• 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 $3,695 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of the Adriatic come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Ljubljana walking tour • Bled Castle • Kobarid Museum • Slovenian wine tasting • Pula walking tour • Pula Amphitheater • Rovinj • Opatija • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Split walking tour • Diocletian's Palace • Stolac walking tour • Mostar walking tour • Mostar mosque and Old Bridge • Blagaj • Serbian Orthodox Monastery • Korčula orientation • Korčula boat cruise • Croatian wine tasting • Dubrovnik walking tour • Dubrovnik walls entrance…and more
  • All group transportation from Ljubljana, Slovenia to Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Ljubljana

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

Day 2: Architectural Riches of Ljubljana

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

Day 3: Slovenia's Lakes and Alps

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

Day 4: Crossing Paths with Hemingway

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

Day 6: Opatija and Plitvice

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

Day 7: Lakes to the Coast

You'll have all morning to hike along rustic boardwalk trails connecting the idyllic forests, travertine stone cliffs, clear blue lakes, and gushing waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. We'll learn how the park is creatively managing to protect its delicate environment, including the use of electric trams and boats. After a lunch break, we'll drive along the Dinaric Alps to the Dalmatian Coast and the not-so-sleepy seaside town of Split. This evening we'll take an orientation walk through town. Sleep in Split (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: The Roman Heart of Split

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

Day 9: Eye-Opening Bosnia-Herzegovina

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

Day 10: Mostar and the Dalmatian Coast

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

Day 11: Island Relaxation

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

Day 12: Rural Dalmatia and the Pearl of the Adriatic

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

Day 13: Dazzling Dubrovnik

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Virginia

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tim

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

Farmingdale, NJ

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debbie

Monte Sereno, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marian

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenian Alps"

Vanessa

Kingston, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mike

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christina

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marina

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite places were Pletvice Lakes and Motovun."

Joyce

Columbus, IN

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marcia

Wilton, ME

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park. Dubrovnik"

Madelyn

Portsmouth, NH

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gregory

De Witt, IA

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Rush, NY

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Benicia, CA

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Fargo, ND

Tour: 05/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Emily

Saugus, MA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rick

Vashon, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barb

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Somerville, MA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janis

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Westminster, CO

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Pittston, ME

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shelley

Sherwood Park, AB

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roger

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Darlene

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dean

Kent, OH

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Kernersville, NC

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Grant

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes"

Sheila

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Telford, PA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Cochrane, AB

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Falmouth, MA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Forest Hills, NY

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rick

Eagle, ID

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Matthews, NC

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Monica

Irvine, CA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Midvale, UT

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Jim

Moscow, ID

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roger

Midvale, UT

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Matthews, NC

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jess

Burke, VA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Hernando, FL

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slovenia's alps had beautiful areas."

Antoinette

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Fountain Hills, AZ

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Helen

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vyto

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Well organized - great tour guide

Suon

Burke, VA

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lois

Hernando, FL

Tour: 05/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

David

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Washington Crossing, PA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shirley

Boylston, MA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terry

Marina Del Rey, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kellene

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrick

Ramona, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dianne

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Chehalis, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip great guide wonderful fellow Travelers

Suzanne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Orlaith

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coastline of Croatia."

Beverly

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Priscilla

Ventura, CA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Janet

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Sitka, AK

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Ventura, CA

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melissa

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many."

Bruce

Salem, OH

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice area was amazing"

Donald

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful except for the weather It rained 4 or 5 days

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The national park"

Peter

Bonita, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Greg

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Medford, OR

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Kittery Point, ME

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Julian Alps and Lake Bled"

Shirley

Bonita, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roy

Westminster, CO

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good travel companions and guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes"

Patricia

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dagney

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Branford, CT

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mauricia

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

University Place, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Renate

Dublin, CA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judith

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barry

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Denise

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Tannersville, PA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Conny

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tedi

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mardi

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andree

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Francis

Rockport, ME

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Martinez, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cinthia

Normandy, TN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Duprovnic"

Larry

Martinez, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Plitvice National park again made the trip."

Doug

Concord, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Anne

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Hitomi

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debbie

Concord, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jennifer

New York, NY

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Novato, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristen

Alameda, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Everett, WA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

George

Elkhorn, WI

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent pace and variety of sites and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walls of Dubrovnik"

Norma

West Chester, PA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Elkhorn, WI

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Madelyn

Novato, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Mostar and entering a completely different culture"

Patricia

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Timothy

Hayden Lake, ID

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca Barratt

Draper, UT

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Normal, IL

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dorothy

Hayden Lake, ID

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"History and tour of Mostar."

Mark

Draper, UT

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Franklin, WI

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rosanne

Granbury, TX

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paula

Avon, MN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Golden, CO

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carole

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

San Leandro, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Norman

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

George

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the Plitvice Lakes National Park."

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Incredible views in so many places."

Doreen

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Golden, CO

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Each stop was solid piece of tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Ellyn

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Chester, VA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Richmond, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Lafayette, LA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marilyn

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana was unexpectedly beautiful!"

Rollin

Richmond, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Cultus Lake, BC

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Victoria

Indianola, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Sayre, PA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have been better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour guide was best possible choice."

Eric

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Sayre, PA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Richmond, BC

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Harriet

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sally

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled"

Kenneth

Spring, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Neil

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Mason, MI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Allison

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Spring, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Vadnais Heights, MN

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice group. Sosa great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes Park"

Linda

Benicia, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lawrence

Canyon Country, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dayle

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Split and Mostar."

Pauline

Belmont, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pam

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace,education and oganization of the tour was very effective. Our leader,Barbara,was terrific. We have traveled extensively for the. last 17 years so we appreciate and recognize how effectively our time was spent and at a reasonable cost too.This was our first tour but for China and already too use your group again next Fall.Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the town of Ljubljana. Barbara was a wonderful guide and very knowledgeable of the Yugoslovia history and complexities."

James

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been on an additional Rick Steves tour and have done walking tours with other companies. This was the best of them all, my favorite. The locations we visited, the tour guide, my fellow tour participants all contributed to making this a great experience. Ljubljana in particular was a surprise, my favorite city we visited. Very livable, very clean, very lively and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Lake Bled. The day was perfect - clear, sunny, mild. The views all along the path around the lake was "wow" views. It almost didn't seem real - or maybe make belief sets created by Disney. Adding to the pleasure was walking with new friends, fellow Rick Steves tour mates."

Pamela

Oconomowoc, WI

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With an outstanding guide, Barbara, and an energetic and engaged group, we had a memorable and enjoyable experience. We loved the beauty of Croatia and Slovenia and were glad we experienced Bosnia. Our local guides were knowledgeable and shared personal stories as well as giving us insight into the culture and history of the region. Eating fresh seafood and experiencing the local wines, added to our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beauty of Dubrovnik for the first time."

Jackie

Foster City, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Barbara was the main reason that my trip went so perfect...yes, it is a wonderful itinerary BUT without her patience, warmth, kind and so very understanding AND problems solving skills, it would not have turned to be one of the best trips I ever had...and I am an international flight attendant flying for 30 years .... I LOVE HER, and she made my trip the most memorable wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula....wish I had more time there ...so relaxing and just a wonderful and beautiful place to visit."

Karl

Etobicoke, ON

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited were exceptional. Many places we would not be going to if we went on our own. The provided meals were very good and reflected the local cuisine. Barbara was an excellent tour leader , informative, helpful and with a subtle sense of humour. She was also very organized and managed unexpected change of plans skillfully. Fellow tour members were very sociable and very good company. Great folks. Some days, time on the bus were a bit long but I'm not sure if this could be avoided

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment we the view from our hotel in Korcula. The sunrise and sunset were beautiful"

Heather

Mount Desert, ME

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Donna

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the best time. We saw things we never would have seen had we ventured there by ourselves. Our guide was so knowledgeable, funny and kind. Our tour group was cohesive and fun to be with; I imagine some friendships will continue.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought Croatia was going to be it, but we were wowed by Slovenia."

Letitia

Delta, BC

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the quality of our guides, especially Amir. He was very knowledgeable and cared about everyone. We always felt safe with the drivers handling the buses. The hotels were consistently and well-placed for our daily activities. There was enough free time, too. The free time aspect really opened up our travel experience. We could connect with other guests on the tour and also with the people that live in the locations we were staying. We also got to "craft" our own experience...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several of them. The castle in Lake Bled, the winery tour and lunch, Diocletian's palace in Split."

Ann McCutchan

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour drilled down to my soul on the impact of the recent wars in this area. Having a tour guide who grew up in Sarajevo added much to the depth as did several local guides in Bosnia. Because I knew so little about Croatia and Slovenia beforehand, this tour fed my intellect as well. I find myself thinking often about the words of Mark Twain we saw inscribed on a bench in Pula, Slovenia about travel: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the board walk in Plitvice National Park and marveling about water, water everywhere and oh so very clear."

Thomas

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding!

Ingrid

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent tour guide. Learned so much history and Amir made sure I never got lost!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik, second time there. Also LOVED Skojan caves although they were not part of tour!"

Lars

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The market in Ljubljana"

Mary

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is so much variety on this tour: amazing scenery, complex history, beautiful art and architecture and exposure to the various cultures of the region. The tour covers a fascinating and less well known part of Europe that has something to offer every traveler (and some serious lessons to impart).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from--ski jumping in Slovenia, the swimming in the incomparable Adriatic waters, hearing the stories of survivors of the recent wars in the Balkans. I found myself saying "wow" often. We particularly enjoyed Split with Diocletian's Palace and the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery."

Mary

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I sign up for RS tours because the focus is on learning about and experiencing the culture of the countries we visit. We don't just "see" the country. We experience it. I also appreciate it that there is time in the tour for people to explore on their own. The tours always have a nice balance between these two.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to decide which of many wow moments was my favorite. The Slovenian lakes and alps were a gorgeous surprise I had not expected. Plitvice Lakes National Park was one of the reasons I signed up for the trip and it was spectacular. But then, Diocletian's palace in Split was another reason I signed up for the tour and it was amazing. Can I have 3 WOW moments?"

Donna

Brandon, MB

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was great with so much history and beautiful scenery. Really enjoyed the smaller towns and country side

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Motuven"

Donald

Centreville, AL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Enjoyed the leadership provided by Amir. Locations were vital. Hotels were well located and essential.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bosnia- the stories of war provided by the local guide and our tour guide. Dubrovnik was indeed a pearl."

Valerie

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Answering for both Henry and Valerie B. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and have no complaints. We really liked Ljubljana and wished we had arrived a couple of days earlier rather than one to linger there a little longer. It was a pleasant surprise. The itinerary was perfect except the hiccup in Hvar which was weather related. We were given a taste of contrasting geography from the coast to the mountains ; large cities and smaller communities; ancient and modern architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park, even in the rain."

Roger

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of tour mates, competent guide knowledgeable in the area and always looking out for his "flock", comfortable bus and great driver, good food (especially at the castle in Ljubljana), most of the local guides were energetic and passionate about their town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can I have three? Ljubljana and the natural beauty of Slovenia, Plitvice hike, and the multi-cultural city of Mostar!"

Edith

Novato, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The former Yugoslavia is rich in beauty, cultural, historical, and political complexity. Our tour exposed us to aspects of each with as much balance and depth as possible in the time available. Amir's knowledge of the region is both deep and personal. He kept us moving and well organized; dealt with unexpected conditions (delay due to weather) calmly and professionally. Local guides shared a wealth of knowledge and love of their locale. This was our first Rick Steves tour; great job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The strength and endurance of the people in the face of recent war."

Susan

Orange, CT

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fantastic Rick Steves Tour! We were bowled over by the beauty of Slovenia and would happily sign up for a "Simply Slovenia Tour". Tina was the tour guide that we all hope that we get. She has the heart of a teacher and we left with a deep appreciation of the distinct culture and history of each of the countries that we visited. We were with a nice group of fellow travelers ( who knew that they could do water ballet?) Fun times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ljubljana was a stunner of a city and we will definitely return someday. Mostar broke my heart. We would return there, as well, to honor the resilience of the war survivors and celebrate their recovery. It is a lovely place.."

Eileen

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time - never realized how beautiful those countries are!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the National Park; Lake Bled; and all the quaint little coastal towns."

Kurt

Estero, FL

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour although we had used his guide books for numerous other independent European travels. We were very pleased with the overall organization of the tour, the logistics, the main guide and the local guides at several of the venues. Their intimate knowledge of the history, culture and current events added so much more to the overall experience, The group was a manageable size and we became close travel companions and good friends by the end of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one WOW moment when there were so many to choose from."

Michael

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All of our travel experiences (11th trip) have been outstanding and this tour was no different

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Slovenia, seeing the ski jumping complex which included the parking ramp which was filled with snow for the cross country skiers."

Robert

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic Tour (Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia) was presented by a knowledgeable "native", with love for her topics ... and as a genuine (not sub-contractor) Rick Steve's employee. The balance of "active" scheduled and "free" time was well balanced. I especially liked the smaller group numbers (max. 28 people), games we played to memorize members names and personal buddy specifics. No additional "guide tipping" along with the special regional "treats"... put the frosting on the cake!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this tour: The guided walks and "Chill" moments of Ljubljana; Walking and dining around Lake Bled with the members; Plitvice Lakes National Park nature hike and group party; Split guided tour; Opatija city self guided tour; Guided and Free "swim" times on Hvar and Korcula; regional music played on the bus; history of Yugoslavia; and sights in Dubrovnik."

Glenn

Roseville, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This well-structured and paced tour allowed us to explore a part of Europe that many people never even think to visit. The hotels were of good quality and generally well located. Included meals were uniformly outstanding and gave us an opportunity to sample new dishes local to the region. The group was friendly and fun to travel with. Local guides were great. Our bus driver was magnificent and got us safely and comfortably to each destination. Tina was a fantastic guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mine was Plitvice Lakes National Park. I just wish we could have had more time to spend more time enjoying the scenery."

Diane

Appleton, WI

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steve's Tour did not disappoint. The itinerary was well planned. The accommodations were comfortable and the included meals were very good. We liked that the tour size was limited to 28 affording a more intimate group experience. We look forward to more Rick Steve's tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the time we spent on Korcula. What a beautiful island!"

Connie

Gainesville, GA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not know what to expect on this trip and was wonderfully pleased with what I saw and experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments. Lake Bled was beautiful. Swimming in Korcula was amazing."

Tom

Sparks, NV

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic Tour was simply outstanding. Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia Herzegovina are all beautiful countries and the people were very welcoming. Our tour guide Tina Hiti did a great job of teaching us about the history of the places we traveled to and supplemented us with local guides who provided added information that helped us understand more about the areas we were seeing. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to enjoy amazing countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I very much enjoyed the entire tour and again learning about the history. Korcula was one of may favorite places on the tour as was the day hike through Plitvice National Park, amazing waterfalls."

Mary

Menasha, WI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved the trip. I got tired and could hardly get up some mornings but loved seeing everything that we did. The group of people were great. Bus really comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved swimming in the Adriatic Sea. I was never in a country devastated by war and it really hit me hard. I feel so blessed to have never gone through a war."

Mary

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. The guide was wonderful. The other tour members were fun to be with. The locations visited were perfect. The amount of busy days to more relaxed days were just right. I will be recommending this tour to my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved Ljubljana. Very quaint city that did not feel overrun by tourists."

Den

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The rating of "outstanding" is in large part due to constant tweaking and adjustment by our guide Darija Gotic. Case in point: the planned Plitvice Park tour on wooden walkway. Both she and driver Milan worked to get us to the start by 8:05AM, thereby jumping ahead of the masses of other tourists keen on getting into the park quickly. We skipped lots of other people logjams in various sites due to Darija's being on-track to decide on the best times. Darija is a gem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our pre-arranged tour or Croatia/Bosnia is complicated, but the guide engaged to meet and provide lecture history for our group was excellent. Usual guide was not there, but this man was a substitute, and very knowledgeable in facts, plus how to present them to help us comprehend. Local guide in Dubrovnik Roberto was enthusiastic and his passionate interest made his remarks and historical facts glow for us."

Anne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience -- a good balance of information, sight seeing, and down time. The "extra" side trips and stops were wonderfully unexpected and informative. Sharing the experience with fellow travelers added so much. Good reasons to take a tour, rather than doing it on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lisjak winery tour and lunch in Slovenia and the full moon over Dubrovnik's old town."

Daniel

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour and it was even more perfect than my first 18 years ago. Everything ran smooth as expected. I personally think a guide can make or break a tour and Darija was an outstanding tour guide. She was efficient, always there to answer questions and very knowledgeable on just about anything that was put before her. She had a great infectious attitude and I felt so lucky to have her as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite moment was going into Bosnia. I've never been that up close to the devastation of war and to see it and hear about it from our guides made it all that more impactful."

Margo

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful group and a wonderful guide! It was a well planned out itinerary and it's nice to have 2 days in the first location for any lost luggage or lost tour members! The format of part "tour" and part free time is the BEST for me! I love the opportunity to explore with or without any of the other tour members. Having taken the Best of Eastern Europe before this trip, I had visited a few places in Slovenia and Croatia, but that did not diminish my repeat visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Korcula! What a GREAT place and for a small town, plenty of things to do and to explore! The water in Croatia is SOOOOOO clear and beautiful. Dubrovnik!! Oh My Goodness! I couldn't get enough of it! Went around the city wall each day even in the heat of the day! And the Hotel was SO fun in the Labad area. Lots of things to do and see."

John

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and like the first two we were very happy with our decision to rely on the Rick Steves professionals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! I would have to say that the beautiful sunset in Motovun and the drive from Ljubljana to Kobarid were both spectacular."

Denise

Fremont, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

over all very pleasing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the sites"

Lucille

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous tour that included an incredible guide, lots of education from our main guide and our city guides, gorgeous nature sites, breathtaking medieval cities, delicious meals, tasty wines, lots of room on the bus, comfortable hotel stays, plenty of free time. We booked our trip as soon as it became available. We spent more than a year researching all the places we would see. We watched YouTube videos and read books, and still It exceeded all our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I couldn't narrow it down to one. I fell in love with the architecture of Ljubljana. I was riveted by the WWI history of Kobarid. I was romanced by the castle town of Motovun. I was in awe of the ancient ruins of Split, Dubrovnik, and Pula. I relaxed in the clear waters of Hvar and Korcula. I ached in the war aftermath of Bosnia. I enjoyed all the friends we made. But I think my "wow" was our guide Darija. She was smart, funny, sassy, protective, helpful. Each memory includes her sweet face."

Carl

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Well-paced. Excellent food of the regions we visited. Great group of fellow travelers. Good balance of history and sights. Our guide, Darija, had a good sense of humor and effective leadership skills. Our diver, Milan, was very skilled. The description of the history and sights by the local guides was very educational and interesting, but particularly touching were their personal stories and experiences. Personal audio devices during local guide presentations helped immensely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the effects of war over the course of history in the areas we visited and seeing the seeing them firsthand. Particularity poignant was the WW I museum in Kobarid. And actually viewing the mountaintops above the Soca Valley where the intense battles were fought was a "wow" for me."

Richard

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of the Adriatic was our first Rick Steves tour, and we loved it. We discovered a beautiful part of the world and experienced many wonderful things. Our hotels and meals were fantastic. Our local guides had amazing knowledge and shared it in a light and fun manner. Darija was terrific as she deftly managed an ambitious itinerary, keeping track of our group and enlightening us at the same time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was my favorite "wow" moment. So many wonderful water features located in such a small beautiful area -- a truly unique wonder. I only wish I could have spent even more time in the park to take photographs."

Patricia

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was simply a wonderful experience! It was our first Rick Steve's tour and was everything we hoped for. (We have used Rick's books and advice for years of self travel.) Our tour was well organized, took us to beautiful places and left us smiling every day. Darija was a fantastic guide! She shared her wealth of knowledge while keeping us on track with good humor as she managed all the detail of hotels, meals and ensuring we had a real taste of the communities we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many amazing moments, but the island of Korcula was my favorite! The beautiful sparkling sea surrounding this little gem was so memorable. Our sunset cruise was incredibly scenic and relaxing."

Karen

Bayport, NY

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time everyday. Our tour guide (Daria) was very professional and knowledgeable. I felt very safe with our bus driver. The tour guides we had at each stop were amazing as well. I have celiac disease and my dietary needs were met throughout the trip. The people that I traveled with were an amazing group as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed absolutely every minute of this trip. Each day was a 'wow' moment for me."

Nancy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw places we never expected. Each day was like a surprise gift, our tour guides were "real" people who cared about their Cities and it came through in their stories and teachings. I left feeling the Soul of the places we stayed and visited, it's easy to carry that in my memories for a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostar cityscape from our inn room."

Michelle

Sayville, NY

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic adventure. Every day was amazing. Our tour guide was wonderful, Darija. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable she had a great sense of humor too ! I especially appreciated her own views on certain topics we discussed as it gave me insight into the local perception of certain matters. We learned that Hvar is being eliminated from future tours which I am sorry to hear as we all loved it ! I wish Zagreb was included as I hear this is an amazing city as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik Eating lunch at the house of the award winning wine maker in Slovenia"

Ken

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another excellent tour...but, we have come to expect nothing less with our Rick Steve tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" time was in Korcula....we enjoyed the island, the beach, the hotel, the town and the boat trip. We also enjoyed the local folk signing and dancing our second night there. A second "wow" experience would have been our day in Plitvice Lakes National Park...just beautiful. FInally, we throughly enjoyed our time in Ljublan....both before and during the tour."

Michael

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome trip packed with interesting tours and guided by knowledgeable local experts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on the rampart in Dubrovnik."

Dave

Silverton, OR

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Blew me away, apprehensive at first, but turned out great.Better than expected in almost all regards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wonderful, new experiences it is hard to list the big WOW. Every day was exciting and the people on our tour were great."

Catherine

Shingle Springs, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was of the same excellent quality as the previous tours we have taken with Rick Steves. I am gratified to have experienced the Adriatic countries both for their beauty that is attracting so many tourists now and for having learned more about the complex and often tragic history that has shaped them. Most of the people we encountered (except some of the border guards that our guide had to deal with) were kind and friendly towards us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many spectacular sites, I was amazed at Diocletian's Palace. It was beautiful and I loved how it has been incorporated into the modern life of the city of Split. The archeological work that has been done there was fascinating. It was so amazing to see all the beautiful golden brown columns that the Romans stole from ancient Egypt still in place and perfect. I loved the Croatian singers in the vestibule and happily bought their CD."

Helen

Sequim, WA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of all the tours we went, this was the most informative and balanced tour. Marijan was an excellent guide who was organized and informative. He is an engaging person with good interpersonal skills. He made the tour a sensory experience and gave us local snacks during the trip. The dinners and lunches were delicious at unique locations. There was quite a variation in the Best of the Adriatic spanning from the lovely town of Ljubliana to lakes such as Lake Bled, mountain passes to ocean views

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two wow moments in the tour. First was looking at Lake Bled from above and the second was looking at the Old Bridge in Mostar Bosnia."

Maureen

De Pere, WI

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guides, great group, and great experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall beauty of the area the WW1 information as well as the war torn areas of Bosnia. Very eye opening."

Martha

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fabulous tour! Every day was a revelation as we visited and explored the eastern Adriatic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible for me to identify just one wow moment. Every location we visited was a highlight in and of itself. I particularly enjoyed Ljubljana and Korcula."

Edward

Sequim, WA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the Best of the Adriatic tour extremely enjoyable and educational. The tour locations and hotels were excellent. What made the trip so enjoyable was our fellow travelers (who were Rick Steves' tour veterans) and Marijan who was so knowledgeable about the history and points of interest of all the different locations. The tour had a good balance of walking and down time. What I really liked about this tour is the "on-your-own" time we had to roam, or if we felt tired...rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite "wow" moment was Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was so quaint and reminded me of a small Austrian city."

Debra

Yakima, WA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and only the second tour I've ever done. The choice of destinations and accommodations were excellent. As a fairly recent widow this was also the only trip I've ever done completely on my own. I felt safe and included at all times. Everyone on the tour was like minded and we truly enjoyed each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I truly can not answer this question. I was wowed by every single destination. They were all unique and incredibly beautiful. I will say that I plan on doing this all again once I have found someone to share it with."

Richard

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"enjoyed every thing"

John

Henderson, NV

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the itinerary greatly. Of course I don't know what I might have missed, but the places we went, the things we saw, the food and wine we tasted were all great (except maybe the Grappa). The explanations of history in the various places was also well done - enough to get the idea, but not so detailed as to be boring. Our overall guide, Saso, really knew his stuff. And the local guides employed were also excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one, but I'd say it was When we first viewed the Roman ampitheater in Pula. Close seconds are the Lakes at Plitvice, and Bled Lake with the castle in the background."

Kathleen

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was stupendous! Every aspect was terrific. Saso's professionalism, vast experience and knowledge, and personable demeanor made him the perfect leader for our amazingly congenial group of 27 travelers. Claudio, our bus driver, was delightful and extremely skilled. He could thread the needle with his bus. We had a nice balance of structured time and free time. All of our guides, Saso and the local guides, were personable, interesting and extremely knowledgeable. Awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park and old town Dubrovnik were my WOW moments."

James

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was well organized with a great tour leader. Special tour guides on city tours were excellent. Hotels were nice and had great variety in what they offered for breakfast. Tour was well planned and allowed for some down time and self touring through-out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views of Adriatic sea and Islands"

Gregory

Saint Cloud, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, well led. It was a great tour. It was well designed for the time allotted to it. Each event or place was well planned and well executed. The highlights were the local guides, they were knowledgeable, humorous, and very insightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dubrovnik was more impressive that I was expecting. Otherwise, the whole tour was impressive. The WWI museum and story was amazing and unknown to me. The various cities we traveled to were interesting and the tour covered them all well, with great local guides."

Janet

Saint Cloud, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was educational, scenic, and fun! I was primarily interested in this tour as I knew nothing about the three countries we visited and wanted to learn about their history and places of interest. That expectation was definitely met. There was a good balance of both urban and more rural experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Bosnia-Herzegovena - and trying to understand better what caused the recent war in that area. This was something I recall hearing so much about in the news and I never understood it. I'm not sure I really understand it now, but I certainly know more."

Steve

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great insight of the history of Croatia and the war. Overall was a very good tour thanks to the well informed guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled."

Carole

Henderson, NV

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was excellent. I got a great overview of the Slovenia and Croatia. I thought the bus drive was long for what we saw in Bosnia but then again I enjoyed what we saw. My one complaint is that we needed more vegetables in our planned meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Plitvice Lakes Nat Park"

Carol

Apache Junction, AZ

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a surprise! I signed up for the tour primarily because it was a place I knew very little about. Well, I learned a great deal! The history of Yugoslavia was so rich and so complicated. Each country was different and it was interesting to hear the local guides speak about their personal experiences during the Tito years, the Bosnian war, and in the present. And I never expected such beauty; from Lake Bled to Plitvice to the Adriatic, it was stunning! Our tour guide, Saso, was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As someone who loves ancient history, I would have to say that my "Wow" moments were the Roman amphitheater in Pula, Diocletian's Palace in Split and the old town of Dubrovnik. You could feel the ghosts of the past all around you. The local guides there, Mariam, Maja and Roberto, were especially good at making these places come alive."

Jeannie

Meadow Vista, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour and I am so glad that I had chosen a Rick Steve's tour. The small group made for better socializing with everyone, and was kept fresh by mixing up the seating arrangement on the bus and at dinners. Learned a lot about the history, culture, and cuisine for each country that we travelled through. Can't say enough how great this tour has been!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many that it's hard to pinpoint one or two. Hiking in Plitvice National Park was amazing with the natural beauty of waterfalls and lakes, taking a dip in the Adriatic on the island of Kokula, and of course the walled city of Dubrovnik."

Rob

Meadow Vista, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful first time tour for us. Always been hesitant to travel on any tour prior so this was an experiment for future travels. It could have not been better and we are already looking at tour packages for next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlights for me were the unexpected beauty and history of Slovenia, the peace and tranquility of Korkula island, the frightening history and hopes of the people of Mostar, and the energy of Dubrovnik."

Margaret

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met all our expectations, and more! Our guide Saso was a wealth of information, was always organized, introduced us to the sites and other city guides, and encouraged our participation in the whole experience. We also welcomed the time we spent exploring on our own. It provided a chance to challenge ourselves to be more than a spectator, to become an investigator in our own right. The hotels, for the most part, were quaint and offered a view of the countries too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I loved the beautiful scenery, and all the sites we visited, I think learning about the experiences of the 1990's for the citizens of Croatia and Bosnia was the most meaningful for me. It was a chance to clarify what actually happened over there, and also see what is being done or not being done to help these countries recover."

Stephen

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, our tour guide (Saso) was outstanding as were all the local guides as well. The tour was well organized. We stayed at comfortable and conveniently located hotels. Our guides were knowledgeable on the History and local cultures of the regions we visited. Meals were fantastic. We were kept busy exploring the local sites but we also had time off to relax or explore on our own. All in all, it was a fun filled and educational trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was walking around Lake Bled and exploring Tito's home on the lake. I would have to add to that the education we received on WWI in the Alps region of Slovenia."

Paul

Pembroke, NH

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After taking a Rick Steves tour in Italy we thought we would try another one. This one was just as good as the first. I think we will be looking into another one sometime. Amir was a great guide and made the tour special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I didn't know that this whole area was so beautiful."

Weather

Slovenia / Ljubljana

Ljubljana Weather


Croatia / Split

Split Weather


Croatia / Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Weather


Bosnia-Herzegovina / Mostar

Mostar Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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