Croatia: Boating & cycling the Dalmatian coast

8 days  |  An active photographic extravaganza with boating and cycling
    Croatia is a ‘boating & cycling photography tour’ in the truest sense of the word . We control the agenda, the pace, the itinerary - to seek out the hidden gems or catch the perfect light aboard our boat which allows us to pull into hidden coves. There is something for everyone on this tour....people, seascapes, landscapes, architecture, cities, food and wine, lifestyle photography.


tour dates:   15 July 2017

Departure from Split harbour, we will sail along the Dalmatian coast down to Makarska Riviera. We spend the afternoon swimming at one of the beautiful beaches on the Riviera. Overnight in the port of Makarska, one of the most attractive resorts on the Croatian coast. Strolling along the streets of Makarska, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural and cultural sites.

Early morning departure towards Mljet with the first stop on the Peljesac peninsula for a refreshing swim. The whole afternoon is free to look at the salt lakes in Mljet National Park and enjoy the sun and sea on this peaceful island. In the middle of the large lake, inside the National Park, we can visit an old abbey and church, or just use a small boat to roam around the park. Overnight in port Polaca/Pomena

After breakfast we depart for Dubrovnik. Arrive to Dubrovnik in the afternoon when you can explore on your own or first join our guided tour of Dubrovnik. Overnight in the port of this magical town. Discover the beauty of history through numerous monuments, little streets and churches. Around noon we continue our cruise towards the isle Sipan or a little town of Trstenik on the Peljesac peninsula, where we will swim in the afternoon and spend the night.

After breakfast depart for Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch on the board in front of Lumbarda (part of Korcula). Arrive to Korčula late afternoon where we overnight in port. Early in the morning departure for the Pakleni Islands for lunch and swimming. Departure for Hvar after lunch. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renaissance Cathedral with its original tower; also the oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in 1612. City of Hvar offers abundance entertainment full of restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night.

Our next stop will be the island of Brac. Swimming is planned at one of the most famous beaches in Dalmatia - Zlatni Rat near Bol. Bol is a typical fisherman's town turned into a popular tourist destination. After lunch we will start our journey back to Split where the last overnight is planned. Arrival to Split in the late afternoon. Enjoy the view of Split Riviera arriving in Split. Split is a monumental city under UNESCO protection. Here we find an abundance of Roman architecture - of special interest is the Diocletian Palace.

 

Trip Highlights

■ 8 unforgettable days of fun, adventure and superlative photography
■ Sailing & boating on flat water, swim, sunbathe
■ The attractive port of Makarska and Scenic Dubrovnik captured at twilight
■ Cycling options on many of the islands
■ Photographic workshops on camera handling, architecture, portraits, lighting, seascapes
■ White water rafting excursion on the Cetina River – shooting with waterproof compacts
■ Beach modelling (volunteer basis)
■ Split with its abundance of Roman architecture particularly the Diocletian Palace
■ Capturing the action – swimming, cycling, snorkelling, diving & watersports


Photographic outcomes:
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact or film camera functions
■ Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective. Shots of the street scenes
■ Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation
■ Wildlife, portraiture, landscapes, macro, reportage, still life, action, motion, architecture, nature, flowers
■ Use of polarizing and ND filters
■ Architecture photography techniques - focus on Dubrovnik and Split
■ Understanding exposure options and shutter speeds shooting from moving boats and cycles
■ Editing software and knowledge of the digital workflow
■ Creation of a pdf coffee table book of our Dalmatian coast boating safari
■ An insight into photographing for personal, stock, editorial and commercial use
■ Increased confidence and creative vision

itinerary

■ DAY 1 Split-Makarska
■ DAY 2 Makarska-Mljet
■ DAY 3 Mljet-Dubrovnik
■ DAY 4 Dubrovnik- Sipan/Trstenik
■ DAY 5 Sipan/Trstenik-Korcula
■ DAY 6 Korcula-Hvar
■ DAY 7 Hvar-Split
■ DAY 8 Tour concludes

inclusions

Inclusions:
Our cruises are on motorised sailing ships regarded as ‘vintage’. Sails are raised at the discretion of the crew. These ships offer comfortable but simple accommodation for up to 36 passengers in twin/double cabins with private facilities and include services from friendly staff and wholesome home cooking for breakfast and lunches. Dinners are not included and can be enjoyed at small restaurants on the islands. The sailing schedules are leisurely and allow time for our photography workshops, for swimming, snorkelling, shore excursions and on selected sailings, cycling across the islands.

Complimentary $300 Focus 10 course gift voucher with every booking.


Not Included:
■ Items of a personal nature
■ Travel insurance

dates & prices

Tour Dates: 15 July 2017

Tour Cost: From $1,990 (ex Split)

Tour Style: Sailing, walking, option of cycling. This is one of those unique tours where we visit regions inaccessible from the land and where life is relatively unspoilt by motorized transport. A boat allows us to pull into those hidden coves and cays. We sleep onboard to the gentle sounds of lapping waves, we totally relax without the stresses of packing up, every day. All Focus 10 and Utracks sailing safaris are in areas where the seas are not known to be rough and where there is little rolling swell to induce seasickness. We also cruise in areas famed for their culture, antiquities, history, art, architecture and in areas of outstanding natural beauty. During the day you can photograph, swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover old churches or other historical monuments on the islands.

Tour Host: Andrew Thomasson and assistants

Operator: Utracks

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