Known as the green heart of Europe, Slovenia is a small country that offers an array of things for the visitor to see and do. Slovenia is the ideal country in which to enjoy a road trip with spectacular scenery everywhere you look.
If you have just a short amount of time to explore the country and are wondering what to do in Slovenia, why not take a one week road trip of Slovenia and visit some of the country’s bucket list destinations?
- 1. 1 week in Slovenia | Slovenia travel itinerary
- 2. Where is Slovenia
- 3. How to get to Slovenia
- 4. About Slovenia
- 5. Driving in Slovenia
- 6. Handy travel planning resources for Slovenia
1 week in Slovenia | Slovenia travel itinerary
Although there is so much more to see in the country, on this Slovenia one week itinerary you will visit three of the most popular places to visit in Slovenia:
- Bled - 3 nights
- Ljubljana - 1 night
- Piran - 3 nights
Before we start our Slovenia road trip, here are some fun facts about Slovenia:
- 60% of Slovenia's land mass is made up of forests
- Slovenia is 1/4 the size of the Australian state of Tasmania but is home to 24 gourmet regions and 3 wine regions
- Slovenia's coastline stretches for just 47 kilometres
- Slovenia has more than 11,000 underground caves
- Slovenia is the only country in the world with LOVE in its name!
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This one week itinerary by car starts in Bled but could easily be reversed if you are arriving in Slovenia from Croatia rather than from the north.
Day 1 - Arrive in Bled
Welcome to Slovenia! Where better to start your visit to this picturesque country than in one of its most popular - and most photographed - locations?
A great way to familiarise yourself with Bled’s famous sights is to stroll or ride around the lake. A 6-kilometre path circles the lake, providing plenty of great photo opportunities.
Where to stay in Bled
Further reading: Best things to see and do in Bled
Day 2 - Exploring Bled
Spend the day soaking up the gorgeous scenery around the lake. Start with a pletna boat ride to Bled Island where you can visit the church or, if you’re feeling more energetic, hire a row boat and row yourself there.
Explore the shops - especially those selling local produce, stroll through the lakeside gardens and stop for coffee and a slice of the famous Bled cream cake.
Next, head to Bled Castle and step back in time. From up here you’ll get magnificent views of the lake and the nearby Julian Alps.
TIP: Enjoy dinner at Bled Castle. Read my tip on how to get free entry to Bled Castle here.
Day 3 - Bled and surrounds
Bled is surrounded by natural beauty so a visit to the nearby Triglav National Park is a great way to spend a day. Lake Bohinj, Slavic Slap Falls and Vintgar Gorge are all highly recommended.
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Day 4 - Bled to Ljubljana
Distance: 55 km / Driving time: 35 minutes
Widely regarded as one of Europe’s hidden gems, the capital has a relaxed, friendly vibe to it and is compact enough that you can see all the main sights in 24 hours.
Highlights include Ljubljana Castle, Dragon Bridge, the Triple Bridge and more of architect Jose Plecnik’s buildings, and the Ljubljanica River. If you’re visiting on a Friday between May and October, be sure to visit the Open Kitchen food market where delicious local produce is sold.
Where to Stay in Ljubljana
Further reading: Ljubljana, the small city that's big on charm
Day 5 - Ljubljana to Piran
Distance: 121 km / Driving time: 1h25
It’s not far to Piran so why not visit a couple of Slovenia’s other popular tourist attractions en route? From Ljubljana it’s just a 35 minute drive to the famous Postojna Caves which features 27 kilometres of underground tunnels. A further nine kilometres away is Predjama Castle which dates back over 700 years.
Near Sezana you can visit the Lipica Stud Farm, the home of the famous white Lipizzaner horses that are the star attraction at Vienna’s Spanish Riding School.
Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town of Piran, your base for the next three nights. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy a stroll around the Old Town to admire the Venetian-inspired architecture.
Where to stay in Piran
Further reading: Things to do in Piran, Slovenia
Day 6 - Exploring Piran
Spend the day exploring Piran’s many sights. Be sure to visit Tartini Square, the medieval town walls, and the Church of St. George. From the church’s tower you’ll get a fantastic view of Piran and the coastline - you can even see as far as Croatia and Italy!
Slovenia has just 47 kilometres of coastline so it’s easy to explore other seaside towns from your base in Piran if you have time. Koper, Portoroz and Izola are all worth a visit - why not pamper yourself in one of Portoroz’s famous spas?
Day 7 - Piran and surrounds
If you visited more of Slovenia’s coastal towns yesterday, perhaps you might like to venture a little further afield today. You’re very close to Croatia, so why not include a day trip to Pula and Rovinj? From Piran, it’s just over an hour’s drive to Rovinj. A further 15 minutes away is Pula, home to the Pula Arena, one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world.
Day 8 - Departure from Slovenia
Your time in Slovenia has come to an end. If you are heading further south in Europe, you may like to use my Croatia self-drive itinerary as a guide for your continuing travels.
Where is Slovenia
Slovenia is located in central Europe. It is bordered to the north by Austria, to the west by Italy, to the south by Croatia and to the east by Hungary. It is situated 134 kilometres from Zagreb, 249 kilometres from Venice, 375 kilometres from Vienna and 408 kilometres from Munich.
How to get to Slovenia
With its central location, Slovenia is easily reached from numerous European countries. The country’s major international airport is located in Ljubljana and the capital is also the main gateway for trains arriving from other European countries.
What currency do they use in Slovenia?
Slovenia is part of the European Union and the local currency is the Euro.
Language in Slovenia
When you visit Slovenia, you don’t need to be proficient in the local language. Of course, I think it’s polite to know a few words of greeting in the local language but Slovenians all speak very good English.
Driving in Slovenia
The modern road network in Slovenia makes it easy to travel around the country and motorways link the major towns.
Speed limits in Slovenia
Speed limits in Slovenia are 50 km/h in towns, 90 km/h outside towns, 110 km/h on expressways and 130 km/h on motorways.
It is mandatory for all vehicles travelling on motorways and expressways in Slovenia to purchase a vignette (a toll road sticker) and afix it to the windscreen of their vehicle. The vignette can be purchased from petrol stations within Slovenia and in bordering countries.
Vignette prices for cars are around €15 for one week, €30 for one month or €110 for a year vignette.
Free entry to Slovenian attractions for Slovenian vignette holders
In 2018 the Slovenia Tourist Board is offering those that purchase a Slovenian vignette a range of benefits and discounts at some of the country’s major attractions.
Discounts include free entry to Park Lipica where the famous Lipica Stud Farm is located, and free entry to the EXPO Cave Karst with the purchase of either the Postojna Cave tour ticket or Predjama Castle ticket.
A sales receipt for the Slovenia vignette purchased between 15 February and 15 September, 2018 must be presented to qualify for the bonus offers. Full details on the discounts can be found here.
Planning on driving in elsewhere in Europe? You can read more of my European road trip itineraries by clicking here.
Handy travel planning resources for Slovenia
- Don’t leave home without a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Get a free quote here.
- Lonely Planet are the go-to guide books for many travellers. For convenience you can now buy both printed and digital versions. Browse the huge range of Europe travel guides here.
- Need some ideas on which destinations in Europe, the UK and Ireland you should visit? Ordering free travel brochures is a great place to start.
- The most convenient way to carry money with you on your travels is with a pre-loaded Travel Money Card. Check current exchange rates and purchase your Travel Money Card here.
- Read all the posts I’ve written about Slovenia HERE.
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