• 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!

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • The services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Eastern Europe come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Historic Prague walking tour • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • St. George's Basilica (when available) • Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp • Kraków walking tour • Kraków's Wawel Cathedral • Kraków's St. Mary's Church • Eger orientation walk • Local school visit • Hungarian wine tasting • Pest walking tour • Walking tour of Buda's Castle District • Matthias Church • Danube River cruise • Plitvice Lakes National Park 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

Michelle

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Duane

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Monica

Henrico, VA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Sealy, TX

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Korrie

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

La Jolla, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marjorie

Damascus, OR

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Helen

Carson City, NV

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Ronald

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Kittery Point, ME

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Aptos, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Becky

Des Moines, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jo-Ann

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice -even in the rain."

Jill

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marsha

Marysville, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louise

Detroit Lakes, MN

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carrie

Fargo, ND

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Azusa, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jill

Dwight, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Valparaiso, IN

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Juliann

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything."

Sandra

Juno Beach, FL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jesse

Valparaiso, IN

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Orem, UT

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronald

Orem, UT

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marian

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 09/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kriste

Clancy, MT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shaun

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the square in Krakow."

John

Simsbury, CT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Chino, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Chester, VA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Juanita

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Helena

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dan

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jill

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! So many interesting and beautiful places!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice Falls in Croatia"

Tim

Provo, UT

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Burbank, CA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ingrid

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Valerie

Cottage Grove, WI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janel

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rovinj and the island hotel"

David

Corona, CA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sally

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Penny

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Penny

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonnie

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kris

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bryan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Eagan, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roger

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Constance

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mireille

Knightdale, NC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Knightdale, NC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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!"

Robert

Davis, CA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"budapest nocturnal Danube cruise"

Carol

Valparaiso, IN

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Petra

Crown Point, IN

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bich-Nga

University Place, WA

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 08/31/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jolie

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Villa Hills, KY

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chris

Centennial, CO

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beverly

Mount Pleasant, WI

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

Wendy T

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plitvice National Park"

Jacqueline

Port Charlotte, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Justin

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karolyn

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

Beverly

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ralph

Littleton, CO

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lois

Durham, NC

Tour: 08/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

Wendy

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sujata

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Courtney

Springfield, MO

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too many to list"

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."

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."

Kathleen

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Allyson

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Auschwitz was both moving and chilling."

Valerie

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dora

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 07/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

Jennifer

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marti

Shelby, NC

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Seffner, FL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Budapest Hungary and Bled, Slovenai!"

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)."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

Brian

Elko, NV

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was very well planned out. I thought with the tour covering such a large area, I felt that I was able to experience the important parts of the region. Adding one more day in Krakow would and a little more time in the Plitvice state park area would be my only suggestions. But overall, I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to tour this area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moment was the evening river cruise in Budapest. AMAZING!!!"

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."

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."

Mari

Torrance, CA

Tour: 06/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour and Peter, our guide was outstanding! He was informative, interesting and always made sure we were taken care of. I thought he did a great job budgeting and planning the hotels and tours. The first part of the trip involved major cities so in that sense, it was exhausting and the bus rides were lengthy to each destination. The unfortunate part of the trip was the bus accident. Everyone on the tour was quite traumatized and my husband sustained an injury.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Wow" moments were Krakow, Auswitcz, Budapest, and Lake Bled. I really enjoyed these places the most. There were so much to see and do in those cities. Rovinj was also a nice break from the business of the city tours."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

Judie

Toluca Lake, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Plivice National Park. Birkenau"

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

Laura

Arlington, VA

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy

Draper, UT

Tour: 05/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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"

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."

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."

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."

Lori

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christina

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 ."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.""

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."

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."

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."

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.