Slovenia

A Gourmet Tour of Slovenia: 8-Day Luxury Small-Group Tour of Europe’s Best-Kept Secret

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 six travellers) you will discover Slovenia’s incredible natural wonders and indulge in exceptional culinary experiences including Michelin-starred dining, private cellar wine tastings and cheese and oil degustations. Experience a memorable dinner prepared by the World's Best Female Chef - Ana Roš at renowned Hisa Franko and an exclusive dinner designed by Slovenia’s most acclaimed Chef, Tomaž Sovdat. Stay in a collection of luxurious hotels as you uncover Slovenia’s stunning culture and outstanding food scene, with the services of expert local guides, private transportation, insider experiences and so much more.

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8 Days
TWIN SHARE

Package valid for one person (twin share - you must purchase two packages)

  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country including Cubo Hotel, Vila Bled, Dobra Vila, Castle Gredic and Hotel Kempinski
  • Daily breakfasts and incredible dining experiences
  • 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 2017 and 2018
  • A sumptuous dinner at Dobra Vila, exclusively designed by Slovenia’s most acclaimed Chef, Tomaž Sovdat
  • Six memorable lunches, including an authentic home-cooked meal from the Brda Region and a picturesque lunch in the heart of the Triglav National Park
  • A hands-on cooking class in Šmartno, a gorgeous medieval town – where you will get to learn all the secrets of the Brda region gastronomy
  • Private wine-tasting experiences with local winemakers
  • A visit to a rural olive oil producer followed by a tasting and masterclass
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout
  • The services of expert local guides
  • Small group sizes of just six people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary
8 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER

Package valid for one person

  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country including Cubo Hotel, Vila Bled, Dobra Vila, Castle Gredic and Hotel Kempinski
  • Daily breakfasts and incredible dining experiences
  • 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 2017 and 2018
  • A sumptuous dinner at Dobra Vila, exclusively designed by Slovenia’s most acclaimed Chef, Tomaž Sovdat
  • Six memorable lunches, including an authentic home-cooked meal from the Brda Region and a picturesque lunch in the heart of the Triglav National Park
  • A hands-on cooking class in Šmartno, a gorgeous medieval town – where you will get to learn all the secrets of the Brda region gastronomy
  • Private wine-tasting experiences with local winemakers
  • A visit to a rural olive oil producer followed by a tasting and masterclass
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout
  • The services of expert local guides
  • Small group sizes of just six people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary
12 Days
TWIN SHARE - EXTENSION

Package valid for one person (twin share - you must purchase two packages)

  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country including Cubo Hotel, Vila Bled, Dobra Vila, Castle Gredic and Hotel Kempinski
  • Daily breakfasts and incredible dining experiences
  • 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 2017 and 2018
  • A sumptuous dinner at Dobra Vila, exclusively designed by Slovenia’s most acclaimed Chef, Tomaž Sovdat
  • Six memorable lunches, including an authentic home-cooked meal from the Brda Region and a picturesque lunch in the heart of the Triglav National Park
  • A hands-on cooking class in Šmartno, a gorgeous medieval town – where you will get to learn all the secrets of the Brda region gastronomy
  • Private wine-tasting experiences with local winemakers
  • A visit to a rural olive oil producer followed by a tasting and masterclass
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout
  • The services of expert local guides
  • Small group sizes of just six people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary

Tour Extension Includes:

  • Four nights luxury rural accommodation including the charming Domačija Novak homestay, a traditional straw roof cottage in the quaint village of Tesanovci and Cubo Hotel in Ljubljana
  • Daily breakfast and additional dining experiences
  • A sumptuous dinner at the famed Zeleni Gaj Restaurant
  • An exclusive cured meats degustation at an organic farm in Ribnica, where you will be able to taste the finest cured meats pared with local wines
  • A visit to the oldest and most prestigious winery in Slovenia, followed by a wine tasting
  • An exclusive masterclass and tasting in an ancient oil mill and distillery in Prekmurje
  • A demonstration of the art of goat cheese making and cheese tasting in the quaint village of Mali Raj
12 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - EXTENSION

Package valid for one person

  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country including Cubo Hotel, Vila Bled, Dobra Vila, Castle Gredic and Hotel Kempinski
  • Daily breakfasts and incredible dining experiences
  • 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 2017 and 2018
  • A sumptuous dinner at Dobra Vila, exclusively designed by Slovenia’s most acclaimed Chef, Tomaž Sovdat
  • Six memorable lunches, including an authentic home-cooked meal from the Brda Region and a picturesque lunch in the heart of the Triglav National Park
  • A hands-on cooking class in Šmartno, a gorgeous medieval town – where you will get to learn all the secrets of the Brda region gastronomy
  • Private wine-tasting experiences with local winemakers
  • A visit to a rural olive oil producer followed by a tasting and masterclass
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout
  • The services of expert local guides
  • Small group sizes of just six people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary

Tour Extension Includes:

  • Four nights luxury rural accommodation including the charming Domačija Novak homestay, a traditional straw roof cottage in the quaint village of Tesanovci and Cubo Hotel in Ljubljana
  • Daily breakfast and additional dining experiences
  • A sumptuous dinner at the famed Zeleni Gaj Restaurant
  • An exclusive cured meats degustation at an organic farm in Ribnica, where you will be able to taste the finest cured meats pared with local wines
  • A visit to the oldest and most prestigious winery in Slovenia, followed by a wine tasting
  • An exclusive masterclass and tasting in an ancient oil mill and distillery in Prekmurje
  • A demonstration of the art of goat cheese making and cheese tasting in the quaint village of Mali Raj

Journey through Slovenia, an up-and-coming destination quietly referred to as 'Europe’s best-kept secret'. A verdant oasis nestled between Croatia and Italy, Slovenia combines incredible natural landscapes with vibrant culture and gourmet cuisine. Let the story-book atmosphere of this country enchant you as you taste your way through Slovenian delicacies, tasting fine wines and embarking on exclusive insider access experiences on this intimate small-group tour - with a maximum six travellers.

What You’ll Love...

The Culinary Side of Slovenia – Experience world-class food and once-in-a-lifetime gourmet experiences

Grant yourself a taste of Slovenia’s unique cuisine, taking something from each of its neighbouring countries and blending the best flavours from Italy, Hungary, Austria and the Balkans.

Explore the leafy city of Ljubljana on a walking food tour: follow your local expert guide as you discover why the country is so passionate about food and wine, tasting local treats and learning the fascinating stories behind the production processes.

Be treated to memorable fine dining experience, including a degustation at one of of the World’s Best 50 Restaurants, Hisa Franko, where the World’s Best Female Chef, Ana Ros, will delight your senses with sensational creations. Ros is highly credited for putting Slovenia on the gastronomic map with her talents, especially due to her dedication to using local ingredients to enrich the flavour of her dishes.

Indulge in an exclusive dinner designed by the culinary mastermind of Tomaž Sovdat, one of Slovenia’s most acclaimed Chef.

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, taking in the olive 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.

Prepare and cook an authentic Slovenian lunch in an unforgettable hands-on cooking class in Šmartno – a gorgeous medieval town. Cross the border to Italy and enjoy a dinner with a local family, as the sun sets on the vineyards of the Brda region.

End this gastronomical adventure in the best possible way, with a picturesque dinner on the shores of the Adriatic, indulging in fresh seafood and local delights with your fellow travellers.

The Hotels – Stunning luxury accommodations throughout the tour

Feel like you are on the set of a fairy-tale story when you enter Dobra Vila Bovec, a romantic villa hidden amid the lush forest of the Soca region. Time stands still in this gorgeous hotel, housed in a historic telephone office. Relax in the stunning library, take a walk in the gardens, visit the wine cellar, or just unwind in your traditionally decorated room.

Set in the heart of the Brda wine region and boasting panoramic views over the lush hills of the “Tuscany of Slovenia”, Castle Gredic is an impressive historical villa built some 400 years ago. With only seven, beautifully designed rooms, Castle Gredic is a private haven set amid one of the most picturesque landscapes in Europe.

Spend an evening next to the most beautiful lake 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. Steeped in history, Vila Bled contains exceptional facilities such as a lakeside terrace and featuring stunning views of Slovenia's emblematic Bled region.

The Sights - Explore Slovenia's stunning natural beauty and hidden cultural treasures

Take in Slovenia’s quintessential landscape of gorgeous castles, lush forest and snow-capped mountains with a boat ride on a traditional Pletna. Sail the emerald waters of the picturesque Lake Bled and embrace the postcard-perfect scenery surrounding you.

The valley of the Soca River saw more than 12 epic battles between the Italians and the Austro-Hungarian armies during World War I. Uncover the details of those tumultuous years with an expert local historian on a private tour of the Kobariski World War I Museum.

Your Package Includes:

  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country including Cubo Hotel, Vila Bled, Dobra Vila, Castle Gredic and Hotel Kempinski
  • Daily breakfasts, daily lunches plus incredible dining experiences
  • 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 2017 and 2018
  • A sumptuous dinner at Dobra Vila, exclusively designed by Slovenia’s most acclaimed Chef, Tomaž Sovdat
  • Six memorable lunches, including an authentic home-cooked meal from the Brda Region and a picturesque lunch in the heart of the Triglav National Park
  • A hands-on cooking class in Šmartno, a gorgeous medieval town – where you will get to learn all the secrets of the Brda region gastronomy
  • Private wine-tasting experiences with local winemakers
  • A visit to a rural olive oil producer followed by a tasting and masterclass
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout
  • The services of expert local guides
  • Small group sizes of just six people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary

Tour Extension: Discover another gastronomic region of this enchanting country

Learn even more about the culinary delights of Slovenia as you extend your journey for an extra five days – that will be filled with delectable cheeses, fragrant olive oils and extraordinary gourmet products. Travelling through the country’s most famous wine region and historical sights, you will gain exclusive access to the finest wineries, meet local artisan and uncover the secrets of wine making. Continue the culinary adventure fit for kings and queens, where local produce meets century-old techniques, resulting in distinct experiences for the senses.

The Food – From organic farms to the oldest winery in Slovenia and beyond

The highest quality organic cured meat products await at an organic farm located on the outskirts of Ribnica, in the Dolenjska region of Slovenia. Learn more about the strict process that needs to be followed to achieve a Bio International Certificate, then sit back and enjoy a selection of fine meats pared with organic local wines.

Discover the fascinating history of wine at Keltis Wines, a vineyard that been in the Kelhar family for over 240 years, making it the oldest winery in the country and one of the most prestigious producers of fine organic wines. Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting and discussion, surrounded by the vivid nature of the Bizeljsko wine region.

Be transported into a past era as you travel through Prekmurje, where quaint medieval villages and old oil mills dot the landscape. Visit ancient oil mills and famous distilleries, be treated to an exclusive masterclass and tasting of pumpkin seed oil, traditional liqueur and more – all produced with local ingredients and following traditional techniques.

Venture to the village of Mali Raj, in the north-west of Slovenia, for a goat's cheese masterclass followed by a tasting.

The Accommodation – Step back to basics in style with a traditional homestay in a straw roof cottage

Delicious home cooked food and warm, friendly service await at Domačija Novak homestay, a charming family run guesthouse where you will truly feel at home. With just eight, cosy rooms, you will have time to relax, indulge in authentic home cooked food and mingle with your fellow travellers and get to know your local hosts.

Enjoy one night in a traditional straw roof cottage packed with all the comforts at the Pannonian village of Tesanovci. The cozy cottages are beautifully appointed with high comfort, unique stylish touches and ecological materials, such as clay plaster walls, handmade furniture and environmentally friendly heating.

Your Extension Package Includes:

  • Four nights luxury rural accommodation including the charming Domačija Novak homestay, a traditional straw roof cottage in the quaint village of Tesanovci and Cubo Hotel in Ljubljana
  • Daily breakfast and additional dining experiences
  • A sumptuous dinner at the famed Zeleni Gaj Restaurant
  • An exclusive cured meats degustation at an organic farm in Ribnica, where you will be able to taste the finest cured meats pared with local wines
  • A visit to the oldest and most prestigious winery in Slovenia, followed by a wine tasting
  • An exclusive masterclass and tasting in an ancient oil mill and distillery in Prekmurje
  • A demonstration of the art of goat cheese making and cheese tasting in the quaint village of Mali Raj

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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.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for select departures:

21 April 2019

19 May 2019

9 June 2019

15 July 2019

25 August 2019

22 September 2019

20 October 2019

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Ljubljana on your chosen tour start date.

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.

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.

Private Departures Available: Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers - surcharges apply).

Luggage Allowance: Luggage allowance per person is 20kg maximum (unless otherwise stated) to allow for ease of transport on the journey.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Cubo Hotel, Ljubljana

Vila Bled, Bled

Dobra Vila, Bovec

Castle Gredic, Brda

Hotel Kempinski, Portoroz Istria

Extension Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Domačija Novak

Pannonian Village

Cubo Hotel

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

Maximum tour capacity is six people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

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.

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

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

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

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

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

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

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

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This includes the need to sometimes substitute train travel for planes and vice versa. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

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