Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) Tours and Activities
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The Vintgar Gorge—created over centuries by the waters of the Radovna River—draws visitors with its emerald green pools, dramatic waterfalls, and picturesque swimming holes. Visit to traverse bridges and wooden boardwalks suspended over the water, and see the Sum waterfall, which cascades into an emerald pool at the head of the gorge.
Vintgar Gorge is one of the most popular half-day trips from Bled. The trails are family friendly, and the views are spectacular. After a hike, you can cool off in the swimming hole by the waterfall at the end of the gorge. Guided tours leave from Bled and Ljubljana and often include visits to other top local sights, such as Bled Castle and the Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Flat boardwalks and safety railings make this a great hike for kids.
- Bring a swimsuit and a towel if you want to jump in the swimming hole.
- You must pay an admission fee to enter the gorge.
- The hiking paths are narrow and uneven; visitors with wheelchairs and strollers would have a hard time navigating the terrain.
- There are several parking lots located near the gorge’s entrance, but they fill up fast during the summer months.
How to Get There
Vintgar Gorge lies just over 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Bled. The easiest way to get there is by car: Take Cesta v Vintgar to the tiny town of Podhom, continue onto Sebenje, then take the winding Podhom road to the parking lots at the entrance of the gorge. Shuttle buses to the gorge leave from the main bus station in Bled; the shuttles are small, so book your seat in advance. You can also hike or bike to the gorge or join a tour with round-trip transportation.
When to Get There
The Vintgar Gorge is open to the public daily from morning through evening in the spring, summer, and fall. Opening and closing dates vary each year and are based on trail conditions, so check the schedule prior to visiting. The Vintgar Gorge is immensely popular with tourists and is most crowded around midday in July and August. To avoid crowds, visit when the trail opens in the morning or within two hours of closing time.
Other Lake Bled Attractions
Located in the foothills of Slovenia’s Julian Alps, Lake Bled looks like it belongs in a fairytale. Start your visit at the medieval Bled Castle, which is perched high on the cliffs overlooking the lake. Afterward, walk the paved path that runs along the lakeshore, hike to the Ojstrica viewpoint, or take a traditional pletna boat to the tiny island in the middle of the lake and tour the island’s lovely Baroque church.
Address: Gorje, Bled, Upper Carniola 4247, Slovenia
Admission: Adults: €10 plus parking
8 Tours and Activities to Experience Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar)
Ideal for independent travelers, this self-guided electric bike tour of the Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) allows you to explore the natural wonder at your own pace. Following a brief orientation in Bled, set off on your easy-to-use electric bike to discover the rolling hills and rivers. All equipment, entrance fees, and bottled water are included, as well as a cream cake at a Bled coffee shop.
Make the most out of your trip to Bled by visiting the Bled Castle and Vintgar Gorge in the same day. Save time worrying about how you’ll get from place to place by booking a half-day tour of Bled’s most popular sights. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Bled castle where you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour of the medieval fortress and then you’ll visit Vintgar Gorge for a stunning walk through this brilliantly carved wonder.
Pack in more of Slovenia’s natural sights than you could see on a day traveling on your own with this full-day tour of Triglav National Park. You’ll travel by air-conditioned minivan stopping by such famous landmarks as Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, the Pokljuka plateau, Vintgar Gorge, and more. You’ll stop often for photographs, enjoy three scenic hikes, have plenty of opportunity for swimming, and enjoy an optional Mt. Vogel cable car ride.
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
Start your day on the boardwalks of Vintgar, the most popular gorge in Slovenia, and wear out your cameras on this 1.5 hrs walk of spectacular scenery in Triglav National Park. After Vintgar, we will continue away from the regular tourist paths and venture into the lesser-known valleys, Radovna and Krma. There, we will see a mix of beautiful forests and grazing meadows surrounded by towering peaks of the Julian Alps. Feel how time stands still in the tiny shepherding villages, untouched by the fast-paced tempo of the outside world.
Only a short drive from the lake and tucked into a narrow valley, lies the Vintgar Gorge, one of the most popular attractions around Bled. A 1.5 hour hike will lead you through the ravine as you admire the clear flow of Radovna River, walk over bridges and tread the boardwalks, every bend more picturesque than the last. Our journey will continue on the Pokljuka Plateau, famous for its hiking and cross-country skiing trails where biathlon championships are held every year. Its wonderful pine forests are a remarkable sight, growing at elevation reaching well above 1000 meters (3280 feet). From this home to abundant flora and fauna we will descend on a windy road to the glacially-made marvel of Lake Bohinj.
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!
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar)?
The best ways to experience Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) are:
- Self-Guided E-Bike Tour of the Vintgar Gorge
- Bled Castle and Vintgar Gorge Half Day Trip
- Bled: Triglav National Park Tour
- Get to know Bled by ultimative Bled e-bike tour
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