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Slovenia and Italy connected with wine

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  • flexible itineraries
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8 days
Availability : april - october
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Trip Details

A program ready for all wine lovers and good food.
In a week we will meet wonderful wines, local winemakers, wine associations and small wine cellars working on the specialties and the soul of the wine.

A week of pampering intertwined with local culture and enjoying the natural and cultural beauties that Slovenia and Italy have to offer.

In such a small space, there is so much diversity. Incredible diferences between the way of cultivating, understanding and consuming this noble drop.

Learn how the earth, the vine, the character of people, food and wine are changing through valleys and hills.

(drinking age in Slovenia and Italy is 18+)

 

Contact us for a private tour or a special offer!

Departure & Return Location

Nearest airport / Ljubljana or based on the agreement

Departure Time

based on the agreement

Price Includes

  • 7 nights with breakfast in dooble/twin room (3x Goriška Brda, 2x Padova, 2x Verona)
  • All transfers by the program
  • Profesional tour guide all the time
  • All entrance fees by the program
  • Guided visits: Ljubljana, Goriška Brda, Vipava, Cividale, Padova, Venice, Vicenza, Verona
  • wine tastings (number of wine tastings by arrangement)
  • Cooking class with local recipes & olive oil tasting in Goriška Brda
  • 3 dinners, 4 lunches in a local restaurants
  • Organization
  • All local fees and taxes

Price Excludes

  • Flight ticket
  • Individual airport transfer
  • Hotel accommodation in Ljubljana the day before
  • Personal spending
  • Extra program / day
  • tips
What to Expect

We try to offer unique trips and tours to all the main tourist sites but not only that. We would like you to feel like guests, not like tourist. So private trips or small friendly groups (up to 8) are just right group size for a relaxed trip where everything is flexible. Trying to host you not just like guides, but like lokal friends. Join us on our rides around Slovenia. Or main tourist atractions or those hidden places that only locals know.

The program in front of you is just a base to give you an idea. We can adjust it to your preferences, fitness level, expectations and wishes.

Don’t be a tourist, become one of us.

  • small group
  • local tour guide
  • visit of local area
  • local spots and views
  • local cuisine
  • local food and wine
  • great wines and wine producers
  • wine tastings in wine cellar
  • meet the locals
  • tips from locals
Itinerary

DAY 1Ljubljana and Karst mystery

We meet in Ljubljana in the morning, for the first coffee.
With the local guide we discover the capital of Slovenia. Old town, along the river Ljubljanica hides a lot of stories and interesting spots. As a European green Capital of 2016, Ljubljana breaths and offers a lot of parks to relax. Specialy the center is one of the nicest in Europe, because although it is the capital, it is still a small town.
From Ljubljana we continue to one of the most famous and the biggest Karst caves in the world. Postojna cave. The perfect place to start understanding the Karst terrain and the limestone rock, that gives this uniqe taste and caracter to all the wines that are producet in this region.
After tha cave we will visit one of the local wine producers on Karst. For sure the waving flag of the region is Teran, wine from the variety Refošk. First of many autohton varieties that we will meet douring the week.
From Karst we will continue towards Goriška Brda, where dinner is waiting for us. This will be our home for next few nights. Brda are probably one of the most known and strong wine regions in Slovenia.

DAY 2Vipava Valley

From Goriška Brda there is a short drive to Vipava Valley. Our first stop is the city of Nova Gorica. Right on the boarder with Italy there is a city divided in two parts by this border after the 2nd world war. An unique situation in the world that will give as something to takl about during the day.
From Nova Gorica will continue to Vipavski Križ. Many call it a pearl in the middle of the Vipava valley. Gas, walls, castle, markets, monastery, … each of the architectural parts of the settlement tells its story. At the end of the 15th century, they began to build a fort and surround the settlement with the walls. At the beginning of the 16th century, Križ acquired market rights, and soon afterwards he was elevated to the city, apparently the smallest in the then empire. Here we will start exploring also the secret of Zelen and Pinela, two local varieties.
Stop in Vipava for lunch and straight in wine cellar. Meeting local producer for tasting and discovering the characteristics of the local wines. After visiting the winery will move to some local farm for the dinner with wine.

DAY 3Goriška Brda

We start our day with visiting a local wine producer in Goriška Brda. To start understanding what the the conditions and characteristic of the place are and how they affect the wine. We walk into the vineyards and discover the secrets of the soil.
After understanding the local ground, let’s learn something about the local people, story and cuisine.
We move to Šmartno. Small town in between the city walls We will organize you a cooking class with some traditional local recepies in an old traditional house. As area is well known also by the olive oil, we will do the olive oil tasting of some local producers.
After eating what we have prepared, will move to visit a state cellar. The biggest wine cellar from times of ex Yugoslavia. Still today some of the local families sell their grapes to the cooperative cellar. Nice way to understand wine production of the area how it changed from times of Yugoslavia to today’s days in Slovenia and European Union.
We will end our day at home of one of the most known and best wine producers in the region. Private dinner at the cellar and who know what else.

DAY 4Collio

Goriška brda are divided in two parts by the slovenian-italian border. On the italian side the vineyards continue. The region is known as Collio. We will start the day at home of a local wine producer on the italian side. For lunch we will stop at the local farm, where we will discover typical cuisine of Furlania. Maybe the housewife will tell us some secrets. After lunch will spend some time in town of Cividale. It is situated on the river Natisone, which forms a picturesque ravine here. Formerly an important regional power, it is today a quiet, small town attractive thanks to its medieval center. Perfect Town for a walk and a coffe.
In the afternoon will come to Padova, where after a short sightseeing walk we will have free time to explore it on our own and to enjoy this Italian city.

DAY 5Venice

As we are so close to Venice, It would be a pity not visiting this floating city. Guided visit of Venice will take us from St. Marco square, to Grand Canal, to the island of Murano. For sure some free time to explore the canals and maybe to take a ride with gondola boat. The story of Casanova and big Venetian republic will take us back to Padova. But on the way will stop for a dinner.

DAY 6Vicenza and Valpolicella

Afetr Breakfast we will turn your wheels towards Vicenza. Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance palazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theater), the “city of Palladio” has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.
After a visit with local guide, will stop for a lunch and experience some tipical plates of Veneto. Just right before coming in Valpollicela.
Valpolicella is a viticultural zone of the province of Verona, Italy, east of Lake Garda. The hilly agricultural and marble-quarrying region of small holdings north of the Adige is famous for wine production. Valpolicella ranks just after Chianti in total Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wine production. Red wine Valpolicella is typically made from three grape varieties: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara and this is what we are going to discover befor going in to the hotel.

DAY 7Verona and Franciacorta

In the morning we will explore Verona. Arena and story of Romeo and Julia will be just right introduction to the day in Franciacorta region. After lunch will drive to the other side of Lake Garda, where this uniqe sparkling wine is already waiting for us. The DOCG of Franciacorta declared vineyards extend 2,200 hectares (5,400 acres) and the distribution of permitted grape varieties are 85% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot nero and 5% Pinot bianco. Nonvintage Franciacorta (NV) may not be released until at least 25 months after harvest, of which 18 months must be in contact with the yeast in the bottle (compared to 15 months in the case of Champagne). Franciacorta Vintage or Millesimato may not be sold until at least 37 months after harvest, of which 30 months must be in contact with the yeast (similar to Champagne).
Some bobbles are just what we needed to end our wine week. Before going back to hotel let`s come together for the last dinner of the week.

DAY 8Thank you and see you soon

The last day will be relaxed. Some free time for last shoppings, coffee, maybe last Italian pizza. Verona really offers so many hidden places …

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