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Trieste Miramare Castle and Karst tour

Private tour: 6 hours

Departure From Ljubljana (Slo)

The price is based on the number of people in your group.

250€ / person
Trieste Miramare Castle and Karst tour

Description

Get ready to explore the captivating city of Trieste, a place where diverse cultures, nations, and religions converge. Trieste stands as one of Italy’s most remarkable cities, offering a rich tapestry of history and influences.

Our journey commences in the historic quarter, where you’ll encounter the ancient Roman Ruins of Trieste atop San Giusto hill. These ruins encompass an ancient theater, forum, and an impressive Augustan Triumphal Arch. Following this, we’ll visit the venerable St. Giusto church and the medieval castle, both offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay of Trieste. As we continue our exploration, you’ll traverse the elegant seafront promenade and visit Italy’s largest sea-facing square, Piazza Unità d’Italia. You’ll also have the chance to admire the beauty of Canal Grande and discover many more historical sites within the old town.

For those with a love of coffee, Trieste is renowned as the home of Italy’s coffee culture. During the Austrian era, it served as the main European port for coffee imports. Our journey proceeds to the magnificent Miramare Castle, perched dramatically on a Karstic rocky promontory overlooking the Gulf. Constructed in the 19th century, this castle was designed by Carl Junker and built from 1856 to 1860 for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium. The Archduke later became Emperor Maximilian I, and his wife became Empress Carlota of Mexico. The castle’s extensive 54-acre park, which stretches along the cliffs and seashore, was meticulously designed by the Archduke and features a variety of tropical trees and plants.

The castle itself is a true jewel of the Hapsburg empire, with highlights including the Duke’s bedroom and office, meticulously modeled after the cabin and stern wardroom of the warship that he once commanded on the open seas.

Following your exploration, enjoy some free time before we return you to your accommodation in Ljubljana.

Departure: by agreement from your accomodation throughout the year.

  • 9am Pick up from your accommodation in Ljubljana
  • 10.15am Walking tour of Trieste old town and San Giusto hill visit
  • 12am Miramare Castle visit
  • 1pm Free time for shopping and lunch
  • 2pm Scenic drive Karst region and visit
  • 4pm Arrival back to your accommodation in Trieste
Trieste Miramare Castle and Karst tour - day 1 - TRIESTE MIRAMARE CASTLE AND KARST TOUR
  • Roundtrip transportation in a modern luxury mini-van with extra leg room
  • Walking city tour of Trieste old town and San Giusto hill visit
  • Karst region scenic drive
  • Experienced licensed English speaking guide/driver on the tour
  • Free time for lunch
  • Entrance fees to Miramare castle
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testimonials

Slovenia and Croatia tour – 10 days - July 2017

“Spectacular scenery with 5-star personalized and attentive service!” My multigenerational family, including two toddler daughters and 70 year-old mother, loved our experience with Slovenia 4 Seasons! We serendipitously found their brochure in the lobby of our hotel, the Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste. Thus began the best part of our trip, which up until then had consisted of lovely but somewhat impersonal train rides through the Swiss Alps and a self-guided (i.e. lots of walking in the hot sun, waiting in line behind hordes of other tourists, overpaying for water taxis) tour of Venice. We had the time of our lives with Slovenia 4 Seasons, with our jovial tour guide Jernej regaling us with the history and culture of Slovenia and Italy as we were driven smoothly in an air-conditioned and very comfortable minivan through the pristine countryside and perfectly preserved storybook villages of Slovenia--just about half an hour from Trieste, but so orderly and clean compared to Italy--and unspoiled due to its status as a hidden gem and also the national character of cleanliness and pride in caring for their small but self-sufficient country. On the first day, we drove up the mountains to a hilltop playground where my daughters gleefully swung on monkey bars seemingly located at the top of this new world, then back downhill through rich green forests, and around picturesque stone and stucco clad villages, each with a proud little church that hosts every villager's wedding, funeral, and a book that contains hundreds of years of ancestry records. Our tots found the bumpy cobblestone streets of Groznjan, a beautifully-preserved and refreshingly uncrowded medieval Croatian village, to be as charming as they were fun and challenging for their little feet to traverse, an entertaining obstacle course on the way to a feast of sumptuous prawns and grilled fish. We ended the day in Lipica, the site of the Lipizzaner stud farm with gorgeous white horses as well as three roly-poly ponies that the girls delighted in meeting. The next day Jernej took us to the graceful capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, where we visited the colorful and spotless and bustling city center and delicious Farmer's Market. The highlight for the girls, however, was a fantastical indoor playground--Mala Ulica--with a little kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and cafe where they were served freshly squeezed orange juice, grilled cheese, and milk. It was hard to convince them to leave, but our next stop was the most spectacular yet--the dramatic Predjama Castle, built into the side of a cliff with a soaring network of caves extending overhead and through to the other side of the mountain. Jernej introduced us to his friends at the welcoming onsite restaurant, where we dined on savory venison goulash. Our experience with Slovenia 4 Seasons could not have been better or more personalized to our needs and interests--Jernej was willing to literally drive us anywhere we wanted to explore, and stop anywhere for photo ops--and allowed us to see and do so much more, in comfort and safety, than ever would have been possible on our own. We wish we could take them with us on all of our travels--having spent time with tour guides from all over the world, their service truly stands out for their attentiveness, flexibility, creativity, and warmth. We can't wait to go back and see more with Slovenia 4 Seasons!

Josephine, California, USA

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - June 2015

Dear Andrej, Thanks a lot for a wonderful trip in Trieste and Slovenia. We really had a good time. Thank goodness we accepted your suggestion on our final day. We would have missed beautiful places and now we can tell our friends what they shouldn't miss. Thanks again on behalf of my friends and myself for your professional tour and your company. We hope to meet you again in the future. Best wishes, Rodrigo, José Ignacio, Charo and Juan, Valencia, Spain

Rodrigo, José Ignacio, Charo and Juan, Valencia, Spain

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