VENICE TREASURES AND HIDDEN GEMS OF SLOVENIA

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN VENICE

MORNING

  • TRANSFER FROM VENICE AIRPORT TO VENICE BY PRIVATE VAN
  • ACCOMMODATION IN A HISTORICAL VENETIAN PALAZZO

A luxury hotel set in a historical palace in one of the most charming and lively areas of Venice: with rooms that will take you back in time, a splendid private garden and all the most modern comforts and services, you can let yourself go to a magical and unforgettable holiday surrounded by period furniture, precious silks and high quality comforts.

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AFTERNOON

  • GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF VENICE

Dot to Dot: Venice walking tour

Our guided tour will take you to the most stunning typical places outside the crowded paths, to enjoy fully the beauty that a city like Venice can offer. Explore the streets of Venice and appreciate the “real” City of Canals by listening and interacting, in a 2 hour tour, to your personal guide.

EVENING

  • DINNER IN MARCO POLO’S RESTAURANT

Dot to Dot: Restaurant Venice - Luna Sentada Dot to Dot: Restaurant Venice - Luna Sentada

Between the magic and the charm of Venice, relive the emotions of the homecoming of the memorable Marco Polo. Savour sophisticated venetian and asian dishes. As in the long homeward voyages of the great venetian discoverer Marco Polo, anxious to savour again the tastes of the enchanting city where he was born, at the same time immersed in the memories of the fusion of arabic and asian flavours.

DAY 2 – DISCOVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF VENICE

MORNING

  • HIDDEN CORNERS OF VENICE BY “SANDOLO”, A TRADITIONAL VENETIAN VESSEL

Dot to Dot: Venice to Slovenia Itinerary Sandolo Boat

Every corner of Venice is a discovery, but the lagoon city is even more beautiful when seen from the perspective of the internal canals. Enjoy this fascinating 90-minute tour where you cross the most beautiful interior canals, experiencing the real Venice and earning a second perspective of the most beautiful city in the world.

  • LUNCH NEXT TO RIALTO BRIDGE

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The restaurant is located in the heart of Venice, a few steps away from Rialto Bridge, in a building of the 15th century. The environment is decorated with frescoes of the 18th century and an original water gate dating back to the end of the 6th century. It offers a cuisine that combines Mediterranean and southern Italian with typical Venetian style.

AFTERNOON

  • SURPRISE ACTIVITY IN MURANO

EVENING

  • DINNER IN A NOBEL VENETIAN LOCANDA

Dot to Dot: Nobel Locanda - Restaurant

Located in Venice, between St. Mark’s Square and the Accademia Bridge, since 1712 this restaurant has been serving dishes from traditional Venetian cuisine and a wide selection of wines to taste in the evocative setting of its splendid dining rooms which date back to 1800 and have been preserved until today with the care and attention that only a family can offer.

  • SPECIAL VENETIAN GALA EVENT

Dot to Dot: Gala Event - Musica Palazzo Inside

A new way of experiencing the grand opera: The opera is a travelling show and each act is set in a different hall of one of the most fascinating Venetian palaces: Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. The interaction and intimacy between the singers, instrumentalists and the audience will offer the spectator an extraordinary emotion: the privilege of experiencing the opera from within.

Dot to Dot: Gala Event - Musica Palazzo

This is a revival of an old tradition that began at the end of the 19th century; the finest voices from the world of opera are accompanied by a group of string instruments and a piano: an ensemble of virtuosos that have played in the most prestigious concert halls of the world.

Overlooking the Grand Canal, the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto offers some of the most stunning views in Venice. The palace houses masterpieces of the greatest artists of the Venetian Baroque period, surrounded by authentic stuccoes, frescoes and original furnishings.

DAY 3 – HALF DAY IN VENICE AND DEPARTURE TO LJUBLJANA

MORNING

  • ROW LIKE A VENETIAN

Dot to Dot Itinerary: Row like a Venetian  

Learn how to be a gondolier in Venice on a 2 hours tour rowing experience on the city’s most beautiful canals! Meet your instructor and learn how to row around the Venetian lagoon and glide the quitter city canals. Meet your instructor in a quiet area of Venice and then head to the waterside where your sanpierotta is ready and waiting for you.

More stable than the traditional gondolas, sanpierotta have been used for centuries to let the Venetians move around the city. Start your experience with some onland training to learn how to keep your balance on the water. Then hop aboard your sanpierotta and discover the tricks to gently row, steer and stop on the water.

  • LUNCH IN AN ANCIENT VENETIAN COURTYARD

The Restaurant is located in the heart of an ancient Venetian courtyard, where between historical palaces rich of charm you can taste the typical Venetian cuisine in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant is located just a few minutes from the Rialto Bridge and a few meters from Campo San Bartolomeo, in a pristine area that radiates a sense of mystery and brings the a visitor into a Venice that has long passed.

AFTERNOON

  • DEPARTURE TO LJUBLJANA
  • ACCOMMODATION IN A LUXURY CITY RESIDENCE IN THE HEART OF LJUBLJANA

Located in an impressive 16th century palatial city residence in the very heart of the center of Ljubljana, this hotel boasts one of the most prestigious addresses in the city. 18 spacious suites and boutique rooms are individually designed with an inviting décor and style that is accompanied by the latest amenities.

EVENING

  • DINNER AT LJUBLJANA CASTLE

A mighty medieval fortress, a symbol of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana is an interesting tourist point, the idyllic grounds for long strolls just a glance away from the lively city center. The Ljubljana castle offers many cultural, historic and entertaining events throughout the year.

Itinerary Dinner Castle - Ljubljana

The Archers’ Tower catches the imagination of everyone who enters its embrace. The designers of this superb space above the city abandoned themselves to their creativity, took a great deal of time and expressed their artistic inspiration.

DAY 4 – LJUBLJANA CITY TOURS

MORNING

  • LJUBLJANA: HISTORICAL CITY CENTER AND LJUBLJANA CASTLE

Dot to Dot: Ljubljana - City Center

Ljubjana, the capital of Slovenia, is a place where all of Europe meets.

The development of Ljubljana dates back to Roman times, where the fortified Roman settlement of Emona lay on the area of today’s Ljubljana. After Emona was destroyed by Huns, Slavs have arrived and built a town under the present castle hill that developed into medieval Ljubljana. Today Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia with a population of approximately 280’000.

During the Ljubljana tour you will take a walk around the historical city center, and explore all of its major attractions. You will continue with a visit to Ljubljana Castle and treat yourself to beautiful views of the city from the castle’s ramparts.

  • SURPRISE ACTIVITY ON LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

  • TRADITIONAL SLOVENIAN LUNCH FROM PREKMURJE REGION

Would you like to experience the unique tastes of far eastern Slovenia right in the city center of Ljubljana? You can do this in a relatively new little inn located at Town square in Ljubljana, right in front of the Town Hall. It’s small and charming. Everything about it is from Pannonian region – the ingredients as well as the chefs. The traditional dishes are served in a peculiar way and are paired with their excellent wine.

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AFTERNOON

  • FREE TIME – ENJOY LJUBLJANA

EVENING

  • TRADITIONAL SLOVENIAN EVENING

Unforgettable show with live music, singing & dancing

Dot to Dot: Traditional Slovenian Dance
At the entrance you are greeted in a traditional Slovenian way – by folkdance group in national costumes – and served “šklojce” (aperitif & dried fruits). While dining on the specialties of traditional cuisine you are entertained by enjoyable folklore program featuring dancing and live folk music. The music and dancing makes it hard to sit still, but don’t worry, you will be able to join the dancers, learn the famous polka dance, or participate in our amusing games.

DAY 5 – BLED AND SURROUNDINGS

MORNING/AFTERNOON

  • VISIT OF BLED CASTLE AND BLED ISLAND

Sheltered by picturesque mountains, lays Slovenia’s only island in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. This town, which has already existed for a thousand years, is BLED.

  • SURPRISE ACTIVITY ON BLED ISLAND

EVENING

  • DINNER IN ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP RESTAURANTS

Dine in one of S.Pellegrino’s Top 100 World’s Best Restaurant in Ljubljana. It’s the closest interpretation of a sophisticated pallet you’ll ever experience in this region. Welcome to the world of culinary art of world renowned chef Janez Bratovz. His menu is based on the relationship between the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, representing four tastes – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Because of its setting in the center of Ljubljana, this restaurant has its own distinct identity as ab Slovenian culinary temple in a famous Secessionist building of the 1920s. The interior is elegant and comfortable.

DAY 6 – POSTOJNA CAVE AND PIRAN

MORNING

  • VISIT OF PREDJAMA CASTLE POSTOJNA

Predjama Castle  Predjama Castle Snow

Predjama Castle is situated in the middle of a towering cliff, a mere 9 km from Postojna Cave. Picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable, it has been dominating the surrounding area, perched high up in the 123-metre high cliff, for more than 800 years. It is listed among the Guinness World Records as the largest cave castle in the world.

  • VISIT OF POSTOJNA CAVE

Postojna Cave and its exciting interior will take you on a fantastic journey beneath the surface of the Earth. Thus, it is no wonder that it has, during the 200 years since it was opened to the public, hosted over 36 million visitors from all over the world.

The undisputed star among Postojna Cave’s inhabitants is the olm, Proteus anguinus, however, the Karst underground world is inhabited by numerous other interesting inhabitants. According to explorers’ estimates, Postojna Cave is home to more than 150 animal species. You can get to know some of the most interesting ones in more detail at Vivarium Proteus.

Dot to Dot: Human Fish - Postonja Caves

  • REFRESHMENT LUNCH AT POSTOJNA

AFTERNOON

  • ARRIVAL IN PIRAN

Piran – The “pearl” of the Slovenian coastline

Dot to Dot: Piran Coastline

One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm. The proximity to the sea and the rich history, which is mirrored in the architecture, draw magical scenes. In

Piran, you will feel as though you have stepped right into a picture postcard. You will be charmed by the narrow streets within the old town wall. In the main square, you will be greeted by the statue of the most famous man in Piran, the well-known Giuseppe Tartini, composer and virtuoso violinist who was born in a house just steps from the square. On the pier, you can catch sight of fisherman unravelling a fishing net. A market woman from Piran will have just delivered vegetables, fresh from her garden, to the market. Locals sitting by the sea, chatting and listening to sounds of the sea, greet you with a nod.

Having coffee, lunch or dinner surrounded by sounds of the sea will ensure pleasant memories for a long time to come. Enter the picturesque Piran, get to know its rich history and culture, and listen to the stories of our people!

  • ACCOMMODATION AT THE WATERFRONT WITH SPECTACULAR SEASIDE VIEW

Piran Hotel View

Located directly on the beautiful coast this hotel offers a magnificent view of the Pearl of the Mediterranean where you will be able to devote your time to discovering the rich and mysterious cultural heritage. To make your experience even better, you may visit the numerous pleasant restaurants and bars in the direct vicinity of the Hotel, and in spending time with the locals you will feel the warmth and homeliness of this seaside town.

EVENING

  • DINNER DIRECTLY AT THE SEASIDE

Authentic tastes, quality, kind service and a unique environment create a pleasant atmosphere. We will be delighted to serve you fresh sea specialties, excellent meat dishes as well as bottled and open wines. Each day you can choose from a variety of fresh fish, from scorpion fish to john dory, from seabass to seabream, which we prepare grilled as well as oven-baked. Along with sea specialties – fish carpaccio, octopus salad and daily-fresh fish, the restaurant offers a variety of meat dishes as well. We recommend beefsteak with truffle or in Refosco sauce. We can roast lamb or suckling pig in our home fireplace. We can prepare the “ember-roasted” stuffed Adriatic squid with cuttlefish.

DAY 7 – PIRAN AND SURROUNDINGS

MORNING

  • GUIDED TOUR OF PIRAN

One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm. You will feel as though you have stepped right into a picture postcard. You will be charmed by the narrow streets within the old town wall. In the main square, you will be greeted by the statue of the most famous man in Piran, the well-known Giuseppe Tartini, composer and virtuoso violinist who was born in a house just steps from the square.

  • LUNCH IN A TYPICAL ISTRIAN OSTERIA

Located on the main street leading towards the old town center, this restaurant has welcomed its guests with its pleasant and attractive appearance for years. Owing to its beautiful decor it has become a popular destination for guests coming from Europe and the rest of the world.

It treasures the memories of famous people in entertainment, culture and politics from all across the globe, as its simplicity and hospitality has earned it many friends who have carried its name from Venice to Vienna and onwards to Moscow and even across the Atlantic. In addition to its original interior design in the Arte Povera style of the previous century, the restaurant has earned its reputation through its distinct family hospitality created by Mara “with her plates” through her constant presence around the guests, Tomaž behind the bar “with his glasses” and son Marco in the kitchen “with his pans”.

AFTERNOON

  • SLOVENIAN ISTRIA TOUR, WINE TASTING AND TRUFFLE HUNT WITH DOGS

The rich wine tradition of Slovenian Istria dates back to the Roman period and records almost two millenniums. Wines of local varieties (Refosco, Malvasia and Yellow Muscatel) and other varieties that grow in the area reap rewards on wine evaluations at home and abroad. Istrian winemakers often present themselves on wine and gastronomic events in Slovenian Istria and abroad. Their best wines can be tasted in most locals.

Slovenia grows one of the best truffles in the world. Experience a morning hunt for truffles with a professional truffle hunter and see locations where truffles grow. Meet up with professional truffle hunter in one of the villages in Slovenian Istria. After short introduction into truffle hunting you will do a real truffle hunt in nature with real truffle hunter and his dog. You will go on a 2 hours walk through meadows and forest and seek for truffles, which grow underground. This tour is a great experience for all who adore this little truffle fruit and want to learn more about black and white truffles, is it a mushroom or not, how we can use them in culinary, what are the prices on the market – this is a special tour and a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

 

EVENING

  • DINNER OVER THE VINEYARDS

The 19th century restaurant The Oil Mill House lies in a village in the hinterland of Slovenian Istria. It is furnished in the traditional Istrian style with a modern touch. You can enjoy the local food in the terrace with a beautiful view over the vineyards.

DAY 8 – DEPARTURE

  • GOOD-BYE BRUNCH AT HOTEL PIRAN HEAVEN TERRACE

Heaven Terrace is for sure the most beautiful viewpoint in Piran – from which the view extends over the Piran Bay, all the way to neighboring Italy and Croatia.

  • TRANSFER TO VENICE AIRPORT BY PRIVATE VAN