20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Bovec
— 1 night
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Kranjska Gora
— 2 nights
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Nova Gorica
— 2 nights
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Piran
— 5 nights
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Grahovo
— 1 night
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Maribor
— 4 nights
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Podčetrtek
— 2 nights
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Bled
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 12th (Sun), sample the tasty concoctions at Thirsty River Brewing, take in breathtaking views at Virje Waterfall, and then don't miss a visit to Fort Hermann. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, appreciate the views at Soča Valley, and then make a trip to Italian Charnel House.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bovec online trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Bovec is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Milan in December; daily highs in Bovec reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kranjska Gora.

Things to do in Bovec

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Kranjska Gora

— 2 nights
A trip to Kranjska Gora takes visitors to an area that represents a border point between Austria, Italy, and Slovenia.
On the 14th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, then identify plant and animal life at Zelenci Nature Reserve, and then admire the verdant scenery at Zgornjesavska Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Liznjekova house, then fly down the slopes at Planica Nordic Centre & Zipline, then don't miss a visit to Ajdovska Deklica, and finally make a trip to The Russian Chapel.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kranjska Gora sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Bovec to Kranjska Gora takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kranjska Gora can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nova Gorica.

Things to do in Kranjska Gora

Parks · Nature · Museums · Winter Sports
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Nova Gorica

— 2 nights
A trip to Nova Gorica takes you to the land between the Alps and the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Štanjel Castle, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then learn about winemaking at Lepa Vida Boutique Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sveta Gora (Holy Mountain), then don't miss a visit to Šmartno, and then step into the grandiose world of Vipolže Villa.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nova Gorica trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Kranjska Gora to Nova Gorica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kranjska Gora in December; daily highs in Nova Gorica reach 12°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Piran.

Things to do in Nova Gorica

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

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Piran

— 5 nights
Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
Get a sense of the local culture at Magical World of Shells Museum and Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Visiting Strunjan Nature Reserve and Svetilnik Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Piran's surroundings by going to Guštarna (in Postojna) and Museo Militare Di Pivka (in Pivka). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Tito, try your luck at Grand Casino Portorož, and get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Piran trip itinerary planning website.

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 December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grahovo.

Things to do in Piran

Historic Sites · Beaches · Fun & Games · Casinos

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Grahovo

— 1 night
Grahovo offers access to the shores of a scenic lake, known as one of Europes biggest intermittent bodies of water.
On the 23rd (Thu), Head underground at Cross Cave, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Notranjski Regional Park, and then explore the activities along Cerknica Lake.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grahovo online journey planner.

Getting from Piran to Grahovo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Grahovo is slightly colder than Piran - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Maribor.

Things to do in Grahovo

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Maribor

— 4 nights
Cycling may be one of the best ways to tour Maribor, a great base for exploring the surrounding area and conquering Pohorje Mountains.
Get a sense of the local culture at Peca Underground - Tourist Mine and Museum and Maribor Regional Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Solčava Panoramic Road and Pyramid Archaeological Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Tito Statue (in Velenje) and Celje Regional Museum (in Celje). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church, do a tasting at Vinag Wine Cellar, and see the interesting displays at Old Vine House.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Maribor trip planner.

Drive from Grahovo to Maribor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Podčetrtek.

Things to do in Maribor

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Podčetrtek

— 2 nights
For most visitors on holiday in Podcetrtek, thermal waters remain the big draw.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Olimje Monastery, then identify plant and animal life at Jelenov Greben Homestead, then get in on the family fun at Witch House - Land of Fairy Tales and Imagination, and finally don't miss a visit to Celje Water Tower. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Podsreda Castle, examine the collection at Brežice Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Castles.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Podčetrtek trip app.

You can drive from Maribor to Podčetrtek in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Podčetrtek sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Podčetrtek

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

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Bled

— 2 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Town Centre of Radovljica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John the Baptist, then get great views at Ojstrica, and finally get great views at Mala Osojnica. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Apiculture, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Parish Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bled trip planning app.

You can drive from Podčetrtek to Bled in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Bled are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

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