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Agritourism Foodies 8-day Food Tour in Slovenia
Tasting the authentic and diverse Slovenian cuisine in 5 culinary regions
Savoring private winery tours and tastings
Eating in a world's best restaurant
Seeing the best of different Slovenian regions
Learning about the history of the area
Cooking traditional dishes with local women
Stay in a beautiful family-run tourist farm in Goriška Brda, (Slovenian Tuscany), for a unique cooking and wine tasting holiday. Taste authentic Slovenian food and wine, feel the diverse nature and see the best in different regions with focus on the Mediterranean, (Goriška Brda, Karst, Vipava Valley), and the Julian Alps, (Kobarid).
When you are not cooking with the local women you will be touring the wonderful countryside, the orchards and vineyards, exploring regional delicacies, enjoying daily tours of local sites and medieval villages, visiting the region's best wineries, eating in a world class restaurant and enjoying breathtaking fairytale landscapes. It’s all about the experience, a combination that allows you to sample both the region’s most refined cuisine and its most rustic traditions.
Indulge your passion for food, wine and nature on this fantastic cooking and wine tasting holiday in Slovenia, an experience that you will treasure long after your trip is over.
If you request single accommodation, please book early as there is a limited number of single rooms available. If you wish to share a room, we will assign you a room mate if one is available.
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The Škocjan Caves and Goriška Brda
If you come to Ljubljana a few days earlier, you will be picked up at your hotel at 10am otherwise pick up will be at 11am at the Ljubljana airport. After a short transfer your first stop is the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, one of Slovenia's most beautiful natural sights, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Their picturesque underground world is famous for its giant dripstone formations, underground rapids and lakes, where you will explore the largest underground river canyon in the world.
After the culinary delicacies of the Karst we continue to Goriška Brda, Slovenia’s most beautiful winegrowing region. Check into your room and take your time to explore the tourist farm, walk around the vineyards, swim in the pool or just relax in the garden with a glass of wine. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner with traditional and local dishes. This is a fun and easy way to get to know everyone.
After dinner, you will tour the family's wine cellar. The owners show you how they follow and nurture a centuries-old tradition of wine making methods in addition to offering diverse, excellent certified organic wines. Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
The Vipava valley and the Karst region
After breakfast we drive to the small culturally protected village of Goče, where you will learn about the history of the Vipava valley. The trail will lead us to a 650year old farmhouse, hidden in the narrow streets, where we will eat lunch, also taste wine in one of 75 preserved stone-arched wine cellars with the owner. An experience that will not be forgotten, it's a gourmet's dream!
After lunch we will take a short drive to the neighbouring Karst wine growing region. We take you on a short walking tour to the medieval village of Štanjel, pearl of the Karst stone villages, where you will feel the history and culture of this region. Next, we travel to the heart of the Karst region where you will admire noble and elegant white horses at Lipica Stud Farm, the cradle of the Lipizzaners and one of the oldest stud farms in the world.
Before a traditional dinner of regional specialties in the 400-year-old farmhouse in one of Karst’s most beautiful villages, you will taste home-made prosciutto and local Teran wine-ruby red colour wine with shades of carmine purple, created from Refošk vine and is geographically protected. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Wine tasting and cooking class
We start the day with a visit to one of the 2017 Top 100 Wineries in the World, selected by Wine and Spirits Magazine. It is one of the 12 wine creators of the world. Enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch at the same time as a great view overlooking the Medana vineyards. After everyone has put their aprons on we will begin our cooking class at 5pm. The cooking lesson will last around 2hrs and will focus on cooking typical Goriška Brda dishes. Local women will share with you their culinary secrets and family recipes. After the cooking class we sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour and enjoy the meal that you have just prepared. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Exploring Goriška Brda and sparkling wine tasting
We start our tour at Dobrovo castle, a 2-storey Renaissance structure from the 17th century. We pass through the poetic village of Medana, before climbing to the lookout tower at Gonjače, that will offer magnificent views of the entire region, even the Adriatic coast. We wrap up our tour by visiting Šmartno, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in Slovenia. A traditional lunch will be served in the walled town of Šmartno where you will also sample traditional spirits and liquors from different fruits and herbs and learn the production method.
In the heart of Goriška Brda you will discover one of the oldest cellars in Slovenia located in a Chateau built in the 13th century. It is now home to a family run winery, primarily known for their award-winning sparkling wines, which are made according to traditional methods. You will tour the wine cellar and enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner with a selection of sparkling wines. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Soča River Valley
A day trip to the stunning Soča River Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world. The day will be a blend of nature, history and delicious food. First, we will have a scenic and pleasant walk to the lovely, hidden Kozjak waterfalls before visiting the historic town of Kobarid where Ernest Hemingway was inspired to pen his novel - A Farewell to Arms. You will have time to visit the World War 1 Museum or just relax in a pub tasting local craft beer. In the evening it will be time for a gastronomic experience, dinner prepared by one of the most innovative chefs, Ana Roš, in the family run restaurant Hiša Franko (Star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table– Season 2) and World's Best Female Chef for 2017 by The World's 50 Best Restaurants organisation and among 50 World’s Best Restaurants for 2017. You will enjoy a slow food dinner with selection of Slovenian wines. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Piran and Slovenian Istria
We will spend a day on the Slovenian coast region and discover the scenic, historical and gourmet delights. You will explore charming and romantic Piran, one of the cutest towns in Slovenia, walk along the beautiful narrow streets and admire rich history which is mirrored in the Venetian architecture. You will be charmed by the stunning views from the old Piran Town Wall, where you can admire the city from a different perspective and see the Coastline of the Adriatic Sea.
Enjoy seafood lunch in a restaurant by the sea with a selection of great local wines before some free time for shopping or swimming or just a coffee on Tartini Square. After coming back to Goriška Brda, dinner will be served on a tourist farm where you will raise a toast to a great day. Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
Free time and farewell dinner
After breakfast you can go on a short walk through the beautiful vineyards and orchards. You will have free time to relax. A farewell dinner will be served in the Brda countryside where each dish will be enhanced by a selection of our host’s wine. This will be a fine introduction to amber wines, or better known as orange wines. The winery continually ranks on the list of 100 best wineries in the world by Wine and Spirits Magazine. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
After breakfast, guests have time to check-out of their rooms. You will be taking delicious flavours, good memories, local products and a collection of fantastic Slovenian recipes home with you. You will be transferred to the vibrant capital town of Ljubljana to catch afternoon flight or train departures. Or, extend your stay to explore the old part of the city and colourful matket place. Meals included: Breakfast
Notes on Itinerary Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Ian and I thoroughly enjoyed our 'Foodies' tour in Slovenia, it was equal and in some cases superior to food and wine tours we have undertaken in other countries. It was well structured with all of the right elements to make it varied, interesting and educational. The range of activities from wine and olive oil tasting, lunches and dinners, museums and cultural experiences, visits to a wide range of food producers, cooking classes, not to mention the scenery and history made it a memorable trip. The itinerary included visits to producers which are not available to the public which is one of the benchmarks of a good food and wine tour. We found that Slovenia is a wonderful country to visit, particularly if you have an interest in food and wine. The hotel in Ljubljana which was recommended for pre and post tour accommodation was great; we found it a very friendly and pleasant B&B only a few minutes' walk from the old town. I was pleased that it was established in 1932 as we like to stay in historic accommodation. I would like to make special mention of our guide who was great company, informative, accommodating and flexible. Two examples of his wonderful service were on day 7, the rest day, when he took us to Trieste for the day and on the day after the tour when he arranged for us to join a small group tour to Bled. The website is right when it says that their guides make you feel like an invited guest, not a tourist! Particularly because we travel so far to visit countries such as Slovenia, we like to see and experience as much as we can, so rest days are not for us. Our guide told us that some people prefer to spend some time reading by the pool on the rest day but we were very happy that he took us to the Italian coast for the day! One issue was surprising to us; the advertising and itinerary indicated that the tour is a 'small group tour' but when we were collected at our hotel our guide advised us that it was a 'private tour' so we were the only two on the tour with him as our dedicated driver/guide. From our point of view this was a plus as it gave us flexibility and personal attention. We are happy to recommend this tour and hope this is useful information for anyone considering it. Carolyn and Ian, Queensland Australia October 2018
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