Considered Slovenia’s most picturesque location, Lake Bled is found in many folklore stories with one magical story claiming that Lake Bled was created by fairies. It tells of a lake that was once a valley covered in lush grass. The fairies used to dance on the valley floor at night. Out of fear that they would be eaten by grazing sheep, the fairies flooded the valley and created a small island in the middle would be the new location for their dance parties.
The exquisite blue-green lake, measuring just 1.4km by 2km, has a small teardrop island as its centrepiece and is surrounded by alpine mountains. The island is just under one acre in size and home to several buildings, including a 17th century church Scenic guests will visit. How do you get to the island, you ask? By pletna boat (gondola), which date back to 1590. The pletna oarsman tradition is passed down through local families for generations. They will set you down on the south side at the monumental 99-step South Staircase, built in 1655. '
If you are inspired this journey of beauty, this extension connects effortlessly with selected dates with Jewels of Europe, Gems of the Danube, Black Sea Explorer, and Danube Delta Discovery river cruises.
Speak with our reservations team or your local Scenic Travel Advisor for more information for 2023.