We will be a group of 3 couples traveling around Slovenia for about a week. Has anyone used a larger passenger van like a Renault Trafic or VW Multivan there? We like the idea of all of us traveling together, but are concerned about the small winding roads & parking issues a larger van presents. Or would 2 separate sedans be a better choice? We will be using carry-on size luggage for 4 of us, regular check in suitcases for 2 of us.
I would suck it up and just get a minivan. And tell the two carrying full size suitcases to go carry ons too. If you can make do with 21", they can too.
I would compare the cost of s smaller cars vs. van. Look carefully at the van capacity for luggage.
On the ASSUMPTION, everyone has one main bag plus some sort of 'personal' ( e.g backpack type bag, large purse etc.), those with the larger bags should be prepared to carry their personal/back pack item in their lap when in the van. That may be inducement for them to reconsider how much they bring
What is 'regular check in' size? 25, 27, 29 inches?
Depending on where you are going and staying, the vehicle size for parking may not be an issue. For example, our hotel in Bled (an easy walk to the lake) had their own free surface parking which could have easily fit a minivan. Parking prices in the city will be better with just one vehicle.
I would say to choose the vehicle type you prefer then screen your hotels for those that work with it.
Driving in Slovenia was easy.... the roads didn't feel particularly narrow, even when winding.
Joe32f- the check-ins are 25" I believe. The full-size vans like the Renault Trafic or VW Multivan appear to have plenty of passenger & luggage space, but are large and may present more issues with driving narrow roads or parking......
CWsocial - thank you - very helpful!
The vans you are looking at are not the largest vans on the road and are regularly used on even the narrowest of roads, just be careful when parking. They should just about fit into the regular street parking spaces, too.
They usually have 9 seats, a party of 6 means the last row can be unoccupied, leaving a lot of room for luggage.
Thank you Dejan!