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Fanstastic day in Slovenia. Pick up and drop off was very convienant. Great guide. All the sights we saw were just beautiful. Could not of asked for a better day. At first I was hesitate because it was a long day but it was so worth it. We were never rushed and we still made it back before the 12 hour mark in time for sunset. Highly recommend. There were only 4 of us on the tour. Really great communication with Nature Adventures before the trip.
Pick-up in the morning at 7:45 was smooth. By 8 am, we were on the way to Bled. There were just 4 of us, and so it was a nice small group, and it was pleasant and easy to chat and make new friends. A great walk through breathtaking Vintgar Gorge an easy 2km hike through the gorge with amazing views of waterfalls and a green to white-water river. Our guide, Alinka, planned it in such a way that we only had to go one direction. As it was also early enough, we avoided the crowds and also went counter the usual flow.
Lake Bled followed, and we first did a pletna/covered boat ride to the island in the middle of the lake, which was so peaceful. We had 45 minutes to explore the tiny Bled Island----enough time to climb up the island, check the viewing tower, and even walk around the island through the greenery and check out the fish, which you could see in the clear waters. Once we were back on the mainland, we had the option to either go up a free viewpoint, go up Bled castle and pay an extra fee, or spend an hour in town on our own. One decided to go see the view higher up, so we dropped him off there, and the rest of us had lunch. I reckon, one can also use this to go for a swim over in Lake Bled if they wanted. After lunch and a bit of shopping in Bled town proper, we were off down south to Predjama castle.
We had an hour to explore Predjama castle and see all the rooms, as well as take pictures. By 330 pm, we were off to nearby Postojna caves. This experience was incredible and a must for anyone visiting Slovenia. The cave system was just so magnificent----you start with an exciting train ride deep into the mountain, and then have a guided walk through the system aged more than 500,000 years. After that hike, we had time for some shopping and a snack over at the area around the attraction. Soon enough, we were headed back to Ljubljana and were back in town at an early 18:30.
We traveled in the first week of September, and our guide said this was excellent, as the summer crowds were gone. We were lucky to have a cool, but sunny day, as you'll see in some of my pictures. So, early Sept is excellent to avoid the big tour groups,for sure. Either way, these places in Slovenia are still yet to be discovered by the big crowds, so make sure you visit them ASAP! Alinka was very pleasant and had much to say about the sites, as well as Slovenia and the Slovenian way of life. The tour was generally flexible if you told her what you wanted to do/see in some of the places, and despite having seen many things, it was an easy and relaxed trip. I was surprised we got to see so much in a carefree manner.
It was also great that all entrance fees, and the boat free were included. Truly a great value for the money. I recommend this trip and commend Alinka for our tour. I'll likely bring over friends and family back to Slovenia in the future and take this tour and other tours from this company Nature Adventures, Based in Bled all over again.
We were scheduled to visit Bled Lake first but it was pouring with rain so our guide turned the tour around and we visited the caves first. Absolutely spectacular. When we got to Bled the rain had stopped and we enjoyed getting to the island on the flat bottomed boats. A trip worth taking.
It was amazing, the best way to see the country. The tour guide told us a mixture of historical facts and folktales that only enhanced the experience even more. This is the only way to see this magical country. Also, their cream cake recommendation will make you think if you want to move into the country because...the cake is that good.
In summary, the tour was organized efficient and informative
the country is just a stunning magic wonderland that will make you sure fairytales exist
Also, my tour guide took this photo of me and was always wanting to help in any way to make the experience better she might have pulled over to the side of the road when I said I wanted a picture of bled
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