9-Day Best of Slovenia for Christmas private tour

9-Day Best of Slovenia for Christmas private tour

You are invited to enjoy the most naturally diverse and culturally rich country in Europe – Slovenia. Book this exclusive 8-nights/9-days festive tour with many guided experiences, gourmet meals and celebration surprises and enjoy an array of privileges. In association with SelectSlovenia partners the trip includes a diverse program of activities, to make your stay truly memorable. Prepare to discover Slovenia's stunning landscapes, taste gourmet delights and experience the country's top sights.

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Portoroz

About the city

Portorož/Portorose is an Adriatic coastal town in the Municipality of Piran/Pirano in south-western Slovenia. Its modern development began in the late 19th century with appearance of first health resorts. In the early 20th century it became one of the grandest seaside resorts in Central Europe, along with Opatija/Abbazia, Lido and Grado, then as part of the Austrian Littoral. Part of Italy from 1918 and 1947, it is now one of the country's major tourist areas. Located in the centre is the Hotel Palace, once one of the most important resorts for the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and currently one of the finest hotels between Venice and Dubrovnik.

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Kempinski Palace Portoroz

  • Obala 45, 6320 portoroz, slovenia, Portoroz, slovenia
Rooms:
SUPERIOR PARK VIEW (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Private tour: Lipica stud farm and Goriška Brda wine region culinay trip from Slovenian Riviera

day 2 - 12:00 PM Departure from Kempinski Palace Hotel - (ENGLISH)

Private tour: Lipica stud farm and Goriška Brda wine region culinay trip from Portorož

Join a full-day afternoon private guided tour from Portorož that travels to Lipica stud farm, then continues to Goriška Brda wine region followed by private wine tasting and ends with a gourmet dinner with a view. Enjoy the ease of comfortable drive and a knowledgeable private guide, who will accompany you to the spectacular region of Slovenia. Take a short walk around Šmartno town and and climb to the top of Gonjače viewing tower for views of Goriška Brda. Return to Portorož or stay overnight in your Goriška Brda hotel in the evening after taking in some of Slovenian iconic highlights.

Highlights

• Take a walk around the Lipica Stud Farm in the company of a friendly guide, who will introduce you to the world of the noble Lipizzaner horses

• Enjoy a delicious artisan picnic lunch

• Rest your eyes on the endless green vineyards, orchards and olive groves of Goriška Brda wine region, one of most important wine regions of Slovenia

• Embrace the panoramic views on a stroll at the top of the 23-meter scenic viewing tower at Gonjače which offers free views in all directions and make the Brda Hills seem almost like a placid sea.

• Make a stop at the well-preserved villages characterized by small castles and churches.

• Learn about the most authentic traditions and customs by visiting one of the wine cellars

• Meet with a world-famous winemaker

• Enjoy a world-class culinary experience with a 5 course gourmet dinner

What you can expect

Your day starts at midday with a pickup by a deluxe car at select hotels in Portorož. Take in the scenery as you depart the Slovenian Riviera for a 45-minute drive to Lipica stud farm. Lipizzaner horses are the pride of Slovenia and every horse lover has heard of them. The Lipica Stud Farm is one of the world’s oldest stud farms, which has existed and operated continuously since its establishment in the 16th century. Visit the Lipica Stud Farm and take a private guided tour through the farm. Stop at the historic center with its famous "yard", the mansion and Velbanca – the oldest stable in Lipica. A walk through the estate is like a stroll through history. From there, proceed to an artisan picnic lunch overlooking the stud farm.

Afterwards, drive for about one hour to Goriška Brda, Slovenia’s most most widely known and prominent wine region. Stop at the Gonjače lookout tower, to get the overview of the region and then to the nearby village Šmartno. Šmartno, a village first mentioned in the 14th century in surrounded by defense walls.

The tour will continue to the old town of Šmartno, located in the center of Goriška Brda. Admire the charming scenery as you take a short walk inside the walls of this picturesque village, made up of five preserved towers, perched on a panoramic hill like an eagle’s nest which can be seen from every corner of Brda.

Your next stop is for your private wine tasting experience at a local boutique winemaker. Wine tastings will take place in the wine cellar or a tasting room and led by a professional sommelier, a winemaker or both. Red, white or sparkling wines–- whichever you prefer most, will be your choice for wine tasting of several different varieties from the wine producer (one or more of them). It is favoured that you follow three simple rules: look, smell and taste. But that is not all; the winemaker will share his/her story of how he/she makes wine and the vineyard’s history.

The last stop on your culinary tour is reserved for a five course gourmet dinner in Gredič Restaurant. The area Brda/Collio is probably one of the most exciting culinary regions in the world. Here, subtle Mediterranean influences meet strong continental tastes, demanding the disciplined Austro-Slovenian tradition to adopt vivid Italian creativity and rich heritage. The constant desire to explore, using the finest fresh ingredients, modern culinary, technological knowledge, appreciation of the aforementioned factors and the tradition make the main feature of the Gredič restaurant. With this in mind, you can quickly satisfy your curiosity, as well as your hunger, but it is most exciting when you take the time and allow yourself to be led to a gastronomic excur­sion.


After gourmet dinner stay in your Goriška Brda hotel or transfer to Portorož by your driver / guide.

Enjoy a hassle-free day of gorgeous views and iconic sights at Lipica stud farm and Goriška Brda wine region!

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Portoroz

Goriška Brda

Slovenia
Portoroz City Center / 10:00
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1h 30m Nonstop
Slovenia
11:30 Goriška Brda city center
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Goriška Brda

About the city

Goriška Brda region, located in the Western part of Slovenia, is sheltered behind mountain ranges to the east and north. This secluded corner of the country is often referred to as the “Tuscany of Slovenia” due to its hilltop villages, orchards, cypress trees and of course, its rolling hillsides lined with vines. Thanks to its favourable climatic weather conditions, wine growing goes back to pre-Roman times, when the area was inhabited by the Venets. Besides the jaw-dropping landscape, the region has a rich cultural heritage as well, which can be observed in the architecture of the speckled villages and castles, customs, habits and distinctive dialect.One such village is Šmartno village, situated in the geographical centre of Brda. Its houses are grouped together around the largest church in Brda, the Church of St. Martin. This Baroque church boasts beautiful frescoes painted by Slovene artist Tone Kralj. A walk around the narrow streets of Šmartno village will definjitely take you back to medieval times.Brda region is brimming with monuments memorials, one such is the bronze View tower in Gonjače, dedicated to the 315 citizens of Brda who their lives in WWII. It was built in 1961 and is the most widely known monument in the area. For more remnants of the past, the 609 m peak of the Sabotin hill encourages you to take a hike and visit the open-air museum on you way, where you will see remains from WWI. once on top, the view of the emerald Soča river and its surroundings is breathing. Going back to architecture, the Dobrovo castle is definitely one of the nicest castles in Goriška Brda region. On the first floor you enter the Hall of Knights where the coat-of-arms of aristocratic families are exhibited. Today, the venue hosts numerous musical and other cultural events throughout the year. The castle’s ground floor has a restaurant serving great food, and the cellar hides a wine shop where you can taste several local wines.

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Gredič Butique Hotel

  • Ceglo, Ljubljana
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Rooms:
Standard Double Room (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Private tour & transfer: From wine region to Lower Carnolia with cave visit and lunch

day 3 - 11:00 AM Departure from Gredič hotel - (ENGLISH)

Private tour: From wine region to Lower Carnolia with cave visit and lunch


Be mesmerized by the beguiling beauty of Postojna & Predjama on a private tour from Goriška Brda. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, venture to the majestic Karst Caves to capture photographs of this natural phenomena. However, there is only one such case where the name of a branch of science is entirely based on a landscape – karstology. The Slovenian limestone plateau known as Kras – the Karst in English – gave its name to a typical landscape formed on carbonate rock, and it is indeed here that karstology began to develop. Did you know that more than 1000 caves were founded in Karst region?


Highlights

• Travel to the dreamlike underworld on board of a train and explore the natural formations of the cave that took millions of years to form

• Dine on Slovenian specialties for lunch, sample delicious sweets and try local wine in a traditional Slovenian village.

• Learn from your knowledgeable licensed guide about the history and significance of the sights you visit

• Travel in comfort by luxury car during this Karst & caves most popular day tour.


What you can expect

Depart from your Goriška Brda hotel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel to world famous Karst caves. Postojna Cave is the only karst cave with a cave railway. For 140 years it has been taking visitors to see stalactites and stalagmites and other features created by water. During an hour and a half long guided tour, you learn about all of the most important karst features, you see the largest, 5-metre-high stalagmite known as Brilliant, you visit the oldest underground post office in the world and the most famous underground animal – the human fish (proteus).


Continue to Predjama Castle, which lies about 10 minutes’ drive from the cave, for more incredible views. Stop to capture photographs at visionary viewing spots and listen as your guide offers insight into the geology and history of this iconic Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world. For over 800 years it has been guarding a rock face, 123 meters high. Mysterious underground tunnels connect it with the cave directly beneath. The castle, which has also been a film location, offered refuge to its legendary owner Erazem Predjamski in the 15th century. This robber knight resisted a siege for over a year in his castle with its incredible appearance and location.


Head next to a local restaurant to enjoy a Slovenian homemade three course lunch with typical Karst products. In Karst, the Slavic, Germanic and Romanic cuisines have been interlaced for centuries. Based on this combina­tion, the Karst cuisine - full of taste and Mediterranean freshness - was born. The Karst cuisine is seasonal, enriched with herbs, wild plants and fruit.


When your tour comes to an end, travel to your hotel in Lower Carnolia in a private vehicle and bid your guide farewell with magical memories of Karst Region.


Enjoy a hassle-free day of gorgeous views and iconic sights at Karst Region! This tour ends in Lower Carnolia region.

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Goriška Brda

Otočec

Slovenia
Goriška Brda city center / 11:00
VIP Transfers VIP Transfers VIP Transfers
2h 00m Nonstop
Slovenia
13:00 Otočec city center
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Otočec

About the city

The region of Lower Carniola is home to Otočec Castle, built on an island and surrounded by Krka River. Romance and fairy-tales are words that come to mind when you see a wooden bridge, the broad expanse of the blue Krka River bustling with swans and ducks, mighty trees, and an island surmounted by a Gothic and Renaissance building. Otočec Castle is the only island castle in Slovenia, and is surrounded by a 200-year old park filled with indigenous and exotic tree species. It dates to the 13th century when it was occupied by the Knights of Otočec, vassals of the Bishops of Freising. After that it had several owners from the Tirolean Villanders family at the beginning of the 16th century, to the Margheri de Commadona family, who owned Otočec up to the end of the Second World War. The natural conditions, which are created at Otočec by the Krka River with its numerous islets, tufa shelves, river channels and exuberant vegetation, represent one of the most picturesque and attractive stretches of river. It has a great variety of aquatic habitats, which are characterized by 32 species of fish, including many rare and endangered species. For bird watchers, Mute Swans, Mallard Ducks, Grey Herons, Great Mitterns, Moorhens, and Kingfishers, with a greater variety of bird species in the winter, favour the Castle environs. Otočec castle was burnt during WWII and the castle furniture was destroyed or dispersed. Both wooden bridges were also damaged. Luckily, the castle was renovated under the supervision of the heritage protection service in the 1950’s, the only castle in the Lower Carniola region to be renovated of the many that were burnt during the WWII. The Castle Park was laid out during the period at the turn of the 18th century. The oldest trees in the park are around 100 years, but the majority were planted after the renovation of the castle the 1950’s. Native tree species are black alder, white willow, black poplar and oak. Today the Castle houses a world-class restaurant and a luxurious hotel, a member of the Relais & Châteaux chain. Weddings and other important events are staged here. A golf course and a health resort are close by.

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Hotel Grad Otocec - Relais Chateaux

  • Grajska cesta 2,, Novo mesto 8222
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Rooms:
DOUBLE STANDARD (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Otočec

Ljubljana

Slovenia
Otočec city center / 12:00
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1h 00m Nonstop
Slovenia
13:00 Ljubljana City Center
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Ljubljana

About the city

At first glance, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, seems almost too good to be true. Tucked up against the town’s e-topped hill, the baroque and folk-painted buildings of the old town are like something out of a fairytale. In fact, Ljubljana is very much a part of the real world; industry and the arts flourish here, and commerce is booming lively, lovely, and oh-so-easy for the foreign visitor, modern, sophisticated Ljubljana may well be one of the most pleasant city in Europe. Ljubljana has plenty of places to visit whether they be the city's castle which offers great views over the area from its hill top position, the fine museums and art galleries or taking in the local culture with good local food and drinks, especially beer. The hill with Ljubljana castle is situated in the city centre and narrow river Ljubljanica is slowly circulating around it. The old city centre is situated below this hill on the banks of Ljubljanica River. The focus of the city is Preseren square with its 3 bridges, Tromostovje. From there walk down Stritarjeva street to reach old Ljubljana and Ljubljana castle. Stroll down Copova street to reach Tivoli Park, a gorgeous park, famous for its boulevards, its flower garden and lake. Inside the park we have the International Centre of Graphic Arts. But to really enjoy Ljubljana walk along the Ljubljanica river banks in the evening, listen to the street music, sit in one of the numerous restaurants and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

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InterContinental Ljubljana

  • Slovenska cesta 59 : ljubljana, 1000, slovenia, Ljubljana, slovenia
Rooms:
KING BED CLUB INTERCONTINENTAL (NON-REFUNDABLE) (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Private tour: Ljubljana Christmas fairytale with locals

day 5 - 17:00 departure from hotel Intercontinental lobby - Default

Ecstatic about Christmas markets, architecture that blends in and stands out, and the sweet winter scents that bring back childhood memories? If so, Ljubljana combines all these into a remarkable Christmas experience. Dolled up with twinkling lights and charming wooden chalets filled with souvenirs, ornaments, hot mulled wine and sweets, Ljubljana transforms into one of the most enchanting and festive cities for the entire month of December.

 

Highlights: 

• Feel the Christmas spirit in lively Ljubljana 

• Get acquainted with traditional holidays and customs 

• Attend a free open-air festival or any other event 

• Taste delicious sweets and mulled wine 

• Buy hand-made souvenirs


What you can expect: 

Admire this colourful treasure trove of architecture that Ljubljana offers, and stroll along the cobbled alleys of the Old Town, oozing in Christmas spirit and good vibes. Add in a pinch of crispness in the air and a myriad of free, open-air concerts and other events in Ljubljana’s main public squares, and you’ve got yourself a fairytale! The charm is in full swing on December 1st already, when all the lights are switched on simultaneously, and the Festive Fair made up of Christmas stalls decked with goodies and other surprises are fully operating. If that is not enough to warm you up, you can go for a spin on a 2000 square meters of ice skating surface in Zvezda Park anytime throughout December and the first week of January. Embrace Slovenian tradition and attend Saint Nicolas Fair (Dec. 3rd – Dec. 6th) and witness Saint Nicolas Procession (Dec. 5th) where he and his assembly of devils and angels will be gifting children with fruit, biscuits and sweets. Fun and traditional for young and for the young at heart. 


Inclusions:

• private guided tour with English speaking guide with national license


Exclusions:

• Gratuities (optional)

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Grand Alpine Tour by Luxury Slovenia (lakes Bohinj & Bled)

day 6 - 10:00 From Cubo hotel - English speaking guide

After breakfast take a short drive to the amazing Brdo Estate, once the residence of president Tito. With its castle defence walls and impeccable park areas, the Brdo estate is a treasure of Carniola’s aristocratic history, which is still kept alive today by protocol events and meetings of statesmen. Next stop is magnificent Bohinj valley, that stretches from Soteska to Ukanc. On the south side,
it is enclosed by the Lower Bohinj Mountains, which rise to
2.000 meters, and on the north by the Triglav mountain range
with Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain (2864 m).
You will ride with a cable car to mount Vogel, where local home- made delicacies are ready for you. Next stop is lake Bled, where you will board traditional Pletna boat and ring a wishing bell in
the church on the island. Visit medieval Bled castle and your farewell gourmet dinner with the most amazing view will nish
the magical Slovenian experience. Drive back to Ljubljana for the next night of your Slovenian Fairytale. 


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Traditional 6-course dinner in JB restaurant with wine accompaniment

day 7 - 20:00 Traditional Menu with wine accompaniment

JB restaurant in downtown Ljubljana, Slovenia, is S.Pellegrino's Top 100 World's Best Restaurant. In 2013 as well listed among top 10 The Daily Meal Best Restaurants in Europe. As well they got GaultMillau 2 haubes. It’s the closest interpretation of a sophisticated pallet you'll ever experience in this region. Welcome to the world of culinary art of world renowned chef Janez Bratovz. His menu is based on the relationship between the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, representing four tastes – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Your dinner experience includes traditional tasting menu with 6 courses and wine accompaniment with five (5) glasses.

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9-Day Best of Slovenia for Christmas private tour
9-Day Best of Slovenia for Christmas private tour