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

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Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days Tour

from $3,495 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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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, the island of Korčula, and picture-perfect Dubrovnik; and an enlightening visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina's once-war-torn town of Mostar. Along the way, your Rick Steves guide will bring you intimate encounters with European cultures that mainstream travelers often miss. Join us for the Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days!

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of the Adriatic come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Ljubljana walking tour • Bled Castle • Kobarid Museum • Slovenian wine tasting • Pula walking tour • Pula Amphitheater • Rovinj • Opatija • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Split walking tour • Diocletian's Palace • Stolac walking tour • Mostar walking tour • Mostar mosque and Old Bridge • Blagaj • Serbian Orthodox Monastery • Korčula orientation • Korčula boat cruise • Croatian family farm visit • Dubrovnik walking tour • Dubrovnik walls entrance…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
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • 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 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

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 of 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 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 or try one of the outdoor cafés along the river. 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 Bovec (1 night). Bus: 6 hours. Walking: light.

Day 4: Crossing Paths with Hemingway

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

Day 5: Istrian Peninsula

We'll spend our day exploring the Istrian Peninsula, studded with Roman ruins, Venetian architecture, and a landscape evocative of pre-tourist Tuscany. We'll time-travel through Pula's first-century Roman amphitheater and Old Town with a local expert, then set you free to enjoy the seaside town of Rovinj. Hang out by the harbor, or walk the art-lined streets to the Church of St. Euphemia and learn the surprising legend of how the saint's sarcophagus got there. Tonight's dinner featuring local specialties will be in the tucked-away town of Brtonigla. We'll return to our hilltown hotel tonight, stuffed and happy. Bus: 4 hours. 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 hours. 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 take an orientation walk through town. Sleep in Split (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 5 hours. 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. Domnius, and Jupiter's Temple — all of which lies within the walls of the despotic Roman Emperor Diocletian's immense palace. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy Split's museums, including the sculptures of the world-class Meštrović Gallery, or relax with an espresso along the waterfront promenade. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Eye-Opening Bosnia-Herzegovina

Today we'll cross the border into formerly war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. Our destination is Mostar, a beautifully situated town that serves up a fascinating blend of Slavic, Ottoman, and Mediterranean cultural traditions. En route we'll stop in nearby Stolac to see the medieval stećci tombstones that dot the fields and learn about the town's tumultuous past. After lunch, we'll discover the source of the Buna River in the village of Blagaj before arriving in Mostar. This evening your guide will introduce you to Mostar with an orientation walk and traditional Bosnian dinner together. Sleep in Mostar (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Mostar and the Dalmatian Coast

This morning our local guide will take us on a thought-provoking walk through Mostar, teaching us about the siege of the city in the 1990s. We'll also visit Mostar's rebuilt Old Bridge, the lively Kujundžiluk bazaar, and a traditional mosque. Leaving Mostar behind us, we'll make our way to a Serbian Orthodox monastery where we'll learn about the role Christianity plays in the region. This afternoon we'll head to the Dalmatian Coast and ferry over to our island getaway of Korčula. After arrival, your guide will orient you, then set you free to enjoy dinner on your own. We'll sleep in Korčula (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Island Relaxation

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

Day 12: Rural Dalmatia and the Pearl of the Adriatic

We'll begin our day with a short ferry ride back to the mainland and then continue our journey along the Pelješac Peninsula, famous for its Plavac Mali wine. On our way to Dubrovnik we'll stop to sample the coastline's tastiest production at a local family farm. After lunch, we'll continue to Dubrovnik, arriving at our hotel in time for your guide to orient you to this Pearl of the Adriatic. Tonight is all yours to savor the local cuisine and do a little exploring on your own. We'll sleep outside Dubrovnik's old city wall in the Lapad district, right by the sea (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light.

Day 13: Dazzling Dubrovnik

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Patricia

Bend, OR

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jon

Darnestown, MD

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with interesting and inquisitive fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Mostar. The local tour guide had a significant impact on the tour group's outlook on Bosnia and Mostar."

Nancy

Darnestown, MD

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ray

Wheat Ridge, CO

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed this tour. Appropriate for folks that have already visited the "WHIZ BANG" places. Barbara is a terrific guide. This was our 7th RS tour and my biggest complaint -- as always -- is with the accommodations. When we travel independently we stay in good to great accommodations with prices averaging $150-$175 per night. Why are RS hotels frequently dreadful? In some small towns and remote areas I can understand but still......RS tours could do much better with accommodations selection.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Diocletian's palace in Split wowed me. I'm a historian and architecture buff and to glance around and see so many diverse periods and styles spanning thousands of years all jumbled together in one place stunned me."

Judy

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. We could have planned the tour on our own, but, we would not have learned nearly as much, and we would have had the frustration of trying to get from A to B on a daily basis. Barbara and Milan (our bus driver) handled getting our admission tickets and getting us from A to B with zero effort on our part. It was lovely to be taken care of so well: I was able to relax and enjoy every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were SO MANY wow moments, but up at the top would be when I went running in Mostar very early in the morning, before most people were awake. I ran by a shop where a family was shaping and baking bread (like pitas) for the town restaurants. I stopped, turned around, and asked if I could take a picture: they invited me in to take even better pictures and they insisted I take some bread with me: what a lovely family! :-)"

Kyle

Aurora, CO

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The 'Best of Adriatic' tour felt very much on-brand in that it was a great mix of cultural and scenic experiences that we expected from our last Rick Steves tour. I appreciated the immense effort that must have gone into making this tour simultaneously fascinating and comfortable for the tourist.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the old city walls of Dubrovnik, getting a 360 view of the whole area, and marveling at the sheer determination and ingenuity that went into constructing a huge wall on the side of a sea cliff."

Marilyn

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour to an amazing part of the world. This area Is still somewhat undiscovered which adds to its uniqueness. As a group we bonded almost immediately and became friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent in Korchula. A spectacular island and th e to enjoy it on the tour day off."

Christine

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved seeing and getting to know parts of the world we haven't explored, but getting to do it with such a fantastic bunch of people and with such passionate guides made the experience so much better. The countries we visited were so varied, from beautiful coastal towns and resorts, big cities with all their historical sites to small villages in the Alps and towns affected by the recent war. I appreciated the time to visit museums and sites, but also the time to explore on our own at our pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thoroughly enjoyed having drinks with other tour members, be it tasting wine at a local winery, visiting with wine out on a deck in a national park, sipping blackberry cordial in the Alps, toasting from a tower in Korcula or out on the bar on the wall of the city overlooking the water and the sunset."

Christopher

Frisco, TX

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic itinerary! Pretty sure we couldn't have done this ourselves (with transfers, stops in out-of-the-way towns, etc.) with the same efficiency for the same price.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many times, I just stopped and thought "life is good!!"--pretty much our mantra for the whole tour. But probably floating in that blue water in Korcula--just looking around at the sea and the town and the air."

Jane

Frisco, TX

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I doubt it will be our last. Although we are relatively independent travellers, we could not have done this itinerary on our own. Transfers and timings were handled so well that the fun really never stopped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sipping an Aperol spritz with 10 of our new Rick Steves best friends at the Buza bar in Dubrovnik while admiring the amazingly beautiful Adriatic and enjoying the sunset. Life is good."

Lisa

Providence, RI

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much on this tour. In particular, I appreciated the visit to Bosnia and to see how life there has been rebuilt. If it hadn't been so hot I would have wanted to stay longer. Overall, the tour provided an excellent balance of culture, scenery, and entertainment. My sense is that as a group we ate together more on this tour than on other RS trips I have taken. I feel as though we were a closer group because of that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park"

Robert

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It all starts with the Tour Leader and Ben gets an A+ from me. Miriam was excellent as well. I felt like I had a strong personal connection with Ben, with a lot of similar beliefs about important life values and interests. He gave us a lot of information in an organized and clear, understandable manner. But he balanced it all with a great sense of humor and a "light touch." He was always on top of whatever logistics needed to be addressed. He gave us reasons for why the tour was organized the

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many: I loved the Partner thing and loved mine, 12 year old Nate. Of course, all of the incredible beautiful Landscape provided lots of Wows. I think our Crew connected really well, with some great and interesting people, all trying to contribute in their own ways. Matt and Anjeanette's family were so much fun. I loved all the Kids. Miriam's sharing of some of her experiences during the Warfare was valued by Christy and I. I appreciated the support of Ben and Miriam as I dealt with c"

Miriam Linda

Lady Lake, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"National Park"

Marissa

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent 1st Rick Steve's tour! As independent travelers, we have been using his guides and watching PBS shows for years. We especially liked that there was free time. We like the no whine policy and enjoyed everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SO many! I loved seeing the previously unknown gem of Opatija and would have liked more time to explore. Would have preferred to spend a night there instead of 2nd night in Split. I liked Mostar more than expected (although one night was enough.) I never would have gone there on my own and appreciated the cultural aspects (mosque, greek orthodox church, war ruins, Turkish house, etc.) I also liked the low key vibe and the sunset boat ride in Korcula."

Robert

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great, Daria did was

Bret

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour. To begin with, the guide Daria Gotic, was incredible. She balanced the needs of the individuals and added a fantastic element of dry humor to every step of the way. The organization of the tour was very well done. The bus was kept very clean. The cultural experiences were well done. The only challenge was unseasonable heat, but the tour managed this as well as could be imagined. Each of the local guides added significantly to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick one. I definitely think Pula exceeded by expectations by quite a margin. It is an odd blend of Roman, Venetian, and 20th century."

Geraldine

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. The local guides were all great. The pace of the tour was well thought out. All of the meals that were provided were fantastic. The tour was a wonderful way to "be a tourist" and see the real countries we were visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many Wow Moments. The entire tour was a Wow Moment. Dinner in Mostar really stands out."

Susan

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Fairfax, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eastern Europe brought to life. Exotic, beautiful and tragic. Having the history of gorgeous cities and countryside unfold each day was magical. Add to that the passion of Roberto's Dubrovnik city tour and lunch at Macola's run by a former bus driver and current bear ?? keeper, Happy I was part of this, shared with a great group of people. Orchestrated by Darija and driven by Ric. I

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the evening call to prayer while walking over the old bridge in Mostar Bled cream cake!!"

Deborah

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour! Well paced. Good overview of the 3 countries visited. Liked the balance of scheduled and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"*Trip to Bosnia: seeing the area and hearing our tour and local guides share the history of the area and their personal stories. I was so touched by Sanel Maric's story and his heartfelt philosophy of life. He certainly is a wonderful role model for how to live through trauma and still be present and live a full life. Loved visiting the children's center and the church where our guide volunteered and hearing those stories as well."

Melanie

Nelson, S

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Total experience was amazing. We are from New Zealand and this was our 2nd tour with Rick Steve. We learnt so much on the 1st tour, and gained an understanding of the meaning of 'old'. This trip with Sanel as our guide was an experience at another level. Going to Bosnia was not a surprise, it was on the itinerary but experiencing it through his eyes was for us something very special. We loved the whole trip- too much to express!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry- no one moment. Meeting new people, making new friends and being on a tour where you heard, learnt and experienced, fulfilled our expectations ++. Our bus driver Claudio provided some wow moments with his amazing driving-he was the best! We love the format of Rick Steve's tours- WOW moment s every day! Thanks"

Douglas

Jackson, WY

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. Sanel was great as were all the local guides. The bus was very nice and comfortable and had an extremely skilled driver. The hotels were all good. The provided food was fantastic. The out of the way sites were a bonus. We also got history lessons from people that lived through conflicts (wars) in their individual regions. I am now a Rick Steves convert.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had to pick a "wow" moment I would pick Plitvice National Park. But the overall scenery of the Julian Alps, the Adriatic coast, the medieval towns, and even some of the restaurants we ate at were also "wow" moments. I almost forgot; the tour and guide in the museum in Kobarid was absolutely fantastic."

Bruce

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love the itinerary generally, the off the beaten path sort of stops (winery, Muslim monastery) etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one, as there were may wow moments. The biggest wow for me was the Roman ampitheatre at Pula."

Earn

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very happy with the tour overall. The time in Pula was a little too rushed. Should have more time to explore ourselves. Otherwise, outstanding overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list. Mostar was a very good surprise, especially the old town. Totally unexpected."

Karen

Ft Wright, KY

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been to Europe before. We liked that we had a tour guide directing us in each new city, showing us how to use the bus system, or getting us tickets to a show or event. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about the culture, spoke the language, and knew history in each area we visited. He had a great sense of humor of was a master at trouble shooting things unplanned for...like a massive rain storm. The hotels we stayed in provided lavish breakfasts and were comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the other people on the tour. The national park in Croatia had so many waterfalls. I loved the walk through it and could have spent a lot more time here. I liked that the trip was a balanced one with historical sites, wineries, national parks, shopping bazaars, monasteries, and beautiful beaches."

Lori

Middleville, MI

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another outstanding tour, our seventh with Rick Steves. The guides make the tour for me. I love hearing their stories which make the places we visited come to life, even in earlier time periods. I also love hearing their political views! I would say that the food on this tour was the best out of all of our tours. Yes, we might have enjoyed a fantastic meal(s) on other tours, but on this tour the fantastic food kept coming and coming!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Sanel's hometown and hearing his story was the best part of this trip! I enjoyed learning how he is making the world a better place for kids!"

Nancy

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 06/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Without using all superlatives, I'll try to convey my experience. First, the land: quietly beautiful, lush, a hint of magic. The water: countless waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic. No other body of water is as blue, all shades, and inviting. The people: strong, free, warm. And finally ( saving the best for last), Sanel , our guide. He is THE best. Concerned for us personally, intellectually, and emotionally, he was there for anything. We were blessed to have him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls at the national park."

Joseph

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great combination of History, local character, social issues, political issues, sightseeing, shopping and of course the food! the size of the tour group was the appropriate size for the length of time spent together as a group. This particular mix of people, (Mature, young, family, single, couples, working retired) really bonded and had a great time together. There was a mixing of groups such that no one felt isolated from the tour group as a whole.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scuba diving on the island of Korcula. Not part of tour, but a great option for the free day. The WOW was the Istrian pennisula and the variety of history, the Roman and Italian influence."

Andrew

Mcallen, TX

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I know that having Amir as our guide made an important impact on our tour. Being from Sarajevo and having lived through the 1990's war made his insight into the conflict meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Mostar and the Old Bridge."

Mark

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great job by Amir and all of our local guides. Milan was a class act and an excellent driver. I had a wonderful 14 days exploring a part of Europe I had not experienced before. Thank you Amir!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled and Plitvice National Park"

Sandra

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had it all...food, scenery, history/politics and a chance to discover a very little known (for me) part of the world.Also very little bus time :) The group we traveled with gelled very nicely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose so I'll have to mention a couple. The Plitvice lakes and waterfalls were amazing. I've been to many national parks but never walked "on" a waterfall before. Our guide, Amir. and our local guide in Stolac were glimpses of living history. Their personal stories brought a human element to the region's conflicts and history."

Pamela

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and we chose a Rick Steves tour. It did not disappoint. We had the best guide and our group of 26 got along great and we made many new friends. We kept busy but also had time to relax on the bus. It was a perfect mix of activity with breaks. I was surprised by the amount of walking but I am used to walking everyday so it was not a strain. The tour was a wonderful mix of scenery, history, and activities that exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments that it is hard to pick just one. I really enjoyed Lubjiana I think because it was my first European experience but I think that everything was impressive (minus the donkey farm). I enjoyed meeting the other people on the tour and I appreciated how well the tour was organized. Hats off the the Rick Steves staff for making my first trip to Europe a memorable experience."

Susan

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. We saw such a diversity of places, Alpine villages,a war museum, wineries, beach resorts, hilltowns, walled cities, Roman ruins, a children's charity, a Sufi Tekija...Our group was particularly fun and friendly. Amir is incredibly diligent. (I am a retired teacher so I know something about keeping large groups organized and safe.) If there was a fork in the trail, Amir appeared to point the way. The history in this area is complex but Amir's lectures were clear and insightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best travel experiences widen my view of the world.The place that had that impact was Mostar. The war damage there really opened my eyes. My absolute favorite moment was climbing the Old Bridge in Mostar (even though it is terrifyingly slick) with the crowds of tourists and the divers, while Bohemian Rhapsody (yes, really) played from somewhere nearby. Then I went below the bridge as the sun set and heard the muezzin's call to prayer.I'll never forget it."

Eileen

Tigard, OR

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour of a beautiful part of the world! Had taken the RS Eastern Europe tour several years ago and was excited to re-visit Lake Bled and Plitvice National Park. Bosnia was so interesting, beautiful Mostar, and knowledgeable guides to share their experiences during the war there. That was fascinating and a real bonus culturally. It was unseasonably hot at times, so was glad that all but 1 hotel had A/C (except Hotel Plitvice where it wasn't a problem--was a great location).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park, walking down from the Upper Lakes seeing the beautiful waterfalls and green and turquoise lakes[INVALID]spectacular! Beautiful Lake Bled, a fairytale setting! Also really enjoyed Mostar, the old bridge views and wonderful Bosnian meals!"

Julie

Antelope, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first RS tour was amazing. Amir was wonderful, as were all the others in our group. I really appreciated the fact that there was down time most days to relax after being on the go so much. It was also great that the tour included famous sites as well as the unusual - like the winery and the donkey farm. The group meals were a real plus also - we loved laughing and relaxing with our new friends while trying the local foods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Lake Bled and Plitvice Lakes National Park were amazing! And swimming in the beautiful Adriatic Sea was just amazing!"

Mary

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had no idea what to expect when we signed up for this tour (our 4th) and it exceeded our wildest hopes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many... wine along the river in Ljubljana, biking around Lake Bled, viewing the landscape from the Motovun city wall, seaside towns, hiking in Plitvica (probably the biggest wow for these Colorado hikers), the war history in Bosnia, drinking coffee at the Turkish monastery, drinking donkey milk!, simply relaxing and wading at Korcula, the early-morning walk around the city wall in Dubrovnik."

Gerald

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. The guide was superb, the accommodations were excellent, the food was wonderful, the scenery was amazing. This was our fourth Rick Steves' tour and we are never disappointed. The only negative was the air travel arrangements and cost. Flights out of Denver could have been better. It was easy to get to Germany, but from there to the tour were a challenge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trying to pick a favorite "wow" moment is like trying to choose which child is loved more. Cannot do it, it was one major "wow"."

Nadine

Covington, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, my tour experience was fantastic. From Sašo's story telling and guiding to experiencing some of the lesser known parts of Europe such as Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Adriatic tour exceeded my expectations from start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were actually a couple: 1) hearing Adisa speak in Mostar about her experience during the war; and 2) Plitvi?e Lakes National Park"

Robert

San Marcos, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our third tour with the company & this one met & exceeded our expectations. Saso is a very personable, very knowledgeable guide who blended well with the group & was flexible enough to meet our quirky requests with a positive response & good humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was a stand-out. The forest filled with lakes and waterfalls is truly remarkable. Saso led us through the park in reverse order compared to the other visitors. This reduced our crowding and provided a very special experience."

Alfred

Chestnut Hill, MA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saso was an outstanding guide, attentive, calm and very knowledgeable, he made such an effort to bring the group together with his humor and took us on off the beaten path surprises.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Adriatic Sea and its water."

Jenni

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 4th RS tour and each one seems to get better and better! We so appreciate the attention to detail, the care and concern for the clients to not only visit the area, but the emphasis on culture, historical, and social aspects of region. The hotels were great on this trip to the Adriatic - (Spain could learn a few things about softer mattresses ;0) We had an excellent group of people on tour with us and we enjoyed meeting all of them. Our guide Saso was THE BEST!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As far as sites, Plitivic Lakes National Park was magical, even in the rain. We also loved Lake Bled and could see spending perhaps another couple of hours there. The ruins at Pula were nice and the local guide (Martina?) she was incredible. Congrats on hiring her on as a full tour guide - she will be excellent! Bosnia was very eye opening also - we learned a lot about the Muslim culture. Ending the tour in Dubrovnik was a perfect way to end the trip."

Laura

St Marys, PA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing! Saso was absolutely fantastic and had the ability to keep us engaged and connected with his personal stories to fit the experiences of the area in which we visited. He was very open in our initial meeting and relayed his expectations of us...be on time! He was also very easy to approach and ask questions. We had the opportunity to experience this tour with awesome people which made it so much more meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ALL of it! I loved all of the cities and villages that we stopped at. Mostar was unique compared to the rest of our stops due to the Turkish influence. Each area, Lublijana, Bovec, Balle, Rovinji, Opatejah, Plitvice, Stovec, Split, Korchula and Dubrovnic were amazing and special in their own historic and cultural way."

Melinda

Park City, UT

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing! I thought this tour hit all the sights and spent the right amount of time in each place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first-hand experience of our tour guide in Mostar was fascinating."

Suzanne

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have asked for a better trip! We saw beautiful places, learned amazing new things, and met fabulous people. The bus rides did not seem long because of Saso's great history lessons. The restaurants picked were wonderful and authentic! I absolutely LOVED this experience!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the "wow" moment was every place we stopped. My first wow was Ljubljana and how cute, quaint, and friendly it was. Each stop kept producing a new "wow" with a gorgeous, history-rich town. Also, the tour guides were fabulous! I loved how each one had a personal story to share."

Claude

Henderson, NV

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyable but completely different from previous Rick Steves Tours. I was completely ignorant of the intensity of the conflicts in Croatia and the Croatian area. Our tour guide was an amazing walking encyclopedia that answered any and all questions, he also took care of us. I did miss the bottles of wine at dinner rather than a glass of wine with dinner. Not Importent since wine was expensive and I usually bought a bottle for our table!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to the personal stories of individuals who lived through the conflict in the Croatian area. It made it real And personal. The waterfall park and the Adriatic itself were amazing experiences."

Dorothy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. While we had been to some of the places before (Ljubljana,Lake Bled, Dubrovnik) we enjoyed the return visit with perspectives that Marijan gave us.Bosnia was a new country for us and we especially like Mostar. All the logistics (accommodations, bus trips, included meals, etc.) were what we have come to expect on a Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes. Mostar was a close second."

Claudia

Ogden, UT

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had expected 'shore' time, beautiful sites, quaint towns and interface with the locals. What I got was far beyond what I had expected. I had not expected learning about the history of the area. I had not expected the discussions on the '90's war. I had not expected to interface with individuals who lived through the war. All of this exceeded my expectations and will stay with me for years to come.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When someone asks the wow moment question I would never expect to say that it was the trip leader. Marijan was my wow moment, start to finish."

Carol

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing how acutely the 90's wars still affect people who experienced it as children"

Arlee

Morro Bay, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We choose The Best of The Adriatic Tour because Matt Inglsius told us he and his family were going on that tour. No we weren't on the same date tour. But we thought a tour guide's choice of tour was a good endorsement. I have to admit my ignorance of eastern Europe. I have been "educated" and have heartfelt appreciation of the complex and difficult history. The Roman sites, swimming in the Adriatic, tears in Bosnia, and walking the wall in Dubrovnik are memories etched in my psyche.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park.A breathtaking green waterland. Marijan knew to get our group there early and use a less traveled entrance. The lemmings came, but we were exiting while they herded in. Dubrovnik was spectacular. Being a Game of Thrones fan, I was so excited to see so many different scenes from the series. I can't believe 1500 people are residents there. Whoa."

Don

South Bend, IN

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves tour was beyond my highest expectations. I have been to Europe several times, and I always did my planning with a Rick Steves guidebook and carried it with me throughout every trip. Taking a Rick Steves group tour made me realize how you can follow his style of European travel and have the benefits that you can only get by traveling with a group. There were tons of things that we enjoyed on the trip that would not have been available to a solo traveler or a couples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This may be the toughest question on the survey, but I have to say that our morning at the Plitvice Lakes was a surreal experience that I will never forget. Getting an early start and following a path that was opposite to the normal flow got us ahead of heavy tourist traffic and saved the best for last. It was truly amazing."

David

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I particularly enjoyed learning so much history and back story about a complex area created by being a crossroad of cultures and religion. The scenery was fabulous and diverse. I was pleased with the diversity of the cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the various places we visited including the color of the water in the lakes, rivers and Adriatic. Plitvice Lakes was a most memorable experience.My favorite town was Ljubljana and I really enjoyed Korcula. And driving over the Julian Alps was quite an experience (I am thankful for our excellent bus driver)."

Frank

Farmingdale, NJ

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Went into this trip with no preconceived idea of what to expect, so we were easily and pleasantly surprised. The guide Darija was great, sights were all picture postcard worthy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls at Plitivice Park in Croatia. Niagara Falls ain't got nothing on you!"

William

Homestead, FL

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. Really enjoyed Korcula - the hotel and the town were wonderful. Also, enjoyed Ljubljana and Bled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment was the local guide in Stolac and in Mostar. To hear what the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina went through during the world and also what they're still living with was very moving."

Virginia

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To be honest, I was hesitant to take a tour that inferred there would be hotels with no elevators or AC. I was pleasantly surprised that both situations occurred in just a few of the hotels. I always pack light with carry-ones but must admit hiking suitcases up several floors in the heat we experienced was a little frustrating. We personally only experienced one hotel that the AC was questionable. All of that being said, the hotels were all in good locations and were clean and well kept.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. I thought the variety of things we did and saw was wonderful."

Elizabeth

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide and travel plan (including a great bus driver!). Important historic, geographic, economic and personal information covered well. A truly beautiful part of the world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Korcula and the beautiful rivers, streams and Adriatic Ocean!"

Paul

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Our efficient and knowledgeable guide, Dariya, made it easy to navigate these beautiful and well organized countries. I was surprised by the strong Austrian influence, which made many places seem as if they could have been from Vienna. She did a wonderful job explaining the regions complex history. She also went out of her way to make sure my personal dietary needs were covered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At every turn, there was a new unexpected beautiful piece of scenery."

Tim

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour covers a lot of territory, literally and figuratively. Three countries of the former Yugoslavia with differing languages and personalities with rich historic backgrounds. With mountains and seas, lakes and rivers, the scenery is spectacular. The stories of the cities of Ljubljana, Split, Mostar, and Dubrovnik are relayed by excellent local guides and the WW1 museum tour in Kobaid was deeply informative. A great friendly group and Darija's steady guidance. Thanks Rick Steves Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A youth concert in Mostar of the music school's students exemplified this diverse communities coming together after the atrocities of the 90's. You could feel the pride the community has in all the children regardless of ethnicity or religion. Heart warming."

Debbie

Monte Sereno, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and our tour guide Darija was fabulous! Traveling by bus was very comfortable and the long days were broken up with stops in different cities, tours and free time. I appreciated that there was a nice balance between structured time and free time. Each city was beautiful and a different experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my most memorable moment was listening to the tour guides personal story in Bosnia and how her family lived through the war!"

Carolyn

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had such a wonderful variety of experiences: Bosnia still suffering after the war, beautiful Ljubljana and Dubrovnik, Korcula, swimming in the Adriatic, wine tasting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first site of Lake Bled, waterfalls of Lake Plitvice"

Loren

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mike

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was our first Rick Steves Trip and it exceeded our expectations. Sanel was an awesome guide. His combination of his Knowledge, sense of humor and life experiences made this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korchula. Definitely could of spent an additional day there"

Marian

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my 4th Rick Steves' tour and definitely the best one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenian Alps"

Deborah

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing itinerary and guide from start to finish! We had so many fantastic city tours, local cultural experiences and authentic foods! This is a great tour of Slovenia, Croatia and part of Bosnia; I learned so much history about this region from our Bosnian tour guide, Sanel, and all the excellent local guides along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled was simply breathtaking; it was like spending the afternoon in a fairytale!"

Sue

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sanel is a wonderful guide. We had a terrific group of people to travel with and the sights and sounds of the Adriatic did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The delicious, rustic lunch at the Donkey Sanctuary in Croatia."

Ric

Everett, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I don't know how it would have a better tour. Our guide, Sanel, was wonderful. He knew all the ways to beat the crowds. The wife and I really enjoyed Slovenia. Everybody was so nice there. The 2 day stay in Korcula was wonderful. Bosnia was surprising pretty and Mostar touristy. Plitvice was gorgeous. All the roads we traveled on were in great shape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenia as a country Plitvice Nat Pk Korcula"

Cheryl

Everett, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with I hope many more to come!! I was very impressed with the organization, the planning, the hotels, the bus and the bus driver Milah. What an exceptional driver and person he was. The sites along the way with the individual guides was exceptional!!! What a fantastic way to travel. Many things you would not get the opportunity to see or do if you were traveling solo. I am proud to now be an official Rick Steve's groupie!!! Thank you so much for everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Would have to be Plitvice National Park. Simply Stunning!!! It was the perfect time of year. Plenty of water flowing out of everywhere!! Our guide was wise to take us in the park the opposite way as to avoid plenty of people traffic. What an unforgettable experience. Thank you Sanel."

Connie

Grande Prairie, AB

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was very well organized in terms of amount and variety of special activities, when the activities were scheduled, as well as the amount of down-time. As a tour guide, Sanel is a perfect fit for this type of tour; his knowledge, patience and humor contributed greatly to our enjoyment. We learned lots and saw so many beautiful sites! I would have loved to have had one more day in Bosnia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to choose only one moment. My breath was taken away by scenery at Plitvice Lakes, Lake Bled, and Motovun (especially at sunset). The cities, each with such interesting history and with so much energy and opportunities for people-watching was fun too!"

Richard

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind and it exceeded my expectations. Highlights: [INVALID] great guide, Sanel [INVALID] good balance of structured and free time [INVALID] liked having two days in one place [INVALID] excellent tour group, with whom we would tour again [INVALID] great itinerary, but sometimes more time in a place would have been good [INVALID] saw wonderful things and learned a lot

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the recent conflicts and current situation in Mostar and Bosnia Herzegovina through the eyes of Sanel and our Mostar guide. Very powerful. it's one thing to hear about these things on the news, but another to see and hear about them from those who lived through it. For me, this is part of the power of travel to affect our lives."

Maria

Brisbane, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of cities and natural sites such as Lake Bled and Korcula was perfect. The pace of the tour allowed time to absorb the places we visited. Our guide Sanel brought to life the reality of living in Bosnia during the war, presenting us with more than one viewpoint of the difficult times. The local guides also were brave and honest in their experiences, but always with the ability to see the positive in humankind. It was a beautiful tour, with many fun times and profound moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plevitice Park was beautiful with all waterfalls and lush green vegetation, especially for a Californian coming out of the drought years. Mostar was magical, I wish we had more time there. Meeting local children in Stolac and seeing the future look brighter for them was inspiring."

Vanessa

Kingston, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and absolutely loved it! Sanel was great! His knowledge and passion for the region was inspiring. We saw sites that I would not have seen traveling on my own. The other members of the group were all great and we all bonded during the two weeks. I will definitely be planning a future tour with Rick Steves'.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the ski jumping training facility! That was one of the sites we visited that was totally unexpected. Seeing those kids land those jumps was amazing."

Lyn

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much; content will stay with me for a very long time Great itinerary & fantastic guide Pace seemed relentless at times, but each stop was outstanding & I wish there had been more time in several stops (Plitvice Lakes NP, especially) Greatly appreciated the skilled bus driver (Milan?), well planned bathroom breaks, & that Sanel shared local treats almost daily I would recommend this tour to other interested travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moments - when first hand knowledge of major events of the 20th century was shared: WWI - Kobarid, WWII - by winery owner in Istria, Bosnian War - in Mostar + "Oh Yeah" take-away - reminder of the extent of the Roman Empire"

Linda

Benicia, CA

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this trip. It was a great group of people, the pace was perfect, the food amazing, the guides were knowledgeable. I especially liked it when Ben shared information on a country's political and social history, music, and customs. The tour bus was clean and comfortable. I like how Ben oriented us to each new town shortly after we arrived. That really helped us get our bearings so we could roam independently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group lunches at the family owned wineries were the highlight for me. What a spread of delicious food! And the feast in Bosnia! Wow!"

Carol

Fargo, ND

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I came with no set expectations, except that every Rick Steves tour has been great. This was my 4th tour. The sites and scenery were fantastic. Mountains, rivers, the Adriatic, the hill towns. Having Ben as a guide further enhanced the experience. His academic knowledge helped us understand the region. The group was great. The small group experience is part of what I like. Because of the Rick Steves travel philosophy, we tend to self select. I would highly recommend this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the stop at Boris Lisjak's vineyard. Also, Split was one of my favorite stops. Mostar was really interesting as well. I didn't know what to expect and I found it beautiful and fascinating. Both of the local guides in Bosnia really added to our understanding by sharing their personal stories."

Greg

Massapequa, NY

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

a wonderful experience from start to finish

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joyce

Columbus, IN

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed this tour very much. New countries...new histories...new cultures. Very interesting and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitzvice Park was spectacular. The visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina gave me insights into the ravages of war and its impact on families and communities."

Joanne

Rush, NY

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose the Best of the Adriatic tour based on recommendations of members of our last RS tour and we were not disappointed. It's a beautiful part of the world that we knew little about before our tour. Dramatic scenery throughout the tour, great little coastal Medieval gems and hill towns, and poignant visits to Kobarid and war-torn Bosnia. It was a perfect mix of planned group time and free time, and our tour guide, Ben, was superb. A perfect trip to a fascinating destination!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always so hard to pick one "wow" moment when there was at least one nearly every day! The beautiful snow-capped mountain scenery and green/blue water of the Soca Valley was probably my favorite, followed by Motovun and the whole Istrian peninsula."

Christina

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind and it was a great experience! I know that I would not have been able to put together such a memorable trip on my own. I really liked the 'off the beaten path' experiences like lunch at the cafeteria style truck stop outside of Plitvice National Park, the photo op at the top of a long winding road along a cliff or a rest stop at the Planica Nordic Center where we saw ski jumpers practicing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Plitvice Lakes National Park. The waterfalls and scenery was amazing. I really enjoyed hiking through the park. I also loved the view from above looking down on the Old Town in Dubrovnik. The tram was not operating when we were there, so we drove up to the lookout. The road was narrow with several switch backs and drivers were very aggressive thinking they had the right of way (there didn't seem to be any rules). Once we made it to the top, the views are spectacular!"

Gregory

De Witt, IA

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. The whole group was so much fun to be around and we met some really great people. Ben, our tour guide, was great and very knowledgable of the areas that we were in. It is great at to learn some of the local history of the places that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't really have just one "wow" moment because I thought the whole trip was a "wow." We didn't really know what to expect about this part of Europe, but the beauty of the countries exceeded my expectations."

Marina

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized tour. We saw a lot of places. Wonderful food! All guides were very knowledgeable. Ben took a great care of us and was very informative. I liked that we were given options what to do when we had our personal time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite places were Pletvice Lakes and Motovun."

Marcia

Wilton, ME

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben was amazing, very knowledgeable, helpful, funny, thoughtful. It was a delightful trip. He spent time with each group member/couple. Very organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park. Dubrovnik"

Madelyn

Portsmouth, NH

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful scenery, excellent wine, great guides, wonderful travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Biggest surprise was Bosnia. It was very moving to hear the story of the recent war from guides who lived through it. I'm embarrassed to admit how little I knew about the politics of the area so I was very grateful for the education. And you can't beat Korcula for beauty and relaxation."

David

Somerville, MA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really great! That said, the Adriatic is not what I'd recommend for a first-time visitor to Europe: I feel like I could appreciate it because I've been fortunate to go elsewhere in Europe (on other Rick Steves tours!).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled, Plitvice Lakes region, and Dubrovnik and environs. So pretty!"

Nancy

Westminster, CO

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour very much! I chose this tour because I didn't know much about this area.....I learned so much! We were impressed about how beautiful these countries are and what a great quality of life they have here. Also, it surprised us that more people spoke English here than any of our other tours. I loved the variety of experiences that the tour provided....small towns, large towns, beautiful countryside and parks and historical museums and talks by the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two moments....very different from each other that stand out. I loved the time in Plitvice National park! It was so different and beautiful! The second set of experiences that stand out are the time in Mostar. The guides there were absolutely outstanding and learning from them their experiences during the war was so moving ...I will never forget that. I also loved hearing the beautiful call to prayer that we heard while we were there. I would have liked to spend one more night there."

Barb

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Not to any fault of RS but since we didn't have good weather for the majority of the trip it is probably hard to fairly rate the tour. It was the 6th RS tour we did and wouldn't say this is one of my favorite. This one seemed to have much more bus time and 1 night stays than I prefer. That said,I did enjoy learning & seeing a part of Europe I had minimal knowledge of.We had a great group of people and thought our guide did a good job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park (except that it got to be so crowded that it was hard at times to take it all in), Dubrovnik and the excellent local tour there. I also was fascinated learning first hand about life in Bosnia during the war through the two local guides (though torn that all the travel time to get there and short stay was worth it) I also really enjoyed having a totally free day on the island."

Janis

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Trip was wonderful. I truly enjoyed visiting all 3 countries. Bosnia really had an impact on me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was breathtaking. I could have stayed there all day. It was absolutely stunning I also loved the island of Korcula. So gorgeous"

Emily

Saugus, MA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an action packed tour visiting many places and sites. I would have liked to spend more time in a few of the locations but would not have seen as much of the countries. Barbara was wonderful her knowledge and love of the area was obvious and seeing it through her eyes made the experience personal. The fellow tour travelers are always friendly, fun, interesting and well traveled people. As a single traveler I always feel welcomed and included in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was incredibly beautiful and unexpected. Walking the trail you were surrounded by waterfalls. They ran over, under and around you. Having the time to walk and experience it was wonderful."

Rick

Vashon, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, very good local guides. Covered a lot of ground, many interesting places. Some great meals. Overall, an excellent tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes was amazing. Also Mostar and Stolac, where the local guides gave personal accounts of their experiences in the wars of 1991-95."

Leslie

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't know what to expect because I knew almost nothing about this part of Europe but found that this is a fantastic area to visit! We went to so many interesting sites[INVALID]I'm really sorry I didn't take good notes! All the tour members were friendly and got along together[INVALID]no problems. English is spoken everywhere which was a life saver for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roberto, our local guide in Dubrovnik, really made history come alive! He told us the most interesting things about life in Dubrovnik as it had been and what it is like now."

Darlene

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was informative about war(perhaps a bit too much) & Amir was passionate about his personal experiences during that time. I enjoyed the cities/towns we visited. The hotels were very good - I especially enjoyed Hotel Mrak, Hotel Marco Polo & in Plitvice. I found at beginning of tour that there were not adequate bathroom break (I admit that I have to go more than average person!)so I did speak with Amir about this issue and he did make more of an effort to schedule more breaks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we first got to Rovinj, we just happened upon a marching brass band competition with bands from Russia, Croatia, Italy & Slovenia. We loved the music and enjoyed seeing the crowd's response as well. We were lucky enough to meet some of the band members from Trieste later at a sidewalk cafe & talk to them about the competition."

Grant

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes"

Robin

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time doing a tour, and could not have had a better experience. Our guide, Amir, and driver, Claudio, were full of information, coordinated everything, and kept us safe and having fun. The local guides were fascinating. And what a great group of people to share the experience with! Loved every minute. Thank you for providing an adventure we would never have had without you all. People were exchanging thoughts on other RS tours they'd done and encouraging sign ups the first day!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar. Bosnia in general. Wish we could have spent more time there and explored more, or that there's a Bosnia tour. Just felt like I could have learned so much more. Would have contributed more to the local economy if I'd known what to purchase. The other big wow moment was the WWI museum in Slovenia. Could have stayed there for hours - probably because of the stories of our amazing guide, who should be declared a national treasure. I have been reading more about WWI and WWII ever since!"

Shelley

Sherwood Park, AB

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the time of our meet and greet, to the last evening group meal, the tour was fantastic. We loved all the people and placed we experienced. The food was a little different then we're used to, but still excellent. Hotels always great, clean, comfortable, with amazing breakfasts. Loved not having too many people on the tour for the bus as well as the closeness of the group with smaller numbers. Rick Steve's Europe tours in our booker #1.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment happened during our trip to Stolac, and Mostar. I fell in love with the towns, the people, the food, their culture,history, and our local guides stories. I truly wished we would have had more time here to shop, stop and enjoy some of the restaurants, coffee shops, etc. on our own. Another day would have been fantastic."

Roger

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was not what I expected when my wife and I signed up. It was a lot more beautiful, intense and personally historical for me. The beauty of the Julian Alps and Adriatic coast are beyond words. I am from Italian ancestry and the information I learned at the World War I museum answered some questions that I had about my grandfather. The first hand accounts of the war in the 1990's left both my wife and I with a better understanding of these tragic events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Talking with the guide at the World War I museum and learning that my grandfather was in light infantry and rode a bicycle into battle was amazing."

Sandra

Pittston, ME

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing from local people who had lived thru extremely difficult period in history and their current sense of hope, wisdom & strength. Also, Dobri restaurant and donkey farm was great. The cured meats hanging from the ceiling in the restaurant was amazing to view & to sample! Island hopping & Dubrovnik were fantastic too!"

Mary

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary; great tour leader (Amir); great travel companions. Even a great bus driver, the unflappable & always cheerful Claudio. Appreciated the carefully selected experiences, like the visit to Stolac with Edo as our guide. I would recommend this tour to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many Wow moments for me. Plitvice Park would certainly be one of them: an improbable, almost surreal landscape."

Joe

Kernersville, NC

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very revealing tour in an area with the most recent "war history" of any region in Europe. Thus, one would expect to see and hear much related to the history, causes of conflict, ultimate resolution of conflict, and the feelings of citizens of these countries now. We got that, and it made this a different, and most stimulating, kind of trip. In addition, we enjoyed the food and wine, and the fabulous scenery of the Adriatic regions we visited. Korcula and Dubrovnik were fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the wall of the old city in Dubrovnik was fabulous. Plitvice walk, even in the rain, was incredible. Seeing and standing on the Old Bridge in Mostar gave me a wonderful feeling."

Dean

Kent, OH

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Remarkable trip! Well organized and well [INVALID]d. Though it took a few days for the guide to warm up to the group, he endeared us with his personal stories living in the region through the war. His dry wit and perspective enhanced our experience. The natural beauty of the Adriatic region can not be adequately related in words, and the amazing preservation of the old cities transported us back centuries. 5 Star Experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on our patio at dusk in Mostar and hearing the "call to prayer" progressing across the city from one mosque to another. It had its all entranced. Next to that, the donkey farm! Never thought I'd ever drink donkey milk! It was delicious! The farmer's hospitality was so generous."

Richard

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had always traveled on our own in the past and didn't know what to expect. This tour was a revelation for us. It exceeded anything we could have hoped for! Tour leadership was exceptional. Anja combined thorough preparation with an engaging personality and professionalism, and the local guides added more value to the experience. We couldn't be happier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing first hand from survivors of the 90s wars was incredibly impactful and emotional especially combined with the remaining visible devastation in Stolac and Mostar."

Julie

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best vacations I've had. I got the opportunity to mingle with the local people, get to experience local activities and learned a lot about the local history and culture. All the things we saw were so interesting. The places we stayed in or ate in were terrific. I was really impressed with how well everything was organized and how easily we transitioned from one place to the next. There was a nice balance between free time and touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved it all but Bosnia and learning about the war and sharing people's experiences was very moving."

Kenneth

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very beautiful part of the world that we were unfamiliar with. Ljubljana and the rest of Slovenia with it's mountains and lakes and the unspoiled Croatian coastline we're unforgettable. We had a great group of people to travel with and a terrific guide in Anja who made everything run smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but Mostar stands out because it was a different world from where we had been and where we were going.Our local guide had lived through the war and her stories of life during that period meant so much to us."

Kathleen

Cochrane, AB

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been raving about this wonderful trip. It was so well organized and interesting and the best part was that we didn't have to worry about a thing. We were so well taken care of. Our tour guide, Anja, was a marvel --so pleasant and funny and kind, but also so well organized, competent, and knowledgeable. The choices of accommodation and food were outstanding. I can't imagine how it could have been better. I thought the activity level and educational focus were perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had outstanding local tour guides who wowed us with their knowledge and passion for their topics. Every one brought something so unique but Ithink Roberto in Dubrovnik was my very favorite because of his intelligent and insightful analysis of the bigger picture. I was in awe - and he delivered it all with such humor. Amazing."

Sheila

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. Our guides were outstanding and so willing to assist us in any way to make our tour better. I had heard that Croatia was a great spot to visit but had no idea that Slovenia and Bosnia were just as beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bosnian people are trying so hard to come back from the devastating wars of the 90's. Seeing the bombed out areas, shell-damaged buildings amidst natural beauty was moving enough but one guide told the story of his 8 year old self and his 5 year old sister having to leave their home within a 3 minute time limit. She wouldn't leave without her "blankie". They trudged 35 km on foot to a safe town. As my companion said, thank God I am wearing waterproof mascara."

Rick

Eagle, ID

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour. The weather was sketchy at times, but everyone remained positive. One thing we noticed on this tour was that there was very little "free time". And most of it was spent on the bus. The itinerary is very busy, perhaps it could be split into two separate tours?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was with Edo in Stolac as he recalled the fighting and eviction from his house. Also, his story relating to standing up for muslim rights in Bosnia and how it cost him his teaching position. My second favorite moment was singing Chiribiribela, with the klappa singers in Split."

Martha

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Anya really made the trip great! She was always surprising us with something fun and delicious. She is so knowledgeable about history and culture in the countries we visited. I loved going to a part of the world so different in its history from other places I have visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is a hard choice because there were multiple fantastic places we visited. But for me Bosnia and staying in Mostar made the biggest impact. The country is beautiful but there is still so much evidence of the 1990's war. Our local guides were children during the war and their lives were impacted in terrible ways. Yet they were not full of hate and have learned to look for the good in others and to do good themselves.The people in the towns and in Mostar were warm and friendly. Great food!"

Ann

Telford, PA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed riding in the boat on Lake Bled and hiking the trail in Plitvice National Park.The tour did not disappoint and the fellow travelers were wonderful. Stories of Bosnia and the war as well as Yugoslavia under Tito were enlightening and very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being high above Dubrovnik and looking down over the city and into the Adriatic. It was truly a stunning sight."

John

Falmouth, MA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful journey through 3 countries each with their ancient history, modern urban treasures, cultural icons, great foods and wine, stunning mountains, lakes, and seaside vacation spots. There were brief but emotional reminders of 3 wars and their horrors, the last just 25 years ago.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia was the highlight of the trip. After days of rain and closure of the park due to flooding, we awoke to beautiful blue skies, calm winds, and perfect viewing conditions. Our guide started at the Upper Lake at 8 AM and we had the place almost to ourselves. As we walked to the Lower Lake we ran into hordes of other people, but the lower falls were still fantastic. This place is a world treasure, and a place I would go out of my way to see again!"

Elizabeth

Forest Hills, NY

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic was our first Rick Steve's tour & it was amazing. A wonderful string of mini vacations where we got to explore a wide range of experiences, all in a 2 week trip. We had a great time. It was nice to go beyond simple tourist sites and delve into and appreciate more of what they had to offer. We started in Ljubljana a few days ahead & ready to move on, yet after our guide Anja, gave us a city tour- we wanted to explore more. I think that set the stage & defined the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia was really a standout...the graciousness of our hosts & local guides were wonderful. Getting a first hand account of the war really left a mark on all of us- it was so personal & general to understanding war. I think our whole group walked away with a greater understanding of what happened. We also were struck by how beautiful and lasting scars of war can be. Yet everyone showed their love & pride of their country."

Helen

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. I didn't know that much about those countries and learned so much. The group was particularly cohesive. The accomodations and food were very good too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the visit to Stolac--because we saw a real place, could put it in a historical context, and understood more about our current world."

Robert

Hernando, FL

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Some of the areas like the park with the falls was extremely full of tourists. the selfie sticks on the cameras should be banned especially where narrow walkways were present. I had lots of tourists walking in front of us and blocking the path. The two days in Dubrovnik was to me a waste of time. Too many people in one area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slovenia's alps had beautiful areas."

Jess

Burke, VA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great traveling group, great sites, great trip. That sums it up

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled, Pil national park, croatian coast. Bosnia. All good."

Julie

Matthews, NC

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. It had so much diversity.... natural beauty, architectural beauty, history, etc Sanel was a fantastic guide. He has such a charismatic personality, a killer sense of humor, but yet such a knowledge of the history of all the areas that we explored. He kept everything moving smoothly in spite of some unexpected issues ( mostly weather related) although the frequent moves were a little tiring, they were so worth it to see all that we were able to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name. Beautiful scenery everywhere, diverse locations. Mostar and the bridge were outstanding. Hearing first hand experience from the war in Bosnia from Sanel and a local guide really tore at my heart and brought it to life. Plitvice National Park was awe inspiring. Just every turn brought a wow to me."

Suon

Burke, VA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Before this tour, I knew nothing about Slovenia or Bosnia and very little about Croatia. I found the tour fascinating! I learned so much about these three countries and their cultural heritage. They were all three very beautiful and the people were very welcoming. I also enjoyed our fellow travelers - everyone was friendly and looked out for each other. This was everything I expected of a Rick Steves tour and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name all of them but one was visiting Plitvick National Park and hiking around the waterfalls. The other was visiting Mostar, Bosnia and seeing what a beautiful town it is in spite of the damage from the wars."

Jim

Moscow, ID

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized--days had a nice balance of guided talks and free time to explore on one's own. Would recommend this tour to anyone--country is nice--people friendly--lots of history (1991--1996 conflict)--it is nice to see how a place can heal after an ugly war.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I visited many of the areas on this tour on our own 12 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. We did not see Bosnia-Herzegovina including Mostar in our previous trip so visiting this area was a major highlight. Also the local guide in Kobarid who shared his stories/history at the world war one museum was outstanding."

Roger

Midvale, UT

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Weather was quite variable (raining and temperatures down to 30s and 40s in Ljubljana, sunny and 70s for most of Croatia, and raining but 70s in Dubrovnik), BUT still a lot of fun. Sanel assured that spirits were high and that we all made the most of the opportunities! Sanel was particularly good about assuring that my lactose-intolerant wife always had culinary options at all of the group meals. Greatly enjoyed historical insights offered by Sanel and all local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was all that we hoped for! Although heavy rains had resulted in closure of the park for several days before our arrival, we were grateful that the lower falls and park were open on the day we visited!!"

Linda

Midvale, UT

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Sandra

Fountain Hills, AZ

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour although excessive rain made parts of it a challenge. We had an excellent leader, and the group was congenital and traveled well. We were especially interested in the areas visited and learned a lot about the countries and the culture. We usually travel on our own, but took the tour because we wanted to be with someone familiar with the area. The large bus for a small group was a definite plus as we could spread out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

",Our "wow" moment was the view of the Adriatic from the public area on the second level of the hotel in Korcula. It was a splendid display of sunshine in a beautiful setting after many days of gloom and rain."

Scott

Matthews, NC

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th RS Tour and like the previous 5 it did not dissappoint. Our guide, Sanel, was outstanding and hearing his perspectives on the region were invaluable, as he lived and suffered (unfortunately) through the wars of the 1990's. This part of the world is beautiful and the people were welcoming and friendly. It was humbling to hear the perspectives of Sanel and many of our local guides who had endured so many hardships. Overall, this tour was an amazing experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wonderful moments and I'm sure I can't cover them all, but here are a few: Hearing tales of the history of the family winery we visited in Slovenia and their resistance to the Nazis in WW2; seeing the Stari Most bridge in Mostar the first time; petting donkeys; experiencing the awesome beauty of Plitvice National Forest; hiking at Lake Bled (not part of tour) and walking the ancient wall around Dubrovnik."

Monica

Irvine, CA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itinerary and planned activities were great in that they allowed me to feel like a lot of the little details taken care of with minimal effort on my part. I didn't know much about the locations I would be visiting, and didn't really do anything but skim the guidebook so I went in as a bit of a blank slate with no real expectations. It was a nice balance of group activities and independent time. I would have liked to stay longer in Mostar, because less than a day was not enough time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice is probably everyone's "wow" moment on this tour, because it's so unique and beautiful, but I enjoyed my time in Split more than anywhere else. It was such a fun place with a beautiful port, plenty of places to eat/drink/relax, amazing preserved architecture, and I loved the nightlife and Diocletian's Palace, the Peristyle and it is the first place I'd visit for a longer period of time on a future visit."

Lois

Hernando, FL

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our leader, Sanel, did an extraordinary job of working with 27 individuals to guarantee all had the opportunity to experience the history, beauty and culture of the 3 countries we visited. I would highly recommend this journey thru the Adriatic region. Thank you.

Antoinette

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great trip and we saw a lot. We were in the bus a little more than I would have liked but then we covered a lot of territory. I would have loved to have two nights instead of one and 3 instead of 2 but understand not everyone wants to be gone that long. Overall we really enjoyed it. Our guide was on top of things and all ran smoothly. We had some bad weather but we made the best of it and just rolled with it. That is a Washington company for you. Embrace the rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Lake Bled. It was like being in a storybook land. Plus we had a beautiful sunny day. I also enjoyed Bosnia . Senal was from there and gave us a little more personal look into everyday life there. My other favorite was the waterfall park. We almost didn't see it as the unusual rainfall almost closed the park. But we were able to go and it was so beautiful."

Vyto

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Well organized - great tour guide

Dianne

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd tour and was concerned about keeping up as I am 76 but had no problem so hope to do another in the near future. Our guide Tina was wonderful, hotels were great as were all the meals. We had a fun group of people. Absolutely no disappointments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose any one "wow" moment as the whole tour was above expectations."

Robert

Washington Crossing, PA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th RS tour and checked all the boxes for me. Our experience was filled with beautiful landscapes and old world charm cities, warm and welcoming people as well as great food and drink throughout our trip. Tourism seems to be a major economic contributor to the 3 countries visited, however our experience was not "touristy".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 24 hours in Bosnia were special for me, my "wow". This war ravaged country still bears the physical scars on buildings and the countryside yet all of the people we met during our visit were happy, resilient and eager to please. Our meals were excellently prepared and presented traditional foods. Lunch in Stolac and dinner in Mostar. The walking tour of Mostar with one of the best local guides (Adisa) in all of my tours was informative and entertaining."

Terry

Marina Del Rey, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw the most beautiful scenery with the best guide, Tina. The variety in climates, from the alps to the island of Korcula to a winery to Motovun was awesome. The history we learned at each site added to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the Roman amphitheater in Pula was breathtaking."

David

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was outstanding. Slovenia was a revelation, especially Ljubljana; the Dalmatian coast was delightful, from Pula to Dubrovnik; Motovun was magical; excursions into the Julian Alps and Plitvce National Park were breathtaking; and the visit to Mostar opened our eyes. Dining was exceptional throughout. The very best thing about the tour was our guide Tina, whose passion, knowledge and organization made for a seamless and memorable tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experience of hearing the call to prayer from our hotel in Mostar will stay with us forever."

Shirley

Boylston, MA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia. This is a beautiful part of the world and all of the people we met - from the regular citizens to the wonderful tour guides - provided us with a new understanding of the history, both good and bad, of this region. Tina, our tour host, was fabulous. She provided such a personal insight into life in the old Yugoslavia and in the new countries that have been created.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Kastel Hotel in Motovun and know that it was a place that we probably would not have discovered on our own. We also were humbled by the stories from our guides in Bosnia who lived through the terrible conflict there. And we couldn't believe how clean the city of Ljubljana and the country of Slovenia were! The citizens obviously respect where they live."

Barbara

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We never really understood the reasons for the breakup of Yugoslavia into separate countries but this experience gave us a better understanding that no classroom or book could ever do. From the majestic alps of Slovenia, to the beautiful Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, then to rugged Bosnia, our experiences enhanced our appreciation of this region. This is a beautiful, undiscovered area not yet visited or enjoyed by most Americans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending most of our trip on the road, it was nice to have some down time in Korcula. Just to sit, have a glass of wine overlooking the harbor gave us time to relax and process all the experiences we had so far. From our beautiful and spacious room, we were able to watch sailboats depart in the early morning to other islands and sailboats come back in the evening after a busy, fun day on the Adriatic."

Kellene

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity in topography and cultures on the Adriatic Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps for the first time in Slovenia."

Patrick

Ramona, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well run, punctual, and great depth of knowledge by our tour guide of all our destinations. Transportation was excellent. Our driver was well skilled with the roads in all conditions, city, country, small towns and vey friendly with tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment was walking onto the water front, the Riva, in Split The city felt alive and vibrant. It's 2000 years+ of existence was electric and a marvel."

Paul

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip great guide wonderful fellow Travelers

Orlaith

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although I prefer smaller groups when I tour, the fellow travelers on this trip were congenial and extremely friendly, and a pleasure with whom to share the experience. This was my first Rick Steves tour, and I intend booking others, and recommending them to friends. A most pleasant adventure

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry, but the entire trip was "wow". Can't pick out a particular one"

Melissa

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every minute of the trip. The weather could have been better but you can't control Mother Nature. Amir was a fabulous tour guide and gave us not just history and culture, but his own experience which was priceless. Claudio was an excellent driver and we always felt very safe. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many."

James

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were kept busy. The tour guide was great. The other travelers on our tour were the best. We had a lot to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coastline of Croatia."

Suzanne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Adriatic tour was beyond my expectations! Amir was an outstanding guide having lived the Balkan war of the 90's. His factual stories brought the events home for all of us. The tour was perfectly paced along with tour time and independent time. The accommodations were very comfortable. The food was incredible. Even the torrential rain at Plitvice National Park did not keep us from trekking around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Mostar, Bosnia. Seeing this town that just 25 years ago was subjected to war and ethnic cleansing was beyond comprehension. Watching the video of The Bridge being demolished was compelling."

Robert

Ventura, CA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia was more than we ever expected. The whole experience was fantastic. My experience with the area came from knowledge of the conflicts in the early 1990s. I was surprised to see how the area is recovering, how the people seem to be doing well, and how in some areas, Bosnia, the recovery appears to be very limited by political lines with part of the population doing much better than others. The tour was an eye opening learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WE walked the lower half of the Plitvice Lakes National Park in the rain. Only the lower section because the dock connecting the upper and lower sections was under 2 feet of water. An incredible experience!"

Beverly

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour (and only our second guided tour of any kind), and we had a wonderful time. We were very pleased with everything, especially the knowledge we gained from our tour leader and the other city guides. Many of the places we went and experiences we had on the tour would have been difficult or impossible to arrange on our own. We also enjoyed traveling with our tour group members, who were congenial and interesting folks. Highly recommended!!!

Priscilla

Ventura, CA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We've been on 7 RS tours including this one and one in France we are on currently. Overall it was a well thought out tour and hit a lot of places I never thought I would see in my lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar was a highlight for me. I had spent some time talking with a Bosnian receptionist at our restaurant and she was telling me that the sunrises and sunsets were beautiful there. So I talked my husband into walking to the bridge at sunrise. It was absolutely empty there and as the sun came up there was a pink glow coming over the mountains. We sat in wonder and it was just such a wonderful moment, especially in a place that had seen so much destruction and sadness."

Linda

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved our tour guide, Amir. He was very knowledgable and had personal insights into the history of this area. We also met other local guides who had lived through the wars of early 1990's. I thought the itinerary was good. I like nature, so more outdoor things appealed to me (and we had a lot). The accommodations were fine, although we had a couple noisy rooms (construction right outside the window). We had a good bus driver who handled the winding mountainous roads well.

Janet

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour rates among the best we have taken! It included such a vast range of experiences from the beautiful city of Ljubljana to the Julian Alps to the war torn buildings in Stolac. You put together a wealth of beautiful and historically significant sites. Of course, it would not have been as wonderful had Amir, our tour guide, not been there to fill us full of history and culture!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew very little about what happened in the former Yugoslavia. it helped to get Amir's perspective, with his journalism background, and to hear his personal stories since he lived through the war. It was eye opening to see how long it has taken for some towns to rebuild, and to hear the stories from the city guides as we did in Stolac. This part of the tour made me appreciate how quickly things can change in a politically unstable climate."

Janet

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and it was amazing. I'm so glad we booked a Rick Steves tour instead of traveling independently. I feel that we learned so much more about the culture, history, and current politics/lifestyle from this tour. Amir's knowledge of the history of the region was outstanding. It was so informative to learn from someone who is from the region. Our local tour guides were also outstanding. I thought the tour itinerary was great. We covered a lot of amazing places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "Wow" moment was the time we spent in Bosnia. To be frank, I really didn't want to go to Bosnia. I just wanted to stay by the Adriatic sea. Bosnia is beautiful. Learning about the Balkans war from Amir and our local tour guides was very eye-opening. I feel like I got a real education about the war and the politics that started it. I'm still thinking about it daily and wishing for them to have peace in the future. It's a very beautiful place."

David

Sitka, AK

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I read history ,and one way to gain more insight is to go to the places I read about.And I got that in spades on this trip,And while.The deep and complicated history of this region has always interested me , the beauty of the region and the great food ,wine ,beer and ice cream was a big plus! I had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The old bridge at Mostar and the walls of Dubrovnik,and while not part of the tour the Postojna caves and castle,very cool."

Peter

Bonita, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised with this tour. From the very beginning, it was extremely wonderful and I was very satisfied. I will go on another Rick Steves' tour. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many outstanding moments in the tour, but Dubrovnik was my "wow" moment."

Susan

Branford, CT

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very interesting itinerary. There was the natural beauty of a national park, the solemnity of World War I and the war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Roman ruins, medieval hilltop towns, a beautiful coastline, and island beauty..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Motovun and being above the clouds. Then watching the clouds dissipate as the sun came up. Also Plitvice - loved starting at the top which is mostly ignored by tour groups. You could take some time and be one with nature in a spiritual way. It was fantastic."

Bruce

Salem, OH

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides and itinerary. I enjoyed the historical information provided along with the interactions with local people and businesses.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice area was amazing"

Greg

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! We had an excellent group once again. Our guide was the best. All of the local guides and hotels were great. This is an area I knew very little about. It was very beautiful. The people were friendly. Loved plitvice

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We lucked out in plitvice. The rain let up and we had sunshine. We heard the tour following us wasn't so lucky"

Cynthia

Kittery Point, ME

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great trip. The weather was the only drawback, and something out of anyone's control. The money exchanges were challenging, but possible. I was able to extend my stay in Dubrovnik, and that was appreciated time. Perhaps an additional tour day there would be helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Julian Alps and Lake Bled"

Christine

Medford, OR

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour. It was our first Rick Steve's tour and it will not be our last. Our guide, Marijan, was fantastic! He is passionate about what he does and it shows. He did an excellent job explaining the complicated history of the area. Our fellow travelers were fun, friendly & easy-going. Throughout the trip the scenery was just amazing. There were many WOW moments. We enjoyed meeting the local people; they were friendly and very welcoming. It was a wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: seeing the dramatic snow-capped mountains in Slovenia and the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, walking the wall in Dubrovnik, the guided tour of the WWI museum, walking around scenic Lake Bled, getting soaked in the rain while touring the dramatic Pula amphitheater, and roaming the old town of Split at night."

Roy

Westminster, CO

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good travel companions and guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes"

Shirley

Bonita, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' experience. It was everything we thought it would be and more. It truly exceeded our expectations; from the moment we met Marijan and our fellow travelers in Ljubljana to our farewell dinner in Dubrovnik. The entire tour was well organized from lodging, dining, excursions and traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Plitvice National Park. I enjoyed hiking from the upper lakes down to the lower lakes and seeing all of the beautiful waterfalls. I also loved the city of Dubrovnik. Walking the scenic City Walls was breathtaking!!"

Donald

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful except for the weather It rained 4 or 5 days

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The national park"

Patricia

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every Rick Steves tour we've been on is superlative. This one was no different. I am most interested in seeing nature in various places, but world history is growing on me as well! When history is right in front of your face, it' a totally different experience. Plitvice National Park was a highlight for me, and we were thankful to have nice weather to enjoy it. Marijan, our guide, was excellent. The amount of knowledge he posses is incredible, and he was there to guide us at every turn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite day was in Plitvice National Park where the the falling water, its color, and the sound of the birds were incredible. It was unique, and so beautiful! I am grateful to have the opportunity to have seen this place! I understand the group behind us couldn't go because of too much rain. I also enjoyed meeting the people who prepared food for us, cooking it in the open fireplace with curing meats hanging above our heads. The food was delicious!"

Dagney

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th Rick Steves tour and once again the experience was extraordinary. Our guide, Marijan, was tireless in his pursuit of providing us with amazing experiences and understanding of the people, history and culture of each country and location. Always upbeat, kind and considerate. His depth of knowledge provided us with in-depth insights. The choices of hotels and group dinner venues was excellent. We had a great group of travelers. Nine of us knew each other from previous RS tours

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I am sure is the general consensus, it is hard to pick just one. For me it was probably our tour guide in Mostar, Bosnia and her ability to be open and share with us the reality of the Bosnian war and ethnic cleansing. Maybe not the most beautiful of moments but definitely the most impactful for me. For beauty, it would be Lake Bled. For history, Dubrovnik."

Karen

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! Tour guide, Saso, was fantastic! Overall, enjoyed the itinerary except: Plitvice - walk/hike felt a little rushed, would have wanted to spend an hour or two more on the trail. Bale - although the hotel/breakfast was really nice, the town itself was small, not very interesting. Rovinj - Just an ok stop. Narrow lanes were pretty, but very commercial with people in the doorways trying to sell you stuff. Opatija - would have like an hour or two more here to enjoy nice coast walk

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although we were not prepared for it (wardrobe wise), Plitvice in the snow was magical! Crossing the Julien Alps was gorgeous, as was the Croatian coast!"

Joe

University Place, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS' guided tour and expectations were exceeded in 3 areas. 1) the logistics (transportation, hotels, meals, etc) were well-thought and smoothly [INVALID]d. Two-night stays made it feel less like a road trip. 2) the educational aspects, blended perfectly with the experiential. We didn't just get to see things, we got firsthand accounts from the excellent guides, and chatted with locals in nearly every stop. 3) we went to places off the tourist path; exploring, dining and staying.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first person accounts of the wars in the 1990's, while walking through the villages still showing the aftermath. The ancient monastery near Mostar where thousands of children were protected, fed and educated by people who cared. Amazing, spiritual place."

Mauricia

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

These three countries are very interesting and a it's a valuable learning experience to visit them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the local tour guides in the towns of Stolic and Mostar were my favorite parts of the trip. I learned so much about the conflict in the 90's. I really would have liked another day in Mostar to visit the Museum and learn even more."

Denise

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was wonderful and his about the history of this region was extremely interesting since lived during the changes in eastern Europe. The stories he had were great. The local tour guides in Mostar, Bosnia were great. They told how it was since they were children during the war in 1992. Slovenia and Croatia were beautiful and the coastline amazing. The alps were full of snow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park while it was snowing. It was truly majestic."

Renate

Dublin, CA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Saso is one of the best tour guides I have traveled with. He has a wealth of information and is very considerate and well organized. Do to the weather, the experience was not quite as enjoyable as it could have been. This is my first tour with Rick Steves Travel. Previous experience was with smaller groups. I have enjoyed the various sites we visited, and I feel that I came home "educated".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Snow at Pletvice Lakes!!! Somewhat challenging to explore the park under those conditions. I felt rushed, barely had time to take photos. Walking the wall of old town Dubrovnik. Split: Diocletians palace and local male chorus. Korcula: photographing the old city basked in sunset light. Every site we saw was worth the effort."

Judith

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The beauty,learning, and amazing experiences just never stopped from the beginning to the end of our Best of the Adriatic. Having never been to the three countries included, learning about them from Saso and the local guides truly opened a view for me into a part of the world that surprised and invited a return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana and Slovenia altogether offered a "wow" in general. A particularly challenging and fulfilling time was had at Plitvice Lakes NP in the snow and rain. It was amazing!"

David

Tannersville, PA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour with a great mix of history, culture, nature, people and food. Our tour guide, Saso, was outstanding. All the local guides were very informative and passionate, enhancing the experience greatly. Our tour group was friendly, inclusive and always on time. The hotels were clean and comfortable. The food and wine were excellent throughout the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picking only one "wow" moment is difficult. Here are several: Ljubljana; Lake Bled; Plitvice Lakes National Park (even in the snow storm); the flower show in Diocletian's Palace; the small stone village of Bale-Valle; Dubrovnik. Going into Bosnia and seeing up close the devastation of war and to hear about it from our guides was very impactful."

Barry

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was an amazing tour experience. Starting with our guide Saso, who I cant say enough good things about. So personable and knowledgable, and helped make this such a special experience. The meals, lodging, and transportation provided by the tour were outstanding. But what was most amazing was seeing this beautiful and breathtaking part of the world, getting immersed into the culture and learning about the rich history of the region and its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. Our first day in Ljubljana, Pucnik house and architectural influence; driving through mountains, Bovec and ww1 museum, town of Pula and Roman arena, Slit and tour of Diocletians Place, the hike in Plitvice and waterfalls, old town in Korcula and ultimately, the old town of Dubrovnik."

Conny

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding knowledge and service from staff (Sanel, Rok, and local guides), service was top notch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Multiple wow moments.......Motovun, Plitvice, and Mostar. Antunovic donkeys and Lunch spot was awesome!"

Andree

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it won't be my last! I can't say enough good things about our tour guide Sanel, our bus driver Rok, the sights we saw each day, the camaraderie of our tour participants, the surprises and special treats along the way . . . I anticipated it would be a good tour but it more than met my expectations. As for the places we visited, Slovenia was exquisite, Croatia was diverse, and Bosnia was heartrending and inspiring at the same time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if you would call this a "wow" moment but I was grateful to finally gain even a rudimentary understanding of the history of this area and particularly the wars of the 1990's. As nice and interesting as Western Europe can be, I found this less well-known part of the world to be fascinating and was frankly impressed every day by the insights, stamina, and creativity of those who live here and have experienced so much upheaval and warfare through the years."

Mardi

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another exceptional education on a region I had not yet visited; a region rich in a diverse history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie...the WW1 war museum and tour, and Mostar."

Francis

Rockport, ME

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed every feature although the weather could have been better. In hind site, we probably should have booked later into the season. Slovenia was charming - even in the rain. Split and Dubrovnik were amazing, as billed. The only negative day was Plitvice. A day-long soaking rain plus thousands of people [ it was a Saturday ] walking in the opposite direction made the walkways very dangerous. It would have been gorgeous on a drier, less crowded day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our free day, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch at the water's edge in Korcula. Our young waitress enjoyed practicing her English with us and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the service, the view and a beautiful sunny Spring day."

Lynda

Martinez, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've enjoyed all of the tours we've been on. Each one seems better than the last! This one did not fail. Even our bus mishap was handled well. The excellent organization never ceases to amaze me. We also had a very good group of tour members. Our guide, Sanel, was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We'd been to Plitvice National Park before (on another tour), but I enjoyed it just as much. It's such an incredibly beautiful place. The fact that our guide had us start at the end to avoid some of the crowds was so nice. It made a major difference in our enjoyment of the park. Mostar was wonderful for me personally. I'd been there years ago before the old bridge was rebuilt. It was amazing to walk across the "new" old bridge. Sanel gave us so much insight."

Tedi

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was skeptical. I use your books all the time travelling independently and approve of your style and recommendations. I've been on a few small private tours so jumping to 28 and a big bus was a stretch. My friend and I wanted to do a trip together but I didnt want to get into joint planning. Your trip was perfect solution. And I'll probably do more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A negative wow was Dubrovnik's crowds and commercialization. I was there in 1975 when it was more of a village. Had to adjust to reality that it is a large museum where they havent yet figured out how to do timed entrances. Ditto Plitzviza (sp?) . How it has changed! Starting early and walking against the crowd direction was very smart. In '75 I stayed in a dumpy best available on site hotel. The first night's meal was 1/2 a tough chicken with cooked cucumber for two. What a change."

Larry

Martinez, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an educational experience. The history of the region was well presented. Especially the Balkan War in the 1990's.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Plitvice National park again made the trip."

Doug

Concord, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well planned and run. Great tour group and guide. Sites visited were all very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park. A beautiful park of many waterfalls"

Mary Anne

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. Except for all the rain, I really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about these three countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say it was the back window of the bus exploding and showering glass all over me. But that was totally unplanned. I was impressed by our visit to Bosnia and hearing the stories of Sanel and our Mostar guide about what they endured during the war when they were children, and our visit to the Orthodox monastery where the buildings and historic books were destroyed. This was just a few years ago, and nothing was done to help these people and cities."

Hitomi

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the Adriatic Tour. Out guide Sanel took very carful arrangement to be most efficient tour of the area, especially at Plitvice National Park. We beat the massive oncoming crowd by entering the park from the rear. I really loved having the locally grown guide who is passionate about his home country. And every local guides were wonderful, especially Mariam at Pula. She was so funny and fluid in her presentation of Pula locale, giving bits of her personal experience growing up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two WOW moments. 1. When our bus couldn't make an u-turn to avoid the low hanging overpass and broke the back window. Sanel and our bus diver Rok and the locals managed to save the day. 2. The spectacular Plitvice National Park. Being from California I really appreciated the amount of clear waters pouring into the lakes. The abundance of water as well as greenery was very memorable."

Angie

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful blend of history, sites and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Diocletians Palace in Split, as well as Pula for historical sites. But sitting in Korcula above the azure water of the Adriatic was a calming moment that will never be forgotten."

Mary

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour took us from Slovenia - Ljubliana, to Lake Bled to Bovic. We got to see the beauty of Slovenia and understand its culture. Then we proceeded on thru many towns in Croatia. Our guides understood the history of the area so we were emersed in the culture. Our group got along well even though I was concerned about the large size of the group (28) but it seemed to work. We also went into Bosnia to Korcula where we had a lovely but much needed "day off". Finally we ended up in Dubrovnik.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments as this area was unknown to me. The beauty of Lake Bled and the Plitvice Falls were breathtaking. The little town of Motovun was amazing. Its hard to pick out a favorite as every day was packet with new sights and adventures. Only thing I would change about the tour was more "down time" and more 2 night stays. It was tiring moving every day and there was no time to shop in Mostar and other places."

Debbie

Concord, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. The tour guide Sanel is a fearless leader who is knowledgeable, charming, engaging and humorous. He entertained us through out the tour. That made a difference on the tour. The tour members all got along well. The group meals were all very good. The views were gorgeous. Our young bus driver, Rok, was energetic, charming and engaging as well. Thank you Rok for your excellent driving to keeping us safe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments. Countless beautiful lakes and waterfalls in the Plitvice lake in Croatia. Many lovely seaside cities including Opatija, Split, and Dubrovnik with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Eye opening experiences in Stolac and Mostar. Strolling and relaxing in the beautiful island of Korcula."

Cinthia

Normandy, TN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday i saw something different. The tour started on time and tickets we purched by guide in advance so there was no waiting. we sampled local cuisine accompanied with complimentary wine, Hotels were ist class in convenient locations. It was a well planned tour, a leisurely day followed a day of moderate walking. Also toilet breaks every 2 hrs. gGuide was so curtious and informative. He always had little treats to hand out on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Duprovnic"

Madelyn

Novato, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Mostar and entering a completely different culture"

Jennifer

New York, NY

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an excellent time on the trip. Tina is by far the best tour guide I have ever had. Her passion for her country was evident, and I loved hearing her speak about the culture. Having her as tour guide deeply enhanced the trip. The countries themselves were incredible. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the itinerary, and I'm ecstatic I was able to go on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar was my "wow" moment. If I had been setting up this trip, I wouldn't have picked to go there. However, to skip Mostar would have been a huge mistake. The city is gorgeous, and it was fascinating and tragic to hear about the history of the war. It is a must-see place."

Michael

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was excellent! Every day was a new and satisfying experience in exploring places, learning about the history, culture, politics and the local eating and drinking delights, schnapps, wine, beer and donkey milk. I particularly enjoyed the wine makers tour and fest in Montovum. Another great and unique experience was our stay in Bosnia and the historic village of Mostar. I believe this was one of the shared highlights of the tour. Thanks Tina and Claudio too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the wine makers tour, tasting and and fest of fresh local foods. Another wow, was staying in Mostar, Bosnia ???? to experience the effects of the horrific war the people endured and their enthusiasm to recover and share their stories. The other wow was meeting and sharing some tasty meadow grass (not weed) with some young locals in Slovenia (our tour guides two young boys). A wow is also registered for the all inclusive local tours, food and drink. No other tour compares in value."

Kristen

Alameda, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We'd been considering a Rick Steves trip for several years and were not disappointed in the one we ultimately chose. The Best of the Adriatic had a terrific itinerary, the experiences were varied & memorable, the hotels were great, the provided meals were fun & delicious, and guide Tina was the best. We appreciated the comfortable bus and the well-organized timeline of activities, with free time coming on just the right days. We enjoyed the congenial group of fellow travelers. Happy memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No contest, it was looking down on Dubrovnik from the wall with the sparkling Adriatic in the distance. Rain had been in the forecast, but we were lucky and got blue skies and the perfect temperature for our last day. There were, of course, many other special moments - the walk around Lake Bled, lunch at a donkey farm, looking down on the clouds in Motovun, the tours in Mostar, and others I'm surely forgetting."

Bruce

Novato, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience exceeded our high expectations. We chose this tour largely because the itinerary included many locations we had never visited before. We've travelled previously with other companies (Tauck, Insight) and while we enjoy luxuries afforded by those (generally) more espensive tours, we learned so much more about this part of the world, thanks to our excellent tour guide. We see many Rick Steves tours in our future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Old Bridge in Mostar. We were admittedly a bit wary of going to Bosnia, knowing so little about this previously war-torn country, and we're so glad this was included in the itinerary. We also hope to return someday with friends or family to Plitvice, Rovinj and Lake Bled, as these beautiful spots should note be missed."

Margaret

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our Best of the Adriatic Tour experience was wonderful. Before our trip we had little familiarity with this part of the world, and we returned home full of memories of the scenery, architecture, food, people, and history of the region. Each of our guides who shared their life's experiences and their cities welcomed us and enriched our understanding. We are grateful to have met them and to have shared coffee and food and stories with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day brought wow moments from hearing WWI stories while viewing the Julian Alps to drinking in the colors of the red roofs of Dubrovnik against the blue of the Adriatic to listening to our guide tell the history of the war of the 1990's while we rode in the bus to viewing the clouds over the countryside from a morning walk outside of our hotel in Motovun. The food, the people, and the sea were the best."

Michael

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour overall was fabulous. It was eye opening and mind expanding. My only regret was that it seemed over too quickly. I would, and will, recommend this tour to everyone with an interest in and curiosity about Western Civilization, history, and non-American culture before these cultures disappears under the homogenizing wave of tourists (I guess I am one of them) into a million tourist shops, Disneyesque soullessness and identity loss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from. Mostar was magical, Diocletian's palace was a fantasy novel come to life, and Dubrovnik (less the crowds) was a Middle Ages city reminiscent of Castle Gormenghast preserved in amber. But oddly, I think Plitvice Lakes in the rain was the biggest wow moment for me. The rain kept the visitor count to a bearable level while it lasted and the waterfalls were beautiful."

Sandra

Everett, WA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw and experienced even more than anticipated. Though we read the Rick Steves' material before we went, the trip surpassed the descriptions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing views from the Motovun hotel ramps and the quiet enjoyment of Korcula"

George

Elkhorn, WI

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent pace and variety of sites and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walls of Dubrovnik"

Karen

Elkhorn, WI

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never visited these countries, nor did we know much (if anything!) about them. Our trip met - and exceeded - all my hopes! Our guide Tina Hiti was extraordinary and the countries, people & places we visited were an excellent mix. All in all, this tour will be right up in the top short-list of my favorite and memorable trip experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Mostar with Adisa was the most impactful moment. Yes, as someone interested in international news, I had heard bits and pieces at the time about the war in the Balkans. But seeing and hearing first-hand even a tiny piece of the story of the peoples, history, cultures and aftermath that continues to this day... well, Adisa's story and the sights of Mostar will stay with me forever. I am SO glad we had the time, including the overnight stay & delicious dinner, in Mostar."

Norma

West Chester, PA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 3rd tour and it completely exceeded my expectations. Tina made this trip so wonderful and I felt the flow of the tour went well. I could have spent more time in Istria. As my mother is from Friuli, I loved Slovenia. Croatia was all new to me and I enjoyed learning about the history of Yugoslavia and especially the war that created these now independent countries. Mostar was a true insight. Dubrovnik and Korcula were gems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few, but these standout: Lake bled and the boat to the island The ski jumps and wanting to come back in the winter to see it Kolbarid and the ww1 museum. I'm now reading "A farewell to arms."Plus my Dad was an "alpini" and my mom's home town was only 24 km away in Friuli, Italy, Istria - all of it Plitvice - even in the lashing rain Korcula for the quaintness and isolation from everything Dubrovnik and walking the walls. Tina was a super star. Loved her and Klavdjo (driver)."

Kenneth

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Mostar and seeing the devastation and the contrast between the renovations and the lack of progress in restoring the beautiful country. 2. Lake Bled and the hike and photos and the castle. 3. Split"

Patricia

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I can't say enough good things about it - from our guide, Tina, to the many sights we saw. It was thorough, entertaining and educational. I was also pleased with the balance of group activities and time on your own to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. However, I was most impressed by our visit to Mostar in Bosnia. Through the great local guides I learned so much about a culture and its tough history that I didn't know before. Hearing their personal stories added a lot to the experience."

Rebecca Barratt

Draper, UT

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved tour! Slovenia was enjoyable and toured caves and castle prior to tour start. Loved river town with restaurants and stores. Croatia - beautiful. Loved seeing small towns and Adriatic coastline. Island was beautiful. Adriatic was emerald green and crystal clear. Enjoyed Roman ruins, history and culture. Nice people and very helpful.. Would never have gone to Mostar Bosnia if not on tour - very interesting. Learned a bunch and enjoyed all the people on the tour. Would recommend!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pula Colosseum, Split old town, Plivitice National park with beautiful limestone waterfalls and walking through Dubrovnik in the evening and walking the wall."

Larry

Normal, IL

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was eye-opening and unforgettable. Fellow tour members were informed, helpful, kind, and congenial. Logistics all went smoothly, food was good and in two cases outstanding. I feel that this tour met Rick Steves's concept of travel as a political act, for it brought us into contact with such a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds, the disaster of war, the hope for the future, environmental concern and progress. Each destination was wisely chosen for learning and new experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At sunset in mountaintop Motovun, I'm the only non-local in the bar. Laughter, mellowness, two beers, perfect weather, free rakija from the owner, all glasses raised. I thanked him for his wonderful hospitality. He said, "This is normal. It's what we do." Bliss!"

Dave

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour and probably the best (though we usually say that after each one!). This one was special for me because my Dad was born in the Leka region of Croatia (he was ethnic Serb) just south of the Plitvice lakes and cam to the US by himself when he was 13. We were able to visit with relatives in Ljubljana prior to the tour. All the local guides were particularly good on this tour. They really made the history come to life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but the two days we spent in Bosnia - Herzegovina were probably the most memorable for me. I am a retired teacher, and I had students who fled this area during the Yugoslav wars and immigrated to the US. Again, it was the local guides who really helped me understand what was going on during that time."

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the guides and all the participants of the tour,! (and our faithful bus driver!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When our guide, Barbara, who walked me back to our hotel and later notified my husband to get me to the nearest hospital, then later returned for three hours while the only doctor on duty examined me and waited for 3 hours while several expectant mothers delivered their babies! She deserves a Gold Star! Then afterward called another taxi and recommended a very special restaurant we could walk to near our hotel!!! She will always be in my memory ??"

Timothy

Hayden Lake, ID

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour really captures the essence of the Adriatic. Our tour guide was exceptional. Her knowledge of the region was extensive and provided us travelers with insights to all the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly liked Kortula as it gave us some free time. I was fond of Dubrovnik and while crowded with tourist still keeps some of its charm."

Donald

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the itinerary. An interesting part of Europe with a lot of natural beauty and interesting history. Nice group of interesting people to travel with. Barbara did a very good job managing the tour. She was organized, knowledgeable and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the days in Bosnia Herzegovina learning about the war 1991-1994 wars."

Mark

Draper, UT

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An outstanding tour, this was our 4th tour with Rick Steves so we are perhaps veterans. The people on the tour were very pleasant and our guide Barbara was wonderful! It was everything I had hope for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many fun and interesting times. Our local guide in Bosnia was an eye opener...her neighbors had placed her on a list of people to be killed during the war in the 1990's. She told her story of not going to a "shelter" during the war...everyone that went to the shelter had been killed. She told of having to walk 5 miles each night trying to find food to survive. So impactful to me."

Janet

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Barbara was very helpful and knowledgeable throughout the trip. She was extremely patient and gave us great recommendations for sightseeing on our own and dining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"History and tour of Mostar."

Dorothy

Hayden Lake, ID

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, the tour was wonderful. Very well organized and everything ran on time. Our tour guide, Barbara is an excellent communicator. She always had a smile on her face and was funny and knew her stuff. I particularly appreciated that she adapted our tour of Plitvice so as not to be as strenuous as planned and I think everyone agreed it was perfect for the day. We just missed the rain! Our group bonded much better than the previous two RS tours we took.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula. Beautiful scenery. Appreciated the two-night stay. We were "upgraded" to a bigger room (a nice surprise)."

Susan

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A lot is packed in to this tour: three countries with different cultures, beautiful scenery (Lubljana riverside, Korcula island, Dubrovnik and Split beach promenades and alleyways, Istria vineyards, Mostar), and interesting and moving history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the deserted walls in Motovun in the early morning and late at night. (There were many more!)"

Jean

Franklin, WI

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well run and led tour. Lots of variety as to what we experienced. Particularly appreciated learning about the region's history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ferry ride and evening boat tour around Korcula - stunning!"

Jean

Golden, CO

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour and we have confidently recommended RS tours to friends and relatives. We have taken tours with 2 other companies (Collette and Caravan) and the difference is remarkable. The overall philosophy of travel vs vacation sets the tone for learning about and experiencing other cultures. There was not a wasted minute and everything works like clockwork. The guides (Reid for our first trip and Saso for this trip) made the trip what it was--incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia. Because I have had the opportunity of integrating Bosnian students who were refugees into the school I was principal at, this was such a meaningful opportunity for me. The 2 guides were so authentic and honest. While sadness and frustration remain in Bosnia, I also heard of their love for their country and hopefulness."

Donna

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was great, with a mix of beautiful scenery and historically significant sites. We had enough time to explore things of personal interest and also were guided to spots we would never have seen on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A picture-perfect fall day, sitting at a cafe with a view of a mountain lake, eating a locally renowned pastry and drinking an espresso."

Paula

Avon, MN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful mix of beautiful scenery, great people, impressive guides, good food, and lots of learning about former Yugoslavian countries and their cultures. It was a lot of ground to cover in 14 days but the flexibility of the tour options and tour guide allowed you to pace yourself or push yourself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was probably a surprise stop at an international ski jumping training facility in Slovenia. We actually got to see skiers jumping close up and it was phenomenal."

Carole

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a terrific trip! It was a great itinerary that enabld us to learn about the history and culture of the region as we explored many wonderful and interesting sites. We had sufficient time to ourselves so that we could explore and really enjoyed all the tours that were planned for us. Saso was a fantastic guide, as were the guides in each location. The group size was good and we had an opportunity to bond nicely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one! The hike through the Plitvice Lakes National Park was a sight to behold!! I've neve been to a place of wonder like that, with water rushing and cascading all around you. I took some incredible pictures there and love seeing them over and over again."

Deborah

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was exceptionally helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable, as was our bus driver. The tour was arranged well (i.e. longer days on the bus were interspersed with "no-bus" days; a day with no planned activities came after a stretch of more tiring touring; alternating two nights in one place, then one night in the next town meant we didn't have to pack up and move every morning.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were driving through the Julian Alps in Italy (near Tarvisio) for a few kilometres. When we reached Predel Pass (elev. 3,793 feet) and crossed back into Slovenia, the bus pulled over. Everyone got out for a photo-op. Saso brought out a bottle of local brandy, and we all raised a glass to the safe crossing and spectacular scenery,"

Karen

San Leandro, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and I was a bit apprehensive since I didn't know of anyone who had taken one of these tours before. Saso put most of my fears to rest at the orientation meeting (chocolate is a great calming agent!), and it just got better as the tour progressed. My fellow travelers were warm, caring, intelligent, and above all followed the Rick Steves' rule of no complaining! The Adriatic is gorgeous and the people are delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would love to say that my "wow" moment were the beautiful countries, the wonderful people I met, the food or the wine, but I'm afraid it was Dubrovnik. When I entered the walled city that first evening I just stood there stunned, with the feeling that it wasn't real. The beautiful limestone buildings, which are in perfect condition, have developed a creamy patina over the years and are majestic and elegant. It felt like a movie set, or a Disneyland, just magical."

Norman

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Saso, the local tour guides, the itinerary, and the bus driver were excellent, five star. The only reason, I'm not rating outstanding is the schedule. We prefer a more leisurely pace, spending a minimum of 3 days in a location. This is not a complaint, just a personal preference. We knew what we were signing up for, and so it's probably unfair not to give you and outstanding. I believe rest of the group was happy with the pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a bit unfair asking me to pick "one" wow moment as my favorite. So I'll cheat and give you several. The tours in Bosnia, hearing the personal stories of the guides, and seeing the war damaged sites, make an impact which will stay with me forever. The upper part of Plitvice Lakes was another highlight. Soso's strategy of getting up early and starting at the top worked well. We are able to enjoy the falls without the crush of crowds."

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of our two week tour was exceptional. The tours, bus ride, guides,hotels,etc were all outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Incredible views in so many places."

George

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an absolutely beautiful part of the world that we had never visited before and which we knew very little about. And so that made it a genuine adventure of discovery at every turn. Saso was an extraordinary guide, mixing in tons of local knowledge with good humor and a genuine care for each member of the group. Due to health issues that arose, my wife and I had to depart the trip early and Saso was a huge help in making sure all the necessary arrangements were made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the Plitvice Lakes National Park."

Joan

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away by the passion and love that our guide, Saso, was able to express in his everyday interactions with us. The countries were stunning but the most important thing I appreciated as his input, and that of ALL the local guides and the opportunities that were given to us that were "over and above" the norm for a tour. Although I was not able to complete the tour (due to medical problem), every minute I had was extra special. The food was wonderful, the sights and history beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No doubt... Being a hiker, I absolutely adored Plitvice Lakes National Park. It was stunning. I've hiked for hours to reach a single puny waterfall and within a day, I was able to see the most wonderful lakes and waterfalls nature has to offer. It was perfect."

Doreen

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized so that we seemlessly travelled to and from each location without a hiccup. The bus disappeared and miraculously appeared on time every time. The bus driver did a great job and always kept the bus clean! Our tour leader Saso, was fabulous. We always knew exactly what the day's events would be as well as a preview of the following day. Saso always had a smile for all and a wonderful sense of humor! He had incredible knowledge of every place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the upper trail of Plitvice Lakes. It happened that almost no one was there but a group of photograhers. It was chilly and overcast as we started hiking a little earlier in the morning. We had the upper part all to ourselves and you could really hear the water running and gurgling over rocks as well as the birds. The hike felt very peaceful & spiritual!"

David

Golden, CO

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Each stop was solid piece of tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar piece of tour. Seeing war-torn areas."

Rosanne

Granbury, TX

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary and outstanding tour guide. Our group members had a lot of fun. What's not to love.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to pinpoint just one. The scenery was spectacular everywhere. I did love the surprise of stopping at the ski jump practice venue."

Michael

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had extraordinary weather the entire two weeks, so that helped a lot. This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the pace of the trip, a good mix of local guides and history with ample time on our own to explore. I also enjoyed the variety of landscape, towns, history, and culture. Comprehensive tour without being "over the top."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two: The spectacular scenery of the Julian Alps and Lake Bled. Also the one-day visit to Mostar in Bosnia. This was a delightful contrast."

Tom

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Booked the tour after seeing the presentation at the annual Edmonds confab. Wasn't on our lists, but so glad we went. Tour guide Saso Golub is amazing & knows more about American pop culture than I do. The weather was great and the scenery amazing. Great contrasts from a windy two-land road through the incredible Julian Alps to Roman ruins and coastal resorts to the sad towns of Bosnia that never recovered from he war 25 years ago. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"People ask us that and it's tough; there were so many. So three: The beautiful town of Ljubljana The incredible Julian Alps The old town of Dubrovnik including walking the wall"

Tom

Chester, VA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

EXCELLENT TOUR. LEARNED SO MUCH FROM AMIR, OUR WONDERFUL TOUR GUIDE. SAW MANY WONDERFUL AND HISTORICAL PLACES.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TAKING A SIDE TRIP TO MEDUGORJE. I UNDERSTAND WHY THE TOUR DIDN'T GO THERE, BUT FELT A NEED TO DO IT ON MY OWN. ALSO ENJOYED THE WONDERFUL MOTOVUN AND DINNER ASSOCIATED WITH IT AS WELL AS OUR TRIP TO THE VINEYARD AND VINERY."

Pamela

Richmond, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amir was a very good tour guide and our group was a good mix of people from different parts of North America. The hotels and city guides were authentic and told their stories and the histories of the Balkans very well. We got a well rounded picture of the Bosnian War and learned about the gray areas of what happened.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in Split in the rain and in the cellars of Diocletian's palace. Then we went upstairs and went to the church bell tower and saw the 4 story buildings built on top of the cellars! It is amazing that the Romans built the palace thousands of years ago and it is still functional."

Marilyn

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana was unexpectedly beautiful!"

Mary Ellyn

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremely fascinated by all that this tour had to offer. I found the countryside to be extremely beautiful including the high top of Motovun, peacefulness at Lake Bled, island time at Korcula, scenic Istrian penisula, cruising through the Dalmations, and exposure to the contrasts within Bosnia. I appreciated the ethnic diversity and the explanations for the war during the 90s, professionally done by Amir and our City Guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing contrasts while we toured the countryside. I have two in particular: the absolute beauty of the Adriatic with its craggy cliffs over looking stellar blue waters with lots of fortresses, walls, and fortifications to protect this important trade routes contrasted with the moving story of the 90s war with how it tore neighbors apart while seeing and walking over the symbolic Mostar Bridge."

Bruce

Lafayette, LA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great 14 days. Itinerary couldn't have been better. Tour group was terrific. And our guide, Amir, and other guides were outstanding. Would go again tomorrow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many moments but my "wow" moment was Hotel Plitvice and our meal that evening. The hotel was so 'cold war' and the meal was industrial at best. The wait staff looked like they stepped right out of Tito's army. It was like being in a time machine. I loved it!!!"

Julie

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoy learning about the history of the places we visited. It was sad to see the bombed out buildings. I really appreciate our hard working guide Amir. He was very protective of the group and looked out for everyone especially the weaker group members. His patience and tolerance was admirable in babysitting senior citizens. It was a great trip with beautiful weather. I love the adriatic coast and the wonderful seafood it offers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"it was definitely Lake Plivitce beautiful waterfalls. the tranquil waters and clarity."

David

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well thought out itinerary with more reasonable morning start times than other RS tours like Best of Germany.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the devastation that lingers from the war in Bosnia and hearing Amir's personal accounts."

Judy

Cultus Lake, BC

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I travel frequently but this was my first tour. Although the close proximity to others wasn't easy for me, I appreciated the space on the bus and having my own room (single supplement) to regroup! That said, the wealth of information from our guides, the specially prepared meals, and the no-hassle travel details made for excellent value for the money! I would recommend your tours to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The following is not a 'wow' in the sense of fabulous, but in the sense of being richer, fuller, & more compassionate: Bosnia. Amir's story as we entered the country. The story of our city guides in Mostar & Solac. What they saw, how they suffered, & why they remained/returned. These young(er) people are passionate, have hope for a better future, are willing to actively participate to make that a reality, & - this one kills me - who refuse to take on the burden of hate. I was undone. Thank you."

Rollin

Richmond, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't know much about Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia/Herzegovina before the tour except that Game of Thrones did a lot of filming in Dubrovnik. I came away with a much better understanding of the region and an appreciation of the complexity of its history and current issues. I was surprised by the natural beauty of the area. The clarity of the water at Lake Bled and in Plitvice Lakes National Park as well as in the Adriatic itself astounded me. Very friendly people also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park - I have to return."

Victoria

Indianola, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have independently traveled a lot in Europe and was pleasantly surprised on how well the tour was run under the excellent direction of our guide, Sanel Maric. We appreciated the balance between tour time and free time. We also appreciated that the tour stayed 2 days, then 1 day so we were not on the go all the time. We had a great group and made new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Choosing one "wow" moment is difficult for us. Here are several which we selected:Ljubljana -a wonderful city to start the tour; Walk around Lake Bled & Plitvice Lakes National Park walk;WW I War Museum in Kobarid- was a very pleasant surprise because of it's depth of research, it's content, layout and extremely knowledgeable presentation by it's owner;Walking the walls of Dubrovnik;Driving thru the beautiful mountains;Pula's Roman ruins; visiting Mostar, Sanel's hometown"

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

-Great Tour Guide: fun, interesting, personal, thoughtful. -Enough free time to explore on our own, use public transportation, eat, sit, relax, and be alone and on our own in a new place. -Actually got some exercise. Not all walks were just strolls. Also, the pace was often our individual choice. -Guest local guides were interesting and varied. -Buddy system worked well (except for one time), so not a lot of time spent counting heads. -Accommodations and Breakfasts were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose: The island of Korcula. Very small and intimate; didn't need bus ride to explore; a lot of time on our own for entertainment (Sword Dance), eating, walking, small lovely old stone city. Also, a 2 night stay is a big plus."

John

Sayre, PA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was just amazing. I knew little or nothing about Slovenian, Croatian or Bosnian culture or about the sights to be seen in those countries. We were shown the best of both culture (including food and wine, both delicious) and geography, plenty of which was absolutely gorgeous. Our tour guide was equally impressive. Great area + great guide = outstanding tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour of Mostar was led by a woman who had been a child during the second siege of Mostar. She told us that during the winter she and her friends were delighted when it snowed...because then they could play outside and the snipers couldn't see them to shoot them. That was a deeply affecting story, made more so by the fact that neither she nor Sanel, our tour guide, emerged from those terrible times hating Serbs or Croats. Wow!"

Donna

Richmond, BC

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very good. Our guide was wonderful and all the tour members got along well. The bus driver was excellent and he had some challenging driving to deal with. Our local tour guides were also excellent and very interesting. This adds so much to a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hill town of Motovun and our castle stay was pretty great!"

Robert

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of people and Sanel really made the experience. I had read Rick's book and did the sites and walking tours in my mind. For the most part I was pleasantly rewarded. Suzie and I were one of the older members of the group. We kept up and didn't slow things down but felt our age at times. I was surprised about the crowds and the number of tourists that are traveling now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being introduced to the diocletian palace at night with Sanel, the feeling of age in the dark and with very few people except the tour group. Quite a change the next day with the crowds! Mostar and the old bridge -- and seeing evidence of a war torn country. Sanel brought some of that history to light."

Eric

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was enriching, depressing, inspiring-- it will take me a long time to process it all. I wouldn't say I learned anything new but so many things I had studied and taught in the abstract were made vividly incarnate in real people and real places. I was sadly reminded of the brutality visited upon the Bosnian Muslims during the 90s war, disturbed by the rise of Fascism in the region, but inspired by those who suffered so much and who are working to make a better world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! The museum in Kobarid, e.g. I had studied the battles of the Izonso and Caporetto but hearing about them from a Slovenian was eye-opening. Reading the letters of those who were fighting and dying in a war they didn't understand left me crying. Another "wow" was the rugged and dramatic beauty of the Dinaric Alps, so different from the beauty of the Pacific Northwest."

Susan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this would be my last trip to Europe, but after this tour I've changed my mind! From our first meeting with Sanel and the group to our last goodbyes, everything appeared seamless. I'm sure this had to be all the preparation put in place by Rick Steve's tours, but Sanel carried it off without a hitch. He was always one step ahead smoothing the way for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sanel's life story and how he wove it into the narrative of our trip. He made the history of the region come alive. I'll never forget."

Peter

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have been better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour guide was best possible choice."

Joan

Sayre, PA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. It was a great mix of history, culture, nature, people and food. Our guide was outstanding. The tour group melded nicely and had a lot of fun. Our time was well-spent and balanced between group time and time on our own. Some time ago we considered taking an ocean cruise to experience the Adriatic Coast. What a mistake that would have been! We would have missed so much. We are very happy that we chose this tour instead.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Mostar and especially Stolac was the most eye-opening experience and will probably stay with me the longest. It was both educational and emotional."

Edward

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed being in new places and experiencing a bit of culture outside the USA. Our Tour Guide and other guides were very informative, enhancing the experience greatly. Also liked the size of the traveling group and the friendships we made among the travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult to answer as I enjoyed all of the trip so much. Probably the most outstanding places were Plitvice Lakes National Park and Lake Bled. Getting out into nature is as important to me as hitting the cultural spots. Speaking of cultural high points - the Mestroic Gallery in Split was a highlight for me."

Pauline

Belmont, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was well thought through and our guide Saso was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenia - I had no idea it was so beautiful"

Howard

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour and we thought it was the best yet. Was a lot more travel and moving around, but the trip covers a lot of diversity in culture and geography.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Mostar - thinking how savage the war was to the people and the land yet how warm and friendly and resilient they were. Though it has far to go in recovery we left feeling uplifted that if they can come through it and forgive the scars there is hope for humanity."

Deborah

Mason, MI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was simply an amazing experience. Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina were never on my travel radar until recently. Since I didn't know much (except perhaps all the negativity associated with the wars of 1991-95), everything I experienced was new and unexpected. This area of the world with so very much to offer is a must-see for any seasoned traveler or for those interested in expanding their travel horizons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pinpoint just a single 'wow' moment, but as someone interested in history, I must say I was nearly brought to tears during our visit to the World War I museum in Kobarid. I could have spent the entire day there listening to our wonderful docent/guide/curator, reading the sub-titles beneath all the photos, and studying the artifacts donated by so many people who realized and wished to share information about this important part of Slovenian history."

Dayle

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic Tour was everything I hoped for with a very interesting itinerary, beautiful scenery, delicious food, great guide and fun tour members. This is a very active tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Split and Mostar."

Kenneth

Spring, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great overview of the Adriatic. I really wish it could have been longer to spend more time in some of the areas we barely touched. The lunch between Kobarid and Motovun was excellent and a great stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the streets and walls of Dubrovnik was my "WOW" moment. I thought it was going to be Diocletian's place but it didn't live up to my expectations. Overall, Split was still a great, must-see sight. I enjoyed Lake Bled and the castle. I wish we would have spent more time in the Julian Alps. The Roman amphitheater in Pula was a close second for my "WOW" moment. Plitvice was scenic but the crowds overwhelmed the joy of being there."

Lawrence

Canyon Country, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

A good overall introduction to the countries visited. We seemed to be in the bus for too many hours on this tour. In at least one instance, the hotel location choice seemed rather inefficient; e.g. using the town of Motovun (2 night) for staging our daily forays resulting in too much back and forth. Though it did seem to support the choice of a dinner venue. Late arrivals. Too much time sitting on the bus instead of experiencing featured sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Plitivice Nt'l Park. Of course Dubrovnik was magical too."

Pamela

Vadnais Heights, MN

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice group. Sosa great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes Park"

Sally

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was everything I anticipated. variety of food, experiences, Croatia was a terrific place to visit. I loved the varied Cultural influences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt the Bosnia portion was an unexpected richness to the Tour e3xperience. The two Guides, Adisa I Muhic and Edin Buizdaljko, were outstanding. their heartfelt experiences and leading us through their towns/experiences was very moving. The tour Group as individuals and group was unusually congenial. As a single traveling alone, I was always welcome to sit anywhere in group meals and found interesting conversations."

James

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful countries, wonderful group, and one of our best guides ever (Saso).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled"

Pam

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour and this, like our other tours, did not disappoint. The places we went were varied and all unique and beautiful, especially exploring the cobbled pathways in the walled towns. The water views (Korcula, Hvar and ferries) were breathtaking. Plitvice, although very crowded, was beautiful. Loved all the people - our guide Saso, our bus driver Milan, our tour group and the many locals we met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going over the reconstructed Old Bridge in Mostar and realizing its historic symbolism. How important it is to recover from conflict...to build bridges between differing and sometimes conflicting cultures/religions."

Harriet

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was wonderful from the first to the last day. The accommodations and the food were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was touring the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The falls and scenery were spectacular."

Allison

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was incredible. It far exceeded my expectations and they were high to begin with. Besides the incredible countries Saso, experiences and the other people made the trip. The trip was flawless with expert planning into every detail. The local guides made each area really come alive with people who actually live in the area and are part of the culture. It was the perfect combination of get up and go and down time with attention being paid to individual needs-current or anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was entirely alone on the walkway behind the castle in Motovun early in the morning an a bright sunny day. I literally just kept saying, "wow wow wow". I decided I was over dosing on beauty and ran back to the hotel to grab others to share with me the incredible experience. The view of the villages and countryside were spectacular and I only wished we could have explored the un-touristy area below. Then down the hill was an open air produce store with more views and I was delirious!!"

Linda

Benicia, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saso was a terrific guide. He made the trip informative and fun with surprises along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice lakes was my favorite place, but the surprise of seeing the Nordic Ski center was very special."

Kathy

Spring, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fascinating at every turn and vista! I had never been in the Adriatic at all, and had to absorb a lot, mentally and visually. Overall I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to travel beyond the usual places in Europe that most people go. You will be wowed by the things you see, and the stories you hear!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the Julian Alps and the Adriatic Sea. I could not get enough of the landscape out the bus window! I did not shut my eyes for one wink of sleep on the bus, because I knew I might not be back again and did not want to miss seeing anything!"

Neil

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 8th Rick Steves tour more than met my expectations with Saso as our excellent guide. I had a wide variety of experiences and especially enjoyed learning about the history and culture of each of the many sites we visited. Lodging was comfortable and food / wine were outstanding throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moments were traveling through the Julian Alps, guided tours of the 1st century Roman amphitheater in Pula, the Old Town of Split and Dubrovnik. The most moving event for me was learning about challenges in Bosnia-Herzegovina from local resident guides."

Heather

Mount Desert, ME

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 13th Ricksteves tour. They have all been wonderful and Standout in their own way. The tour group was Outstandingly; friendly, inclusive and always on time. The unknown world of former Yugoslavia gradually became more alive.

Weather

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Croatia / Split

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Croatia / Dubrovnik

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Bosnia-Herzegovina / Mostar

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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