• Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune, France
  • swiss-alp-hiking
    Swiss Alps
  • Odeonsplatz in Munich
  • Venice
  • Manarola in Italy's Cinque Terre
  • Colosseum in Rome
  • Vatican City in Rome

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My Way® Europe in 14 Days Tour

On a two-week, "greatest hits" route that takes you from Paris to Rome — via Burgundy, the Swiss Alps, Munich, Venice, and the Cinque Terre — Rick Steves' money-saving My Way tour gives you the freedom to decide your own daily sightseeing priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in centrally-located hotels, private bus transportation from city to city, and a Euro-savvy trip escort to help advise you along the way. Join us for My Way: Europe in 14 Days!  

What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves escort will manage the group's transportation and hotel arrangements, and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Paris to Rome
  • 13 nights accommodations (all stops but one are for two nights) in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for escort and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (or get free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of sights, museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Venice and Rome. Also includes Rick's radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • More free stuff including Rick Steves' Best of Europe guidebook; Snapshot: Munich guidebook; Europe Through the Back Door travel skills handbook (one per household); French-Italian-German phrase book; My Way: Europe Sightseeing Supplement; map; moneybelt; and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 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

Sightseeing notes

(r) = reserve a time before you leave the USA
* = included in Rick's audio walking tours

Day 1: Welcome to Europe

Welcome to Paris, one of the world's most thrilling cities! Today is a great day to start tackling some of Paris' amazing museums: the Louvre*, the Cluny, the Rodin, the Orsay* and the Pompidou (plan accordingly; many museums are closed one day a week). We'll rendezvous at our hotel at 5 p.m. to meet your escort and have a group get-together. Your escort will give an overview of the days ahead, answer your questions, and offer a quick orientation to our neighborhood and Paris' easy-to-use public transportation. Then you're free for dinner on your own. This evening you could stroll around the brilliantly-lit Eiffel Tower(r) and enjoy a twilight ride to the top. Or, enjoy the view from below, aboard one of Paris' numerous floodlit Seine River cruises. Sleep in Paris (2 nights).

Day 2: All Day in Paris

Today Paris is all yours. With your Best of Europe guidebook and Rick Steves' audio tours in hand, you might begin your day where Paris did — on the Ile de la Cité* — visiting Notre-Dame Cathedral* and exquisite Sainte-Chapelle*. Or explore the sprawling grounds of the ultimate royal palace at Versailles* — every King's dream. This evening, head up to Montmartre to savor the bohemian flair of Amelie's "village Paris" and take in the breathtaking vistas from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Or go to the Arc du Triomphe and stroll down the grandest boulevard in the world — the Champs-Elysées. As with every day of this trip: it's your choice! No bus today.

Day 3: Burgundy's Wine Capital

This morning we'll pack up, bid adieu to Paris, and hop aboard our comfortable bus (your escort will always post departure times well in advance). Then we'll roll into the French countryside, passing pastures and vineyards en route to the "profoundly French" town of Beaune in the heart of Burgundy's wine country. After checking in to our hotel early this afternoon, you'll have time to stroll around the town's center, rent a bike for a ride along the Côte d'Or vineyards, enjoy a wine tasting, and savor the rich regional specialties over dinner. Boeuf bourgignon et escargots, anyone? Sleep in Beaune (1 night). Bus: 4 hrs.

Day 4: Scenic Drive to the Swiss Alps

We'll leave the rolling hills of beautiful Burgundy this morning, and climb high into the heart of the Swiss Alps. By suppertime we'll be in the Berner Oberland's magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, flanked by towering, waterfall-laced cliffs and crowned by a trio of Switzerland's most formidable peaks: the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. After settling into our creaky old chalet, you'll find hearty dinner options and spectacular views just a short hike away. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs.

Day 5: Spectacular Hikes in the Alps

You'll wake up in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth...and the day is all yours. Take off on a mountain excursion that combines the local cog railway, a gondola lift up to Männlichen, and a spectacular Alpine walk above the tree line, surrounded by a panorama of cut-glass peaks. You could also explore what's above the opposite side of the valley, ride a gondola lift to the top of the 10,000-foot Schilthorn, loiter in the thin air, and then hike down. Closer to the valley floor, you can witness the roaring, thundering, crashing, splashing display of nature's awesome power in Trümmelbach — a series of subterranean waterfalls that plunge hundreds of feet into darkness behind the valley's cliffs. No bus today.

Day 6: On to Bavaria

Today's drive is a good time to catch up on your journal, listen to music, curl up with a good book, or just sit back and enjoy views of pristine mountains and sparkling lakes as we make our way into the heart of Bavaria. Our destination is the people-friendly city of Munich, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 7 hrs.

Day 7: Marvelous Munich

Germany's most livable city, Munich is pleasantly explored by foot, bike, or public transit. Today you can take in the opulent Residenz palace, the dazzling Deutsches Museum, the sprawling English Garden, or take a short bus or subway ride to Dachau Concentration Camp or the state-of-the-art BMW Museum. This evening, feel free to join the party at the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, where you can hoist a liter-size mug of beer, and a pretzel as big as your head. No bus today.

Day 8: Over the Alps to Venice

We'll take off early this morning for a scenic, all-day drive to Venice. At the edge of Venice we'll board a vaporetto boat for an "am-I-really-here?" Grand Canal ride* to our hotel in the historic heart of this seductive city, arriving late this afternoon. Tonight you can enjoy dinner at an out-of-the way trattoria and soak in the outdoor nightlife of St. Mark's Square*. If the moon is out, it will hit your eye like a big pizza pie. Sleep in Venice (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 8 hrs.

Day 9: Seductive Venice

The entire day and evening are yours to experience (with the help of Rick's audio tours) the Byzantine majesty of St. Mark's Basilica*, the formidable Doge's Palace, the masterpiece-packed Frari Church*, and more. Along the way, take time to simply get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring the alleys, cruising the canals, and "crawling" the pubs of this amazing city. No bus today (too much water).

Day 10: Cinque Terre

Today we say "Ciao Venezia" as we hop back aboard our bus and make a beeline for the relaxing beaches and villages of the Cinque Terre. To get there, we'll traverse Italy's agricultural breadbasket and the forested spine of the Apennines, finally winding our way down to the seaside village of Levanto, where we'll board a train for the 10-minute ride to Monterosso. We'll arrive late this afternoon, with plenty of time to enjoy Monterosso's pleasant eateries and ambiance. Sleep in Monterosso (2 nights). Train: ¼ hr. Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 6 hrs.

Day 11: Riviera Livin'

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 cliff-side paths that connect the towns. For dinner tonight, enjoy what's local and fresh: the seafood and pasta with pesto. No bus today.

Day 12: Historic and Nighttime Rome

This morning we'll get an early start as we make our way from the Cinque Terre to Rome. Arriving at our Rome hotel late this afternoon, you'll have the cooler part of the day to eat at the outdoor café of your dreams, then celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, with an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together the lively Campo de' Fiori, classy Piazza Navona, and splashy Trevi Fountain. Don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Train: ¼ hr. Bus: 6 hrs.

Day 13: A Day of Roman Roamin'

Rome is the grand finale of our trip, packed with historical riches, cultural delights and an infinite supply of wows. Today, aided by Rick's audio tours, you could follow the footsteps of emperors through the Roman Forum*, Colosseum* and Pantheon*. If the Renaissance is more your speed, the immense St. Peter's Basilica* (home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà) and the sprawling Vatican Museum*(r) (home to his mind-boggling Sistine Chapel) are a Metro or bus ride away. It's your final night in Rome, so get out and make it special. Salute! No bus today.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your escort will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On My Way: Europe in 14 Days — 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. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  3. Be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  4. Be responsible for your own daily sightseeing, admissions, meals (except breakfasts) and non-group transportation. 

Reviews

Gerald

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

our bus driver was a real pro! chris gave us enough info to have good visits his advice on walking in Rome traffic, was very helpful. So much so, instead of using a hop on bus service, we were encouraged to walk to the colieseum and to the Spanish steps, on 2 separate walks. the hotels were in great locations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was impressed with the traffic in Paris, and glad I did not have to drive in it! and the amount of boat traffic in Venice was impressive. the views in, around and above Lauterbrunnen. and we had no one on the trail, when we walked from Montessaro so we had great views and felt like we were really exploring."

Donna

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience matched what was said in the brochures and calendars. I will add that our bus driver had very safe habits on the road, gave us a nice smooth ride, took us through some unbelievably exciting driving and tourist areas on his way to the hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was my first glimpse of Cinque Terre. We did, however, waste some time waiting at the train station for the next train."

Beecher

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Rome at my pace allowed me to discover so much that I missed with a targeted tour. I found little places all around the area that were intersting and easy to miss if headed to a specific goal."

Charles

Canton, GA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. Excellent fellow tour members who all really enjoyed the "my way" experience. Hotels were well located and quite nice. Chris did a good job of covering the basics of each city and giving advice as needed. I really enjoyed having stops in the Swiss Alps and the Cinque Terra to break up the big-city experiences. Absolutely loved the "my way" layout - no worries about transportation or hotel stays, and complete flexibility once pulling into each town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Would rate the arrival in both Venice and Cinque Terra as top "wow" moments. Frankly, the entire trip was a wow."

Donald

Glenmont, NY

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip! We were able to see and do so much. With the tour providing the transportation and lodging it enabled us to relax and enjoy the other segments of the trip. The bus trips were comfortable and in no way tedious or boring. I have no complaints about any portion of the trip. I think the "My Way" concept is very good since it provides us with so much free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were spectacular!"

Lorraine

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't know what to expect with it being my first time to Europe, but the entire trip was well above and beyond what I had expected. I thought the trip was very well organized and the perfect tour for a couple like us who wanted to have the freedom to do our own agenda but still have a little "hand holding" to get us there. I had the absolute time of my life and would recommend the tour to anyone with similar interests/experiences as ourselves in terms of seeing Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I feel like the whole tour was a "wow" moment in general, but my favorite "wow" moment from the tour was the Swiss Alps. I am glad that it is a part of the tour and seems to be a bit less overwhelmingly touristy."

Eddie

Lexington, KY

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the Swiss mountains."

Kay

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Bus was comfortable and hotels were all centrally located. Good group of people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I personally enjoyed Switzerland and the Cinque Terre. Both were stress-free and beautiful. My son enjoyed Oktoberfest in Munich!"

Lynda

Glenmont, NY

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The My Way Europe in 14 Days tour was ideal - we traveled to cities we had always hoped to see (Paris and Venice) and to return to towns we had hoped to visit again some day (Lauterbrunnen and Cinque Terre). It was great having all the hassle of getting to each sight taken care of for us along with clean, comfortable hotels in great locations. All we had to do was map out what we wanted to see in each town. This time of year was really nice and we got to see Octoberfest in Munich - a bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley was our very favorite. We took the gondola up to the Schilthorn early in the morning which was breathtaking and exciting. We stopped on the way back down in the town of Murren for a delicious Swiss lunch. This area is so beautiful , peaceful and small enough to easily tour."

Pamela

Gilroy, CA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With the arrival of our box of Rick Steves resources and checklists, I never had one worry or concern. This was our first of any kind of tour, and I felt I was in good hands. The trip was seamless, and each travel stop delivered a great experience. When thinking back, I can't think of anything but great thoughts of a great adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I immediately fell in love with the Lauterbrunnen Valley. We visited Murren and saw the goats herded through town early in the morning. The vegetable gardens on every site were a thrill for me since I am a gardener. After walking through Murren and then Gimmelwald, I didn't want it to end, so we hiked from Gimmelwald to Stechelberg. My WOW! moment was on this hike when I realized we were in the Alps alone with just the sound of cowbells and vistas of waterfalls, streams and mountains!"

William

Paw Paw, MI

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great introduction to Europe. Andrew was a wonderful guide and the group of people could not have been better. Ben, our driver, was also top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering Lauterbrennen."

Bill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Was well organized with a very good leader and bus driver. Cities visited were interesting, the hotels very strategically located to make visiting easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After the clouds cleared seeing the Alps during our hike."

Susan

Inman, SC

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are so happy and trilled about our trip with Rick Steves. It was everything we thought and more. We loved our escort, Andrew he was so much help and a lot of fun! My way tours are just what we wanted it took all the hassle out of booking hotels and traveling in foreign countries and we meet some really great people in our group. I will highly recommend touring with Rick Steves to all my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its really hard to narrow it down to one WOW moment there were so many. I guess our favorite place was Switzerland, just the beauty of the snow capped mountains and the Valleys below were just breath taking."

Deborah

Lynchburg, VA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour. Andrew was an excellent leader. Enjoyed other members on the tour. This tour was special because we saw such a variety of places - the big cities of Paris, Munich, Venice, Rome, and the smaller, more isolated spots of Beaune, Lauterbrunnen Valley and Monterosso.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grand Canal of Venice."

Leslie

Paw Paw, MI

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time meeting many nice people and seeing so many interesting sites.

John

100 Mile House, BC

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable! The people on the tour were wonderful. We enjoyed getting to know them. The trip was stress free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the Swiss Alps and the city of Rome."

Marilyn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We met up with the tour group after spending 6 days in Europe, so we were ready to go. Andrew made early efforts to get people familiar and comfortable with one another. Each of the stops was worthwhile, the Beaune stop felt especially rushed, but we knew that it would be going in. We moved from place to place much faster than we would normally do on our own. We enjoyed our interactions with the tour escort and with the other travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley and hikes. Gorgeous scenery. Too bad it rained."

Mark

Orinda, CA

Tour: 07/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotels in terrific locations, breakfast was always delicious, and choice of tour spots was exemplary. Christina has endless energy, superior knowledge and a great command over the languages in the places we visited. My kids absolutely adore her. Phillip, our driver, was outstanding as well. Bus was comfortable and well air conditioned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome - I've been there before but it really came alive this time."

Jayne

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized, and we had a great time. It was exactly as described.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Swiss Alps the most, and as far as what I considered the most interesting, that would be The Colosseum and Roman Forum."

Karen

Elk Grove Village, IL

Tour: 07/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thank you. Overall I thought the tour was great. The places we went and pacing were very nice, except hitting Rome after a wonderful place like Cinque Terre was so wrong...being relaxed and then thrown into a hotel in a bad neighborhood in a large, desperate city. That was tough. The guide Cristina and bus driver Phillip were wonderful, helpful and made the trip work. Wonderful memories keep filling my mind, and I haven't yet had time to look at a picture. Thanks

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved feeling enfolded in a new environment, Venice, Switzerland and the Cinque Terre provided this great feeling. I guess for a Wow moment I loved the Grummelbach Water Falls. I 've seen falls all over the US and wasn't expecting anything. It was an amazing expeience. I also loved the jammed Euro beach at Cinque, and the crazy, scary crowds in the tight streets of Venice. The Effel Tower at night, and night boat tour were Fabulous. Had a wonderful meal near Eiffel at Chris Constant restaurant"

John

Denver, CO

Tour: 07/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the dream vacation in Eastern Europe that we have been planning for years. Everything was nearly perfect. There were some irritating moments but they were so minor that they are not memorable, with one exception: Having to sleep under duvets in all hotels except for one that had the traditional layered American bedding of a top sheet, blanket, and bedspread. With the duvets, I was too hot with them on and to cold with them off.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sun set from the top level of the Eiffel Tower, and the subsequent lights and views of the city from there after dark."

Jane

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 07/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Europe was an absolutely amazing experience. You know a trip was successful when you can cross things off your bucket list that hadn't even made it on yet (Mona Lisa, David, the Duomo, etc.). The My Way format allowed us to squeeze in all the museums, sites, and activities that we wanted to do, without being hindered by a tour schedule. Although we would have spent more time in Switzerland and maybe less time in Munich, it provided a great overview of the European cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was in Murren, Switzerland. Our hotel was at the bottom of Lauterbrunnen Valley, which is surrounded by mountains, cliffs, and waterfalls. We thought the view was breathtaking from there, but we took a cable car 1/3 of the way up the mountain, and you could see twice as much mountain! We hiked up further to a village on the mountainside, more mountain...another cable car, more mountain. It was absolutely incredible to see the Alps - they seemed neverendingly tall."

Linda

Denver, CO

Tour: 07/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour Guide, Christina and bus driver, Phillip did so very much to make our experience successful. Both were knowledgeable about the cultures and cities we visited. The orientations were so helpful. The extra attention given to anyone with a special need or concern made each of us feel valued. Our group was great and several of us have become friends on Facebook sharing our photos. Each location was carefully thought out and accurately described. Rick's audio guide was also great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the summit of the hike between Monterosso and Vernazza."

Jennifer

New York, NY

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. So well organized, and so much fun! I signed up for this tour because I didn't want to take chances with unsafe/risky accommodations and arranging travel from place to place, but I also didn't want to sit on a bus and be "narrated" to--I wanted to be able to do my own thing. This tour was exactly what I wanted. It took all of the logistical stress out, so all I had to do was have an amazing time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from! Switzerland was a big highlight though!"

Lisa

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time to Europe and the thought of planning the destinations, transportation, & hotels was a little intimidating. The My Way Tour was the perfect solution. The cities that were chosen for our tour was a great sampling of Europe, and we really enjoyed the freedom of planning what we wanted to do in each city. I also felt our tour escort, Reid, did a great job of setting the tone for the trip-be respectful of bus departure times and live as Europeans - go with the flow!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments to choose from.... Really loved the beautiful countryside in Switzerland and enjoyed hiking in such a gorgeous setting We were in Munich Germany during the World Cup Final! And the Mike's Bike Tour was a fabulous way to see the city! Loved Cinque Terra and the beautiful coastline Florence - what a great historical city"

Dan

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great trip we had! The My Way Best of Europe Tour is fast paced and ambitious, but we knew that going in and that's what we wanted. With this being our first introduction to Europe, we wanted to sample as much as we could in two weeks. The My Way tour concept was perfect for my wife and me. We wanted the challenge of exploring each city and country on our own terms, but the thought of arranging hotels and transportation for each location was a daunting task for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a tie between the majestic beauty of the Swiss Alps in Lauterbrunnen and the Mediterranean charm of Cinque Terre in Italy. Both locations were fabulous for different reasons, so I can't really put one above the other. I would return to Lauterbrunnen and Cinque Terre in a heartbeat."

Hayley

Wooster, OH

Tour: 07/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent organization and execution. John was a great driver and Reid was and excellent escort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the World Cup in a Beer Garden in Munich when Germany was in the cup and won."

Kathy

Sedona, AZ

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour provided just the right amount of guidance and travel accommodations to make the trip low stress, but action packed. Brenna was very helpful with orienting our group to the country and city. Even with a wide range of ages, everyone on the tour got along well. The hotels were in great locations and were comfortable. The tour bus was also comfortable and our driver was friendly and likeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Switzerland. We were fortunate to have perfect weather. The hiking, scenery, people, and other activities were great. Really, all of the destinations were exceptional. Local people were helpful and friendly. Conversations with others on our tour or other tourists we met along the way were pleasant and informative. We appreciated learning about the geography, history, art, language and culture throughout Europe."

Bea

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled with a 16 year old granddaughter with an intent of introducing her to the joys of world travel. Our experience with Rick Steves completely met our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I have traveled in each of the cities on the tour previously -- this trip was to introduce our granddaughter to Europe. Therefore, the "wow" moments were interactions with our guide, Brenna. Her brief but to the point introductions to the cities we visited were spot on. Frosting on the cake were the brief but very helpful walks to orient us to each new city as we arrived."

Emily

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than I ever expected! I set my expectations high but the tour exceeded them all! It was a wonderful mix of cities and the perfect length of travel time. This was the best way to explore Europe for the first time. It allowed me to focus on sightseeing rather than researching accommodations or worrying about transportation. I enjoyed the company of our guide, driver and entire group. The most memorable vacation of my life was made even better by sharing it with complete strangers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had to choose just one "wow" moment it would be walking around Rome by myself. Since my family was thoroughly done with sightseeing, I did it on my own....and loved it! This was a huge accomplishment since I can't even walk around a major US city alone. My other "wow" moment was how much I enjoyed meeting the locals and fellow travelers. They played a huge role in making this an amazing adventure as did visiting all the beautiful sights of Europe!"

Tao

Toronto, ON

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleased to have a significant portion of the time to myself, which I used to explore the destinations at a comfortable and rewarding pace. The bus and our time in transit was comfortable. The guide was helpful, polite, and upbeat and managed to coordinate the whole affair without a hitch. Although 2 nights might seem insufficient to see a city, the freedom of the My Way tour ensures that your day is as efficient as you want it to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps firsthand was probably the best, considering the view and relative quiet of the Lauterbrunnen stop. Also, mountain biking. Arriving in Paris and seeing the Eiffel tower in person (photos have not done it justice) was also incredible. I spent so much time sitting in the Champs de Mars just resting and admiring it. I'm also an awful cook so the food there was absolutely unforgettable."

Suzanne

Moore, SC

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the entire trip. The hotels were great and the staff friendly. Our guide was excellent. She was knowledgable of the areas, friendly, and energetic. The short walking tour of each area upon arrival helped to give us a feel of the location. The hotels were in great areas and it was easy to navigate from each of them. The bus was clean and comfortable. The My Way tour was perfect! I wish that you had more of them to choose from. Four isn't enough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arrival in Switzerland. I loved the hotel, the view, and the sound of cow bells. My daughter and I para glided and that experience was a definate WOW!"

Mary

Friendswood, TX

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We would have seen the big cities on our own, but the smaller, out of the way places we would have missed without the tour. My Way was perfect for us because it provided just the right amount of stress relief and gave us just the right about of freedom to truly enjoy our vacation. The bus was comfortable, the rooms were special, and the people were friendly but not interfering. We knew where we were going to lie our heads each night, but we were able to plan our days. Perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire town of Beaune took my breath away! First, the Church of Notre-Dame is still a spiritual experience,even after seeing Notre-Dame in Paris. The organist was practicing while we were there, and there was a tapestry on display. And the lights at night! And then the Hotel-Dieu, with its history and beauty, along with the museum pieces, was spiritually moving. And, of course, the Caves Patriache Pere and Fils provided impressive spirits of their own! WOW in Beaune!"

John

Sedona, AZ

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A chance to see all that we did without having to find hotels, drive between cities, find parking, and still enjoy 14 days. It was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were planning on viewing the falls in Lauterbrunnen and then have time to rest, but instead we loved the area and did more hiking and sightseeing than planned. The views into town, while in town, and exciting town on our way to Munich were gorgeous!"

Margaret

Hershey, PA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cary was the best! Very knowledgeable, always there to answer every question . I can't say enough good things about her. Overall I had an excellent trip. The bus transport from place to place was comfortable and stress free. Thanks, Peter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my personal favorite. Scenery, hiking Gimmelwald!"

Alice Lauren

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the variety of experiences provided on the trip and all so enjoyed the fact that I did not have to worry about the hotels and transportation. Our guide Cary was very helpful in providing information about each place which saved time for us in doing our own research.I had a minor medical problem needing a doctor and Cary helped me with this as well. I also enjoyed meeting the other tour members and leArned from their experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Eyeing ,Venice ,Cinque de Terre and the Swiss Alps. It wAs like I was in a dream!"

Deborah

Harrisburg, PA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very first moment that our group met Cary, I knew we were in good hands! Cary was so well organized and gave us ideas for touring each day - she made it happen for us! Cary was also very caring with us as individuals, and facilitated many positive interactions with our group of travelers. The tour was very active and full of treasured moments - and of course, much laughter and conversation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult because there were many "wow" moments for me, but two come to mind. I have toured Europe in the past, but never was in Paris. A real "wow" moment was the light studded Eiffel Tower at 11 p.m. - I fully realized that I was in Paris and the City of Lights surpassed my expectations. The other "wow" moment was hiking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland - the majestic Alps and the quiet crunching of the stones as we walked in awe of our 360 degrees of beauty."

Daniel

N.Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding because all the pieces worked, i.e., great plan and fabulous guide: Cary made a huge difference; diligent,contientous,generous, approachable and fun to be with. Our friends will hear alot about a great overall package!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each morning."

Mary

Northfield, MN

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The escort was great and trust worthy and dedicated to all of us! It was hard to be alone and no fault of the tour that I am a single traveler. Also no fault of the tour that my room mate & I had troubles getting along. She was a light sleeper and blamed me for her troubled sleep. I benefited greatly from having used your books to plan ahead. Also, the freedom to arrange my own schedule worked wonderfully for dealing with any health issues. (Occasional pain in my knees).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to some of my fav. American music in the late 1/4 in paris. Sorry."

Terri

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our My Way tour was incredible! I loved every city/town we visited. Our escort, Cary, was so helpful and encouraging. I was reluctant to experience the Paris metro, but with her instructions I felt confident and away we went! I used public transportation in every city we visited. I was dreading the tour bus ride, but it was one of the highlights of the trip. We saw such amazing countryside vistas, and stopped at interesting places between our destinations. My Way is the Best Way!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After 50+ years of seeing images of the Eiffel tower in pictures, movies, etc., to actually see it in person was "Wow" but to see it twinkle at dusk was "Super Wow"!"

Stuart

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This "my way tour" took all the stress out of traveling from one site to another. The great information Cary provided between cities gave us great "back door" sight seeing ideas as well as places to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow there were so many: the beauty of Lauterbrunnen was stunning, the wine caves in Beaune were a complete surprise, the caves had over 3,000.000 bottles of wine in them dating back to the 1600's. The fois gras and snails were the best I have ever eaten."

June

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe so we wanted to maximize where we visited but also see what interested us. So the "My Way" tour appealed to us. While at times it was stressful trying to navigate subways and trains, we liked the flexibility of doing what we wanted when we wanted to do it & with or without other tour members:) We felt the "My Way" experience worked for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We absolutely loved the beauty & grandeur of Switzerland. It was a respite from the busy city experiences and actually gave us time to relax. This is a place we would love to go back to and spend more time."

Natalie

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with everything about the My Way tour. I had read all the materials ahead of time and knew what to expect. We had a wonderful experience and look forward to vacationing on another My Way Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I completely enjoyed every place that we visited. But the Cinque Terre has the most spectacular coastline I have ever seen. I love the village of Monterosso, and appreciate the effort of the citizens to keep it looking so fresh and beautiful. It had everything I need to relax and enjoy our time there. I wish it was longer."

Marilyn

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleased and comfortable with the bus and hotels. The preview information was very accurate in terms of distances and terrains we would have to transport our bags over. We had a great group to travel with; pleasant and easy to get along with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Upon arrival in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, it was a bit rainy and cloudy; the next morning was beautiful.....and there were the alps; gorgeous views all around us....WOW!"

Jo Ann

Port Allen, LA

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was just great. Brenna was outstanding. She answered all our questions, gave great advice on how to get around each new city, was so knowledgeable about everywhere we visited, gave good food places to eat, just as friendly as you could be to everyone.....she was great[INVALID]couldn't have asked for anyone better. The "my-way" was perfect for our group of 4 friends. We really got to do what we wanted and saw so many wonderful places. I will surely recommend this trip to my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my "wow" moment. It was so beautiful, clean and crisp. We hiked into a little town on the mountain and were looking for a store to buy cheese and sausage so we could picnic on mountainside. What we found was a home with a sign inviting you to take some of their homemade cheese and sausage and just leave the money for it in the box by refrigerator!!!! Where else in the world could this happen. I think it was the best cheese and sausage we had the whole trip."

Nela

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the My Way Tour. Everyone in our group was extremely nice and we all did exactly what we wanted. The days riding on the bus were great because it was a time we all shared what we did and what our plans were for the next stop. Our tour guide, Brenna, was fantastic. Her enthusiasm for every place we went was contagious. She gave us advice on what we may have planned and how to get around and meet up with any tours we had scheduled. The entire trip was better than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments but I feel it was our destination in Lauterbrunnen. It's beauty is unbelieveable and I had a great hotel room with a beautiful view of the mountains and many waterfalls."

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour really exceeded our expectations. Each city/village was special, unique in many respects, and very interesting to explore. The convenient hotel locations made it easy to see a lot during each stay. Steves books provided the right level of visitor information to help choose what to see, walks to take, etc. Our small group (21) got along extremely well. Our escort was terrific, well informed and a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our balcony of the snow covered Alps was awesome. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is absolutely beautiful."

Carolyn

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a fantastic time on the Rick Steve's My Way Tour. Brenna was a great tour guide, very friendly, patient and informative. She helped us figure out our plans for each city and made suggestions on the best places to go to and see. We had a fantastic group. Everyone got along with each other and many of us went out to eat together or similar day trips. Though we may never see each other again, we will always remember and cherish the friends we met on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my favorite, beautiful, clean, green and gorgeous. I would go back there again in a heartbeat."

Judith

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great people[INVALID]very compatible group. Very fun experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW--so many wows: the falls in Switzerland, the church in the Roman Baths--St. Mary of the Martyrs and Angels."

Omar

Newark, CA

Tour: 09/23/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was wonderful! The My Way tour was exactly what we expected and it even exceeded our expectation. We liked the combination of someone taking care of some of the logistics of the travel yet have the freedom to explore on your own! And the company of our fellow travelers just simply added color to an already incredible adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 'wow' moment was how our group bonded at the last day when we all had a farewell dinner together. Sure the places that we've explored was incredible but it'll be the relationships that we've experienced that we'll cherished as we look back in our Europe adventure!"

Ann

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exhausting but well worth it when you think of all the places we visited. The bus was comfortable and you had the option of having a whole seat to yourself. My main complaint was the lack of time to see everything I wanted to see. I would like at least two full days in most places. It was very frustrating trying to get acquainted with a new place every other day. I think we got lost in every place we were and that took valuable time. More guided tours would have been good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the moments in Paris were "wow" moments even though it was raining and freezing cold. The walks, museums, food, metro and the French people were all amazing. It would be hard to pick one wow over the over the other. I'm glad we arrived early. It was great to come back here after 38 years."

Jolene

Orting, WA

Tour: 09/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "my way" tour offers the best opportunity for travelers who want to leave the travel logistics to the professionals, and are confident enough to plan and enjoy daily activities meeting their own interests and pace. Our escort (Cary), bus driver (Sandro) and cameraderie of fellow travelers, made a once in a lifetime trip a wonderful experience. Two weeks flew by!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen valley, Switzerland. The sunny weather made for spectacular views along the tram rides to Shilthorn and lunch outdoors in the quaint hillside village of Gimmelwald combined to make a perfect stress free day in the Alps. Green with envy!"

Steve

Cedar City, UT

Tour: 09/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything that I had hoped for and more. I think the choice of destinations and the amount of time spent at each was just right. I can't think of any changes that I would make to the itinerary. Transportation by bus, and not having to worry about planning personal transportation details, was perfect- and very comfortable. Our bus driver, Sandro, blew me away with his kindness and driving skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I honestly can't say that I had a favorite moment. Each location that we visited left a good, indelible impression that I'll never forget. The entire experience!"

Randy

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/16/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a whirl wind experience. We definitely covered allot of ground and experienced new things each day. As a first time "Bus traveler" I appreciated the less than full bus and the ability to spread out a bit. Each destination had something different to offer and even now I have trouble answering the question of "Which place did you like the best?". Our tour guide " Cary" was enthusiastic, cheerful and a wealth of knowledge, she definitely added to our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I have a "Wow" moment, perhaps it would be the first day when you could look out the hotel window and see the Eiffel Tower only blocks away. The same feeling was experienced when we walked to the top of Victor Emmanuel Monument and saw the Coliseum nearby."

Kim

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/02/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Enjoyed the overall experience, however next time we will take a tour that stays longer than two days at each place so we can see more. Enjoyed my way especially because it gave us the freedom to decide what worked for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel Tower, because it made it real, it felt like a dream, I never thought I would ever be able to visit Euope!"

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Italy / Venice

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Italy / Rome

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Pre-Tour

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

Sightseeing On Your Own

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

Walking tours make a great introduction to any town. Use your Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (or get free podcast/mp3 files) which includes a wealth of Paris neighborhood walks and self-guided museum tours. Check your guidebook for museum hours (some are closed one day per week; some stay open late one day per week).

Remember, you will be in charge of your own sightseeing for ALL destinations on this trip. We strongly suggest you begin planning well before you fly to Europe! To guarantee entrance, we recommend you make reservations in advance from home for the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Vatican Museum in Rome. See your Rick Steves guidebook for details on how to reserve.

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). It's easiest to fly into Paris and home from Rome. Paris and Rome are transportation hubs, making travel before or after your tour quite easy. 

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. Thinking you could use some expert, in-depth help to plan your sightseeing days? Tour members enjoy a 50 percent discount on Rick's Trip Consulting services!

Trip Resources

Learn more about FranceSwitzerlandGermany, 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 some items we'd like you to consider including when packing for this tour. There are great opportunities to hike in the Swiss Alps and between the Cinque Terre villages. While hiking boots are not necessary, we recommend you bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes with soles offering good traction. If you plan to swim in the Mediterranean, you may wish to pack a swimsuit and a lightweight microfiber towel.

We also recommend that you consider bringing a smart phone, tablet or other device to assist in planning your activities, and to access Rick's Audio Europe app and walking tours.

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