Christmas in Slovenia
Spend a memorable Christmas in the delightful surroundings of Slovenia's lakes and mountains. In addition to the warmest of welcomes at a comfortable hotel, you'll enjoy a unique festive light show on the beautiful lake, and the chance to soak up the atmosphere of Ljubljana, Slovenia's exquisite riverside capital.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Fly to Venice or Ljubljana and board the coach for the transfer to Lake Bled and your hotel. Settle into your surroundings and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner is served.
Today's included excursion is to the Slovene capital Ljubljana, a Baroque gem straddling the River Ljubljanica, with its walkways, elegant bridges and enchanting Old Town dressed for the festive season. Enjoy a guided introduction from your Tour Manager, then soak up the atmosphere of this delightful, laid back city. Explore its wonderful Christmas market, with stall holders selling craft-ware and local produce, and countless bars and cafes that are perfect for watching the world go by. Return to Bled and the hotel in time for dinner.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
Get to know the wonderful lakeside resort town, ringed by forested hills and looking out across the lake to an offshore island crowned by its Gothic church. Wander the stalls of the Christmas market or perhaps join the optional walk up to famous Bled Castle, to enjoy a medieval show performed by the 'Lord' and his knights.
This evening, Christmas celebrations begin. Following dinner, there's the chance to attend Midnight Mass, after which tea and cake is served at your hotel.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
A wonderful day includes the chance to view the Legend of the Sunken Bell, a unique, not-to-be-missed theatrical performance set on - and under - the lake's waters. Enacted by divers, the show tells the tale of the island church's and its famous wishing bell. There'll also be the chance to view the Christmas crib and perhaps choose to take a horse and carriage ride along the lakeshore, or a gondola (pletna) to Bled Island to ring the bell. A special Christmas lunch will be served at the hotel.
Day Five (Boxing Day)
Rest and relax after the festivities, enjoying the hotel and the resort, or join today's final excursion, to one of the world's most famous caves, the giant chasm at Postojna. At the caves guests will find a remarkable 'Living Nativity' staged in the wonderfully illuminated nether world of stalactites and stalagmites. You'll also visit historic Predjama Castle, magically built into a sheer cliff face, before returning to enjoy a last evening in Bled.
Bid farewell to magical Lake Bled and transfer back to the airport for your return flight.
European Christmas Closing Times
Shops in Europe will generally be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes from Ljubljana, 3 hours from Venice.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.