8-day wine tour Maribor, Jerusalem, and Vipava Valley, Slovenia

8-day wine tour Maribor, Jerusalem, and Vipava Valley, Slovenia

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Most important features

  • 8 DAYS – 7 NIGHTS
  • Visited countries: Slovenia

 

Short introduction

Slovenia has a rich heritage of grape growing and wine production, which has been around since Roman times. You can also admire the oldest growing vine in the world, Guinness Book certified. Enjoy three renowned yet unique wine regions: Goriška Brda, Styria and Vipava Valley by tasting fantastic local wines and listening to amazing stories from local wine producers. Dive into a world of excellent wine, fantastic food and a diverse culture by waking up in the middle of vineyards, in the castles or in the charming Slovenian towns and villages.

 

Highlights

  • 14 wine tastings
  • Welcome drink in a rooftop bar
  • Wine regions Maribor, Jerusalem, and Vipava Valley
  • The beautiful capital Ljubljana including its castle
  • Discover local wines

Program

DAY 1 – FLIGHT TO LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

Today you take your flight to LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA. After arrival, you are expected in one of the nicest rooftop bars in the city for a glass of wine as a welcome drink. The rest of the day is at your own expense.

Overnight.

 

DAY 2 – BELA KRAJINA

You will start your day by discovering one of the richest and most diverse Slovenian wine regions in the Bela Krajina (the Whitelands) region, named after the abundant white birches. Along the way you travel the river Kolpa, also known as the Amazon region of Slovenia, and enjoy the untouched nature. Upon arrival, you will participate in a workshop to make “Belokranjska pogača”, a savory cake and traditional welcome snack from the region. You make the dough, bake the cake and share the bread with your fellow travelers. After this you will visit two wineries and taste some excellent award winning wines, such as Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Yellow Muscat and the Modra Frankinja, typical of this area.

Overnight.

 

DAY 3 – BIZELJSKO

After discovering the center of Brežice and its remarkable medieval castle, explore the Bizeljsko wine region. Here you will discover the remarkable repnice wine cellars, unique to the Bizeljsko region. These wine cellars were once used to store turnips and are now more often used as wine cellars. The regions specialties are white, rose and sparkling wines. You will visit one of these wine cellars to taste some of the best and most famous Slovenian wines. After the wine tasting, continue towards Olimje, known for its peaceful surroundings and one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, part of a still functioning monastery housed in a Renaissance castle.

Overnight.

 

DAY 4 – PTUJ AND JERUSALEM

Today you will discover during a walking tour Ptuj, the oldest city in Slovenia and which will take you all the way back to Roman times. The region is known for its white wines and incredible hospitality. After this, continue to Slovenian Jerusalem for your second wine tasting of the day. Legend has it that the crusaders arrived here. After noting that the wine was so great and the people very friendly, they adopted the region as their own and called it Jerusalem. Get to know Jerusalem, a wine region with over 2,000 years of winemaking tradition, by visiting the charming cellars and exchanging thoughts with other wine lovers during a wine tasting.

Overnight.

 

DAY 5 – MARIBOR AND BULL MARKS

Today is your second day in the Styrian wine region, a picturesque region with rolling hills, vineyards and quaint towns and villages. You will visit Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia and home to the world’s oldest vine, included in the Guinness Book of Records. The 450-year-old vine was planted towards the end of the Middle Ages and survived battles, wars and diseases that destroyed everything. On the way, stop at an old winery located in the old town of Lent, next to the Drava River for a wine tasting before continuing with a visit to the vineyards. Although the oldest vine produces red wine, the Maribor area is best known for its incredibly aromatic white wines.

Overnight.

 

DAY 6 – GORIŠKA BRDA

Today you will travel to Goriška Brda (the “Gorizia Hills” in Slovenian). This wine region combines a fairytale landscape with rich cultural and historical traditions. Goriška Brda winegrowers tend to win the most awards from all Slovenian winemakers, a visit to this wine region is probably the highlight and an unmissable experience on this wine tour for this reason. You will stop in beautiful medieval villages and explore the “Tuscany” of Slovenia, not only covered with vineyards, but also with peach and cherry orchards. You will visit two wineries and taste excellent local wines in this incredible environment.

Overnight.

 

DAY 7 – VIPAVA VALLEY

Dotted with ancient villages and towns, the Vipava Valley is nestled under a mighty mountain range. Characterized by strong winds, especially the bora winds, it is one of the sunniest regions in Slovenia. The locals are cheerful and welcoming, known for their fruit and grape growing traditions, as well as great cuisine. The town of Vipava is located at the source of a river of the same name, which leaves the mountains in a delta-like shape. It has been an important place in the past where many noble families lived who left their mark on the city’s architecture. No wonder Lonely Planet has listed the region as one of the top 10 beaten track to visit. Enjoy wine tastings at a chic winery.

Overnight.

 

DAY 8 – LJUBLJANA

During the last day of this Slovenia wine tour, enjoy a guided tour of Ljubljana discovering the main sights in the city center. Visit the impressive Ljubljana Castle and discover the city on a boat trip on the Ljubljanica River that gives you a completely different perspective of Ljubljana. Enjoy a farewell wine tasting in Ljubljana.

After this you will receive a transfer to the airport for your flight back home… or an extension of your trip to another beautiful wine region of Hungary. If you want to extend your wine trip, you can also go to one of the neighboring countries, for example Austria, Croatia, or Hungary.

Included / Excluded

What’s included / not included in this wine tour ?

Included

  • International flights
  • Transfers Airport – hotel – airport
  • Glass of wine as a welcome drink in a rooftop bar
  • Accommodation in a standard double room
  • Transport and activities as described in the program
  • Breakfasts where mentioned
  • 24/7 local assistance

 

Excluded

  • Surcharge single room
  • Optional activities
  • Other meals, half or full board on request
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks unless otherwise stated
  • Cancellation and travel insurance (we can arrange this for you if desired)
  • Tourist taxes
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything else not listed in Included or Optional

 

Request a quote for this wine tour and we can work with you to determine what will and will not be included. The choice is yours.

All flights and hotels are always subject to availability until the time of final booking. The booking will be made when the deposit has been received on our account.

Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to seasonality and availability.

Other information

Other important information during your wine tour

  • All flights (international and domestic), hotels and rental cars are always subject to availability until the time of final booking. The final booking will be made upon receipt of the deposit on our bank account.
  • The prices mentioned are prices “from” and are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change and are always subject to change without notice and / or proof until the booking confirmation is signed. The reasons, which are not exhaustive, may be seasonality and availability.
  • Prices are per person and based on two people traveling together sharing a double / twin room.
  • A (part of the) program or route can always change due to external factors such as traffic obstacles, weather, safety, etc. No compensation can be requested for this.
  • The tour can be personalized depending on the interests of the customer. A surcharge may apply for this.
  • Other room types are available with supplements and based on availability.
  • All hotel ratings are according to local standards. The selected hotels and other accommodations according to our strictest conditions and selection criteria selected on hygiene and basic facilities. They offer you all the necessary comfort you would expect in a hotel including private bathroom, etc.

Furthermore

The itinerary is indicative and subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we receive a confirmed booking along with the deposit (or full payment if the travel dates are less than 45 days). If some visits are not available, we will endeavor to find suitable alternatives of a comparable figure; depending on the available price, this may be subject to a surcharge or a discount.

If you want to go on a wine trip, there may be several formalities to be completed before entering the country where you want to go on a wine trip. For the European Union, an identity card is sufficient for almost all Member States. For countries outside Europe, in many cases you need to have a passport that is valid for at least 3 or 6 months after return and whether or not a visa. We can advise you on this but are in no way responsible for the obligations arising from booking this trip. For the latest information and obligations in the field of consular affairs and more, it is best to turn to the nearest embassy.

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