• Prague
  • Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague's Charles Bridge
  • Kraków
  • St. Mary's Church, Kraków, Poland
    St. Mary's Church in Kraków
  • Hungarian school visit
  • Hungarian Parliament in Budapest
  • Fishermen's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary
    Budapest's Castle Hill
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
    Croatia's Plitvice Lakes
  • Rovinj
    Rovinj, Croatia
  • Pletna boat, Lake Bled, Slovenia
    Slovenia's Lake Bled

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Best of Eastern Europe in 15 Days Tour

from $4,195 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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Starting in beautifully preserved Prague, for 15 days you'll experience the rich diversity of Eastern Europe, from the energetic cities of Kraków and Budapest to tradition-rich "back door" towns and villages across the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia — including the waterfall wonderland of Plitvice and the picture-perfect Alpine beauty of Lake Bled. Join us for the Best of Eastern Europe in 15 Days!

Dates & Prices

2020

    • Apr 19–May 3 (Su–Su)
    • $4,195 + Air

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    • May 17–May 31 (Su–Su)
    • $4,295 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • The services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Eastern Europe come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Historic Prague walking tour • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • St. George's Basilica (when available) • Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp • Kraków walking tour • Kraków's Wawel Cathedral • Kraków's St. Mary's Church • Eger orientation walk • Local school visit • Hungarian wine tasting • Pest walking tour • Walking tour of Buda's Castle District • Matthias Church • Danube River cruise • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Adriatic happy hour • Ljubljana walking tour • Lake Bled boat cruise (weather permitting)…and more
  • All group transportation from Prague to Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • 14 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Prague

We'll meet at 3 p.m. to get acquainted and preview the adventures ahead. This afternoon we'll jump right in and enjoy a meandering walking tour from our neighborhood to Prague's colorful and historic Old Town Square. We'll end our evening over a hearty dinner together. Sleep in Prague (2 nights). No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 2: Royal, Prestigious Prague

This morning we'll hop aboard a local tram to take us across the Vltava River and up the hill to the most massive castle complex in continental Europe: Prague Castle. We'll tour the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica (when available), and the Golden Lane. You'll then have free time for lunch and the remainder of the day for more sightseeing on your own. This evening is a great time to catch a classical concert or experience the quirky and uniquely Czech Black Light Theater. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Moravian Countryside and Kraków

We'll leave the city and drive east into mountainous Moravia, stopping in the beautifully Baroque hill town of Štramberk, where we'll enjoy some free time for lunch and exploration. Then we'll cross into Poland on our way to tonight's destination, the surprising city of Kraków, Poland's cultural crossroads and melting pot. We'll take an orientation walk to the lively, historic market square and enjoy a traditional Polish dinner together. Sleep in Kraków (3 nights). Bus: 7 hours. Walking: light.

Day 4: Historic Kraków

This morning we'll meet a local guide and wind our way through the story of Kraków. We'll marvel at Wawel Castle, the spiritual home of the Polish nation, and Wawel Cathedral, the resting place of Polish royalty and saints. We'll visit historic St. Mary's Church — the only tower in the world where a bugler has played every hour for the past 600 years (and boy is he tired). We'll learn about the life and impact of local legend John Paul II as we trace his footsteps on our walking tour through the heart of Kraków. Your afternoon is free to discover more of this pleasant city on your own. Visit a museum or two, or go rent a bike! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Lessons of the Past

This day takes on a very different tone, as we visit the concentration camp site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where at least 1.1 million innocent people were systematically murdered during World War II. Today, this is a powerful place for learning, reflection, and remembrance. After we return to Kraków, your evening is free. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Drive to Eger

We'll begin our morning with a drive through the scenic Tatras Mountains and the rolling hills of Hungary's famous "Bull's Blood" wine-growing region. Our destination is the town of Eger, where the townspeople (with some help) turned back an Ottoman invasion of central Europe in 1552. Our day will end with a Hungarian dinner near the town of Eger, where we'll sleep (1 night). Bus: 8 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Hungary, Great and Small

This morning you'll have time to soak in Eger's Baroque beauty. Later we'll visit a local school, where we'll sit down and chat with a teacher and enjoy lunch together in the cafeteria. Then we'll learn about the region's deservedly famous wines with a tour and tasting at a local winery. Our destination this evening is Budapest, the mighty Magyar capital on the Danube, where after an orientation walk, we'll enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Budapest (3 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: light.

Day 8: Bustling Budapest

The rich history of Pest has created a city that's a puzzle of neo-Baroque, neo-classical, and modern architecture. On our walking tour this morning, we'll crane our necks beside Europe's largest parliament building, and learn how Hungarians coped with half a century of fascist and communist tyranny. We'll break for lunch, giving you free time to wander through the Great Market Hall — an architectural gem and the city's largest indoor market — and treat your senses to a few paprika-infused delicacies. Later this evening, we'll end our day together with a relaxing cruise on the Danube. Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 9: Old Budapest

Today we'll focus on the Buda side of the Danube, starting up on Castle Hill for a bird's-eye view of sprawling Pest, and a walking tour that takes us past the imposing Royal Palace and into Budapest's greatest church, the sumptuously gilded Matthias Church. When we've finished here, your guide will be happy to orient those interested to the ornate and traditional public thermal baths. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Natural Wonders of Croatia

After breakfast we'll drive out of Hungary and into Croatia. Just across the border, we'll be welcomed with a fresh, family-prepared lunch in a pleasant farm setting. Then we'll drive on to our destination, the deep greens and blues of Croatia's water wonderland and one of Europe's premier nature preserves: Plitvice Lakes National Park. After dinner together you'll sleep soundly surrounded by the quiet of nature. Sleep in or near the national park (1 night). Bus: 7 hours. Walking: light.

Day 11: From the Forests to the Sea

This morning we'll 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. We'll take a lunch break to replenish ourselves, then give our legs a rest as we drive to the Istrian peninsula on the Adriatic Sea and the enchanting seaside town of Rovinj, where we'll enjoy a sunset dinner. Sleep in Rovinj (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 12: Free Day in Rovinj

Take a "vacation from your vacation." The entire day is yours to enjoy the sun, gelato, seafood, and lazy ambience of Rovinj. Wander through the narrow streets, watch local fishermen bring in the day's catch, or head to the beach for sun and a swim. We'll compare notes at an informal happy hour early this evening. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 13: Slovenian Countryside and Ljubljana

Today we'll head to the azure jewel of Lake Bled at the foot of Slovenia's Julian Alps. Along the way, we'll stop in Ljubljana for a tour highlighting some of the city's famous landmarks and free time to make your own discoveries. After exploring the capital, we'll continue through the verdant Slovenian countryside on our way to our final destination: a pristine lake ringed by forests and hiking paths. Sleep in Bled (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light to strenuous (guide's choice).

Day 14: Delightful Lake Bled

Today we'll take a traditional pletna boat ride together to Lake Bled's chapel-topped island, where local tradition requires each would-be husband to carry his bride up the 99 steps from the boat dock to the church at the top (four in five are successful). Your afternoon is free to hike to the castle and its panoramic viewpoint, take a scenic walk around the lake (stopping for a kremšnita cream cake), or rent a bike to explore even more. Tonight we'll rendezvous for a special dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Na zdravje! Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 15: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Ljubljana's airport is just 30 minutes away, and there are nearby train connections to Munich, Vienna, and other European cities. Whatever your plans, your guide will help you get on the right track. Na svidenje!

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 Eastern Europe in 15 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 four 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.

Reviews

Nancy

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Definitely outstanding! In 15 days, we visited six countries, had so many different experiences, learned so much . . . and still enjoyed a fair amount of free time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, there were at least five: Traveling through the spectacular High Tatras, the mountains separating Poland and Slovakia; cruising the Danube by night, taking in the magical sight of Budapest's illuminated landmarks; discovering a beautiful waterfall or turquoise lake around nearly every bend at Plitvice National Park; arriving in Rovinj, after a rainy afternoon, and being greeted by a breathtaking sunset; and enjoying a peaceful, early-morning pletna boat ride on a serene Lake Bled."

David

Bath, NC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our third Tour with Rick Steves and it was by far the fastest paced. Overly so I have to say. I think we could have gained an understanding of this area without so much time in the three major cities: Prague, Krakow and Budapest. I think Prague could have been skipped and the tour begun in Krakow. The extra time could be spent on other stays in the countrysides of these countries. I suggest two nights in Ljubljana.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Adriatic in Rovinj was spectacular Krakow was very interesting and the night cruise in Budapest was very special. Ljubljana was charming and I think a night or two there would be great with a trip into the countryside."

Paul

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A "demanding" but exceptional tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the central square of Krakow at night."

Richard

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide worked hard to provide everyone with a positive experience. Toward the end of the trip it was determined that many in our group had flights with an airline that had gone bankrupt. Our guide worked hard with each affected person to help them find alternative options.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A side trip planned by our guide and driver to stop at a small Polish town that had the remains of a USWWII bomber that has shot down by nazi planes. One of our tour members uncle was the pilot of the plane. He and his entire crew survived the crash. The guide and driver kept it secret until we were approaching the town. Although it was not part of the normal tour everyone was thrilled to share this experience with our fellow tour member."

Joy

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was great. Three big cities was a bit of overload and too many churches from my perspective. How about touring a castle and leaving a church as an option? I would have skipped the local school at Egar. 1 full day in Ljubljana would have been great. Auschwitz was an important experience. One cannot really fathom the horror until you see the piles of hair, shoes, glasses..... The sheer size of the camps was overwhelming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An unplanned stop to a small town in Poland. The uncle of one of our tour members was a pilot in a plane that was shot down during WWII. All 10 survived. The local fire department had a large display and some pieces of the plane. Great to share the experience with our fellow tour member. The night cruise in Budapest was amazing."

Stan

Yucca Valley, CA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with an excellent tour guide (Peter). The tour group members were cheerful and interested in the cultural and historical aspects of the travel. The amount of "free time" was good. An extra half hour in the morning so that there was time to use the toilet, brush teeth, etc. before hoofing it off to the bus would have been appreciated. Perhaps arrange for breakfast to start at 6:30 A.M.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While we loved Krakow I think my "wow" moment must be Peter's explanation of the Balkan War of '91-'92. When asked to explain it he said he would have to start over a thousand years back to include the historical cultural differences. Despite having read much about the war, myself, his was the best and most neutral explanation I have heard or read. It really opened up my perspective on the conflict. Kudos to Peter!"

Cheryl

Chillicothe, OH

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's trip and I was curious, but not excited. It so exceeded my expectations! I had been a little intimidated by the thought of so many different languages and currencies, but Peter made it simple, telling us how much cash we needed as we approached each border, which ATMs were safe, and where to exchange currency. Peter's extensive knowledge of the history, customs, and personality of each location was phenomenal. He has wonderful people skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband's grandfather had emigrated from a tiny town in Slovakia. Our driver Sam told Ken we would be passing through the middle of Nizna Slana the next day! Sam and Peter coordinated an unscheduled stop for a photo of us at the sign to the village! We ran back to the bus to cheers and applause! Several fellow tour group have roots in the Central Europe area and it felt like a victory for all of us! Thanks, Sam and Peter!"

John

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. Well thought out to cover the places we went with a great balance of scheduled activity and free time. Peter did a great job of attending to the needs of a wide variety of people and their interests. Sam the bus driver did a great job of navigating use through very narrow streets and border crossings. Real positive experience and will do another Rick Steve's tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj and Lake Bled were beautiful. Right out of a picture book. The Adriatic Sea, Island hotel, castles, and lake were amazing! Just loved it."

Stephanie

The Villages, FL

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Countries were beautiful and interesting, culture was outstanding and logistics were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvica National Forest and Rovinj"

Mac

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I very much enjoyed it. Probably it should be a 5 star rating, but the cites and experiences were not as amazing as we have had on other Rick Steves tours. But that is the nature of where we visited and not a criticism of the tour. The bus lectures on history and politics and education and medical were excellent. Perhaps they were among my highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unlike other tours I didn't have many "wow" moments. The Auschwitz-Birkenau visit was chilling especially seeing the rooms full of hair and shoes, the stand up jail cells and the acres full of chimneys at Birkenau. The evening cruise where we saw the stunning lit up Parliament building in Budapest was excellent."

Susanne

Mechanicsburg, PA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fantastic from beginning to end. Our tour guide, George, was outstanding . His knowledge of Eastern Europe was exceptional. He was extremely organized and enthusiastic. The itinerary offered a variety of venues and experiences, ,beautiful and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I never realized how beautiful Croatia is. The Plitvice National Park was one of the most scenic parks I've even seen, with waterfalls at every turn. Rovinj was truly a vacation from our vacation ."

Carol

Wichita, KS

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved seeing parts of Europe that we might never have gotten to on our own, and George was a wonderful guide to this part of the world. Our fellow tour members were delightful, which we find comes with being like-minded travelers and lifelong learners. We learned a tremendous amount about these formerly communist countries, their cultures, and their people. Gorgeous scenery and sites to see as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Auschwitz and Birkenau were indelible moments, of course those are hard to put into adequate words. But I had several other "wow" moments, one of them being the countryside in Croatia where evidence of their civil-war gunfire was still visible...I knew about that war but had no idea they still carried so many scars over 20 years later; that was eye-opening to me. Other "wow" moments were for some of the breathtaking scenery in the countrysides as well as the charming cities."

Flora

Buhl, ID

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was our fifth RS tour. we have enjoyed each one of them. but, i've got to say, i think this one was the best of them all! there was a great deal of variety,...big cities, small cities, festive moments, somber moments, cobblestone streets, creaky boardwalks, hustling activity, lakeside serenity, movement by bus, trams, boats, and feet... a super guide a swell group of fellow travelers a competent bus driver carefully chosen accommodations... it was ALL good!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were many "wow" moments...but the one that immdeiately stands out is my reaction when i saw the view from our hotel room balcony on katerina island in rovinj. absolutely beautiful to see the cathedral in the distance on the mainland and to see the sky turning golden at sunset."

Soozi

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was grand. We were so lucky to have the well informed George with his historical information and his personal insight as to what it was like living under communisms. I hotels were way beyond our expectations, bus driver really handled all of the touring well, even though it was a bigger group than we had hoped everyone melded well and had a delightful time. Having Thomas as a local guide really added to our experience and brought history to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved every big city we toured and all the great public transportation. But when we listened to the waterfalls at the national park after so much business I felt more on vacation even with the busy crowds there. The boardwalk would never have been approved in the US, but it was perfect for the park. I appreciated arriving early and traveling against the crowd."

Richard

Wichita, KS

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George made our overall experience wonderful & fun. His knowledge, that he loves to share, is amazing. We got to see & learn about a lot of countries, that most people don't think about visiting. Highly recommended!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the beauty of the natural surroundings in all the countries forests, mountains & lakes."

Patricia

Milan, NH

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking through Plitvice Lakes National Park. I found the park breathtakingly beautiful and a perfect transition to a slower pace after touring three major cities."

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour. Both have been very similar in that the guides have been first rate, both the general guide and the specific segment guides. There has also been just the right mix of guided time and individual time. Even in the individual time, the suggestions for things to due have been excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being immersed in the horrors of the Nazi occupation, then finding that the Russian liberators were every bit as bad."

James

Tifton, GA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our most ambitious tour, with stops in six countries, met our every expectation. Except for Slovenia, each country was a first for us. Though my wife's family has ties to this part of the world, her family had no memories or stories to tell. The most recent immigrants from the region came from the 'Astro-Hungarian Empire' The history shared by our guides became a way of trying to piece this old, but obscure, part Europe to our understanding of the larger European story.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the school in Eger, Hungary, gave me the first real picture of this part of Europe. Seeing children, residents who don't try to hide their emotions or thoughts, gave me the sense of optimism and hope for this world's future. They were learning German or English as a second language because they understood that almost no one from outside their country will learn Hungarian, and they want to (and already do) share in cultures outside their own."

Brad

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. It was just the right mix of planned activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but I would say a night cruise down the Danube River in Budapest was the top one."

Julie

Lakeway, TX

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing opportunity to see and experience a part of the world that was not available to visit just a short time ago. The people we met were welcoming and expressed a love for their countries which they were quick to share with us. Wonderful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from but one of my favorites was exploring and walking through the natural beauty of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Stunning!"

Glenn

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our experience with a fun and diverse group of new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest at night on the river. Spectacular! Music surprise at Prague dinner. Eger wine tasting."

Katherine

Ashland, OR

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fortunately our very first tour was with Rick Steve's!! All of my reservations about this type of travel dissolved right away after the first meeting with Katya, our guide, and the lovely enthusiastic seasoned RS travelers!! Many had been on multiple tours which speaks volumes. All of our hotels, guides, group dinners and events were enjoyable and educational. We had nice amounts of free time to explore and eat on our own. I would recommend this tour to anyone fit and curious!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh so many but I was blown away by the city of Krakow and it's fascinating history."

Joan

Ventura, CA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the most wonderful time! This trip wet my appetite for many more tours to come.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Prague was the highlight of my trip. Katarina's details and historical perspective of the city were just the best"

Howard

Milan, NH

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a most amazing tour! Katerina always went above and beyond our expectations. We saw and experienced so much that is a good thing we took pictures as we could not rememeber it all. Hotel locations were wonderful. Everything about the trip was well thought out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is so difficult. There were so many. I have to say I was so pleased with the time we spent with the school children in Eger, What a great way to get a feel for people in another nation."

Larry

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

As a SOLO TRAVELER , I paid additional money. Where is that money applied to? Hotel costs would seem to be the only reason for additional cost so if that is the case, then why does a solo traveler get such poor accommodations? This significantly can alter the tour experience as sleep/rest is important to have an enjoyable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the concentration camps in Poland."

Jean

Beaconsfield, QC

Tour: 09/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed all the places we saw and learned so much about the history of these beautiful countries. Hard to believe hat they have been free of dictatorships for only 30 years. Rovinj was a beautiful place to relax and enjoy. Our guide Katarina made the trip very special, she was kind, knowledgeable, helpful and lots of fun. The people on the trip were great and that added to the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mostly every city was a delight....each had its own character, brought to light also by the guides. Auswitch was very moving and we were glad to see it with our own eyes. Plitvice Lakes National park as well as Rovinj, Lake Bled were a nice change from large cities, we enjoyed it all!"

Brent

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour. The tour exceeded my expectations in all areas. The quality of our guide, Sanel, was truly impressive. Sanel did a super job of helping me gain a much richer level of understanding of the people, culture and history of "Eastern Europe".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough question. Overall, the diversity of environments on this tour was really amazing. Wandering through the narrow streets of Rovinj was a special surprise and "wow" moment."

Jill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Starting in Prague, Czech Republic ending in Lake Bled, Slovenia. We just touched the surface of Eastern Europe in the most remarkable way. The tour was well organized and provided us with many varied experiences. I came away with a different expanded view of Eastern Europe and the countries we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment, so many but I would have to say the first night in Praque. The old town center lights ablaze, soft rain walking across the Charles Bridge."

Joseph

Somers, CT

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, we love that the tours are smaller than some. This allows folks to spread out on the bus. We think that going to a max of 28 is pushing it too far. The old maximum of 24 is better. Overall, the itinerary is excellent, but we would have liked a little more time in Croatia. We would sacrifice the time at Plitvice National Park and substitute more time on the coast. Bear in mind that many tour members have experienced the National Parks of the USA.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled. We loved walking the lake, going off to the church on the island, and hiking to the castle. So much packed into such a small area. However, being of Polish descent, I fell in love with Krakow. The fact that someone has played the trumpet every hour for 600 years is amazing."

Jan

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unlike the previous tours that I've taken with the company, this one covered multiple countries. Instead of getting a feel for a country, I got a feel for the cities and towns that we visited. Assuming that the cities represent their respective countries, I got an excellent feel for each country. As always, the regular breaks on long bus rides were greatly appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the God in the Act of Creation window in St. Francis Basilica in Kraków."

Claire

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fabulous way to see 6 Eastern European countries and understand their history and culture in a relatively short period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow. The beauty and the history, both wonderful and dark. Also the Plitvice National Park. So unexpected and stunning."

Donna

Hattiesburg, MS

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Trael for the trip was well planned, logical. I found the hotels to be much better than I expected. They were charming and comfortable. I enjoyed the pace of the trip highlights of the ity in the morning and free time to go back and enjoy what interested me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow was the bigget surprise to me. Beautiful, clean, exciting, not too big, lots to be entertained with. I found it the easiest place to decide where to eat. I LOVED Budapest and would have loved an extra half day there."

Jerome

Litchfield, IL

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw areas of the world not commonly seen by many travelers. Had excellent lectures on the history and customs of the areas. Good exposure to the different foods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The many sites of Budapest"

Stuart

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been on three previous tours, one with Rick Steves and the others with different companies. While I enjoyed each of them, this tour surpassed the others in its combination of destinations (cities, mountains, seaside) and the quality of teaching by our tour and local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Others have asked this question since I returned home. My answer is always that it is not possible to identify one moment because nearly every day presented at least one."

Lawrence

Ocala, FL

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great Rick Steves' tour. Enjoyed the locations, hotels, tour guides, the total trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too difficult to name just one, had great experiences in all locations."

Glenda

Sherwood A Park, AB

Tour: 09/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is out fifth tour and it was definitely up to the Rick Steves' standard of excellence. We are Canadians and pay the premium on the dollar exchange happily due to the exceptional quality of the tours. We come back with a new appreciation for other countries and the people who live there. Looking forward to our next experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband is of Polish descent and it was a WOW moment for me to hear him speak Polish so fluently. He no longer has anyone at home to speak to so I admired him for remembering the language. He was able to imagine his Dad walking the same streets in Krakow and to think of his Mother and Aunt's experiences in the Polish underground during WWII."

Earl

Akron, OH

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people of course. Peter who made sure everyone was taken care of. He was informed, funny, helpful. This tour offered sites, history, food, but it was put together to enhance the experience. The day of vacation from the vacation was one of the most enjoyable..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Water falls in Pitvicka. ( sorry about spelling)."

Gerald

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour to a part of the world that I had not visited before. Our guide, Peter, was outstanding; and our fellow travelers were fun and friendly-just what we've come to expect from a Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled was an unexpected delight. The boat ride to the island, the hike up to the Castle, and the walk around the lake were all great experiences."

Rebecca

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about it was above expectation. The group melded well. Food was great. Peter's set-up for each new place prepared us to understand and enjoy our experience to the max.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were in Eger (a place of many delightful surprises--the school, the Roma fiddler at wine tasting, the Beatles exhibit at our hotel), we were lucky enough to see there was going to be an organ concert in the church. Peter kindly delayed our departure time 15 minutes so that those of us who wanted to attend could enjoy the whole thing. It was great. As we were leaving, the organist played one more song--Ave Maria. Is there a musical piece that has more emotional pull than that one?"

Joan

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time as a single woman traveler. Mixed reviews on that. I feel I had to expend a lot of effort to be "part of the group." Tour members were generally fine with me asking to go somewhere with them but I always had to do the asking. That got old. The group was WAY TOO LARGE!!!! I have been on small group tours before. Max was 22. Guess I should have done more research. But overall I loved the history, diversity, natural beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jewish cemetery and temple in Prague which I did pre-tour. The room with children's artwork related to current immigration problems - how to keep hope alive. Rooms with names on the walls. Talking to docent, Hannah, about modern Jewish culture in E.E., medieval parades, guilds. Having time to reflect and pray in the cemetery. Chances to talk to locals - vendors, taxi drivers, Middle East immigrants, artists, buskers, waitress (Stramberk) re: mushrooms, students on holiday, other tourists"

Nadine

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous trip from start to finish. I loved the balance of big city, smaller towns, national parks and gorgeous island resorts. Peter, our guide,was so knowledgeable and helpful. He made sure we had all the information we needed and that we had great things to do on our free time. Peter and the local guides shared so much good historical and current information with a fun sense of humor. There are so many places I'd love to go back to and further explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments that it is hard to limit to a favorite. I think the most surprising was Krakow. I really wasn't expecting the charm and beauty of Krakow. I would have loved to stay longer! Another WOW moment I need to include was walking around Lake Bled. How stunningly beautiful!!!"

Steve

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is an outstanding tour and was led by a superb tour director - Peter Polczman. Not everyone understands Eastern Europe ( now known as the "heart" of Europe ) because it was behind the Iron Curtain during most of our lives, but it is a must see. The history, architecture, and culture are so different. I think it attracts interesting and serious travelers, whom wish to see and experience the lesser known, which may be the reason our entire group of travelers were so fantastic to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow's main cathedral in the "old" part of town. I could easily have sat there for 4 hours. Boating down the Danube seeing Budapest at night with all the buildings lit is marvelous. Walking thru Plitvice Lakes National Park is the best walk I've ever taken. Moving from the sunny shores of Croatia to beautiful Lake Bled is phenomenal. All of these are wow moments and don't get me started about Prague."

Lisa

Warren, MI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best things about the tour was spending time with my fellow travelers! I enjoyed spending 15 days with a fun, friendly and interesting group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite time was spending the morning in Rovinj, which reminded me a lot of Venice (without the crowds) and spending the afternoon swimming in the Adriatic by Katarina Island (where our hotel was)."

Todd

Akron, OH

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This, my fifth Rick Steves tour, went on without a hitch. It was amazingly organized (thanks Peter), the sights were well-balanced and breathtaking, I loved that our group was always prompt and on time, and most-of-all we all got along well together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was an unexpected "wow' moment for me. The tour is heavily filled with old architecture (churches, buildings, etc) as it should be. Plitvice was a beautiful respite and a fun day of hiking. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful."

Hazel

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful tour! Our tour guide was excellent and made the tour very interesting and informative. Hotel accommodations and locations were excellent. Restaurant/meal experiences were enjoyable and the food reflected the local foods. Bus was comfortable; excellent driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As far as visual "Wow": Plitvice National Park and the Adriatic coast. Slovenia was so special! On a different level, I saw more clearly than anywhere else I've traveled, that 99% of people love people and don't care about nationality. They are friendly, helpful when needed, and eager to share their story. The priority among the majority of us is to have a peaceful world for ourselves and for all our descendants."

Alan

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide and great cities. Bus rides were long but our guide provided great commentary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying for 2 nights on island of St. Catherine. The entire island was ours - swimming, kayaking, archery, walking. 10 minute ferry ride took us to Rovinj."

Alice

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! I can't say enough about the tour, the guide, the locations, the hotels, food, the prep through Rick's book. All great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was lovely."

James

Springfield, IL

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, great Guide, and overall above expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Eastern Europe culture post Soviet control. Best moments were the rides through the rural portions of each country. Of course, the major cities were great to see, I enjoyed the country side as much."

Barbara

Deland, FL

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience exceeded my expectations by 1,000 percent. My thoughts and pre-conceived ideas about central Europe were set on their head. I was amazed by the progress these countries had achieved in the relatively short time since their freedom from Communism. I appreciated learning the history of these countries first hand from Jana, our knowledgeable guide. Her personal stories made the whole experience that much better. Loved every minute. Food, wine, accommodations, tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to just pick one. It seemed every day was filled to the brimmed with special moments. I loved the visit to the vineyard in Hungary. Plitvici National Park was over the top. Of course, the coast of Croatia was gorgeous. Loved swimming in the sea. Hotel Katarina was delightful."

Alan

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour includes great stops. Prague, Krakow and Budapest are wonderful cities with beautiful architecture, art and rich history. Krakow is a real gem. The countryside was very scenic on the drives from Krakow to Budapest and on to Croatia and Slovenia. Rovinj and Bled are a really nice way to finish up the tour. Even knowing a couple of long days on the coach were necessary and part of the package, they were nonetheless painfully long. Transit by rail would have been much more pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in our St. Katarina Island hotel room and looking out across the bay at Rovinj on a beautiful sunny late summer morning. The morning hike at Plitvice Lakes National Park was next best, even with a downpour in the middle. The wine tasting at the vineyard in the hills above Eger was entertaining and good fun."

Joni

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this tour. It has been 12 years since our last Rick Steves tour. We seriously considered a River Boat Cruise for this trip. Thank goodness we didn't. The quality and professionalism of the Eastern Europe tour was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment occurred every day. Our guide Jana wins my WOW. Jana is delightful. Professional, articulate, passionate; Jana's customer service skills are top notch."

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana does an excellent job with all the logistics of moving around six different countries, each with its own language. Her personal experience, havng been there as the velvet revolution was happening makes her uniquely qualified to describe all the ins and outs of life before and after. One of the real benefits of the trip that I really didn't realize until later was that we went to where the real people behind the Iron Curtain used to play: Rovinj, Lake Bled

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The language survival phrases in the book very helpful. One thing that I think is missing, though, is the phrase How do you say XYZ in Czech? I've found that very useful, for an example in Germany, one would say: "Wie sagt man XYZ auf Deutsch?" In Spain, "como se dice XYZ en espanol?" Bus iPhone chargers were a huge plus"

John

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour (as well as my first fully guided tour) and it exceeded my high expectations in every way. It was flawlessly planned, expertly and warmly guided, and included a fine balance between varying kinds of destinations--and all the surprises were pleasant. I would certainly recommend a Rick Steves tour to anyone willing to be part of a guided tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Kolhari winery was the purest good time. The spectacular scenery of Rovinj and Lake Bled gave me the most "pinch me" moments. But the most lasting impacts of this tour will not be the "wow" moments, but how much I learned about Krakow, Croatia, Slovenia, and all the other places that I knew next to nothing about before visiting them."

John

Shelbyville, IN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

BANG! Travelling six countries in 15 days would be impossible without an incredible guide. The work that goes into planning, preparing and executing never ceases to amaze me. The culture is quite perplexing with 1000 years of architectural history coupled with only 30 years of economic history. Each country has prospered differently through this 30 year period. The scenery is stunning as you travel from ever changing city through ever changing countryside. The occasional long bus travel is ample

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found Krakow to be an enchanting city and the waterfalls of Plitvice National Park amazingly beautiful and abundant."

Char

Palatine, IL

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour! It was extra special because of our guide, Eszter! She ensured we saw all the important sights and understood their political, historical, architectural, and artistic significance. Her guidance ensured we made the best use of our free time exploring the cities and towns independently. She made great recommendations for things to do or see, which either affirmed our ideas or provided new insights. She chose wonderful restaurants for our dining experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although we enjoyed all aspects of the tour, my "wow" moment was Plitvice Lakes National Park. All of the waterfalls were absolutely stunning! Although it rained and the mountains were hidden with clouds, we also enjoyed our extended private tour of the Julian Alps with Gorazd - the Nordic Center, the Russian Orthodox Chapel, the Church of St. Joseph, and the Kobarid Museum - in addition to a few views of the mountain peaks and the valley."

Susan

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip helped me see the beauty of the land and people that I only had knowledge of through history book bias. It opened my eyes to my Fathers heritage that was mostly cut off from us children as they wanted the next generation to be Americans. The pace was faster and more rigorous than I anticipated. I recommend a Fitness Trainer develop a walking program to get even the most fit ready. Our guide Ezster was amazing. She freely shared her knowledge and encouraged discussions. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Forest was awe inspiring. I love nature, travel the world to see special places just like this and was amazed I never heard of it."

William

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Guide Eszter was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and charming. Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia are no longer exotic dreams. They are now exquisite memories. I loved our tour group and would travel with them anywhere, even though our average age was 84 (only kidding). Europe's third major heatwave of the summer did not faze us. What a wonderful travel experience! A travel dream realized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For some time now I wanted to see in the flesh Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady With An Ermine". Never thought I would meet her since she normally resides in Krakow. But there she was at the National Museum's Main Branch."

Brian

Palatine, IL

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and covered the sites extremely well. It gave an in depth understanding of the peoples and history they've endured through time, especially since WWII. The cities were quite beautiful as were the countrysides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is incredibly beautiful to the point that it makes one wonder if it's real."

Claudia

Salem, OR

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful time. Eszter was so organized and knowledgeable. She was also a caring and energetic guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pletvice National Park. So many waterfalls over, under and around us.We were lucky to have a beautiful day and our early start kept us away from much of the crowd."

Richard

Salem, OR

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful sights...wonderful Steves guide...wonderful local guides...wonderful bus driver...did I say "WONDERFUL!!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night cruise in Budapest on the Danube."

Dorothy

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Different from any other trip I've taken--we saw the important sights but also learned about life under Nazi and Communist control and ongoing efforts to build democratic governments. The Holocaust memorials in several places were very moving. I also was reminded that the U.S. is not alone in dealing with racism and inhumane treatment of refugees. This tour certainly met the Rick Steves' description of "travel as a political act!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes were beautiful, but I think seeing Lake Bled with low-hanging clouds was an unexpected treat. At first I was disappointed that we couldn't see much of the high mountains around it, but the shifting clouds gave this beautiful lake, its island church, and its cliffside castle a magical, otherworldly feel."

Barry

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 3rd tour w/ Rick Steves and, as usual, it was excellent! We had a great group of travelers and an outstanding guide (Eszter) who was very experienced and helped us navigate 6 different countries, languages and currencies. We loved the cities of Prague, Krakow and Budapest as each had its own unique personality and charm. We then went into the beautiful natural settings of Croatia (Plitvice, Rovinj) and Slovenia (Lake Bled). A perfect blend of city and nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj...balcony view from hotel overlooking the pristine clear water of the Adriatic, perfect view of the bell tower and colorful town of Rovinj. Outstanding open air seafood restuarant on the water watching the yellow & orange sunset over Islands and Rovinj. Lake Plitvice...bright green water of the lakes, waterfalls everywhere, lush greenery River boat ride on the Danube...spectacular night view of parliament, bridges, castle, churches Thermal Baths...unique, fun and enjoyable"

Tiffanie

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phenomenal tour with something for everyone. Historic and beautiful big cities, castles, museums, cathedrals, gorgeous country side, vineyards, forest, mountains, ocean and lakes. Such a diverse mix of sites, all them lovely. So many must-sees on this trip. Especially appreciated the education on European history, both ancient and recent. I felt confident that I would see all the most important sites in the amount of time allotted and for the most part, I did. Gave me the desire to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but 2 very equal moments. Plitvice National Park with the unforgettable waterfalls, crystal clear water, lush trails in every shade of green, impossibly blue skies. Closest thing to the Garden of Eden on earth. Second, The beautiful coastal town of Rovinj, Katherine Island, multi million dollar view, the enchanting Adriatic Sea,bluest water, painted skies of sunsets and sunrises, much needed day of rest, vacation from vacation. Absolutely loved it."

Gary

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, we got perfect weather, not so for the groups a few days behind us. Second, the group itself was really great, lots of laughs and energy. Third, our guide Sanel was wonderful, funny, articulate, knowledgeable. Put this all together, and you have a super trip. The cities we visited were so easy to see and embrace. Usually there are a couple of cities that are kinda blah, but not on this trip. The only negative was the food in the various countries, it was ok but not great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunsets and lake views. Not one moment, but several. The views of the lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia and Lake Bled in Slovinia were wonderful. The sunsets on the Danube river in Budapest, and on the harbor restaurant in Rovinj were gorgeous. Props to our guide Sanel for switching the days for our harbor meal as we had perfect weather at sunset. Sanel must know a guy."

Cheryl

Wellington, CO

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thank for ordering up 15 days of sunshine!!! The other people on this tour were delightful. You have developed a program that attracts good travelers who then make good travel companions. We joyously laughed, sang, drank and ate our way through Eastern Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I LOVED Plitvice. While cities and churches are wonderful, it was great to get into nature. Lake Bled was also wonderful."

Conrad

Wellington, CO

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After an excellent first tour in 2018 my expectations were high for 2019, and they were exceeded. Our guide, Sanel, was superb: funny, personable, organized, concerned for the well-being of the group, and informative. I thought the balance of sight-seeing and free-time was about right. The group meals/wine tastings were all excellent. Our bus driver inspired confidence on narrow and winding roads, and also was personable when off-duty. I enjoyed the company of our fellow-travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot choose a single "wow" moment. However, I will mention how much I appreciated and enjoyed the fact that on this tour we spent some time in environments that were more "natural" rather than urban. As much as I like spending time in the older part of cities, I also was awed by some of the scenery we saw and spent some time in, e.g., Tatras mountains, the winery outside of Eger, the lunch at a farmstead, Plitvice National Park, the island and swimming in the Adriatic."

Robert

Fishers, IN

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While I think the tour was well run, I found that this type of tour is not what we are looking for in travel. The getting to be buddies with the group was not a goal of this trip. I didn't go the Europe to meet Americans. The tour had it moments with the group but future travel will be independent of a guide and group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour did a good job with the local tour guides. The Krakow and Prague guides were excellent but the Budapest guide seems to be a bit wordy and we didn't move out of the Heroes square for a long time on a very hot day. The Auschwitz-Birkenau tour guide was awesome."

Julie

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the first time we saw Lake Bled from the bus. Our tour guide, Sanel, told us to look. We crested a hill, and all of the sudden, there was a gorgeous lake."

Julie

Eureka, CA

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all of my expectations. It was a cultural experience, educational and at times a spiritual journey. Each day was planned well and there was plenty of time to explore on your own time. Each stop provided an excellent over view of the history and culture and we were given excellent guidelines by our tour guide Sanel to navigate the cities we visited in our own time. Each day was a joy-even those spent traveling on the bus and it was a sad day when we said goodbye.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have no favorite moment, there were so many and so varied in type. The old town squares of Prague and Krakow are breathtaking at night as is the Parliament building and castle of Budapest at sunset on the Danube. These probably stand out the most to me."

Gregory

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we've traveled throughout Europe using Rick Steves' books for guidance, this was our first "guided" tour with a group. It exceeded our expectations and we were fortunate to enjoy the company of an extraordinary group of seasoned travelers. Their insights and experiences as well as the sharing of personal and family information added another dimension that we loved. Of course, our tour guide was wonderful and the local guides exceptional. Hotels and group dinners were top notch as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot select just one. The wine-tasting in Eger; Dinner in Krakow and a stroll through the town square; twilight cruise on the Danube in Budapest; an adventurous soak in the Szechenyi Baths; exploring the charming streets of Rovinj and Ljubljana; the list goes on....."

Sherry

Nehalem, OR

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our European tour was amazing! We have been on 2thers, and this was wonderful because the people on our tour were all very nice and we all had a lot in common! Our tour guide Sinel was very nice too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I enjoyed Lake Plivitice the most though many of our outings were wonderful!"

Susan

Spokane, WA

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We just happened into the most congenial group ever! The group consensus was that Sanel was a wonderful guide who brought an attitude of positive encouragement in meeting new cultures, local histories and individuals. The tour had to cover so may things for all of the different people on the trip. I don't think we could have had a better introduction to Eastern Europe. It didn't hurt that the weather was excellent as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was beauty to be discovered at each stop -"

Marcia

Bothell, WA

Tour: 08/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was fast-paced and I lost 5 pounds. It was sometimes a struggle to not be a "grump" but most people were positive, and the group was congenial and "clicked" easily. Sometimes there was too much information to process adequately, but I guess that happens when you're seeing 5 countries with 5 different currencies, and in 15 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one, but I was most aurprised by and loved Lyubljana - the pedestrian zones, the fact that they honor poets, and the walking food tour was fabulous. In Krakow I enjoyed the lively town square and their sense of style - modern and classic at the same time. In Prague, going to see Don Giovanni performed with period instruments in the very same opera house where Mozart himself first conducted it."

Joyce

Arlington, VA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a BIG trip. 5 countries, languages and currencies. But a good mix of large beautiful cities, Prague, Krakow and Budapest and wonderful natural landscapes such as Plitvice Lakes National Park, Rovinj, Croatia and Lake Bled Slovenia. Our tour guide was wonderful and made the trip as fluid as it could be. We had a great group of tour takers which made the trip even more enjoyable and after a day at Auschwitz-Birkenau you might need the positive vibe of good tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the beauty of the outdoors and I think my Wow was Plitvice Lakes."

Raymond

Avila Beach, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide was the highlight. Many great destinations. A little too much bus time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing what life was like behind the former iron curtain."

John

Ashland, OR

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to Katerina the tour was comfortable, entertaining, and wonderfully informative. We always knew what was happening and the events were varied and interesting. And it was a treat to have so time to do things on our own and then our experiences with Katerina, Stephanie, and the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the lights of Budapest at night on the Danube river cruise."

Maryann

Ashland, OR

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our very first tour, Rick Steves or otherwise, and was something of a test. The tour performed at our highest expectations. We loved all the venues, the bus rides proved to be way above expectations, and the guide Katka was perfect. We enjoyed all the guest guides -- all were very knowledgeable. The hotels were all as advertised and some were above expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the boat to our hotel in Rovinj and then going on the "dolphin excursion," quite magical at sunset."

Barbara

Peterborough, ON

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing as well as both physically and mentally challenging. Our tour guide Katka's knowledge of the area was mind blowing. We met some incredible people both within our group and along the way and we saw some incredible sights that I will treasure forever. I loved this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Danube nighttime river cruise. Budapest looked so beautiful and magical."

Marite

Skokie, IL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The choice of hotels was very good, meals were very good. The pace of the trip was very good. I thought there was a bit too much "on your own" time toward the end of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The astronomical clock in Prague fascinated me."

Paul

Nashua, NH

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good tour with excellent venues selected, and excellent tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Prague and was pleasantly surprised by Krakow, Budapest, Plitvinica and staying on the Adriatic"

Ann

Avila Beach, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was more of an "education" than a vacation as we gained insight into darker sides of history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with our last tour, the "wow" was the tour guide - Katerina."

Sherry

Kelso, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. Great group of travelers, wonderful guides and best bus driver. We felt well taken care of and guided throughout the entire tour. This will be one of our favorite Rick Steve's experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments on this tour. I especially loved the evening river cruise on the Danube when we saw the Parliament building lit up and birds flying overhead. It was magical."

Robert

Kelso, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great tour guide, wonderful tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The horror of Birkenau was beyond description."

Linda

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with a Rick Steves group. It was amazing. My main goal was to not be the one to have to plan our vacation this time. But I got much more out of it than that - places/events I wouldn't have gone to on my own; food and drink I might not have tried; and getting to know new people over 2 weeks while riding a bus together. I like the free time given us, visiting smaller towns and nature, and our vacation from our vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vacation from our vacation was our favorite. Loved the hotel, beach and pool area."

James

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and my wife and I enjoyed it very much. Although it was a whirlwind tour, because it was so efficiently organized and led by our tour guide it was not overly exhausting. One thing that really surprised me was just how perfectly designed and executed it was. I don't believe there was a single time that the tour was delayed or miss-timed despite how complicated it must have been to lead 28 people through 6 different Eastern European countries in only 2 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to say since there were simply too many times that my jaw dropped at what I was seeing and experiencing during the tour. Obviously, much thought was given to determining which sights and experiences to expose the tour group to. I really don't think I remember any time that I felt that my time was being wasted or wished we had done anything else with the available time."

Susan

Redding, CA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Croatia, our island stay... a day from our vacation ...I could have been there for a week... just to island hop."

Berenice

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour exceeded our expectations from our guides, towns we visited to the wonderful people we meet on this tour. The weather was hot & humid with even some rain, but neither dampened our enjoyment. Our tour guide George was fantastic! His expertise & a love for what he does shone thru in everything he did. He's a masterful story teller & is incredibly knowledgeable about the history & current changes thru the years for each town we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "Wows" it's difficult to choose just one"

Margaret

Mcgregor, MN

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since this was our 5th Rick Steves' tour, my husband and I already knew how important and special the guide, the apprentice, the bus driver, and our fellow tour members would be to us. For me, they are as important as what new country I am sightseeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with other tours, there isn't one wow moment. I remember the first time walking into Prague's Old Town. It just felt so wonderfully European. When we were at a local winery, sampling wine, eating cheese and bread, listening to Tony play the violin with us singing along, I remember looking into my husband's eyes and we smiled knowing that this moment was perfect. And another great memory was walking into our room on St. Katerina Island and gazing out our window at Rovinj's dramatic Old Town!"

Ann

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steve's Tour and overall program was amazing! I like how the organizing was done and the tips, excursions & several meals were included in the price. The tour provided a great mix of local expertise on historical and political perspectives so we could understand the sites in context. I liked how we were trained in each city for public transportation so that we were comfortable navigating on our own and how there is a good mix of guided tour time and personal time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Our cities were so unique and I enjoyed nearly all of them. The accommodations in Rovinj were amazing. Plitvice National Park was a definite wow and a good break after being in some big cities. The Danube cruise was fun too."

Philip

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour. The entire trip exceeded our expectations. Everything was well organized and taken care of for us. All we had to do was enjoy the locations, tours and culture. Our guides, Peter and Monica, were fantastic. Our group was a lot of fun and added to the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'Wow' moment of the trip was the city of Krakow. The of old city wall gave us a view into the past of how the city must have looked back when the entire city was contained within. The large square at the center of the city was so impressive. We also had a wonderful dinner in Krakow. Monica took a large group of us to a restaurant where we dined underground. We all enjoyed learning more of the history and political of the 'Heart of Europe' from Monica while we shared our meal."

William

Harrison, NY

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was all I could have expected. There was a great balance between group time and free time. I bonded with several other members. Thus, some of the free time was spent with different group members. The tour cultivated a fun environment allowing me to juggle personal time with structured time, as well as building acquaintances. The food in Croatia was probably the low point if there was one. It's not bad, but no highlight. The food elsewhere was excellent. Peter gave us very useful advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd been to Rovinj in the best, thanks to your guidebook. I talked it up to many members. They loved it. I loved seeing it again - as pretty as I remember it was in the early 2000s. The cruise on the Danube displayed the grandeur of Budapest. Another member and I commented on how stunning the parliament building is. We were wowed by it. The included dinner in Eger was a particular highlight."

John

Boise, ID

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Over the top great. Exceeded expectations (which were already quite high)! 10 out of 10.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"realizing that the island hotel in Croatia (which I had fully intended to visit on my vacation within a vacation day) was actually where we were going to stay. It was a marvelous bonus."

Larry

Corona, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time, enjoyed our tour guide Peter. We like the time the tour gives to explore on our own. Generally we tour on our own, but to cover this many locations we felt this tour was the best way to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Rovinj, on the Island Hotel Katarina. Great day off from the tour. The visit to the winery was great what a fun time we had."

Tana

Baker, NV

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible trip. We covered so many countries and learned so much history about the heart of Europe. This kind of trip, changing counties, currencies and any of the logistics would have been confusing, stressful and difficult on our own. The well planned out and organization, made it a relaxing, stress free experience. Peter, our guide went above and beyond to make our trip great and memorable. Our group was outstanding. We had such a great time, even on the lengthy bus trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we crossed into Slovenia, I was in aww of how pretty it was. Also the beauty of the Adriatic."

Diane

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed the tour and as usual it checked all the R.S. boxes. Great guides, insightful local history, fun activities, lots of walking, and wonderful tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not that Auschwitz was a "wow" moment but it was humbling experience. We were fortunate to have a tour member whose relatives survived Auschwitz and our tour member shared some of their history. It is a moment I will remember for years to come."

John

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the reasons that we chose the Rick Steves Eastern European Tour was the widely dispersed geography and complicated travel logistics which were comfortably addressed with the bus transportation provided for this tour. Travel on the bus provided George, our tour guide, with opportunities to brief us on the history and upcoming food and cultural features associated with each new venue. His briefings were excellent and greatly contributed to the quality travel and cultural experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I do not consider the visit to Auschwitz as a "wow" moment, but found it a deeply moving experience. I wish everyone could have this same exposure that causes one to ponder how human beings could objectify others in such an inhuman way. Every church or lookout tower that we climbed provided its own "wow" moment as we gazed out over the cityscape or countryside spread below. The exquisite artwork and statuary in the churches and synagogues that we visited prompted similar "wow" expressions."

Carmen

New York, NY

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George was excellent guide and provided a lot of historical context that enhanced my tour. I appreciated the way he adapted to the needs of the other guests and engaged all of us to make sure our expectations were being met. George also provide opportunities for guests to provide commentary that helped to enhance everyone's experience. Liked the various strategies he used to help group relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count, but enjoyed Budapest, Rovinj and Lake Bled. Of course the tour to Auschwitz/Berkenau was very meaningful. Appreciated opportunity to hear about Holocaust from guides as well as guests. George did an excellent job of provide context for understanding both the Jewish and non-Jewish experience."

Justin

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very interesting and fun. I felt it was educational in many ways and changed some of my perspectives significantly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it's a toss-up between seeing Rovinj for the first time and seeing Lake Bled for the first time."

Gretchen

North Andover, MA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th tour and it was in my top two. I loved each of the cities and the smaller towns were fantastic as well! So much to see and it definitely wasn't what I was expecting from former Communist countries, in a great way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm, I can never pick just one. Loved seeing Budapest lit up at night, loved hiking in Plitvice National Park (been wanting to do that for years), loved how 'cozy' Krakow seemed. I also LOVED the stop at the school in Eger! I could go on and on."

Jerry

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the expertise of Katka, our guide, Mich did a great job driving. I liked the free time to explore, over all a wonderful trip, emersed in local flavor and beauty. Have already recommended it to others, and thinking about another Rick Steves tour. A well planned itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"City walls through Prague, Krakow, and Rovinj. Rovinj is a photographer's dream."

Todd

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. Best part was our tour guide Katarina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm Jewish so all of the opportunities to learn and see about our history."

Robin

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was right on the mark....Katka was the best tour guide I've ever had, the other members of the group were friendly, not grumpy, on time, etc. The pacing was excellent, although I would've appreciated an extra day in Krakow and maybe no day in Eger?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National park! The waterfalls were breathtaking and it was so nice to be in nature after so many busy days in cities and towns."

Mark

Palm Springs, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. I enjoyed myself immensely, met some nice people and saw many fantastic locales. We were fortunate to have a timely and considerate group and a exceptional driver and guide. Thank you to Mitch and Katka.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was blown away by Krakow, loved it. Walking into the main square early evening was magical."

Jodi

Covington, LA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe; it was so nice to not have to think about planning hotels & transportation. Katerina was such a lovely guide; she made sure we were all comfortable and that no one was bored. I loved the history lessons from all the local guides and Katerina. There was just so much to see and do; there was something for everyone the entire time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Goodness, my favorite 'wow' moment is hard to pin down because there were so many. For sights it would have to be Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia; the crystal clear water and the colors. For sounds it would have to be Krakow, Poland and the Chopin concert that Katerina called to our attention. For food, goodness, that's another hard one...I guess I'll have to go with our first dinner in Rovinj, Croatia."

Bethanie

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS Tour and it did not disappoint. This part of Europe was high on my list to visit and I knew it would be best visited with a plethora of local guides and logistics taken care of. We zipped from big cities to the coast and mountains with ease. A big thanks to our driver, Mitch! We easily navigated different currencies, languages, histories and cultural nuances thanks to Katka. With an excellent guide and wonderful tour members we couldn't lose!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though there were many, I'll choose two moments. The first happened when we all tumbled out of the bus in Rovinj. Our first view of the city across the water as we took our boat to the hotel was magical. The second happened in Bled after a hike up a hill. My husband and I enjoyed a picnic lunch from the grocery store in town (Katka's recommendation!) while sitting on a couple tree stumps with a picturesque view of the island church and mountains in the distance. Beautiful."

Deborah

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. Loved the history. Our tour guide Katka was the 'BEST'. Her knowledge and history of the area was profound. She went above and beyond with her kindness. The cities on the tour were unbelievably beautiful. The countryside on the bus rides stunning. I will definitely be doing another Rick Steves tour in the future. One other thing, the time given to our group to explore the cities on our own was very much appreciated. Thank you Rick Steves but most importantly thank you Katka.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had way too many wow moments to isolate just one."

Don

Middletown, OH

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A lot of walking. Saw many things. Time in each city seemed about right. We did need the day of vacation from vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvica - I would have liked a little more time here. It seemed like a rushed walk."

Stephen

Palm Springs, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth RS tour and was as fantastic as the others. The itinerary was the reason we booked this trip and it we got to experience everything that we had anticipated. We are so happy that the extra day was added to Krakow, which was an unexpected highlight of the trip. We were well taken care of by Katerina, who has such wealth of knowledge, languages and made sure we were all happy and helped us with any issues (which were few). The hotels were all well located and welcoming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow was a constant WOW for me. Wandering the pedestrian zone and enjoying the gigantic market square was always entertaining. From the Schindler museum to the Jewish quarter, to the Wawel area and a river cruise, the city was exciting, colorful, friendly and super inexpensive. We now want to return to Poland because of this introduction to Krakow."

Robert

Livermore, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing city experience in Prague, Budapest, and Krakow, seeing marvelous cathedrals, etc. We enjoyed a change of pace in a Slovokia National Park with all its waterfalls. The group was compatible; friendships were made. (We were also traveling with some friends.) The logistics went flawlessly. Our tour guide, Katka, was amazing, full of knowledge, able to give an interesting history lesson on most anything. She was every bit as outstanding as our previous two guides, Paul and Treena.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having churched out at the beginning of the tour, going on a half day hike through the Slovokia National Park with all the waterfalls was the high point."

Laura

Killeen, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unbelievable experience in Eastern Europe. I loved every minute of it. Each city amazed me in its beauty. Our guide Katka was charming, friendly, and so knowledgeable. She get 5 stars!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can only list one? I guess it would have to be Krakow. We had arrived at our hotel and our guide said to meet at 7:45 to walk to dinner. She took a few blocks down to the city center. We came to the opening and I think everyone in the tour all said, "wow" at the same time. It was nothing what I thought Krakow would look like. So magical."

Brenda

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it definitely will not be the last for me. Peter our tour guide made the trip for me. All of the information, history, culture, navigation help was the best. The stories about growing up during communist time and the changes since the fall were eye opening. All of the tour members were friendly and welcomed those of us who were solo travelers. Hotels were excellent. Group meals were also excellent. We averaged 6-7 miles a day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Slovenia, Lake Bled and Rovinj and Plitvice Croatia after the fast pace of the larger cities was a welcome change. Again all of the information from Peter will be something I will always remember."

Terry

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to many places in Europe but this tour took me to many places I have never been. As was my previous R.S. tour experience the tour was great. The bus was very comfortable and the driver exceptional. The other tour members were very nice and I felt I made good friends. The hotels were comfortable and the breakfasts very good. The tour guide Peter was more than exceptional. The locations came to life with his explanations of history, culture and why each location was important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening/night boat trip on the Danube river literally took my breath away. The photos I was able to take were awesome as Budapest was literally lit up at night"

Michael

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was excellent! The lodging, meals, transportation, local guides, tour assistant, tour guide and tour participants was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was "WOW" !"

Thomas

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a typical Rick Steves tour: superb guide, great itinerary, and companionable fellow travelers.

Branda

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first time that we have been to any of these countries. I had no expectations and we were totally blown away. Just Awesome!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest to us was spectacular when we did the Danube River cruise at night and saw everything magically lit up!!!! Just Awesome."

Albert

West Islip, NY

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour, as have been all the Rick Steves tours that we have been on. In addition to being fun, it was an eye opener for me. It was great to see how far these former communist countries have come, now that they are free and capitalist. On the other hand, Auschwitz was shocking, revealing the brutality of the Nazis that should never be forgotten.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Marzipan Museum in Eger. The work of one artist, realistic models of many things, big and small, all made of marzipan. This attraction was deleted from the Rick Steves guidebook for space reasons, but was recommended by Peter. By all means it should be reinstated in the book! I was impressed by the small, walkable city of Eger as a whole."

Karolina

West Islip, NY

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time. In Eger, Hungry we visited the local school which would like to have books written in English for the children. I would like to suggest that anyone who goes on this tour to bring a book(novels, comic books etc..) with them and give it to the school as a donation. I know I would of done this. And it can be a used book that is in excellent condition. Totally optional. Books for ages 6 to 15 yrs. old. Peter is a funny,easy to talk to, caring, guy. Also a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was in the town of Eger. We went to the Kopcsik Marcipana museum. And it was unbelieveable. You have to put this back in the tour book. Also Plitvice National Park was another WOW because of all the beautiful waterfalls. And our vacation from our vacation spot was also a beautiful."

Cinthya

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very enjoyable trip, great group of people and an extraordinary tour guide, except one night at Eger.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice was a incredible beautiful."

Suzanne

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern European tour included an excellent selection of cities and sites to sample a part of Europe we've always wanted to see. Recommend it highly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trail through Plitvice Lake National Park in Croatia allowed us to see one waterfall after another, as well as burbling streams and lakes. Just beautiful. Another great memory was walking into the city square in Krakow, Poland during a sunset, as swallows flew overhead."

John

Salem, AL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb, with the exception of one poorly chosen hotel in Eger. Our tour guide Katarina was simply outstanding, and we found the entire experience top notch (with above exception).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two of them. Plitvce National Park and seeing Auschwitz-Bircheneau."

Kristine

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Was a great pleasure to travel to these cities and both the cultural and natural sites on the schedule. I thought there was a great balance of organized tours and free time to explore and appreciated the lessons in using public transportation to get around and really explore. The guides were helpful and sincere in sharing local information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Night tour on the Danube in Budapest that included a full moon and lightening light show!"

Cheryl

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The best part of our trip was our tour guide Katerina. Her personal stories about friends and family affected by past occupations and war brought history to life for us. She paid close attention to the needs of the group and individuals. Her many kindnesses will be long remembered. Bus driver Mitch was a hoot. On the couple of occasions when we sat in front or interacted outside the bus, we enjoyed his patience and good humor. Hungarian wines were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We love the stay in Rovinj on the island of Katerina. Such a beautiful town. Also Lake Bled was gorgeous. The boat ride to the church was peaceful and lovely."

Jan

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful in a lot of ways! Having extra room on the bus was awesome. I loved the uniqueness of hotels we stayed in -- each hotel (and even room within) had personality and was situated in a convenient location for our planned tour events as well as free time. The local guides were fun, interesting, open to questions, and so passionate about their city! Our guide Peter was amazing! The tour went by so quickly, with each day being memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in and around Rovinj, Croatia. Our lodging was in paradise: on a gorgeous island a short and beautiful boat ride away from Rovinj. I loved relaxing and strolling on the island and wading in the Adriatic Sea. I also enjoyed walking through the narrow streets of quaint Rovinj; even doing laundry in town was an adventure to remember!"

Joseph

Port Hueneme, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour in the Heart of Europe was an excellent tour. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the cities we visited while soaking in all of the history in each city. The local tour guides were fantastic and full of insight about their city. Peter our tour guide was the best. His overall knowledge of the history throughout this region was excellent, as well as his expert knowledge of Budapest (where he currently lives).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Adriatic Sea when we were in Croatia. The towns, landscape, and the sea were just gorgeous."

John

Napa, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am restrained from giving the top rating due to the fact that both myself and my wife were sick with head colds; she with a persistent cough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow was the wow moment for me. A great hotel, a great meal and a beautiful city!"

Mark

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Given that, while I live in a city, I am not a big city fan, the time spent in Prague, Krakow and Budapest was okay but not the best part of the trip. Prague is a beautiful city with much to offer, but it was so crowded that it was almost painful to move about. That said, I would drop the castle visit (this applies to all three of the cities) in favor of other interesting things. The Jewish Quarter of Prague was far more interesting than Prague Castle. The second half of the trip was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park. Simply outstanding. Number 2 would be the time spent with the middle school children. The visit to Auschwitz / Birkenau was overwhelming and sobering. I could not do that visit again, but I appreciate having done it this one time. Eger was a hidden gem."

Terry

Henrico, VA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me, it was what I expected. I like the approach of a walking tour of a place to acclimate and then allowing free time for me to visit whatever sites were appealing based on information received on the walk (or to rest if needed).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although the older structures of the cities were most impressive, I guess my WOW moment was the Plitvice National Park. The many powerful and beautiful waterfalls, the beautiful green water lakes, and the scenery in general was amazing. I only wish I could go back when it is not so crowded (if that time exists) to stroll more leisurely, thus being able to more fully enjoy the scenery."

Yong

Jersey City, NJ

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Itinarary was good and the exellent tour guide Peter made a big difference to make the trip more special. Peter was so thorough, detailed, and caring for everyone in the group.

Karen

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour, our guide Peter was very attentive and easy to travel with. In the major cities I tired of seeing castles and cathedrals, not sure if that can be changed but I'm not so sure it added to the tour experience. I was a little surprised that while in Prague the Jewish Quarter was not on the Itinerary although my husband and I did see it on our own. I think some alternative experiences would have been good like visiting a factory or something behind the scenes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Plitvice, I'm a nature lover so that was the best, as was Rovinj and Lake Bled. My next favorite was the small town of Eger-visiting the school was a genius move and I liked the quaintness of the Marzipan Museum."

Mei

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

- well organized tour itineraries - well situated and nice hotels - nice breakfast in the hotels - thoughtful and professional tour guide -- Peter I enjoyed the tour extremely. It is beyond and above my expectation!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there was no air-conditioning in this hotel, I was amazed to be able to watch the sky while lying in the bed."

Sau

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

- well organized tour itineraries - well situated and nice hotels - nice breakfast in the hotels - thoughtful and professional tour guide -- Peter

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fantastic scenery of these eastern countries."

Sylvia

Alhambra, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We came to learn and make discoveries of an area we didn't know that much about. This tour did not disappoint. Our gem of a guide, Tina, is a natural teacher and communicator. She, along with excellent local guides, gave us an understanding of the area we couldn't have gotten elsewhere. We were pleased with the range of sites visited, the activities, and the pacing, including time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We especially enjoyed the charms of Krakow and Budapest, the Italian vibe of Rovinj, and the beauty of Lake Bled. The visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was unforgettable, shaking you to the core. We must never forget."

Delmer

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great group, guide, and driver. Tina always had the group together when necessary, told us what we were going to do, and double-checked to make sure all group members were with the group at each stop. Rok, our driver, was outstandingly good and obviously an experienced driver. Meals varied in quantity but were always interesting and tasty. Some meals, like the group meal on arriving in Budapest, were excellent. Our accommodations were always acceptable and mostly exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We walked into the St Vitus Cathedral and seeing all the stained glass. I know it's a cliché but it really was like walking into a kaleidoscope. Even though we had to keep moving to avoid blocking the flow of people, each window presented a different scene, all in deep, vivid colors."

Chuck

Lynden, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tina was a great guide, as were the local guides in each location. The tour was a great mix of city and countryside and a great mix of entertainment with history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow. That's a tough question since there were so many. I loved Croatia and Slovenia. They were perhaps the most surprising since I didn't know much about either place. Lake Bled was terrific."

Thomas

Covina, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having been on a few RS tours prior to this one, I expected another quality experience but this one exceeded all my expectations. Enjoyed the range of sites included in the tour, from the large and bustling cities to the sobering and emotional visit to Auschwitz and the slower-paced days in Croatia and Slovenia. The pacing of the tour was good and our guide Tina and the local area guides were excellent in introducing me to a part of the world I wasn't too familiar with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments, but I'd have to include Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled--just gorgeous! A minor "wow" would be the wine tasting afternoon near Eger. The "refreshments" were excellent, as was the music. Who'd have guessed that we'd end up doing a little singing and dancing to top off our visit?"

Deborah

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! We were especially pleased with the way the trip's itinerary combined scheduled activities with free time, educational and cultural activities with culinary and social activities and urban activities with rural and ecological activities. Because of the information provided ahead of time you knew when you had to schedule activities that you wanted to do that were not on the agenda; specifically in our case, the Schindler Factory Museum which was one of the highlights of our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we spent in Rovinj was a definite experience not to be missed. Our hotel, the Island Hotel Katarina was on its own special island with a wonderful view of the town across the bay. Rovinj itself was full of interesting shops, a wonderful market, twisted winding streets through sherbet colored houses with gorgeous flowers in their window boxes. The hike up the 189 rickety steps to the top of St. Euphemia's bell tower was an a highlight, and our day ended with fireworks over the bay."

Ann

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. We saw and learned so much. It was fast paced and did involve some long days of travel, but that was to be expected given the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't really one wow moment. There were many throughout the trip."

Kathy

Ephrata, PA

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, coordinated and Tour group was diverse and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park - being surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature so raw and beautiful - WOW"

Timothy

Westminster, CO

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

See my wife's comment (Mary Kendall)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz"

Mary

Westminster, CO

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. Being 100% honest, I was not as intuned to the trip as I should have been. I received a call in Europe saying my mother had cancer, had 4-6 mo to live and they planned to move her into rehab and then hospice. The daily tours allowed me to focus on Europe; however, my husband and I were on edge the entire trip waiting for the daily phone calls with the nurses, etc. We cut our vacation short and flew home the day after the tour. My mother passed the next day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Croatia - all of it.... and of course Auschwitz."

Helen

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned so much, enjoyed everything we did, found all planned events interesting. We can't tell you how happy we are that we chose this particular tour. Comments about tour guide are below, but I want to also say that she fostered an esprit de corps among tour members. We all got along, which is not always easy for a group of Americans these days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not a "wow" so much as joyful: At a winery in Hungary we were entertained by a gypsy fiddler. The pours were generous and after a few folk tunes, the fiddler, grinning from ear to ear, broke into "Take Me Home, Country Roads." We sang with gusto. The hosts smiled and laughed. A real coming together of all of us, Americans and Hungarians, joined by music. Wow isn't the right word for Auschwitz; it is awesome in the true meaning of the word."

Ruth

Cortez, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful and very educational. So interesting to see so many small countries that have only recently been under communist and previous German and Soviet control. With all the different languages and currencies this would have been a difficult trip to do on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz was very powerful. I really enjoyed the school visit much more than expected. Lake Bled so beautiful. Fell in love with Krakow."

Sherri

Edmond, OK

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Eszter was delightful! She was so knowledgeable about the history, culture and current challenges of the regions we visited. Her love of Hungary shown through as she toured us through Budapest. The Central European countries we visited were beautiful and steeped in history, sharing devastations of wars and communism. It was great to visit so many countries in one trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Budapest from the river cruise at night was magical! The sunset cruise around Rovinj was also a wow moment; so beautiful! Approaching the church on the island of Lake Bled in a Pletna boat was so peaceful and serene. The most moving experience was visiting Auschwitz. Touring the sites in the rain added to the sadness of the place. Unimaginable evil, unimaginable suffering. We must never forget."

Judy

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous guide!!! (Eszter) She is knowledgeable, fun and a real sweetheart. Our fellow tour members were great people to travel with. WE had a nice balance of big cities and small relaxing areas. Eszter made the experience special. Some of the highlights were the musicians playing the accordion and flute in Prague. They were fabulous! Our trip to the winery in Hungary was fun and the gypsy playing the violin was a treat. Loved the night time boat ride on the Danube. It was magical. A must

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments- Night time boat ride on the Danube. Magical. Musicians in Prague-Accordion and flute. Turkish baths in Budapest. Loved Krakow, especially the old town square with the markets. Great guides in each city especially, Thomas in Krakow. Winery in Hungary with Gypsy violin player. Love Lake Bled. Hiking, the Thai massage, and cream cake. A great way to end a busy tour. Auschwitz-Birkenau was a hard day to experience, very moving. Glad we saw it."

John

Edmond, OK

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Eastern Europe was a wonderful tour but the experience was made much more enjoyable by our great guide Eszter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the evening boat cruise in around Rovinj, Croatia. After a rainy day a Plitvice we were blessed with fantastic weather in Rovinj and a beautiful cruise around the picturesque Croatian town of Rovinj with a wonderful sunset."

Lawrence

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Significant rainfall dampened the experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no singular wow moments."

Robert

Marietta, OH

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. Wonderful tour guide, great travel companions, beautiful cities and landscapes,and five countries with fascinating histories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Bled and its surroundings. The peaceful lake, the snow capped peaks, the relaxing walk around the lake, and the fine restaurants combined to give a memorable end to a great trip."

Mary

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of E. Europe in 15 Days (5/17/19) was simply fantastic. The tour surely was enhanced by the wonderful & skillful guidance of our Guide, Katerina. She was an enthusiastic guide of her beautiful, fascinating & historic homeland. Loved: Katerina & Sam, our bus driver; beautiful & beautifully located hotels; very good & enjoyable restaurants/meals; interesting & do-able walks, historic sites, perfect City Guides, fun snacks, treats & "goodies", an easily usable "Tour Syllabus" ,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the school in Eger, Hungary! Fun, unexpected, but a great and friendly idea to visit the school, converse with the kids (the 8th graders English was outstanding!) and enjoy the tasty lunch in the school canteen. School kids are the same everywhere! Great idea! Now we are trying to get to Garage Sales to look for books to send over to Eger.... Visiting John Paul's Church & pew in Kraków was a wow, too!"

Steven

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. In particular, I appreciated the efficient use of our time each day. From the arrivals at our hotels to the meals to the tour experiences, we did not waste precious vacation time. Katerina, our guide, was excellent throughout the tour. She previewed what we should expect in each country, prepared us to get the most from our free time, and answered all questions with patience and clarity. I would recommend this tour to those who have travelled in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our experience in Krakow was outstanding. This city offers much more than I ever imagined. The market square is great for a cultural experience, finding a souvenir or just people watching. Our visit to Plitvice Lakes was also special. Despite a light drizzle, the natural beauty and numerous waterfalls were incredible."

Kay

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a tour packed with an incredible amount of sights, sounds, tastes and new discoveries. Six countries and five currencies in 15 days. I loved the variety of transportation: bus, tram, metro, boats (4 different types), walking. Cities big to small. Countryside...mountains...seaside resorts. Lighthearted time spent in the Szechenyi Baths and very somber time spent in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Something for everyone. Another great group of tour members. Tourism is alive and well in E. Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually I have two of them...the seaside town of Rovinj! Couldn't get enough of the "Italian coast" feel...the narrow cobbled streets, the building colors, the boats, the views, the seafood...staying in an island hotel and having to take the boat to get there. So cool. Plitvice Lakes National Park was another "wow" moment. All those waterfalls! And it was raining when we were there...more water! Good for the soul. I had never heard of these two places before this trip."

Robert

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again our tour was excellent. Katerina was very knowledgeable being a native of Prague and her perspective about the Czech Republic as well as the others Eastern European countries we visited was eye opening. Instead of comparing Eastern Europe today with the other countries we have visited in Europe and finding it wanting, I came away with an appreciation of how much improvement has been made since the fall of communism.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the boat ride in Budapest."

Jeff

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful Eastern Europe experience made even more enjoyable by Katerina our tour guide. This was our seventh Rick Steves tour. She ranks at the top.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was sitting at an outdoor cafe in Rovinj after a morning rain. The sun came out and was shining brightly, we were enjoying the beautiful weather and seaside activities while sipping refreshments. It was part of a very delightful day."

James

Coronado, CA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall this was a good tour. The difficult part was the exceptionally long bus days. When we did the Ireland tour, we covered about 750 miles and each bus day we stopped about every 90-120 minutes to see something tour related. On this tour, we traveled about twice this distance and our stops were generally for just the bathroom, driver rest, or to eat lunch. Rethink the itinerary, the last three stops are the beginning of the "Best of the Adriatic" tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With the influence of the Nazis and Communists in the past century, WOW is not really what a tour through eastern Europe is about. Rather the question should be what was the most emotional moment? For us, that had to be the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague. While there are many other memorials with individual names, such as the Vietnam Memorial in D.C., seeing all the names tied together by families of multiple generations brought out the greatest emotions of the trip. The children's art could bring"

Randall

League City, TX

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

These tours are the perfect amount of guided information and free time! I know you stress that this tour is strenuous on some days but apparently some of the other folks in our group didn't believe it and had some days they had difficulty keeping up. I think this was the major cause of one guy becoming very grumpy. Katerina did an excellent job of overcoming the situation. I loved experiences we had in these countries with locals, especially the food and beverages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls in Plitvice. The cafeteria at the hotel was marginal at best but the next day hike made up for it. Our guide hinted that it wasn't the best meal of the tour. I didn't pick up on it until after the fact. I do realize that there is not a better option in the area. It's SO worth being able to do that Park hike! I'd just have appreciated a more clear explanation/direct for the crowd I was about to face for the cafeteria style meal. The school trip was also great!"

Barbara

Westport, CT

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We learned so much about an area of the world with which we were not familiar. We were with an excellent guide and outgoing fellow travelers, most of whom had been on RS tours before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most fun: wine tasting in Hungary, during which a member of our group, a professional entertainer, sang from "Fiddler on the Roof," accompanied by the violin o played by Toni Varadi. And after that the entire group formed a circle and danced together! Most "Wow": Matthias Church, completely covered in brilliantly shining lights, popping into view during our evening boat cruise in Budapest. Most "ahhh": Katarina Island. I loved its quiet beauty."

Liming

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

We were very disappointed in one aspect of the tour and consider it a major drawback. On our guided outings, we were hit by a blizzard on information. We strongly recommend that tour guides pass out written information with some of the highlights of what we have been shown. Bear in mind, some of these guided tours were 3-4 hours long. It is difficult to absorb all of the information; too bad as we would have liked to have re-visited some of the places on our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj was a great discovery, which we would not have known about except by using your tour. It was a delight to be driven through rural Slovakia and taking in all its beauty. Again, this is something we would have missed if we had done a similar trip on our own. Also, the bus driver, "Sam" did a great job throughout the trip. His driving was VERY skillful and comfortable."

Deborah

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour, very enjoyable. We learned so much about an area of Europe we really knew very little about. Accommodations were nice, with one exception. I would definitely rethink using the hotel Metamorphis in Prague. The noise level in that hotel is awful. I don't think anyone in our group got any sleep for 3 nights! It was far beyond the usual street noise! Other than that, tour was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was the night cruise on the Danube and seeing the Parliment building lit up.... beautiful! I also loved Rovinj, Katerina Island and of course Lake Bled!"

Billie

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the mix of large and small cities as well as the beauty of the countryside. Good group of traveling companions. Good food. Wonderful local guides to learn about history and culture. Nice combination of guided walks with free time for exploring on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The realization that everyone we met was proud to be a citizen of his/her country, no matter how difficult life had been in the past."

Marie

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice small group. Great itinerary and great guide!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"National Park hike."

Stephanie

Saginaw, MI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peter is an absolutely perfect guide. Able to subsume his own personality, make his needs invisible, add a personal anecdote when appropriate. He also kept our group exhibiting good manners with each other (e.g. on time), others (quiet in churches), other groups (kept our group from accidentally splitting another tour in half) and safe (got a participant ice on a boat in the middle of the Danube when she fell on the street on the way there). He is kind, exceedingly fluent in English.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice."

Raymond

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

exceptional !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague Square, Auschwitz, Eger school visit, wine tasting in Egerszalok (really enjoyable), Plitvice, Rovinj island, Bled free time"

Sherry

Land O Lakes, FL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved Peter our tour. Always provided great information and handy tips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The national park in Croatia. It was breathtaking."

Rod

Land O Lakes, FL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

3rd Rick Steves tour and they just get better if that is possible. Peter our guide was outstanding, and the local guides can not be beat. loved all of it and want to do more Rick Steves tours. Thanks so much for a wonderful, unforgettable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"so mane but it has to be the national park in Croatia."

Robert

Clayton, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide, good itinerary, good bus seat to customer ratio, good location for accommodations, good accommodations, good pace with adequate free time. I am sold. We will definitely consider doing another escorted trip with you guys.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plivitices lakes in Croatia"

Deborah

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about our tour - outstanding guide, great itinerary, great hotels, great dinners!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one wow moment, overall itinerary was diverse from bigger cities to national parks to seaside resort. I I am already planning our next one!"

John

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall we had an enjoyable trip. We had a great group of people with whom I very much enjoyed traveling and an outstanding guide. But even though our trip was at the start of the tourist season, I found the cities to be much more crowded than I had expected-which to me was a significant negative. While we had a nice time, I would rate this trip the the least enjoyable trip we have had of our the three Rick Steve's trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe wow is not the right word. But I thought the visit to Auschwitz was a profound and emotional experience (I am not Jewish). The memories will stay with me."

Gerald

Los Alamos, NM

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is an outstanding tour and Jana was fantastic. You cover a huge amount of territory and cultures in 15 days. My word of caution is you do cover a lot in a short time. This can lead to exhaustion. Pace yourself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the fog lifted enough at Plitvice National Park for us to see the waterfalls, cascades, and the boardwalk under water."

Mary

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We'd gone on a college study tour of the Soviet Union in 1975. I felt like this was the follow-up -- so much learning! The countries we visited had lived under Habsburgs, Nazis and Communists, and I enjoyed getting to know more about the character of the people who endured and survived. Jana, our guide, and each local guide shared not just their knowledge, but their life experiences. It made the tour so much richer than just learning about the buildings that shape a city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting a school in Eger, Hungary, and hearing from the students and their English teacher [INVALID] not everyone gets to experience that! And wine tasting outside of Eger was just plain fun, with a vivacious local guide and lively musician to broaden the cultural experience. In contrast, visiting Auschwitz was mind-boggling, moving and unforgettable. How can humans go so low?"

Marisa

Yardley, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

SO SO good. Jana was beyond fantastic, as was Sinisa the bus driver. The camaraderie of the travelers exceeded my highest expectations. It was tough to say farewell to everyone. The weather unfortunately left a lot to be desired, but everyone's high spirits negated any dampening effects of the climate. I'm satisfied with all stops along the route of this tour. Maybe the weakest link was Eger, Hungary, but I realize that it is a strategic location to break up the drive from Krakow to Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Near the end of the tour, in Rovinj Croatia, all 28 of us got together for a happy hour and shared stories of each other and our "buddies" that we had learned over the past 12 days. What a special moment that was, of everyone relaxed and happy and in complete trust and friendship with one another after less than 2 weeks together. It helps that the weather in Rovinj on our hotel island was sunny and 70ºF, slight breeze and not a cloud in the sky! A moment to remember"

Kitty

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a good tour of Central Europe. I think the cities/regions we visited were well-thought out: with the first part of the trip focused on well-known cities and the second part the lesser known part and country side. Our tour guide, Jana, is great. She took good care of us.

Jim

Cranberry Twp, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The frequently wet, cold weather is the only issue I had with the overall experience. Getting sick ( along with several other travelers ) the last few days made the tour less enjoyable then it could have been.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening boat ride on the Danube in Budapest was excellent."

Bob

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Everything I had hoped for and more! Our guide, Jana, was the best, and everyone in our group got along well and grew close, I felt. I marveled at every city we visited, and it was good to have more relaxed experiences near the end of the tour at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Rovinj and Lake Bled. Jana and the city guides are very knowledgeable about the history of their cities, and they also shared personal experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wows every time we walked down a narrow street, turned a corner, crossed a bridge or climbed a hill in Prague. Wow to sunny Rovinj with its old architecture, narrow streets and shimmering views. Shock and awe at Oskar Schindler's Factory and at Auschwitz, and driving through the Croatian countryside and seeing houses that still bear scars of the war in the 1990s. The mountains in Poland, Plitvice Lakes, old European architecture, interacting with people and hearing their stories: all wow!"

Louise

Duluth, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and we were very pleased with all aspects. We had a wonderful tour guide (Jana), a great group of travel partners, and enjoyed the blend of planned activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj, Croatia. This was our "day off" from the tour, staying at a lovely resort, and exploring the delightful city of Rovinj. The weather was also perfect, which enhanced the experience."

Diane

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was everything that I'd hoped it would be. The group was diverse, but got along really well. Everyone was on time and respectful of others. The long bus rides made for a more challenging trip than others I've been on. 28 guests seemed to be too many - I would think that 22-24 would make for a better size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night cruise in Budapest was my favorite thing about the trip. The evening was just perfect and the city simply sparkled!"

Melody

Eastsound, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, Jana , was the best guide ever. She made this tour exciting and educational in a fun way. Everywhere we toured was so amazing . Our tour group got along so well and the food was fabulous. Hotels were nice . I learned so much about Europe and the Velvet Revolution. The scenery and our great bus driver, Sheneesa, made me delight in the beauty. The Wine tasting in Eger was so fun even though I cant drink alcohol. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tetras Mountains."

Michael

Yardley, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Eastern European tour was very good overall. I liked the overall itinerary, and felt that we covered just the right amount of territory over the 15 day allotment. The mix of guided activities and time to explore on our own seemed just about right. Our tour guide and the mix of fellow travelers were definitely a highlight. Only downside was the cold, rainy weather (beyond your control)-- otherwise would have scored an outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think climbing to the Citadel in Budapest late in the afternoon to peer down on the Danube was a highlight for me[INVALID] this seemed like one of the quintessential sights of Europe, and serendipity struck when a group of singers materialized at the summit to perform a choral concert. Not coincidentally, it was warm, sunny, and beautiful late afternoon weather."

Karen

Carlsborg, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was truly outstanding. I appreciated the mix of cities and outdoor nature experiences, scheduled activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't choose one "wow" moment. Prague was magical in spite of the crowds. Krakow and Ljubljana were lovely, friendly and fun. It was difficult to enjoy Budapest outside of a toasty café due to the horrible weather, but I could definitely tell that it was a place I'd love to go back to. And the beauty of Plitvice National Park and the Slovenian countryside was indescribably "wow.""

Terrie

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

The tour was great until we stayed in Eger. We were put in a dirty, dusty room in Eger. After I opened the curtains. I had an severe asthma attack from the dust in the curtains. I was sick the rest of the trip and afterward.I was given $150 to cover the cost of the room at the Hotel Minaret.I loved the trip before this stay, Hotel Minaret ruined my trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I agreed to all the terms in your brochure but your company did not provided me with a clean hotel for all the nights. It is one thing for a hotel to be run down, another thing for a hotel to be dirty. This event took all the WOW out of your tour."

Michelle

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour to be well-balanced between structured activities and free time. As we have found with a previous Rick steves' tours the quality of the guide is essential, Katarina was superb. We had very poor weather for most of the trip, she helped keep her spirits up and was sympathetic to those who couldn't endure the conditions any longer. The bus although comfortable gets to be tedious at times because of the long drives but that's unavoidable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Plitvice National Park. We were expecting it it to be great, but to see it up close and personal is truly amazing. Your method of tour in the park by essentially going against the grain and doing the second part first and the first part last was truly genius. We did not run into any hordes of people until we reached the end of the "first part", which was our second part. We walked the whole park with minimal crowds. I would have liked to have spent more time there though."

Roberta

Salcha, AK

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth Rick Steves tour, and I enjoyed it thoroughly (despite some uncooperative weather). The Best of Eastern Europe tour covered a lot of territory very efficiently. I could never have seen and experienced so much if I had planned this trip myself. Our wonderful guide Katerina brought a wealth of historical information with a personal touch about each lovely country. The tour members were all great people with which to share the experiences. All in all a fantastic tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place we visited had its own "wow" moment, so I will only share a few. The biggest wow for me was walking through Plitvice National Park and seeing the beautiful waterfalls. I treasure the solemn experience of visiting Auschwitz & Birkenau. Krakow was a very pleasant surprise - such a lovely Old Town area! As an educator, I also appreciated the school visit in Eger."

Gladys

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gave us exposure to countries about which we knew little and to which we'd never gone (except the Czech Republic). We learned so much and were impressed by the deep history and culture of each of the countries that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I hesitate to call it a "wow" moment, the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau made a deep and lasting impression."

Robert

Glenview, IL

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truly an outstanding tour! Although we had an excessive amount of rain during our trip, the entire group took it in stride and enjoyed each other's companionship and each destination's unique cultural experiences and historical sites. This was in no small part attributable to the personal context, insights and wonderful guidance by Katerina and each of our local guides. The trip was a great balance of picture-perfect cities, small villages and natural beauty!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but led by Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. We were very fortunate to have seen it on such an idyllic day. We were even more fortunate to have benefited from the thoughtful planning of Rick Steves tours, which lodged us in the park, so we the first group in the park that morning and we started in the Upper Lakes, so we worked our way down through all of the falls, which was the opposite direction of my the day's visitors. Rovinj and Krakow's square were also amazing!"

Kara

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. Overall the tour was great, the few flaws were things that had absolutely nothing to do with the tour itself. I really enjoyed the smaller size of the group and the personal touches. Our tour guide was great. I really appreciated Katerina's knowledge and her willingness to share her stories with us. I also really appreciated all the planning she put into our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments which makes it very difficult to pick just one. I guess if I have to pick just one I would have to say Plitvice National Park. The park was amazing and beautiful."

Donna

Campbell, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The first thing that I want to share is praise for our upbeat, friendly, informative, helpful, organized tour guide. Katerina was wonderful. She handled all details of our trip with seeming ease and grace, even the hotel situation in Eger. The overall tour experience rating of very good instead of outstanding is due to the weather. Ya, I know, we can't control that, but it put a real damper on some of the days activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was seeing Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. This is one reason we [INVALID]ed this Eastern Europe tour, and the lakes and waterfalls did not disappoint. I just wish we'd had a little more time in the park. Whoever was at the front of our group moved through at a much faster pace than I would have. Even though I was near the back, I still felt the need to not fall too far behind. And I believe we finished ahead of schedule!"

Jennifer

Boise, ID

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved, loved this tour. I learned so much about this region of Europe. How had I never recognized that their WWII lasted from 1930s - 1980s?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching sunset over the Adriatic while in Rovinj. "Beautiful" is an inadequate description."

Stacy

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding in every aspect! Just what I would want in a tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The complete picture taken care of every step of the way! I have traveled extensively using Rick's books and materials. The best source for traveling in my book! We decided to try one of the tours your company provides; Best decision to take one of your tours! This was my wow moment to take the leap of faith and take a tour;"

Dennis

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were both delighted with our guide, George. What a nice man!! We'd take a trip based on him being the guide. Overall we had a very good trip, and we're happy we were able to do it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz Birkenau had a strong impact on us. It was chilling and critical to witness. It was maybe the most important thing we did. The communism museum in Krakow was eye opening and felt foreboding/Budapest was alarming too. The Underground Museum in Krakow was amazing in the sense of a time capsule and a finely developed museum."

Linda

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snowing in Plitvice Lake ,it's so beautiful"

Jason

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the most enjoyable.

Joann

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Eastern Europe tour introduced me to an excellent overview of a hard to navigate countries. The history of the countries, WW2, breaking up of Yugoslavia, communist rule was dry but necessary. Visits in Eger, Prague, Budapest river cruise and the Baths, Plitvice, Rovinj and Lake Bled were the uppers. Auschwitz a well done moving experience. bOur guide, George Farkus, was excellent, upbeat and helpful. Mitch was a smooth driver and the bus very comfortable. Our group friendly RS travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day in Eger at the school finishing with the singing and dancing at the winery. Unexpectedly Linda and Jason, tour members sang and played the violin for us. The Danube night river cruise. Snow at Plitvice waterfalls walk."

Barbara

Mount Horeb, WI

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip! It had it all...great food, diverse and interesting countries, fascinating histories, vibrant cities, beautiful landscapes, music, wine, pastry and as always, good company and great local guides. Our tour guide, George, executed a complicated trip flawlessly and was able to convey the histories and cultures of each country. I really enjoyed the variety of experiences on this tour...wine tasting, visiting the school in Hungary, the boat trip on Lake Bled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many.. first glimpse of Old Town Prague; Budapest lit up at night; The first bite of the amazing chocolate cake at the coffee shop in Budapest; the hike around Lake Bled and the snow in Croatia."

Martha

Centennial, CO

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great introduction to a part of the world where I previously knew very little. I learned about the history of the area as well as about the people. I was particularly interested in learning about the events of the 20th century and their ramification and was able to get a good insight into that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW was a country, not a moment. I was amazed by the contrasts in Croatia. First, the eastern side with many buildings showing bullet holes from the recent wars along with a display of equipment used in that fight. Then the amazing raw beauty of Plitvice followed by the spectacular beaches and resort of Rovinj on the Adriatic. All different and interesting."

Debbie

Columbus, GA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fabulous trip. All my expectations were exceeded. The Best of Eastern Europe in 15 Days Tour has become my favorite Rick Steves trip and I have been on many. The tour guide, George, was amazing. He was upbeat, knowledgeable, friendly and truly took excellent care of us. His excitement about Eastern Europe was contagious and I got more excited as the trip progressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It may seem odd but the odd weather seemed to enhance the trip to Plitvice Lake National Park. I was so looking forward to seeing the beautiful stone cliffs, blue lakes, and gushing waterfalls. At first I was disappointed when it started snowing but we embraced the snow, geared up and it became my "WOW" moment. As we were walking through the park with very little crowds, the snow enhanced the beauty in a way that was so unexpected. It was an experience that could never be replicated."

Steve

Columbus, GA

Tour: 04/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had done the more famous/cosmopolitan tours and wanted to get close to the people – this tour was it! The eastern Europeans loved to have us RS tourist come spend time (and minimal bucks!) visiting with them and sharing their (many times sad) stories about life. The tour is fast, packed with countries (6 counting Slovakia ;) and so many opportunities to talk with the locals. Freedom is a passion best experienced with people who were denied it for so long . . . it opens one's eyes.

Howard

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was excellent. It was good to get the "cities" part of the tour first. The crowds were a bit intimidating at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so much. Budapest...Stramberk...Eger...Rovinj...swimming in the Adriatic Staying at an island Hotel"

Robert

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Eastern (Central really) Europe Tour was excellent. The itinerary, the guide, the group ... could not have asked for better. Of course, another day or two here and another day or two there would have been a plus but then it would have been a 21 day tour (fine with us).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are "wow" moments but there are the equally pleasing soul satisfying moments. And then there are the places that one must visit or historical or architectual or ? reasons. The night river cruise to see the floodlight Parliament Building in Budapest was certainly a "wow" moment. So many other places were so very pleasing: Krakow's main square: seeing Prague's clock tower, boating Lake Bled; strolling Budapest, Ljublijana, and Rovinj; swimming in the Adriatic; hiking Lake Plitvice...."

Duane

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our previous two RS tours, another grand slam - this one hit by our guide Peter. I cannot begin to describe the outstanding job he did every day of our tour. He brought Central Europe alive and gave us an understanding of the people, culture and politics from a perspective we could have never found anywhere else. We WILL be back to visit the "Heart of Europe" again - thanks to Pete and our two local guides Jana and Anya. Everything ran like clockwork - so smooth and error free!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Peter our guide was my overall WOW, but there were so many others. The two musicians at our first dinner together was a great surprise. We have seen them on the Prague RS DVD and to have them pop in to play for us was definite WOW moment. Sitting in on class with the children in Eger was fantastic and the wine tasting with the violin accompaniment was just plain awesome. Individually and as a group we had such a blast. There are so many more I would run out of space listing them all."

Teresa

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fine job by Rick Steves' crew! This was our third tour and it far exceeded my expectations. I wish everyone were able to have Peter as a guide! His wit, humor and knowledge made the entire trip so special and enjoyable. His willingness to share his own personal experiences through a changing climate that became "The European Union" made all the difference in understanding where we were and appreciate all that the world can be. No one has made me want to be Hungarian more ??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only one? I really enjoyed the children in Eger. Seeing our young people being so successful gives hope for the future! And Peter. I never stopped saying or thinking "WOW" when he gave 'bus-lessons' to ensure we "flat out knew what we were looking at". The historical significance of where we were and how far those countries had come was incredible - and in some cases, how far behind we are (taking care of school children who may only have 1 meal a day... Eger did it right!)"

Joe

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love how a Rick Steves' tour provides the comfort, security, convenience, and camaraderie of a tour group, but still encourages individual adventures (or misadventures) for the independent traveler. We and another couple would never have been locked into the Old Jewish Cemetery of Krakow had we not been provided tram passes and guidance by our guide Peter. We are still regaling friends about our "escape" from the cemetery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a hard time singling out a favorite moment. I loved the lively town squares of Prague, Krakow, and Ljubljana, the drop-dead beauty of Plitvice National Park, and the serenity and simplify of Rovinj."

Korrie

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved our Rick Steves tour! Local guides made a HUGE difference in our understanding of the history and the cultures of the places we visited. Our accommodations were in the heart of the places we stayed - far better than what I would have reserved for myself. Having transportation all arranged took most of the stress our of traveling. Every place we visited was one I'd like to go back to and you certainly didn't exhaust all the sites to see or things to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Croatia was a revelation to me! I loved it more than I ever expected. Lake Plivitce National Park was incredibly beautiful, and contrasting that with the almost Mediterranean feel of the Aegean coast was phenomenal. It was also incredibly moving to travel through the Croatian countryside and see evidence of the war that was fought there just 25 years ago."

Julie

La Jolla, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Over the top! Great itinerary with a lot of thought going into the locations, hotels, guides, meals, etc. So well put together. Peter was incredible and made it a fantastic trip. The group was especially compatible which was great given several long bus rides and close quarters. Everyone looked out for each other - love the buddy system! We look forward to traveling with RS again - this was the first group tour we have ever taken. A real hit. thanks

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My overall enlightenment about Central Europe. The wars and political upheavals these countries have been through is amazing. I had never been to any of the countries before, so I just soaked it all in."

Carolyn

Sealy, TX

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was an excellent combination of beauty, history, and relaxation. Peter and the other guides did an excellent job of explaining the history of each place we visited as well as some intimate background. We appreciate the fact that RS did not try to sell us additional excursions but instead, with the help of the Rick Steves Eastern Europe book, Peter allowed us to go more in depth or to simply relax and enjoy the view and the food and the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz and Birkenau were our main reason for visiting Europe. There are no words which could adequately describe our experience. We are grateful we were able to go. Our Birkenau guide was excellent. Now, when we read about it, it brings new depth to our understanding of the Holocaust."

Margaret

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We usually travel in Europe on our own. This time we wanted to travel though Central Europe, or as the natives call it, the "Heart of Europe." We priced out touring on our own and gave a look at the Rick Steves' trip covering the same area. We couldn't beat the price. Our guide Peter was a great facilitator and our new travel friends really added so much to our appreciation of the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many of is planned ahead for excursions in our free time - it was fun to check in with the other travelers at the end of the day to see what each of us had discovered. Please consider going to the baths in Budapest; you will feel so good the next day."

Michelle

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour, but it was the best of two tours. The experience was better because richness of history and being able to experience the diversity of culture in the five countries that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but one that stands out was an unexpected surprise in Prague. There was a large crowd in the main plaza that had gathered around the astronomical clock. The video show that was displayed on the clock had the crowd captivated for a 20 minute show. The clock had been out of commission for some time so this show was a celebration of the clock functioning again."

Karen

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peter was a wonderful guide. The places we visited were historic and amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visits to Auschwitz and Birkenau were sobering and thought provoking. It was great to be in Budapest when Budapest Marathon was happening."

Monica

Henrico, VA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a delightful Eastern Europe trip. Everything from the hotels, guides, food, tours, fellow travelers and wine tastings were top notch!! Everything was so well planned out for us, it couldn't have gone better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite "wow" was the wine tasting in Eger. Of course, treat us to 5 different wines and have singing and dancing included. What could be better?"

John

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Outstanding tour leader and local guides were also very good. Hotels were very adequate. Meals were good. No complaints

Marjorie

Damascus, OR

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I greatly enjoyed aspects of the tour, and I was disappointed in others. Many places were too crowded to enjoy the experience (Prague, Croatian park) and we did not have enough time in others (Krakow, Auschwitz).

Deborah

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the sights we visited were outstanding, world class destinations. I had a very enjoyable time and learned a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. It was so beautiful and not too crowded when we were there (the slightly rainy weather may have reduced the crowds a bit) I also loved the tour of beautiful Budapest, especially on the Buda side."

John

Kittery Point, ME

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had no idea when we signed up for this trip that I would be constantly overwhelmed by the beauty of the region but also the history and mystery that came to light for me. It's a "must see event" and if you can experience it with Katka you are in for a special treat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This may sound weird but while we were on a bus ride between cities Katka had just explained about employment in the region. She said that State workers number 90% plus and that private entrepreneurs are very rare; a direct result and remnant of previous communist rule. This struck me as hard to believe since we were motoring by some very large and modern manufacturing facilities bearing the names of some very well known foreign firms (like BMW) which are very private corporations. Wow!"

Helen

Carson City, NV

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern Europe 14 day tour was informative, educational, a perfect length of time, and best of all, a lot of fun! Katarina, our guide, was outstanding! She made the bus rides from country to country interesting by giving us history ,vocabulary, fun facts and a few sips of the favorite drink of that region. This tour was a great blend of history, culture, food, outdoors activities and free time. Everyone on the tour was considerate, well traveled and so enjoyable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was first seeing the town square in Prague. It was so beautiful with all the ornate buildings, statues, cathedrals, clock , etc.; such a difference from rural Nevada! I'd forgotten who beautiful an old city could be."

Ronald

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much better than I expected. This was our first Rick Steves tour after traveling extensively on our own. Our tour guide Katka was so informative and attentive. We are planning our next trip already and plotting how to drag Katka along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Using "wow" might be inappropriate but I was most effected when I entered the gate at Birkenau and saw how vast it was. Nothing had prepared me for this."

Rebecca

Azusa, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and it lived up to all expectations. I can't believe how much we were able to pack into those two weeks. I really enjoyed the spirit of the group - my fellow travelers were terrific and we had a great deal of fun together. I never felt like I was on a "tour", more like I was experiencing the trip with a large group of friends. I learned so much, and now have a great appreciation for that part of the world and it's complicated history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visually, the river cruise on the Danube was amazing. I really loved the walking tour of Prague Castle and the Cathedral as well. Seeing Auschwitz/Birkenau was an experience that moved me deeply, though it was also very difficult to handle emotionally. I Loved Slovenia - every bit of it."

Frank

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we've been to Europe a number of times, all the locations on this tour were new to us - which is one of the reasons we chose this tour - as well as our first Rick Steves tour. A wonderful overall experience from cities to smaller places ... metropolitan and nature ... and of course culture and history. Good balance. Until this tour, I didn't realize that Hungarians are not Slavs. I wasn't sure what to expect at the hotels, but they were better than I anticipated!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a difficult question for me - and I'm one who asks the same question to others when they return. The natural beauty of Plitvice was spectacular. And yes - Auschwitz is a place everyone should visit."

Becky

Des Moines, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt the time together as a group and time for individual exploration was well balanced. Truly enjoyed our tour guide , Jana. I learned a lot about the history of the region. It was a a lot of information and although I only probably retained a limited portion, I'm thankful for the knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first set of local musicians on the tour. Each time it was delightful. The first appearance was especially a nice surprise!"

Jill

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was typical Rick Steves-a top-notch guide, lots of interesting info, beautiful new places experienced, and fun tour people. Touring the death camps was challenging and haunting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several wow moments were the fun wine tasting, having a cocktail in a former Hapsburg mansion right on fairy-tale Lake Bled, and heavenly Rovinj."

Jo-Ann

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed my first Rick Steves' tour immensely. I probably would never have gone to Eastern Europe without being in a tour situation. I really liked the route we took-cities, roads, towns we went through. It was a great experience being in both the big city and the smaller towns that we stopped at and passed through. I would highly recommend Rick Steves' tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice -even in the rain."

Marsha

Marysville, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose this tour because it covers a lot of ground in less than two weeks. We were treated to the highlights of the region, as well as seeing beautiful landscapes as we travelled. My fellow tour members were fun and interesting folks (no grumps), and we were very lucky to have the kind, knowledgable and interesting Jana Hronkova as our guide. My only regret was not enough time in Krakow, but I see that next year's tours have added an extra day there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The quality of all our local guides was excellent, but Elemer in Budapest was extremely knowledgable, interesting and funny. As a former academic, he might not have been everyone's cup of tea, but I could've spent hours over a glass or two of wine listening to his stories and analysis of Hungary's long history. He was brilliant!"

Kathy

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was incredibly educational, fun, and it would have been impossible to tour each city and country any other way, with the depth we did. The beauty of Eastern Europe is breathtaking. Strangers became a 2 week family and Jana was such a great tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I feel there were many wow moments, but I would have to say Slovenia, in general, and Lake Bled, in particular, was my biggest wow moment. Croatia is hard to surpass, though."

Karen

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've never been to this part of Europe before and I found the tour very interesting. I enjoyed the stops we made and found the local guides interesting as they shared their individual experiences living life in their city. The accommodations were good and the bus was comfortable. Having a free day in Croatia was very nice as a break from having to be up and moving early every day. I would recommend this tour to anyone, especially those interested in the history of Eastern Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Danube at night was awesome. So I'd say the boat ride we took was my Wow moment."

Carrie

Fargo, ND

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved all the countries we visited. This was our 5th Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. I love the smaller villages, going to visit the grade school and the time by the water. The local guides were knowledgeable and interesting. Bus rides got too loud and long a couple times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I think my favorite was Lake Bled. I loved Croatia and Slovenia."

Louise

Detroit Lakes, MN

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Did not know what to expect. Found the tour above my expectations. The accommodations were excellent. The fun trying new foods. Would definitely use this tour company again. Our tour guide was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The forest was the biggest wow moment even with the rain"

Karen

Aptos, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I rated the trip VERY GOOD and not OUTSTANDING not because it wasn't but because, for me it was a bit too ambitious to see so many countries in one trip. Having said that, the trip was amazing, I learned so much and enjoyed the people and Jana very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenia was a surprise country for me. I really enjoyed the town of Ljubljana and would have liked to have stayed a night. Also, Rovinj was a real treat. The visit to the winery Budapest was great fun!"

Michael

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 9th Rick Steves tour. I think that we keep coming back says it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Talking to high school English class students in Eger, Hungary."

Sandra

Juno Beach, FL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our 9 day Italy trip with Rick Steve's this trip was outstanding! Part of what made the trip so outstanding was our guide Ezster and the local guides. They each beautifully set the stage for the history of each country, city, historical site and meals we shared together. Each country I had read up on prior which added to my appreciations as the history came alive in my head. Meals together were wonderful and added to the appreciations we were gaining from each area we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz brought out the wow moment for me in that it was disturbing, haunting and humbling to realize the suffering of so many people at the hands of real evil. It is history that should never be forgotten so as to help prevent it from ever happening again as well as to make us sensitive and outraged for the many still in this world under similar oppression and in the face of similar danger."

Stephanie

Valparaiso, IN

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very beginning meeting Eszter was always in control. She knew the plans and was able to communicate to us. She has a tough job herding the different tour members but remained positive and upbeat until the end. The itinerary was excellent going into Croatia and Slovenia. Each city and location seemed familiar by the time we were on our way to the next one. All around a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was sitting in the Budapest food hall eating a bowl of Goulash. I was able to reflect on all the political shifts and wars over the past 100+ years and still the people are still friendly and upbeat."

Jesse

Valparaiso, IN

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we weren't sure what to expect. We have made 10 or more trips to Europe, some indepedently (having fun planning ourseleves), some meeting up with Swiss friends to travel and several tours. This trip was GREAT. I believe the biggest reason was our guide Eszter. Her knowledge was very wide- from history, to politics, to culture and, of course, food. We really looked forward to spending each day with Eszter!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was more a wow realization, which occurred as Eszter and city guides differentiated the history of each country. I began to understand the reasons for the current configuration of the "Eastern European" countries we visited. I also came to appreciate the cultural differences of regions and ethnic groups."

Linda

Orem, UT

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eszter was the most amazing tour guide we have ever traveled with, and we have done many tours, although this is the first Rick Steves's trip we have taken. Eszter was so knowledgeable, fun and energetic that she made every day a super experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a WOW day with Eszther as your guide. I could not pick out one day as the most amazing. She even did the extras every day with celebrating birthdays, food from the area for us to try, and postcards from every place we stayed. She handled every detail perfectly and didn't seem to get rattled when things didn't go as planed. And she was excellent at helping us go off on our own each day with perfectly clear directions of how to do it, and what transportation to take."

Ronald

Orem, UT

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites, sounds, food, and culture were wonderful. This is a unique part of the world to visit. So much history and so much intrigue that one can hardly take it all in. In fact, don't plan to totally comprehend the facts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ester! Yes, she made every stop an enjoyable experience with her pre-stop historical, cultural, and knowledgeable information we felt we could take in everything from the architecture to the food as experience to be enjoyed."

Marian

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best tour I've ever been on. It exceeded my expectations of what it would be like and I couldn't believe all the countries we covered in just 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the Charles bridge in Prague looking over the water below and seeing the old city rise up around me."

Cynthia

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour completely exceeded my expectations!!!! We had the most FABULOUS tour guide (Eszter) - the most FABULOUS group of fellow travelers - and the most FABULOUS bus driver(Sam) that one could have prayed for. The hotels were comfy and welcoming - the dinners that we shared were delicious and truly reflected the cuisine of the country we were visiting at the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour deserves a SUPER WOW!! It is impossible to single out one favorite WOW moment out of 14 fabulous WOW days."

Eileen

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been on a Rick Steves tour before, and my husband hadn't really been on ANY kind of organized tour. Our Eastern Europe tour blew us both out of the water! Everything was great, our tour guide Eszter was fabulous, funny, knowledgable and unflappable. the group was really nice, all happy, easy going travelers. We appreciated the organization - having reliable transportation and a nice hotel room waiting for us at the end of the day was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenia was the big surprise for us - it was an absolutely beautiful country and quite charming. Both Ljubljana and Bled were great - and we would happily got back and spend more time in either place (several in our group were doing exactly that at the end of the tour!)."

Jill

Dwight, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Waking up in a comfy small hotel in the center of historic fairytale cities to be able to experience early morning or late night if one should choose beats all other tours! Delicious breakfasts and authentic regional group meals were much appreciated! Our group guide who made her mission to make each day an amazing experience to meet our dreams and share her love for the breathtaking region of CeNtral European countries that most people have no idea exist. This tour has it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At every turn it was breathtaking! Hungary and particularly Budapest- our wonderful Tour guide's home - captured my heart! Prague and it's countryside beacons me to return to discover more layers of history and beauty. The people,especially as you move away from the tourist areas are so friendly and eager to share their lovely communities. The English teacher at the Eger School that we visited was a perfect example of intelligence and grace. I love the energy of our RS group the most!"

Juliann

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour and as always we LOVED it. The tour guide was outstanding and our group was very nice. We appreciated and enjoyed all the little RS touches like giving guides a little spending money to use for treats (and in our case a postcard from every city/town) and local music entertainment, etc. Overall another fantastic tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything."

Kriste

Clancy, MT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every place was beautiful and unique. I think this could be a 21 day best of Eastern Europe tour there was so much to see and do. A great group of people that we traveled with. I think my husband 74 and I 71 might have been the oldest in the group. I think what made the trip was our guide George! Absolutely awesome. We learned so much history. And he always took time to answer any question even when it had been asked before. And a shout our driver Mitch. Wonderful drive I was never nervous

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague town square at night. Krakow town square. The beauty of Budapest. But I loved the smaller towns of Rovinj and Lake Bled."

Shaun

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour used the same basic formula as the one we took 17 years ago. It works. The headsets worked well. Our guide, George, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the square in Krakow."

Dan

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed it very much. I have always wanted to visit Eastern Europe and this tour provided me the opportunity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Having a picnic with my wife on our hotel balcony in Budapest. 2) Visiting and laughing with fellow tour members. It was a good group. Everyone got along well."

Richard

Chino, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me, this tour was exceptional, the way the whole tour blended together the contrasts from experiencing the somewhat, but not too busy major city squares followed by the calming seaside village of Rovinj and the peaceful mountain town of Lake Bled. Auschwitz was emotional. Prague, Krakow, Budapest(where our tour guide is from and lives) were fantastic to explore and sample the local cuisine. Rovinj excellent, walking around Lake Bled and of course eating cream cake and gibanica.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After arriving in Budapest for the evening our tour guide George took us on the subway to the Danube River. Upon exiting the subway we walked over to the railing of the Danube and saw the all the bridges, churches, parliament buildings, restaurants, small cruise boats, and monuments lit up in lights of different colors that was a sight to behold."

Wendy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We knew what to expect as we have been on several tours prior to this one. We have never been disappointed in any of Rick Steves' tours. We enjoy the small group approach and the friendships they create. There is just the right amount of formal group tour time and free time. The encouragement the guides give us to explore on our own has resulted in our having the confidence to take additional small trips on our own in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments... The scenery was amazing. Krakow's plaza lit up at night with horse drawn carriages circling it was outstanding. Although Auschwitz-Birkenau and Schindler's Factory Tour were somber experiences, they left an imprint. With only 1/2 day of rain during the entire tour, I would say every day was a WOW day!"

Tom

Chester, VA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. George made our trip so wonderful. I really liked the "Bible" he gave everyone. These pages insured we, the tour members, knew what day we needed our "whispers;" what we were doing that day, when we needed to have passports available, what the recommended currency we needed for a particular country, conversion rates for each country, etc, etc. We covered all the high points of each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A highlight was visiting a 6th grade English class in Eger, Hungary."

Carolyn

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The only disappointment I had was that we didn't get to stay longer in each city! The cities were beautiful, the history George gave us was outstanding, hotel rooms were wonderful, meals were fantastic and our group was a delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest, all lit up along the river on our first night there, and again during the boat ride."

William

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was a great experience. This was our 7th Rick Steves Tour and it was our best. I'd never been to Eastern Europe and didn't have much knowledge of it. Turned out to be beautful and exciting.The bargin prices were an additional plesant surprize. Our tour group was the most cohesive of all our tour groups and our guide George was absolutely outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting with the shcool kids was very special and I thought it was a great idea. Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau will never be forgotten and I was glad to see so many school groups touring."

John

Simsbury, CT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour following a number of other tours in Europe with other companies. It certainly lived up to all of our expectations i.e. energetic pace, great sights, outstanding tour guide, good hotels centrally located, and great food with interesting traveling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening cruise on the Danube viewing the lights on the Parliament buildings in Budapest."

Helena

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this is our 4th Rick Steves tour with 2 more coming up in 2019. We absolutely love all the details that are involved in each tour, wich always meets and exceeds our expectations and leaves us with the desire to take another one. Thank you for making this tours unforgettable experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are several wow moments. However top in our list is The Krakow square/plaza. Such a majestic and fairytale like place. We visited in the evening when the plaza was lighted up and adorned by a full moon! We must mention Charle's Bridge; The Halaszbastaya Terrace, the boat ride on the Danube River; the waterfall as at Plitvicka; our vacation from our vacation "Rovinj; and Lake Bled to name just a few!!!!"

Juanita

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I saw and learned a lot. Most importantly, I saw the "human" side of history. I saw people's resilience from their hard history. I enjoyed each country's unique beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. My most memorable was in Croatia when I attempted "Good Morning" and "Thank-you" to the shopkeeper in her language. She responded, "Thank-you for attempting to speak my language. Many tourists nod, grunt and leave." So yes, Rick Steves, people do appreciate a visitor's attempt to speak their language."

Joseph

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it and would go on a Rick Steve's tour again. The tour guides are knowledgeable about the area, have many relevant stories to tell. I was introduced to places I and experiences I would never had gone to on my own. The accommodations each night were very comfortable, the group size was small and the bus was spacious. I would not hesitate to go on another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park and hiking through the miles of waterfalls had to be one of the most beautiful natural landscapes I have ever seen anywhere."

Jill

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! So many interesting and beautiful places!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Falls in Croatia"

Robin

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although I'd used Rick Steves' books previously to travel in several European countries, this was my first official Rick Steves' tour. It was a great first experience! We saw so many beautiful and interesting sites, sampled great food, and stayed in nicer hotels than I'd expected. Everyone in our group got along well, and our tour guide was excellent! I can't wait for my next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be really hard to choose just one! Every place we visited was beautiful in its own way. But, I have to say that by the time we reached Croatia I was ready to take a break from buildings and history to spend some time in a more natural setting. So, Plitvice Lakes and the Adriatic Coast were definitely highlights! Absolutely gorgeous!!"

Ingrid

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I expected and more. Loved the two times that a musical performance was added to an eating event. I did get tired mid trip and spent a few hours in the hotel alone to rest. Its pretty intense living. The people on the tour were great. Enjoyed making new friends. Was impressed how the Nazi and communist years still "hang over" the area even years later. More emphasis on that than I expected. I was pleased with the ease at which the group was able to get around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess its the walk through the "other worldly" Plitvice Park. Never seen anything like it. Fairyland Water World."

Patricia

Burbank, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Heart of Europe tour was wonderful beginning to end, a perfect blend of cities and countryside, land and sea. As typical of RS tours, we learned a lot about the history of each country, particularly the effects of the world wars and communism. We truly felt as though we experienced the "best" of each beautiful country. We were also very lucky in our almost perfect weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In terms of sheer beauty, Lake Bled was spectacular. And while "wow" may not be the best word to describe the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, this was an experience not to be missed. I could and would have stayed much longer if given the opportunity."

Weather

Czech Republic / Prague


Poland / Kraków

Kraków Weather


Hungary / Budapest


Croatia / Split


Slovenia / Ljubljana

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 the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your customer account.

Flights

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

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

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 for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Eastern Europe guidebook.