JC Travels: Exploring Croatia and Slovenia – The Itinerary
Aaand just like that, we have landed back in London!! And let me tell you, we have had quite the trip. From climbing waterfalls, sea kayaking to hidden caves, walking old city walls and drinking a whole lot of Eastern European wine, we have had the best time. Before I dive into all of the details and I’m planning on doing a blog post on each of the destinations, I thought a little overview was in order.
Over 11 days, we covered about 700 kilometres from the bottom of Montenegro, up through Croatia and into Slovenia and I think we really got the best out of each destination, spending the right amount of time in each place. Here is a little map of our journey:
Day 1: We started the trip by flying into Dubrovnik, only just over 2 hour flight from Gatwick. We arrived by lunch time leaving most of the day to explore, we wandered around the old City walls, dodged a thunderstorm and ate an amazing meal, before preparing ourselves for day 2!
Day 2: With the sun shining, we took the cable car up the hill to get a view over all of the city, including the best view I’ve ever had with lunch! We went for a wander through the wilderness and got a view of all the surrounding mountains. In the evening it was time, for sea kayaking!! Despite being terrified, we did indeed get into a tandem kayak and bob our way all the way to a hidden cove and to the island just off the coast.
Day 3: Time for Montenegro! We jumped on a day tour, heading down to Kotor and Budva to see some of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen in Europe. Seriously a spectacular country which I am desperate to go back to!
Day 4: We got up nice and early to pick up the hire car and get on the road! The roads in Croatia are awesome, wide and although they are a toll, were great at getting you quickly up the coast. We stopped for the afternoon in Split and took in the old town before continuing up and ending the day eating seafood in the old town of Zadar.
Day 5: After a busy few days, it was time to relax! This was our day out in Zadar which mainly consisted of sitting in a beachside bar, reading Harry Potter and having a drink. We did fit a bit of sightseeing in during the day but was the best time to recharge.
Day 6: We were up early to drive to Plitvice National Park, the home of waterfalls! It was seriously such a gorgeous place and we had such a good day hiking through all the lakes and taking in the spectacular views. Definitely somewhere you need to make a detour to if you get to Croatia. One piece of advice – by a cooler and take yourself a picnic. There aren’t many places to eat and we became quite hungry. You can see reviews of the best roller coolers from Outdoor Empire if you need more information.
Day 7: We dropped the car off in Zagreb and spent the day exploring the capital city. After doing a free walking tour, we had a traditional strukli stuffed with apple and cinnamon before preparing the get the train across the border into Slovenia!
Day 8: The day I was really looking forward to – our trip to Lake Bled! Seeing the fairytale lake was totally worth it, grabbing a traditional boat out to the island then looking down from the castle above. We also visited Piran on the Slovenian coast and stared across to the Italian border which was only a few kilometres away! Once we got back to Ljubljana we headed out for some Slovenian wine and seafood pasta.
Day 9: It can’t be a trip without a food tour right?! We spent the day exploring the gorgeous, totally chilled out city of Ljubljana, spending a load of time wandering down by the river. In the evening we met with our tour guide and ate our way around the city! From calamari to traditional sausage to more strukli, it was the best evening to end our trip.
Day 10: Then unfortunately it was time for the trip to come to an end! We hiked to the top of the city to the castle to see the view of the city and the Alps and get our last breaths of lovely clean Slovenian air! We then headed to the tiny Ljubljana airport before jumping on an Easyjet flight back to Stansted – less than 2 hours home, though it probably took us about that long to get back from the airport!
Phew, so there is the itinerary, along with some of my all time favourite photos from the trip. Over the next couple months, I’ll be writing a whole post on each of the days to go into a bit more detail, and mainly so I can relive and pretend I’m still there. Honestly, it is such an amazing part of Europe and one which you really should consider adding to the list!
PS make sure you check out my Instagram for way more snaps!
PPS Want more information? Check out my further blog posts!
- Top 4 Things to do in Dubrovnik
- Exploring Plitvice National Park
- Zadar vs Split
- Mesmerizing day in Montenegro
- Visiting Lake Bled, Slovenia
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