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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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#SLOwinehighway - Our Wine Road Trip Across Slovenia

Follow us on and Twitter and on Jet Setting Fools as we embark on a wine road trip this Sunday, September 18th! We’re starting in the eastern most part of Slovenia (right next to the border with Hungary) and traveling all across Slovenia until we get to the Karst region (about 5km from the border with Italy). We’ll be tasting wines, learning about the various wine regions and meeting cool folks all along the way.

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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 and history, delicious food and wine and amazing nature on our classic four country tour. Wind your way through Slovenia's Lake Bled and Brda wine region then escape into the Oriental charms and atmosphere of Sarajevo and Mostar before relaxing around Dubrovnik, Trogir, Diocletian's Palace and Montenegro's Bay of Kotor.
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$3600 USD

Wines and Culinary Traditions Tour: Budapest to Slovenia

11 days/nights
A tour showcasing the wine making and long-standing culinary traditions of Budapest, Hungary's Tokaj region, Ljubljana and Slovenia's undiscovered wine regions.
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$4100 USD

Taste Amazing Georgia Tour

11 Days/nights
Taste Amazing Georgia through its wines, viticulture, culinary traditions, music, dance and warm people! Georgia is a land where ancient traditions are alive and culture has evolved with very deep roots connecting modern times one to bygone millennium. 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

Adriatic Wine and Culinary Delights Tour

11 days/nights -- Upon Request
11 day tour which highlights the food, wine, history and traditional culture of the Adriatic. From the Central Dalmatian town of Trogir, out to the secluded island of Vis, down to Croatia’s gorgeous vineyard-packed Peljesac peninsula and finally onto the dramatic scenery and rustic rural charm around Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor, guests will taste, learn, explore, experience and savor the real Adriatic.
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$3900 USD

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
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