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Walk & Discover: Slovenia & Lake Bled

Experience more with so much included

  • Fall under the spell of Lake Bled, its fairy-tale island and pretty villages on a guided walk
  • Explore picturesque Ljubljana on a guided tour and see why it’s nicknamed ‘Little Prague’
  • Discover the less-famous but equally dramatic Lake Bohinj on a guided walk to see the beautiful Savica Falls
  • Watch an equestrian ballet by the famous Lipizzaner horses on a tour of the Lipica Classical Riding School
  • Spot the Venetian influences in the captivating coastal town of Piran
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, plus hotel transfers
  • Five nights in four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast
  • The services of an experienced and insightful tour manager throughout
  • A local specialist walking guide to accompany you on all walks

Selected departures from April to October 2020

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At a Glance
5 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & walks
Bed & breakfast
Expert tour manager/walking guide
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Found at the top of the Balkan peninsula with a toe dipped in the Adriatic Sea, Slovenia is an inviting mix of Mediterranean and Central European cultures. Magnificent mountain ranges dominate the northwest, notably the snow-capped Karavanke and Julian Alps, while the limestone Karst highlands in the west feature one of the world’s largest subterranean cave systems. Then there’s the sliver of Adriatic coastline, reminiscent of Italy, where seaside towns bask in a Mediterranean climate and vineyards thrive in the hills.

Slovenia’s history is as intriguing as its landscape. Early settlers lived in pile dwellings dating from the fifth century BC but recorded history begins with the Romans, who established Emona, now known as Ljubljana. In later centuries society was controlled by foreign dynasties such as the Habsburgs, who built castles all over the country; the subsequent Counter-Reformation encouraged the Italian-Baroque style still evident in many towns. Following the Great War, the country merged with its neighbours to form the Kingdom of Yugoslavia then, after years of external influence, the Slovenes gained independence in 1991.

Our base for this unforgettable holiday is the picturesque capital, Ljubljana, situated on a bend of the willow-lined Ljubljanica River. Set on a wooded hill is the city’s most recognisable landmark, Ljubljana Castle, offering unrivalled views of the rooftops below. The city was the European Green Capital of 2016 and has dedicated car-free zones, making it a joy to explore its maze of cobbled streets.

During our excellent walks with specialist guides, you’ll discover Slovenia’s most spectacular natural attractions. Lake Bled is every bit a fairy tale brought to life: a pretty church sits on an islet while a medieval castle looms atop a rocky cliff, all set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Then there’s Lake Bohinj, perhaps Slovenia’s best-kept secret as it’s every bit as breathtaking as Lake Bled yet mainly enjoyed by locals. Located within the country’s only national park, Bohinj is home to the magnificent A-shaped Savica waterfall and a string of idyllic villages.

Slovenia’s tiny slice of Adriatic coastline is the location of the captivating town of Piran, almost within touching distance of Italy, to which it belonged until 1954. If you’ve been to Venice you may experience déjà vu in Piran’s main square when you glimpse the bell tower of Saint George’s Cathedral, clearly inspired by the Campanile of San Marco. We briefly cross the Italian border before re-entering Slovenia at the village of Lipica, where we tour the Lipica Stud Farm for a performance by the regal Lipizzaner horses.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Five nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Return flights to Ljubljana
  • Hotel transfers
  • All coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • An expert local walking guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What walking equipment do I need?

Good quality walking shoes or boots are a must. We also recommend a waterproof jacket, comfortable rucksack, hat, sunglasses, sun cream, water bottle and clothes that can be layered easily. Hiking poles are not necessary, but you may wish to take them.

Who guides the walks?

Most of our walks are guided by accredited local professionals, who have intimate knowledge of the routes and can offer meaningful information about the history and nature of the area.

How difficult are the walks?

Our Walk & Discover holidays are designed to appeal to anyone who would typically enjoy an escorted tour but would like to incorporate a little more activity. There is almost always a choice of an easy or moderate option. While a reasonable level of fitness is recommended, the easy walk should suit most travellers.

We've put together a few graphs to help show the elevation of each of the walks on this tour, so that you can gauge how comfortably you'll be able to manage them. Click on a walk below to view the elevation.

What size is the average group?

On each walk we prefer an intimate atmosphere, so you can expect around 12 to 18 people. Depending on the nature of the walk, the group may occasionally be slightly larger. The wider group size will be around 40 people, mainly during coach transfers.

Will the routes always be as advertised?

While we will always try to adhere to the route as advertised, we may be required to modify the itinerary due to local conditions. Our guides may also make minor changes to tailor the walk to the group.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Language: Slovenian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Slovenia

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Slovenia however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/slovenia/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Ljubjana Airport Ljubjana 30 mins

Accommodation


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