Slovenia & Croatia

Discover Slovenia: A Small-Group Luxury Gourmet Tour

Embark on a gastronomic adventure through one of the world's hottest up and coming holiday destinations, Slovenia. On this 8 day luxury small-group tour (maximum 16 travellers) you'll discover the country's incredible natural wonders including the majestic Lake Bled, the landlocked springs of Soca River, and the giant chasms of Skocjan Caves. Indulge in Slovenia's amazing culinary scene with delicious wine and cheese tastings, and enjoy an unforgettable exclusive dining experience prepared by the world's #1 female chef. Stay in the region's best hotels as you uncover Slovenia's stunning culture and history, with the services of an expert local guide, private transportation, hand-picked meals plus insider experiences and more.

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8 Days
TWIN SHARE - 8 DAYS
Earn 5,299 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts and hand-picked meals plus non-alcoholic beverages, local wines and beers during dinner on the tour. See 'Itinerary' tab for more details.
  • A one-of-a-kind degustation dinner at the award-winning Hisa Franko restaurant, prepared by Ana Ros - voted the world's best chef
  • Private wine-tasting experiences with local winemakers
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8 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - 8 DAYS
Earn 6,299 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts and hand-picked meals plus non-alcoholic beverages, local wines and beers during dinner on the tour. See 'Itinerary' tab for more details.
  • A one-of-a-kind degustation dinner at the award-winning Hisa Franko restaurant, prepared by Ana Ros - voted the world's best chef
  • Private wine-tasting experiences with local winemakers
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12 Days
TWIN SHARE - 12 DAYS
Earn 8,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Eleven nights of luxury accommodation
  • A one-of-a-kind dining degustation dinner at the award-winning Hisa Franko restaurant, prepared by Ana Ros – voted the world’s best female chef.
  • Daily breakfasts and hand-picked meals (eight dinners and eight lunches) plus non-alcoholic beverages, local wines and beers during dinner on the tour. See the ‘Itinerary’ tab for more details.
  • Private wine-tasting experiences in Slovenia and Croatia with local winemakers.
Calendar
12 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - 12 DAYS
Earn 11,199 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Eleven nights of luxury accommodation
  • A one-of-a-kind dining degustation dinner at the award-winning Hisa Franko restaurant, prepared by Ana Ros – voted the world’s best female chef.
  • Daily breakfasts and hand-picked meals (eight dinners and eight lunches) plus non-alcoholic beverages, local wines and beers during dinner on the tour. See the ‘Itinerary’ tab for more details.
  • Private wine-tasting experiences in Slovenia and Croatia with local winemakers.

Journey through Slovenia, an up-and-coming destination quietly referred to as 'Europe’s best-kept secret'. Discover the serenity of Lake Bled’s landscape with its storybook castles and churches, explore the verdant landlocked springs of the Soca River *and discover the *largest underground chasms in all of Europe at the Skocjan Caves in a country still relatively hidden from bustling tourist crowds.

Stay in the region's best hotels, enjoy daily breakfasts with** hand-picked dining experiences** and** wine tasting** plus private airport transfers upon arrival and departure, the services of an expert local guide, private ground transportation and more

What You’ll Love

World-Class Food – Once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences

Grant yourself an indulgent taste of** Slovenia's exciting culinary scene*, taking the best flavours from Italy, Hungary and the Balkans. The true highlight is a sumptuous dinner at the *Hisa Franko restaurant, *prepared by the *world’s best female chef, Ana Ros. **Ros is highly credited for putting Slovenia on the gastronomic map with her talents, especially due to her dedication to using home-grown ingredients to enrich the flavour of her dishes.

Full of wine, fruit, olives and art – Goriska Brda *is known as the *“Tuscany of Slovenia” *for good reason. Travel from village to village in this sun-drenched region, spying groves and castles as the scenery passes by. Spend some time in one of *Slovenia’s most renowned private vineyards for a drink with one of the** country’s finest winemakers.**

The Sights – Explore Slovenia's stunning natural beauty, ancient architecture and hidden cultural treasures

Get acquainted with the nature of** Slovenia, a country whose capital won ‘Green Capital of Europe’ for 2016. Wander along the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River** in Ljubljana, search for hidden pools by the stunning** Soca River, discover the **Secovlje saltpans by the Adriatic Sea and more. Of exceptional mention is scenic** Lake Bled **– a postcard-perfect location dotted with castles and trees on the banks of a serene body of water. It’s often thought of as Slovenia’s quintessential landscape.

Where You’ll Stay – Stunning luxury accommodation for the entire duration of your tour

Start your adventure in style with a stay at** TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked hotel in all Ljubljana – **Hotel Cubo. Not only does the hotel sport a sleek, modern look, but the inclusions are equally as impressive. A complimentary mobile phone you can use during your stay allows for international calls home, the minibar in your room is** complimentary and restocked daily, and the staff stop at nothing to ensure you make the most of your time in Slovenia’s capital. It’s the **ultimate in customer service – the perfect headquarters to begin exploring this beautiful country.

Spend an evening next to the most beautiful place in all Slovenia, Lake Bled, during a stay at Vila Bled, a boutique 1950s-style hotel that once served as home to President Josip Tito. Not only is the hotel itself steeped in history, with places such as the Concert Hall, adorned with a mural dedicated to Yugoslav struggles in WWII, or at the Belvedere Pavilion where Tito held tea parties for his esteemed guests – kings, presidents and dictators alike – but it contains exceptional facilities such as the lakeside terrace sporting views of Slovenia's emblematic Bled region.

Your final stop on the tour takes you to Hotel Kempinski, widely regarded as the most prestigious hotel on Slovenia’s coastline. This former palace retains enough of its old charm to make each night feel like a stay for royalty – along with the plush furnishings, high ceilings and exceptional views of the Adriatic Sea. Wrap this up with a central location in the centre of Portoroz, Piran and you’ve got unmatched levels of style and convenience.

Your Package Includes:

  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation
  • A one-of-a-kind degustation dinner **at the award-winning Hisa Franko restaurant**, prepared by Ana Ros – voted the world’s best female chef.
  • Daily breakfasts and hand-picked meals plus non-alcoholic beverages, local wines and beers during dinner on the tour. See the ‘Itinerary’ tab for more details.
  • *Private wine-tasting experiences *with local winemakers.
  • A visit to a rural olive oil producer followed by a** tasting.**
  • Visit a local cheesemaker **and enjoy complimentary cheese tasting and a light lunch.**
  • Local expert guides, private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary.
  • Private airport transfers upon arrival and departure.

5-Day Croatia Extension:

Follow the tasting trail on through to Croatia on a journey filled with delectable cheeses, fragrant olive oils, freshly shucked oysters, seafood, earthen truffles and wine-tastings while meeting master artisans, visiting esteemed cellars and top-of-the-line producers along the way.

The Sights - Uncover rural Croatia, preserved ancient streets and more

Witness Croatia’s old Roman and Italian influences first hand. The city of Porec is steeped in cultural treasures including entire streets preserved since ancient times while Rovinj’s Italian influences have resulted in some of the finest Baroque structures in all Europe. Experience a taste of rural Croatia at villages such as Piran and Groznan, filled with art, delicious local produce and warm local hospitality.

The Food - Our most indulgent culinary experiences to date

Croatia is slowly getting recognised for its culinary scene, and this adventure will put you ahead of the trend with exclusive insider access to a variety of artisanal food producers. You’ll learn how to make delicious Istrian pasta in a hands-on cooking class, tempt your taste buds with the subtle flavours of Croatian cheese on a visit to a cheese process, hunt and taste truffles next to experts with generations worth of experience, shuck oysters on board a boat before tucking into a fresh three-course seafood lunch, sample freshly pressed olive oil and toast your glass during several private wine-tasting sessions.

Where You'll Stay - Four nights in the stylish Hotel Lone

Experience Croatia while staying at the Hotel Lone in Rovinj. As the only Croatian member of the Design Hotel group, no expense has been spared to make this a flagship stay. Stylish architecture, installations from conceptional artists Silvio Vujicic and Ivanka Franke, a brilliant coastal location and facilities such as a well-furnished pool-area, six bars and restaurants along with a vast spa promises a stay both as comfortable as it is stylish.

See the 'itinerary tab' for full details.

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Departure dates:

19 May 2018

15 July 2018

25 September 2018

20 October 2018

21 April 2019

19 May 2019

16 June 2019

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

*Instant Booking: *To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Tour includes accommodation in an entry-level room at the following hotels:

Cubo Hotel, Ljubljana

Vila Bled, Bled

Dobra Vila, Bovec

Castle Gredic, Brda

Hotel Kempinski, Piran

Hotel Lone, Rovinj (Croatia extension)

Please note that the tour departing 25th of September 2018 will stay at the InterContinental Hotel, Ljubljana and Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled.

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two people.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise if travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is four people.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

Additional expenses are not included.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply – refer https://luxuryescapes.com/au/terms-and-conditions

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