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

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Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour

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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!

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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 Rick Steves Best of Europe and Snapshot: Munich guidebooks, 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. Today we'll discover why Burgundy's wine is world renowned and enjoy a tasting together at a countryside estate. We'll continue on to Beaune, take an orientation walk through the town, and visit the Hôtel Dieu, the medieval hospital in Beaune. You'll have the afternoon and evening free to explore the many charms of village France and find dinner on your own. 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. We'll cross the border of Germany and 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! This evening we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly-made friends. 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

Mary

Shaftsbury, VT

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful! The people in our group were friendly and caring. Marijan, our tour guide was the best. He made each day special! We ate at the best places. The hotels were very comfortable. I liked the hotesl in Paris, Munich and Switzerland the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 44th wedding anniversary in the Alps!!!! We loved Switzerland!!!!"

Greta

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marijan and Beata were fantastic tour guides. They were both knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent suggestions of places to go for meals on our own, as well as suggestions as to what to do on our free time. Loved all the local guides as well. A wonderful vacation and an experience of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice. I was ready to move there. The hotel, the boat trip with musicians was mind blowing. The city was not at all what i expected- the streets were narrow, and well labelled and the bridges so cute. I would go back there just to sit in the cafe's and watch people walk by."

Kent

Sunnyside, WA

Tour: 06/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw a lot in 14 days and it can be tiring change hotels every couple of days, but we were prepared for that. It was our first time to Europe and it was a great way to see the highlights of each country we visited. Next time we go we will be more seasoned tourists and we will be able to those sights that interest us the most and spend more time at those sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it it difficult to pick just one. I loved everything about Paris, the gondola ride through Venice was special, and the Colosseum and other ruins in Rome were at the top of my bucket list."

Gregory

Mason, OH

Tour: 06/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All the highlights and none of the tourist touristy fluff...Well organized and completely informed of upcoming highlights along the way. Even had just enough free time so you rest or see other sights on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Swiss alps were spectacular. Soring peaks and awesome waterfalls. Hike in the Alps with lunch was really good."

Robin

Manheim, PA

Tour: 06/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have no regrets in choosing the Rick Steves tour for our first visit to Europe. With transportation & hotels taken care of, and with excellent tour guidance, we could relax and enjoy ourselves completely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In a trip of so many "WOW" moments, our "Great Hike" through the Swiss Alps in great company is the top memory. Also, Paris, Paris, Paris!"

James

Topeka, KS

Tour: 06/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon on this tour, and we were not disappointed. Even a freakish heatwave didn't stop our enjoyment and wonder at the dizzying array of sites we visited. Any doubt I had about booking the tour vanished at our first stop, the Louvre, when we were whisked in past the long lines waiting in the hot sun at the entrance. That VIP treatment extended on to other sites, wonderful restaurants and many unique experiences we would have never experienced otherwise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it's difficult to choose one. What's important to note is that our guide, Stephanie, made those "wow" moments happen. She melded our group into a family and managed to wow us at least once a day with amazing experiences, such as a hike through the Alps, a special Paris restaurant, a sunset gondola ride in Venice (with musicians!), a night-time stroll through Rome and many, many more. Kudos to Stephanie... Our trip wouldn't have been as enjoyable without her."

Diane

Irvine, CA

Tour: 06/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was everything I hoped it to be. Never been to Europe. The places to eat and stay were done just right. The company does a great job picking out these hidden places to stay and eat. Of course our fabulous tour guide Stephanie was so wonderful, charming and so educated on her job, we all learned so much from her. Rony our bus driver did a excellent job driving and getting us all safely to where we were suppose to be. I would take another Rick Steve Tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every town and city had it's "WOW". Probably I would pick Switzerland and the Oberland Hotel. The Alps were so beautiful and the charming town we stayed at."

Michael

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Talk about hitting the ground running. What a whirlwind tour of the most fantastic places in the world. So many wonderful sites and adventures, you'll have to experience them personally to gain a full perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" was the valley of Switzerland called Lauterbrunnen/ I have never seen such natural beauty in the the mountains (the Monk, The Ogre and the maiden) plus the beautiful pristine valley with rivers, creeks and so many waterfalls over shear rock cliffs thousands of feet high, We live in the area of the Columbia River Gorge, and it pales in comparison to Lauterburnnen. I could spend a year there. The natives were very nice and glad we were there."

Chris

Sunnyside, WA

Tour: 06/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed our tour leader Stephanie and our bus driver Ronny. The tour was a quick one giving us a good over view of the places we visited. I especially liked how we experienced large cities and rural or small village settings. Loved our local tour guides who provided us with a wealth of information. Our group meals were wonderful and allowed us time to socialize while getting to know each other better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one thing. I fell in love with the beauty of the Alps. I also loved the added excursion that Stephanie arranged for us which was an evening cruise down the the Seine. It was amazing seeing the sunset and the lights come on the Eiffel Tower. I now understand why Paris is known as The City of Lights."

Ned

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 06/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steve's Tour exceeded our expectations, the planning and foresight that must go into the tours has to be exceptional. From short museum lines, to great dinners and valuable insight to the local area are only a few things of many that we appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the vineyard tour and stop in Boune France, I loved the clean and well maintained city."

Suzette

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour exceeded my expectations - really fantastic! We loved all the planned activities we knew were included, as well as the ones we did not! Cary and our driver, Henri, were both excellent - as were the local guides we had in several of the countries. Our lodging and RS meals were great as well. We were very fortunate to have an outstanding group of tour members, including other teens that our 2 teens really enjoyed, which added to the overall fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick just one WOW moment! The walk in Switzerland was breathtaking! Enjoying a gondola ride - with music and singing - never forget this! Seeing the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican was amazing. I was in awe seeing the David in Florence. We also arrived the night before and rode up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, just in time to experience the twinkling lights - magical! I had heard all about the Beer halls in Munich, so experiencing two of these was also a big WOW!"

Eric

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the amazing beauty of the mountains from our balcony in Lauterbrunnen for the first time."

Deborah

Fairport, NY

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations in every way and I had a fabulous time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps! Magnificent! I was awestruck and speechless at the beauty of the mountains and landscape. The area had experienced several weeks of rain and clouds prior to our arrival, but the weather cleared the day we rolled into Lauterbrunnen. We were thrilled, and I must say, experienced "heaven on earth" for two unforgettable days!"

Ronald

Franklin, TN

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding trip..Every single day (out of 14) was great. The trip was well-planned and well executed... We loved it all!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had "wow' moments every day...The day we spent hiking in the Swiss Alps was amazing...Hiking in the morning, then joining with our group for an outside meal in a beautifully scenic Swiss town was great....Also, the gondola ride at night in Venice, complete with a singer and accordion accompanist was hard to believe..."

Nancy

Duluth, MN

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and memorable. The group of people on the trip were wonderful, outgoing, and we enjoyed many laughs and adventures. Our travels covered a large amount of territory in two weeks and I feel a few things could be changed to make it more enjoyable. When travel days on the bus the departure time should be earlier in the morning. We tended to leave at 8 or 9 and arrived at new location to find things closed. Leave at 6 or 7 a.m. Rick add Dachau and climb Notre-Dame.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Alpine hike in Switzerland (going up to Schilthorn). Seeing the Colosseum and Forum, going up in the Eiffel Tower (seeing it lit at night--it sparkles), eating apple strudel twice in one day, getting gelato three times a day, and finding a German baby doll for my 2 year old Granddaughter (yes I do like to shop--did not get to some places in time to enjoy the local businesses)."

Regan

Mosinee, WI

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded our expectations. The trip was well organized from start to finish and Rolinka our tour guide was very knowledgeable, energetic and a great friend. Her passion and determination to create a great travel experience for the group was appreciated and often she went above and beyond her responsibilities as just a guide. The trip was a wonderful way to see the best highlights of Europe and every day was a new adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall the hiking day in the Swiss alps was fantastic. We were blessed with fresh snow on the mountain tops, a brilliant blue sky and lush green cow pastures that made a nearly perfect day!"

Ron

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall great experience. I really thought Roy and the local tour guides did an outstanding job. I thought our bus driver (Matt) was exceptional. I always felt safe in the bus. Also he was a great guy, very friendly, good sense of humor. The tour went flawlessly which is a real testament to Roy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is actually a hard question but I guess I would have to say looking at the views of Lauterbrunnen during the hike."

Jennifer

Covina, CA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was very well planned. All activities, arrivals and departures were on time and proceeded as scheduled. If anything changed we were made aware in a timely manner. All tours, meals, guides, and hotels were great. Except our last hotel in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Venice gondola ride, St. Peter's square and the Vatican Museum."

Brian

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great choice of locations, good hotels, knowledgeable and hospitable host, good driver, comfy bus, and the Rick Steve's travel philosophy helped assure our co-travelers were of the right spirit for the trip. We had an amazing time and met many new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many of the trip members were heard to say our stop in Switzerland was the favorite. It was a welcome contrast to many of the other stops, and even though many of us come from picturesque parts of the U.S., we couldn't help but to be impressed by the dramatic beauty of the Alps."

Jared

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My family and I had a very wonderful time during our first visit to Europe. I didn't know what to expect, but I was definitely not disappointed in any aspect of our tour. I loved being surrounded by so much history no matter where we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when we were hiking in Lauterbrunnen. It was a cloudy morning, but at one point the clouds broke momentarily and we were able to see the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps. It was truly breathtaking."

Susan

Paducah, KY

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and sampling of Europe for a first time visitor to Europe. Our guide Marijan was great and helped with whatever was needed from showing us how to use the metro to preparing us for each stop along the way. Gave us background information and history of each place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican and Sistine Chapel was my WOW moment. So much history and Art to absorb in a day."

Bill

Orange, CA

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great co-travelers, and a well-planned tour that gave me exactly what I was hoping for, namely, a great introduction to to the best of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The morning of the day that we were leaving Switzerland when the clouds finally lifted from the mountains and we were able to see the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau clearly for the first time."

Karen

Colleyville, TX

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I would do it again. Although, I feel like your tour & guide has given me the tools and inspiration I need to prepare, plan and travel on my own but I would use Rick Steve's again because I love the small group feel and the feeling like your part of a family for 14 days and knowing that your safe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time we took to hike up the mountain in Wengen, Switzerland. It was relaxing and at the same time invigorating and well as beautiful."

James

Colleyville, TX

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My oldest son just graduated college and this trip was a graduation present to the family so the pressure was on for Dad to deliver. I could not be more pleased with the trip.Everything that you mentioned in your brochures concerning the difference between the Rick Steve's Tours and the "cheaper" tours was absolutely true. The guides, the hotels, the time spent in each city were all important but the best feature hands down was the size of the group which correlates to more room on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My son and I took a Helicopter ride in Lauterbrunnen over the Alps. Amazing. Each city and country had many "wow" moments but from the Rick Steves perspective I think the "wow" for me was that the trip exceeded all of my expectations every day. There was never a let down or moment when I thought "something" was less than I expected."

Haley

Apple Valley, MN

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a good experience. I had a good time and I thought that all tour guides were awesome. However, I felt that the some of the tour group members were somewhat rude.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride"

Kevin

Des Moines, IA

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time - what a two week vacation! I only wish we knew the languages and were familiar with our surroundings; our guide, Marijan, quickly put those fears to rest. We were impressed with his fluency in all the languages needed and the history and current culture of each area we were about to enter. The ratio of structured time to "on-our-own" time was about right. We've discussed our favorites and not-so-favorite spots or cities and want to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mine was first witnessing the scenic beauty of the Lauterbrunnen/Wengen area of Switzerland. We've visited and hiked in the Colorado Rockies many times and the Alps eclipsed them three-fold."

Kristen

Orange, CA

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so much fun! I was pleasantly surprised by how much we learned throughout the trip. We were kept busy, but the free afternoons allowed us to relax a little more on occasion when we needed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Ancient Rome day. The immensity and power displayed through Roman architecture was truly awesome."

Judith

Apple Valley, MN

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a raving success for me & my 3 grandchildren. Hour tour guide was soooo knowledgeable I was awestruck & always accessable. The hotels & their locations was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, but the scenery in Switzerland was beyond description. I loved every country. Rome had many "WOW" moments. The art & architecture of italy was astounding. I will go back."

Robert

Coshocton, OH

Tour: 06/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steve's experience was amazing. We were able to relax and enjoy a wonderful two weeks in Europe. Everything was very well organized and planned with extra thoughts to provide us with an educational fun trip. We were blessed with our guide Marijan who enhanced our trip with his confidence, knowledge and upbeat personality. We are already talking about our next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most of my wow moments came from our tours by local guides. What a wonderful way to learn about a city than by someone who lives there and is passionate about their city."

Emily

Frisco, TX

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Taking this tour was the best decision our family could've ever made. We learned and experienced so much in the short 14 days, and it all would not have been possible without our fantastic tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful views on our hiking trip through the Swiss Alps."

Monica

Distrito Federal,

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me it was a great experience, because it was the first time I was traveling alone to another content, and with people that speak a different language. But during all the trip, I always felt confortable with everybody. I think that we made a very empathetic and funny group.The way the tour was planned, helped me to visit most of the important places of each city and tasted the food that every place presume to the rest of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view I had in Lauterbrunnen since I opened the window of my hotel's room until every place I turned around during the hikes we took, I liked the landscapes we were able to see everywhere. For me, that I'm not used to cold or snow, the weather played a very important role, so that we could enjoy the days we were there."

Erica

Kamuela, HI

Tour: 06/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. A great way to get a taste of 4 countries with all the hotels and transportation taken care of so you don't have to worry about it. Tina and Tim, our tour guides, were knowledgeable and awesome! Would absolutely take another Rick Stever tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a "wow" moment for every place we went on the tour. But, if I had to choose it would probably be Switzerland at the top of the Schilthorn. Incredible!"

Brian

Flower Mound, TX

Tour: 06/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked that the tour was pre-planned, so we could focus on enjoying our time in Europe, not worrying about the logistics. Our tour guides and bus driver were awesome, very friendly and helpful. We met a lot of great people in our group and experienced interesting cities, architecture, art, and food. We can't wait to schedule our next Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland (awesome view from the hotel) and the beer gardens in Munich."

Courtney

Milbank, SD

Tour: 06/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each part of the tour was a great experience. We had a tour guide with a great sense of humor, and she was very knowledgeable regarding the sites and cities. I do not regret doing a group tour one bit. I feel like we were able to experience the best parts of Europe in a timely manner. I do wish there was more time in Munich.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was seeing Saint-Chapelle in Paris. I literally said "wow" when I saw the stained glass windows. It was absolutely breathtaking. This was a place I didn't have any knowledge of coming on tour, so I was very pleasantly surprised by it's magnificence. The Swiss Alps were also a wow moment for me, but this was the part of the tour I was most looking forward to, so I was not as surprised by this as I was by Sainte-Chapelle."

Laura

Crawfordville, FL

Tour: 06/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour. It exceeded my expectations. I was anticipating a great trip and received an outstanding trip! The areas we visited were well chosen. I enjoyed the planned activities as well as having free time on my own to explore the various cities we visited. The food was great. There was a good blend of both big cities and smaller settings to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. I truly enjoyed the tour. Being able to see so much in just one tour was fantastic! I really enjoyed being able to see the art work and to be provided with expert guides who were able to point out the details that I surely would have missed on my own."

Vanessa

Whittier, CA

Tour: 06/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience with this tour overall was great. Everything was well organized and our tour guide made the experience really great. I enjoyed the countries we visited they were all very different and provided a lot to see during the whole trip. I enjoyed seeing the top attractions at each destination and enjoyed that those activities were organized and that we had the local guides as experts to share their knowledge. I really was able to see the "Best of Europe" on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the entering the Saint Chapelle that was such a beautiful piece of work. My other wow moment was the gondola ride in Venice it seemed like a fairy tale. I also enjoyed the beauty of Switzerland and small town we stayed in."

Marion

Gladstone, MO

Tour: 05/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our trip. Roy really made our experience perfect. He was knowledgable, kind, yet professional. Everything was handled for us, so all of the potential stress of traveling abroad was eliminated. We even enjoyed all of our fellow travelers and will keep in touch with several of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments to mention. We loved our trip!"

Laura

Manassas, VA

Tour: 05/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish this was a tour of a lifetime for me. It was fast paced but worth every minute. The places we visited, the people we met, our tour guide, the local guides,our bus driver, all were beyond what I expected. I truly did experience the places, the culture and the people. I learned so much and have a better appreciation of Europe and its history and what that history means to a youngster like the United States.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick[INVALID]but Tuscany probably stands out the most for me. Every place we visited had a "wow" factor. Tuscany as the midpoint was beautiful and like a family reunion. I loved the atmosphere, the company and the food, not to mention the wine! I could go back again!"

Kathleen

Ferndale, WA

Tour: 05/30/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A terrific opportunity to cover lots of land in 14 days. I knew it would be fast pace & sometimes tiring. The RS dinners were often at a late hour, ie in Paris w/metro travel, it was 9:10 when we returned to hotel. Sometimes meals weren't ready, we had to wait. Set meals are okay, but should be 2 choices, lighter option.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Villa, outside Florence, was an oasis, lovely & peaceful. I was tempted to forget about Florence and stay there for the day."

James

Manassas, VA

Tour: 05/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met all of our expectations. The balance between structured guided tours and free time was just about right. Hotels were convenient and comfortable. The meals were representative of the local culture and delicious. The guides were courteous, knowledgeable and professional. The bus driver was simply the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sainte Chapelle. Walking up the stairs and being consumed by the sheer beauty of those windows was fantastic."

Robert

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 05/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesomely overwhelming, can't describe it in words but Rick Steve's tours does it right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide Roy was speaking to us over the bus public address system as we rolled into Venice. He was commenting on the cruise ship passengers. What he said I found profound, "They are tourist, we are travelers". I knew we picked the right tour company."

Carol

Powell River, BC

Tour: 05/30/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have avoided group travel for 30 yrs. However after attempting to plan a trip to Europe in the amount of detail required, it was overwhelming. There is so much more than booking accommodation, transportation, excursions that were a part of this trip. The years of careful research that has been done by the RS team into the destinations visited is very valuable. Our group of 21 was large enough. I would not consider traveling with a larger group and why this package had appeal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Catching the highlights in the big city centers whet your appetite to return one day. The French, Austrian, and Italian countryside captured my attention the most. Sleeping in peaceful Tuscany was wonderful. All agreed we would have loved a 'down day' there. Some of the planned lunch stops were wonderful. Lindau, Ferrara to name a couple."

Tom

Brighton, MI

Tour: 05/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your tours are described accurately, they require active participation before and during the tour. We dissected our guide books and bound them into smaller books for use at each location. I think that only two other couples brought guide books. The bus travel was our greatest concern, however it was clearly the best way to see the country. Roy's selective narration along the route added a fabulous perspective to the history of each region. I can say now that we are travelers, not tourists!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was more than one "wow" moment. The Lauterbrennen Valley hike from the valley floor via gondola to an Alpine meadow with views of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Schilthorn mountains. Plus, the bus ride out of the valley on the way to Munich was breathtaking. Our first views of Venice, standing speechless in St. Marks square with another couple from our group. I asked "What do you think?" The response was, "I don't know yet, there is too much input to process!!!""

Kylie

Columbus, IN

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. Everything ran extremely smoothly and the tour guides made everyone gel together. The food was great and everywhere the group went to eat was charming. The hotels were always in a great location and were good quality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice."

Jeffrey

Fairfax Station, VA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time traveling via tour and far exceeded my expectations. This tour packed a lot into 14 days, and yet somehow achieved a great balance between structured and free time. Had I planned this a la carte, it would have been challenging, stressful, and I doubt I could have found local guides to match those on this tour. Further, group travel [INVALID] the biggest unknown and my greatest fear [INVALID] turned out to be a great experience with a group of new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through Switzerland, through Interloken, and finally to Lauterbrunnen. The scenery kept getting jaw droppingly better with every mile."

Dawn

Richardson, TX

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 21 year old granddaughter chose this tour as a "European sampler", and because she needed a roommate, I got to go! It was my 4th R S tour. At 80, I questioned my sanity, of course[INVALID]but everything turned out great. This definitely was a busy tour, but I loved every minute of it. The interesting thing is that despite having been in each of these cities, some more than once, still nothing was "the same"[INVALID]even got better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing a nighttime experience in Paris with granddaughter Sawyer at the top of the Arc de Triomphe while, in the distance, the Eiffel Tower with its lights put on quite a show!"

Pia

Columbus, IN

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All around this was one of the top trips EVER!! Great guides, travel partners, food, drink and weather!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time Dimitri or Toni had a food or restaurant recommendation it was excellent."

Sun

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. Although It's my first group tour. Weather was so nice, no rain just perfect to walking tour. Tour guide Dimitri and Toni was wonderful, they're look after us so well like a mother. We had a most fabulous trip. Sincerely. Sun Ng.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every Sight seeing was great but for me wow moment was Swiss Alps. Enjoy Tuscany Farm house hotel too."

Iayun

Vienna, VA

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a trip! This trip would have been a disaster if not for our wonderful trip leader, Dave. He helped me through the process of getting the replacement passport when my purse was stolen the first night we arrived in Paris. Without him,I would be in a panic mold the whole time and will not be able to enjoy this wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Rome when we toured the Colosseum and Roman Forum.The passion from our wonderful local guide was really contagious."

Douglas

Leawood, KS

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good with great restaurants, lodging and company. Only restaurant I didn't like was the AutoGrill after leaving Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the lunch at Domaine D'Ardhuy. All good."

Michele

Kirkfield, ON

Tour: 05/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. We loved the small group of 18 ! Our guide Dave was very patient, helpful & full of great stories & information. Our bus driver Paul was also great. He got us safely to each destination, was an extra set of eyes & just fun to be with . The guides were all wonderful. I especially enjoyed Kathleen in Munich, France in Munich (Dachau) , Francesca in Rome & Cindy in Florence. But, really they were all excellent. Accommodations were perfect, enjoyed all the breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were my favorite! Just breath taking. Again this was hard to choose as we enjoyed each destination."

Maxine

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

How do I capsulize an outstanding two-week "Best of Europe" tour? The intersection of geographic, political and church history with adventure, fun, freedom and the challenge to ponder world affairs were unprecedented. It was a pleasure having some free time each day to explore, get lost or indulge in an afternoon treat. My husband and I added a little time onto each end of the trip and in short, they were the best three consecutive weeks of my life. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was spending a beautiful spring evening in St. Peter's Square - the Vatican shone against a navy blue sky, pigeons soared in the soft light and there was this serene joy. It was a celebration!"

Emily

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was a cool experience to be able to go to Europe. I really enjoyed Trish as a guide! She was really nice! I really enjoyed all the other tour members and how they watched out for me and my sister, since we were the youngest in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the Notre Dame. It was beautiful with the detail put into it and the length of time to build."

Terrence

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding in every respect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments. This was an excellent learning experience and Trish always made sure we had a good introduction and travel plan."

Sydney

Tuscaloosa, AL

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was truly the best vacation of my life-- every detail was meticulously taken care of, and I got an experience with the company that I would never have been able to replicate if I were planning on my own. I was hesitant to go on vacation with 27 strangers, but now I feel like we shouldn't travel without them!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget sitting at a cafe on the Piazza San Marco in Venice after dark, drinking excellent coffee and listening to the bands reverberate around the square. The pre-coffee gondola ride was also not terrible."

James

Tuscaloosa, AL

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A grand adventure with a group that soon became like a large family. Amazingly, I did not hear a single complaint during the entire two week trip. The combination of a very nice group, a wonderful guide and an excellent driver made a a fantastic trip all the more special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping into the inspiration of Saint Chappelle in Paris."

Virginia

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! We couldn't possibly have had a better tour group, tour leader, local guides or exposure to Europe. I needed to push my physical limits in order to do all the walking & stairs, but there was nothing I couldn't ultimately do & it gave me a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. I enjoyed the local hotels, the truly fabulous meals & Trish's perspective on the local history & geopolitical factors. Our tour members were interesting & supportive - truly great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think possibly being on top of the Arc-de-Triomphe in Paris, in a light rain, seeing a rainbow over the spire of a distant church, listening to horns blaring & feeling like I was in the middle of a very special place at a very special time. For some reason I hadn't expected to like Paris very much & ended up loving it."

Mitchell

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire experience was excellent. Trish did a great job organizing the group and keeping us in tow! I enjoyed the time together as a group and the fact that we had the opportunity to take time on our own to do some of our own activities if we wanted. The members of the group were varied and I had a great time getting to know them during the two weeks we spent together. Our driver Sylvan was excellent as were all the local tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess mostly the amazing accomplishments of the builders and artists from so long ago. How could they do all that they did with limited technology. Amazing!"

Joseph

Brooklyn Park, MN

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I truly can't believe all of the things we saw and did during our 14 days on the tour. When people ask me about it I'm not sure where to start or what to say. I've never been on a 'tour' like this before and do not consider myself someone that is well suited for it. But, I had a wonderful time with the group, meeting so many new people and learning about them as well as experiencing so many amazing things with them. It's hard to believe we only knew each other for 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was either walking around Venice at night (I couldn't get over the lighting, buildings, etc). What an amazing place! OR walking into St. Peter's Basilica. Usually Jaw-dropping is just a figure of speech but after the first 30 seconds, I realized that my jaw had literally dropped while I was trying to comprehend the scale and beauty of what I was seeing."

Kathryn

Hesston, KS

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First tour ever so there was a learning curve. Past that, very enjoyable and comfortable on the tour. It was nice having room to spread out a little on the bus at times. I was worried about feeling crowded on the bus but it was fine. I sometimes wished the windows were kept a little cleaner but the driver, John was a nice addition to the friendliness of all the staff. A nice group to tour with, no one overbearing or too talkative, or obnoxious as one might fear being stuck with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Seeing certain things in museums, eating certain foods, seeing certain areas. Experiencing things you only dreamt about. It was great having so many WoW moments!!"

Mary

Centennial, CO

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Engaging. Wonderful guides, historical information gave new meaning to seeing art, architecture , cathedrals. Never boring. Loved the cultural experience or staying in smaller hotels and the variety of city and country settings. I feel I got a real feel for what the different countries value if life and how they live . This tour was life changing for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mask making demonstration in Venice with local artist speaking in Italian and Italian guide interpreting behind him. Amazing wonderful demonstration showing how passionate these two people were about their respective life pursuits."

Jose

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great adventure. Your tour staff on our vacation was absolutely first rate. Cary and Lorraine made sure each and every member of our tour were actively involved in all activities. Rick Steve's approach to managing tour details was spot on--I will recommend to friends and co-workers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sooo many. One of the best for me was taking in the absolutely awesome views from our Alpine hike at Lauterbrunnen. My wife's was cruising in a gondola on a beautiful Venice evening while listening to Italian love songs on her birthday--she will never forget what she was doing on "that" birthday."

Jason

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being as concise as I can possibly be for a trip so long and fulfilling: 1. Our guide Cary was absolutely fantastic. Her knowledge was only rivaled by her sparkling personality. She never missed a beat and made sure everyone had her attention at every available moment. I could not have imagined having a better guide. Assistant Lorraine was a joy and will be an incredibly asset running the UK tour. Driver John was incredibly helpful and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably a tie between anything in Paris or St. Peters Cathedral in Vatican City. Also enjoyed getting a birds eye view of Florence."

Richard

Denton, TX

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the trip was wonderful. Cary was an excellent tour guide. All of the members of the tour group were compatible, and we truly became friends. There is not one thing I would change. I loved the group time along with the separate times. I can't wait for another adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cities of Paris, Munich and Rome, but the "wow" moments were the small villages in Switzerland, France and Tuscany."

Kathryn

Denton, TX

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was magnificent. It was just the right amount of group time as well as alone time. Our tour guide, Cary was exactly what we needed to make this the best vacation that we have ever had. The overall trip was wonderful. We toured five countries, with a stop over in Austria to eat lunch. The people on the tour grew very close to one another. We commented after our trip, that it seemed like all 28 people became friends with each other. Each one of us had a meal or walked with each per

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was walking into the Accademia Gallery in Florence and seeing David for the first time. I couldn't stop the tears from flowing. It was amazing to see this magnificent work of art by Michelangelo. It was a dream come true to be close enough to just sit and meditate so close to this glorious sculpture."

Linda

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations. Couldn't have been better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide for the Renaissance Tour in Florence was spectacular. He really made history and the art of that time come alive for me."

Jennifer

Brooklyn Park, MN

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a little nervous about taking a tour with 288 people I didn't know and it was the best vacation I have ever had! The sites were great but the people really made the trip. We have stayed in contact with many of the other tour members. It was the trip of a lifetime and I have recommended it to everyone who asks me about my trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Coliseum in Rome. It took my breath away to be in something so old with so much history."

Gail

Ventura, CA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was all that and more!! Our guide Keith was completely in tune with all of us having a good time, and making sure that we knew the history of everything that we were about to see. I can't believe how organized everything was! Keith did all of the leg work for tickets to museums or buses etc. Our bus and driver Phillipe were totally awesome. He was the ultimate professional and we all really enjoyed our time on the bus also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my 'wow' moment was pulling into Lauterbrunnen in the Swiss Alps. it was a glorious day and had been a beautiful ride. There really was not just one 'wow' moment......Venice was awesome and I loved the canals and the dinner there was spectacular!"

Tina

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Keith brought the history alive and explained why things happened. He made the history real. I think we were lucky that all of the group got along so well, that was by luck. I was surprised that there were more than the 28 limit stated. Impressed that Keith did extras for us- Chocolates, music, get togethers. Philip the driver was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not just one moment- Venice riding over in the vaperetto. The winery in Tuscany. Snowing in the Alps. The Colosseum."

Dennis

Dallastown, PA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to Keith, the tour was one of the most memorable experiences that I have ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name just one, but arriving in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland on a warm sunny spring day and having a snow storm the next day was just fantastic. How many people can say that in two days they experienced both spring and winter in the Alps. I told Keith he sure knows how to deliver!! Also seeing Venice for the first time."

Janet

Dallastown, PA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was s wonderful tour, I'm ready to go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all amazing, but Switzerland and Venice were probably tops."

Tom

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It truly was the trip of a lifetime!! To see so many of the sights that we had only read about was incredible. Covering so much history and territory in only 14 days made for a very busy schedule, but it was so worth it. From our guide, Keith, our bus driver, Phillipe, to our wonderful tour mates, this Best of Europe in 14 Days was the most interesting and exciting trip that we have ever taken. There was never a dull moment. We had a great group of people to share our experiences with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beauty of the Swiss Alps and Lauterbrunnen when we arrived with beautiful 75 degree weather and the snow capped peaks and beautiful waterfalls. Then heading up to the Schilthorn the next morning in the snow for a wonderful breakfast. By the time we got back to the valley, we had 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. It's a different kind of beauty when snow covered, but still breathtaking."

Karen

Arcadia, CA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience exceeded our expectations. We had a nice mix of age groups and a fun group to tour with. The tour was fast paced, but not too exhausting. Everything was well orchestrated with transportation, reservations at museums, guides, and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few: Sainte Chapelle, The beauty and green of Switzerland one day and then waking to a snow covered valley the following morning, walking the streets of Venice, seeing "David", and finally the Sistine Chapel."

Sandra

Monterrey NL,

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good experience!...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The second floor of Sainte-Chapelle. The english gardens... more time needed!!"

Jeannie

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a magnificent trip, wonderful cities, great tour guide and coach driver! We enjoyed learning history, seeing all the wonderful places, masterpieces, beautiful sites and fabulous scenery! Great tour group, a fun adventure and very reasonable for all the hotels, 1/2 the meals and museum tickets! Have told many folks about this Best of Europe 14 Day Tour, hopefully they will be traveling with a Rick Steve's tour in the near future. Thank u for a journey of a lifetime !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Lauterbrunnen, as the snow fell on our way to Schilthorn magnificent scenery! Of course loved the wine tasting and Beaune, a great experienced. But loved Tuscany hotel and the relaxing day we spent, wish weather had been better. Florence and spectacular David, Cindy was engaging! Who wouldn't love Venice, a magical gondola ride, enjoyed the vibe of the city and romance in the air! Roman Vatican, Sistine Chapel, colosseum all awesome!"

Jim

So Charleston, WV

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations. Right from the beginning, the meet and greet I was impressed and knew we were in for the time of our lives. Visiting six countries and seeing all the wonderful sites in 14 days was amazing. Not one stone was left unturned from the comfortable bus ride and great driver, to well organized tours with excellent and entertaining guides, to top hotel accommodations, great group dinners with our wonderful guide, Keith to the travel tips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one moment. Every time we came to a new city we were wowed by the sights and who would have thought we would have eight inches of snow in Lauterbrunnen in May! Just name a place, and that was our next favorite wow moment."

Richard

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As this was our first time in Europe, we decided to take the Europe in 14 Days tour, and we are really glad we did. It met all of our expectations, as well as those stated in the tour book. We learned to travel light, smart, how to use public transit, enjoy the local culture and relish the experience of each country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The snow in Lauterbrunnen. Totally unexpected, but what a sight and experience. We rode the four gondolas to the top of the Shiltorn for breakfast and played in the snow...briefly!"

Dawn

Singapore,

Tour: 05/09/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Skip the line access to all the major attractions and yummy group meals are a major plus. Itinerary is well organized. Love the small group sizes as well. Coach is spacious and comfortable. Tour guide is good. Overall a good experience except for the last hotel in Rome which, ideally, should not be used for future tours as it left us a negative impression at the end of the trip. (More details provided below) Other than that, great tour! :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hike with our guide Dave at Switzerland, reaching the top of schiltron, picnic with a view at the top, the group dinner at hotel oberland restaurant, Swiss cheese fondue, and a restful sleep at the hotel. More accurately, it is a wow day."

Te Sheng

Singapore,

Tour: 05/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first Europe trip and actually learn so much about Europe through our guide Dave as well as from the local expert. In fact, I feel I would be much more confident to travel alone if i visited Western Europe again. I'm glad most of the attraction we are able to walk in straight since the queue is really really long. Which in turn we have more time to visit more places. Overall, i really enjoy this trip and meeting the rest of like-minded travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the alpine peak in Schilthorn, Switzerland. The view is amazing given the weather of the day."

Vernon

Aiea, HI

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my very first trip to Europe. I never had an interest in visiting Europe (my preference has been the Far East) and so I had concerns (food, travel conditions, accommodations, ability to find my way around the various sites, etc., etc.)! Needless to say, thanks to Rick Steves, all of my concerns were never issues throughout the tour and my tour experience was way beyond my expectations! It was a wonderful experience and I believe in the Rick Steves "way" of visiting Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two ... the gondola ride in the evening with live music and the visit to the Colosseum in Rome. The tour guide's explanations of the Colosseum and its features made it a very memorable experience."

Susan

Riverdale, ND

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Words cannot describe what a great tour this was and how much fun we had. We met amazing people from all over the U.S. The tour guide, Colleen, was so knowledgeable and told us about the history and people of the areas we visited, which really enriched our experience. We saw 4 different countries, tasted the food of the areas, experienced the culture and people in each country and I hope made friends for life from our tour group. Would highly recommend taking a Rick Steves Tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many list. Landing in Paris, wine tasting in France, cooking or mask making demonstrations in Italy, seeing the Swiss Alps, riding the gondolas. Wow, wow, wow!"

Lorrian

Aiea, HI

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I visited Europe on a 35-day American Express tour in 1971 so I wanted to revisit all those places with my husband. I chose your tour in spite of the warnings about how strenuous it would be because it took me to the places I really wanted to revisit. I think we managed to keep up with the group (in spite of being the oldest couple) and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the adventure. Everything I saw was even lovelier, more spectacular than before, and I learned a lot more this time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the greatest wow I got from this trip was learning how the subway system in Paris and Rome work, and realizing that I could probably do this on my own (at a more leisurely pace) if I ever went back there again. Next to that, it was the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's Last Judgement."

Paul

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything we hoped it would be. You are not kidding about it being fast paced with a lot of walking!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's and the Swiss Alps."

Jeremy

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the Swiss Alps, even though it was raining."

Mark

Greer, SC

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colleen and Anja provided us with one of the best vacations we have ever had. There was and excellent balance of time with the group and time to explore on our own. We also enjoyed the time that Colleen and Anja took to give us some background on each of the areas that we visited. Well worth the money and would definitely go on another Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was when we were in Munich and came around the corner to the New Town Hall to see the glockenspiel begin to chime on the hour."

Ronald

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was very enjoyable. Group and guides/bus driver really bonded well did many things together. Tour guides went out of their way to make sure our free time meals went smoothly, i.e. making suggestions/ reservations and dining with us. Also reminded us of potential problems areas. pick pockets, even people to be wary of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Rome in person, including the guides commentaries, was spectacular. Especially the gellato after a hot excursion."

William

Bend, OR

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour included a wonderful group of people, everyone seemed to get along right from the beginning. I felt blessed to not only to have Colleen as our guide as well as Anja assisting. She stayed with my wife while the tour moved on while I was hospitalized in Venice. I later learned they both waited nearby until 2:30 in the morning to make sure I was admitted and cared for. Although we chose not to sign up for the insurance offered, Travel Aide provided us with much appreciated assistance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting excursion in Beaune was unique and enlightening."

Vicki

Champaign, IL

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it was life changing! Having a tour guide made a vacation really a vacation. All the leg work was done and having fun was the only thing left to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Mark's square at nighttime"

Brian

Orange, CA

Tour: 04/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was really excellent. I don't think we possibly could have seen or experienced as much if we had tried to do it ourselves without spending about 3 months planning. The tour really brought to light quite a bit of the history and art of Europe that I had forgotten (or at least not appreciated). Now feel comfortable that I could 'survive' traveling around Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say I was most 'wowed' by the Lauterbrunnen Valley. We were lucky enough to get there right between two storms, and had great weather to see the mountains, waterfalls, and do a fantastic hike between a couple charming towns. There are few places that I have been to that are as beautiful."

Shannon

Livonia, MI

Tour: 04/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a dream of a life time! Our first trip to Europe and first with a Tour group! It all went so smooth, we could have never seen so many wonderful things on our own. The group was great, everyone cared and looked out for one another, was wonderful! Was so nice having the same bus and driver-Paul, he made the whole trip special. Our guide was great with all the History knowledge as we rode along the way. We will most definitely recommend a RS Tour to our friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to a Sunny morning in Lauterbrunnen and seeing the Swiss Alps in that Blue Sky, Breathtaking!! All the churches were unbelievable, attending mass at Notre Dame, St Mark's Basilica, and the Vatican was awesome. Seeing and hearing the Pope on our last day in Rome was an amazing ending to our trip! WOW!!"

David

Livonia, MI

Tour: 04/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was awesome. We never could have seen so much in two weeks on our own. At first the tour guide seemed annoying to some of us about hurrying and being on time but soon after I understood why he has to be this way early in the tour as the whole group responded well the rest of the tour. I personally enjoyed the areas the hotels were in as we got a taste of the true culture of the country we were visiting. The provided meals were spectacular what ever city we were in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually there were many WOW moments in this trip. The scenery in the Swiss alps was spectacular. The size of the Eiffel Tower, the colosseum in Rome, and the beauty of the many churches we saw were more memorable moments."

Robert

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 04/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I was very pleased with the tour. The sites visited were interesting, the bus had plenty of room and stopped at just the right times, the guide was likable and informative, the background and history lectures were appreciated, the buddy system worked well, the friendship among fellow tourists was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments. The churches were over-the-top. In Italy, I'd be walking on a narrow street, one after the other, and then (wow) an open area would appear full of people and activity."

Joanne

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 04/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Never could have seen so much on my own. Very well organized. Paul the bus driver was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out of the metro and seeing the coliseum for the first time."

Robert

Anaheim, CA

Tour: 04/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was very good overall. Crowds an issue in Venice and Florence. I was hoping that leaving on the 1st tour of the year would limit the crowds. Itinerary was excellent. Reid was good. I think that he was a bit surprised that some of the members of the tour were not the "Rick Steves" prototype. Somewhat out of shape and packing the silly huge bags and such. Hope that you get the drift. As the trip developed it seemed that he was able to work with some of these folks. We did have a "grump".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Checking into Hotel Oberland and viewing waterfall in Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Lynne

St Albert, AB

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Zane and I loved our wonderful action-packed European holiday. Excellent variety of experiences offered, our fellow travellers enriched the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several 'wows': - night cruise down the Seine - Beaune wine-tasting - Lauterbrunnen gondola, hike and lattes on the patio overlooking mountains - Munich Hofbrauhaus - walking the plank risers in Venice - Beautiful Tuscany, fun dancing/karaoke - Art of Florence, the Louvre, art everywhere - Colosseum & Forum - The Vatican - old world cities, beautiful churches, art, history, architecture and way of life"

James

Forest Lake, MN

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to have a 2nd guide on our tour as he was getting familiar with the tour. The 2 guides were incredible! They took all the stress out of the vacation by taking care of everything. We had a small group of great folks on our tour that really added to the great vacation.My wife and I had never been to Europe and had thought about just going on our own but thankfully we went through Rick Steves and had the vacation of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland and the gondola ride to the top at Schiltorn. Venice was unbelievable. St. Peter's was incredible. Our Guides were terrific. The group was wonderful. Sorry but I couldn't just have one."

Zane

St Albert, AB

Tour: 10/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great well organized fab guides who were personable and informed plus interested in their craft. many of the tours were things I would not have done on my own. I enjoyed them all. Well done. I really enjoyed having all my breakfast meals looked after; they were good and enjoyable with fellow R Steve's travellers. Group dinners were also an event I really enjoyed. Using local transportation added to the experience as it put one in contact with the locals. more interested in seeing locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"VENICE, must be seen. No photograph can tell the experience of that spot. Beaune,Paris, the river cruise. The ALPS,Tuscany, and the energy of Rome. Munich was kinda missed because of the bus ride. in my mind we could have left Alps at 6;00 PM to get to Munich at midnite, but that is just me and I do not go to bed till midnite. Early sleepers would not agree. Roman Forum was maybe the best for me. Could not believe how far advanced those Romans were."

Adrianna

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was so amazing! Everything from our awesome tour guides, to the walking tours, the restaurants we all dined at, to the hotels and destinations..FIVE STARS! I could recommenced this trip to anyone who has and hasn't been to Europe before. It stress-free with everything being planned for you & have the option to op'd out of anything was perfect because you didn't feel pressure to HAVE TO to everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moment was pretty much in all the cities we visited. My quote of the trip was "is this real??!" Because the scenery was just so jaw dropping and felt so surreal, it truly felt like I was in a movie! I can't wait to visit Florence, Venice & Rome again. I do think I left a piece of my in Italy."

Christine

West Linn, OR

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A diverse group of 28 travelers came together on a late afternoon in Paris to meet and greet on another along with our two guides. It was a very open and personal introduction to,our group which carried throughput our travels in Europe. The locations, local guides, pacing and group gatherings were well planned and executed with high interest, precision and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wows, but seeing " The David" had to be on the top of the list. Especially after visiting Carerra on The Village of Italy tour where the marble was procured."

Richard

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great "survey course". One sees some of the Best-of-Europe and gets an idea of the effort needed to truly experience the parts that resonate. Travel skill are imparted so that the traveller can decide whether a more focused tour or an independent trip is optimal to explore topics of interest. One also gets the opportunity to say that I saw this and that, they were beautiful, but I don't think I would go back...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most of what I saw was consistent with my expectations from movies and videos. The two "whoa -- that's much more impressive than I thought" experiences were the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and St Peters in the Vatican. (I might have included the Alps if I didn't have Mt Rainier and the Olympics in my back yard.)"

Teri

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a 14 day party! Such fun-loving, interesting people! Exceptional guides with facts and stories about each place we visited. Food. . . mama mia, delicious!! Beautiful countryside rides. Wow! I loved everything about this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most breath-taking moment for me was entering the King's chapel at Saint Chapelle. It's beautiful stained glass windows thoroughly took me by surprise, stopped me in my tracks, and honestly took my breath away!"

Steven

Mount Hope, ON

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very happy with out tour, the agenda and locations were perfect for a first timer wanting to see as much of Europe as possible and Cary our guide was outstanding!! She was very organized and kept us well informed of what to expect next and was very tactful keeping us all on the same schedule so there was no waiting. Ishvon our second guide and Cary's assistant was great as well!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many moments, the biggest thing i will bring home is all the learning I achieved from the sites, Cary, Ishvon and our fellow travelers!!"

Judith

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This, our second RS tour, introduced us to some cities, regions we've never visited. I particularly enjoyed the long bus journey. Wonderful dynamic mix of travelers - some, first-timers to Europe - added joy, positive energy to every travel minute. Daily schedules are intense, highly structured, but well-balanced between planned activities and time for independent exploration. Itinerary is designed to give general local overview, highlighting unique points of local interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't expect it to be, but Vatican City - St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel in particular took my breath away."

Regina

Cliffside Park, NJ

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband (Reinaldo Rivera) and I enjoyed our tour tremendously. Everything was well-organized. All the logistical details were handled by our guides, leaving us time and peace of mind to focus on the sites and sounds of each place we visited. We liked the mix of structured and free time. The formal tours with local guides gave us deeper appreciation of the history, art and culture of Europe. We got to know the cities better by getting lost on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments - cruising Seine River on a rainy evening and seeing Paris and the Eiffel Tower all lit up, hiking in Jungfrau on a sunny day and stopping for a group picnic, eating pork knuckles in the English Garden in Munich, dancing the night away in a Tuscany farmhouse with a really good band, and attending mass at both Notre Dame Cathedral and St. Peter's Basilica."

Paul

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "outstanding" rating says it all. Simply a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either St. Peters or Switzerland. But I'd seen St. Peters before, so I would say the sheer size and beauty of Switzerland was my favorite."

Robert

Keizer, OR

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it. All of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments: 1. The day I wrote a big fat check to Rick Steves. I said, "wow". 2. Paris 3. Switzerland 4. Venice 5. Rome There were so many "wow" moments....but my favorite was the look on my wife's face when we got to Venice---I was watching her dream come true right before my eyes. Wow. Write the check, say "wow", then let the Rick Steves team make it all worthwhile and give you your own lifetime of "wow" memories. It's worth every penny."

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""

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."

Greg

Southlake, TX

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding doesn't describe our overall experience. The varied countries, food, sites, great guides in Stephen and Heather (and the bus driver), tour members and experiences were fabulous. This was our second RS tour and we will be back for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Repeating what others have said, it's very hard to pick any one single moment. From Oktoberfest, Swiss Alps, ancient Rome, Champs-Élysées, canals of Venice, AutoGrills (wow, the food they have compared to all our fast food), the hills of Tuscany, to all the fabulous churches and art we saw. Very special and maybe should be considered as part of a future tour, we visited Dachau concentration camp (sobering) and World War II US memorial in Italy that took our breath away."

Janet

Southlake, TX

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful overall! The people on our tour and tour guides added greatly to the experience. The selection of countries and cities visited gave us a perfect feel of various European culture. Country to big city!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lautenbrunnen, Switzerland and the Alps were breathtaking! Venice, no cars, trucks or motorcycles ahhh just imagining my life there. Awesome! Every church large or small gave me goose bumps! Their history and grandeur penetrated my soul. Musee d'Orsay, Paris(we visited on our own) exceeded our expectations."

Janet

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Highly recommend this tour company. Our tour guides Stephen & Heather were like the family that you would pick. Knowledgable, naturing, guiding & wanting to help. No need to worry with traveling in foreign countries. They made it easy for us to explore on our own by sharing the secrets of local transportation. This tour is filled with lots to see (guided & your own time), mingling with the locals, sampling great foods, sights to see & lots of extras. A memoriable trip for sure - 5 Stars !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Switzerland for the first time; breathtaking view of the majestic valley & Swiss Alps will forever remain in my memories. The symphony of cow bell randomly clinking as though they were playing a first time ballet for those that choose to listen-magical. Oktoberfest! High energy & over the top exciting. The German folks wrapped their arms around our group,sharing their celebration was heartwarming. We sang, we danced & drank German beer! It was Fabrel Haft!"

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"

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."

Ronald

Canby, OR

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Jennifer and Yorick her assistant. They were great about letting us know the expectations of the people in each county, which helped with how we would feel about the way we were treated us, which was more than I had expected in each county. This helped especially in France and it make since. Would have cut out the Tuscany and Boune for more time in Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the eifal Tower in France and the Swiss Alps."

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."

Janey

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very fast moving. Even during our "on our own time" you didn't want to miss out on anything so you were moving constantly. Your tour does a very good job of making sure people know how physical the trip will be, and fortunately I was prepared for it. If there was some way to squeeze in a day where we weren't traveling our touring, I would love that. Maybe a day in Switzerland?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Twice I "teared up". One was the realization I was finally in Venice, a place I always dreamt of visiting but never thought it would happen. The 2nd time was coming out of the subway system in Rome and seeing the coliseum right before my eyes!"

Shaun

Mililani, HI

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prior to booking this tour, I had never heard of Rick Steve's. I stumbled across his tours while looking at other group tours on the internet. This was our first trip to Europe and first tour. I don't think that we would be able to do all that we did on our own or with another tour company given the same time and money constraints. Even though I had looked at the tour contest albums and also read the tour reviews, the tour was still better than I thought it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland - the awesome view of the mountains from our hotel balcony and riding the train up to Jungfraujock. Also the view of Venice from the Rialta Bridge. Monet's paintings at the Orsay."

Cindy

Harbor City, CA

Tour: 09/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've traveled abroad several times before but there's no way I could have pulled off a trip to these multiple diverse destinations alone. Seamless, efficient and has obviously been perfected over time. Focused on highlights in addition to authentic, non-touristy experiences. Even bus time was used effectively for short lessons, pretty scenery, a welcome nap or opportunity for discovery at some of the thoughtful rest stops along the way. Contracting local city guides made a huge difference!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city had several: Pyramid entry and vastness of the Louvre, seeing major landmarks from the Seine boat ride; Lauterbrunnen's waterfalls and lush greenery; crowds at Munich's Oktoberfest & learning about Dachau's concentration camp; the way Venice's golden light looks setting over their old buildings; Michelangelo's David and Florence's Duomo, and Rome's ruins against the backdrop of a bustling city."

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! :)"

Curtis

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hard to say which country was the best, it all was so beautiful and exciting for me. Never travelled before, this opened my eyes to the beauty of the world and its history. Reading about it in books doesn't compare to the actual visit of these countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eifel Tower in Paris, wine tasting in Beaune, October Fest in Germany, the Vatican in Rome, plus at the churches and museums were amazing. The hike in Switzerland was amazing. The gondola ride with special music was so very special along with wonderful dinner at Stacey's restaurant. The most enjoyable was the people we met on our tour."

Tierney

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great....... Cary and Stacy were great... Every single member of our tour was delightful and having been on other tours, I know this is unusual. I loved the mixture of scheduled time and free time. Weather was perfect every day which of course, certainly contributed to the overall experience ...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding my niece!! My 2 nieces were to meet us in Paris... but she was not allowed to get on the plane in NC as her passport had been damaged...so after a day in Atlanta to get a new passport, she joined us 2 days later at the Louvre....she was to meet us at the pyramid... well, of course, she and thousands of others are milling around...I spotted her out the window while we were at the Mona Lisa...which is now called the Mona Liza by our family in honor of my niece...Elise...aka Liza....."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

Christine

Janesville, WI

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful tour experience. It was a stress free way to travel with the major sights in each city planned for us and then time to explore on our own. I enjoyed the extra things we experienced like the mask making demonstration, the cooking lesson and the fondue making and tasting!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments throughout the tour as we traveled from city to city. My favorite wow moment is seeing the alps from the top of the mountain. It was a breathtaking view I will never forget."

Jean

Wilsonville, OR

Tour: 09/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From day one until we said good-by, our tour was full of amazing experiences. The itinerary was great, hotels wonderful, coach very comfortable and our tour guide, Dimitri, the very best. The size of our group was great. Everyone was very compatible. We really enjoyed meeting travelers from all areas of the U.S.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many, but our evening boat tour on the Seine in Paris with a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower was very special."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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!"

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!!!"

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."

Ryan

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all we expected and more. Everyone on our group was extremely friendly and like-minded when it came to traveling. We were happy with all of the accommodations and sights that we ended up seeing. We would definitely do it again if given another chance. We'll be looking at other similar tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night time canal ride in Venice with a musician and a singer was spectacular. It was a beautiful night, and nothing can re-create the memory of being on the grand canal with 25 of our new friends."

Samantha

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't express enough how much I enjoyed this trip! My husband and I chose this as our honeymoon and were very glad we did. It was definitely a busy 14 days but the amount of things that we were able to see and experience was incredible. The only downfall was that we never wanted to leave each city! The bus ride was nice (everyone was able to space out comfortably), the hotels were cozy, and the food was delicious! Having never been to Europe before, this was a perfect introduction!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Singing the YMCA with hundreds of people in a beer tent at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Still not sure how we were able to get a table but several members of our group found a spot in one of the legendary beer tents and spent the evening singing along with the German band and enjoying the local beer and giant pretzels. Pretty crazy experience!"

Janet

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous trip! It was my first trip to Europe, and was a great overview of so many places. It was quite a whirlwind, and I was so glad to have seen and done so much. Margaret, the guide, was amazing! She was so nice, friendly, organized, and experienced! She really did a great job of keeping us all together and informed of the next experiences!

Mary

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Louvre so much art!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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!"

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"

Patricia

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I has such a great experience! The tour definitely far exceeded our expectations. When we got back it was so hard to describe how much fun we had, you really had to be there to experience it. It was the perfect mix of the most amazing tour members, experiencing the rich culture of Europe, indulging in the food and having guide who cared about all the experiences and memories taking place. All we can do is recommend this tour to everyone, we absolutely loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can honestly say I had at least 2 wow moments. The first in Paris during the pre-tour, when we climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to view the city at night. It was magnificent with a full moon glistening behind the Eiffel Tower. Second would have to be the view from our hotel room in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland the evening we arrived. The sun was just hitting the top peaks of the Swiss Alps and there are no pictures to do that place justice."

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!"

Norman

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Europe in 14 Days "tour" was quite simply, the VERY BEST that I could have ever hoped for. I had very high expectations, with a trip to Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome, and additional time in Beaune, Switzerland and Munich were just a BONUS ..... a life long dream to go, see and experience Europe. Our tour guide (Rozanne, with a PhD in French Art History) was so accommodating, pleasant, with a wealth of information that enhanced our experience immeasurably.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With our FIRST trip to Europe, you expect to experience seeing the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre & Orsay Museums, the Nymphenburg Palace, romantic gondola ride in canals of Venice, the Uffizi & Academia Gallery in Florence, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forman & Pantheon in Rome.... simply AMAZING with the great art treasures of the world, but to throw in the rural culture in Beaune, Switzerland and the Tuscany working farm .....SIMPLY THE BEST !"

Dale

Springfield, IL

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an outstanding value and it enabled us to see, do, and learn so much. Our travel companions were wonderful people -- it was easy to spend time with everyone, and it seemed that no one felt excluded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Here are two "favorites." The Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide re-arranged the tour schedule so that we could visit the Vatican in the evening, when it was less crowded. We were able to spend 20 -25 minutes within the Chapel to marvel at the art and the rich history of that incredible place. Dachau. Our tour guide arranged an optional visit, and our entire group participated. The site guide was excellent, and we left with a profound sensitivity to this horrific part of human history."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Lisa

Monticello, IL

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a fabulous time celebrating our 25th Anniversary. My in depth comments are below - but I will say that it was a trip of a lifetime. I sure wish you had a Best of North West Europe or something like that. We would love to tour Ireland, Scotland and England in a 10 day tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can you have one favorite "wow" moment??! There were so many, but one result of this trip was that I developed a great appreciation for Michelangelo and his many works. It's hard to comprehend how he could sculpt David with such precision to the human form. Seeing his face evoked so many emotions, and even more so standing in front of the Pieta, where I stood and cried, until my husband made me move so more people could get up front to see it."

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."

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."

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

Joshua

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/30/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our 14 days through Europe was a wonderful and fulfilling experience. Dave and William worked well together as a team of tour guides. The bus accommodations were great, and Rony, our driver, did a great job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was easily Lauterbrunnen! I knew the Swiss Alps would be pretty and relaxing, but the absolute majesty of that valley was nearly overwhelming. Although many of the cities we visited were great for visiting, I wanted to move to Lauterbrunnen and figure out how to make a living there. We had a great time visiting the valley and hiking around it. The Hotel Oberland was a great place to stay. Honestly, though, it was just the valley itself that captured me."

Jamie

Bountiful, UT

Tour: 08/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing to the top of the Sacre Cour Church in Paris with William was one of my favorite moments of the trip. Also, of course, ALL of Switzerland, my absolute favorite! So gorgeous."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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 !!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!)"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

Monica

Henderson, NV

Tour: 04/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a fantastic time on our tour! The guides were informative, friendly, and fun! On other trips, I have found myself ready to return home but I wanted this tour to keep going. I cannot wait until I book my next Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was waking up in Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley. It was like I was a character in a storybook. The views were breathtaking!"

Weather

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Switzerland / Bern

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Germany / Munich

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Italy / Venice

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Italy / Florence

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Italy / Rome

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.