• 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

2019

2020

    • 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

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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?"

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."

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."

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."

Timothy

Westminster, CO

Tour: 05/24/19

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

See my wife's comment (Mary Kendall)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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.

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!"

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?"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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.""

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;"

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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?"

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"

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."

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...."

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."

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."

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!)"

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!"

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."

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

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."

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).

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!)."

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."

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!"

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!!!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Nancy

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Personally, we had a great time. The hotels were very nice, the restaurants were very good, and the driver and tour guide were phenomenal. We cannot say enough good things about Peter Polczman--he was friendly, entertaining, kind, knowledgeable, and made our time so enjoyable. If we had any suggestions for improvement, it would be to have more "nature" experiences at the beginning of the trip instead of all at the end. We had to wait to the very end of the trip to hike through a park, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite day was Rovinj. It was so restful to spend time on the beach, swim in the Adriatic, and wandering the picturesque town. The breakfast at the hotel was awesome, the evening seafood meal on the water was delicious, and the hotel accommodations were so fun--especially the pools. It was a much needed rest after days of waking up so early! We are nature people, so we enjoyed the time on the water!"

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!!"

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."

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."

John

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was spectacular! This part of the world has so many stories to tell and I felt the tour answered many questions about a place that had been closed off from me for most of my life. It was like an adventure or trek into the unknown for me. Our tour guide Peter Polczman was outstanding and helped make this a great experience. My fellow tour mates were all good people who like me were on a quest. In addition to the history, this area has great culture and natural beauty. Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the bus rides! I believe the journey is just as important as the destination. I couldn't keep my eyes off of the beautiful scenery as we traveled comfortably on the bus from one destination to another. Magnificent mountains and valleys, lakes and rivers, farmland and small towns. The billboards and shop signs gave a flavor of local life. This part of the world is stunningly beautiful and I was inspired as I took it all in from my bus window."

Tim

Provo, UT

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, great experience. We covered quite a bit of land so bus rides sometimes were a little long but time used wisely and our guide (Peter) was a wealth of information during those rides. All places visited were organized well to maximize our time and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, including just traveling in an area of Europe where I never expected to visit and meeting a lot of local people who are like people everywhere, interested in family, friends and getting on with their daily life. We visited so many countries and places that it is hard to give one "wow" experience. Spending time in the older parts of the cities was great, getting lost on one of the many small streets, visiting Plitvicka Jezera and then Slovenia and Lake Bled were very special"

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"

Deborah

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a near perfect trip and with the addition of another night in Krakow, it will be perfect. A Hungarian, Peter did an incredible job of giving us the background for each country and his personal experiences made for some touching and hilarious stories. I don't think I could have asked for a better guide. He made the logistics look easy and is just a warm, intelligent, funny guy. A+++ Ready to do it all over again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow as far as cities go because although Prague is very beautiful, it's also very crowded. Slovenia for the people. Rovinj for everything beautiful after a busy tour."

Barbara

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having lived through the Iron Curtain Age, Eastern Europe was foreign to me and I was not really excited to go on this tour. I pictured dull and dark cities with unhappy inhabitants. What a surprise I was in for! Clean cities, friendly citizenry, varied, interesting and moving history, modern hotels, beautiful scenery, gorgeous architecture, walk-able city centers, easy transportation options, perfect weather, and fabulous food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I learned that what happens politically in America doesn't just stay in America. What our leaders say and don't say make a HUGE impact on the lives of people, in this area in particular, who have lived through so many wars and occupation by foreign countries. I can put faces with the guides, shop owners, wait staff and bus drivers who live here, who I care about. I'll be mindful of them when I vote and I'll speak up for them to my representatives in Congress. I also loved the Eger school tour."

Edward

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational, inspirational, fun, exhausting (in a good way)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj and the island hotel"

Joan

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sanel was the best guide we could have asked for! Our group was great fun also. The restaraunts were wonderful! Amazed at the good time planning and how fun the local guides were to listen to while also educating us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Plitvicka National Park, Croatia and Lake Bled! I could live in Slovenia!"

Janel

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed our Eastern Europe trip with Sanel. He made the trip so smooth and handeled transitions efficiently and professionally. The local guides were all excellent and helped to make the history come alive. The bus was clean, comfortable and a smooth ride. I love the balance between structured time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment would be the evening boat tour in Budapest. The city is beautiful at night. The town of Roving from the ferry was another wow moment. I loved being in Roving and Katrina hotel, perfect days after seeing busy cities."

Valerie

Cottage Grove, WI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to effortlessly cover a lot of territory and learn about the recent and not-so-recent history about this interesting part of the world. The transportation, accommodations, tours, cruises, guides and tourmates made it all a truly fascinating, enjoyable and stress-fee experience. We're looking forward to our next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The nighttime cruise on the Danube in Budapest was the highlight. Seeing the Parliament building, Castle Hill and the many bridges lit to show their full glory took my breath away."

Bonnie

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Jana was an extraordinary trip leader. Informative, supportive and creative. Always positive. The experiences (tours/ meals/ hotels and information during the trip) were done extremely well. This trip had a lot of territory it covered. It was known ahead of time that there would be a lot of "bus" time. Jana always let us know what to expect and what to expect with breaks. I was prepared with "bus reading" material. But.. there was a lot of bus time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Understanding the trauma of Nazis to the region, and the slow effects of the velvet revolution on regular people. Auschwitz was troubling. and rebound right wing focus also troubling."

Penny

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was wonderful. Our guide, Jana, was excellent. She is a very compassionate caring person who loves her country and her job and it is evident in her performance. The trip was varied enough to keep us interested and the pace was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Auschwitz was very meaningful to me. Ironically the only rainy gray day of our trip."

Penny

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome trip! I learned so much about the history and culture of a part of Europe I didn't know much about before. I enjoyed the tours with the local guides and appreciated that we had a lot of free time to explore on our own. This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it was a very positive experience. Our guide was wonderful and the group (all experienced travelers) was very compatible - no whiners in the lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one favorite. Some things that stand out for me: visiting a school in Hungary and being able to talk with the students in the English class, then going to a very fun wine tasting that afternoon! Also the breathtaking beauty of the waterfalls in Plitvice National Park in Croatia - another "wow". And especially enjoyed our "day off" in Rovinj and swimming in the Adriatic Sea!"

Laura

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's tour, and we were again blown away. I honestly wondered if our first tour might have been just a happy accident, but I was wrong. Your team really knows how to make their groups feel welcome and make sure we have a wonderful time. Jana's personal experience growing up in Czech Republic really added to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful architecture and Prague and the pride everyone had in their home and history made that city just come alive. We could have stayed for a few weeks. We will definitely be back."

David

Corona, CA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Jana was a perfect choice as our guide. Friendly & engaged with our group, surprising us every day with a little treat related to our trip or new experience not planned for .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toward the end of the 2 weeks, we stayed on a private island (accessible by boat only) for 2 nights. Excellent hotel and accomodations at Rovinj, Croatia. Stunning place with a great beach & the meals were fantastic. Interestingly, it was also our most challenging as my wife broke her arm while slipping on a mossy concrete path to the water. Jana was superb, going with us to the hospital, translating & making a challenge go smoothly. Our plan is to go back to the very island on our own."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wife, Sally, and I -- this our fourth RS tour. As were the other three, this one was very, very good. Guide was great; lodgings were fine, itinerary was find. We learned a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure there was one -- but we appreciated that in several of the stops we were given some good history of the Nazi run-up to power and the communist era."

Sally

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide (Jana) was absolutely terrific. One of the best things about the Eastern Europe tour is the honesty of all the guides -- telling us truthfully about the situation in their part of the world and making sure we understood how dangerously close we are to repeating the history leading up to World War II.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We always love the little adventures our RS guides provide and this trip was no disappointment. Visiting with the students in Eger was fabulous. The students were so sweet to share their knowledge with us -- one of the best parts of travel is meeting the locals. We loved our hike in Plitvice Lakes National Park. And of course there was Auschwitz."

John

Eagan, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We arrived in Prague three days early to settle in and think that was the perfect period of time in this great city to do so. We had a great tour "family"- all were thoughtful, considerate, interesting and engaging. That and an incredible guide made this the trip of a lifetime! Well, the sites we visited and the expert introductions by Katerina and our local guides had something to do with this, too! The tour's mix of history and natural beauty made the whole experience unforgettable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one! Coming over the ridge and seeing the Adriatic Sea with all its grandeur was certainly one such moment. The magic of Prague's old Town Square was another, or the Opera House or the night cruise on the Danube in Budapest. Rovinj's magical medieval streets with their shops, or its charming wharf, yet others. And being push-rowed to an island on Lake Bled beneath a castle on a cliff - who could forget that?"

Roger

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour. Katerina was an excellent guide with a great personality and sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many positive moments to even say that one was more favorite than another. The entire trip was one big wow moment."

David

Knightdale, NC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience in Eastern Europe and it met our expectations, giving us a good understanding of life under the Soviets and the progress since they departed the region. Loved the cities. Some of the bus trips were very long but unavoidable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I guess the night cruise in Budapest."

Bryan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip. Learned a lot about many places I never would have visited on my own. I'd recommend this tour to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group dinner in Rovinj Croatia with the sun setting over the Adriatic."

Janice

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, tour was excellent due to our fabulous tour guide, Katarina. Two of the hotels were a bit below par, the one in Eger & the one in Rovinj---although the one in Rovinj was in a beautiful location. I particularly liked the balance between big city & rural sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed by the night time view of Budapest's parliament from the river cruise & the UNESCO Waite waterfalls in Plaviz in Croatia. Bled was my favorite hotel & city & I would like to have spent more time there."

Constance

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The highlight: Tour guide from Prague Katerina provided a depth of historical information and experiences that made the trip a worth while, educational and memorable experience. I loved the mix of group time with intro to a city, then free time to wander with some suggestions of what to visit or places to eat. The benefit of the tour was no line waiting for i.e.church entries, accurate estimate of cash needed for different towns, information about exchange rate and trusted ATM locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing it is to travel lightly- I kept to suggested packing list and it worked! On a personal level it was seeing candles and flowers at the Jan Palach's memorial, to know his act still mattered and is important. Thank you for recommendation to watch Burning Bush. On an artistic side, the women serving wine at Eger looked exactly like Helga, Andrew Wyeths model. It was fun just to see how people are people across the world, from the noisy teens to the grandmas chatting together."

Mark

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was beyond our expectations on almost all counts with an intelligent, hard-working, amusing guide; amazing sites, even the ones we had never heard of; a pleasant and compatible group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hard to pick just one, but the afternoon stop at the Kohari winery in Egerszalok Hungary is one possible choice. amazing enthusiasm and local color, infectious fun"

Kris

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide. Lots of topics and territory covered. Interesting part of the world. Probably unavoidable, but some destinations were less enjoyable because of all the other tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Litvice Lakes and Vintgar Gorge (which we went to on our own while in Bled)."

Mireille

Knightdale, NC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleasant experience, everything run like a well oiled machine. The guide was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there are so many! But the lake Plitvice Nat. Park was probably it."

John

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good value. Great guides. Good group of fellow-travelers. Katka did a good job of building a team that was comfortable with one another. The bus itself was really a problem for us. We are 6'2" plus; fit - not obese. The bus seating was very tight. Not enough leg room. No power/wi-fi. This tour has some very long hauls on the bus. Made for some very uncomfortable days. The day leaving Krakow, going to Auschwitz, and then driving to Eger was a 14+ hr day. Too long. Not good. More on that below.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes Nat'l Park for its beauty. The Schindler Factory Museum for its incredible archive and curation, and the lessons that must never be forgotten. Loved Krakow for its history, beauty and people."

Brian

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour to a very interesting part of the world. Our guide was excellent and an expert in logistics and TLC of every guest. I appreciated the upgraded hotel locations and amenities and found these locations better than we expected. More group meals were provided than with other trips and were appreciated after a long travel day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes National Park was breathtaking and the extended stay in Rovinj, Croatia was a welcome change of pace from the busy big cities."

Douglas

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent in every way. Our guide, Peter, was amazing. He was knowledgeable, fun, personable, and highly organized. The sights were amazing as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was definitely Plitvice National Park in Croatia. We had incredible weather which just added to the beauty of the park. I could have stayed there for days!"

Petra

Crown Point, IN

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered a significant number of miles, but the long bus rides were made tolerable with Peter's input. The variety of the destinations was also an asset. We went from major metropolitan areas to beautiful natural sites. Once again the personal touches added greatly to our travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although many places could easily fit this description, I'm left with the lingering moments at the Adriatic and Rovinj. This was beautiful and a wonderful surprise. Any traveler has heard of Prague and Budapest, but who could locate the uncrowded streets and beautiful shore of Rovinj?"

Barbara

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! Our guide Peter was awesome. He was always there to make sure we had the best experience. His way of explaining history and what we were seeing captured our attention. Peter saw that everything ran smoothly, that we were informed and made our trip memorable. Thank you so much Peter for everything! I would also like to thank our bus driver Peter as well. He got us safety to each destination. His smile always greeted us aboard the bus. Highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I cannot just choose one!"

Bich-Nga

University Place, WA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's was wonderful. This was our first tour and we plan to take another Rich Steve's tour next year. It's the people that made the tour for me. It's Peter's leadership with very helpful instructions, always willing to offer help. His associates were good at sharing their cultures. It's the considerate, caring new friends that we made. That created the positive environment, therefore it was relaxing to take in the joy of our new found exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Peter surprised us by invited the two familiar musicians that we had watched from Rich Steve's video and on TV. Meeting them in persons was a great joy."

Carol

Valparaiso, IN

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love having the walking tours almost every day seeing the sights but also learning what those sights are along with the personal stories of the guides. This is our second Rick Steve's tour and both times we enjoyed our fellow travelers stories and experiences as well. Conversations at the table or on the bus were always good. I also like the design of the tours where we spend time in the city but also time in a country or small town settings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My happy moment was the soap bubble makers we first saw in the old town square in Prague who then "followed us" to the square in Krakow. There is nothing more joyful than watching children catching soap bubbles. A wow moment was seeing Budapest at night from the river. A fun quirky moment was black light theatre in Prague. God moments were seeing the place where Saint John Paul II prayed in Krakow and the Infant Jesus of Prague."

Charles

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great 5 country "Tasting " experience w 5 currencies and languages Tremendous guide in Peter and may have found some family routes in EGER

Favorite "WOW" moment

"budapest nocturnal Danube cruise"

Robert

Davis, CA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love our tours because we learn so much about the countries, their culture and history. We think no trip can live up to the ones before, but they always do (or surpass them). We knew less about Eastern Europe than other areas going in, so were were unsure what to expect, but we had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many... The castles, rivers, music, food. Friendly people we met. Plitvice Park, Bled and Rovinj. The school in Eger. The somber and moving experience of Auschwitz: we couldn't help think about what type of people could build, run, and support those camps, given the direction some societies, including our own, are moving today... learn from history so you don't repeat it."

Dorothy

Davis, CA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, interesting mix of history, politics, art, culture, public transportation, food, and the natural world. Peter was a gem. He really made things come alive for us--and a great sense of humor, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Floating on the Danube River at night through the heart of Budapest was pretty spectacular. Entering the gates of Krakow. The waterfalls in Croatia. I wouldn't call Auschwitz a "wow" moment, because wow is a positive thing. But visiting the death camp clearly was a highly significant moment. Seeing it in person is NOT the same as reading about it. Hard, visceral, ghastly are words that spring to mind. It poured rain while we were there, which seemed fitting."

Michael

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. Peter our guide was excellent. The knowledge he shared with us about the areas we visited was immensely helpful in appreciating the culture and history of the people there. Plus his sense of humor made the trip even more enjoyable. Highly recommend the Eastern Europe trip to anyone wanting to experience this area of the European continent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was when we visited Auschwitz. Being a history buff, to stand where so much horrific history took place was unbelievable to me. It was an overwhelming experience."

Dan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great introduction to Central Europe. Even though our stay in each local was necessarily short, I came away feeling that I had really experienced their cultures. The tour does a great job in managing the challenges of touring large cities with way too many tourists. The tour was rich with interesting sites, scenery, people, and of course, great food. We could not have asked for a better group of traveling buddies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My father was born in Budapest and emigrated to the US with my grandmother when he was a child. I'm the only one of my family that has been able to visit Budapest and it was very special for me. Thanks to all for helping to make the trip such a great experience!"

Chris

Centennial, CO

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steve's tour, and almost a month after it was over, we are still telling family & friends how wonderful it was. We so enjoyed learning so much about the culture & the history of these wonderful countries! Every morning we wondered at what adventures were ahead!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As everyone always says there were way to many to single out just one! However the sunset boat ride in Croatia was made so special by the helpful dolphins who jumped in front of the dazzling sun setting seemingly setting into the Adriatic!"

Elizabeth

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, the trip exceeded my expectations. The hotels, food, experiences, shared knowledge, fellow travelers, and of course our tour guide and driver - combined to make an unforgettable trip. I really enjoyed the balance between group activities and free time to explore. Finally, the tour was true to its description of being "active". We averaged 8 miles of walking per day, and lugged suitcases up multiple flights of stairs at charming hotels. I loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow's town square at night, with the beautiful prancing horses and outdoor cafes lining the perimeter, was stunning."

Bob

Villa Hills, KY

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our second RS tour, and an impressive experience. Overwhelming to some extent (5 languages and currencies, and then there were the bus rides...) Nonetheless, I'd not have missed any of the stops. The plan to extend Krakow another day will help a lot, I feel. This is a trip where arriving early and/or staying later is all the more important, if only to deal with the "If this is Tuesday, this must be Belgium" effect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice park and the Danube river cruise were most eye-popping, but the most enjoyable was the wine tasting event at Eger. Much fun with new friends and a Roman violinist."

Pamela

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour and great way to experience 6 countries in one trip. Our guide, Tina, was amazing. She poured her heart and soul into the tour and was able to give us good insights into the region from a local perspective. I was a bit surprised at how many tourists there were in the big cities and some of the sights such as Plitvice and Auschwitz-Birkenau. I appreciated having a guide and bus driver to help with logistics!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest "wow" moment was an organ concert in Krakow where we heard Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" in St. Mary's Basilica. Powerful!! Another wow moment was our sunset dinner and subsequent boat ride to our hotel in Rovinj, Croatia. Also,the evening Budapest Danube cruise was very special."

Jolie

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour! I enjoyed the 6 countries we visited, the diverse and busy itinerary, the fun group of fellow travelers and our EXCELLENT guide - Tina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Lake Bled. It was beyond picture perfect - SO beautiful!!"

Wendy T

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling with Ezsther and Lauren was a University Professor caliber history and political science experience with a sense of houmor. The itinerary was most interesting and a great adventure. I love the extra touches and bus treats from liqueurs to vodka to cookies all very thoughtful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park"

Linda

Lincolnshire, IL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eszter is amazing! Navigating 5-6 countries with different languages and currencies is daunting and this tour smoothly transitioned to each new experience. Every country and experience was wonderful. A nice combination of guided tours, local guides and on your own experiences. Our group was very cohesive and everyone got along well, which was a bonus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were open to everything and everything added to the experience. In Eger, Hungary we visited the science academy and saw a camera obscura which was totaling amazing, the largest in Europe. Also loved the Contemporary Art Museum in Krakow."

Connie

Aubrey, TX

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although my husband and I have used Rick Steve's guidebooks for years, this was our first Rick Steve's tour. We are experienced travelers and have tried going on other tours in the past with mixed reviews. This tour far exceeded our expectations! We cannot say enough good about this tour! It was the perfect combination of group touring with free time to explore on our own. As my husband said: "We have found our people!" Everyone packed light, loved exploring new people and cultures!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the night river cruise on the Danube in Budapest! Breathtaking in beauty and pure romance. For my husband it was visiting the concentration camps - deeply moving."

John

Logan, UT

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

GREAT tour! Made wonderful not only by the sites and scenery, but ESPECIALLY by our wonderful leader, Eszter! (see below) Rita and I are dealing with Rita's cancer, and we added on late because of uncertainty about how she might handle a tour. The Steves organization, Eszter and her team (Loren and Mitch), and our tour mates were totally supportive. We are VERY glad to have done it. And, yes, we (and friends who have also taken this tour) highly recommend it ... ESPECIALLY if Eszter leads!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! How about the full moon cruise in Budapest. The stroll through the Plitvice National Park. The winery visit, complete with dancing (ouchied my knee ... shoulda known better) and entertainment. Dolphin chasing in Croatia. Concentration camp visits. Great naps on the bus. AND that Rita made it through the tour without serious miseries."

Rita

Logsn, UT

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In general it was very good, lots of things to see, and places to visit. the distance between sights became more difficult to do comfortable as the trip progressed. Guides were excellent, very knowledgeable and ready to help when needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the trip through the mountains of Slovakia."

Justin

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved this tour. I've always been fascinated (and sometimes confused) by the history of this part of the world. Six countries in fourteen days may seem a little rushed but I enjoyed every city and every stop in between. I even enjoyed the bus rides. Sure, there are a few places where I wish we could have stayed a little longer. But the tour was a great introduction to Eastern (Central) Europe and I will definitely be back someday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like everyone always says, it's hard to pin down just one "wow" moment. But I think mine would be the night time river cruise in Budapest. Such a beautiful city, and to see all the buildings lit up at night while cruising down the Danube was something I'll never forget."

Lois

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves' tour, and we LOVED IT!!! Our guide, Eszter, was superb! Our tour mates were a congenial bunch. The accommodations were good to excellent. Learned a lot about Eastern European history and culture, saw beautiful and/or historically significant sights, and had amazing experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest WOW moment was hiking at Plitvice Lakes National Park! The waterfalls were gorgeous, and the lake water was crystal clear and ran from deep blue to turquoise green. Really, you could have just left me there all day and I would have been happy to soak in all the beauty and take hundreds of photos."

Debbie

Campbell, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In the course of traveling through 6 countries, we had so many great experiences - hard to recount them all! First of all, we had a wonderful guide, Ezther, who was marvelously prepared and gave us all the information we needed to navigate each place where we stopped. They weren't kidding when the tour description called it "active" - lots and lots of walking, often with many stairs. Very historical tour with lots of information about the Communist era and World War II.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was walking through Plitvices National Park in Croatia - beautiful waterfalls that cascaded thru out the park! A close second was Krakow, Poland - a beautiful city untouched during WWII with excellent monuments and museums!"

Beverly

Mount Pleasant, WI

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. We had excellent guides on our 4 previous RS tours, but Eszter topped them all. Having grown up in Budapest, Eszter "lived" the history and spoke from her life experiences, not from a book. The people were warm and welcoming; almost all spoke English. The food was excellent (and low cost), especially at the local markets. The hotels were always in the heart of where you wanted to be, allowing us to linger and enjoy the sights, music and ambience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really tough to pick a single "wow"; I LOVED every place we visited. Krakow was my favorite city; it had an easy calm and beauty that I did not want to leave. I was somewhat prepared to visit Auschwitz but Birkenau, about a mile from there, hit me. The vastness and horrors of that place stay with me and remind us all to never forget the past. For food, be sure to have the Crème Cake in Lake Bled (the more the better) and the "langos" in Budapest."

Jacqueline

Port Charlotte, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was great. Hotels were much nicer than I expected. I was expecting 2 star hotels as Steves often recommends but many were 4 stars.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park in Croatia. What a beautiful wonderland."

Karolyn

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour! It was well organized with a good mix of guided touring and free time. Each city offered sites and beauty beyond expectations. The hotels were fabulous and the tour-included sites were well chosen. Eastern Europe should not be missed! There were long bus days, but the time passed quickly with scenic stops along the way. We were so lucky to have wonderful guide, Eszter and skilled driver, Mitch along with tour assistant, Lauren. They all made the trip more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow was amazing! It was the main reason I chose this particular tour and I'm happy to know an extra night in this city was added for the 2019 tour. It was one of the most beautiful European cities I ever have visited. The city and its people were so impressive, my husband and I are already planning a return trip to see more of Poland. Another highlight was the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It was the most jaw-dropping, serene, and naturally beautiful places I have ever seen."

Mark

Mount Pleasant, WI

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely outstanding tour! Great sites,fascinating history, beautiful cities, and gorgeous scenery/natural wonders. Our guide, Eszter, was a 5-star guide. Her wit, passion, knowledge, and life experiences really made the history and culture of these countries come alive. Hotels, food, and the folks in our tour group were all A+.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. The Charles Bridge & views of Prague Castle in the early morning; standing in Wenceslas Square(Prague) and Liberty Square(Budapest) where Russian tanks suppressed uprisings and later freedom from communist oppression was celebrated only 29 years ago; the night-time river cruise in Budapest; the beauty of Plitvice and Lake Bled; the dolphin-watching and sunset cruise in Rovinj. Amazing!"

Richard

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour covering six countries in 14 days. We thoroughly enjoyed it despite the long days of bus riding .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Blad was beautiful. We also enjoyed Budapest very much."

Beverly

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so happy that I was able to take this tour. I normally do not do tours but this was a great way to see so many interesting countries in such a short time. The tour guides helped me understand the culture in each country, The bus was very comfortable and the driver was excellent. It was a fun group of people on the tour. The Eger school visit was not very interesting. I recommend one extra travel day driving to Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My friends and family keep asking me this.I cannot decide! I enjoyed visiting each country. There are more similarities than differences. The diversity in the things we did on the tour was the important thing: experiencing museums, historic town centers, farms, religious buildings, castles, palaces, restaurants, Auschwitz, plus swimming in Bled lake, hiking in the mountains, swimming in the sea. I was grateful to Katarina for arranging on her own time a visit to Schindler's Factory."

Ralph

Littleton, CO

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow did we learn a ton! Katka was so knowledgeable about everything pertaining to this region of the world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I learned so much about the Nazi and Communist occupations of these countries and really better grasped what it must have been like to live through that era."

Lois

Durham, NC

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took your trip to Italy several years ago and fell in love with the ease of everything. Your guide did a fantastic job and was very pleasant to the group. We never had to worry about a thing. This trip "out-did" that one if you can believe it!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the ride into Croatia was "AWSOME." The country was just unbelievable."

Karen

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous trip. Each city/country was unique and special. I learned so much from the amazing city tour guides and of course, Katarina, our overall guide. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and willing to explore. Food was great and each hotel that we stayed in was cozy and comfortable. By the end of the trip we were exhausted, but so glad that we had made the decision to visit this part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, Auschwitz-Birkenau was the most powerful moment for me. Also, each tour guide shared their own personal stories of living under Communism, and shared stories that their grandparents had told them about WWII and the Nazis. This sharing definitely enriched the whole travel experience."

Lorraine

Bellevue, NE

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I could have hoped for. Katerina was a wonderful guide and was knowledgeable and friendly. She went over and above by ordering group passes for us to enter The Schindler Museum. It was such a thoughtful gesture to ensure we could visit this historical site. Additionally, she surprised us with a young accordian player at our farewell dinner. The guides on other Rick Steves Tours have been great, but Katerina was a cut above!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Park was amazing. It was raining, so there weren't as many people and the waterfalls were spectacular!"

Mike

Durham, NC

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the trip. Our guide was exceptional. She really took care of us.We had a lot of travel time, which took away from the actual experience but I understand this when we covered so much territory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowded by the history of the area. Individual countries that came and went. Nazis and then communism. What a people to survive all this."

Courtney

Springfield, MO

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. Our guide, Peter, was delightful and so knowledgeable. His ability to share his life experiences while working to make sure each of us had great experiences, both as a group and individually in each destination, will be hard to top on any future tour. I had wonderful tour mates; such a fun variety of people from all over the United States. The experiences in each destination were top notch. The local guides brought the cities and the past to life. Five stars.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a WOW moment at each stop. My favorites were the Danube River cruise and Plitvice Lakes National Park. The beauty of the city at night and the jewel tones of the lakes were hard to top. This tour has a great balance of cities and nature. Further, the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was powerful and moving. It is something everyone should try to experience at least once in their lives."

Jan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Peter was wonderful! I enjoyed everyone on the tour. The order of big cities and Auschwitz and Birkenau (sobering but important) followed by lighter and more fun places and experiences was good. Even though the bus rides could be long, they were the only way to see what we wanted to see, and gave our legs a rest from lots of walking. They were also broken up by very enjoyable and unexpected stops along the way, so no complaints from me. It was a wonderful 2 weeks,thank-you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too many to list"

Marianne

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best adventure of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague, where we ran into the man himself, Rick Steves. It was like meeting the Beatles. The boat ride in Budapest in the evening. Rovinj was spectacular. I loved the tour guide giving us history that I otherwise would not have known. This was the best trip ever."

Michael

Piscataway, NJ

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was a great way to sample the other side of Europe. The tour was paced well and our tour guide was engaging and excited to teach us. The individuals on the tour were wonderful and our local guides were informative and professional. I enjoyed the fact that you were presented the city and then given time to expand and explore your experience. The extra touches and experiences were a bonus, on top of meeting Rick in our Prague visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river cruise in Budapest was picturesque and jaw dropping."

Wendy

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun group of people + excellent guide = great trip!!!! Local guides and the bus driver (Sam) were all wonderful peeps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite city = Budapest (beautiful, lots to do) Most beautiful place = Plitvice (although Lake Bled was close second) Most fun activity = Eger winery. Wine was excellent but I think it had more to do with the people (tour members and the entertainer). 2nd place would be the luge ride in Lake Bled. Extra bonus: Rick crashing our city tour in Prague (we all wondered what rude man was busting into the middle of our guided tour until we recognized you!)"

Sujata

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since myself and my husband were leaving a day earlier and were not going to be present for the final dinner, Peter called up the restaurant and had them cater an awesome lunch for us en lieu of the final dinner. Peter was very thoughtful the entire trip."

Lori

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous...great itinerary with exception of one extremely LONG day on the bus on the way to Eger. I see that you have added an extra night in Krakow on this tour next year which should eliminate this extra long bus ride. Our tour group was made up of very nice people who enjoyed spending time with each other, and our guide did everything in his power to make sure we had a memorable adventure. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite "wow" moment (though there were many), was arriving at the Hotel Katarina Island in Rovinj. What a beautiful resort in an amazing setting!"

Arvin

Marietta, GA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide was excellent as were the local guides. The fellow travelers were a great group who were fun to be with. There was a significant amount of historical and current topics which were very enjoyable to learn about. The planned events and the availability of your own time was well balanced. The bus rides were somewhat long but given the nature of the trip and the distances covered, the way we did it would really be the best way to accomplish the agenda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Understanding the impact communism had on the countries and people we visited. In retrospect the time gap between that era and today is narrow. Some countries / people have adapted better than others. Peter was superb at explaining the cultural differences and how the time line has progressed."

Sue

Elk Mound, WI

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour. After last year, Tallin, Helsinki, st Petersburg, we didn't think it could get any better... BUT IT DID! Everything went smoothly, Peter was our best guide yet.... and we have loved them all! We had an awesome group of fellow travelers! It was an A+ all the way around! Plus RS popped into our tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Peter tell about his childhood during communism. Reading books written by 2 of our tour members. Paddle boarding for the first time in THE ADRIATIC....of all places! "If something is not to your liking, change your liking!" Visiting the school. Every day there were WOW moments!"

Sally

Reno, NV

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. Even before I booked my tour, I felt well informed about the itinerary and expectations. At our first group meeting all the tour members were welcoming. As the tour unfolded camaraderie increased. The tour was even more than I expected! I can hardly wait to do my next Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow! Traveling through Europe really is easy!"

Doug

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd tour (the other being a REI Adventures), and I was very impressed with the degree of organization, the balance of activities and freedom, and the selected itinerary. No time wasted, but not hurried, either! Peter was terrific - always going above and beyond the call of duty to assure our needs and wants were met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps my favorite "moments" were when I first began to grasp the layout of a city, and how to orient myself and function in it. It brought home the idea that people are people all around the world, we all have our systems and comforts, our work and our play."

Riley

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide was very good, the tour content was good, the local guides were good, the food was great, I learned a lot. No complaints at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Auschwitz and seeing the size and level of organization. It wasn't a very pleasant experience, but it was fairly life-changing."

Maggie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful, the guide managed to make it easy and enjoyable while still making it a fulfilling and accomplishing journey. The overall tour was extremely fun, and educational while still remaining humorous and something to look forward to. There was never a day that left me feeling unaccomplished and drained.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole prospect of the holocaust and the events surrounding it made an enormous impact on me, as a teen just starting high school, I have not had much holocaust centered education in my life so far. Going into this with the thought that something terrible happened, and a very small arsenal of knowledge surrounding how, why and when this happened, the stunning realization of how little I actually knew was impactful. I learned a lot, and left Auschwitz-Birkenau feeling stricken, but enlightened"

Brenda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing trip! This was my first RS tour and I loved it. I liked the information the guide gave us (Peter), the knowledge and ability to access public transportation on our own with information about what to do with free time, the hotels exceeded my expectations, and the inclusions were wonderful and appropriate. I really like that the tips were included and I didn't have to worry about that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As an educator I really liked visiting the school and having lunch there (which I didn't expect at all). I liked the wine tasting experience as well as it felt very authentic. My wow moment also included learning about communism from all of the guides. I found that history to be particularly compelling. Totally amazed by Auschwitz-Birkenau! I felt rushed at Auschwitz, however, and would've liked a bit more time there."

Vijay

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just an outstanding tour overall. Guide was great. Cities chosen were great. Hotels were fine. Sightseeing was great. People on the tour were great. So, no complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if I would call it a "wow" moment, but the visit to Auswicz concentration camps left an impression. How sad this happened! It should be a required visit for all human beings so that this type of crime never ever happens again."

Bob

Lowell, MI

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

So much history, culture,and beautiful architecture. Simply beautiful. I would have liked to experience a little more of the folk music. There were a couple of very long travel days. Pillows on the bus would be nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National park in Croatia was amazing. Our guide got us in early so we beat the heavy crowds and long lines which were evident when we left. He also had us start at the top which was perfect because the unfolding natural beauty became increasingly dramatic the longer we hiked. Every city was beautiful. I loved the beautiful churches. Slovenia was extremely nice as were the people."

Noel

Lowell, MI

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our guide. Loved the local guides. Loved the cities. Loved our fellow travelers. Loved the nature hikes. Loved the churches. Loved the history lessons. Loved the desserts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first wow moment was when we exited St. Vitus Cathedral (?) and I looked up at the facade. I was blown away by how massive it was. Hearing the trumpeter at St. Mary's church in Krakow. My mother who was Polish told me about this tradition, and it brought tears to my eyes. The National Gallery in Budapest was wonderful. The boat ride at night on the Danube was beautiful. The boat ride to the church in Slovenia was beautiful. Traveling the Adriatic coast on the bus. I could go on and on."

Valerie

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was superb. The itinerary offered lots of variety both in history as well as cultural experiences. The hotels were superb with great amenities (a step up from previous tours). Appreciated that. The tour group was easy to spend time with. No troublemakers or complainers. Very enriching group. I know we lucked out. Haha

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow. Several wow moments. Getting to stay on Katarina island in Rovinj was wonderful but I think the boat ride down the Danube at night in Budapest was probably the best. Loved hiking Plivice. That was also special. I felt we lucked out with several wow moments."

Dora

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent trip. It far exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was spectacular and Budapest was amazing."

Kathleen

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was first class. The guides, both Marian and the local guides, were excellent. The accommodations, transportation (driver professional and kept us safe)the extras (Welcome dinner, cruise on the Danube, wine tasting, farewell party, boat trip from Bled to the Bled Castle and so much more). I really appreciated the time the guides took to answer all of the participants questions. They were always available after tours to give us information and advice for our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening boat trip on the Danube in Budapest, beautiful and wonderful. I also enjoyed the baths in Budapest, so relaxing."

James

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I want to learn when I visit new countries and I did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest was a much more vibrant and exciting city that I had expected. Also, Hungarian wines (reds) were way better than I expected. and I am a California wine snob."

Allyson

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very enjoyable. The wide berth of information and packed schedules made it feel like you got your money's worth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Auschwitz was both moving and chilling."

Jennifer

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour and it won't be my last! In the past we have planned our own trips using the Rick Steves guidebooks. This time we decided to bite the bullet and "spend a little more" to save the stress and planning. I am fairly certain that even though the outlay up front was more, we spent less than we would on our own. I very much appreciated that with each new city we arrived in dinner was included, as I often find that first evening in a new city a little hard to navigate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Happy Wow moment: Budapest! I fell in love with the city. Sobering Wow moment: The ride through the front lines of the Bosnian/Serbian conflict, and the short stop at the outdoor museum was very eye-opening, the bullet holes in the homes, the tractors converted to tanks, etc."

Marti

Shelby, NC

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. But, l have used Rick Steves' guide books for previous travels in Europe for over 25 years, so, I had high expectations for my first RS tour. All my expectations were met. I like the honesty of the expectations of the travelers prior to departures, from rating the intensity of the walking each day, to setting a limit on grumpiness. I enjoyed all the provided meals and treats but also the free afternoons for unlimited time to explore. Outstanding experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour ticked ten items off my travel bucket list. So l had ten "Wow" moments! But my favorite had to be the day hiking through the glorious waters in Plitvice National Park. Blessed by perfect weather on this day, it is how one could imagine paradise. And it was a perfect example of conservation of nature as you could find. A wonderful day until near the end when the boardwalk became a bit crowded. But starting very early was an excellent strategy. And no one fell in!"

Rebecca

Seffner, FL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was good. I enjoyed the various countries that we visited, but I felt we spent to long on the couch bus. I would have preferred more time in Krakow. Our tour guide George Vargas was exceptional. He has a true passion for his job. He shared his knowledge and experiences with us. Very detailed and took care of everyones needs. We had an incredible group of folks who all meshed very well from day one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Budapest Hungary and Bled, Slovenai!"

Kathleen

Mason Neck, VA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great! Our group quickly bonded and became friends. George was such a nice person, he taught us so much about this part of the world and he took care of all of us with his perpetual smile and "no worries" attitude. We had a good mix of learning about the cities, immersing in the culture and enjoying the food. Our tour had us on a roller coaster of emotions from the heartfelt sorrow we experience in Auschwitz to the breathtaking joy in the beauty of Plitvice Lakes and Lake Bled!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour had us in Krakow on July 4th, which also was the birthday of two of our participants. George gathered us first thing in the morning and started our day playing The Star-Spangled Banner to help us celebrate our country's birthday and then we sang happy birthday to our tour members. I was so touched, it brought tears to my eyes. My other wow moments were hiking in Plitvice Lakes and Lake Bled. You will not be disappointed."

Paul

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our 3rd tour. It was good but I believe there are tweaks to the schedule that would have made it better. Another day in Krakow would have been good. The rush to leave, see Auschwitz and get to Eger was too much. I would find a way to skip Eger altogether. Krakow to Budapest is 247 miles but putting Eger in there it is 291 miles. Extra day in Krakow where you could do Auschwitz and have afternoon free then leave the next morning to Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many. Rovinj was a great city and wish I had more time there."

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.