The Soča, picturesque nature, rich cultural heritage, and hills and valleys offer a wide variety of possibilities for all those who like to be creative during their well-deserved holidays. There are but a few locations in the world where you can slide down the rapids of one of the most beautiful European rivers, where you can climb up a tree in the adventure park by the Soča river and make a 300-metre descent on a wire rope, stretched across the Soča at the height of 40 m and providing you with a spectacular view of the Solkan bridge with the longest stone arch span in the world ... More info ›
The Soča, picturesque nature, rich cultural heritage, and hills and valleys offer a wide variety of possibilities for all those who like to be creative during their well-deserved holidays. There are but a few locations in the world where you can slide down the rapids of one of the most beautiful European rivers, where you can climb up a tree in the adventure park by the Soča river and make a 300-metre descent on a wire rope, stretched across the Soča at the height of 40 m and providing you with a spectacular view of the Solkan bridge with the longest stone arch span in the world. It is a place where you can explore WWI trenches and caverns, visit the crypt of the last kings of France or take a ride on the biking trails. When you go out for dinner, you can treat yourself to wine tasting in a world renowned wine region, and thus experience a day, weekend or holiday you will never forget.
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Shmartno 1 Smartno 1, Kojsko 5211 Slovenia
In the morning we will gather in Solkan in the yard of Kayak Centre Solkan, where you will be welcomed by experienced and qualified adventure park instructors. While you will enjoy our morning coffee and a croissant in the nerest bar, the instructors will present you the program.
After the welcome you will board the raft and cross the emerald Soča river. On the right bank of the river you will enter the Soča Fun Park and under the auspices of the instructors you will face a two-hour adventure among the treetops. Obstacles in the adventure park will be overcome at a height of 2 to 10 m above the ground. In the end, we will try the "descent of courage" – you will return to the left bank along a 40 m height and 300 m long zip-line.
Afterwards you will leave Solkan and drive to Goriška Brda, over the bridge of Solkan. While crossing the bridge, a breathtaking view will open over the emerald beauty (the Soča river) and the elegant stone railway bridge with the largest stone arch in the world. The so-called Osimo road, which runs partly on the Italian territory, will take you over the slopes of Sabotin hill to Goriška Brda. You will drive through the villages Podsabotin and Hum and onwards through Kojsko, the former centre of the eastern Brda. The picturesque landscape of the Brda vineyards and orchards will accompany us forward to Gonjače, where you will climb up the 23 meter high view tower. From this point, a view opens over the entire Brda and much further, to the Julian and Carnic Alps, the Dolomites, through Friuli to the Adriatic Sea, the Karst, Vipava valley and Trnovo wood, all the way to Nanos; a fairy-tale landscape, which has a special, magic power.
Brda, a land of hills nestles halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic, maintains and develops its tradition, protects its beauty and bestows beneficial effects that can be recognized and felt by everyone who comes to this region. Brda is the place where juicy local fruit grows, excellent wines are produced, delicious local food can be tasted; a place where one can walk through green vineyards, orchards and olive groves and find inner peace in the authentic nature.
After the visit of Gonjače you will have a typical Brda lunch and enjoy the view over the Brda hills. After lunch you will head towards the medieval village of Šmartno, first mentioned in 1317, surrounded by walls and fortified with five towers, which stand by three entrances. When entering the Šmartno fortification and walking around the narrow streets among the old and newer houses, the feeling of being in a medieval labyrinth crosses the visitor´s mind. Here one can see a typical house of Brda, a house with »spahnjenca« (open fireplace on the exterior part of the house) and the House of culture. The church of St. Martin gives a beautiful image to a village.
From Šmartno our path will takes you further to Gradno, a small village full of interesting details. Its name probably derives from “graden” (sessile oak), an oak species that was once the most common tree in Brda. Here stands the picturesque Church of St. George where Stations of the Cross were painted partly by the world-renowned painter Zoran Mušič and partly by the painter and graphic artist Lojze Spacal. In the village you can see two nice examples of renovated dry stone walls made of local sandstone. This kind of walls are a true rarity nowadays in Brda. Above one of these walls, the oldest olive grove in Brda stands in the sun.
From the olive grove you will drive to the centre of Brda, Dobrovo. The path will lead you past the largest Slovenian wine cellar and the Renaissance castle of Dobrovo. You will continue through Medana to a typical Brda homestead, where you will visit the wine cellar. The winemaker will invite you to taste different samples of the typical local wines and olive oil. After the tasting, in the afternoon hours, you will say goodbye to Goriška Brda and return home over the Italian part of Brda (Collio).
Duration: 5 hours