Our Philosophy

We offer our travelers small family-owned hotels, pensions/B&B’s to stay in. Overnight in these locally owned lodgings enhances the visitors’ experience, since they get an opportunity to be welcomed by a local host and receive a better insight into the everyday life of local people. It also puts guests in touch with people they would normally not come across while traveling in large cities or without knowing the local roads. We communicate directly to these suppliers so there is no middle man who would get most of the money. Instead, the majority of money generated on our tours goes into the pockets of small wineries, shops, farmhouses and other locally operated businesses.

All of the meals included in our tours are at locally owned and operated restaurants, farmhouses and pensions. In this way our clients have an opportunity to taste some of the typical specialties of the region and at the same time help the local economy. Most of the food served at these places are from the owner’s land, though a few items are supplemented from other local farmers and food producers in the region.

Many of the wines and food specialties on our tour (such as pumpkin oil, schnapps or goat cheese) are not available anywhere outside of these countries. Some of these items are not even available in local shops, only at the home of the winemakers and food producers. This gives our guests a real unique chance to try something that they could never purchase at home, help put some money into the local economy and give good word of mouth to these businesses, which is key to their sustainability.

Our Goals

  • To promote Slovenia, Croatia and the Balkans as authentic culinary destinations, each rich in history, culture and and gastronomic traditions.
  • To put members of slow food in touch with like-minded individuals during their travels.
  • To give a voice and visibility to the small-scale farmers and food artisans in this corner of Europe whose approach to food production protects the environment and communities.
  • To keep 90% or more of the money generated in the local economy and family-run businesses.

 

We are a members of both Slow Food US and Slow Food UK. And we are also a part of the Slow Food US & UK Supporters Scheme.  to help promote these countries as an authentic travel & culinary destination and to put those members of slow food in touch with like-minded individuals during their travels.

Member of Slow Food UK supporters  Slow Food USA small business supporter  20131027_A2A4059

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. In 2014, Andrew moved to Slovenia the U.S. with his family to devote his full attention to creating wonderful, local and authentic experiences for his guests.