Photo by: Brenda Tharp
Location: Slovenia
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Slovenia Winter Wonderland

  • Limited to twelve passengers, two meals each day.
  • Photographic education and critiques by photo leader Brenda Tharp.
  • Travel with Slovenian guide who is also a professional photographer.
  • Photograph the rivers, waterfalls, and mountain peaks of the Julian Alps.
  • Try creative long exposures to capture fast-flowing rivers and waterfalls of Soca River Valley & Triglav National Park.
  • Photograph sunrise and sunset at Lake Bled and its iconic church.
  • Discover the warmth and charm of Ljubljana with its architecture, markets and bustling riverbank.
Region

Eastern Europe

Destination

Slovenia

Dates

January 26-Feb 3 2020

Duration

8 days

$4195

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 5-8 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 $395.

Tour Overview

Discover the Slovenia and the Julian Alps with your camera in hand and capture stunning images of mountain landscapes, glacial lakes, and rivers in the Gorenjska & Vintgar Gorge. Try creative long exposures to capture fast-flowing rivers and waterfalls at Soca River Valley and Triglav National Park. Travel through many picturesque villages to shoot details and document a slower pace of life. Explore Lake Bled and its iconic church on Bled island starting with sunrise at the shore and ending...

Discover the Slovenia and the Julian Alps with your camera in hand and capture stunning images of mountain landscapes, glacial lakes, and rivers in the Gorenjska & Vintgar Gorge. Try creative long exposures to capture fast-flowing rivers and waterfalls at Soca River Valley and Triglav National Park. Travel through many picturesque villages to shoot details and document a slower pace of life. 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. Discover the warmth and charm of Ljubljana with its contrasting styles of architecture, café culture and bustling riverbank and markets.

Join Brenda Tharp on an incredible journey in Slovenia and experience the magic of winter. Winter snows and ice transforms an already photogenic country into a magical wonderland – you won’t want to miss this! Stay flexible in your itinerary, to make the best of winter conditions Explore Triglav National Park, to get you to all the best spots to photograph stunning alpine scenery, frozen waterfalls, glacial lakes and frosty wintry scenes of hilltop churches.

Brenda has been to Slovenia three times in Autumn and loves it, and this time, she’s looking forward to exploring in another magical time of year: Winter. The locations are some of the same iconic spots, but they’ll look a lot different! Also explore other areas that the local guide knows well, for their value as winter locations. So we are in great hands on this winter tour. Winter light is great, and with short days you can capture both sunrise and sunset easily and work in between in various locations. At night return to the warmth of your cozy lodging to review our pictures and share a hearty dinner.

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. 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. While designed for the intermediate and advanced photographer, Brenda welcomes any skill level, as she knows everyone will enjoy the photography in Slovenia. Brenda is there to help anyone make his or her 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.

Please join tour leader Brenda Tharp for this incredible photographic opportunity. The emphasis of the trip is on photography, days will be filled with unique opportunities. There are so many wonderful hidden places to explore. Your leader will seek out obscure settings to visit and photograph, places you would not find on your own.

Lodges have best possible photographic locations. Clients literally just walk out of hotel and start taking photos. You will experience great food & wine along the way. All lodging has Wi-Fi available. We have chosen all locations with the most important thing in mind – getting to the right location at the right time.

Photo Leader

Brenda Tharp

What was the highlight of your trip? Brenda – she was great. Efficient, knowledgeable, friendly, continually involved with all of us.

— R. Pool

Tour Itinerary

January 26: U.S.

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

January 27: LJU - Lake Bled

Arrive by early afternoon today (approximate 1-hour drive from airport), where you will be transferred to the hotel in Lake Bled. There will be a group introductory meeting late this afternoon, followed by a photo shoot to capture the golden light at iconic Lake Bled. Enjoy your welcome dinner. Overnight Lake Bled (D)

January 28-30: Lake Bled – Gorenjska & Vintgar Gorge

After sunrise photography and breakfast take one of the most scenic routes in Slovenia with incredible photo stops. The road will take you to the highest mountain pass of Slovenia, which offers stunning views of the surrounding Julian Alps. Arrive late afternoon at your accommodations near the picturesque Lake Bled. Enjoy another three full days exploring the beautiful Gorenjska region. The fashionable mountain resort of Bled, 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 sits high above the city on a cliff, you may have an optional visit there given time and weather conditions. 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)

January 31-Feb 1: Soca River Valley and Triglav National Park

After breakfast leave the city and travel north. First stop at Karst area, which features beautiful stone villages, fascinating caves, and is home to Lipizzaner horses. You might even visit one of the UNESCO Karst caves with an underground river canyon or Šmartno town in the heart of wine region Goriška Brda. In the afternoon arrive to Bovec from where you explore the west Julian Alps and Soca River. Sunset photography will be at Soca River or from the highest road in Slovenia.

The next two days capture the incredible emerald waters of the Soca and discover gorges and waterfalls as you hike 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 in to Italy. Overnight Karst – Goriska Brda – Bovec (B, L or D three days)

February 2: 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 and a welcome dinner. Accommodations are close to the old town district for a sunset photo walk. If you wish to have additional evenings at the hotel and explore this lovely city center on your own please contact Strabo Tours. Overnight Ljubljana (D)

February 3: 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)