Summer Tour of Lake Bled with Bled Castle and Boat Ride

Istria, Croatia
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Lake Bled is the epitome of Alpine tranquillity. On this tour you'll explore this picture-postcard destination – a fairytale scene of emerald-coloured waters and a turreted castle framed against the backdrop of the Julian Alps. Mauro, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Lake Bled sits at the foot of the mountains, and boasts two of Slovenia's treasures - the oldest castle in the land sits on the top of the cliff above the lake, while in the middle of the lake you can't miss Slovenia's only natural island.'Slovenia is easily accessible from Istria, and the journey is certainly worthwhile. The pine-clad slopes, the picturesque chalets and the enchanting, wooded islet with 99 steps leading to St Mary's Chapel are irresistible. Look out for the traditional ‘pletna' boats, crafted from local wood with a flat bottom and usually rowed by a single oarsman. They are a classic sight on Lake Bled and they've been used for centuries to transport visitors to Bled Island and back.First we'll visit medieval Bled Castle, set into a towering cliff face. With its cone-shaped turrets and lofty parapets, it's something special, as is the view over the lake from its perch on a cliff 130 metres above the water. Then it's time to hop into a ‘pletna' boat, to be rowed across to the pretty chapel-crowned island. The chapel is steeped in legend, and locals say that you should make a wish by ringing the ‘wishing bell.' Another tradition states that to marry in the chapel, a groom must carry his bride up all 99 steps.

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Important info

  • An optional carriage ride around the lake is available for an extra charge
  • Lunch and entrance fees for the Bled Island chapel are not included
  • Passport is essential
  • Not suitable for guests with reduced mobility
  • Bring your passport or official eu identification
  • Food and drinks not included
What's included
Transport. Guide. Admission fees. Boat cruise. Exclusive TUI itinerary
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Discover the beauty of the Julian Alps on a trip to Lake Bled. Take a ride on a traditional boat to visit Slovenia's only island. Visit the medieval Bled Castle on a cliff overlooking the lake. Admire the wonderful view over Lake Bled from the castle. Expert local guide with unrivalled knowledge of Lake Bled

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