May 4-15, 2022 Flavors of Slovenia (Twelve Days)
Price: $3800 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $375 | limited availability

Slovenia is a treasure box of impressive landscapes, friendly people, and mesmerizing wine and food. While still relatively under the radar for most travelers, anyone who journeys here quickly discovers its wealth of delights.

Bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia, this humble country is rich with diverse micro-regions that shape and enrich its food culture. You’ll savor local specialty dishes, discover sumptuous wines that rival more well-known wine-producing countries, and experience flavors influenced by the traditions of Slovenia’s neighbors.

We’ve lovingly curated this tour to highlight the individuals from across the whole of Slovenia who produce and purvey specialty foods and drinks with passion and quality. Come visit the homes, cellars, gardens, and kitchens of hardworking people who want to share their expertise with you. You’ll get to experience special opportunities to sit down, talk with, and learn from our amazing friends—personable local producers, winemakers, and chefs who will lavish you with their tasty creations.

You’ll also get to know this beautiful country through its humble and its majestic terrains. Explore the capital of Ljubljana. Be wowed by the idyllic countrysides, colossal cave systems, and turquoise coastal views in the west. And enjoy the tranquility in the east with its rolling hills, expansive vineyards, and humble towns, including the country’s oldest city on record (with Stone Age, Iron Age, and Roman remnants)—Ptuj.

There’s so much history, beauty, and culinary wonders for you to experience in Slovenia! Come join us!

Book now by completing this online registration form (select “Flavors of Slovenia“).

If you would like to book this tour just for your own group of friends or family (6-16 people), we can offer a private tour with dates to suit your travel needs.

*Itinerary details and hotels are subject to change
**Tour operated in partnership with Savor the Experience Tours and Roads Less Traveled LLC


Days 1-3 | Welcome to Ljubljana

  • Elongated walking tour of the city with a few quick-bite stops
  • Introduction to Slovenian craft beer which doubles as a historic and cultural overview of the country
  • Leisure time in the city on a Friday afternoon to enjoy everyone’s favorite ‘Open Kitchen’ (Odprta Kuhna) featuring 40+ food kiosks from around the city and around the country to sample the Slovenian kitchen.
  • Visit with bee-keepers to find out why bees and honey are a quintessential part of Slovenian culture (includes tastings of honey and honey products)
  • Lunch at farm run by an amazing woman who serves up her homemade brandies, schnapps, beer and even elderflower champagne alongside local cold cuts and cheeses from the northern region of Gorenjska.
  • Time to enjoy the beautiful settings of Lake Bled, Slovenia’s most visited sight.
  • Ljubjana | 3 nights

Days 4-7 | Western Slovenia

  • Nosh on organic herbal cheeses that mature in an old bunker built by Italians some 100 year ago
  • Get introduced to many mindblowing wines in four different micro-wine regions. Open your eyes (and palate) to local-only varietals such as Teran, Zelen, Rebula, Malvazija and Refosk.
  • Have your own Middle-earth experience in Europe’s deepest subterranean canyon, the UNESCO protected Skocjan caves
  • Pair 95-point sparkling wines with the region’s best guanciale (uber thin slices of pork cheek) in a 13th-century château that is home to Otto, every guest’s favorite dog in Slovenia
  • Sample the flavors of the old Habsburg empire at a restaurant where Slovenia, Italy and Austria all come together
  • Learn what it takes to get Bio-organic certification at an olive farm where the only thing better than their olive oil might be the setting overlooking the orchards and the Adriatic Sea
  • Afternoon of sampling homemade cheese, marmalades, olive oil, herbal salts and jellies made from combinations of wine and herbs at a family farm that is the epicentre for Slow Food Slovenia. Weather permitting, a private cooking class will be outside in their Mediterranean herb garden
  • Immerse yourself in the world of macerated wines (also called orange wine) and learn about the traditions and methods using Georgian amphoras to make this skin contact wine. This homestead perfectly pairs regional home-cooked dishes with five of their best wines.
  • Western Slovenia | 4 nights

Days 7-11 | Eastern Slovenia

  • Tour and tasting with a winemaker behind some daring and experimental twists on many of the eastern Slovenia’s classic wines varietals.
  • Countryside walk through idyllic villages and vineyards in wine mirco-region of Jeruzalem
  • Meet with one of Slovenia’s few female winemakers at her winehouse with 360-degree views of Austria and Slovenia
  • Knock back a glass of wine made from the oldest vine in Europe (over 400 years old) and stroll the old town streets of Maribor, Slovenia’s second city.
  • Visit the charming riverside town of Ptuj (the country’s oldest town, dating from 69 AD)
  • Learn how Slovenes make the delicious nutty and smokey taste of pumpkin seed oil, the ubiquitous speciality of the region, as we tour and taste at a local mill
  • Tastings and tour at family-run chocolate shop that uses truly local fillings like elderflower and pumpkin oil for their bon-bons
  • Sample all the essential flavors of Slovenia’s chicken-head region, like bograc (a spicier, thicker cousin to goulash), chicken paprikash with dödoli (a hearty potato-based dish) and gibanica, the multi-layered cake which seemingly has every ingredient packed into it
  • Eastern Slovenia | 4 nights

Day 12 | Farewell

Enjoy our final breakfast.

We can help with arrangements for transfer to Ljubliana.

Tour Dates and Details:

May 4-15 (Twelve Days)

Price: $3800 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $375 | limited availability

What’s Included:
Tour lead by Trish Feaster and Miha Anzelc, 11 nights’ lodging; all breakfasts, 12 meals, 5 wine tastings, various other tastings, local guides, entrance fees to included sights and ground transport by small bus

Important Exceptions:
Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks (except when included), free-time sightseeing & meals, and expenditures of a personal nature

*Itinerary details subject to change
**Tour operated in partnership with Savor the Experience Tours and Roads Less Traveled LLC

If you would like to reserve a spot on this tour, please complete the online registration form (select “Flavors of Slovenia“).

If you have additional questions please email us at: thetravelphile@gmail.com

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