Luxury Ljubljana and the Brda Wine Region
Discover some of Slovenia's highlights from its capital before indulging in wine
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Discover the natural, historical and culinary wonders of Slovenia on this wonderful six-day trip.
Begin with three nights based in its capital, Ljubljana, a little city whose Old Town is strung along a river overlooked by a castle. You’ll get some time to explore on your own after arriving before a welcome dinner at a trendy restaurant and a river cruise under its famous bridges.
The next day you’ll discover even more on a privately walking tour with a local as your guide, finding out why the natives refer to the city as their Ljubljena, meaning beloved, ending in the hilltop castle where you’ll learn about Slovenia’s fascinating history before a fabulous meal high up in the old archer’s tower.
On day three, drive north into the mountains and the stunning lakes of Bohinj and Bled. Take a cable car up to marvel at alpine views stretching into Austria and take a boat across to the famous church in the middle of Bled, ringing the Pope’s bell for good luck.
Head east out of the capital on your fourth day, stopping off to venture underground at the sublime Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle, then arrive amid the rolling green hills and endless vineyards of the Goriska Brda Wine region.
Spend your last full day in Slovenia touring the area, visiting medieval villages, enjoying an exclusive private tasting with one of the country’s most celebrated wine makers and ending with more wine and a gourmet dinner at a castle on the Italian border.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Ljubljana
Accommodation in Ljubljana
- 165 rooms and suites
- Rooftop restaurant and bar
- Lounge and patisserie
- Indoor swimming pool and spa
- Fitness centre
Situated just a short walk from the River Ljubljanica, Ljlbjana’s Old Town and Tivoli Park, the InterContinental Ljubljana is a brand new addition to Slovenia’s capital and is its most luxurious hotel, as well as its tallest. 165 stylish rooms and suites can be found up to the 19th floor, with incredible views across the city to the castle and as far as the Alps to the north. All feature chic furnishings, the expected modern conveniences and spacious bathrooms with tubs and walk in showers. The rooftop restaurant, simply named B (after the prized Carniolan honey bee native to Slovenia) is overseen by Michelin-star Chef Alfredo Russo, and boasts an open kitchen and a large outdoor terrace with perhaps the best views in the city. The menu reflects the harmony between Italian and Slovenian cuisines with fresh ingredients from the mountains and the Adriatic Sea. The InterContinental Ljubljana also has a spa and indoor swimming pool on the 18th floor, a fitness centre, lounge bar and a patisserie.
- 24 rooms and two apartments
- Restaurant and lounge bar
- 24-hour Fitness centre
- Handy smartphone with free calls (for certain countries), a virtual guide and unlimited data
Situated in the centre of Ljubljana, Hotel Cubo is one of the city’s newest offerings. Stylish and modern, the boutique hotel offers just 26 rooms meaning you can be sure of exceptional care and attention during your stay. The bright and spacious rooms are luxuriously furnished and are equipped with a seating area, a work desk, flat-screen cable TVs, and an integranted Handy smartphone. Bathrooms are a special feature, with transparent walls to further enhance the feeling of space. Enjoy meals in the hotel’s fine restaurant which offers delicate international cuisine. Should you desire, breakfast can be taken in the privacy of your own room. Relax in the bar after dinner where you can enjoy a large selection of drinks.
- 20 rooms
- Rooftop swimming pool and yoga studio
- Restaurant and bar
- Wine cellar
Taking up residence in four old town houses nestling under Castle Hill on the banks of the River Ljubljanica, a step off the pedestrianised street through the traditional terrace’s façade reveals a starkly contemporary interior. There are 20 airy rooms, with light colour schemes, bespoke furniture and plenty of light flooding in through the windows. Atop it all is a wonderfully sunny roof terrace and infinity with views out across the city and a serene yoga studio. Downstairs is a buzzy restaurant open from breakfast until late, with an a la carte dinner menu using fresh local ingredients to create traditional regional dishes prepared in a modern style and flair. There’s also a bar and wine cellar stocked with the owner’s hand-picked favourites.
Slovenia’s largest city and capital since independence 1991, Ljubljana is the country’s cultural, educational, economic and political hub. Emblematic for Slovenia as a whole, it is an extremely pretty and easily manageable place with many wonderful attractions either in the historic centre or within easy reach by road.
With no world famous attractions to tick off, Ljubljana is perfectly for semi aimless wanderings, soaking up the city’s rich history and vibrant cosmopolitan vibe. People watch with a glass of crisp local wines by the Ljubljana, duck into an offbeat gallery, see the opera or head to Metelkova City, a converted military barracks that has become the creative centre of Slovene counterculture. Above all, Ljubljana is a place to be explored.
Spend your first afternoon at leisure in central Ljubljana getting to know the pedestrianized Old Town at your own pace before a welcome dinner at AS Apertivo.
No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking to the waters of the Ljubljanica. Pass under the city's famous bridges and enjoy views of most of the Old Town's major sights from a unique vantage point, by night, with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Meet your local guide for private guided walking tour of Ljubljana city. Ljubljana is one of those central European cities that grabs you with the eternal charm of its classic architecture, beautiful bridges, friendly locals and great food and wine. The architecture of Ljubljana is strongly influenced by the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and its beauty is omnipresent. Some of the famous sights are the Magistrat (Town Hall), the Baroque town mansion, the 18th-century cathedral, the Shoemaker Bridge and the Jewish quarter.
Take a funicular ride up to the city's most prominent landmark, Ljubljana Castle, which encapsulates the story of Ljubljana over its rich and dynamic history. In the company of a guide, visit the Outlook Tower, the castle's prison, an exhibition Slovenian History and an early 19th century well, with a wooden tread wheel crane for hoisting water, which is still operational today. This is a wonderful opportunity for photo enthusiasts, as the castle commands magnificent panoramic views of the area.
Perched high up in the archer's tower, Ljubljana castle's new restaurant overlooks the city from a grand position. Chef Igor Jagodic, one of the top chefs in Slovenia, and ethnology professor Dr. Janez Bogataj have created an inventive menu of historic dishes made modern.
Bohinj is one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps and in Triglav National Park. Bohinj Lake has numerous inflows, the most important one is the Savica. Enjoy a walk around the lake's shores and a boat trip on its waters before taking a cable car to Vogel panoramic plateau. The upper Vogel cable car station, located at 1,535 meters (5,036 feet), greets visitors with spectacular panoramic views of Komna, the Triglav mountains and all the way to the Kamnik and Savinja Alps. Triglav (meaning three peaks) is the highest peak in Slovenia and is represented in the coat of arms of Slovenia.
Set amidst the snowcapped Julian Alps less than an hour from Ljubljana, the mirror emerald lake is small enough to walk around on foot. The beautiful Church of the Assumption, sitting on an islet, dates from 1698. According to local tradition, one who can ring the bell loudly enough will be granted a wish and a husband who can carry his new bride the 99 steps up from the dock into the church will be ensured a happy marriage. With the waters off limits of motorized craft, the island is reached on pletna boat - a huge gondola type vessel - or by rowboat.
Watching over the lake is the imperious Bled Castle. The oldest part of the medieval castle is the Romanesque tower while other buildings were constructed in the Renaissance style during the the 17th century. If you want to get a glimpse of Bled's history, culture and people, visit the castle's museum.
Take a tour into Postojna Cave, one of the most spectacular cave formations in the world with huge stalactites and stalagmites forming extraordinary shapes in massive, cathedral-like caves.
Visit Predjama Castle , one of the most picturesque buildings in the whole of Slovenia. The fortification reigns over the surrounding area, perched high up in a vertical cliff overlooking the idyllic village of Predjama. It was referred to in writing for the first time in 1202. The most famous of all the castle's inhabitants was the knight Erazem of Predjama, who rebelled against the imperial autocracy in the 15th century. Nowadays Erazem is the main protagonist of numerous legends, which on the one hand glorify him as a passionate, handsome, noble knight, while on the other hand he is described as a bandit and a robber baron.
Goriska Brda Wine Region
Accommodation in Goriska Brda Wine Region
- Seven rooms and suites
- Fine dining restaurant
- Wine cellar and champagne room
- Swimming pool
The Gredic Hotel is nestled at the edge of the Brda wine region, a magnificent white fortress that dates back some four centuries surrounded by vineyards and just a few steps from the Italian border. There are seven unique rooms, each modern and stylish, boasting spacious interiors with a contemporary touches that contrast boldly with the building’s historic features. The Restaurant Gredic and its innovative update of regional cuisine is a draw across the area and there’s also a thoroughly impressive wine cellar and champagne room with extensive selections of local and international wines to pair the dishes with.
- Five rooms and five apartments
- Swimming pool
Amongst the green hills and lush vineyards of the Brda region lies Dvor, an intimate establishment found within a medieval village overlooking neighbouring Smartno. Entering the courtyards beneath an arch covered in the branches of climbing plants, you will become enchanted with the cypress trees and quaint wooden terraces that line the narrow alleys and streets. Yet the décor and layout of the five rooms and five apartments remain contemporary and spacious, the larger apartments perfect for longer stays with private balconies, fully-equipped kitchen and plenty of natural light. Bar Dvor is perfect for relaxing until late, an ideal spot where you can sip on some fine local produce before enjoying a nightcap of finely brewed coffee. Prosciutto and cheese platters come when you sample some of the local wine in the Wine Room or simply take in the views at your leisure on the terraces. Hotel Dvor is an excellent starting point for many activities and tours in the Brda region, such as vineyard tours and hiking, and in other parts of Slovenia or in Italy, with day trips to Venice a possibility.
The Goriška Brda Wine Region is a pastoral wonderland in the far east of Slovenia bordering Italy, patches of vineyards stretch across a verdant countryside, farmhouses reflecting a traditional architectural design that has many calling it the Tuscany of Slovenia. Upon the rolling hills are rows of fruit orchards, here and there cypress trees dispersed among small, charming villages.
Here you can bask beneath blue skies in the shade of garden trees and enjoy a wine tasting or two in one of the many boutique wineries that dot the area while feasting on seasonal dishes made from the finest local produce.
Start your private tour on the highest hill in the region, Sabotin on the Italian border, from which you can see the Adriatic Sea and the other Julian Alps, the villages and vineyards between, and the bright blue Soca river below. This hill was the site of many battles during the First World War and you can visit the open air museum here. The tour will continue for another great view from the top of to the view tower of Gonjače, a 23m high lookout with 144 stairs built in 1961 and representing the central point of Brda.
Explore the small town of Dobrovo, centred around a grand 17th century castle. It is an almost perfect square in plan with square turrets on each corner and houses an art gallery and museum.
Smartno is a picturesque walled village with five preserved towers, perched on a panoramic hill like an eagle's nest overlooking miles of vineyards that can be seen from every corner of Brda. The settlement that was probably built on Roman foundations used to be a fortification on the strategic Venetian-Austrian border. Today it is an architectural jewel, a cultural monument, unique as a whole and in numerous details. The village derives its name from the church of St. Martin, the largest church in Brda, with a bell tower which was once a fortification tower.
Enjoy a privately guided tour of the cellars beneath the Simčič household, a family owned winery in the small village of Vipolže. Run by father-son duo Edi and Aleks, this initially unassuming winery is heralded by many as the finest and most forward thinking in Slovenia with its selection of whites and reds grown on small vineyards around the country. Learning about their work which is reinvigorating wine growing traditions and grapes of pre-Socialist Republic Slovenia while pushing forward into more experimental areas, you'll taste a number of their vintages accompanied by local cheeses and olive oils.
Enjoy a private Slovenian wine degustation followed by gourmet dinner at the amazing Gredic Castle.
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