Luxury Gourmet Holiday Slovenia

Explore Slovenia’s luscious gastronomy through world-class restaurants and family-owned wineries.

Location
Ljubljana
Length
7 nights / 8 days
Difficulty
Leisurely

Highlights

Agent
Jovan
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Description

In Slovenia, we like to eat - and we like to eat well - but our personal favorite thing to do is to introduce newcomers to the delights of the local cuisine. And what better way to do that than a tour of the best Slovenian restaurants?

From classic traditional dishes to modern fusion menus, this tour will introduce you to the top rated restaurants in Slovenia: from Gostilna pri Lojzetu with chef Tomaž Kavčič which was awarded the best restaurant in Slovenia in 2019 by Gault & Milau to the Strelec Restaurant, situated inside one of the towers of Ljubljana Castle and offering a stunning view of the city.

If you do not wish to miss one of the hottest chefs in Slovenia from the celebrated Hiša Franko (headed by Ana Roš, named world’s best female chef in 2017), make sure you are booking early and we can arrange an extra day in the beautiful Soča Valley.

All together, you will be able to enjoy exquisite meals in some 15 unique restaurants while staying in equally luxurious hotels. If that sounds just like your idea of a week well spent, we agree - and we can’t wait to have you here!

Included in price

Professional local guide
Luxury transportation
7 nights luxury accommodation with breakfast
7x dinner
All entrance fees as in the itinerary
Tourist tax

Optional extra charge

Culinary workshop in Ljubljana
Slow-food experience

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia

Start your gourmet holiday in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Head out on a walking tour of this vibrant city through its old town and visit all the main sights and attractions. Finish the tour at Ljubljana Castle with some of the best views of the town and a gourmet dinner to start your delicious journey through Slovenian cuisine at one of the best restaurants in town.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Ljubljana
Meals:
5-course tasting dinner at Strelec restaurant
Included:
Ljubljana walking tour
Optional extra charge
Transfer from Ljubljana airport
DAY 2 - Ljubljana

Ljubljana Central Market is a bustling place, where you can feel the town’s pulse browsing through the covered markets, fish market and the open fresh produce market, where stands with delicious local fruits and vegetables buzz with the local crowd. Enjoy lunch at a bistro in the old town made with top-notch seasonal ingredients marked by the zero-waste cuisine concept from under the hands of a famous Slovenian chef. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with time to yourself and become part of Ljubljana’s lively cafe scene and then join a wine tasting experience of Slovenian wines. Get spoiled with another gourmet dinner at a high-end restaurant with a unique and creative menu. Optionally, you can replace the wine tasting and dinner with a Slovenian culinary workshop and learn how to prepare traditional Slovenian dishes.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Ljubljana
Meals:
Breakfast
3-course lunch at Monstera bistro
5-course dinner at JB restaurant
Included:
Wine tasting
Optional extra charge
Slovenian culinary workshop
DAY 3 - Bled

Lake Bled is one of the most popular attractions in Slovenia and we will make sure you don’t miss out! You will spend the morning on the lake, enjoying a private traditional pletna boat ride to the island. Afterwards, we will visit Bled Castle, perched on a cliff with some of the best views of the lake, a museum, and a lovely restaurant with carefully selected traditional dishes, where we will stop for lunch. Spend a free afternoon at Lake Bled for some walking, relaxing or shopping. After we return to Ljubljana, you will have dinner at a hip restaurant, popular with locals as well as visitors.

Walking:
99 steps on Bled Island. Steep slope and steps at Bled Castle.
Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Ljubljana
Meals:
Breakfast
3-course lunch at Bled Castle restaurant
4-course dinner at AS restaurant
Included:
Private pletna boat ride
Entrance fee to the church on the island
Bled Castle entrance fee
DAY 4 - Goriška Brda

Some of the best wines in Slovenia come from the Goriška Brda wine region. Your visit to this charming region will include stops in the medieval villages of Gonjače and Šmartno with wonderful views of the rolling hills covered in vineyards. We will make two stops at family run wineries, meeting the local winemakers and tasting their wines. Between the stops, you will have lunch at a traditional restaurant, famous for its seasonal menus with local and home-grown ingredients. To top things off, your overnight stay will be in a small boutique chateau with its own wine cellar if you wish to continue tasting wines from all over the region and a fantastic restaurant.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Goriška Brda
Meals:
Breakfast
4-course lunch at Belica restaurant
4-course dinner at Gredič Castle
Included:
2 wine tastings at local wineries
DAY 5 - Vipava valley

After an easy morning, you will visit the neighbouring Vipava, an idyllic valley famous for its fruits, rustic villages and gourmet delights. Your lunch will be a slow-food culinary experience created by a creative Slovenian chef in the unique setting of Zemono Manor, spoiling your taste buds with a mixture of molecular gastronomy and authentic flavours of the area. But this will not be the only highlight of the day, as we will stop at a local biodynamic winemaker, whose cellar is located in a spectacular setting, only enhancing the delicious flavours of the organic wines. We will end the day in Portorož, the most popular resort on the Slovenian coast.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Portorož
Meals:
Breakfast
4-course lunch at Gostilna pri Lojzetu
Included:
Wine tasting at Guerila winery
DAY 6 - The Slovenian Coast

Albeit small, the Slovenian coastline offers a plethora of experiences connected with its rich culinary history. Once an important producer of sea salt, the area of Piran is still proud of its active traditional salt production, located in what is today a protected nature reserve. In the very same bay, a fish farm specialised in sea bass with a unique and creative organic approach emerged and they love to share their story through visits and culinary workshops. Another typical product of the Slovenian coast is olive oil and what better way to experience the production than a tour of the groves and the press in a vintage van, driving through the hills, accompanied by the passionate olive oil producers.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Portorož
Meals:
Breakfast
Culinary workshop at Fonda fish farm
Olive oil tasting and traditional Istrian meal
Included:
Fonda fish farm visit
Lisjak vintage gourmet tour
DAY 7 - Brežice & Otočec Castle

Leave the coast and head to the southeasternmost end of Slovenia to a picturesque town of Brežice and the charming region of Dolenjska. Stop for lunch at a family-run restaurant with a cosy rural atmosphere and an innovative approach to traditional cuisine. Continue to Otočec Castle, a medieval fortification that is now a luxury hotel with a superb restaurant. It is located on a river island in the heart of this green region, a real haven for relaxation in nature. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon and get ready for another exquisite dinner at the castle.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Otočec
Meals:
Breakfast
4-course lunch at Oštarija Debeluh
7-course dinner at Grad Otočec
Highlights:
Dolenjska region
Otočec Castle
DAY 8 - Otočec

Enjoy a relaxing morning of your last day before departing from Otočec. If you are keen on more gourmet experiences, we recommend choosing a slow-food experience in a unique restaurant just outside of Ljubljana, where fun times and satisfied tastes are guaranteed.

Meals:
Breakfast
Included:
Transfer to Ljubljana
Highlights:
Exquisite slow-food experience
Optional extra charge
Transfer to Ljubljana airport
Slow-food experience
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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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