Journey through Slovenia, an up-and-coming destination quietly referred to as 'Europe’s best-kept secret'. Discover the serenity of Lake Bled’s landscape with its storybook castles and churches, explore the verdant landlocked springs of the Soca River and discover the largest underground chasms in all of Europe at the Skocjan Caves in a country still relatively hidden from bustling tourist crowds.
Stay in the region's best hotels, enjoy daily breakfasts with hand-picked dining experiences and wine tasting plus private airport transfers upon arrival and departure, the services of an expert local guide, private ground transportation and more
What You’ll Love
World-Class Food – Once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences
Grant yourself an indulgent taste of Slovenia's exciting culinary scene, taking the best flavours from Italy, Hungary and the Balkans. The true highlight is a sumptuous dinner at the Hisa Franko restaurant, prepared by the world’s best female chef, Ana Ros. Ros is highly credited for putting Slovenia on the gastronomic map with her talents, especially due to her dedication to using home-grown ingredients to enrich the flavour of her dishes.
Full of wine, fruit, olives and art – Goriska Brda is known as the “Tuscany of Slovenia” for good reason. Travel from village to village in this sun-drenched region, spying groves and castles as the scenery passes by. Spend some time in one of Slovenia’s most renowned private vineyards for a drink with one of thecountry’s finest winemakers.
The Sights – Explore Slovenia's stunning natural beauty, ancient architecture and hidden cultural treasures
Get acquainted with the nature of Slovenia, a country whose capital won ‘Green Capital of Europe’ for 2016. Wander along the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, search for hidden pools by the stunning Soca River, discover the Secovlje saltpans by the Adriatic Sea and more. Of exceptional mention is scenic Lake Bled – a postcard-perfect location dotted with castles and trees on the banks of a serene body of water. It’s often thought of as Slovenia’s quintessential landscape.
Where You’ll Stay – Stunning luxury accommodation for the entire duration of your tour
Start your adventure in style with a stay at TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked hotel in all Ljubljana – Hotel Cubo. Not only does the hotel sport a sleek, modern look, but the inclusions are equally as impressive. A complimentary mobile phone you can use during your stay allows for international calls home, the minibar in your room is complimentary and restocked daily, and the staff stop at nothing to ensure you make the most of your time in Slovenia’s capital. It’s the ultimate in customer service – the perfect headquarters to begin exploring this beautiful country.
Spend an evening next to the most beautiful place in all Slovenia, Lake Bled, during a stay at Vila Bled, a boutique 1950s-style hotel that once served as home to President Josip Tito. Not only is the hotel itself steeped in history, with places such as the Concert Hall, adorned with a mural dedicated to Yugoslav struggles in WWII, or at the Belvedere Pavilion where Tito held tea parties for his esteemed guests – kings, presidents and dictators alike – but it contains exceptional facilities such as the lakeside terrace sporting views of Slovenia's emblematic Bled region.
Your final stop on the tour takes you to Hotel Kempinski, widely regarded as the most prestigious hotel on Slovenia’s coastline. This former palace retains enough of its old charm to make each night feel like a stay for royalty – along with the plush furnishings, high ceilings and exceptional views of the Adriatic Sea. Wrap this up with a central location in the centre of Portoroz, Piran and you’ve got unmatched levels of style and convenience.
Your Package Includes:
- Seven nights of luxury accommodation
- A one-of-a-kind degustation dinner at the award-winning Hisa Franko restaurant, prepared by Ana Ros – voted the world’s best female chef.
- Daily breakfasts and hand-picked meals plus non-alcoholic beverages, local wines and beers during dinner on the tour. See the ‘Itinerary’ tab for more details.
- Private wine-tasting experiences with local winemakers.
- A visit to a rural olive oil producer followed by a tasting.
- Visit a local cheesemaker and enjoy complimentary cheese tasting and a light lunch.
- Local expert guides, private transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the tour itinerary.
- Private airport transfers upon arrival and departure.
5-Day Croatia Extension:
Follow the tasting trail on through to Croatia on a journey filled with delectable cheeses, fragrant olive oils, freshly shucked oysters, seafood, earthen truffles and wine-tastings while meeting master artisans, visiting esteemed cellars and top-of-the-line producers along the way.
The Sights - Uncover rural Croatia, preserved ancient streets and more
Witness Croatia’s old Roman and Italian influences first hand. The city of Porec is steeped in cultural treasures including entire streets preserved since ancient times while Rovinj’s Italian influences have resulted in some of the finest Baroque structures in all Europe. Experience a taste of rural Croatia at villages such as Piran and Groznan, filled with art, delicious local produce and warm local hospitality.
The Food - Our most indulgent culinary experiences to date
Croatia is slowly getting recognised for its culinary scene, and this adventure will put you ahead of the trend with exclusive insider access to a variety of artisanal food producers. You’ll learn how to make delicious Istrian pasta in a hands-on cooking class, tempt your taste buds with the subtle flavours of Croatian cheese on a visit to a cheese process, hunt and taste truffles next to experts with generations worth of experience, shuck oysters on board a boat before tucking into a fresh three-course seafood lunch, sample freshly pressed olive oil and toast your glass during several private wine-tasting sessions.
Where You'll Stay - Four nights in the stylish Hotel Lone
Experience Croatia while staying at the Hotel Lone in Rovinj. As the only Croatian member of the Design Hotel group, no expense has been spared to make this a flagship stay. Stylish architecture, installations from conceptional artists Silvio Vujicic and Ivanka Franke, a brilliant coastal location and facilities such as a well-furnished pool-area, six bars and restaurants along with a vast spa promises a stay both as comfortable as it is stylish.
See the 'itinerary tab' for full details.