Docking in Koper, Slovenia
What to do - tours and trips off cruise!
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I can see you now. You've booked your cruise and you're now hysterical with delight and conjuring up wild visions of yourself trampling around in exotic European ports.
And why not? I would be too...But hang on a minute, one of the ports is some place called Koper in a country called Slovenia.
I can now see a lot of people frantically googling Koper and Slovenia wondering where it is and how this place can possibly size up to
the distinction of a Venice or Dubrovnik.
Well match them it definitely can! We're positive you will love Slovenia and be back for more. In this blog we run you through the various options and possibilities available to you after docking in Koper
- Gremo naprej! (that's let move on!)
Lake Bled - The jewel in the crown of Slovenia. A shimmering lake with an island in the middle and castle towering above.
Also the furtherest away so 2 hours needed there and back.
Ljubljana - The oh so cool capital that you will fall in love with!
Postojna Caves + Predjama Castle - a great double bill that is sure to delight.
Skocjan Caves - UNESCO listed with a great big canyon to boot!
Lipica - for the horse lovers, this is definitely a must-do, see the famous Lipizzaner train and perform!
Piran and the coast - lunch by the seaside is always a good idea!
Wine Country - Goriska Brda, Vipava and the Karst are vino heaven!
Of course you will have been given a list of tours offered by the cruise line. They offer the advantage of easy booking, priority at the port and a guarantee to be back on time but sometimes the prices can make you choke on your oatmeal. But if you find the price reasonable and like being on a bus with 50 other people, go for it!
LOCAL TOUR OPERATORS
There will be local tour operators with stands on the pier as you get off the ship. If you haven't already pre-booked a tour you can book one here. Prices were once dirt cheap but now the locals have caught on with the market economy and prices have risen in the last couple of years. Still, with smaller groups of 8 in a minibus, this is a better option if you have a group or don't like big crowds.
To book a 8 seater van tour to sights like Lake Bled and Postojna Caves check our tour page: www.sloveniaforyou.com/Tours.htm
Skocjan, Postojna Caves and the coast are only 30-45 minutes away so a car rental could be a good choice if you are not travelling too far. The roads are good so you shouldn't have any dramas. Our partners have an office in Koper so check the cars on offer with our link click HERE and use code SLOFORYOU when booking for the best rates!
If you visiting nearby sights like the coast, Trieste, Skocjan caves, Postojna caves or Lipica then a taxi is an option if you don't want to drive. They will charge the normal fee plus waiting time. There are a few taxi spots in the car park right opposite the pier otherwise walk through the town to the southern end of the old town and there is another taxi rank. see the map for the taxi rank locations.
The coast is only 30 minutes away so you can easily visit Izola, Piran and Portoroz by local bus. The main bus stop is quite a distance south of the old town but the buses often stop just outside the old town on their route.
The closest bus stop to the port is 10 minutes walk on Vojkovo Nabrežje. When leaving the port turn left, walk down past the multicoloured building on your left. The road bends round to the right a little and on the other side (right) you will see a bus stop. Beyond that stop is a street Vojkovo Nabrežje on the right. Turn right into Vojkovo Nabrežje and the bus stop is a little further up the street on the right.
see the timetable HERE. Type in Koper and Piran for example.
So there you have it, all about off cruise tours and excursions from Koper in a nutshell!
If you have any queries about what to see and how to go about it, of course email us at: email@example.com
Koper is a seaside tourist and commercial port in Slovenia, about 1.5 hours from the capital Slovenia. It is very close to the Italian border and large city of Trieste just north, and the Slovenian coast just west.
You will be giddy with excitement as you rush off to Bled and other beautiful places but if you have time at the end of your tour, the old town in Koper is
a great place to explore and unwind. The main square houses the tourist info centre in the gothic Pretorian Palace. Just across the way is the tower which offers great views from the top.
We also mentioned Loggia Caffe as a place to stop and enjoy a coffee.
The area west of the old town along the waterfront has many alfresco restaurants and bars serving pizzas and mixed grills, cold beers and cocktails. Wander the cobbled streets and enjoy the old town with an ice cream. One place we highly recommend are the cakes, coffee and biscuits from Slaščičarna Dehar near the main Titov Square. Tell him Sloveniaforyou sent you and have a great time in Slovenia!
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