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  • Open-Air Folk Museum, Arnhem, Netherlands
    The Netherlands
  • Rhine Valley and Bacharach, Germany
    Bacharach in the Rhine Valley
  • Rothenburg, Germany
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Gondola ride, Venice, Italy
    Venice
  • Florence
  • Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    Rome
  • Italy's Cinque Terre
  • Swiss Alps
  • Wine tasting, Beaune, France
    Wine Tasting in Beaune, France
  • Paris

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Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour

from $5,295 per person + air

Single Supplement $925

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Our classic, three-week Best of Europe tour packs more travel thrills into a single vacation than you can imagine. Starting in the Netherlands with your Rick Steves guide, you'll experience the best of Amsterdam, Germany's Rhine Valley and Romantic Road, castles and forests of Austria's Tirol, canals of Venice, Renaissance Florence, the art and history of Rome, seaside villages of the Cinque Terre, the majestic Swiss Alps, country charms of France's Burgundy region, and the City of Light — Paris. Join us for the Best of Europe in 21 Days!

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What's Included

You'll get at least 35 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of Europe tour:

  • Haarlem walking tour
  • Amsterdam walking tour
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Amsterdam canal cruise
  • Dutch open-air museum
  • Rhine River cruise
  • Rheinfels Castle
  • Bacharach walking tour
  • Rothenburg Night Watchman's tour
  • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Wieskirche
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting)
  • Venice walking tour
  • St. Mark's Square and Basilica
  • Florence Renaissance walking tour
  • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David)
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum
  • Forum
  • Pantheon
  • Italian hill town
  • Orientation for "vacation" day in Cinque Terre
  • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps
  • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune
  • Wine tasting in Burgundy
  • 2-day Paris Museum Pass
  • Paris walking tour
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Paris panoramic bus tour
  • Louvre Museum

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Europe come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Haarlem to Paris
  • 20 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books), 3-in-1 French, Italian, German phrase book, and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2021
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the Netherlands

We'll start in quintessentially Dutch Haarlem, a quick train, bus, or taxi ride from the Amsterdam airport. We'll meet at our hotel at 3 p.m. for an orientation and chance to get acquainted, followed by a walking tour of this charming town and a traditional rijsttafel dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Haarlem.

Day 2: Progressive, Artistic Amsterdam

We'll hop aboard the train into Amsterdam this morning and begin our day with a guided tour of the remarkable Rijksmuseum, featuring masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Our introduction to this progressive, artistic city continues with an informative walking tour of Amsterdam's historic streets, lined with teetering, gable-topped houses overlooking centuries-old canals. After a break for lunch, we'll cruise the canals on a relaxing canal boat. Then, you'll have free time to visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House (reserve online, well in advance!), or whatever strikes your fancy. Your evening is free for more adventures in Amsterdam or back in Haarlem. Dinner is on your own.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Train: 1 hour. Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Sleep in Haarlem.

Day 3: Dutch Treats and Rhine Views

We'll travel to Arnhem's open-air museum this morning to see what life was like in this corner of Europe centuries ago. We'll wander among the quaint houses, village storefronts, and working windmills, followed by a traditional Dutch pancake lunch. Then we'll work our way down to Germany's castle-studded Rhineland, enjoying dinner together at our half-timbered hotel nestled in the medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in Bacharach.

Day 4: Rhine Castles and a River Cruise

This morning, we'll take a walking tour of Bacharach with an entertaining local guide. Afterward, at nearby St. Goar, we'll hike up the hill to tour the mighty medieval Rheinfels Castle and enjoy its commanding view of the Rhine Valley. We'll then board a boat for a relaxing Rhine River cruise, passing picturesque villages and feudal castles, followed by free time for dinner on your own.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Boat: 1 hour. Bus: ½ hour. Sleep in Bacharach.

Day 5: Medieval Rothenburg

We'll get an early start today, arriving in Rothenburg, Germany's best-preserved medieval town, just before lunchtime. After a helpful orientation tour, the afternoon is yours to see the best woodcarving in Germany (Riemenschneider's altarpiece), walk the medieval wall, tour the Crime and Punishment Museum, or hunt down the best apple strudel in town. This evening we'll tag along on the legendary Night Watchman's tour.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Rothenburg.

Day 6: Dachau and Austria's Tirol

Today we'll make a 21st-century pilgrimage to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial near Munich, where we'll learn powerful lessons about the Holocaust and World War II. We'll then drive across the Bavarian countryside to visit Germany's greatest Rococo-style church, the Wieskirche. Winding our way toward Austria, we'll arrive at our rural Tirolean guest house in time for a traditional dinner.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep near Reutte.

Day 7: Neuschwanstein and a Luge

It's a short drive and a half-hour hike to "Mad" King Ludwig's deservedly famous Neuschwanstein Castle. We'll tour the castle and have time for lunch. Afterward you'll barrel down the Tegelberg summer luge track (weather permitting). This afternoon you'll be free to visit another nearby castle, take a stroll in the woods, or just relax at our peaceful hotel before dinner on your own.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep near Reutte.

Day 8: Italy's Incomparable Venice

We'll take a scenic, all-day drive to Venice today, stopping en route for lunch together in a characteristic Italian-Tirolean village. In Venice, we'll park our bus and board a vaporetto boat for a 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 our first Italian dinner together. Afterward your guide will organize an optional gondola ride for a uniquely Venetian experience. If the moon is out, it will hit your eye like a big pizza pie.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 7 hours. Sleep in Venice.

Day 9: The Art of Wandering in 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 the mosaic and marble-filled St. Mark's Basilica. The rest of your day is free to visit the Doge's Palace or the Titian- and Tintoretto-packed Accademia art gallery. Better yet, get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring the alleys, cruising the canals, and "crawling" the pubs.

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

Day 10: Florence and Michelangelo's David

An early morning vaporetto ride will reunite us with our bus and driver. We'll drive straight to Florence and hit the ground walking with a Renaissance tour of the city's historic center. We'll see and learn about Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, and other creations that helped define this world-changing era. We'll end our walk at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. Afterward, we'll have dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Florence.

Day 11: Wonders of Renaissance Florence

This morning is on your own. You can sleep in, get an early start and scramble to the top of Brunelleschi's dome, or browse through Florence's colorful food and craft markets. After lunch, we'll tour the wealth of Botticellis, Leonardos, and Raphaels in the greatest collection of Italian paintings anywhere — the Uffizi Gallery. This evening is free to make your own discoveries.

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

Day 12: Rome and the Vatican Museums

This morning we'll drive straight to the heart of Rome. After getting oriented to our neighborhood and time for lunch, we'll focus on Renaissance (Catholic) Rome at the sprawling Vatican Museums. We'll visit what seems like a limitless collection of treasures as you make your way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. After dinner on your own, we'll regroup to celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, with an evening stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together lively campos, classy piazzas, and the splashy Trevi Fountain.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Rome.

Day 13: St. Peter's and a Walk Through Caesar's Rome

Early this morning we'll introduce you to the greatest church in Christendom: the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà. You'll have time to attend Mass or climb to the top of St. Peter's dome. Then we'll uncover Ancient Rome as a local guide takes us through the monumental Colosseum, history-drenched Roman Forum, and spectacular Pantheon. You'll have the rest of your day free to explore more of the Eternal City on your own (don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way).

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

Day 14: To Italy's Cinque Terre

We'll drive along Italy's west coast today, with a refreshing stop at an enchanting hill town. This afternoon's destination is the dramatic Cinque Terre: five perfectly preserved fishing villages, laced together with hiking paths that meander between vineyards and the deep blue sea. As we approach the Cinque Terre, we'll park our bus and take a short train ride into seaside Monterosso al Mare.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Train: ¼ hour. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in Monterosso al Mare.

Day 15: Free Day in the Cinque Terre

Ahh, it's time to take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. Pick a Cinque Terre village and spend your day exploring the stairways and alleyways, sunning yourself on the rocks, or sipping a cappuccino and catching up on your journal at an outdoor café. Or, if you're looking for lots of exercise, fresh air, and panoramic views, start your day early and hike the cliffside paths that connect the towns.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). No bus. Sleep in Monterosso al Mare.

Day 16: To the Heart of the Swiss Alps

Today we'll catch an early train back to our bus and head over the hills, past the farms and pristine lakes of northern Italy, and into the Alpine wonderland of Switzerland. After a breathtaking drive into the very heart of the Swiss Alps, we'll arrive at our creaky chalet in the magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we'll have dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Train: ¼ hour. Bus: 7 hours. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Day 17: Free Day in the Alps

The day is all yours to enjoy some of Europe's most dramatic scenery. You may want to join your guide for an optional mountain excursion that could combine the local narrow-gauge railway, a gondola lift, and a spectacular Alpine walk above the tree line, surrounded by a panorama of cut-glass peaks…or ride a gondola lift up to the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet, loiter in the thin air, and hike down…or wander through the valley and walk to the thundering Trümmelbach Falls: a unique set of waterfalls encased behind the valley walls.

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

Day 18: A Hearty Taste of Burgundy

Today we'll say auf Wiedersehen to the Alps and bonjour to la belle France. We'll drive into profoundly French Burgundy for a look at small-town France. We'll have an orientation walk through the heart of Burgundy's inviting wine capital, Beaune, visit the famous Hôtel Dieu medieval hospital, then enjoy a wine tasting together.

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

Day 19: Historic and Neighborhood Paris

This morning we'll drive straight to Paris, where you'll have an orientation to the neighborhood markets and cafés to find lunch on your own. After checking into our nearby hotel, we'll have a transportation lesson and Métro ride to the historic heart of Paris: the Ile de la Cité. Prepare to be awed by the brilliant stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle, and enlightened on a historic walk through the Latin Quarter, ending at the resilient and still-stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral. Your evening is free for dinner and more discoveries.

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

Day 20: Parisian Cityscapes and Masterpieces

This day provides a busy, star-studded finale for our tour. We'll start the day with a private panoramic bus tour through the City of Light, and then we're off to visit the magnificent Louvre Museum. With the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app on your smartphone, Rick's voice will guide you through the Louvre's timeless treasures including Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. You may wish to round out your Paris sightseeing with a visit to such legendary museums as the Orsay and Rodin, or perhaps a walk down the Champs-Elysées — armed with your included Paris Museum Pass, the choices are endless. This evening we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. Salut!

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

Day 21: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Europe in 21 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

Mark

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was jam-packed with sites to see, information to learn. I was able to see so many beautiful churches, amazing castles and see the gorgeous countrysides and mountains. It was for me an exhausting trip, but that is what I wanted in order to get the most out of the experience. This was my first time being in Europe. To see societies that are different from that of the United States gives me a much better perspective of the world and of the USA.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first wow moment for me was standing on European soil! The biggest wow moment was being in the Swiss Alps and being completely awed by the beauty of the Alps. Seeing that beauty makes me wish I could live forever."

Thomas

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is a long tour and I must admit the bussing around did get to me sometimes as I was fighting a cold for a number of days, but, in general, this tour delivers the "greatest hits" of Europe and does them well. I felt that two stops needed more time - Amsterdam and Rome. Both felt overloaded to me. Jody did an excellent job of moving us from place to place both physically and mentally as we journeyed from country to county. I liked the focus on the World War II as an ongoing theme.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to pick one but the boat trip along the shore line of the villages of Cinque Terre reminded me of the importance of waterways to Europe and it was such a lovely overview of the area. My second wow moment was the group gondola ride in Venice at night, with music, and that surprised me as I thought it would be corny but instead it was romantic and a great way to end that day. Northern Italy going into Switzerland and Switzerland landscapes were stunning. Dachau was an emotional journey."

Barbara

Carrollton, TX

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With the exception of weather related cancellations, the tour was exactly what I expected, and RS did throw in a few perks to help offset the missed activities. The pace and physical demands were every bit as rigorous as promised. Although a couple of stops seemed to be more about the number of hours in the bus than the significance of the location (Beaune) other places I was completely unfamiliar with like Haarlem and Bacharach where delightful and obviously places of significance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love Florence, so my first visual of the Duomo impressed me tremendously, but the tour was filled with so many visually stunning sights that it is difficult to pick only one. Something that I was so delighted by was the camaraderie of the group! By dinnertime of day 3 our group had already gotten to know each other and our table conversations filled the room. It was a particular blessing to me as a single traveler to be so well accepted by the couples in the group."

Marie Diane

Fort Mcmurray, AB

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything seemed to go smoothly with meals, bus times, tours etc always at the times indicated. There were surprises along the way like stopping at an old city or heritage park, or having a traditional lunch together. There was never a problem with hotel check-ins as we basically were handed our keys and able to go to our room.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Would be the Lauterbrunnen Valley and our stay in Mürren. Taking the gondola up with a beautiful blue sky. The next day climbing down from the Birg peak. Then the afternoon with pouring rain and watching all the waterfalls in the valley come to life. Then the next morning waking up to see the valley covered in a beautiful blanket of snow!"

Bruce

Fort Mcmurray, AB

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip turned out to be everything I expected and more. Jody was an amazing guide performing beyond her young age. The hotel locations and conditions were perfect. The local guides were knowledgeable and passionate. The bus was very comfortable and the driver very skilled and friendly. The itineraries provided a perfect taste of the areas with adequate spare time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite wow moment was the Swiss Alps. This was the my number one bucket list item when I planned the trip to Europe."

Carl

Henderson, NV

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly as advertised. Exceeded every expectation. Expertly packed with every touring dimension: historic context, cultural interaction, scenery, even custom soundtrack and live entertainment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in picture perfect Alps ( both Bavarian and Swiss ), and very intimate touchstones of birth of Renaissance in Florence ( including Galileo's actual fingers ). So many more!"

Keri

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous trip. A really good balance of organized events and free time. Our guides provided good history that was very informative. We met a lot of great people and enjoyed every minute (although is was exhausting). Glad I had my walking shoes!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two: Bacharach Germany - such a quaint and beautiful little town The cows in Switzerland - so cool to hear the bells at all hours"

Matthew

New Port Richey, FL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was everything and more that was published in the tour pamphlet. First and foremost Jody our guide was amazing. She made the trip that much more enjoyable and was very informative about different things to do and places to eat that were "off the beaten path" but made our first experience in Europe amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was amazing as the day we arrived it was clear and sunny. Taking the gondola up the mountain you could see everything so clearly. The next morning it was slightly cloudy when we ended up hiking to the top of waterfalls. After an amazing lunch in town we took the gondola and train back to our hotel. The rest of the day it rained, but being on vacation we didn't let that ruin our day. There was a fitness center/spa next to the hotel so we ended up making the rest of the day a spa day."

David

Escalon, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded our expectations .Our tour guide Jody was the single most Important reason we had the vacation of a life time . She provide the history of where we were going and what we would see . She set us up for success in cities that we visted and provided information on local food and sites to see on our own . She pick excellent restaurants for us to eat at as a group. She worked with local guides to make our experience memorable . She always asked if need any more info and check

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are to many WOW moments to single out one thing . A combination of being in the medieval small cities of Germany and mountain towns Swiss land . Too the historic cites of the Netherlands,Italy and France with their museums and art work that you have read about your whole life and to have them there in front of you was breath taking"

Sharon

Henderson, NV

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

21 Day European tour was amazing! Everything was organized so we could experience the food & cultures of each area, I enjoyed the bus trip part which gave us time to relax, visit & have Jody give us information about the next stop. I also liked the truck-stops, they were so interesting, each country had different toilets & lots of goodies for a little break. Jody handed-out treats from the regions we were visiting, so many sweet experiences. The hotels had great walkability for our free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My cousin & husband, who live in Wiesbaden, came to Bacharach, Germany to visit & they performed at a local restaurant. It was a joyful evening for me & the tour group in general! The tour meals were amazing & I tried things I wouldn't have if left to my own devices. Our reviews & goodbyes in the light of the Eiffel Tower."

Lisa

New Port Richey, FL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! It was such a great experience and overall a nice taste of the various cultures in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our last night in Paris, sharing our last moment with our tour group at the Eiffel tower drinking champagne, it was a great way to end the tour."

Elizabeth

Kings Mountain, NC

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent experience! Everything was well planned and executed. Our tour guide did an excellent job of bringing the culture to life as well as making the tour historically significant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments from the tour it is difficult to choose a favorite! Making friends and sharing the experience with them was certainly one "wow" for me. We saw some of the most beautiful parts of God's creation, and they all were "wows" to me. We also saw some of man's most significant accomplishments, and they, too, were "wows"."

Cameon

Bandon, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first trip to Europe and I feel I have waited my entire adult life to take this trip. Approaching 60, I finally was able to take this trip with my husband. My bar was set very high and this tour did not disappoint in anyway. The itinerary was the perfect mix of bigger cities and smaller towns. I was concerned the bus time might eat up too much time, but it was a welcome rest each time from the busyness of the on the ground time. Our tour guide was superb & the group camaraderie great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley was my peak experience on this trip. Taking the cog train up to our hotel in Wengen and seeing our view from he Hotel Belvedere took my breath away. The next day we took a gondola up even higher to take a hike along the ridgetop, ending at the base of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. Also our time in Venice and hiking the Cinque Terre trails were highlights for me. Seeing the Colosseum and Forum...very impactful. The whole trip was really one constant WOW for me."

Juana

Encino, CA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first trip to Europe was all that I wanted it to be and then some. I truly appreciated from booking to the last day in Paris. I loved our tour guide Dimitry and our driver Peter. I was amazed by the activity we had on leaving one country to another. Even the pit stops were amazing! The historians that guided us throughout the cities and provided details I would not have know on my own. From this experience, I feel confident to travel to Europe on my own next time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment I landed in the first European country-Holand! However, I was enchanted by the Villages like Bachrach, Rothenberg and Reutte and Cinque Terre! I cannot leave out our amazing hikes and walks we did, The Cinque Terre-Yay!! The beautiful path to Neuschwanstein castle! And the icing on the cake was the Swiss Alps. Everything was delicious to my soul!"

Todd

Dayton, OH

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about it. It exceeded our expectations. Our guide/host, Dimitri, was outstanding and very knowledgeable and accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pretty much everything. The Swiss Alps stop turned out unexpectedly to be one of our favorites. More than thrilled with the bus and driver, Peter, and loved that we essentially had a row apiece on the luxurious bus. Also, wowed by the bonus stops not on the itinerary at Oktoberfest in Munich and at Orvieto, Italy."

Mary

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. I really enjoyed the hikes and visiting all the beautiful sites. The means were super! All of the staff were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the hike in the Swiss Alps."

Roberta

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was exciting. Learned a lot of history from the guide. A whirlwind of activity. Saw everything I wanted to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all "wow"."

Christine

Leechburg, PA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour. We loved traveling with an experienced guide and a group of like minded people. Our group jelled early on. The education we received with invaluable. The extra little demonstrations, tastings etc. were a pleasant surprise and something we would not have experienced on our own. The sights were amazing with so many high points and few low points. The lowest point was the crowds at the Vatican and in Rome in general which is beyond the tour company's control.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Switzerland and the symmetry of Paris. Our guide organized a hike through the Alps on what was to be our own time and his time off. The visas on the hike and waterfalls were beautiful. Paris was a pleasant surprise."

Thomas

Bandon, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Couldn't be more satisfied with our recent BOE tour. Scheduling, bus travel, hotels, activities, and our excellent guide Dimitri. It exceeded our hopes for an entry into travel in Europe. Kudos!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrutten Valley....We had no idea were wete entering into a place such as this! Kudos to Rick Steves and Dimitri!"

Serena

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I planned this trip for our 25th wedding anniversary. We both wanted to goto Europe for the first time and this trip hit all the big cities and some smaller ones that were on our list. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable. Our guide Dimitri and the local guides enriched our experience a hundred fold. The trip had the right amount of guided and free time which allowed us to have a romantic vacation and make lifelong friends with our group mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day of our tour had a "wow" moment so it is very hard to chose just one. Hiking in Austria, Switzerland, and Cinque Terre, riding in a gondola in Venice, and standing in front of the statue of David in Florence were the most amazing and awe inspiring moments for me."

Debby

Lansing, MI

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. From our tour guide Matt, to our coach driver Richard, all the local guides, sights and sounds, everything was planned out expertly. This is the reason why we take a RS Tour. We had such a good group of travelers as well. We truly enjoyed the time we spent with everyone and the group meals were the best. We will continue to highly recommend RS Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each location has it's own flavor so it is truly difficult to pick just one. Loved them all for different reasons. Wonderful tour that that offers a very busy but well organized view of Europe."

Erick

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous and exceeded our expectations. Our group really clicked together. Matt was a superb guide who is very personable, patient, and did a great job preparing us for our itinerary each day of the trip. And our driver, Richard, was awesome too. The tour was very physically demanding, as we expected, but still had a nice balance of busy and leisure time. Also a nice balance of the heavy history stuff with low-key relaxing areas to experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding on TOP of the gondola in Switzerland with my wife, Linda, Matt, and a few of our braver tour-mates!"

Jim

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great experience and truly enjoyed it. It was our first time traveling to Europe, and having all of the hotels, museums, transportation, and many meals arranged for made it relaxing and easy for us. We could focus on the present and on the sites we were visiting, and we didn't have to worry about driving, navigating our way through the bureaucracy of travel, or deal with the nagging background worry of "Do they still have our reservation?" I would recommend your tours to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Florence, Rome and Paris. I was especially taken aback by the power of Michelangelo's David, and was overwhelmed at Dachau."

Rayna

St Maries, ID

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour . Last year, I took The Heart of France tour, and this year the Best of Europe. The tour was trip of a lifetime. Although we covered a lot of ground in 21 days, I feel we saw so much. I found it both exhausting and exhilarating . The itinerary was excellent. Having hotels, transportation, museum tickets and so much more planned out so well , makes traveling much more affordable, fun, educational and provides an element of safety which I appreciate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments to choose just one. I was very interested in the Netherlands, so I arrived a few days early and read some history on WW2 and the Resistance. Just walking around Amsterdam and Haarlem was so interesting and moving. Between visiting the Anne Frank house, the Dutch Resistance Museum, Van Gogh Museum and adding on all our tour activities, I felt that I learned so much. Hiking in the Alps, Octoberfest and the Rhine were memorable. Loved Bacharach"

Martha

Dewitt, MI

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was outstanding. Our coach driver was fantastic. The local guides were terrific and significantly added to my overall enjoyment. Hotels were pleasant and well situated for exploration of each city. The overall itinerary, timing and logistics were so well calculated and handled. Even though it was busy and sometimes tiring, I always felt fulfilled. I would highly recommend a Rick Steve's tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick, there were so many. The Cinque Terre had special appeal, it's the Mediterranean! The beauty and majesty of Austria and Switzerland are hard to beat, but I would say that Rome surprised me and with the help of Marta our local guide, I fell for the 'layers' of Roman history and culture."

Michael

Plano, TX

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an absolute joy to have been on this tour. Everything was phenomenal from the hotels to the tour guides. Matt was excellent and always kind and helpful. Everything on this tour was first class. I absolutely feel I received my money's worth from this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of wow moments, but I think that walking into Piazza San Marco in Venice and seeing the gold mosaic tiles on the Basilica shining from the setting sun was really special."

Valarie

Roseville, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded all of our expectations. The planning of everything - hotels, transportation, meals, tours, all of it - was very accommodating. The tour guides that took us on our history walks were great. Each one just kept getting better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to pick just one "wow" moment?? Each destination kept getting better, too! We really loved Germany, Austria and Switzerland."

Jimeva

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best trip I've ever taken! Our tour guide, Tim, was engaging and charismatic. His knowledge of history really added so much to the tour! The hotels we stayed in had unique character and charm, which is what I prefer. The meals were top notch, and Tim went out of his way to guide us to wonderful restaurants and activities to enjoy in our free time. Our tour group really bonded and had some amazing adventures together! This was my first Rick Steves tour, but hope its not my last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "Wow" moment? That's a hard choice, as the BOE 21 is packed with them! I love history and its depth in the cities we visited is astounding. My favorite man-made "Wow" moments would be the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum ruins. Also, Brunelleschi's Dome in Florence. It's astounding to think these structures were erected hundreds, or thousands, of years ago and still remain. The biggest "Wow" of nature goes to the Lauterbrunnen Valley - breathtakingly spectacular!"

Gaye

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was better and more than I even hoped for. I have never been to Europe and it was fabulous. The way Tim shared history made places even more interesting with an understanding of some of the history. The size of our tour group was good. Everything was just so great and I can hardly wait to book another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many things that I enjoyed. Every time we would move to another place I would think no this is my favorite. I loved Venice, the Swiss Alps, and Paris. On our way to Monterosso we stopped for lunch in a small hill town and that was fabulous. I also loved Cinque Terra. Wine tasting in a wine cellar from the 1600's was definitely a highlight for me."

Mary Scott

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm struggling to come up with descriptors to convey how I feel about this tour. I loved it. I loved all of it. The food. The music. The scenery. The wine. My travel companions. My new found friends. Tim Tendick, our guide. Dirk, our coach driver. The local guides. Getting lost. . .a lot {me, not the tour). And trying hard to connect with locals through my stumbling, mispronounced greetings, pleases and thank you's in unfamiliar languages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seriously? One? I loved being thrown around by Cinque Terre waves. And the songs Tim and fellow travelers, Jeanne and Jim, played on the coach. Thanks to them, I can close my eyes, listen to my uploaded music and instantly be back in Europe with them. Then there was that hug shared with a gelato maker. And that kiss on the cheek of a wonderful chef in a tiny restaurant. And the luge. And dancing with Russians to Pink Floyd played by a local band in a public square. Nope, I can't stop..."

Jeanne

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide who show knowledge in history. The cities were interesting. Loved everything but the Vatican. Horrible experience. The luge and Switzerland was fantastic. The food at the restaurant that our guide took us was the best.Be sure to explain how important it is to pack light and how strenuous this trip is. Some of our group was not ready for it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On top of the mountain in Switzerland. Beautiful."

Linda

Creswell, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome and very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything"

Robert

Clemson, SC

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Experience was great. Our tour guide did an excellent job in making the trip memorable. Thoroughly enjoyed the hotels we stayed at. They were all unique and centrally located, making walking the cities we visited all the more enjoyable. The group size of 28 people was a good amount. Any larger would have been unwieldy. As you so often warned us, too much luggage would have been a problem. Your tips on packing was an eye opener, and we were never lacking in anything while following them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps and spending the day among them"

Keith

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we couldn't be more satisfied. Our guide, Tim, deserves a huge amount of the credit. From beginning to end, Tim was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and incredibly patient shepherd. Put simply, Tim laid the foundation for us to have more than a vacation – it was an immersive life experience that we will always treasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me there were two "really wow" moments that stood above the myriad of "wow" moments: My first sight of the interior of St. Mark's Basilica aka Basilica di San Marco. Hearing and then rounding the corner and seeing the Trevi Fountain at night. For my wife: The evening gondola ride with the singer and musician (Thanks for organizing this Tim!)"

Bernie

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was over the top in every way... our first of many with Rick Steves! Your guide Tim, and 25 other travelers "just like us" made every day a new adventure. Sorting through our pictures, you packed so many experiences into these 21 days for us! So many nice memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Trummelbach Falls and Schilthorn in Switzerland. Close behind was our hike between towns in the Cinque Terra. The power and grandeur really took our breath away."

Frank

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding guide who was very knowledgeable about the areas that we traveled through and visited, telling us of the important historical aspects of each and prompting us in local courtesies such as greetings. We had a very congenial group which, although slightly larger than I anticipated, got along admirably. The areas we visited and learned about would all be candidates for future visits on our own. The lodging was exceptional with only the Beaune hotel less than ideal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stay in Switzerland and visiting the top of the Schilthorn were probably highlights. Beautiful days and amazing scenery!"

Irene

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was incredible! It exceeded any expectation I had. We saw so many things I'm still processing all of it. We met some lovely people and made good friends. Tim is so full of passion & knowledge, I (we) learned so much! He made me want to learn more about art & history(I've never really been interested before). To be honest, this tour and the great people I was with gave me my joy back :) Words don't cover how much that means to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say there was just one favorite 'wow' moment. One was rounding the corner in Rome and seeing the Colosseum, that was incredible. To actually be there and see history up close and be able to reach out and touch it... incredible! The Swiss Alps were stunning, we were blessed with a sunny day and a fresh coat of snow on the ground. Nature never disappoints, it is always beautiful. Getting lost (and found) in Venice. Beauty at every turn!"

Cathy

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience, I had no idea what a huge roll Tim would have. From day one he had the entire group bond as travel companions which is pretty darn amazing! Everyday brought incredible experiences that were totally unexpected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Thrill walk which is totally out of character for me, in fact our whole time in Switzerland was outstanding. Another had to be our time in Haarlem enjoying the peaceful quiet streets."

Richard

Creswell, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was virtually without incident, except for the Heidebloume Coaches. Our tour had to have our coach replaced 2-3 times in mid-tour. That was completely out of the control of Rick Steves and did not impact my tour review in any way. Everything from our tour guide, Tim, to the local guides we had, to the Transportaion in the cities to the museums etc. ran flawlessly. Tim was truly outstanding in every way. He made sure everyone was respected and had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to single out just one. Seeing the Eiffel Tower, Ancient Rome, the Vatican, the Duomo in Florence, Rothenburg Germany, Venice, the Cinque Terra, the incredible scenic beauty of Wengen Switzerland, our Tour Guide.....WOW's were everywhere and every day! Thank you for making this such a special trip of a lifetime."

Jan

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was incredible. We enjoyed our visits to 6 different countries, getting a taste of the culture and vibe in several cities. The food was incredible, Tim, our guide was great and the folks we toured with made the trip particularly special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments stand out for me: hiking in the Cinque Terre and standing atop Schilthorn. There are other moments that are particularly special: visiting Dachau and knowing that people had died in every spot where I placed my feet. It was moving and brought a re-commitment from me for "Never again". Walking the gardens of Versailles was wonderful. The food, the food, the food! The evening meals that were part of our tour were fabulous."

Anna

Wauna, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

How can I express my absolute delight in all that this trip held for me? For 50 years I desired to make this trip. I know for certain that this older woman went with the excitement of a young woman in search of adventure. The unbelievable beauty and amazing ancient sights and places we visited on this trip left me with more wonder than i began with. I only got a taste of the experience, and can say that this trip has left me hungry for more. Thank you for doing what you do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moments would be seeing and being in the presence of the most beautiful works of Michelangelo. I experienced truly great works of art and they left me with wonder and amazement. Seeing the truly breathless beauty of the masters made me ponder how they lived their lives in light of the gift they were given by the true MASTER. It is truly HIS STORY, after all."

Steven

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had no surprises and met or exceeded all of my expectations. I learned a lot and was very pleased with the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say just one as they were all the places we visited were all so different and unique. The Swiss Alps (Wengen) were probably the most breathtaking in beauty. But the castles on the Rhine were also a wonderful experience."

Barry

Windsor, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a sight-seeing marathon, but a great one. The overall experience was OUTSTANDING. We definitely want to do more tours with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each time we found ourselves in the middle of major European cities of great historical importance, and found out just how much was within walking distance."

Lucinda

Windsor, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was wonderful. Lots of variety, rest periods when needed, and lots of activities that kept us busy. I thought that overall, I was provided a balance of vigorous exploring as well as days to slow down a bit. I felt that I was given great historical information, saw the most important sights of each country that we visited, and was safe and secure in the knowledge that I was being watched over by our excellent guide, Andy. Next trip to Europe will definitely be a Rick Steves Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was impressed with all of the amazing bicycle riders in the Netherlands. Young and old, casually-dressed and well-dressed, there were bicycles, bicycles everywhere! I also was impressed with how the Netherlands was self-made--the city was built upon peers upon the water. Of course, the Roman Coliseum and other ancient ruins were a first for me! Probably the biggest item upon my bucket list that was fulfilled was in visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris. I want to go back and see more of it!"

Susan

Tumwater, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was amazing! One great day after another. We had an amazing group of tourists that all got along with each other and our coach and driver were top notch also. Andy was the best!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think hiking in the Alps was the top "wow" moment for me. There were lots of great moments but I think that was the top one."

Brenda

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's a road trip thru Europe! Good combination of guided tour and free time. Guided tours give you sooo much more than you would get going on your own. And the RS guides are the best! Biggest unexpected bonus for me was the instruction given in each country and city in local language, cultural customs, using public toilets, using public transport, etc. Without a guide we would have floundered. Hotels very comfortable and in great locations. Food was over the top delicious and plenty of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just seeing the "best" of Europe for the first time. It was surreal in so many respects and each day felt like, wow. But, I was surprised how much I loved Paris. It was our last stop on the tour and after the breathtaking beauty and clean air of the Swiss Alps, which was also a WOW! I was not looking forward to Paris. Paris itself changed my mind. Yes, it's a big city with lots of people but I felt the joi de vivre of Paris!"

Mary Ann

High River, AB

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time , everything was so interesting and informative.There was a great variety in the locations along the tour. The Gottard Pass was unbelievably beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, beginning with our tour guide, Andy who took such good care of us. You should be very proud of him. I loved the area in Switzerland that we visited. I was ready to see " Heidi "swooping down the hills on her toboggan towards Grandfather's house. We walked along the valley , it was so lush and green and peaceful.The Sistine Chapel was totally amazing, even though it was our second time in Rome, it was a wow moment to see it again. The Eiffel Tower at night was amazing."

Nancy

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Definitely told me what I would and would not go back to see in Europe! It was tiring, but I don't know what you could leave out. Besides the scenery (especially the Alps), seeing the diffences places I had read about for years and listening to locals talking about their country was a true learning experience and I'm so glad we went!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two favorites- both in Switzerland. First the drive there- every direction you turned was more gorgeous than the last. Second, walking out of the hotel in Wengen and just staring at the mountains. We were lucky to have crystal clear, crisp weather which added to it. Have to add a 3rd! Taking the tram up to the mountains top and walking in that Alpine splendor. I'll remember that always."

Holly

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This vacation was our first time outside of the U.S., but now we never want to stop traveling! We absolutely loved all the museums, group dinners, as well as the free time to discover things for ourselves or to relax and wind down. Andy made everything so much more enjoyable with all the history lessons and fun facts about each destination, and made things easier for us by teaching a few words and phrases for each country. Every single day was wonderful and unforgettable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Mannlichen to Kleine Schiedigg hike in Berner Oberland, Switzerland. It was breathtakingly beautiful the entire hike, with fresh alpine air, and a cow slide! Definitely making the trip back to Lauterbrunnen Valley soon for more! The luge ride in Austria was a close second!"

Geoff

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andy did a great job of relating to all of us "old" folks and did a excellent job of filling bus time with the history of the areas we visited. The tour was all that I expected given the distance and places visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me tne wow moment had nothing to do with what we saw ,but the outstanding weather we had in Switzerland in the alps."

Catherine

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect for those who love to travel, but who don't want to organize the trip. It was a very well coordinated tour...everything was taken care of, leaving you to enjoy the experience. The expected highlights were included, along with off the beaten path alternatives to make sure you got the most from your trip. Exceeded our expectations...best decision we made was to take a RS tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular Alpine walk above the tree line, surrounded by a panoramic view of the cut-glass peaks during early autumn with the foliage beginning to turn shades of red, yellow, purple, black, blue, orange, magenta, and brown is breathtaking!"

Cynthia

Lancaster, OH

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling through 6 countries in 21 days on a bus with 26 strangers was at times remarkable, fatiguing, breathtaking, weird yet wonderful, invigorating, inspiring, educational, and delicious. The trip was a well-planned mixture of big cities, small towns, and countryside. Every place we visited left memories I will mentally sort through, re-live remotely, and re-experience mentally for the rest of my life. Some places (Swiss Alps!) are on my bucket list for a longer return visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment would be any of the breathtaking views in the Swiss Alps. Whether you're looking down from the snow covered mountain heights, or looking up from the green meadows of the valley floors, the Swiss Alps are hard to beat for natural beauty. A close second favorite "wow" moment is standing on the Champ de Mars with a beret on my head and looking at the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. You just can't help but smile."

Dale

Courtenay, BC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough how much we enjoyed this trip of a lifetime. I have travelled independently all my life, but found this mix of planned activities and free time perfect. I would recommend this type of trip to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention, but enjoying our local guide perform a song for us during our castle tour in St. Goar will always be remembered."

Richard

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was everything we hoped for, and more. The destinations, the tours, and the tour guides were all first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. Although each stop provided wow moments, Switzerland definitely has to be the winner for its jaw dropping beauty."

Vic

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very fun, exciting, and informative, but felt rushed occasionally. This was our first group tour and it really was a great experience, It taught us what to expect on any other future tour. The tour agenda is perhaps a bit much for the first time tourer, but hind sight is always 20/20. Of course we brought too many cloths in spite of the cautions from RS, but now we know what we truly need. We were fortunate to have many wonderful people on the journey, which made the travel enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few, but the view from our room (off the balcony) of the hotel Belvedere in Switzerland was definitely a "we're not in Kansas anymore" moment."

Ian

East Toowoomba, QLD

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and got all of the experiences I anticipated. It was demanding to keep up with the schedule and the walking but having read the information supplied that was expected. I thought the camaraderie of the tour group was very good and everyone tried hard to be friendly, on time and respectful of everyones needs and that is very important - and no grumps :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Swiss Alps and the gondola ride to Schilthorn. However seeing the Sistine Chapel, the Louvre and the Orsay were all equally wow points for me"

Suzanne

East Toowoomba, QLD

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What a great time I had! So much to see and learn in twenty one days. Starting from Rick Steve's teams guidance in the preparation, through to our last evening in Paris, the trip was really enjoyable and certainly value for money. I have no hesitation in recommending this tour to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest "wow" had to be visiting the Lauterbrunnen Valley,Switzerland. Truely a scenic valley and a beautiful time to visit in late September. That being said each place we visited offered memorable experiences."

Jennifer

Langley, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding...Plus! This tour was much more than I expected because there is no substitute for actually being there to see, smell, touch, taste and hear these places. Then add to that our new group of friends to share the experience with....topped off with our friendly, fun, funny, knowledgable guide, and it was the formula for a trip of a lifetime! Also what I expected to be long (possibly boring) bus rides from city to city were a perfect sight-seeing classroom.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because I had waited over 50 years to go there, it was Paris. We were there just long enough to confirm that we need to return with much more time. What an exciting city! The local guide on our city bus tour was fabulous too. So many wows on this trip!"

Linda

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd say my experience far exceeded expectations. I was quite nervous about being on a 3 week tour with people I didn't know! However, this group of people were exceptional and both Regan and Paul were truly amazing! By the time 21 days were over, it truly felt like we were one big family that really cared about each other! Very thankful for the time and effort that went into planning the trip for me, so I didn't have to worry about a thing!! worth every penny!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one "wow" moment!! top 3 were as follows, 1. St. Mark's Basilica in Venice!!! Wow!! just Wow!! 2. Switzerland!! the Swiss Alps are truly WOW! 3. Swimming in the ocean @ 10:00 at night under a very Bright Full moon in Cinque Terra! What a FUN idea!! Thanks Regan for suggesting that, despite the fact that I got stung by a jelly fish a Long way away from shore!! haha"

Mary

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip and experience for our first trip to Europe. It was a great learning experience and has given us confidence to plan additional trips on our own in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Swiss Alps and the views in Switzerland overall were amazing."

Michael

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cant say enough about what a outstanding experience our first trip to Europe was traveling with you. It so far exceeded our expectations that I cant express it in words. While it may have given us some anxiety to be in a group with unknown people before we left, our group came together and we ended the trip feeling the people we experienced this adventure with may have been the best part of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While everyday was a wonderful new adventure being in Switzerland was the one place that was more than we expected"

Vickie

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and introduction to traveling in Europe. I have to say, our experience far exceeded any expectations we had. The beautiful sites, accommodations, the history, our fabulous guides, our drivers, local guides, lifetime of memories, the friends we made...everything. We felt like we were leaving our family when it was over. Absolutely wonderful. We truly experienced what could possibly be the most amazing days in our lives..,so far. Thank you. ??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wowed several times a day. Too hard to pick a favorite."

Amy

Hood River, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland was fantastic! Wish we had more time there, I look forward to going back!"

Katherine

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. It provided an invaluable opportunity to experience Europe in a fun, safe, and economical way. We saw many beautiful, famous, historic sites and art work while traveling with a group of very nice people. Our guides, transportation, hotel accommodations, and group meals were excellent. The tour also included passes for free and easy entry into many of the most prestigious museums and galleries in Europe. It was an experience of a lifetime. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would be our dinner in an Austrian hotel when two Austrian entertainers led us in song and dance. It was a lot of fun, and was a turning point for the bonding of our group (along with sharing the laundry facilities in the basement of the hotel that same night). I think a lot of people realized that night what a great opportunity we had in taking this trip together. Also hiking through the Alps together, which Regan organized on our "free day" and the Mediterranean swim at Cinque Terra."

Randy

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had been on two previous European tours (Spain and Italy) managed by a Catholic tour company that were both good and priced lower than Rick Steves. My main concern initially booking with Rick Steves was whether or not we would good a good value (experience) for the higher price charged. But we got MORE than we expected with Rick Steves delivering a much better tour experience than we anticipated. We are very happy with the Rick Steves experience and hope to get to do another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no "one" single "wow" moment as there were many. The food at the "floating dinners" that our tour manager Yorick Harker arranged were all great and would be at the top of my all "wow" list, especially the Algerian restaurant in the Latin Quarter of Paris would be a place I'd go back to on my own."

Jeffrey

Prescott Valley, AZ

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been planning to go on this tour since 2012 but work or family issues always prevented my booking. I am so glad that this year, by happenstance, good luck or alignment of the planets, I was able to go. Each of the 21 days were packet with just the right amount of free and scheduled time. Our Rick Steve's guide was knowledgeable and the local guides made each city and town come alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As funny as it may seem my wow factor was a pickpocket attempt in Florence Italy and getting lost in Venice and Paris plus a wild peddle cab ride in Rome to my hotel. Between our Tour Guide orientations and Rick's guide books it was just FUN in every place we visited."

Shelly

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great pace, great food and hotels; I could not have asked for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all 'wow'."

Mary

Brea, CA

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, a well-planned sampling, especially being my first trip to Europe. The pace & itinerary in experiencing different countries & cultures worked well. We were most fortunate to have Yorick as guide & such nice people in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Happening upon a wedding rehearsal in a cathedral comes to mind, but there were many other special moments as well."

Daniel

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been on a tour, I didn't know what to expect. My wife and I took this trip for our honeymoon. It was amazing and surreal. Yorick knew so much and the narration on the drives was like watching Rick Steves along the way. All the stops, cities, towns, restaurants, hotels were all amazing. They were close to all the sites. Every day was full of things I never thought I would see, in places I never thought I'd be. All the local guides and museum guides were soooo good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but the biggest was maybe when we were walking through the Louvre, at the end of the trip, and I would walk by a painting and it would be a 600 year old painting of a place we had been. Places like Piazza San Marco, paintings of the art displayed as it is in the Vatican museum."

Rikianne

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well worth the money for the experience! We got to see so much in our 21 days, and we had an awesome guide and driver as well. All of the local guides knew a lot, and the places we stayed and food we ate were amazing. We used this trip as our honeymoon and we were not disappointed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the Swiss Alps. We went to the top of Piz Gloria and got to look out on all the mountains. It was beautiful."

Paula

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour exceeded my expectations! Experience did change the way in which I viewed some of my world history and certainly helped me understand Europe better. I am the product of an immigrant family and I now know some of what shaped their decision to come to America. Yorick Harker was an excellent tour guide in many ways. If I had the chance I would do it all again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many events that could be described as WOW moments. The selections Yorick made for the floating dinners and for the side trip to Orvietto were absolutely WOW moments. Certainly helped tie the story together and enhanced an already memorable experience."

Linda

Stansbury Park, UT

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best experience we could have hoped for. All the local guides were passionate and inspiring. Our tour guide, Yorick, was outstanding! He was so laid back yet kept everyone on schedule, together and prepared us for each city with several reminders on the daily plan, education on transportation and language phrases, warnings about pickpockets and fun spots to see on our own. The food and restaurants were extravagant! The rooms were amazing. It truly was the best of Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments that it's hard to pick a favorite. The Roman Forum was mind blowing. To see such ancient ruins that were buried over time then excavated and still here for us to walk through was surreal to say the least. Going to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site was life changing. There are no words to describe what being there meant to me and it will stay in my heart always."

Justin

Carneys Point, NJ

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. The tour guide, Yorick, was an excellent tour guide. The group was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my "WOW" moments was when I walked out of the Sistine Chapel and realized I was looking out over St. Peter's Square. Another WOW moment was when we went to the Roman Colosseum and when I was on the second level of the Eiffel Tower. There were a whole lot of WOW moments."

Cliff

Stansbury Park, UT

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first and possibly the only trip to Europe I'll ever take. I certainly hope not but who knows? The tour exceeded every expectation I had, and my expectations were (despite my best efforts) very HIGH. I didn't expect to learn so much. I really didn't expect to FEEL so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were SO many. But Lauterbrunnen Valley has to take the cake. After seeing so much history in the art, in the architecture, in the customs, and the people, to be faced with the natural beauty and sheer power of that place, in all of it's simplicity was perspective altering."

Cheryl

Maple Ridge, BC

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I very much enjoyed most of the trip. I enjoyed the choices of places to visit. Unfortunately it was approximately 38 degrees celsius most of the time with little shade, which made it hard to keep up some days. Most of the hotels that we stayed in (while cute) did not have air conditioning which made life a little hard. I still don't think that I would change very much of anything. I totally loved all my fellow travellers, and Yorick and Jean were delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite 'wow' moment was St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Previously my favourite place was St. Paul's in London but St Peter's is truly amazing."

Renee

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well thought out! We hit what seemed to be all of the highlights and didn't have to stay on the bus for too long of time without a rest stop break or arriving at our next Great Adventure! Except for the temperatures of a few of the group suppers (and the number of flies at one hotel), I would have given an OUTSTANDING for the tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments!! It's amazing how many wonderful things we saw in just 21 days! But, I would have to pick the Austrian Mountains and the Swiss Alps. They were phenomenal!! I especially loved the Alps, small barns and cows in Switzerland! Just beautiful!! I loved waking up in the morning in my Switzerland hotel to a gal bringing her cows with cowbells ringing through the main street of town in the Lauterbrunnen Valley!!"

Marilyn

Everett, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andy was outstanding! He was prepared, knowledgeable, and organized. He was patient beyond belief (Helpful with smartphone app training, as well as answering the same questions thorough out the 3 weeks multiple times-it's tough getting old). The pace was great. The tour guides and bus driver fun and entertaining. We liked the combination of group and individual time. The accommodations, and food was good. The group dynamics was great- and Andy set the tone early on to make that happen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mona Lisa, David statue, Monet and Van Gogh are very famous, but I felt other artists and statues not known were equally as good or better. However, I'm not knowledgeable about time periods and art technique so for their time period probably was phenomenal (Surprised some other statues and paintings have not risen to equal popularity). The London Kew Gardens only got 2 triangles and I felt it was spectacular and having the Dale Chihuly glass artworks made it even better. (Did on own after)"

Virginia

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This European trip with Andy and Virginia was everything I wanted it to be and much much much More! Thanks for the great memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but probably the the drone group picture in the hilltop town of Orvieto! Loved it,the town,the guide David and the never ceases to amaze Andy with is drone."

Linda

New Albany, IN

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It truly was the best of Europe in one trip! And I loved learning so much about the history and culture of everywhere we went. The hotels were all interesting and different and always so close to all we wanted to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since we visited iconic sites everywhere, it's really hard to pick one wow. Every day brought something truly special. But I also enjoyed the quieter moments like: exploring the open air museum in Arnhem, hiking up to the view in Monterosso al Mare (Cinque Terre) and taking in the views of the Alps in Lauterbrunnen."

Evelyn

Edmond, OK

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just like the former tours, everything was neatly mapped out on a daily basis and for me all went well except the weather. I enjoyed all the countries and the sights we saw at each place. Our tour guide and his assistant were very helpful and local guides also were interesting. The bus and driver were amazing. Such comfort on the bus and excellent driving were tops with me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one wow moment but for me the scenery going through Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and France was breathtaking."

Chris

Edmond, OK

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing itinerary, we were able to see all of the major sites all over Europe, but what made our trip was our outstanding guides, Andy was above anything we could have asked for wether it was little surprises like wine and cheese tastings, or fascinating bus talks which set the scene as we went from one great country to the next. Virginia led us through her home city of Rome, listening to her talk about the pantheon and Trevi fountains to the politics of Italy she was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to count, being high up on a gondola in the Swiss Alps, to a gondola ride in Venice every moment was a Wow!"

Manoj

Monroe, NJ

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour led by Andy and Virginia. Both are true professionals! Both were very sincere, candid / direct, down to earth, and very helpful. The history lessons were just awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! From city tours of Haarlem, Bacharach, Rothenburg, Orvietto to Eiffel tower lighting up were all fantastic."

Marlis

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic Trip. It was the same "best of Europe" trip I took in the mid 1980s, only the first trip was lead by Rick, and this trip was led by his son, Andy. Both trips were wonderful, and although the trek was similar, the experience was different. The first trip: I learned to pack light, have picnics, experience a youth hostel, and see Europe "through the back door"... This time around, the trip was more "polished" with local guides, better bus, two nights at most hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art.. always a wow. Also, Switzerland... and the bus drive there."

Mary

Fredericksburg, TX

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andy and Virginia were amazing! They made our trip come alive and stayed positive the entire time. It was an incredible trip with so many great experiences. I really enjoyed the group dinners! Little side stops like the cheese place in Amsterdam were great added bonuses!This was my first trip to Europe and I really liked getting a feel for so many parts of Europe. I loved the Rhine River cruise and the city of Bacharach! Richard our bus driver was awesome! Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably pulling into the Swiss Alps! The views were incredible and experiences in Switzerland were amazing! Also our group dinner in Venice! The pasta and clams were a WOW!"

Gregory

Nolensville, TN

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A grand adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps."

Margaret

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was like being a kid on Christmas morning every time we pulled into a new place. There were always happy surprises which included scenery, history, food, local insider information, and the well run hotels which were all pretty centrally located to the points of interest in a particular area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel balcony in Switzerland reminded me of some elaborate model train set-ups I have seen. It included a bright green train that wound through the mountain town, snow-capped mountains with visible waterfalls in the distance, cows grazing in bright green pastures, big square houses dotted the landscape, some with smoke coming from their chimneys. In the foreground restaurants with bright red umbrellas and homes with colorful shutters and window boxes overflowing with flowers."

Robert

Valatie, NY

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would highly recommend Rick Steves tours to all my friends. Our tour guide Colleen was excellent. From the moment we arrived in Harlem to the time we departed in Paris, Colleen gave us a lot of information that was helpful for when we were on our own. I really enjoyed the trip and would do it again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think when we were in Venice and that storm hit and that Cruise ship almost hit the dock. I also think that every country we went to had it's own wow moment for me"

Kerri

Cedar Falls, IA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-paced and well organized. There was a great variety of activities that included mountains, beaches, urban areas, and small villages. There is also a nice mix of scheduled group activities and time to explore on your own using your guidebook or suggestions from your tour guide. The included meals were amazing and a wonderful way to stretch yourself to sample local cuisine. The local guides were incredible and really enhanced the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola up and hiking around in the Swiss Alps."

Linda

Chatham, NY

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every minute of my "21 days of Europe" tour. I highly recommend to anyone whether traveling as a single person, couple or family group. I was fascinated with every city we stayed in and enjoyed the fast pace of touring the many inspirational sites as well as the relaxing scenic bus rides between cities. It really was "the trip of a lifetime" for me, so many wonderful experiences and fabulously fun times with the group. Many thanks to our incredible tour guide Colleen!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments on the trip that it's hard to single out a favorite. Viewing Dutch houses from the canal boat ride in Amsterdam, experiencing the scenic German countryside from aboard the Rhine River cruise. All of Italy was truly inspirational, Venice to beautiful Florence, then incredible ancient Roman architecture and history to swimming in the Mediterranean off Cinque Terre. Hiking through the high meadows of Switzerland beneath the snow capped Alps to exploring Paris, fabulous!"

Paulette

Medford, OR

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour info could not have prepared me for this all encompassing tour. I am very social and enjoyed the interaction of the participants and tour guides. I thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to learn about and see the scenery, cultures and sights of the cities of Europe. Jody and Phillipos (sp?) were amazing tour guides. Both funny, knowledgeable, charismatic and so fun. The whole package. I really did not know much about Amsterdam, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I was not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the wow moment of the tour was when I took the cable cars to the top of the Schilthorn in Switzerland. It was a cloudy day when we began the first section of the climb and breaking thru the clouds to see the mountain ranges around us. I walked the thrill walk and was wowed by the Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger. The Trummelbach Falls did not disappoint and the little train that went up the mountain across the valley reminded me of a Christmas Train. Both I and my husband loved it there!"

Michael

Arvada, CO

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This 21 day tour is perfect for those who want to see a lot of Europe within a short period of time, or for those who are not comfortable making their own hotel and transportation plans. If however you want a "deeper dive" into any particular place, this tour will be too fast paced. Arnhem Open Air Museum felt like a time filler on our way to Bacharach. Would have preferred extra time in Switzerland or Cinque Terre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving over several passes in the Swiss Alps then landing in the breathtaking Lauterbrunnen Valley. No wonder Tolkien gained inspiration for his books! What a spectacular place to get some fresh mountain air, lots of exercise if you choose, and good food. I will for sure bring my family back for another visit."

Sarah

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been to Europe before and I am so glad I used this tour for my first experience. I not only saw some of the coolest places but learned so much about them. I was super impressed and really enjoyed my time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour for me was full of wow moments!"

William

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After a few years of visiting Europe's cities on our own, we found the tour experience to be a great choice. With the travel details planned for us, we could spend our time exploring, learning, and interacting with our new-found friends. I especially enjoyed the variety and contrast of cities and villages, sea-side and mountains, Northern Europe and Southern Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps would have to be my best "wow" moment of the trip. The lift to the top of Schilthorn, the views from there, and the mountain-village walk back were wonderful in their own right, and a great break from the major cities. Interactions with the other tour members always provided insights into other peoples' lives, making my life richer. The whole trip was a great experience, even the loss of a few Euros to a pickpocket on the Paris Metro!"

Kimberly

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are few words that can describe the tour adequately. It was the trip of a lifetime. The itinerary was perfect. The guides were knowledgeable, passionate and lovers of people. The local guides made the history and culture of each city come alive. Every day there was some little extra that we were given...a yummy treat, an extra ride on the Tegelberg luge, a bar of lemon soap from Tuscany.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just one is hard to choose. We all loved the Tegelberg luge and jokingly begged our guide, Jody, for one more ride. Just as the first one stepped back on the bus, we heard her say, "Okay, you can have another ride." A collective whoop punched the air and all 28 of us ran like kids cheering with joy toward the turnstiles. As each of us came down, the rest stood at the end of the luge cheering on the rider. This moment took us from individuals on a bus to a band of travelers."

Allen

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and I really enjoyed it. The tour was well paced with a good mix of group activities and free time. I liked how the long bus rides were broken up with the stops along the way. I liked the small group size and all the extras that went along with city tours, such as cheese tasting In Amsterdam and the mask making demonstration in Venice. I did not expect the local guides we had in the different cities and found them to be a great experience and addition to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked the local guides we had in the different cities and museums. All of them really made the places come alive. They provided great insights into the art, history and culture of their cities which created a nice context for our experiences. They helped you connect to the cities and people we visited."

Liam

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and i felt this was a good sample of Europe and it gave me many ideas of places to see or return to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley. i really loved the Swiss Alps."

Jane

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was enriched by the children (ages 11-18) who came along with their parents. This particular random assortment of participants was especially congenial. The Best of Europe tour is now my Best of Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "extra" morning hike through meadows and foothills to emerge on the lake by Schloss Hohenschwangau near the base of Neuschwanstein. The picnic lunch gathered by Jody, Jean and Filippos after we toured the famous castle and climbed to the bridge overview. Arriving at Day 21 of the tour and thinking, "Wow, I didn't think I could do this long a trip. How much I have learned and seen in a compact three week time frame.""

Neil

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a trip! We saw so much in 21 days. I was very enjoyable. We were exhausted when we returned, which was perfect. Luge rides were a wonderful diversion. The "Frank and Gary Band" were a ton of fun in Reutte! I can truthfully say that everything we did on the trip was well worthwhile. No duds at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence - the outside of the dom at first sight. The bus ride over the alps with a stop at the top. The view from top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (I had been in the Sistine Chapel and Vatican before)."

David

Industry, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great introduction to Europe for our family.

Steven

Burien, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was outstanding, every detail was covered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps"

Paul

Midlothian, VA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour takes care of all the planning and arrangements to maximize our experience while leaving enough "soft" decisions for us to customize some activities. Overall a very nice blend and a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Peak of the Schilthorn and parasailing in the Lauterbrunnen valley."

Jan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible three week whirlwind! I was delightfully surprised to bond with the other tour participants. I was very grateful for all the tour preparation and 'behind the scenes' work done to make our Europe experience as stress-less as possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many!~ Enjoyed the peaceful space in Lauterbrunnen, hiking near waterfalls, seeing the open pastures and enjoying the fresh air. Also wowed at Le Louvre, Paris. I have always wanted to experience the art at this place and could have spent several days there."

Kathy

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. It was amazing to visit so many places in a short period of time. There was a great balance of guided tour time and free time so you could explore other places or just relax as needed. It was such a privilege to have local guides take us through the museums or around their town. The group dinners were amazing. The hotels were comfortable and many had beautiful views. I made so many lifelong friends that it was hard to say goodbye at the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Schilthorn Piz Gloria was breathtaking. We arrived early in the morning and were able to be the first ones on the platform which was amazing. There were very few clouds in the sky and the Alps were magnificent. I could've stayed there all day enjoying the scenery. Also, touring St. Mark's Basilica in Venice was amazing and I couldn't believe we were able to be on the second floor outside balcony to overlook the square and bell tower. It was a gorgeous view."

Lorri

Jefferson, WI

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely amazing! My husband and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year and thought this trip would be a wonderful way to celebrate this milestone. We were not disappointed! This was a great way to see a small portion of many countries and determine where we want to go back and explore more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel in Switzerland! I felt like I was in an I-Max theatre and had to pinch myself to be sure what I was seeing was real! I had never been in the Alps before and seeing the snowcapped mountains surround our hotel was amazing. We also took a gondola up the mountain and hiked down and saw the Northface area of Eiger mountain. That gondola ride and hike was surreal. Snowball fights in the Alps in 80-degree weather was something I will never forget!"

Bruce

Fishers, IN

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did this same tour 8 years ago and at that time decided we wanted to take our oldest grandsons before they started college. That is what this trip was about - Matthew 18 and Drew 17 (brothers) roomed together. By the second day they realized the value of the tour group format. They were pleased at the ages and diversity of our fellow travelers. Dimitri was exceptionally good. Such a pleasant approach and so knowledgable and helpful as well. He bent over backwards to meet needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing our grandsons interact with other members of the tour and thoroughly enjoy themselves. Paul really made a difference and interacted well with them and the other two teenaged boys on the trip. Paul is delightful! Staying in Wengen was different than 8 years ago. Possibly the most beautiful place we have ever been. The food was good 8 years ago, but was even better this time. Seeing the boys try new foods that they would never touch at home was fun."

Joyce

Benbrook, TX

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on many tours before, but this was my first Rick Steves tour. I must say I was not disappointed. From the tour guide and bus driver to the locations visited and accommodations, this was an outstanding tour. Yes, it was 21 days, and yes, it was tiring at times, but I couldn't have asked for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one. There were many things that I was, and still am, in awe of. The time Jody arranged a canal boat ride with music in Venice, or the fabulous local guide who gave me added insight to my German heritage. The somber walk through the concentration camp. All are never to be forgotten."

Annemarie

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jody and Dirk were the best! This tour was my dream intro to Europe tour. It exceeded my dream expectations. A real plus were the other tour members. They were the best group too. Jody was so upbeat and knowlegable. Her talks wove history into present day culture in the most interesting way. I learned so much on this trip including how to travel on my own in Europe which is an extra Rick Steves tour bonus. I am thrilled I chose this tour and will recommend it to everyone. I had so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming out onto my balcony at the top of Hotel Belvedere in Wengen and seeing the most awesome view of the Lauterbrunnan valley below me. Also when the gondola cleared the clouds arriving at the top of the Schilthorn. Feeling so included in the group also wowed me, especially since I was on my own."

Miriam

Norfolk, VA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. Action packed. So much to see and do. It's a great introduction to Europe for people who haven't been before, and some special gems for those of us who have done some European touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour has so much to offer that there were several Wow! moments. Our morning hike to Neuschwanstein Castle. The Coliseum. Trummelbach Falls (don't believe Rick's 1 pyramid rating in the guide book-this deserves 3)."

Irma

Santaquin, UT

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Far exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! A few and very enjoyable unexpected surprises were Bacharach, Orvieto, & Beaune - among many"

Dennis

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jody made this tour outstanding. We have been on many guided tours of Europe and this one was by far the best, She was knowledgeable and had a great personality. Our tour was well paced and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Switzerland."

Sandra

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have taken 10 European "group tours" - this was our 3rd Rick Steves tour. It was by far our best tour - everything about it was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Lauterbrunnen Valley again - this was our third time. My favorite "wow" moment was hiking from Murren to Gimmelwald and having lunch there in a small hostile. Awesome!"

Betty

Campbell River, BC

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour evaluation is from Neil and Betty Fritz This tour right from our first meeting was way more than we expected. It could not have been any better. Loved every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many WOW moments but probably in Lauterbrunnen, the shear cliffs, water falls, wild flowers and clouds moving in and out of the top of the Alp. Not to mention the food!"

Joyce

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. I had been on 1 RS Tour previously and had read all the reviews for the BOE 21 Days so although I tried to contain my expectations, I was really excited about the tour and was not disappointed. Learned so much about the places we visited and about the hometowns of our fellow travellers, which we considered a bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved it all. The bike lanes in Amsterdam, castles and vineyards along the Rhine, the Colosseum, the David, the traffic around the Arc de Triomphe... We were lucky with the weather; misty evening provided a romantic backdrop to our gondola ride in Venice, perfect weather = perfect day in Cinque Terre and in the Swiss Alps."

John

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' tour and I enjoyed it. I like to travel this way. I think it is very cost effective. I enjoy meeting the other people on the tour and learning about their lives. The locations we visited were well chosen. The tour was well organized and well run.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed our time in Austria and Switzerland. I think the choice of small towns and high mountains was right up my alley."

Yvonne

Pasco, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time, even though got sick with a cold on the first week of the tour. Everything was well planned. The scenery, the villages were all awesome, particularly in the countryside. Rome & Paris were too busy & crowded for me but i enjoyed them nonetheless. All & all a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was going up to the schilthorn & Birg peaks in Switzerland. I felt on top of the world! Cinque Terre was very impressive also."

Robert

Harleysville, PA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are many reasons we enjoyed our 21 Day Best of Europe trip. • Group size of 28 was cozy and less touristy. • 28 people on a bus for 55 meant we had lots of space to spread out. • Smaller centrally locates hotels made it easy and quick to get places. • Having 1/2 to full free days in each location meant we could tailor the trip to our preferences, but had the convenience of a planned trip. • Guide and Driver were GREAT!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to hike in the Swiss Alps was amazing. The mountains and waterfalls in Wengen were breathtaking. A morning hike between the towns of Cinque Terra followed by and afternoon of swimming at the beach was perfect."

Olivia

Harleysville, PA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all the people we interacted with, countries and sites we visited, foods we tried, and schedule we had. It was nice that we saw all the must-sees and had free time to see whatever else interested us. I also liked the free days in Cinque Terre and the Alps when we could do as much hiking as we wanted since that is something we love but not everyone might.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved being on the top of the Shiltenhorn on an incredibly clear day and seeing all the mountains around. Hiking down through the grassy fields full of flowers, through the forests, and by waterfalls in the warm sun was just as breath-taking."

Marie

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our third Rick Steves' Tour so obviously we were pleased with the other two or we wouldn't have signed up for a third. We had a fun time on this trio. We choose it because of the itinerary, returning to some of our favorite places in Europe and adding some new ones. The trip was well organized, the group was fairly small, and the bus and hotels were well located and comfortable. The people on our tour were wonderful traveling companions. The tour guide and bus driver were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was fantastic but perhaps the best "wow" moment was the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland- gorgeous! If heaven were a place on earth then surely it must be in Switzerland. We lucked out with perfect weather. Taking a cog train to a hotel in Wengen high in the mountains was a unique experience which deserves to be on every bucket list. Other "wow" spors"

Eugene

Owasso, OK

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Whirlwind tour of 7 different countries in 21 days with special emphasis on the natural, cultural and historical highlights of each country. Good food, great guide, iconic places, and lots of fun with our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland was breathtaking! I have never seen a more beautiful verdant valley. The sheer cliffs, the waterfalls cascading down into the valley, the snow capped Alps encircling everything. I could feel God's glory."

Herman

Hillsville, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never traveled outside North America I was excited to get a glimpse of life over the pond. I am very glad we choose to utilize Rick Steves' services because I am convinced we saw more in less time with less trouble than if we had tried to go it alone. I was afraid, as non-drinkers, we might feel like a square peg in a round hole but fellow travelers and our guide made it a comfortable situation. We were pleased with the friendly nature of all the travelers and hope to see them again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Swiss Alps and the hike back into the valley."

Robert

Harleysville, PA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I spent three weeks touring Europe. The guide and bus driver were excellent. Everything went smoothly, and I never had reason to worry about what was going on. The rest of the tour group was great with the exception of their illnesses.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Instead of taking gondolas all the way down the Swiss Alps we decided to hike down from Muren to Lauterbrunen. Hiking across the fields and down into the valley was absolutely spectacular."

Deane

Sydney, NSW

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I honestly believe that the people on our group where too spoon feed at every moment. Some became so reliant on the guide that not a moment went past when they were asking questions. I appreciate that the group has to go to the lowest common denominator to ensure no one is lost, but there needs to be more independent thinking that the individuals should take responsibility for themselves. The same information was repeated too many times because people were not listening.

Stephanie

Harleysville, PA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While one of my goals was simply to take my kids to Europe, I had hoped that we would have some moments when all the literature, history, and art we had studied would come to life. I was pleasantly surprised how much the sites and talks covered what they had learned over these past 12 years. We also enjoyed the variety of locations visited. It was obviously well thought through, alternating larger cities with smaller towns, as well as more 'down days' towards the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We love to be outdoors so Austria, Switzerland, and Cinque Terre were favorite stops. If I had to pick one, hiking through the Swiss Alps was definitely beautiful."

Karen

Hillsville, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for this tour, and it exceeded my expectations in every way. It is likely the only trip I'll ever get to make to Europe so I wanted to make the most of our time. We saw and experienced so much. I thought it was a perfect blend of historical places, cultural sites, and nature at its best. We made the most of every minute because the tour is so well planned. Lisa our guide and Paul our bus driver were excellent and our tour mates were delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Where to begin...our long hike in the Swiss Alps with all the wildflowers was everything I imagined. I audibly gasped when we walked into the Sainte-Chapelle cathedral with the sun streaming through the stained glass windows. Our hike to the San Miniato Church at sunset for the evening vesper service and then gazing down on the beautiful city of Florence with a dramatic display of clouds and a cool gentle breeze filled with the aroma of the jasmine in bloom was magical."

Lynda

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great overview tour for our first European adventure. The tour was everything advertised and more - fast-paced and highly active. It met and exceeded all my expectations. Every day was a perfect balance of structured activity and free time. Activities were well planned, thought-provoking, awe-inspiring, and oh so much fun. We were so fortunate to share the experience with Dmitri, Richard and an amazing group of strangers who by tour's end were our good friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was so chock full of "wow" moments it's difficult to pick just one...The toll of church bells at precisely the moment the Night Watchman finished saying "the bells tolled" drew a collective gasp from all. Waking to the smell of delicious fresh baked bread in Wengan was awesome, as was the outrageous Bateaux Parisiens dinner cruise on the Seine our first night in Paris coordinated by a fellow traveler."

Jamie

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was delightful. The tour itinerary described in website can't possibly cover all the experiences that one gains from this tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but the beauty of Wengen, Switzerland and the Swiss Alps took my breath away."

Michael

Safford, AZ

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful guide (Dimitri) who helped us bond as a group from the beginning. He is very knowledgeable and experienced. All of us in the group were very pleased with our experience.

Sally

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations in every way. Our guide Dimitri was very professional and courteous and at the same time he found just the right way to interact on a personal level with each tour member. The transportation was always on schedule, thanks to our amazing driver Richard, and accommodations were comfortable and well-located to take advantage of walkable neighborhoods and sightseeing opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, every day had a different moment of wow! Just being constantly surrounded by and immersed in a sense of history and culture everywhere and taking in the beauty of art, architecture, nature, and human accomplishments was humbling."

James

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fantastic overview tour for our first time to Europe. As advertised, this was a go-go tour, each day packed with activities that were all informative, inspirational, and awe-inspiring. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we will be going on another. Our group made the trip very special, even for a self-described introvert like me. And our tour guide Dimitri and bus driver Richard made the trip of a lifetime memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed every moment and found that getting caught trying to 'rate' everything on the tour caused a lost perspective and I was not able to find the 'wow' moments in all we experienced, including everyday occurrences. Two stand out: while taking the Metro in Paris a 94-year-old local gentleman recognized us and struck up a conversation with John, a tour member who knew a little French. What a sparkle he had! 2) a dinner cruise at sunset on the Seine arranged by a tour member."

Roger

Amesbury, MA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour, 21 Days in Europe, was amazing, with the superb guidance of Dimitri, and his wisdom and care at each stop for each person, the careful structuring of all the important and beautiful pilgrimages we made to the sites in each city (and in between), Dimitri's good humor, passion for sharing his experience, the "family" of travelers who journeyed with us, it was all fun, meaningful, often profoundly informative, a richly rewarding look at the highlights of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "WOW" experiences, stepping into the Coliseum in Rome, the Pantheon, the tour in Bacharach with Tomas, visiting Dachau with an amazing guide, waking in the morning to the peaks of the Alps, Paris as it unfolded before us, Amsterdam's thoroughfare of bikes. And side trips to Giverny and Rowan, Orvieto, it's church. . .oh, my God, the whole experience was WOW, WOW, WOW from beginning to end."

John

Bush, LA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Dimitri, was truly outstanding. Our fellow travelers were interesting, and interested, people who became our friends. The different villages and cities that we visited were fascinating and full of historic and cultural features. The bus that took us across Western Europe was luxurious. Our driver, Richard, was extraordinary in his driving skills, his attention to his vehicle, and his friendliness and good humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to list. Cinque Terre, Wengen, The mosaics at St. Marks, Seeing the Pope at St. Peter's, dinner on the Seine in Paris, etc., etc., etc."

Terry

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. I have wanted to go for over 40 years, so as you can guess, I had some fairly high expectations. I can say unequivocally that my expectations were exceeded in every way. Part of the reason for that is that your organization has been doing this long enough to have figured out how to do it well. But in my opinion, a majority of the reason is due to the complete professionalism and talent of our tour guide Tim. He is simply the best! More on Tim later

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were simply too many "wow" moments to identify one favorite. The best I can do is list a few: Haarlem - an unexpected delight. All the local tour guides who gave us wonderful insight. Keukenhof - I'm a gardener in Alaska so the lush abundance. The sheer number of ancient locations and buildings throughout the trip also left me amazed and dazzled. Dachau - so sobering and yet hopeful, because there were scores of kids there to learn. The statue of David! The Eiffel Tower!"

Bev

Farmington, UT

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it exceeded all of my expectations! I have never been on a vacation and been so relaxed. Everything was was planned down to the last detail without making it feel regimented. Have been telling everyone I see that they need to have a Rick Steve's experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't really pick just one moment but the feeling that I got from understanding new cultures, the people I met, and the history behind them was life changing. That feeling continues in my heart."

Patricia

Carrollton, GA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime! Words cannot express just how wonderful this experience was! I saw things and places that I never dreamed I would see. Tim was our guide and he knew his stuff. He not only made us all comfortable with each stop, but also relayed history like a pro. It was never a lecture. It was interesting and easy to understand. I loved the way he also made each person special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our night walk in Rome! What a great way to see that eternal city. Even at night it is crowded, but we saw things differently that during the day. Nightlights made it even more beautiful."

Kathryn

Aberdeen, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing, everything about the trip was so much more than I imagined. The hotels were all comfortable and located centrally so we could get out and explore every city. While I wasn't sure about the long bus days, the way it was broken up and Tim's history lessons made them actually a highlight of the trip. The whole trip was such an exciting time with so many things to see as part of the trip, but having the free time to explore each city was a confidence builder.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I realized as we did our first walking tour of Harlaam with Ruby that I was in for a trip of a life time. I think my wow moment was when we went to the Colosseum and the Forum. I hadn't been looking forward to seeing them because I thought I had seen everything on the Rick Steve's shows. See it in person with Tim's background history lesson and our local guide, it was amazing."

Vicki

Thornton, CO

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing experience!! We feel so lucky to have gone on this tour!! Tim gave us interesting information and facts about all of the places we visited, as well as safety and travel instructions when we ventured out on our own. We couldn't have imagined how wonderful a trip like this could be and so look forward to another fabulous Rick Steve's Tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was when we hiked in Switzerland! The Lauterbrunnen Valley with those amazing waterfalls and majestic mountains took my breath away!!"

Monte

Aberdeen, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first European tour, ever, and it was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think experiencing the tour with our group. We were all so excited and became fast friends. The overall positivity was infectious, and carried over to our various hosts and to the people we met. We didn't experience any negative interactions I was aware of other than an uncomfortable moment when we were confronted by a grumpy older staff member who demanded payment after using a restroom in Switzerland. My 'wow' moment was the overall experience. The tour was well planned and executed."

David

Carrollton, GA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Saw things I never thought I would be able to see. Good group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. Never expected such a beautiful place. First time you see the mountains, it takes your breathe away."

Cathy

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped for and more. I have gone on many wonderful trips, Europe included, but this will go down not only as my favorite, but as the one that all future trips will be judged against. It was exceptionally well organized and planned and while we did and saw a lot as a group, we also had sufficient free time to "make it our own". Tim, our guide, gave us the history and an in depth understanding of the places we visited and the local guides expanded on it. Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were "wow" moments every day of this trip but the ones that stand out the most were seeing Michelangelo's David, St. Peter's Basilica, Brunelleschi's Dome, and the breathtaking beauty of Switzerland and the Swiss Alps. I was moved by the seeing Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial and hearing the stories of the prisoners. Each day since our return, I have thought about something else that we saw or did. The list goes on and on..."

Steven

Farmington, UT

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found this to be a most pleasurable tour experience.Overall the tour was very well organized, entertaining, and educational. Tim, where shall I begin? Tim, our guide for this 21 day tour is an outstanding guide. Throughout the tour, beginning with the orientation meeting, Tim was very approachable, personable, and professional, all with an engaging personality. Tim has an incredible wealth of knowledge which provides tremendous value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Roman Colossseum, the Roman Forum, Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, the Pantheon, Trummelbachfalle, and the Eiffel Tower. One of the remarkable things about our introductions, is that Tim suggested that we say our names and not necessarily share our occupation, past or present. This suggestion served a purpose of reducing the potential "value judgement" that we from the U.S. form according to the status of our occupation. What a great start!"

Sherry

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What am amazing experience! So many beautiful places to see and experience! Wonderful tour members, guide and coach driver. I felt I was traveling with family! I came home a better person. Thank you Tim and all those behind the scenes at Rick Steves'!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is the hardest question of the survey, because there isn't just one! But if I have to chose, it is Switzerland's breathtaking Lauterbrunnen Valley! Oh my!!!"

Karen

Wasilla, AK

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW! This was an amazing journey, beyond expectations. Every day offered wonderful things to see or learn about. It was an experience of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This may be a strange "wow" moment but it set the tone for my European experience. My travel partner and I arrived in Haarlem the day before we were to join the tour group. The bus dropped us in front of a map of Haarlem. As we were looking at it we noticed that the bus had again stopped along with the rest of the traffic. The church clock began to ring; it was 8:00pm. Then I remembered we had been told everything would stop at 8:00 in honor of the Americans who had freed Holland in WWII. Wow!"

Richard

Saint Johns, FL

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best tours we've taken, and we've done quite a few. So much to see and so much information passed on. It was delightful. The tour guide was absolutely terrific, as was the driver. We did and saw so much, it's hard to know where to begin with complements. Would definitely recommend. In fact, we may do it again ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the scenery in Switzerland. Just stunning."

Michael

Thornton, CO

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the best way to go is not to have great expectations. I was never disappointed by the tour, information, food, etc. Tim complimented Robin, by keeping our interest at all times, even when not with the group we were still guided by Tim's knowledge of the thing to see and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just like the Best of Italy 5 years ago, each day was a WOW moment. Since the trip I still go on remembering the different moments and smile."

Greg

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Far exceeded expectations. Very well organized. Relatively small group allowed us to become friends with everyone. It rained a lot but no one complained which was great. Outstanding tour guide. We will definitely take more Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening gondola ride in Venice. Tim, our tour guide, surprised us by including a singer and an accordion player for our group. It was surprisingly romantic!"

Tamra

Delaware, OH

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to get Jesse for a guide, Math for a driver, and 25 amazing tour companions! This trip was fantastic from beginning to end. We could never have done all the amazing things we fit into this trip had we planned it on our own. Skipping lines, great advice on additional dining and attractions, help with navigating each city, all this and more for a very reasonable price. I'm Team Rick Steves for life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SO HARD! SO MANY WOW MOMENTS! Actually seeing places and artwork I've been reading about forever, each one was a WOW moment! Probably the most emotional, for me, would be Anne Frank House. I still remember the moment, as a 12 year old reading her diary, when I realized what atrocities were out there in the world. Actually entering the space she inhabited when writing that diary was a deep moment for me. But, Saint Chapelle, David, Notre Dane, the Alps - so many WOWS!"

Cynthia

Snellville, GA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was not sure what to expect but the tour far exceeded my expectations. We could not have hand picked a better group or guide! The camaraderie and friendships forged enhanced every aspect of the tour. The concept of living out of a suitcase and backpack for 21 days seemed like a daunting task for one like me who prefers to "unpack and move in" when I travel. But as promised, I discovered what I could and could not live without for my next RS tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A quick stop en route from Germany to Austria through the Bavarian countryside led us to a rather unassuming church in the middle of a pasture called the Wieskirche Church. Opening the front door created a gasp of awe and wonder at the magnificent beauty of "Germany's greatest Rococo-style church" which was as worthy a visit as any cathedral in Europe."

Timothy

Snellville, GA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an absolute pleasure for the whole group! 27 folks where no one had met more than two others, came together and bonded like lost family members. It was astounding to be so far from home, is so many beautiful places, and having these folks along to smile, laugh, eat, drink and joke together. I truly could go anywhere with them...and would!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest WOW came at a "rest stop" just before arriving in Ruette, Austria, The Pilgrimage Church of Wies. A fairly plain looking church from the outside literally explodes with Rococo beauty inside. I could not believe my eyes and literally cried out "WOW" when I opened the door and looked inside. Several others who came in after me also couldn't stop the 'Wow!" from their lips. Awesome."

Felix

Bothell, WA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Took the tour to Europe for the first time. Did not expect it to be this phenomenal. It was an eye opening experience. Tour guide Jesse was one of the best guide I encountered in all my travels. He was very knowledgeable and provided all the information needed before hand. Started the tour meeting 25 other guests (completely strangers) and became a family during the time together. Traveled thru places I have never dreamed of and seeing the evolution of historical buildings were awesome.

Roger

Schriever, LA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Covered a lot of ground in 21 days and experienced a good mix of history and architectural sites. This group of travelers in our tour were very good together. I honestly believe we've met lifetime friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Marks square in Venice and Florence Duomo and museums were very good."

Jean

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip! I was so pleased to have experienced all the things that I did on this tour. I went into this trip not knowing a soul, and came out with 29 new friends! The wealth of knowledge gleaned about history and culture is priceless. We, as a group, gelled early which was helpful as we learned from each other. The various experiences were so much fun and educational. My personal favorites included the gondola ride in Venice, going up the Alps in a cable car and good food!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "Wow" moment was the night time walking tour of Rome and seeing the city with just the locals, not all the tourist crunch of the day. Tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain, eating great Italian cuisine and enjoying "La Dolce Vita" and feeling, just for a short while, like a native. Also, a close second, toasting with Champagne at the lit up Eiffel Tower! Wow!!"

Thomas

Rosemead, CA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe, so we decided to take the 21 day best of, in case we don't get the chance to go back. You see so much in those 21 days! You need to be well rested when you start, because you are always on the go! The great thing about our group was that everyone got along really great, so we made a lot of new friends. And the group experience is something you can't get by yourself. Even rain couldn't dampen the fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to say. Taking a gondola up 2 levels in the Swiss Alps to get to the hotel. Staying in a medieval walled town with castles overlooking it. Being in Venice and watching the gondoliers rowing through the canals. Standing and looking at the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Being in all those churches and cathedrals with all of the art. It was all pretty amazing."

Mark

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first time in Europe and we were WOWed! We have followed Rick Steves for a long time and felt that for our first trip to Europe we would benefit from the extra attention to detail his tours provide, and we were not disappointed. From the first moments in our initial group meeting we knew it was going to be a fabulous trip. Our group gelled immediately under Jesse's leadership and we all experienced Europe together as an extended family. Many more RS tours in our future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to choose! Kuekenhoff; Arriving in Venice on the Vaperetto next to the Rialto bridge; Walking tour in Florence, coming around the corner to see the Duomo; DAVID; Neuschwentein Castle; the meadows of the Weiskerk; boat tour of the Cinque Terre; the Eiffel Tower all lit up; the view from Sacre' Coure; all the wonderful group meals; but the biggest WOW moment was waking up in our hotel in Murren to see the beautiful Alps!"

Charlie

Troy, MT

Tour: 04/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on this tour. The time went so fast since we were always busy with all the information, history, scenery, and visiting with tour members. Many long days but also mixed with some down time or optional touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at Murren in the Swiss Alps. The views and hotel was spectacular. We stayed up the mountain so we were staring right at the mountains which were all around us and very close."

Ana

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I expected and 500% more !!! You can see Rick Steves all over and the best part is that everybody at lots of our locations knows him...My husband and I got a free shuttle drive just by mentioning Rick's name. We heard that Rick was in Florence when we were there and during our group dinner there was another Rick Steves group there ..it would have been great for him to come and say hello. The visit to the American Cemetery in Germany was very emotional for us, a military couple

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the mountain, Schilthorn Piz Gloria in Switzerland. Just amazing to be on top of the world ...at least that is how I felt, on a most beautiful sunny bright day but still cold to feel the power of nature. And the breakfast was great, the 2 gondola rides were great and to see that a site will survive and still use the James Bond movie making experience to make a living, just brilliant !"

Kerri

Clovis, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OMG! This was the most amazing trip ever! I couldn't have asked for a better honeymoon! We truly enjoyed our Rick Steve's tour and will definitely be taking more in the future. We loved the fact that we didn't have to worry about a thing. Everything was taken care of. The hotels were decent, the provided meals were amazing, the knowledge and personality of our tour guide and assistant tour guide couldn't be beat, and the people we met on the tour with us we now consider family!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wish I could pick one but everything was so great! My two favorite memories, being an outdoorsy person, was our hike from Austria to Germany to tour the Neuschwanstein castle (it was one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on) and our time in Switzerland."

Danny

Glennallen, AK

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very generous and well managed tour. Amazing guides with a depth of knowledge of the areas and history. Outstanding every day of the tour. Thanks to Dimitri and Asa for a all your efforts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was "WOW" with all the villages built high on the mountain sides. Murren was a so much fun and the views are so amazing, even for an Alaskan."

Patricia

Glennallen, AK

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For our first trip to Europe, our trip was everything and more than we anticipated. We were fortunate in the friends we shared the tour with...we all got along and enjoyed each others company. Dimitri and Asa (and Paul, our driver) were personable and knowledgeable. Their years of experience evident in how they handled all of us and the nuances during the tour. Great choices where to go, what to see and stay...from the start in Haarlem to our ending in Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We liked Switzerland the best after the crowds in Italy. It was nice to enjoy the "forest bath" walks, gondola rides, the beauty of the mountains, the charm of the small towns and farms, and the wonderful accommodations in Murren."

Adele

Pueblo West, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great and diversified group to travel with. Dmitri and Asa and our bus driver Paul were all first class. The diversity of the types of places we visited impressed me. We went from a serious visit to Dachau in the morning to a fun-filled evening of German/Austrian polka style music with antics by one of our group who was chosen to participate. I appreciated learning history, art, music, politics of Europe and seeing how they put protecting the environment in action.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had chosen the first tour of the season so that we could possibly hit the peak season for the tulips in Amsterdam. And we did! Keukenhof was outstanding. Every new color play around the next corner was more spectacular than the last. Also, even though I am from Colorado I was totally wowed by the Schlithorn in Switzerland. Even though I am acrophobic I was able to overcome it to ride the Gondola to the 007 breakfast on the most gorgeous morning in the Alps. Loved it!"

David

Pueblo West, CO

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a great experience. One hell of a history lesson. This is definitively an active tour. Your grading the days did help what to expect. The amount of artwork we saw was overwheiming. The Dachau Concentration Camp was very sobering, but important to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was having breakfast at the top of Schilthorn. Another was the tulips."

Mickey

Akron, OH

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was flawlessly designed for beginners to experienced travelers. The amount of places covered, in the small time, is incomprehensible. From beginning to end, this tour exceeded every expectation I had and gave me more. We were well informed about everything from packing, preparation, daily schedules, history, and food along the journey. This tour has set a new bar for any other tours, I will take in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to pick one moment. so, to pick few amazing moments on this trip will be: Tulip Fields, Neuschwanstein castle, Swiss alps and the valley, history of Rome, Tuscan hills/sunset and Paris. Every single small town, we went on our trip was a highlight. I get to see real Europe and meet locals without any tourists."

Charles Randy

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling to different places takes a lot of planning before the trip, organization during the trip, coordination of information & ability to adapt to changes that are required due to unforeseen events - to mention a few of the priorities. It is a very complex, everchanging environment. The whole trip seemed flawless and more important awesome. It is impossible to summarize - but that is the best I can do. Awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many... but if I have to choose-it would be cruising down the Rhine in the boat from St. Goar back to Bacharach. I loved the slow pace, beautiful views and fortunately great weather."

Rebecca

Baker City, OR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. Visiting the smaller cities/towns was the highlight of the trip for me. The walking tours, hotels, transportation and meals provided as part of the tour were fantastic. Dimitri and Asa were excellent tour guides and Paul an awesome driver. Everyone on the tour got along making the tour a pleasurable experience. All the walking was perfect. However there were a couple of tours that should have progressed faster, too much standing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the mountains. Driving through northern Italy and into Switzerland the mountains were breath taking. I enjoyed the beauty of the alpine meadows through which we hiked."

Sharon

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was above anything we had expected. Our guides, Dimitri and Asa, bus driver Paul gave us a first class experience and gave us a life-time of memories. We liked the mix of large cities to explore ancient ruins and museums to the small towns atmosphere of charm and uniqueness. We learned so much and will treasure the time we had with our new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had too many Wow moments to say one was better than the other. Many things come to mind but the Keukenhof Gardens, all the museums and churches would be top on my list. It was unfortunate that Cinque Terre had so much rain as we would have liked to explore more towns. How could you not be impressed with seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at 10 pm?"

David

Orono, MN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This extensive tour was exactly what we had in mind. It was our first trip to Europe and we wanted to understand the "lay of the land" from Amsterdam to Rome, sights in the Alps, and finishing in Paris. For us, it was a survey and we felt we needed to experience this before we could make decisions about future trips to Europe. We experienced the highlights, the important historical sights, and learned more about the culture of each location. Yorick is a great tour leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We developed a good understanding and an appreciation for the hundreds of years of history that have shaped the European nations. After this trip, we are inspired to learn more. It's so interesting that places that are relatively close to each other have such different history and culture."

Mary

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a dream and trip of a lifetime! Our guide, Jody, kept us informed, was a wealth of knowledge about the places we traveled and was a great deal of fun! We are still talking about the wonderful experiences we had in each place and all that we learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each country we visited had a "Wow" moment! Every place was unique and gave us incredible insight into the culture and people of the region. I loved the special events we experienced in each area we visited."

Carol

Tiburon, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Richard, our outstanding driver, took us over a high mountain pass in Switzerland."

Susan

Winterville, NC

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was outstanding - organized, interesting, and enjoyable. The leadership set a tone of camaraderie, respect, and inclusiveness within our group, and all travel plans and reservations seemed to be perfectly in place. The tour was listed as strenuous, which was an accurate description of our 21 day tour. Pacing was helpful, intense days alternated with slower, free days. Our group members were wonderful, and under the guide of our leaders, we bonded amazingly well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was ascending Mount Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps. When we got up that morning, the weather was wet and foggy. I had no idea we would be able to go to the mountain. What an amazing surprise when we broke through the clouds and saw the beautiful mountaintop - breathtaking! I had many other wonderful moments that could also be added - Saint Chapel, Neuschwanstein Castle, Cinque Terre, Eiffel Tower, the many cathedrals, and the beautiful landscapes along the way."

Becky

Washington Court House, OH

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience for my husband and I! We signed up last minute but we are sure glad that we got to go!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was my first "WOW" moment! It has been on my bucket list and it met every thing I had dreamed of! The Swiss Alps were my second "WOW" moment! The views we experienced were absolutely wonderful!"

Brian

Washington Court House, OH

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all that I hoped it would be. There was obvious attention given to "educate" us on the locations we experienced so we could maximize our experience at each site. Our guide was exceptional, providing a combination of discipline, humor and knowledge to help keep our "wandering cats" together. His knowledge of the history and locations as well as the additional knowledge of literature made the experience wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, probably the Swiss Alps. I had been to Europe before for both business and pleasure, but had not experienced the incredible physical sights experienced in the Alps."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and October is a good time to take a Best of Europe tour. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for offering generally good weather, lighter crowds, and the full range of tourist fun.

Netherlands / Amsterdam

Amsterdam Weather


Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Austria / Vienna

Vienna Weather


Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Rome Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


France / Paris

Paris Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Amsterdam (AMS) and out of Paris (CDG or ORY) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. The Amsterdam airport is about a 40-minute train, bus, or taxi ride from Haarlem, where the tour begins. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

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