My husband and I are travelling to Europe in September and we are looking forward to exploring Croatia and a little of Slovenia. We are comfortable (ok, my husband is) with driving in Europe and plan to hire a car for part of this leg of the trip.
We enjoy walking tours, exploring, eating local and interesting food, photography and learning about the history of where we are visiting.
We would appreciate feedback on our itinerary, as it is still flexible and we can add a few days in if we want to along the way. We'd rather not be rushed. On previous trips we have enjoyed having a private guide for a few hours in new places - any recommendations would be wonderful. We would also love any recommendations for small hotels or bed and breakfasts as well.
As it stands:
Day 1: Early direct flight to Dubrovnik (from Amsterdam) - day and night in Dubrovnik
Day 2: Dubrovnik
day 3: Pick up car - Dubrovnik -Split (car) - visit Trojir on way
Day 4: Split
Day 5: Split or a day trip to Hvar
Day 6: Split until early afternoon, drive to Plutvice to arrive early evening, sleep there
Day 7: spend the day in Plutvice National Park (we take lots of photos so we will take our time here) - drive to Rovinj late afternoon
Day 8 / 9 - explore Pula, Rovinj, Motohun - anywhere else we should look at? End day 9 - either drop car and take bus to Ljubjana or drive, depending on car drop off fees
Day 10 - Ljubljana
Day 11 - Hire a car, day trip - Lake Bohinj, Bled
Day 12 - Another day to explore this area
Day 13 - Ljubljana - Skojcan caves, Lipica Stud Farm - to Trieste and a late train to Venice. If we still have a car we'll leave it in Trieste and if not we'll go the expensive route and use Ondaytrip.
Thank you for any advice!