For the best of both worlds, join this combination tour of Ljubljana's charming cityscapes and Lake Bled's natural grandeur. This guided tour of Slovenia's capital and its most beloved mountain lake offers history, architecture, and unparalleled alpine beauty. See the bridges, parks, and squares designed by the famous Slovene architect, Joze Plecnik, as well as the green-domed Ljubljana Cathedral, Ljubljana Town Hall, and other historic monuments that comprise the old town center. The second portion of this comprehensive Slovenia tour brings you to Lake Bled, where snow-capped mountains surround a glacial lake and its famous island, home to a Gothic church and its wish-granting bell.
From your port, the tour begins with Slovenia's political, economic, and cultural capital, Ljubljana. The city's ancient roots begin in prehistoric times along the shores of the Ljubljana River, long before the Roman outpost was conquered by Atilla's Huns. In the city's center, atop a hill, you'll find the medieval Ljubljana Castle, which boasts architectural accents from the Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance periods. Your guide will point out the many representations of the Ljubljana Dragon along the way. Symbolizing power, courage, and greatness, the dragon can be found on the castle's tower and Dragon Bridge, which spans the city's namesake river. Also in the old town's center, you can see the many architectural contributions of Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik, including the iconic Triple Bridge, the river's embankments, and a number of exquisite parks and squares. In the mid-20th century, Plecnik transformed the capital into the modern city it is today.
Following your Ljubljana tour, enjoy a scenic 40 minute drive to Lake Bled, a popular destination for travelers from around the world. Bled Castle overlooks the lake from its north shore, and in the center of the lake Bled Island is home to a pilgrimage church built in the Gothic style and dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The church's bell is visited frequently by newlyweds and travelers who hope to make their wishes come true. For those interested, the church is only accessible via boat at an additional cost of 14 EUR to be paid at the lake, and is not included in the tour price. Nestled amid the towering alpine mountains, Lake Bled is a venue for both romantic getaways and sporting adventures. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you stand above the lake, upon the cliff where Bled Castle presides.
This Ljubljana and Lake Bled tour offers the best of Slovenia's city and countryside, so be sure to bring a camera to capture endless memorable images. Book a spot on this comprehensive Slovenia tour and experience the very best of the country's popular attractions.
Please Note: Guests who are interested in visiting the church at Lake Bled (at an additional cost of 14 EUR to be paid at the lake, not included in the tour price) must inform the guide immediately after arriving to Lake Bled, to ensure a timely return to the ship.
Well done--good knowledgeable guide, itinerary as described. Lake Bled is about 1.5hrs + from the port so it was a little more travel time than anticipated. Tour time did not allow to take the row boat to the Lake Bled island, which we had wished had be in the description so the reason for the 4 stars vs 5..
Reviewer: Ron Kocher
Good tour, overall glad I did it, but one caveat - be aware you will spend more time on the bus than sightseeing. Can't be helped as travel is needed. Great guide.
Reviewer: Ann Ortel
We enjoyed the tour. The guide was entertaining and knowledgeable but we felt we were rushed. It was the last day of school for the country and the driver and guide were worried about getting us back to the boat. Maybe the tour should just be at Lake Bled so we would have time to go out to the Monastery and the castle. The capital was very beautiful and clean but we didn't have enough time to explore.
Description says it all, our tour was on a Sunday which made it pleasant doing the wallking tour of Ljubljana. Enjoyable small group tour.
Reviewer: Heather Travel Agent
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was a smaller group and we had a great walk through beautiful Ljubljana then had the opportunity to spend some time at Lake Bled. I only wish we had stopped at the top of the mountain to take pictures. The guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommended!!