Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Slovenia - 7 nights
Available May-September 

 

Enjoy a special all inclusive culinary tour in Slovenia! You will stay at a lovely, family-run tourist farm in Goriska Brda ("Slovenian Tuscany"). Savour diverse traditional Slovenian food and visit the best wineries in the area. Taste unique and distinctive cuisine in five culinary regions, with a concentration on the Mediterranean (Goriska Brda, Karst, Vipava Valley, Coast), and the Julian Alps (Kobarid). Eat in Hisa Franko, a restaurant with two Michelin stars, cook with local women and go truffle hunting with the locals. 

 
Slovenia is a true culinary destination that one might not think of right away when planning a foodie trip. But for sure, this week will be a memorable gourmet experience, which wiill enable you to try both the most sophisticated cuisine and traditional Slovenian food this land has to offer. 

 

Join us on this incredible journey!  

 

ITINERARY 

 

Day One 

 

THE ŠKOCJAN CAVES, LIPICA STUD FARM & GORIŠKA BRDA

 

Most guests arrive a day or more earlier since the tour will begin in the morning. 

We will pick you up at your hotel at 10AM if you arrive in Ljubljana a few days prior to the tour; otherwise, we will pick you up at the Ljubljana airport at 11AM. Our first stop after a short transfer is the Skocjan Caves Regional Park, one of Slovenia's most stunning natural attractions and a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. You will visit the greatest underground river canyon in the world which is known for its enormous dripstone formations, underground rapids and lakes. Our next stop will be Lipica Stud Farm, the birthplace of the Lipizzaners and one of the oldest stud farms in the world to admire elegant white horses.

 

Next, we will go to Slovenia's most picturesque winegrowing region, Goriska Brda. Take your time exploring the tourist farm, the vineyards, swim in the pool, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views with a glass of wine. 

 

Enjoy a welcome dinner and wine pairing in the evening. Getting to know everyone in this way is enjoyable and simple. We will visit the family's wine cellar after dinner. The owner will teach you how they produce a wide variety of top-notch certified organic wines while still upholding a long-standing legacy of winemaking techniques.

 

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day Two

 
THE VIPAVA VALLEY

 
Today, we will take you to Goce, a small village with a preserved cultural heritage, where you will discover more about the Vipava valley's history. The route will take us to a 650-year-old farmhouse that is tucked away in the winding streets. During lunch with local dishes we will enjoy a wine tasting with the owner in one of the 75 preserved stone-arched wine cellars in the village. It is a culinary experience that you will never forget!

 

After lunch, we will explore the picturesque hillside town with a fascinating past. In one of Slovenia's sunniest districts, explore the old streets, squares, and other attractions while sipping local wine.

 

We will travel to a tourist farm at a height of more than 1000 meters, where specific procedures are used to produce individual batches of cheese. Each one has a unique story. The stunning view of the Vipava Valley will fascinate you before dinner.

 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

Day Three 

 
WINE TASTING & COOKING CLASS

 

The day will begin with a visit to one of the best 100 wineries in the world, selected by Wine & Spirits Magazine. The owner is one of the 12 best winemakers in the world. Enjoy the great view, looking at the vineyards, while tasting wine and eating a light lunch.

 

At 5PM, after everyone has put on their aprons, we will start the cooking class and you will prepare traditional dishes of the region. The local women will reveal their culinary secrets. We will sit down to enjoy the results of your labor and the dinner you just made after the cooking lesson. 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY FOUR 

 

EXPLORING GORIŠKA BRDA & SPARKLING WINE 


Dobrovo Castle, a two-story Renaissance building from the 17th century, will serve as the starting point of our journey. Before ascending to the lookout tower at Gonjace, which will provide us with breathtaking views of the entire region, including the Adriatic coast, we will pass through the poetic village of Medana. We will visit Smartno, one of Slovenia's best preserved medieval villages, to conclude our tour. You will take pleasure in a guided olive oil tasting while learning about regional producers. The walled village of Smartno will provide a traditional lunch while you sample traditional spirits and liquors made from various fruits and plants and see how they are made.

 

One of Slovenia's oldest cellars may be found in the center of Goriska Brda, inside a chateau that dates back to the 13th century. It presently serves as the home of a family-run winery that is most renowned for its award-winning sparkling wines, which are produced using age-old techniques. While taking a tour of the wine cellar, you will taste the assortment of sparkling wines.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

DAY FIVE 

 
SOČA RIVER VALLEY & MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT

 

Today you will visit one of the world's most beautiful river valleys in the Soca River Valley. The day will be a blend of history, nature and delicious cuisine. Before reaching the old town of Kobarid, where Ernest Hemingway was inspired to write his book "A Farewell to Arms", we will first take a beautiful and relaxing walk to the magnificent, hidden Kozjak waterfalls. You will have enough time to explore the World War I Museum or simply relax while sipping regional craft beer at a pub.

 

It is time for a culinary experience—lunch prepared by one of the most creative chefs, Ana Ros, in the family-run Hisa Franko restaurant, which has two Michelin stars and was named The World's Best Female Chef by The World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2017 and the 21 Best Restaurant in the World for 2021. Ana Ros is a star of Netflix's Chef's Table, Season 2. She evolved a cooking style that is based in the nearby Alpine region and influenced by modern culinary trends and techniques. The finest Slovenian wines will be served with a slow food meal.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

DAY SIX 

 

PIRAN & SLOVENIAN ISTRIA WITH TRUFFLE HUNTING

 

We will spend the day exploring the Slovenian coast region from the historical, cultural and culinary delights. You will stroll around the lovely, small streets of Piran, one of Slovenia's loveliest towns, and marvel at the rich history that is represented in the Venetian architecture. The breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea shoreline and the medieval Piran Town Wall, where you can see the city from a new angle, will enchant you. Prior to your free time for shopping, swimming, or simply sipping coffee on Tartini Square, have a seafood lunch with local wine.

 

Then it is time to explore the truffle world. Find out the truth about black and white truffles, including their origins in Istria, Slovenia. Following a fruitful truffle hunt, you and the locals will prepare "fuzi," the local term for pasta, using traditional family recipes. We will add some spice to the gathering with appetizers and cheers to a nice day with some local wine.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  

DAY SEVEN 

 

THE KARST REGION & FAREWELL DINNER 

 

We will take a trip to the Karst wine-growing region to start the day. Discover historic villages, take in the scenery and indulge in world-class cuisine. Visit a family-run prosciutto-drying tourist farm where they are maintaining the long-established cultural heritage of the Karst region's prosciutto-drying skill. And try the renowned Teran red wine to experience the flavors of Karst.

 

Next is a walking tour to Stanjel, the jewel of the Karst stone villages, a medieval village where you can experience the history and culture of the area.

 

A goodbye dinner will be served in the Brda countryside, where a variety of our host's wines will be paired with each course. This will be a great introduction to orange wines, or amber wines. Wine and Spirits Magazine consistently puts their winery among the top 100 wineries in the world.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 

DAY EIGHT 

 

GOODBYE  SLOVENIA

 

After breakfast, you will have time to check out of your rooms.

 

You will return home with mouthwatering tastes, pleasant memories and regional goods. We will transfer you to the vibrant capital town of Ljubljana to catch afternoon flights or train departures. Or, you can extend your stay to explore the old part of the city and its colourful marketplace. (You will be back in Ljubljana around noon).

 

Meals included: Breakfast

  

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc.

 

*Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

   

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 8 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports:

 

Ljubljana Airport -  28km/17 miles (about 35 minutes transfer)

Venice Airport (Marco Polo) - 231 km/143 miles (about 2.5 hours transfer)

Zagreb Airport- 152 km/94 miles (abouot 1.40 hours transfer)

  

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

   

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 


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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

   


CLIENT REMARKS

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COOKING IN THE DORDOGNE

"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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