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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are my arrival dates?
    Cavtat tours: 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). Korčula tours: A workshop scheduled and listed as October 5-14th, means that October 5th is the day the tour starts. We recommend you arrive on the 4th as you will meet the group on the 5th at the main bus station in Cavtat at 10am.
  • What are my departure dates?
    Cavtat tours: A workshop scheduled and listed as June 5-14th, means that June 15th is the day of your departure. (your evening meal and accommodation on the 14th is included in your tour price) Korčula tours: A workshop scheduled and listed as October 5-14th, means that October 15th is the day of your departure. You will be transferred from Korčula on the 14th and arrive back in Cavtat around 4pm. You could fly out that evening but do not book a flight sooner than 8pm.
  • Are airfares included in the price?
    No airfares are not included in the price. The inclusion and exclusions 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 helps 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 is not a travel agency and therefore does not sell travel insurance. We 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. If you are delayed through no fault of your own, a shuttle will be organized for you, at your expense.
  • What hotels will I stay at?
    In Korcula, we will be staying at Hotel Liburna by Aminess. In Cavtat we will use local guesthouses.
  • Can you accommodate vegetarians or people with diet restrictions?
    We have had vegetarians in the past but these vegetarians 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.
  • 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 55-75. 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'm travelling solo and don't know anyone?
    Yes, we always get several solo travellers 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 hotel/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 hotel/guesthouse, reading a book on the balcony.
  • Do we sleep in Dubrovnik on the first day we arrive?
    Cavtat tours: 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. Korčula tours: You are welcome to stay anywhere you like, as long as you are in Cavtat by 10am on the morning of the start date. We suggest staying in Cavtat would be the easiest thing to do and are happy to make accommodation recommendations.
  • Do we paint the day of our arrival?
    Korčula tours: We generally start painting the second day of our tour. Let’s take as an example a 10-day workshop scheduled and listed as June 5-14th. June 5th is a travel day from Cavtat to the Island of Korcula, June 14th is a travel day from Korcula to Cavtat. Our painting days are therefore the 6-13th, with a free day in the middle. Cavtat tours: Let’s take as an example a 10-day workshop scheduled and listed as October 5-14th. October 5th is the first day of painting, October 14th is the last day of painting, and there is a free day in the middle. So the dates of your tour are all tour and painting days. October 15th would be your date of departure.
  • 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 artists 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 choose your 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 you have 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 your tours 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.
  • Arrive three 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.”
  • Motion sickness
    “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.”
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