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8 Days Winter Fairytale Cooking Holiday in Slovenia

  • Hotel Triglav, Kolodvorska 33, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

8 Days Winter Fairytale Cooking Holiday in Slovenia

  • Hotel Triglav, Kolodvorska 33, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Cookery Holidays in Slovenia

Slovenia is an undiscovered gem in the middle of Europe. Even though it is a small country, it has a lot to offer. You will be amazed by the diversity, cleanliness, nature, and kind people. This is a hands-on culinary experience where you can get your hands dirty or just watch as we prepare a feast! This vacation is ideal for foodies, local cuisine aficionados, couples looking for a different food experience, basically anyone who likes good food. Be enchanted by the picturesque castles, lakes, and valleys. Visit a farmhouse, make cheese, and taste gourmet delicacies that will make you want for more. Make your dream a reality, visit Slovenia.

Highlights

  • 4 cooking workshops
  • Wine tasting with a professional sommelier, honey beer tasting
  • Gingerbread making, cheese making, Beekeeping Education Centre tour
  • Distillery visit with tasting of 20 flavors, Apicultural & gingerbread museum visit
  • Visit Eko-farm, Bled castle, and snowshoeing at the Triglav National Park
  • Welcome dinner accompanied with selected wines
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 four-course dinners
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 4 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.

Day 1: Arrival, welcome dinner

Arrival in Slovenia

Our guide will meet you at the airport (Ljubljana) and drive you to the Triglav Bled hotel.

Youll have the time to settle into your fantastic accommodation, walk around the lake or relax at the hotel spa, 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 fairytale week with welcome dinner accompanied by Slovenian wines.

Day 2: Excursions, cooking class, free time

Bled Island - Bled Castle - Lake Bled

The tour starts right after breakfast.

With a traditional pletna boat, we will take you to Bled Island - the only island in Slovenia.

The lake is surrounded by lush green mountains.

The most recognizable symbol of the lake is the Church of the Assumption with its long and diverse history.

On the island you we will teach you how to make Walnut Potica (traditional Slovenian dessert).

You will also have time to explore the island and even ring the wishing bell, which has been ringing over Lake Bled since 1534.

In the afternoon we will have lunch and after that we will visit the medieval Bled Castle perched on a sheer cliff high above Lake Bled and admire the views of the Lake.

Bled Castle is one of the most spectacular castles in Slovenia.

For dessert you have to try Kremnita - traditional Bled custard cream cake.

Followed by free time and dinner at the Hotel.

Day 3: Excursions, cooking class, cheese-maker visit, cheese-making class

Bohinj Valley - Triglav National Park - Eko-farm

On your third day we will take a trip to Bohinj valley, which is situated in Triglav National Park and surrounded with Alps.

Bohinj is one of the most popular excursion destinations. Bohinj Lake is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia famous for extremely clear water.

We will take you to a typical mountain village.

Your lunch will be served in one of the oldest farmhouses with an architectural design peculiar for Bohinj region and one of the rare houses in which it is still possible to start an open fire in the hearth of the black kitchen where we will teach how to make buckwheat ganci with cracklings.

After lunch we will visit an Eko-farm and teach you how to make cheese.

Firstly you will be greeted by the cheese-maker and his wife with a short aperitif that will smooth you into the cheese-making procedure.

You will learn the history of traditional cheese making in Bohinj valley and taste different kinds of cheese, before you will know it you will be the one wearing an apron, cutting, stirring and pouring the cheesy-milk-substance and tasting your product - young cheese.

Dinner will be served back at the Hotel.

Day 4: Beekeeping center tour, gingerbread making, distillery visit, wine tasting

Gorenjska - Radovljica

Tasting of alcoholic beverages

Slovenia has centuries-old tradition of Beekeeping and therefore we will visit a Beekeeping Education Centre of Gorenjska.

Prepare to be intrigued by the painted beehive panels, the modern beekeeping methods, and by the autochthonous Carniolan honey bee.

You will taste honey specialties and honey beer.

We will take you to Radovljica - its Old Town is one of best preserved medieval town structures in Slovenia - and to its sweet Apicultural and Gingerbread museum.

The latter will be our stop point for a longer time as you will be guided not only through the family heritage and history, but also into making the traditional Lectar Gingerbread hearts.

Gingerbread making involves the shaping of delicious pastry from honey dough.

You will be warmly welcomed to a gingerbread workshop, where bright red gingerbread hearts are still made in the traditional manner.

Lunch will be served in the oldest restaurant in Radovljica Lectarjev Hram, which has a rich culinary tradition.

Our hearts will be furthermore warmed up by visiting a small family-owned distillery, near the Austrian-Slovenian border.

Many of the ingredients used in the distillery range are picked from the surrounding mountains.

You will have a chance to try around 20 different taste of flavors.

Dinner at the Hotel.

Day 5: Excursions, free time

Ljubljana

If good things come in small packages, then Ljubljana is the ultimate European city in miniature.

Crowned by a hilltop castle, it is a chocolate box of cobbled streets, architectural gems and welcoming locals. Ljubljana is one of the smallest European capitals and surely one of the prettiest.

We will take you to a relaxed sigh-seeing tour.

Lunch will be served at Ljubljana castle restaurant Gostilna na Gradu.

You will also have enough free time to go shopping, have coffee, etc.

Dinner at the Hotel.

Day 6: Excursions, cooking class, wine tasting

Triglav National Park

This 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, day 6 promises a full day in the mountains.

Culinary workshop, wine tasting

To round up your day in the nature, we will teach you how to prepare a delicious 4 course Slovenian meal accompanied with different Slovenian wines.

Our experienced sommelier, in the romantic surrounding of the wine cellar, will share the secrets of appropriate food & wine pairing. Be sure to listen to our experts.

As for the dinner - you will eat your tasty creations in the company of selected wines.

Day 7: Excursions, farewell dinner

Kranjska Gora

Slovenia is famous for winter sports. We will visit the world famous ski jump resort Planica.

Later we have a short stop by Nature Reserve Zelenci.

After this beauty we will continue the road to Kranjska gora, a fairyland with small alpine houses, surrounded with a ski resort.

In a pleasant family owned restaurant, we will have a lunch with traditional local dishes.

We will also stop at Kranjska Gora Lake for a souvenir photo next to a bronze Goldhorn statue - Goldhorn is believed to be the guardian of Julian Alps.

A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the 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. It lies in Spodnja Slivna near 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 the crag overlooking a 17th century church on an island, 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

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 applesmay be eaten as well.

  • All culinary workshops and tastings
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance to Bled Castle
  • Ljubljana funicular fare and entrance to Ljubljana Castle sightseeing tower
  • Pletna ride fare to Bled Island
  • Snowshoeing equipment
  • Unlimited sauna and pool entrance

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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