• Eiffel Tower and its beacon, Paris, France
    Paris
  • Wine tasting, Beaune, France
    Burgundy
  • Berner Oberland, Switzerland
    Swiss Alps
  • Munich's Marienplatz
  • Venice
  • Agriturismo dinner, Reggello, Italy
    Tuscany
  • Florence
  • Rome's Colosseum

Tour Questions? See our FAQ | Call 425-608-4217

Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour

from $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $775

See Tour Dates

Dreaming of how to pack Europe's top travel thrills and cultural treats into a two-week vacation? You've found it! Your Rick Steves guide will surround you with the art treasures of Paris, followed by a hearty taste of Burgundy, a hike in the majestic Swiss Alps, festive Munich, the romantic canals of Venice, Renaissance Florence, a countryside stay in Tuscany, the must-see sights of Rome — and chances to connect with Europeans like you never thought possible. Join us for the Best of Europe in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Europe come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 24 group sightseeing events • 2-day Paris Museum Pass • Paris panoramic bus tour • Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Sainte-Chapelle • Louvre Museum • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune • Wine tasting in Burgundy • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps • Munich walking tour • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial • Venice walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Tuscan cooking demonstration • Florence walking tour • Uffizi Gallery • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David) • Vatican Museums • Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain • Colosseum • Roman Forum • Pantheon…and more
  • All group transportation from Paris to Rome
  • 13 nights' accommodations (all stops but one are for 2 nights) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Europe

We'll have a group meeting at around 3 p.m. at our hotel in Paris, followed by an orientation walk through our neighborhood. Then we'll get acquainted over dinner together, and celebrate the start of our European adventure with a private panoramic bus tour through the City of Light. Sleep in Paris (2 nights). Bus 2 hours. Walking: light.

Day 2: Historic and Artistic Paris

Let's begin where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité. A guided walking tour will reveal the city's early history, including visits to a pair of the world's most important Gothic churches: the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Then we'll take a stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter. Next we'll explore Europe's greatest museum — the Louvre — where your guide will orient you and set you free to come face-to-face with the works of Raphael, Delacroix, and Leonardo, and timeless treasures that include Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. The rest of the day is free to visit the world's greatest collection of Impressionist art — from Monet and Degas to Cézanne and Gauguin, and more — at the Orsay Museum, or be inspired by Monet's incredible Water Lilies at the Orangerie, or puzzle over the whimsical water fountains and modern art at the Pompidou. With your included Paris Museum Pass, the City of Light is yours to discover. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Beautiful Burgundy

This morning we'll hop aboard our bus and roll into the French countryside, passing pastures and vineyards en route to the "profoundly French" town of Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy. We'll take an orientation walk through Beaune, visit the Hôtel Dieu, the town's medieval hospital, and discover why Burgundy's wine is world-renowned as we enjoy a tasting together. You'll have ample free time to explore the many charms of village France and find dinner on your own. Sleep in Beaune (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: light.

Day 4: Scenic Drive to Switzerland

Today we'll leave the rolling hills of beautiful Burgundy, and climb high into the heart of the Swiss Alps. Our destination is the Berner Oberland's magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, flanked by towering, waterfall-laced cliffs and crowned by a trio of Switzerland's most formidable peaks: the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Tonight we'll share a hearty Swiss dinner together at our creaky old chalet in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

Day 5: Hiking Day in the Swiss Alps

The day is all yours to enjoy some of Europe's most dramatic scenery. You may want to join your guide for an optional mountain excursion that combines the local narrow-gauge railway, a gondola lift, and a spectacular Alpine walk above the tree line, surrounded by a panorama of cut-glass peaks…or ride a gondola lift up to the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet, loiter in the thin air, and hike down…or for a more restful day, just wander through the valley and walk to the thundering Trümmelbach Falls: a unique set of waterfalls encased behind the valley walls. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 6: To Bavaria and Munich

Today's drive is a good time to catch up on your journal, listen to music, curl up with a good book, or just sit back and enjoy views of pristine mountains and sparkling lakes. We'll cross the border of Germany and stop at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, where we'll learn powerful lessons of the Holocaust and World War II. Then it's a short drive to the heart of Bavaria — Munich. After some time to settle in, we'll take an orientation walk through Germany's most livable city, ending with a raucous beer-hall dinner where you can hoist a liter-size mug of beer and a pretzel as big as your head. Sleep in Munich (2 nights). Bus: 7 hours. Walking: light.

Day 7: Munich Past and Present

This morning we'll meet our local guide and explore Munich on a walking tour. From its medieval roots, to its turbulent role in the first half of the 20th century and amazing post-war recovery, you'll gain an appreciation for the small-town feel of this city, dubbed "Millionendorf" — the village of a million people. Your afternoon and evening are free: you can rent a bike to explore the sprawling English Garden, be dazzled by the Deutsches Museum, or poke around Marienplatz and the Viktualienmarkt looking for the cuckoo clock of your dreams. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Over the Alps to Venice

We'll take a scenic, all-day drive to Venice today, stopping en route for lunch together in a characteristic Italian-Tirolean village. At the edge of Venice we'll board a vaporetto boat for an "am-I-really-here?" Grand Canal ride to our hotel in the historic heart of this seductive city. Tonight we'll take an alleys-and-canals orientation stroll to St. Mark's Square and enjoy dinner together. Later, your guide will organize an optional gondola ride for this romantic, uniquely Venetian experience. If the moon is out, it will hit your eye like a big pizza pie. Sleep in Venice (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 8 hours. Walking: light.

Day 9: Seductive Venice

This morning our local guide will take us on a winding walking tour through Venice, blending historic and modern-day stories of this one-of-a-kind treasure, and giving us a local's perspective on Venice's fascinating past…and its uncertain future. We'll finish our morning walk in St. Mark's Square and Basilica. The rest of your day is free to visit the Doge's Palace, or the Titian- and Tintoretto-packed Accademia art gallery. Better yet, get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring the alleys, cruising the canals, and "crawling" the pubs. No bus (too much water). Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Timeless Tuscany

Today we say "ciao Venezia" as we hop back aboard our bus and drive south into Tuscany. We'll wind our way through the verdant Tuscan hills to our destination: a working family farm that also serves as our country hotel. You'll have free time this afternoon to take a scenic stroll amid the peaceful vines and olive groves, relax by the pool, or taste some of our host's family-made wines. Before we sit down to a hearty country-style dinner together, we'll see how it's made, as our chef gives us a special Tuscan cooking lesson. Sleep peacefully near Florence in Tuscany (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 4 hours. Walking: light.

Day 11: Renaissance Florence

We'll drive to Florence this morning, and hit the ground walking with a Renaissance tour of the city's historic center — learning how Brunelleschi's cathedral dome and Ghiberti's Baptistery doors helped define this world-changing era. We'll end our walk at the Uffizi Gallery, home to masterpieces by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more. After some free time for lunch, we'll regroup for a visit to the Accademia Gallery, where we'll marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. We'll return to the countryside late this afternoon with plenty of time to relax and freshen up before dinner together. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 12: St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums

This morning we'll drive straight to the heart of Rome. After a quick lunch and transportation lesson, we'll focus on Renaissance (Catholic) Rome at the sprawling Vatican Museums. We'll visit what seems like a limitless collection of treasures as you make your way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. We'll then introduce you to the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà. Tonight we'll celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, with an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together the lively campos, classy piazzas, and the splashy Trevi Fountain. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: A Walk Through Caesar's Rome

Today we'll travel back in time as a local guide takes us through the monumental Colosseum and the birthplace of Ancient Rome: the Forum. We’ll continue our history lesson at the awe-inspiring Pantheon. Then, you'll have the rest of your day free to explore more of the Eternal City on your own (don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way). This evening we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

(This tour does not include the Eiffel Tower. As ticket lines can be very long, we recommend booking tickets several weeks in advance. For details, see our Eiffel Tower ticket tips for tour members.)

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 Europe in 14 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.
  5. Be content with the possibility of sharing bathroom facilities at one hotel during this tour.

Reviews

Sarah

Grafton, WI

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects far exceeded expectations. Great choice for first Rick Steve's trip as we got a great overview of several places. Great balance between group time and free time and included meals and meals on own time. Other tour members were outstanding and also added to this awesome experience. I have made new friendships that will last a lifetime. John our bus driver needs to be praised as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps! So beautiful and peaceful! But can't forget the feeling at the fist site of the Eiffel tower and the Colosseum."

Roger Todd

Grafton, WI

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was incredibly amazing! From out first meeting to our last send-off dinner, it TOTALLY exceeded my high expectations. Everything was obviously well-thought out. The timings of every activity, every dinner, every tour, every detail were PERFECT! I loved the mixture of "Highlight sights" and free-time to explore on our own. I thought the hotels we stayed in were PERFECT, extremely cute and their locations were EXCELLENT! Local guides and Marijan were also amazing! I'm in awe of this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour had multiple WOW moments each day! I couldn't wait to get up in the morning and see what was next! My jaw hit the floor when I first saw the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Paris was amazing, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe to the Metro and the Mona Lisa! Munich and its Beer culture were SUPER FUN! I loved Switzerland's scenery, our North Face hike, and chance to play the Alpine horn! Seeing "David" in Florence was unbelievable as was the food and drink of EVERY country!"

Cynthia

Gaithersburg, MD

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was phenomenal and will be hard to top in future tours. There were so many little things he did to make the tour enjoyable. He was always upbeat and very knowledgeable as well as other things. Our tour apprentice, though he was very different, was very helpful. I am confident that he will be a wonderful tour guide as well. Our tour buddies were wonderful and we made so many friends that I believe we will visit when we are in their area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David at Accademia was one of my favorite "wow" moments. Marijan gave us such a detailed explanation of Michelangelo's process and what to look for. If I had not been given all that background, I might have been impressed, but might have said, "That's nice" and walked on. I also enjoyed the gondola ride in Venice. Since we had just celebrated our 30th anniversary, we sat in the boat with the accordion player and singer. Some may think it was corny, but I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Kimi

Sumner, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Marijan, was amazing. He was a wealth of knowledge and very helpful We also had the benefit of an apprentice, Apostolos, who was equally as knowledgable and helpful. Our driver, John, was fantastic too! We were very well cared for. My tour experience was fantastic! I would definitely travel with a Rick Steves tour again. You get a lot for your money and the tour group size is perfect. It was great to get to know other people in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Colosseum in Rome. Our guide was fantastic! Other wow moment was the Swiss Alps. Going to the top of Schilthorn was priceless."

Kurt

Buffalo, NY

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was blessed with both outstanding guides and fantastic tour mates. We totally enjoyed our travels throughout Europe and the amount and depth of knowledge afforded to us by our guide Marijan was second to none. His vast knowledge of the history of everything from ancient civilizations to the current political climate and the art that falls in between was absolutely amazing. Our group was a very cohesive one, everyone bonded quickly and there was no drama between couples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was the sheer beauty of the Swiss Alps. My wife was enamored with Paris."

Joy

Trinity Beach, QLD

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We expected a lot from the tour but didn't expect it to be fantastic on all levels. This was our first trip to Europe and decided to go with a Rick Steves tour more for convenience as I didn't know any other language other than English. I had done research for several months before booking and decided this was the one to give us a good insight to Europe. It certainly gave us more. Now we are home we can't stop talking about it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but the wowest for me was arriving in the Swiss Valley where we were to stay for two nights. Seeing the beautiful mountains and breathing the clean, fresh air was the most incredible experience."

Lynnette

Richland, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing experience! We saw and learned so much during this trip. It was the perfect balance of guided tour along with personal free time to explore on our own. The guides were unbelievably knowledgeable, personable, and helpful. This was the perfect way to introduce ourselves into guided touring. Would definitely do another one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each new day brought a new favorite. You know it's a good trip when you can't pinpoint one particular thing. I was continually "wowed" throughout this tour."

Jack

Sussex, NJ

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip was as I expected. Tour was a great way to give someone an overview of the top cities in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of mountains from Hotel in Lauterbrunnen."

Mary

Sussex, NJ

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views in Switzerland and gondola ride."

William

Wantage, NJ

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was very good. The tour guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the colosseum."

Michael

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was nervous heading into the tour. I didn't know how I would like being on an agenda instead of having full control of my schedule while on vacation. But the tour was fantastic, the amount of "stuff" that we saw and learned in limited time was remarkable. even the bus rides were fun, as so much of the scenery was both beautiful and interesting. Plus, everyone on the tour was great, which i think has to do with Rick's mandate of "positive attitudes only".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being lucky enough to be in Beaune for France's semi final victory over Belgium was hard to beat. I believe i was more impressed with the engineering and architecture than the art, so Rome was a pretty big wow moment. and the scenery in Lauterbrunnen was unbelievable, i never thought i would see anything that would make me think Yosemite looked pedestrian."

Nancy

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour took us to places that I only dreamed of!!! The people I met in our tour group were wonderful. Our tour guide was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"French people dancing in the streets after winning the finals. People ringing bells in the streets in Switzerland then leading us to a place where they were playing the Alp horn. Getting a cooking lesson then eating outside in Tuscany."

Connor

Wantage, NJ

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the best graduation present I got. I had an amazing time!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's really hard to pick a favorite moment when everything is just so different from what you imagined. The entire experience was incredible."

Indira

Mexicali, BCN

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 15-year old son and I had a wonderful, enriching and super-fun experience with a group made up of delightful and educated fellow travelers. For anyone looking to take teenagers to Europe, this is OUTSTANDING value for your money. Guide Carey, driver Big John and our local guides (especially Francesca, National Treasure) made sure we were comfortable, well informed and empowered to make Europe our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking a country road in Lauterbrunnen with the Alps as a backdrop, among mountains, the pine forest, sparkling cool streams, towering waterfalls, flowers, cottages, farmers and fresh air. It doesn't get any better."

David

Rosemount, MN

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized with a good mix of structured and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick one [INVALID] hard enough to pick just a few. Among the many, many "wow" moments: the lighting of the Eiffel Tower, hearing the alphorn in Wengen, the Capitoline Museum in Rome (including the first glimpse of the Colosseum) with our local guide Francesca [INVALID] and the first time I spoke French to a French person. The light show on the buildings in Beaune were an unexpected highlight. I have to mention the group of people we toured with were such so much fun, definitely a "wow" too."

Doug

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic Trip! Very well organized set us up to be a traveler not a tourist. I had never done a tour like this, and I was extremely pleased with the way we were prepared in each stop on what to ask and how to interact with the "locals" and not look like an American.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a wow moment in each stay. In Paris, just being so close to the Arch de Triumph, and seeing the Eiffel Tower was pretty spectacular, especially at night. Beaune it was very special to celebrate France winning a world cup semi-final game. Switzerland - Mountains and waterfalls. Munich - Beer!! Venice, gondola ride and getting lost. Florence, David! In Rome, I just like the mass of people, along the Colosseum and other museums."

Lauren

Boulder, CO

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time on the tour. Being a teen I was concerned about some things being more adult oriented, but this wasn't the case at all. I felt that There was always things for me to do. Our guide, Dave, was very good about making sure we got food that was okay for our dietary restrictions. I loved the people on our tour they were all nice and fun. Dave was also very knowledgeable and did a great job of telling us about the places. The local guides we had were all amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was seeing the Eiffel tower sparks at night. I had wanted to go to Paris for a long time and it was amazing to finally be there. The Eiffel Tower was so pretty and seeing it light up and sparkling was gorgeous. The other "wow" moment which was a close second for me was the Swiss alps. The valley was gorgeous and we were surrounded by waterfalls and mountains. It was nice to be somewhere scenic and relaxing after the chaos of Paris."

Joyce

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What can I say? Dave Stringer was fantastic. Calm, cool, collected and helpful in so many ways. He made the trip such an exceptional experience.We were constantly on the go, but because of our wonderfully small group size (22), and the amount of free time on our own, we never felt herded like cattle or upset with our fellow group members. I loved that Rick Steves took care of the big things, which left us time to explore on our own- meeting people and finding little out of the way places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Tuscany and Beaune. Tuscany eating under the huge walnut tree among the vineyards was a wow moment for me. The food, the wine, the place -all good!"

Thom

Nashville, TN

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The transportation, hotels and guide provided a hassle-free experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected "wow" moment was walking into Saint Chappelle in Paris. One of the favorite "pinch me" moments was the night time gondola ride in Venice!"

Kris

Nashville, TN

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a delightful time with just the right mixes of city and country locations and of organized and on-your-own time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My two "wow" moments (I can't choose one favorite) were the Lauterbrunnen valley and the Swiss village nestled within the majestic Alps, and Rome with its art, architecture, and amazing history."

Christine

Newburgh, IN

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your was awesome ! Dave our tour guide helped make it special--always kind and patient and full of historical useful information. This is a great Tour to see a sprinkling of Europe-- Not enough time to have a detailed tour of the city but certainly enough time to see the sites and appreciate the flavor of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it Switzerland, the Tuscany farm, Munich."

Mayela

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience! Completely different to what I was expecting. Coleen made everything run so smoothly and was always prepared. All the cities and places we went to were perfect! Our guides make us feel secure, welcome and appreciative. I will definitely use this kind of tours again!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick one, but to see the Roman forum from the top of the Capital museum was an overwhelming experience."

Mary Jane

Franklin, TN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time! My husband and I had taken the 3 week tour 11 years ago and we liked it so much that we took our grown children this time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment were the evenings we spent in Tuscany. We stayed on a beautiful farm. Our meals gourmet meals were served at a table on the lawn. There was a cool breeze and no "bugs". It was magical! The second evening local musicians performed for us and we danced on the lawn under the stars until almost midnight. We had such a good time!"

Todd

Avon, CT

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace was fast but never chaotic. We got to do the touristy things but I was most impressed by the added perks and activities that weren't mentioned in the itinerary. I won't mention them here to keep it a surprise. Our guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. They were also extremely accommodating and were very aware of the group dynamics. Speaking of the group. It was a very nice group of people that kept us entertained they whole trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the valleys and mountain peaks of Switzerland. I learned that I enjoyed the small towns we stayed in were just as enjoyable as the major cities. I think that alternating of big city and small town made the trip that much better. That was a wow moment for me. I hadn't expected that."

Jonelle

Dassel, MN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colleen and Meg were fabulous! This tour exceeded all of our expectations. Peter was a great driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the entire trip, but the best moment was in Tuscany and the mask making demo in Venice."

David

Dassel, MN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly everything went. It was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Switzerland."

James

Riverside, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was spectacular, it was more than I would have ever expected. Our group was unbelievable, we all got along, laughed and enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was conquering my fear of heights as we climbed to the top of the Schilthorn. The view was breathtaking and totally worth every moment!!"

Maria

Riverside, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our very first tour EVER, and I can't say that there was a single thing I would have changed. Colleen and Meg were absolutely OUTSTANDING! They were informed, understanding, witty and so very kind. All the city guides were wonderful, especially Francesca in Rome. She taught and informed us in such a way that not only pulled at your heart strings but also gave me the opportunity to reflect on history and the significance of where we were standing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, standing in the middle of the Colosseum in Rome was an unforgettable moment that quite frankly brought forth so much emotion. This was the crown jewel of the trip. I would recommend this to ANYONE! The Alps were a close second, such beauty and pristine landscapes."

Charles

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked how the tour had alot of variety and how I think we got a fair mix and balance from each country. My favorite things in each city were the city guided tour walks, and of course the food was very good anywhere we ate at.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Europe had some amazing views and the overall atmosphere was very good. I think my wow moment was in the Swiss Alps, when we rode the gondola up to the top at Piz Gloria and saw the James Bond, then ate lunch in Murren, and then took a 2 hour hike back to the other gondola on the opposite site of the Lauterbrunnen valley to ride back to the hotel, in all I walked about 7 miles that day and it was by far my favorite."

Oscar

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations and I had a lot of fun the whole way through. I learned a lot about Europe and the countries that I visited. Overall, I have no complaints and I had a great time and would defintitely do a similar tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many moments that I would describe as "wow" moments during the tour; but personally, my favorite part of it was the Swiss Alps and getting to go to the top of them and do a bit of hiking."

German

Salinas, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour experience! Vey well planned tour with quaint hotels, great guide, good bus and driver and adequate bathroom breaks. The tour happened as advertised and exceeded expectations in some cases. Additional things like birthday celebrations and unexpected small activities made this trip special. Jody ran an efficient tour with minimum time delays.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was at least one "wow" moment everyday. Getting up to the Swiss Alps and hiking down was my favorite moment."

Jeanne

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just back a week from 14 days in "the Best" of Europe, and I'm quite sure that it was. Not "best" in the five star hotel, gourmet meals every day sense, but BEST in the way people become BEST friends, in the way that the little place you went to had the best ____ you ever tried, best guide you ever had, constantly seeing to your finicky "needs" and teaching you how to do it "the Rick Steeves way". OK, maybe not the rip-off pants that become shorts that you can swim in, but I swear by all else!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my two, somewhat quiet, teenage boys suddenly blosssom into hospitable, inquisitive, smiling! gentlemen when surrounded by the five teenage girls in our group. At our first group meeting, our more um, "choosy" son actually shared that he was looking forward to trying all the foods from the different countries on our tour. And he DID! And he still continued this when we returned. So, this happy mom has got to say, "THANK YOU, Rick Steeves!""

Richard

Hillsborough, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good [INVALID]ion of venues. Outstanding guides and driver. Nice mix of people on the tour to talk with. Only Rome came in as too hot and too crowded with tourists like us. Most everywhere else was truly " off the beaten path" just the way I like it when I go on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've been all over Europe but never to the top of the alps. So Schilthorn was a Wow for me. Plus real Edelweiss- is never seen a living flower of it before. Plus we ran into an unexpected music festival in France and just happened to be in Rome when the Pope gave his blessing- serendipity."

Nanette

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was all about making connections, with new people, places, cultures,foods, information and experiences. We loved the comfortable coach that we traveled in. Our Tour Guide's helpful hints and background was key The balance of city bustle and natural beauty was invigorating. Tis'exciting to begin each new day with the anticipation of adventure and the opportunity to learn. The warm welcomes received from lodging and restaurant owners furthered our connection to a new place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Mine would have to be the stunning beauty of the Alps."

Susan

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour truly exceeded my expectations. Every part of it provided memorable experiences that I could not have replicated without our awesome tour guide Dave, or any of the wonderful local guides that we had along our travels. It was a perfect mix of group and individual activities. We learned how to navigate the Paris Metro, be good tourist in the tight streets of Venice, and how to "see" the wonders of Rome in context and with a level of understanding I could not have anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending time with our local guide in the Capitoline museum in Rome. I am not sure why but I found it very moving. It is hard to pick from many awesome sights. Then there are just all the small moments experienced with a new set of friend. The Trummelbach falle in the Swiss alps, the Munich surfers, the dancing under the stars at our Tuscan retreat."

Craig

Clifton, NJ

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On time. Lots of information. We were able to see many sights. Dave did a great job. Very, very informative. Outstanding people in my travel group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many! Swiss Alps Rome Colosseum Waterfalls Beer Garden"

Joyce

Indio, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter Rebecka and I had a fabulous experience in Europe! Any apprehensions I may have had about traveling in Europe were of no consequence. We stayed in very nice hotels, and we had no worries about what we were going to see or where we were going to go. The schedule was easy to be on and well paced with structured time and free, personal time. We saw all the important artwork, and iconic architecture in each country we were in. I am still processing all the experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seems every moment I experienced was a WOW moment! In Switzerland there was a waterfall outside our rooms window! I took five pictures of it because I couldn't believe it was real! Dachou moved me to the depths, and I must admit it colored my experience of Germany. I am glad I was able to "witness" it and wouldn't have wanted to missed it. Our stay in the country in Florence was a nice break from the city! I felt like I was in a Fellini movie! The Colosseum stays with me to this day"

Frank

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I went on the tour together and had a great experience. It was so nice to go on a trip like this and not worry about transportation between the European cities, booking hotels, getting tickets for the many museums, and having to decide where to eat for every meal. There was a good mixture of tour group time and personal time in each city. Our tour guide was experienced and had good suggestions for restaurants and alternate activities. The local guides were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is not a fair question because there were so many. One of the more awe-inspiring moments for me occurred while we were on our hike in the Alps. The views were amazing and stunning. I found out that pictures did not do the view justice."

Daniel

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every location on the itinerary was a great experience, I'm really pleased we chose this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day provided a new "wow" moment!"

Janet

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 06/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every place visited on the 14 day european tour. Each location had distinctly different character. Since I had never been to Europe before I felt I needed the guided experience to get the most out of my trip. All the guides were very good (although sometimes hard to understand because of their accents). The headsets allowed everyone to hear the guide and navigate the walking tours. The tour bus was very comfortable. There was a lot of walking to burn off all the food provided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Colosseum and surrounding grounds in Rome. Living in the US, we think a one hundred year old building is old and should probably be torn down. The real facts about the gladiators and the games was really interesting. Venice was also so unlike any other place in the world. The waterways and alleys were a real adventure."

Alice

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was excellent. First, nothing pure luck provided five teenagers, including our two grandchildren, on the tour. The blended, shared, and did what teens do, and that was in itself an incredible experience for them. The trip was demanding and rewarding. Seeing Europe through the eyes of a 13 and 16 year old on their first visits to France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy was wonderful. Our tour guides, Stephanie and Stefanie, were both personable, knowledgeable and helpful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A six mile hike into the Alps with my 13 year old granddaughter sharing the beauty and splendor of these mountains had to be a wow moment. Watching her awe as we descended to the valley after our hike was an experience I will never forget. Our 16 year old grandson was totally in awe of grandeur and history of the parthenon temple in Rome was another wow moment. I might add that this was the fourth trip to Europe for my husband and me, so our focus was mostly on the kids and their experience."

Bev

Horseshoe Bend, ID

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I thought it was a great combination of cities and towns. Being able to make our own plans every other day or so was great and we even skipped the long day trip into Florence to relax at the Tuscan villa. Our guides were great and we could not have had a better group of people. I was worried that my 17 year old son would be bored with a bunch of retirees but there were 4 teens and all of us had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland!"

Gail

Horseshoe Bend, ID

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations. I loved the fact that our hotels were all in the old part of towns. Our guides and the local guides were top-notch and with radios and ear buds it was perfect. We had an amazing cohesive group, a fantastic bus driver, and 2 very professional and knowledgeable guides. It was a pretty fast-paced tour, lots of walking and stairs but it totally worked because of how organized our guides were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot pick one. Paris was not my favourite. We could have used an extra day in Lauterbrunnen. It probably was the most spectacular as we had a clear day at the top of Schilthorn and the Swiss Alps."

Rebecca

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! My husband and I used this as our honeymoon. This meant we didnt have to plan every detail and we had so many more experiences than we would have had on our own. Our guide offered useful tips and suggestions for our free time and to make travel easier in general. You always want to see more, but thats the idea of the trip. You get to experience so much in two weeks, but keep in mind it can be exhausting doing all this in a short time. Consider using down time to truly rel

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland was unbelievable. It looks like every postcard or movie from the Alps. This is coming from an avid art lover who was sure nothing could beat Paris."

Lawrence

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was even better than advertised. There is no way we would have seen or done what we did on our own. The Rick Steves company has really put together an outstanding product for travelers with all ranges of travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many places come to mind, but seeing the Alps up close has to be tops for me."

Joan

Covington, LA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations. We saw more, learned more and experienced more than we hoped would happen. Our guide, Colleen, was knowledgeable, experienced and always willing to help. The entire tour was well-planned and [INVALID]d. I especially appreciated the balance of planned activities and free time to explore on our own. We had a great tour group of congenial, interesting travelers. Best of all, I feel more confident about traveling in Europe and would love to go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to choose one moment! Being in the Louvre with a feast of treasures, the beautiful Swiss Alps, riding down the Grand Canal in Venice and historic Rome are my contenders."

Merrily

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour! It was a wonderful experience. Colleen has just the right mix of knowledge, humor, and sensitivity. I had never been to Europe before and now I want to go back for sure. I loved the human interactions we had with local people--they really add flavor and make it so much more memorable than just sightseeing. I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 2-3 wow moments. The first couple would be listening to Baroque music in cathedrals[INVALID]SO AMAZING! The acoustics, the art of the buildings, and the talent of the musicians all came together in one perfect moment. I'm now convinced that Baroque music was written to be played in cathedrals. Second wow moment was when our Beaune hotel owner told us she loved us because: 1-she loves Colleen, 2-she loves US locations, 3-we saved her country from Hitler and fed them after WWII. So touching!"

Michelle

South Jordan, UT

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such an amazing experience! Colleen was fabulous! She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, personable, and really made significant effort to cater to individual needs. Thank you colleen!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps truly were AWESOME! and Venice was another big wow! But really as a first time visit to Europe, the whole trip was kind of surreal!"

Roger

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This response is coming from both Roger Hansen and John Payton. The overall experience very full and rich. It gave participants the full experience described in the itinerary. There was a good balance between city, small town and rural sites. The pace was rapid, which presented some challenges. Yet we chose the optional tours, since we wanted to experience as much as possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps gave us the opportunity to see spectacular scenery, both in the valley and up in the mountains. We had a waterfall outside our hotel window. Churches such as San Marco gave us human-made wow moments. The gondola ride on the Grand Canal was magical. The music and dancing at the Tuscan villa movie-set like setting was very enjoyable."

Stephen

Boise, ID

Tour: 06/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all of the places we visited, even those I thought would not be much fun. I saw things I had not expected in these places, and loved it. The hotels were all near the city centers and within walking distance of many of the sights. (Except for that fantastic Tuscan villa which was a great relaxing change of pace just when we needed it). The pace of the tour allowed us to pack in more sights and experiences than I would have if left to my own devices. The group became a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the four ancient bronze horse statues in St. Marks Basilica. They were powerful and lifelike, at odds with what I thought 2000 year old art was or could be."

William

Port Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have had a better time - the weather was ideal the settings spectacular. My initial expectation was that each part of Europe would be similar - what we saw was the unique flavour of each of the countries we visited. Had we planned the trip ourselves we likely would have lost much of the character of Europe, from the boutique style hotels to the selection of meals to the important background our guide provided. Excellent !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many - from the shear size of some of the locations we visited to the amazing artworks - including paintings that filled an entire wall. Watching the sun set in Paris from the top of the Arch de Triomphe, a gondola ride in Venice to a casual stroll through an Olive grove and vineyard in Tuscany."

Randall

Roswell, GA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was extremely well organized and coordinated. There were no issues with hotels ,transportation, or resturants. Jody was phenominal about making things happen on time. The places and sites chosen for the trip were amazing. The bus driver (Winn) was friendly and intesting to talk to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sites in Rome were the "wow" several days."

James

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was skeptical about being "trapped" in a tour, but my doubts were unfounded. Our guide, Jody, was a font of knowledge (she did have google on board), generous with good advice, and the structure of the tour allowed us to have enough free time to wander on our own and find our own treasured moments. The local guides were outstanding - incredibly helpful in putting our tourist minds into the local context, and giving us insight into the history and current situations of the local people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to just pick one: The Eiffel Tower at night The Gondola at Schilthorn Dachau and the U.S. cemetery in Florence Our Munich tour (double wow!) The mask maker in Venice Food Wine Food and Wine Pork Knuckle and dark beer The Colosseum"

Bill

Freeland, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled a lot and this was the best tour we have ever been on. We had so much fun and learned a great deal. Our overall tour guide was outstanding as were the local guides. Everything was so well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite was Switzerland. We had not been there before and it was so beautiful."

Karla

North Bend, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our Rick Steves Best of Europe in 14 days tour. We enjoyed everything from the well organized local tours, the smooth travel and everyday bits of advice from our wonderful tour guides, Jody and Rachel. We enjoyed the special moments of the Alpenhorn performance, cooking demonstration in Tuscany, to the mask making demonstration in Venice. These helped make our experience so much richer and more memorable. The camaraderie of our group was the cherry on top!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was walking in the Swiss Alps. It was a "pinch me" moment that I will always remember. It was a glorious day with views that are indescribable."

Niel

North Bend, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our best of Europe in 14 days tour far surpassed all our expectations. From our wonderful guides, Jody and her assistant Rachel, to all our fellow travelers. With everything so well organized all we had to do was enjoy everyday. The local guides were like an added bonus, sharing their local knowledge and history provided added insight to everything we were experiencing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it should be favorite wow moments since they seemed to happen on a regular basis. If I had to choose one it would be our tour of the Colosseum and the Forum in Rome. Our guide, Francesca, was fantastic how she helped us to see and feel what life was like so long ago. Without her they would have been old buildings to me, but thanks to her they became so much more. I could practically hear the ancient Romans cheering."

Susan

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really appreciated having one guide who accompanied us the whole trip. Jody was so knowledgeable about history and geography as well as an excellent source of information on what to do and where to go during our free time. There was so much we would have missed if we had done the trip on our own. The local guides deepened our understanding of each location and were invaluable in learning about local culture, history, and what it's like to live in the community we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose one. Francesca brought the ancient Romans to life, incorporating art, architecture, religion, and everyday living. She gave us a truly unique perspective on Rome. Also, the hike in the Alps, from the Lauterbrunner to Murren, especially during wildflower season, was breath-taking."

Cynthia

Eagan, MN

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I felt like we had "a trip of a lifetime". We loved: the cities that were selected to visit, the chance to see the beautiful countryside on the bus and relax after busy sightseeing, the bonding we had with our tour guide, Jody, and the rest of the tour members, the use of local guides for some sights that gave us the details to really understand and enjoy the sights, looking at each other often to say "Wow, we are really here"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I challenged myself and climbed through the chain link tunnel at the Thrill Walk in Switzerland, with nothing but air and mountain below me...twice! When we saw the miraculous view from atop the Schilthorn Mt in Switzerland."

Eileen

Clarkston, MI

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first travel experience with a tour. There was a lot packed into the 14 days. While it was made clear that it was going to be a very active tour it was still a bit tough and you definitely need to be fit to keep up. It was organized very well and our two guides were knowledgeable and fun. We experienced eating great food in every country and learned about their customs. The beauty in each country was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have one! The beauty of Switzerland was absolutely breath taking! Paris bus tour at dusk was awesome...Eiffel Tower especially. Loved the gondola ride at dusk in Venice. In Munich, the local beer house with the 3 musicians was so much fun as they engaged everyone to join in singing. All the sculptures, architecture are my particular interests. The colosseum was amazing. I appreciated stopping at the American cemetery in Italy and Dachau concentration camp memorial."

David

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the start in Paris to the ending in Rome, it was fabulous. As advertised, there was plenty of walking in order to take in all the sites. Being this was our first trip to Europe, we did it all and were glad we did. Our guide, Jody, Vim the bus driver and Rachel from your HR group were so much fun to be with. We also had a great group of folks who seemed equally intent in going with the flow and having a good time. Your guidebook helped us prepare for the trip and your app was great too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I always wanted to hike in Switzerland. Getting off the gondola and starting our walk to Murren was like wow. I thought I was on the first step of the stairway to heaven. Incredible scenery and perfect weather in a postcard setting. Dining outside in Murren as hand gliders flew overhead was an unexpected plus."

Ivy

Roswell, GA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience on an organized tour and I was a little hesitant to commit for such a long trip but I am so glad that I did. The tour totally delivered on everything they advertised but it was all the little 'extras' that weren't advertised that put this trip over the top for me. We participated in all of the 'optional' events and as one of our tour mates put it, 'I'm afraid I'll miss something wonderful if I don't'. It was a true immersion experience of the best of Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal 'wow' moment had to be the gondola ride in Venice. In anticipation of our trip, I had read the book '1000 nights in Venice', a romantic novel based on a true story and filled with details about the city and the very passionate people who live there. As my husband and I were celebrating our 31st anniversary during the trip, our tour guides arranged for us to have live performers in our gondola. It was incredible! I couldn't stop smiling for hours. Thank you Jody and Rachel!"

Alice

Astoria, OR

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't get over how spoiled I felt on this tour. Yes, it's a go, go, go experience...but it's so worth it. Every day Ben would surprise us with something. Wether it was treating us all to gelato or entering the coliseum at the gladiator's entrance. It was always something and always amazing! Every where we stayed was clean, comfortable, and convenient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the coliseum in Rome."

Patricia

Richland, WA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent. Good mix of large cities and smaller villages so you could get away from crowds a bit. It was nice having someone else do the driving and figuring out all the details, hotels, guides, etc. our driver Erik was like one of the group and an excellent driver. I am glad I did this tour as my first visit to Europe, because Big Bang for the buck. However, my next tour will probably be of a smaller area, such as countryside France, Spain, or Ireland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Venice and it's canals were so unique and picturesque, and the ruins in Rome were impressive. Hard to believe there are so many old buildings and works of art that are still around after a thousand years and so many wars."

Glenn

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe experience is one that I thoroughly enjoyed and will never forget. The only cautionary note is one directed to myself. "Don't eat so much food next time, regardless of how delicious it is."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest "wow" part of the tour was the time spent listening to Francesca, as she guided us through the Capitoline, Colosseum and the Pantheon. All of the local guides on this tour knew their "stuff" and were able to impart it to the group effectively. Francesca did more than share her information, she shared her vision and encouraged us to take a journey back in time with her. Very impactful!"

Brooke

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have nothing negative to say about Rick Steves tours. This was our first trip with Rick Steves, and I was very impressed. Our tour guide Ben was incredible. He went above and beyond to make our experience in Europe the best it could be. We consistently skipped the lines for major attractions, which gave us so much more time for exploring. This tour was a perfect balance of learning history, having guided tours, and free time. The price was SO worth it for what you get! 10/10 recommend!

Randall

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was outstanding! Every phase of the trip could not have gone better. The accommodations, the travel, the tour guide, the food, and the itinerary all exceeded expectations. All of the hotels were close to the heart of where we would be exploring, but they were much more quaint and fun than we would have likely been able to find on our own. The tour bus was big and new, so travel days were comfortable. Plenty of time was provided for personal site seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were fortunate enough to get to walk into the Roman Coliseum through the gladiator entrance. The weight of that moment was not lost as I imagined all those who had walked through it to the cheer of crowds, knowing they would not walk out."

Sydney

Social Circle, GA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so much more than I could have hoped for. I had not heard of Rick Steve's before booking and now will be singing it's praises for anyone who will listen. I loved how the tour was organized (busy day followed by easy day), the tour guide that was with us, and the local guides. I loved the hotels weren't chains, they were locally owned and we met the owners at most venues. The meals were true to the location and all gave you the opportunity to taste what was popular to that region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it was a 'wow' moment! I fell in love with the tour more and more each day!"

Scott

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience our family had with the Rick Steve's 14 day best of Europe tour was outstanding. I would not change a thing. It was much more than we expected. I feel we fit more into 14 days then we could of planning the tour on our own. The guides were all top notch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment on our tour happened after we left the little church in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. As we walked out of the local church the church bells started ringing through the valley. I looked up and saw the waterfalls and all the beauty of the Swiss Alps in the background. It gave me goosebumps because I realized no pictures or video could recreate that moment! The were "wow" moments everyday of the tour but that moment stood out for me."

Toni

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic tour experience. We had heard good things about Rick Steves tours, and we were not disappointed. We loved everything about this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in Switzerland, and had just finished listening to the wonderful performance by the local group in the church, & they started ringing the church bells. We walked outside, & between the beautiful bells, the waterfalls, & the majestic peaks in the background, I was just struck at that moment how peaceful & serene the setting was. My husband turned around & said, "I wouldn't be surprised to see a unicorn run in front of us right now"!"

William

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with both the knowledge and overall friendliness with the group guides ,Ben and Iris. The trip was well organised and varied in staying in a big city and alternating with a small city. I learned alot about European history and art. I also enjoyed our free time so we could plan our own activities. I wish I could go back with the same group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to chose from . Switzerland was gorgeous and going to the castle for the wine tasting was great . Enjoyed the family- style hotel in the middle of the olive grove. I guess if I had to pick one it would be stepping out of the Rome Metro and seeing the Coliseum. Dachau also is something I won't forget ."

Darcie

Alna, ME

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great way to see Europe, especially for the first time. A few days at each place with local guides and a planned tour for part of the day, then on your own later to have your own discoveries. I praise the way the tour info is presented prior to and after the tour is booked. The detailed honesty of what to expect, how to pack light, the shape you need to be in, how each day is rated from mild, moderate and strenuous walking and where to refill your water bottle was so important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland was breathtaking. We had a waterfall view from our balcony at the hotel. Everywhere was so spotlessly clean. The scenery of the green grass, wildflowers, the cows with the cow bells freely roaming, waterfalls all around, the gondola ride up to the top of Mt. Shilthorn and the few other little villages along the way up."

William

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a goal fulfilled by my wife and I. We had a great time. The experience of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was seeing the Coliseum in Rome."

Helen

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful introduction to Europe and all it has to offer. Never a dull moment, a busy schedule but worth the time and effort. Every city was different, interesting and amazing! Great to just sit back and just enjoy the experience. Priceless to not stress over booking hotels, scheduling transportation or tickets to museums. It was fun having mostly 1st timers on the adventure. We were all in awe of what we were seeing, eating and experiencing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into the Swiss Alps and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The majesty of the waterfalls, the green hills and quaint village."

Claire

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I couldn't believe I was overseas in Europe when I first arrived in Paris, France. The trip was an unbelievable experience. I got to be up front and center with all the famous monuments, sights, and places that I have read all about in history books when I was younger. I got to experience this tour with my family, but also got to meet new people and along the way, make new friends. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to travel with the Rick Steve's Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the drive to Switzerland. Switzerland is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. I couldn't keep my mouth shut, it was just so jaw-dropping beautiful. Taking the tram up and down from the Swiss Alps felt like a dream."

Scott

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not knowing what to expect, as I have never traveled to Europe or in a tour group before, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the tour was well organized. The locations of the hotels, the transportation and sites visited were perfect, with the exception of Eataly. Our family of 5 had a great time and will never forget the time we all spent together in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably driving into the valley of Lauterbrunnen. The views were amazing!"

Kasra

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time! This was my first trip to Europe and Reid made it such an enjoyable experience. The group was fantastic and everyone had a blast!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing David for the very first time!"

Sharon

Arlington, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded all my expectations. Our guide did a great job of preparing us for each adventure. He gave us the history, what to look at, what to expect. Everything went smoothly, no hassles or problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moment was probably going to Rome. The history was told in such a way that I felt everything she said. She brought the Colosseum to life for me. St. Peter's Basillica was amazing. And I wouldn't of known or understood any of it, without our guide."

Timothy

Topeka, KS

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well run, kept busy the whole time but also had time to rest up when needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the Rome the Coliseum is amazing but each stop had something that was very good."

Jeanne

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's and my first time to Europe. The "Best of Europe in 14 days" tour was a good "Europe 101" tour to take, as it gives you a "taste" of 4 different countries. We definitely have a passion for further visits to Europe...a return to a few places we visited plus new sites to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few sites come to mind, but the Lauterbrunnen Valley view from our 4th story hotel deck with a view of the Schilthorn to one side and the grassy meadows with bell-wearing dairy cows to the other direction - Staubbach waterfall thundering in the background...it was a "pinch me - am I really here" moment!"

Dorothy

Cary, IL

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip met and exceeded our expectations. The hotels reflected the character of the local areas, as did the restaurant choices. There was just enough free time, as well. The various side trips, like the Dachau Memorial and the Florence Memorial for the American troops, added a good balance to the visual beauty and good times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"People have been asking us this, and I tell them the WOW moment for each city. The Louvre was special, the charm of the Burgundy winery was unparalleled, the hike in the Swiss Alps was pure delight, the Dachau Memorial is seared in my mind, biking in the English Garden in Munich, the Vivaldi string concert in Venice, dancing at the Tuscan Villa, Michelangelo's David, the Roman Forum, and the fun and interesting companions."

Karen

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tour itself was good. Good locations, local tours/guides, fellow tour members, mostly good entertainment, etc. I'll preference my comments, I was on the 3 week Best of Europe tour last year, rated it "Outstanding" and the tour guide was EXCELLENT. Loved the tour and on that basis came back with 4 additional family members/friends for this tour. Unfortunately, this years tour guide was only adequate and marred the experience for me a little (knowing what a difference a good guide can make).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Switzerland was the wow moment. Farmhouse in Tuscany was very cool and a lot of fun (great food, fun cooking demo, music and dancing with the owner/staff/family joining in)!"

Deborah

Boyertown, PA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour experience was outstanding. Really really enjoyed this tour. I'd been planning on taking a RS tour for about 20 years and it did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do I have to pick one? Favorite wow moment was probably on one of the two optional experiences-the hike with Dave in Lauterbrunnen-wanted to pinch myself-was I really here?? and also the gondola ride in Venice. My husband was cynical about this to begin with-felt like it was too touristy. He looked at me within the first 2 minutes and thanked me for pushing him to do it. It was so romantic being in Venice at night with live musicians. We even had a couple on our tour get engaged during the ride!"

Craig

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The perfect way to take my first trip to mainland Europe. A great mix of guided tours and independent options, seeing some incredible sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Swiss Alps into Lauterbrunnen - the scenery was unreal."

Patti

Madera, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our tour and will definitely be going on more Rick Steve's Tours in the future! It was a wonderful blend of scheduled activity and "on our own" time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can we choose just one?!? Our guides' timing for our hill view of the Eiffel Tower for its evening light show! Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland and the 3-waterfall view from our hotel room! Munich... loved it! Our Villa stay (& our hosts) in Tuscany near Florence. Seeing Michaelangelo's David."

Nancy

Las Cruces, NM

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very active and busy busy busy, but we definitely visited the main places for a taste of Europe. We've been on several Rick Steves tours now, and this may be the "best ever"...Schedule and guide were tops, very very outstanding and memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola is my "wow" word. In Switzerland we took the gondola cable cars way top to the Schlitzhorn with fantastic views. In Venice we went together for a gondola boat ride complete with musicians."

Gail

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time! It was a lot of fun and we got to relax and enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about the details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was stepping into the courtyard of Count Raul's 12th century castle in Beaune France. Never in my life did I think I would get to experience a castle up close and personal."

Terry

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was pretty much as I had anticipated after talking with friends who had been on various tours. I felt it was good value for the money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cities and history were great but I really enjoyed the time and beauty in Switzerland."

George

Langley, WA

Tour: 05/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although I couldn't participate in some experiences due to personal illness, I enjoyed those I could. I really appreciated the support I received from Trish and from all of the other members of the group. I learned a great deal, not only about Europe but also about myself. The kindness and understanding I received from, Trish, the members of the groups and also from complete strangers, I will remember for the rest of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably spending time in Switzerland surrounded by mountains, impressive even to someone like me who, as a citizen of the Pacific Northwest, ought to be used to mountain beauty. Another equally impressive moment was the tranquil beauty of Tuscany. I know it is in Italy and yet it felt like a place i could call home."

Nicholas

San Bruno, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide Reid made trip very special. He made quick changes for special values, like gondola group ride and fun dinners. Group also very close with much support and humor among group. Reid kept us always moving and on time so no lagging to slow group. Reid very updated on sites's history and local customs. Reid made trip special with his knowledge and humor to relax us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Liked the scenery and friendly village and mountains in Swisserland; hiking short trails on mountain paths much fun. Venice rain storm after dinner exciting with flooded streets."

Frederick

Thornville, OH

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, Reid was an outstanding guide, and his prepping us for each new tour stip was a fantastic addition to the experience. He was a font of knowledge not only on the cultures and differences we would be interacting with, but also with his insights into history, art, and religion and how the various sites were exemplars of the sweep of history in Europe. Second, the "back door" approach to Europe was just what we looking for, The hotels we visited were charming. and the staff were friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots ow "wow" moments on this tour, so it's hard to rank them. Venus de Mile and St. John the Baptist at the Louvre, the courtyard speech at the Hotel des Ramparts in Bohne, the moment we disembarked in Lauterbrunnen, having a beer with a civil servant in Munich at the victulmarket, the gondola ride in Venice, the four horses in St. Marks. David in florence, but also Dawn and Dusk in the deMedici tomb, and the Colloseum and the Forum."

Janine

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely the best experience for a traveler new to Europe. Our tour guide, Reid made it so easy to enjoy the sites, history and culture of each country helping us get more involved with the locals. I really enjoyed the group interaction and it quickly became a favorite part of each day. We all shared laughs and experiences from the day and became closer as we traveled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome was my favorite city that we toured and has to be my favorite WOW for history. The town has so many layers of history as our guide. Lautterbrunnen was totally awesome and my personal WOW for beauty!"

Puma

Kenwick, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! As advertised, and more. The program is well designed, and is much more "connected" than I could have hoped for. Kudos to the company and our guide who expertly ran the tour and provided much context in a concise and articulate manner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Sharing a quiet moment with the group in the courtyard of our hotel in Beaune, hiking in Lauterbrunnen Switzerland, gondola ride in Venice with the music box to name a few."

Michael

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed an excellent trip, covering everything we'd hoped, and more efficiently than if we had tried to do it all on our own. Our guide was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trümmelbach Falls, Switzerland and the gondola ride in Venice."

Marcia

Northridge, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought that the bus travel would be lost time as well as tedious. The opposite turned out to be true. First of all the vehicle was new, spacious, clean and comfortable. The windows provided an unobstructed view of the spectacular landscapes as we traveled from place to place. And while traveling our guide spoke with intelligence and insight upon the history of each of our destinations and tour sites. We stopped frequently so there was no discomfort during travel. Autogrill Rocks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the tunnel and out onto the ground floor of the Coliseum in Rome and also the climb up into the falls in Switzerland."

Holly

Juneau, AK

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very start this tour was phenomenal! The places were beautiful, the activities were varied, and the depth of information was amazing. I have too many photos to go through!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Lauterbrunnen for the first time as we turned into the valley! We also really loved having one of the hotel rooms that faced Staubbach Falls. We left the balcony door open a little so we fell asleep and woke up to the sound of water falling. I would have been happy staying there for the rest of the trip!"

Rosa

Santee, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great, better than we expected. We had gone on a previous tour with only five other couples and when I saw the size of the group, I was a little disappointed but it turned out to be a very wonderful experience. Everyone was awesome and the group clicked very well. The towns we visited were amazing but the most important aspect about each experience is that our tour guide, Reid gave us a thorough background of what we were about to visit, including its history, customs and etiquette.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Everything about it was magical. Again, Reid made sure we know what to do in our spare time and was always available to counsel each one of us on anything we needed."

Peter

Enumclaw, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

14 days in Europe has in fact changed my outlook on the world, I have seen the differences in life styles and it has changed my life. I went with no expectations, I went to fulfill my wife's dreams but what I received was a desire to travel, to return again and again but now with the travel skills, confidence and experience to go, to explore, to jump on the Paris metro, to take the Venice water taxi and well try to return, to travel outside my comfort zone and say hey it's great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day 5 Lauterbrunnen Valley, I didn't know what we expected as we climbed the four or was it five stair cases to room 41 of Hotel Oberland But opening and stepping out on the small balcony I knew this would be the place, Staubbach falls to the right, the sound echoing across the valley of Wegen train climbing up from the valley, and some were under the clouds ahead Eiger and Monch waited till tomorrow."

David

Monmouth, OR

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour. It was a wonderful experience. Everything was set up to allow us to have expert guides and free time to explore. I traveled with my sister and this was the first time to Europe. I'm very happy that we tried Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like I said we've never been to Europe so there were quite a few WOW moments. I'm a tech and builder type, so I was really wowed by the Buildings and Sculptures. And the size/amount of the Museums were incredible."

Bonnie

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. All as expected and anticipated and more. I caught a bad cold around 4th day of trip so it made me a little more self-conscious around other folks on the tour. Tried not to cough,etc., around them too much, so a little less enjoyable than it would have been for me. That had nothing to do with the tour though. Just glad i didn't have a roommate. Oh, well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed my "extra" day in Paris, as I was never sure I would be able to return. Of course, Switzerland is always lovely. Scene outside hotel window was gorgeous. Loved the tour of the cave and the waterfall. Even the walk back to town. Pretty great entering the colosseum in Rome on the ground level. Just anticipating the bus ride when we were ready to go somewhere new was cool. So comfy and enjoyable."

Paul

Shoreview, MN

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. Our guide taught us about the people's history and customs so that we could gain the most from our experience. Travel arrangements were comfortable and I really liked that we visited a busy city then spent a day in a slower paced area. Had I been there without a guide I would not have felt comfortable to perticipate as much as I did. I think this was a great way for a first time visitor to tour Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but I really liked the Swiss village of Lautterbrunan. Waterfalls, caves and snow covered mountains surrounded us. We also enjoyed music from two gentlemen in the church that was very nice."

Nancy

Shoreview, MN

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a perfect mixture of planned activities and time to explore on our own. Our guide, Tina, was phenomenal and I looked forward to listening to her and learning about the food, culture and facts about the places we visited. This tour also has a great mixture of visiting large cities and then visiting quieter smaller cities. It was wonderful having special entry into many of the museum's and sites, thus avoiding the long lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but seeing the majestic Swiss Alps was more than I expected."

Karen

Monmouth, OR

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide Tina. Very experienced. And the bus driver John certainly took us safely and happily through the European countryside. I can't wait to do another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though it is hard to find a single "wow" moment, I really loved the inn at Beaune. The owner was delightful, and I particularly loved the old room at the top of the inn."

Michael

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour ran like a watch. How they can drive and give each daily tour and come in at days end was fantastic. Tina was a guide with real passion in everything she did. Very knowledgeable and fun to listen to her. John our bus driver drives that bus like a smart car. Great to talk to. Smooth ride!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps! Could have spent alot more time there."

Richard

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

except for the lousy weather in Paris (fortunately we had been there only a few years before) everything was great. Tina was a wonderful and informative guide, the local guides we picked up were spot on, hotel accommodations were conveniently located and as good as any we've used in the past, group food events were well chosen and very tasty and local, and our driver Big John was an added bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I little unusual for all we saw and did, but our hotel in Munich was literally next door to the Jewish synagogue so on Saturday morning when others had a tour of the city, I attended services (a Bar Mitzvah no less). For a Jew to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah in Germany was beyond extraordinary! The Colosseum in Rome and our private, group entrance was a biggy for me!"

Christopher

Cedar Hill, TX

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and balanced in the amount of planned activities and free time. Tina was excellent at orienting you to each location and suggesting activities for your free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride in Venice where our guide has arranged an opera singer to be on our boat since we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. A close second was in Switzerland when we opened the curtains in our room and there was a waterfall in full view."

Deborah

Stacy, MN

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations, I loved the tours mixed with personal time and group time. Everyone was so knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing churches. The peacefulness of the Swiss Alps."

Lynn

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A lot of 'firsts' for me. First ever tour, first R S Tour and first solo vacation! This was one of the best trips I've taken, it exceeded my expectations. Tina our guide and 'Big John' our driver were outstanding. Group dinners were very good, and being a vegetarian wasn't a problem, I'm still trying to shed the extra pounds I gained! I loved my fellow travelers, we had so many laughs and good times together, 7 of us were solo and the rest couples. Nice hotels and great local tours & guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had too many 'Wow' moments to name just one! Switzerland was definitely a big wow, standing on my balcony looking at the Alps and waterfalls was amazing. I've wanted to go to Italy for a long time and Venice blew me away, it's so unique and beautiful, then there was Rome....pictures do not do the Colosseum justice, wow, it is huge and breathtaking! My whole trip was one big wow!"

Ann

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fabulous time. Everything went well. We had some bad weather in the Swiss Alps but that didn't deter us from having a great day. We'll just have to return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps. We had many more but this one was a lifetime dream."

Robert

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great trip that covered a lot of Europe. Our guide Tina, made the trip better because she was full of knowledge and had a great personality too. From time to time a little too much "museum walking and standing". A few days had too much squeezed in, like Paris with Saint Chapelle--Notre Dame--annnnd the Louvre, too rushed. You need more time to explore Paris.A few more "country" stops would have been nice,i.e. parks. Bus ride was pleasant and Big John was a great driver and very cool dude.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying with Italian family at their Tuscan farm house."

Dean

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was about what I expected, which is why we signed up with Rick Steves. More like an educational experience than a vacation, although there were plenty of relaxing moments sipping wine and enjoying the view (there was always a view) and the wonderful spring weather. Excellent choices for an overview of Europe. Good pacing (busy city one stop, something more rural and quiet the next).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman Colosseum and Forum. I have a background in history, Rennaisance and Reformation, and Church History. Franchesca offered a very fresh approach with integrating the Roman Empire with subsequent European History by subtly suggesting the Church merely stepped into the shoes of the Empire once it fell, in many ways. That was a real "aha" moment for me, and I'm surprised I didn't see if before...maybe I've been just too influenced by American church/state separation."

Lisa

Medford, MA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prior to this Best of Europe in 14 days tour, I had been on two others with your company--each one has been phenomenal and leaves me wanting more. The first two times I traveled solo, but for Best of Europe my best friend went with me as she has never been to Europe and I was so excited for her to experience it. Well, she was beyond thrilled, as was I. We couldn't have had a better guide in Martin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so so many "wow" moments. Sitting in a cafe in Paris when the bells of the church we were right next to were chiming.. the stunning view from our room in the Swiss Alps, passing castles as we drove through the italian countryside, our Tuscan retreat, the colosseum and the roman forum--just amazing."

Grier

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time and loved out trip. Our guide was awesome, personable and helpful. The others on the tour were very laid back and fun to be with. We loved the "surprises" such as ice man and a cemetery tour. We would definitely go on another Rick Steves tour! We had both been to Europe before, but that was a long time ago and this was a great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see Venice for the first time and getting to the top of the Schlithorn early in the morning while it was still quiet and empty. Then the walk down was awesome too!"

David

Arcadia, OK

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin! What can I say? Spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When heaven came alive in Venice."

Susie

Arcadia, OK

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steve's tour included visits to France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. During the 16 days of our tour, we visted far more places than I anticipated which gave me a glimpse of each area, their customs, cuisine and ways of life. The trip was planned well to insure we were able to visit the most places in the time we had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment actually occurred in Beaune, Switzerland. "Hospice de Beaune" was fascinating and my most memorable "wow" moment. The self-guided tour of the beautiful building explained in great detail the lengths that were taken to care for the critically ill and dying. The beauty of the facility and the watchcare of the nursing staff must have encouraged the patients years ago as they were cared for so well. The kitchen, the chapel, the pharmacy, the patient beds were well preserved."

Michael

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fulfilled objective of learning how to get around and where I want to get back to in major places I always wanted to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and hearing an avalanche on the Eiger while peacefully sitting at a scenic overlook on a solitary hike to Murren. Also listening to a Vivaldi opera one evening in a church off St Mark's Square in Venice."

Heather

Hibbing, MN

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing experience to have been a part of. I absolutely loved everything thing about this tour. From the moment we hit the streets of Paris until we hugged goodbye at our fabulous farewell dinner I was not disappointed. Every detail of this trip was setting us up for success in navigating and experiencing Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were way too many "WOW" moments to count! However, if i had to narrow it down it would hands down be our stop in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. I have never felt more at piece as I did walking though the Swiss Alps. The mountains were so majestic and everything from the sleepy little buildings to the roaming cows were just so serene."

Sandra

New Bern, NC

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the greatest of tours, our third Rick Steves, a whirlwind of activities traveling through France, Switzerland, Germany and then for the finale Italy. Oh yes we also rode through a small part of Austria. This diverse group gathered as strangers but by the end of the tour became like a family, each one looking out with care and concern for the others. Our fearless leader Martin introduced us to all aspects of European life with a zest that was contagious. We wanted to see it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite "wow" moment for me was the spectacular Alps! They were magnificent with their giant rugged peaks covered with snow. The weather was beautiful, the hiking not too strenuous, and the views only something you would see in a movie. The cows with their bells ringing as they walked in the pasture just added to the idyllic picture book scene. WOW!"

Meghan

Edmond, OK

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations, and it well surpassed them. Between Dave, our co-tour members and all the guides and locals we met along the way- I wouldn't do it any differently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland as a whole, and touring the Colosseum/ Forum with our amazing guide."

Dave

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was the first time my wife and I visited Europe and the trip was a good introduction. We enjoyed the fact that most of of the travel and hotel arrangements were made for us. It would be nice if Rick Steves could partner with a reputable travel agent to offer a few options for traveling to and from Europe. My wife and I found the schedule quite demanding both physically and mentally at times and skippped some of the guided excursions and the hike through the alps to venture out on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exiting the metro tunnel and coming face to face with the Coliseum in Rome. The gondola ride in the Swiss Alps was a close second."

Janice

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first trip to Europe exceeded all my expectations thanks to the Rick Steves experience! I expected to see beautiful churches, iconic art work and historical places and sites on this 14-day Best of Europe tour. However, we experienced so much more than just buildings and artwork by being a part of this incredible tour group. I feel like I gained new perspectives on life, I met wonderful people along the way and truly grew as a person and citizen of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are way too many "wow" moments for me to pick just one. If I really had to choose --- I would say the walking tour of the Colosseum and Forum with Francesca in Rome on our last day together. Her very passionate, heart-felt and emotional presentation about the difference between being just a "tourist" and being a "world traveler" brought many of us to tears and was such a perfect closing to an amazing 2 weeks."

John

Franklin, TN

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was great! This was our first time to the continent. We loved seeing so much, particularly the art in Paris and the history of Rome. A highlight for us was a Gondola ride in Venice,complete with music! I liked seeing life in Europe. Our guide,Dave is the best. He kept the tour interesting, was very organized, and did a good job keeping the tour on track. We learned so much from him, as well as from the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In addition to the Gondola ride, I loved seeing the Impressionist paintings in the French museums, particularly Monet's Water Lilies at the Orangerie museum. Everything else came in a close second, particularly the tour of Rome."

Patricia

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This experience was better than I expected. The group of 28 were easy to travel with, there was a mix of ages (30-80) and singles versus couples. The logistics went very smoothly. I especially appreciated the special presentations (the lunch at the vineyard, fondue demo, mask making, night time gondola ride with Italian singer). Also the local guides were invaluable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the mask making in Venice since I recently worked with paper mache. I could appreciate the artisans expertise. Plus it was a chance to see an actual resident in action."

Nikki

Sellersville, PA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible trip that was well-organized and FUN! The tour completely exceeded any expectations we had. It was a great way to do Europe for the first time, and made us very comfortable with traveling abroad.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were indescribable. Every few steps we would come across an even more beautiful view."

Bonne

New York, NY

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was wonderful. I wish there had been a little more time to explore on our own, but I understand trying to pack in all the sites. It was exactly what it's called...a taste of Europe. It really has inspired me to go back to the cities I most want to visit again. This time, I will discover the under belly and talk more with the locals. Sometimes when traveling in a group it can feel a little less of a real experience. I will definitely revisit most of these places I hope!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps and countryside in Switzerland were breathtaking. I think I could spend weeks hiking the Alps! The waterfall we visited was scary and powerful. The cows roaming the countryside were charming. The cheese was so good. The nights in Venice were full of music and magic. Especially the orchestras in the piazza. Very romantic and magical. The small towns like Beaune were full of amazing pastry shops! Best cream puff I ever had."

Joe

Asheboro, NC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since it was our first trip to Europe, our goal was to experience as many countries as possible without being too "rushed." We spent a couple of days in London before joining the tour in Paris..Mission Accomplished! What a great combination of taking advantage of the group when using local guides, hotels etc., but also allowing everyone some discovery time on their own many afternoons and evenings. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a 14 day "taste" of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! However if forced to choose, it would have to be when my wife and I witnessed the Horse mounted Republican Guards marching down the Champs-Elyees during our free afternoon in Paris. The Prime minister of Lebanon was visiting and we just happened to be in the right place at the right time to view the procession. Also, we were treated to an after dinner concert in Lauterbrunnen. I still get goosebumps when I think about Willie's Alphorn rendition of "Amazing Grace." Wow!"

Vicki

Grandville, MI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was everything we hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really were too many to pick just one."

Linda

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had so much fun. However it was the adventure that really hit me. 40 years ago I backpacked through Europe with Eurail passes and I had an adventure with a girlfriend. That was the last time that I really had an adventure until this trip. It was fun getting lost - asking directions - finding our way - and really experiencing different cultures. The cities were not fun for us because of the amount of tourists. But it's a live and learn situation and we learned how to deal with it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was really beautiful."

Bruce

Augusta, GA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Actually we loved every aspect of the trip. We absolutely enjoyed our overnight stops, the afternoon bus break stops were fun. Hotels were exactly what we like to use when we travel. Small, personal, but centered for ease of access. The tour exceeded every thing we had hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen was magical. That is a must return for me. One other stop that Jode did was the American WWII cemetery in Italy. I am retired military and have lost a lot of friends in Iraq and Afghanistan so know about loss of life overseas. The place was so peaceful and respectful for what our boys sacrificed for. I could feel the gratitude and respect. Brought tears to my eyes."

Cameron

Durham, NC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime! Everything went better than planned and it was my first trip outside of the US. I had always had some reservations and wanted to wait until I was totally prepared. This trip gave me the confidence to become a world traveler and a smart traveler. This was an investment that brought back greater returns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient Rome was the wow moment. I've always dreamed of being there. I've seen multiple photographs and films, but it did not prepare me for the real location. Our guide, Francesca, also helped to make it special by explaining how ancient Rome is not just Rome's history, but human history."

Ernest

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the balance of each day; tours/travel as a group and ample free time to explore on my on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow" moment was taking the cable car ride up onto the Swiss Alps and enjoying the view and hike."

Malissa

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be and more! A perfect amount of guided group time matched by just enough independent time. This group was small enough that we all bonded well and became a fun travel family. Each new city brought more awesome moments!! Jody, our tour guide was wonderful! Full of energy and fun...and very knowledgeable! Her stories on the bus rides were informative and entertaining. A perfect trip in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many Wow moments! The Alps had to be right at the top of my list....so breathtaking! Rome was more awesome than I expected...powerful!"

Nathan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had high expectations of our trip. It was our honeymoon, our first trip to Europe, and our first ever Rick Steves' tour. In every way were our expectations exceeded. We had so many opportunities to enjoy romantic experiences in picturesque locales, take in the vibrant culture, and developed some new skills making us wiser travelers. And if that weren't enough having the company of Jody, Laurel, and the rest of our tour group felt more like travelling with family and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picking a "wow" moment out of a tour like this is near impossible. Seeing priceless works of art and architecture in Paris, taking in the natural beauty of the Alps, enjoying the culture of Munich's Oktoberfest, and walking the historic roads of Rome... it's too much to ask. But if we are forced to pick only one "wow" moment it would have to have been that first group dinner when it finally hit that my wife and I were about to embark on a great adventure with some incredible new friends."

Laura

Bentonville, AR

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is organized, that makes the overall experience wonderful. You don't have to think or worry because someone already knows whats in store. You only have to be there to live it!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say the Swiss Alps get me every time! But when I think of WOW in another context I could relate that to Oktoberfest. That place was insane! Everyone needs to go at least once in their lifetime! It's CRAZY That's the reason I picked the dates I did, because I didn't want to miss it and I'm sure glad I didn't!!!"

Suzanne

Bartlett, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour OMG what an adventure. The hotels had exactly what you really need small quaint hotels in convenient locations. This is an active tour you'll see so much in a short period of time. I'd call this trip A Taste of Europe. Every place we went we wanted another day or two. We kept says or darn we have to come back. No matter where we were our days were full of adventure returning tired every evening and with great stories. Had fun at every turn a Great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW...Switzerland is the most beautiful place. I loved every second of it. WOW...The Venetian Islands like nothing I've every seen. WOW...The Roman ruins...the beauty...the history...the people WOW...Nerone Pizzeria in Rome...down the street from our hotel. The food outstanding the owner and her staff warm, welcoming. We ate there 3 times in 3 days. Rick...they need to be in your book."

Katherine

Irwin, PA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was just perfect. The tour guides at each location, the group meals, the knowledge that Keith shared, was simply outstanding. It added a whole other dimension to the tour. I knew this trip was going to be special when we started off with the night tour in Paris!! They time everything just perfectly so we see the Eiffel Tower glimmer or the Tour of St Marks when the golden glow starts filling the Church. These are all things I would have missed if not on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many moments to mention- each stop was a wow moment. Truly the trip of a lifetime! But Oktoberfest with the group was an amazing experience and who can forget the top of the Alps??!!"

Jill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was everything we thought it would be and more! Great guide, great group of people. Still can't believe how much we did in only 14 days! Whew!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose just one! The gondola ride in Venice, Oktoberfest in Munich, Trevi Fountain at night, the tram ride in the Swiss Alps, Michelango's David... the list goes on and on. Not the most fun moment but one of the most important was touring the Dachau concentration camp."

Robert

Red Wing, MN

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It could not have been any better. We had the best group possible and the very best guide ever!!! Keith was so knowledgeable and fun that we learned far more than we ever anticipated. The weather was beautiful, the tours we're we'll planned and the free time was just right. Group meals and the hotels we're delicious, fun and centrally located making for easy access to the spots of interest. I have not one single complaint about the tour. What a wonderful way to see Europe for the first time!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice, the gondola ride, being serenaded by a guitar and tenor as we glided through the canals after dark. Getting lost was a treat too!"

Martha Joy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would say to travel Europe as a tourist the first time was to join a group tour. This Best of Europe in 14 days covered a lot of first rate destinations. The places and sites I've been wanting to see have been fulfilled. I was the only solo traveler in the group and I felt so safe. Our group had fun together and bonded as one big happy satisfied family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps- God's creation is just wonderful! There is a Creator indeed! I will never forget the Alps- it just blew me away! The Schilthorn summit view of the Elger, Monch, and Jungfrau in the distance was stunning. The hike our group did in the afternoon was incredible..getting closer and closer to those beautiful mountain peaks..Aaah the never ending vistas of the Alps --just spectacular! The cable car,gondola and train rides were all fun too!!! I will never forget this experience."

Mark

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide who enhanced the experience. This tour should be a requirement for first time visitors to Europe who wish to educate themselves about each country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my "wow" moment. Had beautiful weather."

Sandy

Smyrna, GA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations. It was action-packed, if you wanted it to be, adventurous, if you wanted it to be, informative and epic. The hotels are perfectly located close to sites, metro or just plan beautiful. There were numerous surprises like an unexpected musical performance in Switzerland, several cooking demonstrations, group hikes, and bonus bus stops. This was all thanks to our accommodating bus driver, Paul, and our genuinely caring tour guide, Keith.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have seen Micheangelo's David before but this was a whole new experience. Our guide, Keith, did an amazing detailed history of "David" before we saw it. He built it up just perfectly so when you turned the corner and saw him in the distance, I was in awe. I observed every detail that he mentioned. It was truly a completely different experience than my first one. I also loved seeing the Pantheon in Rome during our night walking tour. It was so beautiful that it didn't even look real."

Jon

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful tour. It exceeded all of our expectations! Keith was a fountain of information during the bus rides, at the hotels and during the walking tours. He also gave us helpful suggestions for our free time to see even more. The ratio to structured time to free time was perfect for us. We particularly enjoyed the small, privately owned hotels where we stayed and meeting the property owners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Horsetail Falls from our room in Lauterbrunen, Switzerland was awe inspiring. Perfectly timed arrivals at the Eiffel Tower in Paris to see the light show at night; the turning on of the lights at St. Mark's Basilica to illuminate the gold mosaics and the noon chiming of the clock tower on the Piazza San Marco; and the Glockenspiel display at noon in Munich."

Jan

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful, group was delightful (and punctual) and guides were perfectly fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the mt. And then the walk down the mt...."

Anselem

Pierre, SD

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and offered a good overview of that part of Europe. We enjoyed the group as a whole and have many good things to say about our guides. It is very enlightening to see the various rest room facilities. Kind of makes you appreciate what we have in America. I would recommend this trip to anyone - with one caution - make sure you are capable of doing a lot of walking on hard surfaces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite experience was the "official" beer fest in Munich. The party lived up to all of the hype."

Mary

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was amazing. We saw and learned about places I had only read about or seen on tv. In person, the places were more awesome that I could have ever imagined. The tour guides in the cities were excellent. The whole tour was well-planned with busy days and low-key days, with visiting major cities and small towns or villages. I was somewhat overwhelmed by how much we saw and how much we learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel tower with twinkling lights at 9:00 pm."

Darlene

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall our tour was very good!! From the tour guide and bus to all the food!! Tour guide was very educated in the areas we visited, food and transportation! We were always blown away by the beauty of the areas, cities and the history of Europe. If your looking for a good European vacation with most of the thinking and great ideas at your doorstep this is the way to go!!!! This was our first trip to Europe and have no regrets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome Italy.. so much history and beauty. Italians are very nice folks, all were kind and patient and willing to help with the language barrier!"

Dave

South Jordan, UT

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was outstanding! We traveled to 5 countries. The trip was stress free the hotels were nice the meals were great and we had a good amount of free time which was nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome was really cool the architecture was amazing! People were friendly in Italy not as friendly in France. Switzerland was gorgeous!"

Bonnie

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James Williams and I used his evaluation together. Mine is the same as his.

Glenn

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to begin? We glided along the Grand Canal while being seranade to Volare. We ate roasted chicken with a bare hand while hoisting a stein of lager with the other. We strode thru the main portal of the roman colosseum like so many gladiators of yesteryear. We gazed into the eyes of Michelangelos' David and Da Vincis' Lisa. We completed an assault of the Lauberhorn summit in the Swiss Alps and mastered the subterranean Metro of Paris. Fron alphorn playing to wine tasting, we did it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we sat at our Alps hotel restaurant patio awaiting dinner, we were interrupted by the clanging of bells out on the narrow road that meanders along the bottom of the steep canyon. A parade of decorated dairy cows presented itself, tended by school girls in bright checkered dresses and young boys in neat black jackets with red piping. The cows, with small trees decorated with flowers on their heads, were returning from the high meadows with all the reverence befitting the season!"

Michael

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went as a "single" and had my own room. Even though I went alone I didn't feel alone. My tour group was friendly and no one that I know of ever felt left out at any time. Paris was the only place on our tour that I had been before and we went to many places that were new to me. The hotels in some cases were "quite quaint" but only added to my experience. I would do it again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have always been a history buff, so my moment came at the back windows of the Capitoline Museum where I could look out over the Roman Forum- I've dreamed my whole life of seeing that."

Patty

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour of Europe. We had never been to Europe before so this was the perfect tour to get our feet wet. We will definitely go back! We met some fun people, saw some amazing places and had a great guide, Jesse Blackwood. The itinerary was well thought out - a busy city with lots of sites for a couple of days and then a quieter location where we could relax a bit more. We would recommend a Rick Steves tour to our friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say one "wow" moment - we really enjoyed it all. We did love hiking in the Alps - although we are from the Pacific Northwest and are surrounded by mountains, they aren't the same kind of mountains that you see in the Alps. We also loved Octoberfest in Munich, the flooding of San Marco's square in Venice and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City."

Maureen

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went on the trip alone and was expecting to see the sights of Europe that I'd seen in photos. Instead I got an incredible understanding and feeling of where these people and structures came from. Our tour guide Jesse was so intelligent and knowledgeable and taught us so much. At the same time he was upbeat and fun and did a spectacular job of bringing the group together. I felt completely a part of the group who included me in free activities and conversations. We became family. Fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the Pantheon and realizing this beautiful structure was constructed almost 2000 years ago. The immense pillars and dome were awe inspiring. Also, stopping at a beautiful overlook in Switzerland and having our guide bring out a surprise beverage break to make it a spirited fun break outside from a long ride."

Jennifer

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first travel to Europe, so we wanted to see the highlights and the sights that are well known. The Best of Europe in 14 days met all our expectations. The well organized trip was made even more special by our guide, Jesse, and a fun group of people to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it's hard to pick one. I guess if I have to pick one, it would be the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's ceiling painting of Christian history. Even though this was not a part of the tour, we appreciated the scheduled "free time" to add sights we wanted to experience. We use the Rick Steve's audio download as we viewed this amazing chapel. It was very helpful to explain what we were seeing."

Heidi

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 2nd time going on the Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour. I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than the first trip. Paris is amazing and having an excellent tour guide, Jesse, made all the difference. Skipping the lines for museum tours and having an awesome dinner in a local restaurant takes the stress and guess out of travel. The time in Munich during Octoberfest was so festive! I also loved being at the Tuscan farm. It was peaceful and relaxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "Wow" moment was watching the cows in floral headdress being paraded down the street in the Swiss Alps."

Lynda

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The BOE tour exceeded my expectations! So many breathtaking events & memories that I'm still in awe. Every location provide memorable moments along with thoughtful learning. Leaving each location I found myself wanting more time to learn & explore. I also found the balance between group events and free time very well done, and gave us a chance to personalize our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a wow moment! However a definite favorite would need to be sunrise in Venice! Our guide, Jesse, encouraged early risers & runners to go out to St Mark's Square & beyond to experience a beautiful sunrise & quiet city! The first morning was so wonderful that we went out again on our second morning, & we were rewarded with an even more spectacular sunrise! A peaceful & quiet city just starting to stir, with an amazing progression of vivid colors as our BOE adventure continued!"

Denise

Dickson, TN

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I realize now that I am home and telling everyone about our trip 1)How much I am recommending a Rick Steves Tour 2)Praising the knowledge and comprehensive teaching of Jesse 3)We dreamed about our European vacation every night for about a week after we returned. I love the diversity of the places we visited: big cities, small towns, quaint country sides, and the Swiss Alps. We happened to be in Munich for Octoberfest and in the Alps when a farmer brought his cattle down from the Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Impressionists in Paris. Some are mentioned above. We loved the "surprises" our guides had planned for us: Stopping by an American Cemetary in Italy; entering the Colosseum just like the gladiators did; stopping by the Eiffel Tower when it was lit up. It is an absolute pleasure to get an awesome surprise as an adult. Makes us feel like kids again."

Steve

Towanda, KS

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fantastic experience. Perfect introduction to Europe. We had such a good time; we want to go visit most locations in more detail and travel out further into the countryside, particularly in France and Italy. A key component that made the tour exceptional was the guided tours of the various museums and cities. Our trip guide and the local guides are extremely interesting and very knowledgeable, putting context into the views and artwork. Definitely looking at other tours with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "WOW" moments on this tour. But probably the most remarkable was viewing ancient Rome for the first time. Breathtaking and moving."

Joseph

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to take a Rick Steves tour. Overall enjoyed the experience. Fast paced energetic tour. I am in good shape but this tour wore me out. Maybe a little too fast paced for the average traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Rome the most. My most WOW moment was a visit to Pristine Sistine Vatican tour. Not included in the Rick Steves tour but worth the extra 90 Euro each to get entry before the large regular admission crowds. Recommend including Pristine Sistine in future tours."

Dina

Redondo Beach, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide. Loved the flow of the tour. Loved all the opprotunities to visit the local spots. Lots of information during our bus rides, always learning something new or unique about the cities we visited. I would love to do all the tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying a fresh cup of yogurt on the top of the Swiss Alps, as we walked pass the cows and goats. The views were breathtaking."

Kazue

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed this tour most of the time. Even hectic schedule I could see good parts of 5 countries. I got s good idea of which country I would like to visit again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful village in Switzerland and awesome culture of Italy."

Lisa

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was beyond my wildest dreams. I love the fact that my husband and I were just able to sit back and enjoy without having to have made all the reservations for each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to pick just one, there were so many. An evening ride on a gondola in Venice, walking in the gardens at Versailles, and praying in front of the Pieta in Rome."

Randy

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our trip. Well planed, great guide & bus, the hotels, guides, dinners. Could not have gone better. You have done an outstanding job and we will be going again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the Rialto bridge over the grand canal in Venice."

Leatha

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first time traveling Europe. The overall experience was educational and inlightning and completely overwhelming at times. I chose this tour because I wanted a taste of many countries to see where do I want to go again. To be honest that is going to be a hard task to decide where to go next. There was not one country that was not amazingly and interesting in its own way and all of the countries had unique and delicious food .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A particular wow moment is very hard to pinpoint but I think the Parthenon in Rome would be my wow moment. There were other beautiful places that were unique interesting, but it has been a place that I have wanted to see for a long time even saying that, there were so many places that wowed me."

Mary Lynn

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I keep telling all of my friends that you certainly get so much value with a Rick Steves Tour. Everything was great, from the food, transportation, lodging, guides, lines, etc. There is not a moment where I felt like I wasn't getting what I expected, the majority of our tour greatly exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Notre Dame, of course, was just WOW! I have seen it so many times in media, but to be there in person was something else!"

Pam

Towanda, KS

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great introduction to Europe. I learned travel skills and saw many highlights of the areas we visited. The surprise was how much we enjoyed our tour group. We made many new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome- standing on the terrace of the Capitoline Museum and viewing ancient Rome. Also, a third party early entrance tour of the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica."

Carolyn

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For a first time traveler to Europe this tour was perfect for touching on all the highlights of each country. It was a very fast paced tour and loved so much all of the tours led by locals made it very special. We learned how to get around the various cities using their transportation systems making us feel confidant that we could travel on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I fell in love with Paris. Because it was our initial city to visit in Europe I was a little overwhelmed by the sites. Each place we went to was a Wow. When we arrived in the Swiss Alps and checked into our room our view of the valley floor was spectacular and almost surreal."

Daniel

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and first experience on a guided tour like this, and all my expectations were exceeded. I felt like this tour struck the right balance between scheduled events and free time, nice accommodations yet affordable, and group size. I will go on more Rick Steve's tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the numerous "surprise" side trips, meals and entertainment, which were pleasant surprises. I really liked our guide and driver. I was also pleased how well our entire group got along together."

MaryChris

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cary, our guide, had constant surprises to keep this tour unfolding at an exciting pace. We knew about many of the cities and sites we would be experiencing, but this was combined with extra cities, on our travel-day stops. Cary always gave us background info, oriented ya in the place, and sent us out with recommendations on what to do and see and eat. This made every day fresh and exciting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night's surprise was a spectacular view of a twinkling Eiffel Tower, complete with Champaign, and it happened to be our 30th wedding anniversary! Wow!!"

Angela

Cape Elizaabeth, ME

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carey made this trip magical! This is my third Rick Steves Tour and by far the very best given the distances, schedules, logistics and ability to create meaningful experiences for the entire tour group. It was strenuous and the ability to choose different levels of participation made it differentiated for the various interests and physical strengths of the group. This tour had an excellent balance of urban and rural settings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The impressive "waterfalls in the mist" during our time in the Swiss Alps. There are many other moments such as navigating the metro systems, special treats from our tour guide to recognize birthdays and anniversaries, champagne toasts at the Eiffel Tour, Pizza Lunch in the Dolomites, great rapport among all the tour members! The Farewell Dinner with a "circle of friends" re-telling our shared journey, while under the moon lit sky of a Roman Piazza,is a treasure to hold onto for many days ahead"

Dianne

Lake Jackson, TX

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first Rick Steve's Tour, but won't be our last. We saw the most amazing places, ate great food and made life-long friends. Our bus driver Paul and tour guide Cary were the perfect duo and compliment each other well. They made the trip extra special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one. I teared up when I saw the Eiffel Tower light up and got chocked up in the beautiful Norte Dame Cathedral. Switzerland was beyond beautiful. Tuscany was a storybook. I truly could go on forever."

Maureen

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Cary was an excellent tour guide. Enthusiastic without over doing it. She has a good, basic knowledge of the areas and history of places. Also, organized and able to keep track of 28 people. Paul was an amazing driver. Not only was he a very capable driver, he entertained the whole bus. We saw some things, like Hotel Dieu in Beaune, that we would not have known about on our own. The lodgings were comfortable, clean and located within walking distance to many sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hotel Dieu in Beaune, France and the Alps."

Bruce

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We normally travel on our own, but decided to take this tour to have the transportation and lodging issues fall to someone else. We saw places we would not have known about, and got details from Cary of interesting points about places and sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Lauterbrunnen valley. As a former mountaineer, it was wonderful to see the area of some of the classic climbs."

Jerry

New Berlin, WI

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went into this trip with a little trepidation. I didn't think I was a "Tour" guy. This trip changed my thinking. Cary and Paul mad my experience outstanding. They kept the days upbeat and positive and even threw in a few surprises. I would not only go on another Rick Steves tour, but I would also recommend it to my friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two WOW moments. The first is when I woke up in Florence and asked my wife what day of the week it was? The trip was so relaxing I couldn't remember my dates. That's a real vacation to me! Second was standing in the Parthenon in Rome. I was amazed by a 2000 year old building!"

Tina

Cedarburg, WI

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paul & I had a great first tour with Rick Steves Best of Europe tour. We thought it was both memorable and meaningful introduction to many of the highlights of the cities we've wanted to see & tour. We loved the size of the group and how we developed as a team throughout the 14 days. We credit Cary with her skilled group dynamics & communication best practices to achieve that goal. She also handled the different age groups & activity levels with skill. We liked the local tour guides as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This would be hard to say just one "wow" as there were many. We think the climb up the Swiss Alps was quite a "wow" for us and appreciated the many choices that were given to those not able to handle the challenge. Appreciated the many opportunities to gather and celebrate over great food & "magic" wine!"

Nancy

Boynton Beach, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me this was the vacation of a lifetime. I had never been to Europe before and this tour was everything I could have wanted and more. Fellow travelers were all fun and easy going. I went as a singular person and was made to feel welcomed by everyone. Could not have hand picked a better group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say that I had any one WOW moment, as they were just one WOW after another. Seeing the EIffel Tower light up at night is a definate WOW. The David is more than WOW. The Swiss Alps is Wow after WOW. Being in Venice is more that just WOW. The Pantheon was an awe inspiring WOW. All of Rome gives WOW new meaning."

Roger

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was well organized,informative and fun all.at same time. The tour group size was small enough that we developed some friendships in the two weeks we were together. The days were filled with interesting activities and enough free time to do some things on your own. The hotels were all clean and for the most part comfortable. The only concern I had was the size of some of the hotel rooms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one. Arriving in Lauterbrunnen that first day was probably the biggest wow.moment. On top of the Schiltorn was awesome as well. Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time, seeing the David in Florence and touring St Peters Basilica all rank up there as well."

Robert

Bartlett, TN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing and well worth the money! It [INVALID]d memories for a lifetime. The group size was just right and our guide, Jennifer, was awesome! I highly recommend this tour for an overview of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being above the clouds in the Swiss Alps and seeing the mountain tops."

Lynda

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Almost all of the sites visited were new to me and I loved each one. I also loved the balance between big cities, small towns, and the countryside. The pace was fast-paced and I felt like each minute was used to the fullest. The bus was comfortable and we enjoyed our driver Dirk. I have done Spain on my own with Rick's book, a My Way tour to Alpine Europe, and now a guided tour. All were unforgettable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We walked through the overcast streets of Paris, went around a gray building and stepped into the most beautiful chapel I have ever seen...the Sainte-Chapelle! I was awed by the stained glass and rich colors totally surrounding me. I know it is a cliche but all I could think at the moment was WOW!"

Colette

Whitefish, MT

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the hotel selections and provided meals. The extra experiences, such as watching a mask maker at work in Venice, were a great bonus. Our tour guide (Jennifer) provided just the right amount of history and cultural information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"James Bond bathrooms at the top of the gondola in Switzerland....also wall reliefs in Notre Dame."

Shelly

Bartlett, TN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome trip of a lifetime! Great locations, hotels, activities, food, tour guide, and friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding a gondola down the canals of Venice!"

Tony

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very organized and enjoyable tour. Jennifer did a great job with coordination of events and keeping everyone informed. Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the "David" and the Roman Colosseum."

Clifford

Syracuse, UT

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and we were not sure if we would ever be able to go back, so we trusted to go with Rick Steve's tours. And I am glad we did. His tours were so much more than sight seeing. We were given opportunities to experience the culture, the art, the music, the food and the people. We were taught how to get around on our own and were given free time to enjoy exploring on our own and making our own memorable moments in beautiful European countries. Life changing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley! The views were spectacular, from the waterfalls seen from the valley floor, to the views on top of the Schilthorn. Hiking in the around beautiful alpine villages of Switzerland made the whole trip worthwhile."

Steven

Olathe, KS

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 3rd Rick Steves' trip, and we are yet to be disappointed. Great mix of group activities and free time. Excellent, small, centrally located hotels. Several surprise stops added to the trip. Our group bonded well, and we enjoyed our time together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough call. I'll go with "Paris." Had no idea I'd be taken by the city, but it just has the coolest vibe. The Eifel Tower when it "twinkles" for a few minutes each night is something everyone should see once. "David" in Florence was near the top of the list as well."

Carolyn

Olathe, KS

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was magical. The entire tour. Our group bonded at the orientation meeting and the rest was all exciting adventure. I still marvel at how Jesse(guide) and John(driver) were able to handle all the logistics of the tour itinerary while providing so many additional "wow" experiences, while becoming friends with everyone, while always smiling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wow" moments, that truthfully, I am unable to pinpoint a favorite. I'm not sorry. :)"

Sheila

Airdrie, AB

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing tour of Europe in 14 days. I felt like I was traveling with a family who were like minded, open to adventure and learning while traveling. Our tour guide made the experience enriching and life changing. Our bus driver was so friendly and enjoyed the trip as much as we did! I was very impressed with how they took care of us and participated in the trip. The walking tour guides taught us so much about history and the people we were visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After climbing the stairs to our hotel room on the 4th floor, opening the windows and seeing that we were in Paris staring at roof tops/ gardens on rooftops and realizing that we were just beginning an adventure with character."

Gisela

Galena, IL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was as expected: spectacular and wonderful, but most of all memorable. The tour was well organized from beginning to end and exceeded our expectations in every way. This trip became an adventure of a lifetime that few families get to share. My husband and I will treasure it all the days of our lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"American Cemetery near Florence was both a beautiful, somber and an emotional experience for me. The thousands of pristine graves and grounds are impeccably maintained. All of us were overwhelmed with the reverence and devotion that the Italian people continue to show for our USA WWII heroes. For me it became deeply personal. My American stepfather served in the Italian Campaign that took him from North Africa through Italy and ending in BavariaI"

James

Whitby, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first day until the end we had a fantastic time. Jesse was well prepared, enthusiastic and a wealth of information on virtually everything from history, geography, local cultures, food, how to use local transit , where and what types of food to try and several ideas on what to see in our free time.. He was upbeat, positive, funny. See email we went.

Ronald

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not only was the designations and travel amazing, but the added history lessons we received were the icing on the cake!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering into The Pantheon."

Linda

Lincolnshire, IL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow., a great experience. Having an overall immersion into European culture and experiences was action packed and focused on the main cultural highlights and attractions. I felt that we had an insiders view of Europe from our accommodations to our guides to the attractions/museums we visited. The atmosphere was relaxed, open, and engaging. Each day brought some trepidation, adventure, information learned, and culture appreciated. Combining the urban with Beaunne and Tuscany...brilliant!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my, so many. The Swiss cows on the mountainsides with their constant ringing bells against the backdrop of the EIger....heavenly. Dachau was life changing. Uffitzi tour made me want to go back to school and study art history. The Forum in Rome just breathed history."

Steven

Lincolnshire, IL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the entire tour. The itinerary packed a tremendous variety of places and experiences into the two weeks. I prefer immersive experiences which is exactly what this trip provided. Staying in local accommodations rather than 5 star hotels isolated from the local culture is my style. There was a good mix of structured activities and free time (which we filled with additional activities we booked in advance).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard for me to pick any one time or activity. I'm an outdoorsy person so our hike in the Swiss Alps was a highlight for me. Beautiful scenery and gorgeous weather. My wife and I opted to hike down the mountain with our bus driver Paul rather than riding the train down with the rest of the group. This gave us lots more time to be immersed in the magnificent surroundings. I appreciated the flexibility that allowed us too do this."

Marc

Westford, MA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour. It was my second Rick Steves tour, having gone on the Heart of Portugal tour last fall. This tour gave a good sampling of the highlights of the countries we visited. The activities were great in each place that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose a single wow moment. The gondola lift in the Swiss Alps was a great adventure with spectacular views. Another wow was when my wife and I climbed up the Arc de Triumph twice, the second time at night to see the Eiffel Tower lit up."

Crystal

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an unforgettable, once in a lifetime, safe way to travel to Europe for the first time. I feel like I needed to pinch myself every day because the history, people, and culture that we came face to face with every day was just incredible. I completed the tour knowing more about myself, how to travel safely, and I am inspired now more then ever to return confident in my skill as a traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to just pick one...Picnic in Wengen with 4 other group members, Trummelbach Falls, Eiffel Tower, Versaille (should be added), Hofbrau House, Beer Gardens, Dachau, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Stroll through Venice and Mask demonstration, the Perfumerie and Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Wine tasting outside Beaune, Agriterrisemo in Tuscany/cooking demonstration, Viktualienmarkt, Arc de Triomphe climb/view, Monet's Water Lillies at the Orangerie, Luxemburg Gardens, Notre Dame, St.Chapelle, etc."

Julie

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been planning for this trip for many months. We never traveled with a tour group and I was a little apprehensive as to whether it would allow us to have a unique and personal experience. I loved everything about the tour and traveling with our tour mates. There was enough on your own time to make our vacation personalized but I really liked having local tour guides to help me better understand the culture and relevance of the various sights. We could have never done so much on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments it is hard to choose one. The biggest wow was interacting with people from different cultures. We are more similar than different. I loved learning about the traditions and cultures that make each region unique. Switzerland was breathtakingly beautiful! I can't wait to go back and see more."

Joseph

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great experience! It is was so much more than what is described. It is absolutely worth every penny and would do it again in a heartbeat. I felt this tour gave a great sampling of the European culture and people. The Rick Steves folks did a great job pacing the tour. There were so many amazing experiences but also free time to relax and enjoy yourself. It was also great having the local guides at the different stops to provide additional information and culture to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments that it is hard to pic just one. It felt like at every stop there was something new to WOW you. But if I were to pick one of my favorites, it had to be when we went to Lauterbrunnen and took the day trip to hike up in the Swiss Alps. Hearing the cows with there Swiss bells ringing and the breath taking views of the snowing mountains with the beautiful valleys was surreal and unforgettable."

Louie

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was outstanding. We enjoyed the destinations, the local guides, the tour dinners and the comraderie between all the travelers. It's really hard to pick the top wow moment as each one was special in its own way. We appreciated that our guide and driver worked together to provide our group with an unforgettable vacation.

Bryn

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although a compressed pace, this tour exceeded my wildest dreams (and satisfied many of them.) I was afraid of missing something. . . and yet, Yorick and Lauren made certain that we got to taste, see, hear, and feel many, many special things in each of these countries! I never felt 'guided' or managed. Their patience and kindnesses made an incredible experience. . . well, credible. Both are a tribute to Rick's philosophy and his dedicated work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sun was setting, the tourists were fleeing Venice like roaches. . . and we made our way to the gondolas. Breathtaking. Full of atmosphere and wonder. Who's windows were those? How many Venetians have climbed out onto little docks over the centuries? I got to feel like one of them. For an hour."

Deborah

Wareham, MA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been on a guided tour before: all my traveling had been alone or with a significant other. This was the perfect way to be introduced to that experience. Every aspect was so beautifully thought out and planned. Our guide, Yorick, was the epitome of the Rick Steves ethos. He gave us all the help we needed when we needed it and let us do whatever we wanted or needed to do during the remaining hours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but I think I would choose the Roman Forum. To be able actually to stand and walk inside of history was thrilling."

Carolyn

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great from beginning to end. Yorick and Lauren were very attentive and made sure everyone was comfortable and enjoying themselves. Everyone on the tour was very friendly and helpful to each other. The Tour was very well organized and I was amazed at the beauty all along the way. The dinners iprovided by Rick Steves were awesome. This tour has been a dream come true. I have watched the ricks Steve's shows on television for years and was so excited to be able to join this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice , which Yorick provided 2 musicians to sing was very enjoyable. I also particularly enjoyed the Villa in Italy, it was a beautiful peaceful location and the food was delicious."

Hans

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply amazing. These were our first-ever visits to France, Switzerland, and Italy, so we were all eyes and ears and soaked in everything. Couldn't recommend it more highly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Yorick reserved our gondola ride for 8:00 and all of us (but one) elected to go. To see Venice at dusk, with the sun just set, the temperature cooling off, the crowds subsided, the city lights coming on, our gondolier singing . . . it was breathtaking, sublime. My wife told me she was almost in tears."

Deborah

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in Europe and the tour was very well-planned and thought out. It touched on all the highlights of Europe without being too overwhelming. The pace of the tour was excellent as there was ample time to have a break, relax as well as do your own thing, in addition to being with your "tour-mates" and tour guide for many of the key sights/monuments. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 moments: Experiencing the Roman tour with our local guide, Francesca Caruso in Rome and doing the tour with our local guide, Marcello Bellini in Florence. These two guides brought a genuine love of their city into their talks and made their respective cities come alive!"

Donna

Clovis, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

EPIC!!! My family and I have been looking forward to this trip for years. Marijan made our experience well worth the wait. From the big tourist spots like the Louvre to the small towns in France and Switzerland he made the entire trip fun, educational and took the fear out of being in a different country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I traveled with my husband and children. My husband is very busy with the military and his civiliian career. With that being said my biggest WOW moment was about 15 minutes after our first meeting with Marijan and the other people on our tour. I could tell immediately that my husband was relaxed and given the feeling that we were in good hands so he could actually have a vacation with us!"

Julie

Mount Vernon, IL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first (but not our last) Rick Steves tour. Also our first trip to Europe. We knew we would see a lot, and we loved everything we saw. But we did not know that we would also learn so much about every place we saw. The educational value of this trip was phenomenal. We also had a wonderful group of people on our tour, including 8 young people. Our daughter is 17. The others were 16 to 22. They all got along well and had fun together, which made it nice for all of us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we got home, everyone asked us what was our favorite place. I could not name one favorite place. I loved each of them for what they were, but not one more than the next. From a scenic standpoint, the Alps in Switzerland were a definite WOW. From a historic standpoint, Rome was a WOW."

Dani

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was VERY well organized. We had a GREAT group of people. Our guide Marijan was great w/people and was very knowledgeable. We were able to "get in" places as a group and not to wait in the hot sun as individual travelers. The local guides provided a lot of value in introducing the artists, specialties and the history as well. All of the breakfast was covered as part of the tour cost. I think that provided a lot of value economically. I enjoyed the trip and LEARNED a lot as well. Great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Swiss Alps! Hard to top that one! The view cannot be captured in photos, you just have to be there to see it and soak it all in. Spending time with my family in Venice is another highlight for me on this trip."

Dennis

Mount Vernon, IL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely a tremendous tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland Alps & Roman Columsium."

Douglas

Mulino, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Coming from someone who has never traveled with a tour group before I was very pleasantly surprised with the small group and how everyone became a family on this trip. Our Guide was amazing with knowledge and so many extra things he would do for us along the way. The guide was so pleasant to be with and fun to listen to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the gondola ride in Venice with the music and the singer. The look on my wife's face was priceless."

Craig

Nokomis, FL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour. My wife and I had high expectations. I would have to say the trip exceeded any expectations we had in all areas. Marijan our tour guide was outstanding. The bus driver was incredible. All along the trip we experienced "the little things" that make travel special. A champaign toast as we hiked the Alps near Murren. A "Lemonchello" toast after our farewell dinner in the parking lot across from our hotel. Samples of local candies, etc. throughout...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife would say the hike in the Alps, while the Coliseum and the Roman ruins were mine. At the end of most days we changed our #1 experience up to that point."

Michelle

Mulino, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely worth every penny, from start to finish! The Best of Europe tour is a whirlwind of stops that could easily be a broad brush of too much information and too many stops. But our guide, our driver, and the local guides made all of the places we visited come alive. We had the perfect balance of busyness and calmness, that allowed the group to bond and for each traveler to find the special moments and memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wonderful memories from which to choose! The gondola ride through the canals of Venice at night, listening to the singer and accordion player our guide arranged to accompany us. It was pure magic. Another magical moment was hearing the tinkling of cowbells off in the distance as we hiked through the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. The softness of the sound, the beauty of the valley, and the grandeur of the Alps in the distance, combined for a peaceful and heart filling day."

Susan

Lake Elmo, MN

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several. Taking the evening Gondola ride in Venice with the musicians, overlooking the Roman Forum and learning about its vast history from our guide, and hiking through the beautiful Swiss Alps to name just a few."

Holly

Atascadero, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tours, hotels, food, and general info were amazing. We had the best time and are so glad we spent the money to take a Rick Steve's Tour rather than plan our own trip. We could never have seen what we saw or learned so much about each city we were in. Even the bus travel between destinations was great - besides the comfort of the bus and skill of our driver, Paul, it was a terrific time to catch a little nap to be ready for our next destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley!"

Jared

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A lifetime of sights in 2 weeks. Most tourist spots were very busy since it was summer, but the itinerary did a good job of avoiding the busiest times at biggest attractions. Local guides added a lot of information and color to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps, with breathtaking views of snowy peaks in every direction, was a surreal experience that I'll reflect back on for years to come."

Wayne

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. Everyone involved, including our tour guide Darija and our bus driver Paul were very professional, knowledgeable, and fun to be around. We covered so much ground and saw everything that I had hoped to see and more. I was really impressed by the high degree of organization that went into this tour. I had never been to Europe before except for one week in London twenty years ago, so this was a great overview of many different countries!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one, but being in Switzerland, seeing the Alps up close, and hiking all day in the beautiful Swiss Alps was probably my favorite and most memorable part of this trip. This was something that I had dreamed of doing for many years, and wasn't sure if my dream would ever come true, so to have this experience was just fantastic."

Michelle

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The transportation and accommodations were great. I really like our tour guide, local guides, and bus driver. Everything was very well thought out and the tour guide had lots of really helpful ideas for things to do. Really liked the little extras and details added in to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local tours of Germany and Rome were great. I loved the view from our hotel room in the Swiss Alps. I really enjoyed the evening walk in Rome and watching a craftsman hand make a mask in Venice."

Beverly

Lutz, FL

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A really wonderful vacation. We saw so much and did so much, yet were able to relax and let someone else do the driving and the planning. Our guide, Darija, was exceptional, and our group was very friendly and fun. I felt like we did much more than we could have or would have on our own, and enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved Venice! It met all my expectations and then some. Darija oriented us on the first evening, and let us loose, and we really enjoyed exploring the streets and alleys. One of the best places I've ever been. The hike in the Alps was also amazing - and something I probably wouldn't have thought to do on my own."

Peter

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour having done the Heart of Italy two years ago. Initially I was a little concerned with covering so many counties in one trip. I have to say the the tour was very well balanced between big cites and small towns with just the right mix of tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say that the Swiss Alps ended up being my favorite part of the tour. So green and beautiful."

Jodi

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was absolutely phenomenal. It was amazing to experience so much in such a short period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland."

James

Lutz, FL

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour, and the experience was much more than we expected. The combination of high quality education from excellent guides, camraderie with our fellow travelers and seemless transitions from city to city allowed us to enjoy the moments and experience the sites, people and natural beauty of Europe in a very enjoyable way. I would highly recommend this tour as it would be impossible to create the same depth of experience without this awesome support.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the terrain of Lauterbrunnen and taking a detour hike to Gimmelwald. But Venice will be the experience we will remember the most and we know we will go back. An evening dinner next to Rialto was a special way to celebrate our anniversary. Getting caught in a thunderstorm in Venice was fantastic, roaming the streets and getting lost."

Leslie

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour - I didn't know what to expect. It was well run, organized, easy to follow, plenty of time on our own vs. together time - really a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fact that they were still digging up ruins in Rome - where we were looking at the Forum was a parking lot 20 years ago."

Adina

West Linn, OR

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was incredible. We were able to see and do so many things, and I loved how we had moments with the group but also time to do stuff on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland."

Elizabeth

Duncanville, TX

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so easy. Just the click of one site and our entire holiday was taken care of for the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many!!!!"

Barbara

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I arrived late due to a 24 hour delayed flight. The Rick Steve's instructions on what to do if you are going to be late, worked out amazingly well and I was promptly attended to and handled allowing me to meet up with my group ASAP. The tour guide, was also very kind and attentive, making sure I knew how to reach them and left a kind letter with the tickets needed to meet up with the group when I arrived. Once I did get with the group, I found each day to be filled with just the right balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be hard to give just one example, but probably the contrast of being in Munich. Our morning was full of reflection and mourning, touring Dachau. In contrast, our afternoon was celebrating on our own, Munich full of life, with a gay rights parade, music, dancing, and bonding with new found friends. I loved being in Germany and seeing how clean it was and how passionate the historians were about their topics."

Aimee

Sterling Heights, MI

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I saw much more than I thought I would be able to, and touring with the group ending up being fantastic. For the most part everyone was on board with the trip and very positive to be around. We were given exceptional advice on how to prepare for each stop and where to go on our own that was cost effective! I felt like I learned so much on the trip! The tour guide, Martin, made the trip exceptional--even giving us a special gondola experience for our honeymoon!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's Basilica. I did not have much expectation for it besides wanting to see it, and even after seeing what felt like 100 churches on the trip, mu jaw dropped when I walked in."

Shelley

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was a blast, from the warmth of our fellow travelers, to our knowledgeable tour guide Martin, to the highlights we saw at each destination, the tour exceeded my expectations. When I share memories of the trip, I realize how much we packed into two weeks. Yet it didn't feel jammed as we went along. The Rick Steves folks do a great job pacing so that you have time to relax and absorb everything you're experiencing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was unprepared for my reaction when I opened the doors to our balcony at our hotel in Switzerland. The view was unlike anything I had ever seen or could imagine: the grandeur of the Alps, both in green and stone; the picturesque homes dotting the slopes; the train curving its way up the mountainside; and the cows grazing throughout. It took my breath away. Much to my surprise, I also loved Rome -- easily my favorite city on a tour that visits amazing cities."

Pamela

Buckley, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a solo traveler and arrived in Paris two days early for the tour. I was happy because I felt rested and did some sightseeing such as the Eiffel Tower. It was a lot of work and I wasn't extremely relaxed...so I was so happy to hear my native language and belong to a group. It's nice to have someone organize the tours and to have people to share it with. It also is nice to have someone to share directions with and there is just a feeling of safety in numbers..everyday was magical.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a solo traveler, I loved Munich which was friendly. The people used their English freely. They told us to relax and enjoy "our holiday." The street entertainers held permits with the city so they were talented. I felt safe alone in the evening watching them near the Glockenspiel. Group-wise, we wowed in Switzerland--the gondola, the hike down with chimes of the cowbells, the adrenaline junkies parachuting & cliff walking and a museum with lace makers for travelers seeking culture."

Laura

Madison, WI

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the Best of Europe tour with Martin as our tour guide. It was a great balance of scheduled activities with free time to explore and see things on our own. We somehow skipped all the long lines during high season (thanks Martin!). The travel between cities was comfortable and smooth (thanks Silvain- the best bus driver) and our accommodations were excellent. My mom and I had a great trip and enjoyed hanging out with our new friends on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was hands down my favorite location. Lauderbrunnen is just beautiful and we had excellent views from our hotel. We enjoyed a live alphorn and yodeling demonstration. The hike in the mountains was great...but my FAVORITE moment of the entire trip was paragliding over the valley. It was an experience of a lifetime. My mom even did it and we both loved it! Thanks again to Martin for showing up how to set up such a great experience."

Lauren

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is tough, because there is not much time in each place, but we really did get to see and do quite a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I appreciate the in between activities: the wine tasting in Burgundy, the mask demonstration in Venice, the outdoor meals in Tuscany... These are the things I will really remember. Also, Paul the bus driver was wonderful!!"

James

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exceptional, and the guides were all fantastic!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Tuscany, Florence, and Lauterbrunnen."

Daniel

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip. Marijan and Torben and the whole our group were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We truly enjoyed all of it. The coliseum in Rome, though, certainly stood out, as did the view from the top of Schilthorn."

Kathy

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my tour experience. I was surprised at how much I learned from our tour guides and fellow tour members. I have always wanted to take a Rick Steve's tour because I wanted some help learning how to travel on my own. I loved not having to drive! The bus took away all of the stress of visiting so many countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one wow moment. The view from the Swiss Alps was breathtaking, but Venice and Rome were also unforgettable."

Phil

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marijan is a great tour lead. We had a great history and culture lesson better than taking college classes!

Judi

Aiken, SC

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overall experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the highlight, followed by Rome."

Renee

Jersey City, NJ

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. You get to experience all the cultures and you learn so much at the same time. It was very flexible so if you didn't want to do something they help you do what interests you more however I met such wonderful people in my group that I didn't want to miss out on any of the fun with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the biggest "Wow" for me to my surprise had to be seeing the Eiffel Tower twinkle at night. I actually cried."

Barb

Everett, WA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wow, what a great trip! This was my first trip to Europe after being urged to go by friends and family for a long time. I hope I can go back some day! I saw so many things that I have wanted to see for forty plus years! I studied art history in college and taught Roman history to middle schoolers, so this was a great treat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First "wow" was when I walked up from the subway to the sidewalk on the Champs Elysee and saw the Arc de Triomphe right across the street! Wow! I knew I was officially in EUROPE! Another wow was Switzerland! Lauterbrunnen was so amazingly beautiful in spite of the fact it was cloudy and even drizzled part of our time there. Wow! The last was when I saw the Roman Forum for the first time from the Capitolene. It looked unreal, like a movie set! Amazing!"

Beth

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I am so happy that I chose to do it through a Rick Steves' Tour. I traveled with my husband and 15-year-old daughter. It was the perfect mix of travel (time on the coach), tours at the various sites, free time, meals, education, rest, activities, etc. This was a trip of a lifetime for me. I will never forget it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my goodness - you want me to choose one "wow" moment? There were so many but I will do my best here... I will choose one city "wow" and one country "wow" moment. CITY: Probably Venice. I loved Venice! The shopping, the food, the romantic ambiance. Venice was amazing. COUNTRY: Switzerland. The hike, the views, the majesty of it all. It was Yosemite on steroids for me! Beyond beautiful!"

Michael

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Breathtaking! Educational! Emotional! Expectattions we're very high coming into this tour and every one was far exceeded. Our tour guide was "off the charts" fantastic from the second he introduced himself until we said our goodbyes. As first time Europe travelers, he was patient, balanced, kind, fun, open and amazingly knowledgeable. No question our guide sold us on seeing more of the world, we only wish we could pick him every time! Our experience left us so much more aware and knowledgeable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my, honestly this cannot be answered as it was wow from second one! Shocked by the incredible European landscape, stunned by the art and amazed at the art and history. But....if one place bubbles up more than others it would have to be the Pantheon. Just can't fathom how this structure was so well built and stands strong although built centuries before Christ was born."

Benjamin

Talladega, AL

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour completely opened my mind and gave me experiences I will never forget. The guides, hotels, people, and food we're perfect everywhere. 11/10!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing original Boticelli works in Florence. Big art buff"

Matthew

Danville, CA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! This was my first time traveling to Europe and Rick Steves' tours delivered with a great tour package. Everything was well thought out and our guide, David epitomized professionalism, and his knowledge of the ins and outs, do's and don'ts, were on point.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to decide, as there were many wow moments. If I had to pick one, it would be Trimmelbach Falls in Switzerland."

Michael

Cropwell, AL

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

absolute trip of a lifetime. Nothing disappointed and everything exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Switzerland experience. Unfortunate that it rained mostly but still "wow""

Shelby

Hermitage, TN

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time to Europe and we had the best experience of our lives. The tour was fantastic and the guides were even better. I believe we got lucky with a phenomenal tour group which made the experience that much better. I cannot say enough good things about our time in Europe and it is all thanks to Rick Steves and Dave!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dave set up an after dinner gondola ride in Venice for the group. Those that wanted to join could and the whole group chose to partake. He setup musicians and had the boats waiting for us after our group dinner. It was fantastic!"

Benjamin

Hughson, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trish Feaster made the tour for me. She prepared us well for the next stop whether a bus driver break, food stop or overnight stay and anything in between. She kept us informed about what to expect at each stop, declared time limits and the best way to expedite our time. Ben, our bus driver, was excellent in skill and friendly in nature. The motel/hotel accommodations were good, beds excellent. Best vacation of my life and able to do it with eight members of my family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountain experience in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. The "thrill walk" was something I said I would never do and yet I did. But sitting in the restaurant, realizing our elevation and yet the mountains around were taller still. It was an absolutely awesome for me."

Janet

Reno, NV

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My overall tour experience was as follows: Fun Factor: 5 Educational/ Informative: 8 (Heavy on churches and historical buildings) Endurance: A grinding 10 Stressful: 7.5 In conclusion, the endurance and stress didn't equal out the educational and fun factor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at the agritourist in Italy, hanging out at the pool, taking a hike and skipping the Florence trip. Second Wow moment was hiking in Switzerland and buying cheese from a little cheese maker on the side of the hill. Surprising, I enjoyed the historical tour in Munich and learning about the rise of Nazism and then the trip to Dachau."

Cheryl

Port Lavaca, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well-organized from the time we began our tour in Paris until the end in Rome. With all the planning/research that goes into putting together a tour of this magnitude, all I can say is awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was being able to see the Pope in St. Peter's Square, receiving his blessing, and attending mass in St. Peter's Basilica; this was not part of our tour as we stayed another day in Rome to visit some more places. My favorite "wow" moment with the tour group would be touring Rome in general and all the places we were able to visit...it truly was a step back in time for me."

Lisa

Louisville, KY

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good to see lots of Europe in a relatively short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Statue of David took my breath away!"

Kyler

Modesto, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Flippin amazing!!!! The trip exceted my expectations. I can't fathom the idea of putting what it meant to me into words.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the very first evening we were in Paris, and we turned around the corner and saw the Eiffel Tour. It was breathtaking."

Douglas

Graham, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Impressed on the quantity and quality of the sights we were able to see. This was our first vacation that used a tour guide and it was awesome way to do it. Hats off to our guide and all of the Rick Steve's team that made this and incredible experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Louvre and standing face to face with Mona Lisa. Also I am still trying to absorb Dachau, still cannot understand."

Gayle

Bay Village, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and it didn't disappoint! Our travel companions were all wonderful - like minded when it comes to travel, friendly, punctual, and looking out for each other. We loved every place we visited! The group tours were excellent and we enjoyed down time to visit what we wanted on our own or rest. Our guide, Martin, and bus driver, John, were both excellent and knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention! Our first [INVALID]-off in Paris by the Arc de Triumph was the first - seeing the actual monument and the crazy traffic circling it with what seemed like no traffic rules. It was definitely a "pinch me - am I really here?" moment! The beauty of Switzerland and the Alps was probably my favorite as I'm a nature lover, though seeing all the grand sites of Europe that I've only read about was equally wonderful."

Loren

Bay Village, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of our tour was wonderful. The tour was well-planned and [INVALID]d. Martin, our tour guide, was knowledgeable about each place we visited (and much else as well) and uniquely suited to his job. The tour bus was relatively new, clean, and spacious [INVALID] my knees did not hit the seat in front of me! John, our driver, was always on time and the ultimate professional driver. He joined in some of our activities, and was a welcomed addition. Our tour group was absolutely fabulous....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was our first trip to Europe: there were many "wow" moments! One such moment was see in person the large scale of the Roman Colosseum, and realize it was constructed in just 8 years using first century methods, and then used for 300 years."

Nancy

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good inclusive tour but I felt it was kept on the cheap side of everything. The hotels were in good locations but were not of the quality I would have expected. My daughter had purchased Rick Steves bags and they were of poor quality too. I have traveled a lot and won't use Rick Steves again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my wow moment. Gorgeous location. Loved the little town where we stayed."

Molly

Needham, MA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome start to finish! full of unexpected surprises- including the fact that everyone in my family of 4 (16yr old & 23 year old!) truly enjoyed and felt enriched by sharing our vacation with a great group of fellow americans. We happen to all be introverts and the only reservation we had about signing up for the BOE14 were the unknown variables regarding being part of a group...wasted time because we LOVED our group, our leader Martin, and our dear driver Big John!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"couldn't possibly pick just 1! This should have probably been entered below, but: we were moved by our visit to the American Cemetery in Florence & inspired by the fact that our driver John and his family have been helping maintain an American Soldier's gravesite in John's home country (Netherlands) for 40 years."

Donald

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was great! It was our first time in central Europe and gave us a "bite" of many countries. Very educational as well. Our guide, Martin, was very knowledgeable. Good local guides as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the gondola ride in Venice. Our group voted to rent gondolas and some live music as well. We had a gondola armada on the Grand Canal! It was great!"

Mary

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide, Martin; bus driver, John; and my fellow tour members were all wonderful people - making this an amazing tour experience for me. The local guides provided, hotels and group meals were outstanding too. It was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, many "wow" moments. One was how our local Rome tour guide, Francesca, helped me see the Forum and Colosseum "the way it was" with her insights, descriptions, tools and stories."

George

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time in Europe and I found the mix of structured tours and free time to be well-balanced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the peaks at Lauterbrunnen."

Weather

France / Paris

Paris Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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