An 8 Day Roadtrip to some of the most picturesque spots in Slovenia
If you are in search of somewhere new and off the beaten track, then our Slovenia Roadtrip could be just what you are looking for. Slovenia has a unique culture that combines the best of Europe and the Balkans. We spend 8 days exploring this winter wonderland on our roadtrip from the capital Ljubljana to the stunning Lake Bled and the wine capital Maribor. We visit the extraordinarily beautiful ski resorts in the Julian Alps, Kamnik Alps and Pohorje Mountain.
Slovenia offers a spectacular blend of accessible slopes, majestic scenery, small-scale and friendly resorts, bursting with authentic charm and affordable mountain food and drinks. There is great freeride terrain with plenty of off-piste options to satisfy freeride lovers. You’ll enjoy the quiet, queue-free and uncrowded groomed runs where you can feel as if you have discovered your own personal snowboarding wonderland. Our professional local guide will show you where to find the best lines and the best terrain that is suited to your ability.
During this tour we stay in 4 star hotels in the city centres in Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Maribor. Step outside the hotel and you can have your pick of what you’d like to do; culture, historic architecture, world-class drinking and dining scene, museums, it’s all on your doorstep. Head out with your guides each evening to explore the city sights.
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8 days / 7 nights
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Roadtrip - adventure, snowboarding & culture
Why Travel With Mint
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
Kanye West once tweeted to his 29 million followers about an obscure Slovenian modernist architect called Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Kanye and architectural historians agree on Plečnik’s brilliance, and Ljubljana is the place to see his work.
We'll visit the central market in Ljubljana and begin at Marjetka’s sauerkraut stand. She’s the only sauerkraut seller with a queue! A section of the market is dedicated to slippers, which Slovenians wear at all times indoors. The most surreal detail of the market may be the vending machines selling grave candles in jewel-coloured plastic candle holders that are traditionally placed on tombs.
We dare you to walk past a Slovenian baked good store and not be tempted. The Slovenian specialities include kremšnita (millefeuille) and gibanica (layer cake with poppy seeds, walnut, curd cheese and apples), but our favourite is the čokoladne sanje, or “chocolate dream”.
The world's oldest vine
We'll visit the oldest grape-producing vine in the world. It was planted more than 400 years ago to make wine when the Turks invaded the city. Now, the vine wraps around the outside of its very own museum. After admiring the old plant from the outside, you can enter its resident building to learn about the city’s wine heritage and sample some drinks in the wine tasting room.
We'll make sure your stay is premium in every way. Throughout the tour each guest will stay in their own private rooms in 4 star hotels. The cosy and authentic rooms are equipped with heavenly soft beds and ensuite bathrooms, restaurants, some have wellness centres and wine bars.
RESORTS & INFO
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FOOD & WINE
Slovenian cooking borrows a little something from each of its neighbours – Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Balkans. Slovenes have an obsession for using only fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The result is a terrific foodie destination, where you’ll sample dishes in unusual combinations, featuring items like pasta dumplings of potato, chives and bacon, salads drizzled with nutty pumpkinseed oil, and multilayered gibanica, a wildly decadent dessert. Slovenian wine is also a highlight, and regional whites and reds pair well with local specialities.
Our tour starts in the capital Ljubljana. An improbably pretty city with its candy-coloured baroque and ornate Secessionist architecture. There are decorative footbridges over the river, hilltop castles and cobbled piazzas filled with café tables. There is no shortage of amazing cafes, bars and restaurants with excellent local wine and Italian influenced cuisine. You'll spot discreet reminders of Communism all over the city - hammers, sickles and red stars among the flower motifs on the Art Nouveau buildings.
MARIBOR & RESORTS
We spend 3 nights in Maribor. A city that oozes charm thanks to its delightfully patchy Old Town along the Drava River. Pedestrianised central streets buzz with cafes, and Maribor’s cobbled streets have begun to fill with wine restaurants and tasting rooms. Maribor is the gateway to the Maribor Pohorje, where we will visit Rogla Ski Resort and Maribor Pohorje Ski Resort.
LAKE BLED & RESORTS
We spend 3 nights in Lake Bled and it's every bit as lovely in real life as in the pictures. With its bluish-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. From Lake Bled we will visit Krvavec Ski Resort, Kranjska Gora Ski Resort and the freeride gem Vogel Ski Resort.
ARCHITECTURE & CULTURE
Ancient streets and squares, impressive medieval buildings, castles and city walls inspire the imagination of every visitor. The museums are rich and the culture vibrant. The architecture is wonderfully varied. Stroll through old historical towns and discover the traces of the past from ancient times and the Middle Ages to the middle-class architecture of the 19th century.
SNOW & CONDITIONS
March offers plenty of snowy adventures as its the month that sees fewer tourists. Ski season is well underway in the mountains, with plenty of snowfall and consistent sub-zero temperatures. The snow during March adds an additional enchanting quality to the already captivating destinations like Lake Bled and Ljubljana.
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EXPERIENCED GUIDES & LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
Mint opens doors around the globe. Our long-standing relationships with local guides, local legends, professional athletes, local businesses and resorts allow us special access to places and people. Travelling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of each destination. You’re enriched by the knowledge of our experts and local guides.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 1 night single share accommodation (private ensuite room), Ljubljana
- 3 nights single accommodation (private ensuite room), Lake Bled
- 3 nights single accommodation (private ensuite room), Maribor
- Morning sightseeing tour in Ljubljana
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure days
- Daily private bus transfers to local resorts
- Private inter-city bus transfers
- 5 days of on-snow guiding with local guide
- 3 Breakfasts at Lake Bled hotel
- 3 Breakfasts at Maribor hotel
- 1 dinner at Ljubljana hotel
- 3 dinners at Lake Bled hotel
- 3 dinners in Maribor at local restaurants
- Off snow cultural visits; restaurants & local attractions
- Fully-escorted tour, local guide on hand throughout the tour
This is an 8 day / 7 night tour where you’ll ride nearly every resort mid-week to maximise your time on-snow and avoid the weekend day-trippers. If 7 nights isn’t enough, then book one of our multi-tour combo’s. Join us in Slovenia, then start a new tour in a different destination the following day.
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PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.
WHAT IS A ROADTRIP TOUR?
This is a guided tour with no coaching or instruction. Join this European adventure for a mixture of snowboarding and culture. Our experienced local guide has an in-depth knowledge of the resorts we visit. We will snowboard for 5 days straight. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride anything.
To join the on-snow guided sessions, guests need to be at a minimum intermediate ability. An intermediate snowboarder can link turns on most runs both consistently and confidently, although sometimes coming into difficulty on steep black runs or in challenging snow conditions. If you’re not sure if this tour is suited to your ability just give us a call. We’re always happy to match you to a suitable tour or recommend a progression tour.
WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. The accommodation for this tour is single share i.e. 1 guest per room. Your group will be made up mostly of solo travellers. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snowsports and an eagerness to explore all that Europe has to offer.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. We have a maximum of 7 guests on this tour. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time snowboarding!
WHICH RESORTS WILL WE VISIT?
We will ride at Vogel, Kranjska Gora, Krvavec, Rogla and Maribor Pohorje.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. This tour is hosted by our local guide Saso who has decades of guiding experience in Slovenia, so it’s fair to say he knows a few of the secret spots.
CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered be comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
HOW CAN I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.
HOW DO I GET TO SLOVENIA?
We’ll provide you with a guide with details on how to get to Slovenia. If it’s your fist time to Europe or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.
HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment. Bookings close 28th October 2022 unless sold out prior.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
No, lift tickets are not available for pre-purchase and need to be purchased on the day. Approximate prices are 30 – 38 € /day (aprox. AUD $50)
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
We recommend bringing your own equipment for this tour.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Slovenia can be a cold, snowy place in winter, with temperatures typically ranging from -2 to -10 degrees Celsius. We strongly recommend that guests dress in clothing specific for traveling in backcountry areas. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear). Freeride specific boards are recommended.
WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snowsports and an eagerness to explore all that Europe has to offer.
PRICE PER PERSON
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RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a 50% deposit is payable to secure your booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure. You can view our terms and conditions HERE
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