unique locations and we give you time to explore them, allowing you to get the feel of a place and get some great images that tell a real story. This requires on the ground practical research, something that can’t be done from behind a desk.

Small Groups are best

Have you ever seen those tours that turn up at a beautiful place in a huge bus and an enormous group of people? Our Croatia photo tour is not like that.

Our Croatia photo tour has a maximum group size of just 8 people. That way you get to experience the beauty of Croatia more closely without getting in the way of each others shots.

With such a small group there is always plenty of opportunity to have time with Peter or Adam to refine your skills and get the level of tuition you deserve.

Croatia Photo tour, Korcula

Transport on Tour

We travel on a wide variety of transport on this tour, from local buses to give you the feel of the place, to our own private vehicles for the comfort and convenience to those more isolated locations.  

All of this transport is of course included in your tour, along with any taxi rides around town or to our hotels. We have it all sorted.

Our Hotels on Tour

We choose our hotels based on their location and their quality, In most places we stay for two or more nights, allowing you to unpack and relax. After all, getting to know a place is not just about seeing as many castles as possible; it’s about having time to contemplate the age of the castle and the people who built it.

Our hotels are 3-4 star and usually smaller boutique variety. We have chosen locations close by our main photographic subjects, so in most cases we can simply walk to get around. This works so much better in some of the ancient cities we visit and allows us much more photographic freedom.

Croatia Photo Tour Peter Zuvela

Food Glorious Food

We take you to a great variety of traditional and modern Croatian restaurants to sample some of the traditional foods of the region. Food is a big part of any Mediterranean culture and after a long day of inspired photography, a great meal is always welcomed.

All dinners and breakfasts are included on tour, from dinner on the first night in Zagreb to breakfast the morning of our departure from Dubrovnik. We don’t include lunches to allow you the freedom to explore the locations as you please at lunchtime.

What you need to know before you go

The best way to ensure you enjoy this photo tour to Croatia is to be fully prepared before you leave. What weather should to expect, what clothes are appropriate, both for the climate and to be culturally sensitive? What is the exchange rate, how is the tour organised and what about camera gear?

All these and just about any other questions you can think of are clearly answered in the pre trip notes we will email out to you. If you have questions after reading the notes we are always available via email or over the phone to help out.

The better prepared you are the more fun you will have and then the more fun we will have.

Croatia Photo Tour, Zagreb

Photo Tuition and Camera Gear

We will be providing a wide range of photography tuition on this tour, with some formal workshops and many casual group or individual discussions.

We will run some more formal sessions on such things as lighting, shadows and composition for landscapes and urban scapes. Along with that decisive moment of street photography. After all, the people are the soul of the city, they animate the scene and bring life and colour to your photography.

Peter and Adam are always available for impromptu “back of the camera” inspiration and technical help as we proceed through our days. We also delve into the more technical areas such as downloading images and post production techniques.

With our small group and the relaxed pace this tour offers you will get exactly the personal interaction and photographic tuition you want. Your guides will be shooting a few images along side you, but your images, your tuition and  your experiences will always be the priority.

Your Camera Gear

There is really no limit to what camera gear you take other than your ability to carry it. Everything from Digital SLRs, mirrorless, point and shoot, even medium format digital and film. Both Adam and Peter have extensive experience with just about any camera gear you can name. 

After you book the tour we will send out a detailed recommended gear and packing list including suggested camera equipment. If you still have doubts we are always happy to discuss your camera gear you have and how to best make it work for you.

No special or exotic camera gear is required for this photo tour, it’s not great cameras that make great images after all; and we are big fans of getting the most out of what you already have.

Photography & Lightroom E-Books to keep

In the months leading up to the tour we will send you out all the information you will need to prepare for the adventure ahead. This includes several comprehensive E-Books on photography techniques & workflow, plus an in depth guide to using Lightroom to manage and edit your images.

We will be running workshops as we go and often use Lightroom to demonstrate post processing tricks and techniques. These E-Books help cement this knowledge and are yours to keep.

Croatia Photo Tour, Split

Should you go on this Croatia Photo Tour?

This photo tour is for anyone enthusiastic about all styles of photography and with a love of adventure.  It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned professional or a complete beginner, all levels of photographer are welcome. In fact the diverse experiences of the members of the group are an integral part of what makes these photography tours so much fun.  

Our group size is kept small (just 8 people) so you are always assured of personal interaction and tuition, whatever your needs.

Physical Fitness – Plenty of walking, but no hiking

A basic level of walking fitness is essential, but this tour is not a hiking nor a trekking tour so nothing extreme will be required of you.  We have a few scenic walks in amazing National Parks planned, lots of urban exploration, and visits to many locations with stunning ancient city views, but all are along well maintained pathways.  The hardest physical test will be to climb some stairs and walk on cobble stoned streets.  Just let us know if you have any health issues or doubts and we will do our best to work around them.

Non photographers & partners are welcome

Non-photographers are very welcome on this tour, whether as a partner to a keen photographer or someone who just loves the slower pace of travel that this photographic tour provides.  

Croatia is a beautiful place saturated with a rich and diverse history, so there is never a shortage of things to do or explore.  One great thing about photographers is that we aim to be at the beautiful locations at the best times to see them.

We must warn you though, an obsession with photographing beautiful places and interesting people is highly addictive. You may begin as a non-photographer thinking it’s not for you, but by the end of the tour this may well have changed…

Tour Age Group

The age group for this Croatian photo tours is not fixed, we often have people from 30 years old to 76 years old on the same tour. Experience tells us that the more diverse the age group on tour the better.

Photography is one thing that is not limited by age, you simply modify the way you shoot. At 25 you may want to hang upside down out of a tree (we don’t recommend this) to get the perfect shot. At 50 that probably won’t seem such a great idea any more. That doesn’t mean you won’t get that perfect shot, it has just mellowed.

Provided you can get around unassisted carrying your own camera gear and enjoy a bit of walking through ancient cities along cobblestone streets, you will be just fine on this Croatian photo tour.

Croatia Photo tour, Korcula

Like to Book the tour?

  • Dates: New dates for 2024 to be announced
  • Tour Price: TBA
  • Single Supplement: TBA
  • Booking Deposit: €1,500
  • (Approx US$1,600 or AU$2,400)
  • 11 days in Croatia
  • Just 8 places available

Downloads the pdf booking form.

* We offer this tour in € (Euro) only. As we pay our suppliers in €, this ensures our price remains stable, with no additional hidden payments due to currency fluctuations.

** The tour price is per person on a Twin Share (or double) room basis. To book the twin share rate you must specify a room partner, as we cannot pair you with others you don’t yet know.  The potential for snoring induced sleep deprivation discord is just too high!

Your Photo Guide – Adam Monk
Photo tour leader Adam Monk Portrait

Adam is a landscape and travel photographer with a long standing passion for the natural environment, people and culture.  He has been travelling and photographing the worlds wild places and exotic cultures for over 30 years, and the enthusiasm just continues to grow. Adam has been based out of his own landscape photography gallery in the port city of Fremantle Western Australia for 13 years. His images can be found in hundreds of private and corporate collections all over the world.  

Since 2008 Adam has been organising and running photography workshops and photography tours to some of the world’s wild and beautiful places such as The Kimberley, the Pilbara, Tasmania, Cambodia, Iceland, Greenland, Bhutan and Japan.

Your Photo Guide – Peter Zuvela
Croatia photo tour leader Peter Zuvela

Born in Fremantle, Australia, Peter graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Photography from Perth TAFE in 1998. Since graduation he has held two solo shows, exhibited in a large number of group shows and worked as a freelance photographer/artist and teacher from the J Shed Art Studio on Bathers Beach in Fremantle WA.

At present Peter is combining his freelance photographic work with teaching photography at his studio at the J Shed Art Studio. His interests are fine art Cityscape Photography. He is also very interested in history and recently explored his family’s Croatian heritage through the medium of photography.

Croatia Photo Tour, Dubrovnik

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