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

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Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour

from $4,495 per person + air

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! On this tour through Europe, your Rick Steves guide will surround you with the must-see sights of Rome followed by a countryside stay in Tuscany, the art and architecture of Renaissance Florence, the romantic canals of Venice, festive Munich, a hike in the majestic Swiss Alps, a hearty taste of Burgundy, the art treasures of Paris — and chances to connect with Europeans like you never thought possible. Join us for the Best of Europe in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 21 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 14-day Europe tour:

  • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum
  • Forum
  • Pantheon (when available)
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Tuscan cooking demonstration
  • Florence walking tour
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David)
  • Venice walking tour
  • St. Mark's Basilica (when available)
  • Munich walking tour
  • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps
  • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune
  • Wine tasting in Burgundy
  • Paris walking tour
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Louvre Museum

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 group transportation from Rome to Paris
  • 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 with us
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Europe

We'll gather at our hotel in Rome at 3 p.m. for a group meeting. After an orientation walk through our neighborhood, we'll celebrate the start of our European adventure with dinner together, followed by a la dolce vita-style floodlit walk through the heart of Rome, lacing together lively campos, classy piazzas, and the splashy Trevi Fountain.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 2: A Walk Through Caesar's Rome

Early this morning we'll introduce you to the greatest church in Christendom: the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà and other artistic and architectural treasures. Then we're off to uncover ancient Rome as a local guide takes us through the monumental Colosseum, history-drenched Roman Forum, and magnificent Pantheon (when available). 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).

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 3: Vatican Museums and Timeless Tuscany

This morning we'll focus on Renaissance (Catholic) Rome at the sprawling Vatican Museums. With your smartphone in hand and the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app, Rick's voice will personally guide you through a limitless collection of treasures to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. After free time for lunch, we'll wind our way through the verdant Tuscan hills to our country village 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep near Florence.

Day 4: 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. Then we'll visit the Accademia Gallery, where we'll marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. We'll end our morning with a tour of the Uffizi Gallery, home to masterpieces by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more. We'll set you free to explore more of Florence before we return to our countryside hotel, with plenty of time to relax and freshen up before dinner together.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep near Florence.

Day 5: North to Venice

We'll take a scenic drive to Venice today, stopping for lunch along the way. At the edge of the lagoon, 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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Venice.

Day 6: 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 (when available). 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus (too much water). Sleep in Venice.

Day 7: Over the Alps to Bavaria

Today we say "ciao, Venezia" as we hop back aboard our bus and drive north into Germany, stopping en route for lunch in a characteristic Tirolean village. Our destination is the heart of Bavaria: Munich. After some time to settle in, we'll take an orientation walk through the city's pedestrian-friendly historic core, 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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 8 hours. Sleep in Munich.

Day 8: 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Munich.

Day 9: Scenic Drive to Switzerland

Today we'll start with a short drive to Dachau, where we'll have a guided tour of the infamous Concentration Camp Memorial and learn powerful lessons of the Holocaust and World War II. Then we'll continue on our scenic drive past pristine mountains and sparkling lakes as we climb high into the heart of the Swiss Alps to our destination — the magnificent Berner Oberland, 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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 7 hours. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Day 10: 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. 

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). No bus. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Day 11: 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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Beaune.

Day 12: Historic Paris

Today we'll leave the rolling hills of beautiful Burgundy and journey to our grand finale in captivating Paris. On arrival, we'll meet our local guide and take a stroll through the city's early history, beginning at its birthplace, the Ile de la Cité, and continuing on to the bohemian Latin Quarter and two of the world's most important Gothic churches: the resilient and legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Your evening is free for exploration and dinner on your own in this elegant capital.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Paris.

Day 13: Parisian Masterpieces

This morning we're off to the magnificent Louvre Museum. With a smarthpone in hand and the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app, Rick's voice will guide you through the works of Raphael, Delacroix, and Leonardo and timeless treasures that include Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. The rest of the afternoon is yours to visit museums such as the Orsay, Rodin, and Orangerie, or perhaps take a walk down the Champs-Elysées. Tonight we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. Salut!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Paris.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. If you're staying on in Paris, today would be a great day to hop on the train and tackle the sprawling palace and grounds at Versailles. If you're headed home, it's a breeze to reach Paris' airports by taxi, shuttle, or public transportation. Au revoir!

(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

Joyce

Tour: 10/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. So many beautiful and awe inspiring sites. Our guide Filippos led us through Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France with kindness and precision. I met amazing people and could not imagine a better experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several. The Colosseum in Rome, the uniqueness of Venice and the inspiring beauty of Switzerland."

Ann

Tour: 10/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of travelers and our guide, Filippos, was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica snd seeing Michelangelo’s Pieta."

Gene

Tour: 10/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the places we toured, the guides, the hotels, the meals and the general organization of the entire package. We enjoyed the diversity of the tour's participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The family farm in the Tuscan hills and the Swiss Alps."

Josephine

Tour: 10/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good. First time in Europe so everything was new to us. Philipos was great as a guide. So kind and funny and very informative. All the other members of the tour were really nice, friendly, and interesting. It was fun and really a once in a lifetime experience for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one. Seeing the Eiffel tower for the first time was one. But seeing the Sistine Chapel and Mona Lisa also. How can I say--so many "moments"."

Todd

Tour: 10/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was great! There was no way we'd have been able to see all that we did on our own. We loved that all of the details were taken care of for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night cruise on the Seine River in Paris was amazing!"

James

Tour: 10/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Better than we expected. Even though we had previously been to a few of these cities before, our guides made the visits more informative & fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at the agritourismo villa in Tuscany. We loved the stay there."

Marsha

Tour: 10/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned quite a lot from our guide and the guides that met with us on the city tours. Our personal guide was kind and kept us informed as to what to expect each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because we had been on several Rick Steves' tours, I loved going to Paris, France. This was my first time in Paris and I thought it was a beautiful area."

Jacqueline

Tour: 10/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it was an incredible journey! This was the Best of Europe Tour and I was thrilled with the adventures we experienced each day. Our tour guide, Filippos was remarkable. He kept our group well organized, always provided us with interesting historical information. He showed a true appreciation of the famous art, local people, local foods and musical arts that related to what we experienced. I feel beyond fortunate to have shared these great times!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were multiple "Wow" moments! I had no idea the Colosseum was so grand! Our Italian guide, Ilaria, was extraordinary! She was fun and I loved listening to her describe the history related to the Colosseum. The statue of David was a "Wow"! So very striking and enormous! The Swiss Alps were incredibly beautiful. Our morning walk to the tram ride up to Murren was magical! Murren was so beautiful! There were many more "Wow" moments, these were just a few that have really stuck with me."

Jeff

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very busy tour - there's a lot to see in Europe! Pace, especially at the start of the tour, is very aggressive to get to all the "must sees" in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Our tour guide was excellent, and the local guides added valuable color to each stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfortunately, the weather at the tops of the Alps did not cooperate and allow us to go to the top, but the views in and around Lauterbrunnen are jaw-dropping."

Jennifer

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a wonderful experience. I would love to do this trip again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the waterfall from our hotel in Switzerland"

Darrell

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to Europe. This tour provided us a way to see incredible things without having to do the research ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St Peter’s Basilica"

Theresa

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! This was our 2nd RSE tour and it was just as great as the 1st. Very professionally managed. We already have 2 more RSE tours booked for summer 23 and can’t wait! The tour guide (Lisa) and bus driver (Hilda) did an amazing job in ensuring we had the best of experiences during our trip across part of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So very difficult to pick one moment when all experiences seem to “Wow” you! Food in Italy (helping Chef during cooking demo in Tuscany) Picking not just 1 but 2 favorite cuckoo clocks in Germany! Watching beautiful waterfalls drop from cliffs in Switzerland! Wine tasting in Beaune, and pastries in Paris (Ooh-la-la!)"

Amber

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd RS tour and by far the best! I truly believe the difference in experiences was due to the guide:Lisa. While my past guide was good Lisa was EXCEPTIONAL. Not only were our planned activities great there were several "surprises". While the negativity of Covid loomed over the trip it did NOT ruin it. In fact it might have helped with the the willingness of the the group to go with the flow. That willingness to expect the unexpected MADE the trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Lauterbrunnen Valley was the most spectacular place I have ever been. The scenery was incredible, the accommodations cozy and the easy in getting around the area was awesome. This is a must return spot on my list!"

Janet

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing adventure from beginning to end. Everything was well planned, our tour guide was so knowledgeable and excellent at bringing our group together and helping all of us with issues that arose, such as losing a museum ticket! Our local guides gave us so much information about the history of the cities and museums. The hotels were all clean and comfortable. They all had good breakfasts, although we all struggled with the coffee machines! I would highly recommend this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the countryside and seeing the beautiful landscape and small villages was amazing in every country, but the Swiss alps were my “wow” moment."

Brad

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fourth Rick Steves tour and they keep exceeding my expectations. Our guide, Keith, was so much fun, knowledgeable and attentive we didn’t want it to end. The sites were amazing and the weather was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has been difficult picking out one wow moment but for this tour would have to be stepping onto the viewing platform at the top of the Shihthorn under a perfectly blue sky with almost no one there and running into our previous tour guide, Andrea, who was leading her new group there."

Eileen

Tour: 09/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was what I was looking for, anticipated and fulfilled what I wanted to do and experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So Many! maybe seeing the ancient city of Rome, it is amazing that Italy preserved and continues to discover and care for these monuments. Actually that goes for all the buildings throughout Europe, coming from a "young" country of the USA where we knock down "old" buildings, it was great to see how Europe cares about their history"

Teresa

Tour: 09/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour took us to amazing places; museums, gardens blooming with color, great places to eat, cooking demos with hands on experiences. There was so much more! Our guides Bea and the bus driver Jon, gave us history lessons for each of our destinations and were very well versed! They encouraged us to explore and enjoy each place we went. They were very patient and shared the questions asked with the group, so we all could learn. They even told us about how to use some of gadgets in our hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite and WOW moment was the Villa we stayed at just outside of Florence Italy. This property is beautiful and restful. The rooms were "old world style", and each room was different. There was window boxes full of flowers which gave the room a sweet smell. The view from this property was of a castle , and at sundown it glowed. Lastly, food was great, cooking demo was so fun, I got to participate in this. At dinner on our last night there, we had a private party with even a live singer. WOW"

Jan

Tour: 09/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our two weeks in Europe with our group felt like a whirlwind and at the same time like we spent two months there. The pace was fast and we saw a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite"wow" moment was sitting by the paved trail in Lauterbrunnen Valley, listening to the predominant sounds of rushing water and cowbells. It was magical."

Amy

Tour: 09/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything expected and more. Tour Guide and Driver were fantastic, good group of people, and everything we saw, experienced and learned about can't even be described in a few short words.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the first day of the tour, when we went inside the Colosseum, that was the moment "we really are here!"."

Barbara

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was great from beginning to end. We enjoyed the other tour members, tour guide and bus driver. I looked forward to the itinerary for the next day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being inside St. Peter's Basilica and seeing the grandeur of it. Arriving in the Lauterbrunnen Valley seeing the mountains and waterfalls from our hotel room. The Eiffel Tower"

Barbara

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent trip from day one to day of departure! Our guide was extremely fun, knowledgeable, informative and kept our group on track and timely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Mark's Square in Venice at sunset! Regan's timing was perfection!"

Pamela

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although this tour was very active and moved very quickly, everything went without any major hitches and our transition from place to place was generally smooth. Our guides and bus driver were fantastic as well!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many things that took the breath away, but I loved Venice and hiking in the Swiss alps, even though the weather was not always agreeable, the people and sights were amazing."

Christine

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great awesome wonderful Guide—Regan!! Great site guides great group of fellow travelers! Tour went fast, always wanted more time/days in places. Best of Europe 14 plus 2 prior 2 post. Couldn’t see all that we wanted But loved what we saw and was amazing!! Our bus driver Hilda, amazing driver and great personality!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps and the hotel we stayed at ! Gondola ride. Bellini shots with group in St Marks Sq Venice"

Mary

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second visit to Europe, with my last trip being 36 years ago. While I do recall many of the magical moments of my first visit all those years ago, being on the Rick Steves' tour with the tour guide as well as the various local tour guides, really allowed me the opportunity to embrace the cultures, languages, sites, and experiences I was exposed to, because I didn't have to think about the planning or schedules, or stress. I just had to be there, take it all in, and enjoy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I experienced so many 'wow' moments during the 14 day tour, and it is difficult to pinpoint just the one. I think most of my wow moments happened in Italy and Switzerland. Being in Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica was spiritual and peaceful for me - I felt that I was surrounded by the spirits of past religious figures and history - and all would be good in the world. I was reluctant to leave."

Joseph

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful and extremely informative while maintaining an entertaining atmosphere country to country thanks to our tour guide Ragen,incredible bus driver Hilda and merry band of travelers. The range of experiences from small road side stops to the largest of cities across Europe was everything we hoped for Our fellow tour members added to this great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oktoberfest was the best!!!"

Karen

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was undoubtedly the best vacation ever. We saw so much and had such wonderful experiences. Our group got very close in such a short time. Our Guide Ragen made the trip so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland. Even though we had quite a bit of rain, it was so beautiful and peacefull."

Joe

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an overall great experience. The group was positive and cohesive, there was a good mix of ages and experiences. Our guide Lisa was outstanding. She made the trip fun and interesting she was knowledgeable about different things to do during our free time. Munich was a pleasant surprise and it was fun to be there during Octoberfest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps were amazing and the hike our guide led us on was breathtaking. We had an unscheduled stop at the U.S. military cemetery outside Florence, Coming across the grave of a cousin who died in WW2 was definitely a wow moment for me."

Senayet

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps, Beautiful Nature!"

Norman

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second tour with Rick Steves' and as before the coordination of all aspects of this 2 weeks in Europe was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrived in Switzerland, the weather was perfect. Clear blue skies, gentle breeze and warm. When we hiked the mountains and were on the train looking straight up at the Eiger peak the sight was clear and perfect. Last time we were there the clouds covered the mountains, not this time."

Marie

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome guides, fabulous tour mates, memorable meals, and tons of pictures! Loved all the hotels being close to the center of each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While taking a simple hike in the Alps, I could see the 3 big snow covered mountains of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. They were breath taking as the day was filled with fabulous weather. At each of our prior visits they were covered by fog and clouds. While hiking I met a young man from Singapore and had a delfightful conversation. I got to take a picture for him with Eiger in the background so he could show his family and friends of its beauty."

Rick

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just a super experience. People in the group were very nice, guide Lisa was awesome. The places we visited and had local guides for were spot on. Extremely good value I believe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nighttime cruise on the Seine in Paris with the view of the sparkling Eiffel Tower."

Robert

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

being history buffs, we were attracted to this particular tour which showcased the local culture, history and art that personified each of our destination stops. Our chief guide Lisa who was both laugh out loud hysterical but also extraordinarily informative couple with each of our local guides made for the vacation of a lifetime. don't stop. kudos to all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"all of it."

Donald

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was one of my life's highlights. I had always wanted to see some of the sights we saw on our trip and I was not disappointed in what I saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wow" moments that it's hard to say which one was the biggest. I kept a page of my top sights and experiences of the trip and it ended up having 22 entries. Probably one of my most favorite moments was when I saw Michaelangelo's statue of David in the museum in Florence. It was absolutely one of the most dazzling things I have ever seen. Eighteen feet tall made out of a block of stone taking three years to complete then standing outside for 400 years. Wow."

Joe

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw such a wide range of wonderful sites - from ancient wonders to modern day Octoberfest! We enjoyed the World War 2 memories, the informative tours, and of course we met many nice people along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the beautiful mountains was definitely a “wow” moment."

Lindsey

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Keith was amazing and we had a great group as well! It was so fun, it was educational, and I checked off most of my bucket list in one trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose one, but the colloseum and the twinkling Eiffel tower were great! Hands down best experience was St. Peter's Basilica. At first I was bummed it wasn't actually a part of the tour, but we spent FOREVER there and it was my favorite over everything else."

Jennifer

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenery of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland."

James

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had wonderful time. The tour was very comprehensive and covered a lot of information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice and Switzerland."

Carol

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw so much, it was a whirlwind of amazing experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Switzerland. It was like we were inside a beautiful postcard of scenery and beauty."

Laurie

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to begin!? Our guide Beata was stellar- full of historical information, funny, kind and helpful. The itinerary was well balanced between group activities and time on our own and between city and more slow paced areas. The food was varied and gave us a “taste” of each country. Our hotels were varied-quaint and some modern. Our group was convivial, on any morning we could sit down randomly for breakfast and enjoy conversation. We also enjoyed unexpected side trips/treats-Swiss chocolate!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into the Swiss Alps, grandeur surrounding us - the mountains, the green of the lakes and grass. And then the cows, coming down from their mountain pastures, bells clanging and flower bedecked.I was transported to a simpler time. I have to say it is very difficult to choose one moment as there were many and all so different."

Carol

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great. We loved Bea, our guide, she was outstanding. We enjoyed getting a taste of all the cities we visited along with a deeper cultural understanding of each location. The hotels were nice, food was good and travel group members all very nice too. Our only negative was that the bus did not have a bathroom. Even though we stopped frequently, it was an issue for us as well as other group members we spoke with as we could not stay properly hydrated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were Many WOW moments! First, seeing the Trevi fountain the first evening was magical. Second was sitting in Piazza San Marco in the afternoon having a drink and listening to the band play, we felt so immersed in the culture of Venice. Third was walking from the hotel seeing the Arc de Triomph at night, all lit up with the cafes packed and Parisians strolling."

Susan

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour overall was quite good. It gave a small glimpse of each country making you want to come back. Especially to the ones you loved

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps. Just like you see in the movies, beautiful"

Lamont

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was wonderful! Memories that will last a lifetime. There were times when the logistics were very annoying (being crammed into metro trains, for example), but overall we had a wonderful time. We were pleased that our group was pretty much like-minded and upbeat throughout. Even though we lost our guide halfway through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actual sight - St. Peters Basillica & la Pieta. I could hardly catch my breath as I saw one wonder after another around each corner! Wow experience -Being in Venice! It was absolutely magical walking those narrow cobbled ancient streets, discovering little Campos and restaurants. We felt we had been transported back to a different world! This was also our favorite room, an adorable modern room overlooking the courtyard of the tiny Hotel so Piave! I would recommend this hotel to others."

Mary

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, whirlwind experience visiting major sites in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments, particularly the beauty of the Swiss Alps."

Steven

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great tour, one must be aware, you have to have good walking strength

Favorite "WOW" moment

"swiss alps"

Erik

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience. The awesome beauty of the Swiss Alps, the magic of Venice at night, the wonders of ancient Rome (colosseum, forum, pantheon), the incredible artwork of the great museums (Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris), and the amazing food and beverages throughout the tour (including Tuscany, Bavaria, and Burgundy). The guides were excellent, the hotels were wonderful, and sharing our experiences with a lot of fun people on the tour bus. Definitely a "bucket list" vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Swiss Alps from our hotel balcony was breathtaking."

Michael

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very busy with a lot of experiences. The local guides are all very knowledgeable and interesting. We were very well cared for during the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wanted more time in Lauterbrunnen and Switzerland in general. Just a beautiful place. I will go back and bring my hiking gear."

Katie

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about the tour, our wonderful guide Margaret and our bus driver Helda, our comfy bus, our amazing hotel rooms and local guides. The sites we were able to see were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course Switzerland had us all staring in disbelief, so did the drive thru Austria. But Paris captured my heart."

Kevin

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience! Can’t say enough good things about the tour guides and our bus driver Hilde (she is a great person and a very skilled driver! Margaret did a great job with the tour (a very caring and knowledgeable person!) and Steve Smith stepped in and did a great job getting us to Paris! Our Paris guide was wonderful as well (name spelling??)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many I enjoyed the Vatican, seeing the alps, and Paris. My favorite was probably Venice, theirs something special about the place!"

Alexander

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very fun one of the best trips iv ever been on. The trip was very well organized and Margret (our tour guide) was super nice and welcoming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment during the trip was Saint Peters Church, the architecture was just so amazing."

Randy

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Saw many sites, learned about the culture including language, food selections and mannerisms. Our guide was extremely helpful and efficient with additional information requested by ourselves and other tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Paris we took a river cruise and had a full moon, it was fantastic."

Kara

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Memorable, informative and exciting trip. Will do again with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Italy, and Lauterbrunnen."

Pam

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw so much in such a short time!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride in Paris at night and the Gondola Ride in Venice!!!"

Jill

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first group travel experience. We were blown away by how amazing your company takes care of travelers! The hotels were wonderful. Each one unique. We loved the location of the hotels which were typically close to places of interest. Group meals were fun and the quality of food was great.

Tori

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect balance between guided tours and allowing us to explore each city on our own. Our guide, Fillipos, was exceptional. Such an inspirational leader and did a great job of teaching us about the history of each place and making even the most tedious of moments (like long bus rides) enjoyable. My tour group was amazing as well: I appreciated how everyone was so positive all the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the waterfalls in Lauderbrunnen, Switzerland."

Matt

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cities and accommodations were beautiful. Our tour guide was amazing and had a wealth of knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling through the alps."

Cary

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide(s) were absolutely terrific. My wife and I loved seeing and learning about the history of each location and the overall scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Lauterbrunnen Vally from Murren in Switzerland."

David

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another very enjoyable tour, considering the Covid limitations. Fillipos is a very knowledgeable guide, and he worked hard to keep the group informed and entertained on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrenen Valley in the Swiss Alps was breathtaking."

Jeff

Tour: 08/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was such an amazing experience, seeing incredible sights, learning so much from our tour guide as well as the local guides. The format of the tours fosters learning how to travel on your own. Our tour guide Filippos was outstanding I could not recommend him more for any tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The BOE 14 tour had so many wow moments it's difficult to pick out just one, from the amazing ancient ruins of Rome, to the beautiful Tuscany agriturismo, the canals of Venice, the incredible works of art in Florence, the breathtaking views in Switzerland and the wonderful Parisian skyline."

Toby

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the meals, group leaders, guides, sites, hotels, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing meals and wine outside at sunset at our lovely lodging outside of Florence. Incredible!"

Timothy

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While fast paced, leaving us rather tired by the end, this tour was a great introduction to multiple cities and European cultures. The guides were amazing and always did their best to keep morale high and provide us the best experience possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one moment. Every stop had a surprise of its own."

Kelly

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Extremely well-organized. Excellent guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about Rome and also seeing Venice."

Marjorie

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour that was non-stop adventure. Jody our guide was wonderful and made everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Our tour group as well became like family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment for me was Lauterbrunnen and hiking with our group."

Kathleen

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Jorge

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had an AMAZING time with Iris and Jody (the tour Directors). They helped create a wonderful and caring experience. We saw more than what we anticipated and experienced a well rounded tour of activities, sites and places that we’ll always cherish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were Amazing. We had not experienced anything like that in the past. We saw the best waterfall ever and loved Nature at its best. Secondly was Venice and the beautiful architecture and water ways experience. The Gandolas and the food will have us go back in the future."

Meghan

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I booked this trip last minute because I had the time off from work and I saw there were a few seats left, and it was 100% worth it! Our guides, bus driver, tour group, hotels, cities, sights, etc were so great; I can't wait to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything in the Lauterbrunnen Valley; opening the doors onto my balcony and seeing a waterfall, hiking to Murren, walking through the valley, seeing Tremmelbach falls. I was sad to leave and wished we would've had more time there, as there was so much more to do! I can't wait to go back to Lauterbrunnen."

Lisa

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was so much packed into 2 weeks! It was a good balance of planned group activities and meals with free time to explore on our own. Our guide gave great suggestions about things to do and see when we weren't with the group. The time on the bus was nice to plan for the next stop, talk to other families and to rest up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! We had clouds on the day we planned a hike but it was still beautiful and we plan to go back someday to spend more time."

Sue Ellen

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Time was well spent, the tour was organized, informative, fun and the food was great. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alps in Switzerland"

Lynette

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I’m usually the travel planner for our family and it was a welcome change have the planning and arrangements made by someone else. It was extremely well-organized and our guides were fantastic! I really enjoyed getting to know the others in our tour group. It was great to have tickets and to enter with very little wait. Our Florence tour guide, Cynthia, gave me an appreciation for art with her explanation. I loved the audios we had throughout the tour. It was great always being able to hear!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice. Everyone has an idea of what Venice looks like but I really enjoyed experiencing it firsthand. It was extraordinary!"

Catherine

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a good mix of families with older kids and mixed couples of friends and relatives. While it was uncomfortably hot during most of the tour, we found plenty of shade and opportunities to refresh and rejuvenate. Our guide, Dimitri, was amazing and we lucked out with a second guide, Sanel, who was everyone's best friend, and an excellent bus driver, Joost, who was very much part of our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one "wow" moment, but I would have to say the lunch in Egna, Italy when we were on the way from Venice to Munich. First of all, it was a surprise, and we were thrilled to see one more piece of Italy before saying "Arivaderci". The little town was so picturesque, and the patio restaurant cool and shady. We had delicious pizza and wine, and by this time, midway through our tour, we had bonded as a group. It was one of those unique experiences."

Melissa

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Throughout the 14 days, we were able to see SO much. Although we were there during record-breaking heat, it was still a wonderful experience and one that I won’t forgot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite “wow” moment was the last night of the tour, when we we were all taking pictures with our friends and waiting for Eiffel Tower to sparkle."

Douglas

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoy the blend of structured events with free time to explore. Having the dedicated guides and local guides adds a special element to the tour as you get the history of the area, so instead of just seeing a structure, you have the history of what makes that structure special, whether it was good or bad historical events. I also like that the tour takes you to sights you might not see if trying to tour on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With this being my fourth tour, I really enjoyed the Tuscany night, with the demonstration by the chef and the live entertainment. After a long day, it was just a very relaxing evening."

Brenda

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves tour, and the only one I've taken in the summer. The group was a little more "disconnected" than any other, but fine. The heat and crowds definitely influenced how the tour and our guide presented certain sites. While our tour was not labeled a family tour, it was by default due to the makeup of the group. My kids appreciated that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my teenagers experience Europe for the first time, gain confidence in getting around on their own in other countries, communicating in different countries in various languages, and becoming intelligent, responsible travelers. Hiking in Switzerland is always a "wow". This time it was also a "wow" because it was such a relief from the heat of Italy! :-) Walking through Vatican City at night (right by our hotel) and the Eiffel tour at night are also hard to beat."

Fred

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, exhausting and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland."

Jack

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jack is 13, so I'm completing this survey with his feedback :) -mom, Irene Tucker My overall tour experience was epic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting St. Peter's Basilica in Rome."

Laura L

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I am glad I went on a Rick Steves Tour. Our guides were amazing! I learned so much which helped put everything I experienced in context.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps was a dream come true!"

Donna

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour leader: encyclopedic knowledge of history that inspired me to want to read more about about the sights I was seeing. All local guides were great but 3 in particular stand out: Antonella in Rome, Patrick and Eric in Munich. Ok 4 guides, I forgot Sylvie in Paris. Each shared their passion for their cities, shared their knowledge freely I want to return to Munich because of Eric and Patrick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wows were frequent: seeing the Dolomites for the first time, being in the Alps, looking out my window seeing Jungfrau…hearing how the done of the Pantheon inspired generations of architects. Reading a book about Winston Churchill’s mother Jennie on the trip and reading that she took an apartment on Rue Tilsit near the Arc while we we’re staying at the hotel Tilsit. Gave me goosebumps"

Dana

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was as good as it gets! We had a wonderful tour guide, bus driver, and good local guides that gave great information. We had just enough independent time to check out things that we wanted. It was well balanced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think St Peter's Basilica was the most eye-popping interior and the Colosseum was the next."

Mike

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guides were informative with historical info during the bus rides, local guides interesting and informative for their input. Sights, locations and accommodations were excellent. Tour group was interesting, fun and interactive. Lots of kids which I havent experienced on a tour before, our two were along also, and the kids were all great, 9 teens to early 20s. Made friends on the trip, guides and our driver Paul made us feel that way also. Maridjan the main guide was a rock star.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Italy was excellent, we lucked out and had natural site musical events. St Peters had a big service with beautiful singing and music wafting through the whole basilica. St Marks square had an opera 2 nights we were there. The cow bells while hiking high in Lauterbrunnen valley. Sharing the experience with our teenagers. I Loved the natural scenery in Switzerland. On our last night in Paris our guide recovered a traveler from our groups passport which had been stolen on the subway Amazing!"

Julia

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was absolutely spectacular! We always felt informed, safe and excited about our next adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Among other things, I loved hiking in Switzerland. I also loved everything about Venice, especially catching the choir practice in St. Marks Square. It was unforgettable!"

David

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did the Best of Europe 14 day, our guide and the Rick Steve's team were amazing. All the little details, the location, staying central in the heart of each area, the guides information then setting you up to have the best possible experience during your free time. Loved It All and to get to do it with my family was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland - Loved arriving in our room, opening the balcony doors and seeing the view (peaks, mountain towns, mountain trains, waterfalls.... all so amazing."

Leanna

Tour: 06/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was amazing. We had a lot of fun and saw a lot of things in a relatively short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland"

Joe

Tour: 06/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well put together. I cannot believe I saw as much as I did. And the value was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley was just amazing. It looks like the most pleasant place in the world. I could have spent the entire trip there"

David

Tour: 06/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very organized, fun and informative. The food was great, the guide was friendly, nice, and knowledgeable. The bus however was new but had a toilet that was broken the whole trip and I had to move because I had a broken seat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Lauterbrunen Valley"

Dave

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than I could have ever imagined!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Rome."

Cindy

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip and the tour experience was everything that I expected and more. This was my first Rick Steve's tour, and it didn't disappoint in any way. Everything was so well planned out and there was just enough "tour" time and just enough "personal" time. Top notch tour guide in Keith - he's the best. Top notch bus driver in Paul. Top notch local tour guides in every city we visited. Hotels were just perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Switzerland! It was the part of the trip I was most looking forward to and when we got to the hotel the view from our room was just ridiculous. Hiking in the Swiss Alps and hearing the cowbells ringing the following day on a picture-perfect day was over the top."

Perrie

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip overall. Our guide was excellent, the hotels were mostly fine, the itineraries were full and varied (but we still had reasonable chunks of time to ourselves), and the meals were generally good. The sections of the tour when we travelled by bus were comfortable, and our driver was excellent as well. And by sheer luck, we had a travel group (about 28 people) that was full of nice people with whom our time spent was worthwhile and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top of the Arc d' Triomphe in Paris. I expected it to be just a climb to the top of a monument for a view of Paris, but the museum located inside near the top of the monument was extremely helpful in understanding its historical significance. And the view of Paris was great, too!"

Sarah

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything!"

Michelle

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family loved the mix of time with the group and our guides to get the cultural and historical context to enjoy each place, and then time to independently explore. We are relatively experienced travelers looking for a tour that took the work off our plates, provided independence, and also additional learning and connecting time with our family and others. This tour, with Keith as our outstanding guide and Paul as our driver and "second" guide, provided just the experience we were hoping for!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "whew!" moment was when all our COVID tests came back negative (all the group could agree on this). My favorite "wow" moments were listening to an Italian musical artist in Tuscany with good wine, friends and a lovely castle in the distance. The layers of Roman history were fascinating. I most loved the land and trails of Lauterbrunnen--gorgeous respite from the cities and perfect place for a picnic. I appreciated the visit to the South Italian US War Memorial, that and Dachau."

Lori

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe & it did not disappoint. The many sights highlighted on the tour and all in one trip was fantastic and yet with all the activity did not seem too rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I certainly have more than one! In particular at our visit to the Sistine Chapel however; it was a sight only seen for me in textbooks. The magnitude of the artistry, the blessings from the priest. It was very moving... Venice was like you see in a postcard, just magical & took my breath away!"

Richard

Tour: 06/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great, our tour guide Stephanie was caring, very helpful, made us feel very comfortable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps, the beautiful Tuscany"

Chris

Tour: 06/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was awesome. Above expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was in Switzerland. Climbing into Trummelbach Falls, just outside Lauterbrunnen, was amazing."

Grace

Tour: 06/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Europe in 14 days was a perfect fit for my husband and I to explore Europe for the first time. We liked the balance of scheduled group activities and the peace of being taken care of, along with many independent adventures. Our guide was kind and experienced. She surpassed our expectations. Each day was action packed with wonderful sights! My only regret is not being able to spend more time with each of them. The tour bus was very comfortable and our driver enjoyable. We will return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We experienced a continuous string of awe-inducing "wow" moments throughout the trip. It's near impossible to choose. The beauty of Switzerland is hard to beat. It's so beautiful high in the hills (Gimmelwald was my favorite) that it doesn't feel real to the senses. Otherwise, my "wow" was in Venice. We spent an hour in St. Mark's Campanile watching the sun set over the city. Afterward, we savored dinner and music on St. Marks Square. It was one of the evenings I wished would never end!"

Kathryn

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely wonderful in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing dinner outside at our hotel in Tuscany followed by a private concert by a local guitar musician. As we sang together with the sun setting behind the Tuscan hills waving our lit up cell phones it was, to quite C.S. Lewis, “A shard of paradise.”"

Jane

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was outstanding. We could not have asked for better travel mates. I was worried our 18 and 20 year olds would not have others there age but our group was 1/2 adults and 1/2 10-20 year olds. Our original tour guide became ill so we had two subs. Sorry he got ill, but our subs were the best. Mattius and Fillipos made the transition seamless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guides were so knowledgeable, Matty and Filipos and well as our local guides. They made history come alive. Matty shared a story with us about his mother and the Berlin airlift to make the youngsters in are group really understand how it directly impacted him and Europe in general."

Danielle

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was great. It was a perfect balance of hitting all of the major sites in the cities we visited while also allowing us free time for things that interested us individually. I really genuinely enjoyed our tour group and like getting to know them over the course of our tour. Travel in today's day and age requires flexibility and our tour guide used an analogy we lived by "Be like water not stone." We took that philosophy with us throughout the trip and beyond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our visit to the Swiss Alps. For our 14 day tour it came right about in the middle of our trip just when we were ready for a little bit of a slower pace. It was a perfect way to recharge and see the iconic Swiss Alps before finishing the tour strong. And that's not to say we took it easy, it just means it is a place with a slower pace which was just what we needed. The Swiss Alps also hit the special place in my heart I have for my quest to hit all of the national parks in the US."

Matthew

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to Europe so organization was key. Rick Steves tour did it all and made it go perfectly. Chose all the right hotels, experiences, and balanced free time to create the best first impression possible of the countries we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most profound for me was walking through the gates of Dachau as first group going in. We were there early and it was a holiday so the atmosphere was as serene and reflective as possible. I was almost brought my knees to experience this reality for the first time. Our guide was insightful, measured, and so morally clear on the conditions that allowed this and the parallels to today."

Melinda

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything about it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There’s so many!"

Dave

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guides (Lisa & Colleen) and bus driver (John) The tour is well planned and any unexpected changes are quickly resolved. The logistics and travel details are all well planned and pre-arranged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland's views are amazing. People have asked which city is your favorite but really they were all great. Each city had it's own highlights."

Linda

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip I'll never forget! Trip of a lifetime! Learned a lot. Learned what I would do again and what I wouldn't. Overall a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many WOW moments! But if I had to pick one, Seeing the full moon in Venice as we toured the canals on a boat tour. Again there were so many WOWS, just can't name them all."

Lori

Tour: 06/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great touring with a small group and having the bus to get us from place to place. I think it is the only way to see as many things as we did in 14 days. The people and places were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Switzerland. We had been to Lucerne on a previous trip but being able to get up close to the smaller villages we visited was great. Gimmewald was definitely a highlight in that regard."

Rebecca

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Timothy

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip far exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to describe because each experience was different, but none was better than the other. If I had to pick it had to be seeing the Swiss Alps in person. It was astonishing."

George

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Positives: Outstanding guide Fillipos kept the group positive, cohesive, entertained, & safe Wonderful bus driver Hilde Friendly, fun, highly skilled Great organization, precision, puncuality covering so much in 14 days Excellent local guides Small, friendly group of tour members Fun Chef cooking demonstration in Tuscany, Tim came up short Not having to present a Bio on your Buddy Opportunities: Unlock the bathroom on the bus Provide water, in the room, as in the past. Don't charge on bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike in the Swiss Alps. Unbelievable views, water falls, paragliders sailing past, and a sense of accomplishment."

Melissa

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful and fun time! From start to finish, we felt like we were completely taken cared for. We learned so much in each of the cities we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple of wow moments. First was in Rome walking through the colosseum. Knowing and feeling the history of it all was surreal. Second was in Lauterbrunnen valley and being surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and the waterfalls. Everywhere you looked was amazing."

Jennifer

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Filippos was amazing as our guide and Hilde did a great job driving our bus. We had great activities planned but also had free time to explore at our own leisure. We were blessed with a fabulous and fun group of fellow travelers and we all enjoyed each others company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved every moment of our trip but was probably most wowed by the drive into the Swiss Alps. It got more breathtaking with every turn in the road. And those waterfalls with the mountains behind them. Unreal!"

Michael

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, action packed experience with a great group of people (guide and driver included). We couldn’t have asked for a better overall experience. Rick’s tours offer just the right amount of planned excursions and personal downtime. As members of the LGBT+ community, my husband and I chose Rick’s company because of the feelings of acceptance and inclusivity he shares in all his programs. We have never felt more welcome/included!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been to Europe before, with another company, my “wow” moment was truly the knowledge of our guide (Filippos) sharing everything about just how easy it is for Americans to be accepted in European cities. From his knowledge of the language and customs, to the local food, we always felt well prepared for our next stop."

Dennis

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It’s my 5 tour and all have been great looking forward to #6

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Has to be Switzerland"

Jennifer

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, what a trip of a lifetime. This was our first RS tour and first trip to Europe. I had stressed over an itinerary when a friend told me about RS. I couldn’t be happier with how well the entire trip went. It was such a luxury not to worry about reservations or transportation. The local tour guides were all so knowledgeable and we appreciated not waiting in lines at museums and historical sites. Our guide Matt, driver Joost and tour group felt like traveling with family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were just breathtaking. The view from our balcony looked like a postcard and we truly loved every moment we spent there. It was convenient having a restaurant at the hotel and we enjoyed meeting the owner and even doing our laundry across the street where we met some young travelers staying at the hostel. The views from the restaurant at the Shilthorn were unforgettable. We enjoyed every path we hiked and every cable car ride."

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. I enjoyed every destination. The breakfasts and dinners were great. I especially loved the dinner our first night in Rome. Matt was an exceptional tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, nice, fun, and helpful. We had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into Switzerland and seeing the Alps. I especially loved our hotel in Lauterbrunnen. The balcony and view were great. Everything about that town was jaw dropping and beautiful."

Linda

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice"

Jim

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was strenuous and challenging, but I was made aware of it before I went on the tour. It was full of very interesting things to do and see. Our guide, Matt was very informative and gave us information to enjoy the tour so much more. The local guides were dynamos. Especially our guide in Rome. They were all very informative. Dachau prison camp was very interesting and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was lots of things I will remember, but I would have to say my "Wow" moment was when I went paragliding over the swiss alps. It was an amazing and invigorating experience and adventure that I will always remember. My favorite place Beaune. Beaune was very quiet but very pleasant place to be."

Susan

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

BRAVO! As first-time travelers, we took this tour as an intro to Europe and it was amazing. The format of this tour helped us feel comfortable in new places and gave us confidence to explore on our own. We were impressed by the knowledge of the RS and local guides, we met wonderful new friends, and we absolutely adored our driver, Paul. This trip was fast paced and allowed us to experience so many things in such a short time. It was the perfect intro to Europe, and we can’t wait to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed from the 1st stroll through Rome to our farewell in Paris. Every place had a wow moment. The art, architecture, history, food, culture… WOW. But to pick one, it has to be Switzerland. The nature and beauty stand in stark contrast to the hustle of the cities. Amidst the mountains there is a feeling that moves you, you feel it, and you realize just how small you really are. We loved the views from the top of the Schilthorn, hiking the trails, and the cowbells – those amazing cowbells."

Diane

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Wonderful guides, bus driver, and tour group members. We quickly formed a cohesive, caring and fun loving group that made the entire experience enjoyable. Each day was filled with well planned experiences that enhanced my understanding of the history and culture of each area we visited. I appreciated the honest appraisal of the covid situation in our group. I felt we were well informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley - cable cars to the top and hiking from Murren to the cable car back to Lauterbrunnen. Hiking the lower trails around town....cows parading through town. Magical!"

Terri

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was as described and expected. It was very physical-i.e. lots of walking and sightseeing, and we feel we accomplished a lot in the relatively short visits we had in each location. We thought of it as a sampling of each area and we can now decide where we'd like to return and spend more time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were stunning and we were happy we got to go up in the cable cars to the top and it was a clear day."

Richard

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. We had an excellent tour guide who brought out a feeling of being a team with all of the tour members. There were a few "problems" during the tour but our guide handled arrangements without interrupting the tour members and without our knowledge until the end of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland is absolutely beautiful! I'll be back in the future. Munich's orderliness was a welcome relief from the chaos of Italy."

Joyce

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well run especially with our guide Diminitri. He kept the tour interesting, lively and when there where obstacles he dealt with them with very little inconvenience to the tour. Like the issues in Venice with the transport boats being on strike for one day—the day we needed them. :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps and the delightful village of Lauterbrunnen"

Ben

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the balance of guided tours and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coliseum"

Laura

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a great time! We enjoyed our visited sites, guide, and fellow European travelers. We had no grumps and everyone seemed to appreciate that we were seeing world class sites. We made new friends over the 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmm. that's a hard one. I loved finding pastures of livestock that wore bells around their necks in Lauterbrunnen after our hike to Schilthorn. In the 21st century! Also Sainte-Chapelle was breathtakingly beautiful. The Orsay museum was a real show stopper. And the Arc du Triomphe and Champs Elysees were a stone's throw from our hotel. Also loved finding a beautiful park in Paris on a free time walk."

Gregory

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Start to finish was outstanding. The constant communication before, during & after pertaining to Covid & daily schedules while touring fantastic. Dimitri our guide was very friendly & professional. The fact he spoke 6 languages & was very knowledgeable a plus. He handled unforeseen events on our tour with grace. Our driver Jost was also professional & also personable. Our local guides were great especially our guide through Munich. Very knowledgeable & entertaining. Timing & promptness ??.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being that this was my first time in Europe & visiting all the places we did, it is very difficult to say. I wowed at almost all the places we went & things we saw. Pictures can’t relay the in person visiting."

Kornelia

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our Best of Europe tour. Everything was so well organized & we learned so much about every place we went. Dmitri, our guide, is so knowledgeable & really helped to make this the best vacation we ever had. By the 3rd day of our tour we were already trying to decide which RS tour we would take next year. In addition to having the best guide, we also had fabulous city guides (especially Birgitte in Munich). We felt like we were living a dream!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to choose just one (so I'll do two). The water taxi ride to Venice was something I will never forget. Cruising along the Grand Canal and looking ahead to St. Marks Square made me feel so appreciative of the opportunity to see and experience this grand city. The other was when I walked into Sainte-Chapelle Chapel in Paris. I had seen pictures of it before the trip but I couldn't believe the beauty of it when I saw it with my own eyes. I was awestruck."

Janet

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steve’s tour and I loved it. This is the tour I’ve always wanted to take and I’m so glad I did. First of all our tour guide Dimitri was wonderful. It was obvious how much he enjoys his job. We had a wide range of ages in our group and very easily related to everyone. His knowledge of the different areas we visited was very good and he also would give little tutorials in the language of the places to ensure that we were able to be good representatives of the U.S.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the gondola ride and hike in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland was a thrill! The scenery was spectacular! Also, Paris was much more than I anticipated. Now I see why people fall in love with it."

Mary

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed seeing so many different places- each so individulal and experiencing history from before Christ, through the Romans, the medievel times, the renassiance, World War II to the present day. It enriched my understanding of the world and its history and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing the countryside from the bus and particularly staying at Hotel Tenuta in Tuscany. I felt like had the opportunity to see how those people lived. The area was beautiful and the people were lovely and seemed happy. I am going to watch the movie "Under the Tuccan Sun" again."

Miguel

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on this tour! I was a bit skeptical at first because I have never been to Europe nor been on a tour like this. My skepticism quickly vanquish once I met my wonderful tour family and guide. This tour gave me the confidence to venture off on my own and feed my travel bug. Some of the activities we did, I would have never done on my own. From the food to the sites, this tour was an amazing life experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the water taxi into Venice and hiking the Swiss Alps. You cannot describe how beautiful it was, unbelievable."

Laura

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw and learned so much about Europe in a very short period of time. Extremely knowledgeable tour guide and first rate bus driver were the BEST.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually it was the day before the tour started. We got to see the Pope on Mother’s Day which was incredible."

Barbara

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Have been to Europe several times, sometimes with a guide and sometimes on our own, but this was by far the best experience. It was rich...rich is experiences, rich in lucious tastes and wonderful wine, rich with new knowledge of the area and rich with a wonderful mixture of guided activities as well as independent exploring. Our group was small so we got to know each other quite well. Our quide was absolutely wonderful. Our driver was not only skilled but also fun. It was a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wows! Sistine chapel, walking away from the tourist areas and discovering beautiful private gardens , the hilsides in Tuscany and the sound of the cowbells in Switzerland, the sadness if Dachau, lunch in a small Tirolean town, street concert in Munich, scary bottomless walkway on the side of a mountain. The fact that I ate everything but lost two pounds! We walked everywhere! Oh,our guide had lots of surprises for us!"

Cheryl

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am grateful that I got to be a part of this life changing adventure. I had daydreamer about this trip and it was even better than I imagined it would be! The hotels were comfortable and quirky, the food couldn't have been better and we had a delightful and interesting group of people on the tour.Tina, our tour guide, was lovely and led our merry group with all her heart-felt love of Europe! Hilde, our bus driver, was a great addition to our group! As Tina would say, to travel is to live!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment would be going into Switzerland, gorgeous Alps!"

William

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, we felt that the tour was structured and organized to maximize sightseeing that would have been difficult to achieve on our own in the same time period.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing beat receiving the Pope's blessing at the Regina Caeli on Sunday especially when he greeted all pilgrims from the USA. Sorry, Rick."

Deborah

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tina was a terrific guide and her care and thoughtfulness made the overall experience so carefree. We learned background information that made Rome and Venice especially much more intriguing. This was our fifth RS trip and we’re already thinking about the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through a mountain valley in the Swiss Alps. I had no idea of the beauty we would encounter there or how breathtaking the view of the snow covered peaks would be."

Simone

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Tina, helped to make a “once in a lifetime” tour amazing. Great group, great cities, great local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus pulled over to a viewing spot in Switzerland where the view was extra spectacular. You could hear the “Wow” from every person as they got off the bus."

Chris

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning of the tour, until the end, it exceeded our expectations! Everything was well thought out and planned! Our guide Tina was amazing, so knowledgeable, helpful and fun!! Our bus driver, Hilda,was a Rockstar! The hotels were beautiful! The other guests were wonderful! Thanks for helping us plan and carry out a trip of a lifetime!! We would highly recommend a Rick Steves tour to anyone wanting to see the world and learn about different cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we first saw the Swiss Alps,the snow capped mountains and the huge water falls. Also seeing Venice from the rooftop. There were so many wow moments!"

Christine

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome,wonderful amazing tour. From the first day until the last, it was just unbelievable. Everyone was great, guides, bus driver and of course the other travelers. I have no complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess in every city we visited,it was recognizing famous places, or art work."

Thomas

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guides were informative and well organized. Motels were unique and in great locations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"City tours and of course the sites"

John

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing... and eventful! We started the tour in Rome and completed the trip in Paris. We began with 2 guides (1 primary and 1 apprentice) and 22 in our group. We ended with 1 guide and 10 left in our group. Darija was the primary with Filippos as an apprentice. She was very professional and easy to work with. Although Darija was forced to leave for health reasons, Filippos stepped in and made the transition seamless. He didn't miss a beat. Rick Steves is lucky to have both!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland... WOW!!! We wish that we had more time there."

Eugene

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was always cheerful and helpful. I enjoyed having the local guides take us around. It was great having Jody organize a group rate for us to ride the gondolas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed having Jody take us to see the Eiffel Tower light up at the end of our tour."

Lisa

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing perfect mix of tour and free time! Pre tour I thought there is quite a bit of free time but so much is packed into all the morning tours you need the afternoon to wander and explore on your own. I really can’t express how perfectly timed and choreographed everything was!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Statue of David- I’ve seen pictures but rounded the corner and literally gasped. A statue has never had that effect on me. Also never made the connection it was David from the Bible or that he had a rock and a sling in his hands. The other would be the Forum and how great Paulo made us feel like we went back in time. Amazing!"

Dennis

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

RSE really did their homework for this first tour in 2 1/2 years. Our guide Jody was well prepared, well organized, informative, and a true covid role model for all tour members. If only my spouse and I had that much energy! Dividing into two groups with separate local guides allowed a real personal feeling at applicable sites. Hotels were centrally located. All group meals were well done (and Covidized as much as possible). We were expected to (and complied) with the mask on bus request.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose only one! The Colosseum, the Forum, the Sistine Chappel, David, a Burgundy wine tasting, Paris museums... I have to choose two--Scenery winner is the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. Can't beat mountains, cliffs with 19 waterfalls, the alps and Swiss huts and an occasional cow thrown it. Meaning and won't forget Wow was our tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp. Our local guide's knowledge and presentation really made this stand out. I'll never forget."

Sheri

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic guide, great group and so many things covered! No hidden fees. Well worth the cost! On the go most of the time so we could see all the main attractions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have three! ?? St Peter’s Basilica, gigantic, beautiful and so much to look at! The statue of David….seeing the prisoners before partially done to appreciate the massive smooth and huge David. WOW! Also standing in the valley looking into the Swiss Alps/seeing the waterfalls. I am a mature person and so my favorite location was Tuscany. The B&B/service there was the BEST! Great and fun staff."

John

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour leader, balance between touring and on our own exploring

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alps"

Kathy

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! Our tour guide, Jody, did a wonderful job in all aspects of the tour, from the orientations to the activities. She was entertaining, helpful and kind. We loved the experience and can’t wait to do it again in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola ride in Venice with the musician and singer. it was so beautiful I cried at the end."

John

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greatest trip of my life

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beauty of Switzerland, statue of David"

Sherman

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just the right mix of group activities and free time. Our tour guide was super with a lot of good tips for each stop. Each city, hotel, and meal was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice with the accordion player and singer."

Sheila

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleased from beginning to end. Everything was delivered as described and expected. The annoying andi adequate laundry in little Lauterbrunnen turned out to be fun as the happy travelers brought wine, patience and lots of humor. I loved it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many things! Tuscany's countryside INN, St.Peter's Bascilica, the ambiance of every hotel, LUCCA in Rome, Mona Lisa, Jody our tour leader...the final evening in Paris at the Eiffel Tower and thNeverending! ended!"

Ryan

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide (Jody) was fantastic. She had a great personality and sense of humor. Jody was very knowledgeable on every city we visited and was certain to share that knowledge with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter’s Basilica was amazing. The architecture and design was very impressive and “wowed” me the moment I walked in. We were also lucky enough to participate in a mass while in the basilica!"

Vicki

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We toured Central and Southern Europe for two weeks. The Rick Steves tour was well organized. The accommodations were terrific and in good locations. Our guide and bus driver had years of experience working for Rick Steves Tours! Their advice helped make touring safe and fun. Our group learned to safely travel on buses, trains and taxis. Our tour included a nice mix of scheduled activities and free time to explore on our own. Following our tour we traveled in England for two weeks on our own!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our last day in Paris, our group walked to the Eiffel Tower. It was a beautiful evening and a lovely ending of our tour."

Arline

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleased with the tour. It was a great combination of preparation by Jody, local guides giving more depth and then time on our own. It was also a nice mix of the intensity of cities with the beauty of the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was in Venice when several of us embarked on the Gondolas and the Tenor hired by Jody began to serenade us. It was a beautiful evening and the music resonated in the narrow canals."

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!!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!!"

Michael

Leland, NC

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour. We saw so many wonderful sights and met some very nice people. You did a very good job of planning the schedule. A very busy day was followed by a slower travel day. Everything was just as described in your literature and on the website. Our tour guide, Yorick and our driver, Paul did a great job of juggling the schedule to accommodate some unavoidable traffic delays. We were also surprised by some unexpected extras, i.e. cable car ride in the Swiss Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was the time we spent in the Swiss Alps. The scenery was amazing. Loved the hike, the cable cars, and the waterfalls. I loved Schilthorn and the village of Gimmelwald. I will never forget sitting in the warm sunshine, enjoying a glass of Schwarz Monch in the Biergarten overlooking snow covered alpine peaks and a beautiful green valley, while sharing our discoveries with our new tour mate friends. I was also very moved by Dachau and the military cemetery in Italy."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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!!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

Kathleen

Franklin, WI

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved the tour. It was my first time on a Rick Steves Tour and it was the perfect balance of being with the group and on your own. My mom and I got along with everyone and even spent a good amount of time in our group even on our free time. My favorite places were probably Venice, Munich, and Lauterbrunnen. Raegan was absolutely amazing and when I eventually go on another tour, I hope that I somehow get him again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was probably in Venice when we took the group gondola tour with the musicians. Everything was amazing and perfect if I'm honest. Plus, Ragen managed to get our gondola ride at a great time so as soon as we were done, my mom and a couple other of our tour group went to the top of the bell tower in St. Mark's and saw the most amazing sunset over Venice. I'll never forget that moment."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

Margaret

West Palm Beach, FL

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip with Rick Steves tours could not have gone better. I am a 30 year old solo traveler and I loved the faster pace that this tour provided. There was plenty of free time worked in and just the right amount of group activities. However, you can opt out of any thing that you don't want to do. They really emphasize that it is YOUR TRIP and you should experience it anyway you choose to. The tour guide, Jodi, and our driver, Ronnie, were the best!! Meeting them was a huge highlight of the trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is soooo hard to choose only one wow moment. The top WOW moment for me that I didn't expect was going to the opening day of Oktoberfest in Munich! There was no way I could have prepared for that incredible party. Also, I really liked the stop from France to Switzerland in Beune, France. It was a small walkable town with great food and a relaxing pace."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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...."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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!!!"

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."

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!"

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."

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"

Taffie

Hudson Oaks, TX

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Marijan, Our tour guide, truly made the tour! So much so that we are going to try to plan our future travels around towards that he leads. The pace was excellent, wonderful having everything arranged for us, tickets bought etc! It was truly a wonderful wonderful trip!

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and October is a good time to take a Best of Europe tour. However, the months of April, May, September, and October combine the convenience of peak season with milder weather and generally fewer crowds.

France / Paris

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Switzerland / Bern

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Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Italy / Venice

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Italy / Florence

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Italy / Rome

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour 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 tour account.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Rome (FCO) and out of Paris (CDG or ORY) — 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.