Culinary experience of Slovenia

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  • 10 10 - 11 days
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Itinerary

Visit six Michelin star restaurants in Slovenia and find out why this tiny country in the heart of Europe is emerging as one of the top culinary destinations in the region. Explore the mix of traditional flavors presented in a contemporary manner while visiting Slovenia’s top landmarks, such as Ljubljana, Bled and Soča valley.


Day 1: ARRIVAL TO NOVA GORICA

Arrival at Venice or Trieste airport and transfer to Nova Gorica, a modern town sitting on the border between Slovenia and Italy. Together with its Italian counterpart Gorizia, the two towns have been awarded the title European Capital of Culture 2025. In the evening you will dine at the restaurant DAM, a proud Michelin star owner. You can choose from a wide range of contemporary-style dishes with a slight emphasis on fish. Night in Nova Gorica.

Day 2: NOVA GORICA – GORIŠKA BRDA

After breakfast transfer to the nearby region of Goriška Brda popularly nicknamed the Tuscany of Slovenia for its beautiful hilly landscape and world-class wine production. The picturesque villages surrounded by vineyards and orchards provide a great setting for a lovely road trip. If you are feeling adventurous, we can even organize an unforgettable wine safari among the vineyards, which of course includes local wine tasting. Among the notable historic buildings in the area, you will visit the Renaissance-style Vila Vipovže and the pretty Gredič mansion from the 17th century which also houses a superb restaurant recommended by Michelin guide. Night in Goriška Brda.

michelin star restaurants in slovenia - hiša franko

Day 3: GORIŠKA BRDA – SOČA RIVER VALLEY

After breakfast you will be transferred north along the emerald Soča River. This beautiful valley is widely recognised as one of the most gorgeous locations in Slovenia. We can organize a boat or a SUP trip at Most na Soči or you can choose to visit the spectacular Tolmin gorge. History buffs might want to peek into the acclaimed WWI museum in Kobarid depicting the events from the notorious Isonzo front which ran through this area. In the evening enjoy a dinner by one of the most famous Slovenian chefs, Ana Roš at her Hiša Franko, a proud owner of two Michelin stars. Night in Soča Valley.

Day 4: SOČA RIVER VALLEY – VRŠIČ PASS – KRANJSKA GORA – BLED

This gastronomy trip continues with one of the most scenic rides in Slovenia. The mountain road from Soča Valley over Vršič Pass offers spectacular views of the Julian Alps. There are many natural and cultural points of interest along the way, including the historic Russian chapel and the beautiful Jasna Lake in Kranjska Gora, a popular outdoor center surrounded by high mountain peaks. Before ending your day at Bled, dinner will be served at Vila Podvin – an old stable, now converted into one of the most popular Michelin star restaurants in Slovenia. As the chef will be happy to tell you, many of the dishes are made from zero-mile ingredients. Night in Bled.

 

Enjoy fine dining at the acclaimed Michelin star restaurants in Slovenia

 

Day 5: BLED – BOHINJ – RADOVLJICA – LJUBLJANA

After breakfast transfer to Bohinj Valley, one of the most pristine places in Slovenia where you admire the mountain peaks reflecting on the surface of the country’s largest lake. Return to Bled for a lunch in the fairy-tale castle perched on a cliff above the glacier lake beneath. Later don’t miss the opportunity to ring the wishing bell of St. Mary’s church located on the tiny island in the middle of the lake, accessed by traditional boats called pletnas. Continue the trip by strolling the alleys of the picturesque Radovljica before continuing to towards the capital. Night in Ljubljana.

Day 6: LJUBLJANA

After breakfast your private guide will take you on a tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. You will take a walk along the banks of the lovely Ljubljanica River and cross its numerous bridges, including the Triple Bridge by Ljubljana’s most famous architect Jože Plečnik and the elegant Dragon Bridge, which has become a symbol of the city. Among the many notable buildings, you will pass on your stroll through the historic center of Ljubljana, are the city’s University on the vivid Congress SquareNacional Library (built exclusively from the local materials), the baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the pinkish Franciscan Church of the Annunciation located on Ljubljana’s central square named after the nation’s greatest poet, France Prešeren. To summit all up, you can climb up the city’s most strategic point – the Ljubljana Castle sitting on a hill above the old historic center – and enjoy the wonderful views of Ljubljana and high Alps in the background.

Free afternoon to explore Ljubljana by yourself, have a coffee in one of the many bars along the river and enjoy the numerous street performances. Dinner will be served at Atelje – one of the Michelin star restaurants in Slovenia – known for its deceptively simple, yet elegant and skillful cuisine. Accommodation in Ljubljana.

michelin star restaurants in slovenia - kungota

Day 7: LJUBLJANA – CELJE – MARIBOR – KUNGOTA

After breakfast the trip continues towards Štajerska region in eastern Slovenia. On the way, optional stop at Celje, notable for the biggest fortress in Slovenia. It was home of the influential late medieval noble dynasty (Counts of Celje) which for a long period of time rivalled the Habsburgs themselves. Continue to Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia. Enjoy lunch at Mak – a local restaurant recommended by Michelin guide – before exploring its historic center on the banks of the Drava River where you will find the oldest vine in the world. Later transfer to Kungota, a rural municipality just south of Austrian border where you can dine at Hiša Denk, another proud owner of the Michelin star. Night in Kungota.

Optional day: ŠTAJERSKA REGION

If you would like to extend your cuisine trip to Slovenia, we can add an additional day to explore other parts of Štajerska, including country’s oldest town of Ptuj, settled from the Roman times. Drive along the vineyards of Slovenske Gorice Hills and spot the famous heart-shaped road at Špičnik. Visit the Slovenia’s white wine capital of Jerusalem or spend the day hiking to Lovrenška lakes on the nearby Rogla plateau. Night in Kungota.

Day: 8: KUNGOTA – POSTOJNA – VIPAVA VALLEY

After breakfast transfer to the other side of the country. On the way stop at Postojna to visit one of the most jaw-dropping caves in Slovenia, welcoming visitors since the 19th century. In the afternoon lunch at the last one of Michelin star restaurants in Slovenia – Pri Lojzetu – located above the stunning Vipava valley. Later you can choose to visit one more wine caller, which this region has no shortage of, or stroll through the one of the picturesque villages like Goče. Night in Vipava valley.

Day 9: VIPAVA VALLEY – SLOVENIAN COAST

Finish your gastronomy tour of Slovenia with a day on the coast. Visit the city of Koper and admire its Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque constructions. Continue your journey to Piran, known for its well-preserved Venetian architecture. In the afternoon, you can choose to do one last foody adventure and go truffle hunting or visit the renowned fish farm and try its delicious products. Night on the coast.

Day 10: SLOVENIAN COAST – END OF TRIP

Breakfast and free time until transfer to the airport for your return flight. End of trip.

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Need to know

NEED TO KNOW

This is a private tailor-made trip. The itinerary is only an example made according to our personal experiences and can be adapted according to you preferences, time and budget.

To learn more about about (traditional) food of Slovenia check out our blog. If you find anything to your taste, our agents will be happy to include it into your personalized gastronomy trip to Slovenia.


INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

  • Accommodation in up-scale guesthouses and hotels with breakfast
  • Hotel taxes
  • Entrance to Bled Castle, Postojna Cave
  • 6x dinner at the Michelin Star restaurateurs
  • Wine safari and tasting in Goriška Brda
  • Wine tasting in Maribor
  • English-speaking driver-guide (other languages are available on request)
  • Guided walking tour of Ljubljana
  • Transfers in modern cars or vans with AC
  • Arrival and departure transfers (Venice/Trieste airport)

SUPPLEMENTS:

  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Airline ticket

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