15 days in Mediterranean & Karst Slovenia Itinerary

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Nova Gorica
— 4 nights
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Piran
— 6 nights
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Ilirska Bistrica
— 4 nights
Drive to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Fly to London

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Nova Gorica — 4 nights

A trip to Nova Gorica takes you to the land between the Alps and the sea.
Štanjel Castle and Rihemberk Castle will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Sveta Gora (Holy Mountain) and Franciscan Monastery Kostanjevica. Get out of town with these interesting Nova Gorica side-trips: Postojna (Tourist Information Centre - Galerija & Karst Museum), Ferrari Garden (in Štanjel) and Military Museum Tabor (in Lokev). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Solkan Bridge, don't miss a visit to Stazione Transalpina, explore the historical opulence of Vipolže Villa, and enjoy breathtaking views from Gonjače Viewing Tower.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nova Gorica trip app.

London, UK to Nova Gorica is an approximately 17-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Nova Gorica at 35°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Piran.
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Piran — 6 nights

Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
Family-friendly places like Tartini Square and Magical World of Shells Museum will thrill your kids. We've included these beaches for you: Strunjan Nature Reserve and Portorož Beach. Explore Piran's surroundings by going to Škocjan Caves (in Škocjan) and Lipica Stud Farm (in Lipica). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Francis of Assisi, enjoy the sand and surf at Svetilnik Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Piran trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Nova Gorica to Piran takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In August in Piran, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ilirska Bistrica.
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Ilirska Bistrica — 4 nights

Ilirska Bistrica is a town in the Inner Carniola region of southwestern Slovenia. Predjama Castle and Pivka Park of Military History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Snežnik Castle and Grad Prem. Venture out of the city with trips to Postojna (Guštarna, Planina Cave, &more), Cross Cave (in Grahovo) and Ecomuseum of the Seasonal Lakes of Pivka (in Pivka). There's more to do: explore the activities along Cerknica Lake and don't miss a visit to Museo Militare Di Pivka.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ilirska Bistrica trip planner.

Getting from Piran to Ilirska Bistrica by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Piran in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ilirska Bistrica, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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