Day 1 – Ljubljana (L, D)
Arriving in the morning, you will be transferred to the hotel to freshen up. Our tour starts with a meeting at the hotel in the afternoon. After introductions and a brief meet-and-greet, your tour leader will talk through a few of That Wild Idea’s photographic principles and techniques. Following lunch we will have a chance to discuss what each team member is looking to achieve as well as their own styles and preferred subject matter. We will then head out to photograph the beautiful town of Ljubljana including Presernov Square, Dragon Bridge and finally enjoy the sweeping views over the city from Ljubljana Castle.
Day 2 – Ljubljana => Lake Bled (B, L, D) After a sunrise shoot in Ljubljana and a delicious breakfast, we take one of the most scenic routes in Slovenia with some incredible photo stops along the way. The road will take us through the highest mountain pass of Slovenia. This will offer stunning views of the surrounding Julian Alps. We will arrive in the afternoon at Lake bled in time to see the sunset over this unbelievably picturesque lake.
Day 3 – Lake Bled (B, L, D) Lake Bled is one of the most stunning places in Slovenia. The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria sits majestically on an island in the middle of the lake. We can visit the island by traditional “Pletna” boat. We can also walk the lake’s beautiful boardwalk and hike the trail to Osojnica viewpoint, which offers breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding areas.
Day 4 – Lake Bled => Lake Bohinj (B, L, D) Today we head to Lake Bohinj. A glacier-made body similar to Lake Bled. But as it is located in the heart of the Julian Alps, it provides a very different setting. After photographing the lake and shore we head to the picturesque Savica waterfall. From there we pass through many charming, small traditional villages on our way to the magnificent Vintgar Gorge.
Day 5 – Lake Bohinj => Zagreb (B, L, D) After breakfast, we head to Zagreb where we will spend the day exploring this beautiful Baroque City. We will visit the complex of Cathedral of The Assumption of Virgin Mary and the Archbishop’s palace. We continue to the Dolac Market before we will take in the famous Tkalčićeva street to show you what a local coffee culture means. After a little more exploration we will take the funicular to downtown, designed during the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and the reason Zagreb is known as “small Vienna”. In the afternoon we will visit the famous open art gallery The Cemetery of Mirogoj. We end our day at the top of the Zagreb eye where we will be able to photograph this historic city from above.
Day 6 – Zagreb => Plitvice Lakes National Park (B, L, D) We check out early from Zagreb and drive to Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice is the biggest and the most famous national park in Croatia. The lakes were designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Over thousands of years, the waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves, and waterfalls. The forests in the park are home to lots of wildlife including bears, wolves and many rare bird species. We will walk along the high forest paths and enjoy epic views of the lakes below. We then head down to the newly refurbished wooden bridges that connect the lakes and take a boat across Kozjak lake.
Day 7 – Plitvice Lakes NP => Krka National Park (B, L, D)
After a morning shoot followed by breakfast, we will leave for Skradin where we will take a short boat ride to Krka National Park and the Roski waterfall. Surrounded by beautiful nature and cascading waterfalls, you will have the opportunity to photograph nature in all its magnificence. After Krka, we will visit the island of Visovac where the Franciscan monastery, which dates from 1445, is perfectly situated in the middle of the lake.
Day 8 – Krka NP => Šibenik / Primosten / Trogir / Adriatic Coast / Split (B, L, D)
We check out of our hotel and we head to Šibenik, one of Croatia’s oldest and most beautiful coastal cities. This 1000-year-old town is beautifully preserved and offers numerous photographic opportunities. After Šibenik we drive the Dalmatian coast stopping first at Primosten before arriving in Trogir. Trogir carries the title of the most preserved romanesque-gothic town in Central Europe, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We end our day in the historic city of Split.
Day 9 – Split => Hvar (B, L, D) An early start will involve a ferry ride to the Isle of Hvar, also known as the “sunny isle”. Along the way, we pass the beautiful Adriatic islands of Solta and Brac. Voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar is famous for unspoiled landscape, rich cultural heritage and for being Croatia’s trendiest resort. We stop in the town of Hvar and explore the Hvar Cathedral and the Spanish fortress which offers views across the Adriatic.
Day 10 – Split => Dubrovnik (B, L, D) This morning we will explore the old city Split and its local market. We will stroll along the Riva promenade and explore the amazing Diocletian’s Palace, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Split is filled with sites which are easy to explore on foot. In the afternoon we will go south to the picture perfect “Pearl of the Adriatic” – Dubrovnik. Our day will end with a beautiful sunset shoot in one of the city’s lesser-known locations.
Day 11 – Dubrovnik (B, L, D) We start early to capture some sunrise shots before heading into the walled city to watch it come to life. We will visit the Green Market. We will then head to the harbour and explore the many churches and little streets that make this wonderful city so special. In the afternoon we will walk the city walls as the afternoon light illuminates the city. At dusk, we will enjoy a period of having the city walls to ourselves to witness the city lights glow as the day is replaced by night. This will result in a set of images that are very hard to come by as the city walls are off-limits to the general public after dark.
Day 12 – Dubrovnik (B, L, D) This morning we will be at Srdj viewpoint. Overlooking the entire city, we will see the island of Lokrum to the east and the rugged landscape of Bosnia and Montenegro to the north and west. After breakfast at the panoramic restaurant, we will take the cable car back to town. There will be some free time for you to enjoy this beautiful city. Our farewell dinner will be in one of Dubrovnik’s finest restaurants with stunning views over the old town.
Day 13 – End Of Tour (B) After an optional sunrise shoot, we will enjoy a late breakfast and then say our goodbyes before starting our journey home.