Lake Bled by First Class rail
Prices from £1,495 per person
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With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air leave a lasting impression on all visitors. This charming 7 night / 8 day holiday by First Class rail also includes stays in Munich and Heidelberg, two very different but equally interesting German cities, characterised by their fusion of modern and medieval architecture.
Prices are from £1,495 per person.
Day 1 – London to Munich
Your holiday begins as you stroll into St Pancras International in the centre of London. Take the time to admire this beautifully restored station, including its arched glass roof, then join the Eurostar service to Brussels. Watch the countryside swish past as you sit back, relax and enjoy the light meal and drinks served on board in Standard Premier Class (Eurostar’s First Class for leisure travellers). After reaching speeds of up to 186 mph, you soon arrive in Brussels where you change trains and continue to Munich, the Bavarian capital. On arrival in this attractive city head for your overnight hotel, the comfortable Eurostars Book Hotel (4 star), ideally located close to the station.
Day 2 – Munich to Lake Bled
Make the most of a morning in Munich by taking a whistle-stop tour of the main sights. This affluent Bavarian city is famous for its beer festival and vehicle manufacturing, and many of the major landmarks, museums and art galleries are close to your hotel. Then you return to the station and take the direct train to Lake Bled. This spectacular journey is one of the most scenic in Europe, so sit back and make the most of the panorama as you travel southwards through Austria. The train passes through Salzburg with the views becoming ever more dramatic as you continue towards the Tauern Tunnel. You then begin to descend as you cross the border into Slovenia, arriving in Lake Bled in the early evening. Here you spend five nights at the modern and stylish Hotel Triglav (4 star).
Day 3-6 – Exploring Lake Bled and the surrounding area
Enjoy four full days to take in beautiful Lake Bled and its surroundings. One of the most popular options is to visit the island near the centre of the lake. There are several buildings on the island, including the 15th century Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, with its imposing spire. You may also wish to visit Bled Castle, one of Slovenia’s best-loved attractions. Perched on a precipice overlooking the town, this impressive castle boasts an impressive history dating back more than a thousand years. A great way to take in more of your surroundings is to enjoy a cruise on the lake’s sparkling waters, or perhaps head into the Julian Alps.
Should you wish to venture further afield and see a little more of Slovenia, then why not take the train to Ljubljana? The Slovenian capital has the Ljubljanica River flowing through the centre of town, past Baroque buildings and under the ramparts of the ancient castle on the hill. The new city and modern-day commercial core lie to the west of the river, while the old city and the castle are located on the east side of the river. Many bridges cross the river, the most famous of which is Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), designed by architect Jože Plečnik. Ljubljana’s surrounding areas, packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city’s dynamic history are well known for their walking, hiking and cycle trails and traditional culinary delights.
Day 7 – Lake Bled to Heidelberg
After breakfast in the hotel, this morning you return to the station and take the direct train to Heidelberg. The journey takes you back through the impressive Austrian Alps, then into Germany. You continue through Munich, then northwards through Bavaria before arriving in the delightful city of Heidelberg. Here you spend tonight at the Europaischer Hof Hotel (5 star).
Day 8 – Heidelberg to London via the Rhine Gorge
Today you leave Heidelberg and travel by rail along the scenic Rhine Gorge. Admire the wonderful scenery of brooding castles and sloping vineyards of this UNESCO World Heritage region surrounding the famous river before arriving in Cologne. Here you change trains and continue on the high-speed service to Brussels, where you connect with the Eurostar service to London. Let the train take the strain as you stretch out and savour the light meal and drinks included in your Standard Premier service. At 186mph the landscape is a blur at times, though memories abide as you return to London St Pancras International ahead of the final leg of your journey home.