Croatia Self Drive 09 - Slovenia & Istria

Pula - Rovinj - Ljubljana - Bled - Postonja - Pula

About Croatia Self Drive 09 - Slovenia & Istria


Explore the beautiful, history-filled Istrian Peninsula plus fabulous locations in Slovenia. Designed as a circuit so you can travel via Opatija to Lubljana, returning via Postonja caves (or vice versa).

Activity code: CRFD09

Duration: 10 Days


This fly drive itinerary is a fabulous combination of the northernmost part of Croatia (Istria) with Slovenia's "best bits". Starting in the historic town of Pula the route includes the whole of Istria together with some of the fantastic locations within Slovenia such as the Postojna Caves, Lake Bled and Ljubljana. All of these locations are relatively close to each other so sightseeing time is maximised or you can easily head of the main routes to see more of the countryside.

The holiday exploration begins straight away with a hire car from the airport and a very short drive into Pula with its incredible amphitheatre; after this stop which will probably include lunch you can head over to the east coast and a night in the seaside town of Opatija or on nearby Krk Island (accessible by spectacular bridge).

Each day's drive is not so far so you have plenty of time to do some sightseeing, walking or take an extended lunch / picnic along the way. The middle section of this holiday is in Slovenia, including a couple of nights in its fabulous and compact capital, Ljubljana, and the incredible Lake Bled and Triglav National Park which offers so much in the way of outdoor activities. On the way back to Croatia we recommend you stop off to visit the caves at Postojna, surely one of the best in Europe. On arrival in Istria once more your main base for this part of the holiday is likely to be Rovinj; from here there is so much to visit, including Porec, the Brijuni Islands and the lovely hill town of Motovun. Departure is from Pula to complete your circuit and drop off the car at the airport.

Why Book with Rediscover the World ?

We are able to tailor-make this holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, overall duration, pre-booked activities, etc.

Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in these fascinating countries (in the list below we have included our main recommendations together with suggestions for "boutique" hotels and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).

Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport (or port) transfer service and we can deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel at no extra cost if preferred to the airport. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide driving directions and parking information for all accommodation. The new highways linking Zagreb, Split, Pula and Ljubljana will cut down journey times when you wish to get from A to B quickly but this also means that the other roads will be quieter and a pleasant alternative for sightseeing and travelling at a gentler pace. (NB. tolls apply on the highways - pay as you go in Croatia and pre-pay vignette in Slovenia).

Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing and we include the most up-to-date ferry schedules and tariffs; we are also able to book activities and specialist sightseeing - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfer on arrival
  • 9 nts on BB at a choice of small hotels.
  • 9 days fully-inclusive car hire
  • Fully detailed itinerary with ferry schedules, driving directions and sighteeing ideas
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Our recommended hotel choices for this holiday:

    • Pula: - Hotel Galija, Hotel Milan, Hotel Oasi Boutique
    • Ljubljana: - City Hotel, Antiq Hotel
    • Lake Bled: - Pension Mayer, Hotel Villa Preseren, Hotel Golf
    • Rovinj: - Hotel Villa Lili, Hotel Tuttoretto, Hotel Eden
    • Opatija: - Hotel Galeb, Villa Ariston, Hotel Bristol

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.


  • Day 1: Arrival into Pula

    Arrive into Pula; private transfer to your hotel. Balance of day sightseeing.

    • Overnight in Pula.

  • Day 2: Pula - Istria - Opatija / Krk Island

    Deliver hire car to your hotel; drive through centre of Istria via Pazin to east coast, e.g. Opatija.

    • Overnight in Opatija or on nearby Krk Island.

  • Day 3: Opatija - Ljubljana

    Relax in Opatija / Krk Island in morning and then head north into Slovenija; travel on the highway to Ljubljana.

    • Overnight in Ljubljana city centre.

  • Day 4: Ljubljana

    Free day to explore Ljubljana.

    • Overnight in Ljubljana city centre.

  • Day 5: Ljubljana - Lake Bled

    Drive short distance north up to Lake Bled.

    * Possible detour or extra night(s) at Logar Valley.

    • Overnight in hotel on shore of Lake Bled.

  • Day 6: Lake Bled

    Free day to explore Lake Bled area.

    • Overnight in hotel on shore of Lake Bled.

  • Day 7: Lake Bled - Postojna

    Suggest a drive via the scenic route to Nova Gorica and then highway to Postojna.

    * Possible detour or extra night(s) in wine region of Goriška Brda.

    • Overnight in Postojna.

  • Day 8: Postojna - Rovinj

    Morning visit to the caves at Postojna; then take highway down to western Istria.

    • Overnight in Rovinj or Motovun.

  • Day 9: Rovinj & Istria

    Local sightseeing, e.g. Porec, Rovinj, Brijuni Islands.

    • Overnight in Rovinj or Motovun.

  • Day 10: Departure from Pula

    Drop off hire car at Pula airport for flight home.

  • Prices and Departure Dates

    Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.

    Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money.

    NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.


"We just wanted to thank you for a wonderful holiday, it was so interesting and different at each stop we had and also the trips in between. The hotels were all good and everything went very smoothly. We really enjoyed Istria and Slovenia was lovely."

R Gough, UK, July, 2019

"Absolutely loved our experience of Slovenia, scenery, people, food and wine. Having this sandwiched with a couple of resorts in Istria worked well, and the circular trip provided an excellent balance of beach, city break, lakes, mountains, treks and history. Thank you for helping us plan a memorable and enjoyable trip."

C Poulsen, UK, Sept 2018


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