10-Day Contrasts of Slovenia with experiences

10-Day Contrasts of Slovenia with experiences

Epic exploration, which combines the sea, the mountains, Alpine and Central Slovenia. Your journey will take you from the coast to a wine region, to the cradle of Lipizzaner horses and famous karst caves, to Ljubljana, and finally, to iconic lakes. Book this exclusive 9-nights/10-days tour with many experiences 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:
ROSE SUITE (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Private tour: Lipica stud farm and Goriška Brda wine region culinay trip from Slovenian Riviera

day 1 - 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

Otočec

Slovenia
Portoroz City Center / 10:00
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2h 00m Nonstop
Slovenia
12:00 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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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:
JUNIOR SUITE (NON-REFUNDABLE) (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Traditional 6-course dinner in JB restaurant with wine accompaniment

day 4 - 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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Ljubljana Private City Tour

day 5 - At 9am
Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia and a very nice small metropolis. It is green and nice to live. Its historical city center, the river Ljubljanica, the castle, the open market… are only the major attractions to explore. Get to know Ljubljana the capital city of Slovenia. Take a walk around the historical city centre, and explore all its major attractions. Continue with a visit to Ljubljana Castle and treat yourself to beautiful views of the city from the castle’s ramparts.

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia and a very nice small metropolis. It is green and nice to live. Its historical city center, the river Ljubljanica, the castle, the open market… are only the major attractions to explore.

Get to know Ljubljana the capital city of Slovenia. Take a walk around the historical city centre, and explore all its major attractions. Continue with a visit to Ljubljana Castle and treat yourself to beautiful views of the city from the castle’s ramparts. Comfortable walking shoes and clothing are recommended and you should bring your camera!

The walking city tour starts from the square in front of Town Hall. The guide will present you all the major attraction of the city and its historical center. We will take even the funicular to reach the Ljubljana castle and enjoy its magnificent view. After about 3 hours of visit we will return back on starting place.

Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: 3 hours.
Languages: English.


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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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Ljubljana

Bled

Slovenia
Ljubljana / 12:00
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0h 45m Nonstop
Slovenia
12:45 Bled City Center
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Bled

About the city

The most recognizable symbol of the lake is the Church of the Assumption with its long and diverse history, however the lush greenery also hides other interesting island buildings, like the bell-tower, church, chaplain's house, provost's house, small hermitage and some mysterious legends. The most renowned symbol of the island is the Church of the Assumption which demands a climb up the 99 stone-step staircase. In case you visit the island in just the right time, make time to witness a wedding in the romantic environment. As far as the wishing bell is concerned. Don't just watch it. Ring it.

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Vila Bled

  • Cesta svobode 18 bled 4260, Bled
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Rooms:
DOUBLE ROOM (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST

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10-Day Contrasts of Slovenia with experiences
10-Day Contrasts of Slovenia with experiences