Hike, bike and raft on this exhilarating family adventure around Bled

Treat the family to the fairytayle-like wonder of Slovenia, complete with sparkling emerald lakes, romantic island churches and medieval castles just waiting to be explored. Hike lush trails on Mt Vogel, go mountain biking alongside the Radovna River in Triglav National Park, and hold on to your paddles on a rafting trip on the Sava Dolinka. Along with all this adventure, there’s plenty of free time to discover this spectacular part of Slovenia with the family.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Bled, Slovenia
Finish
Bled, Slovenia
Country
Slovenia
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
ZMFS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Bled is a joy to explore, a beautiful active paradise that lies on a stunning lake at the edge of the Julian Alps, whose island church appears to have come straight out of a fairytale

  • Bring together the family as a team and solve puzzles in an exciting Escape Room experience

  • Cycle to Vintage Gorge then reward weary muscles in the soothing Ziva Wellness Centre

  • From the top of Mt Vogel, hike along lush trails, looking down to the valley where deep green forest meets the endless blue of the glacial Lake Bohinj

  • Raft over the rugged rapids, gates and pools of the Sava Dolinka River

  • Explore Postojan Caves and marvel at the majesty of the Lipizzaner horses at the Lipica Horse Farm.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an active trip packed with activities such as cycling, white-water rafting and trekking. To fully enjoy it, you'll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the rafting experience, you'll also need to be a confident swimmer.

  • Because the itinerary is packed with lots of exciting activities, the trip involves some early starts and long days. But it's worth it!

  • Bled, the base for this trip, is located approximately 35 kilometres north-west of Ljubljana Airport. An arrival or departure transfer can be booked at an additional cost for individual arrivals and we offer one complimentary group transfer, please ask our consultants what time this will be.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Zivjo! Welcome to Slovenia.

Known as ‘Europe in Miniature’, tiny Slovenia has a huge heart and a wealth of diversity. The soaring Julian Alps capture a touch of Switzerland, the radiating coastline oozes Mediterranean charm, and Bled’s island church appears to have come straight out of a fairytale. The mountainous backdrop, stunning lake, and impressive cliff-top fortress all combine to make Bled a wonderful place to visit and a delight of Slovenia.

Ease into things with a welcome meeting (usually taking place at 6pm – please look out for a message near reception), where you’ll get acquainted with the rest of the group. The evening is spent at leisure exploring the streets of Bled. Sit back and take in the postcard-perfect views before you get active this week. Tonight perhaps head out as a group for a meal at a traditional restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, join the group for an orientation walk through the picturesque town of Bled. With its emerald-coloured lake, complete with a church on an island right in the middle of it, dense green mountains and rocky cliff tops. It’s hard to take a bad photo here. In the late morning take a short bus journey to Lake Bohinj (approximately 30 minutes), the largest permanent glacial lake in the country. Here you’ll take the cable car to the top of Mt Vogel, located within Triglav National Park. The upper station lies above 1,500 metres, from where you'll enjoy a hike along lush trails, looking down to the valley where deep green meets endless blue. Depending on weather conditions you will head south towards the peak of Šija. Return to Bled for the evening.

Notes: The trail will be chosen according to weather conditions and the ability of the group.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bled - Cable Car to Mt Vogel
  • Bled - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading to Vintgar Gorge.

The Radovna river cuts the Vintgar gorge deep between the hills of Hom and Boršt. The gorge is flanked by steep slopes overgrown with beech forests.

In the afternoon, soothe weary bones with a trip to the Živa Wellness Centre for three hours of divine bliss, soaking in the thermal pools. This is ranked among Slovenia's best wellness centres.

Back in Bled, soak up the lovely lake views at night.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bled - Visit to Ziva Wellness Centre
  • Triglav National Park - Vintgar Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day for you to explore all that Bled and the surrounding area has to offer. Still want to be active? Perhaps cycle the 6 kilometre bike path that circles the lake. This scenic ride passes some impressive villas, mostly from the beginning of the 19th century, including the former residence of ‘soft dictator’ Josip Tito. Perhaps enjoy an Emerald River Adventure within Triglav National Park, or try your hand at canyoning. Maybe wander around Bled at your own pace and take a dip in the lake. An option not to be missed is a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered boat rowed by a special oarsman) to the island on Lake Bled – climb up the 99 steps to St Mary's Church and ring the wishing bell. Be sure to seek out the famous Bled cream cake, which isn’t hard; nearly every cafe and cake shop in town claims that theirs is the best.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bled - Canyoning - EUR60
  • Bled - Emerald River Adventure (full day) - EUR110
  • Bled - Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Bled - Bled Castle - EUR10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by private minivan to Lipica where we visit the home of the famous Lipizzaner horses, explore the grounds of the famous farm and be captivated by their stories and the importance of the Lipizzaner horses in Slovenian history.

After lunch we will head to the Postojna Caves, a wonderfully impressive cave network, the second longest cave system in Slovenia and is without a doubt one of the most impressive cave systems in the world. It's 24 kilometers of passages, galleries and magnificent halls offering a unique experience of the underground world. The temperature in the caves is around 8 to 10 degrees Celsius so dress appropriately.

We will return to out hotel in Bled for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lipica - Horse farm visit
  • Lipica - Postojna Caves
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Pack your swimming gear and towel for a rafting trip on the Sava Dolinka River. After a short drive from Bled you will enter the river at Piskovca. A professional river guide will lead the group through rapids, gates and pools.

You’ll spend around 1.5 hours on the beautiful water of the river that diagonally crosses the whole country. You’ll pass alpine scenery, cypress tree, and navigate giant moss-covered boulders and fun rapids all the way down river to Lancovo. No doubt you’ll want to jump into the fresh water. From Lancovo it’s a short drive back to Bled.

After your active morning, maybe reward yourself with another cream cake. Invented in the kitchens of Hotel Park in 1953 by Ištvan Lukačevič, chef of the hotel's confectionery store, more than 10 million kremsnita have been baked at the hotel's patisserie since its invention. Later, maybe dine on sausages or fresh fish with a side of the local vino. Luckily, Slovenia only exports a small amount of their wine, keeping the best local.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sava Dolinka River - Rafting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast take part in an exciting Escape Room experience in Bled. This relatively new phenomenon is where groups of friends or families enter a room and need to solve clues to discover the key that will allow them to escape! It's a great opportunity to work together as a family to see how quickly you can get out. 

The afternoon is free to discuss tactics, debate who cracked the puzzle first and who deserved to stay locked in the room, perhaps over another of Bled's sweet delicacies.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bled - Escape Room
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This trip comes to an end after breakfast with an optional transfer to the airport for your onward flight. If you would like to extend your stay in Bled we are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to your booking agent.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Private bus

Accommodation

Guesthouse (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Bled - Cable Car to Mt Vogel
  • Bled - Orientation Walk
  • Bled - Visit to Ziva Wellness Centre
  • Triglav National Park - Vintgar Gorge
  • Lipica - Horse farm visit
  • Lipica - Postojna Caves
  • Sava Dolinka River - Rafting
  • Bled - Escape Room

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Important notes

A DISCOUNT OF 10% APPLIES ON THIS TRIP TO CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 7 years old.

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