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CROATIA: Castles, Rural Villages,

National Parks & Culinary Experience 

Feb 2 – 11, 2017

8 participants

(SOLD Out)

Croatia is one of the most unique European locations for photography. It is a photographer’s playground for layers of history, different cultures, people and beautiful unspoiled landscapes. Visiting the North and South part is almost like being in two completely different environments.

At the surface this workshop might feel like any others: you visit UNESCO sites and famous cities. But when you read in between the lines, you'll experience Croatia, by being introduced to the relationship between history, culture and food. You'll meet friendly Croatian people, share with them tasteful organic food and fine local wines.

In the Southern part of the country, the culture of food, the table tradition and culinary art dates from the Ancient Roman period till today. Each region we’ll visit as a unique climate, special culture and traditions. You don’t want to miss the small rural sites, still unspoiled and authentic.

In the Northern part of the country, you will find the wild Drava River on the Ancient Roman Limes, the border of the Roman Empire and the Old Antic World; iconic lakes, waterfalls and creeks with the water that is so clean that is still, drinkable; and the swamps full of wildlife and rare birds.

The itinerary has masterly been planned to include private photoshoots, special visits of museum, stops at quaint and famous restaurants where we'll meet locals, and time to "inhale" the feel of the rural regions.

Guided by the top photography Croatian curator, she will emphasize the uniqueness of her country: “I am excited to have each of you discover with your own eyes the contrast between noble (Croatian castles) and rural (small villages and local peasants family); experience our cultural philosophy ‘from the field and barn to the table’’; and visit secluded regions where I will introduce you to ancient art.”

In addition to the Croatian curator (Drazenka), two accomplished fine art photographers will assist you on this journey: Nicolo Sertorio from Oakland, California extensively exhibited in Croatia and Oliver Klink.

This workshop is a unique opportunity to discover the "inside" of a country and its rich history. You will learn how to capture the "feel" of a place and compile a set of images with personal vision in mind.

What is unique about this workshop:
- Guided by three professionals involved in the field of fine art photography
- Unique access to local places
- Assistance to create images with a personal vision
- Full experience from a photography and culinary standpoint

– VIP access to Ana Karenjina ballet (backstage and ballet dancer rehearsals)
- Visit to the eldest Lipizzaner horse farm established in 1506.
- Visit to National Parks with "ranger access"
- Photograph the "culture of coffee" in quaint shops

The entire team is looking forward to hosting you in Croatia in February.

Drazenka, Nicolo and Oliver.

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Registration (S0ld out)
Double Occupancy: $4,900
Single Supplement: $800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

If you have any questions, please contact Nicolo and Oliver

Balance payment due by November 15, 2016 (Payable by check)

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Oliver Klink has been photographing in 96 countries. He has visited many minority cultures and National Parks around the world. His image, “Herding Instinct” won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photocontest in 2014, others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years. “Having the opportunity to visit countries with specialists is a life changing experience”.

Nicolo Sertorio is a fine art photographer based in Oakland, CA. Nicolò has recently returned from Croatia where he had two shows together for the very first time; 'Once We Were Here‘ and ‘Rest Areas of US South West’ in the Koprivnica Art Gallery Koprovnica, Croatia. While in Croatia he was interviewed by various national and local newspapers, a radio show, and a television show. He also gave speeches to a group of local High School students and the local University on Photography in Social Media.

The top photography curator in Croatia (Drazenka), which will enhance our vision with local inspiration.

Local staff members (drivers, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!

- Photographing Traditional cultures (with special access)
- Photographing ancient villages with special access (model shoot)
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 10 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, meals, ground transportation
- Special permits, private photoshoots, all entrance fees
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Zagreb
- Transport from Zagreb airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Zagreb
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $4,900
Single Supplement: $800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by November 15, 2016 (payable by check)

Registration: $4,900 (+$800 single supplement)
Deposit: $600 ($800 for single)

Terms and Conditions

- The workshop takes place during winter, where temperatures range from 20F – 40F. Weather can be challenging. Be prepared for moody sky and cold temperature.
- Up to 1 mile walking on cobble stones and muddy terrain in ancient villages.
- We are staying in local hotels and rustic guest houses.
- We are traveling on ultra-modern highways to the local roads.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.

- Northern Italy (Dates TBD)

Where: Croatia, starting in Zagreb
When: Feb 2 – 11, 2017
Who: Oliver Klink, Nicolo Sertorio, Drazenka, local staffs
Airport: Zagreb (ZAG)
Accommodations: Local hotels, guest houses (single or double occupancy)
Weather: 20 – 40F. Moody Sky
Cost: $4,900 ($800 Single supplement)

Workshop details for Croatia: Castles, Rural Villages, National Parks and Culinary Experience (click on a tab)


February 2-11, 2017

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions and activities we find on the spur of the moment. Our local photography curator and the contacts made over the years are incredible source of information to locate unique activities. As the group is kept really small, we are able to attend special events, without overwhelming the local communities and be welcomed with open arms.

10 days on the ground to photograph the uniqueness of Croatia’s culture, with enjoyment of local food and entertainment

Day 0 (Optional) – February 1, 2017:
- Arrive in Zagreb (ZAG), recover from jetlag
- We can arrange airport transportation and hotel for you

Day 1 & 2 (February 2 & 3)
- 7AM: start of the workshop
- Private photoshoot at Nicola Tesla Technical Museum (electric experience!!)
- Lunch at the Croatian national museum of art
- Nature Park MEDVEDNICA
- Medvedgrad Castle Ruins 14th century
- Sljeme - Apartmanska kuća Snježna kraljica, (17 soba)
- Dinners at local restaurants (specialty food and wine tasting)

- Hlebine (native art village)
- Croatian native Art Gallery
- Ivan Generalic Old House
- Gornja Šuma: Gornja Šuma Native Atelier and meeting with the oldest living native painter
- Dinner at Podravska klet (famous national restaurant; presence of Gordana)

- Old Croatian castles and museums (one hill, one castle: Varazdin – Trakoscan - Pregrada)
- Traditional Croatian Village (Kumrovec)
- Dinner, local entertainment

- Sisak Renaissance Forth
- Krapje
- Čigoč (stork village)
- Eko etno selo Strug, Krapje
- Dinner at local restaurant (known for their atmosphere and local cuisine)

- Kopački rit & Kopačevo
- Dinner at Tikveš Castle

Day 7: LIKA - National Park PLITVICE LAKES
- Plitvice Lakes (16 lakes and majestic waterfalls)
- Dinner at Lička kuća (reknown national restaurant)

- Istria gourmet
- Ancient Roman culture
- Venetian, Austro-Hungarian, Croatian and Middle European History of Culinary Art
- Tartuffe; Zigante Tartuffe; Giancarlo Zigante
- Discover Opatija, the oldest Royal residential town in the Habsburg monarchy

Day 10 (February 11): Zagreb
- Conclusion of the workshop
- Transfer to international airport

What to Bring

Upon paying the balance for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, and more.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from low 20F to 40F)
- Warm Clothes (layers, dawn jacket, Gore-Tex shell, winter hat, gloves, and thermal underwear)
- Hiking shoes
- Hands and feet warmers (optional)
- Knee pads (for low angle shooting)
Camera Equipment:
- DSLR (bring your camera manual), extra battery (and charger)
- Recommended Lenses:
Castles: 50-300mm
Portraiture: 24-120mm
Ancient Villages: 24–105mm
- Tripod (recommended)
- Flash with diffusers
Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, write down questions)
- Camera raingear (Kata, Kirk, or just heavy garbage bags) to protect against water and condensation

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)


This is an all-inclusive workshop (transportation, lodging, meals, local guide, photo instruction). It also includes all the entrée fees to the museum and ancient villages. The workshop does not include transportation to Zagreb, Croatia (start and conclusion of the workshop)

Workshop comprises...
- 10 days on the ground in Croatia
- All meals, accommodation, private car transportation
- All entrance fees
- Private photoshoots in ancient villages
- Coursebook and orientation materials
- Small group (maximum 8 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- Two instructors, One local expert, drivers

Not Included
- Transportation to and from Zagreb (ZAG)
- Transport to and from Zagreb airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Zagreb before the workshop
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Zagreb (ZAG) no later than February 1. Your return flight can be booked any time on February 11.
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Zagreb (pre workshop) and airport transportation.

Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance Suggestions:

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