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Festive Lake Bled and Venice


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

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2018 Tour code: LBX19

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Days 1-2 - 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
Winter Morning On Lake Bled
Day 3 - 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
Lake Bled in Winter
Day 4 - 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
Postojna Caves
Days 5-7 - 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
Doges Palace, Venice
Day 8 - Return to London

Today we transfer to the airport and fly to London.

  • Breakfast