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.
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.
3 star hotel in Dubrovnik (1 night)
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.
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.
4 star hotel in Budva (3 nights)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.