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Friuli Venezia Giulia / self-guided +

TRIESTE AND THE KARST REGION:
Soft hiking in the borderlands

MaroWays durata 5 days/ 4 nights
MaroWays lunghezza 25 km
MaroWays difficoltà easy

Book your trail from 490,00 €

Trieste has always been a borderland and a meeting place for peoples. Historical vicissitudes and unique natural phenomena have endowed these places with a distinctive character that fascinates every visitor. To discover the soul of the city, however, you must travel at a slow pace and immerse yourself in the atmosphere imbued with Central European and Mediterranean flavours. To get to know its beauties, on the other hand, you need to go further and explore its surroundings which hide great little treasures of international renown. This program will introduce you to one of the most fascinating and mysterious cities in Europe!

MaroWays One of the hiking paths in the Karst region
MaroWays The canal grande in the city center of Trieste

Be local

Experience Trieste, not just visit it! Discover this reality from another angle, the local one, made up of small daily rituals and places hidden from tourists.
Pleasant day trips will take you to the famous Miramare castle following in the footsteps of ancient fishermen, in the greenery of the karst plateau famous for its caves and naturalistic peculiarities, in the Rosandra Valley Natural Reserve. You will also visit the famous Lipica equestrian park and descend into the karst subsoil by exploring a Guinness Book of Records cave! Keeping you company along the routes will often be the blue of the Adriatic and the wonderful views of the Gulf of Trieste.

Route and details of the trail

MaroWays ritrovoStarting point Trieste
MaroWays ritrovoFinish of the trail Trieste
Duration 5 days/ 4 nights
Distance 25 km
Difficulty easy / self-assessment hiking form
Availability all seasons, with departures every day

Self-guided program

Day 1

Meals and accommodation

Accommodation 3* hotel or similar

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The audace pier in Trieste
Welcome to Trieste

Arrival in Trieste and accommodation in the hotel. We recommend dedicating the afternoon entirely to the city centre. There are so many things to see: the streets and squares of the historic centre, the seafront, the famous piazza Unità and the hill of San Giusto. All sites can be easily reached on foot, the best way to get around for a first ‘slow’ approach to this splendid city. Numerous restaurants in the center will offer you the opportunity to end the day with a Trieste dinner for a first taste of the varied local cuisine, a mirror of the city’s frontier identity.

Day 2

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation 3* hotel or similar

Daily hiking information

Distance 8 km
Elevation + 122 m; - 444 m
Walking hours 2:30 h (stops excluded) + visit of the Miramar Castle
Difficulty easy

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The Miramare castle that you can reach with a pleasant hike from the karst
From the Karst to the Miramare Castle

After a good breakfast put on comfortable shoes and set off for the Karst plateau! To get up to the plateau, take one of the old 1940s cars of the Opicina tram (replacement bus in case the tram connection is out of service), the famous tram network that has connected the Karst to the city of Trieste since 1902. The tram will take you along a very panoramic route up to the green and characteristic karst plateau, the starting point of the walk. From here you will walk admiring a splendid panorama of the city and the sea. After crossing a characteristic village you will begin to descend towards the sea. Following an ancient fishermen’s path and passing through a railway station dating back to 1857, you will finish the walk in the splendid Miramare Castle Park. Here you can stroll in the immense park, visit the castle or, in season, cool off with a nice swim. Back in the city you will still have part of the afternoon available to visit the centre.

Day 3

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation 3* hotel or similar

Daily hiking information

Distance 9,6 km
Elevation + 76 m; - 76 m
Walking hours 2:30 h (stops excluded) + visit of Lipica
Difficulty easy

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The Lipizzaner horses in the stud farm that you can rach with a hiking from Trieste to the karst
Lipica stud farm

The day is dedicated to the discovery of the famous equestrian park of Lipica (in Slovenia), founded in 1580 by Archduke Charles of Habsburg, which is a true oasis of tranquility surrounded by nature. Tree-lined avenues and oak groves lead to ancient stables while herds of white Lipizzan horses gallop across the green meadows of the estate, considered by many to be the most elegant horses in the world. You will go up to the plateau with public transport and then continue on foot on a comfortable old Austro-Hungarian cart track. You will enter the Slovenian Karst almost without realizing it to reach Lipica in about an hour’s walk. Here you can take part in a guided tour that will take you to the old stables of the park and to the interactive museum dedicated to the Lipizzan horse, after which you can stroll without haste in the tranquility and serenity of the estate. Before saying goodbye to Lipica you can stop in the nearby valley of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes, a very special sanctuary dating back to the 1800s immersed in a karst sinkhole. Return to Trieste by public transport.

Day 4

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation 3* hotel or similar

Daily hiking information

Distance 7 km
Elevation + 470 m/ - 470 m
Walking hours 3,30 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty medium

Highlights of the day

MaroWays A path in Rosandra Valley natural reserve in the karst region
Rosandra Valley Natural Reserve

With a local transport you will reach the village of Bagnoli, the main access point of the Reserve. You will begin your journey by taking the ancient salt road used for centuries by traders from the hinterland to get to the Trieste salt pans. The path, which goes into the valley skirting vertical walls, woods and scree, offers splendid views of the watercourse of the Rosandra stream with its 35-metre waterfall and its twenty-one natural pools. After passing an ancient pilgrimage church and the remains of one of the 32 mills once active in the valley, you will reach the isolated village of Botač, now almost uninhabited. A few meters away, a small bridge and an old border toll booth delimit the border between Italy and Slovenia. From Botač you will begin to climb towards the Karst plateau to quickly reach the former Austro-Hungarian railway Trieste-Hrpelje, now dismantled. You will follow its route for a while, then you will climb again to reach the summit of Mount Stena (422 m), from which you can admire a spectacular panorama of the Val Rosandra and the Gulf of Trieste. From here you will descend towards the town of Bagnoli from which, with a local transport, you will return to the city center.

Day 5

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Difficulty The visit of Grotta Gigante consists of 500 steps down and 500 steps back up

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The giant cave in the karst region near Trieste
Grotta Gigante - Giant Cave

After breakfast and check out, you will conclude your stay in Trieste with a visit to another marvel of these places: the karst caves. With the public bus you reach the exciting Grotta Gigante, which entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest cave in the world. The visit will take place with a speleological guide along an illuminated path that reaches a depth of 100 meters. Back on the surface you will have time to visit the museum, which presents karst phenomena and more.
At the end of the visit you will return to the city. From here, once you have recovered any luggage left at the deposit of your facility, you can continue your journey independently or return home.

NOTE: Bring a sweater or sweatshirt even in summer (the temperature inside the cave is a constant 11°C all year round)

What we love about this trail

Discover the soul of the city

The view of Trieste and the Gulf from on high

The elegance of the Lipizzaner horses

Walking on the ancient salt road in Rosandra valley

Feeling tiny in the largest cave in the world

MaroWays prezzi tour

Price per person

490,00 €

MaroWays partecipanti tour

Group size

Minimum 2

Price includes

4 accommodation in double room with breakfast; GPX files for all the stages; all the information necessary for the use of public transport; useful information about the city and how to make the most of it; helpline during the tour.

Price excludes

Travel to/from Trieste; meals not mentioned above; medical insurance; tourist taxes; tips, expenses and personal extras; anything not expressly mentioned above.

Supplements

→ During peak season, prices may be subject to changes due to availability at the time of booking. Any changes will be communicated at the time of the request.
→ Solo traveller: ask information

Extra

Transfer to/from Trieste on request

Information

Important information

→ An adequate physical condition is required to support 4 walking hours per day.
→ Please disclose any food intolerances at the time of booking.

What to bring

Valid ID for crossing the border; sweater or sweatshirt even in summer (the temperature inside the cave is a constant 11°C all year round); Backpack with rain cover; good hiking boots; water; sunscreen; anti-tick repellent; appropriate clothing (sun hat, cagoule, waterproof jacket, etc.), swimwear; camera.

Mobility

This tour is not suitable for those with reduced mobility.

If you are looking for something shorter, take a look at our excursions

Lipica Walking Experience
Experience another side of Trieste
A trip through the Karst and the Grotta Gigante

Booking

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.

Cancellation policy

In the case of cancellation by the client, the following fees will be applied:
→ 59 to 30 days prior to departure: 10% of the cost of the trip to cover the management costs
→ 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 – Nea Culpa d.o.o.

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