Croatia Self Drive 09 - Slovenia & Istria

Pula - Rovinj - Ljubljana - Bled - Pula

Summary

Explore the beautiful, history-filled Istrian Peninsula combined with fabulous locations in Slovenia such as Lubljana, Lake Bled & Postonja caves.

START / FINISH - Pula

Activity code: CRFD09

Duration: 10-14 Days

The northernmost part of Croatia, the Istrin Peninsula offers a slightly different feel to the rest of the country and due to its position lends itself easily to combining with a tour of Slovenia's "best bits". Starting in the historic town of Pula this route includes the whole of the Istrian Peninsula with its stunning coastlines, nearby beautiful islands, lovely hillside villages packed full of food treasures and some fantastic historic sights. The area of southern and western Slovenia also offers some wonderful locations such as the Postojna Caves, Lake Bled, Predjama Castle and Ljubljana.

Your holiday begins with a smooth transfer service to your hotel in Pula where you have a couple of days to visit the city on foot and using its excellent public transport - this could include the nearby Brijuni Islands. All of the places you are likely to visit in Istria are relatively close to each other so sightseeing time is maximised or you can easily head off the main routes to see more of the countryside. We suggest a maximum of 3 separate locations which would include Pula (either at the start or the end depending upon your flight schedule) plus one further coastal town and one location inland, for example Motovun, particularly if you have an interest in food. Of course, you may also like to include one of the nearby islands such as cres or, our favourite, Krk (accesible via bridge from Rijeka).

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 offer 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. Departure is from Pula to complete your circuit and drop off the car at the airport.

** Designed as a circuit so you could easily fly into Ljubljana if preferred.

Important Information

Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports to Croatia. If we book your flights this means that your holiday will also be fully ATOL protected.

Prices shown are a guideline "from" (in UK Pounds) and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. Single supplements may need to be applied to the twin/double price and discounts for children (under 12yrs) and/or a 3rd adult sharing a room are available upon request. Quoted prices for individual enquiries will depend upon your chosen accommodation, room availability and dates of travel. We always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Discounts will apply if there are 3 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.

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What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfer(s).
  • 9 nights accommodation on B&B
  • 9 days fully-inclusive car hire
  • Fully detailed itinerary with driving directions, ferry info & sighteeing ideas
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  • All taxes
  • Full 24hr representative services.

Highlights

Itinerary

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

Day 2 - deliver hire car to your hotel. Local sightseeing, such as the Brijuni Islands from nearby Fazana, other sights include Svetvincenat and many more fascinating places.

Day 3 - drive through centre of Istria via Pazin (a prettly little town with a zip-wire over its gorge) to the east coast and visit the old-style Austro-Hungarian resort of Opatija. From Opatija you can choose to visit the nearby city of Rijeka, the Ucka Mountains and Krk Island (in fact you may prefer to stay on Krk Island, which is accessible by an impressive bridge near Rijeka).

Day 4 - drive north into Slovenia via a choice of routes such as the scenic road through the Risnjak National Park and then the highway to Ljubljana.

Day 5 - today will be a full day to explore Ljubljana on foot and by public transport. Visit the castle using one of the many footpaths up the hill or by taking a ride in the funicular, consider a boat trip on the river or hiring bicycles to explore this compact city, including the huge Tivoli Park not far from the centre. Ljubljana has some great food and wine to sample, a fabulous market, a zoo, a museum of illusions and many different types of tour, e.g. Segway, Moustache Tour.

Day 6 - drive north to Lake Bled and the Julian Alps. Possible detours en route include the small town of Kranj, the historic village of Radovljica and maybe even Kamnik and the Velika Planina.

* a possible detour here or extra night(s) in the remote Logar Valley via the Velika Planina.

Day 7 - a full day to explore the lake, including its island by Pletna Boat, and the castle; you can walk or cycle around the full shoreline of the lake and explore further on trails in and around the Triglav National Park. On the shore of the lake there is a summer toboggan run, a zip line and mini-golf; nearby is Lake Bohinj and the Vogel cable car to the west and to the north is the Vintgar Gorge.

We suggest a scenic drive through the mountains via Bohinj, Most na Soci and Idrija to Postojna, visiting nearby Predjama Castle if time allows; a picnic may be a great idea to enjoy along the way.

If you stay an extra night in Postojna you will definitely have time to visit Predjama Castle and maybe also the Skocjan Caves and the home of the Lipizzaner Horses - all within a very easy drive of Postojna.

Recommended places to stay

Visit the Postojna show caves first thing in the morning (they are just a short walk from both hotels and tickets can be pre-booked online), you then have time to enjoy the general surroundings away from the main crowds. Afterwards, head south to the Adriatic coastline of Slovenia and back into Croatia. Your ultimate goal today will the be the beautiful old town of Rovinj half way down the Istrian Peninsula but you could also choose Porec or Motovun if you prefer.

More local sightseeing, e.g. Porec, Rovinj, Brijuni Islands.

Drop off hire car at Pula airport for flight home.

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