Slovenian Highlights, Lake Bled and The Lipizzaner Horses
8 Days - by air
Price from £919.00 per person*
Departs 24th Jun 2017
Single person supplement : £210.00 per person
FIXED CHARTER PRICE*
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 here.
Book now for a great new Omega adventure which includes flights and transfers, 4 star hotel with dinner and breakfast, and excursions including some picturesque villages, the country's largest wine cellar, and 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
- Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
- Seven nights stay at the 4 star Hotel Park or the 4 star Hotel Golf, Bled with hot buffet breakfast and buffet dinner (room upgrades available – see list)
- 3 included excursions: half-day walking tour of Bled Villages, Lipizzaner Horses, and Taste of Slovenia
- Train, boat and lunch included in Taste of Slovenia
- 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.
Please note that parts of this tour involve extensive walking and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.
|Room upgrades ||Supplement|
|Hotel Park Twin/Double Balcony ||Included|
|Hotel Park Twin/Double Balcony with Lake View||£98|
|Hotel Golf Twin/Double Balcony ||£49|
|Hotel Golf Twin/Double Balcony with Lake View||£147|
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|
|Leeds Bradford||24 Jun||06:45 / 10:00 (Ryanair via Treviso)||11:45 / 13:00|
|Aberdeen||1 Jul||07:00 / 10:45||11:00 / 12:45|
|Norwich||8 Jul||07:00 / 10:00||11:15 / 12:15|
|Exeter||15 Jul||07:00 / 10:15||11:20 / 12:30|
|Durham Tees Valley||22 Jul||07:00 / 10:20||11:10 / 12:30|
|Humberside||29 Jul||07:00 / 10:10||11:30 / 12:40|
|Isle of Man||5 Aug||07:00 / 10:30||11:10 / 12:40|
|Doncaster Sheffield||12 Aug||07:00 / 10:10||11:30 / 12:40|
|Edinburgh||19 Aug||07:00 / 10:30||11:40 / 13:20|
|Glasgow||26 Aug||07:00 / 10:40||11:15 / 13:00|
| 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 the 4 star Hotel Golf, Bled for check in and free time before dinner and the first of seven nights stay.
Sunday Breakfast and a Welcome Meeting, then a half-day walking tour of Bled villages Mlino, Seo and Ribno (bring walking shoes).
Monday We depart for the Lipica stud farm, founded in 1580, to see the home of the Lipizzaner white horses, where you'll have a carriage ride, 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.
Tuesday Today we trail the river Soča by train, boat and coach to visit Slovenia's largest wine cellar, with lunch, guide and wine-tasting. We set off by coach to meet the train for a panoramic journey over the mountain plateau that skirts the Soča river valley. At Most na Soči, where the Soča meets the river Idrijca, we take a leisurely cruise on the lake before continuing into the wine–growing region of Goriška brda for a tour of one of the country's largest wine cellars in Dobrovo. Lunch at a local inn is included in the excursion.
Wednesday Day at leisure to relax by the pool, explore the town or the 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 Cave and Predjama Castle. Pre–bookable at £49 or book in resort €61 (includes entrance fees). Warm clothing for the cave recommended.
Friday A final day of leisure.
Saturday Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home
|Postojna cave & Predjama castle||Thursday||3/4 day ||Pre–book for £49pp or in resort for €61|
|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).
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)
|Located by the shore of Lake Bled, and famous for its cream cake!|
|Set in a forest, with the area's largest swimming pool complex...|
Additional supplement from £49.00 per person.
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