Arrive in the floating city of Venice. Enroute to Istria you may want to stop for a walking tour of Trieste. Lying on the Adriatic coast the city is often referred to as ‘Italy’s gateway to central Europe’. As you wander through the charming streets, you'll find yourself immersed in the remnants of the Habsburg spirit and the rich Austro-Hungarian past that have left an indelible mark on the city. Arrive at your hotel in Istria for dinner.
Discover the authentic and captivating world of truffle hunting in the Croatian part of Istria. This family-run venture is your gateway to an unforgettable truffle-hunting experience, enriched by the beauty of the Schengen system, which allows seamless exploration between Slovenia and Croatia. Discover the enchanting medieval town of Grožnjan, where art, history, and culture come alive.
This morning is all about food. Learn how olive oil is produced and meet the autonomous olive oil makers in the region. Afterwards travel to the western part of the Istrian peninsula, between the towns of Rovinj and Porec. Here you will discover the culinary heritage of Lim Bay. The sea water and river water mix underwater and create favourable conditions for oysters and clams for which the Lim Bay is foremost known.
Spend the day exploring the beautiful Brijuni archipelago that extends along the southwest coast of the peninsula of Istria. The islands consist of two large islands, Veli (big) Brijun and Mali (small) Brijun plus 12 other smaller islands. Cruising to Veli Brijun island will take about one hour. During your time on the island, you can explore by bikes or electric vehicle. During the day you will also see Medulin Bay, known for its turquoise sea, and lunch on the Island of Ceja. Enjoy views of Rovinj on the return ride.
Today tour the Škocjan Caves. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is found in the Karst region. The system of caves consists of 3.8 miles of underground passages, waterfalls, and rapids, and the enormous Martel Chamber – one of the largest underground chambers in the world. Afterwards visit Nona Mima a homestead run by a family who champion authentic Slovenian cuisine. Take part in workshops and organic wine tastings.
Today, discover why Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular sites. With its emerald waters, church-dotted islet, views of the Julien Alps you won't be short of picture-perfect views. Start the day at the fairy tale Bled Castle, which offers one of the finest views of the island. Journey through time on traditional modes of transport from fijakers (open carriages) to a petna boat that will take you to Bled Island where you visit the Church of the Assumption. Be sure to try the famous Bled cream cake during your travels.
This morning explore Zelenci Nature Reserve and Triglav National Park. As you explore the park, you’ll encounter crystal rivers, glacier-carved valleys, alpine lakes, high-altitude pastures, roaming ibex, stunning peaks, and hidden gorges. The focal point of the park is Mount Triglav; at 2,864 metres it is Slovenia’s highest mountain. Later, you can hike around Plancia renowned for its rich heritage in ski jumping and alpine sports.
Today, explore the treasures that make up Slovenian gastronomy. Enjoy a chocolate experience sampling truffles to crafted pralines. During a visit to Lečtarski Museum and Workshop learn how local bakeries have made honey-infused dough into cookies for centuries. Located in a building that’s been making lectarstvo since 1766, this living museum is where you can witness the craft and buy some gingerbread hearts. Afterwards learn more about the country’s rich beekeeping tradition with a visit to The Museum of Apiculture.
You will take the funicular ride and ascend to the castle. Ljubljana's most prominent landmark is Ljubljana Castle, which has undergone numerous changes over its rich and dynamic history. Enjoy lunch atop Ljubljana Castle. The new restaurant offers a grand view of the city, blending the essence of Roman Emona, medieval charm, and modern elegance in both cuisine and ambiance. Before dinner enjoy a short river cruise on a handmade wooden boat.
Today, explore the charming region of Bela Krajina located in the far south-east of Slovenia. It is nestled against the Kolpa River, which forms the natural border with Croatia. It is renowned for the colour white from the birch forests to traditional costumes of its locals. Immerse yourself in the gastronomy of the region with a Belokranjska Pogača (flatbread) workshop. This afternoon you can hire e-bikes to explore the vineyards or many honey producers.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK. Talk to your travel consultant about options to add a few nights in Venice or Zagreb.