Photo by: Tom Bol
Location: Slovenia
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Slovenia Secrets of Simplicity

  • Limited to twelve passengers, two meals each day.
  • Spend 10 days in the less traveled Country of Slovenia with like-minded photographers.
  • Photographic education by photo leaders Tom & Cree Bol.
  • Travel with a Slovenian local guide who is also a professional photographer.
  • Discover the warmth and charm of Ljubljana with its architecture, markets and bustling riverbank.
  • Photograph the colorful mountain range of the Julian Alps, and Piran on the Adriatic coast.
  • Try creative long exposures to capture fast-flowing rivers and waterfalls of Soca River Valley.
  • Sunrise and sunset photography of Lake Bled and its iconic church.
Region

Eastern Europe

Destination

Slovenia

Dates

July 15-25, 2021

Duration

10 days

$4595

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 6-8 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $495.

Tour Overview

Discover the ‘Secrets of Slovenia’ and the Julian Alps with your camera in hand and capture stunning images of mountain landscapes, glacial lakes, rivers, as well as scenes of every day life in traditional villages and the historic city of Ljubljana.

Discover the warmth and charm of Ljubljana with its contrasting styles of architecture, café culture and bustling riverbank and markets. Try creative long exposures to capture fast-flowing...

Discover the ‘Secrets of Slovenia’ and the Julian Alps with your camera in hand and capture stunning images of mountain landscapes, glacial lakes, rivers, as well as scenes of every day life in traditional villages and the historic city of Ljubljana.

Discover the warmth and charm of Ljubljana with its contrasting styles of architecture, café culture and bustling riverbank and markets. Try creative long exposures to capture fast-flowing rivers and waterfalls at Soca River Valley. Travel through many picturesque villages to shoot traditional hayracks and agricultural details and document a slower pace of life. Piran and the Adriatic coast take us to Predjama castle, one of the most picturesque in Slovenia. Karst and Goriska Brda  offer breathtaking landscapes, where we stay in a lovely lodge. Explore Lake Bled and its iconic church on Bled island starting with sunrise at the shore and ending with sunset from a stunning vantage point. Contrast this with the more tranquil but equally inspiring Lake Bohinj in the heart of the Julian Alps.

Experience a range of incredible photographic locations and experiment with a variety of photography techniques on this 10-day tour where you’ll travel in a small group, stay in well-chosen accommodation and be guided and assisted by your photography leader, and a local Slovenian tour leader and professional photographer.

What to expect: This tour is outdoor oriented and there will be a moderate amount of walking involved. Some of the paths are off-track and we recommend sturdy walking shoes. There may be a limited amount of uphill walking. If clients have health issues they should tell us in advance so we can plan activities for them with an easier level of walking.

Slovenia is a very safe country, and you will find the people very welcoming. The food is also excellent and we have including a wine tasting when overnighting in the midst of the surrounding vineyards. There is a great mixture of Mediterranean, Alpine, Hungarian, and Balkan cuisine with a local touch. Most of the food is organic and locally produced. This is a great time as there is a lot of seasonal produce, including wine.

While designed for the intermediate and advanced photographer, we welcome any skill level, as he knows everyone will enjoy the photography in Slovenia. Your photo leader is there to help anyone make their best pictures. Participants should know how to use their specific cameras, and have a working knowledge of the basics of photography – shutter, aperture, exposure, etc.

The itinerary will guide us, but we also make unscheduled stops for discoveries along the way, with an eye for the group’s interests. You can plan to be out for early and late light when weather and schedules permit. Your photo leader and local guide will offer guidance and some instruction on the tour, and they will also be available to answer questions and provide photographic advice.

Photo Leader

Tom & Cree Bol

Tour Itinerary

July 15: Home

Your journey begins with your overnight flight to the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana. (LJU). (meals on plane)

July 16-17: Ljubljana

Arrive anytime today when you will be transferred to the hotel. Today is a day to rest and get over your jet lag. There will be a group introductory meeting late this afternoon/early evening (time to be announced) and a welcome dinner. Accommodations are close to the old town district for a sunset photo walk. The next day will be full to explore and photograph the capital city. Wander the charming streets of the old city, camera in hand and capture the highlights of Ljubljana including baroque churches, diverse architectural details and the castle as well as trying our hand at some street photography and candid portraits in Ljubljana’s marketplace and along the café-strewn riverbanks. Overnight Ljubljana (D; B, L)

July 18-19: Piran

After breakfast drive southwest towards the Slovenian Adriatic Coast. There will be a photo stop at Predjama castle to photograph the most picturesque castle of Slovenia. Arrive this afternoon in Piran, an ancient coastal town with a beautiful old town core. Of all the towns on the Slovenian coast, Piran, as a whole, has the most original town architecture, with a partly preserved town wall with seven mighty towers, a symbol of the past power and pride of the city. In the center of the town is Tartini’s Square with a bronze monument of the famous violinist and composer, Giuseppi Tartini. The most beautiful building in this square is a Venetian Gothic house from the first half of the fifteenth century, with a typical balcony and window trifora in Venetian Gothic style. The pictu­resque background of the square is rounded off by the cathedral on a hill with a fine view of the Bay of Trieste. There will be afternoon and sunset photography today.

Enjoy another full day to explore the beautiful Slovenian coast. We can start our day by capturing sunrise above Piran, one of the classic Adriatic experiences. Secovlje saltpans are one of the oldest in the Adriatic and you can still witness production of salt in a traditional way. If the timing is right there may be great photography at the Saltpans close by, a great place for landscape photography, especially in the warm afternoon sun. Overnight Piran (B, L or D both days)

July 20-21: Soca River Valley and Triglav National Park

After breakfast we leave the coast and head north east, traveling through the Soca River Valley, with mountain peaks in the background. The Soca River is a distinct emerald green, considered to be one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. We hope for a beautiful sunset during your time here. There are  incredible gorges to discover and waterfalls as you walk along the riverbanks. As well as stunning landscapes, you may be lucky with some wildlife photography and will also take the opportunity to photograph the historical World War I remnants along the trail. Your route takes you on some of the highest mountains in Slovenia offering incredible views across the country into Italy. Overnight (B, L or D both days)

July 22-24: Lake Bled

Take one of the most scenic routes in Slovenia, over the Vrsic Pass, the highest peak of the Alps, with incredible photo opportunities of the Jullian Alps and the Triglav National Park. Arrive late afternoon at your accommodations near the picturesque Lake Bled. After settling in explore the lake with perhaps a chance for sunset photography.

Enjoy another two full days exploring the beautiful Gorenjska region. The fashionable mountain resort  near the Austrian and Italian borders, is set on the idyllic Lake Bled.  It is one of the most stunning places in Slovenia with its church on an island in the middle of the lake. We can visit the island by traditional “Pletna” boat. Bled Castle on the cliff above offers superb views of the lake, and there will be plenty of opportunities to capture landscape photos from this vantage. The nearby Lake Bohinj is also a glacier-made body like Bled, but as it is located in the heart of the Julian Alps it provides a very different setting. After photos stop at the lakeshore, head to the picturesque Savica waterfall. From there, pass through many picturesque small traditional-style villages on your way to the stunning Vintgar Gorge. Overnight Lake Bled (B, L or D three days)

July 25: Ljubljana - Home

If your flight schedule allows there will be time for photography this morning. There will be a group departure (time to be announced) from the hotel to the airport (approximate 1-hour drive). (B)