We’ve bought tickets, and started making plans so it’s official! This is our most ambitious and complicated European trip yet, and has evolved into a trip that will incorporate visits to three countries (Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro), travel by plane, catamaran, train, car and bus. Yikes. For any of you that have visited these places on our itinerary, advice and insight is appreciated. And if you’ve driven in Croatia, I’d love any advice you have.
We’ll be flying into and staying in the Slovenian capital for two nights, spending one day exploring the city itself and another full day visiting Lake Bled and the Julian alps. The photos look amazing, I’m excited for a bit of outdoor adventure and to stay at the Vander Urbani Resort.
We’ll be taking the train from Ljubljana across the border to Zagreb, Croatia and spending most of a day here. Unfortunately, we couldn’t fit in an overnight, but I’m hoping to visit old town and the Museum of Broken Relationships and eat some delicious Croatian food before picking up our hire car and heading south.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Arguably the highlight of the trip, we’re spending the night outside the park at a bed and breakfast so we can get an early start and beat the crowds. Photos of the lakes look amazing, I can’t wait to see them in person! After a morning of hiking and boating around the lakes, we’ll be road tripping to the coast.
I’ve gotten mixed reviews on Split, but it will be a fun city on the sea to explore. We’ll get to see the famous Roman ruins, plus staying over night here means that we can catch an early catamaran to the islands!
We’ve got two nights planned on the Dalmatian island, and I’m excited to relax, hike to the fort, maybe take a boat ride and spend some time on the beach. Hotels (and possibly everything!) on Hvar is expensive, so to save money we’re staying in an Airbnb that’s a few minutes walking from the town center. It’s got a balcony that overlooks the town though, which I’m very excited for.
Our final nights on the trip will be spent in Kings Landing. The city walls, beaches and gorgeous views are going to be amazing. Again, we are renting an Airbnb because it was the most cost effective way to stay within the city walls.
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Unfortunately we won’t be overnighting in Montenegro, but when I saw photos of Bay of Kotor, I knew we had to go. The natural beauty of the fjord like inlet is incredible. The only thing we can’t decide is whether to take an organized tour from Dubrovnik or to drive ourselves to Kotor in a hire car. I’ve read mixed reviews on roads in Montenegro, but they’ve said by the coast they should be fine.
Have you been to Croatia, Slovenia or Montenegro? Any advice or things we shouldn’t miss?