Lake Bled & Castle Christmas – Slovenia

8 Days

21st Dec 2017 - £949pp

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Magical location

Christmas lunch in a castle

All Info

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.
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.
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.
Ljubljana: While being a dynamic capital city, Ljubljana has retained 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 as well as the Christmas market selling an array of local delicacies to tempt your palette.
The Legend of the Sunken Bell: This is a unique theatre spectacle where the stage is set on the water, or rather in the water. Performed by divers, the legend of the sunken bell tells us how the wishing bell in the island’s church came to the island and became so famous. According to the legend whatever you wish for while ringing the bell will ‘certainly come true’.
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.

Itinerary

Lake Bled


Bled Castle, perched high above the lake

A cablecar ride to the summit of Mt Vogel

A train takes visitors through the Postojna Caves


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 Hotel Park in Bled. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Radovljica
This morning is free in Bled. This afternoon we travel Radovljica a stunning small town which is famous for its Gingerbread factory and its Christmassy feel. We have time to visit the gingerbread shop before returning to Bled. 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.

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.

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 a free time in Bled. Dinner at the hotel.

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

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.

Hotel


Hotel Park, Bled


Hotel Park - 4-star - Lake Bled
The Hotel Park is located by the lakeshore and in the heart of Bled. The hotel‘s Park Restaurant and Cafe is the home of the original Bled cream cake, the popular dessert that Bled is renowned for. For relaxation, recreation and beauty, guests can take advantage of the large indoor swimming pool with heated thermal water. The top floor pool offers breathtaking views of Bled Castle and island. There is a whirlpool and sauna next to the swimming pool; wellness services are available in the hotel‘s Thai Centre. Each room has a balcony, bathroom (shower or bathtub) and hairdryer, satellite TV, direct phone line, wireless, internet, safe and mini bar. The staff at this hotel go out of their way to ensure guests receive excellent service with a smile.

Flights

To Venice from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Southend and 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

  • 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.

What‘s Included

Visit Ljubljana, Slovenia‘s charming capital


  • Return flights to Ljubljana or Venice from a choice of UK airports including luggage - see flights tab

  • 7 nights sharing a twin/double room at the Hotel Park, Bled

  • Christmas day lunch in Bled Castle

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 7 dinners
  • Excursions as stated

  • Services of a Tour Manager in resort

  • Airport to hotel transfer on arrival and departure


ACCOMODATION OPTIONS:
  • Single room supplement £140

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:
  • Postojna Caves - £39 per person

DEPOSIT: £200pp