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Rick Steves' Croatia and Slovenia Paperback – March 7, 2008
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Couple of quibbles: Rick Steves seems to appeal to middle-age travelers, and his nightlife suggestions should rarely be trusted! The language section is tiny and inadequate. And the maps are approximate, carelessly drawn, and missing from some major towns. On the other hand, the Tourist Information in each town will give you detailed maps for free. So, over all, I am happy I made this choice.
As in all of his books, Steves states his approach to travel clearly: he doesn't cover everything in both countries, just the "best" places, the best according to him, of course. If your tastes and orientation align with his (interesting, moderately priced travel, including as much local immersion as is reasonable), then you can rely on his books to provide the wonderful backbone of a great trip. For visiting places other than his "best" you will want a more comprehensive guide book, like Lonely Planet, in addition to (rather than instead of) his.
-Lynn Michelsohn, author of Roswell, Your Travel Guide to the UFO Capital of the World!
If you are interested in a guide to the hot spots on the Croatian Adriatic, this is a great guide. It's in depth and covers topics (e.g., whether or not to rent a car) that many other guidebooks ignore. However, if you are interested in the Croatian interior, forget about it. The coverage of Zagreb is cursory, at best. Slavonia is ignored. Minus one star for that.
I also knock it down one more star for the unnecessary political asides. This is a travel guide. I don't need the author to lecture me on anthropogenic global warming. If you are conservative, or if you are a devout Catholic interested in a side trip to Medjugorje (not too far from Dubrovnik), you might be insulted by the author's condescending tone. If you're neither, then you probably won't be bothered by such asides.
This is my first of two Rick Steves purchases. I know the author has something of a cult following. While there is much about his travel philosophy that I find refreshing -- I whole-heartedly agree with his theory about traveling as a "temporary local" -- there are some problems that stop me from making an unequivocal endorsement of this book. (I'm enjoying the Moon guide much much more.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After receiving the book, I realized I had ordered the 2008 edition and that there is a 2012 edition I would prefer to have. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Eric H.
All of Steve's guidebooks are excellent with humor, insight, on-the-mark direction, and a wee hint of folksiness. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Let Id B
Rick & Co. does a great job of laying out what a visitor must see and do given different lengths of stays. Rick also brings up interesting places to visit. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by P. Leung
I've been using Rick Steves' guidebooks for about 10 years now. His guidebooks are the best out there. If he covers it, it is top notch information. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by L. Caudill
Rick Steves' books are wonderful. Not only does he give good information on places to see, hotels and restaurants - his descriptions of historical events are concise and... Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by D. Cohen
Rick Steves does a very good job of describing things to see and do in Croatia and Slovenia. I will be going on a tour and wanted to decide which side trips to take and things to... Read morePublished on April 29, 2009 by Traveler