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

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Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days Tour

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Optional Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

2016

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of the Adriatic come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Ljubljana walking tour • Bled Castle • Kobarid Museum tour • Wine tasting • Pula walking tour • Pula Amphitheater tour • Rovinj visit • Opatija visit • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Split walking tour • Diocletian's Palace tour • Hvar visit • Korčula orientation • Korčula boat cruise • Ston visit • Mostar mosque and walking tour • Blagaj visit • Stolac walking tour • Trebinje and Gračanica Monastery visit • Dubrovnik walking tour • Dubrovnik Walls entrance...and more
  • All group transportation from Ljubljana, Slovenia to Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 13 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2016
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Ljubljana

We'll meet at our hotel in the pretty Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana at 4 p.m. After an orientation walk through our university-area neighborhood, we'll enjoy getting acquainted over dinner together. Sleep in Ljubljana (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Architectural Riches of Ljubljana

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

Day 3: Slovenia's Lakes and Alps

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

Day 4: Crossing Paths with Hemingway

This morning we'll tour the local museum, learning about the WWI years when soldiers (including an ambulance driver named Hemingway) faced incredible hardship in the mountains around Kobarid, described in "A Farewell to Arms." We'll enjoy a local-style lunch together, sampling the tasty prsut (prosciutto), and 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 and the hill town of Motovun. Sleep in a former castle in Motovun (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Istrian Peninsula

We'll spend our day exploring the Istrian Peninsula, studded with Roman ruins, Venetian architecture, and a landscape evocative of pre-tourist Tuscany. We'll time-travel through Pula's 1st-century Roman amphitheater 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 Motovun hotel tonight, stuffed and happy. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 6: Opatija and Plitvice

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

Day 7: Lakes to the Coast

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

Day 8: The Roman Heart of Split

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

Day 9: Dalmatian Island-Hopping

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

Day 10: Island Relaxation

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

Day 11: Eye-Opening Bosnia-Herzegovina

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

Day 12: Rural Herzegovina

Today we'll take a long and scenic country drive through untouristed Herzegovina on our way to Dubrovnik. En route we'll discover the source of the Buna River and share coffee in the village of Blagaj before stopping in nearby Stolac to see the medieval Stećci tombstones that dot the fields and learn about the town's tumultuous past. After lunch together we'll drive through the predominantly Serbian Republika Srpska region, with a visit to Trebinje and its Gračanica monastery to learn about the Orthodox religion. After we arrive at our hotel in Dubrovnik, your guide will orient you to this Pearl of the Adriatic and set you free to sample the local cuisine and do a little exploring on your own. We'll sleep outside Dubrovnik's old city wall in the Lapad district, right by the sea (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: Dazzling Dubrovnik

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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

Reviews

Steve

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took the Adriatic trip back-to-back with the Eastern Europe tour, and while there was a little repetition, it was minor and worthwhile. The Eastern Europe trip combined cities with villages while the Adriatic tour was more about scenic settings and smaller towns and villages, combined of course with the cultural diversity and the long and often tragic history of this diverse region which was once Czechoslovakia. Many times a day I was reminded of my ignorance about this part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were the incredibly impressive complexes of Diocletian's palace in Split and the entire walled city of Dubrovnik. Way beyond expectations. Add to them the scenery of the Julian Alps and Lake Bled, and of course the waterfalls of Plitvice."

Michael

Laie, HI

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Background: Rick Steves tour "rookie," 75 yrs old, only moderately good physical condition. I was able to handle the physical part reasonably well although the steep climb at Motovun was quite challenging. I felt the "group" was a real plus--highly educated, motivated, friendly and almost all were better travelled in Europe than me (although I had travelled to France, England, Italy Switzerland, Greece, Spain, and the Netherlands in earlier years. Tremendous learning !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was blown away by Slovenia, particularly Ljubljana. Also, Felt that trip into Bosnia was my second favorite experience."

Natividad

Laie, HI

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Slovenia was a great surprise; I had no expectations because I didn't know anything. I didn't realize it had a mountainous topography. The historical aspect of the tour--history of the former Yugoslavia and its subsequent breakup and current challenges was a wonderful bonus. Bosnia is recovering but its political and economic situation saddens me. Croatia was even better than I expected. The tour was a visual delight. All the guides were knowledgeable. Our guide, Saso, was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Forest with its many waterfalls and impressive boardwalk throughout, allowing close-up visuals of its wonders and Dubrovnik's massive fortress. However, there were a lot of wow moments throughout the tour."

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the outstanding guide, amazing bus and driver to the variety of towns, cities, meals and cultural/historical experiences, it all fit together very smoothly. I especially appreciated the enthusiasm and passion expressed by our guide and some of the local guides attempting to explain the recent, complex confict in these areas, all with that ever-important smile and sense of humor. Bravo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching Milan calmly and smoothly jocky his shiny new bus around the hairpin turns of the narrow mountain pass through the Julian Alps was a highlight."

Anne

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This excellent tour gave an idea of the diverse beauty of Slovenia and the Balkan Peninsula, from the alpine splendour of Slovenia to the sun-drenched beaches of the Dalmatian islands to the ancient ruins of Pula, Split, and Dubrovnik, to the present-day realities of the war-ravaged cities of Mostar and Stolac in Bosnia. What a whirlwind! This was all enhanced by excellent company and the wonderful guidance of Saso. No one could call this tour relaxing, but it was certainly wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I think the supreme "Wow!" moment had to be Lake Plitvice for me (such profound beauty), but the evening calls to prayer at sunset in Mostar, the view of the mountain that the battle of Isonzo was fought on followed by an excellent presentation at the museum in Kobarid, the mist rising off the water at Lake Bled, and the camaraderie of the tour members all deserve mention! Really great group of people, as is usually the case with Rick Steves tours!"

Cooper

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people in Rick Steves tours make the difference. Our group leader- guide Sasho was a wonderful combination of get-the-details-done arranger, serious information provider, and humorous spirit raiser. I would give anything to learn his flexible shoulder, eye rolling shrug - puts the famous French shrug to shame. The specific city guides were also great. The tour members were wholly compatible and positive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clearly the speaker/headphone system. I have been on 4 Steves' tours & my major attraction to the tours is the effort to not be the ugly american and to have respect for the local culture. On the tour previous to this tour, we did not have the headphone system. Several times our group formed amoeba-like around the guide on a sidewalk, once on a rainy day forcing a local mother with her baby in stroller into the gutter to get around -I was profoundly embarrassed. (cont below at 5)"

Sylvia

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the sights and background history provided by guides. Tour participants an outstanding and congenial group. Found the tour rather strenuous - not because of physical requirements, but because of sometimes late dinners and early starts. Liked early starts, but didn't get enough rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Jerry

Laguna Beach, CA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip guide (Saso) and local guides. Everything ran smoothly and as promised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the 1990's war and seeing remaining evidence."

Elsa

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour full of beautiful and very interesting places. I finished the tour with a much clearer understanding of what Yugoslavia was and became.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that for me the wow moment was Dubrovnic as I had not expected for this city and its walls to be so well preserved. Lake Bled, Plivitce National Park and Korcula were delightful."

Kenneth

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good overall experience. Positives include material available prior to the trip (website, podcast downloads), Group size (28) was manageable, The overall itinerary was very good: we hit the main highlights plus a few options that were "off the beaten path". The knowledge of the local guides, The tour provided some flexibility for "on your own" activities and adequate information for the various options. The bus was comfortable, and the bus driver did a very good job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular favorite. Highlights include – Ljubjana castle, Lake Bled/Julian Alps area, Ampitheater in Pula, Motovun/hill town area, Lisjak winery/lunch, Plitvice & waterfalls, Split & Diocletian palace, Mostar bridge after sunset, Lunch feast in Bosnia, Korcula, Dubrovnik"

Ben

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was incredibly satisfying [INVALID] we saw lots of interesting sights, had plenty of time to noodle around on our own, and enjoyed lively discussions of what we were learning, on the bus. The hotels were excellent and the food & wine were delicious. Our tour group numbered about 28. It was just the right number. We were lucky in that our cohort was a cohesive bunch, and we enjoyed our time together with each passing day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! 1.the view from Bled Castle; stunning blue, with lake below and azure skies above. 2. the view from wooden footbridges across parts of Plitvice Lakes ethereal! 3. the lavender sunset from our room in Kastel Motovun after a full day of sightseeing and scrumptious wine-tasting. 4. night view of Mostar's Old Bridge. 5. an impromptu dinner at Nonna on Korcula, that grew from 4 to 14 of us. We joined a Slovenian bachelor party next to us and partied together!"

William

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour went smoothly throughout. Any needs and concerns were addressed, often before we really became aware of them. Saso was very professional. Milan the bus driver drove expertly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park. This is an amazing natural phenomenon. A second "wow" moment was touring Lake Bled."

James

Lorton, VA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well designed so that we were able to obtain a comprehensive understanding of this complicated and fascinating part of Europe. Both the historical significance and the current problems were presented well. As is typically the case with RS tours our traveling companions were all interesting, involved, and fun. This was our eighth tour and there will be more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting and lunch at the Lisjak Winery was memorable."

Valerie

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour offered excellent understanding of the geography, natural and cultural features, recent history and current political and socio-economic issues of the countries and cities visited. Only one event marred the trip - the tour bus driver made disturbing remarks. Thankfully, he was removed from his duties.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments including ride through the Solvenia Julian Alps and walk through the Plitvice Lakes National Park - each stunningly beautiful. The cities of Ljubljana, Split and Dubrovnik were delightful. The panoramic vista and setting at the Motovun castle-hotel were ethereal. The ferry ride from Split to Havar Island was breathtaking."

Margaret

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Adriatic countries have such an amazing history. It comes to life with the knowledge shared by our guide Darija, and with the local guides. Our local guides were eager to share their enthusiasm for their cities, guiding us through a Roman amphitheater and walled cities, and shared experiences of the war, ending only 20 years ago. The geographic diversity was dramatic, from limestone mountains, lakes and waterfalls, and rugged coastline.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most amazing site as a nature-lover, was Plitvice Lakes National Park, with the log paths over streams and waterfalls. Dubrovnik's walled old city was fantastic, every chilld's image of an old castle, with towers that looked like they came from a giant chess set."

Claudia

Charles Town, WV

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I very much enjoyed the tour which took us to so many interesting places and let us relive history from various perspectives. it was our first Rick Steves tour and we were not sure what to expect, especially since we don't usually travel in groups that size. But, our fears were soon put to rest when we found a fun loving, like-minded, and easy going group of travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Plitvice National Park was definitely a "wow" moment in spite of the rain. I would have loved to have had a little more time there. And, beautiful Lake Bled where, again, time was way too short."

Steven

Charles Town, WV

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first tour with your company so I wasn't sure of what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised how well everything operated. A lot can be said for our fellow travelers who were a very congenial group. The bus hours passed quite well thanks to timely stops and the tour skills of our guide. With the completion of this trip I have visited 81 countries. I would certainly consider another trip with Rick Steves in my goal to see the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The number one was Plitvice Lakes National Park.What a beautiful and fascinating place.This would be followed up by Lake Bled which offered great scenery, fantastic mushroom soup and their wonderful cake dessert. Our stay there was but a few hours which I recommend be extended to an overnight stay. And to round our the top three would be Dubrovnik."

Carol

Assheville, NC

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip with a very compatible group of fellow travelers. I would say that the trip as a whole exceeded my expectations. Certainly the countries we visited definately exceeded my expectations. Most of the hotels were very good and well-located. The food overall was excellent. I will discuss the right amount of free time at particular locations in another question.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though it rained while we were there, Plitvice Lakes National Park has to be the highlight."

John

Benicia, CA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our first Rick Steves tour. It was well-organized and had a good balance between the amount of time led by guides and free time to explore on our own. Enjoyed having plenty of room on a large, comfortable bus. Our fellow travelers were fun and there were no grumps. The tour was very interesting and educational. Took lots of photos! Despite some concerns noted below, the tour was a very positive experience and we'd consider doing another RS tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be our final stop - Dubrovnik. The walls and historic quarter are very impressive. Also was wowed by the Plitvice National Park. The lakes and waterfalls were lovely even though it rained and was overcast. (The crowds late in the morning were a bit much, though.)"

Michael

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip. The countries we toured were countries many Americans know little about and travel even less. Darija did a great job telling us about each country and each area within the country. She did it in a very unbiased way. Hotels were excellent and the meals included in the tour were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple. One was the wine tasting. My expectations were just average. After it was finished it was "wow that was great". The other wow was the city of Lubljana."

Hugh

Asheville, NC

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding! The itinerary was well planed and seemed to cover the most important high points of the Adriatic. Our guide and all of the local guides were excellent and everyone on the tour group was compatible, friendly and cooperative. All in all, a very enjoyable and rewarding experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Dubrovnik on a Saturday night!"

Brenda

Surrey, BC

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my 3rd Rick Steves Tour, and I was not disappointed. Our guide and assistant guide were always on the mark and knew their history. They were always accessible and open to discussions regarding anything to do with Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia. I could have gone on the trip by myself and seen the majority of the sights – but I would have missed the history and stories behind each city, village or incident. It was a joy to have the trip organized for me, thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"They were numerous - Plitvice, Soca River Valley, & Dubrovnik."

Jane

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was excellent. We saw beautiful country and wonderful natural sites. We learned about the dramatic, traumatic history of the area by seeing the remnants of the war in the 1990s and hearing from local tour guides about their personal experiences. The RS guide was very knowledgeable and skilled. The scope of the tour was broad and interesting in many ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the biggest WOW moment was Plitvice Lakes. It was drizzling the first half of our walk and that combined with rain the previous days meant that we were walking right over rapidly flowing water leading to beautiful waterfalls. Every other turn brought us to another spectacular view. Another real wow was walking the city wall in Dubrovnik, with views that just kept getting better. Ljubljana, Opatija, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Lake Bled and the Julian Alps were also lovely and interesting."

Randy

Paradise, CA

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and ran smoothly. Darija is very knowledgeable, organized, adaptable and did a wonderful job leading the group. Our group was a pleasure to travel with and all were easy to be with. This was our first tour of any kind, including Rick Steve's, and when touring you give of some your flexibility in exchange for the the prearranged activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two favorite sights, the Amphitheater in Pula and Diocletian's Palace in Split. The Romans were incredible engineers, 2000 years ago! Greatly appreciated the information and explanations by Darija and the local guides regarding the conflict in the 1990's. It was extremely interesting to get the perspectives of guides who were children at the time and how it affected them and their families, and how it still affects their countries' prosperity and daily life."

Sandra

Surrey, BC

Tour: 09/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour is steeped in history and the countries are very beautiful. I was surprised by the ship building and infrastructure of highways and tunnels which surpasses most countries. I came home more educated re the complexities and devastation of war on youth and families and thankful of our freedom in North America. The preparation from the Rick Steves staff was appreciated and the guide books and web site most informative. We ate our way through Croatia and have 2 pounds to shed quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I left my heart in Ljubljana with the amazing architecture and scenery. Even with our rainy weather in Plitvice National Park, this is a new "wonder of the world" for me. It will be a cover on our photo album."

Suzanne

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very beautiful and interesting place that I did not know much about. Really learned a lot about the history and people from that part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled Korcula Caves near Ljubljana we hired a guide Plitvice National Park Walled city of Dubrovnik"

Ann

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very congenial group. All were schedule conscious and, as a result, we lost very little time waiting for folks. We had an excellent guide whose knowledge of the countries we visited helped me to understand their various histories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Diocletian's palace at night - magical."

Myrna

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like the itinerary. it covered the best of Slovenia and Croatia! I traveled a few days prior to the beginning of the tour and then several more days after the tour (to Sarajevo and Zagreb), So the itinerary of the tour was a good set up for my additional travels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Plitvice Lakes National Park. WOW!! a definite Must See. second the Roman Amphitheater in Pula!!!"

Becky

Del Mar, CA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the time we arrived in Lubljana, Slovenia until we said our goodbye's we were seeing and learning new and unexpected things. We had a group of 27 people plus our trusty guide, Sanel. Everyone seemed excited to be there and eager to meet and get to know new people and places. There were so many different parts to this trip that it is difficult to describe. We visited ancient ruins, lovely towns, lakes with waterfalls, Alps, and islands on the crystal clear Adriac.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Adriac Sea, Plitvice Waterfalls, the towns we visited including Lubljana and Dubrovnik + many others, the fresh seafood and the surprisingly good wine."

Mary

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was outstanding! The group was fun-loving, well traveled and easy going. The variety of places was well planned and the pace was perfect. The local guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Our guide, Sanel, was a wonderful representative of the area and the people as well as of Rick Steves' Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day provided a new "wow" moment. I loved Plitvice Lakes National Park. The falls were stunning in spite of the mist or maybe because of it. Probably the most moving part of the trip (a "wow" moment of a different sort) was our time in Bosnia. Seeing the remnants of war and hearing Sanel's stories have left a lasting impression on me. I am humbled."

Julie

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a tremendous educational experience for me as I had little knowledge of the history, culture, religion, or politics, of this part of the world. We were exposed to a number of different points of view, mostly through local tour guides, but also through interacting with area citizens, regarding religion, political tensions, past leadership, wars. We were also exposed to the beauty of the people, the land, the hopes of those who live in these areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments during this tour, but my favorite was "The Pearl of the Adriatic". The city is beautiful, on the water, contained by a huge wall. The small streets and back alleys beg to be explored. Small shops offering snacks, clothing, jewelry, entertainment, tours, outdoor dining, people watching, coffee, drinks, specialty foods. From the top of the wall, you can see the entire city, the sparkling Adriatic and the people of Dubrovnik."

James

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided a great balance between travel time, site tour time and personal time. The information provided by our tour guide, Sanel and the on site guides were superb. The information provided us with a view of the people, history, culture, religion, politics, and geography that makes traveling the adventure. This information leaves the traveler with a different view of life, the world, and our role in it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorites are difficult because there were so many thought and feelings that were experienced. The discussions with the tour guide and the visit to Mostar and Stolac were the best. These days gave the most food for thought of the tour."

Sanders

Shreveport, LA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We just did not know much about this area of Europe and wanted to travel there before it becomes overrun with visitors. We fell in love with Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia. The visit to Bosnia is so worthwhile as it helps you better understand that a country is its people not its government and how badly people can suffer from the bad decisions of their leaders. Go on this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "wow" moments: Julian Alps Lake Bled Kor?ula Plitvi?e Mostar"

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide: Amir Telibechirowich Excellent driver: Ales ? Good group spirit Riveting mountains, valeys, rivers, history, cities/towns A few excellent local guides: Ljubljana, Solac, Kobarid especially

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Julian Alps, Ljubljana, Split: tie"

Christopher

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed our trip. Our guide Amir was simply the best. He made it all worthwhile. The pace was just right, and the sequence of places to visit was very good as well. We met a lot of nice people. We would certainly consider another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubijana was a city that we did not really know much about before this trip. We were blown away by the beauty of this city and it's people. We had great food, enjoyed the sights and spent a lot of time just strolling around."

Robert

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amir is the best!! He made the tour fun,educational, & enjoyable.We cannot say enough good things about Amir. This was our fifth tour with Rick Steves

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were walking in a narrow passage way between two buildings and Amir yells out " car" . I know it sounds crazy but it was great.??"

Sheri

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I recently went through my tour pictures and it is quite overwhelming how much we covered in 14 days! Starting with Ljubljana with its great shopping, food and so much to see, then to quaint Lake Bled followed by Plitvice Lakes National Park...that's three vacations right there. But we were only a few days in. Motovun, Pula, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, Korcula (fab thunder storm), Mostar and Dubrovnik were still to come...the AMOUNT of tour was wonderful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is IMPOSSIBLE to answer because of the diversity of this tour. Ljubljana was my favorite shopping (followed by Rovinj). Plitvice Lakes was my favorite outdoors thing. Motovun was the most unique. I checked off seeing old Roman ruins from my bucket list in Pula. Hvar had the best restaurant. Korcula was mysterious and charming (and I AM going back with my husband as I expect its romantic, too), Mostar was the most thought provoking and Dubrovnik is the perfect finish."

Erin

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was interesting, fun, nice group of people to tour with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved having Turkish coffee at the Tekki in Bosnia. a very unique, beautiful place and learned that 1000 kids lived there during the war"

Bob

Lopez Island, WA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are looking back on so many wonderful memories. The guided tour allowed us to do more and see more because the time was used efficiently. The excellent transportation, organized to the minute, created fun and easy travel - thank you Ales, for your superb driving skills. I cannot imagine visiting these countries without Amir. ____ written by Bob & Lynn, Lopez Island, WA

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wows! Overall history and culture of the three countries. Male singers performing within the walls of Diocletian's palace. Tenor singing at night in the square - Dubrovnik Musicians, dancers performing at night - on the riva, Split Bled's hilltop castle - needed more time Julian Alps mountain pass with gray-blue Soca River Winery tour, tasting and lunch Food and Beverages"

Barbara

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our tour guide , Amir. Our bus driver was amazing, Alesh. This made a very good trip, great! We had not been on a large tour before, so I was a bit sceptical about being in a group of 26. I got used to it within a couple days and found meeting our fellow tour mates quite enjoyable. I felt the pace of the trip was just right. We appreciated our free times as well. Having some meals with the group was nice, but we enjoyed being on our own with some our new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitivice Lakes and waterfalls. The wood boardwalk and steps were daunting, but the views were grat!"

Henry

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I saw a beautiful part of the world with knowledgable guides who were very helpful in giving me perspective on the lift, past and present, of the people. Many of the things I saw were somewhat off the beaten track. Others were fairly mainstream tourist haunts. All were interesting and none were a waste of time. I saw a lot and learned a lot. The group was very cohesive and the time on and off tour was about right. I came into the tour relatively tired, having been out already for nearly 2

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the history of Bosnia. I have close friends from there and never understood, and was afraid to ask, why they immigrated to the USA. We're having them over for dinner in a couple of days and I suspect the conversation will be much more personal, thanks to the knowledge I gained from our guides and the visual of their country that I saw walking and on the bus."

Aldina

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour for my husband and myself. We have traveled on our own, with friends and family but never in an organized tour with others. We were very pleased. The folks in our traveling group were great and our guide, Amir was awesome. Amir was exceptionally well informed, very attentive to each tour member's needs, making every effort to insure that our traveling experience as part of the Rick Steve's Adriatic tour was a positive one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments since each location we visited had so much to offer. In particular Motovun, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Hvar and Korcula, Mostar and of course Dubrovnik."

Evonne

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've traveled to Europe privately once, as well as four tours with different tour companies. I'm now a Rick Steves convert. No more 'sardine' tours of packed buses, packed time and several one night stays. I enjoyed the relaxed nature of RS Tour; with the longer stays and minimal all day travel. Looking forward to my next tour in May 2016.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WWI museum was my initial 'wow' moment, in that we learned so much about a part of history we Americans have overlooked. The second was perhaps beautiful Plitvice National Park. But I gotta say I want to return to Korcula."

Robert

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This year was as good as last year. That is saying something because last year (2014) was fantastic. Tina added credibility to the experience by being a native to the area. Her insights to the region's culture and politics made the trip and our understanding better. Wine and food- A, Hotels- A, Guides-A. Ill be back...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Probably sitting in an alley in Korcula in late evening sampling great local wines with several people in the group, Tina and the proprietor of the wine shop. Or sitting on a hill overlooking Hvar harbor in early evening (sundown) Or on the tour of Diocletian's Palace in Split. Pick em."

David

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is awesome. It includes a wide variety of different settings and experiences. Every day was surprising (unpublished unique stops) and exciting. The strength of the tour is learning about the three countries, both recent history and the current situations, especially Bosnia. I recommend this tour wholeheartedly. We fortunately arrived a day early in Ljubljana. This is a beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow moment" was crossing the Julian Alps. These mountains are beautiful."

Lori

Charlestown, RI

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous trip! Slovenia is a beautiful country and I enjoyed everything about it. Ljubljana is a wonderful city. I loved all the places we visited in Slovenia and enjoyed learning about the history, politics and education of the country through Tina. Croatia was magical! I loved all the little towns and islands we visited. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better.....it did. Each place had it's own unique qualities,all of them absolutely beautiful with breathtaking vistas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is never ever ONE wow moment! Plitvice will always remain in my heart! Hvar and Korcula have the most beautiful water I have ever seen. Loved Rovinj and staying on the top of Motovun. Enjoyed our tour in Mostar with local guide, Edo. So interesting to learn a first hand account of the war in his country. Many wows in Slovenia also!"

Donald

Charlestown, RI

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was no part of this tour or any activity I did not enjoy. We had taken the Best of Eastern European Tour in 2013 and found ourselves wanting to see more of this area. The Adriatic Tour was a great stand alone tour and even better when able to go on both of these Eastern European Tours. What a great part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say listening to the local Bosnian guides in general and Edo in particular. It was amazing to listen to what he, his family, and his friends went through during the war. And even more so to have had to go through this at such a young age."

Chris

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, wonderful guide. Interesting part of the world, and learned much about the history of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed our initial arrival in Ljubljana (totally surprised that I enjoyed it so much). Perhaps the "wow" moment was seeing Diocletian's Palace in Split the evening of our arrival. Gorgeous and unexpected!"

Patricia

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was a great experience! This was my 3rd tour with RS and this was made special by our tour guide. We went to lovely places, which I would have missed if I hadn't gone on this tour. However, it would be nice to have more time in these places. I have been back for 3 weeks and have recommended this tour in particular to everyone, and RS tours in general. Even as a solo traveler, I was always included by the couples, so other solo travelers should not hesitate to book a tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was so pleasantly surprised by the charm of Ljubljana and Slovenia. Going over the Julian Alps and stopping at the Russian memorial was a wow moment. I look forward to returning to Slovenia in the future to explore more. There were so many memories from the trip; not only the places, but the people. Definitely a good group of travelers!"

Barbara

Elizabethtown, PA

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had been on two previous Rick Steves tours: London City Tour and Scotland in 11 days. We took them back-to-back in June 2009. These tours were excellent and when we decided we wanted to visit the countries that formerly made up Yugoslavia, we decided this one would be the best way. We also added 4 days prior to the tour by visiting Zagreb on our own and we stayed on in Dubrovnik an additional 3 days at the end, which also gave us time to spend a full day in Montenegro.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many, the best I can do is narrow it to three: 1) The first would be when we received the final travel documents and found out Tina Hiti would be our guide - and even then, everyday with her was a privilege, with one "wow" moment after another; 2) Walking the city wall in Dubrovnik; 3) Listening to our (local) Bosnian guide describe the 1990's war and how it effected him, in the most personal ways."

Rita

Westborough, MA

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern Adriatic trip was my first Rick Steves tour and it met all my expectations. Our tour guide, Tina and my fellow tour members made this vacation extra special. Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are beautiful countries and this trip was quite an educational and memorable experience. Anyone who hasn't visited the Eastern Adriatic countries should seriously consider them as a destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As soon as we arrived in Ljubljana (a beautiful and lively city) I knew this trip was going to be great. There were so many "wow" moments but I think visiting the many beautiful sites along the Dalmatian Coast was special to me. Staying a few nights on Korcula and enjoying the island life was a pleasant and restful experience."

Greg

Star, ID

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and it was a great experience all the way around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Park and water falls were breathtaking and I was also surprised at the incredible color and clarity of the Adriatic Sea."

Patty

Star, ID

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't find words to describe how incredible our two week tour was. It was a magnificent adventure in culture, history, environment and experiences and at times made my head spin. This was our first overseas tour and I knew that Rick Steve's stands for quality but our experiences were far beyond what I ever thought possible. Our guide was superb and every detail was [INVALID]d in a way that made us comfortable and engaged. The only difficulty was not having enough hours in the day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"About half way through the tour, we were on the island of Korcula and taking a swim in the crystal clear waters just down from our hotel during our free time, and it hit me, I'm really in this spectacular place that I didn't even know was here. I didn't want to leave and I would love to go back and spend several days in each place we toured."

Susan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the Adriatic in 14 Days tour exceeded my expectations! From Our tour guide Barbara, to the cities and the "sights"and staying in unique hotels,traveling on various forms of transportation, the city tour guides,and the many unique experiences provided to each of us. If you want to visit this area of E.Europe and you like exploring coastal cities/towns/islands, and hiking opportunities and experiencing local foods plus you desire to learn about the people and history of various cities;try it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but swimming in the Adriatic Sea enjoying the crystal clear warm waters is at the top for me! I was so thankful we had several days when we could swim.such a unique experience swimming off the rocky coastline,looking down and seeing fish etc.. Hiking around Lake Bled in Slovenia and hiking in the Plitvice Nat. Park in Croatia"

James

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great overall experience. Regional guides at various destinations provided meaningful insights about the culture, history and politics of the area that would be difficult to get on your own. Our tour guide, Barbara, was excellent and had just the right temperament for the group. Our bus driver was masterful in negotiating small city streets and difficult mountain roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not necessarily a "wow" moment, but the visit to the Soci Valley and Museum made a great impression on me. My grandfather, had he not immigrated to America, would likely have fought there."

Kitty

Homewood, CA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a compatible group with an excellent guide. The tour took us to a big variety of touchstone type sites as we ranged about the 3 countries. En route, Barbara educated us all with history and personal stories. It was a physically strenuous tour, but with the occasional assist, my 81 year old self was able to keep up. An unfortunate accident in our group was handled perfectly by our guide, as well as smaller incidents...so we all felt that we were in very capable hands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a warm evening we gathered below and beside the Mostar Bridge in Bosnia-Herzogovenia. Twilight was drawing down and a crescent moon was shining over a hill adorned with a lighted cross. In that warm, velvet evening, the air was filled with the call to prayer from several mosques...and it was magical. Having heard from several local guides about their war-time experiences in the area, it was also poignant."

Robert

Homewood, CA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this tour was about learning. We have been to Europe many time (with Rick Steve's) but never to the Adriatic. We had much to learn. Indeed their is the visual beauty of Eastern Europe and the influence of the Romans, and others, but what has happened just in recent years that has and is shaping this iconic part of our world that is important. I (we) learned that and learned what happend to cause it and the forces that shape it today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the hand painted signs in Bosnia reading (Refruges Welcome)."

Roger

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a nice group, excellent guide in Barbara and an excellent driver. Some of the hotels were very nice, mostly they were adequate. Most meals were pretty good, the winery was the best. Going to Mostar was very educational, not something you would get on a normal tour. I know Barbara went above and beyond to make this a great tour for everyone. All I ever heard from others was praise for how she handled some challenging situations. She is very knowledgeable and well read.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's easy to say the feel good stuff, but I must say the Bosnian experience. It's an eye opener. I have gone on an read the "Balkan Ghost" by Kaplan and my wife and I visited Sarajevo for three days and took tours. The Dalmatian Coast was the prettiest place we visited, but Bosnia was the most educational."

Elsie

Londonderry, VT

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the experience was action-packed, very informative, very well-organized. There was ample time for my husband and me to do our own thing. The local tour guides were superior - so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our main guide was really well organized, attentive to her guests' needs and interests, and the consumate diplomat. The group excursions, like the wine tasting and boat trip, were added benefits that we may not have been able to do on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana was so unexpected - felt lucky to be there before it is discovered. Bosnia was also eye-opening. Not a vacation destination, but definitely educational, heartwrenching and worth the visit. I loved dinner in the old town with the evening call to prayer as the lights on the bridge and old buildings were glowing."

Charlotte

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I give this tour and A+. Not a dull moment and I learned more about the former Yugoslavia than I would have without the tour and informative guides. The bus was comfortable and our fellow travelers were easy to be with. The scenery was spectacular. My only complaint was that it was very tiring. I don't know how to slow it down, however and cover the ground that the tour encompassed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. I guess Dubrovnik because of the beauty of the walled city. But Plitvice certainly rates a "wow". Also the guide who accompanied us to Stolac rates a quiet wow because of the difficult stories he had to tell."

MarNell

El Dorado, CA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

VERY GOOD TOUR, BARBARA, TOUR GUIDE DOES HER JOB ABOVE AND BEYOND. WE LEARNED A LOT ON OUR TOUR AND DO APPRECIATE HER KNOWLEDGE. HOTELS WERE GOOD, ESPECIALLY THE TWO NIGHT STAYS, I WOULD DO A RS TOUR AGAIN

Favorite "WOW" moment

"HEARING STORIES FROM LOCAL BOSNIA GUIDE, LOVED LJUBLJANA, MOSTAR, KORCULA"

Rebecca

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great tour overall. I appreciated the variety of experiences - larger cities, sleepy towns, nature spots, historical/educational stops, etc. A lot of time on the bus, but that's to be expected. Barbara was a fantastic guide and her knowledge of and ability to speak for countless hours about the history and culture of the region was astounding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana was beautiful and Plitvice was a unique departure from the cities. I really enjoyed our time relaxing in Korcula - I've never seen water that blue."

William

Milford, OH

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible tour! We were blessed with very knowledgable guides, both our main guide, Darija & tour assistant, Pat, as well as the many local guides who very friendly, personable, and very eager to answer our questions. Also important is to mention our faithful Alpetour bus driver, Matjaz, who was a polite, careful, and skilled driver. There was sufficient time to take pictures, dine, sightsee - everything a traveller would want. Darija did an excellent job keeping us on schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is too hard to answer, because there were many "wow" moments that I experienced. Perhaps closest was to witness the deep ethnic divides of Bosnia-Herzigovina."

Susan

Milford, OH

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every part of trip was enjoyable/memorable. Good balance of group/private time, history/current events, information/just luxuriating with the beauty & delicious food, the variety of hotels (no losers amongst them, all different). This tour was very active (lots of walking) and I really liked that part. Even though this tour covers a lot of (literal) ground, I personally really enjoyed the quantity & variety of places visited. Not a leisurely tour. Our guide was wonderful! Great tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most meaningful portion of the trip for me were the Bosnia days, with three different local guides, each with their own stories to tell. Their messages were both crushingly sad (how unresolved several of the issues are & how strong many divisions still) AND YET they're working hard to teach their children not to hate, just be good people/good Bosnians. Our guide gave great (& balanced) explanation of the history/status. Refugees were current news story so very relevent."

James

Richardson, TX

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was quite good. The group was pretty much compatible, which is not always the case on these tours. This tour does have a lot of walking, and the weather in the second week was pretty darn hot, and those two things did not always get along too well. The group meals were good, the wine tasting was a lot of fun, the boat rides were good (one was a bit rough for some but not for all). The hotels were acceptable, none of them great, none awful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the most dramatic thing was Mostar. I was not expecting to be in the middle of what appeared to be a war zone. It was explained to us that ownership of some of the buildings was unclear and that contributed to the slowness of repair, plus intractable politics. I had no idea that Bosnia & Herzegovina were still so volatile and that feelings ran so high. The guide at the Serbian Orthodox church appeared to have been literally brainwashed. The evening views in Mostar were incredible."

Edward

Naples, FL

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A completely new place for me to tour. It was great. The mountains, sea, landscape, and culture were more than I expected. The changes between countries made an impression on me. While in Bosnia and especially Mostar and Stolac I felt a sense that the conflict was not over. The divide of cultures established long ago by politicians and held together by dictators, may very well come apart again. Best of all, our fellow travelers and guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik, Bled, Split. There were many memories but I liked these cities best. I would not alter the tour though. It was varied and comprehensive."

Diane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed this tour. It was our second Rick Steves' tour - we chose it because it was somewhere we knew nothing about and probably wouldn't have traveled on our own. It was a smart decision - with all the logistics covered, we could concentrate on absorbing the experience. Everyone we encountered was helpful, kind and engaging. The food and wine was terrific and the tour members were fun and flexible. We won't hesitate to take another Rick Steves' trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I LOVED Lake Bled and the amazing trip through the Julian Alps BUT there was something that 'took my breath away' everyday."

Gary

Jacksonville, OR

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was an especially outgoing and compatible collection of personalities. We really bonded with all these people. Many had done numerous Rick Steves, so they were used to the unique style of touring Rick Steves offers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled!!!! Plitvicka Jezera National Park!!!!"

Peter

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An excellent tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvicka Lakes National Park."

Steven

West Hills, CA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing, beautiful, fun, educational, and very sobering at times. I cannot find fault with anything on the tour. The itinerary was interesting and allowed for enough free time; there wasn't too much sitting on the bus at any one time; the guides were phenomenal, and the beauty and history of the region were eye-opening. The trip exceeded all my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two favorite moments. One was discovering Ljubljana. I was not familiar with the city at all before the trip, and knew nothing of its history. Yet the city has now become one of my favorites. I love its beauty and especially the fact that the residents really embrace the city and enjoy it. My other moment happened during my extension in Dubrovnik. I saw the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra play in the Rector's Palace atrium. The music and setting combined for a truly magical experience."

Diane

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour, but I have used Rick Steves' guide books on several occasions. From the moment I signed up I could sense it was well planned, with all of the information received before the trip even began. I appreciated that the tour mirrored the guidebook, but with a couple little extras along the way. We were fortunate to have a cohesive group on the tour (i.e. no whiners or know-it-alls). It was a nice mix of time together and time alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Plitvice National Park was incredible. I love nature and natural wonders. I would be in awe of a waterfall, thinking nothing could top it, then I would see another one just as/if not more beautiful. On a more cultured note, the Mestrovic Gallery was just eye candy for me; his sculptures just drew me in. Finally, on a historic note, the tour of Mostar with Alma had me rapt with attention. I had seen the New Cemetery on documentaries, but to learn about it first hand touched me"

Paula

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of people. All were like minded and fun. We've been on tours where people were supposed to be in good physical shape but were not. Made it hard on everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Ljubljana after 15 years and how it had changed. The winery experience. Being in towns I've never heard of and my favorite was Korcula."

Charles

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. Rick and Co. certainly have a great marketing strategy for those of us who both love our independence while, at the same time, don't want to be bogged down planning every detail of a trip. I also loved the variety of places that you focus on, i.e., a little history, environment and beautiful places to see, politics/world affairs/current events and their relevance to a place. Saso even brought up the importance in of sitting down for a cup of coffee and people watching.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. I visited Ljubljana 25+ years ago when it was under communism so to see the many changes were mind-blowing. Also, the WW I history of the Soca Valley was new to me and very interesting but I am a geographer. I really loved the Istrian countryside and discovering the real taste of fresh truffles and porcini mushrooms. Finally, after all the news about what happened in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Mostar experience was eye-opening."

Kurt

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was good, the guide and bus driver excellent. That said, there was too much time on the bus. Too much was attempted in the limited amount of time of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Plitvice National Park. The scenery was fantastic. A close second is driving through the Julian Alps."

Evelyn

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group! Clicked together from the very first day. No whiners , no moaners ,everybody came on time or early for departures or activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Julian Alps from our hotel room otherwise too many to list."

Rosanna

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic time! We loved the itinerary and our master tour guide, Saso, was knowledgeable, professional and entertaining. There were a total of 27 travelers in our group who were all fun and considerate people. Enjoyed the educational aspect of this tour--the tour guides were wonderful! This was our first Rick Steve's tour and I know wont be our last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were SO many "wow" moments--90% of the itinerary were wows! I came away with the impression that Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited!"

Victoria

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not only was the tour fantastic, our group of 27 travelers, couples and singles who had never met before, gelled as a team and enjoyed each other's company immensely. We had a blast, laughing together, eating together, and exploring some of the most beautiful areas on earth. We are already all connected now by email, sharing pictures and reminiscing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with all Rick Steves tours there were many, but the one that stood out had to do with the detailed preparation of our guide and driver. As we got to the Bosnia-Croatia border, our driver Allesh went to the guard post and we expected him to then come and get our passports for inspection. Instead, he ran back to the bus, grabbed some beer he had stashed in the cooler, and gave it to the border guards. We were then on our way; who needs passports!"

John

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour memebers, guide (s), and destination

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the walls of Dubrovnic"

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Lovely fellow travelers and excellent guide, but this tour didn't sparkle for us. Long bus rides to picturesque towns, each with a lovely square, bell tower and city wall. After the third town they all seemed the same.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering Dubrovnik through the gate."

Sandra

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The education superceded the beauty. War is not so distant as in other countries and yet the people rebuild and stay. I was struck by their resilience; it made tolerating the long bus days seem petty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While staying in Motovun we heard music coming from somewhere. At first we thought it was piped in for atmosphere, but we followed our ear and discovered a Klappa group practicing in a nearby church. We took a seat in the back and 90 minutes passed before I realized how hard those pews can be!"

David

Street, MD

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

While I enjoyed this tour it was probably my least favorite RS tour. It just did not involve the "stuff" that most interests me. That is not the fault of the tour just the difference between this part of the world and places like Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Roman amphitheater in Pula"

Diane

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another great RS tour although not my favorite one. The only day that I didn't think went well was the first day: our orientation meeting, buddy selection and first dinner together could have been better. Our dinner up the funicular in Ljubljana to the castle was nothing special and there was an awful presentation going on in the background that we had to compete with when trying to converse with one another. More time in Lake Bled and the Julian Alps/Soca River Valley.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Motovun. Plitvice was so impressive even in the steady rain. Split surprised me, liked it more than I thought I would. The islands, Korcula and Hvar were wonderful and relaxing. Loved our evening private boat cruise together. Wish we could have done this same type of private cruise in Dubrovnik, around Lokrum Is. I would say Dubrovnik if it wasn't so overloaded with tourists."

Kendyll

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned a lot about the history of the region, how except for Dubrovnik, these countries have been a colony of a larger empire. I saw the impact of a recent war where rebuilding has not taken place and where they cannot afford to convert their parks from cemeteries back into parks. I learned about efforts in Stolac to bridge differences between different groups split by the war. I had great local food and saw wonderful scenery, especially in Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "wow" moments: 1. Lujbljana - a wonderful city 2. Lake Bled - too little time there 3. Plitvice Lakes National Park 4. The bridge at Mostar and the signs welcoming the refugees from Syria in that town 5. Learning about the attempts to knit together groups in Stolac 6. Learning about medieval structures in Dubrovnik"

Robin

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing trip! We loved the variety on this tour. We're already thinking about our next Rick Steves vacation. Thank you for organizing such an enriching experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the cellar of the 7th generation winery in Slovenia, in operation since 1836, and enjoying the welcoming hospitality of Boris Lisjak and tasting his great wine! Experiencing Motovun and its castle walls. Watching the sun set on Mostar's Old Bridge."

Rex

New South Wales,

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well, it starts with Sanel, he was the key to a brilliant experience, his knowledge, his sense of humour and his compassion for people was amazing. It was summed at our final night dinner, "a wonderful human being". His trials and tribulations in life were completely submerged in his great sense of humour, his compassion for the new children that will form the future of Bosnia and his work with those children. The tour therefore already had a head start and was a real eye opener to the Balkans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole experience, I guess the realisation that the Balkans were not a third world region was my great surprise and instead of going back to Italy when I want to spend some special time I will go back to clean, hygienic Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia."

Gail

New South Wales,

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour overall was excellent, our guides were very knowledgable and sanel has a great sense of humour. as Australians we were welcomed into the fold and loved every moment of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia touched us all, I don't think I have ever felt so moved by such tradegy. The lakes district was stunning, the wow factor for me was driving along the Dalmatiin Coast."

Valerie

Arlington, VA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was really impressed with our guide Sanel. He was excellent. Dan was also very nice. I really enjoyed the contrasts and variety the tour's schedule provided. I feel like i got to see a lot of different kinds of places in the area and also learned a lot from the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first swim in the Adriatic off Hvar island. The water was so clear and beautiful colors."

Belinda

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded my expectations. Sinel was a fabulous guide. The trip was well planned out and our time there was maximized. Sinel did a great job of adding in some little things that made the trip even more local. I loved having local guides tour us around their cities. The contrast of experiencing the devastation of Bosnia along with the beauty of Slovenia and Croatia was profound.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was fantastic."

Marilyn

Ft Mill, SC

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a surprising experience for me. I knew little or nothing of the history and beauty and culture of this Eastern European location. Each of the three countries reflected a difference of values, economy, religion, and cuisine. The beauty of the Adriatic Sea was fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sounds and sights at Plitvice Lakes National Park were breathtaking. As we hiked along, a peacefulness and appreciation of nature surrounded us."

John

Giddings, TX

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greatly enjoyed. Especially the tour of our guides home town Stolac. In addition to the "500 character limit" (see below)...Croatia was nice however I am really not into the cheap Chinese rip off trinkets and "flip flop beach crowd". Most enjoyed were the small towns and villages along the way...Ston, Stolac, Motovun,...etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the small cemeteries in Mostar. I did not take pictures because I thought somehow that would be inappropriate. However, even though at the time it was not that impressive, it has had a very lasting impression on me since that time of the tour. I absolutely adored Motovun. And, I would have been happy to spend the next week and a half there... I like small villages and places that are not popular with tourists."

Dawn

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour so we weren't sure how we would like it. We appreciated that the group was small and we learned a lot about the countries that we visited. Our tour guide Sanel was fantastic. He taught us a lot of things and was personable, funny and easy to work with. We came away from this tour with a much better understanding of the former Yugoslavia and its history and culture. Had a great time and hope to travel with Rick Steves again in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Ljubljana ( favorite city we had never heard of before). Also loved walking the walls of Dubrovnik and all the beautiful views from there."

Coyla

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sanel and Dan were great tour leaders, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. The group of travelers all understood and cooperated with the Rick Steves credo of not being grumps and having fun. The locations were beautiful, hotels were great, meals were wonderful. I have wanted to travel the Dalmation coast for years, and my expectations were exceeded by this tour. Visiting cities, countryside, museums, parks, and the Adriatic provided a perfect balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of "wow" moments, but the absolute best was hiking through the Plitvice National Park. The Park is well maintained, the aluminum board walk was well marked, and the waterfalls were spectacular! I've seen a few big waterfalls around the earth, but the variety, and sheer numbers of falls, big and small, puts this park in the top 3."

Natalie

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What made the trip outstanding: the tour guide and the beauty we saw. Slovenia and Croatia were more beautiful and well-maintained than we had expected, but the contrast of Bosnia was eye-opening and important to see. Good balance of free time to explore on our own. Congenial fellow travelers; everybody on time, no grumps. New, comfortable bus and outstanding driver who drove smoothly and carefully. Appreciated excellent locations for sightseeing and rest breaks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Dubrovnik, Saso led us to the "hole in the wall" bar on the rocks where we enjoyed a glass of wine, listened to the lapping waves and viewed the sunset. It was an amazing time."

David

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! I wasn't sure about the day in Bosnia before the trip, but it was worth it to learn that about the recent history of the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, we also learned that Bosnia still has a ways to go in dealing with the tribalism that caused so many problems. The highlights for me were Plitvice and Dubrovnik, but Ljubljana, Motovun, Split and Korcula were all very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was gorgeous, with Dubrovnik a very close second. At Plitvice, the waterfalls kept getting better and better, saving the best for last."

Mark

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful, relaxfull, and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Plitvice Lakes National Park and seeing a waterfall around every turn. Second wow moment was Millan (Bus driver), sorry if I misspelled his name, navigating the bus through the "scenic" mountain pass, 100 switchbacks???, on the way to the Soca River Valley. Even though it was a cloudy, misty day, the scenery was great."

Marcia

Fort Pierce, FL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Saso was an outstanding guide, great group of 18 positive travelers, seafood so fresh and deliciously prepared, terrific weather with temperatures mainly in the 70s and low 80s, locals friendly and mostly English speaking, so language was not an issue. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. It is a wonderful, safe feeling area to visit with beautiful scenery and lots of fun things to do and see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved hiking in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It had rained the day before, so the waterfalls were very full and gorgeous! We had great suggestions from Saso about how best to avoid the crowds, as it is a very popular tourist attraction. Bosnia with the local guides to explain the impact of the war on them and their countrymen was very eye-opening. I appreciated learning more about the war in Bosnia, the aftermath, and the struggles they still encounter."

Don

Fort Pierce, FL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exceptional. I was surprised how beautiful the hilltop villages and coastal towns were. The combination of vineyards, mountains and the sea was incredible. The people were amazingly friendly and spoke excellent English, which made traveling there easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was filled with little Wow moments every day."

Alan

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first group tour of any kind. Our previous overseas travel had been independent. The tour exceeded our expectations. Our guide and bus driver were excellent. The balance between group activities and independent time was very good and we enjoyed both. The included meals were excellent and gave us a taste of the cuisines of the countries we were visiting. Best of all we were able to see and experience much more than if we traveled on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday had its "wow' moments. However, the most affecting and powerful moment for me was when Edin, our guide in Stolac, told the story of how he led his Serb and Bosniak students into school through the front door and was fired for doing so. Education in the Croat dominated town of Stolac is segregated and Serb and Bosniak students are forced to enter school through the back door."

Susan

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our (husband and self) first tour experience. My expectations were low since I wasn't as attracted to the destination as my husband, and I didn't expect to enjoy being part of a group tour. I freely admit my expectations were exceeded on every level. I had a wonderful, memorable, totally enjoyable experience. I can honestly think of nothing that would have made my overall tour experience better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is an impossible question for me to answer, even though I have given it much consideration. At least once each day (seriously!) I had a "wow" moment, and I find I cannot select one as a favorite. With difficulty I could choose one favorite "wow" moment relating to a site, a view, a meal, a sound, or a tactile sense, but personal interactions were a huge "wow" component of the tour and they are all interwoven."

Tessa

Martinez, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, we had some concerns whether it will be a good fit with the way we like to travel -- independent and on our own schedule. We have been to Europe many times on our own and enjoyed all our trips tremendously. This time, we decided last minute to do a June trip and wanted to visit countries we haven't visited before, and decided to try out Rick Steves tours . In a nutshell, we were very impressed about how the whole tour was designed & executed was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seems like there were wow moments every day, but the visit to Plitvice National Park was a favorite. That was symbolic of the natural beauty of the places we visited. The other favorite is meeting the excellent local guides -- their stories and obvious love for their towns put the "faces" and made everything more personal."

Bill

Martinez, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour, and I was a little concerned about the restrictions to my free exploring and to how what kind of travel partners I would end up with. I was pleasantly surprised on both counts. it is true there were a couple of times I would like to have a little more time to do something different than the group plan, but this was more than made up for by the depth of experience your tour guides added. I could not have asked for better group of travel partners. Each one brought t

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edin in Stolac. I watched the events of the conflict on TV at the time, but his personal story took me right into the moment. Also right up there was the end of our evening on the tower at Massimos, hanging out in this amazing place with a group of new friends, only days before were total strangers."

David

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What made the trip outstanding: the tour guide and the beauty we saw. Slovenia and Croatia were more beautiful and well-maintained than we had expected, but the contrast of Bosnia was eye-opening and important to see. Good balance of free time to explore on our own. Congenial fellow travelers; everybody on time, no grumps. New, comfortable bus and outstanding driver who drove smoothly and carefully. Appreciated excellent locations for sightseeing and rest breaks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvitca National Park's unusual waterfalls where I kept hearing myself say "Wow, look at that!""

Donald

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour which meet and exceeded both my expectations and standards of Rick Steves tours. The tour combined past history, recent geopolitical history, countryside sights and cities all in one package. There was the right balance of city to non city sights. The tour group became our family for 2 weeks. We all got along well without any Grumps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the geopolitical realities of this area of Europe."

Stephanie

Boulder, CO

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and I was a bit apprehensive about traveling with 20 people on a tight schedule. It was a wonderful experience due to the manner in which all the parameters for the group were set up( buddy system.ease of check in, sitting in a different seat on the bus),and the social skills and fun personalities of our guide and tour assistant

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes were just amazing and Dubrovnik is truly a jewel of the Adriatic. Korcula was a great choice for a vacation from our vacation."

Ross

Boulder, CO

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the right balance of scheduled time, including historical insights, and free time to roam and explore. All guides were excellent in both their knowledge and their presentations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many special moments, but the waterfalls at Plitvice were almost too beautiful and powerful to comprehend. Exploring towns like Rovinj and Korcula was fascinating. Including Bosnia, and hearing first-hand of the political challenges, was a great learning experience."

William

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations in terms of the outstanding guides, the friends we made, the bus and its wonderful driver Ales, the hotels, the meals, and the chance to see and better understand this beautiful and challenging region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour gave us the unexpected opportunity to meet and talk with local people from Bosnia who represented differing viewpoints of the difficult situation in that country. Without the RS tour, we would never have made these contacts and heard their stories."

Dawn

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose this Rick Steves Eastern Europe/Adriatic tour to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We've always wanted to see this part of the world and didn't want to hassle with doing it on our own with language and alphabet differences. What a great decision. Our guides were very knowledgeable, as were the local guides we had, especially in Bosnia where we got very personal viewpoints of the war in the 1990s. We definitely had more enriched experiences than had we done the trip ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose! Was it the beauty of Plitvice Park? Or was it listening to the Klapa singers and then our group singing for them a folk song that Anja had taught us? Too many moments to pick from!"

Richard

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great tour. great guide, local guides & driver. Great group of people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park the WWI museum experience was amazing. so much wealth or knowledge also stored in his head that can never be captured (bummer). also loved Diocletian's palace so many wonderful days and experiences. it is hard to single out great in a sea of excellence. it was sad to leave at the end"

Brian

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was very positive - the guides, places visited, weather, food and drink.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The falls at Plitvice National Park. The pre-trip pictures did not prepare us for our first look. We rounded a bend on the trail and were greeted with an astounding view of water flowing out of the trees."

Daniel

Hinsdale, IL

Tour: 05/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A unique combination of intense cultural education and relaxation - many coffee breaks and pastries! Great natural beauty, complex architecture from Roman, Ottoman, Venetian, Austrian and Yugoslavian eras. And tragic remainders of many wars - including Europe's most recent conflict.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the So?a valley - and the history museum dedicated to the memory of the 1.2 million men who died in the WWI battle to control this passage through the Julian Alps."

Cheryl

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've gone with Rick Steve's books to Europe on our own 5 times but this is our 1st tour with you. I loved the experience and found the tour exceeded my expectations. Not only did I see most of what Rick Steve wrote about, the timing and flow of the days' event was seamlessly thought out. Our main tour guide, Marijan and all the other local guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and their presentations were effortlessly easy to understand and latch on. We look forward to the next trip soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were more than one but the 1st one was when we stopped along the Soca Valley and heading toward the Julian Alps. In the midst of awesome snow-capped mountains we were treated by our guide, Marijan and the driver, Yanez, to Slovenian cakes and a taste of local liquor. That was a total surprise to us and we thoroughly enjoyed it."

Louis

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For this tour, I expected to experience the Adriatic countries' natural beauty which I had heard so much before. But, I was surprised that the experience has turned out to encompasses not only the natural beauties of mountains, lakes and waterfalls, but also legacies of civilization building from the time of Antiquity to current days, remnants of destructions through wars, and the local people's determinations to rebuild life and country. So rich an experience all packed in one single tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I can take the "wow" moment to mean one that puts me in awe, it has to be the touring of Emperor Diocletian's palace in Split. Standing inside the remains of this historical structure and possibly on the same spot as the emperor once did over 1,800 years ago, I could almost feel the awesome power of the Roman emperor and the gravity of Antiquity."

Robert

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"Overall tour experience" would have to be rated a "10". I am disinclined to quibble about anything, although I could suggest some "fine-tuning". But won't. First, my deepest gratitude for the great good luck of having Marijan (scholar, humorist, good shepherd) as our guide. This is a wonderful human being and it was a privilege to be in his company. Bravo! He was a perfect fit and I cannot imagine having the same level of exposition, learning and fun without him as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were big and little "wows" (this may not be helpful): the whole tour was a Wow. The accommodations very good, the food terrific, and the bus and driver first class. Ljubljana and the Julian Alps were a Wow being such an unexpected sight, calling for a return. The Bosnia portion and its history was a "wow" in a dark sense because of the grim history and status of the people and country. Worthwhile but a "downer" and Marijan, plus the local guides, made tragic sense of it. Tour=Wow."

Nancy

Chelmsford, MA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First tour experience. Was not sure about the size but found it to be very manageable. Although would not want any more people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing in particular...the tour was more than I had expected."

Gary

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I was a little apprehensive about being on a "tour," but it was a great experience. Almost the entire tour itinerary consisted of places I had never even heard of. Without the tour it is likely I would never have visited some beautiful and thought provoking places. I would totally go on another Rick Steves and will likely do so.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of "wow" moments, including...well, every destination was interesting, a new experience for me, and very memorable. Lubjiana (excuse my spelling) came as a complete surprise, such a beautiful, tourable and friendly city. A great place to start the tour. Every stop on the itinerary was very well chosen, I loved the hiking and walks. My favorite moment was the first sight of Kor?ula, so lovely and interesting in the morning light. -"

Patricia

Burlington, KY

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a challenge for a 71 year old lady, but I had prepared for it and was ready. We had two of the best tour guides ever. Our driver was so patient, helpful, and courteous to all. The local guides were well informed and we learned first hand about the news stories of this region. I was surprised that our food was so tasty and well prepared. The views were awesome, and we met some very nice people who were locals as well as tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Sanel helped my husband and I celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary on the island, Korcula. It was so wonderful that I could not tell it all in 500 words or less."

Roy

Burlington, KY

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fun and informative!! Beautiful Adriatic views and important sites explored.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Ljubljana - would be a great place to live. Good food, market, and parks."

Ted

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was outstanding. This was our 2nd Rick Steves' Tour (Ireland was 1st). The Adriatic tour featured wonderful, beautiful locations - very special places in our world. The tour group (28 people) were very compatible and lots of fun to share this experience. The food and drink was awesome. The hotels, for the most part, were very nice and what we expect from a Rick Steves'tour. The bus transportation and driver were top notch. And, our main guide & assistant were great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments: Lake Bled; Pula's amphitheater; Rovinj; Split; Hvar; Korcula; Mostar; Stolac (our guide's home town)and the reception by the town's people; Dubrovnik. But the best "wow" moment was clearly Plitvice Lakes National Park: not sure I have ever seen a more beautiful, serene place on earth."

Kay

Ojai, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent, eye-opening tour that was a good mix of education and tourism in a location I knew nothing about. Breath-taking scenery, complex history, interesting cultures. I loved the "Yugoslavian lasagna" of history - layer upon layer of outside influences that shaped the current countries. Great bus and good driver through some difficult terrain. It was so much richer seeing this area with a good tour and guide than trying to navigate it on our own!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On this tour the "Wow" wasn't a moment, but a gradual overwhelming realization of the complexity of the political, religious, and historical forces that led to the bloodbath in the 90's, and that the area is still dealing with the aftermath. No easy answers, but I'm glad that I know a little more now than I did when I skipped all the newspaper articles on the war 20 years ago because I didn't know the cast of characters, the issues, or even where Bosnia was."

Walt

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both of the guides we had, Sanel&Pal where great. They were very helpful fulfilling any needs that came up. The food and accommodations where good and the pace was just great. Sanel's knowledge of the area and its history was wonderful and put a human touch to the past troubles that occurred. His work in his hometown and the politics involved was very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time we spent in the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the drive over the Julian Alps Was the high point for me. The scenery was great and the fifty hair pin turns in the Alps was a kick."

Theresa

Tyngsboro, MA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it was wonderful. We loved Croatia. Our tour guide, Sanel, was outstanding! He was always making sure everyone was comfortable and happy. The tour assistant, Pal, was terrific too. Both Sanel and Pal made a great team and helped to make the tour informative, educational and most of all ... A lot of fun. They did a great job. All in all it was a great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the whole trip.... Everything.!"

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour with a large range of different experiences. More outside ++ less museum than other tours I have been on. I have a blog covering this trip at http://eatartandtravel.blogspot.com. Currently it only covers the first half.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was a trip long moment grasping the conflict in the region starting with the visit to the Kobarid Museum and its history of WWI Battle of Caporetto, through the visits to Mostar, Trebinje, and finally Dubrovnik, coming to the realization that nothing has been settled. Afterwards I read The Key to My Neighbor's House by Elizabeth Neuter and watched No Man's Land by writer and director Danis Tanovi?. A moment was standing in the parks in Mostar that had become graveyards."

Jane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am not good at writing. The tour was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the information that Sanel told us about the area, history, especially his personal experiences."

Jane

Point Roberts, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good variety. We saw & did a lot in the 2 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not a moment - but just the overall experience of seeing & learning about the aftermath of the break-up of Yugoslavia and how it affected the countries differently & how it affected the people living through it. From our guide & the local guides, we got background and information that we could not get travelling on our own."

Ernest

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another outstanding tour. Great locations, great food, lots of history and information. As an extra bonus, I think I was getting fairly decent at correctly pronouncing people and place names by the end of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In my case, it's a toss-up between Plitvice Lakes and old town Dubrovnik. Sadly, both have become very heavily touristed, so getting some quiet time is difficult. But they are both so stunning that you can tune out most of that."

Carla

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our second tour (first was Best of Ireland in 14 days). I'm not sure anything will beat that first tour but this one was very good and all four of us (traveling with another couple) enjoyed it very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the WOW moment was walking into the open area at the castle in Split the evening we arrived. It was getting dark when we got there and the evening lighting made you feel like you were walking into roman forum. The surrounding architectural was amazing, music was great and people were milling around - it felt like we had stepped back in time several hundred years - pretty incredible! I can't leave out Plitsvice National Park - what a phenomenal place - talk about WOW!"

Wayne

Windham, NH

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful adventure! Croatia was much loverly than expected. The infrastructure of the country is remarkable. Our tour group's compatability was excellant and made up of such nice people that were respectful of each other and demonstrated enthusiam of making new friends. Our guides, Sanel and Pal, are a great team and such an asset to the Rick Steves' organization! This was my first tourand I must say I had doubts about having to "follow the umbrella" BUT that certainly not the way RS does it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was impressed by the friendliness of the people, the cleanliness of the country, and the overall infrastructure throughout. There were so many "wow" places...starting with Ljubjana, then Motovun and Pula, but the standout was Korcula. Of course, Plitvice was spectacular also but we didn't spend enough time there and it was crowded, even in late May/early June."

Gerald

Menlo Park, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fast paced, comprehensive. Got more than I was expecting. Some hotels not so great. Nice surprises and extras provided by the guide at various times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Park was amazing. Sorry we had to walk so fast to get through by the time to leave. I'm not a slow walker but I paused often to take pictures and that meant I was literally running at times to keep up."

James

Latrobe, PA

Tour: 05/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For an advanced degree study tour, this was amazing. Oh, we received no credit? Seriously, while the "Balcans have more history than they can stand," the quality of the historical perspective that this tour brought to us was priceless. Our tour guide was the perfect professor for this course - knowledgeable, patient, and passionate. Whatever deficiencies there may have been for some of the hotels and group meals, those were overcome by Amir's professionalism.

Clara

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour covered all that we wanted to see and more. I like the historical perspective that was the tour narrative. Amir was wonderful in trying to tie all the pieces together, although I still don't have it all straight. The complexity of the dynamics in the region is mind boggling. My heart and mind were both changed by the people and stories. And the sights were beautiful and interesting as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one. The Plitvice park was spectacular; I am biased toward nature over cities. Even though I'd seen some pictures, in person it was so much more impactful."

Melody

Grand Terrace, CA

Tour: 05/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A small group of 18 persons. It would be hard to imagine a more friendly, inclusive, or pleasant group of people to spend two weeks with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving back to Motovun after dark, the hilltop town ahead was shrouded in an eerie mist. The lights from the town shone through the mist, creating this strange sight that looked very much like a UFO hovering in the night sky. Thankfully, our driver could safely stop the bus for a few minutes so that we could marvel over, and soak in this beautiful sight. Amazingly, with clever, modern cameras, we were even able to get some good photos of this remarkable, serendipitous phenomenon."

Linda

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/19/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Great guide. Good bus driver. Variable hotels and meals. Very good itinerary exept for the drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik. We had too many stops. I would have preferred more time in Dubrvnik. We didn't get there until almost 7pm. I would have liked to get in a couple of hours earlier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We didn't do the walk at the lakes because I sprained my ankle. Otherwise that may have been a wow moment. I think the views of the coastline were amazing. Also when we were driving back to Motovun after our dinner we had a spectacular view of the town as some fog started to come in. Another wow moment was first seeing the town of Korcula. We've been to Dubrovnik before otherwise first seeing the city would have been a wow moment."

Rebecca

Latrobe, PA

Tour: 05/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was exceptional! We never dreamed of learning so much about the former Yugoslavia, meeting and traveling with amazing people, seeing incredibly beautiful places...all in the comfort of a cushy tour bus with a professional driver and knowledgable tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to choose just one "wow" moment. I'd have to say that the waterfalls at the Plitvice National Park were incredibly beautiful and surprising and I remember my jaw dropping at the first site of the falls."

Gwendolyn

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a blessing to be able to tour the beautiful Adriatic with a guide who loved every nook and cranny of the former Yugoslavia and shared that love with all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every single day there was at least one wow moment. Was it when I looked out over the minarets of Mostar? Climbing the scary steps of St. Euphemia's in Rovinj? The sun coming out just as we approached the waterfall in Plitvice? The island paradise of Korcula? Running in a road race in Ljubljana with thousands of college students up a cliff to a castle? Watching a new friend and tour member carry his wife up 99 steps to the top of the church steps in Lake Bled? And hundreds more!"

Mark

Coralville, IA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. I found it to be entertaining, relaxing, invigorating, educational, and just overall amazing. The only suggestion I have for future tours would be if there was a way to travel to Bosnia before hitting the Croatian Islands - that way you aren't breaking up the more relaxing parts of the trip - Korcula and Dubrovink, but ending on both relaxing sites on a huge high point. But for geographic reasons I understand why the tour is built as it is. I can't recommend this tour enough!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two: I am from the Heartland (Iowa) born and raised on the plains with no mountains in sight, and so seeing the Julian Alps and Lake Bled in all their natural glory was amazing. I was overwhelmed by the mountainous scenery. I am not used to such beautiful sights. Second Wow moment: getting to swim in the Adriatic Sea off of Korcula alone without any crowds and seeing the amazing Croatian coastline as a backdrop. Awesome."

Michele

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time. I loved the beautiful scenery, Lake Bled, Julian Alps, Plitvice lakes. I also enjoyed learning about the different cultures and histories of the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a couple of "wow" moments. One was the tour guide in Mostar relating his lifestory and giving the back ground information about the war in Bosnia. The other was I celebrated my birthday in Mostar and Tina and my tour mates made it special."

Marilyn

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour so I had nothing with which to compare, so I thought "what did I expect , and then what was more than I expected." So, the organization of time and quality of experiences was amazing. The number of activities and small side trips was both interesting and fun,I.e the honey tasting, salt flats and gelato stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was breathtaking through out the trip. However, upon reflecting on the trip I think the wow time was the education and experience of traveling with compatible people."

Michael

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well-organized tour with lots of history, culture and beautiful scenery. Our tour guide and local guides were all very good or excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the entire tour was a 'Wow', I was most taken by the local guide and tour in Stolac. Our local guide lived through the 1991-1995 war and told the story of Stolac and Mostar then as well as of Stolac today; how it has changed and how it has not changed. This experience helps me to put a more reasonable perspective on my life here as well as to point out that I have nothing to complain about."

Will

Tampa, FL

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUR 6TH RS TRIP AND, AS USUAL, A WINNER.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"HAD BEEN RAINING FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE WE GOT TO PLITVICE. TINA PROMISED US SUNSHINE FOR OUR HIKE, AND, SURE ENOUGH, THE MORNING WE SET OUT TO SEE THE WATERFALLS THE SUN CAME OUT. IT WAS A MAGICAL DAY OF RUSHING WATER SPARKLING IN THE SUNLIGHT. BEING UP ON THE WALLS OF DUBROVNIK AT SUNSET WAS A CLOSE SECOND."

Suzanne

Tampa, FL

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour has something for everyone. A mix of stunning natural beauty...mountains, waterfalls and the Adriatic..mixed with charming medieval stone villages along the coast and in the interior. The history is thought-provoking from ancient Roman and earlier times through present day. There were active days, Plitvice and Lake Bled, and quiet days, in Bosnia. Every day brought a new experience or insight. Tina was a terrific guide. Our group was friendly and fun mix of happy travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Passing through Dubrovnik's city walls at dusk, Diocletian's Palace with Damir, the morning sun on the countryside from the top of Motovun, the waterfalls at Plitvice, picture-perfect Lake Bled, young and energetic Ljubljana, the arena in Pula with Mariam, a lazy day in Korcula ending with a boat cruise...can't stop at just one "wow" moment."

Rebecca

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think of my 8 Rick Steves tours, this one was my favorite because so much of it was a surprise. I went to Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia with no set picture in my mind, and everything I encountered dazzled me. You can see pictures of Plitvice Lake National Park, but until you experience waterfall after waterfall you just can't understand the depth of the beauty. You can read about Lake Bled, but being rowed out to the island in a pletna boat an hiking up to the church is a memory!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always a tough one. I like how Tina personalized the trip, and seeing her son waiting in the schoolyard to wave to his mom's bus was my wow moment."

James

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour and learning experience. This was my sixth Rick Steves' Tour. Our tour guide Tina was exceptional. This is her home area and she is so knowledgeable and gives a very personable perspective. I have always had great guides but I place her right at the top. Beautiful sites, interesting and sometimes depressing history for what these people have gone through. Our group got together really well and we had a fun time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to select just one "WOW" moment. Plitvice was one of my favorites as well as Dubrovnik."

Linda

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole experience was great, as usual. Tina is perhaps one of the greatest guides we have had. Her personal knowledge of the countries and humorous anectdotes involving friends and family add a unique dimension to the tour. We can not say enough about Ales's driving. He took us through those hairpin turns ( all 50) in the Julian Alps safely and easily like to professional he is. As usual we enjoy the small tours and the in depth knowledge given by the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park.. We have had the WOW moments of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Niagara Falls and we add this national park to the list of WOW'S. We were fortunate to be there at a time when there was some flooding so the falls were about at their best. Being able to walk on the boardwalks near, below and under added to the WOW."

David

Bothell, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See the water falls in Pletvice Nantional Park."

Sandy

Pacific Palisades, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I became, at just short of 78 years, a certified mountain goat. I did not know I had it in me. I may have been the rear guard but I did not hold up the group. Trip vastly exceeded my expectations in every category. It was our first RS tour. We had been TV watchers forever. We loved every moment and if the right itenerary comes along we will go on a RS tour again. We have been to Europe more than 30 times since the mid-70's. We learned how to travel with less stuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Julian Alps"

Michele

Woodland Hills, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded my expectations. I learned more about the various cultures, saw more beautiful sights and ate more good food. I liked the mixture of structured and free time. Tini Hiti was a wonderful leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitivice Lakes National Park was my 'Wow" moment."

Cathy

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides. Tina Hiti was an amazing person to spend 14 days with. The other people on the tour were interesting, friendly and cool. The countries we traveled to, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, were fascinating, beautiful and intriguing. Overall one of my favorite trips I have ever taken and I've been to around 35 countries at last count.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pula was great. Ston was an unexpected pleasures. Too many to say."

Carl

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our Adriatic Tour. Ljubljana as well as all of Slovenia seemed to hold one surprise after another. The coastline of Croatia with its variety of beautiful cities and villages was special. Splt and Korcula were my favorites. Plitvice Lakes National Park was truly delightful - not to be missed. The trip into Mostar, Bosnia was an exceptional experience with its deep historical significance during the Yugoslavian war. Dubrovnik was really the jewel in the crown of our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment on the tour was meeting our guide in Mostar who accompanied us on the bus to Stolac. His description of what he and his family endured during the 1990's war was heart wrenching. The unfortunate take away is the misunderstanding between the three factions in parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina continues today. Very sad."

Judith

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour covered more ground than I had anticipated but it was very well done. I would say our guide, Tina, was outstanding as was the driver of our bus,Ales. All the other guides were very good too and what I really appreciated was the rounded view we received on the 1991 war in the area. It was presented in a way that allowed us to see the situation from each group's perspective. The food was good with the most memorable for me being the incredible spread put on for us in Stolac.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park were spectacular"

Carol

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this was a great trip with a lot of diversity in scenery, cultures and historical perspectives. Things were managed very smoothly will a few extra treats thrown in. Our driver was able to maneuver into some incredible places and handled the winding roads very well. As someone prone to windy-road issues, I appreciated his care and expertise. I liked the variety of accommodations, and towns we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really, really hard to determine only the best moment. I think I would say Plitvice Park[INVALID][INVALID]BUT can I also say our day with Edo from Mostar to Stolac is a tie?"

Sara

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

island hopping and European cafe culture interspersed with guided tours and history lessons good variety of smaller and larger towns beautiful natural wonders - the Adriatic Sea, Plitvice Lakes beautiful manmade wonders - castles, Dubrovnik city walls great food - prosciutto, black truffles, grilled calamari, black risotto, shrimp buzara great people - amazing guides, great group of well traveled, adventurous people who were eager to learn from others and had many interesting stories to tell

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik's Old Town City walls against the backdrop of the Adriatic Sea is quite a sight to behold."

Malcolm

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, by turns relaxing and eye-opening, covering vast distances in history and geographically, with effortless guiding by Anya and Cynthia. From the beautiful, almost unreal medieval vibe of Adriatic outposts of the Venetian empire, to the still war-damaged but definitely on the rise cities and towns of Bosnia, to the high-life in Slovenia, it was all wonderful. Breathtakingly beautiful, at times poignant, and hugely fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I woke up, for reasons I'm not quite sure of, in our Mostar hotel just in time to see the sun rise over the minarets of the city, clouds from the recent rain painting the sky. It was the perfect moment - so hard to describe - that I seek on each trip I take."

David

Northglenn, CO

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good, except came away utterly exhausted. A little too much jammed in to the time frame and this coming from a very fit and active traveler. Thanks very much though for including Bosnia. That was a trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Split by far. Liked to have had at least one more day there. And the creepiness of the Serbs tracking our group in Trebinje and whoever was tracking us in Stolac."

Carol

Chillicothe, OH

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was far superior to the Eastern Europe tour due to the tour guide Anja. She was easy going and relaxed. Anja shared many of her personal experiences during the war. Additional days as an option in Dubrovnik would give extra time there and a chance to go to Montenegro. Many of the people on the tour stayed extra days. The individual speaker units are terrific in that you can Hera the local guides even if there are other groups near by.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local tour guide in Bosnia telling his personal experiences during the war until now. The National Park for its beauty and Dubrovnik for its beauty."

Steve

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an outstanding time. My grandparents came from Croatia and Anja made the tour very personal for me. But in the end everyone on the tour felt the same way. She is a great tour guide and I would not hesitate to sign up with any one of her tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Anja helped me orchestrate a side trip to the home where my grandfather grew up outside Split. That was my personal wow moment but I was in fact wowed by the whole trip from the time we landed in Ljubljana until we departed Dubrovnik."

Becky

Golden, CO

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't think anyone could have imparted more information or immersed us in the culture of Slovenia and Croatia better than Marijan and Sanel. Every minute was packed with information. We took lots of pictures and learned so much about the area!

Debra

Winterville, GA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was our first Rick Steves tour and we were a little apprehensive of what to expect as my husband and I and not usually "tour" people. What we found was an extremely well thought out experience that was seamless, informative, relaxing yet physically challenging and something that we would do again in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plivitce National Park"

Stephanie

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour and only my 2nd tour in my lifetime. Exceeded my expectations. Guides were excellent: knowledgable, respectful, super positive, giving of their time beyond the tour day as needed. The locations we visited were well thought out and a mixture of small towns, landscapes and the larger towns. The hotels were just OK, which is what I expected. Comparing vs US hotels is not valid, which I learned on prior trips. All hotels were VERY welcoming, clean, good service at breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment was either walking the wall in Dubrovnik and looking down on all the rooftops and the sea.....and Plitvice Park. The waterfalls and accessibility to the water was amazing. Korcula was also a WOW."

Debra

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The beauty of the Adriatic, the fascinating Roman, Venetian and Ottoman history and the complex modern history of this area meant that the days were full and the time went by much too quickly. Croatia was a revelation - all of the beauty, history, wine and food of Italy without the high prices, crowds and attitude. We were so impressed by the kindness and helpfulness of local people - they were as warm as their sea and weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So difficult to chose... Sanel taking us to his home town and relating his family's experience when he was a child during the conflict of the early nineties was very affecting. His work and philosophy and it's manifestation as a non-profit was inspirational and the visit to the non-profit qualifies it as a "wow". If I didn't have the good fortune to have Sanel as a guide, Dubrovnik is all wow all the time!"

Carol

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This "Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days" tour was the best I have ever been on(I have 4 others to compare with). Rick Steves tour was very educational, well thought out and loads of fun. The tour was small enough(24 people) so the two tour guides could keep everything running smoothly. Both the tour guide and his apprentice were very knowledgeable about the countries we visited: the history, the geology,the politics and customs . How fortunate we were to have Marijan and Sanel as our guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments it is hard to pick one. The Plitvice Lakes National Park was breath-taking: quite a wonderment; the Dalmatian Island of Korcula for fun and free time; and Ljubljana, the heart of Slovenia, where I felt I could live the rest of my life if it became necessary to move from the USA."

Carol

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guides were outstanding! Because they live in the countries we visited I trusted them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the real history of the area. The trip through the Vrsic pass and Julian Alps to the Soca valley."

Kathleen

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't think I would ever go on an organized tour because I've always been an independent traveller in the past, but the Rick Steeves experience (with our marvellous, marvellous guides and touring companions) was truly exceptional. I loved the balance of organized versus free time, and our guides and the local guides were truly exceptional in their knowledge, intelligence and sense of humour. I loved the fact that the trip--while incredibly fun--was equally educational and moving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have so many "wow" moments that they cannot be limited to just one1 When I first saw Ljubljana, I was stunned by its beauty. I loved Plitvice Lakes National Park. I was amazed by the loveliness of Korcula. My experience in Bosnia[INVALID]where the scars of war are still visible everywhere[INVALID]was very moving. Our wonderful guide, Senal, made our time in his home country absolutely unforgettable."

Diana

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was informative and active. We did enjoy the day off in Korcula. The local guides were superb. Marijan was so very kind and made every effort to be sure that we were having a good and safe trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled, the Julian Alps and Kobarid were highlights of the trip for me. The Lisjak winery lunch and tour was special."

Jeffrey

Golden, CO

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was as advertised. My only complaints were the volume of the PA in the bus and the amount of time discussing the history of the areas. I had hoped to read and have some quiet time. While this information was fascinating, unlike my wife I was not interested in that level of detail. My primary suggestion is to use the whisper system in the bus other than for announcements. In this way, tour participants can tune in or tune out to fit their interests and needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled"

Patricia

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a wonderful learning experience. Loved having Sanel along to give his perspective on his country. I really felt that Saso cared about us and he gave everything he had to insure that we had a wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the Call to Prayer in Mostar, Bosnia. I was really apprehensive about traveling there, but all of my preconceived ideas and opinions were dashed. I met lovely people in that lovely city"

Debra

Auburn, CA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful area to visit. Slovenia was like Switzerland, Italy and Austria rolled up in one. Loved the beauty of Croatia and learning about Bosnia from our local guides. Glad to have Sanel on the first part of the trip to learn about Bosnia. Our great guide, Saso was outstanding. Thought about every need and was fun to be with. He clearly puts everything into his guiding. Our fellow travelers were so interesting and lovely to spend time with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Plitvice and Dubrovnhik. The local guide in Dubrovnik was outstanding. He brought the medieval city to life for me."

Judy

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fellow travelers were considerate and congenial. I liked the variety and balance of experiences---archetecture, culture, war history, history in general, wine, recreation, etc All the logistics worked out perfectly. It rates right up there with the best trip ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes National Park was the most beautiful natural area I have ever seen."

Sharon

Richmond, BC

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour and got the most out of it. Also it was hassel free, and everything went very smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular scenery of the medieval times."

Robert

Richmond, BC

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

a very pleasant trip, seeing a lot of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia in a stress-free way. The group was very amiable and fun to travel with. the right amount of exercise, and enough free time to absorb it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hill-top town of Montovun was lovely, and the first sighting of Dubrovnik was special"

Sandra

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour guide Saso and his apprentice Sanel made this the most memorable trip I have ever had. They made everything so easy for us. The buddy system worked great and so did the whisper system. I will do another Rick Steves tour in the future (possibly Turkey). And, maybe, even see everyone in Edmonds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Plitice Lakes."

Marjorie

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd been on two Rick Steves tours before, so I wasn't surprised to find this one delightful. It had a great mix of locations, enough two-night stays to allow hand laundry to dry (!), beautiful scenery, great guides and good food. Add to all that war and friendly fellow tour members, and you can see why I rated it outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard as there were many "wow" moments. Perhaps seeing Motovun on its height as we drove toward it and realizing that we were actually going to be staying there."

Patricia

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well-organized, highly educational, exceptionally fun tour. Our guide, Saso, was outstanding, as were most of the local guides. The group was cohesive and were good travel buddies. This was a most educational experience. It had just the right balance of nicely sized towns and lots of beautiful natural scenery. I would definitely recommend this one! The pace was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two, Dubrovnik at night and Plitvice. Dubrovnik is a beautiful city and I am very glad that Saso encouraged us to go with him the evening we arrived. I would have been very disappointed to miss it; it was quite magical with the lighting and very peaceful without the crowds. Plitvice was simply awe-inspiring. I was glad for so much free time to enjoy it own our own, and for the very relaxed group pace to start the hike."

Sandra

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very impressed with Saso. my best guide yet, knowledgable,great personality,always considers the group and individual needs. the tour was great but would have preferred less one noc stays ,delete some of the smaller town visits. Stay longer at some of the outstanding places like bled, split, dubrovnik, plitvik lakes..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvik lakes.Enjoyed the nature aspect which I had not experienced on a RS tour."

Louise

Asheville, NC

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour. Very fine experience, both fun and educational and well thought out itinerary plus tour guides par excellence. We are very pleased we "joined up".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to think of one wow moment.. there were numerous experiences that will stay with us and have enriched our understanding of life in that part of the world. I think it is a plus to have not just one moment that is a "wow", but multiple multiple moments that come to mind."

Diane

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visited beautiful locations. Knowledgeable local tour guides. Especially informative to have the 2 locals who had lived through the war in Bosnia. We saw sites we would never have found on our own-such as the winery and the restaurant where the cook prepared all the meals over an open fire. Having half the lunch and dinners planned as a group while the other half of the afternoons and evenings were on our own to do what our personal preferences were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was over the top amazing. We could have walked it twice."

Weather

Slovenia / Ljubljana


Croatia / Split


Croatia / Dubrovnik


Bosnia-Herzegovina / Mostar

Planning Tips

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

Trip Resources

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Ljubljana that we will not be doing as a group (see guidebook for details): Plečnik House Museum, Slovenian Ethnographic Museum, Contemporary History Museum, antique-browsing at the riverside flea market, day-trip to Škocjan Caves.

If you are staying after the tour, consider arranging a day trip to Montenegro. See the Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia guidebook for more information.

Packing

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

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