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

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Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days Tour

from $3,395 per person + air

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

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

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 22 group sightseeing events • Ljubljana walking tour • Bled Castle • Kobarid Museum • Wine tasting • Pula walking tour • Pula Amphitheater • Rovinj • Opatija • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Split walking tour • Diocletian's Palace • Hvar • Korčula orientation • Korčula boat cruise • Ston • Mostar walking tour • Mostar mosque and Old Bridge • Blagaj • Stolac walking tour • Serbian Orthodox Monastery • Dubrovnik walking tour • Dubrovnik walls entrance…and more
  • All group transportation from Ljubljana, Slovenia to Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions 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 Kobarid (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 and the hill town of Motovun. Sleep in a former castle in Motovun (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 Motovun 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 and enjoy dinner together. 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. Dominus, and Jupiter's Temple — all of which lies within the walls of the despotic Roman Emperor Diocletian's immense palace. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy Split's museums, including the sculptures of the world-class Meštrović Gallery, or relax with an espresso along the waterfront promenade. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Dalmatian Island-Hopping

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

Day 10: Island Relaxation

Today you are free to wander the narrow cobbled streets of Korčula's medieval quarter, poke around its Cathedral of St. Mark, and imagine the tales its Venetian villas could tell. This could also be a fun day to go for a swim or rent a boat. 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 11: Eye-Opening Bosnia-Herzegovina

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

Day 12: Rural Herzegovina

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

Day 13: Dazzling Dubrovnik

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. 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

Joann

Boulder, CO

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I suffered from allergies to cigarette smoke throughout the two weeks. Allergy medicine could not keep up with the amount of exposure. This definitely impacted my enjoyment of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kor?ula! Exactly what you anticipate from a trip to the Adriatic. Beautiful, relaxing, water sports, beach time, walkable."

Amy

Evanston, IL

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour; we accomplished so much in 14 days without feeling rushed. Barbara was an exceptional tour guide, she knew when we needed rest stops, snacks and kept us informed how to plan for each day. Enjoyed the historical and political insights from Barbara and local tour guides. Well balanced between group tour gatherings and free time. The free day in Korcula was well deserved, please keep that on the itinerary!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Istrian Penninsula with its Italian influence in Pula, Rovinij and Opatia."

Kitty

New York, NY

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We accomplished everything on the agenda, which included an abundance of destinations in 3 countries. Our tour group was delightful as was Barbara, our guide. Constructive criticism of this trip includes: 1. too many hotels. Eight hoteIs with numerous single nighters is just not for me. 2. Bosnia was difficult. Took nearly 2 hrs to get through Border Control. Arrived very late. One night in the hotel & we were gone. Not enough local experience to justify the hassle. 3. Too much beach time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment was visiting a jazz club in Split with 3 other group members. There was no live jazz, but the club played standards - both vocal & instrumental, plus it housed a library. We started naming the tunes & the owner - an Argentinian - joined in. As we named artists correctly, the owner started interjecting questions on literature, writers, etc. When we got correct answers, he gave us shots of Croatian liquor. Of course, this encouraged us. We were there for over two hours."

Juanita

Orlando, FL

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great group and Saneljust knew what to do and anticipated a lot of our questions & concerns. The guide just had the right amount of firmness and flexibility when called for. The itinerary was superb. Each stop was interesting and had a lot to explore that the time to do so seemed ways shor t. The local guides were excellent, engaging and not long in their chosen topics. The snacks were

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Parks with falls of all sizes. Also the towns of Rovinj with its up and down cobbled streets and Korcula with its short, up and down alleys full of colorful plants and store displays."

Jack

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on 5 Steves tours and I think that this was the best. A great combination of touring a fascinating and diverse area I knew virtually nothing about, a remarkable guide in Sanel, really great companions in our other travelers, and almost perfect weather! The combination of wandering the narrow old streets of Ljubjana, Split, Korcuna and Dubrovnik, the remarkable walk in Plitvice National Park, and the island hopping were such great experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tough one. I think there is a tie between the walk in Plitvice National Park with its 26 lakes and hundreds of waterfalls and the walk on the ramparts of old Dubrovnik. I guess any thought of "wow" moments on this trip come from the many walks we took in cities and the countryside. Just wonderful. Also great wow moments to be in Motovun and Korcula as Croatia won its World Cup matches!"

David

Sullivan, IL

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the whole Adriatic experience including the varying architecture and cultural differences of the regions we visited. The Plitvice region had the most amazing vista of lakes and waterfalls that I've seen in many years of travel. Learning about the ethnic differences involved in the wars of the past and the viewpoint of our guides involved gave me a perspective that brought a greater understanding of both the political and personal aspects of the conflicts that enhances my travels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I enjoyed the guided portions of the tour, I found the Metelkova district of Ljubljana that we found on our own to be my favorite. I've always had an interest in art and I found this amazing collection of murals and sculptures to be the most fascinating art collection I have ever viewed."

Darlene

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting a part of the world that was completely new to me. I had heard wonderful things about Slovenia and Croatia from other travelers and am so happy to have experienced it with a great group of people and an outstanding guide. Tina and the local guides shared their love of country and culture in such a personal and engaging way and I loved the fact that the tour had a more rural flavor than some of the others I've been on.

William

Tigard, OR

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even better than expected. Learned much about these 3 countries: history, culture, sights. Good itinerary, great tour leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice NP. Had seen pictured, but the real thing is amazing!"

Gary

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Tina Hitl is the consummate professional, informative, very engaging personality, sensitive and well organized. A few times she jumped through hoops to address our needs, like ordering a bus transfer to a restaurant we were otherwise going to walk to in the rain. She was open about her own life experience which added to the depth of our cultural understanding of the territory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, unbelievable locale. Tina helped guide us through the experience and made sure everyone's safety was addressed. Her humor and advice on how to navigate the wave of tourists was an added bonus. This is not to diminish any of our other stops, and it was very hard to pick just one wow moment."

Ina

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Probably the best one we've ever had! Tour guide Tina was so knowledgeable, so organized, efficient and fun. We learned so much about Slovenia (including a visit to her hometown) both politically and locally as well as Croatia. The weather was spectacular, travelling companions the absolute best and there is nothing I would change!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view in Hvar from the fort at the top was absolutely breathtaking. Worth the stairs in the 31 degree heat!"

Stephanie

Dublin, OH

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour truly exceeded our expectations in every way! There were so many highlights: We loved exploring the cities (Ljubljana, Dubrovnik) and towns (like Hvar, Motovun). The Plitvice National Park was exquisite and the Roman ruins of Pula and Split were some of the finest I've ever seen. The Dalmatian coast and Adriatic were absolutely stunning. In addition to the beautiful scenery, the people were very welcoming and our tour guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are far too many to name. We really had an exceptional time."

Janet

Springfield, VA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, the tour wove history, culture and natural beauty together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park"

Janet

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Tina was amazing. She was so positive and her enthusiasm was contagious. She knew all the information about the countries we visited plus she gave us insight into life through her stories. I was astounded at the wealth of information I learned about this beautiful area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but for me the highlight was the World War I museum in Korabid. The docent's knowledge was so vast. Slovenia was beautiful. Lake Bled and the Julian Alps were stunning. Isteria offered so much and I really enjoyed our stay in Motovun. Dubrovnik was a fantastic city. The whole journey was wonderful."

Chuck

Marietta, GA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding guide who looked after every detail I would divide the tour into three main categories. First, it was very educational. I was aware of some of the area's history, but Tina (our guide) provided us with so much on the history and background of each country. Second, the scenery was incredible in Slovenia and Croatia. Third, fantastic food, and I do mean fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Driving through the Alps, the scenery on most of the trip 2)Dinner at the Astarea, a dining experience I will never forget"

Michael

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting mix of truly beautiful locales (Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Plitvice, Rovinj, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik) and complex history (Ottomans, Habsburgs, WWI in the Julian Alps, Tito, the break-up of Yugoslavia and the wars of the mid-90's). Marijan did a great job educating us on the background of what we were seeing and facilitating the day-to-day. Several local guides were especially compelling, including those in Bosnia, the museum guide in Kobarid, and Roberto in Dubrovnik.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tours lacks a David or Eiffel Tower type moment, but more than makes up for it with the jarring contrasts between Slovenia and coastal Croatia, and our brief time in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Mostar and our stops in Blagaj and Stolac). For me Plitvice, Korcula, and Dubrovnik were especially pleasant, but I felt I learned more from our visit to Mostar and pre and post tour time in Zagreb and Sarajevo."

Claire

El Granada, CA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour, and it exceeded my expectations in every way. The itinerary had a good balance of small and large cities, as well as natural open space. My tour companions were well-traveled and friendly. Our guide, Marijan, was outstanding. All days involved walking, and some days were quite strenuous. I would recommend that anyone considering this tour be in excellent walking condition.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was stunningly beautiful."

Eric

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great trip!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana. Did not expect such a wonderful gem. Who knew? lake Bled, plitvic and Duborovnik were all great too,but I expected them to be."

Cindy

Southlake, TX

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think this was the best tour I've taken with Rick Steves...and all of them have been outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many! I liked Plitvice Park in the early morning, but I think exploring the medieval walls and streets of Split, Dubrovnik or Motovun in the evenings after the tourist have left were my favorite moments. But Rovinj, oh my. I want to return and watch the sunset!"

Kathleen

Olathe, KS

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour may have spoiled me for future travel as I usually traveled independently. Everything we did was interesting and I learned a lot. The balance between strenuous days and less busy was very well spread out. Having wanted to travel to Croatia for years and revisit Slovenia made this trip especially inviting. I was disappointed when it filled too quickly. Then when the phone call came to join the tour, I rearranged my schedule to make it work. Having some down time on Korcula was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listing only 1 "Wow" moment is impossible so I will say that Plitvice Lakes, Korcula, and Ljubljana were some of my favorite days. The waterfalls during the walk around the Plitvice were amazing - each turn better than the last. During midday on Korcula, a thunderstorm interrupted my day. It was so gorgeous as I stood safely in a dry breezeway. The myriad of colors in the Adriatic Sea made me want to return - so beautiful!"

Jacqueline

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! A great mix of history, culture, food, natural wonders! The only part we didn't care for was the visit to the World War I museum. It was long and geared to those interested in battle plans and processes. We would have been happy to skip the museum and go off to explore on our own but there wasn't much to see or do in the town---this seemed like a wasted day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes-we expected this to be spectacular but it far exceeded our fantasies! Lubjuana-we knew nothing about this gem of a town but didn't want to leave! Julian Alps & Lake Bled Korcula-Though intended as a "rest" I think many in our group were blown away by this town. A spectacular thunder storm actually added immensely to the experience!! Sorry-you asked for one "wow"......that's far too limiting!"

Nancy

Menlo Park, CA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been to this part of the world before, and it was such an incredible experience! All our guides were knowledgeable, so personable, and brought the history to life. The landscape was absolutely drop dead gorgeous, so verdant and lovely, and the Roman ruins were breathtaking!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two: Plitvice Lakes National Park - The most surreal and otherworldly natural wonder I have ever seen!!! The azure blue waters were absolutely beautiful and the teal damsel flies were a delight! The Diocletian Palace in Split - We were in 2018 and suddenly, we were back in time to 300AD!!!!! It was jaw dropping!!"

Michelle

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was beyond any expectations that I had. I had reservations about traveling with a group because I have always traveled independently. I discovered that traveling with a group tour had many advantages and enriched the travel experience for me. The combination of an outstanding tour guide and friendly, intelligent fellow travelers made each day of the trip shine. The organization of activities, the balance of guided events with independent exploration was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Plitvice National park. Because our guide, Marijan, had us up and out on the trail early and planned our route to avoid the crush of visitors, I had moments of walking in this exquisite park in quiet and silence. It was a magical "wow" moment."

Peter Jacob

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After many years of solo travel, this was my first group tour experience. As a result of this tour- I am now a convert. There were many benefits, including a much deeper understanding of the history and culture of places visited, the convenience of having all in-country travel and accommodations taken care of, and lively, friendly and well traveled fellow tour members. Yet there was no sacrifice of my solo travel habits; the free time afforded during the tour allowed me to wander on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice National Park. Honestly among the most spectacular natural sights I have experienced during my travels."

Denise

Oracle, AZ

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of the Adriatic tour was wonderful, This hidden corner of Eastern Europe was a magical place from the very beginning. The Natural beauty of the "only in fairy tales" lakes, waterfalls, mountains, green river valleys & the magestic rocky shores of the beautiful Adriatic Sea are places I will never forget. The cities with their white limestone & red tile roofs,many surrounded by walls or over looking the sea with its crystal blue waters. So fortunate to have BEN CURTIS as group leader??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This being our 7 th Rick Steves tour, I am always WOWED when we approach a city from the distance, wether on a hill surrounded by a wall, or graced by the rocky shoreline & forever azure blue water of the sea. Then the magic begins as we travel up close & personal to experience our well planned journey together."

Robert

Salinas, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a busy, thorough, wonderful tour. The tour guide, Ben, the local guides, and the fellow travelers all were treasures. The food, the people watching, the architecture, the history, the natural beauty, and swimming in the Adriatic combined to make a traveller's paradise. The weather was a little too hot for my liking, and the bus rides a little long. Hvar, which was supposed to be something special, was visited on one of the hottest days and wasn't much fun at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was not expecting to be so strongly affected by Bosnia and Herzegovina. The presentation of the recent wars and their effects on the people, provided by the Adisa in Mostar and especially Sanel in Stolac was truly unforgettable."

Paul

Lexington, KY

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fantastic guide and overall experience. Especially like to hear the local guides and their experiences. Unfortunately I was ill the first 10 days of the trip otherwise I am sure I would have rated everything outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is difficult. I think the beauty of the Adriatic and especially the islands we visited along with the overall character of the locals we met as well as the tour group itself."

Kathleen

Lexington, KY

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved learning about the countries that used to be Yugoslavia and seeing them, interacting with people both on the tour with me and with the local people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose one! I think my favorite was Plitvice Park -- seeing the waterfalls and walking along the paths."

James

North Hollywood, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Knowledgeable, very professional, guide, beautiful scenery, interesting history, and best of all, the group all got along well. Bus driver was professional and courteous. I was surprised at the number of serial Rick Steves' tour veterans in the group. Surely with the resources of Rick Steves' Tours, you could afford to contract with a bus company that offers an onboard toilet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wartime experiences related by Bosnian tour guides."

Kevin

Cumming, GA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and it surpassed our expectations. Our guide, Ben, was extremely knowledgeable yet had a great personality and was able to convey his knowledge in a way that was easy to listen to and absorb. The group itself was extremely easy to interact with and made for a very fun time. The itinerary and activities planned were fantastic. Even the little extras, ie sunset cruise in Korcula, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "WOW" moments but the beauty of Plitvice Natl Park may have been the greatest. Miles of waterfalls and natural beauty tough to surpass."

Diana

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was not what we expected, but was an exceptional experience. Based on the pictures, somehow we thought that more time would be in small towns on the Adriatic like Korkula. Visiting Bosnia & Stolac to hear local guides perspectives on the civil war was touching and eye opening. Their will to transcend the past toward a better future was inspiring,such a valuable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Park and Korkula We would have liked more time island hopping."

Shawn

Toronto, ON

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm a first timer and although I reviewed the program before hand, I took on faith that the Rick Steves program would be solid. I was blown away by the whole experience; it exceeded my expectations. My wife and I were seasoned travelers based on 'figure it out yourself' travel and day by day I appreciated having all the transportation, hotels and meals figured out by our experienced guide. We also have a very compatible group and over the trip hung out or dined with each member.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the islands on the Dalmatian Coast. The beauty with the perfect weather made that part of the tour spectacular. Korcula was great for kayaking, swiming and just strolling the town. We had one of our best suppers there too."

Carolyn

Friendswood, TX

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fantastic time! We LOVED Ljubljana and the beautiful drive through the Soca Valley, and the winery tour. I was thinking it would be hard to top Slovenia, until we arrived in Split, Croatia, a fascinating and beautiful city. As has been our experience on all other RS tours, our fellow tour members were fun and interesting folks whom we thoroughly enjoyed. Our guide, Ben, was awesome-extremely well informed, pleasant with a much appreciated wry sense of humor, and very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana. What a jewel of a city. Fascinating history, beautiful architecture, young, vibrant population, beautiful gardens and markets and museums, and excellent restaurants. Our hotel was close to the university, and we regularly heard classical music and choirs practicing in rehearsal halls through open windows on our evening walks. Truly magical!"

Rosemary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was phenomenal!! Any time I thought things couldn't get better, they did! There was so much natural beauty, great food and wine, great company, and I learned so much about this part of the world. I thought the tour had a good pace and a nice mix of small towns and larger cities. There was also a good ratio of group time vs. free time. I think we had the best guide imaginable too! Ben was kind, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable about the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've thought long and hard about my favorite "wow" moment, and I cannot pick just one. So I will give two. Plitvice National Park was so incredibly beautiful. We spent a very enjoyable morning wandering through the park, viewing one stunning vista after another. My second moment was in Split. After our group dinner, our guide walked us through parts of Diocletian's Palace. Seeing the Peristyle at night and hearing the live music echo through the historical hall was an incredible experience."

Burt

Arcata, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What made the tour a success were the people. Our guide Ben Curtis was outstanding, his knowledge of the history, politics, and the culture of the people of all the cities, towns and countries that we traveled through was amazing. Ben was our leader, he spent time with all the folks on the trip, alway willing to help you with a problem or answer questions and most importantly Ben has a wonderful sense of humor. Plus our bus driver and local guides were pros and nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the natural beauty of the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Split came in a close second with Diocletian's Palace and the energy of the city."

Christine

Arcata, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and in fact my first time on a tour. I have previously traveled thru England and Scotland with a few friends and through Spain with my husband and daughter. I found this tour to be actually a lot of fun and enjoyed not having to be responsible for everything. Plus, professionals with extensive experience in the countries visited can obviously steer you toward the most worthwhile and local venues. And the group of people in the tour were wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be Plitvice National Park. I selected this itinerary because of the combination of natural beauty and historical settings. Plitvice was the most gorgeous natural park I have ever seen. The lush greenery, the lakes, streams, waterfalls, dragonflies, boardwalks, bridges, views, just went on and on. Plus we lucked out with a bright, sparkling blue sky after a rainy night and morning. Second "wow" was Diocletians palace and Split in general, ancient and current at one time."

Gary

Oracle, AZ

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitivice lakes was beautiful day"

Mary

Six Mile, SC

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a new part of the world for me so I was interested in the history and there's no better way to focus on the experience without having to worry about lodging, food or travel arrangements than to go on a Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place we visited had its unique charm, but Split was my favorite. Its promenade beside the harbor, night market and live music among the ancient buildings gave it a special, welcoming -- I want to stay here -- feeling."

Bruce

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything that the Rick Steves tours do is well thought out and [INVALID]d perfectly. The only down side for me was the constant history lessons. We had them on the bus as well as the city walking (more like standing in place, tough on old knees). But that is just me and part of the tour group. I think the majority of the group enjoyed the history lesson. But the visual beauty of Croatia was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a least couple of wow moments. The first was Plitvice Lakes National Park. It was non-stop gorgeous from start to finish. Outstanding waterfalls with beautiful lakes. My second wow moment came from your Rick Steves book on Croatia. In Dubrovnik, the guidebook mentioned a scenic spot to go for a drink called Buza. Coming out of that hole in the wall to see a view of the Adriatic was amazing and the drinks were fine also."

Audrey

Washington, DC

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the island hopping. Korcula was a very pretty and enjoyable area."

Basil

Six Mile, SC

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great group of friendly folks having fun together seeing the world, with expert guidance. We liked Darija's way of playing the obligatory circle-name game, with all of us reciting the names together, saving the faces of we oldies who are losing our short term memory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Park, because it is unique"

Susan

Hopland, CA

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! This tour was exceptional for many reasons: *the beauty,history and antiquity of the countries,cities,environs and Darija. *Our outstanding guide, Darija (forgive my inability to put the mark over the c). *The diverse itinerary illustrating the shifts of empires coupled with the intriguing professional historical overview provided by Darija. *A fun, intelligent and congenial group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The astonishing multinational architecture which encompasses neolithic to modern, inherent in all of the large cities such as Ljubljana, Split and Dubrovnik. Food and wine follow the amazing creative endeavors of the architecture. Boris & Alen and there fabulous wines from there winery Vitovska Grganja were a splendid and unexpected treat as was the wonderful meal at Rovinj cooked over a wood fire and hearth. Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia are a magical wonders of the world."

Jonathan

Durham, NC

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour as we normally take cruises. In two weeks, we explored three countries, their diverse history, geography, and peoples. The tour was extremely well organized. Several aspects stood out. The overall tour guide was helpful, knowledgeable and informative. The bus driver was excellent and safe. The tour participants, many of whom had been on multiple RS tours, were great traveling companions. Everyone kept up with the pace and there was no grousing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two WOW moments, one positive and one negative. The Croatian Plitvice National Park is a beautiful, pristine wonder that must be experienced. Every turn was a new photograph. The negative WOW was our visit to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, which is poor, has very high unemployment and still has many remnants of the Balkan war."

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour has an amazing mix of history from ancient past to recent. But it's so much more. It has an ambitious agenda chockful of stops. I would have preferred to have skipped the more touristy stops at Bled, Opatia and Hvar to have spent more time at the WWI museum in Kobarid, Plitvice Lakes and Mostar. Our guide, Darija's understated sense of humor added a lot to the enjoyment of our group. The heat and humidity was a surprise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though I live in an area of abundant waterfalls, I was absolutely mesmerized by the countless burbles and gushes from one turquoise lake to another, punctuated by puffs of irridescent blue dragonflies, at Plitvice. And to think that this area spawned the first death in the "Homeland War!" I also enjoyed the uncrowded and charming, narrow, winding cobblestone streets of Rovinj and was moved by the personal stories of the two local guides in Bosnia."

Mary

Bozeman, MT

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Educational, nice amount of free time, good choice of towns and activities, great food and choice of restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in Adriatic."

Sally

Severna Park, MD

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was perfect for this region. Our guide was amazing (see below), the guided parts of the tour were very informative and entertaining. Our group gelled really well. There was enough free time so that we didn't feel rushed all the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a wow moment! The biggest one was probably witnessing all of the evidence of the war in Bosnia."

Robert

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves tour. As with the other six, the tour was done very well. Day 6 and day 11 were long travel days. There were crowds at many of the places on this trip, and it got rather warm some days. People should keep this in mind when choosing this trip if such factors are important to them. This trip has a wide variety of experiences, and is very informative about places and events I knew little about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were no outstanding "wow" moments, but there were many very pleasant times and experiences. The fog outside of Motovun in the early morning sure made it worthwhile to get up and get out. This would be my favorite for this trip."

Dennis

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the feeling I was in superbly capable hands. The hotels selected, the eating establishments selected, and the points of interest visited were superbly chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Dubrovnik, local guide Roberto stunned me with the depth of his historical knowledge and how he could make sense of it. He not only told the stories, but integrated them into the wider concept of European life."

Laura

Washington, DC

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have to be honest....I did not want to go on a Rick Steve's tour. I went because my husband wanted to go and I wanted to prove him wrong. Well....I could not have been more wrong. I LOVED IT. I loved everything about it (and I made sure to tell him that I was wrong in case you are wondering). Now the big decision will be what Rick Steve's tour to do next? Sicily? Scotland? Who knows....but we will be back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but probably the ski jump curse because it was so completely unexpected. Seeing a snowman in June? Priceless!"

Carole

Swanton, MD

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, other tour members, and locals in country who supplied meals and accommodations were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A special stop at an Olympic Ski Jumping facility where they saved snow in the basement for indoor cross country skiing!"

David

Swanton, MD

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful and it was made so by a combination of an excellent and engaging guide and 25 lively and interesting traveling companions! Our group jelled within a few short days and we had an outstanding driver that took care of us through the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard choice to make as there were so many sights and experiences that knocked our socks off! I guess the one that was most memorable was Dubrovnik and it was made especially so by our extremely knowledgeable local guide who gave us many insights into the city's place in history and how it survived up to the present. My second choice would be Mostar where we had another outstanding local guide who could talk first hand about growing up in a time of war in her native city."

Lynn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a seasoned traveler who had never taken an organized tour I was concerned that I would feel confined. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover how lovely it was to let someone else handle the details. Such an adventure to be transported to a part of the world that I knew little about and to be so thoroughly educated and entertained. I was especially impressed by the contrasts and extremes of the trip. World's longest ski jump, jet-setter resorts, war-torn villages.....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This would be a tie between Plitvice National Park and Korula. RS is so smart to have us start early and at the opposite end of the crowds at Plitvice. And we were so charmed by Korula and very happy to have our "off day" there. And the street cats! I've already created a book of my photos of them for the neighbor who took care of my cat."

Rebecca

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves tour, and it was a stunner. As with all of the tours it was a very good mix of historical sites, scenery, education, dining/wining(!) and conversation. We saw amazing cathedrals/mosques, we saw castles, we walked in the gorgeous Plitvice Lakes national park, and swam in the Adriatic. We went wine tasting in Slovenia and in Bosnia. The group was especially fun, kind, and interesting. Each of my fellow tour members added something important to my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a tour full of "wows". For me the most magical moment was following our guide into Diocletian's palace in the evening of our arrival in Split. We'd just had a loud and lively dinner, Barbara bought us an ice cream (because we'd been such good kids in the bus ;-)). We followed her and emerged, completely unexpectedly, into the square in Diocletian's palace. It was like arriving unannounced at a party, the only thing you can do is join in. WOW!"

Nicholas

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very favorable. We saw and learned alot about an area of the world that we knew nothing other than news stories from the last wars. We are very glad we did this tour and probably will sign up for others in the future. There were a few too many travelers, i.e., 27 instead of 24 that were on our Turkey trip a few years ago.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike in the Plitvice Lakes was magnificent as were the cities of Dubrovnik and Ljubljana. And the picture perfect harbor at Hvar and the restaurants of Korcula were the best!"

Thomas

Holland, MI

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed Slovenia's and Croatia's natural beauty, and appreciated both learning about the area's diverse cultural histories and gaining much clearer understanding about region's political history and the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Our fellow travelers were stimulating and engaging, and we feel that we gained genuine new friends. The Rick Steves travel philosophy was evident in the tour's careful, thorough, imaginative planning and attention to important details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our multiple swims in the Adriatic."

Tracy

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'll begin with wow! Another extremely well organized tour with surprises at every turn. The tour took us to such beautiful and diverse regions, far exceeding what I was prepared for. The ancient history, the architecture, the natural beauty, the complicated recent history, and especially the personal stories made this tour exceptional. Thank you, Barbara and my fellow travelers for making it such a delightful and memorable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Four of my many WOW moments were Plitvice Lakes National Park, Korcula's Moreska Dance, Diocletian's Palace in Split, and Festival Veli Jose, when lanterns were released into the amazingly clear night sky in Motovun."

Jim

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was very positive and enjoyable. I knew very little about the history of this region and felt Barbara and the local guides did a good job explaining it.I enjoyed all the stops we made, a nice mixture of scenery and history. Barbara's knowledge and pride being from this part of the world was very beneficial to us.I would have to say I enjoyed seeing this region a little more than I thought I would.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably on my first night in Ljubljana.Flying from Phoenix our flight left Chicago late enough where everyone missed their connections in Munich. Getting rerouted added another 5 1/2-6 hours to an already long day. After finally checking into the hotel, I walked to the Old Town area just as the evening was settling in, and had a "wow" moment seeing the peaceful river and bridges and old buildings in the Old Town area. That was just the rejuvenation I needed."

Mary

Pismo Beach, CA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out from the deck off of our amazing hotel in Mostar, Bosnia-Hersegovina, and seeing the minarets poking up from the town's tiled rooftops, along with a bit of the Old Bridge that I knew we would be seeing later that evening on our city walk."

Mary Ellen

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved most every stop on the tour. Lots of surprises (winery stops, scenery everywhere) - given brief mention in the itinerary that were wonderful. Surpassed my expectations of the types of things we would see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice was beautiful; going early in the morning helped with crowd contention."

Susan

Memphis, TN

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another exceptionally wonderful Rick Steves tour experience! Barbara was simply the best guide possible for this trip! She is so wise, unruffled, knowledgeable, and thoughtful every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I actually love wandering off and talking to random local people but the tours that ended with spectacular art and nature could not be beat. The experience of Diocletian's Palace in the AM and evening was one great exposure to ancient history still available!"

Cynthia

West Dundee, IL

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of the Adriatic was a wonderful experience. It was my first time in that part of Europe and was fascinating in it's similarities and differences to Western Europe and the United States. The rich, deep history, lush countryside, sparkling coastal areas and very diverse traditions surpassed my wildest dreams! Our guide, Barbara, is very knowledgeable and shared her expertise with the group, aiding us in developing our own appreciation for the Adriatic. She was most helpful in all aspects.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park, Slovenia! There was a thunderstorm the night prior to our visit, so the streams and falls were raging. The Park is a true Eden. Quite easily the most beautiful hike I've ever experienced!"

Margo

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fascinating look at the Adriatic are filled with history and walking and good food and fun times with other tour members. Our guide, Barbara was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many but the Plitvcicka nacionalini Park was truly amazing. The water falls and the lakes and the boardwalks were so much fun to see and experience."

Ann Elizabeth

Soquel, CA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour...my first with the Rick Steve's organization. Barbara was a wonderful guide for our group. She took such good care of us...and for me that meant going to a medical clinic along our our route to check on a wound I had gotten the morning of the day our tour started. She was patient with a few who left stuff strewn behind us. More than all of the above, she gave us such a grasp of local history throughout the the tour. I learned so much from both her and the local guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is hard to say. Perhaps the winery visit or staying on the top of Motovan and the views from there...with the lit up lanterns that sailed into the sky our last night. The views of Lake Bled and the Julian Alps. Maybe seeing the Adriatic Sea for the first time and it's amazing color. It's just too hard to pick one moment."

Randall

Beaufort, SC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour, our guides, our fellow travelers and all of the stops were simply great! However, the pace was a little too hectic. Consider reducing the number of stops so each can be more completely savored, studied and enjoyed. Just as an example the Ski Center was good, but it did take some time from other more important stops. If at all possible add another night in Mostar!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening call to prayer from the temples in Mostar!"

Barbara

Beaufort, SC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided opportunities that might not have been possible with independent travel. Along the way I learned, laughed, was moved, disturbed and feasted my eyes on incredible beauty. In other words, the trip was everything that good travel should be. Getting to know my fellow travelers and our wonderful guide was a gift. I would slow the pace by eliminating some stops so that we could think about and discuss about what we were experiencing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on our balcony at night in Mostar and hearing the call for prayer from 10 minarets. Not a wow moment, but extremely enjoyable one was the cafe culture in Ljubljana."

Kathleen

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tina is a fantastic guide, and I had a wonderful time. I enjoyed learning the history of Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia, as well as the lighter fun that we had. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Bosnia with the local tour guide was enlightening as well as heart wrenching."

Judy

New York, NY

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I are definitely Rick Steves fans and this tour was no exception. We really enjoyed being able to explore and learn about countries that we were unfamiliar with. And we continue to recommend your tours to our friends. Tina, our guide, was great. She is an amazing advocate for her region. She provide good information and was an excellent coordinator. She gets extra kudos for taking care of us during the wait for an accident to clear. Amazing job of making sure that we were OK.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"*Plitvice * Ljubjana *Pula * the wines"

Vickie

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all of Rick Steve's tours, this one was well organized and each stop along the way was beautiful. The history of the places along the Adriatic is amazing and brought to life by the guide, Tina who was very willing to share her love for her country and her knowledge of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to single out only one moment as everything and everyplace held special magic for me. This has always been my experience with these tours so I guess I would have to say my "wow" moment was just being on another fantastic Rick Steve's tour!"

Susie

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I had very high expectations and they were all exceeded! I loved the pace, the locations, our tour guide, the site guides, the balance of history/culture/cuisine, and the hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two wow moments. The Plitvice National Park was a wow for me as just a beautiful part of nature that one must see. The lower part of the park was a wow for me as I've never been on wooden planks with that many tourists in my life! Visiting Bosnia was also a wow. I don't think I ever would have traveled there on my own and I really appreciated both our guides sharing their personal stories and struggles. I'm still in shock that they could have bombed such a beautiful place."

Christine

Claremont, NH

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind and I approached it with some trepidation. My husband and I had traveled through a lot of Europe solo and weren't sure how the whole group/bus/tour guide thing would work out. It was better than we could have hoped; a wonderful, fun group of people, beautiful sights, perfect mix of city and country, great food and a tour guide (Amir) who did a wonderful job educating us on the complex area that is the Balkans. Would highly recommend!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there were many gorgeous venues (Plitvice Lakes, Lake Bled, Ljubliana, the Dalmation Islands) I think my biggest WOW was meeting and traveling with awesome people. As noted above, I wasn't sure about the whole tour deal, but this fun group of folks. Combined with the locales and the learning opportunities, made this a most memorable vacation."

Robert

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! A great blend of education, sightseeing, wonderful tour companions, great leader (Amir), and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm 74 years old, had both knees replaced 5 years ago, had my hip replaced 12 WEEKS ago, booked this "strenuous" tour, and CRUSHED it - WOW!!! Thank you Dr Stolarski, my orthopedic surgeon in Sarasota, Florida."

Gerald

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amir the superguide was outstanding - with encyclopedic knowledge, a sense of humor and a balanced viewpoint regarding the 1992-96 civil war. The local guides were also excellent. We appreciated that we were encouraged to become acquainted with our other tour members, so as the tour progressed we felt like we were travelling with friends instead of a busload of strangers. My wife's vegetarian diet was well accommodated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The streets of Mostar."

Gail

Manson, WA

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this trip was wonderful. I loved every city and every adventure. What beautiful country! What history! So much to learn. So much to see. I felt safe and engaged the entire time. Thanks to the Rick Steves tour for such a well-planned and thought-out itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was the most amazing natural wonder I have ever seen. You cannot image the amount of clear, clean, gorgeous water from water fall to water fall along the 3 hour hike. I was in awe -- and I grew up in beautiful mountains and on a beautiful lake."

Carolyn

Redding, CA

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Adriatic Tour was exceptional, beginning with our outstanding guide, Amir, a wonderful tour group, the beautiful scenery, the interesting historical sites, and the history lessons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was one "wow" moment after another. It is truly amazing and like nothing I have ever seen before."

Marla

Redding, CA

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wanting to learn more about my Yugoslav/Croatian roots, my husband and I were excited to find this super tour that focuses on Croatia and other former Yugosla lands. We much appreciated the top-notch guiding, well-thought-out itinerary, and the excellent balance of guided and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "WOW!" moments, impossible to say. Slovenia, Plitvice National Park, Mostar Bridge, the Klapa singers at Diocletian's Palace, and Dubrovnik were all special highlights."

Linda

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

we had not gone on a Rick Steves tour, this is our first one. was impressed with the tour, guide and bus driver

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were too many to list just one"

Dawn

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really looked forward to touring this part of the world and learning about the history of the countries. The trip did not disappoint. We would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were so many "Wow's" on this trip from spectacular vistas, amazing cultural experiences, interesting tours, delicious food and an awesome group of fellow travelers my "Wow" was absolutely, Amir, our guide. His knowledge of the Adriatic history added so much to my travel experience. I affectionately dubbed him the "Human encyclopedia.""

Maria

Middle Village, NY

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations Well organized maximizing time spent in each area Tours covered all highlights living one with a feel for this somewhat unknown area of Europe

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the ancient city of Dubrovnik at dusk illuminated with natural golden highlights - fairytale like"

Daniel

Claremont, NH

Tour: 05/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour. I found the sites on this tour stunningly beautiful and thought provoking. Excellent mix of recreation, food, and history (both ancient and modern). Amir, our guide was fantastic, a rich combination of shepherd, historian, and comic, and his personal experiences provided for a great backdrop in some of the more contemplative sites. The icing on the cake was the incredible group of tour companions. (After a few days, the bus ride was social time.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The top had to be Plitvice National Park and it's absolutely incredible lakes and waterfalls. Close runner up was the tour of Mostar with the ravages of war still so readily apparent. That's not to say the rest of the sights were lacking. They were all great places to visit."

David

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all RS tours, this was a wonderful experience. The city sights and countryside views were beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many unique "wow's" it's nearly impossible to select one, but of all, Plitivice National Park stands out. A close second was the sheer beauty of the Adriatic -- crystal clear and inviting."

Elizabeth

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Two wonderful weeks with 27 others plus one exceptional tour leader (Ben), a very good bus driver and knowledgeable local guides. The group bonded well after Ben's way of us getting to know one another's names. Old cities, ancient ruins, fascinating history, lakes, mountains, the ocean - such variety plus tasty fun group meals. Our leader and the great group dynamics made the tour really special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TOP: The day we spent 3.5 hours in Plitvice Park in the morning ending with a lighted Diocletian's palace after dinner that night. My first trip to Plitvice 3 years ago it was pouring rain so it was wonderful to see all the waterfalls with sunshine. ALSO: The free day in Kor?ula was an unexpected treat. Taking Ben's advice to 'chill' and sit and watch the world go by on hot afternoons. The coffee served in Blagaj."

Richard

Poway, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great learning experience for me and my wife. This is one of those parts of the world that, honestly, we weren't very familiar with. Ben, our guide, is very knowledgeable and was able to convey that in a fun way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Plitvice. I've seen photos, but it's certainly one of those "gotta see it to believe it" places."

Timothy

Brookings, OR

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my second with the Rick Steve's Company. The Adriatic tour is different type of tour than first, The Heart of Portugal. This part of the world is still recovering from a recent civil type war. There are still scars and political issues that the citizens are dealing with. With that said, Slovenia and Croatia have many gorgeous towns and parks. The Croatian coastline was worth the trip alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite day was the walk through the Plitvice National Park. The boardwalks and waterfalls were spectacular. The water was a clear as glass. Thank heavens for digital camera picture taking capacity. Every 10 feet there was another photo opportunity. The sounds of waterfalls were very harmonic and relaxing enough to forget that you had many other tourists enjoying the same sites."

Lisa

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A few years ago, I did the amazing Eastern Europe tour. Our tour group pledged to "continue" the trip together some day, along the Adriatic. We finally managed it! The trip lived up to my high expectations. I loved our guide, learned a ton, enjoyed all of the places we visited, had a fabulous time at the places I'd particularly wanted to see, and had a few surprise "wow" moments along the way. Thanks for yet another great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Plitvice Lakes, but to my surprise my most memorable (and totally unexpected) "WOW" moment was walking into the peristyle of Diocletian's palace, the evening we arrived in Split. Although it's very hard to explain why, several of us were moved almost to tears. To see such deeply layered history and to be part of the modern human experience within that ancient place, was an amazing privilege. I also loved Mostar and so wish we could have spent another night. That was a "WOW" half-day!"

Richard

Corral De Tierra, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience and interaction with a diverse culture was outstanding. Ljubljana was my favorite city, I could spend 2 weeks enjoying the city. I really like the idea that we go from cities, to lakes, to islands, to inland towns and back to major cities. it really makes a very interesting tour with the right amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Plitvice Lakes, absolutely beautiful. Although ther were many mini wow moments during the trip it is hard to choose one."

Philip

Orleans, MA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again RST does not disappoint. The itinerary was well thought out and provided a meaningful overview of these countries. You can certainly feel fulfilled from this experience or you can use it as a catalyst to go back and do additional in depth explorations. We had no issues with the hotels and provided meals were interesting and palate expending. I was especially impressed with the local guides' knowledge and passion for their countries. Kudos to Claudio, our bus driver as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Allow me to spin the question a bit. My favorite "wow" was Ben. He was an amazing wealth of knowledge, a sincere and committed professional, and an outgoing and personable travel companion. I can't say enough about how many dimensions he added to this tour experience. Beyond the "Ben factor", my favorite surprise from the tour was Ljubljana. It had a wonderful vibe and felt like a place people could live and thrive."

Nancy

Corral De Tierra, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the entire time spent in Slovenia Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina. Would have liked to spend more time in Slovenia as we enjoyed it's beauty and culture. Our fellow travelers were awesome. Everyone got along and was in good spirits. Our guide, Ben is extremely knowledgeable about the history and politics of the area. We hope you'll consider doing an extended tour of the Balkans in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed Ljubljana, Slovenia the most. The fact that you can block the city without traffic and the people were welcoming and accommodating. It surprised us how much we enjoyed the town and wish we would've spent more time there."

Stephen

Rapid City, SD

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went into this tour with no expectations, and zero knowledge of the countries we'd be visiting, except that we'd have an awesome tour, and an awesome guide. JACKPOT! We also lucked out with on of the most compatible and fun groups ever. This is a strenuous tour, but the scenery is gorgeous, the food is wonderful, and the people genuinely appreciate tourists. Definitely a tour not to be missed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but Plitvice National Park in Croatia is probably the number one highlight. It would easily qualify as a top national park in ANY country. The scenery overall is delightful, and the many, many waterfalls are gorgeous."

Karen

Whistler, BC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 6th Rick Steves tour didn't disappoint! It was a wonderful introduction to, and education about, the Balkans . A perfect balance of large cities and small towns with ample free time for personal exploration. We had a friendly and fun group of experienced RS travellers (26 of 28 were alumni). Phenomenal guides - our main guide, Ben, and the local guides - ensured that we were educated, enthralled, & entertained throughout. Our driver, Klaudio, was a welcome addition to our travelling family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wows" to enumerate! Wow day: Plitvice Lakes National Park - a high point as on my previous visit the torrential rains precluded our visiting the lower lakes; illuminated Diocletian's Palace night visit - emotional, spellbinding, surreal! Bosnia guides, Adisa & Edo - brought the recent wars into perspective with their personal observations. Our guide, Ben - friendly, humourous, knowledgeable, engaged - elevated the tour with his presence."

Franz

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed all aspects of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes Park"

Peter

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great trip; Saso was patient and knowledgeable, and answered innumerable questions. The hotels were good, as was the food. We tell folks interested in travel that this would be a good introduction to the Adriatic, and money well spent. It was a relaxing and informative trip. Our bus driver, Sladzan was an outstanding driver and a good assistant to Saso when the group explored urban areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but Diocletian's palace in Split was something else. As an example of Roman engineering and construction, it was hard to beat. The whole trip was an eye-opener."

Susan

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group, many having already been on multiple RS tours. Saso, our guide was excellent. He balanced the pace of the busy days well. The itinerary is well thought out with a nice mix of city, park and island time in between. Visiting Mostar and area was a different but interesting part of the experience. As expected, ( this is our second tour) the food and drink added to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The setting and lunch in Stolac was my "wow" moment. The local food, including fresh strawberries coupled with sounds and view of several waterfalls was a memorable moment on the tour."

Douglas

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour. I absolutely love the structure, commitment to embedding us, and sites we visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my, so many! For me, it's the personal stories of the residents. The stories might be shared by conversation, behavior, style of dress, food, architecture, and community choices."

Arthur

Surrey, BC

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. I had visited Slovenia and Croatia in 1962 when they were part of Yugoslavia and it was interesting to see how things had changed, how proud each country was of their independence. The effects of the war in the 90 ties is still very evident and it was enlightening to hear our local guides in both Mostar and Stolac tell of their experiences during that time. Ljubljana and Dubrovnik are two of my favourite cities and it was a delight to visit them again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The quality of the tour is such that it is hard to pick out a "wow" moment The visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park must rate as a highlight despite the heavy rain. The lunch in Stolac was also a memorable experience the food and the setting beside a waterfall and old mill was wonderful."

Thomas

Ely, MN

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is no question in my mind that this was ABSOLUTELY THE BEST of the RS tours that we have been on. From our very first group meeting to the very last time we met, we were learning, actively interacting with our group, and doing so in a manner that was fun and comfortable. The activities that we participated in, the history of the area that we knew little about beforehand, the countryside and cities we travelled through and stayed in, and, of course, the food, was simply amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, I am sure every one of our group will list Plitvice National Park as a highlight. But also, swimming in the Adriatic Sea was my personal "wow!" When we arrived in Korcula at the amazing Marco Polo Hotel, I immediately jumped in the pool. I got a taste. But walking the spine through the old town to the water's edge gave me my chance. There was the beautiful crystal clear water. There was a ladder into the water. There were the steps down to the quey. In I went. And I made a memory!"

Richard

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first tour and we'd do another with you again. Thought it was a great value and it was quality through and through! I can't imagine a better tour guide tha Saso. Always organized, flexible, fun and really felt genuinely caring about each and every one of us and will always be a friend. We've travelled with your books since 98 and have always had a great experience but this was such a complete accumulation of experiences that were wondering why we didn't do it sooner. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia Herzegovina while not a wow it was the most important. The local guides were a wow in their poignant sharing of the personal history and the love and hope for their country. Our group members were great with a nice cross section of personalities and interests that made nice collegial and fun travel companions. Of course there were places I could have lingered a few days more , Korchula, Split, Pila Bosnia Herzegovina but there is always one more of everything!"

Elizabeth

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour really exceeded my expectations. The destinations were varied and interesting. The food and wine were excellent. All of the guides were great. The group was generally older and less fit than the other tours we have been on (this was our 3rd RS tour), which may have slowed us down somewhat. Although this tour was rated at the same activity level as the other tours we have taken, it really was not quite as active.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss up between Plitvice Lakes and Diocletian's Palace. I liked Saso's approach to Plitvice, starting at the top of the lakes and working our way down. It was a cool, wet day and the photo opportunities were fabulous. I appreciated having some time at the end of the hike to explore on our own. Diocletian's palace was simply amazing. Maja was a terrific guide."

Al

Loveland, OH

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good itinerary + good guide + good travelers = good time. Everything was well done. Traveling should always be this easy. Communications before and during the tour were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were at least 3 group meals (Split, Dutovlje (Boris's meal) and Stolac) that were clear highlights. Great food; great venue; great time."

Kathleen

Surrey, BC

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From our initial meeting in Ljubljana to the final dinner in Dubrovnik, this tour was high class all the way. The excellent itinerary ensured that we had a wide exposure to the varied landscapes and the multilayers of history, not to mention the superb meals we enjoyed. All of it was enhanced by the excellent local guides, and in particular by Saso, our guide extraordinaire. The group bonded so well, and everyone was supportive, even doing buddy checks when not requested!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many potential "wow" moments, it's difficult to settle on just one. Our old town Dubrovnik tour and walking the walls afterwards was one, as was our lunch stop at the old watermill near Stolac, but what about Plitvive Lakes Park and all those other memorable group meals........"

Betty

Ely, MN

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days was our 4th Rick Steve's Tour. I think overall this was the best. Factors contributing to that were the itinerary, our guide, and our group of 26. Our group bonded quickly and found the "magic" of the tour quickly. This trip provided contrasts between natural beauty and the scars of war. We experienced cultural and religious differences that we had only read about. Saso was a terrific guide that made the trip fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was my "wow" moment. What a gem. The early start and reverse direction made it that much better. I liked the upper part of the park best. It was quieter and offered more diversity. It felt more intimate. Pouring rain at the end didn't really bother us. We had to feel sorry for the umbrella clad groups we met just beginning their hike."

Sharon

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations in all areas. We had used and liked Rick's books for many years; now we also like his tours! We learned so much, the food was great, rooms and bus comfortable, the scenery superb and we just were able to relax and enjoy with no worries about transportation, finding our way, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the combination of the "wows" from several places.....the views of the Adriatic, the coastline, the mountains and waterfalls. Nature! Driving down into Dubrovnik."

Jan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time on a group tour, and our first RS trip. We were amazed at our entire experience!! Marijan was **fabulous**, and did an outstanding job of informing us, keeping all 28 of us together and providing treats when we had long bus rides, or were tired. The overall pace of the trip was great for me. The hotels and meals were outstanding! I would not hesitate to recommend this particular tour to anyone, and already have!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, this is hard! I loved Split, and listening to the musician play and sing in this ancient space!! I could have been there all night!! Motovan, Pula, Plitvice NP, at every stop there was a WOW!"

Pamela

Ocean, NJ

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well prepared guides with vast information. The tour ran like clock work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lakes national park."

Marshall

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding in many ways but disappointed in several hotel arrangements. I am willing to pay more for improved hotel facilities. Not necessary 5 star, but 4 star quality. Would appreciate a "meet and greet" after a long international flight. We independently arranged for one. At least offer to make the arrangements for us at an additional charge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow moments" to count. Our tour guide is closest thing to a "wow moment."

Peter

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent main guide and additional local guides. Very good, 3 star accommodations - what was expected. Comfortable, functional and well located. Good to excellent food at tour-provided meals. Some places too little time and some places too much time (about what was expected give the need to accommodate 28 people of different ages and activity level.) Very comfortable bus with excellent driver - always felt safe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coliseum in Split."

Cynthia S

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour mates, great tour guide and a nice mix of tour and on your own time! I believe the places we visited we may not have gone on our own - off the beaten path. Overall, a really good experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but entering into Diocletian's palace courtyard after our group dinner and gelato was totally unexpected and definitely WOW!"

Jacob

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip reinforced for me why I prefer Rick Steves Tours. The cultural diversity and natural beauty of all 3 countries we visited was spellbinding. The itinerary was exceptionally well-crafted with several wow moments- perfect for the average traveler with an open and curious mind to experience the very best Adriatic has to offer. This was my 5th Rick Steves Tour and probably the best tour I have ever taken anywhere; mostly due to our exceptional guide, Marijan - he made this happen!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost everyday we had a wow moment, to list a few - boat ride to the island on Lake Bled, experiencing the war museum at Kobarid, experiencing a legacy of wine making at Boris Lisjak's Winery in Dutovlje, listening to the church choir at Motovun, breathtaking waterfalls at Plitvice, the smiling faces of the children at orphanage in Stolac, the beauty of Dubrovnik. If I had to pick one, it would be a romantic dinner with with Annie at Nonno in Korcula overlooking the Adriatic."

Dean

Nashville, TN

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on several escorted tours, but this tour was really outstanding. We enjoyed the destinations, the tour guide, the local tour guides, the hotels (even the "iffy" ones), and the food...and there was certainly too much of that. We were very moved by the personal stories of the Bosnian war, related to us by two local tour guides who grew up under bombardment and/or hiding in a monastery. The other members of our group were intelligent and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is very difficult; probably the real "wow" experience was walking the boardwalk in Plitvice, but the personal experiences of the Bosnians were right up there. And how about the Diocletian Palace in Split, or Dubrovnik? How can you pick just one! The Adriatic Sea and islands..."

Neal

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's tour and we had a great time. As our last tour there was just the right mix of organized tour activitity and free time. Also what seems to make these tours great is the quality of like minded fellow travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the hike at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Especially the first part of the hike before the many tourists appeared on the trail."

Daniel

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An eye opener.

Cheryl

Nashville, TN

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every respect. Marijan and the local guides all brought incredible depth and breadth of knowledge, and humanity, to all the sights. The tour was well paced with adequate down times but no chance to get bored. Our tour companions were a wonderful array of interesting people. Best tour we've ever been on!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to narrow down to just one wow moment! From Slovenia to Dubrovnik, every day brought a fabulous experience. We especially loved the culture of Ljubljana, the incredible waterfalls of Plitvice, the beautiful Dalmatian coast islands, Diocletian's palace in Split, and of course Dubrovnik!"

Laurie

Renton, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My traveling partner and I loved this tour. Having been on two previous Rick Steves tours, we chose this one because it was different in that it primarily went to small cities and towns that are not well known, and because of the abundance of natural beauty. Although it was a very active tour, it felt laid back and more relaxing compared to other European destinations. I wanted to avoid the hustle and bustle of major cities, and this tour was perfect in that regard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park! This has got to be one of the most spectacular places on Earth. It was what I was most looking forward to and it didn't disappoint. Absolutely stunning and otherworldly."

Judith

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was wonderful and the next day was even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to the panoramic views in the castle at the top of Motovun. Watching the fog lift and seeing the town come alive below us was enchanting."

Daniel

Napa, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Very educational, well-organized, very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park. Spectacular."

David

Boerne, TX

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed this trip very much. We saw so much, met great travelers. I must say, I think this tour is too ambitious. It was exhausting. There were 3 one night stands. It felt stretched with a lot of bus riding. I'd recommend considering taking touristy Lake Bled and the Alps out, or day tripping the lake from Ljubljana. While I love WW1 history, including both that AND the multiple wars of the 90's was too much. I think I'd rather see the caves instead.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula was marvelous. We visited in early season, so we avoided crowds. We loved our meals there (thanks, Cameron Hewitt!), and time to just relax. This allowed us to climb up to Bar Massimo, find a gallery with work by local artists and time to bring some of it home! The waterfalls of Plitvice were amazing. Even in the rain. Even having to endure a tourist buffet. Alan & Amir got us out early and put us on a path that avoided the worst of the crowds. Great job! Sorry--2 wow moments."

Deborah

La Grande, OR

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, nice balance of relaxation, stunning sites, and historical perspective. Our guides (both Amir and the local guides) provided valuable insights into the culture and history of the countries we toured. Amir was amazing in his ability to explain complicated historical information and answered our questions with patience and humor. We are recommending this tour to everyone we meet!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't decide between the beauty of Lake Bled, the Roman ruins of Pula and Split, the emotional power of Mostar, or the layover day on Korcula. I wouldn't leave anything out..... Thank you for including Bosnia on the tour."

Gretchen

Richland, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We experienced not only the beautiful natural features of the Adriatic countries i.e. mountains, oceans, lakes and waterfalls but learned a lot about the history and politics of this region as well. I liked the pace of the trip-always something to do or see but not too rushed. All our tour guides were friendly and informative and added depth to the trip that we woldn't have gotten otherwise. Nice to have the logistics of hotels/transportation taken care so we could enjoy the experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at Mostar, Bosnia and seeing the destruction left from the war in the 1990s. We saw a short movie about the famous bridge getting bombed and falling into the river. Then being able to see the bridge that was rebuilt to resemble the old one!"

Arnold

Oro Valley, AZ

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

THe tour met our expectations and was rich in history. The guide was very good and provided not only historical knowledge but was professional and personable. The personal experiences of all the guides who survived the 90's war and what happened to their families was informative and helped define for us the war effects on individuals. The scenery was beautiful and the tour had a variety of things to see in each country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was when we went to Plitvice National Park."

David

Redlands, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, Amir, was excellent as were the local guides he had give us a tour of the particular locations. Their personal stories about the genocide were heart wrenching and bought a new awareness about world events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The palace of Diocletian in Split was so beautifully preserved"

Maria

Redlands, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful history lesson on the former Yugoslavia. The guides were very informative about their country and were very willing to share their knowledge with us. The trip was long and at times arduous but lovely, nonetheless. Several of the eating places we were taken to need to be re evaluated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the little School in Bosnia. I do wish we had known ahead of time so that we would have been given the opportunity to bring school supplies for them."

Vic

Park Rudge, IL

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very efficient tour sites. No wasted time. Timing to avoid crowds was excellent Our guide Barbara was the real deal. Kudos to her

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the walled city of Dubrovnik. Lakes to the Coast was fascinating"

Richard

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time on any tour and it exceeded my expectations. The bus was large enough for us to spread out. Our tour guides were knowledgeable, helpful and humourous. Hotels and restaurants were great. And I liked the built-in time to ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"April 28 in Plitvice National Park my wife and I did Tai Chi for World Tai Chi day. We taught a little to several tour members including our guide Ben. As we were doing the form a Slovakian young woman joined us near the end. Then she apologized and said she'd always wanted to try it. I said let's go again, so she joined us while we did the 24 movements again. She was so excited that it made our day."

Elizabeth

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour, having travelled independently for many years, we were a little apprehensive traveling in a group would be not to our liking. We were pleasantly surprised, our group was great we had wonderful guides. The Best of the Adriatic was fabulous experience in so many ways, the complicated history,the beautiful terrain, the great wine and the people so warm and inviting. We won't hesitate to go on another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to pick from the formal welcome embrace of the Prime Minister of Slovakia by the President of Slovenia, to the joy on the nuns faces in Hvar at the installation of the new Bishop & the celebration that followed. But the sweet smiles from the kids at the NGO UG Orhideja in Stolac, Bosnia probably touched me more than anything. To see the hope in their eyes. The entire time in Bosnia was so moving,from the darkness there will be light."

Lori

Oakland, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another outstanding adventure with RS, my 6th. What I liked about this tour, and what set it apart from the others, is that we didn't just visit famous ruin after famous museum, which always leaves me exhausted and in a haze by the end. Rather, we got to spend 14 days in the most beautiful, delicious, welcoming, underrated, and misunderstood region of Europe. I'd return to Croatia in a heartbeat for an independent vacation, and to Slovenia to live! Our guide Barbara was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus drive through the Julian Alps ~ Plitvice Lakes National Park ~ The beauty of Mostar and the hopefulness of the Bosnian people"

Ava

Jackson, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was great. On days there were longer bus rides, there were always interesting stops every two hours. Our tour guide was terrific. She was sweet, kind, considerate, interesting, informative and contributed to our group getting along so well. Our hotels were fine but a couple didn't need to be so "authentic." I liked everywhere we went. I liked having local guides with their personal stories. I can see why several tour members have been on multiple Rick Steve tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me there were several wow moments. Korula for it's relaxing beauty and bike riding, Ljubljana where we saw the president and prime minister footsteps away with just a security people because it is such a safe place. Pula with its Roman amphitheater still there was another testament to the Roman engineering skills, the Plitvice Waterfalls, Split's guide with his personal story of the war. Dinner during a thunderstorm in Dubrovnik. Mostar inspired me to sign up for the Turkey tour."

Paul

Edina, MN

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. We saw all of the essential sights and learned a tremendous amount about the area and its history. It had mountains, war history and the Jet Setter's Adriatic island playgrounds. It also went to Bosnia which has many fewer tourists. It was fascinating to see how much progress has been made in some areas and how much there is to do in others following the 1990's war. The guides including the local guides were right on point and extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am very interested in history. The tour covered the 1990's Balkans War very completely. This war was very confusing and the tour very effectively covered the "why's" of the conflict including historical issues simmering up after decades or centuries had passed, religious issues, forced ethnic migration and the effect of the break up of Yugoslavia after WWII. As a bonus the 2 local guides had lived thru it and had harrowing tales of their close brushes with death and living thru it."

Maggie

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people on the tour were just great. We became a family and supported each other. Barbara took good care of us the whole time. And Ben was a very good support guide. I would like to go on a tour that he guides. And the hotels were fine. My Partner and I happened to receive two hotels with really outstanding rooms. What a treat!!! When I told Barbara and Ben that I had been sick, they really asked me often, if I was feeling better. I did get better and was pleased that they cared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Plitvice National Park in Croatia was great. We got there early in the morning and not as many people as showed up later. The water falls and lakes were so very beautiful. The dinner in Mostar was very good, and I enjoyed the Turkish food."

Thomas

Richmond, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of the Adriatic was my first RS tour so I didn't really know what to expect. After experiencing the wonderful tour guide(s), the nice accommodations, the wonderful food, the side trips, the local guides, and my fellow travelers, I will have to say it was an outstanding trip. Although most days were certainly busy there was adequate down time and the pace was fast but not too strenuous for a 72-year-old like me. I enjoyed learning a lot about all the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two. The Plitivice lakes were uniquely spectacular but I have to say the visit to Stolac with it's tragic history was the height of the trip for me. It was a real blessing to have Sanel as our guide. His personal insight into the ongoing, tragic situation in this beautiful place was very poignant. Bosnia just broke my heart."

Barbara

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a variety with the Adriatic Sea, the wonderful ancient cities and the delightful people we met. This was our SEVENTH RS tour and they've all been fantastic. I just wish that Rick could try the Baltic States (besides Tallinn) and get to Poland a little more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We absolutely adore Ljubljana and are glad we spent 3 extra days there. To me, the whole country is gorgeous and people are very nice. Our Steves' recommended B&B PETRA VARL right on the market square was delightful. The City rates a 10 with us. In second lace was a visit to KORCULA and HVAR. Beautiful islands! This was followed by a great experience in Bosnia, even in the pouring rain. How lucky can you get?"

Janet

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well organized. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable regarding the region we were traveling in. The Baltic countries have a very convoluted history. It was helpful having a tour guide that understood the complexities which helped further our understanding of the conflicts these experienced. The food was great, especially the seafood. The Adriatic was romantic and beautiful. I love that our hotels allow easy acces to walking the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were on the island of Korcula and it was evening. The moon was full and it's reflection, in the water, made a straight line to where we sat enjoying dinner. It was stunning. I felt so luck to be there in that moment with the person I most cherish."

Jay

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip started out for us as a chance/reason to go back to Europe, see some sights we hadn't, & visit a few places we had seen very briefly many years ago. It was all that but it became a lot more. The cultural dynamic, the history (from Diocletian to Kobarid to Mostar & Stolac) and even the geology made it all far more interesting than I expected. Places I never would have thought of visiting (a WWI museum? A Dervish lodge? A ski jump? A Turkish house?) all added so much to the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is the beauty of Ljubljana & Lake Bled; the wonderful ancient cities of Split and Pula, swimming at Korcula, & the stunning walls and maze of Dubrovnik. But my real 'wow' moments were the more recent history brought to life by our guides: Mostar: the bridge, & buildings still riddled by shrapnel; Dubrovnik: fox-holes on Mt Srd. The empty swimming pool in Stolac. But my #1: the amazing curator and museum of WWI in Kobarid. He made something 100 years old & a long way from us fascinating."

Marti

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I last saw some of the areas on this tour in 1973. We were hitch-hiking and limited to the places and areas that our ride was headed to. So I was thrilled to be able to see Slovenia, Croatia and a bit of Bosnia in such splendid detail. This is the third RS tour I have done and once again, was extremely pleased. The stories and history of the places and people were very interesting and also poignant with details of the recent war.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stopped in two small towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina and met our local guide, Sanel. In his home town, Stolac, he told us about a Non-Government Organization that he and other community members work to bring families and children together across cultures and religion to overcome the divisions of the war. We met some of the kids and teachers. I was so moved and impressed, "wowed" that this important, small, yet huge organization was part of our trip experience."

John

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of our best tours. All of our travel mates were very nice. The tour went flawlessly. We have been wanting to visit this area for sometime, and this trip unexpectedly came about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of the many highlights I would pick Korcula. A picture around every turn and an overall beautiful setting. Great food, very accessible. A great place for a day off. A very nice feature. Thanks for scheduling the full moon for our trip! All adding to a very memorable time."

Jan

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Most of the trip was good. Too many people in Plitvice lakes and Dubrovnik.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent at the Sufi house and the magic river that comes out of the mountain. The wonderful local guide in that works with the local NGO in Mostar. The fabulous city of Ljubljana."

Mary

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first bus tour since I was a travel agent in my early 20s. I'm a big cruiser and about halfway through I wondered, is bus touring REALLY for me? Then we had a 2 day break in Split, jet lag subsided and I got into the groove of living out of a suitcase. Yes, I could handle what everyone else had learned to do on multiple Rick Steves and other bus tours. Amir kept us well informed about the days activities and times, no one delayed us, meals were awesome and local guides great. Autumn perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitivice Park! It was the reason for "going inland" in the fall, on Rick's PBS recommendation, and it did not disappoint. I worried because I ended up with bursitis in my hip 2 weeks before travel and ALMOST cancelled, but the doc fixed me up with decent care and I was able to make it, so were those with canes and other afflictions. It's a reason to take this trip ant time, but I felt like we had it to ourselves at some points. Also the totally unexpected boat excursion from Korcula. Full moon!"

Dan

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

FANTASTIC! Saso, our guide, deserves much credit. He was personable, knowledgable and always had a genuine smile on his face. His "paternalistic instincts" served him well. He took great care of us. His presence made the overall tour experience fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Eating chocolate cake with fellow member Jim and my wife at Lake Bled. 2) Drinking champaign and getting my feet wet in the Adriatic at Opatija, Croatia."

Diane

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides (both overall and various local guides) and well organized from start to finish. The RS tours attract a great group of fellow travelers too. I learned a lot about the region and definitely got to see more in two weeks than I would have done if I was traveling independently (which is my normal travel mode). I enjoyed the variety in cultures/scenery that this tour included. There were a couple of longer (more tiring) days but those were balanced well with more relaxing days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunrise walk around the Motovun wall and the 'top' half of our walk through Plitvice National Park (when we were lucky enough to be practically alone there). I also really enjoyed the tour of Stolac with our local guide."

Barry

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 1st Rick Steves Tour. We were very impressed with the organization of the tour, the variety of sights & experiences, and the professionalism and caring of the Tour Guide Sašo. Not having to do this on our own in these 3 countries turned out to be the right call. Excellent bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Plitvice Lakes National Park with beautiful Fall colors. The variety of lakes was amazing. Our group started at the end of the park where we pretty much had the park to ourselves until we got to the busy beginning portion. Wine Tasting with lunch in Slovenia was outstanding!"

James

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great number of great experiences. Amazed at how well organized the tour was, fitting in so many things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the amphitheater in Pula, I thought, wow, this feels surprisingly peaceful. It was partly because the size of the place absorbed the tourist crowds."

David

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The country side was beautiful, meals were exceptional and Sosa kept the logistics humming along very smoothly. All the guides used were not only good but very interesting. They gave a through history of the area from the past to the present. They didn't sugar coat the political problems that still existed but gave an optimistic view of the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice lakes national park and Mostar."

Anne

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour, and it did not disappoint. We had an outstanding group of relatively experienced travelers, and we made many new friends. There was always lots of laughs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many; Slovenia has to be one of the prettiest countries I have encountered. Such a varying topography! Mostar and Dubrovnik were probably my ultimate favorites though. I would have liked to have been able to spend another day in Mostar to explore & learn more about the area & Bosnia in general. And what can you say about Dubrovnik other than the fact its just spectacular? The old city is truly something awesome. The color of the Adriatic is beautiful."

Margaret

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Sašo, our guide, was terrific. The local guides were also excellent. Everything was very well arranged (as usual for a RS tour), and it was a fun group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Dubrovnik in the evening when it was all lighted up."

Robert

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a fun experience with a nice group of people. Our guide, Saso, made all of it, the travel and educational activities, enjoyable and meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the main street of Dubrovnik at night. It was lit in such a way as to give it a dreamlike patina."

Juanita

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. The tour was informative. Saso and the local guides gave me personal insights into their countries. Their stories made the countries more personal to me. This added to my enjoyment of being there. Before the tour started, I knew very little about this area of Europe. After the tour, I now have more knowledge and a personal interest in the area. Stephen, the assistant, was also helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were interactions with the local people. One was a young woman passing Alzheimer's materials in Ljubljana. She said to me, "We are all in the same journey together with this crushing disease." She was so right. We are all one global family. Traveling opens my eyes. My second "wow" moment was visiting the children's center in Stolag, Bosnia. Seeing the next generation being raised as one, and religion does not need to divide us. So again, we are a global society."

Chris

Aurora, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wide variety of activities, some expected, some not. Skilled primary and local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being issued my very own Whisper! I've hoped for this for years."

Terry

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed all the sites, excellent tour guide and great food. We were kept on the go but that is good as we saw a lot of different areas of the Adriatic. We had a great group to tour with and enjoyed everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were Lake Bled, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split with Diocletian's immense palace, Mostar and Dubrovink's old city. The whole tour was great."

Darlene

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We had an excellent guide and assistant. Tour group of travellers got along well. Food and drink was delicious. people very friendly, helpful and eager to please.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have three to share: 1) Walking the Dubrovnik Old Town Wall. 2) Orthodox churches we visited 3) Ljubljana castle"

Curtis

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our guide was good, and the local guides were good. Bus was clean and the driver excellent. Hotels were adequate but had problems. Dry traps lead to sewer gas infiltration into room; awful. One restaurant had strong smell of cat urine; made meal experience terrible. The restaurants that we found on our own were without exception better than the ones that the tour went to, and the prices (at least on the menu) were about the same. Salt seems to be the only "flavoring" in common.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View from Montovun at sunrise."

Marla

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I was pleased with the tour. We not only saw the usual tourist spots, but visited many areas which I never would have found on my own, which added greatly to the trip. I appreciated the organization of the tour manager; everything went as planned. I also enjoyed the local guides, especially those in Bosnia, who gave us insight into living through the difficult times the that area in the 90's.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik is a wow city. It is the perfect example of a medieval walled town, and is wonderfully intact. We also enjoyed wandering by the seaside path near our hotel in Dubrovnik."

Brian

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the people that are attracted to go on your tours and run them. I enjoyed each and every interaction I had with my fellow travelers. Saso was knowledgeable, attentive to my dietary needs, and did a great job of organizing. Thanks

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the fortified town of Dabrovnik from the fortress, seeing what a protective enclave it was in its time, but then having to face such a senseless bombing that they really had no protection against except the thick walls of the old buildings. A sad but inspirational story of survival and perseverance."

Vicky

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very busy tour it seemed and a lot of bus time. Not my favorite Rick Steves tour. No major WOW moments like other tours. That may just be because I have taken so many now I know what to expect. Could have done without the whole Bosnia experience truthfully. I feel like this was a ploy to help support a re-emerging nation by tourism. I would have liked more time in some of the other places. Saso is a real winner. The group worked very well together. No grumps or issues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day 4 - Lunch at the wine vineyard. The host was just wonderful. The food was amazing and the three different wines were lovely."

Catherine

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I usually have one WOW moment on a trip (this was my 14th Rick Steves tour). But on this tour I experienced three WOW moments. The first was our visit to the Lisjak Winery in Karst, Slovenia. The second was our hike through the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Forest. And the third was our time in Dubrovnik, Croatia -"

William

Camino, CA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience that a traveler has is often defined by a number of items, including the quality and leadership of the tour guide, the bus driver, the places that are visited, in the cities and countryside, and the comradery between the rest of the travelers on the tour group. For our tour, all of these were much better than the other tours to Europe that we have taken. A tremendous amount of work has gone into the careful planning of this excursion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A visit to Europe by independent travel or with a guided tour certainly opens our mind to the bigger world that we live in. Visiting the Adriatic portion of Europe was a different experience, because both our guide Tina and the local guides introduced us to these countries, but also shared both the pain and hope for this region after their prolonged war in the 1990s. It was a "wow" moment to have them share with us both their pain and their bewilderment of this time on a personal level."

Brenda

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. It was my first tour and I was very impressed with everything. From meeting our guide, Tina, to the very last day it was outstanding. I liked the fact that there was only 28 people on the tour, made it a little more personal as I could really interact with everyone. The scheduling of each day's activities and sticking to the time schedule was done every day almost to the minute. I looked forward to each day and what was scheduled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a wow moment. The island of Korcula was a highlight for me. It's location, construction and overall feeling of enjoyment of visiting there."

Rick

Leaburg, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an enjoyable tour. Well organized, good accommodations, great food, seamless transportation throughout, wonderful sites and knowledgeable guides. Tina, our guide, really knows her business. We were fortunate enough to have a tour with really interesting people who were polite and easy to engage in conversation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sites, the guides, the whole trip was outstanding. What really stood out to me was how generous Tina was to the group and to the other guides and people who supported the tour such as the hotel staff, restaurant owners and workers. It was symbiotic. I think Tina was very conscious of how much we all benefitted from our mutual interaction."

Anita

Leaburg, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic tour exceeded all our expectations and was an incredible experience from start to finish. Our group was a mix of ages and from many states but we all shared the Rick Steves travel philosophy and sense of adventure. It made for an enjoyable camaraderie. The itinerary was diverse and well planned to include the well known and the off the beaten path. I enjoyed all the hotels and felt they were well chosen and very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was in Mostar with the 2 local guides (I guess that would be moments). I was touched by the sharing of their personal experiences from the war and how it changed and shaped their lives then and now. Meeting Adissa and Edo gave this tragic war a face and a voice that I will never forget. I learned so much from them and have shared their stories with friends at home. This is truly how we change the world!"

Doris

West Linn, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was exceptional! We enjoyed every minute with this wonderful group and our fabulous tour guide, Tina, and bus driver, Boris! We left this tour feeling it could have been longer. We stayed in Zagreb before joining the tour and think that people are really missing something if they don't get there. We definitely could have spent more time in Slovenia, too. Maybe it's time to add a Slovenia tour?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the bombed out/bullet riddled buildings in Bosnia and hearing first hand accounts of the most recent war from our local tour guides; very enlightening. - Doris Fox I was blown away by the relaxing beauty of Lake Bled and the surrounding area. We definitely plan to go back to spend a week there hiking and relaxing. - Dale Fox"

Elizabeth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

terrific and varied tour with much to offer - beautiful countryside, hilltowns, coast. and, as always, tons of history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Bosnia-Herzegovina experience had a profound impact and really made this tour stand out from other trips"

Rachel

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tina Hiti was a guide to lead all tours. She conveyed expectations at the start and continued to enforce them throughout the trip. Yet she provided nurturing attention to participants that was appreciated, especially the treat on the bus following the raindrenched tour of Plitvice National Park. She gave attention to each person and expressed concern for our wellbeing throughout. Love her!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The war museum in Kobarid was an unexpected enlightenment; could call that a "wow". Wish we could have stayed longer at this site so we could absorb all the historic information. Appreciated that the presentation of war was not about "heroes" but about the devastation to the common people. Also, we learned of the occupations by many empires of that part of Slovenia."

Sally

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour. We felt very immersed in the culture of the area and learned a great deal about how "regular people" live. It was also extremely interesting to learn about communism and the 1990's civil wars from the perspective of people who have lived through them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow there are a lot of walls to climb on this tour! Wow I can't believe how people are able to bomb such beautiful places and things."

Margot

London, ON

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized- really appreciated Barbara's efficient and wonderfully effective abilities to keep the group moving, on time and learning the incredible history of the Adriatic area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had a wow moment every day!"

Andrea

Benicia, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Before signing up, we talked to people who raved about this tour. It exceeded our expectations. Beautiful, intriguing countries, a great tour director, and a fun and friendly group of tour companions. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. My suggestion to anyone who signs up for this tour: always carry Euro in small denominations for purchasing opportunities, even in countries that use another form of currency.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Mostar Bridge. Slovenia alone was a revelation, providing one "wow" moment after another."

Robert

Benicia, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. Our tour guide, Barbara, did an outstanding job of creating a comfortable environment in which to travel. The group was comprised of seasoned travelers which added to the enjoyment of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia-Herzegovina - I was not prepared to see the damage that is still evident in Moster. It was a sobering reminder of the devastating effects of war. In contrast, it was encouraging to visit the school that supports Roma children. It was a testimonial to those individuals\organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of children who live in extremely difficult environments."

Georgina

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We LOVED Ljubljana!! We arrived 2 days before the R.S.Tour began which allowed us extra time to explore this beautiful city..the outdoor Saturday market was delightful, the locals were cordial, the food was wonderful! The Hotel Mrak was nicely located, the breakfasts very tasty. The Julian Alps and Lake Bled were lovely sights(even tho' it rained). The WW1 Museum near Kobarid was enlightening and very moving (the letters).The older gentleman curator was so knowledgeable. Motovun'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula was probably our favorite spot! Such a walkable seaside city with beautiful vistas, tasty restaurants, and special shops! It was difficult to leave this island city! Another favorite day was the one spent in Plitvice Park..the floating boardwalks, the forests, lakes, and, of course, the awesome waterfalls! Pula's amphitheater was well-preserved for it's era. Of course Dubrovnik was the ultimate destination and the old city did not disappoint...WOW and AWESOME!!"

Cindy

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great tour. Barbara was fantastic. Very knowledgable. The only drawback was the time on the bus. I wish we could have spent at least two nights at each hotel. The hotels we stayed at were great. However we enjoyed some areas like Montevan and Korcula more than others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Plitvice, the national park, and listening to Edo, the local guide in Bosnia. Also we had a great tour group. We all got along and it was fun socializing with different people."

Carolyn

Sonora, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first time traveling on a tour. Friends suggested it as a way of having company as a single traveler, with people to share experiences and meals with. On that level it was a success; I liked everyone in our group, felt welcomed as a single by everyone and enjoyed the company. I am, however, an experienced traveler on my own, and enjoy the planning and logistics involved in traveling in new countries on public transport, so found the bus and time constraints limiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia was by far the best part of the tour for me. I probably would not have thought to go there on my own, it pulled the whole division of Yugoslavia into a different perspective , and so it made the tour something I could not say I could have done all that on my own."

Heidi

Sonora, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There was much to love on this trip. Ljubljana was lovely. I did not expect to like Split as well as I did. The day off in Korcula was the perfect place to recharge. The visit to Mostar really put the Yugoslavian story into perspective, and for that reason was well worth the trip. I know the weather cannot be controlled, but the rain and snow did subtract from potential "WOW" moments when visiting Lake Bled and driving over the Vrsic pass.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seems somewhat insignificant compared to grand moments. After our group dinner in Split, our tour guide treated the group to the best gelato of the trip, and then led us into the Peristyle. The lighting on the buildings was magical. What a great place to have a gelato, listening to music and taking in the people."

Stephen

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed Korcula. But we also appreciated showing us the effects of war and conflict in Khorabid and in Mostar. Slovenia and Ljubljana were also highlights."

Laura

Folsom, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All of the elements of a Rick Steves Tour were present and did not disappoint. Mostly good hotels,good food, GREAT driver(Janis), excellent Tour Guide (Barbara), excellent bus and audio. The places we visited were very nice to outstanding. The people on the tour were ALL friendly and lovely traveling companions, perhaps even more so than the other two tours we took in the past. The weather which can cast a pall was a little dicey in Lake Bled but overall pretty good,we felt lucky overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose but I'd have to say the first half of our Plitvice tour. I was able to shoot pictures as we sped through the paths, the maddening throng nipping at our heels. Ironically its evil twin (or my LEAST favorite - and coming in a close second would be the Dubrovnik wall walk) is the SECOND half where we were in a horrible crush of people - completely packed in and unable to move, take pictures or slow down for fear of being trampled. Awful."

Patricia

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was excellent. It was well organized and included lots of variety of places to visit with a good balance of nature and cities. Our guide, Darija, was superb. The local guides were very good and added another dimension of information to each of the places visited. The bus driver, Tomas, was a very safe driver. The hotels were comfortable, clean, and quiet and all except one had an elevator (which we had not expected). This tour offered us a valuable learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Ljubljana, Slovenia 2) Plevitce National Park 3) Diocletian Palace at night 4) Mostar and its bridge 5) Korcula 6) WWI Museum"

Laura

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. Such diverse countries and I now have a new appreciation for each of their modern day cultures and a richer understanding of their history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all that was listed on the itinerary but it was the unexpected, non-touisty and spontaneous visits our tour guide Daria secretly arranged to the ski jumps and the Lipica stud farm in Slovenia and the nonprofit that supported the gypsy kids in Stolac, Bosnia that were truly "wows"."

Kim

Millersville, MD

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip had all of the elements I love about R. S. Tours. High energy mixed with a couple of days to recoup or go at a slower place. Beautiful stops and smaller towns to enjoy, not just 13 countries in 13 days. The tour also explored war ravaged areas of the former Yugoslavia. which invites you to ponder what other areas of the word are going through right now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think visiting Bosnia. Our guide, a young man that unfortunately I did not write down his name, showed us how jobs have gone and how the people who remain are trying to make a difference and bring people of different cultures and religion together. I understand more what religious have done to impact the world."

Donald

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour met our expectations, which were high given the reputation of Rick Steve's and his organization. The general design of the tour was well thought out and the countries and areas visited were very interesting. The details of the tour also were well thought out, including a good combination of nature and towns/cities, great guides (who gave interesting and helpful information on the places we were visiting), comfortable hotels, and a diverse selection of restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"-The night walks in the Diocletian palace in Split and in Dubrovnik -The attractive old town of Kor?ula, with its dining opportunities overlooking the water -Dubrovnik and the walk on its city walls and the view of the city from Mount Srd"

Gregg

St George, UT

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Without a doubt, Slovenia and Croatia are two of the easiest countries we have experienced in Europe. Perhaps that's because nearly everyone we encountered spoke some English and communications was simply not an issue. I understand their rationale for learning English but it's not something Americans should take for granted. The people were most friendly and very enjoyable to engage in conversations. Eastern Europe has a complicated past and is not well understood by most Americans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slovenia mountains and the Plitvicka Lakes park were equally outstanding. Loved the drive over the Kranjska Gora and the associated history."

Geraldine

Novato, CA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best trip ever! Loved the group, tour director, hotels, food, everything! The best beginning dinner and ending dinner. City guides were great, bus driver was phenomenal (as they all have been), and locations beautiful and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We fought the weather and we won!! Croatia is unbelievable and Dubrovnik is Disneyland and the places we saw in Slovenia beautiful. Anyone of these would be a WOW on its own. As usual, RS makes you think...and I love that. Trips to the WW1 museum and Stolac, Bosnia were sobering."

Donna

Sioux Falls, SD

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent hotels, food, local travel guides. Great stops..number of places visited, scheduling of each day Tour was busy and meeting the bus most days by 8 was a challenge for this mostly retired group That said I wouldn't give up any of the stops for a few more minutes of sleep! Each day was well planned and [INVALID]d. Two "vacation from vacation" days would have been appreciated! One each week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvicka National park. An excellent stop. Wish we had 2 days there...one to go through with the guide....one to just explore on our own."

Connie

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and I learned so much about Eastern Europe from all the tour guides. It definitely hit many of the best places in the Adriatic. I loved the variety of places we went to from mountains to wine country to the coast and on to Bosnia Herzegovina. It was everything I hoped it would be and more!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot pin it down to one because there were so many favorite moments. Loved Ljubljana for how well planned and beautiful the city was. Loved rowing a boat with my daughter around the church island on Lake Bled. Totally wowed by Pleitvice National Park. The old towns of Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik were all highlights of the trip. The personal stories told by the tour guides in Bosnia were important for us to hear in terms of how the wars of 1990's effected their lives."

Kay

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This well-planned, well-paced tour surpassed our expectations. Our guide, Darija, made the trip. She was a fount of knowledge and history and a very nice person with a sense of humor who treated us all very well. We stopped to see sights and heard stories that we would never have experienced on our own. The group was a congenial one, with interesting and caring people, which made it a stress-free holiday, with the right balance of time together and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but one that stands out early on was seeing the incredibly beautiful Lake Bled from the hilltop castle. It looked so big with the tiny island and church, yet we were able to walk around it in about an hour and a half even with all the stops for photos."

Jan

St George, UT

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall tour experience was very good. Lots of variety, a very nice group of people. Hotels were very good for the most part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the Slovenian Alps, Plitvice National park and the old city at Dubrovnik."

Matthew

Los Olivos, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I were veterans of the "My Way" tours, having taken 4 of them in recent years. We loved that format, as it allowed us to move at our own pace and see all that we thought we wanted to see, while bypassing some of the activities a full tour might have scheduled that may not have been a priority for us. We were a bit apprehensive. Our experience on the 14 day Adriatic tour proved to be just the opposite. Amir was unbelievable, humanizing aspects of a truly remarkable tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were "WOW"ed at every stop of this tour and the bus ride between each one. Ljubliana is beautiful and unspoiled. The Julian Alps offered Lake Bled and the Plitvicka Jezera Waterfall Park. Many more hours could have been spent in Kobarid's WWI Museum. Bosnia's Mostar and Stalac were sober reminders of a tragic recent past. Our local guides there were amazing. The Croatian Coast?..."WOW"...we especially enjoyed Korcula and the boat tour around the peninsula. Dubrovnik's cable car...WOW!"

Rosemarie

Feasterville Trevose, PA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enlightening. Surprising. Found out about things we weren't aware of. Learning the history of the area was helpful, especially given how long, complicated, and confusing it could be. Especially helpful was learning all this, especially the area's most recent history, through the eyes of our guide who experienced it, including the siege of Sarajevo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice national park, even though we experienced it in a torrential downpour. Because we were on your tour and arrived a day early, were were able to be awed by a non-tour "wow" moment--the Škocjan caves. (It would be great if this were on your tour.)"

Nancy

Wellesley, MA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic Tour was a fabulous way to see and learn about an area of the world that I knew too little about. The tour offered the opportunity to see a variety of sites in three former-Yugoslavian countries and our guide brought the history and culture of the region to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment took place while transitioning from Bosnia to Dubrovnik. The contrast between the still war-torn town of Stolac and the opulence of Dubrovnik was sobering."

Elizabeth

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day on the Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days Tour was exceptional. The beautiful sights (blue-green sea, rushing rivers-including one coming directly out of a cave, rocky hills and mountains, ancient city walls and narrow streets); a worldly and philosophical Bosnian guide who imparted the complicated history and his hope for ex-Yugoslavia-all the while taking such good care of the details and people on the tour; and the curious, interesting, and travel-loving tour members were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment had to be walking on the wall around Dubrovnik-first above the city streets and buildings that time forgot, then above the Adriatic."

Dennis

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 3rd RS tour and was absolutely fabulous. Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia were all very beautiful countries. The English language was well spoken in most areas. The places that we visited were all well planned and enjoyed by all. Obviously, in some cases more time would be great, but with the area we were covering, that wasn't possible. Everyone on the tour became friends and got along very well together. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment is difficult to determine because each day we seemed to have another "wow" moment. With that being said, Mostar was probably our "wow" moment. Gaining some knowledge concerning this area during the Balkans war was very moving. The suffering the people endured was beyond comprehension."

Patrick

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a great tour. One of the most interesting and enjoyabe trips I have ever taken. I was in Viet Nam in the bad-old-days and the days in Bosnia raised a lot of my war demons that I am very good at supressing. The evidence of death, destruction and human suffering was very evident. Do not cancel this part of the topur because it helps explain the history and culture of the people there. It's important to have everyone see this. Everything else was very positive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mine was not a moment. The most meaningful thing was Tina's clearly communicated deep affection for her homeland, and getting across to us that this land attachment is culturally iportant to all the people who live there, Unfortunately, that was part of the cause of the war, but in general it is a positive thing for the people there. The ice cream was good too."

Geri

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tina Hiti has so much passion for being a tour guide. She exudes enthusiasm and energy. I loved her talks about Croatia and Slovenia. You really felt that you got to know both countries: their food, wine, culture, current economic situation, historic sites. Playing the "name game" at the beginning of the tour really bonded us together. We became a group of friends traveling together rather than people on the same bus. I really appreciated the photocopied maps of each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We encountered really rainy weather when we were in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Only two people weathered the "monsoon" to walk the trails. However, their action was emblematic of the attitude of the rest of our group. We didn't let weather (rain or cold) or an electrical blackout (in Korcula) deter us from engaging and enjoying our adventures."

Esta

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves tour and we enjoyed it very much. We had some really bad weather the first half of the tour, but once we hit the Adriatic the sun came out and everyone was ecstatic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia was my favorite wow experience.It was heartbreaking to see how little progress has been made in rebuilding this war torn area. Our hotel was directly facing Tito's bombed out palace. For me it was a real eye opener. Our local guide was so articulate and passionate about his love for his country and is bound and determined to make it better."

Margie

North Port, FL

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Slovenia was a complete surprise . the country is extremely beautiful. Ljubljana was an unexpected delight with great vibes. Pliitvice Lake National Park,in a down pour was our personal fairyland,unforgetable. mot ovum, quintessential RS destination. I loved it! korcula my favorite island even with the power outage. I loved all the hotels. I am always blown away by the effort put into make very experience extraordinary. Iam always impressed with our group of travelmates. they are always fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"plitvice Lake National Park in a down pour. I felt like we were Alice in Wonderland stepped through a rabbit hole."

Van

Asheville, NC

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people on the tour, Tina the tour leader and the citizens of Slovenia and Croatia were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was Tina's passion for her country, Slovenia. It was refreshing to be around someone who is so positive about all aspects of her native country. Her passion truly enhanced the trip."

Judith

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience with a group tour. I've traveled on my own quite a bit, and have always been reluctant to join a tour, dreading lock-step constraints and potentially difficult fellow tour members. What a pleasant surprise it was to discover that your tours are nothing like I feared. The other tour members were interesting and easy to travel with, companionable but not intrusive. The guide, Tina, provided a wealth of information, and the amount of free time was a plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were eating dinner in the old town of Kor?ula, at a table beside the stone wall of an old building in an narrow cobbled street, when the town went dark, having lost electrical power. We finished our dinner by candle light. For a little while we had the experience of a night in medieval times, with the Milky Way suddenly visible overhead, a bit of time travel."

Richard

North Port, FL

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hi guys. If You want an overall tour experience, read Ricks book. (Cro & Slo. 6th Ed) It has to be the most up-to-date, insightful, detailed, honest, logistic planing, experience expectation source imaginable. We carry our copy with us and are stopped frequently by other travelers, Stevies and not, to extol the trip enriching tips it offers. It's the perfect launch pad to, with Rick's training, venture off on our own. His tours include the most notable sights in a balanced-pace adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After encountering so many engaging, interesting service Croats, I tried to rent a kayak in Kor?ula. The rental guy showed NO reaction what-so-ever. I didn't exist! It was so cool. When Rick meets with his fellow tour operators, he can boast being the first to run a tour to a parallel universe. Where everything looks the same, but there's no communication."

Patricia

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour Best of the Adriatic was fascinating! I was very interested in learning more of the country post war. The peoples daily struggles, what they are doing to cope and their strength.

Charles

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour. It was beyond expectations. There was a lot to see and learn about, and this trip did it. Hotels, food and tour leader, Marijan were all excellent. Cannot say enough good things about Marijan. He was always so well organized, reacted to weather conditions (we missed a ferry trip to the islands due to rough seas, but he treated it as "well, we'll have more time on the next leg")

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia-Herzgovenia was very impactful. As an American, far from that war, I had no real understanding of the real "hate" that existed there as a result of centuries. We also had a very, very well spoken and sincere guide there, more below."

Min-Che

Princeton, NJ

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We visited scenic and interesting places. One thing that I don't like much is too much free time in places the I don't find enough interesting things to do. I wish this tour cover more different sites and spend less time in similar places that are full of tourists and touristy restaurants, bars, and stores. I prefer spending leisure time near home and have more sight seeing and adventure when travel far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Diocietian's palace is wonderful and unique."

Helen

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we loved it! After years of traveling on our own, it was wonderful to have everything planned by someone else, and so perfectly! We had a fabulous guide (Marijan) who kept us all informed and entertained with his vast knowledge and sense of humor. The group itself was delightful with a range of ages and experiences, and everyone was so considerate and friendly.It was a wonderful way to see and learn about an area that has so much confusing history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So much was "wow" worthy, but I think that the trip to the WW1 Museum in Ljubljana and the tour in still war torn Bosnia were the most affecting moments of the trip. Delving into the history of those wars, with such amazing guides, was truly memorable. As for beauty, there was so much of it! Gorgeous water and landscape at every turn."

Abigail

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour -- our first, and what a wonderful introduction to the former Yugosloavia & to Rick Steves! I was impressed with pretty much everything -- selection & variety of stops, pacing, information/history/culture/language, food & wine, our guide, our bus driver, our local guides. I learned a great deal, all of which was presented beautifully. Choice of hotels, restaurants, & routes excellent. Had a marvelous time!\ & can't wait for my next RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say -- the beauty of Ljubjana & the Soca River Valley, the World War I museum, the boat cruise aorund Korcula, and the amazing heart-breaking history & stories especially poignant in Mostar."

Karen

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything about the tour very much and learned a lot about the countries that were visited. I also had a great time with the other tour members. What can I say, I had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hole tour was a "wow" moment for me."

Andrea

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. All the arrangements were made well, the schedule was well adjusted, and the one change that needed to be made because of the weather was properly handled. Accommodations were good, the bus driver was friendly and helpful, and our main guide was helpful and extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walled city of Dubrovnik was beautiful, and I loved swimming in the Adriatic."

Jill

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exploring Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina was amazing. The day in Mostar and Stolac (Edo local guide) was valuable and heartbreaking to see the challenges. Really enjoyed hiking in the Lake Bled (could have used 1 more hour) and Plitvice. Korcula was also a highlight. Extremely grateful for the history and stories that Marijan shared, he is brilliant. Also glad for his coordination and the bus driver Janis as we did hit some bad weather. Continuing to dream that I am still in Slovenia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing wine at the Lisjak Vineyards and hearing a sliver of the Lisjak's story during WWII. Tears for the past and hope for the future. And loved hiking around Lake Bled and Plitvice Lakes National Park. The colors of the water throughout Slovenia and Croatia were breathtaking, a showcase for the beauty of creation."

Hugh

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour, and perhaps the best of the three. We learned a lot about a relatively little-known area of Europe. Saso was a typically outstanding Rick Steves guide; he knew his topics, enabled our group to come together, helped us to set reasonable goals, and was a lot of fun. My wife and I have spent quite a bit of time discussing all that we learned and experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've had difficulty identifying one "wow" moment. There were many. Perhaps it was our first view of Dubrovnik as we came down the hill towards the city. That was thrilling. Some more poignant moments stand out in my mind as well: the empty homes, and buildings full of bullet holes, in Bosnia, contrasted with the energy and apparent peace in Mostar today."

Debbie

Danville, CA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves' tour - unique in it's own way. Interesting, considerate, and personable tour mates. Awesome tour guide, Sašo who arranged and attended to every detail with care and consideration. The hotels were comfortable and convenient, shared meals delicious and local tour guides informative and knowledgeable. The beautiful Adriatic coast was a contrast to war torn Bosnia which was a humbling experience brought to present with outstanding guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day brought a special memory. WOW = Waterfalls Ocean Wonder!"

Ellen

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I expected, and better in many ways than I expected. The meals that were part of the tour were really good, and the company of the tour members was very enjoyable. Saso was always on top of things and was funny and informative. The local tour guides made the trip seem very personal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe not a "wow" but I was charmed by Ljubljana. Fortunately we arrived a couple days early and had a chance to see the city, but I still could have spent more time there. The drive through the Julian Alps was also great."

Lois

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The bus carried 27 curious travelers, a seasoned bus driver, and a charming and knowledgeable tour leader. Citizens of the Adriatic countries have really suffered in the last century: wars that killed thousands of their young men, economic calamity as a result, and horrific memories that live on in their collective stories. However, the local guides are the caretakers of these memories; they were passionate about change and invited others to witness these changes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the end, beauty prevails. Though so many died tragically in the wars of the last century, there are many fine people who keep the museums alive, the culture of food and wine a shared experience, the sounds of music and laughter echoing in courtyards, the individual offers of a story or cherry grappa ever possible in the private encounter. The mountains of Slovenia are ever beautiful where not so long ago many fine young men perished. Beauty prevails."

Thomas

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour, which came highly recommended by others we had traveled with before. It did not disappoint! From the beautiful Lake Bled to the Alps to the scenic Croatian coastline, it was a tour to remember. Some local stops seemed like "filler".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"wow??? From a scenic point a view, it had to be driving through/over the Alps. Raw beauty. From a historic point of view, the wide ranging influences left behind by the Romans."

Aileen

Portland, ME

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, our tour experience was great. We saw a lot, learned a lot, and met a great group of people. The sites were chosen with care and each stop, even the rest stops had interesting features and showed us something about the landscape, history, or culture (or all three). I am very happy we went. The other people on the tour were really nice and interesting and the guides all were personable and did a great job. (I might give a special shoutout to Edin in Bosnia).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many places were beautiful or interesting or impressive, it's hard to pick. We watched a full moon rise over Split while we had dinner on our anniversary which was amazing. The waterfalls in Plitvice were spectacular but the most important experience for me was the time we spent in Bosnia and the personal stories we heard from Adisa and Edin. That will stay with me the longest."

Linda

Eagle Point, OR

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done 2 other tours with Rick Steves and your tour guides continue to be the strength of the tours. They are knowledgeable, fun, organized, our guide for this tour was amazing. The places we saw, the history we learned,the little things that he did for us made this an exceptional experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was our visit to Stolac. The history we learned from the local guide amazed me. Very moving."

Timothy

Portland, ME

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations in every way and was a memorable trip. It was our first tour of any kind, and most likely not our last. It was such a pleasure having all of the arrangements made for us and having the driving done by a pro. And we enjoyed the group we were with. Our guide Saso went above and beyond to make the tour a success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide Saso arranged for a wedding anniversary dinner at a restaurant overlooking Split and the Adriatic. If that wasn't romantic enough, he also arranged for a full moon to rise over the Adriatic for a spectacular view. There were many other wow moments, but that one stands out for us."

Ying

Geneva,

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Like the tour: 1. gets best out of locals; 2. pace balances active vs relax; 3. book illustrates details of the tour; 4. food is good; 5. lead guide and guides are impressively good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of "wow" moments. The first is the buffet breakfast from Slon hotel of our fist trip stop is amazing, and the second is winning winery wine and lunch time."

Judy

Redmond, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Slovenia and Croatia are gems that have not been over 'touristed' yet. Everything about our Rick Steves tour was perfect. Our guide, Darija, was fun, knowledgeable and dedicated to making sure that our experience was the best. Our driver, Milan, was so conscientious. The countries were beautiful and the history was riveting. Also, the people who go on Rick Steves tours seem to be wonderful people. This group was outstanding and I enjoyed every single person in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled"

Lynelle

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This being our 14th tour, we are never disappointed and are still surprised! This tour was fabulous. We truly enjoyed Darija and each and every location. Each stop had something very unique and special to offer us. We also had a very special group. Everyone was just great which made the trip even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We again loved Plitvice. Even the rain cannot take away from the beauty. The Julian Alps and the drive Milan gave us in the big bus were a WOW. But I have to say that Korcula was my favorite and enjoying the Moreska Performance as well. Boris and his winery were also a wonderful experience."

Jacob

Burlington, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found that the tour flowed very well from one feature to the next so that you were at no point saturated with any one place. It went from historic cities to natural beauty to quaint villages and back again to maintain interest and constant enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite moment has to be shared with two places. The first has to be the outstanding natural beauty of Plitvice. The second is the picturesque and quaint town of Korcula."

Aafke

Burlington, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th Rick Steves tour and, as usual, it lived up to our expectations. We saw and learned a lot about a part of the world with which we were not very familiar and we travelled with a very congenial group of people with similar interests. Darija did an outstanding job and Milan deserves our thanks for safely navigating all the narrow streets and winding roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very difficult to choose just one favourite. Plitvice was gorgeous in spite of the rain, the drive through the Jullian Alps and the Soca Valley was beautiful, I loved Lake Bled and Dubrovnik, but my favourite was probably Korcula with its narrow streets and relaxing vibe. And, of course, we can't forget Boris."

Dave

Marysville, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it was a wonderful experience. I feel I saw and learned so much more than if I planned it myself. Darija was an excellent tour guide and kept us informed throughout two weeks. I enjoyed the days were busy and full of activity. I also enjoyed the free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would rate the Bosnia-Herzegovina portion as excellent learning about the war and how the people suffered. I also enjoyed Korcula as I thought it was a beautiful city."

Linda

Marysville, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places were all interesting. Our accommodations were great and the meals were delicious and full of lively conversation. I loved all the places we went to and realized that if I had to plan it I would have missed so much that Rick Steves' provided for us. I enjoyed meeting the others in our group and we had a wonderful group. Darija helped foster such a positive experience. My husband and I definitely plan to do another Rick Steves' tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Wow" moment for me was seeing Bosnia-Herzegovina and the effect that the 1991-1995 war had on it. Our guide shared his personal story and we met his sister at the Roma learning center. Their history is so complicated and very sad and yet it was very obvious how much he loves his country."

Bob

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Slovenia and Croatia are such beautiful countered.. the diversity of Pritvich National Park to Dubrovnikis remarkable. . The history is amazing and the value for our dollar was also fabulous. We plan to return again someday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The old walled town in Dubrovnik. It's been so well maintained and still today a thriving marketplace For locals and tourists alike."

Polly

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was by far the most compelling tour I've had so far. This was my third tour. Besides the incredibly beautiful sceneries (e.g. Plitvice Lakes) and architecture, there is so much history in this region. And it is not just history from thousands of years ago, but history from more recent times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Wow" moment for me was when our local guides shared their own personal stories and experiences during the time of conflict."

Wendy

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour, I was travelling on my own and it was wonderful to not worry about trains planes and automobiles. Darija and Milan took care of all the transportation and accommodation issues. I just sat back, learned new things, enjoyed the scenery and met fabulous and interesting fellow travellers. Drama is a wonderful guide, knowledgable, funny, organized and always ready with a treat. Milan deserves a raise for getting that huge bus up those narrow switchback roads. .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 3 B's Bled, Boris and blueberry brandy at the summit. Special Wow's, Plitvice,even in a downpour, Ljubljana, Korcula and the Sword Dance{Moreska}"

Deborah

Matthews, NC

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic tour was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Amir, was exceptional and I learned so much about the history and culture of the region. The tour provided a great variety from beautiful mountain and seaside/island scenery to great cultural and historical experiences. The tour was very well organized and our guide, Amir, made the tour an amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments from the beautiful scenery, island hopping, and ancient ruins/history, but I found the tour to be very thought provoking. Hearing about the personal experiences of our guide, Amir, and local guides associated with the 1990s war, especially in Bosnia, really left an impression."

Debi

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great combination of relaxing along the beautiful Adriatic Sea, with meaningful learning from personal guides along the way about the impact of the recent Bosnian and Croatian wars. Several powerful thunderstorms and torrential rain storms added memories to the trip. (Lightening storms with power outage while staying in the dramatic backdrop of a castle on a hill.... we thought we were perhaps in a movie setting!) Our humble, yet humorous Bosniak guide took exceeding great care of us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views of spectacular Coastal Towns (especially Rovinj, Dubrovnik).... also lightning storm on castle mountain mentioned above!"

Toni

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AMIR is a fund of information and was so accommodating, respectful and very patient. On of the best guides I've traveled - all the great guides are on Rick Steve's Tours - AMIR in one at the top of the list.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved every moment of the trip, every place I traveled - however, Split, Mostar (the courage of the people) and the Islands were my favorite."

David

Woodland, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved this active trip to a region that I was less familiar with than other parts of Europe. I was expecting to find a large bit of the trip would be somewhat uninspiring but was pleasantly surprised both at the scenery as well as the history and architecture. For me the highlights included some very little parts of the trip such as the WC stop on the Julian Alps in which we were given a bit of time to observe the ski jumpers practicing (sans snow.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was far more outstanding than I expected. This is a truly beautiful and inspiring place. Our guide made sure that we arrived early enough to avoid the excessive crowds which eventually were overwhelming but we had all seen a great deal of the park with minor crowds. Well planned to the benefit of our group."

Lori

Woodland, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was surprised at how clean Slovenia and Croatia were! I felt very safe walking around the towns and cities. Both countries are beautiful showcases. Our trip was varied[INVALID]cities, countryside, alps, hiking, wine tasting, boating, soaking in the sun, swimming, and walking. We had a fun group, and everyone got along well! Our guide, Amir, was very knowledgeable about the region and did his best to help us understand its complex history. He told stories with humor and passion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moments were hiking at Lake Bled and Plitvice Lakes. Both are so beautiful, and pictures don't do them justice! I loved being free to hike them at my own pace."

Kirk

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour format with local guides at key locations combined with free time to self explore was great. The tour didn't have the "Tuesday it must be ..." feeling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to give two answers on this. In terms of locations visited I would give Ljublijana and Korchula the top marks. Ljublijana for the fun energetic setting and Korchula for the scenic beauty. The other answer is the guides. They really brought the history to life for a region that I knew very little."

Michael

Richardson, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our 3rd Rick Steve's tour, and once again we had a blast. I probably over did it a little bit, I needed a vacation once I got home. We got a wonderful blend of experiences, in a part of the world most people know nothing about. Prior to this trip,I told people I was going to Croatia, and they said, "where?"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Close call between the wonderful electric storm at the castle in Motovun, and the water features at Plitvice National park."

John

Matthews, NC

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amir is a super guide. Really insightful, knowledgeable, and personable.

Joan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Touring the Adriatic was the beginning of an appreciation of unfamiliar cultures. I will continue reading about the places we visited to further enrich each experience. What I noticed everywhere: people were outside doing things together in the evenings, not staring at video screens. How refreshing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park stood out as a highlight. The park, being surrounded by the sounds, feeling the cooler temps, and experiencing the cascades from many aspects, was a multi-sensory delight... for hours. It is a world treasure that I hope will always be protected."

Eugene

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very impressed with our guide, Barbara, She was knowledgeable and patient. Also with our bus driver, we always felt safe. Loved touring with 15 of our close friends, and meeting new ones. The hotels were comfortable and the food was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to say: the Roman amphitheater in Pula was impressive, and the waterfalls in Plitvice, the winery in Slovenia was a nice touch. Could have spent another day or two in Korchula, which was probably my favorite!"

Gaye

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was concerned about (1) being on a bus, (2) being able to manage 'strenuous' walking, and (3) having a boring guide. Silly me!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! I believe the consistent outstanding thing was the wonderful experience with Barbara as our guide. She truly made the entire experience exceptional."

Carol

Cumberland, MD

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a pleasant 2 weeks to travel with others who have not seen this part of the world together. The information we received and conversations with others was priceless

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say my wow was the view from cable car looking over Dubrovnik ...clay top buildings, wall, and Adriatic Sea Spouse wow was: Looking down at Lake Bled from castle"

Robin

Roberts Creek, BC

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very special tour, with excellent guides who brought great knowledge and personal history to everywhere we visited. The places we visited would have been beautiful and our fellow tourers congenial and interesting without them, but they brought a very important dimension as they shared their personal stories with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Stolac in Bosnia with our local guide and meeting the Roma women and children was very special, as was his instruction on how to drink Turkish coffee at the home of the dervishes. Meeting Roberto in Dubrovnic and learning about the architecture of his city - also visiting his garden where his tortoise came running to see if we had lettuce for him! The visit and lunch at the winery was magical."

Sid

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best. I have been recommending your tours since I first took one to Turkey 10 years ago.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip!"

Leslie

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Much better than expected but then Rick Steves' tours always are. '

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First days in Ljubljana - then the Winery luncheon."

Susan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve tour. We enjoyed every aspect of the tour experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the information our guide, Barbara shared with us as we traveled through Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia on the bus. The local tours in each city were informative and well presented by the local guides. Each stop along the way provided an engaging glimpse into the countries we visited. Also enjoyed the local dining experiences and the vacation from vacation day

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have never [INVALID]ed octopus salad or black squid ink infused polenta from a menu. Those ended up being my favorite food that we ate on the trip. I never expected to see a Roman amphltheatre in Pula. That was amazing! Alsenjoyed seeing th"

Paul

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Barbara was a very good tour guide, extremely knowledgeable and proud of both her country (Slovenia) and former country (Yugoslavia). She was detailed in her summaries and approachable for more info if needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Korcula was special. Every stop before that starting with Ljubljana was better than the prior one but arrivinbg into the city of Korcula was breathtaking."

Eric

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The rural Bosnia day. The guides experiences truly understand the experiences of the Bosnian people after the war."

Gerald

Lindsay, ON

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

With the exception of Bosnia, the area exceeded my expectations. Croatia and Slovenia have recovered from the troubles in the 90's to a much greater extent than I had anticipated. The trip allowed us to view many spectacular natural wonders.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik. A specially well preserved ancient city. Being a Game of Thrones fan allowed me to appreciate the history and beauty of this city and also experience "Kings Landing"."

Doug

Longmont, CO

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 14 Day Adriatic Tour was excellent. Anja was an excellent tour leader. Every aspect of the tour was well planned and [INVALID]d. The tour group was great and everyone got along well. The local guides were outstanding and we were able to learn specifics about each location more thoroughly from a local perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was the highlight of our tour. Seeing the continued effects of the 1992 war, particularly in Mostar and throughout Bosnia was humbling. Dubrovnik and the scenery throughout Croatia was also a highlight of the trip. Lake Bled is also beautiful."

David

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour: fun, varied, informative. There were several strong highlights: plitvice, korcula, Split. The group members were warm and funloving, and most of the guides were excellent. But I do have some suggestions for improving future tours. Our group[INVALID]wonderful individuals[INVALID]was simply too large for the itinerary. We had trouble squeezing into the small spaces where local guides were speaking. It was often hard to keep together as a group as we traversed narrow city streets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crescendo effect of the waterfalls in plitvice forest was a major wow moment. Julian alp scenery was another. A quieter but equally wonderful experience was simply hanging out on Korcula, one of the tours loveliest destinations."

Lani

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It included many locales and countries. There were many activities. That, plus all the different countries made it a high energy and sometimes a tiring tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Forest was wonderful with a hike that highlighted magnificent waterfalls and the quiet beauty that so much greenery can bring. This was the top reason why we wanted to go on this tour. The hotel there was also wonderful. It would have been great if we could have stayed there two nights instead of just one. Korcula was also a delight-small island with great views."

Rochelle

Clarksville, MD

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed our trip. It was very well-paced. Our tour guide Anya was fabulous: well prepared, very organized, interesting, fun, and very knowledgeable about the culture and also differences between countries' customs. Our group was great - all interesting, well-traveled people, and always on time. I liked the variety in the sites on the trip (mountains, shores; cities, towns, countryside) and the fact that the areas we visited were less touristed by Americans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Mostar was the most eye-opening and poignant. I learned a lot about the history of Yugoslavia's break-up, and that enhanced the trip and improved it over simply having a tourist experience."

Joan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well organised and very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled"

Glen

The Villages, FL

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Adriatic is an area that I had never been to. I found the trip interesting, informative, and a great social experience. Ljubljiana a sophisticated and charming university city. Lake Bled with the stop to watch ski jumpers practicing. Kobarid and the WWI museum and lecture. Motovon fascinating hill town with a turtle in the garden. Split, excellent local guide. Korcula, my favorite, best hotel and meals, great swimming. Bosnia was interesting in a depressing way. Potlucks/happy hour were

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about Korcula. Diocletians palace, built using stone columns brought from Egypt."

Tim

Lithia, FL

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the incredible beauty of the Adriatic coast and the Plitvice national park.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice national park with all the waterfalls was one of the most beautiful places in Europe."

Susan

White Rock, BC

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an active tour which was perfect for us. And it is excellent that this is emphasized in the literature beforehand. The tour was extremely well-organized and my husband and I were fully satisfied with the itinerary. Anya, our tour guide, was EXTRAORDINARY - organized, professional, sweet and helpful in very way. (When I was ill, she arranged for a physician to come to the hotel room, asses my condition and provide an antibiotic, which I was indeed thankful for).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"'Wow" moments were many, actually. The Dalmatian Islands, Plitvice Lakes National Park and Dubrovnick were probably the most 'wow'!"

Kelly

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our travels through the Adriatic! This was my husbands first time to Europe, he is 30 & I'm 28. Even though we were on the young side we were welcomed and treated equally throughout the tour group. We appreciated the special moments like lunch at a 600 year old family winery in Slovenia, truffle tasting in Motovun, & relaxation in Korcula. Moments we never would have experienced if it wasn't for a Rick Steve's tour. We also met distant family in Dubrovnik during our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides the amazing food and wine, I would say Korcula was our favorite. Simple but our favorite - especially the Massimo Tower Bar in town. Favorite wow tour moment was Diocletian's palace in Split and the group dinner there."

Frank

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marijan was quite knowledgeable and an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour. We were unaware of the many facets of the Adriatic until taking this tour."

Jason

Seaside, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour, and every time I think "We're bound to be disappointed eventually," you guys prove me wrong. The Best of the Adriatic was an outstanding tour in every sense: good pacing, excellent mix of cities and small towns, outstanding tour guide and local guides, excellent food, and the hotels all had that "Rick Steves" mix of value, character and location. Our experiences on the tour were educational, thrilling, and often moving as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count! Wandering through Ljubljana in the twilight, hiking through Plitvice Lakes, entering the peristyle in Split, swimming in Korcula, walking the Stari Bridge in Mostar, and hiking the city wall in Dubrovnik would all make the list. But truly the highlight of the trip was walking the streets of Stolac in Bosnia as our local guide Sanel told us the story of his hometown during the 1991-95 war and introduced us to local children at the NGO he co-founded."

Catherine

Napa, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marijan is one of the best guides I have ever encountered. His enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge and preparedness made this a smooth and care free trip. This was an area of the world that I knew very little about pre-trip, but Marijan was able to explain the complexity of these countries' histories, as well as help us to appreciate the beauty of the area. We saw medieval and modern cities, national parks, beaches and alpine towns. This trip has it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korchula. I'm a beach girl and I could have stayed there for a month."

Bonita

E Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Slovenia and Croatia had not been in my vocabulary before this trip and so hearing, seeing, and learning about these two countries was wonderful and informative. Our guide, Marijan, was awesome. This was my first Rick Steve's Tour and the organization of daily events was impressive. Even though we were on the move a lot, I felt I gained a lot of knowledge about these two beautiful countries. The free time was just about right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments where I was overwhelmed at various places makes it hard to choose just a favorite. However, the most heart touching one was the stop at Stolac and learning from the personal local guide about the community, the war, and their continued struggles. Visiting with adorable children at a small day care in which our guide was involved was extra special as well as obtaining knowledge about other meaningful things in Stolac. These people remain in my thoughts."

Daniel

Napa, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. Nicely paced and well organized. All guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. Dubrovnik, Plitvice National Park, Korcula, Bosnia etc."

Karen

Seaside, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour and it was as wonderful as we have come to expect. A great mix of history, culture and scenic beauty. The pacing was good but we were glad to have added extra days to the beginning (Ljubljana-to see more of the city and to get over jet-lag) and the end (to enjoy Dubrovnik and take a day trip to Bay of Kotor, Montenegro). The best part was our guide Marijan-so knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment that keeps coming back to me was our time in Stolac with local guide Sanel Maric. He shared such personal stories of his pre-war childhood, the start of the war and the separation of his family and his attempt to make life better for the children of Stolac today. This is the type of experience that would be difficult to find when traveling on your own-and one of the reasons we keep taking Rick Steves tours. Other "wow" moments-Plitvice Lakes and Peristyle, Split-at twilight."

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Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

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

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

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

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

There is also daily rail service to Ljubljana from Munich, Vienna, Venice, Budapest, and Zagreb; details can be found on the Slovenian railway's site.

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

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

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

Packing

If you are planning to take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, pack along a swimsuit and a lightweight microfiber towel, and consider some good water shoes, as the Adriatic is home to prickly sea urchins. Also, be sure to bring sturdy footwear for the hike through Plitvice National Park.

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

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.