** Book Before 31/01/2017 and receive and Early Booking discount of £100 pp **
If you like Austria or Switzerland, you’ll love Slovenia. Virtually landlocked but wedged between Italy and Croatia with just a toe on the beach at the top of the Adriatic, this is a soaring Alpine country with a sub–Mediterranean climate on the plains, sparsely–populated, with deep unspoilt forest covering over half the country and criss–crossed with extensive lakes and rivers as well as karst formations and cave systems. Slovenia has more protected areas than any other EU state, and is the third most forested country in Europe after Finland and Sweden. With huge areas of pristine natural habitats, and water quality among the highest in Europe, the country is home to wild boar, chamois, Alpine ibex, roe deer, wolves, bears, fox and lynx, to say nothing of owls, hawks, eagles and woodpeckers. Among plant species you may find primula, edelweiss, snake’s head fritillary, daphne, gentiana and cypripedium, the lady’s slipper orchid.
It’s an up–and–coming ‘foodie paradise’ too, with award–winning hams, cheeses, olive oils, wines, and Ljubljana eateries featuring among the San Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants.
On this tour we’re heading to the town of Bled, on the banks of Lake Bled in the Julian Alps of northwestern Slovenia. Lake Bled is not especially big by our Lake District standards, but it’s beautifully set among mountains and forests and there is an island in the middle with its own church, and lots of local environmentally–friendly pletna rowboat ferries. Dominating the lake is a high rocky outcrop on which stands the oldest castle in Slovenia, which also has a medieval tower, courtyards, a restaurant, a drawbridge, a chapel and a moat. In Soviet days, Marshall Tito had a villa here.
Book now for a great new adventure which includes flights and transfers, 4 star hotel with dinner and breakfast, and excursions including some picturesque villages, the country’s largest wine cellar, and the home of the world–famous Lipizzaner white horses of Vienna’s Spanish Riding School.
- Return flight on the exclusive charter from your chosen airport to Venice
- Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
- Seven nights stay at the 4 star Hotel Park or the 4 star Hotel Golf, Bled with hot buffet breakfast and buffet dinner (room upgrades available)
- 3 included excursions: 4–5 hour walking tour of Bled Villages, Lipizzaner Horses, and Taste of Sloveni
- Train, boat and lunch included in Taste of Slovenia
- One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
- One piece of hand luggage (weight up to 5kgs)
- Services of an English–speaking representative
- All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
- VAT at 20%
Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
Meet up at your chosen airport for your flight to Venice, where on arrival we join the coach for the journey to Slovenia. The route takes about 3 hours (with comfort stops) and takes us through some spectacular Alpine scenery. We arrive at the 4 star Hotel Park or the 4 star Hotel Golf, Bled for check in and free time before dinner and the first of seven nights stay.
Breakfast and a Welcome Meeting, then a 4–hour walking tour of Bled villages Mlino, Seo and Ribno (bring walking shoes).
We depart for the Lipica stud farm, founded in 1580, to see the home of the Lipizzaner white horses, where you’ll have a carriage ridge, a tour of the stables and a chance to see the horses perform. A great day out for all things horsey, even if you don’t know a snaffle bit from a shabrack or a cavesson from a crupper.
Today we trail the river Soča by train, boat and coach to visit Slovenia’s largest wine cellar, with lunch, guide and wine–tasting.
Day at leisure to relax by the pool, explore the town or the castle (entry approx €10), or take a bus to the capital Ljubljana.
A day at leisure, or join the optional excursion to the Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. Pre–bookable at £49 or book in resort €61 (includes entrance fees). Warm clothing for the cave recommended.
A final day of leisure.
Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home