Hello. This July we are flying in and out of Venice, Italy. The first part of the trip will be Venice and then Rovinj, Croatia. It is the "inside" 10 days of the vacation I am trying to figure out. It seems like it should be split between Ljubljana, Bled/Triglav/Julian Alps, Salzburg, and the Dolomites (last night in Verona before morning to Venice airport and home).
So my family LOVES nature, mountains, waterfalls, crystal clear water, evergreen trees. We have been to the Bernese Oberland 3 times and have stayed up in the mountains for eight days, and even that was not enough time up there - LOL. Hiking, SUPing, Kayaking, Paragliding = all a yes if we slow down on this trip. But I think the cities of Ljubljana and Salzburg will be lifetime memories for us too. I can not decide what portion to cut out. Should we do away with Salzburg? What about the Dolomites? What about only day tripping to Lake Bled/Julian Alps and saving that for another trip and instead of spending more time in Salzburg and the Dolomites? From the video footage I have seen, it appears that the Julian Alps might have even more evergreen type trees and crystal clear rivers/water then the Dolomites. Both look stunning, but the Dolomites appear to have more open meadows and a lot less trees?
We will have a car the entire time and always pack really light. If we tried to do all of this the itinerary might look something like this:
3 nights Ljubljana
2 nights Bled/Julian Alps
3 nights Salzburg
2 nights Dolomites
That sounds more then doable with a car and part of what we want to do is drive around and through the mountains and scenary but that kind of goes against us trying to slow down and enjoy finding off the beaten path experiences I guess.
Any help would be much appreciated.