PRE-TOUR – SLOVENIA (GORENJSKA), ITALY (FRIULI), CROATIA (ISTRIA)

June 8 – 11, 2017

Day 1, June 8th 2017 (Ljubljana-Radovljica-Bled, 60 km)

Bus departure from City Hotel Ljubljana at 9 AM, ride to Gorenjska, a mountainous, Alpine region to the north and northwest of Ljubljana known for its natural beauty and crystal clear lakes and rivers. Around the highest Slovene peak, Mt. Triglav, the region boasts the largest national park of Slovenia. First stop in Brezje, the best-known pilgrimage village of Slovenia. We drive further to the town of Radovljica to visit the Apicultural Museum and an old Baroque hall. Lunch in the Lectar restaurant where the typical local gingerbread cookies are still produced according to traditional recipe. A short ride to the village Vrba, the birthplace of the greatest Slovene poet France Prešeren, after whom the first Slovene rose was named; a visit of his birth-house. Ride to Bled, a true Alpine pearl, situated on the shore of the lake with the same name and dominated by a mediaeval castle. Accommodation in a hotel, HB.

 

Day 2, June 9th 2017 (Bled-Artegna-Lipica-Štanjel-Portorož, 380 km)

After breakfast departure to Italy at 9 AM. In Artegna a visit of a private garden of Mrs Eleonora Garlant Fabiani. A remarkable garden as the owner has a really special relationship towards her roses. Lunch at agro tourism Milič with local food and a visit of the wine cellar. After lunch we ride to Lipica, a cradle of the renowned elegant Lipizzaner horses. A visit of the stables and Lipikum museum. Further a ride over the unique Karst Region to the village of Štanjel. The village hosts a remarkable Ferrari garden, designed by a Slovene architect Maks Fabiani. A tasting of the local wines in the garden; later a ride towards the Slovene coast to Portorož. Accommodation with HB in Hotel Bernardin.

 

Day 3, June 10th (Piran-Portorož-Hum-Opatija, 150 km)

After breakfast a visit of Piran, one of the most picturesque towns on the Slovene coast. The town is a protected cultural monument. Piran is a birthplace of a renowned 17th-century violist and composer Giuseppe Tartini and it still is an important salt-production centre. Later a short visit of the rose garden in a sea resort Portorož, a popular Slovene tourist destination and the town of Izola that uses a rose as its symbol. After lunch we head to the Croatian part of Istria to visit Hum, arguably the smallest town in Europe. A tasting of a local aperitif BISKA. In the late afternoon arrival in Opatija, well known sea resort. HB in a hotel in Opatija.

 

Day 4, June 11th 2017 (Opatija-Škocjan Caves-Ljubljana, 150 km)

After breakfast a walking tour of Opatija, a former Austro-Hungarian seaside resort: the sea promenade, Vila Angiolina with the park, the St. Jacob’s park with the plants from all over the world… From Opatija the ride back to Slovenia and a visit of the best known Slovene natural sights, the Caves of Škocjan that belongs to the patrimony of UNESCO because of its natural beauty. After the visit a tasting of wine and air-dried ham. Riding back to the Slovene capital Ljubljana, arrival in the afternoon.

Registration for the congress and hotel accommodation.

Price: 450,00 €
Included in the price: bus transport, accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels, the visits, entrance fees, lunches and dinners as stated in the programme during the journey, an escort by a licenced guide