Set on the shores of Lake Bled, with the high peaks of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke mountain range framing the scene, Bled is rich in natural splendor. Plus, it’s just a short distance from Slovenia’s capital, making it a doable half-day or full-day tour destination. See below for more details on Bled tours from Ljubljana.
For time-tight travelers, a half-day tour offers the chance to see the highlights of the Lake Bled region. A half-day tour from Ljubljana might include a boat ride in a pletna (a wooden gondola) to Bled Island to see the Church of the Assumption; a visit to the medieval Bled Castle, which now serves as a museum; and some free time for a stroll along the lakeshore. Active travelers can opt for a half-day tour with a focus on outdoor activities such as stand-up paddleboarding and hiking.
On full-day Bled tours from Ljubljana, you can expect to cover more sights in the area and explore at a more relaxed pace; for instance, you might have free time to sunbathe on the shore or to spend time at Bled Castle or Bled Island. Some full-day tours incorporate stops at nearby destinations such as Bohinj Lake, Lake Bled’s beautiful neighbor; Postojna Cave, an underground cave network that can be toured on foot and by electric train; the picturesque Istria Peninsula; or the medieval town of Radovljica.
Things to Know
- Bled is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Ljubljana. Driving takes around 45 minutes.
- Half-day tours typically last around five hours, while full-day tours can run upwards of 10 hours.
- If you’re visiting in summer, bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, and a towel, as Lake Bled is perfect for swimming.