• 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 $625

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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

2019

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 • Mucha Museum • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • St. George's Basilica • 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 • Hofburg Treasury…and more
  • All group transportation from Berlin to Vienna
  • 11 nights' accommodations (all but two are 3-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 2019
  • 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 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 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, and the Golden Lane. Is Prague really home to the best beers in Europe? We'll find out by sampling one during lunch together at the Strahov Monastery 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 walking tour of Vienna's historic core, starting with St. Stephen's Cathedral. We'll continue 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 sights: the elegant Opera House (when available), royal Hofburg Imperial Apartments, and jewel-filled Hofburg Treasury. 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

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

JoAnn

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding leader. Very knowledgeable and well organized

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."

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."

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."

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)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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)."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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?"

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!"

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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.)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 !!! "

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."

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"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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 :)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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,'"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Harry

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carlos was a really great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov"

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."

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.

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."

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)."

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"

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."

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."

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.""

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."

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."

Claudia

Portsmouth, VA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beginning the tour in Berlin was such an exciting prelude. Our guide Holger's personal history living in both the old and the restored East Berlin gave us such an advantage and an appreciation of the new Berlin spirit of remembering the past while embracing an invigorated and youthful future. The tour had something for everyone- world class museums, speedy trams, historic sights, interesting street vistas, restful parks and gardens, jazz and opera.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip down the Danube from Melk (beer and turkey nuggets) and the Cafe Oper Wien-cruising, culture, and camaraderie."

Nicholas

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was a fantastic way to see the highlights of three major European capitals in the space of 12 action filled days. The key to our tour was our guide, Holger, who was really wonderful (more on that below). We were lucky with the weather, with only one rainy day. The bus trip between cities was really easy and Holger filled the time for us with interesting tidbits-bits about our destination and also encouraged us to discuss thoughts and impressions about what we'd just seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from up on the hill at Prague Castle, looking back at the city, the bridges and river. Just spectacular!"

Georganne

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful group. Holger was absolutely the best and did everything he could to serve us well. His knowledge and experience was exceptional and he was able to keep a keen sense on the needs of the group and how to herd a group of cats. Amazing skill. I enjoyed the emphasis on history and our various guides' understanding and interpretations of present and past events. Mostly not presented in a biased way, which we appreciated and while inclusive, was insightful and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to pin down.....ahh, that I actually now like beer :). I was pleasantly surprised at how well organized, efficient and planned it was. The hotels got better with time (always better than getting worse). I would say Dresden was a highlight. The Zwinger and the Royal Palace were great visits as was the organ in the Frauenkirche. Prague is a gem, but you can't beat the history of Berlin and the lessons to learn. Not my first to Europe, but my first tour. Well done!!"

Daniel

Fair Haven, NY

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour exceeded our expectations. Holger Zimmer was an exceptional and knowledgeable host the entire time, and we were especially impressed by his caring and nurturing demeanor. He really watches out for his charges.! Local guides at each stop were also very good. There was just the right balance of guided activity and free time to explore on our own. Really liked the way we were encouraged to form a cohesive group from a bunch of strangers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed seeing a rebuilt and vibrant Europe that is beginning to make the IS seem just a little backward. Many enjoyable moments during the trip, but the most memorable was not the most enjoyable. I saw a drawing by a young girl in a concentration camp. The drawing was simply of a girl being carried away by a very dark and ominous creature. It's an indelible image that we must never forget. We should applaud the Germans for coming to terms with the darkest part of their past."

Ellen

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband, daughter and I took this tour as our family summer vacation. We were interested in experiencing the flavor of some of Europe's great cities, and learning about the history and culture. We got what we came for. Our guide Holger was very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. As on earlier Rick Steves tours, our fellow travelers were good company. We enjoyed our family time and lots of new experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our morning at the Berlin Wall Memorial with our local guide was very poignant for me. This is history that I lived through at a distance, but that seems personal."

Rick

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good balance of history, great old cathedrals, museums, and castles with a balanced and friendly group of fellow travelers. The local guides did a great job of sharing personal experiences from the Cold War and World War 2. We had a good balance of organized touring with free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We happened on a chamber music experience in Prague in the Mirrored Chapel playing many of our favorites back to back and alternating with a great soprano singing every 3rd piece and an organ solo from 2nd row seats. Mesmerizing."

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."

Daniel

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unbelievably awesome. There's nothing like having a guided tour with people who can help you navigate, show you how to get around, and basically plan everything out for you so you just need to show up and absorb like a sponge and try to fit in. I can't imagine doing this alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many... but I think the one that struck the biggest emotional chord with me was physically peering into the Berlin Wall section that had been preserved. Physically seeing how it looked drove home the fact that this REALLY existed. It's not just a story. Also the massive Cathedrals in Prague and Vienna, but especially Melk. I've never seen something so elaborate. Oh, and the attitude of the Austrians, everyone is so laid back and nice. I would move there in a heartbeat!"

Catherine

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour and I loved it! Enjoyed the itinerary. Was very happy with Jana keeping our tour activities on time with appropriate breaks to catch our breath. The size of the bus ratio with number of tour participants was perfect, I never felt crowded. Loved the group activities and meals but also enjoyed being sent off on our own to do "our own thing".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose, so many "wow" moments Jewish museum, in Prague. Seeing the thousands of names inscribed on the marble wall whilst simultaneously being read aloud with the cantor singing in the background. A very overwhelming moment. You read about the horrors of the holocaust, but standing on this sacred ground impacted me in a very different way. An experience I shall never forget."

Augusto

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Have long considered a RS tour; finally made the plunge. Best tour experience ever. Outstanding tour guide; Jana extremely informative and knowledgeable. Assistant Lauren an asset to Jana. Great local guides though Carlos in Berlin & Wolfgang in Vienna are tops. Pluses: small group, wonderful itinerary, backgrounds on places visited, meals in non-touristy venues, lots of room on bus, good driver. Minuses: None!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague wins hands down. Lovely city, great sights."

Krista

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it blew our expectations out of the water! The sights and history were incredible! Everything was timely and well-organized. Our tour guides Jana and Lauren were amazing, patient people and have set the bar very high for future tours. Jana was so thoughtful - sharing stories, history, foods, and beverages from the various regions along our journey. Likewise we learned so much from our "buddies" who were all such a compassionate, respectful group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to pick just one! All the historic sights and stories of Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. The sobering morning we spent in Terezin. The quaint cobblestone streets of Dresden and ?eský Krumlov. The beautiful night life, lights, and food of the each of cities. The knowledge and appreciation we gained for the cultures and people we visited and learned about."

Abbe

Chino, CA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An incredible tour, once again. (#3 for me) Jana was so very knowledgeable, caring and kind. Lauren served as a great resource also. So much history, architecture and landscape. I loved it all. It was definitely a learning experience as well as a refresher for me. Great local guides gave us their first hand experiences with each country's 20th century hardships and strife.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pinpoint a single "Wow" moment. Each day was filled with special moments. Visiting Terezin was a sobering day but ended with a tour of Nelahozeves with castle and a picnic lunch with Czech beer. The visit to MelK Abbey and the cruise down the Danube towards Vienna was spectacular! And then Dresden was so lovely despite their WWII bombing. And did I mention Cesky Krumlov? It just goes on and on the incredible moment of this tour!"

Marie

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish this RS tour was filled with history, beauty, and memorable experiences. Our tour guide Jana and her assistant Lauren were a fantastic team. They made certain that every day ran smoothly, efficiently, was filled with enjoyable times and must see highlights for each visiting city/town. Spending 3 nights in each city really allows the traveler to enjoy all the free time ,scheduled time with the tour group and a limited amount of time on the bus. A wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with all RS tours there are so many "wow" moments that it is hard to select a favorite. A few moments for me include seeing the Berlin Wall, the Bradenburg Gate, hearing 2 concerts in Prague,seeing Vienna's Opera House and the Gustav Klimt's Kiss in the Belvedere Palace. When a tour can have so many "wow" moments it definitely makes for a fantastic tour through the back door."

Roberta

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was very enjoyable largely because of the knowledge and helpfulness of Jana (and Lauren) and the cohesiveness of the group that Jana promoted. We got a nice overview of all the cities. In our free time, we could explore more in depth if we had done our homework (I didn't so I struggled a little with making optimum use of that time.) I wish there was a little flexibility in the scheduled touring time to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Strangely, I liked the transit systems in all the larger cities and Jana teaching us what was available and how to use them."

Sandra

Princeton Jct, NJ

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, caring head tour guide. Good mix of activities from walking tours to river boat excursions to jazz club evening program. I don't know if the jazz club is always in the program or was added because one of the group was a jazz aficionado. Hotels above expectation. Excellent, fun group meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opening our hotel room window in Vienna and seeing St. Stephen's Cathedral right across the plaza."

Thomas

Mokena, IL

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our first experience touring with a group. Everyone in our group was very friendly and outgoing. Our guides, Carlos and Caroline, were very organized and knowledgeable about the countries that we toured. We were also very impressed with the number and quality of the local guides that accompanied us in the cities and at the sites that we visited. Berlin, Prague, Dresden and Vienna were wonderful in themselves, but the historical info. really made the trip for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were lucky enough to schedule a classical concert in a church in Prague that was very nice. But our "back stage" tour of the Opera House in Vienna was something we won't soon forget. Also, the impromptu birthday celebration that Carlos and Caroline threw for my wife in Cesky Krumlov was extra special!"

Nancy E

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour, and they, as well as our local guides, were very knowledgeable and shared manny personal experiences and insights as we went along. Even our time on the bus as we traveled was educational and well planned. The places we stayed were well chosen, quiet, and had marvelous breakfasts. I thought the game we played relating truths and an untruth about our buddy was fun and really helped us to get better acquainted. Both Carlos and Caroline were very attentive and focused on us

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the beautiful side, I most enjoyed the Belvedere's art collection. On the dark side, the trip to Terezin was so important and memorable."

Lori

Middleville, MI

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very well laid out. In the beginning, there was more down time which I'm sure was helpful for people who arrived just when the tour began. When we traveled by bus and on the Danube, the stops were perfect. The amount of time on the bus was very little compared to the amazing places we were able to see and visit on our way. The highly structured days were the days I liked best as I like to be busy the whole time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many, but I loved going to the jazz club as a group. It was something I wouldn't have picked out on my own, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience."

James

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carlos is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide and was sensitive to the diverse interests of all on the tour. Each city had its own "vibe" and we had sufficient time in Berlin, Prague and Vienna to experience this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first local tour in Prague was very interesting and a good introduction the variety of architecture and history for the city."

Ellen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour fully met and exceeded my expectations for getting to know three major European cities that were entirely new to me: Berlin, Prague, and Vienna, with stopovers in Dresden and Cesky Krumlov. Good balance of tour and free time let me spend as much time as I wanted in various art museums. As always, the tour guide and assistant were on top of all the logistics, plus they had interesting personal stories and historical context about our visits. Fellow tour members were friendly and fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bringing 20th Century European history to life: Berlin's outstanding Wall and Cold War memorials, Terezin labor camp outside Prague, the Czech Republic's remarkable and finally uplifting story, Habsburg Vienna. Plus great art, the surprising Baroque Theatre in the castle as Cesky Krumlov, the Danube River cruise - great idea, thank you - the tour of Vienna's Opera House, and the Art Nouveau Secession. Also - a jazz club in Prague, and the only 2 hours of rain of the trip, for our rafting."

Wendy

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took this tour as a family of 4 with our 2 young, adult daughters. It was a wonderful trip! We all enjoyed our tour group comradeship and the knowledgeable guides. It enabled us to experience things and see sites that we wouldn't have sought out had we been on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many beautiful sights created my "wow" moments. My favorite was sunset at the Charles Bridge in Prague, looking out on the river and the castle."

Tom

Duxbury, MA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While I have been to Germany and Austria many times on business, I had not had the opportunity to visit Berlin or the Czech Republic. So, there was much on this tour that was new for me and our guides made the cities and sites on this tour com alive for me. Their deep backgrounds in history along with the rich backgrounds of the local guides gave me a better understanding and appreciation of the history of pre-WWII, WWII and the Cold War periods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the Baroque theater in Cesky Krumlov quite amazing. Well worth the visit."

Kris

Duxbury, MA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my 6th RS Tour. All tours are fantastic, very predictable with how they are organized, implemented, educational & people friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was amazed with the baroque theater in cesky Crumlov."

Nicole

Edmonton Alberta, AB

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed visiting the three cities on tour and getting to know the people in our group. It was a comfortable way to travel for my first experience as a solo traveler in Europe. I really enjoyed our orientations to the city, using the metro to get around and our group meals or group activities such as beer gardens, jazz concerts and rafting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment might have been the feeling I got walking through the Jewish war memorial in Berlin. It is an indescribably powerful feeling. Other favorite moments were floating down the river in Cesky Krumlov and the Danube river cruise towards Vienna -so beautiful and so relaxing."

Virginia

Lake Wales, FL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprise how well the tour is organized. I love the idea of the Buddy System which works. The bus also was grand and so comfortable with only 28 passengers. The mic system worked well with Jana educating us with history. I especially liked that she played music from her county, Czech Republic. I learned more than I expected too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hum....learned how to use the tramp system in Berlin. I feel I can find my way around anywhere now. My real Wow moment seeing a ink drawing in dinning room of the Vienna Hotel that is like my mother's. I asked Jana and she said it could a sketch of anywhere in Europe. To our surprise, that very day we walked thru the gate which I recognized from the drawing. Now, I know that my mother visited Vienna too.(I lost my mother when I was young & I never had chance to ask her about her travels.)"

Susan

Duluth, MN

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. It certainly did not disappoint. The guides were tremendous. Really appreciated the intro tours to each new location. Well organized which meant touring early in the day, avoiding lines. Also gave us things to consider on our free time. Our guide always had extra treats, that symbolized something about the area, which allowed us to sample many local things that we would not have thought of. The subject matter of much of our tour was very sobering .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really hard to name one thing. There were so many extraordinary experiences!"

Linda

Tampa, FL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fifth RS tour. This one ranked ranked average for us, (which as you see above is still very good). This was simply because we didn't find Berlin and Prague as enjoyable as the places we had visited in France and Italy. However, Yana our tour guide was outstanding, the trip was very well organized, we enjoyed our fellow tour members, and I felt the trip was educational as well as very enjoyable. So all in all, another great RS experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Collectively, learning about WWII Berlin, the Holocost, the Berlin Wall, and Terezin Concentration Camp was the most powerful experience of the trip. It is a subject I never persued before and now I feel I have a better understanding of the experience of the German people during that time. Also Yana did a great job of explaining about the Czech people during the same time period."

Marilyn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, very good. Nice buses. Jana was great. A lot of cities, though, back-to-back. I was grateful for the stops in Dresden and Cesky Krumlov. Nice that they were a little smaller, or at least seemed that way in the case of Dresden.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the baroque theatre in Cesky Krumlov. That was very unique, and I was pleased we were able to visit this very cool place."

Dayle

Lake Wales, FL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. Over all, I was well pleased. The mix of guided tours & free time was great. Still, so much left unseen. Alas! Berlin & Prague were new locales to me. I had previously visited Vienna on a river cruise & was delighted to have the opportunity to return. I take a lot of photos, so I appreciated the audio head set which allowed me to hear the local guide while roaming around each site to take photos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reading the donor name on an exhibit at Melk Abbey and seeing one of my ancestral family names, Moser! Don't know if he is related, but that was way cool! My Moser ancestors emigrated to the USA from Switzerland in 1820."

Nilka

Tampa, FL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had to pinch myself about all the history and beauty I was seeing throughout the cities we visited . The overall experience felt very personal even though we were a group . Overall the group was quite cohesive and considerate one with the other . Thanks for spacing the activities and walking time which helped restoring our physical bodies from one day to the next . This has been an unforgettable experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to tell a "WOW " moment as everything was a marvel to me ! The WW2 history of Berlin and persecution of jews including visiting Terezin were moving to me . The city of Dresden added significant history in our tour . The other cities including Cesky Kromlov ( so quaint ) and Prague / Vienna were so enriching with history, architectural , art periods and beauty . My awareness and learning of the world has increased because of this tour ."

Claudia

Waco, TX

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was such an interesting tour - I learned so much about WW 2 and about the rise - and fall - of communism across eastern Europe.

Nate

McAllen, TX

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed it: it was a good group of people, they took us to fascinating places, I learned a lot of history (I'm a history nerd), and we ate great food. It was also a good balance of structured time and time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The church in Melk Abbey is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. Also, the Kunthistoriches.... art museum in Vienna was heaven. I'm a Napoleon fan, so i really enjoyed all of the paintings in Belvadere Palace. The Astronomical Clock in Prague is incredible. The trip down the Danube was great."

Christopher

Tampa, FL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth RS tour, so we're obviously big fans. As usual, the arrangements - hotels, food, guides, and transportation - were fantastic. Plenty of structured and unstructured time with great suggestions from the guides on how to spend our free time. Great information, history, and anecdotes from all of the guides helped make the trip very interesting and fun. The group was also great to travel with ... many repeat tourers. We loved Jana!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, there were plenty of WOW moments. The history and stories about Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and WW2 were deeply moving and interesting, and the time in Berlin and Germany certainly were WOW times. I particularly appreciated the Jewish Museum and the Topography of Terror (on our own, recommended by Jess our guide). On the lighter side, The Municipal House and Mucha museum were favorites in Prague. I went to several jazz clubs in Prague and Vienna - WOW!!"

Bradford

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Now I know why people speak so highly of Rick Steves tours. We saw things and did things that I probably never would have done on my own, such as cruising on the Danube and rafting on the Moldau. Our tour guide rates an A+++ for her charm, her knowledge, and her unflappability.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Near the baroque theater in Cesky Krumlov, there is a balcony with a perfect picture-postcard view over the roofs of the town to the rolling hills in the background, with a church spire poking up into the sky. I just stood there and drank it all in as best I could."

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."

Richard

Roswell, NM

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour with a great tour guide - Jana. I learned a lot about history and art and three large European cities I have never been to before

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river raft trip experience"

Linda

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent choice of hotels (I especially liked the one near the Powder Gate, which served as a wonderful landmark visible from everywhere). Good to have free time. Thanks for not having Jana wave a wand with a flag on top. Those tours headed by a wand-wielding guide look like ducklings following their leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing up the Powder Gate and having a wide view. Art Museums"

Norman

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was terrific. I can't say enough about her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jana was terrific. I can't say enough about her."

Douglas

Morrisville, PA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour and once again it did not disappoint. All elements of the trip were [INVALID]d flawlessly! Lucky, since that isn't always the case. Our guide Jana was wonderful. She was warm, funny, smart and successfully bridged together a diverse group of travelers into a new family that shared wonderful memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is always so difficult to pick one "WoW" moment from an excursion through four cities and three countries. My WoW moment was the walking tour of the Berlin wall and communist East Berlin. Experiencing how the East Berliners lived and managed in the post war era. Seeing the walls, the death strip and learning how East and West Berlin managed until the wall came down in 1989."

Lynn

Woodbury, NJ

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so glad I went on this tour! I wanted to see Prague, Berlin sounded interesting and Vienna, what the heck, I'll see that too. But the reality was so much better than I expected[INVALID]great group, wonderful guide (Jana H) and a very interesting blend of countries and cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I knew before the tour that public transportation in European cities is good, I was still "wowed" by how I could really get around, on trams and trains, to just about anywhere I wanted to go. This was especially true in Berlin and Vienna. (I enjoyed Prague but the language was more of a barrier there than the German speaking countries.)"

Kevin

Tigard, OR

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was an extremely enriching experience. The locales that we toured were both interesting and unique. The expert tour guides and lively tour group made for a memorable time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was touring the Berlin Wall memorials. I was 10 years old when the Wall was erected and seeing it up close was very moving (and sobering)."

Marilyn

Princeton, BC

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cities are not my favourite places to go but I would encourage anyone to take this tour just for the 20th century history one hears and sees. It is a remarkable testament to mans inhumanity to man and ability to overcome, rebuild and move forward, striving for reconciliation. of course, the pre- 20th century buildings and art are part of the history but I found the 20th and 21st century stories the most compelling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I can only have one WOW moment, it would be the Holocaust Memorial. My second choice would be the Baroque Theatre tour in Cesky Krumlov--absolutely amazing stage craft."

Gail

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience from the group, main tour guide and local guides was excellent. The varied activities kept things interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experience that has stuck with me is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. I guess it is true, art is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone in the group had a different interpretation of what the artist was trying to say. On a lighter note, I enjoyed the Turkish meal in East Berlin. The food was wonderful."

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!"

Beth

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint! From beginning to end the tour was well organized and afforded us the opportunity to see new sights, learn about other cultures, view beautiful architecture, and experience interesting cuisines. The historical aspect of the tour was extremely interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The historical Berlin walk coupled with the tour of Terezin brought history into focus. All the historical snippets or pieces of the puzzle that I was familiar with suddenly coalesced! As the horrors of war and the destruction of lives, liberty, and property were described by our guides, one couldn't help but think of the freedoms that we as Americans take for granted. The tour of the Baroque Theater in Cesky Krumlov provided a unique opportunity to see the underpinnings of the theater."

David

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our very first tour, and it exceeded all of our expectations. Jana, our tour guide, was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Berlin wall experience was very sobering and educational. Ryan was a great source of information. The Prague Castle Complex was another great moment. The Baroque Theater in Cesky Krumlov was another outstanding venue."

Tanya

Roswell, NM

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour. Berlin has survived so much - WWII, Hitler's impact, the Wall, Reunification. Add in the treatment of Jews and you have a lot of history to learn. Dresden, Cesky Krumlov were delightful - wish we could have spent more time. Terezin - thought provoking. Prague - From communism to where it is today - so many changes since 1989! This medieval to modern city radiates hope for its future. Vienna - Habsburg paradise and music lover's dream.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide, Jana and local guide Misa shared what it was like to grow up as a teen under communism. They both passionately described the events of the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the demonstration in the town square. One event led to the death/injury of hundreds of students protesting communism. Jana stood in front of the memorial and placed a single rose in the outstretched hands of this simple memorial. Heart breaking yet hopeful that the future of this country will be so much better."

Elaine

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt we had a good balance in activities, variety of activity and enough free time to go back and do what each person wanted. Also I liked all of our hotels bc they were centrally located and provided goo breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Stephens and St Vitas cathedrals, the dead zone in Berlin and of course the rafting. Jana is a WOW guide."

Francis

Bridgeton, NJ

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour surpassed all our expectations. Great hotels, food, and pleasant company made for a very stress-free experience that we will never forget. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and we plan on doing more. Our guide Jana, was absolutely wonderful. Her pleasant personality, helpfulness, sense of humor, and endless energy was an integral, part of making this vacation a resounding success. Many thanks to Jana!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Danube River cruise and the Spanish Riding School."

Lilly

New York, NY

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lovely guide, good to great hotels. Saw many beautiful sights, sometimes a bit too rushed though I know everything is timed. The conversation after dinner with the restaurant owner was too long and tedious especially since we were exhausted and wilting. These hotels were consistently nicer that last Rick Steve trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St. Stephens Cathedral at night was stunning. My husband loved the Baroque Theater. Loved Vienna most of all. The sights as well as the people. Berlin filled with much history regarding the Berlin Wall and Memorials to Holocaust victims. Prague very busy, crowded, lovely architecture and museums but marred by incredibly rude people. I was deliberately pushed aside because someone wanted to pass me. Waiters are rude and provide no service and get enraged if you don't speak the language."

Madelyn

Mchenry, IL

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted to take this tour as I am of Czech descent, but I ended up loving all of the places we went to. Berlin was a real surprise, as the neighborhood we stayed in was so quaint. Because of the places we stayed, you had to really enjoy history to have an outstanding time. Even so, I liked how other experiences were interwoven to add more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, but my favorite was passing the remains of the Berlin Wall with all of its murals. We were on the bus and Janna played JFK's famous speech he delivered about freedom and the wall. The importance of peace and freedom were very relevant during the entire tour."

Karen

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Found this to be a very enjoyable, well-paced tour that really gives the flavor of each of these interesting cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish Museum in Berlin proved to be an emotionally moving and sobering experience. So glad we sought it out (as recommended in the tour book) on our extra day we had before the start of the tour. Daniel Libeskind's symbolic design of three intersecting axis depicting the 3 paths of life in Germany for the Jewish people is quite informative."

Dan

Monterey, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and learned so much about the various countries, cities and history of the regions visited. Jana was wonderful! She went above and beyond in terms of sharing her vision and history in this region, and being our source of information on most any topic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming to the realization of what a dynamic and growing city Berlin is and will become in the future! We loved the older section where we stayed, and appreciated the dynamic growth potential for the area. Vienna was also spectacular and we want to go back to this area in the future."

James

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour. Jana was terrific! She brought the group together with her personality and generosity. The Danube cruise and Cesky Krumlov were happy surprises.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Danube cruise was a wonderful surprise."

Charles

Buffalo Grove, IL

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 10th Rick Steves tour, and it certainly was up to the high standards of our previous experiences. We especially enjoyed the 20th century historical aspect of Berlin (World War II and the Cold War) and the beauty/vibrancy of Prague and Vienna. The difference in cuisine across countries made for a nice change of pace every few days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been on numerous RS tours, I try to answer this question with a moment that was startling and unexpected. On this tour, it was seeing and learning about the astronomical clock by the Prague Old Town Square. This clock is a real marvel from many hundreds of years ago, seeming way ahead of its time (no pun intended). Look it up on the Internet to learn the details."

John

Winchester, TN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our BPV tour! We had high expectations when we chose this tour based on our previous Rick Steves tour from a couple of years ago. Every aspect of the tour was well organized and offered numerous learning opportunities. Our group of fellow travelers were outstanding - just a great group of folks! Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few "wow" moments but two stand out at this point in my mind. First, the "Cold War" experience of a divided Berlin and how it affected families and individuals. The real stories of people choosing to risk their lives for freedom (and a number of them lost their lives). Staying in East Berlin allowed your mind to imagine living here while it was controlled by the Communists. Secondly, was the stunningly beautiful chapel at the Melk Abbey."

Gael

Monterey, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our first Rick Steves tour - we were exceptionally pleased with our Tour Leader, Jana. Jana's pleasant personality, mixed with her vast knowledge of history as well as her personal stories made our tour so very special. We appreciated how Jana went out of her way to make sure that our needs were met. My husband and I liked how we had our own time together as well (a good mix of tour group time and our own time).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one singular wow moment. We were surprised that we enjoyed Berlin very much - our local guide was good, his stories about the Berlin Wall and of the people that escaped (or attempted to do so) were captivating. The river cruise on the Danube was outstanding! We felt very comfortable in Vienna - our tour in Vienna could have lasted even longer. We wish we could have visited Schönbrunn Palace as a group - that was something that would have made our visit to Vienna even more special."

Alane

San Tan Valley, AZ

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fabulous experience. I feel like I saw so many beautiful places and learned so much about this part of the world. I loved our guide Jana. She went out of her way to provide extra experiences and local foods and drinks to try. She was very knowledgeable and shared her perspectives with us throughout the trip. Her assistant Caroline really added a lot too. Great guides, gorgeous cities, wonderful food, and really nice hotels. Highly recommended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpectedly beautiful town of Cesky Krumlov and the amazing old theater there. I didn't realize how advanced theater was then."

Carl

Newcastle, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized. Guides were well informed.d

Favorite "WOW" moment

"20th century Berlin history and being in the midst of all that have story."

Linda

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My tour experience was very good. Every day was jam packed and full of adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Czesky Krumlov! The city, the medieval streets, the baroque theater, the great dinner. Wow! Wish we could have stayed at least 2 nights."

Glenn

Moorpark, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, fantastic folks, great hotels, wonderful food. We received an indepth experience that helped us to understand the full factual -- and emotional -- realities of what happened in these countries from 1936 through 1989, and their ongoing recovery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but for me the most "wow" came from seeing the words "Arbeit Macht Frei" over a gate in the Terezin concentration camp. I knew that motto or slogan was used in the extermination camps, but I was not expecting it in Terezin. The second-most "wow" came from seeing the preserved segment of the Berlin Wall that included both walls, the death-strip between them, the signal fence, and the guard tower."

Marta

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very Good Trip. Well planned. Berlin very interesting. The Wall's explanation a bit too much. Prague and Vienna very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flavor of Prague and Vienna European cities, the architecture and the art."

Kelly

Nashville, TN

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! I learned so much. Jam-packed with history from start to finish, it was like being on the best two week field trip with the nicest class and the coolest teachers. Jana is an amazing guide who is very kind, professional and helpful. We were incredibly lucky to also have an apprentice guide Caroline who will blow people's socks off with a RS tour of her own one day. Even our local guides were topnotch. Loved each city and truly enjoyed the hotels, group meals and beer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots. I loved hearing the personal stories and family history from our Czech guide Jana and our German guide Caroline. Their insight to recent history from WWII to the fall of the Berlin Wall and Velvet Revolution enhanced my experience greatly. I could have spent another week in Berlin easily. Cesky Krumlov was a magical escape from the big city. My favorite experience in Vienna was The Third Man museum...not a tour stop but not to be missed. And for the record, I think Kofola is delicious!"

Desiree

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was amazing. Very intuitive with the group's needs. Her knowledge about each city and her confidence was very inspiring. I cannot wait to do another tour with Jana. Caroline is going to do great on her own. She's comfortable, she's clever, she is such a history buff. I cannot believe how much I learned from Caroline along this trip. I've got a bunch of friends that want to tour Germany, hoping we will get Caroline!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hm. So many, different contexts with wow moments. I loved the hotels, the locations. My "wow" moment I think was an "ahaa!" moment. Connecting history with geography. Putting my 2 Rick Steves' Tours together. The area in Ypres, knowing what was going on there, while now at the same time really knowing in WWI, or WWII what was going on in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria."

Steven

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This tour provides a good mix of history, architecture, art and local culture. It was a great educational experience. It is very active and most days packed in plenty of structured time. Jana provides great leadership and a fun, comfortable style. Her personal perspective and insight was enlightening and appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov was enjoyable and relaxing. Wish we had more time there."

Melody

Grand Terrace, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Cesky Krumlov. Such a picturesque little jewel in which to chill between busy Prague & Vienna. I was tempted to abandon the tour and buy property there! Another big surprise was to find so much green space in Berlin & Vienna. One can readily move away from the crowds and concrete into a peaceful, cool, green zone as desired... sit on a bench, chill, eat a sandwich, listen to the thousands of birds, watch children play, just be."

Cindy

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all the detailed historical information. The hotel locations were within walking distant of so many main attractions. First day with the local guide a little overwhelming with all the historical dates, times, and events. Using public transportation- fabulous! Wonderful overall. My second RS Tour and my best so far. Ready for number 3!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The resilience of the culture, people, and art. I thought I knew German history.... I now understand German history."

Colleen

Canonsburg, PA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded our expectations. Very well organized. Terrific value for money. Rick Steves' tours definitely deliver what they promise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we learned than the vast majority of our tour colleagues were 'repeat customers'."

Louise

Newcastle, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip was enriched by our wonderful tour guide, Jana. She was the most efficient and organized guide we have had. We learned a lot and saw a lot. Jana worked to have see and experience as a local in very large cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the stories of living during the Soviet rule and the Berlin glass around the government buildings for transparency in government. Seeing the gold name plates in the sidewalk of so many buildings giving the names and dates of Jews who were taken from the home. To think that it not only happened but that one man (Gunter Demnig, I think) began the crusade to have the name plates installed and all the donations that made it possible."

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 in your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Berlin and out of Vienna ("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.