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  • Series: Rick Steves' Croatia & Slovenia
  • Paperback: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Third Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598801066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598801064
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The accommodations and restaurants are good advice.
RJB
We read a number of books about the Balkans, but Rick's was the one we carried with us and relied on throughout our trip.
Vincent F. Biondo Jr.
Well written, good recommendations on sights to see along with good historical descriptions.
David H. Loucks

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vincent F. Biondo Jr. on June 5, 2011
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We followed Rick's Book for 23 days late April-May and had a wonderful time. Truly like having an expert personal guide riding in the back seat. The good advise on how to rent a car without cross border charges paid for the book. We used a local company HM-Rent a car.HR .Good price and brought the cars to our hotel and picked them up there.

Rick offers informed judgments on the important sights. Perfect for a first visit. He does not try to offer a comprehensive, detailed single Country guide and criticizing him for that is unfair. He saves months of research by giving excellent advice on the "must sees".
There is no accounting for some people's taste (or right wing politics) and no one could bat a thousand but Rick is the best by far at what he does. We are experienced World Travelers and have come to trust and appreciate Rick's advice. Five stars for sure!

Six days driving around Slovenia was barely enough. Vintgar George is a walk not to be missed. The self-drive over Vrsic Pass, the Soca front, Kobarid and the Karst, were all memorable. We saw both caves. Skocjan's "Hall of the Mountain King" impressed me but my wife much preferred the easier walk, train ride and the beauty of Postojna.The "best tip" was the Hudicevec Farm. We never would have found it ourselves. Friendly family, bright room, excellent ample food, good house wine and a perfect base for two days to visit the caves, Lipica and Piran.

The train from Ljubljana to Zagreb,was the way to go. One day at Plitvice is plenty. On advise from a Croatian friend we skipped Istria and went to Zandar instead. Rick should consider adding it. Island walled City with Roman past. The only worthwhile tip we got from Lonely Planet was that the world's only sea organ there would be memorable and it was.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Baliana on April 25, 2011
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Rick Steves' guides were always my go-to guide when I travel throughout Europe. I do not go to Europe without it. This one, however, missed the mark. You can barely tell that Rick was even in Croatia or Slovenia. It seemed like someone from his staff wrote it.

For those not familiar with Rick's style, the strength in Rick's lies in his ability to cut to the chase on the highlights and gives you tips and suggestions on the best way to see them. It saves you time and ensures you see the highlights in the countries visited at the best time. I've always had much success following him and his suggestions.

But in this book, you don't see much of his style shine through. I don't think he wrote most of it. Take for instance, "Rick's" recommendation on how to explore Plitvice Lakes. If Rick was writing, he'd tell you that for those with time constraints, hit the upper lakes first and then the lower lakes and then explain why. This guide did not mention that or give any other suggestion. This is odd for Rick's style of book so I think this book may have been written by an associate.

I didn't compare this book to others written for the area. I usually look at the Eyewitness and Fodor's guides too but I didn't get them for this trip as I was running short on time and what a mistake that was.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RJB on October 3, 2011
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Our trip to Eastern Europe (Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia) was too ambitious. Having been spoiled on northern European and Japanese trains, Rick misses the point completely. The distances between cities became a problem, despite careful planning. FIRST CLASS RAIL is the same as SECOND CLASS RAIL for all intent and purposes and the train schedules are absolutely horrible and slow. As a result, if one is not to rent a car (which is expensive and can difficult when you get to cities like Split - eg parking), then the recommendation should be to use DISCOUNT air travel, such as Wizz Air or GermanWings. That is, fly from Budapest and spend the night in Germany and then fly down to Ljubjana on super fares. The long trip across Hungary was not memorable - no food, no air conditioning, dirty train, and little scenery until you got to the beautiful country of Slovenia (when it was getting dark, of course). Then we made the fatal error of traveling from Rijecka to Pula - almost 4 hours by train that stopped at every country road crossing!

The real problem with the book is the bus travel within Croatia. Rick does not give you the logistics and realistic or pragmatic information. You will find it almost impossible to buy a bus ticket on the Internet (unless you know the language and can figure which bus line will do the journey). Bus companies don't accept credit cards. You buy the ticket at the station (hoping for space) and must wait two or three hours. Sitting around Dubrovnik's bus station away from the beaches and old town was not enjoyable. The buses are usually NOT express, meaning that they will take the winding, coastal highway. They stop frequently to pick up and discharge passengers. The 115 km trip between Dubrovnik and Split was easily five hours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sasha on March 7, 2011
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First time I went to Europe since using Lonely Plant "On a Shoestring" series many years ago. Many (favorite) LPs to many Asian and Latin American countries later, I picked up this and the Budapest guides by Rick Steves, and - they were a revelation.

Engagingly written, first-hand, very useful and practical (even the hand-drawn maps), excellent background and historical information, easy to read, funny at times, packed with very useful suggested walking tours and itineraries - but what really sold me were his suggestions of really packed sunrise-to-sunset roadtrips, like from Dubrovnik to Montenegro, or to Mostar in Bosnia. As I glanced through the pages that included text like "I would leave at 8 in the morning and go ..." I could easily see myself writing the same guide for my friends to places I know very well, and when I actually drove these loops around Croatia, the book proved to be right on, and the author's voice - almost like of a trusted friend's.

The nightlife suggestions may be a bit tame and the restaurants sometimes skewed toward white tablecloth yet somewhat soulless places, and of course these guides are written by a traveler strictly for travelers - not by a local or an expat, who may potentially have some deeper insights - but overall for me as a traveler these guides proved to be priceless, particularly for a short vacation-length trip. I even kept reading the parts I didn't have time to read after returning from the trip.

UPDATE: A friend borrowed this guide for a similar trip, and wrote this:
"Much better then Lonely Planet - the guy actually has opinions while Lonely planet is so wishy-washy about all skippable places. And the history portion is much better."
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