Photography tour through four National Parks of Croatia
Location of Croatia
About Croatia Croatia is a middle European Adriatic country. It is one of Europe’s top seaside destinations which lies between Hungary on the north, Slovenia on the west, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina on the east, while the Adriatic Sea divides it from its neighbouring Italy. The convenient geographical position, as well as the good traffic connections makes it easy to reach its numerous destinations and the wonderful beaches of the crystal blue and clear Adriatic Sea. According to the last census, Croatia has 4.437.460 inhabitants. The majority of the inhabitants are Croats, while Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians, Slovenians, Hungarians, Italians and Czechs form the most numerous minorities. The capital is Zagreb with 779.145 inhabitants – the economic, traffic, cultural and academic centre of Croatia. There are two climate zones; a temperate continental climate, locally also a mountainous climate, prevails in the interior, whereas a pleasant Mediterranean climate prevails along the Adriatic coast, with an overwhelming number of sunny days and a sea temperature that does not fall under 20°C. This pleasant climate favours relax and enjoyment of the treasures of the Adriatic coast. (Uniline, 2018a) Boasting more than 1,100 islands, Croatia really deserves its name ‘country of the thousand islands’. the country is renowned for its limpid waters and picture-perfect scenery which you will be able to witness during this tour. Croatia is home to historic walled cities and spectacular Roman ruins, as well as imposing castles and unspoiled national parks. (World Travel Guide, 2018)
About the tour This photography tour is suitable for people of all ages, from kids, teenagers, young adults, adults and elders, who are interested in photography. This tour will be focused mainly on a landscape and wildlife photography. The tour is going to amaze you with beautiful National Parks of Croatia and the stunning nature that they offer. The tour will give you the opportunity to explore National Parks as well as the cities of Croatia and it will give you the chance to learn new photography techniques and improve your skills within the small groups of 10 to 15 people.
Requirements All Photographers must bring: A digital SLR camera & lenses Filters, if you have them – if not, please let us know and we will arrange for you to borrow them A laptop computer if you want to work on your own photos during rest periods A sturdy tripod
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Day one On the first day, you will arrive to Zadar, a city of rich cultural history which is over 3000 years old. Located in north Dalmatia at almost the centre of Croatian Adriatic coast, it is surrounded by five Croatian national parks: Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Kornati and North Velebit of which you will visit four of them. You will stay at the Hotel Funimation which offers stylish accommodation with meticulous attention to detail and luxurious elegance (Uniline, 2018b). After the early lunch you will go to the Krka National Park by bus which will take around one hour drive. The top attractions of the Park are its magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk falls which are one of Croatiaâ€™s most famous sights. Other highlights include the small island of Visovac and Roski Slap waterfall. A boat trip through the park is a great way of seeing much of the Park (Visit Croatia, 2018). You will be able to take amazing photos with your camera during this trip and you will learn about Krka and how to be able to take as better photos as possible. In the evening, after the sunset, you will return to Zadar to the hotel where you will have time to rest for the next day and of course check all your photos that you captured that day.
Day two The second day you will visit Kornati National Park. You will depart at 8 am from Borik Marina in the tourist area of Zadar to the Kornati. The Kornati archipelago has qualities that make it unique. It is made up of 140 islands and islets in an area only 35 kilometres long and 14 kilometres wide (Time Out Croatia, 2018). At the entrance to NP Kornati, from the ship, you will observe high slopes of numerous islands with various shapes of animals, people, and different other things. Our way there leads us to the island of Mana, where we have about 2 hours long break for swimming and snorkeling on 2 beautiful beaches. On the same island, there is an old cinematographic colony, where one can make amazing photos, and take in a wonderful panorama of Kornati Islands System. If you will be lucky enough, you will be able to see and take pictures of the colony of dolphins that live between Kornati and the mainland that manages to co-exist with the fishermen. You will be provided with a breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments on board. After this trip which offered you to enjoy the beautiful islands and to take many stunning photos, you will return at 6 pm to the same location. The rest of the evening you will be able to rest and explore the city as well as take a lot of pictures of the beautiful architecture of that city (Kornat-excursions, 2018a).
Day three On the third day, you will go on the trip to the Plitvice Lakes National Park which is located roughly one and a half hour from Zadar. It is Croatiaâ€™s most popular tourist attraction and definite must-see national park. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. It is a perfect place for photographers who are mainly interested in landscape and wildlife photography. You will be able to enjoy walking (or hiking) through the Park, taking pictures of the beautiful surroundings and admiring the lakes, waterfalls, nature and wildlife. There is also an electric boat that can take you from one side of the largest lake to the other. You can walk part of the way through the park and then hop on the shuttle bus which is provided and it takes you back to one of the entrances. On this trip, you will be provided with lunch and dinner, and after capturing beautiful photos and enjoying the nature, we will head back to Zadar where you will have free time to rest or take a walk through the city (Kornati-excursions, 2018b)
Day four The fourth day, which is the last one, you will visit North Velebit National Park. It is located two hours drive from Zadar and it is an ideal destination for all those who prefer active holidays and relaxation in intact natural surroundings where you can experience the charm of pristine wilderness and capture beautiful photos. You will be able to choose from over 30 mountain trails that run through different landscapes offering you countless possibilities for exploring the region. The dynamic change of landscape, the diversity of animal and plant life, and the vagaries of weather will inspire you to take photos to capture the magical moments on Velebit. To support your experience of the wild nature, there are installed information boards along some of the mountain trails (North Velebit, 2018). You will be provided with food and drinks from the hotel you are staying. The guide is going to help you with taking the pictures and point you on the best places to take as better pictures as possible. After this great trip full of experiences, in the afternoon you will head back to Zadar. After some rest at the hotel and after you packed yourself, you will go to the airport where you will take a flight back home.
Good to know Croatian currency is Kuna (short: kn), and the exchange rate is at about 7,5 kn per 1€, 6,8 kn per 1$, and 8,4 kn per 1£.You can also pay many things with Euro, like accommodation, meals in restaurants, pay-tolls on Croatian roads, and gasoline.
Croatia is very safe country with very little street crime and almost no violence. However, as everywhere, take care of your belongings, especially when using public transport.
You don’t speak Croatian? No worries, most of Croatians speak at least some English, and many speak at least another foreign language. Besides English, German and Italian are most widely spoken in Croatia (Croatia Travel Guide, 2018).
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