Guided Walking at Lake Bled, Slovenia

Julian Alps - Lakes & Peaks

Code: LJLCL

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  • Central location
  • Food & drink
  • High Mountains

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  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £789.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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The tiny nation of Slovenia sits at the crossroads of Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, as well as the Adriatic Sea. As a result, this nation enjoys a wonderful mixture of its neighbouring cultures and its own proud Slovene heritage. Being nestled between the Alps and the Balkans also provides a wonderful contrast of landscapes and climates.

Slovenia is incredibly green and the forward-thinking Slovenes love the outdoors and have an inbuilt desire to protect it. Nowhere is this more evident than the beautiful Triglav National Park, the home of the Julian Alps and many of our walks. Our base near breathtaking Lake Bled provides the perfect location from which to explore the region.

Holiday highlights

  • Discover Slovenia’s most beautiful and dramatic region, nestled next to the borders with Italy and Austria
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Walk in the Triglav National Park amidst the dramatic limestone peaks of the Julian Alps
  • Enjoy breathtaking scenery – towering mountains, flower-filled meadows and cascading waterfalls
  • Stay in the picture perfect and magical resort of Lake Bled at our comfortable and well-equipped hotel
  • On your free day, visit Ljubljana, Slovenia’s compact and green city that’s packed with history and sights

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening buffet meal

 

Accommodation

Hotel Astoria

Lake Bled exterior

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 offer balconies. Facilities at the hotel include a wellness centre with sauna and spa pool, as well as a gym and bar.

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.

Lake Bled bedroom Lake Bled Restaurant Lake Bled wellness centre

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Bedrooms

All 72 en-suite bedrooms are comfortable and furnished with all the modern amenities including air conditioning, room safe, minibar, telephone, free WiFi and a TV.

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Facilities

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.

 

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Food

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.

Dinner: 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.

Picnic lunch: 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.

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Evening

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.

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Itinerary

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  • Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
  • Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable

 

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier Walks: 5 to 8 miles (8-13km) generally good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,200ft (360m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks grade 4 hardHarder Walks: 8 to 10 miles (13-16km) with some steep ascents and descents. There are also some rocky and exposed sections. Up to 3,100ft (930m) of ascent in a day.

 


Day 1: Arrival Day

Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to see a little of Bled before your evening meal. On the first evening our leaders will explain more about our walks and there will be plenty of time to meet your fellow guests.


Day 2: Lake Bled, Osjnica and Rcitna

Today’s walks take in Lake Bled and explore the wooded upland areas to the west of the lake.

Easier Walk: The walk round the lake is one of the classic walks that everyone who stays in Bled must do. This route takes in several viewpoints that will give a commanding perspective across the lake to the island. Paths are generally good throughout, but there are a couple of short sections on steeper footpaths during the ascent of Osjnica. It’s also possible to hire rowing boats or a “pletna” to visit Bled Island. 6 miles (9.5km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Our route takes us to the west end of the lake and the wooded valley beyond, and to the upland area of Rcitno. Our return drops back to the lake and the path below the castle with views to the island. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,000ft (600m) of ascent and descent.


Day 3: Lake Bohinj & Mostnica Gorge

The bus will take us to the beautiful Bohinj valley and lake. Both groups will be dropped off at the village of Stara Fuzina.

Easier Walk: We ascend through the attractive old village into a narrow valley that opens out into Alpine pastureland. At
the head of the valley is the spectacular Mostnica waterfall, one of the ‘must see’ attractions of the area. There may be time for a swim in Lake Bohinj or a paddle in the Mostnica river. 8 miles (13km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent and descent.

Harder Walk: From the village of Stara Fuzina we also ascend through the Mostnica Gorge and view the waterfall. From here we head east, ascending to the village of Uskovnica. From here we descend on tracks and forest paths back to Stara Fuzina. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,700ft (810m) of ascent.


Day 4: Vrsic Pass To Kranjska Gora

The longest coach ride of the holiday takes us to Kranjska Gora, a mountain village and skiing centre deep in the Julian Alps. The coach will then leave the valley to ascend through 24 hairpin bends to reach the top of the Vrsic Pass, from where both groups will enjoy the view.

Easier Walk:The group will leave the bus in the Vrsic valley and descend through woodland, pasture and beside a stream with waterfalls, passing near a glacial lake and onwards through pasture to Kranjska Gora village. 7 miles (11km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent and 1,600ft (490m) of descent.

Harder Walk: This walk starts by descending a path from the pass followed by an ascent through woodland to the Visoki Maverinc Belvedere. The path zigzags to reduce the gradient. We stop for lunch at the summit and enjoy stunning views of the valley and surrounding hills before descending to Kranjska Gora. 10 miles (16km) with 1,200ft (360m) of ascent and 3,200ft (960m) of descent.


Day 5: Free Day

On your free day, you may wish to visit Slovenia’s capital – Ljubljana. The city is just a short journey from Lake Bled and offers an incredible array of museums and galleries. Alternatively, you could explore pretty Bled or relax at the hotel’s superb wellness centre.


Day 6: Lake Bohinj, Vogel and Sija

Today the two parties again travel by bus to Lake Bohinj, the easier group taking a lovely lakeside walk while the harder party takes in peaks to the south of the lake.

Easier Walk: The bus takes us to the village of Ribcev Laz, with its much photographed church beside the lake. We ascend through woods to a terrace path above the south side of the lake. Our route takes us across numerous wooden plank bridges before descending to the cable car station and a First World War cemetery at Ukanc.Descending further to the lakeshore, we then follow a path close by the lake for our return to Ribcev Laz. 7 miles (11km) with 300ft (90m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The bus will drop this group at the foot of the cable car, and we then ascend to the upper station. We ascend through a picturesque valley to the sumit of Vogel. Mt Vogel is a great viewpoint in good weather and provides an excellent vantage point for Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia. On the return route to the cable car, we can also take in the summit of Sija. 8 miles (13km) with 2,900ft (870m) of ascent.


Day 7: Vintgar Gorge and Debela Pec

Today the two parties split. The easier walk returns to the Bled area for a visit to the Vintgar Gorge, yet  another famous attraction in the region. The harder group will ascend Debela Pec; this peak has spectacular views into the deep Krma Valley, with the Triglav massif beyond.

Easier Walk: We take a service bus to Podhom to the start of the Vintgar Gorge. After paying the entrance fee, we walk along the gorge, following wooden walkways and paths cut into the steep valley sides. At the final ticket office we descend some steps to view the waterfall at the end of the gorge. Retracing our steps to the ticket office, we ascend through deciduous woodland to the church of St Katerina. Here there are seats with a stunning view across towards Bled and the surrounding hills. We then descend on a good gravel path to the plains below. A short stretch of road and a much longer gravel track following the edge of the river valley take us back into Bled. Here we can visit the National Park Centre before returning to the hotel. 7 miles (11km)  with 600ft (180m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We use hired transport to reach the high forests to the west of Bled. The walk ascends gently through woodland pitted with the remnants of ancient iron workings, then more steeply to reach a remote mountain hut or ‘Dom’. We continue the ascent to the ridge above the Krma valley. Here a winding path passes deep swallow holes, then takes us to the final ridge and viewpoint of Debla Pec. We will retrace our steps along the ridge and take a different route down to the Dom. From here we follow our outward route, continuing through Alpine pastures and woodland to the end and a well-earned drink in a bar. 8 miles (13km) with 2,700ft (820m) of ascent.


Day 8: Departure Day


Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.

Two-centre

Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not visit our neighbouring resort of Buzet in Croatia?

Hilltop town near Buzet

Lake Bled & Buzet - 14nts

Combine a week at Lake Bled with a week at Buzet in Croatia. Walks in the softer landscapes at Buzet offer an enjoyable contrast to the Slovenian mountains. Discover the unspoilt green hills, dotted with hill-top towns. Known as the 'city of truffles', Buzet offers a relaxing and authentic holiday experience. 

With flight & transfers: from £1,599

Without flights & transfers: from £1,399

 

To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558

Local area

This small nation certainly packs a big punch. Slovenia offers its visitors a forward-thinking, modern nation combined with incredibly varied history and truly outstanding natural beauty. From Romans, Slavs, Franks, Habsburgs and Napoleon’s army, Slovenia’s central position has made it an attractive place throughout its history and this diversity is showcased in the architecture, particularly in the capital city, Ljubljana, and culture. Since detaching itself from Yugoslavia in 1991, modern Slovenia has since joined the European Union and continued to demonstrate the industrious and hard-working nature of its people, yet visitors will find that this is an incredibly welcoming and easygoing country.

Despite having swathes of green forest further south, the Triglav National Park is certainly the country’s crowning glory when it comes to natural beauty and the Julian Alps are an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. From mountains towering above 2,000 metres to lakeside wanders, there are walks for all to enjoy. Owing to the prominence of limestone, you’ll find a host of beautiful waterfalls, as well as pretty Lakes Bled and Bohinj to accompany your walks. However, one of the most enjoyable features of your walks will undoubtedly be watching traditional rural life from traditional farming villages to the still-popular practice of bee-keeping.

Lake Bled: The town of Bled sits on the shores of the lake itself and offers a mesmerising setting. The turquoise waters are framed by snow-capped mountains and are watched over by a precariously placed, fairytale castle. Rarely do photos do it justice and visitors are sure of a treat. Due to this setting, the town is popular all year round, yet loses none of its charm. Any visitor should endeavour to enjoy two things: the town’s famous Bled Cake, which is similar to a vanilla slice, and a journey across the lake on a ‘pletna’ boat to Bled Island, with its tiny church and staircase down to the lakeshore.

Shops & facilities: There are a number of local shops in Bled where you can obtain the basic necessities, as well as a small supermarket a short walk from the hotel. When shopping for gifts, traditional Slovenian crafts can be found in a number of shops in the town.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Stanstead and Manchester flights to Ljubljana airport.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel.

The coach transfer takes approx 30 minutes to the Hotel Astoria Bled.

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

 

‘Without flight’ holidays the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

-          We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Ljubljana airport.

This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £17.00.

-          Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £65.00 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

 

 

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance. 

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
27 May 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ADRIA AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 27 May 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 27 May 2017, 4:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Ljubliana

Flight - Return

ADRIA AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Jun 2017, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jun 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Ljubliana
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,119.00 Book Now
27 May 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now
3 Jun 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 3 Jun 2017, 1:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jun 2017, 4:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Stansted
  • Arrive at: Ljubliana

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 10 Jun 2017, 4:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Jun 2017, 6 p.m.
  • Depart from: Ljubliana
  • Arrive at: London Stansted
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
3 Jun 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now
17 Jun 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now
24 Jun 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now
9 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now
9 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ADRIA AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 4:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Ljubliana

Flight - Return

ADRIA AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2017, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Ljubliana
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,119.00 Book Now
9 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 1:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 4:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Stansted
  • Arrive at: Ljubliana

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2017, 4:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2017, 6 p.m.
  • Depart from: Ljubliana
  • Arrive at: London Stansted
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
16 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now
16 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ADRIA AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2017, 4:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Ljubliana

Flight - Return

ADRIA AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 23 Sep 2017, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Sep 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Ljubliana
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,119.00 Book Now
23 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now
23 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 23 Sep 2017, 1:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Sep 2017, 4:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Stansted
  • Arrive at: Ljubliana

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 30 Sep 2017, 4:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Sep 2017, 6 p.m.
  • Depart from: Ljubliana
  • Arrive at: London Stansted
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
30 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 30 Sep 2017, 1:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Sep 2017, 4:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Stansted
  • Arrive at: Ljubliana

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, 4:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Oct 2017, 6 p.m.
  • Depart from: Ljubliana
  • Arrive at: London Stansted
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
30 Sep 2017 LJLCL - Guided Walking Lake Bled - Without Flights 7 £789.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £16 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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