Day 1: ARRIVAL IN NOVA GORICA
Arrive at Venice or Trieste airport and transfer to Nova Gorica, a modern city located on the border between Slovenia and Italy. Together with its Italian counterpart Gorizia, the two cities have been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2025. In the evening you will dine at the first of the Michelin-starred restaurants, the DAM restaurant, proud owner of a Michelin star. You can choose from a wide range of contemporary-style dishes with a slight emphasis on fish. Overnight in Nova Gorica.
Day 2: NOVA GORICA - GORISKA BRDA
After breakfast, transfer to the nearby Goriska Brda region, popularly known as Slovenian Tuscany for its beautiful hilly landscape and world-class wine production. The picturesque villages surrounded by vineyards and orchards offer an ideal setting for a beautiful road trip. If you are feeling adventurous, we can even arrange an unforgettable wine safari among the vineyards, which of course includes local wine tasting. Among the notable historic buildings in the area, you will visit Renaissance-style Villa Vipovze and the beautiful 17th-century Gredic mansion, which also houses an excellent Michelin-recommended restaurant. Overnight in Goriska Brda.
Day 3: GORISKA BRDA - SOCA VALLEY
After breakfast, transfer north along with the emerald Soca River. This beautiful valley is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia. We can arrange a boat or SUP trip in Most Na Soci or you may choose to visit the spectacular Tolminska korita gorge. History buffs may want to take a look at the acclaimed World War I museum in Kobarid that displays the events of the notorious Isonzo front that passed through this area. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner by one of Slovenia' s most famous chefs, Ana Ros, at her Hisa Franko, the proud owner of two Michelin stars. Overnight in the Soca River Valley.
Day 4: SOCA VALLEY - VRSIC - KRANJSKA GORA - BLED
This gastronomic journey continues with one of the most scenic drives in Slovenia. The mountain road from the Soca River valley over the Vrsic Pass offers spectacular views of the Julian Alps. There are many natural and cultural points of interest along the way, including the historic Russian Chapel and beautiful Lake Jasna at Kranjska Gora, a popular outdoor center surrounded by high mountain peaks. Before ending your day in Bled, you will dine at Vila Podvin, a former stable now converted into one of Slovenia's most popular Michelin-starred restaurants. As the chef will be happy to tell you, many of the dishes are made from "kilometer zero" ingredients. Overnight in Bled.
Day 5: BLED - BOHINJ - RADOVLJICA - LIUBLIANA
After breakfast, transfer to Bohinj Valley, one of the most pristine places within the Triglav National Park and in all of Slovenia. It is where you can admire the peaks of the Julian Alps reflected on the surface of the largest lake in the country. Return to Bled for lunch at Bled Castle. It is like a fairytale castle perched on a cliff above the glacial lake below. Later, don't miss the opportunity to ring the wishing bell of St. Mary's church located on the tiny island in the middle of the lake, accessed by traditional boats called pletnas. Continue the journey strolling through the alleys of picturesque Radovljica before continuing on to the capital. Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 6: LIUBLIANA
After breakfast, your private guide will take you on a tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Together you will stroll along the banks of the beautiful Ljubljana River and cross its many bridges, including the Triple Bridge by Ljubljana's most famous architect, Joze Plecnik, and the elegant Dragon Bridge, which has become a symbol of the city. Among the many notable buildings, passing by on the walkthroughh Ljubljana's historic center, are the city's University on the vivid Congress Square, the National Library (built exclusively with local materials), the baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation located in Ljubljana's central square named after the nation's greatest poet, France Preseren. To reach the top, you can climb to the most strategic point of the city, the Ljubljana Castle, located on a hill above the old historical center, and enjoy the wonderful views of Ljubljana and the high Alps in the background.
Afternoon free to explore Ljubljana on your own, have a coffee in one of the many bars along the river and enjoy the many street performances. Dinner will be served at Atelje, one of Slovenia's Michelin-starred restaurants, known for its deceptively simple, yet elegant cuisine.