Piran is the oldest town in Slovenia and one of the best preserved in the country. With its rich cultural heritage and charming Venetian architecture, this delightful coastal town attracts many visitors throughout the year.
During its early history, Koper enjoyed a monopoly on the salt market and during your tour you'll learn the history of the salt workers and their lifestyle in the ancient town of Piran. Both Greeks and Romans used a small rock outcrop nearby to light beacons for ships sailing into Koper and Piran's name is derived from the Greek word for fire, pyre. Today, this lovely town is virtually an open-air museum of the past, famous for its architecture and for being the birthplace of Renaissance composer, Giuseppe Tartini.
Your time in Piran begins with a walking tour through its winding streets, savoring the unspoiled magic of this mostly undiscovered corner of Europe. As you make your way through the town, you'll find that each house hides a unique piece of history and in the main square, see the beautiful bronze statue erected in honor of Giuseppe Tartini. You'll also be introduced to the authentic taste of the salt produced in the nearby salt fields. Often referred to as the crystal gold, it was salt that made the town wealthy and a very important part of the Venetian Republic. Before traveling on to a local winery, you'll have free time to further explore on your own, or browse in the colorful shops.
Rejoining your coach, it's a scenic 45-minute drive to the site of the Santomas Wine Cellar, the largest wine cellar in Slovenia. Here, you will learn the importance of wine in Slovenian culture and receive a guided tour of the cellar. At the conclusion of your cellar tour, you'll be treated to a tasting of delicious locally produced Slovenian wines and a light cheese snack before its time to head back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1¾ hours of walking, at times on uneven ground, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are approximately 60 steps to be negotiated. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests must be at least 18-years of age to participate in the wine-tasting.