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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 in English
Spoken languages: 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.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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