The Friuli region of northeastern Italy is one if its most beautiful regions, and one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Just across the border, neighboring Slovenia is an unknown gem with stunning mountains, picturesque valleys, incredible food and wine…and very few tourists! Both regions have their own heritage of food, wine, and history that are unique in all of Europe.
We’ll start at the lovely city of Belluno, using it as our base to explore. Perfectly situated in the southern Dolomites, Belluno’s Renaissance architecture is overshadowed by the by the dramatic mountain landscape surrounding it. It sits in a wonderland of green valleys, tumbling rivers and impressive peaks. Then we’ll move east into Slovenia, and begin to appreciate the wonderful Slovenian culture, scenery and people. From the vineyards of the Wine Road to the stately buildings of the capital, Ljubljana, from the lonely, windswept mountain villages to the take-your-breath-away scenery of Lake Bled, you’ll be enchanted by this delightful country.
Like all Lost in Italy adventures, we’ll be walking the trails, (all of them EASY) visiting the villages, sampling the wine, meeting the locals, enjoying the food, marveling at the incredible views, and slowly easing into the pace of life in these two wonderful areas!
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Day 1 - Belluno
Our Italian adventure starts today in Belluno, our home base for the first part of our adventure. Located in the Italian Regione of the Veneto, Belluno is a picturesque town on the southern edge of the Italian Alps.
You should plan to arrive in Belluno by midday at the latest. Tonight we'll have our orientation meeting, (of course with local wines), and afterwards we'll walk to one of our favorite spots for our welcome dinner. There is an amazing variety of food in this region, probably owing to the amazing variety of landscapes to be found! From alpine mountains and valleys to fertile plains, from lush vineyards producing legendary wines to the Adriatic coast with its infinite variety of seafood, the Veneto region is rich in culinary abundance! So while we're exploring the countryside, villages and towns, we'll be sure to explore the wonderful cuisine as well. And as there's no point in waiting, we'll start tonight at our orientation dinner with an excellent meal of local dishes! An after-dinner passegiata in the town piazza will cap off your first day in the far north of Italia.
Day 2 - Valley di San Pellegrino
This morning we'll meet our local guide and have a fascinating walk in the mountains to the Rifugio Fuciade. The landscape changes dramatically here as we walk through an alpine forest to beautiful green pastures surrounded by the Dolomites craggy peaks. Here we'll enjoy a light meal before continuing on the trail to marvel at the spectacular mountain vistas.
This afternoon will find us at the 200 year old kitchen of La Stanga farm, where we'll see what the chef is preparing today and taste the specialty of the day. And of course we'll taste their excellent wines, cheeses and salami as well!
Day 3 - Le Zercole
Today we'll walk through the pastures and into the mountains and you'll get to meet a local herbologist and have a tour of her incredible mountain herb and flower gardens. Afterwards you'll enjoy a unique lunch prepared with her own produce. Later we'll have an easy walk to La Latteria, a dairy farm that's been in operation for generations. Here we'll see how cheese is made, still using techniques handed down through the centuries. Of course we have a chance to enjoy the cheeses, washed down with an abundance of their local vintages!
Day 4 - Grado and Slovenia
Today you'll visit the enchanting island of Grado, just off the Italian coast in the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Grado has a wonderful old city, perfect for wandering, shopping, getting lost! It’s not called the Little Venice for nothing. Later today we'll continue on to the border city of Gorizia, which straddles the border between Italy and Slovenia. As you can imagine, Gorizia has a fascinating history, and its friendly inhabitants, ample shops and restaurants, and lovely squares make it the perfect place to call our home for the next few days. After checking into our hotel, we will take a stroll through the city to orient you with all the highlights. Tonight your guide will host you for dinner and wine tasting at a small family run Slovenian winery where the chef will dazzle you with his presentations and the family will introduce you to their Slovenian wines.
Day 5 - Ljubljana
We're off to the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, for a guided tour of the city. Ljubljana has a rich history, orginally settled around 2000 BC, the town was occupied by tribesman, then Romans, then Huns, then Lombards, then Franks, and finally the Slovenes. This afternoon we'll make our way to a farm in the nearby village of Vipava, where the owner Davorin will host us with a wine tasting in his private cellar. Then Davorin and your guide will host a festive dinner on Davorin's patio....great way to end another wonderful day in Slovenia
Day 6 - Velika Planina and Zgornje Palovce
Today we explore an intriguing but little-known area of Slovenia. Using ski lifts, our Slovenian guide will take us to the Velika Planina, a picturesque high plateau with views that will astound you. Here we'll find a shepherds village, where you can observe daily life as it has been for hundreds of years. Later we'll have an easy downhill walk through forest and meadows to the small village of Zgornje Palovce. Here we'll visit Budnar House, where we'll experience the simple heritage of the village, and enjoy a meal prepared in the traditional 350 year old "black kitchen. Tonight we will check into our Slovenian hotel in the small village of Radovljica and explore the town.
Day 7 - Lake Bled
Our private coach will take us on a short, scenic drive today to reach Lake Bled. This little lake is known as one of the most picturesque and romantic lake in all of Europe. We will first take a row boat over to the island in the center of the lake. Then after exploring the castle and the church there, we return to the area surrounding the lake for a short beautiful walk and then a trail lunch. Later we will travel to a very special place for our final nights dinner overlooking Lake Bled.
Day 8 - Arrivederci Italia!
After breakfast, your Go Get Lost tour comes to a close. You will have a private group transfer to the airport in Ljubljana. Please check with the Go Get Lost before booking any departure flights.
- 7 Nights Double Occupancy Hotel Accommodations (All Hotels with Private Bathrooms)
- Meals as Specified: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners, 5 Wine Tastings
- Lunch at Fuciade and La Stanga Featuring Local Specialties
- Lunch at Le Zercole
- Lunch at Saskida Winery
- Welcome Dinner in Belluno
- Dinner in Gorizia
- Dinner at Budnar House
- Dinner in private house
- Diner on Lake Bled
- Belluno Walk with Local Guide
- Le Zercole-La Latteria Walk
- Velika Planina Walk
- Lunch on Velika Planina
- Guides Welcome Night Wine Tasting
- La Stanga Wine Tasting
- La Latteria Wine Tasting
- Vineyard Tour at Saskida with Wine Tasting
- Cellar Tour at Cejtkotova with Wine Tasting
- Transportation once the tour has begun. The motorcoaches and vans we use are modern, air conditioned and roomy. Our tour groups are usually between 8-18 people so we always have lots of room on our coaches to get comfortable.
- All train, ferry, hydrofoil, coach, and taxi transfers as specified in itinerary.
- Group departure transfer from the hotel in Radovjlica to the airport in Ljubljana.
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in itinerary
- Completely escorted by a Lost in Italy Tour Leader with local guides at specified sites throughout the itinerary
- Lost in Italy trail-friendly wine glass
What´s not Included
- Airfare package
- Departure taxes
- Arrival and departure transfers, tour begins at the hotel in Belluno on the afternoon of Day 1, and the tour ends at the hotel in Gorizia on the morning of day 8.
- Gratuities for meals, porterage, local guides, coach drivers, etc.
- Visa fees, if applicable
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Beverages at meals unless specified in itinerary
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
- Single supplement charge
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.