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

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Best of Eastern Europe in 15 Days Tour

from $4,195 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

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 cruise (weather permitting)…and more
  • All group transportation from Prague to Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • 14 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Prague

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

Day 2: Royal, Prestigious Prague

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

Day 3: Moravian Countryside and Kraków

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

Day 4: Historic Kraków

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

Day 5: Lessons of the Past

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

Day 6: Drive to Eger

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

Day 7: Hungary, Great and Small

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

Day 8: Bustling Budapest

The rich history of Pest has created a city that's a puzzle of 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 9: Old Budapest

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

Day 10: Natural Wonders of Croatia

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

Day 11: From the Forests to the Sea

This morning we'll hike along rustic boardwalk trails connecting the idyllic forests, travertine stone cliffs, clear blue lakes, and gushing waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. We'll learn how the park is creatively managing to protect its delicate environment, including the use of electric trams and boats. We'll take a lunch break to replenish ourselves, then give our legs a rest as we drive to the Istrian peninsula on the Adriatic Sea and the enchanting seaside town of Rovinj, where we'll enjoy a sunset dinner. Sleep in Rovinj (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 12: Free Day in Rovinj

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

Day 13: Slovenian Countryside and Ljubljana

Today we'll head to the azure jewel of Lake Bled at the foot of Slovenia's Julian Alps. Along the way, we'll stop in Ljubljana for a tour highlighting some of the city's famous landmarks and free time to make your own discoveries. After exploring the capital, we'll continue 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 14: Delightful Lake Bled

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

Day 15: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Eastern Europe in 15 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.

Reviews

Dorothy

Davis, CA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lois

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debbie

Campbell, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Mount Pleasant, WI

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Lincolnshire, IL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Connie

Aubrey, TX

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Logan, UT

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rita

Logsn, UT

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the trip through the mountains of Slovakia."

Mike

Durham, NC

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lorraine

Bellevue, NE

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lois

Durham, NC

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ralph

Littleton, CO

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue

Elk Mound, WI

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lori

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sujata

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendy

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too many to list"

Courtney

Springfield, MO

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vijay

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maggie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Riley

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doug

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marianne

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best adventure of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Piscataway, NJ

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sally

Reno, NV

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow! Traveling through Europe really is easy!"

Arvin

Marietta, GA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Valerie

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dora

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Noel

Lowell, MI

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Lowell, MI

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Allyson

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Auschwitz was both moving and chilling."

Marti

Shelby, NC

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Seffner, FL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Budapest Hungary and Bled, Slovenai!"

Kathleen

Mason Neck, VA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary, tour guide, George, and tour "family" were all fabulous. The trip was a good mix of big cities and quaint towns, beautiful city lights and majestic mountains, the Adriatic Sea and little Lake Bled. Prior to leaving, I worried that I didn't know enough history about this part of the world to enjoy the trip fully, but George's explanations and seeing the sites first hand took care of that concern. It was a VERY memorable trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but if I just picked a few, Plitvice Lake National Park and Lake Bled were both "wow." Auschwitz-Birknau was also a "wow" moment as it really effect me emotionally; much more than I expected."

Paul

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Andover, MA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! We learned so much, saw so much beauty, enjoyed the group, and had fun. The tour had a great balance of guide-led time/activities and time on our own to explore. The balance of history, culture, architecture, food and fun was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to choose! I was wowed by the live music moments: klezmer night at restuarant, Prag castle musicians at our group dinner, violin at wine tasting, multiple street musicians, and a concert at the Tyn Church. On a different note, learning more about the holocaust victims' experiences from people from these countries was very powerful."

Carl

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent introduction to parts of the world we had not seen and whose history was only lightly known. Good mix of long ago history and more recent history; particularly enjoyed the personal sharing that was a part of the recent history. Fine mix of old, man-made beauty in the buildings with the natural, nature-made beauty of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to narrow down to one. As stated above, the natural beauty, man-made beauty and history of the places we visited never got old. I especially appreciated the balanced candor of our local tour guide in Budapest (Monica)."

Dallas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was awesome in every way!! There is so much more to learn and experience and see. No way to do it in two weeks - or three - or four, but I believe high points were all touched upon. I appreciated the reading material on the bus also. Though it was hard not to be looking out the window at the beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the way Jana challenged us to interact with people by teaching us phrases. I always wished I had had a permanent marker to write those phrases on my arm so I could remember them at the appropriate time. I did observe the look on the locals' faces when an effort was made, then the encouragement to continue."

Kathryn

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a part of the world that I had never visited before, so every day held some new experience or information. Nothing remembered from past history classes or news stories seemed to touch the truth. You simply have to go there to understand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day produced a wow moment, but my favorite on this tour was just a quiet one. It came when a local guide was explaining how different people responded to the extreme social and political changes in recent history, and how some people still pined for the predictable life under a communistic regime. There is such a pervasive sense of optimism, opportunity, and possibility in the countries we visited that it was easy to ignore the fact that not everyone is happy about the changes."

Brian

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour of a region I had little knowledge of. The tour left me wishing I could stay longer and learn more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night Danube river cruise in Budapest. Absolutely breathtaking!"

Teresa

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour- so much that I have recommended it to friends on Facebook and in person. I loved the range of cities, towns, outdoors and beach. The walking tours in each place gave a great sense of the place, and the combination of history, art, architecture was a lovely balance. I enjoyed the small size of the group. By the third or fourth day I had been able to share a meal with every member of the group. Having some group meals and activities was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment the bus turned the corner so we could all see the town of Rovinj, Croatia- wow. I think we all gasped at the beauty of the spot. I am sure Jana and Mitch, our driver, planned that moment for us!"

Lawrence

Mount Pleasant, TX

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth Steves tour. It followed the Munich tour carried out the previous week. I encountered a nice group of people, each with his own personality. We also had beautiful weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stay at Hotel Katarina and the charming town of Rovinj tops my list. Lske Blad was indeed 'delightful' and a great place to end our tour."

Jennifer

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern Europe tour was excellent! Our tour guide, Jana, was incredibly helpful, fun, hilarious, and very generous with her knowledge. Our group was pleasant, everyone got along, and I think we were truly sad to say goodbye to one another at the end of the tour. Mitch was an awesome bus driver - excellent at his job, and a really pleasant guy. The itinerary was well-planned, accommodations were clean and nice, local guides were great, and I'd definitely take another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were "wow" moments everywhere we went, but Rovinj was gorgeous, and it's hard to beat swimming in the Adriatic on a warm summer day! I also loved wandering the streets of Krakow."

Angela

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind. I have always travelled on my own or as the "tour guide" for family members. So this was wonderful to have someone else show me where to go and what to do and take care of all the little details. It was a nice mix of city and countryside. I was concerned about some of the long bus rides, but they were well timed to come after some strenuous walking days, so the rest was welcomed. The people on the tour were fabulous. No whiners and lots of fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Krakow was definitely my favorite. The hotel was simple yet beautifully situated right next to the old wall of the city. When the window was open we could hear the clip-clopping of the horses hooves, pulling the carriages. The city was so walkable and the people so friendly. Second would be the hike through Plitvices National Park. After being in such large cities it was wonderful to be out in nature again. Jana timed our hike to start at the upper lake so we avoided the crowds."

Katherine

Leopardstown, L

Tour: 06/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Great group of people. Amazing guide. Beautiful countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't know I would be so wowed with Budapest -- great food, beautiful architecture, public baths."

James

Arlington, MA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of the tour was great, especially the tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery and towns."

Phyllis

Arlington, MA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip to Eastern Europe exceeded my expectations. The tour guide was outstanding. The places we visited were extraordinary. The pace of the trip between guided tour and self paced was perfect. I especially enjoyed hearing the histories of eastern European countries and how the past influenced the current situations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments: when we first walked around Prague and seeing Rovinj."

Annie

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the trip was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surprise visit from Rick Steves in Budapest of course! That was really a treat!"

Trinidad

Yuma, AZ

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I got more than I expected from this tour! Great group of travelers. Katka went beyond her role as guide. She was very organized and genuinely cared for everyone's needs

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice although cannot decide whether Rick Steves appearance at our dinner may have eclipsed everything else! There isn't really a single one that stood out more than the rest because each part of the tour had its own focus. Auschwitz and Birkenau were sobering! One reads books and sees movies but experiencing them was something one cannot fully describe"

Fernando

Glen Oaks, NY

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third tour with RS. My tour overall experience was excellent, thanks to our tour guide Katerina and all her team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult for me to pick a favorite place or moment. Every city and town we visited were different and beautiful. Prague's architecture was more than impressive. Auschwitz and Birkenau were very touching places that everyone should visit to learn from history. Buda Castle and the boat ride in the Danube river is something to remember. Plitvitce National Park and Lake Bled gave us beautiful scenery."

Terry

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peter, our guide, was exceptional! Totally committed to delivering a complete tour experience with a warm, enthusiastic manner. His professional lectures, complete with historical and political background were a big plus for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was mesmerized by the majesty and purity of the waterfalls springing from the earth at every turn in Plitvice Lakes National Park."

Susan

Richland, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern Europe trip lived up to my expectations and more. The Sunday orientation, city walks, culture expectations, group dinners and the all the varied activities are excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorites included hike and boat ride in Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Lake Bled chapel and walk around the Lake. The vacation day in Rovinj was a favorite (felt like I was back in Greece) and the short hike on cobbled streets to the church was refreshing with all the little shops. Danube boat ride and Castle Hill too! So many WOW moments."

Maureen

Norwell, MA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband Jim and I went on this trip to Eastern Europe as our first try at a Rick Steves tour. We travel quite a bit and use Rick's travel guides faithfully but have always preferred our own independent travel. We were attracted to this trip as it covered many areas we hoped to visit plus more, and it included a combination of structured and independent time. We were very pleased with our trip. It Along withwas very well planned, always making best use of precious travel time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one moment. I very much enjoyed Prague and found Krakow a wonderful surprise. Along with the beautiful old towns of the cities, I loved the small towns of Rivinj and Eger."

Jonnie

Richland, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great overview of Eastern Europe. We visited six countries in 14 days which was a busy pace. The overly quick visit in Krakow and long bus rides are the reason I didn't mark outstanding. I loved the second half of the trip in Croatia and Slovenia and would rate that part of the trip as outstanding. Also the visit to Auschwitz was amazing. Our tour guide George was outstanding. He really went beyond the call of duty and helped to arrange some wonderful side trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was the view of the island from the castle at Lake Bled. We also walked around the lake and enjoyed a 360 degree view. The last day in Bled was amazing from the Planta ride to the island to great advice on food. The final tour dinner was my favorite."

Diane

Simi Valley, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the parliament building in Budapest lit up on the river tour."

Ralph

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This a challenging tour physically and mentally. We covered a lot of territory in 2 weeks. George is passionate about the history and especially the last 100 years. Also he is a well organized director. Mitch and Rop were also super. Hotels exceeded our expectation. Provided meals were good. Dinner in Rovinj was exgallant. Very good balance between group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had to interrupt the tour for a day due to my wife's illness. We had some help from the hotel and George but basically had to navigate ourselves from Budapest to Rovinj. 4 trains and two buses later we rejoined our group. The fact that we actually made it and the very warm welcome back was a wow moment for us. Every country is so different and all were great to see and learn about. We really liked all of the music that was provided and came back with 4 cd.s. St Mathias church was wonderful."

Katherine

Murrysville, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great overview of Central/Eastern Europe. Our guide, Katerina, was an excellent teacher in addition to making sure everything ran smoothly and she truly cared about each member of the group. Although the pace was at times hectic, with three very long travel days, Katka entertained and educated us with her personal experiences of living in a former Communist bloc country. An additional day in Kraków and in the Czech Republic and perhaps a full day in Ljubljana should be considered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest and Kraków were surprisingly lovely cities. Of course experiencing Auschwitz and Birkenau was something I will never forget. Plitvice National Park and the Croatian coastline were stunningly beautiful. And of course meeting a wonderful group of tour mates made everything even better!"

Larry

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Then tour delivered as advertised

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would never have chosen to go to Auschwitz and Bircaneau but the visit was one of the most moving experiences of my life."

Anthony

Murrysville, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time in Eastern Europe. This is a part of Europe that we really didn't know much about. The tour was very informative and gave us a great background on the history and the geography of the area as well as a sense of the people and the culture of the many countries that we visited. It has wetted our appetite for this region and I am sure we will visit some of these regions again. Katerina was an excellent tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and witty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment had to be Auschwitz. I had read much about the famous concentration camps and the atrocities of the Nazi regime but the enormity of this crime is hard to fathom until you see the camp first-hand. I will never forget what I saw there. On a positive note, The Plitvice Lakes park was like nothing I had ever seen before."

Frank

Hebron, IN

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was not an emotionally detached from the past history of some of the locations on our tour (such as Auschwitz). Her sharing of her emotions greatly enhanced my emotions for the history of the locations. I liked that the fact that she was willing to be a person and not a tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The despair of the concentration camps contrasted with the beauty of Croatia and Slovenia."

Ruth

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent introduction to Central Europe, made much richer and more meaningful by our guide, Katka, who provided history, context, and shared her own experiences. I'm glad we had her guidance to help navigate all the different places, languages, and currencies! I learned many important lessons about recent history and have a new lens through which to view the current political landscape. I do wish we had an entire extra day in both Krakow and Budapest, because there was so much more to see!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was breathtaking. Both Plitvice and Rovinj have made me want to return to experience more of Croatia's natural beauty."

Carol

Placerville, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional tour guide, Katerina, paid attention to every detail and organizational need; genuinely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about every aspect of the multi-country tour. Strategically located hotels Group meals, chance to enjoy local foods, beers, and wines of each country Group of harmonious travelers who appreciated and mixed well with each other Exceptional bus driver, Peter. Thank you. (Note: this tour evaluation is submitted for both John and Carol

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park, Slovenia Lake Bled alpine setting"

Joann

Vernon, BC

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour is an excellent overview of eastern Europe however the 14 format is too rushed. The tour was longer in the past and I would highly recommend lengthening the tour to the previous format. It needs to be at least 15 to 16 days in length. Katka is an outstanding guide, the best we've ever had on a RS tour. She is a wealth of knowledge with regard to every city and country we visited. The tour is a great mix of large urban cities and more non-urban areas. It's emotional-be prepared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments but Plitvice National Park was magical, the beauty of Rovinj and staying on an island, Danube cruise at night, group dinner in Rovinj at sunset, winery visit outside Eger, Prague, Krakow and Ljubljana."

Judy

Erie, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The balance between orientation/guidance was ideal. It was very helpful to get an overview of a city while getting to know a small group of interesting people, but the sense of "go do and see those things you personally are most interested in" was liberating and empowering. Katerina was everything a guide should be and much more. She went out of her way to make our experience smooth, interesting and fun.

Glenys

Oviedo, FL

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this tour. There was a good mix of time with our group and time to ourselves. We traveled many miles, and even the long rides on the bus were enjoyable. Peter used some of that time to teach us so much about these countries which had been little known to us. We liked all of our fellow travelers and had a good time with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several including the evening cruise on the Danube in Budapest, hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park, Katarina Island/Rovinj, and beautiful Lake Bled. There was a different kind of "wow" at Auschwitz/Birkenau; it was incredibly moving to be standing in that place."

Robbin

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eastern Europe countries and their history were pretty unfamiliar to most of the group so it was great to see and experience that understanding unfolding. We really enjoyed our travel group and guide. So many beautiful places, was great to have a tour that combined cities and national parks and seashore even if it did require a lot of time in the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Rovinj for the first time and knowing we had a whole day there. Seeing Lake Bled as we drove in blew our socks off. Wow! Enjoyed visiting the winery and a group dance event. Loved Krakow especially after the crowds in Prague. The Danube at night and the Parliament building lit up like a castle. Cream cake. Visiting the school kids and spending time with the kids."

Irene

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I was very pleased with my tour. Peter was knowledgeable and skilled as a guide. He kept us on track while treating us as adults. I appreciated our free time and the assistance he gave, as requested, for spending that time. I was most impressed, personally, by the history and culture in these countries as related to their Communist past. I expected the WWII and Holocast history and sites and was certainly moved by them but I was not aware of the profound affects of Communism.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The House of Terror in Budapest was what impressed me the most which fits in with the statements I made above about my poor previous knowledge of how profoundly Communism affected all of these countries. I loved all of the old city centers with their pedestrian only areas, restaurants and shops."

Dianne

Heyburn, ID

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was wonderful seeing all the different countries and sights. Peter is very knowledgeable and kind. I did feel that he's sometimes difficult to keep up with when he's speaking, he talks really fast. Also made me feel a bit like a child at times the way he spoke to us. I would like to mention that all of us Rick Steves travelers are your age or more Rick and it might be time to adjust to that with all the stairs in the hotel rooms. For me, the bus rides were way to long!! More sites less bus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Bled!!"

James

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Almost everything surpassed my expectations. Peter got us off on a great note the first day by telling us to smile and be optimistic. As corny as that may sound it worked! We traveled a lot of miles but it didn't seem so bad because Peter told stories on the bus and we made frequent stops. Sometimes it was nice just to catch up on sleep on the bus. My fellow travelers were great. Everyone got along. I sometimes am hesitant to go on a tour as a solo but I was always included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really three of them. 1). Plitvice Lakes and Waterfalls. 2). Lake Bled and its island. 3). Danube cruise in Budapest at night. All three experiences felt like fairytales."

Lester

Burbank, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was handled very thoughtfully and professionally. The tour carefully used the guide services just enough, but also left a lot of independent time for our own explorations. If I had to make a recommendation I might suggest that there was a huge amount of bus travel (2,200 km). If it was possible at an increased cost to remove some of the transit time, I would be very interested in doing so.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. Some of them were: 1) The evening boat ride in Budapest. 2) The Plitvice National Park hike. 3) The delightful relaxing time in Rovinj. 4) And of course the stunning Lake Bled."

Judie

Toluca Lake, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Plivice National Park. Birkenau"

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."

Ginny

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eastern Europe was a fabulous experience. Prague has turned into a loud, crowded, drunken party town instead of the elegant, charming, magnificent city we'd seen 16 years ago. Krakow and Budapest were lovely and need more time to appreciate their countries' cultures. I wish we had more time to visit art and history museums and less time just wandering the streets looking at shops. Plitvic Park is still enchanting even though it's now overwhelmed by tourists. Our resort in Rovinj was fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OMG! Our stopover in Eger turned out to have the most amazing Beatles Museum! For a Beatlemaniac, this surprise thrilled me. The concert we went to in Krakow had world-class musicians performing exquisite music in a perfect Baroque church. Krakow and Poland need more time to explore and appreciate the beauty of the culture and countryside. The time in Auschwitz-Bergenau should be experienced by everyone in the world. The chilling heartbreak of the camps cannot be forgotten."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Debra

Lake Norden, SD

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour. Our guide Sanel was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable and very easy to understand. I liked the pace of the tour. In my opinion we covered the cities and as well as expected in the time we had. I will recommend this tour to others and look forward to other Rick Steve's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cities were great but the most outstanding moment was the walk through the national park in Croatia. The waterfalls were something I haven't seen before."

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."

Robert

Snoqualmie, WA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful pace. Lots of travel country to country, but the timing of stops and the interesting information made even the long bus trips fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Time in Budapest. The city, the market, spas, and historical sites were absolutely spectacular."

Ann

Frederick, MD

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and I was not sure how I would enjoy traveling with a group. Though I was concerned that the group was a little large at 27 people it worked out quite well. The head set use made catching all the information our guides offered very easy. The free time was plentiful & allowed for independent adventures, although we found that we enjoyed spending some of that time with fellow travelers. So many memories, and in general a very rewarding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can not really point to one specific moment: but rather many memorable events. Our experience visiting a local school was a high-point; fun interacting with the children and their teacher. The wine tasting with music/dance lessons was a "hoot". I was impressed with the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes NP; the amazing waterfalls, crystal clear waters and impressive colors. Not a wow moment but sobering and unforgettable; the visits to Jewish Cemetery in Prague and Auschwitz/Birkenau."

Janet

Port Neches, TX

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous is the best word to describe my tour experience!!! The sights were amazing! The sights from the bus were beautiful, the information told by our guide on the bus was great (just wish I could remember it all!), the eats and drinks she provided on the bus were tasty and fun. All the stops along the way were good and there was enough of them. Everything was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Lakes National Park was a wonderful surprise! All the tour members were a lot of fun!"

Troy

Port Neches, TX

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an incredible experience through a part of Europe that we were not very familiar with. Our guide and the places we visited gave us a good understanding of the history, the food, the customs and how the people live in this region. We also gained an additional appreciation for all that the people of these areas have gone through over the years and how they have responded. It is a beautiful part of Europe and we would love to visit it again if we have the chance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were several Wow's on this tour, the most memorable was Plitvice Lakes National Park, which was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. A second Wow moment was the wine-tasting outside of Eger in Hungary. The food, wine and music were great but we mostly enjoyed interacting with the tour group, our hosts and our guide while enjoying and attempting to learn some Hungarian and other regional folk songs and dances."

Larry

Henderson, NV

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. But, the real difference maker was our guide the talented Jana Hronkova

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow is difficult to explain. The evening cruise of the river in Budapest was most certainly a Wow moment. More pictures were taken during that brief period than any other equivalent time. The scenery was beautiful and dramatic as the lights of the castle and parliament buildings came on at dusk. But wow can also mean touching, emotional and overwhelming as is the time our group had at Auschwitz. Nothing touched us more than this monument of cruelty and inhumanity."

Daniel

Brecksville, OH

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prior to the trip, I was worried about finding ways to pass time on the number of (understandably) long bus rides. I should not have been concerned. Between the historical context and personal stories from our wonderful guide, and the frequent stops in small quaint towns, the time flew by. I really enjoy your approach to travel and the Eastern Europe trip was no exception. Please note that I consider the few concerns below to be truly minor compared to the overall trip experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments to choose from. Kraków was terrific and I hope to return. Eger was an unexpected delight. The Island Hotel Katarina was almost paradise. However, Plitvice Lakes National Park was the stand-out for me. The pristine beauty of the park with its colorful lakes and many waterfalls shows that nature holds its own over anything that humankind can come up with."

Lori

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great way to experience Eastern Europe! Good sampling of historical cities, smaller towns and natural beauty. Having Jana as our guide added delightful insights from a local who experienced growing up in a Communist country. Enjoyable group of people to adventure it all with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perfect timing of sun setting on Budapest to experience our Danube river cruise! Plitvice National Park waterfalls with Jana steering us best way to avoid crowds and soak in the beauty of this amazing place. "Vacation" day on Katarina Island - beautiful weather and numerous swims in the Adriatic made this beautiful resort one to savor. Time in Eger and at the school meeting the children was a delight! Wine tasting with Hungarian folk dancing...Can't pick just one!"

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."

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."

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!"

Jerry

Frederick, MD

Tour: 05/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the countries and cities we visited and I grew to enjoy the company of my tour companions. A group of strangers was brought together very quickly. However, group tours of more than 4 to 6 persons always leave me with the feeling of observing more than experiencing the people and places I visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The markets in Eger and Budapest, Hungary, and the hotel and general beauty of Rovinj, Croatia."

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."

Sheila

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AMAZING :) !! We went on a Rick Steve's tour in 2010, "Best of Europe, Family". We wondered if this one could be as good...(we all LOVED the 1st one!) With Katerina as our guide, we had the trip of a lifetime!! (Again!!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, the FIRST one was when we walked into the Old Prague Square, seeing all the beautiful architecture, I was in awe. And I knew, a wonderful two weeks were ahead!"

John

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such an incredible experience on our first Rick Steves Best of Europe tour, I thought I needed to temper my expectations for the Best of Eastern Europe. I was wrong. A wonderful mix of history, architecture, music and natural beauty all thoughtfully orchestrated as only Rick Steves Tours can and skillfully executed by our guide Katerina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one but I narrowed it down to three. :) Prague, the city of a hundred spires. Standing in the Old Town Square as the sun is descending and the crowds have subsided. Incredible views in every direction. Budapest is a beautiful city, but at night from a boat on the Danube, amazing. After several days of being immersed in the history, art and architecture of the cities, Plitvice National Park. I have never seen waterfalls like this."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

Marjorie

St Albert, AB

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We appreciated the outstanding organization of the tour. Clear instructions, varied experiences, knowledgeable staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park was unique."

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."

Alan

Renton, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the mix of guided tours and free time. The hotel locations were excellent.

Mary Lou

Renton, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent. Very well organized. Sanel was a great guide. Would like more time in some cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. The boat ride and seeing the Parliament Building lit up in Budapest, Plitvice National Park, and Auschwitz."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Kathy

Poulsbo, AL

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

WE were a bit ambitious choosing to see so many countries in one tour. The histories, languages and currency changes made it difficult, for us, to keep up. Despite all this, the tour itself was very rewarding and we, overall were very glad we did it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved visiting the Elementary school Croatia (?) Plitvice was like nothing we had ever seen, gorgeous. Cruising on the Danube, another highlight. Lake Bled was beautiful and peaceful, more leisurely. I hope you continue to do the Auschwitz stop. Hard as it was, we will never forget."

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."

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."

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."

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 ."

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."

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.""

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Mike

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sean

Exeter, NH

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Liberty Lake, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural beauty of Croatia and Slovenia."

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."

Robin

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peter was a warm and extremely knowledgable person.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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!"

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"."

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"

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."

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."

Joan

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful itinerary and wonderful guide. Great experience.

Joseph

Wilkes Barre, PA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

Morteza

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 ."

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."

Michelle

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peggy

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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!"

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."

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."

JR

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Ann

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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!"

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!

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."

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."

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."

Dean

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maureen

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Nancy

Las Cruces, NM

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carla

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

George

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lori

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Plainville, CT

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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!"

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."

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!!!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

Barbara

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristin

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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!!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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!"

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."

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!!"

Weather

Czech Republic / Prague


Poland / Kraków

Kraków Weather


Hungary / Budapest


Croatia / Split


Slovenia / Ljubljana

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into 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.

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