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Julian Alps Discovery Tour

Lake Bled is a glacial lake in the Julian Alps
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £1,235pp £1,110pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Slovenia’s most recognisable and iconic places - Lake Bled
  • Discover the beauty and vibrant atmosphere of Ljubljana
  • Triglav National Park including an exhilarating cable car ride from Lake Bohinj
  • Explore Škovja Loka, one of the oldest and most carefully preserved settlements in Slovenia

What’s included

  • Half-Board en-suite accommodation
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays leader
  • Full day excursions with all essential transport
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers

Trip Notes

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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. 


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

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


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.


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.

One evening, we have arranged an evening speaker to enlighten you on the interesting history and what to look out for during your holiday in this region.

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Essential Information

Suitable, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
08 May - 15 May 2022
7 Discovery Tour £1,435 £1,310 Save £125 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
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08 May - 15 May 2022
7 Discovery Tour £1,235 £1,110 Save £125 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

  • Single room: From £168 (complete holiday)
  • With flight holidays: Flights from London Heathrow to Ljubljana included
  • Regional connecting flights available on request from £139pp
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort – price per taxi: £69 one way
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Ljubljana Airport: £19.50pp one way
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