I am planning my first trip to Slovenia in May and would like feedback on my itinerary.
I have done research, read the guidebooks but I do like the opinions of those who have been there to give a realistic idea of driving times, sequence etc. I know everyone's tastes and wants are different, but I really appreciate hearing people's experiences and opinions.
I will have 10 nights on the ground (in and out of Venice) and am renting a car. My interests are history, architecture, medieval towns, churches, castles, beer, vistas, scenery, light hiking, outdoor cafe culture.
My itinerary is:
Day 1: Arrive Venice at 9:55 am, drive to Piran, see town (stay 2 nights)
Day 2: day trip to Trieste or Kopor ( I would love to do both but not sure that is workable?)
Day 3: drive to Lake Bled - boat ride, see church, walk the lake etc
(2 nights in that area - would love advice here; since I will have a car, I have flexibility on where to stay. I would prefer to stay away from Bled given some descriptions of its over development; is staying at Lake Bohinj better option (I will be visiting there the following day; Radovljica?Kranj? would love to see the tunnels)
Day 4: Vintgar Gorge hike then to Lake Bohinj (waterfall, cable car, boat ride).
Day 5: drive to Maribor; visit cathedral, vine house (stay 2 nights)
Day 6: day trip to Ptuj - castle, wine cellar
Day 7: drive to Ljubljana (4 nights), churches, library, Joze Plecnik house, museums
Day 8: Ljubljana
Day 9: day trip to caves (undecided which, likely Postojna and then Predjama castle)
Day 10: car trip through Julian Alps, following RS driving tour, stopping as much as possible along the way (if weather is a factor, will swap)
Day 11: depart for Venice flight home
I know people don't like moving around too much and staying in so many places in just 10 nights might not be ideal. I want to experience other towns and areas and so thinking just basing in Ljubljana the whole time limits those opportunities. But I welcome feedback.
Thank you in advance.