10:30 - 16:30

Friday, 2 September

LAKE BLED

Nestled in the heart of the Slovenian Alps, Lake Bled is a stunning oasis of tranquility. Its emerald waters, hosting a charming island with a centuries-old church, are overlooked by a medieval castle perched on a rocky cliff. Breathtaking views, serene boat rides, and picturesque trails make Lake Bled an unforgettable escape. 

Prepare for a day of awe-inspiring sights and thought-provoking discussions as you meet with your guide in front of your hotel, ready to embark on the enchanting journey to Lake Bled.
Settle into a comfortable ride as you drive through the picturesque Slovenian countryside, headed towards the tranquil beauty of Lake Bled. Anticipate the breathtaking landscapes that await, poised to etch unforgettable memories into the canvas of your mind.
Once you arrive at Lake Bled, embark on a traditional Pletna boat and let the oarsman guide you to the enchanting Bled Island. Revel in the serenity of the lake, and the enchanting views of the island's iconic church, while the cool breeze carries the whispers of ancient Slovenian legends.
As the ripples of the water mirror the waves of thought, engage in a stimulating panel discussion on the future of tourism. Seize the opportunity to share your perspectives and gain valuable insights into how global journeys are evolving, and the implications this has for destinations worldwide.
Following the enlightening discussion, indulge in a delectable luncheon at the historical Villa Bled. Savour the exquisite flavours while overlooking the stunning lake, enhancing your dining experience with the mesmerizing views.
Replete with new ideas, fond memories, and a satiated palate, enjoy a relaxed drive back to Ljubljana, bringing an end to the enchanting retreat at Lake Bled. Reflect on the day's experiences, appreciating the blend of natural beauty and intellectual stimulation that the day has offered.
  • Lake Bled, located just a short 30-minute drive from Ljubljana, is a popular destination for Slovenians seeking weekend retreats, thanks to its tranquillity and natural beauty.
  • The crystal clear waters of Lake Bled are not only a feast for the eyes but also offer a refreshing swimming experience during the summer months.
  • Lake Bled is home to a unique island, which is the only island in Slovenia. This picturesque island is adorned with a church that is said to have wish-granting powers when its bell is rung.
  • The traditional Pletna boats, used to transport visitors to and from Bled Island, have a rich history dating back to the 16th century and are hand-built by skilled local craftsmen.
  • Hotel Vila Bled, where our luncheon will take place, holds both historical and cultural significance. Once the residence of President Tito, it has served as a venue for many official gatherings. Its remarkable views of the lake, Bled Castle, and the Julian Alps make it a truly captivating setting.
  • Interestingly, the previous mayor of Bled had a close connection to Hotel Vila Bled, as he previously served as its general manager. This further highlights the intertwined relationship between the hotel and the local community.
  • As the retreat draws to a close, reflect on the captivating natural beauty of Lake Bled and the rich history that surrounds it, leaving with cherished memories of this enchanting experience.
  • For the Enchanting Lake Bled Retreat, we recommend a smart casual dress code that is both comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.