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Overview

Christmas in Bled, Slovenia is just magical – framed by the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Julian Alps, Bled is a dream location where a unique Legend of the Sunken Bell performance is played out every year. The highlight will be Christmas Day Lunch in Bled Castle, perched atop a cliff 130 metres above the glacial lake with spellbinding views. We will also visit a gingerbread factory, Ljubljana – Slovenia’s charming capital, tranquil Lake Bohinj & the Mount Vogel cablecar, plus have the opportunity to visit the epic Postojna Caves, Europe’s most visited.

Highlights

  • Join in with traditional Christmas Traditions in Bled
  • Christmas Day Lunch in Bled Castle

Included

• Escorted throughout in Slovenia
• Return flights with luggage to Ljubljana or Venice from a choice of UK airports – see below
• 7 nights sharing a twin/double room at the 4-star Bled Rose Hotel
• Christmas day lunch in Bled Castle
• 7 breakfasts
• 7 dinners
• Excursions as stated
• Airport to hotel transfer on arrival and departure

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
Postojna Caves – £39 per person

Accommodation Options

• Single room supplement £140

Departures

By AIR
Date – Price from – Tour Code
21/12/2019 – £1099pp – XS12

Flights

To Venice from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton or Manchester.
To Ljubljana from Stansted.

  • Flights are possible from these airports with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement.
  • Flight time around 2 hrs each way. Transfer time from Venice Airport to Bled approximately 3 hours from Ljubljana to Bled approximately 50 minutes.
  • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions.
  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.
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Lake Bled Castle & Christmas - Slovenia

8 days by Air, 21st December 2019
from £1099 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Lake Bled
Join at your chosen airport for the flight to Ljubljana or Venice – flight duration around 2 hours. Transfer to the newly-refurbished Bled Rose Hotel, by the lakeside in Bled. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Radovljica
This morning is free in Bled. This afternoon we travel to Radovljica, a small town which is famous for its Gingerbread museum and its ‘Christmassy feel’. We return to Bled for dinner in the hotel.

Day 3: Ljubljana
Free morning in Bled. Afternoon visit to Ljubljana where you can stroll around the ‘Festive Fair’. Return to Bled for dinner at the hotel.

Ljubljana: With a relaxed small-town atmosphere, this picturesque and very vibrant city is full of surprises. Along the banks of the Ljubljanica River you will find traditional markets, and the Christmas market and ‘Festive Fair’.

Day 4: Christmas Eve at Lake Bled
After breakfast the day is at leisure to explore Bled.
10:00–19:00: Christmas Arts and Crafts Market – Hotel Park Coffee Shop – Terrace.
16:00: Greeting of Santa Claus with carol singers – Hotel Park Coffee Shop – Terrace.
17:00: Torch-lit walk around the lake – Hotel Park Coffee Shop– Terrace.
19:00: Dinner at the hotel.
24:00: Midnight Christmas Mass – St Martin’s church.

Day 5: Christmas Day at Lake Bled
10:00–19:00: Christmas Arts and Crafts Market – Hotel Park Coffee Shop – Terrace.
12:00: Transfer to Bled Castle* for Christmas Day Lunch.
16:00 – 18:00: Santa Claus goes around Bled in a horse-drawn carriage.
17:00: The Legend of the Sunken Bell. This is the highlight of Christmas in Bled – the action takes place at Bled’s Public Lido, just a short walk from the hotel.
19:00: Dinner in the Hotel.

The Legend of the Sunken Bell: A unique theatre spectacle where the stage is set on the water, or rather in it. Performed by divers, see how the wishing bell in the island’s church became so famous. According to the legend whatever you wish for while ringing the bell will ‘certainly come true’.

Bled Castle – Christmas Day Lunch
Inside the medieval walls of Bled Castle you will be enchanted not only by the dramatic views of Lake Bled but also the delightful restaurant that serves cuisine with modern flavours of the Slovenian region. Our Christmas lunch will be served here which also allows you free entry into the Castle and museum.

Day 6: Boxing day at Lake Bohinj
Visit to Lake Bohinj where it may be possible to take the cable car up to the summit of Mount Vogel (payable locally, weather and conditions permitting). return to the hotel early afternoon for free time in Bled. Dinner at the hotel.

Lake Bohinj: Slovenia’s largest lake is a picture of peace and serenity. It’s brooding and mystical feel are encouraged by the steep mountain faces that rise out of the lake on the northern side, with mountain peaks also dominating the background to the west and south. On clear days you can even see the peak of the mighty Triglav.

Day 7:  Lake Bled or Postojna Caves
Optional visit to Postojna Caves by coach (£39pp) or free time in Bled. Dinner at the hotel.

Postojna Caves: The most visited show caves in Europe. In 1872 railway lines were laid to take visitors to the heart of the caves. Floodlighting allows you to admire the size and splendour of the underground world where stalactites and stalagmites abound. A guided visit lasts an hour and a half.

Day 8: Lake Bled to UK
Check-out of the hotel after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Note: Snow not guaranteed in Bled. Events subject to change by the organisers.

*Please note that where the cars drop off to the Castle itself, there is a short uphill walk on a cobbled footpath.

Accommodation

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Bled Rose Hotel

Set within a spa park by Lake Bled in Bled‘s Old Town, the newly refurbished Bled Rose Hotel (formerly the Hotel Jelovica) is close to the town centre. The restaurant has a summer terrace and bar. The air-conditioned rooms and suites are equipped with free Wi-Fi, balcony, flat-screen TV and safes. The private tiled bathrooms have showers and offer a hairdryer. Free parking is also available. Bled Rose Hotel  features wellness facilities with an indoor swimming pool, a sunbathing terrace and a studio for beauty and health. Breakfast is served daily at the hotel’s restaurant. At the hotel’s restaurant guests can taste international delicacies. After a busy day you can have a refreshing drink at the bar.

 

What Our Customers Say

Tours were very good - just the right amount of travelling/free time. Tour rep very professional and informative anmd friendly/approachable, well organised. Bus driver was very good and bus standard exceptional. Holiday overall very enjoyable. Read more “Lake Bled Lights on the Lake”

B Charlton

Location was perfect, excursions covered many points of interest and weather amazing. The group consisted of an interesting party of people from all over and everyone was most friendly. Food at the hotel was excellent. Read more “Slovenia Rail and Sail”

G Grimm

Stress free holiday. Very pleasant and comfortable hotel. Excellent tour manager, lovely country and very pleasant staff in the hotel. Excellent for English travellers because everyone speaks English and several other languages. Read more “Lake Bled Rail and Sail”

H Leighton