• Rovinj, Croatia
  • Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Slovenia's Julian Alps
  • Wine Tasting in Motovun, Croatia
  • Roman Amphitheater in Pula, Croatia
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • Split, Croatia
  • Korčula, Croatia
  • Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days Tour

Our Adriatic adventure explores Europe's "new frontier" — and it offers rich rewards. You'll meander from pristine hill towns to sun-soaked islands, lacing together the best destinations in this diverse corner of Europe: Slovenia's Ljubljana and fairy-tale Lake Bled; Croatia's seaside Rovinj, waterfall-laced Plitvice, historic Split, Hvar Island, Korčula and picture-perfect Dubrovnik; and an enlightening visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina's once-war-torn town of Mostar. Along the way, your Rick Steves guide will bring you intimate encounters with European cultures that mainstream travelers often miss. Join us for the Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days!

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of the Adriatic come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 18 group sightseeing events • Ljubljana walking tour • Bled Castle • Kobarid Museum tour • Wine tasting • Pula walking tour • Pula Amphitheater tour • Rovinj visit • Opatija visit • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Split walking tour • Diocletian's Palace tour • Hvar visit • Korčula orientation • Korčula boat cruise • Mostar mosque and walking tour • Stolac visit • Tvrdos Monastery visit • Dubrovnik walking tour...and more
  • All group transportation from Ljubljana, Slovenia to Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 13 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Free stuff including Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia guidebook, map, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2015
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Ljubljana

We'll meet at our hotel in the pretty Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana around 5 p.m. After an orientation walk through our university-area neighborhood, we'll enjoy getting acquainted over dinner together. Sleep in Ljubljana (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Architectural Riches of Ljubljana

Today we'll take a walking tour through the heart of Ljubljana, including the colorful riverside market, the playfully Art Nouveau Dragon Bridge, and the town's lively main square dedicated to Slovenia's greatest poet, France Prešeren. We'll also enjoy seeing and hearing about the architectural adventures of native born architect Jože Plečnik along the way. The afternoon and evening are yours to wander around this lovely city, try one of the outdoor cafés along the river, and maybe hike up to the castle to enjoy the city view. No bus. Walking: light.

Day 3: Slovenia's Lakes and Alps

A short drive into Slovenia's Julian Alps brings us to the azure jewel of Lake Bled. We'll take in the panoramic view from Bled's hilltop castle, then leave you with free time to stroll around the lakeside town, or maybe hop aboard a boat to the chapel-topped island. After lunch we'll have a scenically-winding, mountain-pass drive to the breathtaking Soča River Valley, where we'll enjoy dinner of local delicacies together. Sleep in or near Kobarid (1 night). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Crossing Paths with Hemingway

This morning we'll tour the local museum, learning about the WWI years when soldiers (including an ambulance driver named Hemingway) faced incredible hardship in the mountains around Kobarid, described in "A Farewell to Arms." We'll enjoy a local-style lunch together, sampling the tasty prsut (prosciutto), and the best wines around. We'll then follow Slovenia's small slice of Adriatic Coast on our way to the rolling hills of Croatia's Istrian Peninsula and the hill town of Motovun. Sleep in a former castle in Motovun (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Istrian Peninsula

We'll spend our day exploring the Istrian Peninsula, studded with Roman ruins, Venetian architecture, and a landscape evocative of pre-tourist Tuscany. We'll time-travel through Pula's 1st-century Roman amphitheater with a local expert, then set you free to enjoy the seaside town of Rovinj. Hang out by the harbor, or walk the art-lined streets to the church of St. Euphemia and learn the surprising legend of how the saint's sarcophagus got there. Tonight's dinner will be an open-roasted feast in the tucked-away town of Brtonigla. We'll return to our Motovun hotel tonight, stuffed and happy. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 6: Opatija and Plitvice

Today we'll stop in seaside Opatija, where you'll have time to wander amidst its beautifully manicured parks and belle époque villas along the Kvarner Gulf, before heading inland to the deep greens and blues of Croatia's water wonderland and one of Europe's premier nature preserves: Plitvice Lakes National Park. We'll have dinner together and sleep in or near the National Park, surrounded by the quiet of nature (1 night). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 7: Lakes to the Coast

You'll have all morning to hike along rustic boardwalk trails connecting the idyllic forests, travertine stone cliffs, clear blue lakes and gushing waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. We'll learn how the park is creatively managing to protect its delicate environment, including the use of electric trams and boats. After a lunch break, we'll drive along the Dinaric Alps to the Dalmatian Coast and the not-so-sleepy seaside town of Split. This evening we'll walk to the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace, and enjoy dinner together in a cozy, family-run konoba. Sleep in Split (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: The Roman Heart of Split

We'll get introduced to Split with a walking tour through its Old Town — including remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Dominus, and Jupiter's Temple — all of which lies within the walls of the despotic Roman Emperor Diocletian's immense palace. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy Split's museums including the sculptures of the world-class Meštrović Gallery, or relax with an espresso along the waterfront promenade. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Dalmatian Island-Hopping

After breakfast we'll board a boat bound for the Dalmatian island of Hvar, where you'll have free time to climb atop the fortress and explore the quaint old harbor town, fast becoming a ritzy haunt of Europe's jet-setting class. We'll end our island-hopping day in the more relaxed island town of Korčula, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Boat: 3 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Island Relaxation

Today you are free to wander the narrow cobbled streets of Korčula's medieval quarter, poke around its Cathedral of St. Mark, and imagine the tales its Venetian villas could tell. This could also be a fun day to go for a swim, snorkel, or rent a boat. We'll dry off and regroup for a little happy hour boat cruise in the evening. Boat: 1 hr. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 11: Eye-Opening Bosnia-Herzegovina

We'll begin our day with a short ferry ride back to the mainland and then cross the border into formerly war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. We'll enjoy lunch set in the backdrop of a 14th-century Ottoman village before making our way to Mostar, a town that serves up a fascinating blend of south Slavic, Ottoman Turkish and Mediterranean cultural traditions. Before dinner together, our local guide will take us on a thought-provoking walk and teach us about war and the siege of Mostar in the 1990s. We'll visit Mostar's rebuilt Old Bridge, the Kujundžiluk bazaar and a traditional mosque. Sleep in Mostar (1 night). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 12: Rural Herzegovina

Today we'll take a long and scenic country drive through untouristed Herzegovina on our way to Dubrovnik. En route we'll stop in the town of Stolac to see the medieval Stećci tombstones that dot the fields. After lunch together we'll drive through the predominantly Serbian Republika Srpska region, stopping at the Tvrdos Monastery to learn about the Orthodox religion. After we arrive at our hotel in Dubrovnik, your guide will orient you to this Pearl of the Adriatic and set you free to sample the local cuisine and do a little exploring on your own. We'll sleep outside Dubrovnik's old city wall in the Lapad district, right by the sea (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Dazzling Dubrovnik

We'll begin our day with a walking tour of the architectural treasures within the 800-year-old city walls of Dubrovnik, long ago its own republic and a rival of the powerful Venetians. We'll learn about the city's dramatic history — including the siege of 1991 — as we tour its traffic-free promenade and old harbor. Then you'll be free to roam this stone city and its walkable walls that seem to have sprouted up out of the sea. Tonight we'll have a feast of local specialties together as we share travel memories and toast new friends. Živjeli! No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Your guide will help arrange affordable taxi/shuttle rides to Dubrovnik's airport, 40 minutes away. From there, you can fly to Zagreb and other European cities. Do viđenija!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).

Reviews

Gail

Taylor, MI

Tour: 09/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour was very educational but still gave us plenty of time for leasure and fun. I would have liked to have spent more time in Mostar. Maybe arrive erlier in the day to give us more time to appreciate the city. All of the food was very good and it was great that you had a choice of dinner if you did not want fish. Amir was very knowledgable and always concerned for us. He was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting the town of Stolac and hearing stories from a real hero. The food in Stolac was fantastic. Taking the ferry over to Hvar from Split was a great addition to the trip."

LaMar

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 09/02/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic in 14 days is a great way to experience this history laden area, which has a disturbing and tragic story to tell in the fairly recent wars over the breakup of the former Yugoslavian country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a chance encounter with a priest at the Tvrdos Monastery church, who was very engaging and enthusiastic, even though I didn't understand a word he was saying. The church is amazing and extremely interesting and the inside is covered with beautiful icon paintings. The church and the priest was a great experience."

Patricia

Auburn, WA

Tour: 09/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. None of the three countries visited looked like I imagined they might. I've never been much of a history buff, but now have a beginning understanding of the former Yugoslavia, and more importantly, now I have a framework for attaching new information, and a curiosity for learning more about the area. I really enjoyed our fellow tour members, and our guide, Amir, was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was too much good stuff to pick a favorite, but if I had to, it was hiking through Plitvice Lakes National Park."

Luanne

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 09/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really quite wonderful. Our guide, Amir was top notch ...smart, funny, and extremely knowledgeable about the areas we visited. We were so lucky to be able to share it through his eyes. Plus, our group was just perfect. Truly, an intellectually curious and fun group. And Robin, from your office, spent several days with us which was a real treat. She is terrific.

Robert

Taylor, MI

Tour: 09/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned so much on this tour. Amir shared his personal experiences and losses. This certainly crystallizes our understanding of the area and it's people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the village in Bosnia, where we had the privilege to shop and support those still trying to recover in a war-torn region."

Lucy

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First RS tour . . . very excited re how much got packed into 14 days. Given the pace, that is long enough--I was tired!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps Bosnia . . . finally brought the war home."

Marguerite

Boonton, NJ

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, a great experience. I had never been on any tour before, and was amazed by how smoothly the whole trip ran. A great group to travel with, a knowledgeable and well-organized tour guide, wonderful assistant tour guide and bus driver all helped make the entire experience a pleasure. A very busy itinerary with a mix of beautiful and interesting stops and a good amount of fun times made me very glad I'd chosen this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several "wow" moments, impossible to choose one. No matter how many photos I had seen, the fairy tale beauty of Lake Bled, the waterfalls of Plitvice National Park, and views from the walls of Dubrovnik took my breath away. Completely unexpected and equally amazing was the magic of Split at night. And perhaps most memorable, the walk through Stolac with our assistant guide, Senal."

Marjorie

Davis, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I continue to be impressed with the thoughtful itineraries that cover a lot of ground in an efficent way, provide a variety of activities, including free time to explore and some time for relaxation, and are wonderful learning experiences about history and different cultures. I also marvel that all the guides are terrific - marvelous people to get to know and excellent communicators. This is my third tour and I have always felt fortunate to be able to travel with each of the guides assigned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really the wow moment was realizing what terrific people I was traveling with - guides and fellow tour members. As far as wow places, there were two: entering the Diocletian Palace in Split at night when it was all lit up and rounding a corner on the bus to get my first glimpse of the old walled city of Dubrovnik."

Deborah

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual we had amazing guides. The local guides were wonderful and our tour guides Ben and Sanel made the trip not only fun but full of information and unforgettable experiences. Even though the weather was unusual, (very wet), every moment was an experience I will not forget. There were many more emotional moments on this tour than past tours because of recent history in this region but I am glad for the touching moments and would not have wanted to miss this experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. 1. The evening walk in Split. Coming around the corner and entering Diocletian's Palace left me without words. It was a full moon and the evening was warm and full of music and eye popping architecture. 2. In Split again the next day walking through the Palace and coming upon the Klapa Men singing in a dome acoustically perfect for the Acapella group. I was moved to tears. 3. Mostar.Once again was so moved by the local guide, Alma, telling her personal experiences during the war. Wow"

Alan

Greenbelt, MD

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish this was a great tour. Barbara was a magnificent guide informing us of the history and culture of the area and each site we visited. Her assistant, Casey was invaluable helping with many minor details. Our bus driver, Alex, was also superb daily demonstrating his driving skills, particularly in the Julian Alps. The local guides were Aldo excellent especially in Mostar and Kobarid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. The drive through the Julian Alps with its fifty switchbacks. The museum in Kobarid describing the area during the two world wars. My first visit to a walled city at Motovun. Our visits to Plitvice, Korcula, Mostar, and Stolac. And of course, the liveliness of Split and Dubrovnik."

Mark

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall an excellent trip-lots of AHA moments.Great group, great guide and many fascinating stops along the way.In reflection the trip might have been a little too ambitious-and by that I mean covering too much territory and too many stops. 8 hotels in 13 days was bit much & there was a lot of time on the bus along winding roads. The Julian Alps and Kobarid were disappointing & I don't think worth the time & torturous bus ride to get there. However everything along the Adriatic was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik (with the Plicvice National Park a close second)."

Wayne

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good itinerary , hotels , food , primary tour Guide . Boring local guides and impossible to hear ( maybe a blessing ) . All Local guides could be replaced with 15 minute videos this would save money and time . Like your organization but lose the local guides. Tour of WW1 museum was a disaster.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evening in Split was best ."

Deborah

London,

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the trip very much! The variety was outstanding - from the beauty of Plativice to the destruction in Bosnia. The trip was a great history lesson.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two wow moments. The first was the beauty of the lakes and waterfalls at Plativice. The second wow was our local guide in Bosnia telling us about his experience of being rounded up at 9 years old and being taken to a concentration camp. It was a very moving experience, and one that will stay with me forever."

Diane

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the overall experience was quite impressive. Many knowledgeable tour guides with excellent communications skills. A fairly well laid out itinerary. I would have like to stayed one more day in the national park. The waterfalls were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park is pretty undescribleable!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Julie

Roseville, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! It was filled with amazing sights, wonderful food and great tour mates. I was very impressed with the amount of historical information that was presented and felt it was very necessary for our understanding of the areas we visited.I enjoyed how many outdoor activities where included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, this is difficult to pick a favorite "wow" moment since I love the ocean/sea. I think I will have to go with the waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Such a pristine,serene,beautiful place. My "wow" moment was I was walking and thinking I had just seen the most wonderful waterfall in all of creation.Then I walked forward a few steps and there was another set of even more spectacular waterfalls!"

Mary Jane

Mississauga, ON

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time. This was my third Rick Steves' tour and they just keep getting better. The accommodations were lovely, meals were good, our guide, Barbara was outstanding! The scenery was fabulous and the itinerary was well-planned and everything was pretty much seamless! There was great attention to detail, with lots of nice little touches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be really hard to pick.loved the Adriatic and the islands."

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eye opening! I was originally attracted to traveling in Croatia because of the Plitvice Lakes, I did not realize how beautiful the the coast, the old cities, the water, the architecture and the whole countryside would be. I also wanted to take this tour at I did not know about this region, the tour was well organized but most importantly our guide, Barbara Jakopic, shared so much of her knowledge and understanding of the country and it's complicated history. The local guides made it real.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! But I think I loved The old town of Korcula the best. I loved walking the maze of streets and watching a man from the local restaurant cleaning the fish on the rocks next to that beautiful blue green water with the seagulls swooping in and the sailboats sliding by and the cool breeze and....."

Patricia

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought this was a very enjoyable trip. I was able to learn about the region and explore some of the highlights of the area. The trip had a mix of many different landscapes but I always love it when we reach the coastline. The Croatian Coast is so beautiful. I shared strudel at Plitvice Lakes with a priest, played Marco Polo in Kor?ula, and got a kiss on the cheek from a Croatian fisherman for my birthday!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have had dreams that included aqua blue pools of water and cascading waterfalls. I knew when I saw the literature on the lakes that this was going to be my dream come true, and it was! The frogs croaking, streams, babbling brooks, blue-green water pools, lakes, and more waterfalls than I could count, it was like heaven on earth. Did I say "WOW!""

Joan

Rockville, MD

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

suberp, fun, great people, wonderful guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"surprise happy hour on a boat blueberry liqueur on a mountain 1/2 year happy new year in Kortula"

Jerry

Rockville, MD

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very enjoyable tour and our tour guide, Barbara, was excellent, as were the local guides.I learned a lot about that part of the world and saw some great sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula was great. We happened to be there for their half-year New Year's celebration, which was great. Also, Barbara arranged a great happy hour boat ride."

Rawy

Englewood, FL

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so wonderful to have everything figured out for us. In other words not to have to worry about the car, gas and tolls, hotels and most meals, what to see etc. I was able to relax and enjoy the adventure like never before. I was pleasantly surprised at the mix of travelers. We had variety but with a common curiosity and watching for each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfortunately my WOW moment was in Bosnia when I realized how these people got beat up. I had seen pictures of the destroyed Mostar bridge so see ing it again and crossing it brought a lot of emotions to me. Also seeing muslim women dressed normally and going about their business reminded me of my youth in Cairo when women were not intimidated and bullied into wearing veils and nobody knew who was muslim and who was christian and nobody cared."

Erik

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience as always touring with Rick Steves' Tours. Perfect balance of education and relaxing fun. I'd recommend people bring lots of their favorite sunscreen and bug spray for mosquitos on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At Lake Bled we were late back to the bus and still needed to use the WC. We went into a restaurant and were told there would be a small fee if we weren't eating there. My wow moment was Mary from our group asked if buying a shot at the bar would qualify us for free WC privileges. Best idea ever."

Pat

Longview, WA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a thought-provoking and learning experience, in a part of the world I knew little about. The countries we saw ranged from amazing natural beauty to proud, hard-working citizens, to war-ravaged countries run by corrupt leaders. Lots of history, architecture, and good food. It expanded my horizons. And without having to worry about transportation, tickets, where to eat, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our hotel window at the fabulous view we had of Korcula. It was so relaxing and stimulating, watching the beautiful scenery, the city slowly transition from bustling daytime activity to night life as lights slowly came on, boats coming back into the marina after a long day out, hearing the sounds of the city. I was sitting in the breeze coming off the Adriatic, soaking in the culture and beauty of that part of the world."

Khanh

Oxford, NC

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to Tina's tremendous knowledge and organization along with great tour members we would like to chose Rick Steves tour in the future again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik Old City's Main Street"

Nancy

Perth, ON

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fabulous and I am grateful for so many things- the spectacular natural beauty of the countries we visited, the magnificent architecture of the buildings, the optimism of people who are rebuilding their lives after the events of the mid 90's, the fun we had with our tour group and our wonderful guide Tina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had it's own wow moment- I really loved being in Split, dinner with our group, gelato and dancing the can can on the boardwalk."

Kathleen

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well designed, organized, and implemented. So many sights, so much history and SOOOOO much fun! This group of 23 strangers became fast friends quickly with the many activities planned for us. Tina is a remarkable guide who deserves the credit for the enjoyment by all on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice NationalPark is WOW worthy. WIth the limitless waterfalls and natural beauty, spending a night and day within the park truly was awesome."

Elmira

Oxford, NC

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unbeatable experience. Tina is a great tour guide and a beautiful person.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything: accommodations, tour guide, Tina, Our driver, Milan.........."

Tim

Longview, WA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful and interesting sights, tasty food, learned some history, and good company. The weather also cooperated. Couldn't ask for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful lake Bled was a favorite."

Mary

Appleton, WI

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most amazing and wonderful trip I've ever had to Europe (and I've been there at least 8 times before)! I can't imagine a more perfect trip or guide. I've always traveled independently and therefore had no idea of what to expect by doing a "group" tour, let alone doing it all by myself when I'm used to traveling with family. It was just the right amount of "together" versus independent time and my tour buddies felt like family. Our guide Tina was the icing on the cake!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was the last person to reflect on this at our final dinner and after hearing 21 other people relate their feelings I felt like each one was taking the words from my mouth! The "wows" were just so abundant in our two weeks together that trying to pick one was totally overwhelming for me. If narrowing it down to just one I'd have to say that I was struck by how nice and friendly the Slovene, Croatian, and Bosnian people are. They are very easy to talk and feel a personal connection with."

John

Oakland, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-thought out, well-planned and well run. The selection of cities/villages, sights and hotels was excellent. Like many tours, however, it felt a bit rushed. We had too little time in a few spots such as Plitvice Lakes National Park, Lake Bled and Rovinj. Giving us more time there would have cut out time in other places. I'm glad my wife and I arrive early and stayed after the tour so we could see the Skocjan Caves, Piran and Zagreb. We also had too much time on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Talking to our local guides in Bosnia-Herzogovina who had lived through the war and siege. It was so moving to hear their stories. Before the trip I thought it was a mistake to go to Bosnia because it was out of the way and not very scenic, but these meetings changed my mind. The other wow was the waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park."

William

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, especially while driving along the gorgeous seaside and mountainside roads."

Peter

Reno, NV

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well run tour. Good mix of activities. Great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik - could have spent a week there."

Jerel

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour was okay in general. Packing too many places in 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Jerry

Sparta, NJ

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific trip owing not only to the region we were touring but to the outstanding quality of our guides. Amir, our main guide, was wonderful: intelligent, informed, charming, and concerned about the welfare of every member of the group. The local guides too were among the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably our city tour of Mostar. The old town and reconstructed bridge took me back to another era, and the scars from the 1990s war were very moving. Our local guide was passionately eloquent about the city and the experience of the war. Plitvice National Park in Croatia was stunning but unfortunately, we were there during torrential rains and could not really enjoy it as fully as we should."

Vanessa

Auckland,

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really loved the Adriatic tour. Slovenia: spectacular scenery, lively and beautiful Ljubljana. Croatia: gorgeous islands, amazing Roman monuments and history. Bosnia: stood out for its people with their humour and endurance - the contrast of Mostar, which is a lovely town, of bombed out buildings alongside a pretty river and people going about their business.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was most surprised and amazed by Slovenia. Spectacular mountain scenery and a young and lively educational focus of its people. Everywhere we went young people were being educated - this was fun to watch and added to our experience. For example there was an outdoor photographic exhibition taking place in the Ljubljana park - the photos were of exceptional quality and were very informative of natural and human history."

Ines

Oroville, CA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Adriatic in l4 days was a whirlwind of history, breathtaking beauty, and enjoyable with a fun group and a superb leader. My curiosity was satisfied to some extent just to learn about the people of this area and how they were able to rise up again from a war torn country. From the Julian Alps to the beautiful islands and coast line, fertile valleys that are held together with history that goes back many centuries. It was an ambitious trip, lots of walking and site seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes National Park was an amazing site at each turn of the walk. Although we had a steady downpour and walking sometimes took us over swollen streams, we pressed on and still enjoyed the views. The water was so blue and clear. Of course, waterfalls were everywhere. We were soaked to the skin but still enjoyed the park. Amir was constantly checking to see who needed help and encouraging us on. The wall walk in old town Dubrovnik was pretty spectacular."

Shui-Man

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour was okay but not the best one I took with the company. Since 14 days covered 4 countries, there was many miles of road trip. Therefore, I can see the reason to stop in uninteresting towns to break up the journey. But, it made me feel time wasted in those boring towns, such as Rovinj,Opatija and Hvar. The quality of some restaurants were not that good. The lectures from the local guides were too long. The design of the tour was catered to people at least 70 years old or older.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes National Park was the best experience of the tour. Even it was raining heavily, the Park was my favorite "WOW" moment."

Marilyn

Sun Lakes, AZ

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish it was a wonderful experience. Group was good,weather cooperated except in the National Park. Hotels were beyond expectation. The scenery was worth its weight in gold. The only criticism is the group meals at times had too much food. Our dinner in or near Motovun where we sat on the patio and the big grill was inside, was far too much. We had appy then pasta then main course then dessert.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula was our favorite. Beautiful scenery, great hotel and not too touristy."

James

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The day that the tour started my wife fell and a day later was found to have broken her right hand and left foot. Casts were put on both, but as she is a very tough person, she wanted to continue with the tour. The tour was great, but really so because our guide, Amir really watched out for my wife. Also, our bus driver Alesh, was a really big help thoughout the tour, making sure that if my wife could not go on a certain excursion, she could stay with him and the bus.

Alphonse

Roderen,

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar.,"

Michael

Clovis, CA

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and it far exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and I was very impressed by the quality work of my tour guide, Barbara, and bus driver, Milan. The itinerary was excellent, and the food and wine were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Plitvice Park was the highlight of my trip. I couldn't help but say "WOW"."

Laura

Sisters, OR

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful area. Great mix of cities, towns, villages and some natural wonders. Also liked having time on our now to explore or relax. Likewise group meals as well as time away from the group. Our group all got along well in part I think because we could get away from each other regularly. The local guides were outstanding in their presentations. Barbara is outstanding and a wonderful ambassador of the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plivitce Nile."

Laura

Williamstown, MA

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a very interesting tour, and I learned a lot about the politics of the region. There was also absolutely beautiful scenery. I did feel that after a while the Adriatic coast kind of looked the same - and the day spent on Hvar and then Korcula was a waste - I think it may have included Hvar so the bus driver could have the time to meet us later. Just going straight to Korcula would have been preferable than an overlong period of time in Hvar. Other than that, the trip was well planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar was sobering, Slovenia was surprising, Dubrovnik was beautiful."

David

Sisters, OR

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel the trip was outstanding and the primary reason was the outstanding quality of Barbara. She is very knowledgeable and is a great person. In addition, the local guides were outstanding as well. Well versed, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Especially enjoyed Alma, Senal & Roberto. The choices of places to visit gave an excellent overview. Could have stayed longer in each location. To bad there is not a 21 day version so that more time could be spent in the Balkans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plivitce National Park. Need 2 full days minimum."

Jodi

Molalla, OR

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time, again, on this, our fourth tour. We appreciated our tour guide and enjoyed her calm and ordered demeanor. Our tour group was an interesting assortment of folks and we enjoyed getting to know everyone. Plitvice was definitely the highlight of the tour. Mostar was an emotional experience. Looking forward to our next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to the young Serbian man at the winery detail his opinions about the future he felt he faced in his homeland. It was so starkly different from the viewpoint of the young man we had just met with previously in the village of Stanke as to be almost frightening. Realizing at that moment that there may currently be a cease fire but certainly no real sense of peace was frightening and sad all at the same time."

Ann

Clovis, CA

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour experience and we didn't know what to expect. Our tour experience was even better than we hoped it would be. Our guide, Barbara, was personable and knowledgeable, and our fellow travelers were a very congenial group. The tour took all the stress out of traveling, everything was arranged in advance. I felt that we went places, and learned things, that we would not have been able to do on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlight of my tour was the Plitvice National Park, with its many waterfalls. But the tour had many "Wow" moments - Lake Bled & the walled city of Dubrovnik were also favorites spots."

Elizabeth

Norwood, NJ

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best trips I have ever taken. The natural beauty seen on this tour was not only spectacular, it was quite varied from north to south and west to east. It is always nice to be reminded of ancient history whenever visiting ancient structures, ruins, etc., but I particularly liked being reminded of more recent history that I have lived through but not experienced directly, tragic though it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia."

Wayne

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/27/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Probably the best guide we've ever had, coupled with a very interesting group of tour mates who bonded immediately. Would have appreciated more time in Kobarid and Dubrovnik, less in BiH, but overall a well balanced itinerary. Rick Steves Tours remain a solid value for money spent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was an absolute stunner. Ljubljana was surprisingly welcoming and the Julian Alps are beautiful. The Dalmatian Coast is spectacular in the sunshine, prettier than the Italian side."

Donald

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour. The consistent quality of guides, itinerary and tour members continues to bring us back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula is an idealic Adriatic island town."

Christine

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very happy with the tour experience. The historical background provided by Marijan, Barbara and all of the local guides was invaluable. It would not have been possible to understand such a complex region and history without them. The range of places we visited was amazing-from the Alps to the Adriatic to Bosnia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly liked the places we visited in Bosnia. The guides were excellent and their personal stories resonated with everyone. My favorite place was Stolac and the visit to the women's co-operative. I also loved the visit to Kobarid and the WWI museum. The guide was knowledgable and passionate about the region and its place in history."

Mary

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour guide!! Learned so much about culture and the complicated history of this part of the Balkans. Also beautiful coastline and forests. Tied with Turkey as best Steves tour we've had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar and learning about the devastation in the early 90s and about the courage of hose who endured."

Sarah

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really great trip, exceeded my expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar and stolach. Walking down the streets that were in the news with someone who lived through The nightmares."

Paz

Tustin, CA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled, Motovun and Walking the Dubrovnik walls sans the tourists from the cruise ship."

Domingo

Tustin, CA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled view from the top of the castle. Motovun scenery specially early in the morning. Walking on top of the Dubrovnik wall early in the morning without million of cruise ship tourists."

Carol

Cardiff By The Sea, CA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Rick Steve's tour experience was EXCELLENT. The tour met and exceeded my expectations. The tour guides made the experience. I have traveled extensively on my own (including Dubrovnik and Mostar last May) and after this tour feel that my experience was richer due to the extensive knowledge shared by the guides. Of course the Adriatic is fabulous, beautiful with friendly people and interesting history. And not to forget the bus driver, Ales, he kept us safe on the road.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say standing at the base of the "Big Slap" waterfall in Plitvice Park. The wind, the mist, water rushing everywhere, the roar of the water. Right up against nature I felt so alive, it was exhilarating. Walking the Motovun city walls early with the mist and also by chance hearing the Klapa singers practicing at night through my open hotel window. Walking with Sanel in Stolac while he shared his experience during the war and also his current work with the children."

Orilyn

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our tour. Highlights for us are always the people we meet on the tours, our guide, new culture, history to try to absorb, and of course the incredible scenery of the Croatian coastline! The only disappointments were that Plitsvice National Park was so busy and the weather was somewhat rainy the first few days.....none of which anything could have been changed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and experiencing the Croatian coastal beauty. The water was so beautiful and aqua blue. The towns were were scenic and quaint and so Medditeranean. Learning about and seeing the results of the war in Bosnia first hand, was very troubling and shocking."

Mary Beth

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was absolutely the best of the four wonderful Rick Steves" Tours that I've been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar"

Barbara

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides Interesting and fun fellow travelers Excellent discussions on history and politics etc. by our guide Marijan

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to say but a few highlights were Hiking at Plitvice Korcula & Rovinj for their beauty and charm Dinner in Motovun (Pasta with truffles) Mostar for it's history The Istrian Peninsula for its beauty"

Greer

Memphis, TN

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maurion, Anya, Barbara all were OUTSTANDING IN KNOWLEDGE, DEMEANOR, PATIENCE AND ENGAGEMENT. The tour members were people that Carol and I will never forget. The entire experience from application to touchdown back home was rewarding. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The places and people were the highlight inclucding our Tour Group."

Allan

Bethlehem, PA

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves tour and we kind of know what what to expect before we started. This tour definitely meets our expectations. The destinations are interesting, especially in Bosnia. It'd have been even better if we went to Sarajevo. Motovun was great, arriving in the late afternoon. The rest day in Korcula was brilliant, just what we needed. Dubrovnik is interesting but overrunning with tourists. The guide Saso was excellent The bus was comfortable and the driver was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Sneaking out the morning in Mostar to go to Medjugorje. (Saso helped set up local guide.) 2) Sitting by the pool in Korcula. 3) Walking the Dubrovnik wall after a thunderstorm. 4) Arriving Motovun. 5) Walking the far end of Lake Bled and looking back. 6) Finding the Soca Fly Shop in Korbarid. 7) Sadly, looking at the destruction in Bosnia. 8) Eating all the great Italian-style seafood and truffles. 9) Drinks with group "outside the wall" in Dubrovnik. 10) Hvar: so much like Portofino."

Carolyn

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were awestruck by the beauty of the Adriatic and fascinated by its history. The more we learned about each country, the more we were struck by the complexity of the relationships that they have with each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was touring the small town of Stolac in Herzegovina with our guide Sanel Maric. Sanel was a small boy when the Croats took over the town, stripping the Muslim population of their belongings and homes and banishing them to Mostar. Physically, Stolac is a beautiful, tranquil river town, but emotionally, the people are still healing from the war."

Kathleen

Navasota, TX

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. I love that it was an active trip [INVALID] lots of walking and other active participation. I felt that I saw and heard the real story [INVALID] the background and insight given by our tour guide [INVALID] Saso [INVALID] was outstanding and very insightful. Tour gave me lots of free time to wander around myself and meditate. Bus time was interrupted by great stops here and there. Hotels were perfect for the locations and centrally located (except in Dubronivik which should have been closer into the old city

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beauty of a part of the world I barely knew existed. Hvar was my favorite town."

Nancy

Hilton Head Island, SC

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had never taken any tour.....but we love the Rick Steves TV shows so decided to try one.....There are not enough good words to describe our experience.....Our tour guide, Saso, was extraordinary.....I would go anywhere he was guiding.....He was so full of interesting facts and kind insights. All I can say is, Hvala, dear Saso, for giving us a magical time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only ONE "wow" moment???? There were so many....but I think our time in Ljubljana was very, very special....."

Michael

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled to most of Europe, central Asia and India, yet this was a tour that I found very interesting and even though I am over sixty years old, it still allowed me to grow as a person. A great blend of history, scenery and current events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the central area of Diocletian's palace at Split, I was contemplating items from Egypt, Roman times, medieval and later baroque influences all in the same room. Truly layers upon layers of history all in wonderful condition."

Michelle

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour, hesitant no longer. This was an amazing experience, we loved every day. Our guide, Saso was excellent ! Filled with knowledge of the countries and history beyond expectations. Rick Steves travel has always been informative but this tour really impacted our vacation. Wish he traveled other places, we'd buy all his books and travel everywhere. Thanks for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moment, everyday, just book this tour and go!"

Michael

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Saso made this tour a trip of a lifetime !!! He is so knowledgable and a very experienced guide. He is full of energy, wit, and kindness. This tour is full of adventure, wine and food. Don't hesitate, book this trip NOW, before the rest of the world finds these amazing places. I'd suggest going May or Oct, less travelers and the weather milder. This trip is very organized,catered to us, Americans. First Rick Steves Tour, and won't be the last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything! Every day is an adventure! Go forth and conquer!"

Kathleen

Battle Ground, WA

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! Just the right amount of sight seeing and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Hvar and Korcula"

Sue

Bethlehem, PA

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

learn a lot better understanding of the country and history Very enjoyable and relaxing surprise by the beauty of the country get to know the people of the land better surprise to find the cuisine very good saddened by it's history and fate

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Julian Alps: Kobarid The first World War memorial The Tuscany-like landscape Mostar Dubrovnik"

Fred

Rockford, IL

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fantastic. I especially liked the nice mix of tour guide information and time on our own to explore. Saso, our guide, was excellent, very organized, helpful, a source of many good tales and information. We also had friendly, interesting and curious people in our group and broke up into any number of arrangements of subgroups along the way. The tour had a nicely balanced mix of architecture, history, natural wonders, museums and walks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice national park would certainly be near the top of the list, as would Diocletian's palace in Split and Lake Bled in the Julian Alps."

Denny

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good balance of on bus/off bus, group time/independent time, and group meals/independent meals. Good mix of activities. Good people on tour. Good guide. Mediocre hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one single "wow" moment. Plitvice Park was the most scenic spot, and I found Rovinj, Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik all very beautiful towns. The optional boat trip in Korcula was great."

Christine

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic variety of both geographical and cultural areas. I loved that we went to Lake Bled, Plitvice National Park and drove through the Julian Alps. The WW1 museum in Korabid was very special as was the guide there. The trip to the vineyard was a plus as was the bonus boat ride that we had in Korcula. Very poignant visits to Stolac and Mostar. Guides there really told the story. Taking the ferry through to Hvar and Korcula was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I love the outdoors it was probably Plitvice National Park. We were blessed with a sunny day following a light rain the night before so it couldn't have been prettier. A close second was driving through the Alps- fantastic. Amir had honey wine for us at the summit."

Louise

Newcastle, CA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A lot of bus time. Many of us also had allergic reactions to something on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Plitvice Lakes National Park surrounded by the beauty and sounds of birds and waterfalls."

Carl

Newcastle, CA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A lot of bus time, but we covered a lot of beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park."

Debra

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was delightful. Even with an overnight stay at JFK due to bad weather, missed transatlantic flight by 10 minutes, and no rooms available to book in NYC, it was soon forgotten with the beauty of this Adriatic tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment took place in every bell tower, hilltop, or museum villa of the delightful Adriatic sea below."

Jane

Covington, WA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although I visited Plitvice Lakes & Lake Bled last year on the Eastern Europe tour, there was enough difference to make it worthwhile a year later. E.g, on the Eastern Europe tour, included was crossing Lake Bled in pletna boats, walking 99 steps & ringing church bell. For Adriatic tour, that wasn't included, but did include castle...enjoyed amazing views of the Lake and mountains. Due to floods, there was a different walking route in Plitvice. All other locations on this tour were fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A series of one beautiful location after another. If I must choose, have to say it was visiting Mostar and Stolac, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Seeing the area and hearing about the Bosnian war and the situation today left an impression on me both haunting, and full of hope."

Larry

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Everyone was really nice. The guides were personable and knowledgable. The bus was nice and the extra room was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What a wonderful city Luybliyana was. I actually wish there was some guidance or at least a suggestion that we consider it as the place to arrive and rest. We went to Zagreb ... which I didn't like nearly as much and wish I would have more time there. A close second was the drive over the Julian Alps."

William

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was great. I especially liked Mostar and Dubrovnik."

Nan

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I really enjoyed each segment of our trip. Amir's leadership was excellent, respectful of our energies, and definitely educational. We were amazed at Dubrovnik, enchanted by Rovinj, Lake Bled, and Plitvice. We were awed by resiliance in Bosnia-Herzogovenia and a little upset that our memory had dimmed of the horrors and the complications.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljiana may have been our favorite spot. Our hopes to come back and stay a while in a VRBO of some sort, maybe bringing family, continue. We also were awed by the spread we were given in Stolac and at the winery. Thanks for all the thoughtful planning."

Alexandra

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the most amazing experience! It was my first Rick Steves tour and it will not be my last! All of the guides were so welcoming and knowledgable! The driver was also amazing! I will recommend this tour company to all of my friends and family!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be honest there wasn't one "wow" moment, the whole trip was a "wow" moment! Everywhere I looked there were some of the most breathtaking views and scenery that I have ever seen. The main guide that we had was the nicest and most intelligent guide that we could have asked for! He made every day and outing that we had an adventure."

Dana

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. Marijan was so accomadating and knowledgeable. Our bus driver was so good and we felt so safe. The scenery was breathtaking. The hotels were nice. We covered a lot of area and got to see so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lake National Park was awesome. Korcula was amazing."

Richard

Durham, CA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all of the history Marijan shared. Ljubljana was a very pleasant surprise."

Herbert

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a nice balance between the urban, rural and nature. Our tour guide was very informative, excellent relationship skills and entertaining. The hotels were good with one exception of the hotel in Korcula which was adequate. Our bus service was excellent. The driver and the local guides were all very welcoming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes was an unique natural beauty. The old town of Dubrovnik and a boat tour in Korcula were additional wows. The amphitheatre in Pula and a cemetery in Mostar with a hill overlooking the city from where rockets and sniper fire came from that killed some of the people buried in the cemetery. Old town in Ljubljana."

Cheryl

Durham, CA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the entire trip. I did not expect to enjoy the countries as much as I did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The main wow was about how wonderful and knowledgable our guide, Marijan was. After that, I was amazed by Plitviice Lakes. They were beautiful."

Scott

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I would have to say it was the most satisfying tour I have ever been on. Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Hertzgovina are beautiful places just to see, but what really made the tour was our fantastic tour guide Marijan! His comprehensive knowledge of the history and culture of these countries is just outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to pick out just one. I think I enjoyed Korcula the most, it's such a special old city, but every stop was very interesting. For just a "wow" moment it would have to be Plitvitce Lakes, an incredible natural wonder indeed."

Nancy

Napa, CA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

The tour was great and our guide fantastic, with is knowledge. I loved the "little" things he did, like having the 3 Slovenian cakes for us to try.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to say. There was so much I enjoyed."

Beatrice

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was not an emphasis on cities only. The program was well balanced between cities and rural areas. Our guide, Marijan, had a tremendous amount of information that was delivered well. I liked very much the extra actuvitues on which he used his discretionary money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice was the biggest wow! It is one of the most beautiful, "untouristy" seeming places I have been. I realize it is high on every tourists list of places to see. However, we were so fortunate to be there when the park opened and able to walk around it without it feeling crowded."

Rebecca

Brownsville, CA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best lesson plans ever. You've got it down.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Julian Alps were a huge surprise. I was awe struck."

Gregory

Merrick, NY

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was outstanding. Made all the more so by our terrific guide Tina. It is hard to believe so many countries and so many experiences can be packed into a single tour of two weeks, but Tina and all of the local guides made it happen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very impressed with Boris' vinyard and winery. I admired the passion with which he held to his family traditions. Something we do not see much of in the USA. I was also very impressed with the young guide from Stolac, Bosnia. When so many citizens of the former Yugoslavia are burying themselves in their sports fanaticism, here was a young man striving to better his town and his community by getting directly involved in the politics that so many others seem to shun and hate."

Jacob

Berwyn, PA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent, start to finish. It was extremely well-organized, paced just right, and led by a terrific guide, Tina. She was energetic, funny, knowledgeable, aware of travelers "yips", and always accessible to answer questions. She also socialized well with different members of the group, keeping an eye out for anyone who might need some attention. The sites visited were wonderful, beautiful and often historic. We could not have asked for a better tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found being Mostar Bosnia and hearing from the local guide about how she survived the war a moving part of the trip. I also enjoyed visiting an Ikon Museum in Korcula which had a Catholic Church attached to it, perhaps the most beautiful church I saw on the entire trip."

Ginger

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The mix of beautiful scenery in Slovenia and Croatia as well as the interactions with the local guides made this a wonderful trip. Tina was a great guide, providing us with information about the people, the culture and area history. These rich experiences keep me coming back for more tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery of Slovenia, in particular the Julian Alps and Lake Bled, were a highlight for me. The World War I museum opened my eyes to a war I really knew very little about."

Kathy

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great. I would recommend it to everyone (and have). I signed up for it as I wanted to learn a lot about a part of the world about which I knew very little. I was not disappointed. Tina was great. She is very well educated, very personable and clearly very enthusiastic. I think that she should be the U.N. envoy/ambassador for her country Slovenia. I have only done one other Rick Steve's tour- Turkey in 2012. Mine, our guide for that tour set the bar very high-Tina matched it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every thing about the tour was great. It was very organized, very educational, a great deal of fun, wonderful people,etc. If I had to list a "wow" moment is would be Bosnia-It was actually very sad for me. It's strange to list a "wow" moment as sad, but historically the area is still filled with many reminders about the conflict. I had a lot of respect for our local guides who are working there, sharing their stories and doing their best to move on. They are role models for the world."

Cheryl

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I came into the tour not knowing a whole lot about any of the countries we were going to visit, so the tour was going to be one of discovery. Our guide, Tina, gave us an appreciation for the deep love she has for her country, Slovenia. The local guides did a fantastic job of helping us understand the history and politics of their area. The scenery in all the countries was some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. An excellent tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flooding in parts of the Balkans while we were there resulted in a huge amount of water flow in Plitvice National Park. My wow moment was hiking along the boardwalk, sometimes through water, and seeing the tumbling waterfalls and rushing streams. It was like something out of a movie set. The other wow moment was all the guides sharing their experiences about the conflicts following the division of Yugoslavia. I appreciated hearing their assessments of the political situation in the area."

Carol

Lebanon, OH

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's trip and it was everything and more that I imagined. From the beginning I knew we were all in great hands as soon as I met Tina, our guide. From Ljubljana to Dubrovnik she was informative and passionate about the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it is really hard to name a favorite! I loved Ljubljana and was glad I added 2 extra nights there, enjoying Predjama Castle, Piran, the Lipizzaner stallions, and the Skocjan Caves. I loved LAKE BLED, Pula, Rovinj (climbing the steeple steps was a bit precarious but worth every second), and also LOVED LOVED PLITVICE, and the view of SPLIT from Marjan Peninsula, Hvar + Korcula, became intrigued with the history of Bosnia - currently reading the Bosnia List."

Lawrence

Deer Park, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I think the itinerary followed provided a good overview of the Adriatic. On occasion some stops were a bit "touristy" however there probably wasn't much of a choice as a break needed to be taken. I thought there was a great mix of museum and current cultural experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fact that much of the area we traversed was profoundly affected by the "Bosnian" war some 20 years ago and still is to a great degree I would rate meeting and talking with the local guide Sanel Maric from Stolac as my "wow" moment. His description of Stolac which contrasts life before and after the war is chilling. His dedication to trying to rebuild trust amongst the different ethnicities is more than praiseworthy."

Judy

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I could have hoped for. Our guide Tina did an outstanding job taking care of all of our needs throughout the tour. The local guides brought the history alive and the stories of their personal journey through the recent war was riveting. There was magic in everyday and around every corner. The food was wonderful and plentiful. I love the out of the way places Tina took us for many, many delicious meals. The tour members made my birthday the most memorable ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments. The Plitvice Lakes National Park was the most spectacular natural wonder I have ever experienced. The roar and splendor of all that water cascading over the acres of waterfalls took my breath away."

Pat

Troy, OH

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot believe how much I saw in fourteen days! It was my first trip to Europe and it was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled with its beautiful lake, island and church and fairy tale castle on a cliff."

Peggy

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the start in Ljubljana, Slovenia, we were immersed in the cultures, histories, scenic wonders, food, wine, customs and the wonderful people of the Balkan countries. Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia were magnificent and we were blessed with good weather along the way. Our guide, Tina was magnificent, as were our local guides, who could offer us not only their knowledge but their personal experiences that married a history with a personal story.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a photographer, there were MANY visual "wows" on this tour! Picking one is difficult. My vote would have to go to Plitvice National Park, due to the hundreds of waterfalls that were spontaneously created from record rainfall and flooding while we were there. The cacophony of flowing water made it nearly impossible to talk. Other "wows" were Mostar, where rebuilding and tourism may help their wounds heal and getting fresh milk out of a vending machine at the market in Ljubljana."

Nancy

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful learning experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Tina as our guide."

John

Dix Hills, NY

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. We covered a lot of ground, learning about the people and places along the way. We gained tremendous insight into the history of the region, especially as it relates to the recent war. We also found out how warm and friendly the people are, and we got to experience the wonderful scenery and natural beauty of the area. Lake Bled, Plitvice Lakes, and Korcula were all beautiful. Mostar and Stolac were poignant reminders of the war and the struggle to put it behind them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say that my 2 "wow moments" were the awesome beauty of Plitvice Lakes, and listening to Alma in Mostar telling us about her first-hand experience of survival during the war."

Allen

Camden, SC

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This survey also contains ratings and comments from Patricia. Outstanding tour. It was different from other tours in that we got first-hand accounts of the war in Bosnia in the 90's.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park. There had been a lot of rain in the country, and the waterfalls were spectacular."

Andi

Franktown, CO

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another amazing tour guide and tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm making a distinction between visual and emotional "WOW" moments: the natural beauty of Plitvice National Park is like nothing I've ever seen before and took my breath away. My emotional "WOWs" include our tour guide Tina, the local guides and all other people we connected with on the tour. Their personal stories of courage, bravery, heroism and hope are the true "WOW" moments of this tour for me."

Patricia

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent knowledgeable and considerate guide, an intellectually curious, kind and compatible tour group, a variety of land and cityscapes, exposure to a range of ideas and positive and negative ways to solve problems -- all memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide's resourcefulness re getting us to Korcula after a ferry boat cancellation. Our local Bosnian guides' life lessons re creating productive, peaceful lives for themselves and for their communities."

Mavis

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Adriatic Tour was one of the best tours that I have taken. The tour guide was exceptional, the sights we saw were VERY interesting and educational, the food was good and the group members were great to be with. Even with more rain than we would have liked, the members were upbeat and go-with-the -flow types of people. All in all, it was a wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 'wow' moments for me were the interactions with the local guides, Alma and Sanel. It was so moving to hear their personal stories related to the war. It is so different hearing someone speak of their experiences, as opposed to reading about the same in the paper. I was impressed with their positive attitudes and hopefulness for the future. I'm sure they are having a major impact, especially on the young people, with regards to tolerance, acceptance and peace."

George

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Because eof the high quality of our leader, Marijan and the local guides, this tour was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting local guide, Alma, in Mostar."

Linda

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleased with the overall itinerary- it introduced us to the area with a wide variety of cultural and historic experiences. The trip was very well organized by our guide (Marijam). He prepared us for each stop by using the bus time to advantage. His intimate knowledge of the countries, their past history and more recent conflicts gave us such a great feel for the people. The quality of the local guides was excellent, too. Through the last day, we were immersed in moving experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The story shared by Alma, our Mostar guide, about her survival of the siege of Mostar. This was shared beside the cemetery where every one in it died in 1993. It was formerly a park, now remaining a cemetery. It was a sad, horrible story, but she also convinced me that she was interested in moving forward without hate and still had faith in the future."

Richard

Wyoming, MN

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled"

Roxanne

Friday Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of travellers, outstanding guide and bus driver, much appreciated instruction in history and culture of Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the old city of Dubrovnik at night with few people on the streets and lights bathing the walls."

Christy

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well organized and well paced. When there were glitches - a storm cancelled the boat! - alternatives were swiftly and efficiently lined up with a minimum of drama. The group was compatible, if a little too large, and able to keep up with the pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You know, there really wasn't one. And that's not a criticism. We were engaged practically every minute. We were fascinated, informed, pleased... there isn't just one event we can pick out."

Brian

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done many tours in many parts of the world with some wonderful tour guides. But, without reservation, the tour we did with Marijan was beyond the best; he was an amazing guide – insightful, articulate, knowledgeable and just a fine human being to spend two weeks with. Besides dealing with mini crises (a cancelled boat and emergency dash to catch an inter island ferry), the small touches (a bag of lavender to counter act the dirty laundry in our bags) were most impressive!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the first hand story of the atrocities in Bosnia and the inspirational human spirit and resiliency that is bringing the people back to their senses and onto their feet going forward."

Peter

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marijan was amazingly knowledgeable, both about history and important characteristics of the many towns we visited. The countries are beautiful, and it was a pleasure to hear about them as we travelled. We certainly saw the noteworthy fortifications, walled cities and other significant places. Learning the details of the recent wars, ethnic cleansing and other horrible events affected me profoundly. The complexities were difficult, but Marijan was an excellent teacher (and pleasant person)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We visited a remote monastery, and were guided by a resident monk-in-training, 17 years old, from our home town Seattle. A storm prevented us from using a ferry to leave an island. Marijan demonstrated his resourcefulness in finding an alternate route."

Andrea

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Adriatic tour was great - Marijan was so informative about each area we visited, and as always the local guides provided by Rick Steves were wonderful! Going through Bosnia was especially interesting to me because both of our local guides had lived through the war in the 90s and told us their personal experiences. The Adriatic area is beautiful in and of itself! I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe hiking through Plitvice National Park was my "wow" moment on this tour. The many waterfalls were absolutely breath-taking!"

Sylvia

Enumclaw, WA

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I felt the entire tour was very well organized and thought out. Every day was different and I liked having free time also. The information and education was an added benefit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Park except for the rain, would be a perfect day."

Barbara

Bowdoinham, ME

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting and scenic sights, lots of history, and great guides made the whole experience above average. I liked the mix of group dinners and time for ourselves to explore. The itinerary was very extensive, visiting sites in three countries. There were days when bus travel was a bit much. Perhaps the 35 bus hours over 13 days is something to reconsider.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip through the Julian Alps where the scenery was breathtaking. Mountain vistas were incredible and the bus ride with 50+ hair pen turns was an unforgettable trip."

William

Alameda, CA

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have a much better understanding of the Balkans now. This region has had a lot of recent tragedy that most of us had forgotten about, yet the people are very resilient. We had a great group of people on the tour and an outstanding Rick Steves guide. It is a beautiful area rich in history. It's a shame that this area that had religious and ethnic tolerance for centuries was torn up due to the a couple of really poor, megalomaniac leaders. Highly recommended tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park in Croatia is an unknown gem. Hearing first hand stories of the many months long bombing in Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik was highly educational."

Rod

Cody, WY

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the most enlightening yet sobering tour experiences involving 3 Countries intertwined with Centuries of troubled history. Definitely, a Championship Tour, that required an extraordinary Guide, exceptional local tour guides, a totally professional bus driver to maneuver every imaginable City and Countryside terrain, and an unmatched organization providing the Tour book and all the logistics involved to ensure everyone's success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many Wow moments but Plitvice Lakes National Park and the dinner in Mostar really stand out."

Kathleen

Cody, WY

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are so impressed with this tour. Amir, our tour guide, was amazing. Not only was he well organized so that our travels seemed seamless, he is so personable and knowledgeable. In a very fair and nonjudgmental approach, he educated us on the history and hopes of the Balkans. He also has a wonderful sense of humor and organized our after tour trip to Montenegro. The local tour guides were also excellent. They led us throughout each area with great expertise, humor, and sensitivity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Karen

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our third RS Tour, and we continue to really enjoy and appreciate the mixture of fun and adventurous elements with learning and expanding-your-awareness elements. The wars of the 1990's in this region make this an especially history-rich experience - sometimes a little tough to wrap my mind around. But Oh So Worth It! Great destinations, great guide, great group, great driver. Glad we went "off peak" season.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm afraid my "wow" might be perceived as negative by others, but it isn't to me. Despite being a sentient adult at the time of the Balkan wars in the 90's, I really didn't tune in, get what was going on, or understand the outcomes. Thanks to this tour, I feel I have some understanding of it now. I don't think I could have enjoyed learning so much if it hadn't been mixed in with all the other elements of a great vacation. So my "wow" was learning something so big, in small bites."

Suzanne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I wanted to come away with more historical knowledge of how the former Yugoslavia fit into WWI, WWII and their own civil war of '93. I feel I did get a lot more local information about the latter as each of our guides had personal experiences to share. I felt that, in addition, I got a much clearer view of their amazing and diverse geography. I've traveled A LOT in my life as I worked in the travel industry for 38 years and have to say this was in my top 3 trips ever taken!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Island of Korchula. I had vowed that, no matter the weather, I'd swim in the Adriatic. On our "free day", 3 of us rented bicycles, found a nice piece of beach and dove in!"

Neal

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very thought provoking, moving experience. I would not even call it a tour, it was more correctly a journey of discovery. Both for the sights of the area and its rich and turbulent history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question it was the guides. Our guide Amir was a perfect combination of host, logistical expert and humorous companion. The local guides were just tremendous. To have the opportunity to hear experts on the area describe it in such detail that you can see the past is a rare treat."

Sarah

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have put off doing this evaluation because we weren't quite sure where to start! Our trip to Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia was AWESOME in all ways; the gorgeous scenery and interesting cities, the knowledgeable and passionate local guides, and the caring and organized style of our tour guide, Amir. Not to mention the skillful and funny bus driver, Milan, for approaching his job of driving windy, steep mountain roads with calm competence. All was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For my husband, his first view of Dubrovnik coming over the hills from the east was his favorite moment on this trip of SO MANY "wow" moments. For me, I keep coming back to the Old Bridge in Mostar, recently restored, and the film of its bombing during the war. This "wow" moment is tinged with sadness and regret because of the war just a few years ago, but also of honor and respect for understanding its history. The bridge represents the determination of the people of Mostar."

Stephen

Richmond, VA

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow....I don't know where to start. This adventure is one that I had wanted to take for sometime and the experience lived up to my every expectation.....and beyond. My first Rick Steve's tour was to Rome 5 years ago and that experience just wet my appetitate for another..... I was not disappointed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, most just being in the right spot at the right time. One that comes to mind was strolling around the old part of Korcula in the early evening and hearing a church choir practicing. So we sat down at an outdoor cafe ordered a beverage and listened to the choir fir the next forty minutes. Another was in Mostar. We were walking over the bridge and there was a bride and groom having photographs take. Same happen in Dubrovnik......you just never know what was around the corner."

Richard

Peoria, IL

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, excellent experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our hotel room window in Korchula when we woke up and experiencing the beautiful view."

Henry

Darien, IL

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Many interesting sites interpreted by excellent and knowledgeble guides. Our tour group was friendly and interacted well. Our guide was a fountain of information about the countries and the 1990's war in the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say there was a single "wow" moment, but I would have to choose the visit to Plitvice National Park. Even in the rain I really enjoyed our hike there."

Judith

Peoria, IL

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a multifaceted eye opening experience...beauty, variety, outstanding tour guides, sadness, hope and history experienced!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, each day a gem. I couldn't pick just one."

Diane

Pueblo, CO

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Packed with impressive number and variety of experiences[INVALID]I loved the mix of historical sites, delightful towns/cities (especially Ljubljana and Korcula), and natural beauty ( Lake Bled and Plitvice Park). Bus was very comfortable. Driver was excellent. Other tour members were a pleasure to travel with. Right amount of time allowed for almost everything (although I felt a little rushed a couple of time (Pula and Opatija) .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments: Ljubljana, walking around Lake Bled, museum presentation about WW1 in Kobarid, Plitvice Lakes, Roman amphitheater in Pula,"

Donna

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on the Adriatic tour. Our guide, Saso and driver Ales were the best. I always felt safe with Ales at the wheel, even in the Julian Alps where there were more hairpin turns than I have ever experienced. Saso kept things moving well; he had good humor and an exceptional knowledge base for such a young man. The food and accommodations were very good, guides in the cities we stopped in were interesting, never dull.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. One that sticks out for me is Dubrovnik for the size, age and beauty of the old city, especially as experienced from walking the ramparts."

Marion

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found all our local guides to be very good however I would like to give a special vote of thanks to Zeljko Cimpric for his presentation on the WW1 history in his area, Alma Elezovic and Sanel Maric for sharing their life histories both during the war in Bosnia & Herzogovina and today. All three showed that change can occur and that is the hope I have for the people in central Europe. Our personal leader Saso is a terrific person and our driver Ales Cop kept us all feeling safe at all times

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going through a small unmarked doorway in the old wall of Dubrovnik and coming out onto rocks that dropped of to the Adriatic Sea. What an amazing place to enjoy a glass of wine! I thought the Lisjak Winery was a very special place to stop with a tour. Truly a lovely spot and Boris was a most welcoming host."

Walter

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started off in Swiss Alps and Salzberg Austria using Rick Steves' advice for much of our planning. Everything went perfectly, well...except for the weather. The Adriatic was a fantasitic experience. We had a great group of folks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's tough. Slovenia - Lake Bled was an unexpected surprise - stunningly beautiful. Croatia - while crowded, Plitvice LAkes will fowever be blazed in my mind. Bosnia - unbelievable that something of this nature could take place in our lifetime. A moving and memorable experience. Kobarid - who knew. Split - the women are beautiful. Did you know they actually look like the float when they walk. All that said, Hvar and Korcula were my favorite two days."

Sue

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As is typical of Rick Steves tours, we were thrilled with the experience. Our guide, Saso, was amazing and had a great sense of humour - pretty amazing considering he is so much younger than the cohort on the group. We had a fun bunch of folks with us, bus driver, Ales, was superb. Food was so-so - too much meat and potatoes and not enough veggies. Hotels good. Local guides good, but they tended to talk away from the group so hard to hear. Sites were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From a stunning stop 'point-of-view' I think Plitvicka Lakes was amazing - overland flooding without the disaster. Island "life" was great. The experience of being in Bosnia and getting the talks from the local guides was profound - I believe this is one trip where I came away most deeply impacted by what we heard"

Marta

Friday Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The countries were beautiful; We had an absolutely fabulous guide; the experiences were varied and interesting. Challenges included learning to cope with the various kinds of locks the hotels use on their doors; and interesting bedding in most places that didn't allow for someone who needs only a sheet for sleeping rather than the sheet/thick blanket/sheet sandwich that was common, and too warm for me. These were relatively minor problems and certainly nothing deal breaking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question the beautiful Lake Plitvices National Park was the highlight. I was pleased to see that within a week of the trip, we noticed that Yahoo had named the park the most beautiful place in the world!"

Ilja

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were high. Nevertheless they were exceeded thanks to stunning beauty of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and of course thanks to our outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"They were many. For example walking from our hotel to the seashore boulevard in Split at night. Totally unexpected beauty."

Carole

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly came back a different person....going to three countries I know nothing about and learning so much! It was a once in a life time experience. I'm looking forward to my next tour with your company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hiking adventure Swimming in the Adriatic The three wonderful Guides including our tour guide Visiting Monstar......on and on"

Moira

Rancho Mirage, CA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I loved it!. I have travelled on my own in Europe and have been on three other tours as well (not Rick Steves). This was by far the best experience. I was well prepared to do lots of walking and felt the activity level was just right for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one but I have to say I was impressed by the spirit of the people in Bosnia. It was incredible. The tour guides were so compassionate and tolerant in their thinking - hoping for peace and stability in their country. There was no sign of bitterness or hatred that I might have expected. I was very touched."

Bill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour I have ever been on. Just about the right amount of time spent in each location. Local guides were excellent. Tour guide was outstanding. Tour group size was an initial concern but turned out to be OK mostly because of the people themselves and the level of planning that made the whole experience very smooth. I was very pleased with the locations chosen as I think they represented the best experiences in the countries visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk through the national park in Croatia. I had never seen so many beautiful and lush waterfalls anywhere. I had also never seen so many people on one trail moving so slowly. But that didn't deter from the overall "wow" from the park."

Jody

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I continued to be impressed with the great tour guides that you employ! They set the tone for the tour and I haven't been disappointed, this being my 4th Rick Steves' tour. I appreciate that you involve your guides in the development of the tours and that commitment to them is one more reason why they all speak so highly of your company. Your expectations about our responsibilities as tour members are clear and contribute toward creating tour groups of people that are very compatible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite photo "wow" moment was Lake Bled. My favorite experience "wow" moment was the stair climbing to the bell tower and views at the Saint Euphemia Cathedral in Rovinj, Croatia. Odd, but the gentleman at the Cathedral who would not take my 50 kuna bill for admission to the bell tower because the bill was too old. I didn't know that you could have old money! (I later exchanged it for a "new" bill at the hotel restaurant in Motovun, where I was given the bill the prior evening.)"

Diane

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed this tour. It was a well balanced mix of organized events and time on our own to explore or relax. There were many spectacular sights ( Lake Bled, Julian Alps, Plitvice National Park) One of my special interests in going on this tour was the complex history of this area, both past and more recent. I appreciated that our guide Saso and the local guides that we had did an excellent job of presenting that history in a thoughtful and neutral way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the Julian Alps with our very capable driver (Alees?) taking all the switch back turns with expertise was a definite "wow" moment for me. Spectacular scenery on a beautiful sunny day! One of many memorable moments on the trip."

Deborah

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! Our guide was so informative & fun in presenting history & facts of all locations. Local guides were terrific. Had enriching experiences & adventures plus great examples of local food & music. Pleasantly surprised w/nice accommodations. Guide book current & very helpful. Exposed to how many live, what they have survived even in recent times & complexity of current tensions. Really nice bus & terrific driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My 'wow' was more of the shocking realization of how many lives were needlessly lost during the centuries of wars there & especially the losses there during WWI. The visit to the Kobarid Museum covering the tragedy of the Soca Front in WWI where 300,000 died, 700,000 were wounded, 100,000 were MIAs, & thousands of civilians were killed in 12 battles over 29 months will stay w/me forever. So SAD. Then our visit to Bosnia - both Mostar & Stolac were as upsetting. All the guides were fantastic."

Lynda

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good, people all easy to get along with. Bus drivers skilled & personable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up & down 29 switchbacks in Soca Valley (I sat at front of bus & was scared) then seeing & hearing museum's display about soldiers here during World War 1"

Ellen

Glen Ellen, CA

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great tour. We experienced so much, from the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park to the intensity of post-war Bosnia-Herzogovina. Ben was an amazing tour guide...a PhD in Political Science who speaks 15 languages (it was impressive to hear him speak different Slavic languages), he has such a depth of knowledge about Eastern Europe, and Croatia specifically (he has a book on Croatia published in 2010). The tour was a good mix of history, culture and beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but two really stand out: 1) Walking into the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace in Split at night (on our orientation tour), where two musicians were playing in this acoutically perfect setting. 2) Talking with our tour guides in Mostar and Stolac, young people who had experienced a horrific war in their country, been forced into concentration camps, lived through grenades being thrown into their homes...and yet they have hope for the future..."

Lee

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall met but did not exceed expectations. It was largely as advertised. Guide was professional and well prepared. Group members were convivial and pleasant. An informed and communicative group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The village in Stolac was a "wow" and in particular the guide was special. Keep him around. The whole Soca Valley was filled with nice insights. But the highlight was getting stopped by a truck accident and having the time to visit a over left over from WWI. This was clearly not aplanned part of the tour but welcome nonetheless. A number of the places were as expected and pleasing. We also particularly enjoyed Lublijana, but we stayed there for four days before the tour actually began."

Kristin

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This tour was our first tour of any kind. We are not sure at this point if we prefer a tour over our own planning. We were pleased with the choice of sites but there were a couple of instances where we were biding time until the next stop. For example, we spent several hours in Opatija before going to Lake Plitvice. We would have preferred to spend that time at the park. The same thing happened in Hvar. We could have spent more time on Korcula.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have two. One was Diocletian's Palace at night. We enjoyed the music and were impressed by the evolution of the Palace into modern living. In Stolac, we were impressed by our guide, Sanel Maric, who explained the history in a compelling way by adding his personal experience and expressing hope for the future."

Valerie

Ripon, WI

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience on this tour. It was well organized and very enlightening. The range of experiences was impressive and I gained so many insights about the region that I continue to process what I learned. Thanks for an exceptional tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Going through the national forest was exceptional, hearing the personal accounts of the war was enlightening and touring such a beautiful region was inspiring."

Martta

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this was a sensational tour with wonderful people, a well organized schedule, and an outstanding combination of history, relaxation and amazing cultural experiences. This tour gave me insight into the layers of history that have shaped and continue to influence this region. Absolutely recommended!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was not a site we visited or an amazing display of nature, it was the happy hour boat ride in Korcula. What fun to have snacks and a glass of local wine with new found friends while we watch the sunset over these amazing islands."

Anne

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow! It was more than we expected. Our tour guides were the key to this wonderful "adventure!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Julian Alps was pretty amazing and knowing that they were the front lines in WWI makes you say "wow!""

Allan

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great experience. Our guide did an outstanding job as a guide with his extensive knowledge of history of that area. Our assistant was a great guy to be around and talk too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was great..."

William

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the whole tour was exceptional. It was very well organized, and things just ran smoothly every day. The scenery, history, and culture of the three countries we visited really made the tour a positive one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the "Pearl of the Adriatic" on the top of Mount Srd, and walking the ancient wall were my "wow" moments."

Jeanne

Center Lovell, ME

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having traveled extensively, Dan and I decided to take our first tour because we had limited knowledge of eastern Europe and felt we were out of our element creating an itinerary and finding accommodations. The trip exceeded our expectations. The beauty and diversity of the former Yugoslavia was spectacular. The careful selection of destinations--balancing cities and villages, historic treasures and natural wonders, tourist meccas and off road destinations--made the experience dynamic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Adriatic at Korcula, seeing the Old Town in the background."

Daniel

Center Lovell, ME

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "tour" of any type although we have traveled extensively on our own. The Adriatic tour exceeded our expectations. First, it was just as advertised. Well organized with a great group of experienced travelers and no "whiners". The beauty of the Adriatic Coast, the majestic Alpine regions to the north and well selected city sites combined to make this tour both recreational and highly educational. Tour leadership was terrific and the local guides were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the coastal towns of Split, Hvar and Korcula (among others -- but they stood out in terms of stunning beauty and energy). We are accomplished "walkers" on all trips and we truly enjoyed the streets, shops and access to the water for swimming."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and our experiences exceeded our high expectations. The details of the tour were handled like a well oiled clock - buses were on time, lunches/dinners were served with style, hot, tasty and on schedule, accommodations had character and "better" rooms evenly assigned, local tour guides were knowledgeable, dynamic and personable, Amir, our tour guide was smart, knowledgeable, kind, personable, thoughtful, funny and fun -- in fact, he was just terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment was the visit to Stolac and meeting the dynamic entrepreneur, Sanel Maric, who is fighting entrenched bureaucracy and marking a difference. Our "A-ha" moments center on a new understanding of the causes, impact and outcome of the Bosnian war [INVALID] local guide Alma's narrative of her lived experiences shared in a cemetery in Mostar, our guide's thoughtful, cogent and impartial overview of the history couple with his personal story, standing on the Old Bridge .."

Sue

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I discovered a fascinating part of the world with such a long history, so culturally diverse, with incredible antiquity, and war reconstruction. So much to learn from wonderful guides in every location. I went away with a much better understanding of the Bosnian war in the 90's, the need for employment and investment, and how the tourist trade is an integral part. This experience will always remind me how people can survive and move forward in a positive way.

Michelle

Marietta, OH

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a beautiful tour. All members were cordial and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all of the food. The seafood was wonderfl. The people were warm and welcoming."

Maureen

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the sixth ETBD tour I have taken and each one has been so unique. I always think that the next one couldn't possibly be better than the last....but the experience keeps getting better and better! Fabulous tour guides, incredible destinations, immersion in the culture, unforgettable history lessons..and wonderful memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one. Standing in the cemetary at Mostar, listening to the local guide describe the living conditions during the war---making her son play in the bathtub as it was the safest place in the house----listening to Amir describe his life in Sarajavo...the real life experiences were the most touching."

Elizabeth

Richardson, TX

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a lovely 14 days it was (plus a couple of days before in Munich). Once one accepts the concept of stairs, climate variations, and adventure, it's a blast. All the folks on the tour were great and a true pleasure to get to know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Roberto, the guide in Dubrovnik, took us to his family garden - what a kind and back-door thing to do for the gaggle of us. Second was the quiet time after a walk at Lake Bled - having the cream cake on the terrace at Villa Preseren with a glass of wine - watching the people and the peace of the lake - lovely."

Michael

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Enjoyed the tour and the small size, however the structure of a tour sometimes gets to be a little tiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the swimming in the Adriatic. The walk through the National Park."

Connie

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

we had a wonderful very rewarding time. we learned a lot and enjoyed our tour guide so much. Our guide is a very knowledgable man who knew the area inside and out. We had never been to that part of the world . We enjoyed the varied parts of the trip , the adriatic sea , the julian alps the farm land , the walled cities the ancient history . We feel they covered every bit to it to the fullest. Our guides complemented one another , it was very nice to have an assistant with us .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow was meeting all the wonderful people in our group. Each and everyone were very nice special people . Each day was very enjoyable being with them."

John

Keller, TX

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jodie and I enjoyed the entire tour. This was our second Rick Steves' Tour and it will not be our last. We have traveled extensively ourselves in Europe, but this tour experience has enriched us more than if we had traveled by ourselves. Saso and the local guides exhuberantly brought Slovenia, Bosnia and Croatia to life and made it an especially rewarding and enriching experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments. The wonderful wine tasting experience in the Slovenian countryside was certainly a special treat. We were also particularly touched by how local guide Sanel is working hard to rebuild Stolac and to appreciate what it must have been like for Alma raising her son during the Bosnian conflict. These moments help us appreciate what we have in America but they also lift the spirits to see how others can overcome obstacles in their own lives."

Margarita

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

10/2/13 The tour went exceptionally well due to our guide, who was phenomenal! We could not have done it without him. We stuck to him like velcro; we were his flock, and he loved it. He made everything lots of FUN & informational. He's tops, the cream of the crop, at what he does because he loves people & is well organized. I will recommend this trip to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment was a WOW! Even free time was enjoyable since our guide gave us alternatives, options, instrucations, directions, and at times joined us. We loved it when he did."

John

Pacific Palisades, CA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip had an ideal balance of cultural, historical and just-for-fun events and activities. Our guide was great and we had the most congenial group of tour participants. I particularly liked the multiple perspectives presented regarding the 1991-1995 war.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed the tour of the Roman subterranean ruins in Split and that the City is still partially using the Roman aquaducts to bring water from the mountains. The story surrounding the old bridge in Mostar was a close second among my favorite activities."

Howard

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Slovenia and Croatia both have very attractive scenery and it was also interesting seeing the Istrian peninsula where a friend's grandparents had lived. Our group members seemed quite compatible and generally prompt as we were all seasoned travelers. Most people that we dealt with, including shopkeepers, understood and spoke American English, since many learn it from the TV programs, as our guide explained to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was hard to believe that the bullet hole pocked buildings and minefields which we saw in Croatia in our Sept 2001Best of Eastern Europe tour are still there. The history and relationships between these mostly Slavic groups was interesting."

Ruth

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall very good. The group was very compatible and well traveled - by far the best group we have ever toured with. Having Carl and his guide dog on the trip was enjoyable and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Croatian coast! This is the first trip I have not read a book on the bus as the Croatian coastline was spectacular and I did not want to miss any of it."

Cydny

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our vacation went by so fast that it must have been Great!!! Not once did I think that I wanted it to be over. Everyone was fun to travel with, the group times were fun and it was nice to get to know everyone. I would like to recommend this tour to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very hard to say what my 'Wow' moment was. It seemed like every new town was a 'WoW' moment!! Seeing all the old towns, the Castles and Ruins, hearing all the History from so many years ago made everything all very special and unique. I loved going to Bosnia, I could have stayed there for 2 days. Our Hotel by the Old Bridge was great."

Claudia

Santa Monica, CA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was exceptionally good and travel veterans. The places we visited and the tour guides were wonderful as usual

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar. The guide was a 'native' and told with heart and soul her experiences and what she sees for the future of Bosnia. The other city we visited gave us yet another perspective of the struggle to get a country up and going again through the eyes of a young person. Truly educated me in the complexities of the country and the impact of the EU."

Philip

Santa Monica, CA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was truly enlightening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip."

Jeanette

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best! Our group was active and friendly. We jelled after an hour. Saso was very informative, friendly, and professional. Ales was a very good driver. The places we saw were beautiful, interesting and varied. After the tour, I wanted more. I plan to go back sometime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick. Plitvice National Park was so unique with the number of lakes and abundant waterfalls. Dubrovnik, Rovinj, the amphitheater in Pula, Hvar, Korcula, Split, Motovun, how does one choose only one "wow" moment?"

Robert

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my ninth Rick Steves tour. I would have to place this in the top three. I give it a high rating based on two factors. First, the diverse physical and cultural geography that comprises the Adriatic countries we traveled. Second, our tour guide Saso, created so many special moments for the group. The accommodations were very good. The arrangements made for the meals were simply awesome. Each location had it's own distinct character and special menu.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really looking forward to spending time on the Dalmatian Islands but reflecting back, our experience hiking in the Plitvice National Park was my favorite "wow" moment."

Nina

Westport, NY

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I booked this tour because I wanted to do two tours back-to-back and this one fit with the Southern Italy Tour that I really wanted to do. I was very pleasantly surprised. I knew very little about the region before this trip. Our guide gave me an education on this region and its inhabitants that I will never forget. Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are all unique and extremely interesting destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough question. There were so many natural beauty and historical "wow" moments. I guess the one that struck me was the visit to Mostar. We did a walking tour with a local guide who obviously had some deep, lingering, emotional scars from the war there in the 1990's. Seeing the bombed out buildings, the cemeteries in local parks all with similar death dates and the war museum where a film on the actually shelling destruction of the beautiful bridge really moved me."

Gail

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the best trip we've ever taken together. Great people. Great tour guide and local guides. We learned a great deal, saw some gorgeous and fascinating places and had a great deal of fun doing it. It was flexible enough to accommodate everyone's needs regardless of age or infirmity. It was also varied enough to keep our interest the entire time. I had worried it might be too historical in nature, but it was very well balanced with history, culture, human interest and humor. Thanks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was not to be believed. It puts our US national parks to shame."

Richard

Newton, MA

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel that our tour experience was really excellent. It had the right balance of time spent with group activities and group meals versus free time on our own or eating where we chose. The tour stops were very well chosen and all of the sites were were very interesting and at times spectacular. Our tour group got along very well together in part because of Rick's stated tour philosophy and warm-up and icebreaking exercises by our tour guide plus his offbeat sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik and Lake bled in Slovenia."

William

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the trip was great. The locations, tour buddies, guides, food, lodging, sites. In particular, Ben Curtis was an outstanding guide. Knowledgeable, funny, approachable, we couldn't have asked for anyone better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a somber note, looking out our hotel window in Mostar. A bombed out building directly underneath our window. Looking to the right, a huge cross on top of the hill and a christian church. Looking to the left, seven minarets."

Mary Jo

Burns, OR

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour, and it was fabulous! What a wonderful combination of natural beauty, history, art, architecture and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think every day had at least one "wow" moment, so it's hard to pick a favorite. Here are a few, though: seeing the aqua-colored lakes and beautiful waterfalls at Plitvice National Park; sitting on the stone steps at Diocletian's Palace at night, listening to a young man singing; having lunch outdoors near the sea in super-charming Korcula; the views from the wall in picturesque Dubrovnik; listening to Alma share her personal story of the war in Mostar; walking up to the castle in Motovun."

Cornelia

Somerset, MA

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour with charming cities and towns, spectacular scenery, Roman ruins, opportunities to swim in the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and a chance to learn about some sobering events in history. Our tour started in Ljubljana, a city I am ashamed to say I had never heard of, but which I fell in love with. Our fellow tour members were a great, friendly, no grumps group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour had many Wow moments. Lake Bled and Plitvice National Park were absolutely beautiful. The hill town of Motovun, the Roman amphitheater in Pula, and entering the Great Land Gate into the medieval town of Korcula were amazing. Dubrovnik was magical whether viewed lit up at night as we strolled its streets or from its wall in daylight. Walking by the shelled buildings and cemetery to the rebuilt Stari Most and listening to Alma's stories was sobering and inspirational."

Joan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was so alive, as well as beautiful and couldn't be conveyed by the words or even pictures in a book. Felt more connected with people in other places and other times. It was a great group to share both sights and discussions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Any number of times seeing the Adriatic, rocks and towns from cliffs above. Finding a place to eat our first night in Dubrovnik, right on the water."

Richard

Monroe, WA

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were so many things I liked 2 of my favorites were all the narrow streets with businesses in them. And the tours of all the historic buildings, and the architecture of the castles & amphitheater.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana was my favorite it was a neat town with so many things going on their"

Sandi

Monroe, WA

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than I had expected, our guide was so well informed & interesting. Everything I saw was wonderful our other members of our tour were delightful & fun. We saw so much & learned so much history in such a short time. I enjoyed the variation of places we visited and the wonderful scenery . It would be hard to pick just one favorite place because each one had their own individuality that made it stand out. Thank you for a great time that will last forever in my memory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana,Lake Bled, Julian Alps,Montovan, Plitvice Natl Park, Dubrovnik . It is truly hard they were all wonderful and very scenic"

John

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, a well-planned and well-[INVALID]d tour with special memories created every single day. The tour and splendid Adriatic region greatly exceeded my expectations. The many images from the trip are permanently etched on my memory. The overall experience encourages me to sign up for additional Rick Steves tours and, more importantly, continue my explorations across still-to-be-discovered European sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are quite a few: enjoying lively Ljunljana's vibrant but manageable street scenes; hiking around enchanting Lake Bled, learning about WWI history in Kobarid, lunch at a rural Slovenian winery, dinner on the wall of the hilltop town of Motovun, the many beautiful coastal and island towns of Croatia, hiking Plitvice National Park, coming to understand the ethnic strife that led to conflicts in the region during the 90s, seeing the healing underway in Mostar, seeing Dubrovnik from on high."

Wendy

Brodhead, WI

Tour: 08/25/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour! We chose this tour because we like to go "off the beaten path", and also because of all the variety it offered. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery, and also learned a lot of history and current events about an area that had been ignored in our school days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many "wow" moments in the tour, our favorite was the evening that my husband and I sat in the dark courtyard in Motovun, listening to the klappa music drifting out of the second story windows of the group's practice room. A few other tourists gradually wandered into the area, and enjoyed the concert with us, but we felt like we were getting a special treat!"

Pamela

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/25/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tina is an outstanding guide!! She kept the group well informed, made sure all needs were meet, and she managed the dynamics of the group with kid gloves. The area guides were okay. The most informative were the guides in Kobarid, Stolac, and Dubrovnik. My favorite places were Split and Korcula. The place not too miss was Mostar. The accommodations were comfortable and the dinners were good choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Split was such an energetic, interesting, fun city. It was so Roman, Venetian, and Croatian and yet so welcoming to the visitors. A very inclusive place! It worked!!"

Donald

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/25/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met all my expectations with lots of history and many walking tours that were always interactive. The bus was new, modern, and air conditioned with instructive commentary and taped music from the areas visited provided by the tour guide. The bus driver was an excellent driver and very good natured. In addition to bus transportation, there was boat transportation provided to the two Adriatic islands that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Korcula stood out with the beauty of the island and the excellent restaurants that featured Adriatic seafood. The beaches were beautiful with clear water that was very comfortable to swim in early in September. Another "wow moment" was the overnight visit to Bosnia Herzegovina, especially because of the extensive war damage still prevalent and the hardship still endured by the people several years after the war ended. This was quite an eye opener."

Dean

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Like the combination of guided tours and free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one moment, but really enjoyed southern croatia, would definitely consider going back."

Weather

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Croatia / Split

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Croatia / Dubrovnik

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Bosnia-Herzegovina / Mostar

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Croatia and Slovenia: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly into Ljubljana (or into Zagreb with a train link to Ljubljana) and out of Dubrovnik (“multi-city” on flight booking websites).  Ljubljana's airport, Aerodrom Ljubljana (LJU), is about 14 miles from the city center. See www.lju-airport.si for details. Most major airlines serve Ljubljana, but you can also look into Adria Airways, EasyJet and Wizz for alternate one-way jaunts. Your travel agent can help you find what works best for you.

There is also daily rail service to Ljubljana from Munich, Vienna, Venice, Budapest and Zagreb; details can be found at www.slo-zeleznice.si.

To return home after the tour, you’ll find that many flights out of Dubrovnik require a connection through Zagreb.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Slovenia before your tour begins, use Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Slovenian (although many locals speak English well), and get over your jet lag with fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Ljubljana that we will not be doing as a group (see your guidebook for details): Plečnik House Museum, Slovenian Ethnographic Museum; Contemporary History Museum; funicular to the Ljubljana Castle for the great view of town; antique-browsing at the riverside flea market.

If you are staying after the tour, a day trip to Montenegro can be arranged through the hotel. Your guide can help you with this during the tour.

Packing

If you are planning to take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, pack along a swimsuit and a lightweight microfiber towel. Also consider some good water shoes, as the Adriatic is home to prickly sea urchins.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick’s packing tips.