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Venice Carnival & Lake Bled

(Tour code: LBW6)Explore the Venice Carnival and Slovenia by train

A fantastic holiday which includes a dazzling diversity of experiences, from glittering lakes and snow-frosted forests, to mighty fortresses - plus the opportunity to explore romantic Venice, more flamboyant than ever at Carnival time.

Tour Highlights
  • Guided tour of Venice
  • Venice Carnival
  • Lake Bled
  • 5-star Grand Hotel Toplice
  • Visit to the Postojna Caves
  • Visit to Predjama Castle
  • Ljubljana including a guided sightseeing tour
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Stuttgart Opera House
Day 1

Eurostar and First Class rail to Stuttgart

We depart St Pancras International on the Eurostar to Paris, travelling in Standard Premier Class with a light meal and drinks served on board. Arriving in the French capital, we transfer across the city by coach to continue our journey by rail to Stuttgart. We spend one night in Stuttgart at the Maritim Hotel, located close to the Old Town.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Lake Bled
Day 2

Stuttgart to Bled

We continue our journey by rail (Standard Class) this morning, travelling across Germany, through the breathtaking snow-capped mountains of Austria and across the border to Slovenia. Our destination is Lake Bled, undoubtedly Slovenia's most sought-after and romantic alpine resort. The showpiece of this pretty area is the little white church on the island in the centre of Lake Bled. The majestic scenery is classic 'picture postcard' - an emerald lake fed by glacier waters and hot springs, made all the more striking with the snowy Julian Alps as the backdrop. We spend four nights in Bled at the fabulous 5-star Grand Hotel Toplice.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Bled
Day 3

A day at leisure discovering Bled

Today you are free to discover Lake Bled at your leisure. Take a walk around the lake for stunning views or maybe visit Bled Castle, a fantastic example of how architecture develops over the ages. Featuring a Roman centre, medieval towers and Renaissance defence walls, it offers visitors a chance to peek into the past, and it commands a dominant location, perched on a rock rising 100 metres above the lake. Alternatively, simply spend the day enjoying the hotel's wonderful facilities and prime location, which offers unrivalled vistas across the lake and towards the mountains.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Predjama Castle
Day 4

Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle

Today we embark on a guided coach excursion to the Postojna Caves, which feature more than 12 miles of sculpted caverns and glistening stalactite formations. First discovered in the 17th century, the fascinating caves have delighted visitors for more than 200 years. We enter the labyrinth of caverns on a small electric railway, before taking a walk through the larger caverns to the heart of the caves. After some free time for lunch, we continue on to Predjama Castle, traditionally the home of Trieste's Imperial Governors. This fortress was initially built in the 13th century and renovated in the Renaissance period. Famous for defying a military siege for an entire year, the rear façade of the castle is carved into solid bedrock, preventing attacks from nearly all sides.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Predjama Castle tour
  • Postojna Caves
Ljubljana
Day 5

A guided sightseeing tour of Ljubljana

A guided sightseeing tour of Ljubljana This morning we depart by coach to Ljubljana, Slovenia's wonderful capital city set on the banks of the peaceful Ljubljanica River. Dominated by its imposing castle, Ljubljana is filled with a relaxed charm that reflects its rich history as a central European powerhouse. The city's very centre is beautiful - boasting a mix of delightful Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture - and the delightful pedestrianised Old Town is easily explored on foot. Following a guided sightseeing tour, you are free to perhaps take the funicular railway up to Ljubljana Castle, which offers impressive views over the city. Alternatively, you can admire St Nicholas Cathedral with its twin bell towers and impressive green dome rising above the surrounding buildings. The beautiful city also features several excellent art galleries and museums in addition to its stunning architecture.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Ljubljana
Grand Canal
Day 6

Bled to Venice by rail

We leave Bled today, travelling by train (Standard Class) to Gorizia, where we catch the high-speed service to the incredible floating city of Venice. Upon leaving the city's Santa Lucia station, we are greeted by a truly glorious view of the Grand Canal lined with opulent buildings. Our home in Venice for the next three nights is the Hotel LaGare, located on the island of Murano.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Venice
Day 7

A walking tour of Venice

Today we enjoy a guided tour of Venice, including the magnificent St Mark's Square, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful city squares in the world. Overlooked by St Mark's Basilica, the large open space is surrounded by the Doge's Palace, the Procurator's residence, the famous Sansoviniana Bookshop and the iconic bell tower, as well as the waters of the lagoon. Our local guide takes us on a walking tour of the city, leading us around the narrow streets and small squares to visit some of Venice's main sights, including the famous Rialto Bridge, completed in 1591 and an architectural gem that spans the Grand Canal. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this truly amazing city at leisure. Venice lends itself to idle wandering so the best way to soak up the atmosphere is to simply let yourself get lost in the myriad of twisting lanes and alleys. Alternatively, another option is a visit to one of the islands in the northern lagoon - watch one of the master glass-blowers at work in Murano, stroll past the brightly coloured houses to the lace museum in Burano, or pass a relaxing hour or so in tranquil Torcello. Otherwise, why not indulge yourself by visiting one of the many art collections in the city? The Gallerie dell'Accademia, for example, holds magnificent masterpieces by Bellini, Canaletto and Tintoretto.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Venice
Carnival
Day 8

The spectacular Venice Carnival

Today is free for you to experience the truly magnificent spectacle that is Venice Carnival, the traditions of which can be traced back to the 14th century. Marvel at the wonderful array of costumes and masks on display in this fantastic festival and be entertained by jugglers, singers, dancers and all kinds of performers throughout the city. In line with carnival tradition, masks, hoods, capes and tricorn hats contribute to the anonymity of festival goers, hiding the social status of the often cloaked wearer. Much effort is made with the costumes and the other decorations, resulting in a fantastic explosion of colour across the scenic city centre. Venice has a totally different feel during the carnival, with much of the activity centred on St Mark's Square, and the glorious celebrations only serve to enhance the city's incredible atmosphere.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
  • Venice Carnival
Piazza Castello
Day 9

Venice to Turin

Our journey home begins today as we travel by train in First Class to Turin, a beautiful city that spreads out over a pretty network of avenues and squares, lined with delightful architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Among the city's many highlights is the Duomo di Torino, the city's Renaissance cathedral, and the relaxed Giardino Reale gardens. Here we spend the night at the Holiday Inn Turin.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar
Day 10

First Class to Paris and the Eurostar to London

We depart Turin this morning, travelling by train in First Class to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we cross the city by coach to connect with the Eurostar service to London. We make our final journey in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board ahead of our arrival at St Pancras International.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

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

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