My wife and I (in our 60s) will be traveling to Slovenia and Croatia beginning in Slovenia in mid-May. We tend to prefer to pack quite a bit into our limited vacation travel days. I realize this proposed itinerary won't be relaxed at all, and we hope to come back to Slovenia sometime for a longer stay, but who knows whether that will ever be possible?
We will be flying into Ljubljana from the U.S. Saturday afternoon. We need to be in Rovinj, Croatia, by Wednesday evening.
We are thinking of the following itinerary and would appreciate advice.
Stay in Ljubljana Saturday and Sunday nights and spend Sunday exploring Ljubljana (and trying to adjust to time change).
Rent car Monday morning and spend day in Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, and Vintgar Gorge. Stay overnight in Bled or Ljubljana.
Tuesday, drive from Bled (or Ljubljana) to Kranjska Gora, Vrsic Pass (if open, otherwise via Predel), Bovec, stay in the Kobarid area. (We are not into whitewater rafting, but it would be great to fit in at least a short walk/easy hike.)
Wednesday, wake up early and drive to Skocjan Caves. It would be really great to get there for the 10 AM tour. Ideally we would look at Predjama Castle from the outside, but that may well not be possible. Then drive to Rovinj, ideally via Piran.
A few questions relating to this:
Is Sunday a bad day to be our one full day in Ljubljana (too much closed)?
On the day we are in the Bled and Bohinj area, do you think we should stay overnight in Bled, or are we just as well off going back to Ljubljana and not changing hotels?
Would it be possible to drive in one day (waking up early) from Ljubljana or Bled to Kobarid via Vrsic Pass (or Predel if necessary) and then get to or closer to Divaca (Skocjan Caves), so we don't have to worry about getting to the cave by 10 AM? I realize that would mean no time for a walk.
If we do stay in the Kobarid area Tuesday night, what time would we need to leave Wednesday morning to be confident of getting to Skocjan Caves for the 10 AM tour?
Given our time constraints and the season, would you recommend just skipping the Julian Alps, having a little more time in Ljubljana and the Bled area, and heading to Skocjan directly from Ljubljana on Wednesday morning?
Any better ideas for how to spend our unfortunately limited time?
Thanks very much!