Hi! My wife and I are flying in to Zagreb on a Saturday evening in early May for a 2 week Central Europe trip. The main attraction for us is Slovenia, but we will have up to 5 nights to spend in Croatia. We want to see Zagreb, so we will spend the first 2 nights there. Then, we will rent a car (eventually dropping it off in Ljubljana), but are having trouble figuring out what to do after that. We'd like to see Plitvice (I would love to photograph the falls) and Istria, perhaps staying in Rovinj for 3 nights (Rick suggests home-basing in a single place in Istria). We really hate crowds, but it seems like it will be impossible to avoid them in Plivitce if we stop on the way from Zagreb to Istria since it takes 3 hrs from Plitvice to Rovinj.
Is this a reasonable plan? We would like to drive around Istria and see the hill towns, but I heard parking in Rovinj is a hassle if we stay in the old town. Are there any other good options in Istria that we should be considering? Is 3 nights in Istria too much if we only have 5 nights in Slovenia? We consider ourselves adventurous, rugged travelers, so no resort towns for us, but we are game for anything else!
When we are done with Istria, we head straight for Skocjan caves and on to whatever Tourist Farm we find in Slovenia. Thanks for reading!