The jewel of Europe awaits your visit. Century old buildings await to tell their stories. Walk the streets of beautiful old cities. Experience historic timeline events in their history. Mingle with the locals and sip their wines. Cruise the beautiful Adriatic, long known for its turquoise waters and the spectacular beauty of its coastline. See for yourself why Slovenia has been described as beautiful, magical, fairytale-like, addictive!
You will travel throughout in a deluxe motor coach viewing the diversity of this beautiful land. Your emotions will be in high gear as we sing, dance, and laugh. Your SUA escorts along with a professional tour director and bus driver will make for delightful days.
Be prepared to have a memorable tour!
Let the celebration begin as we depart for lovely Slovenia.
Upon arrival at the Ljubljana airport, we meet our Tour Director and Bus Driver and transfer to Hotel Park in Bled. The evening festivities begin during cocktail hour while we begin creating long-lasting friendships. The night continues with a delicious meal and of course live music. HOTEL PARK, BLED (D)
After breakfast our Tour Director will host an informational meeting for all those who need help on how to spend their free time in charming Bled. You have many choices including a visit to the fairytale Bled Castle, a pletna boat ride to the island, a walk around the lake, shopping, or a spa treatment at our hotel. In the early afternoon, we travel to Gostilna Skaručna for a highly entertaining cooking class. The chef will roll out the red carpet as we are greeted with welcome drinks and his staff is ready to show us an amazing time. Get ready to prepare traditional Slovenian dishes with entertainment during the whole process. Our evening gets better when we enjoy the efforts from our labor which are paired up with delicious wines. HOTEL PARK, BLED (B & D)
After breakfast we travel back in time on an old steam train that takes us towards Goriška Brda along the Bohinj railway. With an accordion musician onboard, this will be an experience from another era. Later we will rejoin our bus as we make our way to Goriška Brda. On our trip around the Brda region you will encounter a series of monuments and memorial plaques from WWII. We continue to Šmartno, situated in the geographical center of Brda. Gradnik, the local poet, compares the village with the eagle´s nest resting on a place, where the view stretches from the Nanos hill in the east to the Carnija Alps in the northwest, and from the Furlanija to the Adriatic Sea. We stop at Hiša Marica (Marica’s House) for a special wine tasting from this region along with tasty snacks followed by a walking tour. This evening we have a special feast at a local gostilna before driving to the hotel in Goriška Brda. HOTEL VENKO, GORIŠKA BRDA (B, S, WT & D)
Waking up in Goriška Brda will give you special energy for our next destination as we depart for Portorož where everyone will have free time on the Adriatic Sea. In the evening get ready to set sail on our sunset cruise. This incredible journey takes you up and down the Slovenian coast with snacks, music, and drinks. HOTEL GH, PORTOROŽ (B & S)
After breakfast, we have a short drive to nearby Piran. Our Tour Director will lead a walking tour of Piran (a beautiful city on the sea). Enjoy spectacular views from our seaside restaurant for lunch. The remainder of the day is yours to choose, whether it’s more time exploring Piran or returning with the bus to Portorož to enjoy the hotel, its spa, or the city itself. HOTEL GH, PORTOROŽ (B & L)
After breakfast, we drive towards Idrija. First we visit Franja Partisan Hospital. After World War II, the hospital became a symbol of the partisan movement and its extensive and extremely well-organized medical activities. At Kendov Dvorec Manor we will enjoy a Žlikrofi preparation demonstration and enjoy them after they are done for lunch. After that we visit Gewerkenegg Castle built in the first half of the 16th century. Later we continue to Ljubljana. Tonight, we suggest a walk through the Old Town with dinner at one of the many restaurants along the beautiful Ljubljanica River. CITY HOTEL, LJUBLJANA (B & L)
This morning we meet genealogy expert Peter Hawlina. He will get us started on our family search with a tour of the archives. Enjoy lunch in a gostilna followed by a walking tour of the city. Visit the most significant sights of the old city center: the picturesque Central Open-air Market and The Three Bridges (both designed by the famous architect Joze Plecnik), the Baroque Town Hall, and Robba’s Fountain. Evening is at leisure to explore Ljubljana on your own. CITY HOTEL, LJUBLJANA (B & L)
Today we head to Dolenjska and Bela Krajina region. Drive to Semič to visit Sever Beekeeping where we will learn about beekeeping and taste their honey. Stop in Rosalnice where Mojca, a charismatic lady of the house, will welcome you in the front yard of the family home. We will be able to enjoy a homemade feast in a homey atmosphere while she entertains us with a story of bread, life, and humor. Her house of good bread is not merely about food but adventure as well. Mojca will demonstrate the making of pogača, and we will be able to try it while still hot. We finish Bela Krajina with wine tasting at a local producer, then continue to Zuzemberk for a late picnic-style dinner with roasted lamb. Drive back to Ljubljana. CITY HOTEL, LJUBLJANA (B, S, HT, WT & D)
In the morning, we have free time to visit the local market and do last minute shopping. Later we depart to Kammik for our cable car to Velika Planina, which takes us amongst the green pastures of the mountain plateau in the heart of the Kamnik Alps. We will admire the unique architecture of the cottages which define Velika Planina and enjoy lunch in one of the huts. Drive back to Ljubljana for a free afternoon and in the evening, enjoy a Farewell to Slovenia Dinner Party held in Ljubljana with music, dancing, and lots of tears of joy. CITY HOTEL, LJUBLJANA (B, L & D)
After breakfast, we say goodbye to Slovenia as we depart for home. (B)
|27 May 2020||6 June 2020||$ 2,580|
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