PODČETRTEK FROM OLIMIA THERMAL SPA RESORT TO OLIMJE VILLAGE
Lipa inn at Podčetrtek – Terme Olimia resort – Haler brewery – Amon homestead with golf course and wine tasting – Olimje monastery – Olimje chocolate shop – Jelenov greben and lunch
Any real experience must begin with a good cup of coffee, and there is plenty more pampering with local goodness along the way, as you will taste homemade beer, premium wines, drops made of medicinal herbs, handmade chocolate truffles and, to round it all off, a scrumptious lunch consisting of local culinary specialties. You may surrender your body and soul to be pampered at Terme Olimje thermal spa resort.
Arrival to Podčetrtek and coffee at Lipa inn
To make the start of your day more pleasant, sightseeing begins with a meet and greet with a morning cup of coffee at Lipa inn, which houses both a coffee shop, a pub as well as a restaurant, the only in Slovenia to offer a 100% gluten-free choice of food.
Visit to the Terme Olimia resort with video presentation
No visit to Podčetrtek would be complete without the Terme Olimia resort, where they have also prepared a video presentation for you to enjoy. You will also go for a walk through the entire thermal resort complex and see its interesting sights.
Visit to the micro brewery and beer tasting at the Haler homestead
Surrounded by greenery, the beautiful Haler homestead has been brewing beer for over 20 years. They will proudly present their homebrewed light, dark and mixed beer or their refreshing shandy enriched with lime flavour. Anyone with a thirst for knowledge will delight in discovering the brewing process at the micro brewery enhanced with a tasting. The price includes 20 cl of beer and canapés with special ‘beer’ sausage.
Visit to the Amon homestead with its golf course and wine tasting with lunch
Without exception, the Amon family strives to offer the very best to its guest, be it wines, food, sporting activities or accommodation. In their midst, you will find peace and calm and take in pristine nature. You will marvel at the harmony of natural beauty and human endeavours that is the perfectly tended golf course with nine holes and have a go at the game of golf. All of your senses will be pampered when you set off on a culinary journey to the Amon homestead, where you will be served lunch and taste premium Amon wines.
Reception with Friar’s drops and visit to the Olimje Friars Minor Conventual Monastery
In the foothills of Mount Rudnica, in the small village of Olimje lies the famous Olimje Friars Minor Conventual Monastery. This former splendid castle, once owned by the Counts of Attems is now a monastery, home to Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. You will also visit the magnificent Church of the Assumption, one of our country’s most beautiful baroque buildings, adjacent to the monastery. Hidden in the monastery is a priceless work of art – the old monastic pharmacy adorned by frescoes. The visit includes the presentation of the gardens containing over 200 species of medicinal plants and a stop at the shop selling herbal remedies, where you will sample the so-called Friar’s drops.
Visit to the Olimje chocolate shop
The Olimje chocolate shop is a family-run company that brought back to life the tradition of its forefathers, who made chocolate in Vienna before the onset of the First World War. Today, they offer a wide array of handmade chocolates. From chocolate figurines to truffles, from chocolate bars to dragées to various selected chocolates, you will be hard pressed to find your favourite product. You will be able to witness how chocolates are made and also purchase handmade truffles.
Feeding the deer and authentic homemade lunch
A unique feature of the foothills of Olimska gora, the location of the Jelenov greben (‘deer ridge’) homestead, is a heard of some 100 deer and moufflons, who roam around freely. You may feed them corn and see them from up close. It is certainly not possible to be in such genuine contact with the animals ever day, therefore everyone, especially children, will cherish the lasting memory of the experience. At the homestead, you will be welcomed by its kind hosts , who will share with you a few interesting bits from the farm’s history. The visit concludes with a tasting of homemade produce at the shop with a possibility to buy some to take home with you, and they will also treat you to an authentic homemade lunch.