Maribor & Ptuj Day TourNE Slovenia: Ptuj – Žiče monastery - Maribor
Day trip discovering medieval Slovenia: visit cosmopolitan Maribor (European capital of Culture 2012) and enjoy enchanting Ptuj, both to include on any tour to Slovenia.
Highlights of Maribor & Ptuj day trip
- Ptuj, the oldest and the prettiest Slovenian town
- Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012
- Wine tasting in a traditional wine cellar
Why visit Styria (Štajerska)?
A tour for lovers of Central European traditions, a day trip through the wine growing region of Štajerska (Styria/Steiermark) and its medieval cities.
We start the excursion in Ptuj, which is not just the oldest city but also the oldest continuously settled place in Slovenia. Lying by Drava river, Ptuj was an important station on the prehistoric Baltic – Mediterranean amber route. Historically it is one of the most important places in the country and its 2000-year history can be felt as you walk through town. You will admire the elegant city squares and townhouses, rich in architectural details and incorporated archeological pieces. A view from the castle above the city is simply breath-taking.
We continue our tour towards Maribor, a cosmopolitan city on the banks of the river Drava. Maribor is embraced by wine-growing hills on all sides. Maribor’s historic core is marked by the Austrian influence, and we will admire the lively and colourful squares and diverse architecture, as we stroll thorugh the old city centre.
We will also see the Old Vine, a Guinness Book-certified oldest grape vine in the world. The Old Vine is more than 450 years old and still bears fruits, which are pompously harvested each year and produced into wine. This exclusive wine is used as a promotional gift for visiting state dignitaries. We will enjoy wine tasting at this magical location.