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Bled

DIAMOND OF THE JULIAN ALPS


If Slovenia is Europe's undiscovered jewel box, Lake Bled is its precious diamond and the symbol of Slovenia's beauty. Tucked in the northwestern corner of Slovenia, between Austria and Italy, Lake Bled's emerald-green waters create a spectacular landscape, with a lush, tiny island and a church tower peeking out of evergreens surrounded by the rocky, snow-covered 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. 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. As you return to the lake shore, view the island on the lake from the castle or from the walking and horse-carriage trails that lead you around the lake.


Take a ride with Bled coachmen, known as fijakers! Trip starts from a simple country style farm stables located in a village only five minutes drive from Bled. We run one – four hours long horse riding trips for small groups. You will have an opportunity to explore a beautiful alpine nature and villages around Bled. Longer than two hours horse riding trips can be arranged for advanced or strong intermediate riders. We try to never mix different skilled riders, unless they are together in the same party. In that case more experienced riders need to adjust the pace to the least experienced riders.

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PRICE


1 hour – 30 eur

2 hours – 50 eur

3 hours – 75 eur

4 hours – 95 eur


INCLUSIONS


  • Equipment included (helmet)
  • English speaking & professional guide / instructor
  • Return transfer from Bled (pick up at your hotel)

SUMMARY


  • Duration: 1 - 4 hours
  • Horses: Quarter horses, Holsteiner, Oldenburg, KWPN, Sella Italiano, Slovenian Warmblood horses ...
  • Pace: moderate, with good chances for long canters
  • Riding ability: beginners, confident intermediate to experienced riders
  • Minimum age: 2 years (we have a small pony for children)
  • Weight limit: 105 kg (16st 7lbs) subject to availability of horses; occasionally heavier riders by arrangement
  • Saddles : English saddles
  • Special requirements: your own riding pants and shoes (helmet included), jacket in case of colder or rainy weather
  • Group size: 1 - 10 riders
  • Season: year round


Restrictions: Not suitable for pregnant women.

Meeting point: We pick you up at your hotel in Bled.


If you are staying in Ljubljana you can come to Bled with a bus (9 eur) or we can arange a van for 8 people (50 eur – one way).

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Coachmen Fijaker


Discover Bled with the traditional coach. Take a trip around the lake with the coachmen Fijaker and enjoy the Bled atmosphere. 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. The son inherited the profession from his father his father inherited it from his father and so on… These coachmen are very proud of their traditional clothing. It consists of a black sweater, black trousers and black hat, white shirt, vest with the embroidered Gorenjska region carnations and claret colour blankets and waister jackets.


Take a ride with the Fijaker around the lake, to the Bled Castle or even to the nearby or more remote surrounding countryside.

Select between interesting daily rides and evening rides with the touch of romance.


PRICE


Around Lake Bled (30 min) – 50 eur (4 people)

Bled Castle (30 min + waiting time) – 60 eur (2 people)

The Vintgar gorge (1 hour + waiting time) – 100 eur (4 people)