ABOUT THIS TOUR
Duration: 1 day
Type of Travel: private, with local guide/driver
Group Size: maximum 8 travellers
Recommended for: private groups of friends, co-workers or a family
Transportation: modern A/C van
Inclusive: main expenses
Only 1.5-hour ride from Ljubljana to Trieste
Photo stop on the edge of Karst to see Slovenian coast and Italian town of Trieste
Trieste – a window to the world of mighty Habsburg Empire
Trieste – European coffee capital
Romantic Miramare castle built for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium
Venetian legacy in Slovenian coastal town of Piran
First, we stop on the edge of Karst that offers views over Slovenian coast and Italian town of Trieste. Photo opportunity and a better understanding of the region from this panoramic spot.
Trieste, an important port town, once a window to the world of mighty Habsburg Empire, was, to many immigrants from Europe, a starting point with embarkation on the ships sailing to the New World! Upon arrival, we will have an orientation walk through the streets and alleys that will make you feel like you are in Central Europe – unique for the Mediterranean world. Admire colossal square Piazza Unita Italia that lies at the forefront of the historic old town and faces out towards the Adriatic Sea. Due to its immense size, it is known as the largest square situated next to the sea in Europe. Several prestigious and important buildings line the square including the Town Hall – Each of which features a stunning design and beautiful architecture. Located next to the Piazza Unita Italia, the Piazza dell Borsa is a great place to take in the local life. Markets and small fairs are sometimes held here and it is a great place for shopping and mingling. Short walk away there is the Grand Canal, a small waterway that has stood since the 1700’s to allow boats direct access into the city to unload their cargo. You can find at least one religious site from each European religion in Trieste; besides many beautiful Catholic churches, you can find Greek and Serbian Orthodox churches, Evangelical Lutheran Church and one of the oldest and biggest synagogues in Europe. After an orientation walk, you will have some free time to explore on your own, taste delicious coffee and/or Italian snacks. Suggestions and pointers will be given to you by your guide.
A short drive away is Miramare castle that was commissioned in the 2nd half of the 19th century by the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg as a residence for himself and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium. It is surrounded by a flourishing park full of precious botanic species and has a charming panoramic view, given its location on a cliff high above the sea. Visit a luxurious aristocratic residence which has preserved its original furnishings.
Drive back to Slovenia to visit the town of Piran, where the Venetian Republic has left its legacy that one can feel in narrow winding streets, houses huddled close together, beautiful squares and churches. Enjoy some free time on the seaside promenade before heading back to Ljubljana.
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Included in the price:
- All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern A/C van
- Entrance fees: Miramare castle
- Services of local English-speaking tour guide/driver throughout
- Comprehensive, guided sightseeing
- Active itinerary with unique features
Not included in the price:
- Personal expenses (meals, drinks, shopping etc.)
Any place in Ljubljana by itinerary (other cities upon request – extra charge can apply).
8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
For groups bigger than 8, please contact us.
You are welcome to contact us.
We are flexible in adjusting program to your needs.
Suggestions: traditional meals, wine tastings, visit of museums, sports activities, hikes etc.