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Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

1. 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.

From Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

2. 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.

From Koper: Piran and Panoramic Slovenian Coast Tour

3. 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.

Izola: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

4. Izola: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Izola is a small Slovenian fishing town with an artistic soul. It used to be, like other coastal towns, an island which gradually merged with the land. The town has been home to shipyards, a large toy factory, and a large fish cannery. Hear about Izola's rich history and numerous interesting stories that have accumulated over time. Take a stroll along the promenade, where you'll see the small port and fishing pier, Manzioli square, ornate Manzioli palace, as well as Besenghi's palace. Gallivant down Ljubljanska Street, the most lively street in the center of Izola. It is especially popular with local pub crawlers. Pop into one of the myriad galleries and handicraft workshops here and wonder at the local art.

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

5. 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.

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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.

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!

A little sparse on historical details and VERY casual enjoyment of Prosecco.