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From Ljubljana: Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran Full-Day Trip

1. From Ljubljana: Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran Full-Day Trip

Begin your small-group tour by meeting at a central pick-up point in Ljubljana. From there, you will travel in an air-conditioned minivan to explore the Škocjan UNESCO caves and the charming coastal town of Piran. During the approximately 1-hour journey, you will enjoy the beautiful rural scenery of Slovenia while your guide shares interesting stories about the Škocjan UNESCO caves. Once you arrive, take a 2-hour guided tour of the Škocjan Caves. This World Heritage Site features a majestic underground river gorge filled with colorful stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes, including curtains and limestone pools. As you walk through the cave, you will be fascinated by the numerous waterfalls and underground halls surrounding you. What sets the Škocjan Caves apart from other caves is the extraordinary volume of the underground canyon, making it one of the world's most famous underground sights. Next, visit Socerb Castle, which offers breathtaking views of the Slovenian coast and Gulf of Trieste. The castle ruin is situated high above the coastline at the edge of the Karst Plateau and has dominated the cliff since Illyrian times. The tour will then continue to explore the coast of Slovenia and the charming coastal town of Piran. You will quickly fall in love with this town as you walk through its narrow medieval streets between beautiful houses, churches, and squares. Don't forget to enjoy the sea breeze and admire the marvelous Venetian architecture. Take your time to enjoy a cup of coffee, gelato, or some good fresh food. After a well-spent day, the tour will end back in Ljubljana at a central meeting point.

Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

2. Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

Depart Trieste and journey to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Slovenia. Arrive in Piran and see the bronze statue of the famous composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini on Tartini Square. Visit the house where he lived and admire one of his violins. Marvel at the majestic buildings that surround the square, such as the Municipal Palace and Maritime Museum. Get panoramic views from the Church of Saint George, and stroll along the narrow streets to encounter pretty fishing nets and compact houses. Continue along the coast to visit the seaside towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper. Hear about their main attractions and learn about the local traditions. Take in the scenic views of the natural salt pans of Sečovlje near Portorož, and sample the local food and wine at a typical village. Learn about the fishing history of Izola and more. 

From Ljubljana: Lipica Stud Farm and Piran Full-Day Tour

3. From Ljubljana: Lipica Stud Farm and Piran Full-Day Tour

Lipica Stud Farm is the cradle of the Lipizzaners, the noble white horses. Due to Habsburg's exclusive premium taste, the breeding of the horses began 400 years ago. Nowadays they can be seen galloping during training or a spectacle show. Passing through a varied landscape, we reach the sparkling Adriatic and the charming coastal town of Piran, a once Venetian customs port. The romantic narrow streets and pleasant climate make it a perfect spot for romance. No wonder the Venetians used it as a love nest in the 13th century.

From Koper: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Tour

4. From Koper: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Tour

Benefit from pick-up at the cruise ship terminal in Koper or Piran, and then make your way to Postojna Cave to explore one of the world's largest karst cave formations. Journey through the magical underworld by electric train to discover a fantastic network of passages and halls of astonishing diversity. Keep a look out for the resident olm – an exclusively cave-dwelling aquatic salamander. Continue to the idyllic village of Predjama to explore the imposing castle perched on the middle of a vertical 123-meter cliff. Get stunning views of the Lokva River as it disappears beneath the castle. Learn about the building techniques of the Middle Ages and hear the legend of the castle's most notorious owner, the baron robber Erazem of Predjama! Explore the story of the 15th-century siege and other historical facts about this extraordinary monument and testimony to the resourcefulness of the people of medieval times.

Piran: Walking Tour with Local Wine and Food Tasting

5. Piran: Walking Tour with Local Wine and Food Tasting

Is there any better way to spend late afternoon in Piran than with a laidback walking tour through the narrow streets of the city which will take you back to the medieval times and give you great insight how people were living here few centuries ago? In 90-120 minutes walking tour with local tour guide you will hear some great stories from their granddads, local fishermen, salt producers and many more. During the tour you will visit important town squares, see lots of Venetian architecture and even walk in 700 years old Minorite Monastery with rich history and interesting anecdotes. A great panoramic view will open on the top of the hill where church of St. George stands tall above the town. From this point you will be able to see Slovenia, Croatia and Italy at the same time. Great place to make some photos! In the end of the tour we will stop for a snack and refreshment with local food and wines (all included in the price). This region is widely known for truffles, olive oil and it’s amazing wines like Malvazija (white) and Refošk (red), but you will be the judge which suits you better. After the tour our guide will be happy to recommend where to go for a nice meal, ice cream, coffee or a glass of wine. Don’t forget to ask where to buy a souvenir for a nice memory from this beautiful gem on the southwest edge of Slovenia.

Ljubljana: Karst & Coast Full-Day Trip

6. Ljubljana: Karst & Coast Full-Day Trip

Discover the Slovenian coast and the Karst region on this full-day trip. Your first stop is the Skocjan Caves, one of the largest and most fascinating Karstic sites in Europe, where the Reka River runs 200 meters below the surface. Next, stop at a local tavern and taste the famous Karst air-dried prosciutto. It is easy to see why locals believe it to be the best prosciutto in the world, especially when accompanied by a local Teran wine. Head on to Lipica, which is the homeland of the white Lipizzaner – the breed of horse made famous by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Continue through the coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Portoroz to reach everyone’s favorite spot on the Slovenian coast – Piran. Lose yourself in its narrow, medieval streets and enjoy some free time over an exquisite seafood meal in one of the many local restaurants or cafes. One last stop at Predjama Castle on the way to Ljubljana. Discover the secrets of the largest cave castle (Guinness World Records!), located on a 123-meter high cliff and learn about the local Robin Hood, the legendary knight Erazem.

Piran: Bike Rental with Map, Helmet, Water bottle and Lock

7. Piran: Bike Rental with Map, Helmet, Water bottle and Lock

Renting a bike on the Slovenian coast is an excellent way to explore the area, experience the beautiful scenery, and stay active while on vacation. With its stunning coastline, picturesque towns, and pleasant weather, the Slovenian coast offers a unique and unforgettable biking experience. Explore the Slovenian coast on two wheels and discover the beauty of this hidden gem. Start your adventure by renting a bike in Piran and from there are numerous cycling routes to choose from, ranging from easy, flat paths to more challenging uphill trails. Ride along the coastal road and take in the breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, passing through picturesque fishing villages and historic towns along the way. Stop for a swim at one of the many secluded beaches, or enjoy a refreshing drink at a beachside bar or try some great local food. One popular route is the Parenzana trail, which runs through Slovenia, Italy, and Croatia. This former railway track has been converted into a cycling trail, offering stunning views of the countryside and the coast.

From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle & Piran Tour

8. From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle & Piran Tour

Explore the Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, and Piran on a full-day tour from Ljubljana. Admire the karst phenomena of the Postojna Cave, visit the Predjama Castle, and explore the charming seaside town of Piran. Start your day with a visit to the Postojna Cave, one of the most popular karst caves in the world. Ride on the cave train and be fascinated by the cave's might and its karst phenomena. Continue to the Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world, which has been perched high up in the cliff for 800 years. After exploring the castle and cave, head to Piran, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful spots in the Mediterranean. Marvel at narrow streets and distinctive architecture. Take a leisurely walk around the main square, Tartini Square, and appreciate Piran, enclosed by ancient town walls and overlooking the sea.

Istria - Truffles: Hunting & Cooking & Tasting, Slovenia

9. Istria - Truffles: Hunting & Cooking & Tasting, Slovenia

Discover the mysterious world of the pearl of Istria. Go truffle hunting with a professional hunter and his dog. Get to know the recipe for the best dish with truffles. Istrian pasta “fuži” with truffles, a glass of excellent Istrian malvasia wine, good company … priceless! The greatest chefs highly value the Istrian truffle. It is one of the most expensive culinary ingredients. Let's get to know its secrets: how it is searched for, why they use dogs for hunting and how they are trained, what varieties of truffles we know, what else truffles are used for, why the price is sky-high, the history of (forbidden) hunting in Istria and other facts about truffles. After the hunt, we will cook a typical dish with truffles (Istrian pasta “fuži”) and find out which secret ingredient is in the recipe that makes the dish so exceptional. We will eat what we cooked and enjoy it with excellent local Malvasia wine. We will also learn how to recognize a meal with real truffles and not with its artificial aromas. Most of all, we will enjoy good company under the pergola of the Istrian homestead.

From Koper: Piran and Panoramic Slovenian Coast Tour

10. From Koper: Piran and Panoramic Slovenian Coast Tour

Piran is one of the oldest and most beautiful Slovene towns, packed with rich history and culture. Almost 500 years of Venetian influence has given this town an inimitable charm. Giuseppe Tartini, the world-famous composer and violinist was born and raised in Piran and had a great impact on the town. Today, his bronze statue adorns the town’s main square together with Tartini’s house, where visitors can admire one of his original violins. The Tartini Square is surrounded by majestic buildings, such as the Municipal Palace, Tartini Theatre, Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Marine Biological Station, Baroque House and Apollonio Palace. On the hill above the town is the biggest and most important church, the Church of Saint George, which offers a wonderful view. Piran’s town wall, narrow streets, fishermen’s nets, compact houses and of course the beautiful sea will give you the feeling of walking through a painting. On the panoramic trip along the Slovene coast you will also visit the coastal towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper, where a tour guide will tell you about their main attractions, historical facts and local traditions. Portorož, which literally means 'Port of Roses', is a popular tourist destination with hotels, casinos and beautiful beaches. Located nearby are the Sečovlje natural salt pans where salts are extracted from the pure sea water using interesting and traditional methods. On this trip you will also have the chance to admire a typical Istrian village, where you will be able to familiarize yourself with local food and wine. At the end, you will visit Izola, which is known for its fishing history, and Koper, an important European port and the largest city of the Slovene Coast.

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(254 reviews)

it was a lovely day, stopped by the Skocjan caves, which is an amazing size. a tour guide informing us about it along the way, the parh is lit with alot of walking. we stopped at the stables to see the white horses, and finally stopped off in Piran which is a lovely seaside town and had a lovely meal in one of the restaurants. .

Our guide Thomaš was excellent. He explained many things about the caves and about Slovenia in general. I highly recommend this tour!

Dean was a superb guide and really gave us the inside details and history of the Slovenian coast. Well worth the time and money!

small group was a plus, nice trip although not much to see but the guide effort was appreciated

Caves were amazing but we did not have enough time at the castle.