This twin centre tailor-made holiday allows you to explore beautiful Lake Bled and cultural Ljubljana at your own pace. Make the short journey between the two by private car and enjoy plenty of free time to explore the highlights of Slovenia at leisure. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, hot springs and superb climate, Bled is located on the edge of a former volcanic lake in the shadow of a wonderful medieval castle. Situated high up on the bluff, the fairytale castle houses a museum detailing the area’s history and provides unparallelled views of the lake and surrounding mountains. In the western part of the lake lies Bled Island, site of a Christian church since the 9th century. Crowning the island is the striking baroquestyle Church of the Assumption, a popular location for weddings where it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the 99 steps before ringing the bell and making a wish.
Ljubljana takes the architectural influences of some of Europe’s most beautiful capitals and brings them all together in one easily explorable city. The imposing castle, first fortified by the Celts and the Illyrians, dominates the skyline while the Art Nouveau buildings on the left bank are evidence of the city’s regeneration following the devastatin earthquake of 1895. Visit the City Market - one of Plecnik’s iconic architectural legacies from the inter-war years - for a taste of local life, or book tickets to a world-class ballet or opera performance at the SNG. The journey between Ljubljana and Bled takes just 45 minutes, leaving plenty of free time to enjoy city sightseeing and scenic lakeside walks.
This suggested itinerary can be tailor-made to suit your time frame and accommodation preferences - choose from 3 or 4-star hotels in Ljubljana and 4 and 5-star hotels in Bled.
Fly to Slovenia’s capital and transfer to Lake Bled for three nights. Opt to stay in either the 4-star Best Western Hotel Lovec or the 5-star Grand Hotel Toplice, both with the option to upgrade to a lake view room.
Explore the picturesque lakeside resort of Bled at your own pace. Enjoy the stunning natural beauty, hot springs and wonderful climate. Lake Bled is truly the jewel of Slovenia with its iconic church-topped island in the middle of the lake. There are many easy trails which follow the edge of the lake, or for the more energetic perhaps consider the trek to Bled Castle for stunning views. Take a gondola to Bled Island to explore the 17th century church and on warm summer evenings eat out at one of the many cosmopolitan town centre restaurants. (B)
An ideal holiday destination both in the summer and winter, Bled offers numerous water and land-based activities and is located at the foot of the Julian Alps. (B)
Return to Ljubljana by private car and check in to the hotel for three nights. Choose to stay in either the 3-star City Hotel or the 4-star Grand Hotel Union Executive, both centrally located with the highlights of Slovenia’s capital on the doorstep. (B)
Spend the day in Slovenia’s small yet culturally packed capital city, coveted over the centuries by the Celts, Illyrians, Romans and Slavs. Walk up to the castle for dramatic panoramic views across to the Julian Alps and imposing Mount Triglav. (B)
On this free day in Ljubljana, why not cross the Zmajski Most and see the four dragons which guard the famous bridge or visit the Gruber Palace to admire the incredible baroque architecture. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to UK. (B)
7 day tour, from £725 per person
(Single person supplement + £165)
- Return flights with Easyjet from Stansted/Gatwick to Ljubljana
- All airport taxes and security charges
- Accommodation in hotels with breakfast (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All transfers
- Sightseeing and excursions - contact us for details
4/5 star hotels: £845 per person
Single room supplement £215
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