We are an “older” couple pretty well travelled, reasonably fit, enjoy simple hikes, history, museums, art, architecture, local food and wine. We have the month of Sept in Europe and thought to visit Slovenia (2-3 weeks), where we have never been and then head to Italy, which we know well.
Plan to hire a car and usually like to spend 2 nights minimum in one spot rather than rushing around. We greatly prefer the countryside and visiting smaller places rather than cities (the exception here is Ljubljana). For hotels, we prefer ‘special’ properties, bed and breakfasts, inns or farms, not the chains., A good restaurants and./or table d’hote are pluses.
Have we allowed enough - or too much - time in each place? Have we grouped sites well? Are the hikes reasonable, i.e., moderate difficulty?? I know we’re planning rather late (there were some health issues) and am a bit worried about lodging (many of the Rick Steves and Trip Advisor recommendations are fully booked.
Your thoughts and suggestions would be MOST appreciated!!
Days 1-5 Ljubljana 5 nites
Day 1 Travel from Venice to Ljub - GoOpti? Lodging at barb palace apts???
Walk Old Town and check the TI for tours.
Day 2 Introductory Walking Tour, Cathedral of St Nicholas, Wander Tivoli Park, Museum of Con. History of Slovenia,
Dinner at Pri Škofu or Dinner Trip to a typical Countryside Gostilna -
Day 3 Visit Castle Hill - Castle, Watchtower, History Exhibition Chapel of St George, Time Machine Tour
Dinner at Restavracija Strelec or Gostilna na Grad
Day 4. Visit the City Museum, Nat Gallery, tour Jože Plečnik House. boat tour.
Lunch at Open Kitchen?
Day 5. Take Roundabout Travel - Tale of Maribor, Ptuj and Wine OR Walking tour of Comm Ljubljana and (previously skipped) museum.
Days 6-9 Bled or Behinj 4 nites. Garni Hotel, Berc Alp Pension in Bled
Day 6 Pick up car at the airport (avoid driving in Ljub). Drive north, stopping at Škofja Loka & Idrija. In SL, visit castle and Loka Museum, Church of St James and Plague Pillar. Stop at the church of the Annunciation in Crngrob, outside SL,
Day 7 Bled Island w Church of the Assumption/St Mary, Bled Castle, walk around the lake OR hike Vintner GorgeDinner at Bled Castle
Day 8 Visit Radovljica - city and beekeeing museum; also, a gingerbread bakery/museum and St Peters, beautifully renovated church, with its lovely ceiling and altar, Sivec House Gallery, and the town moat.Then, head to Brezje known for its Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Then, Lake Bohinj for a walk and/or boat ride. (question - do the boats run in September??) and visit to WWI cemetery in UdicveDinner at Restaurant 1906
Day 9 Visit Kranj, Khislstein Castle and Gorenjska Regional Mus.- Hike Bled - around lake, to Vintgar gorge, along Sava river, to old villages Selo, Ribno, Bodesce old church.
Days 10 Bovec. 1 nite Hotel Dobra Vila Bovec
Drive to Bovec, via the Vrsic Pass, to see the Russian Chapel near Kranjska Gora. Stop at the Kluze Fort above Bovec. Pay respects at the Bovec Cemetery Mass Grave
Day 11-13 Kobarid/Soca Valley 3 nites. Tourist Farm Kranje. Kobarid
Day 11. Drive to Kobarid, Visit museum.
Dinner at the Hisa Franko (House of Franko).
Day 12. Kobarid. Visit the Ossuary Of Italian Soldiers and do the Historical Trail/Walk of Peace. Tour the Charnel House
Day 13. Kobarid. Tonocov Grad, walk along the Italian line of defense. Visit the Soca Gorge and Kozjak Waterfall.
Day 14 Kobarid. Javorca for the Church of the Holy Spirit, Tolmin for the Museum and Drznica for the Church
Day 15 Head south and visit Predjama Castle. Stay in Postojna Lipizzaner Lodge Guest House, 3 nites
Day 16. Lipica and the stud farm and Vipava OR the defended" church at Hrastovlje and hike the 10 church walk from Landol.
Day 17. Cerkno hike to the Partizan Hosp. Franja OR visit Piran OR Visit the Idrija Mercury Mine and Idrija Museum.
Day 18 Sept 20 Return car to Ljubljana head to Italy