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Feel & Taste + Hiking +

Soaking up the flavours
of the Karst plateau through
slow food and slow travel

MaroWays durata 2 days/1 night
MaroWays lunghezza about 28 km in 2 days
MaroWays difficoltà moderate

Book your tour from 320,00 €

Savour the flavours of this frontier land on foot, embarking on an experience that combines nature with food and wine, outdoor activity and quality dishes. Discover the rustic Karst plateau and its indefinable heritage, the hidden ingredients of its flavours and aromas.

MaroWays The knife skill of cutting the Karst ham during the tour with MaroWays
MaroWays Foodpath on the Karst plateau during the tour with MaroWays

Tasting trails

We offer two days of gentle hiking in which we will visit the best local producers, stop off in their wine cellars and sleep in their farmhouses. A gentle journey on foot brings us to large and small family-run businesses that continue to employ traditional practices. Stimulating the body and palate, we will alternate short walks with exclusive tastings, savouring the warm hospitality of the Karst plateau and its unique, excellent cuisine, which is shaped by the local climate and traditions.

Route and details of the tour

MaroWays ritrovoDeparture location at 9:15 anywhere in the Trieste and Karst area (Slovenian and Italian). Please contact us if you are arriving from elsewhere.
MaroWays ritrovoReturn location at approximately 16:30 anywhere in the Trieste and Karst area (Slovenian and Italian). Other destinations can be arranged on request.
Duration 2 days/1 night
Distance about 28 km in 2 days
Difficulty moderate / self-assessment hiking form
Availability from March to mid-December with departures every day
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Day 1

Meals and accommodation

Meals included lunch/wine tasting with platters at a family-run winery, traditional farmhouse supper
Accommodation farmhouse

Daily hiking information

Distance about 15 km
Elevation + 280 m - 290 m
Walking hours about 3:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty moderate

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Wine-tasting in a family-run winery with MaroWays
Through vineyards and wine cellars

On day one, we will visit a typical Karst wine-cellar to sample some exceptional local wines, fruit of the Karst’s red soil. Having followed a stunning, panoramic footpath through woods and vineyards, we will arrive on foot, slowly and gradually. This is the ideal way to approach the Karst territory, which shapes the character of the wine. The tour begins at the farm where we will be shown the family traditions and winemaking methods that, over generations, have transformed these grapes into exquisite wine. We will learn about the natural cycles of wine and the ways of working in the vineyards. This will be followed by a guided tasting of the vineyard’s house wines accompanied by local culinary delicacies.

MaroWays The architecture of a typical Karst house
Karst hospitality

In the afternoon, our trek continues to an ancient Karst village where we will spend the night in a family-run farmhouse. The intimate atmosphere of the typical Karst farmhouse will enable us to get to know the local community first-hand, in an unhurried way, meeting local farmers and savouring the flavours of their home cooking. Here, we will enjoy a typical Karst supper prepared with local ingredients and made using traditional recipes.

Day 2

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, lunch/tasting of typical produce at a family-run ham factory

Daily hiking information

Distance about 13 km
Elevation + 180 m - 200 m
Walking hours about 3:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty moderate

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Panoramic view of the medieval village of Štanjel
The charm of a medieval village

We start the day with a hearty breakfast of local produce, which will enliven and energise us for the day ahead. Our journey on foot will continue through the Karst plateau. We will take a gentle stroll up to the medieval village of Štanjel with its hilltop castle, which has overlooked the Karst plateau for centuries. We will spend time visiting the ancient part of the town and strolling through its narrow streets, now home to numerous artisan workshops and local artist studios. From various viewpoints, we will take in some spectacular views as we overlook the plateau and look back on how far we have travelled.

MaroWays The drying process od the Karst ham in a traditional ham factory
Karst ham and its secret ingredient

Having bid farewell to the beautiful village of Štanjel, we will return to the footpaths to immerse ourselves in nature once again. Our gastronomic tour concludes with a visit to a traditional ham factory. This family-run establishment continues the centuries-old tradition of meat seasoning. The drying process is completely natural, performed using wooden racks, assisted only by the Karst’s Bora wind. After the tour, we will sample flavourful home-cured meats and try our hand at slicing the ham, thus adding our own touch to its intense flavour. Our journey through the flavours and aromas of the Karst plateau concludes here.

What we love about this tour

Building up an appetite from walking… and eating

Homemade jams for breakfast

Stargazing in the quiet of a Karst village

Learning knife skills

The strong and distinctive flavour of the terrano

MaroWays prezzi tour

Price per person

320,00 €

MaroWays partecipanti tour

Group size

2 - 8

Price includes

Accommodation in double room; luggage transfer (1 item of luggage per person); tour and wine tasting with platters at a family-run winery; traditional farmhouse supper (drinks included: 1 large glass of wine and ½ l water per person); farmhouse breakfast; tour and tasting of typical produce at a family-run ham factory; transfer from the start to the end of the tour; local tour guide MaroWays.

Price excludes

Medical insurance; tips, expenses and personal extras; anything not expressly mentioned above.

Supplements

During peak season, prices may be subject to changes due to availability at the time of booking. Any changes will be communicated at the time of the request.

Information

Important information

As the theme of the tour is food and wine, it is not possible to adapt it for those with particular intolerances and/or allergies. Contact us to find out more.

What to bring

Valid ID for crossing the border; lightweight backpack with rain cover; closed-toed and comfortable walking shoes; water; sunscreen; appropriate clothing (sun hat, cagoule, waterproof jacket, etc.), camera.

Weather

Excursions take place outside. Itineraries may therefore be affected by inclement weather. We do our utmost to best interpret the weather forecast. If, due to particularly adverse conditions, it is understood that a tour cannot go ahead or if the weather conditions may pose a risk to your safety, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the travel contract based on the provisions laid out under the Terms & Conditions.

Mobility

This tour is not suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Booking

30% of the total amount must be paid at the time of booking. The balance is due 30 days before departure. In the case of a reservation being made within 30 days of the departure date, payment of the full amount is required. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Cancellation policy

In the case of cancellation by the client, the following fees will be applied:
→ more than 30 days prior to departure: 30 % of the cost of the trip (non refundable deposit)
→ 29 to 15 days prior to departure: 50 % of the cost of the trip
→ 14 to 7 days prior to departure: 75 % of the cost of the trip
→ less than 6 days prior to departure: 100% of the cost of the trip

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