Refreshers Bridge on Lake Bled, Slovenia - The Park Hotel

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7 Oct 2019 - 14 Oct 2019
Duration: 7 nights half board excl. flights
Ref: 19061
With: James and Jane Tullett


Prices from £799
Single Supplement: from £175 per week
Deposit: £150

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As on all our Refreshers Holidays there will be a range of group activities outside the bridge room, and Jane and James will organise some fabulous walks around the lake, and optional group excursions will also be available. These holidays also appeal to less competitive bridge players - maybe players who are looking to improve their skills and could also benefit from some of James’s bridge lessons? Or maybe players that play socially, or have tried one of our regular First for Bridge holidays and found the bridge programme a little too challenging, and are looking for something a little more relaxed with a more basic duplicate bridge programme to play each evening. To reflect this, Masterpoints are not awarded on these holidays.

James & Jane invite you to join them on their fourth Refreshers bridge holiday, where you can enjoy relaxed duplicate bridge sessions in the evenings; sharpen your bridge skills in the daily classes, or participate in beautiful walks around Lake Bled and in the Julian Alps, and join in other group activities outside the bridge room with your new found bridge friends and bridge hosts.

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 have chosen the well-established four star Hotel Park for our refreshers bridge holiday as it has many years of tradition and attracts loyal guests to return time and time again. It has proved very popular with our first for Bridge guests on our previous visits.

In our opinion it is also the best located hotel in Bled for our bridge group as it is just a stone’s throw from the lake, and has a lift that takes you directly down to the promenade where you can take flat lakeside strolls, or the more enthusiastic can walk right around the lake. Shops, cafes, restaurants and all the amenities Bled has to offer are close to the hotel.

Treat yourself to a lake view room - it is well worth the extra cost!

We are also very impressed with the dining in the Park Restaurant; where top Slovenian chefs - some are members of the Slovenian Olympic cooking team, prepare a variety of tasty dishes for breakfast and dinner.

Leisure facilities in the hotel include a lovely indoor rooftop swimming pool with sunbeds and views right across the lake, and castle.


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 famous19th century Triple Bridge.

Jane and James will organise some group walks. Maybe take a local bus from Bled to the Vintgar gorge, and walk up to the old chapel for a vista view of Bled - and a short stop for a homemade Blueberry Brandy or a cake at the famous Brown Bear cake shop. Or visit Radovljica by local bus and take a walk through the countryside back to Bled along the Sava River, stopping for a visit at the famous Bee keeping Museum.

Programme TBC


Twin/double share in park view room: £799 per person
Single supplement in park view room: £175 per week
Single supplement in lake view room: £250 per week
Lake view supplement in twin/double room: £12 per person, per night

All single rooms are double for sole use.

Please note that walk-in showers are only available in park view rooms


  • Full bridge programme with tuition and relaxed evening duplicate bridge session
  • Prizes
  • Organised group walks and activities outside the bridge room
  • Return Transfers from Ljubljana airport to hotel
  • 7 nights HB at the Park Hotel Lake Bled
  • The services of our 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.


Flights are not included to allow you to take advantage of the low cost flights that fly from the UK to Ljubljana. Flights are not yet released for October 2019, but this year there were was a very good choice of flights from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted with EasyJet and Wizzair at very reasonable prices. Transfer from Ljubljana Airport to Bled is approximately 40 minutes.

Hotel Park ****

In our opinion, Hotel Park is the best located hotel in Bled. It is just a stone’s throw from the lake and has a lift that takes you directly down to the promenade where you can take flat lakeside strolls, or the more enthusiastic can walk right around the lake. Shops, cafes, restaurants and all the amenities Bled has to offer are close to the hotel.

All rooms have the following facilities:

  • Balcony
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Mini bar (payable)
  • Safe deposit box (free of charge)
  • Free WiFi
  • Full bathroom & toiletries (if you require a walk in shower, please book a park view room)
  • Air conditioning


A full hot and cold buffet breakfast and evening meal is served in the Park Restaurant with views over the lake. The hotel also has a terrace bar on the 6th Floor overlooking the lake, an Aperitiv Bar, and a lakeside café.

The hotel boasts a lovely indoor pool with a relaxing area overlooking the lake from the top floor.