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The Lakes & Julian Alps

Bled, Bohinj & the Sava Dolinka
 
Discover the beautiful lakes of Bled and Bohinj on this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, with luggage transported. Stay in comfortable hotels set in traditional villages – with the option to upgrade to historic Vila Bled – and explore some of Slovenia’s most iconic landscapes on foot.
The Lakes & Julian Alps. 7 nights
The Lakes & Julian Alps. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Julian Alps

This walking route through Slovenia’s Gorenjska region leads you to discover some of the country’s most renowned landscapes, including Lake Bled, where tiny Bled Island is almost a national symbol, and the wilder beauty of dramatic Lake Bohinj. Enjoy the majestic backdrop formed by the jagged summits of the Julian Alps, including Triglav, the country’s highest mountain.
Though the landscapes are dramatic, our walks are relaxed and accessible to all of average fitness, with some delightful routes linking old villages where you will see traditional hayracks and colourful beehives and a pace of life that has hardly changed for centuries. You stay in comfortable apartments and hotels and, for a very special end to your holiday, have the option of staying at the historic 4-star Vila Bled, which enjoys an idyllic position above the lake of the same name.
 

Book now for summer 2021

Travel restrictions mean that we cannot accept any new bookings from UK residents for autumn 2020 at the moment. We remain hopeful that restrictions will be eased and that we will be able to resume the holiday before the end of the season. If you have a holiday booking with us, we will contact you nearer the time.

Looking further ahead, we are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

What we’re doing so you can book and travel with confidence >
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The region has an Alpine climate, with cold winters and warm summers, though breezes can make it cooler in the mountains. The best time for flowers is usually May and early June.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 1 3 6 10 16 19 21 21 17 12 6 2
    mm 106 101 121 149 164 173 159 160 170 165 195 120
  • Arrival in Kranjska Gora
    Night 1: at Rožle House Apartments (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Kranjska Gora: 14.5km to 19km

    Circular walk from Kranjska Gora via Sava Dolinka Valley: 19km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 660m
    For your first day in Kranjska Gora, we suggest this circular walk through the Sava Dolinka Valley, which is framed by splendid mountains. You follow tranquil paths by the river – which has its source here and ends its journey in the Black Sea – eventually leading to a narrow gorge, before taking a gentle track back into town.

    Circular walk from Kranjska Gora via Koca v Krnici: 17.5km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 475m
    This second route follows an easy-going forest track south to reach the mountain hut of Koca v Krnici, where you can pause to take in the awe-inspiring scenery. Its setting is peaceful and isolated, and is framed by a fearsome and spectacular range of mountains. You return via an alpine road, stopping to admire a Russian chapel en route.

    Linear walk from Lake Fusine to Kranjska Gora: 14.5km, 5hrs; ascent 255m/descent 380m
    Shorter option: 6.5km, 2hrs
    This option starts with a taxi ride (pay locally) over the border to Italy's Lago di Fusine – actually two glacial lakes – which you circumnavigate before gradually descending to the border post at Rateče (where the shorter option begins, accessible by bus). The route then criss-crosses the Upper Sava valley framed by splendid mountains close to the tri-border with Italy and Austria and returns to Kranjska Gora via small rural villages.
    Circular walk from Kranjska Gora via Sava Dolinka Valley: 19km
    Circular walk from Kranjska Gora via Koca v Krnici: 17.5km
    Linear walk from Lake Fusine to Kranjska Gora: 14.5km
    Walking around Kranjska Gora
  • Kranjska Gora to Ribcev Laz: 14.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 70m/descent 920m
    The day starts with a transfer to a high-altitude location in the mountains known as Rudno Polje, which is also a popular spot used by hikers and climbers to make the epic ascent of Mount Triglav. From here, you cross high, panoramic meadows before descending through woodland to the lower Bohinj Valley. Wandering through rustic villages surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, you then continue along the shore of beautiful Lake Bohinj, the mightiest peaks of the Julian Alps mirrored in the calm waters. Your hotel for the next two nights is the Alpine-style Hotel Jezero in Ribcev Laz.
    Kranjska Gora to Ribcev Laz: 14.5km
    Lake Bohinj
  • Choice of walks from Ribcev Laz: 12.5km to 14.5km

    Circular walk via Slap Savica: 12.5km, 4hrs; ascent 340m/descent 360m
    The shorter of the two options leads you to the dramatic nearby waterfall of Slap Savica, one of Slovenia’s famous sights, with a 60-metre drop.

    Circular walk via Mostnica Gorge: 14.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 340m
    There is also a longer route to the Mostnica Gorge, known for its erosion potholes, a natural bridge and numerous waterfalls.
    Circular walk via Slap Savica: 12.5km
    Circular walk via Mostnica Gorge: 14.5km
  • Ribcev Laz to Bled: 13km, 4.5hrs; ascent 355m/descent 370m
    Today's walk starts with a transfer, after which you criss-cross the River Sava Bohinjka, passing through woodland and farmland (across which are scattered numerous handsome farmhouses), to the Ribno Plateau, where you are greeted by a sweeping panorama of Lake Bled and the surrounding mountains. Descend from here via the picturesque village of Milno to the atmospheric Vila Prešeren, or to finish the holiday in real style, upgrade to Vila Bled overlooking the lake.
    Ribcev Laz to Bled: 13km
    Lake Bled
  • Choice of walks from Bled: 13.5km to 16km

    Circular walk via Vintgar Gorge: 16km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 380m
    For your final day we recommend the long but scenic walk to the Vintgar Gorge (for which a small entrance fee is payable locally), which takes you along the shores of Lake Bled to panoramic Bled Castle, then through a string of small villages towards another excellent viewpoint, and finally along a wooded trail to the gorge. Here, a series of boardwalks and bridges lead you spectacularly upstream along the entire length of the gorge. A gentle country trail then leads you back to Lake Bled.

    Linear walk via Radovljica: 13.5km, 4hrs; ascent 200m/descent 175m
    Another option for your day here is to wander across the surrounding countryside to reach the delightful town of Radovljica for a spot of lunch and sightseeing, before returning by bus (pay locally).

    Around Lake Bled
    Alternatively, you may well prefer to spend your last day relaxing by the lake and enjoying the memorable setting, perhaps hiring a boat to row across the lake to ring the ‘wishing bell’ on the island!
    Circular walk via Vintgar Gorge: 16km
    Linear walk via Radovljica: 13.5km
 

Accommodation

Your comfortable apartments and hotels are all set in traditional villages and offer high standards of service. Please note the star ratings are official Slovene ratings and may not correspond exactly to British star ratings.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Bled. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend additional nights in both Ribcev Laz and Bled to relax and enjoy extra walking.
 

Extend your stay

 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2020 - 15 October 2020 & 01 May 2021 - 15 October 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 Sep 2020 £875 £245
    24 - 30 Sep 2020 £820 £245
    1 - 8 Oct 2020 £770 £245
    1 - 15 May 2021 £770 £245
    16 - 25 May 2021 £820 £245
    26 May - 30 Jun 2021 £875 £245
    1 Jul - 25 Aug 2021 £920 £275
    26 Aug - 23 Sep 2021 £875 £245
    24 - 30 Sep 2021 £820 £245
    1 - 8 Oct 2021 £770 £245
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Please note: at Vila Prešeren in Bled, only the junior suites can have separate beds (see 'Room upgrades & extra nights' below).

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • 7 nights, staying at Vila Bled: 01 September 2020 - 15 October 2020 & 01 May 2021 - 15 October 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 Sep 2020 £930 £345
    24 - 30 Sep 2020 £895 £335
    1 - 8 Oct 2020 £875 £335
    1 - 15 May 2021 £875 £335
    16 - 25 May 2021 £895 £335
    26 May - 30 Jun 2021 £930 £345
    1 Jul - 25 Aug 2021 £975 £375
    26 Aug - 23 Sep 2021 £930 £345
    24 - 30 Sep 2021 £895 £335
    1 - 8 Oct 2021 £875 £335
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Please note: at Vila Prešeren in Bled, only the junior suites can have separate beds (see 'Room upgrades & extra nights' below).

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Vila Prešeren, Bled
    Junior suite 'Rikli': 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £25
    Junior suite 'Rikli': 01 May - 15 Oct 2021 £25
    Preseren suite: 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £35
    Preseren suite: 01 May - 15 Oct 2021 £35

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Rozle House Apartments, Kranjska Gora (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 21 Sep 2020 £57 £73
    22 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £52 £68
    01 May - 17 May 2021 £52 £68
    18 May - 12 Jul 2021 £57 £73
    13 Jul - 25 Aug 2021 £62 £78
    26 Aug - 21 Sep 2021 £57 £73
    22 Sep - 15 Oct 2021 £52 £68
    Hotel Jezero, Ribčev Laz (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £64 £107
    12 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 £50 £76
    01 May - 03 Jul 2021 £64 £107
    04 Jul - 23 Aug 2021 £77 £135
    24 Aug - 11 Oct 2021 £64 £107
    12 Oct - 15 Oct 2021 £50 £76
    Vila Prešeren, Bled (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £105 £145
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 £80 £126
    01 May - 31 May 2021 £80 £126
    01 Jun - 30 Sep 2021 £105 £145
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2021 £80 £126
  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Vila Bled, Bled
    Suite with lake view: 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £32
    Suite with lake view: 01 May - 15 Oct 2021 £32

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Rozle House Apartments, Kranjska Gora (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 21 Sep 2020 £57 £73
    22 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £52 £68
    01 May - 17 May 2021 £52 £68
    18 May - 12 Jul 2021 £57 £73
    13 Jul - 25 Aug 2021 £62 £78
    26 Aug - 21 Sep 2021 £57 £73
    22 Sep - 15 Oct 2021 £52 £68
    Hotel Jezero, Ribčev Laz (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £64 £107
    12 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 £50 £76
    01 May - 03 Jul 2021 £64 £107
    04 Jul - 23 Aug 2021 £77 £135
    24 Aug - 11 Oct 2021 £64 £107
    12 Oct - 15 Oct 2021 £50 £76
    Vila Bled, Bled (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £120 £205
    01 May - 15 Oct 2021 £120 £205
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Ljubljana

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Ljubjlana. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Ljubljana easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Ljubljana British Airways 
    Heathrow - Ljubljana (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Ljubljana (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Ljubljana easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Ljubljana easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Ljubljana (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Ljubjlana. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Ljubljana

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Ljubljana Brnik airport to hotel (1h) £53 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Ljubljana airport (0h45) £42 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 1 dinner
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on Days 3 & 5
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Slovenia, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The official language is Slovene, although Italian is spoken by many people along the border with Italy. The currency is the Euro. Slovenian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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