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Walk & Discover – Slovenia & Lake Bled

6 days from only £739pp

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 up to October 2019 & April to October 2020

 
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

Nestled between Italy, Croatia, Austria and Hungary, 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 the tour 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 with breakfast; all tours as mentioned; airport departure taxes; return flights to Ljubljana and hotel transfers; all coach travel as mentioned; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager and an expert local walking guide.

Useful Information

What to Pack

  • Walking boots/shoes are essential
  • Suitable clothing including waterproofs 
  • Sun cream and hats are highly advisable 
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle

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
Ljubljana Airport Ljubljana 30 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Language: Slovenian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Slovenia

Mobility

This is a walking holiday and whilst not strenuous walking, it will be 2 to 3 hours of walking on 3 days so not suitable for those with restricted mobility.

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. 

Accommodation


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