Julian Alps Discovery Tour
The tiny nation of Slovenia sits at the crossroads of Europe and enjoys a fascinating mixture of neighbouring cultures combined with its own proud Slovene heritage. Our base for this holiday is near breathtaking Lake Bled provides the perfect location from which to explore the region.
- 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
- 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.
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 independently.
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.
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
- Free WiFi
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.
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.
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 when you walk in this region.
What to Bring
Suitable, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain
Alan Winfield has been leading for HF Holidays since 1990. He leads Walking and Discovery holidays in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. He also leads City Breaks in Italy. A Yorkshireman by birth and upbringing, he now lives in Cambridge. Alan is a retired teacher and university lecturer and his other passion is amateur theatre where he has taken roles in musicals for over 50 years.
Dorothy has been leading for HF Holidays for 15 years and loves everything she does from Guided Walking holidays in Europe and the UK and Discovery Tours to
long haul trips to New Zealand, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan and Cuba.
Walking is her passion but other hobbies are cycling, playing tennis and bridge and sewing.
In her twenties she visited Haiti and climbed to the fortress citadel in Cap Haitian, a tough, exhilarating climb with 360 views. She knew then that she would continue walking throughout her life.
She taught German and ran a hiking club taking children on Saturday hikes and to the Yorkshire Dales for weekends.
Leader to Be Announced
We’ll announce the leader for this holiday shortly. Be assured that all of our expert leaders share one goal; to create an exceptional experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you on this holiday.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 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.
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03 May - 10 May
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19 Jul - 26 Jul
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18 Oct - 25 Oct
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7 nights from £1,459pp with flights
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