Ptuj. Charming and oldest town in Slovenia

Just a day before the start of the second Coffee festival at Ptuj, we spent a great day discovering the city and its advantages for meeting organizers.

Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia, dating back to Roman times, is becoming a lively city with many festivals; from the Poetry & Wine Festival, Arsana music festival to real Carneval. Ptuj is an ideal place for incentives and smaller conferences for up to 250 participants.

Sava Hotels Group with the Grand Hotel Primus are the MICE engine of the region and they are successfully connecting Roman tradition, thermal water springs and an excellent geographical position to create new experiences for conference participants.

So, what would your 2 days conference / incentive be like?

DAY 1

Morning

  • Arrival to Grand Hotel Primus by 10.00
  • 10.00 – 10.30 “Be fit” welcome with energetic smoothies and healthy bites
  • 10.30 – 11.30 Conference – part I – meeting room
  • 11.30 – 11.40 Break with the Thai-chi teacher. inside or outside – on the Windflower of health; next to the hotel. Coffee / refreshments can also be served outside.
  • 11.40 – 13.00 Conference – part II
  • 13.00 – 15.00 Lunch on the terrace with team activity – preparing the “Prekmurska gibanica” dessert

Afternoon

  • 15.30 – 17.00 Bike ride along the Drava river or Boat ride on Drava river to the city center, walk to the castle (could also be a treasure hunt)
  • 17.00 – 17.30 Wine tasting at Ptuj Castle
  • 17.30 – 17.45 Return to Grand Hotel Primus (by bus)

Evening

  • 19.00 – 23.00 Roman night with the dinner by the thermal pool
  • Stay at the Grand Hotel Primus

DAY 2

Active Morning

  • Before breakfast: yoga, nordic walking, spa & wellness, swimming
  • 08.30 – 09.30 Be FIT breakfast (optional: meeting / lecture with Mojca Cepuš, nutritionist)
  • 09.30 – 10.30 Conference – part III
  • 11.00 – 13.00 Golf/Footgolf team-building activity (golf course 3 minutes from hotel by foot)/Adventure park (cca. 10-15 min from hotel by bus)

Lunch

  • 13.00 – 15.00 Picnic lunch in the Glamping village (can also be prepared as activity, where guests are involved in preparing of lunch)

What about Plan B in case of bad weather?
You should know that Ptuj is the town with the highest number of sunny days in Slovenia , but yes, Sava Team has a B plan as well!

Indoor activities in case of a bad weather:

  • Meditation/tai-chi/dance lessons in Club Gemina XIII
  • Wine tasting in Club Gemina XIII (with sommelier from the wine cellar)
  • Workshop with our doctors, lecturers (motivation at work, how to cope with stress)
  • Visit “korentija” workshop (brave attendees can also get dressed in a costume)

TOP 3 VENUE ADVANTAGES

COLORFUL BRAIN FOOD
Rich fruit and vegetable smoothies served as welcoming drinks and creative vegetable snacks are just a beginning of the culinary offer. The inspiration for these beautifully prepared and colourful snacks comes from the carnivalesque vibe of the city of Ptuj that gives a special taste to the gastronomic offer of the hotel throughout the whole year.

ROMAN TRADITION
Historic cities and destinations are especially attractive to event organizers since they offer more possibilities in providing more diverse event content. Ptuj boasts a set of distinctive city attributes that at the Grand Hotel Primus know how to benefit best from. Namely, the Roman heritage of the city is revealed to participants at the welcome reception, where guests are ritually welcomed by costumed warriors and Roman vestal. This is an excellent example of a great starting point for creating a good event story that can be continued in a more relaxed atmosphere by the pool with a Roman feast and in a subdued environment with the sounds of the harp in the background.

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CARNEVAL SPIRIT
Another great and unique story that can add value to the event is “kurentovanje” or the Ptuj carnival events. You can experience a part of these events throughout the year. Among others you can visit the workshop “korentija”, where costumes for the carnival mask Kurent are being made.

BE FIT
Since the Grand Hotel Primus is part of Terme Ptuj wellness resort, known for a long spa tradition, the hotel offers a variety of preventive medical examinations and treatments, which can also be interesting for the participants of business meetings and conferences. The hotel’s focus on healthy living is mostly and best revealed through its cuisine. Recently they introduced the menus “Be Fit” which follow the modern trends of the so-called “Brain food.”

On the occasion of conferences and business meetings the menus are prepared in order to ensure balanced meals that give participants extra energy. The Chef of the hotel’s restaurant professionally and enthusiastically presents different ways of preparing energy meals and invite participants to help him with the preparations. If however the energy level drops during the conference, the hotel offers an alternative method to boost your energy, a 15-minute workout with the tai-chi master will certainly do the trick.

COME AND TRY IT YOURSELF
Sava Tourism is promising an overall sensory experience of the city of Ptuj. And they keep their promise: fresh flavours, colourful dishes that reminiscent the colourful masks of Kurents, the scent of lavender in the rooms, the sounds of the Roman harp, a view of the Drava river and the panoramic views from Ptuj castle are only a few of the highlights that left a positive and memorable impression on us… One day is certainly not enough to experience everything Terme Ptuj has to offer. In order to get the whole experience of the destinations here’s a simple advice, come and try it yourself!