About Trieste

Peculiarly, the Italian city of Trieste is entirely surrounded by Slovenia. This physical isolation is underlined by cultural departures from the motherland too. With historic connections to Austria's Hapsburgs, the city also has German, Jewish, Slavic and Greek influences. This melting pot makes for a fascinating visit. You'll find this mingled history written into the walls of its ancient buildings. Well worth a visit is Castello Miramare - a 19th century castle hewn from white Istrian stone, overlooking the blue waters of the Adriatic. Dominating the city is the fortress, Castello di San Giusto, where you can enjoy picturesque views from the adjacent memorial garden. Below the castle walls is the 14th century Cattedrale di San Giusto where the remains of San Giusto (St Justus or Just) are held. If you're seeking a more laid back space to sip coffee and crunch on biscotti, then the Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, at the waterfront, is ideal. The architecture will keep you occupied as you watch the world go by, or why not toss a coin into the quaint fountain nearby? The unique atmosphere of Trieste has a special kind of appeal. With the Slovenian border just a few miles away, it's no surprise that the Slovenian language is often heard.


Shore excursions in Trieste

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Introduction to Trieste and Miramare Castle

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy an introduction to Trieste’s most popular highlights and explore the magnificent 19th century Miramare Castle.

Travel by coach along the Riviera Barcola to the Miramare Castle. Designed in the late 19th century by architect Carl Junker, the estate served as a former residence of the Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Carlotta.

Following your visit to the castle, rejoin your motor coach for the journey to Colle Capitolino and the Hill of St Giusto. Here, you will visit the magnificent St Giusto Cathedral. A significant symbol of the Christian community since the 5th century, the church is dedicated to the city’s patron saint: Saint Justus.

Admire commanding views of the city and the old castle of St Giusto from this hilltop vantage point, before transferring to the heart of Trieste. A guided walk of the city will take you past the Greek Orthodox Church of San Nicolò, the Galleria del Tergesteo, the Piazza Borsa and the former Jewish Ghetto.

Your pleasant stroll brings you to the Teatro Verdi, the Café Tommaseo and the famous Roman Theatre. Built between the 1st and 2nd centuries, the impressive theatre accommodated 6,000 spectators.

Continuing on, you will reach the Piazza Unità d’Italia, Italy’s largest square overlooking the sea. Flanked by City Hall, government offices and the Lloyd Triestino Building, the square serves as both a picturesque gathering place and civic centre.

Your introductory adventure concludes here and you have the option of extending your time in the city centre or walking back to the pier independently.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot and involves extensive walking; therefore it is recommended that guest’s wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests will need to navigate approximately 70-80 steps. On Sundays, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not permitted inside the Church. Guests may have the chance to visit the church independently. Guides are not permitted inside to give explanations. Please dress conservatively. Ladies must cover their knees and shoulders, while gentlemen must wear trousers. Photography is prohibited inside Miramare Castle. The order of sights visited may vary.

Best of Slovenia

Activity medium

Duration: 8 hours

Travel to Slovenia and experience the distinctive charm of Lake Bled, known for its alpine beauty and picturesque Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

Some people say this charming city will capture you with its thriving café culture, great architecture and fondness for poets. Ljubljana inspires all who come here.

Discover its rich medieval heritage; admire the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau facades of its buildings, and keep your eyes peeled for works of art by famous architect Joẑe Pleĉnik.

Ljubljana is the political, cultural, scientific and university centre of Slovenia, as well as the scene of many international events. But you’ll find the perfect antidote to the city bustle in the beautiful parks that dot the place.

Lake Bled will mesmerize you with its tranquillity and beauty. The views across the crystal blue lake are stunning with panoramic views of the island and beyond.

You’ll have some free time to walk along the lake, sample some of the local cuisine or enjoy a visit of the medieval castle, built on a precipice overlooking the lake, at your own pace.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot.The journey to Lake Bled is two hours and a restroom stop will be made along the way.Entrance fees are not included. There is approximately 1 hours’ total walking on this tour.Please carry your passport to show at he border.

Castles, Gardens and Wine

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Visit two enchanting castles set amidst splendid Italian-style gardens, and sample the local wine.

Perched on a rock high above the Gulf of Trieste, Duino Castle is the private residence of the princes della Torre e Tasso.

Duino Castle is, without a doubt, among the most attractive castles in Europe. From its cliff top location, the gardens overlook a small fishing village and out to sea, and romantic avenues are embellished with period statues, and panoramic terraces. The castle itself is dominated by a 16th century tower, which goes back 2000 years. With your guide explore this beautiful castle , and admire the mementoes collected over the centuries.

Continue to Spessa Castle, dating back to 1200 A.D and majestically dominating the hills of Capriva del Friuli, in Gorizia. It was previously the residence of the noble lords of Friuli, hosting famous historical characters such as Giacomo Casanova, who stayed in the castle in 1773. An area of the castle is dedicated to the literary Venetian’s stay, exhibiting objects and written texts of that period.

Since the 14th century, Spessa Castle has been producing top quality wines that are often mentioned in leading international wine guides. You’ll visit the prestigious cellar and have the opportunity to sample red and white wines in a splendid setting.

There will be time to visit the wine shop before rejoining your coach.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and foot. This excursion involves substantial walking on uneven surfaces; it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary.Guests must be over 18 years old to participate in the wine tasting.

Discover Trieste on foot - Small Group Tour

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Explore the eclectic city of Trieste, with its mix of architectural influences on this walking tour.

Your tour will commence from the pier and accompanied by your guide, you will walk to the heart of Trieste, where you’ll discover its historical centre. You’ll see the Greek Orthodox Church of San Nicolò, the Galleria del Tergesteo, Piazza Borsa and the former Jewish Ghetto.(Exterior views)

Walking through the most historical streets of Trieste, you will reach the Teatro Verdi, the Café Tommaseo and the famous Roman Theatre, where concerts are still held. Built between the 1st and 2nd Centuries, it used to hold 6,000 spectators.

Continuing your walk, you will reach the largest square in Europe facing the sea: Piazza Unità d’Italia, flanked by the building of the City Hall, government offices and the Lloyd Triestino Building.

After this glimpse into Trieste’s cultural past and present, you may return to the ship together with the group or enjoy some free time to shop and explore this beautiful city further.

Essential information

This tour is operated on foot and includes approximately two hours of moderate walking over uneven and cobblestoned surfaces, as well as some steps and inclines to negotiate. Weather appropriate clothing, sun protection and flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

Leisurely Trieste

Activity low

Duration: 2 hours

A leisurely and pleasant way to discover Trieste and its surrounding sights by coach.

Departing the pier,you’ll have a photo stop at the Piazza Unitá d'Italia, the main square of Trieste and one of the largest in Europe. This square hosts some of the city's most important buildings, all of which have beautiful architecture from bygone times. Continue your panoramic drive past the Roman Theatre, the Greek Orthodox Church and Ponte Rosso Canal on your way to the top of the Hill of St Giusto.

Admire the Cathedral of the same name before proceeding on a coastal road lined with white cliffs plunging into the sea and small glistening bays and beaches.

You’ll pass the castle of Miramare, a small fortress built on rocky spurs that drop into the sea and overlooks the tiny harbour of Grignano.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot.There is very little walking on tour, however guests must be able to negotiate the gangway and steps into and off the coach. The order of sights visited may vary.

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