• The Netherlands
  • Rothenburg, Germany
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Italy's Cinque Terre
  • Swiss Alps
  • france-beaune-wine-tasting
    Wine Tasting in Beaune, France
  • Paris

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Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour

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

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Europe come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 34 group sightseeing events • Haarlem walking tour • De Adriaan Windmill tour • Amsterdam walking tour • Rijksmuseum tour • Anne Frank House • Amsterdam canal cruise • Dutch open-air museum • Rhine cruise • Rheinfels Castle tour • Bacharach walking tour • Rothenburg Night Watchman tour • Dachau concentration camp tour • Wieskirche • Neuschwanstein Castle tour • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting) • Venice walking tour • Florence Renaissance walking tour • Uffizi Gallery tour • Florence's Accademia Gallery including Michelangelo's David • National Museum of Rome tour • Pantheon • Rome night walk • Colosseum tour • Forum tour • Italian hill town visit • Orientation for "vacation" day in Cinque Terre • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune • Wine tasting in Burgundy • 2-Day Paris Museum Pass • Louvre Museum • Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Sainte-Chapelle...and more
  • All group transportation from Haarlem to Paris
  • 20 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2016
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to the Netherlands

We'll start in quintessentially Dutch Haarlem, a quick 30 minutes by train, bus or taxi from the Amsterdam airport. We'll meet at our hotel at 2 p.m. for an orientation and chance to get acquainted, followed by a walking tour of this charming town including a guided tour of Haarlem's historic windmill, De Adriaan. We'll cap off our first day with a traditional rijsttafel dinner together. Sleep in Haarlem (2 nights). No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 2: Progressive, Artistic Amsterdam

We'll take the train into Amsterdam this morning, and then hop aboard a tram for an introduction to this progressive, artistic city. Our first stop will be a visit to the Anne Frank House, followed by a walking tour of Amsterdam's historic streets, lined with teetering, gable-topped houses overlooking centuries-old canals. This afternoon we'll tour the remarkable Rijksmuseum, featuring masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Afterward, you'll have free time to see another artist's rich legacy at the nearby Van Gogh Museum. We'll finish up in Amsterdam with a relaxing canal boat cruise and eye-opening Red Light District walk, before returning to Haarlem for dinner on your own. Train: 1 hr. Boat: 1 hr. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Dutch Treats and Rhine Views

We'll travel to Arnhem's open-air museum this morning to see what life was like in this corner of Europe centuries ago. We'll wander among the quaint houses, village storefronts, and working windmills, followed by a traditional Dutch pancake lunch. Then we'll work our way down to Germany's castle-studded Rhineland, enjoying dinner together at our half-timbered hotel, nestled in the medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 4: Rhine Castles and a River Cruise

This morning we'll take a walking tour of the village of Bacharach with an entertaining local guide. 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. Boat: 1 hr. Bus: ½ hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Medieval Rothenburg

We'll get an early start today, arriving in Rothenburg, Germany's best preserved medieval town, just before lunchtime. After a helpful orientation tour, the afternoon is yours to see the best woodcarving in Germany (Riemenschneider's altarpiece), walk the medieval wall, tour the Crime and Punishment Museum, or hunt down the best apple strudel in town. This evening we'll tag along on the legendary Night Watchman's tour. Sleep in Rothenburg (1 night). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 6: Dachau and Austria's Tirol

Today we'll make a 21st-century pilgrimage to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial near Munich, where we'll learn powerful lessons about the Holocaust and WWII. We'll then drive across the Bavarian countryside to visit Germany's greatest Rococo-style church, the Wieskirche. Winding our way toward Austria, we'll arrive at our rural Tirolean guest house in time for a traditional dinner. Sleep near Reutte (2 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Neuschwanstein and a Luge

It's a short drive and a half-hour hike to "Mad" King Ludwig's deservedly famous Neuschwanstein Castle. We'll tour the castle and have time for lunch. Afterward you'll barrel down the Tegelberg luge (weather permitting) .This afternoon you'll be free to visit another nearby castle, take a stroll in the woods or just relax at our peaceful hotel before dinner together. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: strenuous.

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 this unique Venetian experience. If the moon is out, it will hit your eye like a big pizza pie. Sleep in Venice (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 7 hrs. Walking: light.

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. The rest of your day is free to visit St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, or the Titian- and Tintoretto-packed Accademia art gallery. Better yet, get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring the alleys, cruising the canals, and "crawling" the pubs. No bus (too much water). Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Florence and Michelangelo's David

An early-morning vaporetto ride will reunite us with our bus and driver. We'll drive straight to Florence, and hit the ground walking with a Renaissance tour of the city's historic center. We'll see and learn about Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, and other creations that helped define this world-changing era. We'll end our walk at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. We'll have dinner together tonight, and sleep in Florence (2 nights). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Wonders of Renaissance Florence

This morning is on your own. You can sleep in — or 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. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: To the Heart of Rome

This morning we'll drive straight to the heart of Rome. After a quick lunch and transportation lesson, we'll take a walk back in time though extraordinary ancient Roman frescoes, mosaics and sculpture at The National Museum of Rome. We'll gaze into the eyes of past emperors and let the art bring ancient Rome to life. After free time for dinner, you may wish to celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, and join your guide for an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together the lively campos, classy piazzas, and splashy fountains. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: A Walk Through Ancient Rome

Today a local guide will take us on a walking tour through the heart of Rome, telling us vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum and the birthplace of Ancient Rome: the Forum, before winding our way to the awe-inspiring Pantheon. You'll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore more of Rome, or make a modern-day pilgrimage to St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: To Italy's Cinque Terre

We'll drive along Italy's western coast today, with a refreshing stop at one of Italy's enchanting hill towns. This afternoon's destination is Italy's 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, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Train: ¼ hr. Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: moderate.

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 cliff-side paths that connect the towns. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

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 along the 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 and sleep (2 nights). Train: ¼ hr. Bus: 7 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 17: Free Day in the Alps

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

Day 18: A Hearty Taste of Burgundy

Today we'll say Auf Wiedersehen to the Alps and bonjour to la belle France. We'll drive into profoundly French Burgundy for a look at small-town France. We'll have an orientation walk through the heart of Burgundy's inviting wine capital, Beaune, visit the famous Hôtel Dieu medieval hospital, then enjoy a wine tasting together. Sleep in Beaune (1 night). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 19: Historic and Neighborhood Paris

This morning we'll drive straight to Paris, where you'll have an orientation of the neighborhood markets and cafés to find lunch on your own. After checking into our nearby hotel, we'll have a transportation lesson and Métro ride to the historic heart of Paris: the Ile de la Cité. Prepare to be awed by the brilliant stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle, and enlightened on a historic walk through the Latin Quarter, ending at the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral. Your evening is free for dinner and more discoveries. Sleep in Paris (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 20: Parisian Masterpieces

This day provides a busy, star-studded finale for our tour. Armed with your included Paris Museum Pass, your guide will orient you and set you free to explore Europe's greatest museum — the Louvre — where you'll come face-to-face with timeless treasures that include Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. You may wish to round out your Paris sightseeing with a walk down the Champs-Elysées, or perhaps a visit to such legendary museums as the Orsay and Rodin. This evening we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. Salut! No bus. Walking: moderate.

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!

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 (several blocks possible) 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

Ryan

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall tour experience was great with one exception: the food. Our guide was excellent, the locales were beautiful with rich histories, and our tour group was friendly. The food during group dinners was lackluster at best. It was a tale of extremes. The good dinners were excellent and the bad dinners were horrendous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Negative wow moment: being served potato chips in Rome as part of the main course along with canned green beans and lentils, and some grayish mystery meat, not to mention being squeezed into outside seating with a waitstaff trying to rush us out. Positive wow moment: seeing the breathtaking Swiss Alps and absorbing all of our tour guide's knowledge while walking through Rome and the Colosseum."

Pauline

Alturas, CA

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So enjoyed this trip, it beat all my expectations. Martin, our guide was so knowledgeable, and was a joy to be around. The people he had take us on the tours of museums we so passionate about their work and made everything come alive and was very interesting. Each city had its own charm and beauty, the hotels were charming even with all their stairs. Our coach driver, Matt, was amazing as he drove us around the cities and curvy roads. We met some very nice people on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was Switzerland and the alps. Taking the gondola to the top of the mountain was breathtaking, and we hiked down through the towns and countryside. Priceless!"

Wayne

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall tour was great but a couple of the group dinners in Bacharach and Rome were poor based on my previous tour experiences. Still a great deal and trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention."

Thomas

Munster, IN

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, the group of people on the tour was really first rate. Everybody got along with each other and were really friendly. There was a great mix of experienced travelers and some not too experienced. The size of the group (23) was excellent. Second, the tour guide or leader was exceptional. Martin was full of really important traveling tips and information on where and what we were touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many really great moments, but probably the best was at the top of Shilthorn watching the sun come up behind the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau on an exceptionally clear early morning was breathtaking."

John

Oreland, PA

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour deliverd everything we had hoped for. We truly a great sampling of the best that Europe has to offer from the major cities of Amsterdam, Rome and Paris to the small towns, to the scenic Alps and countryside. We saw great art and sculpture, great architecture and learned the history of the area and the people. Going in we wondered whether the two days or less in a place would be a problem. It was not and we quickly got comfortable the rhythm of the tour. The group was compatible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evening gondola ride on the main canal in Venice. Martin set up gondolas for the group at a discount price. My wife and I were chosen along with another couple to sit in the gondola with a singer and accordion player that Martin secured. We were chosen because the two couples were married the most years of the couples in the group. Beautiful evening, beautiful music and a grand (wow) experience."

Marlene

Munster, IN

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first experience was the hotel in Haarlem and how gracious the staff was. Tom & I found that to be true in all the hotels. We did enjoy Rothenburg and would have liked to stay there two nights. Loved the Nightwatchman Tour. We were a little anxious about the length of the tour but terribly excited about the variety of sights and the planned excursions. The trip was packed and perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each new adventure seemed to be better than the last. Ann Franks house was very moving and the trip to Dachau was emotional. Venice, Florence, Rome & Paris live up to their glory. However, the trip to Switzerland and the magnificent natural beauty of the Alps left us in awe. Mother nature is hard to beat."

Nancy

Orange Park, FL

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful mix of museums, hiking, and walking tours. Our group got on wonderfully together and everyone was always on time for activities and bus travel. Martin is a fantastic guide, quite knowledgeable in history and science which made the tour more informative and entertaining. Our bus driver, Matt, was a ball of fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the most beautiful place of all that we visited. The fall colors in the valley, cool temperatures, and the snow topped peaks were gorgeous. Standing atop the Schilthorn and looking out over the mountains was our favorite part of the trip."

Alan

Memphis, Tennessee

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin. Our tour guide was most impressive in co ordination of travel hotel Restaurants and guided tours. Amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Interaction with fellow tour members"

Theodore

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was very good but I think we could have benefited from a little more time here and there. For example, we needed more time for the Rijksmuseum. I also think the red light tour should have been done a little later at night. We should have had a group dinner in Amsterdam and then gone on the red light tour. I think the night in Beaune could be eliminated as well. It was the least exciting day of the trip. Wine tasting at our hotel was the sole highlight of the day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved Switzerland. It was beautiful. This may not be a wow moment but I wanted to squeeze it in. Bus driver Ben added a lot to our trip as well. Safe driver and fun to talk with."

Jesus

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Growing up, I loved to read books about the Roman empire, the middle ages and the Renaissance. My mind would go wild dreaming of one day visiting these places. As I got older the dream grew bigger. Because of this trip I lived my dreams. And because of it, I am dreaming more and bigger. I know I will visit Europe again. And I know I will do more Rick steve's tour. So as you can see, my overall experience was one of the best experiences of my life. I love to travel and I love art. Europe was that

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was a trip on a million wows. Standing in front of Michaelangelo's David brought tears to my eyes. Walking through the Roman ruins and the coliseum brought out a sense of awe that I never felt before. Looking at the Alps on Schilthorn mesmerized me. Walking through Paris gave me a sense of happiness and belonging as if that was home. Asking for one "wow" moment is really unfair"

Anne

Concord, NH

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. From introductions to farewells, there was a sense of goodwill and eagerness to make the most of each minute among all members of our group. Glad for the advice to pack minimally, because with planning, clothing was comfortable and flexible. The best investment was a pair of Rockport Walking Shoes. They aren't a fashion-stopper, but were comfortable every step of the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While walking near my 'buddy', in a piazza in Rome, she led me to an engraved tile on the ground and said, "You need to read this." The tile was etched with the expression, "Every step I have taken in my life has led me here, now." The saying was profound for me, personally, but even more so because a new friend had understood the essence of the challenges in my life thus far. Truly, a treasured memory. Thank you, Sharon."

Dan

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love living in northern California. However, I don't want to live my life like an ostrich with his head in the sand. So I loved getting out of my comfort zone and travelling to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first stop, Haarlem. I enjoyed watching people ride their bikes or walking the eight different streets connecting the town square and no cars were allowed. My wife and I would sit at local cafes, have coffee, scones and people watch. I found this lifestyle so different that the hustle of our culture and so CHARMING!!"

Clara

Durham, NC

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! We had such a great time! The trip ran like a well oiled machine which allowed us and the group to enjoy the trip without worrying about the little things. I loved that we were able to see and experience so much in the 21 days. I am ready to go again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it was hard to count them all. I think my favorite wow moment was the whole day we spent in Switzerland. I was saying wow all day long from the gondola ride to the top of Schilthorn, from the majestic waterfalls out of the mountain and to the happy cows by the ice blue water in Lauterbrunnen Valley. It was like being in a storybook and hardly seemed real."

Vickie

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we were extremely pleased. Being able to see so much of Europe during 1 tour was phenomonal! It was fast paced but spectacular. The guide, Anja and her assistant, Cary were both very knowledgable and open to share their obvious love of Europe with us. Overall, the accomodations and meals were very good. The size of the group made the overall expierence that much better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say when I got my first glimpse of Trummelbach Falls, it was breathtaking. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The walk through the 10 falls was spectacular. That said, there were so many other moments that made me gasp, like the view from Schilthorn and my first look at Michaelangelo's David also top the list."

Gordon

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enoyed the company, the history and the tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Colosseum in Rome, seeing the Swiss Alps farm land and community in Stechelberg"

Gerald

San Lorenzo, CA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful adventure in every way. The itinerary seemed to get better with every passing day. I appreciated the blend of large cities and small towns, and having the interesting and individual hotels located centrally at each stop. Every one had its own character and all were a delight. And staying two nights at each location made the tour so much more comfortable. Oh and the site guides, wonderful. I could go on, but have hit the 500 character limit......

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most satisfying moment was when I found my back to the hotel from the Louvre in Paris using the metro. I began to feel independent and like a real traveler. There were many wow moments; the Gondola outing in Venice, the luge experience, snails in Paris, using the few words we learned on the bus when out on our own, the unlisted stop in Orvieto, breaking through the clouds on the way to the Schilthorn, the Neuschwanstein castle was amazing, the valley in Switzerland where we stayed was......"

Derek

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was amazing but not restful. While I feel I've seen just about all the European sites at the top of people's bucket list, I do not feel like I saw anywhere near enough of any city to be satiated. Pretty quickly the readings of what there was to see in the cities became lists of things we would NOT be able to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vatican City and Saint Mark's Cathedral"

Juanita

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was better than I expected. I'm not a "tour" kind of person. I did not experience this trip as a usual "tour" experience. Anja and Cary gave me the tools to explore Europe on my individual pace and taste. I enjoyed the free time to be alone and free from any "tour." Anja's experience and knowledge of Europe helped me explore Europe in a more meaningful way. I don't think I would have experienced all of Europe without this "Rick Steves model."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was actually experiencing the "oldness" of Europe. I enjoyed walking in areas where there were so many years of history occurring. Visiting monuments and museums was nice, but experiencing the local color, i.e, people, transportation systems, was better."

Julie

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremely pleased with the guides, the accommodations, the transportation (Ben, our driver, was GREAT) and the meals and special little presents (cookies at the technical stops, etc). The other tour members were very fun to be with. I went on the tour specifically to visit museums and see sights that my family wouldn't necessarily enjoy, so relished the choices of the sites that we visited, the schedule and structure of the tour, and the meals that we shared together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that my wow was the view from the Schilthorn Restaurant of the Swiss Alps. (The fact that it was also the site of the 007 James Bond Experience with pictures of Diana Rigg, my favorite actress, also helped!)"

Michael

Noblesville, IN

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Super! We enjoyed our travel partners on the tour. And how could you have a bad time in Europe? I would strongly recommend this tour to someone who has never been to Europe and wants to have a tour to get a feel of which locations they may want to explore on future trips. For a "Grand Tour" of Europe, London needs to be on the itinerary, even if it adds two days and several hundred dollars to the price.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many............ -Worshiping at the Cathedral in Haarlem -The view of the Rhein from Burg Stahleck -Luge run -Gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice at night when no other boats were on the canal -Trail hike in the Cinque Terre -Blessing from the padre in Orvieto (and I am not -Swiss alps!!!! and many, many more."

Phil

Youngstown, OH

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every part of this trip, because each day was different and full of surprises.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into an unfamiliar church by accident and seeing the beautiful interior with practically no one else there."

John

Logan, UT

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, with just enough time in each well-[INVALID]ed locale, good balance of "group" and "free" time, competent and friendly driving by Peter, and great leadership by Jesse. Fine companions as well. Couldn't have been better ... well, except for the overcrowded Vatican Museum and the Swiss weather. Rick, you need to use your influence on those items. Otherwise, hey, you've got this tour totally "fine-tuned." Yup, we recommend this trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe the stroll up high in the Swiss Alps, when the only "feature" visible in the fog was a single "tree" (which on approach turned out to be a ski life tower!) The "mulled wine" while waiting at the end of the trail for the cog rail train was welcomed. And, despite the "visibility," I got great photos of the surrounding mountains ... by imaging a few wonderful postcards! (Who'll know?) Maybe we can return someday and see the peaks for REAL!"

Henry

Harriman, TN

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I saw some of western civilization's greatest art and architecture, and learned a lot from Jesse and our local guides. And had a lot of fun with a great bunch of people! Pros: - incredible number of experiences packed into 21 days. - local guides who were knowledgeable and passionate, and did not shy away from discussing difficult things - i.e., WW2 and the Holocaust. Cons: - I did not get tired of Europe, but towards the end I got tired of traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in the cellar of a very old building in Paris, stone arches and all, listening to a jazz band led by an Irishman singing in French! (Le Caveau de la Huchette)"

Diane

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was outstanding. It was well planned, everything went smoothly and we covered a lot.

Laurie

Makawao, HI

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My "Best of Europe" trip was everything I'd hoped it would be plus! Every aspect was well planned. The accommodations had a lot of local character, the transportation (bus) was deluxe. The local guides were great, the tours were fun and informative. There was plenty of group activities and also enough time to do your own thing. We had a great group of people in our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick but I had this idea that I wanted to see lots of ancient architecture and Rome blew me away."

Nancy

Missoula, MT

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very busy three weeks, packed full of once in a lifetime adventures! I was glad that I had done a lot of pre-planning well before the tour to get the most out of the places we were to visit. I opted out of several group activities in order to see things I otherwise would have missed: the Van Gogh museum, for example, was more important to me than the city walk, and I chose to spend more time at Notre Dame than the group did and then saw Ste Chapelle slowly on my extra day in Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many... was it the surprise of getting to see the Duomo di Orvieto? the wine tasting in Beaune? the Sacre Coeur in Paris? the unexpected and heart pounding drum performance outside the Pantheon in Rome? For me, it was getting to San Miniato al Monte 5 minutes after they closed, turning around - disappointed to have missed it - and then I saw the most fantastic sunset and the city lights coming on below and I thought, "Wow, I'm looking at Florence, Italy! I am really here.""

Richard

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. Jesse was great, and the local guides were all either very good, or excellent: we really enjoyed the other tour members, and found that they all had an excellent attitude toward making this a wonderful experience for all. There was a very good mix of scheduled activities, followed by free time for my wife and I to do what we wanted (with one exception - see below).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Swimming in the Linguria Sea at Cinque Terra in Oct, followed by best Gelato I ever tasted in Montorossa 2. Hiking from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidigg in a snowfall, followed by Jägermeister Tea (Jesse was great on this hike) 3. Uffizi Museum w/Guide Ricardo (he was fantastic)"

Marilyn

Kailua, HI

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I saw a lot, did a lot, and learned more than a lot! It was a great experience. Our guide was an incredibly gifted manager of experiences, and the group was so agreeable and fun. Wonderful sharing. I will look forward to booking another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really difficult to choose, but one is surely Ricardo's guidance at the Uffizi: Giotto to Botticelli. Also, Laura's taking us to the mask maker in Venice. Hiking from Vernazza to Corniglia. The Pantheon."

Glenn

Kailua, HI

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Europe and this was my first tour group. We usually travel solo. My expectations were exceeded on both fronts. The places we visited, the hotels we stayed in, the food we ate, and the scenery were terrific. The tour led by Jennifer was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am a geologist, so my favorite "wow" moment was going over the Susten Pass, being among the Swiss Alps."

Carol

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never wanted to go on a bus tour before because we felt it wouldn't fit our needs. We did this one based on our research and feedback from others. It was marvelous. The large bus, small tour size, local guides, and Jennifer made this a wonderful experience. Not having to worry about driving, traffic laws,negotiating the streets, or coordinating the sights was a dream. Everything came together and no one suffered overload. Travel was in manageable bites and there was plenty of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was on a hike back down from one of the tram stops from the Shilthorn in Stechelberg, Switzerland. The Eiger, Moncke, and Jungfrau looking down from the clouds and the towns spread out 1000 ft below. I couldn't believe I was in Switzerland. Not exactly a "hills are alive" moment, but close."

James

Portage, MI

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WONDERFUL! It exceeded our expectations. It was so much more than just seeing the sights. We had opportunities to immerse ourselves in the culture with the local tour guides and learned so much about the history and art of each area. I especially appreciated learning why each region has developed different cultural "personalities" which we got to witness first hand. We definitely plan on doing another Rick Steves Tour. We just need to decide which one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our free day in Cinque Terre. We love outdoor activities and hiking so this was right up our alley plus we had beautiful sunny and warm weather. There was another amazing vista around every bend in the trails. Each of the villages were unique and interesting to explore."

Chares

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To me the tour provided a diverse exposure to the charm of European small towns and the excitement of the big cities. The variety of culture and history in such a relatively small area intrigued me. Unlike the US where we tear down and build new, they have learned to incorporate the modern without destroying the old.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum and the Roman ruins just awed me. I have read about them since I was young. To actually be where history occurred was just thrilling."

Debra

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience is that I had a great time! The logistics of getting everyone to a hotel or museum or restaurant was truly impressive. I was very appreciative of the museum passes or entrances to places and not having to wait in line. Jennifer was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and very patient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The inside of Basilica de San Marco. Wow was all I could say, over and over."

Roy

Northwood, NH

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was everything we could have hoped for and then some. We wanted a taste of Europe and feel that is what we received. The scheduling of sights mixed with free time was perfect. The hotels just off the beaten path were great and the meals were fantastic. I only put Very Good above because I want you to keep trying to improve. But honestly, there isn't much that needs to be done to this Tour. We have already recommended it to our friends. Our driver was the best. Jon from Brussels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When our tour guide asked me to take over the microphone on the bus and tell about one of our experiences meeting some locals in Venice. Meeting and communicating with locals was always the best experience in each country for us. Doing my best with your language book and attempting to communicate in their native tongue. We had a few and those are our fondest memories."

Judith

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an absolutely wonderful experience. I learned about the history and culture of new places. I met wonderful people and made new friends. I did things I never expected to do, like riding a luge and eating octopus! It was a long tour (3 weeks) but very balanced. Busy times with the group were interspersed with "on your own" time when you could choose how much or how little to do. I would do it all again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wow" moments that it's hard to choose a favorite, but the Alps took my breath away."

Walter

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour and I wasn't sure what to expect. Starting with our first group meeting I was surprised at how well we all got along. I was happy with the opportunity to learn so much about the history and culture of each area we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it's hard to choose just one. I think that my favorite spot was Cinque Terre. The sights and food were outstanding."

Greg

Ocean Grove, NJ

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

See above. Well planed and [INVALID]d from start to finish. Having a bus that stayed with us and a bus that had room to spread out, available drinks and snacks and great driver added to the experience. The only improvement I would recommend for future trips whould be a better way to prevent illness from spreading from of person to another. Having worked in a school, we made an effort to clean touchpoints multiple times per day. This could be done easily by providing bus pasengers with wipes

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Little Church in The Meadow."

Charles

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour to be well balanced in trip times, educational efforts, use of local guides, hotel experiences, etc. Being 6'6" tall, I particularly appreciated the large comfortable bus and the small tour size. I was able to "fort up" in my own space and be comfortable during all of the travel.Having the arrangements already made was a big plus in attending attractions.Jennifer was politely firm in enforcing deadlines and that was a good thing,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Out of so many WOW moments, it's hard to point to just one. I would have to say the town tour of Bacharach with the local guide and seeing the Eiger in Switzerland would share the honors. That in NO way implies that the rest of the moments were inferior."

Jerry

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Organized well thought out, good tempo to go along with all the incredible museums ,churches , and castles ,more than I ever suspected. great experience ,very good group of people ,along with the great guidance duo. Yorick and Alexis fantastic team,always felt things were taken care of ,wonderful feeling. No worries ,well maybe my waistline. Hope to do it again. Jerry Bauer

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome was it for me the coliseum ,and Forum"

Kathryn

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had more fun than I expected. I loved the ability that the guides had to be flexible. They enhanced our experience after getting to know us and made it much more enjoyable when we felt they met our groups desires. I liked that they got to know us and made it more fun for knowing us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was being shown that I could handle public transportation and the luge. Also that we used whatever free entrance we could use. We used everything from more museums to athletic clubs. It's was great"

Jo-Anne

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so happy that our friends kept asking us to do a European trip with them! The opportunity to see 6 different countries through the eyes of a very knowledgeable guide and the individual guides in different cities would have been impossible. The individual guides showed emotion and love for what they were sharing. I now have an appreciation for art and European history. Seeing how large things like the Eifel Tower, the coliseum and arc de Triumphe were very impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but what I loved was the stay in Switzerland, everything from the fondue appetizer to the awesome cable car trips up to the villages and listening to the cowbell music. I never thought I'd look at cows and say how beautiful they were! The view from the villages was breathtaking. The day was sunny, blue skies with some gentle white clouds. It was more relaxing then some of our other stays which gave us time to take it all in."

Roy

Kamuela, HI

Tour: 09/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In many ways, the tour not only met but exceeded my expectations in many ways. The days were filled with art, culture and enjoyable events that we would probably never have experienced without going on this tour. The logistics were fine tuned, the materials describing the tour were great and accurate, and the cities, places and events brought an overview of Europe that I think would be hard to beat. Everyone one of the local guides did an excellent job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This one is hard; the whole tour was great. But I believe the best apple strudel was right off the Mannlichen - Kleine Scheidegg Trail along the north face of Eiger at Restaurant Eigernordwand; the scenery was pretty nice too!"

Sharon

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The twenty-one day Best of Europe tour was exactly that; the best tour director, bus driver, cities, museums, local tour guides, sites, history, local culture and fun side excursions one could experience in three weeks. My fellow tour companions were marvelous and I established friendships that will endure beyond the completion of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was in Florence, a marvelous historical city. Where would civilization be without the Medici? What finer place to be for a history major? Another "wow" moment occurred at the end of the tour when I reflected on all of the wonderful cities we visited during the tour, and realized I needed more time in Paris. There was so much to see and do. I loved the luge! We need these in Washington."

Richard

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 09/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This Evaluation is being provided by both Richard and Arlene. We had a wonderful experience other than the amount of visitors at the main attractions visited. The world is getting smaller and smaller,and there are more visitors than the sites can possible handle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed Amsterdam, Haarlem, Bacharach, Rothenburg and Beaune. We had not been there before and wish we could have spent more time there. We previously visited all the other places in 2000 and were not wowed this time. There were way too many more tourists and most "must-see places" were overcrowded."

Gary

Corsicana, TX

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a real good. I had a really good time and saw lots of pretty countryside. I enjoyed the small towns more than the big cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was looking out the window of my hotel room in Switzerland and seeing all the snow and glaciers up in the mountains."

Robert

New Lexington, OH

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Please understand, as a US Government employee, it is hard for me to rate anything as completely "outstanding", (I'll reserve that for my time in Europe, itself). But our 21 day tour falls easily between "outstanding" and "very good." In other words, the trip of a lifetime... The Rick Steve's preparation, and thesis of cultural exchange, works for me, and my reasons for travel. I do my best to get out of my American "bubble" and immerse myself in the places and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several of these. But to pick one, I guess it would be when 3 colleagues, and myself, opted not to take gondola down to Lauterbrunnen Valley, but in a moment of craziness, to hike down the trail. This was difficult but hugely rewarding. For a nature lover, winding through the thick Swiss forest, looking closely at trees, wildflowers, and waterfalls, put me right there! Now, if someone asks me what Switzerland is like, I have solid remembrance!"

William

Granbury, TX

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding!!! A trip of a lifetime. Our tour guide Lisa Friend was great guiding us thru Europe. Exceeding my expectations. Trip was well planned and executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having dinner on a canal in Venice with a full moon shining on us Hiking in the Alps after a Gondola ride to the Schilithorn"

Karol

Freeland, WA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the time of my life. Many dreams came true for me during this tour. I felt like the mix of smaller villages and larger cities helped me to really get to know the people of each culture and the culture itself in a very rich and full way. I have fallen in love with Europe and its vast revered history and wonderful people. I could have spent more time in places like Rome and Florence, but to me, this was a 'meet Europe' experience and now I know the places where I can lovingly linger.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a teacher of history, I loved presenting the Renaissance to my students. Now newly retired, I saw right in front of my face the majestic David at the Accademia, Raphael's School of Athens at the Vatican, and Mona Lisa at the Louvre;they brought me to tears. I also presented to my students my dad's story of the 90th Division's D-Day landing and movement across France and Germany in WWII. I got to see some of the places he talked about like the Mosel River and Rhine crossing-points."

Nancy

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each town & countyr were interesting, welcoming & enjoyable. Lisa made our trip even better by her warm & nurturing personality!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Luge and the gondola ride up the Alps, along with the hike through the Lauterbrunen Valley-breathtaking!!!"

Leslie

Matthews, NC

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour, it was my first time in Europe and I wanted to hit the highlights. While on the tour I learned how to be a good traveler in Europe. Between the phrase book, a helpful guide, and friendly locals I was able to comfortably find my way around the cities and villages we visited and navigate local menus with ease. There is no way I could have seen all the places with such seamless transitions and so much great educational information any other way. This trip was the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to name just one. Seeing Rothenburg, Oktoberfest, seeing Neuschwanstien Castle for the first time rising from the mountains, Arnhem Open Air Museum, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, seeing David in person in Florence, watching the sunset over the Meditterranean Sea in Vernazza, the group seafood dinner in the Cinque Terre, hiking in the Swiss Alps, seeing the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, visiting Massa Marritima for lunch, hearing the piano player in Bacharch, Rhienfels Castle tour."

Thomas

Freeland, WA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and well executed. Our Tour leader did a fine job leading with all the differences involved in people and places. It was a bit too frantic for me since most of my travel in the past has been on my own and mostly included digging in someplace to relax and also learn about the feel of places. It did educate me somewhat to the nature of each place we traveled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were two: 1. the concert we attended in St. Chapelle(which wasn't a part of the tour) and 2: the view from our hotel window at Stechelberg."

Darrin

Matthews, NC

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was my first time to Europe and first experience with group travel. I found the trip to be incredibly well-thought out and organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our unscheduled stop at Oktoberfest in Munich!"

Dawn

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the easiest travel experience I have experienced. I highly recommend Rick Steve's Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour! The only thing I had to be concerned about was getting to the bus on time. Everything else was taken care of by Lisa. She was a joy to travel with. It is very obvious Lisa loves what she does and it isn't a job. I highly recommend Lisa as a tour guide. All of the guides on the tour enjoyed teaching and interacting with the tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many people have asked me this question. I don't have a favorite or wow moment because all of it was fabulous!"

Vicki

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our travel experience was very enjoyable and educational and a bit of a whirlwind. It really helped boost our "travel confidence" to have a tour guide explain how things worked - from the bathrooms on the road to where our hotel was situated on the map and in relation to landmarks, etc. Also loved getting a little "on board" education into the culture, the language, etc.Would have like some commentary on sites we past on the bus and historical information

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When traveling to these fabulous, historical and art filled cities, it's hard to limit it to one wow moment. I loved seeing David in Florence and the amazing ruins in Rome were very impressive. The group dinners together were definitely a highlight. Probably the building and architecture is what impressed me most. The group dinners were delicious and very fun. Derek and his bus was very comfortable and enjoyable- a nice way to travel."

Stacy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really great tour, covering so many wonderful places in three weeks, from the Netherlands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France. Margaret and Jody were fantastic, and Derek kept us laughing. I travelled on my own for another five weeks afterward, and this tour, including all of the great lessons and tips from our tour guides, prepared me very well for independent travel. I highly recommend this great adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were just too many to pick one. The Swiss Alps stand out for their grandeur and beauty. But the simple moments along the way were also their own "wow" moments [INVALID] venturing out on my own and discovering the back streets and lanes that make up the fabric of a place; having gelato on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice; standing on the top of the Victor Emmanuel monument in Rome and taking in the 360 degree view of the city; or seeing art from the great masters. One big three week "wow"."

Joan

Canton, GA

Tour: 09/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although the major cities were revisits for us this was a wonderful experience throughout with many new WOW moments. The pace and variety of locations added greatly to our previous visits and provided wonderful new memories as well. It also created more additions to our "must see more " list. The pace was brisk and our group blended well throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"wows include: cable car breaking through the clouds to see the sunny snow covered peak of Mt Schilthorn, fireworks competition on the Rhine at Bacharach wine festival, Rhine Cruise, Venice night gondola rides with live music, sudden parade in Florence with oxen drawn wagons, costumed revelers and music- for new chianti wine, hang gliders drifting overhead in Lauterbrunnen Valley as we hiked down, night walk in Rothenburg"

Linda

South Pasadena, FL

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was AMAZING! We saw and experienced so many beautiful and memorable things. Even though I am an admitted couch potato, I really enjoyed the physical activity and pace of the tour. There were so many surprises along the way that made the tour fun and exciting. Our tour guide was fabulous, and I learned so much about history, art and travel from him. My husband and I are already planning our next tour with the Rick Steves company!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, but I think my favorite was seeing the hill town of San Gimignano in Italy. (If I had not already experienced the mountains of Switzerland and the Colosseum, they would be a tie for "wow" factor). Although we were only there for two hours, I just loved the town, the view, and the shops. There was a flute player at the top of the town playing beautiful music. We spoke to him and bought two of his CD's which we continue to enjoy. Close second, Cinque Terra!"

Sandra

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was extraordinary! I have traveled on my own. But this was such a "freeing" experience. I could use all my energy for exploration and enjoyment instead of logistics. Knowing my transportation and hotel would be ready for me was relaxing. The tour moved quickly and was physically taxing at times. However, there is no other way to get such a rich experience as this tour without pushing yourself a bit. It a perfect way to absorb Europe for the first time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was one big "wow". Meeting all the beautiful "no grump" people was wonderful. And people in the other countries were just as nice and fun as well. Netherlands were full of friendly and fun people. Bacharach and Rothenburg were fairy tale lands. Venice was an artistic maze. Florence was classic and classy. Rome was endless history with a crowded Vatican. I absolutely loved the Cinque Terre and Switzerland. And France - Beaune and Paris - stunning! This was a trip of a lifetime. Go!"

Mike

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for the tour and my expectations were exceeded. The tour was a great mix of scheduled tours / group activities and time on our own. Our tour guide did a great job of getting us comfortable and oriented with the places we were visiting, so we were always ready to explore on our own. Great group of fellow travelers and great guides (wasn't expecting all of the local guides, but they were great). We saw 2-3 times more w/the tour than we would have on our own in thesame time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to just pick one, favorites were hiking in the Lauterbrannen valley, the whole day in Cinque Terra - hiking in the morning, exploring Vernazza and Manarola, the boat ride back to Monte Rosso and swimming and sunning back on the beach at Monte Rosso."

Bud

Troy, MI

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the wife's idea to go on this tour. I hadn't thought of Europe as a destination due to the media/news coverage and danger that is exaggerated. Once we were there I felt as safe as at home. Very pleasant trip with many history and cultural lessons learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick from."

Sheri

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, well, anyone that can walk well and do many stairs! The route was well planned and I feel as if I truly was exposed to the best of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a difficult question because WOW was the term I used over and over. The cathedrals, museums, and scenery were all so incredible that I was saying wow all the time. The Eiffel Tower lit up at 9pm our final evening was a real treat. It was a great finale"

Roger

South Pasadena, FL

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip. Rick did a great job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Weiskirche and Lauterbrunnen"

Robert

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was a fantastic experience that exceeded my expectations. It was exceptionally well-planned and provided a nice balance between structured activity and time to explore on our own. With it's ambitious travel agenda through six countries in 3 weeks, the tour was far more than just seeing the sights. It created opportunities to learn about and experience unique aspects of history and culture for each country as well as an understanding of their interconnectedness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I have to pick a favorite "wow moment" it would be while taking free time to hike in the Swiss Alps. After taking the gondola lift and cog train to higher elevations we hiked the Northface trail above Murren and then took an "offshoot trail" back down to Gimmelwald. The alpine views of snow-capped peaks were stunning as we hiked through mountainside pastures, passed isolated farms and waysides, and encountered other hikers from many different countries."

Diana

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. Our guide, Rick, was outstanding. His sharing of history, art, and culture greatly enhanced my experience and was so appreciated. He was patient, upbeat, enthusiastic, and inclusive of all group members. I can't imagine a better group leader. My favorite locations were the Alps in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Cinque Terre. The other tour members were all fun to be with. There was not a difficult person in the bunch.Great hotels and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps...the hiking, the food, the town of Steckelberg. Sharing a hall bathroom was no big deal."

Marie

Troy, MI

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It would be hard to imagine a more pleasant way to experience a taste of Europe. Wonderful balance of planned and unplanned time during our 21 days. Always felt safe on the drives because of the expertise of our bus driver Paul and the Heidebloem bus, as well as cultural lessons from our nurturing tour guide, Rick, who taught us so much about enjoying the various European communities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many it's hard to choose, here's a few: -having the high speed train pass inches from our bedroom window in Bacharach -sliding out of the Luge and scrambling to get back in during my luge ride -the Venetian Mask demonstration -Interpreti Veneziani Concert at San Vidal Church in Venice -relaxing at a bistro in Campo de Fiori in Rome -swimming in the Ligurian Sea after trekking from Monterosso al Mare to Corniglia -trekking the trails in Lauterbrunnen"

Carole

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was very well run and informative as well as fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a beautiful sunny fall day in the Alps and that was probably the most beautiful and postcard like event on the trip"

Pat

Buck Lake, AB

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. It truly was the trip of a lifetime for me. After talking to other people who had done various tours I felt that Rick Steves was the way to go. Everything was very well organized and everything that was promised was delivered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment was in Rome. Seeing the ancient ruins preserved in the centre of a modern city was amazing."

Roberta

Langley, BC

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have always traveled on my own and have been hesitant about tours in general. I really wanted to see Amsterdam and I picked up your book on The Best of Europe and saw the Through The Backdoor Tours. I liked the emphasis on the culture,art and architecture and that it was an active tour because I really like to hike.I'm so glad I signed up! The tour and the tour members exceeded my expectations.We walked, climbed , explored and laughed(a lot). Loved the history lessons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a difficult question because there were many. I'd have to say Switzerland. I enjoyed hiking in the Alps, the people and the vistas were really majestic. We had a lovely fall day to enjoy the spectacular views. The hills echoed with bells, (sorry,cheesy,I know) from the cows and goats. They have really cute cows! A wonderful day and I had just enough Swiss francs left for a glass of wine before dinner. Perfect!"

Russ

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I thought the choices for stops were very good. What brings the average down for me is the crowds (Vatican for example), Louvre, Palace of Versaille (not on tour). Also, the cigarette smoke is hard to avoid, it seems everyone smokes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a sunnyday with fresh snow on the Alps. Wow!"

Carol

Rancho Santa Margari, CA

Tour: 09/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I love history and art. This was a wonderful blend of both. Rick had a great deal of knowledge of all the places we visited. This enabled us to enjoy,understand,and know the significance of each place visited. The tour was also enhanced by the local guides that were provided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one experience. There were so many. Walking on the narrow streets of Venice and coming out on St.Marks Square was so impressive. Another one was taking a gondola ride on the narrow canal to the Grand Canal at sunset with the gondolier singing in the background. Another one was being in the mountains of Switzerland. We had lunch in a restaurant half way up the mountain on a patio looking at the snow covered mountains."

Phillip

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Two of our best friends had already been on this trip and said it was the best trip that ever been on. As a result, or expectations are very high. I can truthfully say that the trip far exceeded our high expectations. Virtually every day we said this is a highlight and then the next day was another highlight. Colleen made our experience even better. Her enthusiasm and deep historical perspective added a great deal to our overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to pick any one situation. However, even though I was not that excited about going to Switzerland, the tram lift as well as our walk through a pristine meadow in the Swiss Alps was unbelievable. The entire trip through Italy as well as our return to Paris ( we spent a week there about five years ago ) was very special."

Barbara

Devon, AB

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had much more fun than I expected to have. The tour was well organized and well planned. It could not have been a better experience. Our tour guide, Colleen, was so energetic and enthusiastic, and so knowledgable. I became sick with a flu and cold, and she found a doctor for me in Switzerland who could speak English , and I was soon feeling much better. I liked that the tour took us to the old parts of the cities that we visited that were rich with history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louvre was my wow momment."

Pamela

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had very high expectations when we decided to go on your Best of Europe tour. We had friends that had gone in previous years and spoke very highly of their experience. We planned for over a year. It was beyond our expectations. The tour is so well thought out and planned perfectly. We saw large cities and small villages. We were in the mountains and on the shore. I felt the pre tour advice was excellent. We packed our carry on luggage following the suggested list and it was plenty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was full of "wow" moments, so it is difficult to pick a favorite. I loved every minute in Florence and seeing all the wonderful art. Rothenburg was magical. The cow bells and vistas in Lauterbrunnen Valley charmed me. I loved every minute in Paris. I was fascinated in the Openlucht museum in the Netherlands."

Wendy

Richmond, KY

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations! The itinerary was well thought out, Colleen was a wealth of information at every stop and we couldn't ask for a better bus driver than Henri! I feel that we received the best of the best in Colleen and Henri. Afraid of disappointment on our next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome. The amount of history in one city was amazing."

Lynn

Chaska, MN

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The advertising is accurate saying that you will be kept busy. The tour was extremely well organized. The scheduling was on time and the what was promised was delivered. The food was very good and represented he areas we were visiting. The bus experience was very good and sometimes quite exciting. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in going.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There has to be more than one. The Watchmans tour in Rothenburg was very intertaining. The bus trip from Monterosso to Stechelberg with the views and the road itself. The gondola rides to the the top of the Schilthorn and the view from the summit and the ride back down. Italy, for the museums, the history, the food and the fun. The people on the tour."

Judith

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was one of my bravest accomplishments. I'm not a worldly traveler and as this tour approched I doubted my ability to travel on this large of a scale. I'm not familiar with airport travel,subways,trains or even reading a city map. I would never have gone if I hadn't felt comfortable with the information provided to me prior to my departure.The trip was high energy, fast and loaded with new sites and outings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was in Florence when our group entered the Galleria Del Accademia. We stepped into a room and from a distance I saw Michelangeio's David and tears welled in my eyes. This was by far the most spectacular piece of art I've ever or will ever see."

Brent

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was great. So well organized that for the most part we didn't have to do any worrying about what we'd do. Great to have all our tours organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say that there was a wow moment. But there sure were a ton of amazing moments."

Debbie

Chaska, MN

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wasnt sure what to expect, but this tour was great!. I learned more history of each place I never new. Wether it was art, castles, churches, religion. Each town had its own charm and I enjoyed all of them. The group we toured with was great fun and just the right amount of people. The tour bus Heidibloom was very comfortable and our driver Henry was a delight. Our tour guide Colleen was fun and knowledgable about every aspect of our tour. She kept us informed and on tract of time tables.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Switzerland! It was like looking at a painting. The lifestyle of the people in the alps with their dairy cows and the cow bells."

Wendy

Springville, UT

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We worried and stressed all summer if this trip was going to be worth the time and money. Now that we're home I can say it was well worth it and I look forward to doing it again! We really had the time of our lives and consider this one of the best decisions we've ever made. We experienced the perfect balance of big city tourist attractions and small villages with beautiful surroundings and quaintness. I surprised myself with a preference for the latter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the quaintness of Bacharach and Stechelberg. Loved the education at the open air museum in Holland. (Would have loved a little more time there.) Loved the majesty of the Colosseum. Loved the uniqueness of Venice."

Linda

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was incredible...exceeded all of our expectations! It was indeed an active tour and you do need to have some stamina and energy to be able to enjoy all the activities but we had expected that. Even on our free time, we didn't slow down! Just didn't want to miss a thing! We logged 168 miles on our tour and much of that was steps, inclines and cobblestones so we averaged almost 8 miles a day! Activities, scenery - awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little extras from our driver...unexpected drive through Tuscany towns & through the Swiss Alps...Henri was the best driver ever! The Switzerland Lauterbrunnen Valley was amazing...straight out of a "Heidi" novel...it was breathtaking!"

Barbara

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was much more than I hoped for. The group of wonderful people was as enjoyable as the exciting places we visited. I can't imagine the experience without them. Colleen was the best! So personable and full of history. Our driver was the best too. I enjoyed having some time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Never having traveled to Europe, my first wow was making our way to Haarlem - like stepping into another world for me. A big wow for us was crossing the bridge in Florence and walking into the hills. Another wow was realizing we could make our own way on the Metro in Paris."

Bruce

Richmond, KY

Tour: 09/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was beautifully balanced between group time and free time. Never felt pushed or hurried. Our guide Colleen was so experienced, easy to get along with and organized we always felt everything was moving along smoothly. Our driver Henry was outstanding. We always felt completely safe and in competent hands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient Rome was my favorite wow moment. I have looked forward to visiting there my entire life. The guide Colleen set us up with for this segment was terrific. The entire experience exceeded my expectations. I am looking forward to going back for another visit as well."

Thomas

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well managed and met all of my expectations. Having accommodations and travel planned and taken care of in advance by others made the trip more enjoyable. In the past planning and arranging reservations [INVALID]d a great deal of stress that is totally avoided in this tour. Food was great and recommendations by the guide were always useful. The local guides were always excellent and provided insights and viewpoints that expanded the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking below the Jungfrau was a treat, especially since the weather was perfect."

Timothy

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been blessed with 25 years of marriage and celebrated it on this tour. Our expectations were not only met, they were exceeded! It was a great mixture of informative tours and activities as well as time to just relax, enjoy and soak up the culture of each country. The hotels we stayed at, though a bit cramped and outdated at times, were all very clean and showed us amazing hospitality. So nice to get to know personally the owners and their families! The food was ALWAYS AMAZING!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As far as scenery wow it was definitely going up to the "007" observatory in Switzerland. Completely breath-taking!! The others would be the relaxing and semi-tropical atmosphere at Cinque Terra and the view from the balcony at Neuschwanstein. The thought provoking wows were the sadness of inhuman acts mixed with the love of those brave enough to speak up against their governments at any cost at Corrie Ten Boom, Anne Frank, Dachau and the Coliseum."

James

Marne, MI

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! The cities we visited, the meals we had, our tour guide-- it was all fantastic. The tour was very paced. One day we walked a lot and the next was a longer bus ride. We felt the type of people a Rick Steve's tour attracts were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it all was, Venice was super. Our gondola ride seemed like something out of a movie."

Theodore

Ramsey, MN

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very efficient process to maximizing the highlights or "best of" each area visited on the tour. The one down side was the size of the group. We were expecting up to 26 in the group, but actually had 28 plus the guide with no assistant. Some of the hotels were not able to accommodate this many for breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terre and Swiss Alps"

Donna

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed every moment of the 21 day R.S. Tour. The places we visited for our first time, the scenery, museums, going on the Rhine River, the luge in Austria, gondola ride in Venice, the gondola in the Alps, the food, the people we met, our tour guide and others. Everyday was a WOW moment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine festival and light show, so unexpected, and so wonderful! Hiking in Cinque Terre, so beautiful ther! And of course the Swiss Alps, going up the gondola (as I don't like hikes and have problems with high altitudes) but I didn't want to miss out on something so beautiful. Having lunch outside in the Alps with the sun shining and snow on the Alps, great company and great food...how special was that!"

Judith

Ramsey, MN

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, with a few extras along the way. A great group (although 28 was a lot of people - some hotels could not accommodate that many for breakfast). We all had a lot in common and were eager to participate in every activity, which made for a lot of fun. The meals were excellent. Wish I would have written down the names of the restaurants because we could never find them again when we had free nights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pretty much the entire trip. The Swiss Alps were amazing, as was Neusch Wanstein. Can't believe I climbed the bell tower and the Duomo in Florence. It was all amazing."

Renee

Washougal, WA

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time we have been to Europe and we couldn't have had a better overall experience. Having a guide that was very familiar with each country and always ready to help was a real comfort to someone who was not a seasoned traveler and a bit apprehensive. We knew coming into the tour that the hotels would be small and there could be stairs to climb with our suitcases. That is definitely the case but we managed and even had a great time in the process.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wine Festival in Germany was a real "wow" moment in my trip. Good wine, good food, new friends, music and amazing fireworks over the Rhine made for an unforgettable evening! AND, of course, the Eiffel Tower was more wonderful than I imagined. But, traveling with a great group of people definitely made the entire trip even more special."

Sally

Gold River, CA

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Matt was a fabulous tour guide! Just the perfect blend of humor and leadership to keep us all going and having fun. The mix of big cities and small towns made the trip flow very well. Just as I was getting tired of big cities we had a down day. We were extremely lucky to have perfect weather through most of the trip and the group got along amazingly well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "wow" movements on the trip and it's hard to choose one over another. The gondola ride in Venice, hiking in Switzerland, the ferry rides and the seafood dinner in Cinque Terra, and the boat ride on the Seine at sunset are all the fabulous memories that I will carry for the rest of my life."

Rebecca

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 09/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I lovd every minute of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the food, all the places we went and the wine festival in Bacharach."

Harriet

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was just what we expected it to be, a very active, busy trip with many wonderful places to see. The group was very friendly and everyone was very compatible. The tour leaker, Anya was wonderful.Ven

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice in the evening, the Vatican, the Colosseum, the peaks in the Swiss alps, Italy's Cinque Terre, and almost every stop we made were my "wow" moments."

Paul

Queen Creek, AZ

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour covered many areas that one would expect to see in Europe. My critical comments lend themselves to how the tour was structured and the inefficient use of time. To my thinking, there is just too much time spent in traveling by bus that could be shortened by use of trains where available. Many nights we would pull into our hotels so late that sightseeing was not possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen. The sheer majesty of the cliffs were hard to imagine. We arrived late in the day and with overcast, rainy weather. But what a WOW moment when seen in daylight."

Teresa

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel it was wonderful and rewarding use of my time and money. We could not have covered the countries, experienced the sites, or learned how to travel in any better environment. We felt safe, relaxed, and able to just concentrate on each place we were that day. We knew our transportation, many meals, entrance fees and reservations, and lodging were taken care of, so we could just enjoy ourselves and our delightful and like-minded tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in Switerland and the Alps were covered by a dusting of snow from a storm the day before while we were on the bus. We woke up to a bluebird sky, the sound of waterfalls and cowbells, and the excitement of going up the gondola and hiking. It was like a postcard."

William

Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. 21 days is a lot of time for a trip, but I never felt that I wanted to get home until the last day. The trip went well, we had a terrific guide throughout the trip, good local guides, good hotels and terrific food. The group of 27 people were all easy to travel with and enjoyable company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of any particular wow moment. It was all good"

Mary

Jackson, MI

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this tour - everything from our very special tour guide, Anja, to the itinerary, to the hotels, to the scenery, to the local guides, to the scheduled activities, to the free time, to the amount of walking, etc

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many WOW moments and there is no favorite. I have thought about this question alot, mostly because that is what people ask us when talikng about our trip. Our tour guide Anja defintely "wow'd" us."

Douglas

Brownsburg, IN

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour changed my attitude about "structured" travel. The overall efficiency, I.e. experience per dollar spent, was astounding. The balance between our structured and free time was nearly perfect. Anja, our guide, Joey the driver and the many other site specific guides provided a masters degree of information on Europe in 21 days and truly enriched the entire experience. Staying in city centers was a treat especially when the "tourists" when home and we had the city to ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Brunelleschi's dome (I'm an engineer), 2. David 3. Lauterbrunnen Valley/Mt Schilthorn, 4 All of Cinque Terre. A am still amazed at all we saw in the short time we were there."

John

Green Cove Springs, FL

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An exhausting marathon trip, but enjoyed every minute of it. It was exactly as it was sold in the tour materials. I especially liked the days we spent in the small towns. My favorite stops were the Vatican, Cinque Terre, and Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola to the Schilthorn in the Alps was my "wow" moment. It was a clear day and there was fresh snow from the day before. I felt like I was at the top of the world. The view was magnificent."

Tammy

Green Cove Springs, FL

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a trip that included several places we have talked about visiting but weren't sure how to go about doing on our own. This trip ticked all those boxes. Everything was planned out, all we had to do was show up and enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What stands out for me was when the bus was crossing over to Venice. It was a place that I have always wanted to see and there it was - right in front of me! All I could think was - I'm actually in Venice Also seeing the Rhine Vally and Swiss Alps were pretty incredible."

Patricia

Clayton, NC

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was fantastic. We had 28 in our group including ourselves and everyone got along great--not a "grump" in the bunch. Our tour guide, Anja, was superb. She was very professional yet very personable at the same time. I think we'd go on another tour if we could be assured that she were our guide. Honestly though, it was a trip of a lifetime for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW -- the Alps were breathtaking. I think I took about 200 pictures of those mountains. Second most favorite wow moment was Cinque Terre -- the color of the Mediterranean was like none I had seen before."

Jack

Clayton, NC

Tour: 09/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide (Anja from Slovenia), could not have been better. Great language skills, comprehensive knowledge of peoples', history, culture, customs and tips. She was a significant factor in making the trip a huge success for my wife and I. If there were some way to have Anja as our guide on an upcoming Steves tour, we would be making plans now (I realize that this is impossible). I appreciated the flexibility of the trip, in allowing a good mix of planned time and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery and hiking at the Scheckelberg Switzerland stop were breathtaking - plus, we lucked out with crisp and perfect weather (mid-Sept.)."

Donna

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an adventure of a lifetime. It is still hard to believe how many places we visited and all the incredible sights and experiences. Haarlem, Amsterdam, Lauterbrunnen valley, cinque Terre,Bacharach,Rothenburg,Reutte,Venice, Florence, Rome, Beaune, castles, hikes, incredible scenery, bakeries galore, the Vatican, Paris and all the other stops along the way. Dachau was tough but I am so glad we went .we should never forget! I This was my 5th Rick Steeves tour and it was incredible!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many ! Wandering into the monastery just as the nuns and priests started to sing in Florence. Gave me goosebumps. Our tour guide Jesse, reading a story he has written for a children's book. It was so appropriate to our journey and incredibly well written. Who doesn't love to have stories read to them. The view from the Shilthorn! Rothenburg was like a fairy tale city and the night watchman tour was fabulous!"

Marit

Ferndale, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that the tour was as advertised. No surprises.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps the view from the garden top (Versailes) to see the many fountains all spewing water with music playing."

Patrica

Wellington, FL

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUTSTANDING The Rick Steve's tour experience is one we will never forget. The Tourguide Jesse, definitely exceeded our expectations. His knowledge, and attitude of always providing his BEST, to Guarantee we had the trip of a lifetime was met. All of the accommodations were wonderful, we felt that we were provided excellent service by all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the sitesame were incredible. The Swiss Alps were spectacular."

Martin

Versailles, KY

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour of any kind I have ever taken. Overall I was very satisfied with the outcome. The philosophy of the RS tour was a major plus and I feel executed well. I wish, even with the crowds we could have toured the Vatican more, but this is a survey tour and not an in depth experience.I would not have taken this tour if the Vatican was not included.The most significant accomplishments of the tour were: I developed an appreciation for art and I learned how Europeans lived.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt seeing the Pieta in St Peter's. I had seen a picture of the Pieta many times but I never saw what was there until I saw that carving in person. I would probably not be able to recognize the talent of Michelangelo unless I had been and learned from the guided tours of the Rijksmuseum and the Uffizi Gallery. These local guided were excellent at teaching the way to look at a painting/statue."

Penny

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first European trip after reading the rick steves forums blogs everything for over a year we decided on the 21 BOE It was an experience of a lifetime, great guide great sites great pace great food great tour mates I would recommend it to everyone It totally surpassed my expectations. We have memories to last us a lifetime. Really special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say there were WOWs daily. I really liked the last evening we were all at the Eiffel tower having a farewell toast and turned around and the tower was not just lit up but twinkling pure majic"

Gerald

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was my wifes idea, as it turned out it was a trip of a lifetime. I really enjoyed every aspect of the trip. Worry free every thing was taken care of. We had a great tour guide Jesse. A absolutely wonderful young man, He really made the difference for our trip. The hotels food transportation sites everything perfect, not one hiccup. would really recommend a rick steves tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The luge was really great also loved climbing the Duomo seeing Florence from on top Other tour members were fun and added to the enjoyment of the whole experience."

Jerry

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been to Europe or on an extended vacation trip before so we didn't know what to expect. I can say that we were pleased beyond our expectations. We were on the go every day with new and exciting things to see and do. The tour was set up to view the best of Europe and we felt we certainly did. I think the town selections and sites chosen were excellent. It was an educational tour as well as a viewing tour and this was made possible by our very knowledgable tour guide Jesse.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was Venice. This is just an unbelievable place to visit. The whole city is just one exciting place to be. From the first moment boarding the Vaporetto then going to San Marcos Piazza then riding a gondola, it was just a fun and exciting city to be in. We enjoyed great food, shopping and walking through the maze of streets. In fact, our tour guide Jesse said to just get lost in the streets exploring the city, and we did. It was fun and of course your way out."

Elizabeth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was more aggressive than I expected. Very little down time. Loved the group we traveled with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The luge ride Top of the mountain in Switzerland"

Stephanie

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply amazing!!! For many years I've longed to travel throughout Europe. This tour was everything I had hoped it would be - a wonderful culturally rich, meaningful and fun experience - my dream came true!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough question to answer because everyday was filled with an abundance of "wow" moments! Perhaps Italy resonated most strongly with me, maybe in part because I am of Italian heritage. In Venice, when I stepped into the piazza San Marco for the first time, the rush of emotion I experienced overwhelmed me, catching me off guard; I thought to myself, "Finally - I'm here.""

Edward

Poughquag, NY

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 21 day European tour proved to be a trip of a lifetime.I traveled through six countries covering close to four thousand miles. Our tour guide was Jessie who proved to be an invaluable source of information throughout my journey.His wealth of knowledge and information was a tremendous asset to me and my fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most memorable moment and this was a tough decision was on top of Mt.Schermerhorn in Switzerland.I think i mispelled it.The view was breathtaking and surreal at the same time."

Edsel

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. The locations were perfect for an overview of central Europe. Overnight accommodations were within walking distance of most sites and features. Guides were instructional and provided an educational experience. Some of the bus rides took most of the day, but there was plenty of walking that got the kinks out. We really like Jesse!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rhine valley and Bacharach. I had seen most of the other sites, if only in pictures. But Bacharach and Rothenburg were new to me, and they were the highlight of my trip!"

Teresa

University Place, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every place we visited was a new experience for both my husband and me. From beginning to end, we looked forward to each day and was never, ever disappointed[INVALID]not in the areas we visited, or the hotels, or the tour guides who shared their local knowledge. Our Rick Steves guide, Jesse, was a treasure. He shared personal experiences that tied into our travels and wove together historical facts, much like story, as we moved from one place to the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments throughout the trip. I would have to say, though, that spending time in Bacharach Germany and going to the top of the Schilthorn in Switzerland were high on the list...... and of course the bus trip through the Alps to get to Lauterbrunnen. That was a major "wow"."

Denise

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fast-paced, exciting, with great educational insights from our great guide, Jesse! Loved Haarlem- wish I could live there! Gorgeous Germany- quaint towns, super local guides for cultural enrichment. Neuschwanstein - a must see! Incredible Italy-Venice, Florence, Sistine Chapel, Cinque Terre. Who doesn't want to swim in the Mediterranean? Boeuf Bourginon in Beaune- c'est magnifique! The trip was enhanced by Jesse. My favorite guide out of three tours! Thanks, Jesse!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I pick just one? Seeing God give the spark of life to Adam on the Sistine ceiling! Wanted to see it my entire life; it didn't disappoint! I have an extreme fear of heights, but pledged to go up to the Shilthorn. Breathtaking in many ways!"

Linda

Poughquag, NY

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We totally got the flavor of the 6 countries that we visited entering through the "Back Door". We feel confident that we could arrange our next trip and use all the tips we got from our trip. Naturally we will have our Rick Steves Tour books in our back pocket!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, we had so many but one that stands out as a surprise was our farewell drink in front of the Eiffel Tower. We were huddled in a circle toasting our tour guide, Jesse when the tower began twinkling right on cue.It was a magical moment. Naturally we all stopped and started recording the moment on our cell phones."

Gail

Versailles, KY

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided a great introduction to so many sights, and the opportunity to determine which places we would hope to see again! Jesse was very insightful, helpful, knowledgeable and fun! I really enjoyed the eclectic mix of famous cities and little known, but delightful country-side villages. Our accommodations were comfortable and interesting and well located. The breakfasts were unbelievable in variety and options....actually overwhelming to one who usually has cereal or 1/2 a bagel!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many.....hiking the Alps, singing "Volare" on our after dark gondola ride in Venice, seeing Michelangelo's PIETA, and the list goes on.."

Madelyn

Johnsburg, IL

Tour: 09/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been to Europe and somehow knew it would be wonderful. I just didn't realize how much I would enjoy this experience. From the minute we arrived in Haarlem, I felt the magic of Europe and even the rainy days were fun. It was long, but you saw so much that the day's flew by.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrived at the start point of our hike in the Swiss Alps. The train ride reminded me of the Polar Express and the scenery was breathtaking. I could see lakes and towns and I felt so happy."

Joann

Flower Mound, TX

Tour: 09/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss alps and Florence"

Miles

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

PROFESSIONALLY OPERATED, TIMELY, INTERESTING AND SUITED TO ANY LEVEL OF PHYSICAL LIMITS. ABLE TO PARTICIPATE AS MUCH OR LITTLE AS A PERSON MIGHT WISH OR MAKE UP YOUR OWN AGENDA FOR THE DAY. KEITH WAS SUPER, NOT PUSHY BUT CLEAR ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS FROM THE GROUP AS RELATED TO THE GROUP EXPERIENCE. I WAS FASCINATED TO WATCH KEITH IN ACTION, GUIDING THE GROUP, INSURING COHESION, AND INSURING PERTINENT INFORMATION WAS GIVEN SO EVERYONE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE TRAVEL SKILLS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MY WIFE AND I DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC AND ALSO WITH OTHER PARTICIPANTS AND OUT VIEW WAS "TO PICK ONE OR TWO MOMENTS WOULD BE A DISSERVICE TO ALL THE OTHER EXCELLENT EXPERIENCES." THIS WAS A BLAST EVERY DAY, FILLED WITH EDUCATION, BEAUTY, AND FUN."

Patrica

Chagrin Falls, OH

Tour: 09/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There was so much to see that I am still absorbing it all. The weather was not fully cooperative (rain). I really enjoyed the people including the bus driver and leader. There was more included that I had anticipated. I had expected the group meals to be more marginal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sainte Chapelle"

Dena

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Life altering, Life memorable! If I win the lottery, I want to send everyone I love on the Rick Steve's 21 day Europe tour! I learned history, culture, Art, how to travel without being afraid. I also learned about myself, and what I prefer when traveling in the future. The Tour took care of us, but also fostered autonomy. The staff were professionals, and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved many things about this trip, but for me perhaps being in Paris, in San Chappel church, walking up stairs and being in the middle of all this stained glass- red, yellow, blue and green- it was like being in a kaleidoscope! Magical!"

Karen

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fantastic experience that was inspiring and led to a desire for further travels. Each country had its own charm and I've been unable to pinpoint exactly which was my favorite, although Venice, Paris and Harlem were probably a good tie. The 21 days packed a lot in, probably a little bit of a sensory overload for me, but I've led a fairly sedentary life working at a computer for many years now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just seeing the thousands of miles of vivid green countryside and the extent of Europe's agricultural development, it was awe-inspiring. Seeing the Museums and Churches was exciting, although I have a threshold for them..."

Britny

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were on our honeymoon and have never traveled to Europe before. We wanted to try traveling in a group for our first trip. I'm glad we did, we learned a lot about how to get around and were surprised as to how easy it was. I wouldn't consider this a relaxing vacation so we were glad to have taken an extra 4 days off when we got home before going back to work. It was a great adventure and we now feel better equipped to travel on our own next time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw so many things is impossible to pick one favorite moment. We had a wonderful time and loved experiencing new cultures. We had the most fun out exploring new places on our own."

Christine

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time in the countries. I kept saying "Whow" like a kid when we visited the diverse places. Loved variety of cities, mountains, oceans, ancient towns and art. Loved trying new languages. .Yorick /Jessica helpful:for example when I became ill or had concerns about going it alone in a new city.Varying the physical pace very do able. Needed slowness to regain energy. Will be comfortable on my own now in Europe next time. Gained 4 LBS. despite walking/ going up stairs with 20 lb suitcase.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it"

Douglas

Ventura, CA

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was absolutely terrific. I really appreciate your guiding philosophy and principles that made this tour an exceptional and pleasant experience. In this review, I'm not going to spend much time writing about how wonderful everything was (it was truly wonderful); instead I'm making some suggestions for incremental improvements to a finely tuned machine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was each of the city guides, especially our guide at the Rijksmuseum, and resting my feet after many miles of walking."

Patti

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Europe in 21 days tour was an excellent experience. I loved the balance between big cities and small towns. The tour guides, Yorick and Jessica were outstanding. Yorick's knowledge and engaging personality made the tour both fun and educational. The hotels were all very charming and centrally located, so when we had free time it was very easy to find our way back to the hotel. All of the tour guides were very passionate about their cities or their museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when we visited Neuschwanstein Castle. Visiting this castle has always been on my bucket list and was one of the reasons we chose this specific tour. The first day we drove by the castle on the way to the hotel I was amazed at its beauty. With it sitting up high on the hill, you can't help but notice it. When we actually went to visit the castle, I was in heaven."

Linda

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Yorick-outstanding, knowledge, leadership, humor, wonderful Jessica-fun, helpful, interesting, wonderful Ben the bus driver=loved him, outstanding driver Tour wouldn't change a thing I booked this tour, then found out I had cancer. Had my last chemo treatments just a few weeks prior to the start of our tour. Everyone on the tour was kind and so helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"switzerland, wow"

Rhonda

Missouri City, TX

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was exactly as described and, therefore just what we expected. We had a good time, saw as much as we desired, and had plenty of time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the rain in the Swiss Alps, and walking in Paris on a quiet Sunday morning."

Kerry

North Potomac, MD

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly as described in all the published information with a few surprises thrown in here and there. Everyone on the tour had read the pre-tour information and they were prepared for some serious walking/hiking, stairs, time crunches and the no-grump policy. We had an amazing group of fellow travelers, ages late 40's to 80. Yorick was a enthusiastic guide with a dry sense of humor and plenty of background information to enrich every stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every stop was so unique that each had its own wow moment. Visiting Rome with our guide was probably my "wow" because our guide packed so much information in four hours and made the ruins "come alive" with illustrations and a perspective from someone who has lived in Rome."

Charlene

Xenia, OH

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were able to fit a lot into our days and still had time to venture out on our own. It was an experience better than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1- Germany I've always wanted to visit Germany. There happened to be a festival going on that was fun to see and a day of shopping. 2-When in Switzerland we were overwhelmed by the Alps and actually stumbled across the COW PARADE during a lunch break. What fun! 3-The museums were wonderful, the castles were great and the churches were beautiful."

Earline

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was incredible! We saw so many things that we would not had seen without going on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice."

Lyle

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Horlick was very knowledgeable and helpful. His organization skills were always evident. I was delighted to see the many historical sights about which I've read and thought about for many years. Visiting many countries, though much too briefly in each, has .really increased my concept of both the similarities and differences found in European countries. We have planned to visit Ireland in August on our next Rick Steves tour. In 2004 we did R.S.s Great Brittain tour.

Edward

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is one of the best trips we had taken of Europe. Most of the other trips we had taken were on cruise ships but this trip allowed us to see more of the towns and culture of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and Northern Italy. Switzerland was the most spectacular however Northern Italy was a surprise as being extremely beautiful. If it wasn't for the Rick Steves 21 Day Europe trip we would have not known that Northern Italy was as beautiful as it was!"

Marianne

Farmington Hills, MI

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful with lots of new experiences. Guides were fabulous. Food was fabulous. Bus driver excellent. Bus was comfortable. Some of the hotels could have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No favorite. It was pretty much all wonderful."

Kay

Lewiston, ID

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with any company but my experience on the 21 day European Tour was far more than I expected. It was fast-paced but not to the extent I felt overwhelmed. I had an amazing time and would recommend this trip to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew this question was going to be asked and during the trip I would try to think about what we saw, ate, or experienced each day. My "wow" was the "age" of everything we saw. Castles, art, architecture. We visited St. Augustine, FL which was established in 1565, which by European standards, was built yesterday!"

John

Missouri City, TX

Tour: 09/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So glad we chose this tour! Everything met or exceeded our expectations. The descriptions of everything involved were spot-on, so we had no surprises or disappointments-you delivered everything promised-and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough call. Perhaps how struck I was, especially after the tour of the Anne Frank house (but even before we saw Dachau), that Europeans still to a significant degree live with the memories of WW II-and how very lucky we in the US were. As far as specific "attractions" go-the Pantheon."

Patricia

Surrey, BC

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was a wonderful tour, packed with lots of different experiences. We knew going in that it could be strenuous at times and it was. I'm glad I got into good walking shape before the trip. I liked that we had our guide and an apprentice so when on our walks they could keep everyone in check. I was happy with all the hotel choices. The beds were always comfortable and the bathrooms updated. I liked that our tour guide had some discretionary money to use when she felt it was warranted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps. Everyone was in awe and taking lots of photos during the bus ride to our hotel. Also I loved the green hills and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Spending the extra money to go up on the gondola to Schilhorn was well worth it. The towns of Murren and Gimmelwald were so pretty and we enjoyed walking around both of them."

Jeanne

Arlington, VA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mostly very good. We got the upper respiratory infection (cough and cold) that was moving through our group, so didn't enjoy the last few days as much. It was an exhausting trip, but I can't think of anything that I would have skipped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top of the Schilthorn Mountain in Switzerland, the wine festival in Bingen, every moment in Venice, and our group goodbye while gazing at the Eiffel Tower lit up at night."

Bonnie

Alliston, ON

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. Robyn as our tour guide was exceptional! Very thorough and knowledgeable. She was excellent in her directions,and was on point everytime, everything ran smoothly or at least she made it seem that way, when there were changes in the tour she handled them well without appearing frazzled or upset.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a trip such as this, there had to be many "wow" moments. People ask me what was my favourite thing, well there are many! I think the surprises were some of the "wow" moments, going to Bingen Germany and walking among the locals at a wine tasting festival and then to top it all off, watching fireworks by the Rhine River, going up Mountparnasse and seeing 360 degrees of Paris, walking into Notre Dame while a mass was going on and hearing the singing, visiting a hillside village in Italy."

Janice

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was awesome. Our tour guides, Robyn and Torben, outstanding! Every detail taken care of, not a worry in the world for any of us. It was the best of the best in every location. 27 of the most amazing traveling companions. From the very first day we met, in Harlem to our departure in Paris, was like we'd known each other For ever. And, many thanks to our driver Silvian. He was amazing!! I'm still wondering how he maneuvered that bus to places I'd never drive my car.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. The beautiful country side, the villages, churches, and museums. My favorite wow places were Venice, Orvieto, Cinque Terre, and the Swiss Alps. Beauty beyond words."

Paula

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Statue of David"

Judy

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was action-packed with great variety of experiences. I appreciated that our Guide Robyn, working with Apprentice Torben & our BusDriver Sylvain were nimble with the plans. We had the good fortune to be in Bacharach while a wine festival was in neighboring Bingen. A round-trip train trip was added to our activities so we could enjoy the local wine festival & fireworks! Other nimble adventures: we were told that Sylvain agreed to take the long & gorgeous drive to the hotel in Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome - The Colosseum, the walk thru Caesar's Forum ending at the Pantheon. Staying at that downtown Rome hotel so that we could stroll to nearby activities - the central location was great. Another wow was the masque-maker in Venice. Even in his native Italian, with just a few words of translation from the local guide, the masque-maker had great visuals to explain the steps of making molds to create his masques."

Diane

Mississauga, ON

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to the finish, the tour was fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few wow moments for me, starting with Haarlem, the ruins in Rome, Florence, the quiet beautiful day in Switzerland, Paris and all the scenery. The best "wows" were the local guides and Robyn."

Catherine

Boulder City, NV

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My overall experience was good. I thoroughly enjoyed the many countries that I visited. I truly appreciated the good attitude of my fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time that we spent in Rome."

Michael

Arlington, VA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience. The content was interesting and stimulating throughout, and the group dynamic was friendly and comfortable from the beginning. On the other side of the coin, this was the longest of the five tours that we have taken, and I felt that twenty-one days straight without much opportunity for rest was tiring and prevented me from fully appreciating the final few days of the trip because I was simply out of energy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great things to see and do, but for me the favorite was going down the luge run. After getting the feel for it the first time, I found the second run to be a total rush, and if it hadn't been for the rain, I could have stayed there and done it all day long."

Kenton

Boulder City, NV

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. There were some tours that I would have liked more time to explore everything inside. Maybe take us to museum and do the planned tour, then give free time so we could study more of the attraction. On our way to Cinque Terra we stopped at a mountain town and there was only one deli type eating place. We stayed (waste) over two hours, but then we drove past the leaning tower of Pisa without stopping. That would have been a wonderful stop for the two hours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum in Rome and David in Florence. Always wanted to see them!"

Judith

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I saw everything I hoped to see and more. Our tour guides were terrific and really stepped outside of the box to give us a wonderful experience. Since I had never experienced anything traveling oversees, this gave me a great window into what I might like to do next and what I want to see again. Take the walking advice, stairs advice all very seriously. It's more of everything and you need to be prepared with light luggage, ability to walk great distances, do multiple steps every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David was the Wow moment for me. And Switzerland, that was my favorite place, the most wonderful meals, the most gracious hosts, the most beautiful scenery. Loved every minute.."

Patrick

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our expectations were high, yet this tour experience exceeded those expectations ! Our groups guides were knowledgeable, kind, fun and competent. Both individuals were outstanding in their own way. The selection of hotels, tours, length of time in activities was "spot on" for our tastes and desires. It was so well organized and very clear instructions about the activities, times , etc were given at The appropriate time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" experience was our rather impromptu trip to a wine festival in Bingen . It was a fabulous opportunity to be a part of the local experience. A local guide from Bacharach , Thomas, joined us as we took the train to the neighboring village. It was such a pleasureable experience as we felt like we were shoulder to shoulder with the locals, not at a common "tourist location" We stayed through the fireworks which were a fitting end to a lovely evening of tasting and music."

Rodger

Richland, WA

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience and exceeded our expectations in all respects. It wasn't just well planned, it was fine-tuned. On-time, minimal waits, group time and free time, informative, interactive, assumption challenging, and fun! A personal growth experience. Bus travel was a surprising positive; comfortable, spacious, with time to rest, bone-up for next stop, and enjoy the uniqueness of the different terrain, crops, farms and villages. Pining for the next....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First "wow": we arrived in Haarlem in the midst of an outdoor music festival. We walked, luggage in tow, through a friendly celebratory shoulder-to-shoulder crowd and watched the upbeat music and crowd from our hotel window...until 1 a.m.! Second "wows" were the dramatic towering mountains, cliffs, valleys and farmed hillsides of Switzerland. Words, pictures, videos cannot convey the beauty and feel....you absolutely have to be there."

Sandy

Wyoming, MI

Tour: 08/23/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a truly amazing tour! With everything planned for us, we had nothing to worry about. I really enjoyed the mix of large cities and small quaint towns. Rick was a wonderful guide and very knowledgable of European history! We also had so much fun getting to know all the friendly, wonderful people in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this trip! The top four would be: exiting the subway and seeing the Colosseum right in front of me, the gondola ride up in the Alps with such beautiful views of the mountains, having lunch at the Cinque Terre while looking out over the Mediterranean, and seeing the twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower."

Gail

Springville, CA

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never taken a tour before, so weren't sure what to expect; we soon found we needn't have worried because the tour was wonderful! We had a terrific group of kind, thoughtful, and intelligent people who were interesting to talk to and eager for new experiences and willing to share them with everyone. Our guides facilitated all facets of the trip and helped us to be intrepid travelers! The best 21 days in a row ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1.Standing among the clouds on Schilthorn in Switzerland and looking down on the Lauterbrunnen Valley. 2. Swimming in the cool waters of the Mediterranean with new friends. 3. Seeing Paris alight at night while cruising on the River Seine. 4. The Collosseum in Rome. 5. Venetian gondola ride with musicians in attndance including an Opera singer."

Shirley

Campbell River, BC

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour experience was more than I expected - this is the first bus tour I've taken and I was cautiously optimistic but this tour far exceeded my expectations and I would definitely participate in another Rick Steves Tour. Our fellow travellers were a fun, thoughtful and considerate group - also all independent which is a good mix.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite "wow" moment was the Colliseum but my favourite part of the whole trip was hiking early in the morning in the Cinque Terra. The beauty and peace fed my soul. Also, after Venice, Florence and Rome, I really appreciated the quiet :)"

Jay

Campbell River, BC

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found that the tour met all my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is an easy answer for me, coming off the subway and seeing the Coliseum in Rome was that moment."

Marla

Hood River, OR

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was very well thought out and organized. There was a great mix of activities and sights. Reid and Kevin were very helpful and pleasant tour guides, or as we referred to them " El capo groupo" and "El capo groupo Jr."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. The beauty and serenity of Switzerland were amazing."

Lynn

Fallston, MD

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all of our expectations. From start to finish it was a great experience.Never having gone on a group tour before and never having been in Europe I can only say that this was the way to go for us. Simply cannot believe how much we saw and learned and the distance we traveled. The tour itinerary is well thought out. They know when you will hit the wall and need rest and down time. Also enjoyed the "free time" to do as you pleased.

Gary

Rainier, OR

Tour: 08/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW ! This was our first trip to Europe. We knew it would be fun and exciting. But we had no idea.....it was the best we could have ever imagined. Our tour guide Reid and tour assistant Kevin are one amazing team. The focus of the"Rick Steves Tours" was what we had hoped for.....experience the people and cultures of Europe. Our tour group was an important part of the trip, the group size was perfect (20 People)...we now feel we have a whole new family. THANKS, Gary & Katrina

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The canal gondola ride in Venice. Reid (our guide) arranged for two couples celebrating recent anniversaries to be in the "music" gondola. We were one of the lucky couples."

Ed

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 07/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great. Very hot and crowded in August however.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland"

Jean

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 07/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded all expectations and it was with a lovely group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" moment."

Marvin

Beach City, TX

Tour: 07/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an "over the top" & "out of bounds" trip of a lifetime experience! It was more than I had expected. Everything was planned out and it was perfect in myopinion. Our guide Dimitri, has to be your best and our coach driver Sylvane was the best. Our group was from all over, mix of ages & backgrounds & no "grumps". The itinerary was great, busy, interesting, informative, demanding & diverse. The accommodations were good, food great & great locations for our activities & close to the action.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, St. Marks & St. Peters basilica, Venice, Cinque Terra, & Rhine river castles were my favorites but everyday had numerous wow moments for me being my first trip to Europe. Getting to share this with my wife on our 34th anniversary & having our 30 yr. old son with us for this experience was a once in a lifetime, & greatest vacation ever! It wasn't a contest but I did shoot 5,100 pictures & movies!"

Crisse

Billings, MT

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fantastic tour! Every day was a "once in a lifetime" experience because every detail was meticulously planned and executed. Our travel goal was to tour Europe with our two teenage sons in a stress free, active, and family friendly environment. This tour fit that requirement perfectly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" moment! However, the highlights for us were climbing to the top of the Duomo and seeing the gorgeous view of Florence, taking the cable car to the breathtaking mountain peaks of the Swiss Alps, and floating at sunset on the Seine River cruise (an added bonus!) to see the Eiffel Tower at night."

Erin

Auburn, CA

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was simply AMAZING! The absolute best thing I have ever done. I loved it from beginning to end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have one favorite, but many. Just to name a few.... seeing Michelangelo's David. He was larger than I expected and presented so gloriously. a gondola ride in Venice all the food in Italy taking a vacation from my vacation in Cinque Terre But most of all having FUN wherever we went!"

Betty

Montesano, WA

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This truly was an amazing experience. Sharing this adventure with such a wonderful group was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The breathtaking beauty of Schilthorn - and the wonderful views from the four trams we took to get to the top - was just fantastic! Yodeling across the valley to some of the speedier hikers in our tour was fun. My jaw really did drop when I saw the stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle. The Eiffel Tower twinkling on the hour and on our river cruise was another amazing sight! I could go on but since you asked for only one I have to limit myself!"

Florence

Surrey, BC

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As I had never been on a tour of this type before I was a little hestitate in booking the 21 day Europe Tour. But the tour exceeded my exception's in every way. The size of the group ( 21 ) was perfect. Our guide was fantastic and very informative. The amount of free time was a great balance to the group time. I would certainly love to do another Rick Steves Tour in the future

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite moment was Cinque Terre - I loved every about this place, the quaintness about the towns, the awesome restaurants and the down time to relax. My only regret would be that we should have stayed 1 more day in this spot, as it was a rush to see everything and still be able to enjoy some quite relaxing time."

Alan

Surrey, BC

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was truly amazing. I was not sure how I would do with a group of people I did not know but must tell you that it was wonderful. It was a great way to meet new people. Our tour guide Ragen was exceptional. He was very knowledgable and was a lot of fun. Our apprentice Frank was also very knowledgeable in explaining Europe. Hotels were great. Our bus driver Mat was a great driver and had a great personality. I would suggest anyone interested in this trip to take it. Well worth the cost.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite WOW moment was seeing the beautiful Cinque Terre. I would love to go back and spend a week there. Just an amazing place to see."

Laura

Montesano, WA

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved the whole trip! Even things that I had decided beforehand I likely wouldn't be as interested in were actually fascinating and lovely experiences :) I liked the mixture of city/cultural things and country/outdoorsy things to do. The people on the trip were also just a great group to travel with - I really feel fortunate that everyone was just so very nice and great travelers, even as we were all definite individuals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I just adored the little Tuscan town we stopped at for lunch on day - I could have stayed there forever! I wanted to get out into the hills and explore :) And when a sudden thunderstorm delayed our departure, I thought I was going to get my wish of staying longer! Alas, I guess I will have to return on my own..."

Nancy

Richland, WA

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience from our family (husband and two 14 year old sons). In addition to seeing and learning so much about Europe and European history we found traveling and the new experiences an unexpected opportunity to get know and appreciate each other. I am sure that had we not been on the tour we would have been distracted by all the planning and organization to truly just enjoy the time together, and all the wonderful people in our tour group! All made possible by our great guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" experience was the evening gondola ride in Venice accompanied by great musicians and vocalist. Visually my "wow" moment was the Duomo in Florence. Spiritually, the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. What a great trip!"

Gene

New Ulm, MN

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for the tour and they were exceeded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was an amazing experience."

Kristen

Montesano, WA

Tour: 07/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated this tour because there was a good mix of the bustling European sites (Ann Frank House, Neuswanstein Castle, Colosseum, Eiffel Tower, etc) with the quaint towns (Bacharach, Lauterbrunnen Valley, Beaune, etc) that offer a more relaxed view of Europe, and frankly, my favorite stops on the tour. Of course, the food was WONDERFUL (still dreaming of that cheese fondue from Switzerland and pesto in Cinque Terre...), our guide was AMAZING, and the the people on the tour were FABULOUS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One at sea level (Gondola Ride) and one almost at 10,000 feet in the Alps (Schilthorn). If I'd really have to pick one, I'd say the trip up the cable cars to the most beautiful breakfast I've ever experienced on top of the Schilthorn!"

Alice

Montgomery, TX

Tour: 07/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the experience for the July 2015 BOE Tour was beyond expectations. Jesse, Julia and Richard forged a synergy within the group that was truly special (in church lady's vernacular). Local guides augmented each segment, providing excellent personal & historical perspectives. The trip is an excellent intro to Europe & a method of bookmarking 'must return' sites for more in-depth & slower paced time. Also appreciated the personal exploration time apart from group activities. RECOMMEND!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"'Wow' is too pedestrian for the experience of stepping off the bus into a beautiful mountain meadow and seeing the magnificent Wieskirche, rising like a white vision from the green rolling hills. Entering the church and unexpectedly being surrounded & lifted by the ethereal instrumental and vocal chorus of the rehearsing orchestra, choir & pipe organ performing Hayden. Every sense was involved, & it was powerful."

Mary

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 07/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything I wanted for my first trip to Europe was there and more! The "more" was what amazed me. Places that would never have been on my "must see" list turned out to be spectacular. What an adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stopped at a church in Wieskirche, Germany to see the Rococo architecture and scourged Jesus painting/sculpture/carving(?). I'm not sure what it was because we never got to see it. When we walked into the church, there was a choir and orchestra rehearsing. Our entire tour group just sat down and listened. It was wonderful. We did remember to get up and get back to the bus at the appointed time. When we were sure everyone had made it back, we seemed to exhale as a group and just say "Wow!""

Amy

Jackson, TN

Tour: 07/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I saw more sights and experienced more things than would have been possible on my own. While I was on "vacation" from my life, this wasn't a typical leisurely time. But, knowing that I could opt in or out of activities as my energy level agreed to allowed me to chose when to push and when to relax. Using the term "experience" is perfect! So glad I went with a Rick Steves' group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd spent a few days in Germany before starting the tour, but had been in cities. For me, arriving in the quaint town of Bachrach provided my "wow" because it was as I imagined a small European village to be like."

Rika

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 07/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful!!! Jesse and Julia were just outstanding. Everyday was fun and filled with history, art and facts. Our group of travelers are some of the best people you could ever meet. All I can say to ALL who were on this tour is Thank You Thank You Thank You! You all made it the very best vacation ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really did not have a favorite wow moment because everyday was a WOW moment!"

Lynn

Yachats, OR

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled with my two children; 18 and 15. The tour was well organized, educational, and fun for us. Our tour guide Matt made sure we all had our questions answered and needs met, from the oldest to the youngest (15-69yrs). Each country was a new adventure embraced by the group. We definitely had no "grumps" and all enjoyed each others company as well as respected our personal abilities. A great tour and great company!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure if there was one "Wow". The overall beauty, history, and people in each country made a collective "Wow". The local guides as well as our RS guide Matt made the history come alive. Perhaps coming off the subway and standing in front of the Colosseum in Italy, or taking my children to the Orsay museum in Paris, watching the Eiffel Tower light up and twinkle, could it be walking through the Alps? No, maybe the luge ride in Austria, or the castles, the food? Or just being in Europe."

Linda

Carlsborg, WA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. Loved the smaller group size. The balance of free time with group events was just right. Not only was our guide fantastic, all the local guides were exceptional. The information they offered was so interesting,,, learned so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving the pass in the Alps on the way to Lauterbrunnen was stunning!!!"

Ronald

Roseville, CA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have traveled to Europe four time previously but never with an organized tour. We have been big fans of Rick Steves for years and decided to take the plunge and sign up for the 21 day tour. Not only were we not disappointed but every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed our tour guide, Matt, the fellow travelers on our tour, and all the wonderful sights and local tour guides, as well. A trip of a lifetime and one we would repeat again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the entire package. There were so many incredible things we did and saw. I'm still recovering from thinking about all the great times we had with our fellow tour members. Each stop was a highlight for us. The food was great along with the accommodations. Even though we had traveled to Europe before, the experience was enhanced by all the nice people we met on the tour and along the way. Europe has so much to offer and we had a chance to experience much of it."

Jeffrey

North Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best experiences of our lives. It was an outstanding overview of Western Europe. The countries we visited were beautiful, and all of the excursions were well planned and organized. The local tour guides were excellent and very informative. We particularly enjoyed the experience with Herr Jung in Bacharach. He was wonderful. One suggestion...even though we enjoyed the wine tasting experience, drop the visit to Beaune, France and add an additional day in Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, the beauty and tranquility were amazing. The hike through the Alps at the foot of the Jung Frau will remain in our memories forever. We also enjoyed Paris. People were surprisingly friendly. All of the other destinations exceeded our expectations."

Anne

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Europe and I had great hopes for a good trip. My expectations were more than met and I definitely highly recommend a Rick Steves tour as the way to go!! In fact I am ready to go again! We saw and did so much and I liked the pace as we got to have a taste of so many places. The crowds and hot weather were a detriment , but certainly didn't slow us down. It was fantastic and amazing and awesome!! Thanks to everyone involved!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming around the corner on the bus and seeing the first of absolutely amazing sights of the Alps! The sound of the "wows" as the whole group caught sight of the beautiful Swiss countryside and immediately started taking pictures!, and it continued as we rode the train and gondola up to the peaks and began our gorgeous hike! And my other favorite "wow" moment eas stepping off the train in Monterosso and spotting the fabulous Mediterrean Sea in all its glorious deep blue colors!"

Jesse

Saint Helens, OR

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It has clearly been refined to a precision experience. Not only was the teaching clear and concise about how to get along in the culture, but also the pacing to allow us to independently use what we had learned. The local guides were amazing, especially Herr Jong and Francesca. They not only taught history, but principles. I have continued to ponder the politics of architecture. The pace was fast, not frenzied. The friends we made were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfair question, like asking which was your favorite bite of chocolate. Top 10 list. 1. Every moment with my wife. 2. Gondola ride with music in Venice 3. Herr Jong 4. Francesca 5. Talking to a Swiss farmer about hay 6-10 are private moments hard to explain to other people."

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour! It was an opportunity to see things previously read about in books or seen on t.v. ( the Rick Steves shows, of course! ). My world has been expanded and for that I am glad. The pace is hectic but manageable due to the built-in "opt-out" option. The individual local guides were a total attribute to the trip experience. I appreciated that we were taught words of greeting in each local language.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was one big "wow" moment! If I have to choose one it would be coming out of the hot, hectic metro and coming face to face with the Coliseum. I didn't like Roman history while forced to study it in school. Seeing this in person made the history real."

Diana

Saint Helens, OR

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Oh my gosh!! Words cannot adequately express. I have never been to Europe so everything was new to me. The days were packed-not a single moment was wasted! I appreciated the information given for each particular place, the informed tours and then the time allotted to explore on your own. And the food!!!! I never would have eaten that well on my own. The hotels were lovely. A bonus which I hadn't anticipated were the friendships made. The tour members are now some of my dearest friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wows, the beauty of David down the long hallway. The birthday dessert arranged by Matt on my birthday. Stepping out of the subway and being greeted by the Colosseum were just a few of the many "wow" moments. But the biggest "wow" moment was when the bus drove into Switzerland and we had a most beautiful awe inspiring view of the Alps. It took my breath away."

Tamarind

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 21 Day Best of Europe Tour was truly amazing! Pace was great; a lot packed into each day, but not frantic. Hotels were small, clean and centrally located. Driving between countries turned out to be very enjoyable, stopping every 1 1/2-2 hours at interesting places or nice rest stops. We felt comfortable and safe wherever we were, and learned how to navigate public transportation in each country. Our tour members and guide (Matt) were the best!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to think of just one moment, since those moments happened on a daily basis. Perhaps standing in front of the Eiffel Tower at 10:00 p.m. on my birthday, right as the tower began twinkling. Or maybe our hike in Switzerland; so incredibly beautiful and amazing. Or maybe it was riding in gondolas (con musica!) through the canals of Venice with all of our wonderful tour members. Truly, every day there were "wow" moments! Too many to list!"

Jon

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 06/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First big Europe tour - life changing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"David - Blew my mind"

Jeanne

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 06/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! There was a nice balance of planned tour activities and free time to explore and shop. Our tour guide set a high bar for any future tours. I appreciated the written agenda that was posted when we arrived at a new location to help prepare the day's activities. The travel, history learned and experiences were priceless. I would highly recommend this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were to many to list"

Shellie

Rohnert Park, CA

Tour: 06/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great journey. We could not have done this on our own! Having never been to Europe, this tour was a perfect taste of many places. I loved the blend of huge cities and small towns, traveling through the countryside and landing in a beautiful village. The tour provided a perfect blend of planned activity and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I would have to say driving through the Swiss Alps. Breathtaking views. The great little end of the road chalet that we stayed at in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The trip up to the Schilthorn and hike along the mountain trail was breathtaking."

Greg

Omaha, NE

Tour: 06/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect. The tour was a fantastic way for a first timer to see a broad area of Europe in a relatively short period of time. The other group members and my family gel well and we had excellent guides. It was edutainment at its' finest; we learned quite a bit and had fun doing it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Bastille Day and the fireworks extravaganza off the Eiffel Tower. Second "wow" was Switzerland, in general. The landscapes (and escape from the oppressive heat of Italy) were breath-taking. Third "wow" was the Biergarten with the Apfelweissen Bier and our two new friend from Munich, Stephan and Hans. ... and seventh was bumping into Natalie Portman at Shakespeare and Company. You should add her to every tour!"

Dana

Clovis, CA

Tour: 06/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Historical, fun, great small group,Riccardo our tour guide made the trip. Would like to have him every time!!! Paul our bus driver, professional, helpful, guy you just like having in the group. Lisa the assistant guide, was professional, fun loving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stechelberg, switzerland. Swiss alps were awsome!"

Paul

Dothan, AL

Tour: 06/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been dreaming about a Rick Steves 21 Day tour for many years and this past year we decided to finally do it. We had very high hopes and expectations. I honestly feared a letdown. Thankfully, all my expectations were exceeded. I had the experience of a lifetime (so far) and could not recommend the tour more highly. Our guide was outstanding. The tour seemed to get better and better every day. We did more, saw more,experienced more, and learned more than we could ever have done on our own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps was beyond breathtaking. It was an extended "WOW" moment we will never forget. We cannot wait to get back there."

Cathi

Omaha, NE

Tour: 06/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I truly enjoyed the tour. When I look back I'm amazed at how much we covered in 21 days. A few suggestions are, we needed less time in Florence and more in Switzerland. Rome, I'd suggest avoiding the Metro at all cost. We were all forced to rush onto the overcrowded train. My daughter was the last and struggled to squeeze on. She nearly didn't make it and that terrified her. On the bus back, I was dry humped. We hated Rome after that. And, it was the one place she wanted to see most. :(

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, Bastille Day, fireworks behind the Eiffel Tower! I know that's not available on every tour. It was the highlight of this one for sure. Otherwise, I'd have to say the Alps! Breathtakingly beautiful. The luge was a blast, too. I would have enjoyed more time in the mountains for activities such as that. The Biergarten in Germany was awesome as well. Chatting with the locals, drinking beer, eating a pretzel, overlooking a gorgeous countryside, doesn't get much better then that!"

Darlene

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip was better than I could have planned. Ragan and Tim were a terrific team navigating us through cities; countries and special tours. I enjoyed the posting every evening of what the next day's itinerary looked liked; loved the info on languages, money, courtesies that we could extend to our hosts. Loved the sense of humor! Really enjoyed the special tour guides in each city and the special care that Regan and Tim took to see that we enjoyed ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special tour guides were particularly "wow". I would say the woman in Rome that spent several hours giving the best history lesson on the history of Rome and how it fits into today's Rome. Her discussion brought the stones and columns alive with the backward view to its history but also how it is juxtaposed to current day Rome trying to move forward in a city where every time you dig to build new you encounter history in your shovel."

April

Enumclaw, WA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides Ragen and Tim were excellent, they were full of information. Told us about every region we went through, and played music for each region. My daughter and I enjoyed everything. In Amsterdam especialy liked the Rijksmuseum, canal ride and rijsttafel dinner. Loved the pancake lunch at Arnhem. Loved Bacharach, St. Goar and boat ride bak up the Rhine. Really liked Rothenburg. Loved Reutte, Ernburg. What was the owners name? Really liked Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castl

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein Castle did it for me. I am a fan of the "Monuments Men", so loved seeing it. Loved Italy even though it was unbelievably hot! Switzerland was cooler. Beaune was great and Paris was the best as usual. We went to Pere Lachasise Cemetery and saw lots of graves we did not see on other trips. Did the Louvre Museum and enjoyed it as usual. As you can see I had to finish "overall tour experience" as my computer quit when I was doing evaluation. Basically I loved everything."

Brian

Midlothian, VA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In today's world, most things are "over-hyped." Prior to the trip, we thought that this tour would be good, but may not live up to the videos, books, and other pre-tour descriptions. Our concerns were un-founded! The tour was every bit the incredible experience that we hoped it would be. The guides, bus driver, local guides, and hotels owners went above-and-beyond in their efforts to make this an awesome experience for us. Looking back at our photos and diary, we are amazed at all we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Co-workers and friends keep asking "what was your favorite place?" I honestly cannot answer that. We enjoyed each place for their own unique qualities, and would return to any of them again, if we ever have the opportunity to do so."

Julie

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was even more wonderful than I expected. We were well taken care of, with the right balance of group time and family time for exploration. Our guide and apprentice were fabulous, and the guides at the specific site were phenomenal. We were given all the information we needed to be successful travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two......walking out of the Rome metro and seeing the Coliseum, and the mountain hike in Switzerland (the glaciers and wildflowers were special). The Night Watchman in Rothenburg was another highlight."

Andrea

Midlothian, VA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I originally included my rating with my husband's survey. As the months pass and sweet memories get even sweeter, I want to send in my own survey to reiterate just how amazing our trip was. I could have never planned and executed a trip with such precision, fitting so much in to each day, lining up just the right combination of activities, and creating seamless travel connections. Our guides, Ragen and Tim, and the local guides who met us along the way enhanced the trip immeasurably.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow!" moment on the tour was walking the Alpine trail above the Lauderbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. I have never had the opportunity to walk through an Alpine meadow with awe-inspiring glacier and snow covered peaks towering above and gentle green hillsides and valleys stretching below. It was peaceful for the mind and good exercise for the body. A continuous display of Alpine flowers lined the trail, each with its precious and distinct beauty."

Rasnaam

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing experience that was superbly well-rounded, in the way that it taught so much about art, history, culture, and more all at the same time! We actually took time to delve into the culture of the countries we visited, which is something I really appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see Michelangelo's David in Florence, but seeing the Neuschwanstein is a extremely close second."

Kenneth

Pocatello, ID

Tour: 06/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, our tour was fantastic! As new travelers, this tour was a perfectly positive introduction to Europe. Our tour guide, Colleen, showed us all of the "ins and outs" for successful traveling. We felt that this trip gave us the confidence (and eagerness) to travel to Europe again, in the near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling to the top of the Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps was a highlight for both of us. We were awed by sheer magnitude and beauty of the mountains! We were equally "wowed" by the twinkle lights of the Eifel Tower in the evening.It was spectacular. I loved Rothenburg! The wall was very cool and the tour with the Nightwatchman was very entertaining!We really enjoyed it. THe history of Rothenburg was fascinating. We also loved Franscesca's tour in Rome. That was definitely a highlight!"

Janet

Aromas, CA

Tour: 06/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful to learn about the history of each city and country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many! Each stop is a new adventure: the history, the castles, the antiquity!"

Hugo

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 06/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 13th Rick Steve's tour. This time is I was accompanied by my 17 year old grandson. For Zachary it was a great learning experience and he is very enthusiastic about the tour. The crowds were bigger than ever especially at the Vatican making it an ordeal. Like Rick I prefer the villages.

Ying

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 06/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned a lot of European history along with our sight seeing and it improved our understanding of the places we visited. We really enjoyed the small group setting so we can know each other better. This is the first tour that I actually learned of everyone in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was impressed with all the churches with their elaborate paintings, sculptures and stained glass windows. Also I was astonished by Richard's good driving skills in which he was able to get us out of the Cinque Terra roads even with a bus behind us a a couple cars in front of us."

Gurpreet

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took this fantastic tour of Europe with my 16 year old daughter and loved every day of it!! Our tour guide, Colleen, taught us well how to navigate local transit system, how to find good restaurants and how to fill our downtime with quality sightseeing. The tour was like Europe 101 for us - we came back with an impressive amount of knowledge of European culture, cuisine, and art history. We arrived in Europe feeling a bit intimidated but left it feeling content and confident!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing works of Monet and Degas at Musee d'Orsay as well as seeing Neuschwanstein castle from Queen Mary's bridge. I have taught art literacy in my daughters' elementary school for many years and seen famous works by my favorite impressionist artists only on small laminated sheets. Standing before life size works was such a treat that my heart skipped a beat many times that day! View of Neuschwanstein castle from Queen Mary's bridge is an awesome combination of majestic nature and architecture!"

Michael

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations and those expectations were very high to begin with. Dimitri was an excellent guide, Dirk was also an excellent driver. Together they contributed great to the success of the tour. In addition to a vacation I feel we also got an education from Dimitiri and the local guides. The all provided perspectives that would have been missed if we did the tour on our own. I was worried about the bus time but it was perfect for recharging for this very active tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to narrow down, there were wow moments daily. Having to narrow it down I would say the gonola ride with the singer and musician aboard will remain a lasting memory. Secondly, the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps. Followed by the daily wonders of walking around Paris, Rome, Florence, getting lost in Venice, the medieval cities of Baccarach and Rothenburg, serene moments along the Rhine and finally the commraderie of the group, the guidance of Dimitri, and the driving of Dirk."

John

The Villages, FL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience. Eventhough we had taken four previous RS tours, this was wonderful. We chose this one to introduce our granddaughter to European travel. The small group size is always a distinct advantage. Everyone was very friendly and interested in the overall experience. The itinerary has wonderful variation, among structured tours, free time, large cities and small towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I been to the Lauterbrunnen Valley previously with the RS Germany, Austria, Switzerland tour, I loved the walk at 7000ft on the east side from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidig. The scenery is magnificent"

Philip

Chatsworth, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! I can't begin to describe how awesome each city was to visit. Our tour guide, Dimi, was AMAZING in so many ways. His knowledge and his way with people were outstanding. HE IS WORTH GOLD (PLATINUM, 10 STARS) and made our trip so enjoyable. Dimi handled the unexpected so easily and smoothly and it was such a pleasure seeing him in action. He has the ability to turn a potentially bad thing into something good or at least neutral.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My fav was hiking in the Swiss Alps. Sharon really liked the gondola ride in Venice with the singers."

Jane

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with a blend of structured learning and sightseeing AND flexible time to explore areas independently or shop or relax. Great organization of our time and activity level, with comfortable amount of time traveling from one location to another. Our group happened to accommodate three generations of travelers and Dimitri handled it easily and extremely well. I appreciated the choice of hotels!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed the informative local tours: the art museum tour in Florence, the city tour of Bacharach and the nearby castle, and the Openluchtmuseum (Open Air, outdoor)."

Frank

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought that Demitri was the factor that made the greatest difference in why this trip was so outstanding. He was upbeat, astute, and able to manage all the people while staying positive and informative. Generally, the logistics flowed well, and the trip exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was Switzerland and the surreal majesty of hiking amidst the beautiful mountains."

Leslie Ann

American Canyon, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My two teenaged daughters and I enjoyed our first trip to Europe! The tour was a good mix of large cities and small towns, and the right amount of group activity and free time. The hotels were conveniently located near attractions, and the local food was tasty. The local guides were amazing, especially Francesca, who brought Ancient Rome back to life for me. We had an excellent tour guide (Dimitri) and a great group of people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breathtaking views of Switzerland! -- the drive to Lauterbrunnen Valley, the trip up the Schilthorn, hiking the Alps, seeing the waterfalls, even the cows with the bells! Night-time gondola ride in Venice – a quiet and peaceful ride (after the daytime crowds have left Venice)"

Sharon

Chatsworth, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the trip was great. The bus was comfortable, the driver was great and stopping every 2 hours was very helpful. Dimitri the guide was excellent. The cities chosen gave us a good taste of European culture. The hotels were comfortable and there was plenty of planned tours each day. The group size was manageable on most occasions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were in Venice on 6-21-15 we took the optional gondola ride at night. It was our wedding anniversary so the guide let us sit in the gondola with the music and singer. That was very special."

Michelle

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have always traveled independently in the past, I have always been the family travel planner, so I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about giving up "my turf"... To summarize, I was pleased with how much was packed into a day. I had been concerned that being in a group would slow us down, but no... we were busy all day and any gaps along the way we filled up on our own. Often times we found that what we thought would be "free time" was planned out by our guide (optional of course).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably,doing the Gondola ride in Venice with the group as a whole. Honestly, doing a Gondola ride was not something we probably would have done on our own, BUT it was a highlight..in the dark canals at night, very quiet..you heard only the paddle in the water.. then all the groups Gondola met in the Grand Canal while a local singer serenaded us in the moonlight..WOW! There were many more but that was the one that stands out. Oh and Germany! What a beautiful country!Friendly!Didn't expect that!"

Susan

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much! After reading your tour materials I thought I was prepared.I could walk a lot and carry my carefully packed, lightweight luggage easily. However the cumulative effect of going hard day after day from 6 am to 10 pm began to wear me down. I would have liked to have seen a time schedule of the tour days to realize the endurance factor. I feel I did get a survey experience of Europe. I asked my daughter if her world was bigger now, and she agreed heartily.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the upper floor of Sainte-Chapelle with the late afternoon sun streaming through the stained glass windows took my breath away. Before this tour, I had never heard of this site. What a gem!"

William

Lino Lakes, MN

Tour: 06/09/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great 'sampler' of Europe. Really glad we went; tons of memories. Picnic by Ludwig's castle was a mess; eating paper wrapped sandwiches in the rain with no shelter was miserable. Many times I am sure my mouth was open in awe as we entered walled cities, Roman sites, grand palaces, etc. Still using journal and photos and Itinerary to sort it all out. Stimulation overload but in a good way. Getting lost in Swiss Alps (our fault) for a while was scary but exciting. A Happy Traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our two hour lunch break in Massa Marattima. Very few other tourists, no selfie sticks, a sense that this was a real town where real people lived. Beautiful, quiet streets. Fresh air. Able to sit at an outside table without being jostled and enjoy a few (too many) glasses of wine. This stop convinced me that I want to return to Italy. Glad I saw Rome, Venice and Florence, but once was enough."

Susan

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 06/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My two children and I thoroughly enjoyed your 21 day tour of Europe. Having two days at most hotels worked well and the hotels all had a unique character and were within walking distance of major attractions. The group itself was very cohesive and thanks to Jesse, we all knew where we needed to be at what time. The combination of scheduled group tours and free time was also appreciated. It allowed for us to explore places on our list also. Jesse did a great job of recommending places too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Lauterbrunnen Valley was thoroughly unexpected and spectacular. Staying at the inn at the end of the valley was also a unique experience. It was so serene, unspoiled and quiet."

Sandra

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There wasn't anything I didn't absolutely love! Jesse (tour guide)was fabulous! Ben (bus driver)was awesome! I have referred this tour to literally a 100 people since returning home! Thank you-

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! I wasn't expecting to love Germany as much as I did either!"

Helen

Westminster, CO

Tour: 06/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an awesome introduction to Europe. Every day was packed full of a wide variety of experiences. It was an exhausting itinerary with many miles of walking (which was promised), but I loved every bit of it and would not skip a thing, except for our guide, Jesse's incessant talking on the bus--please give us the first hour or two to take a nap, update our journals, etc. I am currently planning my next trip with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In 21 days, there were many "wow" moments, like staying up till 11:00 PM to see the Eiffel Tower flash it's lights, seeing Michelangelo's David with marble flesh that looks alive, standing in Rome's massive Colosseum, and being surrounded by those breathtaking Alps."

Karen

East Helena, MT

Tour: 06/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had never been to Europe, but we have had big dreams for years. Every destination was fantastic. Looking back we were so happy we chose a trip where almost all of the details were planned for us. All we had to do was show up on time, eat, drink, and be merry.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Geez, I don't think there was a specific favorite for me. There were surprises along the way that sparked new interests for me. I loved seeing all the icons and learning the history behind them. Now days I start a lot of sentences with, "In Europe they...." One thing I was struck by was the people out after their days work, sitting in groups, drinking wine, and just enjoying themselves."

David

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This 21 day tour put us in the middle of cities we were visiting which is excellent. Having museum and other tours preplanned really helped in not having to wait in lines except at the Ann Frank Museum in Amsterdam. The audio head phones are an excellent tool we used throughout the tour. Museum tours are excellent with museum specific tour guides. Very sad the Louvre tour guides who speak English will no longer be giving Rick Steve tours. They are a great asset to getting through Louvre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley with the water falls and sheer cliffs on both sides of the valley. The bus being able to drive up the pass on way from Italy to Switzerland."

Paige

Gaffney, SC

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved all of it! Had been 11 years since the last time I was in Europe and I'd been wanting to go back for a long time. Got to see so much and meet some fantastic people...both in the travel group and locals at our stops. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable w/ current facts & history about each place, often giving a little history & culture lesson before arriving in each place to give us background info & a better appreciation & understanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments. For foodies, every group dinner, whether in our hotel or local restaurant, was fantastic. The museums and churches were amazing! One of our local tours in Bacharach, Germany with a local, Herr Jung, was very poignant and made you want to be a better person when he told of his life and personal experience as a boy there during WW2. I wouldn't have traded my experiences on this trip for anything..."

Carol

Gold Canyon, AZ

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and it did not disappoint. We traveled with a great group of travelers and our guide was very knowledgeable. It was truly an experience and trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments.........but I believe for me it was Switzerland.......the Alps are awe inspiring. They leave you breathless. Also for me personally our tour guide for Bacharach, Herr Jung, shared many of his personnel experiences from World War II. My father is still alive and a World War II vet......the letters he wrote home of his time in Germany were brought very close to home.....it was emotional experience."

Ruth

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour overall, despite my early departure! Margaret was super nice and real! She went out of her way to instill some common sense in my darkest and confused moment! Just want to thank all of your staff, especially Deanna, who hooked me up with Travel Guard going home!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I only got to go to three of the featured destinations, I picked the Bacharach region! So much history and magnificent medieval buildings and awe inspiring views! I'd like to go back there with my family and show this spectacular place!"

Delores

Melbourne, FL

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Margaret was an excellent guide, always willing to help and listen to our questions. The tour itself was a dream come true for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "WOW" moments: 1. Experiencing the emotions when walking through the Anne Frank house. 2. Processing all the beauty of each region and the depth of its history. 3. As a Catholic, walking through the Vatican was an experience that will stay with me forever. 4. Driving by the marble quarry where Michelangelo chose the marble pieces for his sculptures. Shall I go on?????"

Mike

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 05/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really got a feel for almost every major city in western Europe. Prior to the trip I was apprehensive about planning a self guided trip even using the Rick Steve's guide books. I now feel confident that I can handle any city and metro we encounter. The word of the trip as stated in our pretrip advisory was to stay Flexible. Amen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the first impressions of every new venue were wow moments. At every new location my wife and I had to say to each other "we are at the ...". The biggest wow moment for me was a spur of the moment and uninhibited dancing the Tango to Ballero in St. Marcos Piazza, Venice with my wife to one of the bands that play in front of the restaurants. It was just magic."

Paul

Sycamore, IL

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw everything we wanted to see, and then some. The tour was well-organized, and the number of participants was just right. The tour guide was well-prepared and efficient, and the bus driver was an expert and also very engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland, standing outside the hotel and looking up at a thousand-foot-tall cliff, thinking how impressive that was, only to watch the swirling clouds suddenly open up and reveal thousands of feet more of the mountain beyond, covered with snow and even a glacier. Wow!"

Rita

Sycamore, IL

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we traveled were awe inspiring.I would say we stayed about the right amount of time in each location. Sometimes,I thought it would have been nice to have at least half a day longer to experience some things on our own, without the structure of a guided tour.I was not so enamored of the guided tour of some museums.It may have been the headsets that put me off as I couldn't hear in the Louvre at all and had to turn mine off. Also, I had that same problem in the Rijks Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My 3 favorite wow moments were seeing the statue of David. I was so impressed with that sculpture, I couldn't believe how stunning it was to see in person. Secondly, I was blown away by the Swiss Alps. Lastly, I was in awe of our bus driver, Richard, who took us into that traffic circle by the Arc de Triumph with such skill. Everyone on the bus cheered as he exited this roundabout. It was a real rush to experience that."

Will

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was great. This is the best way to tour Europe in 21 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say my wow moment was when we had the scenic view of the town and ruins in Bacharach, Germany."

William

Indian Land, SC

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I expected Europe through the back door. Instead we had Europe through the front door at a very fast pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coliseum."

Carole

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was fantastic but exhausting! I feel I saw and experienced many of the things I had learned only in history books when in high school. Medievel times came to life while walking over cobblestones in roads built in the 14th and 15th centuries and seeing a whole room filled with armor worn by warriors in those days. Seeing the original Mona Lisa and a statue of Venus in the same morning was incredible! Being at the top of the Eiffel Tower when it sparkled was exciting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking outside to look way up to see the Swiss Alps after dinner the first day made me cry with delight they were so beautiful! Actually going to Paris after wanting to for so long made seeing the Eiffel Tower a surreal experience."

Bill

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was great. The tour members were nice and proved to be good travelling companions. Our guide, Jennifer, did an great job. Our coach driver, Richard, was great. His personality and professionalism improved the trip in meaningful ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my college-aged kids listen to Herr Jung take us on a tour of his home town and realizing how lucky we were to get to spend some time with him."

Harry

West Richland, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent Europe "sampler" tour. It had a bit of everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the size of Roman Colosseum up close was very impacting. However, I liked observing the bicycle lifestyle in Haarlem; how trim the locals all looked, how they carted their children around on bikes, and how contented they all seemed."

Linda

Charlevoix, MI

Tour: 05/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the [INVALID]ion of sites. The tour gave us a slice of life at each destination that was more authentic and educational than would have been possible with a large group. There was a good balance of city/country experience and a good mix of culture/scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "Wows" to pick just one. I was simply in awe of the size of St. Peter's in Rome. The exhilaration of being on top of the world at the Schilthorn was another. Walking atop San Marco at the level of the horses in Venice was another."

James

Fox Island, WA

Tour: 05/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had lots of fun. There was much value added from going on the tour, getting in to museums quickly and with knowledgable guides, arrangements for travel and meals, learning to navigate the cities and transportation systems. Without these I know I would lost in Europe and would have wasted hours in lines. There were some remarkable highlights such as the piano player in Bacharrach, the Fillipino singers in the Vatican, the luge ride in Austria, the gondola ride, the friends made, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The multiple modes of transportation. Gondola, trains, subways, river boat, canal cruises, luge, bus, taxi and a few that I have forgotten"

Kathleen

Heyburn, ID

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations. It was so well-organized and packed with great experiences and information. I could not have possibly planned such a trip on my own without first spending hours and hours in preparation - and even then I couldn't have planned anything so comprehensive. It was reassuring to know that everything was arranged. Riding on the comfortable bus to each new destination, with Ben's great driving, helped make the tour relaxing and stress-free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me one of the biggest "wow" moments was our side trip to Orvieto, on the way to Cinque Terre from Rome. It was such an unexpected surprise because the itinerary only described it as a "refreshing stop at one of Italy's enchanting hill towns." Orvieto truly was enchanting and a place that I would love to return to for more exploring. Riding the funicular to the old-town hilltop, and then walking through the town and coming upon the amazing cathedral was definitely a "wow" experience."

Crystal

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although 21 days is a long time, I felt as though this tour was the perfect tour to allow us to see all the "big" sights in the cities that we visited. I absolutely loved having time in each city to ourselves, yet still having our guide to help us plan what we could actually fit into our free time. The next time we visit Europe, we will be able to do a more specific itinerary without missing out on certain sights, because we feel like we have a good little taste of each country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Switzerland was filled with pinch me moments--we kept saying that the scene around us couldn't be real. Another wow moment was seeing St. Peter's Basilica and the beauty of it."

Richard

Mission, BC

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Daniela was simply outstanding. Mother duck constantly herding her ducklings. She provided insight, passion, and context for a group of travelers largely unfamiliar with Europe. She made every effort to add extra value to every stop along the way. Her range of connections and contacts in the various cities is quite amazing and certainly added to our collective experience. Our bus driver Ben was also first rate. A consummate professional who made our travels worry free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman Coliseum was more impressive than I imagined."

Shirley

Huntington, TX

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fabulous time on this trip!! Everything was very well organized, planned out. I felt very well informed about everything that was going on and knew what to expect at each stop we made. Our group size was just the right size that made travel easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to pinpoint because everyday was unique and everyday got even better as we traveled. The views were spectacular and all the different people we met were amazing!"

Russell

Heyburn, ID

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I never could have imaged how great this tour would have been. From start to finish was it was educational, visual, enjoyable and a wonderful bonding experience. The tour touched history, art, architecture, food and drink, people (some with personal stories), nature, transportation, and everyday life. Some how this was all put together in the tour and everybody loved it. The individual guides at the museums were very informative. I have enjoyed retelling the stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wonderful guide, Daniela, was the "wow" moment. You might have others as good, but I can image non better."

Steven

Woods Cross, UT

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding does not do justice for my overall experience... My experience was an "Life Changing Experience" the tour changed my life in many ways. When (not "if") I go on another trip; I will only use Rick Steves Tours. The tour exceeded any and all of my expectations on the Best of Europe tour. Thanks for an amazing time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every minute of the Best of Europe tour was a wow moment... but if I had to single out one wow moment. It would be Switzerland; the alps, Schilthorn, and Lauterbrunnen was breathtaking! A close second was celebrating my wife's 50th birthday in Venice/Gondola ride and dinner along the canal. If anyone is thinking of going on a tour; The Rick Steves Tour is the only one to take!!! It is a wow moment."

Stephen

South Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific time. Loved the places, the people on the tour and, of course, Daniela.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the awesomeness of Switzerland. Enjoyed the Rothenberg night watch tour's humor and history combined."

Connie

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trying to tell friends and family about my experience in a quick, concise summary is almost impossible. This was a trip of a lifetime for me. Everything from the history lessons, intimate tours, food, accomodations, sights and personal moments were perfect! My guide Daniela helped pull this all together in a fun yet professional manner. Our group was fabulous. I want to send my thanks and appreciation to all involved.

Bobbie

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have travelled extensively as independent travelers. This was, however, our first trip to Europe. We are so glad we joined this tour. We had a marvelous experience and all of the logistics worked perfectly. While I have planned many international trips, it would have been impossible for us to have covered as much, as smoothly, as we did on this tour. Best yet, we had our fantastic guide, Daniela, who really made the trip for us. She is amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count. Seeing The David, Winged Victory, Venice and the Eiffel Tower for the first time are right up there. Taking the gondola up to the Schilthorn in the Alps, and eating lunch in the sunshine of the tiny village below was amazing. On the other hand, the "self cleaning toilets" in the rest stops along the German Autobahn provided the ladies with some real "Wow!" moments!"

Susan

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely Fabulous!!! I had never been to Europe, this tour exceeded my expectations!! I have given an honest rave review to all that ask about my trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"People ask me this and I still can't decide. Everyday was "Wow" moment for me."

Pamela

Lawrenceville, GA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Liked the fact that we had scheduled tours (especially of the "must sees") but also time on our own. The bus was comfortable and our bus driver,Ben, was great!! It was a great way to cover a large area and hit the high points in a short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"VENICE"

John

Ledyard, CT

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour, and my first trip to Euope. My wife had lived in Holland for a year and a half when she was a teenager. We both felt that an immersion type tour would be best for us, and we were looking for a moderately high level of activity. We wanted the logisitcs to be worked out by experts, and we hoped to gain some skills and experience so that we might return on our own some day. The tour met all of our expectations - other than the hotel room in Rome, it was close to perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: the illumination of St Mark's Basicila in Venice, David at the Uffizi in Florence, the north face of the Eiger from Kleine Scheidegg, St Chappelle, and the Rembrandt room at the Louvre. Both the Rijksmuseum and the Vatican Museum were too crowded and loud to generate any "wow" moments, unfortunately - I understand that it's part of the game these days."

Carol

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour fulfilled its promise of being "the best of Europe in 21 days." We saw places we had only read about, or seen on Rick Steves PBS programs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were different "wow" moments. The Swiss Alps were the most beautiful part of the tour."

William

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Clark

Harrison, AR

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was exactly what we were looking for[INVALID]a good combination of things taken care of for us (no worries about hotel reservations, some meals provided) vs. things left for us to figure out on our own. We booked this tour because we wanted to learn how to be as comfortable traveling on our own in Europe as we are in the U.S. and Canada. We're probably not 100% to that goal, but we came as close as any one tour could do[INVALID]maybe we need another Rick Steves Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There honestly is no single "wow" moment--the entire trip was wonderful."

Nancy

Harrison, AR

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was all wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a simple thing but in Holland, there are markers on the ground of the people that were removed from their homes and sent to prison camps during WWII. On the street we were on there were seven people that were taken."

Rachel

Bossier City, LA

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was absolutely phenomenal. I can't even put into words the expectations that the tour exceeded. I had the absolute time of my life and my tour mates were so enjoyable. Our tour guide, Reid, was great. He was so enjoyable, bright, and loved to have a great time with us. He knew valuable and helpful information everywhere we went. I would go on another Rick Steves' trip as soon as possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my whole tour was "wow" moments. My favorite "wow" moment was taking the hike from Monterroso to Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. I had never done anything like that in my life. It was absolutely breathtaking, and it wasn't even a bright, sunny day out. My second favorite "wow" moment was taking a helicopter ride through the Swiss Alps. On that 15 minute ride, I was absolutely speechless with the biggest grin on my face. I was absolutely amazed."

Robert

Bossier City, LA

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best 3 weeks of my life. My sister and I, both still in college decided on a Rick Steve's tour to try and see a lot of beautiful art, architecture, sights, as well as make new friends and sample different cuisines and cultures. Everyday was a great day on the tour. They set it up perfect with good mixtures of group time and activities as well as free time. We skipped all of the major lines in every huge attraction that we visited, and got GREAT recommendations from our guide, Reid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at 10,000 feet at the Piz Gloria on the schilthorn in Switzerland. What a beautiful place, I've never seen anything like it. And we couldn't have had better weather! Best day on the tour! But basically every day and tidbit of information was a "wow" moment on this tour. Outstanding!"

James L

Centralia, WA

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the overall experience was very good. I am very glad I went and the Rick Steve's tour was a great way to see it. I liked Reed. He was a good tour director. I liked the bus & driver. There was plenty of space and Jon was a good driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland."

Linda

Centralia, WA

Tour: 05/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. I have traveled extensively on my own and this was the first organized tour I have been on so I was not sure how much I would enjoy it, but I did. We had a wonderful group experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, for sure."

Judy

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the experience was very good. I would have rated it outstanding, but at times it felt too rushed and too much jammed in whereby it became overloaded and members seemed to shut down. I know the tour wanted to hit all the tourist highlights but I think some items could have been eliminated or could have been switched - (canal cruise - really nothing but dirty canals, also switching the Rijksmuseum to the first part of day and Ann Frank's towards end I think would have been more enjoyable).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a conversation with a German Grandmother and Grandson at Dachau concentration camp cafeteria. She had asked where my buddy and I were from in perfect English, her grandson wanted to know where we were from since I spoke so fast and he could not understand me. We had a lovely conversation. Also enjoyed speaking with the young woman who was a guard at the Rijksmuseum. The moment that really wowed me for sites was the Colosseum and Francesca's tour. Favorite site overall!!"

Valerie

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was fun. We had a great group of people and Martin, our tour leader, was excellent, caring and knowledgeable. I enjoyed all of the walking and the bus was very comfy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was seeing the waterfalls inside the cave in Switzerland. I have been to many countries and have never seen anything like that! Beautiful."

Patrick

Kissimmee, FL

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip was a bit overwhelming at times. We saw so much, experienced something new every moment. Our group was always on the move together as one big group, fractions of the total group or couples. Our guide Martin offered some directions, suggestions for us as a group and individually. Rest time was welcome because several of us caught something that slowed us down. Sleeping at the sea side resorts in Italy gave me time to recover and regain strength for our Swiss visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting Herr Jung in Baccarach. He was just as amazing in person as on the RS TV show. He was as genuine and warm a person as one could hope for and he added a bit of humor and music. He took us to a shop where a local played piano for us while our group hung on every note he played. Francesco in Rome was as passionate as always about her city. I shocked her when I walked up to her and hugged her as if I we had met before. Yodi in Haarlem was amazing. Hard worker and fun personality."

Duncan

Auckland,

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. It was very enjoyable. Joining a tour group minimizes the amount of planning and organizing, which is perfect for a lazy traveller like myself. Also, using the group entrance for some of the busy locations saves a lot of time waiting in line. I made some friends. It is like an extended family. The members of our group got along well and we had excellent dynamics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum was truly breath-taking."

Gregory

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. We really saw a lot of historical sites, famous museums/art, and beautiful country sides. My tour expectations were high and every stop managed to come up with something to exceed them. This was especially true in the non-big name cities such as Bacharach, Rothenburg, Reutte, Cinque Terre, and Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was filled with wonderful memories, but two stand out. Setting my eyes on the Colosseum and seeing how majestic it is and the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Margaret

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the most wonderful tour imagineable! I loved the the whole experience; the museums, the scenery, the size of the group, the tour guide, all of it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many 'wow' moments on our trip it is nearly impossible to pick just one. Neverthess, two highlight were St Marks Basilica in Venice and the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. The history, mosaics and horses of St Mark's were amazing! The Lauterbrunnen Valley in the Swiss Alps was so beautiful with all the waterfalls, milk cows, tall mountains amd snow (as viewed from the web cam at the top)."

Irvine

St Michaels, MD

Tour: 05/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband Irv and I celebrated our 50 Wedding Anniversary by going on this Rick Steves Best of Europe Tour in 21 Days. Our trip which started in Amsterdam on May 5 and ended in Paris on May 25 was a dream trip for us. Everything that was promised was delivered. Our tour guide Jesse was top-knotch. His genuine enthusiasm was heartfelt and made our experience go beyond anything we had anticipated. The incredible variety of experiences we had was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "WOWS"! Our walking tour of Amsterdam, the Keukenhof Gardens, beautiful Rhine Valley and Bacharach, medieval Rothenburg, the spectacular Bavarian Alps (and castles) and Austria's Tirol. Add then there's Italy! Getting to walk the streets of Venice, Florence, and Rome with enthusaistic and knowledgeable guides emmersed in history and art! Cinque Terre- a jewel of a place. Our snowy hike in the Swiss Alps with Jesse- frozen in our memories! And Paris- a perfect ending of a perfect trip!"

Gloria

Waco, TX

Tour: 05/05/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My experience was different than most, due to a recently diagnosed spinal condition. I had already committed to go, and didn't want to disappoint my sister by cancelling. Also, it was past the cancellation date, and I couldn't afford to lose the entire price of the tour I had already paid. I did my best to keep up with the group. Jesse was very helpful. I opted out of several activities that I knew I couldn't do. I made some wonderful friends and saw some beautiful scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, without a doubt! As we drove into the Lauterbrunnen Valley, it was breathtaking! We awoke to snow the next morning. That just added to the magical beauty of God's creation."

Beverlee

Vashon, WA

Tour: 05/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If I had a chance to do this tour again exactly like it was...I would go in a heartbeat! Our wonderful tour guide, Jesse, the great group of people, the things we saw, all we learned, the places we visited...exceeded expectations! We came home on a "high" and are eager to tell everyone we meet about our wonderful Rick Steves Tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking to snow in the Lauterbrunnan Valley of Switzerland would have to be the most magical "Wow" moment....plus...., plus...., plus.... and then there was........! I loved it all. My heart is still full with the memories. "

Shirley

Loveland, CO

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour, Europe in 21 Days was totally awesome! This was our first trip to Europe so my husband I picked the Rick Steve's tour because of friends that had gone on a 14-day tour to Italy and had raved about their experience. Every detail was taken care of for us; hotels, meals, tours, etc. Exceptional in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour! Everything was a "wow" for us. Never have been to Europe and the whole tour wowed us!"

Patricia

Bristol, IN

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the trip was a great experience and we got a taste of a lot of different places, giving us a sense of where we would like to visit again in more depth. The itinerary covered more sites than we would ever be able to do on our own in this amount of time. Additionally, it's fun to meet the other members of the group and share the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Keukenhof tulip gardens in the Netherlands, which isn't even a part of the normal itinerary for this trip. We were fortunate in our timing in that the tulips were at their peak, so the gardens were substituted for the planned visit to Arnhem's open-air museum. My second "wow" moment was everything about the Swiss Alps. Also, Ehrenberg ruins, which is not on the itinerary but should be. An additional "wow" moment was the luge ride. Great fun!"

Imants

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A bit grueling, but I understand it had to be in order to see as much as we did. Also, I was not feeling well, so that didn't help. But I hung in there and am glad I was able to. We didn't have to spend so much time hearing about how tolerant the Dutch are of homosexuals, drugs and prostitution....we hear enough of that in the States.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum in Rome knocked my brain for a loop. Imagining how they built it and how it has survived all this time. Of course all the other marvelous structures along the way were unbelievable!"

Barbara

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Taxing, but rewarding. We were well cared for during the whole tour by our guide, Dimitri Rigas & our driver Richard....a well matched team! If we did this on our own we thought a minimum of 3 nights in a location would be better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough one...either the walk to and around the lake on our way to "The Castles" or The Baptistery in Florence or taking in the overall picture of the Forum with Francesca's visual guidance."

Joe

The Villages, FL

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Professional guide, driver and we'll run operation. A lot of walking and in mean a lot. I average 10,400 steps every day, wither three days nearing 30,000. Way more than I expected. I had something to do every day and most days were full ticket days. The one down day in Italy, I payed on the beach and recuperated. I would highly recommend this tour as long as you can keep up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local guide at the Coliseum, in Rome. Her passion for the story was infectious. I loved her explanation of how people seeing a lion, having never seen or heard of a lion, would be like us seeing a character from Star Wars, come to life!"

Julie

The Villages, FL

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was substantially greater than anticipated! I thoroughly enjoyed all the little surprises Dimitri, our tour guide, sprung upon us on an almost daily basis. From regional food specialties to unexpected optional activities, Dimitri kept our group wondering what our tour "dad" was going to come up with next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though I knew Raphael's "School of Athens" fresco was inside the Vatican Museums, I felt overwhelmed as I rounded the corner and turned around to see it staring me in the face. So much larger in person, my eyes began to water with amazement as I stopped to take in the moment. This was my number one piece of art I wanted to see since learning about it in art history class during college."

Tom

Independence, OR

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were first time tour participants and this was our first time to Europe. I really appreciated the fact that we didn't have to deal with the details of travel, lodging, and itinerary. This allowed us to focus on the sights and enjoy the expertise of our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is tough because there were so many.... I believe Francisca's description of the Roman Forums had to be the top, she just had the best style for bringing the civilization to life...."

Barb

Independence, OR

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being newbies to Europe, this was the perfect way to experience a bit of everything. Our guide Dimitri was knowledgeable, personable, very helpful, and fun! Our bus driver Richard was extremely capable, and added to the experience. Leaving the planning, logistics, transportation to you; we were able to just enjoy and soak in the experience. Having the tickets ahead of time and not having to stand in line forever was also a big plus! Met some great people and we are ready to go again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night in Paris, we gathered in the park below the Effiel Tower to recap the journey; highlights, funny stories, etc. and champagne! Lots of last photos; hugs, and tears. And then the tower started twinkling... what a way to end the tour!"

Rob

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Experiencing some of Europe's great sights with a wonderful group of like minded travelers was simply wonderful. Each day brought a heaping plateful of new sights, sound , smells and tastes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest wow moment for me was entering St. Peters Basilica. There was something amazing anywhere you could look, and the sheer size was overwhelming. A close second was the gondola ride in Venice. That made me feel like I was really in a different world."

Buckner

La Mirada, CA

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very nice. Great tour guide and driver

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Patrick

Driftwood, TX

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I especially appreciated not having to worry about the logistics of anything[INVALID]scheduling, getting tickets, making reservation, etc. Also, the screening that goes into assembling the tour groups is very wise. You do indeed have to do a lot of hiking and hauling luggage up four flights of narrow winding staircases. There are inevitable moments of frustration in which the temptation toward grumpiness could bubble to the surface unless clear messages suppressing it are broadcast in advance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the vistas in Switzerland are jaw droppingly beautiful. Your bus comes around a bend and BANG--the valley, the sky, the mountains, the streams, the waterfalls, the charming little town below hit you ten times harder than the best Disney artist could render them."

Mark

Sault Ste Marie, ON

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had the time of our lives. Seeing in person some of the art, cities, towns, and landscapes we've read and heard about for so many years was a once in a lifetime experience. We would do it again without hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colloseum!"

Christine

Sault Ste Marie, ON

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 21 day tour covered many places and sights in Europe that we had always wanted to explore. The things I liked about the tour were...well informed, approachable and always upbeat Dimitri our tour guide, excellent food, nice but now elaborate accomodation, skipping wait line at major tourist venues, free time to explore at our own pace, a group of people to travel with that were like minded and definitely not grumpy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite wow moment, though it ranks up there with about a dozen others was hiking in the alps and reaching Gimmewald and seeing an elderly farm couple eating their breakfast of bread jam and coffee at a rickety old table in front of the barn in the morning drizzle...it doesn't get much more back door than that."

Suzanne

Columbia Falls, MT

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this tour! Each new day brought amazing sights and fun adventures! We really enjoyed everyone in our tour group! Our tour guide Dimitri and bus driver Richard were amazing! We have so many golden memories from our tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments, but if I had to pick my favorite, I would have to say it was Keukenhof Gardens. Words and even photos just can't do it justice! We walked around seeing one amazing sight after another the entire visit. Love that place!"

Karen

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I loved seeing the many locations and different countries we toured during our 21-day journey. It was the trip of a lifetime; however, it was also strenuous . We would do it again in a heartbeat, and that says a lot for two individuals who are over 65. Our only criticism of the tour would be concerning our first room in Haarlem. The carpeting was unspeakably filthy, stained, and discolored--definitely not up to Rick Steves' standards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment was the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands. The flowers were in full bloom[INVALID]tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, and more. The exhibition in the Juliana Pavilion was spectacular. The time we spent in the gardens was unique, spectacular, and unforgettable. We would love to see it again."

Lori

Columbia Falls, MT

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Europe is an amazing place! Rick Steves and his company helped me to discover Europe in a way where I felt well cared for and safe. I truly believe that accomplishing the 21 Day trip through Europe would have been impossible if we had not decided to go through Rick Steves. The destinations are wonderful. Each has its own special treasure. I enjoyed every destination and was happy to share that experience with my family and my new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This trip was filled with many "wow" moments, however I think that my favorite "wow" moment was the first time that I saw Neuschwanstein from the window of our tour bus. I had anticipated that sight for so long and was shocked to see the castle sitting right there up on the hill. It was magic. Another "wow" moment was pulling through the woods and catching our first glimpse of the Wieskirche gleaming in the sunlight, set within a field of green. The inside of the church was "WOW" as well!"

John

Loveland, CO

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe so we wanted to get the most out of our experience that we could. Rick Steves accomplished that and more. The tour guide was excellent, the bus driver was super. Hotel accomdations were great as well as the group meals. Just enough time on your own to get a break from the tour regiment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The breathtaking beauty of Switzerland"

Ron

Columbia, SC

Tour: 04/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a recap of places we had visited before, but getting it all covered again in 21 days was a wonderful experience and just enough time at each place to see anything we had missed before and to revisit those places we loved on other visits.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: First was Keukenhof Gardens. Our first time there and what a magical place. Every turn was another breathtaking vista of beauty. Second, it was a chance to see our very first Rick Steves guide from six tours ago, when our tour and her tour both crosses while taking gondola rides in Venice. All our guides have been wonderful, but since Colleen was our first, she still holds a very special place in our hearts and memories!"

Richard

Columbia, SC

Tour: 04/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic three weeks. We experienced the intensity of major cities as well as the serenity and calm of small town Europe. In many of the places we had visited in years past, we were able to make new discoveries that whetted our apetite to return in the future. Meals on the trip were all outstanding, providing more than food, they were fun experiences. There was lots of free time "to do our own thing" as well as group excursions led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was the time we spent in the Alps. Looking out our room window in Lauterbrunnen and seeing the peaks of the Alps was a fantastic. Moreover, it was almost spiritual hiking along the peaks from Gimmelwald to Murren. We passed less than ten people all morning and the sun shone brightly making it even more special."

Kimberly

Tarzana, CA

Tour: 04/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just what I was hoping for! A wonderful experience - a sampling of diverse western European locations (geography/climate, culture, customs, cuisine) with a fun, nice smaller group of 'travelers' (not 'tourists') & great guide, Jennifer. Jennifer helped us go beyond the surface, for deeper exploration, understanding, appreciation. I had a couple glitches (ex: ATM card stopped working) & Jennifer + 'travelers' helped me resolve them. Recommend!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the high Alps in Switzerland. Felt like I'd just stepped into "Heidi"."

Pamela

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 04/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe in 21 days covers an amazing variety of experiences. Everyday was an adventure ready to happen. As I go through our pictures, it is hard to believe now how much we experienced throughout Europe in terms of scenery, locations, culture, history, food, music, and fun. I had high expectations and the tour exceeded them. The tour members were an interesting diverse group that were fun to travel with. The bus time provided opportunities to rest and enjoy the scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most unexpected "wow" moment was a combination of experiences. The first was the opportunity to visit the Anne Frank house. The second was the emotional experience of hearing Herr Jung in Bacharach tell of his life during the war as a young teenager. The third was the guide we had in Munich! His combination of intellectual study and personal family experiences that he shared in his attempt to understand and research what happened during the war to the German people was riveting."

Teresa

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 04/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A smattering of all things great & small! Left us wanting more & comfortable knowing when we do go back, we can get around easily!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"JUST ONE?!?! Near impossible! Francesca made Rome come alive! Our bus driver Sylvain wowed us daily!!!! He even made sure when our guide took ill, she had medical attention & never skipped a beat! Most tour members didn't even know she was sick at all! Professional teamwork at its finest!!"

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 04/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing experience. Not once did I wish I was someplace else or find my mind wandering off topic. This is significant because I usually have the attention span of a housefly. I'm still working on a mental narrative tying the whole thing together. As I work my way through my pictures it is easy to see how skillfully all this was packaged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I try not to rank experiences, favoring a comparison of the elements in the arts, nature, history and so on of each area we visited. That said, we sure did see plenty of mind blowing Renaissance art. This was nicely contrasted with the natural beauty of the countryside rolling along just outside the bus or during hikes."

Susan

Garberville, CA

Tour: 04/28/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was an very good experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole thing."

Christopher

Chicago, IL

Tour: 04/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unbelievably amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps were so much more impactful in person. Really though, the success of the tour was much less about a few wow moments and more due to the many little experiences that happened every single day."

Sue Ellen

Janesville, WI

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled with an excellent tour guide who was knowledgeable, personalable, well-organized, and indespencable! I'd go anywhere with Colleen! Our fellow tourists were all congenial people. Everyone got along well. It was, as expected, a rigorous program with no wasted time, so 21 days was a bit of a slog by the end, but we well-prepared for everything by following the whole Rick Steves approach. We feel pretty prepared for independent travel in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is the toughest question. Seems to me that every day brought a new WOW."

Arnold

Powder Springs, GA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All of the Guides were excellent. The areas we saw we interesting by themselves, but the historical context made the visits much more meaningful. Also, I a lot of the side trips and excursions, were something that I would not have considered had I not been a part of the tour. I was somewhat disconcerted, by the hotels, but I realized after awhile what you meant by "Thru the back doors." I would recommend these tours again to friends and neighbors. I enjoyed our group experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps in Switzerland."

Patricia

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and it exceeded our expectations. Our hope was that we'd get an overview of sites that would help us discern how we'd like to spend our travel dollars in the future. Also, we wanted to gain a certain comfort level with some of the larger cities like Rome and Paris which had seemed too intimidating to tackle without guidance. Mission accomplished!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many "wow" moments to count: our first view of the Alps, the emotion of stepping into the Anne Frank house, the astonishment of looking up and seeing the stained glass in St. Chapelle. I could go on and on."

Sam

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall - wonderful. We got exactly what we were looking for which was an overview of Europe which will allow us to return on our own for a deeper visit into the areas that most interested us. Staying two nights in every location was very helpful in that it allowed us to achieve a comfort level with each city before moving on to the next. One night at each location would have been dizzying and overwhelming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were stunning, but the stained glass of Sainte Chapelle was my favorite "wow" moment because it was so unexpected. I expected to be impressed by the Alps, but I did not expect to be overwhelmed by stained glass."

Ted

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My 21 days in Europe was great. Colleen our tour guide was outstanding. Very knowledgeable. Trish was great too along with our bus driver Ben. You have a great team! I will remember it the rest of my life. My only complaint is that I spent close to a thousand dollars extra for single lodging when I was the only single male on the trip. That was a waste of money when I would have had single lodging anyway. But in general the trip was incredible. I would recommend it to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Netherlands flowers. Austria. Germany. Switzerland. Exploring by myself. The locals were very nice. The food! The new friends I met!"

Katherine

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mix together two dozen (some familiar, mostly strangers) people, plop them in seven different countries, and overlay them with the Rick Steves tour structure, pacing and philosophy to yield 21 days packed with adventure, excitement, and cultural and historical enrichment. In short, a recipe for the best time of my life. Of course, the confluence of fair weather, better than fair exchange rate, and the fairest of tour guides, driver, assistant and local guides helped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to single out the best "wow" moment--it's apples and oranges. Favorite food wow: gnocchi in Florence Favorite historical wow: tour of the Colisseum with Francesca Favorite scenic wow: the Swiss Alps Favorite adrenaline rush wow: the luge Favorite art wow: the Sistine Chapel"

William

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was outstanding! This was my first time traveling overseas and of course I was a little apprehensive but that was all for naught. The whole trip was an unbelievable experience. Each city had met or exceeded my expectations. The tour guide(s) were very professional and knowledgeable and were just fun to hang around with. It was amazing on all the cultural and historical information that we received on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city had certain "wow" moments, so it would be hard to pick out only one. If I had to choose, it would be the absolute beauty of Switzerland!! Walking through the valley with all of the snow capped mountains and waterfalls everywhere, cows with their bells ringing each step as they walked past, made me feel like I was walking through a Postcard. That would be my WOW moment!"

Carol

Orangevale, CA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Seeing the different cultures of each country was amazing. Loved the big city and small town experiences. We appreciated all the effort Rick Steve's tours puts into the tour to make it the best that it can be. Of course with Colleen (and Trish for one week) as our guide things have not been better. They are so knowledgeable about the history, etc. of each area that was so helpful in understanding what we were about to experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scale of buildings, like seeing the Duomo for the first time. Had seen photos of many of these historical places but seeing in person was fabulous. So I had several wow moments."

David

Carbondale, CO

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colleen was awesome. The coach was comfy. All our guides were great. Food and beds were good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the coliseum in Rome"

Edward

Janesville, WI

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were high and the tour exceeded them. Our guide was excellent, our traveling companions were interesting, our accomadations were good, and the weather was great. If I had a disappointment, it was with tourists and their cameras. My wish would be to restrict picture taking in all the major buildings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That was always changing. If there was a moment, it was when I saw the Rhine at Bacharach and that was for personal reasons."

Linda

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 04/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely met or exceeded my expectations & hopes. So much fun! First time to Europe, & RS provided just the right mix of taking care of the travel, hotels, tickets, etc. & gave me the tools (& words)needed & opportunities to explore on my own. Using the tour book was very helpful. Nice to be able to choose to participate or not in the group events. Loved it that we had all signed on to the No Crabbiness pledge; it worked!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing the ancient Roman structures; Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum, etc. Our tour guide there was wonderful- her "big picture" view of local history was fascinating, and so educational. Lots of small details that were very interesting, too. So awesome to stand in these buildings that have been occupied for 2000+ years! Inspiring me to learn more about Roman history!"

Joe

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am a man of few words, the group was a great mix of folks from across the USA, Canada and Australia. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and organized. Overall the mix of countries and experiences were just incredible!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was the coliseum in Rome. There were many many smaller wows as well!"

Donna

Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

More than I expected, and just what I needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but the time I enjoyed most was spent in Cinque Terre, Italy. The beauty of nature, the strenuous hill climbing, the fabulous food and, last but not least, the amazing wine."

Weather

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

Planning Tips

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

Trip Resources

Learn more about Netherlands, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies in the "Plan" section.

Transportation

Important arrival note: To make the most of our time in Haarlem, this tour begins at 2 p.m. If you are checking in the day the tour begins, your room will not be available before the tour starts (the hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready).

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

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

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

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

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

If you plan to continue traveling in Europe after the tour, we strongly recommend you book transportation and hotels before the tour begins.

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Haarlem or Amsterdam before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Best of Europe guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Dutch (although most locals speak very good English), and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise. Take advantage of the flat terrain and rent a bike in Haarlem!

Here are a few suggestions for sightseeing in Haarlem and Amsterdam that we will not do as a group. Haarlem: Frans Hals Museum, canal cruise, Teylers Museum, Corrie Ten Boom House, Grote Kerk (main church). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Museum, Jewish History Museum, Dutch Resistance Museum, Tropical Museum, Heineken brewery tour. While you 'll have a bit of free time to visit the Van Gogh Museum during our day in Amsterdam, those who want to linger should visit on their own before the tour begins.

There is plenty to keep you busy with extra time in Paris. We suggest visiting the Orsay or Orangerie Museums for great Impressionist art. If modern art is your thing, you can't miss the Pompidou Center. Feeling museum-ed out? Then explore great neighborhoods of the Marais, St. Germain, or Montmartre. Spend some time in one of Paris' people-friendly parks like the Luxembourg or Tuileries Gardens or hop on a boat and take a tour of the river Seine.

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

When this tour is in Rome, we will not be visiting the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica as a group. However, during your free time you may wish to see these sights as they are often a highlight for any traveler. Avoid the lines by booking tickets several weeks in advance. For more details, visit our Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s information page.

Packing

There are some great opportunities for hikes in Italy's Cinque Terre and the Swiss Alps. While hiking boots are not necessary, we recommend you bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes offering good traction. If you like to swim, we'll have a couple of opportunities to get wet, so bring along a swimsuit and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel.

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