Lake Bled, Slovenia & Austria - Rail and Sail Explorer

10 Days

May - Sep 2019 - £1499 pp


Excursions included

Tour SLR5-1
Tour SLR6-2
Tour SLR9-3
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Bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia has a little of each in its character and landscapes. Join us and enjoy a wine tasting at Bled castle, high on a rocky cragg overlooking beautiful Lake Bled, experience the delights of the capital, Ljubljana, serene lake Bohinj, a coastal cruise to the pretty seaside town of Piran and a ride on the Bohinj Railway, one of the great European railway journeys. We also visit Klagenfurt and majestic Lake Worthersee in Austria.

Lake Bled


Lake Worthersee

Bled Castle

Pletna Boat


Solkan Bridge, Bohinj Railway

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
Morning transfer to the station where we join the train to Jesenice, near Lake Bled. 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
This morning we join the coach and travel 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 and events subject to change depending on local conditions.

Your hotels

Hotel Jelovica

Hotel Jelovica - 3* - Lake Bled
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.


  • Escorted throughout abroad

  • Return rail travel from London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request)

  • 1 night hotel B&B sharing a twin/double room in Stuttgart outbound & return

  • 7 nights half-board hotel accommodation in Bled

  • All excursions as stated

  • Transfers abroad

  • Single room supplement £20 per person per night


Eurostar - London to Paris
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours 15 minutes to Paris. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
Paris to Stuttgart
Taking the train is a civilised and stress-free way to travel through Europe. We leave Paris around early afternoon and the journey to Stuttgart is approximately 3½ hours.
Stuttgart to Jesenice
Sit back and relax as the train departs Stuggart around 10am and you are in the Hotel in Bled in time for dinner, having enjoyed a scenic journey through Germany and into Solevnia.
Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag/holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.
Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager/Escort will not be able to provide you and/or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and/or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).