Slovenia Autumn Gold Photo Adventure
This is one of the best times to visit Slovenia and this fascinating and friendly corner of Europe. We’ll meet up in the capitol of Slovenia, Ljubljana, where you’ll spend your first night and enjoy an evening photo shoot session in it’s historic and picturesque centre. The following day, you’ll head north west towards the Julian Alps to jaw droppingly beautiful Lake Bled, one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia.
Our base for 4 nights, Bled has it all. A small town surrounded by mountains, a castle perched upon a cliff top, a lake complete with an island that appears to float, along with it’s atmospheric Baroque church, just for good measure. From our base in Bled we’ll also photograph beautiful Lake Bohinj, walk through and photograph Vintgar gorge, plus the surrounding mountains and iconic churches such as Sveti Tomaz and Jamnik that dot the region.
On one of your days, after an early start you’ll heading further west from Bled to traverse the winding road over the stunning Vrsic Pass, the highest in the Julian Alps. The vistas here will linger long in your memory and offer some amazing photo opportunities. Desending down into the beautiful Soca valley we’ll capture its aquamarine river that tumbles from the mountains before arriving nearby Bovec where you’ll spend one night. From here we’ll focus on some of the waterfalls of the region including Slap Virje and Kozak falls near Kobarid. We’ll also take a side trip into Italy to capture Lake Fusine at dusk below the north face of Mt Mangart as the sun sets. Returning to our base in Bled late evening.
From Bovec we’ll leave the Julian Alps and travel south to the medieval coastal town of Piran which will offer a complete contrast to the Julian Alps. Piran sits on the Adriatic Sea and it’s here that we’ll have our final photo sessions. Piran is perched on a spit of land and with its Venetian gothic architecture is one of the most well preserved on the entire Adriatic coast.
After 2 nights in Piran we’ll return to Ljubljana via both the Skocjan caves and Predjama castle. An action packed photo adventure with a backdrop of Autumn colour and breathtaking mountain scenery. Book your place online.
Start time 15:30hrs 4th October in Ljubljana leaving for Bled
End time 17:00hrs 11th October in Ljubljana
Getting there At time of writing direct flights from London, Stanstead with Easyjet, flights also connect through Brussels and other European hubs.
4 nights in Old Parish House, Bled
1 night Bovec
2 nights at the Hotel Piran, Piran
All single occupancy rooms in small hotels and guest houses.
Accommodation may be required in Ljubljana prior to and after the trip depending on your flight times. Recommended options include the Hotel Emonec, Celica Hostel, City Hotel, and the Slamic Bed and Breakfast, all are central to the centre of town.
The airport is located about 20 mins north of the city and a shuttle bus is available for around £10. Airlines Easyjet* and Adria airways all fly into Ljubljana from Stanstead* and Gatwick (UK)* Brussels ( Belgium) and Paris. Check Skyscanner for options.
What to expect
This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location in Slovenia on the first day. This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode, reading histograms, using grads, the practicalities of shooting in the Julian Alps, waterfalls and vistas. Guidance and help will be on hand throughout the trip.
Participants will be invited to share 6 of their final images with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.
The sun can shine and still have some warmth late October ( average 15 celsius during the day) but it can turn chilly at this time of year in the mountains. Snow is even possible in the high passes. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing to stay dry and warm. Primarily a waterproof jacket and good walking boots or shoes that are waterproof.
Fitness and mobility
Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and even snowy surfaces. This can involve short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 45 mins one way, however participation is optional at every location.
All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.
Places available - sold out
Trip Fee: £1895.00
Booking deposit: £200
Starts / ends - Ljubljana, Slovenia
- 7 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfasts
- Transport to all locations
- Dusk and dawn sessions
- Practical help and guidance
- Detailed itinerary
- Post trip image review
- Lightstalker Adventures Beanie
- Return flights to Slovenia or airport transfers
- Lunches, dinners or alcoholic beverages
- Entry fees to caves or castle
- Please insure you have adequate travel insurance
- Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
- Jamnik Church
- Radovljica town
- Vintgar Gorge
- Julian Alps vistas
- Kranjska Gora
- Vrsic Pass
- Soca valley
- Bovec and Kobarid
- Soca River and Kozak falls
- Lake Fusine and Mt Mangarta
- Slovenian churches and vistas
- Piran on the Adriatic coast
- Ljubljana the capitol at dusk
- Small groups so less crowded
- Plenty time at locations
- Professional guidance and support