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Festive Lake Bled & Venice

8 Days from£1,695
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(Tour code: LBX19)

Spend the festive season overlooking some of Europe’s most scenic waters

Spend the festive season overlooking some of Europe's most scenic waters. Celebrate Christmas on the shores of Lake Bled, surrounded by tree-topped mountains, before exploring the iconic 'Floating City' of Venice, where ancient buildings overlook the stunning lagoon that gives the city an international reputation.

  • Pletna boat ride across Lake Bled
  • Guided tour of Bled Island
  • Postojna Caves
  • Ceremony of the Sunken Bell
  • Guided Tour of Venice
  • Trieste
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Traditional Christmas Lunch
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Festive Lake Bled & Venice 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Winter Morning On Lake Bled
Winter Morning On Lake Bled

London to Lake Bled

We fly from London Gatwick to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, today. From here we transfer by coach to the shores of Lake Bled, where we spend the next four nights at the Grand Hotel Toplice, excellently situated by the lakeside. Encompassed by the Julian Alps, the serene emerald-green waters and mountain surrounds make this a delightfully scenic retreat.

On Day 2, we begin our adventure with a traditional pletna boat ride across the shimmering waters of Lake Bled to Bled Island, a diminutive islet topped by dense woodland and a 12th century church. On arrival we enjoy a short tour of the island, followed by free time to explore.

After returning to the mainland, we visit Bled Castle, an incredible medieval fortress that stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the lake. We discover the castle, including its fascinating museum dedicated to the region's history, on a guided tour, before returning to our hotel.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 Lake Bled in Winter
Lake Bled in Winter

Christmas Day by Lake Bled

After a free morning, we enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch together to celebrate today. Late this afternoon, we watch the Ceremony of the Sunken Bell. This dramatic re-telling of a local legend depicts the tragic story of a widow who once lived in Bled Castle. The tale claims the widow helped found the church now standing on Bled Island, though a series of unfortunate events left the chapel without a bell. Legend has it that the Pope had a new bell made in her memory, which today is known as the 'wishing bell'.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Postojna Caves
Postojna Caves

Postojna Caves on Boxing Day

This morning we visit Postojna Caves, an enchanting series of 2 million year-old caverns. The stunning caves are filled with mesmerising rock formations, accessible on foot and via a specially-built electric train that runs through some 2 miles of this spectacular site.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-7 Venice
Doges Palace, Venice

Trieste and Venice

Today we leave Lake Bled behind for an excursion to Trieste, a delightful Italian town that has inspired writers for centuries with its charms. After a guided tour we make our way to the 'Floating City' of Venice, gloriously set in its own shimmering lagoon. We take a guided walking tour of the city on Day 6, taking in key attractions including St Mark's Basilica. After a free morning on Day 7, we visit Doge's Palace, where Casanova was once incarcerated.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Flights

Return to London

Today we transfer to the airport and fly to London.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Ljubljana, and from Venice to London Gatwick
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation, including 4 nights at the Grand Hotel Toplice on the shores of Lake Bled, and 3 nights at the NH Venezia Rio Novo in Venice

Delicious meals included

  • 13 meals, including 7 breakfasts, 1 traditional Christmas lunch, and 5 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Pletna boat ride across Lake Bled
  • Guided tour of Bled Island and visit to Bled Castle
  • Excursion to the fascinating Postojna Caves
  • Experience the Ceremony of the Sunken Bell
  • Discover Venice with a guided tour and free time to explore

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Lake View room at the Grand Hotel Toplice from £115 per person (twin occupancy)

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Kathryn Cambridge
Julie Pacalon
Festive Lake Bled & Venice

Spend the festive season overlooking some of Europe’s most scenic waters


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