My mom and I are planning a trip to Slovenia/Croatia next month (April 5-18) and I would love to hear any critique you may have for our potential itinerary as well as any tips for sight, hotels, restaurants, etc along the way. This will be the first time for both of us in these countries so we're trying to do a sort of overview trip hoping that we will come back sometime in the future to hit more sights. :) We're coming from France where I live so no need to worry about losing the first day to jet lag.
My main questions are:
Where would you recommend to spend the night in the Karst region between our day of driving in the Julian Alps and seeing the caves?
What are you favorite side trips from Dubrovnik?
Day 1: arrive in Ljubljana (sleep in Ljubljana)
Day 2: Ljubljana (Ljubljana)
Day 3: Ljubljana, early afternoon bus to Lake Bled (Lake Bled)
Day 4: Lake Bled, hopefully hike to Vintgar Gorge weather permitting (Lake Bled)
Day 5: pick up rental car in Lake Bled, Julian Alps driving tour finishing somewhere in Karst region (sleep ???)
Day 6: Skocjan Caves, return to Ljubljana and drop off rental car, evening train to Zagreb (Zagreb)
Day 7: Zagreb (Zagreb)
Day 8: pick up rental car, early morning drive to Plitvice Lakes (Plitvice Lakes)
Day 9: morning drive to Split, drop off car, afternoon in Split (Split)
Day 10: morning boat to Hvar, evening boat (19:50) to Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik)
Day 11: Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik)
Day 12: day trip from Dubrovnik? (Dubrovnik)
Day 13: day trip from Dubrovnik? (Dubrovnik)
Day 14: morning flight to AMS to continue our trip
Thank you in advance for any advice you may be able to give!