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The program is intended for foodies as well as all for those who, apart from the beauty of Slovenia, would like to discover various Slovenian specialties and wine delights. Throughout this tour, you will visit four different Slovenian regions. You will be informed with the differences between wines as to the region, and by tasting local delights to get the impression of diverse regions of Slovenia despite its small size.
Throughout the 6-day tour, you will stay in small, quality hotels.
Following your arrival, you will visit the lovely Ljubljana in the afternoon for approximately two hours. Later on, you can enjoy a delicious dinner with 8-course menu in the city, tasting the world of culinary art by world-renowned Slovenian chef. Then, you can rest for the night at a four-star boutique hotel in the city.
The capital city of Stajerska region is Maribor, which hosts a vineyard in the city and the oldest vine in the world. The most famous wine varieties from this area are laški riesling, sipon, renski riesling, chardonnay, and pinot blanc. Today, after having breakfast, you will also visit the oldest Roman town in Slovenia, Ptuj. Another wine tasting destination for today will be a mansion of top quality wines where wine tasting of renowned boutique wines of Štajerska will take place. The day ends after a 5-course menu dinner in the innovative Štajerska restaurant. Then, you will return to your hotel in Ljubljana.
The leading vine variety of the Istria region are refošk (red wine) and malvazija (white dry wine). Additionally, there are internationally recognized varieties such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, and syrah. After having breakfast, you are going to visit a Venetian town, Piran, which is situated in the gulf of Piran, a part of Adriatic Sea. Here, you will enjoy a delicious dinner in a family-run restaurant where fish specialties are served. Afterwards, you will visit a renowned, top quality wine producer in this area. You will stay overnight in a unique accommodation in Vipava or Goriska Brda in a lovely boutique family house.
Vipava is located in western Slovenia. Old autochthonous vine varieties pinela and zelen (white dry wines) are characteristic of the region. The tour in Vipava, which starts after you have breakfast, also includes a visit to natural and cultural heritage and renowned winemaker, famous for quality wines and hospitality. In the afternoon / evening, you will visit a manor of innovative cuisine in Vipava and pamper your taste buds with top gourmet cuisine which is highly valued by Italian guests.
Today, after the breakfast session, the tour will take you to a charming boutique wine country, Goriška Brda, famous for numerous winemakers who received several awards. Brda is often called Tuscany of Slovenia. Goriška Brda is a typical wine growing land of a Mediterranean character. The most popular international wine varieties from this area include pinot grigio, chardonnay, merlot, and cabernet savignone. Ribolla, jakot, and black ribolla are among autochthonous vine varieties. Discover the lovely medieval village, Šmartno, and climb on a view tower from where you can see up to the Dolomites and Adriatic Sea. Later, visit two boutique family winemakers whose family tradition has been passed down through many generations. They are also well-known as producers of top quality wines. In this area, you will taste five wine samples from each winemaker alongside home-made snacks. For supper, you will enjoy a 4-course menu in a top-class farmhouse.
Your gourmet-and-wine adventure ends today after breakfast.
During this tour, you will visit several cities and wine regions in Slovenia.
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia. In Ljubljana, you can visit romantic bridges, the castle on the hill with a view of Ljubljana and its surroundings, Roman remains, and a combination of buildings dating from different historical periods. Ljubljana has won the award for European Green Capital 2016.
Piran is a coastal town situated on a romantic promontory with a church and walls on its tip. Its narrow streets and alleys remind the people of the once powerful Republic of Venice. Under Venetian rule, trade prospered and the production of salt flourished, the latter still being practiced in a traditional and natural way.
Ptuj is the oldest Roman town in Slovenia and boasts one of the oldest wine cellars and a medieval castle on a hill. The town is full of Roman remains from the sites in the vicinity of Ptuj.
During this trip around Slovenia, you will get the chance to dine in renowned restaurants that can boast with top Slovenian chefs and quality innovative local food. These food items will make you remember these places for a long time.
While you are in Slovenia, you can also visit several popular tourist destinations.
The tourist town of Bled boasts the only Slovenian island. On one side of Bled, perching high above, there is a magnificent castle. There, you will feel like you are transferred to the medieval time. In Bled, you can enjoy numerous gastronomic delights and several outdoor activities such as cycling, a trip through the Vintgar gorge, bathing in the lake, and playing golf.
The lake of Bohinj is a part of the only Slovenian national park, The Triglav National Park (TNP). On the lake, there is a statue of a legendary Zlatorog, a white chamoix with golden horns. Bohinj offers numerous sports activities and it is the right choice for all who prefer the peaceful nature.
Lipica is known for its stud farm and world-famous Lipizzaner horses. Apart from guided tours and events, you can visit the riding school, golf course, and enjoy a ride in a coach through the farm.
Predjama Castle is a most spectacular castle high in a rock wall. It is also linked to a legend of a knight, Erasmus, who lived in the castle. The castle hides a lot of secrets, alluding to secret passages through a world of karst caves.
The Postojna Cave is one of the most interesting karst caves; there is a unique railway there, and you will be taking a journey through the caves by train.
The Skocjan Caves are karst caves, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, and a part of the Skocjan Caves Regional Park. In the park, there are numerous surface and underground karst features.
An area of Soča River became one of the filming locations of the popular fantasy movie, The Chronicles of Narnia. The valley offers numerous sports activities such as rafting, climbing, cycling, fishing, and golf. There, you can also get the insight into the past, related to the Soča Front in World War I. The valley and its emerald Soča River was awarded with the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) award in 2008.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU).
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