Tips for your Koper shore excursion by a former Shore Excursion Manager

With our selected tips, created by a former Shore Excursion Manager onboard of the one of the largest cruise companies in the world, your choices can be become easier. We tend to select a list of best things to do in Slovenia while on a port of call. With the insight view and the list of best things to do, we tend to highlight the activities that are worth experiencing. The list could be much longer, but taking in consideration the time frame of the call and the destination itself.

Being local we know the region and the area. providing you the tours, that we know fit into the shore excursion criteria. We organised and kept our tour offer back to a simple selection of a selection of the bets shore tours in Koper, which are the most popular by request. In each of the tours we provide enough free time to offer you the best experience at destination. You can therefore evaluate if the tours you would like to book fit into your criteria and are up to the expectation of your free time. In case you have a pre-selected itinerary you would like to follow, we can customise your private shore excursion and make it fit up to your request. The possibilities of exploring Slovenia are immense, that is why with our little tips on how to spend your time at best, we like to facilitate your tour choice process.


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Slovenia Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – Hop and Taste from Port of Koper

Our own signature product, that is created and run only by our company Hop and Taste Hop on Hop off Bus Tour, which takes you to a journey around Slovenian coast, visiting Piran, Portoroz, Izola and Koper. The tour is our best sold shore excursion for independent guests in Koper. It is really worth the experience as it will not let you down.

The customers feedback is featured on many online reseller portals as Viator, Trip Advisor, Get your Guide and many more. However the best price is if you book it directly and subscribe for our discount codes. The tour will not only offer best value for many, but you will spend a great day exploring the cities you prefer and gain a booklet of tasting vouchers, that will make you taste some of the local offer during the free time.

Tour operation is easy, you meet the bus and guide at the port, as the exit from the terminal building (tent) at the parking lot. Our team is branded with orange t-shirts with the logo Hop and Taste, placed by the beach flag in the same colour. If you do not see us, please look for the Hop and Taste sign on the bus shield. The tour departs directly under the ship, where all the other independent tours start from.

The tour is meant to be free, for you to explore the sites on your own, but we do provide and English or German speaking guide along the whole duration of the shore excursion. Their presence makes the whole operation easy and safe, as you have the contact on the bus and can communicate in case some elements of the tour are not clear enough, such as pick up points, tasting locations…

Book your tour, the benefits for your visit will be:
– guided transfer throughout the tour
– easy shore excursion
– value for money
– voucher booklet
– half day shore excursion

Tour to Piran from Port of Koper

If your time on the day of call in Koper is limited, than we suggest to jump on one of our short tour to Piran. You will have enough time to explore the town on your own during the 2 hours time at destination and get to know the local area.

The tour starts at 11:00 o’clock from the Port of Koper and takes you with a guided transfer towards Piran. In Piran you will have free time to spend your time on your own and explore the cities major highlights at your own pace. Piran is one of the richest towns in Slovenia in terms of local heritage. Its Venetian past and importance in the slat trade made it a pearl on the north Adriatic Coast. Its famous inhabitant Giuseppe Tartini was ages in front of the modern technology as he was known for teaching the violin students long distance, before modern technology even existed. We strongly recommend to visit his birth house in Piran facing the Tartini Square.

The tour to Piran offers the opportunity for shopping. There are many small shops with local handcrafts in Piran, that are perfect choice for the authentic souvenir shopping. If tired form the shopping during your shore excursion from Koper, you can easily sit down and soak up the lively Mediterranean vibe present in Piran.

The tour departs from the parking lot, after exiting the terminal building of the passenger terminal in Koper. Reserve your space in advance, as this easy and budget tour is the perfect choice if you are looking for something easy, peaceful, budget and short.

Piran Walking Tour

Tour to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Koper

Slovenia holds the largest cave system in Europe. Postojna cave is the perfect gateway for this exploration. With an organised visit every day and every hour in the peak summer months, we created a shore tour, where you are in charge of your own time at the cave. Our guided shore excursion transfer to the Cave offers you the possibility to visit the Postojna cave at 12:00h and have some free time for souvenir shopping before departing for the included photo stop visit at the Predjama Castle.

The guided tour to Postojna cave, offers you the liberty to book your own ticket directly at the counter to gain more discounts if travelling as a family. You can decide to explore some other feature at the destination or simply wait for the rest of the family to finish the visit. We recommend to book your ticket online a few days before, when we finally confirm the tour for running.

Visiting Postojna Cave on a shore excursion is a bucket list tip off, as if coming to Slovenia one of the must visit is definitely the Postojna Cave and the nearby Predjama Castle. Upon a short transfer, the tour proceeds to Predjama Castle and offers one hour free time to explore it on your own. If having the combo ticket you can use it here, otherwise it is picture perfect to make the best foto from outside.

Postojna Cave Predjama Castle Slovenia

Tour to Ljubljana City from Koper

The shore excursion tour to Ljubljana is a must thing to do. If visiting Slovenia and the port of Koper for the first time, the Slovenia Capital should be on your things to do. Its location and the city centre makes it perfect for an independent exploration. Upon a 90 min ride to Ljubljana, during which the guide will explain you the main highlights, you will have the option to enjoy a guided walking tour or spend the whole time on your own.

During the 3 hours visit, you can venture up the Ljubljana Castle hill and explore the exhibition of Ljubljana Castle. There is the Ljubljanica River, which offers river cruises every hour or simply enjoy the riverside and enjoy the people watch.

Ljubljana provides also some shopping opportunities for everyone, from high fashion to local souvenirs. A nice visit is also the daily open air market, that connects all local farmer’s from the area to sell their fresh produce on the market every day except Sundays.

Ljubljana Capital Slovenia