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Best of Adriatic Tour questions for those who have gone

Just my 18 year old niece & myself, and we have a few pre-travel questions for end of June tour:
-Laundry option available ?
-Strenuous walking many days, tennis shoes or hikers better?
-What not to miss but not on tour, to hit in our free time?

Thanks!

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  1. Laundry options: Split.
  2. We wore comfortable tennis shoes/sandals.
  3. In Split we enjoyed visiting the Mestrovic Gallery in our free time. Amazing Sculptures. Dubrovnik- walked to beach after our old town tour & had lunch. Ljubljana- Arrived 2 days prior to tour. Stayed in an apartment by the river and enjoyed the ambience of cafes and market. Visited the Joze Plečnik House. It was a great introduction to all his amazing landmarks.
    Hope you & your niece enjoy this wonderful tour! https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/tours/best-of-adriatic-14-day-tour-laundry Edited to add: we traveled in the month of September and did some sink washing along the way as well.
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Janis pretty much had it nailed. We did his tour in 2016 and think it is special. We arrived Ljubljana a couple days early also and it was a perfect place to wander and adjust to time.
Worst part of the trip was getting home. Up early In Dubrovnik for flight to Zagreb and then Amsterdam and finally Seattle. Adriatic Trip falls second on our list of 7 tours after the 21 days in Italy. You will love it.
Guides will advise you early on when and where laundry is. We had great weather in Late May. Take thing you can layer. Any kind of shoes as long as they a comfortable. The lakes hike in the Natl Park in Solvania could be damp on the trails.
Safe Travels.

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We did this in 2019. We loved Ljubljana, it's a perfect size, and just wandering the pedestrian zones along the river and stopping to sit in the cafes to people-watch is lovely. If you have extra time, the Predjama Castle or Postjana Caves are amazing. We are horse-lovers, so we also visited Lipica, home of the beautiful Lippizzaners.
You don't need heavy duty hiking shoes, but be sure you have good soles with traction for cobblestone streets. The walk in Plitivice lakes is on boardwalks, but they can be slippery.
We spent a little extra time in Dubrovnik, walking the wall was amazing. But do it early in the morning before the cruise ships arrive!
We dream of going back to stay in Ljubljana for a few weeks, using it as a homebase, with short trips to Northern Italy, Austria, etc. as it is central.

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Hi, I did this tour in 2019, and can’t add much to what has already been written. The only thing I can add is to bring water shoes or aqua socks. The Adriatc is very rocky, no sand. On Korcula, our hotel was on the beach. We had the afternoon free, so most of us spent the afternoon in the water. I had flip flops, which wanted to float away. I ended up stepping on a sea urchin but fortunately didn’t get much of an injury. Further along on the tour I found a place to purchase a pair of aqua socks which came in really handy for kayaking in Dubrovnik.

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Disclaimer: I haven't gone on the tour. However, The Slovene Ethnographic Museum, while a bit out of town, is worth the schlep. It looks at traditional vs pop Slovene culture, the Slovene diaspora, and the cultural history of the country.

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So I just got back from the tour on Tuesday. The main laundry option was Split, was very impressed and only 80 kuna per load. There was another option in Korcula. You do not need hiking shoes, just really good walking shoes. I brought my Ons for the "strenuous" days and they were perfect. Our guide Tina also wore Ons those days :). If you come in early, take a daytrip to the caves outside of Ljubljana. I didn't do it, but others on the tour did and they look and sound amazing! You will love the tour, but it will be hot - bring sunscreen and hats (or plan to buy a hat).

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What are Ons? I did a search and all I could find was a men’s clothing store. I am also doing this trip in late June.

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bcopple18 mentions the heat at the end of June, when I will be there. Can someone tell me if shorts are worn a lot by RS participants in this tour?

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Definitely shorts! It was almost 104 in Bosnia this week (tour over this morning). I haven't worn pants since arriving in Split. Definitely pack light, quick drying clothing and a hat. Sunscreen too.

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Thank you! Just like I thought. I am planning to wear long pants on the plane but I’ll take two pairs of shorts with me. And definitely shirts that I can wash out and dry quickly. What did you think of the tour? 104 degrees in Bosnia? Wow!!

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I loved the tour. Have to admit the island was the best because it was a "day off". Lounging by the pool after being on the move was heavenly. The heat is relatively dry heat, and I tend to like the heat. That said, it was hot, and some people were melting. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The food in Bosnia was excellent - probably my favorite.

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I returned from the tour! It was hot, hot, hot! It wasn’t bad if I knew I could sleep in a/c comfort at the end of the day and of course the bus is a/c. Two of the hotels didn’t have a/c. The worst was the hotel at Plitvice National Park. I felt as if I were in an oven when I arrived. I did open the window at night and that helped. Just some mayflies came in, no mosquitos.

It was a wonderful trip and I highly recommend it. Bosnia and the island of Korčula were highlights for me. Bosnia was so very different from Slovenia and Croatia and Korčula was a great just to have the “day off”. Both places are beautiful.

BTW You can take your laundry to places in both Split and Korčula. I recommend Split, because that is halfway through the tour. Plus the laundry place was easier to find in Split, IMHO.

You will be lucky if you get Sanel as your guide. He is Bosnian and a nice guy. Very friendly and extremely helpful.

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We did that trip about a month and a half before you. Not overly hot for the most part. Fantastic trip, and we also had Sanel as a guide. He took fine care of us and made sure we had zero stress and just a fantastic time. I don’t know if we’ll ever be so lucky to have such a hilarious and amazing guide as he was, again.

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Ditto what rvw2000 said. We were on Sanel's tour too, and it was magic. As is the Adriatic.