The best of SLOVENIA in 5 days with Jewish Heritage

JEWISH HISTORY IN SLOVENIA.

The Maribor synagogue is one of the more important monuments of Jewish cultural heritage within the Slovenian territory, and also one of the older preserved synagogues within the Central European area. Besides individual guests from all parts of the world, organized groups also come from schools, and from Israel. Yona Metzger, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel was also amongst our visitors in 2008. In 2011 the Synagogue began operating as an independent public institution under the title ‘Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor’. The funds for operating this centre are mainly provided by the Municipality of Maribor. Part of the necessary funds is now being obtained from international invitational tenders and donations.

The renovation of space

Throughout the eighties of last century there was a broad-based renovation of the old city centre, including renovation of the old Jewish quarter and the synagogue. At that time the building had not been used as a synagogue for over 500 years. Due to the number of renovations, the original appearance was significantly modified. The reconstruction-renovation works of the former synagogue started in 1992. After the first work phase and research work many of the originally hidden architectural elements were discovered within the structure of the building, based upon which it would be possible to reconstruct the central space of the medieval synagogue. The intensive renovation and reconstruction work, which was performed over the following years, was interrupted several times due to lack of funds. Despite being generally encouraged by many foreign institutions and organisations, the renovation of the synagogue was fully financed by the Municipality of Maribor and the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.

Day 1: LJUBLJANA airport - LJUBLJANA

Arrival at Ljubljana airport and meeting with our English speaking guide.  Bus transfer to the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, check-in at the hotel. Afterwards we will make a guided walking visit of the old-town centre; we’ll admire the square of the greatest Slovene poet, France Preseren, typical architecture of the secession style, Franciscan’s church, old food-market place, cathedral, Dragon’s bridge… Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: LJUBLJANA
- POSTOJNA – PIRAN - LJUBLJANA

After the breakfast departure to Postojna to visit the marvellous underground Postojna caves. Continue in direction to the Slovene coast; stop on a way in the Istrian hinterland, in a village Hrastovlje to visit a small picturesque church of St. Trinity. After arrival in Piran, the charming pearl of the Slovene coast and a birth place of Giuseppe Tartini, we will have a walking city tour in the old-town centre. Some free time, in the evening return to Ljubljana. Dinner and overnight at the same hotel.

Day 3: LJUBLJANA
– BLED - LJUBLJANA

In the morning transfer to gorgeous Vintgar gorge to enjoy a walk through it. Afterwards we will visit Bled castle-museum. After lunch we will make a trip in a traditional boat »pletna« to the island in the middle of the lake Bled to visit its 17th century church. Some free time, then return to Ljubljana. Dinner and overnight at the same hotel.

Day 4: LJUBLJANA
-  PTUJ – JERUZALEM or LENDAVA – MARIBOR

A full-day trip to the region of the best Slovene wines, Prlekija. Departure to Ptuj, considered as a museum-town in Slovenia; we will visit its medieval castle. After lunch we will enjoy the picturesque road on the hills and vines of Jeruzalem. We will visit a nice wine cellar for a wine tasting or other option for this day is visiting Lendava and discover something new about Jewish history in this place. In the afternoon continue to Maribor, second biggest Slovenian town, capital of the region Slovene Styria. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Maribor.

Day 5: MARIBOR
– LJUBLJANA AIRPORT

In the morning some free time and afterwards transfer to the Ljubljana airport. End of our services.

This is suggested itinerary customized for each client.