Our Finest Trip: Culinary, Culture and Cozy

Trip Overview

Welcome to a tour that raises the bar. Slovenia’s best cuisine and coziest places are at

the core of this tour as it takes you from the majestic Julian Alps to the Adriatic Sea.

Raising the bar of travel means Michelin ranked cuisine, the best wines of Slovenia and

Italy, slow food, lakeside villas, truffle hunting, mountain top vistas, and emerald

rivers all topped off with a good dose of Mediterranean seaside. We always like to

immerse you in the culture of a new place, but this trip does it with exceptional style.

Highlights

The peak of Slovenian gastronomy where centuries

old traditions meet organic farming and slow food.


Hike in the spectacular Julian Alps and steep glacier-

carved valleys that set the stage in Hemingway's

Novel A Farewell to Arms.


Behind the scenes visits with a famous chef, a wine

sommelier and a truffle hunter.


Explore the protected underworld of the Skocjan

Caves.

Itinerary

Day 1  Ljubljana, Touch the Dragon’s Tail - Ljubljana is one of the coziest capitals in the world with an amazing blend of Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau buildings. Enjoy a guided tour through the Old Town stamped by the great architect Plecnik. We cross the Zmajski Most ("Dragon Bridge") guarded by four dragons as well as  Plecnik's famous "Tromostovje" (Triple Bridge). Then, we begin our culinary experience: Traditional dishes with a twist will be served inside Ljubljana’s castle walls. Throughout the next 7 days, we taste exceptional German, Slovenian and Mediterranean cuisine. 


Day 2  Lake Bled, Triglav National Park - On a tiny island in the middle of stunning Lake Bled, the Pope blessed a church bell and now it supposedly makes  wishes come true. After a pletna boat ride to the island, we transfer to Lake Bohinj, and explore the Triglav National Park. Weather permitting, we see the triple-summit of Mt. Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak, depicted on Slovenia's flag. In the evening, we tip toe through the world of homemade Slovenian brandies. 


Day 3  Lake Bohinj, Mirrored Giants -  Rustic mountain huts have been a source of family pride for centuries. Today, the tradition continues and we arrive at one hut after hiking the forests and meadows of the Mostnica Gorge. The scent of home cooked soup, fresh potica (nut roll) and apple strudel are waiting for us there. 


Day 4  Soca River, A Turquoise Ribbon - The Soca [So-cha] River’s turquoise waters cut through the limestone of the Julian Alps. However, the river’s mesmerizing beauty did not prevent the tragic battles on the Isonzo front during WWI, as captured by Hemingway in his A Farewell to Arms. In the Soca Valley, we hike the Tolmin Gorge and find the meeting of Zadlascica and Tolminka’s clear Alpine waters. Peek into the Zadlaska Cave and see why it inspired Dante's Inferno, part of his Divine Comedy. End up in Kobarid and our home is a private inn that’s also a pinnacle of Slovenian gastronomy. 


Day 5  Mt Matajur, See to Sea - We start the day at an award winning Museum and then hike up Mt. Matajur (5,400 ft) rising above the turquoise Soca River. The panoramic views on the Slovenian side and rolling hills and even the Adriatic sea on the Italian side make it a great viewpoint. At the summit, a cozy mountain hut serves hearty soup and goulash. Evening in Italy, at a Michelin rated restaurant run by a Slovenian family. Start dinner with an aperitif under lime trees followed by a delicious multi-course menu with wine pairing.


Day 6 Skocjan Caves, Breathtaking - A UNESCO World Heritage site, we spend about two hours walking underground enjoying spectacular views of stalactites, underground rivers and deep caves. The rest of the day is above ground, we join our local host and discover the world of truffles, special, aromatic and mysterious mushrooms. The Slovenian soil is so rich in Istria that the local wines and truffles bear an outstanding flavor and aroma.


Day 7  Aristocratic Atmosphere - Wake up early for a Magic moment - watching a herd of Lipicaner horses run out to pasture. In 1580, Austro-Hungarian Archduke Karl founded the Lipica Stud Farm to breed horses for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the Royal Court stables. Against all historical odds, the horses and their tradition have survived until today. After a guided tour of the stud farm, we savor the local dry ham (pršut) and well known red wine Teran. Watch the sunset over the Adriatic Sea, from the narrow lanes of Piran, an ancient Mediterranean town. 


Day 8  To Venice or Ljubljana? -  The trip ends after breakfast. You can ride with us back to Ljubljana, or continue on to Venice by boat. We'll gladly assist you with a boat ticket reservation. Adijo!

Details

  1. Tour begins in Ljubljana, ends in Piran

  2. Optional return to Ljubljana

  3. 7 nights/8 days walking trip

  4. Professional bilingual guides

  5. Hotels and Inns with private baths

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  1. All meals included

  2. Wine pairings with degustation menus

  3. Moderate to long countryside walks

  4. Guided tours and wine tastings included

  5. Single room supplement available

Trip Flow

Walking hillsides and valleys, savoring delicious cuisine, and strolling through towns are the core activities of this trip with 2-5 hours of moderate/long countryside, trail walking each day. Our vehicle transfers your luggage between the hotels so you can carry just a daypack. If you’d like to take a break the vehicle is available for transport support.

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        CULINARY SLOVENIA  Walking - 8 days

     *  Price per double occupancy.  $460 single supplement.  See terms and conditions for additional price information. 

   **  Scheduled trips operate with a minimum of six travelers. Custom dates are possible if you arrange your own group of

         six or more travelers.

Trip References

If you would like to hear about this trip from someone who has already walked it,

then please contact us and we will connect you with a prior guest who has

volunteered to be a “trip reference”.

Trip Prep

Before the trip, you will receive an information packet containing a recommended

packing list, detailed itinerary, and special travel requirements or recommendations.

   * Price  $4985 USD

  

   * Contact us for

  1.    custom dates.