Ljubljana, Slovenia Lake Bled, Slovenia

Simply Ljubljana & Bled

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The perfect introduction to Slovenia at an uncommon value, Simply Ljubljana & Bled is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to this city, with just a taste of the extraordinary experience that only Exeter International can provide.

The Basics

  • Three nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast
  • Private airport transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Highlight of Exeter’s Simply Ljubljana & Bled

  • Boat ride across Lake Bled

Easy to Combine with:

  • Montenegro
  • Split & Dubrovnik
  • Venice

For custom luxury travel and tours to Ljubljana, Bled and Slovenia, please contact one of our travel experts.

Download a PDF itinerary here.

ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

$2,600 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability. 

Day 1
Arrival | Ljubljana

Arrival in Ljubljana—Slovenia’s capital and largest city. You will be met by your private driver and guide, who will be waiting for you just outside of customs after you pick up your luggage.

Begin with an overview tour of the Old Town district, where you will take in the city’s ambience influenced by centuries of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultural influences.

Ljubljana’s Old Town is located on the right (eastern) bank of the Ljubljanica River and at the foot of the historic Castle Hill. You may start your tour in front of the Baroque Town Hall building – the seat of the municipal government, which is highlighted by its clock tower and the inner courtyard surrounded by pillars and arcades.

In the Town Square (Mestni Trg) in front of the city hall you will see the famous Fountain of the Three Rivers, which was originally designed in the second half of the 18th century by the Italian Baroque sculptor Francesco Robba and became his most famous work. The figures with vases represent the rivers Ljubljanica, Krka, and Sava. Robba was inspired by Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers on Piazza Navona in Rome.

Continue across the Dragon Bridge – an Art Nouveau masterpiece adorned with dragons, and stroll alongside the western bank of the Ljubljanica River to the centrally located and bustling Prešeren Square. On the south side of the square, the Ljubljanica River is crossed by the city’s most famous bridge – the Triple Bridge, designed by Jože Plečnik who added the side spans to the already existing central part of the bridge.

Afterward, you may take the funicular to reach the top of Castle Hill. The Ljubljana Castle offers some great views over the city and the surrounding countryside. The castle, first mentioned in 1144, was later enlarged and surrounded by a wall with towers and a drawbridge. Gradually losing its strategic importance in the area, the castle began falling into disrepair. Since the 1970s, long and extensive renovation works have been underway.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred approximately 25 miles to the delightful Adora at the Lake Bled.

Exeter Services: Transfer from Ljubljana to Bled; Guide in Ljubljana (4 Hours)

Hotel: Adora

Day 2
Bled & Bohinj | Bled & Bohinj

This morning, your guide will meet you for a tour of the charming Alpine lake towns of Bled and Bohinj. The lake itself was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. After the last Ice Age, the glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave it its present form. We suggest a walk around the lake and a traditional boat ride to the Baroque Church of the Assumption, which stands in the middle of an islet. Some hundred steps lead from the island’s dock to the church, which is a popular wedding destination. The tradition commands that the groom carries his bride up the steps and to the church to prove his fitness for marriage.

Later today, you will also visit the beautiful and historic Bled Castle, which is also the oldest in the country. In 1004, the German Emperor Henrik II gave the Bled estate to the Austrian Bishop Albuin of Brixen as a gift. The building was expanded and fortified since then and today there are several buildings that make up the castle complex, arranged around two courtyards, which are connected with a staircase. The small chapel on the upper courtyard was built in the 16th Century and renovated in the Baroque style around 1700, when it was also painted with illusionist frescoes making it seem bigger than it actually is. Today the castle is preserved as a museum, where you will be able to see various exhibits depicting the history of the region. Enjoy the sweeping views over the lake and the surrounding mountains.

In the afternoon, you will proceed to the beautiful Bohinj region, which is divided into the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valley. There are twenty-four typical Alpine villages in these two valleys. In the Upper Valley by the lake Bohinj, you may decide to visit the gothic St. John the Baptist Church, which has well-preserved frescoes from the 15th and the 16th Centuries. The journey continues with a cable car ride to the mountain Vogel (5.000 ft), from where there is a wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding parts of the Julian Alps. You will return to Bled and your hotel through the Lower Valley.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Hotel: Adora

Day 3
Maribor Wine Country | Maribor Wine Country Hotel Antique Palace & Spa, Ljubljana, Slovenia

This morning, your guide and driver will take you to visit Maribor, second largest city in the country, along Slovenia’s Oldest Wine Route. It is located between the Pohorje Mountains and the wine growing hills and it is here where visitors can admire the oldest vine in the world (about 450 years old).

For wine enthusiast, we recommend a wine route, starting in Maribor and continuing through the countryside to eastern Kozjak via Kamnica, Kalvarija, Piramida, and Nebova. You will be treated to private wine tastings at some of the most select vineyards!

Late afternoon return to Bled and evening at leisure.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Hotel: Adora

Day 4
Departure | Ljubljana Kendov Dvorec, Slovenia, Garden

Morning at leisure in Bled until your afternoon transfer to Ljubljana for your onward flight.

Exeter International: Transfer Bled to Ljubljana

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