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From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

1. From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

Get a taste of Venice in a hassle-free manner on this full-day tour. Marvel at the city's museums, churches, and palaces, take a gondola ride in the canals, or sit back and soak up the city in a cafe, bar, or restaurant.  Start your day with check-in at the port of departure. Choose from either Porec, Rovinj, Pula, and Umag in Croatia, or Piran in Slovenia. Once you finish the check-in and passport control, begin your Venice experience. On the vessel, choose any seat you like and relax in comfort. While crossing the Adriatic Sea, receive an interesting explanation of Venice, its history, all the dos and don'ts in the city, what to expect, and any optional extras you can opt to take once there with your guides. Upon arrival in Venice at San Basilio, make your way through passport control. Then, walk to the center with your guides, or embark on an optional guided transfer to St. Mark's Square. Hear special stories of the city while avoiding the hot summer sun. Gather at Saint Marcus Square for your free guided tour of the square to help you appreciate Venice even more. After this, enjoy ample free time to explore the city, shop for souvenirs, take a walk in one of the many alleys, or sip a Bellini in one of the beautiful piazzas (squares). Alternatively, visit one of the many museums, churches or palazzos; your Venice experience is for you to create. Choose to join an optional gondola ride or have your guides organize a lunch for you to make your experience even more hassle-free. Later, head back to the port. Walk with the guides or take an optional water taxi ride through the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge and all the palazzos en route. Embark upon your return journey aboard the catamaran, and sit back, relax, and reflect upon a wonderful day in Venice.

Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

4. Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

Enjoy the freedom of a self drive tour. Visit the UNESCO Skocjan Caves, the most important natural heritage site in Slovenia. Take a short drive to Lipica stud farm, a world-famous cradle of the dancing white horses. Get the opportunity to sample the protected air-cured ham “pršut” and teran wine, along with other local delicacies. Travel along the Adriatic coast, to the charming town of Piran. Make a stop at the Predjama castle, a world-famous monument to human ingenuity and resistance. Marvel at the majestic underground canyon system on a 2-hour guided walking tour, that takes you deep into the bosom of Karst to admire the strength of running water. Get additional options in the itinerary, with a wide range of sites and activities in the area. Visit the oldest European Stud Farm, before heading to the idyllic village of Predjama to discover a castle, perched in the middle of a high cliff for over 800 years, famous for its dramatic appearance and setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Go through a maze of stairs, halls, chambers, and other constructional marvels of medieval craftsmanship. Discover an old town built on salt, sitting on a scenic peninsula. Wander through its medieval web of narrow streets and tiny romantic squares.

Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

5. 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: Sunset Group Tour of Piran

6. From Ljubljana: Sunset Group Tour of Piran

Join a group guided tour to take in the sites of the Venetian city of Piran. Admire the sunset as you stroll around this coastal city. Meet your guide in your hotel lobby and climb aboard your ride as the afternoon heat drops. Pass through varied landscapes until you reach the sparkling Adriatic Sea and the coastal town of Piran. Enjoy a guided tour of the former Venetian customs port. Learn about its history and how its sea salt made the Republic of Venice rich. Admire the stunning architecture, including Venetian palaces built in Gothic or Renaissance styles. Take a walk along the promenade, where you can try one of the seafront restaurants. Sample the delicious coffee or ice cream on Tartini Square. Explore the romantic narrow streets and watch the sunset in your partner’s arms. See the sun glinting off the Adriatic Sea before disappearing over the horizon, signifying it is time to catch your ride back to your hotel in Ljubljana.

Piran: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

7. Piran: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Your tour will begin with Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you can meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the proteus (olm), up close. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, astonishing diversity of karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors. From here the tour extends to the Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. It was this safe abode of his which helped the brave knight resist the besiegers without much difficulty for more than a year.

Piran: Private Walking Tour with a Local

8. Piran: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Learn about the rich history of the town through many interesting stories which have developed over the years. The guide also explains the today's essence of Piran and tells you about current events. See Tartini Square, which is dedicated to the most famous citizen of Piran - Giuseppe Tartini. The guide will tell you about Tartini and his birth house and will show you the municipal palace, Venetian and the church of St. Peter. Continue to the Franciscan monastery with its baroque cloister. In the summer, classical music concerts take place here and provide you with an unforgettable experience due to the cloister's great acoustics. Walk by the Church of St. George from the 17th century with its baroque interior, where you can find the interesting statue of St. George in battle with a dragon. One of the greatest treasures of Piran can be found behind the altar. The guide will tell you more about the Piran crucifix which dates back to the 14th century (usually you can see the interior of the church only through a fence. To enter the church, you have to pay admission in the Parish Museum of St George). On a clear day, you can enjoy the great view from the church terrace and see all the way to the Gulf of Trieste, the Julian Alps and even the Dolomites. The guide will walk you to the Church of Our Lady of health, where you can see a preserved part of the town walls and a lighthouse in a neo-gothic style. 

Piran: Half-Day Caves and Castles Tour from Portorož

9. Piran: Half-Day Caves and Castles Tour from Portorož

Start your tour at Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world, where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train. Meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the Proteus. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, and the astonishing diversity of karst features await. Move on to the Predjama Castle. This picturesque and impregnable castle has been perched on a 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. The only preserved cave castle in Europe, Predjama offers a unique insight into the building techniques of the Middle Ages. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. Learn about the incredible history of this castle, before you return.

From Koper: Slovenian Coast Private Roundtrip from Port

10. From Koper: Slovenian Coast Private Roundtrip from Port

Take a scenic ride along the Slovenian coast, including the historical cities of Koper, Izola, Piran and most renowned Slovenia tourist resort, Portoroz. The focus of the 4-hour-long coast roundtrip is on the charming Piran, with its medieval Venetian-style narrow streets and piazzas. Get a taste of the old Venetian atmosphere, traditional architecture, colorful old facades, and great views from the top of the majestic Piran walls, overlooking the Adriatic and the Alps from one single angle. Sample itinerary: Pickup at Koper cruise ship port (at the exit of the passengers terminal). Embark on a scenic ride to Koper, Izola, and Portoroz by van with photo stops. Have some free time in Piran with sightseeing. Drop off at Koper port.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 86 reviews

We really enjoyed the day trip from Pula to Venice. The trip by catamaran from Pula to Venice took 3.5 hours and the same time back. We left at 7:30 am and didn't get back until 9:30 pm. Only the passport control in Venice on arrival and departure was tedious. On the catamaran you could also buy drinks and snacks. It was really a bit chilly on the catamaran (I wore a vest) but I didn't find it too bad. On the trip to Venice there was about 30 minutes of interesting information about Venice. We also booked the water bus ride on the catamaran (while the guides also talked about Venice), gondola ride and water taxi ride. That cost €77 per person (you could also book lunch, but we didn't have it). At St. Mark's Square, the guide also gave us a tour of about 30 minutes. The time in Venice (St. Mark's Square) was sufficient for us. We would recommend this day trip to everyone!

Everything worked out great, 2x punctual departure and punctual arrival at 8:00 p.m. in Porec. Unfortunately, the air conditioning made it very cold on the way there. Eating and drinking was relatively expensive on board. There was enough time in Venice, the guides were very nice and spoke English and German very well. But of course they also wanted to sell their excursion package. We recommend taking the water taxi back to the ship, which, however, also cost €30 per adult. If you don't value a 3-course menu, you can eat delicious pizza relatively cheaply on the go. Drinks can also be bought on every corner.

The English-speaking guide was especially nice. He spoke very interestingly and did not tire us too much with the facts. We took the full package and were very satisfied, because we got to see and experience a lot in a limited time.

Our guide was very kind, knowledgeable and very patient. He guided us incredibly throughout the trip and answered any questions that came up. The experience was very positive and easy going

Venice is beautiful, only not enough time for sightseeing :(