Ljubljana and private wine tasting
Welcome to Slovenia! You'll start the tour in Venice, where you'll be greeted by an excellent guide and whisked away to Ljubljana, Slovenia's vibrant capital.
After strolling down the streets of Ljubljana we will join a private wine tasting in a 300-year-old cellar in the heart of the city, led by a passionate sommelier who knows everything there is to know about Slovenian wine.
After a great wine tasting it will be time to enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant where they serve some great examples of Mediterranean type of food in Slovenia.
Our first stop today will be the green oasis, the Vintgar Gorge where we will be taking a walk and enjoy in pristine nature of the river which carved its way through the gorge over thousands of years.
After we finish our walk, we will be heading towards Lake Bled, a symbol of natural beauty and the setting for fairy tales for centuries. We'll take a boat ride to the island and climb the old 12th-century castle perched on a steep cliff, offering spectacular views of the lake, the island, and the surrounding peaks.
As the day comes to a close, we'll have the chance to visit a local beekeeper, many times awarded for their expertise. You'll learn all about the lives of bees, why they are so important, and why beekeepers tend to live longer.
POSTOJNA CAVE AND VIPAVA VALLEY
After breakfast, we will be heading towards Postojna cave which is one of Slovenia‘s main attractions. Because of its beauty and diversity, it has been called the "queen of all caves“.
Our next stop is Vipava Valley, a must-visit destination for wine lovers. The Vipava Valley is home to many old indigenous varieties, and the local wine heritage is highly valued. The unique combination of a mild Mediterranean climate and harsh continental climate in the region produces some extraordinary examples of Slovenian wines.
Our visit to Vipava valley will start with having lunch in a local taverna and continue with a wine tasting at a local wine maker.
ISTRIA AND THE COAST
Our first stop will be a charming town called Piran. Slovenia is a land of excellent olive oil, made as a perfect mixture of the effect of the sun, great soil composition, and the Mediterranean climate. We will be visiting a local organic olive oil producer.
After such a lovely day we will return to Ljubljana and join a hands-on culinary workshop that takes you on a journey through rich Slovenian culinary history along with the most popular traditional dishes. Get on board of this highly interactive class, where you can actually slice, mix, season and prepare a complete dinner with a local cook, and afterward sit down and enjoy the meal you’ve just created.
Lake Bohinj and Radovljica
Lake Bohinj is less known than his brother Lake Bled, but certainly not less picturesque. We will explore the area of the national park and enjoy views of the highest peaks of Slovenia, including the highest mountain Triglav.
After lunch in a local restaurant, we will stop at a local ecofarm where we will learn about how Swiss influenced production of typical Bohinj cheese. Our next stop will be Radovljica, one of few still perserved medieval towns in Slovenia and a cradle of Slovenian beekeeping.
While strolling down the narrow streets we will visit a 400-year-old gingerbread hearts workshop. Gingerbread hearts were in the past considered as gifts to show affection, however they are still popular gifts today among locals as a memberance of times of our ancestors