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

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Best of Europe in 14 Days Tour

from $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $775

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

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Europe come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 23 group sightseeing events • 2-day Paris Museum Pass • Paris panoramic bus tour • Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Sainte-Chapelle • Louvre Museum • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune • Wine tasting in Burgundy • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps • Munich walking tour • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial • Venice walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Tuscan cooking demonstration • Florence walking tour • Uffizi Gallery • Florence's Accademia Gallery including Michelangelo's David • Capitoline Museum • Pantheon • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain • St. Peter's Basilica • Colosseum • Roman Forum…and more
  • All group transportation from Paris to Rome
  • 13 nights' accommodations (all stops but one are for 2 nights) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Europe

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

Day 2: Historic and Artistic Paris

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

Day 3: Beautiful Burgundy

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

Day 4: Scenic Drive to Switzerland

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

Day 5: Hiking Day in the Swiss Alps

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

Day 6: To Bavaria and Munich

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

Day 7: Munich Past and Present

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

Day 8: Over the Alps to Venice

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

Day 9: Seductive Venice

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

Day 10: Timeless Tuscany

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

Day 11: Renaissance Florence

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

Day 12: Layers of Rome

This morning we'll drive straight to Rome. After a quick lunch and a Roman transportation lesson, we'll tour the world's oldest public museum, the Capitoline. Here we'll learn about Rome's golden age through its most treasured sculptures, including the sublime Dying Gaul, the imposing Marcus Aurelius on horseback, and the emblematic She-Wolf suckling Rome's tiny founding brothers: Romulus and Remus. Then we'll wind our way to the awe-inspiring Pantheon where you'll be set free for dinner. Later, you may wish to celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, and join your guide for an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together the lively campos, classy piazzas, and the splashy Trevi Fountain. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: A Walk Through Caesar's Rome

Today a local guide will take us on a walking tour through the heart of Rome, telling us vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum and the birthplace of Ancient Rome: the Forum. We'll continue with a visit to the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà. You'll have the rest of the afternoon to wander through this immense church, climb the dome if you're feeling energetic, and explore more of the Eternal City on your own (don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way). This evening we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

(This tour does not include the Eiffel Tower, nor the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. As ticket lines can be very long for both of these, we recommend booking tickets several weeks in advance. For details, see our Eiffel Tower ticket tips for tour members and our Vatican Museums 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

Michael

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susie

Arcadia, OK

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Grier

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Heather

Hibbing, MN

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Medford, MA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Arcadia, OK

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin! What can I say? Spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When heaven came alive in Venice."

Sandra

New Bern, NC

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Meghan

Edmond, OK

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nikki

Sellersville, PA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonne

New York, NY

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Franklin, TN

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ernest

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Bentonville, AR

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cameron

Durham, NC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nathan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Bartlett, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Malissa

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vicki

Grandville, MI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was everything we hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was really beautiful."

Bruce

Augusta, GA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joe

Asheboro, NC

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandy

Smyrna, GA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Red Wing, MN

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Irwin, PA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jon

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha Joy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anselem

Pierre, SD

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Darlene

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Glenn

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonnie

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Heidi

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Denise

Dickson, TN

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

South Jordan, UT

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patty

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maureen

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jennifer

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dina

Redondo Beach, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pam

Towanda, KS

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Towanda, KS

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kazue

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randy

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Spring Valley, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Lynn

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leatha

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

MaryChris

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angela

Cape Elizaabeth, ME

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dianne

Lake Jackson, TX

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerry

New Berlin, WI

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maureen

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tina

Cedarburg, WI

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Colette

Whitefish, MT

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Bartlett, TN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roger

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Boynton Beach, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tony

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shelly

Bartlett, TN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding a gondola down the canals of Venice!"

Gisela

Galena, IL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Whitby, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Sheila

Airdrie, AB

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Olathe, KS

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Olathe, KS

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronald

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering into The Pantheon."

Clifford

Syracuse, UT

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Crystal

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louie

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Steven

Lincolnshire, IL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marc

Westford, MA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Winter Garden, FL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Lincolnshire, IL

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 08/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Hans

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Wareham, MA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bryn

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Mulino, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Mulino, OR

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Craig

Nokomis, FL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Mount Vernon, IL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Lake Elmo, MN

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Clovis, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dennis

Mount Vernon, IL

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely a tremendous tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland Alps & Roman Columsium."

Dani

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 07/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Lutz, FL

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wayne

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Adina

West Linn, OR

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland."

Leslie

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Holly

Atascadero, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jared

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jodi

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland."

Beverly

Lutz, FL

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Madison, WI

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Duncanville, TX

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many!!!!"

Barbara

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Aimee

Sterling Heights, MI

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shelley

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Buckley, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lauren

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phil

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Daniel

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Tuscany, Florence, and Lauterbrunnen."

Michael

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Benjamin

Talladega, AL

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Renee

Jersey City, NJ

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beth

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judi

Aiken, SC

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overall experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the highlight, followed by Rome."

Michael

Cropwell, AL

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Matthew

Danville, CA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shelby

Hermitage, TN

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barb

Everett, WA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Reno, NV

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryl

Port Lavaca, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lisa

Louisville, KY

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kyler

Modesto, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Benjamin

Hughson, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Graham, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

George

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the peaks at Lauterbrunnen."

Loren

Bay Village, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Molly

Needham, MA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gayle

Bay Village, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carmen

Cape Coral, FL

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing and memorable experience. The organization and coordination of our tour leader was exceptional. Two weeks was not enough time, however Rick Steves Tour made it seem like a month worth of sightseeing and for that I am very grateful. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but Paris and the amazing museums were the most wow."

Lynn

Irving, TX

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I hoped it would be. This tour took all of that stress out of planning/carrying out a European vacation so that most of the time I could just enjoy the sites/sounds/smells/experience of being in Europe. Our tour guide and the local guides were amazing (with one exception)! We got an education on art, history and architecture while also enjoying some of the most historic, interesting places in Europe. It is a fast paced tour, but at just the right pace for an overview.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Venice for the first time and every hour we spent there. I was not interested in visiting Venice before but my son wanted to go, so we chose this tour. I was immediately taken in by its charms. Another favorite: seeing the statue of David by Michelangelo for the first time. It is breathtaking, beautiful. More than pictures could ever convey. Tears came to my eyes."

Robert

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good trip. Nice people. Excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice."

Beth

Worthington, OH

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was professionally groomed. I could tell it had been well planned, groomed and presented. It was everything I had hoped for and pleasantly surprised by the attention made to details about history, culture and present life. I have been cut off in the #3 and 5!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow' moment was not what I had expected. I was so looking forward to Venice and Florence but the Lauterbrunnen Valley was my "wow" moment.The Alps took my breathe away. Nothing could every prepare me for the majestic mountains. All the pictures, movies and documentaries I have seen in my life time never came close to the experience I had seeing them in person on the tour. The waterfalls were the icing on the cake. I very much enjoyed railway and gondola rides. The hike was so delightful."

Lori

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have told everyone who asked that a Rick Steves Tour is the way to see Europe for the first time. While I was expecting to see great sights, I was thrilled with the learning element of the tour. With every new country, we learned about its history, its culture, and its importance to today's global environment. Tina, our tour guide, did a beautiful job of introducing and explaining what we were doing and seeing while our city-specific tour guides added valuable insights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was standing in the Roman Forum listening to our Rome tour guide - who was spectacular and whose name I sadly can't remember - tell us to look down at the stones at our feet that were 2,000 years old as she begin to tell the stories of Roman Senators, Julius Caesar, and the beginnings of our modern political system. All I could think of was who had walked where I was walking and what those people had seen and done in that same place."

Sean

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 06/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. I really enjoyed traveling through Europe and seeing many things that I had only heard about. I believe that this enriching experience has changed my perspective of the world and impacted it more positively.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though most of the sights I saw amazed me, especially the Eiffel Tower and Saint Peter's Basilica truly surpassed any previous expectations and filled me with awe."

Joseph

Clovis, CA

Tour: 06/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour and it delivered a great taste of Europe. Spending time in several different countries allowed me to see so many different cultures, history, and people just as I expected it would. I thoroughly enjoyed this vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was waking up in my grandparents homeland of Switzerland on my 64th birthday. It was my first visit to this country and it is beautiful. The Lauterbrunnen Valley was awesome and going to the top of Schilthorn on the gondola's was fantastic!"

William

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 06/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a full dose of European highlights. We thoroughly enjoyed the sights and accompanying commentary from our knowledgeable tour guide. There was plenty of "free-time" for personal and family exploring. We were very busy each day with lots to see and do. A tremendous experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were when our tour guide shared her knowledge, thoughts and feelings about some of the great art work we saw in France and Italy. Her passion for European history and art is contagious and brought me to heartfelt tears several times. Also, I must say that when we were walking in the Swiss Alps, the sound of the cowbells hanging from the necks of many cows, was a magical sound I will never forget!"

Joan

Florence, OR

Tour: 06/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Daniela Wedel was the person who went all out to make our trip fabulous. She gave us history, stories and humor along with guidance on every part of our journey. I cannot praise her enough-she makes Rick Steves look exceptional! The group I was with was a nice mixture of very well behaved teenagers, their parents, and seniors,like myself. We had absolutely the best tour of Europe that one can imagine, culminating with St.Peter's Basilica,the most stupendous sight I've ever seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually being at the top of the alps was breath taking! We took gondolas to the top, viewing the peaks all around us, then went halfway down to stroll through villages, surrounded with wild flowers, while cows made music with their different tones of bells. All this and I celebrated my birthday at the top of Switzerland!"

Susan

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 06/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though this tour stated it was active it was much more strenuous than I expected. Even though I exercise and I'm a walker, at times it was very tough to keep up. I am a senior citizen with knee issues, but thought since I was active it would be ok. I made it through every city, but really got worn out at the end. For my taste there were too many art museums. The standing and listening to details of several paintings was not something that interested me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Switzerland and the gondola ride in Venice."

Andrew

Lincoln, IL

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything that was promised. A taste of the very best of Europe. Loved our tour guide and all the people we traveled with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps!"

Luisa

Goshen, IN

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland / Lauterbrunnen Valley's spectacular views and waterfalls!"

Felice

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations at every turn; a perfect way to get the "flavor" of each destination, tasting what each place offered. Don't go if you want a "relaxing vacation". It's full of things to discover, see, do, and experience. I recommend getting to Europe two days ahead to adjust to time zone difference. This was the best trip ever- we brought our 19 and 21 yr old daughters who got educated way beyond what a college professor can do. Best of Europe for sure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps- stunning scenery, Trummelbach Falls, hiking down the mountain, having a beer in the biergarten, and MovenPick Ice cream (best ice cream on the planet)!"

James

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie did a great job as well as Paul, our bus driver. He added greatly to the experience. The guides at all of the sites did a very good job as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toss up between the Alps and the Basilica."

Eric

Goshen, IN

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was so bittersweet. We were having the time of our lives but had to leave on day 6 because of a death in the family. So we completely missed Italy but definitely want to go back. Rick Steves tours are so well planned and professionally run that I can enthusiastically recommend them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Lauterbrunnen valley was fabulous!"

Mary

Lincoln, IL

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not only did we enjoy the cities, countryside and sites, but a lot of the fun was our bus trips partly because we had a great group who were so kind and considerate as well as having the best bus driver ever! Paul from Heidelblom! He was a great addition to our group and was a perfect driver! We felt so safe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! I think what I was looking most forward too was the Alps and that was certainly magical! I have to say each day was never short on magic!"

Bobbie

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide and great group of people. Maybe too much to cover in 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, many. Loved Switzerland."

Jill

Columbus, KS

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our "Best of Europe" tour. Our guide, Reid, was excellent and the group of people on our tour were congenial and fun. Reid provided us with the history and social customs of each country/city we visited which was very insightful and helpful. The hotels were quirky and fun. All of the food was delicious and plentiful. Our local guides were all great with the exception of one. Our bus driver was excellent and the bus was always clean and very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"it is difficult to narrow down fourteen days of wow moments to one favorite. The Swiss alps would be my "wow" for natural beauty. Michelangelo's David and Pietà were very beautiful and thought provoking. Rome's Forum and Coliseum were an engineering marvel. We witnessed so much art and beauty that it is a bit overwhelming."

Mary

Kingston, RI

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic and the people were great. I loved being taken to my hotel, and given a schedule for the next day. I saw and experienced far more than if I had attempted to travel without a tour. The group size is perfect. It lends itself for the natural friendships that form, and allow people to spread out on the many bus rides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've been asked this so many times since I got back. The trip has too many wow moments - I catalogued them daily and by country. Paris - Eiffel Tower and Monet's Waterlilies, Switzerland - the majesty of the Alps, Burgundy - wine tasting;Germany - the Munich Hofbrauhaus beer hall; Venice - St. Mark's Basilica at night; Florence - Michelangelo's David; Rome - the Colosseum and the Vatican. There are simply too many wonderful times, places on this trip to name one. This trip was magical."

Aubrey

Clayton, NC

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an absolute blast. The amount of history I learned behind each town was immense and had me constantly looking up more. The food, nature, and history of each place was exquisite and I'm so glad that I got to be a part of this amazing experience. It wouldn't have been as good without the fantastic tour guides, both Reid and the local ones. I loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when I saw The David in Florence. I was not expecting such a grandiose statue. I was just expecting a regular 6 foot tall statue, but got something on a whole other scale (both literally and metaphorically). It took my breath away."

Isaac

Nixa, MO

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour covered so many cultures and atmospheres and did so effectively in the short 14 day period. The added knowledge from both Dimitri and the local guides helped paint the picture and augment historical value while not just spewing facts. We had no major road blocks in the tour and the transportation was wonderful. I had no complaints from this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the hike and gondola rides in Switzerland was the moment that took my breath away. It was a nice mix of physical exertion and opportunities to look out and enjoy God's creation."

Karen

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You are very fortunate to have such an amazing tour guide - Dimitri was outstanding in every way, not only does he give his heart and soul to the job but he honestly cares about his people on the tour. I'm sure he worked extremely hard behind the scenes in order to make everything seem effortless and seamless. We'd love to go on another tour and be very happy to have him as our guide again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to sum up just one. But Switzerland is hard to beat."

Lisa

Olivehurst, CA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm turning 40 this year and how else to celebrate than going somewhere you've never been before and always wanted to your whole life. I know I wanted to go to Europe except I didn't know where to start. Rick Steve's Europe Tours had exactly what I wanted..a bit touristy but feeling like a local. I was pretty nervous as it was my first time out of the country. And it was only going to be me and my daughter. Boy, as soon as the tour started, I felt right at home! I didn't want it to end!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were when we got to Beaune and Swizterland. The little town of Beaune or at lease what we saw of it, is what I pictured the towns of Europe to be, quiet and quaint..I know I'm a dreamer. But no words can describe the beauty and enchantment of Swizterland. I still cannot stop talking about it! And would love to bring my whole family there to visit someday!"

Steven

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steves' Best of Europe adventure far exceeded our expectations! We were blessed with fabulous weather, a very good, diverse group of travelers, and best of all, an amazing guide that helped ensure that all of us had the experience of a lifetime. We would travel with Dimitri again without reservation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While we experienced many "wow" moments during our tour, our favorite was an impromptu hike through the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The mountains, waterfalls, green grass, colorful flowers, cows and cowbells, along with good family conversation and few laughs along the way -- an experience we will never forget!"

Kathy

Amherst, MA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely Wonderful!! We were truly fortunate to be able to travel with a great group of people and two awesome guides. From the beginning it was evident that our trip was professionally and thoughtfully planned. In every country and place we visited the trip provided unique, genuine and authentic experiences. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I can't wait for our next Rick Steves' tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but for me riding a gondola to the top of the Schilthorn,in Switzerland was my biggest wow moment. I felt like I was on top of the world. It was an incredible awe inspiring moment. What a magnificent planet!!! I am so lucky to have been able to see and experience such beauty."

Kristi

Hudson, NH

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had extremely high expectations for our trip to Europe. We expected our journey to be magical, but we had no idea just how magical it would be! We'd originally chosen this tour because we are fans of Ricks's show. Although we were already avid and independent travelers, we knew we wanted more than just touristy experiences; we wanted to experience the people and culture, to find those little treasures that most tourists miss. Our tour with Rick Steves Europe surpassed all of our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No doubt, my favorite "wow" moment was in Rome with Francesca, our local guide. Art and history are great favorites of mine. I'm an avid reader and museum-goer. But Francesca brought history and art to life in a way I've never experienced before. She engaged both our minds and our hearts: she taught us how to "read" the art and architecture, and then added relevance by connecting the human stories. At one moment I was moved to tears by the beauty and passion in her teaching. She is remarkable."

Brian

Hudson, NH

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply amazing. A month later, and my wife and I continue to spend our evenings wistfully remembering the great places we visited, the history we experienced, and the art that we engaged with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to pick one from so many. In fact, I can't think of one. The entire trip was a wow moment! From Paris to Beaune, to Switzerland, to the impromptu visit to Luxembourg, to Munich, Venice, Florence, Rome...every single place had a wow moment. But, my wife and I are planning on returning to France next, so perhaps we are hoping to catch more wow moments there..."

Kathryn

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than we could have hoped for. Very well thought out and orchestrated. Great balance of group experiences and time to explore on our own. It was definitely just a taste of what Europe has to offer and explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW is hard to define, so many. The Eiffel Tower at 10:00pm, sparkling against a royal blue evening sky, standing with my daughter whispering to me "We are doing this!! We are actually here.""

Bruce

Redding, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent balance of the schedule with regard to tour time, free time, and other activities. Quality of tour leaders was fantastic. Ben was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow's""

Naoe

Seffner, FL

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all the tours and the extras that Ben added to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Rome and it's history."

Barbara

Akeley, MN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip far exceeded my expectations. It was very well organized and I had experiences I would never have seen on my own. (ie. timing of tours so we arrived when lights would go on in a cathedral or the Eiffel tower lights went on). The size of the group was ideal, the lodging was much better than I had hoped for. It was an incredible experience and I loved that I got a taste of so many countries. Thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking onto San Marco Square in Venice, in the evening, seeing it for the first time."

James

Akeley, MN

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good balance between structured and free time. Liked the fact that most of the stays were for two nights. All the guides were good to excellent. Enjoyed the diversity of the communities we stayed in (size, geography, etc). Group size was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The timing of walking into San Marco Square in Venice"

Glen

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day had at least one jaw dropping experience. The guides were helpful and friendly. I really liked the local guides they added that touch of this is my passion and I love sharing it with you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry, but I have too many. One! The churches, the historic paintings, Mona Lisa The stain glass of the church Sainte Chapelle Plaza in Venus Coliseum in Rome The art history lesson in Florence The top of world in the Swiss Alps"

Gillian

Katherine East, NT

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. This tour exceeded every expectation we had from the first introductions to the last breakfast together. we have only positive feedback and could not make any suggestions on how to improve this tour, although being the only Australian on the trip with my husband I said Rick Steve's should advertise more in Australia as the trip was exceptional and I will be spreading the word down under so all can benefit from our experience. The tour had exactly the right balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many its hard to pinpoint one but definitely Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland. The place was amazing, scenery outstanding and the accommodation marvelous with fantastic hosts. Being taken to a region where we could not only enjoy the surrounding countryside, the mountains etc but have the opportunity to visit the Schilthorn on the Alps was incredible, we felt like we were on top of the world."

Ellen

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was amazing. It was the perfect way to get our feet wet in Europe. Our Guide (Ben) and Apprentice (Brendan) provided support and looked out for all of us along the journey. The local guides shared their expertise and passion with us. Going on this tour was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made! I have already encouraged others to sign up for this experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a "wow" moment almost every single hour. Switzerland was as beautiful as I imagined. The view from the refreshing pool in Tuscany could not be beat."

Priscilla

Reston, VA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was even better than we had hoped. I was a bit concerned about the long bus rides, but the scenery was fabulous and Ben was informative and also very intertaining. The cities were a nice mix of planned time and free time. Ben gave good instructions about how to get around in the cities, so we were comfortable on our own when the time came. The tour included a number of activities that we were not expecting, like a mask making demo in Venice, Ben even arranged a gondola ride for all of us

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wows to name one! As a sculptor myself, I found the many many statues to be fascinating. Switzerland was breathtaking and a striking contrast of natural beauty after the man made beauties of Paris."

Robert

Hadley, MA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time! I tend to be an introvert so I was a little apprehensive about a tour, but I found it to be a wonderful way to travel. I learned a lot and had a great time doing it. Everyone I met was great, especially the tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the top of the Schilthorn."

Gary

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great time, we learned SO MUCH about history from our Tour guide as well as the independent guides in each City. There were WOW moments around every turn, possibly since it was our first tour to Europe. The tour guide eased our language barriers and answered our questions along the way which facilitated getting around and allowed further enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So MANY, possibly St. Peters Basilica or San Marcos in Venice."

Jayne

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was simply the most wonderful time of my life. It was actually better than I could even have imagined!! Everything went smoothly and as planned without any hitches. The rest of the group were the nicest people and I made lots of new friends. I learned so much about the history, the language and the dos and don't before we arrived to each city so I felt very comfortable when we arrived. You are given lots of free time daily or to opt out completely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be honest, every city was a WOW moment. Paris actually brought a tear to my eye as it was so beautiful. Beaune was so mid evil and charming. The top of the Alps....OMG, Munich, again so charming and friendly. Venice and Florence....oh the damage I did shopping! And Roma, the history makes you speechless!!!"

Huitian

Signal Hill, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our first trip to Europe. We did not know what to expect. It turned out we had a perfect highlight tour. The daily schedules were efficient. Group members were friendly. Our tour guide, Jennifer, was the best. We learned a lot about the histories and art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering through the valley along the river in the Swiss Alps. The ground was covered with wildflowers. Swiss cows roamed nearby surrounded by cliffs and waterfalls. In the restaurant, we tried some Swiss HOT milk. It was amazing."

Pat

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip! We saw so much and did so many things. Our guide was excellent! We had a great group of travelers. In every country there was a new revelation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every country had a "wow" moment. But my favorites were Michelangelo's David and the Dachau. Both were very powerful. Dachau was very emotional but I wish everyone had the chance to see it."

Charles

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 2nd Rick Steves' Tour and it was an unbelievable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having studied architecture and the European history I was amazed by the sheer scale of it all. everything I experienced was a wow moment but I must say that the David sculpture and the realization that it was done in one take (no models), was amazing."

Mark

Signal Hill, CA

Tour: 05/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time learning and experiencing new cultures and ideas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland."

Nancy

Coppell, TX

Tour: 05/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow. Wow. Wow. I bought into the famous "See America First" ad campaign of my childhood, visiting all 50 states before I considered a Europe Through the Back Door tour. It was amazing - chock full of wonderful sights, tastes, sounds, smells, languages, people, and experiences I couldn't have gotten any other way. I've been fortunate enough to taken many wonderful trips in my lifetime; Best of Europe in 14 Days topped them all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments. Perhaps my favorite was our gondola ride in Venice with live musicians in the center boat. We floated through the storied canals, turning a corner to gasp at the full moon. Seeing Michelangelo's stunning statue of David bathed in natural light was a very close second! I was so impressed by that experience in Florence! The Eiffel Tower light display at the end of our Paris driving tour was outstanding, made even more special with champagne provided by our guide."

Jill

Tupelo, MS

Tour: 05/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was beyond wonderful! Anyone who is interested in seeing Europe for the first time should definitely go on a Rick Steves Tour, because you not only get to see those famous sights you've always wanted to see but you also get the history and facts about each location which enriches the experience exponentially.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice!!! Absolutely loved Venice! It is definitely a place like no other."

John

Lake Orion, MI

Tour: 05/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best tour ever.. history was explained while the bus was moving .Great idea but all time was used to educate the group.Everyone enjoyed the history letures.Also help on. How not to get lost were good..Food great. Guides Reed and Jessie..Both had a true interest in each and every destination..I felt really. Lucky to have them as guides I will for ever really remember there. Names. And the wife and are planning another trip soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris AT night.glass of champane at Efil tower.. night at Saint Marks Square with Champane...The Walk thru Roman Ruins..,Just simply the best time I every had and wife also feels the same..Sorry for late answer I just wanted to say thanks in the best way with thought . John Jansen md"

Judy

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end I enjoyed every minute. Every expectation was surpassed multiple times a day. The structured time and free time was just perfect. I appreciated Reid's knowledgeable insights on the country, culture, language, food, and what to expect. We never stood in long lines. We were up early and ready to go each morning Each city's local tour guides added valuable information to understand each area and the history behind the location. Would never go without a Rick Steve;s Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive in to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland and seeing the most beautiful picturesque lakes and communities. This area is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Also, while celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in Venice we were given the gondola with the musician & singer. While singing an awesome song, the gondola driver turns the corner and there's an almost full moon in the sky that lights up the water of the canal. It was magical Wow moment!!"

Jack

Monmouth, OR

Tour: 05/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw an amazing amount of Europe countryside, architecture, art, and local cityscapes on our 14-day tour. The meals/cuisine and hotels furnished by Steve's were all excellent quality and conveniently located to local attractions and mass transportation. The tour guide was well-organized and kept everything on schedule in a pleaseant manner; he also furnished much competent information on the history of the various regions and attractions. Excellent museum tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tours of Venice and Roman museums and cityscapes by professional Steve's guides/docents. Statue of David by Michael Angelo. "April" and "Venus" paintings by Boticelli (sp?). Notre Dame and St. Mark's Cathedrals. Colliseum"

Nancy

Lake Orion, MI

Tour: 05/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so pleased with the overall experience, it exceeded my expectations. The destinations were well chosen and the organization of the trip was top notch. I felt I was able to see so much of these beautiful areas in a short time and I really enjoyed myself. I loved not having to worry about any details! The group was very enjoyable and was the perfect size. I know everyone had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A gondola ride in Venice under a full moon, the medieval hospital in Beaune and the tour of the colosseum!"

Connie

Aledo, TX

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent amount of 'together' time with our fellow tour participants, and time to explore alone, if we desired. We had a GREAT group, and loved getting to know our fellow travelers and spending time with them. We were fortunate to have the BEST tour guides! Tina and Fatima were great. Tina was so knowledgeable about every place we visited, and we so enjoyed her talks on the bus where she gave us great history lessons about the places we were visiting and insight in to what we should expect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Strolling through the town of Beaune early in the morning. Such a quaint, beautiful village. So blessed to be able to explore the back streets and experience the small French town! Or maybe it was sitting on the patio of our room in the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland and counting FOUR waterfalls we could see! But there was also the peaceful winery in Tuscany that was our 'home' for 2 days....I can't pick just one!"

Sandra Lee

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Rick Steve's tour was incredible. I got to see places I've only seen in pictures or on tv. The tour gave us opportunities to experience museums, memorials and monuments everyday. I didn't expect all the history I'd learn while traveling and touring. That was a bonus. Our guides Tina and Fatima were a wealth of information at every turn. They were experienced and knowledgable. They were also very concerned with how each of the tour members were doing and feeling. I felt secure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the base of the Eiffel Tower and realizing I was not looking at a picture, I was there with my husband in real life."

Meredith

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our Rick Steves tour. We learned so much about each country and had the most enjoyable time. The tour was a great mix of group activities and free time, which gave you time to relax or see sites that were not part of the tour. It was my husband and my first time in Europe, and I couldn't have imagined doing it any differently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was arriving at Villa Il Crocicchio. The beautiful views of Tuscany, the vineyards, and the mountains were a perfect way to start our relaxing few days at the Villa. Our time there was a nice, relaxing break in our busy tour schedule."

Dean

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a great experience that I am greatly missing our tour! I want to go back and do it all again. Honestly, the whole experience far exceeded even my fondest expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to know the other people in our group was the most meaningful part of the tour for me. What great people. I feel as though I have thirty new besties. Really. And to be with them to experience the wonders of Europe together was magical. Also, the bus time was more exhilarating than I expected."

Norene

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having been on the Rick Steves Germany, Austria & Switzerland tour in 2012, I had high expectations. This trip, although more physically demanding, was another winner! Our guides, Tina and Fatima, were excellent as were the local guides. It was interesting to have European guides who not only gave us historical backgrounds of the countries, but also tips on the culture and the things that are and are not socially acceptable! Our fellow travelers were the greatest!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris and Switzerland will always rank very high with me. I had been to those places before and would never tire of them! This was my first time in Italy, and I especially loved the Agri-Turismo in Tuscany and the Roman ruins. The village experiences, including Tuscany, Beaune and the wine-tasting were wonderful. And the food, the food, the food! Cooking demonstration was fabulous!"

Diane

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The guides were great, particularly Tina who was so knowledgeable and confident and down to earth. The itinerary was good. Some days were quite busy, but we were prepped for these days and then there were the quieter days when we caught our breath. Everything was very organized from the beginning to the end. The places we stayed each had their personality and they were comfortable.The local guides were so knowledgeable. The tour was fantastic! Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was beautiful and the scenery and experience in Lauterbrunnen Valley and the gondola ride to Schilthorn Point was beyond beautiful"

Chris

Aledo, TX

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was more than we could have expected. Although tiring, we saw so many places we thought we would never see, and made some new friends along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps and the Colosseum in Rome, one an evidence of the creation of God and the other evidence of what man can create."

Erik

Loveland, CO

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A Rick Steves Tour is the best scenario for first time European travelers. The 14 day is perfect!. We never could have seen as much and enjoyed so much if we had been on our own. Everything was nicely done from the accommodations, food, bus and tour guides. By the way, the tour guides with us were excellent. We had a great balance of information and interaction, but plenty of time to ourselves also. And the local tour guides at each location were fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! The beauty of the snow on the swiss a;ps with the green valley of the Interlocken area was unbelievable. Also St Marks basilica in Venice with all of the mosaics brought tears to my eyes."

Daniel

Pickerington, OH

Tour: 04/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered a lot of ground on our tour with a good mix of museums, outdoor scenery and relaxation. My favorite part of the tour was our guides - both the Rick Steves guides and the local guides. Their fantastic work allowed us to really experience the places we visited and enjoy the trip without having to deal with much of the logistics. The local guides help us get a much richer experience out of each site.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several wow moments in museums. I'll start with seeing Monet's Water lilies paintings in the Orangerie. I was looking forward to seeing these paintings prior to the trip and the experience was even better than I imagined. The stained glass windows in Sainte-Chapelle were stunning - how did they do that in the 1200s? During our free time we visited the Rodin museum in Paris and the Duomo Museum in Florence. Both of these museums were beautifully set up with good info about the art."

Wronda

Camas, WA

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a solo traveler but found myself surrounded by new friends. It was a wonderful experience and one I would like to repeat in the near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Venice, it was everything I had hoped it would be. So the whole city was a "wow". But I had two surprises. My two surprises were the Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen and the David in Florence. I did not expect water falls to be that incredible. I will never forget them. I did not expect to be moved by a statue, especially not one that I had seen in so many images throughout my life. The David took my breath away with its strength and beauty."

Becky

Cumming, GA

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and our tour exceeded our expectations! Everything was thoughtfully planned and I'm sure Marijan has led countless groups like ours, but it didn't seem "rehearsed" or stale. There was a good balance of structured activities and free time. We really only felt rushed at the Louvre and wish we had more time. Marijan was so knowledgeable and we loved learning about each country's history, politics, culture and language as we traveled. Our group was so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyone has asked us this since we got home and we have struggled to find "our favorite" moment- there were so many. However, I was truly "wowed" when I saw the statue of "David" for the first time. Following close behind was the smells from Sonia's kitchen in Tuscany as she showed us how to make risotto! And of course... there was the Alps! Need we say more!"

Elaine

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite last minute health issues that continued on the trip I was astounded at the tour's level of quality. Marijan's expertise showed repeatedly. He was an amazing tour guide. Always pleasant even when he had a cold like everyone else was getting. When weather didn't cooperate he made the best of it taking what was his free time to help fill the day in Switzerland. I can't imagine a better experience except being my normal healthy self!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very hard to pick just one moment. I guess it would be standing in the Capitoline and looking out on the parthenon and colosseum on a beautiful fall day in Rome."

Ronald

Bothell, WA

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our tour! We had a fun and friendly group, and a fantastic guide! A great way to experience our first European trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The optional Gondola ride in Venice. Marijan took a head count of how many of us wanted to do the ride and then arranged a wonderful deal for our group, complete with singer and accordian player. We never would have done this on our own. The sunset ride was incredible!"

Lesli

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spectacular!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louvre,the Eiffel tower, the colosseum , "The David".....Marijan's wealth of knowledge."

Rodney

Yellow Grass, SK

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good introduction to Europe

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views in Switzerland"

Margaret

Yellow Grass, SK

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of "wow" moments from the incredible churches to the view in Switzerland."

Holly

Paradise, CA

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so well planned that everything went off without a hitch. Even when weather forced a change, another site was [INVALID]ed that we wouldn't have even known wasn't the original plan without being told. The itinerary was varied with something for everyone from a cooking demonstration to a hike through a mountain waterfall to a view of 3 thousand years of urban civilization. I can't say enough about Marijan, besides being a genuinely nice person his knowledge was phenomenal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, I found myself almost daily literally saying "wow". It seemed that each day was so incredible yet there was more to come throughout the trip."

James

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 10/10/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was well thought out. Great itinerary Good "sightseeing events" Good meals Great guide, bus and driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunner hotel and planned hike."

Don

Grayslake, IL

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited some terrific locations with great historical detail from our tour guide as well as the local guides that joined us along the way. The members of our tour group were great, everyone was timely, friendly, social and fun to be around. The tour bus driver was also a great asset to our fun filled adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest wow moment was the Swiss Alps. Incredible views everywhere you look. We were fortunate enough to have a great view of the mountains from our hotal balcony. During our hike thorough the Alps every view was different and spectacular."

Janet

Vineyard Haven, MA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best vacation of my life, from our initial meeting in Paris to our farewell dinner in Rome. The balance of free and guided time was just right, and the group activities were planned with care and with an eye to getting the most out of each place. I feel most fortunate in our mix of people in the group. We bonded together to become a little tribe of travelers on the adventure of a lifetime. Our diversity in age was a very good thing; it made it all more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The postcard quality of the Swiss Alps. The mountains wearing halos of white clouds against an intensely blue sky."

Neal

Vineyard Haven, MA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime! We enjoyed every minute lead by the best guide we could ever have hoped for, Rolinka. Rolinka was thoughtful,caring, very friendly, intelligent, and even motherly when a member became ill. I hope we can see her again some day. Every day was a new adventure in some of the most fantastic locations I have ever seen. Our group of 21 were all wonderful people similar to us. We made many friends on this trip, connections that will never be forgotten.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments so it is hard to choose. The visit to the Swiss Alps was spectacular!"

Rose

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was great- mostly organize and very well informed. I appreciated the orientations before each city and the history lessons were very helpful! I would have expected hotels that were just one step above what we had- given the price of the trip- or at least that the last hotel experience be exceptional as we were most tired and least tolerant at that point. All of the rooms were adequate and the hotel in Munich was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Colosseum was my wow moment- but there were many. Paris was amazing. Switzerland was amazing. Venice was amazing. Florence was amazing- too quick- Rome was amazing. Too many great moments to choose."

Dennis

San Diego, CA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to Europe before on our own, touring at a slower pace. Having limited opportunities to do so, we decided to book this tour to pack in as many experiences as we could in the time we could afford. This tour totally delivered, and did so in a way that is in line with our values and expectations. I chose this tour specifically because I like the way Rick Steves travels as seen on the PBS shows.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was having "wow" moments the entire time really. But the most different from my previous experiences was hiking in the Alps in Switzerland. I had to keep stopping and reminding myself that what I was seeing was real."

David

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible experience. I was part of a great group of people and we had a wonderful tour guide, Rolinka is such a gem! The food was excellent and we ate very well, but we were also kept active so we, or at least I didn't gain weight, but lost it. The local guides were great resources as well. I appreciate all of the guides for their knowledge and insights. It was great to be able to get into the museums, avoid the lines, and to be taken to the main areas of interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, the various arts of the Louvre. Hearing about the US from the point of view of Munich. But I'd have to say the top one for me was seeing Michelangelo's David. We got to see the replica at the plaza, but there is no comparison with the original. Our guide took us to where we could see it from a distance. Let it sink in and absorb it, then get close and be able to see it from all angles. Words can't describe that masterpiece and it was very moving to see it in person."

Fred

Manassas, VA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed seeing all the cities and the countryside's of the five countries we visited. Appreciated all the work and planning that Rolinka put into the trip to make it go so smoothly. While enjoying all the sights, I also enjoyed meeting and getting to know such a good group of people! I would certainly recommend the trip for anyone wishing to get an introduction to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had many wow moments, but the Swiss Alps were great, Venice unique and Paris and Rome were more than I expected and I would love to go back to delve further."

George

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka, our guide, made this tour fabulous and beyond my expectations. It was a fast moving tour, but Rolinka paced our group of 21 travelers comfortably filling us with deep understanding and information for each country, city, and location we visited. The 14-day itinerary is varied and provided a diverse look at Central Europe. This was an extremely rewarding travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were my definite "wow" experience. We had a spectacularly clear, sunny, blue sky day on the mountains traveling to the top of the Schilthorn and later completing the North Face Trail hike. Paris was almost as equally a "wow" experience, but the Alps were truly beyond my hopes and imagination."

Lisa

Lake In The Hills, IL

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned & included more then I expected to see in such a short time in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to name just one because I felt like "WOW" each new location we arrived at! Switzerland was jaw dropping gorgeous! Venice was so unique though! Almost every city offered something that was not quite matched by the next."

Jill

Grayslake, IL

Tour: 10/03/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka was the best guide EVER ! We laughed a lot, learned a lot, made new friends. Also important, everything we saw and experienced was put into cultural and historical perspective giving the whole tour so much more depth. We were also exposed to (taught) mass transit in each country and given city tour orientation walks. This is important to mention because it enables us to now re-visit these places with confidence on our own. i could go on and on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For many of my fellow travelers it was the Swiss Alps. Truly magnificent! But for me it was Michaelangelo. To see so much of what he designed and created. To be so close to such unparalleled genius brought me to tears."

Alan

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Europe in 14 days far exceeded my expectations. From start to finish we enjoyed every moment. From the outstanding tour coordinator Cary, to our bus driver John and all of the tour guides in each of the cities, everyone was at the top of their game. I can't tell you how many folks I have recommended this tour to. We are looking forward to future tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to write down. From the Eifel Tower at night to the top of the Alps."

Keith

Mandeville, LA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Itinerary, local tour guides and bus driver were exceptional, but our Rick Steves guide (Cary) was the consummate professional. Some might have not noticed, but I realized how much time and effort she put into tying everything together and coordinating a constantly changing intinerary and cast of characters. She really made the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike through the Swiss Alps and the group picnic. The Lauterbrunnen Valley was spectacular."

Daniel

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed our first experience traveling Europe. This did exceed our expectations and provided us a wealth of knowledge about Europe. The accommodations were great and the pace met our needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice Italy. With all the news about it sinking, I was impressed with what good condition it was still in. Also expected the canals to smell. That was not the case, as the sea tides seamed to flush the canals well."

Denise

Enid, OK

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Every detail of the trip was planned out. Loved the surprises along the way. Would definitely do another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming out of the metro station and looking across the street at the Coliseum. Such a massive structure that is 2000 years old."

Eloise

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every place we went just seemed to get better and better. The local guides were awesome; would not have learned a fraction of things without them. Not having to stand lines was really appreciated. Staying in close-in hotels and avoiding the typical American-type hotels was the best. Our guide and driver were both outstanding. They went above and beyond. It is clear they love what they do and feel appreciated by Rick Steves' company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One? We had wow moments every day! Cary helped facilitate our after-dark cruise in Venice...100% participation from our group. That says a lot. The Eiffel Tower before the tour was a highlight. Hiking in the Alps. How can you compare the wow moments in Venice, Florence and Rome!"

Teddy

Allen, TX

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour! This was our first Rick Steves tour and my first time to visit Europe. It exceeded our expectation, especially with the little touches along the way. We could not have asked for a better tour guide (Cary), assistant (Meg), or bus driver (John). They all treated us like family. The experience and knowledge from our trip has helped us become better travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife's was the private group gondola ride under the stars with singing on a calm Grand Canal. Mine was the Swiss Alps which included our hike from Grütschalp to Mürren to Gimmelwald, the group pot luck lunch with the priceless background, and the views from the top of Schilthorn (9,748 ft) on a gorgeous clear day."

Linda

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was perfectly executed and there were no snags. I know that was no accident and it was amazing how smoothly all the details were handled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mask making demonstration in Venice and the surprise stop at the American cemetary in Italy."

Christine

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our best of Europe tour was all we had hoped for, and then some! Our guide, Anja, was absolutely amazing. She gave us so much interesting historical information, as well as helpful travel tips, for every city we visited. We had a good mix of group time and time on our own to explore. All our hotels were in great locations. Our group of fellow travelers was friendly and fun to spend time with. This tour was a perfect introduction to the major cities of Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride from Wegnen and the hike we took in the Alps took my breath away! Every turn of the trail led us to an even more beautiful sight. Anja had suggested we pack a lunch to enjoy on the trait, which was the perfect plan for the day. The other wow moment was when I first laid eyes on the Colloseum! Wow! It felt like I was living history!"

Carole

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

IT was simply amazing! Our guides were fun, friendly and helpful. The pace was more walking than I was use to, but I held up well till St. Peter's Basilica. And there was no where for miles yet to sit! It was fun seeing how well we could do on our own having been in the City only for a half a day sometimes. There were so many little special touches included that made for so many great experiences. The highlights are numerous! It was the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trail walk in Switzerland. Near Jungfrau. And seeing the sculpture of David"

Michael

Bristol, WI

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first organized tour, and I was a little apprehensive about having to be on a schedule all the time. My fears were unfounded, however, as there is plenty of free time in each location and our tour guide (Anja) and her assistant (Lynn) recommended so many additional activities that I hardly felt I was one any type of schedule. This was a great introductory tour of Europe that definitely leaves you wanting to come back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was an unscheduled side trip to the American cemetery near Florence. We had prepared for all the cities and sites on the itinerary, but our guides and driver made a special stop along the way to visit this site, and it was well worth it. It's the kind of stop you might make if you were traveling along the highway on your own, and we were able to do it with a bus full of 21 people. Much appreciated."

Richard

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was way better than I had hoped for. From the first day to the last was filled with amazing people and sites

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick, Paris Eiffel Tower,food, local food markets. Switzerland, Alps, Hotel, Munich, Octoberfest, Florence, hotel, David, Venice, Everything Rome all the sights and sounds."

Ronald

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour more than met my expectations, which were pretty high! The sights on the tour were great, the tour logistics were great, and our tour guides and driver (Paul) were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An unexpected stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, which was on on the way to Florence. The site was quite impressive, and was a tremendous reminder of the sacrifice that so many soldiers made for the sake of freedom. It was a very humbling experience, which made me appreciate all that we saw so much more."

Jody

Bristol, WI

Tour: 09/24/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was top notch from the hotels to the activities to the guides. Great value!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 2 favorite things of the tour was the day hike in the Swiss Alps and our time in Venice."

Keith

Flossmoor, IL

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time in Europe. The first was 2 weeks in France in 2006; one week in Paris and one week in Nice. We were on our own and had a great time but, it was very hot there in July. Our group trip in September (Best of Europe) was our first organized tour of any kind. Our having already been in Paris, made the first days a breeze. We revisited a few things and experienced many more new things. We loved the pace of travel, the relaxed bus rides and of course, Margaret.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really don't have one wow moment. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. The Alps were very spectacular as was the art and architecture that we were exposed to every day."

Ricki

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I REALLY APPRECIATED OUR TOUR GUIDE'S EXPERIENCE AND VETTING OF PLACES TO VISIT AND EXPERIENCE. I REALLY ENJOYED THE LOW STRESS OF NOT HAVING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT LOGING AND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN CITIES. My objective in using an organized tour was to maximize what we could see in 14 days while still having free time to explore some different things that I was personally interested in. I have to say, On our own, we could not have possibly been exposed to so much is so little time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon. Never ceases to amaze me."

Sue

Lamesa, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The coach, Matt, Margret all of our tour members were so thoughtful, friendly and helpful. The places we stayed were clean and everything was well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to go to the top of the Swiss Alps and the weather and visibility was perfect."

Anthony

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted a blast through Europe to experience as many places in 14 days. it was quite the workout. I lost 8 pounds walking around all the time. We met the local people. we saw museums. we saw landmarks. we ate local foods. we walked the various cities....and I liked the overall serenity of these cities and the fact that Europeans make walking use of their cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW for me was just being in places that I have only read about. Luckily I had a guided tour, so I did not blindly walk past stuff."

Steven

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience! We are so impressed by the quality and breadth of our RS tour that we are recommending taking a tour to all of our friends and family. Not only did we see all of the high points of each city but we were treated to a deeper experience by our wonderful guide Margaret, who was also amazingly informed and a rich resource for each stop and the culture of travel unique to each city as well as the local subject matter experts in Paris, Munich, Venice and Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible for just one Wow moment. The wine tasting in Beaune France! Great wine, wonderful atmosphere and tasty food made for a WOW moment. Opening our rooms deck doors in Switzerland to see a lighted waterfall and the Swiss Alps in the distance."

Janet

Homer, AK

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the whole tour. The hotels were quite nice, the coach (bus) was comfortable and our guide was fun and knowledgeable about the countries and areas we visited. The local guides were great. I loved the organized group activities, but appreciated the down time we had most days so that we could explore on our own or just relax a bit. Having the transportation and accommodations taken care of was nice for a first time trip to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was at the Capitoline Museum, and getting my first view of the Forum."

Juan

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was truly a dream vacation for myself and my wife. My wife dreamed of celebrating her birthday in Europe an not only was she able to celebrate but most importantly, our experience was amazing. Margaret, our guide, taught us how to enjoy Europe and empowered us to do the next Europe trip on our own. My wife will forever be thankful to Margaret for the incredible experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opening the window to our hotel in Switzerland and seeing the awe inspiring view of the mountain and the giant cascade pouring out of the mountain. In Rome, when we exited the subway, only to be met by the awesome view of the Colosseum. ."

Julie

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an absolutely amazing time. It was my first time to Europe and this was the perfect opportunity for me because I was able to experience so many amazing places in a short amount of time. I loved that I barely had to think about scheduling any tours or outings because the tour covered so many great highlights. I thought it was a nice balance between coordinated events and free time. I am now equipped with enough European knowledge that I have the places I want to explore for my return visit

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland[INVALID]the view from the Schiltorn"

Suzanne

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thought it was a fantastic tour overall! Loved the people in our group, the places we went, the food we ate, and Margaret our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name just one, but seeing such historic works of art first hand was a great experience! Also the mammoth proportions of the Roman Coloseum, Forum, etc. was amazing!"

Jill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a little apprehensive about participating in a group tour, but I shouldn't have worried. The experience could not have been better. Margaret, our guide, was an experienced professional who was always looking out for us. We experienced more than we ever could have fit into two weeks on our own. The other tour members were fun, adventurous travelers who made the tour experience truly fantastic. I can't say enough good things about our experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nighttime "dolce vita" walk in Rome. It was one of those "I'm really here!" moments that will always stick with me."

Roxanne

Byron, MN

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing!! It was our first trip to Europe and to be able to pack so much into a 2 week period was just wonderful for us! So glad we choose a structured tour to make the best use of our time. Saw SO much! If we never made it back to Europe again I will still be satisfied with all that we saw. But, Of course we hope to get back many times!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I said, being our first trip to Europe...Almost everyday was a bit surreal to me! I had so many "pinch me am I really here?" moments I almost cant' pick a favorite! Paris was Wow!. Venice was a Wow! the Swiss Apls, even with cloudy weather was still a Wow!"

Peggy

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour and the folks that were in our group. It was a little fast and furious but I kept up! My husband and I are thinking about taking another Rick Steve's tour and we just got home. This was my first trip to Europe and the experience was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since this was my first time to Europe the whole tour was a wow moment for be. I really liked having the radio so I could hear everything our guide was talking about."

Scott

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed meeting and interacting with our tour group. Our tour guide, Roy, was wonderful. He has an archaeological background and so do I. His comments brought historical context to our journeys. I was frustrated by the number of tourists at Venice and Rome(I will not return). I was also exhausted at the end of our trip. When Rick says that a tour is hectic, believe him! I would not recommend the visit to Dachau, it was emotionally draining. I loved Switzerland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The statue of David. It was so beautiful that I cried. The Alpine pipe players in Switzerland were fantastic. The Roman forum itself was worth the price of the tour."

Andrew

Auburn, WA

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind so its difficult to compare it to anything. We had an awesome time on the tour. It was a great tour to get a flavor of different cities and countries so you can return back on your own for a longer stay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Biggest "wow" moment was seeing David in the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Either that or the cab ride from the Rome hotel to the airport. Upon arrival we all said "wow" can't believe we made it in one piece."

Sara

Westlake, OH

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves knows how to do it right. Everything was great for my first introduction to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't bring it down to just one. Probably seeing David or the Coliseum in Rome."

Richard

Westlake, OH

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fast-paced, touching just some of the highlights in each city. Super group dynamics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman Coliseum and the Forum -- sense of antiquity; a foreign [different] society which had such an impact in history; loss of art after the fall of the Empire; volume of artifacts still buried under the city."

Richard

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a great introduction to Europe. We saw so much of Europe that I would have missed if I was driving or flying over it. The local guides definitely made the trip. They were knowledgable and enhanced the over experience. The group dinners were out standing. I was always surprised by how much food was severed. I had no appreciation of how long it took to eat in Europe, expect at least two hours. The only down side was not being to stop and see interesting sites between the cities,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I keep thinking about Note Dame, it was just so over the top and the stained glass was fantastic."

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/17/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Guide (Roy) and driver (Phillipe) were outstanding. Local guides in Florence and Rome equally outstanding. Nice mix of structured time with freedom to go off on our own. It's an excellent tour for someone who has not been to Europe before...too much bus time and distance traveled, though, for people who have been there before. We chose it because we had an elderly traveling companion, and a structured tour for her made a lot of sense. Group meals fun, food B to B-

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's time with us in Rome. Followed closely by going off on our own to the Trastevere neighborhood. Alps also very beautiful, of course"

Robin

Ponca City, OK

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was really pleased with how smoothly the tour went and the like the idea of traveling with a small group. For me it covered about the right amount of details, that is, hitting the highlights of large museums in a few hours and not trying to see everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How glad I am that we went ahead with this tour. After last fall's Paris attacks, we almost decided not to go. I felt very safe everywhere we went. It was a very great trip and I look forward to planning another one soon."

Christy

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Over-all the trip was a blast- Made more so by the group of people we traveled with. I would always include a Vatican tour. It was a hassle for everyone to get one scheduled- when clearly that is the one thing the group wanted to do. I think 26 out of our 28 went. I would skip the Capitoline museum tour. It was long and though the guide was awesome- I heard from almost everyone that it was our least favorite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Switzerland- throwing open the doors from our hotel room and looking out at the absolute beauty."

Weather

France / Paris

Paris Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

Learn more about France, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

Tour Hotels

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Paris before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Best of Europe guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of French, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are a few sightseeing suggestions that we will not do as a group: walk the Champs-Elysées and climb the Arc de Triomphe*; visit Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and the Old Opera House; day trip to Versailles*; visit these museums: Cluny* (medieval art), Pompidou* (modern art), Marmottan (Impressionist art), Invalides* (military), Rodin* (sculpture), and the Jewish History* museum. (* Entry is free with the 2-day Paris Museum Pass you'll be given the morning the tour begins. To save money, you may want to visit a couple of these before the Welcome Meeting on Day 1 or during your free afternoon on Day 2.)

This tour does not include a visit to the Eiffel Tower. However it is often a highlight for travelers, and one we highly recommend. Avoid the lines by booking tickets several weeks in advance. For more details, see our Eiffel Tower ticket tips for tour members.

Spending extra time after the tour in Rome? Here are a few suggestions for sightseeing that we do not do as a group: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (for these, we suggest you book reservations several weeks ahead — see our Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel reservation tips for tour members), Borghese Gallery (reservations mandatory), Spanish Steps, Capuchin Crypt, National Museum of Rome, Ancient Appian Way (great for biking), and catacombs.

Packing

While hiking boots are not necessary for our time in the Swiss Alps, you'll want to bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes that offer good traction. Also, if swimming interests you, bring along a swimsuit and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel, as we'll have a couple of opportunities to get wet.

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

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