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Stroll around the marvellous Alpine Lake Bled
Visit the island by the traditional pletna boat
Enjoy spectacular views from the oldest castle in Slovenia
From the Queen of the Adriatic to the Jewel of the Alps, this day trip is unlike any other. You will get a chance to visit the symbol of Slovenia’s natural and cultural beauty and experience all the highlights this world-famous landmark has to offer.
Situated on the edge of Triglav National Park, the town of Bled has had the reputation of an extremely popular tourist destination for centuries. With the Julian Alps in the background and forested hills all around, the location is breathtakingly gorgeous. The cherry on top is of course the idyllic glacial lake with an island in the middle. On your trip to Lake Bled you will take a ride with the traditional gondola-like boat called pletna and visit the church on the island. There is a lot to learn about the immensely rich history and legends of this wonderful place. Overlooking the lake on an enormous cliff is another important example of Slovenian cultural heritage, the 1000-year-ago Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia. The castle’s terrace offers stunning views of Lake Bled and the picturesque countryside that surrounds it. Your visit to Bled has to also include the delicious local specialty "kremšnita", the famous cream cake.
Important for the tour
Difficulty: Easy to moderate (3 km walking in Vintgar gorge, 99 steps on Bled island, steep slope and steps at Bled Castle)
Please bring your passport
Snacks and beverages are not included
Shared group trip of max 8 people
Private tour available with extra charge
Minimum number of guests applies
The trip is conducted in English, Spanish guide available with extra charge
Included in price
English speaking guide
Included in price
English speaking guide
Summer (April - October)
9.30 am Departure from Venice
12.30-2.00 pm Visit of Bled town and free time for lunch
2.00-3.30 pm Pletna boat ride to Bled Island
3.30-5.00 pm Bled Castle visit
8.00 pm Return to Venice
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a single traveller, how can I book?
Don’t worry, just drop us a line in our inbox. We will do our best to try and find you some company, so if you are flexible in your travel dates, let us know as well. Do you want a private trip? No problem, we got you covered too.
Where do we meet for the day trip?
There are 4 designated pickup and drop-off locations that we use in downtown Ljubljana (see the options when booking). Your driver will be driving between multiple pickup locations, so we kindly ask you to allow a 20-minute window for your pickup, although we will do our best to be there on time.
In case you would like to be picked up / dropped off at a different location, we can accommodate that with a surcharge of 9€/booking.
Is there lunch at a restaurant or do I have to bring my own?
You have the option of both. We have a time slot reserved for lunch on each tour, always somewhere with (usually local) restaurants handy. That said, you can always pack your own picnic lunch and eat it wherever and whenever you like. This might sometimes even save time in order to fit a bit of extra sightseeing into your day.
How fit do I need to be for day trip to Lake Bled?
The best thing about our day trips is that they can be tailored to your own level of fitness. Most of the tours are designed with different activities available, so the choice is entirely yours. Please consult the difficulty section under a specific day trip to see what the difficulty level of the tour and particular activity is.
I am travelling on a budget - what if I can’t afford all the extras?
Don’t worry. Our day trips are planned with everyone in mind. If you find an entrance fee too expensive, or you are unsure if you are willing to spend so much of your budget on entrance fees, our guides will always have some free alternatives ready for you. From taking a short hike and finding that perfect photo opportunity, to relaxing in a beautiful spot, we have got you covered.
Will I have some time to myself?
If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!
What should I wear on Bled day trip? Do I have to bring anything with me?
It is important to dress for the season. Slovenia has all 4 seasons, so please check the weather forecast before the day trip regarding temperatures and rainfall. When you are close to the Alps, the weather can change fairly quickly, so your best bet is to always bring an extra layer. We recommend shoes you will be comfortable in. If you are visiting caves, please remember that the caves are cold in the summer, as the cave temperature is constant throughout the year.
I have food restrictions. Are there restaurants for me?
It really depends on the level of your restriction. Vegetarian options are fairly easy to find in Slovenia, but vegan dishes, on the other hand, are extremely hard to come by in rural areas of the country and in smaller towns. Please note, that the places where we stop off at for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu. We suggest you keep this in mind.
How do the “extras” work?
There is so much to do in Slovenia, so we wanted to give you the option of choosing exactly how you would like to spend your time here. Which is why we have compiled a list of popular activities in the areas of your visit and categorized them as extras. Therefore, the choice of which and how many you would like to experience is entirely up to you. We set up some of the most popular activities in the areas of your visit and listed them as extras. The choice of how many and which you would like to do is entirely yours. When you arrive to a destination, such as Lake Bled, the itinerary always allows for any additional activities you might want to do, like visiting Bled Castle or taking a traditional boat ride to the island. You can book all of your chosen extras in advance. Your guide will confirm the bookings with you on the tour and make sure you know everything you need to know. It is always exciting when people come away from the same trip enriched by different adventures and can share and compare their experiences along with the tons of photos they have taken.
What a place! We loved Lake Bled and we were lucky our guide took us there in the morning to beat the crowds. We skipped the pletna boat and went for a walk on our own, the path around the lake has great views everywhere!
Bled Castle was my favourite stop. I couldn't stop taking pictures. I was so happy to try the traditional cream cake there. So yummy :)
My husband and I were extremely pleased with this days trip. He has trouble walking, so we decided to skip Bled Castle and Bled Island, but our guide was very accommodating and he gaves us ideas what to do meanwhile.
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