Slovenia: New Countryside Guide

Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge

The Slovenian Tourist Board has produced a new ‘Friendly Countryside’ guide to showcase how tourists can make the most of the country’s beautiful nature and rural hospitality.  Each year, Slovenia’s countryside regions produce 90 million litres of wine, 400 tonnes of olive oil and support 140,000 bee colonies, giving rise to three of the most popular souvenirs for visitors. Sampling local products within characteristic regional dishes is just one way to taste the countryside, but with over 400 farms open to visitors, there is also the chance to stay overnight and take part in daily farm chores.  Tourist farms are renowned for their warm welcome that will allow visitors to get to the heart of Slovene customs and traditions.  The Friendly Countryside guide includes information on almost 200 of these tourist farms, listing their size, facilities, and attractions and activities in the local area.  Each farm is rated on a system of one to four, indicating its level of amenities.

As well as the extensive listings for farms offering accommodation and meals, the guide offers an introduction to Slovenia’s varied landscapes and outdoors activities, including its vast underground caves, gorges and thermal springs.

The Friendly Countryside Guide is available to view online at the Slovenian Tourist Board website www.slovenia.info.

A printed version of the guide is also be available at tourist information offices throughout Slovenia.

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Hilton Garden Inn to Open in Samara in 2012

Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel, Russia
Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel, Russia

The Hilton hotel in Samara will be the hotel chain’s sixth property in Russia. Offering 195 rooms, a restaurant and two meeting rooms, the hotel will be located close to the city’s main historical, cultural and administrative centre and business district.

Hilton currently has two properties in Russia: Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya and Hilton Garden Inn Perm. Doubletree by Hilton are set to open in Novosibirsk, Perm and Sochi by 2011.

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New Boutique Hotel in Ljubljana

Allegro Hotel in Ljubljana
Allegro Hotel in Ljubljana

The Allegro Hotel has recently opened in the old town square in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana.  The location is just minutes away from cafés, restaurants, bars and tourist sites.  The three-star boutique hotel has 12 rooms, including a single room, doubles, twins and rooms with extra beds for larger groups or families.  Each room is individually decorated with a different colour theme and distinctive period furnishings.  All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, wireless Internet access, air conditioning and television. Rooms facing to the south have balconies and views of St Jacob’s Church, while other rooms have views of the city.

Prices start from €130 per night, including a buffet breakfast and based on two sharing.

For more information visit www.allegrohotel.si.

For more information on Slovenia, please see www.Slovenia.info or telephone 020 7928 1600.

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Like Food? Love Tallinn

Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town

Estonia’s colourful, pocket-sized capital is fast becoming a culinary centre for food lovers. Restaurants specialising in a new, modern style of Estonian cooking now proliferate and 4* and 5* hotels, spas and manor houses with award-winning chefs and restaurants can easily be found. Visitors to the capital can also try their own hand at chocolate making, making marzipan sweets, cooking Estonian cuisine and visiting vinoteques and breweries.For visitors wanting to taste the source of food in Estonia, specialist and locally produced food can be purchased from local growers and suppliers at the Rotermann Market, which rubs shoulders with historic conversions and high tech buildings in the Rotermann Quarter. There are also smaller specialist food outlets, such as NOP an organic shop and cafe which plans to organise foodie events, such a Saturday morning “Morning at Gourmet Market”, offering produce directly from manufacturers and importers.

Chocolate & sweet production
Anneli Viik Chocolate Café promotes the production, and consumption, of fine chocolate and hand-made sweets. Run by a former successful financier who fancied a career change, the venue combines a café, chocolate shop and the opportunity to see the chocolatiers at work, and for small groups to pre-book to join them in creating hand-made chocolates.

Chocolate and coffee is at the heart of two `Chocolaterie de Pierre’s’ cafés in Tallinn and one in Tartu in southern Estonia.  The first Chocolaterie de Pierre café opened in Tallinn’s Old Town in 2003 and has since been offering hand made chocolate, coffees and light snacks, with the opportunity for small groups to create their own confections.

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Olive Picking Short Break

just-slovenia-logoNew from specialist tour operator, Just Slovenia, is Villa Lavanda, a traditional Slovene property perched on the outskirts of Fijeroga, an unspoilt hilltop hamlet just a short drive from the historic coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Piran, close to Croatia.

Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the comfortably furnished Villa Lavanda is offering new olive picking short breaks during the autumn, which include an olive picking session, olive oil tasting and a traditional meal with Bojan and Darja, the welcoming owners of this old Istrian home.

Offering glimpses of the Adriatic on a clear day, Villa Lavanda sleeps four to five guests, features period furniture and has been designed with the utmost comfort and functionality in mind. Other benefits include a country style kitchen, two double bedrooms, a lawned garden with swimming pool and terrace for al fresco dining.

Villa Lavanda Exterior
Villa Lavanda Exterior

Nearby attractions include the stylish coastal town of Piran, with its Venetian architecture, excellent waterfront restaurants and cafes, bustling harbour and atmospheric main square.

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Fantastic Slovakia Summer Holiday Savings

mountain-paradiseMountain Paradise is offering  £50 off of its week long cultural breaks and walking holidays plus a free day pass for luxury water park and spa, Aquacity, worth £50 – a total saving of £100. Both breaks now cost from £549 per person, including saving, for departures on 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August.

The packages comprise: return flights to Slovakia from Bristol, London Luton, London Gatwick, Edinburgh or Newcastle, return airport transfers, 7 nights B & B in Penzion Fortuna, Penzion Plesnivec or Penzion Sabato, plus a day’s Aquacity pass. Also included in the price are five days of guided walks (easy, moderate or difficult) or five guided cultural day trips.

Strbske Pleso
Strbske Pleso

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