An excursion in the open air to discover the famous equestrian park in Lipica, home to the thoroughbred white Lipizzaner horses. Leave the world of city life behind you and go where beauty is tinged with green, where roads turn into footpaths, and squares make way for fragrant woods.
The fairy tale of the white Lipizzaner horses
The Lipica stud farm, established in 1580 by Archduke Charles of Habsburg, is an authentic oasis of tranquillity surrounded by nature. Tree-lined avenues and oak groves lead to the ancient stables, while herds of white thoroughbred steeds, deemed by many to be the most graceful in the world, gallop through the green meadows on the farm.
Route and details of the tour
Highlights of the day
Soaking up the Karst atmosphere
As an excellent way of visiting this wonder we suggest a hike which is not too demanding and will allow you to soak up the unique atmosphere of the Karst. We’ll go up to the plateau by public transport and then proceed on foot along an easy, old Austro-Hungarian cart track. We’ll move into the Slovenian Karst almost without realising it, reaching Lipica after about an hour’s walk.
Excitement and discovery in the equestrian park
Here, a guided tour will take you to the ancient park stables and the interactive museum dedicated to Lipizzaner horses, after which we’ll be able to stroll leisurely through the estate in peace and quiet. Before saying goodbye to Lipica, we can stop off in the nearby valley of Our Lady of Lourdes, a unique shrine nestling in a Karst sinkhole dating back to the 19th century.
The Adriatic at our feet
On the way back the paths will present us with some splendid views of the Adriatic and the city of Trieste taking us close to the Obelisk in Opicina, reputed to be one of the most beautiful panoramic spots in the whole region. We will say our goodbyes to the Karst from the windows of the old 1940s carriage of the Opicina tram, renowned tramway network which has connected the Karst to the city of Trieste since 1902.
What we love about this tour
Stroking the horses and calling them by name
The black pine forests
The smell of hay in the ancient stables
Leaving the city behind for the Karst plateau
Looking down on Trieste and the Gulf from on high
Price per person
Transfer by local bus from and to Trieste; admission to the equestrian park in Lipica; local tour guide MaroWays.
Meals; medical insurance; tips, expenses and personal extras; anything not expressly mentioned above.
Lunch is not included. On fine days the equestrian park is suitable for a picnic, otherwise there is a restaurant.
What to bring
Valid ID for crossing the border; a lightweight backpack with rain cover; closed-toed and comfortable walking shoes; water; sunscreen; appropriate clothing (sun hat, cagoule, waterproof jacket, etc.); camera; packed lunch if required.
Excursions take place outside. Itineraries may therefore be affected by inclement weather. We do our utmost to best interpret the weather forecast. If, due to particularly adverse conditions, it is understood that a tour cannot go ahead or if the weather conditions may pose a risk to your safety, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the travel contract based on the provisions laid out under the Terms & Conditions.
This tour is not suitable for those with reduced mobility.
30% of the total amount must be paid at the time of booking. The balance is due 30 days before departure. In the case of a reservation being made within 30 days of the departure date, payment of the full amount is required. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.
In the case of cancellation by the client, the following fees will be applied:
→ more than 30 days prior to departure: 30 % of the cost of the trip (non refundable deposit)
→ 29 to 15 days prior to departure: 50 % of the cost of the trip
→ 14 to 7 days prior to departure: 75 % of the cost of the trip
→ less than 6 days prior to departure: 100% of the cost of the trip
PHOTO: Pikakonec; www.slovenia.info – Boris Pretnar, Nea Culpa d.o.o.; Urban Urbanc, Sportida d.o.o.