FOOD FROM SLOVENIA – A GASTRONOMY TOUR
On this trip, you will get to know Slovenia in a different way. Apart from seeing the historic cities, you will have the possibility to taste them as well. They say that until you have tasted the gastronomy of a place, you don’t know it completely. This route is for gourmets, those who like a good glass of wine, and those who want to get to know a country through dishes with local products. Welcome to your gastronomic journey with food from Slovenia.
DAY 1: LJUBLJANA – ARRIVAL
Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Ljubljana.
DAY 2: LJUBLJANA
Your holiday in Slovenia starts with a mix of culture and gastronomy. While tasting different food from Slovenia in the restaurants of the capital city, you will also see the central square of Ljubljana, the Prešeren Square – where the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation is located, the Cathedral of Ljubljana or St. Nicholas Cathedral which serves the Archdiocese of Ljubljana, the Triple Bridge across the Ljubljanica River and the Ljubljana Castle.
The medieval castle with Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architectural elements, located on top of the castle hill, overlooks the city center. Ljubljana has numerous art galleries and museums which you can see, among many, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Gallery, and the Gallery of Modern Art. The city center is also home to the works of the famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, whose works were recognized by UNESCO in 2021. Overnight in Ljubljana.
DAY 3: LJUBLJANA – SLOVENSKE KONJICE – PTUJ – JERUZALEM
Departure to the Slovenian region of Styria. First, you will stop in Slovenske Konjice at one of the most modern wine cellars in the middle of the vineyards. Its green roof and only a few visible parts blend in well with the existing wine-growing landscape. From there you continue to Ptuj and visit the oldest town in Slovenia. Not many towns have been as successful as Ptuj in preserving their medieval architectural design.
A stroll through the city will take you past the Roman monuments and magnificent medieval facades. Cobbled streets and squares will lead you to one of the most majestic castles in Slovenia that offers a view over the roof tiles of medieval monasteries, churches, and other buildings.
While in the wine-growing region, you will visit a small settlement in the eastern part of the Slovenian hills, Jeruzalem, in the middle of the most beautiful wine terraces. You will have the possibility to pair the food from Slovenia with the local wine in one of the wine cellars and simply enjoy nature where time passes differently. Overnight in Ptuj.
DAY 4: PTUJ – MARIBOR – MURSKA SOBOTA – PTUJ
Continue your gastronomic journey to Maribor, a charming city with rich historical and cultural roots dating back to the Middle Ages. On a guided tour you will see the main town square, the Renaissance town hall, and the famous vine which is included in the Guinness World Records as the oldest vine in the world, still bearing fruit annually. From there you will visit Murska Sobota. There you will have the possibility to taste typical dishes of the Transmurania region, which is different from all the other food from Slovenia.
Murska Sobota borders Hungary to the northeast, Austria to the northwest, Croatia to the south, and the Slovenian region of Lower Styria to the southwest, and this is reflected in the dishes served. You will also visit the distillery of the protector of horses, St. Stefan. This saint is also the patron saint of winemakers and coopers, very important in the maturation of brandy and whisky. Return to Ptuj and overnight.
DAY 5: PTUJ – CELJE – NOVO MESTO – LJUBLJANA
Departure after breakfast to the Lower Carniolian region. On the way, you will stop in the town of Celje with the largest medieval castle in Slovenia to hear about the saga of the Counts of Celje, the most influential ruling dynasty in Slovenia. Later we continue to Novo Mesto, a town situated on the shoreline of the Krka River in the Lower Carniolian region. In Novo Mesto sixteen bronze situlas have been excavated so far, making it the archaeological site where the largest number of Iron Age situlas have been found in Europe. In your free time, you can try one of the specialties in one of the local restaurants by the river Krka. In the evening return to the capital. Overnight in Ljubljana.
DAY 6: LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – BRDA – LJUBLJANA
Today your trip continues to the region also well known for its wine. A fairy tale land in the west of Slovenia, nestled halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic. These are our Brda. They say the perfect way to enjoy is sitting on a terrace, looking out over the magnificent vineyards, with a glass of Decanter World Wine Awards – gold medal winner wine. But before you arrive, you will visit the other Slovenian pride, the Postojna Cave. The largest cave in Europe open for tourism will show you the magnificent stalactite sculptures and a varied animal world. In the afternoon return to Ljubljana.
DAY 7: LJUBLJANA – SLOVENIAN COAST – LJUBLJANA
Breakfast and departure to the Slovenian coast. It is one of the smallest coastlines in the world but offers diverse towns.
Koper is one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, with a rich history dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. It is the largest town in Slovenian Istria and home to the only Slovenian port.
Portorož with its lively promenade, a hotel that in the 1960s hosted many film stars and other international celebrities, and with its relaxing activities and wellness services with a local touch.
And a town that is adorned by a sensational and timeless romance with a deep-rooted salt tradition and Venetian architecture, the fishing town of Piran with its famous Tartini Square. To end your gastronomic trip, you will have the chance to taste wine from a fountain alongside food from Slovenia. Yes, Slovenia’s first wine fountain offers a unique and unforgettable experience for wine lovers and gourmets. Enjoy a wonderful view of the Slovenian coastline while enjoying excellent local wines. Return to Ljubljana and overnight.
DAY 8: LJUBLJANA – DEPARTURE
Breakfast and free time until departure to the airport. End of trip.
Pull up a chair and taste Slovenia. And remember, even if you decide on a classic Slovenia tour, we can always add wine tasting to your tailor-made trip.
FOOD FROM SLOVENIA – A GASTRONOMY TOUR
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