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Truffle Hunting Slovenia

Join the hunt for the most exclusive mushroom on the planet in the forests of Slovenian Istria.
Starting point
Ljubljana
Finish point
Ljubljana
Duration
1 h
Price
From: 94€/person
Difficulty
Leisurely
Suitable for most people, including children/elderly, with a minimal amount of walking

Venture into the Istrian forest for a first-hand experience of truffle-hunting.

Learn about truffles and the way they’re harvested.

Go on a relaxing trip to the Slovenian countryside

Take part in a wonderful tradition.

Included in price

Guidance by an expert truffle hunter

Demonstration of the truffle hunt

Truffle history and trivia

Pickup location and time

  • Location – near Koper (about an hour drive from Ljubljana)
  • Detailed location information are sent upon reservation
  • Truffle Hunting time is flexible, to be set upon reservation

They’re incredibly intoxicating, exceptionally tasty, super healthy, very expensive, and ridiculously hard to find. We’re talking about truffles, of course! Synonymous with luxury and fine dining, truffles are nature’s wonderful little secrets. These miraculous mushrooms were praised by the Romans for their alluring aroma and aphrodisiac properties. Unaspiringly, Italy is still the largest producer of truffles in Europe. Today, truffles are one of the most precious ingredients in the culinary world. Literally. A pound of white truffles can set you back $2,000 and beyond. Why? Because not only are they delicious, they’re extremely difficult to locate and only grow near the roots of certain trees and in a particular type of soil. Luckily, Slovenia is also home to these diamonds of gastronomy.

Besides the term for this famous fungi, Slovenia and neighbouring Croatia share something else that was coined in Roman times – the name for the beautiful peninsula called Istria. Situated near the Adriatic, the forests of Istria’s idyllic countryside are hunting grounds for both white truffles (in winter) and black truffles (in summer). That’s right, you have to hunt them. Truffles are virtually impossible to cultivate, as they grow wherever they please. Back in the day, pigs were used to search for truffles, but they had a nasty habit of eating them as quickly as they found them. That’s why specially trained dogs are employed by professional truffle hunters who know exactly where to look.

Now you can join one of these experts and their canine companion on a Truffle Hunting expedition in the wonderful forests of Istria. Our guide’s dogs are trained from puppyhood to hunt for this elusive mushroom and witnessing their skills at work is truly amazing. Along the way, you will learn an astonishing amount about the world’s most prized mushroom and the lush forests in which it resides. Come and learn the truffle-sniffing trade and hunt until you find the grand prize.

Let the hunt begin!

Things to know

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RandalJBarnes
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We took the 4-hour "City Bike Tour Ljubljana" with our guide, Andrej. Andrej was fabulous: filled with informative, historical, and humorous details. The ride allowed us to see many parts of Ljubljana in a short time, and Andrej tied it all together. The ride was not too difficult (we are seniors). The lunch stop was perfect (Slovenian charcuterie, plus a pour of local wine): enough to eat, water to drink, and a convenient WC. We recommend this tour (and Andrej) without reservation. We could not hope for a better experience.
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It was really wonderful experience! Luka our guide is professional and passionately guiding us to the beautiful Pokljuka! We are beginner, but thanks to him, we were able to complete the snowshoeing safely. We highly recommend this!
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Sophia W
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This was a truly amazing experience! We really enjoyed our beautiful Seven Lakes Valley hike with an overnight stay at a mountain hut. The alpine scenery of mountains throughout the hike was simply stunning especially the crystal clear emerald lakes, which are absolutely breathtaking! The cosy mountain hut was a lifesaver after a long day’s hike, dinner was hearty and delicious, atmosphere was lively and the beds were warm and comfortable - overall a great experience! What made it all the more enjoyable was being in the safe hands of our brilliant guide, Klemen who was not only very experienced, professional and knowledgeable, but he was also extremely helpful and accommodating. He went out of his way to take care of our needs during the journey. From the start, he was very responsive and proactive in helping us arrange our itinerary in the best way possible to maximise our time there. We also did a private rock climbing session with him after the hike and it was awesome! We definitely enjoyed our time in Slovenia with him and highly recommend going with this company and a private guide like him if you are looking for a customised trip.
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HonestReflections
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While in Slovenia we really wanted to go cave kayaking. We had booked in weeks in advance, but when we arrived another company cancelled our trip as it was off season and they didn't have enough people interested in doing it. We rang around some other companies and kept hearing the same thing, until we contacted Slovenia Activities. They usually need a minimum of four people but said they would make an exception for us (there were two of us). They arranged transport and that's when we met our driver Peter. It was a long drive, nearly two hours, but didn't feel long at all! Peter was so chatty and funny that the time flew by. We were taken back by all the beautiful scenery so he offered multiple times to make a stop so we could get some photos, he also bought us some bottles of water. The actual trip is quite physically active so you need to be on reasonable shape as there are a lot of steep stairs in the cave. You start off going in a miners train, and then go to a to where you put some waterproof overalls on. If you have a shoe size over 38 then the overalls have a waterproof pocket at the front where you can keep your phone. The actually kayaking was fun, you are allowed to explore it on your own and at the end of that part you go down a mini waterfall! Then after that you explore the mine and end on a miners meal of a meat platter, some bread and some spreadable cheese. On the journey back Peter was a delight again, and let us stop at McDonalds to get some dinner.
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David Angdi
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Had a great photo tour around Ljubljana with Nejc. He understands a lot about photography and also about the city and history of Slovenia. Visited a lot of photo spots in 4+ hours and he was also willing to share his knowledge around how to get great photos. He is also very friendly and reliable. Thank you so much Nejc and Slovenia Activities. Highly recommended!
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Justin Babich
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I had an excellent time on my tour! Anze was friendly, detailed, and patient on our caving Lake Bled adventure caving tour. It has inspired me to further explore caves in my own region.

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