The Slovenian Alps, Lake Bled, Trieste & Venice

8 Days from £849 | May, September 849

A tasty combination of Italian cities and coast with the mountains of the Julian Alps in Slovenia. The coast comes in the shape of the long sandy beaches of Lido di Jesolo . Two Italian port cities – the first is Venice, queen of the Adriatic, and the second is Trieste, perhaps not as Italian as you might think as it was the major maritime hub for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Kranjska Gora is your mountain home for a few days – at 2500ft rising to over 9000ft in the Alps near the Austrian and Italian borders.

The Slovenian Alps, Lake Bled, Trieste & Venice

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 88%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 3 nights hb on the Venetian coast, 4 nights hb in the Slovenian Alps
  • Included excursions to Lake Bled and to the Carinthian lakes in Austria
  • Visits to Venice, James Joyce’s Trieste and Udine

Day One: Flight to Venice or Treviso airports. Transfer to your hotel (40 minutes from Venice airport, one hour from Treviso) for two nights half board accommodation in Lido di Jesolo, a resort town with 10 miles of beach.

Day Two: After breakfast, you set off for a full day excursion to nearby Venice. There is a 40-minute coach transfer to Punta Sabbioni for the scenic boat trip across the lagoon – you arrive close to Piazza San Marco. After a walking tour with local guide, you will have time to explore the world’s most romantic city, the city of canals and islands. You return to your hotel, again by boat and coach, in time for dinner.

Day Three: Today you drive east towards the border with the former Yugoslavia. Your main stop today is Trieste, once the major port of the Habsburg Austro-Hungarian Empire. While the maritime republic of Venice was the most important sea-trading centre of late medieval Europe, Trieste’s docks and dockyards were the outlet to the sea for the mighty Austrian Empire until WWI. After WWII, it was carved up between Italy and Yugoslavia, the main city being Italian. The wide avenues, squares and baroque buildings date from the early 18th century. Your entry into Trieste is an unusual one: a 25-minute ride on the hybrid tram and funicular railway from Vila Opicina, which descends 326m, with great views as it goes, and arrives right in the heart of the old city of fine buildings and spacious squares. You will have a guided tour of the town – have your photo taken with the statue of James Joyce (who lived, wrote and drank here for 10 years) – and visit the ornate, beautiful Miramare Castle, seat of Maximilian from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and with stunning sea views – as its name would suggest. You cross into Slovenia and head for the mountain resort of Kranjska Gora in the Upper Sava Valley, for four nights half board accommodation. 218 miles today.

Days Four to Six: Free in Kranjska Gora to enjoy the dazzlingly beautiful valley with two included excursions.

The first excursion is to Lake Bled and the Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana (or, if you prefer, spend the whole day at Lake Bled). Just half an hour away from Kranjska Gora is the shimmering magic of the lake. You can spend the whole day visiting the famous castle and the very pretty 15th-century church on Bled Island and relaxing. Or, after time for a coffee and a stroll, you can continue to Slovenia’s capital, with its town hall, cathedral, castle, parks and old quarter. Ljubljana was a Habsburg city, and evidence of this period can be seen in its skyline although many buildings were destroyed in the earthquake of 1895. Nowadays the architecture is a pleasant blend of Baroque, Art Nouveau and the wonderful buildings and bridges of Jože Plecnik. After a walking tour and boat ride through the city, you have free time until you return to Lake Bled and thence to Kranjska Gora. 120 miles return to Ljubljana, 50 miles return to Lake Bled.

The second excursion is over the border to the Austrian region of Carinthia – a land of azure lakes, set before a backdrop of alpine splendour and unspoilt towns and villages. You will see three lakes – Faakersee, Ossiachersee, and Worthersee, where you will have time to explore the lakeside town of Velden. 74 miles today.

Day Seven: Today you leave Slovenia for Italy. You cross the border and head to Udine, an interesting city with a long history. A Roman city in origin, it stands at a crossroads of languages and cultures: a mix of Italian, Slav and German elements, with a castle and stunning, marble, Romanesque Duomo. From there you continue back to Lido di Jesolo for one night’s half board accommodation. 153 miles today.

Day Eight: Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Please note, re Day Three, that we have been advised that the Trieste Hybrid Tram is not currently operating. If it is still not operating at the time of your visit, the journey will be by coach instead.

The Slovenian Alps, Lake Bled, Trieste & Venice

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 88%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL SALUS ****, Lido di Jesolo (first two and last nights)
The hotel is a two-minute walk from the beach and has a bar, restaurant and lounge and an outdoor pool. Bedrooms have air-conditioning, satellite tv, minibar, and a bathroom with shower and hairdryer. (www.hotelsalus.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 66%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
HOTEL KOMPAS****, Kranjska Gora (four nights)
The hotel lies 200 yards from the village centre. It has a restaurant, lounge, bar, garden, indoor pool, and comfortable modern bedrooms with cable tv, phone, safety deposit box, hairdryer, and bath/shower and wc. There is also a spa (charges apply). The hotel is part of the HIT hotel group and guests are welcome to avail themselves of the facilities of nearby sister hotels including the wellness centre (charges apply). (www.hit-alpinea.si/en/kompas-hotel)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 86%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - The Slovenian Alps, Lake Bled, Trieste & Venice
Holiday code: 7VTS
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Travel Insurance: £44.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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ManchesterMon 20/05/20198Jet207301335Places Available889Venice14043MAN17VTSB7

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Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 13/12/2018 at 20:47:06

The very helpful tour guide was really super and greatly appreciated by all of us on the tour. I would also add that our driver was very good too. This was not our first holiday with Preferred Travel Services and I suspect will not be the last. Many thanks for an interesting, informative, extremely good value for money, enjoyable week - Keep up the good work.

Mrs C, Aberdeenshire

Our Tour Director was very good at making sure everyone was looked after and helped people to achieve the aim of the visit in the ways they were able. She was always cheerful. Our Coach driver was excellent and made our journeys very comfortable and relaxing (it's the first time I've ever slept on a bus). Enjoyed our first time with Preferred Travel and would recommend the company.

Mrs N, Kelso

Well organised trip. Good use of time. Varied activities, Venetian walk was excellent giving good insight into 'secret' corners of Venice. Ljubljana guide was a gem and excellent. Enjoyed the National Park trip and would thoroughly recommend this holiday. Both hotels clean & staff always friendly.

Ms C, Yorkshire

The holiday as a whole was excellent and our tour guide was really good, pleasant and helpful.

Mrs S, Belfast

Excellent holiday - well organised with efficient and personable tour director.

Ms H, Essex

A very enjoyable holiday - very well organised by the TD who was extremely efficient and helpful.

Mrs A, Essex

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