SLOVENIAN WINE ROADS
A toast to being different!
White or red, lushly aromatic, strong, full-bodied or light, dry or sweet – no matter what kind of wine you prefer, you will discover your favourite variety in the three wine-growing regions of Slovenia.
The select wines from three wine-growing regions with 9 wine-growing districts are ranked among the best in the world with regard to quality. Due to the differences in soil, climate, and cellaring methods, each wine-growing region has its own selection of varieties. Slovenian vineyards are located in the very centre of the European wine-growing belt. The belt of locations ideal for vineyards is similar to those in areas such as Burgundy in France, and the interlinked influences of the climate and the soil allow Slovenia to have a greater diversity in its wine offerings.
Cultural tour, Gastronomyfrom €
1. day: AIRPORT OF LJUBLJANA - MARIBOR
Arrival to the International Airport of Ljubljana and meeting with our English speaking guide. Transfer to the hotel in Maribor for two nights. Day will be designed according to the flight timings.
Short walk in the old town centre of the capital of Slovene Styria, to visit the Lent area with the "oldest wine in the world" from the 15th C. that yearly produces around 60 liters of wine. In the centre of the city, below the square Trg svobode and further on, is one of the largest and oldest classic wine cellars in Europe – it boasts an area of 20.000 m2 and 2,5 kilometre long underground tunnels, which lead you into a wonderful world full of the tastes of wine.
In the evening dinner at a typical tavern / tourist farm on a Styrian wine road in Maribor surroundings. Return to the hotel, overnight.
Day 2 : MARIBOR – PTUJ – JERUZALEM – MARIBOR
In the morning departure to Ptuj, considered as a museum-town in Slovenia, where we will admire the castle-museum. We will visit Ptuj’s wine cellar where you will receive first impression about the wine producing in this area. Afterwards we will continue on the picturesque wine road and stop in Jeruzalem to visit a wine cellar and have a wine tasting . After the lunch we will return back to Maribor. If the time allows we will take part of some of the events which are during the Old Vine Festival in Maribor. Dinner and overnight in Maribor.
Day 3: MARIBOR – ROGAŠKA SLATINA – OLIMJE - BIZELJSKO - OTOCEC
In the morning departure to Bizeljsko, another known area with wine roads. On the way we will stop in a famous spa Rogaska Slatina, later we will visit the old pharmacy in the monastery of Olimje. For lunch we recommend a nice restaurant with deer dishes. In the afternoon there will be a tasting of sparkling wines in a famous wine cellar of and later another wine tasting in ‘”repnica”. Repnice are underground cellars dug in sand. Dinner and overnight at hotel near Otočec.
Day 4: OTOCEC – PLETERJE – STICNA – LJUBLJANA
After the breakfast we will head towards Pleterje Charterhouse. Pleterje is a catholic monastery in which monks follow Christ in an exclusively contemplative life. It is possible to see the old Gothic church and multi-visual presentation on the history and life of Carthusian Carthusians. You can also buy their wines and brandies in theirs shop. Afterwards we will proceed to Sticna monastery which is the oldest spiritual and cultural centre in Slovenia. It can be traced back to the year 1132, i.e. the Romanesque period. In the afternoon arrival in Ljubljana, the capital of the country. Accommodation in a hotel, afterwards we will have a walking tour to enjoy a charming city atmosphere. The day will end by a dinner with delicious food at a typical Slovene tavern ’’gostilna’’. Overnight.
Day 5: LJUBLJANA – BLED – BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA
In the morning departure to the Gorenjska region; Our first stop will be museum of apiculture in Radovljica. We will continue our way to Bled with its castle, located on a cliff above Bled lake, from where one can enjoy a splendid view on the Julian Alps. Trip by a typical boat ‘’pletna’’ to the island in the middle of the lake to visit its 15th ct. church in possible visit of beautiful Vintgar gorge. In the afternoon transfer to the Lake Bohinj, free time and enjoying in splendid nature. Return to Ljubljana, dinner and overnight at the same hotel.
Day 6: LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – GORIŠKA BRDA - NOVA GORICA
In the morning departure to Postojna to visit the word famous underground caves. The afternoon will be dedicated to the unique wine region, Goriska Brda. We'll enjoy the panoramic view and visit a wine cellar, have a wine and famous ham - ''prsut'' tasting. In the evening continuation to the Nova Gorica, accommodation in a hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 : N.GORICA/GORISKA BRDA – ŠTANJEL – LIPICA - HRASTOVLJE - SLOVENE COAST
After the breakfast departure to Lipica to admire the famous horses Lipizzaners in a stud farm. On our way to Lipica we will also stop in village Štanjel known for it’s typical Karst house and a gallery of the famous Slovenian painter Spacal. Continuatio in direction to the Slovene coast; stop on a way in the Istrian hinterland, in a village Hrastovlje to visit a small picturesque church of St. Trinity. After arrival in Piran, the charming pearl of the Slovene coast and a birth place of Giuseppe Tartini, we will have a walking city tour in the old-town centre. Some free time. Dinner and overnight at the same hotel.
Day 8 : SLOVENE COAST- KOPER - IDRIJA – LJUBLJANA
In the morning we will visit Slovenian port Koper and make a walking tour in
its old town centre; we’ll have the opportunity to taste the best regional wines in a wine cellar. Afterwards we will continue our way to old mercury mine in Idrija also on UNESCO list. In the afternoon arrival in Ljubljana. Free time. For last dinner we suggest visiting traditional Slovene evening with dinner.
Day 9 : LJUBLJANA – LJUBLJANA AIRPORT
After breakfast free time until the departure, then transfer to the Ljubljana airport. End of our services.