Recent Raves About Our Top 10 Tours
In their post-tour reviews, we ask our tour members to share their "wow" moments. Here are just a few from our top ten...
"I was wowed by the beauty of Plitvice, the architecture of Prague, the horror of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the majesty of Budapest and the amazing ability of our guide to bring the recent history of the area to life. The most important 'magic memory' of all is the tour itself — the ability of Rick Steves Tours to pull together a random group of like-minded travelers of varying ages and backgrounds, put them with a very personable, knowledgeable and talented guide, and turn the entire tour into a wonderful learning experience with a great bunch of new friends. Well done!!!"
— Randy in Winnipeg, MB — August 2012
"Every day seemed to offer a new 'wow!' moment. The Eiffel Tower was amazing on that first night. I was so impressed by the Orsay and the Louvre, but I had to pinch myself when I visited Notre Dame and had the chance to climb the steps to the tower. That was my perfect moment in Paris. I was blown away by the beauty and grandeur of Mont St. Michel, which I never even knew existed! Of course, not much could top the trip to Normandy: Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery. It was a profoundly moving and humbling experience."
— Kevin in Des Plaines, IL — September 2012
"I loved the moments of experiencing the everyday life of the Sicilian people. One of those moments that was particularly memorable was walking through the street market in Ortygia. At the end of the market there was a family selling cheese, wine, olives, etc. The man was hilarious, telling us stories and acting them out, teaching us the Italian mambo, sharing samples of their cheese and wine. It was such a fun afternoon!"
— Debra in Longview, WA — October 2012
"I had a fun 'wow' moment that was a little different this time! On our last evening, we were dining at a street side cafe. A woman, who appeared to be somewhere in her 70's or 80's, sat at one of the tables. She was dressed to the nines with makeup tastefully but slightly overdone. She was sipping what appeared to be wine of some sort. All of this was quite ordinary, but what really caught my eye was that she was smoking a cigar big enough to choke Churchill! When she was done with her drink and it was time to go, even though the stogie still had a lot of life left in it, she — with an experienced flourish — threw it into the street. And almost as if it had been choreographed and right on cue, a car came along and ran over it. She seemed to be such a colorful character!"
— Edith in Langley, BC — August 2012
"My 'wow' moment began as our bus took us up the hill to the winery for our Umbrian wine experience. The setting was like something I have only seen in pictures and movies. Lush Italian vegetation...in the valley below, grape vines stretching out before us in rows that went on forever...a town on the top of a hill in the distance...the fantastic hostess who greeted us...the wonderful cheeses and meats...the wine, exquisite! And Umbria itself: stunning, golden, brown and green, like a delicious ripening grape."
— Kirby in Annapolis, MD — September 2012
"Seeing the Italian Alps was beyond what I could have imagined. The alpine meadows along with the massive, craggy Alps — complete with horses and cattle grazing — was a wonderful sight. In the Cinque Terre I was amazed when I saw many people change from their swimsuits into their clothing on the beach. I wished that people in my country could be that uninhibited with their bodies. Seeing the beauty of the arts, including the masterpieces in Florence and Rome, will always be remembered. The spur-of the-moment stop at the winery in Tuscany was indeed a highlight. It was wonderful!"
— Rebecca in Edmonds, WA — September 2012
"The natural beauty of Ireland 'wowed' me so much. I had seen pictures, but the pictures do not do justice to the real thing. Hearing the surf crash against the rocks and feeling the moisture in the air from the spray as you gaze over the scenery at the Dingle Peninsula was too good to be true. I also LOVED each and every moment of music we heard in all the pubs (and even in a church!). I can't stop listening to it ...it's such a joy! I also was serenaded by a local singer in one of the pubs...THAT was a wow moment for sure!"
— Kathy in Colorado Springs, CO — August 2012
"My 'wow' moments include: 1) Buying fresh, made-on-the-spot cheese as we walked along a trail high up in the Swiss Alps, then stopping in at a village bakery for bread to complete our picnic, and the view of the Eiger and other peaks as we munched our cheese and bread. 2) Hearing an accordion player play Vivaldi in the San Marco Piazza, and seeing the bronze horses in the San Marco museum. 3) The Louvre — it was even more incredible than I had anticipated. 4) Dinner outside under a spreading walnut tree at our Tuscan farmhouse — admiring the sunset, enjoying the great food, wine, music, and company of our group. 5) Seeing the ruins of the Colosseum and the Forum — something you have to see to comprehend. And many, many more!"
— Elizabeth in Eugene, OR — June 2012
"My favorite moment was sipping a cool beer while sitting at a cafe at St. Mark's Square in Venice. The aqua alta was occurring. As a group of us women relaxed, enjoying the people scene, the water slowly crept in. For a while, we sat perched on a dry little island. Inch by inch the water approached and then we became part of the flood. Water swirled around our table and feet. At one point, we spotted our guide on the other side of the water. We shouted for her to join us. Then all of a sudden she walked confidently into the water to us. It seemed as though time stood still while we dipped our feet and then eventually danced in the water. The waiters kept serving us, donned in their hip waders. It was a hoot."
— Laura in Lynnwood, WA — September 2012
"When our tour guide introduced us to Michelangelo's David that was my favorite 'wow' moment. He said that you only get one chance to make a first impression, so rather than walk into the Accademia Museum and see the statue from a distance, he had us walk backwards, looking at other statues (the slaves) along the way, until we got to the end of the long hallway. Then he said, 'Okay, now turn around.' To see the enormous statue there before us took my breath away."
— Soheila in Bothell, WA — September 2012
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