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Travcoa unveils a 'Taste of Slovenia'



NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Picture rolling hills dotted with wineries, the likes of Tuscany or Provence. Then place snow-capped Alpine peaks in the background. Imagine Roman and Milanese intelligentsia flying in for dinner. This is Slovenia.

Luxury travel operator Travcoa is now taking guests to the country to be wined and dined. "It was easily the best dining week of my life," Travcoa President Randy Durband said after a recent scout to the country.

Travcoa designed its 10-day "Taste of Slovenia" journey in partnership with Rok Kvaternik, the publisher of National Geographic Slovenia; Janez Bogataj, the author of National Geographic's "Taste Slovenia" cookbook; and Slovenian businessman Miha Rott. The group provided the luxury travel operator with their respective connections, cultural insights and on-the-ground expertise to create this authentic itinerary.

"Now is the time to visit Slovenia," Durband said. "It is one of the last pristine areas of Europe. We are witnessing the birth of what will be a world-class destination. With this journey, our guests can be there first."

Travcoa is confident that its guests will uncover the country's culture one bite at a time. To start the trip, guests take part in a private cooking demonstration with Bogataj; visit several renowned wineries, such as Movia, for private tastings; dine at the former residence of Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito; enjoy dinner with the mayor of Bled at a restaurant dedicated to the art of "slow food"; and then have the option to extend their trip by three days to travel exclusively with Bogataj.

"Every night we go to a different restaurant, such as Pikol or Za Gradom Roditsa, where the food is unexpected and contemporary and the wine pairings are just phenomenal," Durband said. "Plus the service is impeccable. The owners are right there waiting tables. These are family operations."

At the same time guests are satiating their culinary interests, they will explore the country, from Mediterranean-style seaside towns to villages reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. Travelers can stroll the cobblestone streets of the capital, Ljubljana; investigate the Postojna caverns; and watch an exclusive performance of Lipizzaner stallions in Lipica, where the breed originated. Guests also will enjoy a two-night stay at the Grand Hotel Toplice in Bled, with lake-view rooms.

"Taste of Slovenia" departs on Sept. 19, 2008. The 10-day journey is priced from $7,995. For more information, visit

About Travcoa
Travcoa has been leading in-depth explorations of the world's most exotic destinations since 1954, and offers three types of experiences in more than 90 countries around the globe: "Escorted Journeys" with extraordinary itineraries and regular departures guided by professional Travel Directors; "Custom Journeys" for independent-minded travelers with itineraries tailored to personal desires; and "Private Jet Expeditions," which offer around-the-world voyages aboard a deluxe 74-passenger Boeing 757 private jet. Long synonymous with personalized attention, exclusive access to exceptional venues and all-inclusive luxury from the finest hotels to its unique "Dine-Around" programs, Travcoa offers guaranteed departures upon acceptance of deposit on all of its journeys. For more information, visit or call (800) 992-2005.


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