dolenjska, dežela, kozolci, slovenia

BACK TO NATURE

Destinations in Dolenjska and Bela Krajina often go unnoticed, even though they are brimming with pristine nature and a diverse range of natural treasures. The soul of these destinations is in the hardworking and entertaining people of the Dolenjska region. The soft landscape of Dolenjska is characterized by vineyard cottages and hayracks, as well as by premium culinary options. We have connected a range of small touristic pearls into an interesting incentive programme.

Moments of Zen

Carpe Diem – Zen garden by the Krka river at the Javornik farm

Quality time

Land of hayracks – great dimensions of Slovene architectural heritage

Must see

Otočec castle

Must do

Kayak trip down the Krka river

Our pick

Bela krajina and its natural heritage

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ROLLING ON A RIVER

10:00 Arrival at the Ljubljana airport and departure to the Krka river
11:00 Active day by the Krka river
A cultural and kayak experience in the Dolenjska region and on the Krka river. A kayak descent on the Krka to the town of Žužemberg with some adrenaline rushes. All in all, this is a picturesque and easily manageable kayak trip. What follows is getting to know the culinary art of the Dolenjska region at the idyllic Javornik farm by the enchanting Krka river.

14:00 Carpe diem – Lunch at the Javornik farm
Experiencing a tourist farm in the truest sense of the word. Trout is their main specialty, but to those of you who are not fond of lake fishes, there are plenty of other dishes as well. To top it off, try out their delicious desserts and tasty spirits.
16:00 The land of hayracksa historical experience
In the land of hayracks you will get to know the importance of this heritage and the Slovenian timber culture. You will experience the extraordinary sense for using natural materials and the mastery of the carpenter tradition through nine adventures.

19:00 Arrival at Otočec castle, which has been refurbished into a high-class hotel
20:00 Castle dinner at Otočec
A castle jewel with a unique restaurant and high-quality culinary services.

DAY 2

08.00 Breakfast at the Otočec castle hotel
09:00 Departure to Bela Krajina
Bela krajina (white landscape) was named after its many white birch trees, growing by the warmest Slovenian river, the Kolpa. The entire border region received the title of European Destination of Excellence of 2010.
10:30 Eco-Ethno safari through Bela krajina
A half day long exploration of the Kolpa Nature Park, which takes place near the farm-stead “Šokčev dvor” in Žuniči. The trip in the park will lead you through history and the traditions of people living in Bela Krajina, which you will be able to document with your camera. The photo safari is great for teambuilding and lets you experience the nature of Bela Krajina in an authentic way.

14:00 “Belokrajnska pogača” flat bread – lunch at the Prus farm
A team competition in preparing flat bread, a typical dish of this region, will be complemented by a culinary journey, including lamb and suckling pig.
16:00 Wine event “Vinska Vigred”
The Prus homestead in Krmačina near Metlika is the centre of viticulture in Bela Krajina. The wine cellar of the Prus family is known for its naturally sweet wines honoured with countless medals and awards. The blind tasting accompanied with outstanding culinary delights will open doors to a completely different wine experience. The wines range from sec white and red wines to sweet wines, including naturally sweet wines.

18:30 Balnea Hotel, Dolenjske Toplice, relaxation in the thermal spa.
20:30 Farewell dinner

DAY 3

09:00 Transfer to the airport, possibility to prolong the stay in an awarded wellness centre

Getting there:Airport Jože Pučnik Ljubljana – distance ca. 60 km
Airport Zagreb – distance ca. 80 km
Accommodation:Boutique hotels: Otočec Hotel
Alternatively Pule Estate
Eat and drink:Open-door farm Javornik