Koper cruise

Calli, campi, broli and lions of St. Mark
The porticos of the Palazzo Pretorio
The medieval Piazza del Duomo

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Close relationship with Venice

A visit to Capodistria means being catapulted into a port of the “Serenissima” Republic of Venice that administered the city for almost five centuries.
 
As you set ashore from your MSC cruise ship and take a stroll through the historic centre you will see certain features that are very similar to what you see in Venice: calli (typical narrow streets of Venice), campi (small squares), broli (assembly squares)... lions of St. Mark, coat of arms of the nobility and rulers adorning the facades of the palaces.

One of the most attractive expressions of this urban fabric is the Via Calegaria, traditionally dedicated to trade and artisans’ workshops, especially shoemakers. Amongst the most interesting excursions one can take during an MSC cruise of the Mediterranean is to the marina of Porta Maggiore, up to the porticos of the Palazzo Pretorio (the praetorian palace), rebuilt in the mid-15th century, in Piazza del Duomo. The church has a beautiful 15th century façade with portals made by Pietro Lombardo, its 18th century interiors also host Saint Nazarius’ alabaster sarcophagus made in 1422 by Filippo De Sanctis; even older than the Duomo, built between the 12th and 13th century, is the bell tower.

The entire historic centre of Capodistria is to be admired, from the Romanesque building (Casa Percauz, 13th or 14th century) to the many late medieval gothic buildings of the brolo and along the Via Calegaria; the buildings of Tuscan origin designed with the characteristic "gheffo", the jutting out upper floors, or the Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-classic buildings.

In alternative you can enjoy an excursion to Lubiana, the capital of Slovenia, a very beautiful city and yet to be discovered in which different architectural styles coexist harmoniously. One can explore Lubjana with a tour along the river that cuts in in two, but also interesting are the Ponte Triplo (triple bridge), the splendid Tivoli gardens, and a visit to the Castle that towers over the city or the market, the heart of the city which will add unforgettable memories to your cruise.

Must see places in Koper

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  • BEST OF LJUBLJANA

    CITY TOUR

    KOP01

    An extensive look at Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana, a city that looks back on 5 millennia of history, is on the itinerary of this enjoyable all-day outing. Following a relaxing 1.5-hour coach ride to the city, you’ll get to savour its many highlights on foot. Ljubljana is not only home to an old Roman castrum called the Emona, but also boasts a medieval castle and numerous squares surrounded by ornately decorated Baroque-style buildings. Further photo-worthy sights include the Ljubljanica River, the broad expanse of Tivoli Park, Triple Bridge – designed by the Slovenian architect Jože Plecnik – and Prešeren Square in the town centre. Next up is Ljubljana’s open-air market, noted for its fresh organic produce and Slovenian specialities, followed by the medieval town hall and the replica Baroque Robba Fountain, the original of which was moved to the National Gallery in 2006. Time to have a rest then follows on a 1-hour riverboat cruise and later traditional lunch at a Slovenian inn. You’ll then have about 1.5 hours to spend in the city as you wish, before the coach takes you back to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$135.00Price per person

    • Children$99.00Price per person

  • SELECT SIGHTS OF LJUBLJANA

    CITY TOUR

    KOP05

    Exploring the Slovenian capital is as easy as boarding a coach and first relaxing on a 1.5-hour transfer to the city. You’ll then take the funicular railway up to the hilltop castle for superb views of the city and a look at the originally 11th-century fortification. After the funicular ride back down, you’ll set off on a guided walk through the old town on the banks of the Ljubljanica River. This largely Baroque quarter was the only part of the city to be spared by the earthquake of 1865 and the route will include an inside visit at the Baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas as well as outside views of the Bishop’s Palace, Dragon Bridge, the market and Prešeren Square. A second inside visit follows at the 17th-century Church of the Annunciation, after which you can look forward to further sights like Triple Bridge, Congress Square, the university, the Academia philharmonicorum building and the 18th-century Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity, another Baroque masterpiece. Free time will then be yours to explore on your own before you return to the ship. Please note: guides will give explanations outside the churches; guests will visit the sites individually. In case of religious celebrations, the visit to the churches will be external. Conservative attire for visiting sites of religious importance.
    • No guide available

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5:15 h

    • Adults$79.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • VISIT TO KOPER

    CITY TOUR

    KOP02

    Prepare to lose your heart – even if only a little – when you rendezvous with Koper’s beautiful historical quarter, which remained almost entirely untouched during the communist era and continues to delight all who choose to pay a visit. And as the lovely old streets are best explored on foot, this half-day tour will take you on a guided walk through the old urban centre. You will reach Tito’s Square for an outside look at the 15th-century Venetian Gothic-style Praetorian Palace and the Cathedral of Mary’s Assumption. Next up, you’ll pass through Muda Gate, a 16th-century triumphal arch leading to the inner part of Koper and onwards to Carpaccio Square, whose name was coined by a Koper-born Venetian painter. The excursion also includes a stop for a tasting of typical snacks before having little time to explore the town on your own. Return to your ship.
    • No guide available

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$65.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • POSTOJNA CAVES

    NATURAL WONDERS

    KOP04

    You don’t have to be a budding speleologist to enjoy the subterranean thrill afforded by this entertaining half-day tour, which will take you to see Slovenia’s incredible Postojna Caves, the second-largest cave system in the country. The outing begins with a scenic coach journey to reach the caves, which you can then enjoy partly from a little train and partly on foot. Do remember to take a sweater or light jacket as temperatures inside the caves remain at a constant 10 °C, which can be chilly if wearing short sleeves. After boarding the “cave train”, you’ll begin your exploration of the jaw-dropping caverns. The karstic cave system consists of 20 km of breathtaking galleries, chambers and halls – with wildly varying ceiling heights from very low to a positively gigantic 50 metres at their highest point. Once the train has taken you deep into the caverns, you’ll have a chance to get off and explore the cleverly illuminated chambers on foot. The train will then return you to the surface, after which the return drive to Koper brings your tour to a leisurely close. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, who are claustrophobic or using a wheelchair. The visit to the caves is unguided.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$102.00Price per person

    • Children$72.00Price per person

  • LAKE BLED & ISLAND

    SCENIC ROUTE

    KOP07

    The beautiful body of water in the Julian Alps of Slovenia’s Upper Carniolan region known as Lake Bled is your destination on this scenic all-day tour, which first takes you on a relaxing 2-hour coach ride to reach this magic place. On arrival, you’ll board a kind of wooden boat called a pletna for a 30-minute pleasure cruise, surrounded by majestic mountains and dense forests, to reach the charming central island with its lovely 17th-century Church of St. Mary, often used as a wedding venue. According to legend, ringing the so-called “wishing bell” twice will make a wish come true. The popularity of the island has also spilled over to the historical town of Bled, which sits on the banks of the Alpine lake. You’ll have about 2 hours’ time in town, perhaps indulging in a slice of the town’s signature cream cake, heading up to the cliff-side castle (both at extra cost) or simply relaxing and enjoying the splendid views. The scenic return journey to the port and your ship then brings the tour to a close. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      7:30 h

    • Adults$112.00Price per person

    • Children$79.00Price per person

  • THE SCENIC SLOVENIAN RIVIERA

    SCENIC ROUTE

    KOP03

    What the not quite 50-km length of the Slovenian Riviera lacks in size is more than made up for by the extraordinary beauty of its varied shoreline and the picture-perfect appeal of its coastal resorts. All you have to do is leave the ship, board a coach and then sit back to enjoy seeing panoramic coastal views unfold before your eyes. As you travel towards your first short photo stop in Izola, a small fishing town, your guide will keep you entertained with some background information about the Istrian Peninsula. You’ll also pass through the verdant Strunjan Valley as you head for Piran, a gem of medieval architecture situated on the tip of a thin sliver of land that juts out to sea. You’ll have 2 hours to spend in the resort doing whatever you fancy – and strolling around its picturesque streets is a treat you won’t want to miss. Venetian-style buildings are a common sight in town, a fact that goes back to a period spent under Venetian rule between the late 13th- and the late 18th centuries. Your scenic drive back to Koper will also take you past the bustling resort of Portorož with its splendid beach and many hotels before dropping you off at the ship.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • Children$65.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Slovenia

Cycling in the woods
Cycling in the woods

Stable, prosperous and welcoming, Slovenia is a charming and comfortable place to travel, with architecturally grand, cultured cities, and lush pine-forested countryside, perfect for hiking and biking in summer and skiing in winter.

The country managed to avoid much of the strife that plagued other nations during the messy disintegration of the Yugoslav Republic. 

Administered by German-speaking Habsburg overlords until 1918, the Slovenes absorbed the culture of their rulers while managing to retain a strong sense of ethnic identity through their Slavic language. 


A cruise to Slovenia would be incomplete without a visit to its sophisticated capital, Ljubljana: a delight, pleasantly compact and cluttered with fabulous Baroque and Habsburg buildings

A short ride away, the Julian Alps provide stunning mountain scenery, most accessible at the majestic twin lakes of Bled and Bohinj, while the Soča Valley, skirting the country’s western border, is even more memorable. 


Further south are spectacular caves, notably at Postojna and Škocjan, while the short stretch of Slovenian Mediterranean coast is punctuated by two starkly different towns: historic Piran and party-oriented Portorož

In the eastern wine-making regions, Ptuj is Slovenia’s oldest and best-preserved town, while the country’s second city, Maribor, is a worthwhile stopover point on the way to Austria.