Kostanjevica na Krki and Bela Krajina Region

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Description

A step to the wine world of Southeastern Slovenia.
About the tastes, we will be exchanging opinions for sure.
About the quality not. Because it's top.

This is not the area of mass tourism. This is the area for people who know what they came for: a portion of great traditional food, simplicity and genuine experience.
The only problem might appear when it’s time to leave. This is never easy.

Loopy tip:
The context of the tour is wine and local food.
To get a deeper view of the wine story of Slovenia, it's recommended to book also the tour of Brda Wine Region and Vipava Valley.

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Program (10 hours)

Kostanjevica na Krki is located at an artificial island on Krka river.
In the neighborhood, we will be able to see the second biggest Quercus Robur in Slovenia, a really big tree.
A few steps from the island there is Bozidar Jakac Gallery, the biggest gallery in Slovenia.

The first blessing for the taste buds is possible at a winery owned by a Loopy friend.
The only Slovenian autochthonous pig breed derives from here, Krškopoljc.
Meat delicacies are a tradition in this region, but you may choose just some vegetable snacks too.

We can go to get the second blessing to the Pleterje Monastery and after that, we can have a look at the ethnological museum in the village nearby.
The Kostanjevica cave is also an option.

After this soothing stop, we head on towards Bela Krajina.
We will have a bit longer stop in the town of Metlika.
There we can meet another Loopy friend and continue with the exploration of the wine terroirs of Southeastern Slovenia.

If enough wine, we may randomly explore the area.
On our way there are then the towns of Crnomelj and Semic, the villages on Kolpa river and many panoramic photo-stops up or below the wine hills, scattered around the region.
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    Kostanjevica na Krki

    Kostanjevica na Krki is the smallest town with the biggest gallery in Slovenia. Situated on the artificial island in the middle of Krka River it is the only settlement of this kind in the whole country.
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    Bela Krajina Region

    Bela Krajina region, with the towns of Semic, Metlika and Crnomelj, is covered with vast vineyards, tourist farms and nature sites. The Kolpa river area is appreciated among water sports and other outdoor activities lovers.

What is included in this tour?

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • Parking fees, local taxes, insurance
  • Professional tour guiding
  • Travelling in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water on the way

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Reviews


RMG2306 / Tripadvisor, July 2019

By email exchange from Australia with Jernej, who was to be our guide and driver, we put together a private multi day custom tour of eastern Slovenia.
Collecting us (2 people) from our hotel in Zagreb we were driven to Ljubljana , then to Lake Bled via Vintgar Gorge. Our tour took in the Vrsic mountain pass, Soca River, Brda wine region ( staying in Smarto), Kobarid War Museum, Predjama Castle, Skocjan Caves Lipica Stud Farm ( staying in Piran) and finally transferring to Rovinj via Istrian hill towns.
In all our travels, Jernej selected routes that showcased the wonderful landscapes and small villages in Slovenia. Most of the roads were through the rural farming areas with little road traffic. This enhanced our experience and appreciation of Slovenia.
Jernej, with his many connections gave us some wonderful insights into everday life in Slovenia that a tourist is rarely afforded.His extensive knowledge and experience stimulated many interesting discussions. In addition we were treated to an improptu lunch and wine tasting in the wonderful Jelenic Winery, another lunch and farm tour with one of his cousins (Viljem) and his family, and even a brief visit to his mother's 80th birthday party. And we can't help but mention our off road forest experience. This was a real bonus!
The multi day tour arrangements went seamlessly .Both the transport and accommodation were excellent.The tour was very well organized and efficient.
Jernej's personal approach was very engaging and stimulating throughout our tour exhibiting his extensive knowledge and experience of Slovenia and his great sense of humor.
For us this delivered a wonderful and memorable experience of Slovenia.
We would highly recommend this company led by the remarkable manager Jernej Zakelj.

Susan / Tripadvisor, October 2019

Many, many thanks to Jernej for the fantastic tour yesterday.
We arranged for a private tour, and we hoped to see my grandparents’ hometowns.
No only did Jernej find the hometowns, he found their baptismal records, my grandpa’s twin brother’s grave, and even some long lost cousins that I’ve heard about but never met! We not only met them, but had dinner with them, and their families!
Again, thank you, Jernej! Your went over and above our expectations.

Sandra / Tripadvisor, June 2016

Me and my mother had an amazing trip with Loopy Slovenia.
We took the East Loop and saw a lot of the beautiful country. We had very interesting stops, enough time to explore the towns and enjoy the views. It's a great way of travelling in a country with a very poor public transport system.
The guide (Jernej or you can call him Bart) is very enthousiastic and knows a lot of the country and Slovenian history. He's very willing to help you with everything and drives safely.

C. Grieken / Tripadvisor, October 2016

My husband and I were visiting Slovenia for our honeymoon.
We were so excited to see Slovenia but found it difficult to find a tour that would take us to the less discovered areas of Slovenia and give us a more authentic view of the country without having to pay through the nose for a private tour. Loopy Slovenia was the answer!
We did both the East Loop and the West Loop tours with Jernej. Right after booking the tours we communicated with Jernej about what we were looking to see and experience on our trip. He really went out of his way to ensure that we had a memorable experience focused on our passions.
The East Loop was our favorite. We saw a local's side of Slovenia. The countryside and the people out there were wonderful! We enjoyed great wine, history, and scenery. We did the excursion in Rogatec. After visiting the outdoor museum, we had to opportunity to sit down with the woman who ran the museum and really speak with her about past and modern life in Slovenia. It was very interesting to speak with a local about her culture and a memory we will always treasure.