Forest to Table in Alpine Slovenia - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Forest to Table in Alpine Slovenia

from $2,865 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
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Trip Overview
Overview

Forest-to-table dining may be trendy these days, but for many living in Slovenia, it’s been a way of life for centuries. Tucked away at the foot of the Alps, Slovenia is flush with fresh flora—along with countless culinary virtuosos who harvest and prepare these plants in spectacularly savory ways. From a local grandmother known as the ambassador of dried pears to a world-renowned chef—and our guide’s mother-in-law who happens to be an experienced porcini mushroom forager—these epicurean experts will be our guiding lights as we munch our way through the forests, foothills, and pastures of Slovenia. Under their guidance, we’ll season our own schnapps, take a crash course in beekeeping, and craft a charismatic cheese—all the while learning the intricacies of collecting fresh herbs, plants, and fungi from a top-tier forager. Bring an open mind, a curious palette, and a healthy appetite for adventure, and you’re sure to experience the best homegrown (and forest-grown) flavors of this stunning alpine country.

Highlights
  • Foraging with a local expert
  • Homemade schnapps tasting
  • Porcini mushroom-hunting
  • Beekeeping workshop
  • Private cooking lessons
  • A day at scenic Lake Bled

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Trip Leader

Noah Charney
Noah Charney is an American professor of art history and internationally best-selling author of 13 books. He occasionally works as a TV presenter, writes regularly for major publications, including The Guardian and The Washington Post (and, of course, Atlas Obscura), and has been living for nearly a decade in Slovenia. He’s been called “Slovenia’s biggest cheerleader” and he’s often writing about it in foreign media. His 2017 book about life in Slovenia, Slovenology: Living and Traveling in the World’s Best Country, was a best-seller in Slovenia and has encouraged scores of people to visit his adopted homeland. You can read some of his features on Slovenia in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Gastro Obscura.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $2,865. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $145. Please contact us to request a single room.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins in the afternoon of Day 1, when we will take a walking tour of Kamnik and then enjoy a welcome dinner together. We suggest that you arrive at Ljubljana-Brnik airport, Slovenia’s main airport (and just a 15 minute drive from Kamnik, where we will be based throughout this trip) in the morning so you have time to settle into our accommodations and meet your group and guide by 3 p.m. Our trip concludes on the morning of Day 6. If leaving directly after our trip, we recommend departing anytime on Day 6. If you’d like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We will be doing many walks in the woods on mostly flat but sometimes uneven terrain, and there are at least two short hikes of around 30 minutes uphill.

Health & Safety

On one day of this trip, you’ll be in close proximity to bees alongside experienced beekeepers. If you have a severe allergy to bee venom, please reach out to us to see if this trip is right for you.

Foraging Expectations

When foraging for wild foods (particularly mushrooms), various factors have to align to find exactly what you're looking for. It's important to keep in mind that we'll be at nature's whim, and even with the guidance of seasoned experts, there's a chance we won't find what we're looking for. No matter the outcome, it will be a fantastic opportunity to learn—and, without doubt, great fun. 

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at a comfortable boutique hotel.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel in Slovenia will be by foot and private van or minibus.
  • An experienced local guide to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • Souvenirs crafted during workshops.
  • A signed copy of Slovenology: Living and Traveling in the World’s Best Country by your guide.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore foodways in Slovenia!
Excluded
  • Transportation to and from Slovenia.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you. The nature of this trip is focused on foraging and eating local, which means that a certain amount of “going with the flow” and eating what’s foraged and available is necessary. Vegetarian and vegan options can readily be accommodated, but exploratory eaters will likely get the most out of a trip of this kind.

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  • Oct 4–Oct 9, 2020
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