In the morning meet your guide and travel companions in the lobby of the hotel or at the airport. After knowing each other we explore the centre of Ljubljana. An old city centre of Ljubljana has a unique architectural appearance, particularly due to its mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture with masterful creations by the 20th century architect Jože Plečnik. Ride by funicular to Ljubljana Castle. Dinner at a restaurant on the top of the Castle hill. To end the day we suggest a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River. Overnight stay.
South Slovenian wine tour 6 days
- Private & Custom tour
- Sightseeing tour
- Wine tour
- Cultural tour
- Culinary tour
The wine-growing region of Posavje has been overlooked in comparison with two other Slovenian wine-growing regions, until recently. The reproach that this area produces wines of lower quality is a thing of the past. Several years of efforts by winemakers, including good promotional campaigns, brought the well-deserved recognition and popularity to these wines. The Posavje region in south-eastern Slovenia in the direction towards Croatia, where red wine predominates, is divided into several districts, namely as follows:
- Bizeljsko-Sremič – Known for its sparkling wine and acidic white wines.
- Dolenjska region – Famous for its light red colour, “Cviček” is a blend of red (Žametovka) and white (Kraljevina) wine varieties.
- Bela Krajina – Known for red wines made of Blue Franconian and Yellow Muscat.
Other varieties, found in the Posavje region: Pinot blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot noir, Neuburger, Bouvier, Chasselas Rouge, Rhine Riesling, St. Laurent, Furmint, Pinot gris, Gewürztraminer and Zweigelt.
SLOVENIA – LJUBLJANA
LJUBLJANA - BELA KRAJINA – DOLENJSKE TOPLICE
After breakfast drive to south-eastern Slovenia, to Bela Krajina, the area of endlessly vine strewn hills and rich cultural heritage. We make our first stop in Semič at the tourist farm, where we visit wine cellar and enjoy wine tasting with home-made products. We continue our trip to Črnomelj. On the way we stop at the Kolpa river to take a walk along the river and relax. Then we enter the old town of Črnomelj through the Medieval gateway, where we can appreciate its strategic position between the bends of the Lahinja River and Dobličica Stream, and discover evidence of the long history of this border region. Drive via Metlika and lunch on the way. Then we visit a renowned wine cellar in Metlika or nearby, where we can taste a distinctive wine Metliška Črnina, a very dark red wine, and enjoy the presentation. Drive to Dolenjske Toplice. Overnight stay.
DOLENJSKE TOPLICE – NOVO MESTO – OTOČEC – KRŠKO - BREŽICE
After breakfast and a relaxed morning, we continue our journey to Novo mesto, the capital of the Dolenjska region, with its remarkable history and archaeological excavations, such as the renowned “Situla”, a bronze pail dating from the 4th–3rd century BC, about 24 cm high, that was discovered in a burial mound at Vače. We visit the Museum of Dolenjska to see the “Situla”. The next stop is at the Otočec Castle, surrounded by the mighty castle walls that date back to ancient 1252 and located in the heart of unspoilt nature at the emerald Krka River. Upon arrival we will walk around the castle and relax and later enjoy lunch in the castle restaurant. Drive to an open-air museum at the Pleterje Charterhouse. The only operating Carthusian monastery is known for its high-quality brandies, wines and bee products, that can be bought in their souvenir shop. Then we visit winery near Krško to try the unique Slovenian wine – “Cviček” and some other red (Modra frankinja) and white wines. Accommodation and overnight stay in Brežice.
BRESTANICA – SREMIČ – KRŠKO – BIZELJSKO
Breakfast and drive to Brestanica, where we first visit the basilica of St. Mary of Lourdes. Then we visit house of wine, vines and chocolate to taste their chocolates and wines. They are known for producing a unique chocolate wine. Continue our journey via Sremič, a “vine hill” at 420 m above the see, known for its high-quality wine. We will drive along the vineyards to the town of Krško to visit the Krško Wine Cellar. There we will be shown all about the technology and production of wine, and we will taste some wines in the marvelous old castle wine cellar in a pleasant atmosphere. We will continue our tour to Bizeljsko, the region of vineyards and unique wine cellars that are dug into quartz sand, called “repnice”. These caves maintain the wines’ freshness and bouquet. The wine producers use them for storing and ageing the wine. In this fascinating wine cellar dug into the sand, we will enjoy the taste of local dishes and wine. We finish our day at estate in Stara vas at Bizeljsko, an idyllic settlement among the hills covered in sunny vineyards, located very close to the Croatian border. Wine estate focuses especially on the drinking culture of sparkling wines. We will enjoy tasting their homemade sparkling and still wines in the cellar, the location where the sparkling wines are made. Dinner and overnight stay in their villa.
BIZELJSKO - DOLENJSKA REGION – LJUBLJANA
We start our day with a homemade breakfast. Then we take a look around the estate and enjoy nature. On our way back to Ljubljana, we first stop at wine property in Dolenjska region to have early lunch with the tasting of wines and sparkling wines. After lunch we visit a unique open-air Museum of Hayracks and Gothic Church in Šentrupert. Then we continue to Stična to visit the Stična Cistercian Monastery. The monastery, located in the village of Stična (Sitticum), is one of Slovenia’s most important historical monuments. It was built in 1136 by Pilgrim I, the Patriarch of Aquilea, at that time. It soon became one of the major cultural and economic centres of the Slovenian inhabited areas of the time, best known for the so-called Stična Manuscripts (“Stiški rokopisi”), a renowned series of illuminated medieval manuscripts written by the Cistercian monks. The monastery, where the monks are still residing, is now the Slovenian Museum of Religion. We arrive at Ljubljana late in the afternoon. Accommodation and overnight stay.
After breakfast we meet in the lobby to say farewell to our new friends and travel companions and take the last group photo in memory of the unforgettable moments in Slovenia. Check-out.
- All transfers and drives as per itinerary in a modern van (van is available throughout the journey)
- Panoramic tours and city tours as per itinerary
- 5 x accommodation (bed/breakfast) in 4* hotels/apartments in the cities mentioned above or in close vicinity, in double rooms
- Entrance fees: Funicular ride to the Ljubljana Castle, Museum Dolenjska, Pleterje Carthusian Monastery and Open-air Museum, Basilica of St. Mary of Lourdes, Open-air Museum of Hayracks, Gotic Church in Šentrupert, Stična Monastery
- 1 x 5-course dinner without wines in Ljubljana
- 2 x 4-course lunch without wines in Bela Krajina and Otočec
- 1 x 4-course dinner with sparkling wine tasting in Bizeljsko
- 1 x 4 course lunch with wine tasting (5 samples) in Šentrupert
- 5 x wine tasting: 4-6 samples of wine with homemade products (bread, dry meat, cheese)
- Visit sand dug wine cellar “repnice” and tasting of local products and wine
- Highly professional English guide / driver (other languages)-speaking guide throughout the entire tour
- Guide /driver’s expenses and accommodation in a single room
- Single supplement
- Other entrance fees and visits
- Beverages and other meals
- Ljubljana river boat – 12 € (only cruise) or 30€ (sparkling wine, chocolate pralines and fruit)
- Personal expenses
- Visas (if needed)