With its captivating marina and red tiled roofs set against the deep blue of a summer day on the Adriatic, lovely Koper charms with its inviting cafes and old Venetian mansions harking back to its glory days as a jewel of Venice’s overseas empire. Around quaint Titov Square view the Praetorian Palace built in the Venetian Gothic style. Further afield, excursions include the phenomenal Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or embark on a trip through the beautiful Slovenian countryside to the capital of Ljubljana followed by an unforgettable river cruise past picturesque historical buildings.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Scenic Countryside & Farmer's Market

    Behold the coastal beauty of Slovenia, stopping in medieval Piran and then Padna, where you may sample the local delicacies.

    Depart from the pier and drive south following Slovenia's precious Adriatic coastline, a strip of land only 27 miles long, wedged between Italy and Croatia. What the coastline lacks in length, it makes up for in beauty. It's particularly picturesque around Izola, where you will stop for photos of this traditional fishing village.

    Upon reaching Piran, a spectacularly scenic village on the tip of a thin peninsula, you will enjoy free time to wander its narrow, atmospheric streets. Much of the architecture is 15th-century Venetian Gothic, lending the village a wonderfully medieval feel. A statue of Guissepe Tartini stands in the marbled main square, a tribute to the 18th-century Piran-born violinist and composer. Elsewhere you will see historical churches, inviting cafés and the picture-perfect port.

    Continuing on, you will pass Portoroz, a lovely coastal village whose fortunes were once linked to the vast saltpans nearby. While no longer valued commercially, the saltpans provide a fine habitat for birds and other wildlife. Not far inland, you will visit the traditional village of Padna, which is surrounded by olive groves and farms. Using complimentary vouchers, you may meander through the markets and shops, sampling a variety of locally produced foods. Be sure to try the homemade breads, cheeses, wine and chard, a leafy vegetable so esteemed in Padna that there's a festival devoted to it. Afterwards, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with walking at the guests' discretion during the stops. While there is a guided walking tour in Piran, guests may wait for the group in Tartini Square. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Ljubljana With Organic Wine Experience

    Admire the landmarks in Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana on a walking tour and on your own, a perfect prelude to cruising to an organic farm for a wine tasting.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing drive inland through the forested countryside of central Slovenia. Gorges with picturesque pools, wetlands and protected parks surround the capital of Ljubljana, lending the area a soothing serenity.

    Upon reaching the city, you will notice the various architectural styles with Baroque, medieval and Roman characteristics. Beautiful bridges such as the unusual triple bridge that leads into Old Town span the meandering rivers. A statue of poet France Preseren overlooks his namesake square. Ornate cathedrals dominate several Gothic squares at the foot of Castle Hill, where brooding Ljubljana Castle perches.

    Slovenia’s historical capital offers an abundance of enticing sights that you may also explore at your own pace during free time. You might visit the neo-Renaissance opera house and Gruber Palace, named for an 18th-century Jesuit engineer who changed the appearance of Ljubljana by designing a canal for drainage.

    Later, you will cruise the river that runs through the city, stopping at an organic farm in the Ljubljana marshes. While learning about the eco-friendly farming methods, you will sample a selection of locally produced Slovenian delicacies and wines, some of them made from indigenous grapes. Afterwards, you will retrace your route back to the pier in Koper.

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  • Ljubljana On Your Own

    Discover the many charms of Slovenia’s petite capital of Ljubljana, the country’s political, cultural and artistic heart.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing 75-minute drive inland through the forested countryside of central Slovenia. Gorges with picturesque pools, wetlands and protected parks surround the capital of Ljubljana, lending the area a soothing serenity.

    Upon reaching the city, you will notice the various architectural styles with Baroque, medieval and Roman characteristics. Slovenia’s historical capital offers an abundance of enticing sights that you can explore at your leisure over the next three hours or so.

    Beautiful bridges such as the unusual triple bridge that leads into Old Town span the meandering rivers. A statue of France Preseren overlooks the great poet’s namesake square. Ornate cathedrals dominate several Gothic squares at the foot of Castle Hill, where brooding Ljubljana Castle perches. Built in the mid-15th century, the fortress has functioned as a defensive stronghold, prison, military hospital and arsenal until finally being renovated for tourism in the 1970s. Its clock tower provides wonderful views of the city and beyond.

    You might also wish to visit the neo-Renaissance opera house and Gruber Palace, named for an 18th-century Jesuit engineer who changed the appearance of Ljubljana by designing a canal for drainage. If you become hungry, try the regional cuisine, which runs gamut from walnut pancakes to beef goulash with baked polenta. At the appointed time and location, you will rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion during free time in Ljubljana. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Food & Wine Trails: Slovenias Brda Wine Region & Kabaj Winery

    Regent Seven Seas Cruises is proud to partner with Food & Wine Trails, America’s foremost culinary travel company, in the offering of this tour. Food & Wine Trails tours are always kept intimate and visit sites not typically offered by mainstream travel suppliers. Their tours are always led by a knowledgeable, English-speaking sommelier, wine or food expert, cooking instructor or chef, who enjoys introducing visitors to some of the best and most authentic food and wine of their region.

    Led by Food & Wine Trails’ local wine and culinary expert, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery in Slovenia’s winemaking region of Goriška Brda with a winery tour, tasting and wine-paired lunch at Kabaj Winery. Afterwards, explore the coastal town of Koper first on a guided walking tour and then enjoy free time on your own.

    Tucked between the Alps and the Mediterranean, Slovenia is home to the world's oldest grape vine. Winemaking in Slovenia existed long before the Romans introduced it to France, Germany and Spain. Sharing a sub-alpine border with Friuli, the vines and winemaking style of Slovenia is often intermingled with its Italian neighbor. Unknown to many American wine lovers, the quality of Slovenian wines continue to replace quantity as winemakers enhance their skills. These delicious wines are now finding their way onto tables throughout the world.

    After a scenic 90 minute drive to the region of Brda, your first stop will be at the Gonjace Lookout Tower. Built as a memorial to the victims of World War II, it’s location on Mejnik hill offers magnificent 360° views of Brda, the Alps, the Dolomites, Friuli, the Gulf of Trieste, the Vipava Valley and the plateau of Trnovski gozd.

    A short 15-minute drive brings you to one of Goriška Brda’s winemaking stars, Kabaj Winery. Named one of Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Wineries in both 2015 and 2016, this modest estate has blended roots from both Slovenia and France. Over twenty years ago, French winemaker, Jean-Michel Morel, married Katja Kabaj and brought his extensive winemaking knowledge to this multi-generational maintained winery. You’ll learn about their processes, including the ancient technique of fermenting and aging in enormous qvevri clay pots. First enjoy a glass of wine during a tour of Kabaj Winery’s cellars before sitting down for a four-course, wine-paired lunch created from family recipes handed down over generations.

    Upon your return to Koper, your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the charming old town, before letting you have some free time to explore and shop on your own.

    This tour is operated by award winning, culinary and wine tour specialist Food & Wine Trails.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and a light sweater or jacket for the cellar; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Given it is a set meal that is served on this excursion, guests with any dietary restrictions should advise the Destination Services Desk a minimum of 48 hours prior to tour.

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  • Hop On - Hop Off Tour

    Travel between Koper and three neighboring coastal villages by motor coach, hopping on and off whenever you wish at the attractions that interest you most.

    After departing from the pier in a motor coach, you will travel along a scenic route that runs between three coastal gems: Izola, Piran and Portoroz. This style of sightseeing is joyously liberating because you can hop on and off whenever the mood strikes. You will be given a complimentary ticket at each stop that allows you to sample some of the local delicacies.

    The motor coaches on this excursion follow a continuous loop between the towns, which the guides will describe in detail and suggest places to see. In Izola, the traditions of fishing and winemaking are clearly evident. Fishing boats can usually be seen heading in or out of the Gulf of Trieste, and local wines are on most of the menus in the seaside cafés.

    The walled city of Piran sits at the tip of a narrow peninsula, and its Gothic-style Old Town is one of the best-preserved historical districts in the region. Pause-worthy attractions include the eye-catching Venetian House and the hilltop Cathedral of St. George, whose early 17th-century bell tower can be climbed for a panoramic view.

    Nearby Portoroz, or Port of Roses, gained fame starting in the 13th century as a health resort with healing saltwater baths and natural muds. Although still a wellness center, Portoroz is also admired for its many seaside attractions.

    The total tour duration is contingent upon how much time is spent at the guests’ discretion at each stop; however, the complete loop itself is approximately 90-minutes of driving time. The departure schedules for the day will be available on board the ship.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is solely at the guests’ discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • The Legendary Lipizzaner Horses

    Visit the historic Lipica Stud Farm, where the world-famous Lipizzaner horses have been bred for more than 430 years.

    Traveling by coach from the pier, it's a 45-minute drive through the beautiful Karst region of Slovenia. Here, in 1580 Archduke Charles II of Austria built a royal stud farm in the abandoned summer residence of the Bishop of Trieste. Today, that farm for thoroughbreds has grown into the spectacular Lipica Stud Farm, a Slovenia national treasure dedicated to Lipizzaners, a breed known for their noble appearance and superiority in equestrian events.

    Your visit begins with a tour of the historic grounds, which includes magnificent stables with dressage areas, a riding hall, small chapel, and lovely manor complex. As you wander along, your guide will explain the stories history of the Lipizzaners, the traditional way they are bred, the riding programs, and how the Lipica Stud Farm has evolved over the centuries. It's an enlightening tour that offers an in-depth understanding of these revered horses.

    Still, the highlight is watching the Lipizzaners in action. Known for their light step, proud attitude and marvelous acrobatic feats, Lipizzaners are natural performers that move in complete harmony with their riders. Depending upon the time of your visit, you will either observe a training session or an actual performance. Both beautifully showcase the Lipizzaners' rare qualities and leave a lasting impression. Afterward, you'll enjoy some free time to explore the grounds further, then rejoin your coach for the drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Slovenia's Trending Culinary Scene

    Learn why Slovenia is trending as a culinary destination during this food and wine immersion. Visit the Fonda Fish Farm and meet Dr. Fonda, a world renowned biologist for a boat tour of her branzino fields. Then travel to panoramic Hiša Torkla Hisa Torka restaurant for presentations and tastings of Slovenia’s finest olive oils and salts. Enjoy lunch designed around the foods of Slovenia complete with wines paired to showcase the growing viniculture industry here.

    Designed for the intrepid culinary explorer, this tour showcases the emerging food and wine trends of Slovenia. The old Slovenian proverb that says, “Love comes through the stomach,” is apparent today as you immerse yourself in the culinary arts of aquaculture, salt, olive oil and wine. You will first meet in the Culinary Arts Kitchen for an overview of your tour. Space is limited to eighteen guests, so you’ll enjoy an intimate experience with fellow foodies and our knowledgeable Chef Instructor.

    Your excursion then begins with a panoramic drive to Piran Bay, located at the southernmost point of the Slovenian Sea and the location of the Fonda Fish Farm. It is here, where the clean, deep waters and strong current allow free-swimming farmed fish to thrive. The Fonda family is known throughout Slovenia (and the world) for their superior Piran Sea Bass. Upon arrival, you will meet Fonda family members, who will explain their philosophy and the techniques that have been developed over generations. The Fonda's are a family of biologists, conservationists, innovators, fishermen, scuba divers and researchers whose business is regarded as the gold standard in modern aquaculture. You’ll climb aboard a boat with your host, Dr. Fonda, to tour into the fish fields. After the tour you’ll be treated to a tasting of Fonda branzino and a local wine.

    Next, you’ll enjoy a short and scenic ride to Hiša Torkla, a picturesque restaurant perched atop a hillside with beautiful views of the Slovenian country and seaside. Before lunch, you’ll be treated to two sessions with local experts on olive oil and salt – two artisan products treasured along the Adriatic from Slovenia. Vanja Dujc owns olive groves close by, and is an enchanting advocate for the art of the ancient craft of making olive oil. You’ll learn all about how olive oil is made and taste some of his award-winning varietals and blends. You’ll then have a presentation about the prized Soline salts of Slovenia, enjoyed by the Japanese Royal Family (and a favorite of Executive Chef Kelly). Taste their fleur de sal and learn how salt is harvested here in the salt beds very near the Fonda Farm.

    In the casually elegant dining room of Hiša Torkla, you’ll enjoy a tasting lunch prepared by the chef/owner; each course designed to showcase the regional products and recipes of Slovenia. Because no trip on the Slovenian culinary scene would be complete without acknowledging the emerging wine market here, we’ve arranged for the sommelier to select a wine to accompany each course. Throughout lunch the chef and sommelier will discuss the dishes and the pairings.

    With a full heart and stomach, return to the ship with fond memories of an unforgettable day.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing and a 45 minute ride in a small commercial fishing boat. There will be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light jacket or windbreaker; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Ljubljana From the River

    This full day tour takes you inland to the charming capital city of Ljubljana where you will have an opportunity to experience the distinctive atmosphere that sets it apart from other European capitals. Harmoniously blending the old with the new, Ljubljana offers mesmerizing architecture, friendly locals, and amazing vistas that include views from the towering Alps all the way to the Adriatic Sea.

    Departing from the pier, you'll travel approximately 90-minutes by coach through the beautiful Slovenian countryside to the city of Ljubljana. Upon arrival, you'll meet your local guide and commence a walking tour of the historical city center. Here, in the heart of this captivating city, you'll have a chance to see wonderful Baroque-styled buildings, cathedrals and bridges.

    Following your walking tour, you'll board a river boat and continue your tour with a leisurely trip down the picturesque Ljubljanica River. As you enjoy the gentle breeze and passing scenery, you will no doubt feel you've stepped back in time as you glide past attractive historical buildings set upon the banks of the river and the bells of the cathedral and surrounding churches fill the air with their melodious sounds. Disembarking your tour boat, you'll make your way to a quaint restaurant located in the city center where you'll be treated to a typical Slovenian meal, accompanied by a glass of local wine.

    Before re-joining your coach for the return to Koper, you'll be afforded free time to stroll along the streets at your leisure or browse for souvenirs. The shops here offer up a good selection of ceramics, wooden objects and art work produced by local artists.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking - mostly over flat surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are approximately 55 steps to be negotiated. Due to the nature of the tour, it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Historical Piran & Wine Tasting

    Piran is the oldest town in Slovenia and one of the best preserved in the country. With its rich cultural heritage and charming Venetian architecture, this delightful coastal town attracts many visitors throughout the year.

    During its early history, Koper enjoyed a monopoly on the salt market and during your tour you'll learn the history of the salt workers and their lifestyle in the ancient town of Piran. Both Greeks and Romans used a small rock outcrop nearby to light beacons for ships sailing into Koper and Piran's name is derived from the Greek word for fire, pyre. Today, this lovely town is virtually an open-air museum of the past, famous for its architecture and for being the birthplace of Renaissance composer, Giuseppe Tartini.

    Your time in Piran begins with a walking tour through its winding streets, savoring the unspoiled magic of this mostly undiscovered corner of Europe. As you make your way through the town, you'll find that each house hides a unique piece of history and in the main square, see the beautiful bronze statue erected in honor of Giuseppe Tartini. You'll also be introduced to the authentic taste of the salt produced in the nearby salt fields. Often referred to as the crystal gold, it was salt that made the town wealthy and a very important part of the Venetian Republic. Before traveling on to a local winery, you'll have free time to further explore on your own, or browse in the colorful shops.

    Rejoining your coach, it's a scenic 45-minute drive to the site of the Santomas Wine Cellar, the largest wine cellar in Slovenia. Here, you will learn the importance of wine in Slovenian culture and receive a guided tour of the cellar. At the conclusion of your cellar tour, you'll be treated to a tasting of delicious locally produced Slovenian wines and a light cheese snack before its time to head back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes of walking - at times on uneven ground, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are approximately 60 steps to be negotiated. The tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests must be at least 18-years of age to participate in the wine-tasting.

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  • A Walking Tour of Koper

    An ancient Mediterranean town, Koper lies on the northern coast of the Istrian peninsula, where the Adriatic Sea carves most deeply into the heart of Central Europe. Koper's rich Venetian Renaissance tradition is very well preserved and its many beautiful squares and burgher buildings bear witness to its long history as an important city of the 1000-year republic. As the capital town of Istria, in Italian, Koper is called Capodistira and translates as the head of Istria. The town's prosperity has long been founded on maritime trade and today, this pulse is supported by the port of Koper which was founded 50 years ago and has allowed for Koper to become an important maritime gateway for Slovenia and other central and eastern European countries.

    This lovely city that faces the sea, enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm and dry summers. Visitors and residents alike are treated to pleasant seaside vistas while being embraced by soft breezes. On days when the sirocco wind blows, the sky can turn an amazing color of scarlet, only serving to add to the allure of this destination.

    Joining your local guide at the pier, your walking tour begins by climbing the 100 stairs that lead to the upper level of the town. Your approximately 90-minute stroll through the picturesque town center includes visits to the museum, Pretorian Palace and the Cathedral of St. Mary's Assumption.

    Before heading back to the pier, a stop will be made at Carpaccio Square for a glass of local Slovenian wine and light cheese snack. Those who wish, may stay behind in the city and make their own way back to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking - at times on uneven ground. There are also a considerable number of steps (approximately 160) to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. Casual lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Lake Bled Cruise & Island Visit

    Enjoy a full day visiting Lake Bled and its legendary island, ranked among the most beautiful alpine resorts in the world.

    Lake Bled has attracted numerous visitors for centuries, with its immense natural beauty, hot springs and serene climate. Beautiful hotels, walking paths, tennis and golf courses, a casino, rowing regattas and nearby natural and cultural sites are only a few of the reasons that this has become a popular place for both tourists and locals.

    Depart the pier for a scenic 2-hour drive towards Bled, where upon arrival you will board a scenic boat for a cruise of the Lake and a visit to its famous island which is situated in the middle.

    Landing at the Island, one of the sites you will visit is the "wish Bell", certainly the most significant point of interest for visitors since the Middle Ages. The Bell hangs from the tower on top of the ship roof. According to popular legend, a young widow who lived at Bled Castle mourned her husband who had been killed by brigands and gathered all her gold and silver and had a bell cast for the chapel on Bled Island. When the bell was being transported to the island, a terrible storm caused the boat to overturn, drowning the sailors and sinking the bell to the bottom of the lake. The young widow, now even more devastated, decided to go to Rome to enter a convent. After her death, the Pope donated another bell for the church of the Isle of Bled. Legend has it that those who ring the bell to honor her and make a wish will see their wish come true.

    From here you will continue on towards Bled Castle, where you will have the opportunity to marvel at the stunning views (interior visit not included) and enjoy a delicious lunch. Following lunch, some free time is allotted before its time to re-board your coach and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking and/or standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are some steps and uneven ground to negotiate as well as an uphill grade. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; flat, comfortable walking shoes; sun cap and sunglasses are suggested.

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  • Skocjan Caves and Wine Tasting

    Behold the extraordinary underground world in the massive Skocjan Caves, followed by an intimate tasting of Slovenian wines in a private residence.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a meandering drive inland to the Skocjan Caves, Slovenia’s only World Heritage site. This exceptional system of caves includes one of the world’s largest underground chambers, waterfalls and a massive river canyon. In addition to their large scale, scientific importance and otherworldly appearance, the caves and surrounding lands support rare and endangered flora and fauna such as salamanders.

    While following a park ranger through the caves, you will learn about their formation, the people who lived here in prehistoric times and the history of the caves’ exploration. The first written account of the Skocjan Caves dates to the 2nd century B.C., and new passages with underground rivers and lakes are still being discovered. The largest room in the Skocjan Caves is Martel’s Chamber, a gaping canyon that the Reka River formed. The river still runs through the canyon, slowly carving it ever deeper.

    Following this extraordinary underground adventure, you will stop at a private home nearby to sample Slovenian wines. The exact selections will be chosen upon your arrival, but you can expect to taste mostly white wines. Some may be made from familiar grapes such as sauvignon blanc, others may come from lesser-known zelen and pinela grapes.

    As an accompaniment, you will be served Slovenian delicacies such as prosciutto, salami, cheese and pickles before returning to the pier.

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  • Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

    This amazing tour takes you to the Postojna Cave system, the largest known cave system in Slovenia. What sets the Postojna cave apart from others in the world is its diversity of shapes, stalactite and stalagmite formations, expansive cave areas and water characteristics. Especially noteworthy is the cave's easy accessibility to visitors. Considered a horizontal cave, the greatest majority of the cave is able to be viewed from well-tended pathways. After an awesome 90-minute visit at this spectacular cave, you will re-join your coach for the short drive to Predjama Castle.

    Perched high atop a cliff and only accessible from one side, this stunning castle truly commands the surrounding countryside. A magnificent edifice literally built into the enormous exposed mouth of a vast underground cave system, Predjama Castle is one of the most unique and picturesque castles to be found anywhere and has often been referred to as a masterpiece of medieval ingenuity, courage, cunning and defiance. While today's castle clearly dates from the Renaissance era and the date of its construction is shown by the coat-of-arms of its owners, the Kobenzl family, as 1583, the castle does conceal an older heart. This interior cave castle was an impregnable refuge and historical sources have shown the castle dates back to the 13th century and perhaps even earlier. Enjoy a photo stop and brief interior visit at this renowned residence of famous knights and noblemen that was at times also notorious for being the hide-out of medieval bandits.

    Following your time at the Castle, you'll return to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes of walking - at times on uneven ground. There are also a considerable number of steps (approximately 130) to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. The temperature inside Postojna Cave averages 44 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity is 90%. Casual lightweight clothing, a light jacket and comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Photography of any kind is prohibited inside the cave. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.

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