The northeast of Slovenia is a blend of fascinating nature, inspiring traditions, and vibrant history. On this day trip, you will visit three cities. Discover the history of Celje; admire Slovenia’s oldest town, Ptuj, with its magnificent castle; and explore the inviting city of Maribor. You'll also have the chance to taste some excellent wines from the sunny vineyards of the Štajerska region.
The oldest town in Slovenia, Ptuj is located just a short drive from Maribor. The writer Tacitus mentioned it for the first time in the year 69 A.D. Numerous archaeological remains prove that the city experienced its first period of prosperity as the Roman town of Poetovio. The present much-admired appearance of the city originates from the Middle Ages, when Ptuj experienced its second rise to wealth and prominence.
Ptuj is a haven for archaeological and architectural buffs. Slovenia’s oldest town contains historical artifacts and architecture dating back to the Roman, Medieval and Stone ages. Visitors will enjoy exploring the old town and the wonderful views of the museum and castle from above. Set beside the Drava, Ptuj is another beautiful old town that is waiting for you to explore. If you visit before the beginning of Lent, make sure to check out the mighty Kurent festival.Where the Voglajna joins the Savinja River as it turns abruptly south toward the Sava, you'll find Celje, the third largest city in Slovenia. Its cultural legacy is a testament to rich and turbulent centuries of history. Originally "Keleia," a Celtic settlement where Noricum coins were minted, the town became known as "Celeia" during the period of Emperor Claudius' reign. He developed it into an important Roman borough and a key economic and military center.
Afterwards, you will head to the attractive city of Maribor, where you will visit the majestic Gothic Cathedral, stop by the lively main square, and discover the legends of the Franciscan Church. A stroll along the romantic Lent river bank will lead you to the Old Vine House, with the oldest wine in the world. Complete the day by sampling the wines in one of the renowned wine cellars (at own expense).