Ljubljana – 4 nights
We flew into the Ljubljana airport which is only 25 minute shuttle ride from the center; there are several shuttle services waiting outside of the airport that can take you to Ljubljana (9 euro) or Lake Bled (another popular spot in Slovenia). Being that Slovenia is a small country you are able to hire a car and drive across/all over it in a few days :).
All trains come through Ljubljana as well from bordering countries such as Croatia/Hungary/Italy/Austria etc.
We stayed in Hostel 24 located right in Ljubljana. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Hostel-24/Ljubljana/62848?dateFrom=2017-05-02&dateTo=2017-05-05&number_of_guests=2&sc_pos=1
Things to do:
– Hire a car (45 euro/day) and drive to the coastal town of Piran – highly recommend it is incredibly beautiful and warm!
– Hire a car and visit the Alps (Vogel ski resort)
– Visit Lake Bled and walk around it and visit the castle
– Ride the city bikes to Tivoli park & picnic
-Walk across the bridges in Ljubljana and watch sunset from the castle
What I wish I knew/did:
There are buses that go to Piran/Lake Bled/Julian Alps from Ljubljana main center but I recommend hiring a car as it is easy to do and gives you the freedom to stop wherever. From Piran – it is only another half an hour drive through the Slovenian/Italian border to the town of Trieste.
We did not go to the caves as it was very touristy and busy but apparently are the oldest in Europe!
Hire a car and get off the beaten track! There are tons of coastal towns along the Dalmatian coast I would’ve loved to check out. Slovenia’s landscape is so diverse with the mountains (cold climate) and coastal towns (sunny & hot).