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  • 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 $3,395 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

2022

What's Included

You'll get at least 21 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 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
  • Blagaj
  • 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 half your dinners
  • 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 prior to 2022
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel 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. Tonight's dinner featuring local specialties will be in the tucked-away town of Brtonigla. We'll return to our hill-town hotel tonight, 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. After lunch, we'll discover the source of the Buna River in the village of Blagaj before arriving in Mostar. 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

Lori

Lacey, WA

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Saso, our guide, led us at a just right pace while providing interesting information about each area. Our bus driver, Roc, did a masterful job of getting us safely to each destination. Good food, wine, beautiful scenery and a fun group of traveling companions!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was visiting Mostar, seeing the minarets, and hearing the personal stories from our local guide."

Don

Lacey, WA

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Sosa was excellent. The pace of the tour was great. My wife and I especially enjoyed the cultural interactions we had on Athens tour. We. Felt the tour was worth every penny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although we had several "Wow" moments on the tour, I felt walking on the wall in the old town of Dubrovnik was the most outstanding!"

Dennis

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The learning curve was straight up. I had very little knowledge of this part of the world, its environment,culture, history or people. Every day something new hit me as wow, this is pretty wonderful, or now I see how this expands my knowledge of WW1, WW2 or the Bosnian war, or wow, I didn't know that at all. What a great learning experience. The traveling companions in this group were wonderful. Knowledgeable, well traveled, professional and fun. Many of whom I hope to remain in contact with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to have just one.I have to mention 3.{a}Hearing the life experiences of the local guides in Bosnia and how they dealt with the war.{b}Lake Bled and the drive through the Soca River Valley and understanding its importance in WW1 through the knowledge of the guide at the museum. And,{c}The trip to and the beautiful environment of Korcula."

Robert

Belvidere, IL

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was outstanding!! So far superior than trying to travel alone in these countries !! Saso was Excellant as a guide and as a person. Housing was also very good. As Saso said I believe we all gained wt., the food was excellent and in large quantities !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hiking in the National Park of Croatia !! 11 miles of great views."

Sarah

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour itinerary was a perfect introduction to see the beauty of this part of the world I had never visited before. The value of the tour is exceptional from the transportation, food and lodging, this was my first RS tour and I absolutely loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say meeting Saso and all the other local guides-- they all had powerful stories and it was such a personal and important way to understand the area and fall in love with it (and the people)."

Andrew

Houston, TX

Tour: 10/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very knowledgeable local tour guides. Great food and drink. Interesting and fun travel companions. Extremely productive use of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the famous Mostar bridge at night . . . all lit up. I remember pictures from the war . . . when it had been destroyed."

Brenda

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations for this tour were exceeded, and I really enjoyed the entire experience. Everything was virtually perfect. Our guide, Anya, did an excellent job managing all the details and making sure everyone was taken care of. She has an excellent knowledge of the area, culture, and history and did a superb job of explaining even complicated things in an understandable and interesting manner. We were lucky to also have one of the best groups of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was surprised at my emotional reaction when hearing the cathedral's organ music playing in the background while standing listening to our local guide at Diocletian's Palace in Split. The beauty of the music and thinking about where I was brought tears to my eyes."

David

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We felt like we got to know another piece of the world in a very efficient and enjoyable way. Having a great guide makes your trip more valuable as you don't waste time on logistics. A guide can point out key things so you don't get home and realize you missed things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing daybreak from our hotel window on Korcula."

Tom

Chugiak, AK

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth RS Tour. We had difficulties getting to Ljubljana (see pretour experience), but other than that it was a very enjoyable tour. A couple of suggestions: 1) More free time to relax and explore on our own schedule 2) reduce dinners from 8 to six. 3) Spend more time in Mostar 4) Plitvice Lakes was too crowded to enjoy - consider eliminating this stop and spend the night in Opatija. 5) Spend more time in Opatija

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several WOW moments: 1) Mostar was a very informative and emotional experience 2) Driving thru the Julian Alps and watching the Chinese ski jumping team practice 3) Dalmatian Coast 4) Opatija was very nice"

Natalie

Boston, MA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was amazing. Anja did a wonderful job as the guide. She is patient, knowledgeable and fun. All the tour members were great as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula was a highlight and Ljubljana was a beautiful city that I enjoyed learning about."

Tod

Reno, NV

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an outstanding blend of scenic beauty, medieval history, modern history, and exposure to relatively new countries meshing traditional and new, emerging cultures. The tour was fast-paced at first – after leaving Ljubljana we only spent one day/night in each town, but it became more relaxing once we slowed down and spent two nights in each town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia - Herzegovina. Educated family members asked us - "Is it safe to go there"? I was surprised at the natural beauty, the charm of the towns, and the warmth of the people. Walking past war-damaged buildings as the war was explained to us by our local guides was shocking and moving. The thought of neighbor-vs-neighbor, or family member-vs-family member, is unbelievable."

Karen

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st Tour with a guide, although I have subscribed to R.S. method of travelling for over 20 years. Overall the tour was exceptional, the pace was energetic and Anja was a fablous tour guide. Her vast knowledge of the area was surprising and her quick wit kept the mood light and engaged. The accommodations were adaquate in some cities and outstanding in others. The attention to detail and organization was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled in the middle of the Julian Alps of Slovenia was a slice of heaven for me. I took a casual bike ride around the lake a few times and was amazed at the number of people walking, jogging, cycling, boating in this exquisite setting. This was like a fairytale setting and filled all my senses."

Karla

Dubuque, IA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very, very enjoyable!!! As always :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The beauty of Plitvice Lakes. Anja is quite wise and started our walk in the opposite direction that most people take!!! 2. The beauty / horror of Mostar. To meet people and walk on a land that was war-torn (and could easily be again) was both amazing and sad. I was quickly reminded of how "easy" we have it in the US, but how quickly that ease can be (and is being interrupted) by society's closed mindedness to multiculturalism and pluralism."

Gratia

Marblehead, MA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour. I have been a big fan of RS's programming for many years (TV, guidebooks, website resources, charities, etc). I fully anticipated this tour would be great, but it exceeded all of my expectations in so many ways! Each day was filled with nuggets of new experiences. Sooooo rewarding and I appreciate all the details that made this a truly positive & memorable experience. I'd do it again in a heartbeat and regret I haven't taken RS tours sooner!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I take a lot of landscape, architecture, nature, street photos (all the time) with my Instagram account in mind. I was thrilled when one of my tour photos (of hill town Motovun, Croatia) was chosen by the Rick Steves Europe IG account while the tour was underway. But I also loved the Art Nouveau architecture in Ljubljana and Split and loved photographing the side streets of Pula, Split and Dubrovnik."

David

West Chester, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience with Rick Steves' travel. We used Steves' based on recommendation of close friends who also like to travel. We did have an outstanding time on tour. We enjoyed the balance of guided verses personal time at the various cities we visited. And always when we were on our own during the tour our guide Anja gave us suggestions for things to do/see - so we were not just left to wander, but we could if we choose to. The sights we saw were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well Lake Bled was very high on the list. As was our tour/overnight in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We were very pleased with our travel group - we know Steves' tours work on folks getting along and it worked well for our group. A seeming minor "wow" was an organized Laundry Day about mid way through the trip. Getting really clean clothes halfway through worked really well for us. And our guide Anja made a group event about walking our laundry bags from the hotel to the laundry."

Michael

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great Rick Steves tour. All of the travel arrangements, food, tours and hotels were wonderful. While a lot of the war history of the area is tragic...it was interesting to hear the stories and see how folks have built the country to what it is today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the city of Mostar in southern Bosnia...Listening to the early morning call for prayer. The words rang out over the city in the early morning air--it made me realize I was truly in a magical place."

Kathryn

Canton, OH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a wonderful introduction to the Adriatic countries. I appreciated the geopolitical history which was necessary to understand how amazing the people are who live here. The pacing, sights, food ( oh, the bureks, gelato, and wine), and interaction with families who farmed and tended wineries made this a memorable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the center of Dubrovnik, attending to Roberto's history of the city, when suddenly the church bells began to ring, reverberating off the stone walls and through my body. Having the guide at the Kobarid museum identify the regiment my great uncle Frank served in from his picture which I just saw for the first time two days earlier. Being shown how the roman stone masons had made allowances for earthquakes in their buildings."

Kristine

Dexter, OR

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To be truthful, I wasn't that excited about being part of a "tour group" but I would have to say it was the perfect mix of education, coordinated group activities, and free time. I definitely felt like the emphasis was on coming to really know the regions we visited but also to understand the people that live there. The places we visited were awe-inspiring. To be able to share that with my sister, even better. We even connected before the tour to visit my grandmother's village in Slovenia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Stari Most in its restored state, and hearing the call to prayer in the background were very moving. I had watched videos of the '93 destruction of the bridge and it broke my heart. Seeing the scars of war, but realizing that the people don't want revenge but restoration and healing."

Gregory

Parkdale, OR

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide was very good and so was the group of fellow travelers. The lengthy bus rides were unavoidable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubliana was a neat place. Hill town of Motovon was pretty cool. All of Mostar.Julian Alps, Pula, Korcula. Soca Valley."

Beth

White Lake, MI

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The beauty of Croatia and how much it varied was unexpected and a wonderful surprise. The variety of building styles and old towns were a delight to see and the people were so friendly and welcoming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour guide and city of Stolac. The recovery they are making there and the passion of the guide was remarkable. The beauty that lies in that city was a treasure waiting to be reclaimed and uncovered. The meal at the restaurant made me feel like a queen. The guide was an amazing human being making a difference in the world at a scale not usually seen."

Brenda

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As in the past I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Slovakia, Croatia and Bosnia through Marijan, our Rick Steves guide and the local guides. This is the highlight for me. The size of the bus and the number of fellow travellers is another reason I choose to take these tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day 6 - Opatija and Plitvice Lakes National Park."

Brian

Mililani, HI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I expected to see some beautiful sites but also was interested in the history of the area and the politics of their unfortunate war. Sanel was another excellent RS guide. Being that he was a refugee of the war it brought extra insight into the conflict and the toll on those involved. It was a nice mix of small cities or towns as well as nice countryside places. We were especially enjoyed Plitvice and Korcula.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being that I was waking up unusually early due to the time difference I awoke to a most beautiful sunrise while staying in our hilltop hotel in Motovun. The valley around the hill had filled with mist and it felt like we were above the clouds. Plivice National Park was also breathtaking with all its waterfalls."

Robert

Plymouth, MA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have now been on eight Rick Steves' tours. This one was one of the best, mainly because our guide, Amir, is an exceptionally good guide, and because we were traveling with a very good group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We particularly liked the Plitvice Lakes National Park and Mostar."

Mark

New Auburn, WI

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful primary and local guides who helped us better understand the amazing history and culture of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most memorable and enlightening portion of the trip was the description of the Bosnian conflict as related by people who lived through it. Visiting sites of relatively recent conflict in Mostar and Stolac, seeing the evidence of destruction, hearing the stories of terrible events but also those of hope, compassion and rebuilding will not be forgotten. I often think think about all of this as events unfold in Syria and elsewhere. Unfortunately,ethnic cleansing such as occurred in Bosnia co"

Laura

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was beautiful, exhausting and unforgettable. This is a part of the world I knew nothing about so it was more of a stretch for me than the first Rick Steves tour we did in Britain. I was blown away by the variety--hilltop towns, Alpine vistas, fabulous cities, breathtaking coastlines, an amazing national park, war-ravaged towns. It was all made possible by Anja, our tour-de-force guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments, but what will remain when the details fade? I will never forget my fleeting glance of a woman dressed head-to-toe in black, hunched over as she pushed a cart in Lika. It's an area still devastated by a war that will never end for her. And the colors: the deep blue of the Adriatic, the green Plitvice lakes. The Dalmation coast is exquisite. And how cool is it that there were three ovarian cancer survivors, including me, in our group."

Anne

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was great. We saw so much and became very close to the others on the tour. We had wonderful experiences that we wouldn't have been able to have if we had traveled on our own to this part of the world. Our tour guide, Anja, was amazing and it was hard saying good-by to her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved walking in Plitvice National Park in the misty rain with no one around for the first hour. It was very mystical and a "once in a lifetime" experience."

George

Spencerport, NY

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful way to see a part of the world I have never been to. The tour provided a nice mix of history, culture, scenic beauty, urban, and rural experiences. Be prepared to eat! So much wonderful food to experience at every place we visited. Don't worry though, there was plenty of activity to work off all those calories! Tina was a fantastic guide. She is very knowledgeable about the region and injected lots of her personal experiences. Ditto for all the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the wall in Dubrovnik. It was a beautiful morning and the views from every direction were amazing. Such a beautiful place to explore."

Joseph

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had used RS books previously but this was our first RS tour. Honestly, I was a tad apprehensive. Was being on someone else's schedule going to be frustrating? (No.) Would we be the youngest people on the tour? (Yes.) Would be feel ostracized for being gay? (Not even a little bit). We found a very welcoming group of people who were kind, friendly, fun, smart, adventurous, and clearly fond of travel. I don't know what I was worried about. We had a fantastic time and learned a ton!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to narrow down my favorite "wow" moment but Diocletian's Palace was pretty stunning. Turning the corner and walking into a living, breathing UNESCO World Heritage Site was incredible. I'm used to these sites being off limits in so many ways but the fact that people live in this one really made it feel so alive and vibrant and less like a museum where everything is kept roped off at arm's length."

Kathy

Spencerport, NY

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour experience! We like the combination of scenery, knowledgeable guides, education, history, local conctact and personal touches that distinguish Rick Stevs's tours from others. This tour delivers on all accounts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were fortunate to have beautiful weather at Lake Bled. It was absolutely stunning!"

Larry

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour but we have done several Europe trips on our own relying on the RS guide books. While the trips on our own were fantastic, the tour added an additional dimension with the information provided and the interaction with the other tour members. It also included some local experiences that we would unlikely be able to do on our own. In addition, it was nice not having to worry about logistics. We couldn't have asked for a better guide (Tina).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall beauty of the region."

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.