Lake Bled, the Coast & Mountains of Slovenia

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24 Jun 2018 - 25 Sep 2018
Duration: 9 nights departing 24th June or 16th September
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STUNNING MOUNTAIN SCENERY, LAKES & COASTAL RESORTS

Nestling in the foothills of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is an enchanting scene from a childhood fairytale, with its little white church surrounded by crystal clear glacial waters, and emerald green forests that underline the distant mountains. We take some time to visit the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. You can also join our excursion into the heart of Slovenia’s only national park, passing through the spectacular Socˇa river valley to reach the shores of Lake Predil. From the stunning scenery of Lake Bled and the Mountains our journey completes on the glistening coast of the Adriatic, stopping at the magnificent Postojna Caves along the way. So join us as we uncover the secret beauty of Slovenia.

DAY 1: LONDON – MUNICH

We journey from London to Paris by Eurostar and continue by TGV to Munich where we check in at our overnight hotel.

DAY 2: MUNICH – VILLACH – LAKE BLED

We continue our rail journey which follows a stunning route through the Austrian Alps and across the border into Slovenia. We are transferred by coach to our hotel at Lake Bled for our four-night stay.

DAY 3: LAKE BLED

Enjoy a day at leisure in the peaceful and beautiful resort of Lake Bled. A walk around the lake is highly recommended. At 6 kilometres it can take a couple of hours, but there’s definitely no rush, with plenty of places to stop and drink in the scenery or even take a dip in emerald green water. For a small fee you can also take a traditional wooden pletna boat (there are no noisy motorboats on Lake Bled) to visit the Church of Maria, which rises from a tiny islet in the middle of the lake, or you can hire your own rowing boat for a more personal experience.

DAY 4: LJUBLJANA

With its hilltop castle and riverside location, Ljubljana is a wonderful place to visit, so we have set aside a full day for you to enjoy here. Its compact size makes it easy to explore and there are treasures at every turn, including Dragon Bridge, the Franciscan church, the triple bridge, and the funicular railway up to the castle. Our included city tour ensures you miss none of the highlights.

DAY 5: JULIAN ALPS

Today we venture into the Julian Alps on our included coach excursion. The route takes us into the heart of the mountains of Slovenia’s only national park – Triglav, crossing the highest mountain pass of Vršicˇ and passing through the beautiful Socˇa river valley. We make a stop at the small town of Bovec, which is surrounded by magnificent scenery, before coasting down the Predil mountain pass and crossing the border into Italy, where we spend some time on the shore of the small but spectacular Lake Predil.

DAY 6: LAKE BLED - POSTOJNA CAVE – PORTOROŽ

We leave our lakeside paradise and take a scenic journey by coach to the Slovenian coastal resort of Portorož (Port of Roses). During our journey we visit the Karst cave at Postojna, which is one of the largest in the world, with more than five kilometres of breathtaking underground halls and natural tunnels that can be explored on foot, where you will see stalagmite and stalactite formations that are unequalled anywhere. We continue to our hotel in Portorož, our base for the next three nights.

DAY 7: PORTOROŽ

Relax and enjoy a full day in resort. Situated on the Slovenian coastline, Portorož is the ideal place to relax; you can take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, walk along the beach or take a seat at one of its many cafes and simply watch the world go by. If you would like to explore further, just a short distance away you will find picturesque Piran, sitting pretty at the tip of a narrow peninsula. Its Old Town – one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere on the Adriatic – is a gem of Venetian Gothic architecture.

DAY 8: PORTOROŽ

Spend today at leisure in resort or join our optional excursion to Lipica Stud Farm. Lipica, is famous for its white Lipizzaner horses, which were first bred here for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna in the late 16th century and is one of the oldest stud farms in the world. Our guided tour will take you around the Stud Farm and visit the stables where the white mares take care of their dark foals.

DAY 9: PORTOROŽ – TURIN

We set off this morning and travel to the Italian city of Turin and check in at our overnight hotel.

DAY 10: TURIN – LONDON

We take the morning train to Paris and board Eurostar for our return to London.

PRICES (BASED ON 2 PEOPLE SHARING A TWIN ROOM):

24th June 2018: £1395 per person
16th September 2018: £1295 per person

Single supplement: £175

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • TGV from Paris to Munich and Turin to Paris
  • Connecting rail journeys including a scenic trip across the stunning Austrian Alps
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in Munich
  • Four nights’ half board accommodation at Lake Bled
  • Three nights’ half board accommodation in Portorož
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in Turin
  • Free time to relax on the shores of Lake Bled
  • Free time in the resort of Portorož
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Guided tour of Ljubljana followed by free time
  • Coach trip through the Julian Alps

Optional excursion available:
Lipica horses stud farm: £45 per person

MARITIM HOTEL, MUNICH (OR SIMILAR)

The Maritim Munich hotel is in the centre of Munich, the hotels is in the inner courtyard which is peaceful and quiet. The modern bedrooms have free WI-FI, large flat screen TV, safe, minibar, air conditioning and hairdryer. The Panorama indoor swimming pool offers panoramic rooftop views of Munich. The Wintergarten restaurant offers a great choice of specialities à la carte or choose from the exquisite menu. Relax with a cold beer in the beer garden or sample a whisky or cocktail in the Piano bar.

HOTEL DOCK MILANO, TURIN (OR SIMILAR)

We have hand-picked quality 3 star hotels which offer everything needed for a comfortable overnight stay, including en suite bedrooms and a restaurant.

HOTEL LOVEC, LAKE BLED

This boutique hotel is situated in the very heart of Lake Bled, just a short walk from the lake shore. The en suite rooms are equipped with toiletries, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, telephone, hairdryer and cable television. You can relax in the spa, featuring an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. The restaurant serves a Slovenia cuisine and local wines either indoors or on the large terrace overlooking Lake Bled.

HOTEL NEPTUN, PORTOROŽ (OR SIMILAR)

This 4 star hotel is situated on the main Portorož promenade in a tranquil location and is a 4 minute walk to the beach. The hotel is set in beautiful pine tree gardens and the sun terrace over looks the promenade and sea. All bedrooms are en suite with toiletries, air conditioning, hairdryer, balcony, cable TV, safe, mini-bar and free WI-FI.