The Istrian Peninsula (Slovenia, Croatia, Italy)
10 Nights – 11 Days
Truffle Hunting Experience
Would you like to experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of truffle hunting with dogs? Follow our lovely truffle dogs through the woods and experience the surge of excitement as they locate this edible treasure. The Truffle Hunting Experience takes place in the Istrian Hinterland, not far away from the medieval hilltop towns of Buzet and Motovun. The area is surrounded by dark, dense forests where deep in the clay an underground truffle mecca can be found. An exclusive gourmet truffle lunch is included in the experience. Enjoy the unique aromas and flavors of black and white truffle products and delicacies!
Istrian Medieval Hilltop Towns
This mystical journey will take you back in time to experience the picturesque sceneries of the Istrian Hinterland. Admire green hills, vineyards, olive groves, rivers and fields untouched and pristine as they used to be centuries ago. Taste local delicacies like wine, brandy, olive oil, honey and truffle products while enjoying the views from the high stone city walls of the Medieval Hilltop Towns. Discover Hum, the smallest town in the world, and learn about the ancient Glagolitic scripts that characterized the rich history and culture of this region.
Exclusive Istrian Brandy & Jam Tasting
Discover and taste the unique flavors of exclusive traditional products such as brandies, jams and other local delicacies made of wild herbs and wild fruits picked in an ecologically clean environment on the slopes of the Istrian mountains far from roads and inhabited settlements. All ingredients are exclusively handpicked and the products are of the same quality as the ones local grandmothers produced, who made them at home without any preservatives or artificial ingredients. Taste wide selection of interesting delicacies that include jams and brandies made of a variety of fruits, wild plants, berries, nuts and honey. The most famed authentic Istrian brandy is called Biska, a special blend of apple distillate and carefully selected mistletoe leaves prepared according to a traditional recipe of Istrian herbalists.
Lake Bled, Castle & Island Tour
An unforgettable journey to picturesque Lake Bled, Slovenia’s most scenic alpine lake, surrounded by snow topped mountains and pure nature. There you will visit Bled Castle, Slovenia’s oldest medieval castle, built on top of a rock overlooking the entire lake with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains and Bled Island, Slovenia’s only island! Later you will embark on a traditional boat ride that will take you to this romantic little island where you will experience a very special cultural delight: Attend a guided workshop on how to prepare and bake a traditional Slovenian Potica cake.
Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle
Embark on a one-of-a-kind underground cave train ride and experience a fascinating subterranean paradise shaped by tiny droplets over millions of years. Postojna Cave is a world-famous natural marvel and the world’s most captivating cave with magnificent cave formations and unique fauna such as the Olms, also known as the Baby Dragons. A few kilometers away a fairytale like cave castle built under a cliff awaits you to bring you into the misterious world of knights. The Predjama Castle has been used as a filming venue for numerous documentaries and feature films.
Piran, the Pearl of Slovenian Istria
Discover a town at the very end of the Piranese peninsula, adorned by timeless sensational romance. Famous for being one of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran will make you feel as if you have stepped right into a postcard. The proximity to the sea and the rich history, which is mirrored in the Venetian architecture, make it without a doubt one of the most romantic, most preserved and most authentic Mediterranean towns. You will be charmed by the narrow streets within the old town wall and the picturesque sights of the Slovenian Mediterranean.
Ljubljana, the Green Capital of Slovenia
Ljubljana is the green capital of a green country. The image of the town by a river with picturesque bridges like the Triple Bridge and the iconic Dragon Bridge, the popular Central Market, the cobbled old town streets and the medieval Hilltop Castle overlooking the entire city will make you feel like you could believe in fairy tales again! After discovering the stories of the castle and exploring its spaces our castle guide will take you to the outlook tower where you will find the most beautiful views of the city and where you can enjoy a glass of finest Slovenian sparkling wine!
Musica a Palazzo: Opera in Venice
Feel the interaction and intimacy among opera singers, instrumentalists and the audience in one of the most fascinating Venetian palaces. Musica a Palazzo offers the spectator an extraordinary emotion: the privilege of experiencing the opera from within! Surrounded by authentic stuccoes, frescoes, original furnishing and masterpieces of the greatest artists of the Venetian Baroque period, this Beyond Uniqueness experience is a truly new way of experiencing the Grand Opera.
Illy Coffee Plant Visit
A guided tour of the illycaffè Production Plant in Trieste, in close contact with people who, day after day, make it possible to reach the highest possible quality. An incredible opportunity to discover the secrets of illy coffee in the heart of the factory: from the selection of grains, to the roasting, to the packaging in the cans we all know.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It was established in 1949 and in 1979 it was among the first sites in the world to be declared as UNESCO World Natural Heritage. It is situated in the mountainous area of central Croatia, located between two mountain ranges where in its dense high forest many animal species have found home. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres.