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A photography tour in Slovenia offers a chance to capture a place that’s truly unspoilt, from the peaks of the Julian Alps to cultural sights in perfect harmony with their natural surroundings. Although this is a country with a growing reputation, it hasn’t yet received the attention from travellers that it definitely deserves. Their loss is our gain! Slovenia’s natural beauty has never really been in doubt, and this photo tour aims to make the most of it. We will be gazing up at the imperious peaks of the Julian Alps, visiting charming lakeside towns and strolling through alpine scenes that look they are straight out out of a musical. More than anything this is a photography destination for lovers of nature. Slovenia is a place where the natural world is cherished, and the people here strive to live as part of the stunning landscapes all around. What more could you want from a photography tour?
This primary focus of this photo tour will be the landscapes and general outdoor loveliness of the Slovenian Alps. Because of this, you will need to be ready and able to take on plenty of walking. This will also include hikes uphill and some moderately challenging climbs.
So it goes without saying that to make the most of this tour you will need a decent level of fitness, along with footwear and clothing suitable for outdoor adventure.
Now to what we’re looking for from your photography skills. This adventure through Slovenia is perfect for all levels of photographer, whether you are a complete beginner or a total pro. Either way, our professional guides will be on hand to help you make the most of your surroundings. We strongly recommend that you bring a tripod and polarizing filter - these will both be essential to the techniques we’ll incorporate as we capture Slovenia’s finest scenes.
It’s also a good idea to pack a cable release, a macro lens along with plenty of spare batteries.
Our daily schedule is flexible, but more often than not it will look like this:
This six-day photo tour of Slovenia will be guided by one of our experienced professional photographers. Every step of the way you will have access to expertise and local knowledge. The group will be small and our accommodation has been carefully chosen, ensuring that you have as comfortable and enlightening as experience as possible.
Across a magical six days we will explore Lake Bled and its iconic church, stop at Lake Bohinj and wander around the Julian Alps. There will be a focus on long exposures to frame the many fast-flowing rivers along the way, and we will visit some of Slovenia’s most picturesque villages to capture the local culture.
On the first day of our Slovenia photography tour, the group will meet in the capital city of Ljubljana. We don’t want to waste any time, so we will immediately head north towards one of the country’s most iconic sights, Lake Bled. The emerald lake is arguably Slovenia’s most popular tourist spot, and after a few minutes walking around you’ll quickly understand why. The water shines with dazzling green and blue tones, a charming church rests on a tiny island in the centre, and the imposing peaks of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke offer the perfect backdrop for photography shoots.
We’re sure that it will be a magnificent start to our six-day adventure. In the evening we will gather together for food, spend some time getting to know each other and discuss the trip to come..
The main body of this photography tour will be spent exploring the Gorenjska region, including the area close to Lake Bled and the nearby Julian Alps. There will be sunrise shoots on the shores of lake Bled, a trip up to the castle that overlooks the water, and plenty of time spent shooting the spectacular church in the middle of the lake.
We will also spend time at one of Slovenia’s hidden gems, the Vintgar Gorge. This 1.6km trench cuts through the Hom and Bort hills, and there are is a variety of waterfalls, rivers, and rapids to capture with our cameras.We will certainly make time for some long exposure shots.
But there’s another majestic lake in this part of Slovenia. Just an hour’s drive south-west and we will reach Lake Bohinj, the laid-back alternative to Bled that’s set in the heart of the Julian Alps. Here we can work on our reflective photography, as the water is clear and calm enough to act as a mirror for the vistas all around.
We will also spend some time exploring the local culture through our lenses. There are plenty of charming villages lose to the lake, where we will capture traditional agricultural architecture and the famous hayracks of Slovenia. Rural village life offers a wonderful contrast to the epic natural scenes that will dominate our sunset shoots.
On our final day we will head back to the airport in Ljubljana. There we will say our goodbyes and take a few moments to appreciate all that we have seen together. Our cameras and legs will be tired, and our memory cards will most definitely be full. Until the next time!
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.