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Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

1. Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

After being collected from your Trieste accommodation, you will make your way to the town of Prosecco. You will begin your discovery into the well-kept and bubbly secret of this town, which is considered the gem of this region. Throughout your tour you will have the chance to discover this under-explored region, hearing all about the history of Prosecco and appreciating the area's most historically significant vineyards. This will be followed by a visit to an exceptional winery where you'll try some of the most renowned sparkling wine in all of Italy. Your tour will carry on to the medieval village of Štanjel, which was one of the first communities in the Karst Region. It is loved for its ancient village center and its awe-inspiring sweeping vistas. Štanjel sits atop a scenic hill, from where you can easily see some its most famous structures. The village has changed in appearance over the centuries, but has always maintained the spirit of the Karst. The town gets its name from the Patron Saint, Daniel, which provides it with an interesting cultural heritage. During both world wars, Štanjel was uniquely influenced by a particular architect and mayor at the time, Maks Fabiani. He preserved the essence of the village whilst using his creative finesse to rejuvenate the newly-renovated public structures. Fabiani’s most notable work in Štanjel involved the restoration of Ferrari Villa and the design of the extraordinary Ferrari Garden park, lauded as the most significant park landscaping in Slovenia from the inter-war period. Throughout the tour, you will also get the opportunity to try local delights of the Karst region, including dry-cured ham, cheese and local wine.

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Bled and Bohinj Alpine Lakes Tour from Ljubljana

2. Bled and Bohinj Alpine Lakes Tour from Ljubljana

Start your small-group tour with a pick up from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart for Lake Bled in Slovenia’s Julian Alps in an air-conditioned minivan. Admire rural Slovenia and listen as your guide describes the glacier-formed lake and the legends that surround Bled Island, as well as the church-topped islet in its center. Drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains, and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore. Visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary or sample some scrumptious potica at the cafe. Next, drive up to Bled Castle and visit the museum to chart the castle’s story from its roots in the 11th century. Return to the lakeside for free time to walk around, and if you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. After a break for lunch, visit Vintgar Gorge, and be amazed by its rapids as you walk along a 1.6 km path of wooden bridges above the water. Admire Pokljuka plateau, covered with coniferous forest and famous for its Biathlon Centre, where some of the best Slovenian athletes train in the winter time. Continue to Lake Bohinj, the largest and most beautiful Alpine lake in Slovenia.  Discover alpine villages such as Ribčev Laz and Ukanc and take a short hike to picturesque Savica waterfall. Then, return to your minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana, with a drop off at your hotel.

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Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran

3. Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart to explore the Škocjan UNESCO caves and the charming coastal town of Piran, in an air-conditioned minivan. During your roughly 1-hour journey, admire rural Slovenia and enjoy interesting stories about Škocjan UNESCO caves that your guide describes. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the caves and explore multi-colored stalactites and stalagmites. The exceptional volume of the underground canyon is what distinguishes the Škocjan Caves from other caves and places and is easily placed among the most famous underground features in the world. The visit continues to Socerb Castle that offers breathtaking views of the Slovenian coast and Gulf of Trieste. The castle ruin is placed high up above the coastline at the very edge of the Karst Plateau and has been dominating that cliff since the Illyrian times. Continue to explore the coast of Slovenia and the most charming coastal town of Piran. You will soon realize that Piran is a town that is almost impossible not to fall in love with on your first visit. Walk through its narrow medieval streets wedged between beautiful houses, churches and squares, and enjoy the breeze that blows from the sea. Your guide will tell you about the historical part of the town and show you the marvelous Venetian architecture. Take your time to enjoy a cup of coffee, gelato, or some good fresh food. After a well spent day, you will end the tour in Ljubljana, with a drop-off at your hotel.

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From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

4. From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital and largest city in Slovenia, is the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative center of the country. It is renowned for its rich history, reflected in its wonderful architectural heritage. Its old town center is embraced by Ljubljana Castle and the River Ljubljanica, where the feeling of the city is strongest. On this trip, you will encounter ancient and modern architecture. You will visit the old town center where you'll admire the works of the Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, who took an important part in designing Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. In little more than 3 decades, Jože Plečnik transformed Ljubljana from a provincial city to the capital of the Slovene nation, and re-shaped the urban part of the city. His influence can be felt everywhere, but mostly along the river Ljubljanica. On this trip, you will visit some of the most interesting buildings and monuments, such as the Ljubljana Town Hall, the Triple Bridge, the Shoemakers’ Bridge, Ljubljana Cathedral, the Robba Fountain, Prešeren Square, Congress Square and other attractions. The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana Dragon, depicted on the top of the tower of Ljubljana Castle and on the Ljubljanica – crossing Dragon Bridge. It symbolizes power, courage and greatness. Bled is an Alpine town which represents one of the oldest and most beautiful tourist destinations in Slovenia. Its main attraction is the lake which surrounds Bled Island. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The church has a make-a-wish bell, and is frequently visited by newlyweds and other guests. Lake Bled will certainly leave you speechless, since it offers various sport activities and represents a place where you can spend the most romantic moments of your life.  Take a walk around the lake enjoying the fresh alpine air and watch swans and ducks at play. Admire Bled Castle built on a precipice above the glacial lake, which according to written sources is the oldest Slovene castle. At the end, you will pass by some other local monuments and refresh yourself with a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called cremeschnitte (kremšnita). You will also have a chance to take some beautiful photos of the lake, island, castle and the nearby Alps.

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From Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

5. From Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

Your trip begins with a visit to Socerb Castle. Learn about the castle's importance during the Middle Ages as you take in the beautiful view of the Gulf of Trieste. Hear about legends of a local cave and its underground shrine. After your castle visit, move on to the Mediterranean village of Hrastovlje.   Best known for its Church of the Holy Trinity, spend time in Hrastovlje and visit its UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the church's intricate frescos of bible stories and Glagolitic inscriptions. Learn about the church's extensive history extending to the 13th-century and the discovery of Janez of Kastav's part in painting the church.    From Hrastovlje, drive to the village of Marezige and see where the first wine fountain of Slovenia is located. Continue on with a visit to a renowned olive oil farm. Replenish yourself with tastings of excellent olive oil, wine, and food. Throughout the tour admire scenes of unspoiled nature and stunning vistas.

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From Koper: Private Full-Day Tour to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

6. From Koper: Private Full-Day Tour to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

Embark on a full-day tour to the two most beautiful places in Slovenia, Lake Bled and Ljubljana. Visit the charming town of Bled and walk around the blue lake or rent a boat to get up close with the small island that houses a church. Explore the capital city of Ljublana and stroll around its old town admiring the art nouveau and baroque architecture.  Imagine a place with a big blue lake, an idyllic island, iconic church, and a domineering castle on a hilltop - welcome to Bled. Get on board on a traditional wooden Pletna boat and set sail towards the island in the middle of the lake. Go for a walk around the lake or head up to the castle for amazing views of the lake and the natural surroundings. Don't miss the opportunity to try the local delicacy Bled Cream Cake. Then, travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia also known as the green city. Discover the old town center with its medieval streets and interesting architecture. Walk alongside the river, lined with cute cafes and shops, and look up to the castle on the hill that sets the city landscape. Go up to the castle for great views of Ljubljana.

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From Koper: Private 4-Hour Scenic Coast Tour to Piran

7. From Koper: Private 4-Hour Scenic Coast Tour to Piran

Travel along the coast to the beautiful seaside resort town of Piran. Enjoy free time in the town and choose to stroll down the cute old town streets flanked by Venetian architecture and the charming seaside promenade or head up to the old city walls for incredible views of the town and coastline.  The old town of Piran is surrounded by the sea on three sides and by considerable remains of its thick town wall on the other. In the center of this lively historic medieval town, find the well-preserved square Tartini named after the famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini whose statue dominates the piazza.  Visit the cathedral of St. George, built in baroque style in the early 17th century, and its location offers a magnificent view of the bay and on a clear day, you can even admire the sight across the bay of Italy. For another great view head to the 200m long stretch of the 15th-century town wall. Here, look down on the cathedral and old town and marvel at the quintessential picture-perfect view of the city.

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What people are saying about Slovene Littoral

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

A very nice tour in the hinterland of the Slovenian Adriatic coast! Due to the corona, we were the only two participants on the tour, so the excursion had something almost familiar, especially since our guide Grega spoke almost perfect German and gave us a lot of information about the country and its people. During the wine and food tasting in a small winery, we experienced real Slovenian hospitality. An all-round successful tour that we would do again at any time.

One of my best day trips ever ! And I've had a lot of day trips in my life . And it's all because of the guide " Alinka" .She was the greatest of all guides ! Very knowledgeable, very caring and gave us time to do the walks with no pressure! Thank you Alinka xoxo

We had an amazing time on this tour! It covered all of the natural highlights of the region! Our guide Gregor was amazing and could tell us so much about Slovenia and it’s history! We absolutely loved it! Would 10/10 recommend!

Our guide Sanda was wonderful. She provided prompt pickup/drop off service, shared good information about the country and revised the order of our visits to avoid crowds and the make the most of our visit.

Sanda was an amazing tour guide and the day was perfect! Thank you for making my trip to Slovenia so memorable and thanks Sanda for spending my birthday with me!