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Slovenia's small size can be an advantage. From the centrally located capital, Ljubljana, you can drive to any point in the country in three or four hours.
If You Have 3 Days
If you have limited time, take one day to discover the Old Town of Ljubljana. For the next two days, choose between the mountains or the coast. If you're looking for natural beauty and/or adventure, head for the mountains and lakes of Triglav National Park. Base yourself in Bled or Bohinj. For the third day, get an early start and head for Bovec, via Kranjska Gora, for hiking or white-water rafting on the Soca River. If you seek sun and sea instead, go southwest toward the Karst and coast. Stop off at the Skocjan Caves en route, and spend your nights in the beautiful Venetian port of Piran.
If You Have 5 Days
For a longer stay, combine the two optional itineraries listed above. Spend the first day and night exploring Ljubljana's Old Town before making your way northwest to the mountains. After nights in Bled and/or Bohinj and exploring the Soca River valley, continue southwest to the coast. Use Piran as your base for visiting the coastal towns of Izola and Portoroz.
If You Have 7 Days
If you have a full week, spend a day and night in Ljubljana and then make your way east for a night to the wine-making area around Maribor and Ptuj. Return to the capital, and then head north for the beauty of the Alps, as outlined in the five-day itinerary. Wrap up the week with a couple of days relaxing on the coast. In hot weather, you can go for a swim at the beaches around Portoroz.
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