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From Koper: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Tour

1. 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.

From Koper: Half-Day Hop-on Hop-off Style Coast Tour

2. From Koper: Half-Day Hop-on Hop-off Style Coast Tour

Join a guided coastline tour that allows you to get off at any of the 4 stops and discover the seaside towns on your own accord. Receive an information package including a map and coupons for tastings of local treats. This is the perfect way to discover the Slovenian coast and the beautiful towns of Koper, Izola, Piran, and Portorož. Meet your guide at the port of Koper and receive your information package with a map of the area and the coupons for free tastings in selected venues in each of the towns. The entire loop takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes, with stops in all 4 towns. You can decide on your own if you would like to stay for one hour and get back on the bus or explore one of the cities for longer. The whole tour is about 4 hours long. First, stop in the town of Izola, located 15 min away from Koper. It is a very characteristic town and known for its fisherman tradition. The second stop is the town of Piran, one of the oldest towns in the country. Piran is known for its stunning Venetian architecture and offers a more relaxing visit with many options for sights or things to do. The third stop on the route is the seaside resort of Portorož. This destination offers the largest Slovenian beach and a shopping promenade. Last, return to the town of Koper, where you can walk around the town, use the last of your tasting coupons and enjoy the rest of your day.

From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

3. 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.

From Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

4. 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.

From Koper: 5-Hour Tour to Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

5. From Koper: 5-Hour Tour to Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

Enjoy a 5-hour guided tour to the incredible Postojna Cave with a photo stop at the largest cave castle in the world, Predjama Castle. Explore the extensive Postojna cave system with cave passages over 20 kilometers (12 miles) in length on an unforgettable underground train ride.  The Postojna Cave system is the largest known cave system in the country and the second-largest accessible to visitors in the world. Postojna Caves lie under the slopes of a broad karstic limestone plateau on the eastern fringes of the Postojna basin and offer a unique opportunity to spot some of the local wildlife that lives in the cave. Just ten minutes far away from Postojna caves is Predjama castle, another jewel of the Karst region. Predjama Castle pressed into a huge cavern hollowed out of the high, flat rock face, above the karstic swallow hole of the Lokva stream. The castle boasts as the largest cave castle in the world. It is a truly unique sight and will make for an unforgettable sight, not to mention a great photo opportunity.

From Koper: Piran and Panoramic Slovenian Coast Tour

6. 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.

From Koper: Half-Day Tour to Trieste & Miramare Castle

7. From Koper: Half-Day Tour to Trieste & Miramare Castle

Join a tour across the border to Trieste, the largest town in the area, and full of rich history. Explore the city center with its beautiful architecture and Italy's largest sea-facing piazza. Visit the fairytale-like castle of Miramare just outside of town by the Gulf of Trieste and walk around the seaside set castle grounds.  Discover the city center of Trieste with its numerous monuments and feel the historic atmosphere present. Pass by Piazza dell’ Unita d’Italia, a vast public space and also Italy’s largest sea-facing piazza. See Palazzo del Municipio, Trieste’s 19th- century city hall. On your way to the lively Ponterosso Canal, you will pass the impressive remains of the Roman amphitheater.  Then, leave the city and just a short drive away, find perched on a cliff above the sea the fairytale-like castle of Miramare that overlooks the Mediterranean from a large white rocky promontory. The castle grounds include an extensive cliff and seashore park of 54 acres. Enjoy free time to stroll around the amazing gardens and discover the residence of Maximilian, a member of the Habsburg imperial family.

Koper: Piran or Izola Round-trip Transfer with Commentary

8. Koper: Piran or Izola Round-trip Transfer with Commentary

Take a panoramic bus transfer with commentary from your driver. See the main highlights of Slovenian coast and hear about its most important historical facts and traditions. With an entertaining driver, discover the story and history of the Istrian region. The first stop is a scenic spot close to the town of Izola. Take same photos and enjoy the panoramic view of the Golf of Trieste. If you wish to stay here, this is your stop.  The road continues past the valley of Strunjan to the spectacular village of Piran. It is one of the oldest Slovenian towns and one of the best preserved in the country. With its rich cultural heritage, narrow streets and charming Venetian architecture, Piran is considered a museum town, which makes it worth seeing. Whichever town you choose, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore on your own. On your way back to Koper, the bus will take you on a scenic ride through Portorož, one of the biggest tourist resorts in Slovenia with a beautiful beach and many hotels.

Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

9. Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land. It’s the environmental beauty and living history that draws you in; along with the diligent craftsmanship witnessed in every stone. During your tour, you will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where you will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades. Hum – the smallest town in the world Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Roč, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe. Motovun – the most famous medieval town of Istria Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country – Motovun. This fascinating town that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovun’s forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. These white truffles are said by many to be as good as their French and Italian counterparts. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istria’s finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe.” During your visit to Motovun, you will get to experience these delicious local truffle products for yourself. Grožnjan – town of artists and music Grožnjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Grožnjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Grožnjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Grožnjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists’ works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

Izola: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

10. Izola: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Izola is a small Slovenian fishing town with an artistic soul. It used to be, like other coastal towns, an island which gradually merged with the land. The town has been home to shipyards, a large toy factory, and a large fish cannery. Hear about Izola's rich history and numerous interesting stories that have accumulated over time. Take a stroll along the promenade, where you'll see the small port and fishing pier, Manzioli square, ornate Manzioli palace, as well as Besenghi's palace. Gallivant down Ljubljanska Street, the most lively street in the center of Izola. It is especially popular with local pub crawlers. Pop into one of the myriad galleries and handicraft workshops here and wonder at the local art.

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What people are saying about Koper

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 8 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.

The guide was really good and informative. He was polite, helpful and friendly. Would recommend booking with this tour. It was nice to see one of the best caves in the world. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes with you as the temperature inside the cave is around 10 degree.

Leon was fantastic, he was informative and fun. He obviously loves his country and was enthusiastic to share that with us. The castle and caves are a must see and if you're lucky enough to have Leon as your guide you are sure to enjoy your day.

Enjoyed seeing 4 different places on the bus as well as the tasting - coffee, ice-cream, wine and snack. Bus guides were helpful and informative. Only disappointment was to find the chocolate shop closed once our bus arrived in Koper.

I unbelievable. A must see for anyone in the area.