My brother and grandfather went to Slovenia upon my suggestion earlier this year. I knew it would be beautiful, but I didn’t know just how beautiful! After seeing David’s photographs, I instantly added it into our European itinerary.
Thanks to the help of Agio Rent A Car, I was able to design the ultimate 5-day Slovenian road trip. Here’s what I suggest:
Day 1: Ljubljana
Spend the day relaxing and wandering this incredible city. I wouldn’t recommend staying in the Old Town your first day. Located just outside of the city is Agio Rent A Car, the best rental car agency in Slovenia. Pick up your car, get some rest, and eat well – you’ve got a busy few days ahead of you! Stay: Birokrat ApartHotel, located outside of the Old Town.
Day 2: Bled
Okay, Bled is BEAUTIFUL! While there isn’t much to do in the town itself, take a walk around the lake and soak it all in. During your stroll, don’t miss the short hike up to the viewpoint!
We decided to take a 30-minute detour to Lake Bohinj. Was it pretty? Sure. Worth it when you have direct access to Lake Bled? Not so much. We went back to Bled to continue revelling in the natural beauty. Stay: Hotel Krim.
Day 3: The Vršič Pass and the Soca Valley
Many people don’t realise just how much history can be discovered while driving the Vršič Pass. From Russian chapels to World War II bunkers to a 1916 tunnel and the Source of the Soca, there are so many hidden gems waiting to be discovered! Set aside a good six hours or so to enjoy more than just the 24 hairpin turns up and 26 hairpin turns down that the Vršič Pass offers. Read more about the Vršič pass here.
Coming off the Vršič Pass, you’ll enter the stunning Soca Valley. Take the time to awe at the color of the Soca River, and be sure to check out the WWI frontline before entering Bovec. In Bovec, be sure to allot some time for adventure activities! Stay: Hotel Mangart.
Day 4: Bovec en route to Ljubljana
Rather than driving straight-shot from Bovec back to Ljubljana, be sure to make the most of the would-be two hour drive. Check out the Boka Waterfall, the Italian Mausoleum in Kobarid, the 1906 rail aqueduct, the cute bridge in Kanal, and the longest single-span bridge in the world along the way. It’s also worth the slight detour to the UNESCO Skocjan Caves before ending in Ljubljana. Stay: Hotel Park, located within the Old Town.
Day 5: Ljubljana
This may be one of the cutest, quaintest European cities I have ever encountered. I don’t find myself frequently wanting to relax in a city, and yet I could see myself grabbing a coffee and people watching here for hours. Be sure to check out the free walking tour in the Old Town at 11am! Stay: Hotel Park.
Naturally, this road trip just touches on Slovenia’s highlights. It is a country full of so much charm that begs to be explored. I cannot wait to return to Slovenia again, pick up another car from Agio Rent A Car, and be on my way. The Opel Corsa that Agio provided us with handled all of the twists and turns of our road trip beautifully. There’s so much more to see, and I can promise you: whatever route you choose, you will not be disappointed.
5 FT Tip: Each hyperlink in this piece will lead back to one of my more elaborate post on each destination within our Slovenian road trip.
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**While I was sponsored by Agio Rent A Car, all opinions are my own.