Slovenia Autumn House Party
The Julian Alps that comprise the Triglav National Park present some of the most breath-taking alpine scenery in Europe. We will be based near the gorgeous Lake Bohinji in the Park surounded by not only these mountains but by meadows, forests and within easy reach of limestone gorges carved into lovely forms by turquoise-coloured glacial rivers. The focus of the trip is on spectacular landscape photography making the most of the rich, autumn colour.
Most of the locations are within a short drive of our base, and can be reached after a short walk. There will be days when we will take longer drives to get deeper into the high mountains that straddle the border with Italy. The roads are very well finished but, inevitably in such a mountainous country, expect lots of hairpin bends!
This is a really lovely landscape tour with spectacular vistas and intriguing intimate landscapes. These combined with flexible, comfortable house-party accommodation and lots of great food, have all the makings for a stimulating but relaxing photo adventure.
With exclusive occupation of carefully selected lodges, each offering a high degree of comfort and set in stunning locations, we are able to tailor our photographic forays according to the best light and time of day. Meals are cooked fresh by our own live-in chef and can be timed to offer maximum flexibility. Our house parties combine serious photography with serious fun.
Dates: 14-21 Oct 2017
Single Supplement: £0
Group Size: 8
Guide: Niall Benvie
Host: Charlotte Benvie
Principal Subjects: Alpine landscapes; natural woodlands in full autumn colour; waterfalls; turquoise rivers and limestone formations
Cost Includes: Accommodation, all meals (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on day 8), tuition, transport and entry fees
Cost Excludes: Insurance, alcoholic drinks, personal items and travel to venue
Niall has guided tours and taught workshops during much of his 23-year career as a professional outdoor photographer and writer. Over that time, he's retained the capacity to remember what it's like to learn things for the first time, and finds new ways to explain them. He's known as an innovator in his field and doesn't hold back when it comes to sharing his knowledge, experience and ideas. As a photographer working for a wide range of clients, he's learned to make strong images regardless of the conditions.
Charlotte has extensive experience of looking after and catering for groups, from school children to race-goers. And she's no mean photographer either. She helps to keep things running smoothly in the field, as well as cooking to a very high standard (she was in series 8 of Masterchef) for our house party tours. Charlotte grew up in a family where being out in nature was the norm so she's just as comfortable on a storm-lashed beach as she is in her kitchen where she makes award-winning chocolates.
Slovenia is a modern, industrialised country and this is reflected in the standard of its infrastructure. It uses the Euro as currency. Along with the Nordic countries, it has the lowest levels of crime in Europe.
We have chosen a well appointed guest house as the base for our tour in the village of Bohinj on the south side of the Triglav National Park and will have exclusive use of it during our stay. The rooms all have their own bathrooms.
Meals are taken within our accommodation and will be fitted in around prime photography time. We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure you get what you want - langoustine and truffles excluded!
We will normally be walking quite short distances from the minibus although the terrain may not always be even, especially in the mountains. Agility rather than stamina is useful. We will be driving along a lot of winding, up and down roads so if you’re prone to travel sickness, let us know that you need to be near the front of the van.
Summer temperatures are often in the high 20’s and at altitude there is lots of UV light. Autumn is a bit cooler but you’re unlikely to need a down jacket. Be prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. All these can be bought in the village. It can be dry but it’s best to bring your usual waterproofs too.
Our guide for this tour, Niall Benvie, has many years of photographic tour-leading experience. For those who would like assistance, he will take you through both technical and practical aspects of this type of photography and will be on hand to help you get the most from your time spent with us.
Meeting up and saying goodbye
The tour starts and ends at Ljubljana airport. Please notify us at least one month before the tour starts your travel arrangements so we can coordinate pickups. We will already be in Slovenia when you arrive.
We take our responsibility as a tour operator very seriously and are conscious of our impact on the environment. Not only do we strive to minimise this impact in a variety of ways, we donate a proportion of our income to a select number of conservation initiatives.