Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: Slovenia – Autumn Colours, Misty Lakes and Medieval Villages

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Slovenia – Autumn Colours, Misty Lakes and 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
  • Visit to Slovenia’s best-preserved medieval town
  • Superb food and local 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. Our eight day holiday will be based around a love of photography and good local food and hospitality.
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. We will be based in a quiet village in walking distance of Lake Bled. In all there are dozens of rich photographic opportunities in accessible locations.

Whilst popular with tourists in the summer months, we have most of the locations 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 Bled 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 will have our accommodation to ourselves, we will plan mealtimes around our photography and sometimes take breakfast out into the field to eat after a dawn shoot. Our Professional photographic guides are from Slovenia and have an intimate knowledge of our locations, culture and you can be guaranteed a fully immersive and creative experience during this photographic tour.


During the sunnier days, we will be busy photographing in the narrow streets of local villages including the famous Škofja Loka, Slovenia’s best-preserved medieval town. Most of our locations are within an hour’s drive from our base, some just fifteen minutes walk 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, cultural details or buildings, our tour has lots to photograph – and just as much to eat!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Ljubljana Airport

We will meet you at the airport and transfer to our guesthouse near Lake Bled. Shortly after settling in, we will enjoy dinner together followed by an inspiring image presentation. (D)

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.
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Day 3: Lake Bohinj

A short drive will see us on the shore of Lake Bohinj. There are several viewpoints along the Lake, all with easy access. We will choose ones according to visibility, atmospheric mist 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.
(B,L,D)

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. At this time of year the sunrise will gradually light up the slopes beneath the church. Arriving back at base in time for a late lunch we spend some time relaxing before heading out for the late afternoon light at Pokljuka Plateau. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Sorica and Lake Bled

Leaving early morning we drive up the village of Sorica to get a sunrise over the valleys. Later in a day we will explore the northern valleys of the Julian Alps where we encounter beautiful mountain views and stunning waterfalls. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Lake Bohinj and Škofja Loka

For our last sunrise we will return to Lake Bohinj. This allows us to re-visit locations where we may have missed opportunities earlier in the week. After a delicious home breakfast, we will 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 alley-ways of this colourful and fascinating medieval town. During the evening we will enjoy a final dinner together followed by a presentation of some our best images of our week. (B,L,D)

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 the airport. (B)

What’s Included

  • Accommodation on single room basis with private facilities
  • All transport during the tour
  • Airport transfers on the day of start/end (other dates can be arranged at an extra cost)
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Photography guide(s)
  • Local taxes and organisation

What’s Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks between meals
  • Travel Insurance