Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Islands photography trip: Aug 19-26
Combine your passion with your vacation! Join us in August (19 to 26) for a 1 week photography trip on a sailing yacht, to discover the incredible Dubrovnik and Dalmatian islands while you improve your skills with a professional instructor. We will visit the well preserved ancient towns of Dubrovnik & Korcula and impeccable natural landscapes in the background.
Our tutor will focus on encouraging you to explore your creative side, ensuring you return home with a really striking portfolio of images. Using landscapes, portraits and colour as inspiration, the focus will be on looking and getting the most out of your camera (and eyes), rather than covering ‘the basics’. However, for those who want it, a refresher workshop on exposure will be available.
The participants will be selected from the applications to ensure a diverse and homogenous group. Everyday is organized in big strokes, but we will have the flexibility to spend more time in specific places as we go. You won’t need to worry about a thing, allowing you to focus on having fun, relaxing and being creative.
Want to get to grips with the basics before the holiday?
Limited Offer: Book this trip and save 20% on an Intensive Beginners course at a date of your choice!
We have built this itinerary to see the most interesting locations in the area within one week, without spending too much time on the boat. We expect to have perfect weather during the trip – however in case of unusual conditions, we might make changes with the group’s agreement.
Day 1 Saturday – Dubrovnik
Arrival in Dubrovnik Airport in the afternoon and transfer to the Marina for check in to the yacht. Free time after check-in to discover the magnificent medieval walled city at sunset. Welcome dinner at a restaurant in the old city followed by a good night’s sleep our yacht.
Day 2 Sunday – Dubrovnik to Sipan
Head over to Dubrovnik in the morning for a three hour Game-of-Thrones walking tour through the city. Come back to the boat in the afternoon and set sail towards Sipanska Luka, the largest village on the heavily forested and unspoilt Sipan island. Sipan is famous for its wine and for its delightfully laid-back ambiance. Lie here at anchor for the night and taste the local delicacies.
Day 3 Monday – Sipan to Polace (Miljet Island)
After a morning dip, set sail towards Miljet Island in the morning and arrive early in the afternoon. Leave our yacht at anchor and head out to explore the two saltwater lakes of the National Park on land. It’s about a forty five minute walk over to the lakes with fantastic photo shooting opportunities.
Day 4 Tuesday – Polace to Lastovo Island
Depart Polace in the morning for Lastovo, a nature park washed by the cleanest seas in the Med offering snorkeling opportunities. The island is covered in thick forests and the coastline is very picturesque. Lie here at anchor for the night.
Day 5 Wednesday – Lastovo Island to Korcula Town
Leave Lastovo island in the morning and set sail towards Korčula Town, which is a gorgeous walled town with narrow streets, old buildings, monuments, walls, towers, cafes, restaurants and bars. Its marble streets and impressive architecture is a feast for the eyes & your camera.
Day 6 Thursday – Korcula to Sobra (Miljet Island)
Departure from Korcula Town in the morning and heading to Sobra on Miljet Island. Sobra is a small bay on the island that is used as fishing harbour. Moor in the bay and enjoy the delicacies offered by local restaurants.
Day 7 Friday – Sobra to Dubrovnik
Reach Dubrovnik marina in the afternoon and head over to the Lokrum Island nearby. This fascinating island, which lies close to the mainland, is believed to have hosted Richard the Lionheart after his ship was wrecked when he was returning from the Crusades. Goodbye dinner in Old Town.
Day 8 Saturday – Dubrovnik
Check out from the boat on 9am. Free time in the city. Head to the airport for the flight back home.
We will stay on the yacht during the full trip. Our modern sailing yacht will have 3 or 4 cabins depending on the size of the crew and you will share a cabin with another participant. You are also welcome to book the trip together with a friend/partner.
Our skipper is a Yachtmaster and has been sailing the mediterranean for many years.
Requirements to join & duties on board: Former sailing experience is very welcome but not necessary. Enthusiasm for photography, interest for sailing, a positive mood and willingness to help with a few things on board would be enough. We will jointly take care of tasks on board such as cooking, washing dishes etc. on a rotational / voluntary basis.
What you’ll learn on our photography holidays
Geneva Photo Club adopts a positive teaching approach, meaning our encouraging and supportive tutors focus on what you are doing right, not wrong. Our tutors will focus more on the creative aspects of photography, while helping you with the technical whenever you need it.
On this photography holiday you will learn:
- To develop a more individual photographic style/voice
- How to start to ‘say’ something with your images
- More advanced rules of landscape composition
- An introduction to portraiture
- The art of using colour
- All about exposure – ISO, shutter speed and aperture (for those who would like a refresher)
- Editing techniques and how to form a series of images
- Many practical tips that the professional photographers use on a daily basis
- Direct feedback to your photography
- Assignments to complete each day
Want to get to grips with the basics before the holiday?
Join us at any of our beginners course with 20% off after you’re registered to this trip.
What’s included on this photography holiday
- 7 nights en suite accommodation in the yacht (2 people per room)
- All Breakfasts and lunches, including soft drinks
- Two dinners at the yacht including soft drinks and wine
- All harbor fees, transfers on scheduled itinerary (excluding flights)
- One expert photography tutor per 8 guests for the duration of the trip
- All tuition and photographic excursions
- Entrance fees
Price does not include flights. We recommend taking Easy Jet’s Nonstop return flight from Geneva to Dubrovnik.
To be able to confirm the trip as early as possible, we are offering significant discounts for the early applications.
Price does not include flights.
First two registrations: CHF 1400.- per person (1 ticket left)
Third, fourth and fifth registrations: CHF 1600.- per person
As of sixth registration: CHF 1800.- per person
Depending on the number of participants and the mix of profiles, we will arrange one or maximum 2 yachts. Each yacht will have a capacity of 7 to 9 people, with a skipper and a photography instructor.
CHF 1400.- per person
CHF 1600.- per person
CHF 1800.- per person
Frequently Asked Questions
No. The application is open to everybody who have the passion for photography and learning. This trip is for beginners as well as for pros because we believe that we all have different talents and we can all learn from each other. Even though, a basic knowledge of photography is highly recommended.
Once we receive your payment, we will get back to you with a short survey or a call to get to know your preferences for language and accommodation. As the trip gets closer, we will keep in touch with you again to confirm the trip, introduce the instructors, update you on the progress and communicate the full program.
Yes, you can either apply for a private room, share it with your partner or friend or directly let us pick a match from the same sex for you. In case we run out of private rooms, we also will select another photography-enthusiast of the same gender for you.
No. This trip will be organized by and for Swiss Photo Club only.
We understand it is hard to separate from your beloved once for some time. Even though, we have to tell you it is not possible to bring your small children (under 16 years) or four-legged friends to this trip. Like this, we can make the most out of it for everybody – also your favourites 😉