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3.5-Hour Ljubljana Food & Wine Tour

1. 3.5-Hour Ljubljana Food & Wine Tour

This guided food tour will take you on a walk through the old Ljubljana town. Learn about the city, stories of the people, architecture, the history of the Slovenian nation, and of course - local and national cuisine. This is much more than a food tour and definitely not your usual city tour. During the food tour, you will be served 9 traditional dishes from a variety of different cuisines from all parts and circles of Slovenia's society along with 4 kinds of wine. You will also familiarize yourself with historical Ljubljana and hear an overview of the history of Slovenes. At the end of the tour, your tummy will be full, your thirst will be gone, and you will know more about the history of Slovenes than some locals do. You will also be in the know about the old town and know where to go next, what to do next, and what to eat next. It's a perfect way to start your stay in the beautiful and tasty capital city.

Wine Tasting Ljubljana

2. Wine Tasting Ljubljana

Taste some of the finest wines from different wine regions of Slovenia and learn interesting wine facts from a wine expert in our 300-year old wine cellar. This is fun and interactive two-hour wine experience for wine lovers who want to know more about Slovenian wine. Listen to fun stories, learn must-know wine facts, play games and get some interesting challenges along the way. The tasting is conducted in English and includes 7 top Slovenian wines, delicious appetizers and promises to be a great, and informative night out. At the end, receive a souvenir certificate for becoming an ambassador of Slovenian wines.

Ljubljana: Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Performance

3. Ljubljana: Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Performance

Indulge in customary foods, savor local wine and play traditional games at a centrally-located restaurant in Ljubljana. Upon arrival at the restaurant, enjoy a tasting of "šklojce" (dried fruit) and traditional Slovenian schnapps. Then, immerse yourself in the best of the Slovenian's culture with a night of traditional food and folk dancing. After regaining your composure from the schnapps, get ready for 3 courses of traditional food accompanied by a glass of local wine. The show will begin as you enjoy your homemade starter. Witness three lively dance performances that will have you jumping in your seat and wanting to try the dance yourself. Next, fill up with a peasant-style chicken, pork fillet with chef’s sauce, potatoes and salad. Now it's your turn to hop onto the dance floor to learn the Polka. Finish your evening with desert and traditional Slovenian games such as pouštertanc, which translates as 'the cushion dance.' Finally, after a night of fun and games, receive a special homemade souvenir as you leave the restaurant.

From Ljubljana: Maribor, Ptuj & Heart of the Vineyards

4. From Ljubljana: Maribor, Ptuj & Heart of the Vineyards

Discover Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town, surrounded by thermal springs, flourishing fields, and vineyards on the Drava Plain. Admire its lovely present appearance which originates from the Middle Ages with the beautiful medieval castle above. For centuries, the fort acted as a guardian for the town below, now it invites visitors with its picturesque appearance. Maribor is the 2nd biggest city in Slovenia and was also crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Spontaneous and relaxed, the attractive city of Maribor has a lot to offer: from gothic and neo-romantic architecture to the romantic Lent Riverbank. The day wouldn’t be complete without visiting the heart of the vineyards - an amazing place to have a glass of wine which is inseparable with the history of the region.

Ljubljana: 3-Hour Food Tour

5. Ljubljana: 3-Hour Food Tour

Discover the best local food, delicious wines from various regions, learn about Slovenian traditions and explore the city’s rich cultural heritage. A great way to put your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride, as well as getting acquainted with main city attractions and other foodie travelers from around the world. Visiting different places, from the central market to the sightseeing attractions to local restaurants! Stops are made in 4 different restaurants and there are a couple of tastings included on various locations. Learn from your knowledgable guide, where else to eat while in Ljubljana. Get insights into the local specialties of the area, and their unique touches when producing food and drinks. 

Ljubljana: Karst & Coast Full-Day Trip

6. Ljubljana: Karst & Coast Full-Day Trip

Discover the Slovenian coast and the Karst region on this full-day trip. Your first stop is the Skocjan Caves, one of the largest and most fascinating Karstic sites in Europe, where the Reka River runs 200 meters below the surface. Next, stop at a local tavern and taste the famous Karst air-dried prosciutto. It is easy to see why locals believe it to be the best prosciutto in the world, especially when accompanied by a local Teran wine. Head on to Lipica, which is the homeland of the white Lipizzaner – the breed of horse made famous by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Continue through the coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Portoroz to reach everyone’s favorite spot on the Slovenian coast – Piran. Lose yourself in its narrow, medieval streets and enjoy some free time over an exquisite seafood meal in one of the many local restaurants or cafes. One last stop at Predjama Castle on the way to Ljubljana. Discover the secrets of the largest cave castle (Guinness World Records!), located on a 123-meter high cliff and learn about the local Robin Hood, the legendary knight Erazem.

WINExPEDITION: Vipava Valley & Goriska Brda

7. 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 Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

8. 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.

Ljubljana Bites & Sights with a Local Guide

9. Ljubljana Bites & Sights with a Local Guide

Get to know one of Europe’s most beautiful cities in one of the best ways possible: through its food. While it might still be an underrated destination, Ljubljana has been slowly upping its culinary game, emerging as a city perfect for travelling foodies. After meeting your friendly local guide in Prešeren Square in the very center of the city, head straight for Ljubljana’s vibrant farmers market to discover hidden gems, and wander through the inner market, tasting some local goodies. You’ll also check out the fish market and try a sip of fresh milk straight from the farm.  Next, make your way to the heart of Ljubljana’s Old Town, past some of the city’s most famous landmarks whose stories will be revealed to you as you walk. You'll make two tasty stops as you walk across the Town square, where you will have the chance to try some local honey as well as a sweet-salty bite of handmade chocolate topped with fleur de sel.  Digging even deeper into the region’s food scene, you’ll learn about the importance of the Slovenian forest and its fruits. Sample a liquor made from blueberries, dried figs or honey, which will help you understand the cultural importance of these drinks and their importance in shaping the national character.  Even though you’ve been snacking all day, now it’s time for a proper meal. Continue to a restaurant where locals love to go for their daily lunch. The menu offers three different options (always including a vegetarian dish). Stomachs full of hearty food and heads filled with local lore, visit one of the most charming streets in the city, where a real gem is hiding — one that offers lots of Instagram-worthy views of Ljubljana. Your tour will finish here and your local guide can give you directions back to the city center, as well as recommendations for what else to see and do in Ljubljana during your stay.

Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

10. 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.

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We had so much fun on the food & wine tour! Our guide was so knowledgeable and we loved the combination of learning while also eating and tasting wine. A great way to see Ljubljana and meet a local and other tourists. Highly recommend!

Great experience! Drinking wine in the place where it is made is a unique experience. We had a chance to meet families owning vineyards and taste delicious wines and food. I recommend it to everyone!

So much fun, excellent wine, hilarious, and informative sommelier, what more could you want! Great location, easy to find and walking distance in old town…

Great tour with excellent guide! Definitely less touristy but nice to see another part of this beautiful country.

Dean was great ! The tour was stress free & we enjoyed great food & Prosecco !