Budapest & Slovenia: Castles, Caves & Culinary Escapades is by far our most exclusive 10-Year Anniversary Gay Tour. Scroll down for our top reasons to join this fashionable foray below.
10 ~ Lovely Ljubljana
Slovenia’s quaint capital is on the verge of becoming the European destination. It oozes charm, reeks of style, bursts with flavour and is garnished with the cutest castle sitting atop a small central hill.
9 ~ Lake Bled
The emerald lake is set amidst Slovenia’s Julian Alps. Its natural beauty is only punctuated further by a stunning church on the lake’s single islet and a Medieval castle clinging to the cliffs of nearby Vogul Mountain. Try standup paddleboarding on the calm waters. On this gay tour we’ll even row a traditional Pletna Boat from shore to shore.
8 ~ Glamping
For two nights, we slumber in A-Frame wooden huts at a posh campsite in Slovenia’s verdant countryside. Each hut is outfitted with private woodburning hot tubs, chaise lounge chairs and stunning landscaped surrounds.
7 ~ Gay Bars
Neither Slovenia nor Hungary are leaders in gay rights. But both capitals boast thriving scenes. Jet lag depending, we’ll get a taste of the nightlife after our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 in Budapest. We’ll also double-dip in Ljubljana’s scene where one bar loyally serves the small, but thriving gay residents.
6 ~ Private Performances
On this incredible gay tour we’ll enjoy an exclusive backstage tour of Budapest’s Opera House, including a private duet performance by prominent performers. We’ll also be serenaded by a local pianist in their actual apartment after lunch on Day 3.
5 ~ Architecture
Jože Plečnik is a famous gay architect, celebrated for his colourful contributions to Ljubljana’s city-scape. We’ll get to know the artist on a walking tour of the city. Meanwhile in Budapest, we’ll come to appreciate the historic baroque, neoclassic and art nouveau stylings on walking, bus and river tours.
In Ljubljana we stay at Cubo, the city’s poshest property. Clean lines, modern finishes, and eggshell everything define this chic gem. In Budapest we’ll enjoy historic 4-star accommodations right on UNESCO World Heritage Andrássy Avenue. And lest we forget the aforementioned glamping huts.
3 ~ Baths
A top attraction in Budapest are the city’s public baths. Sitting on 125 thermal springs, the city has enjoyed exquisite Turkish Baths as far back as Roman occupation.
2 ~ Food
According to Travel & Leisure, “Slovenia has become one of the continent’s most intriguing places to eat and drink.” We’ll indulge in the country’s top restaurants — including an unforgettable experience supping in the Archers Tower of Ljubljana Castle! — as well as spend an afternoon swirling vintages in Goriška Brda wine region.
1 ~ Budapest
Glorious Budapest is an ageless city. From its rise in the 19th century to its difficult position in WWII — you can still see the bullet holes — it’s a historian’s nocturnal emission. Today, it’s been touted the Paris of the East for its stunning streets, myriad markets, countless cafes and trendy locals. The future looks even brighter as the city plans to reconstruct and/or renovate numerous historic buildings that were senselessly destroyed during the war. Meanwhile, stretches of river-side will be converted into pedestrian-only strips complete with cafes, restaurants and green spaces.
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(Image credits from top to bottom: Shutterstock, I Feel Slovenia x 3, Klub Tiffany, Budapest Opera House, I Feel Slovenia, Hotel Moments, Wikipedia Commons, Strelec Restaurant, Shutterstock.)