Fall in Love with Slovenia May 16th, 2021 • by Katya d'Angelo Slovenia has long remained under the radar beside it’s more famous neighbors—Italy with its name recognition, Austria with its world-famous Alps and schnitzel, Hungary that dwarfs Slovenia in size, and Croatia with its renowned, sparkling coastline. But this hidden gem has much to offer that will surprise and delight you. Conde Naste Traveller has named it both the #1 overall destination for 2021 and the #1 Sustainable destination for 2021. Plus, it was also named this year’s European Region of Gastronomy! Explore this beautiful country with us on two new tours – Alpe Adria (Austria, Italy, & Slovenia) and Alps, Istria, & Dalmatia Hiking (Slovenia & Croatia). FOOD & DRINKIncredible cuisine (including the 2-Michelin-star Hisa Franko at which we dine), superb cheese, and award-winning wine (52 varietals!) are the perfect way to fuel a day exploring trails and villages. It’s known for its productive beekeeping and ecological farming practices. LANDSCAPEYou’ll find turquoise rivers, snow-capped Alps, pristine glacial lakes, hidden waterfalls, a sunny Adriatic coast, Old World architecture in fairy-tale villages, expanses of green pasture (complete with grazing cows), and stunning vistas above treeline. What more do you need? SUSTAINABILITYThe capital city, Ljubljana, was name Europe’s Green Capital a couple of years ago and has a pedestrian-only center with markets selling local produce, baked goods, and art. More than 10% of Slovenia’s land is protected, and more than 50% is forested, one of the highest percentages in Europe. HIKINGMeander through quiet mountain villages and summit Alpine peaks and passes for outstanding views. Trails and terrain are moderately challenging with dirt paths and some loose rocks here and there. Slovenia has long been one of our favorites here at Boundless Journeys, and our guests who return from there wonder why they didn’t go sooner!