Six different walking tours from Lake Bled
A one-center self-guided walking holiday Slovenia at Lake Bled. On this walk you get to decide: do one of 3 hard or 3 easy, relaxing walk each day. The highlights are the famous Lake Bled, magnificent Vintgar Gorge and breathtaking mountaintop views. All hikes start from Lake Bled so you won't need to move accommodation each day.
Suitable for hikers of average fitness and highly recommended for photography enthusiasts.
As a pre-trip, you may consider our Slovene Alpine Pearls tour!
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BLED
Bled is situated on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake. View its magical island church and clifftop castle at sunrise or sunset to see why it has earned a place as one of Slovenia's most popular attractions. Take a stroll around the lake and hike up to Mala Osojnica viewpoint at the western end for an excellent view from above.
This series of day-walks can be done in any order you desire.
TOUR A: RADOVNA VALLEY – VINTGAR GORGE (easy, 5 hrs, ↔ 18,2 km, ↑ 300 m, ↓ 380 m)
You will be transferred through the lush green Radovna Valley to where the Radovna River has carved the 150 m deep Vintgar Gorge. Here you begin first of 3 easy walks. The trail leads along a wooden walkway through this beautiful gorge, beside thundering rapids culminating at the Sum Waterfall, and onwards via the lovely Katarina Church viewpoint. From here you get a nice alternative view of Bled Castle. A different photo to take home from all the others. From the car park you can also get a nice photo of Katarina Church with Mount Stol, the highest in the Karavanke range, in the background.
TOUR B: BLED - RADOVLJICA – TALEZ HILL - BLED (easy, 4 hrs, ↔ 12,2 km, ↑ 410 m, ↓ 390 m)
After a short car transfer (15 min) you will start walking at the town square in Radovljica. It's a short climb from the confluence of the two Sava Rivers up to the Jelovica high plateau, a popular walk for locals; mostly because it’s a great picnic spot to enjoy good food and cold beer amid the sweeping vistas of the opposing Karavanke mountain range. The return to Bled leads you along the quiet, shady riverside of the Sava Bohinjka.
TOUR C: LAKE BLED – BOHINJSKA BELA - BLED (easy, 5 hrs, ↔ 15.3 km, ↑↓ 530 m)
As you approach Bled by road you cannot miss the jagged tooth-shaped rock pointing upwards from the cliffside of a nearby mountain. This is Babji Zob (the Hag's Tooth). At the foot of this cliff lies the little village of Bohinjska Bela, which is where you'll hike to today. You can climb up and visit the cave underneath the tooth, and have lunch by the Sava Bohinjka River. A visit to the lovely Baroque church of Saint Marjeta is a must.
TOUR D: ZAVRSNICA - STOL (hard, 10 hrs, ↔ 14.5 km, ↑↓ 1,636 m)
You will be transferred to Zavrsnica, the starting point. Here you start your first of 2 hard walks on the way towards Valvazor Hut. This long walk can be shortened if you turn back at Prešernova Hut, or you can continue to the summit of Mount Stol - tallest peak of the Karavanke mountain range, and feast your eyes on the stunning views across Bled and the surrounding Julian Alps landscape.
TOUR E: PRISTAVA - GOLICA - PLANINA POD GOLICO (hard, 8 hrs, ↔ 13 km, ↑ 881 m, ↓ ... m)
After a transfer to Pristava hut, you will hike towards Golica - the 4th highest peak in the Karavanke Mountains, and then continue to Planina pod Golico, especially known for the wild white narcissus flower which flourishes in mountain pastures around the village from late April to early May. The plants have been protected by law since 1949, and picking them is strictly forbidden.
TOUR F: DRAGA - BEGUNJSCICA (hard, 7:30 hrs, ↔ 13 km, ↑ 1,370 m, ↓ ... m)
Today's hiking tour up Begunjscica, a ridge mountain which commands great views of other surrounding mountains and down to the Sava Valley from Lake Bled to Bohinj. The landscape is magnificent. On a clear day the cities of Ljubljana, Kranj, Bled, Lesce, Jesenice are all visible. It is also known as the mountain of a hundred ravines.
Day 8: DEPARTURE
After breakfast or extension of your stay.
Price per person in double room sharing:
Individual tour from June 10 till September 30, 2023: 955 EUR
Shorter, condensed and customized versions are available, please ask for a quote! This tour is not suitable for children under 12.
• accommodation in a 4* hotel, two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis
• car transfers on day trips A, B, D, E and F
• information pack in English including route notes and corresponding maps in electronic form
• welcome meeting upon arrival
• GPS data
• local tourist and other taxes
• backup service (hotline) during the walk
• single traveler 305 EUR
• single room 210 EUR
• printed information package in English including route notes and corresponding maps delivered upon arrival 30 EUR
• children up to 5 years: free of charge when sharing bed and room with parents
• children from 5 to 12 years: 40% discount on basic price when sleeping on auxiliary bed. sharing room with parents
• children from 5 to 12 years: 20% discount on basic price when sleeping on regular bed. sharing room with parents
• third adult in the room on auxiliary bed 10% (applies only to the third person)
Not included: entrance fees, lunches, drinks with meals, saunas and massages in hotels
Ljubljana Airport to Bled
1–3 persons: 75 EUR
4–8 persons: 105 EUR
Ljubljana City to Bled
1–3 persons: 100 EUR
4–8 persons: 140 EUR
Villach to Bled
1–3 persons: 140 EUR
4–8 persons: 160 EUR
Klagenfurt Airport to Bled
1–3 persons: 190 EUR
4–8 persons: 230 EUR
Lesce Bled Railway Station to Bled
1–3 persons: 20 EUR
4–8 persons: 30 EUR
Other transfer routes prices on request
Helia supports responsible travel. On our trips we therefore use small, authentic hotels and guesthouses with character operated by locals or their families. Here you can find the list of standard accommodation we primarily use on the trip. The actual hotel may differ from this list, depending on time of booking and rooms availability.
Day 1-7 4* Hotel Triglav / Hotel Park Bled
Starting point of this trip is Lake Bled in NW Slovenia
By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it (check connections here). From the airport, you can travel to Bled by bus (change once, takes about 2 hrs) or book our transfer - please ask us for a favorable quote!
By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce-Bled on the Villach - Ljubljana mainline, 4 km from town centre, you'd need to take a local bus. The other option is Bled-Jezero on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline; only a few trains a day. 2 km away from town centre.
By bus: Flixbus stops at Bled.
By car: take exit Lesce from A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice. Long term parking is available in Bled, but has to be booked in advance, please consult us.
... and away
Simple, use one of the above options or - cycle away: consider our cycling trip Best Of Slovenia!