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BACK TO THE ROOTS IN SLOVENIA

The incentive product largely depends on the landscape and its features. Although Slovenia is a small country, its spectacular landscape diversity makes it extraordinary appealing for incentive experiences. The intertwinement of the destination’s appeal, the quality accommodation offer and value for money place Slovenia among the best European incentive destinations.

A detailed insight into various incentive products has shown the crucial advantage of organising events in Slovenia. You can incorporate a variety of experiences, defined by local specialities of the Mediterranean, Alpine, Pannonian and Coastal Slovenia, into different seasons of the year. Slovenia’s complex and diverse incentive offer packaged in such a small area cannot be found anywhere else in Europe.

Intriguing stories, likewise, lay hidden outside of main tourist centres. We will delve into several appealing suggestions from Prekmurje, Zeleni Kras, Bela Krajina and Koroška. Individual incentive programmes can be joined together into unforgettable 24 and 48-hour incentive experiences.

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PREKMURJE

Prekmurje is an exciting part of Slovenia, a part of the area of the Pannonian plains. You will feel the sentiment from the people of the plains, their Pannonian melancholy and their joy for life. Even though they might not live in the heart of Slovenia, they put their soul on the plate. Prekmurje is becoming the gastronomic capital of Slovenia.

Gourmet Over Mura

Perhaps the hottest culinary story at the moment, this incentive comprises seven excellent providers, which is on its own a reason for an unparalleled incentive experience. “Gourmet over Mura” is devised as a culinary tour that is tailored to your needs. You will venture on a path that will take you through Firbas Farmhouse, Marof Winery, Kodila Ham-Shop, Bevog Brewery, Gostilna Rajh, Steyer Winery and Kocbek Oil Mill.
W: www.gourmet-over-mura.si

Bevog Mircobrewery

Vasja Golar will surely amaze you with a story well-known to regional craft beer lovers. In his brewery, amid an Austrian plain, just a shot away from the Slovenian border, Vasja brews his craft beer that has taken podiums in numerous competitions. You can arrange a guided degustation for your incentive attendees that takes them on a tour of beer production and ends with a tasting of six different beers.
W: www.bevog.at

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Flying with Peter Podlunšek

The world-renowned seasoned Slovenian pilot has flying embedded in his DNA. He proved himself in the four seasons of flying in the Red Bull Air Race and two seasons in the most prestigious masters class. Even after retiring, you can meet him at his favourite airport in Murska Sobota, where you will view Prekmurje from a pilot’s point of view.
W: www.aeroklub-ms.si

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Trekking across the regional park Goričko

Prekmurje’s surroundings are home to over 600 kilometres of neat bicycle routes and 100 kilometres of hiking routes. The slight inclines overlooking vineyards are not too demanding, and you will be rewarded with in-between revitalising breaks, as the doors of wine cellars and local farms are always wide open.
W: www.park-goricko.org

Pottery in Filovci

Filovci are famed as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon, as there is no other village in Slovenia with such a rich heritage in pottery. The outdoor museum will acquaint you with the rich cultural heritage of this local craft. At the pottery workshop, Alojz Bojnec will showcase the making of black pottery bowls first-hand.
W: www.loncarska-vas.com

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GREEN KARST

Green Karst is a region, also known as Notranjska, famed for being luscious, green and abundant with the internationally acclaimed karst phenomena. Such a diversified landscape is full of numerous opportunities for incentive programmes that are among the most exclusive in Slovenia.

Coexistence with wild animals

Would you like to know more about where and how bears, wolves and lynxes live? All three species are protected, and their perseverance depends on coexistence with humans. Slovenia has the only centre in Europe, named Dina, where these charismatic animals are presented interactively. A trip to the nearby Mašun will get you up and close with their natural environment. You might even get to see a bear’s den. Groups can even embark on a photo hunt for bears.
W: www.carnivoradinarica.eu

Embark on a dugout canoe across a world-known wonder of nature

For true lovers of Karst phenomena, the Lake Cerknica is a spectacle telling of the mightiness and power of nature. It is one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe. The lake presents itself to the visitor in a different light each time. Your team can learn about the lake in the new interactive centre that includes a live lake model. Better yet, take the attendees on a trek along the shores of the lake. If the lake happens to be filled with water, consider taking them on a journey in a dugout canoe.
W: www.jezerski-hram.si

A day with a bear

Lož Valley (Loška dolina) is located in the far South of Slovenia. It is surrounded by vast forests of Notranjska, which are the largest condensed and unpopulated forest area in Central Europe. Here, experienced guides will take you to watch the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in its natural environment – the forest. The probability of seeing one is high. However, one must consider that the brown bear is a wild animal whose movement can never be fully foreseen nor its presence at the observatory predicted.
W: www.bestbearwatching.si

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Emerald underground lakes

Križna Cave is an underground cave stretching nine kilometres and features over ten lakes that you will admire while on a boat ride across the emerald green surface of the lake. Thanks to the underground lakes, separated by barriers, this unique Karst cave is renowned worldwide. The number of visitors to the waters of Križna Cave is limited to four people per day, and a thousand visitors per year to ensure its preservation. Visiting Križna Cave is one of the most exclusive incentive experiences in Slovenia.
W: www.krizna-jama.si

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BELA KRAJINA

If we tried to describe Bela krajina as a person, we would say it is gentle, tranquil, charming, welcoming and kind. Its people are exactly such, and they share their love for Bela krajina with every visitor. The locals are another reason why incentive programmes in the region never disappoint.

Beekeeping as a way of life

Slovenian beekeepers have been nurturing a respectful relationship towards nature and society for ages. The latter can take much from the world of bees, namely their incredible organisational skills and capability of forming a community. The attendees are bound to be surprised by their solidarity, diligence and responsibility. Attendees will enter into the mysterious world of bees that represents the foundation of life. Furthermore, participants will find out why there is no life without bees and how every third spoon of food depends on them. Beekeepers from Bela Krajina will take you on an unforgettable bee experience.
W: www.ucna-pot.si

Going back to school days

Returning to a classroom from the sixties with old school benches, maps and inkstands is a unique experience. Disobedient pupils might find themselves punished – kneeling on corn. In one school hour, lasting 45 minutes, pupils looking to rekindle their memories of school days will discover Bela krajina and its hidden secrets in a humourous manner. At the end of the class, they will receive a certificate with grades, followed by a visit to the nearby tourist farm.
W: www.brihtna-glava.si

Flavours of Bela krajina

The inhabitants of Bela krajina have been changing the diverse Karst landscape into fields, pastures and orchards for centuries. Several indigenous animal and plant species have been preserved, as well as an array of traditional recipes for unique dishes. To taste the very best of locally produced and seasonally fresh products of local providers, attendees will go on a tour of the best culinary providers such as Guesthouse Kapušin, Müller Inn, Guesthouse Veselič, Hotel Bela krajina and Camp Bela krajina.
W: www.belakrajina.si

Sourdough baking

Ms Pola from Polabekeraj and her sourdough delicacies is the right destination for anyone interested in the modern preparation of bread and desserts with sourdough. The baking of sourdough products was almost a forgotten technique that has recently been revived. With the right measure of creativity, Polabekeraj has created fantastic and completely natural flavours not to be overlooked.
W: www.polabekeraj.si

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DOLENJSKA

Dolenjska is a land of hills, vineyards and home to the Krka river. Active exploration of the region’s secrets will surely not disappoint you. Moreover, Dolenjska is known for its variety of choices for numerous sports, particularly water sports. Water has played a crucial role in Dolenjska as the thermal springs contributed to the development of several resorts. We are convinced that it will easily impress event organisers.

In the embrace of trees

It seems almost unbelievable that we have a primaeval forest in the middle of Europe. In Slovenia’s Kočevje, the majority of Slovenia’s primaeval forests can be found. The incentive group can experience them in their intact form and with expert guidance on the Krokar path. Participants will experience the greatness of nature in its truest form. The Krokar virgin forest was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
W: www.kocevsko.com

To heaven and the land of hayracks

A Slovenian architectural institution has been awarded its museum in Šentrupert in Dolenjska. That is where you will work with traditional tools and test yourself in old games in the hayrack. Before tasting local cuisine, you will embark on a walk among healing herbs, where you will gain knowledge in selecting, smelling and tasting herbs.
W: www.dezelakozolcev.si

Cviček estate

Cviček is the soul of Dolenjska and a speciality of the Slovenian wine scene that is not found anywhere else in Slovenia or the world. Cviček has a courtyard that encompasses princesses, kings and ambassadors of cviček. At Matjaž’s homestead, the owner will present this fascinating story. In seven acts, you will get acquainted with the history of wine, its saints, and how the wine is produced. Afterwards, attendees will taste the ingredients comprising cviček, and finally, the wine itself next to buckwheat bread. Moreover, guests can take a tour around the wine cellars and the entire cultural heritage of which the locals are immensely proud.
W: www.matjazeva-domacija.si

Supping on the Venice of Dolenjska

The only place in Slovenia that stands on a river island is among the oldest in Dolenjska. Kostanjevica is embraced by the magical and soothing river Krka. Group supping on Krka is a special experience, offering superb views of the city centre, the surrounding hills swarming with vineyards and the greenery of Gorjanci. You can complement the programme by having a picnic on the luscious lawn of the City Boathouse or taking your picnic basket with you on your sup.
W: www.visitkostanjevica.si

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POSAVJE

The landscape between Gorjanci, Bohor and the hills of Zasavje are covered by dense forests, vineyards and orchards. The rivers Sava, Mirna, Krka and Sotla, and the well-preserved medieval castles have left their stamp on the region. The castles are, in particular, immensely intriguing for a variety of incentive programmes.

Meeting with countess Mathilde

When night falls, the castle is lit up by candles while you roam the premises with a lantern. You will encounter countess Mathilde Arc Zinneberg, the last owner of the castle. Mathilde was a remarkable woman that will share her novel-worthy life story with you. Alongside the interpretive guide tour, you will get acquainted with the mighty castle’s history and cuisine. The focal cultural, historical, political, and protocolary building offers unique castle experiences for all generations.
W: www.visit-sevnica.com

From the vineyard to sparkling wine

Stara Vas is the birthplace of the Istenič brand, an esteemed trademark that has in the past four decades helped spread the word of Bizeljsko and Stara Vas across Slovenia and far beyond its borders. In the wine cellars, the owners emphasise the culture of sparkling wine. In the past few years alone, they have been rewarded with 10 champion titles, 66 golden medals and 44 silver medals. The outstanding story has been thrilling champagne lovers and incentive groups for centuries. There is always something new at Istenič, and you will even be able to taste their Aceto balsamico and distillates.
W: www.istenic.si

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Raft with rafters of Radeče

Sava river has since time immemorial importantly co-created the development of cities on its river banks. Once, it was an important transport route for various goods that were carried to the Black Sea by river rafts. One of the focal rafts stops on the Sava river were Radeče. On a two-and-a-half-hour ride, you will listen to the anecdotes of the crafty rafters. Their heartfelt stories, music and dancing will give you an idea of how once rafts used to pass by.
W: www.visitradece.si

Silky wine of Posavje

Modra Frankinja is renowned as an excellent red wine sort, and the region of Posavje boasts a long tradition of producing this sort. The experts at the institute of Julius Kühn in Geilweilerhof in Germany found out that the modra frankinja is an authentic Slovenian wine sort. Your group will get to taste the wine on the terraces of the castle slopes in Sevnica or a genuine wine cellar. A guided tasting tour in the castle villa will open doors to the world of a wine sort that helped shape the history of Posavje.
W: www.modra-frankinja.com

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KOROŠKA

One of the smallest regions in Slovenia is a highly diverse and undiscovered region with immense potential for the development of the incentive product. Koroška is particularly enthralling for those that appreciate green tourism based on boutique products and authentic experiences. A few programmes that are only found here are listed below. They are based on a rich cultural, natural and historical heritage. Koroška is an authentic and uncharted destination.

Peca underground

Discovering the life of a miner in the heart of Peca is possible by train, kayak or bicycle. Equipped with all the necessary paraphernalia, as real miners – with a helmet, lamp and overcoats – you will head into the heart of the mine, where the daylight never comes. A path stretching several kilometres is also full of natural surprises and geological phenomena. Up until 1994, machines and tools echoed in search of lead and zinc. As in those times, you can take a mining train to the underground of Peca.
W: www.podzemljepece.com

Rafters of Koroška

Wood was once the predominant source of income in these places, both for those who sold it and those who transported it. In times when there were no railroads or roads, transporting wood on the river was the only way of transit. You can experience the spirit of the past by embarking on real raft replicas. There is an array of programmes for various teams. The rafting experience will be further complemented by a culinary and entertainment programme.
W: www.splavarjenje.com

Cycling route next to the Drava river

The cycling path that stretches next to the Drava river is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe due to its natural beauties and cultural diversity. A path that is altogether 510 kilometres long leads from the source of the Drava river in Toblach, Italy, across Austria to Slovenia and onto Croatia, where it ends with the confluence of the Mur and Drava rivers at Legrad. The Slovenian part of the path is 145 kilometres long and is placed predominantly on less traffic local roads and neatly organised cycling paths. Organised cycling on this path is an extraordinary team experience.
W: www.dravabike.si

Slips and falls

In Slovenia, slips and falls are the most common reason for workplace injuries. Learning the technique of falling correctly and safely is one of the foundations of judo. Learning about correct falling and its role in recreational judo can significantly contribute to the overall improvement of motor skills and injury prevention. The purpose of this brief incentive is to showcase how to fall correctly when and if a slip or fall occurs. Furthermore, attendees are going to be intrigued by active movement as they get acquainted with the benefits of judo as a form of recreation for people of all ages.
W: www.judo-koroska.com

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The selection of experiences was prepared by Toleranca Marketing d.o.o. For further information regarding the organisation of your next incentive experience, contact Natalija Bah Čad.

Contact information:
Natalija Bah Čad
Toleranca Marketing d.o.o.
E: natalija@toleranca.eu
W: www.toleranca.eu