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4.9
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Swim Slovenia's Most Iconic Lakes

1 night
Moderate

Challenge yourself to swim two magical alpine lakes in just two days

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 8 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 43 reviews
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
November 2023
Lisa
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
November 2023
Lisa
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
November 2023
Lisa
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
November 2023
Lisa
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
November 2023
Lisa
The trip was amazing and our guides Rok and...
November 2023
Georgia
The trip was amazing and our guides Rok and...
November 2023
Georgia
The trip was amazing and our guides Rok and...
November 2023
Georgia
Beautiful lake swims with great guides...
September 2022
Jack
This trip exceeded my expectations. Sloveni...
August 2022
Kate
This trip exceeded my expectations. Sloveni...
August 2022
Kate
An amazing weekend trip for swimming enthus...
August 2022
Alan
An amazing weekend trip for swimming enthus...
August 2022
Alan
Thanks so much for Much Better Adventures f...
July 2022
Emma
Thanks so much for Much Better Adventures f...
July 2022
Emma
Thanks so much for Much Better Adventures f...
July 2022
Emma
It was lovely to be shown around by local g...
July 2022
Megan
It was lovely to be shown around by local g...
July 2022
Megan
It was lovely to be shown around by local g...
July 2022
Megan
Slovenia is such a beautiful country - a hi...
July 2022
Hermione
Slovenia is such a beautiful country - a hi...
July 2022
Hermione
Slovenia is such a beautiful country - a hi...
July 2022
Hermione
Slovenia is such a beautiful country - a hi...
July 2022
Hermione
Slovenia is such a beautiful country - a hi...
July 2022
Hermione
Everything was excellent. Blaz was an incre...
July 2022
Catherine
Everything was excellent. Blaz was an incre...
July 2022
Catherine
Everything was excellent. Blaz was an incre...
July 2022
Catherine
Everything was excellent. Blaz was an incre...
July 2022
Catherine
Everything was excellent. Blaz was an incre...
July 2022
Catherine
Absolutely amazing trip! Exceeded all expec...
July 2022
Donna

Swim in the emerald-green waters of Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled - two of the most breathtaking lakes in Europe

Work alongside former professional athletes and coaches to perfect your technique

Take a scenic hike in Mostnica Gorge deep in Triglav National Park

Key Information

Day 1

The challenge begins

Swimming

2km or 4km

Hiking

2hrs · 4km

Meet your guide and drive to the start point on Lake Bohinj. Literally dive straight in and swim the 2km width of these crisp and pristine waters surrounded by a serene forest. If you fancy putting yourself to the test, swim the 4km length instead - with surroundings like these you’ll be tempted. Recover with lunch, then take scenic hike in Mostnica Gorge. The trail follows the crystal clear waters of the Mostnica River as it winds through lush forests and past picturesque waterfalls. Check into your hotel on the Pokljuka Plateau – a truly magical spot for some star gazing - where you will have the evening to relax.

Day 2

Lake Bled aka Round 2

Swimming

2km or 4km

After breakfast, take a short drive to Lake Bled, known for its magical beauty and refreshing waters. Swim the 2km width of the lake (and back again if you’re feeling keen) and then find a spot on the grass for lunch. The afternoon is yours to do with as you wish - take a stroll through the charming town of Bled, wander the shoreline, or visit the fairy-tale church that sits on an island in the centre of the lake. Another option is to hike up to Mala Ojstrica – a steep but short trek up a series of iron steps carved into the rock with an incredible view over the lake and a backdrop of the highest peaks in the Julian Alps. As the day comes to an end, head back to Ljubljana Airport in time for your evening flight home itching for someone to ask, ‘how was your weekend?’

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Expect traditional regional dishes like Ričet (a minestrone-like dish of beans, vegetables and potato), Carnolian sausage, Ajdovi žganci (Buckwheat), Štruklji (this dish comes in the form of rolls, which can either be cooked or baked with a wide range of fillings.) Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Pokljuka Plateau

You'll stay in a twin-room at the half-board Hotel Centre with views over the forest or valley. The hotel has a unique location at the Sports Centre Triglav Pokljuka right next to the biathlon stadium which makes for some fascinating morning observing.

If you are arriving in Slovenia early or want to stay on, your host suggests that you stay in either Bled or Ljubljana where you can be collected or dropped off by the host. The Hotel Centre is some way from the first swim spot on Day 1 and is difficult to reach with public transport so staying in Bled or Ljubljana make it logistically easier for everyone and give you the chance to see more highlights of course. Due to the range of options available in both locations, it is easier for you to book these extra nights yourself but your host recommends the following spots in Bled:

Rikli Balance Hotel, Hotel Kompas Bled, Old Parish House Bled,Apartma Katja Bled,Hotel Jadran, Sava Hotels & Resorts

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Your accommodation in Bled

10:00 on Day 1

Ends

Ljubljana Airport

17:00 on Day 2

Transfers

You will be collected from your hotel in Bled on Day 1. Your host suggests getting one of the many airport shuttles from Ljubljana airport to Bled prior to the trip - they are regular, cheap and fast.

At the end of your trip on Day 2, you will be dropped at Ljubljana airport. Or you can of course extend your trip and stay in Bled an extra night if you wish. Your host will send you a list of recommended hotels in Bled and in Ljubljana so you can book whatever takes your fancy.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Ljubljana from major airports across the UK and Europe.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What do I need to bring?

  • Swimsuit
  • Trainers or comfortable walking shoes
  • Towels
  • Windstopper or a jacket
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Lisa(November 2023)
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...
A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia...

A great way to experience lakes in Slovenia on a short trip. The swimming was wonderful and the guides even better - they really made the trip.

We finished at lunchtime on Sunday but I’d been advised to get a flight after 7pm, so there was lots of hanging around without a base as we stayed in the mountains the night before. Also no transfer back to the airport as promised. I’ve only just arrived home past 1am.

I’d still recommend this as the group was small catering for different paces, it was relaxed, safe and fun throughout, and we couldn’t have asked for more with Rok and Neza.

Tips: use water shoes as it’s stoney on the banks, and take a tow float for your visibility and safety. Not required, but certainly helpful.

Georgia(November 2023)
The trip was amazing and our guides Rok and...
The trip was amazing and our guides Rok and...
The trip was amazing and our guides Rok and...

The trip was amazing and our guides Rok and Neža were super lovely and relaxed the whole time. The hotel in the mountains was gorgeous and both swims were great, with accommodations being made for the different abilities in the group - it was very chilled and no rushing. We had free time in Bled for the Sunday afternoons which was lovely and I spent it by the lido whereas others walked to the castle. As always a perfect MBA trip once again overall.

Emma(September 2022)

Our hosts were lovely girls, made the effort to chat to everyone and include everyone. Our group of 7 consisted of 3 solo travellers - who were all quite fast in their swims - and a group of four friends who were seeing it as more of a challenge and so were much slower. Day one was at Bled which was beautiful. We swam out to the island and back while the speedy ones also swam around the island. The two hosts were on paddle boards - one keeping an eye on the faster group and one at the back with the slower ones. Once finished and dried we went off to our lodge that were were staying in the night. We had lunch at the lodge, which as it wasn't included it might have been nicer to go somewhere else with more choice. We then had an hour or so until a hike in the nearby countryside - this was advertised as a night walk but was just mid afternoon, which was fine although it could have taken on a new dimension in starlight. Dinner was included and was average. Day 2 after breakfast we went off to Lake Bohinj, which was stunning, mountainous right down to the waters edge. The trip had said there was a 2 or 4 km option, this was incorrect and there was only a 4km route, unfortunately, this meant two of our party didn't finish this which they were disappointed in. The speedier people in the group finished a couple of hours quicker than the slower ones and had to just hang around near the end and grab a coffee. If the swims had been switched by day they could have had a wander around Bled as there was much more to see there. Overall, it was a great trip, expensive for what was provided, but I would happily return to Slovenia again.

Jack(September 2022)
Beautiful lake swims with great guides...

Beautiful lake swims with great guides

Kate(August 2022)
This trip exceeded my expectations. Sloveni...
This trip exceeded my expectations. Sloveni...

This trip exceeded my expectations. Slovenia is beautiful and the lake swimming was wonderful. Our guides Tijan and Nusa were very supportive and took excellent care of us all. I would highly recommend this trip.

Alan(August 2022)
An amazing weekend trip for swimming enthus...
An amazing weekend trip for swimming enthus...

An amazing weekend trip for swimming enthusiasts. The waters were warm, crystal clear, and perfect for swimming in. The swims had suitable break points to allow you to fully take in the scenery. The hotel is idyllicly situated in the mountains for an evening hike. The highlight was completing the 4km swim in Lake Bohinj....followed by the Bled cream cake at the end! Big thanks to our guides for looking after us!

Mia(August 2022)

A great weekend. The guides, Tijan and Nusa, were really relaxed and friendly and the lakes were beautiful. The group were lovely too which made the experience even better. I would highly recommend this trip.

Emma(July 2022)
Thanks so much for Much Better Adventures f...
Thanks so much for Much Better Adventures f...
Thanks so much for Much Better Adventures f...

Thanks so much for Much Better Adventures for giving us the opportunity to swim Slovenia's stunning lakes. Everything was so well organised and the local hosts looked after us very well. We came back feeling revitalised, refreshed and thrilled that we completed a 4km swim on day 2! We will be back for another adventure soon!

Michelle(July 2022)

Just back from our trip to Slovenia and it was amazing from booking, changes due to Covid and all the way through to the end of the trip back at the airport. Blaz, Tijan & Alja were fantastic throughout, accommodated everyone in the group and gave lots of support on the swims and some great technique tips too which really helped.. and a very memorable moonlit hike too! Great hosts, location, scenery, activities.. can't fault it. We will be back!

Nicola(July 2022)

We had a great time. The lakes are so beautiful and amazingly clear. This holiday provides you with activity and adventure as well as some R&R to chill and take some time off from your daily hustle and bustle. Hugely recommended.

Megan(July 2022)
It was lovely to be shown around by local g...
It was lovely to be shown around by local g...
It was lovely to be shown around by local g...

It was lovely to be shown around by local guides that were native to Slovenia and very friendly and eager to interact with the group and answer questions. If you are a solo traveller they would make you feel welcome and become your friends. The swims were very manageable and you do not need to be very fit or "sporty" to enjoy the trip.

Ibs(July 2022)

Wonderful trip

Rianna(July 2022)

Beautiful country, great people and fabulous swims. Thoroughly recommend

Hermione(July 2022)