CROATIAN ADVENTURE: Dalmatian Coast Journey – FCRO1017

Date: Oct 02 - 09, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Andrea Wallace & Mia Semingson

Price Option(s):
$6,850 — Tuition + Single Occupancy
$5,950 — Tuition + Double Occupancy


Join Anderson Ranch Artistic Director Andrea Wallace and artist Mia Semingson for a week of personalized photography instruction as we tour Croatia with the nationally recognized tour company Butterfield and Robinson. On the sparkling east shore of the Adriatic Sea lie the emerald islands of the Dalmatian Archipelago.

Over 1,000 islands, islets and reefs protect the mainland of Croatia and provide an idyllic setting for photography, exploration and adventure. Habitation ranges from the tiniest villages hidden in secluded coves to the Adriatic jewels of Hvar and Korcula. We visit the ancient cities of Split and Dubrovnik, behind whose massive ramparts is a world of striking beauty and fascinating history, augmented with a rousing culinary scene. Wander through ancient streets and along emerald sea shores, all while expanding your photographic skill set and artistic eye.

During your visit and personal journey through this region, you are encouraged to produce your own series of creative images through guided observations and personal coaching. We have daily excursions to explore the cities of Split and Dubrovnik as well as outings to Krka National Park, the island of Hvar and the Unesco World Heritage Site of Mostar, Bosnia.

We strike a balance between fieldwork, discussions, new technical and aesthetic material, and the freedom to explore and photograph the region. This workshop focuses on gaining more creative control of your digital camera, understanding the principles of composition, and moving beyond cliché in photography.

While we have a daily curriculum, the most valuable part of the workshop is having plenty of hands-on time each day to put what you are learning into practice. Also important is having time to share your process and images with other participants. You apply what you are discovering in a gorgeous, stimulating and inspirational setting with different venues to photograph each day. The emphasis is on providing a comfortable learning environment, having fun, and enjoying this beautiful region of Europe.

This workshop is geared to all travel and camera enthusiasts interested in gaining more confidence and more creative control of the features of a digital camera and improving photography skills. All kinds of cameras are welcome, from cell phones to DSLRs.


Tuition includes airport pick-up, hotel, field excursions, in-country transportation, welcome and farewell dinner, instruction and breakfasts. Airfare is not included.
Single: $6,850
Double: $5,950

For more information, contact: Andrea Wallace,

Payment Breakdown:
Registration Fee: $175
*Payment in Full Due at Time of Registration


Andrea Wallace is the Artistic Director of Photography & New Media at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She exhibits nationally and internationally with numerous shows throughout the Americas, Europe, China and the Middle East.

Mia Semingson received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and subsequently taught photography in the Department of Art and Art History there for 11 years. She owns Two Hands Paperie where she teaches workshops in book and paper arts, encaustic and mixed media. Mia has traveled extensively in Croatia and exhibits her work nationally and internationally.


The Details:

Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Arrive October 2: Split, Croatia
Depart October 9: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Accommodations
The Marmont Hotel –
The Dubrovnik Palace –


Butterfield & Robinson


Day 1

Arrival in Split

Upon arrival in Split, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer into the city to the Marmont Hotel. Situated in the heart of historic Split, it is an ideal base of exploration for this vibrant coastal town. We meet at 6:00 pm for a short walk to one of Split’s best restaurants for a welcome dinner.

Day 2


Meet with Andrea and Mia for a discussion of photography, cameras and gear followed by a private walking tour of Split. The first inhabitant of this beautiful town was the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 A.D. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace to enjoy the rest of his days. We explore the basement halls of the structure and their unique role in the history of Split. We then continue to the Peristyle, the main square of the palace that preserved the cult of emperor as the son of god. You visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron-saint of Split, and the temples of the palaces. Your walk then takes you through times gone by, witnessed by the monuments not only from antiquity, but also from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. After your tour, you have the rest of the day for exploration and photography.

Day 3

Krka National Park

This spectacular adventure begins with our guide accompanying us to Krka National Park. A place of astounding beauty and light, Krka is an emerald gem of travertine pools and drops, waterfalls and lush forests. Pathways lead along the river, from its source at a large lake to the nearby inlet. We enter the park by boat, passing some small castles and monasteries. You then have some time to explore and photograph on your own before we meet back at the vehicle. On the way back we stop in at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Trogir. This small coastal enclave is absolutely spectacular, with a look-a-like Venetian style St. Mark’s tower, a city wall and the 15th century Kamerlengo Fortress guarding the harbor. Wander freely for a few hours of exploration before returning to Split. Dinner is on your own this evening, with guides happy to make recommendations and reservations.

Day 4


Today we enjoy a visit to Hvar Island. We catch an early ferry to the island and proceed to visit the main town of Hvar, its harbor and castle, and then move on to the lavender fields and vineyards in the interior of the Island. We drive along a spectacular ridge with views of the Adriatic both to the north and south. Along with its stunning scenery, beaches and quaint villages, Hvar also produces some of the best wines in Croatia, and we enjoy a tasting of select pours. This town is thought to be the origin of the famed zinfandel grape, which now makes Napa Valley so renowned. Eventually we descend a long serpentine hill to the town of Stari Grad, the former Greek colony of Pharos and the first settlement of the island. Then we continue to the fishing town of Vrboska, a charming and scenic settlement. You have free time along the way to explore and photograph. Upon our return to Hvar participants have time to visit the town and relax at a harbor-front café before taking the ferry back to Split.

Day 5

To Dubrovnik via Mostar

We have an early start as the transfer to Dubrovnik via Mostar takes some time. Mostar is a city and municipality in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inhabited by about 120,000 people, it is the most important city in the Herzegovina region and its cultural capital. It is beautifully situated on the Neretva River and was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the river in medieval times. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. We also visit a mosque and minaret of exceptional beauty and simplicity. Mostar also hosts a variety of vibrant street art and graffiti, a remnant of its recent turbulent past. On a more downbeat but poignant and photographically interesting note, there are also many abandoned and damaged buildings in some parts of the city, with signs of the fighting still visible in the form of bullet and mortar shell holes. If we have time, we also visit the architectural wonder of Blagaj Tekke (a Sufi lodge), which stands by the source of the Buna River. The musafirhana (guest house) and türbe (mausoleum) are tucked into the riverside limestone cliffs at the source of the Buna. They are beautifully preserved and are one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s holiest sites. Toward evening we arrive in Dubrovnik and make our way to the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel.

Day 6


We begin by meeting to share photographs and discuss our project. We then take a private morning guided tour of Dubrovnik. An important maritime port and a former city-state, it has been a cultural metropolis for hundreds of years. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik owes some of its special charm to the historic monuments that testify to its rich history. The works of artists, writers and scientists of Dubrovnik have been woven into the texture of the town. While strolling with your guide down the main street of Stradun, you stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the Order of Friars Minors that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. We continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and discover Rector’s Palace, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik.

We also visit the Balkan War Museum, atop the huge hill behind Dubrovnik, where Serbian guns rained destruction on the city. You enjoy a gondola ride back down and have the option of walking back down if you feel the need to stretch your legs. In the afternoon, Andrea and Mia meet you back in Dubrovnik for a walk around the city atop the massive ramparts. The red-tile roofs and crystal clear Adriatic Sea provide a perfect complement to the sunset.

Day 7

Peljesac Peninsula

We begin with a private transfer to the Peljesac Peninsula with a stop at the ancient fortress of Ston, home of one of the longest city walls in the world, and a fabled place for the ancient art of harvesting sea salt. We have a look at the process, and then board a private boat to visit Ston’s famous oyster farms, a paradise for seafood lovers. Famous Ston oysters were well known as far back as Roman times. We enjoy some delicious oysters paired with Peljesac’s iconic Posip wines. It is truly a match made in heaven, in a spectacularly rugged setting. Then we continue the scenic drive to a winery for a late lunch, and possibly another few sips of Croatia’s foremost wines. We return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon. You have an hour or so to relax before we reconvene for the final night dinner at a spectacular location within the massive walls of Dubrovnik.

Day 8


After a final breakfast at your hotel, our drivers provide your transfers to the airport, or wherever your next journey takes you. Bon Voyage!

Croatian Adventure

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