is not on everyone’s “bucket” list, and Slovenians like it that way: some gems are all the more beautiful for their rarity. But for those who decide to look, there are so many facets to explore in this small country. Mountain views and alpine rivers of turquoise? Check. Toscana hillsides with ancient vineyards making sumptuous wines? Check. World-class cuisine made with local ingredients? Check! The cleanliness and order of Switzerland, the architecture of Austria, the costal warmth of Croatia and Italy, the cuisine, wine, and cycling of France - Slovenia has all these, and more.
…It’s time to discover a new gem
Day 1: Arrival in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Upon arriving in Ljubljana, you will be met by a representative and transferred to Bohinj. You will stay overnight in a comfortable hotel in Bohinj
Meeting point at the train station in Ljubljana or airport (prior notice)
Meals included: D
Accommodation: Lake Bohinj - Hotel Jezero
Day 2: Trekking at Triglav National Park
After a hearty breakfast, we will to Triglav National park where we start Truly beautiful morning hike from the beautiful green plateau of Pokljuka (1300m) up to Blejska cottage (1630m). Rugged mountain paths take us up to one of the best viewpoints in the area. At 1965m the trail opens out directly opposite the Julian Alps and mt. Triglav. On reaching the hut, the view opens out over the surrounding Karavanke Mountains, Ljubljana and in Austria in the distance
Morning Yoga at Lake (tree of life location – our guide knows where this is)
Meals included : B, L and D
Accommodation : Hotel Jezero
Day 3: Bled with Soča Valley
Early morning transfer to the Bled. We start our journey with a Island visit – undoubtedly the most popular tourist site in Slovenia situated on Lake Bled, which boasts the only real island in the country. To get there, we will board a traditional wooden oared boat called Pletna, whose origins date back as far as the 12th century. A monumental 1655 stone staircase will take us to the Church of Mary’s Assumption situated at the island’s highest point.
We can then make a wish to the sound of the wishing bell set up in 1534 and taste the fresh water from the well built in honor of a princess who passed away prematurely.
We will proceed with a leisurely walk to the Bled Castle built high up on a magnificent cliff overlooking the lake. According to written sources, this is the oldest castle in Slovenia and was first mentioned in written records as early as 1011.
The former residential quarters now host a restaurant and a museum collection with objects depicting the region’s historical development from the Bronze Age to present day.
After lunch our continue by heading towards the beautiful alpine world of the Slovene Northwest. After crossing Vršič, Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, a magnificent view of the Julian Alps will open up before us.
Yoga class at Lake Bled
Accommodation: Hotel Dobra Vila
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4, Kobarid and Ferawell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
This is the world of the emerald green Soča River, where we will visit one of its springs. Our main destination for the day, considered by many the most beautiful river in Europe. We will then visit the Kobariski World War I museum to learn the history of the area by private tour
After visiting the museum we will walk towards a secluded waterfall Kozjak. Spend the afternoon back at Dobra Vila relaxing or strolling the charming fields and forest surrounding the hotel.
Tonight, be prepared for a feast of locally grown ingredients at Hiša Franco’s outstanding restaurant. Chef: Ana Roš (Most talented chef in the World in 2016 and best female chef in the World in 2017)
Yoga class in Dobra Vila estate (amazing location in the nature)
*Optional : Rafting
Accomodation : Hotel Dobra Vila
Meals Included : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5: Goriška Brda or Slovene “Tuscany”
We continue the Kolovrat range where structures of the third Italian line of defence are densely tossed on both sides of the state border. A special approach to the restoration of these positions was the use of original building materials (wire nets for fortifying slopes, corrugated sheets, slates, etc.) from the time of the First World War.
After knowledgeable introduction of WW1, we continue toward Slovenian wine region Brda where our guide will be waiting us with bikes and we start to ride them through the Brda region, known as the Slovenian Tuscany and wine region. We'll pedal from village to village experiencing the natural and cultural heritage of this region that had a turbulent past, but has an interesting present.
Brda is a land of castles, vineyards and small white churches, often situated on the top of the hills overlooking the villages. We'll stop for a wine tasting at one of the hospitable local vineyards.
Yoga class on the top of the Kolovrat range or in the wine region in the evening
Meals included: B, L & D
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6, Škocjan caves and Piran
Morning departure towards town of Škocjan where we will descend into the fascinating network of tunnels that makes up the Škocjan Caves. The Reka River winding through the karst landscape over centuries shaped the tunnels as well as one of the largest underground canyons in Europe.
The Škocjan Caves are a remarkable natural phenomenon whose global significance was recognized by their inclusion in UNESCO’s list of world cultural and natural heritage sites.
After caves we will departure towards Slovenian coats where we will walk town of Piran which is an old Mediterranean harbor town in the Slovene Istria region. The entire town is one big museum with well preserved medieval structures, fascinating architecture, and a rich cultural heritage. The narrow streets and closely built old houses add to the town’s special charm.
Situated at its very center, the famous Tartini Square is a tribute to the prominent Piran-‐born violin player and composer Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1777).
The square also boasts a monument in the musician’s honor. Another treat for the eyes is the “Venetian” – a luxurious building from the middle of the 15th century that is considered one of the most beautiful examples of Venetian gothic architecture in Slovenia. Strolling along the narrow streets typical of Istrian coastal towns, we will climb the hill overlooking Piran to reach the Church of St George.
Morning yoga class in the heart of the vineyards
Accommodation : Hotel Piran
Meals included : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7: Ljubljana : Love goes through the stomach
After breakfast we depart to Ljubljana where you will spend a free day but In the evening get ready for the feast and learn how to cook Slovene way! A hands-on culinary experience where you can get as involved in the cooking as you like, no previous cooking experience is necessary to enjoy the delicacies. We will put together a tasting menu consisting of a selection of typical Slovenian cold starters and with that, you are ready to start cooking. Together we will prepare a lovely warm starter, a hearty main dish and to round your evening off in style we will prepare excellent Slovenian dessert. Each dish will be served fresh, immediately after preparation. You will also get a chance to taste different sorts of Slovenian wine, homemade traditional juices, and as a digestif some typical Slovenian schnappses and liqueurs. We adjust our menus seasonally and always cook with fresh ingredients from the local farms or market, which is just next door. A unique culinary experience for all food lover
Morning yoga at the seaside
Accommodation : Hotel Cubo or similar
Meals included: breakfast and dinner
Day 8 : Goodbye Slovenia
After breakfast you will be transferred to airport for your next adventure.
$4,099 Now- Nov 30, 2018
$4,299 Dec 1, 2018- March 31, 2019
$4,599 April 1, 2019 - June
*Payment plans are available. Lock in your price with your deposit!
Private guide and transportation throughout the retreat
All meals (high end restaurants)
Private wine tasting
Food experience at Hiša Franko
Hotels or guesthouse
Daily refreshment (water, fruits)
Local wines and beers at the dinners
All Entrance fees as per program
Price does not includes:
International airfare and airport taxes
Meals not included
Items of personal use