Road trip through Slovenia: Our itinerary for 1 to 2 weeks

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If you ask us: Little Slovenia is one of the most underrated travel destinations ever. Slovenia is unbelievably diverse: stalactite caves, a turquoise-blue river straight out of a picture book, magnificent waterfalls, spectacular mountains and a hip capital that is worth seeing. Not to forget, of course, the small but fine coastal region with the picturesque town of Piran.

We have a very special connection to our neighboring country for family reasons. Kathi has been traveling to Slovenia regularly since she was a child. We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve been to Slovenia.

Our itinerary will take you to the highlights of Slovenia, in a week but peppered with many insider tips and route options. You can therefore easily extend the route to two weeks.

1. Itinerary Slovenia: The most beautiful stops & our tips Two small comments in advance: Our route is described in such a way that you via Austria (Karawanken Tunnel) travels to Slovenia. However, it is also possible to travel to Ljubljana first (e.g. by plane) and start the Slovenia road trip from there.

Also the direction of the travel route is absolutely variable. For us, the weather was a key reason why Bled was the first stop on our road trip. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with traveling in the opposite direction.

Bled Let’s start at the most famous lake in Slovenia, Lake Bled. The tiny island in the middle of the lake with the striking church is one of the most famous photo motifs in the country.

In summer the lake invites you to Baden, but that’s by far not all there is to discover: For example, you can take a short hike to one of the viewpoints or the beautiful Visit Vintgar Gorge. You shouldn’t miss Bled’s sweet specialty, the Bled cream cake.

From Bled it’s only a stone’s throw to another alpine lake, the Weekly Lake. This is more pristine and less touristy than Bled and is therefore definitely worth a stopover. In summer you can also go on wonderful mountain hikes in the Triglav National Park from this region.

Our detailed blog article: Bled Tips

Our hotel tip for Bled: Vila Mila

Ljubljana The capital is of course allowed on a road trip through Slovenia not missing. Ljubljana is a manageable town with a lot of flair. Thanks to the castle and the narrow, cobbled streets, Ljubljana reminds us a little of a “Salzburg of the East” – although Ljubljana is of course not nearly as spruced up .

You shouldn’t miss a walk up to the castle. From there you have a great view of the city. What we also really liked about Ljubljana are the many hip cafés, some of which are located directly on the river (“Ljubljanica”).

Our detailed blog article: Ljubljana Tips

Our accommodation in Lubljana: Tobačna White

How to get there: From Bled to Ljubljana On the way from Bled to Ljubljana, you should definitely make a detour to the small town of Škofja Loka insert. The picturesque Škofja Loka (see photo no. 2 and 3) lies at the confluence of two rivers and is the best preserved medieval town in Slovenia.

You can reach Ljubljana directly from Bled in about 45 minutes. With a short detour via Škofja Loka, the journey time is about 1 hour and 11 minutes.

Tip off the beaten track: Approximately 20 Kilometers from Škofja Loka there is a small homestay in the middle of nature called Tesnak. It is run by distant acquaintances. We haven’t been there ourselves, but it seems really great there.

Postojna Caves From Ljubljana the road trip continues to the most famous caves in Slovenia, Postojna Cave. They are not only one of the most important sights in the country, but also the second largest tourist caves in the world. The caves are simply impressive, although the crowds are enormous.

Another highlight is just a few kilometers from Postojna. The medieval cave castle Predjama is built into a rock and is one of the most famous photo motifs in Slovenia.

Our detailed blog article: Postojna Caves

Our accommodation tip for Postojna: Smrekarjeva Domačija

How to get there: From Ljubljana to Postojna On this stage of the road trip you are just 45 minutes on road. You can theoretically leave Ljubljana in the morning, visit the caves and then continue. We, on the other hand, wanted to take it easy and therefore decided to spend the night in Postojna.

Piran Small but mighty: The coast of Slovenia is just 27 Kilometer long. But it doesn’t matter, because you will find here one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic. Piran is a real gem and should definitely be on your itinerary on a road trip through Slovenia.

Piran is very small: in a few hours you have explored the entire city. Nevertheless, we recommend that you stay at least one night and enjoy the flair in peace. We fell in love with the pastel-colored Venetian house facades right away.

Our detailed blog article: Piran Tips
Our hotel tip for Piran: Memento B&B

How to get there: From Postojna to Piran From Postojna -Caves you are on the direct route about one hour to Piran. (You can find information about the rather complicated parking situation in Piran in our Piran blog article.)

Our tip: If the Postojna Caves are too touristy for you, then there is another one on the way Alternative. The caves of Škocjan are a bit less known, but no less impressive. We visited this stalactite cave years ago and were very impressed.

Soča Valley (Bovec) The best comes at the end: The picturesque Soča valley is definitely one of the highlights on the route through Slovenia. Along the turquoise-blue Soča you will find magnificent waterfalls, gorges, canyons and suspension bridges. From short walks to longer tours (e.g. in the Triglav National Park ) everything is included.

In summer people like to swim in the Soča: the refreshing river water is a welcome cooling off on hot days. Countless worthwhile stops await you in the Soča Valley. You can find more information and tips in our detailed article.

Our detailed blog article: Highlights in the Soča Valley

Our accommodation in the Soča Valley: Hotel Sanje ob Soči

Arrival: From Piran to the Soča Valley We ourselves chose the route via Vipava Valley on our last trip. This valley is really picturesque and also perfect for a stopover. After about 1 hour and 20 minutes you reach the border town of Nova Gorica (or on the Italian site “Gorizia”). From here, so to speak, the Soča Valley starts.

Another route variant takes you through Italy (Trieste), before you also come here to Nova Gorica reached. Again you are about 1 hour and 10 Minutes on the way.

Either way: If you want to make a stopover before your time in the Soča Valley, we have a insider tip for you. Near Nova Gorica in Slovenia lies the beautiful wine region called Goriška Brda – you could also say Slovenian Tuscany. We ourselves spent a few days in the picturesque town of Medana a few years ago (accommodation tip: Belica Bed and Breakfast). What a gem!

Onward journey: From the Soča Valley northbound (Austria) The route over the Vršičpass, Slovenia’s highest pass is highly recommended. Finally, on the other side of the pass, you end up in Kranjska Gora on the beautiful Jasna Lake. From there you are back in Austria in a few kilometers.

If you have to return your rental car within Slovenia (e.g. in Ljubljana), then your itinerary will take you back to Bled instead. From Kranjska Gora you can reach Bled in just half an hour.

2. Map: Overview of the Slovenia route

3. Tips for a road trip through Slovenia: Driving, vignette & Co. Book a rental car If you can’t/don’t want to come with your own car, that’s no problem. In this case you will probably start in the capital Ljubljana.

We always book our rental car through Sunny Cars. Sunny Cars acts as an intermediary, ie Sunny Cars gives you an overview of the cheapest rental car offers. The big advantage of Sunny Cars: You have fully comprehensive insurance and in the event of damage, your deductible will also be reimbursed. In terms of price, a rental car is relatively cheap: In the high season you should spend a week with about 250 Calculate in euros (excluding petrol, of course).

Vignette in Slovenia Slovenia’s motorways are toll roads. The cheapest option is the 7-day vignette. This currently costs (as of April 2019) 11 Euro. If you stay in Slovenia for more than a week, a monthly vignette is required (30 Euro). You can easily buy the vignette at one of the petrol stations or points of sale before crossing the border.

The journey through the Karawanken Tunnel (price: 7 Euro). You usually drive through this border tunnel if you want to travel from Vienna to Bled, for example.

Price level in Slovenia Overall, Slovenia is a rather cheap country. However, in tourist regions (and our itinerary leads through them), the prices are almost comparable to those in Austria or Germany. We were surprised by the high entrance fees at sights.

A few price-by play for better orientation:

Entrance fee to Bled Castle: 11 Euro Admission to Postojna Cave in high season: 30,46 Euro Restaurant visit in a good restaurant in Bled for two: 50 Euro Gasoline price: currently 1,25 Euro (tends to be higher than in Austria – am best to check in advance and possibly fill up before the border) Small regional beer (Laško) in a rather cheap n Restaurant: 2,30 Euro 1 glass of house wine in a rather cheap restaurant: 1,50 Euro 1 piece of original cream cake in Hotel Park in Bled: 4,50 Euro The best travel time for a road trip through Slovenia We prefer to recommend spring or autumn for a trip to Slovenia. Then there is far less going on than in the high season (July, August). We were traveling in April (i.e. in the low season) and were able to book all our accommodation very spontaneously. The crowds were also limited when it came to the sights.

If you want to hike in the mountains or go swimming (be it in the sea or in the Soča), then the Summer definitely more suitable. However, you have to be prepared for the fact that some places can be overcrowded in the summer months. This applies to Bled, for example. In summer, we definitely recommend keeping an eye on the booking situation and possibly booking your desired accommodation in good time.

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You already have made a road trip through Slovenia? How was your itinerary? If you have any more tips or questions, please leave us a comment!