Food & Wine Holidays Slovenia

Your ultimate gourmet holiday with a collection of delicious adventures all over Slovenia and the most popular sights.

Location
Ljubljana
Length
7 nights / 8 days
Difficulty
Leisurely

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Description

Take your senses on an adventure and embark on a journey of flavours from the world’s oldest grapevine in the Styria region, deliciously vibrant Ljubljana, to the traditionally charming Alpine region and easy-going Mediterranean, all packed in the radius of pocket-sized wonderful Slovenia. Focusing on both traditional and modern Slovenian cuisine, this holiday is delicious whether you call yourself a foodie or not.

While ticking off the most popular attractions in Ljubljana, Postojna Cave, Lake Bled and Piran, immerse yourself in the less famous sights of Maribor, Ptuj and Vipava Valley. Savour the unique delicacies of the Karst in a rustic setting, toast with exquisite wines in different Slovenian wine regions and tuck into gourmet surprises at local family run restaurants. Learn new skills at a cooking class and get to know unique specialities of Slovenian cuisine, from pumpkin seed oil to the traditionally produced salt flower.

We can say that balancing essential sightseeing of Slovenia with food-related activities will let you experience the local culture to the fullest and leave you hungry for more.

Included in price

Professional local guide*
Comfortable transportation*
7 nights 3* accommodation with breakfast
All entrance fees as in the itinerary
Tourist tax

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Ptuj

Let’s start at the roots. We will visit Ptuj, today known as the oldest town in Slovenia, with history dating back to the Roman times when it used to be a huge provincial city. Today, a quaint little town, boasting a beautiful castle that really makes its skyline, Ptuj is mainly known for two things - the carnival and wines. Visiting some of the most beautiful cellars in Slovenia with impressive history will offer an insight into the Slovenian wine culture. We will end the day in the countryside, staying the night at a tourist farm, a beautiful rustic accommodation with all the modern amenities and garden-to-table philosophy.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay at a farm stay
Meals:
Breakfast
Gourmet lunch at a local restaurant
Included:
Ptuj walking tour
Ptuj wine cellar visit with tasting
Wine tasting in the oldest house in Ptuj
Highlights:
Styria region
Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia
Old town cellars
Extras:
Transfer from the airport
DAY 2 - Maribor & Surroundings

Maribor, the capital of Styria, is home to the oldest grapevine in the world, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records. The old lady is located in the center of the old town, where we will continue to discover secrets of Maribor’s history and wine culture, particularly in the old network of tunnels over 2 km long that hides below the city center. We will drive out to the vineyards surrounding the city to check out the Instagram-famous “heart road” and take in the fabulous views that the terraced vineyards have to offer.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay at a farm stay
Meals:
Breakfast
Lunch at a local restaurant
Included:
Maribor walking tour
Vinag wine cellar with tasting
Highlights:
The oldest grapevine in the world
Maribor, the second largest town in Slovenia
Extras:
Wine tasting at the House of the Old Vine
DAY 3 - Jeruzalem & Styria Wine Region

The Holy Land of Slovenian wines, Jeruzalem is a spectacular setting, which moved even the crusaders who were passing through these lands. These rural areas seem almost untouched by time and local traditional knowledge is passed from generation to generation. You will be introduced to the pumpkin seed oil and its production and learn how this delicious brown substance made it all the way to the top restaurants in the world.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay at a farm stay
Meals:
Breakfast
Lunch at a local restaurant
Included:
Visit of pumpkin seed oil production with tasting
Wine tasting at a local winery
Highlights:
Styria Wine Region
Pumpkin seed oil production
DAY 4 - Ljubljana

Meet Ljubljana, a cosy, relaxed capital that will charm you straight away! Spend your day exploring the city’s main sights and attractions on a walking food tour through the old town, all the while stopping for delicious tastes of rich Slovenian traditional cuisine. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Ljubljanica River, where you will be able to see why this is considered one of the greenest capitals in Europe. Try your own cooking skill as you tackle traditional Slovenian recipes by yourself under local guidance at a cooking class or just help out enough to feel very much accomplished when you are trying out the delicacies that came from under your own two hands.

 

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Ljubljana
Meals:
Breakfast
Food tour meal
Cooking class meal
Included:
Boat ride on Ljubljanica River
Ljubljana Food Tour
Cooking Class Ljubljana
Highlights:
Ljubljana Food Tour
Cooking Class Ljubljana
DAY 5 - Bled & Bohinj

The Slovenian Alps are something everyone raves about. We will head out early in the morning to the most famous attraction in Slovenia - Lake Bled and enjoy a morning boat ride to the picturesque island in the middle. The cafe on the island specialised in the most traditional Slovenian pastry - potica, which you will get to try and learn more about. The afternoon will be reserved for the gorgeous Lake Bohinj, famous for its cow cheese, and we will make sure you get to try some!

Walking:
99 steps on Bled Island.
Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Ljubljana
Meals:
Breakfast
Cheese tasting at a local farm
Included:
Traditional pletna boat ride to Bled island
Potica pastry tasting
Highlights:
Traditional Slovenian pastry - Potica
Extras:
Entrance fee to the church on Bled Island
DAY 6 - Postojna Cave & The Karst

Another day, another must-see! We are off to Postojna Cave, the queen of caves, where a small electric train will take you underground for a unique experience. The dripstones and the halls of this cave are so spectacular that any description fails to do them justice. A short drive away from Postojna, we will pass by Predjama Castle as well, a unique structure with mysterious stories and a wonderful photo-stop. We will go further into the Karst region, which is famous for its stone-house villages, vineyards and a unique landscape, all the way to Štanjel, a dreamy rustic town, where you will be able to try the typical local prosciutto and wine.

IMPORTANT:

The temperature in the cave is 10C, so make sure you are dressed properly.

Walking:
1.5km (0.9mi) walking through Postojna Cave. Around 200 steps in Predjama Castle.
Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Vipava Valley
Meals:
Breakfast
Prosciutto & teran tasting in Štanjel
Included:
Postojna Cave entrance fee
Highlights:
Rustic town of Štanjel
Extras:
Predjama Castle entrance fee
DAY 7 - Goriška Brda & Vipava Valley Wine Regions

Get your taste buds ready, because we will be spoiling them with some exquisite wines on this day! The rolling hills of Goriška Brda covered in vineyards and medieval villages were made famous by winemakers that are praised all over the world. We will visit winemakers in both Goriška Brda and Vipava Valley, taking a peak in their cellars and vineyards and enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Vipava Valley
Meals:
Breakfast
Local lunch
Included:
Wine tasting in Goriška Brda
Wine tasting in Vipava Valley
DAY 8 - Piran & The Coast

Another day, another change of scenery! The small Slovenian coastline will offer you the Mediterranean vibes with its landscape, climate and architecture, as well as the laid-back feel to finish off your holiday in the right mood. We will spend time in Piran, the most popular town on the coast and enjoy it’s small medieval streets and picturesque buildings. Piran is surrounded by a wine growing region, so we will head up into the hills, where you will get to taste our Mediterranean style wines at a local farm and enjoy some of the best views of the Adriatic Sea. What a way to say goodbye to Slovenia!

Meals:
Breakfast
Local spread of cold cuts with wine tasting
Included:
Piran Walking Tour
Wine tasting at the Coast
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Fantastic ride among the vineyards and lovely villages. People are so nice as well. I am a wine lover and it's just a perfect combination of staying active and explore Slovenian wine and food at the same time.
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Aiden Bailey
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Absolutely loved this day on bikes, going through those charming villages and the vines. The ride uphill was a piece of cake for us due to e-bikes. I highly recommend.
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Terry Barrett
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We book this in October and the temperatures were perfect. The trail is versatile, going up and down through the vineyards and it brings so much fun. Recommended.
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Holiday Types

Self-guided

For travellers that want flexibility and independence. We organize the holidays of your choice, but the adventure of getting around is all yours. You will get a fly & drive itinerary with activities, accommodations and travelling tips with full support of our team for any emergencies or concerns.

Small group

For solo travellers or travellers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about trip planning and would maybe like to enjoy some time on their own as well. You will be travelling with our tour leader in a small group of maximum 8 people in a comfortable van with accommodation, entrance fees and a detailed plan of activities arranged. For guaranteed tour departures we have a minimum of 4 people.

Guided private

For travellers who want a holiday based on their preferences and needs. You don’t need to worry over itinerary planning or your next move, and at the same time you can enjoy the holidays at your own pace and take as much time on your own whenever needed. We take care of the entire organization and provide you with a professional guide, accommodation, transportation and plan of activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the pickup and which transfers are included?

The included pickup and drop-off at the end of the holiday in the price published on our website is in Ljubljana or Ljubljana airport. For any changes, please notify us upon booking. The included transfers are all the transfers between places and/or activities specified in the itinerary.

Where do I eat when the food is not included?

Both our back office team and our guides know where to go. We can give you recommendations or even pre-book some places for you. You can be adventurous and find places on your own. Either way, let us know if you would like any sort of help.

What should I wear? Do I have to bring anything with me?

It is important to dress for the season. Slovenia has all 4 seasons, so please check the weather forecast before the holiday regarding temperatures and rainfall. When you are close to the Alps, you can see all 4 seasons change in the same day, so your best bet is to always bring an extra layer and rain gear. Your guide will let you know each day what kind of weather you can expect for the next day and don’t worry - extra layers can always travel behind us in a support van.

I have food restrictions. Are there restaurants for me?

It really depends on the level of your restriction. Vegetarian options are fairly easy to find in Slovenia, but vegan dishes, on the other hand, are extremely hard to come by in rural areas of the country and in smaller towns. Please note that the places where we stop for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu. We suggest you keep this in mind.

Will I have some time to myself?

If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!

What is the tourist tax that is not included in the price?

A tourist and promotion tax is a fee that every visitor has to pay for each overnight stay all over Slovenia. It consists of two parts: each municipality charges a tourist tax fee, which goes towards financing and maintenance of tourist facilities in the area, and the Slovenian Tourist Board charges a promotion tax, which is used to promote Slovenia. Depending on the municipality, the tax rates vary - from 1.5€ in some locations to 3.13€ in Ljubljana or Bled (per person, per night).

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