Koper Cruises

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Lake Bled and Island Cruise 
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Five centuries of Venetian rule have left a distinguished mark on Koper, Slovenia. The port city’s narrow streets and small squares recall those of Venice, Italy. This attractive MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination is also a popular starting point for excursions to Ljubljana and inland Slovenia. In town, explore Titov Trg square, the 15th-century Praetorian Palace, and the medieval old quarter.

 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• Ljubljana 
• Lake Bled and Island Cruise 
• Postojna Caves
 
Enjoy a memorable MSC Cruises excursion across Ljubljana, the magnificent capital of Slovenia. The centre is the most charming part of the historical city, through which flows the Ljubljanica River. See the characteristic Triple Bridge which crosses this body of water, before exploring the Roman castrum of Emona, the towering medieval castle, and leafy Tivoli Park. Stroll through the city’s many squares, resplendent with Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, or drop by the open-air market and the medieval town hall with its Baroque Robba Fountain. After a graceful riverboat cruise, enjoy lunch in a traditional Slovenian restaurant. Finally, spend some free time discovering the city's cafes and shops where you can pick up souvenirs. 
 
Lake Bled, in the Julian Alps, makes a magnificent MSC Cruises excursion. The tour begins with a relaxing 2-hour coach ride through the verdant landscapes of postcard-perfect Slovenia. In Bled, you’ll take a 30-minute pleasure cruise on a wooden 'pletna' boat, encircled by grand mountains and forests. Next, arrive at a fairy-tale island in the centre of the lake where you’ll see the 17th-century Church of St. Mary. Lastly, enjoy a couple of hours at your leisure tasting authentic cream cake at a local cafe, or extend your tour to the cliff-top castle, the amazing Blejski Grad.
 
If you’re keen on geological wonders, book an MSC Cruises excursion to the incredible Postojna Caves. This is the second-largest karstic cave system in Slovenia, featuring spectacular tunnels, stalagmites and stalactites, and vast open spaces. A train (launched in 1872) takes you underground into the caverns, where you have some time to explore the lit chambers on foot. The caves are also home to the endemic olm, the biggest troglodytic amphibian in the world!

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    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.