• Old Town Square in 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 14 Days Tour

from $3,895 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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Starting in beautifully preserved Prague, for 14 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, Slovakia, 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 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2018

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 hike • Adriatic happy hour • Ljubljana walking tour • Lake Bled boat ride (weather permitting)…and more
  • All group transportation from Prague to Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to 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 (2 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 morning we'll visit the concentration camp site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Europe's most moving memorial to the Holocaust. Then we'll continue on through the scenic Tatras Mountains and the rolling hills of Hungary's famous "Bull's Blood" wine-growing region. We'll end the day with a Hungarian dinner near the town of Eger, where the townspeople (with some help) turned back an Ottoman invasion of central Europe in 1552. Sleep near Eger (1 night). Bus: 8 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: 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 7: Bustling Budapest

The rich history of Pest has created a city that's a puzzle of Baroque, 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 on to one or two of your guide's favorite places to savor the verdant Slovenian countryside before continuing on 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 13: 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 14: 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 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to 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

Carroll

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My 13th RS Tour. Great overview of Eastern Europe. I would like have spent an extra day in both Krakow and Eger. The bus ride from Budapest to Plitvice is too long. Lake Bled is nice but only in nice weather. Skip Lake Bled on this tour and spend more time in Ljubljana. Our guide and bus drive were among the best we have had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest Cruise at night, Krakow at night, Eger, Auschwitz, Ljubljana, Plitvice National Park. I also liked the gorge hike near Lake Bled, but would rethink the last part of the tour to allow more time elsewhere."

Russell

Canton, MI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I enjoyed the tour but it was dampened by some grueling days on the bus. Our group was very compatible. I think everyone enjoyed each other's company, yet felt free to wander on their own during free time. i.e. no herd mentality

Jennifer

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second Rick Steves tour, and as with my first, my experience surpassed my expectations. Our main tour guide, Marijan, was superb[INVALID]he was attentive, respectful, made sure our needs were always met, and fun to be with. He provided a lot of information about the history and politics of each country we visited. It's a great tradition, and thoughtful, to celebrate those 3 people who had birthdays while on this tour. Having free time built in to explore on our own was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Outside of the must-see sites, there was no one "wow" moment but many, including: Seeing Art Nouveau architecture in Prague; spending the afternoon at a family owned winery, going to various classical music concerts in cathedrals and other venues; hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park; exploring Eger, including experiencing the camera obscura in the Lyceum; exploring Rovinj; the walk and spending the afternoon in Ljubljana; and walking around Lake Bled."

Barbara

Canton, MI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The only reason I didn't give the overall experience an outstanding was because of the long days on the bus. I also would have liked another day in Krakow and earlier arrivals at our destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night river boat ride in Budapest."

Pamela

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 13th Rick Steves tour and it met all our expectations. I think it involved more long bus rides than any other tour as were covering so much territory. I definitely came away with more understanding of what it was like under Communism and how it actually varied from country to country. We loved Krakow, everyone wished they could stay longer and were disappointed to hear that the tour used to spend an extra day there. It would be great to have more time. What about a Polish tour?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many-Pitvice Lakes National Park, the gorge hike near Lake Bled, the Danube Cruise through Budapest at night, the light sparkling on the wet pavers in Krakow at night, after a rainstorm, Czech rye bread, the architecture of Ljubljana. For some reason, question 2 would not let me type more. I wanted to say that I really liked the mix of urban and rural and was surprised at the beauty of the Czech countryside. And Auschwitz should be seen by everyone. Also, we had a great bus driver, Peter."

Rachel

Machesney Park, IL

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern Europe tour was more than I expected. Thank you so much for the great experience. I will surely take another RS tour. I just have to make sure I have enough vacation time from work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" to Plitvice Lakes National Park! Although every places we went through was wonderful and I learned a lot about countries I was ignorant before about their histories. Thank you!"

Dan

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. Marijan's knowledge of the region was encyclopedic, the local guides were all excellent, there was a great mix of cities and countryside, a good variety of activities and excursions . . . really a wonderful overview of this fascinating and complicated region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike in Plitvice National Park. What an amazing place."

Sean

Exeter, NH

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My objective in taking the "Heart of Europe" tour was to more fully understand the diversity among the nations, people and history of this region. This tour exceeded my expectations in providing that awareness, education and "launched" my journey of understanding. I am currently "suffering(the happy pain)" from information overload and look forward to distilling it all as I progress to achieving my understanding...I definitely have a "deeper" appreciation for the region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many!!! However, the "stillness" looking out over Birkenau and sensing the history and aura of this hallowed ground-sadness, reverence and optimism about the human spirit were the conflicting emotions I experienced."

Jim

Liberty Lake, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip, the Eastern European Tour, or as we started calling it, The Heart of Europe Tour. Peter was a great guide, and our driver, Sam, was a pleasure on the trip and a great driver. The hotels we stayed at were all good, and centrally located. Everyone should visit Eastern Europe to see all the beautiful locations and Rick Steve's Tours is a good way to do it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were more than one "wow" moment from our tour, but probably the greatest "wow" moment for us was Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. This is a water wonderland. We also enjoyed our stay in Rovinj and at Lake Bled. As an add on to the tour, don't miss going to The Gorge near Lake Bled, a side excursion you have to do on your own, but is definitely worth the time. All beautiful."

Christopher

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the knowledge and understanding Peter provided for the entire tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of Croatia and Slovenia."

Robin

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peter was a warm and extremely knowledgable person.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The national park hike was fabulous and the small towns in Croatia and Slovenia."

Susan

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational itinerary, fun people, and intense experience. Six countries, five currencies. Ready to go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We visited with 8th-graders who are learning English at their school in small-town Hungary and later the same day with winery owners who revived their family business after communism. How great is that? To hear first-hand from a teacher about how she regrets the loss of discipline among her students since the end of that era and then to hear from small-business owners about how they celebrate the reclaiming of their land and their vineyards."

Joann

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was loaded with history and pleasant surprises. The tour group members were all friendly, fun, and sincerely interested in ur group and all of the sights. The bus was comfortable and the driver an expert at understanding the route. I'm glad he knew where he was! We learned a lot about the 'heart' of Europe and the changes that the people and the countries have gone through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I enjoyed the old town squares with the gorgeous architecture the most. Even though they were crowded in the daytime, at night or early morning it was very nice to just sit in the square and admire the buildings and think of the history of the area."

Annette

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both my Husband and I collaborated on this tour evaluation This tour exceeded our expectations! It was the perfect blend of urban and rural, old world elegance and post-Communist optimism, ancient history and architecture to recent politics and modernism, sobering events balanced by levity and fun. Every element of the tour was essential to it's overall success, including Peter's facilitation and the group dynamic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day 5 and 6, the visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Egar: The camps were overwhelming and it took the long drive afterward to process, in the most elementary way, their impact. We had a deeper understanding not only of man's inhumanity to man, but also the cost to the populous to resist the Nazi tsunami. Seeing my ancestor's name engraved in the Hero's Hall in Egar was a BIG WOW. Lunch at the school and wine tasting afterward were a confirmation of goodness. L'Chaim!"

Nancy

Gresham, OR

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed both the large cities and the smaller towns. It was challenging to deal with 6 different languages and currencies - even though memories of the tour are still fresh, it is sometimes hard to identify a country associated with an experience - we wouldn't schedule a similar tour in the future, one or two countries is enough. We loved the other tour members, everyone was a lot of fun and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely, the Plitvice National Forest - we don't think there is anything like it anywhere."

Mike

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent Guide, great history and scenery and wonderful with whom to travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vibrant atmosphere of the major cities; Prague, Krakow, Budapest."

John

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour for learning about a part of Europe (the "heart" of Europe) that I had limited knowledge of. The tour included an effective blend of big cities and places of natural beauty. As usual for a RS tour, our fellow travelers were a delight. My one concern was the length of the bus travel on two days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I remember at least two such moments: seeing the House of Parliament in Budapest and the Adriatic coast."

Steven

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was very interesting with many beautiful cities and outdoor experiences. Budapest was a favorite for me, architecture was stunning and the city vibe made it a fun place to hang out. Because of the geography covered on the trip I felt like there was a lot of bus time and less free time to explore at almost every stop. Don't have any great suggestions other than cover a little less territory, but I do not know what I would want to give up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz, very depressing! Plitvice National Park was stunning. Architecture in all the cities was fabulous. Croatian homes riddled with bullets, 50 years after WWII we play the same game of lousy humanity."

Joan

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful itinerary and wonderful guide. Great experience.

Joseph

Wilkes Barre, PA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! This was my third RS tour, and met my expectations for a balance of fun / leisure and education / culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow, Poland and Rovinj, Croatia. Krakow for the beauty and charm of a "city with a small town vibe" and Rovinj for the beauty of a coastal community. Waking up to the Adriatic was breathtaking."

Donald

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of travelers, George was a tremendous guide, great special touches throughout the tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Homeland War area in Croatia and the time in Rovinj. Plot ice National Park was beautiful"

Karen

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, saw some great sights, learned a lot about history and countries I hadn't previously visited, had some interesting cultural experiences, and covered a lot of territory. George was a fantastic guide with great knowledge, interpersonal skills and going above and beyond to create a broad and fun environment for his group. l have decided "best of" tours or tours covering a large geographic territory are not for me - Too much bus time and too little time in each area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Typically a wow moment is a treat for the senses either in scenic beauty, great food, or a fun cultural exchange. But on this trip it was the emotional gut wrench of Auschwitz, especially the shock of seeing the "personal effects"."

Ken

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very enlightening to see this part of Europe. The tour provided a very good opportunity to hear from people who had lived through some of the rough times under communist and socialist rule and how they persevered. it was good to see some of the entrepreneurial instincts emerging after the dark times. The tour of Birkenau and Auschwitz was extremely sobering and emotional. But I'm very glad we did it. I'm still trying to digest it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since we had already visited Plitvice, probably the nighttime cruise on the Danube seeing the incredible Parliament building lit up along with the Chain Bridge and the Buda sites as well."

Fetreshteh

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steve tour. That shows the extent to which I love your tours. I have not tried any other tour, and Rick Steve's will forever be my frame of reference. I just wish Rick Steve had other tours besides Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz Concentration Camp and Auscehwitzii-Birkena. The visit was a very powerful emotional experience for me. The national park park in Croatia was another amazing visit with the beautiful sceneries and waterfalls."

Morteza

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best tour experience I had. The places were unique as well as the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was walk by the river the National Reserve."

Jane

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour. I normally don't travel with tour groups but wanted to try this as I like what Rick represents. We had a thoughtful, organized and knowledgeable guide in George who took the group through Eastern Europe. We enjoyed a rich experience woven with culture, language, food and beverages - along with history from the distant and near past as well as the current. The group was friendly, interactive and a pleasure to travel with. It splendid and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm where to start?! There were several! The wine tour in Hungary was fun along with a great visit to a school and school dinner. Croatia and Slovenia were beautiful with Rovinj and Lake Bled being spectacular!"

Carol

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were able to see some incredible sights that so recently would have been difficult, if not impossible to see! I think that the extensive bus time may make this tour less than ideal for many, but the only way possible to visit so many countries. I found the countries varied in experience and our guide wonderful, one of our best yet!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to a portion of Vivaldi's Four Seasons in an ancient church in Prague. The acoustics were phenomenal and the level of professionalism admirable. I never would have considered going to one of the offered concerts except the Rick Steves itinerary suggested it---and so do I!"

Dianne

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phenomenally: wonderful, fantastic, amazing, exciting, educational and fun. This was part two of my European 33 days that was an absolute dream come true! It was truly amazing for sooooo many reasons, and the best experience of my life, so far!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a favorite WOW moment! Loved Prague. But I was very moved at Birkenau and Auschwitz. And I truly love loved Rovinj, Croatia. This little fishing seaport village on the Adriatic Sea, was the quintessential definition of a quaint European village! I must admit, I would have liked to spend more time in Eger, Hungary, instead of at the grade school experience, :("

Marianne

Chelan, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not be better. Excellent mix of history and reflection, focused visits to the top spots and leisure for personal interests, urban and rural settings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a WOW around every corner, but one place in particular lingers in my memory for its quiet, powerful, visionary contribution to the planet we all share: the Jambor Vilmos elementary school in Recsk, Hungary. I loved the classroom visit with the teacher and her students, and eating in the cafeteria. The small boy who greeted us with the big smile and strong handshake needs Americans to exercise good judgment to help ensure his future. I can't let him down."

Judith

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautifully orchestrated tour! Lots of highlights where I could linger for days...I guess that's what makes you want to keep traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Krakow we were at the tram stop heading for Schindler's Factory and I asked a man waiting nearby if I was taking the right tram. He had his grandson with him, coming home from school, and he said he was taking the same tram and would show us where to get off. Nice! On the way back I couldn't get my 5 zloty coin to work in the tram ticket machine so asked a young girl (that didn't speak English) if I had the correct coin. She looked at it, scratched it on the concrete, and made it work."

Linda

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was rich with information and experiences. We started bonding as a group from the time we arrived at our first hotel. Because we had breakfasts and several dinners together, we could sit with different people to connect. One thing that made group travel worthwhile was having an orientation on the bus and then with the orientation walk and the city guide so that each place was in context of historical events and recent transitions for the people of the country. Sanel was great at this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sanel treated us to an add-on experience of a sunset dolphin cruise. The dolphins did not disappoint! A second "wow" was the unique beauty of Plitvice National Park. In Egar I felt the deepest connection with local people."

Jean

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Park outstanding. Going to Auschwitz an experience I think every citizen of the world should have. I was so impressed that as we got back on the bus for our drive to Eger Hungary, Sanel did not talk. He left the bus quiet for about 2 hours, very important for us to ponder, absorb what we'd just seen."

Debra

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Winery visit in Hungary"

Susan

Chelan, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best ever tour I've taken I loved our guide and the schedule was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hungary, I never thought it would hold so much history and beauty. Also Croatia was a wow!"

Andrea

Covington, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fabulous time and would definitely go on another Rick Steve's tour. The group was not too large and we enjoyed our fellow travelers. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. My only complaint was that we did not have enough time in the larger cities and were not able to do everything we wanted to do. Having the guides and everything set up helped but we would have liked to have linged longer. We did arrive early in Prague and next time will plan to stay after the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would not normally have visited Krakow but when we entered the old city, that was a wow! I always thought of Central Europe as a little dark but Krakow is a jewel! In fact I was charmed by all we saw in Central Europe, and the people too."

Lisa

Mccleary, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour, in fact my first multi day tour from any vendor, and I was concerned that the structure would feel inhibiting. However, it was a good blend of structured time and independent time. Having all of the logistics taken care of was very pleasant. The bus was spacious. And Sanel, our guide, was fantastic. On the flip side, there were several VERY long bus days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stayed in a wonderful setting in Rovinj, a hotel on it's own little island. Between the weather (sunny at last!), the beautiful setting and having a free day to just putter around was a highlight for me."

Michelle

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Intense, sometimes overwhelming amount of history because I came into the tour so ignorant AND I gained deep respect and some understanding of the people living in these countries. I am grateful for this. Tour participants all unique and kind. Fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple of whole minutes when I had the inside of church at Lake Bled totally to myself. It was a quiet wow moment. Of course, it is hard to couple the word "favorite" with Auschwitz but the power of being there lingers. It felt strange to go from that experience to wine tasting. A different kind of wow. However, the wine tasting and music did lift the spirits. So much imagery that will need quite some time to integrate. i also enjoyed trying to do the Polka on the last night!"

Dan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a variety of experiences, but mostly a great exposure to, and a better understanding of, a number of countries that were behind the iron curtain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the tour had so much going on that my wow moment was really a personal activity that the trip gave me the opportunity to do: walking out of the hotel on St. Catherine island near Rovinj each morningedrales to swim in the Adriatic."

Peggy

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and it was wonderful! Our guide Katerina was so knowledgeable, positive, and helpful. We covered a lot of territory in a short period of time and the pacing was good. We walked a lot but we were prepared for that and enjoyed all the sights along the way. The trip was well balanced between cities and rural areas. The bus driver, Peter, was very kind and an excellent driver. We're glad we arrived two days early so we could adjust and spend extra time in Prague.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't narrow it down to one "wow" moment, but two of my favorite destinations were Budapest and Plitvice Lakes National Park. They are both stunning places for very different reasons. Budapest is a grand city with incredible architecture. Plitvice is other-worldly - a magical place of lakes, waterfalls and streams. Walking through that park was my favorite walk."

John

Scotts Mills, OR

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Katka provided a wonderful perspective of how Eastern Europe had changed since communism ceased in that part of the world. Overall the pace, and activities were perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking the square in Krakow."

Revati

Klamath Falls, OR

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time with the dad, for his 70th birthday. It was a part of Europe that everyone must see at least once in their life. So much history and it was great that the tour guide is local and from the region. It was eye opening to hear about her experience living behind the iron curtain. It was greatly appreciated that our guide Katarina took the extra effort to change our boat cruise in Budapest to a day with better weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the time that I spent in Budapest and the views that we got from Buda castle."

Brian

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall , a very good experience. The leader, the itinerary , the balance of touring and free time, the hotels, food and fun -all contributed to a very fine tour and vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tip in Bucharest. Leader changed the date -from a rainy night to a clear nite. Wow. Beautiful well lit buildings , extra special Honorable mention:the 3 hours spectacular hike thru the Plitvice Lakes National Park .Wonders and beauty abounded ."

LeAnn

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great learning experience. Many countries (5) in short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitivice just because of its unique natural beauty with all the falls. PLUS Katerina gave explicit directions for the route to take/where to end up to keep on schedule. Husband & I did the cave climb option as well."

Mary

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern Europe tour seemed to hone in on many of my interests, (history, architecture, current events) and delve deep through individual tour guides from each city. The guides also gave us many possibilities for using our free time (sightseeing, transportation, shopping, eating), which truly enriched the choices we made. The result was making this tour by far my favorite (4 previous non-Rick Steves tours). I also appreciated the hotels that were used...well located and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many times I was impressed by the scenery, the architecture or the views on this tour. My favorite views were on the evening Danube cruise in Budapest and the view of Rovinj from our room's balcony at the Hotel Katarina."

Jamie

Commerce City, CO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not know a lot about this part of the world before taking this tour and I am so glad that we picked this tour because it is such a beautiful slice of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I have ever said the word "wow" more times in one day than I did while hiking through Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Every step was a wow moment here!"

Laura

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thought our group was very nice. Noone stood out as a problem child. My traveling partner couldn't come at the last minute and even though I knew two girls from previous tour, I always felt welcomed by all the members of the group. Could have been a lonely experience and it wasn't. Our happy hour was a lot of fun at Lake Plitvice. The day off from our vacation at Katarina Hotel was very nice. Really like the little surprises off beaten path that we would have missed on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park.... even in the rain. Getting off early before the crowd got there was smart too. Was not as much fun when it got crowded at the bottom."

Dudley

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves tours are wonderful, this was our second and we would not hesitate to go on another!

JR

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour! The cities & countries of Eastern Europe are beautiful. And the history, architecture and people, all amazing! Lead by our tour guide Jana, the whole group was a lot of fun! By the end, it really felt like we were a family, with some real friendships made. Unfortunately the weather was not the best and we had some rainy days. But there's nothing you can do about that except make the best of it. In fact, it made for some memorable experiences. Overall, it was a fabulous trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments. But what stands out for me was relaxing at a table situated next to the wall at the cafe in Bled Castle, having some creme cake (kremna rezina) & coffee, and enjoying the amazing views of Lake Bled, the Assumption of Maria church, and the Julian Alps - with a fresh dusting of snow! After a very active tour (with lots of cloudy days), it was nice to have a beautiful day to relax and feel at peace. And the cafe at Bled Castle is a wonderful place to do just that!"

Mary Ann

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Eastern Europe and I really feel like I got a good introduction to some of the high lights of that part of the world. I enjoyed learning about the Velvet Revolution, seeing the incredible sights of Prague, Krakow and Budapest, spending time in Plitvice, Roving, Bled and Ljublana and especially visiting the school and winery in Hungary. Jana was a wonderful guide and really brought that part of the world to life for me. I enjoyed her stories and history lessons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were the morning we spent in Plitvice before the crowds arrived, what beautiful lakes. And I really enjoyed the time we spent at the school in Hungary, talking with the children and meeting their teacher."

Dennis

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this was a valuable learning experience with regard to the history and politics of Eastern Europe. Having learned about the iron curtain in school, I was curious to see some of these countries firsthand. Both with our guide Jana, and independently, we were able to hear firsthand local people's life experiences in these countries. In that way, I feel that this was a very meaningful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few, but perhaps our best was being guided (independent of Rick Steves) by a young Russian/Ukrainian/Polish woman through the Jewish section of Krakow...and having a real conversation with her both about what we were seeing, and also about her life and aspirations."

Jeannie

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was great. The places we went were great. I would like to have heard more about the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many incredible moments. I don't have a special one."

Steven

Anaheim Hills, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed the tour experience and are happy overall. We learned a lot about the history of these eastern European countries, the cultures and the interactions through the wars and communists. I think if I were to change anything it would be maybe to somehow adjust the itinerary to avoid the extremely long day between Krakow and Eger as it was just too long as you start at 6 AM leaving for Aushwitz and get into Egar at 9PM and then dinner after that. Maybe somehow adjust the iten.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest was just awesome.. And the hike through the Plitvice was amazing!"

Mary

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very informative. Weather not good. More strenuous than expected, due to all the hotel changes and difficult access to most hotels. I was sick for half of the tour, but managed to do most of the events. I was not aware of some of the difficulties of this tour. But the walking tours were good, as I was prepared for that. The bus was very nice and stayed on schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was my favorite stop. The problem was the weather, which was very rainy and cool. My son and I were the last in the group on the hike, which turned out to be a blessing for a gentleman who fell and needed to be held and walked all the way out of the park. It took us 2 hours to get him to the dock. It was my son, J.R., who held on to him the whole way. He was the hero of the trip and was acknowledged as such at the last dinner. I was extremely proud of him."

Ralph

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the trip was both surprising and enjoyable. Our guide, Peter Polczman was enormously helpful throughout. His knowledge of the area, ability to communicate clearly, appreciation for the variety of views and interests of the group, and efforts to assure that the trip met expectations was great. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The architecture in Prague was amazing. The snow capped mountains at Lake Bled was also fantastic."

Andrew

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I started traveling as a timid and lazy tourist. After 15 of Rick's tours, I am much less timid, but still lazy. I much prefer to let Rick and his guides scout good and bad hotels and restaurants and ensure that his charges frequent the former, not the latter. Our guide handles all reservations and leaps to the rescue with plan B, if something goes amiss. Rick also makes excellent choices of what to see and packs in numerous sites, both urban and rural.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was remarkable with its board walks passing over small waterfalls and the views of major falls. The wine tasting was also wonderful. We were drafted to folk dance using a few simple steps. Group dances of the Greeks, Andulusians, Hungarians, etc. promote a group solidarity that the solitary, unscripted jiggling of our dances cannot. Perhaps, in southern and the heart of Europe being unique is less important than being connected."

Carol

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic lead guide and great group to travel with! We saw so many beautiful cities that we may not have traveled to independently. The history was very interesting and from a different perspective than the typical western European view. These countries have been through so much oppression over many generations, and yet have retained unique cultures and proud heritages. I found Krakow and Lake Bled in Slovenia especially beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to see Auschwitz in person was "wow" in a somber way. The beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park was "wow" in a different, wonderful, joyous way."

Skye

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love this tour. The itinerary was great, even though there were several days where we were on the bus for long periods of time. But the bus is comfortable, and the driver (Sam) was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled. I'd never even heard of it before, but it is so beautiful. It is a good thing that it isn't terribly well known, because it wasn't crowded with thousands of tourists."

Thelma

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very comprehensive and covered a lot of territory. Overall, I was satisfied with the content of the tour. Our tour guide Peter, was outstanding and really added to the tour experience. His personality, and knowledge are a winning combination. He was so relaxed and comfortable as our guide and he conveyed his enthusiasm for the area with his many stories and commentary. He made it all look so easy and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the hike through Plitvice lakes park. Even though it was raining this was one part of the tour I was really looking forward to. Fortunately at the end of the hike when we visited the big waterfall, the sun came out and it was a perfect ending to a scenic walk through this wonderful park."

Dean

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and there were no glitches at all during the 14 days. All of the meals and hotels were excellent. Very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls at Plitvicka National Park were amazing and one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen."

Maureen

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 15th Rick Steves tour; and as with the others was fabulous: great food, wonderful sites, interesting and well travelled companions and Peter, superguide aka"Alpha Man."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the bus taking us from Plitvice National Park to Rovinj ascended the peak and we saw the Adriatic Sea, several of us actually said "wow" at the sight of water with sun shining on it."

Bradley

Powell, OH

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the 2nd Rick Steves tour we have taken and it was excellent from start to finish. Peter Polzman is a fantastic tour guide with a great sense of humor and an excellent grasp of English including slang. I especially liked the fact that he grew up in past WWII Soviet controlled Hungary and was able to share a lot of insights into the Soviet system. Central Europe is beautiful and an quite diverse in cultures that are so close physically together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure this is a "Wow" moment but I was deeply touched by the visit to Birkenau & Ausshwitz. We had a dark rainy day which fit the mood that we all had."

Pamela

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about our "Heart of Europe Tour" as we learned to call it by our fabulous guide Peter. His positve energy, vast knowledge, and attention to our needs and interests really enhanced our experience. The balance between tour time and free time was excellent. There was a lot to experience in a short time and if I have any criticism, it's that the tour was not quite long enough. I would have enjoyed more time in Krakow especially.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the glorious beauty of the architecture in Prague made my heart soar."

Negin

Toronto, ON

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding, Outstanding, Outstanding. It was just like I love my tours, packed with things to do and interesting places to visit and free time to do more. This is my second tour with RS and I cannot imagine going with any other tour. Peter was the best tour guide I had a privilege of traveling, he made the trip extra special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Budapest, the statues and their grandeur. Peter was our local guide for one day and it was like he was showing us his home (which is the fact) and I felt like I was home too. I also did not expect to love ljubljana and Lake Bled as much as I did. It rained hard while touring Ljubljana and I still loved the city, the architecture and the people."

Carla

Timberlake, OH

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done extensive travel on our own and chose this tour due to the reputation of Rick Steves having exceptional guides. We were more than impressed. Peter is a very gifted teacher and leader. He was able to simplify years of history, yet provide an in-depth introduction to years of complicated political and social turmoil. He also took time to insure everyone was individually cared for. It was like having a friend instead of a guide. I frequently ignore surveys but had to write about Peter

Ernest

Las Cruces, NM

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was super! The sights seen were interesting, informative and memorable. This tour honestly did see the very best of the Eastern European countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moments were many including the Parliament at night, the Mathias Cathedral, the beauty of Lake Plitvice National Park and also Lake Bled with the little island."

Nancy

Las Cruces, NM

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything with this tour was just great! The logistics and places visited, the tour and free time, the guides and bus driver, the hotels, the meals, the information, history and culture shared--all were super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most somber and yet a most memorable experience was Auschwitz-Birkenau. The natural scenery in Croatia, the Lake Plavice National Part was so beautiful."

Carla

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! We were able to see so many sites and experience the true culture of the people. So much history. Our group members and guides were wonderful, we have made many new friends! Our guide Peter was outstanding- friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, efficient, genuine, etc. Peter is truly a special person, he made our trip a fantastic experience!!! We have highly recommended this tour and Rick Steves tours to our friends. This was our first of many more Rick Steves tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes Park walk through the waterfalls!!! WOW,WOW,WOW!!!"

Margaret

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing because of the combination of big cities and small towns that we visited. It was a nice mix of fellow travelers and Eszter really made everyone feel welcome. I absolutely enjoyed the local guides and the amount of free time we had to explore different areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is asking me to pick a favorite child! Hard to pick one over the other, but a few do stand out! Rovinj for the charm and seaside views. Budapest for the Szechenyi Baths and night time cruise on the Danube. Plitvice Lakes for the sheer beauty."

Antony

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and mix of big and small cities with enough free time to enjoy experiencing local culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night cruise of Budapest on the Danube, Swimming in the Adriatic Sea near Rovinj and the walk through the Plitvice Lakes Park."

George

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first guided Rick Steves tour and it was one of the best tours we have taken, thanks to our guide Ester and the amazing sights that were included in the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best part of the tour was having our guide Ester lead it. Aushwitz was a very impactful experience and though I was initially reluctant, I'm glad it was part of the tour. The synagogues and churches were amazing and we loved Rovinj. But the beautiful plazas and town squares gave us a much better understanding of the life of the people of Eastern Europe. I was very glad to hear Ester's discussion of the history of this area."

Lori

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As our first tour ever, we expected the lodging and transportation benefits, but were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding quality of our guides. We were pleased with the mix of activities throughout the tour: wine tasting, visiting a school, concert options, markets, tower climbs/views, river cruise in Budapest, sunset cruise (with dolphins) in Rovinj, visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau, hiking amidst waterfalls in Plitvice, group dinners with local entertainment, and swimming in the Adriatic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Definitely having Eszter as our guide. 2. The evening cruise on the Danube River in Budapest couldn't have been more perfect."

Kathleen

Liberty Lake, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eszter was the perfect guide. This was our 10th RS's tour - all have been excellent, but Eszter was warm, sensitive, funny,accommodating and held the group together at all times. The accommodations were excellent and Eszter's discretionary money was spend for wise and fun items. The group bonded nicely and we all loved Eszter. Central Europe countries were a wonderful surprise. The country side is spectacular! Countries' peoples were warm and faith filled. Lovely trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Rovinj - the city (village feel)and the accommodations on the island, plus the sunset boat ride were so outstanding. A real "vacation from the vacation". Prague SQ, Krakow, and Budapest at night also took my breath away."

Ben

Fergus Falls, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eszter did a fantastic job orchestrating the Eastern (central) Europe trip. I was most impressed with her ability to convey economic information about the countries we visited as well as political matters, history, and architecture. Of course, local cuisine and why certain foods were predominant in a country's diet also fascinated me. Besides being a wealth of knowledge, Eszter seemed highly proficient at the movements of our trip "The flow of our trip". Also a friendly persona.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nighttime boat cruise on the Danube River - in Budapest, Hungary."

Margaret

Fergus Falls, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour[INVALID]a little apprehensive because I wasn't sure I was a "tour" person. Boy, was I wrong. Our tour leader was absolutely fantastic, and I can't imagine seeing Central Europe any other way! The information she gave us as we approached each country was phenomenal[INVALID]I learned so much! She went above and beyond as a leader and can't believe how lucky our group was to get her!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot narrow down just one "wow" moment. The whole experience was superb and our leader made it so!"

Tom

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather for our trip was less than ideal, probably rainy and/or chilly about 75% of the time. As the saying goes, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing." We were prepped with the proper rain gear so we managed. This was our 2nd RS trip, and we invited along two other couples who hadn't been on one before. I was so happy to know that their experience was just as rewarding to them as our first trip had been to us. RS tours attract "like-minded" travelers, confirmed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As far as visuals go, it's probably a tie among Krakow's square after an evening rainfall, Plitvice Lakes, and Budapest's Parliament viewed from the Danube at night. The largest "wow", though, had to be how our guide handled the tour. She had curves thrown at her before the trip even began, and all throughout she handled everything with aplomb, and always a smile on her face."

Sharon

Gardnerville, NV

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The EE tour was a good mix of cities and smaller towns, we learned so much! We have a new appreciation of Central Europe' history, culture, beauty and struggles

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several Birkenau-Auswitzz, Budapest night tour, the P. Lakes NP and Rovinj with the sunset cruise"

Nicholas

Kensington, MD

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful and met all our expectations. We especially enjoyed the tour guide, Eszter, who was very knowledgeable and enjoyable. She lead us through five countries and some amazing touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three "wow" moments. The first was the tour of Auschwitz, the second was seeing Budapest at night by boat, and the third was seeing Plitvice National Park in Croatia. Personally, seeing Crakow, and the Kazmiercz area, which included the statute of Jan Karski, was a highlight. The group believed that our tour guide was the "wow" moment. She deserves e recognition."

Paul

Mansfield, TX

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Ric Steves Tour was a great experience. Our group was very compatable and we enjoyed everyone. We were the only Texans on the tour and this made it unique for us. The places were great and to end at lake bled was memorable. Our tour leader was Sanel and he was the best. Ric needs to put him in one of his shows. He was very informative, great personal knowledge, and was a true leader with his groups needs and wishes always first priority. The days past fast and plenty of free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague and Budapest was amazing. Krackow was a lot more than I expected. What a great city. All we know about is the Camps. To end at Lake Bled was unbelivable. Probably my favorite place."

Patricia

Plainville, CT

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1. Great guide and local guides 2. Great itinerary - we were both able to get our ur top bucket list locations on this itinerary. Budapest and Prague for my husband, and go back to Croatia for me. Along thwith way we had bonuses, being able to see a bit of Poland ( Cracow is beautiful), and drive thru Slovakia. 3. Great hotels - better than expected. No uncomfortable nights, quite posh most nights, but casual. 4. More fabulous top notch meals on this tour than others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first wow momentum was stepping outside the (pretty neat historic c"communista") hotel into the Croatian fresh air with a staggering view of the top of the Plitvice Lakes. However it is hard to top the moment that the clouds slipped away in Lake Bled, and we realized we were in the alps. Snow topped alps over a beautiful lake with a castle on a rock and a church on an island. We will return to Slovenia. View of Rovinj from our island hotel in Instriaa and a swim off the rocks."

Beth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern Europe trip turned out to be so much more than I expected. The itinerary was great, full of interesting cities and towns, scenery, architecture and cultural experiences, but the best part of the tou was the education about the recent history of the countries we visited and the personal stories of the incredible guides we had. All of the countries we visited were "young" in terms of their current political and geographic composition, and the guides brought that history alive for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing personal stories of the guides was the best part of the tour for me, but the Danube cruise and Lake Bled were also top highlights."

Rod

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding blend of sight-seeing and thought-provoking content. Helped me again appreciate how the US, while profoundly influential even in these former eastern-block countries, is only a part of a large and complex world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night-time boat trip in Budapest was amazing, as was the view from the Liberty monument (personal side-trip). The dinner in Eger was particularly good, as was the stop at the winery the next day. The brief stop at the war memorial in Croatia was also a profound moment of an entirely different kind."

Kent

Farmington, IL

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent: Guide, Sanel, bus driver, accommodations,food, and everywhere we visited. This trip is second only to our tour of Egypt in 2008.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park and the flowing water and waterfalls. Also, Lake Bled was the perfect finish to the tour."

Peggy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first Rick Steves guided tour I have done, and I was so glad to be on a tour to visit this part of Europe. Sanel helped us to navigate the different languages, currencies, history and customs and, as a result, I appreciated these countries and their people so much more. The local guides provided so much specific information and, in doing so, shared their passion for their countries. The locations of the hotels were so convenient and the meals were tasty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two favorite "wow" moments -- Market Square in Krakow was the first. I absolutely loved the building, the very clean space around it, and the vibe of those visiting the square. The other favorite was Lake Bled. Taking the pletna to the island was almost magical. Of course it helped that there was a fresh dusting of snow on the tops of the mountains, but even without that, I know I would be saying WOW!"

Linda

Mansfield, TX

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour though we have traveled for years with his books. The tour was very well balanced between guided experiences and independent time. Hotels were excellent and the group dinners were tasty. Our guide, Sanel, did an outstanding job! His knowledge of the history of Eastern Europe made the trip much more meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many favorite moments, but my most favorite moment was our boat ride down the Danube River at night in Budapest. It was so beautiful!!!"

Alan

Anmore, BC

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What I expected from a RS tour. Well informed guides and well though out itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park - hands down"

Kathleen

Farmington, IL

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was planned as our 50th anniversary trip! We loved it! Since we had never been to any of the 6 countries on this tour, all was new and exciting. We learned a great deal and our guide Sanel was the best. He filled us with history of each region and prepared us for what we would see. We also were allowed plenty of time on our own to explore and choose the areas or sites we preferred. We enjoyed the other members of the group as well! GREAT TRIP!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the total trip was so outstanding, I think I most loved Budapest! The history there and ease of getting around the city, the night cruise, the baths....all made this city exciting and enjoyable."

Janet

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned a huge amount from taking this tour, so much more up close and personal that in history and travel books! I was never that interested in history, especially wars, but I found this a great way to travel and learn, getting a great perspective from the people in the regions visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great places, but one of my favorites was sitting in a tiny out door coffee and wine bar in Rovinj. It was up the hill towards the church, off the main path, tucked back near a corner ally. Their were four tiered tiny tables and cushions for sitting along with a few tiny chairs. Clearly a local hangout. The proprietress spoke little English. We stayed for a second round of drinks just enjoying the local flavor."

Nancy

St Louis Park, MN

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall tour experience was enjoyable and our guide, George, was outstanding. George provided us with many local food/beverage samplings which we got to enjoy on the bus. Yum! Enjoyed the opportunity for additional activities, such as the folk dance in Budapest, that was a lot of fun. We had quite a bit of bus time on this tour and our bus driver Sam did a great job behind the wheel - we always felt safe. He was also entertaining & it was easy to see he enjoyed working with George.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hike through the National Park was awesome, the weather was beautiful that day, making for some great photos."

Randy

Alamo, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was even better than we hoped for! That was because our tour guide, George, was fabulous! He was organized, knowledgeable & took care of every detail! We learned so much--trip was nice blend of "big city" and "nature/outdoor" activities. While every day was busy there was also "down" time! Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest WOW or surprise was the Plitvites National Park! Just loved it....and of course, the stunning Adriatic!"

Richard

Camas, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was interesting to tour these counties ruled by the Soviet Union and the changes from those times.

Bill

Cranberry Township, PA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was truly a tour of a lifetime for me! Eastern Europe is a fascinating place, combining history stretching back hundreds of years, the Austrian-Hungarian empire influence, two world wars, and 40 years behind the Iron Curtain. We loved the tour! It is hard to believe that we toured 6 countries and stayed at 7 hotels in 2 weeks, but it all worked and came off like clockwork! We greatly enjoyed our tour guide, bus driver and fellow tour members who became like an extended family for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was a somber one, our visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Sad and surreal, it forces you to contemplate the nature of man and the darkest hours of the 20th century. Our guides were great, explaining the sites on a professional level and letting us draw our own conclusions and leaving us with our own thoughts. The day we visited these terrible places was, incredibly enough, a bright sun, clear blue sky, perfect weather day. I take this to mean that perhaps there is hope for us yet."

Kevin

St Louis Park, MN

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There wasn't a minute wasted on this tour. We saw an amazing number of sites. Even the bus rides were enjoyable as George provided us with samples of local treats as we traveled from city to city. The only thing I missed was more time to enjoy my coffee and a pastry! :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through Plitvice Lakes National Park was an unexpected highlight. Every corner we turned presented spectacular views. The numerous waterfalls and lakes were only part of the overall beauty."

Lois

The Villages, FL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Time Steve's tour and we had high expectations. You met them all. It was a lovely group. George was fantastic. We learned so much by had so much fun. The trip was a balance of amazing cities and nature experiences. I will definitely tour with you again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheer grandeur and historical experience of Budapest. I loved to culture and vibrance of this city."

Verle

Cape Fair, MO

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eastern Europe was a good tour for me, I learned a lot about the former Communist countries that we visited. I liked the mix of big cities and some smaller towns. Our guide George did an excellent job with his wealth of local history, customs and language skills. He also helped us with all the different currencies that we had to deal with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip into Rovinj Croatia was the highlight for me. Very beautiful, quaint town, and the hotel on the island was great too. I got to talk to a local market vendor for about 15 minutes, he loves the USA and I told him I loved Croatia, especially Rovinj. I'm an old guy, but I did climb the stairs of the church to the top. Visiting Rovinj makes me want to see more of the Adriatic coast. The Budapest cruise at night, even though it was pouring rain, was really beautiful."

Ellen

Cape Fair, MO

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent experience. I enjoyed the diversity of the destinations. There was a good mix of big city, small towns, and countryside/nature. Our guide George was excellent and provided many surprising treats and insights into each country. I felt this was a pretty rigorous tour, with many early starts and long bus rides. While I knew this going into it, it would have been nice to have an extra day or two to somehow spread out the activities. I would not have wanted to skip anything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was my first glimpse of the Adriatic Sea and the village of Rovinj. I was not expecting such a charming village with such an Italian influence. Visiting Rovinj made me want to see more of Croatia and the Adriatic Coast. The free day in Rovinj was great. Don't ever eliminate that!!!"

Dana

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

enjoyed everything. Particularly enjoyed the history and cultural presentations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest. Would like to have spent one or two more days in this lovely city."

Barbara

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 14 days tour was exceptionally not just on the uncountable "WOW" moments but the spirit, patience and knowledge of our guide - George. His involvement contributes to our wonderful experience! One thing needs to be mentioned was the Regency Suites Hotel in Budapest that we were not too comfortable with. The location was centralized but it seems to me that the area is where transient, drunks loiters as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice National Park was beautiful! Our guide (George) suggested an early start which was well planned. As the day goes, the crowd gets massive and stopping at any point of the walk was impossible. But we all got the best of it by getting there early. Again, George scores!!!"

Kristin

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th Rick Steves tour so we had many past tours to compare it with. This one did not disappoint!!! Our guide, George, could not have been more knowledgeable, helpful, flexible and full of great surprises for us. We did change countries, languages, and currencies five times so it was wonderful to have him navigating us through all those things. The languages were all so completely foreign to me that it was hard to pick up or retain words or phrases as I had done previously.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Plitvice Lakes National Park!! This place is a true wonder of nature!!"

Christine

Alamo, CA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OMGoodness...I was somewhat reluctant to join 25 strangers on a trip I could probably self direct. Well, by day 3 we were no longer strangers and you should be so fortunate to do as to draw Peter as your Eastern Europe guide...wow!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled...over the top."

John

Alamo, CA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour immenselyl. I learned more from the guides and covered more territory than possible on my own, and had multiple add-on special experiences that only a Steves Tour could provide. I was leary of spending so much time with a large group of strangers at first, but had a whole slew of new friends and tearful goodbyes at the end. The density of experiences was superb- sights, history, music, beautiful countrysides, perfectly located hotels, good food, good people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the two nights and a full day in Rovinj, Croatia. A beautiful hotel on an island accessed by boat, swimming in the Adriatic, exploring the small but charming town, impromptu cocktail party with the whole group, lunch alfresco by the harbor. A delightful surprise from the press-on aspects of a long tour!"

Lee

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was excellent! Good mix between cities and more rural areas. Saw everything as billed. Peter was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Krakow square at night."

Lynda

Altona Meadows,

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second Rick Steve's tour, the first was Europe in 21 days,and I was not disappointed. This tour was just as amazing as my first. A great itinerary, fantastic tour group, wonderful guide and bus driver and scenery to die for. I loved every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe all of 'Eastern Europe' is a wow moment. The history, the wonderful cities, the people, the food and the 'dark' beer. Having seen the busier parts of Europe, like Rome, Paris, Venice and London, I found Eastern Europe to be more relaxed. Less crowds, less hustle and bustle and smaller, more intimate cities."

Bob

Tumwater, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we'll be back! Any travel concerns were resolved seamlessly. Just outstanding! Great credit for a phenomenal, memory of a lifetime from this unique part of the world belongs to our guide Peter. I call him "Peter the Great" and I mean it. He was a wonderful shepard: educating, coordinating, motivating, organizing, translating and so much more. His sense of humor was wonderful! And, we always knew he was completely backed-up by the Rick Steves' organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the clear, warm Adriatic and exploring Rovinj, Croatia was fabulous. Krakow was warm and welcoming and we wish we'd had more time there. All should see Auschwitz ...and remember. Loved the wine tasting in Eger...what a lovely Hungarian city with character. The baths of Budapest will be a lifelong memory as well. Plitvice Nat'l Park was lovely. Our driver, Mitch and especially our guide, Pater ensured success! Wow!"

Anita

Tumwater, WA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You can pay more and less for a tour but I think you would be hard pressed to find a better tour. The tour far surpassed our hopes and expectations. When you go with a group of people there are always compromises you must make yet the organization, knowledge, transportation and support at each stop more than made up for any compromise we made by traveling with a group. The mix of planned time and free time was perfect. Printed pre trip and during trip materials were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Croatia and swimming in the Adriatic. The most impactful moment was touring Auswitzch-Birkenau."

Min-Che

Princeton, NJ

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We visited scenic and interesting places. The tour guides, especially the lead, Peter, are excellent. Peter was excellent leading the group, explaining everything, and saving us money by telling us where to get better rate changing money. One thing that I don't like much is too much free time in places the I don't find enough interesting things to do. I prefer more sight seeing or adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing particular. Plitvice is the best but not exactly 'wow' for me. I've seen most of the features and more in my previous tour to Jiuzhaigou in China. But for people that do not travel to China I think Plitvice is a must visit place."

Robin

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible! To cover several major Eastern European countries in 14 days was a real adventure. Peter was superb at managing the different personalities on our tour and kept us energized as we traveled from place to place. The particular guides in each city were very knowledgeable and friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my travel companions and feel blessed with their friendships. Awesome adventure!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The countryside truly beautiful in each country that I would have missed had I not been on the tour bus. Ultimately I think the real "wow" was the contrasting beauty of Auschwitz and the community surrounding it today. As we were approaching the camp, I saw cyclists enjoying a lovely summer day, children playing soccer on fields near by. These all played into the images I saw as I toured the camps all the activities so many people were ripped away from. My fave Lake Bled!!"

Andi

Franktown, CO

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A tour with Rick Steves & Co is always an outstanding experience for me. As a vet of many tours, I have to say this was the best group of travelers, the best hotels overall, (one of the) best guides and itineraries ever (but rushed-can't you add back the extra days?). I loved all the unexpected treats that were included; the bus rides never seemed too "long". Peter was FABULOUS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one moment in particular; maybe the whole tour? The Rovinj 2 night stay at the island resort was truly a treat and I really felt spoiled! I had seen a few of the places we stopped on a previous tour so already knew those would be WOW moments. I did love Budapest and Krakow-cities with wonderfully kinetic vibes."

Elizabeth

Mechanicsburg, PA

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Guides were all knowledgeable and friendly. Everyone went out of their way to help in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to all the small towns as well as the large cities was wonderful. Also being able to see the beauty of Plitvenca and Lake Bled was outstanding."

Richard

Clarinda, IA

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Easy, efficient, educational, and engaging. It was easy - all the essential planning is done by the staff. It was efficient - transportation and best site tour tickets are ready to go when you arrive. It was educational - insightful exposure to the twin terrors of nazi-ism and communism. It was engaging - Katka and Bea were great guides and so much fun traveling with people who appreciate international travel. If you haven't tried a Rick Steve's tour - go for it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz and Birkenau on the educational historical side. Rovinj on the romantic sea side. Lake Bled on the replenishing nature side."

Nancy

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As are all Rick Steves tours, this one was perfect. A great blend of education, fun, nature, people, local flavors from locals themselves, ease of travel, great guides, wonderful accommodations, and the peace of mind knowing we were getting the most from our investment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I should do this by category, but I would say going to Auschwitz was the most sobering and impressive. Getting a sense of the local flavors and customs was what made this tour so different from others and the reason we actually consider tours now (we've always gone on our own). The little extras the guides provide make all the difference."

Michael

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I believe KatKa is one of your best guides. She is very organized, provides clear and concise instructions and has a positive fun attitude. You can tell she loves her job. My overall experience was very good. What would have made it outstanding is to have a full day at Auschwitz. There is so much to see an take in between the two camps. We arrived at 9 am and only had 45 minutes at Birkenau before our tour at Auschwitz. Then we needed to depart in the early afternoon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled - what a stunning place on a beautiful day. Amazing!!"

Patricia

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great Tour, great guide(s), driver, meals, people & experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Outstanding experience."

Adam

Mona Vale, NSW

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a little hesitant about going on an organised bus tour, they typically have the reputation of being over organised and guests feel like they are being herded around like cattle. This tour was nothing like that, yes it was well organised, very well organised actually, and we did have a schedule to stick to but we were treated as adults. I do feel the title of the tour should be "Degustation of Central Europe" though as we got a taster of each country accompanied by local alcohol!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Croatia and Slovenia are beautiful countries with really nice people but mind blowing for me were a) the visit to Auschwitz & Birkenau, we all know the stories but being there made it very real and b) driving through Croatia and seeing so many destroyed and/or abandoned houses, many riddled with bullet holes."

Joanne

Mona Vale, NSW

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Who Is Rick Steve's... I had never heard of this person before and had no idea to what extent Americans follow his tours and travel knowledge. A friend of mine recommended Rick Steves tours as something that she thought I may like. I'm not interested in being hearded around like a cow in a pasture 24 hours a day. This tour gave us the rundown and essentials of each city, gave us options and suggestions then sent us on our own way. It was great. We now know who Rick Steves is.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj was my wow moment. After trapping around multiple inland countries I was thrilled to be back on the water again. I live by the sea and miss it if I'm away for too long."

Jennifer

Newport News, VA

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful. Katarina was absolutely the best guide we have had in our 4 trips with Rick Steves. She should be utilized to train the others to her standards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a hard one, because it was all good. If I had to pick one I'd say Auschwitz. The importance and significance should be experienced by all."

Robert

Sawyer, MI

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katka is well read, has an excellent knowledge of history , has lived the history, knows cultural anthropology and loves her work. The places , hotels , food driver and people were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Knowing the soviet history and how difficult it was. Seeing people happy to be free of the soviet union."

Joann

Loysville, PA

Tour: 08/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good to have a small group, who quickly bonded together. Nice amount of time spent in the cities and country side. Thoroughly enjoyed having some free time to see things not included in the tour. Booked a side trip to church of skulls north of Prague (wish it had been included in tour). Fantastic Katarina tour guide. Great places we stayed with favorite Hotel Katarina in Croatia. Could have eliminated those special drinks for each country which burned the whole way to my stomach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Lake Bled area and Croatia, Rovinj."

Sherry

Irvine, CA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Our tour guide, Eszter, was outstanding, and went out of her way to make sure everybody had a smooth trip. Our tour group was also great with a lot of open minded, educated members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed by Krakow. It was a really beautiful, clean city. I wish we had more time there. It was much nicer than Prague. Rovinj was also a wonderful wow moment with our hotel being on its own island. The pools felt wonderful after several days of hot weather."

Patricia

Highland Park, IL

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eszter and Mitch provided an excellent context within which to learn about and appreciate Eastern Europe. They were attentive to our particular interests as well as to the needs to the whole group and we all benefitted from their knowledge and many kindnesses.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have a particular "wow" moment. Krakow was a delightful surprise. Schindler's Factory and Auschwitz-Birkenau were sobering. Budapest was wonderful. Slovenia and Croatia were beautiful. Sunflower fields were extraordinary. The Beatles Museum in Eger was a real find!"

Mary

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding in all aspects- our guide, Ezster, the group of travelers and all the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to find one favorite, but I really loved hiking in Plitvice Lakes Nat'l Park. The waterfalls were beautiful."

John

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves Tour and like our first, it was awesome. The choice of routes, sights and tour guide was incredible. We saw so much and met so many incredible people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. By far, we loved Budapest. The city had such a great vibe and we had so many great experiences their. The visit to Auschwitz was very moving. It is a journey I wish more in the world could take."

Susan

Boise, ID

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was excellent. I travelled with my family[INVALID]husband and two teenagers. We opted for a tour because we were not familiar with the countries and I knew that having an itinerary dictated by a third-party would minimize family conflict. The trip exceeded everyone's expectations. The destinations were beautiful and their histories are interesting and particularly relevant to current times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose just one "wow" moment. The visit to Auschwitz was incredibly impactful. I was also blown away by the our time in Croatia on the Adriatic."

William

Poquoson, VA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was billed as a walk through the unique cities, a look at the rural scenes and peoples, and introduction to beautiful National Parks, lakes and rivers. That is a big challenge for several diverse countries; but it delivered. As a Cold War veteran, I have limited personal experience with previous Warsaw Pact countries; but i have a long held interest. Personal information from each tour guide was detailed, informative, and sequential but it was not repetitive. Wonderful tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unspoiled beauty of the Plicvica National Park. Even with crowded walkways, it was something I will always remember. The Birkinaw and Auschwitz experience solidly reinforced historical memories and should always be included, but that is a different level of "wow" moment."

Teresa

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Eastern Europe tour was a memorable experience and one we will treasure. We arrived in Prague two days early and went to classical music concerts and stayed one day after the tour in Lake Bled. Both were good decisions. Our fabulous guide Eszter was definitely a key to the success of our trip and I honestly feel that we saw so much more than we would have if we had done this tour on our own. We came home with an incredibly rich cultural experience with great people- a real treasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying on an island off the Croatian coast at Rovinj and being able to swim in the beautiful, clear, warm waters of the Adriatic Sea was definitely a unique experience for me! Loved it!"

James

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. We have been in Prague and Budapest before (using your books) but with the tour, we experienced much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj and Blad were beautiful. the cities were nice and we enjoyed them a lot. However cities are cities to some extent even though there are highlights to each of them. Rovinj and Blad were exceptional because of the beauty."

Carol

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the passion of our tour guide. Eszter loved Central Europe and it showed in her passion. The little extras she did were so wonderful and enjoyed. It was a great tour and I recommended it today to a coworker!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Danube River cruise was wonderful, but the meal in Rovinj had to be number one. The appetizer of "fish cake" was a meal from my family growing up. I was thrilled to experience it in Croatia!"

Martha

Rocky Hill, CT

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Eastern Europe was not that long ago under communist control and even short time line after joined European Union, you would have thought they were behind infer structure construction and drab in colors in every aspect. Nothing further from the truth, colorful, vibrant, well preserved walled towns and castles aplenty! Auschwits Birkenau, a very heart felt and depressed place to remind us men's inhumanity to other human beings!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague' royal castle and krakow's market square and many more. Rovinj and Lake Bled deserve a revisit, tranquil and beautiful!"

Kristin

Pleasant Grove, UT

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was arguably my favourite Rick Steve's tour to date. I didn't know what to expect when I signed up, and I was so wonderfully blown away by the history, beauty and power of this tour. While I've enjoyed all of the destinations that I've visited, this tour and Eastern Europe as a whole has had the greatest impact on me, and I firmly believe that all should experience Eastern Europe and become informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was confronting my own ignorance in regards to both World War II and the Communist Era. I consider myself a well-read and intelligent human being; it's uncommon that I feel ignorant, but I was necessarily humbled on this tour. I was amazed by the impact of both the Holocaust and the Communist era on the countries we visited, and deeply appreciative for the viewpoints that were shared by George, our tour guides, and the museums we visited."

Maaria

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall this was a great experience. It gave me a taste of multiple regions within Eastern Europe and peaked my interest to come back. Our guides were extremely professional and engaging. They provided with extensive knowledge of local information and made our stay extremely positive. Would absolutely recommend this tour to individuals looking to gain a basic knowledge of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The juxtaposition of architecture and nature was my wow moment. This trip was the perfect balance. In addition traveling to Auschwitz/Birkenau was incredibly moving and humbling. Although a taxing day I found it incredibly important for all individuals to experience and hope more will consider going."

Kenneth

Portland, WA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely well organized in every respect. I was impressed by George's ability to pull our tour group together. I felt like the group integrated well and we all got along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz stands out to me. I felt sorry for Poland as a country that has had difficulty in identifying and maintaining a unique identity for hundreds of years."

Lisa

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I would find it quite hard to believe that I would be so lucky has to have a better guide than George on another tour. He was so knowledgeable, interesting, personable, funny, patient, interested in us and in sharing his personal stories. He truly made this an excellent adventure. Our group was also a lot of fun and I got to meet people from Connecticut to Australia and from 14 yrs of age to 78. We all got along well and became a temporary family

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was squeezing in a luge ride in Lake Bled on the morning the tour was over. I would have been very disappointed if I had missed that opportunity...and it was AWESOME!!!"

Barbara

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We appreciated the well-thought-out itinerary and George, our helpful, knowledgeable tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We like history, art, and architecture, so Prague and Budapest were highlights."

Kristin

Dallas, TX

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well organized and we got to see many varied and interesting places. There was a great mix of cities, small towns and rural areas. However, although, it was well documented in the description of the tour, I was not prepared for the long bus rides. The hotels were all better than I expected, and I especially liked our location in Budapest. George was a fabulous guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite city was Krakow, the main square looked like Venice without the crowds. It was a charming walkable city. Budapest was also incredible and I will be back."

Henry

Dallas, TX

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I gave the tour outstanding due to our guide, George. The places we visited were very interesting and the hotels were nice. The group got along well, and for the most part I enjoyed the tour although I am more of an independent traveler. Some of the city tours were too long and the bus rides were longer than I anticipated. This was a great way to see some pretty remote places, an itinerary I could not have accomplished on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Liked Lake Bled and having a lot of time on our own to explore at a leisurely pace."

Bruce

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was by far the best tour guide we have ever had on a tour. He really made the tour special. The local guide in Prague was also outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lights of Budapest were spectacular. Wish we had a couple of more days in this city."

Karen

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations at every level. From the food, to the local guides, to the scenery and history, it was all fantastic. I also liked the itinerary because we toured the most promiment and interesting cities in Eastern Europe as well as saw the most beautiful sights mother nature has to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Birkenau was a wow moment. We got there early so there was only one other group there. The experience was both moving and haunting."

Lori

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a very good tour. We got everything we expected. I learned a lot, like I really didn't need a tour for this area of the world. It is very accessible and it would have been a bit more enjoyable to do by myself. However, given this seems to not be the type of travel that best suites me, the tour was great. Our guide was great, she did an excellent job introducing us to the various cultures and making sure we were all getting the most out of our vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough question. My favorite parts of my vacation were not part of the tour, they were the times we went off without the group. Probably my favorite part of the tour that I would not have been able to get on my own was the local musicians that showed up at the restaurants in Prague and Lake Bled. That bit of culture I really enjoyed."

Siegfried

Newton, NJ

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am not a "tour" type of person, but I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. The route and sites visited were well thought out and enjoyable/informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not a "wow" moment, but certainly a major expectation adjustment. Krakow and Poland in general was completely different in real life than my expectations. Growing up in the 70's and 80's my only images of Poland were gray, post communist and bleak... none of that is Krakow."

Karen

Louisville, KY

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met or exceeded my expectations. We were so well taken care of and everything down to the smallest detail was planned for and organized well. The Rick Steves organization definitely delivered on everything that was promised. In addition, there were many little surprises along the way which added to the fun of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What I really enjoyed most was the beauty of the Adriatic Sea and the little town of Rovinj. How awesome it was to be staying on our own little island! Everyone wished that we could stay an extra day in this paradise. Now that I know how beautiful a country Croatia is, I want to go back!"

Robert

Appleton, WI

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized, We saw lots of interesting things and were given lots of suggestions for our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been looking forward to Plevitz sp? park, and was not disappointed"

Karen

Newton, NJ

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katerina is a wonderful tour guide. She's smart and well organized. She kept everyone in line and made sure the tour ran smoothly. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of the areas we visited. She went out of her way to make sure that we all had a perfect experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Croatia was fantastic. Having a "vacation from the vacation" on Katarina Island was a treat. Lake Bled was the most picturesque place we visited. My breath was taken away when I first laid eyes on that castle overlooking the lake. My favorite city was Krakow, which was a surprise. I didn't know anything about it prior to the tour!"

Dolores

Hernando, FL

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a special trip for me as I was with my two children, and we were celebrating my 70th birthday, so that made it special. Overall, the tour was exciting as I have never been to that part of Europe. It was exceptionally informative and all of our guides gave us a piece of history that has shown us how these countries have transformed themselves from communist worn torn countries back into countries with a vibrant rich heritage.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Vacation from the Vacation" in Rovinj. Staying on an island at Hotel Katarina, in the middle of out tour! It was a much needed rest period. The hotel, food, swimming, time to relax, sleep, ....at one's leisure. It was a great idea! I really did say WOW!"

Lara

Aurora, CO

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about it...the places we visited, the mix of scheduled time and free time to do what we wanted...our guide was the BEST EVER!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a teacher I absolutly loved visiting the school in Hungary and getting a small glimpse of education in another country. There were many other moments I loved like Plitvica national park and many others."

Mary

Appleton, WI

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour! I was pleased that we had a diverse group (age wise) that were able bodied and interested in learning. We were able to move rapidly through each of the city orientation walks. We were helped by a cheap and robust connection to google maps... Some of our group were having a hard time navigating!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The afternoon at the vinyard tasting wine was great fun...Music, humor, beautiful countryside, and warm hosts all contributing to the fun... Descending to the Adriatic coast was breathtakingly beautiful...the hotel on Katerina Island was so scenic... Full moon hike from hotel at Plitvice... Early AM part of waterfall walk at Plitvice... Early morning bicycle circumnavigation of Park Zuma Slatny Rt and outdoor coffee bar playing Paul Simon... Except the rain, loved everything about Lake Bled!"

Bob

Appleton, WI

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

More than met expectations. Good company, locations, transportation, accommodations, education.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Isle Katarina and the Adriatic coast near Rovinj. 2. Plitvice Lakes National Park"

Carol

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect trip for me as it involved so much walking! The weather was beautiful, dry and warm that added to the total experience. The guide, Katka was kind and helpful always to say nothing of her great knowledge of the areas we visited and the history! The rooms are tight when you are sharing with someone you don't know. And it is impossible to know that your roommate may only sleep with the TV on and you need quiet. But, that would be my only complaint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went went to a winery and were entertained by a wonderful accordion player who brought so much life to the party. I even got to dance to the music and it was so fun!"

Charlotte

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a nice group of people, good tour guides, lots of good food, and of course seeing Eastern Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the square in Krakow at night - so beautiful! wonderful city to visit."

Nicholas

Tampa, FL

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peter and Jana were absolutely wonderful. Their historical knowledge and personal experiences growing up in Hungary and the Czech Republic, respectively, added depth to the tour. A great group of fellow travelers was an added bonus. This was my second Rick Steve's tour and it met all my expectations. I am looking forward to my next tour (Villages of Italy) in September.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the entire tour was wonderful, I especially found Prague and Krakow delightful and was quite moved by our visits to Auschwitz and Birkenau. However, the "wow" moment of the tour was our stay in Budapest; from the public baths to our night time boat ride on the Danube, this city was a joy to travel through. Would definitely want to come back."

Tony

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peter was an absolutely outstanding guide! Very, very pleased and impressed with his knowledge of local history and his desire to teach us. Well organized tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cracow Old Town main square at night was my favorite part of the tour."

Theresa

Shakopee, MN

Tour: 06/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip that was so much fun! We had an amazing group of people and the best guide! Sanel went above and beyond to make our tour fun and very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a "wow" moment everyplace we stopped. From local entertainment, the food, the amazing stops, shopping for the perfect gift. There was a great balance of city to small town on the tour."

Jeff

Arlington, VA

Tour: 06/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fantastic experience combining travel through more difficult countries in an efficient and enjoyable way. It exposed us to amazing people and culture in six countries. These countries are so different and unique in many ways but yet share a history of being behind the iron curtain in the 20th century. This is a slightly different tour than in western europe because of difficult histories, languages, politics even the currencies. In some ways, it made for a richer experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"(1) The tour coach/driver allows for a fun day in Hungary - Eger, school, wine tasting. Later, we roll down Andrassy Avenue into Pest previewing all the sights: baths, opera, shops. Touring like this is fun, easy, and we roll right up to the hotel with our hotel rooms already assigned. (2) First-hand account of wars in former Yugoslavia from our guide Sanel, and former refugee while driving through war-torn Croatian villages. (3) Swimming - Pest baths, Adriatic sea and Lake Bled!"

Fred

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 06/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, logistics and eastern Europe experience including have to see sights and a view of the everyday lives of people in the cities, towns and countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but Plitvice Lakes national park hiking among the waterfalls has to be the Wow moment."

Julie

Lancaster, CA

Tour: 06/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Second tour. Overall good tour but we enjoyed Italy last year more. I felt like there was little introduction time the first day. Sanel didn't use the tour book during our bus time to go over our next locations like Trina did. Two long bus days. Would have been nice to have those broken up somehow. Hated that we drove through Zakopane and didn't stop. Read about the cheese making there and an hour stop for that would have made a big difference. Loved Rovini, Krakow, Ljubljana, Eger & Bled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We used Pathfinders from the Rick Steves book and was able to trace back family history 3 more generations and get village names and addresses to visit. We arranged a local guide, Eva from Sightseeing Prague, to take us on the nearly 2 hour drive south of Prague and visit. Cool to find that the houses have only numbers. No street names. All 3 homes still t here. Knocked on the door of one home and Eva translated for us. Not related but was given a photo of the home with original thatched roof."

Virginia

Middleton, WI

Tour: 06/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a good mix of past and present information as well as large cities and smaller, rural areas. The location of the hotels were excellent and the restaurants were the best. Sanel and Mitch (the bus driver) worked so well together and their English was excellent. This made the whole tour most enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride across Lake Bled was a special treat."

Susan

White Rock, BC

Tour: 06/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and it set the bar high for future tours. We really saw it all. Everything was so finely tuned and prepared for us in advance we really had to do nothing but show up! We were provided with lots of interesting facts at each location with excellent guides but we also had a good balance of "down time" to do things on our own. The whole group got on well with each other and we had lots of fun. Sanel was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I couldn't pick a single "wow" event. There were many on the tour."

Mary Ann

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An awesome experience. The tour was beautifully orchestrated - cities to scenic wonders.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No specific "wow" moments for me but an appreciation for history and the beauty of the "old world"."

Denise

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked that we had headsets, was able to hear everything. And being one of the slower walkers, could be back a bit and still hear what was going on. This trip is so good, saw so much and so much variety. Auschwitz-Birkenau was heartbreaking but am glad I was able to see these places. I really enjoyed visiting the school in Eger and talking with the two students that came in. Enjoyed the whole trip experience!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river cruise in Budapest, Plitvice waterfalls, Croatia sunset and the beautiful Lake Bled area. Also Ljubljana( and now I can pronounce it!)"

Cathy

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fifth and best RS tour so far, mainly due to the excellent group dynamics. Also great itinerary and super guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Best moment was actually the two hours spent at the Roman ruins near Budapest with 5 other tour members. One member asked George about it and he arranged a van for us on a free afternoon. Can't say enough great things about the site and exhibits! Excellent signage, restorations and relics. Complete freedom to explore the whole site. Fascinating exhibit on black magic curses. Mosaic floors, recreation of Roman home, Hadrian exhibit. Can't heap enough superlatives on it. Needed more time there."

Todd

St Paul, MN

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding experience. George was an outstanding guide; helpful, funny, knowledgeable,etc. We had a great group as well. The only change I would recommend is to have a 'cave' tour as part of the Slovenia portion of the trip. We did this by ourselves because we had a friend in Slovenia, however, it would have been difficult to do otherwise because of transportation issues. The Ljubljana tour felt a bit rushed and I would choose the cave tour over that if we had to choose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was probably the Plitvice Lakes National Park. One amazing waterfall/lake after another. Just incredible!"

Renee

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour experience - so much was fit into two weeks! Loved the city experiences first, then the more relaxing seaside and park visits towards the end of the trip. The 'vacation from vacation' was a perfect way to get revitalized. Would have loved more time in a few locations (Krakow & Lubjljana), but know that there is only so much time to fit it all in.

Brittany

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic. I had the best experience and I never wanted it to end. I learned so much and I got to see so many incredible things. Using Rick Steves for my first time leaving the country was extremely beneficial. I would not have seen as much or experienced the culture in the way that I did if it weren't for this tour. Our tour guide, George took the time to ensure everyone was happy and satisfied. He was thorough and detailed with everything he did for us. He made this a lot of fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment started the minute I entered Prague and began the tour. The very first day we got to see the city and what is has to offer. I really enjoyed the national park in Rovinj. That was absolutely incredible and was my favorite day on the tour."

Kenneth

Saint Charles, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvika National park and Bled Lake"

Jill

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful mix of big city and historical sightseeing with parks and nature in places not always widely visited. Enjoyed hearing about our guides' experiences during Communism and how it is to live there now. This was my first group tour experience, but I'm sure it was more educational than most.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Liked the evening boat ride in Budapest and the hike in Plitvice."

Kathy

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour; each of the countries was beautiful, full of music, wonderful people, good food, and incredible history. I have been to many countries and knew it would be a good tour, based on what others had told me, but every country was a new surprise--every city and country was terrific! It was a pleasure to

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moments did not stop! However, our biggest surprise was how much we loved Krakow. We never expected to fall in love with Poland, and we did. Krakow was gorgeous and so overflowing with history and wonderful stories of very brave individuals."

Ruth Ann

New Albany, OH

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a jam-packed tour that just whetted my appetite to come back and see more of these marvelous cities and countries.I appreciate how well-organized this trip was,and the variety of locations and experiences offered to us.I also love how the tour guides go beneath the surface to tell us about the history and culture of these places we visit.The hotels were excellent and well-located.Thank you for having air-conditioning available in most of them.It helps with sleeping at the end of a day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and the beauty of Lake Bled. They make me want to return to Croatia and Slovenia and see more of these amazing countries."

Michael

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was excellent. Thank you for an outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 weeks of WOW."

Michael

Dublin, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katrina was an excellent tour guide. Katrina was very organized from our initial meeting in Prague and through out the tour. Katrina was always adding her personal touches to the tour with little surprises here and there. Darija provide excellent information on Croatia and Slovenia. Having an apprentice guide on the tour was real plus! Our hotels were excellent and in great locations within a short walk of major historical sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of wow moments on our tour. The night river cruise in Budapest was spectacular; Plitvice National Park in Croatia is absolutely gorgeous!: Lake Bled is a must see!; and experiencing Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps was a gut retching emotional and memorable that will never be forgotten."

Anne

Orangevale, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to any of the countries on this tour, so every stop was an eye-opener for me. I hadn't realized the extent to which my perception of Central Eastern Europe was inaccurate. I found CEE to be highly appealing, beautiful, and 100% livable! Nowhere I have traveled brought home the message more clearly that many other countries enjoy lifestyles that are perhaps more conducive to a happy life than that of the US. Our tour guides and driver all helped to educate us. Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The real "wow" moment was the realization that I could cheerfully live in many of the cities/countries we visited. Their mass transit, people-centered city design with easy access to services, parks, and recreation contrasts sharply with the area where I live. In terms of places we visited, I enjoyed Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park and the five mile hike through it more than any other experience on the trip."

Andy

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me, the salient reason for doing this tour was to gain an appreciation of the history of this region. For the most part this was fulfilled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Hungarian Parliament Building on the evening Danube cruise. Also, experiencing Auschwitz and Birkenau."

Edward

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far, FAR exceeded my expectations! I've been to Europe many times, traveling on my own via train/car; however the careful planning of this trip and the presentation from our guides made this a "life experience". Katarina and Daria were our two guides...."Katka" from Czech Republic and Daria from Croatia. They were not just knowledgeable about their subject; they were walking encyclopedias! Pacing, rest times and all logistics of the trip were spot on. Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three. (I don't have to pick!) The Danube River Boat cruise at night, featuring the spectacular architecture of Buda. The entire Plitvice National Park. And finally, Bled Lake and island."

Weizhen

Aurora, CO

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first time my wife and I joined the Rick Steve's tour group. We did have some learning curves during the trip, but we learned the tour's model and had a wonderful time with the help of our guide Peter and our tour group! Our experience in "Best of Eastern Europe" from June 4 to June 17 is great and unforgettable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many opportunities to learn from and contact with local peoples such as visiting an elementary school and had lunch in students' café in the middle way to Budapest."

Richard

Somerville, NJ

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the main reasons I took this tour was to learn about the history and culture of these five Eastern Europe countries. I came away from this tour feeling very satisfied with the knowledge that I gained and it gave me a much better appreciation of this part of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was our morning walk in Plitvice Lakes National Park. I have visited many national & state parks over the years and this is a spectacular place. I have to qualify this experience by saying that our walk after lunch was not as enjoyable because of excessive amount of people on the walkways.The park needs to have a reservation system to better control the flow of visitors. They also must ban selfie sticks which impede the flow of traffic on the narrow walkways."

Dichun

Aurora, CO

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a great and unforgettable trip for our first time in Rick Steve's tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wine tasting at Kohary winery."

Andy

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern Europe tour offered a different historical dimension than other Rick tours, in that we got to learn about the Communist era and how these countries eventually shed that yoke. Fascinating, and it didn't hurt that all the stops on this tour were also beautiful and loaded with great sights, interesting people, and good booze.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we were touring the lovely St. Vitus Cathredral in Prague, a choir of high school or perhaps college kids started a performance in the center of the church. The sound was extraordinary and the performance moving. I got chills."

Michael

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In total a very good tour and Peter was an outstanding tour guide. I felt the morning at Auschwitz was rushed and more time should have been allotted for that experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest"

Lorraine

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall our guide Peter made our vacation outstanding!! We loved the free time built-in to all us to explore on our own after a city tour to learn the layout of the cities we visited. We loved the group dinners, and wish all nights were group dinners and would be willing to pay more. RS tours always make great dining [INVALID]ions and we very much enjoy the research put into these [INVALID]ions. We had a very good group, I do feel it may have been the best group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved having time to go look and visit the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Krakow!! A matching second was getting to visit Plitvicka National Park!! OMGosh!! It was the most beautiful view at nature I have every seen, each turn was more breathtaking than the last."

Jeff

Garden Grove, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with all previous RS tours, this tour was very well organized and the tour guide, peter, was excellent. The local tour guides at each city were very informative. There was a very good mixture of time with the tour group, and personal time. The hotels were very good for the most part, as were the group dinners. The driver, Peter, was top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top wow moment was visiting Plitvice park in Croatia. It was stunning and even larger than we imagined. Our tour guide, Peter, got us off to an early start and started us at the top of the park. This ended up being a masterful move as it became extremely crowded later in the day and at the bottom of the park. Kudos to Peter for the planning."

David

Merced, CA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall an excellent tour of an area of Europe that I had wanted to experience because of the control of USSR. I got to see many different countries and sample unique cultures. The experience at Auschwitz-Birkenau was very rushed and i did not get to spend an adequate amount of time there. Afterwards we them had to endure a 8-9 hour bus ride to Eger which made for too long of a day. I was wiped out and affected my enjoyment of the following day's activities. I really enjoyed Plitvice Park.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"night boat ride on the Danube of Budapest--absolutely beautiful city. waterfalls and hike at Plitvice National Park"

Ellen

Avondale, PA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour Guide Peter made this an exceptional trip for us....it was our 4th Rick trip and as with the others, this one did not disappoint. Very consistent with Rick Philosophy and what we have come to expect. Perfect balance of guided tours and free time.....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had very low expectations for this trip, Thinking recent wars, communism, iron curtain, etc....have to say I 'WOWed' around every corner!! It was all amazing. What a pleasant and rewarding and memory making surprise this trip turned out to be. The moment in the church in Prague when a flash mob of choral students harmonized acapello an ancient chant that brought the crowds to a silent, emotional standstill will continue to give me goose bumps everytime I think about it for the rest of my life."

Betty

Lady Lake, FL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is truly an outstanding tour. We decided on this Rick Steves tour because we did not know much about Eastern Europe beyond the fact that all of these countries had been under communism. Never having visited them, we did not know much about the history, language, and culture of the different countries. This tour succeeded magnificently. Not only did we get an historical background of each country but we also got out guide's personal history within the country's history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SO many! First of all, the beauty of the cities at night: Prague, Krakow, the Danube in Budapest, and Rovinj. Secondly, the peacefulness of both our "island retreat" in Rovinj and our lakeside hotel in Bled. Each day had its "WOW" (in capitals!) moment."

Catherine

Branchburg, NJ

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 4th Rick Steves tour, and it was very special, so though I have left it for my husband do the reviewing for us for the previous 3, this one I feel a need to offer my own perceptions. the tour was jam-packed and a little overwhelming at times. We could have used another day at least. Out time in Auschwittz/Berkenau was rushed and jammed in a very long day. All considered, it was the best tour, one where I learned the most and will have memories that s6ay with me forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow was a wow moment because I didn't expect it to be more wonderful than Prague. I was thrilled in Prague, but loved Krakow, and that impression wasn't rivaled by Budapest."

Judith

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was twice as large as our 2015 trip to Turkey with your company, so I doubted whether the group would become as close and if we'd get to know our guide as well. But we did. I liked all my fellow travelers, and I think we'll stay in touch. (Like our Turkey group.) I really can't imagine a better guide than Marijan. His unfailing humor and energy are amazing. His enormous knowledge and ability to share it in an interesting way (without ever consulting notes) are awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Favorite" does not apply here, but I will never forget visiting Auschwitz. I had already seen many of the photographs displayed, and knew most of the facts. But nothing could prepare me for the sheer vastness of the place. It was chilly and raining that day, which was very fitting. Many of my family members perished there. It was so important for me to experience the place in their honor. Thank you for including it on the tour."

Wendy

Lake Cathie, NSW

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the way the tour is structured. Small group size, more than one night in a place gives time to enjoy the area and flexibility to see more of what interests me. Local guides are knowledgeable and great communicators. Hotels are obviously carefully assessed, mostly unique and very comfortable. I enjoyed the focus on walking and using local transport options instead of sitting in a coach all the time. Our particular group was fun to travel with and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to select but I think Slovenia was a highlight. Lake Bled and surrounds, Ljubljana.. a beautiful country that I knew nothing about surprised and delighted me."

Ian

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience. Packed with so many memories I hope to never forget. The itinerary was very full and a couple of more tour days would be welcomed, especially in Rovinj.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Staying on an island at the Island Hotel Katerina 2) Plitvice 3) Auschwitz/Birkenau 4) Lake Bled"

Donna

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. I learned so much about the history and culture of the different countries we visited. Marijan was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park in Croatia. I looked forward to seeing the park and it was better than I expected."

Debbie

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our two-week trip through the Best of Eastern Europe! Our tour guide, Marijan Kriskovic, was superb in every way. (I would say he sets the bar for tour guides!) I think it would be impossible to cover the many different countries, sites, languages, currencies, and menu options on our own. The tour was a great mix of fun (Plitvice Park, Rovinj), education, and sight seeing. Our tour members were great too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our evening cruise on the Danube in Budapest was probably the most beautiful and enchanting experience of our trip. However, as Seattle residents, we were shocked at how delicious the Salmon dinner served in Krakow was--amazing! Other highlights: Winery visit; Castle tours; Auschwitz; Budapest--baths & hospital in cave; Lake Bled--luge run!"

Heather

Riverton, UT

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I was very impressed. I really loved my travel group. I also really liked the itinerary outline and the healthy mix between scheduled tours and free time. The best part is that the experience really helped you understand and appreciate the different country cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled was one of the most beautiful places I have been to. Between the lake, the castle view, the boat ride, the church, the food, the scenery, the people it was my WOW place on the trip. However, Krakow was also a hidden treasure for me. Also, Plitvice National Park was very beautiful and impressive!! It's hard to pick one place, as every country we went to had wonderful things to see and do."

Bronwyn

East Gosford, NSW

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our excellent tour guide enhanced the experience by sharing his extensive knowledge of the places we visited as we traveled. The itinerary included a good mix of experiences in historic cities and areas of natural beauty and the local guides were very good. The organisation was great and the tour guide kept everything running to schedule. We chose this trip because of the smaller group size and the fact that there was more than one night in most locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice lakes were spectacular but there were many other wow moments as well."

Joe

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wish I could remember everything Marijan told us. He was an amazing tour guide. The restaurants he picked were outstanding. Great bus driver, Sam.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The violin player at the wine tasting in Hungary. I cried when he played Moon River. It is hard to describe Aushwitz as a wow moment but it moved me in a way I can not describe."

James

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful in all regards: patient & friendly guide, excellent bus and driver, compatible fellow travelers, spot-on local guides, mellow pace with mix of structured and free time, logical itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Natural sights included the waterfalls in Croatia, Lake Bled and the optional hike from Vintgar Gorge to Bled via the small village. The back alleyways of Rovinj were also spectacular,as was the islanf hotel there."

William

Midlothian, VA

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, fantastic and wonderful do not describe it in words. Our guide, Katerina made the four former Eastern Bloc countries come alive with her own experiences before and after socialism. Local guides and the bus driver "Mitch" did much the same. So not only staring at beautiful and interesting things, but depth of meaning was always the watchword.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say, but if pressed, Plitvice Lakes in Croatia was a great smile."

Susette

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully varied experience with a great group of travelers and an excellent guide. The food and accommodations were way above average. We enjoyed large cities and small villages, natural wonders and gregarious residents. Katerina was of great assistance with some of the more challenging aspects - especially the difficulty of using five different currencies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be returning to two beautiful places I had seen previously on the Adriatic tour - Plitvice and Lake Bled. Plitvice is unlike any other place on earth - a walk through a waterfall fairyland!"

Patricia

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall pace of activities, variety of experiences and free time was well orchestrated. I appreciated learning about the cities on route and then experiencing a city tour, before being"set free" to explore on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our "vacation from our vacation" on Katerina island and Rovinj. Also, the end of the tour stay at Lake Bled, with our hike through the local gorge was a lovely way to end our trip."

Patricia

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was so much fun! And so educational. I loved the places we visited and thought the amount of time spent in each and the activities we engaged in were spot on.

Marianne

Parker, CO

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip. I felt like, for the most part, I had time to visit the places I wanted after the group activity. I learned long ago that you can't see it all, but there was time to see the things that sparked my interest. It was a very busy tour...esp the first part. Three big cities right in a row. But I don't know how that could be fixed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, the term "wow" seems positive to me. Therefore, I'd say the evening cruise in Budapest. That was beautiful. But, if you're defining "wow" as something very impactful, then it was Auschwitz-Birkenau. (Also the visit to the Schindler factory which I realize was an option). The two of them, back-to-back were quite emotional, haunting and devastating."

Sally

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our eyes were opened to a very beautiful part of the world, people and culture. All of the activities planned for our group were very valuable and gave us a good sense of the region's people, culture, values and aspirations. The leader was very professional and took us through two weeks of activities smoothly. I especially enjoyed her discussions of what it was like growing up there before the wall fell.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to single out one moment because there were so many, but the walk through the Plitvice National park with it's incredible waterfalls."

Allen

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding guide, hotels which seemed better than previous Rick Steves tours and a great tour group. The personal stories from our tour guide and from city guides added significantly to the tour. .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Compared to other tours, this tour had a much more sobering " wow" moment when we toured Auschwitz-Birkenau. It changes one's perspective on life. As always, we really enjoyed the surprises not listed on the itinerary"

Hugh

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katka did a great job including handling the health issue that involved Suresch Hazlett and his broken arm. She also a death in her own family that showed her professional skill. She was most informative throughout the tour providing information about all the countries we traveled through. The bus driver was also a great guy who showed great skill in wheeling us around.The local guides were also very helpful and the also had great senses of humor to keep us engaged as well as informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments, the group got along very well and for me was a selling point for the type of people attracted to a Rick Steves tour. It makes me want to do another tour.I had underestimated the beauty of the country side as other than Plitvice , I was not well versed in what we would be traveling through"

Albert

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

THE TOUR REVEALED A PART OF EUROPE I KNEW LITTLE ABOUT. IT WAS FASCINATING TO LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, AND UNIQUE CULTURES TO ALL SIX COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY THEIR NATIONAL IDENTITIES DURING THE 20TH CENTURY. THE TOUR GAVE ME A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF TODAY'S EUROPE. THE TOUR PROVIDES A BALANCE OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES. THE MAJOR CITIES ARE RICH IN HISTORY AND THE COUNTRYSIDES WERE RELAXING AND FUN. I RECOMMEND THIS TOUR TO ALL WHO WANT TO GO BEYOND THE KNOWN EUROPE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"i HAD TWO WOW MOMENTS: 1) THE AUSCHWITZ & BIRKENAU CAMPS IN POLAND WERE BIGGER AND MORE SINISTER THAN I IMAGINED. VISITING SCHINDLER'S FACTORY (MUSEUM)IN KRAKOV SET THE TONE FOR WHAT HAPPENED IN POLAND DURING WWII. 2) LAKE BLED IN SLOVENIA WAS EVEN MORE CHARMING AND RESTFUL THAN I IMAGINED."

Sheryl

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS trip and it was even better than we thought it would be. Pieter was an excellent tour director. Whatever you pay this guy, isn't enough! He took very good care of us and never complained or had even a trace of frustration. Our individual city guides were also very good and so knowledgable about their cities. We loved the itinerary, most of the hotels, all of the included restaurants, and Pieter our bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Lake Bled, Slovenia might be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. How do more people not know about this place? Until the RS tour we had never heard of it and had no idea what to expect. It just seemed like the perfect place for a vacation for all ages. Loved it!"

Katie

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Eastern Europe tour was both interesting and fun! Pete did a great job answering questions and guiding our group to experience the assortment of cultures with humor and knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Hungarian schools was a highlight. Seeing local children and eating lunch in the cafeteria was a real taste of local culture."

Evelyn

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I selected the tour for Prague and Budapest and expected the rest of the itinerary to be a bonus. What a bonus - beautiful Krakow and so much beautiful and varied countryside!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was my favorite "wow" moment, but there were a lot of "wow" moments on the tour - Lake Bled, the nighttime Danube cruise in Budapest."

Dave

Milton, GA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 4th RS tour and I have really enjoyed all of them. Tour director, Peter, was great. It was nice to see and learn about so many new places, and also to compare Prague now to when I was there in 1984 during the communist era.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I struggle with "wow" moments as everyday is exciting and interesting. Krakow was much different than I expected. Plitvice NP was special. Enjoyed every site we were exposed to."

Dalyce

Qualicum Beach, BC

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! We had the best time, made that much better by the fun group of travellers we had the pleasure of joining. The heart of Europe is such an interesting and beautiful part of the world. I feel this tour really highlighted that. I especially enjoyed the slower pace at the end in Bled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry - way to many to list. Every city and country had wow moments."

Fay

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have a wow moment like I did in Paris or Rome. Instead I had an OMG moment when I realized that the treasures in the synagogue museums in Prague were available because they had been confiscated by the Nazis from synagogues that had been abandoned due to the Holocaust."

Robert

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed this tour and my tour mates very much. Peter was outstanding.Prague was beautiful but very crowded. I found Krakow to be beautiful and the people very nice. I was the most disappointed by Budapest. While the city was nice , I was disappointed by some of the people, especially the service people.Many were distant and some overtly rude. Several times I was charged an automatic service charge of 15-18%. I don't think they did this with the locals. I didn't appreciate that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Especially enjoyed Lake Bled"

Ben

Garden City, ID

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. Would have loved to stay longer at every place we visited. Keeping the bus at half full made for a super comfortable experience on travel days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We spent a few hours visiting a small town school in Hungary. We got to meet a lot of students, interact with them and then we played soccer and other games on the school playground. It was great to be able to interact with so many kids who were learning English and had many, many question for us - as did we for them."

Nancy

Marshfield, VT

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eastern/Central Europe was a wonderful place to tour. I had traveled in former Yugoslavia (Slovenia and Croatia) as a teenager, and it was fascinating to see and learn about the changes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment: the amazing natural beauty of Plitvi?e National Park in Croatia. Throughout, the wow for me was learning firsthand how people lived through the turbulent times and changes in Eastern/Central Europe."

Susan

Garden City, ID

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip rates up in the top five experiences in my life, so far. Peter was an exceptional guide, very personable and knowledgeable. He made the trip fun and easy. The hotels were all great, good breakfasts and clean and comfortable. The food provided with the group was good and the recommendations from the guides always panned out. Having the local guides added a great dimension as they were all in-tune with their respective cities. I hope to return to many of these countries again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough one to answer. It was all pretty "WOW". The night cruise on the Danube was spectacular. Visiting the school was wonderful. The children were delightful and the experience of talking with them was enlightening. I'm not sure I can whittle it down to one great moment. There wasn't a day that I wasn't wowed."

Margaret

Suttons Bay, MI

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was more than I expected in terms of learning about the countries, hotel facilities used and camaraderie among participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose only one but I guess it has to be our stay at Plitvice Lakes NP. Fantastic!"

Gregory

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well balanced tour between natural beauty and Eastern European culture/history. Learned how life was under communism and the changes that occurred after its fall. Was introduced to many diverse experiences. Our tour guide George was wonderful, he was informative and took exceptional care of us. Local guides were energetic and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the natural beauty of three different places: Plitvice Lake NP with its beautiful water falls, Rovinj and the beautiful Adriatic Sea coastline, and Lake Bled perfectly placed in the Julian Alps."

William

Mesquite, NV

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third tour. After this tour was finished we also took the Village Italy tour. In addition to tours, we have traveled in Europe on our own, as had many of our fellow tour members. Sometimes it's just nice to let someone else worry about the logistics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, there were so many it's difficult to choose. Plitvice, Rojin, Budapest."

Margaret

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gives a wonderful insight into the history and beauty of six countries that twenty years ago many Westerners may not have felt comfortable visiting. Each city or region we traveled through or stayed had a unique charm and cultural significance. Our guide, George was exceptional, with his easy charm, knowledge and helpfulness throughout the tour. Each of the local guides were very good and a wealth of information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments for me. The school house visit was really enjoyable, as the students and our tour group interacted. Many on our tour thought this would be a great experience for American students. Lake Beld, Plitvice Lake NP and Rovinj were all fabulous places of beauty."

Roy

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first tour (of any kind). We found it very busy, but very rewarding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one thing, overall it was a wow."

Suzanne

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was way beyond my expectations. I was amazed everyday to see and do something new. I enjoyed all the different tour members from all over the United States and best of all, I think we had an extremely talented guide, George, that make the tour as special as it ways every single moment, day in and day out. George pulled each piece of the tour together beautifully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What impacted me the most and what I think about everyday is seeing the bullet holes in the homes and bombed out parts of homes in Croatia as we drove through the small towns and country side. Our bus driver was in the service and he worked undercover with the UN near the end of the war to collect firearms that many people were stockpiling in their homes. We learned first-hand about the war that was less that 20 years ago. So sad as neighbors fought and killed neighbors."

Thomas

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Met my goals of increasing knowledge of history & culture. Especially enjoyed the contrast of more scenic, pastoral stops in Croatia & Slovenia to the historical beauty of Prague & Budapest. The pace was good-saw a lot without being overwhelmed. Lodging was excellent. Opportunities for varied food and drink was outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed the interaction among our group, most capably facilitated by George. I had fun!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arrival at our island hotel in Rovinj was a "fantasy" experience; but, walking the national park, with stupendous waterfalls, in Croatia was surreal. The natural beauty, the setting of the location, and the ability to casually stroll and take-in the incredible sights etched everything into lifelong memories. Notably, I experienced "many" wow moments."

Diane

Dayton, OH

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good mix of city and natural beauty. Tour guide was outstanding. He should be cloned. Bus trips were long at times, but adequate stops were provided. We also had rooom to spread out on the bus which was appreciated. I also liked the headsets supplied so information provided was easy to hear. It would have been very difficult with crowd and road noise to hear otherwise. I liked the fact that we had some down time to rest or explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj was a pleasant surprise. I loved exploring the side streets. I also liked Lake Bled. Not so crowded and beautiful scenery. I much prefer the natural beauty of lakes and parks to the crowed cities."

Gary

Seaside, OR

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual this tour was top notch from start to finish. We had previously done the Best of Europe in 21 days(2014). There was a very different feel in the countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain. We felt safe and were very pleased with the cleanliness and charm of these old and very important cities. The tour was front loaded with historical city tours, and ended with much more of a laid back country feel. A really nice contrast!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nighttime boat ride on the Danube, Staying on Katarina island in Rovinj, Being in Krakow, I could spend a lot more time there."

Lila

Seaside, OR

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was great. This was our 2nd RS trip & now we are trying to decide where #3 will be. George, our guide was super & really helpful in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Silly as it may seem I really enjoyed the Danube River boat ride at night. It was also amazing to stay on Katarina Island in Rovinj."

Patricia

Mclean, VA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was as comprehensive an introduction to Eastern(Central) Europe as a two-week period could allow. Each country was fascinating and different, and there was a good mix of scheduled tours and free time. The first week was very intense, visiting the three big cities of Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary and dealing with three separate languages and currencies. If there had been more than a week of that intensity, I would have started mentally shutting down and not have appreciated it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the bridge in Prague and seeing the castle all lit up. It was so picturesque and un-American a sight."

IylaMae

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first time visiting this part of the world. The Jewish struggle was explored in depth. Please extend the tour to 16 days...it was rushed. The concentration camp visit was chaos...only half the group could get tickets at one time. Katarina tried to take us, the other half to visit Berkinau during the other groups tour...we came back unable to get thru security in a timely manner because others ahead could not clear it...when we got thru we were 25 min late, running to find guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Szecheny Baths,Budapest"

Dennis

Edina, MN

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Appreciate the itinerary, efficiency of the travel, mixture of history, culture, and scenery, and knowledgeable, entertaining tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitevice National Park"

Philip

Pinetop, AZ

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exciting tour. This was my fourth of five back-to-back tours. Katerina is a phenomenal guide with such an amazing background. This tour offered such a variety of experiences and unparalleled beauty. The insight from Katerina added so much to the tour. I especially appreciated the free day in Rovinj as I was able to rent a car and drive to the town my wife's grandparents had immigrated from 100 years ago.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice was definitely a "wow" moment. What an amazingly spectacular area and the rain simply added to the beauty. I also rather enjoyed the evening concerts: at the Mirror Chapel in Prague and St. Steven's Basilica in Budapest, that I took in during my free evenings."

Alan

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fantastic time! I did not realize how beautiful Eastern Europe is. I thought I knew about history, but Katerina told us so much more about each country and also what the people had to endure under communism. We had a great group of people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is too difficult to pick a wow moment because there were so many. Krakow is my new favorite city along with Prague. Budapest had so much to see and do. Plitvice National Park with all the water falls was beautiful, then there was Lake Bled!"

Patricia

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am totally delighted with this trip. The group was extremely compatible, Katerina was A++++!, the bus driver brought us safely around eastern Europe and was very personable, and the itinerary was exciting. Katerina is so extraordinarily organized and so thoughtful. She really was key to this fabulous experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Plitvice Lakes National Park. Not the best weather that day, but the hike we took was beautiful, especially all the waterfalls. I'd love to go back and spend more time in this park."

Edward

Temple Terrace, FL

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have vacationed all over the world but have never been on a tour. Everything was more than I expected. I have no negative comments. The tour guide was exceptional, the tour plan was perfect, and the other couples on the tour were great. We are planning to do the "Best of Italy" tour next summer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each of the cities and churches that were 400+ yrs old."

Susan

Lexington, MA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really liked the pace of it - 3 nights in important cities, minimal bus. Also went places we would never have thought of on our own - Croatia, Slovenia. Very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a "wow" every couple of hours. Maybe the Danube cruise or the Croatian National Park."

Christine

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized, the accommodations were lovely and the tour guide, Peter, was absolutely excellent! I learned a lot, got to see amazingly beautiful sites, eat great food and relax with a wonderful group of co-tourists! I have recommended the tour on my Facebook posts!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike through Croatia's beautiful National Park, Plitvice, was beyond my greatest expectation! The lakes with their individual falls were just breath taking! As we progressed down the path, one waterfall was more spectacular than the previous ones! We were allowed sufficient time to take in all of the beauty that was surrounding us and take as many photos as we possibly could! What a treasure!!!"

Carol

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being unfamiliar with Central/Eastern Europe we chose this trip to understand the history, people and culture...this trip met our expectations! Alot is packed into 16 days but well worth every step! Our trip leader,Peter,was exceptional. He lead our flock of 28 travelers with enthusiasm,patience,knowledge and humor. Thank you Peter! The congeniality,conversation,laughter and diverse backgrounds of our fellow travelers,who became"friends",added wonderful ingredients to our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the beauty and grandeur of Prague and Budapest,the easy wandering in Krakow and the laid back city of Rovinj. From wooden walkways around the beautiful pools in Plitvice to the sobering memorial at Auschwitz all cities,sites and sounds created "wow" moments for me."

Vern

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Positive tone was set by Peter day 1. Excellent group of tour companions. The mix of cities and towns, guided tours and time on our own (including coaching on options), and included / not included meal was well designed and timely. Included breakfast was a welcome start to each day. High expectations were met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The people were welcoming and engaging compared to my prior conception of grim and mistrusting products of communism. Love the history of the slav people; both the commonalities and the differences. While Peter rightly taught us the use of key words in the local language, most people spoke English as a second language (would have guessed German or Russian). Sobering to learn anti-semitism was not the exclusive to the Nazis. St Mary's, the salt mine, Plitvice Park, and Lake Bled were stunning."

Linda

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, the guide, Peter was amazing. He handled big and little concerns with ease and grace and especially humor. He is the reason we booked another trip right away. Thank you Peter. Secondly, the pace of the tour was excellent, the time together as a group and the alone time. Thirdly, the other people on the tour were wonderful, no prima donnas on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz was very moving. Krakow was a great surprise. It has all the charm of an European City. Friends and fellow tour members asked which city was my favorite, its like asking which child do you love the most? They are all different and offer their own charm."

Maryjane

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To say our first RS tour exceeded our expectations is an understatement. The itinerary is what attracted us. We have travelled on our own many times, usually using Rick's books, but the mix of a rural school visit, Auschwitz, big cities, small towns, and arranged modes of transportation caught our attention. Eszter was unbelievably knowledgeable and just plain fun! Our group meshed well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many special moments but I'd choose Nowa Huta in Kraków. Made me realize how many political regimes these people have endured. Also enjoyed the visit to the school which I'm sure I wouldn't or couldn't have done on my own ."

Heather

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much is included in this tour: countries, languages, cultures, landscapes, histories. The experience was consistently engrossing and engaging and full. It was and still feels overwhelming in the best possible way: so much to reflect on and learn. Beautifully organized tour, incredibly diverse experiences, world-class guide (and local guides), delightful tour companions. The very best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour included so many amazing experiences: folk music in Pustevny, river cruise on the Danube, visit to Auschwitz, walking tour of Nova Huta, hiking in Plitvice- all incredible. I also appreciate so much the time to explore on our own! Gingerbread "ears" in Stramberk, thermal baths in Prague, walking tour of Pula, castle hill in Ljubljana... Grateful that we could explore our own interests as part of this incredibly rich tour."

Cynthia

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great, itinerary, guide, other tour members, and even te weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery-wise, the Budapest night river cruise was beautiful. As far as walking tours, I particularly enjoyed and learned a lot from the Kraków walking tour that was led by the local guide. It was quite informative and eye-opening. Kraków was probably my wow moment."

Susan

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Eastern (Central) Europe was excellent as we expected it to be! We learned so much about these countries that suffered so much with WWI and II and behind Iron Curtain for so many years and then tragic turmoil in the '90s The history here was almost unbelievable and yet the people so resilient. The cities and countryside were amazingly progressive, clean, and beautiful! We are always amazed by the people who choose a Rick Steves tour. The associations we make are always wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard for me to pick favorites because everyday the tour was jam-packed interesting!! I was very "wowed" by the boat tour on the Danube in Budapest led by Eszter! The lights on the buildings were magnificent! and there were birds, probably seagulls or maybe pigeons flying above several buildings reflected by the light, a sparkling aurora!"

Garry

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour (in fact my first land based tour) and I was thoroughly impressed with every aspect of the tour. The tour had the perfect blend of city and country sites. Any changes to this itinerary in the future could only make it less appealing. The accommodation was appropriate and well situated to make touring in the city or country location as convenient as possible. I loved the idea of being dropped off near our accommodation even when it was in a pedestrian only are

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It isn't so much a "wow" moment as it is the way each city was introduced. Every new city and country had a talk on the bus before we arrived, and we generally had a guided walking tour on arrival and then the intricacies of public transit were explained and demonstrated, in several cases we were provided with transit passes that made independent travel much more enjoyable."

Gary

Cornwall, VT

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb. Went far beyond my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments. The scale of Birkenau; The landscapes from the High Peaks to Rovinj. Gypsy,Roman settlements; Night Danube cruise in Budapest,its Opera House and Grand Synagogue. Nova Huta,"

Richard

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling to Eastern Europe with our guide Esther, our bus driver Micho, and 24 other people was more than I expected. My fellow travelers were hoping like me to both connect with those countries where most of us had family roots, and to broaden our experience of the world. Through the many guide talks on the bus and the guided walks in each town, along with the return dialogue from all of us travelers, each country began to feel less foreign to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a mouth-watering pulled pork sandwich and India Pale Ale at St. Norbert's Brewery in the beer garden of a 16th century Budapest Monastery!"

Charlene

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since we have returned home we have told our friends and family it was the trip of a lifetime. We knew we were going to cover a lot of territory and have six different currencies to use, but Eszter made it effortless for us. We appreciated her itinerary that she gave us at the welcome meeting and her suggestions about how much money to take out for each country. The history, geography and culture of the different countries were fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was our free afternoon and evening in Budapest after our morning tour with George. We went and relaxed in the Szechenyi Baths (much welcomed since by the end of the tour we had walked 125 miles!!) Then we had an amazing late lunch in the gardens of Gundel's and ended with a visit to the Szimpla Kert Ruin Pub. One other wow moment was the country of Slovenia. Loved the walking tasting tour and then the next two days in Lake Bled. A hidden gem. Like living in a fairytale."

Jeffrey

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of the tour was top quality. Our tour guide Eszter was fantastic. The daily tour guides were very knowledgeable and communicated well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was particularly impressed with our stop in Krakow"

David

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding experience. Great itinerary and accommodations. Best guide we have ever had the pleasure to work with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz/ Birkenau was an overwhelmingly moving experience.As far as I am concerned, everyone should spend time there to understand evil and how to prevent such horror from happening again."

Patricia

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves' Tour. WE love the no stress or drama factor. Always so organized and efficient. Yet also lots of free time and fun times. This trip was even more fantastic then we could have imagined. We were quickly immersed in the history and cultures of every country we visited. Of course the sights we visited were outstanding and/or charming. This is our reason for traveling. Exactly for this kind of experience and these tours never disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night river cruise of Budapest. What a great photo op."

Laurie

Claremont, CA

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour, and it lived up to every expectation I had, and then some. The guide was terrific, the group chemistry was great, the tour itself was well planned...the pace was perfect, the mix of big cities and off the grid locations was just right, and Eastern Europe was a revelation. Sanel is very knowledgeable about the culture, history and political nuances in each of the countries we visited as well as the overall interactions between all of them and the EU.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were daily "wow" moments for me...the first view of the grand town square in Krakow at night, Plitvice National Park, staying at Hotel Island Katarina in Rovinj...watching and experiencing the warmth and teamwork between Sanel and Rosie every day as they helped each of us get the maximum enjoyment and meaningful experiences...Lake Bled!!!"

Barbara

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' tour, so I had some idea what to expect. I appreciated the diversity of exposure; i.e., city, countryside or small villages, being introduced to regional foods, the effort to avoid developing cliques by encouraging changing seats on the bus, sharing different tables during meals,etc The guide displayed a high degree of energy and enthusiasm for this area and knew first hand about the history and geography of eastern Europe. He was a great asset.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick a WOW moment, but I particularly liked the opportunity to wander freely in local neighbors. One fun experience happened in Krakow when we were taken to a Laundromat that had a bar in its waiting room. We were ushered there to drop off clothes, but went back on our own to pick them up and enjoyed being able to navigate the route by ourselves. We had a similar experience in Budapest when we returned to the Laundromat a couple blocks behind the opera house in the evening."

Laura

Manassas, VA

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. I learned so much and now have a better appreciation for the countries, cultures and people of Eastern Europe. My perspective about these countries changed completely by the end of the trip. It is so important to travel and meet people from other countries and learn about their cultures. It is true that you fear what you do not know or understand. Trips like these truly open the doors of knowledge and understanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments from the beautiful spires of Prague to the heart wrenching inhumanity we saw at Auschwitz-Birkenau. There is no single favorite "wow" moment for me--the whole trip was a "wow" moment."

Elaine

Rockwall, TX

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour and guide Sanel and assistant Rosie made it so enjoyable and fun!! We had a great group of tour members that made the tour so much fun and never a dull moment!! Would love to travel again with each and everyone!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from!! Our view from our hotel room window in Lake Bled of the church and castle was amazing!! Budapest at night on the Danube boat ride with all the lights on all the buildings and bridges!! Beautiful!! The visit with the Hungarian school children and also the winery visit was very special!! Auschwitz was so moving!! Must mention the hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and all the beautiful waterfalls!!"

Christine

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first group travel experience and took a bit to get used to the routine. I loved all the countries and destinations. Sanel was great and I learned so much. Would have liked more time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really impressed with Bled. Was amazing to see the castle and church - along with the calm lake and quiet tempo of the town - very enjoyable."

Jean

St Joseph, MI

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sanel and Rosie ruined me for ever wanting any other guides. The perfect team. Sanel just knew everything and was the perfect "Mother Hen". Rosie was always there for us, as was Sanel, and both were fun to be with. I was very deficient in European history before this trip but Sanel was a great teacher and I filled in more by reading. Without question this put a face on the problemed people both during my lifetime and now. Thank you for doing this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough question. The most memorable was Auschwitz #1 and #2. This was my first Rick Steves trip and I realize how much I have missed by going it alone. Definitely worth the money. Also I might say we were fortunate to have the perfect group. Miss them and love them."

James

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were exposed to a choice variety of urban, scenic, cultural, historic, and culinary highlights of six Eastern European countries. We received thorough briefings regarding the Nazi war crimes at Auschwitz felt some of the miseries experienced by the victims. We had a good look at housing and urban communities provided to workers during the Soviet communist era. We got some first-hand insights into the Bosnian War of the 1990's. Our tour group had an interesting mix of people who got along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able on our own in Budapest to find the laundromat after dark. We saw a real slice of life at the public spa in Budapest."

Ginnie

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have an educational, eye opening experience with this trip. However, I feel that the itinerary should be lengthened instead of 'shorten' like in 2017. One of the highlight of this trip was the visit to Pustevny. It was truly unique. We were the ONLY tour coach at the mountain top. How many overnight stop of this trip we can say the same? Rick, you have taken us to this special place, the small ski resort in the off season to appreciate nature and to mingle with the very hospitable folks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As you may know from above, Pustevny was a "wow" moment. Plitvice NP was a close second. But unfortunately, Plitvice had too many visitors so once I hiked through it, my interest to visit it again lessens. Thanks to Katka's experience with the park, we had avoided the most congested area until the end."

Weather

Czech Republic / Prague


Poland / Kraków

Kraków Weather


Hungary / Budapest


Croatia / Split


Slovenia / Ljubljana

Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

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

Tour Hotels

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

Transportation

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

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members arrange to fly into Prague and out of Ljubljana ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe. Ljubljana, the nearest airport to the tour's end point, has convenient train and flight connections to Munich, Vienna, Venice, and other major cities. Your travel agent can help you find what works best for you.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Prague that we will not be doing as a group (see the guidebook for details): the museums of Prague's Jewish Quarter, Museum of Medieval Art, Mucha Museum, Municipal House, Havelská Market, National Museum, Toy and Barbie Museum, boating on the Vltava River.

Packing

As we'll be in darkened places a few times on this tour, you might want to bring a small flashlight. And if you're planning to take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, pack along a swimsuit and a lightweight microfiber towel.

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

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