Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day on uneven cobblestone streets and sidewalks; long periods of standing up to 1 hour at a time; ascending and descending flights of stairs with no railings. Getting on/off motorcoach; minimal driving throughout the day.
In the hotel dining room, our breakfast buffet offers a daily selection of breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.
Led by our Group Leader, we will set out to explore Lake Bled on foot. With immense natural beauty, Bled 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 made Lake Bled one of the most popular health resorts of the Hapsburg Empire, attracting the European aristocratic elite. We will learn about the history, local economy, and natural heritage during our walking field trip, during which we’ll visit St. Mary Church on a small island on the lake, which we will get to via small rowboats.
On your own, explore the tastes of Slovenia as you wish.
Traveling via bus, we will visit the medieval town of Radovljica, where the compact city center is a veritable open air museum of beautifully restored buildings, narrow sloping streets, and pleasant sidewalk cafés. Some of the most interesting buildings include Gostilna Lectar’s very own living museum, which makes a traditional Slovene craft, gingerbread, with honey dough. The hospitable family, dressed in typical medieval clothing, will give a short lecture about the museum as we see tools that date back over 100 years and are still used to produce these uniquely decorated cakes. The oldest preserved wooden mold is from the 16th century. Back in medieval times, gingerbreads were considered prestigious gestures of romance, and these days they make excellent souvenirs.
At a local restaurant, enjoy a plated and served Welcome Dinner indulging in local flavors. Choice of one beverage included, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.