• The Netherlands
  • Rothenburg, Germany
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Italy's Cinque Terre
  • Swiss Alps
  • france-beaune-wine-tasting
    Wine Tasting in Beaune, France
  • Paris

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Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour

Our classic, three-week Best of Europe tour packs more travel thrills into a single vacation than you can imagine. Starting in the Netherlands with your Rick Steves guide, you'll experience the best of Amsterdam, Germany's Rhine Valley and Romantic Road, castles and forests of the German-Austrian Tirol, canals of Venice, Renaissance Florence, the art and history of Rome, seaside villages of the Cinque Terre, the majestic Swiss Alps, country charms of France's Burgundy region, and the City of Light — Paris. Join us for the Best of Europe in 21 Days!

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 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 34 group sightseeing events • Haarlem walking tour • Amsterdam walking tour • Rijksmuseum tour • Anne Frank House • Amsterdam canal cruise • Dutch Open-Air Museum • Rhine cruise • Rheinfels Castle tour • Bacharach walking tour • Rothenburg Night Watchman tour • Dachau Concentration Camp tour • Wieskirche • Hohenschwangau Castle tour • Neuschwanstein Castle tour • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting) • Venice walking tour • Florence Renaissance walking tour • Uffizi Gallery tour • Florence's Accademia Gallery including Michelangelo's David • Trevi Fountain • Colosseum tour • Forum tour • Pantheon • St. Peter's Basilica tour • Vatican Museum tour • Italian hill town visit • Orientation for "vacation" day on Italian Riviera • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune • Wine tasting in Burgundy • Louvre Museum • Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame • Sainte-Chapelle...and more
  • All group transportation from Haarlem to Paris
  • 20 nights' accommodations 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 guidebook, French-Italian-German phrase book, Europe Sightseeing Supplement, map, money belt, 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 2014
  • 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
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

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 the Netherlands

We'll start in quintessentially Dutch Haarlem, a quick 30 minutes by train, bus, or taxi from the Amsterdam airport. We'll meet at our hotel around 4 p.m. for an orientation and chance to get acquainted, followed by a walking tour of this charming town and a traditional rijsttafel dinner together. Sleep in Haarlem (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Progressive, Artistic Amsterdam

We'll take the train into Amsterdam this morning, and then hop aboard a tram for an introduction to this progressive, artistic city. Our first stop will be a visit to the Anne Frank House, followed by a walking tour of Amsterdam's historic streets, lined with teetering, gable-topped houses overlooking centuries-old canals. This afternoon we'll tour the remarkable Rijksmuseum, featuring masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Afterward, you'll have free time to see another artist's rich legacy at the nearby Van Gogh Museum. We'll finish up in Amsterdam with a relaxing canal boat cruise and eye-opening Red Light District walk, before returning to Haarlem for dinner on your own. Train: 1 hr. Boat: 1 hr. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Dutch Treats and Rhine Views

We'll travel to Arnhem's open-air museum this morning to see what life was like in this corner of Europe centuries ago. We'll wander among the quaint houses, village storefronts, and working windmills, followed by a traditional Dutch pancake lunch. Then we'll work our way down to Germany's castle-studded Rhineland, enjoying dinner together at our 700-year-old hotel, nestled in the medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 4: Rhine Castles and a River Cruise

This morning we'll take a walking tour of the village of Bacharach with an entertaining local guide. At nearby St. Goar we'll hike up the hill to tour the mighty medieval Rheinfels castle, and enjoy its commanding view of the Rhine Valley. We'll then board a boat for a relaxing Rhine river cruise, passing picturesque villages and feudal castles, followed by free time for dinner on your own. Boat: 1 hr. Bus: ½ hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Medieval Rothenburg

We'll get an early start today, arriving in Rothenburg, Germany's best preserved medieval town, just before lunchtime. After a helpful orientation tour, the afternoon is yours to see the best woodcarving in Germany (Riemenschneider's altarpiece), walk the medieval wall, tour the Crime and Punishment Museum, or hunt down the best apple strudel in town. This evening we'll tag along on the legendary Night Watchman's tour. Sleep in or near Rothenburg (1 night). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 6: Dachau and Austria's Tirol

Today we'll make a 21st-century pilgrimage to the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich, where we'll learn powerful lessons about the Holocaust and WWII. We'll then drive across the Bavarian countryside to visit Germany's greatest Rococo-style church, the Wieskirche. Winding our way toward Austria, we'll arrive at our rural Tirolean guest house in time for a traditional dinner. Sleep near Reutte (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Royal Castles and a Luge

It's a short drive to Hohenschwangau Castle, the boyhood home of "Mad" King Ludwig. After touring the castle and learning about his childhood, you'll have time to grab some lunch before making the half-hour walk uphill to visit Ludwig's idea of a home fit for a king, the deservedly famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Afterward (weather permitting) you'll barrel down the Tegelberg luge, and still have free time to stroll in the woods or relax at our peaceful hotel before dinner together. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: Italy's Incomparable Venice

We'll take a scenic, all-day drive to Venice today, stopping en route for lunch together in a characteristic Italian-Tirolean village. In Venice we'll park our bus and board a vaporetto boat for a 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 our first Italian dinner together. Afterward your guide will organize an optional gondola ride for this unique 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: 7 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 9: The Art of Wandering in 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: Florence and Michelangelo's David

An early-morning vaporetto ride will reunite us with our bus and driver. We'll drive straight to Florence, and hit the ground walking with a Renaissance tour of the city's historic center. We'll see and learn about Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, and other creations that helped define this world-changing era. We'll end our walk at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. We'll have dinner together tonight, and sleep in Florence (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Wonders of Renaissance Florence

This morning is on your own. You can sleep in — or get an early start and scramble to the top of Brunelleschi's dome, or browse through Florence's colorful food and craft markets. After lunch, we'll tour the wealth of Botticellis, Leonardos, and Raphaels in the greatest collection of Italian paintings anywhere — the Uffizi Gallery. This evening is free to make your own discoveries. No bus. Walking: moderate.

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 the splashy Trevi Fountain. 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 (Catholic) Rome. At the sprawling Vatican Museum we'll tour its vast collection of treasures as we make our way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Our tour will continue inside the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà. You'll have the rest of your day and evening free to wander through this immense church, climb the dome if you're feeling energetic, and explore more of the Eternal City on your own (don't forget to taste some delicious gelato along the way). No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: To Italy's Cinque Terre

We'll drive along Italy's western coast today, with a refreshing stop at one of Italy's enchanting hill towns. This afternoon's destination is Italy's dramatic Cinque Terre: five perfectly preserved fishing villages, laced together with hiking paths that meander between vineyards and the deep blue sea. As we approach the Cinque Terre, we'll park our bus and take a short train ride into seaside Monterosso al Mare, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Train: ¼ hr. Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 15: Free Day in the Cinque Terre

Ahh, it's time to take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. Pick a Cinque Terre village and spend your day exploring the stairways and alleyways, sunning yourself on the rocks, or sipping a cappuccino and catching up on your journal at an outdoor café. Or, if you're looking for lots of exercise, fresh air, and panoramic views, start your day early and hike the cliffside paths that connect the towns. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 16: To the Heart of the Swiss Alps

Today we'll catch an early train back to our bus and head over the hills, past the farms and along the pristine lakes of northern Italy, and into the Alpine wonderland of Switzerland. After a breathtaking drive into the very heart of the Swiss Alps, we'll arrive at our creaky chalet in the magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we'll have dinner and sleep (2 nights). Train: ¼ hr. Bus: 7 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 17: Free Day 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 wander through the valley and walk to the thundering Trümmelbach: a unique set of waterfalls encased behind the valley walls. We'll have dinner together tonight. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 18: A Hearty Taste of Burgundy

Today we'll say Auf Wiedersehen to the Alps and Bonjour to la belle France. We'll drive into profoundly French Burgundy for a look at small-town France. We'll have an orientation walk through the heart of Burgundy's inviting wine capital, Beaune, visit the famous Hôtel Dieu medieval hospital, then enjoy a wine tasting together. Sleep in Beaune (1 night). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 19: Historic and Neighborhood Paris

This morning we'll drive straight to Paris, where you'll have an orientation of the neighborhood markets and cafés to find lunch on your own. After checking into our nearby hotel, we'll have a transportation lesson and Métro ride to the historic heart of Paris: the Ile de la Cité. Prepare to be awed by the brilliant stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle, and enlightened on a historic walk through the Latin Quarter, ending at the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral. Your evening is free for dinner and more discoveries. Sleep in Paris (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 20: Parisian Masterpieces

This day provides a busy, star-studded finale for our tour. Our morning is devoted to touring Europe's greatest museum — the Louvre — where you'll come face-to-face with timeless treasures that include Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. You'll be free for the rest of the afternoon to round out your Paris sightseeing with a walk down the Champs-Elysées, or perhaps a visit to such legendary museums as the Orsay and Rodin. This evening we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. Salut! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 21: Tour Over After Breakfast

If you're staying on in Paris, today would be a great day to hop on the train and tackle the sprawling palace and grounds at Versailles. If you're headed home, it's a breeze to reach Paris' airports by taxi, shuttle, or public transportation. Au revoir!

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 21 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

Nancy O'Brien

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 10/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience because of the combination of having Jesse as our guide, Mark as his assistant, a small, like-minded and friendly group of travelers, professional bus driver, excellent weather, less crowds in major sightseeing venues, &the selection of hotels to stay at over 3 wks.. Pete & I honestly enjoyed every minute of the 3wks! We are very grateful for this time. Nancy Stratte

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from the Swiss Alps- Jesse pointing out the white plaster on the outside of a worn looking castle - explaining that castles were beautiful and magnificent inside and outside. This little point completely changed my attitude about castles. They were no longer the cold,dank, dark, ugly stone forts!"

Sandra

Oxnard, CA

Tour: 10/12/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We are experienced travelers, and have traveled on our own throughout the British Isles, New Zealand, Canada and even into Alaska. "Back door" travel is our style. This tour, only our second, the first being a Trafalgar, lived up to, and exceeded our expectations in almost every way. There were some shortcomings, however, which are described later in this survey, but overall our experience was unforgettable and positive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, my favorite Wow moment was at the top of the Schilthorn peak. We were so fortunate to have a clear day, so our views were magnificent! Following that incredible moment was another when we walked through the small villages below the snowline after disembarking the gondola."

Citlali

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 10/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was an amazing experience. I was expecting to learn a lot regarding cities/cultures/structures but our amazing tour guide Jesse and tour assistant Mark along with the wonderful group dynamic during the trip just sent this trip over the top making it a lot of fun! The hotels were nice and centrally located which allowed us to walk to significant sites during our "free time", the food was always great and plentiful, and sites/museums visited as a group were well chosen/organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my first time in Europe, so each city had its own "wow" moment. But if I had to choose only one moment, it would be the moment we were walking in Rome as a group down small streets and rows of houses, and suddenly...BAM! the Roman Colosseum came into view...WOW! It was unreal and such a great moment for me."

Everett

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 10/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was great! This tour was a last minute idea for my wife and I we literally booked it 3 weeks before the start day. As newbies to European travel we wouldn't have been able to match this tour on our own. Stress free & easy. RST was the clear choice over other tour companies because we knew exactly what we were getting, the others left us guessing. The guides & driver were knowledgeable & welcoming; they made the group into a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The insight that came from seeing / experiencing the country that my ancestors came from. I could see myself & family in the personalities I met. The other "WOW" the coach driver Richard was extremely professional, well-versed & impeccably dressed. His driving was excellent."

Brenda

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 10/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in Europe, and I'm really glad I went on this trip. Being able to see many different countries and experience the food and culture was a beautiful thing! I will never forget the opportunity I had to experience Europe without having to plan all the necessary travel details. The guidebooks were extremely valuable for our travel adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coach driver's driving skills, professionalism, & impeccable attire was a "wow." Richard Hanson not only served as our driver, he served as another assistant. He was a wealth of local information and made the long bus rides pleasurable."

Terry

Bay St Louis, MS

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned an amazing amount of history in the short time we were together. Entering a museum or church or traveling from city to city was a wonderful experience with our guide's information about our daily destination. The tour is physically demanding, so the information given about the need to be in shape for walking, stair climbing and standing needs to be acknowledged. Entering amazing sites such as Vatican Museum and all the rest without having to wait in line is wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a "wow" moment for each of us, but my favorite was entering St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City."

Eung Soo

Pohang-si,

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have travelled America a few times, also I have travelled some of asian countries, including china and Japan, neighbour countries of South Korea. But I had never been in European Countries. To learn about the western culture, especially the vestiages of the renaissance period was why I had joined the Best of Europe 21 days. The church after church, the scupture after sculture made me feel fantastic and the kindness of each of tour members kept me happy all the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each moment of the tour should be "wow" to an asian mind as you know. To me the time to visit Rome is the moment. After seeing the Batican, I walked the Borgesse garden, and had a cup of coffe in a shop and I saw the sunset over the Basilica Scanti Petri at the Spanish Steps in a free time the tour schedule gave me and my wife."

Suzanne

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a wonderful first time travel to Europe experience. There were many wonderful aspects including fellow travelers, guide, driver, hoteliers, restaurants and meals, scenery, route and stops. I especially appreciated the RS 'stay in the middle of things and interact' orientation with guidance and coaching by guide. Had a really wonderful time and will have a lifetime of great memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were actually many for me as was my first time to Europe. Bicycling Moms with young children in Netherlands. Rijksmuseum and guide in Amsterdam. Dachau was a somewhat low but impactful wow moment. Beautiful scenery in the area of Hohenschwangau, Germany Beauty of Swiss alps and spectacular Susten pass bus trip over alps. Walled village near coast in NW Italy where they served the best tomatoes I have ever tasted. Italian art. Charm of Beaune and people of France ."

Elaine

Hull, MA

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a pleasure to travel in the orderly fashion that was the norm on this trip. We fell easily into the tour routine and, although some days were hectic, each day was pleasant and full of new experiences. Our tour guide Martin provided information and guidence (pun intended) to enhance our experiences, the local guides were--each and every one of them-fabulous, and our bus driver Jon was the best: keeping us safe and secure while making each leg of our jouney exciting and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting outside on the Tour boat meandering down the Rhine River. It was chilly and raining but the air was brisk and clean, the wine we were sipping was light and delicious, the vineyards and villages along the river were all clean and tidy and breathtakingly beautiful, and we were sitting with new friends enjoying the realization that this adventure of a vacation was all about relaxing and absorbing the essence of right now: and all the right nows to come."

John

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We picked this tour to fill in some gaps from previous European travel and revisit old favorites. The tour was hectic, but very well organized. Almost everything was interesting and very well done. We had a very compatible tour group which meshed well from the beginning. The itinerary was good in that it included a lot of small towns and countryside, not only big cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments were many. A favorite was Switzerland and our guide's walking tour of Murren and the beautiful mountains. Weather was perfect. Loach was interesting and away from usual tourist trail. Hotel was outstanding. Another Wow was Venice, particularly the Peggy Gudenheim museum."

Jerry

Galloway, NJ

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I found the vacation to be beyond my expectations. I found this tour to be well planned and loaded with lots of activities as well as needed down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was our first "Rick Steves'" tour. The fact that we visited the best of Europe in 21 days is my "wow moment." I enjoyed every day."

Marsha

Galloway, NJ

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was well planned out with a mix of active days and down time. On the 21 day tour one 3 night stay somewhere in the middle of the tour would be a welcome relief from moving every 2 days. I am not sure where you would insert that or what you would have to cut out to do that though.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a hard one since everything was awesome, but I would have to say that hiking in the Cinque Terre was my wow moment. A close second was being in the Colosseum in Rome."

Karen

Melbourne, FL

Tour: 09/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gave me the confidence to travel in foreign countries even without being on a tour. Keith, our guide, and Paul, our bus driver, we excellent and were full of information. They were great at keeping the group interactive and we all got along very well because of their leadership style and guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many."

Edward

Melbourne, FL

Tour: 09/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With this tour being our first, but based on our experience not our last, we did question ourselves as to what we were getting into. What made this experience so great was our guide Keith and bus driver Paul, the size of the group and their similar interests to ours plus the location visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its hard to limit this to just one, but feel we enjoyed the small towns more than the big cities. While we wanted to visit places such as Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris, we enjoyed the slower pace of the smaller towns and most likely will plan our next tour around an agenda that limits itself to the smaller towns."

Kimberly

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew by reading previous reviews of this tour that this would be a great experience, but I was blown away by how well thought-out and organized this tour was. From our guide Keith, to our most-excellent bus driver Paul, to the tourmates themselves, me and my mom could not have had a richer experience. The accomodations were in the heart of the cities, the group dinners were first-rate, and the local guides were outstanding. Some of the most memorable times were not even on the itinery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Luging in view of Neuschwanstein Castle, turning the corner of the Accademia and seeing David, climbing the Duomo with spectacular views of Florence, seeing the Colosseum and walking the Roman Forum, seeing works of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Van Gogh in real life was incredible, and the historical education we received from the local guides was "WOW"!"

Barbara

Grand Lake, CO

Tour: 09/30/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first tour experience, but I have traveled to Europe many times. I saw things on this trip that, on my own, I would have passed by; Keith knew all these little tidbits of information (like the little church hidden in the shopping district in Amsterdam). My husband and I averaged 8 miles of walking a day, yet we weren't tired! I think that's because all of the headache-producing things, like where to stay and driving, were taken care of, and we could focus on enjoying.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment was two days after arriving home from this near month-long vacation. I wanted to be back with the group, exploring something new!"

Nora

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This 21 day tour was everything we hoped and more: an affable, knowledgeable guide; a congenial group; outrageously unique and insightful local guides; a comfortable bus; decent local hotels; and wonderful opportunities to learn about history, art and politics where it really happened.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"World War II was fought on European soil and is still real to people who live there. As an American, I never fathomed the impact of occupation, loss, politics and the pain on the whole continent and successive generations."

William

Grand Lake, CO

Tour: 09/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour, outstanding guide and local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure I really had a wow moment..."

Sherry

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first major travel experience and I could not have asked for a better introduction. The trip was well planned and I was able to go places and do things that I would never have been able to do on my own. The local guides were exceptional and our Rick Steve's guide Keith was very personable and approachable. Also, our driver, Paul added a lot to our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think making 25 new friends was my "wow". Our group just seemed to gel from the first. We took care of each other and although I was a single woman traveling alone, I was always welcomed by other couples or groups. Even though we were from different backgrounds and countries we had so much in common and everyone was pleasant and fun to be with."

Paul

Milford, IL

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had many "got-cha" moments.Something at every stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best was five gondolas side by side on the Grand Canal in Venice with yje opera singer and accordian."

Cheryl

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first Rick Steeves tour we had been on. I was very impressed with our tour guide, Margaret and her ability to manage 28 people and coordinate so much every day. She did an AMAZING job of giving us information about each area we were visiting and made each new area we visited as exciting as the last. She took such good care of us. The food and hotels were great! Our bus driver, Jean, was also AMAZING and helped to make the trip even more wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite moment was seeing the beautiful mountains and surrounding countryside in Switzerland. We went to the top of Schilthorn on the gondola and the scenery was breathtaking. Also Trummalbach Falls was also pretty spectacular. The Colosseum in Rome was also very memorable. Our guide, Francesca, had a lot of knowledge and passion and it was so interesting learning the history about the Colosseum from her. Seeing the Mona Lisa in the Louvre was also one of my favorite highlights!"

James

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great experience that allowed me to see a large cross-section of Europe. The pace at times was very hectic and fast, but I believe I really got my money's worth for what I did and saw in 21 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and Roman Forum were just amazing. Imagining the things that happened during that time, picturing all of the buildings being covered with marble, walking in the steps of the emperors, and just the sheer magnitude of everything made a big impression on me. Was even more awe-inspiring than I had imagined."

Irish

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was really great..no dissapointments..Margaret our tour guide and Shaun the driver were fabulous together...I got tired of the stairs with our luggage...but other than that...the food was awesome..the places we ate at so cooooooooooooool...and the individual tour guides were so into explaining their cities it was really a learning lesson I will never forget...I needed more than an hour at the Anne Frank site...but we reconnected with the group later.....I can't wait for the reunion in January

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the runions at Rome"

Cynthia

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The level of service offered from our first contact through the last by our tour guide Margaret was outstanding. Every day I woke up expecting to have a great day, but each day somehow turned into a fantastic day! The camaraderie within the group developed throughout the weeks so that when I left my new friends in Paris at the end of week three,I was very sad to see them all go. Thanks for a trip that was absolutely wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment came during a beautifully moonlit night during a gondola ride with an accordian player and a vocalist along with us. The moon was out, the water was calm, Venice was the background upon which our vocalist sang her melodies. It was absolutely perfect."

Douglas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It would take three weeks to describe the three week Best of Europe trip. The great food and drink. The pure awesomeness of the Alps. The grandeur of the Forum and Coliseum in Rome. Paris, ah Paris. All the wonderful people. This has to be the best trip ever - so far!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on top of the world in the Swiss Alps on a crystal clear morning. Absolutely breathtaking."

Lois

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the local guides the most. Overall I thought the tour did what it "advertised" it would do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be Switzerland, hiking around the mountains. Of course, the weather being perfect -- beyond what Rick Steves could take credit for -- helped a lot!"

David

Potomac, MD

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. There were a few days when I was sure my lower limbs were going to fall of and a couple of times I wished we could have had more time in a specific spot along the way. Served the purpose of getting to visit Europe and see where we might want to come back to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Switzerland. I expected it to be grand but my expectations exceded greatly."

Ruby

Kalispell, MT

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I felt Margaret did an excellent job of providing guidance throughout the tour. Would of liked more hands on experiences and/or demonstrations. Museum and architecture choices were well thought out but felt some were redundant. Free time activities could have suggested more opportunities to interact with contemporary artists, craftsmen, and citizens of the areas visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mr. Jung's guided tour and sharing of WWII experiences were most moving. The tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon was the most antiquity "wow". The guide was very knowledgeable; she made the past come alive and put us back to the time of Julius Caesar."

James

Warsaw, IN

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. I appreciated Margaret, our host and John our bus driver. I especially enjoyed the small towns in Germany,and the Swiss Alps. The pace was very well thought out. Staying two nights at most places, and the mix of high intensity and relaxation was good. The historical background information and cultural distinctions shared by Margaret was just right in content. Not too much, but just enough to be helpful and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local tour guide, Herr Young,in Bacharach, Germany was a real rich experience. This elderly gentleman was an inspiration! His personal stories of WWII, his stories of the youth in Bacharach today,his delightful wit and sense of humor, humble spirit, yearning for peace, love of God and people just filled my heart with joy. Being in his presence even for a short time was blessing. The other "Wow" moment was being in the Swiss Alps, and the Lauterbrunnen valley."

Kathy

Warsaw, IN

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. Well organized and very enjoyable, well planned out. It was all we had hoped it would be and then more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the alps, riding the gondola up the Schlithorn Mountain."

Jack

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was wonderful. The ability to jump lines, have reservations to go to the most crowded and touristy sites, museums, etc. and walk right up and in made the most of our time. The hotels located in the heart of the areas we visited helped make the free times that we had very pleasant and productive. The tour dinners were in restaurants that we likely wouldn't have found and the food was excellent. Our tour group seemed to click right from the start and we had a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps in the Lauterbrunnen Valley were spectacular. Then to go from the valley floor in the gondola to the edge of the cliff up 1400 vertical feet to where a whole new village was (Muurren) was really great. We had fresh snow the night before we went in the gondolas up to the top of the Schilthorn on the mountain tops."

Richard

Redondo Beach, CA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A knowledgeable guide, new experiences, good tour companions and great food... in a nutshell. It was more of a European Sampler than a vacation. Too short of a time in each city/town except for the beginning and end where we stayed extra days. For us, maybe a shorter tour length, in smaller cities and fewer moves...but, we are on the older side. May work better for younger folks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terre, Beaune, Rothenburg and Lauterbrunnen Valley were interesting, different and enjoyable. Octoberfest in Munich was a wow."

Terry

Billings, MT

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour and our tour guide Daniela!I think the sign of a good tour is when people ask you what you liked best you find it difficult to choose. This was our first tour of any kind and we have traveled extensively.Honestly we were a little worried to try one, but had heard good things about Rick Steves:no umbrellas to follow, no assigned seating on the bus, free time, dinners on your own,in short, being treated as adults.We also cannot say enough about the local guides, they were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Alps!Going to the top~Schilthorn was awe-inspiring,and we come from the mountains!We would have enjoyed our day off there(or really anywhere)vs the Cinq de terre. An odd WOW was the Autogrills:) So clean,terrific food, and a nice break.The US could take a page from their book. Another WOW was the food in general,we never had a bad meal (with the group or alone)I felt Daniela gave us many great options and ideas, and she knew what she was talking about.Daniela was a WOW of a guide!"

Terry

Redondo Beach, CA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was jam-packed with so many exciting things to see and do. I know that we got our money's worth! It was more of a smorgasbord of Europe in 11 cities. In the future , I hope to return to certain areas and spend more time. Having the Museum Pass in Paris was fantastic... but then trying to fit in 4 museums and/or sites in each day was overwhelming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments- and all for different reasons! The Alps, St. Marks's Square (even though I'd been there 37 years ago), Cinque Terre sunsets. My favorite Paris moments were taking the Bateux Mouches in the early evening and touring during sunset and then darkness, with lights dancing on the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower exploding with shimmering , sparkling lights. Our guide had suggested we do this on our own when we had finished with the tour. Good advice."

Douglas

Atascadero, CA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would say the tour was mostly outstanding. I rate my experience very good only because I caught a cold when we were in Rome that lasted for the rest of the trip. While I don't hold the tour responsible in any way for my cold, it did diminish my overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many great moments on this tour. Three of them come to mind as especially important to me. The Colosseum, Pantheon, and Ancient Rome. I'm trained as an engineer, but you don't need an engineering degree to stand in awe of the building achievements of the Romans. Although I was aware of much of what I saw, complete appreciation comes from being there. The Lauterbrunnen Valley, riding the trams and hiking the trails. Our guide teaching us about Europe and its history."

Margery

Atascadero, CA

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a good trip! The first week was pure joy - so many interesting things to see and do, and such a wide variety of sites, from museums to houses to castles to city walking tours, and everyday was something unexpected and different. Then we went to Italy, and the trip shifted a bit, to seeing lots of museums, and I pretty quickly maxed out on that. (Except for the ancient Rome part - wonderful.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondolas up in the Alps - what a great experience, and we lucked out on the weather. In addition, being able to spontaneously go to Octoberfest was just great, and perhaps the unexpectedness of it was part of that. Also, I'm one of those people who didn't want to go to Anne Frank's house, or visit Dachau, but I'm so glad we did."

Stephen

Big Lake, MN

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hi all, this tour is amazing , we enjoyed all the stops along the way and especially the side trips on our journey to the next destination. It is a great adventure without all the headaches of planning such a complex trip on your own. It was a great mix of city and country Europe , from walking the streets of Rome to hiking in the Alps .We had a great group of people who made the trip very enjoyable .The bus rides were comfortable and after a couple of strenuous tour days ,they were welcomed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment would have to be Switzerland and the gondola ride up to the summit of the Schilthorn , the views were amazing that morning and was a great hike down from Murren . The setting of the Hotel Schtecklberg in the Lauterbrunnen valley is stunning, and we saw Base jumpers diving off the cliff above and gliding down to the valley floor right behind the hotel. Sitting in the beer garden and watching the neighbor children bring the cows home for milking added alot of local charm."

JoAnn

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, which was a feast for the senses. Sylvan was an excellent driver, and Daniela a very good guide. Except for one glitch, which was beyond Daniela's control, the tour was executed as described on the website. With one exception, I thoroughly enjoyed the hotels we stayed in. While a few of the breakfasts were a bit disappointing, overall the food provided was outstanding. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is in good physical shape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I do not have any one particular "wow" moment from the tour - so many of them were wow moments for me. Climbing to the top of the Duomo di Firenze, listening to the guide at Dachau, visiting Neuschwanstein castle, standing there in front of Michelangelo's David, looking out over the Alps and seeing Mont Blanc from atop the Schilthorn, hiking in the Cinque Terra region, standing under the Eiffel Tower...the list goes on!"

Jennifer

Rensselaer, NY

Tour: 09/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful and enlightening experience on the tour. Truely the only thing I was disappointed with was the gondola ride in Venice[INVALID]I thought this was going to be romantic,and I would have been except for the fact that my husband and I were seated apart, I did not expect that at all and would have paid more to have been seated together (or even across from eachother) if I had known the setup prior. It was no cheap date either lol

Ronald

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I feel the tour was a taste of Europe. I enjoyed every spot we visited, but felt we covered so much ground in too short of period of time. The trip was a wonderful learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the countryside, and the preservation of the old buildings (especially the gables, windows and doors)."

Carolin

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide kept the tour very organized keeping our experience hassle free. It was obvious that Colleen, our guide loves her work and has extensive knowledge about every place we toured/visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps are spectacular. Having the Canadian Rockies at my back door for my entire life, I didn't think mountains could be any more beautiful......the Swiss Alps are stupendous, mesmerizing, my favourite part of the tour. We hiked over 14 miles that day, I didn't care that my feet hurt, I couldn't take my eyes away from the beauty of Switzerland."

Stevan

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent tour. The guide was very informative and kept us all on track. This guide was also excellent a wonderful historian.the group of people with all audible and we continue to talk online.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"probably seeing the Statue of David for the first time."

Ginnie

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an amazing experience for me. It was my first trip to Europe. Although I watched several seasons of your shows on PBS and read a few of your books, Europe face to face still provided that quirky but thrilling excitement. This tour was an excellent overview of parts of Europe. I am looking forward for another overview tour of the other parts of Europe some day. Thank you for putting this wonderful tour together especially for first timer like me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I like the Swiss Alps and the Austrian Alps hiking the best. Big sky, high mountains and wide open space are great for me who live in the concrete jungle of LA."

Suzanne

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was an exceptional experience with wonderful food, museums, Oktoberfest!! and lots of walking so we got plenty of exercise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Coloseum in Rome and the trip up the Eiffel Tower were special moments. Cinque Terra was an exciting place, being able to hike from one town to the other was great."

Michael

Imperial Beach, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steve's 21 Day Best of Europe was everything the itinerary stated and so much more! This was a prayer come true as we had been wanting to go to Europe for years and dreamed of this 3week vacation as the best way to see Europe w/o getting lost and wasting time. Never thought we would be able to take the time to go let alone afford yet so glad we were blessed to go. Loved the entire trip, and it was exactly like the reviews and itinerary stated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice and Switzerland were magical. Although Venice was hot, dirty and moldy, we would go back in a heartbeat! Prettier than I could imagine. Switzerland was so beautiful too, journey to almost 10,000 feet up with snowflakes and rainbows overlooking all that God has made! Then an awe inspiring hike in the Swiss Alps for 11 miles with unmatched scenery! 16th Anniversary in Paris, saw Mona, walked the Champ Elysees and went to the top of the Eiffel!"

Joe

Kankakee, IL

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely amazing! We saw and did so much in 3 weeks it would have taken 3 months for us to have done this on our own. Colleen was just GREAT! she tried and was successful in making the tour special for each of us. We took a cruise back from Europe to the US and told everyone what a great experience the RS Tour was. James was very knowledgeable and I think he will also be a great guide. The local guides were wonderful as well, with a special shout out to Yodi and Herr Young.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to choose. Germany was very high on the list. Rothenberg and Bacharch were just amazing! Soo much history. October Fest was a great treat, (we could have stayed a few more hours)!"

David

Junction City, OR

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a Great time. The tour was perfect in all respects.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Swiss milk cows being hauled on the end of a cable underneath a helicopter in the Swiss alps"

Dick

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. The itinerary was a great introduction/overview to Europe and my wife and I got spoiled by Colleen, James, Richard, et al. In the process, I learned a tremendous amount about culture, history, art, and myself. I have already recommended Rick Steves' Tours to several friends who have asked about our experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gee, that's awful hard to say as there were lots of wonderful moments. Rather than a "wow" moment, I think that I'd have to say that my favorite "ah ha" moments are the realization that we are all connected and that we don't seem to learn from the mistakes of the past."

Patricia

Eagle River, WI

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than we anticipated or expected. We learned and saw so much that we are still processing and remembering. It was an absolutely great experience that we will always cherish. I was very nervous about the whole group travel idea and the activity level, but was pleasantly surprised that both of these concerns were unfounded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum tour was marvelous. Interesting to get the real "skinny" instead of the usual movie script. I have several other "wow" moments, but then I will just keep going on and on!"

Johannah

Duncan, BC

Tour: 09/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am a 12 year-old girl from Canada. I went to Europe with 3 of my older siblings and mom and dad, and I have to say that it was the most wonderful trip that I have taken. I've been to Europe on a Rick Steves tour once before with my 3 older sisters, on a Germany, Austria, Switzerland My Way, but I really liked the guided tour. You get to know everyone way better, including the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "wow" moments on my Rick Steves tour. But I think that my biggest one was when we were coming through the mountains on the bus towards the Mediterranean Sea, and then all of the sudden we came around the corner, and there it was. It was so beautiful that made us all gasp. I could not believe what I was seeing. It was one of the most breathtaking scenes that I have ever seen."

Anthony

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extraordinarily well planned, organized, and conducted tour: "Best of Europe in 21 Days". the arts, music, history, buildings, foods, and people we met at each country...I enjoyed and appreciated every moment of the 21-days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, many favorite "wow" moments. Just name a few: Michelangelo's materpieces in Florence/Rome, Impressionist paintings at d'Orsay museum, magnificent buildings architectures, History of Science at Museo Galileo, and such heart-felt wartime experiences of Mr. Herr Jung's presentation in Bacharach. I shared some difficult wartime experiences as I grow up in Japan and survived. He and I are very thankful to American for helping us after the war."

Tom

Ames, IA

Tour: 09/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were impressed by the depth of knowledge regarding history, politics, culture, and art that our tour guide (Lisa Friend)shared. We really felt like we saw and learned so much more that we would have if we had gone alone. Also the tour group provided muck comfort during our adventures. The Rick Steves company support was more than expected. The bus and driver added joy to our experience. The hotels and food were very comfortable and the hotel staffs were very accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments and my favorites were Rome, the historic sites, the Vatican, and the neighborhoods. I was also very moved by the walk in the mountains in Switzerland."

Ellen

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour very much and would take a Rick Steve's tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Herr Jung's talk in Bacharach. Anytime we can get a historic perspective on the sites we see adds to our overall experience."

Ross

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been on a tour before so I have no prior experience. That said, the tour was everything and more!!! Our guide, Lisa was wonderful. Very organized, always a step ahead of us. If something wasn`t working, she had a backup. Our bus driver was also first class. We did everything as a unit and it was fun! Our meals together were special. It was a time to get to know everyone else, and did we. I have email address from everyone. I hope to stay in touch with as many people as possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, no question about it!!!!! We stayed in Shoultsburg (?). Breath taking. So beautiful and so....well I can`t find the words to describe it. You have to see it to believe it. The whole trip was a "WOW" to me."

Lane

Ione, CA

Tour: 09/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on this tour. Each stop gave the real feel of its surroundings. There isn't a country that I would not want to revisit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say that Oktoberfest in Munich was the greatest. It was fun and craziness visiting the different tents. So glad we were able to stop there."

Dora

Nine Mile Falls, WA

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

During the trip, our tour guide Robyn made the transition from an unseasoned European traveler to a comfortable, eager traveler relatively easy . She had the right balance of direction, information, and tips to allow that to gradually happen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh sure, how can I pick just one !!! Ancient Rome though would be up there. Also, I really was "Wowed" by the genuine friendliness of the locals in all the countries we visited. Mingling was one of my favorite memories; had to step out of my comfort zone at times to do so but it was always rewarded and rewarding."

Margaret

St Peters, MO

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was all that I had hoped. The pace was sometimes too rushed, especially our visit to Dachau. But the "extra" stops -- like opening day at Munich's Oktoberfest -- were delightful. The weather was perfect all but two days; coincidence, or Nature's response to Robyn's bubbly personality? I came home ready for a long rest -- sure sign of a successful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was amazing. I was so focused on Italy and France that I had not prepared at all for our visit to the Alps, so it was a stupendous surprise and complete delight."

Allan

Regina, SK

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was fantastic, Robyn was very helpful and knowledgable. The whole group was great and overall the trip was well worth the time and effort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost every stop was a wow moment. I think that the one thing that sticks out in my mind the most is the beauty and solice that is in Switzerland."

Anne

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip of a lifetime for me. First trip to Europe,and very first tour. Waited many years to go. I think my husband and I were the oldest ones on the trip. Looked forward to everyday and what new adventures we would begin. Having a small group meant we got to know everyone and considered them "family". Always felt well taken care of. Lovely bus to ride in, lots of room, comfortable. Great company, great guides, exceptional tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to take part in everything, including October Fest in Munich which was not on our itinerary, as well as the gondola rides in Vienna and Switzerland and the wonderful luge ride. Favourite Wow moment(s) would have been when I visited King Ludwig's fairy tale castle as well as St. Peter's Basillica in Rome. There really were wow moments every single day."

Katheryn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the experience of seeing so many countries and cities in Europe. It gave us a glimpse of what we would like to return to for a more lengthy experience. The towns/cities chosen were wonderful. It was apparent that Rick Steves has left a positive impression on everyone we saw. We often saw tourists carrying his books. The restaurant experiences were unique and tasty. Boy, did they feed us well! I really did not expect the tour schedule to be as grueling a pace as it was though!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not expect the gondola to be so sweet! Venice is better than the movies. Also, the Cinque Terre really is special. Paris was crazy and rich with experiences! I had many Wow moments."

Rosemarie

Durham, CT

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, from start to finish. It was well designed to balance a variety of experiences in large cities, small cities and rural areas as well. There was a balance of exposure to art and architecture in museums, in churches and cathedrals, and by exploring neighborhoods. Sharing in local culture and enjoying local foods was such a pleasure. Our tour group was particularly friendly and we soon felt like a large extended family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. A few that stand out are the natural beauty of Venice at dawn, the Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland and the Cinque Terra. In Paris, when we visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, a service was in progress. A soprano vocalist was singing with such a pure, clear voice. The beautiful setting with the transcendent music was a trip highlight."

Bonnie

Murphysboro, IL

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was quite good and met my needs/desires for the most part. Great tour guide and bus driver! I would have enjoyed having a few more single women in the group since the couples, for the most part, stuck together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains in Switzerland were magnificent as was Lauterbrotten, the village we stayed in. Charming, friendly people, loved the cows, goats, dogs, cats, chickens in the yards. It was a magical, relaxing, happy environment. Also the Cinque Terre and Orvieto....not to be missed!"

Richard

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first trip to Europe; exceeded expectations, though 21 days was only a skim! - Tour director, Robyn, was great - Most local expert guides were perfect - Ben, our bus driver, was skillful and responsive - Good balance between organized group touring and free time for exploration - Selection of towns, cities, sights was well thought-out - Hotels above expectations - Tour sponsored meals were fine; most hotel breakfasts were wonderful - Enriched understanding of Europe and its history

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland blew me away. I'm an outdoors lover, and the Alps (the bucolic valley and quaint villages, the symphony of cowbells, the amazingly varied and efficient transportation, the friendliness of the people, and the calm atmosphere) all served to enchant. Particularly so, given the bustle and press of tourists in the larger cities. I was also impressed with the culture there, which holds fiercely on to traditional values and self-sufficiency. Luge (Germany) was glorious fun!"

Darcie

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved, loved, loved my trip!! Everything went so well...Weather was awesome and our tour group was great, our tour guide has to be the best ever, Ben the bus driver is undeniably the BEST driver ever. The bus was surprisingly comfortable and definitely more roomy than the Italian bus. I am so happy we did the 21-day tour, it was perfect! We got to see some very unique places, try new food and see lots of historical sites. A perfect combination of history, culture, beauty and adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you pick just one "wow" moment??? Seriously...Every stop, every country had a new "wow" moment!"

Sheila

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Meals were very good. Sights were spectacular and I did't feel I missed anything or had a moment where I said I wish that we saw something or that we had missed seeing it. Very good balance of tour time and free time. Good balance of time on the bus and off the bus. Overall I really enjoyed the whole experience. I did not fee stressed about trying to figure out logistics that go along with traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the small out of the way towns like the mountain top town in Tuscany, or the smaller city of Haarlem rather than Amsterdam. I liked that we saw some of the big cities like Rome and Paris but seeing the samll quaint cities were more enjoyable to me. River cruise on the Rhine and staying in that area was wonderful. The Cinque Terra's were a wonderful holiday on our holiday. Switzerland was beautiful."

Marilyn

Maricopa, AZ

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With this being our first trip to Europe, we were so glad to have chosen the 21 day tour! There was a lot of walking & stairs, but well worth it! There was so much history/culture learned and with our guide "Robyn" helping/teaching us, it made the trip so enjoyable & interesting. Also, our bus driver "Ben" was the best, keeping us all safe in our travels. Our tour "family" all got along and had some great laughs!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All places visited were "wow" moments, but I was really wowed by Cinque Terre and the Swiss Alps!"

Lori

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was great. The right mix of guided tours and private time. Robyn was energetic and upbeat. Art gallery tours were fabulous. I've never been so engaged and excited by art as I was by our local gallery guides. Ben and Robyn were able to take us to Oktoberfest [INVALID] an unexpected treat. Having such a roomy bus made a huge difference. Weather was great. Overall it truly was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most memorable experience was on my own in the market in Florence. I had a brief but meaningful conversation with a local gentleman. I've found most of my cherished memories are experiences with people. That's one of the benefits of a Rick Steve's tour: Time on your own to explore and connect with local people."

Rosetta

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Europe and I am so happy that I chose a Rick Steves tour. We were taken to places that I probably would not have thought to go see and these places had a lot of history. We had a wonderful bus and bus driver. Our group was 28 people so we were very comfortable on a bus that could hold 50 and our driver, Ben, was very good. We did not have any worries. The restaurants and our meals were wonderful. We never went hungry.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of "wow" moments from the Royal Castles in Austria, the sunny beaches in Cinque Terre to the lights on the Eiffel Tower. We saw many beautiful cathedrals; it is just too hard to pick one "wow" moment."

Michael

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an outstanding experience from Haarlem to Paris! The small cities surprised us with their quiet and pristine character. The large cities awed us with their historical sites and amount of people, vehicles, and bustle. Cinque Terre is a treasure that everyone enjoyed and agreed to return to one day. What surprised me most was that although prior to the tour I was most interested in Italy in its entirety with a plan to return and explore the interior, France and especially Paris blew me away

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Their were too many "wow" moments to count. But we especially enjoyed the cystene chappel, St Peters, and ALL of Paris. We NOW want to return to France to explore more of it, especially Normandy and the Provence."

Beverley

Pittsburg, TX

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to Europe with other "tour groups" in the past but this was the best experience I've had. We had a wonderful group of people led by an outstanding tour guide - Matt. The entire trip was very organized, prepared, and fun. We saw the major "have to" sites with great local guides and then we experienced more small town flavor and character with some of the other stops. I must say the quainter places remain in my memory strongest along with the bonds formed with great people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With so many to choose from - I'd still have to say Switzerland was a big WOW! It rained the day we were to go up to Schilthorn. We sill had a breathtaking Alpine walk. To top off the experience we walked to the top of Trummelbach Falls. Talk about beauty and power - WOW! The other WOW was the Pieta at the Andech's Monestary. It was the most moving Pieta I've ever seen including Michaelangelo's. As a mother with a son would feel."

Christian

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a really good time. Great service, great people, and met our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably, when it was over - although we stayed on for a few more days in Paris as well as other memebers of our tour group - so the tour really didn't end for us until three days after the "official tour" had ended."

Jennifer

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was much more than I could have every expected. With a tour this large we could never have managed our time and seen so much on our own. Being with the 28 other new friend made each destination just that more exciting and fun. It was hard to leave areas such as the Cirque Terra but boarding the train then the coach we were off to Switzerland, a new adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting with the local guides such as Herr Jung, watching the families riding their bikes everywhere and working together in their family owned business. Sitting in an outdoor cafe and enjoying a coffee or snack and just taking in the sun and sites of the community. Each day was something new for me."

Mike

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is no way a person could handle all the logistics of seeing all the sights, meals, getting to our hotels in such a short amount of time. We saw and did so much in 21 days. As the description of the tour emphasizes, this is not for those looking to relax. The small tour group size, the excellent bus and driver, the great guide (Matt), the Rick Steves philosophy of travel - great. I would do another tour in a minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyone ask me what was my favorite place. I tell them i truly loved every place we were at and just couldn't pick one. One point though was kind of my wow moment. I had never been out of the US and the moment i walked out of Schiphol airport in Amsterdam to start the adventure was something i will always remember."

Denise

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. I have watched the Rick Steves shows on PBS for 20 years, and was not disappointed by my trip. The magic of being in Europe came alive for me. I was very interested in the history, art, architecture, and people of Europe. The pod-casts were great to listen to on the tour bus. Our driver was professional, our tour guide great. I would never have been able to accomplish so much in 3 weeks as I did on the tour. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Herr Jung's tour. Bacharach was such a charming medieval village, when I saw it at 6:30 a.m. my breath was taken away by it's quaint beauty. Herr Jung made the times and history so tangible with his personal stories. There were so many beautiful wow experiences, there isn't enough space to recount them all. Hiking the Cinque Terre was certainly a wow, with all of it's natural beauty. And of course seeing the 3 Davids in Florence! In conclusion, experiencing the age of the places, WOW!"

Kenneth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A special thanks you to our tour guide Matt who made the experience special. Through his leadership, 28 diverse individuals were able to become a cohesive travel group. The best aspect of the travel tour was that it provided entree into many venues that would have taken up valuable travel time as we may have missed those memorable moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing ALL the places that only were known to me in pictures, movies, and books. I wanted to "see" where our cultural roots emanate and this provided it in grand fashion. Probably Herr Jung who was knowledgeable but also moving with his experiences during WWII including the loss of his brother and the tough life he had to endure during that time without a hint of malice. He is a treasure and brought me to the verge of tears."

Graciela

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since this was our first Rick Steves tour I have no idea... I was pleasantly surprised by many of the places we would have never thought of visiting like Bacharach, Orvieto, and Haarlem. I enjoyed the convenience of having the museum passes metro tickets and hotel reservations provided to us and having our own bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many times when I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not dreaming. However, when I walked out from Saint Peter's Basilica into the square where Pope Francis comes out every Wednesday and Sunday. That was my Wow moment!"

Evelyn

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a dream of a lifetime and it was a dream fulfilled. I loved our group interaction, our guide and oh, the places we saw! The surprises along the way were delightful - like the visit with an Italian mask maker! Our guide made adjustments when the weather did not permit an event (rain on luge day) and made up for any disappointments with a special stop - like the Monastery stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but the Roman Forum touched me in a way I never anticipated. My mother was my high school Latin teacher and so I learned to read Latin - and often it was tales of the Roman senators and speeches delivered on this spot. She never was able to afford travel to Europe so when I touched those stones and gazed at the pyre of Caesar it was for her as well."

Nora

Missouri City, TX

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a learning experience and a pleasant one. I just needed more time in the morning. Breakfast may be provided, but if you do not have time to eat and get ready (use bathroom) without eating in one bite and running to my room it's not enjoyable. Example: breakfast is from 7:00-9:00, but you have to be at the bus or outside to start the tour at 7:50. You have 26 or more people waiting to get food from the buffet. Maybe you can arrange for breakfast to start 30 minutes earlier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, the beauty of the area. Maybe add 1 more day to Switzerland."

Walter

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour exceeded by lofty expectations for the following reasons: 1. Choosing hotel locations (eg. Haarlem) that are part of a city square. You became part of a neighborhood right away which increased your comfort level. 2. Group size. You had a chance to spend time with everyone and share from their experience and knowledge but still retained the intimacy of a small group that could move about easily. 3. Towns visited. The must see cities (Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, Rome and Paris) SEE 16.BELOW

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Th whole tour seemed like a wow moment. Favorites would include 1. Drive through the Alps, scenery was majestic and villages made it seem that time had stopped 200 years ago. 2. Swimming in the Mediterranean on the Italian Riveria on my birthday. 3. Driving a 1969 Fiat 500 in the Tuscan countryside 4. Taking a bicycle ride from Haarlem to the North Sea 5. Listening to a symphony of cow bells as I hiked through a Swiss valley 6. Fireworks on the Rhine 7. Understanding the metro system in Paris"

Erin

Gresham, OR

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow where to start,I was an amazing time. We started out with a great indonesian food and great conversation with other tour members. I have to say we had great people on tour with us. We seemed to have so much to talk about. As we made our way though the different countries we were able to have many different dinners with many of the members on our nights that we were not have amazing dinners together. Our Tour guide Stephanie was amazing! she knew so much about the history and art that we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were sooo many. I think it was Switzerland. We were lucky to have 70s while there and crystal blue skyes. The beauty of the Aples was amazing. The whole trip was a wow thought would totally do it again, already saving!"

Stephen

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a true 'value' from the beginning. Good itinerary, good hotels centrally located, a 'local flavor' which we value much. Nice restaurants, important sites highlighted, strong tour guide leadership and very knowledgeable local guides. Quite a multi-faceted package which did more than meet our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having viewed what must be the entire gamme of Rick Steves travel videos in our home, my best recollection from those videos was the compassionate, insightful moments spent with Herr Jung in Bacharach, Germany. Imagine my amazement when our group was met on our first morning in Bacharach by this gentleman himself! His story is so much more than 'survival during some of the darkest hours of history', his story is that of a young boy who has practiced the heartfelt art of forgiveness."

April

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I would never have managed getting to half of the sites or activities if we had attempted to make all of the arrangements ourselves. We saw a lot, did a lot and enjoyed every minutes of the 21 days. Well, some days were more strenuous than others! It would be great to have two highly active days and then a down day. I could sacrifice Rome, Florence, and Venice to accomplish this. Venice was not the highlight of my cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Swiss Alps and the Roman ancient ruins. Having the local guide share her expertise as we walked through the ruins was enlightening and so very necessary."

Joseph

Windermere, FL

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful,but as a senior citizen,a little to hectic for me,it seemed we were always on the go,which is not a bad thing,also I thought some considerations,should be made to try to keep older people on lower floors of the hotels Sometimes that could be a-problem for them,also some times when we went on trips we were shown some parts of the city and then had to find our way back by our selves,I thing if you go on a trip,the tour guide should bring you back if you are unsure on how

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going on a gondola ride,going to the top of Eiffel tower,and the many fine dinners,and boat rides"

Cynthia

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. Stephanie was a great tour guide...sharing historical details, local color, and transportation info. Paul was a safe bus driver, and seemed to go out of his way to be sure we enjoyed terrific views from the bus. The walking was not a problem, and the experiences available on foot were superior. Hotels were well located and generally quite charming. Food was awesome. (Thanks to the walking, the great food didn't result in dramatic weight gain.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I chose a couple of extras that I really enjoyed. We rented bikes in Dutch Haarlem and biked to the North Sea. We rented an old Fiat in Florence and drove through the Tuscan countryside. The air in Austria was so fresh! The Swiss Alps were breathtaking, and the sound of cow bells chiming through the valley will not be forgotten. Fireworks over the Rhine were the best I've ever seen!"

John

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience on the 9/11/2014 21 day Best of Europe tour, now in hind sight was very good. The entire experience was somewhat overwhelming, the pace, the scheduling and the sheer volume of information and sights that we took in those 19 days, 1 evening and an hour of the 21st day was pretty amazing. Why I mention in hindsight, my original feelings upon my return home, was that I had not gone on a vacation as much as I had gone on a trip, which including forced marches, much too fast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to pick a particular moment out of the entire 19+ days. I have been reviewing my 5000+ photos, and there were many amazing historical sights that we were able to experience."

Dennis

Sagle, ID

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie was an excellent guide. The tour is well thought out to cover a wide range of interests and certainly gave us a great overview of much of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pin down just one "wow" moment but I surely enjoyed the Alps. In many ways the whole tour was a wow moment with lots of new things happening everyday."

Merry

Johnson City, TN

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this tour! It was more than I expected. Our tour guide was wonderful and I enjoyed learning how to travel independently. The hotels were charming, the food was great, the bus rides were even fun. I learned a lot about Europe and it's history and art. I have already started recommending your tours to others!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several favorite "wow" moments. One was seeing Michaelangelo's David after being very well-prepared by our guide Stephanie. I also really loved the Alps, such breathtaking beauty! Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night is another favorite moment I will treasure."

Toni

Windermere, FL

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow where do I begin? I never ever thought I would be exposed to such great culture, history and personal experiences. Although my husband and I visited Italy 10 years ago, we never had the insight and expertise of our tour guide, Stephanie! To visit 5 additional countries for the first time was absolutely phenominal!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I have to choose 'one' moment I think it has to be going to the top of the Eiffel Tower and seeing the city below. If I had two choices, it would be the gorgeous and beautiful mountains in Switzerland, which ironically I didn't think would be that great an experience..I was so wrong! Having grown up in the Adirondack Mts of New York I thought I had seen enough mountains but Switzerland totally blew my mind!"

Roberta

Lowell, MA

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour, led by Stephanie,was well-organized, informative, entertaining, and enjoyable. I was an older single traveler, but Stephanie and the other group members were friendly, helpful when needed, and respectful of the times I wished to wander and sight-see by myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have a specific favorite as there were numerous "wow" moments. Art: from viewing the Vermeer's in Amsterdam to David and the Pieta in Florence to the Raft of Medusa at the Louvre. Places: from the wonderful city of Haarlem to the "intellectually interesting, but emotionally devastating" Dachau to St. Mark's in the evening rain to the first glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea in Monterosso. All powerful, all worthy of retrospect."

Nancy

Sagle, ID

Tour: 09/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An unplanned night trip to the biergartens in St. Goar, Germany for an annual fireworks display. The most amazing fireworks I have ever seen, choreographed, with music and, of course, good company and beer."

Sandra

Lawrenceville, GA

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. Everyone we came in contact with in your company was very professional and exceptional in there jobs. They really made our trip enjoyable and a very valuable learning experience. The travel portion of the trip was exceptional also. The guides made the bus, train, boats, metros, all seem so easy. We didnt' have to worry about anything except enjoying the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. Each city we went to, we enjoyed to the max and couldn't see how the next stop on the tour could possibly compare. I cannot think of one city that I could have left off the tour. They were such a vital part of experiencing all of Europe."

Alan

Lawrenceville, GA

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being novice travelers to Europe, we weren't quite sure what to expect from our tour. We were anxious about encountering people, cultures and languages not familiar to us. And of course, the thought of spending 21-days on the tour with only a 'carry-on' size suit case. Well, all of that anxiety subsided due to the very professional and friendly tour guides (Jesse, Heather & Henri). They ensured our concerns were addressed, as well as, educating us on how to overcome any obstacles we encountered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Everyday" was a "wow' moment for us. Each day it kept getting better and better even though the previous day had raised the bar on our expectations even higher. Again, Jesse, Heather & Henri added to the tour's success through their professionalism, knowledge and sincere willingness to help us enjoy, understand and experience the trip's sites, history, culture, moments and of course the food. Being a picky eater I was nervous, but I did manage to step 'outside the box" and try everything."

Karyn

Fountain Hills, AZ

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Please allow more than 500 character limit for the evaluation questions. Tour guide, assistant, and driver- outstanding! Our tour was extremely well organized and efficient. All hotel rooms were clean. Some were more welcoming and than others. Many of our tour participants caught a cold/virus during the tour. It seemed to travel through bus. It sounds like this is not unusual. Suggest - inform potential participants so they can bring along their favorite remedies, just in case.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorites: Gondola lift up to top of the Stilthorn. Free day - boating to each of the towns of Italy's Cinque Terre. Least favorite: Crowds at the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Suggest: try to visit the most congested sights early, upon opening."

Sharon

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have a feeling that I will never be able to duplicate our tour experience. We didn't know anyone the first day, but we were all good friends by the end of the trip. The policy of NO GRUMPS sets the tone for an enjoyable vacation. We were blessed with wonderful weather, high energy and thoughtful representatives of Rick Steves. Our experiences were beyond our expectations. We departed our tour very satisfied.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was walking off the Metro in Rome at the Colosseo exit and right there in front of us, the magnificent COLOSSEUM. Images that we only see in films or books and there it is! WOW and as our tour guide Francesca would say "Awesome". I'll be very careful how I use that word anymore."

Tom

Homer, AK

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The places visited were the best of Europe for the time allowed. Jesse provided valuable background information for each country/area visited including history and brief language lessons. Local guides were phenomenal and the opportunities for free time very appropriately timed. Through this tour I have a greater desire to travel on my own in other countries. It was well worth the money and I will enthusiastically recommend your tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. Historically and architecturally the Roman ruins were amazing. Franchesca, the local guide, put the people and social morals of the era in great perspective for me. Geographically(Geologically?), the Lauterbrunnen Valley blew me away! Fantastic! I want to go back and hike."

Karen

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful! It exceeded my expectations. Each day was full of amazing experiences, scenery, historic sites, museums and great people. At the end of a day we would ask our guide, "How are you going to top that?' Then the next day would be even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many people ask about a favorite place or experience on the trip. It is really hard to choose as it was a trip full of "wow' moments. One very special "wow" moment was the gondola ride in Venice at night, gliding through the canals, seeing the lights in buildings and on bridges and listening to the musicians' soft guitar music and vocals. It was magic."

Elizabeth

Ferndale, WA

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What a positive experience. Starting with Jesse The guide, the introductory dinner right through till final evening. Many surprises along the way made this tour a memory of delights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moments were the ones with the local tour guides. It would not have been so insightful without their thoughts and understanding."

Jeffrey

Brooklyn Park, MN

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations. Jesse was an informative and poised tour leader. He handled the big hiccup we had gracefully (our bus broke down). Heather was a great and informative assistant. Our bus driver, Henri, was much more than a bus driver. They were all great companions. I loved everyplace we went. The local guides were stellar. The group meals were some of the best I have ever eaten. The hotels were quirky yet fun and more than adequate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot so I hate to single out any one moment. I would probably say either Herr Yunn (?) in Bacharach or the explanation from our guide about the Nightman's Watch in Amsterdam."

Barbara

Langley, BC

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were really looking forward to our tour, but from the first night we knew that it would be something special. We are so fortunate to have been part of the group that we were in. I would say that 90% of us were newly retired and that this was our first experience on a tour. Everyday was new and exciting and we traveled with people that shared that excitement and became like family! Truly amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So difficult to pick one "wow" moment. The drive from the Italian hill town to Cinque Terre was even more perfect that I thought it would be. That was the the part of the tour that I was really looking forward to, and it really did exceed my expectations, but Paris was a wonderful surprise. Such a beautiful, relaxed city and so easy to get around. Sorry, I couldn't pick just one."

Bill

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fulfilling, satiating, joyous, meaningful, historic (while experiencing the ancient history, we also witnessed history being made...tons of hail in Florence, a cow flying in Switzerland and landing on all fours just in time for milking,,,I have photographic proof);a great balance of seeing, doing, learning, and being.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying the wine & tastes of the Buranco Winery in Monterosso del Mare for two+ hours. Incredible hospitality...we are early but welcomed with a lovely pitcher of lemon water and colored glasses at an outside tree-shaded table overlooking the vineyards; great wines...we each have a flight that includes glasses of white, red, and dessert; and food...a delicious tray of olive, tomato, and pesto based treats."

Peter

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time we traveled with a group. I don't know if we can every have this much fun again. We always felt safe, as we were educated about every town and city ahead of time. Traveling is an education and you sent us off with the best. Our group was almost the same age except one young man. The weather was perfect and even when one thing came up unplanned, your crew took it in stride and we never missed a fun step. I will nver forget these 3 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all the ports of call so that may give it away. It was all new for us but when we got lost in Venice and found families away from the tourists, to see mothers picking up school children in their boats, to know what a small world we live in, we all want the same."

Nicholas

Sherwood Park, AB

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was informative and useful for future travels. It decreased the amount of planning required and allowed me to focus on the sights and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the Eiffel tower light up."

Sandy

Homer, AK

Tour: 09/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Europe in 21 Days tour surpassed our expectations. I love the Rick Steve's philosophy of traveling light, staying in local hotels, and teaching us how to travel on our own. I went from being terrified of big cities such as Paris to feeling confident and comfortable making my way around them. The smaller hotels, local restaurants, and local guides, all made each place we visited special. Our guide Jesse took excellent care of us. I wish we could have this experience all over again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Every time I first saw something amazing, such as the Colosseum, a castle, or an ancient bridge at sunset, it was a wow moment. The biggest surprise for me was my reaction to seeing the Pieta. I had enough time to really study it and think about the emotions portrayed. It was overwhelming at the time and still makes me stop and catch my breath when I think of it."

Joan

Forestville, CA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was so much more than I has expected, our group was the best each and every one .Keith our guide and most of all friend was the best as was Joe the bus driver. the on e thing I need to say is that we were not really prepared for the few days of really cold weather we had in Austria other than that all good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to the music in Venice.. fantastic"

Bernadette

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This European trip was a life time dream come true. I have been singing "The Rick Steve's tours" praises during the trip and now that we are home. I was in awe of how well thought out the planning and pace was as we approached each new location. Time for exploring, time for rest and wonderful eating experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Wow" moments truly came with each area we visited as well as along the drive. I was not expecting such unbelievable beauty as we drove through so many countries. I loved having the "history lessons" in the bus by Keith as it enriched our experiences in each location. Not only was "wow" part of my vocabulary but "OMG, this is amazing!" became a reoccuring comment."

Lynda

Altona Meadows,

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Coming from Australia & not knowing much about Rick Steves, we were originally a little nervous about our tour. On day one, the nerves were gone. We had the most amazing group of people on our tour, when it ended, we felt like we were leaving best friends behind. The tour was fantastic. It gave us a taste of all the best bits of Europe & the confidence to continue to travel the world on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My 'wow' moment, although there were many, would have to be our group dinner in Monterosso, Cinque Terre.Our meal consisted of homemade gnocchi & pesto sauce, followed by the best seafood soup I have ever tasted. Full of local caught seafood, it was delicious! After dinner our group ended the night with dancing at the local 'Anchovy Festival' in the town square. Our Conga Line, led by our guide, Keith, had us all in fits of laughter."

Barbara

Lake Barrington, IL

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience surpassed any expectations I had. Keith was fun, knowledgeable, and organized. Joe was professional and fun to be around. The group was all inclusive, game for anything and enjoyed each other throughout the 3 weeks. The places visited were sometimes, as if, out of a fairytale, while others brought you back to a sobering reality. The culture, the art, the history - A great mix of serious and light hearted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my favorite wow moment. From driving into the Lauterbrunnen Valley with the first look at the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch to the gondola ride to the top of the Schilthorn. It was absolutely stunning! Then later in the day we took the cog wheel train to Wengen and walked down to Kleinischidig with a picnic lunch along the way. What a perfect day! I don't think I have stopped smiling yet."

Mark

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am a person who normally does not choose to travel with a tour. However, this tour was like traveling with a group of friends who enjoyed traveling together. The tour gave me a good overview of this part of Europe. The planned activities caused me to have many profound experiences that changed my way of thinking, and how I view the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one wow moment, but several. If I had to pick one place that had the deepest impact it would have to be the Pantheon. I am not sure why. Every time I visited the site, and I returned more than once, there was something about it that caused me feel a sense of awe. This was an experience that can not be expressed in words."

Yvonne

La Quinta, CA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far surpassed my lofty expectations for my first European experience! Our guide Kieth was so knowledgeable about the history and art in each country we visited. His expertise deepened my appreciation for each new destination. In addition, he was a great leader. He handled any problem that arose and made sure each tour member was having the trip they had dreamed of! We had a super tour group! We are already planning our next Rick Steves tour together! Loved every moment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to pick one. I knew I would love Rome with all it's amazing history. I also was looking forward to cinque terre They did not disappoint. But Venice and Switzerland stole my heart! The grandeur of the alps can't be described in words. Even the pictures don't do it justice. And Venice is magical. Being in St Marks Square listening to the dueling bands was my favorite wow moment."

Lisa

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude for this fabulous tour. Every detail was considered. We got so much value. We saw far more than I could have on my own. No time was wasted. Each day brought us something fascinating. Our bus was so comfortable: we all got to spread out and people were very considerate about the "front seat." Also, Keith gave up his front seat so that people could see the scenery in Switzerland -- and what scenery! I cannot praise this tour company or itinerary enough!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day came with its own wonders and "wow" moments. However, the day we met Herr Jung will stay with me forever. I was so touched by his personal anecdotes and the pictures and maps he kept pulling out of his case to bring his stories to life. He was so passionate that his stories brought tears to my eyes. I was amazed by his energy. He climbed those hills and stairs with the rest of us! He made a special anniversary gift for a couple on our tour. I feel honoured to have met him."

Michael

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 09/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to choose; maybe the gondola ride reaching the Grand Canal in Venice."

Steve

Dundee, IL

Tour: 09/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fantastic. It was everything I had hoped for. Having never been to Europe before it was all the high points and we had an incredible stretch of perfect weather for 21 days. We had great tour group and made a bunch of new friends. They really became our family for the 21 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 21 days of wow moments. How can I pick one? I stood in the Colosseum and walked on 2000 year old roads in the Forum and saw the Sistine Chapel. Then a couple of days I was in the Swiss Alps staring at 14,000 ft peaks covered in snow. And then ending in Paris under the Eiffel tower."

Diane

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves tour provided me with my "trip of a lifetime". I was very pleased with our tour guide, the local guides, the comfortable bus, group meals and the hotels. The tour provided great exposure to some of Europe's greatest cities and highlights. I just loved seeing the different cultures and sponged in all the history and sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everywhere I went was a WOW! The whole trip was a WOW! But I must say my favorite was the Swiss Alps for all it's natural beauty, close second would be Cinque Terre. Loved the frantic pace in Paris & the friendly people in Amsterdam also."

Dan

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was everything that I expected and more! The bus was so comfortable and with the small group we could spread out because of empty seats. Sylvain (the bus driver) was fun and an exceptionally skilled driver. Our guide, Jennifer Gouge, was the best. She taught us so much without being boring. She was fun and yet stayed in control at all times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient Rome was so much more then I expected. I did not know how spread out it was. Also our visit to Bachrach and the walk around tour with Herr Jung was a wow moment."

Donald

Lithia, FL

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

More than we ever expected. Each day was better than last. Jennifer, our guide was exceptional. The bus driver, Sylvain, was a good driver, we felt safe at all times. The commentary of the guide was a huge addition to the overall travel experience and made time pass quickly during the long bus trips. Everyday there was something special, not part of the printed itinerary that added to our enjoyment, i.e. visit to the hill town in Italy or chocolate tasting on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one "wow" moment. The scenery throughout, from the bus and at the tour stops was sensational. The manner in which our tour group, our guide, and our driver came together for a very enjoyable experience was a "wow" moment of 21 days."

Greta

Larsen, WI

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved, loved, loved it. We experienced about 95% of everything on the our list. My interests lay in the the art of Europe...maybe, maybe have more time in the museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I WOWED the city of Rome the most. If I was to go back I would need to revisit Rome. The guide was perfect in her interpetation of the places, events and feelings of the early roman times."

Sandy

Centerville, OH

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe Tour exceeded my expectations. Every day seemed better than the last. There was a great mix of large cities with small quaint towns and spectacular country vistas. Wonderful museum opportunities were balanced with beautiful hikes in the Alps and between the Chinque Terre. Even the bus rides were entertaining and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick but if I had to it would be our full day in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. We had the good fortune of perfect weather and were there the day the cows parade to the lowlands after a summer in the highlands. The walk from Muren to Lauterbrunnen was simply spectacular and the views from the top of the Schilthorn were unbelievable."

Paul

Larsen, WI

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our firt rip to Europe so we wanted to go with a guided tour and we're so glad we chose rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm sure everyone says it's hard to pick just one since there are so many. If I can pick only one I'm going with seeing David up close and with an excellent guide to tell us about the statue."

Beverly

Lithia, FL

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If you had a category beyond "outstanding" I would check that box. At the end of each day we would ask ourselves how Jennifer was going to top that . . . and she did! The 21-day Tour was well-designed, providing an amazing experience of much of what Europe has to offer. Each member of our group became a friend. Not a negative comment from this traveler!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have asked myself that, and been asked by friends. My first thought is of Schilthorn. It was an beautiful morning, thrilling gondola rides, and at the top . . . well all I could think of was "How Great Thou Art!" But the other days were wonderful as well; seeing the Pieta, Mona Lisa, David and Botticelli works. The Coliseum, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, beautiful Cinque Terra, the beautiful landscapes, the castles, Dachau . . . and the list goes on!"

Kelly

Union, KY

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were able to see and experience a great deal more by doing this tour than we would have been able to do on our own. The attention to detail was wonderful and made us feel that we were important to not only our guide but the Rick Steves' "family."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't come up with a single wow moment; but I would say that the getting to know the others on our tour and traveling with all of them was a true highlight."

Roberta

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful combination of a well thought out itinerary, a fabulous tour guide, a fun tour group and great weather. It was great to not have to worry about the logistics of moving from place to place and to have entry to the big sites all lined up. Our hotels were great, the bus was very comfortable and the places we went were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the clouds cleared on the Schilthorn and the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, along with the dramatic surrounding scenery, came in to view - that was my favorite "wow" moment!"

Joe

Union, KY

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience! Several things stood out, and there was one surprise! The surprise was how well our group got along & enjoyed each others company, which obviously enhances the experience beyond expectations of seeing history, art, architecture...stuff...things. In the end, its always about the people. Time management was exceptional, along with our guide Jennifer, allowing us to see and do much more than one might expect. The overall tour experience was A++.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, having already been to many of the large cities we visited (on business, not as a tourist) I especially enjoyed the small towns and off the beaten path places. Switzerland's Lauterbrunen valley was stunningly beautiful and probably my favorite stop among many "wow" moments. Without a doubt though, my favorite part of the whole trip was seeing my wife enjoying herself."

Laurie

Chico, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was so well planned. Our guide, Jennifer was extremely knowledgable about any subject we might throw at her. I liked the diversity of traveling through the countryside for a day or two and then exploring the beautiful cities with such rich historical artifacts. I only have positive feedback. I loved it!! Our travel mates were fantastic. Amazing how close we all became in such a short period of time. The small size of our group (24 initially) was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots...but I think when we were on the boat, in the evening, on the Seine River. We came around a bend and there, in all it's glory, was the Eiffel Tower. OMG!! It was lit up and appeared to be golden. Then, as if that were not enough....sparkling lights started shooting from all over the Tower. That was amazing!"

Peggy

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was over and above my expectations! It was a very fun time, with an amazing guide (Jennifer). Everyone on our tour was great and fun to be with. I feel like I made a lot of new friends. I also would like to commend our driver, Sylvain. He was so professional, no matter what the circumstances were. He was alot of fun, too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments, but one that really stands out is the time we got to spend with Herr Jung in Bachrach. His guided tour was exceptional. He is an amazing man, who had so much to share from his heart. It was an honor to spend even a little time with him. Also loved our guide, Francesca, in Ancient Rome. She made the Coliseum come alive for us!"

Dennis

Dryden, ON

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 21 day tour exceeded all our expectations! It was a great mix of small, quaint towns and busy, culturally rich cities. It was an experience we will never forget. Traveling with a small group of people (24) was one of the best parts of the tour. We all got to know each other and really enjoyed sharing all our experiences. Jennifer, our tour guide, was incredible. We will certainly be doing another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All our moments were "wow". It's hard to choose one. I loved Switzerland! It was wonderful to experience the world I have only read about in books. The history, culture and landscapes, I'd read and learned about in school became very real. In Canada 100 years is old, in Europe 2000 years is the norm."

Kay

Hood River, OR

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 21 day European tour was even better than I expected it to be. I also accomplished one of the goals of my trip which was to get a taste of several different countries and decide in which I may want to spend more time. We hit all the highlights-- museums, cathedrals, etc. but still had time on our own to sit in a café with a glass of wine and watch the people go by. It was great going to different venues and being able to skip the lines and go right in because we had tickets in advance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love music. I was in the Notre Dame in Paris when the pipe organ began to play and a woman begin to sing in a beautiful soprano voice. The music filled the entire church. I began to cry because it was so beautiful. I found a seat in the back of the church and sat and listened and cried from the beauty of it all -- being in Paris, in this ancient building listening to this beautiful music. It was one of those "pinch me" moments."

Bonnie Lynn

Soquel, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect way to see Europe for the first time. Our excellent guide Jennifer and driver Sylvan, as well as our small friendly group, made every day a happy adventure. While we were constantly on the go, there was always enough free time for balance. We learned something about the history, culture and language of every place we visited and there was the added bonus of learning new travel skills like riding the Paris Metro. Altogether it was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First sight of the Swiss Alps was really a wow moment. And riding the Tegelberg luge. But our tour of ancient Rome on the anniversary of 9/11 was a very moving experience. Francesca, the local guide brought the ruins to life and gave us much to reflect on as we walked through Caesar's forum."

Alice

Centerville, OH

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the day we signed up and the whole way from Haarlem/Amsterdam to Paris, the tour exceeded my expectations in every way. From the preparatory materials, the response when we called your organization for pre-trip advice, the well thought out itinerary, our fabulous guide, (Jennifer), the hotels, food, accessible laundry facilities just when we needed them, language and culture training on the bus, all of it. The biggest surprise was our 24 absolutely wonderful travel buddies, now friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fell absolutely in love with Cinque Terre and Rothenburg. The biggest surprise was our midday stop at Massa Marittima. Would go back to all of these three in a heartbeat!"

Joseph

Victoria, BC

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have only visited Europe once before (to Italy and Greece), despite being an experienced traveler. The tour lived up to the published description in every way. Additionally, there were little "surprises" along the way supplied by our wonderful guide Jennifer. As a solo traveler, I found the group were a friendly bunch of people, who helped make our travels more interesting, and they were always "up" for more experiences! This is a long tour, but the pace is just right for fit people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wows" on this trip, but I keep coming back to Switzerland and our gondola ride to the Shilthorn...to what seemed to me the top of the world. I live in a mountainous area of the world, and I'm an experienced traveler, but I have never seen such breathtaking vistas which the Alps gave us that beautiful, sunny, perfect day. Truly a big "wow" for me!"

Jim

Paw Paw, MI

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was happy to be able to enjoy our vacation without all the work involved with trying to get to all the wonderful places we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"my favorite "wow" moment had to be in Bacharach Germany with our local guide Herr Jung. This gentleman was an amazing storyteller. He had all of us on a roller coaster of emotions. I could listen to him forever."

Mark

University Place, WA

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a dream come true to visit Europe and the Rick Steves tour provided great value. I was pleased with our tour guide, the local guides, the comfortable bus, group meals and the hotels. The tour provided great exposure to some of Europe's greatest cities. The daily itineraries were full and I often felt rushed with no time for reflection. However, I accepted this trade-off because there is so much to see and experience. I hope to be able to re-visit Venice, Florence, Rome and Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Climbing to the top of the Rothenburg City Hall Tower and listening to the bells ring at 5 PM - the view was incredible 2) Venice 3) Listening to two Italian guitarists on the Florence Ponte Vecchio bridge 4) Viewing the Colosseum for the first time 5) Enjoying the beauty and atmosphere of the Tuileries Garden along with hundreds of other Parisians"

Susan

Summerville, SC

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the chance to be in the midst of cultures different from the one here in America.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One afternoon in Venice my husband, two friends, and I bought tickets at our hotel to a Vivaldi concert to be held that night at a local church. The woman on the hotel staff assured us that this particular group of musicians was the best. We got there early, sat on the third row. She was right--the program was wonderful. I sat there with tears in my eyes when suddenly it hit me: I'm here in Venice listening to Vivaldi, Vivaldi in Venice!"

Katherine

Whiteville, NC

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the time we paid the deposit, to the time we landed in Amsterdam I obsessed over this trip. Therefore, I was prepared to be a little disappointed. Wrong. No matter how I hyped this trip in my mind the reality was greater than the build up. It wasn't just educational, or inspiring, or motivational, or life altering, it was fun. I wasn't expecting the fun. How could 29 people(including the guide) bond in such a short time. And Europe was nice too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have always wanted to go to an Opera. I listen on the radio, I play my cd's but I have never seen a live Opera. Now I have. La Traviata, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, where this opera premiered in 1853. One of the most celebrated and historic opera houses in the world. Wow!!! Note to guides: They have discounted day of performance tickets. We were on the second row for 50 euro each which was a lot less than they were published on the web. Mark a big one off my bucket list."

David

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was truly a "flying tour", with scenery changing rapidly every other day. I even had a classic, "If it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium" moment. I personally enjoyed the pace and level of physical activity, however since my wife was somewhat hobbled by injuries it diminished our "couple's experience" a bit. This tour stayed true to the "Thru the Back Door" approach, with very good quality lodging, tours, and dining included. Our tour group meshed pretty well, and fairly quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a "Wow" moment. On the other hand, the entire tour experience combined to enlighten and delight me."

Laura

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour helped to optimize my time in Europe. Guide, Demetri, was great. Another day in Venice would have been good. Enjoyed 5 additional days in Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss valley we stayed in. More impressive than Yosemite."

Karen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour, overall, was awesome. The bus and the bus driver were extremely comfortable, and it was nice that the groups are kept small (there were 28 of us). Our guide, Dimitri, was excellent. The group meals were a little large and a little heavy, I feel as if a lot of food was thrown away. The hotels we stayed in were fairly comfortable, and mostly pretty clean. The hotels in Haarlem and in Florence were the nicest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrived at our hotel in the Lauterbrunnen valley, I thought it was so remote I would be bored. I'm not a heights person, so instead of taking the gondola excursions, my partner and I did the trail walk into town, then took the cog train to Wengen and back, and walked the trail back to the hotel. The scenery was incredible, and the peace and quiet of the walk was wonderful. I truly enjoyed Switzerland, when I honestly wasn't expecting to."

Ishmael

Summerville, SC

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW, the whole trip was WOW, what a trip. It was more of a history lesson than I had expected I would liked to have stayed longer in each location, Seen a lot but left wanting to see more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Switch Alps, so beautiful."

Cathy

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 08/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were high for this trip, and they were met in every way possible. Boy, did we see and learn a tremendous amount in 21 days! It was a rapidly paced trip, and as the brochure states, it was strenuous at times, but oh so worth every step!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to limit it to one! The beauty and vitality of Amsterdam, the Night Watchman's Tour in Rothenburg, Herr Jung in Bacharach,the David in the Accademia,people watching on St. Mark's square with a glass of wine and a marvelous quartet playing in the background, the Pieta in St. Peter's, the breathtaking Alps,cruising the Seine at night with the Eiffel Tower and other monuments all lit up. I had to pinch myself over and over again!!!"

Heidi

Anoka, MN

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw so much,from museums, to great cathedrals,to multiple cultures and cuisines. From big cities to small hill towns. The hotels w ere small,but charming in their own way. Our tour guide,Ben, I can't say enough about. He is a walking history book. I learned so much about the history of the places we visited. Not only history,but his knowledge of the arts and cultures was impressive. He laid the groundwork quickly and firmly, which I liked. If you were late you may get left behind!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was Switzerland. It was far more beautiful than I could have imagined. The local of our Hotel was amazing!"

Tom

Sun City, AZ

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our experience was indeed excellent...made especially so through the efforts of ben, our guide! all aspects of the tour; transportation; lodging; sites; stops...and additions that ben chose made it special!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"paris! from city entry, the first day/nights adventures, through to tour end...and our additional day we spent on our own!"

Marganna

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfect - this is our 3rd RS Tour so we expected "perfection" but we do realize each trip is different with its mix of destinations, guides, fellow travelers, weather, ... but when it was all done - the trip couldn't have met our wishes/expectations any better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David wins without a doubt! I will add the gondola trip under the full moon with serenader was a magical moment; the walk around Bacharach, Germany with Herr Young was emotional moving - complete with piano player's It's A Wonderful World. Let me say: the entire trip deserves a WOW or two!"

Ruth

Eagle River, AK

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I felt like we were provided with some great educational tours as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Highlights of the trip included a gondola ride in Venice, a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, and viewing many of the greatest artworks in the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfortunately our favorite wow moment was a moment we planned independently...the Eiffel Tower was a wow moment. I also had a wow moment when we saw Michelangelo's David."

Margaret

Franklin, TN

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Provided a great overview of a number of European countries. Like the small group size - large bus (Mat was a great driver!) of course enjoyed all the "biggies" like the Louvre, the David, Rijksmuseum, St. Peters, Vatican, Colosseum, etc, but was so glad to see the variety in the countryside in each place we went - the beauty of the Swiss Alps as well as the pristine farmland in Netherlands, Austria, and Germany. Her Jung in Bacharach was great! Free time was good - music on bus - great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming off the train in Cinque Terre and seeing the beautiful Mediterranean - Evenings and mornings there were delightful (not so crowded). The magnificent beauty of the Swiss Alps - also amazing! Third might be the gondola ride in Venice."

Pam

Frankfort, IN

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! What more can I say? I love Rick Steves' tours. Our guide Ben was great as well as the local guides. I love having local guides, who are familiar with their area, talk about it. The pace on this tour was pretty vigorous, but I wouldn't have wanted to miss anything. I also liked the sequence, i.e., starting in Amsterdam and ending in Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say that I had a favorite wow moment, as they all were. I really like learning the history and culture of the places we visited. Also, when I travel, I want to see the villages and countryside, as well as the cities, so I really liked that. Bacharach and Orvieto were special."

Richard

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was not physically prepared for the immensity of going on tour. I had a great experience, the limiting factor was my lack of stamina, and for that I cannot fault anyone but Genetics, being older, and not being in the best of physical condition. The Tour was exactly what I wanted, to be immersed in the history of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basillica."

Karen

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. It was well organized, superbly guided, and provided a great sampling of the real highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First view of the Eiffel Tower, all in lights--spectacular!"

Phoebe

Frankfort, IN

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben's enthusiasm was evident. I thought he was superb! Would like to have had the opportunity to hang glide in Switzerland. I probably just needed to ask if it was possible.

Ashley

Fremont, CA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I had a positive experience on the Rick Steves tour. I was exposed to a lot of new cultural ideas but I felt that there was a little too much time spent in the Uffizi museum and the Vatican Museum. By the time that we actually got to the Sistine Chapel, I was already getting tired. I think the highlights should be the first things that are seen, and then people may go on an optional tour of the Vatican museum and look at those paintings if they wish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick one but seeing the David was very impressive and also when we were driving through Switzerland to our hotel I was impressed by the raw beauty of the country. I also liked the drive through the German countryside when we went to the Wieskirche. I was also "wowed" by some of the castles that we went in and how ornate they were."

Tom

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. Ben was professional and personable, a rather rare combination. I especially appreciated the extra room on the bus and the extra experiences that were organized the apple strudel, the schnapps and gummy bears, two rides on the luge (not one), the wine at dinner, the picnic lunch the gondola ride, and the Paris boat ride. A little more warning about the steepness of the walk up to that first ruined castle would have been helpful since the taxi ride was minimal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. The Ann Frank House, David, the Eiffel tower, the fact that the tour was well organized and well run. Ben was certainly a real "wow" Give that guy a raise."

Georgia

Liberty Lake, WA

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I think my husband said it best. Had a great time and I saw, for the first time Rome and Paris. Wondrous sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum."

Marsha

Cibolo, TX

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The quality of this tour was amazing. Having our keys ready while checking in to having our tickets to enter museums to having tickets to the subways ready was wonderful. It was very organized, well run, all I had to do was show up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride under the super moon while in Venice. We had a couple boats for our group one boat had singers. The gondola drivers were pleasant, courteous and seemed to enjoy their time too."

Jerome

Chardon, OH

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The majority of the rooms were of very poor quality. In sitting down with many of the other guests at night with a few drinks. We did the math and calculated that you made a 45% overhead and profit. You could have easily been able to have a higher quality room. Just today I spoke to a retired women who traveled much; many European bus tours. Her first words when I mentioned your tours was "I love his books but everyone says the rooms are terrible and that makes the tour overprice

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far the Roman Colosseum."

John Paul

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I thought it went very well and provided me with some amazing experiences. To be able to see world renowned Art & Architecture up close was very special. The tour guides worked very hard. We were able to do all the activities listed and I liked how free time was interspersed with scheduled time. The bus was very comfortable and the driver was excellent. The crowds and chaos in Italy, especially Venice & Florence, detracted from the bliss fairly significantly at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really difficult to choose but, if I had to, I guess I would say: after having hiked from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald on a very scenic, steep trail, my hiking partner and I stopped for a beer and snack at an historic Mt hostel overlooking the stunning Lauterbrunen valley and were served by the most charming young Finnish woman. The pleasant weather, the very satisfying hike, the incredible Mt scenery, the tasty beer and vegetable soup and the charm of that woman combined for a peak experience!"

William

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of Reid is the best. I can not say enough of how privileged i feel to have had him him for a guide. We had a great group. Anja and Henry were also a joy to have on tour.I really went for the the ride. New I would be going to some nice places. Places I had already been. (Italy)I was stunned all trough the tour on the beauty and greatness of the locations. Reid's historic information was a added plus to all the locations. A life changing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris and seeing the Eiffel Tower. The Alps was a close 2nd."

Denise

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time. I had no idea we would learn so much. Not only were the museums fabulous, but Reid gave us bonus history lessons on each region we traveled through on the bus. Aside from that, the scenery was beautiful, and the people were charming. Yodelers and polka dancers performing for us in Switzerland was a lovely surprise. And our great fellow travelers were the icing on the cake.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That has to be the moment the seagull flew overhead as our gondola was steered through the Grand Canal in Venice. We had decided not to do the gondola ride, since it cost over $100. Then Reid made it affordable for the group by reserving 5 gondolas so that all 28 of us could go, and split the expense. It was our anniversary, so the ride, with the musicians, and the setting sun was all too beautiful. Then the seagull flew above us, and it was just perfection! Overcome, I wept tears of joy."

Linda

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour curriculum, tour guide, tour guide assistant and driver far exceeded my expectations. My overall experience in Europe was fantastic and very memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were special moments in each day of my trip and in every city/town we visited, however, some of the highlights were: (1) in Italy on the gondola ride being serenaded with Italian songs. My 9 year-old granddaughter enjoyed it so much when we got off the ride and were having dessert she went over to a bridge and began to sing Italian songs to people in gondolas as they went under the bridge. She doesn't speak Italian... Priceless!"

Jeffrey

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, well organized, schedule was well thought out. Sights were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. Pantheon and Roman ruins? So many cool things."

Coralea

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a single traveler on the tour I went on Europe in 21 Days. This was my first trip to Europe and I wanted a guided tour for the entire trip. Rick Steves' was a perfect match. I had an amazing time meeting new people on the tour and sharing our exciting adventures together. This was a trip of a lifetime for me. I enjoyed being able to get a feel for each place we stopped and when I travel back to Europe I know exactly where I am going to go revisit. Our tour guide Reid was great!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments on this tour!! My favorite "WOW" moment would be Cinque Terre I loved the beach it took my breath away. I traveled to see the other Villages by ferry and it was amazing! I was able to walk around Riomaggiore. It was so pretty. Since the village is very steep I found a place where it was flat above the street where the children were playing. They had scooters and bicycles. The best way to see these villages is from the water and I have some amazing pictures!"

Pam

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous. I was the oldest member on this tour, but I was able to keep up, even though my vision is compromised. I was able to see what I needed to see and still enjoy the experience. This was not a trip for sissies with all the walking and stairs one had to traverse. Loved all the sights and history that went along with it. Saw and went places I probably never would have on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Baptistery in Florence and the majestic waterfalls and mountains in Switzerland. Switzerland is my favorite country, it is so green and magical. The food is outstanding and the waterfalls everywhere. Where else in the world can you have a waterfall or roaring river in your backyard? Enchanting."

Aaron

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I were somewhat intimidated by spending 3 weeks with complete strangers traveling Europe for the first time. I'm not sure we had any expectations of our guide, but we attended the open summit in Edmonds at the beginning of this year to learn more about the trips and we were surprised at the amount of elderly people that were there. Our initial fear was that we would go on a trip with nothing but retired people, making it hard to connect (as we are in our late 20's).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Connecting with two other travelers in Rome during dinner at the Spanish steppes. We had an amazing, intimate experience and were treated like locals by the owners of the restaurant (which we found in the RS guidebook!)"

Nichole

Wells, MN

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of big towns and small towns, great group size, great guides with tons of knowledge!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments. Just the history of everything!"

Erin

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not be happier with my experience. Dimitri and Riccardo were kind, friendly, and informative. When we signed up for this trip, we were worried about whether this was the right choice for our first European experience, but we could not be more impressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the most impactful experience for me was getting to see all of the paintings, monuments, and history in person."

Mark

Key Largo, FL

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are really no words I can use to describe this trip. It was the most incredible experience of my life! I met some amazing people and have a better understanding of European history than I ever could have imagined. Far exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Rome, when coming around the corner from "via della Polveriera" and seeing the Colosseum for the first time. It literally took my breathe away."

Karen

Battle Ground, WA

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't begin to say enough about how much fun we had, how wonderful Dimitri, Riccardo and Ronny (our driver) were or how much we learned on this trip. I am still trying to wrap my head around the whole experience. Our group was wonderful, we had a beautiful time together. I loved the smaller hotels and the people who ran them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew the trip was physical but had no idea how physical.. I wore and synced by fit bit. 1st week 35+ miles, 2nd week 50+ miles and 3rd week close to 40 miles. Whew!! And I really grew to HATE stairs. Wow moment.. well, I had never been to Europe before so literally every country was a "wow" moment. Just when you thought it could not get any better it did with each new stop!"

Ann

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second R.S. tour and can say it did not disappoint. Best tours ever! I'm hooked on R.S. tours and can't wait for my next one in 2 years! 21 days best of Europe - exciting, challenging, learning experience. Great guides, bus driver, and group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"4 "wow" moments: 1- Germany - Rhine Valley - absolutely loved it 2- Rome - Colosseum -I was in complete 'awe' 3- Cinque Terre -swimming in the Meditteranean sea 4- Switzerland -Lauterbrunnen Valley - beautiful, serene, so many waterfalls I felt very privileged to visit all countries!"

Linda

Buchanan, NY

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the trip of a lifetime! By the fifth day it had already exceeded my expectations. Our guides Dimitri and Riccardo were informative and entertaining. Ronny our driver, made us feel relaxed and safe with his driving expertise. Their passion is evident. The tour was very well designed and accommodated for a variety of different interest. Rick has blended together the perfect recipe for traveling success. Thanks for educating future travelers and sharing your passion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the geography, arts and culture were constant "Wows!" To experience first hand things that were created thousands of years ago and are preserved so that we can appreciate/marvel at their grandeur today. Venice in the morning before the tourist arrive. David. Michelangelo's Pieta, sheer beauty, brought tears to my eyes. Swimming in the Mediterranean. Hiking in the majestic Alps and Trummelbach Falls. Beaune. The Seine and the Eiffel Tower. 27 fantastic travel companions!"

Debralyn

Folsom, CA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the perfect introduction to Europe and exceeded my expectations in every way. We covered so much in 21 days, more than we could have done on our own. Not only the sites, but the culture, the food, the people, history and current events. It was a lot like drinking from a fire hose! But now I have a good understanding of what makes each place special and why I want to return again and again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming out of the metro in Rome and seeing the Colosseum for the first time really took my breath away. No picture, movie or story prepares you for the expereince of being there. Our local guide brought it to life in our imaginations and I could swear I could hear a crowd roar and smell the excitement in the air as if I had stepped back in time."

Linda

Calgary, AB

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been to Europe before. This tour was more than I had imagined. All the wonderful places we saw and experiences we had. Also, I had not given any thought to the wonderful people we would meet on the tour. I thoroughly enjoyed our group, our tour guide and our bus driver. Our bus driver Paul was very much a part of the group as was Jennifer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Mark's Square in Venice around 10 pm when all the cruise boat people are gone and it is on the quieter side with musicians playing classical music. We are sitting at an outdoor restaurant listening to the music with our new friends from our tour. The full moon is rising over the Mediterranean sea - magical! Beautiful scenery, lovely people, great music and such ambience."

Bobby

Terrell, TX

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Jennifer was the key ingredient to this being the greatest trip I have ever been on. Her attitude, knowledge and personal excitement in sharing Europe with us was contagious. She calmly and in a friendly way handled everything - she never lost patience or control of the group. I do not know how she did it. I assume she is your best guide because I cannot imagine better. Second, the itinerary was better than described in any of the brochures... (I'm out of letters - damn).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The expressions on my daughters faces throughout the trip. Then, the David, Mona Lisa and Coliseum."

Carmen

Kent, WA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was concerned about being with the tour at all times but really soon they became like family and added to our tour experience. The tour is so well organized that even though we did so much everyday we also had free time strategically placed in between activities. We had very busy days but never felt overwhelmed or exhausted because our tour guide took perfect care of all the details and schedules so it was really enjoyable and relaxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have many wow moments. Watching the World Cup final in Venice. Getting out the subway and looking at the coliseum for the first time. Biking in Haarlem. Hiking in the Cinque Terre. Seeing the Eiffel Tower. Also the moments when we reflected on Europe's history when visiting Anne Frank's house and Dachau concentration camp."

Rickey

Mcleansboro, IL

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour showed things that was important and put as many of them in the tour as possible. I liked it when we had reservations and did not have to wait in line. The guides that was hired extra were good sometimes they had to much accent.For me it was hard to pick up everything. The places were great, everything I dreamed of. Jennifer knew her stuff. She managed time and gave space too. A very good guide. I highly recommend Rick Steves tours to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was Rome seeing things I only seen on tv or read about. This was history, it was seeing and standing on one of the most talked about history places of the world. Also seeing the real Mona Lisa."

Arthur

Robbinsdale, MN

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am very pleased with our tour through Europe. I feel that the [INVALID]ion of cities, hotels and points of interest were very well thought out and the schedule provided an ideal mixture of scheduled activities, free time to explore and time to rest. Group meals were fun, relaxed and provided an excellent forum to get to know our fellow travelers. Both Jennifer (Guide) and Paul (Driver) were outgoing, professional and always seemed to go the next mile to ensure the comfort and safety of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Certainly there were many precious moments that range from a chance meeting with the conspiracy of the Batavians in Amsterdam, to Heir Jung's smile, to watching the World Cup in Germany, to swimming in the Mediterranean, to drinking cherry schnapps in the Alps or stealing a kiss with my sweetheart under the Eiffel tower. All said, the most moving moment was walking and pausing through Notre Dame Cathedral during Mass as stain glass light filtered through the raising incense and soaring voices."

Beverly

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every day and moment of our long-awaited "The Best of Europe in 21 Days" tour. Our incredible guide, Jennifer was so well-prepared, knowledgeable and fun! Her passion for sharing the local cultural experiences and art and the food and wines of each area was contagious. We were really surprised that after three weeks together, our wonderful traveling companions became good friends... and even like family. Each day offered many joys and surprises!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Swiss Alps and strolling through the hills and the town of Grimmelwald. The quaint bells on the many cows in the green pastures, and the alpine houses were like a postcard from the past. I also treasure the time we spent with Herr Jung in Bacharach. His reflections on growing up in the area before and during WWI were very enlightening and touching. He is a dear man and I loved how he made each person feel special. I also enjoyed chatting with Annaliese Friese in Rothenberg."

Dawn

Robbinsdale, MN

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. Jennifer was very knowledgeable and Paul was very helpful and inter-active. The local tour guides brought so much to the tours. I really have no complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moments throughout the trip I'm not sure I can pick just one. I loved the valley in Switzerland with all the waterfalls. I'm a huge fan of waterfalls. The little town in Austria was so quaint and I felt so comfortable there. Looking out at Florence from the top of the Duomo was well worth the climb. The view from the top of the tower in Rothenburg was also amazing and worth the climb. What a charming town. See, I can't pick just one."

Marlena

Mariposa, CA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took the 21 Day Best of Europe Tour and it was fantastic! Each day was unique and loaded with exciting new things to see and do and we enjoyed every minute. The rain that followed us daily didn't stop us and in fact, we saw the beauty of the landscape because of it. Our tour was a collection of one magical experience after another that we will never forget!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Piata in St. Peter's was a highlight for me. So was seeing all of the original works of art that I had studied as a college student. Sitting at a table with two German men watching the World Cup was also pretty amazing! I didn't think I would find anything interesting in the small towns, but they turned out to be my favorite because I felt closest to the culture and people."

Mica

Terrell, TX

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of the trip exceeded my expectations, including itinerary, value, accomodations, transportation, sites, and guides. A+ to Rick Steves travel and our wonderful guide Jennifer, bus driver Paul and all the local guides. We saw an extraordinarily wide sampling of Europe in 21 days. Thank you all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The look of awe on my teen daughter's face upon emerging from the Rome metro and coming face to face with the Colliseum. With the help of our wonderful local guide Francesca, the ancient world came alive for us all that day."

Julie

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an incredible experience we had on the Rick Steves tour! From the warm welcome by our guide on the first day to the last lingering moment at the end we had a trip of a lifetime. Having a small group was wonderful because we quickly got to know each other and now have new friends for life. The tour was stress free because it was so organized and attention given to all the details so we could sit back, relax and enjoy every minute of our 21 day Europe tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the 10,000 feet of the Shilthorn in the Alps and breaking through the cloud to the first glimpse of the snow covered Alps in the glorious sunshine took my breath away!"

Dale

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great, my family especially enjoyed the adventure. Nice improvement over the 2007 version of the tour, and was great to see the changes at the museums, and to finally see the Cinque Terre :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the Cinque Terre was wonderful."

Sarah

Vernon, BC

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful. The itinerary was very well-designed and provided a good mix of small towns and big cities. It was completely different than most bus tours; I really appreciated using public transport rather than busing everywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 'wow' moment was hiking in Switzerland. We had the perfect sunny day. Our guide Rolinka got us a great deal on the cable car up to the Schilthorn and lead us on a hike, at which point we all spread out and went at our own place. Staying in Stechelberg felt like being in a fairy tale- it looked to perfect to be real. I was initially hesitant when I learned that the hotel had shared washrooms but then I realized how completely worth it staying there was."

Katherine

Burnet, TX

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely well run and as described in all Rick Steves' materials. Very well organized, packed full of sights and information. Our tour group was filled with wonderful people that I enjoyed being with. I would do another Rick Steves' tour in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm going to cop out and choose a city instead of a moment. Florence--My "wow"s were David and the Duomo. I have never been awed by a sculpture before seeing the David. The massiveness and intricate design, as well as the colorful marble, on the Duomo was also so impressive to me."

Ruth

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What a great way to travel! We could focus all of our energy (and we needed every bit of it) on exploring new places and taking part in new experiences, without wasting precious time on logistics. The mix of cities, towns, and the countryside was great. The local guides were the best: we felt like we learned 100X more with them than we ever would have on our own. Our tour-mates were wonderful, and the entire experience was more fun because we were sharing it with friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about our day in the Alps was a WOW, from watching the fog lift to the idyllic beauty of the valley, to our cable car ride up the mountain, to emerging above the clouds to the most spectacular sight I have ever seen. I feel so lucky to have had a "perfect weather" day to experience the amazing mountain top, good friends to share the wonder with, and fantastic hiking companions on an incredible afternoon trek through the clean air and beautiful countryside."

Rebecca

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour group was very cohesive, and I will treasure the new friendships that formed. I thought the route and itinerary worked well. The pacing was good; I kept saying I wanted to spend more time in each place, but isn't that the point? Could never have had the number of quality experiences like we did without traveling with a group like this. The local guides were outstanding – I learned more about art and history than I ever thought possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Other than the entire trip? The most unexpected "wow" moment was meeting Herr Jung in Bacharach. I never thought I would have met a man like that who made me think and understand an era of history as he did. It's impossible for me to narrow this down - the rest of my "wow" moments were Haarlem, Florence, the Cinque Terre and Switzerland."

Gordon

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing, everything was very well organized.Keith and Rolinka were fantastic guides & our bus driver Richard was outstanding, extremely professional yet personalable. I initially was skeptical about the amount of time on the bus, but surprisingly time on the bus went by fast and was a welcome break from a very active tour schedule (but we wouldn't have it any other way!). We loved the ample free time that allowed us to break away from the group and be independent and not feel rushed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to pick two: 1. The gondola ride in Venice complete with musicians has a true wow moment, and this was effortlessly arranged by our guide. 2. The second would have to be the moment we broke through the clouds on the gondola ride up to the Schilthorn. There were some low clouds that day, but when we broke through and saw the amazing view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau - it was jaw dropping. So, two "gondola" experiences - but pronounced differently of course!"

Abigail

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was fantastic. Throughout the trip, we did a lot of wonderful hiking, interacted with many absolutely incredible local guides, and of course made many great friends. This tour has made me want to continue traveling in Europe as soon as I possibly can.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't narrow down a favorite! However, the first major wow moment I had stands out. On the first evening in Bacharach, I hiked up to the youth hostel overlooking the town with two other tour members. It was an incredible view/experience, and it really made the idea that I was actually doing this sink in."

JoAnn

Vernon, BC

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour met, and often exceeded my expectations. We had great RS tour guides, an amazing driver Richard and the expertise of local guides. We could never had seen and done all that we did on our own. The food was excellent and the mix of cities and small towns added to the enjoyment. The hotels were centrally located and I enjoyed most but not all. Spending time with, and getting to know, the other tour members really made the trip so memorable. I would do another RS tour in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. Two standout. Hiking in Switzerland under clear blue skies, with snowcapped peaks, meadows full of wild flowers and the sound of cow bells in the air. I've hiked many places but the Northface trail was outstanding. A postcard like photo op around every turn. The other wow was spending time with Herr Jung in Bacharach. What an amazing man. He made me laugh and cry and brought the realities of war to life. It was a blessing to spend time with him."

Judy

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a compact, efficient way to grasp a true understanding of the different countries culture through history and art,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Anne Frank's hiding place in Amsterdam was incredibly moving to me. To be able to walk where the family lived, go through the offices on the factory, see the actual bookcase and the pictures she decorated her room with were a supreme highlight!"

Jennica

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wow!!! I'm still internalizing everything I learned, experienced, and saw. I wish all Americans could take a 21 day Rick Steves' tour in Europe. I would hope it would lead to more open minds, and cultural acceptance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it is hard to choose just one "wow" moment as there were many, I think our guided walking tour with Jerr Hung in Bacharach tops the list. His explanations, memories, and emotion surrounding WWII and Hitler will remain with me forever. I'm a history teacher and cover this era/topic. Kids often ask how/why such things could happen. Jerr Yung's experiences have helped me to better understand the answer to this question enabling me to pass on my new found knowledge to students."

Michele

Union, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It really was incredible. We had an AMAZING guide, well versed on the history, culture, and people in every country! We all loved her! Our group was fun, lively, and at times a bit of a handful, but Colleen just rolled with it despite our occasional antics. It was a whirlwind of a tour, and I liked the fast pace that we kept. It kept things moving and we were never bored. Overall great trip! Would have liked to stay in a couple places a little longer than we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our last stop in Paris... the Eiffel Tower. I was speechless!!!"

Karen

Hyde Park, UT

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

we had a wonderful time on our Best of Europe Tour. Everything was done so well that all we needed to do was relax and enjoy. Our tour director Colleen was excellent. We enjoyed the excursions we took, our hotels, the restaurants we ate in and the people on our tour. We made wonderful friends and everyone got along so well. I loved the buddy system that was used where we each chose someone we didn't know as our buddy for the tour who was responsible in accounting for us. It was all great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite countries on the tour were Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but my "wow" moment was riding the gondolas in Venice at night with a guitar player and singer performing for us as we rode the canals. I loved every minute of it!"

Deb

Walterville, OR

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was wonderful!!! I was so excited to be gone for 21 days we added 3 in London before we left. I did realize half way through that it was too long, there was so much information to take in. That was my oversight and nothing bad about the tour its self

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many, I think just the history in general. The old buildings ect"

Wendy

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour experience was awesome. The pace was fast but I like that kind of pace. I felt the first canal ride in Amsterdam needs to go. The audio was bad and hard to understand. I loved going to Bacherach, very fun cute town. I really thought the stop in the German town to eat knuckles and greasy food was awful. I try to eat good food and the choices of food was too greasy. Also I ordered tap water, paid $2.50 and was given sparkling water and they wouldn't refund or give me tap

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clearly Amterdam. My favorite town was Harlem. Loved the smallness of it and the fact everyone rode bikes."

Amy

Springfield, OR

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Europe, the tour is a great sampling of a lot of the highlights in Europe. It gave enough information to peek my curiosity and gives a good reference point to know where I'm most interested in returning to. I'm recommending Rick Steve's tours to everyone I know. Even to people I don't know:) I've been watching Rick on PBS for many years and have always thought he really loves what he does. His love shines through the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite "wow" moment for me was every time we started a new adventure in all of the places we visited."

Nancy

Union, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The knowledge, energy and enthusiasm of Colleen, our tour guide, was really what made the trip for me. It was wonderful to hit the highlights of Europe, and the local guides were all top notch too. I think Rick Steves should receive the Nobel Peace Prize, for international ambassadorship. Everywhere we went we were privileged and treated with acceptance because we were "with Rick Steves". Totally awesome. Under any other circumstance we would not have been as welcome. So, thank you very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most amazing moments came on the evening gondola ride in Venice. Colleen arranged for guitar music and a vocalist. It was superb."

Marsha

Muscatine, IA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful.Colleen is a super guide but a really exceptional person. I enjoyed her and our bus driver Peter.They both were very hands on with all of us.My husband Rollie and I both felt very lucky that we were with such a great group.All of us got along and it was a wonderful vacation.We saw all the sights in each city and Colleen was a wealth of information in all areas.We loved it and will for sure think of Rick Steves for future vacations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of one Wow moment. Every city was a unique experience. Maybe I can think of one moment. Colleen found out my husband and I were going to be celebrating our anniversary and arranged for us to be on the gondola with the musicians. It was the perfect evening. Thank you Colleen. Also it was very special when I met Herr Jung. He was an amazing man. For all future travelers though when Rick says you shouldn't go if you can't carry your bags or do a lot of walking believe me, he means it."

Dave

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleased and happy with the overall tour. It met and exceeded all of my expectations! Colleen was excellent, and our driver Peter was excellent as well. Food, accommodations, walking tours, guided tours were all beyond expectations. It was a great taste of Europe and we already are thinking about where we would like to come back to visit. We will be returning for more tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, and it is difficult to choose, but my favorite would have to be St. Peters Basilica. I was completely surprised with the sheer size, amount of art, the sculptures, the majestic size of the cathedral - no surface is left without art of some kind. A total surprise that I was not expecting. Switzerland, Venice and the Cinque Terre are a close second."

Susan

Goldendale, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an experience of a lifetime and one to ponder from here on out. I don't think I could express all that I saw only impressions and mostly only from my pictures that I chronicled. It was an overview of 5 countries and one to figure out what the next European Trip would entail. The set up was thorough and the trip was more than I expected. Professional guide, bus driver, and local guides were excellent. The places we stayed were better than I anticipated. Overall, better than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had actually many wow moments. The nature of just being there was a dream come true. My favorite places that I wish I could have enjoyed more time....Harlem, Cinque Terre, Paris."

Gail

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I chose a Rick Steves' tour for our first visit to Europe based on positive customer reviews. Our overall tour experience met our expectations. We liked having a knowledgeable tour guide, the same bus/driver for our entire tour, eclectic hotels, pre-booked museum reservations, and the many meals that were provided as part of our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments for us. The first was meeting our local guide Herr Jung in Bacharach. His stories of growing up during WWII touched our entire group. The night watchman tour in Rothenburg was entertaining. An evening gondola ride with musicians in Venice was magical. We were awed by the Vatican museum, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The views from the cliff side path connecting Monterosso to Vernazza in Cinque Terre were breathtaking."

Judy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was phenomenal in my opinion. Having never been on a Rick Steve's tour, as well as never having been to Europe, I was not sure what to expect. Once we met our group in Harlem , and heading out for our first dinner together, it was the trip of my lifetime (so far!) Colleen was instrumental in making the tour so enjoyable and interesting for me. She provided so much historical information for us for each county, city, and site that we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to each of the five village in the Cinque Terre was the best! Incredible scenery and what a fun day exploring each new town. Being in Paris was also a "wow" thing. The Eifferl tower is so iconic, and being in it was surreal. We had the added bonus of staying one extra day and being in Paris for Bastille Day."

Kevin

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. I loved the fast pace. Having never been to Europe , it was a great overview. I didn't know if I would like the tour vs on my own, the tour was a winner. I saw so much more on the tour than I would have on my own. Our guide,Colleen, was fun, knowledgable and very organized. Stress free.

Michael

Chicago, IL

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While I had an idea of what this tour experience would be like from doing research, I was still a bit nervous and skeptical. The tour far exceeded my expectations on every level: the cities, the educational aspect, the food, the group members, Colleen and Peter...I could go on and on about it. It truly was a trip of a lifetime and there are no regrets aboudoing it. I felt it was very well planned and had a good pace. The start of the tour felt daunting as we were looking at 21 days on a t

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Red Light District in Amsterdam...enough said. Herr Jung in Bacharach. He shared his life story and it was extremely moving. Watching World Cup soccer in Europe. Carnival in Rothenburg! Waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen Valley. Pesto and seafood dinner in Cinque Terre. Bastille Day in Paris and the fireworks display around the Eiffel Tower."

Deborah

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group Gondola ride in Venice at night. It was peaceful and quiet with lights flickering up and down the Grand Canal. A man sang accompanied by a guitar player. Wonderful!"

Anastasia

St Louis, MO

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our tour. There is no way we would have been able to experience as many places with the time we had. There was also a great balance of large and small cities. There was also an appropriate amount of free and structured time. I also loved the hotel selections (for the most part) and the dinners together. They were always a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one moment, so many were amazing! St. Peter's Basilica was my favorite, if I had to pick just one moment! Pictures will never do it justice. A close second was a serenaded gondola ride in Venice."

Eileen

Goldendale, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Europe was amazing!!! It has inspired my art and made me think seroously about studying abroad in college.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing valleys in the Swiss alps!"

Kristin

Lakewood, OH

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was wonderful! Our tour guide, Stephanie, really made our trip fantastic! I can't imagine ever going on a better holiday!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stephanie planned an optional hike from Austria to Germany before touring the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. It was an amazing hike, with beautiful views of the forest, the lake, and the castles. I can't imagine anything more beautiful."

Sharon

Battleground, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 21 day tour is perfect for those who want a quick taste of Europe for future visits. It's busy enough but still gives time for individual site seeing on your own. Our guide Stephanie always had great suggestions for places to see on our own or with others in the group. She gave us good directions and hints so we would feel comfortable exploring on our own. Bus rides gave us time to review the RS bible of information about the next stop, or catch up on journaling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I hiked up to the St Francis church in Monterosa at dusk and were completely alone in the chapel. The monks began their evening prayers behind the alter. It was one of the most beautiful moments in our life. The voices were so pure and melodic. The setting though modest was more beautiful than the golden "must see" churches of Rome."

Theresa

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was truly the trip of a lifetime! I can't rate it highly enough. Our guide, Ragen, was knowledgeable, organized, enthusiastic, and FUN. The people in our group were friendly and kind and everyone had a good sense of humor - very important, in my estimation. We saw wonderful sites everywhere, while traveling the highways, walking the streets of major and medieval cities or hiking in the alps. I'll be fondly remembering these 3 weeks for the rest of my life. Thank you, thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say.- perhaps seeing the snow capped Alps.You've read about them, seen photos of them, but, to witness them in person - absolutely an extraordinary moment for me."

Marcia

Wilton, ME

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well organized, great meals and hotels. Ragan is an exceptional tour guide. He is organized, caring, knowledgeable, engaging, and always wiling to extend himself to make the tour top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps, restaurant for breakfast."

Carole

Chino, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have traveled extensively, but this tour surpasses anything we have ever experienced. To use the word of our exceptionally talented guide, Ragen, each day was "amazing". The people, the guides, the tours, the food, the getting-us-out-of-our comfort zone (aka stretching), the surprises inserted which added even more exceptionality, the hotel locations and accommodations, museums, balance in tour demands and opportunities, everything was beyond anything we ever expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picking just one is almost impossible since each day had many "wow" moments, but, experiencing Monterosso al Mare just took my breath away. It is definitely by "Happy Place"."

Fred

Chino, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

People in our group worked well together in a spirit of cooperation. Everything was orderly and well planned. There was a lot to be seen and a lot to be learned. I am glad about the two hours on the bus rides. This gave us some time to go to the bathroom.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wow moment on my tour was the trip to the mountains in the Alps. I enjoyed this snow clad mountains and the hikes. I also enjoy the beach cities and the gondola ride."

Mark

Maricopa, AZ

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being a first time tour member and the first visit to Europe, I wasn't sure what to expect. The level of service provided by Ragen was amazing! His knowledge and expertise was invaluable to our family having a great time. Our bus drivers, hotels and group meals were just as amazing. The added benefit of having the local tour guides join us in the various cities was a great and welcomed experience. The information and perspectives they added to the experience fantastic. One word - AMAZING!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me personally, I would have to say our lunch visit to the Kloster Andechs Monastery. The roasted pig knuckle, roasted pork belly and of course the Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel. The Doppelbock Dunkel from Bavaria's Holy Mountain embodies the centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition of the Benedictine monks of St Boniface. Thanks Regan!"

Vicki

Boulder Creek, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience went well beyond my expectations. Every benefit to traveling on a tour (the camaraderie of the shared experience, the ease of not having to plan and make arrangements, etc.) was greater than I'd expected. Every concern I had about traveling on a tour (spending multiple weeks with strangers, the quality of accommodations and food, etc.) was erased.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each new country visited became my favorite "wow" moment. Meeting Herr Young, walking from Austria to Germany for 2 castle tours, celebrating my birthday in Venice, fireworks over the river, the bus ride into the Swiss alps, hiking in Switzerland,and the grand finale of Paris were all "wow" moments among many other "wow" moments."

Mark

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent guide who was aided by a very capable and experienced driver, and along the way we had many local guides who were very informed and engaging. We had a great group of people [INVALID] there was a group of teens and young people who got along with each other, and overall everyone was very upbeat and friendly. It was great to stand in a circle and repeat each others' names as a way of getting to know everyone at least a little. Every day there were interesting things to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Schilthorn and the view from there was unforgettable. But there were many other events, including the visits to the three cities in Italy and also Paris. Hard to pick one!"

Tom

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Regan was excellent providing the enthusiasm that is needed to move a group of 28 through 3 weeks of awesome sights, sounds and tastes. The tour spent about the right amount of time everywhere except Switzerland. We needed an extra day there however got out of the most the time would allow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the Alps going to Switzerland!"

Rosalie

Anaheim, CA

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremly HAPPY !! with my Europe Trip. I never expected it to be so WONDERFUL !! I was very impressed at how organized and smooth everything went. Our guide Regan was GREAT! I could not have asked for a more seasoned, happy and enthusiastic guide to have. Regan made all the difference in the world with this trip for me, with all his insight and patience for our entire group. Our driver Matt was extremly knowledgeable we all felt very safe. I'm ready to do it again !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the hike in the mountains in SWITZERLAND was breathtaking !! and the beautiful Castle's and mountains in Austria were also very beautiful. As our bus got closer and closer to the the beautiful mountains in SWITZERLAND I cried at how awsome they looked."

Tim

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded expectations in almost every category I can think of. It was very well organized, well designed, lots of fun, different types of experiences, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The incredible views on the cable cars riding up to the Schilthorn and from the top of the revolving restaurant in Switzerland."

Patricia

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour surpassed all expectations that I had. Accommodations, transportation, food, tours, activities and our guide were all great! It was my first trip to Europe and I can't honestly imagine doing it any better way. I was nervous about living with a family of 29 for three weeks, but I ended up loving the comradery we shared. I am left with so many amazing memories, one right after another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard! All of the art was WOW, but the most awesome experience was probably the Swiss Alps. Our driver, Matt, took us on a very narrow and windy road through the mountains with amazing views. Waterfalls, small villages, snowy peaks. The day was gorgeous. We stopped for a break on a hillside with grazing cows and when we stepped off of the bus, we heard their bells all ringing at different pitches making music for us way up in the Alps on this beautiful sunny day!"

Jimmy

Mustang, OK

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew I would enjoy the tour as the wonderful adventure it is; however, I could never have imagined how stimulating the entire experience would be and the comradery that developed between the group members, tour guide and bus driver in just three weeks. I had a sense of contentment and well being that I haven't experienced in many years. For most of the trip, I had no idea what day of the week it even was.....and I didn't care. BTW, Sylvain (the bus driver)kept me in stitches. He is priceless!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two. (1) Looking at Neuschwanstein castle from Ann's Bridge. It truly has a fairy tale vibe to it. (2) Viewing Michelangelo's Pieta at St. Peter's. That has to be the most beautiful sculpture man has ever created and I cannot fathom him creating that much beauty out of a single piece of marble."

Jana

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we loved our tour. It was exactly as represented and we were able to enjoy exploring within our limits. While I felt safe within a small group, I felt like I was touring with a trusted friend in their home town - no matter where we were! I was able to have experiences I would not have been brave enough to encounter on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Love, love, love Venice! Amazing European city with a small town feel. I love going down the small spaces that open up to a surprise of stone, gardens and people. The color, the canals, the people, the food lived up to any dream I could imagine!"

Greta

Black Creek, BC

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic, between our guide, guides in the different countries as well as our great bus driver (thanks Sylvain for your smiles and enthusiasm), I really could not have asked for more. We were a little hesitant booking a bus tour but this was perfect you were not kidding when you said we would be looking forward to the days on the bus for a rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments I don't think I can pick out one in particular just the fact that we ended up enjoying these moments with some people I consider friends and that I hope we will continue this friendship into the future."

Gena

Newcastle, WA

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous. I am still in awe of where we were and what we saw and learned. Our group connected quickly and the entire experience was a joy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day I said "Wow" and then the next day it was a new "Wow". Hard to single out one moment. Dachau was very hard. I fell in love with Rome."

Antonio

Surrey, BC

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour ... comfortable bus, great tour guide and driver, great bunch of people to travel with, and great places to visit. Did I say great enough yet ?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wows ... can't say 1 stood out."

Pamela

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My reason for completing this tour even though I have travelled in Europe was that I wanted to sample different countries and locations, experience and view rich history and art with a knowledgeable guide. So I could make sound travel decisions in the future. The group were great - we laughed a lot; and the hotels, food, transportation was ideal for this type of varied tour. I will certainly take another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most days included a WOW!! Vista and experience."

Derek

Leesville, SC

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was by far the most incredible experience of my life, and it is impossible to adequately capture how much this tour meant to me within 500 characters. Touring Europe has been a lifelong dream, and RST made this experience more amazing than I ever imagined it would be. I wish that I could relive it all- from my first night in Haarlem to my last night in Paris- I would not trade a single second for anything, except for maybe another Rick Steves' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up each morning feeling giddy and in love with life, exploring Haarlem and Amsterdam's narrow medieval lanes, watching the sun rise over the Rhine from a ruined cathedral, hearing opera music echo along Venice's moonlit canals on the gondola ride, watching the sun set over the Forum from the back portico of the Capitoline Museum after all of the other tourists had gone, taking in Switzerland's vertigo inducing majesty, wandering Paris' tree lined boulevards with new friends."

Kimberly

Mustang, OK

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip of a lifetime ... unbelievable!! I was able to relax, learn, explore, "step back in time",develop new friendships, and just take the time to live in the moment. From the beaches of the Mediterranean in the Cinque Terre to the top of the Schilthorn in Switzerland, every experience exceeded my expectations. The views were spectacular, the culture, art and history was life-changing, and the locals were friendly and helpful. Rick Steves, you know how to "put on a show"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You had me at Venice! Venezia ... Romantic, captivating, sinking city of dreams. The history, canals, beauty and ambiance of Venice held me captive. Being serenaded in a gondola was mesmerizing. It was something I had dreamed about for years and will never forget! Hiking in Switzerland and the Cinque Terre while soaking up the breathtaking views. Michelangelo's David and Pieta' Beautiful, ancient Rome! Rushing down to the Eiffel Tower to see it sparkle, just one more time!"

Sandy

Orlando, FL

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Places we saw were good. More of a boot camp than a vacation. Need more down time and transportation. The tour could have added some cultural folk plays or dances. However, for some places, the bus could have stopped closer instead of us walking so much and as they said, "sightseeing more of the city". Could have used more public transportations. Was hot, many of the hotels have no ac!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at Rothenburg that is a walled city and seeing how amazing the town is. These craftsmen that make the Christmas ornaments are one of a kind to see and buy. Next, the breathtaking views of Neuschwanstein Castle were awesome. It has fantastic architectures with intricate woodcarving. Last, the visit in Cinque Terre that cling to the cliffs has a unique personality and scenery. Excellent seafood, shops, and beaches."

Wayne

Londonderry, NH

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice and the amount, size and beauty of the art throughout Amsterdam, Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome) and Paris, France."

Henry

Springfield, TN

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is just as I expected. It was great! We experienced more in 3 weeks than even expected. It was so well organized that everything went like clockwork. I liked the idea of a well planned vacation, but with ample time to see some things on your own. Our tour guide kept us on schedule even during our busiest days. I knew that the tour would be strenuous; it was even more than expected. So be prepared for much walking, climbing steps and standing. You won't have trouble sleeping.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Location of our hotel in Switzerland. It was absolutely beautiful! Following at close 2nd would be our hotel in Bacharach, the town and the local guide. What an interesting person with an interesting and important story to tell. If I could pick a third moment, it would be the Night Watchman's tour in Rothenburg. Honestly, the whole trip was a WOW!"

Bailey

Springfield, TN

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! I especially enjoyed seeing all the architectural structures and historical monuments. I really enjoyed our tour in Venice with Elizabetta because she was so interesting. I also liked the mask making demonstration. I liked all the pasta, pizza, and gelato. I thought everyone on our tour was very kind and I liked our guide and bus driver too. I also liked each of our hotels and how each hotel was different. I would totally recommend The Rick Steves tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower in person for the first time was my favorite moment. I also enjoyed our view of the Eiffel Tower from our hotel window. We were able to see it sparkle late at night. I also liked the Louvre and seeing The Mona Lisa. The luge ride down the mountain was also a favorite. I went super fast until I crashed into my sisters. There were no injuries."

Barbara

Littleton, CO

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time we've traveled in Europe with a tour group and it was a great vacation! We had the opportunity to experience so much during our 21 days - it is amazing to look back at the photos and see how much we fit in. The days were extremely well organized so that even the longer "bus" days included a stop that allowed us to experience a new place, even if only for an hour or two. Matt was great and we were with a great group of people who made the trip even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was more than one, but Switzerland was a real highlight for me - feeling so lucky when the clouds broke and we were able to see the beautiful Alps - just stunning! The waterfalls were amazing - we could see no fewer than 6 waterfalls just standing in front of our hotel. And I loved the sound of cowbells as they walked down the road."

Diane

Rogers, AR

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, varied, intense itinerary balancing historical, cultural, small town and large city experiences with guided events and independent opportunities. Travelled with daughter and two teen grandchildren. Although my husband and I have travelled to Europe numerous time, the itinerary was always fresh and exciting. Even looked forward to bus time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on top of Switzerland's Schilthorn with my daughter and two grandchildren, sharing a moment that cannot be adequately described in a narrative or by photography."

Nancy

Amherst, VA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a once in a lifetime trip and it surpassed our expectations. It was incredibly well planned--strenuous walking days broken up by relaxing bus rides through beautiful terrain. Local tours were already arranged so that no time was wasted. We would never have been able to see so much if we had done a European trip on our own. Our fellow tour members were all great people--this was helped by the fact that everyone knew that they would need to be flexible, non-complainers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments, it's hard to choose, but finally I have to say that my two favorite wow moments were optional additions that our tour guide helped us arrange--a gondola ride with musicians in Venice and cable car rides to the top of Mount Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps."

Debra

Londonderry, NH

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded my expectations! I was a little nervous about signing up for a three week tour, but everything was great! The tour description was spot-on and the actual experience did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One word: Venice! Seeing Venice had been on my bucket list for many years. Not only was the city magical, but our tour guide arranged for a gondola ride at twilight. This was the best time for this experience. He also reserved the musicians which just made the whole experience feel like we were on a movie set. Unforgettable!"

Emily

Springfield, TN

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved the tour members and our tour guide on this trip. It was also very neat seeing Europe for the first time. I loved learning the stories about the art in the museums from the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had three things that I liked best. I enjoyed seeing the Anne Frank House and learning how she lived during the war before her capture. I also, enjoyed Venice. It was very pretty and I liked St. Mark's Basilica when it turned golden in the light. I also enjoyed seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle from our hotel window."

Tammi

Rogers, AR

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour and experience was outstanding!!! It was hard to come home. The tour had such a varity of experiences with down bus when needed. I traveled with my teenage kids which we know can be challenging. They loved every experience we had. One minute we are touring castles the next traveling down a mountainside on a luge. I have told anyone who would listen about Rick Steves. Absolutely Awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had too many wow moments throughout the trip!!! The whole trip was WOW!!! One of my favorite moments was riding the gondola in Venice."

Kimberly

Whitehorse, YT

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After organizing some sightseeing for my family for the week prior to meeting with the tour group, I appreciated how well-organized the Europe in 21 Days Tour is and how smoothly our experienced guide was able to shepherd 28 people through 6 countries. When travelling on the bus, rest stops were perfectly timed and the free time we had in each location was well-balanced with the guided tours of each location's attractions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being a "Best of Europe" tour, it offered many "wow" moments including both the quantity and quality of the food (I haven't quite figured out how Europeans can stay so slim)! However, the pinnacle for me was seeing St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy."

Melissa

Springfield, TN

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 21 day European Tour was every bit as fabulous as I expected it to be! Due to the incredible planning that was evident during the tour, we were able to see and experience more of Europe than would have been possible on our own. Matt kept us well informed about upcoming plans and schedules and made traveling with my four kids almost easy. Our fantastic group of travel companions were an additional positive element to the trip. Richard was a great driver and our hotels were all nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While each city had it's own element of "wow", I guess I loved Venice, Florence, and Paris the most. I can not say enough about the contribution of each local guide. In each city and in each museum, having a well informed, expert guide, made the experience richer. My favorite memory of the trip is seeing the Eiffel Tower at night from my hotel room window. My daughters and I set the alarm every hour so that we could wake up just to see it twinkle! We will always remember Paris."

Ashley

Springfield, TN

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was amazing! I loved seeing each country. They were all so beautiful. I loved all of the paintings and all of the museums and the architecture. I loved all of our hotels and the different foods. Everyone in our group was nice and I really liked our tour guide Matt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked every country but I liked the Swiss Alps the best. It was so pretty!!!"

Pamela

Florissant, MO

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Matt, our tour guide was excellent,very personable and sensitive to everyone's needs and personalities on the trip. Our tour guides in every city were excellent,very informative and personable. Food was excellent, appreciate all of the suggestions made by Matt (our guide) since he knew the cities. Our accomodations were much better than what I had expected so that was a pleasant surprise. The group size was good, the buddy system was quick and efficient-appreciate that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one wow moment, every city, country, museum deserves its own wow. They were all great in their own respect. The age of Europe speaks for itself on the beauty and significance of each place and happening throughout the ages. I loved it all. Statues, the DAVID. Beverage-all white wines, food-Italian, bread-the French bread wins hands down, churches St. Peters and Wiese Church, small town-Orvieto, activity-the luge and the gondola going up the Alps to see Eiger."

Caleb

Springfield, TN

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing! The tour was very well planned out. Matt and all of the local guides gave excellent tours and detailed information about the various sites. I learned a lot that will help me in school later. Richard was a great bus driver (much better than a school bus driver). The group diners were very good. It was fun eating dinner with our fellow tour members and we got to know each other really well. I hope to go to Europe again some day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a WOW moment but Italy was my favorite country. I really enjoyed Venice and Florence. The food was great everywhere."

Ron

Marysville, OH

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely outstanding trip. The sights, the planning that went into our trip, the guides (Lisa & Jesse), bus driver (Ronny) & fellow travelers couldn't have been better. I am currently looking through and editing our trip photos, and while the pictures are great, I realize that no photo equipment can entirely display the tremendous experiences that we all had. We hope to take another Rick Steve's tour soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the Alps, Tegelberg luge, Cinque Terre , Gondola ride in Venice , Paris, Amsterdam ---how do you choose just one."

Sue

Marysville, OH

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites we toured were fantastic. We had a wonderful group of 28 people plus our guide Lisa and assistant Jesse who helped us all get to know each other, and added a lot of interesting information. I thought the method of having a" buddy" to check when getting on the bus or when meeting back as a group again after some free time on our own was a great system. The local guides were very good. The hotels and restaurants were very good with wonderful service and helpfulness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved hiking in the Alpes, taking the luge, going on an evening gondola ride in Venice. A very emotional and memorable experience was touring the Ann Frank house/ museum and going to Dachau. We loved and wanted to stay in Cinque Terra."

Sarah

Red Deer, AB

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the itinerary, heart of city locations, activity level and trying some new foods

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably biased, but my favorite was our last day and seeing the eiffel tower all lit up"

Clara

Yale, OK

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was superb! No kidding, it was just as perfect! Everything from the locations, hotels, bus driver, tour guide and assistant, food, tour group just outstanding! I have recommended Rick Steve's Tours to everyone since I've been home and if I ever go back to Europe, I will use this tour company. I really liked the idea of a small group, staying and eating with the locals, and being in the middle of all the culture. It was wonderful to stay in hotels that were right in the middle!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Dachau Concentration Camp! It wasn't a place we raved about, or even talked much about, but I am so grateful I got to be there. It was so surreal and powerful. I will never forget. Driving on the bus into the Swiss Alps--majestic is the only word I can think of to describe it. I video taped it the whole day, amazing!"

Dorothy

Ham Lake, MN

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an absolutely wonderful time on the tour. It completely met my expectations and took the stress out of traveling through Europe for the first time. I feel like I could go back and my own and do very well, but why would I do that when there are more Rick Steve's tours available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had a "bucket list" these three moments would be on it: Taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice; standing in the Colosseum of Rome; and hiking through the Swiss Alps. The gondola ride was magical with nearly a full moon and musicians playing and singing "That's Amore". I will always remember that ride with great pleasure and affection."

William

Ham Lake, MN

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. It went well and it was obvious that things were well-planned, and maybe even routine for the tour guide. I knew what to expect and I was not surprised in a negative way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the towns of Cinque Terre from a distance."

Charles

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Above expectations! Excellent experience ion learning about different culturals, from large cities to small villages, their food, history, art and environment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps. Sistine Chapel, David, Rhine River,"

Roxana

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. From the start I was happy where we stayed to the sights that were planned for the day. I enjoyed all the places, museums, restaurants that were organized for the group to attend. I never had a problem with the staff of the tour or the staff of the hotels we stayed. My tour guide Lisa did a wonderful job of letting the group know just what we needed to know when we arrived to a new country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WoW moment was when we arrived in Paris and we saw the Eiffel Tower as a group right after our last group dinner. It was unbelievable to think about all the places we had seen, all the things we had done and we ended the tour in an amazing place. I could not have asked for a better ending."

Carol

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This 21 Day Tour of Europe was outstanding. Thanks to our Tour Guide Lisa and Jesse. We were on the move everyday but it was well worth it and we saw so much is the 21 days! Lisa was so good to make plans for our group everyday (and I know there was much of her time spent making arrangements etc.) but so nice to be able to have hotels ready, meals ready and tickets to museums and more! Lisa was so great to be in tune to our group and her interactions, personality and history were so good!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but the most favorite moment was the special Gondola ride in Venice with music, full moon and our entire group in 5 boats singing and celebrating Chuck's birthday!! (Thanks to Lisa's arrangements for us)"

Kimberly

Vinton, IA

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I remember thinking during the tour "Rick Steves is a genius"!! After sharing my pictures on Face Book I was once again blown away by the MANY opportunities we got to experience!! I LOVED the Best of Europe in 21 Days!! Thank you for working so hard and caring so much about our total experience. Your attention to detail is amazing and comforting! After watching your PBS videos for years we came to trust your every judgement in travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Bicycling with the locals along the canal in Amsterdam to find the VanGogh Museum on the day before the tour. 2. Discovering amazing people and mixing with the locals in every country. This confirmed my belief that we are the same the world over. 3. The care and attention Europeans give to their communities in gardens and architecture is evident all over Europe! I wish we could have that here. And many more... can't pick just one..."

Brian

Vinton, IA

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We actually stayed an extra day in Paris after the tour ended. After having had Lisa as our guide, we were confident that we could use the Paris Metro with two "correspondences" to reach St Lazare, take a train to Vernon, rent bikes in Vernon and get to Giverny to tour Monet's house and gardens all by ourselves! Exactly the perfect end to our Rick Steves experience because now we can confidently travel in Europe on our own. Still though, I expect we will be back for another R Steve's tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel Ceiling, riding rental bikes in Amsterdam to the Van Gogh Museum on our own with locals during their morning commute on our first day in Europe, Michelangelo's David and Pieta, the Pantheon interior while it rained, walking across Rome from the Vatican to our hotel at night, a thunderstorm brooding over the Forum, painting watercolors from a water taxi dock by a bridge on a canal in Venice; you try to pick one!"

Jane

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour and I will tell all of my friends. I have heard for years how great Rick Steves' tours are, and I am so happy to be able to pass this along. It was memorable in so many ways: the guides, the itinerary, the special moments, and the food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but the best was in Venice, on the gondola ride, when our tour guide surprised us with musicians, and we all sang along. Another was the approach to the Cinque Terre, which was such a breath of fresh air after hubbub of Rome."

John

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was simply Fantastic! The best way to see Europe for the first time and gain an understanding of the different cultures. Plus not having to worry about the logistics of travel and accomadations removed so much of the stress and hassel. Thank you a million times over!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Their were so many it is hard to choose. Pehaps our evening godola ride through the cannals of Venice. I had a moment of awe just relizing I was I was there, in Italy, surrounded by so much history and beauty as the light shimmered on the water and the gondola man sang. A moment I will never forget."

Nancy

Stuart, FL

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time seeing Europe and I was very happy with this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say driving thru Germany seeing all the castles and switzerland and driving thru the alps...Paris was awesome as well...there were so many wow moments it'h hard for me to pick just one."

Elizabeth

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Taking this tour was the best decision we've made in a long time. At first we were a little nervous being a young energetic couple, however, being surrounded with a diverse group of travelers made the trip so much more special. Our guide and assistant were truly amazing: providing context, language lessons, and smooth handling of every detail. All we had to do was enjoy ourselves and sit back and awe at everything. The itinerary was stunning, and each and every day offered new surprises.

David

Lacey, WA

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best thing that I have experienced since i can remember. Every country we visited had something unique to offer whether it was beauty , history or food. It was all fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronnie driving down the scary road to Cinque Terre. Seeing the Colosseum in Rome for the first time. The Lug ride."

Anita

Lacey, WA

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip - a trip of a lifetime. Because the group was small enough we all bounded as friends and had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was a Rome torrential downpour as we walked from the Forum to the Pantheon. Not one of us had a dry spot on us. But we got to see the Pantheon!"

Perry

Red Deer, AB

Tour: 06/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall this was a great tour and met our intended objective of an overall taste of Europe and some of the most famous tourist sites. I liked the idea of staying in the heart of the site to allow our free time and meals to access the culture of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed many great moments but the one that sticks out as the most unexpected and amazing was the Bavarian countryside. The neat fields, rolling hills and farm yards appeared to be out of a painted picture storybook. I enjoyed the ride through this area on the bus but wished we had spent more time here."

Elizabeth

Surrey, BC

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was more than I had ever hoped it would be. With the organization and planning done for me, I felt all I had to do was show up and soak up the experience. With our knowledgeable guide Jennifer, and the other gallery, and city walk guides, I was able to appreciate and understand more of what each location offered. I enjoyed my great group of fellow travellers, lovely hotels and the relaxing bus ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Anne Frank House, Wow. Herr Jung in Bacharach, Wow. Castles, Wow. Dachau, Wow, Riding in a gondola in Venice. Wow. Michelangelo's David, Wow. Historical Rome, Wow. Lemoncello, Wow. The Cinque Terra, Wow. The beauty of Switzerland, Wow. Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Paris, Wow."

Richard

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic efficiency in navigating schedule and locations. Great management of group. A lot of learning. Inspiration from the sights and cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's David."

Patricia

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I'm giving the tour a "good". It was am amazing overview of 6 beautiful countries that I never thought I would see. I would have liked to see some of the tours scaled back, i.e. castles,so that we could enjoy a little time in the towns. It was always rushed. Having tickets to all the venues was a bonus, along with hotels and many meals being provided. I enjoyed the diversity of countries and hotels. So over all I enjoyed the tour and the travel experience,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, my "wow" moment was the Colosseum and David. My "magical" moment was our gondola canal cruise as a group. the moon was shining and we were serenaded by the an amazing opera singer along with an accordion player. I will never forget those "moments""

Robin

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Too much, too fast? I felt "herded." Just talked to a friend who arranged her own tour with another couple using the Rick Steve's books and advice. I found that I felt cheated when she talked about kicking back in a little village; going to the local bakery in the morning and feeling like a local. The only times I felt I could relax like that were before and after the tour in Haarlem and Paris. I felt like a rushed tourist fighting through huge crowds of other rushed tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Ibex on the mountain side from the Gondola in Switzerland."

Cheyenne

Hemet, CA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it very much. I got to meet a lot of cool people and the views of historical monuments were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"King Ludwigs Castles."

Gordon

Carlock, IL

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned and implemented. This was our 5th Rick Steves Tour. Good group of participants that got along well. In that we took two of our grandchildren-age 19 - we were pleased to find that there were six other young people from the age of 18-24 years on the trip and they bonded immediately! We also had some great 'area guides' in Harlem, Bacharach, Rome, Florence and the Louvre in particular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I suppose Swiss Alps! We hadn't visited Amsterdam before and found it interesting."

Heather

Bellevue, NE

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Overall I was quite disappointed in the tour. The most disappointing thing was the tour guide Jennifer. I was also disappointed in the hotels. I felt that the one day stop-off's in Rothenberg and Beaune did NOT enhance the trip at all, but instead were a resting point for the bus driver who made it perfectly clear what his daily and weekly hours were. If I travel overseas again, I will definitely not do it with a tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Switzerland."

Ken

Titusville, NJ

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth tour with your company. Everything about this tour was outstanding, from the hotels, to the meals, to the local guides, the tours and in particular Reid Coen and the bus driver from Heidebloom. This was a compatible tour group that got along very well and enjoyed every minute of the tour. Even the rain at the start of the tour didn't dampen our spirits. The only negative thing that happened to me was my wallet was stolen in Rome, my fault.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris and Notre Dame Cathedral and "St. Chapelle" Church were my wow moments. I had never been to Paris before so seeing these sights for the first time was truly amazing. It was also our 32nd Wedding Anniversary."

Caroline

Brooksville, FL

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves' tour and the 10th European trip I have planned with the help of Rick Steves' guides and TV shows. It was the best and most complete trip by far. Having the hotels, the most important sights,and the transportation arranged made traveling a pleasure. The free time made travel individual. Our travel group was great. One of my biggest pleasures was watching my new friends experience their "wow" moments. I couldn't wait to see what discovery each day would bring

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland took my breathe away. Our hotel in Stechelberg with its waterfalls and mountains views, the early morning lift from Gimmelwald to the top of the Schilthorn, the picnic lunch on a bench in Murren surrounded by views of snow covered mountain peaks, the Allmendhubel funicular ride up and the scenic hike back to Murren were continuous WOW moments."

Marian

Gresham, OR

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour, and it far exceeded our expectations. We had an excellent guide, Reid. We learned so much history not only from his informative bus lectures, but also from the local guides. By far our favorite local guides were Herr Jung, and I believe her name was Francessca (in Rome). They're stories were informative and so moving! Every where we went we were blown away by the history, the beautiful scenery, the wonderful food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We kept saying "this is our favorite place, or experience", but they kept getting better! It's really hard to pick just one "Wow" moment, but one of our favorites was the Alps in Switzerland. Riding the gondola to the top of the Shitlhorn, visiting the fun 007 museum, drinking hot chocolate in the rotating restaurant, was really neat."

Stanley

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a first time traveler to Europe, it was enlighting about culture and customs. The trip had many historical significant sites and the art was extraordinary. I was impressed with the old buildings and use of agricultural resources. The tour guide was very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss hotel and cablecar and hiking experience."

Therese

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed by the tour for the places we visited, the accomodations for most places and for the tour guide that took us on our 21 day tour of Europe, as well as the informed tour guides of individual sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After the whirlwind tours prior to this stop, I welcomed the stay in Switzerland. The stay at the small alpine hotel in Stechelberg was so restful and the food being home cooked made for a regeneration of energy to ride the cable car to the Schilthorn. We had great weather and fresh air in this beautiful village"

Linda

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip and Reid was a great guide. His history lessons helped us to understand what we were going to see and how it related to other things and countries. I was wishing I had known that our guide would be giving these mini lessons as I would have loved to have had a small recorder with me. To much info in to short of a time for me to remember it all. This is a good tour for anyone who has never been to Europe and wants an overview.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my big "WOW" moment. I could have spent a whole week there just looking at the Alps."

Lorrie

Long Beach, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Seeing Europe for the first time with our wonderful guide, Reid, was a great way to find out about the different countries and cities. I learned so much about the history, making everything come alive for me. I appreciated staying in the centrally located hotels. Being close to the main attractions saved a lot of time. Our individual tour guides for the cities and museums was also very good. I thought they were all great. Especially Herr Jung in Bacharach and Elizabethan in Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the luge near the Neoschwanstein Castle was one of the most fun and thrilling moments for me. Of course riding the gondolas up to the Schilthorn was also very exciting."

Angela

Vernon, BC

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best experience ever. I not only got to see the countries I visited, but got to meet the people and learn the history. I know if I did this tour on my own I would not have learned 1/10 as much as I did with the Rick Steves tour. Reid was an exceptional leader and guide. His knowledge of history was immense and he brought everything to life. I will be recommending your service to all my family and friends

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot say there was a wow moment because there were so many"

Deborah

Sequim, WA

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome amazing better than I could have imagined I started smiling the first moment I met our tour group members and Martin our guide and I never quit smiling the plane home tookoff the history the local people the weather the cities the countryside the mountains the seas boats train buses even the Metros new food local wines all of the walking Awesome & amazing Our tour members are now my friends for life & we await our next Martin guided Rick Steves tour together

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most special was Herr Young the 83 yr old tour guide we had in Baccarach, Germany. He touched my very soul With his speech, his compassion, his fortitude It was living history abut a war time I never knew until Herr Young spoke to me. To get out of the rain he took us into a local artists shop where he played the piano and Herr Young whistled along The tune was "what a wonderful world" Not one of us had a dry eye. my photo of Martin & him I will treasure always"

Maureen

Chemainus, BC

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful, Excellent bus ,love Paul, MARTIN great leader. Really appreciated the snacks bus provided, it was a super trip with an exceptional group of people who really were like a close nit fa mily. Itinerary was well planned . I know a few of us would add another day cinque terra!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland my favorite so beautiful, rothenburg loved it, historical interesting cinque terra my fav."

Kathleen

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Absolutely loved this tour. Our tour group was composed of 28 people who blended very well together and being a Rick Steve's tour, there were NO grumps. Our tour guide was exceptional!!! What a wonderful experience traveling on a 21 day tour between 7 different countries not having to worry about transportation, hotel lodgings, tour tickets as well as many of our meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you pick one WOW moment out of so many wonderful experiences. One very memorable moment, on our final night together, my husband and I went to the Eiffel tower with Martin as well as with some of the members of our tour group. We sat on the lawn watching the tower twinkle while drinking champagne. What a perfect way to end our vacation. Thank you Martin!!!"

Garry

North Saanich, BC

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first bus trip and we were pleasantly surprised. The other trip members were great - no whiners and very friendly. Our guide was totally excellent and very knowledgeable. The bus was large and comfortable. I never would have known about some of the sights, so that was good as well. All in all a totally enjoyable "Best of Europe" trip. What really surprised us was that this tour was not a lot more than if we had done it ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Belgian beer for dollar on the bus! Just kidding. The magnificent valley in Switzerland with the tall waterfalls along the valley was simply amazing."

Debra

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide, Martin, driver Paul, were amazing. Group of 28 + 2 had so much fun together. I learned a lot about the history especially through art, but was dying to learn more about women in these historical retellings; was feeling claustrophic surrounded by the dark images of men. I'd love for ETBD to delve into women resources more, e.g., art of women in early church that is (perhaps) intentionally hidden. Cinque Terra and Lauterbrunnen Valley were highlights of trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wow was the Lauterbrunnen valley, surrounded by cliffs with waterfalls, and riding up 10K feet via 3 sets of gondolas to the Schilthorn. Then hiking with our group in the Valley. The grandeur of this part of the planet has yet to be compared to any other place I've had the good fortune to travel. It was the Pacific Northwest beauty (my home) times 10."

Joan

Henderson, TN

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled for years and enjoyed each trip, but this tour gave us the best opportunity to see more "bucket list" places in any 3-week period ever! The itinerary is awesome, full of gorgeous scenery and wonderful historic places of importance, while sharing the whole time with great new friends and the best tour guide and bus driver. Loved the trip so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest WOW moment for me was probably when the Eiffel Tower started twinkling at 10:00 pm as our cruise on the Seine River was ending. The Swiss Alps with the trip up to the Schilthorn and the views that cannot be described would be a close second. I also adored the day at Cinque Terre. There are so many "wow" moments on this tour."

Linda

Pembroke Pines, FL

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about the tour. I think the reason I loved it so much was because of the people on the tour with us. We could not have hand picked a better group of people! They were all amazing! I cried when we said goodbye. I also know that Martin and Paul made our tour so special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but my favorite was Switzerland and the Cinque Terre! I loved Monterosso and sitting with the locals and sharing stories with them."

Patti

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and also my first group tour. I was absolutely 'gob smacked' in a very good way. Our guide, Martin, our driver, Paul, and the 26 people who were banded together as a group formed quick bonds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On top of Mount Schilchorn on Day 17. It was a clear day and we were on top of the world."

Harold

Longview, WA

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was perfect. Martin was interesting and knowledgeable, the weather was wonderful, our group had great chemistry with an adventurous attitude. Combine this with a fabulous 21 day tour of Europe and that's as perfect as anyone could ask for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunrise in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It had rained and snowed overnight but it was clearing as we walked to the main lodge for breakfast. The sunlight on the dissipating fog and clouds in this Yosemite like valley was awesome. There hundreds of other "wow" moments but that is the one that took my breath away."

Kathy

Davidsonville, MD

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed it all!"

Marguerite

Westfield, MA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The stars were aligned for this trip!! Everything was wonderful - despite our paying for 2 air fares (gambled our Icelandair flight would be cancelled due to the pilots' strike and bought 2 tix on Delta, but lost that bet!), everything went perfectly from the time we landed in Amsterdam to the time we left Paris. Our guide, Ben, our bus driver, Richard and our fellow travelers were the Best!! A trip to remember often and fondly - always!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating lunch in Cinque Terre (Vernazza) at Castello. The view of the Mediterranean down below, the perfect weather and the new friends with us made this my most memorable lunch. Just loved this Italian Riviera area. A close second is the view from the park in Orvieto where we had a picnic lunch. Breathtakingly beautiful!"

Ronald

Horsham, PA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Maureen Kline - This is my evaluation, I deleted mine by mistake. The tour was fantastic - a once in a lifetime experience. The pace was perfect, the bus was luxurious, the driver a blast and our guide outstanding! For a tour that has been around for a long time, it never felt rehearsed or tired. All the Rick Steve team (Ben, James and Richard/Ricardo) made us feel like they were enjoying the tour as much as we were. We plan on going back on another tour with our kids.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Venice on my birthday, just a dream come true. Ben having a card for me signed by the group and everyone singing happy birthday to me was just awesome. I had no idea traveling with strangers could be such a blast!"

Joyce

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very special experience for both my husband and myself. We didn't just see places that we had dreamed of seeing but we experienced them, the sights, sounds, smells, and emotions. Our tour experience was one that will live on with us as a wonderful life-changing learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, it is hard to pick just one. Two that stand out are an alpine hike we took in Switzerland with amazing views on a very nice day and a river cruise on the Seine River at night in Paris with a sparkling Eiffel Tower."

Bernard

Broadview Heights, OH

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely enjoyable and rewarding. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of each location we visited as well as able to provide us with accurate directions. We had a total of 28 people in our travel group in addition to our tour guide and tour assistant all of whom got along very well. I attribute this to the skill of our tour guide who was very professional in making sure everyone's needs were met without penalizing the entire group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Switzerland (the Lauterbrunnen Valley) where the scenery was just breathtaking. Loved the hiking we did here."

Cynthia

Broadview Heights, OH

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your tours were highly recommended by my friend Donna, who has toured with you multiple times. My high expectations were surpassed. I wont' be surprised if nearly everyone who responds tells you this particular tour was extra special, as if a lucky star were following us the entire way. Ben was fantastic, the group coalesced almost immediately, the bus was comfortable, driver was great, weather was almost perfect, and the adventure in each country and town was memorable. FUN!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 stand out: the ancient ruins of Rome, due mostly to how Francesca made history come alive. Could have listened to her all day. I did not expect to enjoy this part of the itinerary as much as I did. I was enthralled. I loved Switzerland. The breathtaking beauty of this area was mind boggling. I really enjoyed a day where we could exert ourselves physically in nature, rather than by climbing circular staircases up to hotel rooms."

Thomas

Westfield, MA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was fabulous. We had a great group of fellow travelers and we all became very comfortable with each other in a very short time. The itinerary was great and I would have trouble picking out my favorite stop, each one was a new and different experience. Our guides were absolutely the best and extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I was listening to Francesca in Rome at the Coliseum she mentioned about how the Romans probably lived and their general feeling about the values of life. She mentioned that, because of a relatively short life span, loosing a life or taking someone's life didn't have much of an effect on them. She also described how the "games" most likely took place. I had never heard about this way of thinking or acting when learning about the Romans and it really impressed me."

William

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben and his assistant James were outstanding. Even our fashionable bus driver "Richard" was very good. We learned a lot and met some wonderful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! I've seen Yosemite and Yellowstone and live near the Olympics but the mountains in Switzerland are amazing. It is hard to pick the best because most every place had its own wow feature. Tour itinerary and activity selections were very good. We really didn't get enough time to explore each area as much we would have liked but we knew that we were on a "sampler tour". Now we have a list of "come back" places to return to."

Cathy

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall really great. Loved the guides the driver and the group. Higher highs and lower lows than expected. Fun and engaging group with surprisingly no complainers and minimum cliques. Very homogenous group, however. My grandson was the youngest by 30 years, much to my surprise, since my previous best of Europe in two weeks tour with two grandchildren was extremely diverse in ages, group make-up, politics, families and couples, etc. Richard, our driver, was a fabulous part of the tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprisingly, there were several, and they were all found on our own:(1) Seeing the actual Crown of Thorns paraded in Notre Dame when we went there on our own, having missed the group tour due to Eiffel Tower reservations (2) The afternoon spent climbing to Ehrenberg castle with five others, including meeting the drunken medieval actors who posed for pictures with us and stopping by the farm next to our hotel on the way back and introducing ourselves to the farmers and animals (3) The brewery in"

Colleen

Salem, OR

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 2nd tour with Rick Steves and it was very enjoyable. We had a good group and a great driver (Richard). (The coach was very comfy.) The trip went by so quickly it was hard to believe it was 21 days. I am amazed at how balanced the tour is. There are busy days (hiking like crazy) but then we can recuperate on the travel days. There is just the right amount of fun mixed with the educational stuff. Also, I appreciate the free time even though I enjoyed the time with my tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to Italy before so I was not surprised by the wonderful sights there. I don't think there was any one wow moment, only the realization that Europeans are just like Americans - friendly, curious, helpful. I was most impressed by Herr Jung in Bacharach. What a charming man with a great story to tell. I'm lucky to have met him. The biggest non-wow was the wine tasting in Beaune. I expected to taste from a local winemaker, not corporate Italy. It was so UN-backdoor!"

John

Winchester, TN

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had very high expectations for our once-in-a-lifetime tour of Europe! Your programs on NPR, your guidebooks, and your radio podcasts thoroughly convinced us that your traveling philosophy was a perfect fit for us. Even with such high performance expectations, your team exceeded them! The entire Rick Steves experience, from beginning to end, was absolutely top notch. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ben, our outstanding guide, led us to the Duomo in Florence on a late afternoon walk. The sun was out and the light was just perfect. He led us in such a way that we had no inkling of the sight we were about to behold. We turned a corner and then WOW! The Duomo in all its glory. We returned the next morning and climbed to the top of the dome and then to the top of the tower. Wonderful!"

Bonnie

Tucker, GA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been excited to write of our experience of our 21 days in Europe since we have arrived home (June 7th). This trip was more wonderful than I imagined. Tour guides Ben and James were exceptional. Richard our driver was also outstanding. The freedom from trip planning, reservations, and headaches was the best part. We just showed up and everything was taken care of in the best way possible. Meeting fantastic travel companions was another important aspect. Really couldn't have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Bacharach Herr Jung had presented us with a slate roof tile in which he etched our names, 40th, and a heart with an arrow through it. I just happened to be video taping his explanation of the town and he started saying "someone is having a special anniversary..." Never forget how special we felt. Everyone in our group was so great and wished us a happy anniversary too. The WOW moment was our 40th wedding anniversary in Venice on a gondola at sunset with our new friends, was truly wonderful."

Jeanne

Anderson, SC

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a wonderful time. My goal was to experience Europe since I had never been. I picked this tour specifically for the itinerary since the planned tours, museums, churches, castles, and scenery were just what I wanted to see. It was the trip of a lifetime - one that I will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "wow" moments, but hiking in the Swiss Alps had to be my favorite. The beauty of the Alps was breathtaking. Actually being there instead of seeing it in pictures was inspiring and made me feel so blessed to have that opportunity. I felt closer to the creator in his majestic creation and felt at perfect peace in such beauty."

Arlene

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was awesome. The places we stopped, the guides, the scenery, the whole experience was remarkable. This was indeed a trip of a lifetime and we treated it as such. We climbed every steeple, viewpoint, and packed as much into the trip as we could at each location. We enjoyed both the time together with the group and the time we had to sightsee on our own or with our "new tour friends."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a hard one because each location had it's WOW! I loved the mountains, cows, trees and Spring flowers in the Swiss Alps. It was peaceful, and there were photo opportunities everywhere. The day we were there we were able to see the peaks of the mountains and it was spectacular, the walk around the ridge was awesome and so was the walk back to the hotel."

Herbert

Anderson, SC

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first tour and first time in Europe. I saw all the major sights that I had on my list. I could have stayed longer at almost all the sights and stops but we were running out of time. We had the best tour guide and best local tour guides. We were very well informed about each area we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to come up with one "wow" moment. Switzerland had the most beautiful mountains and countryside. Germany had the castles. Bacharach had the most colorful hotel rooms and the best medieval town. Florence had the best domed church and statue of David. They were all equally great at taking your breath away."

Nancy

Walla Walla, WA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very well planned and efficiently executed. The different countries, various languages, and unique sites were educational and entertaining. Colleen's commentary was erudite and informative. Visits to different countries and their special sites were mapped out with skill and gave a good balance between education then relaxtion on the Cinque Terre and Switzerland. Lots of walking was included as promised and we were happy Colleen did not baby us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visits to some of mankind's greatest artistic and architectural achievements[INVALID]stunning! Then there was Switzerland. Nature still trumps mankind's achievements with grandeur and power. Inside the conch shell of mighty Trummelbach Falls[INVALID]wow! Being in the Alps on the alpine trail in the sunshine, close enough to the Eiger and its glaciers was like standing in front of a freezer with the door open[INVALID]wow! Popping out into Montarosso in sunshine and coming upon the ocean unexpectedly...astonishment!"

Gary

Woodstock, GA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Outstanding tour leader in Colleen.....great itinerary.....food just ok.....hotels not so good...in that we had a hard time getting sleep, rooms were too warm with no AC and no top sheet...couldn't open the windows on most rooms due to traffic/train noise or bugs or flies...as in Swiss Alps....this was my first tour experience so I don't have others to compare to....overall had a really good time but always felt tired due to lack of sleep.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming above the clouds in the Swiss Alps..."

Joseph

Auburn, CA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour exceeded my initial expectations. A large part of that was due to Colleen's expertise and guidance throughout our journey. Colleen is extremely knowledgable, very capable and an excellent tour guide. Colleen also has the ability, that few people have, to handle a large group of people very diplomatically. She knows to praise in public and discipline (change behavior) in private. I must add, that I did not know Colleen prior to this tour....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was meeting Herr Young (sp) in Germany. That man has seen it all, lived through WWII and is able to bring the "event" to life for his audience. He is an outstanding ambassador for his Country and his presentation should be captured on video tape for all to see, learn, and enjoy. I would suggest Rick arrange for this to occur ASAP if it has not been done yet. I would even volunteer to hold the camera or mic."

Nancy

Greenbank, WA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When I decided to take this tour I was concerned that I may not be able to keep up with the pace, but decided in advance that I could opt out of some of the Rome tours of the ruins(I had been there in the last few years and wanted to be ready for the Cinque Terre). I didn't have any problems keeping up and enjoyed all the experiences. The number of stairs(30 steps between floors)in the hotel in Rome was excessive when you have 4 floors to get to the front desk.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the little towns and the Cinque Terre. Switzerland was one gorgeous site after another and I'd love to go there again. History was so easy to grasp from the open air museum at Arnhem (Loved it). Herr Jung in Bacharach is a priceless gem. Rothenburg, my favorite, was like finding a combo of unspoiled history and Disneyland. Beaunne's wine tasting was a delightful experience. I enjoyed all of it."

Michael

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our guide the sights and personal guides we had at various locations. The fellowship among our group was quite special. The food was awesome, never had a bad meal. The bus was very comfortable. Rooms were quite nice. I would recommend this tour to any of my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the lovely beach in Monterosso. I also loved the lovely hill top town and its charm."

Lois

Maple Ridge, BC

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 6th trip to Europe. I've travelled independently and as a tour group member. I like the flexibility of independent travel. But I also found that this tour was well organized, educational and entertaining. I liked being able to go out for a walk and run into other tour group members - not quite so all alone in a strange environment. I'm not so keen on sticking to a schedule but I know that this is necessary to keep a number of people on task. I did enjoy the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Swiss alps and listening to the cow bells near Stechelberg, and stumbling across the perfect sunset in the park in Rothenberg. There were other moments as well but these were the most outstanding."

Karlene

Auburn, CA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never visited Europe before, so this was the perfect way to see see a variety of places with the idea of coming back to re-visit the ones I liked best. Although the days were busy, there was still down time with a chance to get out on our own. Our group was made up of wonderful people from all parts of the country...strangers at the start, but friends at the end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all very "wow-ish", however the gondola ride in Venice & Michelangelo's David were 2 of my most memorable moments."

Sandra

Roselle, IL

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the tour and felt it was exactly as described - amount of walking, carrying of bags, number of tour members and extra space on the bus. There was a good mix of activity followed by day with extended travel time to regroup and prepare by reading guide for next destination. Going to the front of the lines at museums was great. Good mix of scheduled activities and free time. Thankful to have opportunity to get clothes cleaned. Great group of people (including guide and driver).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when our cable car rose above the cloud cover to see the mountain ranges come into view."

Peter

Roselle, IL

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tiring, but enjoyable and educating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terre - hiking and seeing eyeball of octopus staring at me at our dinner together."

Carlene

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought our trip would be memorable and fun filled but I had no idea it would be as great as it was. A diverse group of single people and married couples as well as older and younger people made our tour group special. What I learned and the memories I will keep forever are priceless. I will definitley do more Rick Steves tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved everything but I was especially impressed with our "day off" in Monterossa, Cinque Terra! Exploring on our own the old and the new town areas and then renting beach chairs/umbrella for a day in the sun was a treat we needed. My husband and I felt we had walked and hiked plenty for days prior so that day to relax was well needed and timely! I also loved wandering in small town Orevetto."

Phillip

Walla Walla, WA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable mix of cultural, geographic,and historical experiences, blended with high/low exertion days. I have already highly recommended the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The raw beauty of the Swiss valleys and mountain ranges."

Stanley

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps"

Cynthia

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel = amazing!"

Gary

Seaside, OR

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our thanks to you all for the trip of a lifetime. Colleen, you are better than the best! Truly professional at every turn. We felt like we were on a three week European art-history immersion tour. Every day was a new and even more fun adventure. Our tour mates kept us entertained in travel times, and Rony our driver was a real gem. We only wish that the trip could last even longer. We will definetly be traveling with Rick Steves again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the hotel locations were spot on. All of the tour guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. In particular Heir Yung in Bacharach was an inspirational gentleman. Our hosts Otto and Marion in Stechleberg were delightful people. Herman in Reutte ran a "Good Show". However, we could have spent a month in the Cinque Terra."

Lila

Seaside, OR

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Europe and not savy travelers our overall tour experience met or exceeded all of our expectations. Everything went smoothly, hotel check in was a breeze, Colleen our guide was fantastic and our bus driver Ronnie was also great. Our fellow travelers were friendly and nearly always upbeat and excited to have fun. We would and have already recommended this trip to friends and family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is too hard to pick one! Some of my WOW moments were: the water taxi to and from Venice, the boat ride on the Rhine,the Cinque Terre, the Swiss Alps and Rome in general."

Lynda

Bronwood, GA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour experience was truly outstanding. The trip was exactly as advertised: no negative surprises. You all did a wonderful job describing and explaining nuts and bolts of the 21 day trip. We were fully prepared for the pleasures and trials involved in such a trip. The trip exceeded my expectations in many ways.Cannot

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot name only one. There was the third night (I think) when each group member was able to name every other, Herr Jung will always live in my memory, our hike through the beautiful valley in Switzerland."

James

Bronwood, GA

Tour: 05/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Colleen was energetic, informative, strict with time, pleasant and wonderful. I also enjoyed our driver and the others on the tour. In Rome and in some of the museums I was not able to hear the guide. I wonder if it is time to offer a slide presentation as an alternative to a crowded museum where I cannot tell which painting is being discussed or discern the words being said about it or get a good look at it. Museum tours for those who choose to fight the crowds and do not need info.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps"

Melissa

Naples, FL

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip, saw everything we wanted to see, and had a great time with our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the scenery in Switzerland and how relaxing it was."

Sharon

Fairview, TX

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When our tour guide, Robyn, said we were starting our tour as "friends" but would end up being "family" was so true. The Rick Steves Europe in 21 Days turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. As a child, I find it hard to believe that I actually got to visit such gorgeous and historical sights. I felt we were able to get a taste of the European lifestyle and we enjoyed every moment. I can't say thank you enough for the organizers and to Robyn, our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to visit Cinque Terre was my "wow" moment. I have pictures of the villages in my bedroom, and finally getting to see this area of the world was amazing. Thank you so much for including Cinque a Terre on this tour?"

Richard

Roswell, NM

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A magical three weeks. Every day was a new adventure. The sights made the trip awesome! The others in our tourist family made the trip awesome! A good mix of activities and free time. A definite great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to narrow down to a single "wow" moment. I would have to come up with 10-15."

Patrick

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Busier, more active and more academic than I expected. (all good things)

Janelle

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Its was so much more than I expected. From the moment I met Robyn to the night I said goodbye my trip flew by. My new family of wonderful people, friends I made for the rest of my life...The experience was all of what the Rick Steve's website said, however, until you take the journey with 27 other travelers, no words will ever express the wonders of this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grimmenwald, Switzerland. WOW! I could live there...it was the beauty, the mountains, the people, would love to had spent more time there!!!"

William

Fairview, TX

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In the past I had been to all the big cities we visited, but I was normally on business or acting as my family's tour guide. This trip let me enjoy the thoughts and information from our primary guide as well as the local guides we used. I loved learning all the things I had missed on my own. The smaller cities/towns were a treat. It was fantastic seeing the countries from "the back door".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were plenty, but the one that sticks in my mind the most was the ride to the top of the Eiffel tower. WOW! I still get chills remembering the view and the thrill of the height. A close second was the Tiramisu we had in Florence. The best ever! It wasn't part of the tour, but the guide for Fat Tire was very, very good. Make sure people know how much you will walk. We walked over 150 miles in our 21 days."

Barbara

Canal Fulton, OH

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. No exaggeration when you said it was strenuous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You suggested we try to use the native language so I tried my French. The sales lady thought I was French. We just laughed and it was good to connect with someone from another country. Another time I was watching a child on the train in Italy. She just keep asking 'Why?' to her mother (in Italian). Finally the mom set her phone down and just started playing with her daughter. Moms and their babies are the same the world over."

Kerry

Crestview, FL

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire experience was absolutely first rate. The tour provided an excellent blend of sightseeing and free time to search and expire on or own. With Robyn as our knowledgeable tour guide, we were always prepared to enjoy and appreciate the areas we were able to visit. Even the longer days of traveling between locations were well spent with a variety of stops and breaks and information, questions, and answers to better enable us to thoroughly enjoy our next destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Stechelberg, Switzerland was the most amazingly beautiful stop of our tour. The opportunity to hike from one small Alpine town to another, stop and enjoy cheese fondue and a glass of wine, and continue hiking in the Alps was an experience of a lifetime."

Charles

Fairview, TX

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptional trip, one we'll never forget! Robyn, and our bus driver Sylvain, made our experiences on this tour so rich that it has set the standard for European tours! Our local guides in the different cities we visited gave us a wonderful flavor of local history and current lives as well. You have exceptional staff, and the planning that goes into this European tour was obvious. Thank you, and I'm excited for our next tour with you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "Wow' moments on this trip. Scenic Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Cinque Terre was unbelievably beautiful!"

George

Coeur d' Alene, ID

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was wonderful and we saw and experienced more than I imagined. I guess the only concern I had was trying to see so much in that amount of time. It seemed like we just got oriented and then we moved on. I understand that was the nature of the tour but it was a bit frustrating. We also walked A LOT! Perhaps too much. Nonetheless, it was a great experience and the tour was well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps and the beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley. It fulfilled a life long-dream, and I was not disapponted."

Rita

Covington, WA

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was as promised, covered an immense slice of Europe, and I am really pleased to have survived the experience. Our tour leader was indefatigable and kept us on time and in line. The other tour members were great fun to be around, and it was a rare moment when there wasn't a wise crack resounding about. For me personally it was a boot camp kind of tour, and I am considerably more fit than when I arrived in Haarlem. It also took a week for the swelling in my legs to reside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, so its hard to choose. After struggling through the evening tour of Rome, and climbing a steep hill which culminated in three long flights of stairs, we came to a plaza with a commanding view of St. Peter's dome, all lit up in the sleepy city distance. That will stick in my mind for ever. Second place goes to climbing solo on the paths behind our hotel in Switzerland, and delighting in the wild flowers and cool mountain peace."

Helga

Fairview, TX

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exhausting but wonderful. Saw major attractions plus the "back door" towns and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque terra and castle Neu Schwanstein"

Tina

Cedar City, UT

Tour: 05/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was grueling, but astounding. Seeing so much history and different cultures just left me awestruck. Our guide was outstanding with the knowledge, experience and helpfulness she added to our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding the Swiss Alps. But, I have to say the second best was when I waked around with our guide, just my husband and I and saw some of her favorite places in Rome. It was just a magical time, watching people eating, drinking , getting a gelato on a place where chariots had raced."

Milly

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I expected and quite delightful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The comfort I felt getting lost in strange cities...even including Paris."

Russell

Vallejo, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a really great time. Lisa and Nica really made it all flow and kept it interesting. The folks we met in the group also contributed to the overall satisfaction of family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the folks from the west coast!! Staying in a castle on the Rhine."

Harry

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime and it was everything I expected and much more. One of the reasons it was so enjoyable was the superb planning by your staff before the trip even began. Entry lines are long in Europe and on your own you would be wasting valuable time, but we were prepared and went right in and enjoyed every minute. Even when we were in transportation mode our guide was giving us local history, words and phrases we could use in speaking with the locals and just relevant info.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a very difficult question to answer with this trip. Aside from the sights of Paris and Rome, for me it was the pure beauty of Austria. I was just overwhelmed because it was like a piece of heaven in our mist."

Tim

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! The tour guide was excellent and the group we traveled with were a pleasure to be with. We made a lot of new friends that we hope to see again in the future. A great group of folks with diverse backgrounds that shared a common interest in traveling and discovering new things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow! More wow's than I can count. Austria and Switzerland were beautiful! Paris was magical! Italy was fascinating."

Peggy

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We didn't know quite what to expect with this tour. Could we keep up? (Yes, although tired at the end of many days!) Could we be around a group of people for days on end? (Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed the group we were with!) Many unknowns before this trip. The tour exceeded our expectations in many ways. We saw so much more during this tour than we ever would have on our own. The tour was very well organized, and thoroughly enjoyable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it's hard to narrow it down to one! Probably the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Walking out of the Metro and seeing the walls of the Colosseum was incredible. Then, as we walked from the Colosseum to the Roman Forum, I was in awe. I could almost picture what the Forum looked like hundreds of years ago. Amazing place!"

Dennis

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour lived up to the description, but we were prepared and enjoyed our tour greatly. The group got along nicely and Lisa and Nicole were wonderful and kept the group focused. We laughed a lot and cried some as well. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I am glad my wife and I took the plunge. There is nothing I can say that was negative in any way. Our tour guides were great and let the history, flavor and atmosphere of the places and people we met shine through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting Herr Jung in Bacharach, Germany. What a wonderful man, he made me cry and laugh and think. I could have listened to him talk for hours. The other wow was the Sistine Chapel, I just wish the place was empty so I could lay down on the floor to look up at the art work of the celling in order to capture everything instead of spinning around trying to take in the beauty and majesty."

Elaine

Richmond, TX

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much history on the tour. Our guides did a great job of telling about the history of the countries or cities before we arrived or while at a particular site. Also, we were taught simple things like how to use a toilette at the rest stops before we arrived. And how to use simple phrases in the different languages was fun when we really used them to communicate to the locals. This was a very rigorous trip with very little down time and a person needs to be in good physical shape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It was so tranquil and peaceful and green with the mountains all around with all the waterfalls, green pastures, cows, wildflowers and streams."

Gerry

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour and an excellent tour guide in Lisa! Lisa was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the tour. I enjoyed every moment of the tour. I can't really say I had a favorite place we visited because there were so may! The group we were with were all great tour mates. the only negative part of the trip was some rain and clouds in Switzerland.. Will have to go back again and hope for better weather

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too many wow moments I just cannot pick one I enjoyed the gondola ride in Venice at night, Rothenburg, Haarlem, The Cinque Terre, Paris , the food and the dinners together,Paris, the bus driver, Ben"

Ralph

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The communication before and during was excellent. We knew what to pack, knew what we were likely to see, and the whole event was well executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley. The scenery was spectacular."

John

Pompano Beach, FL

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Please believe Rick Steve when he says there can be taxing days. Fast walking from one venue to the next, be it bus to hotel or bus to Museum, can be a challenge. The tour gives an excellent overview of the areas visited. I now know where I want to go and see in more detail. I'll be taking my time to enjoy. I learned alot about how to navigate my way around Europe. Lisa,our tour guide, was excellent. Very personable and always willing to help. I did enjoy the great views on the bus rides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It may surprise people but my "wow" moment was standing outside our chalet in Switverland with sheer cliffs on either side watching and listening to the waterfalls. It took my breath away. I had to call my children and describe in detail what I was experiencing. The snow capped mountains, the misty fog, the roar of the falls. WOW!"

Gary

Orange, TX

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. We saw so many magnificent things in such a short period of time.. I thought the tour exceeded my high expectations. Our tour guide was great, the places visited were amazing, and the overall experience was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to find my favorite wow moment but I think mine was in thevVatican museum when we saw Raphael's paint over a window there of Peter''s Miraculous Release from prison. The use of light in so many ways was pointed out by our guide. It was an emotional experience for me. My second favorite wow moment was listening to live bands in St. Mark's Square in Venice."

Janet

Lodi, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Europe tour was well organized and featured large, busy cities and small, more rural towns. There was a good balance of group trips and free time to explore on our own. Lisa, our tour guide, kept us well informed about the history of the places we visited and helped us learn to navigate local transportation on our own. Our tour group was friendly and quickly became a compatible, caring group of travelers. The tour was a wonderful introduction to Europe for me. A fabulous trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have always looked forward to visiting Switzerland and it did not disappoint in any way. Switzerland was everything I hoped it would be (and more.) My "wow" moment was the afternoon we walked from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg. The path followed the beautiful creek and, often, my husband and I were the only ones on the path. A peaceful afternoon surrounded by extraordinary beauty- waterfalls, wildflowers, gentle cowbells, green pastures, and charming homes. Absolutely unforgettable."

Charles

Pompano Beach, FL

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked the way an additional stationary guide took us through significant sites and had unlimited knowledge and sometimes passion towards the site. This made me feel as did many other planned activities that somebody sure did their homework. I was also impressed with our guide Lisa and how she explained everything we would be doing in a competent and personnal manner. Nicole surprised us too with how much she knew about the site and about history overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coliseum made the biggest impression with me. Then moving on to the many other remants of that culture which always facinated me."

Iris

Stockton, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of course, as expected, this was a most amazing trip! We saw so many cities and villages in so many countries in Europe. It was a very good combination, I think. Our guides, both tour and city/village, were outstanding and contributed greatly to our overall experience. The people we travelled with were unbelievable, so kind and caring. We really became like one big family! This was the most unexpected and most special added benefit of our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Goodness, there were so many ... perhaps one I will never forget was the tour given by Herr Jung in Bacharach. His personal remembrances of the war that he shared with us and his gentle reminder of the important responsibility we all have to future generations I will be ever grateful for. Other wow moments were the times that I got off by myself on a walk or hike through the most beautiful mix of villages and countryside, with sounds and views I will remember always."

Michael

Stockton, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I enjoyed very much the long hike together between two of the villages in the Cinque Terra. This is described as a very challenging hike, but taking it at a moderate pace made the experience wonderful."

Debbie

Bend, OR

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful experience! The Europe in 21 Days Tour was the perfect trip to take to celebrate our 35 wedding anniversary and to get a feel for European travel. The sites, the food, the tour guides, and fellow traveling friends we made will be forever remembered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland! The mountains, the waterfalls, the quaint villages with sheep and cows all wearing bells around their necks...so beautiful and peaceful!"

Gwen

Manteca, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime. My sister and I bonded over gelato in Italy and hiking in the Swiss Alps. Our tour guide, Lisa, was knowledgeable about each area that we visited and gave us tips on what to see and do when we had free time. She also had a great sense of humor which came in handy on those long bus rides. I must admit that the tour was as rigorous as described on the website.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When our bus driver, Ben, pulled up to the Hotel Stechelberg in Switzerland, it was jaw dropping beautiful scenery there. It was the most amazingly, beautiful, landscape that I have ever seen."

Emily

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This itinerary is great!

Kim

Montverde, FL

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 1st trip to Europe & I think it was a great way to see alot in 3 weeks. Our tour guide Lisa & assistant guide Nika were fabulous. We definitely saw more than we would have been able to see on our own & made some great friends along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland!"

Patricia

Cedarburg, WI

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Impossible to do in 500 characters! The trip was incredible- surpassed my expectations by 100%! Each country- each city- each-day was an experience of a lifetime. My 1st trip to Europe-and The Best of Europe was the perfect introduction to the 7 countries we explored. The guides made this the perfect 3 week trip- wish it would have been about one week longer. Traveling with a like minded group was also part of the fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Moments: Netherlands- the bikes,walking tour of Haarlem and Amsterdam,Rejyks tour with amazing guide. Germany- Herr Young tour of Bacarach and his stories, side walk cafe in St Goar, Rhine River Cruise, waking up to church bells, HX of WWII as seen thru Dachau, Ludwigs castles. Italy- gelato, wandering/canal boat rides thru Venice, wine, fresh mozzarella, why art follows money,climbing the Duomo while listening to a Gregorian chant mass, standing in St Peters, Cistine Chapel, Roman ruins, CT!"

John

Whittier, CA

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour experience. As such, I had no preconceived expectations. Looking back at the just completed trip, I would say that RST delivered as advertised. The experience of traveling with a great group was a nice experience. Would I go on another RST tour?...Absolutely!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley and King Ludwig's castles were "wow" experiences for me. To be in such beautiful locations was truly humbling."

Laura

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime for my husband and I. Our Guide Jennifer & Pal were fantastic, and made the trip very exciting. Jennifer was extremely fun and very knowledgeable in world history. All the group got alone and had so many different back grounds and from around the world. The hotels we stayed in and the place we were eating at were always very nice. We had a saying for Jennifer and her 5 minute walks they were never 5 minutes and we all gave her a bad time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it and most of all the village in Switzerland with our host Otto. Just loved loved it. Otto was one of the cooks we had and maybe the best. We loved the luge in Germany, I wouldn't stop asking her if we were going to be able to do that, the weather allowed us to do it, FUN FUN FUN... She provide different tasting of food and candy."

Frank

Burr Ridge, IL

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well worth the investment. At times exhausting but very satisfying. The tour made me a traveler not just a tourist. Thank you Jennifer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The small valley hotel in Switzerland. Outstanding views, quiet, good food, plenty of Mother Nature, no statues or paintings !"

Michael

Galesburg, MI

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour group was just great! No drama! Just cordial and friendly people who tried hard to make everyone's experience good. Overall, I felt that perhaps too much was packed into the tour. Let me explain: There seemed to be too little time to really explore Venice and certainly Florence. Rome had just too many activities packed into one day and the group resented that. Perhaps a shorter time in Bacharach and Rothenburg. These were nice but giving us an extra day...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All travels within Switzerland and particularly in Stechelberg. The surroundings were breathtakingly beautiful. Massa Marittama was out of this world as well. What a stunning setting and wonderfully preserved town. I would have like to stay there frankly. We were able to go to the Borghesse Gallery again on our personal time. We went to see the Bernini sculptures and again were awestruck!"

Anne

Comox, BC

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour, it was VERY busy but we were glad we were able to see and do all the things we did. Great places and a nice [INVALID]ion of rural and city.We had a great group of people. No one was late and everyone did their best to be easy to get along with.Still reeling from all we did and saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favourite WOW moment was at Dinklesbuhl---It was a gorgeous little town and our hotel was " INCREDIBLE"--we had a suite of rooms all furnished in a most beautiful , modern way--we could have swapped our house and lived there !!"

Alan

Comox, BC

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour...found it a bit intense ..21 days is getting to be too much for me. Great hotels, meals provided were excellent..sometimes almost too much food. The large 54 passenger bus with 26 passengers made for a comfortable trip. Venice Florence and Rome with all the history and sights overloaded me and really needed the rest day at Cinque Terre. Would do it again but probably only on a 14 day tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many..I really enjoyed the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its many waterfalls shooting over the near vertical valley walls. Beautiful to look at pleasant place to hike and enjoy the countryside. The cog railroad up to Wengren was a good ride."

Galen

Cedarburg, WI

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were skeptical about the tour since we usually do our traveling on our own. We were very surprised to find that the tour was well worth the cost. We learned so much from our guides and saw so much more than we could of by ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Art museums were not on my top ten lists till I went on this tour. I learned so much from the guides and appreciate art so much more now. I vow to always hire a docent guide on any visit to an art museum."

John

Dokkhamtai Phayao,

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We both had a great time and everything lived up to our expectations. Professional and well organised at all times and all we had to do was relax and enjoy each stress free day as we worked our way around some of the best parts of Western Europe

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Paris and everything it has to offer 2. Switzerland 3. David in Florence"

Kathleen

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectation. We had a wonderful group of people who meshed well and had a passion for travel. Our tour guide was excellent. I enjoyed getting a taste of each city and enjoyed all the activities. The balance between activities and free time was perfect. I absolutely would travel with this tour company again and have already recommended it to several friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many 'wow' moments! From seeing the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, to Trummelbach falls in Switzerland, to watching the sunset over Manarola in Cinque Terre....there were too many to name!"

Joy

Burr Ridge, IL

Tour: 05/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was exhausting at times but just as exhilarating. I think everyone in our group knew the Company's philosophy and knew what they signed up for so there were no complaints. Unfortunately a virus was shared by most of us in the group and at times made travel that much more challenging. Jennifer, our tour guide, lost her voice a day or two because of it. Other than that unavoidable problem, your Company does an outstanding job both in pre-tour preparation and the tour experience itself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like most responders, I, too, have many favorites. But forced to name just one I would have to say it was seeing the Alps in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland, for the first time. The landscape in Baveria is a close second."

Susan

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour! This was our first trip to Europe and we wanted a guided experience. And we had a fabulous time with the group and on our own. The travelers who are attracted to Rick Steves' tours are fun-loving, low-maintenance folks who I enjoyed being around. I can understand why Rick has so many repeat customers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was probably sitting, mouth agape, as Rick Steves strolled into the room during orientation on the first night. He was a lot of fun to have on the tour, and obviously gave wonderful restaurant recommendations. But really, my "wow" moment was visiting the Colosseum with Francesca. After battling crowds in Venice and Florence, Rome was a bit intimidating. But Francesca helped me make a personal connection to Rome and its historical sites. She is an A+ docent - never let her go!"

Robert

Spring Lake, MI

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I expected plus a lot more. It's hard to believe we did so many diverse activities in 21 days. From the Keukenhof to the Schilthorn in Switzerland, every day was an adventure that will be remembered for a lifetime. Every local guide was professional and warm, the bus was roomy and comfortable (Joe was great) and Reid kept everyone up to speed with his knowledge of history and local culture. Add Rick Steves and Trish and you have an unforgettable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the unscheduled stop to the Ehrenberg Castle ruins was a true "backdoor" experience. After visiting King Ludwig's crowded castles, we had Ehrenberg to ourselves. The castle was semi preserved but you could easily imagine what it was like 700 years ago. I hope Rick decides to make this a scheduled stop on future tours."

Pamela

Spring Lake, MI

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best travel experience EVER! There was a new adventure every day! Of course, having Rick Steves himself as a "co-traveler" was a wonderful surprise. Reid Coen is a great guide, keeping us informed on the history of each area as well as making us feel comfortable in each new set of surroundings. The history talks gave additional richness to each part of the visit (great job!) The bus experience, the hotels etc. were exceptional. Best was the "no grump" group! We'll be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first and best WOW was having Rick Steves travel with us! The tour of Ehrenberg castle ruins, which was a "special treat" arranged by Rick, was the biggest WOW site for me!. I loved the museums and historical icons but especially enjoyed Bacharach and Rothenberg for their history and charm. Every day was a new "WOW!" Great sites, lodging, travel, friends...It all made for the experience of a lifetime."

Aynsley

Burke, VA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations on all aspects, especially the food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the hour hike at the beginning of the day of King Ludwig's castle. The trail was gorgeous and it was so nice to be in nature."

Mary

Campbell, CA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my first RSE experience. We weren't sure we were "tour people", but everyone in our group contributed to the travel experience - interesting individuals, who traveled well together, always on time. I really appreciated having someone else do the driving, make the arrangements, and find the way. It was very efficient, so we saw much more than we would have on our own, and at a competitive cost. We have already signed up for our next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moments were the gondola ride in Venice, the Swiss Alps, especially the trip up the Schilthorn and Trummelbach Falls, and Sainte-Chapelle."

Joan

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have dreamed a more perfect European experience for my family and me. Since we did not have much time in any one location, it was important that we had the cultural and historical information prior to getting to a location and a local guide explaining what it meant to live in the location. I felt as though each stop along the tour was expanded to the maximum. I also appreciated the way the tour prepared you to become a better traveler. Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many highlights, but the most impressive to me was the preparation and then the presentation of David in Florence. David is breathtaking and to be able to view him from every angle and look into his face, you feel you are on the battlefield with him. Incredible!"

Brian

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. I wish I had taken Europe in 21 Days Tour years ago to plan for some later more concentrated tours like maybe the Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour or the Best of France tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say visiting the Ehrenburg Castle ruins."

Denise

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Ehrenberg Castle -- a great treat to visit the castle and have an after hours visit to the museum. Loved the Schilthorn -- perfect weather and amazing scenery. Trummelbach falls -- this is a must see -- the power of those falls is breath-taking. David -- Continues to WOW and inspire me every time we visit. Herr Jung -- A great privilege to meet him and hear his stories of WW2."

Rick

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very smooth

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hiking to Ehrenburg Ruins with Reid and Trish and Rick"

Malcolm

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-lead and carefully controlled. We all really appreciated the appearance and participation of our special host on this tour (icing on the cake) despite his "rock star" status and followers everywhere. RSE's use of select, local presenter-guides at special sites was really appreciated. Their knowledge and talent to "bring things to life" as well as to describe in detail was unequaled by other tour providers ( Rome's, Francesca, was of special note). Thanks for the memories, RSE

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "unofficial" Ehrenberg Castle tour with only the group members present. Truly a "Back Door" moment with the sense of history, the spectacular views and weather and the comradeship of our group members horsing around like a bunch of knights of old."

Brogan

Burke, VA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Brogan's favorite moment was going up the Schilthorn in Switzerland. THe views were amazing."

Jackie

Roxboro, NC

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Europe in 21 Days Tour was my first European travel experience. It did not disappoint me and I absolutely loved all the experiences included in the itinerary. Reading about history is one thing but actually being in that historical place and experiencing the culture, people, and history was an incredible and powerful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many...Italy's Cinque Terre and the small villages of Monterosso and Vernazza; spectacular views of the Swiss Alps on the Schilthorn; viewing Michelangelo's David and the amazing art in the Louvre and Orsay Museums and all the in between unexpected moments that will become a part of this once in a lifetime experience."

Linda

Fort Myers Beach, FL

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

If a person wants to actively see many parts of Europe with a manageable group of people traveling in a roomy bus, led by a knowledgeable tour guide who gives timely history lessons to tie together each experience, and who also arranges worry-free sightseeing, back-door accommodations, and meal experiences of the area, this is the tour to take. Each day was a new adventure usually led by a guide, but times were also provided on our own after being armed with suggestions and navigation tactics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. It felt unreal to be in such a significant historic area with modern buildings nearby. Swiss Alps, gondola ride up mountain, perfectly blue sky with fresh snow cover and a James Bond tie-in, ending with hot chocolate in a rotating, sky-high restaurant and time to walk trails down the mountain. What more could you want? Stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle were unforgettable. Loved all the castle opportunities. Shimmering Eiffel Tower was a big WOW."

Tom

Milford, OH

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a combo eval for Tom and Marcie. We thoroughly enjoyed everyday of our tour. Reid and the Rick Steve's staff had everyday planned and organized for us and on the other end of the spectrum we were given lots of free time in each city that was also appreciated. Every day was an adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For Marcie it was Michaelangelo's " David" and for Tom it was standing in the Colosseum. ...and for both of us it was our hike in the Swiss Alps."

Teresa

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for this tour from comments of online reviewers and friends who had experienced other Rick Steve's Tours, but this experience exceeded all expectations! You knew what was going to be included, but so pleasantly surprised by all the extras that I didn't expect: special treats shared by Reid on the bus, to big things like all the ideas for optional activities that Reid would organize and buy tickets. We tripled the amount we could possibly experience on our own!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is absolutely nothing I would want taken away. Multiple wow moments every day. The first few days we made comments how it couldn't get better and Reid would say "oh, it's going to get even better!" and he was go right. Of course the wow moments of having Rick and Trish join us, the wonderful extra Ehrenberg Castle experience, and clear blue skies at the top of Schilthorn and wonderful hiking in Switzerland will never be beat ;-)"

David

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first trip to Europe, so we wanted to sample everything. Our trip was everything it was advertised to be, only better. I read a lot of Rick's books and we attended seminars in Edmonds, but the mental images I created from those efforts didn't compare to the real thing. The bus was terrific, our driver was a lot of fun, our guide was great, and our "auxiliary assistant" guides were a lot of fun and an inspiration. Our group was wonderful, with folks from all over, of every age.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not a fair question!! The whole trip was a favorite wow. However, I will fess up that three hikes were my favorites: the hike to Ehrenberg Castle ruins, the hike from Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza, and best of all, a hike in the Alps near Gimmelwald, ending at one of the old hotels that were used for the tour, sitting in the sun with a beer and enjoying spectacular scenery. I told Reid, our guide, to just leave me there!"

Margaret

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 21-day Best of Europe tour was embedded in a 60-day, first-ever trip to Europe. In the midst of having a wonderful time traveling on our own (with much knowledge gained from free lectures & resources available at Rick Steves' travel store in Edmonds), we joined this tour & greatly appreciated 1) having all the details taken care of for us, 2) having other people to share the traveling experience with for 3 weeks, 3) gaining so much in knowledge from our excellent lead & local guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca, the Rome native who guided us through the Colisseum, Forum & Pantheon, was truly inspiring. Within the space of just a couple hours, she made us feel welcome in Rome, helped us acknowledge Rome as the cradle of our own history, invited us to accept Rome as our own city, and shared a thoughtful & compelling commentary on the contrast between the magnificent accomplishments of the Roman Empire & its cruel use of power to accomplish its goals & maintain its position."

James

Belt, MT

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the 1st tour i have been on, I did not expect to have a great time,but to my unexpected surprise i had a great time. This was due to your excellent arrangements, and your great team that lead us thru Europe. Martin,Jesse and Paul were great. The hotels were better than we expected and the food was over the top. With all the walking i stuill gained 7 lbs. So the only other expression i have is Thanks for a job well done, you and your team obviously love your work, it shows.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe the the day I met Herr Young at bacherack will stay with me forever, He tugged and my heart strings, made me proud to be an American, and if I would ever consider moving to Europe that's where i want to go. I will be able to rember all the trip this winter when we go thru our photo's but the one day i will always remember is Herr Young's presentation."

Jay

Westminster, CO

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the trip was great. The itinerary was great (other than it seems too early in the season for Switzerland), the group size was great, the local tour guides were awesome and it is astounding how much we were able to see and do. I would take another Rick Steves tour and have recommended them to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sites in Rome - the Coliseum, the Forum, etc. Francesca was awesome."

Christina

Bothell, WA

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in Europe and I feel I really was able to see and experience a lot over the 21 days. I'm pleased that we chose to take this tour instead of trying to go on our own. I learned a lot of the history of the countries we toured which made it so much more interesting. Martin was so good about explaining the train system in Paris so the extra days we spent there we were able to get around the city and see a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland the weather was very overcast so we could not see the higher mountains or hike much. But Martin made the day fun for us by taking us on the trail through Lauterbrunnen valley and to the beautiful, exciting Trummelbach Falls. We then took the gondola to Murren. It started snowing about halfway up the gondola and was snowing in Murren. Some of the people on the tour had not seen snow and their reaction was fun to see. I loved the waterfalls from the high mountains to the valley"

Donna

Belt, MT

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed everything about our trip. The history from our guide was wonderful. The group of fellow travelors we were with were all very nice and we all got along very well. The trip was very well planned out and well organized. The hotels were comfortable and we felt welcome in all of the places we stayed. We were kept very busy, and when we did have free time, our guides were very good about giving us suggestions and directions on what sites to see. The group meals were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have one "wow" moment, I had so many, I cannot name them all. The churches, the Art, statues, the water falls. The concentration camp was very moving as well as the Anne Frank house. We enjoyed every country and area we visited."

Cheri

Westminster, CO

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot think of a better way to do Europe than the 21 day tour. Looking back it is astounding how much we did and how much we saw. I love that all the planning and coordinating was done for us. It was great to show up at a museum, bypass the long line of individual travelers and do a tour with our personal local guide. If we had attempted this on our own we would have only seen half as much and not understood or appreciated it. The Rick Steves tour was a great value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick a favorite wow moment as there were so many. If i had to pick one I would say drinking champagne and watching the light show at the Eiffel tower."

Richard

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a "dream come true" trip for me overall. From the first meeting of our group to our last night on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower, I was overwhelmed with all the wonderful places we had seen up close. The methods used by our tour guides Martin and Jesse to keep us together and teach us history was a big factor in regards to enjoying the trip. This was my first trip to Europe but after this incredible experience, it will not be my last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would share that "wow" feeling among three places: Rothenburg, Rome, and Paris. To see a real castle up close; the first glimpse of the Colosso, and see the Eiffel tower through the trees really confirmed that I was not in Kansas any more!"

Zachary

Rio Rico, AZ

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Over all it was really wonderful, met some great people that will have a lasting impression

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the places we visited had its own wow and it would be difficult to select any one area or moment"

Jerrel

New Braunfels, TX

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was simply fantastic. We saw it as an intro to Europe to identify the areas we would like to revisit. It was that and much, much more. All the areas visited were marvelous, and the insights provided by Martin on geopolitical and art history were invaluable for understanding the historical big picture. Local culture insights were also extremely valuable, such as don't put your feet up on chairs, or always greet the French before getting down to business. This knowledge will serve us well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was visiting the Coliseum in Rome. This spectacle cannot be understood without being there. No amount of pictures, videos, or written descriptions can convey the impact of actually standing in the coliseum and understanding its size and complexity. A true understanding of the brutality that routinely occurred there is also a very impactful and sobering realization."

Frederick

Wynantskill, NY

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We have signed up for another one so we must have been pleased with the operation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most enjoyable part was the Swiss Alps."

Alison

Marshall, VA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. Seeing The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and finally, France was spectacular. I enjoyed the 2 night stays vs. the 1 night. I especially liked arriving in the town/city and Keith would have us get settled in our room, then on to a walking tour with explanation about the transportation system, sites to visit on our own, history, places to eat, etc. It was nice to be with the group for 1 day and then option to be on our own the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had to change up our plans from 1 day to the next due to weather. Keith called the Luge folks in Austria, and they ended up staying open for our group! Riding the luge was SO MUCH FUN!!! I also appreciated seeing the grandeous art live and in person, so much better than the Art History books and slides in class. We also met some really great and fun people in our group."

Blair

Maple Ridge, BC

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, fantastic, wonderful experience. There was one wow moment after another with such a variety of incredible scenery and sights. It was an efficient way to visit such a vast array of popular European stops. The pace was uptempo with structured activities planned for our available time. We witnessed and learned about the history, art, and culture of the places visited. Our tour guide Lisa was fabulous bringing the present locations alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having just come down from the spectacular Mt. Schilthorn, my wife and I were leaving Lauterbrunnen, returning along the valley to our hotel. The sky was a deep blue and the sun was just dropping behind the sheer cliffs that lined the valley. The waterfall glowed with the back light from the sun, the grass was a vibrant green, the cow bells were clanging, the composition of color and sound was stunning. It was a masterpiece of beauty that I will never forget."

Neil

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour brought European history, art, culture, languages, music, food, wine, personalities and geographies to life for us and cemented all the little bits and pieces together. It was an experience that we will be talking about and relating to for many years to come. My wife is a person who is blind and for me, it was terrific that she was able to experience all these things with me. We were so excited to concentrate on the experiences and not have to worry about hotel and transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Herr Jung, our guide in Bacharach was absolutely spellbinding. His talk about watching dogfights over the Rhine in WWII makes me want to cry every time I think about it. There was not a dry eye in the group when we had these most intimate chats on the walking tour. It was a great positive for me as I had been trying to fit the picture together since I was little and his story related it in deeply connected family terms. He should get a medal for his ability to express all that to people."

Sheila

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely wonderful and surpassed my already high expectations. I appreciated so many things about it: - the organization which made travel, hotel and sight-seeing efficient without feeling rushed - the leadership and humanity of our guide Rick Garman - the diversity of destinations and mix of urban and rural - seeing the "must-sees" - the camaradarie of our group - lessons in how to be independent travelers - having independent time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow is a big word! - some quiet time I spent walking alone outside our chalet/hotel in the Lauterbrunnen Valley - climbing the Duomo in Florence and seeing the city laid out below me - wandering through St. Peter's Bascilica - the Cinque Terra: standing above Vernazza after the hike, then later swimming in the Mediterranean - spending time in Anne Frank's house - and unexpectedly, visiting Dachau - Standing in Sainte Chappelle - then cruising down the Seine at sunset with friends - Rothenburg"

Brenda

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely amazing. It was everything I had hoped for and so much more. As a person who is blind I didn't need to see the landscape, art or castles, churches or cathedrals. The tour made me experience everything through all my other senses. Our guide, our driver, our travelling companions and the guides along the way enriched the varied experiences I had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one specific WOW moment. I believe that each town and city that we visited is not just a dot on a map but people, culture and history. Everything that i have learned in my lifetime and all the stories and news of these regions has been clarified and I have been able to put together a timeline that creates a complete picture in my mind. As a person who is blind I had wondered how I would enjoy all the art but it all came alive for me as each piece has a story regarding the artist"

Jerry

Seatac, WA

Tour: 09/01/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The accomidations were good. No waiting in lines to see a site. Transportation and driver were very good always on time and ready to go. Plenty of free time and our tour guide was always ready to help fill the free time with suggestions. NO EXTRA TIPPING REQUIRED!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the scenery"

Weather

Netherlands / Amsterdam

Amsterdam Weather


Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Austria / Vienna

Vienna Weather


Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Rome Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


France / Paris

Paris Weather

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.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Haarlem or Amsterdam before your tour begins, use Rick Steves' Best of Europe guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Dutch (although most locals speak very good English), and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise. Take advantage of the flat terrain and rent a bike in Haarlem!

Here are a few suggestions for sightseeing in Haarlem and Amsterdam that we will not do as a group. Haarlem: Frans Hals Museum, canal cruise, Teylers Museum, Corrie Ten Boom House, Grote Kerk (main church). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Museum, Jewish History Museum, Dutch Resistance Museum, Tropical Museum, Heineken brewery tour.

There is plenty to keep you busy with extra time in Paris. We suggest visiting the Orsay or Orangerie Museums for great Impressionist art. If modern art is your thing, you can't miss The Pompidou Center. Feeling museum-ed out? Then explore great neighborhoods of the Marais, St. Germain or the Montmartre. Spend some time in one of Paris' people-friendly parks like the Luxembourg or Tuileries Gardens or hop on a boat and take a tour of the river Seine.

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.

Transportation

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. We recommend talking to your travel agent about "open jaw" airline tickets (flying into and out of different cities). Amsterdam and Paris are transportation hubs, making travel before or after your tour quite easy. The most direct route is to fly into Amsterdam and home from Paris. If you have extra time, you may want to consider a roundtrip flight into/out of either Amsterdam or Paris. These flights may be cheaper, but you'll need to consider the cost of the train fare between the cities, as well as an additional overnight stay.

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 and decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

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.

If you need more information about additional European travel or for specific questions about your tour, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Netherlands, France, Austria, Switzerland, 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.

Packing

While it is important to pack light, there are a few things we'd like you to consider including when packing for this tour. There are some great opportunities for hikes in Italy's Cinque Terre and the Swiss Alps. While hiking boots are not necessary, we recommend you bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes. If you like to swim, we'll have a couple of opportunities to get wet, so bring along a swimsuit and perhaps a light-weight microfiber towel.

For ideas on what to pack, check Rick's Packing List and our Women's Packing List.