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Slovenia in Autumn – Misty Lakes & Medieval Villages

Highlights include…

  • Historical churches on lakes and hilltops
  • Detail-rich old buildings and villages
  • Extraordinary autumn colours in alpine forests
  • Lake reflections and waterfalls
  • Carved limestone gorges with turquoise rivers
  • Precipitous alpine peaks
  • A visit to Slovenia’s best-preserved mediaeval town
  • Superb food and hospitality
  • Outstanding locations within walking distance of our base.
  • Scenic Julian Alps

Introduction

We are thrilled to introduce our new and classic Slovenian photographic itinerary in the scenic Julian Alps. This eight day holiday will be based around a love of photography and good food. We stay in just one scenically and beautifully located base with excellent, relaxing facilities. Your hosts Charlotte and Niall have years of experience in creating a convivial atmosphere for guests who wish to enjoy some delicious food, alongside the opportunity to learn and develop their photography.

Slovenia is a friendly, prosperous member of the EU, a country in Central Europe known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. The area retains a feeling of the Alps as they used to be in times gone by. Based at Ribčev Laz, in the heart of the Triglav National Park our Slovenian there are dozens of rich photographic opportunities in accessible locations.

Whilst popular with tourists in the summer months, we have most of the locations more or less to ourselves by the autumn when the colours are at their glowing best.  The weather is often calm and warm at this time of year. Lake Bohinj just five minute’s walk from our comfortable and scenic base. It is famous for its early morning mists making for some atmospheric and classic shots. The sun rises at around seven and dawn shoots are pleasurable rather than challenging. Freed from hotel timetables, we plan mealtimes around our photography and often take breakfast out into the field to eat after a dawn shoot.
During the sunny days, we can keep busy by photographing in the narrow streets of local villages including the famous Škofja Loka, Slovenia’s best-preserved mediaeval town.

Most of our locations are within an hour’s drive of our base, some just fifteen minutes away. Travelling a bit further afield, we spend one day in the Soča Valley which borders Italy. Our journey here takes us over the spectacular Vršič Pass (1611m) to reach magically carved limestone gorges and turquoise water. Whether your interest is in the grand view or close-ups of autumn foliage and buildings, this tour has lots to photograph – and just as much to eat!

Niall Benvie
Niall has extensive experience leading photographic tours and workshops and is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Niall leads our workshops in Iceland, Scotland, Slovenia and France … read more

Charlotte Benvie
Charlotte spent most of her childhood living close to nature. She is a superb cook, chocolatier and photographer. She works with husband Niall on diverse enterprises centred round nature photography and chocolate. Charlotte works with Niall on our workshops in Iceland, Scotland, Slovenia and France … read more

Brief Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive at Ljubljana Airport

There will be a single transfer to our base in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik, whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River. Niall and Charlotte will transfer guests to the base in Ribčev Laz just one hour away. En-route, we go through the village of Bled with the famous Church of the Assumption of Mary on an island. Shortly after settling in at our accommodation we enjoy dinner together followed by an inspiring image presentation.

Day 2: Lake Bled

This morning we will photograph the fairy-tale Church on the island in the middle of Lake Bled at dawn. Although much photographed, there is plenty of scope for individual interpretation. After lunch we will spend the remainder of the day exploring the alpine meadows, old farms and woodlands around Koprivnik around half an hour from our base.

Day 3: Lake Bohinj

A very short drive sees us at the shore of Lake Bohinj. There are several viewpoints along the Lake, all with easy access. We will choose particular ones according to visibility: fog is a special feature of the lake making the surrounding beech woods especially magical. Following a relaxed breakfast back at base, we take a picnic lunch to enjoy during our excursion to the Mostnica River and its attractive gorge. We start at the pretty village of Stara Fużina. Time permitting we will spend the rest of the daylight hours shooting in Stara Fużina.

Day 4: St Primoz’s, near Jamnik

Another bright and early start this morning as we head off to photograph St Primoz’s, near Jamnik. This is one of the most beautifully located churches in Slovenia. The sunrise will rake along the slopes beneath the church at this time of year. Arriving back at base in time for a late lunch we spend some time relaxing before heading out for the late afternoon light to Srednja Vas and Bohnijska Česnjica, a couple of villages in the nearby valley.

Day 5: Sorica and Lake Bled

Leaving early morning we drive up the village of Sorica to get a sunrise over the valleys.For dusk, we drive back to the popular and always scenic Lake Bled where we will photograph the church from the lakeside.

Day 6: Soča Valley and River

Following breakfast at our base we leave for the Soča Valley. The journey takes two hours but the photographic opportunities are well worth going the extra mile! Traversing the Vršič Pass we will see and photograph some incredible alpine scenery. One of our main focuses will be the beautifully carved limestone features and turquoise waters of the Velika Korita section of the Soča River; this is visually stunning.

Day 7: Lake Bohinj and Škofja Loka

We leave early for Lake Bohinj. This allows us to “mop up” opportunities we may have missed earlier in the week. After a home breakfast, we take a picnic lunch for our visit to Škofja Loka. It takes just over an hour to drive to the old quarters where we will spend the rest of the day exploring the streets and alleyways of this colourful and fascinating mediaeval town. During the evening we will enjoy a final and super dinner from Charlotte followed by a presentation of some of the weeks best images.

Day 8: Transfer to Ljubljana airport

Following a last delicious breakfast you will be free to pack and photograph locally until a late morning transfer for flights from Ljubljana.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation en suite facilities
  • All Meals
  • Airport Transfers
  • Tuition

What’s Not Included

  • Flights (direct flights with Easy jet from Stansted)
  • Alcohol, snacks between meals

Accommodation

Scenic and comfortable guest house solely for our group. En suite facilities with attractive communal and dining areas.

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our trip description PDF
It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.