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Montenegro Photography Holiday
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Montenegro Photography Holiday

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Located just to the south of Croatia, Montenegro is an Adriatic gem offering numerous beaches, forest-cloaked mountains, crystal-clear lakes and centuries-old towns with influences ranging from Venetian to Ottoman, making it an ideal destination for anyone looking to practice their landscape, documentary and street photography skills.

Spend a day and night in the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik, before travelling to the historic coastal town of Budva, which will be your base in Montenegro for the next three nights. On the way, enjoy a boat trip around the breathtaking Boka Bay and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor. As well as passing through picturesque towns, you’ll also have the opportunity to photograph some of Montenegro’s most impressive natural landscapes, from beautiful islands and crystalline lakes to imposing mountains and a dramatic river canyon.

This tour is provided in association with Dublin Photography School and is suitable for anyone seeking to develop their digital photography skills, from beginner to advanced.

Stewart Kenny, an award winning fine art landscape photographer plus an additional tutor from Dublin Photography School will accompany the group, offering tutorials, demonstrations, photography tips as well as unique and spectacular photographic opportunities. 

Dublin Photography School offer a special €69.99 price onto their Travel Photography Workshop for anyone who books this trip. Click here to find out more >

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Tourist Tax
Please note that a local tourist tax applies for all hotel stays in Montenegro. This will be approximately €1.50 per person per night and is payable locally.
Currency
Euro (€)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Dubrovnik airport is located 70km from Budva. The transfer journey should take approx. 2 hours depending on traffic.
Climate

The Montenegrin climate is characterised by warm, dry summers and mild winters. 

Food & Drink

Montenegrin cuisine is a variation of Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine, based on great tasting, locally produced ingredients, seasonal vegetables and seafood. The cuisine is mostly influenced by Italy, Greece and Turkey and also varies geographically with an increased focus on seafood in coastal areas. 

Budva Public Transportation for time at leisure

Public transport in Budva is organized by Mediteran Express. All buses have the same departure point on Mediteranska Street at the city centre roundabout. The main bus line runs within the city and also from the city to Saint Stephen's Island, with stops at Becici, Rafailovici & Przno. Lines which run to the island and Petrovac run frequently all year round; their first departure is 06:00 and the last departure is at 01:30. 

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1
  • Beer: €2
  • Glass of wine: €4
  • Soft Drink: €1.50
  • Bottled Water: €1.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • DSLR camera/Mirrorless Camera or Bridge Camera
  • Wide angle & zoom lens (10-20mm or 18-55mm, 24-70mm, 18-135mm or 18-200mm)
  • Telephoto lens (70-200mm or 70-300mm – recommended but not essential)
  • Any fixed / prime lenses
  • Tripod
  • Wired remote control / wireless remote control (ideal for time-lapse photography)
  • Spirit level
  • Circular polarizing filter
  • Neutral density fader filter (recommended but not essential)
  • Neutral density filter (recommended but not essential)
  • A continental adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
What can you expect to learn?
  • Escape auto mode and learn to master your camera’s manual settings so as to unleash it’s full potential.
  • Learn the principles of composition and how to shoot creatively by freezing action or creating long exposures.
  • Receive hands on abstract, macro and nature photography tips.
  • Develop a documentary or reportage/street style photography mind set for when you are day tripping during your free time around the city.
  • Receive hands-on composition, abstract, macro and nature photography tips, which can be, used anywhere, from sandy beaches to picturesque coastal villages and countryside.
  • Learn how to photograph in different weather conditions and low light situations, creating (for example) dazzling star trails, silky water effects and dusk long exposures.
  • Start to use your white balance effectively to photograph in different weather conditions and lighting conditions.
  • Receive detailed and hands-on filter demonstrations to enhance your photography.

Holiday highlights

The Bay of Kotor 

The Bay of Kotor, also known as Boka Bay, is one of the most distinctive landscapes anywhere on the Mediterranean. The southernmost fjord in Europe boasts hundreds of stories about its old towns, famous captains and numerous conquerors. Sail along the bay from the Baroque town of Perast and visit the man-made island of Our Lady of the Rocks, home to a small church filled with unique art and artefacts. Next, marvel at the city walls of the Old Town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful and unforgettable towns on the bay. 

Skadar Lake 

Situated on the border between Montenegro and Albania, Skadar Lake is the largest lake in Southern Europe and part of a 400sqm area of stunning National Park. This freshwater lake is surrounded by spectacular karst mountains as well as wetlands that are home to over 260 species of birds and other wildlife.

Lovćen National Park

Situated in the Dinara Alps, the National Park is home to Mt Lovćen, or the “Black Mountain”, from which the country of Montenegro takes its name. Rising steeply from the coast up to a peak altitude of 1749m, the mountain’s rocky slopes make for some dramatic scenery, as well as offering wonderful views of the surrounding areas.

Sveti Stefan

A small fortified islet on the Adriatic, Sveti Stefan is Montenegro’s most photographed site, and for good reason. Connected to the mainland by a small walkway, the island is home to numerous 15th century stone, red-rooved houses which sit on top of the rocky land that juts up from the sea. Today, the island is part of the exclusive 5* Aman resort.

Practical Information for this holiday

Tourist Tax
Please note that a local tourist tax applies for all hotel stays in Montenegro. This will be approximately €1.50 per person per night and is payable locally.
Currency
Euro (€)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Dubrovnik airport is located 70km from Budva. The transfer journey should take approx. 2 hours depending on traffic.
Climate

The Montenegrin climate is characterised by warm, dry summers and mild winters. 

Food & Drink

Montenegrin cuisine is a variation of Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine, based on great tasting, locally produced ingredients, seasonal vegetables and seafood. The cuisine is mostly influenced by Italy, Greece and Turkey and also varies geographically with an increased focus on seafood in coastal areas. 

Budva Public Transportation for time at leisure

Public transport in Budva is organized by Mediteran Express. All buses have the same departure point on Mediteranska Street at the city centre roundabout. The main bus line runs within the city and also from the city to Saint Stephen's Island, with stops at Becici, Rafailovici & Przno. Lines which run to the island and Petrovac run frequently all year round; their first departure is 06:00 and the last departure is at 01:30. 

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1
  • Beer: €2
  • Glass of wine: €4
  • Soft Drink: €1.50
  • Bottled Water: €1.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • DSLR camera/Mirrorless Camera or Bridge Camera
  • Wide angle & zoom lens (10-20mm or 18-55mm, 24-70mm, 18-135mm or 18-200mm)
  • Telephoto lens (70-200mm or 70-300mm – recommended but not essential)
  • Any fixed / prime lenses
  • Tripod
  • Wired remote control / wireless remote control (ideal for time-lapse photography)
  • Spirit level
  • Circular polarizing filter
  • Neutral density fader filter (recommended but not essential)
  • Neutral density filter (recommended but not essential)
  • A continental adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
What can you expect to learn?
  • Escape auto mode and learn to master your camera’s manual settings so as to unleash it’s full potential.
  • Learn the principles of composition and how to shoot creatively by freezing action or creating long exposures.
  • Receive hands on abstract, macro and nature photography tips.
  • Develop a documentary or reportage/street style photography mind set for when you are day tripping during your free time around the city.
  • Receive hands-on composition, abstract, macro and nature photography tips, which can be, used anywhere, from sandy beaches to picturesque coastal villages and countryside.
  • Learn how to photograph in different weather conditions and low light situations, creating (for example) dazzling star trails, silky water effects and dusk long exposures.
  • Start to use your white balance effectively to photograph in different weather conditions and lighting conditions.
  • Receive detailed and hands-on filter demonstrations to enhance your photography.

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Fly to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Morning

Arrive in Dubrovnik

Begin your photography adventure with a flight from Dublin to Dubrovnik, Croatia. On arrival you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. With its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls dating back to the 16th century, it is easy to see why Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations in the Adriatic Sea.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the afternoon at leisure to get to know your surroundings. We suggest you stroll through the many beautiful and meandering streets in Dubrovnik with your camera to capture the hustle and bustle of daily life. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianised main street, Stradun, is lined with shops and restaurants, so this is the ideal time to independently practise your documentary style photography. Later that evening there will be a welcome meal included at your hotel so you can get to know your group and your Dublin Photography School tutors.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Dubrovnik (1 night)

Day 2 – Perast, Our Lady of the Rocks & Budva

Morning

Perast

In the morning, say goodbye to Croatia as you cross the border to Montenegro with your local expert guide. You will arrive in Perast, an old town on the Bay of Kotor, in the early afternoon where there will be time for street photography. Despite having only one main street, the tiny town of Perast boasts 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palazzos. Here, on the streets of Perast, you will have time to develop your documentary/street photography where the two Dublin Photography School tutors, are on hand to ensure you get the most out of your photographs.

Afternoon

Our Lady of Rocks & Kotor

Afterwards, enjoy a guided boat cruise from Perast to the island of Our Lady of Rocks, for a photo shoot in two locations, looking out over Our Lady of the Rocks as well as ample time to photograph the nearby St George’s Islet. At these locations you will be learning the principles of composition and how to shoot creatively. In the early evening, you will enjoy a sunset shoot at Kotor, shooting from the fortress. Here you will receive details and hands on filter demonstrations to help enhance your images and help you to create long exposures. Afterwards you will transfer to your hotel in Budva, a town located on the Adriatic Sea. It is well known for its sandy beaches and nightlife, and will be your base while in Montenegro.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in Budva (3 nights)

Day 3 – Lovcen National Park, Boka Bay, Skada Lake and Virpazar

Early Morning

Lovcen National Park

In the early morning you will transfer from Budva to Lovcen National Park, located in the rocky region of Dinara Alps. You will make the journey via the impressive Serpentine Road that winds through the landscape. Here you will photograph the Bay of Kotor, also known as Boka Bay, from an elevated position. Hemmed in by commanding cliffs and scattered with photogenic medieval towns, the Bay of Kotor is something you will not want to miss!

Afternoon

Skadar Lake

After Lovcen National Park, continue to Skadar Lake. Lake Skadar lies on the border of Albania and Montenegro and is the largest lake in Southern Europe. You will have the chance to shoot iconic images of the lake from an elevated position. Following this, you will take a guided boat cruise to the village of Virpazar. Here you will visit the Besac Fortress and there will be further photo opportunities to shoot Skadar Lake. Your Dublin Photography School tutors will be with you throughout the full day, offering tips, tricks and demonstrations so you can make the most out of your camera’s settings. Photography tuition for abstract, macro, water and nature photography is also provided each day as well as so much more.

Day 4 – Sveti Stefan, Tara River Canyon & Black Lake

Early Morning

Sveti Stefan, Tara River and Black Lake

In the early morning you will embark on a sunrise photo shoot at Sveti Stefan, a small islet on the Adriatic coast, approximately 6 kilometres southeast of Budva. Following this, you will enjoy visits to Tara River and Black Lake, a glacial lake located on Mount Durmitor at an elevation of 1,416m. There will also be the opportunity to capture images of Tara River Canyon while shooting from Djurdjevica Tara Bridge. At 1,300m deep the Tara River Canyon is among the deepest river canyons in the world. During your transfer back to your hotel you will pass through Zabljak, Savnik, Niksic, Podgorica & Cetinje, allowing you to discover more of Montenegro’s landscapes, cities and towns. At each location and throughout the entire adventure the tutors will discuss how to get the most out of your images with the equipment that you have.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure in Budva. Explore the streets with your camera for some independent street photography, take a stroll along the beach or embark on some last minute shopping and sightseeing. In the evening, why not check out one of the many buzzing bars that has given Budva its nickname, ‘The Montenegrin Miami’? The choice is entirely yours.

Day 5 – Return Home

Morning

Transfer to Dubrovnik

In the morning, it will be time to say goodbye to Montenegro, as you cross the border back in to Croatia towards Dubrovnik airport for your return flight home to Dublin.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel Komodor 3

Hotel Komodor enjoys an enviable location, just 50 metres from the beach and a 5 minute walk from Lapad Bay promenade. Relax on the sun terrace, take a dip in the outdoor pool or enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant to finish your day. Each room is comfortably furnished with mod... read more read more read more

Hotel Komodor enjoys an enviable location, just 50 metres from the beach and a 5 minute walk from Lapad Bay promenade. Relax on the sun terrace, take a dip in the outdoor pool or enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant to finish your day. Each room is comfortably furnished with modern amenities. The Old Town of Dubrovnik can be reached in 10 minutes by the local bus, which offers a frequent service.  

Hotel address
Hotel Komodor
Masarykov Put 5
Dubrovnik 20000
Croatia
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Hotel Majestic 4

Hotel Majestic is a conveniently located boutique hotel. Within 200 metres from the Old Town and 250 metres from Slovenska Beach, this property provides the ideal base to explore all the charming town of Budva has to offer. Each of the 29 rooms is comfortably furnished and featur... read more read more read more

Hotel Majestic is a conveniently located boutique hotel. Within 200 metres from the Old Town and 250 metres from Slovenska Beach, this property provides the ideal base to explore all the charming town of Budva has to offer. Each of the 29 rooms is comfortably furnished and feature a balcony. You can enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant or unwind with a drink at the bar after a day of sightseeing.

Hotel address
Hotel Majestic
Slovenska Obala 11
Budva
Budva Municipality 85310
Budva
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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