Discovery Tour in The Best of Slovenia's Julian Alps

Lake Bled is a glacial lake in the Julian Alps
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery tours
from £1,749pp

Discover Slovenia’s outstanding scenery of crystal-clear lakes bordered by the craggy slopes of the Julian Alps. Staying in a hotel just a few hundred metres from the shore of beautiful Lake Bled, we’ll take you on a guided tour of the area’s natural and cultural highlights. The itinerary includes visits to several historic towns, the vibrant capital of Ljubljana, Bled Castle, Triglav National Park and the incredibly scenic Jasna Lake. This holiday will also give you a great insight into Slovenia's culture and perhaps also their surprisingly good wine.

What you’ll love

  • Staying on the shores of Slovenia’s beautiful Lake Bled 
  • Discovering one of Europe’s greenest capitals, Ljubljana 
  • Visiting Triglav National Park 
  • An exhilarating cable car ride from Lake Bohinj 
  • Exploring Škovja Loka, one of the oldest settlements in Slovenia

What’s included

  • Guided sightseeing with experienced local HF Holidays Leaders
  • HF Holidays Tour Manager
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Welcome to Hotel Astoria. Unpack and settle in.


Our base for the week is worth exploring in its own right. We’ll take a stroll directly from the hotel along the lake path, visiting Bled Castle along the way. A ride across the lake in a pletna (traditional boat) brings us to Bled Island and the Church of Assumption which has become an icon for the area. Once we’re back on the mainland, you can easily explore Bled at your own pace or visit Vintgar Gorge which is a short distance away by public transport.


Slovenia’s capital can easily be explored on foot and we’ll spend a full day here, visiting both the Old and New Towns as well as the Castle. The Old Town is home to many of the city's historic sights - not least the Castle and St Nicholas' Cathedral – and is connected to the New Town by a number of bridges. The New Town is home to a number of places of interest, such as the Orthodox Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the University Quarter and the striking Art Nouveau facade of the Cooperative Bank.


We’ll spend some time in and around Slovenia’s National Park today. We visit Radovljica, one of the region’s best-preserved old towns where we can find out more about the Slovenian folk tradition of bee keeping. We then journey into the National Park and to Lake Bohinj; here, we can enjoy the views from the lakeside before taking a cable car to Vogel which, at 1,992m (6,306 feet), offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley below.


On our 7-night holidays, we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area independently. Some options for your free day might include:

Wellness Centre: The hotel has a wellness centre, located on the first floor. It offers concessionary rates to guests, details of which can be found in your room. Treatments include various types of massage, manicures, facials, sauna and a plunge pool.

Cycle hire: The hotel has bikes for hire. Explore the quiet side roads and farming villages around Bled. Please book this at reception. Current rates are from €4 for an hour.

Land train around Lake Bled: A land train follows the lakeside path. It leaves the town every 45 minutes from late April until mid-October; however it doesn’t run in poor weather.


The towns of Skofja Loka, Kranj and Kropa are all wonderfully historic and today we will visit each of them on our magical ‘history’ tour! We can explore the warren of tightly-woven streets in Skofja Loka and take in the enchanting blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture in Kranj, Slovenia’s fourth-largest settlement. We also call in at Kropa, a blacksmith’s village with evidence of its metalworking past scattered for all to see.


Today we discover the Upper Sava Valley which forms the geographical border between the Julian Alps and Karavanke Mountains. We’ll discover more about the history of the area at the Russian Chapel on the Vrsic Pass before returning to spend time in the winter sports town of Kranjska Gora, pausing at the stunning Jasna Lake on the way. Later we'll visit a beautiful waterfall and the Slovenian Alpine Museum near Mojstrana.


We hope to see you again soon.


Hotel Astoria - Julian Alps

The Hotel Astoria is a compact and stylish 3-star hotel and offers a great location for our holidays, with Bled town centre, the lake shore and castle all within walking distance. The comfortable en-suite bedrooms are decorated in a contemporary style and some rooms offer balconies. Facilities at the hotel include a wellness centre with sauna and spa pool, as well as a gym and bar with out door terrace. 

Rooms

All 72 en-suite bedrooms are comfortable and furnished with all the modern amenities including:

  • Air conditioning
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV

About your stay

Leading off the reception area there is a large and airy lounge and bar area with comfortable seating and tourist literature. To the other side the restaurant has fresh and modern decor, opening onto an attractive terrace area where guests can sit and enjoy the view with a coffee when the Café Astoria is open from 10am until 11pm.  

Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all public areas. There is a 24-hr reception service.

The hotel has a Wellness Centre open every day from 1pm until 9pm. There is a large variety of treatments offered at an additional charge and access to the gym is free to our guests.

Food & drink

Holidays at Lake Bled are half-board with a buffet breakfast and 3-course evening buffet. On one evening you can enjoy a traditional Slovenian dinner accompanied by live music.

Breakfast

Buffet breakfast is served from 7am and consists of a good selection of breads and pastries, fruit juices, cold hams and salami, cheeses, paté, cereals and yoghurts, as well as jams and honey, tea, coffee and cocoa. A hot selection is cooked fresh and you can enjoy eggs (including omelettes), pancakes, sausages and fried bacon. The hotel, where possible, serves local products.

Lunch (payable locally)

Packed lunches are available to order from the hotel but you can also walk just a few minutes to some local shops and purchase the ingredients for your lunch.

Evening meal

The evening meal is a 4-course buffet and our guests can enjoy a special dinner on the last evening accompanied by local Slovenian music.

Your evenings

Each evening your walking leaders will tell you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have.

During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised evening activity, such as a quiz.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised prices listed below show the lowest economy flight price option for that departure. On holidays where we offer local UK airports, details will appear in the “Important Information” section below and available alternative flight options will be offered when you book. Seating upgrades may be available on request and at an additional charge, please call 020 3974 8865 for a quote.

Date (Start - End) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book
2024

09 Oct - 16 Oct 2024

7 nights

Discovery Tour
Flight from London Heathrow Airport

Single from

£2,084

Double from

£1,899 pp

from

£1,899 pp

from

£2,084

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Date (Start - End) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book
2024

09 Oct - 16 Oct 2024

7 nights

Discovery Tour

Single from

£1,934

Double from

£1,749 pp

from

£1,749 pp

from

£1,934

Trip Notes
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Important information

  • With flights holidays: Price includes return flights to Ljubljana Airport, hold baggage and airport transfers
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort - price available on request
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Ljubljana Airport - please contact us for prices
Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery tours

7 nights from £1,749pp

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