12 days in Slovenia & Soča Valley Itinerary

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Drive to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Fly to Melbourne


Ljubljana — 3 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Škofja Loka Castle and Cankarjevo Nabrežje. Step off the beaten path and head to National Museum of Contemporary History and National Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, go for a walk through Breg Embankment, examine the collection at Museum of Puppetry, and get curious at House of Experiments - Hisa eksperimentov.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ljubljana trip itinerary maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Ljubljana is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ljubljana is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Ljubljana, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Bled.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
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Bled — 3 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Martuljek Waterfalls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tasting Bled and Zgornjesavska Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bled: Kranjska Gora (Liznjekova house, Zelenci Nature Reserve, &more). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, Head underground at Pokljuka Gorge, get great views at Ojstrica, and examine the collection at Museum of Apiculture.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bled online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Bled in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Bled sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bovec.
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Bovec — 1 night

In the north-west part of Slovenia, Bovec sits in an area known for its rich and colorful culture and history.
To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bovec trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Bled to Bovec in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bovec can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You'll set off for Piran on the 9th (Wed).
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Piran — 2 nights

Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Strunjan Nature Reserve, head outdoors with Šalet Tunnel, examine the collection at Koper Regional Museum, then admire the striking features of Piazza Tito, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Loza Gallery. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Bernardine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Piran Minorite Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Mediadom Pyrhani, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Piran road trip app.

Getting from Bovec to Piran by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In August, Piran is a bit warmer than Bovec - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Slovenia travel guide

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Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.