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Savor the Experience Tours - Culinary & Wine Tours

While running small group tours to Slovenia and Croatia for the past 11 years, I routinely heard from guests how undersold the food and wine was. This new tour company is designed to showcase the food, wine-making culture and culinary traditions that these diverse countries have to offer. Savor shines the spotlight on traditional regional and seasonal dishes, wine varietals unique to micro-regions, slow-food philosophy and long-standing family recipes. Most of all, our tours open a window of insight into the wine makers, artisans and local food producers by letting you be a guest in their cellars, houses, restaurants, farms and vineyards.
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Harvest Tour: Food, Wine and Traditions of Slovenia and Istria

25 Oct 2017 - 06 Nov 2017
This wine & culinary tour through Slovenia and northern Croatia is a special invitation to people place of work & passion that focuses on the history, wine making traditions and culinary magic.
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$3850 USD

Grand Tour: Slovenia-Bosnia-Croatia

15 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Our Grand Tour is a bit like the “best of” former Yugoslavia fit into 15 days. Enjoy fascinating and diverse culture alongside delicious food and wine, fascinating history and amazing nature on our classic 4 country tour.
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$3600 USD

Wines and Culinary Traditions Tour: Budapest to Slovenia

11 days/nights
Discover and taste long-standing culinary and wine traditions of Jewish Budapest, Hungary's famed Tokaj region, Slovenia's up-and-coming Goriska Brda and Vipava Valley regions. Sit down and meet with winemakers and chefs along with producers of olive oil, prosciutto and more!
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$4100 USD

Taste Amazing Georgia Tour

11 Days/nights
Get a taste of the amazing yet undiscovered Georgia through its wines, viticulture, culinary traditions, music, dance and hospitable people! Discover a land where ancient traditions are still cherished and alive. People here celebrate food and wine with uncompromising voracity so come join in the fun and celebrate like a locals!
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$3550 USD

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The Great Slovenian Wine Highway (our crazy little road trip)

Last September Savor The Experience hooked up with an amazing pair of bloggers (Jet Setting Fools) and a great Slovenian start-up company (FindEatLocal) and embarked on a one-day road trip through three wine regions of Slovenia. We started in the eastern most part of Slovenia, literally on the border with Hungary. We proceeded to travel across Slovenia until we reached the Karst region, ending up about 15km from the Italian border. We tasted many wonderful wines, learned quite a bit about the three different wine regions and their unique varietals and heard the stories of our winemaking hosts.

We produced this video of our SLO(venia) Wine Highway day to let you know what to expect when you take one of our wine tasting and culinary experiences. Our philosophy is always small group, local and authentic!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter for more updates, photos and stories from the vineyards, farms, restaurants and hidden gems scattered throughout Slovenia, Croatia and elsewhere!

Our Story

Andrew Villone has been leading his unique brand of tours to Slovenia, Croatia and the Balkans since 2005 under the banner of Roads Less Traveled Tours. Inspired by his backpack travels, he decided to create a better way of traveling where small groups (2-8 people) could have a more authentic experience, spending time with locals and seeing many of the hidden gems that got left off other tours. At the request and nudging of guests he's begun focusing on culinary tours which offer terrific food and wine, supply guests with an insight into local traditions, slow-food philosophy and a chance to meet with food producers, chefs and wine makers.

Your Savor Experience

We take you along the back roads, far from the crowds and specter of mass tourism, to intimate settings in beautiful countryside to meet with friendly and generous local hosts. Small family-owned farms and pensions give you a warm welcome. Many of the wines and food specialties on these tours such as pumpkin oil, schnapps and cheeses are not available anywhere else and give everyone an opportunity to try something that can't be purchased at home and puts money into the local economy. If you want to enjoy a 5-course lunch without busloads of tourists, sample a dozen kinds of goat cheese, go hunting for truffles with dogs, hang out with boutique wine makers in their cellars and meet the people who've been making honey, wines and prosciutto for generations then these tours are for you.

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Our Brands

Owners Luka Esenko and Andrew Villone have over 25 years of combined experience operating tours and creating itineraries with a personal touch to Slovenia, Croatia and beyond. Savor The Experience, Roads Less Traveled and Luka Esenko Photography all share the same vision, principles and philosophy for small group and custom tours to Europe. Whether you're looking for culture, photography, culinary or your own special custom tour you can rely on us to give you a local, authentic and memorable travel experience.
Roads Less Traveled Tours
Luka Esenko Photography and Travel