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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$47.34 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.

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Soča Fun park, Exhilarating adventure.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productSoča fun park is situated next to the river Soča on the border of Slovenia and Italy (towns Nova Gorica and Gorizia) with good transport conections, both road, rail and aviation. Distance from the airports Trieste is 30 km, Treviso 110 km, Venice 130 km, Ljubljana 125 km. I would also like to inform you that my place is at the crossroads between the two Lonely Planets top 10 destinations (the Soča valley and the Vipava valley) and only 11 km away from the wine-acclaimed destination Goriška Brda / Colio which winegrowers rank among the top 100 winemakers in the world. Duration: 3 hoursLocation: Soca Fun Park, Solkan, Nova Gorica, Styria Region

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TEAM BUILDING ADVENTURE The magic Goriska Brda-Colio

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Smartno, Kojsko, Slovenian Littoral RegionIn the morning we will gather in Solkan in the yard of Kayak Centre Solkan, where you will be welcomed by experienced and qualified adventure park instructors. While you will enjoy our morning coffee and a croissant in the nerest bar, the instructors will present you the program.After the welcome you will board the raft and cross the emerald Soča river. On the right bank of the river you will enter the Soča Fun Park and under the auspices of the instructors you will face a two-hour adventure among the treetops. Obstacles in the adventure park will be overcome at a height of 2 to 10 m above the ground. In the end, we will try the "descent of courage" – you will return to the left bank along a 40 m height and 300 m long zip-line.Afterwards you will leave Solkan and drive to Goriška Brda, over the bridge of Solkan. While crossing the bridge, a breathtaking view will open over the emerald beauty (the Soča river) and the elegant stone railway bridge with the largest stone arch in the world. The so-called Osimo road, which runs partly on the Italian territory, will take you over the slopes of Sabotin hill to Goriška Brda. You will drive through the villages Podsabotin and Hum and onwards through Kojsko, the former centre of the eastern Brda. The picturesque landscape of the Brda vineyards and orchards will accompany us forward to Gonjače, where you will climb up the 23 meter high view tower. From this point, a view opens over the entire Brda and much further, to the Julian and Carnic Alps, the Dolomites, through Friuli to the Adriatic Sea, the Karst, Vipava valley and Trnovo wood, all the way to Nanos; a fairy-tale landscape, which has a special, magic power.Brda, a land of hills nestles halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic, maintains and develops its tradition, protects its beauty and bestows beneficial effects that can be recognized and felt by everyone who comes to this region. Brda is the place where juicy local fruit grows, excellent wines are produced, delicious local food can be tasted; a place where one can walk through green vineyards, orchards and olive groves and find inner peace in the authentic nature.After the visit of Gonjače you will have a typical Brda lunch and enjoy the view over the Brda hills. After lunch you will head towards the medieval village of Šmartno, first mentioned in 1317, surrounded by walls and fortified with five towers, which stand by three entrances. When entering the Šmartno fortification and walking around the narrow streets among the old and newer houses, the feeling of being in a medieval labyrinth crosses the visitor´s mind. Here one can see a typical house of Brda, a house with »spahnjenca« (open fireplace on the exterior part of the house) and the House of culture. The church of St. Martin gives a beautiful image to a village. From Šmartno our path will takes you further to Gradno, a small village full of interesting details. Its name probably derives from “graden” (sessile oak), an oak species that was once the most common tree in Brda. Here stands the picturesque Church of St. George where Stations of the Cross were painted partly by the world-renowned painter Zoran Mušič and partly by the painter and graphic artist Lojze Spacal. In the village you can see two nice examples of renovated dry stone walls made of local sandstone. This kind of walls are a true rarity nowadays in Brda. Above one of these walls, the oldest olive grove in Brda stands in the sun.From the olive grove you will drive to the centre of Brda, Dobrovo. The path will lead you past the largest Slovenian wine cellar and the Renaissance castle of Dobrovo. You will continue through Medana to a typical Brda homestead, where you will visit the wine cellar. The winemaker will invite you to taste different samples of the typical local wines and olive oil. After the tasting, in the afternoon hours, you will say goodbye to Goriška Brda and return home over the Italian part of Brda (Collio).Duration: 5 hours

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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.

$51.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Bohinj Railway Steam Train Ride of the Alpine Region

Steam Train Ride on the Bohinj Railway:At 09:03 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.

$256.89 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine tour, the best of Vipava_daily departure from Ljubljana

Departure from Ljubljana in the morning and making our way to the Vipava wine region, one of the top 10 European destinations in 2018. During the 1h drive, you will get to know more about the region you are about to visit, its history, culture, and wines. If you are a bit of talent you will learn at least one of the Slovenian national toast songs.Arrival at a great winery, where you will learn about winemaking and taste their wine accompanied by local olive oil and bread.Aside from wine tasting of indigenous wines of Vipava, this tour offers a guided tour of Goče, a picturesque stone village with 75 underground wine cellars. The charming owner of a well-preserved traditional farm, whose hospitality, knowledge, a meal of fresh and local ingredients and wine degustation will make you reluctant to leave. The meal is accompanied by wines of our host and set to an enchantingly authentic atmosphere. For this visit, it is very important that the tour is booked well in advance so we can ensure availability with the host.After lunch, you will enjoy a second wine tasting at another exceptional winemaker of Vipava valley. Enjoy a palette of indigenous and international wine varietals of Vipava.