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7 Days Skiing & Gourmet Break in Ljubljana

  • Hotel Triglav, Kolodvorska 33, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

7 Days Skiing & Gourmet Break in Ljubljana

  • Hotel Triglav, Kolodvorska 33, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Culinary Vacations in Slovenia

The Bled resorts that make up the incredible setting of the lake and castle makes the perfect location for your winter gourmet skiing in Slovenia. It is no over statement to rank Lake Bled & Bohinj amongst the most beautiful Lakes in the Alps. Indulge in the refined food and fine wines of Slovenia and learn the secrets of this delectable cuisine in a culinary workshop. Let yourself be pampered at the luxury family owned accommodation in Bled. What are you waiting for? Join us in a gastronomic ski trip of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Cooking class four-course
  • Majestic ski setting in Vogel, igloo village visit
  • Wine cellar visit, food & wine pairing with sommelier
  • Possible ski classes with our proffesional guide
  • Enjoy local cuisine in the mountain huts
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 four-course dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Triglav Bled Hotel ****, Bled, Slovenia

You will be accommodated in the 4 star Triglav Bled Hotel, which has an excellent location, 200 meters from the lake and only 1500 meters from the center of Bled. It is a nice walk along the lake to the center, or you can also take advantage of our free-of-charge shuttle service. This hotel is not only famous for its excellent restaurant but it is also one of the best hotels in the area, combining a magical blend of tradition and freshness.

During the culinary workshop, you can get as involved in the cooking as you like and while basic cooking skills are a plus, no previous cooking experience is necessary to enjoy the delicacies. We adjust our menus seasonally so you can be assured of getting the freshest ingredients. Cook Eat Slovenia will provide complimentary aprons for all participants.

During the winter activities you will visit some of the most magical places in Slovenia, such as Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj and Triglav National Park (Vogel, Pokljuka). The program is designed not only for beginners new to skiing but is also ideal for advanced skiers, those with a basic level of competence who wish to improve their skills. Combined with contrasting activities this is a really exciting winter holiday.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival to Slovenia

Our ski guide will met you at Ljubljana airport and drive you to Triglav Bled Hotel.

Youll have the time to settle in your fantastic accommodation, walk around the lake or relax in hotel spa or sipping wine with the beautiful view on the lake Bled.

In the evening, youll join the group in a hotel restaurant to get to know each other and kick start your gourmet skiing week with welcome dinner accompanied with Slovenian wines.

Day 2, 3 and 4 - Skiing in Vogel ski resort in Triglav National Park

The best way to experience the full thrill of conquering the slopes of Vogel is with our expert ski guide and certified ski instructor.

Vogel ski resort is a part of Triglav National Park, at the head of the Bohinj valley and is a truly wonderful location.

Because Vogel lies on the first mountain barrier above the Adriatic Sea, substantially more snow falls here than anywhere else of similar altitude in the Alps. The high mountain setting and the extraordinary panoramas over the surrounding area - the ski center lies in Triglav National Park above Lake Bohinj, which makes skiing there very special. In spite of its majestic setting, the ski center at over 1500 meters altitude is suitable for skiers of all skill levels. The abundant sun, outstanding views, and attractive, well-groomed trails are exceptional and in good weather and suitable conditions, experts will relish the opportunities for off-piste skiing.

And best of all, you can also enjoy delicious local cuisine in the mountain huts.

Dinner at the Hotel.

Day 5 - Free time to explore Bled, culinary workshop, wine tasting

In the morning you will have some free time to explore Bled and its surroundings.

Later on we will visit the Bled Island where you we will show you how to prepare typical Slovenian dessert, called kremnita - vanilla and custard cream cake dessert. We will continue with a tour to breathtaking Bled Castle.

To round up your day in the nature, we will have a culinary workshop in the hotel.

Our chefs will teach you how to prepare a delicious 4 course Slovenian meal after which in the romantic spirit of a wine cellar our experienced sommelier will share the secrets of appropriate food and wine combining.

Be sure to listen to our experts as for dinner you will eat your tasty creations in the company of great wines.

Day 6 - Snowshoeing on Pokljuka (Triglav National Park), Igloo village

Pokljuka lies in the heart of the Triglav National Park and is surrounded by high mountains covered in blankets of mites, which call for a touring!

First we will learn how to properly set our snowshoes and basics of snowshoeing in powder snow.

Then we will start to explore secret corners of the most beautiful Slovenian highlands Pokljuka. Snowshoeing expedition offers you a chance to visit places others cannot - in a traditional Slovenian way! This is a fun activity for everyone, as there are numerous different level routes in Triglav National Park.

Starting with a two hour snowshoeing taster and continuing with visiting an igloo village where you will have a chance to take a bite of a traditional Slovenian sausage Kranjska klobasa (Carniolian Sausage) with horseradish and fresh bread on the side, day 6 promises a full and active day in the mountains.

Before and/o or after farewell dinner at the hotel you will have free time to relax in the spa or walk around lake Bled.

Day 7 - Goodbye Slovenia

After breakfast you will be transferred to Ljubljana airport for your flight back home.

Slovenia, Central Europe

The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe. The national slogan of Slovenia used to be "On the Sunny Side of the Alps," which perfectly describes this little country that combines the Alps and the Mediterranean region, Pannonian plains and the Karst. The pure center of this region crossing country is clearly marked with a monument in Lower Slivna near the city of Vace. Slovenia's highest peak is Triglav (2,864 meters). Slovenia borders to Austria in the north, in the east to Hungary, Croatia to the south, and Italy to the west.

Its territory extends over 20,273 square kilometers which is about half of Switzerland. Many people like to compare it to Switzerland also because of the pure nature and extraordinary hospitality. They say that Slovenia is simply "Switzerland in miniature." Across Slovenia there are many pastures, gardens, orchards, and vineyards. Over half of the country is covered by forests which makes Slovenia the third most forested country in Europe, after Finland and Sweden.

Approximately 11 % of its territory is protected. The most important protected areas are the Triglav National Park, kocjanske caves, and Secovlje Salina and Cerknica which are classified as Ramsar wetlands. Slovenia is a land of incredible contrasts, allowing a wide range of activities: you can ski in the Alps, enjoy a refreshing bath in the thermal spa, learn about history in a lively medieval town or have a stroll in almost untouched forests or among breathtaking winegrowing hills.

Lake Bled

A world famous destination surrounded by mountains and with a fairytale caste perched on a cliff and a 17th century church on an island in the middle of the lake, it is an outstanding beautiful place. Renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base, a relaxing break or an active holiday.

Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj, this magnificent Kingdom of Zlatorog makes your heart leap in every season of the year. Enjoy the breathtaking views and the abundance of opportunities for active holidays in the mountains. Down the road lake Bled awaits you - a charming Alpine resort on the edge of the Julian Alps. It is world famous for its island with a church in the middle of the lake. Above the lake, on a cliff there is a medieval castle offering the best views of lake Bled and the surrounding Alpine peaks.

Vogel, Triglav National Park

Ski area Vogel is one of the best ski areas in Slovenia with a nice view to Mt. Triglav. The winter idyll and the warm rays of sunshine promise an unforgettable experience on the snowy slopes from December until the end of April. Vogel is a true paradise for skiing. Because Vogel lies on the first mountain barrier above the Adriatic Sea, substantially more snow falls here than anywhere else of similar altitude in the Alps. The extraordinary panoramas over the surrounding area makes skiing here very special.

Slovenian cuisine

Slovenian cuisine and its natural beauty should be a good enough reason to visit our beautiful country. Traditional Slovenian Cuisine is very diverse because Slovenia is a meeting place of culinary influences from the cuisines of the Mediterranean, the Pannonia plain, the Alps, and the Balkans Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, and even France. Because of this, along with different cultural influences throughout the centuries, we have created a unique variety of our own regional dishes.

Slovenia has 24 different culinary regions and each region has its own signature dish. Regions are not differing only in the configuration, but also in the composition of the soil, temperature, humidity, and windiness. For example, Karst (Kras) is the only region in Slovenia where you can find wind dried ham Prosciutto (prut) and the only place where you can get homemade olive oil is the Coast.

In the past, food in Slovenia was very modest people rarely ate meat and desserts they ate a lot of stews, potatoes, dairy dishes, porridges, etc. Richer dishes were only available for holidays such as Christmas and Easter. On holidays dinner tables were filled with traditional foods, such as pork or turkey, along with delicacies, such as smoked meats. Potica (nut bread), arkelj (raisin cake), and other freshly baked goods were eaten as well.

We should also mention St. Martin's Day is in November this is a time for celebrating the day when grape juice officially becomes new wine. Along with drinking wine, dishes such as roast goose or duck, sweet and sour cabbage, and mlinci may be eaten. Mlinci is a flat, thin dough that has been baked, broken up, covered with boiling water, drained, and then roasted with meat. Gibanica a layer cake with cottage cheese, walnuts, poppy seeds, and apples - may be eaten as well.

  • 3 ski passes for Vogel ski resort
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • English speaking profesional ski guide and instructor
  • Ski and snowshoeing equipment
  • Unlimited sauna and pool entrance in the Triglav hotel

Testimonials

  • Review by Samantha
    10 out of 10

    "We had the best time at our cooking class. Špela is a wonderful teacher and so welcoming. We had such a great time chatting and cooking with her. We take a cooking class wherever we travel and both agreed this was one of our favorite. Loved that she shared some family recipes with us - struklji was my favorite local dish - the one we made with Špela was the best I had all week (and I ate a lot of struklji while in Slovenia ;). The recipes really are possible to make back at home. In fact, I've already tried my hand at some and they've turned out great. We also really enjoyed sampling all her homemade liqueurs. If you are visiting Ljubljana definitely make sure you book a cooking class with Špela!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "We have done cooking classes around Europe and they are all different. We really enjoyed our class with Spela and were so glad she found time for us during the busy Christmas holidays. Our evening went very quickly - we enjoyed learning about traditional Slovenian food and the wine. The food we made was traditional but tasty and things we should be able to replicate at home with minor ingredient changes. While we have experience cooking I think this class is perfect for all levels; Spela makes cooking accessible and you also learn so much about Slovenia and its food culture. If you have time, you wouldn't miss a workshop with Spela."

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  • Review by Jabin K
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I joined this cooking class during our visit to Ljubljana, and had a fantastic night! The class not only provided instruction on making some delicious traditional dishes, but also was an insight into Slovenian culture. We had a great time with Špela, and particularly enjoyed trying her own handmade liqueurs. We would happily recommend to others, and would love to come back someday to do one of her countryside food and wine tours!"

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  • Review by Caoimhe C
    10 out of 10

    "We had an amazing evening learning, laughing and cooking with Špela! I would highly recommend this. Špela was so welcoming. The evening was so much fun, really relaxed but super organised and we made delicious Slovenian dishes. We had so many questions for Špela who was happy to talk to us at length and gave us lots of advice. We enjoyed sitting down eating our prepared meals and trying different Slovenian wines. Would do it again!"

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  • Review by James N
    10 out of 10

    "Špela made this class excellent! After we reserved our class she was great at communicating with us to make sure we knew what to expect and to ensure our preferences were noted. We arrived on time to find a smiling and welcoming Špela ready for us. She sat us down, and went over the menu while we munched on delicious, traditional starters. After that we all got busy. Our two boys (age 13 and 10) loved working with her (as we all did!). Everything we cooked was amazing and Špela was great about showing us how to do something and letting us do it. "

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    "We have taken 5 cooking classes in 4 different countries, and our kids loved the class with Špela the most! She treated them wonderfully and was willing to let them participate fully. We will come back and plan to take cooking classes with her again, as well as her other options. "

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    "Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and don't forget your camera!"

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  • Review by Mike R from United States
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I signed up for a cooking class while I was working in Ljubljana. We met Spela and we felt like we were friends for a long time. The class was professional and fun at the same time. I love cooking and she taught us some Slovenian traditional dishes. I loved the mashed potato dumplings, everything was so good. When I got back to States I cooked this dish for friend. I highly recommend going to one of these classes. You will have fun and learn to cook new dishes. Spela is a great chef."

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