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Skocjan Caves, Lipica & Piran: Karst & Coast Small-Group Day Trip from Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Visit Slovenia’s iconic attractions during a small-group guided day trip, departing from central Ljubljana. Slovenia’s abundance of beauty is seen from capital to coast. On this voyage you will cruise to the karst region to admire the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then head to Lipica and observe the elegance of Slovenia’s Lipizzaner horses. Stop in the medieval coastal village, Piran, known for tasty local seafood specialties and stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. This tour is limited to eight people to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Descend into beautiful Škocjan Caves, one of the largest Karst caves in Europe
  • Cruise along Slovenia’s coastline, gawking at the seaside villages that dot the shore
  • Hangout in Piran, a handsome medieval town on the Adriatic Sea
  • Small-group tour with numbers limited to eight people
Meet your professional guide at your central Ljubljana hotel and board an air-conditioned vehicle for a pleasurable tour of Slovenia.

Then cruise about 40 minutes to visit one of the natural treasures of the planet, Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Listen as your guide explains why this underground canyon is a one of few natural phenomena in the world. Before continuing on, stop for break and savor some local prosciutto paired with a glass of Slovenian wine (own expense).

Now, continue to charming Lipica* and delve into an equestrian experience. Visit the famous white Lipizzaners and gain insight into the oldest European stud farm producing the oldest cultural horse breeds.

From here, it’s 28 green miles to the coast and Piran. Wander the cobblestone streets of this medieval village and discover its alluring squares and coastal vantage points. Pick a restaurant in town and enjoy local fish specialties (own expense) or grab a swim in the sapphire blue Adriatic Sea. Dry off and buckle up for a ride back to your hotel Ljubljana.
*Note: the visit to the Lipizzaner horses in Lipica is not possible during winter (November to March) Horses are kept in the stables during the cold season and are not accessible to visitors during that time.
Stop At:  
Skocjanske Jame
Optional visit of Skocjan cave
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Lipizzan Museum Lipikum
Photo stop in Lipica
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piran Town Walls
Visit of Piran
Duration: 180 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Predjama Castle
Photostop in Predjama castle
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Loved it
, Oct 2019
Awesome trip. It was shame that our schedule changed (for reasons that wasn't guides fault), but guide made best she could. Long day, but maybe the greatest on my Slovenia trip.
Fantastic day out!
Laura U
, Oct 2019
Primož was a fantastic tour guide friendly, knowledgeable and organised. It felt like we packed a lot of great attractions and some beautiful locations into one day. Primož was also very adaptable and let us have a say in where we wanted to go in between the main attractions. Overall we had a great day.
Could not have been a better day
Joao P
, Aug 2019
Really from the beginning to the very end we add fun. Our group was amazing and Tusi (our guide) was spectacular. Breathtaking time in Škocjan cave system, white horses at Lipica and ending with beautiful sea and seafood at Piran. Even the car ride was great since we were always taking and laughing
Great way to spend a day!
Happy W
, Aug 2019
I really enjoyed this tour. Our leader, Inna, was wonderful: so full of positive energy, so wanting to help us and VERY knowledgeable about the area. The places we visited we breathtaking. The caves were unbelievable: I've never seen anything like that. The horses were beautiful (and we got lucky and they came over to us and let us pet them). And Piran was exquisite! Overall, it was a wonderful day. And Inna made it even more special and memorable. She is a fountain of knowledge about the area and clearly cares about the people on her tours! I feel extremely lucky to have had her for my guide. Thank you Inna! You are a wonderful guide!!!
A lovely day!
Jess C
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide, Tusi, was incredible. She was so friendly, knowledgable and went above and beyond to take care of us. We had great conversations and she brought the group together. As a solo traveler it was perfect. At the end of the tour she gave me a hug! The tour: We saw a lot, and while it did feel a bit rushed at times, we knew that in advance; all was as advertised. Tusi even worked her charm to get us into a cave tour on time instead of losing an hour in line! The cave was INCREDIBLE (I cried with amazement, I'm not ashamed to say), seeing the castle was nice albeit short, the stop for prosciutto and cheese with wine was good, as we all were a bit hungry after the cave. Piran was absolutely beautiful. We were there for 2 hours, and I was able to wander the streets, have a drink and go for a swim- although I would have enjoyed another 30-60 minutes. If you are desiring to spend time in Piran, try to get your group to vote to go straight there and skip the horses and the prosciutto place. Disclaimer: while the tour receives 5 stars, I would give Viator itself maybe 3 stars, since there is no way to communicate with the tour guide themselves, which was nerve-racking since the pick up ran very late, and I couldn't get any info. I was able to call Viator, they said they'd look into it, but no one called me back. Luckily the guide showed up a few minutes after and all is well.
Slovenian Coast and Karst Region Day Trip from Ljubljana
, Jul 2019
Borut is a very pleasant, patient and knowledgeable man. We all enjoyed the itinerary he provided and his knowledge. Highly recommend him. Thank you Borut!
Great day out Highly recommend
, Jul 2019
Sasha was a very informative and accommodating guide. The tasting platter of local produce (7euro per person)was delectable and great value and wine included!!! The horses were a treat to pat and feed The castle caves and stay in Piran was enjoyable.
Great way to see Karst Region of Slovenia
, Jun 2019
We really enjoyed this trip. Our guide Nadia was great. It rained a bit but we still had fun and saw a lot.
Excellent experience
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide Primoz was so kind and explained much Slovenian history and culture to us. The time duration was appropriate and the half day trip to Piran was an excellent experience getting to know more about some local places in Slovenia!
Great way to visit !
, Jun 2019
Joining this tour is a great way to encounter different experiences in Slovenia in a short time. Our guide Nadja is very informative and punctual. We got to learn more about Slovenian history, geography and culture from her. She would try within her means to meet everyone's request, whether it be visiting a nearby location that is not within the itinerary or answering queries.

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