We are arriving to Ljubljana (hopefully via night train from Prague) on September 20th, and we are flying from Dubrovnik on October 5th. Here are some of my tentative thoughts, but this far ahead of time, pretty much everything can still be changed. I would love input, anything that looks just like a bad idea, whatever. We love nature, don't like crowds, love to get lost on back roads, love wine tasting, love beaches, but not for lying there, more for the view. Love some of the scenery and history in Europe we can't get in Canada, but live close enough to the Canadian Rockies so that, while I would never say we are not enchanted by Alpine scenery, we have some of the best in our own back yard. Anyway:
Arrive Llubljana, pick up rental car
Two nights in Llubljana, perhaps a short day trip on Saturday 21st - to where?.
Sunday 22nd - to Bled, Lake Bohing, Vrsic pass......overnight - maybe where??
Monday - drive to Istria, via Piran - stay 3-4 nights in ?? Rovinj? Explore Istria
Friday - Sept. 27th - Plitvice Lakes - 1-2 nights (two nights too much)
Saturday or Sunday - to Split - one night
Return rental car in Split - ferry to Hvar (not sure this is our style, maybe too glitzy?) or another island for 2 nights - trouble finding accurate ferry info. Is it still o.k. at end of September, beginning of October for ferry service?
After 2 nights on island - return by ferry to Split, bus to Dubrovnik, and Dubrovnik for last ....3-4 nights, depending on schedule
Alternative: Keep rental car as far as Dubrovnik, then do a few days, or a few day trips, to islands from Dubrovnik. We'd like to see an island, just not sure which one, and how to get there. I thought about Krk as well - can drive right on, but what's that like, does anyone have any thoughts? What "must see" have I left off? I know we are not going everywhere, but you can't in two weeks.