It is time for you gastro-hiking and cultural discovery of bits of Slovenia, central Istria and northern Croatia.
Fine dining with a lovely walks will be the highlights of this week. From Ljubljana, beautiful Bled Lake, to underworld of Postojna Cave, across the central Istria with a beautiful fortified town on Motovun, the famous truffle region featuring the smallest town in the world Hum, to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and finishing in the lovely baroque city of Varazdin.
Arrival to Ljubljana Airport.
Guided tour of Ljubljana and Ljubljana Caste. If there will be time we will also visit Ljubljana’s skyscraper Neboticnik, to have a cup of coffee admiring the beautiful view on Ljubljana, and maybe, if the weather permits Mountain Triglav.
Overnight in Ljubljana. (D)
After breakfast we start the adventure with the visit to enchanting Lake Bled and then we visit the mysterious Predjama castle before taking a step in the underworld of Postojna cave.
Short walk around Bled Lake to stretch our legs before heading uphill to Bled Castle.
Our day will be fulfilled with great local dishes and cakes from the area, gobova juha, bledske kremšnite etc.
Overnight in Ljubljana.(B,L,D)
Transfer to Istria visiting the beautiful fortified Motovun town listening to the fantastic stories from our local guide. We will also stop in tranquil Groznjan, famous for international jazz festival and artistic atmosphere. The smallest town in the world Hum is also in the itinerary today.
As Istria is famous for high quality olive oil, and is a truffle region, we will have a taste of the both, after we walk part of the Parenzana Trail, together with excellent local vine Malvazija and Teran whichever you prefer best, depending on the taste of your palate.
Overnight in Motovun (B;D,L)
Today we visit the coastal part of Istria. Breathtaking Rovinj and Poreč with its UNESCO’s Euphrasian Basilica. Our local guide will not miss out any of the interesting stories, myths and history facts about this two lovely towns.
Local Istrian dishes; pasta pljukanci and fuži served with a variety of sauces, manestra soup or Istrian prosciutto are some of the delicacies we will enjoy today.
Overnight in Motovun (B,D,L)
We move to Zagreb today, our destination for the next 3 nights. Guided tour of the town, lovely walk in Park Maksimir, followed by visit to our famous Mirogoj Cemetery.
Štrukli prepared in different ways, duck or goose with mlinci and a good pint of craft beer are just some of the continental specialties which will be on our menu in the next couple of days
Possible walk to Kraljičin Zdenac, just to stretch our legs and work up an appetite before dinner time.
Overnight in Zagreb (B,D,L)
Morning transfer north continued with a hike to Cevo Peak (564m) on Ivanscica Mountain and later on gastro delight in often called „The Baroque City of the North“, Varazdin. A small town of diverse and rich cultural heritage, shaped throughout more than 800 years of turbulent past.
Tasty traditional food will be awaiting served with an aperitif of typical plum brandy šljivovica, pelinkovac or for the ladies more delicate višnjevac
Overnight in Zagreb (B,D,L)
Short transfer to the area of Samobor hills for the last hike of the holiday.
Hike to Okic peak (45min), an interesting pyramid shaped peak offering beautiful and wide views of the whole region, from Zagreb town & Medvednica Mountain throughout the area of Sava & Kupa river valleys. Descent (2h30min) to Samobor town, where we end the hike on the central square of this vibrant little town.
Last, but not least, we will spoil your palate with a taste of Bermet vine (pelinovo vino) and cake kremšnita and a possible pint of the craft beer form the local pub.a quick snack of čvarci
Number of days: 8
Location: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Motovun, Rovinj, Poreč, Zagreb, Varaždin
Price: price on request
This tour is ran by our professional guides with long experience who are very keen on history, tradition and local customs of Balkan region. More about our guides on http://vmd.hr/eng/about-us/our-guides/