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

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Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days Tour

from $3,945 per person + air

Single Supplement $675

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Our two-week Adriatic adventure explores a corner of Europe with some of its grandest natural wonders — and some of its most captivating recent history. On this tour, you'll meander from pristine hill towns to sun-soaked islands, lacing together the best destinations in this diverse region: Slovenia's charming Ljubljana, fairy-tale Lake Bled, and cut-glass Julian Alps; Croatia's seaside Rovinj, waterfall-laced Plitvice, historic Split, Dalmatian isle of 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!

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 20 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2024 Best of the Adriatic tour:

  • Ljubljana walking tour
  • Bled Castle
  • Kobarid Museum
  • Slovenian wine tasting
  • Pula walking tour
  • Pula amphitheater
  • Rovinj
  • Opatija
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Split walking tour
  • Diocletian's Palace
  • Stolac walking tour
  • Mostar walking tour
  • Mostar mosque and Old Bridge
  • Serbian Orthodox Monastery
  • Korčula orientation
  • Korčula boat cruise
  • Croatian family farm visit
  • Dubrovnik walking tour
  • Dubrovnik walls entrance

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 group transportation from Ljubljana, Slovenia, to Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 7 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ljubljana

We'll meet at our hotel in the pretty Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana at 4 p.m. After an orientation walk through our neighborhood, we'll enjoy getting acquainted over dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Ljubljana.

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 or to try one of the outdoor cafés along the river.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Ljubljana.

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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in Bovec.

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 pršut (prosciutto) and award-winning wines. We'll then follow Slovenia's small slice of Adriatic Coast on our way to the rolling hills of Croatia's Istrian Peninsula.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in an Istrian hill town.

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 first-century Roman amphitheater and Old Town 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. Later tonight after dining on a feast of local Istrian specialties at a tucked-away taverna, we'll return to our hill-town hotel, stuffed and happy.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in an Istrian hill town.

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, where we'll have dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in or near the national park.

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 protecting 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 take an orientation walk through town.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Split.

Day 8: The Roman Heart of Split

We'll get introduced to Split with a walking tour through its Old Town — including the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius, 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 to relax with an espresso along the waterfront promenade.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Split.

Day 9: Eye-Opening Bosnia-Herzegovina

Today we'll cross the border into formerly war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. Our destination is Mostar, a beautifully situated town that serves up a fascinating blend of Slavic, Ottoman, and Mediterranean cultural traditions. En route, we'll stop in nearby Stolac to see the medieval stećci tombstones that dot the fields and learn about the town's tumultuous past before sitting down for lunch together. This evening, your guide will introduce you to Mostar with an orientation walk and a traditional Bosnian dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Mostar.

Day 10: Mostar and the Dalmatian Coast

This morning our local guide will take us on a thought-provoking walk through Mostar, teaching us about the siege of the city in the 1990s. We'll also visit Mostar's rebuilt Old Bridge, the lively Kujundžiluk bazaar, and a traditional mosque. Leaving Mostar behind us, we'll make our way to a Serbian Orthodox monastery, where we'll learn about the role Christianity plays in the region. This afternoon, we'll head to the Dalmatian Coast and ferry over to our island getaway of Korčula. After arrival, your guide will orient you, then set you free to enjoy dinner on your own.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Korčula.

Day 11: Island Relaxation

Today you are free to wander the cobbled lanes 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 rent a kayak or go for a swim. We'll dry off and regroup for a little happy-hour boat cruise in the evening.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Sleep in Korčula.

Day 12: Rural Dalmatia and the Pearl of the Adriatic

We'll begin our day with a short ferry ride back to the mainland and then continue our journey along the Pelješac Peninsula, famous for its Plavac Mali wine. On our way to Dubrovnik we'll stop to sample the coastline's tastiest production at a local family farm. After lunch we'll continue to Dubrovnik, arriving at our hotel in the Lapad district in time for your guide to orient you to this Pearl of the Adriatic. Tonight is all yours to savor the local cuisine and do a little exploring on your own.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly even terrain. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Dubrovnik.

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 rich history 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!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs, No bus. Sleep in Dubrovnik.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Dubrovnik's airport is just 40 minutes away. From there, you can fly to Zagreb and other European cities. Whatever your plans, your guide will help you get on the right track. Do viđenija!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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 (possibly several blocks) 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

Grace

Tour: 06/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized tour that covered a lot of ground. From the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Sea. As always, the emphasis was on understanding current cultures based on their geopolitical and religious pasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many. Spending time in the towns of Mostar, Stolac and Korcula was terrific. Learning about both the 2-year WWI battle in the Soca Valley and the Yugoslavian civil war through personal experiences was enlightening. And tasting donkey milk was pretty darn cool. However, greatest WOW factor was the camaraderie within our group. The "What's App" group chat set up by one of the tour members helped us share our photos timely and communicate with each other quickly."

Penny

Tour: 06/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and now I know what all my friends have been talking about. It was perfect from beginning to end, exactly as advertised. The group was congenial from the very first meeting, our accommodations were much nicer than I expected, every detail went smoothly (departure times, meals, excursions etc.), the bus was very comfortable- loved having my own seat, the attractions were terrific and I can’t give our guide Ben enough or adequate praise. He was fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but what has really stayed with me is Bosnia and the personal history of our city guide. It was so personal and shocking. We are distanced from war in the US so his account brought out the humanity and suffering of war but ultimately also the grace and resilience of people. Very moving. "

Nicholas

Tour: 06/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the opportunity to visit 3 different countries and experience the variety in culture. Ben did a great job of providing context for each place we visited. It was like a living history class. I enjoyed the balance of group activities and time for my individual pursuits.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the waterfalls at Plivice National Park. On the human side, hearing the stories from our guides in Bosnia made a deep impression on me. "

Gary

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was going to be great, and it was better than I even expected!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history moments."

Shirley

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was beyond our expectations! Excellent guide, great fellow travelers, wonderful meals and hotels, super city guides, learned so much about "Yugoslavia", beautiful places!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park!"

Laura

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous tour. I learned so much about these countries and their history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many.... Seeing the amphitheater, being in the Adriatic sea, seeing the effects of the Bosnian-Crotian war all over. It was humbling."

Jessica

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terra

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour in every way. Exceeded expectations. All the stops and sidetrips were incredibly interesting and went well beyond anything I would have thought of to plan on my own. And our guide Darija was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite Wow moment is a tough question. Honestly, each place we stopped was so different from the last and so very interesting on it's on merits that we enjoyed all of them. "

Mark

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded our expectations in all areas: the pacing of the tour, the hotels, our guide, our local guides, the provision of free time, the attention to detail, education with enough but not too much info etc. We were reluctant to do a "tour" since our "roll our own" Rick Steeves travel was usually slower paced, often with a minimum 3 night stay. We were surprised at how enjoyable a tour can be!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing from local guides with lived experience in the area and the turbulent recent history. In particular it was hearing that socialism and its legacy was not all negative. Our guide said that to the local inhabitant living in a socialist regime was often great. She related how her friend referred to socialism as having a strict mother: she was strict as to what one could and could not do but she took care of you: you got an appartment, a job, paid vacation, free health care, and education."

Linda

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good variety of sites

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Charming island of Korcula"

Cindy

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I selected this tour because it covered a part of the world that I knew very little about. The history was fascinating and have me a new perspective on the people and politics of the region. The mountains and national parks were a bonus! I'm not a big beach person or a shopper, so those days were not my favorite. The tour worked hard to chop up the bus rides, but we were covering a lot of territory making for some long days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park - I had never seen anything like it. "

Steve

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great guide, and got to see a completely different part of the world from where we had travelled before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park - absolutely stunning."

Nancy

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The information given to us by the local guides in Stolac and Mostar"

Bobbie

Tour: 06/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pula Roman amphitheater. All the history guides "

Shannon

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mariam, our guide, was fantastic! She was kind and generous! Each place we went to had its own charm!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was seeing the tiny village my grandfather was born in. Our guide helped us to get there and enabled us to visit the church and his childhood home. It was such a wonderful opportunity to connect with my roots."

Susan

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of people and loved all the free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was amazing!"

Deborah

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour Guide was great. Loved seeing and learning about the history of Croatia/Bosnia/Slovenia and taking with people who exodus the 1991-93 conflict.

Linda

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Knowledgeable guides, beautiful scenery

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The park and waterfalls "

Joan

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though I had read a lot of the RS guidebook and preparation materials for the trip, how Mariam A. guided our group and how the individuals coalesced on the tour made our two weeks together a fabulous event for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Bosnia, the hospitality at the restaurant dinner, the rebuilding cities and the honesty of the talks given by the two tour guides."

Carole

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized tour and very active as advertised. We loved it! We also made many new friends. Our tour guide, Mariam. Could not have been better! We not only appreciated the beauty of the area but learned so much of the history of the area which we knew so little about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toss up between the WW I museum and private tour and the time in Mostar with our local guide understanding the war of the 1990’s."

Paula

Tour: 06/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was wonderful due to our amazing guide, Katerina Svobodova, and skilled bus driver, Gaspar. The trip ran very smoothly and Katka was a wealth of knowledge. Her friendly and funny personality was very endearing and she easily brought our group of 24 travelers together as a family. The itinerary was perfectly planned and our group thoroughly enjoyed the daily activities, walking tours and meals together. In addition, we had a very nice amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moments from the tour was the beauty and history of each country, but specifically our visits to Lake Bled , Plitvice Lakes National Park with its never-ending gorgeous waterfalls, and the entire stunning coast of Croatia. We especially enjoyed the beauty of the island of Korcula."

Lynn

Tour: 06/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip, from the beautiful little gem of a city, Ljubljana, to the iconic walled city of Dubrovnik. Our guide Katerina was very knowledgeable about the area, organized, and always willing to help with any personal problems that arose. There were so many lovely sights: the misty green mountains around Lake Bled; the scenic coastal towns of Pula, Rovinj, Opatia, and Split; and the gorgeous island of Korcula. Each was more breathtaking than the last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but hiking among the waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park and walking the wall in Dubrovnik (the best way to see the city) exceeded my already high expectations. Another highlight was our time in beautiful Bosnia where our local guides, Ado in Stolac and Mili in Mostar, shared their experience as children during the 1990's war and its impact on their families and communities. I was happy that I spent two extra days each in Ljubljana and Dubrovnik. So much to see!"

Maxine

Tour: 06/09/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was an opportunity to experience Europe in ways not possible on your own. I did find a few tours a bit longer than I could concentrate on and a few that I wished would of gone on longer. Bosnia was an experience I did not know what to expect, but was a highlight of the trip for me. As an American I can not understand what living in the 1990s was like for their citizens. What a horrible period of history for this part of the world. Thank you to our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia and their people will remain as the high points in the tour for me. I find myself sharing stories from both Bosnian tour guides to people who ask about my trip."

Janet

Tour: 06/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous. Amazing tour guide and local guides, expert driver. Lodging was comfortable, travel companions were fun. I learned so much about a part of the world I knew nothing about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar, Bosnia. Even though we saw many gorgeous sights, it was the stories from Bosnia that really impressed me. Saddened, hopeful, cautioned. So many emotions."

Joyce

Tour: 06/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lovely tour, Marijuan was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The UNESCO National Park in Slovenia was one of our highlights. "

Susan

Tour: 06/04/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and planned. Marijan was an excellent guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the national park lakes. "

Anne

Tour: 06/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best trip ever

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was stunning and unexpected"

Kathy

Tour: 06/04/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed all the places we visited from Lubjljana to Dubrovnik and everything in between. Marijan our guide was so knowledgeable and really made the trip memorable. Especially enjoyed the Kras chocolates and cookies he shared on the bus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia-Herzegovina was a wow moment as the 2 local guides shared their personal stories about their war experiences. Loved Plitvice National park and really enjoyed our day off on the beautiful island of Korcula. Swimming in the Adriatic was amazing."

Charley

Tour: 06/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw and learned so much. There was a great variety of settings and scenery

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk in Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Rebecca

Tour: 06/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw many beautiful Old Towns, excellent tour guide and bus driver, good weather, good food, and good chemistry with the rest of our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Thomas

Tour: 06/04/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was a little "slow".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Croatia coast/water"

Mary

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much and experienced so many beautiful sights and interesting people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes National Park was unbelievably beautiful and magical. A different kind of wow moment, was visiting Bosnia and hearing the life experiences of our city guides."

Maureen

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw and did so much. Darija was an outstanding guide. She guided us all through this experience seamlessly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice national park. We had a great day for it. Darija took us through the park “backwards” and early so we managed to avoid all crowds. The island of Kortula was also beautiful "

Beth

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another amazing Rick Steves tour! The itinerary is a perfect balance of the beautiful scenery, historical sights, and rich cultural heritage of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia/Herzegovina. I just wish there had been a little more time to absorb it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from - for scenery: Plitvice Lakes; for history: Diocletian's palace, and for culture: the stories told by our Bosnian guides"

Margaret

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip through Slovenia, Croatia, with a short trip to Bosnia- Herzegovina, exceeded our expectations. Our guide Darija was super knowledgeable about the whole area and gave some great talks on the bus. She also handled the different personalities in the group very well. The hotels were all excellent and our bus and driver were great too. Really struggling to think of anything I would change.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked crossing the border over to Bosnia. That whole process was interesting and our stay in Mostar was such a highlight. We had never visited a majority Muslim country before. Our 2 local guides shared their personal and very different experiences from the war in the 1990’s. I really learned a lot and enjoyed those days very much. Plus we lucked into the room at the hotel that had a huge balcony overlooking the city. Gorgeous views in the evening and early the next morning!"

Timothy

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our eighth Rick Steves' Europe tour did not disappoint, with our amazing guide, Darija, a friendly and delightful group, and an itinerary rich with beautiful sights and fascinating history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk in Plitvice Lakes National Park was definitely my favorite of the many "wow" moments on this tour."

Jeff

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and full of fun, educational and memorable experiences. The sights and activities were even better than I expected. Darija did an outstanding job of keeping us on track and fully engaged and informed at every turn. Thanks for another great adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so difficult to narrow it down to just one "wow" moment - but if I have to say just one, it'd be the boat ride with our new tour friends around the island of Korcula on a beautiful night. "

Mary

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Brian

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and the pace was great. Our fellow travelers were a delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was stunning."

Nancy

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent, our first RS tour ! an excellent guide, as well as the local guides, and a wonderful group of people. Doing carry-on size luggage for first time worked out OK as well as handling it ourselves in hotels. Hotels were better than expected (maybe minus one). Would definitely do another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Korcula off Croatian coast and hotel."

Cheryl

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very informative and educational tour. A great group of travellers in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Lake Bled."

Charles

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful group of travel colleagues; most certainly new friends made along the way; beautiful scenery, educating tours with thoughtful, meaningful stories and insights; comfortable coach; delightful, attentive, charming tour director ....a great, memorable experience. Rick Steve's will definitely be on our list for future travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to consider.... stories and history in Bosnia; walking "the wall" in Dubrovnik...but likely "wow" would be Korcula! "Vacation in a Vacation" day in a charming, walkable, historic centuries old city ....and a great hotel to relax and re-energize."

Dennis

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, Barbara was an outstanding guide. Funny, professional, entertaining, and very responsive to all and especially to helping both major and minor group member issues! Great hotel selection, which was very much appreciated! Local guides were great fun and special props to Mario in Ljubljana! The locations we visited were excellent, and breath taking! Have to say we were part of a vey fun group which made the tour even better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice National Park was incredible!"

Dell

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Barbara was a fabulous guide. Boris was a wonderful driver thru some tough terrain in the rain and enjoyed getting to know both at meals. The tour was comprehensive, loved all the stops especially those not filled with other tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana Slovenia is just so beautiful "

John

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful exposure to the beginnings of Eastern Europe, which I'd never before visited. There was a great balance between cities, countryside, and seaside that brought out how complex and rich the Slovenian-Croatian landscapes and cultures are.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day in Herzogovina reminded us that the further East one goes in Europe, the further one gets from ones assumptions about the West. The large Muslim presence in that province was a surprise and so interesting, compared to the heavily Catholic feel of Slovenia and the parts of Croatia that we spent most of the tour in."

Susan

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the variety of experiences we were offered during the Adriatic tour. I just wish we had more time to absorb the experience before rushing off to the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting family from our homeland of Croatia. We took an early morning side trip and met newly discovered family. I also loved the natural beauty of the country of Croatia. "

Julie

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great combination of history, architecture, local culture, hiking, dining and beautiful scenery. We met some really wonderful people in our tour group. We all enjoyed one another's company and shared our impressions of the vacation experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved walking the walls around Dubrovnik. There were new sights to enjoy around every turn. I felt like I was taken back to medieval times."

Grace

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Great group of travelers. Loved Slovenia. Loved Ljubljana. Too much bus time. Future tours should divide the area, north and south. Too many overly touristy locations. Too many seaside ports. Our guide did not schedule for us to watch any of the traditional Balkan dance. Given the importance of beekeeping in Slovenia we should have met a local beekeeper. Plitvice Lakes area was insane navigating all the people on the boardwalk. We were glad to have half of that walk in relative quiet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure this could be called a "wow" moment but Mostar and the two local guides in Mostar and Stolac educated me on the wars of the 90s and the human impact. Though difficult to view, I recommend the War and Genocide Museum in Mostar and the War Photography Museum in Dubrovnik. In Split I recommend the Ivan Mestrovic Museum. Loved swimming in the Adriatic Sea during our time in Korchula. "

Julie

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed meeting new people, learning about the area that we were in and having the accommodations and travel taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, I think my wow moment was really being on the bus and just watching the beautiful countryside go by and being able to enjoy the surprise that came with every turn!"

Ellen

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very nice tour, rich in the highlights of Slovenia and Croatia

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great sights: the World War I museum, Mostar and learning about the conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina, Opatija, and Korcula."

Velma

Tour: 05/26/24

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was amazingly beautiful. The visit to the World War 1 Museum in Slovenia was eye opening with an extremely passionate guide."

Renee

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve’s trip and we were impressed by the itinerary, the guides, the food, and the lodging. We will certainly do another trip in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Dubrovnik guide, Roberto, compared the early merchant economy to the current tourism economy, and it made me feel better about being a tourist! "

Lisa

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was very intense. We covered a lot of ground and visited 4 countries along the Dalmatian coast and inland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent in Bosnia was incredible. I learned so much about a country that seemed so unlike The European countries I've visited. The Islamic influence, the mosques, the history, the people, the food was special. And the bridge was magnificent, especially lit up at night. And the bridge jumpers!"

Belinda

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Trip was extremely well organized. Our guide, Anya, was very professional, as was our bus driver, the size of the group was good and the local guides were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering around Ljubljana on m y own was a favorite experience."

Steven

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really good itinerary. I could not imagine one that was better. Annja, our tour leader was really sensational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was all good"

Barbara

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The centerpiece of this tour is the beauty and diversity of the countries we visited, Slovenia and Croatia. Challenging those for top prize are our principal guide (professor, protector, best friend!) Mariam and city guides, especially Mili in Mostar, Edo in Stolac, Maja in Split and Roberto in Dubrovnik. Any visit to Croatia must include the too-beautiful-for-words national waterfall wonderpark, Plitvice. And of course, the individuals in our group, like many others, quickly became new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of the walk/gentle hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park is jaw-dropping. Full stop. The lakes are so clear you can see the rocks on the bottom as well as the fish. The color of each lake and shallow and waterfall is a shade of blue you swear is the most beautiful you'll ever see...until you go another 100 feet or so and see the next. I come from the Pacific NW of the US and our outdoors is spectacular, but I sure wish my dad were still alive to see those waterfalls!"

Rosemary

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Steves tour and it did not disappoint. Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia were worthy of two weeks' travel time. The lodging and meals were excellent, as expected. The city tours were well presented, interesting, memorable and done with utmost professionalism. The Vox technology is a game changer in group touring. Our bus trips were comfortable and the bus was immaculate. The pace of the tour was just right. I feel that I spent the appropriate amount of time in each locale.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roberto's tour of Dubrovnik. It was worthy of a television show and podcast for its content and delivery. Mariam's treats of the day! Her guided tour of Pula's incredibly intact amphitheater gave me great insight into life during Roman times. I wish I had a video of Mariam's feigned attempt to jump and stick a landing on the wall inside Dubrovnik's Pile Gate. She removed her glasses, backpack and rolled up her sleeves , then accused us all of being crazy to even consider that she'd attempt it!"

Nicholas

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a super tome. Everything was so well planned and coordinated it seemed effortless, which after traveling on my own for a year is exactly what I wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our own in Korcula, three of us joined a three hour local winery tour. Five hours later, the bus dropped us off at the Hotel Marco Polo and as we walked away half the bus sang 'Marco' and the other half answered 'Polo' over and over until they drove out of sight. Only in Korcula, the disputed birthplace of Marco Polo."

Pamela

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, bus driver, food, and schedule. The hotels were mostly good .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice lakes!"

Randy

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour. Mariam was wonderful, and the group really clicked together. We had the right amount of history and context to understand something about this interesting region of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, Plitvice Lakes Park. Our guide orchestrated our entry at the right time and place to avoid crowds as much as possible. We were amazed by the natural splendor of these waterfalls, paths, and lakes."

Peter

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional in every way from start to finish. This was our 4th RS tour & each time we become more & more convinced that we have found the perfect fit for us. The pacing, the rhythm, the balance of planned vs independent time is spot on. Our fellow travelers - smart, friendly, outgoing - the general philosophy, curiosity, respectfulness, greater world engagement- just complete the actual experience. Outstanding on all counts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always, too many to choose from - hiking through Plitvice, singing “Sweet Caroline” on the bus home after a breathtaking sunset dinner. But most of all, chatting with a young girl who worked in a tiny shop in Mostar about her excitement about prom that evening - she could have been our daughter - we are really just stunningly the same the world over "

Chris

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic trip! So many beautiful sights! My favorite was plitvicka jezera national park! Miriam, our leader was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvicka Jezera!"

Barbara

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful itinerary, great guide, delightful fellow travelers and some unique experiences, in short a thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice and all those amazing waterfalls. "

Amanda

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves' Tour and is tied with my first tour, the 21 days across Europe, as my favorite. I especially enjoyed the variety of the sites and activities on the tour, along with the balance of planned versus free time. Getting around on my own was easy and the locals were helpful, engaging and funny/witty. Our guide, Sašo was amazing: He was easy going with endless patience, knowledge and humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the water everywhere: at Lake Bled, Plitvice Lakes and the Adriatic Sea; tied with old town Dubrovnik"

Mark

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were with a great group of people, everyone got along well and were led by Sašo who was my favorite guide of the RS trips I've taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk around the lakes with the waterfalls at the national park in Croatia."

Karen

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUR THIRD TOUR. GUIDE WAS MORE THEN GREAT. WE LIKED THE HOTELS, FOOD AND LOCAL GUIDES. LIVED UP OUR EXPECTATION. THIS IS THE THIRD TOUR WHERE WE LIKED EVERYONE ON THE TOUR. THAT IS NOW 84 PEOPLE. HOW CAN THAT HAPPEN?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"REALLY HARD TO PICK ONE. THE SMALL VILLAGE OF BALE-VALK, CROATIA SOMEHOW SPOKE TO BOTH OF US. WE WANTED TO BE YOUNGER AND BUY A HOME TO REPAIR."

Sharon

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was FANTASTIC. Beautiful countries, experiences and really enjoyed the group I was traveling with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The National Park - Falls"

Debra

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well thought out and executed to ensure our time was used efficiently and effectively.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar. The history of the bridge and the three religions represented in the region. Of course Dubrovnik is fantastic because of the preserved history and beauty. "

Roseann

Tour: 05/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide, much information. Learned so much about the area. Loved some of the unique hotels we stayed in, and out of the way towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery at Lake Bled and Placivik waterfalls. "

Gena

Tour: 05/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was jampacked with historical and cultural learning opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was in Plitvice Lakes National Park. So glad that Rick's tours have you visit the best places to visit early and late."

Ken

Tour: 05/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very efficient and well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having several guides who had been refugees doing the Balkan wars of the 90's. Hearing their stories as participants of this war was so powerful. "

William

Tour: 05/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got lucky being with a great group of fellow travelers. Just fabulous caring and interesting people with open outlooks about new places and cultures. And all with a good sense of humor and flexibility for the unexpected. Also thank you. For Marijan, smooth and calm and always knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar. Meeting people who had been through the conflicts in the 90s and helped us to understand what happened."

Joan

Tour: 05/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. I loved how knowledgeable Marijan Kriskovic was about the area and the history of the places we traveled to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was amazing. "

Larita

Tour: 05/14/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the wall around Old Town Dubrovnic. "

Susan

Tour: 05/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Marijan, was outstanding. We learned so much history about the area. The tour was well paced and we covered a lot of territory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar was the highlight for me. Seeing what just one place in Bosnia has done in just 30 years was amazing. "

Mary

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The brilliant blue rivers!"

Catherine

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of our best RS trips! Ben, our guide, was excellent with his knowledge, rapport with the fellow travelers, sharing his philosophy about what we were seeing/learning and the overall schedule. We had a good balance of free time and scheduled time. He also facilitated several sing-a-long sessions on the bus which was very fun! Breakfast in the Mrak Hotel was the best!! You could have eggs Benedict every morning!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really appreciated learning the history of the areas we visited , the natural stunning sights of waterfalls and mountains, and swimming in the Adriatic. "

John

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We didn't know much about Slovenia or Croatia, but we loved everything about the trip. The people and the places we visited were all great and our guides did a great job providing background and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surprise "star" was the Adriatic Sea. The water was amazingly clear and clean and the surrounding scenery was always breathtaking. We took advantage of every opportunity to jump in and enjoy it."

Leonard

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

our tour guide was exceptional

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hiking in plitvice"

Karyl

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this tour from the minute we met Ben and crew to the very end. Everything was so well planned, executed and exciting. I learned so much and had experiences bryond my expectations. it was so beautiful and I came home feeling elated after this wonderful adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but probably the overall beauty of the Adriatic and jumping in and swimming on the paradise of Korcula. Also Plitvice!"

Nancy

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I left home knowing I would have a good time no matter what. My husband of 46 yrs and sister were on this long planned trip. Little did I know I would make so many relationships with tour friends and Adriatic locals. I came away with immense gratitude for being welcomed by Ben, our tour guide, my fellow travelers, and the people of the Adriatic region. I felt like a student hungry to know more. What a gift to expand one's heart and mind. I love having access to the "big picture". Thank you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmm, I took 2975 photos. Many of them were "wow". My photos showed the passage of time in ancient ruins and the humanity of we who populate this planet. They showed the natural beauty that poets and artists saw long before me. Perhaps the biggest "wow" moment was when Ben, our guide, presented each of us with the symbolic gift of salt AND a personal card that had Zdravljica(The Toast) by France Preseren printed on one side and a handwritten note to my husband and I about our time together. WOW! "

Thomas

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fascinating places, great food, wine tastings were the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Has to be Plitvice Lakes. Was expecting amazing and it did not disappoint. Runner up would be Bosnia. "

David

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great balance of being guided then released to explore on our own. Ben was a great guide who incorporated facts with fun and just the right amount of politics. This trip certainly deserved a discussion of the political issues that were involved with the formation of Yugoslavia and the eventual breakup and unrest in the 1990s

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Adriatic. "

Ann

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic was the BEST, in part due to two things. First, the top notch tour guide, Ben. And second, the truly copacetic and harmonious group of travelers we accompanied. Of course the beauty and wonder of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia also added to the experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was astounded by the crystal clarity of the waters, from the Plitvice lakes and falls, to the multiple shades of blue off Korcula island, to the rock cliff shores of Dubrovnik, the Adriatic was amazingly pristine and mesmerizingly colorful."

James

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized and included some unique activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tour lunch with Boris."

Samuel Allen

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An engaging group of merry travelers, from around the U.S. and Canada, led by a very knowledgeable and professorial leader, Ben, set a tone of curiosity, learning, experiencing, and most of all, bonding together to travel the winding roads of the Adriatic region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Julian Alps of Slovenia; Palace in Split, Croatia; Adriatic waters for swimming; Dubrovnik’s charms and bustle, especially in the evenings; Surprise stops for lunches and wine tasting; Our gift and personal card written by our guide, Ben."

Rob

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben Curtis made this tour with his knowledge and passion of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing views in the mountains an sea."

Nicole

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved touring this part of the world and gaining insight from our native born tour guide, along with the local tour guides from various regions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow' moment was the Karst wine tasking and meeting Boris. I absolutely loved all of his wines and learning about the extensive history of his family's land. He is extremely passionate about the quality of his wines and they were top notch! The visit added a personal connection to world history that I found very helpful."

Abbey

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sanel is the most fabulous guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments but if I have to pick one it would be Pltvicka National Park. Sanel got us there early & started opposite most of the crowds so that we could really enjoy the waterfalls. He prepared us for how to navigate the paths which was so helpful & he popped up along the way to be sure we were on track. "

Barbara

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went very smooth like our last trip. With all the logistics in hotels, buses, meals and tours, I'm constantly surprised how well it is all coordinated each day

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was the "old city" of Ljubljana. The beautiful river running through it with the stores and restaurants lining both sides. It was for pedestrians only so it was peaceful too."

Mark

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each stop, even the brief ones, were outstanding. The overnight stops were really great. Nice hotels and great staff at each one. But like all Rick Steves tours it was the tour guide and the local guides that made it special. Sanal is a rockstar. Give him a 12/10. Yes, that good. Funny, knowledgeable and personable. The absolute best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many…but Dubrovnic was the best. Of all the places I love it tops the list."

Bruce

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Semel was an excellent guide. Responsive to all issues... good sense of humor, insightful commentary on the Balkan political scene. Other tour members were friendly and outgoing. I had traveled to Europe numerous times previously and this was clearly the most stress free trip. I would definitely consider another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Plitvice National Park. Very impressive. "

Timothy

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

From Ljubljana, Slovenia to Dubrovnik, Croatia the trip was amazing. The sites were so well preserved and the local guides spoke perfect English so you could easily understand the history of each site.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvicks Lakes National Park was amazing. We stopped taking pictures after the 100th waterfall or lake. So beautiful!!"

Eileen

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent overview of the area. It was a good mixture of tour activities and time for individual exploration. I really appreciated that we did not have to deal with entry fees, etc., at the sites that were part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice National Park was outstanding. Beautiful, pristine area. I realized the extra value of the tour when our guide directed us to begin the walk at the Upper Falls instead of the Lower Falls, thus allowing us to see most of the falls in relative peace before we encountered the mass of people that started at the Lower Falls. "

John

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Some days we only had a walking tour of a small town, shown where the gelato was, and given the rest of the day on our own. Surely there was something neat to see in those places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sanel, the guide, was the high point of the trip. His relating of his personal experiences during the war, and his amazing attitude to the whole thing was inspiring."

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew very little about the countries of Slovenia, Coatia, and Bosnia but I knew that this was one of the most popular tours. It far surpassed my expectations. Every day was another adventure learning about the culture and history of this complex region. Our interactions with locals was always positive and I would absolutely recommend this tour to everyone. Sanel was the most outstanding tour guide and was down to earth, honest, and very approachable. I would have liked one more day in Bosnia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Walking around Lake Bled and then having Bled Cream Cake as a reward. Plitvice Lakes National Park was incredible and the brilliant strategy that Sanel used for us to avoid the crowds most of the morning was so appreciated. I also appreciated that he would be waiting for our group at strategic points to make sure that no one lost their way. It was a truly magical and often meditative morning. "

Lori

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide challenged us to hear all sides before trying to understand the history of the countries we visited. He taught from personal experience sharing human stories. Thank you Sanel. You are very brave, endearing, considerate and kind. I am still processing all the information provided by all our city tour guides also. Exceptional trip. Our fellow tour members were amazing. It was a joy to meet and play with everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Soča River Valley, WWI Museum, Plitvice, Mostar, Dubrovnik and the winery en route to the Istrian Peninsula. "

Robert

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, which is what we have come to expect from Rick Steves Tours. Everything went very well. We experienced the back door in addition to hitting the popular sites. The Winery, The Donkey Farm, the Ski Training center, on an on an one. It was a great trip. No praise would be sufficient without mention Sanel. What a great person, and guide. More on that in the guide section.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar, I will admit it took me out of my comfort zone. Previously we have visit the usual Western Europe sites. I have never been in a Muslim majority country before, never visited a Mosque. The site of the Mostar bridge , walking across it. Listening to the stories of the culture, heritage and or course the war, all brought to life what we thought we knew about the conflict. In these tumultuous times in the US we could all learn from people like Sanel , out local guide how to move forward."

Mark

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar (all of it, including the local guide). Plitvice National Park (though this was a second visit). Swimming in the Adriatic at Korecula."

Helen

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour, excellent guide- Sanel, great food and great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count!!"

Stu

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RSE tour and our tour leader, Mariam, was wonderful and possibly the best we’ve had. We felt her connection to the region and loved her sense of humor and her daily treats which were always accompanied by a personal story. Our group was great and easy to travel with. We enjoyed the local guides and the free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose, so I have 3 (sorry!) the spectacular hike through Plitvice, hearing the stories of recovery from a nonsensical war in Stolic and Mostar, and walking the wall in Dubrovnik. "

Margaret

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list. We loved Upper Plitvice Lakes; the boat cruise in Korcula; the neighborhood restaurants, especially in Stolac & donkey farm. "

Susan

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve’s tour, in fact my first organized tour ever. I like the ease of traveling on a bus, checking into hotels already approved and booked, and a guide who adds commentary during our journey. I especially liked our guide, Maryam, and appreciated her history lessons. I liked the contrast between large cities and small county villages which offered something remarkable. For instance, in Split we marveled over Roman ruins, then later we visited a Croatian donkey farm!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ooooh, so many “wow” moments. What a surprise to see a Roman Amphitheater in Pula, Croatia. And who can forget the amazing aqua colored Lake Bled. And how challenging to walk over slippery cobblestones in Mostar, then later experience the Call to Prayer broadcast through the town. "

Mark

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful water falls at Plitvika Jsera national park in Croatia "

Sheree

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Mariam was the best - genuine, organized, informative, fun. And our fellow travelers easy going. It was a good mix of experiences - organized tours and local guides and free time with lots of suggestions for things to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about Mostar and the work our local guide and others in town were doing to rebuild their community. "

Francis

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had the best posable tour guide,Mariam. She does her job with a passion and extends that to her travelers. This tour being our 5th Rick Steves did not knock our blocks off as previous have. We were hoping to beat the crowds by booking a May tour. Not so fast! Most cities were already very busy. Streets and public transportation were very busy. . We had been told that this Adriatic tour was among the best Rick Steves offers. Not for us. The wide spread graffiti alone was a disappointment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The village of Bale Croatia and its ancient charm,warm happy people and quiet atmosphere. The winery and Boris’s passion for making wine. Pelješac family farm lunch stop with the smoked meats haggling from the ceiling and children playing while we had their locally grown foods. The Roman palace in Split. "

Paul

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice"

Cheryl

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour exceeded our expectations. Perfect mix of tour and free time. Mariam our guide was superb! Very knowledgeable and it was obvious that she loves her job and the countries she led us through. Already book a Portugal tour for next year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana was a great city! The Plitvice National Park was very beautiful and unique. Our local guide in Bosnia Herzegovina and his passion for his hometown of Stolic and neighboring Mostar was inspiring and definitely a highlight of the trip. "

Ron

Tour: 04/30/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was knowledgeable, kind and caring. She was difficult to understand at times because of her heavy accent. I felt we spent a little too much time on a bus traveling - although when we got to our destination, it softened the blow

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Eddy

Tour: 04/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful places, great historic an art experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik"

Patricia

Tour: 04/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is much more to appreciate in the places we toured than I anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Following the beautiful trail to find numerous waterfalls on a sparkling, sunny morning in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. "

Richard

Tour: 04/30/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It is always fun to meet new people in the group and share travel/life experiences. Seeing new places, having time to explore sites in further depth on one's on is a great benefit of the Rick Steves tour process.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, there is not one "wow" moment. Seeing the beauty of the Adriatic - clear, blue water - Lake Bled, having a great tour guide to fill in the history, culture and geography, the cities, the Plitvice National Park. All wow moments and the list can go on."

Craig

Tour: 04/30/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Barbara, our tour leader, was key in making this trip that wonderful experience that it was. She was very knowledge and her presentations were understandable and humorous(at times), a great combination. If people are key to the successful organization, Barbara is the epitomy of this idea.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar. "

Ana

Tour: 04/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Muslim house visit in Mostar, going into private garden in Devbronik."

Ray

Tour: 04/30/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour and guides were incredible. Sometimes I felt a day more in some places rather than on the go all the time.

Jeff

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing trip! We experienced so many fantastic sights, such as Plitvice Lakes National Park, and learned so much about the 3 beautiful countries we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one! A few are seeing the stunning waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes, our group dinner at a Bosnian restaurant in Mostar, our riverside group lunch in Mostar, and the wine tasting and lunch at Boris' winery."

Randall

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, great sites, great tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik "

Reita

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled with a very congenial group and saw (and learned about) a part of the world that we knew little about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Adriatic area of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia is so scenic that it would be hard to pick out a "wow" moment. Lake Bled, the Plitvice Lakes and the Adriatic coast were so scenic. But seeing the Mosque in Mostar and listening the the local guide describe the siege and the destruction of the town and their bridge was very important to us."

Timothy

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Adriatic Tour checked all of the boxes for us..... Tour itinerary.... History.... Scenery.... Fabulous Guides. The itinerary included much of the Western Baltic area and Dalmatian coast. The history surrounding the area during the 20th century wars and conflicts along with ancient Roman occupation was enthralling. The Adriatic coast has such dramatic scenery with islands... mountains....vineyards....and ancient towns. I feel we had the A Team with Sosa as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the "wow" moments for us was our stop at Plitvice National Park. The cascading lakes and waterfalls were something surreal. We had the park to ourselves due to Sosa's knowledge of how to navigate the terrain. "

Mara

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an energetic two weeks, constantly on the go. The experiences were quite varied, which I love, and poignant was immediately followed by fun, etc. I really liked that effect. The places chosen were wonderful; I would have loved to fit in Zagreb and Sarejevo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I’d have to say stop 1–Ljubljana. It was gorgeous, easy to get around, and clean. Its beauty set me up for the great tour. "

Nancy

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful.

Diane

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After traveling with Road Scholar 5 times in the past 6 years, I was curious as to how a Rick Steves trip would compare. I was delightfully surprised to find that it met or exceeded my favorite trips from the other RS company. I had a great time! Good people, fantastic trip leader, wonderful local guides, terrific itinerary, food, and accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to consider in terms of "wow" but waking up in Mostar to the Call to Prayer by surrounding minarets was special."

Anne

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carefully curated variety of places: WWI museum in Slovenia, mountains, lakes, beaches, Roman sites, lovely towns, island visiting. The people were interesting and our guide outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Diocletian’s palace, how large it was, how intact it is, how the town has incorporated it into houses and shops. And the crypt which is now the world’s smallest cathedral. Of course, the lakes. How could I forget Plitvice Park?! Stunning."

Michael

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

been waiting over 4 years to dos tour. it was very good. the countries are gorgeous. the director was great. the travelers on the tour were the best. even though it's 2 weeks of moving frequently i really appreciated the past of the tour with latter mornings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the national park in croatia-one of the main reasons i booked the tour. it didn't disappoint."

Neal

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful set of people, well paced and fascinating itinerary and made even more perfect by Daria, our amazing Croatian guide. Daria shared a depth of knowledge of history and the emerging nations after breakup of Yugoslavia. And who knew that she would be hilarious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice national park and full day we explored korcula. "

James

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The three Adriatic countries we visited we wonderful. Our guide was the perfect mix of friend and taskmaster. Except for one hotel with a poor shower the selected hotels were quite acceptable. The selected site visits were well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The National Park in Croatia."

Charles

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our favorable experience starts and ends with our wonderful guide, Darja. Beyond that, we were impressed with the variety of experiences, local guides, great hotels and great regional food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mine was spending an evening on a charming square in Split, enjoying the company of our fellow travelers and listening to live music. My wife’s was walking the wall in Dubrovnik."

Lauren

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was great, as usual. Loved our guide, Dariya, great group of travelers, and the interesting and well-paced itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was definitely a WOW! Loved being there early in the day (and kind of off-season) and being able to walk through without a billion people. (I've seen pictures, yikes.) Also I really like the experience of the tiny places like Bovec and Korčula with time to explore."

Raeford

Tour: 04/23/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour in part because our guide was fabulous. This is a difficult area to understand and I think Doria was the perfect person to help us all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The National Park - Plitnice Lakes was one of the most amazing experiences that I have had on any tour of Europe."

Ronald

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific tour. I learned a lot ,had a lot of fun, saw terrific sights

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me I think the 2 days in Bosnia would be my WOW moment. I believe I had a concern that I would not enjoy this part of the tour but as it turns out these two days were extremely enjoyable, great energy and I loved the food and drink.Most importantly I had a much better understanding of the history of the people and what they have gone through."

Jenny

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An interesting tour with a good mix of city, cultural, and natural experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the waterfalls of Plitvace along with the walls of Dubrovnik were amazing, i find that the visit to the “home” in Mostar and the resulting conversation with the local guide the type of experience that makes travel so enriching….and eye opening."

Susan

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learning about the complicated and layered history of the area was powerful. The tour was efficient and thorough - our guide Sanel was terrific and took good care of us. Each place we visited was unique and interesting. The little "surprises" not on the itinerary were really fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. Mostar Bosnia was the most unique and unexpected. "

David

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The most interesting and informative tour I’ve ever been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amphitheater in Split. To actually see and touch thousands of years of history was mind numbing. "

Gregg

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The time allocation for the different stops on the tour were just right. There was nothing that I would suggest removing from the itinerary. The timing and flow of the tour with regard to active and down time, scheduled and not scheduled time, and group versus on your own activities was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Mostar was most unexpected wow moment. This was enhanced by our excellent guide Sanel and his personal experience and connection in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The sobering parks filled with grave stones, still-evident damage from artillery and gunfire, and the remarkable return to normal of the Kujundžiluk bazaar and rebuilt Old Bridge were very impactful. The best food of the tour was found in Mostar."

Kenneth

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our previous Rick Steves tours, the guides were outstanding. They add so much value to the trip and they have given us memories for a lifetime. The tour was well organized, hotels were great, and the tour group was very compatible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Stolac and Mostar was the “wow” moment for me. Sanel and the local guide gave me a new understanding of the region and the war years in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was a new cultural experience I never expected."

Eileen

Tour: 04/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations in every way - our guide was fantastic, accommodations were very good, group meals were great, and our experiences were all so interesting and special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I recall being especially moved by the tour given by our guide at the WWI Museum in Kobarid."

Vicki

Tour: 04/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a wonderful combination of both beautiful scenery and impressive history. Our guide, Marijan, and the local guides provided not just information but also personal stories which was very heartwarming. All the details of the tour were well planned and thought out. Loved the group meals together and getting to know my fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite parts of the tour were the out of ordinary places we stopped. Planica ski jumping complex in the mountains of Slovenia, a donkey farm in Croatia where we actually tasted donkey milk, a group "happy hour" boat ride off the island of Korcula. These are things that made this tour special and unique to me."

Glen

Tour: 04/16/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized. Good hotels great food .lots of historic sites and explanations about the history of the region tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure anyone moment was a wow but the whole tour was excellent. Maybe a wow would be in Mostar hearing from the local guide about his experiences during the war and the hardships they endured also the rebuilding efforts "

Paul

Tour: 04/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really cannot say anything negative about my experience on the tour. I exceeded my expectations. It was well organized with an outstanding guide leading the group. Accommodation and meals were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the winery in Slovenia was an unexpected experience. The wine was smooth and the food to complement it was tasty. Enjoyed the tour of the winery and the stories of the family run business."

Diane

Tour: 04/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my first and hopefully not my last. Marijan is a wealth of knowledge in additional to being a thoughtful and enthusiastic guide. I learned so much. And with every turn there was a new breathtaking view to take in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There seemed to be a wow moment every day of the tour. But the most touching was seeing both Stolac and Mostar through the eyes of our local guide, a refugee himself during the Bosnian war. HIs love for his country and his determination to rebuild is something I will never forget."

P

Tour: 04/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Will take another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to choose - World War I Museum in Lobarid. Lake Bled. Hot Chocolate in Ljubljana. Plitvice Lakes"

Diana

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenery and friendly people both in the countries we visited and our bus and guide family"

Francis

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary Great group Great diver Unbelievably great guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to my fellow traveler, Gerry, sing “Danny Boy” in the middle of a small, acoustically perfect chamber in Diocletian’s palace. Walking in ankle deep snow up to the Slovenian Nordic Training Center while it was snowing hard accompanied by lightning and thunder, and seeing my first 250 meter ski jump (the first I ever saw was the 40 meter jump at Dartmouth in 1964 — 60 years ago). "

Bonnee

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of natural beauty, history and a great tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Something that wasn't officially part of the tour. In WWI museum in Ribarid a bunch of us went down to the bridge over the aquamarine Soci River. Also the beauty and density of the forests and street trees in Slovenia. Many other sites of beauty too numerous to mention."

Emily

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve’s tour and it was amazing! Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina were beautiful countries. Tina was the best tour guide and she was the reason our group had so much fun. She gave us educational materials for each country and even surprised us with some unforgettable experiences. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. Slovenia was definitely a country I would like to spend more time exploring. It totally exceeded my expectations because it’s amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments! Lubjliana, Lake Bled and the Castle, Boris and his winery, olive oil tasting, Plitvice National Park with so many waterfalls, Korcula island, and Edo and Milli’s testimony about living through the Bosnian war and the progress their town’s have made since that time. "

Vanessa

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both the itinerary and the guide, Tina, were excellent. We got to experience more in 14 days than we would have on our own, including somethings like the specific wine tasting, the olive oil tasting, the donkey farm, that were not mentioned in the guidebook. I appreciated the wealth of Tina's knowledge about the area and its history. Experienced Rick Steves guidebook travelers, this was our first tour, and it met or even exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the natural areas, such as Plitvice Lakes National Park and the color of the Soča River. The wine tasting at Boris' place was also special."

Linda

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As advertised, my tour was "the Best of the Adriatic." We visited cities, small villages, a ski center (in the snow!), farms, and vineyards. Our tour guide and driver were fabulous, and we met local guides who were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snow in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia in late April!"

Sarah

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well executed with excellent organization, guiding, bus driver, hotels, and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to select just one but Diocletian's Palace in Split was incredible. I can't believe I had never heard of this site before. "

Catherine

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been interested in this tour for some time and it exceeded any expectations I may have had. Our guide Tina was incredible; the group proved to be composed of considerate and like minded people; and the countries delivered incredible beauty, deep cultural exploration, fantastic food and personal stories that created empathy, awe and love for the countries and the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although the Plitvice National Park was an absolute wonder, I was most awed and moved by our visit to Mostar. My knowledge of the history, culture and the war was superficial at best. I was so deeply moved by our wonderful guides Mille (spelling) in Mostar our guide in Stolac (name escapes me). The resilience and determination of the people to rebuild - despite incredible odds - and the beauty they had created was astounding. I will never forget!"

Russell

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful exposure to a new part of the world for us. The itinerary, variety of activities, food, participants, and guide were are all top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a wow. Biggest was how well the countries have recovered from the 1991 war. The biggest scenic one was the Plitvicka Lakes. Historic sites were all amazing, that structures from 2000 years ago can still be in service."

Eric

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour, great guide, fantastic fellow travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are several on this tour; however, getting to meet guides who lived through the horrors of war was magnificent "

Sara

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perhaps the best trip of my life. Stunningly gorgeous scenery, delicious food, warm and friendly people, and a wonderful introduction to a region with a complicated past and an optimistic future. We could not have had a better guide than Sašo. His knowledge, humor, passion, and personal stories illuminated the beauty and complexity of these countries. Sašo is a gem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to choose? The lush forests and rushing waterfalls of Plitvice, the island beauty of Korčula, the invigorating hike around Lake Bled, the drive through the glorious Soča River Valley. This trip had a "wow" moment every day."

Speed

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From destination to guide, our trip was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many “oh wow’s”, we loved Mostar."

Lasse

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

greatest tour guide! The tour group was also fun to travel with

Favorite "WOW" moment

"overall beauty of the Adriatic coast"

Richard

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour felt seamless. Our group gelled well. There was a good mix of siite seeing and downtime which was good. Nothing felt rushed or packed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment 1- seeing the amazing blue waters of Plitivice park. Wow moment 2-getting to hear Edo and Millie’s stories in Stolac and Mostar. "

Patricia

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip. I was leery about going to a country that was recently at war. They have made an amazing recovery and I felt safe and welcomed wherever I went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvicka Jezera National Park. The waterfalls were beautiful and the walk was fairly easy. It was long but we made it with no problems. I really enjoyed the surprise stops along the way that Saso arranged. "

Philip

Tour: 10/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Eastern Europe before. The store was a wonderful introduction to that part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes Park."

Robert

Tour: 10/10/23

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Had a difficult time with the information shared with guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The national park"

Wayne

Tour: 10/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides! Very friendly, helpful and had a tremendous grasp of information on each area we visited and the people we visited. Great destinations, I wouldn't change any of them. There was a good balance of structured and free time. Excellent group of people on trip, this certainly enhanced the success of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot. Everywhere we went provided a new experience, seeing sites I have never seen before. But the place that my mind keeps going back to was Mostar. The Minarets, the Call to Prays, the walk through the Bazar, the Bridge, the surrounding mountains, the three women we met dressed in traditional garb who we assumed we local, but in fact were from Scotland!"

Anne

Tour: 10/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew very little about the history or cultures of this area and wanted to learn and gain perspective from the people who lived through all the turmoil since WWI. I came away with a very different viewpoint from the little I knew and have a much greater understanding of this history. I enjoyed learning about the culture of this region and the influences the countries in this area had on each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One wow moment was walking the city walls of Dubrovnik. Few cities still have their complete wall/ramparts and the constant view of the sea was spectacular. It was easy to put your mind back to when the city and wall were built and the need for protection from invasions by sea. The old city is truly a marvel - especially on days when the cruise ships have not arrived. "

Dale

Tour: 10/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had not ever traveled to this area before and this was also are first guided group trip. We have used Rick Steve’s guidebooks four or five times to do our own independent trips. My wife, Barbie, and I both agree that this tour was excellent and we would likely do another RS trip in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"PLITVICE National Park was incredible. I’ve seen many photos from here, and it delivered on my expectations. "

Samuel

Tour: 10/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a great tour. I thought we spend one too many days in Istria, although it wasn't bad by any means, but the ebb of the tour. Barbara, our tour guide, was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dubrovnik city walls were incredible, and also the scale of the Julian alps."

Stephanie

Tour: 10/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. Barbara and Ana did an outstanding job as guides. Every single local guide was also great. We learned so much about a relatively little known part of the world. Never in my life did I imagine that I would visit Bosnia, but I am sure glad that I did! Our group was also wonderful. Most of us were in the same age group, and the few who weren’t blended in well with us older people. Not only did everyone get along, we really bonded with each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing a building in Bosnia that had been bombed during the war and not repaired. That huge hole really made its point- there was a war here."

Stacey

Tour: 10/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was excellent except the hotels!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The world war 1 museum is a gem and the hike through the national park was breathtaking "

Philip

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RSE tour. We had a great mix of fellow travelers, and the group size was just right for getting to know each other. The locations visited were both beautiful and interesting. Our guide was excellent and really enhanced our understanding of what we were seeing and doing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wonderful moments but I would have to say that experiencing Mostar was the "wow" moment and exceeded my expectations, not only in terms of the charm and beauty of the town as it is today, but also seeing and hearing about the tragedy of war from the local guide. It really felt like an exotic location and certainly not something you'd see on most itineraries."

Judy

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS Europe tour, although we’re seasoned international travelers and long-time users of RS guidebooks. This Best of the Adriatic tour was chosen a) to experience a RS tour and b) it was a part of Europe we weren’t entirely comfortable exploring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The charm of Mostar."

Suzanne

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this tour!! I felt like it flowed very well and we rarely felt rushed or bored. Sašo is an outstanding guide who is genuine, very knowledgeable and fun! I really enjoyed all of the places we visited so much so that I'm struggling to find a single "wow" moment as there were so many!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Adriatic on a warmish October day with the gorgeous town of Korcula in the background! It was a very special activity I will look back on with the fondest memories! It was pure freedom with no urgency to get out to do something else which Sašo describes as pure Pomalo! Also, seeing figs and pomegranates growing everywhere was a personal "wow" to me!!!"

Julie

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous cultural experience, great food, expert guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The meal and wine event at Boris’ family vineyard was very special."

Bob

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Excellent guide and tour members. Rich cultural and scenic experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around the city of Dubrovnik on its scenic wall. "

Lori

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a beautiful tour with a bit of a more laid-back vibe, which was appreciated. The locations we visited were picturesque and a joy to explore. I appreciated the mix of nature versus urban/city and alpine versus coastal. Our guide Sašo was a joy to travel with. I felt safe in each location, comfortable, and was very rarely hungry! There was no shortage of tasty food on this adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was such a lovely tour, so it is hard to pick just one moment, so I will pick two. First, our beautiful buffet meal in Stolac. It was an incredibly beautiful spread of foo and everything was so tasty. It was a nice day, so we could sit outside and gaze up at the castle on the hill with a gentle stream running alongside us. It was perfect. My second favorite wow would be walking the wall in Dubrovnik. I was (almost literally) blown away as the views were incredible, and like a movie set!"

Joan

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited on this tour were varied and provided both beauty and historical significance. Our guide Sosa along with a great group of travelers made for pleasant travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the top of the old city wall in Dubrovnik were spectacular overlooking the red roofs of the city as well as the crashing waves below. "

Emily

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an amazing way to see this very special corner of the world. I always felt very immersed in the full context of the places we visited and enjoyed being guided through the local culture, history, language, and food in such a completely interactive way. Our guide Sašo was always friendly, funny, and helpful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our lunch in Stolac in Bosnia-Herzegovina was amazing! We had outdoor terrace seating by the river with a gorgeous view while enjoying a feast of fresh fruits, local dishes, and sumptuous honey-dripping baklava. Asking about drink options, we were able to order a glass of house made pomegranate juice. Heaven!"

Bettina

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful itinerary, group of travelers and the best guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar was a favorite for its beautiful bridge seeing how it was rebuilt and meeting the resilient people and their stories of living during relatively recent war. "

Douglas

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

The tour to the Adriatic far exceeded our expectations. We learned so much about all three countries. The itinerary was perfect and well thought out. This was our second tour which was fantastic which we loved and this was even better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course the region of the Adriatic was so interesting but I personally feel the "wow" moment was our tour guide Marijan! He taught us so much about the culture, history of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. We were mesmerized with his discriptions of the daily sites. Lastily his expertise to find the best coffee and cake locations of every city was the crowning touch!"

Will

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Transportation was very well handled and our guide did an incredible job of telling the histories of the areas as we drove, connecting place, people, events, and impacts today. The group meals were outstanding. Going at the end of the "the shoulder season" some of the resort towns were very quiet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Stolac led by a citizen working on rebuilding his town. Seeing the work in progress and work not yet begun showed some of the complexities of life a generation after the conflicts. The different groups still live in close proximity, but only some seem to live "together." It is a good example of the value of the EU at the local level. Seeing a row of buildings from our Mostar hotel with modern shops on the ground floor and still bombed out top floors echoed the experience."

Pam

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent Tour, with an outstanding guide, Marijn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Park"

Janet

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place we visited had a “wow” moment in a different way. My favorite would be walking the path on Lake Bled on a beautiful day and ending it with a delicious gelato. "

Claudia

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip I enjoyed with my 2 sisters! We will never forget the FUN & memorable experience of our Rick Steves tour!!!!! Marijan definitely had a huge impact on our fabulous experience! His KNOWLEDGE amazed us, his organization kept our group flowing seamlessly and his humor kept us smiling. The selection of sights & cities were fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Bosnia-Herzegovina. But every place we visited was a WOW moment!"

Ann

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about conflict in the 1990s from tour guide."

Georgene

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic tour was outstanding. This included: an exceptional guide and local guides, a good balance of places and activities, and congenial fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk through Plitvice National Park."

Laura

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just right in activity and rest got me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the sea"

Debra

Tour: 10/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! Educational, foodie heaven, fun, and busy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fall colors and amazing natural sights at Pletvice National Park"

Janice

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great experience and with the right balance of daily activities and private time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Ljubljana and the castle, the WWI history museum, Julian Alps, small winery off the beaten path, Edo and Stolac/Mostar, and so much more. "

Cynthia

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. Each guide was knowledgeable and personable. The only sour note for the entire experience was our main guide’s sudden illness. He powered through, but I was worried about him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two: the Plitvice Lakes National Park hiking and Edo’s emotional presentation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. "

Pam

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This really tried to cover LOTS. I enjoyed seeing everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Denise

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we're hooked! We knew SO little about the history and culture of the former Yugoslavia region, so were constantly eating it up, both figuratively and literally. The tour moved fast, but that's how to get so many experiences. Our tour guide Ben and the rest of the group were all well-traveled, fun, and considerate humans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were wow moments every day, but probably our most emotionally impactful was local tour guide Edo sharing his firsthand experiences in Stolac and Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. "

Brian

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Ben was always available and had very good information. The hotels and hosted meals were fun and good. Edvis steering around those tight mountain climbing roads was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sleeping in the Castle"

Kyle

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been on RS tours previously so knew what to expect, somewhat. This tour met my general expectations. I really learned a lot on this tour. I hadn't known that much about this part of the world and was impressed with how much I learned about the area(s) that had been the former Yugoslavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was going into Bosnia-Hertz and coming to realize how devastating that conflict 30 years ago truly was. Not just the physical damage, but the cultural damage that was done and how the people of the country rose to rebuild what had been there. My eyes welled with tears upon hearing about what had gone on there during that time."

Marilyn

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We give high marks to the “Steves Approach” blending free time to explore on our own with expertly structured educational tours. It provided a balance of natural splendors with the historical and cultural aspects of the cities and their architectural wonders. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable, engaging and articulate teachers. We had a magnificent tour bus and driver, making the daily travels comfortable and stress-free. Our group connected well and enjoyed socializing and meals together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural wonders, the awe-inspiring beauty of the waterfalls in the Plitvice Park and the stunning clarity of the Adriatic. The beauty of the restored Old Bridge in Mostar as it symbolizes the resilience of the people."

Fred

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the right mixture of travel (ie bus time), learning, and getting out and walking the sites and cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The city of Ljubljana and its castle, Montavan and its wall, Stalac and its history and along with Mostar with its bazaar and mixture of culture in your face. Swimming in the Adriatic at Rivinij, Split, Krocula, and the great fort at Dubvronik. I can't forget the small winery that ONLY Rick Steve's would have brought us. "

Victoria

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour & our guide were outstanding! Tina is warm and kind and has a wonderful sense of humor. We loved all the personal stories she shared. We learned from her the hearts, minds and traditions of the people who live in this part of the world, and we were taught how to be temporary locals. (We all made sure to fill our free day in Korcula with “pomalo” moments!) It was a privilege to experience the stunning natural beauty of Slovenia, Croatia & Bosnia and to learn the poignant history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful hilltop town of Motovun is so small that a stroll around the ramparts takes 7 minutes. I was out there to watch the sunrise. Everything was so still and quiet. The snaking valleys below were filled with a dense mist, a peach-colored glow on the horizon. Then the orange sun rose from behind the distant mountains and its low rays cast a warm glow on the clay rooftops below me. Being an early bird has rewards. Another glorious day was ahead and for now I had all this beauty to myself!"

Gary

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my (and my spouse’s) 4th Rick Steves tour. It was our 1st excursion into this part of Europe. We were fortunate to be able to re-unite with friends made on the Rick Steves Heart of Portugal tour 16 months earlier. Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina contain a wide range of terrain and points of interestt. Add to that the exuberance of our delightful, entertaining and intelligent guide,Tina Hiti, and you have the opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling yet relaxing 2 week trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The phrase “and the hits just keep on comin’ “ pops into my head while trying to pinpoint my “wow” moment. The experience that seems to rise to the top of the list however is the time spent in Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina. Witnessing the pockmarked walls of the buildings, damaged during the conflict that occurred in the early 1990’s and hearing our local guide give credence to the enormity of war, was chilling to someone who has a fair grasp of the “war is hell” idiom."

Robert

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the Adriatic area of Croatia and Slovenia.... so much history!! some long days of bus rides but the rides were filled with our guides' discussions. Great time of the year to travel there-October

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Old city of Dubrovnik and its history"

Sandra

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Slovenia fantastic. Some of the travel days through Croatia were long, not arriving to hotel til dinner time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Bosnian local guide Edo talk of his experience from refugee as a child to rebuilding his hometown to navigating through the current political system."

Ron

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

typical Rick Steves' tour = OUTSTANDING! The quality of the guides, food, bus, hotels, everything was as I've come to expect from a Rick Steves' tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering around Split on the evening we arrived and walked up some stairs into the forecourt of Diocletian's palace ... wasn't expecting it and it completely took my breath away."

Jessie

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative about the history, geography, culture

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Adriatic in Korcula, visiting Plitvice National Park"

Patti

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! Amazing! Tina was THE BEST guide! Learned so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Way too many to remember. Loved Ljubiana, Pula, Split, Mostar and Korcula! "

Jerico

Tour: 09/26/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was incredible! Mariam truly brings something special to the tour. She is an incredible guide but even more so she showcases how connected to the people in the communities we visited. She event made the bathroom stops between the destinations fun by picking unique places with views or experiences. I loved every single place and stop we made. a

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vacation from vacation days on the island of Korcula! The beaches were incredible and we got to recharge for the second half of the trip. "

Barbara

Tour: 09/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good balance between free & organized time. Meals together were amazing! Tour guide was great. Comfortable hotels. Travel between sites was efficient - driver was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barb - riding in the boat at Plitvice National Park between upper and lower lake. Felt very peaceful, spiritual and at one with environment . Roy - The tour guides that we had at the cities, especially Mostar and Stolac. Their knowledge, personal experiences and perspective was excellent. "

Stephen

Tour: 09/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Best of the Adriatic tour was the first Rick Steves tour for us. We picked it because it appeared to hit the must-see places in Slovenia and Croatia and someone else would do the driving. It lived up to expectations, maybe exceeding expectations w/ the lunch and dinner stops with locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled and the Julian Alps for sure. Will go back."

Karen

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the Lake Bled area; we spent 3 nights there before the tour. Plitvice National Park was amazing. Enjoyed Rovinj, however, I wish we had been advised to take pictures from bus drop off area when we were dropped off as the sun angle when returned to bus did not allow good pictures. Only 2 hours in Rovinj is NOT enough while too much time was spent in Pula. Having only 2 meal options was not ideal. The pace of the guided city tours was too slow for us; stood around too much

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the lunch we had in Goce at Cejkotova domacija was wonderful"

Van

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was outstanding as all our Rick Steves guides have been. Trip well planned & executed. Food & experiences amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunrise looking out my window in Montovun-the fog was low in the field & it was spectacular!"

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great time was had by all. Well almost all. The couple that got booted off the bus due to Covid may not have had a good experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not expect to see the amphitheater in Pula. We enjoyed the Sunset Beach after the tour. "

Cindy

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steeves trip was a wonderful experience made better by the experience of our guide Saso and the wonderful people we met in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the beautiful clear waters of the Adriatic Sea when we were in Korcula."

Antonia

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning to the end of the tour I was impressed by the organization and thoughtfulness of our tour. Sašo made sure that we were prepared each day and provided us with an outline of what was to come everyday as well as the following day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So very many - but it’s a tie between Bosnia & Croatia"

Christopher

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience. Excellent guides, wonderful tour mates, and a great itinerary. This was our first group tour of any kind and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the walls of Dubrovnik."

Nancy

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula was my wow moment."

Stephen

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was fast moving informative and diverse.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvile falls in Slovenia was incredible. "

Patti

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful travel experience. Our tour guide Sanel made our trip even better. His knowledge of the area and his care of our group made the journey memorable. He always had our groups needs and safety in mind. We saw so much of the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was constantly amazed at the history of the region but my best wow moments were the beautiful blue water of the Adriatic Sea. I especially enjoyed the beauty of the island of Korcula. Also the ancient palace in Split. "

Carolyn

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was more of a learning experience than I anticipated, and that's a positive comment

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was surprised at how stunning and moving it was to see the Adriatic Sea for the first time. I hadn't expected the impact I felt"

Cindy

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed all the locations and the people were very nice. Marijan was a wonderful tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kortcula was fantastic."

Elvin

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so interesting. The beauty of the Adriatic coast, the Plitvice national park and the history of the area made this tour special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park boardwalk hike was so beautiful. This hike acceded my expectations. "

Michael S

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband answered my survey, so I am giving my answers on his. I enjoyed the itinerary, our guide, Marijan, the historical nature of the trip, and the people in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the path through Kobarid down to Motovun. The history in that region is interesting. Stopping at the WWI museum in Kobarid was sobering. The wine tasting and lunch in Goce was a highlight."

Linda

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about the tour. Tina was a real pro. This was our 13th RS Tour and it did not disappoint. Each place visited was so wonderful, food delicious, very nice hotels, great city tours and a lovely group of folks with whom to travel. It is a beautiful part of the world, despite its complicated history. I learned a lot about the region, it’s culture and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very moved by the tours of Stolec and Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina. What a privilege to have a Birds Eye view into a very troubled history and to experience first hand stories of true courage and passion. This was an experience we never would have done without a RS Tour."

Ed

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic group to travel with. Our guide Tina was also outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was really cool! Also enjoyed walking the walls of Dubrovnik. Mostar was very moving, especially the personal stories of our local guide."

Doug

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding, our guide Tina was terrific, great group of fellow travelers, excellent itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Agree with general consensus that top attractions in order are Plitvice Lakes NP, Mostar, Kobarid Museum & Diocletian Palace. My specific wows were: (1) On Korcula, dinner at Filippi (pricey but worth it), followed by Moreska Dance; (2) In Ljubljana, lunch at Gostilna na Grad (at castle), dinner at Julija (then enjoy walk through cluster of restaurants with outdoor seating along the river); (3) In Split, dinners at Articok (rooftop terrace dining) and Ciri Biri Bela, plus stroll the Riva."

Janice

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour had an outstanding guide who shared great insights about her country, its history, customs, and politics, that deepened my understanding of this area. There were two incidents of Covid that caused two couples to leave the tour, but they were cared for and helped by our guide who Kept contact with them and supported them. Hotel choices were nicely selected-3 with pools which was a nice benefit. Great meals rounded out an excellent trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found visiting Mostar, still recovering from the war in the 90’s particularly moving. Korcula was lovely, remote, and quiet. "

Kay

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tina is an amazing guide! The places visited and the other travelers were awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick one because the wow moments were completely different. Mostar was an eye opening and moving stop, Our local guide was amazing and his experience of the war was moving and beyond words. Plitvice Lakes National Park was a wow despite the huge crowd. Everyone wants to see something so amazing! "

Beth

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of the great fellow tour members, guide and scenery made this a wonderful trip. One of our tour members even made a 30 minute video of the highlights of the trip and forwarded it to the group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We came upon a local singing group in Split one evening after dinner and it was a very fun experience. "

Tong

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than expected. Great tour guide, learned a lot of history, spent 2 weeks with a group of fantastic travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't think there was 1 specific "wow" moment. Split & Dubrovnik were "wow" cities."

John

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations and I was not disappointed . The tour was wonderful in every way. Mariam our tour guide was fantastic . Her passion for our wellbeing and tour comfort was obvious aw well as her passion for her home in Croatia. The local guides were also fantastic . It was fast paced but I am glad it was as we saw so much in the time we had .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar, it felt like I had stepped into the Middle East "

Dale

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An amazing trip with a wonderful group of people led by our terrific guide Mariam. A great mix of activities and sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Plitvice Lakes National Park with just our small Rick Steves group before the crowds arrived. "

Bonnie

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide, nice people on the tour and beautiful towns, excursions etc. Just too much time on the bus, too many early mornings and few 2 night or more stays. Too many moving parts for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice lakes National Park. Our guide, Mariam, was able to get us to the upper lakes and work against the traffic of others visiting the park. Breathtaking "

Jane

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mariam was great and the sights were amazing. However, not so crazy about some of the Hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Diocletian's palace"

Bonnie

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience! Great guide, great group of travelers and such fabulous adventures!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but seeing Lake Bled was a real WOW moment for me! Just stunningly beautiful!"

Martin

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A definite A+ Our guide was very well prepared and engaged. Very professional and likeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pinpoint just one. But the hilltop are Motovun was was definitely engaging. "

Lora

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary and organization was marvelous and what I expected after using Rick Steves guidebooks for many years. Everything showed thoughtful decisions and quality, from our guide/manager, local guides, hotels, meals, transportation, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to pick just one. However, what I thought before the tour would be the wow moments often weren't by comparison to others. Ljubljana and Korcula were wow cities. "

Martha

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was awesome and Barbara our tour guide was so informative always willing to help out. Loved Barbara 💕💕

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik "

Kathleen

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our second Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. Our tour guide Barbara was outstanding and we were amazed at her wealth of knowledge about the history of everywhere we went. Our bus driver, Edis, was a phenomenal driver and was sure we had access to water and drinks on the bus throughout the tour. Every stop along the way was wonderful. The weather cooperated which was an added plus. Great idea the “buddy system” to make sure we were all present and accounted for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Motovun was stunning old castle turned hotel on top of a small mountain, Lake Bled, Mostar, Split, Dubrovnik and the island stay in Korcula was a favorite…a whole day unplanned vacation from vacation came at a time when we all needed a break from the fast pace and what a great place to have it. Plitvice Lake National Park did the pictures justice…amazing hike around the park. The winery where we had amazing wine and lunch. Hotels were all wonderful with amazing breakfasts. I could go on…..😊"

Jana

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fabulous RS tour. This was our 8th RS tour and it a good mix of activities. Glad to have seen this part of the world and learn about "living history" from those who lived through the wars in the 1990s. Enjoyed the beauty of the Adriatic. Our guide, Barbara, was fantastic. So glad she was from the area (Slovenia) because she could share first-hand knowledge of living in Tito's time and after. She was a good mix of teacher, humorist, proud Slovenian, storyteller and a caring person.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I pick one? But...learning from the local guides who lived through the war in Bosnia rates right up there. Going to Mostar and Stolac were so worth it. Thank you for including them in this tour itinerary. The other "WOW" would be the Adriatic itself. Its stunning beauty. "

Daniel

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As our first experience, we weren't sure what to expect. From the onset, we were continually pleased, with our guide, the organization of our group and itinerary, etc. On numerous occasions, we commented on the ease of this travel experience compared to our typical travel experience s, where we handle all facets on our own. What a pleasant experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The National Park was certainly incredible, but Korcula may have been the greatest surprise. "

Joseph

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed experiencing new parts of the world and cities we had never seen before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the castle at the top of Lake Bled...stunning, serene, peaceful."

Allan

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great group of people, our guide and the sights made this tour an amazing experience and our favorite Rick Steves tour- so far!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening walk in Split Our side trip to the Skocjan Caves "

Faye

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful travelers and excellent, knowledgeable tour guide Ben!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful country! The pride in the people who live there shows everywhere! Will highly recommend to my family as a must see!"

Debra

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing total experience. Our group of 28 was just exceptional people, all adventuresome, positive, seasoned travelers, loved every one of them! Our guide Ben exceeded all my expectations, he was clearly the "Best of the Adriatic", I can't imagine the experience without him. Also props to our flawless bus driver Edo, what a pleasure as our driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday had many "WOW" factor/moments... one after another, non stop the entire tour!!"

Dale

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Over all my experience was very good. Ben was a fantastic host and I think we all learned things from him we would not have learned on our own. As this was my introduction to Croatia and we were staying on for an extra week after the tour I found the information gathered the first 14 days made the extra week that much better. The only minus was the size of the group. Twenty Eight people was a little too large. We occasionally would lose communication if the group was strung out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunrise in Motovun was spectcular."

Joan

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so well done. Slovenia was great and Croatia was just beautiful. We moved around alot, but saw so many beautiful places. Our tour guide, Ben, was outstanding. He knew so much about the history and I really enjoyed his talks and his humor. This was our second RS tour. Our first was Greece in 2018 and since we loved that, we decided to try another and this did not disappoint. We met a nice group of travelers and enjoyed our time there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was great, so it’s hard to say. Maybe the island of Korcula was pretty much like a postcard. "

Nancy

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Ben was so very knowledgeable about the region. Although I did read many books before the tour his information was well delivered, enlightening and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was more than one; The sunrises and sunsets from Motovun and the many wildflowers blooming at Plitvice National Park."

Joseph

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour director

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in an old hill town "

Craig

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent curated tour with an excellent tour Director and overall great variety in activities, hotels, group dinners, and much-needed free time to explore on our

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The happy hour boat tour in Korcula"

James

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good in terms of the diversity of cities and sites visited. Our guide was well-versed, friendly and high-energy throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the (former) Yugoslavian war in the early 1990's was both informative and shocking, i.e. Wow.. Like most Americans, I believe, I recall occasionally hearing about the war on the nightly news but not really understanding who was fighting who and the reasons for the war. Both our daily guide, and the city specific guides, did an excellent job of breaking down the history of this tragic time period."

Vince

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Steven

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful leader and good group of participants

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice national park"

Laurie

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was organized and varied with a good combination of free time and daily tours. Our guide Mariam and the local guides brought history alive with their knowledge, passion, and perspective. The bus driver was very competent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was the most amazing place we have ever visited. So many spectacular lakes and waterfalls in a small area."

Steven

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First our tour guide was great and the local guides were also very good. We visited more places than I expected and they were all very interesting. We also had a wonderful group to travel with. One of the best tours we have been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls and trail at Plitvice Lakes National Park. "

Carol

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "fully escorted" Rick Steves tour, having previously taken My Way Tours. I really appreciated the education and insight we received from our fabulous tour guide, Mariam, and from the local guides. They added so much to my understanding and memories of the places we visited. Our fellow travelers were, as always, fun and interesting people. The scenery and history in this part of the world is spectacular. If you haven't been.....GO!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is SO difficult to choose just one! The views from the hilltop town of Motovun and the entire Istrian peninsula are so memorable. The relaxing days on the beautiful island of Korcula surrounded by the gorgeously blue Adriatic were a definite highlight for me. "

Kathy

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great travelling companions, excellent experiences and locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the walls of Motovun after dark."

Kim

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Saso! All the tour guides were knowledgeable and the driver was great! Loved the interesting experiences and the goat milk!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls in the national park."

Maria

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was interesting, fun and challenging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last city of Dubrovnik is definitely a WOW. We took the cable car up at sunset as our Guide Saso advised. It was a stunning view and one I won't soon forget."

Cheryl

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 10th Rick Steves tour, and they just seem to get better and better! Our guide Sanel, our bus driver Edis, and our group were all fantastic. Sanel is very knowledgeable about the places we visited, very patient, friendly, helpful, and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to pick just one since each day seemed to provide a WOW moment. The friendly city of Ljubljana, the beauty of Istria, Bled, and Plitvice, the Roman ruins in Pula and Split. If I had to choose just one it was visiting our guide’s hometown of Stalac and the time we spent in Mostar. Sanel sharing his personal history added so much to our visit there."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and October is a good time to take a Best of the Adriatic tour. However, the months of April, May, September, and October offer the best combination of smaller crowds, milder weather, and the full range of tourist fun.

Slovenia / Ljubljana

Ljubljana Weather


Croatia / Split

Split Weather


Croatia / Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Weather


Bosnia-Herzegovina / Mostar

Mostar Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email as well as the itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Ljubljana (LJU) and out of Dubrovnik (DBV) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Croatia.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options to get to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia guidebook.