Our one week in Slovenia passed fast! The trip was amazing and we really loved the combination of hiking in nature, road tripping and discovering charming small towns of Slovenia. Also, we are amazed how pet-friendly is Slovenia and we cannot recommend it enough if you travel with a pet!
Honestly, we were planning to visit Croatian coast and spend some days soaking in Adriatic and exploring islands Dugi otok and Pag. But it was mid-September already and, even though the weather was excellent by then, the forecast was not so promising for the following week. Not willing to risk water would not be warm enough for swimming, we opted for Slovenia. I also became a little bit nostalgic and wanted Jaime to get to know the homeland of my dear grandmother.
At the beginning, it was hard to choose places to visit because, as always, we wanted to visit ALL! After a little bit of research and reading some awesome blog posts, especially those of Mexican expat living in Ljubljana, we decided to go for Logar Valley, Bled and Bohinj Lakes, Ljubljana and several small cities like Ptuj, Kranj, Kamnik or Radovljica.
One week in Slovenia – to where and for how much?
DAY 1. Zagreb – Ptuj – Robanov kot – Solčava
Our starting point was Zagreb, Croatia and we traveled by car. All places we visited must be pet-friendly because our lovely Lota joined us on the trip. So, we loaded up gas, bought a one week vignette for Slovenia (carefully! every car entering the highway in Slovenia must have valid vignette sticker) and we were ready to go. Our first stop was Ptuj, a cute town close to Maribor, after which we took a local road to Robanov kot and enjoyed our first hike. Already tired, in the afternoon we arrived in Solčava, a beautiful village located on the food of the mountain Raduha.
The first day we did not have many expenses, besides travel cost and accommodation. For lunch, we found a wonderful place during our hike and had a picnic in the meadow, enjoying homemade food and scenery at the same time. In the evening we stopped by the local restaurant (and the only restaurant) in Solčava and shared a pizza and pancakes, together with some beers for Jaime and puddingish hot chocolate for me. It was cheap and surprisingly delicious! Total spend for the day was 136,96€.
- Full tank of gas 53,30€
- One week vignette 15€
- Sodas for the trip 2,26€
- Toll for Croatian highway 6,4€
- Apartment in Solčava 43€
- Dinner in Solčava 17,70€
DAY 2. LOGAR VALLEY
The second day of the trip, we headed to the beautiful Logar valley. Even though we discussed parking in front and skipping paying the entrance fee, Jaime ended up entering with a car. In the end, that was cool because we picked up the car and drove ourselves to lunch in the middle of the valley, in Ojstrica restaurant. After 15 km hike, we were not in the mood for walking with full bellies. We were not really hungry in the evening, but I loved the pancakes in the local restaurant so much, we decided to visit them again. Total spend for the day was 85,30€.
- Entrance fee to Logar Valley 7€
- Lunch in Ojstrica restaurant in Logar Valley 27,80€
- Dinner in local restaurant in Solčava 7,5€
DAY 3. SOLČAVA PANORAMIC ROAD – JEZERSKO – KRANJ – VISOKO
Day three came fast and we were packing our bags for Visoko near Kranj. I discovered some interesting roads like Solčava panoramic road and the road through Austria and Jezersko region, so we decided to drive a bit more. The ride was great, as well as the views we enjoyed around the town of Jezersko. Around noon we reached Kranj, grabbed a lunch and strolled around the city, before heading to our apartment in Visoko, only 10 minutes ride away. We made dinner at home, our traditional soup and pasta dinners while traveling. This day we spent the least money. Total spend for the day was 74,30€.
- Coffee in Jezersko 2,60€
- Lunch in Kranj 14,70€
- Ice cream in Kranj 4€
- Apartment in Visoko 53€
DAY 4. VINTGAR GORGE – BLED
Our day trip to Bled turned out to be quite expensive! It was only half an hour drive from Visoko, but we had some problems with our vignette so we needed to buy a new one, or risk getting a fee. Also, Lota’s eyes got infected so our first stop was a veterinarian in Lesce. I found a wonderful vet with big, professional ambulance and we were amazed by service and care they took of Lota!
Before the noon we already discovered Vintgar George and Bled Castle. Soon we discovered all the parking around the lake is chargeable, but we managed to find one parking where we can stay the whole day. Good choice, because we had so much around the lake that stayed more than 6 hours! After a nice lunch, we bought few postcards and souvenirs, walked around the lake and we even rented a boat to visit an island. The cream cakes in hotel Park were a great way to end our day in Bled before we headed back to our comfortable apartment in Visoko. Total spend for the day was 182,30€.
- New one week vignette 15€
- Lota’s visit to the vet 21€
- Entry ticket to Vintgar Gorge for two 8€
- Entry ticket to Bled Castle for two 20€
- Whole day parking in Bled 5€
- Postcards and souvenirs 4,80€
- Lunch in Mlini restaurant in Bled 35€
- Renting a boat for one hour 10€
- Cream cakes in Park hotel 10,50€
- Apartment in Visoko 53€
DAY 5. RADOVLJICA – BOHINJ – JEREKA
Our stay in Visoko came to its end! On the way to Bohinj lake, we stopped in an outdoor museum-town Radovljica where we bought organic cookies for our dogs and tried local cakes. It was a beautiful, sunny day and (after many foggy mornings) we decided to seize the day and go up to Vogel this afternoon. We stayed the night close to the lake, in a small village of Jereka and grabbed a pizza for dinner. Total spend for the day was 136,64€.
- Papi organic dog snacks 4,60€
- Coffee and cakes in Radovljica 11€
- Vogel cable car for two with lunch 32€
- Vogel cable car for Lota 4€
- Vogel cable car for Lota 4€
- French fries at Vogel’s restaurant 3,5€
- Apartment in Jereka 69,54€
- Pizza for dinner 12€
DAY 6. BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA
The day at Bohinj was full of adventures and activities. We walked, rode in the boat, road the boat and enjoyed a nice lunch. We were also highly disappointed with parking solutions and paid way too much for 6-hour parking. Before heading to Ljubljana, the car needed some more gas and Maja needed an ice cream. The hotel in Ljubljana was free of charge through SPG reward points so we treated ourselves to a nicer dinner. Total spend for the day was 138,30€.
- parking fee in Bohinj 10€
- tourist boat one-way ticket for two 18€
- postcard 1,40€
- set menu for lunch 28,80€
- renting a kayak for one hour 9€
- gas 19,95€
- ice cream 1,65€
- dinner in Ljubljana 49,50€
DAY 7. LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB
Even our hotel was paid by points, we still needed to settle the city tax and surcharge for Lota (superhigh 20€!). Right after we headed to the city center and grabbed the breakfast from the bakery. We got some more souvenirs (honey and beer), strolled around the city and found a great pizzeria for lunch. It was already 3 pm and our free Ljubljana tour just started! Tour was great, but long and it already started to get dark. The trip has finished and it was time to go home. Total spend for the day was 84,14€.
- hotel in Ljubljana 22,54€
- buns for breakfast 3,50€
- souvenirs 15,70€
- lunch in Ljubljana 25€
- ice cream in Vigo 6,60€
- Ljubljana free tour tips 10€
- the toll for Croatian highway 0,80€
In a week, we visited seven different locations and in total spent 837,94€, including all accommodation and transportation fees. It makes it average of 119,70€ per day of travel for two persons and a dog, or 59,85€ per person each day.
Every day, except the last day, we had breakfast at home as well as I cooked few dinners. Other meals we ate in the restaurants of all categories – from fancy Julija restaurant in Ljubljana to set menu restaurant in Bohinj.
The fact we traveled with a dog cost us 52€ because two accommodations charged additionally for cleaning after a pet, we needed to pay 4€ extra for the Vogel cable car and she got sick so veterinarian in Lesce saved us. If we chose accommodation with no extra charges for a pet, we would easily save 27€ (and we will next time).
To sum up, one week in Slovenia was a great way to spend holidays and we will happily come back again very soon.
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