8 Days Forest to Table Culinary Vacation in Slovenia

  • Antiq Hotel, Gornji trg 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Culinary Holiday in Slovenia

Slovenias rich culinary history has its roots firmly planted in both Italian and Austrian fare. The cooking portion of the tour will focus on organic farm (and forest) to table cuisine with an emphasis on seasonality and sustainability. At the Novak Lodge, the group will work with the freshest ingredients available from the river, the forest and backyard garden. In addition to the cooking classes there will be plenty of time for day trips to nearby towns, castles, and vineyards, before returning to the warm hearth and comfort of the lodge in the evening.


  • 2 wine tastings
  • 4 cooking classes
  • Mushroom hunt and foraging
  • Daily breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Restaurant trips
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Antiq Hotel, Llubljana

Romantic, comfortable, intimate, charming, uniquely designed. Nestled in the pedestrian zone in the quiet part of the historical city centre, at the foot of the Castle Hill, it is part of the sweetest areas of the Ljubljana old town. It offers buffet breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity covers the whole place, even the hotel garden. The Antiq Hotel has 16 rooms and a number of conference facilities suitable for small sized groups.

Novak Lodge, Krka Valley

A lodge in Sadinja, a village over the Krka river. Spacious rooms, lush garden, traditional barn and hayrack, and a tennis court nearby. Located about 45 minutes drive from Llubljana.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Dobrodosli!
  • Settle in at the Antiq Hotel after arriving to Ljubljana.
  • We'll meet for cocktails and introductions along the river before heading out to one of the citys best restaurants.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour and free time

  • We'll start the day off with a guided walking tour of Ljubljana with its dazzling hilltop castle and emerald green river, followed by a free afternoon to enjoy the shops and sidewalk cafes.
  • We'll gather again in the evening for a dinner of traditional Slovenian fare.

Day 3: Sightseeing trips, restaurant trip, pastry shop

  • We'll head to the Novak Lodge by way of the picturesque Julian Alps.
  • Our first stop, Skopia Loka, is one of Slovenias best-preserved medieval towns.
  • After walking the narrow, cobblestone streets, we'll lunch on regional specialties at a centuries-old restaurant with its rustic charm.
  • Then tour Lake Bled with its castle and famous pastry shops.

Day 4: Sightseeing trip and wine tasting

  • Predjama castle, nestled into a hillside, is our first stop on the way to Slovenias most famous wine region, Nova Gorica.
  • We'll have lunch at an acclaimed restaurant before a wine tasting at a local vineyard.
  • Then we'll cross the border into Italy and visit Trieste, perched on the Adriatic.
  • Enjoy the coffeehouses and wander the streets.

Day 5: Excursion, cooking class, wine tasting

  • Visit Sticna Abbey, the oldest monastery in the country, before heading to Otecec castle for lunch.
  • An afternoon cooking class will be followed by dinner with wine pairing.

Day 6: Mushroom hunt, cooking class, free time

  • We'll begin our day with a mushroom hunt in the forest.
  • Then gather in the kitchen to make the fruits of our labor into an inviting meal.
  • The afternoon will be full of optional activities: hiking, cooking or visiting the nearby spa town of Dolenjske Toplice.
  • Dinner.

Day 7: Excursions

  • Today we'll explore the Eastern part of Slovenia with a visit to the Pleterje Monastary with its 19th century village museum.
  • It will be followed by an afternoon cooking class and our farewell dinner featuring fresh trout from the Krka river, prepared 4 ways, accompanied by regional wines and homemade aperitifs.

Day 8: Departure

  • After a final breakfast together, return to either Ljubljana airport or train station.

Slovenia, nestled between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, has been getting a lot of attention lately from savvy travelers. With its medieval villages, storybook castles, cosmopolitan cities, and lush green forest, theres something for everyone. After a few days in the picturesque capital of Ljubljana, the group will move on to the Krka Valley with its rolling hills, charming villages and farmhouses.

  • 7 nights accommodations with breakfast (2 nights in Ljubljana and 5 nights at the Novak Lodge)
  • All ground transportation after arriving at Ljubljana hotel
  • All group activities, cooking classes and meals, except for lunch in Ljubljana on day 2


  • Review by Lisa from Mexico

    "This was the best cooking class I've ever taken. The food we prepared was delicious and easy to make, the market tour was fascinating and full of historical details, and the day changed how I understand Mexican cuisine. My mother and I took the class together, and we loved Kris's style of teaching and how knowledgeable she is about food, San Miguel, and Mexican culture. The best part was that I can really imagine making these recipes again. I hope to take other courses in the future."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "Kris Rudolph was incredible and her knowledge of Mexico's cuisine was amazing and the history of the country and her wonderful shared anecdotes were priceless. Her hands on cooking approach was just what I wanted, I actually learned how to prepare a great Mexican meal for my friends.Her home and authentic kitchen were perfect and memorable."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "My husband and I wanted to take a class especially to learn how to make mole. Kris and La Cocina offered this on Thursdays but since Kris was going to be out on the Thursday we were in town, she kindly changed her schedule to Friday. Not only is she accommodating, she is very knowledgeable about Mexican cooking (and other cuisines) and all the ingredients. There were only 3 of us in the class and we had great fun preparing, learning and best of all...eating. Thank you, Kris, for a memorable cooking experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "My party of four just had a wonderful day with Kris, learning new recipes and more about Mexican food and cooking. Kris is charming, approachable and informative and we enjoyed the company of three other, friendly students. We started with a terrific tour of the colorful food market bursting with fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables. We stopped at a few stalls to sample unusual ingredients and to purchase items we would use later to make our exceptionally tasty lunch. I have been coming to San Miguel for several years now, but I learned many new things about the town and food market from Kris, who cheerfully answered all our questions. Then we cabbed over to her cooking school, where we enjoyed a hands on cooking lesson in her well laid out kitchen and lunch, margaritas and dessert in her lovely dining room. We learned about seasoning molcajetes and cazuelas, toasting tomatillos and peppers, while tasting, chopping, grinding, toasting and laughing all along the way. I highly recommend this super fun and informative experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "My husband and I have been able to do quite a bit of traveling in the past few years, and we have discovered that taking a cooking class, especially one that takes you to the local markets with the leader andante their home is a perfect way to "get behind the doors" and into local homes. We were lucky to be introduced to chef, Kris Rudolph, eat at her home for a private meal and then comeback for a cooking class at La Cocina. We joined two other people and found Kris an excellent teacher as well as a warm hostess. What we especially liked was that our class was not just a demonstration, although Kris did a great job of demonstrating techniques, but was definitely hands-on, which we have found is the best way to learn. I was able to take photos, which always helps me remember key steps, and the recipes provided were easy to follow. Eating with Kris and the others in her lovely dining room was an added bonus as we discussed the news of the day while enjoying the fruits of our labors. Thanks, Kris. Look forward to seeing you north of the border!"

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  • Review by Lennie S.

    "If you are looking for some inspiration for cooking I would highly recommend this cooking school and experience. The setting was in the chefs Mexican Casa in the heart of a beautiful San Miguel de Allende which itself is a beautiful world heritage sight in the center of Mexico. The chef had cooking talent as well as the skills to encourage people to try cooking things they had never done before. she provided recipes and was very organized. She put a lot of effort into making the experience a successful one. She was filled with all sorts of historical information about Mexican food and its origins. We had hands on experience in her kitchen and also dined on our creations in her beautiful dining room. If you go to San Miguel de Allende this is a must do experience. If you are looking to learn to cook this is one instructor and chef you should arrange sometime with."

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  • Review by Karen McDonnell

    "Last month my husband and I joined good friends for a terrific cooking class at La Cocina with chef, Kris Rudolph. Our cooking group was lively and fun - everyone was invited to participate in the preparation of a "Traditional Mexican Cuisine" dinner, which was absolutely delicious! Ms. Rudolph's expertise and charm are exceptional. I could not recommend her cooking school more highly."

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Arrival: Saturday September 23, 2017
Departure: Saturday September 30, 2017

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