Hi - I am planning a trip to Slovenia and Croatia in June/July 2018 with my family of 5, including my husband and three daughters age 22, 20, and 16. This will be my older daughter's last trip with us as she is finishing up college.
About us - 4 of us love to travel, and 1 gets fairly overwhelmed sometimes, so I need to make sure and have a few down days in the trip. We are fine with big cities - but hate the crowds if we can avoid it - which I know can be difficult. I have not bought the plane tickets so can be flexible - but want to get those this week.
We will be flying to London for a few days to get over jet lag and visit friends, so can jet lag will not be an issue when we first arrive. I am trying hard to avoid change hotels too much - but will if it makes more sense.
- Fly to Ljubljana - stay night
- Ljubljana - day and night
- Day trip to Lake Bled - night in Ljubljana. Can we do the Julian Alps in this day too? Would it be worth it to stay one more day to do this? And if yes, is it better to do two nights in Ljubljan and two nights in Lake Bled?
- Drive to Skocjan caves and Lipica Farm on way to Piran - arrive night in Piran
- Piran day and night
- Should I go to Rovinj for two additional nights - or is this too repetitive to Piran?
- Drive to Plitvice (need to figure travel plan for this part still) and stay night in Plitvice
- Day at park early in the morning - drive to Split
- Split - day trip to possible Brac
- Split - day trip to Korcula or Hvar
- Leave Split to return home
Will I be kicking myself for not going to Dubrovnik? This was the whole reason for the initial trip, but after reading about how crowded it is with all the cruise ships, it got me nervous. Then I started reading about Slovenia, and was very intrigued - I can definitely spend more time there as well if anyone has any suggestions. We did a trip to Venice/Tuscany/Rome two years ago, and by far our favorite part was Tuscany. We loved Venice - but the amount of people was too much (and we even stayed from from the city center) so sort of want to learn from that trip. We do have the three daughters - so I can't make this a romantic countryside vacation completely - but a good balance.
Any help is very much appreciated!!