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Dolenjska experience: raft riding, story of Cviček, castle experience

Kompas Novo mesto d. o. o.
Novi trg 10 8000 Novo mesto
++386 7 393 15 30
Žužemberk Castle – silver Sejalec winners Trails of Dolenjska and Bela krajina heritage, 2004; Vitarium Spa&Clinique (Šmarješke Toplice Spa) – silver Sejalec winner 2005; Rudolf Rafting – finalist of Sejalec 2007; Matjaž Homestead – silver Sejalec winner 2008

Arrival in Novo mesto, then at Loka we embark on the Rudolf raft for a trip along a bend in the River Krka. This ride is simply fascinating, since we glide past four bridges, past the castle of Kamen and then Novi dvor (now a hospital), and we can see the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, which dominates the land from its hilltop, and we can admire Breg – the favourite location of countless painters who have eagerly depicted it, the Franciscan church and monastery and more. There will also be an animation team on board the raft, and they will provide an instructive and fun introduction to the city, its history and the people that characterised it, while also offering a hot Dolenjska snack plus unlimited amounts of Cviček wine. An accordion player will keep the mood jolly. One of the participants will be ceremonially inducted into the Rudolf Rafters, and you will receive a fine souvenir of the trip. After the raft ride we will visit a 150 year-old homestead at Paha, which is part of the European House of Tradition network. After a welcome the master of the house will invite you into the old cellar for a glass of Cviček, and the lady of the house will offer a tour of the house. We are then treated to a multivisual presentation on the Story of Cviček, outlining the history of the wine and the composition and production of Cviček from early spring to late autumn. This is followed by a tasting of Cviček ingredients accompanied by buckwheat bread and cheese. Then we take a trip to Šmarješke Toplice, where you will have time to bathe and visit the Vitarium Spa&Clinique centre. Time for pampering. Late in the afternoon we will head off to Žužemberk, and at the castle we will be treated to a castle reception, with women folk singers providing a special welcome. This is followed by a (castle) dinner close by the castle and then we return home. 

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Price: EUR 58 (40 persons)

Price includes: raft ride, animation, Cviček and Dolenjska snack, souvenir, tour of homestead, Story of Cviček and tasting, bathing at Šmarješke Toplice Spa, Žužemberk Castle programme, dinner, guides and organisation.

Extras not included: wellness services at Šmarješke Toplice (by prior appointment).



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