• Berlin
  • Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
  • Berlin Wall, Germany
    Berlin Wall
  • Dresden
  • Old Town Square and Týn Church, Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague's Old Town Square
  • Charles Bridge and Little Quarter, Prague, Czech Republic
    Charles Bridge in Prague
  • Czech Beer Tasting
  • Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
    Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
  • Melk Abbey in Austria
  • Belvedere Palace in Vienna
  • State Opera House, Vienna, Austria
    Vienna's Opera House
  • Hofburg Palace in Vienna

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Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days Tour

from $3,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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Any listing of Europe's great cities must include these three, where a banquet of travel thrills awaits you. Beginning in Berlin and ending in Vienna — with Prague, Dresden, and the Danube in between — our dozen-day adventure explores the very heart of Europe. From the music of Strauss to the dynasty of the Habsburgs and the idealism of the Velvet Revolution, these remarkable cities have sparked the dangers, hopes, and beauty of Europe — yesterday and today. Join us for the Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days!

Dates & Prices

2020

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Berlin, Prague, and Vienna come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 24 group sightseeing events • Historic Berlin walking tour • East Berlin walking tour • Otto Weidt's Workshop (when available) • National Memorial to the Berlin Wall • Berlin cultural Q&A • Dresden walking tour • Frauenkirche (when available) • Nelahozeves Castle • Terezín Memorial • Historic Prague walking tour • Czech beer tasting • Mucha Museum • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • St. George's Basilica (when available) • Jewish Museum in Prague pass • Český Krumlov Castle and Baroque Theater • Melk Abbey • Danube River cruise • Historic Vienna walking tour • Belvedere Palace • Habsburg Vienna walking tour • Vienna Opera House (when available) • Hofburg Imperial Apartments…and more
  • All group transportation from Berlin to Vienna
  • 11 nights' accommodations (all but two are three-night stays) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • 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 2020
  • 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 your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions 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 of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Berlin

We'll have a "Welcome to Berlin" meeting at 5 p.m. at our hotel. On our way to dinner together, we'll get oriented to Berlin and learn to use the city's public transportation system. Sleep in Berlin (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Berlin's Historic Heart

We'll begin our day with a walking tour through the historic heart of Berlin. At the Brandenburg Gate, we'll hear how locals felt on the day in 1989 when the Berlin Wall suddenly became irrelevant. We'll continue our walk past thought-provoking memorials tracing this city's most tumultuous century, from World War I to today. For lunch, a member of Berlin's extensive Turkish immigrant community will introduce us to some traditional Turkish specialties, the city's most popular ethnic cuisine. After a full day of sightseeing, you'll be set free to take in more of Berlin's vibrant culinary scene, or simply relax at a neighborhood beer garden. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Today's East Berlin

This morning we'll trace the path of the poignant Berlin Wall Memorial and explore more of ever-changing East Berlin. We'll visit a Cold War-era metro "ghost station" and a once-destroyed Jewish neighborhood, now renewed with a flourish, sampling some of Berlin's finest finger foods along the way. Our morning ends at the workshop of heroic Otto Weidt, with the rest of your afternoon and evening free to live like a Berliner. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: Resurrected Dresden

Today we'll board our bus and head south to delightfully Baroque Dresden. We'll start our visit with a walking tour of the reborn-from-the-ashes city, including the city's greatest symbol of pride: the inspiring Frauenkirche, destroyed during World War II and rebuilt since the 1990s with donations from around the world. From there you'll be free to contemplate the priceless pieces in the Zwinger Museums' Old Masters Gallery, Royal Palace, or Green Vault. Sleep in Dresden (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light.

Day 5: Terezín and Prague

We'll continue south to the Czech Republic today, stopping in the fortified town of Terezín, which was converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Today it's the Terezín Memorial, and we'll go inside to learn its story. Just down the road, we'll find a completely contrasting experience in Nelahozeves, birthplace of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, where we'll stop for lunch and a tour of the Renaissance castle perched high above the Vltava River. Later this afternoon we'll arrive at our hotel in Prague's Baroque Old Town. After settling in, we'll take an orientation walk through the Old Town, including the wonderfully pedestrian Charles Bridge, and enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Prague (3 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: The People's Prague

We'll enjoy a full morning of sightseeing with our local guide, beginning with a walking tour of the Old Town Square. After learning about the Velvet Revolution, the people's march that toppled the Communist regime in 1989, our morning will end in the proudly preserved Josefov neighborhood, with its Old Jewish Cemetery and historic synagogues. You'll be free to explore more of the Josefov neighborhood (with your Jewish Museum in Prague pass) before rejoining the group for a visit to the Mucha Museum. Tonight you'll be free to make your own discoveries in Prague. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: Royal Prague

This morning we'll hop on a local tram to take us across the Vltava River and up the hill to the most massive castle complex in continental Europe: Prague Castle. We'll tour the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica (when available), and the Golden Lane. Is Prague really home to the best beers in Europe? We'll find out by sampling one together at a local brewery, followed by free time for more sightseeing on your own. This evening will be a great time to catch a classical concert in one of Prague's many venues. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: Delightful Český Krumlov

Today we'll hop on our bus and head for the centuries-old town of Český Krumlov. Our first stop is the castle fortress and one of Europe's best-preserved, and still-functioning, 18th-century Baroque theaters. Later this afternoon you'll have time to explore this photogenic old town of quaint shops and cobbled lanes — maybe even join your guide and fellow tour members on an afternoon rafting expedition before dinner together. Sleep in Český Krumlov (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Melk and Vienna

After an early morning drive to the Danube Valley, we'll tour the artistic treasures and Baroque wonders of Melk Abbey and cruise Austria's prettiest stretch of the Danube: the Wachau Valley. Then we'll set course for the one-time capital of a powerful empire — and our tour's grand finale — Vienna. Tonight, we'll enjoy an orientation walk, followed by dinner together. Sleep in Vienna (3 nights). Boat: 2 hours. Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Historic Vienna

Let's begin with a tour of Vienna's historic core, starting at St. Stephen's Cathedral. We'll make our way to the dazzling Opera House (when available) before continuing by tram to the elegant Belvedere Palace for a tour, including a roomful of Gustav Klimt's wildly gilded — he called them "erotic" — paintings. (Ponder The Kiss and decide for yourself.) Your afternoon is free to explore a world-class museum or two, or slow down to enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Habsburg Vienna

This morning we'll stroll through Vienna's most sophisticated sight: the royal Hofburg Imperial Apartments. The rest of your day is free to explore more of Vienna's highlights and maybe stop to savor every chocoholic's dream: Viennese Sacher torte. Tonight we'll meet for our last dinner together at a traditional Viennese Heuriger, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Prost! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Vienna's airport by train, bus, or taxi. You'll have easy connections to home, back to Prague, or on to Budapest and other points in Europe. Auf Wiedersehen!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) 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.

Reviews

Frieda

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Berlin! The tram system made it so easy to get around that big city and see all the historical sites, current Reichstag Building, Spree River, Museum Island, and the old Jewish Quarter. The guides were great in explaining the history of Spandauer Vorstadt area, the Berlin Wall, etc. Prague was enchanting by day and night in the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock, museums and eateries. Vienna was beautiful! Loved the Opera, the Haus Der Musik, and Palace, the Danube.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the end of the Berlin tour, Ben took us to see Treptower Park. I was amazed at the size of the Soviet war memorial built by the USSR to honor their own Russian soldiers who died in the fight against Hitler. The sheer size of the place was astounding! WOW!"

Peter

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Ben was great local guides in Berlin and Austria especially strong.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Concentration camp due to its bringing impact of genoicide home. Berlin also due to its history and the fall of Hitler and later the wall."

Editha

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome, fantastic, best tour so far. Everything seem to have aligned perfectly, the tour group, Ben our guide, all the local guides, esp Jess in Berlin and Wolfgang in Vienna, (hope I got his name right). We chose this tour because of our interests in WW2 and Cold War history. Visiting the 3 cities, esp Berlin, with-their hauntingly dark histories, walking tour of the cities and memorials with the excellent guides, unforgettable. Two thumbs way up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of great moments and memories. The last supper in Vienna, WOW indeed! Party on the train, best rendition ever of " Oh Canada". La Traviata, SRO, at the Vienna Opera House."

John

Egg Harbor City, NJ

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away by the organization of very busy days, the use of experts in every city, and the allocation of afternoons to explore the cities on our own. Every element of the trip clicked like a well-oiled machine. Wow! Kudos to Rick Steves' Corp for recognizing the unique talents and value of Ben, our guide. Extremely knowledgeable, professional, multi-talented individual, who worked tirelessly to make this a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Suggest 2 more dinners up front.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When my wife and I turned the corner on the 2nd Floor of the n the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna to see a spectacular Raphael --- the Madonna with the Christ Child and Saint John the Baptist. Took our breaths away!"

Mont

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour experience was positively a memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history and sites in Berlin and the rebuilding of Dresden. The fact that I could be in East Germany as an American was awesome. I grew up in Europe, and during that time I wasn't allowed in East Germany and the wall was still up."

Jennifer

San Deigo, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

although my husband and I have traveled extensively, this was our first group tour. I was a bit apprehensive about the group aspect, but my worries were unfounded. We found ourselves amongst a group of interesting people who were all there for the same reasons we were[INVALID] to get to know the people, culture and history of new places. Our group was led by Holger. In addition to being a wonderful person, he was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the places we visited.

Patricia

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was excellent. The tour was great. With global warming it was very hot in prague and berlin-in the 90's-hotels need to have fans or air conditioning. This is important to prevent heat stroke and to enable good sleep to prevent falls. The population taking your tours is older and needs these things. Unfortunately, you will need to find hotels that offer these.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the architecture in prague"

Ellen

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. One of the reasons I travel is to gain perspective. I was unprepared for how much I would be affected by the history - especially in countries that were formerly communist. I'm old enough to remember when the Berlin wall came down, but I really never understood how the United States was a beacon of democracy for those behind the iron curtain. As our local guide said in Vienna - you think of yourselves as a young country but you are the oldest democracy

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our final dinner in Vienna. The whole trip came together for me - in this restaurant full of tradition, in such a beautiful country and a wonderful group of people."

Jacque

Ingleside, IL

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very nice. Big City vibes were very nice, but the charming little cities are next on the to do list!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 words...CESKY KRUMLOV! WOW, doesn't even cover it! The big cities were very nice, Cesky Krumlov needed more time! Rafting was out of this world...small town BIG time love! The people were SO nice, I would have loved another night to really explore the streets and town."

Venita

Surrey, BC

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this trip. We gelled as a group, right away. Our tour guide, Holger, and the local guides, all worked to make sure we immersed ourselves into the local culture. Each city on this tour offered something quite different, and each grabbed your heartstrings for different reasons. I am now in love with Berlin and Prague, Berlin for its colorful urban street art and checkered history, and Prague for its vibrancy and stunning architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but one "wow" moment was in Prague. Holger arranged an optional outing for those of us in our group that were interested in attending a local jazz club performance in the evening. I absolutely loved seeing the 'Sunny Swing' band at the 'Jazz Dock Bar & Cafe' in Prague. The music and venue were awesome, and we were simply transported back in time, listening to their lively music."

Deborah

Hartford, CT

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Holger was an excellent and patient guide. Kevin, our Berlin tour guide and our guide at Terrezin were outstanding. The hotels were charming and well located but without air conditioning or enough fans for each room - the heat was unbearable at night and made it impossible to sleep. Big detraction. This tries people's patience and makes it difficult for some to remain positive - stresses the group dynamic. Overall, I enjoyed (almost) every minute (No sleep due to heat was a drawback.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at Heuriger Schubel Auer was special."

Jim

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

One of the best tours I've taken with Rick Steve's.Berlin is magnificent. So much history. The Holocaust Memorial was very moving, and the museums on Museum Island were outstanding. And of course, Vienna was classy and elegant, a very beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"viewing Czech artist Alfons Mucha's Art Nouveau stained-glass craftsmanship at the St. Vitus Cathedral, truly a joy to behold. Pure genius and breathtakingly beautiful."

John

Independence, MN

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful blend of various historical periods presented by very knowledgeable guides. Free time to explore on your own was an ample amount. Lead tour guide, Jana, was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Habsburg summer palace. Would recommend that becomes part of the guided tour in the future."

Mary

Shaker Heights, OH

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The local guides were very good. It was nice to have the guided tours in. The morning and being able to explore on our own in the afternoon. The orientation tours when we arrived in a place were very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the st. Stephens cathedral and have it be the first view when leaving the hotel."

Susan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides, overall tour guide Jana, and local guides. Excellent food. Great variety of planned activities. Excellent way to travel Europe is with Rick Steves tours. This one was just as great as all other RS tours that we have enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Schoenberg summer castle. It should be a permanent part of the tour, not just an additional option."

Garry

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

enjoyable, found it a bit slow, a bit overwhelming with the Jewish,Nazi component. It was very interesting for two days but by day 5, i was out of it.There is alot more to some of the first couple of areas we visited that we did n't get to.. need to revisit the length, reduce it down a bit. Once we got going the tour got going, we really enjoyed it. I did notice the marketing angle of as we got closer to the end our accommodation and included meals got better. tricky!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"learning about the Nazi's raise to power before WW2 as explained by Jess.."

Orlanda

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip filled with history, culture, traditional cuisines, and many other surprises along the way. I always dreamed of visiting Prague, Vienna and Berlin, and the trip organized by the lead guide Jana did not disappoint. We were welcomed on the first day and everything about the trip was well planned and seamless. I appreciated the free time in the afternoon to pursue personal interests or other recommendations by Jana that were not included in the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful Cesky Krumlov. It was so unexpected. This small city is worth a week stay in order to get both relaxation and history. I had a memorable lunch over seeing the river."

Janice

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We learned so much on this tour about WWll, the Nazi, the Jews, the bombing and so on. We had wonderful city guides who were extremely knowledgable. My favourite part of the tour were the small cities: Dresden, Cesky Krumlov, & Melk. The cruise down the Danube was definitely a highlight for me. The group of 26 people took a little while to gel, but by the end it was hard to say goodbye.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruising down the Danube River was wonderful! The sun was out, there were ruins, villages and churches dotting the banks. I felt like I got a taste of what a long river cruise would be like."

Doug

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I was so looking forward to the tour and the experience blew my expectations out of the water. Jana was incredible as were all of our local guides. The coordination and flexibility of the tour were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was something so little - an optional wine festival in Prague. I don't even drink and I had the time of my life. It was a beautiful night and Jana help us have an incredible time. The camaraderie and laughter that night are things I will remember for the rest of my life."

Dwayne

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phenomenal. Every day was great. A lot of thought went into the planning. Our guide, Jana Kratka, had some kind of surprise in store every couple of hours, it seemed. She also filled the hours on the bus with great information and entertainment. The amount of free time each day was just right. The guides at each site were very knowledgeable and engaging. I have no complaints -- everything was pleasing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick one; there were many. I will say, one terrific surprise was when we were leaving Berlin and passing a large surviving section of the Wall, and Jana played a passage from JFK's Berlin speech in 1963 over the bus's audio system. And then she explained the controversy over his "Ich bin ein Berliner" statement, and how he really had it right and did not say "I am a jelly donut." To top it off, she had brought the Berliner jelly donuts and passed them out. That was a great moment."

Barry

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I started the tour without having done much preliminary reading, and I am pleased to report that what I experienced would have been what I would have hoped for had I studied first. I appreciate the learning experience of both the histories and contemporary affairs. The streets and buildings we explored kept my head on a swivel. I can't say for certain since I had never been to any of these cities, that we saw the most important or visually stunning sights, but I suspect that we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This question is difficult to answer. I suppose I was most impressed by Vienna and my favorite part of that was the Kunst Historical Museum (not by any great margin) we visited on a free afternoon. It was overwhelming to see so much art and history in one place. One afternoon was not even close to enough time to see it all. We'll just have to go back."

Pamela

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly as I hoped it would be! And more! The itinerary was an intriguing blend of past and present, major sights and small treasures. I appreciated the mix of guided tours with free time exploration. I was interested in the challenge and freedom of limiting luggage to carry-on only. And pleased with the result. I enjoyed meeting our fellow travelers and sharing their perspectives. I loved the tone set by our tour guide and feel that her skill set was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In spite of the many "wow" sights packed into this tour, I was moved most by a "first impression"...the impact of encountering daily life near our hotel, the Kastanienhof, in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg. In the context of symbolic and impressive European sights, it was the sight of parents shepherding their children on bikes and toddlers negotiating cobblestones with ease on their way to the park, and the sounds of Zionskirche bells, swooshing electric buses, and outdoor cafe chatter that wowed!"

Mary Jo

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is exactly as listed in the program materials. Hotels were located in places you wanted to be with good transportation options for things further away. The level of activity is clearly written for each day. I liked the local guides and the possibility of free time each day. There was variety in the tour with some especially nice touches in the shorter stays.The buddy system worked very well with not alot of time spent in making sure that all were present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the castle theatre tour in Cesky Krumlov. Not only did we see the indie of the theatre but the downstairs part that showed how things actually worked was amazing. This was a special tour only for us."

Mark

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was an excellent guide.

Barbara

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good trip in every way. Jana was great. Everything was well organized and interesting. A very nice group of people and lovely places to experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot pick out one single moment... the churches were magnificent.. the art, statuary, architecture were one beautiful thing after another... so nice to have Jana and the tour guides explaining all and giving context."

Joseph

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was conducted flawlessly. Which means we were able to experience the sites, people, culture and food without distraction. We followed the agenda, our rooms and meals were ready when promised, we had sufficient time to ourselves and plenty of time together. Given the number of places we went in the relatively short period of time, one has to be impressed with the quality of the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing so many beautiful places that were hidden 30 years ago..."

Catherine

Athens, GA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very educational but so much fun too. We had great guides, especially Jana, and we had a wonderful group of people to travel with. There was a good variety of experiences, and a fair amount of free time to wander on our own. Thank you Jana for all the Metro passes and the various treats you shared with us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moments that wowed for very different reasons. The one that has stuck with me was when I was standing next to the Berlin Wall and saw where someone had written the word "Madness"."

Sholeh

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour, and we were impressed once again with the depth and breadth of the experience and the attention to details. We enjoyed the trip very much, learned a great deal and have fantastic memories. We loved our outstanding tour guide Jana, who was knowledgable, kind and a terrific leader. We met many wonderful fellow travelers whom we shared great experiences with. We had a fine balance of group activities as well as free time to ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many favorite moments - Berlin is just incredible - Local Berlin guide Kevin made the history come to life. Rebuilt Dresden and Prague were absolutely gorgeous - Cesky Krumlov is a gem - Danube Wachau valley cruise was amazing. All the WW2 historical sites, in particular Terezin, will stay with me forever."

Brian

Bowling Green, KY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a tremendous experience touring Europe! We have friends who had taken a Rick Steves Tour and spoke very highly of their experience. We opted for our first trip to Europe to be a Rick Steves Tour based on their recommendation. We are SO happy we took this tour. It was an experience that we'll cherish for the rest of our lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't normally have "wow" moments... but I'll admit that I involuntarily gasped out loud when I saw the beauty and the opulence of the Baroque theater in Cesky Krumlov."

Stewart

Frankfort, KY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was fantastic. Our guide Kevin was inspiring in Berlin, as was our Terrazine guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kevin's exposition of Nazi Germany and divided Berlin."

Elizabeth

Atkinson, NH

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a fantastic tour. Informative. Well planned out. Lots of different local tour guides who were very knowledgeable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was in Prague. The beauty of the architecture."

Gloria Mayumi

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, I enjoyed my tour immensely. I learned so much and have developed a deeper appreciation for each destination included in the tour. Torben is an exceptional guide and the tour members were all delightful, friendly and warm. I highly recommend this tour (and all of the tours) to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two wow moments: Sad WOW: Terezin. It is one thing to hear about this place from history books, but it's another thing to actually see it. The exhibit showing artworks made by Holocaust victims - both young and old - was moving and heartbreaking. Fun WOW: Jazz night in Prague (thanks Torben!) / Concert at St. Salvatore Church Prague - Music truly is food for the soul. I must add the rafting in Cesky Krumlow as a wow moment too....more like a "wow that was tiring...but fun! =)"

Lisa

New York, NY

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Torben is exceptional Exceeded expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all great"

Laura

North Saanich, BC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although my husband and I are experienced travellers, this was the first tour (of any kind) that we have tried. We found it to be an extremely positive experience. I thought Torben was a perfect guide, our fellow tour members were a great group of people, and the destinations and experiences were an excellent mix. We learned a lot on this tour. The three night stays in the main cities were adequate, but I would have liked more time in Dresden. It is so hard to fit everything into 12 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular wow moment but, as I review the 12 days in my mind, some highlights were: the Berlin Wall walking tour, the Velvet Revolution tour in Prague, backstage at the Vienna Opera, the Jewish cemetery in Prague, Torben's "lectures" while on the bus and the snacks he was always offering us - loved the vegan curry wurst. Good mix of tour activities and free time."

Alan

North Saanich, BC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first Rick Steves tour, and it greatly exceeded my expectations. We have travelled quite a bit and were used to organizing our own trips, so we had some reservations about losing flexibility, being on a tour bus, and travelling with a group of strangers. None of these were an issue. The group dynamics were great; we found ourselves travelling with a group of new friends. The bus travel was comfortable. We learned SO MUCH, e.g. that history is about perspectives, not one version.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. A couple of the most moving were the Berlin Wall walking tour and the art produced by the children being held in the the Terezin concentration camp. The tour of the Baroque theatre in Cesky Krumlov and the backstage tour of the Vienna Opera were also definitely highlights. The throngs of tourists and stag parties in Prague were (negative) WOW moments!"

David

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this excellent tour. For any history buff, they would definitely get their fill in that regard The area covered has a long and extensive history, with some very important events happening relatively recently toward the end of the last century. While Berlin may not be the most beautiful city in the world, it is a vibrant, youthful and energetic one, full of optimism and promise. Prague and Vienna made up for what Berlin lacked in looks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always hard to choose just one of these, but I would have to say a totally unexpected and surprising wow moment was when our daily guide in Prague took and showed us the Prague library book tower. I thought - wow- in an area not too far from mass book burnings less than a century ago, here was the opposite: a monument to the power and value of books to a free society. Very impressive, and for me, very moving."

Barbara

Rio Verde, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was absolutely outstanding! The history was phenomenal! The tour guides (Torben and the local city guides) were fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Ryan's tour of the Berlin Wall. He was very interesting- had some amazing stories."

Charlie

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me this tour was life changing! Every day with Torben and our group brought new information, new insight and new experiences. It was humbling and uplifting. This trip connected me to a part of the world and history that really came alive for me. So did the people I encountered in each locale and a wide variety of circumstances. After the exhilaration of this trip I am more optimistic, more confident and feel like I understand my place in the world better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many are swirling through my mind. I Think being in the secret synagogue in Terazin that was only discovered relatively recently effected me in a profound way. The courage, faith, hope and resilience reflected there was inspiring and sobering."

Joanne

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our guide, Torben, and the rest of our group members. This was my third RS tour and my husband's first. I was wowed, as before, and he says he'd do another one in the future which is a great sign! With two young children (who stayed home) I loved not having to make any plans for this trip other than how to get to and from our start and ending cities. This particular tour is especially jam-packed with activities and history (and cobblestone streets). We had a fabulous time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "vacation from our vacation" day in Cesky Krumlov was especially memorable. I went rafting with about half of our group that afternoon which was a lot of fun. The views all around this small town are just gorgeous and the dinner we enjoyed together here was probably the largest meal I've ever had in my life. Delicious."

Craig

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The overall tour was good but the negatives are that the guided tours involved too much standing and listening to the tour guide giving us a highly detailed history which was relatively interesting but in the long run of very little overall value. Really how many of us will remember all of the fine details of the abbey, church or empire beyond the next two weeks. These details were interesting at the time but not for long term memory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no wow moment."

Joshua

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really interested in the Soviet Berlin Battle memorial. This was a fascinating and impactful visit. I had no idea that this monument existed."

Robert

Reading, MA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptional tour that combined wondrous sites, in-depth history, culture, architecture, food and great guides that brought the venues we visited to life. This was my third Rick Steves tour and once again it exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, Ben, was passionate about this area of the world and it's history. The tour was extremely well choreographed and we made every moment count. The hotels and meals were great and the ratio of group to individual time was perfect. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, so many to choose from. While I loved every place that we visited, Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic was my very favorite. A quaint, beautiful town/village with beautiful architecture, landscapes, gardens, shops and people. Prague was a very close second."

Don

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben is a fantastic guide! His depth of knowledge blended with his passion for travel enhanced my experience throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedral in Dresden"

Sandra

Cottage Grove, WI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fabulous time! Ben and all of the local guides were top notch and knew their history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see the Lipizzaner Stallions being led past right in front of the tour group! Good timing, Ben!"

Craig

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben was outstanding as our guide. The tour was packed with intriguing culture, fascinating history, beautiful settings, delicious food, and wonderful fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov of the Czech Republic was a jewel."

Ellin

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic and went without a hitch (except for rain). Our guide, Ben, was amazingly knowledgeable, patient, organized, humorous, and approachable. We had to discuss serious subjects but it was done with respect and impartiality. Ben and the extra guides did a tremendous job putting history in perspective and imparting so much knowledge. It was great!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going into Cezy Kumlav, very nice break from the rest of the big cities and very charming."

Paulette

South Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every part of the tour was great. Ben is an outstanding tour guide; so knowledgeable, attentive, great sense of humor. What a delight and surprise that we could attend the Vienna opera even if sold out. Ben shepherded us through the process of standing room ticket opportunity. Guides at each stop we're extremely knowledgeable. It is what we value in these tours. Folks on the tour helped to form a wonderful community for the 12 days. Our accommodations were great, so well located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wow is the total deep impression of the tour. The history touched me deeply. Seeing the resiliency of people and resiliency of places that had been so destroyed...rebuilt...Guides did a great job presenting various points of views. I expected a gray, depressing Berlin and saw green, resurrection, and hope for all of us if we can only remember and learn from history."

Stephen

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited Berlin, Dresden, Terezin, Prague, Czesky Krumlov, and Vienna, all places we'd never been before. This was our first Rick Steves Tour. I can not understate how much I enjoyed it. Our tour guide, Ben, was fantastic. The various tour guides in the places we visited we equally well informed, engaging, and excellent. We loved meeting the other people on the tour and relished the new friends we made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two - the first was the 4 hours we spent in Terezin, and the second was the day we spent in Czesky Krumlov. Our visit to a concentration camp and the reflection on that visit that followed was a life changing event, especially when considering what is currently happening in various parts of the world, including the tyranny of the current administration in Washington DC. And Czesky Krumlov was simply a really cool place. Specifically, the Baroque Theater, the raft trip, the dinner."

Timothy

Auburn, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. I was very impressed how well everything was organized. The local guides, for the most part, were outstanding. Jana could not have been better. We all loved her! I felt that we got in touch with each city on an intimate level by walking and taking the public transit system, which I haven't done before. The freedom you gave Jana to choose some of the local things to do, restaurants, the "budget" to buy local cuisine, put the tour over the top. Well done

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was towards the end. The first evening of the tour, we were all strangers. The final dinner party, we were all friends. We all celebrated the tour with a song that we serenaded Jana with. Ask her."

Robert

Duluth, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding but probably will never return. Flight over and back were horrible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dresden. I know the story from the destruction during WWII. Baroque theater in Kreike , amazing. River tour on the Danube. Fantastic."

Dennis

Eagan, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we were very impressed with the whole event. Jana was great- very knowledgeable, patient, helpful and personable. The coordination of events, hotels and transportation was exceptional. I was surprised that we could cover som much in so little time and still have time off for ourselves also. The hotels were all exceptional and offered fabulous breakfasts and comfort. The local restaurants that we went to offered a good variety of authentic foods and experiences.

Rebecca

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Berlin was a surprise to me- not what I expected. Went on a Berlin Walks Street Art tour prior to our tour to get a feel of today Berlin. The city is just not war memorials. Our hotel neighborhood reminded me of San Francisco residential areas. Cafes, little shops, kids and parents going to schools. Loved the location. Prague- I needed more time. at least one more day. The architecture, churches, museums and just to wander the streets. The new hotel is gorgeous inside- it fits with the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can you say one- Loved Prague and all it was about"

Edward

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was engaging, organized, informative and thoughtful. Good mix of history, planned time and meals, plus free time. Comfortable motor coach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Danube river cruise."

Susan

Duluth, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. We were with a fun group. Lots of history and very educational. I am still thinking about it after being home for a week!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few! The stumbling stones in Berlin and the magnitude of all who were lost. The beautiful Lutheran Church in Dresden. As a lifelong Lutheran, I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful Lutheran Church! Prague was so fun and beautiful."

Michael

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana did an outstanding job leading this tour. She's maybe our best leader yet, and we have had some good ones. Her personal stories and historical knowledge added so much to the experience. I know RS has little control over who signs up, but our fellow tour members were extremely nice, fun and engaged in the travel experience. The only negative was colder than usual/expected weather which was nobody's fault. There were so many positives to outweigh this. This was our 6th RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stage and the scene changing gear at the Baroque Theater in Cesky Krumlov was amazing. I had no idea that such a thing existed. Before entering, I presumed we would see just some old theater. No way! Can I have two? In Berlin our local guide Jess described the events and life of the young soldier in the iconic picture showing his escaping to the West. I remembered that picture (OK, I was pretty young) and hearing the full story was astonishing."

David

Roswell, GA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of unseasonably cold weather, we made the best of every situation and site we visited. Jana was always well prepared and considerate of each tour group member (she was incredible!). Local guides were extremely good and often hilarious personalities. You couldn't get the type of experience we had by traveling alone. The guides brought the places we visited to life. We also had the advantage of having a great mix of wonderful people in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Prague Cathedral and seeing the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate, and the Vienna Opera House. However, all of the palaces in Europe couldn't compete with the cruise on the Danube! Beautiful scenery, great company, and an excellent local apricot schnapps made for a memorable time, in spite of the lousy weather."

Cherie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Though the weather did not cooperate, it was a great tour. Those that choose this tour need to understand that it is very emotional at times. If you are interested in WWII history, this tour will be especially rewarding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pinkas Synagague in Prague. Though I don't know if "wow" is the proper word. The walls inscribed with the names of thousands of Czech Jews murdered during the Holocaust was breathtaking. Follow that with the Terezin Children's Art Exhibit upstairs and I was speechless."

Christine

Eagan, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed my first Rick Steve's tour. It was informative and extremely organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last evening together. Buffet dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Vienna."

John

Norfolk, NE

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was an outstanding guide. She is very thoughtful and kind. She went out of her way to help the group with any activities, directions, or extras. I give Jana 5 plus stars for hospitality and knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the baroque concert hall and Terezin."

Lynne

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time learning and eating and drinking beer. The other members of the tour were wonderful, at least for the subsection of people my wife and I interacted on a regular basis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first tast of the wonderful dark beers in Prague was a real delight for me."

JoAnn

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding leader. Very knowledgeable and well organized

Catherine

Beverly Hills, MI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves trip. I enjoyed the trip and the group was very friendly. On the first day I was disappointed that we did not go into any of the buildings that we saw in Berlin. I would have preferred to go inside several and see less than just the " drive bys". From the second day on the trip was excellent. I especially liked visiting Dresden, Cesky Krumlov, Melk. The smaller towns appeal to me. I learned that I prefer to see just one big city on a tour rather than 3.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Baroque Theater tour in Cesky Krumlov. It was unique-something that I would never have seen on my own."

Randal

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. This was my first time traveling in former Soviet occupied cities and it was truly a memorable experience. Berlin, with its history both of the Holocaust and as the site of the Berlin Wall, is a must-see. Not necessarily for the "feel good" moments though. In light of today's current political climate, being in a place that experienced first hand the effects of intolerance and nationalism was sobering, and has inspired me to be more politically vocal here at home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The inner workings of the baroque theater at Cesky Krumlov. So glad that you changed the start date of the tour so that we arrived in Cesky Krumlov on a day that the theater was open. The local guide was so proud of the theater, and allowing us to use some of the original special effects equipment was really cool."

Shana

Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very enjoyable! The content was interesting, locations amazing, guides were wonderful and we had a fun, friendly tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov- both the incredible Baroque Theatre and the rafting trip on the Vltava which a small group of us went on. These were both activities we likely would not have experienced on our own."

Joseph

Glen Cove, NY

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour provided an excellent overview of three historic cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Berlin Wall up close was important to me as a history buff. After seeing Checkpoint Charlie I ordered the John Le Carre novel ,The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, which was written shortly after the Wall went up. I saw the old Jewish neighborhoods and the Holocaust Memorial but the enormity of the horror didn't hit home. Then came Terezin, the model concentration camp. WOW!"

Danette

Hartington, NE

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and caring. We felt we hit the highlights of each city. We had the right amount of free time. I liked the walking tours on arrival to each city to give us a sense of direction. Jana was always able to give us directions to places we wanted to see in our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to chose. Each city had its differences and similarities. The amazing architecture built to look like it did before WW 2 destroyed it was so amazing.The most impressive thing was the mass transportation system in each city. So efficient,easy and clean."

Laura

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were very satisfied with the Berlin, Prague and Vienna tour. Although the stays in the principal cities were relatively short, we felt that we gleaned enough history and orientation to each place that we could easily go back to take in all the wonderful museums that we missed the first time. While the distances we walked were not that strenuous what was more challenging was walking on cobblestones. I doubled up my insoles and that helped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jana's schnapps break in Cesny Krumlov. Viewing the "baroque" theater. A string quartet concert in St.Anna's Cathedral next to the hotel in Vienna was exquisite. The tour of the Wall in Berlin was remarkable for how well they have successfully interpreted a complex history using a bare patch of land. Kathe Kollwitz's memorial to mothers who lost their children. But we loved Vienna most for its joie de vivre and sacher tortes. People laughed there openly and I had forgotten what that was like."

David

Seminole, FL

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana made sure every aspect of this trip was fun and comfortable. She works extremely hard at all times and really made this trip amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several contenders for me: Cesky Krumlov's Baroque Theater, walking through the Berlin wall area, Prague's main square in the morning before the crowds came, and Vienna (always a highlight)"

Tamara

Seminole, FL

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Berlin, Prague and Vienna was another wonderful experience that exceeded all our expectations, which are high since we have had such a great time on 4 other tours. Our guide Jana was unbelievable, working so hard to make sure everyone was happy and providing all sorts of local treats to try. The itinerary was well planned, mixing the smaller towns of Cesky Krumlov and Dresden in between the three big cities. The local guide in Berlin was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For beauty, it was standing on the Charles Bridge in Prague at sunrise, watching the sun paint the castle and town below it in a pink glow. For history, it was walking through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and then crossing the street to stand on the spot where Hitler's bunker had been buried underground, realizing just how real all this was. Terezin was another wow, seeing the artwork that had been saved from the Jews held in the ghetto there."

Douglas

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent,the guide was supurb,energetic,enthusiastic and thorough in covering all details.The tour created my curiosity to see each country in more detail. I feel I gained more respect and appreciation for the countries and their people the music,culture, and traditions. I enjoyed the commoradery and friendship of my fellow travellers who with their enjoyment and questions made the trip rich and meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Cesky Krumlov was a joy."

Maureen

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered a lot of countries and subjects. This is a vigorous tour. WE were interested in the historical aspects of these countries and we certainly got complete views of the past and present. Accommodations were very nice - thank you for elevators -and centrally situated. Our guide Jana was as helpful as anyone could possibly be - she was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I did not care for Berlin, one of the most moving experiences was seeing the large memorial of hundreds of cement blocks in a field for the holocaust victims. The trip to Terezi'n was also moving."

James

Collegeville, PA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fun trip. Our guide (Janna) was outstanding. Our weather was poor on some days, but that's not something to hold against RS Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov was a magical place, especially in the evening. Some of the best photo opps in Europe."

Alan

Ashland, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide (Ben). Excellent information from Ben and local guides, although the local guides sometimes talked too much and repeated what Ben had already talked about. All meals were great, hotels better than expected. Hotels were comfortable and in great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Free time in Prague to explore the city (based on recommendations from our guide)."

Jeffrey

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour covered where we wanted to go; Berlin, Prague and Vienna and some other places we were not too interested in. The group was larger than we expected, but our tour guide was excellent. The structure was also good and we appreciated afternoons free to wander on our own. Town to town transportation was very good as was the fact that we never had to wait on ticket lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna"

Kevin

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The three cities we visited were a great combination. Ben was really a great tour guide. The pace and length of each day was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Berlin Wall was the epitome of 20th Century history. But the trip to Theresin will be with me forever."

Paula

Janesville, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding guides throughout tour, including tour director, Ben . Very interesting itinerary, congenial group, and variety of options for free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schoenbrunn Palace - Vienna, museums, art, & concerts."

Katie

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! I loved learning about and exploring these three unique cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments revolve around living like a local: In Berlin, walking from our hotel to a wonderful beer garden right in the city to enjoy a beverage and a pretzel. In Vienna, taking a tram ride out of downtown to a quaint neighborhood wine-garden restaurant for our final group dinner where we reminisced with our fellow travelers and super guide, Ben."

Betsy

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very good trip! We learned a lot, as we always do, and enjoyed our guide and our group. It's one of the most demanding trips we've been on with RS, in part because of the content (hey, Berlin had some grim stuff that went down -- a lot to process!) and the rigor of being in crowded cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov was a delightful respite from the cities. It was charming, picturesque and unpretentious. And following that with the trip down the Danube helped recharge us for our experience in Vienna."

David

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. It was a very nice balance of structured and free time. My wife and I were able to see many artifacts not included on the tour and also were most appreciative of the time spent on walking tours and the presentations of the docents.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to determine as there were so many - the rebuilding of Berlin and Dresden, the art work of the Terezin ghetto seen Prague's Jewish Quarter, but most especially the anecdotes of Jana and Sarka concerning living under the Communists, how WWII started in 1938 for the Czechs and Slovaks, and the sorrowful tale of those living in the Sudetenland before, during, and after the war. Such personal stories made the history books "come alive." People are more important than things."

Wanda

Crosby, TX

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed my first Rick Steve's tour. The meals were all experiences of the culture and tradition of the country and were delicious with the exception of the pickled cheese. I think it must be an acquired taste! Our guide Jana was professional, knowledgeable, personable and a cool head in unexpected events. The local guides were passionate about their cities and excited to share their knowledge. Wolfgang was a hoot. Transportation by bus was smooth and the pace was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was the New Green Vault and the Historical Green Vault in Dresden. The frigate carved from ivory with the 50 tiny sailors and the green diamond made a permanent impression."

Vanessa

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour stands out as a favorite for me. Each of the cities visited was unique, with a rich and diverse history. I gained a much better understanding of European rulers, ever-changing country borders, life under communist rule, and the importance of the freedoms we enjoy in the US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list!"

Alexander

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the first time my wife and I had been to Europe. We are so glad that we went with the Rick Steves' tour; it was well organized, the hotels were charming, the cities we visited were full of history, and our guide was more than we could have asked for. Also, there was plenty of free time to explore on our own and get to know the areas we stayed in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment had to be going to the top of the Old Town Hall in Prague. The view from there of the Old Town Square was amazing! If you think the buildings in Prague are beautiful just wait until you see them from up there. The Tyn Church has to be one of the grandest structures in all of Europe!"

Sharon

Kanata, ON

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of like-minded individuals. The tour left us "wanting more" in every place but we felt we saw the max possible given the amount of time in each place. Loved the transit passes which encouraged travel as a "temporary local", and walking for sightseeing. Did not feel like typical "tour tourist".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the outdoor Berlin Wall Memorial. Although I had lived through the time when the Wall was built and came down, the depth of my ignorance was quite humbling. Our local guide's encyclopedic knowledge and engaging style really brought the entire episode in history to life. Our tour manager, Jana, was also able to add interesting perspectives from the point of view of someone who had lived through some of it."

Tom

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

he amount of time tour time devoted to each location was just right and the mount of free time and guided time was good. The tour group size is also very nice. The group is large enough to provide an interesting variety of participants and small enough that you can get to know everyone and have comfortable space on the bus. All local guides provided were very knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. All accommodations were clean, comfortable, well located and had friendly staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague was my "wow" moment. Visiting religious buildings is not a passion of mine but I have visited many in Europe and the US and this is now my favorite. The stained glass is beautiful and everywhere you look there is interesting art but it is not overwhelming like St. Peter's Basilica or Westminster Abby."

Debby

Lansing, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the BPV tour and especially enjoyed the smaller cities of Dresden and Cesky Krumlov! This tour is heavy on history including Nazi Germany and the Cold War. Our tour director, Janna, was outstanding, very knowledgeable as well as compassionate especially with some of this really tough history. Local guides were also very good. Our group was great which truly makes the tour so much fun. The meals together just added to the fun of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to single any one out!"

Tom

Lansing, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour. We learned much more about WW II and the Cold War impacts on the local people's lives. The architecture was very impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The churches built centuries ago."

Sharon

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Janna and other guides were outstanding. Janna handled your member tragedy with tact and compassion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in beer garden outside Vienna. Food and zither player were fun extras."

Kristin

Gold River, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and we were not disappointed! The places we visited were fascinating-and at times horrifying (Tereszin). We learned so much about the history of Central Europe that is rarely taught in the United States. The history of the Nazis, Hitler, the Soviet occupation after WWII, and the impact of all of this on real people's lives was so moving. I wish more Americans (particularly young ones) would travel to this part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose-the Melk Abbey? Cesky Krumlov? Or a private performance from two musicians from the Prague Castle orchestra?"

Mary

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

These three cities - so different, so much shared history - make a great itinerary! Through Jana, our guide, and our wonderful local guides, I learned so much. Our group was congenial and fun-loving. I recommend this tour for anyone interested in history, architecture, culture, fun, and beer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The architecture in Prague was my "wow" moment. The variety of architectural periods - Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Modern, etc. - are seen all in one place. You walk down a street and experience a fabulous Art Nouveau building next to a wonderful Renaissance building, and on and on. A photographer's paradise!"

Marilyn

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Still in my mind: the landscapes, sounds, people, architecture, water, Ben's bus talks, Europe! Everything about a Rick Steves tour interrelates. Each moment and site magically builds from and into each other. Warm and wonderful time. Ben's "lens" on the countries is a privilege to be part of. Exceptional, Ben always said enough, but not too much. Trusted us. Walked fast, but not too fast. City/site guides extra good; could have gone on a week tour with each! Enjoyed the locales and the variety!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful views continually wowed me. The red roofs, I loved. Looking from a height into those red-roofed towns, like in a picture frame."

Stephanie

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be - culturally enriching, physically active, highly informative and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, that's a tough one! Every day I encountered captivating and meaningful moments. In Berlin I felt compelled to immerse myself in it's history that altered the world. In Terezin, I recalled a book I had recently read - "Music in Terezin" by J. Karas - and on the tour recognized the names of musicians interned there, and who ultimately lost their lives. The reborn city of Dresden amazed me, Prague was enchanting and Vienna stole my heart!"

Elizabeth

West St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. I enjoyed all the places we visited and the variety. I just wished we had one more day in Dresden, and I should have extended my time in Vienna. Looks like I will have to go back! Ben, our tour guide, was excellent. He and our local guides, Jessie, Janna, and Wolfgang, were awesome and added so much to my knowledge and understand of the counties and places we visited. We also had a great group of people on this tour. So all in all it was a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was actually experiencing Berlin and their history."

George

Stillwater, OK

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour with a great deal of information on the area during WW I, a taste of the great music generated in Berlin, Prague and Vienna, a look into the incredible Jewish communities in the area. One thing I like about RS Tours is that we are introduced to both the positive and negative aspects of the people's and cultures we visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The German History Museum. We could have spent more time in Berlin easily."

Robert

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steve's and our first trip with an organized group tour. I considered this trip would be an experiment as I was unsure if a group tour was something I would enjoy as much as self guided trips. This trip exceeded my expectations and we would certainly consider another trip with Rick Steve's. The hotels, food and guides were all excellent. Special thanks to our tour guide for making this trip so memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of them - we attended our first opera in Vienna for $5 a ticket (standing). Jazz club in Prague. Running along the remains of the Berlin Wall. Drinking beer while munching a big pretzel at Beer Garden in Berlin."

Sonja

Sidney, BC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a positive experience since I was only one of two solo travellers and wasn't sure this "group" thing was a way to go. I loved the learning experience , listening to Ben passing on his knowledge in an easy understandable way. I also appreciated the fact that little time was lost in getting around in a big city as opposed to my previous experiences doing it on my own.I also liked having my accommodations , transportation and some meals taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of a "wow" "moment". But I would have to say that going to the Opera in Prague and Vienna were my "wow" times."

Stephen

Fort Lee, NJ

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ben our main guide was Great!. All the city guides were very good. Enjoyed the locations we stayed more than one day. Did not enjoy the one day stays as it was time to go before we could get a full flavor of the location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Berlin history. (Jess was exceptional there) Terazine in Chech Republic, learned a lot and cried."

Christopher

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I was disappointed with this trip compared to my previous R.S. Italy tour 2 year prior. We did traveled with friends from a previous tour which made this central Europe trip more enjoyable. Given our fantastic experience in Italy we have highly recommend R.S. tours to friends and it influenced us in going on this second tour. Based on this tour we would be unlikely to make the same recommendations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Church tower in Dresden. Went to the top and was able to have an amazing view. Also really enjoyed the boat tour in Austria."

Sheila

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st Rick Steves Tour and everything about the experience exceeded my expectations. Bus travel, hotel checkin & accommodations, food, group events were well organized and enjoyable. I appreciated Ben's orientation walking tours upon arrival in each city and thought the in-depth guided tours through museums and memorial cites & historic building were exceptional. Ben and the local guides were knowledgable on history and great story tellers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick a favorite - everything was a "wow" since I was seeing Europe for the 1st time. That said, I didn't realize Dietrich Bonhoeffer was from East Berlin and was very moved to be standing in front of the church where he began his ministry."

Dominique

Niedermorschwihr, A

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour and tour guide were very nice. The group dinners were awful. I would never serve the food that was included in the group dinners to my family or my guests. The last group restaurant was good but the rest of the group meals and warm wine was horrible. I was hoping that Rick Steve's would have been able to get deals with good restaurants. Because of this, I will NOT go on another Rick Steve's tour. Rick STeve's is a great model, but don't eat at their group dinners. What a disappointment

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to be Wow'd when you can't eat well with the tour group. Tour was mediocre, wine was horrible...visiting Berlin and Vienna was great. Praque was a big letdown."

Emily

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, informative, fun, and flexible. The group was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Csesky Krumlov, we had a wonderful trout dinner, then looked out over the water and town at night, and had a lovely moment with our group in the silence of the small town. At this moment I could really sense the immensity of the history of that part of the world, while feeling connected to it."

Barbara

Peterborough, ON

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour experience. I loved Berlin's vibe, history and art galleries. I loved the beautiful architecture and museums in Dresden. I learned the painful story of Terezin and the story of Prague's Velvet Revolution. I was delighted by Cesky Krumlov and the Baroque wonders of Melk Abbey. The cruise down the Danube was so scenic and relaxing and Vienna was not only a beautiful city but also an ideal city for a culture vulture who loves galleries and museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. I loved learning about the history and culture of all of the cities we visited. The architecture was amazing. Dresden, Cesky Krumlov and the Melk Abbey were a wonderful surprise. I was brought to tears by the Terezin concentration camp and marvelled at the beauty of Vienna. The people we met along the way were friendly and always helpful and our "Order of the Marriage Garter" members were a great bunch of people that I had the honour of getting to know."

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Once again Rick Steves tours did not disappoint. Wonderful group of people and RS guide,good local guides, lots of history, and plenty of time to recharge or wander on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of Berlin. Coming from the States I feel like I have some small understanding of the history in Europe and how it shapes current situations."

Ann

Bowdoinham, ME

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I had a great time. The best parts were: the tour guides Carlos, Jessie, Andrea, Lecka (sp) and Wolfgang who added a great deal to the experience. Not only the history of each place we visited but also personal history (Andrea) was very captivating and endearing. Also, eating together as a group was very important to me, because I was an independent traveler, i.e. no partner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A highlight of the trip was the boat ride from Melk to Vienna – what a wonderful way to see the countryside, decompress after a lot of sightseeing, and slowly make our way into Vienna. I loved it – even if it was a rainy day!"

Martha

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was wonderful! The hotels, the group meals, and most of all our tour guide, Carlos Meissner, combined with the beauty of the cities that we visited made this trip a most memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! Seeing Prague, overlooking the Charles Bridge in the evening was incredible! The beauty of the castle in the evening was surreal. Another very memorable evening from our trip was dinner and at a concert in the Municipal Building in Prague. As the pianist played during a delicious dinner, I felt as though I had stepped back in time!"

Leonard

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to have our whole family come along on the Rick Steve's tour, and couldn't imagine having a better time. A perfect mix of planned and free time, confirmation that this is the best experience/$ value out there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the buddy introduction dinner. Lots of laughter, interesting revelations and great memories."

Joyce

Woodway, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, fun, interesting tour participants and of course, fabulous city visits. Comfortable hotels located centrally for ease of walking or using mass transit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The synagogue in Prague with the names of those deported written on the walls, as well as the old Jewish cemetery and stories of the old Jewish quarter."

John

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carlos was great- very organized and definitely added to the outstanding experience. Everything was well laid-out and I had a great time as I was lead through Eastern Europe. I'm again very satisfied with my Rick Steves' experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Brandenburg Gate"

Jean

Wyoming, OH

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another excellent Rick Steves tour. Tour guide and 80% of the local guides were excellent. Excellent range of activities. I was least enthused about Dresden (although we had a great meal there) Fellow travelers were a real cohesive group thanks in large part to our guide's efforts

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I had a single wow moment. Terezin was moving. Prague was crazy crowded but the Slav Epic in the Municipal Hall was amazing. Vienna was a true grand tour capital - wish I could have seen a musical performance while there"

Rick

Bangor, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Overall, the experience was not good. Walking by potential cultural experiences is not the same as actually experiencing them. "Authentic" cuisine should not equate to "Medieval Peasant" food. Guides should tell stories while we travel to a location rather than walk a mile in silence then have us stand for 20 minutes while they ramble on about a concrete filled vault in a parking lot that no one can see and the residents who need to use the parking lot get annoyed is not a good use of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Kunst museum we visited on our own in Vienna was impressive. Unfortunately, it was not part of the tour. The art, the sculpture, the artifacts from Egypt and Rome, the intricate and ornate gold and ivory carvings, as well as the structure itself was excellent. It would have been nice to have had a tour of it."

Mark

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour (and sixth overall), and I would rate it very good, but not awesome. Maybe too much focus on educating us about the history and culture and not enough "wow" moments. Our sense was that this was not the guide's fault, but home headquarters. It was a very, very aggressive pace both on the bus and touring. This is a switch from past tours -- almost like there is a new vice president on staff that thinks we want "more for the money." Please slow it down.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our "free evening" in Prague we used our best Rick Steves "act like a local" skills to find classical ensemble concert at St. Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square. The architecture, art, skill of the musicians and amazing acoustics made for a magical night. We strolled back to the hotel looking for a place to have a late dinner found a family-run trattoria that was amazing. (What attracted us was a Rick Steves guidebook sitting on the outdoor table of a couple enjoying dinner.)"

Judith

Canby, OR

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves. We had heard good things from our friends but were impressed about the quality of hotels, local tour guides and felt we saw the most important sites. We were worried about the "strenuous" label but was able to keep up without incident. Jana and Ben were very organized and we felt lucky to be on this tour with them. We felt like we received a Masters class in history and the sites that we saw came alive. Loved our group too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jess our local guide opened our eyes about the Berlin Wall and other events leading up to WW 2. Seeing the actual wall and tunnels between with the memorial of people trying to escape. It is hard to limit the wow experience to just one. Our hotel location in Vienna was another wow!!"

Pat

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an exceptionally educational experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Vienna. I loved Vienna and plan to return and relax like a local for an extended time."

William

University Park, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual, the back-of-the-scenes organization and thoughtfulness of a Rick Steves tour was impeccable. The pre-planning and then execution of his tours has always amazed me. Overall, I am pleased with everything that we saw and experienced. There was, however, and little too much emphasis on WWII.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kaethe Kollvitz sculpture in Berlin of a mother holding her dying son. Belvedere palace and Opera House in Vienna."

Mark

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good variety of venues. The guides were excellent. Jana added context to what we saw via her personal experiences during the velvet revelution.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Barouque theatre in the Cesky Krumlov."

Emery

University Park, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour included destinations I had never visited before. The local guides were extremely well informed and able to address some rather heavy topics ( the rise of Naziism, the Berlin Wall, communism) with clarity - helping to make a complex set of circumstances approachable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was seeing the collection of art by Klimt and his peers. They were truly stunning."

James

Fuquay Varina, NC

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Berlin,Prague,and Vienna trip in 12 Days was outstanding. We learned so much historical information during our morning walking tours with the local guides. Our first stop when we got back home was the public library to check out some books on each city we visited. The food was delicious throughout the tour at restaurants that had "local charm". Each hotel or inn was different which enhanced the trip. The free time to explore in each city was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment? Impossible to answer because there were so many !!! "

William

Alameda, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Two days in any of the 3 major cities is, of course, not long enough. It just provides a taste of the major attractions. I arrived in Berlin 7 days before the tour began and visited Potsdam and Wettenberg as well as several of the museums before the tour, so I really liked and got to know Berlin. I was fortunate this time to have two of my college classmates on the tour, so it was particularly enjoyable,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say 3 things. 1. The Brandenburg Gate at night 2. Cesky Krumlov was a jewel 3. Hotel location in Vienna right across from Stephens Cathedral."

Stephen

North Venice, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the first tour of any sort we have done. I have followed Rick Steves for 32 years, and we tend to power through our trips and relax when we get home. Tour was very good, group was a little older and less energetic than we expected. Pacing was a little slow - for us - but was tailored for the group as a whole. We learned a tremendous amount and really enjoyed the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedral in Prague."

Sandra

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a fairly information heavy tour, much about the Nazi takeover and the Cold War. It felt as if we had less free time than on our previous RS tours. The 10-day contrast between the wealth of the Hapsburg Empire and the plight of those people under the rule of Hitler and the Soviets shakes me at my core. Upon our return to the States it took some time to decompress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the WOW moment is a toss up between the tour of the Terezin Concentration Camp and the tour of the Baroque Theater in Cesky Krumlov. Very different experiences, but both lasting in my mind."

Laura

Bangor, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Instead of walking the streets for 5 hrs. every day, how about taking us to actual sites and walking IN them instead. Taken to only ONE site during two full days in Berlin. Waste of time walking around teaching public transportation, most people seasoned travelers. Way too much "free" time. Had to do everything on our own if wanted to see most attractions. And NO, I do not want to eat wilted lettuce in a bowl of water for dinner and ice cream topping as dessert. Very disappointed..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most everything we did on our own was our wow moments. Specifically, the Kunsthistorisches Museum which has something for everyone regardless of what your interests are."

James

Carmel, IN

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled to Europe on our own, but the Rick Steves tour was a more enriching experience. We learned so much more from our guides and our fellow travelers in the group than we would have ever learned on our own. It was stress-free travel (thanks to Jana) with a group of enjoyable people. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art work from Jews held at the Terezin transit camp-ghetto in the Czech Republic was so moving. Such talent, never given a chance to be fully realized, because most if not all of these artists were transported to concentration camps for extermination. What a loss for all of humanity."

Jean

Camden, SC

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all wonderful. Our guide, Jana, was personable and very well-prepared. The local guides were great. The accommodations were all very good and, in some cases, exceeded all expectations. A nice balance was struck between structured activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment was our walking tour through the former East Berlin with our local guide, Kevin. Since I'm of an age that I remember when the Berlin Wall was constructed, and when it came down, it made quite an impression on me to be standing where it was."

Mary

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yana was the highlight of the trip. Her personal experience of growing up in Prague behind the Iron Curtain was enlightening for me. I am a history teacher so I was very interested in her knowledge and insights. I really enjoyed the cooking "hotdogs" over an open fire in a beer garden. Playful event. The locations of the hotels were perfect, especially in Vienna. We did laundry once in Prague. Quite expensive. 50 czech crowns for a bag of dirty clothes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Baroque Theater is Chesky Kromlov"

Susan

Monticello, FL

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about 20th century European history in Germany--walking the Wall in Berlin, visiting Terezin concentration camp, visiting bombed-out WWII Dresden and how it has been restored. I'm an art history lover--seeing Gustav Klimt's The Kiss and the bust of Nefertiti were amazing. So enjoyed all our tour members and how we interacted together!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide Jana bringing us kolaches for one of our morning breaks in Prague. My Czech ancestors emigrated to America in 1860, and I grew up eating this sweet yeast dough delicacy. They're better in the Motherland. Jana had listened to my desire to eat kolaches at our orientation meeting, and she made it happen."

Ann

Yorktown, VA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour! Jana was a fantastic guide. Saw many cities & sites I hadn't seen before. Great local guides. Had a good amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was a combination of the history I learned from pre-WWII to the end of the Cold War. I'd never heard of Terezin or the Czech paratroopers who trained in Great Britain then jumped into their homeland with a mission to assassinate the Nazi architect of Terezin. I never knew Vienna was divided by the Allies after WWII but on such a relaxed basis--the total opposite of Berlin. Amazing that we spent almost all of the time in Berlin in the former "East" side."

Laurie

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was very interesting with wonderful guides who were so knowledgeable. I learned so much and got such a good taste of the local flavor. Really glad I did this trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. One night I went to thr Spanish synagogue in Prague for Friday night Sabbath services. Secondly, I felt I could really understand the opression of the East Berliners before 1989. Very interesting"

Michael

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 4th RS tour. I took this same BPV tour in 2005 and enjoyed it then. This time I took my family to share that former experience with them. I can tell you that this is still a great trip and seeing it through their eys made it special. I feel fortunate to be able to do this again. There were enough changes that still made it interesting for me. Better hotels. Different restaurant selections and some different venue selections. So no "Deja Vu" occurred for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since this was a re-kindle trip for me I did not experience that "WOW" moment of the first time. However, when you have a different guide, different travel buddies, different foods and weather and some different venues the whole tour dynamic changes and I guess a different type of "WOW' moment occurs."

Barry

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience for our family (w/kids in their 20s). We made many new friends. Heavy on the history, but we all enjoy that. In early June, the weather was great, and Berlin and Vienna were not too crowded. (Prague on the other hand ...) We were prepared for lots of walking, and we got it. The format for most days was a walking tour in the morning and a free afternoon -- we enjoyed both. The boat tour on the Danube was lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so much over-the-top-beautiful art, architecture, and interesting history throughout the tour, but the biggest surprise for me was the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin's Treptower Park. I had no idea that this existed. Very impressive."

Jackson

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my first tour with the Rick Steves group. From beginning to end, all details were covered. I knew what to expect, how to prepare, and how to deal with all situations. The hotels were located in great areas, and were much nicer than expected. The meals were very good in each country. Our guide was fantastic. The local guides provided great insight and historical background. The best recommendation I can make is that I have already booked 2 tours for next spring. Cheers Rick

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Praha again for the first time in 45 years proved to be a very emotional experience. More people and cars than 1972, but the beauty of city was still stunning, and, in many ways, improved. The apartment my wife and I lived in while teaching at the International School was still very much the same."

Stephanie

Jakarta, JW

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour. Normally we like to plan and do "our own thing" for travel. However, we were very pleased with the organization and planning of the tour as well as the breadth and depth of information from our lead guide, Jana Hronkova, and all the local guides. It was great fun to meet and share experiences with our travel mates. We are now open to joining future RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments throughout the tour. But perhaps two favorites stood out for me. One was viewing the opulence of the Hapsburg Imperial apartments and Treasury Room. The architecture and embellishments in the rooms and artifacts underscored the dynasty's power and influence in Europe. In contrast the solemnity of the Pinka's synagogue and museum was beyond words. The children's drawings aptly displayed that horror of this magnitude should never be repeated."

Ron

Jakarta, JW

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. I appreciated all the sites visited in each city, the historical background and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There we many "wow" moments and many interesting present and historical revelations."

Eric

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While this was our third time traveling on a Rick Steves tour, it was our first experience traveling to multiple cities with the group. (Our previous trips were a week in a single city.) We loved this trip even more. Our guide was knowledgeable about the history of the region and fluent in Czech which was a bonus for our travels in Prague. The local guides enhanced our understanding of their cities. The transportation was comfortable, efficient, and well managed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to select only one "wow" moment. There were too many to select only one, but here are a few favorites: visiting the Melk Abbey and its incredible library, Prague's Muncipal House and the Prague Castle, the river tour on the Danube, and the Baroque theatre in Cesky Krumlov. Additionally, we had some other unexpected "wow" moments based on the background of our tour guide. She took us to a jazz club she enjoys in Prague, which was a great unexpected treat."

Cheryl

Carmichaels, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour - as always, it was my 5th tour with you and they have all been great tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, discovering that ugly Berlin actually "grew"on me and I really liked it by the time I left!"

Carolyn

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nouveau art experience at the opera. Terezdin expefience. See above. Enjoyed taking public transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See above"

Aileen

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was the perfect guide. Knowledgeable and organized but most importantly, a true ""people" person who was patient and friendly with all of the guests. I learned a lot of history during the tour time and had ample time in the afternoon to explore on my own. I was traveling with my mom who is 70 and I found that the tour was just as enjoyable for both of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in a jail cell in Terezin imagining what it was like to live there and watching the swallows dart around wondering if the inmates envied them."

Susan

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Almost overwhelming with the many places we were able to fit into our 12 day tour. Our guide was fantastic and had background and current information for each place we visited. The accommodations were superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Berlin Wall with Kennedy's speech played... emotional visit to concentration camp and also the Jewish temple with all the names of those who were murdered during the holocaust. As for fun items I would say the small cruise on the Danube and also catching the lippazaner stallions heading to practice in Vienna. We were there the exact time the walked them in front of us."

Bruce

Lansing, MI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Jana was very knowledgeable, particularly with history. Hotels were comfortable except for the Berlin street/tram facing rooms with warm weather windows open.

Wendy

Decatur, GA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. I especially loved the historical knowledge we gained on this trip. Nice balance of big cities and small. Very minimal time on the bus, which was nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Berlin Wall Memorial was my favorite moment--very moving. Of the three cities, Berlin was my favorite."

Edward

Pierrefonds, QC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Learned so much about the people and places I visited. The public transportation in all 3 cities is excellent. I got the sence that the German people, although ashamed of what happened in the past and would like to forget the past also have to remember what happened so as to never let it happen again. In Prague, I found the architecture so beautiful and the people so lively. And in Vienna, the culture of the city is on full display. Went to my first concert in Vienna

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually getting to take home a piece of the Berlin wall. In Prague, being in Old Town square. In Vienna, going to a concert."

Ellen

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so very much during this vacation about the history in Central Europe.....particularly about both the Nazi and Communist periods. Our primary guide, Jana, knew extensively about the history in the area we toured, as well as the history of places outside our touring area that were affected by both Nazi's and Communists, like former Yugoslavia, for instance. Her attention to detail and her little "treats" for us really made our experience special!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was blown away by our visit to Terezin. It really brought home the utter evil of the Nazis. Not only "cleansing" their country of so many and for so many reasons, but how they covered it up from the world...especially here."

Michael

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour, but unfortunately, the hordes of Asian tourists in many locations make it almost impossible to really appreciate the beauty and history of Europe. The best parts of the tour were places where we could escape from these crowds and explore some sites that don't seem to be on their itinerary. Some places like Melk Abbey do a much better job of crowd control to mitigate the impact of the large tour groups.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have any "wow" moments on this tour, but there were several sites that I particularly enjoyed. These included the Art Nouveau Municipal House in Prague, the theater in Cesky Krumlov, Nelahozeves Castle, and Melk Abbey. It would be good to find more such sites to include in the tour and spend less group time among the masses in places like the Prague old town square, and Cesky Krumlov Castle. If tour members want to spend time in these places, let them do it in their free time."

Allen

Decatur, GA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. We learned a lot, had lots of good food and drink, and enjoyed interacting with the others on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The multiple layers of history and culture in Berlin -- early, Prussian, 1920's, Nazi, post-WWII, communist, reunified -- were the most fascinating. But, to chose a particular moment, I would say the advanced technology of the Cesky Krumlov Baroque Theater."

Barbara

Larue, TX

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative and enjoyable tour. Walking was difficult at times. One day we started at 8 am and had a dinner that night. We did not get back to the hotel until after 10 pm. That day was too much for me. The other days were OK, but I told my husband that this was my last strenuous walking tour. Our past trips to London and France are more to my liking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot really think of one moment. I enjoyed Berlin...the Wall and the history. Our best moments were on our own. The violin concert at the beautiful church near our hotel. Church Services at the Lutheran Church in Berlin. The asparagus soup in Berlin and Vienna. Seeing our relatives in Vienna for dessert and coffee at a side walk cafe."

Yoko

Auburn, AL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am unhappy to be limited to ONLY 500 characters, when this excellent tour deserves a much longer review. It was great! Berlin, I want to live there forever. Prague, I want to retire there. Vienna, I want to retire there too! The people were great, the food was excellent and the 3 classical music concerts we attended in Berlin, Prague and Vienna were sublime. Since returning, I am most days now thinking about going back there as soon as possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no single moment. The food was exceptionally good in Dresden, Prague and Vienna at the Imperial Café and similar high quality restaurants. We loved the city markets and talking to all of the natives as we shopped. It was fun to escape the tourists and on our own get to know what the local people thought as we engaged them in conversation. The classical music was terrific in all three countries. On our own, walking on scenic paths in Prague and Cesky Kumlov were special treats for us."

Frances

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a good time to visit the area, in the spring, great weather. Berlin is such a big city, good to stay in a neighborhood.Prague was so crowded, but Jana made it possible to get around as well as we could. The other cities were more relaxed, with time to appreciate the beautiful areas.Driving through the countryside with Dvorak's music playing is always great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish Museum in Prague with all the names of those lost - reminded me of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. Cesky Krumlov Baroque theater and castle."

Sidney

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We learned a lot about the history of Berlin and the cold war - "City of Memorials" Prague was beautiful but so crowded, but I don't see how to avoid the crowds on the Charles bridge etc. The bus was very comfortable and the bus rides were not too long. Vienna was beautiful with nice opportunities to hear music and see art museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing how the young people of Berlin are living well and how the former East Berlin has been transformed."

Erica

Lloydminster, AB

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is a really great tour! I loved every city we visited. After 7 tours I have to say this was the most strenuous. I chose the tour to learn more about nazis and communist history and it was emotionally exhausting at times, which I fully expected. Some days were very long with group activities. But all organized walking tours, activities and meals were worth it. They pack a lot into each day and I tend to like more time to explore or 'absorb' on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Early morning walk across Charles Bridge in Prague and listening to the birds singing. All the different architectural designs in Prague's Old Town Square. Attending my first Opera In Vienna. Climbing the bell tower in Dresden and seeing the rebuilt city from above. Running into a couple from my 2012 RS Spain tour in the Melk Abbey Library. Beer tour I joined in Prague. Food tour I took in Prague. Not breaking my arm this year in Berlin :)"

Karen

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the cities very much, but would like less information about WWII horrors stressed. Our friends and neighbors who escaped the holocaust have stories to tell. Their relatives did not survive and are listed on the walls of a synagogue in Berlin. Let's remember the past but not dwell on it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved St. Peter's Church, the organ recital, and the lovely voices of the Moscow Choir. Their voices filled the sanctuary; it was wonderful!"

Carole

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I considered it a 'death march' at times. So much was crammed into the 1st 4 hours of the day it was sometimes difficult to figure out what to do with the rest of the day. I really enjoyed Prague & Vienna - we had local guides who had a slower pace & were very knowledgeable about the city we were in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling through the countryside between the big cities. I really enjoyed Dresden & Cesky Krumlov. So much history all in one small area."

James

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned and executed. Hotel selection was good in that each hotel was clean, updated and in an excellent location for our tours. Caroline did an excellent job with providing background and organization. Tours in each city were well thought out and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna was on our bucket list more than any of the other destinations, so Vienna, in general, was my favorite."

Aviva

Dunwoody, GA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As the first time with Rick Steves,the tour exceeded the expectations. The tour was grueling and informative;it was tiring but fun;we've explored physical, cultural and political environments new to me. We met and shared stories with fellow travelers, which enriched our world vision. In one word, the tour was stimulating, and thought provoking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to define, or pinpoint a "wow" moment. I was impressed by our guide's ability to transform 28 individuals into a team, in a very short time. We were introduced to new food and bombarded with sweets, drinks, and fruits all day long. I did not complain at all. The local guide in Berlin, Jess, was amazing and his vivid way of stating the past made me see/understand the hardship the people of Berlin went through. Terezin Camp was an experience I would never forget."

Oksana

Lewes, DE

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought Caroline did a wonderful job. Very knowledgeable and was always concerned about us. Wonderful and cheerful personality. All of the other tours guides were very interesting. I found myself wanting more. All in all, this was a fabulous trip for me. The accommodations, the food and the tours exceeded my expectations. I would definitely do another Rick Steves Tour. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention; but, loved the operetta in Vienna."

Carolynne

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Events of the 20th century were made particularly vivid on this tour although I thought the century's low points were emphasized almost to the exclusion of recent accomplishments particularly in Germany. The effect of visiting Terezin was so powerful in itself that visits to other memorial sites felt excessive. The tour description should emphasize that the activity level is top-end strenuous. In fact the pedometer registered several 20,000+ step days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The baroque theatre in Cesky Krumlov was a jewel box of a theatre while the town itself was a welcome respite from the shopaholic mobs in the big cities. Would loved to have lingered there another night."

George

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The past history of many of the cities visited was quite dark, it was good to see the transformation to modern, lively and fun to visit locations. Caroline presented the history quite well and nicely pointed out the modern day transformations. The group dynamic, accommodations, meals and local guides were all very good. This is a very active tour so pacing oneself is important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov and its Baroque theater. A free organ and Russian choral concert in Vienna's St Peter's church."

Joseph

Lewes, DE

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour, everything that we expected. It was very well organized, the tour guide was great. The local guides were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have a "wow" moment because everything in all the cities and sites visited were equally impressive."

Catherine

Bedford, NS

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a well organized and fascinating tour. The juxtaposition of the modern cities of Berlin and Prague against the Nazi and Communist eras left me with deeply mixed emotions. The tours of the wall, the memorials and Terezin, etc. were deeply moving and although the subject is difficult, it added significantly to the overall benefits of the tour. Cesky Krumlov was a lovely surprise and Vienna was wonderful. Caroline was a caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful and engaging leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but for me, it was the Baroque Theatre in Cesky Krumlov. What a treat it was to see that preserved theatre in that lovely little town. The design and special effects were both beautiful and amazing."

Sandra

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous experience! Perfect blend of history, culture, food and free time! Enjoyed ALL the walking and so appreciated not being stuck on a bus.... truly needed to be in shape for this tour. Saw the world, collected special memories, made new friends...What vacation could be better than that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the opera in Prague during our free evening!!! Seeing the amazing beauty of the National Theatre, hearing Edita Gruberova in person, watching the sunset over the Vltava River from one of the terraces during intermission are memories I will always cherish."

David

Scarborough, ON

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our main tour guide (Jannah)was absolutely amazing ... the perfect mix of professional and informative, as well as relaxed and personable. There wasn't a question the entire tour that she couldn't answer (and there were a lot of questions). We just couldn't have asked for a better person to guide us on this wonderful experience. I also think that Rick's standard page in his tour guide books about keeping an open mind and a balanced world view helped attract a nice group of fellow travellers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough one. I guess the Municipal Building in Prague with it's Art Nouveau architecture, art and interior decoration would be it for me. It was the most beautiful building I've ever been in!"

Joy

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour had a great bunch of people, and Jana was the best guide ever. Was surprised at Berlin. So many trees and wide boulevards with quite an energy of young people making things happen. So much history there, but didn't learn too much about Berlin before WWII or WWI. So glad to make it to Dresden and see their successful rebuilding. Loved Prague and walking the streets seeing the Mucha art nouveau. Cesky Krumlov was my Wow Moment. A close 2nd was Vienna. Tour of Opera house the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty and peacefulness of Cesky Krumlov was my 'Wow' moment. What an incredible small gem! Perfect place to relax after hectic Prague. The small narrow streets weren't jam packed with too many tourists. The castle was nice to walk through, but we went back at night when it was all lit up and started singing in the courtyards with the impressive echos. Fabulous! Also, Jana, helped us earlier in the day get a float trip down the river. It was so much fun!!"

Debra

Scarborough, ON

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I tend to be introverts, and decided that a tour (vs. independent trip) would be good for us because it would push us to see more and interact with others more often. We feel we made a good choice because we learned more, saw more, and enjoyed the friendship of our fellow travelers. I felt the tour was a positive experience for us and would not be hesitant to book another Rick Steves' Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague and Vienna are both spectacular cities, but the "wow" moment was in the Municipal Building in Prague. The beauty of the building was overwhelming. I could have spent hours just studying the stitching on the draperies in this building."

Glenn

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Delivered well on all promised aspects - logistics, tours, transportation, food, hotels, etc. Great time exploring with excellent support from Rick Steves team. Highlights include wonderful sights and activities, food quality, guide, and lots of bathroom breaks. Negatives were items that had nothing to do with Steves team: Bus driver was surly, unfriendly, smoker. Major cities much more crowded then we expected in May. European beer sucked (we are from microbrew heaven Seattle)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna Opera House / tour of beautiful building including behind the scenes, and (later) performance - fantastic music and acoustics."

Wendy

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every bit of every day. Really comfortable, centrally located hotels with easy access to public transit. Great breakfasts, and we rarely felt hurried, even with a pretty full schedule every day. The schedule included a great balance of visits - from castles to the Terezin ghetto/concentration camp, rafting on the river in Cesky Krumlov; a welcome picnic on a castle lawn to tasty dinners in fine city restaurants. Very knowledgable local guides as well as our wonderful Jana!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Masquarade Hall in Cesky Krumlov Castle. Truly the happiest room I have ever been in. Photography was not allowed, but the castle gift shop sold a wonderful book about the history of the room and the castle's costume collection."

Jill

Foley, MN

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. I appreciated the scheduling for the most part, I was upset that we did not get a full tour of the Baroque theater in Cesky Krumlov. I also did not appreciate the pass for the Jewish quarter that we did not get to really use. It was good for 3 days but received it on a Friday which was a full day of other sites in Prague like the New Town. The sites are not open on Saturday and we departed on Sunday. :( Overall the group was great and our tour guide Jana was super!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The meals! I love to eat and enjoyed all the places we ate and even the treats that Jana got for us to try."

James

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing and surprising tour. The tours and information given, especially about the rise of the Nazis, the Resistance, the large number of memorials to the many groups murdered by the Nazis, the concentration camp at Terezin, and the Berlin Wall, were overwhelming (in a positive way), and the history and beauty of Dresden, Prague, and Vienna will stay with me. Our guide Jana was the "whole package", with great organization skills, leadership, teaching, and sensitivity to our needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We are not "opera people", but seeing Fidelio live in Berlin, with the 1989 staging and reminder that it gave hope to the people before the Wall fell AND watching the simulcast of the Vienna State Opera (on the large screen on the side of the Opera building) of Samson and Delilah were my most unforgettable experiences."

Conrad

Wellington, CO

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. Our guide, Jana, was excellent as were our local guides, Carolina, Jana, and Wolfgang. They were all well informed and personable. We appreciated having some free time to explore on our own, while also having organized events to see sights and to receive good information. I personally appreciated our guides willingness to speak not only about history, but about some current events in their countries and their personal experiences/histories. I enjoyed our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps the expansion of historical awareness. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about both American and world history, but so often tend to think only of the "big" events, and to view them only with hindsight. I found it interesting to hear and think about how things unfolded over time, and how the future was unknown while events were unfolding. To give one example: Nazis from 1923-1939, using elections and incremental "legal" steps. Relevant, perhaps, to America's current situation."

Paul

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Jana did a great job with the introductory meeting. We quickly realized we were in the hands of a knowledgeable and kind leader. Unfortunately, the local Berlin guide (I believe her name was Carolina) was quite disappointing the first 2 days, and made us worry we had made a mistake in joining this tour. Fortunately, all of the other local guides were wonderful and made up for the poor start to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many great experiences to pick only one. The most memorable moment, that had nothing to do with the places we visited, was when the entire group enthusiastically sang an original song to Jana (written by one of our group) to honor her and show our appreciation for what a truly wonderful person she is."

Linda

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Th B,P,V tour was so full os history and experiences, that at times, I was overwhelmed. The guides in each of the cities were very knowledgable about the areas, and the fact that they lived in the areas also brought a personal understanding of the changes these areas experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the most impactful moment to me was the visit to Terrizin. The village seemed to be caught in time and holding it's breath for the next event. This really made an impact on me."

Cheryl

Wellington, CO

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. The hotels were great and Jana was a fantastic tour guide. We also enjoyed the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The Opera House in Vienna was fantastic. We did this particular one on our own, but going up into the dome at the Karlskirche at Vienna."

David

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Berlin Prague Vienna tour was outstanding in nearly all respects: quality of guides, tour length, included meals, and most hotels. The pace on several days, as accurately described in the pre-tour materials, is strenuous. A big plus for me is that there was minimal time spent traveling from place to place, as we stayed a full three days in each of the big cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the beautiful Municipal House in Prague, with its stunning performance hall and the art of Alphonse Mucha. And, as an added "wow", more Alphonse Mucha paintings at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna."

Marci

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations and hopes for the experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to list them all. Berlin was a wonderful surprise. I expected to fall in love with Prague and Vienna, and I did, but I really want to go back to Berlin to learn more. Cesky Krumlov was delightful. The Jewish Memorial in Prague was one of the most moving experiences of trip. I I appreciated the thoughtful way that the Holocaust was covered during the tour. The guides were excellent and the sites that you selected provided a meaningful opportunity to learn."

Marcia

Kewadin, MI

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The total experience was outstanding. The tour members were pleasant and friendly and soon became a "tour family". What fun to be a little lost in a new city and turn a corner to find a helpful tour member and share experiences. T

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow moment for me was the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon museum. I usually can only enjoy a museum for a short time but this was truly fascinating. Also listening to JFK's speech as we rode past part of the Berlin Wall. The most sobering was Terezin Memorial and hearing about the young boys who had their own newspaper. Cesky Krumlov was the most fun and relaxing especially the evening dinner with entertainment by the "Ukulele and Friends Band". Do visit the Demel bakery in Vienna."

Brian

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Berlin and come away from the trip with the feeling that I got a great feel for the place. The local guide was great, other than keeping us standing in the sun a bit too much. I had visited Vienna before on a previous Rick Steves tour (GAS, 2014), and was amazed the trips didn't duplicate, even in terms of the museums and sites visited. We felt like Dresden, Terezín and Cesky Krumlov were all excellent stops, and so was Melk to Krems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not what I expected: the dance hall in Cesky Krumlov, followed closely by the raft trip."

James

Clemson, SC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The local guides were, as usual, outstanding. The balance of organized to free time is better than it used to be, more free time now than before. The itinerary combined a coherent sequence of sites. The tour groups have become too large 28 is lot more than 24.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three, all were during the separate local guided segments. One was the nuanced context provide by our Berlin tour guide (Jesse) who provided a tremendous view of the actual events preceding the reunification of Germany."

Donna

Clemson, SC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very interesting tour and intense tour. The first part included so much history about the Nazi regime in World War II and I learned so much more from the experience being I Berlin and the concentration camp then ever possible in a history book. The second part we were in beautiful Vienna and that was wonderful. I just wish we had more free time since out schedule was packed. We definitely neede more time in Prague.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was walking into the theatre in the castle in Czesky Krumlov. Absolutely amazing and beautiful."

Rita

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Berlin, Prague, Vienna was great! Well-planned itinerary and use of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed by the interior of the Frauenkirche Church in Dresden. Absolutely stunning baroque design and sparkling interior. As luck would have it, choir members were rehearsing. The beautiful music in such a setting made for a special moment."

Joanne

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is a bit more demanding than others we've been on, both physically (5 cities in 12 days) and emotionally (Nazi history), but we are happy to have experienced it with the extraordinary Caroline, Sandra, and all the local guides. It was a wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Discovering the beautiful interior courtyards of Berlin's gritty graffiti-covered buildings."

Diana

Portage, MI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Caroline,Sandra and all of our tour members helped to make this a fabulous trip! What a great group of people and fascinating and interesting sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Prague at sunset with the red and golden skies behind St. Vitus."

Larry

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely dedicated and knowledgeable tour guide, Carolina, and very supportive and helpful assistant, Sandra. Composition of group made experience overall positive. I loved the higher level of atctivity engagement, as well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lubcovitz Palace lunch and tour that were part of an add on. Also, the Beauty and majesty of the Habsburg Palace."

Henry

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour --- great tour plan, great sites, execution of logistics was flawless, very good tour guides and the local guides were excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many --- something interesting and great day Melk Abbey"

Madrid

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not surprisingly, so many of us were in our 60s, so common bond of stages of life experiences allowed for easier bonding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having studied European history, I knew the "facts" but actual personal family stories from all the guides brought alive what it was really like to make decisions during the years of two very extreme political systems, and the aftermath of wars."

Barbara

Burlington, VT

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Selected with Attention to detail, careful planning, and always a bit of fun. Caroline was amazing, even when having Sandra "from the Office helping and probably evaluating".Hotels, activities were all wonderful. Hotel in Prague was a bit strange however good location and an amazing SHOE SHINE.Jeff in Berlin was a bit intense, would have loved more of the new and upcoming Art neighborhoods. Terezin covered all of the Holocaust. Dresden my favorite, Vienna amazing and a go back to city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dresden, as a beautiful and youthful fun little city."

Gordon

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour but wish we had additional time in Prague and Vienna, particularly Vienna. Dresdan was enjoyable but I could have done without it if it meant an additional day in one of the other cities.

Richard

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour from the first dinner to the last breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be impossible to pick out only one. I was in "wow" for most of the 14 days."

Eric

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the introduction to Eastern Europe and especially appreciated the detailed historical perspective from the local guides. I thought it was well planned, busy, and many nice touches such as sampling the local goodies and drinks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great moments for me. I really like Cesky Crumlov. It was a nice change of pace from the manic cities."

Joe

Rocklin, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It went very well. All the people on the tour seemed like people I have known for years. The overall countries and the tour itself was better than I thought it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague. Everything about it"

Howard

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The professionalism, knowledge and delivery of our guide Carlos made the trip very enjoyable. We began our trip in Paris for three days on are own. Needless to say foreign travel can present stressful challenges. That all went away when our group travel began in Berlin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Leaving Berlin we made one last and unannounced stop at the Russian war Memorial. It was a chilly blue morning, actually a beautiful day for a walk in the park. Then we came upon the memorial with a very moving oratory from our guide Carlos. I will never forget that morning."

Denise

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour and professional guides, particularly all of their personality traits. We didn't know all the extra meals and fun dinners would be added. The little moments Carlos added with all the treats that were a part of the culture of each country were an extra perk. It really got us to know the others on the tour. It was nice to know we could opt out of some of the sites and do our own thing at the end. A few too many churches, but that is just our opinion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As for the tours, the WOW moment for me was the concentration camp. It tore me up emotionally. I felt I was back in time and experiencing the horrendous things that were done. The guide was very soft spoken and knew the enormity of the atrocity."

Cheryl

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. Carlos was excellent at spelling out all the details, and really gifted at adding so many cultural extras to help us glean a better insight into the people and places we were seeing. I was very pleased with the local guides, the various activities we experienced throughout the tour. It was my third tour and met all my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boast ride down the Danube was terrific. The scenery and by then the group had established a rapport, so that it was truly fun."

Kay

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had not been to Germany and my first amusement there was the number of beer bottle caps in the cobble stones. I love Prague, it is a city full of energy and distractions. Here a small pleasure was noting the various designs of the black and white cobble stone side walks and how often the pattern changes. I was walking the street in Vienna. As the church bells rang I looked up to see St. Stephen's Cathedral shining like a crystal against the pure blue sky.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My BIG WOW was having the technology the Berlin Wall explained, and then as I was musing about Trump's proposed wall, seeing a group of people flow through the porous wall section between two remaining parts of the old wall, was like living poetry. Kennedy's quote was on the wall.."Democracy is not perfect , but we have never put up a wall to keep our people in..'.. more relevant still is the Quote,'While the wall offense not only against history but an offense against humanity,'"

Fran

Canton, OH

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of it!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to pin down but I really loved all of the local tours and our fun trip to the Jazz Club in Prague."

Rosalie

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful time for me. A surprise was how much I loved Berlin. In fact, it was my favorite city. I could see myself living there in some future world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Baroque Theatre in Czerny Kumlove."

Kathi

Springfield, MO

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked the overall experience: the size of the group, both our individual guide and the local guides, and the way we were given an orientation to each city and given the tools to explore on our own as well as being able to ask specific questions about things we wanted to do. I appreciated that we were able to see some of the busier sights early enough in the day to minimize crowds, and to be able to get tickets to see the Reichstag in Berlin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my wow moments was St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague: both the Mucha stained glass window and the great view out of the women's public restroom."

Harry

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carlos was a really great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov"

Barbara

Winnebago, IL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is steeped in history and the splendor and beauty of these cities. We had some fantastic local guides who brought history to life. I especially appreciated Jess in Berlin. With the turmoil our world is in right now, to me it was very profound to see these sights and hear the reality of what happened in these cities and countries not that long ago. We had loads of fun, great hotels, great shared meals, great fellow tour mates. No complaints, only gratitude for this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Terezin was my big wow. Very sad and sacred, when walking through the tunnel I was thinking about who had walked through this when it was a functioning concentration camp. Each city had it's own wow though. Berlin: Haunting, tastefully done memorials and the zoo. (free afternoon) Prague: Magnificent architecture, jazz concert, a yummy cherry blintz Vienna: Gustav Klimt artwork. The Palace tour. I also loved the Danube River Cruise. A lovely relaxing afternoon."

Peter

Glenellyn, IL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana our guide was the best guide we have ever had on a tour. Everyone in our group was friendly, positive, interesting, considerate, curious, and good travelers. The tour itinerary was packed with great activities and sites yet still provided adequate personal time to rest or do your own thing away from the group. The local guides were excellent. We learned so much about the people their histories. This was the best of three Rick Steve's Tours we have taken to date.

Mary

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana, our fantastic tour guide really brought the countries histories and customs to life for us. The city guides were invaluable in their personal experience and knowledge of world history and the human tragedy that unfolded in Europe during WWll. Experiencing the Berlin Wall, war memorials, Dresden, Wenceslas Sq, Terezin, the Old Jewish Cemetery were life-changing. This RS tour was our favorite of three we've taken so far and I credit Jana who made it so fantastic and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheer amazement that we experienced as much as we did in just 12 days! I loved each city, castle, palace and monument we visited. It was all a "WOW.""

Robert

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves' Tour and it was better than anticipated both the actual tour experience and the housing accommodations. More active pace than I had expected but a very enriching experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was the roasting sausages, drinking beer at a Prague lunch, going to a Berlin Beer garden, our final group dinner at the winery in Vienna, and discovering Otto Bauer Restaurant in Vienna where the owner provided a special experience. Would highly recommend it for inclusion in your book."

Judy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Berlin Wall, seeing it and understanding the impact on individuals and families"

Pamela

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly loved this trip. The hotels were quite nice and very clean. We appreciated their central locations, access to transportation, and availability of elevators. The breakfasts were terrific. Jana truly made this trip wonderful! Her knowledge, kindness, sense of humor, and organizational skills made this an adventure I will never forget!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked the cruise down the Danube after we visited the abbey in Melk. The weather was perfect and the scenery beautiful. It was also a wonderful way to relax after all our touring! I also loved the jazz club Jana took us to. The music and local vibe made this experience really special."

Joyce

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour packed a lot of information, especially historical information, into a few short days. I enjoyed visiting three different major cites in three different countries, which offered the opportunity to compare and contrast the cities. Our group was an extremely compatible fun group and our guide Jana really set the tone for us to enjoy one another's company. Local guides were a huge plus. And I loved the mid morning coffee breaks in between our AM tours. Food and beverages were delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish Memorial Synagogue in Prague was beautiful and very moving. The building itself was a work of art and the thousands of names written all over the walls was a moving memory of those individuals who so needlessly were killed as well as a reminder not to let anything like the holocaust ever happen again."

Eugenia

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed each of the cities visited. Our guide and local guides were all outstanding. We enjoyed our tour members and well as meeting people along the way. This trip was our second Rick Steves tour, and reminded us of why we like traveling the Rick Steves way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Berlin Wall and hearing the history and stories of people who lived during this time. Our guides were outstanding and we benefited from their vast knowledge. We enjoyed Berlin much more than we expected to."

Phillip

West Bloomfield, MI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. Not only were BPV all very nice but the side trips to Dresden, Melk Abby and Czesky Krumlov were all worth while.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wondering around Prague with my wife and two other guests as we discovered little gems in the city (hidden gardens and John Lenin wall)."

Bonnie

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was very well constructed. It included a good combination of group time, orientation and site seeing with time to explore on our own. We saw large towns and small ones from a variety of perspectives. We did walk a lot, but it was totally manageable and broken into shorter segments. Our guide, Jana, was excellent and took care of us every step of the way. At many sites we had other guides, who were extremely knowledgeable about their site and added so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city was unique and I don't know if there was a "wow"moment that was greater than any other. It did give me goosebumps to drive by the Berlin Wall and listen to President Kennedy's famous speech at the same time. Very nice touch and I will never forget it."

Michael

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Berlin Wall."

Judy

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Unfortunately the weather (not in your control) did impact our experience. However, I found the cities very accessible and especially the public transportation was great. NA has a lot to learn about moving their citizens around their big cities. Our tour group was a very amenable group and they mixed together very well; I don't think anyone ever felt left out of group events. It was busier than I anticipated since "free afternoon" became, "I have to see that since I may not be back".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dresden - how can such devastation be rebuilt to such detail."

Tom

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good mix of personal time to explore on our own and group time that was quite helpful in providing information and insight that I/we otherwise would not have known. Found the accommodations to be pleasant and perfectly located in each of the stops. All of our guides were good but Holger and Terry (Berlin) were a cut above the rest. I did find Martin (Praque) to be quite good as well. Wonderful person with great knowledge, oh and he was the proverbial "rocket scientist".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Obviously hard to pick just one, however, I liked the whole of Berlin. I was spellbound seeing the place where 15 years of history changed the entire world. Having said that the memory I will probably hang onto the most is the afternoon we spent in the local brewery during our stop in Cheny Cromof(sp?). Very small brewery and got semi crowded b/c it started to rain. We were the only English speakers but made many acquaintances sitting there playing cribbage - a game no one understood."

Rick

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great as usual due to the well-planned itinerary, wonderful guide and a nice balance between group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, but the local tour guide in Berlin (Ryan) and the way he explained the history of the city,especially the Berlin wall was fascinating. Jana was excellent throughout and her heartfelt descriptions of life in Prague during Soviet control was very moving."

Cindi

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed each city we visited, the side trips, our wonderful guide Jana as well as the local guides. So much history to learn and appreciate their struggles for freedom. The local guide in Berlin (Ryan) was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great experiences on this trip but our guide telling us her personal perspective growing up under Communist rule and then the change after they left her country (Czeck Republic). Very moving!"

Weather

Germany / Berlin


Czech Republic / Prague


Austria / Vienna

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email as well as the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your customer account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Berlin (BER) and out of Vienna (VIE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Berlin guidebook.