Come experience firsthand the people and culture from the land of our ancestors. Let us pamper you like a VIP with surprises and unique, local opportunities each day as we take a road trip through the unspoiled back roads of Slovenia. This tour offers much more than sightseeing; we invite you to come see why!
Let us take you to this magnificent country and introduce you to locals where you will hear and taste the Slovenian language, music, and food. Let us show you the beautiful cities of Slovenia, such as Bled, Portorož, Piran, Ljubljana, Ptuj, Novo mesto, and Bohinj. Let us explore the little villages as we stroll their narrow streets; partake in the various culinary chores, as we sing, dance, and eat together!
Depart from the United States to Ljubljana.
Upon arrival to Ljubljana airport, meet our tour director and drive to Bled. Time permitting a stop in Brezje. This evening we gather for our Welcome to Slovenia dinner party. Enjoy the evening getting to know our fellow travelers as we begin this amazing excursion to the homeland. (D)
Following breakfast we dedicate our morning to the Wild Flower Festival in Bohinj to enjoy the food, market, folklore dancing, and other activities. Later we visit a local farm to participate and learn how to make cheese and butter with the family. Our visit includes tasting of homemade products along with drinks and music. The evening is free in Bled. (B, S)
After breakfast enjoy your morning at leisure and take in all that fairytale Bled has to offer. Try a walk around the lake, shop in many of the unique stores, swim, or enjoy a spa treatment. In the afternoon we travel to Jezersek Restaurant and enjoy a cooking class prepared by the well-known Jezersek family. (B, D)
In the morning after breakfast we say goodbye to beautiful Bled and drive to Komen, located in the Karst region. Our first stop is a local lavender producer who will welcome us with a tasting of juices and sweets made of lavender, followed by a presentation of the factory and their products. We continue to the small village of Kobjeglava to visit an old prosciutto house and have lunch. The next stop is the Herb Farm Belajevi to enjoy their presentation with traditional Slovenian dinner and folklore performance. This evening we drive to Potoroz on the Adriatic Sea. (B, S, L, D)
After breakfast we drive to Lipica to arrive just in time to participate in the morning release of Lipizzaners at Lipica Stud Farm. Feel the energy and joy of hundreds of horses running towards the green fields of Lipica. This is followed by a short sightseeing of Lipica. The day gets more spectacular when we enjoy a picnic at their estate; lunch will be served in the refreshing shadows of the trees. Drive to Piran and have time to stroll around or have a drink at one of the seaside cafes. Dinner will be served on the sea in Piran. (B, L, D)
This morning we enjoy breakfast on the coast before we travel to the eastern part of Slovenia. Our first stop will be in Zalec, where a local guide will tell us the story of the “Green Gold” (hops) and the brewery tradition. After we will visit the first world beer fountain and taste various local beers. Then travel to the village of Tabor (near Vransko) and have lunch in the charming surroundings of the Lisjak Restaurant. Continue towards the Ptuj area and visit a local family who produces the Kurent costume. This family will present us the history and manufacturing of the costume. We then continue with a short walking tour of this charming small town and visit a local wine producer for a wine tasting. (B, L)
Following breakfast we visit Sevnica, the charming home of the First Lady of the USA. There we will have a guided tour of the beautiful Sevnica Castle which was built on top of a hill overlooking Sevnica, providing the best view of the town and conclude our castle experience by enjoying a glass of Blaufränkisch wine from the castle wine cellar. Continue towards Mastnak wine cellar for wine tasting with snacks. In the afternoon, enjoy a picnic-style dinner at Zuzemberk Castle with accordion player and folklore performance. Drive to Ljubljana for overnight. (B, S, D)
Our morning begins with breakfast followed by an orientation tour of the city with our guide. There is free time for lunch and personal activities in the old town. Dinner will be on the outskirts of Ljubljana in a local gostilna. (B, D)
Visit the old city core of Novo mesto with its impressive and magnificent Main Square, with arcade hallways fronting the ground floors of old town houses and the dominant Town Hall. Take a ride down the River Krka on a traditional Rudolf’s raft and see the old town centre from the river. On this unique ride, you will also be served the typical drink and a symbol of the Dolenjska region, the Cviček wine, which is protected with the mark of a recognized traditional denomination. Have lunch on the wooden raft. Visit the Pleterje Charterhouse open-air museum and sample their brandy. On our way back to Ljubljana visit an open-air museum in Sentrupert and tour some Kozolci (hayracks). They are especially prominent in Dolenjska. We will see all types of hayracks when traveling in the region, with the most beautiful ensembles of hayracks found in the villages of Veliki Orehek and Vinja Vas in the Podgorje area. (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and the whole day free to explore the capital of Slovenia. Start the day with the market, followed by a visit to the castle or a boat ride on the Ljublanjca river or just people watch in one of the many establishments on the river. Or join some optional trips. Farewell dinner in Ljubljana with accordion player. (B, D)
This morning we say farewell to Slovenia, following breakfast we transfer to Ljubljana airport. (B)
|30 May 2018||10 June 2018||$ 2,578|
Call Judy at Kollander Travel: 800.800.5981 or 216.692.1000 ext. 7007 for further information or to book this tour.
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