Trip Itinerary – Alpine Fairytale "Castles & Caves"
BLED (2n) – BOHINJ (2n) – LIPICA (2n) – LJUBLJANA (1n)
DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – BLED – RADOVLJICA – VRBA – BLED
Pick up at International Airport – Letališče Jožeta Pučnika and transfer to your hotel in Bled. (31 km) After your first Slovenian lunch we will go around lake Bled and enjoy the fary tale atmosphere with the traditional coachmen known as fijakers!
Fijakers or cabs are open carriages with a long tradition in Bled. Not anyone can become a driver of such carriage as the »profession« is handed down from generation to generation.
Short drive to the stables and introduction to the horses. You will be introduced to your horse and we will go for our first three hours ride – to the magnificent medieval Old Town of Radovljica, the town with the largest number of sunny days in the Gorenjska region.
We will stop in village of Vrba and take a picture infront of Prešeren House where the Slovene poet France Prešeren was born in 1800. The house is a good example of an Upper Carniolan farmhouse. Since 1939, it has housed a small museum collection with furnishings from the poet's time.
In Radovljica we will enjoy a tipical Slovenian dinner in traditional familly restaurant and visit a Gingerbread Museum. »Lectarstvo« is an old and renowned traditional handicraft of Slovenia. The decorated pastry is made from honey dough and shaped either with a wooden or a tin mould, or by hand. During the late Middle Ages, lect was popular with the social elite. The oldest preserved wooden mould, made for a customer who was a nobleman, dates to the 16th century. The craft is one of the oldest practiced in cities and on squares, while in the countryside lect workshops appeared in the 19th century, when lect-making saw its heyday. In those times, these products were highly regarded as meaningful tokens of love. Today, honey-bread products are precious souvenirs from our country. Riding back to Bled and Overtnight.
After breakfast you will have oportunity to visit the the oldest castle in Slovenia, first mentioned in a 1011 donation deed as castellum Veldes - BLED CASTLE.
Perched a top a steep cliff rising 130 metres above the glacial Lake Bled is a symbol of Bled and Slovenia. Castle terraces offer spectacular views of the lake and the island, down the Dežela area with Lesce and Radovljica and over to the mountain ranges of the Karavanke and the Julian Alps.
After a traditional cake - creamcake we will go to our stable and take a three hours horse ride to Završnica where we will have a lunch in one of the best restaurants in the area. You will have opportunity to try a local delicacy - frog legs... We will refresh our horses in smal lake and you might meet the kings of slovenian forests – the brown bears.
Than we will ride back to the stable and enjoy the rest of the day in the most intact nature of Bled in the first touristically arranged gorge in Slovenia – the Vintgar George.
The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The educational trail leads you over wooden bridges and Žumr's galleries, and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 13 m high Šum waterfall. For dinner we recomend a delicious trouth from Radovna river. Overnight in Bled.
DAY 3: BLED – BOHINJ
You will wake up again in one of the most beautiful towns in Europe, which is situated on the stunning Lake Bled at the edge of the Julian Alps. This Alpine lake with the only island in Slovenia has been a world-renowned paradise for centuries, impressing visitors with its natural beauty, wealth of legend, and special powers to restore well-being.
After breakfast we will visit the curch on the only island in Slovenia with a traditional pletna boat.
Traditional wooden boats – pletnas – have been taking visitors to the island in the middle of the lake for centuries. These boats are operated by standing rowers known as pletnars. After landing, guests climb 99 stone steps to reach the Assumption of Mary Church. On this island, which is the subject of legendary tales, listen to the church bell and ring it yourself. Legend has it that this will make your wishes come true.
Than we will leave our hotel and have a short drive to Bohinj. We will have another beautifull 3 hours ride. After lunch you will have opportunity to visit the magnificent Savica Waterfall ( 1½ to two hours walk) Overnight in Bohinj.
DAY 4: BOHINJ – POKLJUKA
Today we will saddle up the horses and ride to Pokljuka – the high carst plateau on the eastern edge of Triglav National Park. It lies at an elevation of around 1.200 and 1.500 m. You will be amazed for its forests and mountain pastures (Javornik, Lipanca, Uskovnica, Zajamniki, etc.) It is the highlight of this trip. We will enjoy clean and fresh air and energetic points all day long. Overnight in Triglav National Park.
DAY 5: POKLJUKA – BOHINJ – LIPICA
After an early rise and a light breakfast, ride back to Bohinj. While exploring this beautiful wilderness area, you may have a close encounter with some wild deers, rabits or with a lot of luck you can spot a king of our forests – a brown bear. Drive to Lipica. Overnigt
DAY 6: LIPICA
We will spend all day in famous Lipica. Today we will visit the stud farm and find out what brought international fame to the Lipizzaners! Let the white stallions charm you with their elegant movements, noble character and effortless ease as they present the most demanding figures of classical dressage. The presentations of the Lipica Classical Riding School last for 45 minutes and the last number is the attractive “School above the ground”. We will discover Lipica and the Karst while riding the real Lipizzaners. It is a unique experience that you will never forget. Overnight
DAY 7: LIPICA – POSTOJNA CAVE – PREDJAMA CADSTLE – LJUBLJANA
After a delitious breakfast we will explore amazing carst area – Postojna cave and Predjamski grad.
Drive to the capital where we will have a pleasent walk in the most charming city in Europe. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Ljubljana
DAY 8: LJUBLJANA
After breakfast you will have a free day for explore Ljubljana. You can visit the castel, market or just walk in charming old town by the river till the time you will have to say goodbye. Transfer to the international airport – Ljubljana Jože Pučnik
This itinerary is flexible. Changes may occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.