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Two Days in Slovenia

Hello Fellow Travelers.

My husband and I took the best of the Adriatic tour so we have visited those parts of Slovenia. We will have two days and nights in Slovenia in July and they are centered around ancestral gravesite visits. My husband’s ancestors are buried near Maribor and Volcji Grad. We will be coming from Bologna and then plan to return to Venice for two nights to return home to the US. It’s a big out of the way loop, but we understand that.

So my question is, if you had two days between Italy and Maribor, where would you spend them? I initially resorted to Ljubljana and that’s not a bad choice, but we have been there before. Is there a wine region or mountain town that we are missing? We really loved Slovenia last time so it would be fun to visit somewhere we haven’t seen yet. Ideally we could stay somewhere both nights, but we’re open to moving. We will have a car.

Hvala in advance.

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Our first night in Slovenia, driving from Venice, was the small, charming seaside town of Piran. It’s supposedly known for being windy, but we didn’t experience that on our late June visit. We only had one night and parts of two days before heading towards Bled and Ljubljana, but if we’d had more time, certainly could’ve stayed longer. Besides the town, there were the Skocjan Caves we saw one afternoon, which are about 30 miles away. There’s also the Sečovlje salt national park just a few miles to the south of town. Salt is a famous product of the area.

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Suggestions:

  1. I like mountains, so my choice would be the Logar Valley (Logarska dolina). I think it is gorgeous, and it is a very different experience from Bled -- much calmer and much less crowded! The Solčava Panoramic Road offers great views and opportunities to stop at farmer's homes and small restaurants.

  2. Radovljica is north of Ljubljana and just south of Lake Bled; it has a gorgeous old town.

  3. The Brda region is the most famous wine region of Slovenia; it is just southwest of the Soča Valley. There are definitely some options for stops there. I would highly recommend tour guide Vesna who gives excellent tours of the area -- go to a family-run honey operation, walk through vineyards while eating grapes from the vine, do a wine tasting. She is excellent.

  4. Stanjel was a late cut from my 2019 trip. I thought it looked like a worthwhile stop.

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Thank you Everyone! These are great suggestions!

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Jessica's post has been reported. And few readers of this forum need a visa for Slovenia.

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I've not looked at the map to see which part of Slovenia you are referring to, but we stopped between Venice and bled at aquileia (italy) to see the mosaics, walk the grounds, and have lunch at their snack bar. Lovely!! It's a unesco world heritage site