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Slovenia's Lake Bled Summer Special
8 days - by air

Price from £858.00 per person*
Departs 19th Aug 2017

Single person supplement : £210.00 per person

Flights from Aberdeen, Norwich, Exeter, Durham Teeside, Humberside, Isle of Man and Edinburgh airports

Please see Includes tab for flight times

If you like Austria or Switzerland, you'll love Slovenia. Virtually landlocked but wedged between Italy and Croatia with just a toe on the beach at the top of the Adriatic, this is a soaring Alpine country with a sub–Mediterranean climate on the plains, sparsely–populated, with deep unspoilt forest covering over half the country and criss–crossed with extensive lakes and rivers as well as karst formations and cave systems. Slovenia has more protected areas than any other EU state, and is the third most forested country in Europe after Finland and Sweden. With huge areas of pristine natural habitats, and water quality among the highest in Europe, the country is home to wild boar, chamois, Alpine ibex, roe deer, wolves, bears, fox and lynx, to say nothing of owls, hawks, eagles and woodpeckers. Among plant species you may find primula, edelweiss, snake's head fritillary, daphne, gentiana and cypripedium, the lady's slipper orchid.

It's an up–and–coming 'foodie paradise' too, with award–winning hams, cheeses, olive oils, wines, and Ljubljana eateries featuring among the San Pellegrino World's 100 Best Restaurants.

On this tour we're heading to the town of Bled, on the banks of Lake Bled in the Julian Alps of northwestern Slovenia. Lake Bled is not especially big by our Lake District standards, but it's beautifully set among mountains and forests and there is an island in the middle with its own church, and lots of local environmentally–friendly pletna rowboat ferries. Dominating the lake is a high rocky outcrop on which stands the oldest castle in Slovenia, which also has a medieval tower, courtyards, a restaurant, a drawbridge, a chapel and a moat. In Soviet days, Marshall Tito had a villa near here.

Book now for a great new Omega adventure which includes flights and transfers, 4 star hotel with dinner and breakfast, a free walking tour of some picturesque villages, and optional excursions (at a supplement) including the country's largest wine cellar, a fantastic tour of the country's largest cave system and a castle–in–a–cliff, and a visit to the home of the world–famous Lipizzaner white horses of Vienna's Spanish Riding School.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight on the exclusive Omega charter from your chosen airport to Venice (except 24 June return via Ryanair)
  • Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Seven nights room with balcony at the 4 star Hotel Park, Bled with hot buffet breakfast and buffet dinner (hotel and room upgrades available – see list)
  • Half day walking tour of Bled and Bled Villages
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
  • One piece of hand luggage (weight up to 5kgs)
  • Services of an English–speaking representative
  • All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £210pp for the break.

Hotel and room upgrades, subject to availability

  • 4 star Hotel Park, Bled, with double balcony and Lake view

Supplement of £49pp

  • 4 star Hotel Golf, Bled, with double balcony

Supplement of £49pp

  • 4 star Hotel Golf, Bled, with double balcony and Lake view

Supplement of £147pp

Norwich airport:

AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT FEE (ADF)

Please note there is a £10.00 per adult (over 16 years) Airport Development Fee which is to be paid directly to Norwich Airport when departing from the airport.

Durham Tees Valley airport:

PASSENGER FACILITY FEE

Passengers at Durham Tees Valley airport are charged a passenger facility fee. Adults (16+) = £6 and children (3–15) = £2. No fee for infants under 3. This fee is payable at the airport.

Flights → Venice Marco Polo
Airport Date Outbound Return
Aberdeen1 Jul07:00 / 10:45 via Treviso11:00 / 12:45 via Marco Polo
Norwich8 Jul07:00 / 10:0011:15 / 12:15
Exeter15 Jul07:00 / 10:1510:55 / 12:05
Durham Tees Valley22 Jul06:35 / 09:5511:10 / 12:30
Humberside29 Jul07:00 / 10:1010:55 / 12:05
Isle of Man5 Aug06:25 / 09:5511:10 / 12:40
Humberside12 Aug07:00 / 10:1011:30 / 12:40
Edinburgh19 Aug07:00 / 10:3012:00 / 13:55
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change without notice

Saturday   Meet up at your chosen airport for your flight to Venice, where on arrival we join the coach for the journey to Slovenia. The route takes about 3 hours (with comfort stops) and takes us through some spectacular Alpine scenery. We arrive at the 4 star Hotel Park (or you can upgrade to the 4 star Hotel Golf) for check in and free time before dinner and the first of seven nights stay.

Sunday   Breakfast and a Welcome Meeting, then a 4–hour walking tour of Bled villages Mlino, Seo and Ribno. You'll need walking shoes, and this tour may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.

Monday   Breakfast and then the day is at leisure, or join our optional Lipica excursion

Tuesday   Day at leisure or join the optional Taste of Slovenia excursion

Wednesday   Day at leisure to relax by the pool, explore the town or the Bled castle (entry approx €10), or take a bus to the capital Ljubljana.

Thursday   A day at leisure, or join the optional excursion to the Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle.

Friday   A final day of leisure.

Saturday   Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home

Lipica Stud FarmMondayFull day €68 in hotel or prebook for £59
We visit the Lipica stud farm, founded in 1580, to see the home of the Lipizzaner white horses, where you'll have a carriage ridge, a tour of the stables and a chance to see the horses perform. A great day out for all things horsey, even if you don't know a snaffle bit from a shabrack or a cavesson from a crupper.
Taste of SloveniaTuesdayFull day €68 in hotel or prebook for £59
We trail the river Soča by train, boat and coach to visit Slovenia's largest wine cellar, with lunch, guide and tasting of four wines included.
Postojna cave & Predjama castleThursday3/4 day €61 in hotel or prebook for £49
One of the biggest & most beautiful cave systems in the world, as well as the visit to the mysterious castle of Predjama nearby.

With over 3 miles of caverns, corridors and galleries open to the public, the system is so large it has its own special own cave train. It even has its own endemic cave salamander, the olm, known locally as the 'human fish' because of its weird flesh colouring. Entrance fees, transport and guide are included, but you're advised to bring warm clothing.

From caves to castles, and Predjama is a highly unusual example cut into the side of a sheer cliff, at the mouth of its own cave. The present castle dates from 1570, and legend has it that the original cave castle belonged to a robber baron who suffered the ignominious fate of being blown up by cannons while on the castle toilet (it being the least protected part of the defences).
Note: Excursion places are limited and pre-booking is recommended. A €4 handling fee applies when booking by card in resort. Excursion order may be subject to change.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Hotel Park, Bled
Located by the shore of Lake Bled, and famous for its cream cake!
 
Hotel Golf, Bled
Set in a forest, with the area's largest swimming pool complex...

Additional supplement from £49.00 per person.
 

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