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    Go Green- Ever-Changing Lake Cerknica

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    rive around a lake that is a natural phenomenon of sorts, as its water disappears each autumn, leaving the lake dry until the winter rainy season. For an overview of the lake’s unusual hydrological system ...
    rive around a lake that is a natural phenomenon of sorts, as its water disappears each autumn, leaving the lake dry until the winter rainy season. For an overview of the lake’s unusual hydrological system more...

    Drive around a lake that is a natural phenomenon of sorts, as its water disappears each autumn, leaving the lake dry until the winter rainy season. For an overview of the lake’s unusual hydrological system, you will first browse a museum with a scale working model of Lake Cerknica, showing how each year it drains into the porous karst that lies beneath the lakebed. A leisurely walk around the shore will add another dimension to your understanding of this well-known “intermittent lake,” as it’s known geologically. When full, the lake is the largest in Slovenia. Much of the flora and fauna changes seasonally with the water level. Regardless of when you visit, you can expect to see flowering orchids, medicinal plants, and countless birds, all of which the naturalist will describe in fascinating detail. More than half of Europe’s bird species have been spotted there at one time or another.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Follow a naturalist around an unusual “intermittent lake” that completely drains each year.
    • View a scale model of Lake Cerknica that shows how its hydrological system works.
    • Enjoy the flora and fauna that thrives around the lake as the naturalist describes them.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: 88,52 EUR
    • Child from: 88,52 EUR
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Green- Nature Reserve Skocjan

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    Explore a wetland nature reserve on reclaimed land that now supports an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. Salt pans covered much of this area for centuries, and it wasn’t until about 50 years ago that the brackish wetlands became an important habitat for flora and fauna. ...
    Explore a wetland nature reserve on reclaimed land that now supports an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. Salt pans covered much of this area for centuries, and it wasn’t until about 50 years ago that the brackish wetlands became an important habitat for flora and fauna. more...

    Explore a wetland nature reserve on reclaimed land that now supports an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. Salt pans covered much of this area for centuries, and it wasn’t until about 50 years ago that the brackish wetlands became an important habitat for flora and fauna. As you walk through this wonderfully unique ecosystem, a naturalist will describe the transformation of the reserve and how environmentalists prevented it from becoming an industrial zone. Nearly 250 types of birds—more than half the species in the entire country of Slovenia—have been spotted there, including Eurasian reed warblers, black-winged stilts and squacco herons. You can also expect to see a huge variety of colorful butterflies flitting about. Halophytes are among the more intriguing plants found in the wetlands, as they thrive in salty ground. From a distance, these succulents appear to have ice on their leaves, but it is actually dried salt that the plants exude from their glands.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Gain insight into how former salt pans were transformed into a thriving wetland.
    • Walk through a now-protected nature reserve with a naturalist guide.
    • Observe abundant wildlife that includes more than half the bird species in Slovenia.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: 128,31 EUR
    • Child from: 128,31 EUR
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Ljubljana City Highlights

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 6 hrs

    Ljubljana is the largest and busiest Slovenian city wth a combination of romantic stories, medieval charm and a livley student atmosphere. During your walking tour, your guide will try to capture the transformation from Roman times to the present for you. ...
    Ljubljana is the largest and busiest Slovenian city wth a combination of romantic stories, medieval charm and a livley student atmosphere. During your walking tour, your guide will try to capture the transformation from Roman times to the present for you. more...

    Ljubljana is the largest and busiest Slovenian city wth a combination of romantic stories, medieval charm and a livley student atmosphere. During your walking tour, your guide will try to capture the transformation from Roman times to the present for you. It bears witness to all five millenniums of its rich history. Apart from the remains of the Roman Emona, it boasts a medieval castle, numerous Baroque buildings, picturesque bridges and the vast Tivoli Park.


    You will see all of the main attractions - three bridges created by Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik, Preseren Square named after the poet and the open-air market known for its organic food and culinary highlights. In addition, you'll pass the Town Hall kept as it was in medieval times, Robba's Fountain a Baroque masterpiece and more hidden gems. This walking tour makes for an exciting exploration and has something for every interest.


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    • Adult from: 98,47 EUR
    • Child from: 68,63 EUR
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Postojna Caves

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Between the Alps and the sea, you’ll find the broad belt of the Slovenian Karst. This is a unique opportunity to explore the subterranean filled with natural surprises. ...
    Between the Alps and the sea, you’ll find the broad belt of the Slovenian Karst. This is a unique opportunity to explore the subterranean filled with natural surprises. more...

    Despite its small size, Slovenia is quite varied in terms of landscape. Between the Alps and the sea, you’ll find the broad belt of the Slovenian Karst, which is part of the great Dinaric mountain range. This is a mainly limestone area notable for a special karstic phenomena, both visible in its topography and underground. Take an approximately one hour drive from Koper to discover the unique underworld beneath this beautiful landscape. Board an electric train that will take you to Postojna Cave for a 1 1/2 hour visit. Well-kept paths comprise the greater part of the cave so it does not present any difficulties for most visitors.


    Your trail begins at the cave’s railway station and will take you to the first natural passage, known as the “Upturned Ship”. Visit Gothic Hall rich in stalactite decoration, where the remains of Ice Age animals have been found and the Conference Hall, previously known as the Ballroom, has been the venue for dances and concerts for 180 years. While you admire these natural sculptures, the train takes you to Great Mountain where the tour of the caves continues on foot in groups led by guides. This trail takes you you past very unique and charactertisic formations that have been named!


    At the Predjama Castle photo stop, a former hideout for the brazen knight named Erazem of Predjama, evidence indicates that this steep and imposing cliff has been fortified since at least the 13th century. Reboard your train by the Conference Hall to return to the surface and to your waiting ship in Koper.


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    • Adult from: 118,36 EUR
    • Child from: 78,58 EUR
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Scenic Countryside & Farmer's Market

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy a panoramic drive along the picturesque, hilly coast. Just a glimpse away from the sea, the landscape changes and captures the eye with its preserved natural beauty. Here you'll visit a village, meet the locals and experience their traditions and heritage. ...
    Enjoy a panoramic drive along the picturesque, hilly coast. Just a glimpse away from the sea, the landscape changes and captures the eye with its preserved natural beauty. Here you'll visit a village, meet the locals and experience their traditions and heritage. more...

    Enjoy a panoramic drive along the picturesque Slovenian hilly coast. Just a glimpse away from the sea, the landscape changes and captures the eye with its preserved natural beauty. Enjoy the scenery over the town of Izola and its coastline. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the region. In Piran, you’ll have time to stop for a photo of the appealing Venetian architecture. Enjoy a scenic drive to Portoroz a lovely seaside resort.


    Visit a traditional Istrian village where you’ll meet the locals and experience their traditions and heritage that is so well preserved today. During free time you’ll have a chance to taste traditional food that follow family recipes and sample wine produced right from their own vineyards. This traditional farmer’s market offers panoramic views over vineyards, orchards and hills. Enjoy this peaceful, Slovenian village, its heritage, flavors and countryside before returning back to your ship.


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    • Adult from: 98,47 EUR
    • Child from: 78,58 EUR
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Famous Lipizzaner Equestrian Show

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    In the picturesque Karst region of Slovenia and just a stone’s throw from the Slovenian-Italian border lies the Lipica Stud Farm - the cradle of the Lipizzaner horse. You'll visit the farm, which was founded in 1580 and today, is a jewel among the cultural and historical monuments of the Republic of Slovenia. ...
    In the picturesque Karst region of Slovenia and just a stone’s throw from the Slovenian-Italian border lies the Lipica Stud Farm - the cradle of the Lipizzaner horse. You'll visit the farm, which was founded in 1580 and today, is a jewel among the cultural and historical monuments of the Republic of Slovenia. more...

    In the picturesque Karst region of Slovenia and just a stone’s throw from the Slovenian-Italian border lies the Lipica Stud Farm - the cradle of the Lipizzaner horse. You'll visit the stud farm, which was founded in 1580 and today, is a jewel among the cultural and historical monuments of the Republic of Slovenia. For over four centuries, this farm has nurtured the tradition of breeding and selecting thoroughbred horses. In the period after World War II, Lipica established its own classical riding school and has successfully performed with its horses at various equestrian events all over the world.


    The riding school was established during the Austrian Empire in 1572 and is the oldest of its kind in the world. Records show that a wooden riding arena was first commissioned in 1565, but it wasn't until 1729 that Emperor Charles VI had the architect Fischer von Erlach build the white riding hall used today. For a time, the riding hall was used for various private ceremonies, but it is now open to the public, who may witness the training and performances by the stallions. less

    • Adult from: 98,47 EUR
    • Child from: 58,68 EUR
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Koper Walking Tour

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Koper's rich Venetian Renaissance tradition is very well preserved and its many beautiful squares and architecture bear witness to its long history as an important city. Discover its major sites, hidden squares and learn about the cultural heritage on this walking tour. ...
    Koper's rich Venetian Renaissance tradition is very well preserved and its many beautiful squares and architecture bear witness to its long history as an important city. Discover its major sites, hidden squares and learn about the cultural heritage on this walking tour. more...

    Koper is an ancient Mediterranean town that lies on the northern coast of the Istrian peninsula where the Adriatic Sea cuts deeply into the heart of Central Europe. Koper's rich Venetian Renaissance tradition is very well preserved and its many beautiful squares and architecture bear witness to its long history as an important city of the 1,000 year old republic. Stroll around the hidden squares and feel the atmosphere that makes this city alive. The capital town of Istria had been founded on the maritime trade and today this pulse is provided by the port of Koper, founded 50 years ago.


    At Tito Square, you’ll find the Cathedral and the Praetor’s Palace, together with other important landmarks. Learn about the cultural heritage during your visit to the Regional Museum and have a taste of some local products and wine at a typical restaurant. Upon visiting the important sights of Koper, your tour ends in Carpaccio Square, where the great Venetian master spent the last days of his life. Once the tour has completed, you may return to the port at your leisure.


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    • Adult from: 38,79 EUR
    • Child from: 28,84 EUR
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Slovenian Biking Adventure

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 4 hrs

    This coastal bike tour, follows the tracks of the narrow-gauge Parenzana Railroad. You'll ride through old towns and villages, to the sea, through vineyards and olive tree plantations, through short tunnels and across valleys. ...
    This coastal bike tour, follows the tracks of the narrow-gauge Parenzana Railroad. You'll ride through old towns and villages, to the sea, through vineyards and olive tree plantations, through short tunnels and across valleys. more...

    This coastal bike tour is approximately 8 miles (14km) follows the tracks of the narrow-gauge Parenzana Railroad, which once ran from Trieste to Porec. The railroad was the main transport route between Istria and Central Europe. Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian mayors of the municipalities through which the line had passed decided to establish this route. The name symbolizes the friendship between the three nations and is now an opportunity for everyone who wants to keep fit.


    About a hundred years after the Parenzana, first started puffing along the tracks, health-conscious people, hikers, cyclists, runners and others can now experience a new way of getting to know interesting places. The route takes you through old towns and villages, to the sea, through vineyards and olive tree plantations, through short tunnels, across valleys, and up into hilly land. It ends in the town of Portoroz, where you’ll take a return transfer to the pier.


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    • Adult from: 98,47 EUR
    • Child from: 78,58 EUR
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Hiking in Dragonja Valley

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 4 hrs

    Discover the beautiful natural scenery and ecosystem on a hike through Dragonja Valley. ...
    Discover the beautiful natural scenery and ecosystem on a hike through Dragonja Valley. more...

    Seek an active adventure in Dragonja, an attractive valley in any season. Your guide will provide you with instructions and information before you start your hike through this ever changing valley. Hike through deep green pools, red bushes, purple foliage or flowing seeping water through stones depending on the season. Discover the beautiful natural scenery and ecosystem along your way.


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    • Adult from: 98,47 EUR
    • Child from: 78,58 EUR
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Ultimate Classical Slovenia

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 8 hrs

    Enjoy a combination of Slovenia’s best known sites the capital city of Ljubljana and Lake Bled. After a guided tour, you’ll have free time to explore on your own. ...
    Enjoy a combination of Slovenia’s best known sites the capital city of Ljubljana and Lake Bled. After a guided tour, you’ll have free time to explore on your own. more...

    Enjoy a combination of Slovenia’s best known sites the capital city of Ljubljana and Lake Bled. Both are a wonderful gateway to Slovenian heritage. After a guided tour, you’ll have free time to explore on your own. Following your approximate two hour drive to the Alpine town of Lake Bled, you’ll have different options to enjoy from a walk around the picturesque lake to visiting a medieval castle visit, all during your free time and at your own expense. After World War II, this was one of the most appealing state residences and drew many people who were attracted by the beauty of this town. Today new pilgrims have been discovering this tranquil and lovely place.


    After a guided walk through Ljubljana, a medium sized European city, you’ll have time to explore your own pace. It offers all the friendliness of a small town and at the same time has everything that a capital should. This city of culture boasts one of the oldest philharmonic halls in the world. Every year it hosts more than 10,000 cultural events ranging from prestigious concerts, theater performances and fine art exhibitions.


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    • Adult from: 187,99 EUR
    • Child from: 138,25 EUR
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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