Cruise Port Atlas | Koper, Slovenia Day Trips | Attractions

Koper, Slovenia Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Koper: Crystal, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Celebrity, Princess, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean

Key Attractions: Praetorian Palace, Church of the Annunciation, Skocjan Caves, Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Hrastovlje, Lipica, Piran, Izola, Portoroz, Ljubljana Castle, Lubljana Cathedral, Franciscan Church of the Assumption, Tivoli Park, Bled, Lake Bled, Bled Castle

Koper's Old Town

Koper Cruise Terminal to Attraction - 0.1-1.0 KM, 2-10 minutes walking
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Guided Tour of Koper

Koper is an old city with an important place in modern Slovenia. The small old town is the tourist center with its late medieval and early renaissance buildings, such as the Praetorian Palace, Loggia and Church of the Assumption built in Venetian styles. Within sight is Slovenia's major port area. Just 5 kilometers from the Italian border and less than 10 from Trieste, Koper retains some of its Italian culture. Within the cathedral is a famous Carpaccio painting, Sacre Conversationa, An entry fee is charged for admission to the Campanile (bell tower) but the views are excellent.

           

   

Photo of Belltower and Cathedral by Dieter Karner, Photo of Praetorian Palace by Markus Bernet

Ljubljana

Koper Cruise Terminal to Ljubljana - 104 KM, 1 hour 5 minutes
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Guided Tour of Ljubljana

Ljubljana is a city of over 1/4 million residents which is the cultural, economic and political capital of Slovenia. Travel writers gush about the city's attractions and appeal. The historic old town is compact and offers history, lovely architecture - medieval to modern, fine food, varied shopping and natural beauty within easy walking distances. It sits in a fertile wetland area just to the south of the Alps. The most famous historic buildings in the city center are the medieval Ljublana Castle, sitting high on a hill above the Ljublanica River and renovated by famed 20th century Slovene architect Plecnik; the Ljubljana Cathedral at the foot of Castle Hill; and the Franciscan Church of the Assumption on the huge Preseren Square next to the Ljubljanica River. Blended with the old is evidence of a 20th century renaissance of architecture lending the city a timeless quality. The Ljubljanica River and its bridges add romance to the cafe culture and the huge Tivoli park, easy walking distance from the center, is a massive green space offering scenic vistas of the city.

                 

   

Photo of Ljubljana Castle by Ewa Dryjanska, Photo of Ljubljanica River by por Rmx

Piran, Izola and Portoroz

Koper Cruise Terminal to Izola -7 KM, 11 minutes
Koper Cruise Terminal to Piran - 18 KM, 23 minutes
Koper Cruise Terminal to Postoroz - 16 KM, 20 minutes
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Guided Tour of Koper, Piran, Izola and Portoroz

Piran and Izola, like Koper, are Venetian settlements along the short coast of Slovenia that offer visitors a kind of time travel. Piran sits on a narrow peninsula and is surrounded by its historic protective wall. The Church of St. George, cafes, galleries, and squares are nestled together in a seductive network of cobbled streets. Despite its name, Izola is not an island but was connected with the mainland by the forces of Napoleon who tore down the city's walls and used them to fill the channel that separated the town from the mainland. Iaola's history goes back to the Roman empire but most of its buildings are Venetian and Austro-Hungarian in origin. Now the city offers thermal waters, historic buildings and even a popular discotheque. The resort town of Portoroz (port of roses) features traditional spas with thermal waters and casinos and is one of the most popular resort destinations in Slovenia.

     

   

Photo of Piran by MrPanyGoff,Photo of Izola by Mrwho00tm

Slovenia's Karst Region and Caves

Koper Cruise Terminal to Hrastovlje - 20 KM, 21 minutes
Koper Cruise Terminal to Skocjan Caves - 33 KM, 26 minutes
Koper Cruise Terminal to Lipica - 29 KM, 30 minutes
Koper Cruise Terminal to Postojna Cave - 56 KM, 33 minutes
Koper Cruise Terminal to Predjama Palace - 68 KM, 51 minutes
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Guided Tour of Skocjan Caves

Guided Tour of Postojna Caves

Guided Tour of Lipica Stud Farm

The geology of a karst is water soluble rock which erodes under the surface creating uncommon land surfaces, sinkholes and caves, along with underwater flows of water. The region around Koper was one of the first identified karst regions and some of the areas most popular attractions are the caves and other geological features of this karst. The most famous of the caves is the Postojna Cave, developed for tourism in the 1870s with the installation of a cave train which is still in use. It is the most visited cave in Europe and the largest in the region with over 20 kilometers of passages. The Skocjan Caves Regional Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site offering eleven caves and unique and scenic above ground terrain with hiking trails and a museum. Skocjan Caves are considered one of the great geological wonders of the world because it is one of the largest underground flows of water on Earth.

Near the Postojna Cave is the Predjama Castle, built against a Karst cliff within a cave mouth and a favorite tourist photo stop. The history and legends of the castle make a visit to the spot for all ages. In the village of Hrastovlje is the historic stone Church of the Holy Trinity built in a late Romanesque style and featuring stunning medieval frescoes including the large Danse Macabre painting. Not far from the Skocjan Caves is the small town of Lipica where the famous Lipizzan horse was bred and where the Slovene government has re-established the famous stud farm as a tourist attraction. It was visited by Queen Elizabeth of England in 2008.

              

   

Photo of Postojna Cave by Bostjan Burger, Photo of Skocjan Cave Entrance by Annebethmi

Lake Bled

Koper Cruise Terminal to Bled / Lake Bled - 153 KM, 1 hour 30 minutes
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Guided Tour of Lake Bled

North of Ljubljana in the Southern (Julian) Alps is the small mountain spa town of Bled on the beautiful glacial Lake Bled. Elegant spas and mansions have been built in Bled since the 19th century when it was developed as a health resort. Overlooking the resort town is Bled Castle, one of Slovenia's most popular attractions with its Romanesque tower, rustic charm and incredible views of the lake. In the middle of the lake is a small island where visitors climb 99 steps to the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church. Along with the traditional health tourism, Bled offers visitors golf, rowing, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing. But, undoubtedly, the most popular activity is photography because of the stunning natural beauty of the setting.

        

   

Photo of Lake Bled and Bled Island by Human write

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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