Christmas Bridge on Magical Lake Bled

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18 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019
Duration: 10 nights half board incl. flights
Ref: 19068
With: Andrew Kambites


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Deposit: £250

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Join us for a very special Christmas on fairy-tale Lake Bled. Through December this pretty lakeside town is full of festivities. Enjoy Christmas concerts, watch ice skating on the lake, join in the carol singing or shop and drink mulled wine in the Christmas market stalls. Activities and celebrations take place on a daily basis at this time of the year and on Christmas Day we enjoy a special Christmas lunch in our hotel.

Lake Bled is Slovenia’s hidden gem, idyllically nestling beneath the mountain peaks of the impressive Julian Alps in the Triglav National Park, one of the oldest natural parks of Europe encompassing 84,000 hectares of Slovenian land between Austria and Italy.

Walkers will enjoy a walk around the lake. Take the special Bled boat, the pletnja, out to the island in the centre of the lake. Legend has it if you ring the bell of the church on the island your wishes will come true! Views from Bled castle stretch across the lake and over the imposing mountain peaks. The lovely town centre has an excellent selection of shops and cafes where you can relax and enjoy the delicious pastries including the famous “Bled cream cake”.


We stay at the excellent four star superior Hotel Rikli Balance (formerly the Golf Hotel) which is perfectly located in the heart of the town of Bled and overlooking the lake. All rooms in this modern hotel were fully renovated in 2017 to a very high standard. The hotel also boasts the biggest bathing complex in Bled and guests have complimentary use of the six swimming pools.

If you can tear yourself away from the lovely lakeside location and bridge programme there are also many interesting excursions available in the surrounding area. Not to be missed is a visit to Ljubljana, the European Green Capital. It is so picture postcard and unspoilt that it is hard to imagine you are in a capital city! Stroll around the old town and along the Ljubljanica River, dominated by the hilltop castle, or shop in the Plecnik market by the famous 19th century Triple Bridge.


During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two bridge seminars for breaks of 7 days or more.

All of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

Your duplicate bridge will usually be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.

During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival.

We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.

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Twin/double share in a standard room: £1399pp
Single supplement in standard room: £20 per night
Single supplement in lake view room: £36 per night
Lake view supplement in twin/double share: £12 per person night
Deposit: £250


  • Return flights from London to Ljubljana *
  • Return transfers from Ljubljana airport to hotel
  • 10 nights HB at the Rikli Balance Hotel Lake Bled ( formerly the Golf Hotel)
  • Christmas Day lunch
  • Full and varied bridge programme with duplicate bridge sessions and seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our EBU qualified director and friendly bridge hosts
  • Porterage
  • Free WIFI throughout


Lunches, drinks and meals other than those specified; travel insurance; and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.

*We are waiting for flight schedules to be released but expect to include flights from Gatwick and Stansted airport to Ljubljana, and be able to offer Manchester to Ljubljana or Venice airport at a supplement.

Rikli Balance Hotel

Set in the very heart of Bled, the superb 4 star superior Rikli Balance Hotel enjoys panoramic views of Lake Bled and its castle and the Julian Alps. The modern, tastefully furnished rooms were fully renovated in April 2017 using natural material from the neighbouring Slovenian towns.


  • Balcony
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Safe deposit box
  • Free WIFI
  • Full bathroom with bath or shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Writing desk
  • Pull out armchair
  • Minibar (charge)


A full hot and cold buffet breakfast and evening meal is served in the Veranda Restaurant with its panoramic terrace, offering a selection of local cuisine from the Gorenjska Region and International dishes. Guests can relax at the hotel’s aperitif bar over a coffee or a cocktail.

The hotel houses the Ziva Wellness Centre which is the largest swimming complex in Bled. Guests have complimentary use of its six pools. Sauna’s, steam baths, hot tubs and treatments are available at a charge.