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WINExPEDITION: Vipava Valley & Goriska Brda

1. WINExPEDITION: Vipava Valley & Goriska Brda

Slovenia has long been on the radar of wine connoisseurs across the world. Thanks to acclaimed wine writers, the wine world today knows Slovenia as one of the smallest but most diverse wine regions in the world. There are only 21,000 hectares of vineyards but 30,000 grape producers and a wine growing history that dates back to before the Romans! The Royal British wine authority Jancis Robinson labelled Slovenia as the country with possibly the most unusual wine culture in the world, certainly in Europe.   In this scenic day trip visit two different wine districts of the Primorska (Littoral) wine regions - the Vipava Valley and the Goriška Brda district, where a combination of mineral rich soils and a sub-Mediterranean climate enables production of some spectacular wines. Vipava Valley is known for its crisp and aromatic fresh white wines and for progressive and bold winemakers. The picturesque valley is dotted with stone-built villages located on hill tops, where one can count more wine cellars than family homes and where narrow streets and squares are often swept by the violent burja wind. Stop at Vipavski Križ, a small village with houses, clustered inside a defence wall around a castle from the late 15th Century.   Continue to Goriška Brda, located at the footsteps of the Alps and 20 km from the Adriatic Sea. Goriška Brda is one of the world’s best wine-growing areas. Home not only to wine, the area also produces delicious cherries, persimmons, figs, and probably the spiciest olive oil you have ever tasted. Goriška Brda is predominantly the region of beautiful rebula white wine (ribolla gialla), but never underestimate the rich Bordeaux-like blends. Enjoy some free time for lunch or for independent explorations of the area.   Throughout the tour, you stop at 3 small family-run wineries in these two wine counties, with guided tours at each winery, tastings of 4 wine samples at each, accompanied by delicious local produce of cold cuts plates. 

From Ljubljana: Private Tour to Soča and Kranjska Gora

2. From Ljubljana: Private Tour to Soča and Kranjska Gora

Make your day by seeing the best treasures of Slovenian nature on this guided day tour. From Ljubljana, travel to the majestic Soča Valley and finish your day at Kranjska Gora, the biggest alpine resort in the country. Commence your journey as your guide takes you to the top of the Vršič Pass. Sitting at an altitude of 1661 meters, it is the perfect spot for memorable photos. Marvel at the breathtaking view of the Julian alps where the Battles of the Isonzo took place. You can still see traces of the battles everywhere. Next, visit the Boka Waterfall and be impressed by its imposing nature. It stands tall with its height of 106 meters and width of 18 meters. Afterwards, stop at a local restaurant and have some delicious traditional cuisine for lunch. Once lunch is finished, make your way to your last stop, Kranjska Gora. It is the home of Slovenia's biggest alpine skiing race, the Vitranc cup. Go for a walk around the resort and find your inner peace as you immerse yourself in nature.

Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

3. Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

After being collected from your Trieste accommodation, you will make your way to the town of Prosecco. You will begin your discovery into the well-kept and bubbly secret of this town, which is considered the gem of this region. Throughout your tour you will have the chance to discover this under-explored region, hearing all about the history of Prosecco and appreciating the area's most historically significant vineyards. This will be followed by a visit to an exceptional winery where you'll try some of the most renowned sparkling wine in all of Italy. Your tour will carry on to the medieval village of Štanjel, which was one of the first communities in the Karst Region. It is loved for its ancient village center and its awe-inspiring sweeping vistas. Štanjel sits atop a scenic hill, from where you can easily see some its most famous structures. The village has changed in appearance over the centuries, but has always maintained the spirit of the Karst. The town gets its name from the Patron Saint, Daniel, which provides it with an interesting cultural heritage. During both world wars, Štanjel was uniquely influenced by a particular architect and mayor at the time, Maks Fabiani. He preserved the essence of the village whilst using his creative finesse to rejuvenate the newly-renovated public structures. Fabiani’s most notable work in Štanjel involved the restoration of Ferrari Villa and the design of the extraordinary Ferrari Garden park, lauded as the most significant park landscaping in Slovenia from the inter-war period. Throughout the tour, you will also get the opportunity to try local delights of the Karst region, including dry-cured ham, cheese and local wine.

Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

4. Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

Depart Trieste and journey to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Slovenia. Arrive in Piran and see the bronze statue of the famous composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini on Tartini Square. Visit the house where he lived and admire one of his violins. Marvel at the majestic buildings that surround the square, such as the Municipal Palace and Maritime Museum. Get panoramic views from the Church of Saint George, and stroll along the narrow streets to encounter pretty fishing nets and compact houses. Continue along the coast to visit the seaside towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper. Hear about their main attractions and learn about the local traditions. Take in the scenic views of the natural salt pans of Sečovlje near Portorož, and sample the local food and wine at a typical village. Learn about the fishing history of Izola and more. 

From Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

5. From Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

Your trip begins with a visit to Socerb Castle. Learn about the castle's importance during the Middle Ages as you take in the beautiful view of the Gulf of Trieste. Hear about legends of a local cave and its underground shrine. After your castle visit, move on to the Mediterranean village of Hrastovlje.   Best known for its Church of the Holy Trinity, spend time in Hrastovlje and visit its UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the church's intricate frescos of bible stories and Glagolitic inscriptions. Learn about the church's extensive history extending to the 13th-century and the discovery of Janez of Kastav's part in painting the church.    From Hrastovlje, drive to the village of Marezige and see where the first wine fountain of Slovenia is located. Continue on with a visit to a renowned olive oil farm. Replenish yourself with tastings of excellent olive oil, wine, and food. Throughout the tour admire scenes of unspoiled nature and stunning vistas.

Trieste: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

6. Trieste: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land. It’s the environmental beauty and living history that draws you in; along with the diligent craftsmanship witnessed in every stone. During your tour you will visit 3 famous Istrian villages: Hum, the smallest town in the world; Motovun, the most famous medieval town of Istria; and Grožnjan, the town of artists and music, where you will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades.

Horses and Vineyards

7. Horses and Vineyards

On this tour you can leisurely explore the Istrian countryside in a most delightful way - on horseback! Horse riding in Istria is a unique opportunity to explore the local countryside in an adventurous, fun and unusual way. This tour is one of the most original and popular adventure tours in Istria and perhaps in Slovenia too. So saddle up! Conveniently located close to Koper you’ll find the best horse trail ride in Istria. You will be taken with a shuttle bus into the Primorska wine region, in the heart of Istria, where some of the area's most famous wines are produced. Horse lovers of all ages will love the selection of horses and also amateurs alike will be fascinated by the geography and history of the region – of which your fully trained guide has extensive knowledge about. Your professional horseback guides will expertly match you with a horse based on your riding experience – although no horse riding experience is required. The perfect horse is waiting for you to embark upon a majestic trail through Istria!

Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

8. Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land. It’s the environmental beauty and living history that draws you in; along with the diligent craftsmanship witnessed in every stone. During your tour, you will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where you will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades. Hum – the smallest town in the world Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Roč, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe. Motovun – the most famous medieval town of Istria Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country – Motovun. This fascinating town that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovun’s forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. These white truffles are said by many to be as good as their French and Italian counterparts. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istria’s finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe.” During your visit to Motovun, you will get to experience these delicious local truffle products for yourself. Grožnjan – town of artists and music Grožnjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Grožnjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Grožnjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Grožnjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists’ works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

Bovec: 3-Day Soča Valley Yoga Camp & Nature Sports

9. Bovec: 3-Day Soča Valley Yoga Camp & Nature Sports

Discover the natural beauty of the Soča Valley on a 3-day group or private wellness weekend in Bovec. Indulge in delicious local food and daily guided meditation with mountaintop yoga. Experience a community spirit over shared meals, scenic walks, and evening campfires with craft beer. Below is a sample itinerary of your wellness weekend. For those who'd prefer to feel the thrill of adrenaline pumping through their veins, adventure activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, canyoning, and skydiving can be arranged. Day 1:Make your way to the Thirsty River Brewing bar to meet your private host or group for the weekend. Admire the breathtaking scenery of the Soča Valley and get ready for your first exciting activity. Set off from the bar once everyone is ready for some relaxing riverside yoga. Let your trained instructor lead you through different poses to calm the body and mind as you listen to the Soča river's flow. Continue your introductions from earlier with more conversation at a wonderful welcome dinner. Tuck into some excellent local cuisine and grow closer to your friends for the next couple of days. Day 2:Wake up with the sunrise or whenever you roll out of bed and stretch out last night's revelries with another yoga class, it's simply the best way to start the day. Take the chance to cool off by jumping into the river for some standup paddleboarding. Learn the basics with your instructor or practise more difficult skills and techniques as the ocassional splash breaks the mountains' silence. Climb out of the water and dry off in the sun before enjoying a picnic lunch in the great outdoors. After you've eaten, go for a stroll through nature and find the perfect, scenic spot for a guided meditation. Once you've alligned with the universe, head out to a local food hut to fill your belly with incredible local food and indulge with craft beer or a tall glass of wine. Day 3:Get ready for a really special day to finish off your retreat. Feel well and eat well with a light breakfast and admire the views of the Kanin Mountains you'll soon be venturing towards. Head out into the world and climb into the cable car that will take you all the way to the top of the mountain. Follow your instructor to the place with the most incredible views and begin your session of mountaintop yoga. Ride back down to the base of the mountain and gather once more as a group to say farewell. Savor the moment with cups of coffee and tea and reflect on your time in the Soča Valley.

From Koper: Piran and Panoramic Slovenian Coast Tour

10. From Koper: Piran and Panoramic Slovenian Coast Tour

Piran is one of the oldest and most beautiful Slovene towns, packed with rich history and culture. Almost 500 years of Venetian influence has given this town an inimitable charm. Giuseppe Tartini, the world-famous composer and violinist was born and raised in Piran and had a great impact on the town. Today, his bronze statue adorns the town’s main square together with Tartini’s house, where visitors can admire one of his original violins. The Tartini Square is surrounded by majestic buildings, such as the Municipal Palace, Tartini Theatre, Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Marine Biological Station, Baroque House and Apollonio Palace. On the hill above the town is the biggest and most important church, the Church of Saint George, which offers a wonderful view. Piran’s town wall, narrow streets, fishermen’s nets, compact houses and of course the beautiful sea will give you the feeling of walking through a painting. On the panoramic trip along the Slovene coast you will also visit the coastal towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper, where a tour guide will tell you about their main attractions, historical facts and local traditions. Portorož, which literally means 'Port of Roses', is a popular tourist destination with hotels, casinos and beautiful beaches. Located nearby are the Sečovlje natural salt pans where salts are extracted from the pure sea water using interesting and traditional methods. On this trip you will also have the chance to admire a typical Istrian village, where you will be able to familiarize yourself with local food and wine. At the end, you will visit Izola, which is known for its fishing history, and Koper, an important European port and the largest city of the Slovene Coast.

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What people are saying about Slovene Littoral

A very nice tour in the hinterland of the Slovenian Adriatic coast! Due to the corona, we were the only two participants on the tour, so the excursion had something almost familiar, especially since our guide Grega spoke almost perfect German and gave us a lot of information about the country and its people. During the wine and food tasting in a small winery, we experienced real Slovenian hospitality. An all-round successful tour that we would do again at any time.

The tour was very individual as we were only 4 participants. The tour guide Petra spoke German and English very well. She has explained well and has responded to all wishes and restrictions. The 3 cities of Izola, Piran and Koper were pretty and well worth a visit. The organization went well.

A enjoyable day out.

This day-trip suited our needs very well and our guide, Petra, was very amenable and accommodating. We were collected at our hotel and very good care was taken of us. We turned out to be the only two on the trip and this was especially pleasant.

Very good experience! Our host, Dejan, was very knowledgeable. Only recommendation is to make pickup time more clear- website said between 7:45-8 but we didn’t get picked up until 9:30. Otherwise perfect, thank you!

Outstanding

Very interesting, especially friendly, perception of personal wishes, an unforgettable day.