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11 Days Walk, Dine, and Wine Vacation in Slovenia

1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Wine and Culinary Vacation Slovenia

Wine, Dine, and Walk Slovenia is for those who have a passion for fine wine and cuisine and would like to visit beautiful natural spots of Slovenia. This tour, besides tasting the best Slovenian wines, includes superb culinary experiences with authentic food of different Slovenian regions and fabulous local specialties in recommended off-the-beaten-track restaurants. You will visit Ljubljana, Cerknica Lake, Kriška Jama, Vipava and Karst wine region, Brda, and more! Enjoy Slovenia and experience the freedom of life in the mountains and on the river. Enjoy Slovenian local food and taste fine Slovenian wine!

Meet the instructors

Mojca
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Highlights

  • Wine host throughout the whole trip
  • Wine tastings at premium winemakers
  • Taste at least 5 wines at each wine cellar
  • Eat in the top Slovenian restaurants or tourist farms
  • Explore the best of Slovenia
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Daily meals

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10 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

The accommodations and restaurants depend on availability at the time of booking. You will stay in double rooms with bathroom.

On day 1 and 2, you will stay at BnB or 3 starts Hotel in the city center of Ljubljana. The rooms included in the price are double en suite bedrooms.

On day 3, you will stay at BnB Tourist farm or in the small hotel with 10 room in the Karst wine Region, close to the hilltop stone town Stanjel. On day 4, you will move to Vipava wine region and according to the availability and wishes you can choose among small family run hotel, tourist farm at the top of the hill with the beautiful view and option to take a morning hike to "Otlisko window"or at one of the wine estates.

On day 5, you will stay in Brda wine region at the wine estate. On day 6, you will stay in Trenta valley the valley of the beautiful Soca river. You will stay at hotel in Bovec or you can choose to stay at the charming holiday village built in the old style of the region, surrounded by mountains .

On day 7 and 8, you will stay at Bohinj lake. There are plenty tourist farms offering comfortable accommodation for nature lovers. Besides you can choose also to stay at the hotel or renovated mountain hut. On day 9 and 10, you will overnight at the small spa resort in Kamnik town or BnB in Skofja loka town if you skip the spa.

Program

During your tour, you will visit Slovenia’s award-winning boutique wine cellars. You will also enjoy local food in recognized off-the-beaten-track restaurants and explore Slovenia's underground, mountains, lakes, pastures. By request Wine, Dine, and Walk Slovenia tour can also include a day trip to Venice. The itinerary can be adjusted according to your wishes. Send an inquiry to Enjoy Slovenia and tell them about your wishes and needs regarding your active Slovenia tour.

The program is a kind of wine, fine dine, and walking experience in Slovenia. It is for those who love nature, who enjoy when being in the nature, listening to the birds singing, and just feeling the spirituality of the beautiful mountains. Each day you will eat in lovely tourist farms, restaurants with stories, places that serve very nice local food or at the restaurant with top chef of 2017 Ana Ros.

One day you will enjoy your lunch at 2,000 meters surrounded by pastures with cows. Next day you will enjoy your lunch at the restaurant where also the ex-president of Yugoslavia, Tito, used to dine. You will visit the winecellars whose wines are served at the White House, Buckingham Palace, the restaurants of Allain Duccasee.

In each wine cellar, you will meet the winemaker or a member of their family and enjoy their premium lines of wine. You will hear the philosophy of orange, natural wine production, and taste from the bottle or the barrel. This is a tour for lovers of fine dinning, wine tasting, and those who enjoy nature.

Day 1: Arrival to Slovenia

  • Overnight: Bed and breakfast or hotel in Ljubljana
  • Dinner: charming restaurant with fine, fresh local food in Ljubljana

Arrival to Ljubljana and welcome dinner in the restaurant with fine Slovenian food.

Day 2: Wine tasting tour to Bizeljsko wine region

  • Overnight: Bed and breakfast or hotel in Ljubljana
  • Dinner: charming restaurant with fine, fresh local food in Ljubljana

The Slovenia tour will start with a wine tasting of local wine varietal Cviček (that has a very low alco level and is considered wine for diabetes) and sparkling wines in a beautiful wine cellar of Krakovo. The day will continue to the second winery, where you will enjoy an exceptional wine degustation. This remarkable winemaker takes care with his family for cca 7 hectares of vineyards with about 24 thousand vines and 20 varieties of grapes.

Their amazing property is special for the amphitheater position of the vineyards which ensures constant temperatures during the summer months. The host has received accolades and commendations for his wines from all around the world, including the Tokyo Imperial Palace and US White House etc. Here you’ll also discover the “repnice” wine cellars. These underground pits are manually dug into the million-years-old quartz sand. In between the two wine tastings, you will enjoy a lunch of local dishes. By request, it is also possible to organize a short visit to Sevnica, the birthplace of Melania Trump. Dinner in Ljubljana.

Day 3: Križna Cave and Cerknica Lake

  • Lunch: Tourist farm in Karst wine region
  • Dinner: at the accommodation
  • Overnight: Tourist farm or family run hotel in Karst wine region

In the morning, departure to Cerknica Lake. The day will begin with a four-hour visit of Križna Cave. The tour is only for eight persons maximum. During your four-hour visit on foot and by boat, you will enjoy the beauties of the underground world.

After lunch at the local farm, you will have three to four hours of a nature walk with a naturalist guide. During the botanic walk around Cerknica Lake, you will observe wet meadow plants, birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. Dinner will be served at the accommodation of the day.

Day 4: Activities in the Karst wine region

  • Lunch: local tourist farm
  • Dinner: at the accommodation
  • Overnight: tourist farm, family run hotel or wine estate in Vipava or Karst

Waking up in a small village in the middle of the Karst wine region. Breakfast of fresh local, homegrown products will be served. After breakfast, you will start exploring and enjoying the beauties and tastes of the Karst wine region. But it is not only about wine!

You will visit "Pepa's garden", stopping at the farm, producing herbal liquors. After lunch, you will continue exploring and learning about Karst handcraft - stone-cutting presentation and workshop where you will make your own souvenir out of the Karst stone.

In 2009, Pepa's Karst Garden received a top rating and a gold medal in the category of small gardens at the horticultural exhibition Hampton Court Place Flower Show, which is the second most important horticultural event in the world.

But this is not the last artistic activity of the day. In the afternoon, you will visit "a wine poet", an artist among winemakers. A winemaker, producing premium wines, among them also orange wines. You will taste indigenous wines of Karst wine region - Teran, Terrranum (vintage 2006) and Vitovska, and other international varieties and predicates - of course, accompanied by local cold cuts.

Satisfied after a day full of Karst flavors, you will head to Vipava, your next stop, where you will have dinner at the accommodation. If there is time, you can have a short walk in the hilltop village of Stanjel and a visit to the Ferrari garden. Stanjel is on your way from Karst to Vipava.

Day 5: Vipava Valley wine region

  • Lunch: Goče
  • Dinner: at the accommodation
  • Overnight: wine state in Brda wine region

If you stay at Sinji Vrh, then you will start the day with a 1.5-hour panoramic walk. After morning relaxation, you will head to the very small stone village with approximately 75 wine cellars. The village is more or less empty with one very big exception. Your host has a lovely small restaurant. He will give you a tour of the village and show his wine cellar, where you will taste his wine. Here you will also have a delightful lunch, overlooking the Vipava Valley.

In the afternoon, you will visit another exceptional wine cellar in Vipava Valley, where you will enjoy your wine tasting with a winemaker who will take you through his / her philosophy of wine tasting and together you will enjoy his / her wines.

Since you will be already in the northern part of Vipava, you will have a short 40-minute drive to the most famous wine region of Slovenia - Goriška Brda. Brda will be introduced from the lookout tower and, in the evening, it will be time to taste some local specialties accompanied by fine Slovenian wine.

Day 6: Optional trip to Venice

Optional visit to Venice and the itinerary continues with day 7 to Bovec and Alpe Adria trail or white water activities in Bovec.

Day 6: Alpe Adria trail from Bovec to Trenta (finish in Trenta)

  • Lunch: at camp on the Alpe-Aria trail - not included in the price
  • Dinner: at the accommodation
  • Overnight: Bovec

After breakfast, you will have a short drive to Bovec. Bovec offers a variety of activities so you can choose among white water activities like rafting, kayaking, hydrospeed, canoeing on the Soca river, or walking the Alpe Adria trail, which takes six hours with no stops for lunch and photography (otherwise approx. eight hours of easy walking on the well-marked path). You will enjoy the beautiful Soca River gorge. You will have lunch by the trail or an easy hike in the Krnska Lakes

Dinner will be served at the accommodation. If booked well in advance the dinner will be held in Hisa Franko, whose chef Ana Ros has been named as The World's Best Female Chef 2017 ahead of The World's 50 Best Restaurants. Please send an inquiry to consult before you book.

Day 7: Vršič, Kranjska Gora, Lake Bohinj

  • Lunch: Kranjska Gora
  • Dinner: Bohinj lake
  • Overnight: hotel, mountain hut or BnB in Bohinj lake

After breakfast, you will leave Trenta Valley, the valley of the emerald Soča River. You will drive up to Vršič, one of the most scenic alpine road passes. With an elevation of 1,611 meters, it is the highest pass in Slovenia. Upon interest, there will be a chance for a short walk to the top of Vršič (an easy, pleasant half an hour walk with the breathtaking views) - depending on the snow condition.

You will continue with a picturesque drive down to Gorenjska Region, stopping to build "možicelj“ of your own. At the lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora, you will have a shortstop for a coffee break before lunch in Kranjska Gora. On the way to Bohinj, you will pass Jesenice, the town of steel and hockey (Anže Kopitar, playing in LA Kings, NHL). The afternoon is free to enjoy in Bohinj. An easy walk around Bohinj Lake takes three to four hours). Dinner in Bohinj.

Day 8: Bohinj Lake and hiking

  • Lunch: at the mountain hut or lunch package
  • Dinner: Bohinj lake
  • Overnight: same as day 7

Depending on the weather, you will hike one of the beautiful peaks or the mountains around Bohinj Lake in order to get a magnificent view over the lake. There are numerous options so you will choose one according to your wishes and weather conditions.

Day 9: Bled Lake, Radovljica, and Kamnik

  • Lunch: Radovljica
  • Dinner: Kamnik or Škofja Loka
  • Overnight: Spa in Kamnik or BnB Škofja Loka

From Bohinj, you will drive to Bled, where you will visit the castle and admire the lake with the island in the middle. Optional is a Pletna drive to Bled Island and ring the bell of wishes - who knows? maybe your wish will come true, it is worth to try.

You will stop at the Bee tourist farm close to Bled, where you will find out more about beekeeping tradition in Slovenia, taste different bee products, visit an api room. You will have lunch in a beautiful Radovljica town in the old family run restaurant where the ex-president of Yugoslavia, Tito in the 1970s, has been dined. You will head to Kamnik, where you will have a free afternoon and rest in the spa.

Day 10: Kamnik and Velika Planina Big Pasture Plateau

  • Lunch: Velika Planina
  • Dinner: Kamnik
  • Overnight: Kamnik

In the morning, you will visit Velika Planinga Big Pasture Plateau with electric bikes. The activity will take approximately four hours. During your electric bike tour, you will also enjoy a lunch of products of Velika Planina. In the afternoon, you will visit a Craft Brewery and taste different types of beer. The host will guide you through the process of creating this liquid gold. In the evening, there will be time to relax and take wellness time in the spa of Kamnik.

Day 11

Departure.

Included excursions

During your 11 days exploring Slovenia, you will visit Ljubljana, Cerknica Lake, Kriška Jama, Vipava and Karst wine region, Brda, Bovec and Soča Emerald River, Kranjska Gora, Bohinj, Bled, Kamnik, and Škofja Loka.

Instructors

Mojca Cvetek

Location

Slovenia extends in the area of 20,273 square kilometers, positioned in Central Europe. It lies in the crossland of four geographical units: the Pannonian on the East, the Dinaric Alps on the South, the Adriatic sea on the East, and the Alps on the North.

In 2017, there were 21,000 hectares of vineyard area whereas 99.3% is dedicated to quality wine. Annually, 2,550 winemakers produce some 0.7 million hectoliters of wine. The most of wine produced in Slovenia are white wine, taking up 70% of all the production. The steep growing terrain in Slovenia promotes manual harvesting practices over mechanical for most of Slovenia’s vineyards.

Slovenia is also home to the oldest vine in the world, that is over 400 years old. It survived Ottoman raids, phylloxera, and both World Wars. In Maribor, a traditional harvesting event of the Oldest Vine in the world is yearly organized, planted between 1500 to 1600. Grapes are pressed, vinified, and put in 0.25-liter bottles.

Wine is very much a part of Slovenian everyday life and folklore. Annual consumption of wine is over 40 liters per capita, which places Slovenia among the top five wine-drinking countries. However, most of the population is a cultural drinker, enjoying quality wines.

Food

This tour includes 10 dinners and lunch on 7 days. Some days you will stay at bed and breakfasts, depending on availability. You will eat very nice local menus in the top Slovenian restaurants or tourist farms on the way (some include also wine pairing).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

Things to do (optional)

You can also book a Venice tour during your stay as well as a hike to Krnska Lakes or water sports activities in Bovec.

What's included

  • Transportation in air-conditioned mini-van
  • 10 nights accommodation as stated in the itinerary (double rooms with bathroom)
  • All the meals stated in the itinerary
  • Full-time English speaking driver / private guide = wine host throughout the whole trip
  • Wine tastings at premium winemakers as stated in the itinerary (minimum 5 wines at each wine cellar)
  • Local tour guides as stated in the itinerary
  • Activities as stated
  • Wellness in the spa in Kamnik (please book in advance)
  • All entrances as stated in the itinerary
  • Organization
  • Taxes and service charges

What's not included

  • Extra program: Venice tour
  • Extra program: hike to Krnska Lakes or water sports activities in Bovec
  • Personal spending
  • Fuel
  • Tips
  • Airport transfer if different than Ljubljana airport
  • Air ticket

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport (LJU). For a shuttle fro other airports than Ljubljana please contact the organizer .

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

The prices shown are per person for private tours.

  • For 2 or 3 persons: 3,840 EUR 
  • For 4 or 5 persons: 3,780 EUR
  • For 6 to 8 persons: 3,375 EUR

The single supplement is 300 EUR per person.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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