Welcome to Vipava Valley


Under the Roman Empire, this was the first important station on the road from Aquileia to Emona (Ljubljana). The landmark Mt Nanos looms above the valley – a mountain plateau from which the Vipava River springs, and a popular recreation area for hiking, mountain biking, climbing and paragliding. There are two main towns in the valley: Ajdovščina (population 6600) and Vipava (population 1950), only about 7km apart. The numerous villages and hamlets are home to family-owned wine producers.

South of Branik is the unofficial border between the Vipava Valley and the Karst wine region.


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$49.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Bohinj Railway Steam Train Ride of the Alpine Region

Steam Train Ride on the Bohinj Railway:At 8:58 am, the vintage train will depart from Jesenice and continue past Bled, Bohinjska Bistrica, Most na Soči and Kanal to its final stop at Nova Gorica, where the arrival is scheduled for 11:59 am.This three-hour-long train ride along the Bohinj railway will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience for any true rail enthusiast. The views of Lake Bled, passing through numerous gorges, crossing many tunnels, the longest of which measures 6,327 m, never fail to impress. Make sure your cameras are at hand! On the train, we will be accompanied by tour guides and staff who will conjure up a merry atmosphere and provide information about the train, the Bohinj railway itself and the regions along the route. The train also has a restaurant carriage serving a selection of drinks and light snacks.Passengers may step off the train at all of the abovementioned stations and spend the time according to their own wishes and arrangements. Those who prefer to explore the sights along the route accompanied by our guides are more than welcome to join one of our organised visits. At 4:35 pm, the vintage train will leave Nova Gorica and return on the same route to Jesenice. Steam Train Ride on the Bohinj Railway with a Tour of GoriŠka Brda: You will alight at the railway station in Kanal and continue the journey by bus. Accompanied by tour guides, you will driven along the river Soča past the villages Anhovo and Plave to the wine-growing region at the Slovene-Italian border Goriška Brda. In this picturesque area, you will enjoy the views of beautiful small villages, vineyards and fruit gardens.On the way to Dobrovo, the center of Goriška Brda, you will make a short stop in the village Gonjače and climb up a 23 m (75.5 ft) observation tower offering panoramic views of the entire Goriška Brda region. If you are lucky and the weather is fine, one can see as far as the neighboring regions of the Vipava valley, the Kras plateau, Friuli in Italy, as well as the Italian Dolomites and the Julian Alps.Afterwards, your journey will continue past the medieval village of Šmartno into the centre of the region, Dobrovo. And given that we will have been ‘on the road’ for quite a while by then, this will be the perfect time to stop for lunch, which will be served at one of the local restaurants. Before our return to the Soča valley, you will also visit the largest wine cellar in the region where you will be able to purchase some of the most exquisite wines of Goriška Brda. Returning to Nova Gorica, we will board the steam train again and start our railway journey back towards the region of Gorenjska.

$106.42 Day Trips & Excursions

A culinary journey on the vintage train

Steam Train Ride on the Bohinj Railway:At 8:58 am, the vintage train will depart from Jesenice and continue past Bled, Bohinjska Bistrica, Most na Soči and Kanal to its final stop at Nova Gorica, where the arrival is scheduled for 11:59 am.This three-hour-long train ride along the Bohinj railway will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience for any true rail enthusiast. The views of Lake Bled, passing through numerous gorges, crossing many tunnels, the longest of which measures 6,327 m, never fail to impress. Make sure your cameras are at hand! On the train, we will be accompanied by tour guides and staff who will conjure up a merry atmosphere and provide information about the train, the Bohinj railway itself and the regions along the route. The train also has a restaurant carriage serving a selection of drinks and light snacks.Passengers may step off the train at all of the abovementioned stations and spend the time according to their own wishes and arrangements. Those who prefer to explore the sights along the route accompanied by our guides are more than welcome to join one of our organised visits. At 4:35 pm, the vintage train will leave Nova Gorica and return on the same route to Jesenice. Steam Train Ride on the Bohinj Railway with a Tour of GoriŠka Brda: You will alight at the railway station in Kanal and continue the journey by bus. Accompanied by tour guides, you will driven along the river Soča past the villages Anhovo and Plave to the wine-growing region at the Slovene-Italian border Goriška Brda. In this picturesque area, you will enjoy the views of beautiful small villages, vineyards and fruit gardens.On the way to Dobrovo, the center of Goriška Brda, you will make a short stop in the village Gonjače and climb up a 23 m (75.5 ft) observation tower offering panoramic views of the entire Goriška Brda region. If you are lucky and the weather is fine, one can see as far as the neighboring regions of the Vipava valley, the Kras plateau, Friuli in Italy, as well as the Italian Dolomites and the Julian Alps.Afterwards, your journey will continue past the medieval village of Šmartno into the centre of the region, Dobrovo. And given that we will have been ‘on the road’ for quite a while by then, this will be the perfect time to stop for lunch, which will be served at one of the local restaurants. Before our return to the Soča valley, you will also visit the largest wine cellar in the region where you will be able to purchase some of the most exquisite wines of Goriška Brda. Returning to Nova Gorica, we will board the steam train again and start our railway journey back towards the region of Gorenjska.

$346.76 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine tasting tour - Vipava wine region, Slovenia

Departure from Ljubljana in the morning and making our way to the Vipava wine region. During the comfortable drive, an overview of the Slovenian wine, wine regions, some history and wine culture is given. Arrival at a great winery after less than an hour-long drive, where you will learn - about winemaking and their wine. Tasting of Vipava specialties accompanied by local olive oil and bread. Aside wine tasting of indigenous wines of Vipava, this tour offer s a guided tour of Goče, a picturesque stone village with 75 underground wine cellars. The charming owner of well-preserved traditional farm, whose hospitality, knowledge, meal of fresh and local ingredients and wine degustation will make you reluctant to leave. The lunch is accompanied with wines of our host and set to an enchantingly authentic atmosphere. For this exceptional lunch it is very important that the tour is booked well in advance, so we can ensure availability with the host. In the case that the host is unavailable, the lunch will be served in another lovely restaurant by the river in Vipava. After lunch you will enjoy a second wine tasting at another exceptional winemaker of Vipava valley.INCLUDED: - transportation in air-conditioned mini-van or car if up to 3 people - English speaking wine expert driver/host - 2 winery visits - tour of the wine cellar with a wine maker and wine tasting of cca 5 - 7 wines at each wine cellar - delicious Vipava meal with wine tasting or lunch at the local restaurant in Vipava

$185.34 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine tasting tour - visit of premium wine cellars

You guide will pick you up at 9 a.m. at your hotel in Ljubljana. The road will take us to West Slovenia, Vipava valley, one of the top 10 European destinations in 2018. Vipava valley is not particularly large but it offers a range of wine varieties and styles. There are also very notable white blends from typical white wine varietals of Vipava valley: Zelen, Pinela, Klarnica and red Barbera.After approximately 1-hour drive arrival to the great boutique winery where you will learn about winemaking and wine. Taste the range of the premium wine accompanied with local finger food. Return to Ljubljana.

$130.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Lipizzaner Farm & Karst Treasures

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart for the marvellous Karst region in an air-conditioned minivan. Your first stop will be a charming village Štanjel. Karst Plateau is a region of Slovenia that extends from the Vipava valley to the Gulf of Trieste. The limestone allowed the water to enter the underground and thus created typical karst features - caves, chasms, karst springs, intermittent lakes, and karst fields. Discover the village Štanjel and admire its beautiful castle and Ferrari's amazing garden, the best known attraction of the village.Karst is also famous for its cuisine, so the next part of the visit is reserve for local cuisine tasting in a small traditional village. The most famous local food of Karst region is delicious »pršut« ham. There is no prosciutto in the world as tender and delicious as the Karst pršut, dried in the cellars of the old Karst villages with the help of the strong, cold bora winds. It is best tasted with its rightful companion, teran wine, a local specialty unique to the region. The wine comes from refosco grapes grown in the fertile red soils of the Karst.Continue the visit towards Lipica Stud Farm, home of the world renowned Lipizzaner horses, made famous by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. You will have the chance to see these elegant horses in training for the performances. The Lipica Stud Farm is nowadays one of the most beautiful cultural and historical monuments in Slovenia, its rich history reaching back to the year 1580. After, return to your minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana, with a drop-off at your hotel.

$88.48 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Vipava Valley wine tasting experience

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart for the marvellous Vipava Valley.Dotted with old villages and towns, the Vipava valley is nested beneath a mighty mountain range and has always been an important path towards the Mediterranean. Marked by strong winds, especially the bora wind, it is one of the sunniest regions in Slovenia. The locals are cheerful and hospitable, renowned for their fruit and wine growing traditions, as well as amazing cuisine. Admire the beautiful landscape and explore how locals live and prepare yourself for delicious wine tasting.Wine tasting in Vipava valley is a must-do. Lepa Vida is a boutique family-run winery with 8 hectares of vineyards. They produce 6 different wines in small quantities (up to 30.000 bottles a year) - from world-known varieties such as sauvignon, pinot gris to more local grapes such as malvasia or zelen.After wine tasting, return to your minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana, with a drop-off at your hotel.

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