We're glad that we selected the Best of Croatia tour. It was highly educational and a lot of fun and we give it 5 stars. Alan Damjanic is a superb tour guide from a knowledge and personality perspective. We found his lectures and comments easy to understand, relevant, and interesting. On the other hand, he did not provide enough logistical information and we were not always sure what was going to happen. For example: just how long will this bus ride take and will there be rest rooms available? Our other day guides were very good and, although we don’t remember their names, the guides for Split, Hvar and Kotor stood out. The hotels on both ends were excellent: good locations, excellent rooms and amenities, and good- sized, quality rooms The crew on the MV Barbara was fantastic and we enjoyed the company of the other travelers. There was ample space on deck to find a place to read or talk with a fellow traveller. Food was OK, not excellent. However, it was acceptable given the limited facilities that the chef had to create meals every day for passengers and crew. Road Scholar did not give us good information about the accommodation on the MV Barbara. We were told by them (twice) that there was not much difference between the upstairs cabins and those down below but the actual difference was huge. After seeing both we were most grateful that there was one available in the upper section and we were able to be moved. It was well worth the extra money and uplifted our whole vacation. Even though the room was tiny, it had a door and a window (both of which opened) as opposed to a tiny porthole downstairs. The locations chosen for the tours on shore were very good and, although we don’t know what the choices were for the trip planner, we wouldn’t make any changes. The highlights of the tour for us were Stari Grad, Split, and Kotor, but we enjoyed all the stops. The fact that we could swim in the Adriatic made it even more special.