Here is our tentative itinerary for our March 2020 trip. I have booked some, but not all of our hotels, mostly Slovenia's SW and Ljubljana schedule is still up in the air.
Day 1 - Arrive Munich 5pm, stay at Munich airport hotel.
Day 2 - Transfer to Munich Viktualienmarket area hotel. Visit museums primarily Alte Pinakothek. Suggestions for lunch resturants near by.
Day3 - Day trip Neuschwanstein, stay Munich
Day4 - Walking tour of Munich and visit sites, stay Munich
Day5 - Early train to Vienna, stay Vienna, opera in evening
Day 6 - Vienna sites, Stay Vienna
Day 7 - Vienna sites, Stay Vienna
Day 9 - Early train to Ljubljana, pickup rental car at train station, drive to bohinjska bistrica take autotrain to Most na Soci, Stay Most na Soci.
Day 10 - 6 hr Guided tour of Soca Valley, Stay Most na Soci.
Day 11 - 6 hr Guided tour of Vipava Valley, Stay ? (somewhere in SW)
Day 12 - Piran, Lipica, Postojna Caves, Holly Trinity church frescos, Stay SW
Day 13 - Ljubljana (we can do Caves in morning instead if previous day is overbooked).
Day 14 - Day Trip Bled, stay Ljubljana
Day 15 - Ljubljana
Day 16 - Fly out of Ljubljana in at 8pm to London, Stay London airport
Day 17 - Fly home at noon.
Most concerning is train travel, since this is all new to us. Morning trains are important for itinerary to work. Should I prebook or get a Europass? Are all trains available with a pass? On the long trips I want a direct fast train (the Munich to Vienna, and then Vienna to Ljubljana). The Fussen roundtrip and the, Munich to Vienna will be 2 adults, 2 children (under 12), and 2 seniors. The 2 adults and children will be going on to Salzburg, and then Ljubljana (I say this because I've read there are group passes, but I wasn't sure if all trips had to be together or not), and the 2 seniors will heading directly to Ljubljana. I assume we will Uber in the mornings from the hotels to the train stations, just to ensure we get there in plenty of time. Also is it hard to determine where we need to be at the train stations, and how much time should we give ourselves once there to find the right place? Are purchased seats recommended or given the month we are traveling really not necessary? The Vienna to Ljubljana is the longest trip, so we might want to upgrade seats if there is a benefit. I have read the RS train travel tips, but still I'm uneasy about it. Something totally new at for 70ish travelers, is a bit frightening.
Where to stay in Southwestern Slovenia? (probably not Coast) There will be all 6 of us at this point.
What not to miss in Ljubljana (or anywhere else on itinerary)? Any food tours that are recommended? Any recommended AirBnB's, or hotels in Ljubljana?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.