WHAT ARE MY ARRIVAL DATES?
10-day workshop: A workshop scheduled and listed as June 5-14th, means that June 4th is the day of your arrival (your evening meal and accommodation for this night is included in your tour price).
7-day workshop: A workshop scheduled and listed as May 20-27th, means that May 20th is the day of your arrival.
WHAT ARE MY DEPARTURE DATES?
10-day workshop: A workshop scheduled and listed as June 5-14th, means that June 15th is the day of your departure.
7-day workshop: A workshop scheduled and listed as May 20-27th, means that May 27th is the day of your departure.
ARE AIRFARES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
No airfares are not inlcuded in the price. The pricing page details what is and what is not included.
ARE TIPS/GRATUITIES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Tips/Gratuities are not included in your tour price. In Croatia, like many countries, tipping is an acceptable and expected practice. Salaries in Croatia cannot compare to salaries in North America and most of Europe, yet prices here are similar to North American prices ($2-3 for a cappuccino). Gratuities are never included in the bill. A 10% percent tip will not leave much of a hole in your wallet or purse.
CAN SLIKAMILINA PAINTING & PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS HELP ME WITH AIRFARES?
Slikamilina Painting & Photography Tours can offer advise on the best way to get there, but cannot book flights. Airfares are best purchased through your own travel agent.
HOW CAN I PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Slikamilina Painting & Photography Tours strongly recommends that workshop members have travel insurance and that you purchase travel insurance through your travel agent.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY FLIGHT DOES NOT ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TRANSFER TO THE ISLAND OF KORCULA?
Only one transfer is scheduled to transfer workshop members to the Island of Korcula. For our 10-day tours, we recommend that you arrive a day early or you will have to make your own way to the Island of Korcula which is not always an easy endeavour. .
WHAT HOTELS WILL I STAY AT?
We do not stay in Hotels, as Westerns understand them. We stay in Pansions, which would be equivalent to our B&B’s. The name and contact details of the Pansions can be provided upon request.
CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE VEGETARIANS OR PEOPLE WITH DIET RESTRICTIONS?
We have had vegetarians in the past but these vegitarians still ate fish and cheese. Croatia is a meat eating culture and they have a hard time understanding vegetarianism! We do our best to accommodate everyone and have not had complaints yet… Silvana is brilliant in the kitchen!
WHAT IS THE AGE OF THE PEOPLE TRAVELLING ON YOUR TOURS?
Our guests are anywhere between 35 and 82 years old, the average age being 45-65. The minimum age required is 18 years old. The age is really not important, your attitude is, so you should not worry about age. Just have an open mind and a sense of humour.
WILL I FIT ON THE TOUR IF I AM TRAVELING SOLO AND DON’T KNOW ANYONE?
Yes, we always get several solo travelers on our tours. Besides, the group eats together for breakfast, most lunches and for all dinners. Our guide is also always with the group so you will never be alone if you don’t want to be.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO GO ON YOUR PAINTING TOURS?
There is some walking involved everyday to go and visit the sites. You need to be able to walk about 1 mile a day and may not be able to participate if you have some walking disabilities. However, you do not need to be very fit. There is always the option of waiting for the group at the terrace of a cafe. Also, if you are tired or just want to relax for the day, you have the opportunity to opt out of any activity. You can spend the day at the guesthouse, reading a book on the balcony.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO GO ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS?
There is walking involved everyday to go and visit the sites. You need to be able to walk about 5 miles a day and may not be able to participate if you have some walking disabilities. You do need to be fit as you will be expected to carry all your own gear. If you are tired or just want to relax for the day, you have the opportunity to opt out of any activity. You can spend the day at the guesthouse, reading a book on the balcony.
DO WE SLEEP IN DUBROVNIK ON THE THE FIRST DAY WE ARRIVE?
No you do not. We stay in a small town called Cavtat. Cavtat is 3km from the Dubrovnik Airport. The airport is 30 minutes south of the Town of Dubrovnik.
DO WE PAINT THE DAY OF OUR ARRIVAL?
We generally start painting the second day after our arrival. Let’s take as an example a 10-day workshop scheduled and listed as June 5-14th. This means that June 4th is the day of your arrival (your evening meal and accommodation for this night is included in your tour price), June 5th is a travel day from Dubrovnik to the Island of Korcula, June 14th is a travel day from Korcula to Dubrovnik, and June 15th is the date of departure. So the dates of your tour, in this example June 5-14, are all tour and painting days. June 15th would be your date of departure.
HOW FAR IS DUBROVNIK FROM KORCULA?
The drive from Dubrovnik to the Island of Korcula is about 3 hours.
10-day workshop: On the way to Korcula we stop for lunch and arrive in the early afternoon on the island. On the return trip to Dubrovnik, we arrive around 10:30am so you can have some free time in the old town of Dubrovnik.
7-day workshop: We leave Cavtat early and arrive around 11am on the island. On the return trip to Dubrovnik, we arrive around 10:30am so you can have some free time in the old town of Dubrovnik.
DO I BRING MY OWN MATERIALS?
Yes. All art and photography supplies must be brought with the tour member for 9 days of painting and photography. Do not assume that supplies will be available in any of the towns that you will be visiting. Please look at our General information and Conditions for more information.
ARE TOILETS AVAILABLE AT OUR PAINTING SITES?
Please remember you are painting en plein air. Most of our locations are in towns and villages, and so you have access to toilets at the local cafes. You may have to buy a coffee or drink to use the toilets. Cafes will not be far from our plein air site, with maximum of a 5 minute walk.
WHAT IS THERE FOR NON-PAINTERS TO DO?
There is so much for non-painters to do on our tours and many of the workshops include other non-painters. Non-painters can go sightseeing, kayaking, biking, walking tours, fishing tours and visit local towns and museums. The Tour Manager can suggest additional activities.
CAN I GO ON THE TRIP AND PAY FOR MY OWN ACCOMMODATIONS SOMEWHERE ELSE?
No. Workshops are sold as a package including accommodations.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST AND THEIR RECENT WORKS?
Many of our artists have information available on their websites. Please visit our Workshop Dates & Pricing section and then click on instructors name.
HOW DO YOU CHOSE THE ARTISTS?
Many of our artists have conducted a number of workshops with us before. Artists have been carefully selected for their reputation, popularity, teaching ability and high standards. We suggest you contact the instructor directly with specific questions.
HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT SLIKAMILINA PAINTING & PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS HAS RECEIVED MY BOOKING AND DEPOSIT?
On receipt of your booking form and deposit, Slikamilina Painting & Photography Tours will send you a confirmation letter.
CAN YOU GIVE ME THE REFERENCE OF SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN ON THE TOUR BEFORE?
Absolutely. Our testimonial page are all from past students. We would also be happy to give you contact information of past participants who have agreed to be contacted.
TIPS FROM OUR STUDENTS!
Arrive 3 days early!
“If you are coming from N. America and are over 60, jetlag will catch up with you right in the middle of your trip. Cavtat is an awesome place, so no need to worry that you have never been there before.”
There are mosquitoes
“Bring spray or whatever you regularly use. Rooms and apartments here do not always have screens.”
“Even if you only suffer slightly in a car, you will definitely suffer here. The roads are all curvy, with high mountains and long drops. Bring whatever works for you… better safe then sorry.”
Painting gear on wheels
“If you are wondering whether you can roll your gear here, you can. I brought a backpack and regretted it the whole trip.”
Bring an umbrella
“Not for the rain! Although we were able to find shade, I found it was not always where I wanted to be. If I had brought my umbrella I could have painted anywhere.”
Take time to visit the links page
“When I arrived I had no idea how beautiful Croatia was… however I later found out if I had taken the time to check out the links page and the gallery I would have seen wonderful photos of our painting locations.”