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Tranquil Beauty of Slovenia

Some of Europe’s most picture-postcard-perfect lakes and mountains scenery and one of its most attractive cities, discovered and explored.

Based close to the shores of one of Europe’s most beautiful and most celebrated lakes, this great value break, in addition to a guided introduction to Bled, includes a visit to laid-back, riverside Ljubljana, one of Europe’s most delightful capitals, and a day amongst the rolling, verdant hills of the beautiful limestone Karst region, with its caves and cliff-side castle. There’s also a chance to join a fascinating optional excursion to celebrated alpine retreat Kranjska Gora and the beautiful Triglav National Park.

What does this price include?

  • Five nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Kompas, Lake Bled
  • Return flights to Ljubljana or Venice
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
  • A tour of Bled town and boat ride to Bled island
  • A full day in Ljubljana
  • Entrances to Postojna caves and Predjama Castle

Your Itinerary

  • The holiday begins with the flight into Venice or Ljubljana, where you’ll meet your tour manager and board the coach for the scenic transfer on to beautiful Lake Bled and your hotel. Dependent upon your arrival time, enjoy a first evening in this super resort town, perhaps taking a stroll along the lakeshore. Set at the foot of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled, surrounded by forested slopes and with its idyllic offshore island crowned by an exquisite Baroque church, is a treasure waiting to be discovered and explored. Enjoy a first dinner at the hotel, in its splendid setting.

  • An included guided tour this morning introduces Slovenia’s most celebrated - and one of Europe’s most idyllic - destinations. Ringed by forested hills and looking out across the usually still waters to an off-shore island crowned by its Gothic church, Bled is a wonderfully appointed resort town surrounded by the delights of nature, and offering a wealth of attractions for the visitors it draws from all over the world. Take in the view from the lakeshore, before an included boat ride across to the charming island with its Baroque church. Ring the wishing bell for good luck and enjoy views back across the lake from the bell tower.

  • Today’s included tour is to the beautiful Slovene capital, a Baroque gem that was named ‘Green Capital of Europe’ in 2016. Straddling the River Ljubljanica, with its shady, willow-lined riverside walkways and its stunning, elegant Triple Bridge, Ljubljana boasts an enchanting Old Town watched over by the majestic castle, from the observation tower of which – a 150-step climb up – there are panoramic views over the city and the Julian Alps beyond. A compact, delightful, walkabout university seat, the city boasts a wonderful covered market selling craft-ware and local produce, a beautiful, twin-towered cathedral and a wide selection of museums and galleries to suit most interests. Above all, the city is a place in which to rest and relax, joining the laid-back inhabitants in watching the Slovenian world go by. After a delightful day, you’ll return to the hotel in time for dinner.

  • Join today’s final included excursion, crossing the rolling, fertile plains of the Karst region, which has lent its name to anywhere in the world where underground streams and caves are found. Visit one of the world’s most famous caves, the giant chasm at Postojna, travelling by train some two miles underground, then walking with a personal ‘audio-guide’ through a wonderfully illuminated nether world of stalactites and stalagmites, where the strange ‘human fish’ – a tiny amphibian – lives out its sightless life. After a fascinating visit you’ll journey on to historic Predjama Castle, magically built into a sheer cliff face, and with its upper floor stairwells carved from the bedrock. You’ll return to enjoy another evening in Bled.

  • Spend the day enjoying the delights of Bled, whether resting and relaxing, visiting the historic castle overlooking the lake or hiring a bicycle. An optional excursion heads into beautiful Triglav National Park and to the colourful resort town of Kranjska Gora, one of Slovenia’s favourite watering holes. Perhaps take a cable car to the heights above for views of the surrounding Alps, and the still waters of the park below. However you spend your day, enjoy a last evening in Bled’s delightful surroundings.

  • Bid farewell to Lake Bled and the hotel, and transfer back to the airport for the return flight, at the end of a marvellous few days.

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Hotels

Hotel Kompas, Bled

This hotel stands in an elevated position in the centre of Bled, with wonderful views over the lake and to the Alps beyond.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel on arrival is approximately 40 minutes from Ljubljana and three hours from Venice.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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