The Perfect Week In Slovenia: A Six Day Itinerary

The Perfect Week In Slovenia: A Six Day Itinerary

What else does Slovenia need to gain a foothold in the European itineraries of travelers? Why are the views of Lake Bled or the Skocjan Caves or the emerald green Soca River not on Buzzfeed's clickbait list of "27 Surreal Places You Should Visit Before You Die"? Why do people constantly ignore bloggers referring to Slovenia as their "favorite country they've visited"? How many times must it be referred to as "The Next Big Thing In Europe" before it finally breaks through and actually gets there? Why do travelers use Ljubljana as a one-day stopover on their way to Croatia when it should be the other way around? What else does Slovenia need? Does it need a cosmopolitan capital with plenty of activities and a bustling city center? Some of the most varied and beautiful natural areas in Europe? Kind and inviting citizens eager to have tourists learn about their nation and history? One of the most majestic and surreal small towns in the entire world? Great food in every restaurant? Great wine you've never even imagined? 

Slovenia has all of these things and more; and we're going to tell you how to spend the perfect week on the sunny side of the Alps.

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Learnin' Bout Burgundy With Authentica Wine Tours

Learnin' Bout Burgundy With Authentica Wine Tours

One thing that has been a common thread throughout our traveling narrative has been the fact that we love to eat and drink, but more specifically, we love to eat and drink items which are exclusive to the area we're in. Especially food and beverages we already had been enjoying for our entire lives. Being able to try an Icelandic liquor that isn't exported so you can't find it anywhere else in the world? Dope. Being able to eat belgian waffles IN BELGIUM? Life changing. So one of the areas we have had earmarked since we started planning this European leg of our trip has been wine country in France. We'd been hearing the names for years: Burgundy. Champagne. Boujelais. Cotes Du Rhone. And then we were there. We were in Champagne. We were on the coast of the Rhone. We were lucky enough to spend multiple days in Burgundy, and doubly lucky enough to have Authentica Wine Tours as our guides.

Authentica Wine Tours offer multiple tours of the Burgundy wine region, ranging from crazy expensive full-day private tours of Côtes Du Nuis and Côte de Beaune to extremely affordable half-day tours, all of which include the most important and exciting part of drinking wine, TASTINGS. OH HOW I LOVE TASTINGS. When we were invited to join them on their Charm Tour during our time driving through French country, we jumped at the chance. Unlike the decision to rent a stick shift instead of an automatic when I hadn't driven a manual transmission car in almost twenty years (SO MANY STALL OUTS), this was a great one. The difference between a good tour and a great tour is in the knowledge and the personality of the guide, and ours, Léonie, was absolutely fantastic. We went on the tour expecting to see some beautiful sites and drink some delicious wine, but we ended up with a lesson in what makes Burgundy and it's wines special and a lifelong interest in the wine-growing process. Don't worry, we saw beautiful sites and drank delicious wines, too.

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