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SLOVENIA / Small Group Journey /2019
Unwind in Slovenia’s Abundant Fairytale Beauty
AUGUST 24th - 29th, 2019
Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Goriška Brda, Lipica, Piran, Portoroz & Otočec
From the richly Baroque Ljubljana, the deep alpine forests overlooking the majestic alps, to the Bled Castle perched over the pristine lakes, Solvenia is fairytale perfect. Private sparkling wine cruise on Ljubljanica River, charmed by the Lipizzan Horses, and enjoy some of the finest wines from Goriška Brda Wine Region and Mediterranean sea-to-table cuisine from the Slovenian Riviera. Extend you visit to some of the fabulous neighbors just a short hop away - Venice, Vienna, Dubrovnik….
> DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY / OVERVIEW
AUGUST 24TH - ARRIVAL TO LJUBLJANA
Welcome to Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016!
Today we will take you on a full exploration for the city, including Ljubljana Castle. Lunch will be hosted perched high up overlooking the Alps, by chef Igor Jagodic, recognized as one of the top three chefs in Slovenia.
After lunch our tour of the city will continue to the old city centre of Ljubljana, remarkable for its unique architecture designed by Baroque and Art Nouveau masters. No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking a water-based tour, along the waters of Ljubljanica river, seeing locals enjoy their city while sipping though some amazing local Sparkling Wine.
For the evening, we will immerse you into the relm 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. His restaurant is listed among top 10 The Daily Meal Best Restaurants in Europe.
Meals to be included: Group Lunch & Dinner
Ljubljana / Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. It has been the cultural, educational, economic, political, and administrative centre of independent Slovenia since 1991.
AUGUST 25TH - LAKE BOHINJ, VOGEL MOUNTAIN & LAKE BLED
Today we will unfold the natural beauty of Slovenia, along the lake district. Our firsts stop will be Lake Bohinj, part of the breathtaking Julian Alps lying in Triglav National Park. We will continue onwards to Vogel Mountain by a panoramic cable car ride to the top, 1,500 meters above sea level.
For lunch, we will continue onwards to Lake Bled Castle, for a gourmet experience with breathtaking views over Lake Bled. TIP: Taste the Famous Bled Cream Cake.
We will continue with a visit to the castle, followed by a Private “Pletna” Boat Ride to Bled Island, where we will visit the most recognizable symbols of the lake, the Church, the Wishing Bell and the Tower.
We will return to Ljubljana and have a Free Evening for Leisure.
Meals to be included: Breakfast + Group Lunch.
Lake Bled / One of Slovenia's most recognizable landmarks, in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region. Lake Bled lies in a picturesque environment, surrounded by mountains and forests. Medieval Bled Castle stands above the lake on the north shore.
AUGUST 26TH - SLOVENE RIVIERA
Today we will leave Ljubljana towards the Adriatic Sea to the Slovene Riviera. On our way we will visit the Postojna Cave, one of the most famous caves in the world, and one of the largest karst cave systems on earth.
Perched high up in a vertical cliff, 9 km from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. There we will have a private visit of the Predjama Castle.
We will continue along the Istrian coastline in Piran Bay, to Portoroz, known as a health resort from the 13th century. We will invite your to relax on the Adriatic Sea at one of the most important hotels to the Hapsburgs, the Kempinski Palace Hotel Portoroz.
Our late afternoon will be spent fully embracing the Mediterranean spirit of Piran. We will walk by the sea first, and continue wandering the old streets to the open Tartini Square, were will enjoy our local sea-to-table dinner.
Meals to be included: Breakfast + Group Lunch & Dinner.
Slovene Riviera / The coastline of Slovenia, located on the Gulf of Trieste, by the Adriatic Sea. It is part of the Istrian peninsula. A vibrant multiethnic Slovenian and Italian heritage along the towns of Piran, Portoroz among others.
AUGUST 27TH - GORISKA BRDA WINE COUNTRY
Lazy morning by the Adriatic Sea. Time to walk along the coastline, further explore Piran, or relax at the Rose Spa.
Later today, prepare to discover the Tuscany of Slovenia, the Goriška Brda wine region! We will start over some Brda Mediterranean lunch along local wines, and continue on a private tour of the region and a Wine Tasting at Boutique Wine Producer.
Local Cooking class experience with a dinner and wine paring.
Meals to be included: Breakfast + Group Lunch & Cooking Class & Dinner.
Goriška Brda / The Tuscany of Slovenia. The most western part of Slovenia. Brda region is known of wines, olives and fruit. The region offers you many opportunities for wine testing and local gastronomy experiences. Wide range of high-quality wines, tempting flavours of Mediterranean cuisine.
AUGUST 28TH - LIPIZZANER HORSES & OTOCEC CASTLE
Today we will visit the original stud farm of one of the oldest cultural horse breeds - the Lipizzaner. Lunch will be served Picnic style.
We will continue onwards back to Ljubljana, where you will have some leisure time to enjoy they city and do some shopping.
Our last destination will be Otocec and the Octocec Castle Hotel, the country's only castle completely surrounded by water.
Our farewell dinner will take place at the castle's restaurant, a member of the oldest, largest and most prominent international association, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, which works to promote and develop the art of cooking, the culture of wine drinking and socializing at the dinner table while showing appreciation of a region’s ethnological characteristics.
Meals to be included: Breakfast + Picnic Lunch & Farewell Gala Dinner.
Lipica / A village in the Municipality of Sežana in the Littoral region of Slovenia, close to the border with Italy. Lipica is one of the main tourist centers of Slovenia's Karst region and it is known for the Lipica Stud Farm, the origin of the Lipizzan horse.
Otocec / A settlement on the left bank of the Krka River in the Municipality of Novo Mestoin southeastern Slovenia. For those of you interested on Golf, enjoy a game at one of the longest and most appealing golf courses in Slovenia, only a stone’s throw from Otočec Castle.
AUGUST 29TH - THIS MARKS THE END OF OUR JOURNEY
Our group experience will today. For those of you heading back home, we will assist you coordinate transfers to the airport, to your International flights.
For those of you interested on extending your stay, we have lots of options and recommendations, and we will assist you planning your Pre & Post Add-On experiences. Find below, some of our top recommendations.
AUGUST 24th - 29th, 2019
Minimum 06 ppl / Maximum 10 ppl
AUGUST 24 - Arrive to Ljubljana
AUGUST 25 - Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Bohinj
AUGUST 26 - Slovene Riviera
AUGUST 27 - Goriska Brda Wine Country
AUGUST 28 - Otocec
AUGUST 29 - Ljubljana
Ljubljana - InterContinental Ljubljana
Portoroz - Kempinski Palace Portoroz
Otocec - Otocec Castle by Relais & Chateaux
SUGGESTED INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
(*) Contact us for assistance & information.
OPTIONAL PRE & POST ADD-ONS
> Extend your stay to Venice, Italy
> Extend your stay to Croatia
> Extend your stay to Austria
> Belmond VSEO Venice Simplon Luxury Train
(*) To be offered upon individual request. More information to be found below.
Double based - from EUR 3098 p/person
Single based - from EUR 3860 p/person
(*) Introductory rate, based on double and single occupancy. Prices are subject to change.
(**) Need a roommate? we may be able to assist you with, at no additional charge.
> Services as mentioned on the itinerary
> Meals as mentioned on the itinerary
> Hotels in Ljubljana, Portoroz & Otocec
> Local English Speaking Guides
> Entrance TIckets
> International & Regional Flights to/from Slovenia
> Personal expenses nor Services not specified
> Travel & Medical Insurance. Contact us for assistance
> Alcoholic Benerages
> Transfers to/from Airports during the itinerary
IMPORTANT / BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Passports: All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Slovenia. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. Most destinations, including Slovenia, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.
Visas: Slovenia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States of America for a stay up to 90 days. Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Slovenia. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa.
While we will assist when needed, please note that passport, visa, and vaccination requirements vary from country to country and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. If you are a US resident, you may visit Travel.State.Gov for more information on passport, visa, and vaccination requirements for various countries.
Medical & Travel Insurance: Unfortunately, sometimes things happen in life which means your plans may have to change. That is why we strongly recommend taking out Travel & Medical Insurance to cover all eventualities. Contact us if you may need our assistance.
CARLOS MELIA / OUR HOST
Slovenia was on my Travel Bucket List for several years, until last 2018 I decide to venture into it and explore it fully. I was fully captivated by its abundance of natural beauty, cuisine and wines, from Ljubljana to the Slovenian Riviera and beyond. In such a small territory, you will find all that neighbor countries like Italy, Austria and Croatia offer at a much more convenient price tag. Join me explore Beautiful Slovenia.
– Carlos Melia
> ITINERARY MAP / THE FLOW OF OUR EXPLORATION
All our travel will be done by land. Ljubljana > Lake Bohinj 1 hour 27 minutes. Lake Bohinj > Lake Bled 28 minutes. Lake Bled > Ljubljana 48 minutes. Ljubljana > Portoroz 1 hour 21 minutes with stops along the way. Portoroz > Piran 9 minutes. Portoroz > Goriska Brda 1 hour 24 minutes. Portoroz > Lipica 41 minutes. Lipica > Ljubljana 1 hour 6 minutes. Ljubljana > Otocec 51 minutes.
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> SUGGESTED / OPTIONAL PRE & POST ADD-ONS
Why not extending your holiday plans beyond our Travel Group !!!
We may assist you planning your Pre & Post Add-ons. Optional travel plans will be suggested and planned on individual basis.
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EXTEND YOUR STAY TO VENICE & ITALY
Only 3 hours drive away from Ljubljana, you will get to Venice. We invite you to extend your stay into Italy.
EXTEND YOUR STAY TO AUSTRIA
VIENNA, WACHAU VALLEY & SALZBURG
Follow the steps of the Lipizzaner Horses into Vienna, along the Danube and the Wachau Valley to Salzburg.
EXTEND YOUR STAY TO CROATIA
ZAGREB, HVAR, DUBROVNIK & MORE
Continue your Adriatic Sea experience, onwards to Croatia.
BELMOND VSOE VENICE SIMPLON
VENICE TO PARIS + OPTIONAL TO LONDON
The Art of Slow Travel by luxury train, an overnight journey back in time, from Venice to Paris + optional to London.