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

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Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour

from $6,295 per person + air

Single Supplement $1,175

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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, Austria's Salzburg, 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!

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 29 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2025 Best of Europe tour:

  • Haarlem walking tour
  • Amsterdam walking tour
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Amsterdam canal cruise
  • Arnhem open-air museum
  • Dutch pancake lunch
  • Rhine River cruise
  • Rheinfels Castle
  • Bacharach walking tour
  • Rothenburg Night Watchman's tour
  • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Salzburg walking tour
  • Salzburg Cathedral
  • Apple Strudel baking lesson
  • Venice walking tour
  • Florence Renaissance walking tour
  • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David)
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain
  • Roman Forum and Colosseum (exterior*)
  • 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
  • Paris walking tour
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Louvre Museum

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Europe come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Haarlem to Paris
  • 20 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 10 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

*This tour does not include visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, or the interior of the Colosseum. See details on how to visit during your free time.

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. We'll toast the start of our adventure together with a tasting of the typical spirit of the Netherlands, Jenever. Prost!

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

Day 2: Progressive, Artistic Amsterdam

This morning we'll hop aboard the train into Amsterdam and hit the ground walking with an informative tour of Amsterdam's historic streets, gaining an insider's perspective to this progressive and artistic city. Then we'll enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the centuries-old canals, lined with teetering, gable-topped houses. After a break for lunch, we'll take a guided tour of the remarkable Rijksmuseum, featuring masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Afterward, 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, and round off our Dutch experiences with a traditional pancake lunch together. 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 Night Watchman's tour.

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

Day 6: Dachau and Salzburg

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. Then we'll continue our drive across the Bavarian countryside into Austria and our home base for the next two nights, scenic Salzburg. After an orientation walk through town, you'll be free to join new friends for dinner in a traditional café or outdoor beer garden.

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

Day 7: Salzburg and Strudel

This morning we'll join a local guide and trace Mozart's steps on a walking tour through charming Salzburg, a city of splendid gardens, beautiful Baroque architecture, and picturesque medieval lanes. We'll enjoy lunch together and finish with a cooking lesson, where we'll learn to make one of Austria's famous pastries — Apfelstrudel. The rest of the day is free for hiking up the fortress hill for a panoramic view, tagging along on a Sound of Music tour, or strolling around the charmingly preserved old town. This evening is perfect for enjoying a classical music performance.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Salzburg.

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. The rest of your day is free to visit the mosaic- and marble-filled St. Mark's Basilica, 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 hop on board a tram to our hotel in the city's historic center. We'll meet our local guide for a Renaissance tour 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: All Roads Lead to Rome

This morning we'll make our way to Rome, stopping at an enchanting hill town for lunch and time to explore before continuing our drive into the heart of the Eternal City. After getting oriented to our neighborhood, we'll be introduced to Rome's metro system and savor the flavors of Italy at dinner together. We'll end our day celebrating 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: A Walk Through Caesar's Rome

This morning we'll travel back in time, as a local guide takes us on a walking tour through the ancient heart of Rome, telling us vivid tales on a stroll around the outside of the monumental Colosseum and into the history-drenched Roman Forum, and ending with the spectacular Pantheon. We'll set you free for the rest of the day to enjoy lunch and explore more of the Eternal City on your own. Consider joining the Jubilee Year crowds for a modern-day pilgrimage to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (reserve in advance) or simply soak up more of Rome's artistic, historic, and cultural heritage (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

Today we'll drive to the Italian Riviera and the sun-drenched beaches of 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. Tonight we'll gather together for a feast of local specialties, from homemade pesto to the fresh catch of the day.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Train: ¼ hour. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in or near 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 or near 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 consider a mountain excursion that combines a 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, and 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, where we'll meet our local guide and take a stroll through the city's early history. We'll learn about two of the world's most important Gothic churches: the resilient and legendary Notre-Dame and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle, before continuing on the lively, bohemian Latin Quarter. Your evening is free for dinner and more discoveries.

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

Day 20: Parisian Cityscapes and Masterpieces

This day provides a busy, star-studded finale for our tour. We'll start with a visit to the magnificent Louvre Museum. With the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app in hand, Rick's voice will guide you through the Louvre's timeless treasures, including Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. The rest of the day is yours to round out your Paris sightseeing with a visit to museums like the Orsay and Rodin, or perhaps a walk down the Champs-Elysées — 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

Heather

Tour: 06/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a first experience with Rick Steves tours and it was amazing! Our tour guide, Paul and bus driver, Richard set the bar high. The group we were with came together and had tons of fun, laughs and wow moments. The countries we went to in the best of Europe was perfect since it was my very first trip to Europe. We couldn’t have asked for a better experienced and trip than this one. The places, the tours, the tour guides, the food….a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tours, the history, the churches…but my wow moment was in Switzerland…the beauty, the top of Schiltthorn, staying in Murren, riding the gondola to the town. I would good back again. "

Rodney

Tour: 06/09/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, this tour was everything we had hoped for. It was great to leave the planning and logistics to RS Tours and just relax and enjoy all the planned fun activities. All of the hotel accommodations met or exceeded our expectations, our bus driver Richard provided us with an immaculate bus that made the travel days enjoyable, and both our RS guide (Paul) and all of the local guides brought the history of the places we visited alive in a way that was just awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel in Murren, Switzerland. Perched in the Alps with a full view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley was both awe-inspiring and breathtaking. Heading to the top of Schilthorn the next day was simply amazing: the gondola rides to get there, the panoramic views of many of the famous summits in the Alps, the thrill walk, the James Bond experience.....everything about that tour stop was full of "wow"."

Jeff

Tour: 06/09/24

First of all, Paul corkin was one of the top four guides I've had. This is my ninth Rick Steve's tour. He ranks up with Steven in Ireland, Patrick in France and our very first. Julie in Italy. Outstanding job. Had to tolerate occasional frustrated travelers but mostly our group was good too. His teaching skills and teaching background clearly show through. I can't say enough about him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You always ask this question but there really wasn't one particular but if I had to pick one it would be the laughter and camaraderie we had at the dinner in Florence."

Peter

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Great bus driver. Great tour leader who really cared for all in their charge. Good hotels and restaurants. Pretty wonderful value and we didn’t have to schedule all those hotels and transportation sequences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was more refreshing than we could imagine!"

Brent

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ragen was an amazing tour guide. He was able to navigate with the group, keep us engaged, and handle any issues quickly. Above all, he made the tour a 'once in a lifetime' experience for everyone involved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After navigating us through the narrow, busy streets of Venica, Ragen paused and asked if we were ready for an amazing experience. He then took us to St. Mark's Piazza. It was magic!"

Anna

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the group, our guide and the sites as well as the history lessons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps knocked me off my feet. Arriving in Murren after two gondola rides, I beheld those mountain heights at close range. wow!! The hike the next day was so enjoyable, plus we stopped for locally made delicious cheese along the way. "

Helen

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Darryl

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Ragen was an excellent combination of shepherd with a firm but gentle shepherds crook, contagious spirit of enthusiasm, and walking tour book. He seems to have worked with Rick Steves long enough to pick up part of his enduring personality. He was a reassuring presence and fellow traveler. At times, he was able to show his personal side of one who lives life and travel. I feel fortunate that he was our guide for our 49th wedding anniversary tour.

Raymond

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps"

Raydina

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time seeing the world and meeting new people. Our fellow passengers, tour guide and bus driver made the experience even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were absolutely amazing. I found my happy place! "

Beth

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First of all, our tour guide (Joe) and our bus driver (John) could not have been better! They were fun, knowledgeable, on top of all the details, informative, always accessible - in short, they made the trip wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved Haarlem! It was the perfect way to start the trip. This was our long-awaited honeymoon (we have been married for 44 years). Walking the cobblestone streets along canals surrounded by cyclists of all ages, browsing the lush Saturday market and peeking into The Bavo with its majestic organ was such a joyful way to begin. The people were so friendly, our hotel room looked out on the plaza and our Haarlem guide was delightful. Well done!"

Mark

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Joe (calm, fun and very knowledgeable) was absolutely excellent and we enjoyed our driver John (very jolly) as well. The individual Rick Steves city guides were top notch giving us personal insight into their beloved cities. The 21 day Europe tour allowed us to visit 6 countries, learn different cultures and meet new friends. We added 2 days at the beginning and enjoyed some extra time in Haarlem and Amsterdam. Added 4 days at the end to immerse ourselves in the Paris scene.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Frankly our WOW moment was in Murren, Switzerland with our team surrounding my wife and I on the gondola rides removing our fear of height. Our team was our tour guide along with 25 tour strangers who became acquaintances and now we can call them our friends. Our team meals were also great as we got to break some bread, selected beverages and deserts with our new found friends while developing deeper relationships with fun conversations."

Valerie

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Our guide Joe was fun and informative. Joe was saddled with a group of complainers on our tour and he went out of his way to accommodate them. Most of their issues arose because those folks were not physically prepared for the hills, stairs, the intensity and pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The breathtaking view from the balconey of our hotel room in Murren, Switzerland. The surrounding mountains, waterfalls and the valley way down below were unforgettable. "

Jackie

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic guide and bus driver! Wonderful experiences, good accommodations and meals, saw and did a lot!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just 1 but I loved our group dinners! We had great meals together."

William

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my first and far exceeded my expectations. Loved our tour leader Joe and his passion for history, culture and travel. It was also an amazing opportunity to get an overview of Europe which has created a lot of excitement about future trips. I also loved the partnership between Joe our group leader and John our bus driver. They are both wonderful people and quickly became a welcome part of our group community. Also loved the knowledgeable local tour guides. This trip was a home run!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many to choose just one. If I have too it would be our stop in Murren, Switzerland. When we first walked out on our Edelweiss Hotel room deck and looked 3000ft down at the valley floor it took my breath away (and I’m not afraid of heights). Despite being socked in with fog from time to time Switzerland is wonderful."

Jennifer

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe, and it was spectacular! The amazing sights, delicious food, our wonderfully knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide Joe and bus driver John, and the group of fantastic people we got to share the experience with, all made for a wonderfully memorable, outstanding trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! Walking out of the metro station in Rome and seeing the Colosseum towering before us... stepping into the upper chapel of Sainte-Chapelle and seeing the magnificent stained glass... stepping onto our hotel balcony in Murren and beholding the beautiful Swiss mountains and valleys... and so much more!"

John

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

the guide was great. The sights were great.The bus and driver were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren Switzerland was spectacular."

David

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 21 day York tour was everything I expected and more. Our guide Joe was excellent and would go out of his way to make sure everybody could be included in all tours when somew would have a harder time with some of the walks. I would definitely do the 21 day tour again as a first timer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment of the tour was our hotel in Switzerland, which sat on a cliff, and the views were out of this world!"

Abdala

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic trip. Excellent tour guide. Great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one."

Mary Ann

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Meet some incredible people and the tours were well arranged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The different areas that we were exposed to and given free time to venture on our own"

Stan

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing and the experience of a life time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein Castle at view point and while inside on tour. "

Terry

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

extremely satisfying. it was the second honeymoon trip we have been anticipating a long long time. the pace was brisk but that helped us to experience more of Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"first sights of the colosseum and eiffel tower"

Diane

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was fantastic. We had a great guide. Lots of extra surprise add ons that made the trip stand out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"looking down 3000 ft to the valley floor from our hotel room in Murran Switzerland"

Sheri

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great way to get a "taste of Europe." Tour guide Joe went above and beyond to accommodate individual needs as well as keeping our group on track. He was very knowledgeable with all group activities and had a variety of suggestions for free time activities. Bus driver "Big John" was an integral part of the group. He was our co-leader, keeping us safe and assisting with group activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular view of the Swiss Alps from our hotel room in Murren. Other favorites were all the bicycles in Haarlem and Amsterdam, windmills at Arnhem, medieval Bacharach, Rhine River cruise, Neuschwanstein Castle, Venice gondola ride, The Forum ruins in Rome, the magnificent interior of St Peter's Basilica, Manarola in Cinque Terre, and the Paris River Cruise with a great view of the Eiffel Tower."

Victoria

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. We had a fantastic tour guide, Lisa, who really went above and beyond at every moment. The 21 days is really tough. But beside the length, this tour was the perfect “get to know” Europe experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Shilthorn peak. Amazing. 🥲 "

Janice

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful overview of the best of Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the Alps -- really, up close and personal views that can only be appreciated in person,"

Betty

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide, Lisa, and the places visited were wonderful! I was glad to hear that Salzburg will be included next year in place of Reutte.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps in Mürren were breathtaking "

Rick

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Russ

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to begin? Having watched a number of TV episodes on PBS, I was excited to see places I had seen Rick visit and the tour did not disappoint... six countries, 10 major cities, culture, history, art/architecture, new friends... we saw it all and more and it was wonderful the entire time. I was a little physically unprepared for the demands of the tour and struggled a bit, but I would not quit nor trade the experience for anything. Thank you for making dreams come true! It was magnificent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A first view of the Alps and the Eiffel Tower, a clifftop view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley with the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau in front of me, to see the Adriatic and Mediterranean, and eating delicious escargot in France... but the most memorable moment was the seafood feast in Monterosso - pesto pasta and then deliciousness poured from an earthen pot, steaming in front of me... I can still smell and taste the lobster, prawns, mussels, octopus, and cuttlefish! I will never forget it!!"

Pamela

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Exhausting. Although I was warned about the intensity of the trip the short stays were not enough to achieve a flavor of each stop

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waterfalls in Switzerland "

Cynthia

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first ‘Rick Steve’s’ trip was spectacular. A snapshot of many places in Europe that allowed a taste of culture and highlights at each location. Tim Tendick was outstanding, his knowledge (historical, political, cultural), communication, group and people skills, etc, all fed an incredible experience. Local guides were fantastic. Hotels were lovely and very ‘European’. Busses were comfortable with good visibility during travel. We appreciated the prep materials provided to manage planning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many ‘wow’ moments. The Austrian and Swiss Alps were beyond amazing settings. Cinque Terre was another beautiful location. We also enjoyed the quiet and quaint village of Bacharach – so peaceful and lovely! "

Dennis

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was ok but just ok

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Over looking the Rhine River from the tower above the town of Bacharach "

Aloha

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was much more than we expected. Judging from our experiences with other tour companies, our Rick Steves tour was hands down the best in many ways. The guides, hotels, experiences and overall fun was the best. Tim, our tour guide was so much fun, very kind, and very knowledgeable about every country and culture. He made the tour a once in a life time experience. Thank you for the memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was in Venice while attending a Vivaldi concert featuring The Four Seasons. It was held in the very church in which it was composed. Amazing"

Stacie

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, and it exceeded our expectations! It was absolutely amazing! I can't praise the entire experience enough. Our tour guide, Tim, was fantastic! He was incredibly knowledgeable, positive, and a lot of fun! Tim kept us entertained on the bus and offered great suggestions for things to see and places to eat. The mix of activities was wonderful and well-balanced, with plenty of free time to explore on our own. The Rick Steves' team has thought of everything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, Switzerland, Switzerland!!!"

Ruth

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of the tour, with so many incredible places and sites packed into 3 weeks, along with such a fantastic guide (Tim).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, it's hard to pick, but the beauty of Switzerland was breathtaking and our free day in beautiful Cinque Terra was spectacular."

Cindy

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an outstanding European trip with an amazing guide, Tim. Tim led fantastic walking tours and fun side trips in the cities we visited. We were fortunate to have memorable and knowledgeable local guides: Birgit in Bacharach, James in Dachau, Laura in Venice, Martina in Florence for the walk and Academia, Cinzia for the Uffizi museum in Florence, and Francesca in Rome for the Colosseo, Forum, Pantheon, and Vatican. Each guide made the experience unforgettable with their insights and

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment from our tour was the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Mürren. Lauterbrunnen's waterfalls and cliffs set a stunning backdrop, while Mürren's alpine charm offered peaceful serenity. The valley’s tranquility and the sound of waterfalls was soothing. Exploring the trail in Lauterbrunnen back to Murren and our side trip with Tim to the Trummelbach Falls was unforgettable. This experience combined with Switzerland's overall natural beauty made it a cherished memory of our European tour."

Wes

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour, great people, great tour guide and driver. Loved everything about it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I just loved getting to see a little bit of other cultures and AMAZING art."

Kurtis

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve’s Tour and again it was with a wonderful group of people, informative, and fun experience. Our guide Andy was well organized and informative and kept us entertained on bus between our fantastic locations. Andy made the trip so easy by using WhatsApp to drop pins on map locations to meet, and local places to eat so we never missed the best Gelato in the city we were in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Basically, you could copy and paste the itinerary for WOW moments but walking into St. Mark’s Square in Venice with the Basilica and Bell Tower in the sun was so impressive in person."

Lynn

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned out tour. Great balance of tour activities and time on our own. Enjoyed exploring small villages as well as big cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps. "

Nancy

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was five stars all the way! It had a wonderful mix of group activities and free time to explore on our own. Andy was an outstanding guide who brought great humor and knowledge everywhere we went. He provided ideas for free time activities and suggestions for restaurants and, of course, the best gelato in each location! Our bus driver Peter was very skillful and we appreciated his expertise. We always dreamed of seeing Europe on a tour like this and it far exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On this tour there were many “wow” moments. The art that we saw, including “ David” in Florence, Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” in Amsterdam, and the “Mona Lisa” in Paris were wonderful. Seeing Venice for the first time was a “wow” moment. And of course the Swiss Alps around Murren were WOW WOW WOW!! We were also wowed by the hike from Austria into Germany around Lake Alpsee and then seeing the views of Neuschwanstein Castle! "

Barbara

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the trip was all that I hoped and more

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps from our room window in Murren"

Scott

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

21 day best of Europe tour with Andy and Peter Great bus, great driver and outstanding guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss alps at MURREN was breathtaking "

Suzanne

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday was better than the next. I love the way the tour was designed by starting in Amsterdam and ending in Paris. With our busride talks, it made the gradual transition from in language and city size so easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard because there were so many. However, if I had to pick on, it would be the views from our hotel in Murren. They were spectacular - we were lucky enough to see a full rainbow across the mountains and, later on, the moon."

Mary

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour to get a taste for many places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Final tour dinner. I knew I was with an incredible group of people, but at our final meal together their kindness caring and general fun loving attitude came through. We were a close group with a great guide. I’ve taken a few tours but this one was very special. Vincent our guide for Sainte Chapelle was a gem and lots of fun."

Delene

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was so much to do and see, yet the tour was organized and efficient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it is hard to think of just one. Probably the biggest wow moment was in Bacharach, hearing the history of our local guides family during WW II, his story was very powerful. All of the local guides were amazing, sharing their expertise and passion for their hometowns and subjects. "

Julio

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations in so many ways! Loved the itinerary, all the great locations, traveling with 24 amazing tour companions, but most of all I so appreciated meeting people from so many countries and getting a chance to be part of so many local cultures. We are in the process of planning our 2025 Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moments were learning (a small amount) of the local languages and then being to successfully interact with the locals. I so enjoyed connecting with the shopkeepers, locals, etc.... Of course this enabled me to enjoy the true wow, the food!!! The experience was so much better having the freedom to explore once the Language "fear" was behind us. Thanks to our amazing guide for helping us be "locals" for a day."

Garry

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was as expected; amazing scenery, new friends, a great bus driver (Peter) who made the driving safe and pleasant and a guide (Andy) who ensured we had the knowledge to confidently make our way around on the trains, trams and Metro's. Andy's patience and guidance was greatly appreciated!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was more intense and appreciated than I had imagined!"

Rob

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fantastic trip this was, from a couple of Aussies this ticked all the boxes for our long journey to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps"

Mark

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

that was a lot of fun.. we met some great people along the way...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"swiss alps....no pictures can do it justice. you have to be there..."

M

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I still find myself with a BIG smile on my face every time I think of my tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our marvelous BUS and touring car chauffeur Richard Franssen from Heidebloem. It was like being a passenger on the Starship Enterprise! Oh, yes, and the Swiss Alps ha ha!"

Michael

Tour: 04/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd RS tour. I thought the timing was excellent. I liked getting to a city, having a tour and dinner together. The next day, hitting some of the big sites and then being left on our own to do the specific things we wanted. We got a great taste of Europe and can decided where we want to go back.. Also, our tour guide, Mathias Unger and our bus driver, John, were amazing and great resources.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps. Everywhere I looked I just couldn't stop saying "wow!" It didn't matter if it was the German Alps or the Swiss Alps. I just couldn't get enough of them."

Brenda

Tour: 04/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and a lot of fun! Great group. Our guide and driver were great and added to the harmony of our tour. We learned a lot. Loved the commentaries about the history and how that affects the current culture. Loved the personal stories. Learned and appreciated so much and even learned more about US history impact to Europe. Very fascinating! The hotels and restaurants were fantastic experiences as well. Good balance of group time and time on your own. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular scenery into the German Swiss Alps! So beautiful! Awe inspiring! "

Dennis

Tour: 04/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time to Europe/overseas. Our tour guide Matthias was terrific! He lead us through our packed itinerary with enthusiasm and extreme knowledge about all the different cultures of each of our destinations. The local tour guides were incredible. As we got close to each new destination he provided us with history, cultural info, language tips and a musical interlude. Our bus driver, Big John, was superb! Our expectations for our Europe adventure were exceeded!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We totally enjoyed Lauterbrunner, Switzerland! We went to the top of Schilthorn which was spectacular! We would have enjoyed more time there. the Luge was super fun! Our other standout places were Keukenhof, St Peter's Basilica, Cinque Terra, the food in Italy, Orvieto (would have enjoyed more time here too) and lots of interesting things to do in Paris. "

Gordon

Tour: 04/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just being able to relax and not be rushed about anything related to the tour was the best part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching a waterfall from the Swiss Alps from within our hotel room. "

John

Tour: 04/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed visiting so many new countries, including Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France. This trip hit was intended to expose the traveler to the touristy highlights of each country , and it succeeded in doing so. The tour bus was first class and added to the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were awe-inspiring."

Genine

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were so many wonderful moments that were fantastic! I loved the balance between the big city events and then the more remote villages. The guides were fabulous and the fellow travelers were wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have several, but I think one of things that I really loved was the hike from Austria into Germany across an old border crossing. Followed by hiking the open trails in Cinque Terre with the fabulous views!"

Stephen

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really fun. Our guides made this trip wonderful. Their knowledge and how well they got along and moved along the group was very professional but also like they were just part of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was seeing the David in Florence. But there were so many wow moments it’s hard to choose just one"

Joan

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Demitri, Gregoir and Richard are wonderful, helpful, funny, entertaining leaders.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snowing the entire time we were in the Alps."

Katherine

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience packed with just the right amount of events combined with much-needed breaks. Dimitri and Gregoire were amazing guides. Caring and attentive to detail. Dimitri has an impressive amount of experience and knowledge; when things go awry (things are unexpectedly closed, or traffic conspires to make us late), he has plan B (and sometimes C) ready to go. Even though he has been guiding tours for many years, he remains completely engaged and enthusiastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming up from the Metro station in Rome and seeing the Colosseum in front of us!"

Megan

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful! The people were great and the guide was even better! Dimitri was so knowledgeable about everywhere we were at and had such good recommendations! It was a lot of travel as we were moving every other day which was hard sometimes but still great! I came on the trip as a solo 23 year old and everyone was so welcoming and never made it feel like I was alone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment on the trip was cinque terre which was so beautiful and we had great weather for it which made it even more amazing "

Tissie

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour guide made our trip. We learned so much from him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the ocean coming out from the train tunnel in cinque terre"

Carl

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The mix of city vs. country-side destinations was great, and the mix of group time vs. free time was spot on. Our tour guide Dimitri fostered excellent group comradery. We were fortunate to have rather nice weather for nearly all of the 3-week tour, and traveling by bus was a great way to see the natural beauty of the many regions we traversed. I can't say enough good things about how things were managed and organized, nor about the amazing sites we visited and meals we ate!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite stop on the tour was the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. The views on the hikes in the hills between the little towns on the Mediterranean coast were stunning, and the seafood (and gelato) was among the best food we had on the entire trip!"

Dawn

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best organized tour of my life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Floating on the canals of Venice being serenaded by musicians. That is was such a surreal moment for me!"

Kaye

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband & I had a wonderful time on our tour of Europe! Not only did we see amazing sights & learn so much history but we met so many new friends & got to share wonderful experiences together!! Our tour guide Yorick was a wealth of knowledge,enthusiastic the entire three weeks we travelled! We also were so fortunate to have Richard our experienced bus driver!! We always felt safe & he had a great sense of humour!! Let just say we had a “trip of a lifetime “ Thank you Rick Steves & Staff 😊

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many “Wow” moments!! Cinque Terre was amazing & of course our gondola ride in the Swiss Alps was breathtaking!! "

Tim

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw a lot of the highlights one expects to see in Europe during our tour, covered a lot of territory, and really enjoyed the tour. The trip was what we expected in terms of seeing a big cross-section of Europe and thinking about what we would want to see again. We had a good group of people and our guide and driver were great. Group meals were very nice, the food quality good, rooms comfortable with mostly friendly staff, and overall very good value for the money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult to say as there were many great moments and discoveries. Seeing well-known pieces of art (Night Watchman, Mona Lisa, Sunflowers) in person was great, but also many less well known pieces. The scenery during the trip was also wonderful. The Alps in Austria and Switzerland was impressive, as was the Mediterranean in Cinque Terre. The view from our hotel room in Lauterbraun was terrific."

Deanne

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time on the trip; the places we went were wonderful; I was excited for every location. Our tour guide Yorick was great. He took the time to explain where we were going, provided us with some orientation of the area (language, logistics etc.) He made himself available for additional questions. The Transportation was great it was a comfortable bus which given the hours we were on was greatly appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my biggest wow moment was St. Peters Basilica in Rome. The reason was it was not part of the tour but Yorick let us know that we could get there in there early in the morning (as we had things to do starting at like 10). and be able to enjoy it. He was right I found it as I had hoped peaceful and beautiful. I went at 630am; was in side at 7am and stated for 2 1/2 hours. "

Patricia

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was perfect in every way! I enjoyed the amazing destinations, group sight seeing activities, dinners, and expert guides and bus driver. The tour was very active, as promised, but also the right amount of free time to catch up and make your own choices on activities. Our tour group had a really great group dynamic which enhanced the experience even more. It was fun to get to know different people all sharing this same wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A day in Cinque terre visiting all five villages by train and the Roman ruins. There were many "wow" moments but these two stood out for me. "

Barbara

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love it. Great guide Yorick. Great bus driver Richard. They were a good team and we were a good group, with lots of cohesion and tons of laughter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, hard to narrow down. Neuschwanstein Castle; Duomo of Florence, Swiss Alps and cable to Murren, Roman Forum and of course the walking tour of Paris."

Josh

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Europe in 21 days tour was a great peek into many different places and countries. It gave us a really good idea of where we want to visit in the future. Our group was great and we all got to know one another and looked out for each other, definitely formed friendships during our tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had so many different "wow" moments, but some of the highlights were the views in Switzerland, street food pasta in Venice, night music on the streets of Florence, and the peacefulness of the Cinque Terre."

Eunice L

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Seeing all the countries and the changes from one country to another.The comfortable bus transportation, made it all possible.Great hotels,foods, guides, bus driver, towns. Loved it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many “Wow” moments. The Colosseum, Vatican, Castles, sculptures, paintings, museums."

Thomas

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As the brochure said, it was strenuous. But it was worth the effort. Very good tour as a general survey of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Forum and Colosseum in Rome. Great local tour guide."

Linda

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall tour experience was wonderful. Our guide was awesome, food was very good and accommodations were certainly adequate. Well, worth doing. The places we visited were very interesting and we were well informed about each place we visited. The tour group were very friendly and enjoyable to be with for 21 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was probably the biggest “wow” moment for me although, there were many fascinating moments throughout."

Nancy

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour fulfilled all of my expectations! Excellent guides, excellent driver, excellent opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view at the top of Stilhorn Mountain"

Mark

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very fast paced and busy from the start, anyone considering this trip should heed the warning of long walks and strenuous physical activity. Aside from that, the tour was fantastic, providing many museum, church, castle and history of the times. The reason for a very good instead of outstanding is because of the Covid 19 Policy. 6 of our 26 tour members left the tour early for testing positive. Colds or flu are ok but not Covid. To much cost to risk having to leave the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments, the Lautenbrunner Valley in Switzerland stands out for beauty and serene vistas. While walking the valley we encountered many hang gliders, cows, goats, and 4 base jumpers that had us concerned until their chutes opened. "

Ruth

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exeded my espectations by far. Really well organized and there were no umpleacent surprises. The intinerary falled the schedule that was planed. The service that our guide Jody Engelsdrop, provided to us was outstanding. Always on time, always ready to help us. She did everything she ciuld to make our trip unforgetable. Peter our driver was exceptional. The best driver ever. Not to mention our brand new bus, it was so confortable and beautiful. It was definetly, the trip of my dreams.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a couple of wow moments. When I saw the Michelangelo's David, the Domo of the Catedral in Santa María del Fiore in Florence, the Rembrandt's, at the Rijksmuseum museum in Amsterdm.The River Cruise was so beautiful and relaxing, I enjoyed it so much. The beautiful Medieval Rothenmburg a place to forever remermber. The breathtakin beauty of the Swiss Alps. The ride on the góndola lift was magnificicent. The views, out of this world. The Coliseum in Rome, The Mona Lisa in París . "

John

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so well put together. I enjoyed all of our destinations. Each was just a taste of what it was like with so much more to know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. Learning more about the Roman Empire throughout the trip. Some of my biggest were from the Coliseum in Rome. Learning about the retractable roof, the lift for animals and the Circus Maximus which could hold 250,000 people. Wow! "

Frank

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sites, hotels and guides. Great tour guide and bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bicycles in Haarlem"

Ernest

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptional tour with just enough time in each place to see the main sights and get a feel of the ambiance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the tram car to our hotel in Murren Switzerland."

Melissa

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and all of the excursions were informative as well as fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Netherlands in general was just "wow""

Greg

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience with Rick Steves tour and it was everything I could have hoped for: accommodations, travel arrangements, tickets, etc. Plus we had the best tour guide; thanks Ragen!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day! No kidding...each day Ragen would ask if we were ready to have our best day, so far, and each day it was always great."

Marianne

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just as wonderful as advertised. Realistic and exactly as the books etc say. Locations and hotels were charming and we covered a great deal of countries and ground.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breakfast in Switzerland at 10,000 elevation at the place that rotates. Riding the tram to get there and all. And the ride on the Seine in the evening "

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was absolutely perfect, went way over my expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed going up to Restaurant Piz Gloria for breakfast"

Soledad

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st time in Europe and this tour exceeded my expectations. Every detail about this tour was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Mark's square in Venice and seeing the the Basilica with the sun hitting it. "

Garrett

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was breathtakingly beautiful and wonderful in every possible way. It exceeded my expectations in every area, and they were pretty high!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss alps and being in Paris "

Tao

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really beyond my expectations even though I knew it would be great before the trip. The whole trip was flawless: the tour guide Ragen is fantastic; the cities chosen are very well balanced between cultural and fun; hotels are very convenient and cozy; food are amazing; the group time and free time are very well arranged... The whole experience is really a life-time memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I WOWed so many times, when I saw the fairy-tale town Bacharach; when the Austrian singers sang and interacted with us; when standing in front of Florence Cathedral at sunset; when I was in the Mediterranean Sea in Cinque Terre; when hiking amongst the Alps in Switzerland, when I was standing in front of Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris... But the most WOW, was taking gondola to the top of Shilthorn (2,970m) to have breakfast in Piz Gloria and seeing the breath-taking sceneries in Switzerland."

Jevons

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time with the RS 21 day Europe Tour. It is a great tour for those who are going to Europe for the first time, and want to see the general Western Europe. The group I had was great and we bonded very closely. Tim is also a great knowledgable guide, also pretty funny, and accommodates to each traveler's needs and schedule. Richard is also a great driver, and manages to get us through tight spaces. He is also fun to hang with as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment is the majestic Swill Alps, and the relaxing beaches and harbors of Cinque Terre. Very different from cities, malls, and skyscrapers. I would have a hard time finding them on my own."

Rita

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time! Tim took us on a wonderful adventure of places, cultures, history, art, today's society and environment , etc with an enthusiasm that was infectious. I could barely wait to hear more information on a broad range of topics that enhanced wherever we were visiting. The combination of immersion into the local environment along with his enhancing information and narrative made this trip extra enjoyable. Of addl note, Richard, our bus chauffeur, was amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunny day in Switzerland. On our last Rick Steves' trip in 2014 we had rain on our trip to Lauterbrunnen Valley and could not experience the awe inspiring beauty of the mountains. We are big outdoor enthusiast so this was a special treat. Up to the top of Schilthorn and some afternoon exploration were wonderful. I wish we had more time to explore the Jungfrau and additional exploring."

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was well planed and guided. Our bus driver was excellent getting in and out of tight places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the variety of art and architecture. Realizing what the Romans had to work with, the coliseum was quite an engineering feat."

Neil

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Our guide Tim was outstanding in so many ways…..a kind, caring, engaging,courteous, knowledgeable, humorous professional guide. He did a great job keeping us on time and on schedule. Our bus driver, Richard, is a talented safe professional driver. He is truly a charismatic, humorous, handsome well dressed man with a heart of gold. The tour locations, activities, hotels and food were excellent!! I would highly recommend this tour to all travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of WOW moments during our tour. Most memorable in Amsterdam (Riks museum and tour guide Robert) Venice ( Gondola ride) Cinque Terra (scenery, Miky Ristorante). Paris (Eiffel tower, Lourve museum). My favorite was Mürren, Switzerland (incredibly beautiful Alps, Edelweiss hotel, Schilthorn summit). I definitely hope to return to Switzerland in the future. The attractions at all locations on this tour were outstanding and my thanks to Rick Steves for a well planned tour of Europe. Bravo!!!"

Elaine

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip far exceeded my expectations. The organization, the tour guides, the bus driver, the hotels and the food were all fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the hotel room in Mürren, Switzerland."

Vicki

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time overseas, I really had no idea what to expect. I loved ever moment. The countryside, food, history told by tour guide, Tim. Comfort of the bus.... everything was beyond my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every country was another Wow moment. If I had to choose one wow I guess I would say Switzerland! Seeing that country for the first time was incredible."

Janice

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! Everything was taken care of for us- transportation, tickets for various museums, food-including breakfast every morning and occasional dinners and lunches. We were educated, entertained, and encouraged to explore the many cities and stops along the way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing people we met along the way! Our guide, our group, and the many friendly people who helped us with meal ideas at restaurants, gave directions, offers suggestions and were in apart of our experiences in each location. "

Mark

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Flavia

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip went so much better than anticipated. Our guide Lisa was outstanding. Knowledgeable, good sense of humor, and willing to assist in any way possible. She encouraged us to explore on our own during our free time and provided us with the information needed to help us be successful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Germany's Bavaria area and the Swiss Alps Absolutely beautiful!"

Lesley

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations- from the minute meeting our guide Lisa- to the end of the tour. All the things I was not excited for- group dinners- tour bus- ended up so memorable! Trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view in Switzerland of the mountains and Lauterbrunnen Valley from our room"

Heather

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better experience on our best of Europe in 21 days tour. Not only did we see and do amazing things but our tour guide was a huge enhancement to our overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps! Our hotel room had a balcony that looked straight out at the mountains and valley below."

Patrick

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide made the whole experience the best we ever had. She beat all of our expectattion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two days in the Swiss Alps."

Mark

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome experience! Everything was taken care of for us -transportation, hotels, tickets to various museums, etc. No worries or hassles! Worth every penny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to limit that to one thing; The beauty of the Alps, Chique Terre, and David! People and places made this a trip beyond expectations."

Louise

Tour: 09/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a good blend of comfort and adventure. It wasn’t so adventurous that I felt frightened or endangered but I did do a lot more things and explore far more than I would at home or travelling on my own. After the pandemic lockdown, I was quite uncomfortable around people. The tour forced me out of my shell and made interaction with people easier. I also made connections between locations and history that I really hadn’t considered before. I am glad I took the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lying in our bed in our attic room of our hotel in Baccarach and watching the stars through the skylights."

Donna

Tour: 09/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So many “wow moments “ and “wow guides “throughout the trip. We experienced a lot more than we were expecting. Our driver, John, made the trip very special. From his excellent driving, wonderful sense of humor and sharing his personal stories he became one of our group.The tour was so well planned, that we realized that we never could have experienced as much on our own.Everyday had new adventures and thrills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s impossible to name” just one”. Having incredible , local guides made each location come alive! The quaint hotels were lovely , but still had all of the modern conveniences that we could have dreamed of. The breakfasts were all great and better than expected.Switzerland was fabulous , but so was Cinque Terre. Learning about ancient cultures made each location special. We loved the small towns, and their histories, as much as the more famous cities."

David

Tour: 09/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour showed us local customs and cuisine. It was well designed and executed. The guide was able to fit a lot into a day while staying in schedule. A good balance of local life and history. The bus was clean and comfortable. John the driver was excellent. He knew the roads very well and got the bus through some tight spots. The biggest relief on the tourwas knowing there was a toilet on the bus. Others echoed that sentiment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fiorentina steak dinner in Florence. I had planned on trying to eat local and had the steak on my bucket list. Other meals that captured the local food scene were great as well. Pork knuckle, sausage meal in Germany, Roman tapas, riztafel in Amsterdam all showed us what these areas highlighted. Having them included in the tour was an important part of the experience "

Gale

Tour: 09/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all my expectations. The weather didn't cooperate in a couple of places, but that's understandable. I'm still basking in the glow from the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's "David" in Florence. I had read two biographies of Michelangelo in preparation for the tour and seeing David affirmed my admiration for this great artist."

Timmi

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It surpassed my expectations! Everything was fabulous…our outstanding, patient, kind, humorous, polished tour guide was the absolute best! Having taught 1st grade, it at time reminded of me of a 1st grade field trip, making me appreciate all Andy was responsible for. The people on tour were wonderful, and fun. The hotels felt safe and comfortable. The food was better than I expected (other than not liking Brauts and potatoes and sausage (but that is just me), the other tour guides were tops

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose! There were so many wow moments! I was blown away with the architecture and art work! Cinque Terre was an awesome contrast to Rome (I am not a city girl), but I enjoyed Rome and its many attractions. Walking to see the Eiffel Tower at night, turning the corner, and it being right their, with the sparkling lights, and our tour family sitting in the lawn, enjoying the sights, sharing wine and celebrating, was a special time, as was our last nights dinner in Paris, going to rooftop"

Catherine

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a different kind of experience than our European travels on our own, but it was wonderous in its own way—everything travel should be! Countless moments of delight, discovery, and enchantment alternated with thought-provoking interludes and some sobering realities. I was entertained, educated, and inspired creatively. The art and history of humanity awed me while the modern crowds challenged me. It was a feast for the senses, the intellect, the body, and the spirit! And it was convivial!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I must pick one, it would be the hike with Andy from Austria into Germany to Neuschwanstein. I felt like I was in The Lord of the Rings, journeying with Aragorn and a merry band through the enchanted forest. The views were spectacular, and we had the trail all to ourselves. When we reached the lake below the castle, we even took a dip, like water nymphs! Soon the castle loomed above us, its gleaming walls shining through the morning mist. We had arrived in the land of the elves! "

Howard

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andy was outstanding. He had a complete knowledge of the areas we visited. We really didn't need to have the local guide. I prefer learning about a place on the bus in advance then just walking around to see the local discussed. The meals, hotels and entertainment were amazing. It was hard to keep up sometimes with the activities so we didn't do everything that was arranged. It gave us a chance to relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top of the mountain in Switzerland. So glad we opted in. Andy did a great job of guiding us and using positive reinforcement to encourage to keep in line."

Craig

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the "Easy Button" I had hoped it would be. I got to see all the bucket list things I'd always wanted to see without having to concern myself with the logistics of such a trip. The friendships we created were a wonderful extra too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps between Austria and Germany, and swimming in a crystal clear mountain lake along the way to Neuschwanstein. A true Wow moment!"

Laura

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jody was best tour guide ever experienced. The local guides were great too. Well planned with terrific stops & sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming & hiking in along Cinque Terre"

Cheryl

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour group was great. Jody our tour guide was wonderful, over the top great, a wonderful and caring person. She was very knowledable about all the areas we visited. Richard was also a great person and a great bus driver. This was our first tour and it was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time we walked into a church or castle it was a wow moment. The architecture was unforgetable.Walking through these old cities was astounding. "

Mel

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jody was an amazing tour guide, so friendly, passionate, fun and knowledgeable! All the other tour group members were lovely. Richard was such an amazing bus driver with a clean and comfortable coach and a great guy! The 21 day itinerary and the weather were both perfect! An unforgettable experience for all of the right reasons!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Switzerland scenery and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea at Monterosso (Cinque Terre) were standouts! "

Daina

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Super impressed with how much we got done and how professional everybody was. We were unsure as to what we were going into, but it ended up being an outstanding experience. It felt by the end of it we were travelling with family. Our tour guide. Jody was amazing and made our group gel together really well. We’ve made some friends that we hope to see in the future. Richard, the bus driver also made our tour super comfortable and I really enjoyed how both he and Jody joined in on our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to have one. Wow moment. Switzerland was amazing, but I must say it was the laughs that we had with the group that really made the tour above travelling on our own. Swimming in the Mediterranean after a day of walking in the cinque Terre was another wow moment."

Karen

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. We had never been to Europe before and now feel we have had a real taste of it. Our guide abpnd driver were both outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was breathtaking "

Raymond

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If I go to Europe again, it will definitely be with Rick Steves! The whole tour is so well orchestrated. My wife and I participated in most of the group tours but felt no pressure if we wanted a morning or afternoon off. The group dinners were great to get the flavor of the local cuisine. We were impressed with the quality of the hotels on the tour. Most of the breakfasts were good. We saw so many great places that we wouldn’t have seen if we had tried to arrange this ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to pick one wow moment as each country has its own culture and vibe. I think our biggest wow moment was Murren!"

Michelle

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a great experience, but a bit busy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren Switzerland. Breathtaking."

Linda

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and exactly what was promised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland "

Wilfredo

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. Our guide Paul was very knowledgeable and helpful and had a great sense of humor. He did a great job of managing the tour and making sure everyone was accounted for and on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, which is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world. My wife and I also enjoyed the group dinner in Florence, which we though was the best group dinner of the tour. We apreciated that they gave us seconds on streak!"

Michelle

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time touring Europe with curious, like minded travelers. Enjoyed every location and the provided excursions and food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to nail down just one, but St. Mark's in Venice and "all of" Switzerland were amazing!"

Craig

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Quite enjoyable travel companions, highly efficient and personable tour guide and driver, 11 hotels in 21 days and each location comfortable and well situated to the sights seen, provided meals were excellent, well chosen activities and local guides. Does require energy and endurance as described, but not overwhelming. Preferred hotels with elevators. Early mornings initially a challenge but became routine. Wife developed sore throat, cough, persistent ear drum issue. Obtained antibiotic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen and views from Mt.Schilthorn were quite spectacular. Loved Tintoretto et al at Doge's Palace and masque making lesson in Venice. Found Dante's birthplace and museum in Florence quite interesting. Visited Palais Garnier Opera in Paris and Chagall's take on Renaissance ceilings. Coliseum tour in Rome was great. Learning to navigate and utilize local transit in all locations was invaluable. Enjoyed Amsterdam and Venice canaling. Nightwatchman's Tour was eerie."

Matt

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves Europe trip. I really enjoyed it. Everything was taken care of. I just had to show up and have an open mind to experience new things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland. The views of the mountains there are just incredible. "

Mark

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie went above and beyond as our guide. She truly helped ensure we had the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went to the Borghese Gallery in Rome during our free time. It blew us away. I was so impressed with the whole experience, but the Bernini sculptures were inspiring!"

Barbara

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide kept us moving through all of our experiences, including preparing us for the language, for the transportation, for the food, for the difficulty level, for safety precautions. The lodging choices were varied; the food was cultural; and the extra activities were delightful; her Plan B’s became common and appreciated for last minute adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Moving up the mountain on a gondola to our Swiss hotel was beyond anything I have ever done. Wow!"

Amy

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip!! I loved each and every day

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many….. but the beauty of the Swiss Alps was breathtaking"

Tess

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome guide, many unexpected experiences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Live Austrian band entertained us at hotel "

Barry

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As you are aware, Colleen is an excellent guide and made our trip easy and meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel in Murren was was the single biggest “wow” moment."

Karl

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I had an amazing experience. It was so much fun. I got to see so many incredible things. I really enjoyed how physical the tour was with all of the walking. I also had a great time meeting new people and experiencing Europe as a band of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There's no way I could name just one wow moment. Looking out my window in Bacharach and seeing the vineyard and the German houses with the steep roofs. Walking along the canals of Venice and watching the gondolas navigate during high tide. Hiking through the Swiss Alps. Sitting on the grass in front of the Eiffel Tower watching all the other tourists take pictures in front of it. Walking up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower to the halfway point to take in the amazing city views."

Robert

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was truly the Best of Europe in 21 days. Our guide Dimitri was a positive leader who did a great job of quickly harmonizing our group. The local guides added a great deal of local knowledge and experience to each new location we visited. The tour accommodated a wide age range from tweens, young adults and seniors. As grandparents we were joined by our two grandsons 17 & 18 who had a fabulous time enjoying their first taste of Europe. This was our 6th RS trip and truly one of the Best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick only one, the beauty of Venice, the amazing art & history of Vatican City, and the Alps of Switzerland. The hike the group took from above Wengen to Klein Scheidegg was truly my “Wow” moment. We were able to view the three peaks Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. A breathtaking experience."

Shelah

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought our tour was going to be amazing, and very rarely in life is something so much greater than what I expected. This tour was exceptional. Our guide, Dimitri, made us feel like family from the very first day. Every place we went was so carefully chosen, and the dinners together were so memorable! Also, every guest guide from each city was so wonderful (Timm and Francesca especially YOU both). My heart is happy forever. Thank you!!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SO MANY WOW moments. If I must choose, it was with Francesca at the Coliseum and the Forum in Rome. And also everything else in Rome!!!! Saint Peter’s Basilica was mind-blowing!!! I will never forget being there in the morning, with so few people I felt like I had the place to myself. Getting up early in Rome was worth it!!! Thank you, Dimitri for everything. You are an incredible guide. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat, worth every cent."

Laura

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great! We went to so many interesting places, and our guide was fabulous. I learned so much; it was a very enriching experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but I think the Swiss Alps was my biggest "wow"! The impressive peaks, numerous lakes and the flora and fauna were all amazing!"

Jeffrey

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime! I was a bit nervous about traveling for thee weeks living solely out of a carry-on bag, but I am so glad I did. This was unlike any trip I have taken before. I feel like I learned more about the countries we visited than I would have traveling on my own or taking a cruise. The hotels were full of character and the excursions were terrific. You have to be prepared to walk, but we were adequately warned. I would go on another Rick Steves Tour in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment of the trip that literally took my breath away was when I saw the view from our hotel in Murren, Switzerland. We arrived at dusk, and the way the setting sun played with the mountain peaks was something out of the movies and was unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. The beauty was beyond words. I never have felt as connected with the earth and at the time so insignificant in the scheme of life as I did staring at those mountains."

Amy

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour surpassed my expectations. The tour guides were excellent - -so patient and knowledgeable. We loved the variety of experiences that were scheduled, with opportunities to rest, recharge and explore independently throughout. I had no idea I would have this much fun. I would've started doing these eyars ago!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking out onto our hotel balcony in Murren, Switzerland, and seeing nothing but snow-capped Alps and wispy waterfalls cascading down. Talk about WOW!"

David

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I saw many interesting things, and learned lessons about traveling. Next time if I travel in summer, I’ll only stay at hotels that have air-conditioning. Best of Europe is a great sampler, but when I go back, I’d spend at least 3 nights in each place (as I did in my 2 previous trips to Europe). I woun’t employ tour guides inside museums; they repeated much of what I already knew from Rick Steves’ books & videos; large groups around paintings make it harder for other people to see the art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments: walking into the Pantheon and seeing the oculus; seeing the French Impressionist paintings in the Orsay, my hotel room window view in the Swiss Alps. My favorite: meeting Australian emergency room nurse Renee and hiking with her 5 miles in the Cinque Terre. Shortly after I left Monterosso, I saw her on the trail, a solo female, doing 2 months in Europe … we hiked together, had breakfast in Vernazza and snacks in Corniglia. I loved her accent & felt pretty safe hiking with a nurse!"

Elena Cristina

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well thought out and well organized we both felt that the selection of things to do was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and Murrin on particular were were magnificent. I also enjoyed the luge. It would have been better if people who wanted to go fast were separated from slower riders. As it was I had to brake most of the way to avoid slow riders."

Kelly

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my 2nd Rick Steves Tour. Not near as nice as the 1st. Maybe this one (21 Days best of Europe) should be recommended to those who have never been to Europe as it is more of an intro program. Two nights in places like Vince, Rome, Florence and Paris is not enough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland views"

Lene

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband & I had a wonderful experience overall. We enjoyed having all lodging already reserved, and enjoyed having bus transportation thus avoiding driving ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the cable trams in Murren and visiting the Schilthorn (Piz Gloria). Monterosso al Mare & Vernazza at Cinque Terre were a close second for wow factor."

Lori

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We liked the selection of hotels, restaurants and tours. We also thought it was a good mix of planned and "on your own activities". The overall price was a really good value based on all that was included. And of course a fantastic tour guide and bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice was a "wow" for us. It included a a man with an accordion and a mystery man who suddenly stood up and sang during most of our ride!"

Cynthia

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a fast paced tour that hits the highlights of the best of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps. I never would've guessed I'd be saying that but it was just unbelievable!"

Kathleen

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rinoa

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was extremely fun, all of the people were nice, the views were amazing, the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up on the bus to see the Switzerland Mountains."

Brenda

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum for my husband. Bacharach for me."

Chelli

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time in Europe. It was amazing. I loved the tour guide Tim, the bus driver John, and everyone we met along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot really on point a certain point. There was so much on this tour to take in. Honestly I’m just so excited I got to take my kids along to have a summer in Europe, & we had the ability to do all of the things. "

Ronald

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very beginning of our trip, it was one amazing experience after another! Everyday we thought it couldn't get better, but every day it did! Everything was wonderfully planned; including all the city and side tours, dinners, and accommodations. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us the history everyday on the way to the next stop. He made everything "come alive" with his stories and humor! And the bus driver was amazing!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult to answer because everyday we said "wow"! I think for us it was probably Switzerland. We saw the landscape changing, and it began to become real when our bus driver drove us up the Susten Pass, which was so very beautiful! Good thing we had a professional at the wheel! The Swiss mountain village of Murren was perfect, and our guest house was beautiful! The mountain hikes, waterfalls, gondolas up the Alps were amazing! That place was hard to leave; but we knew there was more!!"

Yoleta

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I learned so much about the places we visited. If I had just one negative thing to say it would be, "I wish it wasn't so hot"...lol. I would do it all again, just at a different time of year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say Paris was my favorite moment. Even tho we couldn't go up the Eiffel Tower because of the strike, all of the sights we did see were outstanding! The metro system made it very easy to get around."

Melisa

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Tim, was fantastic. He was funny, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly; we could go on and on. The tour was well organized, hotels (and their locations) were great. The included tours and excursions were incredible. We really enjoyed the balance of both group activities and time to explore on our own. We made some great new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city seemed to have a "wow" moment, it's hard to pick a favorite. If we had to choose, it would be Switzerland and the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Amy

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most amazing 21 day tour through Europe and were left with memories that we will cherish for a lifetime. This tour is perfect for those of us multi-faceted individuals who love a variety of experiences. It perfectly blends the art, history, culture, food, and beautiful landscapes Europe has to offer and leaves you wanting more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the Susten Pass in the Swiss Alps was absolutely mesmerizing!"

Michael

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very full trip with many activities A good brief overview of many cities and cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive across the Sussenpass"

David

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would honestly give it a better rating than outstanding. There wasn’t one experience that did not exceed my expectations. From our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and energetic guide, the hotels located in amazing locations the provided transportation with an incredibly professional driver, the group meals it all made for an awesome experience. Can’t think of anything that could have made this a better life experience. PS, this was on my wife’s bucket list, thank goodness she brought me along……

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one. Maybe the gondola ride up the Swiss Alps to a quaint village overlooking the mountains, a beverage relaxing in St Marks Square listening to live music and of course being serenaded on the gondolas in Venice canals. Just a few."

Ernie

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this trip. Awesome chemistry between our group,Regan AND Richard our bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arrival and view from our room in Murren."

Holly

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The organization, itinerary, the close attention to the details, and the expertise/professionalism of both Ragen and Richard exceeded my expectations. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments but my two most memorable days were in Chinque Terre and in Switzerland. I was struck by the beauty and had so much fun!"

Karen

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was all I had hoped for and much more. I don't believe I could have had a better experience, learned more or seen more of Europe in 21 days than I did on this tour. Traveling on the bus was an extremely pleasant experience even though I had worried that it would not be such. Having fewer people on a bigger bus was key to being comfortable. The bus driver and our guide, Ragen, were outstanding at making sure we were all comfortable. The rooms we stayed in were just perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel room in Murren Switzerland was, hands down, the most breath taking and pleasant surprise on the trip. "

Jeanette

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked Ragen and Richard (bus driver). I especially liked the small villages we visited. I would never have gone there on my own. The bus was very comfortable (even on long hauls) and all of the hotels were great, even those with creative bathrooms. The food group meals were good to very good. The background information and the instructions on how to navigate our different situations were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! We stopped for lunch in Bellanzona, the place my great grand father was from. Even though it was not possible to get a sense of what it was like there 150 years ago, it was special. And then Murren! The most beautiful place I have even been. I loved being there. For me, the best part of a trip is just "being" in a different place and seeing, hearing, smelling different things."

Brian

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all expectations. As someone who loves to plan, is was an unexpected pleasure to sit back and enjoy a great itinerary without having to deal with any of the problems that inevitably come in during travel. Great guides, hotels, and an intentional but not rushed pace made it a first class experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew I would be experiencing many beautiful places, but nothing preprared me for the stunning beauty of the Lauterbrunn valley"

Kirk

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learn about new cultures."

Clifford

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I appreciated that so many details of the trip were taken care of for me, there was minimal time spent waiting in line and I was still free to set out on my own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The size and power of the Rhine River surprised me and I was wowed by basilicas St, Mark in Venice and St. Peter in Rome"

Scott

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was fabulous. Our guide, Andy Steve's, skill and guidance were impressive. He shepherded us well, attending to a variety of needs like bathroom breaks to free-time advice. We loved his educational talks on the bus. He's a pro. Our apprentice guide, Joe Wray, was fun and knowledgeable about Europe; I think he'll be great. I liked having others on the tour to get to know and share the joys and challenges with. The tour was a good value and I'd like to do another in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from our Murren hotel room... Wow! Our local guide in Bacharach, Thomas, provided vivid insights about what happened when HItlercame to power and also life in the contemporary Rhine valley."

Garth

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The organisation of the tour and professionalism of all invoved could not be bettered. The tour leaders and the local guides were really good and of a particularly high standard everywhere. We were very lucky to have Andy Steves as tour leader. His knowldege and his demeanour under pressure was exceptional. The stopovers were often in small interesting places that we most likely would have passed by if doing this tour self organised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of wow moments ... in particular the Swiss Alps were amazing. The gondolas in venice with the musicians onboard one of our gondolas were very special. The attitudes encouraged and fostered by the tour leaders meant everybody got along very well. There was nobody in our group that we wouldn't like to spend more time with."

Joanne

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding from the moment I purchased it. I was provided with excellent communication on prepping for the tour and what to expect. This continued through the tour with emails, whatsap messages and paper notices posted at the hotel and distributed during the day. Andy and Joe are fabulous guides. the tour was jammed full, but not too full of great activities. I got a really good taste of Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Murren, Switzerland. Huge, gorgeous mountains and the view from my hotel room! 2. Cinque Terre 3. Paris"

Robert

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a remarkable tour, with a great tour leader, Tim Tendick, a great driver, Matt, great guides, and 29 great fellow travelers. It is an intense tour, with a lot to see and do every day, but with enough free time to take it easy for awhile or see something we found of interest. Some of the meals were memorable for the great food, and for the great camaraderie at the table. By the time we hit Paris we really understood what it is to relax and enjoy meals with friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am going to hedge on picking one "wow" moment. It would be easy to pick the Alps, the hike at Cinque Terre, or Michelangelo's David, but there were so many other "wow" moments. Every place had something original to enjoy, and the tour guides helped a lot. Without them it would be difficult to appreciate so the art."

Randal

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything works so well. It’s so easy and enjoyable to travel so care free. Well done

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into our room in Switzerland and seeing the mountain right outside. Breathtaking natural beauty"

Anne

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful introduction to Europe and we are already looking at other Rick Steve options for future travel. Really enjoyed everyone in our group and our guide, Tim, was informative, skilled at managing the logistics, and always encouraging and upbeat. I'm in my upper sixties and walk every day at home. We were able to keep up the active pace without any problem. So glad we kept to the recommended carry-on & backpack to haul over cobblestones and up multiple flights of stairs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite overnight stop was Venice as it is just so unique and lovely, especially in the early evening. "

Harlan

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A once in a lifetime vacation that made me appreciate what we saw and how much more there is to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pieta in St. Peter's. David in Florence!"

Jeffrey

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In addition to the amazing sites, our guide Tim, was like a history teacher, explaining what we were saying at the time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. So many. Maybe going through ancient Rome, and looking at the ruins."

Rose

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip overseas. I was hoping to get an over all sample of the many places we went. I got that and so much more. Our fabulous guides shared so much information and enthusiasm for each of our stops they made me want to stay longer in every location. The people in our group were so friendly and upbeat. Everyone was there to have a wonderful time and we did!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a novice traveler I was looking forward to the typical highlights of France and Italy. They were indeed fabulous, but the nature girl in me came out. The Swiss Alps were breathtakingly stunning!! I couldn’t believe it was real and I was there. All of Germany was so green and picturesque it was magical. "

Craig

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having previously taken the Heart of France tour--and having loved it--my wife and I had high expectations of the Best of Europe 21 day tour. We were not disappointed, as the tour exceeded our highest hopes and demands in every way. From the transportation, hotels, museums, and meals, everything was so carefully crafted and organized so as to allow us to simply be in the moment and enjoy our Grand Tour experience. Best of all was our tour guide, Tim, who was truly remarkable. A real gem!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments for me in each of the six countries, but the Swiss Alps especially exceeded anything I had ever imagined."

Jan

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all my expectations. Our guide Tim was fantastic. The city guides were also excellent. The hotels were well situated and had everything we needed. Group meals were all very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps! "

Faith

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour and it exceeded my expectations. Our guide was wonderful, knowledgeable and very engaging!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but seeing Michelangelo's David was incredible. Reading about it in advance via the Rick Steve's app and our wonderful tour guide added to the emotional experience. It's not one I'll ever forget."

Richard

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoy Rick Steves tours. This was my 2nd / my wife's 3rd. The tour did a great job at lodging us at the heart of the towns / cities along the way. Using privately / family owned made for a nice local experience of the area. It has a nice balance between group activities and free time. The bus was comfortable, and it felt like a home away from home. Tim Tendick was an amazing guide and did an outstanding job. Finally, getting to know the other people travelling was just so much fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland / Lauterbrunnen Valley was just amazing. It almost was too beautiful to be real. We loved it!"

Nancy

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a lot of ground to cover so it was fast paced, but I did not feel rushed. We had a group of 29 people and we ALL became fast friends. Our tour guide Tim was fantastic; very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our bus driver Math was super as well. Except for one hotel where we had very little hot water and another where I had a pretty substantial leak of water in my ceiling, all others were good. The reason I did not give Outstanding was because I felt the tour in Paris was weak.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" moments. The first was the gondola ride in Venice and the second was walking into my top- floor hotel room in Murren and looking directly onto the Alps. "

Tawnie

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fabulous with the right amount of days in each town/country. Each day's itinerary was very well crafted. Our tour guide Tim made the trip smooth and his calm demeanor helped especially when being in each new country. Our group of tour mates were all wonderful people which made everything even more enjoyable. The rest stops were well placed as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most definitely my wow moment was see the Alps in Switzerland and getting to stay in Murren which is 2 gondola rides up! Then going to the top of the Schilthorn the clouds parted and the sun was out so the view was magnificent. My other wow moment was getting to see and stay in Cinque Terre Monterosso for a much needed beach day!"

Kurt

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a little hesitant about doing a 'tour' to see Europe, but after 21 days and lifelong memories, we are glad that we decided to do Rick Steve's Tour. Everything was carefully planned, which removed a lot of the stress from our family and allowed us to take it all in. Our guide, Tim, was great and he provided a lot of history and facts, which complimented the various stops. Our tour had the perfect blend of people which really added to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" moment. From driving through the countryside to the various tours and stops and some surprises along the way. Driving into Switzerland was like no other. "

Susan

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was FABULOUS and very well-organized by the Rick Steves company! Our guide Tim Tendick was extremely knowledgeable about each area we visited, including historical context of each location, and about logistical details that enabled our group to navigate transportation systems seamlessly, including trains, subways, buses, and water taxis. He enthusiastically introduced us to local customs and foods. In Rome, Tim called out a pickpocket who was trying to steal my husband's wallet!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to single out just one: the bikes and canals of Amsterdam; the pancake house at the lovely Arnhem Open-air Museum; beautiful, peaceful Bacharach; Rheinfels Castle; sobering Dachau Memorial; Neuschwanstein Castle; beautiful Austrian Alps; "David" at Florence's Accademia; exquisite St. Peter's Basilica, with Michelangelo's Pieta; the Colosseum; picturesque Cinque Terre; breathtaking Swiss Alps; Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre; Eiffel Tower at night!"

Mark

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had very high expectations for our tour. The experience met or exceeded all of my hopes for a truly remarkable travel experience. The variety of attractions kept the trip stimulating. The pace of activity was demanding but it ensured we would have the maximum experience in our limited time. Our tour guide had a wealth of background and experience. Dimitri made things flow smoothly and shared an amazing amount of information. Our bus and it's driver, Richard, were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Despite unusually wet weather in the early parts of the trip, we lucked out with clear skies when it really mattered. I find it difficult to pick a favorite moment. There were too many wow moments that peaked very different interests, making this question hard to answer. If I am forced to pick one highlight, ascending the Alps to the peak at Schilthorn was probably my singular favorite wow moment. We lucked out with an awe inspiring clear morning to immerse ourselves in the mountains."

Stephanie

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Long time Rick Steves fan, first time actually taking a tour. Rick’s got this thing locked in, everything was exactly as advertised. The website says this is a “strenuous” tour, I say that’s putting it lightly, grueling would be a better word but you end up at the most amazing places - 100% worth it. Both our tour manager & bus driver are some of the most impressive people I’ve ever met. A lot of what we did on this tour will be forgotten, I will remember those 2 forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel room in Murren. Our bus drivers meticulously maintained bus & fabulous shoe collection. Richard’s pride in his work was on full display everywhere. Never expected the bus driver to be my “wow” moment, but here I am. Very impressed by him, he greeted everyone individually, everyday. I cried (and I wasn’t the only one), when he dropped us off in Paris, it was like losing a family member. Richard knows how to win friends & influence people, he’s a keeper!"

Eleanor

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved how the places we toured were mostly off-the-beaten-path. Our tour guide, Dimitri, was so professional and absolutely Outstanding in his approach to guiding all 28 of his wards. He was very personable, informative, and quite intuitive in decisions he to ensure a wonderful time was had by all! Richard, the bus driver, was professional, timely, and personable. The both of them were terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many “wow” moments! What made these “wow’ moments so awesome was that Dimitri would prep us with great background aspects of each bring the experience full circle!"

Tammy

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Deborah

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dimitri was an excellent guide, and did a remarkable job coordinating the tour activities. Richard (bus driver) also was a group favorite and I could not be happier with the job he did. The only negative I could state would be the threat of kicking tour members from the tour if they contract covid, which lingered in my mind the whole trip. No one in Europe wears masks or seems to be concerned about it. Covid has become nothing more than a cold, and should be treated as such.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to count, but the Swiss Alps stands out."

Kevin

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on the trip. Excellent guide (Dmitri) and coach driver (Richard)!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland and the gondola trip to the top of the mountain"

Nanjoo

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

like past experiences never disappoint Rick Steve's tour. Thou this tour was more memorable having a Dimitri as our guide. My hats off to Dimitri get all of us safe first and a lot of funs, educations, adventures and etc...... 21days was bit longer and tired but glad we did before we get too old to do it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps: Schilthorn at 10,000 feet, Trummelback Falls and Hiking "

Deborah

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was awesome! We did so much in 3 weeks time, but Dimitri kept us going so that we could get the most out of our time in each city and country. What a whirlwind tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tough call, because climbing the cathedral domes in Florence and Rome were amazing, Cinque Terre was so beautiful, but I suppose being right up there is the Swiss Alps, hotel balcony hanging over a mountain in the shadow of the Iger, riding the gondolas to the mountain tops and seeing the amazing waterfalls were real WOW moments."

Frederick

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall A GREAT TRIP !!! People - Guide _ Driver Did everything we wanted to do and more......

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all great - but - Top of the Alps in Switzerland (Shliterhorn - 007 Villa)"

Maria

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As our guide Matthias said, every day on this tour was a new adventure, and we loved every minute! We enjoyed the scheduled group activities, esp the guided tours. We liked the charming little hotels and appreciated their proximity to the center of town or public transportation. We enjoyed most of the group meals, esp the restaurants in Florence, Cinque Terre and Haarlem. The schedule allowed us time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing great art up close, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, the Vermeer exhibit at the Rijksmuseum, walking through the great hall at the Louvre, the Raphael rooms at the Vatican, the Berninis at the Borghese, Tintoretto’s Miracle of the Slave at the Accademia in Venice. So many “wow” moments."

Diana

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enough time and guidance to hit the highlights at every stop then explore on our own. Great guides, hotels and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name. At least one from each stop. "

Michelle

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour and I didn't really know what to expect. The tour exceeded my expectations in terms of great organization by our guide and useful information in each city/town we visited. I was a little worried about a group of 29 people being able to stay organized and be on time but it wasn't an issue. While we were very busy doing things it was also relaxing not to be in charge of our days. I enjoyed turning most of that over to our great guide Matthias.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terra- all the towns were so beautiful and colorful. Of all the places in Italy we visited this is the one that stands out and is a must return for me. Being able to swim in the sea was also a true highlight of the trip! "

Martha

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall a very good tour experience. Our tour Guide, Mattias, did a great job educating us on the history and customs of the areas we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments but probably my favorite was on day 3 when we first walked into the Keukenhof Gardens. "

Carolyn

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday had a WOW. but Switzerland was amazing "

Juliann

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour showed us the best of 6 countries. I have never been to Europe so this was the best way to see so\the highlights. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and had a passion for history. The bus and comfortable and the driver was very accommodating. The hotels were centrally located so that made it easier to get around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Venice we walked to our hotel. The streets and the buildings were so full of history. That was my WOW moment, The trip got better after that with each city we visited."

Randy

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had so much fun on this trip. Everything was as advertised or better. The experience was so worth it. The seamless organization throughout the tour, the hotels, restaurants/food, places visited, bus comfort, and most importantly our tour guide who brought it all together in an unforgettable manner. His knowledge, personality, and his ability to bond with a group of strangers was off the charts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its hard to pick out one moment from so many great places and experiences. Keukenhof gardens, the Rhine region, German beer, the Alps in Austria and Switzerland, all the history, food, and wine in Italy, the museums - all were great. But I'll go with our final night in Paris where we simply had our final dinner together and then walked over to the park in front of the Eiffel Tower and enjoyed a champaign toast as the lights lit up the tower and said our goodbyes to our new friends."

Beverly

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were on the 21 day Best of Europe Tour, and since this was our first Rick Steves tour we were interested to know what his tours were all about. We've watch many hours of content on both PBS and YouTube and had high hopes. We were not disappointed! So well planned and executed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My my, picking one is like picking a favorite child. Here they are in no particular order; The Keukenhof Gardens and the AMAZING tulip display Sitting at a cafe in Rothengurg city square and eating apple pie Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial (it's so important to remember) Our gondola ride in Venice w/ live singer Seeing Michelangelo's David St. Peter's Basilica & the Pieta Paris- We got up early and went out. The streets were empty and we felt like we had Paris all to ourselves. ;-)"

Maggie

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I walked away wanting to read, travel and live more in the moment. I want to go back to Italy in the fall. Every emotion from the intellectual to the sensual was tapped into. Often, I found myself overwhelmed by the beauty of it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dynamics of the group. We got to be our authentic selves. I haven't laughed this much in a long time. We played like children in the fields."

Nicholas

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the hotels were located in central locations to immerse you in the experience as much as possible. Our guide Matthias Unger along with each of the city guides in each place we visited made everything interesting by making it personal, you can feel their passion in each story. Six countries & eleven hotels in 21 days is not an easy task but everything was first class & planned to the smallest detail & outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are several "wow" moments that come to mind but turning into St. Marks Square in Venice for the first time I actually did say "WOW" aloud! I just was swept up by the enormity of the square with the stunning architecture you are surrounded by plus at the end of the square the basilica and towers grandeur."

Gayle

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I had a wonderful time until I contracted COVID On Day 8 and had to leave the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The deeply touching tour of Dachau. "

Joan

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our "Best of Europe in 21 Days" tour included 6 different countries. It was exhilarating to visit so many different countries in one trip and not feel as though we were just checking boxes. Our tour guide, Matthias Unger, was fluent in many languages, well known and liked by the locals, and knowledgeable of the history, culture, music, art, and food of each country. Having such a personable and skilled guide was essenial for making the experience absolutely amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night of our tour, our guide secretly brought champagne for us to toast a couple in our group for their 50th anniversary in front of the Eiffel tower, just when the tower was illuminated after dark. It was a magical moment for the couple and everyone in the group who had become a family in 3 short weeks."

Teresa

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well organized and met all of my expectations. Our guide, Matthias Unger, and our driver, Peter, were professional and friendly. It was magical and it was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many - first glimpse of Orvieto, first sight of Cinque Terre. It’s always a huge WOW seeing the Grand Canal in Venice and the Duomo in Florence. "

Ladin

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had looked forward to this trip for a long time. This would be by far the longest and most elaborate trip we had ever been on. This trip was so well planned and I was constantly impressed by how smoothly everything unfolded. The meals were always on time. The local tour guides were always there waiting for us. The skip the line tours that were included were very important to the overall enjoyment of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican city...I have never seen anything like it!"

Catherine

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so fun. We were running non-stop. Due to all the walking, we were able to eat anything we wanted and we didn't gain weight on the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were amazing. Taking the tram up and down was spectacular."

Meliss

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was amazing. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, and always went the extra mile for everyone which added so much more to visiting these places. The history about each place and orientation we would get when we arrived also made it so much easier to navigate on our own when we had free time. Speaking of which, the balance between group activities and individual free time was perfect. It still felt like your own trip even in a group setting, but the group also added to the trip too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose. For me it is a toss up between all of the "optional" group activities that were set up for us. I would have never thought of setting up a gondola ride or seeking out a demonstration from a local artist for how they do their work. Or stopping at a small hillside Italian town. I would highly recommend taking part in the optional opportunities on these trips, even if they are a little out of your comfort zone for anyone thinking about doing one of these tours. "

Amy

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a relatively unexperienced traveler, I learned that travel is a skill that our guide Jody helped us master. I learned to appreciate small moments, try things, and not to fear missing out. The hotels were in the best locations, and adventures in themselves! The sights were so interesting, the local guides were wonderful teachers, enthusiastic and informative. I am now reading more about Nero, Louis IV, the Pope and the homeless, and what it's like being a German born during WW2.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I gasped when I turned a corner in Venice and saw St. Marks for the first time. While the mountains were the stars of the Alps, I could not believe the beauty of their lush and mossy forests. I had no idea the Code of Hammurabi actually existed and there is was, in the Louvre. The immensity of the Vatican Museum!"

Christopher

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a truly magical experience. You know how when you plan a trip to Europe and you want to see some of the great museums in the world, while your partner can't wait to explore the castles and medieval towns however you can both agree on wanting to eat just all the most delicious food? Yeah, it's a little like that. It was just a perfect blend of grand, small, group, and solo experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in the Rafael Rooms in the Vatican Museum and I had my back to the wall, admiring the ceiling as you do. When I straitened up to leave, my partner grabbed my arm and asked if I had seen the wall I had my back to. Curious, I turned around and found that Rafael's School of Athens just right there! This piece of art that I had admired dozens of times in books was suddenly there. I feel that this was metaphorical for the entire trip as well, there was always something grand just over there."

Kevin

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time with the group. We saw so much in a little bit of time and got pretty lucky with the weather. The sites did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Murren with clear sunny skies."

Charles

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Philip

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour itinerary but made ever more outstanding by our guide Jody. She was everything you could want and more from a tour guide. More like a very knowledgeable funny family member.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to see the blooming daffodils and tulips at their peak at Keukenof Gardens in the Netherlands."

Linda

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was positive, gratifying, educational, fun, expansive, tiring, exhilarating, and habit forming! We barely finished the tour and I was already planning to return to Europe, for a more relaxed pace in the countryside. But I would not trade the Best of Europe in 21 Days experience. It was everything I hoped for in variety and depth of experiences, and our group was simply phenomenal, including Jody, our amazing tour guide, and Richard, our extraordinary coach driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The morning we departed beautiful Switzerland, the skies were cloudless and we could finally take in the Alps in all their massive glory. I think "WOW" was uttered by each of us as we stood in the midst of those gargantuan peaks. A close second for me was seeing Jody- tour leader- go "Mamma Bear" on some jaded subway riders who blocked a couple in our group from exiting. Against the surge of people on the platform she reached in, grabbed the hand trying to break through, and out they came! Wow!"

Nolan

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can believe how great of a time I had. I enjoyed every place we went and felt that our guide (Jody) had done an amazing job of preparing us for getting the most of each everyplace. We were looking for a taste of Europe's greatest hits and I can say that's what we got. The most amazing think about this trip was I found it very relaxing and stress free which is crazy because we where navigating some of the worlds busiest cites and were constantly in motion. Best vacation ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moments from the tour where walking the cities and towns at night after a full day of sight seeing. Venice, Florence, Rome and Pairs were especially magical and beautiful at night. Also seeing art work that I have been studying all my life in person was breath taking at times as where the buildings, churches and castles. "

Pat

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded our expectations. Jody had a great sense of humor, good historical knowledge, resourceful in terms of restaurants and sites to see. If I was Rick Steves she would be the kind of person Id like working for me. She set a positive, upbeat and infectious vibe for the trip. Richard was a very good driver and funny; he had a very clean bus. The assorted local guides were a real complement to the trip. Great choice of large and small cities/villages. Everything worked out beautifully

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps for us. We've seen mountains before but nothing like this. It was one of the most beautiful sights we have ever seen. "

Denise

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best trip ever. We haven’t stopped talking about it and sharing our trip with family and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the Lauterbrunnen Valley. For Jeff it was the Coliseum. "

Allison

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After 17 R.S. trips we thought we were just going to take another look at some of our favorite places. Wow ! We were blown away!! Jody was fabulous guide, best group of people ever and Richard, our bus driver was awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Dachau. We have been to many concentration camp visits but Michael, our guide was amazing! We had many first time people in our group and I don't think with the limited amount of architecture left we would have really understood the enormous tragedy that took place here. Maybe not so wow for many people but I thought he made our experience there more than worthwhile."

Richard

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. Tour guide Jody was very good, informative, thoughtful, considerate, most of all enthusiastic, energetic and motivated. Along with Richard our bus driver they both did a great job ensuring we had a great adventure. All places visited were interesting and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Switzerland"

Claudia

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Small group was great. Heidebloem Coach impeccable. Peter the driver very professional and courteous. Andy Steves was available and helpful to everyone. Always on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the Eiffel Tower realizing how huge Paris is. "

Ronald

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide, Andy was very knowledgeable and made the trip extremely enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day became another "wow" moment."

Sara

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We got to see so many fabulous places and do so much it is hard to pick favorites! All the tour information from Andy and the local guides was excellent, never a dull moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence and Rome, all the art and.architecture."

Christina

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed every minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower at sunset."

Richard

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves' organization is outstanding. Every aspect of our trip was well planned and exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many amazing events but the tour of the Colosseum and Forum in Rome was a big WOW."

Francis

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had heard very positive RS tour reviews from a friend but this tour far-exceeded our expectations. The hotels and food were wonderful, the local guides seemed well-informed and came close to visiting a well-informed friend or relative who lives in the visited places. As overall guide, Andy Steves was outstanding in his breadth and depth of knowledge and his obvious excitement about sharing the adventure and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s impossible to pick just one: Venice gondola ride at night, quiet corner of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome that changed me in indescribable ways, every side alley in every small town that invited exploration, Cinque Terre beauty, view from atop El Duomo in Florence, the rainy night tour by the (hilarious) self-deprecating Night Watchman of Rothenburg, seeing the detail in a Rembrandt masterpiece for the first time by the careful attention of our guide, Eiffel Tower at night. Wows didn’t end."

May

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Andy is AWESOME! I would have rated "Outstanding" if we didn't have a 50% drop-out rate due to positive COVID tests. (Of course, I understand that this had nothing to do w/ the tour itself - it just added a "gray cloud" to our overall tour experience.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower all sparkling at 10:00 pm - worth the wait!"

Lee

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a tour group of 28, our wonderful guide- Tim- moved us around 6 countries efficiently! He prepared us for our visits by providing cultural information in advance.

Bonnie

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our seventh Rick Steves tour since 2008 and it feels like the tours just get better and better over the years. The hotels were very comfortable and as a group of three, I am sure the hotels had to go to extra measures to prepare the triple rooms for us. Meals were delicious and introduced local foods and wines so well. The bus driver was, as usual, skilled and easily became one of our group. Our guide, Tim, was knowledgeable, kind, humorous, and patient - the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but I think the drive through the Brenner Pass in the Alps was so impressive - the hairpin turns, drop offs, and of course, the views were thrilling."

Michele

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have taken 6 Rick Steves tours and Tim was the best I have had

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the Lauterbrunnen valley"

Michael

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than imagined, I was given a fantastic slice of life of European life and its culture. All amenities and services provided were planned prior to arriving, and we were provided a 5-star class treatment. Even small issues that were not under control of the tour guide, were handled flawlessly and with a plan. The trip was the best vacation ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While most would "wow" over the food, sights or sounds... I would say the "wow" moment for me was Andy Steves. He was an invaluable resource to navigate the nuances and culture of the European experience. I have learned historical background, cultural customs and general habits to successfully navigate through Europe comfortably and with confidence. This knowledge transfer was immeasurable in saving time, stress and trepidation... time used to be just "wow"ed by the experience."

Thomas

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. Having taken 2 My Way tours, I wanted to go back to Italy and France and have the guide be a resource to tell me what I am looking at and provide insight into the history and culture of the area. Our guide added immensely to the tour by giving a preview of the areas and sights in the next town/country. The hotels were as expected. The group meals were for the most part very good. The pace of the tour was fast but as expected. Overall - very satisfied.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and seeing David up close. Our hotel in Murren looked out on the Alps and the weather cleared perfectly for us to see them in all their glory. Everyone got to their room, walked out on their balcony, and said "Wow" at the views. We could not stop taking photos. The museums were amazing and having a local guide provide details and history to such famous works added greatly to the tour. "

Nancy

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met or exceeded our expectations in every way. We were fortunate that our tour guide was Andy Steves, who epitomizes what a tour guide should be - extremely knowledgeable, well prepared, and a pleasure to be with every day. He gave us all of the information we needed to take advantage of what we were about to experience each day, and he patiently answered all of our questions. Our 26 companions quickly became our friends. We had no "complainers" in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. One that stood out was our first view of the Duomo in Florence. Another was our first view of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, on the challenging hike from Monterosso to that village."

Rita

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time. This tour hit all the "high points" in Europe for us and we enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide, Andy was super. Very knowledgeable, attentive, and patient with our entire group. We learned a lot about the history of the areas we visited, but also how to manage on our own in all the larger cities. It's a strenuous itinerary. My husband and I are 73 and 67 and we managed the steps, stairs, and cobblestone streets without any trouble. We made many new friends! Do it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can I have two? The Swiss Alps, especially the view from Schilthorn was stunning and well worth the ride up the gondola. But I was struck by the antiquity and history that one finds in every country. The Capitoline hill and the Forum were impressive."

Brian

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing sights with very informative guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains in Switzerland were amazing to see."

Brenda

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Left us wanting more! Loved the history, culture and language lessons on the bus. Loved experiencing the culture, history and language in real time. Loved our tour guide, Andy who expertly and gently lead us to success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments! We loved the views, mountains and valleys of Switzerland. Enjoyed our trail walks in Switzerland and Austria and other extra opportunities that Andy offered to us. "

Carol

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Europe 21 day tour was a trip of a lifetime. From day one in Amsterdam to the end in Paris each day was like a new gift. The tour, the guide, the bus driver, all provided for a sampler tour of the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. The sights, the history and all of the experiences were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome and the Vatican!"

Stuart

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were only able to participate for 9 of the 21 days due to a Covid diagnosis. However, the portion we completed was a very positive experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking to Neuschwanstein Castle. The scenery was wonderful and I kept thinking of all the people who visit this site how many of them get there by hiking? It was a beautiful experience"

Lori

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the mts of Switzerland "

Nancy

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went smoothly. I know that it took coordination to make that happen. We witnessed Andy checking in with hotels, restaurants and tour guides well before our arrival to be sure all would be ready. Knowing our room numbers and being able to go in and receive our key and go straight to our rooms is an example of the well oiled machine that is Rick Steves’ Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrived at the walled city of Bacharach I wasn’t sure exactly what we would find. Matt parked the bus in the lot outside the wall at the bottom of the hill. Then all 28 of us pulled our bags up the hill rumbling over the cobblestone streets. We crossed under an arch, around a bend and then there was the city in all of its historic glory with flowers on the window sills, a may pole and old structures that were still in use. It was definitely a WOW moment for me. Picture book perfect."

Jana

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a great way to get an overview of several parts of Europe. It was so helpful traveling with a guide and having transportation, hotels and tickets pre-arranged. That took away so much of the stress of traveling. It was nice that a lot of the local people that we encountered spoke some English and it was fun to try to communicate with them in their language. The local guides in each city were so knowledgeable and entertaining. The local food was good and a learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many to choose from, but my favorite area was driving in the Alps in Switzerland, taking the high-altitude gondolas between mountains, eating brunch at the Schilthorn revolving restaurant, and enjoying the alpine beauty, gorgeous weather and friendly people. The James Bond exhibit at the Schilthorn brought back memories of the early Bond movies. Taking the Skyline walk and Thrillwalk at Birg was very exciting and quite an adrenaline rush! "

Douglas

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw and experienced a lot of amazing places. Matti was an excellent tour guide overall and we had excellent City tour guides as well which allowed us to get so much more out of time in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps was my "wow" moment. Definitely on my bucket list to come back to. "

Kristin

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized and a great variety of activities!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris! "

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lindsay

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time with this tour. There was a good variety of activities and settings and our tour guide was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I’d have to say it was probably Venice. "

Richard

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We thought the tour was very good because we had a good guide and bus driver. The tour was busy and kept us moving, starting early each day, and staying busy all day. We enjoyed the additional tour guides that talked about their cities and specialty. The Mask Maker in Venice was very interesting as were several museum tour guides and the local guides in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Florence, Rome, and really all the city tours were very knowledgeable about history in their areas. It was appreciated,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One Wow moment for me was an entire day, my 70th birthday in Venice! After a great tour of Saint Mark's square, the Doge's Palace and Correr Museum, we went to the Rialto Bridge to get some mementos to include a beautiful Murano blown glass bird and a Venetian Masque from La Bottega dei Mascareri. We finished the day with a great dinner at Ristorante Canal Grande and a gondola ride with Valentino who sang love songs and reminded us to kiss for luck beneath each bridge, Bridge of Sighs was best"

Jerry

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Im a HUGE Rick Steves Fan! I've done 7 tours.The guides, the books, etc..all the best!! But when I was separated from this tour by a positive covid test with nothing more than "cold symptoms" it was devastating. Of course I applaud Ricks concern for the spread of covid, and though our fellow tour members seemed to follow guidelines properly, the masking and personal space restrictions at the locations visited were, i believe,lax and I would certainly not recommend this experience to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Having such a wonderful, energetic, knowledgeable, and helpful tour guide (Jody) introduce us to her twin sister as the Harlem guide. 2. The Lasagne lunch on the way to Venice. 3. Being treated as "royalty" by Jody upon placing my "anniversary girl" and I in the Venice gondola with the Fantastic Vocalist."

Jean

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience for the part of the tour we were on, 9 out of 21 days, was wonderful, with the exception of the kn95 mask wearing. Jody and Richard were both entertaining and helpful with little, washer and dryer, and big, falling in Venice, issues. The side adventures were very informative as well as fun. We had nice folks on our tour and it was sad half of us didn't make half the tour. I was quite excited to meet Lisa from Monday night travel, after having her in our home for the past 2 years!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was sneaking out for Gelato, after getting ready for bed, to find the shop closed. So we wandered around the quiet streets of Haarlem and found a long line of folks getting ice cream. We joined line, got the best cherry ice cream ever. We then wandered and enjoyed the quiet cobble stone streets while we ate them! What a beautiful night it was.....and also the Gondola ride where we were sung to for our anniversary!!! Thank you Jody! "

Nick

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic from start to finish. It was during Covid-19. Safety protocols were closely and kindly followed. The guides were top notch as were the hotels. In fact every detail of the tour was knowledgeably planned out and professionally delivered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to pick just one!"

Lynn

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Jody Engelsdorp did a wonderful job of educating us about the history of the places we visited, taught us how to use the transportation systems, and made sure we were comfortable, safe and answered any questions. As for our bus driver Richard, we always felt safe on the roads and was very hospitable. Truly enjoyed the itinerary of places we visited, the hotel locations, the local guides were a plus, and my fellow travelers who were a joy to share this trip with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" I loved Bacharach, Germany and the Rhine River. Also, a pleasant surprise was being the first group of people to enter Colosseum. Had the place to ourselves for about 20 minutes. But after being home for a week now, what I reflect upon mostly is the history I learned on the trip both from Jody and the local guides. All that new knowledge has enlightened me! "

Guy

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As I shared with the group on the first day, I anticipated that it would be something to actually see many of the things we had only seen in textbooks or photographs. That was an understatement. In context, the trips enlightened more than just than just seeing things, it was the total absorption of the places we visited, through guides, or Jody that made the experience total. I t brought an interpretation that was unexpected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oddly enough, for me, it was a bottle of Champaign, provided by Jody, on our last night in Paris in front of the Eiffel tower. Not only did my wife and I learn and experience so much on our trip, but I realized it was our group, that had been through so much, had grown so close. We all had a moment, rather unanticipated that brought us all together. A common bond, if you will. We all appreciated what we had experienced collectively together. And we all seemed to know that this is a very small wo"

Cynthia

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the superb city tour guides and the historical insights that Jody provided as we moved from city to city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We happened to be in the city below Neuschanstein when the cows were brought back from the mountains to pasture in the city. Nothing like having steers streaking past you so close you could touch them."

Mark

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Since we did not complete the tour and were kicked off for covid after 7 days out of 21 it was not great the first bit we were on was okay but the pressure and anxiety from fear of being kicked off for covid was ever-present, especially when I heard the day we joined that over half of the last tour did not complete it I knew we were doomed. We lost half on this tour just as the tour was getting started and everyone was abandoned to fend on their own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfortunately, it was when we tested positive for covid "wow really""

Lilian

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is remarkable how every minute was so well planned and jam packed with truly awesome sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, the bus rides were wow moments . Taking in sights I never dreamed if. From gentle colorful villages and hillsides to awe inspiring majestic alps and mountain lakes. "

Gregory

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nonstop activity from morning til night. Extremely organized with just enough time for exploring on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coliseum in Rome. The local guide had such enthusiasm for showing us around and explaining the history surrounding the area."

Christine

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip of a lifetime. Did things we could/would not have done if we weren't on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice was a wow place, the food the hotel, the breakfast, the hotel staff, the guide, the gondola ride, the mask maker, the food at the restaurants. The walk around the lake up to the Neuschwanstein Castle was out of this world, so beautiful (a huge understatement). Then that same day we walked across the longest suspension bridge in Europe, so scary and so glad I did that. Over 12 miles of walking that day. Lauterbrunnen Valley was magnificent. The view the mountains oh so awe-inspiring"

Diane

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although my co-travelers and I were pretty much living out of a suitcase, the tour was run so well that no one seemed to mind. We truly got an express taste of Europe in a very professional way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wonderful moments. It's pretty hard to single out just one. I think riding through the Alps on the bus has many WOW moments scenery wise."

Sherry

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations. We had traveled to several of the same places like Venice and Florence, but a local tour guide made all the difference in our enjoyment. I was impressed by how knowledgeable and personable our guide Dimitri was--we were briefed with history before each stop. I was pleasantly surprised by how many meals were included and extra activities. The hotels were all centrally located. What wonderful a lifelong memory to share with our friends who came with us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"About a week into the tour we were in Bacharach and Thomas was our guide. He told stories of his father during WW2,showing us the houses where he remembered Jewish families being taken. After the tour we talked for a few minutes about American politics and how both parties in Germany were scared that fascism was on the rise with the extreme republican right, book banning, demonization of immigrants, repeal of Roe V Wade, etc. The thought that history repeats itself was my wow moment!"

Daniel

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing time!! Great people on our tour! We all got along so great. I must start off though by saying that our Tour Guide, Dimitri was amazing and really made the whole tour top-notch. His knowledge, language communication to us and to the people around us was the best. He made us all feel so comfortable. He was fun jokes around with all of us and I honestly can’t think of anyone I would rather go on a tour with then him!! Also our bus driver “Matt” Was also Amazing made us feel comfortable alw

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Switzerland. Would love to have stayed a couple more days and seen a little bit more of the countryside. The view of the mountains and castles, the tours and hikes that we went on and views were spectacular. the hotel was amazing."

John

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. The sights that we were treated to were more than I could ask. I can not say enough about our knowledgeable, capable patient and yes funny guide Dimitri. The tour was exactas presented. If you read all the descriptions and information you will be part of precisely what it says

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many many wows. But Mona Lisa was the big wow. "

Diane

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip was well organized, safe, interesting, hotels in perfect locations. Dinners were excellent, lodging comfortable, bus travel was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps, Venice, Florence......too many wow moments. "

Catherine

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 21 days Best of Europe tour was beyond expectations. This was our first Rick Steves Tour, although we have been huge fans via OPB for years. Ragen was our leader/teacher/co-conspirator who kept us all feeling proud of our travel skills, willing to learn more, and pushing our comfort zones. The sights were well thought out and amazing to see in person - it seemed as though each day I asked myself how today could be better than yesterday, and yet it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow moment was hiking the Cinque Terre from Monterosso to Vernazza, training back to Monterosso, and taking a dip in the Mediterranean. How amazing basking in natural beauty, out of the crowds, in a small town atmosphere. I recognized how necessary water and nature are to my being/spirit. "

Paul

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Europe 21-day tour definitely exceeded expectations! Our tour guide, Ragen Van Sewell, was fabulous and our group dynamic was very positive and friendly. We enjoyed every minute of this wonderful, fast-paced tour. The tour itinerary allowed us to experience so many European countries and sights in a more efficient manner than we would have been able to do on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to choose one "wow" moment since every day was so exciting, however, the natural beauty of Southern Germany and Switzerland is breathtaking!"

Barbara

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and our first time taking any kind of guided tour. We had been looking forward to this trip for almost a year. Everything about the tour far exceeded our expectations!! It was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent in Switzerland. From taking the cable car up to the top of the Schilthorn first thing in the morning with 14 of our tour mates ... to the entire group hiking from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and having a delicious lunch at a mountain restaurant ... to just relaxing on the patio of our hotel in Murren overlooking the magnificent Alps. "

Melanie

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were late registering, actually joining the waitlist just 2 months before the tour began. We were amazed, and offered a spot just 5 weeks before leaving. This, along with quick preparations, taking in all of the itinerary in such a short time, but eventually meeting every expectation and beyond... we were pleasantly thrilled with making the quick decision.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Simply every other day, when we would arrive at a new destination. We were continuously amazed that it kept getting better and better! Honestly. We cannot choose just one amazing destination. We have to have at least five..."

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.