I have two weeks to kill in the beginning of June. I will probably leave Budapest on the 1st of June, and I'll have to be in Nice in France on the 15th. So what to do in between? I figured Slovenia looks absolutely stunning, so maybe I'd just walk part of the way to France?
I have found a lot of very informative web sites, but there's so much information it's easy to get lost in it. Every part of Slovenia looks so amazing! So I need some help to narrow things down.
The image in my mind is this: I'll be walking from village to village on peaceful cart roads and easy trails through lush valleys and forests, stop when I feel like it, have some cheese and wine, take a detour if anything interesting comes up. I'm not looking to ascend mountain peaks and I don't want to hurry anything. The hike should last around a week.
So here are my questions:
Slovenia looks like a very mountainous country. Is it possible to walk for several days without having to climb mountains? I'm young and healthy and in pretty good shape, and I expect there to be some ups and downs, but I'm just not looking for a physical challenge this time. Also, my knees are a bit bad, so in the past I have experienced some problems when walking down steep mountain sides with a heavy back pack.
Accommodation. I understand there are plenty of places offering accommodation for hikers. Is it necessary to book ahead? Ideally, I don't want to plan too much, and I'd love it if I could just walk into a village in the late afternoon and find a place to stay then and there, or maybe book a day in advance from the last place I stayed. Is that realistic? Also, how much will I expect to have to pay? I'm not picky, and I don't mind sleeping in a bunk bed in a shared room, or in a barn for that matter. Is it possible to stay at local people's homes for a small fee?
Areas. I'm thinking of maybe taking the bus from Budapest to Ljubljana and stay there for a day or two, and then head west on foot. Does this sound like an OK idea? Any tips for easy, but long, routes will be greatly appreciated!