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$3900 Double / $4800 Single

Join us to for this easy-going exploration of the northeast corner of Italy into central Slovenia. You’ll sample sparkling and orange wines in the up-and-coming Brda region, nosh on truffles, olives and goat cheeses in the Istria region, visit a Slovenian castle with legends of a Slovenian Robin Hood, and explore a cave system that is fit for a Lord of the Rings film. Chill out, shop and people watch in coastal villages, the uber-cool capital of Ljubljana, and a slew of charming towns in Italy’s Friuli and Veneto regions. We’ll always be dining well, savoring regional specialty foods during long, chatty meals and do a deep dive into wines. This tour is perfect for anyone who prefers a slower pace, a smaller group and getting to know quiet spots that never see tourists.

Limited space is available, with a maximum group size of 12.

Tour leader: Andrew Villone

Day One

Overnight: Castelfranco, Italy

Welcome to the Veneto

Day Two

Overnight: Castelfranco, Italy

 

Day Three

Overnight: Prosecco Region, Italy

Grappa and Sparkling wines

Visit to Bassano del Grappa for a tour and grappa tasting at a distillery. Free time for lunch and exploring. Country drive to agroturismo in the Prosecco wine region, near the enchanting hamlet of Cison di Valmarino, surrounded by woods and vineyards. Enjoy a happy hour with your guides to sip Prosecco and take in the views. Gourmet dinner included to sample regional dishes.

Day Four

Overnight: Brda region, Slovenia

Flavors of Friuli and Brda

Visit Italian town of Cividale in the quiet region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. Group lunch featuring Friuli’s best comfort food called frico, a cheese and potato fry up. Crossing the border into Slovenia’s top wine region (and perhaps most beautiful region too) of Goriska Brda, we take a tour and tasting at Slovenia’s best sparkling wine producer, Bjana, which also has the oldest cellar in the region at over 800 years old. Check into our hotel right across the street from the tiny, medieval-walled village of Smartno. Dinner on your own in Smartno.

Day Five

Overnight: Brda region, Slovenia

Cooking class and epic dinner

Tour the trenches and bunkers of a WWI museum where fierce battles raged between Italy and Austro-Hungarian/German armies. Meet with local chef for a cooking class as we make our own lunch. Chill out late afternoon before a very special five-course group dinner that is paired with wines of Kabaj Winery, often listed on the Top 100 wineries in world by Wine & Spirits magazine.

Day Six

Overnight: Izola, Slovenia

Venetian towns and organic olive oil

Depart Brda and head to Slovenia’s tiny coast line, a mere 29 miles long. Late morning tour of Piran, a scenic and charming Venetian town along the Adriatic Sea. Tour followed by a group lunch at an organic olive farm overlooking the sea and ancient salt flats. Check into hotel at Izola, a seaside town that was once an island before being connected to the mainland in 1825. Dinner on your own in Izola.

Day Seven

Overnight: Izola, Slovenia

Exploring truffles and goat cheese in Croatia

Head across the border into Croatia to explore to wonderful little hill towns. Visit to artists and artisan town of Groznjan with tastings of truffle with pasta and other local delicacies. Visit to iconic Motovun, the region’s highest standing hill town and birthplace of racing legend Mario Andretti. Special dinner/epic goat cheese feast at a farm far off the tourist grid with home cooked stews, sausages, tasty surprises and Croatia’s finest goat cheese. Return to hotel in Izola.

Day Eight

Overnight: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Caves, castles and dragons

Tour of the Skocjan caves that feature the largest subterranean cavern in Europe and give off A Lord of the Rings type of atmosphere. Afternoon visit to Predjama castle. This 16th century castle clings to limestone cliffs and has a rich history, including folklore about the Slovenian Robin Hood who once lived there. Arrival into Ljubljana, Slovenia’s uber charming but small capital (only 270,000 inhabitants). Guided walking tour of old town core where you can get many ideas of what to seek out, explore and enjoy the following day.

Day Nine

Overnight: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Charms of Ljubljana

Full day at leisure in Ljubljana. Please talk with Andrew and Sarah for recommendations on what to visit and see, where to eat, drink, shop and people watch.

Day Ten

Overnight: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Gorgeous Lake Bled

Visit with local beekeeper to learn about importance of beekeeping in Slovenia with some sweet tastings. Lunch at a farmhouse where the proprietor makes her own strudel, herbal liqueurs and beer. Her family house has a traditional black kitchen where they still smoke meats and dry fruits. Afternoon boat ride out on gorgeous Lake Bled. Visit to the 1000 year-old Bled castle overlooking the lake. Farewell group dinner at castle.

Price: $3900 (Air not included). Single Supplement is $900. We welcome singles and can try to pair you with another single to room with, but the single supplement will be required if we can’t.

Tour price includes 10 nights’ accommodation, all breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches, wine tastings, cooking class and other sights listed in itinerary, transportation within the tour, tips and taxes.

Tour begins at 4 pm in Castelfranco (Italy), 1 hour from Venice and Marco Polo Airport (VCE), 2.5 hours from Trieste Airport (TRS).

Tour ends in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Airport, Ljubljana (LJU). We can arrange transfers for an additional fee.

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Leslie P.Sicily Pleasures tour

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Jen R.Dalmatian Staycation tour

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Dawn R.Dalmatian Staycation tour

Food and wine blitz in beautiful areas of Slovenia and Croatia. You will appreciate it most if you are a true wine lover. Meetings with young enthusiastic, creative winemakers were the highlight.

Betsy W.Harvest tour

We had a wonderful trip with no issues at all. Gorgeous area, plenty of delicious food, perfect weather and knowledgeable guide!

John G.Harvest tour

What a perfect way to get back into European travel. It was obvious from the start that Trish had put her heart and soul into the planning of the Hidden Paris tour. It was a great mix of adventures and I throughly enjoyed my travel group, who became like family, and it was obvious to see why most had traveled with adventures with Sarah before, Our local guide, Julian, was excellent and it was fun finally getting to also meet Sarah and sons. Merci beaucoup, Trish for this great time and I hope to travel with you again in the future.

Leslie A.Paris Staycation tour

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Melissa M.Romania tour

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Melva O.Sicily Pleasures tour

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