Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
Price: 2900€
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11 night / 12 day food, wine and nature tour – 2900€. It runs from Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana to its beautiful lakes (Bled, Bohinj) and valleys (Logar and Soca) to Croatia’s terrific food, wine and nature regions of  Istria and Kvarner. Tour has many of the highlights and guests’ favorites such as Lake Bled, Skocjan caves and the charming old towns of Piran and Rovinj. I have also include some special experiences such as hunting for truffles and goat cheese tasting in Istria and hiking through Slovenia’s undiscovered outdoor gem in the Logar Valley.


      • Soak in the natural beauty and breath in the fresh air at Slovenia’s Vintgar gorge and Logar Valley
      • Savor  gourmet goat cheeses, olive oils, baked quince and more treats at Croatian goat farm
      • Discover the food, taste the wines, sense the history, smell the truffles and relax in the charms of Istria’s medieval hill towns
      • Sail the Adriatic, enjoy a fish picnic and learn the traditional fishing songs in Rovinj’s century old ‘batana’ boats
      • Enjoy the flavors and special recipes during a three-course dinner with local cheese and wine tastings in breathtaking Soca Valley
      • Indulge your sweet tooth with local cream cakes, sweet jellies and boutique chocolates
      • Explore the underground caverns and secret passage ways in the Skocjan caves and legendary Predjama castle
      • Hang with a local as she leads you to cool watering holes and hidden eateries of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital city
  • October 10th – October 21st, 2015

  • 2900 EURO

    11 dinners, 12 lunches, 11 nights lodging at boutique hotels and B&Bs (all rooms en-suite), 1 wine tasting, tastings of olive oil, pumpkin oil, cheeses and truffles, transport by private bus, tour leader, local guides, transfers to/from Ljubljana airport.

  • Kumparicka goat cheese farm in Istria 


DAY 1: Taste your way around Slovenia’s charming capital

Overnight: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Noon arrival into Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana. After checking into your hotel, enjoy lunch outside along the town’s narrow cobble stone streets. We’ll then take a walking tour around Ljubljana to get an in-depth view of life and history in Slovenia and Ljubljana. Learn about the history, architecture and people from the city’s beginning as Roman fort 2000 years ago, to its development under under the Habsburgs and now recent independence and status as capital. Overnight at 4-star boutique hotel located in the city centre.  A  native of Ljubljana will show you around the pubs, side street cafes and jazz bars that locals eat at on a special ‘foodie’ walking tour/dinner of the capital.

Day 2: Beautiful outdoors in Slovenia’s Logar Valley

Overnight: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sunday morning in Ljubljana hosts the flea market along the Ljubljanica river. Excursion to stunning Logar Valley in the north-central part of Slovenia. This valley is one of the most beautiful Alpine glacial valleys in Europe. It extends into the Kamnik-Savinja Alps from the north, bordering Austria, and there are extraordinary views of the mountain walls and glacially sculpted floor with alternating forests and meadows.Tradition and nature have found harmony here, serving as a good example of sustainable development. Lunch in traditional farmhouse inside the park, featuring local trout, homemade pâtés, mushroom soup and granny’s raspberry strudel for dessert. Guided tour of the Nature Park with a walk through the natural and ethnographic paths in Logar valley and walk to the Rinka waterfall (tumbling down 90-meters).  Dinner back in Ljubljana at old town restaurant featuring a dish from eastern Slovenia called Bograc (a spicier version of Hungarian goulash) and an amazing ice cream dessert topped with crushed pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil.

Day 3: Welcome to Lake Bled

Overnight: Lake Bled, Slovenia

We leave Ljubljana and head to Slovenia’s enchanting Lake Bled region. This small town that holds some of the country’s most scenic spots. Lunch at Bled castle, perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 meters above the glacial lake. This castle celebrated its 1000 anniversary in 2011 and offers great views down to this lake’s fairy-tale like setting. Then we’ll take a wooden gondola across the lake to tiny Bled island for some great photos of this picturesque place and visit its church which has a wishing bell that all guests should ring. Enjoy a stroll around the lake, a can’t miss romantic walk and an opportunity for great photos. Dinner at your 4-star hotel next to the lake.

Day 4: Nature walks and home made liqueurs around Bled

Overnight: Lake Bled, Slovenia

Morning walk through Vintgar gorge – a peaceful, easy 90 minute walk along wooden foot paths. A very special home made lunch with Monika, a Bled local who makes her own cheeses, dried meats, Slovenian’s breads and cakes, herbal & fruit liqueurs and beer!! Plus a visit to Monika’s family museum filled with lace works and historic items from this region of Slovenia. Late afternoon visit to one of Slovenia’s best preserved medieval towns, Radovljica, to visit the beekeeping museum which holds a rich collection of unique Slovenian art. Dinner at hotel in Lake Bled.

Day 5:  Lake Bohinj

Overnight: Lake Bled, Slovenia

We’ll spend the day exploring Lake Bohinj, Bled’s sister lake 20km away. Bohinj is more pristine and quite than Bled. There is the Savica waterfall we can walk to – about 1 hour roundtrip. There is also a cable car that goes up to Mt. Vogel  (option 13€ roundtrip) with commanding views of Bohinj and the Julian Alps. We could either cable car up and hike down (2-3 hours) or use cable car both ways and do a little hiking at the top. Another option is also a 2 hour walking path into the Triglav national park at Mostnica which starts at one of the nearby little villages. We can have lunch at a nearby village. Dinner back at Bled hotel.

Please let me know how much walking/hiking the group wants to do.


Day 6:  Majestic Soca Valley and gourmet dinner paired with wines

Overnight: Soca Valley, Slovenia

We will drive around the Julian Alps and enjoy lush scenery as we enter the Soca Valley, stopping at a World War I era fort with views over the valley. Lunch at traditional gostilna before we have a one hour (roundtrip) walk to the Kozjak waterfall. There are numerous walking paths, some of them historic, that we can also embark on. This valley was where Ernest Hemingway worked as an ambulance driver and penned A Farewell To Arms in the First World War. Dinner will be at Franko Hisa, one of the top 3 restaurants in Slovenia. We will have a 3 course meal with tastings of local cheeses and wines from nearby Goriska Brda.

Day 7: Epic caves and castles with unforgettable dinner overlooking Croatia’s Kvarner Bay on the Adriatic

Overnight: Lovran, Croatia

We’ll leave the Soca valley and head south to Slovenia’a western Primorska region. First a visit to the fascinating underground world of the Skocjan caves – boasting the world’s largest subterranean canyon. It looks like a scene from The Lord of the Rings! Then we’ll visit the spectacularly located Predjama castle (it practically hangs from a limestone cliff) and learn the about its legendary Slovenian Robin Hood who lived here in the middle ages. We leave Slovenia and drive down to Croatia’s Kvarner bay on the Adriatic. A fantastic dinner with equally impressive views down to the Adriatic from our hotel which is situated half-way up Mt. Ucka and above the towns of Lovran and Opatija.

Day 8: Wellness in Lovran and hiking on Mt. Ucka

Overnight: Lovran, Croatia

Morning to relax and have a massage at nearby Habsburg-era town of Lovran, famous for its maruni chestnuts. Depending on next year’s schedule, we maybe able to join in on the festivities of the Festival of Chestnuts. We’ll have lunch and time to wander through buildings with lovely courtyards and impressive art nouveau villas from this turn of the 20th-century resort town. We’ll drive up to the summit of Mt. Ucka. offering breath-taking view in all directions: the Istrian peninsula, the islands of the northern Adriatic, the mountains of Gorski kotar. Dinner at hotel.

Day 9: Truffle hunting and traditional Istrian cuisine

Overnight: Rovinj, Croatia

We leave Lovran after breakfast for Istria region. The interior of the Istria region is known for its medieval hill-towns, wine, truffles and other gastronomic delights. We will hunt for truffles in the forests near the iconic hill town of Motovun with a local wine maker and his truffle-sniffing dogs. Hopefully we will find some truffles but regardless there will be a special truffle-themed lunch made by his wife and award winning white Malvazija wines at their konoba (traditional restaurant). Enjoy exploring Motovun after lunch and truffle hunt. Time to browse the charming hill-town of Groznjan. Once nearly abandoned, Groznjan has now been transformed into an artists colony. It’s now bustling with artists galleries, handmade jewelry shops and gourmet food shops. Cap off the day with a traditional dinner of lamb and veal cooked under a metal bell (known as ispod peka in Croatian language). Overnight at 5-star hotel in Rovinj.

Day 10: Get to know Rovinj plus Gourmet goat cheeses

Overnight: Rovinj, Croatia

Our local guide Vukica we’ll give us a walking tour of Rovinj in the morning. Some leisure time to explore art shops & galleries, outdoor market and labyrinth of cobblestone streets. A very special afternoon lunch awaits us in a small hamlet hidden from the tourist roads. This goat farm makes gourmet cheeses – both semihard cheeses and fresh cheeses and serves up a feast that includes stew, home cooked soup with specialty sausages and local wines – white Malvazija and robust red Teran. And there is the smorgasbord of cheeses – nearly 20 different kinds! No one will go away hungry! Relax with a sunset drink back in Rovinj before a light dinner at your hotel.

Day 11: Rovinj and Istria from the Adriatic

Overnight: Rovinj, Croatia

Boat ride out to the Limski Kanal (or Lim Channal) – a 10 kilometer long estuary from the Adriatic into interior of Istria. Enjoy a fish picnic for lunch along the way. After we disembark at our destination we’ll take a walk to the crumbling ghost town of Dvigrad – a once-important town now deserted with its stone towers and walls still intact. There’s legends of  a swashbuckling pirate, Sir Henry Morgan, that eventually led to the downfall of this town. Our bus will take us back to Rovinj – time for relaxing. A very special evening boat ride in the bay near Rovinj with traditional fishing boats called ‘Batana’ will be accompanied by evocative music of Rovinj folk group. A traditional dinner with fish specialties will be served at Spacio Matika.

Day 12: Piran town, herbal gardens, slow food and a fond farewell

No Overnight (fly back to Malaysia)

After breakfast we say goodbye to Croatia and go to Slovenia’s tiny slice of Adriatic coast to explore the Venetian town of Piran. The town is situated along the Adriatic Sea. The remains of old-town walls provide spectacular views to Trieste and Istria. Make sure to visit the chocolate shop on Tartini Square. There’s a nearby homestead offering a beautiful Mediterranean herbal garden, views to the Adriatic and a specially prepared lunch. The owner of this house is head of Slow Food for this region of Slovenia. Sample home made cheese, marmalades, olive oil, herbal salts and jellies made from combinations of wine and herbs.

Transfer to Ljubljana airport for your flight home.