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Bled: Sava River Rafting Trip

1. Bled: Sava River Rafting Trip

Experience an adrenaline rush on a rafting trip in Bled alongside licensed guides. Raft and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Sava River with unforgettable views of the Karavanke and Julian Alps in the background. Get picked up from Bled, then head to the Sava River, one of the best rivers where you can try different water adventures. Before getting in the water, your guides will explain everything you need to know about action and safety. After your safety lesson, hit the waters to experience the rapids of the area’s longest river. Feel secure with experienced licensed guides by your side. Later, swim at the confluence of the Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka headwaters near Radovljica. Compete with other boats and, if you’re up to it, experience the adrenaline rush of jumping from the rocks. At the end of the trip, get photos of your adventure before your guides take you back to where you were picked up.

Bled Slovenia: 3–Hour Rafting Experience

2. Bled Slovenia: 3–Hour Rafting Experience

White water rafting has long been an exciting addition to the extreme water sports family and it is still very much a must–do if you are planning to visit Bled or nearby areas. A rafting trip is a wonderful idea if you are looking to add a day of adventure to your Bled holiday. If you haven’t done it before, don’t worry. No previous experience is required, your guides will make sure you are completely safe throughout the trip, and you are guaranteed to have a great time. The rivers in Slovenia are divided according to the difficulty level they present. Each one has something different to offer. You can choose between an easy, slow flowing scenic rafting trip suitable for the whole family, larger groups or individuals, or faster, more exciting sections for those seeking a more energetic thrilling ride. The choice depends on the time of year, weather conditions and water levels, and preferences of the guests. Even the adrenaline junkies can find something to satisfy their demanding taste. The emerald Soča river for example is well known for its amazing rafting options. White water rafting is a very safe sport, however this does not mean that the safety precautions are not being strictly followed. Every boat is steered by an expert guide with years of guiding experience and detailed knowledge of the rivers. Every guest is provided with all necessary equipment needed for the trip: wetsuit, shoes, life jacket, helmet and of course a paddle. 

From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip with Vintgar Gorge

3. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip with Vintgar Gorge

Enjoy Bled, or the “Image of Paradise,” which has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century.  Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Guides will roll back time in its museum, and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of the Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav and try the hearty local cuisine.  To experience a bit of trekking, you'll end the day with an enjoyable 20-minute hike to the beautiful Savica Waterfall, thundering from a high rocky cliff, and enjoy a rewarding view of the Lake.

Bled: 3-Hour Family-Friendly Rafting Adventure

4. Bled: 3-Hour Family-Friendly Rafting Adventure

Hop on a raft and embark on an easy rafting adventure on the beautiful Sava Dolinka River located just 5 minutes from Bled. The trip starts with a pickup at your accommodation in Bled and a short drive to the starting point of the rafting trip. Then, you'll receive all necessary rafting equipment including a life jacket, helmet, wetsuit, and rafting shoes. In case of cold weather, an extra whitewater jacket to protect from cold is provided. Receive a safety briefing from your guide before departing on the river. Join a safe and family-friendly activity in nature as rapids on the Sava Dolinka River are suitable for kids and families. Be accompanied by a professional and swift water rescue certified guide who will make sure you will have fun and stay safe. The brave ones have the chance to swim in the cold and refreshing waters of the Sava Dolinka River. On hot summer days, the river offers the best refreshment. During the trip, all your belongings and dry clothes will be safely stored and transported to the endpoint of the rafting tour. After the trip, be transferred back to your accommodation in Bled.

From Bled: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour of Vintgar Gorge

5. From Bled: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour of Vintgar Gorge

Meet in central Bled to begin your self-guided 4-hour e-bike experience of Vintgar Gorge. After a brief orientation session for the eBike, take off to explore the stunning landscape around Vintgar Gorge. Avoid the traffic, parking and queues, and soak in the views of the rolling countryside and beautiful nature of the area. With the eBike propelling you up hills, enjoy the views without breaking a sweat.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

6. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and see some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik. Experience the local vibe and discover where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name, and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Have free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before driving back to Zagreb to get dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

Lake Bled: Rafting and Canyoning Excursion

7. Lake Bled: Rafting and Canyoning Excursion

Explore the natural surroundings of the beautiful town of Bled on this full-day activity. The canyoning and rafting tour combines the area’s most popular activities. Your guide will take you on an epic exploration of hidden places where nature still reigns. The Sava Dolinka river near Bled offers a perfect rafting trip for beginners, groups and families. It is very close to the Bled town, and it offers beautiful nature scenery, and a lovely fun and exciting rafting descent. Each part of the activity last 3 to 3.5-hours. Between the trips, you’ll have a short break to get some food before heading to your next adventure.

From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

8. From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

Lake Bled is often mentioned as the pearl of the Slovenian Alpine region due to its emerald-green waters, picture-perfect postcard church on the island, medieval castle on the rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks of the Slovenian Alps as the background. Take a short walk along the lakeshore as the beauty of the surrounding mountains reflects off the lake surface. No matter the season, you'll enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the lake and the fresh mountain air.  Perched atop a steep cliff more than 100 meters above the lake, Bled Castle is the iconic image of a medieval fortress, with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. The castle houses a unique treasure - a reconstruction of Gutenberg's wooden printing press, on which the master printer will demonstrate old printing techniques using hand-made paper. Take the Pletna boat, a traditional boat known only to this region, to the tiny tear-shaped island on the lake. Upon returning from the island, stop at the local patisserie and taste Bled’s famous cream cake, kremšnita. In the last 60 years they have sold as many as 12 million of these cakes - they are definitely a can't-miss and a perfect way to top off your day.

From Bled: Full-Day Underground Kayaking

9. From Bled: Full-Day Underground Kayaking

Depart from your Bled hotel for an 8-hour kayaking adventure trip through an underground mine. Drive two hours to the abandoned mine and descend for 15 minutes into the depths of the earth on an original old mining train. The tour involves a short hike and a climb down and up some steep stairs that reach depths of 95 meters. Upon reaching the underground water, row in your sit-on-top kayaking through passages and galleries. Spend four hours in the mine (about one hour on the kayak) and enjoy the mix of dynamic activities, with a bit of both hiking and paddling. Illuminate your way with glowing headlamps, the only source of light in the mine. All the dry suits, boots, life vests, helmets and lights are provided. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be brought back to your Bled hotel. The tour lasts for about eight hours in total, with departures always only in the morning from Bled, the departure time depending on availability. You will be notified about the exact departure time before the day of the tour.

From Ljubljana: Day Trip to Bled and Vintgar Gorge

10. From Ljubljana: Day Trip to Bled and Vintgar Gorge

Following pick-up from Ljubljana, travel in comfort to the beautiful resort town of Bled in the foothills of the Julian Alps Journey up to the castle perched on the top of a steep cliff above the glacial Lake Bled. Get spectacular views of the lake and its tiny island from the terraces, and then board a traditional pletna boat and sail across to the only true island in Slovenia. Alternatively, visit Vintgar Gorge and walk the wooden paths to marvel as the River Radovna runs through the canyon to end at the amazing Šum Waterfall. Stop for lunch in a typical Alpine restaurant before going to the glacial lake at Bohinj in Triglav National Park. Cool down with a swim or explore the lake on foot, or by canoe if you prefer. End with a visit to the well-preserved town of Skofja Loka. Walk around the medieval town center, overlooked by an historic castle and monastery.

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What people are saying about Upper Carniola

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4.8 / 5

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The tour guides were very friendly and made the experience very enjoyable. This was our first time rafting and was the perfect river to start on as rapids were tame but enjoyable. We got picked up from our hotel and dropped off at the starting point on the river and then returned to our hotel after. The guide made it fun by making it very interactive by playing games and teaching us a Slovenian song. Highly recommend to everyone and would be suitable for families. One of the highlights of my trip

Perfect tour to visit a number of beautiful spots in Slovenia on one day while still having enough time to explore on your own. Very smooth transport and interesting facts presented by our guide.

Unbelievable! This is a must, we had such a great time and was buzzing for hours after! The guide was so helpful, a good laugh and made us feel at ease and comfortable! Highly highly recommend!

The driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. He took us to the best spots and gave enough time. Really enjoyed it

Definitely recommend, so worth the money we paid for!