Spend a memorable Christmas in the delightful surroundings of Slovenia's lakes and mountains. In addition to the warmest of welcomes at a comfortable hotel, you'll enjoy a unique festive light show on the beautiful lake, and the chance to soak up the atmosphere of Ljubljana, Slovenia's exquisite riverside capital.
Soak up the festive atmosphere at Lake Bled
Visit Ljubljana, and browse the Christmas market
View the Legend of the Sunken Bell light show
Christmas Day lunch at your hotel
Fly to Venice or Ljubljana and board the coach for the transfer to Lake Bled and your hotel. Settle into your surroundings and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner is served.
Today's included excursion is to the Slovene capital Ljubljana, a Baroque gem straddling the River Ljubljanica, with its walkways, elegant bridges and enchanting Old Town dressed for the festive season. Enjoy a guided introduction from your Tour Manager, then soak up the atmosphere of this delightful, laid back city. Explore its wonderful Christmas market, with stall holders selling craft-ware and local produce, and countless bars and cafes that are perfect for watching the world go by. Return to Bled and the hotel in time for dinner.
Get to know the wonderful lakeside resort town, ringed by forested hills and looking out across the lake to an offshore island crowned by its Gothic church. Wander the stalls of the Christmas market or perhaps join the optional walk up to famous Bled Castle, to enjoy a medieval show performed by the 'Lord' and his knights.This evening, Christmas celebrations begin. Following dinner, there's the chance to attend Midnight Mass, after which tea and cake is served at your hotel.
A wonderful day includes the chance to view the Legend of the Sunken Bell, a unique, not-to-be-missed theatrical performance set on - and under - the lake's waters. Enacted by divers, the show tells the tale of the island church's and its famous wishing bell. There'll also be the chance to view the Christmas crib and perhaps choose to take a horse and carriage ride along the lakeshore, or a gondola (pletna) to Bled Island to ring the bell. Christmas lunch will be served at the hotel.
Rest and relax after the festivities, or join our final excursion, and visit one of the world's most famous caves, the giant chasm at Postojna. At the caves guests will find a remarkable 'Living Nativity' staged in the wonderfully illuminated nether world of stalactites and stalagmites. You'll also visit historic Predjama Castle, magically built into a sheer cliff face, before returning to enjoy a last evening in Bled.
Bid farewell to magical Lake Bled and transfer back to the airport for your return flight.
Five nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Kompas, Bled
Christmas Lunch at the hotel
A full day excursion to Ljubljana
Traditional cake and tea on Christmas Eve after Midnight Mass
Return flights to Ljubljana or Venice
Coach travel and transfers throughout
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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