So, I spent 25 days in Slovenia in late August and September. Yeah, it surprised the Slovenians I was there that long, too. But for me, it was great. I recall driving down a mountain on a narrow two-lane road late in the trip, admiring the granite peaks that perfectly framed Drežnica’s gleaming-white church, creating a postcard-perfect view before my eyes. I started thinking about other grand scenes and memories from earlier in the trip; finally, I blurted out, “This trip is going to be hard to top.”
I owe a debt to this forum for ending up with a trip that evoked such utterances. I didn’t even have to post many questions because so much helpful information is already archived here. Hopefully, I’ll add a little to the archive.
I am a single guy in my 40’s. My big interests are hiking, history, architecture and music. Slovenia hit my travel radar due to the opportunity for a fairly active vacation in a “less discovered” place.
Major resources for planning the trip (in addition to this forum) included The Rough Guide to Slovenia, "official" national and local Slovenian tourism websites, The Cicerone guide Walking the Julian Alps of Slovenia, Trip Advisor, and some random blogs found via Google.
So… how does one spend 25 days in Slovenia?
Bases & Activities…
Kranj x 3 nights. A not-so-common stop in Slovenia, Kranj first attracted me due to the network of tunnels built under the city by the Nazis during WWII to shelter the populace (particularly factory workers) from Allied air raids. Kranj is also very close to the airport, which made it a good stop following the 2:40 pm arrival of my flight. I liked it quite a bit because it seemed like a real, breathing town.
• Day 1: Arrive LJU airport; Taxi to Kranj; walked around town, including in the gorge running through the middle of it
• Day 2: TI office’s Tunnels Tour; old town walking tour; Grad Khislstein; Prešeren Museum
• Day 3: Day trip to Bled (Vintgar Gorge, Bled Castle, walk around lake)
Logarska dolina x 4 nights. The Logar Valley and surrounding area are gorgeous, peaceful, and uncrowded. I loved staying here.
• Day 4: Picked up rental car at airport, Radovljica, Begunje, scenic drive through northern Slovenia/tiny bit of Austria to Logar Valley
• Day 5: Hiking, including Slap Rivka and Okrešelj
• Day 6: Solčava Panoramic Road
• Day 7: Velika Planina & Mala Planina, hike to the former location of Bela Partisan Hospital, Kamnik
Ljubljana x 5 nights. As others have noted, a great city.
• Day 8: Drove to Ljubljana and dropped car near the old town; LublyanaYum food tour; caught bus to Kranj in the evening for its end of summer celebration
• Day 9: Hike Šmarna Gora + National Museum of Contemporary History
• Day 10: Day trip to Idrija, Franja Partisan Hospital and Skofja Loka
• Day 11: Full-day Ljublana city tour
• Day 12: Full-day Plečnik tour + short hike in Pekel/Hell Gorge (which was rather refreshing despite its name)
Piran x 4 nights. I adored this little town on the Adriatic coast.
• Day 13: Transfer with guide from Ljubljana to Piran because I didn’t want to deal with parking in Piran; Predjama Castle, Park of Military History Pivka, Škocjan Caves; wandered Piran
• Day 14: Opening events of Neptune’s Baptism, long nap (rain), chamber orchestra concert (Tartini Festival)
• Day 15: Super fun tour along the Istrian Coast with Saša in his restored classic Citroën Dyane; more Neptune’s Baptism events, another chamber orchestra concert
• Day 16: Bad weather forecast knocked out hiking and biking along the coast; it was replaced with a day trip to Izola, Koper, and Hrastovlje