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Lake Bled, Slovenia & Austria - Rail and Sail Explorer
10 days by Rail, 20th September 2019 from £1499 per person
8 days by Air, June to September 2019 from £1199 per person
Day 1: Rail – UK to Stuttgart
Check-in at St Pancras or Ebbsfleet for an early morning departure to Paris. In Paris we transfer to the Gare de l’Est station and join our TGV train to Stuttgart where we spend our first night.
Day 2: Rail – Stuttgart to Bled
Air – UK to Bled (Day 1)
Morning transfer to the station where we join the train to Jesenice, near Lake Bled. Alternatively check in at your chosen airport for the flight to Ljubljana or Venice – flight duration around 2 hours. On arrival we transfer by coach to Bled where we check into our hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Bled & Lake Bohinj
This morning we visit Bled island by traditional Pletna boat. Afterwards we travel to Lake Bohinj where it may be possible to take the cable car up to the summit of Mount Vogel (payable locally). In the afternoon we visit Bled castle to enjoy a wine tasting and take-in the sublime views of the lake and Triglav Mountains. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Klagenfurt and Lake Worthersee
This morning we travel the short distance to Austria where we visit the regional capital of Klagenfurt with its renaissance buildings and charming courtyards. From here we drive to Lake Worthersee, said to be Austria’s Monte Carlo due to its stunning surroundings, sought after properties and towns. Worthersee is the largest Alpine Lake in Europe with a length of 10 miles, and is famous for its crystal blue water – clean enough to drink. Late afternoon we return to Bled. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: Ljubljana
Today we visit Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital – a great little city full of charm, historic buildings, cafés, restaurants and shops, all overlooked by an ancient castle. Legend has it that Ljubljana was founded by the Greek mythological heros Jason and the Argonauts. Return to Bled mid-afternoon. Dinner in the hotel.
Day 6: Piran
This morning we drive to Izola on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast and board our boat for a short coastal cruise to lovely Piran. Here you’ll see architecture influenced by the Venetian Republic and the Austro-Hungarian empire. Explore narrow winding streets, squares and churches. Tartini Square is a gem named after famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini. The Church of St George, the patron saint of Piran, rises above the town and is worth a visit for the panoramic views alone. Enjoy free time to explore and obtain lunch before returning to Izola by boat and coach to Bled. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Bohinj Railway & Julian Alps
This morning we board the Bohinj railway at Bled station for a wonderful 90 minute journey through the Julian Alps alongside the stunning blue waters of the Soca River Valley, to the Italian border town of Nova Gorica. Built by the Austro-Hungarain empire to link Vienna with the Adriatic, the project was likened to the building of the Suez Canal for its scale and effort. Rejoin the coach for an afternoon scenic drive through the mountains taking-in the town of Bovec, surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps, cross the border into Italy via a scenic mountain route through the popular resorts of Trbiz, Tarvisio. Arriving back in Slovenia we stop at Kranjska Gora a popular ski and summer resort. Return to Bled. Dinner at the hotel
Day 8: Bled
Today is at leisure in Bled. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 9: Rail – Jesenice to Stuttgart
Air – Bled to UK (Day 8)
This morning we join the coach and travel to Ljublijana or Venice to check in for our return flight to the UK. For those travelling by rail short transfer by coach to Jesenice to take the train to Stuttgart arriving early evening. Here we check into our hotel and will have free time to obtain dinner.
Day 10: Rail – Stuttgart to UK
Morning train from Stuttgart to Paris Gare
de l’Est Station and transfer to Gare du Nord station to take the Eurostar to London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet.
Note: Itinerary & events subject to change
Situated in the town of Bled, adjacent to the lakeside park, this 3-star hotel has a bar and terrace overlooking the park and lake. The hotel also has a spa and small swimming pool. In the restaurant all meals are buffet style with a choice of dishes and drinks. All bedrooms for our guests are with balcony, en suite facilities and wifi. Superior rooms and single rooms are available for a supplement. Low key musical entertainment is provided at the hotel some evenings of your stay.
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”
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”
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”