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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."

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)."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

John

Wichita, KS

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites were wonderful, and the city guides in Mostar were extremely knowledgeable. Their outlook and attitudes were very moving. We loved Korcula and Ljubljana and Dubrovmik. Out guide Anya was terrific. She was always patient, calm, and in total control of the situation. Overall a superb and unforgettable experience.

George

Marblehead, MA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well arranged. Packed with places to see, but enough down time at critical junctures. Some moving historical pieces, from WWI in Julian Alps to more recent tragedy in Bosnian city of Mostar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Diocletian's palace, Split."

Mary

Wichita, KS

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I travel to learn by enjoying the offerings of other countries/cultures. For me, this happens by seeing historical, artistic and locally significant sites. And by eating and drinking the local food and wine specialties. This tour with Anya exceeded all of these expectations. By a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the Bogomil people in Bosnia. Seeing their tombstones blew me away. I'd never heard of them before. Incredible story to add to my understanding of history and Christianity. Mostar Bridge and the history about its demolition and renovation. Very moving and very recent. The city walk with the Bosnian woman and the city walk with the Bosniac man. Doing morning yoga on the veranda of the Hotel Korsar on Korcula, with Anya and a few people from the group."

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."

Monica

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our tour guide, Marijan, shared his exceptional knowledge of history and proved to be an excellent coordinator. The sites we visited were interesting and beautiful. Our bus driver made me feel safe. It appeared to have everything needed for an outstanding experience, but I did not find it so. Since it is a relatively small geographic area, I was surprised by the amount of bus time. We were told this was a slow coffee culture and I felt we were skimming over the top.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar, without a doubt. Plitvice Lakes is second."

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."

Marcella

Greenville, SC

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our very first time taking an organized tour, and we chose Rick Steves' because of the flexibility and the activity level. We originally planned to tour Croatia on our own but found the planning to be a daunting task and were happy to find that this Best of the Adriatic in 14 days covered most of the sites we wanted to visit. Our tour guide Marijan and every single local guide were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be the evening in Bosnia standing on the shore of the Neretva River looking up at the illuminated mosque and listing to the call for prayers."

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."

Peter

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was outstanding and made the trip fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the island break in Korcula."

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."

Margaret

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very complicated and demanding trip, in large part because of the face-to-face encounters with wars (both WW I and the civil wars at the former Yugoslavia tore itself apart). The fact that this information and the powerful related visuals were accompanied by breath-taking natural scenery and enchanting locales underscored the message of the contrasts between the good and evil that we humans are capable of.

Sharon

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was lots of fun and well paced between group activities and independent moments. It was a lot of time on the bus, but there is no other way to see so much in a short span of time. At least the bus was very comfortable and everyone had their own seat if they wished. It would have been nice to have the ability to charge the phone on the bus. The driver was excellent. I feel that I learned a lot about the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A couple of moments stand out-the early morning walk through the park before the hoards of tourists came on the scene and the visit to Sanel's hometown. This really brought the war into focus. It was inspiring to see how people have come through such a horrendous experience."

Margaret A

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning our tour was wonderful. Sanel, our guide, was extremely helpful and always kept the entire group aware of all that was going to happen. Loved the "pal" method of keeping count of the group and the opportunity it gave all of us to meet. The hotels were always clean and accommodating. The meals were wonderful, especially the lunch at the winery and the lunch at the small town where the mule farm was. Plitvick National Park was my favorite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvick National Park! Although the accommodations there were rather dated. And the island of Korcula...a perfect place."

David

Hoover, AL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour ran very smoothly. Sanel, our guide, was knowledgeable and kept everything on schedule. Our bus was clean and comfortable and Klaudio, our driver, was very skilled and safe. Slovenia was remarkably clean and scenic; Bosnia was also very welcoming and scenic and, at the same time, sobering in that obvious scars remained from their conflict nearly twenty-five years prior. Croatia was a jewel - magnificent coastline, beautiful sights, and the gorgeous Adriatic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was standing in front of the church bell tower in the old town on the island of Korcula and realized I didn't have gelato in Bosnia! I missed an entire country without gelato!"

Wendeline

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations, not only in terms of the scenery of the Adriatic Coast, but also in an historical context, from early civilizations to the 2 world wars, and also the more recent 1990'2 war. The exposure to the varied religions of the Balkans really enhanced my trip, especially the visits to the Dervish Mosque, the mosque in Mostar, and the Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bosnia. The tour group was fun and interactive with a wide variety of activities experienced, esp. ski jump!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day was a "wow" moment making it difficult to pick just one. The biggest wow for me was Sanel's skill at getting us to the best sites with the smallest crowds, whether it was starting early to visit the Roman Amphitheater in Pula, the city tours in Split, and Dubrovnik, or having us start a reverse route to walk the trails of the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park."

Phil

Geelong, VIC

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Sanel always provided a 'heads up', throughout the tour so I don't think anyone was too surprised whatever the situation be it the walking or visiting areas still to recover for the Bosnian war. I enjoyed the tour, something's were thought provoking but that is a good thing. All the individual day guides were of a high standard as we have come to expect from RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice,Lake Bled, Mostar, Dubrovnik, I could go on! I thought the whole tour was fantastic."

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."

Milton

Union, ME

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, it was a great tour and quite different from the 4 European river cruises I have been on. I enjoyed riding on a bus to see interior views of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia. Our tour guide Sanel was excellent, providing a wealth of information, both on the history and politics of the region and keeping 28 tourists on track. It was a very busy schedule but due to Sanel's efforts and leadership ability we stayed on time. Super local tour quides, especially Roberto in Dubronik.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Heart of Split was my wow moment. So many well preserved historical structures."

Phillip

Altadena, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my first time taking a RS tour. This tour was recommended by my brother and his wife. My wife Cynthia and I went into this tour knowing it was going to be busy and we would see a lot in 14 days. Overall, the pace was good. What made our tour great was the bus driver, our tour guide Amir, the people on the tour and the beautiful cities and landscapes of the countries we visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was the national park we went to in Croatia. I wished we could have stayed their all day. But the hike within this park, the water, waterfalls, and lush green was very wonderful."

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"

Douglas

Hillsborough, NC

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was different from any of the previous 7 RS trips. It was a learning experience that made us work. Frankly, it probably would have fallen apart if it were not for the incredible experience of two weeks in the old Yugoslavia with Amir. HE made the trip come alive. HE gave us a foundation upon which to understand the significance of the areas that we visited. And HE helped us to find a calm and friendly place in our heart to accept the war and move forward.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana was not at all what I expected and the incredible friendliness and freshness of this college town was an inspiration that set the tone for the rest of the trip. Dubrovnik was an delightful medieval fortress town. Astonishing that it could be rebuilt so quickly after the war. Damage to the world historic site was barely evident."

Ann

Skokie, IL

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great fellow travelers, beautiful countries and a very informative guide. Wonderful experience

Terri

Bertram, TX

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and even though I had heard about and read about this area prior to the trip, I was constantly amazed by the beauty, the many different cultures, and wonderful people living there. Traveling to unfamiliar places like this is fascinating to me. The places we visited were well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So difficult to choose just one with all the natural beauty of Lake Bled, Plitvice Lakes, and Dubrovnik, but I have to say my most memorable experience was seeing the rebuilt bridge of Mostar, which represents to me the resilience of the people of that area. I didn't expect to enjoy the time in Mostar, yet I was most impressed by our visit there."

Emily

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my fourth R.S. tour, but the first one where the tour guide's life experience was so relevant to the tour. Amir's wonderfully dry sense of humor and extensive knowledge of the the Balkans added a depth to our experience I just had not experienced previously. The tour was, as always beautifully orchestrated, with thoughtfully chosen cities, towns and parks to visit. Our hotels usually fine and the meals were delicious. We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Plitvice Lakes National Parks was this "wow" moment for me, especially the first leg of it. So clever of you to have us hike it in reverse, starting early. We had the park nearly to ourselves and it was truly magical. I've never seen anything like it. We completely understood why we had done it this way once we left the snack shop area and began to encounter the tours coming our direction. It honestly changed the entire tone of things."

Linda

Freeland, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's trip and we were so impressed with the tour, the guide, the other travelers and the trip itself exceeded our expectations. We took the Croatia Adriatic cruise and the tour kept us so busy. I felt like they fit in a full agenda with interesting sights of historic importance not only related to architecture but more importantly to the Serbian war that took place in the 90s. All of the guides were knowledgeable, personable and informative sharing their experiences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved Mostar. The old Ottoman bridge is beautiful. While we were there a lightning and thunderstorm struck the City during the evening which was exciting. The guide in Mostar was very good. Telling us not only about her current daily life but also taking us on tour to one of the oldish Turkish homes in the area. She also spoke to us about her personal experiences during the Serbian war. It is shocking to see how the parks had to be converted to graveyards during the war."

Jacqueline

Erie, CO

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I began the tour with few if any expectations except to absorb the experiences with curiosity and open minds. Fortunately for us, the variety of activities, locations, sights/sounds and shared wisdom along the way was mind- and soul-expanding. The trip (our ninth Rick Steves Tour) was unlike anything we'd done in the past. The history in particular just about blew our minds. Now that I've returned, I feel motivated to learn and explore more about this complex area of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While in our hotel room in Mostar in the pre-dawn hours, hearing the 6 a.m. call to prayer from one minaret close by, then another and yet another was awe-inspiring. Less than a couple hours later, our group visited a Turkish home (now a museum), which made for a spiritually and culturally expansive memory. There were other spectacular moments as well, but for me this was the epitome. A close second was our visit to the World War I museum, which was deeply moving."

John

Hamilton, TX

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip especially considering where traveled. Your tour was remarkable and so memorable. Ben was over the top!!! Ben was so conscious of all of us, plus numerous great supervises regularity. Looking forward to more tours. Can we go deeper into Bosnia?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Yes! Thanks Ben!"

Bonnie

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour, our 8th, was eye-opening, historically important, and provided amazing experiences I will cherish always. Our guide, Ben, shared his love and knowledge for this part of the world with us, in a way that was engaging and informative. He is such an awesome teacher and person. Our fellow travelers were more diverse geographically from our previous tours, and I enjoyed learning their stories as well. The Adriatic is a part of the world that should be on everyone's "must see" list.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the pletna boat to the island in the middle of Lake Bled, walking through Plitvice National Park in the early morning without the crowds with gorgeous reflections on the water from the trees, clouds and waterfalls, walking through Diocletian's Palace, in Split, at night, with colored lights all around us, and the most WOW moment, going to Bosnia and learning about the war that ended only 24 years ago, from two "survivors,".....these were my most memorable and meaningful experiences."

Kevin

Wytheville, VA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and great guide

Elizabeth

Wytheville, VA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. The culture and history of the area is interesting and our guide, Ben, was very knowledgeable. There is much beauty intertwined with the recent war torn history

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled and Plivitce were beautiful. The stories from the local guides in Bosnia were phenomenal"

Denise

White Rock, NM

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned an enormous amount about the history both ancient and recent of the 3 countries. I now understand the basis of conflict and appreciate the different ethnic affiliations. I appreciate the strides made in recovering from conflict. I learned how important tourism is to the economy. I visited both fascinating historic and breathtakingly beautiful natural sites. I had the opportunity to speak with locals who all speak perfect English. I was effortlessly fed, housed and transported!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice at the high lakes with the early morning light filtering through the foliage, glinting off the myriad ripples and waterfall, and highlighting mossy green rocks surrounding turquoise pools."

Janet

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience met all of our expectations of extraordinary experiences that we would not have been able to do traveling on own. We've traveled independently quite a lot in Europe and used Rick Steves travel materials so we have an idea of what that looks like. The tours enrich our travel experience even more which is why we will do another Rick Steve's tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This trip in particular had some interesting stops which I've rated as follows: Most entertaining stop was watching ski jumping Most refreshing was Skradin Most caloric was Senj Wow moment: night tour in Split walking Diocletian palace."

Dean

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My ideal travel mode is to go to an interesting location and then wander around. Dubrovnik, Split, Mostar all fit this perfectly. I like an orientation to a new location, then freedom to explore. Local guides were excellent, as was our tour leader, Ben.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"World War 1 museum and curator."

Barbara

Montgomery, OH

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have used the Rick Steves' Guidebooks yearly for over 10 years for travel on our own. I decided the Adriatic transportation challenges made this an area try a tour. I had high expectations and the tour exceeded them. The guides were outstanding; the food and wine better and more plentiful than expected; and the tour participants experienced, considerate, and on-time. The blend of group tours and meals versus independent ones were just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was the main reason I selected the tour because I had done an Adriatic cruise going to 3 ports previously. I was not disappointed and it was my favorite morning. My surprise was Mostar. I enjoyed learning about the history and culture more than I anticipated."

James

Excelsior, MN

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steve's tour and we have found them to be our preferred way to travel for the following reasons: 1. The variety of activities on the tour. 2. The quality of the guides and their sharing the history, economics, politics and cultural background of the places we visit. 3. The high quality of our fellow passengers with whom we have been extremely delighted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On this tour, it was the WWI museum in Kobarid. As a 30-year career Army officer, I was astounded to learn of an campaign of such devastating human cost that I knew nothing about. Rivaling this experience, the staggering beauty of the Plitvice Lakes Park."

Fran

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is an amazing tour and we appreciated every aspect of it from the moment of our arrival. First of all, we fell in love with Ljubljana before the tour even began and then each subsequent location captured our hearts. Barbara was a masterful tour guide and extremely knowledgeable and able to share with us the history and complexity of the region without conveying any bias. We are grateful for all we learned and experienced during these two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several come to mind: Plitvice KORCULA!!! The WW1 museum in the Soca Valley A walk around the peninsula near our hotel on the morning of our departure from Dubrovnik The setting and delicious meal of our farewell dinner the last night in Dubrovnik--magical!"

Dawn

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very interesting and there were lots of little surprises. My husband and I still joke about having a " light lunch", as so many unexpected lunches were amazing! It was great to learn so much about these.three countries and the history of former Yugoslavia. And the Adriatic Sea, beautiful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so many "wow" moments but I have to say my favorite was Korcula Island. Really enjoyed this Island and our hotel was perfectly situated with a swimable beach right in front."

Michalle

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, the guides were all outstanding, the tour well planned, the food amazing, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenia Mountains and valleys. The mountains are stunning!"

Gregg

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour. They have all been terrific and this may have even been the best. We selected this tour initially because we understood that the natural beauty of Slovenia and Croatia was awesome, and it certainly was. We were also excited to learn about the culture and history of a region that we knew little about. Our experience on every front was exceptional. Our guide Barbara was fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that amongst the numerous wow moments we experienced our walk in the Plitvice National Park was at the top. The blue green lakes pouring water down the hills via hundreds of waterfalls was jaw dropping."

William

Mongtomery, OH

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour after using his guide books for years to travel throughout Europe.Thus, we had high expectations for the tour and our expectations were exceeded in all phases of the tour.Great locations, food, tour guides (Overall and local) and transportation. Kudos to all involved in making this memorable experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping by the Ski jumping venue and indoor cross country skiing training venue. I wasn't expecting it and it was a unique stop."

Edward

East Greenwich, RI

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide, Saso, was excellent at both logistics and historical and descriptive commentary. Very glad Slovenia was included. Most local guides were good. Dubrovnik guide was really really excellent. More negative than positive feedback about the local guide in Split, She had non-stop, presumably accurate, information with no pauses for rest or humor. Coach her on presentation or drop her from the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local guide in Dubrovnik."

Louise

London, ON

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery, fellow travellers and Saso were great. We felt that we had a much better understanding of the cultures and wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our guide Adisa's very personal and moving account of growing up during the 1991-95 wars. Mostar was a very scenic interesting city and we enjoyed the market and "Turkish" house and lovely river and bridges. However our holiday on Korcula was also gorgeous and we were definitely ready for a rest by then."

Vikram

Westborough, MA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent itinerary, enough time at most places, great meals and wine tastings, comfortable bus, excellent local guides, great tour leader, on-time arrivals and departures, beautiful scenery, wonderful walks, great intro do contemporary politics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many great experiences on the tour. But would like to list 3 of them. - Pula Arena was spectacular - The evening/sunset cruise in Korchula - Waterfalls at Plitvice lakes national park"

Jackson

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well designed tour - battle tested, throughly engaging. Not hard to see why you will be doing 40 of these next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the amphitheater in Pula gave me a sense of the grandeur and brutality of Rome that I had never felt before - even in Rome. A second and unexpected wow moment came in chatting with our van driver taking us to the airport to fly home. He was 21 in 1992 and found himself among the defenders of Dubrovnik for 12 months of Serbian siege. His Mom was killed in the bombing in month 10. It was an honor to speak with a true war hero defending his home town."

Kevin

Traverse City, MI

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Engraved on a bench in Pula is the Mark Twain quote "Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness". This statement is always at the core of my best travel experiences. Such was the case with this wonderful excursion along the Adriatic with Saso, Peter and my merry band of fellow travelers. It was rigorous but not too rigorous. It was educational but not tedious. It was culturally rich, humanly touching, a sensory banquet at its best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheer beauty of the Adriatic Sea from so many vantage points was breathtaking. From shimmering vistas as the sunlight landed just right, to the peering into the depths of the crystal clear blue green waters up closer, to being immersed in and buoyed up by its enveloping silkiness was a composite "wow" moment for me. On a totally separate note, the tenacity of human will and spirit to rebuild after the ravages of war in the region was profoundly felt."

Eric

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A good tour but not as good as Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just loved the coastal towns and island of Korcula, Beautiful views, seafood and ancient towns."

Alan

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional trip. Tour group was great, as usual. Plitvice National Park was stunning and the Croatian coast was amazingly beautiful. Beautiful harbors and Roman ruins.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though it was a long wait at the Bosnian border, it was worth the visit to see how depressed an area it still is. The local guides gave a great perspective of life in Bosnia and the hotel in Mostar was fabulous."

Lynn

Moscow, ID

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best ever! Our group was convivial, open, and enthusiastic which was a bonus to the amazing scenery and cultural experiences. I learned much about people and history that had never been part of my awareness. I'd always considered this part of the world to be a war zone. There was certainly great sadness as we saw the evidence of another senseless war but the optimism and determination for a different future was inspiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The University Library in Ljubljana. The preservation of Slovenian language, so critical to a culture. And what an amazing architectural structure! The incredible views at Lake Bled and Plitvice Park. Trying to appreciate the cultures through the religious buildings and art. Realizing that most of the sculptures were of poets and artists rather than war heroes. As always, this trip cannot be condensed into a single wow. It's a series of wows!"

Holly

Campbell River, BC

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with a group of wonderful people! Unfortunately, both of us got sick, my husband tight at the beginning of the tour. Saso was so supportive. He got us to a health centre and we ended up at a hospital in Sezana. We took a cab to Motovun and met the bus. Then I got sick and Saso was a step ahead of us, arranging for us to travel to Split on a bus so that we could rest before carrying on with the tour. We enjoyed the rest of the tour, accommodations and food were great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bridge in Mostar and the old city of Dubrovnik."

Janet

Berkeley Heights, NJ

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good itinerary to see 3 countries and have tours as well as free time to do optional things. Guide Saso was a great tour guide with a sense of humor and knowledgable about the Adriatic countries and planning to best touring experiences. Nice to have a variety of experiences - vinyard, goat farm, sunset cruise and unexpected wine with some dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel in Korcula was beautiful on the Adriatic Sea and Plitvice National Park in Croatia was most beautiful."

William

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and once again it was terrific. Our guide Anja was excellent. She kept us organized, informed, and made the trip both fun and educational. The local guides were topnotch as well. Our co-travelers were also a great group of people and by the the end of the trip it felt like we were one big group of friends traveling and having adventures together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to narrow it down as there were numerous "wow" moments but listening to the call to prayer echo thru Mostar while my wife and I stood on the old bridge was an experience that I will not forget."

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."

Bob

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Being independent by nature, & having toured through Europe on our own on several occasions in the last 15 years , my wife & I were a bit skeptical re: an organized, guided tour. We're skeptical no more!! Our guide, Anja, was simply superb; the itinerary hit all the best spots & several eye-opening alternatives; & the smiling cohesion of our fellow travelers was a very natural, & greatly appreciated, reward!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My stated goal was to swim in the Adriatic; and that became my "wow" moment(s) as well!! With a changing group of intrepid "waterdogs", we were able to swim in the Adriatic 7 of the tour's 14 days, plus a fresh water 8th day in Lake Bled!! However, my most unexpected, & deeply remembered, "moment" had to do with our travel into Bosnia: the history, the cultures, the atrocities, the grave-filled playgrounds, the shrapnel-pocked structures, the stories of human inhumanity...too much not to feel."

Carol

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding trip in a beautiful part of Europe that I didn't know much about. The cities, culture, scenery & history were fascinating. The tour moved along smoothly & tour members were a fun group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenia was my favorite place which I didn't know anything about before this tour. For a small country, it has so much to offer - great capital city, lake, mountains, caves, & seaside all within a short distance of Ljubljana."

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."

Thomas

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The reason we took this trip was probably different than most people. My grandparents emigrated from Croatia in the early 1900's. So I wanted to see where they came from. I was told by my parents that my grandparents came from the Lika region of Croatia. I told our guide, Anja, about this fact. She did her best to point out specific area of Lika that may have been where my grandparents were from. She even stopped in the town where they may have come from so I could take a picture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and learning more about Croatia and Lika. Time spent on the islands."

Jim

Fort Smith, AR

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Anja, was terrific, and our driver, Milan was as well. The cities we visited and the drives to them were more than I expected. And, the people in the group were outstanding. Seems like we were on tour for a month.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled, Bosnia, and Dubrovnik were outstanding, and the best meal was in an old stone building in Kuna owned by the donkey farm family. What a meal."

Kelle

Fort Smith, AR

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Quit reading the reviews and book the trip! This is a fantastic tour, from beginning to end. The scenery, the towns, the food, the city guides - all are excellent. Our guide Anja was superb, and the driving by Mllan was nothing short of miraculous. We spent a couple of days in Zagreb and took the train to Ljubljana- it was a great way to begin the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Literally every day had a "wow" moment, most expected, some a surprise. The scenery here is spectacular. The guides personal stories in Bosnia were extremely moving."

William

Clarence Center, NY

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent, very active tour which exceeded our expectations. Croatia and Slovenia are beautiful countries. Roman architecture, hill towns, national parks, rich history, and a walking tour of the Slovenian capital all resonated with us. The war torn areas we walked through provided a lesson not to be forgotten.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to decide on only one "wow" moment. From a scenic perspective Lake Bled and the boat to the church were wonderful. From a cultural standpoint, Mostar with the Old Bridge and the call to prayer became a terrific memory."

Thomas

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This area and its history were unknown to me. Surprises: English commonly spoken, excellent highways and rugged mountains. All my Rick Steves tours have been outstanding but this one is overwhelming. Every stop along the way was beautiful. The meals provided were amazing ... perfect ways for us to try a variety of local cuisine. The mountains were different than anywhere I've been. Korcula was a great Adriatic island experience. The hotels had the best breakfasts ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Planica was a surprise beyond belief. I come from ski jumping country. We watched more ski jumps here than I have ever seen. I was astonished at their training capability for jumper in the summer.. And then there was the cross country ski training ... all done year around."

Margaret

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every part of this tour experience more than met my expectations! Seeing each community included was important for the over all picture of the Adriatic area. We had an especially compatible group including Amir! I was not prepared for how sad I was to learn of the war torn areas. At the time, I was enjoying my life in Michigan with very little regard for what was going on I realize now. I needed this experience to have a better grasp of reality. The beauty of this area was captured for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overlooking the scene of Sibenik-Knin, county of Croatia, was a wow moment for me. Tom and I have been sailors in Lake Michigan and beyond for many years. This was a beautiful treasure for me to see. Only being on a tour would prompt one to stop and see this view. I hope to have our beautiful picture of this enlarged for our wall! Thank you for this moment."

Richard

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amir, Amir, Amir!!!! This is my third RS tour and I learned so much and saw so much because of Amir and the wonderful planning that goes into every Rick Steves tour. The coach was comfortable, we each got our two seats, which gave us plenty of room. The hotels and meals were fabulous. And I can't say enough about our tour guide. To have someone who experienced the 90s of the Ex-Yugoslavia, was just a moving experience for all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't name just one, but the fact that this trip covered 3 different countries and the different cultures, made it just one big WOW for me."

David

Trabuco Canyon, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia are beautiful countries, with an amazing history that I had not previously learned about in school. I am so glad we went on our 1st guided tour so we could see so much and learn about these countries from the personal experiences of our guides. I am glad we did it with the guided tour versus by ourselves. I was impressed with the bus....very clean, powerful engine, and great navigation skills on narrow roads by Tomaz, our great driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was the day and a half in war-torn Bosnia and Amir's personal story, as well as our guide from Stolac, and our guide from Mostar (sorry I can't remember their names). I loved the Mostar bridge, and wish we had more free time to shop in the bridge area."

Delila

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I usually like to make my own travel plans and this was my first Rick Steves tour. It was one of the best vacations I've had. Everything from learning about culture, the food, the variety of experiences, and the company of the other travels was perfect. Our tour guide took the time to know each traveler and point us to places that he know we would find particularly interesting. I could never have planned a trip this comprehensive by myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "WOW" moments, to choose a favorite would be impossible. Listening to music on the shores of the Adriatic, sipping a glass of Croatian wine, while watching people stroll by was heaven."

Glenn

Moscow, ID

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time, the group was great, the guide was wonderful, the itinurary was perfect, the supplementary guides were very good. As a whole the trip was just great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of the aria and the park was unbelievable."

Karen

Greensburg, PA

Tour: 09/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found the tour to be a little too aggressive. Many of the days we did not get to our final destination until late afternoon. I felt as if we didn't get to enjoy where we were staying because we wasted time doing unnecessary things along the way. For example the Techie. I thought the countries were beautiful, and that the people were so friendly. I also enjoyed the food. I also feel that you have cut back a lot on the quality of some of the hotels, as well as the wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park"

Howard

North Bethesda, MD

Tour: 09/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I've not been to that part of Europe before and was amazed at the beauty. As someone steeped in history I found it fascinating hearing about the historic context of the region and the nations that were part of Yugoslavia. The tour did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several - the beauty of Rovinj which I described as a mini-Venice without the canals or other Italian hill top villages. The walk through Plitvice Lakes - I compared the waterfalls to what I saw in Milford Sound in New Zealand (and within minutes heard others heading in the other direction saying the same thing). Split, Mostar and Dubrovnik were amazing to see. Especially Mostar after knowing what the city and people went through during the 1990s."

Maureen

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved learning firsthand the history of the former Yugoslavian republics of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and how they achieved their independence. The people in each of the countries were so friendly. I loved the city guides that introduced us to each town. The meals were great. I loved the town of Ljubljana-going inside churches, touring the market and finding wonderful places to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the island of Korcula. We went to an evening Mass with candles flickering and a heavenly choir and then eating outside at a lovely restaurant on the waters edge with a full moon!"

Dale

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Group chemistry was excellent. Darija's command of the various languages as we crossed borders was amazing. Enjoyed her history talks on the bus. She simplified the complex story of a Yugoslavia that often violently broke into 7 nations with the death of Tito. Loved my 2 swims in the Adriatic while discussing Brexit with 2 Welshmen not on the tour. Meeting people is what travel is all about. Also, donkey milk.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many great moments. Loved my "VACATION FROM MY VACATION". Great to sit on the balcony & take in Korcula & think about the whole trip. How great is it to swim in the crystal clear/ blue Adriatic & your only concern is the next great meal. Loved the symphony in Ljubljana."

Michael

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an enjoyable mix of ancient and recent history, cities and countryside, walks, hikes and sitting in the sun. It was a great introduction to the area. I feel I could go back on my own and build on the outline of the tour. The food and wine was excellent. It was a very pleasant rip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the ancient history was enjoyable - Diocletian's Palace! Dubrovnik! - the recent history, especially in Bosnia, was intense and thought provoking. The 'wow' moment was hearing our Mostar guide, Alma, talk about her wartime experiences and her life since. Somehow listening to her brought the tragedy home. So much of the damage is still un-repaired, but how people survived and how they have rebuilt their lives is the story I brought away with me."

Kent

La Habra Heights, CA

Tour: 09/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful, well organized, and well managed experience. Individual private time was well balanced with Group time. Several (2-3) people in the group had rather severe coughing and health issues. They should have been asked to wear mouth and nose masks or drop out of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Favorite" is not quite the most appropriate word here -- "impressive" might be more accurate: The visible scars of such a protracted war and time of conflict etched on the damaged and bullet marked buildings throughout towns and villages as well as being reflected in the scared spirits of the people. Everyone was so gracious, but they carry burdens they will never be able to fully expunge. Topography remined me of Greece, but with trees reaching to the water line. Beautiful wonderful land."

Carol

San Dimas, CA

Tour: 09/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour took us to places that I would have never gone if not on this tour. The history of the Yugoslavia break up was unfamiliar to me and quite educational. Our guide Darija and bus driver Klaudio were the best. Very organized, attentive and a pleasure to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The medieval cites in Split, Dubrovnik and Plitvice national park. Also, that Muslim women in Mostar do not cover their hair."

Matthew

Greensburg, PA

Tour: 09/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It appears that you are adding more people to the group. It also appears that there is a cut back in some areas. Very limited in wine. The hotel in Motovan was a hovel . Several people including my wife had bad falls. Why make us climb the hill to Motovan twice and spend little or no time there. The dervish techie visit was a waste. These tours are not cheap but it seems you are cutting corners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula"

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."

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!"

David

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed learning about Central Europe. Tina was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that I had a wow moment. I really enjoyed Slovenia."

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."

Chuck

Carnation, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour. I fell in love with the Adriatic Sea on a previous tour and couldn't wait to return and spend more time in Croatia. Like my three previous tours, every moment was extremely well planned and communicated throughout. Tina was awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment spent near or in the Adriatic Sea did it for me. Runner ups include the amphitheater in Pula, Dubrovnik City Walls, Mostar, and who can forget the Donkey Farm!"

Bella

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic was a wonderful journey to a part of Europe that we were not familiar with. It surpassed expectations with its beauty, it's cultural richness and friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to think of just one specific moment because everywhere we went it was "wow" But some for me, Lake Bled, the drive through the Julian Alps, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Mostar, Korcula."

Katherine

Durham, NC

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour that I have ever taken. I have been traveling to Europe for 50 years and I feel very comfortable making my own arrangements. I wasn't sure that I would like traveling with a group because I was concerned that it would be difficult to spend the time that that I wanted at the various stops. Because I was not familiar with the Adriatic, I thought that having the arrangements made by someone else would be helpful. It definitely allowed me to enjoy each visit without worry

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to find only one "wow" moment. I was captivated by the incredible beauty of the National Park at Plitvic.I was moved emotionally by the experience of listening to our guide's story in Mostar. I was thrilled by the historIic grandeur of the architecture of Dubrovnik as I walked the along the top of the fortress walls"

Annette

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time on the tour. My husband and I went with another couple, but beforehand we said we were going to make a point to mingle with the entire group and NOT to be tied to each other. I believe we were successful as some people in our group by the end of our trip did not even realize we were friends! This was our first Rick Steves' tour, however we have been using his books and traveling his way for many years now. We are already debating which tour to sign up for next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all good. The only thing I would say is in Stolac at the cemetery we were there longer than need be. The guide said there were no names on the tombstones, only occupations as that was most important to them....but then he never pointed out what the various occupations were. I thought that was kind of funny and thought that would have added more interest."

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."

Larry

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour of Slovenia, Croatia, and Mostar and environs. Our tour guide Tina Hiti was fantastic and very knowledgable and helpful. Our bus driver Milan was the best. The bus was comfortable. The locals were very friendly and the scenery was beautiful. The local food and wine were very good. Local guides were enthusiastic and knowledgable. An outstanding tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, many moments on this tour. One to mention the bus ride over Versic Pass, spectacular!!"

Bonnie

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and again it did not fail. Hard to say this was my favorite -- they all are but Tina, our guide, was probably the best tour guide i have experienced through your company. Plenty of activities that captured the culture and history of the people in all three countries. What I really enjoyed was the personal touch that Tina added to the tour. She's knowledgeable of the history that affected these countries and I appreciated her personal experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say, probably our time in Mostar. Hearing the history of the war and our local guide's experience coupled with seeing the devastation of the buildings left a lasting impression. The strength of the people to continue and bring their country back to prosperity is impressive."

Ben

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was interesting from start to finish, with plenty of walking and stair climbing. Our tour guide was excellent, interesting, and full of stories and jokes. The balance between being in a city or park with traveling to the next was about right, as was the size of our group. I particularly enjoyed the local guides' expertise, especially their knowledge of history, both ancient and recent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, so it's difficult to name just one. But most of us said Mostar, and I can agree. Having a local guide that lived through the war on her turf was very moving and something I think most Americans have either forgotten or had only the slightest idea what was happening."

Barbara

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience due to the variety of localities, the beautiful scenery, the new friends made on the tour, and our great tour guide. The food was either very good or very interesting, the wine/brandy/beer/schnapps were excellent. The history imparted to us provided a context in which to learn and more fully appreciate the sights and people in each of the countries visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were very many, and each for different reasons. The first "wow" moment happened after leaving the welcome dinner in Ljubljana, and taking a walk back into the city near the river. It was magical- the lights and beautiful buildings, the temperature, the soft conversation, clinking of plates and glasses. A great way to start the trip."

John

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all of these tours - mix of education, scenery, food, wine, new associations, etc

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar - now I think I better understand the war; the continuing issues these countries face... Further west...?"

Ken

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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Carolyn

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very well run tour and the guide was excellent. He was able to make us understand the people of the region and their history. The amount of history provided on the tour made me much more aware of the regional war and religious conflicts that plagued the region and caused so much destruction. I now have a much deeper insight into the former Yugoslavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice National Park was the highlight for locations that we visited."

Larry

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well organized. It seems that all the details are considered ahead of time.There's an intentional focus on travelers comfort. The small boutique hotels are very comfortable and the staff there are very accommodating. The tour bus is very comfortable and our driver, Tomash, is highly skilled on the mountain roads. I felt very confident in his abilities as he navigated some extremely small, narrow roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenia's Julian Alps and the drive through the Soca River Valley was spectacular."

Susan

College Place, WA

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of our very favorite Rick Steves tours. The people, landscape, history, and culture were varied, unique, and each site was a delight. Our guide and the group that we traveled with made the experience that much more fun and memorable too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one "wow" moment for this tour. There was so much variety; hiking in a national park, museums, beekeeping culture, conflicts from WWI to the 1990's, glacial lakes and swimming in the crystal clear Adriatic, visiting Roman ruins and film sites for the Game of Thrones. The beauty of the Adriatic coastline is a memory that will stay with me."

Marlene

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of the Adriatic tour with Saso was wonderful! He was so well-organized, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humour - he seemed to understand where we were at, and responded to that - he put a lot of himself in to the tour. The tour included a variety of sights and activities to take part in with the group, and then valuable time on our own. Wine tastings and meals included were great! Overall, an enjoyable time with my daughter and granddaughter and our lovely fellow tour members!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of WOW moments - strolling the city of Ljubljana, rowing out to the island in Lake Bled,visiting the Church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj, hiking thru Plitvice Nat. Park, our visit to Mostar, beautiful Korcula, and walking the walls in Dubrovnik!!!"

Ruth

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amir was wonderful. He was so good at keeping track of us and making sure we were all safe and comfortable. He is incredibly knowledgeable and presented his information so well. I did not like the weather. I know that's not anyone fault but that was the negative of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lakes and waterfalls"

Jim

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The natural beauty was wonderful, both along the coast and interior places like Lake Bled and Plitvice. We enjoyed touring the mix of cities, from the well preserved 18-19th century architecture of Ljubljna along the riverfront, to the Roman colosseum in industrial Pula, to cosmopolitan Split, to the gem of Dubrovnik with the smaller coastal cities in between. The turbulent history of the Balkans was both fascinating and heart breaking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As to scenery, there were several but the view of the reconstructed roof tops of Dubrovnik from the old wall stands out. But the real "wow" of the tour was learning the tortuous histories of these countries, particularly the recent Balkan wars. The bullet holes in walls and accounts of our guides showed the incredible brutality of all parties. And how imperfect (and maybe temporary) the Dayton peace accords are. We had never toured an area like this. What an education!"

Janet

Ketchum, ID

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 5th RS Tour. It was great! I liked the mix of large cities and small places, and especially the National Park and Dubrovnik.There was more variety in this tour than any other I have taken. The scenery, the people, the language, the money. It was constantly a 5 star buffet of experiences. I had no time to read and prepare for the tour in advance - and would strongly recommend that others try to do this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"going to the Plitvice National Park! I love nature and this was amazing. Again Amir prepared us very well in advance how to negotiate the stairs to avoid an accident."

Nancy

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have now been on 6 Rick Steves tours so have come to expect everything to be amazing, but this one was beyond my expectations. The places we visited were beautiful, we were blessed with great weather (a Rick Steves touch, I'm sure), the history and culture of the area was fascinating, and our guides, Amir and Casey as well as local guides, were the best there is. Croatia and surrounding area had been on my bucket list for years and the experience of seeing them on this tour did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our day hiking Plitvice Lakes National Park. Every twist and turn on the trail revealed another beautiful vista of waterfalls, turquoise blue lakes, and lush green forest."

George

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amir was a fantastic guide--outgoing, knowledgeable, approachable, great dry sense of humor with a keen sense of history, and love of his country. Our local guides were also very good. The Balkans were beautiful, the Croatian coast majestic. The accommodations were always up to snuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was crossing The Old bridge in Mostar--so much meaning and history. It speaks volumes about the people, who they are and the challenges they face."

Rebecca

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience! Our guide, Amir, was thoughtful, smart, available, patient, and fun. The tour took us to wonderful sites. We stayed in many great places and found the tour to be enriching!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Plitvice Lakes National Park was unbelievably beautiful!"

Janet

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well planned tour. Experienced and professional guide with a great personality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many 'WOW' moments to mention. The entire 14 days were WOW!"

Earl

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amir was the most informative guide I have experienced. His knowledge base, personal experience and ability to teach was exceptional. Kudos also to his wit and organizational skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being surrounded by the melody of Plitvices water falls and the beauty of the the lakes and surroundings."

Nancy

Diamond Springs, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first European travel and my first Rick Steve's Tour. I was totally blown away with how well everything went, from start to finish. I have made many new friends and the experience of the tour is something that I will cherish forever. I have been excited to share my experiences with everyone I meet and will continue to recommend Rick Steve's Tours to all. I salute all involved that made this such a delightful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a WOW moment for me. I loved it all."

Linda

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always the tour was well organized. Amir was a stellar tour guide. Beautiful, fascinating part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I thought Lake Bled and Slovenia in general to be a real gem."

Debra

Naperville, IL

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is exceptional in every way! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment, especially because of the diversity of experiences. The beautiful small towns of Rovinj, Opatija, and Motovun were so fun to explore. Natural wonders like the Julian Alps, the Soca River Valley, Lake Bled, and Plitvice National Park were absolutely gorgeous. History lessons were abundant from medieval tombstones to the devastation of the wars in the 1990's, from many who chronicled his/her own personal stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking! It was so great to: stroll along the beautiful riverfront in Ljubljana; climb the bell tower for fantastic views of quaint Rovinj; hike down the boardwalk path of Plitvice National Park, taking a photo every few steps; meander through Diocletian's Palace in Split, attempting to absorb all of the forms of architecture; amble over the cobblestone street and amazing rebuilt arched bridge of Mostar; and WALK around the entire wall of Dubrovnik. Oh, did I mention the excellent WAlKING tours?"

Jean

Plano, TX

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour, although my husband and I have used his tour books for numerous European vacations, and initially I was hesitant about traveling around with 22+ other people on a bus for 14 days. But . . . it turned out to be a wonderful experience all around. From the nice, clean, large bus, great bus driver (loved Klaudio), wonderful guide (awesome job Amir) and terrific travel companions. We will book another RS tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that I can't reduce them all to a single favorite (sorry)!! -Food (including the delicious gelato) -Wine -Scenery; unbelievable views -Educational stories-- thanks Amir -Making so many new friends -The beautiful lakes -The cool Adriatic Sea -The shocking, eye opening truth of Bosnia -The wonderful people of each region"

William

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was grand; itinerary, hotels, transportation, food and, especially the wealth of information given to us by our superstar tour guide, Amir. And, I walked about 100 miles in 14 days. Very active, just the way I like it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it is hard to choose just one. The first thing that jumps to mind is the tour of Diocletian's palace in Split; utterly fascinating. Then there was the tour of the Roman arena in Pula. In both cases, the local guides were first rate (as were all of the local guides for the entire trip."

Steve

Plano, TX

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was out first tour with Rick Steves although we have been using his travel books for years to "go it alone". We were quite satisfied with the hotels and special food arrangements for dinner, etc. There were two places the tour stopped at for wine tasting where either prosciutto or a full meal were served. We would never have found these gems on our own. Our guide Amir was amazing. He kept up with 24 American tourists in a very professional and friendly manner and was always there for us.

James

Bend, OR

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Packed agenda and many wonderful experiences, exceeded my expectations. Countries I hardly knew existed came alive. Very informative in a short period of time. Guide was excellent in all ways. Warm, funny and a problem solver. Very well organized and a consummate professional. Enjoyed her descriptions of Slovenia as the country is clearly part of her DNA.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had so many. Crossing Alps, Lake Bled, WWI museum, coastal towns and history."

Paul

Whitewater, WI

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of the Adriatic was a wonderful surprise. We expected to see beautiful geography and friendly people, to experience interesting history and culture and to taste wonderful food, but we simply were not prepared to be so totally captivated by the three countries. Our tour guides, Tina and Mariam, were warm, friendly, highly informed and totally professional. The local guides all gave interesting and thought provoking lectures. Great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always, we never have just one "wow." Foremost among our wows: the absolute beauty of Bovec ; the commanding coastline (1000+ miles) of Croatia and Plitvice Lakes National Park, and the positive optimism of Bosnia."

Patricia

Bend, OR

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the chance to enter a mosque, a Muslim home, to meet a donkey owner, to sample food, though never could I eat that much. Tina was the best guide imaginable, honest, funny, able to discipline anybody who was two minutes late, concerned about people who were lagging, clear and very knowledgeable. I especially appreciated the stories of our local guide in Bosnia. This was listed as strenuous, and it wasn't that bad except that it was terribly hot most of the days, and standing hurt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I mentioned them above, but I also enjoyed the chance to meet others. I think Wow was learning about the war in Bosnia, and how that country is run by crooks with 45 % unemployment."

Bethany

Newcastle, WA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Words cannot express what an amazing experience this was. Every detail of the tour (the towns we visited, the sites, the activities, the restaurants, the hotels, etc.) was carefully curated to maximize our time and cultural experience. I loved that this was a very active tour with a lot of sightseeing and eating. The food, wine, and rakia were delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the stories of our local tour guides including their experiences, hopes for the future, and love of their country. Learning about the rich culture and history of the different countries and regions."

Nancy

Darnestown, MD

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip was amazing and the other travelers made it even better. We covered so much but never felt to rushed. Barbara was knowledgeable and fun. Each stop seemed like it was geared towards making us feel like we were locales and not just tourists. Jon and I will be choosing our next adventure using Rick Steve's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would probably be our visit to Mostar. Our local guide was so open and knowledgeable. Sharing her first hand experience of her family during the 1993 conflict made a huge impression on me. Being able to walk across the bridge with the knowledge that it was rebuilt had an impact on me. Of course there are so many other sites that were beautiful."

Christine

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 2nd RS Tour. I have nothing but superlatives to describe this experience. The Guides were phenomenal. The food, scenery, cultural and historic exposure, and beauty of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia were even more amazing than my high expectations before taking the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park, swimming in the Adriatic in multiple places, the magic of Motovun, the "vacation from the vacation" on Korcula, the local tours in Bosnia and the winery tour were the highlights. Mostar made the biggest impression."

Susan

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great countries to visit: Slovenia and Croatia Excellent tour leader: Daria Smart very professional very knowledgeable very alert very caring seemed to be having as good a time as the rest of the travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all so wonderful but maybe Dubrovnik What a city!!"

William

Covington, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This evaluation is 3 months tardy, but you must know my feelings about this tour. From beginning to end, it was absolutely fantastic! I could not have asked for a better vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely fell in love with Slovina. I never expected to say, "I could live here tomorrow." In Croatia, Plitvace Lakes National Park was spectacular. Swimming in Kor?ula at 5:30am is something I'll never forget."

Dorothy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was fabulous! I've always been a solo traveler and was a bit hesitant to join a tour group. I'm so grateful I did. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the local wineries and agritourism hosts; appreciated the expertise of our guide, the personal experiences of the local guides, and time spent with the museum curator which were all invaluable to understand the history of the locations we visited. The tour schedule was well balanced with time on your own for exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a "WOW" moment nearly every day. The time spent at the WW1 Museum in Kobarid with the curator was incredible. I greatly valued the exhibits which shared stories of the individual, not "good or bad" sides. In Mostar, the two local guides shared their experience of being 8 and 12 years old during the war-- I am awed by their resilience. The family owned winery visit was fantastic and the donkey farm was delightful. Plitvice Lakes National Park was spectacular, unforgettable!"

Loren

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations 10 fold. The group of travelers we were with made it even better. The itinerary was very well set up, provided us with ample time to do things on our own. We experienced activities that we would have never found on our own, which really made the trip special. The meals provided were over the top delicious! Our guide, Sanel, made the trip extra special with his knowledge of the region, care for our comfort, and sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park stood out for me, with the series of majestic waterfalls cascading down from one lake to another, along with the elevated walkways we walked throughout the park. Sanel had us start at the opposite end of the park from the main entrance so we missed a vast percentage of the crowds for the better part of 2 hours as we walked towards them, rather than in among the craziness. He really did a great job with that choice."

Greg

Massapequa, NY

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

a wonderful experience from start to finish

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hard to pick one, so I'll list 2: 1-visiting Bosnia, we were struck by the resilience of the people in light of recent violent history. 2. Dubrovnik Old Town lived up to the hype, its a remarkably well preserved and beautiful spot."

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.