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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 $4,295 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 Renaissance Florence, a countryside stay in Tuscany, 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

2022

What's Included

You'll get at least 22 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
  • 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 Square and Basilica
  • Munich walking tour
  • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps
  • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune
  • Wine tasting in Burgundy
  • 2-day Paris Museum Pass
  • 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 (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

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. 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 a working family farm that also serves as our country hotel. You'll have free time this afternoon to take a scenic stroll amid the peaceful vines and olive groves, relax by the pool, or taste some of our host's family-made wines. Before we sit down to a hearty country-style dinner together, we'll see how it's made, as our chef gives us a special Tuscan cooking demonstration.

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. 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: Parisian Masterpieces

Today we'll leave the rolling hills of beautiful Burgundy and journey to our grand finale in captivating Paris. On arrival, 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. 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: Historic Paris

This morning 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. This afternoon you'll have time to visit museums such as the Orsay, Rodin, and Orangerie, or perhaps take a walk down the Champs-Elysées. With your included 2-Day Paris Museum Pass, the city's best museums and monuments are yours to discover. 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

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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!!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

Greg

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheri

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

Kent

Elma, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joy

San Dimas, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jody

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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"

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."

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!"

Tauna

Sulphur, LA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gina

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrick

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland-the Alps."

Cheryl

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Smithton, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

Doug

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vicki

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Swansea, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

Nancy

Elgin, IL

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lantze

Roseville, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience! Excellent organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Ames, IA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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 !!"

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."

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."

Cynthia

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

Lisa

Venice, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryce

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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!

Stacey

Midlothian, VA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end! Both tour guides were great! The experiences at each stop were unforgettable and the local guides added a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the rim above Lauterbrunnen Valley in the Swiss Alps! Gorgeous view and away from crowds and just experienced nature."

Michael

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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

Bern Weather


Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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