• 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

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Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour

from $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $775

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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

2020

    • Jun 28–Jul 11 (Su–Sa)
    • $4,295 + Air

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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 22 group sightseeing events • Paris walking tour • 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 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to 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 celebrate the start of our European adventure over dinner together. Sleep in Paris (2 nights). Bus 2 hours. Walking: light.

Day 2: Artistic and Historic Paris

Our morning begins with Europe's greatest museum — the Louvre — where our local guide will bring us 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. After a break for lunch, we're off to the birthplace of Paris, the Ile de la Cité. A guided walking tour will reveal the city's early history, including two of the world's most important Gothic churches: the resilient and legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral and a visit to the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Then we'll take a stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter. The rest of the day is free to visit such legendary museums as the Orsay, Rodin, and Orangerie or perhaps take a walk down the Champs-Elysées — the choices are endless. 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 could combine 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. No bus. 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 demonstration. 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

Meagan

Bend, OR

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe tour in 14 days was absolutely life changing. It was amazing experiencing some of Europe's "best" all on one trip. The history, various cultures, geography and sites kept coming. Each one felt more exciting than the last. The other people in my tour group were wonderful and made the experience even better. Our tour guide was amazing! He was so full of knowledge and was always willing to help us get our bearings in each of the new cities. I loved every moment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland for the first time took my breath away!"

Sherri

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steve's tour and it did not disappoint. It was a fast paced tour covering the highlights from several countries. I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity from beauty of Paris, to the sobering history of WWII and Dachau onto the aquatic Adriatic sea in Venice to the time honored sites in Rome. Overall an enriching experience enhanced even more so by our guide Yorick and our bus driver Paul. They were great and ensured everyone was having a good time and was well informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its hard to choose. I tended to enjoy the quaintness of some of the small towns and villages like the country house outside Florence, but I'd have to say my "wow" moment was the trip from the top of the Schilthorn in Switzerland to the Lauterbrunnen valley which included a spectacular walk from the town of Murren to Grimmelwald. The scenery was spectacular and mountain sounds of waterfalls and cow bells was amazing. I will also add that our tour group was awesome adding to the wow factor."

Norman

Akron, NY

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a LIFETIME. As a retail manager for 43 years, customer service is what I know and I saw it at a high level for the 2 weeks of the trip. Yorick did an amazing job with our group with the assistance of our driver Paul. They made an outstanding team! Our group worked together well and made the trip fun as well as informative. We saw and learned more things than we could have on our own. We also learned a lot of things that would make it possible for us to take a tour on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the most breath taking part of the trip. Being in the middle of the valley with mountains and water falls on both sides and going to the top and down again with the hike back down the valley, and a stop to go through the water falls inside the mountain was amazing. Our hotel room had an outstanding view from each window and the balcony. How the weather decided to cooperate was a miracle! This part of the tour will never be forgotten! WOW!"

Andra

Milwaukie, OR

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect introduction for us to Europe - SO much territory covered in a relatively short amount of time and I truly feel as though we saw the best of Europe. It was a good ratio of scheduled events to time left for adventure...independence was encouraged and allowed for time away from the group (our tour group was a great bunch, though). Early October proved to be a fun time to go - tours winding down but weather was ideal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many!! But - we loved our walk from Murren to Gimmelwald in Switzerland. Loved the houses, animals, scenery, honesty shops...it was magical."

Karen

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Itinerary was great and bus and driver were exceptional. Tour guide had many good qualities, but often tended to ramble without a clear topic sentence. His presentations often seemed a bit "stream of consciousness." Being dumped at Louvre without a guide was waste of time, and since it was a Monday, the easier to navigate Musee d'Orsay was not open. Guide at the Uffizi in Florence made that potentially overwhelming museum, in contrast, memorable. Great final meal but shameful food waste!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were my "wow" experience, but I was also wowed by all the scenery we passed through on the bus: the French and German countryside and the unique beauty of Tuscany."

Joellen

Finleyville, PA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was more than we could have hoped for. Yorick was a wonderful guide. He was well versed in history, culture and especially linguistics and had a dry sense of humor to boot. We loved our city orientation walks in each new place. We learned how to navigate the Metros. The local guides were excellent and enriched our tour. Our bus driver, Paul, was a true professional and ate with us when he could.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our ''wow" moment was hiking in the Alps, to Murren, on a perfect fall day. A close second was a beer garden, at night, talking with a local."

Nancy

Tamworth, NH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very fast paced tour, but packed with all of the sights, sounds and aromas that you'd ever hope to experience on a Europe tour!! Yorick is a wealth of knowledge, very dedicated, humorous and enlightening tour guide- always responsive and sensitive to the needs of his group. The lodging spots really gave the flavor and culture of the area, and their staffs were always warm and cordial. The planned stops were perfectly matched with free time to explore on our own. Highly recommend this tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was our honeymoon, so it is hard to single out any one moment... Every day was a "WOW" for us! Perhaps our favorite personal "Wow" was when Yorick had arranged for a bottle of chilled Prosecco to be delivered to our room, along with red roses petals designed on the bed in the shape of a heart!! As for the tour "WOW", it would have to be everything about Rome!"

Maria

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was truly the travel adventure of a lifetime for me. I had never been to any of these countries before so it provided a wonderful overview of travel in Europe. It actually gave me confidence that I can do some traveling on my own in the future. This will definitely not be my last trip across the pond!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments that it's hard to choose just one! I will say however that Switzerland was my favorite overall. The serene setting, the hiking, the trip to what seemed like the top of the Alps, the small walkable towns on the hillsides all were absolutely amazing."

Jody

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was the perfect one for me as a first time overseas traveler. All the pesky details were worked out by the Rick Steves tour professionals allowing me to enjoy all of the fun and adventures without feeling anxious or worried about anything! Plus it allowed free time for spending time in ways that were personally interesting to each individual. The other comment I would add is that all of the travelers were friendly and fun to be around. It was a great experience in that way too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was in Switzerland looking at all the lovely and pastoral homes/farms with the Alps looming above it all. It felt like a page out of the children's book "HEIDI". The cows even had bells!!"

Xue

Huntersville, NC

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had an awesome time! Yorick was an amazing guide and we loved our group. Even though it was a whirlwind adventure, we learned so much about each country we visited. Our local guides were also exceptional and definitely added to the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard question! There were so many! If I had to pick one, then hiking in the Swiss Alps, it was a beautiful sunny day, chilly but not too cold, the whole time we were surrounded by snow capped mountains, fresh air and nothing but the sound of waterfalls and cowbells. Props to Yorick for recommending the North Face Trail!!"

Dan

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was very good. I appreciated the variety of experiences (e.g., the opportunity to hike in the Alps in Switzerland and to visit Dachau). The individual local city guides were uniformly strong. Our tour group was a good size and represented a diversity of experiences and viewpoints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most important moment for me was the opportunity to visit Dachau. My father was one of the liberators 74.5 years ago and I am currently working on a book based on his 800+ letters and two diaries during the war. The letter he wrote upon leaving Dachau has been used for 12 years as part of the education program of the Cincinnati Holocaust and Humanity Center. I only wish we had more time at the site."

Randy

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded my expectations. The education from Tina on each country and location was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every location was a wow."

Bob

Coppell, TX

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Tina was very information, friendly and upbeat. Going with a group tour was a great use of time, no waiting in lines! The special access was very nice, especially in Rome. The group of people was very nice as well. The "no grumps" expectation was embraced by the whole group. Our driver, Rony, added a nice touch, as he was an experienced traveler as well. Overall - Fantastic. It exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to mention, we got started sitting at a cafe on Ru Cler with escargot, charcuteire tray and wine people watching to start and on to the awesomeness of Rome, fun and festive Octoberfest Munich and the relaxing farm stay in Tuscany. But of them all, arranging the tram trip to Schilthorn was visually stunning - we felt like we were on the top of the world."

Dwight

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second time to take the 14 day best of tour. We took the tour 11 years ago and found that not much had changed since then. We signed up to take tour so we could travel with my sister and her husband. It was their first trip to Europe. Good way for them to be exposed to a lot and a refresher course for us. Enjoyed the cities we stopped in, the highlights at each stop and expertise of our guides (both our guide and local). Thetravel pace was the most grueling of all our 11 Rick trips

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entry into the Laterbrutten valley always blows me away. Got to be one of the most spectacular places on the planet."

Pam

Coppell, TX

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was better than we had dreamed. We saw so many more sites than we had planned!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the little square of Baune was such a thrill to see what we had only seen in pictures our whole lives. Also, the sight of the mountains and valley out our window waking up in Lauterbrunnen was magical!"

Susan

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! This was our first trip to Europe and the best way to touch so many different countries in only 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Switzerland on a clear, crisp morning after the first snowfall!"

Carolyn

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my very first Rick Steves' tour and I can't say enough great things about it. From beginning to end the trip was one spectacular tour to the next. Our accomodations were perfect, the food and beverages were some ofthe best I've ever had and of course our tour guide Tina was amazing. Jeff and I are already contemplating our next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice and Florence were among my favorite places. I hope to revisit these regions in the future."

David

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded our expectations! We had great guides, stayed in great places, and could tell that everything was well planned. We could tell that you strive for excellence!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide, Tina. I don't see how we could have had a better guide. She was very caring and knowledgeable. She wanted to make sure that we all had the best trip possible. The strived for excellence!"

Greg

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was fantastic! Our tour guide Tina excelled on all fronts: knowledge; enthusiasm; energy; friendliness; concern; punctuality and leadership. We would love to take another tour with Tina. Our local tour guides were all top notch and taught us so much of their vast knowledge. The hotels, selected restaurants, transportation were outstanding. All facets of the tour were highly efficient with very minimal wait times. I never tired of the bus rides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one wow moment. Venice would have to be chosen because there is no city in the world like it."

Cheri

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about each country we visited! Tina always prepared us for our next experience! She was not only professional, but also totally personable and a joy to be with! The tour guides from each country were also wonderful, since it was their expertise! The places we stayed were charming and the people wonderful! This trip was so much more than I ever expected, it has changed my way of thinking! I would love to go on another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I have talked about this and it is really difficult to choose one thing because each country and experience was special and it's own way! If I had to pick one, it would have to be Venice, just because of its total uniqueness, being made of islands and bridges! I had never seen anything like it!"

Marilyn

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the total package - the amount of learning, hands on experiences and entertainment was well beyond expectations. Tina our tour guide was excellent!!! Through her talks, music, different "treats" and knowledge of the countries the time was very enjoyable (even the more lengthly bus rides). Every moment was utilized to the best of her abilities. I expected the accommodations to be a bit more rustic and was very pleased that they were so comfortable and very clean.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time we stopped I thought Wow this can't be beat. But then another destination came and another world opened up. Being from Washington I enjoyed the Alps given the majestic beauty - but reflecting back I enjoyed the evenings in Paris and the Eiffel Tower as it sparkled on the hour."

Shirley

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we met with Tina and the group, I knew it was going to be a great trip! Everything ran so smoothly. From the no ticket lines, to the wonderful hotels and restaurants. We plan to do a Rick Steves again. It was more than I could have possibly imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe the Eiffel tower, but that was only because it was the first thing we saw in Paris. There were many, many more "wow" moments. One of my new friends from the tour and I teased each other at every "wow" moment, as that became our new favorite word. I had to keep reminding myself I was in Europe, and all of these amazing places!!"

Ronald

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had some preconceived notions about Europe that were totally wrong! We're so glad we went; it gave me a new appreciation of civilization and how "young" the U.S. is. That the Europeans have been at this a lot longer than we have and do it very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps. When we saw the "Lauterbrunnen Valley" was a tour spot, we weren't so sure what that would entail. We had a great day hiking over along the train tracks to Murren and then taking the gondola up to the Schilthorn - simply wow!! Second best was how lovely Venice was - just a great time walking around and getting lost."

Norma

Ventura, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was as good as I could have hoped for. Tour guide was outstanding, group was upbeat and friendly. Loved the fact that all of the details were taken care of. Didn't need to be concerned about hotels, transportation, tour guides, tickets, etc..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but when the tour guide played Bocelli as we're driving through the Italian countryside, it was surreal for me. I took a video out the window, and I still get chills watching it. I couldn't believe we were actually in Europe- a place I'd only seen photos of, and here we were."

Joy

San Dimas, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized by our exceptional tour guide, Stephanie. She did an amazing job bringing us together as a group. Our tour mates were also wonderful, and we formed a tight bond. Stephanie did a great job educating us about everything tour related, from the schedule, to helping us with languages, local culture, tour activities. Our bus driver Eric was exceptional! We enjoyed all of the tour dinners and breakfasts. We liked the small hotel experience, they were all comfortable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the incredible beauty of the Alps."

William

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a tremendous time! Our guide Stephanie was excellent and we really enjoyed the people we traveled with. Just a great time....wish we were still on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking back I would have to say the overall trip was a "wow"! Seeing so many places starting in Paris and ending in Rome was amazing. Stephanie did such a great job at making sure we saw all we could and that our time was used to the fullest. If I think of two places I will return to it would be the Swiss Alps and Tuscany. The big cities were great to see one time but would enjoy more time in the country. Overall just a perfect blend!"

Jody

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful! What a great way to see so much in Europe! Our guide was excellent! She communicated and prepared us for what was planned the day/days ahead. The people in our group were easy to get along with and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one because every place we went had a "wow" moment!! Land marks in the cities of Paris, Munich and Rome , Octoberfest in Bavaria and the natural beauty in Switzerland and Tuscany makes it very difficult to call out just one!"

David

Frisco, TX

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was outstanding. The experience was that much more pleasurable due to the tour group members being very compatible and helpful to each other. And Tour Guide Stephanie's leadership was invaluable and outstanding. One "bummer", the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel was mobbed due to being free admission on the first Sunday of the month (October). We practically ran through art filled Halls in the Vatican Museum to get to the Sistine Chapel and then were jammed in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just outside my hotel balcony, the mountains towering over the Swiss Valley were stunning along with the waterfalls off the cliff sides close to the Village."

Allen

River Forest, IL

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great choice of cities and sites. Tour guide, Stephanie, was obviously experienced and kept us on schedule. She also made good recommendations concerning optional things to see and places to eat. Bus driver was efficient and got us to locations on time. Local tour guides were well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman coliseum and St. Peter's Basilica."

Joseph

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well planned out tours with interesting facts and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking up at the Swiss Alps"

Margaret

River Forest, IL

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the tour's attention to so many details, all of which combined to make this a great experience. I enjoyed the opportunity to experience life in the larger cities as well as life and nature in the countryside, especially in Switzerland and Tuscany. We gained a wealth of information on dining, current culture and history as well as personal experience from all the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because I love mountains, traveling to mountain tops above the Swiss valley where our hotel was located was wonderful. The sun broke through and we had some great views. Also sharing the tour with a great group of people was fun."

Kent

Elma, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was very good. Stephanie was great. We had been warned about crowds but did not fully appreciate just how bad the crowds would be at the popular sites (i.e. Louvre, Vatican Museum, museum in Florence, Venice in general, Coliseum in Rome, etc.). The crowding was bad enough that in the future we would avoid those sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps at the top of the gondola in Lauterbrennan."

Rebecca

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first trip to Europe and it was so exciting to see all that we had seen. We were just in awe of everything from the Eiffel tower, the swiss alps, October fest in Munich, and Rome. I can't even describe the things we saw in Rome. Overall our trip with all our new friends of our group was incredible. To top it off Stephanie was the best guide ever. She kept us on schedule and was real easy to get along with. I will never forget her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking into St Peter's Basilica. From the moment I stepped into the Basilica my mouth just dropped. I have never seen anything like it before. The beauty of the statues and marble was just breath taking. I spent an hour in there but could of spent a lot more. My pictures don't do it justice."

Therese

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was much more then I expected. Not only was the tour guide and bus driver a pleasure, but we had a great group of people. Everyone got along so well. The history, the beauty and the all around experience is more then I can write in words. This was a bucket list I have waited for, for many many years. It was greater then I dreamed it would be. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Beauty of Switzerland."

Lori

Perrysburg, OH

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was everything I had hoped it would be and more! It was fast paced, fun filled, exciting and educational! Our tour guide Ragen was exceptional in making all of these things seem effortless. The Rick Steves' tour company staff must be great at their jobs! All of our accommodations were good. The coach bus and driver were Fantastic! I had many concerns about the hours spent on the coach bus. Those emotions were a complete waste of my time and energy! I loved this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite wow moment truly is difficult for me! I think equal are the second floor of the Sainte Chapelle Church in Paris and the first walk into the square in Venice and viewing Saint Mark's Basilica."

Doug

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide who knew all the shortcuts and was extremely helpful in everything we did. We could't have gotten a better guide than Regan-he was awesome. Our bus driver-Sylvan also was experienced in all the routes to and from and also knew shortcuts along the way to bypass any traffic problems and snags. The way people drive in other countries yo definately needed an experienced bus driver.All the stops we did along with the hotels we stayed at made for an outstanding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easily Switzerland was the"wow" stop for me. The hotel we stayed at for the two nights-our room balcony faced the waterfalls and they were lit up at night which made for an amazing view.Hiking in the Swiss Alps on my birthday was speechless."

Vicki

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than I expected. Our tour guide kept us well informed & prepared for all our stops & daily excursions. I cannot think of any situation that left me thinking I should have known something more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty and grandeur of the Alps in Switzerland."

Janet

Swansea, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

LOVED everything about this trip. Our group and guide were fantastic!! Ragen was a delightful and very knowledgeable. He made our trip extra special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tuscany and Switzerland were my favorite places. However, I wish we could have stayed in Tuscany one more day. I felt like we didn't really see much of it and it would have been nice to have an additional day there to recharge and enjoy the farm and it's beautiful scenery."

Alex

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ragen arranged musicians for our gondola in Venice. We were lucky enough to be in the boat with them, it was beautiful and it's something I'll never forget!"

Matthew

Parker, CO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great introduction to Central Europe. It was only a taste of each destination, but that is the point and I thought the selections were good since there are so many more places to go. I now know I want to spend more time in Switzerland, I would go back to Paris for sure, and I would like to see southern Italy, for example Sicily and Corsica. Ragen was a terrific guide for our adventure. His energy, knowledge, and sense of humor made this trip for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a hard question to answer. It is a close call between the Eiffel tower or the Seine river cruise in Paris, and Lauterbrunner in Switzerland. Switzerland reminded me of my home in Colorado, so I had a soft spot for that. Plus the tunnel system for the highways is like nothing I have ever seen."

Tauna

Sulphur, LA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Knowing this was going to be a physically demanding trip up front made all the difference to the attitude of all of us. Knowing we could bow out anytime to pursue our own agenda was also explained up front at the meet and greet. That being said, Most of our group went on every tour that was offered! The guides in each city were Great! I know that we had a lot to do and see and our personal Guide was very organized and very friendly. One of the best trips we ever went on! We were very pleased!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening we went to St. Marks square in Venice, Ragen took us aside before we were there, and told us he wanted us to just take it all in to experience it on our own. And I tell you I was overwhelmed at the sight, the sounds, the joy I felt that I was experiencing this beautiful place. It brought tears to my eyes."

Gina

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We embarked on the 14-day "Best of Europe" tour and had the time of our lives! We visited many countries and were able to experience the tourist aspect of the countries as well as gain historical knowledge of each place we visited. Our tourguide Ragen, was knowledgable, extremely organized, and a whole lot of fun! The group of people we traveled with were absolutely amazing. It was truly "a trip of a lifetime!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh there were so many!! Three seem to stand out in my mind. 1. The countryside of Switzerland as we drove was some of the most beautiful land I have ever seen. I felt like I was in Shangri-La! 2. Walking around in Venice. I have seen pictures of the waterways and bridges that connect the City but seeing it first hand left me breathless! 3. Coming up the escalator from the Metro in Rome and seeing the Coliseum in all its glory was spectacular!"

William

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall my experience was more than I expected or even could have hoped for. We were part of a very good group and all tour guides were great. Even the weather cooperated!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the views in Switzerland, the history in Munich, and the architecture in Rome. Hard to pick just one. Oh yeah, and Oktoberfest!!"

Patrick

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Delightful experience from beginning to end. What was promised was delivered plus more. Ragen was a key to this travel success. Would definitely go on another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland-the Alps."

Cheryl

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the trip and felt that it lived up to everything I expected from the first day to the last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many; but, I would say having the local experts walk you through the history of the area is perfect. I particularly enjoyed Michael in Munich."

Diane

Smithton, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall we had a great experience and were able to see so much in a short time. I wish we had another day in Switzerland so we could have postponed our gondola ride to the next day when the skies cleared and it was a beautiful clear day. It was very cloudy and overcast when we went to the top of the mountain. Also, another day in Tuscany would have been nice to relax by the pool and wander through the vineyards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the EiffelTower at night when it was all lit up was awesome! Interacting with all the people at Oktoberfest was an unforgettable experience."

Len

Weatogue, CT

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the most amazing tour Karen and I have taken in our 46 years of marriage ! When you grow up learning about these far off places in the world and see pictures and watch the news and then finally see them is so exciting. Before our group meeting Karen and I went to the Chams to see the Orangiere Museum. As we went over 2 blocks from our hotel we made a left and as we did I glanced over my right shoulder to see the Arch De Trimphioe ! Wow !! Now we have seen history first person.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland, when we went on the gondola up the side of the mountain. When we reached the halfway point the view down to the floor of the Latterbrunen Valley was unforgetable !!"

Nancy

Elgin, IL

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful guide, good weather overall, nice travel companions, wonderful food and good local tour guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be the Roman Forum and Colosseum along with the Swiss Alps!"

Lantze

Roseville, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience! Excellent organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lodging!!! Surprisingly pleasant and very clean."

Janice

Ames, IA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first group tour and enjoyed the small group. The hotels were clean and located in central locations for tourist attractions. The tour guides in each location were very informative. Our transportation was great. Overall a great experience in seeing Europe's highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the "wow" for us. The scenery is beautiful and loved the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The hike was beautiful! Also our tour guide Dave surprised us with a visit to an American WWII cemetery."

Rebecca

Clarksville, TN

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour itself was wonderful! What really made the experience great, however, was our guide Jody. You could tell she cares a lot about her work. She shared the right amount of history with the right amount of humor. She wasn't invasive or stand-offish... She made herself available to us and was very helpful when we had questions about where to eat, shop, and sightsee. Which, I know that's her job, but she seemed to consider our age and energy level when telling us cool places to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was hiking in the Alps in Switzerland. Gorgeous!"

Paul

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very energetic. We were up, had breakfast and on the road by 8:00 every day. There was no time to slack off. I liked the idea of spending 2 days per city which gave you some time to explore on your own. The tour had special guides in various cities that gave extra insight into the history of the city or the what was going on that day. The side of the group was excellent. You had room to spread out on the bus and interact with the other tour goers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While in Switzerland, taking the train and gondola up the mountain. The breakout from the clouds was breathtaking. It was so clear at that altitude and the air was so fresh. It was something seldom experienced in the States."

Cynthia

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very energetic. We were up at 5:30am every day, went for breakfast and either going with Jody to do a tour or on the bus to our next destination. The bus ride was very comfortable and our driver, Ronnie did a great job. Having 2 days per city was good and allowed sometime to explore on our own. The tour guides we had in different cities were excellent. The were very knowledgeable about the different areas. Jody did an outstanding job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was when we took the train and gondola ride above the clouds to see the Switzerlands peaks, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. It was breathtaking."

Susan

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved all the places we went. Our tour guide was great! I loved all the free time we had to explore on our own. The hotels we stayed at were very nice and perfectly located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! Loved everything here. We rode the gondola to the top of the mountain and burst through the fog to 360 degree view of the Alps in glorious sunshine. A close second was the gondola ride in Venice where we had the accordion player and opera singer in our boat. We are in a lot of people's vacation photo's! Third moment was Oktoberfest! It was more like OMG!!"

Bonnie

Centreville, VA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip of a lifetime! Each day was better than the one before. Our tour guide was outstanding! All of the local guides were incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The trip was so well planned and organized and nothing was missed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure I can come up with just 1, but I would have to say Switzerland was the most awe inspiring."

Doris

Centerville, VA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour! We had so much fun meeting our group of 27 people (including our group of 4). Jody was so much fun and she took care of the group, ages ranging 26 yrs - 70 yrs (roughly). Everyone did everything! I think we enjoyed the company of the group and Jody! I could not imagine trying to plan this trip on our own and the cost involved. No guarantee that we would have good tour guides, good restaurants, good transit, and visit the best of each country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several items that "wowed" me on this trip. Not only was Jody a great guide, Ronnie was a spectacular driver! I could not even imagine driving in Europe squeezing into the very tight spots he was able to maneuver a bus into. Another "wow" moment was Switzerland! I can see us going back there to enjoy the country's beauty. We enjoyed Lauterbrunnen and how it sat in a valley as though God had run his finger between two mountains ranges to create such a beautiful area."

Lisa

Venice, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was simply amazing. I had never been to Europe and this tour was a taste of the most extraordinary sites and places[INVALID]from beautiful churches to breathtaking scenery to world famous art to 2000 year old antiquities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from! If I have to pick, St. Chapelle in Paris or St. Mark's in Venice[INVALID]breathtaking. Or the view from our hotel in Lauterbrunnen of the Alps. I could go on...."

Cheryce

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to Europe, 25th anniversary[INVALID]what's not to be excited about? I think what surprised us was that the guide, bus driver, and group made this tour fantastic! Loved the laughter and memories shared. Jesse was so knowledgeable and passionate about each place, while still being in touch with where we were all at and how we were doing. Amazing to get a taste of so many places and cultures all in two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the mountaintop in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland, and the walk through mountainside cow pastures on the way back down as a group."

Norine

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As first time trip abroad I really appreciated the travel tips from the company as well as past travelers. We would never have been able to see as much/experience as much if we had tried to plan the trip ourselves. The "no grumps" rule was embraced by all and we truly enjoyed each and every person on our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Rome was the biggest surprise. I guess I was expecting the historic sites to be "off" the beaten track and it was awesome to be walking through the city looking in shop windows, turn a corner, and run into the Pantheon or the huge fountains 2000 year old. The walking tour at night was absoulutely gorgeous."

Roger

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was simply outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel tower lit up!"

Susan

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour and my tour-mates. The group was ready to go at the stated time. We got lucky with great weather. Although the overnight in Beaune was pleasant and probably logistically necessary, I would have traded it for another day in Venice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "optional" gondola ride in Venice was my favorite. Every tour participant opted for gondola rides, so we were all out on the canals at the same time. Jesse was able to arrange a group discount of sorts and was able to budget for an accordion player and female singer to serenade us from one of the gondolas. It was a "bucket list" experience - I could not stop smiling!"

Erica

Prahran, VIC

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was most enjoyable and very well organised; the pre-tour information given prepared us well. The hotels were well located, offering the contrast of both peaceful country retreats, and city hotels. They all provided good breakfasts and accommodation. Having local guides was a bonus and the chosen sights were fabulous.The inclusive dinners were of good standard, and the restaurants were pleasingly authentic. The tour guide and driver were very pleasant and professional.Overall, good fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful statue of David in reality;it is amazing! The enormous churches with their magnificent soaring architecture enveloping sculptures and stained glass which was so colored and intricate in design, were also enthralling. Experiencing the atmosphere of Europe in general - the history, sculpture, architecture, paintings and scenery. Switzerland so picturesque, and Venice, fascinating.It seems there were wow factors in every country we visited. Mask-maker in Venice lovely surprise!"

Dwight

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well planned trip. Everything went smooth from start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The landscape of Italy was Beautiful."

Stacey

Germantown Hills, IL

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. Dimitri was a great guide and our whole group got along very well. Brought my kids, age 14 & 16. They learned so much about history and culture. Hope to do another one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps were beautiful! Surprisingly, really enjoyed Munich."

Mark

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we joined the tour it was a wonderful time. Not only were the destinations diverse and beautiful, but what made everything was the knowledge brought forth from our guide and all the local guides. I also loved the pace even with all the walking, as I feel we enjoyed so many sights, I may not have seen. Our group became family and we had many great times. Yes no grumps makes for an enjoyable experience. I truly believe the Rick Steves tour is the way to see Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the whole trip was a wow moment. From the grand city of Paris to the absolute beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. To walk from the narrow canal roads to St Mark's Square was a definite wow. Marienplatz was incredible with its old architecture. And yes, old Rome was a historical treasure."

Jennifer

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow. We saw a lot-all the major sights of the cities on our tour. We had a fun group of people with very few problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris at night with the lighting of the Eiffel Tower. Also liked the tour of the Hotel Dieu in Beaune. Loved the views of the Alps as we drove into the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Cynthia

Tipton, IN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremely pleased with our tour experience. I enjoyed all the locations on our tour agenda. I thought our tour bus was excellent and comfortable. I also commend our bus driver for his expertise in driving and his safety for his passengers. I also appreciate the companies' philosophy in regards to travel. It was so good to learn about each location and spend time with docents and our guides, but also have time to tour on our own. The walking was not too extreme for my family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two moments. The first was going through the Alps and visiting our location. Unfortunately, we experienced rainy weather and fog, but the vistas we did see were spectacular. The second experience was planned by our guide, Dimitri. We stopped at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. We were unaware this was on our agenda until the day of our stop. Dimitri thought our group would enjoy the visit. It had special significance because my husband's father flew in several missions noted."

Glenn

Corsica, SD

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

On some days we had free time which is great for the experienced travelers, but for those of us who typically don't use subways or trains in a big city, we felt rather lost when we were expected to find our way back to the hotel after a museum visit. We made sure we tagged along others in our group so we made it back OK. The suggestion I would make would be that the guide would stay at the main attraction for a reasonable time and guide those back to the hotel who felt they needed assistance

Favorite "WOW" moment

"statue of David"

Hans

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. This was our first Rick Steve's tour, but having done my homework and watching Rick's show for years I had high expectations. In every way this tour hit the mark and exceeded our expectations. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided us a wonderful education on each place we visited. The hotels and meals were better than I expected (very good) and transportation was as comfortable as a bus ride could be. Tremendous value!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be our arrival in Fuhren Lauterbrunnen. Unbelievable beauty right out of a fairy tale."

Elisabeth

Centennial, CO

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Marijan, was fantastic! He was so knowledgeable about the history, culture and current events in each of the places we visited. The time on the bus flew by as he spoke of these things and while we were in the locations he made the places come alive! He spoke 6 different languages fluently, which was amazing. The accommodations were lovely with every one of them having clean and comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts, and warm friendly hosts. The site were beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It was stunningly gorgeous!Our adult children commented that the pictures we took of the town looked like a "fairy tale".The 900 foot waterfall just down from our lodging was amazing and you could walk up behind it. We did this at night and the town below was lit up! Taking the cable car up to the top of the Swiss Alps to Schilthorn, where we had a 360 degree view was a huge "wow"! We had the most delicious lunch in Murren of Goulash and Apple Strudel."

Pedro

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour in Europe and it was outstanding. I'm glad that we took the Rick Steve's Europe tour. The Tour Sales staff, email communication, tour kit materials were excellent. Our tour guide Marijan, did an outstanding job. Hope to see him again on my next European tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at Villa il Crocicchio Hotel in Reggello Italy was a "Wow" moment on my tour.The hotel was surrounded by Vineyard and Olive trees. It was a quiet and a romantic place."

Julie

Savage, MN

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour so far exceeded my expectations! It should be called the Elevated Europe tour! Marijan Kriskovic our guide was amazing! He was absolutely the cherry on top of the sundae! I was so happy with ALL of our accommodations; such charming hotels in the BEST locations! The tour pace was busy and active, but good! As first time European travelers we did not miss out on anything that was presented and we LOVED it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One moment? Well everyone says Switzerland and standing on top of the Schilthorn, how can you not?! Lauterbrunnen and all of the waterfalls, the charming village, the amazing views! But I do have to say, that going into Venice I had an attitude (less than good) from my previous visit 15 years ago. Marijan arranged for musicians to be in our evening gondola ride for my 60th birthday, and I have never been so Wowed! My husband said that Marijan was way cooler than he was! So Wonderful!"

Donald

Dewey, AZ

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was so wonderful I have a hard time finding words to express how awesome this trip was. I guess I would have to say it was a jaw dropping moment the entire trip. Such wonders and such beauty!Breath taking views to the most beautiful art in the entire world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments on the tour from the beautiful architecture of France to the breath taking views of Switzerland to the unbelievable beauty of Germany and Italy. Going on the hike in Switzerland in the Alps was something so beautiful you can't express it in words or photos. You have to see it for yourself!"

Judy

Dewey, AZ

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While still trying to process the whole trip, this has been life changing for me. I feel more connect to world in general.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice gondola ride with musicians."

John

Meridian, ID

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every single aspect of the tour exceeded my expectations. Our guide, Marijan was especially wonderful. I cannot heap enough accolades on him. I am so thankful for how much I learned. I was not expecting that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the gondola ride in Venice with all the members of the tour--in five boats, not one... Our guide arranged everything, including a guitar player and singer. It was a real memory maker."

Patrick Vincent

Centennial, CO

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This tour completely exceeded my expectations at every stop, one wonderful place after another. The places were great, as were the locations of the hotels and their quality. Marijan was absolutely fantastic, the breath and depth of his knowledge, his personality, and even the neat little touches of treats at our stops. We had a celebration of 4 birthdays, for which Marijan lined up a singer/DJ, and we had a night to remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was actually the beauty and the peace in the valley just outside Lauterbrunnnen, with the cliff walls, the waterfall and the beautifully kept cemetery, as night was falling."

Sandra

Springfield, OH

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip of a lifetime was everything i was hoping it would be plus more. It was incredible from beginning to end, perfectly planned down to the smallest detail but yet fun and spontaneous. What i didn't plan on was getting to know the places we would travel to so well from the history our guide would share along the way. It was fascinating. We absolutely had a blast and are already contemplating our next tour in 2020.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If i had to pick one i would say that beautiful sunny day when we hiked "The North Face" in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. It was one of the highlights of my life. The views were absolutely breathtaking and we loved every second of it. A close second would be the food. Oh the food... the bread, apple strudel, the pastries, pizza and gelato. I can hardly wait to go back."

Wayne

Waunakee, WI

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We wanted to see many countries and have quality experiences as well and that's how it turned out. We enjoyed the guided tours as they were an efficient way to tour large museums and other sites. We enjoyed the free time to explore on our own as well. Bus rides were comfortable. Nice to have drinks on board. Darija was quite knowledgable with history and the cities we visited. She also seemed to have a keen grasp of the socio-political climate of the times. Clear instructions!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking on Schilthorn!"

Brian

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We highly recommend this tour as an intro to Europe. Our guide Darija was fantastic, and its obvious Rick Steves' tours are well though out with an attention to details that make a big difference. We really appreciated the split between planned time and free time, and the pacing was just right. Hotels were all very good. The size of the group and bus were perfect, and it was always fun talking to our driver Erik.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the alps from our hotel room in Lauterbrunnen, and hiking under the shadow of the Eiger and Jungfrau!"

Nicole

Richland, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an absolutely outstanding tour! It is a perfect balance of guided group activities and time on your own. I can't say enough how awesome Darija was to have as a guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I honestly don't know if there was one "wow" moment. I'm just so grateful to have gone on the tour and to have traveled. Of course, going through the gladiator's entrance at the Colosseum was pretty spectacular too!"

Irene

Miami, FL

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Europe in 14 days was a very nice experience where the time is enough to enjoy the city most important places Paris -Fantastic. Swiss Alps with beautiful landscapes and the sight seeing around it. The Hot Chocolate and Delicious Fondeu. Munich very interesting history City Museums and Castle and the most famous BeerBar. The magic Venice A classic Canal view the Gondolas The Church and Mask for the Carnival. Florence The Duomo Museum, Academia Michellangelo work arts David. Rome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I arrived in Paris and saw the Arch of Triumph and Eiffel Tower, I felt-elated.ll"

Annette

Sequim, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt the trip was very well organized. Our accommodations were very nice and the breakfasts were always outstanding... so many options! The trip gave me a taste of the cities as well as the country. Enjoyed staying at the Italian vineyard. It was a nice break...the cooking demo was fun and eating outside under the stars was great! We had so many experiences in just 14 days... kudos to make that happen!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was several "wow" moments. All our guides in the cities were excellent and so interesting! Learned a lot! The countryside of the Swiss Alps were beautiful..I had no idea!"

Janet

Waunakee, WI

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and our guide Dahria was great. It was very busy. We saw a lot in a short period of time but this is what we chose for this trip. The combination between the big cities and small towns/country was very nice. Our guide did quite a bit of orienting us and teaching us to navigate on our own. I think this was very important for people who haven't traveled much on their own before. We had a great group, a great bus and driver, great accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We especially enjoyed hiking in the Alps."

Michelle

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the tour and being able to experience traveling through different countries and learning about their unique cultures and beauty. The visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial was moving and thought provoking. Darija was a fantastic tour guide. I so enjoyed listening to her teach us the history of each country. She is an asset to your company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a difficult question as I was wowed many times during the trip. Switzerland's beauty was definitely a wow as was Venice, Florence, and Rome with the unbelievable architecture and history - oh and Paris too. My dream was to go to Europe - needless to say, my dream was fulfilled and I hope to return. So much to see and so much to learn!!! Wonderful tour and would recommend."

Lacey

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second tour with Rck Steves did not disappoint!! My friend and I truly had a trip of a lifetime! What more can you ask for!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easy!!! Switzerland was breathtakingly beautiful!! I could go on and on....just cant say enough about the beauty!! Our hotel was perfect and the hosts were very warm and welcoming. Perfect!! I would have liked one more day there at least!!!"

Amy

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took our family of 7 (husband, 4 sons age 13-22, and one family friend). I was nervous about taking our big family on a tour that may have mostly older couples (would we drive them crazy?!?!?) but any initial concerns were quickly put to rest as we lucked out with an AMAZING group of families. Having 4 other families with similarly aged kids made the trip that much more memorable. There was one older couple who were fantastic and I am certain lifetime friendships have been formed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Venice, my husband and I escaped alone in search of the best gelato on the island (per our hotel clerk). It was located on the far side of the island away from the crowds, where you can look out towards the Adriatic Sea. We got wonderfully lost, literally walked for miles, and finally found it. The gelato was good but the sights and almost eery quiet of the area was magical. As we crossed the Accademia Bridge it was a moment that took my breath away as the colors and views were unreal."

Marcia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just loved the variety of experiences and information given throughout and the whole feel of the trip. An attitude of seriousness, when appropriate and a sense of fun as we traveled together, was perfect for my first time abroad. I really appreciated all the attention to details that I know I would have missed as a first-timer. I can't say enough - maybe just another day in each of the bigger cities...Jody was fantastic and all the dining choices were wonderful, especially the demos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Jungfrau and Dachau. There was beauty everywhere and meaning with every history lesson but those two were at the top of the list for me."

Lana

Muskogee, OK

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was planned with professionalism and expertise. The order and exertion of the trip are very well thought out. There were well planned experiences for building up excitement and then allowing for relaxation to and recovery. It was a well planned ebb and flow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many of the experiences could be expressed as Wow moments, and each for different reasons; awe, thrill, reverence. I think that for my most inspiring experience, would be the time spent with the local guide in Rome, on the walking tour through old Rome. She captured the essence of the city as a large part of our shared ancestry. Awesome."

Deanna

Princeton, IN

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a long time dream of mine that came true!! Great tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride in Venice for our 40th Wedding Anniversary complete with an accordion player and a male vocalist with a beautiful voice!!"

Elizabeth

Lewisville, NC

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower during nightfall tour. Moon was rising between the two sections."

Mark

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" moments! 1 - Sistine Chapel, I could have stayed there a long time. The room is alive with color and movement. 2 - Our local Rome guide was fantastic. She brought the history to life, made it feel like my history."

Rosalie

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed my trip from start to finish. I loved Jodie, Eric and local guide were great. There was one little that had a thicker accent. She was sweet but because most of use could not understand her, the tour was boring. I turned off my headphones. Everything was so well planned out. It was just what I needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several. Morning walk in the Swiss Alps, the seven mile scooter ride in Munich, Tuscany and Ciro and Son's Gluten Free pizza in Florence."

Bruce

Northborough, MA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would entertain another Rick Steves adventure in a heartbeat! Our group was a delightful mix of young and older members and Jody did a great job of getting all to interact with each other and gel as a "family" unit. I also felt the "specialized" tour guides in the major city stops were chosen. They were all very knowledgeable on the history and art of the area and all were very engaging speakers. Thanks for the great accommodations as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As an outdoor person, the best day was spent hiking in Swiss Alps during our stay in Oberland. Riding the train, taking the tram up the steep slopes, a leisurely hike down the mountain, the spectacular views from the mountains and having a great lunch with new friends(and wine, of course) made for a really enjoyable time."

Alisha

Vista, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing trip! We do this trip all over again and wouldn't change a thing. It's definitely very active and we loved the mix of things we get to experience. I'd highly recommend this trip to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland took my breath away by far but surprisingly Venice, Italy amazed me completely."

Yvonne

La Quinta, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took the trip with my 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters. It definitely was the trip of a lifetime !! It was my second rick Steves tour. And it won't be my last The tour was just as amazing as my first tour. But it was extra special because my girls were with me. Our guide Dave was the perfect combination of professional and caring. My girls especially enjoyed all the great information about the history of each city Dave shared . And they loved knowing where the best gelato was located!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been to most of the places on the tour I must say my favorite city will always be Venice! It is just magical to listen to the orchestras in Saint Mark's square late at night when most people have gone. It is the most amazing place!"

Larayne

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The two week 'Best of Europe' tour (starting in Paris) was top notch. We had a good mix of ages on our tour. Our tour guide was personable. He seems to really care that we had the best experience possible at the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when my husband told me that we walked ten miles the day we did a walk in the Swiss Alps. We could have walked less, but we opted to walk the three mile path back to town, rather than take the shuttle bus."

Marianne

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, this was an excellent tour. I think it was a lot to cram into 14 days, but I knew that going in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower was a wow moment for me. I never imagined it that big. It was beautiful. The other wow moment for me was the bronze horses in Piazza San Marcos. They took my breath away."

Laura

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe in 14 days was exactly that, the best! The tour went at a quick pace, but you had time enough to enjoy the marvels along the way. Whether it was digesting the stony remains of Notre Dame; sipping Swiss hot chocolate in Lauterbrunnen; counting the layers of history in Munich or devouring the artwork of Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, "wow" moments, but one place that surprised me the most was Munich. It has a horrible history, but the Bavarian people have moved to a different space in time. The places that encompassed evil are now reclaimed to celebrate life."

Susan

Redmond, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour! We might be interested in another tour in a few years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland - the view from our hotel was breath taking and beautiful. Better than we had anticipated!"

Ed

Tigard, OR

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all the group of 28 were great. We all got along and look after each other.This was my 2nd tour. The first one was 21 days with my son and this one was with my older sister. We lucked out with the weather being good. I noticed that we stayed at different hotels. The food was great and the accommodations were great both times. I also notice we approach some of the cities and countries differently, which was also good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment on both trips was Lauterbrunnen and Gimmelwald where my mother grew up and my grandfather taught school before coming to the USA in 1938."

Josefina

Ukiah, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely amazing! The local guides were very knowledgeable and interesting, there wasn't a single one that I didn't like! I also loved our tour guide because he was kind, funny, and he knew all the best spots for our gelato and pizza cravings (among other things of course). The group itself was fantastic as well due to the comradely and friendships forged during our two week adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite moments was in Switzerland after our hike. My family and I explored the magnificent enclosed waterfalls. They were amazing and truly awe-inspiring. I was speechless the entire time. Switzerland in general was a major highlight of my trip."

Eric

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, our guide Dave was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the tour, offering suggestions for each town we visited. We had a great experience and would recommend this tour to anyone looking to get a feel for the "best of" Europe in 2 weeks. I can't wait to find the time to explore the countries we visited further in the future, but this was a great way to experience the highlights of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the mountains of Switzerland on our way to the Lauterbrunnen Valley was possibly the most scenic moment of the trip. Also, arriving in Venice and experiencing the unique culture and the layout of the city, were probably my favorite memories of the trip."

Amy

Roseville, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our Rick Steve's tour of Europe. Our guide, Dave, was amazing, as were all of the local guides in each city. I loved how every detail was considered as we embarked on a new city, but we also had time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was walking through the Swiss Alps and visiting Venice."

Richard

South Lake Tahoe, CA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We take each of our grandchildren on a trip of their choice when they graduate from high school. Our granddaughter, Ashley, wanted to go to Europe, and even though my wife and I are dedicated travelers, we decided that a Rick Steves Best of Europe tour would be perfect. Everything was just as it was described. The accomodations were good, the food was terrific, the bus and driver were beyond our expectations, and our Guide, Jesse, was amazing. Our group was super, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Switzerland, and were stunned by the beauty. We live at Lake Tahoe, CA, and thought we were in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but the Swiss Alps are beyond description"

Joseph

Newberg, OR

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was truly an amazing experience. Getting to know the others on the trip, sharing events and experiences with them, made it much richer - it was like being part of a much bigger family. Jesse (our tour guide) and all the local tour guides brought amazing passion and personal interest to each cities treasures and broadened the perspective through which we viewed and absorbed the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to focus on "one". Being atop the swiss alps, touching a thousand year old wall, seeing the graffiti written by someone hundreds of years ago while in prison, the sense of awe realizing what the human species is capable of doing when working in harmony toward a common purpose...."

Michelle

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After planning and saving for this trip for over three years, our family's expectations were blown away not only by the historic places we visited but HOW we visited thanks to Rick Steves tour. From the local hotels, exquisite food, luxurious traveling, to the knowledgeable, caring and fun guides everything was perfect. Thank you for making what we knew would be a memorable trip due to the destination, an exquisite vacation due to your caring team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating a delectable multi course meal, listening to live music, under the walnut tree, outdoors at the Villa in Tuscany was a moment I literally pinched myself "am I really here?" - the experience was straight out of a magazine and one I will cherish for the rest of my life. Of course sitting in the gondola, listening to the beautiful voice of the singer was pretty amazing, as was the "simple pleasure" of eating local cheese, listening to opera while descending from the Swiss Alps in bus...."

Sheri

South Lake Tahoe, CA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Europe Tour was superb. This is the first time my husband & I have taken a tour, ever. We have always used Rick Stdve's Books to plan our trips, so we were familiar with the philosophy (which we love). We took our granddaughter & her friend on their first international trip and we couldn't have been more pleased. Jesse was an amazing guide, our tour bus driver became a big part of our RS Tour family making it an unforgettable experience for us all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland really blew me away. No pictures do it justice. I cried when we pulled into Lauterbrunnen Valley. I have never seen anything so beautiful (and I live in Lake Tahoe, which is pretty amazing!). I also thought the 4th of July celebration at the agrotourissimo in Tuscany was a big wow. Out under the huge walnut tree eating fresh food from the garden, wonderful wine produced on their vineyards, and listening to an impromptu concert by the 'Bartender' band was another wow moment for me."

Matthew

Oswego, IL

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have never been to any of the places we visited on this tour. I learned so much about this history of the sites from our tour guide(s). Our Tour Guide, Jesse was funny, passionate, knowledgeable and very relatable. I don't know of a better combination of skills and personality traits more suited to lead a group. His depth of passion about what we were seeing was inspiring to me...even on the things that I might have otherwise seen as less important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are three: (1) our son getting engaged at the Eiffel Tower, (2) the visit to Dachau and the setup of our visit by Jesse prior to experiencing the concentration camp (3) The Colosseum in Rome. I wasn't expecting to be so impressed by this, but the tour guide along with Jesse made this a remarkable experience."

David

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I totally enjoyed our Rick Steves experience as we toured Europe. Hotels were well located and comfortable. Staff and tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We came away with a vast amount of new knowledge and information on the places we toured. The bus was comfortable and the driver was friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Swiss Alps and the great views from on the top of the mountain."

Thomas

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was great and all that was advertised. Aside from a heat wave hitting Europe just as the tour was beginning there wasn't anything that I would have changed if I had the control. Jessie was a great guide and made the tour fun for everyone. Our group really had a good time and it was sad to see the trip come to an end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were honestly too many to list. Each stop in the trip was memorable either for the dining or the local sites. My favorite overall site was the Roman Colosseum."

Ashley

Cardiff, CA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing experience and everyone in my tour group, including our guide Jesse, was super friendly and so fun to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when we say the statue of David in Florence."

Ryan

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful trip and a great introduction to our summer travels! Jessie, our guide, and Eric, our driver were both great people and very skilled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our hike in the Alps and the view of the waterfall from our room. The most surprising moments came after entering many of the cathedrals. Most don't look like much from the outside. Entering the second floor of Sainte-Chapelle or being awed at the Pantheon affected me more than I expected."

Grace

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having had an outstanding experience in 1995 with our first Rick Steves tour, many years and two children later, we signed up for our 14 day BOE tour with high expectations. Well, expectations were met or exceeded! Jennifer was fabulous. She, driver Hilde, and the RS staff worked their magic to provide an exemplary learning experience. The itinerary was the perfect introduction for our teen children to learn about navigating Europe on their own someday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two WOW moments: seeing Michelangelo's David in Florence. Our guide set the stage with historical background. And she advised us to walk all around him, to see his body stance and expression of confidence and calm. Incredible... My most emotional moment was seeing the Pieta in St. Peter's. As a mother, it makes me cry - the sadness, the spiritual moment, and the breathtaking beauty... Unforgettable WOW moment - witnessing 2 pickpocket crimes right by us, and an almost-con-job at me in Paris."

Steven

Fairborn, OH

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour and it was absolutely exceptional. Our tour guide Jennifer was outstanding and attention to detail in every aspect of our journey and our group was incredible. It was amazing how we experienced so much in 14 days. Our group was such an exceptional group of friendly people and we certainly made new lifelong friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow was standing 10,000ft at the top of the Shilthorn and looking around 360 degrees at all snow capped Swiss Alps and then taking a beautiful and tranquil hike from Murren to Grutschalp. The beautiful scene was just like we were in the movie set of Sound of Music."

Brian

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Organized! The tour allowed us to see so much in a two week time frame.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying within a short walk from St Mark's Square in Venice. We felt part of the island life during the evening hours after the tourists left ( we were travelers)."

Sarah

New Liberty, KY

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The size of the group (28) was ideal. Not too many[INVALID]just the right size for group travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was a 'wow'."

Scott

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was outstanding though as it turns out we experienced an historic heat wave which somewhat tainted the Rome experience (in my opinion). Dave was great, as were the local guides and the overall setup of the tour gave my family who has never been to Europe a valuable appreciation of its history, beauty as well as providing good insight about how to travel well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question the Lauderbrunnen Valley was the star of the show but as a close follow-on was the experience we had with a small group of individuals with whom we had an enjoyable 14 days."

Michael

New Liberty, KY

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, well planned, passionate guide (Dave S.), and our fellow travelers were wonderful. Thank you for a vacation of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every country was uniquely awesome in its own way. The entire tour was my "wow" moment."

John

Upland, CA

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First trip to Europe. We have been watching Rick for years and have purchased many of his DVD's. It has been hard to get away for that long as I have two small businesses (music stores). I usually am lucky to get a week each year when I can get away. Anyway, we were finally able to make it happen and cannot wait for the next trip. I am so glad we decided to do the group tour rather than try to go on our own. Not having the stress and worry of booking hotels and transportation was nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose but hiking in the swiss alps and coming across grazing cows (with cowbells) was a definite "wow" moment."

Yolanda

Upland, CA

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall everything was great. The sites were great, the other travelers in our group, and our wonderful tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was a definite wow for me"

Linda

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall wonderful tour and itinerary! Rome was a bit of a bummer due to the horrible heat wave during the time we were there and the crowds. The Vatican was packed with wall to wall people which made it very difficult to enjoy the museum. Everything else about the trip was fantastic. Had a wonderful tour guide (Dave), and group of people. My daughter enjoyed all the other teens on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two, the hike in Switzerland (I will definitely be going back), and the Gondola ride in Venice (wish it would of been a bit longer)."

Marco

Dunlap, IL

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent overall appeared outstanding choice of hotels and tour itinerary. Our guide (Dave) was excellent very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at the Tuscan region with live music."

Rona

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been wanting and trying to get to Europe my entire life! This tour fulfilled, beyond words, my lifelong dream. We covered a lot of ground (literally!) and I appreciated the exposure to a several countries, cultures, foods and people. I am still trying to digest all the amazing places we saw. Our guide (Dave S.) was oustanding with his his no-stress style and knowledge. And to top it off, we enjoyed all of our travel companions and will carry so many fond memories of this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beauty of Paris, charm, wine and lumieres of Beaune, awe-inspiring vistas, cows and cowbells of the Swiss Alps, pizza in Egna, solemnness of Dachau, beer gardens and pretzels of Munich, bridges and canals of Venice (and gelato!), David of Florence, dinner and hospitality in Tuscany, ruins in Rome."

Matthew

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing how many places/things we were able to see and experience in the short amount of time. 14 days is a long trip but when you're visiting 6-7 cities in different countries you have to make the most of your time. I can gladly say not one minute was wasted on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Statue of David was way more impressive than I imagined. Gondola ride in Venice with the musicians is the only way to enjoy a gondola now. Beer gardens in Munich and the local guide there was amazing!"

Marlene

Midlothian, VA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our tour director(s), our lodgings and the location of our lodgings, and the local guides were excellent too. Also loved our bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stay in the countryside in Tuscany. Beautiful! Also, two of our best meals there."

Cynthia

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime. Jesse and Sylvan were amazing as were all of the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Lauterbrunnen"

Patricia

West Linn, OR

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first travel out of the US. I can't say enough good things about having all the arrangements for housing, travel, and individual tours planned ahead of time! The group size was perfect....we made many wonderful friends! Our guide Jessie was amazing! He connected with EVERYONE so easily and added so much information about the different places we visited that I wouldn't have gotten on my own. Great touring bus we traveled around in also! Silvan was super!Switz

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments.....but I loved Switzerland! The Swiss Alps took my breath away and staying in the small town was so personal. The gondola ride to the top and breathtaking views didn't even seem real. Walking through the small villages, and seeing how people live there was beautiful."

Caroline

Sunrise, FL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We went on the Best of Europe tour with my family, first time traveling w RS we enjoyed every minute of the tour. Our Guide Jesse was AMAZING and quite the story teller. He always had wonderful stories that we could relate to and great suggestions for restaurants and sites to catch. I was not feeling well in the middle of the trip and he took me to the local pharmacy where he helped me get the medicines needed. He really thought of every detail! So lucky to have had him as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess Switzerland and seeing the Swiss Alps (Murren) was absolutely breathtaking. Our tour that day amazing and were speechless after that. It was difficult to top that. But honestly, every place we went to had AHAAAAA moments. So it is difficult to pick one."

Jovie

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations! Everything was perfect, even the weather! We had an amazing group and awesome guide in Jesse.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we went up to the Schilthorn and saw the 3 summits amidst the clouds, having lunch with the Alps as our view, and hiking the trail. It was surreal!!! Second one is relaxing by the pool in Tuscany, surrounded by rolling hills and grapevines, drinking local Chianti!"

Mike

St Charles, IL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best vacation I ever had. Our tour guide jesse was awesome. Very knowledgeable in all areas of tour. very personable and very welcoming. I was a little hesitant at first on the tour, it was my first time out of the USA. But I really loved it. Worst part of vacation is it went by so fast, I wish time went by much slower. Overall best ever vacation, I already referred my friends and family to your tours. I really loved it. thanks again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far the Swiss Alps. Hotel was charming views were awesome. The hike in the alps was the best with all the other travelers. what a fun time we had and we really grew closer as a group. Jesse was great on the hike, he was a welcome guide. If the bus pulled away from the Swiss hotel and left me there I would have welcomed it, I didn't want to leave."

Eric

Slatington, PA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First and foremost, Jesse did a great job and is an excellent guide. The overall tour experience was on par with previous tours I have taken; very good to excellent. I understand the challenges with securing hotels that meet the necessary criteria...overall, the hotels were clean and comfortable. Air conditioning issues are a concern especially during a very warm June as we have just experienced. The LOCATION of the hotel in Rome was perhaps the biggest disappointment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ALPS as viewed from the Schilthorn."

Michael

Dunwoody, GA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This well-planned tour with good hotel accommodations and locations was fast-moving.The bus was quiet and smooth and the driver Eric was outstanding. Well-timed breaks. Jennifer did an excellent job and we enjoyed Mirjam's commentaries. The special treats (chocolates etc.) were a delightful extra. Our fellow travellers were engaging,friendly and added to our enjoyment. Their patience and interactions with our grandchildren were much appreciated. We're looking forward to our next RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many 'wow' moments but Lauterbrunnen and the Schilthorn stand out for the magnificent scenery and the chance to enjoy a favorite Swiss dish geschnetzeltes. Having visited Paris, Beaune, Florence, Munich, Rome and Venice previously this tour was primarily to introduce two grandchildren to the wonders of European travel. Seeing David in the round was a new experience that made the Florence excursion very special."

Brenda

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Europe tour was very good. The advertised itinerary that was provided in the sales information was accurate and delivered. The overall tour experience was beyond amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire itinerary was 'Wow', but if I had to pick one country: Switzerland's beauty was beyond breath taking, which I will always remember."

Rebecca

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was life changing for me! Everything about this trip exceeded my expectations. Not only was I able to fulfill my dream of traveling around Europe, but I was able to do it worry free and gained so much knowledge from the amazing tour guide and local guides. I appreciated the little surprises, such as gelato in Italy. I am already planning my next Rick Steves trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time and thinking, wow, I actually made it to Europe...I am here and am so excited!"

Leslie

Frederick, MD

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about our tour was outstanding, from the places we visited to the locally run hotels, authentic cuisine, local guides, fellow tour members and of course our RS tour guides Jennifer and Mirjam!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. The scenery from the gondolas, the peak of Schilthorn, and our hike from Mürren to Gimmelwald were breathtaking."

Kristen

Wyoming, MI

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had one of the most memorable times of my life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland for sure. The landscapes were breathtaking!"

Alex

Fairlawn, OH

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing destinations, amazing tour guides, amazing hotels,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss alps for the first time and being able to go to the top."

John

Chico, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was totally impressed with all aspects. The hotels we stayed in were in the best possible location, the planned activities were great. We had enough time to do our own thing, and the 2 days in Tuscany with the pool was the perfect time to have some relaxation. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing the ancient buildings in Rome. It was amazing to see what they could do 2000 years ago."

Linda

Chico, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime. Dave our tour leader was awesome and provided us quality guidance and great suggestions while we had free time to explore . The hotels we stayed at were in the perfect locations and the staff were always extremely nice and helpful. Our tourguides at the various sites were the best! All of them had a sense of humar and very knowledgable and made the tours enjoyable even in a very crowed and hot enviornment at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome! It is a magical place with so much history! Although I probably would not go back there due to crowds and weather it will always have a place in my heart! I also loved Venice a place I did not think I wanted to go! I will go back there!"

Dwight

Atascadero, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding introduction to Europe. Opportunity to see and experience many things I had heard about all my life. This tour made the major tourist destinations available to me in a well planed and non threading way. As the only single traveler in our group of 27, I felt very included and enjoyed camaraderie with other travelers. I can not imagine a better [INVALID]d group travel experience. Thanks to all the Rick Steve"s staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" experience was the entire tour. I was continually exposed to ancient world wonders, art masterpieces, interesting country and cityscapes and good newfound friends. Thanks Rick Steve's staff."

Greg

South St Paul, MN

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife Shawn and I had a wonderful trip on the 14 day European tour. The itinerary and the accommodations were something that we couldn't have experienced without the vast experience of the Rick Steve's Tour. The accommodations are in the heart of all of the cities that we visited and better yet they are quaint and very well run. Our tour guide Dave Stringer was absolutely the best. Dave is very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and he made our tour the best we could have hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest wow moment was when we arrived in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. The city is one of the most beautiful places that my wife and I have ever been. The time that we spent there was like we were living in a postcard. We enjoyed strolling through the valley and taking in the scenery as well as the 80 waterfalls that cascade down into the valley. It's a wonderful place to visit."

Jonel

Apple Valley, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dave (guide) and Will (driver) excellent. Local guides excellent. Our group was fabulous. Great trip from beginning to end. Wonderful way to experience Europe for first time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Switzerland. 72 waterfalls...WHAT??? : )"

Victoria

Manchaca, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful sites. A good balance of group gatherings and independent time was built into the schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing ancient Rome! Followed by the wonderful vineyard visits in the beautiful countryside of France and Italy, especially Tuscany."

Majel

Denton, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the overall pace of the tour...just the right amount of 'down' time. There was a lovely mix of big city/small town sights. We had a couple mishaps (pickpocketed passport; upset stomach issue). Dave knew exactly how to help us with both! The coach was great and Will (the driver) was very cordial...also very skilled is traffic with crazy motor scooters!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice complete with a singing Gondolier! We were celebrating our 50th anniversary and this was a beautiful moment in the trip!"

Jason

Ontario, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe in 14 days was a truly exceptional experience for Janet and I. Our guide, Jesse, provided historical, religious, architectural, and literary perspectives as we moved through France to Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. As thought provoking, entertaining, and contemplative as Jesse's leadership for us was- it concealed all of the logistical work that he and our driver Sylvan performed in tailoring our experience to maximize every opportunity along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably digesting the experience and trying to explain what we did to people after we returned home. I am commonly asked what particular aspect of the trip had the biggest impact, and I really haven't found a good way to answer that because of how much I enjoyed the entire 2 weeks. There were different experiences, but none of greater value than others- I really treasure the trip in its entirety."

Sharon

Newport, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved being with a group and not having to deal with all of the logistics...food, lodging, transportation, tickets and waiting in line, as well as having our own personal tour guide who taught us about the history and culture of every place we visited! This is why this is my third Rick Steve's Tour. I have never been disappointed and always return feeling blessed for a magical experience. We met new friends and our tour guide Jesse was truly amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose only one wow moment, but I guess our day in the Swiss Alps, riding the Gondola to the Schilthorn and breathing in the incredible views, hiking our way part way down felt absolutely magical! I live in the mountains in Northeast Washington with pretty incredible views and was still totally wowed with the beauty and way of life lived there."

Barbara

Phoenixville, PA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have never done a tour and were a bit hesitant. This trip was a gift to ourselves and the RS guides were the the great wrapping paper and the beautiful bow.The two weeks we shared together were wonderful and we could have not done as much on our own.We thought the cost was more than fair for what was included and would do a tour with RS in the future if we can.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of our tour men had a birthday the day we took our night tour of Paris. We stopped at the Eiffel Tower, popped the champagne corks and sang to him just when the twinkle lights started on the tower. Magical. I found the cork and saved it."

Annette

Choctaw, OK

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of people, an awesome guide (Jesse) and the best of bus drivers (Silvan)! We had to keep reminding ourselves that this was "The Best of Europe"...hitting the highlights...as we wanted to stay in each place a couple days more! We were disappointed that we could not tour the Louvre, the workers were on strike. Jesse, however, was quick on his feet and came up with an alternate for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were strolling around our first night in Rome, we turned a corner and there was the Pantheon! It was so unexpected and so amazing to see!"

Hila

Blairsville, GA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour is a great way for a person who has never visited Europe to get an overview of the most popular cities and attractions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the Lauterbrunnen Valley and experiencing the Schilthorn."

Richard

Blairsville, GA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice mix of planned activities and free time. Actually enjoyed the time on the bus allowed me to enjoy the scenery and not having to drive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola rides and hiking Schilthorn skyline"

Karl

Newport, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Jesse, was superb. The bus was fine, given the necessary evil it was, and the driver, Sylvian, was also excellent. The group thing worked out pretty well, esp given my non-people person self, so that was nice. Other than the Louvre being closed everything went as planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Jesse to fill in the historic details really brought everything to life, which led to the depth of feeling I experienced in Vatican City. Seeing the works of art created to memorialize who I now see as actual people (no matter your religious bent, you cannot deny the presence of Jesus on this planet) was very powerfully etched in my brain. The Pieta touched something inside me that I've honestly never felt. So thank you."

Shannon

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had such a wonderful time!! We'd been to Europe before but never with a tour, and we were nervous about if we'd like the dynamics of a tour. We LOVED it! Loved meeting everybody...not one grump in the group. Loved the mix of free-time and organized time with guides. Loved the hotels ~ some more than others, but all were great! Looking forward to our Heart of Ireland tour in September!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, for sure! I love the mountains and these did not disappoint! The Lauterbrunnen Valley is heavenly! I loved the hotel, the village was so quaint and relaxing. I feel like we had the best room in the hotel, with a perfect view of a fantastic waterfall. Made me want to sign up for the Switzerland tour on the spot! Can't wait to get back there! I got a great video of the cows walking down the main street ~ oh, the sound of the cow bells ~ I'll never get over it!"

Paul

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

"Best of Europe in 14 Days" certainly lived up to its name. I really felt like we hit the highlights of each city and got a great idea of what Europe is all about. It was great intermingling city with the country stops. Colleen was fantastic (see below). Hilde was an outstanding bus driver and the bus was so comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt - Lauterbrunnen Valley!"

William

Ames, IA

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleased. Nice combination of group activities and individual time. Good combination of group meals and meals on your own. Hotel locations are always quite good. And they have character; not cookie-cutter. I like that the tour guide and the local guides try to teach you something about the area, not just show you the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure I have one. I had never been to any of these cities/areas so they were all fun to see for the first time. Can't say I have a favorite city/area because they were all good in their own way. I like the balance between big city and small town."

Peter

Aiea, HI

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic trip, and every place we visited, craftily chosen destinations, rich in natural wonders, history, culture and architecture and all destinations were clean, friendly, accessible. Our group was delightful, hardy, fun-loving, cheerful. I re-experience parts of the tour even now. I rift through my stack of receipts, strange mementos of cultural transactions I know, but an umbrella here, cherries there, wine, olive oil, good memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Peaceful, dry, quiet Venice at night. Our gondola ride was much more than another ride in a small boat, but night, afloat, downtown between buildings. We plied the Grand Canal, then a bit of the lagoon itself - in the distance, a city of lights. Later, in the Piazza San Marco, we heard a violin and clarinet playing Straus' Blue Danube waltz. The live music set this time apart, but our tour was of multiple wow moments."

Doris

Aiea, HI

Tour: 05/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour experience, really enjoy the RS approach. Since we choose this very diverse taste-of-Europe trip there was a lot to fit into 2 weeks, so it is inevitable that there are trade offs of breadth over depth. Less cultural immersion,more diversity but that's what we signed up for. This meant it was at times exhausting. Having Rome at the end of the trip made it more so, but I can't think of how it could have been done better, other than very small things I will mention below.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard question, so many different sorts of wow. I laughed the most in Lautterbrunen: the views, waterfalls and walks; I cried on the visit to Dachau; and at St Peter's Basilica, watching Michelangelo's Pieta. We were on a RS Heart of Italy tour in 2012, and I had visited Paris before, so on this trip I loved the combination of returning to some favorite places we had been, and also seeing new places (like Munich and Venice). I loved learning from our remarkable guides about all these places."

Angela

Salem, SC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been on two other RS tours and used RS books for travel as well. This tour did a good job of alternating busy days with relaxing days. Also balancing group activity with time alone to explore. Our guide was helpful to direct us when we needed it. The local guides really added to an enjoyable experience in each town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting outdoors having dinner on the patio in Lauterbrunnen looking at the mountains. Being in the Alps,taking the gondolas and viewing the Alps. Just breathtakingly beautiful."

Nicole

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family knew that we would not do good traveling around Europe ourselves. I researched many tour companies and stumbled across Rick Steves a couple years ago. The tour was WONDERFUL and Rick Steves did not disappointment! It was definitely a "taste of Europe"; someone could easily spend a week in each place that we visited, but it was a great experience and now we know where would love to visit and see more of. Plus having a guide was amazing walking around cities and getting into sites!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyone is asking and I can't pick one!! Dinner and walking around the mid-evil walls of Beaune. I was really surprised how cool Beaune was. Hiking day in Lauterbrunnen!!! We had an AMAZING clear day. Our guide took my husband, brother, and I walking the shops in Munich at night! Walking around Venice at night to St. Mark's square and listening to the musicians play was so romantic. The Colosseum and Roman forum. We liked it so much we went back and walked around the Palatine Palace area!"

Matthew

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unforgettable and unique. Our tour guide, Dave, was outstanding, and we were very lucky to have such a great tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum. Also Lauterbrunnen and the Forum."

Joseph

Mechanicsville, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very nice people and very interesting and beautiful destinations. Dave was an amazing tour guide and I would love to do a Rick Steves tour again. The food was good and all of the hotels were very nicely prepared and clean.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when we were winding through the roads in the Swiss alps and there were beautiful lakes and y'all snow capped mountains encasing is on all sides and the shock of how beautiful Lauterbrunnen was when exiting the bus."

Miriam

Forest Hills, NY

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I am so glad I did it! I loved every minute of it. Dave, our guide, was absolutely terrific. He was kind, helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, patient, sweet, fun, everything you want in a guide. And my tour mates were lovely. I took this tour by myself so I was worried that I might feel left out but that was definitely not the case. From the gorgeous sites to the food to even the bus (shoutout to our driver, Will!) this was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments but there are three that stand out: 1. seeing the magnificent statue of David in Florence -- when I saw him, I actually said "wow" out loud; 2. the "impromptu" dinner dance party with my tour mates at the gorgeous farmhouse in Tuscany -- so much fun; and 3. walking through the Swiss Alps and just happening to stumble upon Rick Steves himself (!!) doing his research (I mean, how lucky was that?)"

Hui-Chen

Taipei, TPQ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's an amazing tour out of the head and into the heart. Thanks to Dave, Will, our lovely tour group members and all the wonderful RS arrangement, let me not afraid to travel semi-independentely in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" moments!! In Toscany dinner, we sung " imagine " together with hand in hand. In Rome night stroll, we made a wish at Trevi fountain with tears. In Swizterland snow mountain trails and gondola, we really made the "wow" sound."

Yu-Ning

Taipei, TPQ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It's truly the best of Europe! I love how in depth the tour is and not too stressful at the same time. The itinerary is well organized, the pacing of the trip is just on point. For me, the most fun of all is having great food and learning from people I met on the tour. Thanks to our tour guide Dave being patient and caring all the time, no one was left out, the whole experience feels like a family tour but better! The positive vibes all tour members have is everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland is the place I kept mumbling "Amazing " and "WOW" most of the time. The weather was so great and the hotel we stayed served the best food. I had the most extraordinary hikes in my life and enjoyed strolling through lanes with waterfalls and Switz cows. Coming in second might be the gondola in Venice or the fun karaoke night in Tuscany. Uhh simply too much to choose from?!"

Alexis

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First and foremost were the people in my group. We really bonded and had the most wonderful time. Many of them will be my friends for life. Our guide Dave was so calm and knowledgeable. He created a fun and safe experience for the group so we could really enjoy all the beautiful aspects of the tour. The pace of the tour was good and very thoughtfully laid out. It seemed to flow from high energy cities, to more relaxed environments at the perfect time. The coach and driver were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't place my favorite "wow" experience because there was one or more each day. I guess my first "wow" was that there was availability at the last minute when I looked at the website. You could say that "I was in shock". When I called to sign up, completed my registration and hung up the phone that was my major "wow" that I was actually going on the tour I had dreamed about for many years."

Michael

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For my wife and I (68 and 71) this was our first trip to Europe. The Rick Steves format was PERFECT! for us. The fact that we generally spent two nights in each locale was a relaxing approach. Our guide, Dave, could not have been more adept and accommodating in navigating us on our two week trek from Paris to Rome. The hotels were particularly well chosen and located, and our fellow tourons were a dynamite group. The physical activity level was also as described in the brochure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For both my wife and I the Lautenbrannen Valley in Switzerland, which we were fortunate to visit in beyond perfect weather, was the highlight for us. We trekked and gondola'd through a postcard for those days. We also found Paris very delightful. We went there three days early and then spent an extra three days in Rome at the end."

Ross

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really loved the way the tour was structured and split between guided tour time vs. free time. The hotels and locations were all very nice. The bus rides were easy, uncrowded, and comfortable. We had something we loved about every location, and felt it was a great 1st time Europe tour choice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to choose a single wow moment, but I would have to say Switzerland. Lauterbrunnen was a great small village, and the location was absolutely beautiful."

Katheryn

Princess Anne, MD

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This 14 day tour exceeded my expectations - the hotels, group dinners, the group itself, the guide - Matt, and the local guides were above and beyond what I had hoped for. A lot of ground was covered (in a luxurious bus) but the pace was good - not too much or too slow. There is a lot of walking, but you were warned sufficiently before signing up. In my opinion, an excellent tour to see the highlights of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it is hard to choose, but, I would say it was seeing the Eiffel tower when it was lit up - simply breathtaking. Or seeing the Colosseum - awesome!"

John

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Matt was knowledgeable, organized and very helpful in anyway he could.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On top of mountain in Switzerland. I also really enjoyed the cemetery outside of Florence"

Thomas

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the ability to see several cities and countries over the course of 2 weeks. Our guide Matt was excellent. The local guides were very knowledgeable. Although sometimes were were so saturated with information as we were guided along.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen valley was my highlight. Beautiful views, excellent weather, and an up close small town experience. We spotted Ibex, Chamois and fox. Seeing the pope in St. Peter's Basilica The tour of the Coliseum in Rome."

Gary

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip! Can't believe all the things we were able to see and do. Every sight we visited was unique, yet memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley! The Schiltorn, the walk from Murren to Gimmelwald, and finally the walk along the valley from gondola station to Lauterbrunnen. Absolutely gorgeous. Venice and Rome. Finally, the stop at the American Cemetery south of Florence. As we were leaving, they played taps. Very moving! Really, every stop was great and offered so many interesting things to see. Our hotel in Tuscany was really wonderful!matt"

Judy

Kearney, MO

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Matt, loved the group. Every thing was above my expectation. Nothing bad to say. Trip of a life time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw the pope. And beautiful Switzerland. Michael Angelo my new favorite."

Arturo

Fresno, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was well organized starting with our tour guide Matt Ygliasillas who set-up all the day events.Great hotels in the center of the historical sites. The food was super in every city and country that we visited from France to Italy during our fourteen days.We had a great group of people to be with during our "Best of Europe" vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the NAZI concentration prison was very emotional for me.Walking into the area with gas cambers and ovens for exterminating "Humans".Mans inhumanity towards others based on a persons ethnic background,religious beliefs,political beliefs or sexual orientation.Can this happen again?Yes Dachau methods are still part of how we deal with people not like us."

Marilyn

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip of a lifetime! Having traveled before with Rick Steves, our expectations were high. This trip did not disappoint! It exceeded our expectations. Our guide Matt and driver Eric handled every detail with ease...leaving our "traveling family" of 27 to sit back and enjoy amazing experiences, fantastic food, and beautiful scenery! It is truly amazing just how much we were able to accomplish in two short weeks...this would never have been possible traveling alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our walk from Mürren to Gimmelwald surrounded by breathtaking scenery every step of the way is at the top of my list! Views from the Schilthorn and our walk back on the valley floor complete with cowbells, wildflowers and the most amazing babbling stream...I believe I have seen the most beautiful place on Earth!"

Thomas

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good guide and tours

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pope live!"

Susan

Delray Beach, FL

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour and the two guides, Jody and Stefanie. This was my first guided tour and I can't say enough wonderful things about the tour. I love the guide book and the casual feel about the entire trip. There was so much packed into the trip, we saw everything! It was such a fun, well planned tour, I just loved every minute of it. Jody and Stefanie played a very large part in making the trip amazing, they answered every question we had and were quick with a smile at every moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can not point to any one single wow moment, how about just a WOW for the entire trip!"

Tina

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this trip! I will definitely do another Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved learning about the history nd about art."

Edward

Melrose, MA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was awesome. We were tired when we got home, but full of the experience and thinking about another European trip. The hotels and meals included were terrific, providing local, neighborhood flavor. Jody and Stephanie our guides did a terrific job providing a European perspective on, well, everything, from politics to food. The experience of each place provided us with an introduction we can build on for future travel - a really great two weeks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can we pick just one? So many new and wonderful experiences. But we would say that: - Seeing Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen was amazing, beautiful. - Seeing Dachau was sobering, horrifying. - Seeing Michaelanglo's David is Florence was stunning. - Seeing Michaelanglo's Pieta in St. Peters in Rome moved us to tears."

Satomi

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really had a wonderful time thanks to Jody, Stefanie, all the tour members and all the people who had worked behind the scenes. This tour was way beyond my expectations. Initially, we were interested in taking the Best of Italy tour, but I'm glad that we decided to take this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sainte-Chapelle, Mona Lisa and the Sparkling Eiffel Tower, the view of Lauterbrunnen Valley, St. Mark's Basilica, the live beautiful songs sung during our Gondola ride, the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica etc."

Kelly

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip of a lifetime! I can't say enough about the entire tour, the tour leader, Jody and co-leader, Stefanie. They are both fun, knowledgeable, and organized. I learned so much about the cities we traveled too. The surprises and "goodies" (gelato, candy, cookies) were all nice touches. The hotels were very nice and comfortable and the breakfasts were delicious. I loved all of the walking tours and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many! One was driving into Lauterbrunnen Valley and seeing the alps. The churches were amazing. The food and wine was "wowsa"!"

Josephine

Davis, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was greatly impressed with the high level of organization from wonderful guides Jody and Stefanie who were highly organized, responsive, friendly and very energetic! Our group was the best one can hope for with great duos-mothers and daughters, newlyweds, retirees and middle aged folks. They were game for long days, rich discussion and tireless energy.The local tour guides were excellent-knowledgeable and open to questions, with a little bit of European attitude!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the incredible art after studying art history in grad school. However, the change up in lodging, cultural activities, food etc added to the overall ambiance of the tour. Overall, Every aspect of the tour was outstanding! I will share our experience with friends and family alike."

Michael

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Europe. I had never been on a plane for more than 4 hours. I found out that I can do a long plane flight. I discovered that Europeans know English quite well. I discovered that using Euros was simple; that paying for toilets is easy; that European transportation systems are similar to the U.S., and easy to use. I watched school children behave in much the same way they do in our country. I found the beer in Munich was so good it went down like kool aid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the Swiss Alps was spectacular-almost as if it was not natural. Another wow moment for me was when we spent a few hours in Ferrara, Italy. A city not filled with tourists. It was enjoyable to sit and watch the Italians go about their daily business."

Barbara

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Europe before. Watching Rick's shows about the places we were going, listening to the online podcasts and walking tours, and reading the guidebooks all helped me to fully prepare. On the trip, I was so impressed by the leadership of our trip leaders Jody and Stephanie. They were so responsive and taught us how to get the most out of our visits to each country. Now I want to read more about where I have been and plan for the next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view out of the gondola on the ride up to Mürren, Switzerland from Lauterbrunnen was definitely a wow moment. Also, seeing the Sistine Chapel in Rome was another one."

Juan

Mt Juliet, TN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've been watching Rick Steve's Tours on Public Television and on the DVD. Joining this tour allows us to finally see and experience the real one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps hike and the lift to Schilthorn is a natural beauty of nature would be an unforgettable experience. Experiencing the sights and sounds of a Gondola ride in Venice through the Grand Canal gives a very different perspective of Venice. Seeing all the Art Works of the great masters as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more."

Corazon

Mt Juliet, TN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The whole tour experience was wonderful. We learned a lot from our guides. From culture to politics and everything else in between. The food experience was reason enough to come back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There's so many it's really hard to choose. Being in places with so much history dating back to thousands of years like Rome and the Vatican were both awe inspiring and humbling experience. Hiking in the Swiss Alps was a childhood dream come true."

Kevin

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time thanks to Jody, Stefanie, and all the tour members. We had an amazing tour group. Overall the tour was beyond expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sainte-Chapelle, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sparkling Eiffel Tower, and the the view of Lauterbrunnen Valley was just amazing. ."

David

Jensen Beach, FL

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip led by a caring and helpful leader. A fun and happy group. We learned so much and feel more confident for the next one. The city tours guides we excellent, especially the guide in Rome. The hotels were walking distance to sites, restaurants, and rapid transit. The Rick Steves website, videos, and written guides we very helpful in ensuring we enjoyed our trop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Venice was that special moment. We walked to dinner and the sun setting across the water. Its was amazingly beautiful. We had a great dinner and shared a bottle of wine with friends. It was everything I had hope for and more."

Jill

Lewiston, ID

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience exceeded my expectations, and I had high expectations! The experience was so well organized yet had the feeling of ease and flexibility. We could take part in everything that presented itself, or opt for something else. The planned activities were outstanding, and we took advantage of several "in the moment" options for extra excursions and experiences. I feel like "the best of Europe" gave me a great education and inspired me to keep on travelin!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley was truly magical. We went from the top of the world to a beautiful mountainside village lunch to the lush and gorgeous valley. There were "WOW" moments on every leg of the journey."

Tim

Lewiston, ID

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Certainly exceeded expectations. Our guide Keith was so helpful and knowledgeable but having local guides along the way with deep knowledge of the local cities was invaluable and an unexpected treat. Very well planned to the smallest detail which saved us much time as we were ushered into all the "must sees" from France to Italy. The group dynamic was fantastic due to Keith's guidance. Meals and accommodations were all great as well. Will let RS take the stress out of travel for us again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View in Lauterbrunnen Valley was unreal as well as the view from the top at schilthorn and lunch in Mürren! The entire tour was fantastic but walking through the tunnel and onto the stage of the Colosseum in Rome was chilling for sure!"

Robert

Greeley, CO

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Keith was great taking care of us he wento above and beyond what needed to do now I'm done yep

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Mark's Cathedral and the statue of David"

Wayne

Lawrenceville, GA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish the tour was amazing. Our tour Guide Keith made sure we stayed on task. He made sure we did not get on the wrong trains. He really looked after us. He is a great communicator. The group got along very well. Keith provided us a wealth of information about the history of each country. Our bus driver Ronnie got us to all our locations safe and sound. Our Rome and Munich tour guides were exceptional. I am very grateful for our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum in Rome was amazing!"

Lyla

Lawrenceville, GA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice."

Charles

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was experienced and fun. The additional city guides were informed and entertaining. Liked the way all hotel and transportation was handled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David"

Cathy

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A European trip was a lifetime dream. When the right time appeared I felt certain my experience would be maximized in the hands of Rick Steves tour company. I couldn't have been more right. Our guide, Keith, was a wonderful extension or Rick Steves offering the joy and enrichment of the journey to EACH of us on the trip. The hotel locations were ideal in each of the awe inspiring locations. The tour members added to my experience as we quickly grew into a "travel family". Outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh so many wows! Tours of the cities at night added a beautiful dimension to the experience particularly St. Marks Square in Venice and the famous sites Paris. Switzerland became a "best day" experience from top to bottom. Beauty, food, hiking, comradery and laughter with the group at the top of the mountains, especially that cliff challenge walk! Ancient ruins in Rome were facinating as anticipated. The biggest wow may be that i now know that travel is very achievable and vital to my soul."

Sandra

Crown Point, IN

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was actually more than I imagined. I felt like it was a very well oiled machine I was in very capable hands the entire time and everything was just really enjoyable. Keith is an outstanding individual and I don't know if I could ever take a trip without him. He made it enjoyable and formative incredible history that just made everything come alive for me. The accommodations were great the food never stopped and even though the weather wasn't perfect it all worked and it was a great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely walking out on the stage at the Colosseum. Amazing"

Judy

Laramie, WY

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were extremely pleased with the tour. Everything was taken care of us for us in advance. Martin was a wonderful guide. So much energy and knowledge. We would be pleased to have him as our guide on another trip. We will be sure to tell our friends about our wonderful experience. Great job! Thanks Dennis and Judy Da Dante

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We come from a very small community in Laramie, Wyoming. So the in the large cities to see all the population and the traffic etc. was something for us. So glad we had a guide. Switzerland was unbelievable as well as Venice. We loved the whole experience. I guess we thought Italy was incredibly beautiful. All the mountains and greenery. After the tour we met with family we had only spoken to on facebook. We traveled to the village of Ischitella and to our surprise no one spoke English"

Kathy

Saint Joseph, IL

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such a busy and educational tour. I was always excited to see what we would be doing the next day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the beauty of Lauterbrunnen and the uniqueness of Venice. Everyday introduced me to something new and something I never dreamed of see."

Ryan

Cutler Bay, FL

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a very good time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was great to learn how to navigate around different cities. I feel comfortable enough now to travel in larger cities on my own."

George

Flagler Beach, FL

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We experienced the Eiffel Tower, Military Museum, Napoleon's Tomb, and the Rodin Museum, in Paris, before meeting our group. Our experience began in Paris and was a nice beginning except for the Louvre Museum. We were really looking forward to experiencing the museum and thought that we would have a local guide as we did with most other museums. Unfortunately, we did not. We were dropped off at the entrance and sent on our way. We found this the most disappointing point of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every thing after the Louvre Museum experience was wonderful. We enjoyed the wine country in Beaune, hiking in the Swiss Alps, Munich, our flotilla of gondolas in Venice and the outstanding history in Florence and Rome. My personal favorite was the Pantheon."

Janis

Nyack, NY

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great travel experience. It met all of my expectations!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I arrived in Paris at our hotel."

Brian

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience for me over all. This was my first time to Europe and I could not have asked for a better experience than I got with this tour. Our guides Jennifer and Philipos did an outstanding job of leading activities, getting tickets, organizing the troops, and making sure we were all thoroughly enjoying ourselves at all time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guides arranged to get into the Roman forum early in the morning and we were the first ones there. The weather was perfect that October morning and just being there with the group as the only ones in the whole area for a time was extra special."

Lillian

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was my first european trip ever and with RS. I chose it bc it highlighted the things I had dreamed of seeing. My family is european and now I've seen it! A great exposure to so many wonderful and varied sites, well informed and prepped by our guides and awesome driver. I only have great memories to recall as even the weather was amazing. As I also was travelling alone for the first time, it was wonderful to have hooked up with other friendly travellers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first WOW was driving up to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. But every city gave me moments..Favourite has to be Saint Chapelle..from the first glimpse inside, I felt the heavens explode! A gondola drop off the Swiss Alps and a gondola ride in Venice singing Volare..Tuscany, so much beauty all around! And Rome...how incredible the Forum and ancient ruins of the Colosseum."

Nancy

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had never traveled to Europe prior to this trip, and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. Each of the areas we visited during our "Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour" was interesting and fun in its own way. We appreciated learning about the amazing history of the various European cities, and we also appreciated the free time we had to explore on our own. It didn't take long before we felt comfortable with the transit system.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the beauty of the Swiss Alps. The Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland was spectacular. We also found the tour of the Forum in Rome incredible and fascinating."

Paula

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was everything we expected and more. Great group of people. Jennifer and Philipos were wonderful tour leaders. We felt like we got the "inside scoop" on the best things to see and how to see them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the Roman Forum just as it opened on a glorious October morning. We were the first and almost only group in. It felt like we had the place to ourselves and then our local guide Francesca gave us an amazing tour of the forum. We felt like VIPs"

Lawrence

Morrison, CO

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip! I was exhausted at the end of every day but always ready for more the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being from Colorado, I love the mountains. Drinking hot chocolate on top of the Shilthorn blew me away! I had been to Rome before but had never experienced it like I did with Francesca."

Sandra

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jennifer did a wonderful job keeping us all engaged and informed. The guide (Patrick) in Munich was very good. Francessa in Rome was the very best guide I have ever had.Made me want to go back to school to see if I could be as interesting as she is.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both days with Francessa in Rome"

David

Orlando, FL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am a frequent traveler and was hesitant to book a group tour because I didn't want to "drag a group around" everywhere we went. I was pleasantly surprised at how little this trip felt that way. The tour guides were great, and I mean great, at keeping everyone on track and timeline. Can't speak highly enough of Jennifer and Filippos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland. I have an fascination with beautiful mountains and that valley was great."

Larry

Kingsport, TN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was excellent. I was uncertain if I would enjoy the tour dynamics and the group travel experience. I am happy to say I found the tour was very enjoyable and the group environment enhanced on many levels my enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments. Switzerland for sure but for me it was our morning in the Forum. The guide was outstanding."

Dennis

Pacific Grove, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my second tour and was just a good as my the first. I got to spend time with my step daughter and met some lovely folks. I would go again in a minute. 14 days was just about right....21 might have been a bit too much. Our schedule was full. Our tour guide was great. She was informative, helpful and available. Her assistant complimented her in a lot of ways but especially in the small things that made her job and our experience much more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment was the walk on the 'walk of Fear? in Switzerland and Switzerland experience overall. Loved the little town, the food, the hotel and the amazing scenery. I was so nice to be away from the crowds!"

Paul

Livonia, MI

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time taking Rick Steves tour. Tour write up accurately described what we were going to do on the trip and the expectations of us. Loved the structured approach of the tour. A very busy agenda but that was expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each stop offer at lease one: Paris - Eiffel Tower, Munich - Oktoberfest, Rome Colosseum, Switzerland - Alps, Florence - David, Venice - Whole city. Plus all the museums each city had to offer."

Michael

Fond Du Lac, WI

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, really good. Tiring, but we certainly expected that for this type of active "best of" multiple countries trip. Great sights, great art. Well-structured, great variety. Food and wine good, but short of excellent. (See below.) A really nice group, no "bad eggs" whatsoever. I'd be happy to host any of them in my house. Would be happy to host Tina in my house if she ever travels to Wisconsin! Definitely met my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps. Roman pantheon. David. Eiffel Tower views. Octoberfest."

Krista

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it certainly did not disappoint. It brought together the biggest highlights of Europe - just an amazing experience! I can't say enough good things. Everything from the historical sites to Tina our amazing guide, the local guides, food, etc was just incredible! Would highly recommend! We love these tours so much that we already have our 2019 tour booked and preliminary plans for 2020.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps without a doubt - the scenery is just breathtaking and so peaceful. We easily could have spent weeks there and never tired of it. Secondly, our local Rome guide - Francesca, was just amazing! She brought the history, art, and architecture to life in a way I didn't think possible. It truly made us feel part of history and appreciate things even more! I would highly recommend/encourage the continuation of the Capitoline museum as part of the tour with Francesca."

Daniel

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was as good as I envisioned. Hitting every major tourist spot in 14 days is no joke - constant "wow, I can't believe I am here" moments. Tour guides were wonderful, food was wonderful, the variety of cultures and busy / calm days was wonderful, bus and driver were wonderful. No complaints at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the biggest wow moment for me was viewing the Roman forum for the first time, as we walked up the stairs and peered out the museum. That, mixed with what Francesca explained so elegantly to us, kind of blew me away. Imagining the Romans building massive buildings all around, full of bronze and marble statues, with the Colosseum in the background... it was one of the most profound sights and feelings I've ever experienced. I'll never forget it."

Alan

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This response will serve for myself and wife, Mary Jo, who was sent a separate evaluation. Everything about this tour was first rate. Your city guides were great, the accommodations were charming and a reflection of the culture of each city. The coach was awesome...and our driver, Eric, is a fabulous person and skilled driver. Most of all, Tina is an outstanding tour guide and she is a tremendous asset to your company. Without Tina, the trip would have been much more ordinary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I loved Switzerland. What a beautiful country. Our wow moment was the Vatican...although there were so many other wow moments...especially for myself as this was the first trip I have taken to Europe."

Sally

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved the locations[INVALID]-transportation was very comfortable; stops nice; Tour guide knowledgable,entertaining,just fun to be with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First time to Switzerland---amazing scenery,air, ambience---so enjoyed experiencing Launterbrunnen, the gondolas, the hike---all of it! Venice was also another wow! Amazed at the number of bridges and stairs---fortunately Tina warned us!"

Shelley

Crystal, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a life time for me. It was our 30th anniversary and Tina made it spectacular! We have never traveled to Europe and we were a little nervous about booking things ourselves. We had an amazing trip!!! I would definitely recommend anyone to book a Rick Steve's trip and if you get Tina for your guide you are going to love it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to say because every place we went was kind of a WOW moment for us the entire trip! I keep thinking back on our trip and it all seems like a dream it was that spectacular."

Katherine

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every aspect of the tour and felt very well taken care of. There was a good balance of information and fun, group time and alone time, and sit down meals versus buffet-style service. Our guide went out of his way to make sure the group got acquainted with one another, and that was helpful for me as I was traveling alone. On the bus ride, we had lots of restroom breaks, so I never felt any anxiety over that. Very well planned and executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many times that I said "Oh, wow." Oh those, I think looking out the window of the chalet dining room at night and seeing the waterfall cascading off the mountain-side was the most impressive sight. They light up the falls so that you can see the movement in the water even though it's pretty far away. Really stunning. Also rounding the corner and seeing the clock tower in the Marienplatz square in Munich took me by surprise. It was so big and ornate-like a giant cookoo clock."

Ernest

Traverse City, MI

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a very nice experience for my first tour sponsored vacation trip. I knew it would be a fast and furious trip in order to see all the cities and/or locations. Our tour guide (Ben) and apprentice (Gabriella) were very informative, helpful, and entertaining. Being as tall as Ben I did miss a bed for my size. I do miss the American equipped hotel rooms. That being rooms with a frig (for our wine, cheese, etc) and an iron. Also a wash cloth in the bathrooms would we nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several sites were wow moments. Paris at night, castle in Beaune, alps, Octoberfest, Venice in general, historic buildings in Florence, Colosseum, lasagne sites and St. Peter's in Rome."

Lynn

Duvall, WA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. The pace was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment. It was great having everything planned out for us but we also loved having our own free time to explore. We have recommended this tour to many friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many wow moments. Switzerland was amazing. Our hike in the alps was in the morning fog and then a couple hours later it cleared and it was breath taking!"

Wendy

Hampton, NH

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour, and just like the other two, it did not disappoint. We had a great guide and a very nice group of tour companions. The tour was well organized, ran smoothly and offered a wonderful taste of 4 different countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the Swiss Alps was spectacular. Definitely a wow moment when the fog/low clouds broke, revealing the Jungfrau and other peaks. Other places offered special moments as well. The Eiffel Tower at night, the charming town of Beaume, France, the gondola ride in Venice - to name a few. And nothing is quite like Oktoberfest."

Kevin

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was AMAZING. From the great group of people we toured with and shared great memories with, to our wonderful tour guide Dave, to all of the awesome people we met along the way, it was an incredible experience from top to bottom. It seemed like every day just got better and better. Our local tour guides were incredible and added so much to the experience. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip and we're so glad we spent it with Rick Steves Tours and this wonderful group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, this is difficult. Every time I think about one moment that might be my favorite, I remember several more. Drinking wine with a Count in his Castle in Rully...the Alps...the private concert in Lauterbrunnen...the agriturismo near Florence...riding a gondola at night in Venice...the history in Rome...it was all just incredible. If I had to pick one moment, the concert in Lauterbrunnen stands out. Listening to traditional Swiss music in an old church, and they let us (try to) play the Alphorn!"

James

Ephrata, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a "taste of Europe" which left us eager to see more deeply into each region we visited. Every aspect of the experience was wonderful. The slower pace at the beginning prepared us for the more strenous touring ahead.The chosen sites were a great beginning to the other sites we wanted to explore. The accomodations were always something to discover and the group meals were nicely presented and full of flavor. We never heard a discouraging word amongst our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many!! Switzerland was an unexpected surprise. From the scenery to the accomodations to watching the paragliders...the walk through the countryside, the fresh air and the sunshine. The strobe lights on the Eiffel tower brought out ohs and awes from all of us. The gondola ride, watching the mask maker's demo, and discovering Rome's historical history brought to life.Touring the castle in Burgandy...very moving."

Diane

St Francis, WI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once in a lifetime adventure which was enhanced by our TERRIFIC guide Dave. My sister and I have been talking about this trip for 5 years and we were not let down. The people that were in my group were all fantastic and easy to spend 2 weeks with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Villa outside of Florence. It was beautiful and a definite asset to this tour. If I go back to Italy this is where you will find me walking around the grounds."

Heidi

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw a lot of interesting things that I might not have seen on my own. There was so much packed into such a short time that I needed "down time" when I got home, just to digest it all. We stayed a few days in Paris prior and a few days in Rome afterwards and it was really helpful in order to fully enjoy the main event. The group we traveled with was great and Dave was very good at involving everyone. We bonded quickly and I think that is important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "most" wow moment was unexpected. It was seeing Dachau concentration camp. It is very important to see and absorb it, but it's also incredibly moving and upsetting. My favorite moment was walking in the Alps. coming back from seeing the top of the mountain was so pleasant with the warm sun and the cow bells. It was very calming and I wish it could have been after Dachau, as the reflection time would have been nice, but Venice isn't that direction. :)"

Dawn

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing trip! I really had no idea what to expect from a Rick Steves Tour, having never been on a tour before I didn't know what to expect. this was beyond anything I could have imagined! So many great sites and fun outings! I especially enjoyed all the impromptu side events that Dave took us on - gondola rides in Venice, gelato, hiking in the Swiss Alps, laundry in Germany, and so on!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment had to be the Swiss Alps and the gondola ride to the top of Schilthorn Mountain. I have never seen a more spectacular place! Dave was a great guide! Taking us on a mountain hike and guiding us through all the transportation steps."

Jessica

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wasn't sure what to expect on taking the tour for the first time. The whole trip was outstanding. Our guide Dave was very thorough, patient and had the best advice for everything we did either with the group or on our own. We had experiences with the group that we would never have had an opportunity to see. There was a lot of free time to explore on your own. Every place we stayed was quiet, quaint and had a lot of character. I had the best time and recommend the tour highly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the private concert we had at the church in Switzerland. What a privilege to be able to hear the local songs and instruments."

Yvonne

Muskegon, MI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour to continental Europe and I was very impressed with the introduction and exposure to so many different experiences and countries. The tour was very well organized for optimum experience. It was quite physically challenging at times but that is to be expected in order to gain the maximum experience available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment was the tour to the Colosseum in Rome. I was in awe with what our predecessors did over 2000 years ago. My second "wow" moment was the food and chef in Tuscany. That woman can cook!!!"

Martin

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This has been the vacation of our lifetime! Thank you to Cary for making EVERYTHING PERFECT, even the weather. Her ability to maintain order under stressful moments keeping a calmness among the group.and never showing stress in yourself is rather impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Her timing of those "wow" moments have been incredible! Eiffel Tower lights Cows in Lauterbrunnen Full moon in Venice during the gondola ride Music in St. Mark Square Just to name a few."

Clifford

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. Activity level was just right. Our guides were phenomenal. I'd like to tour with them again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many to choose from. Seeing the David was one of those moments. Another was when we turned the corner into the grand canal on our Venice gondola ride and saw a full moon. I think Cary set the ride up for our group."

James

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cary and Marie did a spectacular job with the tour. The kept us motivated, informed and gave the tour group the flexibility to experience locations on our own. When I recount all the places we visited, it makes my head spin a little, but it was well worth the pace we took to visit the locations, art and enjoy the local cuisine. This tour gave us the opportunity to be guided through the cities we visited, and will give us the knowledge to come back and vacation in cities at a slower pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since it was my first visit, everything was a wow moment. The Lauterbrunnen valley was quite spectacular, the art and history of Munich, Paris and all of Italy was amazing. Dachau and the American cemetery in Italy was heart wrenching and humbling. The food and wine everywhere we stopped was incredible. The whole tour was a wow moment."

Davanah

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was excited and a little scared being that this was my first trip to Europe and as a solo female traveler. The latter feeling was squashed the first night meeting Cary and the rest of the travelers. Cary set the stage and atmosphere to be more like a family working towards a great vacation for everyone. Cary and Marie were professional and personable.Marie was a great support and foodie who knew where to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments its hard to pick one. I can say that the facts and storytelling behind every stop/destination makes it more memorable."

Mary Ann

Endwel, NY

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all my expections and was planned perfectly. Our tour guide Cary is gifted at her job and it was clear that she enjoys it immensely. She has taken her previous experience as a teacher to a new level. She reads people well and truly delights in making her clients happy by meeting individual needs. Cary fostered a tour "family" experience and we are blesssed to have been part of it. Fantastic experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to put one moment as a "wow" moment but it was the diversity of the trip... going from the cultural, city atmosphere of Paris, to the magestic, quaint, peaceful atmosphere of the tiny towns in the Swiss Alps, then on to the lively Octoberfest antics of Germany, and to the timeless beauty of Venice, Tuscany, and Rome. I had many "Wow" moments that will be unforgettable!"

Nanci

Vista, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of travelers. Traveling as a solo, I was a little worried I might find myself with too much alone time, but that wasn't the case at all. The tour was very fast paced and trying to learn the basics of 3 different languages made it a challenge. Jennifer did a great job encouraging us to expand our horizons. I feel like I could go back to any of these countries and navigate their public transportation system.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going back to the hotel late at night in Paris using the Metro. The machine wouldn't take my cards and there wasn't an attendant. The smallest money I had on me was a 10euro. Of course the machine wouldn't take that. So I had to ask passerbys for change. There weren't many people that late at night. Finally a young gentleman stopped and listened to my plight. I told him I'd give him the change if he would use his card to get me a ticket. He did & then pointed me in the right direction."

Robert

Elkader, IA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cindy and I were very satisfied with our tour. The mix of free time and structured tours was just the right balance. We appreciated the information our guide , Jennifer, gave us prior to arriving at each location. Also much appreciated was the practical tips for getting around either by bus or rail. The hotels were good as each had its own character.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall "wow" moment was our experience in the Swiss Alps. Top of the Shilthorn."

Cindy

Elkader, IA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I received so much more from this tour than was expected! The extra lessons about each country and its culture, food, and history were a huge plus to the actual places we visited. We took care to pack light [INVALID] and we were glad we did. Jennifer, our guide, was fantastic! The other people on our tour group were also adventurers and enjoyed learning everywhere we went. This trip made us travelers [INVALID] not just tourists. I believe a torch has been lit!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal "wow" moment was seeing the Eiffel Tower all lit up with thousands of flashing lights! Just breathtaking. However, really tough to pick just one moment!"

Linda

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very busy tour with some amazing sites. So much history and fun cultures of the different countries to learn about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For some reason, once inside the Notre Dame Cathedral it took my breath away!"

Anita

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with this trip! What a great gift to ourselves. The two "Ps"....Places we saw and People we met made this the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland - definitely Switzerland! Such a beautiful contrast to anything we've ever experienced! Although the wine-tasting in the medieval castle near Beaune has to be a particular highlight and a huge surprise!!"

Julie

Longmont, CO

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was perfect! There were a couple (1 or 2) pretty long bus days that is might have been nice to break up or subsititute with a train ride.

Gregory

North Tonawanda, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great time. Jennifer is the best

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Mona

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour and guide were well organized. The hotels were great and well located. The bus driver and the bus rides were enjoyable. I saw all the sights that were important to me with the exception of the Louvre...too crowded at the time of our visit. A time later in the day closer to closing time would have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the Capitolini museum of the Forum in the afternoon with the sky glowing after a thunder/rain storm. Also, seeing the Mona Lisa as my name is Mona Lisa. I have wanted to see her in person my whole life. It was actually pretty emotional."

Mathias

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very, very, very disappointed.... that we did not do such a tour earlier in our lives ! The tour deserves 5 E's - Exceptional, - Entertaining, - Enlightening , - Educational, - Effective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing the existence of such history, age and human endeavors."

Allyson

Metairie, LA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an amazing mixture of art, history, architecture and natural splendors made even better via a wonderful guide (Dave), a great bus driver (Paul) and fantastic local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were SO many "wow" moments ... including the Eiffel Tower's delightful sparkling display on the hour at night, the awe inspiring alpine views hiking near Murren, the power and intensity of the Trümmelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen, the exquisite wonder experienced while viewing Michelangelo's David in person, and the mixture of emotions standing within Rome's 2,000 year old Colosseum."

Tom

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and our first organized tour of any kind. We have always gone out on our own and been very confident in doing so. We were however a bit reluctant to tackle Europe on our own. We were very pleased with the way David oversaw our tour experience, with the great group of people on the tour and with the local guides that joined us throughout the trip. The whole tour was very well organized and provided a great value for the money we invested in it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two. First was our time in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. The valley floor, the waterfalls, the Eiger, the hiking, the hotel and food - all created a tremendous "wow" moment. The second was our tour with our incredible local guide, Francesca, at the Capitoline Museum in Rome. She is a gifted teacher who brought history and the art in the museum alive for us. And then when we walked up yet another flight of stairs to find the Roman forum displayed before us, "wow!""

John

Traverse City, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with great food and savvy local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the coliseum ruins from the window of a museum following a rain storm when the sun had just come out. It absolutely looked like CGI."

John

St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe. Our expectations were met and exceeded. We would describe the tour as perfect. We are so happy to have picked this tour and this particular date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say Lauterbrunnen was my "wow" moment along with Rome."

Lisa

West Covina, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We feel we had an amazing experience. The trip far exceeded our expectations and all the guides were friendly and informative. Initially were a little concerned about the 2 long travel days and having to spend long hours on the bus but we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed each travel day. The time on the bus went by fast we feel because the travel days were so well planned and executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day brought a new wow factor. This tour brought out so many great experiences its hard to single one out as the best. The whole trip was a "wow" for us."

Christine

Traverse City, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing experience. Dave was definitely up for the tour,explaining everything we needed to know and more. Every day was a surprise and we saw and experienced things I never imagined. Every local guide was fabulous, going way beyond just being a tour guide. I would recommend this tour, especially to people who have never traveled to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the ruins in Rome. We first saw them from an outside deck in a museum. It had just rained and the sky was perfect. It looked unreal, like a dream. Francesca made that much more of an amazing experience."

Jean

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! It far exceeded our expectations for our first trip to Europe. Our guide Dave was great, very knowledgeable and always willing to answer any questions we had. We enjoyed the local guides in Paris, Munich, Florence and Rome. Each provided a wealth of information and history. The attractions we visited were all interesting. It was a great group of people to share our experiences with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "wow" moments - the cathedrals in Paris, Munich, Florence and Rome, a stop for pizza in the quaint town of Egna, Italy, hiking in Switzerland and entertainment by local musicians, the view, accommodations, food and entertainment in Tuscany,and the gondola ride in Venice. It was l4 days of pleasant surprises and enjoyment!"

Janet

Newton, NJ

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide was great! The bus driver was great! Shout out to Paul! The people on the tour were great! The hotel and restaurant people were great! The surprises were great! The places we went were great! It was the kind of vacation that you wish wouldn't end. It also made you want to come back, and you know you can because you learned how to navigate, communicate and enjoy the lifestyle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While at the Capitoline Museum, a thunderstorm broke out. It stopped raining just before we went to the area overlooking the ruins of the Roman forum. When we got outside to view the ruins, they were bathed in this other-worldly light. The only word I can use to describe it is surreal."

Sheila

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous, once in a life time tour for me.I was nervous, being the only one in charge of my daughter and me in places where we don't speak the language. We met a "guardian angel" in Wisconsin who was raised in Paris. She helped us catch a bus and walked us the extra 3 blocks to the door of our hotel. From then on the rest of the tour was comfortable and very fun.We got to see all of the major things in all of the cities we went to, all taken care of, and didn't have to wait in lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first "WOW" moment was arriving in Switzerland. Everything was breathtaking, more than I could have imagined. However, after running hard for nearly two weeks and thinking that I had seen everything I needed to see, we arrived in Rome...even my 18 year old daughter was suddenly invigorated and excited to see more. Francesca, our local guide made us envision everything how it was in the past.Suddenly history was interesting! I cannot believe I walked where Caesar walked. We want to go back."

Susan

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall goal for joining this tour was to get a primer on traveling in Europe. I wanted all of the transportation, hotel reservations and itinerary to be taken care of so that my husband and I, novice international travelers, could enjoy the highlights of Europe. The tour met and exceeded my expectations! Our time was well planned and allowed us to visit many of the classic sights in the cities and countries we visited. Just wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when we were visiting the Capitoline museum in Rome. We stepped through an arch onto a covered balcony that overlooked the Forum. Our guide, Francesca, said before we entered the arch that we were about to step into a painting. The moment I saw the Forum from that viewpoint I was spellbound. I will never forget it!"

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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 the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your customer account.

Flights

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

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

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