Cultural gastronomy trip to Slovenia will take you through all the interesting places where high quality wine is produced and typical Slovenian dishes are served. You will get to know each region’s special and varied food and its profound natural beauties.
Day 1: AIRPORT – GORIŠKA BRDA
Arrival at the airport transfer to the picturesque region Goriška Brda, often called the Tuscany of Slovenia. There you will check-in to one of the boutique hotels or farmstays and enjoy your first wine tasting. Samples might include local types such as ribolla, chardonnay, pinot blanco, pinot gris, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, etc. Accommodation in Goriška Brda.
Day 2: GORIŠKA BRDA – VIPAVSKA DOLINA – KARST REGION
After breakfast we will do a longer tour of Goriška Brda and enjoy some fresh air along the green and wonderful hills. Later you can climb the tower that honors the memory of the WWI victims and offers incredible view in all directions. On the way, we can stop at local farms to buy delicious seasonal fruit (especially sweet cherries in June).
Gastronomy trip to Slovenia continues towards Solkan and the famous Solkan bridge which represents the largest stone arch in the world. Lunch can be served at a Michelin-star restaurant Pri Lojzetu standing on a hill above Vipava Valley with great panoramic views over vast vineyards beneath. In the afternoon time to explore the stone house villages of the Karst region and taste same local wines (malvasía, ribolla, homemade wines, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, homemade liqueurs …). Later take a stroll through the famous Ferrari garden in the hilltop village of Štanjel. Dinner at a local restaurant and accommodation in the Karst region.
Day 3: KARST REGION – ŠTAJERSKA REGION
Breakfast. On our way towards the eastern part of Slovenia, we are going to peek into the famous Postojna cave, the largest cave in Europe open to public. First part of the visit is done by an electric train, which takes you deep into the underworld to see the most spectacular chambers of the cave.
On the way to Maribor, we will make a stop for yet another tasty Slovenian lunch. The second largest city of Slovenia is located to the northwest, between vineyards and green valleys and is known for its white wines, communal urban gardens, pedestrian streets, squares full of charming terraces and natural environments such as Drava river and Pohorje plateau. Walk around the city and visit check out the oldest vine in the world. Tasting of typical wines (white riesling, sparkling wine …). Accommodation at a farmstay in the Štajerska region.
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Day 4: PTUJ – JERUZALEM – GORNJA RADGONA
We will start the day with a stroll through the compact medieval core of Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia dating all the way to the Roman times. Later transfer to the picturesque region of Jeruzalem Hills to enjoy traditional lunch and more wine tasting. You will be impressed by the bucolic setting and friendliness of the local people. In the afternoon we will visit the small town of Gronja Radgona just south of the Austrian border, known for the production of sparkling wine, a tradition lasting more than 150 years. Accommodation at a farmstay in the Štajerska region.
Day 5: ŠTAJERSKA REGION – LJUBLJANA
After breakfast transfer to the Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenian. On a walking tour through its streets, you will visit the most important cultural sights (the Prešeren square, the Dragon Bridge, etc.) while learning about typical food of the whole country. Our professional guide will take you to different places, both traditional and modern where you will be able to taste dishes from different gastronomic regions and have the opportunity to explore the diversity of Slovenian cuisine. Accommodation in Ljubljana.
Day 6: LJUBLJANA – BLED – BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA
Time to visit Gorenjska, another region of Slovenia famous for its traditional food. First stop is the lake-side town of Bled, king of Slovenian tourism. Visit the island in the middle of the glacial lake and enjoy the the views of the Julian Alps from the fairly-tale castle. Lunch in Bled must be followed by the typical local dessert, kremšnita. In the afternoon visit the valley of Bohinj, home to the renowned cheese mohant. Cheese lovers can even opt for a special tasting tour. On our way back to Ljubljana, we can stop at the picturesque town of Radolvjica to peek into the gingerbread museum and have dinner at another traditional restaurant where they serve stew in a bowl of bread. Night in Ljubljana.
Day 7: LJUBLJANA – END OF TRIP
Free time before transfer to the airport. If you have a late flight, we can give you recommendations for your last Slovenian lunch – from high-end cuisine to comfort street food, Ljubljana has it all.