• 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

2018

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 25 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 • Municipal House • 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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • 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 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions 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 guided tour of the classy concert halls and salons of Prague's Municipal House and 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

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.

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."

Henry

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Madrid

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

Rita

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Portage, MI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

Kay

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Fran

Canton, OH

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of it!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rosalie

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Baroque Theatre in Czerny Kumlove."

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"

Eric

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Rocklin, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague. Everything about it"

Howard

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Denise

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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.""

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."

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!!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!!"

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.)"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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'."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Christine

Webster, NY

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been using Rick Steves tour books for years to plan our trips to Europe and this was the first time we took a tour. Everything about the tour was outstanding and far exceeded our expectations- the overall guide, Jana, local guides, the tour plan for each day, communications between guides and the people on the tour, the sites that we saw, hotels, meals, our Mercedes bus and driver, Camille, etc., etc. Jana went above and beyond all expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a thousand wow moments on this trip, but my husband and I thought looking down on the rooftops and river of Chesky Krumlov from the castle fortress high above and the Baroque theater were truly wonderful. The real WOW! moment came 12 days after returning home when my silver and ruby ring appeared in the mail. I had lost it in the hotel room in Cesky Krumlov. An honest maid found it and tour guide, Jana, arranged to have it mailed to me at home in the US. Honesty like that is rare!"

Leonie

Charleston, SC

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very educational but very active.Tour guide was excellent and other tour members were very like minded travellers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOWS but the emersion in Jewish modern history in Berlin ,Prague and Terezien were my WOW moments !"

Borja

Ocean Grove, NJ

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "guided" tour and we truly enjoyed it! One of our concerns was just being on buses, getting on and off and not walking the cities. Well, it surely was not that way! We truly enjoyed walking, taking public transportation and eating in local places where we were able to experience local living. Our guide, Jana, was very organized, gave detailed explanations and made the trip extremely enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Berlin Wall was an incredible experience and the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle in Prague."

Monica

North Attleboro, MA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour! We loved it and were honestly so pleased and impressed, worth every penny. It was fun, educational and the other tour members where extremely nice, thoughtful and kind. We were amazed at how every detail was planned out yet the tour did not feel remotely restrictive of our time. The pacing, which can be hard to plan, was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am an artist so I would say seeing Gustav Klimt's work BUT , learning all the history WWI, WWII was an unexpected surprise. Again it was paced out perfectly. My biggest WOW may have been learning the history of the Czech Republic, I was fascinated by it!"

Patricia

Stratham, NH

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting the three big cities, so different from one another, was thrilling. Berlin for the history and visceral emotion of being in a city with so much recent turmoil and history. Prague had an entirely different feel; a mixture of old and new. The crowds made appreciating each spot a little difficult, but it is now such a sought-after place to be. Vienna was my favorite for the beautiful buildings and the grandeur of the city, along with it being so walkable and easy to navigate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the long stretch of the intact former Berlin wall on our way out of the city by bus."

Thomas

North Attleboro, MA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved EVERYTHING about the tour including our guide, the local guides, our fellow travelers, the pace, the hotels, restaurants, and sites. Jana was attentive to every detail, while remaining easy going and setting the right demeanor for the tour. Her personal experiences (growing up in Prague) added tremendous insight to our overall experience. We will definitely consider future RS tours, and highly recommend to our friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot pick one moment, as everything was amazing. Jana did go out of her way to provide lots of little snacks and surprises that we all learned to look forward to."

Steven

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Torben was an excellent tour group manager. He was very knowledgeable and creative in dealing with the different personalities of our group. The hotels were very good. The hot breakfasts at the hotels were very good. The local guides were excellent especially Sharka (Sarah) in Prague. She was amazing and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment was the Terezin concentration camp."

Robert

Lynden, WA

Tour: 09/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most enlightening of our 4 tours because it included so many of the major events and sites we remembered in news from the 20th century during our lifetime. We strongly felt the trauma and recovery efforts from war and oppression, as well as the centuries of beauty and achievements of those cultures. I wish all Americans could see these countries as we have through our guides and sites. Plus, we had the usual great food, new friends, and wonderful tour director in Torben.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments I cannot pick one. Floating the Vltava River was one special one due to the comaraderie it created within our group."

Jennifer

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I greatly enjoyed this tour. All three cities were so different and the smaller towns of Dresden and cesky Krumlov were a nice treat. Torben was a fabulous guide! Extremely knowledgeable, patient and funny.

Alice

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides were excellent. Torben was exceptional. The group was congenial, interested and interesting. A good mix of tour time with brain focused and free time. The meals that were provided on the tour added much to the socializing and feeling part of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The "No Man's Land" behind the Berlin Wall and the Jewish memorial was one."

Owen

Kennebunk, ME

Tour: 09/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour represented a wonderful exposure to three great European cities as well as Dresden and Cesky Krumlov. It was a nice variety of cultures and history in each of the locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say that the opportunities to visit the Berlin Wall, and hear about the history were all "wow" moments very compelling to see and experience the tragedies that evolved over the years as I watched developments concerning the Wall from afar."

Judith

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour. We immersed ourselves in three major cities, saw important historical sites, experienced beautiful churches and scenery, and mourned the outrages acts of the second world war. The tour enhanced everything by providing us with outstanding guides who put it all in context. Several were history majors. We would not have had the same understanding if we had taken the trip on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After many days of walking in cities, rafting down the river in Cesky Krumlov was great fun."

Ed

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

fearless and experienced leader who continually encouraged us to cross the cultural lines and enrich our experiences. Local docents who had an intimate knowledge and awareness of their subject manner. Small group lended itself to strong esprit and ripping good times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crossing the cultural divide when we attended La Traviotta at the Dresden Opera House. A chance to experience European high culture from the inside out. Oh yeah, we were under dressed!"

Judy

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the trip; educational and fun! Our guide, Holger, was excellent, as were the local guides, especially Karolina in Berlin. I traveled with a great group of people and liked the smaller group size (15) than previous Rick Steves tours I have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Czech Republic"

Noreen

Bartlett, IL

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday was eye-opening and the adventures we were hoping for. Leading this marvelous tour begins with the great guide Holger. His excitement to show us "his city" Berlin was contagious, fast-paced, active, & packed with beautiful museums and heart-wrenching history of the Cold War, World War II, & the fall of Communism. Prague lead us to beautiful architecture, wonderful food & music. Cesny Krumlov was the best secret. Vienna - what can I say? Clean, beautiful and best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Architecture in Prague. Free time - Music in Prague: a jazz club and going to hear Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". Cesny Krumlov: a cozy reprieve from the fast-paced tour. I could have stayed a few more days to embrace its beauty. On our own we saw the beautiful Reichstag dome in Berlin with an excellent guide to learn about their government structure."

Sydette

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUR TOUR WAS FABULOUS. NOT ONLY DID WE SEE SO MANY FAMOUS SITES, BUT WE ACTUALLY LEARNED ABOUT WE WERE SEEING. WE NEVER REALIZED ALL WE WERE MISSING BY GOING ON OUR OWN. HAVING A GUIDE WHO IS KNOWLEGABLE IN THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE AREA MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"HAVING OUR GUIDE GIVE US A TOUR OF BERLIN AND THE HISTORY OF THE NAZI REGIME. CAROLINE WAS EXTREMLY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND INTERESTING AND MADE US FEEL WHAT HAPPENED - I ACTUALLY HAD TEARS IN MY EYES LISTENING TO HER AND KNOWING IT TOOK PLACE RIGHT BENEATH MY FEET. THE EXPERIENCE WAS PRICELESS."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

evaluation by MaryLouise Alving After years of traveling and making our own reservations, it was a great relief to have our first Rick Steves trip planned for us. The meals, hotels, museum tickets and guides were outstanding. Our group was small, just 14 of us and through the 'meet and greet' strategies of our guide, Holger we became a very close and supportive team of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have read many books about WWII and felt pretty informed about the history of that time, HOWEVER after the conversations and walk arounds in East Berlin, the history of Europe, WW I and the mind set of the Germans leading up to WWII and giving over the power to Hitler, the WOW moment was that this stream of events could and does happen in our world to this day, frightening and realistic I am sad to say. Our two guides in East Berlin were very frank, open about the history of the time."

Elise

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything on this tour was well planned out. We visited so many historic places and enjoyed some wonderful food. There was enough time to ourselves to explore other options, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many special moments, but one of my favorites was seeing the changes in Berlin and how the city was trying to make amends for its troubled past. Visiting the many memorials, including Terrazin, was a very powerful experience for me. It was truly a memorable experience."

Robert

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time touring with both old and new friends. Holger was a wonderful guide with a great sense of humor, and an intimate knowledge of the area. His suggestions for free time activities were spot on, and his attentiveness to individual needs was greatly appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Berlin and still seeing the pieces of the devastation WWII. Bullet holes in buildings, stubling stones in front of the homes of Jews killed by the Nazis were very eye opening."

Teresa

Louisville, KY

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an educational and enjoyable tour. Our guides were very knowlegeable and personable. Our main guide, Jana, made the tour very memorable with her stories and insights. The tour included both the big city experience and the small village atmosphere. I would recommend this tour for anyone interested in the history of the Cold War, World War II, and the fall of Communism. All the tour members were fun to be with and we bonded immediately.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments were activities done on our own: a classical music concert in Prague and a tour of the Reichstag dome in Berlin. I was excited to see the Mucha Museum since I had not been able to do so on my previous trip to Prague. Another "wow" moment for me was seeing the Klimt paintings in the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, especially his work "The Kiss". The biggest "wow" moment was the wonderful boat cruise on the Danube River in the Wachau Valley!"

Kitty

New York, NY

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very enjoyable trip. All sights promised were delivered. The group was delightful. Everyone contributed. There were no obvious grouches & independence was tolerated without question. I've now done 4 RS tours. This was one of the best, if not the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Couldn't call it a "wow"moment, but the concentration camp tour was a revelation. I would recommend it to one and all. To see the town, then the camp & to walk through the tunnel was re-living history. You can hear & read about the horrors, but to see it and be guided through it is another experience entirely. It was a moving part of the tour. Well worth participating in."

John

Maryville, TN

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a response for both Marty and myself. There are two reasons I rated this tour overall as Outstanding: 1. The service of Jana and 2. The comradery of the 22 people in our tour group. We especially enjoyed our time in Vienna, because of the style and humor of our guide, Wolfgang and the features of the city itself. We were amazed that we could sit outside the Vienna Opera house and view the Opera Carmen on a large screen at no charge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The old theater in Ceska Krumloff."

Edward

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I travel internationally often, always on my own. This was my first organized tour ever, going in I wasn't sure if I would like being on a structured tour with a group of strangers. I absolutely loved this tour. Jana, our tour guide, was amazing and the group of people on this tour were so nice and a lot of fun. The local guides, especially Caroline in Berlin, were fantastic. The mix of organized time and free time was perfect. I did all of the optional experiences and enjoyed them all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Caroline, our guide in Berlin relate her experiences during and after the wall came down and talking about her grandparents (especially her grandfather who served in the army)during Hitler's time. Also the "flash mob" after the goodbye dinner at the winery when the group took over the tram and broke into a sound of music sing-along."

Betsy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded all of my expectations! I had so much fun and I learned so much. Every day was a new fun adventure. I loved our tour guide (Jana) and I wish she could lead every tour. I will definitely do another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 3 - rafting in Cesky Krumlov which was an incredibly fun adventure, and I couldn't believe how beautiful the shoreline was. We were terrible rafters but that somehow made it even more fun. Also, going to the jazz club in Czech Republic. That was such a unique experience, and the club was so intimate and cool. It's something that I would never have found out about on my own. And learning about Berlin history from tour guide Karolina. I learned so much from her!"

Tom

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fun 5th tour: 3 nights per city - perfect pace; no WiFi on bus a plus - enjoy the countryside instead surfing the Net. But our guide Jana and 22 extraordinary fellow travelers were key. Our group had flexibility and a sense of humor, making for many highlights and no low points. (On our last evening, a late-night tram ride morphed into a spontaneous and memorable song fest, inspired by The Sound of Music and vino.) We will NOT likely be on a future RS video. But that's okay. We had fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Castle Theatre in ?eský Krumlov - over 400 years old and still in use. Amazing."

Jason

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour, and we were very happy with it. Jana was an exemplary guide. She and the organized structure of the tour made the whole experience easy, fun, and relaxing. The only letdown was the very hot weather, but I can't blame RS for that! Even the bus rides between cities were fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The smaller side trips were my favorite moments: the jazz club in Prague and river rafting in Cesky Krumlov. Also, our solo visit to the Third Man Museum in Vienna, which Jana helped set up for us."

Courtney

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was when we were outside of the Opera house in Vienna and we all got to sit there outside in the gorgeous city watching Carmen on the huge screen outside. Also, the whole Berlin tour was very much a wow due to the history. It is so amazing and mind-blowing all of the crazy stuff that went on there. Just mind blowing."

Sandra

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very comprehensive tour but with plenty of free time. The group was great, lots of experienced travellers who were very inclusive and welcoming. Jana ticked all the boxes in an excellent tour guide. She always had a surprise for us even after coming home. The meals provided were good examples of the local cuisine and I would recommend all the places we stayed. The local guides were good, in particular Carolina in Berlin was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rafting down the river into Cesky Krumlov! A lovely physical experience after lots of city sightseeing. And a great bonding experience with the crew."

Rachele

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves tour. All were wonderful but this was the best. Jana, our tour guide, worked with each of us to ensure a memorable experience. We were also very lucky in having a congenial group of travelers. The city tour guides were knowledgable and provided in depth information about each city. Jana made very good choices for group lunches & dinners and also provided fun options for extracurricular activities. Hotels were definitely more upscale than previous tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose. I loved everything about Prague."

Ron

Nashville, TN

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. Very congenial group, and Torben was a fantastic leader[INVALID]helpful and really promoted a friendly group feeling. The local guides provided such rich background to each city and country, from a local's perspective. The educational content and depth made the trip so much more than just sightseeing. The hotels were beautifully located in each city, walking distance from some of the best sites, and the hotel staffs were outstanding. We will be back for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It sounds funny, but my big wow moment was when I realized that our lovely hotel in a vibrant part of town was in what used to be East Berlin. Amazing contrast between my mental image of East and West Berlin, from years past, and the present exciting reality."

Sharon

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent trip. We had a fantastic guide in Torben. He really made sure the whole group had a great time. There was a good mix of group activities and lots of options for our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if favorite is the right word, but the Terezin memorial really hit me with the realities of the Holocaust -wow."

Susan

Glenview, IL

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, a Rick Steves tour did not disappoint. I truly love the experiences the tour gives you. From making new friends, learning history, trying new foods and seeing beautiful places. The history on this tour was really fantastic. We had a wonderful group and our fearless leader, Torben, was amazing. Each city was unique and very special. The tour had a nice mix of time with the group and time on our own. The Dnaube boat ride and rafting in Cesky Krumlov were really fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was seeing the Bradenburg Gate for the first time. I also truly loved all the history of Berlin, what a fascinating city!"

Thomas

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An absolutely fantastic tour filled with magic. The cities visited, attractions viewed, and experiences shared with a wonderful mix of tour members made for an unforgettable trip. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were scores of "wow" moments throughout this magnificent trip, an inpromptu visit to a small jazz club in Prague during a free evening, which was based on an invitation extended to all tour members by Torben was a personal highlight for me."

Yvonne

Nashville, TN

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's tour...the first one being a "My Way" tour of Italy. We do not consider ourselves "tour people" so we went in with a bit of trepidation. I was amazed at how much we enjoyed the structure (just enough but not too much) and being with a great group of travelers. Also, we were incredibly impressed with the caliber of local tour guides who gave us an education into World War II and the Cold War, not to mention our overall guide, Torben, who was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving out of Berlin, early in the morning, passing remnants of the Berlin Wall, listening to John Kennedy's historical speech over the loudspeaker. Through this trip, I really UNDERSTOOD the division of East & West Berlin and how the political decisions and maneuvers of the Cold War affected day to day life of people like me."

Christine

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled a lot and this tour ranks among our favorites! Central Europe is so beautiful, and this tour is designed so well that as a traveler you really feel as if you have fully experienced all there is to offer. Our tour group was terrific, we all just meshed, had such fun and traveled well together! Our tour guide, Torben, was absolutely outstanding, as were all of the local guides. The quality of a Rick Steves tour in my view would be hard to beat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many!!!! So hard to choose. But two were especially "wow" worthy. In Prague, on a free night a small group of us along with Torben our guide, went to a local jazz club. The house band was doing a swing show. To say that this experience was a wow seems inadequate. We were blown away by the whole experience! The music, the small club, it was simply amazing. The other moment was on a rainy cool Vienna morning, Sacher torte and coffee! Can't beat it!"

Jane

Westlake, OH

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fabulous time! Our tour guide, Torben was so knowledgeable and friendly. We had a small group of people and that was nice. I learned so much history which is why I chose this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many WOW moments! I especially liked the cruise on the Danube. We met some interesting travelers from Japan. The city of Berlin was engaging and had many areas of interest to me. Loved the museums."

Joe

Westlake, OH

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative experience with good first hand exposure to the history of these countries as well as some modern day lifestyle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing and seeing how the Berlin wall affected people's daily life."

Thomas

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Czech Republic. I really did not know what to expect, except that I had heard that Prague was beautiful. I learned that the people are wonderful also, the beer the best, and the food relatively inexpensive. The story of how the country, began the 20th century, struggled as somewhat of a pawn for much of the century, and how they emerged into the 21st century is now clear in my mind. For me, the Czech Republic is no longer an obscure, little country far, far away."

Steven

Trabuco Canyon, CA

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed Berlin for its mix of WWII history and Cold War history. The German historical museum in Berlin for an overview of the Germania and then its formation as a state was excellent. Prague is a beautiful city of spires and the castle as represented. Cesky Krumlov was a nice stopover and the rafting trip was fun. Vienna is a more polished city and the local guide Wolfgang provides entertaining highlights. Glad I took this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment from the tour was learning how the Baroque theater operated and how labor intensive it obviously was. Also interesting that it still operates still on a limited schedule each year. On my now, the wow moment was the German historical museum in Berlin that provided an over for the history of Germany, Prague, Vienna and Hungary, particularly the Austro-Hungarian empire."

Angela

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truely a wonderful trip! Torben was the perfect host; knowledgeable, informative, always there when you needed him, never intrusive. He did a great job of balancing history & current culture. The group was very cohesive. You could come down to breakfast and sit with anyone in the group. You were always welcome and the diversity of the group insured good conversation no matter who you were with. I can't believe how much I learned (and how much I didn't know).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience of the trip was the Jazz Club in Prague. Torben arranged for tickets and took the group to a wonderful small club. The musicians (piano, bass, drums, sax, vocalist) played a great variety of swing tunes in both English & Chez. It was so much fun! We were singing all the way back to the hotel. My second favorite was rafting in Chesky Krumlov. I don't know when I've laughed so hard. Thanks to raft #3 for providing the spectical!"

Kathryn

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/21/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I confess that I chose this tour because I really wanted to go to Prague, and the Prague and Budapest tour wasn't available on the dates I could go. So I picked this tour, never having considered visiting Berlin or Vienna before. I adored Prague, and I'm really glad I got to visit the other cities as well. It was interesting and informative. Overall my tour experience was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just one?! There were many wows. If I had to pick one I would say the city of Prague. I fell in love with the medieval architecture and back alleys. Another wow was Berlin. The history is heavy there, so the wow for me was learning the WWII and Cold War history. Being there is much different than learning about it in a book."

Rhonda

Meridian, ID

Tour: 08/21/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was as we expected of a Rick Steve's tour....FABULOUS. All the details are nicely taken care of and all you need to do is be ready to go....or WALK. We did lots of walking in this one and the nice thing is you can eat, VERY WELL, and loose a little weight at the same time. Not too many tour options like that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most favorite part of this tour was the Berlin experience in visiting all of the places to help come to grips with the WWII scandal. Our overall desire on this trip was to visit Prague...while beautiful, this time of year it was elbow to elbow with tourists. Kind of hard to even be able to appreciate the location when you were constantly looking for a clear path to avoid all the people. Perhaps we will go back at a different time of year to really appreciate all of the beauty and history."

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/21/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was overall amazing! First of all, our two guides were above and beyond any expectations. They gave us snacks to show us the food of the cultures, they gave us breaks when we were traveling by bus, they anticipated our needs at every level. I especially loved the way they shared with us their own lives as natives of the cultures we visited. That deepened our experience and brought them closer to us as human beings. We all were able to put ourselves into the lives of the people we met

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The actual day to day lives of the Jews during the occupation. This was unexpected as we felt their daily lives and experiences which we had previously heard or read about but now were in their physical places. Having additional guides who also shared experiences we were hearing about and visiting brought out our deep empathy and understanding of innocent people's lives. I especially felt this as we walked through the cemetery in Prague and saw the photographs in the Wall area of Berlin."

Dave

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/21/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best European experience I have ever had (though this was my first tour). Our two guides, Jana and Iris were exceptional, and all the other guides we had made the cities come alive. We bonded with every other tour member and will probably stay in touch with a few of them. The strategy of teaching us public transportation and landmarks while explaining history and culture was brilliant. I felt confident that I could explore on my own without getting lost. The hotels were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't narrow it down to one, but here are a couple: the Berlin wall and all its history; the Jewish Quarter in Prague and particularly the Spanish Synagog with name-covered walls; the river rafting trip in Cesky Krumlov."

Karen

Hilliard, OH

Tour: 08/21/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was very well organized, and stayed on schedule throughout. We saw everything on the tour plan, although some sites you walked past without going in. We never spent too much time on the bus. Our guides were knowledgeable aand very helpful in helping with independent travel plans. Hotels were across the spectrum with some small family owned locations and others were business class with full amenities. For the most part, hotel locations were convenient to sites we wanted to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: Hearing Wolfgang, our local guide in Vienna, say "we are the first generation in Europe to be raised in peace."; talking to our guide Jana about what it was like to be a child in the Soviet-controlled Czech Republic; eating dinner in a beer garden in Berlin; seeing the Hapsburg treasury in Vienna; the Baroque theater in Czesky Krumlov; our last dinner in Vienna; walking through the Terezin memorial; seeing the bust of Nefertiti and the Ishtar Gate in Berlin."

Timothy

Hilliard, OH

Tour: 08/21/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fantastic tour. All of the sites, food and activities exceeded my expectations. Very well organized. Excellent itinerary. Made me wish I had more time to travel and experience additional sites. There's never enough time to see it all, so it always leaves you wanting more. Already has us planning our next Rick Steves trip, and possibly revisiting these cities again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if I can just pick just 1 wow moment. I loved Berlin for seeing and understanding history that is part of my actual life. Prague was amazing for seeing architecture and history that's hundreds of years older than the United States. Vienna was great for the amazing art, museums and music."

Bruce

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/21/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the beauty, history and cultures of the 3 main cities - Berlin, Prague and Vienna; but also like that the tour includes two, one-day stops in Dresden and Cesky Krumlov. Dresden was amazing from the standpoint of all the reconstruction over a short period of time. Cesky Krumlov was a beautiful, picturesque, smaller town and the optional rafting trip was a fun sidelight. The local guides and tours were well prepared and planned and all the guides were very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The absolute stunning beauty of the partial reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin."

Richard

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was very well organized and selected. Hotels and transportation were fine. Carlos, Darija, and all the local tour guides were all excellent. Opportunities for improvement would include more free time vs group activities, specifically more afternoons/evenings free to explore each destination with less group meals. A couple meals were not very good: 1st group dinner in Berlin, lunch at Lobkowicz family castle, and Prague weiner roast(need side dishes besides bread).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding out that I have relatives buried in the old Jewish cemetery in Prague dating back to 1632-1769."

Hannah

Kentwood, MI

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well done. There was a good balance between group time and individual time. The guides were professional and knowledgeable and I learned a lot. I loved the different sights we saw and felt like I received a good "taste" of each city. I enjoyed getting to know the people on the tour and hearing about their experiences. The one downside was that the weather was quite hot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My mother and I happened upon a couple of little serendipitous places when we set out to walk across the Charles bridge in Prague. We came across the little Shakespeare bookshop which we wouldn't have found otherwise. We also passed by a beautiful fence near the river that had hundreds of locks on it (the keys had been thrown into the water). Both places were great experiences that my mom and I hadn't planned in advance."

Belle

Newcastle, WA

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was really fun because the group setting let you make friends and not be just you and your family the whole time, so it improved the cultural and overall variety of the trip. Also the local and group guides were all very well versed and educated making it very easy to learn the max amount about the location you're currently visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Biggest wow moment was getting to visit the castle in germany and the dinner that night because everyone got to just see an extremely unique character of the nation and then later just goof off over food."

Karen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my sixth tour and like all others, I am truly amazed at what I learned. I am a lifelong learner and loved being exposed to European history, which I know very little about, the Berlin wall, and the victims of the holocaust. Once again the tour guide, Carlos, and the city guides were amazing at combining history, humor, and local issues. I also want information on current educational, social, political, and religious issues and viewpoints. Carlos stepped up to the challenge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After reading the book Hana's Suitcase and seeing the play at Seattle Children's Theater I looked forward to the tour of Terazin and also to the part of the Jewish tour that included the children's artwork. My other wow moment was I found a rose park in Vienna. It was hot and I ran through the sprinklers and then relaxed and smelled the roses."

Norman

Laguna Beach, CA

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very enjoyable, and the guides were excellent. I learned much more about Vienna, Prague, and especially Berlin than I would have had I not taken the tour. Carlos, our main guide for the trip, and Wolfgang in Vienna were especially outstanding. I had been to all 3 cities before, but a long time ago, 25 or so years ago.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Melk abbey tour was amazing!"

Fredric

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited some great cities and learned a lot about their past and present. We walked a lot and ate very well. The people of our travel group were great and always very considerate of each other. We endured some very warm weather but everyone held up pretty well and kept a very positive attitude. The intercity transportation was very comfortable and Joseph, our driver, very competent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was our dinner in Cesky Krumlov where our "buddies" introduced each other with some truth and some fiction. It turned out to be a hilarious time learning about our fellow travelers and seeking out the truth. I think many of us were skeptical of the event to begin with but it turned out to be a memorable time."

Max

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very satisfied. An enjoyable experience.

Ronald

Laguna Beach, CA

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had an excellent experience, learned a lot, and met some nice people. Our primary guide, Carlos, was exceedingly knowledgable, and very well-organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to answer, as there were many aspects of the trip that impressed me. We learned a lot in Berlin, but the beauty of Prague and Vienna really "wowed" us."

Katrina

Alameda, CA

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Carlos worked very hard to make things run smoothly.

Harvey

Kentwood, MI

Tour: 06/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am an experienced traveler but this was my first tour experience. I appreciated the knowledge, insights and travel skills of our guides. I also benefited from the other tour participants, appreciating and learning from their diverse backgrounds. The tour was about 60% group activities and about 40% on our own, which is a great balance and gave us the flexibility to explore on our own. The pace allowed us to cover a lot of ground but was doable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was in divided Berlin in January 1985 and my wow moment was entering the former east Berlin and seeing the total transformation from grim communist times into the thriving part of Berlin that it is today. Gone are the drab buildings, the grime and the antiquated Trabants. It was hard to believe it was the same place."

Claire

Park City, UT

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so impressed by the entire tour. Everyday was carefully planned to give us enough free time along with great historical information. There was a great balance in everything. The restaurants that the tour took us to were local and incredible. They were the kind of places that tourists would not normally find. The hotels were extremely comfortable and in perfect locations for our activities. Learning how to use the public transportation was very helpful for getting around as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment from the tour was when we went rafting on the river in Czesky Krumlov. I remember looking around me in total awe that I was actually in such an incredible place of this world."

Andrea

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everybody said we picked a terrible tour for our first trip to Europe. Well, they were wrong! We saw things that even our most traveled friends have not yet seen. The history, architecture and beauty was beyond words!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two. Chesky Krumlov was like a fairy tale town. It was unbelievably beautiful and quaint. We also found our family name on the wall of victims at the Jewish Museum in Prague. We had always believed that our family got out of Europe before the war. Apparently that was not true and we are on the hunt for more information."

Joan

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is one of he best Rick Steves' tours that I have been a part of so far. I believe that it was in large part due to the charm, expertise, and meticulous planning of our guide, Jana. From the very beginning, she gave me the clear sense that she was there to provide whatever guidance I needed. From suggestions about restaurants, to helping us get tickets for concerts, she was unfailingly cheerful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about arranging the best possible experience for everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting lost during a rafting expedition just outside of Prague. There were 13 of us in three separate rafts, and some how, we all missed our drop off point. We ended up in a Czech campground, with just enough damp korunas to pay for 13 glasses of wine as we waited for transportation back to the hotel. I have never laughed so hard! I am hoping that the wet and completely useless map of the river is still in someones possession!"

Katherine

Evanston, IL

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable tour, with many interesting sites and lots of history woven into the cities we visited. I am a history buff so the more facts and trends of European history presented, the better I like it! There were fewer people on the tour, helping to make it a more cohesive group. We actually dined together several times during our 'free' evenings. Our guide, Jana, was fantastic and she was certainly a contributing factor to the huge success of this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No real WOW moment- just loved the entire tour."

Sherri

Grover, MO

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour has something for everyone--those who love art, those who love music, and especially those who love history. This tour was an amazing experience for me. I woke up every morning excited for the day and what we would learn and experience next. These cities all have so much to offer. We particularly enjoyed Berlin. The city had a liberal, laid-back vibe and we found it to be full of friendly people enjoying life. This was our second Rick Steves tour and it was as good as our first.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in a room full of Klimt paintings at the Belvedere. There were many other great moments, some fun (Danube River cruise), others sobering (Berlin Wall memorial, Terezin prison camp), all meaningful."

Ruth

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although this was my 4th RS tour, I had never been to eastern Europe before. Jana made the tour exceptional with her personal knowledge of history and how it related to her family. She made the bus rides interesting with history lessons, played a recording of Kennedy's speech ("Ich bin ein Berliner"), played relative music, and told us personal stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite parts of the tour was our river rafting experience. Since I am not a swimmer I was a bit hesitant. However, we had so much fun (life jackets were provided :) going over the rapids that we extended our trip (unbeknownst to us) and ended up at a river camp."

Melinda

Park City, UT

Tour: 06/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was outstanding! I thought there was a good balance of together time and free time to explore. Our tour guide, Jana, was very knowledgeable about each city and its history. The local guides were personable and interesting. It was an action packed 12 days. We saw and did so much. There is no way I could have planned this on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was personal. My grandfather was sent to Terezin and Jana offered to search the archives for information while we were on our tour. She found out so much information for my family. It was a "Wow!" because it confirmed a lot of what my dad, who was 9 at the time, retold but then it filled in some missing pieces."

Harry

West Richland, WA

Tour: 06/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very fun and educational tour covering some of the greatest cities in the world. Dazzling museums, cathedrals, and orchestras.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While not on the tour, we had obtained tickets months earlier to see a performance of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra in the Musikverein concert hall. I thought the Kunsthistorichesmuseum in Vienna was wonderful."

Debra

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and I would definitely do another. Actually it's my first ever group travel tour. I usually travel independent of tours. The tour had the right amount of scheduled and free time. The tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable and open to questions from the group. They cordially answered all our questions no matter how trivial! The hotels were in great locations and the accommodations were lovely. A fine group of people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say- loved the whole tour!"

Andrea

Warwick, RI

Tour: 06/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour for several reasons: content, tour guides, group dynamic, accommodations. It was living history, part distant history but also part contemporary. The tour guides were passionate about their own experience w/ their evolving countries. Prague was a shopaholic's dream. I've been on four tours and I think this was my favorite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Municipal House in Prague was rather amazing. The trip on the Danube was beautiful. I went to two concerts and it was fantastic."

John

Novato, CA

Tour: 06/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of the tour met or exceeded our expectations. Even the walking was less strenuous than I had expected. The principal tour guide was knowledgeable, polite, and interested in our well being at all times, and the local city tour guides were outstanding. There was a good balance between escorted time and free time, and the number of meals provided was perfect. The hotels were well located and suitable for our needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Instruction on how to use the public transport systems in Berlin and Vienna. This was like giving us the "keys to the city"."

Nancy

Novato, CA

Tour: 06/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's Tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It is hard to find anything that could be improved. I think we where the only ones on the tour that it was the first Rick Steve's and this will not be the last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say pretty much everything was a Wow!"

Stephen

Hanover, PA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another outstanding tour! I can't wait for the next one! You have me hooked! Great itineraries, great guides, great traveling companions, great organization, great everything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Way too many "wow" moments! I still remember with joy and excitement standing in an old parking lot in Berlin (site of Hitler's bunker), looking at a graffiti filled wall in Prague (the John Lennon wall), and riding an old ferris wheel with wooden cabins like old train cars in Vienna (Prater Park Riesenrad). Some really great moments on a tour filled with "wow" moments of all shapes and sizes!"

Dean

Molalla, OR

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual a great tour and this was my 5th. There is one glaring exception to that, more on that later.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov was stunning"

Jodi

Jefferson, OR

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our fifth RS tour. We had a very nice time. Jana was a wonderfully caring guide who was very concerned for the welfare of the group members. She was organized and efficient. I enjoyed her attention to detail. There were times when I felt rushed and overworked. I do not fault our guide for those feelings. The schedule, on some days, was a little too much for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov was my favorite village. Our accommodations were nice. The village is magical. The visit to the theater very interesting and the weather was wonderful. It was a high point. One other moment was the chapel at Melk. What an over the top Baroque experience. And a third awesome moment was our visit to the Municipal House in Vienna. What a beautifully decorated building, stunning."

Peter

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While we have used RS guidebooks for many years, this was our first RS tour. It met every expectation. First, kudos to Jana for her amazing skill as tour guide - knowledgeable, fun, with great communication and people skills (Maisie was great too). Given the rich history and culture at each of the places we visited, having local guides that helped us appreciate and enjoy the uniqueness of each location. These insights enhanced our experience immeasurably, and we felt like locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' was Dresden... I couldn't believe that this city had been demolished, and the ruins allowed to languish until 1989. It was like seeing a beautify flower growing after it had been underneath a rock for decades. I was also impressed with the amazing progress all the countries had made after the end of Communist rule. Wow indeed."

Colleen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our RS was was a well oiled and flawless.....The tour guide, Jana was amazing-bright, personable, organized, funny and always held high the integrity of RS tour in the highest regard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The depth of the history in each city and country we visited."

Linda

Tigard, OR

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a Grand Adventure! So happy to be part of such a nice group of fellow travelers. The buddy system works well as an ice breaker. Thought the tourguides wove historical background along with addressing present day social & political issues. Food and lodging were very good, especially the Turkish lunch at Hasir. I look forward to booking another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in Wenceslas Square with local guide Martin recounting his personal experiences during the Velvet Revolution. I could imagine the boulevard filled with Czechs yearning for freedom from Communist oppression, flags, banners and speeches from nearby balcony. I had no idea how long and wide the area is and the views up the hillside."

Henry

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to the end a great experience. The tour delivered exactly as described in the publications; thus it fulfilled all our expectations and more. Jana, our guide was knowledgeable and maintained a fun atmosphere throughout the days. Maisie, the apprentice guide added another dimension to the tour with her insights. The small group allowed better viewing and access to sites. Housing was comfortable and located centrally for quick access to sites, restaurants, and life of the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose as there were so many challenging and interesting moments along the way. To me one of the most unexpected moments was popping into the Physics and Mathematics Museum at Zwinger Palace in Dresden just as a thunderstorm came. It was founded by August the Strong in 1728 and houses historical scientific instruments. I found 400 to 500 year old telescopes and gold astrolabes fascinating and unique. A guide gave us a personal hands on instruction in the use of a historic sundial."

Karen

Seaside, CA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great Rick Steves tour experience (our 4th). Jana and Maisie both were excellent guides and we appreciated the insight, information and stories shared by them and by the local guides. It made the history come alive. The tour was a bit more strenuous than previous tours, but we still had enough free time to explore on our own. It was everything we have come to expect from a RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Cesky Krumlov-Such a charming little town and a magical experience! Great for wandering. 2) Charles Bridge at twilight looking over the Vltava River to the Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral. Perfect timing, Jana!"

Jason

Seaside, CA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour, so we went in with high expectations, and they were met or exceeded in every case! We expected a fast-paced, high energy tour, and this one definitely is, but there were also plenty of moments for reflection, particularly at the stops between the main cities (Dresden, Terezin, Cesky Krumlov, Melk). Jana and Maisie were outstanding guides and their personal and honest responses to questions really helped to deepen our understanding of what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count, but two of the biggest were our first sight of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral from the foot of the Charles Bridge just before sunset, and looking down on the picture-perfect little town of Cesky Krumlov from the castle gardens above. The visit to Terezin was difficult, but also moving and essential, and I'm very glad it continues to be included on this tour."

Sharon

Dayton, KY

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my first tour with Rick Steves. I liked the materials provided and would use all of the tour books again. I liked meeting all the people on the tour and also like the fact that when my partner didn't want to see something during our free time I could buddy with someone else with similar interests. The "Buddy" system is great and fosters new friends. Great system! I can't believe all the things and places we saw. I would have never found some of these sites without our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Prague at the Changing of the Guards,we were encouraged to jump in behind the new guards for the best view.For some reason,I instinctively jumped in and marched to the gate. What I didn't realize that I had jumped in front of a Czech military guard carrying a machine gun following the Palace Guards. My Buddy said, I hope you don't get us shot. I later asked about the origin of the Czech names in my family.She told me they were "warriors". It now made perfect sense I was joining my people."

Michelle

Melbourne, FL

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of my trip. The cities were wonderful. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. I met several people that I really enjoyed hanging out with and getting to know. I learned so much history, especially in Berlin. It is difficult to put all the experiences into words. I am so glad we chose to do this Rick Steves tour. It was our first but won't be our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually seeing where the Berlin wall stood and the Brandenburg gate."

Araya

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second time with Rick Steves' Tour. I'm independent traveler but Rick Steves' Tour had changed that. I like the feel of down-to-earth type of tours. I experienced cultures, histories and real Europe, the local way. Our guide, Holger, was good teacher and witty with sense of humor. Preserved Prague and classic Vienna were awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To me every new experiences are "WOW" moment. From seeing Holger on PBS with Rick and had him as our guide, seeing Joseph (whom I saw from watching him and Rick, also on PBS) with Holger at Prague castle. From rebuilt East Berlin to renewed Jewish neighborhood all the way to new Dresden are my "WOW" moment."

Matthew

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We didn't know what to expect, but our companions made sure we knew about the balance of these tours; they were right! There was always time to explore on your own, and solicit ideas from the guides. The local guides were so helpful and made sure we all came away with new knowledge, perspectives, and appreciation of each city. Our guides also wanted us to ask questions and have fun with each passing moment. I never thought the tour would EXCEED expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Austrian Military Museum is a hidden gem. Centuries of history lie in this large, quiet museum. Everything from primitive weapons, art, flags, architecture, and vehicles fill this place. Seeing such notable pieces of world history (including Franz Ferdinand's car and uniform from 1914) gave us chills. Just south of the Belvedere, it is worth the quick walk for 3 hours of jaw-dropping history."

Erin

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and I would not hesitate to do another one. The format of the tour provided a good balance between guided activities and free time in each city. I also would have spend a lot more money planning this on my own and won't have seen some of the more "off the beaten path" sites. Holger was an excellent guide and really made us feel welcome upon arrival in his home city of Berlin. The local guides in Berlin (Ryan) and Prague (Charka) were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite city was Berlin and I really enjoyed learning more about 20th century history from the German perspective. My "WOW" moment would be getting to see the WWI exhibit at the Austria Museum of Military History."

Mary Lou

Hoquiam, WA

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our first Rick Steves tour. It was very different from other tours we have taken. We had never visited any of the destinations before which is why we chose it. We are good walkers but sometimes had a tough time keeping up with the group and had to keep track of our tour group rather than really seeing the sights in the crowded places we visited. Holger added fresh insight to the trip because of his local experiences as did all our local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have not studied a lot of European history and so hearing about the Hapsburgs and seeing the grandeur of the buildings from their era was amazing. Also, the beautifully decorated libraries and churches were real treats. Cruising the Danube was another highlight."

Deborah

Irmo, SC

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a fast-paced, energetic tour. As hoped, we saw many beautiful as well as many touching sights. I described this tour to friends as an education as opposed to a vacation. Our guides were exceptional. Thank you Holger, Ryan, Sarka, Gerhard, and Wolfgang. Before the trip began I was most interested in visiting Prague but learned so much in Berlin and fell in love with Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot choose one. The Stolpersteine and Wall in Berlin, the Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the beauty of Vienna all stand out."

Melinda

Centennial, CO

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had never felt herded around before but did on this trip. At times the tone was a bit sharp. The group did not gel as well as on our other trips. Communication was an issue --example-- We were informed that no alcohol would be included but would later be told by the server that one drink was on at least two occasions. We were encouraged to buy individual concert tickets, etc. and then at the last minute were told that our guide had tickets for whomever wished to join him at theater.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our local guides in Vienna were very informative and knowledgable."

Kenneth

Upton, MA

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I have to preface this with I'm not a tour type. I like to organize and plan my activities myself. Within the first couple of days on the tour I was questioning if this had been the right move for me. However, by the end of the tour I was convinced the pros outweighed the cons and would recommend this "light" tour to others who are not necessarily enamored with tours. The tour guides and local guides passion and pride in their countries were a highlight for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I would say the most impressive thing for me was how "old" Dresden seemd to me. The amount of restoration in a city that was essentially obliterated in WWII was shocking."

Maryanne

Canton, MA

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my very high expectations. It was well organized with a good balance of scheduled events and time to explore on your own. Really enjoyed that part of the trip was to orient us to public transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to single out one "wow" moment as each city had its high points but if pressed I would point out the highly educated and quality tour leaders and local guides."

Diane

Upton, MA

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first vacation with a tour group, we have always made our own plans. I liked the mix of tour group activities and time to explore on our own. The tour guides gave us the history and culture of the city plus the public transportation systems. I also liked that the group was 20 people. This was not too big and we got to meet and talk with everyone in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved so many things of the tour, but one of my favorites was rafting in Cesky Krumlov. It was a beautiful afternoon and it was a nice change and a chance to enjoy nature."

Sivaramakrishnan

Encino, CA

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour a lot. Things generally ran pretty smoothly and I liked the hotels that we were in, especially the breakfasts. I think the places we visited were interesting and the guides who took us around were quite knowledgeable. Carlos and Torben were very helpful, taking great pains to answer questions, provide us with background information and generally being there to see that things ran smoothly. We were lucky to be a pretty cohesive group and enjoy decent weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a difficult one to answer, but I do think the dinner in which we talked about our buddies was really fun."

Sandra

Maplewood, MN

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, we had an amazing tour, group, and guides. I appreciated the introductory city tours, which gave us an overview to each city, and the ability to spend more time in some locations. I feel like I have a much better grasp of history and the world, with credit given to Carlos, Torben, and our amazing local guides: all outstanding, by the way! We were very lucky to have such great weather, a cohesive group with senses of humor, and the leadership Carlos and Torben provided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was wonderful. I think our dinner introducing each other was a solidifying moment. I have missed the interaction with our group."

David

Inver Grove Hts, MN

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We'd never done a tour before and had no idea what to expect. What we discovered was that the mix of structured and free time was a perfect experience and allowed us to visit some things at our own pace. Also, the 'local' guides showed us things we'd completely missed when covering areas with the group that we'd previously done on our own. So the local knowledge was invaluable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov was an absolute jewel that we'd never have visited on our own. Most especially, the baroque theater was a revelation. I love music of that era and to see the perfectly preserved theater was a marvelous insight into the period. The town itself was beautiful."

Murray

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. On past visits to Europe we traveled independently. This tour was very much what we had hoped for. We had many opportunities to learn about the history and culture where we were visiting. We also had ample free time to further explore on our own. The food at the group dinners was very good and a nice representation of the local cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was my first visit to Berlin and I loved it. The knowledge of Carlos, Torben, and our local guide really helped bring to life the events of the 20th century that are still shaping the city today. Our guest speaker on Monday evening added even more insight."

Nicholas

Suffolk, VA

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Two outstanding guides shepherding an interesting diverse group through 3 fascinating countries makes for 12 remarkable days. I need to take some time to generate energy for the next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Naschmarkt in Vienna."

Kate

Golden Valley, MN

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. It was physically active, historically based, culturally rich, fun adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking tour of Vienna. The guide, Wolfgang, was entertaining, and had a deep understanding of the culture of Vienna and the neighboring countries. He knew the royalty, the artists, the politicians and the flavors of his city. Loved the musical opportunities in each community."

Robert

Maplewood, MN

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first European vacation and I loved it. Your literature states that Berlin, Prague, and Vienna are European "musts" and I heartily agree. All are bustling, vibrant cities with so much history. I really enjoyed our guide's history discussions along the way, as well as the local guides' take on each city. The 12 days spent on this tour sparked my interest in returning to spend more time in Europe, this time maybe living more like a local. The transportation system is great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had lots of wow moments, but our time in Cesky Krumlov was special to me. The feel of the town is special with the castle, the river, and it's cobblestone streets. It is well worth visiting. I want to return and soak up more of this charming city."

Bonnie

Fincastle, VA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour! I had a fabulous time, and your guides (Jana as lead guide, and Iris in training) were fantastic! Everyone on the tour got along so well, with constant chatting and mingling, and just an overall great time. Jana was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide, and Iris will make a great lead guide, also. Hogar was also with us for part of the tour, and he will do very well on his own, too. All the local guides were excellent. Jana's way to learn names works very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My real "wow" moment came two years ago with my first Rick Steves tour when I saw the Eiffel Tower when we first arrived in Paris. This time, it was more of an acknowledgement of the different styles of architecture as evidenced by the many beautiful palaces, churches, museums, etc. The different looks are amazing!"

Gwendolyn

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time on a tour so I didn't know what to expect. We were the first BPV tour in the new "format" the first day was too long which was related to the home office for the next tour. Everything else about the tour was fantastic. the educational information was amazing!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the educational information we received from our local guides and the personal insight we received concerning the people of the countries we visited. Vienna was my favorite city."

Larry

Roswell, GA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed traveling with a nice group of people. Everyone had a good time and we all quickly bonded. Jana and Iris were superb group leaders. They kept us on track and made sure we stayed on schedule. Major glitch alert: We didn't get to see the cathedral St. Vitus at the castle in Prague due to an event. We should have skipped the lunch heading into Prague and gone straight to St. Vitus. This was a major site and we were very disappointed to miss out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day brought "wow" moments to us. If I had to pick just one, it would be watching La Traviata at the Vienna Opera House. Well actually, we were outside the Opera House, watching the opera on a huge screen simulcast live. There were several hundred people sitting, eating and drinking with friends and family enjoying the opera. And as a bonus, we were treated to see and hear Placido Domingo who was performing in the cast that evening."

Tom

Chester, VA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour as always. Enjoyed Jana and Iris explaining about their native experiences growing up and life in both Czech Republic and Germany. Enjoyed the factoids they gave us on the demographics of their countries. Also enjoyed Holger during his short time with us in Berlin. All tour guides were professional and above and beyond being helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "Wow" moment was riding down the Voltava River with my "buddy" Bob. Getting stuck on the rocks, having to get out in the ice cold water to relocated the canoe, and shooting the rapids. Did enjoy visiting Berlin, where I lived for three years 40 years ago. Amazed at the transformation of this capital."

Stuart

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Most of us who have had a substantial career or may be retired, know that any organization is defined by its people. This was our first experience with Rick Steves' tours and I must say that Rick has chosen his people well!I thoroughly enjoyed all of our guides. They represented several cultures, and I found that very interesting and refreshing. Mostly, I was impressed with their professionalism. Although day one was a challenge, I would highly praise the BPV experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were able to schedule a lunch at the Reichstag roof top restaurant while we were in Berlin, and it was really memorable. Great service and food with spectacular views! It really was more than we expected."

Edward

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. The history that was shared by both our guides (Jana & Iris) was great and the local guides were so well prepared that it was hard to believe that they were available to us and could share their years of education and life experiences. The cities and places we visited were well chosen. The restaurants and hotels were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides the strudel in Pesky Krumlov (right across from the hotel) I would say that the Belvedere Palce and the viewing of Klimt's works were my "wow" moment. But hard to pick just one."

Donna

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our very first organized tour. Have used Rick Steve's Books in the past and have always been pleased. This was a very budget friendly tour so one should not expect 5 star hotels or gourmet meals. This was an excellent tour for the price we paid. Nice hotels all with a good breakfast to start our day. Wonderful sights; a great group of traveling companions. The full size bus was comfortable and a relaxing way to travel. Wifi would be a nice addition.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking onto the square in Old Town Prague. Stunning preservation of the buildings and the amazing Astronomical Clock. Also, loved the charm and beauty of Cesky Kromlov."

Mary

Hixson, TN

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did see the "best of" each city (plus a couple extra stops). Berlin was the biggest, busiest, and provided the most information. The other cities were more historically beautiful, but understanding how much WWII and the rebuilding affected that part of Europe made the tour more poignant. I appreciated all the history and the personal family stories that all our guides shared throughout the tour--it made the Cold War era come alive and relevant since they lived through it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was driving past the art on the Wall from inside the wall, seeing the various perspectives of the artists, while listening to JFK's speech in Berlin in the early 1960s. I remembered the speech although I was still in high school at the time. Thanks to Jana for playing the speech."

Robert

Tamarac, FL

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was an "anti-tour" guy. I've travelled in Europe on my own several times. I have changed my mind. This tour was awesome! I learned so much about the places we went to and that made the "stadrundfarten" much more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TMWTC: "Too many wows to count""

Paul

Aptos, CA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was outstanding (see above)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I have wow moments. Especially since I research and know what to expect."

Harold

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being in Berlin behind the wall after all the history we have lived through."

Patti

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 05/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. The tour guide, Jana, and assistant, Iris, were both excellent and complemented each other well. The flow of the cities worked for us -- starting in Berlin, which is edgy and young and full of energy and history, moving to Prague, which is beautiful and ancient and full of history, and then finally to Vienna, the most relaxed of the three cities. It was a strenuous tour, but worth every step.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was in the bus, driving out of Berlin. We passed by the longest stretch of the Berlin wall as Jana played John Kennedy's famous speech on the speaker system on the bus. To hear the speech in that space gave me goose bumps. Then Jana passed out Berliners for everyone to taste. It was funny and poignant and very moving."

Weather

Germany / Berlin


Czech Republic / Prague


Austria / Vienna

Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

Learn more about Berlin, Prague, and Vienna: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

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. Berlin and Vienna are transportation hubs, making travel before or after your tour quite easy.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Berlin before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Berlin guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of German (although many locals speak English well), and get over your jet lag with fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Berlin that we will not be doing as a group (see the guidebook for details): Jewish Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Spree River cruise, Reichstag Dome. If you'd like to visit the Reichstag Dome, you must make advance reservations. The best time to visit is pre-tour or after 3 p.m. on Day 2 or Day 3.

If you want to spend more time in Vienna after the tour, visit Schönbrunn Palace, the world-class art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, or enjoy numerous performances around the city. The Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol guidebook has plenty of ideas for any extra time you may have after your tour, and your guide will be happy to help you with post-tour plans.

Packing

For advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.