9 days | 09 Aug 2025 - 17 Aug 2025

Photography tour to Slovenia: floating hides and more

Which nature photographer doesn’t dream of being given carte blanche with the floating hut on bird-rich ponds in wild nature? In Slovenia you can have fun unabashedly in the water among bird species that are difficult to approach or photograph in other places. Connoisseurs will have no doubt: this is a top trip for those who are curious about floating shelters or for photographers who are already familiar with floating huts. Unique in Europe!

Strenghts of this tour:

  • guidance by two professional photographers with excellent knowledge of floating hides
  • sophisticated preparation so that we can guarantee the best photos
  • an ‘all inclusive‘ with the exception of the flights
  • small group so that you are personally guided
  • floating hides included

© Dimitri Roelants

Special (bird) species

Slovenia during summer, is there a better place to photograph birds in Europe? All fledglings and juveniles are busy exploring the world. We concentrate on river wetlands, open water, swamps, reedbeds, flooded grasslands, meanders,… Prepare for the following photo subjects: great crested grebe, little grebe, black-necked grebe, red-necked grebe, ducks, terns, various herons, shorebirds,…

There is of course also a lot to experience from the water. The countless extensively managed meadows and wooded areas buzz with life: songbirds, various woodpecker species and small mammals are also on the agenda.

As expected in a country like Slovenia with unspoilt nature, there are also many surprises possible! Look forward to a few extra nice species such as the mighty osprey! You might come home with action shots indeed… Enough now with spoiling the surprise, until we’re there! You can rest assured: this photography tour to Slovenia is again a unique STARLING tour. A travel formula full of surprises, specially designed by our competent guides

Unique: the floating hide

To approach water birds undisturbed and to have an incredibly beautiful point of view, we use a hide that can float on water. We walk on the bottom of the pond with waterproof waders and from the hide, we approach birds that usually don’t care about that camouflaged bump on the water.

Have you already worked with the floating hides on one of our trips or workshops? Then you already know that this is one of the best ways to photograph birds. It also gives the greatest satisfaction because you can fully express your own creativity. You choose your own light, distance, background,… and you have your own hut. We enter various water features with our floating hut.

We naturally provide an extensive initiation session for newcomers. But rest assured: you will immediately love it and will undoubtedly never experience such a thrill behind your telephoto lens again!

During this photography tour we use, among other things, the inflatable floating hides from the producer Mr Jan Gear. Our tour guide Yves is an ambassador for Mr Jan Gear and helped design the successful floating hide himself. This trip is an ideal opportunity for a participant to try out the hut extensively!

© Yves Adams

Locations far away

For this photo tour, we explore the other side of Europe, where nature is much more unspoilt than ours. But it doesn’t stop there: we travel even further to wild areas with barely known sites to unpack our floating hides. Here, no one will disturb us and we have the birds all to ourselves.

We travel to pristine wetlands. The very dynamic habitat attracts special birds every year. Because we are very dependent on the water level, we have numerous plan B locations in case the water level is not perfect. These are spread throughout the area, ranging from abandoned fish breeding ponds, river meanders, swamps,…

What makes this photo trip to Slovenia so special?

  • The fact that we are traveling to Slovenia in the summer is unprecedented and unique!
  • You photograph in a unique setting from exclusive floating cabins.
  • All this under the expert guidance of Yves Adams and local guides.
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Experienced tour guide

During this trip you will be guided by professional nature and passionate floating shelter photographer Yves Adams. He has been to Eastern Europe many times and sees when good opportunities arise. Both according to species and lighting conditions. He will help you learn how to use the floating shelter so that you return home with fantastic footage! After his countless travels and successful collaborations with some local photographers, Yves has built up a local circle of friends. They help us with all logistics on site, with complete confidence.
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Is this photography trip to Slovenia something for you?

  • You are looking for a photo tour during the summer holidays.
  • You like photographing birds from a very special point of view.
  • You are curious about photographing from floating huts.
  • You are in normal physical condition and are not afraid of water.
Photography Level
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Planning is key

Itinerary & Locations

The tour schedule is flexible and dependent on the weather, local conditions and observations.
Your departure city - Slovenia Prlekija

Today we travel to Prlekija, our base for the coming days.

NOTE: If you wish, you can go to Slovenia by train. The connection is quite smooth. The most comfortable option is to take the night train. Booking in time is necessary.

10/8 - 16/8
Seven full days of floating hides

For seven days we immerse you in the wonderful world of floating hides. We guarantee that you will come home with world photos and winners. Yves Adams, one of the first nature photographers to go on the water with floating huts in the Low Countries, teaches you all the tricks of the trade.

Return trip to your departure city

After a final session we travel back to the airport for a flight to your departure city.

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Accommodation, meals and transportation

The accommodation is standard to comfortable. We are staying in a local family-owned hotel.

The price is based on single rooms. If you do not want a single room but want to share a room with your partner or a friend, you will receive a 100 euro discount per person. Please note this in the comments section of the registration form.

Meals are provided and local transport is provided by minibus.

For guaranteed departure, we look for flights or train tickets. For the trip you can choose to go by train or by plane. Count on 350 – 450 euros per person for your transport. You can book this through us, but you are free to book it yourself.

Fitness and goals

We try to organize as many sessions as possible with the floating hides during this trip. This mainly means that we get up very early every morning and go into the water shortly afterwards. During the afternoon we take a break if it gets too hot, and in the late afternoon we return to the water until around sunset. Then we will have dinner in our restaurant. So prepare for long days and full memory cards.

Depending on the water level, the degree of difficulty can vary from very comfortable wading through waist-high water to difficult in very shallow or chest-high water. In those less comfortable zones it can be difficult to float and better fitness is required. But we offer enough variation, and ensure that everyone has somewhere to go according to her or his desires and condition.


It is summer so we expect pleasant and warm temperatures during the day. However, we are active early and go into the water. So also provide warmer clothing during this trip. We also provide a customized material list for each participant. If desired, we can provide wading suits on site, but we recommend that each participant brings their own wading suit.

9 days | 09 Aug 2025 - 17 Aug 2025

Photography tour to Slovenia: floating hides and more

Travelers: Min 4 - Max 7
  • insurance guarantee fund
  • access to hides/photo hides
  • specialized local guides
  • tips for local collaborators (horeca, hotel,...)
  • enthousiast guiding by professional STARLING photographer
  • all transport at site
  • all nights
  • all meals
  • all excursions and entrance tickets for parks
  • all drinking water
  • all boat tours
  • travel insurance and cancellation insurance (available for purchase through us)
  • personal expenses
  • international flights and airport taxes
  • alcoholic beverages and soda
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3475 euro
Price per person
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