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Bled Island (Blejski Otok) Tours

Bled Island (Blejski Otok)
With its picture-perfect church and ornate steeple peeking out above the treeline and perched on Bled Lake, tiny Bled Island (Bled Island (Blejski Otok) looks like something out of a fairy tale. Local tradition has it that a groom must carry his bride up all 99 steps that lead from the island’s dock to the church to ensure a happy marriage. 

The Basics
There is no charge to visit the island, and visitors can arrive via traditional pletna boat or a rented private rowboat. You are free to explore the island’s café, gallery, and souvenir shop; however, an admission fee is required to enter the church. Many tours include transportation to Bled Island, and some include visits to other Bled sights such as dramatic, cliffside Bled Castle or the stunning Vintgar gorge. Adventurous travelers can swim out to the island from the lake’s west shore, although entering the church in a swimsuit is not allowed. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bled Island is a must-see for first-time visitors and history enthusiasts.
  • Pletna boats are not wheelchair accessible, and the climb to the church requires that visitors be reasonably fit.
  • For the best views of Bled Island, hike to the Ojstrica viewpoint in Bled.
  • Be sure to try Bled’s famous cream cake, which can be purchased at the island café. 

How to Get There
The most popular way to visit the island is by traditional pletna boat; these depart regularly from several lakeside locations for the 20-minute trip. Another option is to rent a boat and row out to the island yourself. If you’re a strong swimmer, you can easily reach the island from the west shore.  

When to Get There
Bled Island is best visited in spring, summer, and fall, but may be visited in the winter if the lake does not freeze over. Summer can be quite busy, so make sure to book a Bled Island tour in advance or get in line early to score a spot on a pletna boat. 

Ringing the Bled Island Bell
Legend has it that the church bell was a gift from 16th-century Pope Clement VII himself, presented after the first bell sank to the bottom of the lake. Today, you can climb to the top of the belfry and make a wish. The pope decreed, locals say, that if you ring the bell three times, your wish will come true.

Address: Bled, Upper Carniola 4260, Slovenia
Admission: Varies
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12 Tours and Activities to Experience Bled Island (Blejski Otok)

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Bled Castle and Island

Bled Castle and Island

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Visit Bled's two top attractions in one day on this tour to Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) and Bled Island, located in Lake Bled. You'll have the chance to admire views of the lake from the castle before taking a "pletna" boat ride across the lake to the island.
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  • 5 hours
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Get to know Bled by ultimative Bled e-bike tour

Get to know Bled by ultimative Bled e-bike tour

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eBike Tour offers a totally unique view of Bled, the pearl of Slovenian tourism. Not far from its hustle we will find vast meadows and fields, surrounding gorgeous villages with neat Alpine houses. Of course, we will also visit the Bled's picturesque castle and end our bike hike at the lake's promenade. Mileage: 26 km Altitude: 450 m Duration: 5-6 hours Intensity: Easy
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Bled eBike Tour

Bled eBike Tour

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Discover the beauty of Bled on this electric bike tour. Alongside a small group, ride through the Slovenian town’s ancient streets and cruise around Lake Bled. Then take a short hike up to Ojstrica hill, with panoramic views awaiting you at the top. Have time to shop, explore in town, and more before your tour concludes.
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  • 4 hours
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Lake Bled Paragliding

Lake Bled Paragliding

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Experience new dimensions by flying over the magical Lake Bled. You will feel the light breeze of the wind and the pilot will find raising air that will take you to the very high from where you will fly above Bled Lake, Bled castle and more... You will definitely feel like an eagle!
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Bled, Postojna caves and Predjama castle - Winter day trip

Bled, Postojna caves and Predjama castle - Winter day trip

Pick up from your accommodation in Ljubljana at 8 AM. We make our way to the town of Bled where you will enjoy a boat ride to Bled island. On the island itself, you will have an amazing chance to admire the landscape and to make a wish in the Church of Assumption. After our return back to the mainland we spend some time in the surrounding area and admire Bled's uniqueness. As our morning slowly ends, we take a ride to Postojna cave where we discover the underground world, it's formations and little creatures called Proteus. For the last point of our day, we visit Predjama castle and get to know it's history and mystery. Drop off at your desired location in Ljubljana.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Slovenia Photography Workshop

Slovenia Photography Workshop

Slovenia is a place to discover. It is a little-known pearl on the sunny side of the Alps. Although a small country, roughly the size of Wales, it can offer a diversity few countries in the world can. Join our team of professional landscape photographers for an amazing one week experience of the jewels of Slovenia. We will visit all the pearls Slovenia can offer. A lot of landscape, old villages, mountain areas, beautiful rivers, waterfalls and lakes as well as the sea of Adriatic, along with experienced outdoor photographers and professional tour guides. It is a guarantee for great photos which can inspire every photographer. On the tour, you will be brought to the spots known to the locals, you will be inspired by the vivid landscape, you will be chasing the light. You will make memories and you will make images which will influence your work in the future.
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E-bike holidays: The alps, glacial lakes and the medieval beauty

E-bike holidays: The alps, glacial lakes and the medieval beauty

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Four-day cycling will take you along the slopes of the Kamnik-Savinja and Julian Alps, offering exceptional views of the highest peaks. In addition, the Alps are hiding glacial lakes in their embrace, which provide an outstanding cycling backdrop. Nature’s beauties are linked by the towns of Ljubljana and Škofja Loka with a colourful and exciting history. The cycling story is rounded off by culinary experiences with a touch of diversity of the Slovene landscape.
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The Karawanks Traverse Trek

The Karawanks Traverse Trek

We hike and enjoy a relaxing adventure in pristine nature and high mountains. You can expect long flower-speckled trails over curvy hilltops while we traverse the Alps (app. 5-7 hours hiking per day), high waterfalls, and incredible views of the highest mountains of Slovenia. This tour spends two nights in the mountains (a hut) and two nights in a comfortable accomodation in a mountain village.
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Lake Bled with Pletna Boat to Bled Island

Lake Bled with Pletna Boat to Bled Island

Take a ride across the Lake Bled with the traditional wooden Pletna boat on the Bled Island.
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  • 2 hours
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 Pre-Wedding Photography Day in Bled

Pre-Wedding Photography Day in Bled

We love this little part of Europe, and we know that with our local guidance and the right occasions, you will feel the same. With this thought in mind, we created a group of passionate individuals who share a common vision – the desire to let people explore Slovenia and its neighboring countries uniquely through romantic experiences. Our team consists of highly skilled and enthusiastic individuals, each being a professional in their own field. We take care of every little detail, making sure that you have a lifetime experience with this photography session!
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8-Day Lake Bled Pokljuka and Radovljica Private Cycling Tour

8-Day Lake Bled Pokljuka and Radovljica Private Cycling Tour

The starting point of this cycling tour is Bled with Lake Bled, the pearl of Slovenia. The picture of Bled with the castle, the lake and the island in the middle of the lake is known all over the world. Lake Bled enjoys a reputation of extraordinary beauty. The background of this paradise is formed of the wooded slopes of Jelovica and Pokljuka, the peaks of the Karavanke mountains and the Julian Alps with their highest peak, Triglav – a national symbol of the Slovenes. From your hotel in Bled, you will leave every day for your bicycle tour. The programme gives you space for individual organization of the stages and guarantees fun for all cyclists, both for those athletically ambitious or the “pleasure-seeking”. The tour leads you into the side valleys of Bled, onto the Pokljuka high plateau and to Radovljica’s Old Town. Discover idyllic places and villages and be spoiled by the Bled cream cake and its typical alpine cuisine.
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  • 8 days
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8 Day Cycling Trip from Alps to Adriatic: Bled – Ljubljana – Istria

8 Day Cycling Trip from Alps to Adriatic: Bled – Ljubljana – Istria

The starting point of this bike tour is Bled, the Pearl of Slovenia. The image of Bled with the castle, the lake and the island in the middle of the lake with its church is known worldwide. The route leads through idyllic, medieval towns and their picturesque landscapes with a stopover in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, which has in recent years become one of the most popular city destinations in Europe. Continue to the Notranjska region, where we recommended a visit the world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. Entering the Karst area, you will cycle on quiet, easy and scenic paved roads through vineyards and ancient villages, where you can taste the famous Teran red wine and Karst ham. After the Lipica stud farm with its famous Lipizaner white horses and Škocjan caves with Europe’s largest underground canyon, you will reach the Slovenian part of the Istrian peninsula. In picturesque Piran you will finally relax your muscles after an unforgettable journey.
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  • 8 days
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