SLOVENIA

Feel the LOVE as your journey to discover Bled, GoriškaBrda Wine region, Piran, Karst region and Ljubljana. Dinner at a Michelin star restaurant awaits your arrival. Will you be joining us this fall?

Highlights

May 10-16 | Sep 15-21 | Oct 10-16

Feel the love of Slovenia as you journey through and discover Bled, Goriška Brda Wine region, Piran, Karst region and Ljubljana. Dinner at a Michelin star restaurant in Ljubljana. Non-travel industry companions are welcomed to join this journey Add pre & post tours for a supplement.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1
Arrival transfer, exploring the Goriška Brda Wine region and wine tasting
Goriška Brda
Day 2
Charming medieval Slovenian coast and olive oil tasting
Piran
Day 3
Discovering the mystery of Karst region
Ljubljana
Day 4
Tour Ljubljana - the vibrant capital and enjoy dinner at a Michelin star restaurant
Ljubljana
Day 5
Romantic Bled Island and the Alpine region
Bled
Day 6
Discovering stunning Soča Valley and departure transfers

Day-by-Day Program

09:00 hrs: Arrival transfer from Venice airport.

11:00 hrs: Goriška Brda Wine Region is stunningly captivating. Excellent wines allied to a picturesque landscape have bestowed on Brda the title “Tuscany of Slovenia”.

Our first stop will be in Šmartno, which is situated in the geographical center of Brda. Gradnik, the local poet, compares the village with the eagle´s nest resting on a place, where the view stretches from the Nanos hill in the east to the Carnija Alps in the northwest, and from the Furlanija to the Adriatic Sea.

Like some other villages and fortifications that were built to protect the people against the Turkish raids in the region of Brda and the whole Primorska, the remarkable historical value of Šmartno is given to the village with the status of a cultural monument of the first order.

Our second stop will be in Gonjače, a village in the Municipality of Brda in the Littoral region of Slovenia with only about 172 residents.

14:00 hrs: Goriška Brda is one of the world’s best wine-growing terroirs. Home not only to wine, but the area also produces delicious cherries, persimmons, figs, and probably the spiciest olive oil you have ever tasted. Goriška Brda is predominantly the region of beautiful rebula white wine (ribolla gialla) but never underestimate the rich Bordeaux-like blends.

For a special experience enjoy your picnic lunch in the vineyard surrounded by the scenic splendor and breathtaking views of hills covered in vineyards and olive groves. Among the rows you will be able to immerse yourself in the flavor and smell of the hills for a sensory and culinary experience: a dinner in the vineyard accompanied by the wines.

 

Included Activities: Local wine tasting, picnic lunch or evening dinner in the vineyard.

Hotel: 4 star hotel

Meals Included: Lunch or Dinner

08:00 hrs: Private transfer* from Goriška Brda to Slovenian coast.

14:00 hrs: Vintage Gourmet Tour is an educational journey through the tracks of old autochthonous varieties of olives, which grow on the most beautiful viewing points of the Slovenian coast and the Istrian countryside.

The tour starts at an agreed location where guests are picked up with oldtimer cars. The smell of gasoline, loud motors, and nostalgic memories of the old times draw wide smiles on the faces of those waiting.

Slowly and cheerfully we begin our trip, where we visit the most beautiful locations on the Slovenian coast. At the sightseeing point in the middle of the path, we stop and with a glass of house sparkling wine we chat. Then we continue our journey to the Lisjak olive oil estate, where we learn how to taste olive oil.

There we serve you with typical Istrian cold-cuts, continue with typical soup-Bobiči and Istrian fusi (pasta) with truffles. All traditional recipes.

15:00 hrs: Pass the coastal towns of Koper, Izola, and Portoroz and reach everyone’s favorite spot on the Slovenian coast – Piran. Get lost in its medieval narrow streets, galleries, hidden corners, and houses. Enjoy some free time over an exquisite seafood meal in one of the many local restaurants or cafes.

The city of Piran is known as one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, mentioned for the first time in the 8th century already! Through centuries many different cultures have passed dominion over this part of Slovenia and left their footprints visible in the architecture and way of life. Piran is known for its unmistakable appearance of a peninsula-situated and fortified town with a charismatic St. George cathedral sitting above it.

 

Recommended ad-on: Walls of Piran Entrance Fee (EUR 2.00 pp) and the Piran bell tower (EUR 2.00 pp)

Included activities: Olive oil tasting & typical lunch, Vintage ride with old-timers

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Piran

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

10:00 hrs: Next stop at Lipica, the homeland of the white Lipizzaner – a famous horse of the Spanish riding school in Vienna.

The history of the Stud farm and Lipizzan horses are closely intertwined with the Habsburgs who ruled as many as 650 years over an extensive part of baroque Europe.

Horses, the Spanish horse was considered an ideal breed, were at the time a crucial strategic advantage and were thus of outstanding importance to the Habsburgs.

Of course, this will not be just a regular visit. After a short walk around the property, you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy a real carriage ride followed by a picnic in nature on the Stud farm’s property.

15:00 hrs: Discover the magnificent 24 km halls and chambers of the mystic underground of the Postojna Cave, the most prominent karst cave in the world which was first described in the 17th century and was ready to visit more than 200 years ago.

Learn about the most famous cave-dwelling creature – the “human fish” or olm and explore beautiful underground passages and galleries with spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains, and other natural stone forms when riding by special electrical train and walking through the cave.

The cave train ride is organized only for you. A private saxophone player will play only for you in the cave and a glass of champagne will be offered.

17:00 hrs: In an idyllic village of Predjama there lies a fairy tale medieval stone-built castle that has been perched in the middle of a 123-meter-high cliff for more than 800 years. It is famous for its dramatic setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside and the legend of the knight Erasmus – ‘Slovenian Robin Hood’.

Inside the castle, you can see a variety of original items and hear the impressive story of a natural vertical shaft (secret pass) with an exit on the top of the cliff which was used by the knight Erasmus.

Interesting fact: The Predjama Castle is listed as the World’s largest cave castle in the Guinness World Records!

20:00 hrs: Transfer to Ljubljana for overnight stay.

 

Included activities: Picnic lunch in nature, carriage ride, Stud farm visit, private entrance to Postojna cave with saxophone player, Predjama castle

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast

12:00 hrs: Your first stop will be at Ljubljanica river where you will take a private wooden boat ride to see Ljubljana from another perspective. It lasts 45 minutes.

It is time to meet the capital city of Slovenia from another perspective. Top Ljubljana Foods Traditional food walk will take you through the old Ljubljana town. During a 3-4 hour guided long easy walk you will learn about the city, stories of the people, architecture, history of Slovene nation and of course – local and national gastronomy. Top Ljubljana Foods is much more than a food tour and not your usual city tour.

During the food tour, 9 traditional dishes from a variety of different cuisines from all parts and circles of the society of Slovenia and 4 sorts of wine will be tasted along familiarizing yourself with historical Ljubljana center and hearing an overview of the history of Slovenes. At the end of the tour, your tummy will be full, your thirst will be gone and you will know more about the history of Slovenes than some of our fellow citizens. You will also be in the know about the old town and know where to go next, what to do next and what to eat next. It’s a perfect way to start your stay in our beautiful and tasty capital city!

The tour is followed by a free afternoon.

19:00 hrs: After a free afternoon, you will be welcomed at one of Michelin star awarded restaurants for a well-deserved 5-course dinner with a cooking show.

 

Included activities: Private Ljubljanica river wooden boat ride, top Ljubljana foods – traditional food walk, dinner at a Michelin star restaurant.

Good to know: In case if you have any allergies, please inform us about them!

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

10:00 hrs: After breakfast, we will proceed to Bled. Bled has for centuries been the symbol of natural beauty and home to fairy tales. Ascend the old 12th-century castle, perched on top of a cliff with spectacular views of the lake, the famous Bled island, and the surrounding peaks. The castle is not only home to fairy tale weddings, cultural events, and important protocol meetings, but also a museum of manual printing and a wine cellar.

A boat ride with private ‘Pletna’ – traditional boat made by local, is among the must-do things when visiting Bled. Not only because of the authentic boat experience, but a true journey back in time. Standing paddlers will take you to the island with 99 stone steps on the way to the Assumption of Mary church and the fortune bell.

Ascend the old 12th-century castle, perched on top of a steep cliff with spectacular views of the lake, the famous Bled island and the surrounding peaks. The castle is not only home to fairy tale weddings, cultural events and important protocol meetings, but also a museum of manual printing and a wine cellar. Lunch at the castle. Make sure not to skip tasting Bled cream cake at Tito’s cafeteria, the notorious local dessert, famous all around Slovenia, before leaving town.

In the afternoon a relaxing walk around the Vintgar Gorge (if opened). Continue to Bohinj, our largest glacial lake located in the Triglav National Park. Take a swim or canoe or just walk by the lake and admire its stunning landscape and surrounding mountain peaks. Lake’s natural environment will impress you while it shows a different face each season.

 

Included activities: Private pletna boat ride, Bled Castle with lunch, Vintgar gorge, traditional cream cake in Tito’s cafeteria

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Bled

Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch

08:00 hrs: Private transfer from Ljubljana to Bovec.

08:30 hrs: From Bled we will head on to the highest Slovenian mountain pass, Mt. Vrsic, with amazing views of the Julian Alps.

Land in the beautiful Trenta valley and continue to Bovec, a melting pot of superb natural attractions. The village is famous for the emerald green alpine Soca River scenery and has grown into a highly appreciated Slovenian extreme sports center. Test your adrenaline skills at the white water rafting session. After we’ll head to Kobarid. The town of Kobarid played an important role during the WW1 period, that even the great Ernest Hemingway wrote about in his novel Farewell to Arms. Lunch in Kobarid.

Several sites on the way crossing the mountain pass Vrsic are marked by this important historical event, offering unique views of a ropeway conveyor, pitfalls, the Russian Chapel, the Kluze Fortress, various military via Ferrata, and many other unspoiled features of great natural and historical value.

One final stop at Kozjak Waterfall one of the most charming and stunning waterfalls in Slovenia.

18:00 hrs:  Transfer to Venice Airport for your flight home.

 

Included activities: Rafting on Soca River, lunch in Kobarid, Kozjak waterfall

Hotel: None

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Participation Costs

Travel advisor and planner : EUR 500.00 per person on twin share.

Single occupancy: EUR 150.00

Travel companion: EUR 650.00 per person on twin share

Additional Information

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  • Up to 60 days of arrival, 100% credit will be held for future FAM or client bookings.
  • Between 60-45 days of arrival, 50% credit will be held by for future FAM or client bookings. The remaining 50% is non-refundable.
  • Within 44 days of arrival, 100% is non-refundable.

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