Cultural Photo Tours of Croatia and Slovenia
Highlights of the Adriatic: Croatia and Slovenia
Plus Optional Extension to Montenegro
We’ll start our adventure in the capital of Slovenia – Ljubljana (loob-lee-YA-na). This picturesque and charming town is filled with wonderful architecture, quaint cafés, and bustling markets, all situated on the lovely Ljubljanica River. We’ll stay in the old town center, an area filled with plenty of hidden treasures just awaiting our capture.
From Ljubljana, we’ll journey north to the mountain landscapes, glacial lakes and rivers of the beautiful Julian Alps and the town of Bled. Bled will be our base for exploring the fortified Bled Castle, picturesque Lake Bled and the beautifully-situated “Church of Assumption,” located on an island in the middle of the lake. We’ll visit the island church using a traditional pletna boat, from which the beauty of the region can be fully appreciated and photographed.
While in the region, we’ll also visit Lake Bohinj in the heart of the Julian Alps. In addition, we’ll visit several local villages to photograph quaint agricultural scenes and a slower pace of life, as well as learn about beekeeping.
Next, we’re off to Croatia, where our first stop will be Plitvice (PLEET-vits-uh) Lakes National Park. Surrounded by heavy forest, this UNESCO World Heritage site, with its 16 turquoise lakes and stunning waterfalls, is a photographer’s dream. From there, we’ll continue our journey south stopping in Split to marvel at Diocletian’s Palace before taking a ferry to the island of Hvar. Renowned for its natural, rugged beauty, spectacular lavender fields and stunning scenery, Hvar offers something for everyone.
We’ll continue down the coast to historical Dubrovnik. Named the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ by the poet, Lord Byron, Dubrovnik’s red rooftops, ancient streets and beautifully-preserved city walls will surely inspire you.
Special Note: This is a trip that I’m leading in conjunction with my friends over at Jim Cline Photo Tours. I’ve worked with Jim and his staff over the past few years on a number of other trips and they’ve gone without a hitch, and this past Adriatic trip was no exception. Rest assured that this trip is made up of our carefully scouted and planned itinerary, and that I will be leading the tour. At the same time you can count on the vast experience of Jim and his excellent staff who have been organizing, administering and leading photo tours around the world for years.
ABOUT THE EXTENSION
For those wanting to explore more of the region while we’re here, there is an optional extension to Montenegro. We’ll be based in the town of Kotor, on the Bay of Kotor. Tucked between the mountains and the bay, this beautiful town, with its sturdy city walls and dramatic location, puts us front-and-center for exploring the area. In addition to Kotor, we’ll visit the neighboring town of Perast. Famous for its two island churches, Perast is filled with lovely pedestrian-only backstreets, well-preserved churches, and a variety of quality restaurants and pubs. For those who are adventurous and physically fit we’ll have a chance to walk the approximately 1,350 steps up to the fort behind the town of Kotor, where we can overlook the walled city itself and wonder at its fairy tale setting at the end of Europe’s southernmost fjord.
This trip is yet to be rescheduled.
- In each location we’ll be sure to get you in the right place, at the right time.
- Opportunities to meet, interact with and photograph the locals as they go about their daily lives.
- Daily photography instruction with award-winning travel photographer Ralph Velasco, including group photo walks and locally-guided walking tours in many locations.
- We’ll be joined by a local professional photographer who will also be able to provide photography instruction and additional inspiration.
- We’ll also have a mid-trip Image Review & Feedback session.
- Trip limited to 10 participants.
Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has led tours to Egypt, Morocco, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Spain, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, and other locations. He’s also organized and participated in over a dozen Humanitarian and People-to-People programs in Cuba.
Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger and President and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc. He’s also the creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone, an organizational and tracking tool designed to help travelers of all photography skill levels to bring home a more well-rounded set of images of any destination or subject (available free on iTunes).
All activities and itinerary details are subject to change, but rest assured we’ll make every effort to provide a comparable alternative should changes to our schedule need to be made.