Wine & sightseeing tours
Our unique wine & sightseeing private tours of Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina are ideally suited to couples or small groups of friends or family who would like to explore the most popular sights and hidden gems of the region whilst indulging their quest for discovering new wines.
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 many of our most enjoyable winery experiences are provided by our carefully selected smaller producers who are passionate about their wines, just as much those provided by the established big names. 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.
In full consideration of your needs and preferences, our custom made tours will include the locations, visitor attractions, wineries and hotels of your choice. Experience has shown us that our clients’ preferences of hotel accommodation vary considerably, from good standard three star hotels, to charming four star boutique hotels, through to luxurious five star hotels. Furthermore, we also appreciate that some clients will prefer to book their own hotels directly which is an option which is available to everyone. Therefore, we are pleased to offer you the choice of letting us take care of your hotel reservations or allowing you the flexibility of making your own hotel bookings.
Your transportation is by deluxe 7 or 8-seater minivan, offering exceptional travel comfort with your own dedicated English speaking driver/guide. For larger size groups, ideally up to a maximum of 16 persons, two minivans or a midi bus can be arranged.
Prices: Please contact us for a custom made quotation. Our method of quoting is completely transparent and our quotes include a full breakdown of all of your private tour components; including your transportation and guiding, hotel accommodation, wine tastings, specialist city guides and any other entrance fees. The local sales tax and tourist taxes are also included and you can be sure that the prices that you are quoted are accurate with no hidden extras.
The following prices per person provide an average range, based on four persons travelling together using two double rooms. Therefore, with a group size of less than four persons the price range is likely to be higher and with a group size of more than four persons the price range is likely to be lower.
These price ranges are inclusive of all four star, boutique hotel accommodation (breakfast included), all private transportation by deluxe minivan, all private wine cellar tours and tastings, all entrance fees at other visitor attractions and local guides where applicable, all local taxes, the services of an English speaking driver & tour manager for the full duration of your private tour. We do not add any administration or booking fees and we do not charge any credit card fees.
|3 nights / 4 days||650.00 to 750.00 euros per person|
|5 nights / 6 days||950.00 to 1250.00 euros per person|
|7 nights / 8 days||1500.00 to 1750.00 euros per person|
|11 nights / 12 days||2500.00 to 2750.00 euros per person|
|14 nights / 15 days||2950.00 to 3500.00 euros per person|
Airport entry & exit points: Our tours can start and finish at any airport of your choice, including Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Podgorica, Trieste, or Venice. Venice’s Marco Polo Airport, allows visitors from the USA, Canada, the UK, mainland Europe and other continents and nations easy access and value for money airfares. Furthermore, clients can opt to stay in Venice privately before or after their tour with us. Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Trieste and Podgorica airports offer many flight connections within Europe.
Tour dates and durations: The timing and the duration of your custom made tour is completely up to you. We would recommend that the best times to visit are typically from the middle of March through to the end of October. Taking your own preferences into full consideration, we will recommend a tour itinerary which covers these locations in the most time efficient and cost effective way.
Places to stay and visit: Please tell us your preferred combination of wine regions from the list below and we will provide you with a recommended tour itinerary for your consideration. You can be sure that our itineraries will allow for an adequate amount of allotted time for each location and that we will build in realistic journey times in between places. For further ideas and recommendations please take a look out our “sample itineraries” where you will find a selection of attractive and expertly designed private tours for your consideration.
Details of our wine regions, sub-regions and the typical grape varieties:
Discover with us some of the best wine regions in Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro where you can enjoy the contrasting landscapes, cultures and flavours of each country.
Slovenia has three defined wine regions which are located in the south-west of the country (Primorje), the south-east (Posavje) and the north-east (Podravje). These three regions are further divided into sub-regions and here is a summary of the sub-regions featured in our wine & sightseeing tours.
Goriška Brda (our so called ‘Tuscany of Slovenia’), the Vipava Valley and the Karst region are all located in the Primorje (Primorska) wine region of Slovenia and adjacent to the border with Italy. You will be able to sample a good range of red and white wines, from grape varieties you will be familiar with such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Furthermore, the region offers lesser known grape varieties for your discovery and enjoyment, including Zelen, Rebula, Pinela & Malvasia (whites) and Barbera, Teran & Refošk (reds).
The scenery of this region is absolutely stunning, characterised by rolling hills, cypress trees, medieval hill top villages and lush green vineyards – all sandwiched between the dramatic mountain peaks of the Julian Alps and the Italian Dolomites to the north, and the azure blue Adriatic sea to the south – providing contrasting backdrops to the fairytale landscape of this beautiful wine region. The area is also renowned for its fantastic cuisine where you can enjoy a good variety of traditional Slovene dishes with hints of Italian influences.
The Istrian wine hills of the Slovenian Adriatic are also located in the Primorje wine region of Slovenia, where the Italian influences on the wine, food and culture are again characteristic of the area. This region is located directly on the Adriatic coastline, nestled between Trieste to the north and the Croatian border to the south, historically being part of the Venetian Republic and Italy itself. The ‘terroir’ of the region, with its rocky landscape, chalky soil, infamous ‘burja’ wind and a dry climate lends itself perfectly to the most popular Refošk (Refosco) and Malvasia grape varieties. Other popular varieties in this region include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The Podravje wine region of Slovenia, is located in the region of Štajerska, in the north-east of the country nearby to the borders with Austria, Hungary and Croatia. This region is best known for its outstanding white wines and sparkling wines including Riesling, Muscat Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon and the lesser known Traminec, Šipon (Furmint) and Kerner varieties. However, the region also produces some more than respectable smooth reds including Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This region is also blessed with some beautiful contrasting scenery, from the highest points of the gentle rolling Jeruzalem wine hills down to the fertile Drava river valley below. Reminiscent of parts of Austria and Germany, there are several picture postcard medieval towns in the area, including Ptuj which is reputed be Slovenia’s oldest town. Magnificent ancient castles dating back to Hapsburg times or the Austro-Hungarian era also provide an interesting addition to the landscape. The food specialities of this region are most influenced by a combination of Slavic and Germanic traditions, offering an interesting contrast to the south western and coastal regions of Slovenia.
Croatia has several wine regions located inland and in its coastal regions, from the north-east of the country all the way down to the south-west. Our wine tours feature three of the best wine regions of Croatia; Istria, the Pelješac peninsula and the Konavlje Valley (near Dubrovnik).
Located just over the border from neighbouring Slovenia, Istria (Istra) is best known for its red Teran and white Malvazija varieties. Other popular Istrian grape varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Grigot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The landscape is green with gentle rolling hills and forested valleys. Ancient hilltop villages such as Motovun or Bale and delightful Venetian style coastal towns such as Rovinj offer attractive locations to overnight.
Arguably the most prestigious wine region of Croatia, the Pelješac peninsula in Dalmatia produces some of its finest wines. The best known local and indigenous grape varieties are the red Plavac Mali (also known as Dingač) and the white Pošip. The wine making tradition in this region can be traced all the way back to Greek civilisation. The vineyards are situated in lush green valleys and perched on the hillsides directly above the Adriatic sea where stunning views across to the nearby islands of Korčula and Mljet can be enjoyed.
Further down the coastline and sandwiched between Dubrovnik and Croatia’s borders with Bosnia & Herzegovona and Montenegro is located the Konavlje Valley. Next to the internationally known varietis such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon numerous local and autochtonous types are also cultivated, such as Plavac Mali, Kadarun, Dalmatinka and Dubrovnik Malvasija.
A visit to Montenegro or Bosnia & Herzegovina also provides an opportunity to make some new wine discoveries. The most popular local wines in Montenegro include the red Vranac and the white Krstač varieties and some of the most popular producers tend to be located in the vicinity of the capital city Podgorica and the shores of Skadar Lake. In Bosnia & Herzegovina, the fertile valleys close by to Mostar and Trebinje in the south of the country are home to a number of producers where the red Blatina and the white Žilavka varieties can be sampled.