Hello! I am currently planning a 2 week family trip to Croatia/Slovenia for late May/early June. My husband and I are in our mid-thirties and we have three kids - they will be 10, 7, and 3. We are interested in exploring the area by balancing the adults’ and kids’ interests! This usually means a morning activity, a late afternoon break/nap, and then an evening activity. With that said, we can certainly push through on some of the days we are traveling further. We are not museum/art people but prefer more hands-on experiences. We don’t need our schedule to be planned every hour of the day (and downtime is good!) but I like a general outline.
Here is what I’ve roughly sketched out. I am looking at 4 nights in Split, 1 night in Plitvice (seeing the park in the PM then early AM the next day), 4 nights in Istria (Rovinj), and 5 nights in Lake Bled (maybe spending the last night closer to the airport). We plan to pick up a rental car at the end of our time in Split and drop it off in Ljubliana; I realize the rental car will charge a hefty fee for different drop offs but convenience and the ability to get around more easily with three kids is important for us!
One big question I have is where to stay in Istria…Rovinj seems to be the favorite but if I stay in Pula it looks like it would shave time off of the Kamenjak day (and the trip to Motovun would still be pretty comparable to get too). Thoughts? Is there another place I should look at?
I appreciate any and all feedback you might have! Thanks so much!
M - 5-22 - Day 0 - Arrive in Split in PM
Tu - 5-23 - Day 1 - Split - explore city
W - 5-24 - Day 2 - Split - beach; Marjan Park
Th - 5-25 - Day 3 - Split - Hvar
Fr - 5-26 - Day 4 - Pick up car; drive from Split to Plitvice (any great destination to stop?) - explore Plitvice National Park in PM
Sa - 5-27 - Day 5 - explore Plitvice in AM; drive from Plitvice to Rovinj
Su- 5-28 - Day 6 - Rovinj - Kamenjak, cliff jumping, safari bar
M - 5-29 - Day 7 - Rovinj - Motovun - explore city plus truffle hunting/lunch; any other hill towns to see?
Tu - 5-30 - Day 8 - Rovinj - Pula
W - 5-31 - Day 9 - Drive from Rovinj to Lake Bled - stop for Skocjan Caves tour
Th - 6-1 - Day 10 - Lake Bled - Vrsic Pass
Fr - 6-2 - Day 11 - Lake Bled - Ljubljana, market
Sa - 6-3 - Day 12 - Lake Bled - Vintnar Gorge; Triglav National Park
Su - 6-4 - Day 13 - Lake Bled - Lake Bohinj area?
M - 6-5 - Day 14 - Depart SLU @ 6:45 AM