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Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

1. Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

Discover the sights of Trieste in comfort aboard an air-conditioned bus equipped with audio guides synchronized with the route to provide information about all the attractions you will see. Climb aboard at the Molo Audace pier, and then sit back and relax as you travel around the historic city center. You can hop on and off the bus at any stop and take the next one if there is a seat. The ticket is valid for 24 hours, the seat is guaranteed only for the course you have booked. Route: • Molo Audace • Mandracchio Shore: Unità d'Italia Square • Nazario Sauro Shore: Salone degli Incanti - Eataly    • Ottaviano Augusto Street: Lighthouse and La Lanterna Baths -  Campo Marzio Station • Campo Marzio Street: Sea Museum • Grumula Shore - Venezia Square   • Teatro Romano Street: Santa Maria Maggiore Church -  Roman Theater • Saint Spiridione Street: Maria Teresia - Orthodox Serbian Temple of Saint Spiridione - Saint Antonio Square - Church of Sant'Antonio Nuovo • Roma Street: Vittorio Veneto Square - Grande Canal - Ponterosso Square • Italia Boulevard: Borsa Square  • Saint Giusto Hill: San Giusto Castle and Church  • Goldoni Square   • Carducci Boulevard  • Oberdan Square: Tram Station • Libertà Square: Train Station • Miramare Boulevard: Old Port • Miramare Boulevard: Barcola - Barcola Pine Forest    • Miramare Boulevard: Barcola Crossroads - Miramare Castle • Miramare Boulevard: Barcola Seafront -Topolini Baths   • Libertà Square- Train Station • Tre Novembre Shore: Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicolò • Molo Audace

Trieste: Miramare Castle Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

2. Trieste: Miramare Castle Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Experience the history and beauty of Miramare Castle - all without waiting in line. Visit this 19th century sea shore castle, surrounded by a large and picturesque park. The landscaped grounds feature plants chosen from all over the world. Enjoy taking in the outstanding architecture perched above the sea. Take advantage of access to the museum, stables and Castelletto, as well as walking in the extensive grounds. Discover the 19th century furnishing and decorations inside the castle, many of which have been preserved to the present day.

From Trieste: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

3. From Trieste: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

Postojna Cave, the queen of all caves, is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst (limestone) monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you get to meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant – the proteus (olm) – up close.  A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries, and halls, an astonishing diversity of karst features, as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and the large number of visitors (more than 36 million of them in over 200 years). The Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious, and impregnable castle has been perched up in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep down below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best-known and most notorious owner – Erazem of Predjama.  The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. It was this safe abode of his that helped the brave knight resist the besiegers without much difficulty for more than a year. Let your guide take you through these unforgettable sights for an ideal day excursion.

From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

4. From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

Depart Trieste and journey to the capital of Slovenia to take a guided tour of Ljubljana. Learn more about its cultural, economic and political history as you explore the ancient and modern architecture of the old town center. Discover monuments by the architect Jože Plečnik and hear how he played an important part in Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. Admire attractions such as the Town Hall, stone lamps of the Triple Bridge and the Cobblers’ Bridge that connects 2 parts of the city's medieval heart. Marvel at Ljubljana Cathedral, the Baroque Robba Fountain and buildings of the central Prešeren Square.  Continue to the Alpine town of Bled and get back to nature on the lake that surrounds Bled Island. See the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and go for a walk around the lake. Gaze in awe at Bled Castle, built on a precipice above the lake, and enjoy a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called kremšnita.

Trieste: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

5. Trieste: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Take in the major attractions of Trieste on a 2-hour guided walking tour. As this is a private tour it can be adapted to your interests. See the Audace Pier, built in the 18th century and Piazza Unità d'Italia, a unique and spacious market by the sea. Admire the neoclassical architecture of the Stock Market. See the Grand Canal, originally the main river canal for the salt pans. In the 19th century, the Ponte Rosso was built and the area became known for its marketplace. At the Market of St. Anthony, the guide will explain the cultural and religious diversity of Trieste. Visit a Roman theater at the foot of the Hill of St. Giusto. See the Baroque Church of St. Mary, built by Jesuits.

Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

6. Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste

Depart Trieste and journey to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Slovenia. Arrive in Piran and see the bronze statue of the famous composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini on Tartini Square. Visit the house where he lived and admire one of his violins. Marvel at the majestic buildings that surround the square, such as the Municipal Palace and Maritime Museum. Get panoramic views from the Church of Saint George, and stroll along the narrow streets to encounter pretty fishing nets and compact houses. Continue along the coast to visit the seaside towns of Portorož, Izola and Koper. Hear about their main attractions and learn about the local traditions. Take in the scenic views of the natural salt pans of Sečovlje near Portorož, and sample the local food and wine at a typical village. Learn about the fishing history of Izola and more. 

Trieste Panoramic City and Miramare Castle Tour

7. Trieste Panoramic City and Miramare Castle Tour

After being picked up from your accomodation or hotel in Trieste, your guide will take you on a tour through Trieste. Take in the panoramic views of this majestic city, nestled in Italy’s northeast corner, embraced by green hills in one and the Mediterranean sea on the other, the snow capped Dolomites to the north. Visit Miramare Castle which was built between 1856 and 1860 on the tip of the promontory overlooking the sea. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the castle's beautiful parks and marvel at the valuable botanical species where one can relax.  At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your accomodation. 

Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

8. Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

After being collected from your Trieste accommodation, you will make your way to the town of Prosecco. You will begin your discovery into the well-kept and bubbly secret of this town, which is considered the gem of this region. Throughout your tour you will have the chance to discover this under-explored region, hearing all about the history of Prosecco and appreciating the area's most historically significant vineyards. This will be followed by a visit to an exceptional winery where you'll try some of the most renowned sparkling wine in all of Italy. Your tour will carry on to the medieval village of Štanjel, which was one of the first communities in the Karst Region. It is loved for its ancient village center and its awe-inspiring sweeping vistas. Štanjel sits atop a scenic hill, from where you can easily see some its most famous structures. The village has changed in appearance over the centuries, but has always maintained the spirit of the Karst. The town gets its name from the Patron Saint, Daniel, which provides it with an interesting cultural heritage. During both world wars, Štanjel was uniquely influenced by a particular architect and mayor at the time, Maks Fabiani. He preserved the essence of the village whilst using his creative finesse to rejuvenate the newly-renovated public structures. Fabiani’s most notable work in Štanjel involved the restoration of Ferrari Villa and the design of the extraordinary Ferrari Garden park, lauded as the most significant park landscaping in Slovenia from the inter-war period. Throughout the tour, you will also get the opportunity to try local delights of the Karst region, including dry-cured ham, cheese and local wine.

Lipica Stud Farm and Škocjan Caves from Trieste

9. Lipica Stud Farm and Škocjan Caves from Trieste

The Lipica Stud Farm is one of the oldest stud farms in the world and it represents the origin of the Lipizzan horse. In a unique natural environment, in the middle of fairy meadows and in the shade of oak and chestnut trees, you will find beautiful white horses which will certainly enchant you. On your trip, you will experience the world of the Lipizzan horse, walk through the stable and visit the Lipikum Museum dedicated to various aspects of the stud and the Lipizzan breed. Škocjan Caves is a cave system in Slovenia which together with the underground stream of the river Reka represents the most important natural phenomenon of the Karst region and one of the largest underground canyons in the world. Due to its exceptional significance, Škocjan Caves was added to UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. Its colorful underground world is adorned with giant stalactites, water rapids and beautiful lakes. View the world’s largest underground canyon and walk across the bridge which is situated 40 meters above the underground river. The panoramic view at the exit of the cave will certainly leave you speechless. To conclude your trip, you will visit the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, an open-air museum which is well known for its ethnological, karstological, geological and archaeological monuments, as well as for its natural and cultural heritage. Walk through the park and enjoy the unspoiled nature.

Trieste: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

10. Trieste: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

This local supplier is home to Italy's first and finest network of home cooks, known as "Cesarina" (a passionate Italian cook and host whose empire is the heart of the Italian home: the kitchen). Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, the Cesarine are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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We did this Trieste Bus Tour on the first day of our 3 day stay in Trieste. It was an excellent introduction to this beautiful city. The bus moved at a good pace; not too quickly and not too slowly. The audio was instructive. The staff was polite and helpful. We had two lovely stops at Miramare and San Giusto. RB

Incredible tour! Natasha was a phenomenal guide and provided so much fascinating history about Slovenia and the locations we went. I wish we had a little more time in Lake Bled, but overall the day was perfectly paced!

The trip was great. We enjoyed exploring both sites. The castle has electronic guide so you can progress at your own pace. The cave has a person that leads you through the cave.

you get a good overview of Trieste. we would do it again in a heartbeat. a little restricted visibility as this was a small bus.

Very easy and smooth. The guides cared about making sure they would be back to pick us up