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Christmas on Lake Bled

6days from
£1,571*per person

Overview

Christmas in Slovenia

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.

Itinerary

  • 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.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • 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

Our Price Includes

  • 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
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London Gatwick (LGW)

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Accommodation

Hotel Kompas, Bled -

★★★★

Facilities & Amenities
Situated within 200 meters of Lake Bled, and with views of the town's imposing castle, the hotel enjoys plenty of scenic beauty. It also has an indoor swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar and a well-equipped fitness centre.

Hotel Lovec, Bled -

★★★★

A four-star hotel backed by the Alps, in the heart of town and within walking distance from Lake Bled.

Facilities & Amenities
An indoor and open-air restaurant is overlooked by chestnut trees and a charming pub serves local wine, beers, and snacks. Saunas, aromatherapy showers, and a small indoor pool can be found in the wellness centre, and a spa specialises in Thai massages.
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Other Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 40 minutes from Ljubljana, 3 hours from Venice.

European Christmas Closing Times

Shops in Europe will generally be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Travelling to Europe

Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel. Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names. Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date"). Visa - You do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at www.etias.com.

Holiday code

N1740

Holiday provided by Newmarket Holidays

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