The Very Best of Slovenia
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- Privately guided tours, wine tastings and exclusive experiences
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At a glance
A charming sun-drenched Adriatic coastline, stunning lakes, green mountains, historic towns, fine wine and fabulous food. Slovenia truly encapsulates everything that makes this corner of Europe so appealing.
This nine-night trip imbibes the very best of Slovenia is the utmost style and luxury, staying in the finest hotels – including a couple of bona fide castles – with exclusive private tours of the country’s most iconic sights as well as some hidden local gems, wine tastings and gourmet dinners every night.
Begin with two nights on the Slovene Riviera at a grand sea side hotel, exploring this short but spectacular stretch of Adriatic coastline, such as the harbour town of Piran, and sampling the wonderful fresh seafood of the area.
Then head inland for a night among the green hills and combed vineyards of the Goriska Brda Wine Region, discovering medieval Smartno and trying the wonderful local produce at rustic farm and opulent Gredic Castle.
Next head east to Lower Carniola for two nights at the Hotel Grad Otocec, an opulent castle on an island in the middle of a river renowned for its dining. Here you’ll also get to venture underground at the sublime Skocjan Caves and quaint stroll around Kostanjevica na Krki.
Spend the final three nights in Ljubljana, the endearing capital city, walking its cobbled streets, drinking champagne as you cruise down the river and eating at wonderful restaurants, with a last day in the mountains marveling at Lakes Bohing and Bled.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Ljubljana airport
Private transfer to the Slovene Riviera
Accommodation in Slovene Riviera
- 181 rooms
- Two restaurants, two bars and a cafe
- Connected indoor and outdoor pools
- Exclusive beach
- Kempinski Rose Spa
- Fitness centre
It’s all in the name. Indulge in the opulence and grandeur of the high-end Hotel Kempinski Palace, its brilliant and distinct façade looking out onto the Adriatic coastline of Slovenia. Opened as the height of luxury in 1910, it has recently been completely renovated to bring this glamour into the new century. 181 rooms are indicative of the elegance inherent within the hotel’s walls, each carrying with it a character of old-world charm with the most modern facilities and amenities. Take in the rich views from its various terraces and balconies, the perfect place to settle down for an early morning cappuccino before heading to the breakfast buffet within the gilded walls of the Crystal Hall. Indeed, the gastronomic options are of the highest quality. The cuisine varies from menu to menu, with the Mediterranean flavours of Restaurant Sophia, so named because of its hosting of famous beauty Sophia Loren, to the fusion of Restaurant Fleur de Sel. Savour the sweet life by sampling French confectionaries and Austrian coffee-house blends of the Forma Viva and Ladies’ Saloon while there are three bars in which you can kick back with a cocktail or spirit of your choice. No trip to this most lovely location would be complete without a visit to the Kempinski Rose Spa, a veritable paradise of beauty treatments, massages, baths and saunas. The fitness centre means you will be able to stay in shape, using the state-of-the-art equipment as well as the magnificent seawater swimming pool.
Slovenia’s short stretch of coast, wedged between Italy and Croatia, is something of an undiscovered Adriatic gem. Just 47km (29 miles) of shoreline manages to squeeze in a compact cocktail of its neighbours, such as the charmingly faded Italianate town of Piran, whose architecture betrays its centuries as part of the Republic of Venice, the quaint fishing town of Izola and 19th century resort of Portorož, along with rugged cliffs, salt pans and fishing villages. The emerald waters are shallow and warm, and there are numerous pebbly beaches and bays to discover. After checking in to your hotel enjoy a welcome dinner.
Visit the Soline Salt Pans to see salt produced in a traditional way based on a 700-year-old method that harmonises man and nature. Over the centuries, a unique habitat has formed for halophytic plants and animals and migrating birds.
The old seaport of Piran, a nicely dilapidated port town on the Adriatic, lies at the end of the Piran peninsula. The town has preserved the medieval layout with narrow streets and compact houses, as well as grander buildings dating back to it's golden age as part of the Venetian Republic, all of which rise in steps from the coastal lowland into the hills and give the whole area a typical Mediterranean look. A delicious seafood dinner will finish off this wonderful day.
Private transfer to the Goriska Brda Wine Region
Goriska Brda Wine Region
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a private Slovenian wine degustation followed by gourmet dinner at the amazing Gredic Castle.
Private transfer to Lower Carniola
En route to Lower Carniola, enjoy a hike in stunning virgin forest of Snežnik-Ždrocle.The forest consists of ancient beech trees with sections of primeval forest. Like Krokar, it lies within a large forest complex that is included in the Natura 2000 network. Snežnik is a large karstic mountain and a mixing zone between the Continental and Mediterranean climates. Evidence of heavy snow loads have caused 'saber trees', bent near the ground on steep slopes. While the mountain peak itself was covered by ice, relic species were maintained with beech forests re-established 8,000 years ago.
Accommodation in Lower Carniola
- 16 rooms and suites
- Gourmet restaurant
- Golf course
You will be hard pressed to find a more idyllic and beautiful place to stay in Slovenia than the Hotel Grad Otocec. Perched atop green lawns on its own island in the middle of the Krka River, this prestigious hotel offers opulent luxury within the confines of old-world charm and sophistication. 16 rooms and suites are spacious and allow plenty of natural light, incorporating contemporary design aesthetics with the classic character of the castle. This is a beautiful area for a morning stroll along the river, longer hikes and biking, or explore the meandering river by boat. A prestigious Howard Swan designed golf course is close by, regarded as one of the best in the country. The Castle Restaurant is a real highlight, serving fresh, healthy and regionally distinctive foods and drinks, ideally suited to the atmosphere of the castle.
The region of Lower Carniola is one of rolling hills, meadows and forests, with a patchwork of vineyards and fruit orchards draped over the gentle heights. Peaking overhead, one can often see the silhouette of a steeple or the traditional slate roofs of the many village communities.
Explore the incredible Skocjan Caves, one of the largest and most striking cave systems in Europe. Located in Slovenia's picturesque Karst system, the Reka River has carved out a sublime subterranean route thousands of kilometers long. Following the river, you'll see incredible stalactites and stalagmites, enter vast chambers and cross gorges on both man-made and natural bridges.
Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience at the Grad Otocec's renowned gourmet restaurant.
Kostanjevica na Krki is Slovenia’s smallest town and sits upon a tiny island in the middle of the Krka River. Today the entire town is protected as a cultural monument of the highest category. During frequent floods the only way to get around is by boat, so the town has became known as the 'Venice of Lower Carniola'. Here you can take the opportunity to experience some artistic heritage at the Božidar Jakac Gallery and the Forma Viva sculpture garden, at the Lamut Art Salon or at the Gorjup Gallery.
Finish the day with local dinner at a nearby cottage which stands on the edge of vineyards. Here you will enjoy wonderful views and sample local food and drink, including Cvi?ek, one of Slovenia’s most distinctive wines.
Private transfer to 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.
Enjoy lunch in the old town restaurant before a free afternoon to explore the city. Perhaps visit one of the many galleries such as the Visconti Fine Art Gallery, the biggest privately own art gallery in Slovenia. Owned by former London residents, this family owned collection was moved back to the Slovene capital and includes works by Warhol and other pop artists.
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.
Dinner this evening is at AS Aperitivo, the best place for a tasty, trendy dinner in the city.
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.
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.
Visit medieval Bled castle for your farewell gourmet dinner with the most amazing view for a fitting finale to your magical Slovenian experience.
After an afternoon free to explore on your own, head to JB Restaurant for a gourmet dinner to see how its modern Slovenian-Mediterranean-French menu, Old-world charm and a fabulous wine list have made it one of the finest places to dine in the country.
Private transfer to Ljubljana airport
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