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.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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.
ご注意：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.
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.
ご注意：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.
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.
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.
ご注意：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.
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.
ご注意：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.
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.
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.
ご注意：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.
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.
ご注意：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.
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.
ご注意：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.
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.
ご注意：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.
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.
ご注意：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.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. 良いガイドと十分な交通手段を確保するには、少なくとも36時間前にツアーオペレーターに乗客数を知らせる必要があります。これを受けて、ツアー出発の36時間以内にキャンセルした場合や集合場所に来なかった場合の払い戻しは行いません。地上の周遊ツアーをご予約の際は、日程やツアーの期間にご注意ください。通常、指定の港で参加できるツアーは、1日に1つまでです。Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. ツアーは雨天決行です。Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. ツアーは最小催行人数に達しないと行われないため、なるべくお早目にお申し込みください。ツアーは、最小催行人数に達しない場合は中止となる場合があります。Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. 地域や国民の祝日には、特定の施設（博物館や遺跡など）の入場が制限されている場合や入場できない場合があります。その場合は、お客様にとっての不都合を最小限に抑えるために調整を行います。一部のツアーには定員があります。Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. ぜひ、お早めにお申し込みください。Regent Seven Seas Cruisesは、一部の地上の周遊ツアーについて、免責書類にご記入いただくようお客様に要請する権利を留保します。詳細については、船上のデスティネーション サービスデスクへお越しください。