• 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

2019

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

Connie

Grande Prairie, BC

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Excellent information. I agree with many people who were on the tour--one more day in Krakow would have been nice. I didn't get to see nearly as much there as I had hoped. I would have visited the salt mine if we had one more day (this side-trip was impossible with only one day in Krakow).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was magical! The walk around Lake Bled was a close second."

Rebecca

Garrett Park, MD

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was something of a disappointment to me, probably largely my own fault. I should have been able to tell from the itinerary that this wasn't the tour for me. Too much of our time was spent in too many cities that all started to blur together. There wasn't enough time in any one city, yet too much of the tour was spent in urban areas. And there were several very long bus rides. Altogether, the tour tried to cover too much territory in too few days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park. A glorious park with way too many tourists in it. Thank you for having us start at the top and work down. That way much of the park was not over-crowded. Still, I thought we walked through it too fast because we didn't know how to pace ourselves. We had to be at the boat by a certain time, but we didn't know how far away the boat was."

John

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very good tour with an excellent guide (Sanel) that anticipated our needs and explained so many things along the way, interspersing it all with good humor and knowledge. He should get a raise as he is just a great ambassador for RS organization and the tour area covered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Parliament lighting at night during the river cruise on the Danube."

Susan

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. Very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evenings cruise in Hungary was stunning. I've been on countless river cruises and have found them boring. This was different. Absolutely beautiful."

Jim

Shelton, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pleasantly surprised by Budapest and Rovinj. In addition, traveling across Croatia and seeing war damage was very enlightening."

Sue

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful introduction to eastern Europe. Every day was packed with interesting sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. Our knowledgeable tour guide made sure that we were exposed to as much of the culture and customs of theses countries as he could pack into every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the majestic buildings light up as the sunset set during our Danube River cruise in Budapest."

Jo

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great big trip. Covered so much territory and history. Beautiful sites, pristine lakes, emotional reminders of aggression based on hatred and the idea of entitlement to accomplish whatever goal was determined to be the "right" one. Our tour group was a bonus. We seemed to meld well and offered lots to the success of the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one. I went into the Auschwitz tour day fully expecting to feel sad and overwhelmed by grief. Instead, I was overwhelmed by a mounting anger! I was also wowed by the European teenagers we saw. None of them wore flannel pajama bottoms in public! Ha! The beauty of Rovinj and Bled were really breathtaking and I could have enjoyed a couple more days at each location."

Jack

Yuma, AZ

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The only thing keeping this from being outstanding was it was a bit rushed. Krakow needed to be an extra day and I understand that it will be in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too numerous to count."

John

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was excellent. Being able to visit major cities like Prague, Krakow and Budapest and then have the non-urban locations of Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled was wonderful. Jana was a superb guide. Her knowledge and style of communicating added to my understanding of the countries we visited. The accommodations and locations for the most part were excellent and added positively to the tour experience. The hotel in Krakow was a good location but the room was stuffy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments however, the tragedy that occurred at Auschwitz Birkenau, the water falls and greenery of Plitvice National Park and the beauty of Lake Bled made the strongest impressions. This was our second visit to Prague which is magical and just plain fun and was more fun the second time around."

Michael

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great destinations with lots to see. I would enthusiastically recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments occurred during the trip, and for various reasons. Budapest was an impressive and beautiful city. Auschwitz was very moving, and important to see and witness. Plitvice was a natural beauty with so many photo opportunities."

David

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations. Had a wonderful time and learned a lot of history as well as about current life. Tour guide was terrific. Really enjoyed her discussions of the countries we visited. Good mix of big city as well as smaller villages. Also good mix of tours and free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many highlights. Enjoyed the exploring of the Medieval buildings of Prague and Krakow. Really enjoyed Eger, exploring the village and enjoying the wine tasting. Wine tasting was a lot fun, and good wine. Also enjoyed Rovinj and the free time we had there to explore and relax. Neat place. Had two terrific Hungarian dinners in Budapest. Another highlight was how beautiful the countryside is in Slovakia and Slovenia."

Jan

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such variety on this tour. The balance between structure and free time was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Auschwitz-Birkenau was a "wow" moment in a most somber way. The magnitude of the horror of the holocost was so real. We enjoyed the school visit and the winery in Hungary. Plitvice was stunning! Running into Rick Steves at the airport was a "wow" moment and the perfect ending to our tour, but of course that can't be planned. It was just serendipity!"

Constance

Sheboygan, WI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed the tour of Eastern Europe in May and early June. The weather was perfect! Being in 5 different countries with different languages and currencies, it was very comforting to know we were with a knowledgeable and caring guide like Katerina. I especially enjoyed the contrast between the big cities - Prague, Kraków and Budapest and the smaller towns like Rovinj and Bled. Of course, Plitvice Lakes National Park was one of the highlights of our trip and a truly beautiful place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening cruise in Budapest on the Danube River. What a beautiful city at night!"

John

Sheboygan, WI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great overall experience with and outstanding guide. Kateriana is an exceptional guide who helped us manuever the complicated issues of language, money and movement through what was once the Eastern European block of nations. Hotels were comfortable, especially for sleeping, and allowed us to get our rest for what was a faily active experience. I felt that Katerina helped us to gaiin confidence in exploring the unique places we wished to visit on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt the night cruise in Budapest on the Danube River was my "Wow" moment. I had explored Budapest at a younger age in 1979 when it was under the rule of the communist government. The most striking observation on the night cruise was the lack of the Red Stars that in n 1979 were lit up atop the spires of the Parliament Building. The beauty of the city at night is a tribute to the creative nature of the human spirit."

David

Springfield, IL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Croatia national park with all the waterfalls"

Kathy

Port Republic, MD

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour very much. We could never have done so much or seen so much in the same time period on our own. There is an non-quantifiable value to the amount of time and effort we saved by being on a Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the scenic countrysides of Eastern Europe. So there were really multiple 'wows', gentle beautiful wows."

Robin

Paoli, PA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and we continue to believe that, if Rick Steves goes there, that's how we'll travel. Rick Steves makes it so easy -- just the right balance of structure and freedom, all of the "must see" and "must do" things are covered and then eclectic experiences are added (school kids in Eger). This isn't an easy trip (long days of travel, emotional holocaust sites) but it is totally enjoyable and it's hard to imagine coming away unchanged. Isn't that why we travel?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because this was really two trips in one, let me take the liberty of listing two wow moments. One, standing in the middle of Birkenau - nothing but death and pain as far as the eye can see and knowing that, at that spot, children were ripped out of their mother's arms and sent to their deaths (at the same time knowing that on our southern border children are being ripped out of their mothers' arms). The other, Plitvice National Park and its magnificent waterfalls."

Karen

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip covered a lot of territory and that probably was the biggest downside. There was so much to see and information to digest in a short period of time, 1-2 days at a time, that it became a little exhausting. That being said, it was an awesome experience! I really enjoyed the bus rides through the countryside and small villages. Katarina was skilled at keeping it balanced with narrative and quiet time which was appreciated. Sam was a GREAT driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to define one wow moment. There were so many being in countries that had so many beautiful structures with age and history behind them. It is like nothing we have here in America! One surprise for me was ( interestingly and morbidly ? enough) that the cemeteries we passed in the bus had fresh flowers on all the grave sites from loved ones who must replenish them on a weekly basis!"

Michael

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great program, very well designed - covers a lot of territory but with enough free time that it didn't seemed rushed. The tour guide/bus driver did a great job. All logistics were well coordinated and communicated. Katerina effectively built a good team atmosphere and also provided very strong lectures on history as well as current issues from her perspective of living in the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't point to a single "wow" moment. All the cities/places we visited were very interesting. I expected Auschwitz to be a very powerful experience and it was even more than I anticipated. I wished that we had more time there (at Auschwitz I); that day (with travel to Eger) was very long. I expect with adding one more day to next year's itinerary that there will be more flexibility in spacing things out."

Gail

Placentia, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There was too much territory covered in the number of days of the trip. We had 2-3 long days on the bus, even though we did have frequent stops, if still was too long. Some days wer so long that by the time we arrived at our destination, the group dinner was way too late. That is bad for the host and the guest. The stop at the winery in Eger was a nice gesture, however, it made the trip getting to Budapest too late. We had a terrific group of traveler's. Everyone got along and cared for

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plivitce National Park-not to be missed. Our guide was so smart in that she started at the top of the park & worked our way down. We were there when it opened. What a wonderful masterpiece God created with that. I liked Prague and Krakow a lot. Second time to Prague and still didn't get to see the Jewish Quarter due to a holiday. Krakow is marvelous. Lake Bled was a terrific way to end the tour. I liked the second week of this trip better than the first."

Sheryl

Atlantic Beach, FL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 5th Rick Steves' Tour, and we were not disappointed! Our guide was knowledgeable, and went the extra mile in all that she did making our overall experience excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but the biggest was our river cruise on the Danube. It was a beautiful night sky with the buildings illuminated on each side of the river just made me feel, at that moment, like I was on a vacation of a life time!"

Laura

Arlington, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a terrific tour and we are so glad we took it. Eastern Europe had been relatively unknown to us, but it turned out to be chock full of wonderful surprises that are too numerous to list. For culture, my favorite stop was Prague and especially the Jewish Quarter. For sheer natural beauty, I'd have to say Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia or Lake Bled in Slovenia. And then Rick Steves tours do such a nice job of creating so many special memories, such as the Danube evening tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! I'd have to say it was hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. The natural beauty was just breath-taking, mile after mile."

Amy

Draper, UT

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized with the perfect amount of group tour time and individual exploration time included. The hotels were great. I was very impressed with Peter who guided our tour, and with Mico who drove our bus. They were professional, kind, and very passionate about sharing knowledge and tips about the history, architecture, art, politics, people and culture of each city. They also did a great job of unifying the group. The local guides were also very friendly and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved cliff jumping, swimming, and paddle boarding in the Adriatic in Rovinj, Croatia. The sunset on the water the night our group had dinner near the dock in Rovinj was incredible! I loved the walking tour of Prague and visiting the Hrad. The baths are a must visit in Budapest! Visiting the school in Eger was great! Lake Bled was amazing! I also loved shopping in all the cities. Next time I would only bring one outfit beside the one I wore on the plane and fill my suitcase as I went."

Mary Alice

Jackson, MS

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves tour exceeded our expectations. I have always relied on Rick Steves's books when traveling, but I had never known anyone who had actually taken one of his tours. Based on the tour description we decided to give it a try, and we were so glad we did. When we travel we like staying in or close to the town center and intermingling with the locals, and if it is a tour, we like a small group. Our Rick Steves tour provided exactly this type of experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Plitvice Lakes National Park was a totally unexpected experience. The waterfalls, gushing water, and spectacular scenery of the Park were something I never expected to see in Europe. Every turn on the trail was a "wow" moment."

Raelene

Wheat Ridge, CO

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and it was just as amazing in different ways. Everything is organized to get the most out of experiences. Some experiences appeal more than others but there is always something you can gain from each. The Heart of Europe is a fascinating place to visit, different from other places in Europe and I would recommend it at least be considered by anyone thinking about a visit to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but I was most surprised by Poland and how much we liked the country, the food and the people."

Dennis

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had only known huge segments of eastern Europe through grainy black and white news clips. This tour brought this important part of the world into focus for me. The tour totally satisfied my expectations with regard to not only seeing eastern Europe but also understanding better what has/is happening there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice was the star. Honorable mention has to go to Budapest, Lake Bled, Ljubljana and Rovinj."

Eugene

Arlington, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had a little bit of everything -- bustling, sophisticated cities; a meeting with English language elementary school children; wine tasting; a national park that rivals any park in the US; la dolce vita coastal villages; and a touch of Alpine beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Great Synagogue in Budapest. Reminder of the vibrancy of Jewish life and history; long-standing, widespread and pervasive antisemitism; "ecumenism" of Jewish art and architecture; fragility of the rule of law and other pillars of liberal democracy."

Nancy

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour included great stops and I learned so much about this special place in the world. Peter, our guide, was awesome - knowledgeable, energetic, interesting, and an all-around great guy. There were a couple of long bus rides but they went by fast because of the fascinating talks, 2-seat space, and private/quiet time. The payoff of getting to see the Best Of Eastern Europe was CERTAINLY well worth it. Fabulous trip that attracted a great group of travel partners!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Plitvice National Park was a favorite thing - it was like being in a fairy land. Auschwitz-Birkenau was most impactful. The sense of what happened is so tangible that it hit me right in the gut even though I read about and knew about it."

James

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Hearing personal family stories from the guides about World War II, the Cold War, and the 1990's Balkan conflict was amazing. The tour nicely balanced beautiful city architecture with spectacular natural wonders. The lodgings were more comfortable than we expected (an island resort on a Rick Steves tour?) We appreciated the time to explore on our own. Sanel's friendliness and sense of humor helped on those long bus rides. This was an active tour, but full of rewards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest at night was spectacular, as were the falls of Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park. The children at the Hungarian school we visited showed us how similar children are around the world. We discovered two wonderful concerts in Prague. We were anxious about visiting Auschwitz, but agree that was an important segment of the tour. We will long remember Sanel's powerful stories from the Balkans conflicts. And we were inspired by the can-do attitude of fellow travelers regardless of age."

Robert

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 6th Rick Steves tour. I very much like the way these tours are run. It would be hard to come up with a better tour (with some other tour company or on your own) of the places on this tour. However, I would have to rate this tour the least enjoyable of my 6 tours. I am very glad I went on this tour, and learned and experienced much, but it had the least interesting places or natural beauty of my other tours. Prague and Budapest were very crowded with tourist even in May.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes had enough natural beauty to qualify for a top spot on any agenda, and even with the crowds and soaking rain deserves high marks. But the most unexpected WOW moment was the night Danube boat cruise. I was expecting a so so touristy event, but the lighted city and bridges were spectacular."

Kellyn

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour and it could not have been better. I was a bit apprehensive about being a solo traveler, and right off the bat I felt so included. Our group meshed so well and I left with some great friends to visit. Sanel was an awesome guide -- his sense of humor made for some fun bus rides and his personal stories about the history of the region were eye-opening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each destination had its own "wow" moments, but my favorites were Plitvice National Park and our free day in Rovinj. Croatia in general was stunning and I definitely plan to return. Ljubljana was also gorgeous; somewhere I would have loved to spend some more time."

John

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every phase. Great guide and great group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled"

Jane

Boulder, CO

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Eastern Europe is an interesting part of the country that I didn't know much about before the tour. I was surprised with how modern it is and how incredibly beautiful parts are, in particular Croatia and Slovenia. Our group had a lot of fun together and our guide, Sanel, was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I probably found Plitvice National Park to be the most beautiful with its many waterfalls. The most special moment was visiting a school in Eger, Hungary where we got to observe 1st graders during their English lesson and speak with some middle school students."

Keith

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful group, excellent organization and leadership by Sanel who worked to go above and beyond and provided insight into the region and his experiences. The guides at the individual locations were extremely knowledgeable and informative. Eastern Europe (really central Europe as it turns out) was surprisingly beautiful, cultured and accesible. I suspect that we will return in the future and fill in some of the more out of the way gaps in our experience there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to choose just one. Evening ride on the Danube, spectacular cathedrals including stained glass by Mucha, walks across the statued Charles Bridge in Prague, Krakow's love of Pope Paul, the island church at Lake Bled, exploring the quaint streets and views in Croatia's coastal town of Rovinj, and the surprisingly sophisticated yet comfortable in their skin people of Ljubljana in Slovenia."

Shaun

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was great. I really enjoyes the mix of city/country, esp how the more relaxed country portion was at the end. I worked hard trying to cover ground in cities. Finishing with country let me relax a little more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvices National Park."

Fred

Boulder, CO

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I had a great time. It was eye-opening to see Eastern Europe and even better than we expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed Egar in Hungary. It was a pleasant town, and visiting the school and the winery were great fun. I enjoyed the contact with locals. Of course the natural beauty of Croatia and Slovenia made for wow moments as well."

Pam

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour, the guide, Sanel was exceptional, and he made the tour, fun, exciting, with lots of learning experiences. The tour was full of surprises. The cities were clean, beautiful and friendly. Surprisingly Krakow was my favorite city on this tour. Lots of history, beautiful architecture, and easy to get around. Aushwitz was the third concentration facility I have visited and it was the most intact and most difficult to visit., but well worth the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wo loved the Plitivice Lakes National Park in Croatia. There are many beautiful man made sites in the world, but one of God's amazing creations here on earth. We loved hiking on the wooden boat-walk over and through the stair-step lakes and hundreds of waterfalls. My husband and I are 85 and 76 respectively and had no issues on the hike. Truly amazing beauty all around."

Lori

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another amazing trip with Rick steves. It exceeded my expectations. The guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's tough to say. Budapest was magical. Krakow was lovely and so unexpected. At lake bled I felt like I had walked into a fairy tale"

Christina

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much from this tour! I wish I had been able to take the tour when I was younger, because the insights I gained really changed my life! The people, from tour guides to traveling peers, to bus driver, hoteliers, restaurant staff, were all excellent. I feel fortunate to have been able to pack so much into each day of our trip. I enjoyed the balance of together time, and independent time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two favorite "wow" moments. The first was the night cruise on the Danube River in Budapest and seeing the Parliament and other buildings lit up with a golden glow. The second was hiking in the Plitvice National Park and seeing the beautiful waterfalls."

Marie

Huntington, NY

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Croatia was an amazing surprise And we appreciate how relaxing it was after many days of seeing historical sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the waterfalls in Lake bled. Totally unexpected and while ."

Meishan

W Frankfort, IL

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very interesting tour and I feel that I learned a great deal about all those countries that I visited. It was a different experiences compare to my previous traveling experiences. Very educational and places visited were interesting. But due to my age, the first three days were a little too strenuous for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Historic sites in Prague. Holocaust memorials. Water falls in Slovenia. Adriatic Sea."

Mark

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and guide. Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Parliament building at night in Budapest."

Arne

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an amazing experience! So many sites, presented with historical background and current narrative. I thought I knew a lot of history, this trip proved how much I did not know. George presented information much like Rick does on his TV shows, where the sites are married to information that increases our understanding of the culture and perspective of the areas we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park! Incredible site, astounding water falls, wonderous paths thru trees with views and vistas. Loved that we started at the "end" of the trail and quite early, thus avoiding crowds for the most part. We had so much nature pretty much to ourselves. It helped that the weather was very nice also."

Suzanne

Media, PA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time. I really enjoyed my traveling buddies! I feel like I have 23 new BFF's. Two weeks is probably my 'max' for a tour abroad. As engaging as this tour was, I was thankful for the down time and for ending with more countryside sites - Plitvice, Eger, Lake Bled and of course the winery visit. We covered a great distance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the squares of Prague and Krakow. The old cobble-stone pedestrian streets with magnificent buildings on all sides and the outdoor eateries, delightful! It's hard to beat a good cup of tea or glass of wine while watching people walk by. I adored Plitvice National Park. It is a slice of heaven. And Auschwitz-Birkenau, hell; a reminder of humankind's depravitity - a necessary reminder."

Sherry

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. I went as a single woman and met the nicest people. The sights were gorgus the tour guides warm and knowledgeable. George was outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest was stunning."

Jim

Fremont, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour; this was our third RS tour and the best ever. Great guide, George, and a very nice group of people to tour with. Highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj, Croatia. The Island Hotel Katarina and surrounding town of Rovinj is a place we could go back to and stay! But the interesting thing about this tour is that the cities and the hotels just kept getting better as we went along on the tour."

Mary Ann

Rochester Hills, MI

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded our expectations even though the pace was something we weren't used to in our past travels. I loved all the history of each area and how much I learned about what the people in this part of the world have had to endure. The breakfasts at all the hotels were wonderful, and the food at the lunches and dinners were fantastic. I also appreciated the times we had on our own. We had a very diverse tour group, which made for some interesting conversations at lunch and dinner

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several WOW moments. Our experience in Auschwitz Birkenau still lingers in the back of my mind. I really liked our experience talking with the children in Eger. As a former educator, it was wonderful to see how children learn in other countries. I also loved our wine tasting experience at the Kohary winery and the beautiful scenery at Lake Bled and Rovinj."

Vickie

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a part of Europe I had never been to before and was really looking forward to seeing the beautiful countries and learning about its history. I was certainly not disappointed. It is a beautiful area steeped in history. With the tremendous knowledge of George Farkas, our guide, I learned and understood more about "Central" Europe than I would have thought possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say George! Every place we visited was brought to life by George's knowledge and his ability to "put you in the moment" of the rich history of these countries. Some moments were very humbling, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau but a part of history that must never be forgotten."

Robert

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour to Eastern and Central Europe was great. We got a real appreciation of the history and struggle of these countries. The trip was a great mix of nature and historic cities. Our guide Katerina was fantastic she was knowledgeable and great fun. I recommend this trip to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfalls at Plitvice are amazing. Swimming in the Adriatic."

Ronald

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. I enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences between the 5 countries that we visited. We enjoyed the time on the bus because the scenery was beautiful and interesting. I enjoy photography and every day there were impressive photo ops. These included: -street scenes with winding streets and open air markets -beautiful old squares, palaces, churches, & government buildings -Plitvice Natl Park full of lakes & waterfalls -Adriatic Sea at Rovinj -beautiful Lake Bled

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide Katka grew up in Czech during the communist era. Learning about living and working under communism was fascinating.Surprisingly' some of the people liked communism because the government provided everything and everyone had a job (which was mandatory). Katka said "we pretended to work and the government pretended to pay us.""

Lori

Wauseon, OH

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful overall experience. I enjoyed the variety of city, sea and countryside. This is our third Rick Steves tour, and once again we visited areas and experienced things we would not have had we gone on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Slovenia and Croatia were "wow" moments for me."

Cynthia

Greeley, CO

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was better than anticipated and my expectations were high. Katerina and her personal experiences helped history come alive. It was a tour of interesting but emotionally heavy history. This was delightfully interspersed with fun, laughter, beautiful scenery and building.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we meet Katrina. She told us she was so honored to be able to give these tours. When she was a teen she never imagined she would be allowed to learn English, visitors from the US would be allowed to visit her country. They would want to come and learn about her country giving her an opportunity to share how it was in the past and how it is now. We had visited the Prague Jewish Quarter that morning. Combined with the above introduction I knew it would surpass expectations."

Frank

Newbury Park, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to choose just one. The visit to Krakow was wonderful. The city was bright and vibrant with a terrific city square. Walking through Plitvice National Park was amazing in a very different way, giving a view of a unique and beautiful natural wonder. We had plenty of time to view and photograph the stunning scenery without feeling rushed."

Phyllis

Newbury Park, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very interesting, and we explored both cities and country areas for variety which I liked. It was a lot of moving from hotel to hotel, and staying longer would have been better. We really enjoyed Krakow and wished we had more time there. Auschwitz was the most moving and difficult to understand experience and filled us with a lot of mixed emotions. It was the best Rick Steve's travel group ever!!! A very friendly and relaxed group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Plivitzky Park and the many waterfalls and great scenery was the most amazing. But again I felt a bit rushed."

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!"

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"."

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."

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!"

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, :("

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

Joan

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful itinerary and wonderful guide. Great experience.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 ."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!

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."

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."

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."

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!!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!!!"

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!!!"

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."

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!!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!!!"

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"."

Kenneth

Saint Charles, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvika National park and Bled Lake"

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."

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.

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!"

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!)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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"

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."

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.

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."

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."

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.