Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia

10 days from $7,150 per person*
  • Sample regional wines at tasting sessions in local wineries and vineyards.
  • Meet a local beekeeper and learn about Slovenia’s unique relationship with honey.
  • Take a food-centric walking tour of Ljubljana.
  • Gaze out across Lake Bled from Bled Castle over a tasty traditional dessert.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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A gloriously gorgeous country of alpine lakes and rolling green valleys, Slovenia is starting to step onto the world stage as a top-flight destination for food and wine. Heavily influenced by history and landscape, the culinary tradition here combines the refined flavors of the Habsburg aristocrat and the hearty fare of the mountain shepherd, all partnered with unique reds and whites. (And since each meal is served with a generous helping of breathtaking natural scenery, make sure you get a table by the window.)

This culinary-minded tour begins in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, with a privately guided walking tour that will introduce you to the charming city and its unique food scene, including everything from high-end fare to comfort food. Later, head to Kartuzija Pleterje, a Carthusian monastery, on your way to Bizeljsko to tour the fascinating stone-cut Repnice Wine Cellars and a private wine tasting. After exploring the beautiful Vintgar Gorge, a special treat awaits in the resort town of Bled; kremšnita, a chantilly-and-custard cake, served overlooking the lake from atop Bled Castle. Next, visit the picturesque Soca Valley (named for the incredible turquoise river that runs through it) for a five-course lunch at Hiša Franko, famed for its sophisticated take on local cuisine. In the shadow of the Julian Alps, learn about Slovenian honey (and taste some yourself) from a local beekeeper near Banovci, then visit the Alpine Dairy Museum before two full days of private tastings in the wine regions of Ptuj, Jeruzalem, and Maribor, home of the Dveri Pax winery. Finally, return to Ljubljana following the course of the Mur, stopping in at the mills along the way to sample pumpkin oil before a delightful three-course lunch. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Ljubljana
    Ljubljana
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Ljubljana
    Ljubljana
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Food & Wine Tour (3-4 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Ljubljana
    Ljubljana
    • Private Tour - Dolenjska Region with Pleterje Charterhouse, Kostanjevica na Krki & Lunch (10 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Ljubljana to Bled
    Ljubljana to Bled
    • Private Transfer - Ljubljana - Bled [via Vintgar Gorge & Bled Castle (4 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Bled
    Bled
    • Private Tour - Soca Valley & Goriska Brda With Lunch at Hisa Franco (10 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Bled to Banovci
    Bled to Banovci
    • Private Transfer - Bled - Banovci [via Honey & Cheese Experience (with Lunch, 9 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 7 Banovci
    Banovci
    • Private Tour - Ptuj & Jeruzalem with Wine Tasting & Lunch (7-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 8 Banovci
    Banovci
    • Private Tour - Maribor Tour with Wine Tastings & Lunch (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Guided
  • Day 9 Banovci to Ljubljana
    Banovci to Ljubljana
    • Private Transfer - Banovci - Ljubljana [via Verzej & Old Mill Kocbek, with Lunch (7 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Ljubljana
    Ljubljana
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Ljubljana

Enjoy your private airport transfer to your hotel with vehicle and driver. For your added comfort, your English speaking driver will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary and answer your questions.

Accommodation: Grand Union Hotel

Located in the heart of the city center, the historic Grand Union Hotel overlooks Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge, and the Ljubljana Castle. The Art Nouveau styled hotel has played an important role in the political and social life of the capital; hosting many renowned politicians and famous guests including Bill Clinton, Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth and Orson Welles. Defined by the architectural and Art Nouveau style, each guest room offers comfort and elegance. The hotel offers top-class culinary experiences in renowned restaurants Atelje, the Union Garden, and the legendary Union Café, where guests can relax with a cup of coffee or tea accompanied by a varied offer of cakes and pastries in a historic setting. Other hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a sauna.

Day 2: Ljubljana

Meet your guide and embark on a private walking tour exploring Ljubljana’s culinary history, and discover the city’s best local eateries, gourmet stores, and dining hideaways. You will meet talented local chefs, each with their unique story and culinary vision, and sample their delicious hand-selected goodies, artisan chocolate masterpieces, exquisite seasonal dishes, coffees and much more. From high-end cuisine to lip-smacking comfort food, Ljubljana has it all. During your tour, you will also take part in a wine tasting experience featuring the finest Slovenian wineries. Your private culinary excursion includes private English-speaking guide, food, and wine tastings.

Accommodation: Grand Union Hotel
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Slovenian Specialties
Slovenian Specialties

Day 3: Ljubljana

Meet your guide for a private full day tour of Southeast Slovenia, visiting the Pleterje Charterhouse, Kostanjevica na Krki, with lunch and wine tasting experience at Repnice. First, stop at Pleterje Charterhouse, the only still inhabited Carthusian monastery in Slovenia, and visit the open-air museum, a famous monument of traditional Slovene architecture. Continue to Kostanjevica, the oldest city of Dolenjska region, and the smallest Slovenian town, located on an island on the Krka River. There you will visit Galery Bozidar Jakac, an open gallery and museum. In Bizeljsko, you will visit the unique Repnice Wine Cellars, one of Slovenia's most awe-inspiring attraction, and take part in a wine tasting experience. Your full day tour includes private vehicle, English-speaking guide, entrance fee to Pleterje with a multimedia presentation, Forma Viva Gallery, wine tasting at Repnice Wine Cellars and 3-course lunch at Debeluh restaurant with drink package (2 glasses of wine, 0,5l water, coffee).

Accommodation: Grand Union Hotel
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pleterje Charterhouse
Pleterje Charterhouse

Day 4: Ljubljana - Bled

Meet your guide for a transfer from Ljubljana to Bled via Vintgar Gorge and Bled Castle, where you will enjoy a traditional desert amidst stunning views of Bled Lake. Visit the stunning Vintgar Gorge which carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna River with its waterfalls, pools, and rapids. Your trail leads you over wooden bridges, Zumr’s galleries and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 53 feet high Sum waterfall. Your next stop is at Bled Castle, perched high on a cliff above the lake where you will enjoy 'Kremšnita,' a traditional dessert while observing the stunning views of Bled Lake, which is located below the castle. Continue to Bled. Your transfer includes private vehicle, English speaking guide, entrance fees to Bled Castle, Vintgar Gorge and Kremsnita. 

Accommodation: Adora Luxury Hotel

Adora Luxury Hotel in Bled is one of those places where you can really Live your dream. The charming villa originally constructed in 1878 has undergone complete renovations over the years and was reopened in 2012 as a design hotel. Boasting direct access to the lake with stunning views, and interiors thoughtfully decorated, this hotel provides guests with an unforgettable stay in one of the most romantic settings in eastern Europe. As the unique view, location and traditional architecture of Adora Luxury Hotel, the hotel's interior will also melt your heart and inspire you to return soon. 

Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bled Castle
Bled Castle

Day 5: Bled

Meet your guide for a full day tour of Soca Valley one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia, with lunch prepared by world-famous chef Ana Ros, and Goriska Brda, land of wineries with a wine tasting experience. Enjoy a scenic drive over the Vrsic Pass, alongside the Soca River, a stunning turquoise hue that flows against a backdrop of imposing limestone mountains cloaked in dense forests, lush meadows rich in wildflowers and a clutch of small towns and villages. Enjoy lunch at Hisa Franko, a first class restaurant, where you will embark on a culinary journey, with chef Ana is known for her unexpected combinations, sophistication, passion and mischievous sense of play with tradition and ingredients. Here also take part in a wine & cheese tasting run by her word class sommelier husband, Valter. The couple’s dedication and passion for Soca Valley are unmatched and evident in each bite and sip of wine. After lunch you will continue to Goriska Brda, a hilly landscape speckled with villages clustered like birds’ nests, surrounded by the greenery of vineyards and orchards, best observed from the panorama tower in Gonjace. Afterward, you will visit the well-known Simicic winery for a wine tasting experience. Your excursion includes private vehicle, English-speaking guide, wine & cheese tasting and 11-course lunch at Hisa Franko, and Simicic winery degustation (including finger food).

Accommodation: Adora Luxury Hotel
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -   Soca Valley River
Soca Valley River
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bled
Bled

Day 6: Bled - Banovci

Meet your private driver-guide for a full day transfer to Banovci, pausing en route for some charming local experiences focused around food. You'll first make your way to a traditional apiary dating back to the 1960's where you'll visit an organic beekeeper. Gain insight into their craft as you're taken through the various phases of honey production, and are treated to a tasting of the local honey made on-site. Midday you'll stop at a traditional inn for an included lunch, then continue on to Bohinj, one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps. Here you'll visit an abandoned village cheese dairy, site of the Alpine Dairy Museum. Peruse the quaint collection of traditional and historic artifacts related to dairy farming and the Alpine herdsmen, then check out a cheese factory shop loaded with locally made products. Conclude your day on arrival to Banovci.

Accommodation: Sun House Boutique Hotel

The Sun House boutique hotel is an oasis, offering a break from the hustle and bustle of a chaotic world. The small and stylish boutique hotel is located in the very heart of authentic and natural riches of the Prekmurje region, in the small village of Banovci. Featuring elegant suites, that offers guests modern amenities and conveniences, as well as large balconies or terraces that feature spectacular panoramic views of the hilly surroundings. The Sauna and Spa Garden at the Sun House Banovci provides various wellness treatments and massages and features a bio sauna, a Finnish sauna, a relaxation room and an outdoor Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Making Honey
Making Honey

Day 7: Banovci

Today you will tour the wine growing regions of Ptuj and Jeruzalem where you will experience the area’s unique tradition, rich with wine making history, as you take part in your wine tastings. Ptuj is the oldest town in Slovenia, full of interesting sights such as the uniquely beautiful ‘Orpheus’ monument in the center of the city, a Roman tombstone that dates from the 2nd century, and a wide range of medieval, baroque and renaissance architectural treasures. Here you will visit the Ptuj Wine Cellar, and discover the wealth of flavors, which captures the extraordinary potential of their fantastic vineyard. In Jeruzalem, famous for its amazing landscapes and wineries you will first enjoy lunch at first class Tramsek restaurant followed by wine tasting at Praprotnik-Curin winery. Your excursion includes private vehicle, English-speaking guide, wine tasting at Ptuj & Praprotnik-Curin wineries, entrance fee to Ptuj Castle, and lunch.

Accommodation: Sun House Boutique Hotel
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ptuj Castle
Ptuj Castle
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sun House Boutique Hotel
Sun House Boutique Hotel

Day 8: Banovci

Meet your guide for a full day exploration of Maribor, home to the oldest vine in the world and Slovenia's second largest city and wine tasting experiences at Gaube and Dveri Pax wineries. In Maribor, you will discover the charming streets of the charming Old Town, along with the Drava River. During your tour, you will also enjoy a culinary experience at Denk restaurant in Zgornja Kungota. At Dveri Pax Winery you will find that an 800-year tradition of Benedictine wine making is kept alive, producing, using highest quality vines combined with knowledge, experience, and culture to create a variety of award-winning wines. In Kungota, you will visit and take part in a wine tasting at Gaube Winery, dating back to the 19th-century. Much has changed since the early beginnings, yet their dedication to making quality wine remains undisputed. Your excursion includes private vehicle, English-speaking guide, wine tasting experiences at Gaube & Dveri Pax Wineries and lunch.

Accommodation: Sun House Boutique Hotel
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gaube Winery
Gaube Winery

Day 9: Banovci - Ljubljana

Meet your guide for a transfer to Ljubljana via Verzej with a visit to Babic Mill, one of the two still operating floating mills on the Mura River, and Stara Gora for a pumpkin oil tasting at Kocbek Mill. Operating since 1929, the Old Mill Kocbek uses its long-lasting tradition, knowledge, and experience to produce top quality and non-refined oils with a minimum purity of 98 percent. Pumpkin seeds are full of fragrance and taste, containing a lot of vitamins and nutrients that are indispensable to the human body, giving energy, and helping to maintain our health. Enjoy a 3-course lunch at Sike Restaurant. Your transfer includes private vehicle, English speaking guide, pumpkin oil tasting at Kocbek, and lunch.

Accommodation: Grand Union Hotel
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Old Mill Kocbek
Old Mill Kocbek
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana
Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana

Day 10: Ljubljana

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
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Grand Union Hotel: Ljubljana

Located in the heart of the city center, the historic Grand Union Hotel overlooks Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge, and the Ljubljana Castle. The Art Nouveau styled hotel has played an important role in the political and social life of the capital; hosting many renowned politicians and famous guests including Bill Clinton, Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth and Orson Welles. Defined by the architectural and Art Nouveau style, each guest room offers comfort and elegance. The hotel offers top-class culinary experiences in renowned restaurants Atelje, the Union Garden, and the legendary Union Café, where guests can relax with a cup of coffee or tea accompanied by a varied offer of cakes and pastries in a historic setting. Other hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a sauna.

Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana
Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana
Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Union Hotel - Room View
Grand Union Hotel - Room View

Adora Luxury Hotel: Bled

Adora Luxury Hotel in Bled is one of those places where you can really Live your dream. The charming villa originally constructed in 1878 has undergone complete renovations over the years and was reopened in 2012 as a design hotel. Boasting direct access to the lake with stunning views, and interiors thoughtfully decorated, this hotel provides guests with an unforgettable stay in one of the most romantic settings in eastern Europe. As the unique view, location and traditional architecture of Adora Luxury Hotel, the hotel's interior will also melt your heart and inspire you to return soon. 

Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Istra Vila
Istra Vila

Sun House Boutique Hotel: Banovci

The Sun House boutique hotel is an oasis, offering a break from the hustle and bustle of a chaotic world. The small and stylish boutique hotel is located in the very heart of authentic and natural riches of the Prekmurje region, in the small village of Banovci. Featuring elegant suites, that offers guests modern amenities and conveniences, as well as large balconies or terraces that feature spectacular panoramic views of the hilly surroundings. The Sauna and Spa Garden at the Sun House Banovci provides various wellness treatments and massages and features a bio sauna, a Finnish sauna, a relaxation room and an outdoor Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

Untold Story: Wine & Food of Slovenia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sun House Boutique Hotel
Sun House Boutique Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Sandra S — August 11, 2019 — Europe

    Fantastic tour that met all our special requests! Our anniversary celebration was perfect! Our grandchildren made so many memories from playing in the fields of the farm to sailing through the fjords and eating desserts at all the bakeries! A marvellous intergenerational experience!

  • Julie S — July 05, 2019 — Europe

    Thank you to Daniel for making our family’s trip to Greece so enjoyable and memorable. We asked him for an “Instagram” worthy trip, and he delivered! The hotels on the islands were stunning, and our private tour guides at each stop easily accommodated our individual wishes. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.

  • Elizabeth B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was five stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kimberly E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kim E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Keith M — July 13, 2019 — Europe

    There is so much to say about this amazing family trip to northern Spain we just came home from, but in short, the trip was even more than we could have hoped for - From the planning to the tour guides, drivers and accommodations our needs were met and in most cases surpassed. There is no way the trip could have been as successful without the help of Maryanne from Kensington Tours and her team.

  • Sara L — June 29, 2019 — Europe

    Our Iceland trip was fantastic. From planning with Melissa (many times over until we had it right) to being greeted in Iceland and all of the wonderful tours we took, we had a fabulous time. Our guide, Sigga, was excellent. She guided us, told us tales of Iceland, was extremely accommodating with my elderly mom. We enjoyed being with her very much. Inke, our guide to the glacier, was also wonderful. We had a great time and felt Kensington did a fabulous job. Thanks!

  • Dawn K — July 18, 2019 — Europe

    The trip overall was amazing and all the activities and travel plans went so very smoothly. Our whole familiy really enjoyed every day of the trip. Patrick McCallion, the expert from your agency who helped us, was awesome! He not only set up everything perfectly for us but helped us with reservations for dinners at fine dining places and answered many questions we had in advance. We did leave our glasses in the van at one point in Barcelona and had to contact the local agent who quickly retrieved the glasses for us without any problem. We highly recommend this agency given the quality of the experience, the smoothness of the itinerary, and the flexibility to tailored the experience to our needs. Thank

  • Diana B — June 23, 2019 — Europe

    This was our 6th Kensington tour. We have gone as a couple on trips and taken our children sometimes to destinations all over the world. We have never been disappointed and have had the most personal and professional service. We would not even consider using anyone else. Thank you Alania for everything! Our most recent trip to Russia and Scandinavia was fabulous and perfectly planned!

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