Rolling pastures, sapphire lakes, and scrumptious dishes—this is Slovenia, the best-kept secret of the Alps. We have to start off with the showstopper: after touring one of Europa’s most exquisite river valleys, you’ll dine in a 2-star Michelin restaurant, led by the World’s Best Chef of 2017: Ana Roš. But the rest of Slovenia’s best-ofs that you’ll tour and taste are by no means subpar. Picture yourself strolling through fragrant vineyards of Goriška Brda, exploring rugged peaks of Triglav National Park, and relaxing above glacial Lake Bled—with a 5-star view of a small church island emerging from the water. And when you’re not on the lookout for another natural wonder, it’s time for food. So much food. From local farms to upscale restaurants, relish Kočevje honey, Bled custard-cream cake, or Karst prosciutto, paired with exquisite wines and stellar views.

  • Dine in a 2-star Michelin restaurant, sample fine wines, and taste divine Slovenian dishes

  • Saunter through the quintessential Alpine landscape of Triglav National Park rising to 9,396 ft

  • Feel the softness of pastures, jump into turquoise lakes, and ramble among prosperous orchards

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Hiking and Culinary Tour in Slovenia
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All-Women Hiking and Culinary Experience in Slovenia
Aug 05

Meet your guide

Cook Eat Slovenia
Cook Eat Slovenia
Cook Eat Slovenia aims to give their travelers the ultimate Slovenia experience. Their guides are young enthusiasts in love with Slovenian food, wine, and nature. Cook Eat Slovenia’s goal is to present the country’s highlights, from what’s offered on the plate to what pristine nature has to offer. Each trip is carefully designed to immerse their guests in the local culture and reveal a region’s soul.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Slovenia, please refer to Slovenia’s Travel Information.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Transportation throughout Slovenia during the trip
      • Accommodations (5 nights at 3- or 4-star hotels and tourist farms with twin rooms and private facilities; 2 nights at mountain huts with rooms for +4 people with shared facilities)
      • Meals listed in the itinerary
      • Wine tasting in Goriška Brda
      • Entrance fee for WW1 Museum
      • Transfer to Ljubljana train station or a downtown hotel on day 8

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Slovenia
      • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
      • Travel insurance
      • Personal expenses
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • The hike and culinary tour in Slovenia is beginner-friendly! While it requires no hiking experience, make sure you’re physically prepared for this trip. The most you’ll hike is 5 miles (8km) per day with a 3,609-foot (1,100-meter) elevation gain. If you’re ready to keep up with the tempo, you’re good to go!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this hike and culinary adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 8:1. 
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate. The maximum group size is 16 guests.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Hiking in Slovenia can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    In case you would like to ensure a room to yourself, and not share it with anybody, there is a possibility of a single supplement for an additional $285. However, keep in mind that you’ll be spending two nights at mountain huts, where there’s no possibility of single rooms.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120)  calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
      • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
  • To get to Ljubljana, most people fly into Ljubljana Airport, a 30-minute drive from the city. From there, you can take a shuttle service into town.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop, the hotel, or a predetermined location.
    The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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What’s the food going to be like?

  • Slovenia is a small country, but its gastronomic offer is rich and varied—22 Slovenian dishes and food products are protected at the European level. Your guides are experts on the local cuisine, and they’re eager to take you on a tour to fantastic restaurants, quaint farms, and premier wineries.

    Close up of glasses of champagne and cakes at Triple bridge promenade at Ljubljanica river.
  • The highlight of the tour might just be visiting a 2-star Michelin restaurant—Hiša Franko—where Ana Roš, World’s Best Female Chef for 2017, will prepare gourmet meals for you! The restaurant was ranked 21st on the prestigious list of 50 Best Restaurants in the World for 2021 and it features a cooking style rooted in the surrounding Alpine landscape, spiced up with modern trends.

    Guests posing with Ana Roš from Hiša Franko.
  • When it comes to this tour, you can always count on fresh and local ingredients proudly presented at locally-owned businesses. With a massive selection of delicious sweet and savory dishes and products—such as the Karst prosciutto, the semi-hard Tolminc cheese, or the Bled cream cake—you’ll find it difficult to choose your favorite one. You don’t have to, though, just think of this trip as 8 days of pure flavor bliss.

    Wine, prosciutto, and cheeses on a culinary hiking tour in Slovenia.
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