11 days in Croatia, Slovenia & Trieste Itinerary

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Bled, Slovenia
— 1 day
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Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia
— 1 night
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Postojna, Slovenia
— 1 night
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Predjama, Slovenia
— 1 day
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Koper, Slovenia
— 1 night
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Trieste, Italy
— 1 night
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 21st (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, and finally take in the views from Triple Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana online day trip planner.

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia to Ljubljana is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Skopje in September, you will find days in Ljubljana are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Bled.
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Bled, Slovenia — 1 day

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 22nd (Thu), awaken your taste buds at Wine Tasting Bled and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bled online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Bled in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Bohinjsko Jezero.
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Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia — 1 night

The mirror-like waters of the largest glacial lake in Slovenia make Bohinjsko Jezero one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bohinj.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bohinjsko Jezero trip planner.

Bohinjsko Jezero is very close to Bled. In September in Bohinjsko Jezero, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Postojna.
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Postojna, Slovenia — 1 night

With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Postojna trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Bohinjsko Jezero to Postojna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Postojna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Predjama.
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Predjama, Slovenia — 1 day

Predjama is a small settlement in the Municipality of Postojna in the Inner Carniola region of Slovenia.LandmarksCastlePredjama Castle, a Renaissance castle and a major tourist attraction in Slovenia, is located at the mouth of a cave just above the settlement.ChurchOur Lady of Sorows Church in the settlement is a chapel of ease of the Parish of Studeno. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nanos Plateau and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cerkev Zalostne Matere bozje.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Predjama day trip tool.

Predjama is just a short distance from Postojna. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koper.
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Koper, Slovenia — 1 night

A bridge between the Mediterranean and alpine regions of Slovenia, Koper is a small town with big appeal.
On the 25th (Sun), kick back and relax at Portorož Beach, get curious at Magical World of Shells Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Church, then ponder the design of Da Ponte Fountain, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Koper online itinerary planner.

Drive from Predjama to Koper in an hour. September in Koper sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trieste.
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Trieste, Italy — 1 night

Pearl of the Adriatic

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Giusto Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Trieste tour itinerary tool.

Trieste is just a short distance from Koper. In September, daily temperatures in Trieste can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 2 nights

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Trieste to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Split.
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Split, Croatia

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Split tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Split sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll set off for Dubrovnik on the 28th (Wed).
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Zarkovica Animal Shelter, visit Cavtat Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, and finally steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Art by Stjepko.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik tour itinerary tool.

You can fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive back home.
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Slovenia travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
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.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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Dubrovnik-Neretva County travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Islands · Kayaking & Canoeing
As the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik-Neretva County boasts a slender, diverse coastline separated from inland areas by a mountain range and split at Neum by the state border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many powerful empires and sea fleets have battled in this region during its boisterous history--the Byzantines, Saracens, Croats, Venetians, as well as Osman, Roman-Germanic, Hapsburg, and Napoleonic empires all left their mark on the land. The preserved white-stone defensive walls of Dubrovnik, the county seat, inspired writer George Bernard Shaw to call it "paradise on Earth" and have helped the city to retain its independence for centuries. Today the city's old town is a World Heritage Site, with narrow, steep medieval alleys, churches, Baroque palaces, and fountains. Along the county's seashore, drink in the series of islands, some of which feature national parks.
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