Day one – Hello Ljubljana
Experience the harmony of sights and tastes of Ljubljana, European green capital of 2016.
12.00: Meeting point at our hotel.
After checking in and getting to know each other a little bit, we start our tour by exploring tastes and sights of Ljubljana. It is impossible to taste Ljubljana at just one dinning spot, so we will try more of them. Our Ljubljana culinary experience is actually a five stop food walk, from starter to dessert. Wandering through the Ljubljana vivid streets and food market we will meet renowned chefs serving us top end cuisine dishes on the one hand and creative individuals sharing their unique culinary stories with us on the other hand. Our food walk is a perfect fusion of Ljubljana’s sights, tastes and people. A fusion of present and past; blending the nowadays romantic city vibe and nostalgic Ljubljana legacy full of brave history and talented individuals.
Evening: Free time to explore the Ljubljana city centre on your own or just resting on our roof top hotel terrace overlooking Ljubljanica River. Welcome to Slovenia.
Day two – Lake day
Surprise yourself with Lake Bled and its magnificent views. Discover the tastes and tales of Bled.
Morning: Breakfast is served. Check out and a short drive to Bled. Visiting the Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia, admiring the lake below and the mountains around us. Listening to the story of the castle widow Poliksena. Checking in at the Hotel Triglav, time for a short break, followed by an excellent lunch in the hotel restaurant, famous for its modern, locally flavoured cuisine.
Afternoon: a pleasant walk around the lake will bring us closer to nature and local people. There will be enough time to stop for a famous “kremšnita”, to feed the swans, to browse the artisan shops or just to sit on a bench and enjoy the vibe of the late afternoon atmosphere.
Evening: Once back in the hotel we will be spoilt by light dinner followed by our first introductory wine tasting. Tasting and learning the basics of the characteristics of our wines and wine regions will make us understand the message of our national anthem, named “A Toast”.
Day three – Triglav National Park day
Saying goodbye to Bled and going into the heart of the Julian Alps. This is what we call authentic luxury – picnic and dinner at the heart of the Triglav National Park.
Morning: Breakfast is served. Hotel check out. There is no better way to say goodbye to Bled than visiting its island, which is, by the way, the only Slovenian island, by “pletna” boat. The highlight of our visit will be a short cooking class guiding us on how to make “potica”, Slovenia’s most traditional festive pastry. While spreading the filling of your choice over your own potica dough, you’ll be able to enjoy your own view of the lake. Once our potica is in the oven, we will take a short walk along the island and learn about the legend of the “wishing bell”. You will also be able to ring the bell and make a wish… Returning to our poticas we will take them out of the oven and taste them.
Afternoon: Leaving Bled we will drive through Gorenjska region and up to Vršič, one of the most scenic alpine road passes. Upon interest there will be a chance for a short walk to the top of Vršič (an easy, pleasant half an hour walk with breath taking views). We will find a perfect spot for our picnic, to calm down our bellies before arriving at Trenta; a settlement in the heart of the Triglav National Park.
Late afternoon/evening: once settled in our cosy nests we will be ready to relax and enjoy the Alpine scenery, green meadows, fresh air and starry night. Maybe Miško, the deer, will come to visit us. But above all we will experience one of the best homemade cooking in the region presenting us local specialities and their excellent wines (wine tasting number two). The fusion of the scenery, food and wine will turn the evening into an unforgettable culinary experience.
Day four – Emerald River day & milk mountains
Experiencing Soča, the Emerald River, with all senses. Milk mountains with excellent milk and traditional cheeses.
During the day: Breakfast is served. Leaving “Kekec homestead” we will follow the stream of Soča River from its turquoise coloured spring to emerald green riverbeds and all the colours in-between. Water here is so clean you can drink it. And it is not just the Soča that inspires us; there are also numerous other springs, riverbeds and waterfalls to discover. We will visit Kozjak waterfall to marvel at the sound of the falling water. The most attractive section of Soča River will be discovered by a unique rafting experience. The Soča Valley is surrounded with numerous milk mountains and the area is home of two cheeses labelled with “Protected Geographical lndication”; “Bovški” and “Tolminec” cheese. Our local culinary experience of the day will be related to the life of shepherds, tasting traditional “shepherd’s lunch” and cheeses.
Late afternoon: Leaving Soča Valley we will arrive at Goriška Brda, Slovenia’s most famous wine district. Dinner will be served at our hotel.
Day five – Vineyards day
Discover Goriška Brda, Slovenia’s Tuscany. Taste one of the world’s top 100 listed wines.
Morning: Breakfast is served. We will start our day by visiting the Gonjače lookout tower offering superb views of even the Adriatic coast on a clear day. The Brda hills are sprinkled with medieval settlements and castles overlooking endless vineyards, cherry orchards and olive trees. A short walk will take us through Šmartno, a walled settlement filled with narrow streets and artisan shops selling seasonal local food and craft.
Noon: out first toast of the day will be made with one of Slovenia’s finest sparkling wines. We will visit Bjana estate to learn about sparkling wines production process and to taste their sophisticated flavours.
Early afternoon: we will continue our wine route by visiting one of the best Slovenian wine producers Aleš Kristančič, who is listed among top 12 wine creators of the world. Wine tasting while overlooking vineyards and listening to the passionate story of how to make great wine is an unforgettable experience. Here, at Movia, Kristančič family estate, we will also have light meal.
Late afternoon and evening: there will be enough free time to rest at our homestead or explore the surroundings before dinner. No need to mention that once again local specialities will be on the table accompanied with very specific vines….
Day six – Karst day
Marvel at the unique Karst landscape, shaped by bora wind and underground rivers. Taste the authentic Karst prosciutto and Teran wine.
Morning: Breakfast is served. Check out and a short drive to Štanjel, one of the oldest settlements in the Karst region. The preserved Štanjel medieval architecture is an excellent example of how people used to protect themselves against the harsh climate, especially the strong bora wind in winter and the lack of water in summer. Leaving romantic Štanjel behind, we will visit the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These spectacular caves are home to the world’s largest known underground river canyon and a natural phenomenon of global importance, ranking side by side with the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos Islands, Mount Everest and others.
Afternoon: experiencing authentic lunch at Belajevi homestead, where we will taste creative dishes made from Karst prosciutto, extremely aromatic home grown herbs, Karst honey and more. At Belajevi herb garden more than 150 different herbs and spices are grown, so be ready to activate your taste buds. All these tastes will melt with the flavour of the Karst Teran wine, the perfect match to all this delicious food. A short drive will bring us to Piran, our final destination.
Evening: After checking in at the hotel and a short rest, we will take an easy walk around Piran’s twisted streets and hidden markets. We will find a perfect place for our first Mediterranean culinary experience hopefully accompanied by a romantic sunset.
Day seven – Coast day
The story of the sea, salt and the Piran sea bass. Charming Piran, one of the most photogenic Mediterranean cities.
Morning: Breakfast is served. Piran is a birth town of Giuseppe Tartini, a Venetian composer and one of the greatest violinists of his time. Drinking morning coffee at Tartini square we can imagine hearing his music. Or is it just the sound of the sea? The Adriatic sea is one of the cleanest seas of the world and food coming out of it is considered healthy and fresh. We will visit a family run fish farm whose goal is to breed the best farmed fish in the world. We will board on a pontoon boat to come close to the fish farming pools where we will observe manual fish feeding of Piran sea bass and continue to the mussels farming lines. For lunch we will taste the sea bass carpaccio and other sea specialities.
Afternoon: we will have time to rest at the natural outdoor spa centre in the heart of the Piran Salinas, enjoying the sun, the sea and the beneficial salt-pan mud and brine. Later in the afternoon we will participate in an outdoor cooking class, learning how to prepare a tasty fresh sea bass and many other Istrian cuisine delights. Dinner, based on our efforts, will be accompanied with the wine tasting of Istria wines and we will learn how to perfectly match sea food and different kind of wines.
Day eight – Goodbye dear friends
Breakfast is served. Check out of the hotel until 11.00 a.m. A chance to drink the last morning coffee together, to extend your stay or to catch your connecting transfer.
Short distances. Never more than 120 km (75 miles) drive per day. Daily average 61km (38 miles).