With ten days in Slovenia, you'll have time to discover much of what this beautiful country has to offer, including postcard-perfect lakes, emerald rivers, vast underground caverns, and rolling hills covered in vineyards. Choose a hiking itinerary to explore from the mountains to the coast, or road trip through Slovenia and into Croatia along the Istrian Peninsula. Get inspired by these following unique itinerary ideas.

Itinerary #1: Highlights of Slovenia

This ten-day self-driving tour is the perfect way to discover all of the highlights of Slovenia in a single trip. Start on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled, then make your way through the Julian Alps and down to the Adriatic Coast, through Goriška Brda, "Slovenia's Tuscany," and even into the depths of the Škocjan Caves

Lake Bled, in the foothills of the Julian Alps
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana, Transfer to Lake Bled Lake Bled
Day 2 Explore Lake Bled Lake Bled
Day 3 Lake Bohinj Day Trip Lake Bled
Day 4 Drive from Lake Bled to Bovec Bovec
Day 5 Free Day in Soča Valley Bovec
Day 6 Drive from Bovec to Goriška Brda Goriška Brda
Day 7 Drive from Goriška Brda to Škocjan Caves & Piran Piran
Day 8 Free Day in Piran Piran
Day 9 Drive from Piran to Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 10 Depart Ljubljana  

When you land in Ljubljana, transfer directly to Lake Bled to begin your adventure. Explore the area by climbing up to Bled Castle, hiking around the lake, and visiting nearby Lake Bohinj, where you can canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard on the water. 

Next, drive to Bovec in the Soča Valley. Make sure to try a local beer at one of the town's many microbreweries. Spend the following day exploring along the Soča River. You can go rafting, ziplining, or canyoning near Bovec. Or, visit the town of Kobarid to see its WWI Museum and learn more about the area's history. 

From Bovec, continue on to Goriška Brda, Slovenia's wine region. Here you'll see lots of family vineyard estates, tiny churches, and cypress trees. Visit a local winemaker (or several) to taste some fine local wines. The following morning, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Škocjan Caves, which have one of the world's largest known underground caverns. 

Finally, drive to Piran, a charming town on the Adriatic Coast. Sample some fresh seafood and visit the salt pans of Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. Spend your last few days in Slovenia exploring Ljubljana before catching your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Slovenia & Croatia Road Trip

This ten-day road trip includes some of the most scenic spots in Slovenia and Croatia. Explore Ljubljana, hike around the foothills of the Julian Alps and Lake Bled, go rafting or kayaking in the Soča Valley, and hop over the border into Croatia to go truffle hunting in Rovinj and explore the Istrian Peninsula

Rovinj, a fishing port on the Istrian peninsula
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 2 Explore Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 3 Drive from Ljubljana to Lake Bled Bled
Day 4 Lake Bohinj (Day Trip from Lake Bled) Bled
Day 5 Drive from Lake Bled to Bovec Bovec
Day 6 Free Day in Soča Valley Bovec
Day 7 Drive from Soča Valley to Goriška Brda Goriška Brda
Day 8 Goriška Brda to Rovinj, Stopping at Lipica & Škocjan Caves Rovinj
Day 9 Explore the Istrian Peninsula Rovinj
Day 10 Drive from Rovinj to Ljubljana, Depart!  

Start off in Ljubljana, and spend a day exploring the city before continuing on to Lake Bled. Visit nearby Vintgar Gorge, hike along the lakeshore, or sail to the island at the center of the lake. Then head to nearby Lake Bohinj—Lake Bled's less-famous but equally-scenic neighbor—for a day of hiking, kayaking, or canoeing. In the evening, head up to Bled Castle for a royal dinner experience with an unbeatable view. 

On day five, drive through Vršič Pass into the heart of the Julian Alps until you reach Bovec, in the Soča Valley. Bovec is Slovenia's outdoor adrenaline sports capital and is a great place to go rafting, ziplining, paragliding, or even sky diving. If you'd prefer something less physically intense, you can also visit nearby Kobarid and its WWI Museum to learn more about the region's history. 

Leave the Soča Valley behind to enter the rolling hills and family vineyards of Goriška Brda, Slovenia's wine country. Here you can bike through the hills, climb a village tower for great views of the area, and of course visit local winemakers to taste this year's vintage.

The following morning, visit the Lipica Equestrian Park, home of the graceful Lipizzan horses before you cross the border to Rovinj, on the coast. Use Rovinj as your base to explore the Istrian Peninsula, where you can kayak on the coast, go truffle hunting in the interior, visit the Roman amphitheater in Pula, and much more. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Slovenian Alps to Coast Hiking Adventure

This ten-day hiking adventure takes you from the Alps to the coast and allows you to climb (nearly) every mountain in the country. Hike the ridge between Austria and Slovenia, cross Vršič Pass, bike along the Soča River to Bovec, and soak in the sea near Piran on this itinerary designed for outdoor adventurers and hiking aficionados. 

The light fades over the beautiful city of Piran
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 2 Explore Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 3 Transfer from Ljubljana to Lake Bled Lake Bled
Day 4 Hike the Ridge between Austria and Slovenia Kranjska Gora
Day 5 Hike from Kranjska Gora to Vršič Pass Mountain hut
Day 6 Hike from Vršič Pass to the Soča Valley Haybarn
Day 7 Hike and Bike the Soča River to Bovec Bovec
Day 8 Guided Tour from Bovec to Piran Piran
Day 9 Free Day in Piran Piran
Day 10 Transfer from Piran to Trieste, Depart  

Start your hiking adventure with a walking tour of Ljubljana, and explore this charming capital city. Then, travel to Lake Bled to see this fairytale lake and its island. You can choose from several short hikes in the area or sail to the lake's island to visit its church. 

The following day, you'll hike along the ridge between Austria and Slovenia, and end your day in the ski town of Kranjska Gora. Then, you'll hike up to Vršič Pass, Slovenia's highest mountain pass, and get beautiful views of the surrounding Julian Alps. 

On day six, hike down into the Soča Valley and walk along the emerald waters of the Soča River. Spend the night in the hay barn of a local farm. Then, continue on to Bovec, where you can go rafting or take a break at one of the town's many microbreweries. Then, a guide will take you through Slovenia's wine country, down into the depths of the Škocjan Caves, and finally on to Piran, a town on the Adriatic coast known for its spas, fresh seafood, and fleur de sel salts. Spend your last few days enjoying Piran and its surroundings before heading home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Alps to the Adriatic: Inn-to-Inn Walking Adventure

This ten-day inn-to-inn walking itinerary is perfect for hiking enthusiasts who want to explore Slovenia's many trails, see cold crashing waterfalls, swim in crystal-clear lakes, and taste local cheese in Tolmin, and sleep in cozy mountain huts and local farms. 

Lake Bohinj, Lake Bled's less well-known neighbor
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Lake Bled Lake Bled
Day 2 Start of the hike Kranjska Gora
Day 3 The Vršič Pass Julian Alps
Day 4 To the Soča Valley Soča Valley
Day 5 Following the river Bovec
Day 6 Waterfalls and WWI sites Drežnica
Day 7 Shrovetide Masks and the Tolmin cheese Tolmin
Day 8 Kolovrat Mountain Range Kolovrat Mountain Range
Day 9 Roman Forum Iulii Cividale del Friuli
Day 10 Back to Slovenia and Departure  

Start off on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled, in the foothills of the Julian Alps. Spend a day enjoying the area, before a driver picks you up and takes you to the start of your hike in the Karawanken Alps. Walk along the ridge that marks the border between Slovenia and Austria, then head back down into the valley until you reach Kranjska Gora. 

The following day, continue through the Julian Alps to the Vršič Moutain Pass and take in some truly spectacular views along the way. Then, spend the night in a cozy, rustic mountain hut. On day four, descend into the Soča Valley through beautiful beech, spruce and larch forests and follow the river downstream. You can visit waterfalls, crystal pools, and the small villages of Kobarid and Drežnica (where you'll be sleeping). 

Next, hike past alpine meadows towards Krn Mountain, then descend into the valley to spend the night in Tolmin. Spend your final full day of hiking on the Kolovrat Mountain Range, and cross into Italy to visit the town of Cividale del Friuli, where your trip ends. Learn more

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Map of 10 Days in Slovenia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Slovenia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas