The Best of Slovenia with gourmet experiences

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Duration: 6 nights

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The Best of Slovenia with gourmet experiences

The itinerary includes twelve private guided tours so you can discover more about the Slovenian capital's history and see most of Ljubljana's main attractions and best sight-seeing spots including Ljubljana Castle. Stop for a gourmet lunch in the castle’s new restaurant with its carefully selected menu or taking a walking tour to marvel at Baroque architecture and Art Nouveau master pieces. All meals are included in the price, including four lunches, five delicious meals and two wine tasting experiences. 

No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking a boat ride on Ljubljana River taking in the major sights of the old town. For nature lovers, a boat ride on Lake Bohinj through the breath-taking Julian Alps is not to be missed, taking in the glorious mountainous scenery of the Triglav National Park and valleys. For history lovers and wine connoisseurs, a trip to Bled Castle is an unforgettable experience. Why not stop and enjoy a bottle of wine from the castle’s impressive wine cellar?

With plenty of wine tasting and gourmet dining experiences, this in an itinerary like no other.

Day 1

Arrive at Ljubljana Airport. Drive to Ljubljana and check into Hotel Cubo. Spend the evening at leisure. 

Day 2

Start your day with a great breakfast at the hotel. Meet Your Guide in the Hotel Lobby to begin your Best of Ljubljana Old Town Walk.  

Old town walking tour 

The old city centre of Ljubljana is remarkable for its unique architecture designed by Baroque and ArtNouveau masters and, above all, the architectJožePlečnik. During the tour you will discover more about the Slovenian capital's history and see most of Ljubljana's main attractions including the Town Hall, a walking tour of Plečnik's architectural masterpieces, Križanke open-air theatre, the Napoleon monument, Central Food market, Prešeren square, Congress Square, the Triple Bridge, the Dragon Bridge and other.

Boat Ride on Ljubljanica River 

No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking a water-based tour. A ride lasts just under an hour and covers the majority of the old town's major sights from a unique vantage point. The 10m flat-bottomed vessel is constructed of solid larch and oak wood and can host up to 50 people at a time.

Visit to Ljubljana Castle

Taking the funicular ride you will ascend to Ljubljana Castle for a guided tour of the regions most prominent landmark. You will visit the Outlook Tower and the castle's prison, and can view the exhibition of Slovenian History. This is a wonderful opportunity for photo enthusiasts, as it offers magnificent panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

Stop for lunch at Ljubljana Castle Restaurant 

Ljubljana castle's new restaurants overlooks the city from a grand position. Historically reminiscent dishes of slick gourmet modernity are crafted with ingredients from Ljubljana's famed market to create an exquisite menu to choose from. 

Gourmet Dinner at JB Restaurant 

In downtown Ljubljana, Slovenia, is S.Pellegrino's Top 100 World's Best Restaurant. It’s the closest interpretation of a sophisticated pallet you'll ever experience in this region. Welcome to the world of culinary art of world renowned chef Janez Bratovz. His menu is based on the relationship between the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, representing four tastes – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. Then return to the hotel for an overnight stay. 

Day 3

Start your day with a good breakfast in the hotel before a drive to Bled for the Best of Lake Bohinj Private Tour. 

Boat ride on Lake Bohinj 
Bohinj is part of the breathtaking Julian Alps and lies in Triglav National Park. There are twenty-four villages in these two valleys. It is an ideal starting point for daytime adventures, such as mountaineering and climbing tours and walks on the winding trails that run throughout the valley. It also offers great options and opportunities for rest and relaxation in all seasons. 

Vogel Mountain Cable Car Ride with Homemade Lunch - Vogel Cable Car 

Vogel lies within the Triglav National Park, at the head of Bohinj Valley. The Vogel cable car will take you to the upper cable car station at a height of more than 1,500 meters above sea level. This magnificent "Kingdom of the Zlatorog" will make your heart leap in every season of the year. Enjoy the harmonious colours, the picture- postcard views and the abundance of opportunities for active holidays in the mountains. Favourable snow conditions make Vogel the perfect destination for skiing on natural snow, sometimes for as long as six months – from November to May. And in other seasons, Vogel offers scenic rides and convenient starting points for mountain hiking tours.

Private "Pletna" Boat Ride to Bled Island 

Take a trip across the lake in the traditional Pletna boat and breathe in the atmosphere. You will experience a private boat ride to the island of Bled. Just you, the oarsman and tranquility all around. What is a “Pletna” boat? It is a traditional boat made by the locals which is only known for Bled. The origins of the Pletna boat go back to 1590. The Pletna boat is a wooden flat-bottom boat with a pointed bow and the stern widened with a step to enable passengers to enter. The Pletna boat is operated by the Pletna oarsman. This profession is highly respected as it cannot be performed just by anyone. The title of the Pletna oarsman was handed down from generation to generation. This is a must-try.

Visit Bled Island, the Church, the Wishing Bell and the Tower - Bled Island 

The most recognizable symbol of the lake is this island and the Church of the Assumption with its long and diverse history. What is more, the lush greenery also hides other interesting island buildings, like the bell-tower, the church, the chaplain's house, the provost's house and some mysterious legends. If you're lucky, you might witness a wedding on this island.
And as far as the wishing bell goes. . . well, superstitious or not, make a wish and ring away!

Visit to Bled Castle - Bled Castle 

The mighty Bled Castle offers the finest views of Bled island, the town of Bled and the wider countryside of Upper Carniola region.
If you want to get a glimpse Bled's history, culture and people, visit the Bled Castle Museum. Get familiar with the traditional manual technological procedures of printing in the castle’s printing shop.

Why not order a small bottle of wine in the castle’s cellar?
Restore your health with natural products from the herbal gallery and recover your strength in the castle’s restaurant and then visit the multi vision museum.
In the summer months, the castle’s atmosphere is enlivened by the count’s visit and an archery tournament.

Private Cheese Making Experience and Cheese Tasting - Suggestion and Optional 

An absolute must for cheese lovers! Experience is held sat st farm in Bohinj surrounding. Four members of family have been dealing with the processing of milk for quite some time now. They make dairy products that are typical of Bohinj region. For this purpose, they built a smaller cheese dairy, where our cows’ milk is turned into cheese, “Mohant” cheese and albumin curd. They will be happy to show you around, and you can also be present during milk processing - cheese workshop. Their cows still spend summer time on the meadow up in the Julain Alps in the middle of Triglav National Park. After the workshop it is a must cheese tasting of their home made cheese.

Dinner at Monstera Bistro 

Monstera bistro offers great food, prepared with top quality ingredients at their seasonal best, sourced from trustworthy suppliers. Monstera represents innovative author cuisine, where seasonal ingredients thrive in bistro lunches and new flavours find their way into tasting menus at the weekends. Culinary experiences are complemented with a selection of ecological wines, Monstera craft beer, homemade 100% juices and syrups and Ljubljana's still and sparkling water. Besides that, Monstera bistro follows the "zero-waste cuisine" concept, which offers us a new dimension of thinking about food and cooking.

Day 4

Free day at leisure

Meet your guide in the lobby. Then drive to Lipica. 

Lipica Stud Farm Experience with a Picnic 

Lipica Stud Farm is the original home of Lipizzaner horses. The charms of the Lipica Stud Farm are hidden in the unseen, the stories written by the local history. Only when walking on the historical paths we can truly experience the greatness of the local equestrian tradition.

Your experience at Lipica Stud Farm includes:

  • A Carriage ride on a estate
  • A Visit of stalls with private guide
  • Picnic on the estate

Drive to Goriška Brda and check in at Hotel Gredič

Fortress palace, the Castelletto, is destined to reflect all the characteristics of the area. Protective, it was probably built 400 years ago on the first hill above the plain. Its gaze is fixed on the sea to the south; its back is strengthened by the hills of Collio and the snow-capped Alps in the distance.

Wine Cellar / Their wine cellar is something special - both architecturally as well as due to the successful combination of cozy hospitality and professionalism of modern technology. They stock more than 5,000 bottles of wine and virtually all the wines can be tasted.

Champagne Temple / It is a reason why they’ve built a special champagne temple. In this modern environment visitors can worship bubbles in a large selection of local wines, wines from other important European sparkling wine regions and of course the vast majority of famous Champagne Cellars. 

Private Wine Tasting at Boutique Wine Producer 

Brda wine region is a great place to do private wine tasting experience at local boutique winemaker. Red and white wines or sparkling wine - whichever you prefer, that will be your choice for wine tasting of sample several different varieties from boutique wine producer (one or more of them). It is preferred that you follow three simple rules: look, smell and taste. Wine tastings will take place in wine cellar or tasting room and led by professional sommelier or winemaker or both. But that is not all. Winemaker will share his story how he makes wine and was is their history of the vineyard. Choose our specially designed wine tastings to experience local atmosphere combined with story that you will get personally from winemaker. Cheers - Na zdravje!

Gourmet Dinner at Hotel Gredič

Gourmet Restaurant / The area Brda / Collio is probably one of the most exciting culinary regions in the world. Here subtle Mediterranean influences meet strong continental tastes, demanding the disciplined Austro-Slovenian tradition to adopt vivid Italian creativity and rich heritage. The constant desire to explore, using the finest fresh ingredients and modern culinary and technological knowledge and appreciation of the aforementioned factors and the tradition make the main feature of the restaurant Gredič Avenanti. Here you can quickly satisfy your curiosity as well as your hunger, but it is most exciting when you take the time and allow yourself to be led to a gastronomic excursion by the head chef of the restaurant.

Day 5

Meet Your Guide in the Hotel Lobby to start your tour of the Best of Goriška Brda Private Tour. 

Goriška brda re the most western part of Slovenia. Brda region is known of wines, olives and fruit. The region offers you many opportunities for wine testing and local gastronomy experiences. Wide range of high-quality wines, tempting flavours of Mediterranean cuisine, healthy, fresh and home-made Brda food, high-quality olive oil and fruit, the Brda region also offers numerous opportunities to spend active leisure time in the nature. For example you can explore the region on electric bikes. As well you can take a full day to relax, go for a walk around the wine yards or socialize with the locals.

We tailor-made a tour of Goriška Brda, explicitly for our guests with private guide; we will start the tour at the view tower of Gonjače, to get the overview of the region and then to nearby village Šmartno. Šmartno was first mentioned in the 14th century, and is surrounded by defense walls. The tour will end at Dobrovo castle, where you can optional get electrical bikes or scooters for a ride up and down hills and vineyards (optional). Stop for lunch in Goriška Brda

Private Wine Tasting at Boutique Wine Producer

Brda wine region is a great place to do private wine tasting experience at local boutique winemaker. Red and white wines or sparkling wine - whichever you prefer, that will be your choice for wine tasting of sample several different varieties from boutique wine producer (one or more of them). It is preferred that you follow three simple rules: look, smell and taste. Wine tastings will take place in wine cellar or tasting room and led by professional sommelier or winemaker or both. But that is not all. Winemaker will share his story how he makes wine and was is their history of the vineyard. Choose our specially designed wine tastings to experience local atmosphere combined with story that you will get personally from winemaker. Cheers - Na zdravje! 

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and an overnight stay at the hotel. 

Day 6

Day Trip to Soča Valley

The story of Soča Valley is all about the crystal clear water. Bovec is well known by the emerald rapids of the Soča River. But there are other water fairy tales hidden in the breathtaking corners just a glimpse away from the main road. Let us take you there for a crystal clear experience. Together with local guide you will experience different locations of waters and waterfalls in Soča Valey: Soča, Boka, Virje, Great Gorge of Soča river, … This is also a place where Narnia movie was filmed.

Culinary Experience in Hiša Franko by Chef Ana Roš - Table Reservation & Subject to Availibility. More about the restaurant here

Drive back to Goriška Brda Wine Region

Prepare to discover the Tuscany of Slovenia, the Goriška Brda wine region! Overnight stay at the hotel 

Day 7

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in the hotel before checking out. Then Drive to Ljubljana Airport for your flight home.

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