8-Day Winter fairytale in the Julian Alps and Ljubljana

8-Day Winter fairytale in the Julian Alps and Ljubljana

Discover the beauty of lakes Bled and Bohinj, and explore the culture and history of Ljubljana. For everyone who enjoys idyllic settings of lake villages and clear waters at the foot of the Alps. Find out about the beauty of Ljubljana, world-famous green capital. Book this exclusive 7-nights/8-days tour with many experiences and enjoy an array of privileges. In association with SelectSlovenia partners the trip includes a diverse program of activities, to make your stay truly memorable. Prepare to discover Slovenia's stunning landscapes, taste gourmet delights and experience the country's top sights.
Themes: Romantic Family Gastronomy Nature History City Special Occasions Relax Slovenian Icons Incredible Views Slovenian Classics Beer & Pubs 7 - 10 days

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Bohinj

About the city

Many visitors to Slovenia say they’ve never seen a more beautiful lake than Bled…that is, until they’ve seen Lake Bohinj, just 26km to the southwest. We’ll refrain from weighing in on the Bled versus Bohinj debate other than to say we see their point. Admittedly, Bohinj lacks Bled’s glamour, but it’s less crowded and in many ways more authentic. It’s an ideal summer holiday destination. People come primarily to chill out or to swim in the crystal-clear, blue-green water, with leisurely cycling and walking trails to occupy them. There are lots of outdoor pursuits like kayaking, hiking and horseback riding if you’ve got the energy, and the charming villages to the lake’s northeast, remarkably, have remained faithful to traditional occupations like dairy herding and farming.

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Bohinj ECO Hotel

81%
  • At 0.9 km from the center
  • Triglavska cesta 17, 4264 bohinjska bistrica, Bohinjska bistrica 4264
Property Location With a stay at Bohinj Eco Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Bohinj, within a 10-minute drive of Lake Bohinj and Bohinjsko Jezero. This 4.5-star hotel is 12 mi (19.3 km) from Lake Bled and 13.9 mi (22.3 km) from Bled Castle.Room...
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  • STANDARD ROOM (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 2 Accommodation nights

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Bohinj
Bled
Slovenia
Bohinj City Center / 12:00
VIP Transfers VIP Transfers VIP Transfers
0h 30m Nonstop
Slovenia
12:30 Bled City Center
12/11/2018 14/11/2018

Bled

About the city

The most recognizable symbol of the lake is the Church of the Assumption with its long and diverse history, however the lush greenery also hides other interesting island buildings, like the bell-tower, church, chaplain's house, provost's house, small hermitage and some mysterious legends. The most renowned symbol of the island is the Church of the Assumption which demands a climb up the 99 stone-step staircase. In case you visit the island in just the right time, make time to witness a wedding in the romantic environment. As far as the wishing bell is concerned. Don't just watch it. Ring it.

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Rikli Balance hotel

85%
  • At 0.2 km from the center
  • Cankarjeva cesta 4, 4, Bled 4260
This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre of Bled and was established in 1969. It is close to the Lake Bled and the nearest station is Bled Jezero railway station. The Hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a conference room, a coffee shop, an indoor s...
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  • DOUBLE STANDARD (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 2 Accommodation nights

3 Experiences
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2-Hour Interactive Wine Tasting Experience in Bled

day 2 - 2-Hour Interactive Wine Tasting Experience in Bled
Itinerary

Taste 7 top wines from different wine regions of Slovenia, learning interesting wine facts from a wine expert in a 100-year old cellar in Bled.

Stop At:

• Wine Tasting Bled, Riklijeva cesta 9, Bled 4260 Slovenia
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
A maximum of 20 people per booking
Minimum age is 18 years
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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Bled Castle Admission Ticket

day 2 - Bled Castle Admission Ticket
Visit: Bled Castle (Blejski Grad), Lake Bled, Bled 4260 Slovenia

Enter the castle and enjoy the bird's-eye views on the shimmering lake and the Julian Alps from the perched courtyard. Fresh air and the warm sun combined with Bled's history, exhibited in the castle museum, will make you wonder about the medieval life at majestic Bled Castle. When strolling through the mysterious Castle premises, do not forget to visit the wine cellar, Gutenberg's press chamber, the castle's chapel and the museum.

Built as a stronghold for the aristocratic bishops of the Brixen dynasty to defend their territories from attack, its fortified Romanesque walls and ramparts today hide a largely 16th‐century Renaissance castle built after a devastating earthquake in 1511 destroyed the previous building. It is centered around a pair of courtyards, constructed in an enticing jumble of red‐roofed wine cellars, forges, servants’ quarters, mansion, a stately knight’s hall and a chapel swathed in frescoes.

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
PLEASE NOTE: Paper Voucher Only Our local operator requires you to present a printed copy of this voucher on the day of your activity. You may be refused entry if you do not present a printed copy of your voucher.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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TASTE TRADITIONAL SLOVENIAN CUISINE & MUSEUM AT AVSENIK BROTHERS HOMESTADE

day 3 - TASTE TRADITIONAL SLOVENIAN CUISINE & MUSEUM AT AVSENIK BROTHERS HOMESTADE
You are very welcome to visit Begunje, a typical Gorenjska village, where the world famous musicians of Slovenian folk music were born, the Avsenik brothers. The typical Gorenjska village, which is located only 15 minutes from famous Bled lake.The beginnings of the Avsenik music go back to 1953 when the trio was formed by Slavko Avsenik, which became the »Gorenjski kvartet« in 1955 and soon after that the Ensemble of the brothers Avsenik. Slavko and Vilko invented a whole new basis for folk music which had not existed before that! Here was born the composition Golica, the most frequently performed instrumental composition in the world.They have been ambassadors of Slovenia all over the world for 40 years because their recognizable music sound has made Slovenia famous as a country. Recently renovated The Avsenik Museum gives a unique view into the works of Vilko and Slavko Avsenik and their top achievements. After visiting the Avsenik museum enjoy delicious homemade Slovenian traditional lunch in an idyllic atmosphere.
Menu
Welcome drink (homemade slivovitz or apple juice)
Cold cuts plate with dried salami and cheese “Tolminc”
Shepherd's meal(pork loin, fried potatoes, cabbage salad with bacon )
Homemade apple strudel with vanilla ice-cream
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Vegetarian menu
Mushroom soup
Cheese and tarragon dumplings, buckwheat porridge with mushrooms
Season salad
Homemade apple strudel with vanilla ice-cream

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
14/11/2018BUSINESS
Bled
Ljubljana
Slovenia
Bled City Center / 13:00
VIP Transfers VIP Transfers VIP Transfers
0h 45m Nonstop
Slovenia
13:45 Ljubljana
14/11/2018 17/11/2018

Ljubljana

About the city

At first glance, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, seems almost too good to be true. Tucked up against the town’s e-topped hill, the baroque and folk-painted buildings of the old town are like something out of a fairytale. In fact, Ljubljana is very much a part of the real world; industry and the arts flourish here, and commerce is booming lively, lovely, and oh-so-easy for the foreign visitor, modern, sophisticated Ljubljana may well be one of the most pleasant city in Europe. Ljubljana has plenty of places to visit whether they be the city's castle which offers great views over the area from its hill top position, the fine museums and art galleries or taking in the local culture with good local food and drinks, especially beer. The hill with Ljubljana castle is situated in the city centre and narrow river Ljubljanica is slowly circulating around it. The old city centre is situated below this hill on the banks of Ljubljanica River. The focus of the city is Preseren square with its 3 bridges, Tromostovje. From there walk down Stritarjeva street to reach old Ljubljana and Ljubljana castle. Stroll down Copova street to reach Tivoli Park, a gorgeous park, famous for its boulevards, its flower garden and lake. Inside the park we have the International Centre of Graphic Arts. But to really enjoy Ljubljana walk along the Ljubljanica river banks in the evening, listen to the street music, sit in one of the numerous restaurants and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

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Hotel Lev

80%
  • At 0.4 km from the center
  • Vosnjakova ulica, 1, Ljubljana SI-1000
This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre of Ljubljana and was established in 1964. It is close to the 5 minutes walking distance. The Hotel has a bistro & bar, a conference and meeting rooms and a fitness centre/gym. The 209 high quality, air-...
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  • TWIN CLASSIC (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 3 Accommodation nights

3 Experiences
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Bohemian Slovenia with Beer Tasting and Slovenian Tapas

day 4 - Bohemian Slovenia with Beer Tasting and Slovenian Tapas
We’ll start our Ljubljana tour at one of the biggest and most impressive city squares, where you will learn a few facts about the most important buildings and social realist monuments that shaped the Slovenia of today.

This historic stroll will take you through the centre of Ljubljana, passing local shops and cafés, and for a walk on the ancient Roman wall. We’ll visit important works by the respected architect Jože Plečnik, then get a peek into the national library and legendary open-air concert hall, Krizanke, with its dark secrets.

As we enjoy the vibe of the bustling local art scene and tiny medieval streets, we will literally pass the border between central Europe and the Balkans, to reach the academy of music where we can take in its rich history and fine tunes.

After soaking in the echoes of the academy, we’ll explore the Baroque part of town, full of bars and galleries, while avoiding tourist traps. We’ll stop into a hip café near the town hall for a sip of local craft beer and a chat about contemporary life in Ljubljana.

Crossing beautiful bridges over the Ljubljanica river and exploring romantic sweet spots and secret corners is a must while making your way to the Slovenian Philharmonic hall and a breathtaking view of the city. We will then go on to explore the Bohemian corner of Ljubljana while passing the Art Nouveau highlights. We’ll enter an old factory full of galleries you won’t find in guidebooks. Take your time soaking up the work of modern artists as you bond with them through their images.

We’ll finish our Ljubljana tour passing the cult band Laibach’s studio and entering the “city within the city,” or legendary Metelkova. Surrounded with graffiti, wild street art, and music clubs, you will get to try some traditional local beer as we discuss how Slovenian 80s music paved the way for the country’s independence.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Dress standard: Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour
Small group of a maximum of 12 people
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
City Centre
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Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Show

day 5 - Ljubljana Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Show
Slovenia, a country tucked between Austria, Hungary, Italy and Croatia, sometimes gets overlooked by travelers doing the grand tour of Europe. This is a mistake. Ljubljana is one of the most underrated capital cities in Europe, and you'll gain a new appreciation of Slovenian culture and history at this traditional folk dance and dinner show.

Make your way to central Ljubljana to enjoy this evening of merriment. When you get to the restaurant, you're greeted with šklojce, (traditional Slovenian schnapps) and some dried fruit.

Then, take a seat at your table and sink your teeth into four traditional courses, washed down with a glass of Slovenian wine. Everything from peasant-style chicken (pork option is available upon request) to salad to a traditional dessert is offered. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.
Between each course, enjoy some folksy entertainment. Watch three charming dance performances, and then after your main course, take part in Slovenian dances and games such as pouštertanc, which translates as 'the cushion dance.' Learn, too, how to polka.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Restaurants are centrally located and vary according to the size of the group. The exact location will be advised at time of reconfirmation
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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Traditional 6-course dinner in JB restaurant with wine accompaniment

day 6 - 20:00 Traditional Menu with wine accompaniment

JB restaurant in downtown Ljubljana, Slovenia, is S.Pellegrino's Top 100 World's Best Restaurant. In 2013 as well listed among top 10 The Daily Meal Best Restaurants in Europe. As well they got GaultMillau 2 haubes. It’s the closest interpretation of a sophisticated pallet you'll ever experience in this region. Welcome to the world of culinary art of world renowned chef Janez Bratovz. His menu is based on the relationship between the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, representing four tastes – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Your dinner experience includes traditional tasting menu with 6 courses and wine accompaniment with five (5) glasses.

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8-Day Winter fairytale in the Julian Alps and Ljubljana
8-Day Winter fairytale in the Julian Alps and Ljubljana