Rod Thomas Photography

sLOVEnia

18th - 28th September, 2017

  • Price: $4950 aud

  • Deposit: $500.00

  • Duration: 11 Days

  • Location: Slovenia

  • Participants: 8

Slovenia is a country in Central Europe which is known for its mountains, outdoor recreation and ski resorts. Set on a glacial lake fed by thermal springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliffside medieval castle. At nearby Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps you can ski, hike and raft along the Soča River, renowned for its aquamarine water.  
Ljubljana, Slovenia’s largest and capital city is known for its university population and green spaces, including the expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined with outdoor cafes, divides the city's old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures.  
Slovenia borders Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy and is a relatively untouched paradise for landscape photographers. Join myself and Slovenian Professional Photographer, Dan Briški, on this 11 day adventure into a region that has endless photographic opportunities. Dan has had is work published in magazines, calendars and books all around the world and also worked for the Slovenian National Parks Service so he knows this area better than anyone. 

  • 18th September, 2017 - Ljubljana to Lake Bled

    Arrive into the airport in Ljubljana, Slovenia and transfer to Lake Bled where we will check into our accommodation. We have some time set aside this afternoon for photography in the local area before our welcome dinner. At dinner we will further discuss our plans for the next week or so and get to know each other better. (D) 

  • 19th October, 2017 - Lake Bled & Bohinj

    We will take the next two days to explore the beautiful Gorenjska region starting with a sunrise shoot at the shore of Lake Bled. Later on, we will move up to Bled Castle which is perched high up on the cliff top and capture superb panoramas of the lake with its island and Baroque Church and we will also visit the spectacular Vintgar Gorge where we can experiment capturing fast flowing water and try out some long exposures. (B,L,D) 

  • 20th September, 2017 - Lake Bled and Bohinj

    Our second glacial lake will be Lake Bohinj and this has a very different feel to Lake Bled.Here we will take time to perfect our compositional skills at the lake shore and capture creative reflections. A short drive will take us to the surrounding picturesque villages where we will have the opportunity to capture traditional agricultural architecture including the landmark hayracks of Slovenia, as well as capturing scenes of rural village life. We will finish the day with a sunset shoot on the lakes edge (B,L,D )

  • 21st September, 2017 - Julian Alps

    Our route takes us over the Vršič pass. The Vrišič Pass is the highest pass in the Julian Alps with stunning views across the Slovenian Alps. We will make as many stops as needed along this drive to get some amazing photographs. A late afternoon arrival into Šmartno which is an old town situated in Goriška Brda wine country. Tonight we will capture the sunset over the vineyards that have views that go all the way to The Adriatic Sea, Julian Alps and Italy. (B,L,D) 

  • 22nd September, 2017 - Goriska Brda Wine Country

    Today we will explore the hilly wine region of Goriška Brda ( Gorizia Hills ) stopping at scenic viewpoints and traditional villages along the way. Apart from amazing photography, we will also sample local olive oil, prosciutto, cherries and of course the local wine. A visit to a traditional wine makers home will be on the highlights. (B,L,D)

  • 23rd September, 2017 - Karst and The Coast

    After breakfast we will leave the wine country and travel south. our first stop will be the Karst area which features beautiful stone villages, fascinating caves and is also home to the world famous Lipizzaner horses. If we have time, we may even be able to visit one of the UNESCO Karst caves with their underground river canyon. We then travel to the coastal town of Piran, a small jewel of a town on the Adriatic Coast. (B,L,D) 

  • 24th September, 2017 - Piran & The Adriatic Coast

    A full day to explore the beautiful Slovenian Coast. We will start our day by capturing the sunrise above Piran which is one of the classic Adriatic experiences. We may also visit the Sečovlje salt-pans, one of the oldest in the Adriatic and a place where you can still witness the production of salt in a traditional way. Salt-pans are also a great place for landscape photography, especially in the warm afternoon sun. (B,D) 

  • 25th - 27th September 2017 - Piran & Ljubljana

    After a morning shoot in Piran and then breakfast, we will start making our way back to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. During the next couple of days we will wander the charming streets of the old city with our cameras in hand and capture the highlights of Ljubljana including old churches, diverse architectural details and of course the Ljubljana Castle. We can also try our hand at street photography and candid portraits in Ljubljana’s bustling market place and also along the cafe’ strewn riverbanks. We will also be making a half day trip from the city to one of Slovenia's many scenic locations. (3B, 3D) 

  • 28th September, 2017 - Depart from Ljubljana

    Our last breakfast together before we transfer to the airport and head in our homeward direction. (B) 

  • WHAT IS INCLUDED

    •    10 nights twin share accommodation ( Single supplement is available for an additional cost of $495 AUD.
    •    Meals where indicated ( includes soft drinks ).
    •    Airport transfers.
    •    Photography tuition ( if needed)
    •    All entry fees and local taxes where required.

  • WHAT ISNT INCLUDED

    •    Airfares of any kind. Participants need to arrive in Ljubljana either the morning of the first tour day, or the day prior. Anyone wanting to arrive the day prior to the start we can arrange accommodation for you if needed.
    •    Meals where indicated.
    •    Alcoholic drinks of any kind.
    •    Visas and travel / gear insurance. As of now, Australians do NOT need a visit to enter Slovenia.

  • TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    **  Your spot on this tour is not confirmed until we receive both a completed booking form and either the deposit required or full payment at time of booking. **

    Cancellation policy: 

    Deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations must be received via email. Should you need to cancel your place on the tour, we will only refund any amount over and above the deposit you have already paid.. If you cancel less than 30 days before the tour starts there will be no refund of fee or deposit. Should another participant be found to fill the vacant place we will then, and only then, refund the deposit and/or balance you have paid. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour unless otherwise specified. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have a deposit payment. Registrations are allocated on a first come first served basis. If the workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund of your booking fees. Tour itineraries may be subject to change due to weather, road conditions or any other other unforeseen circumstances.

    Travel insurance: 

    Travel insurance is MANDATORY and highly recommended for cover of unforeseen circumstances. Camera and equipment insurance is the responsibility of the individual photographer. 

    Camera experience required: 

    A modest level of photographic experience would be advisable to get the most out of this tour. Familiarising yourself with your basic camera operations is also strongly advised. Please bring camera manuals in case the tutors need to make adjustments to your camera settings. 

    Minimum numbers: 

    All tours are conducted based on a minimum of participants booking. This may vary according to the tour you have chosen. If we cancel due to minimum numbers not being reached you will get a full refund of the tour cost only that you have previously paid. Other bookings you may make related to this tour are not our responsibility and so we recommend travel insurance to cover this. We will only run this trip if we reach the required minimum number of guests.

    Guides Availability: 

    We will be assisting you to take photographs and provide tuition throughout the tour if needed. In the event of a guide being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control we will endeavour to provide another guide of similar experience. 

    What else do you need to know? 

    There maybe some moderately energetic walking involved to get to certain locations so please consider this related to your physical abilities. If you have any other medical conditions that might affect your enjoyment of the workshop please let us know. Evening and early morning shoots will form part of the tour. You may choose to not participate in these but we recommend that you do take part. 

    Early morning shoot times are entirely dependant on the sunrise times so schedules we set for departure will need to be adhered to rigidly. It’s not fair to the group as a whole to have to wait for a late riser so we will leave exactly at the times we say.

    Please bring clothing suited to early morning or evening shoots that may be a little chilly, sturdy foot wear, hat, sunscreen and camera of course…. Like any trip away from home please bring personal medication requirements. We usually meet the evening before the workshop to have drinks and/or dine together and get to know each other. Please consider this when planning your travel arrangements. 

    Liability Limitation Statement 

    We aim to provide every participant with a safe and enjoyable experience during the tour. As there is always an element of risk associated with the outdoors and travel in general we accept no responsibility/liability for injury, death, illness, losses or additional expenses associated with tour participation. By signing the booking form you are agreeing to all the listed terms and conditions. 

    Privacy Statement: 

    The information provided by participants will not be released to any other parties.

    Trip Investment: 

    The cost of the trip is $4750. A deposit of $500, or full payment plus any single supplements, is to be paid with the return of the booking form. If paying just the deposit amount with your trip registration, the remainder of the trip needs to be paid no later than 60 days prior to departure. 

    Other questions? 

    If you have any questions about this tour please do not hesitate to contact us.