Day 1: Arrival in your holiday house in Gradenc. You will be welcomed by hostess and guide Arlette, who speaks English, German and Dutch. She will show you around and answer all your questions. She will also accompany you during all the activities and her house and garden will be your base spot this week.
Take your time to get settled and soak up the beautiful green surroundings. You can go for a walk around the village.
In the evening, Arlette will take you to one of the lookout towers where you can stay for several hours until dark to spot the wildlife like deer, foxes, badgers and if you're lucky, maybe even a bear.
Day 2: We start the day with a joined, traditional Slovene breakfast on the spacious terrace of the base spot in the village where you can enjoy a wonderful view.
After breakfast, we will go for a relaxing walk through the woods and look for mushrooms and other forest fruits, depending on the season. Back at the base spot, we will make a simple mushroom dish with eggs for lunch and then get creative with our other forests findings.
Later in the afternoon, one of the locals will show you the correct way to cut grass with a scythe, and you will get a chance to try it yourself. You will learn all about haymaking in the area.
Day 3: Today we will go around the village to get to know some of the inhabitants and to see some farm animals. You will get a lot of information about the local way of life and try some local, home-made foods and wine. Afterward, you will get a change to drive with one of the old tractors to get a feeling of how the locals use it for everyday tasks on their small farms.
In the afternoon, we will walk to Žužemberk, through the wood, to relax on the banks of the river Krka. Here you can also go swimming, rent a canoe (€10,00 per hour, not included) or visit the castle.
Dinner will be served on the terrace of restaurant Koren, on the river.
Day 4: This morning we will be making our own traditional bread (Pogača) and cookies to eat at our picknick lunch, as well as other, all local, home-made products.
In the afternoon we will go and help a local with some farm tasks like picking fruit or vegetables, haymaking, chopping wood or feeding the animals. Of course, there will be plenty of home-made wine to make it a little easier 😉.
Afterward, there will be a traditional »čevapčiči« BBQ, and we will have a bonfire in the evening.
Day 5: After a last joined breakfast, your holiday in Gradenc has come to an end.
*Price includes 4 overnight stays, all activities as mentioned, breakfast and lunch on day 2, dinner on day 3, BBQ dinner on day 4 and breakfast on day 5.
Authentic Slovenia, Gradenc 27, 8360 Žužemberk, Slovenië
tel: 00386 (0)41 901 669