• Paris
  • Burgundy
  • Swiss Alps
  • Munich's Marienplatz
  • Venice
  • Tuscany
  • Florence
  • Rome's Colosseum

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Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour

Dreaming of how to pack Europe's top travel thrills and cultural treats into a two-week vacation? You've found it! Your Rick Steves guide will surround you with the art treasures of Paris, followed by a hearty taste of Burgundy, a hike in the majestic Swiss Alps, festive Bavaria, the romantic canals of Venice, Renaissance Florence, a countryside stay in Tuscany, the must-see sights of Rome — and chances to connect with Europeans like you never thought possible. Join us for the Best of Europe in 14 Days!

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of Europe come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 18 group sightseeing events • 2-day Paris Museum Pass • Louvre Museum • Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Sainte-Chapelle • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune  • Wine tasting in Burgundy • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps • Munich walking tour • Nymphenburg Palace tour • Venice walking tour • Florence walking tour • Uffizi Gallery tour • Florence's Accademia Gallery including Michelangelo's David • Colosseum tour • Forum tour • Pantheon • St. Peter's Basilica tour • Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel...and more
  • All group transportation from Paris to Rome
  • 13 nights accommodations (all stops but one are for 2 nights) in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Free stuff including Europe tour guidebook, French-Italian-German phrase book, map, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2015
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Europe

We'll kick off our tour with a “Welcome to Europe” meeting around 2 p.m. at our hotel in Paris. Then we’re off to explore Europe’s greatest museum – the Louvre – where we’ll come face-to-face with the works of Raphael, Delacroix and Leonardo, and timeless treasures that include Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo and hundreds more. We'll end the day by celebrating the start of our European adventure over dinner together. Sleep in Paris (2 nights). No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 2: Historic and Artistic Paris

Let's begin where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité. Your guide will lead a walking tour to reveal the city's early history, including visits to a pair of the world's most important Gothic churches: the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Then we'll take a stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter. The rest of the day is free to visit the world's greatest collection of Impressionist art — from Monet and Degas to Cézanne and Gauguin and more — at the Orsay Museum; be inspired by Monet's incredible Water Lilies at the recently renovated Orangerie; or puzzle over the whimsical water fountains and modern art at the Pompidou. With your included Paris Museum Pass, the City of Light is yours to discover. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Beautiful Burgundy

This morning we'll hop aboard our bus and roll into the French countryside, passing pastures and vineyards en route to the "profoundly French" town of Beaune in the heart of Burgundy. After an orientation walk through the town, and a visit to Hôtel Dieu, the medieval hospital in Beaune, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore the many charms of village France. This evening we'll enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner together. Sleep in Beaune (1 night). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Scenic Drive to the Swiss Alps

Today we'll leave the rolling hills of beautiful Burgundy, and climb high into the heart of the Swiss Alps. Our destination is the Berner Oberland's magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, flanked by towering, waterfall-laced cliffs and crowned by a trio of Switzerland's most formidable peaks: the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Tonight we'll share a hearty Swiss dinner together at our creaky old chalet in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 5: Spectacular Views in the Alps

The day is all yours to enjoy some of Europe's most dramatic scenery. You may want to join your guide for an optional mountain excursion that combines the local narrow-gauge railway, a gondola lift, and a spectacular Alpine walk above the tree line, surrounded by a panorama of cut-glass peaks...or ride a gondola lift up to the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet, loiter in the thin air, and hike down...or for a more restful day, just wander through the valley and walk to the thundering Trümmelbach: a unique set of waterfalls encased behind the valley walls. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 6: On to Bavaria

Today's drive is a good time to catch up on your journal, listen to music, curl up with a good book, or just sit back and enjoy views of pristine mountains and sparkling lakes. Along the way we'll find a small town to stop for lunch. Then we'll continue on to the heart of Bavaria to the people-friendly city of Munich, where after an orientation walk together, you're free to savor a traditional Bavarian feast. Sleep in Munich (2 nights). Bus: 7 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 7: Marvelous Munich

This morning we'll be joined by our local guide for a walking tour through the center of Germany's most livable city. Then we'll hop on a bus to explore more of Munich, including the Olympic Park. We'll also stop to tour the opulent Nymphenburg Palace, home to the Wittelsbach dynasty, rulers of Bavaria for 700 years. Your afternoon is free to choose some great options: be dazzled by the Deutsches Museum; rent a bike to explore the sprawling English Garden; or poke around the Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt looking for the cuckoo clock of your dreams. This evening, feel free to join the party at the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, where you can hoist a liter-size mug of beer, and a pretzel as big as your head. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Over the Alps to Venice

We'll take a scenic, all-day drive to Venice today, stopping en route for lunch together in a characteristic Italian-Tirolean village. At the edge of Venice we'll board a vaporetto boat for an "am-I-really-here?" Grand Canal ride to our hotel in the historic heart of this seductive city. Tonight we'll take an alleys-and-canals orientation stroll to St. Mark's Square. Later, your guide will organize an optional gondola ride for this romantic, uniquely Venetian experience. If the moon is out, it will hit your eye like a big pizza pie. Sleep in Venice (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 8 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 9: Seductive Venice

This morning our local guide will take us on a winding walking tour through Venice, blending historic and modern-day stories of this one-of-a-kind treasure, and giving us a local's perspective on Venice's fascinating past...and its uncertain future. The rest of your day is free to visit St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, or the Titian- and Tintoretto-packed Accademia art gallery. Better yet, get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring the alleys, cruising the canals, and "crawling" the pubs. No bus (too much water). Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Timeless Tuscany

Today we say "Ciao Venezia" as we hop back aboard our bus and drive south into Tuscany. We'll wind our way through the verdant Tuscan hills to our destination: a working family farm that also serves as our country hotel. You'll have free time this afternoon to take a scenic stroll amid the peaceful vines and olive groves, relax by the pool or taste some of our host's family-made wines before we sit down to a hearty Tuscan feast, enjoying a country-style dinner together. Sleep peacefully near Florence in Tuscany (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 11: Renaissance Florence

We'll drive to Florence this morning, and hit the ground walking with a Renaissance tour of the city's historic center — learning how Brunelleschi's cathedral dome and Ghiberti's Baptistery doors helped define this world-changing era. We'll end our walk at the Uffizi Gallery, home to masterpieces by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo and more. After some free time for lunch, we'll regroup for a visit to the Accademia Gallery, where we'll marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. We'll return to the countryside late this afternoon with plenty of time to relax and freshen up before dinner together. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 12: A Walk Through Caesar's Rome

This morning we'll drive straight to the heart of Rome. After a quick lunch and a Roman transportation lesson, we'll spend the rest of the afternoon uncovering Ancient Rome as a local guide takes us through the monumental Colosseum, history-drenched Roman Forum, and the awe-inspiring Pantheon. Tonight you may wish to celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, with an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together the lively campos, classy piazzas, and splashy fountains. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: St. Peter's and the Vatican Museum

Today we'll focus on Renaissance Rome. We’ll meet our local guide on the other side of the Tiber river and introduce you to the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà. Then we’ll take you to the sprawling Vatican Museum, where you’ll see an endless collection of treasures as you make your way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Your afternoon is free to explore more on your own. Don’t forget to taste some delicious gelato along the way! No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Europe in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Be content with the possibility of sharing bathroom facilities at one hotel during this tour.

Reviews

Susan

Rincon, GA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic, I went on this tour open to any and all experiences and I was Wowed every day! Our guides Stephen and Heather were excellent. The people traveling alongside me were awesome! Wonderful trip and I cannot wait to plan for another one--soon!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping outside Florence to see the US WWII Memorial--very serene, beautiful and an amazing tribute for all those who served."

Leticia

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. It was extremely well planned. It made it so easy to just enjoy everything possible since so many things were already taken care of, from transportation to avoiding crowded lines to the gondola ride on a beautiful quiet evening in Venice with a sublime duet of singer and accordion. There were so many hidden gems that I never would have found.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but one favorite was the homemade white lasagne in the small villa in Tuscany. It was a dish the chef made that was particular to his town/village. I am sure that is what they eat in heaven."

Cathy

Fremont, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous and perfect for a first time trip to Europe! I always looked forward to the evenings with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a wow moment so hard to say but...hiking in Switzerland was heavenly and blissful, everything about Venice was magical and the Seine river cruise in Paris was phenomenal. Rome was magnificent, too. I loved the mix of country and city...very nice. The boat ride over to Murano was gorgeous. I loved what I purchased...glass blowing demo was awesome. I was surprised only 4 of us went."

Terrence

Fremont, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I beleive that this tour was a an example of a case where the moon, plantets and stars all aligned properly. We enjoyed meeting and spending time with each member of our tour group, we had perfect weather and I cannot express with simple words how much we adored our tour guide. We had planned on doing this tour with Rick Steves, and then exploring Europe on our own on subsequent trips. As a result of our experiences on this trip, we will always go to Europe as part of a Rick Steves' tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really hard to pick one. On top of my list would be the river cruise in Paris, the gondola rides and hike in Switzerland, the Oktoberfest beer hall tents in Munich, the Murano Glass blowing demonstration in Venice, seeing David in Florence and the coliseum and farewell dinner in Rome"

Cynthia

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of our group members had a fit bit; we averaged 6.6 miles over the 14 days... more than your description of the3 person Activity Level. In our 60's, in good shape, we managed...many places we wished for more time just to absorb the scenery + take photos. Disappointed with only 2 hrs,. in the Louvre! Pre-trip said no Louvre guide available...why didn't we do the Orsay with a guide, and allow us to do the Louvre on our own!!! Many came early to Paris. Nevertheless, a wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lautenbrunnen Valley...Schilthorn trip! Heard the cow bells ringing, the Alps, and our hotel location...oh my!"

David

Tracy, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour everyday seem to get better. I am still numb from this tour the things we saw, the people we met, the food we ate, and the beer we drank! in Munich.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MY wow moment was the whole two weeks. It wasn't the sights we saw it was are guides! Stephen and Heather. They made everyday special! So thank you for are wonderful experience. Also lets not forget are bus driver Sondro. So for those 3 people I have to say "WOW""

Robert

Cypress, TX

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an awesome trip for us. Our first time to Europe and our first time with Rick Steves Tours. Everything was perfect, the pace was terrific, we stil crave the food, every local tour guide enthralled us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moments were the art museums. I kept telling Lezlie to pinch me as I still in from of Michaelagelo's works. To be up close to these historic and awesome artworks took my breath away."

David

Brunswick, OH

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour because it was very informative, we had a great bunch of fellow travelers, and I really liked the tour guides and bus driver. I liked the tour also because I didn't have to worry about any particulars. It was a good mix of free and structured time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum because walking up the metro steps (modern transportation) while first seeing such an ancient and huge ruin was quite a combination! Other favorites were St. Peter's Basilica, David, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Duomo, Doges Palace and St. Mark's were amazing! And the wine wasn't bad either! :)"

Bonita

Crystal Lake, IL

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime. We have watched so much Rick Steves for so many years, it could have been possible to be a bit disappointed but no, the tour was fabulous!!! The cities, hotels and bus rides were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, for sure. I have never seen anything so gorgeous and had a wonderful hotel room with a great view. And, of course, the cheese and chocolates!"

Michael

Crystal Lake, IL

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I expected. Well run and very organized. Good approach in getting you familiar with an area and then letting you go off on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps."

Jane

Brunswick, OH

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled with my husband for our first-ever trip to Europe. It's a trip that has been on our "bucket list" for about 10 years; finally, we were able to turn our dream vacation into reality. After careful research, we chose a Rick Steves Tour based on Rick's travel experience, his philosophies (positive thinking, small groups, no grumps policy, authentic hotels to the region, etc.). It was everything we wanted & more; well-organized, fun & educational with some enjoyable surprises thrown in!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the famous landmarks and wonderful art up close and personal. David, the Pieta, Sistine Chapel, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, etc. All were WOWS for me. My mom bought a small souvenir of the Pieta during my parents' only trip to Italy nearly 40 yrs. prior to my trip and being Catholic and finally seeing the authentic masterpiece - and knowing some great info about it ahead of time thanks to the guidebook - made it quite emotional & special."

Leigh

Franklin, TN

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Europe in 14 Days Tour exceeded all of my expectations. Every day was better than the day before. I got to spend 2 weeks with family members (and other really nice people) visiting Paris, Burgundy, Switzerland, Munich, Venice, Tuscany, Florence and Rome. It was the best trip of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was hiking in the Alps. Everything about that day was perfect including the beautiful weather, the easy trail, the delicious al fresco lunch in Gimmelwald and of course, the indescribable beauty of the Alps. It was such a clear, beautiful day that we decided to ride the cable car up to the Schilthorn for additional awesome views and photo opportunities."

Mark

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I'm so glad I experienced it on a Rick Steves ETB Tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of Paris"

Matthew

East Northport, NY

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour served as an excellent introduction to Europe. I never saw and experienced so many different and great things (cities, sites, scenery, art, history, architecture, people, subways, food, etc.) in a two week span as I did on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a difficult time picking just one. There were many 'wow' moments for me throughout the tour - from the first day in Paris when we walked out from behind the tree line and saw the Eiffel Tower come into view to popping out of the subway in Rome and seeing the Coliseum for the first time."

Alan

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was excellent - organization, travelling companions, accommodation, guides, and most importantly the sites, sounds and experience of visiting a part of Europe. The experience of the tour company seemed so relevant and important in terms of guiding our tour so professionally to perhaps places that the ordinary tourist would not be aware of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of so called "wow" moments. I enjoyed so many aspects of the tour that identifying a "wow" moment or two is difficult. Each stop on the tour had memorable moments which is why the entire experience was so enjoyable"

John

Loveland, CO

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Met and exceeded expectations. I tend to overdo when traveling, and I wanted help in setting a good pace on this type of trip (multiple countries). We left each stop wishing we had one more day, which is a good sign that we got a taste of each place. We started with 3 nights on our own in Paris, which was great but we did get very tired on the run. We ended with 4 extra nights in Rome, and the pacing we learned on the tour helped!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The big wow for me was seeing Michelangelo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. This was a surprise as I expected the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel to be the high lite. We had plenty of time (15-20 minutes) and the museum was not too crowded."

Candace

Decatur, GA

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a WONDERFUL vacation during our 14 days in Europe. The best were the comfortable hotels, the roomy and safe tour bus and driver, Jon, the fabulous European meals, the private tours, the camaraderie of our tour group, and, most of all our guide, Dimitri. We could not have had a better time...everything was perfect, enjoyable, and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David. When we walked into the area where this statue was, we were surprised at its enormous size. Also, The Vatican. It was fabulous. Dimitri told me to get my Vatican medals blessed. I stopped a priest at St Peter's square[INVALID]he was an American! Gave a meaningful and unforgettable blessing. It was a special moment for me. Also, the Italian tour of the American war memorial & cemetery. The presentation & experience was very moving for us Americans."

Barbara

Atherton, CA

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've heard your guides are top-notch and don't dispute this; they likely are the best but find it hard to believe that Dimitri isn't the best of these best! His patience, sense of humor, serious side and knowledge all contributed to experiencing a unique and special tour. From hour one, our introduction to Dimitri, our fellow travelers and what was ahead to that last hour, our g'byes to all, I was in awe of not only what we were seeing and experiencing but in Dimitri's ease at guiding us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rolling from one country, one city through one countryside, small towns into another country, another city and onto another small or larger town or city or country experience ... all different, unique; all special with their own strengths and appeal ... among the truly many *wow!* moments, I think early morning in Venice was striking. The quiet, the light, the lack and absence of the hustle and bustle of the tourist-crowded later hours. This time lent reflection and appreciation for Venice."

Marianne

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just what we wanted and hoped for. We were very compatible with our tour mates, and think the RS philosophy selects for a certain type. The tour was a little bit of everything. Small villages, huge cities, farm houses.. it was a good selection of "greatest hits". It was a marvelous introduction to Europe. There are many "extras" that are not advertised- music, additional meals, demonstrations- that add up to make it feel a little more special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a single "WOW" moment, but had several serendipitous little case "wow" moments. For example: at the agriturismo, Il Crocicchio near Florence, Dimitri hired a duo to sing who were absolutely amazing. My wow moment was being in this idyllic setting, with wonderful food, wonderful company, great music watching the hotel owner's 3 yr old grandchild dance with his aunt."

Tracie

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations going into this trip. I had read about the tour and previous participants' experiences so I figured it would be great. The tour was so much more than I ever anticipated. I can't imagine a better tour experience: the arrangements, the thoughtfulness, our fellow travelers - it was perfect. I haven't stopped telling friends they all need to do this sooner rather than later. As cliche as this sounds, it was life-changing in a positive way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick one since each area had its own flavor. In Switzerland the highlight was the mountain hike and the cows with the flower crowns. In Germany it was definitely the beer hall. In Tuscany it was the evening of live music and sitting by the pool talking. In Venice it was the early morning city waking up. In Florence it was the statue of David and in Rome it was the colosseum as well as the tour. Also crossing the street in Rome was its own special kind of empowering fun!"

Donna

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very enjoyable tour - my first bus tour. I liked the 2-night stays at hotels. The travel days were broken up nicely with interesting stops for lunch. There was a good mix of group activities and free time. I learned a lot about the areas of travel and culture of the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice was my favourite wow moment."

Ellen

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding tour with great people and leaders. We saw and experienced so much! Each day was another exciting adventure! We experienced many breathtaking moments, many simple, special moments, and some extraordinary moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breathtaking The Eiffel Tower by day and night The heavenly rays in St. Peter's Basilica The Sistine Chapel The Gondola ride serenaded by a beautiful voice Simple Beautiful day in Paris walking on a bridge over the Seine with a gelato in hand and a Parisian playing his accordion Early morning, hearing a cow bell and looking out our window to see a husband, wife, and cow headed out for the day Extraordinary Hail in Venice Fireworks at Vatican Octoberfest!"

Wendy

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was wonderful but exhausting...the pace was a little too much for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"my favorite wow moment happened when we were hiking in the Alps and I heard the cow bells ringing. at first i thought i was hearing church bells and thought how appropriately "worshipful" the moment was. I was amazed to learn it was cow bells."

Kathi

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour and our guide Dave was wonderful. He had a nice and easy approach which we liked. Even if things didn't go as planned due to unforseen weather or "assemblies" by the people of France and Italy, there was always a plan B. We enjoyed the plan B, especially the Borgello and we still got to enjoy the Uffizi Gallery on our own once the assembly *or strike* was over We also enjoyed our group. Everyone seemed to get along very well with eachother and we enjoyed their company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow for us was seeing the Roman colloseum and ruins, and the top of the Swiss alps by gondola (Schiltzhorn). We had many wow moments on this tour. Every place was amazing and we really enjoyed being in Munich at the start of the Oktoberfest activities and watching the parade."

Thomas

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have enjoyed travel shows for years. This was our first trip to Europe as a couple.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Are you kidding? There was one almost every day!"

Joe

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime, I finally got to see all those historical sites and places that I have seen in books and movies, what a great experience. Looking back, I:m still amazed at how muck ground we covered in those 14 days. From Paris to Rome, I never dreamed I'd make that trip and I enjoyed every minute of it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming into Switzerland and our stay in the Lauthbrunnen Valley, what a beautiful place"

Donna

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first guided tour experience. It was outstanding and after being at home for about 3 days, we were ready to plan another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire 14 day trip was a "wow" moment for me!!!"

Donna

Sumner, WA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely AMAZING time in France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy!! Our guide, Margaret, was truly a gem and our bus driver, Matt was awesome!! We became great friends with the people we toured with exchanging contact info. to keep in touch in the future. We saw unbelievable sights, architecture, and history. Our local guides were excellent and very informative. The food was delicious!! ...especially the pastries and gelato! We, over all, had a wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum in Rome was a "WOW" moment because of the magnificent size of the space! The guide made us feel we were back in time and was almost poetic as she spoke. It made me want to go home and read more about the Colosseum and what took place during this time in history. The Basilica in Rome was also a "WOW" moment because of the BEAUTY. There was so much to look at and be in awe of. Truly amazing church!"

Marjorie

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip of a lifetime. The schedule was just right. We had time to relax and still hit Europe's highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. During our stay we rode a gondola to the top of a mountain and walked a foot path back down. It was breathtaking."

Charles

Akron, IN

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such a great trip. I had never been to Europe and while I wish I could have stayed a little longer EVERYWHERE, but, I would not have wanted to have missed any of the stops. We had such a wonderful group to travel with, all were friendly and engaging. It was without a doubt the most enjoyable trip I have ever had in my life. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in seeing a lot of Europe in a limited time! I simply enjoyed it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I woke up everyday filled with excitement about what I would see and do next. Paris was such a fun walkable city, I really enjoyed the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the River Cruise. The history,the layout of the city, it all captured my heart! I am anxious to return there with my grandchildren."

Jonathan

Boston, MA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good overall introduction to Europe trip. Good balance of group versus personal time. Preference is to stay in Florence instead of Tuscany for better use of personal time in Florence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amazed by the increased number of tourists at all the different cities/sights since last visited years ago."

Mary

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Louvre so much art!"

Patricia

Akron, IN

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a great time on our trip. All of our fellow travelers were great, and we felt we had an excellent guide, Margaret. The tour guides in each city were very engaging and helped to bring the cities to life for us. We enjoyed every city on the tour and while we wished we had more time everywhere, we felt we had a good overview of areas where we may wish to return. This a very active tour, I am 62 years of age, and I would not hesitate to do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every country that we visited was so interesting and beautiful, but I did love Switzerland! So beautiful, and clean. The views, the fresh air, the hotel was so quaint,but really, really lovely."

Vincent

Westlake Village, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour and cannot say enough good things about it. The hotels, meals,activities,bus driver and logistics were fantastic. Rozanne did a wonderful job with everything. I especially appreciated the fact that when we had free time, Rozanne always told the group what she was going to do and invited us to come along. My wife and I took Rozanne up on her offer in Switzerland, and that afternoon was one of the highlights of our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all good, no place or country was better than another; they were all different. The most moving part of the trip was the tour of Dacau. Our guide, like all the guides on the trip, was perfect for the job. I was "wowed" by my fellow travelers and Rozanne and how we all got along so well. I will always consider each of them my friend."

Thomas

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Effiency and execution was great. We never could have planned the logistics of a trip like this on our own. The whole experience was a perfect mix fantastic fun and education!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we first looked out from our balcony at the inn in Lauterbrunnen. It was surreal!"

Sally

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was exactly as I expected it to be. There was a lot of socializing with everyone else in the group. When we visited museums together we saw less than if we would have done it alone, but learned so much from the guides about what we did view. Which is more memorable? There was a lot of walking but that was a good thing: I didn't gain any weight even with the four course meals and daily gelato!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to have been the Vatican Museum. It had the best collection of art that I have ever seen in one place. But I suppose if a pope wants something he gets it. But I loved Paris the best. I WILL go back!"

Roxanne

Henderson, NC

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was everything I had hoped it would be and more. The cities and towns we visited were amazing. The hotels were comfortable and well-located, and the tours were well-conducted and comprehensive. Our guide, Rozanne Stringer, was wonderful. We all fell in love with her. The other travelers became friends within minutes of meeting them. I could not have asked for a better experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the evening boat ride on the Seine on the first night of the tour. The beautiful lighted buildings and monuments blew me away. It didn't hurt that it was a gorgeous, warm evening with a full moon overhead!"

Robert

Henderson, NC

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the wealth of information and travel materials provided to us prior to the trip, to the well-planned itinerary and the carefully selected sights in each city, to the quality of our tour guide, everything about the trip was outstanding. But the icing on the cake was the fun of sharing the trip with fellow travelers who are the type attracted to the Rick Steves Tours, and who became like part of our family after only 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "wow" moments. The full moon shining through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on a September night, the glow of the Eiffel Tower from the nighttime cruise on the Seine, or festive air of nighttime in St. Mark's Square in Venice. Then, of course, without the overcast skies, it could have been the gondola ride to the Schilthorn."

Diana

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in Europe and I had very high hopes for my trip. I was thrilled with just about every aspect of our visit. First of all, our your guide, Rozanne was wonderful.! She was so knowledgeable and did a great job getting us around. She really cared about us. Our bus driver, Philip was great. The transportation was comfortable and safe. I loved the small, boutique hotels - they really added to the overall experience. We saw so many wonderful sights and made many new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard question because there were so many "wow" moments. If I have to choose - I' will limit it to three- crossing the Grand Canal in Venice, riding a gondola to the top of a mountain in Switzerland, attending mass at the Vatican."

Wayne

Ames, IA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Rozanne, was wonderful and did a great job preparing us for each day's activities. She was always going beyond expectations to make our trip exceptional. The Rick Steve's tour was everything we expected it would be. All the guides were very knowledgable and did a great job showing and explaining what we were seeing on all the tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Biggest "wow" moment was as we arrived in the Swiss Alps. The area was absolutely beautiful and the mountains and waterfalls were awesome."

Clarence

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyone and everything from our guide, driver, fellow tourists, hotels, meals, coach, local guides, itinerary...whatever else, exceeded expectations. I had been reluctant to spend the money but, in hindsight, I don't have a single regret. It was money well spent from start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was probably the Seine River excursion on our first night, seeing the sights lit up after dark, and realizing we were really there and just beginning."

Diane

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Very organized. Rozanne was very informative and a great leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One word.....Switzerland"

Dorothy

Annandale, MN

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was even better than I dreamed it would be! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and made each of us feel like our comfort, likes and dislikes were important to her. Each on-site guide was fantastic too. The bus was so comfortable and I felt very safe with the driver's driving ability. Every city and hotel we stayed in was so different from each other and that made it exciting. We really got the feel of each country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland and taking the gondola lift up to the Schilthorn and viewing all the beauty of the world. Then getting off half way down and taking a hike and having a picnic on the mountainside with my husband."

Brian

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pacing, the organized experiences, the free time...the overall balance was perfect. It was more than we could have hoped for. A large part of that was due to our wonderful guide, Rozanne. Her patience; her knowledge; her guidance and most of all her genuine caring was freely available...and we took advantage of it all! I have already begun highly recommending Rick Steves tours based on this fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I'm sure everyone states: there were SO MANY! I think the biggest "wow" would be getting off the bus in Lauterbrunen and just being literally surrounded and hugged by the Alps! It was simply spectacular!"

Jeffrey

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "overall" experience was fantastic. Unlike our prior one week tour of France in 2012, the opportunity to spend two nights in each city gave us the opportunity to get to "know" a place a little more intimately. There was, however, still an element of rushing from place to place given the number of locations to be covered on the schedule. It would be hard to pick a stop to eliminate, but a schedule of 6 stops rather than 7 would perhaps be more relaxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have traveled to Europe on our own and with RS before, so some stops were "old hat" in a way. We had never been to Switzerland before and we were blown away by Lauterbrunnen Valley. Beautiful, scenic, peaceful, slow paced. A perfect stop. On my wish list, we would have/should have/could have stayed another day."

Mary Jo

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Aren't enough superlatives to describe the trip! Enjoyed seeing the "best" of Europe, mingling with the locals, learning, and good food. Although our group size is small in comparison to other tours there were a few times when I wish we were smaller so we didn't stick out as tourists walking down the street. Enjoyed the split between group time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all wow! Picking one "wow" is impossible although seeing "David" was pretty spectacular and the Pieta was very powerful. But if I had to identify a "wow" it would be all the extras that were included in the trip that made it very special and magical. By extras I mean wine tasting in Beaune, cruise down the Seine, fondue making demonstration, cooking demonstration, gondola ride, the mask making demonstration, music at the agritourismo, etc. All these extras made for a richer experience."

Patricia

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of this tour. My guide and tour assistant Cary and Katie were outstanding and always ready to help with any request no matter how odd. I went on this tour to get a taste of Europe and to help me decide where I would like to return to. It did accomplish that, the only problem is I want to return to all the places I visited. (not a bad problem to have.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to narrow this down. One would be our group dinner in Tuscany when Cary had some musicians play while we ate a wonderful meal and enjoyed some wine and conversation. Another would be the gondola ride in Venice. It was a magical moment that felt unreal. The architecture of the building reflecting in the water and the colors in the Venice sky cannot be compared to anything I have seen before. The hike in the Swiss Alps was also high on my list!"

Theresa

Haslett, MI

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice gondola ride at nite The amazing scenery in Switzerland, Austria and northern Italy"

Lynn

Haslett, MI

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well thought out and it involved some great places to stay each night as we made our way from Paris to Rome. We also had some very talented tour guides "Cary, Katie, and other hired local" I have no suggestions to change anything, as we had no conflicts, re-direction or complications at all. Would do it again and am now telling others of the great experience! Thanks....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride to the top of teh Alps."

John

Haslett, MI

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a trip my wife was anxious to take. I was pleasantly surprised at how much we saw and did. A great way to experience Europe for the first time saw many things and dwelled on some marvelous moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the Gondola ride. Was set up late at night and included song and music. definitely a great way to experience it."

Susan

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful two weeks. That said, I would like a tour that did not move every one to two days. There should be an some tour options for people who want a less hectic, more in depth visit to a place. I wondered if the My Way tours would be the answer, but they also move frequently. It is not the daily activities, but the constant moving that is frustrating and tiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was definitely the day we drove into Lauterbrunnen.We had already been wowed driving into the Alps, but then driving along that rushing creek, seeing peeks of snow capped mountains and then- there it is. Switzerland is like a travel poster that doesn't seem real- but there you are, hiking and riding up the gondola and waiting for that cute little Mr. Roger's train to appear on it's way up the mountain while you sit on your balcony having a glass of wine."

Thomas

Ludington, MI

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife & I took this tour as a way to celebrate our 45th anniversary. It was a good choice. The tour is very well organized and it would have been very stressful trying to do it alone. The bus time gave us a chance to relax and enjoy the scenery. Our tour guide was first rate and always was looking for ways to give us special perks. Though there was too much city time for us, we did enjoy seeing the old world of Italy, especially Venice. The time in Switzerland was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our best moment was celebrating our 45th anniversary on our first evening in Venice. Cary, our guide, set up the memorable gondola ride with the singer and accordian player in our gondola. It was a pleasant, warm evening as we had the canals to ourselves. The dinner was special and the Italian wine was superb. This was an evening to remember!"

Mary

Copley, OH

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect way to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary, and we enjoyed every minute! Our overall experience was wonderful. The itinerary, hotels, bus service, tour guides, and group meals were all excellent. Every place we visited, the locals were friendly and always willing to help us with directions, getting on Wifi, and finding great places to eat. This trip was everything we hoped for, and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to pick a favorite, as there were so many wonderful moments, and they were each unique and special. Some of my favorites however, were going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel, the "Duomo" in Florence, and riding the cable car in the Alps."

Ann

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent, fun tour where we received an excellent overview of Europe. The hotels were really nice and in excellent locations right in the heart of the city. I enjoyed all the group sightseeing and activities and could not have done all the things we did on my own. Cary and Katie were wonderful guides and really made sure everyone had a good time. They both helped me countless times during the tour! I would travel with them anytime. It was money well worth spent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a wow, from walking the streets of Venice, visiting the palaces in Munich, the churches in Rome, the hike in the Swiss Alps, eating such wonderful food, being in Paris and seeing all the wonderful art in each city. I enjoyed the wine tasting in Beaune, the mask demostration in Venice and just being in Europe to see the buildings, art, culture and experience things we do not do or have in the USA."

William

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations; many unexpected surprises, well organized, Rick Steve's 30 years of travel expereince evident; well trained and experienced staff; ideal locations for hotels and dinner, adjunct local tour guides amazing; efficient, safe, fun, attendive bus transportation; strategic entrance and tours of museums. A terrific value

Edward

Copley, OH

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I looked forward to each day! Good balance for guided Vs free time. Not a fan of big crowds but not much choice to see what we experienced. The stay in the country was very welcome. The tour group size was much better than other full bus tours I have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views in the Alps. Bus ride thru Italy (North and South) was outstanding. The unscheduled stop at the American Cemetery near Florence was GREAT."

Judy

Ludington, MI

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour and great group. I felt some days of walking were a little long and grew very tired by the end of the trip. Everything was very well organized and I worried about little.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice and the very special Gondola ride and music. Also Switzerland's beautiful was very special."

Kathy

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I so appreciated this opportunity. I feel enriched in every way. The concerns I had were unfounded and the whole experience exceeded my expectations! Cant wait to go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I have to say that while I thought I would sleep rest or read on the bus the rides were so full of scenic wonders and Stephen was so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to, he and the scenery had my undivided attention. I think sitting at dinner with new friends at the square near the Pantheon, and walking the streets in Venice waiting to be surprised by what was around every corner, going to St Marks square at night, sipping a Limoncello and listening to the music were"

Ronald

Blue Springs, MO

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great - no problems - probably because Steven was such a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Parthenon - 2000 years old and still standing."

James

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded expectations. My wife and I live in downtown Edmonds, and had attended several classes and visited the tour center om more then one occasion as part of trying to decide on tour selection. The whole experience was great. Tour content well thought out and executed well. Our tour guide was fantastic and set the tone for a great experience. Hotels were great, and Sandro our bus driver was so much more then the "driver",

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! Sitting at a sidewalk cafe, sipping a glass of house red, and and saying wow, i'm really here."

Cindy

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime. We got to see so much in a short time. It was nice with the fast passes with the major museums. I like the balance of free time and group time. Our guide, Stephen was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the Lauterbrennan Valley. It was beautiful."

Gregory

New Richmond, OH

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much packed into each day. Worth every penny, Euro, and Swiss Franc I spent. Stephen was the best. I averaged over 14000 steps per day...but who's counting. The whole trip was great and our group was fantastic...but Sandro was an amazing driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole Lauterbrunen valley portion of the trip was WOW! even if it drizzled."

Stephen

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Struck a good balance between being guided (by a very competent guide) and being left on our own to explore. Enjoyed not having to wait in extremely long lines to see museums, historical sites. Museum guides (Franz, Ricardo, Elisabetta, etc.) were knowledgeable and entertaining. Accommodations were top-notch; hoteliers were extremely helpful and courteous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time at Il Crocicchio (Tuscany/Florence) was "bellissima". Sonia and her crew run an exceptional villa. The cooking demonstration was fun, the food was great, and Sonia's stories were wonderful. This was the perfect antidote to the chaos of the big cities, and at the right time. A close second was the hike through the mountains near Lauterbrunnen. Awe-inspiring scenery, cool mountain air, picturesque Swiss villages."

Larry

Brandon, SD

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I are 70 years old and in good health. We walked 4 miles per day each day for two months preceding the tour. We never held the tour up and always were in the middle of the pack but additional prior conditioning would have benefited us. Previously we've taken a number of tours with another couple. Those we planned using the assistance of Rick Steves' books. This was head and shoulders above those experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Post tour was the Borghese Gallery. During the tour it was likely the Louvre and other galleries of the arts. I've never had the education about or exposure to sculptures, architecture, and painting. During this tour I realized how much I had missed and wished I had done the tour twenty years ago."

Denyne

Wausau, WI

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip was very good due to our excellent guide, Stephen. Stephen shared his vast knowledge of the regions visited in an engaging manner thus bringing history to life. He obviously enjoys his role as guide and learning the preferences of tour members. He went out of his way to suggest additional sites and activities my son and I would enjoy--and that we did! I was pleased to have acquired the skills to travel Europe solo and look forward to exploring new regions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite moments was paragliding in the Lauterbrunnen Valley! Truly, there were many great moments on the trip, and a close second would be walking through the roman forum."

Robert

Everett, WA

Tour: 08/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time. All of our experiences pretty much met or exceeded our espectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I would classify it as a "wow" moment but my most memorable experience was the tour of Dachau. I didn't realize before hand that it would be an option but it's something that all people should experience."

Linda

Everett, WA

Tour: 08/30/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my first tour, so I didn't know exactly what to expect. I was very pleased with all aspects of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The side trip we took to Dachau. There was nothing about it in the guide book or any of the literature, but our guide happened to mention it. Over half of our tour voiced interest, so our guide arranged a tour for us. What an experience. I applaud the Germans for requiring all students aged 14-16 to make this tour. It is a very important part of their history and I wish it would get some mention in your guide book as an option."

Melissa

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a survey of the best of Europe, and it was. I was also great to be with the group, we clicked and had a lot of fun; like summer camp we became a unit and enjoyed each other's company. The food was good, the shopping was a hoot, and the views were fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride, 'nuff said."

Judith

Trabuco Canyon, CA

Tour: 08/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Speaking on behalf of my daughter and I, our tour experience was spectacular, to say the least. There was initial apprehension on our end with the "free" time and what we would fill it with, but with time and experience, we began to flourish. In addition to the incredibly organized itinerary by the RS team, our tour guides, Dave and William were fantastic! They had the patience of Saints and were told that often. From beginning to end, the tour was a treasured experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us, it was the sheer beauty and serenity of our hike and paragliding in the Swiss Alps. Additionally, St. Peter's Basilica was just beyond beautiful. The masterpieces and artistry were breathtaking."

Briana

Culver City, CA

Tour: 08/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was all we had hoped for and then some! Looking back, it really is amazing that we did so much within a 14 day tour, however, while there, we never felt rushed through or as if we were missing something. The time devoted to each group activity, and the free time allotted, all seemed just right. Our guides really made the tour special as well. Their experience was the perfect lens to better appreciate and understand so many places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I must say, so many others' "wow" moments that I read before this trip were spot on - - - the day in the Swiss Alps was AMAZING! As the day went on, it got better and better. From the hiking portion to the gondola ride up the very top, it was more spectacular in person than any pictures can reflect."

Kathleen

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I couldn't have had a better time. The tour was a "dream of a lifetime for me." I saw things I have only read and heard about. To actually "see" them was beyond words. We couldn't have had better Tour Guides in Colleen and Yaren. What wonderful, kind, friendly, knowledgeable women. I can't say enough good things about them. Rick Steves is lucky to have them as employees -- they are great ambassadors for the company. I will highly recommend Rick Steves' tours to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many: St. Peter's Basilica, the Louvre, David, the Eiffel Tower, Venice [INVALID] what can I say. However, one vivid moment stands out in my mind. While riding down the mountain in a gondola from the Swiss Alps mountain town of Murran, we saw a 4-color rainbow spanning the Lauterbrunnen Valley. What an unforgetable sight! Switzerland was an unexpected treat with its many scenic sights."

Sharon

East Lansing, MI

Tour: 08/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was memorable in its' own way. I'd never been to Europe before and it was a perfect introduction. Great guide, small and friendly group, a lot of walking and getting in touch with the culture in an unique way. It was all I hoped it would be. I would definitely take another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was an incredible "wow" laser light show on the churches and clock tower in Beaune, France. Colleen(our absolutely wonderful tour guide)took a small group of us on a walking tour after dinner. As we were casually looking at a church, it became alive with an incredible light show of water falls, birds, statues and gardens. We were mesmerized to say the least. The clock tower "show" was equally fabulous."

Carolyn

Medford, NJ

Tour: 08/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This being my first trip to Europe, I viewed Europe in 14 Days as a "land cruise". The idea was to get a feel for a bit of the continent and decide where I'd like to spend more time on future trips. What an EXCELLENT choice!! Colleen, our lead guide was an amazing resource!! I have less knowledge but a great appreciation for learning about history and art. Well, Colleen's enthusiasm for sharing her vast knowledge/insights exceeded my greatest expectatios.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. But, tops for me was standing in front of Delacroiz's painting Liberty Guiding the People. Les Miserables is my all time favorite broadway show. I've seen it six time. When I found myself unexpectedly standing in front of the painting I was actually brought to tears. Everytime I reflect back to that moment, the emotions still arise. Thank you for that experience!"

Barbara

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very satisfied with my total experience. I don't know what else to say but I will tell anyone to take a Rick Steves tour. Rick Steves enthusiasm prompted me to increase my sustaining level to my local NPR station.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Academia & DAVID so accessible & truly inspiring. We could take our time & sit just enjoying the magnificence of the moment."

Bob

East Lansing, MI

Tour: 08/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were magnificent, but my "wow" moment occurred on a daily basis experiencing the professionalism of our tour guides. The attention to detail, unlimited enthusiasm and energy, ability to interact with 20+ different personalities .... it was evident they loved what they did, and today that is not a common situation."

Nivedita

Stouffville, ON

Tour: 08/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time visiting Europe and it was totally amazing experience.I was totally blown away by the architect of the buildings I have seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a lot of wow moments, the art museum, the art galleries and the churches. My most wow moment was in Venice, it was much more than I had expected."

Laurie

Midland, MI

Tour: 08/23/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience was fabulous. We would prefer a bit more time to take a deep breath and realize where you are but understand that Europe has so much to see that it is best to use every possible minute. The group we were with couldn't have been better. Our guide and driver were also top notch. 2 weeks is all we could spare but we would have liked to find time to stay to slow down and experience the food and culture more than the tour allowed. We loved what the the tour gave us. History art

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can a person pick? Favorite piece of art was David. Favorite food was the night of cooking class. Favorite misc was that we never had to worry. We were always taken care of and all we had to do was show up on time. We met wonderful people and can't believe the history and art we experienced. We said wow the whole trip."

Eric

Stouffville, ON

Tour: 08/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fantastic

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting at the Gran Cafe in St. Markès Square in Venice as the sun was setting drinking a glass of wine and listening to the band playing Beethoven Symphony Number 5. The glittering lights of the palaces, the church and the water on the Grand Canal was magical."

Vicki

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 08/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour! The bantering between Roy and John (driver) made the bus rides particularly enjoyable. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip and the immersion into European culture. This was my first trip to Europe and a very rewarding/pleasurable introduction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too difficult to pick out just one."

David

Chino, CA

Tour: 08/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for more. From beginning to end everything was well thought out and planned for an ultimate European experience. We were left with a sense of euphoria and delight as we reflected on all we did and saw along the way. The food was great, the hotels were centrally located, clean and comfortable. Our touring coach was roomy and our driver a delight. The places we visited will remain in our memory for years to come. Kudos to all on a job well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our walk through the Swiss Alps were amazing, the Tuscan country side and evening sunsets I will relive again and again."

Michael

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Tour: 08/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was great for a first-timer. We would not have been able to see and do as much, if we planned it ourselves. The tour offered a good mix of planned and free time. It gave you a chance to see more or rest. We really enjoyed our tour group and getting to know everyone. Roy and John did a wonderful job of minding their flock. I do free we were trained to be more independent for future trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After a long bus ride due to traffic, we arrived in Venice just before sunset. Traveling by boat and landing near St. Mark's Square was like being transported back in time. The evening had a magical feel about it."

Deborah

Oakdale, MN

Tour: 08/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour. Both were equally excellent. This was a busy tour seeing so much in various cities in 4 countries. I love the history, churches, museums, so many interesting stories. A plus was the great people on the tour, all excited, friendly and ready for anything. I liked the variety - an evening boat ride on the Seine, walking tours, watching a fondue demo in Switzerland, the visit to the American cemetery outside Florence, mask making in Venice, cooking demo in Tuscany.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Roy taking us to the conciergerie in Paris; wine tasting in Beaune, so fun to listen to an expert excited about her craft; Swiss alps & alpine walk; Uffizi gallery in Florence - I could live there & study the art for years! Seeing Michelangelo's David again & Pieta in Rome - so moving every time. Such a treat to walk thru the Roman Forum & hear all the history-including corrections to how ancient Rome is usually portrayed in movies! To see Pantheon again."

Patricia

Dallas, TX

Tour: 08/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful !! I had never been to Europe and this was an outstanding introduction to several wonderful countries. The pace was good. We were busy and saw/toured the highlights of the cities we visited. Roy is an excellent guide, teacher and leader. Overall, it was an excellent trip...trip of a lifetime !! I've highly recommended the Rick Steve's tours to my friends and associates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "Wow!" moments ! The whole trip was a "wow" moment ! Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the beautiful art at the Orsay (Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, etc.), hiking the majestic mountains in Switzerland, gliding down the Grand Canal in Venice, walking through the alleyways of Venice, the beautiful Duomo in Florence, the statue of David, the Colosseum in Rome, the Vatican Museum and Saint Peter's Basilica...Everything was Wow, Wow, Wow !!"

John

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Well planned and [INVALID]d. Marijan is a great guide and is very knowledgeable about the history and cultural customs of the places we visited. We could not have asked for more. All of the hotels were good, bus transit was very efficient, and the included meals were top notch. Despite the planned activities, there was ample time to explore on our own with other tour members which was very nice. We really "connected" with fellow tour members...it was an outstanding group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard question to answer, but the train and cable car ride combined with hiking in the Lauterbrunen area was spectacular. The vistas were magnificent."

Kirsten

Firestone, CO

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love Marijan, he brings a kindness to the world that is a fresh breeze to a parched land. I loved the tour, it brings a truth of seeing and meeting the things you only otherwise see in images, hear in radio & TV reports. Seeing an image, hearing an audio, is like the blueprint of a masterpiece, it tickles the imagination, but experiencing it is unmatched. I love my new friends that I made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum, Francesca's description, seeing it cannot be matched with images or descriptions. "..the tension of the intelligence of the form, and the brutality of the function.." This is true in too many corners of today's world, so this visit inspired me to do my part to make changes."

Joyce

Fowler, MI

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime. I was apprehensive as to whether I could keep up with the group. It went much better than expected. Everything was outstanding, our group, our guide, our bus driver, the weather and the places we visited were wonderful. I am so thankful that my son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren invited me to go along. It is an experience I will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Switzerland very much. It was beautiful. I also enjoyed staying at the working farm in Beaune, France. I thought they went out of their way to make us feel welcome. These were probably my two favorite but I liked different things at each location. Another thing I thought was wonderful was the way our group got along so well with everyone. We had teenagers through senior citizens and everybody was like family. I think the buddy system had a lot to do with how we got along."

Samantha

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly what I was looking for to experience mutliple European countries in a short period of time. I never felt too overwhelmed since we were able to stay in most places 2 nights and I think we had a great balance of travel, tours, museums, history and free time. I would highly recommend Rick Steves to anyone and would love to do another tour down the road.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments, I think I have lost count, but one I remember and wasn't expecting was stepping off the Metro in Rome in and looking around to get my bearings and the coliseum standing right there in the middle of this busy modern day city and then the tour that went along with it was just phenomenal and brought it all together for me."

Tsz Yin

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The amount of days in each location was just enough. In addition, I enjoyed the free mornings/afternoons/evenings to explore on our own. Although the bus rides were long, we made frequent stops which made it more tolerable. It was certainly a whirlwind and quite exciting to visit so many countries in a short period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment came from an excursion we planned on our day off in Switzerland. We caught the train, bus and a gondola ride to the Trift Bridge. As we climbed the challenging incline, we finally came upon the bridge. It was spectacular to take in the views."

Valerie

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was absolutely fantastic! It surpassed all of my expectations. I truly cannot say enough good things about the tour. Our Guide, Marijan, was fabulous! He was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and just a pleasure to be around. He definitely did an excellent job in his duties and went above and beyond. Our bus driver, Albert, was also superb. We could not have asked for a better Guide or Bus Driver! The trip was amazing, itinerary was great, hotels/food was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wows" so it's hard to pick just one. I did like the villa experience in Tuscany - it was a nice respite from the hectic (albeit wonderful!) tour. I liked how it was towards the end and it gave us some relaxing time. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland was breathtaking and also a "wow" moment. Honestly, many "wow" moments and loved every minute."

Rosemary

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a meticulously planned,informative and fun-filled tour. Marijan's "talks" while we rode in the coach were an education in themselves, and a huge highlight for me - this man is steeped both in European history and current events - what is going on in the EU, etc. I deeply appreciated this nuanced worldview as we travelled through Europe. (Those who were sleep-deprived could snooze through, as his voice is very soothing!) Plus, he fed us chocolates and cookies as we listened!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose, with wow after wow experiences! I would have to say the hike at 7,000 ft. in the Alps was thrilling beyond belief. Never would I have pictured myself hiking along a high ridge, seeing the peaks and valleys, with cowbells tinkling below us (Heidi & Grandfather, where are you?) and yet feeling safe, secure and confident of my ability to handle it. Even my fearful husband willingly rode the gondola! The Lauterbrunnen Valley is a "find" - amazing place, and not overrun with tourists."

Eugene

Salem, OR

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have followed Rick Steves travels for many years on OPB.Finally in 2004 we decided to give it a go and did The 'Heart of France" tour.I never thought I would enjoy a tour type vacation but after our first trip I realized this was the way to go.Rick Steves tours really do give you the best experience and value for your money.The smaller groups help you to bond quicker and knowing that the Rick Steves team has you covered takes all the stress out of traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have always dreamed of seeing the Swiss Alps and figured if I ever got the chance it would probably be a once in a life time experience.Imagine my delight when the day we were to ride up to the Schilthorn dawned bright and sunny and the summitt was clear and beautiful.I even enjoyed the occasional rain shower as they always seemed to come at the right moment,even when the power went out as we were finishing dinner in Tuscany.All part of a special experience."

Laurel

Salem, OR

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a stellar guide and assistant which made all the difference. We also had a group that was about as good as you could ask for, all ages, all backgrounds, yet we all had a great time together and got along well. I believe Roy and Julia were a big part of making that happen. They were fun and spontaneous yet had all the knowledge of the areas we could hope to collect in our little brains. The local guides were great and very knowledgeable. Good job everyone!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally being in Rome and walking the same stones the ancients walked. That was really special."

Phillip

Falconer, NY

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was like a dream come true. Every day felt like Christmas when you were a child and you are ready to open your big gift of the day. Every day was like a great big gift wrapped in a wonderful bow. One of my worries was would everyone be friendly, and they all were. We became a large, fun family. Everyone mingled and got along quite well. A large part of the fun was meeting new people and sharing this experience together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland the town held a free folk festival. It included huge cow bell ringing, yodeling, folk dancing, alpen horns, and flag throwing. During the yodeling I looked around at the alpen houses, the snow peaked mountains, the people in folk dress, and two waterfalls. I remember saying "wow" as tears were welling up from all the beauty. After the festival the local people were very friendly and more than willing to talk about their customs and dress."

Marialice

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on this trip! Roy was a terrific guide! He was knowledgable, interesting, entertaining and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget Dachau and the tour of the Coliseum was very thorough."

Darrell

Seatac, WA

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we expected and more. It was very well organized and the day to day activities were well plans and researched. Moving within the cities as a group was efficient, safe and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was when we checked into our hotel in Switzerland and took in the view from our balcony of Eiger, Jungfrau and the meadows and houses across the valley. I had to pinch myself to make sure I was there."

Cheryl

Seatac, WA

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time on our tour. We had the best tour guide, Roy, and his able assistant Julia. We had fun with our group and our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one wow moment, but our guide at the Colosseum in Rome was amazing. She really brought the ruins to life. She spoke with much passion about her beloved Rome."

Sandra

Falconer, NY

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the entire trip. The tour was very organized and I appreciated the convenience of not worrying about hotel reservations, event tickets, and transportation. It was a perfect mix of group activities and free time for a 14 day trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was watching 45 minutes of fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, accompanied by beautiful music. How fortunate to be there on Bastille Day! It nearly brought me to tears thinking how lucky I was to be seeing such a sight. A close second would be stepping off the Metro in Rome and seeing the Colosseum for the first time. It was so much larger than I envisioned. I was also in awe that I was walking the same streets that Peter and Paul had walked in the first century AD."

Dana

Cedar Hill, MO

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a WONDERFUL time. Our tour guide was informative and fun. The tour schedule had the right amount of group time and free time. The size of the group was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of many was the river cruise in Paris. You saw building after building of beautiful architecture."

Hayley

Richfield, MN

Tour: 07/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the experience of a lifetime- every little girl dreams of going to Paris, speaking French, seeing the sights of the Alps, eating delicious food in Tuscany and experiencing the culture of Venetian masks. All those dreams came true, and the guide and assistant were beyond helpful in giving me an adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How does one choose a favorite??? Paris was as dreamy as I had imagined- filled with good food as I had hoped for! The people were all very helpful when my high school French ran out, and the city was full of light, as promised. My favorite wow moment was walking through this beautiful city, by the boulangeries filled with colorful macarons, people watching, on our way to dinner, which was delicious every night!"

Kathryn

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met all of my expectations and then some. It was well-planned, with our guides providing enough information yet empowering us to venture out on our own. This experience caused me to yearn for more, and while not a history buff, I am seriously considering taking some history and history of art classes to further enrich my exposure from this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when I actually saw Michelangelo's "David." Impressive!"

Tom

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were terrific. The rooms were fine to excellent. The food was great. The group meals were a blast! The idea of eating at one long table was great. It made it a lot of fun getting to know all the tour members who were all terrific people. Throwing the stay in Tuscany came at the perfect time and gave us a well needed break.I'm realy glad we took a few extra days before the tour started in Paris to see all the stuff the tour didn't have time to cover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group dinners!"

James

Harpers Ferry, WV

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderfull experience. Appreciated the expertise of the guides and driver. Enjoyed doing things as a group. Italy was a little crowded, perhaps its always like that or perhaps it might be better at another time of the year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Singing by everyone on the Munich subway ride back to the hotel after Germany won the World Cup final."

Stephen

Orlando, FL

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had an absolutely blast with Dave, Darija and the rest of the travelers in our tour! We chose this tour for our honeymoon because it was a perfect length and way to experience so much in so little time. Our expectations were exceeded well beyond and we are looking forward to our next adventure with a Rick Steve's tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment had to be sitting in the Augustiner beer garden in Munchen (Munich) watching the World Cup finals, cheering on the Deutschland team to victory! While this couldn't have possibly been pre-planned, this 1 in a million opportunity was truly "Europe Through the Back Door", especially if I wanted to eat (thank you handy German phrase book!)"

Richard

Ripon, CA

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time.Dave and Darija were outstanding guides. Dave explained what we were going to be seeing,before we arrived,so we would know what to expect,whether it was a "bathroom break" as we were riding the coach, or the next city we would be going to. He was very informative,and always ready to answer a question. Darija was a delight,and did a great job also. Our family will remember this trip forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many"wow"moments;from hiking in the Swiss alps,to some"down" time in Tuscany.Our nights in Venice were definitely"wow"moments."

Ann

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

i chose this tour for my first trip because i knew i'd stress out on transportation and logistical details if i tried to plan it myself. I enjoyed the tour immensely and was so absorbed by the sights & the experience that I did not have time to be anxious about work or home. it was truly a vacation, and it included wonderful experiences that I would not have arranged on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The afternoon hike that took us from Lauterbrunnen, through Murren and Gimmelwald and back along the valley floor to Lauterbrunnen. I conquered my fear of heights to ride the gondola up and down, loved the cowbells, the alpine views, the charming towns, and enjoyed some solitary walking through the valley. all followed by a splendid folk concert of alpenhorns and yodeling."

Jeffrey

Edina, MN

Tour: 06/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour and I would do it again in a minute. I have already recomended it to friends. It was very well organized, well thought out, we were fortunate enough to get a great group of other people on our tour, and my family really enjoyed it. We really enjoyed our tour guides and enjoyed learning about the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and Tuscany (spelling?) were wonderful. But, I enjoyed the entire trip, so pulling out one or two highlights is difficult."

Laura

Chino Valley, AZ

Tour: 06/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steve's tour and "Best of Europe in 14 days" exceeded all of our expectations. Marijan was an excellent guide and our group became a family from the beginning. We had a bonus with Riccardo assisting the first week and everyone enjoyed his unique sense of humor. The hotels were great as were the French, Italian and German dinners, wine, beer, chocolates, gelato, pork knuckles, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved each and every day - Paris and the Eiffel Tower; Swiss Alps gondola to top of the Schilthorn; evening gondola ride in Venice with music accompaniment; evening entertainment in Tuscany countryside; and magnificent, grandeur of Rome."

Meghan

Rockford, MI

Tour: 06/30/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was very good. Not only did we see many important sites (museums, churches, palaces etc...) our tour guide shared historical insights that brought places to life. He also created a strong bond with tour members with many small gestures such as small gifts for members with special events during the tour (i.e. wedding anniversary and birthdays).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Lauderbrunnen Switzerland was a "wow" moment with such natural beauty. The waterfalls, snow capped mountains and beautiful valleys were just breathtaking."

Billie

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 06/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour, and after the amazing time we had it is not going to be the last. It was a perfect combination of a perfectly scheduled trip (where we didn't have to do a thing but show up and enjoy) our amazing tour guide Marijan, and a group of people ranging from 11 to 81 years old. We couldn't have ever created a trip as wonderful as this one was. I will recommend taking a Rick Steve's tour to everyone I know, and can't wait to plan our next one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments throughout the tour, but I must say standing in the Alps of Switzerland takes first prize. I have waited all my life to go to Vatican City, and don't tale this wrong, it is was one of the best wow's of the trip, but actually standing in a 360 degree view of God's work of art takes your breath away!"

Matthew

Pottstown, PA

Tour: 06/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of this tour either met or exceeded my extremely high expectations. My wife and I were looking for the most efficient and affordable way to see as many amazing things and places in Europe as possible and I cannot imagine any other tour doing it better. Our guide Marijian was an absolute superstar. We were far outside our comfort zone but the structure of this tour enabled us to navigate each city with confidence and fully absorb each new wonderful experience. Absolutely wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be easy to say all of Paris or all of Venice (which on the whole is like nothing I have ever seen)but I'd have to say that after a long, hot, humbling day at Dachau my wow-moment was the best glass of beer I've ever had which was waiting for me at the Augustiner brauhaus restaurant in Munich. Sitting outside people-watching with some amazing new friends / tour-mates was one of the many things about this trip that I'll never forget."

Brian

Glendora, CA

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour, starting with our guide and group. Trish and Christina were so helpful. And our group was so amicable despite the span of generations in the group. We all had a lot of fun together, despite the rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Paris from the Arc de Triumph was amazing. It had just finished raining and the clouds were beautiful just before sunset."

Doreen

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour guides, great planning and depth of experience, group size was manageable and great travelers in the group. Spectacular learning experience with plenty of variety and fun. I would do another Rick Steves tour for sure!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around a corner in France and unexpectedly seeing a public art projection on a building at 10 pm at night. Several small amazing moments more than one big one."

Jonathan

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We were taken to great places to be sure, and that's the main thing you go to Europe for. The guides at the various locations were quite good as well("Francesca" in Rome was a standout). However, I must say that overall experiencing this tour made me conclude that if I were to visit Europe again (this was my 2nd time there) I would prefer a 'self-guided' approach, rather than being a part of a RS group -- for a few different reasons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was during our visit to the Colosseum that the power and glory (and horror) of Rome came home and alive to me as never before. It left a very deep impression on me. Francesca, whom I mentioned in my earlier response, was instrumental in bringing this vision before our eyes."

Jeanne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations. I was most worried about the group experience, and couldn't have been more pleased with the people we met. We were surprised and thrilled that there were so many teens and twenty-somethings in our group. Everyone was polite, respectful, kind, helpful, upbeat and interesting. The hotels also exceeded our expectations--all charming and clean. Usually it's the things that go wrong that make the best stories when you get home; unfortunately, I have no good stories to tell.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Group dinner in Tuscany with live music, dancing, amazing food. Wow."

Patricia

Osprey, FL

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The purpose of our tour was to expose our granddaughter to as much of Europe as possible in 2 weeks. In that regard, the tour was a success. The mixture of the large cities, monuments, museums, & galleries with the smaller, laid-back villages was a good experience. Trish was a huge asset with her knowledge and gave just enough info on the bus to create an interest in the upcoming sights. Henri was a bonus with his careful driving and good humor. Cristina was always cheerful, as was Trish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went 2 days early to see Versailles and go up in the Eiffel Tower(consider these). Highlights for sure! Our delightful guide at Versailles made it very enjoyable. I also thoroughly enjoyed "David" and the cleaned Sistine Chapel, preceded with a detailed explanation from our local guide. The Schilthorn was amazing, a must, even for those fearful of heights."

Marie

Mayville, WI

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, destinations, travel arrangements and accommodations were outstanding. I can think of nothing that I would have wanted any other way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Included in this tour I would say the Rome and the Vatican square. Not included but experienced was the first glimpse of the gondolier and then riding in one with the music accompaniment."

Delinda

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was everything I hoped it would be, I loved every minute! It was a perfect combination of spending time in cities and spending time exploring the country side. I loved that we had structured tours with expert guides and then we had independant time to explore by ourselves. (Dave our guide, was always available to suggest additional attractions and resturants.) We experienced delicious food and wine and made life long friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many favorite moments but my absolute favorite "wow" moment had to be driving into Lauterbrunnen Valley and seeing the majestic mountains and waterfalls!!! It was an unforgetable experience! I have never seen anything so beautiful! I hope to return to Switzerland someday!"

Karolyn

Fond Du Lac, WI

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the dream of a lifetime and a wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Eiffel Tower! I studied French in high school and college so I was somewhat aware of the French culture and history! Seeing the Eiffel Tower was very special for me, especially when it was lit up at night."

Victor

Anamosa, IA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip which was well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Seine River ride was great and a nice relaxing evening."

Mary Jo

Anamosa, IA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the quick orientation portion of the tour to help us feel comfortable in any city or location. Loved the provided dinners, they truly reflected the culinary and wine specialties of the area. We went as a family group and all enjoyed our time together - very well paced for all ages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Chapelle - beautiful!"

Patrick

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am recommending it to everybody. Friends followed our daily post on facebook and are requesting your contact info, which we are gladly providing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many but for me it was Saint Peter's in Rome. The Best of Europe tour format, locations and pace was exactly what I wanted and allowed me to add about twenty check marks to my bucket list!"

Stephen

University Place, WA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a really good time. It was nice having all of our transportation and lodgings taken care of. All of the people in our group were kind and helpful. I would not hesitate to take a Rick Steves Tour again if I get the capital to do so. Most of the local guides were amazing and their knowledge surpassed anything I expected. The only one I wouldn't recommend would be the one in Florence. She ws dry and monotone and not very good at waiting for us to join her in a room before she started.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What I really wanted to do before I went on the tour and what I told friends I was most looking forward to was the walk in the Swiss Alps. That walk did not disappoint. It was everything I hoped it would be and more."

Kathryn

Moscow, ID

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great introduction to travel in Europe

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the hostess in Beaune said "the Americans have come here----and they came in 1944" I was moved by her comment And when someone in our tour asked how could any one try to harm the Pieta and I our guide said " the mothers of the ignorant are always pregnant" I wish I had asked him (Paolo) to say it in Italian."

Peggy

University Place, WA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most fantastic people on the tour. With the exception of one of the tour guides, these guides were that absolute best that I have ever encountered. There were possessed a breadth of knowledge,spoke with authority and moved us through crowds efficiently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking demonstrations were awesome! I would now very much like to do a culinary tour in Tuscany! Night walks and hike through the Alps definitely a highlight."

Marilyn

Reading, PA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well designed with structured and free time. This allowed us to select additional sites that were of particular interest to us. The tour guide was very helpful in describing options for our free time. In Munich, we would recommend that the tour substitute the palace in the city instead of the summer palace. The time taken to travel to the summer palace made our trip to Dachau very rushed during our free time that afternoon. Overall, the tour exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night in Venice was wonderful. It included a gondola ride. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and were selected to ride in the gondola with the musicians. The walk to the Piazza san Marco was the perfect finale to the evening."

Amalie

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip. When I look back at what we did and saw in 2 weeks I am amazed. Fabulous itinerary, great people. I look forward to taking another trip to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Swiss Alps was breathtaking! My hotel room window was truly a "picture window.""

Robert

Mayville, WI

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well done and our guide David was super. Great group and we saw all and more than we expected to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome and the forum"

Steven

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itenerary. Everything went smoothly. A nice ratio of organized versus free time. The other participants in our group were great to travel with. Everyone seemed to get along very well together. The local guides were a strong point.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning natural beauty of the Swiss Alps (despite the fact that there was rain and clouds for much of the day)."

Jennifer

Shaker Heights, OH

Tour: 06/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we had hoped it would be, and more. I loved our tour guides, our tour members, and the variety of experiences we had both as a group and exploring on our own. I loved the pacing of the tour, with a mix of busy, cultural hubs like Paris and Rome, along with the more scenic and relaxed touring we did in Switzerland and Tuscany. I always wished we could stay longer wherever we were, but I was also excited to get to the next adventure. We would do this again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each member of our family had a different "wow" moment - there really was something for everyone. For some of us, it was hiking in the Alps in Switzerland, for some it was an evening gondola ride in Venice - complete with musicians - and for others it was exploring the ancient ruins of Rome. A particular delight for me was our "vacation from our vacation" in Tuscany, which offered a respite from a busy touring schedule. The agriturismo is something we would not likely have found on our own."

Jeanne

Reedsburg, WI

Tour: 06/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I imagined and more. The tour was orchestrated so well with stops, guides and information and well balanced activities. I knew it would be active but was surprised how much we packed in those 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have a hard time measuring one wow moment against another. The beauty of Switzerland was so overwhelming but so calming it certainly stands out.."

James

Fargo, ND

Tour: 06/16/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great with a possible change in how the tour is ended. After many days of traveling ending the tour in Rome with the fast pace schedule was not fun. If the tour was ended in Paris or even Switzerland or Tuscany it would be much more relaxing end to a wonderful tour. Ending in Rome everyone is tired and we did not enjoy Rome or take in what was offered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was for sure a wow and Gondola ride (not included) was really nice. While we did not care so much for Florence we did enjoy the Uffizi museum."

Lynn

Wadsworth, OH

Tour: 06/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It couldn't have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the gondola ride in Venice. The surprise of the musicians put it over the top."

Dawn

Ovilla, TX

Tour: 06/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was outstanding. It was a good mix of time spent on our own and with the group. The wine tasting and cooking demonstrations were enjoyable as well. Joe, our bus driver, was great too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not just one "wow" moment for me. There were many!"

Mitch

Ovilla, TX

Tour: 06/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just enjoyed the experience as a whole."

Nicole

Powell, OH

Tour: 06/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! The hotels, the guides, the bus driver, the sights, the dinners, and the group were all unbelievable! I'm thrilled that I selected the Rick Steves Tours to make my first trip to Europe so enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between the river boat cruise in Paris to see the Eiffel Tower start to "sparkle" at night, and being in St. Mark's Basilica to see the lights come on and mosaics shine!!"

Jill

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 06/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't believe how much we saw and experienced in just 14 days in Europe. The tour was well organized, exceptional tour guides, great meals and convenient hotel locations. Going with this tour group saved us many, many hours of planning as well as eliminated many of the frustrations that often occur with travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The exceptional natural beauty in the Swiss Alps will always be treasured!"

Claire

Woodland Park, CO

Tour: 06/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was amazing! We had a great group including a wonderful tour guide and bus driver. I felt like we saw all of the important landmarks in ever city and country that we went down. Everything was very organized and it made the tour very relaxed and fun. Not only were the group events and gathering awesome, so were the free days where we were able to use Rick Steve's guide book so explore other interesting parts of the countries and go to some great restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to choose just one! Seeing the Eiffel Tower was spectacular but so was going to the Louvre and all of the other art museums and churches. Everything was awesome and breathtaking."

Mary

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely fantastic. The sights, guides, foods, and experience were one-of-a-kind and I am very glad to have chosen this tour for my introduction to the heart of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments for me on this tour; the gondola ride in Venice, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Coliseum in Rome...all stunning artifacts of Europe's grandeur!"

Steven

Centerville, OH

Tour: 06/09/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This family of five could have never navigated Europe and seen so many sights on our own. I was impressed how each step was planned and organized, down to every turn of the bus. At times the crowds were overwhelming even though it was evident your tour tried to avoid them by starting tours early or taking less traveled allies or museum rooms. Your tour has given me and my family the confidence to return to Europe someday and independently explore sights and lands we found interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. Probably inside St Peter's Basilica."

Emma

Centerville, OH

Tour: 06/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a great time! Our guide, Roy, was amazing and clearly knew what he was talking about. The hotels were very nice, and the restaurants that were provided really gave the true feel of whichever country we were in. After this trip, I would only want to travel with a Rick Steves tour group!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't just have one "wow" moment. First, was the Eiffel Tower. We climbed all the way to the top around 9pm. From there we could see EVERYTHING and it was all lit up. We even got the chance to see it sparkle while we were up there!!! The other was hanging around St. Marks Square at night. The music was so nice and it was so much fun singing and dancing around to The Sound Of Music songs the bands were playing."

Barry

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was very good. We chose the Europe in 14 day tour because it was our first trip to Europe and we wanted to experience several countries with the thought that would discover that we would like one location better than others. We spent time in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. However we discovered that every location was unique and special in their own way, and we liked them all more or less equally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The density of the major cities (Paris, Munich, Florence, Rome) was expected, yet there was a warmth and charm that we cannot experience in the US with our orthagonal street grid. I loved the non-grid layout of the streets, providing opportunity for 5 and 6 corner intersections - creating interesting left-over space for small parks, plazas, street cafes, and street markets. It felt like many small neighborhood gathering spaces, transforming the big city reality to charming smaller neighborhoods."

Nancy

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and am so pleased I chose this tour! I was able to thoroughly enjoy the experiences and stay "in the moment" without thinking of the logistics of travel, hotels, museum tickets, lines, and "how do I . . . ." Our group of 28 became fast friends and tour buddies. Our relationships did not end on the last day of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A recurrent "wow" moment was the depth and expanse of the churches. Every surface of these structures was planned and executed with glory and precision. There was so much to see and take in, overwhelming at times. St. Peter's and the Sistine Chapel were my favorites."

James

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie was an excellent tour guide. She made this a very special experience. Stephanie went over and above to make it a wonderful experience, she has really studied the areas we visited and provided so much insight and so many great recommendations that resulted in priceless experiences. I was concerned before the trip about a group event, but it worked out okay and the people formed a team that watched out for each other and ensured everyone was safe and had fun. The tour made it easy.

Renata

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. There were numerous aspects that made the tour special. Stephanie was a fabulous guide. She helped each day with all her normal duties and added a piece of herself to each day. Even days that were her free time, she helped us organize activities and even participated with us. She never tired of answering where things were on a map and where we were. The other guides were also a key aspect in making the trip rewarding. Sandro, our driver was great fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike above Lauterbrutten, unbelievable beauty."

Kimberly

Miles City, MT

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous native tour guides and of course our fabulous, knowledgeable and helpful Stephanie! Great mix of cities and country,a fun-loving and open-hearted tour group to travel with, a nice balance of organized time together as a group and our own time to do as we pleased. It was such a BIG, wonderful experience, that I don't think I've fully processed all of it yet!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, I believe hiking in the Swiss Alps above Lauterbrunnen was tops among several "WOW" moments. Another was coming up from the subway into central Paris for the first time. Traveling to Europe has been on my bucket list since I was a young girl and I'm now in my 50's, so absorbing as much as I could was important to me. I'm still pinching myself!"

Michael

Windermere, FL

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A trip of a lifetime for our family. Prior to our tour we had spent a week on our own in London, Normandy, Mont Saint Michele an Versailles. After a week of traveling on our own, I was happy to join our tour group and sit back and relax. Our guide, Stephanie really cared that our group have an awesome experience. The tour allowed us the ease of doing many things that we wouldn't have been able to execute on our own. Highly recommend Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday we had a "Wow" moment at each destination. My overall "Wow" was how organized our tour was laid out and implemented. First class guides, front of the line entrance, nice accommodations, ease of transportation made the investment all worth it."

Sandra

Charleston, WV

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been watching the Rick Steves shows and using the guidebooks for years, but a guided tour takes the experience to another level. A guided tour ensures you get the most out of your time, not just easy entry into the big attractions, but also great local guides and local experiences your wouldn't get on your own. Our guide ensured we had successful lessons in local culture and in how to navigate the transportation systems, with a good balance of planned and on our own activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I expected the cities (Paris and Rome) to be the highlights, my favorite "wow" moment was taking a walk the first evening in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where the snowcapped peaks showered with waterfalls rose up right in front of me. My "wow" day was the all-day hike led by our guide Stephanie, including two gondola rides, stunning scenery,rushing glacial water, fabulous weather and a waterfall inside a mountain."

Mary

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I had a wonderful time! The other tour members were great, as was our guide, Stephanie. I was very happy with the small tour size as I saw many other tour groups who were packed into their bus like sardines. We had two seats apiece--plenty of room to have your backpack or book right there. I wanted more time in every place we stayed, but I realize this was just a "taste" of Europe and I would have to come back for more. That's probably the plan, right?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when I stepped off the plane in Paris. It was almost surreal--"I am really in Europe! Really!!""

Patricia

Baldwin City, KS

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great locations in the cities, easy access to shops, metro, dining, Stephanie, out guide- excellent, gotta keep her Rick. Very knowledgeable. Great group of people we were with, we all bonded and meshed together, would travel anywhere with this group again. Loved the local guides we had, knew there stuff...This tour was easy, except for the 7 mile hike in Interlachen, but the fresh trout for our lunch was worth it. It was a tour we looked forward to,and it fulfilled our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was in the Pantheon in Rome--it was raining and to see the rain come down inside the dome and then wash away, and everyone was going about their business, fabulous."

Richard

Burleson, TX

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe in 14 Days was fantastic. It was fast paced and covered a lot of sites. My wife and I think Rick should offer a little slower paced trip for seniors. We have a number of senior friends that would take advantage of a program like this in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably our visit to Switzerland. The uniqueness and sheer beauty of the Swiss Alps was just amazing."

Jerilyn

Burleson, TX

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a amazing trip! All the guides for each of our destinations were exceptional! The hotels were so quaint and wonderful each and every one of them in a different way. All the food outstanding! The whole experience stress free! Very enjoyable and would definitely do it all over again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of our "Best of Europe in 14 days" trip was incredible! The "wow" moment was probably when I stepped off the gondola ride up the Swiss Alps and saw the incredible, amazing view that surrounds you is just breathtaking!"

Jack

Jersey City, NJ

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was a great experience! First off, it eliminated the headaches and stress that go along with researching and booking hotel accommodations. Once we got there, the predetermined itinerary drastically reduced the time and stress associated with navigating a new city and deciding which sites were worth seeing, given the limited time available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel balcony in Lauterbrunnen was definitely my "wow" moment."

Emily

Decatur, AL

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all I had hoped it would be and more. Fifteen years ago I took the 21 day Best of Europe tour and loved it. My husband was unable to go and I really wanted him to experience the trip. He was able to go this time and I enjoyed the trip even more this time. Dimitri and Jorge were excellent. The itinerary is excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the trip was the Alps last time and that remains the best for me. Weather prevented us going as high but hiking in the Alps is just the best."

Pamela

South Wales, NY

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best. I had watched the video you sent and was just as advertised, although there were little surprises. Lindau, Germany was a beautiful stop. I think you prepared us perfectly for the busy itinerary,the walking, guides, and hotels. I loved the orientation walks, then seeing the sights with local guides, but then having time to ourselves. It was great the little ways we got to know our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh let me see, the first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, or wait, Notre Dame lit up at night. No, it was it Switzerland, hiking in the majestic Alps and the base jumpers were landing next to us. No, it was Venice, late, having dinner by the Rialto Bridge. Wait I think the Colosseum was awesome. Seriously, I enjoyed every moment."

Carolyn

Friendswood, TX

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I have been on a number of tours - most to Central/South America, most very enjoyable, but this one was exceptional. VERY well organized and seamlessly executed. I have no complaints about anything on this tour. Our tour guides were outstanding- I'd travel with them again in a heartbeat. Tour destinations, hotels, local guides, food, transportation, local activities - all exceptional. We had a wonderful time & will go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard call. We fell in love with Paris and Hotel Muguet - I think I want to live there. However, the Lauterbrunnen Valley was perhaps the most beautiful place on earth I've ever seen. Alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, so many waterfalls, belled dairy herds - I just knew I'd see Julie Andrews any minute (our guides did play the Sound of Music soundtrack as we drove through Austria. . . ). And then there's Tuscany. . . I can't pick! Awesome introduction to Europe - we'll be back."

Brian

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a blast on the tour. Our guides made everything run incredibly smoothly, and gave us a perfect amount of free time vs scheduled time. Travel between cities was easy and comfortable, and we gained a lot of skills from our guides on navigating public transportation and finding the necessary things for a good travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Colosseum in Rome was my favorite moment of the tour. It was absolutely eye opening."

Joan

Omaha, NE

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and the tour ran smoothly! No unexpected surprises, as with your pre-tour information I felt like I was well prepared. The small group made the trip more intimate and fun; got to know others better. Felt very safe on the trip. Guides Dimitri and Jorge, and bus driver Sondro were very nice and professional. Loved to sit back and relax, without having to make the decisions and plans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easy: the tour itself!!"

Wendy

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime for me. It definitely was Not a vacation, it was an adventure, a bucket list, and a history lesson. Our bus and driver were superb, our guide and assistant were fun, playful, knowledgable and always helpful with a smile. I cannot stop talking about my trip, and sharing it with everyone I know - those who ask and those who do not. I am having a hard time finding adjectives appropriate enough to describe the joy, the beauty, and the awe. THANK YOU!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of them in different ways were WOW moments....every single one... So, my least favorite was Munich, but even that was amazing in it's own way - compared to the stunning valour of the Swiss Alps and France, not as beautiful, but certainly distinct. I was surprised at how suppressed it was... I would have preferred Salzburg in Austria to Munich."

Brynne

Corona, CA

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour surpasses all of my expectations and dreams. I wanted to see as much of Europe as possible in a little amount of time, I had my doubts that this tour would be fulfilling and personal due to busy scheduling and the quick pace. This tour was beyond fulfilling and personal for me. The hotels, tours, guides (both local guides and Dimitri/Jorge), bus driver, daily schedules, group meals and suggested free time activities created a very intimate travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While we were in Rome on our walking "local tour" with Francesca I was so lost her her story telling and the sights around me I hadn't noticed where we were as the tour stopped to take photos. As I looked up I saw the most mind blowing skyline, the Colosseum and the ruins of ancient Rome. The way Francesca had educated us about Rome and ancient Rome as we walked the streets made this "wow" moment of seeing the Roman skyline that much more impressive. A moment I will truly never forget!"

Rachel

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I can't imagine doing it any other way. Can't think of one negative thing to say about the entire experience. The itinerary was perfect and hit all the highlights that we've ever wanted to see. Our guide was just a jewel (as was her assistant) with great people and organization skills. The hotels were great, the bus driver was great...the whole thing was great. I wish all of my family and friends could do a Rick Steve's tour--it's the way to see Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At first, when we signed up for the trip, we weren't very excited about being on a bus between stops. But now we've decided that a bus is the very best way to see all the beautiful European countryside that is in between the cities. Just breathtaking. So many "wow" moments with each ancient church or hillside castle. But I think my favorite "wow" moment was entering Lauterbrunnen valley and seeing the waterfall behind the village. Magnificient."

Susan

Seekonk, MA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an exhausting, but wonderful trip! I cannot imagine doing this without the expert guidance of the Rick Steves' guides Margaret and Kayla. The first thing they do when you get to a new area is help you become self-sufficient and comfortable your hotel's neighborhood. As we were leaving France, I was notified by our air carrier (Aer Lingus) that our flight home was cancelled due to a strike. Margaret's calm manner reassured me that it would all work out in the end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is hard - there were so many of them! Hiking in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, our stay at a Villa in Tuscany, strolling down the Champs Elysees, standing in the Coliseum in Rome."

Cynthia

Seekonk, MA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had so much fun! I loved the sense of adventure knowing that we were heading to a new country every couple of days and would look forward with anticipation every night. The size of our tour group was perfect, and it was so nice getting to know some very nice people from all areas of the US. Travel from country to country was very comfortable on our coach, and we had a great driver (Philipe) who took good care of us. Margaret and Kayla were very helpful, informative, and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps for the first time as we traveled from France to Switzerland (breathtaking)."

Deborah

Boulder City, NV

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Europe before, I was a little nervous about getting around on my own. Those worries disappeared immediately upon meeting our guide, Margaret, and assistant, Kayla. They were totally prepared and informative about every detail in question. Our transportation was first class and all the tours were professionally guided. No wasted time, no standing in lines! We came to love every person on our tour by rotating sitting with different people at mealtimes and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride with the musicians. Her voice was like an angel and hearing that beautiful music while gliding on the water reflecting the lights and passing people having dinner and wine shouting out Bonjourno! That was magical for me."

John

Venice, FL

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am 76 years old. I saw places I'd heard about and read about all my life. There were two times I felt physically challenged, while on the Swiss walk and when climbing a long bank of stairs on the Metro in Rome. My goal was not to hold the other tour members up and I believe I achieved this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all the sights in Paris, doing the Swiss trek, seeing David in Florence and the Forum in Rome, and the gondola ride with the opera singer."

Nan

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It had been 50 years since I hosteled in Europe. Seeing places I'd remembered and others I'd never seen was mind-expanding. The tour was so well-organized with all details covered. As we got to know each other, our group of 28 travelers proved to be easy to get along with. Everyone was friendly and positive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the darkened night, I relaxed on a cushion in the rear of our gondola with my honey of 47 years. I listened to the gentle slapping of the water against the hull as the gondolier guided his craft through the narrow channel toward the Grand Canal. The accordianist began to play, and the beautiful young woman standing on the bow, arms outstretched, sang the aria from Carmen. Joining the others of our group in the Grand Canal we sang Volare as we built a memory in the moonlight."

Tauseef

Ewa Beach, HI

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Margaret and Kayla were the best! Margaret was always a step of the tour, thinking of little details that made our tour more memorable. For example after we visited Sainte Chapelle in Paris, Margaret and Kayla mentioned the bathrooms were not too clean so Margaret brought us to a little cafe across the street, bought everyone an expresso and people watched for a little bit while everyone in the group freshened up in a cleaner bathroom.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose one but if I had to, I'd say when we arrived at our hotel in Tuscany. The grounds and hotel itself was so beautiful."

William

Sugar Hill, GA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was amazing. We had only 1 complaint with the hotel in Paris where unfortunately we had a horrible experience and the hotel did nothing to address our concerns. Luckily this would turn out to be the only negative for the entire 2 week trip! Our tour guide Margaret did a simply incredible job of moving such a large group around the various cities we visited. Learned a great deal from new facts about history I didn't know to the varying cultural differences of the country's we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"EASY! Switzerland. Never forget the hike through Murren and Gimmelwald. The gondola ride up to the Schilthorn was breath taking. Weather was perfect, Even Margaret commented she had never experienced such perfect conditions before. Second highlight was the tour Guide on our first day in Rome. Her emotion about Roman history was inspiring. It was an amazing experience to be a part of."

Brian

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apprehensive to start, Colleen was amazing, putting the group at ease and showing herself to be professional, knowledgable and very personable. The living out of a suitcase for one or two nights each stop proved to be a challenge since it always appeared that something I needed was always in the bottom of the suitcase and a search ensued. The hotels for the most part were great...one exception being the room in Venice which was very small. All hotels were clean and well maintained.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the visit to Lauterbrunnen Valley. While we have the Sierra Nevada mountains in California and we've driven through the Casades in Washington, the valley was spectacular. Its beauty is offset somewhat by the limited number of activities."

Carol

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just a great trip, my first experience traveling in Europe. Our group was probably like most, we seemed so different at first, I wondered if traveling with so many was a mistake. That feeling didn't last. We all got along very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to pick just one, the Statue of David, eating pizza with the group our first day in Italy, hiking in the alps, the magic night gondola ride in Venice. I even like the bus rides(maybe not all were "wow" bus rides but a couple of them were)"

Joan

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic trip. Of course we enjoyed every country visited and for our first trip to Europe were extremely happy with hotel accomodations, restaurants and especially enjoyed the bus tour, bus driver, tour guides commentary on the bus and the fact that someone else was in charge of transportation. Our group was fantastic and Colleen's people skills were probably a part of that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many - but probably the evening gondola ride Colleen put together for all of us in Venice, complete with singer and accordion player."

Terri

Bozeman, MT

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! I've never been to Europe but had a big list of "must-see" things and places -- this tour covered almost all of them. The local people were friendly -- especially Switzerland and Munich. Wish I could have done the 21-day version to spend a little more time in each place we stayed. The only real "bummer" was getting to Munich late Saturday, and almost everything closed on Sunday. It would have been great to have Sunday as a travel day to get a better feel for Munich.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about Switzerland including the view from the Schilthorn (?), the cheese dishes, and the exceptionally cold beer in the "base-jumper's" bar after a long day hiking! Venice was a close second; it was just as picturesque as I imagined and St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace were the best buildings of the trip. Last but not least, Michelagelo's David was absolutely amazing! I will remember seeing it forever; pictures definitely do not do justice"

Jimi

Brogue, PA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fast and furious but oh so informative, everything was new so it was exciting. The hotels weren't as rustic as I anticipated but that was good it threw class in there. Still needed the stamina to trug up flights of stairs with your suitcases. In Europe in general "ladies" don't look to have toilet seats on the toilets and then paying 1 Euro to use facilities where were used to getting for free was different.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were on the Gondola ride in Venice with the music and singer at 9pm. I never thought I'd be there let alone with my husband of 30 years who made the whole trip happen."

Kurtis

Brogue, PA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colleen was an outstanding guide and was very much part of our great experience. She ensurthat our groups experience was an enjoyable and pleasant as we traveled multiple locations. The bus company and driver (Peter) were outstanding. The hotels we stayed in were very nice and allowed us to enjoy the local pleasures and people, (much better then staying in the big chain hotels). We enjoyed each city location and places we visited, and even wish we had more time in some locations like Germany.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was in the wonderful Alps of Switzerland. The country side, sights and landscape were wonderful and relaxing. I enjoyed the country side location, hotel and people. The weather was perfect, great photo ops and so much more. This little town was a great pick by you and your team."

Donald

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUTSTANDING TOUR. Including, variety of countries, cities (large and small), cultures, museums, churches, history by very knowledgeable guides, central-located hotels, food (with and without group),and a group of people who always showed respect and acted in a positive manner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow #1 "Da' Bus" Large, comfortable, extra space, great driver, and a guide who provided the knowledge, experiences, and stories for each area as we traveled, Best of all I didn't have to read maps, figure out foreign signage, and experience the "stress" of driving. Wow #2 The total Rick Steves Experience. Congratulations and thank you for providing the "know how", ability, and willingness to put together a perfect plan for those of us who have not been European travelers."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Colleen, gave us great insights into the history and politics of the regions we were entering. We had excellent guides providing artistic explanations of galleries and museums. We moved rapidly but had a choice always to decline if we felt taxed or disinterested. I could not have wished for more except a longer stay in each city. I am very glad my wife talked me into this excursion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice in the evening was beautiful."

Marta

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was good and very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike in the Alps and the visit to Munich. It was unfortunate that the Market was closed during our visit.Florence and the Ufizi Gallery and the Academy."

Thomas

Winston-salm, NC

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very smooth and well balanced between city and country, tour time and personal time, various accommodations and travel time. If our tour guide encountered even one glitch, we never knew. She kept the group informed about process and options well in advance of events. The group was the right size, and everyone was congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment was a WOW event."

Richard

Manchester, NH

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WE had a wonderful time in each and every area we visited. We learned a lot about the other cultures that we interacted with as well as each other. Better than expected!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pinpoint a particular moment but we really enjoyed staying at the Tuscan farmhouse. The atmosphere and scenery were spectacular."

Merv

Redding, CA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

FABULOUS...experienced history...learned new ways of life...became comfortable with getting lost and finding our way back...met new people and made new friends...ate food I would never do otherwise...and humbled and reminded me... of how fortunate I am... in so many ways. (It doesn't get any better than this).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out into traffic and walking without hesitation...thank you Dimitri...(...whew...)"

Roberta

New York, NY

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I'd hoped for and more. I learned so much, was challenged by it, and enjoyed the company of my tour mates. In 14 days we saw the highlights of Paris, Munich, Venice, Florence and Rome. We enjoyed the French wine country, the Swiss Alps and rustic Tuscany. Each day was carefully crafted to provide structure, while giving us plenty of free time to explore. We traveled in comfort in the tour bus which allowed us to enjoy the scenery between stops on the tour. Bravo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one "wow" moment: Was it the night river cruise on the Seine? Was it the wine tasting in Burgundy? The beauty of the Alps? The pretzels the size of our heads in Munich? Venice? Florence? Rome? On a tour chock-filled with wow moments, I'd have to say that my favorite one was exploring the Alps in Switzerland. The gondola ride, the walk in the snow, the hike through the valley, the delicious lunch (and black forest cake!)all added up to a memorable day."

George

New York, NY

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour 'far exceeded' our expectations. The entire experience including all of the communications and followups before the trip were pointed, timely, of great value at the time received and just enough to keep us fully informed on what is expected and what to expect. We ha a choice obviously among a number of tour companies, e.g. Perillo, but we took this one because he had all the key sites we were interested in, was nicely planned (not over planned) and for what we received well priced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To me it was simply riding on the bus and seeing all of natures wonders. This was especially true when we first entered Italy even though a case can be made when we were in the mountains of Switzerland. I live in NYC and to see the beauty of the land and how it is worked by the locals was just incredible to me as a City product who can be at times jaded. So that would be my 'wow' , that there is a different type of life out there and it is not all that bad :)"

Brad

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to start...the trip was for our 30th anniversary and the first trip to Europe for both my wife and myself. We decided to go with Rick Steves' because of the travel philosophy he preaches on his PBS shows, however, we dont know anyone personally that has gone on a Steves' tour before, so we felt like it was a bit of a gamble. Well, as it turnsout it wasn't a gamble at all. Everything promised was delivered and the trip exceeded all of our expectations - by far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one, but our first afternoon in Rome was pretty amazing with the tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum, then the city walk to the Pantheon and finishing at the Trevi Fountain. To experience these 4 major sites that I've only ever dreamed of seeing in one afternoon (& evening) was overwhelming."

Francisco

Coconut Creek, FL

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am not much of a writer, but Dimitri was able to turn a good experience into an awesome experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I though my WOW moment was going to be the view of the Schilthorn, but the weather did not want to cooperate (total whiteout). Dimitri had a plan B and took us for a hike in the snow, and that unscheduled hike was my WOW moment."

John

Maryville, TN

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations such that we are considering another Rick Steve's tour. We have bought into the Rick Steve's concept; smaller hotels, mingling with the locals, and becoming part of a tour family. There were 26 in our tour and we became friends with all of them. The local guides were all excellent. We feel that we have gained an education and enjoyed every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was especially impressed by the unscheduled stop we made at the Memorial to the American soldiers who gave their lives for freedom in Northern Italy in WWII. It changed my view of the Italian people; I did not realize how much they appreciated the sacrifice we Americans made for all of us. Marty especially loved the mask making demonstration in Venice."

Vicki

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! For my first trip to Europe, it was more than I could imagine. Our guide, Dimitri, was great. So good at familiarizing us with each new city. A good guy and great fun to be around. The members of our group were all great and we all got along well. I'm ready to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. Absolutely beautiful. Our hike in the snow was great. Trummelbach Falls are a must see!"

Patricia

Manchester, NH

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to begin? From the first day to the last was an adventure. So many places to see, so little time. Everything was organized for us. The daily schedules that were posted were fantastic.

Suzan

Oakville, ON

Tour: 04/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip of a lifetime. It was Fun, interesting, inspiring as well as exhausting. I loved every minute of our trip. I will be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one, but St Peter's in Rome took my breath away. Both beauty and history, like I have never experienced before."

Charity

Lolo, MT

Tour: 04/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was amazing and more than I expected. I expected that we would be taken to all the "must see" places and I expected that Ben would orient us to the surrounding areas. What I didn't expect was Ben's teaching ability, the amazing depth of knowledge he has, and the amount of passion he feels for what he is teaching. It seemed as though every place we went (on the coach or on foot), Ben knew and spoke eloquently about. Ben was always available and I appreciated that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a wow moment each day. The Louvre and it's masterpieces, wine tasting in Beaune in a cellar built hundreds of years ago, the Uffizi and it's masterpieces, Venice, the David, Florence... it was all amazing and I'm relatively certain my mouth was open in awe and amazement most of the trip. Thankfully no photos caught that! Probably the best wow moment was sitting in Venice in St. Mark's Square at night listening to music and enjoying the night."

Stephanie

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 04/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have been more pleased with the overall tour experience. It was the stress-free way to see Europe! With all the logistics, accommodations and tickets to the big sites taken care of, the only thing we had to do was sit back and enjoy soaking in all the beauty and rich history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was seeing ancient Rome. To see something in person that I've heard about all my life... We just don't have that history in the states. Very impressive!"

Dianne

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such a stress relief to have transportation, hotels, and tickets to multiple sites taken care of for us. Even our bus driver was friendly, fun, and extremely competent. It was a treat to hear summaries of history countries and cities we were traveling thru, and fun to share the trip with others who were so grateful for the experience. Everyone seemed to enjoy being together. Sharing serious & light moments enriched the trip for all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding on the bus, seeing the alps, looking out window in hotel at the alps in Switzerland, May Day in Beaune with lily of the valley on every corner, lunch outside in Eigna, the farm in Tuscany, all day in Florence, tour of Colosseum, Forum, Ben for our leader, English Gardens in Munich, ice cream at English Gardens, gelato in Rome, apple tart/pie in Ru Cler, trying escargot. Sorry, couldn't think of just one. Oh yes, seeing David in the Pantheon!"

Isaac

Catonsville, MD

Tour: 04/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

my overall tour experience was amazing. the guides were incredibly knowledgable and helpful. any misgivings i had were completely allayed. we saw, did, and learned more from this tour than we ever could have accomplished on our own in double the time. there was a good balance of pacing and a practical mix of group time and "alone" time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"david"

James

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tour: 04/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip far exceeded any expectations I had. I miss Europe, our fantastic traveling buddies, and the Rick Steve's magic. I miss the French pastries and macchiatos, the easy drinking wine, Italian gelato, the adventures, history, on and on. It was a fantastic intro to Europe - great itinerary with a good pace. Our group was a diverse bunch, all interesting and fun. I don't think I have laughed as much in a two week period - ever. It was so much fun. We are already saving for our next RS trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After the tour ended in Rome we flew to London for a couple of days. On the train back to Paris we were talking about the tour. I said "WOW, that truly was the trip of our life." So many wonderful experiences."

John

Arvada, CO

Tour: 04/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was probably too much activity to pack into the 14 days, but with the tour we were able to by pass many of the long waiting lines and get to actually see the main attractions or sites that were key to the trip. Many of the museums were very crowded and we were able to get to the main works with our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to most of these cities many years ago and each one had something special to offer to me, but on one of the longer bus rides we stopped for lunch in a small town and had pizza in a very quaint little restaurant where many of the locals would go. Really broke up the day when I thought we would be in for a long ride."

Patricia

Nottingham, PA

Tour: 04/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just over the top. Our guides and bus driver were extremely knowledgeable and helped us to get acclimated to our new surroundings instantly. That was important so we could make the best use of our free time. Free time and planned activities were just the right mix. It was nonstop for the most part which we prefer. The guides which joined our group at in different countries were outstanding, too. Just an A++ experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments. For my husband and I this was our first tour of Europe so just about around every corner was a "wow" moment. Ours #1 experience was in Rome touring the ruins and the guide we had just absolutely brought the past to life. She was extremely passionate and painted such a vivid picture of what life was like in Rome in 44 BC. It was breathtaking. Our guides Colleen and Cary did a great job of that as well. They used the bus time to teach us about the area we were entering."

Ann

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 04/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an exciting, eye opening, educational, fun experience. It was also exhausting sometimes. I was afraid I would not be able to keep up with the "young people" on our tour, but I found that I could and it gave me a boost of confidence for the rest of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many highlights, but the one that stands out is looking out over the Lauterbrunnen Valley and saying to myself, "Wow -- this doesn't look real. It looks like something out of a movie." The grass was super green, the valley surrounding us was shrouded in fog with snow on the top, and all 72 waterfalls were flowing down because of the snow and rain the day before. I would love to go back."

Debbie

Gresham, OR

Tour: 04/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was magnificent .. We hit all the top spots in the cities we toured. Colleen and Cary our guides were top notch. Our group melted perfectly. The food was fantastic. We loved the old hotels we stayed in. Overall it was a 10 in our book .. can't wait for our next trip !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All my friends ask this question. The WHOLE trip had WOW moments everyday. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louve .. Notre Dame .. Swiss Alps Beer in Munich .. canels in Venice .. The Mona Lisa, Daivd, Trevi Fountain .. The Coliseum .. Ancient Ruins .. Sistine Chape. We saw the Pope on Sunday after our tour was over ... ALL the history .. from start to finish .. WOW !!"

Rod

Gresham, OR

Tour: 04/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous. We did the 14 day tour of Europe to get a feel of several countries. Then we could determine where we wanted to come back and spend more time. I really liked the out door cafe living in Paris, the beautiful country side of Switzerland, Germanys beer gardens were fun and lively, but Rome was the best. The history all over Europe is amazing but I really liked the history around Rome. Buildings, paintings and sculptures many hundred years old.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David. I had no idea the statue was 17 feet tall. The detail of the scupture is great. Notre Dame was amazing too."

Lee Ann

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 04/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was our first experience in Europe and it won't be our last. It was the trip of a lifetime. Everyone on our tour got along great. We laughed, had fun, and enjoyed each others company. The guides and our bus driver, Henri, were awesome. First rate trip and first class experience. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was walking into San Marcos Square and it was all lit up for the night time experience and music was playing at the cafés - dancing under the moonlight and stars celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary is a memory I will never forget."

Nancy

Florence, SC

Tour: 10/05/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thought it was well organized and executed. Roy was excellent in every way and extremely knowledgeable. We can not say enough positive about his execution of the the tour and about the other guides. They were all superb!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mine was Switzerland and the hike we took up the mountains stopping for lunch in a tiny village. We were lost, so this was by accident."

Marcia

Horseheads, NY

Tour: 10/05/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This vacation was better than we ever could have dreamed of. Everything we perfect. Roy was a fabulous guide and played a huge part in making the trip as wonderful as it was. We are hoping to take another trip next year with this group, and have suggested this trip to all of our friends and family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pin it down to a "wow" moment, as we had soo many of them. I would have to say it was either the wine tasting/dinner in Boune or the dinner / music in Tuscany. Those were 2 of my most fond memories."

Steven

Long Beach, NY

Tour: 10/05/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful mind / body experience. Not quite sure how to respond, but overall I was so pleased with the locations of the hotels, the effort, the planning, the genial nature and the enthusiasm of the TOUR GUIDE as well as well as the great experience with the other tour members - were all fantastic. I had very high expectations for this trip tour met and exceeded all of them. If I had to change anything I wouldn't.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many. Every day. Seeing The David. Seeing the real Van Gogh "Starry Nights over the River Rhone" - I have copy over my couch in the living room :-). Lauterbrennen hike. The duck and escargot in Paris. Wine tasting at the abbey in Beaune. Tour of The Coliseum. Ahhh..getting lost in Venice."

Paul

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour schedule was well planned and balanced. Although the schedule was structured to cover the highlights of Europe, it mixed in enough "on your own" time to allow individual experiences. As an introduction to Europe, it teased you with tastes that whet your appetite to consume more. Overall, it is a trip we will remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Florence, turning the corner in the Academy to see Michelangelo's "David" and then to see his unfinished works, "The Prisoners". The combination gave me an appreciation of the mastery required to achieve the perfection of his "David"."

Kay

Wooster, OH

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

iI was very ,very pleased with my overall tour experience. I have recommended a Rick Steves Tour to many people since I returned home. The pre-tour instructions and information was everything any traveler would need. I was pleasantly surprised with the breakfasts and the 8 group dinners that were provided. The hotels were quaint and the restaurants that were recomended more than met my expectations. I always felt safe and felt that our tour guide, Dave Stringer, always warned us of any dang

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments! The Eiffel Tower at night was one. The cruise down the Seine was another. Munich during Octoberfest was enjoyable. Eating in the Abby in Beaune was another wonderful memory. Venice was a highlight also. I loved Rome and could have easily spent two weeks there."

Jeff

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour guides. Great fellow travelers and a fantastic experience! I never could have recieved as much knowledge of Europe on my own. My advice to potential tourists: Go ready to see and learn more than you ever imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Switzerland and the wonderful "farm" in Italy."

Tamara

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been to Europe and quite frankly did not know if the tour option was the best option for us. So, we began to try to plan our own trip and quickly became overwhelmed with the challenge of booking hotels and finding tickets to museums etc....The Rick Steves Tours was recommended to us by friends who have used your books to plan their own travel vacations. We chose our trip and decided to give it a try. It was a very positive experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The people on our tour made it a special time. Everyone was wonderful and making new friends, meeting new people, made each place we visited that much more enjoyable."

Paula

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 09/23/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about our tour: the cities we visited, the transportation we used, the other tour members, our awesome guide Jennifer, the restaurants, hotels, and museums. The extra activities were outstanding: a river cruise on the Seine, wine tasting, hiking in the Swiss Alps, and Oktoberfest, to name a few. This was a trip of a lifetime for me, and I loved every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from our tour was visiting the small village of Wengen in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Being from Oklahoma, I am not used to seeing mountains in my backyard, but that's what we had while we were there. The beauty and majesty of the mountains are breathtaking. I could sit for days and admire the view."

Erika

Hayward, CA

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was more than I what my expectations ever were. Sarah was an great tour guide , everyone that we met has become a long distance friend. The trip and all the accommodations, food, sight's were AWESOME!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was Wow about Sarah, she was like a walking history book & was able to squeeze in places that were not on our tour itinerary which made the trip even that much more WOW!"

Thomas

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience! Our guide Sarah was truly amazing. She had tremedous knowledge of the region and helped us enjoy the local flavor in every location with her history and interesting facts on the bus as we approached each region. The trip far exceeded our expectations and we will definitely put a Rick Steves' Tour at the top of any future way to see Europe as we explore other regions soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome. It was the last few days of our trip, and yet with Sarah and Francesca taking us through the ruins and explaining the amazing history all around us it was magical. It was breathtaking to walk through over two thousand years of history while dodging Vespas and drinking wine!"

Pat

Carey, OH

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was beyond my expectations. I felt we hit all the highlights of each of our destinations and were well informed of the impact each site had on us, our world and it's history. It was a good balance between experiencing busy city life and taking in the beauty of awesome landscapes. I can't tell you how many times I said "it can't get any better than this"...and IT DID...time after time! I hope everyone gets a chance to experience what we did!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were sooo many WOW moments but I have to say the Alps were my favorite. We were blessed with a beautiful clear day and could see for endless miles. I picture heaven to look something like what we saw that day. On our hike down I kept thinking the same thing."

Michael

Goffstown, NH

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not know what to expect, this was my first trip out of the United States.I was somewhat intimidated by the prospect of not knowing how to speak a foreign language. After meeting the other members of my group, and spending a couple of hours getting oriented in Paris, I felt at home with them and the prospect of a wonderful experience. Every day was a new learning experience, and every day was as novel as the first.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I feel that when I looked out of my hotel window and saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time, this was the moment that I truly realized that the trip I had been waiting for all year was finally in progress."

Diane

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very well organized tour. Our guide and our driver were very professional but also very fun and engaging. Our tour group became like a family. Everyone watched out for each other. It was a nice balance of organized time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. I think seeing the beauty of the Swiss Alps for the first time was my favorite "wow" moment."

Kenneth

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time we have taken a tour, and it was a fantastic experience. It was a perfect blend of scheduled activities and free time, our group was very compatible, and our tour guide and bus driver were excellent. It was a perfect way to experience so many destinations in 2 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Swiss Alps was extraordinary. We started our "free" day with an optional hike led by our tour guide, and then completed the day hiking on our own. The scenery was breathtaking, including lunch outdoors with a view of snow-covered mountains, and Lauterbrunen was a wonderful village to stay in."

Marcy

Klamath Falls, OR

Tour: 09/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a "first timer" on a Rick Steves tour...let alone a "first timer" to Europe...my expectations were exceedingly met!! Everything was so well planned and executed with warmth and class. Our tour guide, Roy, seemed to have a magical sense of when to "check-in" with us and when to leave us to our own adventures...always encouraging us to explore and experience the best the area had to offer! His knowledge of history and the arts added so much to the tour experience. Trip of a lifetime!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down!...Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland! I will share from my journal entry after the first day in that breathtaking valley:" A day full of Alpine hikes through quaint and pristine villages and beautiful waterfalls...with the back-drop of the Eiger Mountain and Alps...while listening to the delightful "clankeling" of cow bells on contently grazing cows. It is breath-taking here...so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes...such appreciation for Creator!""

Negar

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a GREAT tour. I grew up watching Rick Steves' shows and would always feel like I was there with him. It was such a wonderful experience to finally have a chance to visit Europe. Every day was loaded with fun events, amazing food, wonderful people, and eye-opening sites. This tour had the perfect amount of driving, walking, time with the tour, time alone, and cozy hotels. Every city was so unique and special that I find it hard to pinpoint my favorite location. Superb experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, this is just a really tough question. I had so many great experiences on this trip that I cannot even pick one over the other. However, since I have to, I would say that my favorite WOW moment was taking a hike in Lauterbrunnen Valley with the sun shining and the alps glistening. This place was AMAZING! I felt so small in this valley but at the same time felt that I was on top of the world. Such a wonderful and peaceful place. I will definitely return one day!"

Malcolm

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. The people on the tour were great; friendly, and easy to get along with. Our guide, Dmitri, was a consummate professional, hitting exactly the right balance between informative commentary, practical advice, and allowing us to soak up the experiences. The local guides were informative. And having all the transport and hotels taken care of (and very well done) made the trip very easy and enjoyable. RS is onto something here.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Hiking in the Alps. Wandering around Venice after dark. Wandering around medieval walls in Burgundy. Chatting with Dmitri and John (the driver) over lunch and dinner, and learning about their lives and their profession. And of course, seeing such wonderful art."

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about FranceSwitzerland, Germany, and Italy. Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Important arrival note: To make the most of our time in Paris, this tour begins at 2 p.m. (the hotel will store your luggage if your room is not ready).

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Most tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly into Paris and out of Rome (“multi-city” on flight booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425/608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Paris before your tour begins, use Rick Steves Best of Europe guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of French, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are a few sightseeing suggestions that we will not do as a group: walk the Champs-Elysées and climb the Arc de Triomphe*; visit Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the Old Opera House; day trip to Versailles*. Visit these museums: Cluny* (medieval art), Pompidou* (modern art), Marmottan (Impressionist art), Invalides* (military), Rodin* (sculpture) and the Jewish History* museum. (* Entry is free with the Paris Museum Pass you’ll be given when the tour begins. To save money, you may want to save a couple of these for your free afternoon on Day 2.) This tour does not include a visit to the Eiffel Tower. However it is often a highlight for any traveler and one we highly recommend. Avoid the lines by booking tickets several weeks in advance at: http://ticket.toureiffel.fr.

Spending extra time after the tour in Rome? Here are a few suggestions for sightseeing that we do not do as a group: Borghese Gallery (reservations mandatory); Spanish Steps; Capuchin Crypt; National Museum of Rome; Ancient Appian Way (great for biking) and catacombs.

Packing

While hiking boots are not necessary for our time in the Swiss Alps, you’ll want to bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes that offer good traction. Also, if swimming interests you, we'll have a couple of opportunities to get wet, so bring along a swimsuit and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick’s packing tips.