Eleven days in Slovenia is enough time to go beyond the highlights and enjoy an in-depth journey through the country. Road-trip through the Julian Alps, dive into the emerald-green waters of the Soča River, and head to the Adriatic Coast to see the charming cobblestoned streets of Piran and feast on fresh seafood. In this amount of time, you can also easily combine Slovenia with a visit to Croatia and explore the Istrian Peninsula around Rovinj. Learn more below.

Itinerary #1: Slovenia Highlights Road Trip

This eleven-day road trip is a perfect introduction to Slovenia. Visit Lake Bled, the Soča Valley, and the Goriška Brda wine region, finishing your trip with two days in Ljubljana. 

The postcard-worthy shores of Lake Bled
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana, Drive to Lake Bled Bled
Day 2 Full Day at Lake Bled Bled
Day 3 Drive to Lake Bohinj & Surrounding Area (Day Trip from Bled) Bled
Day 4 Drive from Bled to Bovec over the stunning Vršič Pass Bovec
Day 5 Adventure Day along the Soča River Bovec
Day 6 From the Alps to the Goriška Brda Wine Hills Goriška Brda
Day 7 Vineyards, Karst, & the Adriatic Coast Piran
Day 8 Explore Piran & the Istrian Countryside Piran
Day 9 Caves, Horses, & Castles Ljubljana
Day 10 Full Day in Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 11 Depart Ljubljana  


Start your Slovenian adventure in Lake Bled, a popular destination for hiking and bike riding. Sail to the island at the lake's center, spend a day exploring nearby Lake Bohinj, or even visit a local beekeeper. You can also hike through nearby Vintgar Gorge or drive to the village of Radovljica

Once you've seen everything there is to see in the area, drive across Vršič Pass—the highest mountain pass in Slovenia—into the heart of the Julian Alps and down to the Soča Valley. Enjoy a day of outdoors rafting, ziplining, canyoning, or biking in Bovec, Slovenia's adventure sports capital by the Soča River.

Then, make your way to Goriška Brda, Slovenia's wine region. Visit a winemaker, explore the area's cypress-covered hills, and spend the night at a local winery. The following day, continue through the Karst region and on to the coast. If you feel like a detour, hope over the border to Italy and visit  Miramare Castle

Spend a day in Piran, on the Adriatic Coast, and use the town as your jumping-off point to explore the Istrian countryside. Then, visit Lipica Equestrian Park—home of the graceful Lipizzan horses—and the UNESCO World Heritage Škocjan Caves on your way to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital. Spend your last couple of days in the country getting to know the city before heading home. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Alps to the Adriatic - Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Julian Alps, & More

This active adventure covers Slovenia's best spots and most beautiful trails, from the mountains to the coast. Explore the rolling hills of Goriška Brda, hike along the Soča River, and climb to the heights of Vršič Pass. 

Along the banks of the Ljubljanica River
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana, Transfer for your Hotel Ljubljana
Day 2 Full Day in Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 3 Drive from Ljubljana to Lake Bled, Explore Lake Bled Bled
Day 4 Bike from Bled to Kranjska Gora Kranjska Gora
Day 5 Hike the Vršič Pass in the Julian Alps Mountain Hut
Day 6 Hike from Vršič Pass to the Soča Valley Mountain Hut
Day 7 Hike along the turquoise Soča River to Bovec Bovec
Day 8 Explore the outdoor oasis of Bovec Bovec
Day 9 Raft & Walk & WWI Goriška Brda
Day 10 Transfer from Goriška Brda to Piran Piran
Day 11 Transfer from Piran to Ljubljana, Depart!  


Begin your trip in Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, and spend a couple of days exploring the city. Then, head to Lake Bled, a fairytale lake in the foothills of the Julian Alps. You can climb to the castle and take a tour, or sail to the island in the center of the lake. Other options include renting a bike to explore the area or hiking in nearby Vintgar Gorge. 

Next, bike through the lush Radovna Valley up to Kranjska Gora, an alpine resort town. Spend the next few days hiking in the Julian Alps: first, you'll make your way up to Vršič Pass, the highest mountain pass in the Slovenian Alps, before heading down into the emerald depths of the Soča Valley, where you'll follow the river until you reach the town of Bovec. 

Bovec is Slovenia's outdoor sports capital. Spend a day rafting on the Soča River nearby, or opt for canyoning, zip-lining, or biking in the area. The following day, take a raft partway down the river, then continue your hike to Kobarid to visit the town's WWI museum. Then, a transfer will take you to Goriška Brda, Slovenia's wine region. Spend the afternoon relaxing and visit local winemakers.

On day ten, transfer from Goriška Brda to Piran, a charming Venetian town on Adriatic Coast. Spend the day exploring the city, visit the nearby salt pans, or get a luxury treatment at one of the spas Piran is famous for before returning to Ljubljana the following morning for your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Road Trip Through Slovenia & Croatia

Combine the best of Slovenia and Croatia on this road trip. From Ljubljana, set off to Lake Bled, the Soča Valley and the cypress-covered hills of Goriška Brda. Then, cross into Croatia to explore the Istrian Peninsula and sail the Adriatic Sea. 

The coastal paradise of Rovinj
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 2 Explore Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 3 Receive Rental Car, Drive from Ljubljana to Lake Bled Bled
Day 4 Day Trip to Lake Bohinj 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 Drive from Goriška Brda to Rovinj, Croatia Rovinj
Day 9 Sailing Excursion on the Adriatic Sea Rovinj
Day 10 Explore the Istrian Peninsula Rovinj
Day 11 Drive from Rovinj to Ljubljana, Depart Slovenia  


Start your trip in Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, and explore the city before picking up your rental car and continuing to Lake Bled. Lake Bled is the perfect place to spend a few days in the foothills of the Julian Alps and visit the area. Check out the island at the center of the lake, climb up to Bled Castle, and hike in nearby Vintgar Gorge.

Then, spend a day at neighboring Lake Bohinj before driving to Bovec, Slovenia's adventure sports capital, located in the heart of the Soča Valley. From there you can go rafting on the emerald waters of the Soča River, hike through the surrounding beech-tree forests, or bike on some of the area's many trails. 

Next, drive from Bovec to Goriška Brda, also known as the "Slovenian Tuscany." This is the heart of the country's wine region, filled with picturesque villages, tiny churches, and cypress trees. Sample some local food and taste regional wine, before spending the night in private rooms in a local winery.

Finally, visit the UNESCO-protected Škocjan Caves on your way to Rovinj, across the border in Croatia. Rovinj is a great jumping-off point to explore the Istrian Peninsula. Spend a day sailing on the Adriatic with a local skipper, then head inland for some culinary adventures. You can go truffle hunting, pay a visit to a winemaker, olive oil producer, or cheesemaker, or travel back in time by visiting the Roman amphitheater in Pula. Learn more

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Map of 11 Days in Slovenia - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 11 Days in Slovenia - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas