Pictures: 1) Fly fishing on the River Sava Bohinjka, 2) Cycling in Goriška Brda, 3) Golf at Bled, 4) Kayaking on the River Soča, 5) Skiing at Kranjska Gora, 6) Rafting in the Julian Alps, 7) Spa massage, 8) Vineyard walk in Goriška Brda.
Slovenia and the rest of the Alpe-Adria and Adriatic region offers an extensive range activities, across all four seasons of the year.
Wine cellar tours and wine tasting: Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro are relatively unknown wine producing countries and yet they have a long standing wine making tradition and they produce some excellent wines. Four Seasons Travel is a wine tour specialist and we have been offering custom made wine & sightseeing tours for several years.
We would like to think of ourselves and our clients as wine enthusiasts rather than wine experts, discovering and enjoying new wines in relaxed and informal settings. Regular client feedback tells us that our most enjoyable winery experiences are not necessarily provided by the established big names but often by our carefully selected smaller producers who are passionate about their wines. We therefore organise visits to a range of wine makers both small and large, so that you can compare for yourself. Our recommended wineries have been researched and selected for the quality of their wines, a good selection of grape varieties that are typical for that region and for their friendliness and hospitality. Where possible our wine tasting and cellar tours are co-hosted by the owners of the vineyards so that you can meet the personalities and find out first hand the stories behind their wines.
Walking: Many regions of Slovenia, Croatia and Austria could be described as a walkers’ paradise where all of the different levels of walking are catered for. The Julian Alps offer the most experienced and adventurous walkers some of the most challenging hikes, including the option of trekking to the summit of Mt Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia. For walkers who enjoy doing things at more leisurely pace, the foothills of Julian Alps near to Lake Bled, the wine hills of Goriška Brda and the rolling hills of Istria offer great walking with some jaw dropping scenery.
Adventure sports: Rafting, kayaking, canoeing, canyoning, paragliding and hot-air ballooning are all popular pursuits in alpine Slovenia where Lake Bled offers the perfect base for combining these activities with some general sightseeing and some relaxation.
Golf: Slovenia, the north-east of Italy and southern Austria are home to some excellent golf courses with reasonably priced green fees. Feedback from our own clients would highlight the golf clubs at Bled and Castle Otočec in Slovenia and Moosburg in Austria as being the best courses in the region. Other classy courses include the Arboretum GC at Volči Potok (near Ljubljana) in Slovenia and the Castello di Spessa GC in Italy (where you can actually stay just across the border in the heart of Slovenian wine country). Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Goriška Brda and Castle Otočec all provide convenient bases for combining great golf with the opportunity to indulge in some of the best local wine and cuisine.
Fishing: The lakes and rivers of alpine Slovenia provide a perfect location for fishing vacations. Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled are the most popular angling centres where in addition to the two lakes, the relatively shallow Sava Bohinjka and Sava Dolinka rivers offer rewarding fly fishing opportunities.
Cycling: Cycle hire is available almost everywhere in the region and this is a very popular pastime with the locals. A network of purpose built cycle paths and quiet country lanes provide a great opportunity for cyclists to get off the beaten track and to enjoy the magnificent views. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, mountain biking on hard terrain is also available in the Julian Alps region.
Cookery classes: For clients staying in Lake Bled and Goriška Brda cookery classes can be arranged, offering cooking enthusiasts the opportunity to spend a half or full day in the company of a local professional training chef. You will be able to learn about the local ingredients, cooking techniques and speciality dishes of the region and best of all, you get to enjoy what you have prepared for lunch or dinner.
Skiing & Snowboarding: The ski slopes in Slovenia are generally best suited to those who are new to skiing and boarding or those who have been only once or twice before. Slovenia is ideal for couples, families, or small groups who are looking for a good value winter break and which also provides an opportunity to learn to ski or to improve their technique on comfortable slopes. The most popular ski resorts located within a one-hour transfer of Ljubljana airport are at Kranjska Gora and Vogel (accessible by ski-bus from both Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj). For the more demanding and experienced skiers and boarders, Krvavec (Slovenia), Nassfeld (Austria) and Tarvisio (Italy) provide good alternatives within relatively close proximity.
Other winter actvities: Some ski resorts, including Kranjska Gora for example, offer an attractive range of other winter activities including tobogganing, dog sledding, horse & carriage rides, skidooing and candle-lit walks.
For more information about our custom made private tour packages, please visit one of our other websites at www.slovenia-croatia-private-tours.com.