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5 Days Exceptional Private Wine and Dine Holiday in Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Gastronomy and Wine Tour in Slovenia

This wine tour is tailored for those who love wine and would like to know more about Slovenian terroir and wine. Get to know best Slovenia's winemakers and their wines. Enjoy superb Slovenian gastronomy of different Slovenian wine regions. Join the Wine Tour of Slovenia as a self-drive tour or private guided tour. The highlight of the tour is wine tastings of exceptional Slovenian wines from West Slovenia and a visit of medieval towns of Goče, Šmartno, Štanjel, Škocjan caves - UNESCO World Heritage and capital Ljubljana. Prepare your taste buds for an amazing experience!

Meet the instructors

Mojca
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Highlights

  • All inclusive - no hidden extra costs
  • A personalized and unforgettable experience
  • A wonderful blend of the major sites and delightful places
  • The selection of premium restaurants and farmhouses with carefully chosen menus
  • Leisurely pace and there is ample free time for your own explorations daily
  • The best accommodation located at the sightseeing or historic districts
  • High-quality service - a great choice for private tour travel
  • Exceptional native tour managers and local guides

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4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

You will stay two nights in Ljubljana and another two nights in Brda. The accomodation is at the wine estates, lovely tourist farms or bnb in Ljubljana. All accomodations provide private bathroom.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Slovenia

Overnight: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Transfer to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Ljubljana is the sparkling capital of Slovenia. After you will settle in the hotel, you will have a walk through the old town, highlighted by the works of Slovenian's greatest architect, Jože Plečnik.

There will be also time to enjoy and explore on your own. Enjoy Ljubljana's beautiful historic center, contained within a sprawling pedestrian zone that flanks both sides of the willow-lined Ljubljanica River, with animated cafés and restaurants, magnificent Baroque buildings and bridges.

Dinner at the nice restaurant with great food.

Day 2: Vipava valley, Slovenia

Overnight: Brda, Slovenia

Drive to Vipava valley after breakfast to enjoy your first wine tasting of the day. The medieval town of Vipava and its surrounding areas are the focus on the first day of the wine tour in West Slovenia. This charming medieval valley is known for its indigenous grape varieties: Pinela, Zelen and Klarnica that will be on wine menu also during your first wine tasting of the tour.

A privately guided visit to the picturesque stone village of Goče where the charming owner of a well-preserved traditional estate will prepare an unforgettable culinary experience of local food accompanied by wine degustation. While you dine and wine, the splendid view over the valley will make you reluctant to leave.

Dinner and overnight in Goriska Brda wine region.

Day 3: Goriška Brda, Slovenia

Overnight: Brda, Slovenia

Goriška Brda is Slovenia's most famous wine district. Its idyllic landscape, nestled halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, an abundance of beauties, and extreme winemakers are a true wine attraction. The day starts with a relaxing humming, meditation, and pleasure at the BeeKeeping tourist farm in Brda. You will have a tour of beekeeping and taste various products in the apiary for apitherapy. A perfect, healthy beginning of the day!

The day continues to the wine cellar of excellent wines where we will enjoy the harmony of wines accompanied by delicious food prepared by the winemaker and his family. Later in the day, you will do some olive oil tasting and enjoy local delicates. During the day, you will have time to visit the Gonjače lookout tower offering a superb view over the

endless vineyards, cherry orchards, and olive trees. You will also visit Smartno, walled settlement filled with narrow streets and artisan shops selling seasonal local food and crafts.

The dinner with a second wine tasting of the day will be served at another premium Slovenian wine estate. Prepare your taste buds to enjoy the premium Slovenian wines. Sleepover in Brda, an idyllic landscape, nestled halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, with an abundance of beauties, attractions, and experiences.

Day 4: Karst, Slovenia,

Overnight: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Departure after breakfast and making your way towards Karst plateau. Wine tasting of premium wines of the Karst wine region, where the dominant wine varieties are Vitovska, a white wine, and Teran, a red wine. The introduction of Karst wine region will be at the Prosciutto drying facility to taste the fine Karst prosciutto accompanied by dark red indigenous wine Teran, rich with the bivalent iron.

Visiting Štanjel and taking the glimpse into the history, while walking around the picturesque hill village with rows of stone houses. The preserved Štanjel medieval architecture is an excellent example of how people used to protect themselves against the harsh climate, especially the strong bora wind in winter and the lack of water in summer.

After lunch visit of a poet among winemakers. He is famous for his orange wines, predicates, and his philosophy of natural winemaking. Enjoy the world of tastes the way nature produces and later proceed to the undergrounds of significant Skocjan caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These spectacular caves are home to the world’s largest known underground river canyon and a natural phenomenon of global importance.

Arrival to Ljubljana and wrap-up fine dinner.

Day 5: Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check - out
  • Private transfer to Ljubljana or any other airport

Included excursions

Places to be visited

  • Ljubljana
  • Vipava valley wine region
  • Goriška Brda wine region
  • Karst wine region and Štanjel
  • Škocjan caves - UNESCO World Heritage

Wine tasting tour

Some of the wines tasted will be of bio-dynamic production. The tour also includes a tasting of sparkling wines.

Suggested Wine varietals tasted during the tour: Muscat Blanc, Sauvignonasse, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Refosco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Muscat, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris.

Local varietals: Zelen, Klarnica, Vitovska grganja, Teran, Malvazija, Ribolla Gialla, and Pinela.

Instructors

Mojca Cvetek

Location

During the tour, you will visit three wine subregions of Slovenia: Vipava valley, Brda and Karst. All of them are not crowded, have excellent wines and beautiful unspoilt nature and kind, local people.

The tour starts and ends in Ljubljana.

Food

Meal highlights

  • Daily breakfast and meals as stated
  • 3 wine tastings
  • 3 lunches with wine pairing/tasting
  • 3 dinners with wine pairing/tasting
  • Final dinner

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

  • 3 wine tastings
  • 3 lunches with wine pairing/tasting
  • 3 dinners with wine pairing/tasting
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and meals as stated
  • Each day new experience
  • Entrance to the underground cave
  • Final dinner
  • Full-time English speaking driver/private guide throughout the whole trip
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Ljubljana Airport (LJU)
  • Special wine gift at the end of the tour
  • The organization of the tour
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Van for the whole tour
  • Visit of the beekeeper

What's not included

  • Airport transfer if different than Ljubljana airport
  • Any other expense not included in the program
  • For self-drive: Full-time English speaking driver/private guide throughout the whole trip
  • Gratuities
  • Personal spending
  • Roundtrip international flights

How to get there

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Airport: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport Airport transfer included: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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