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From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj Day Trip

1. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj Day Trip

An ‘Image of Paradise’, as it is often described, Bled has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century. Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Guides will roll back time in its museum, and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav and try the hearty local cuisine. To experience a bit of trekking, you'll end the day with an enjoyable 20-minute hike to the beautiful Savica Waterfall, thundering from a high rocky cliff, and enjoy a rewarding view of the Lake.

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From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

2. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and see some of the finest work by the architect Jože Plečnik. Experience the local vibe and discover where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Get some free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional pletna boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air. Drive back to Zagreb and get dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

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From Ljubljana: Slovenia in One Day Tour

3. From Ljubljana: Slovenia in One Day Tour

You will start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart for Lake Bled in an air-conditioned minivan. On the 1-hour journey, you can admire rural Slovenia and listen as your guide describes the glacier-formed lake and the legends that surround Bled Island, the church-topped islet in its center. On arrival, you can drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains, and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, you will ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore, visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary or sample some scrumptious potica at the island cafe. Next, you will be driven up to Bled Castle and can delve inside the red-turreted fortress. Absorb the bird's-eye views of the lakes from the walls and visit the museum to chart the castle’s story from its roots in the 11th century. You will then return to the lakeside for free time to walk around, and if you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. Then, after a break for lunch, travel onward to your next stop, Predjama Castle. You can marvel at this remarkable cliffside castle and hear how it was extended through the centuries after being built in 1202. Then, you can choose either to explore its stairways and chambers on your own, or with a guide. Lastly, you will continue to nearby Postojna Cave, Slovenia’s most-visited tourist attraction. Ride the mini-train into the depths of this subterranean network and then follow a guide through its eerie caverns. Ogle the bizarre stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations and hear tales of how the caves were created and the rare amphibians that live in its underground rivers — the blind salamanders known as 'human fish.' Then, return to your minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana, with a drop-off at your hotel.

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Full-Day Ljubljana and Lake Bled Trip from Zagreb

4. Full-Day Ljubljana and Lake Bled Trip from Zagreb

Your full-day (11-hour) excursion begins with a pick-up at your centrally located hotel or Zrinjevac Park. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle for the 2-hour drive to Ljubljana. En route your guide will tell you about the history of Croatia and Slovenia. You’ll hear about the hidden gems of both countries and the historical dynamics that carved them into countries they are today. Start your visit at Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, where the beauty of this small but big-hearted city will enchant you. Note the variety of architectural styles and quirky bridges with their carved dragons. Your guide will lead you on a leisurely walking tour, and tell you all the interesting bits about this Slovenian pearl. Conclude your Ljubljana experience at Ljubljana Castle, reaching the castle on a 60-second funicular ride. Take in panoramic views of the city. After the tour you’ll have free time for lunch.   Continue your visit to Lake Bled at its impressive medieval castle that dates back to the 11th century. Perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 meters above the glacial lake, it is a symbol of Bled and Slovenia. Take in the mesmerizing views of the Julian Alps, the Church of the Assumption of Mary on the rocky islet and the surrounding natural beauty. Get up close to the lake and enjoy a walk to take in even more breathtaking vistas. Return to Zagreb.

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Ljubljana or Bled: Lake Bled & Postojna Cave Day Trip

5. Ljubljana or Bled: Lake Bled & Postojna Cave Day Trip

Just 45 minutes north of Ljubljana, there lies the magical Alpine resort, Bled with its magical lake. Ascend the old castle, perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake, and take some time to enjoy spectacular views of the surroundings from the castle's terraces. A boat ride on a ‘Pletna’ – a traditional boat made by locals -  is mandatory when visiting Bled. Reach the only true island in Slovenia, ring the ‘fortune bell’ and soak up the sun, peace and fresh mountain air. Afterwards, stop for tastings of some local food products in Bled. Then it's time to head south to discover the mysteries of the Slovenian karst in the Postojna cave. The guided tour of the cave takes you on a ride by electrical train and a walk through the beautiful passages and chambers with spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains, and other extraordinary wonders of the underground world. Afterwards, enjoy tasting some local spirits in Postojna. Continue to the idyllic village of Predjama to enjoy the medieval fairytale of the amazing Predjama castle, the largest cave castle with its dramatic setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern half-way up a hillside. Learn about the legend of a famous knight, Erasmus – the ‘Slovenian Robin Hood’ and other local folk traditions before heading back to Ljubljana.

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Slovenia Day Trip From Vienna Including Ljubljana and Bled

6. Slovenia Day Trip From Vienna Including Ljubljana and Bled

Your trip will start with an early pick-up from your hotel in Vienna. Admire the beautiful landscape as you cross the border into Slovenia. Your first stop will be Baden to take time for breakfast and coffee. Upon arrival in Ljubljana your local guide will await you to start the walking tour. Hear the many legends of Ljubljana, including the legend of the Ljubljana dragon. Ljubljana is a modern and lively city, full of surprises. Take a walk down Preseren Square, visit Franciskanska cerkve, the central pharmacy, Hauptmann house, the Triple Bridge and much more. To complete your visit to Slovenia you will visit Bled, Slovenia's only island. Bled is a glacier lake surrounded by high and mighty mountain peaks, in the middle of which lies a small island with a church that is protected by a thousand year old castle.  Bled, the pearl of the Slovenian Alps will make you fall in love with its romantic and peaceful atmosphere. After the tour you will be returned to your hotel in Vienna.

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From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

7. From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital and largest city in Slovenia, is the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative center of the country. It is renowned for its rich history, reflected in its wonderful architectural heritage. Its old town center is embraced by Ljubljana Castle and the River Ljubljanica, where the feeling of the city is strongest. On this trip, you will encounter ancient and modern architecture. You will visit the old town center where you'll admire the works of the Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, who took an important part in designing Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. In little more than 3 decades, Jože Plečnik transformed Ljubljana from a provincial city to the capital of the Slovene nation, and re-shaped the urban part of the city. His influence can be felt everywhere, but mostly along the river Ljubljanica. On this trip, you will visit some of the most interesting buildings and monuments, such as the Ljubljana Town Hall, the Triple Bridge, the Shoemakers’ Bridge, Ljubljana Cathedral, the Robba Fountain, Prešeren Square, Congress Square and other attractions. The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana Dragon, depicted on the top of the tower of Ljubljana Castle and on the Ljubljanica – crossing Dragon Bridge. It symbolizes power, courage and greatness. Bled is an Alpine town which represents one of the oldest and most beautiful tourist destinations in Slovenia. Its main attraction is the lake which surrounds Bled Island. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The church has a make-a-wish bell, and is frequently visited by newlyweds and other guests. Lake Bled will certainly leave you speechless, since it offers various sport activities and represents a place where you can spend the most romantic moments of your life.  Take a walk around the lake enjoying the fresh alpine air and watch swans and ducks at play. Admire Bled Castle built on a precipice above the glacial lake, which according to written sources is the oldest Slovene castle. At the end, you will pass by some other local monuments and refresh yourself with a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called cremeschnitte (kremšnita). You will also have a chance to take some beautiful photos of the lake, island, castle and the nearby Alps.

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From Ljubljana: Private Bled Lake Day Trip

8. From Ljubljana: Private Bled Lake Day Trip

Spend 2 hours exploring Lake Bled and its spectacular surroundings. Your local guide will know just where to go to capture the best shots of the lake and will provide plenty of information on the lake and its history.  This private tour starts early with pick up from your Ljubljana Hotel or Guesthouse at 8:00 AM. Arrive at Bled Lake at 8:50 AM and enjoy 2 hours checking out the best views. Choose to take a typical Pletna Boat (15 Euros/adult) to visit the famous Island Church (6 Euros/adult).  Depart for Ljubljana at 11:15 AM and return to your Ljubljana Hotel or Guesthouse at 12:00 PM.

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From Zagreb: Day Trip to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

9. From Zagreb: Day Trip to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

Travel from Zagreb into the Slovenian mountains to visit lake Bled. Marvel at this glacial lake before heading to Ljubljana. Take in the city highlights of the largest city in Slovenia and take a walk in the city center. Be picked up from you accommodation in Zagreb. Relax on the scenic drive to lake Bled. Spend some free time at the lake where you can walk along the shore, buy a boat ride to Bled island, see bled castle, or purchase a slice of Bled cream cake. Continue to Ljubljana. Stroll through the colorful buildings in the city center and admire how the Ljubljanica river winds its way through the city. Let your guide show you the main city sites. Have some free time to explore the café-lined streets and boutique shops before returning to Zagreb.

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From Koper: Private Full-Day Tour to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

10. From Koper: Private Full-Day Tour to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

Embark on a full-day tour to the two most beautiful places in Slovenia, Lake Bled and Ljubljana. Visit the charming town of Bled and walk around the blue lake or rent a boat to get up close with the small island that houses a church. Explore the capital city of Ljublana and stroll around its old town admiring the art nouveau and baroque architecture.  Imagine a place with a big blue lake, an idyllic island, iconic church, and a domineering castle on a hilltop - welcome to Bled. Get on board on a traditional wooden Pletna boat and set sail towards the island in the middle of the lake. Go for a walk around the lake or head up to the castle for amazing views of the lake and the natural surroundings. Don't miss the opportunity to try the local delicacy Bled Cream Cake. Then, travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia also known as the green city. Discover the old town center with its medieval streets and interesting architecture. Walk alongside the river, lined with cute cafes and shops, and look up to the castle on the hill that sets the city landscape. Go up to the castle for great views of Ljubljana.

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What people are saying about Bled

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 109 reviews

We had a private tour with our guide as there were no other guests that day and we felt privileged. We had a wonderfull experiance, our guide Sanda was very kind, informative and helpfull, even spoke our native language which we didn't expect.. and the route and attractions were very interesting, they exceeded our expectations in every way. And we had enough time to enjoy at each site. We would higly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Slovenia. At the end of the tour we even managed to visit the Opera house in Ljubljana and attend the opera that evening.. Very romantic day from the beginning till the end.

Highly recommended. Lakes Bled and Bohinj are both spectacular and well worth a visit. We were lucky enough to have great weather for our trip but it would have been lovely even in the rain. Our guide, Primoz, was fantastic - incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He personalized the tour to our interests and made sure that we had a great time.

Primoz was an excellent guide. You could see his knowledge and passion about Slovenia. He took us to the waterfall even if it wasnt on the plan for the day, just because i asked him to!! I really appreciate that!

Nina has been a charming guide, all very well. I totally recommend this excursion

A very nice experience, excellent views, and well worth the experience