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Discover the serene Lake Bled

13 daysFrom £2,595 per person
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2020 Tour code: CSG20

About the tour

Serene Lake Bled, the pretty Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, lively and historic Zagreb, the seaside city of Split, wonderful Dubrovnik, and the unspoiled beauty of Montenegro: our grand tour takes us on a voyage of discovery into this magical region.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-3 - London to Bled by First Class rail

We meet in St Pancras International at our dedicated Departure Office, travelling by Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class. We change trains and continue to Munich or Ulm for an overnight stay.

After a relaxed morning on Day 2, we continue our journey by First Class rail. Leaving Munich, we travel across beautiful Bavaria, through Austria and the mighty Austrian Alps into Slovenia. We arrive in Bled, an enchanting town set on the shimmering, turquoise waters of the glacial lake bearing the same name. Surrounded by forested slopes and the jagged summits of the Julian Alps, the lake has a majestic backdrop and is crowned by Bled Castle, which stands on a steep cliff face overlooking the lake. On arrival at Lesce Bled we transfer to our hotel, where we stay for the next three nights.

On Day 3 you are free to explore the picturesque town of Bled and the surrounding area. One of the most popular options is to take a boat to the delightful island near the lake's centre, or perhaps take the chance to visit Bled Castle? This thousand year-old building looks like it has been plucked straight from the pages of a fairy tale, and is a delight to explore and discover its many collections of weaponry and ancient jewellery.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Lake Bled
Days 4-6 - Ljubljana, Postojna Caves and on to Zagreb

Our excursion today takes us to Ljubljana, Slovenia's thriving capital city. Ljubljana boasts a wide range of architectural styles, from the Art Nouveau and Baroque of its older centre to the more modern architecture of the last 100 years. On arrival we enjoy a guided walking tour of its most famous sights, many of which are within its impressive pedestrianised Old Town, easily explored on foot. Afterwards, we head south by coach to the fascinating Postojna Caves. We enter the labyrinth of caverns on a small electric railway before enjoying a walk into the very heart of this underground cave system.

On Day 5 We transfer to the railway station and depart Bled by train. Travelling in Standard Class, we cross the lush undulating scenery of Slovenia to the Croatian border and our next destination, vibrant Zagreb. The city of Zagreb is wonderfully compact; the old centre is divided into the Lower Town, filled with splendid architecture and pleasant parks, and the Upper Town, a charming area of cobbled streets. The highlights of the city are easily explored on foot, and the architecture and style of the city give Zagreb the feel of an Imperial city; a clear reflection of the city's importance in the Austro-Hungarian empire. Throughout the Upper and Lower Town, dozens of museums and galleries rub shoulders with lively pavement cafés and restaurants.

On Day 6 we enjoy a guided tour of Zagreb, introducing us to sights such as the 14th century Gothic St Mark's Church and the medieval Upper Town. We also see Kaptol, an urban complex of churches, palaces, museums and galleries before you have a free afternoon to continue exploring.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
Zagreb
Days 7-9 - The Plitvice Lakes & Split

Today travel by coach to Plitvice Lakes and transfer to our hotel. This evening we discover the local area with a guide, visiting a local Serbian village that saw major conflict in Yusgolavia and Bosnian wars. Return to the hotel for a cooking demonstration of Balkan cuisine, which we enjoy for dinner.

On Day 8 we visit Plitvice Lakes. The sixteen lakes are part of 116 square mile National Park and are each interconnected by a series of waterfalls and cascades, the largest of which Veliki Slap, has a drop of 200 feet. This unique region of turquoise-coloured water pools and mountains has UNESCO World Heritage status owing to its unusual karst formations and outstanding natural beauty, and offers countless photo opportunities.

After lunch in a local restaurant we travel by rail (Standard Class) to Split, during which we enjoy the passing scenery of mountains, lakes, rivers, and luscious vineyards. Split was originally built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, signs of which you will see during your free time here - from the white-walled buildings, to part of the best preserved Roman Palace complex in Europe and situated in the very heart of Split. The city's compact city centre is a maze of narrow, haphazardly winding streets, stone stairways, low arches and twisting alleyways. We stay for two nights at the Radisson Blu in Split.

On Day 9 we take to the water to view the city from a different angle, on a scenic boat cruise to the island of Brac. Your afternoon is then at leisure for you to explore more of this intriguing destination. The city's masterpiece, the Diocletian Palace, is well worth visiting, as is the National Theatre and the palace - a UNESCO World Heritage site packed with historical buildings and museums.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
The Plitvice Lakes
Day 10 - To Dubrovnik

Our departure by coach takes us along the scenic route from Split to Dubrovnik, calling in at Makarska Old Town, nestled on the Adriatic Coast. This picturesque town and port, that sits at the foot of towering Biokovo Mountain, is home to a fantastically characteristic Mediterranean Old Town with narrow stone-paved streets, a bustling church square and a Franciscan monastery. Follow the winding paths that tumble down to delightful pebble beaches, or continue exploring the older section of the city whose history can be traced back to the 4th century BC. We continue to Dubrovnik, where we check in to our hotel ahead of an evening at leisure.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Dubrovnik
Day 11 - Discovering Dubrovnik

Today's sightseeing tour introduces us to the breathtaking Renaissance port and 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. We visit the stunning old city, another UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy a panoramic tour of unique Dubrovnik. Tourism in Dubrovnik has seen a resurgence in recent years, with its use as the filming location of King's Landing in HBO's Game of Thrones heightening its already alluring appeal. This afternoon is free, so you could take a walk along the city walls for a different perspective of the city's stunning mixture of Gothic and Baroque architecture.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Dubrovnik
Day 12 - On to Kotor

Today we travel along the beautiful Dalmatian coastline to Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor. Often described as the Mediterranean's only fjord because of its winding, glacial appearance, here we take a boat to visit Our Lady of the Rocks, a man-made islet in the bay crowned by a small church.

According to legend, this ecclesiastical monument was created when the Virgin Mary appeared to local fishermen on this spot who then began a ritual of dropping a stone on the spot every time they sailed by. On our return to Dubrovnik, we enjoy a final farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Kotor
Day 13 - Return to London

Following breakfast, we transfer to Dubrovnik airport for our flight to London Gatwick.

Please note: your luggage will travel back to the UK on the flight with you, as opposed to being delivered back to your door.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Flying home

Additional information

Please note

While every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel Kompas

Hotel Kompas, Bled

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Hotel Rikli Balance

Hotel Rikli Balance, Bled

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Hotel Lero

Hotel Lero, Dubrovnik

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Hotel Lyra

Hotel Lyra, Plitvice

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Radission Blu Resort Split

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Hotel Park 45

Hotel Park 45, Zagreb

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Trains

Eurostar
ICE Train
InterCity

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Upgrades

Inclusive Luggage Upgrade
Upgrade to a Sea View Room in Split
Upgrade to a Lake View Room
Upgrade to a Sea View Room in Dubrovnik
Flight upgrades
London Hotels
UK rail connections

Reviews

72% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted 07/07/2019

Hotels v good. Tour Manager excellent - organised, helpful, clear information,friendly.

Anonymous

Submitted 06/07/2019

Wonderful group of people and superb hotels and scenery

Mrs L Parsons

Submitted 11/11/2018

Problems with first class rail on 2nd day. Train late and then stopped part way through journey. Meant connection was missed. Tour manager did a brilliant job but very tiring day.

Anonymous

Submitted 02/06/2018

A wonderful experience seeing so many countries and the beautiful scenery.

Mrs P MacKenzie

Submitted 08/11/2017

The GRJ choice of sights to visit was excellent, as were hotels. Our tour manager, Tim Neep, was THE BEST! He shepherded us professionally and cheerfully, kept personally connected to each and every one of us. He expertly handled an unforeseen train complication and a group member's serious fall. And he went beyond service in making sure we only two Americans, delayed by a long Immigration line, collected our bags at Gatwick Airport--after all the others were headed home--and got us to a taxi.

Mrs S Morton

Submitted 03/11/2017

The scenery, the trains, the hotels, the tour manager and the whole experience made a journey to remember and treasure.

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