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Bled

A clifftop castle and a deep blue lake are just a taste of what Slovenia’s most popular resort has to offer.

Our most recommended things to do in Bled

From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

1. From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

Lake Bled is often mentioned as the pearl of the Slovenian Alpine region due to its emerald-green waters, picture-perfect postcard church on the island, medieval castle on the rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks of the Slovenian Alps as the background. Take a short walk along the lakeshore as the beauty of the surrounding mountains reflects off the lake surface. No matter the season, you'll enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the lake and the fresh mountain air.  Perched atop a steep cliff more than 100 meters above the lake, Bled Castle is the iconic image of a medieval fortress, with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. The castle houses a unique treasure - a reconstruction of Gutenberg's wooden printing press, on which the master printer will demonstrate old printing techniques using hand-made paper. Take the Pletna boat, a traditional boat known only to this region, to the tiny tear-shaped island on the lake. Upon returning from the island, stop at the local patisserie and taste Bled’s famous cream cake, kremšnita. In the last 60 years they have sold as many as 12 million of these cakes - they are definitely a can't-miss and a perfect way to top off your day. In the summer you can take bathing suits with you, to take a dip in the lake. Please be advised that due to the the winter season and the shorter daylight hours, a portion of our tour may be conducted after dark. Additionally, participants should be aware that the Pletna boat ride might not be available during our afternoon tours because of their winter schedule. We appreciate your understanding, we strive to provide the best experience possible regardless of the season.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

2. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. See some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, before experiencing the local vibe and discovering where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name, and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Have free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled, take in the spectacular views from panoramic drive around the lake and then board on a traditional boat (Pletna) to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before going to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. The Bled castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia and it also offers the oldest traditional cake in the region. The Bled Cream cake, which goes perfect with the view from the the top of the castle terrace. Afterwards in the evening we will depart back to Zagreb. After a long day of traveling you will be dropped off at your initial location.

From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip

3. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip

Enjoy Bled, or the “Image of Paradise,” which has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century.  Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Step back time in its museum and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters, and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of the Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav, and try the hearty local cuisine.  Take your bathing suit with you in the summer and take a late dip in the lake.

From Ljubljana: Lake Bled & Postojna Cave with Entry Tickets

4. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled & Postojna Cave with Entry Tickets

Discover 2 of Slovenia's best natural attractions with a guide. Visit the charming town of Bled with its stunning lake and marvel at the stalagmites inside Postojna Cave. Meet your guide at your hotel in central Ljubljana and settle into your ride as you set out for 2 of Slovenia’s most enchanting natural wonders, Lake Bled and Postojna Cave. First, visit the Postojna Cave. Enter a mysterious world of underground passages, caverns, and great halls, decorated with dripstones, translucent curtains, and pillars in fascinating shapes and colors.  Return into the daylight and discover the astonishing Predjama Castle, the seat of the robber knight Erasmus. Learn about its history from your guide and admire views of lush, rural Slovenia. Then we are heading to the second natural wonder the breathtaking lake Bled. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the best sites with your guide.  Take a trip on the emerald green waters of Lake Bled in one of the traditional 'Pletna' boats to discover Slovenia's only island and see if ringing the church bell grants your wishes.  Then, enjoy a pleasant stroll around the lake, climb up to the mysterious Bled Castle, or treat yourself to a piece (or 2) of delicious Bled cream cake. After that, sit back and relax on your ride back to Ljubljana. In the summer you can take bathing suits with you, to take a dip in the lake Please be advised that due to the the winter season and the shorter daylight hours, a portion of our tour may be conducted after dark. Additionally, participants should be aware that the Pletna boat ride might not be available during our afternoon tours because of their winter schedule. We appreciate your understanding, we strive to provide the best experience possible regardless of the season.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Day Trip by Minivan

5. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Day Trip by Minivan

Take a day to capture the spirit of magical Slovenia, visiting the two most sighted Slovenian gems. Take a scenic drive from Zagreb and discover the countryside, before exploring Ljubljana and the Alpine resort of Bled. Set off in a small group (max. 8 people) from the capital Zagreb and enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful Croatian and Slovenian countryside. Get familiar with the itinerary for the day, as well as information about the sites you are visiting and the general history of Croatia and Slovenia. Arrive at Ljubljana. On your arrival, your guide will take you on a orientational walking tour around the city center. Besides seeing many historical buildings and monuments you will climb up with funicular to the 13th-century medieval fortress, a symbol of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. There, you can see spectacular views of the town and Alp mountains in the distance. Gain a deeper understanding of the city's landmarks and more confidence to navigate on your own for the next 2 hours of your free time. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled. There is so much to do at Bled, especially during the tourist season (April to October). It is impossible to see and experience everything in one afternoon, this is why your guide will help you organise time according to your preferences. Go for a swim at the lake, ride a bicycle, sail on traditional Pletna boat to the Bled Island, explore the Bled castle or just simply go for a stroll, sit at one of many bars located by the lake and enjoy traditional Bled cream cake, be hypnotized by the views of Lake Bled, surrounded by stoic mountains. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy a scenic ride back to Zagreb.

Bled: Sava River Rafting Trip

6. Bled: Sava River Rafting Trip

Experience an adrenaline rush on a rafting trip in Bled alongside licensed guides. Raft and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Sava River with unforgettable views of the Karavanke and Julian Alps in the background. Get picked up from Bled, then head to the Sava River, one of the best rivers where you can try different water adventures. Before getting in the water, your guides will explain everything you need to know about action and safety. After your safety lesson, hit the waters to experience the rapids of the area’s longest river. Feel secure with experienced licensed guides by your side. Later, swim at the confluence of the Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka headwaters near Radovljica. Compete with other boats and, if you’re up to it, experience the adrenaline rush of jumping from the rocks. At the end of the trip, get photos of your adventure before your guides take you back to where you were picked up.

From Bled: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour to Vintgar Gorge

7. From Bled: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour to Vintgar Gorge

Meet in central Bled to begin your self-guided e-bike experience to Vintgar Gorge. After a brief orientation session, set off to explore the stunning landscape around Vintgar Gorge. Upon arrival walk through the gorge and make a circle back to the your e-bike. There is a demanding hiking involved and will take 2 - 3 hours for walking and hiking in the Gorge. Avoid the traffic, parking, and queues, and soak in the views of the rolling countryside and the beautiful nature of the area. With the e-bike propelling you up hills, enjoy the views without breaking a sweat.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana with Funicular, Castle, and Lake Bled

8. From Zagreb: Ljubljana with Funicular, Castle, and Lake Bled

Discover the highlights of neighboring of Slovenia on a day tour from Zagreb. Explore the Slovenian capital of Ljubliana, followed by a visit to the scenic Lake Bled. Start with pickup from your centrally located hotel in Zagreb, or at Zrinjevac Park. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle for the scenic drive to Ljubljana. Admire the variety of Ljubljana's architectural styles, rich history, and quirky bridge with dragons on a guided walking tour. Take the funicular to the castle from where you can soak up the beautiful panorama of the Slovenia capital. Discover the highlights of the city, as well as some hidden gems. Then, make the short journey to the town of Bled, situated on the beautiful shores of the lake. Admire the sight of the impressive medieval castle that dates back to the 11th century which is perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 meters above the glacial lake. Take in the mesmerizing views of the Julian Alps, the Church of the Assumption of Mary on the rocky islet, and the surrounding natural beauty. Get up close to the lake and enjoy a walk to take in even more breathtaking vistas. You can choose to take a ride on a traditional Pletna boat, try the famous cream cake, or enjoy a swim before returning to Zagreb.

Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

9. Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

You will start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel and depart for Lake Bled in an air-conditioned minivan.  On the 1-hour journey, you can admire rural Slovenia, the glacier-formed lake, and the legends surrounding Bled Island, the church-topped islet in its center. On arrival, you can drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, you will ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore. Visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary or sample some scrumptious potica at the island cafe.  Next, you will be driven up to Bled Castle and can delve inside the red-turreted fortress. Absorb the bird's-eye views of the lakes from the walls and visit the museum to chart the castle's story from its roots in the 11th century. You will then return to the lakeside for free time to walk around. If you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. Then, after a break for lunch, travel onward to your next stop, Predjama Castle. You can marvel at this remarkable cliffside castle and hear how it was extended through the centuries after being built in 1202. Then, you can choose to explore its stairways and chambers on your own or with a guide.  Lastly, you will continue near Postojna Cave, Slovenia's most-visited tourist attraction. Ride the mini-train into the depths of this underground network and then follow a guide through its eerie caverns. Admire the bizarre stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. Hear the tales about the cave's creation and the rare amphibians that live in its underground rivers — the blind salamanders known as 'human fish.'  Then, return to the minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana with a drop-off at your hotel.

Ljubljana and Bled Lake: Full–Day Bus Tour from Trieste

10. Ljubljana and Bled Lake: Full–Day Bus Tour from Trieste

Take a visit to the green capital of Europe in 2016. Enjoy a guided tour with comfortable and new buses in the heart of Europe, with a great historical, cultural, and landscape heritage. Walk with your guide along the streets of the center, gathered around the river Ljubljanica, and admire the elegant buildings in Baroque style and Art Nouveau that characterize the city. Discover the most charming and characteristic corners of Ljubljana, such as the colorful open-air market next to the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Town Hall, the Triple Bridge leading to the alleys of the old city. With beautiful Baroque architecture of the Austro-Hungarian style, the city has earned the nickname White City. Take advantage of the many lively cafes in the old town as you enjoy free time for lunch.  In the afternoon visit the enchanted Bled Lake, the Alpine pearl of Slovenia. Nestled in a spectacular natural setting, with a fairy-tale island that rises from the water, Lake Bled attracts tourists from all over the world. You can walk on the panoramic path around the lake, visit the Gothic church of S. Maria Assunta and its bell of desires, on the island of Bled, in the middle of the lake.

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Overall rating

4.8
(1,820 reviews)

We really enjoyed this trip! For each activity we had enough time to not have to hurry. Also we had the chance to try typical local food for a good price. We would definitely recommend this tour to others who are interested in seeing Savica Waterfall, Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled and on top getting some unique suggestions for where to go to as well in Slowenia.

The day went smoothly and we were able to spend as much time as we needed at all 3 locations. The waterfalls and the two lakes were really breathtaking and it was amazing to see the sun out and about. Milovar is a wonderful guide and he gave us amazing insights into the sights as well as the local cuisine and culture.

it was a trip that went as planned. the weather didn't help us though😬.hope it was sunny. but can't complain with nature. was very relaxing trip. our tour guide Milovan was very very very good. he had a knack of his work and truly loves what he does. 5 stars for him. he helped us with great tips throughout the trip.

Thanks to our guide Dado for this superb tour, such magnificent places, it makes you want to return to Slovenia! Thanks Dado!

Absolutely amazing and one of the best trips I’ve done x thank you so much