Lake Bled for New YearExcursions
Bled islandA half day that commences with a horse and carriage that collects you from the hotel for a ride around the lake followed by a gentle float across on traditional ‘Pletna’ boats to the island with its idyllic 15th Century church. Here we include coffee/tea and traditional Bled cream cake.
Postojna Caves with train ride
Situated in the gaping mouth of a cavern, looking unconquerable (but today easily accessible), the 13th Century Predjama Castle has one of the most dramatic settings to be found. A short castle tour is included before heading to Postojna for a visit to the easily accessible network of caves with a thrilling train ride. Marvel at the great halls and huge underground formations developed over millions of years by tiny drops of water.
Triglav National Park and Lake Bohinj (with included lunch)An unhurried excursion to one of Europe’s most unspoilt areas; stunning Lake Bohinj, the Voje Valley and the Triglav National Park. We include a cable car ride to the base of the ski slopes with astounding views and lunch in a local restaurant.
Carinthian AustriaA scenic drive over two mountain passes crossing the border into neighbouring Austria and the province of Carinthia where you will stop in the city of Klagenfurt on Lake Woerther to have lunch and perhaps take in a little shopping before the scenic drive back to lake Bled.
Slovenian wine tastingSitting at the crossroads of many an empire and country that has come and gone, Slovenia has been quietly making high-class wines for over two millenia with many of the current wineries founded as far back as the 1500's. In the private wine cellar of your farewell restaurant enjoy sampling some of this with local music accompaniment and Slovenian style snacks.
Farewell dinner and folklore evening
Your farewell dinner will be in a family-run restaurant in a small village just 20 minutes drive from Bled with a cosy atmosphere, locally sourced produce and a traditional Slovenian menu. After dinner the family and their friends put on a display of local music and dances with a great sense of fun.
Ljubljana (with included lunch)Ljubljana, one of Europe’s smallest capital cities, sits on three bridges and is known as the City of Palaces. Its art nouveau architecture is truly ornate. The Mestni Trg (Town Square) is just a short stroll from the three bridges where you'll find Ljubljana's Town Hall and the fountain of the three Carniolan Rivers. A short guided tour is included, then after lunch enjoy the town at your own pace or ride the funicular up to the castle to enjoy a view of the city.
Lipica Stud Farm (with dressage performance by famous stallions)
When you visit Lipica, you can watch the training of horses in a covered riding ground accompanied by music and a commentary for visitors. At the Lipica Classical Riding School, you will be able to see how difficult the figures are that the Lipizzaner horses have to learn during their training: The 45-minute show is truly worth a visit with a unique dressage performance by the famous stallions!