Romantic cities, fairytale castles, and overflowing wine glasses await in Slovenia and Croatia. These two Eastern European countries offer an unforgettable a wine and romance journey filled with tantalizing flavors, local producers, and undeniable luxury.
Wine and Romance in Slovenia and Croatia with Ker & Downey
Start your romantic journey in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s quaint and charming capital. The city exudes a youthful vibrancy paired with small-town friendliness. Stroll through the Old Town, along the riverbanks, and across the bridges as your private Ker & Downey guide points out the handsome Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings.
Lake Bled’s breathtaking views of the Alpine peaks are the perfect backdrop for an intimate getaway. Sail around the glassy lake, disembarking on the island to visit the small church. Find your prince charming at the medieval fairytale-looking lakeside castle. Sample Slovenian wine during a slow lunch, clinking your glasses to toast this lovely place.
You will have one of the world’s most renowned gastronomic experiences in the Soca River Valley’s Hisa Franko. The innovative, award-winning chef prepares an eclectic meal rooted in the surrounding Alpine landscape’s cuisine. Ker & Downey’s own Tiffany Dunn headed to Slovenia for her honeymoon and says it is heavenly. Goriska Brda—the wine growing region—is a picturesque scene of red roof homes dotted on the green, rolling hills. The village of Goce will take you back through 1,200 years of wine traditions. Within a maze of narrow streets you will discover a 650-year-old farmhouse and stop for a wine tasting with the owner in his stone-arched wine cellars. Everywhere you go in Slovenia, you will be greeted with good food and delectable wine.
Slovenia only touches a tiny slice of the Adriatic, but its short beaches are overflowing with charm. Explore romantic Piran, one of the cutest towns in the country. Venetian architecture is a main feature, but so too are the coastal views from the old town wall.
Next you will head further south to Croatia. Explore Roman monuments hand-in-hand in Pula. Dig into culinary treats during a truffle hunt demonstration and dinner (with more wine) in Motovun. Split is historical eye candy. Aside from its preserved Roman palace and grand cathedral, its food is pretty tasty too. Participate in a Dalmatian cooking class. A romantic dinner for two is served in one of the cozy cellars. Wine aficionados will relish the opportunity to tour a winemaker’s fermentation tanks and barrel rooms. Vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields carpet the island of Hvar. You will probably never want to leave once you try the famous Tomic Plavac paired with prosciutto, cheese, chocolates, and other light bites.
No trip to Croatia is complete without visiting Dubrovnik. We take you on a private boat cruise past untouched islands bursting with orange and lemon trees. Stop for lunch in the Elaphiti archipelago with time to swim in the pristine sea. After you set your sights on Dubrovnik’s 17th-century Pucic Palace, head to your Baroque accommodation in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Dubrovnik carries a timeless appeal that will drawn you in, loosing yourself in its grandeur and unmatched beauty. Bicycle ride through the nearby countryside, stopping in tiny villages for food tastings.
Ready to explore the wine and romance of Slovenia and Croatia? Contact a Ker & Downey designer to customize your own journey. Read more about the seasonality and pricing on the Ker & Downey Difference.