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

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Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour

from $5,295 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $925

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

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

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 36 group sightseeing events • Haarlem walking tour • Amsterdam walking tour • Rijksmuseum • Amsterdam canal cruise • Dutch open-air museum • Rhine River cruise • Rheinfels Castle • Bacharach walking tour • Rothenburg Night Watchman's tour • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial • Wieskirche • Neuschwanstein Castle • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting) • Venice walking tour • St. Mark's Square and Basilica • Florence Renaissance walking tour • Florence's Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo's David) • Uffizi Gallery • Vatican Museums • Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain • Colosseum • Forum • Pantheon • Italian hill town • Orientation for "vacation" day in Cinque Terre • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune • Wine tasting in Burgundy • 2-Day Paris Museum Pass • Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Sainte-Chapelle • Paris panoramic bus tour • Louvre Museum…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
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to 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 3 p.m. for an orientation and chance to get acquainted, followed by a walking tour of this charming town and a traditional rijsttafel dinner together. Sleep in Haarlem (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Progressive, Artistic Amsterdam

We'll hop aboard the train into Amsterdam this morning, and get an introduction to this progressive, artistic city on an informative walking tour of Amsterdam's historic streets, lined with teetering, gable-topped houses overlooking centuries-old canals. We'll continue our tour, cruising the canals on a relaxing canal boat before breaking for lunch on your own. This afternoon we'll tour the remarkable Rijksmuseum, featuring masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Afterward, you'll have free time to visit the nearby Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House (reserve online, well in advance!), or whatever strikes your fancy. We'll regroup before returning to Haarlem for dinner on your own. Train: 1 hour. Boat: 1 hour. 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 hours. 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 hour. Bus: ½ hour. 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 hours. 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 World War II. We'll then drive across the Bavarian countryside to visit Germany's greatest Rococo-style church, the Wieskirche. Winding our way toward Austria, we'll arrive at our rural Tirolean guest house in time for a traditional dinner. Sleep near Reutte (2 nights). Bus: 6 hours. Walking: light.

Day 7: Neuschwanstein and a Luge

It's a short drive and a half-hour hike to "Mad" King Ludwig's deservedly famous Neuschwanstein Castle. We'll tour the castle and have time for lunch. Afterward you'll barrel down the Tegelberg summer luge track (weather permitting). This afternoon you'll be free to visit another nearby castle, take a stroll in the woods or just relax at our peaceful hotel before dinner on your own. Bus: 1 hour. 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 hour. Bus: 7 hours. 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. We'll finish our morning walk in St. Mark's Square, and the mosaic and marble-filled, St. Mark's Basilica. The rest of your day is free to visit the Doge's Palace or the Titian- and Tintoretto-packed Accademia art gallery. Better yet, get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring the alleys, cruising the canals, and "crawling" the pubs. 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 hour. Bus: 4 hours. 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: St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums

This morning we'll drive straight to the heart of Rome. After a quick lunch and transportation lesson, we'll focus on Renaissance (Catholic) Rome at the sprawling Vatican Museums. We'll visit what seems like a limitless collection of treasures as you make your way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. We'll then introduce you to the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà. Tonight we'll celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, with an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together the lively campos, classy piazzas, and the splashy Trevi Fountain. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: A Walk Through Caesar's Rome

Today we'll uncover Ancient Rome as a local guide takes us through the monumental Colosseum, history-drenched Roman Forum, and the awe-inspiring Pantheon. You'll have the rest of your day free to explore more of the Eternal City on your own (don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way). 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 hour. Bus: 6 hours. 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 cliffside 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 hour. Bus: 7 hours. 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 Falls: a unique set of waterfalls encased behind the valley walls. 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 hours. 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: 6 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 20: Parisian Cityscapes and Masterpieces

This day provides a busy, star-studded finale for our tour. We'll start the day with a private panoramic bus tour through the city. After our rolling orientation to the City of Light, 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 visit to such legendary museums as the Orsay and Rodin, or perhaps a walk down the Champs-Elysées — armed with your included Paris Museum Pass, the choices are endless. This evening we'll have our final dinner together, sharing memories and toasting our newly made friends. Salut! 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!

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Be content with the possibility of sharing bathroom facilities at one hotel during this tour.

Reviews

Melody

Schofield, WI

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic from beginning to end! I loved the variety in the kinds of places we went to, from the antiquities, art and the history of Rome, Paris, and Florence to the beauty of the countryside in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I also loved the way our hotels were centrally located, so we could experience the people and culture in each place. Jody was a terrific tour guide, as were all the local expert guides! Thanks for helping us to see, learn about, and experience Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I honestly feel like the whole trip was a "wow" moment from beginning to end, including the friends we made in our tour group along the way. Every sight was so worth seeing, but we especially enjoyed seeing the beautiful churches, from the Weiss Kirche in Germany to Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle in Paris. We also really enjoyed venturing during our free time in Rome to the Basilica of Saint Paul's Outside the Walls. It was magnificent and simply stunning!"

Bernadette

Pigeon, MI

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was everything I thought it would be. I enjoyed the history facts from our guide and the local guides were so passionate about their areas and it's history. Franchesca made the ruins come alive. Our guide explained the public transportation system so I think I finally understand how they work. (I live in a very rural area) I also enjoyed the smmaller locally owned hotels. I think a guided tour in the Louve would have been nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps and of course seeing the Vatican and Sistine chapel."

Mary Jo

Centerville, OH

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a terrific time! Our tour leader, Jody, was fantastic! Since this is a very fast-paced tour, it is a good way to get a taste of the six countries, with the plan to return in the future to see the 'best' of the best at a more leisurely pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria and all of Austria."

Michael

Washougal, WA

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was all I could have hoped for and more. Our guide Jody was the best she never slowed down and kept us informed all the way along. I would recommend her to anyone. Also having a small number of people in our group made it very comfortable for us all. we enjoyed everyone and had time to get to know each of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps going over the pass and the gondola ride up the mountain. The gondola ride in Venice, Thanks to Wilson and Caroline."

Jeffrey

Schofield, WI

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was indeed outstanding. I did everything that was advertised, and experiencing each site in person was fantastic as I took the sites off the paper and was able to experience them firsthand. The pace was at times tiring, but participating in all the visits overruled some rest times. I enjoyed the mix of the physical beauty of Europe, the history or Europe, and being immersed into the culture of each country. Now that I'm back it's interesting to reflect on all these experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were several. The two I'll pick out are the natural beauty in Switzerland with the waterfalls, rivers, and mountains. Even though I'm afraid of heights I was able to get to the top of the Schilthorn. The VanGogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Orsay were excellent. It was a thrill to see firsthand works of art I'd only seen in books. My family and I also did an excursion to St. Paul Outside the Walls and felt incredibly moved by our visit there."

Caroline

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was Much more than I ever imagined. Day after day packed with amazing experiences, great companions, and a superb guide. The tour packaged covered more food than anyone expected (So much food),and many more experiences/sites/history than one could cover on their own. Every destination had its highlights. The tour is exhausting, but by the last day I wished I could start it all over again - with Jody, Peter, and our group. It was life changing, and I well worth the cost.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss up between experiences in Switzerland and Rome. Switzerland is naturally Beautiful. When I was on the gondola I truly felt like a spoiled rotten world traveler- AMAZING!!! This was an experience I would never have travelling without the group. In Italy, rounding a city corner in Rome to see the magnificent Coliseum brought tears to my eyes."

Sherry

Washougal, WA

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best! More than my husband and I every imagined. Our guide Jody was such a joy! She was funny and very helpful. She was a great story teller and we learned many interesting things. We meet many new friends and hope some lasting friendships. We saw places we never thought we would see!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think see the colliseum was one! The Apls and Paris"

Sylvia

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was exactly what I wanted...an overview of both main cities and quiet rural towns throughout Europe. It was fast paced, but having all the details looked after took the stress away. I thoroughly enjoyed travelling with a group...it actually made the experience even better as we looked out for each other and shared memories together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have numerous "wow" moments...tasting foods from the various locations, a passionate demonstration of mask making in Venice, riding the gondolas in Venice, hiking in the Alps, standing in the Coliseum in Rome."

Alexander

Lake Tapps, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't know if I could have had a better experience on this trip. It was my first time traveling to Europe and now I feel like I've seen so much. It was a very strenuous trip (and the heat was brutal at times), but I am astounded and how much we saw/did in 21 days. We also had a fantastic group, a tremendous guide, and an incredible driver. Best trip ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not a very "outdoorsy" person (although I'm trying to be!). I knew the Swiss Alps would be breathtaking, but I did not expect them to be my favorite stop on the trip. Hiking in Lauterbrunnen is one of the coolest things I've ever done and I am still blown away when I look at the pictures I took that day (which don't even begin to do the scenery justice)."

Jason

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every bit of the tour with a minor footnote for the extreme heat during our vacation. Dimitri was fantastic and we can't imagine having gone on this adventure without him. His ability to host, befriend, guide, and advise set him apart from most people I have ever met. The locations were magnificent and I am pleased with the pace of the tour. 2 nights in most of the towns felt just right and the few 1 night stops were still adequate for what we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was probably Switzerland. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as we did. The hike was great and the scenery was breathtaking."

Ken

Calgary, AB

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was terrific. The group gelled well and Dimitri was a terrific guide. Despite the unseasonably hot temperatures everyone was positive, patient and helpful . We had a great group who really worked well with each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say the entire tour was a "wow" moment. We saw so many outstanding sights and have so many positive memories. Dachau was an emotional impactful remembrance and should be retained in future tours."

Glenn

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was probably better than I expected. The group was excellent and we really did connect over the trip - as Dimitri said we would. Both Dimitri and Richard were excellent and helped make the experience that much more interesting, entertaining and filled with new facts. I loved the history of all the areas and the local guides were exceptional at conveying not only the facts but the experiences of the common people - often relating stories from their own families.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to narrow down one... but I'll go with our local guide from Bacharach (Thomas if I remember correctly). I loved the town and castle but the "highlight" was hearing Thomas weave his family's story through the history of the town, and especially how they were all impacted by WW2. It was a perspective we in the west don't often get."

Janna

Marysville, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time! It was educational and I was able to see so many amazing things. The group I was in was great. I enjoyed Jody and Rafael and felt they did a great job making sure everyone was happy and taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Italy....Chinque Terre especially. Seeing the Mona Lisa and David in person was great. The gondola ride in Venice was amazing too!"

Nancy

Whittier, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our "Bucket List" trip and we experienced everything we wanted and more. Jody was always available, knowledgeable, caring, and fun and professional. Rafael was wonderful as well, We had so much fun together. Our group melded like family. I will never forget the wonderful people we traveled with and shared our adventures. Of course we can not forget our wonderful bus driver, Peter. He was very professional and the best driver we could have had, especially driving through the Alps!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment is not easy to pick out because each and every stop was so special. The Alps for sure is at the top of the list. The charm of old Haarlem,Rothenburg and the Night Watchman Tour. Really the entire experience."

Ernest

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned alot of history which was the best part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Peter's Basilica"

Jennifer

Tenino, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was Fantastic! Jody was amazing and incredibly helpful when deciding what to do with free time or where to eat. Rafael had great stories and was interesting to talk to. Most of the other tour members were great and really made the trip more fun and enjoyable. The food everywhere was pretty great too - I really enjoyed the group dinners. I can't wait for my next Rick Steve's trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nearly everyday there was a new wow. There was just so much packed into this amazing trip. Switzerland was fantastic as well as Amsterdam, and Paris."

Mitzie

Garden Grove, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was this a tour or a marathon? Never in my life have I had such an action packed three weeks. I had read many of the reviews of this particular tour, so it wasn't like I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Those 3 weeks will take months to process. Rick Steves Tours attract a certain clientele and for that I am grateful. No grumps and no major shoppers, just a group excited to share in the adventure. Jody and Rafael were very thoughtful guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A couple of days in I thought that I would keep track of those 'wow' moments. Couldn't do it. Let's just say that the whole adventure was a wow moment. I can say with confidence that I will probably never, not ever have another hotel room with a view as exquisite as the one I had in Switzerland and a balcony from which to enjoy it."

Joyce

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't imagine having a better tour to cover what we did in 3 weeks. The history provided along with the historical sites visited were just what I wanted What we experienced in 3 weeks would normally take much longer. I love the fact that the size of the group is limited, it worked well. I would definitely go on another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw so many amazing things, there is not just one favorite. A surprising wow moment was in Rome. We didn't see the Colosseum until it was in full view. I was standing there thinking wow, I am standing in front of the Colosseum where so much history happened, it was surreal. Also, taking gondolas up to the top of a peak in the Alps was breathtaking with the 360 degree view."

Hillis

South Prairie, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. Our guide gave us the know how to To get around with all modes of transit, like metro, subway, trains. Proved very valuable when we extended our trip to Denmark. Everything we did on tour was memorable. The only problem was the Heat. I had a great time. I'm looking forward to the next excursion abroad.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the Coliseum in Rome. Amazing history.."

Mark

Buckley, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing. Jody and Rafael were amazing guides that went out of their way to make sure everyone had a fabulous time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moments were the extras that were not expected. Getting to watch a mask maker in Venice was wonderful."

Carla

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, our experience was absolutely amazing. Having never traveled abroad before, we chose the 21 Day Best of Europe tour as a way to pack in a lot of locations while learning some independent travel skills. Our tour not only delivered, it actually exceeded our expectations. Everything was perfect-the guides, the food, the hotels, etc. We learned some great independent travel skills, but we were so spoiled by the tour experience, it may be our chosen way to travel from now on!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can honestly say that every single day of our tour offered us a "wow" moment. I remember telling our guide that I didn't want to leave our first town (Haarlem) because I loved it so much. She replied, "you'll feel that way about every place we visit." She was so right--one amazing experience after another. I was in complete awe by it all. If I had to label one "wow" moment, it would be the pleasant surprise that every single location offered so much beauty."

Cheryl

De Beque, CO

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations. It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend Rick Steve's Tours to anyone planning on going to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments to narrow it down to just one. Rothenburg, Venice, and Cinque Terre were some of my favorites that I would really like to visit again. I was very glad we were able to go to Dachau. Although I can't say it was a favorite, it was probably the most moving experience I had on the entire tour."

Wayne

Pocatello, ID

Tour: 06/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all of the different aspects and especially the information, historical context vocabulary handouts and background Daniela shared with us while guiding and on the bus between destinations and on sight. The [INVALID]ion of towns, areas and their significant culture were good ones. Andy's contributions were also helpful. It was comforting having Andy lead or bring up the rear and help us find our way. All the experiences were worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the different art museums and esp. the Nightwatch. Ive used this as an example in my art classes but but didn't realize its scale. Next the art in Italy. Finally seeing all the textbook examples first hand was great. Experiencing the Vatican opulence and art of Michelangelo in particular and then the Roman antiquities, fabulous. I've been a fan of the Roman culture since college. Many many wow moments. Compliments to those who planned the the tour. no favorite,sorry"

Katherine

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time during my tour. I felt that overall my tour espoused the Rick's travel philosophy very well- which was exactly the reason why I wanted to sign up for his tours. Plus, I just learned tons during my tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding over Lauterbrunnen Valley and riding the gondola with our very own accordionist playing music for us in an almost deserted Grand Canal in Venice."

Pamela

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Daniella was an excellent guide. Her vast knowledge and experience made the tour very informative and very enjoyable. The destinations we traveled to and locations of hotels were great. The extra activities such as musicians and side trips made the tour that much more interesting and entertaining. It was an extra special treat to have Andy apprentice the tour. The accommodations at each stop were wonderful. It just added to the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many wow moments that I can't choose just one. I've never traveled abroad before so all of it was new to me. This trip was my dream come true. I've wanted to go to Europe since I was a kid. Several bucket list items were achieved. This was a life changing experience for me. I will be traveling every chance I get. I've been so pleased with the Rick Steves Tours I can't think of why I'd ever travel with any other tour company."

William

Cicero, IN

Tour: 06/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! It could not have been better. The preparation suggestions were accurate and very important. We appreciated the activity level. It was important to locate in the inner portion of the cities to provide important time to experience the location. The guides were of tremendous value. They put context into the whole travel experience. It was like taking a history, civilization, culture, and expression course. They were experienced, well prepared, and really cared about us and our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stay in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The Swiss Alps were amazing and the valley was not commercially inhabited. Also, when our tour was over and we thought about it and reviewed it, we said "Wow! What an experience!""

Sarah

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 06/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was really hesitant to travel with a tour group. However, from the first day the trip ran effortlessly. Daniela made sure to address every detail. I felt very comfortable asking her for advice about what to do during free time in each city. She also provided thorough history and language lectures to provide us with context and skills to best enjoy each city. I would highly recommend this tour to see a snapshot of several major cities and quaint towns throughout Western Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it is hard to pick just one. Seeing David was one of my top artistic highlights. The amount of detail and sheer size of the statue was incomparable to seeing him on a screen. I loved hiking through the Swiss Alps and trying the challenge courses (tightrope walking over the edge of the mountains). Finally, one of my highlights was sailing off the coast of Cinque Terre, which Andy kindly arranged for interested tour members."

Karla

Duvall, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time to travel to Europe. We could not have asked for a more organized, friendly, helpful guide. I thoroughly enjoyed myself along with my husband. We have made several lasting friendships and more importantly have a better understanding of parts of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Museums and artifacts aka roman ruins are amazing but Switzerland and the Alps are hands down my biggest "wow" moment. Natural wonders are the one thing we can not produce and should be treasured and protected."

Timothy

Clarksville, TN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was greater than I expected. I couldn't believe the number of activities we did in the amount of time we had, even it being a three week tour. Everything ran so smooth. Dimitri would always do a great job telling us in advance what we were going to do and how we were going to do it. It is not the norm that 27 people who have never met before could develop a bond and enjoy each others company. I was impressed how easily we were able to enter sites where tickets were required.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the small towns. My wife and I enjoyed sitting in the outdoor cafe's, having drinks or eating dinner. It was so relaxing taking in the scenery and people watching. Loved the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Michael

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best tour I have been on! I have been on one other Rick Steves tour which was good but, the difference was the tour guide. Dimitri was an exceptional tour guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took a side trip to Orvieto in Italy. We only were able to spend a few hours there but had lunch, enjoyed all the shops, and loved that it still had the small village appeal."

Monica

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the countries we went to were great but our guide really made the something to remember! He did a wonderful job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many to have only one favorite."

Elizabeth

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour took me back to some places I had visited on previous tours but also to some places I had not yet seen. What makes each tour most special for me, however, are the relationships i develop with fellow tour members and with the guide. I thoroughly enjoyed the group and our guide, Dimitri. I felt as though I was moving and on the run 24/7 on this tour, and that I saw and did far more than I would have on my own. I am also in better shape than when I started out!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoy smaller places, and the outdoors. I especially enjoyed the visit to Orvieto and the hiking in Switzerland. I also had a truly magical gondola ride in Venice as the musicians were in my gondola, and one of the tour members sang along with them."

Ruth

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was fantastic. The people we meet were wonderful. The tour guide, Dimitri was excellent. The best guide we could of had. The sites were planned out so we saw so many wonderful things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many. But I loved the Vatican and St Peter's"

Michael

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time with Rick Steve's tours and I [INVALID]ed it based on feedback from friends that have traveled with them in the past. The trip was amazing but what really made it exceptional was our guide Dimitri. He did an excellent job balancing an extremely full packed adventure with the downtime needed to recover. The 21 day Europe trip is really intense with every minute planned for maximum value and exposure to so many different cultures and areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all a wow moment with hip Amsterdam, Medieval Germany, Beautiful Switzerland, diverse Italy with history and beaches and Paris which is overwhelming with things to see. My wow moments were all of the beautiful churches and making new friends."

Lori

Clarksville, TN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and I am VERY thankful we decided to do a Rick Steves tour. Our guide was THE BEST! I need some time alone each day and I was afraid I would become weary of the other people. However, this was not a problem for me. I enjoyed every single one of the other tour members. We were always there for each other when someone needed help, directions, company, or a listening ear. At the same time we gave each other space when needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"People enjoying life at the sidewalk cafes."

Roland

Waxhaw, NC

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fantastic tour. Great itinerary. Certainly fast paced. Great scenery along the Rhine, the Cinque Terre, and Switzerland. Super knowledgeable bus driver in Richard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Floating in the pastel colored Mediterranean at the small beach in the old town of Monterrosso al Mare, gazing up at the mountains as they disappeared in the distance, swimming in salt water with no waves, no surge, only a gentle undulation from the colorful ferry boat and small fishing boats nearby. Certainly a "Mamma Mia" kind of moment."

Sarah

New Bern, NC

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an amazing trip! We were able to see so many different places in a short period of time, which would have been very difficult to have done on our own. The added musical experiences - polka band in Germany, Triolean entertainment in Austria, gondola music in Italy, and the Alpine entertainment in Switzerland - really brought to life the culture and traditions of each region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour is filled with "wow" moments and it's hard to choose between them! I'd loved the Swiss Alps. They are absolutely incredible and breathtaking. Hiking through the Lauterbrunnen Valley and touring Trümmelbach Falls really allowed us to enjoy the beautiful scenery. I also loved the Cinque Terre! Swimming in the Mediterranean, having fresh seafood, wandering the narrow, winding lanes of the old town, and relaxing after the hectic nature of Venice, Florence, and Rome."

Kathleen

Janesville, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is amazing! Every day was a new, exciting adventure. It is fast-paced, but there is so much to see and do that I didn't want to waste a single minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland took my breath away. The scenery is so beautiful in any direction you look; it almost seems surreal. Pictures cannot capture the beauty."

arlee

Morro Bay, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

500 character limit? It won't come close to describing our Fabulous Trip of a Lifetime!Here are the bullet points: well organized, excellent sequence of historical sites, centrally located hotels, expert tour guides-Matt is the best! More gushes on him later, local guides were great, appreciated the free-time on our own after the location introduction, stunning architecture & art, a wonderful group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOWS MOMENTS: the beautiful soprano and her accordianist accompaniment on our gondola in the canals of Venice. Truly surreal. The tragic story and stunningly beautiful Schloss Neuschwanstein. Barreling down the Luge Track. Brake Steve! Brake! Eating the best trout dinner in my life in Bacharach, Germany. Being inside a Swiss mountrain with thundering falls within, Trummelbach Mountain.Slurping wine, oh that was airation, in Beaune France-& finding a wine from Beaune at our home grocerystore"

Robert

Marshallberg, NC

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I truly enjoyed driving through the countryside. Europe is much prettier than I had imagined. They don't have billboards. It is amazing what a positive difference that makes. The US could benefit from that. I'm not much for cities. I don't like US cities either. But, Rome was particularly bad. Just a smelly den of thieves. Anytime we got in a crowded urban setting, I was uncomfortable. If I ever go back to Europe, I will just rent a car and visit smaller towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were spectacular. There was a painting by Raphael in the Louvre that stopped the clock. Incredible."

Laurine

Salem, UT

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can't say enough! It was AMAZING! We'd thought long & hard about what our dream trip to Europe would be. Rick Steves 21 day Best of Europe matched what we were looking for. Being able to get a feel for each place, seeing the most important sites, having some free time to explore on our own was a perfect blend! It took the huge stress out of our having to plan a trip ourselves!There's NO WAY we could of even matched the tour we had if we'd done it ourselves. A European vacation dream come true!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day seemed to be a favorite WOW moment. Seriously! Combining 27 different people, tour guide, bus driver, seemed like a wow moment! Being safe in each location seemed a wow moment! At every location, there was always a new adventure waiting, something to learn, experience, eat, explore, see, feel. It was all WOW!!!! Even on the not wow parts. The no grumps policy was a huge help in getting over disruptions, changes, weather issues. It helped us stay positive and continue to have WOW moments"

Gary

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Accommodations were very good. Our group was exceptional..everyone got along well. The tour was very well organized. I knew the time of year wasn't the best for crowds but was still amazed at amount of tourists at most places. Japanese and Chinese groups are rude or weren't properly informed of protocols expected at sites. I was impressed with our tour guide and our bus driver. Exceptional! I would gladly recommend tour to anyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many. Seeing the "David" at the Acadamia...paragliding in Switzerland..Doges palace..Bacharach.. Riding the luge..Cinque tere..only wish for more time in various places."

Spencer

Salem, UT

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. The luck the tour group had in being able to see and experience so much was amazing. Had a really great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice on the gondola boat. Such a beautiful place."

Mary

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic group of people that were so much fun to travel with. Our tour guide, TIM was great, he taught us the history in small chunks along with stories and insights of his own. HE WAS AN EXPERT AT THE "RICK STEVES" LEARN TO TRAVEL. He went above and beyond his duties. He would often plan extra things we could do all together if we wanted. Outstanding Meals which showed the culture and customs of the local people. He was very fair and always was going up and down our bus handing out chocolat

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Ancient Rome as a local guide takes us through the monumental Colosseum, history-drenched Roman Forum, and the awe-inspiring Pantheon" There were so many great experiences but the Colosseum was so unexpected. I really wasn't thinking that it would be that interesting and inspiring. I guess because of what they did there I have never been very interested in Roman history. When you see what they built on an old lake bed. It's just amazing."

Barbara

Marshallberg, NC

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To say that it was whirlwind would be an understatement, but it was fabulous! The itinerary seemed to make sense, with strenuous days followed by bus days or relaxing days. The exception was the six days that made up the cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome. Going to Cinque Terre was a welcome break. My low moment came when my phone was pickpocketed in Rome on a packed bus in the rain. The Rome police were rude and intentionally slow to take a report.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments and memories to fill a lifetime. It is difficult to choose, but the Swiss Alps and the gondola ride up the mountains were spectacular! I guess my next favorite "wow" moment was seeing the Eiffel Tower lit at night following a a dinner cruise on the Seine (one of our own your own dinners). Then again, it might have been seeing Michaelangelo's David in Florence."

Rebecca

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were for the most part very good and unique. The hotel in Switzerland was disappointing as it was very far from town and the quality of the room was definitely lacking. The shared bathroom was fine. The food was good but not always outstanding. I am vegetarian and on the other 2 RS tours I have done the food was much better than this tour. Always wished we had more time at most of the places which I understand is the goal

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Rhine river valley of Bacharach and the German embrace of vacationing. Austria was absolutely gorgeous and I loved the group hike we did there. Rome and its ruins and everything about it except the crowds of the Vatican museum. There wasn't enough time to take it all in. The sunflower fields we saw while traveling Switzerland and the hike down from Murrin Beach day in Cinque Terre Watching the world cup with other soccer fans in Paris."

Meredith

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steve's Tour delivered everything I hoped the tour promised.. The organization and scheduling was spot on. Jesse was fun, knowledgeable, and well organized. The tour had just the right amount of free time, and Jesse made excellent suggestions for things to see and do. For my first time going on a tour, rather than planning the trip on my own, I was very pleased. The local guides were amazing with info and stories. Loved the hotels and group meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the Alps! The beauty and sheer magnitude of the mountains was amazing!"

Phil

Easton, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to Europe on three previous occasions, on trips that were planned by me. This was our first RS tour and we couldn't have been happier with our guides, our fellow travelers, and the overall fun and memorable experiences we had on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in the village of Bacharach. We went to dinner at a restaurant favored by locals, after it was recommended by our local guide, Thomas. As we were having dinner, a group of about 10-12 elderly German men came in to eat as well. Although we spoke little of each other's language, we managed to have quite the conversation with them, finding out that they had been biking the Rhine River Valley, on e-bikes, and were from Dusseldorf. Toasts led to hugs and it was an evening to remember."

Marlene

Easton, PA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was well planned and went very smoothly, never felt rushed. WC and coffee breakers were timely and enjoyable. Jesse was always enthusiastic and shared his excitement and energy of history, music, travel, sports, always a pleasure and so much fun. Elena such a treat! Great compliment to Jesse and the entire trip, she also is outgoing friendly and sharing. A dinamic duo! We were fortunate to have these energetic, friendly guides as well as a wonderful group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! The beautiful views and the safe driving from our friend Joe getting us to each destination especially the overpasses. The Alps, winding roads, tight bus passes, showed us that without an experienced driver the enjoyment of such a huge trip would be impossible. The picnics, the everyday treats of fresh fruits, chocolate and sharing, made the whole picturesque experience unforgettable! The Eiffel Tower champagne and the Alps lift-great and WOW!"

Wendy

Orondo, WA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was definitely more than i had imagined. I was a little overwhelmed at the whole prospect but my husband was excited so i figured i would find something amazing about it. He has traveled but i hadn't and was concerned at getting lost. I had no favorite day,place,part. The whole experience was awesome. Loved the travel days even on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Again, they all were great places. I'd have to say Paris. It was the end of tour and our group became such close friends. We had a picnic in the park and watched the lights of the Eiffel Tower together. Jessie made every event special for us, kept us informed."

Halina

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized. Good accommodations and delicious food. Transportation was excellent. Joe, the bus driver was a skilled driver. However, the weather was extremely hot and the crowds at all sites in all the cities we visited were extremely dense.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The alps in Switzerland."

Kelly

Orondo, WA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was everything it was quoted as being and more. Jesse went out of his way to make our experience very enjoyable and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day of our tour I was amazed how well our group came together ( sometimes with Jesse's prompting ) and made it a trip of a lifetime."

Michelle

Thornton, CO

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing trip of a lifetime for my daughter and I. We made some great new friends and made many new memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the spectacular majesty of the Schilthorn from the summit. We were so fortunate that the weather was so great and we were able to see everything."

Patricia

Peachtree Corners, GA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steeves Best of Europe in 21 Days tour was an absolutely incredible travel opportunity! Choosing this trip as our first European adventure proved the perfect fit. We loved the balance of big city and small village experiences, the well-planned activities in each location, and the background knowledge and historical review our director gave as we traveled to each new place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Narrowing the many "WOW" moments to one favorite memory is difficult, but our hike in the Alps on a perfectly beautiful summer day amidst colorful wildflowers and snow-capped peaks was a "mountain top" experience in every sense of the word."

George

Orlando, FL

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Took the trip to learn the culture, see sites we would not have seen, and get an overall feeling for the countries we visited. Eat the local food, and get immersed in each country. It succeeded my expectations. We also learned to navigate the local transportation systems that we used when we finished the tour and were on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Haarlem and Switzerland. The locations were perfect and were within walking distance to most of the area."

Jayne

Orlando, FL

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! It was hard for me to wrap my head around how old the churches, housing, streets, and art actually were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland--it was beautiful--the scenery, waterfalls. There was nothing I didn't like."

Kleas

Pocatello, ID

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved how well your tour was organized. It was like a well oiled machine. Colleen and Andy were caring and gave us a lot of knowledge about an area before we entered it. It was a fun experience, and even more educational. The local tour guides were excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, and am highly recommend Rick Steve's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The majesty and history of the Roman Colosseum and the Alps."

Ranae

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful!! Our guides were great. The accommodations were comfortable. The place for tour dinners were fabulous. Most of locations were small and quaint. My husband and I couldn't have been happier that we used Rick Steves Tours. We are going to continue to use the touring company for our future adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps, that was my wow moment. I have never seen anything so beautiful."

Claire

Layton, UT

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colleen & Andy did a great job! They are both very personable! The info imparted to us about the places we went & what we were going to see & the history was amazing! The hotels were perfection the meals delicious! The bus & driver great! I loved it! The other 27 people FABULOUS!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps!! I knew I would love them and I was excited to see them and I was not disappointedd!! To me they are absolutely breathtaking! The countryside was another! So green and lush! The villages churches rolled bales of hay etc! I guess I must be a country girl!"

Kim

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely amazing and far exceeded my expectations. I was so impressed with all of the planning that went into this tour as well as the little extra's that came up along the way. We had a fantastic group, all 29 of us and I will remember all of you. Thank you all for making my European vacation for my 55th birthday a vacation that I will never forget. Also, take a large suitcase so that you get a room on the main floor at the hotel - lol.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it wouldn't be fair to isolate just one. I absolutely loved every place that we visited and learned so much about European history, art, food and wine that I came away with a vast amount of knowledge that I really did not expect out of this vacation. I did love Haarlem in the Netherlands with everyone riding their bikes and the Swiss Alps with the mountains and waterfalls right outside our hotel. We did give up comfort for the view on that one but it was worth it."

Sherrilyn

Winters, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were happy with how many enriching experiences we had in addition to all the tours. Having both Colleen and Andy as guides was truly wonderful. Both of them were so helpful, had a good sense of humor and were extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed hearing from Thomas, the tour guide in Bacharach, about how the Nazis wooed his mother into their organization and how her generation was taught geography through war maneuvers and the war games children played back then. I also thought it was moving when the hotel hostess in Beaune, France, told us how grateful she was to the American troops who came into town to liberate the town at the end of the war. Entering the coliseum through the gladiators' entrance was great."

John

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible. Never would I have thought this tour would be as comprehensive and as much fun to boot. I not only saw many wonderful sights, but I experienced them. Our tour guide Colleen and 'apprentice' Andy gave me the tools and insight to a location that made me feel a part of the location and not merely an observer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Rome, after a wonderful group meal at a local restaurant. We had our choice of taking a cab back to the hotel or walking back. Apprentice Andy lead the group who was going to walk back. We walked past the pantheon and listened to a couple local musicians then turned a corner and there was the Trevi fountain. As a child I loved the song "Three coins in the fountain", and here I was. My wife and I tossed coins into the fountain over our shoulder. A very magical moment for me."

Donna

Burlington, ON

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was in awe almost every moment. I wish I was a bobble head! My neck is still sore from looking left,right, up and down! This trip was perfect for my first time across the pond. I soon learned to relax and let the very capable wisdom of our guides lead and inspire us on this grand adventure. It was a whirlwind requiring agility and mobility in body and spirit. On to the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to walk into the Colosseum from the prospective of a gladiator. It brought tears to my eyes. And...Thomas's story about the brass marker in commemoration of the man his father remembers being taken away and gassed for having mental health issues. My favorite laugh out loud wow moment?....a cheap 70 cent thrill, the first time I saw a twirling self cleaning toilet."

Bruce

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I want to speak first of all to Rick Steves: Rick, you are a genius. I have visited Europe three times before (once 30 years ago Eurail from Paris to Arctic Circle in Sweden to Athens and back to London). But the bus tour and your itinerary and organization give me a great new appreciation and a truly original new look at Europe. Thank you so much! The combination of well-planned and executed itinerary made the three weeks of Best in Europe quite memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was standing at the top of the Schilthorn in Switzerland: I saw the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau nestled right next to each other like a big family. Wow! (it also was cool to see in the far distance Mount Blanc)."

Vickie

Ponte Vedra, FL

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip was wonderful! I enjoyed every minute of the tour! Dimitri was an excellent, professional, caring guide and our group was amazing. Except for a few hot nights in the hotel in Amsterdam, the trip was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "WOW" moments, however I loved the day our tour guide, Dimitri, planned for us in Switzerland. Hiking to Muren, the gondola ride to the top of the Alps, so amazing."

Charles

Ponte Vedra, FL

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My goal on this trip was to go beyond the typical tour highlights of museums, cathedrals, landmarks and art, to experience the local cuisine and culture. I chose this tour to avoid American type hotels and large tour groups and have access to in town sights after dinner. This tour exceeded my goals and expectations. I was particularly impressed with the use of well versed, educated and delightful local guides. I was thankful that my tour dollars were going to support locals. I loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After seeing in person the famous landmarks, cathedralals and artworks, my big WOW moments had to be the natural beauty of Cinque Terre coastline villages as seen from the hiking trails above the towns. The other sites may be more famous but are seen and experienced at a cost of mingling in crowds. The Lauterbrunnen valley hike, the hike to Neuschwanstein and the Cinque Terre coast were breathtaking and, were made special by sharing it with a small family of new friends."

Lauren

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is the tour I've been wanting to take for a long time. It was very well organized and Dimitre our guide did a super job. One thing I realized while on this tour was that I'm happier in the smaller cities and towns but I'm glad I got to check the big cities on this tour off my bucket list. You really do have to be willing to be on the go to take this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moments were seeing Cinque Terre for the first time, the Colosseum in Rome, and my VERY favorite was the Swiss Alps! I could've stayed there for another week just soaking it all in!"

Dorothy

Des Moines, IA

Tour: 05/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although it was a whirlwind of sites and experiences, the tour met my expectations for "getting our feet wet" traveling in Europe. The description of what to expect was on-point, and did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moments that I find it hard to only think of one. My first look at Amsterdam was very memorable as well as the houses and buildings in Bacharach. I was absolutely stunned at the site of certain paintings that I'd only recently studied in art history classes I've been taking."

Joshua

Lewistown, PA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very fun experience, it never got dull and there was always something to look forward to the next day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the museam in the vatican."

Regina

Stevenson Ranch, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was indeed an experience for a first timer like me. It was my husband's second trip. It opens your world into a new realm of how people live, the culture and food. I have chosen my favorite place, although all the places we went too were something to be treasured and remembered. Amsterdam will be on top of my list.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The green and serene landscape of Germany and her neighboring countries. The majestic mountains with their water falls at Lauterbrunnen was like a postcard. Then you see mini-streams as you pass by the road with flowers growing alongside. Manicured landscape was breathtaking..."

Don

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all expectations. The trip was expertly planned and creative. Travelers were made comfortable by the guide's individual care and attention, so that everyone could have the best experience possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several. Best city moment, night gondola ride in Venice, Italy with singing gondoliers. Best rural moment, walking the trails through Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland. Best bonding moment, getting a haircut in Florence, Italy with our tour guide Tim."

Patricia

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really appreciated the care that went into the planning of this trip. It is a finely tuned thing! I loved having city and rural experiences in every country. I felt that there was a good balance of group time and free time. We certainly hit the highlights or were led to the door in our scheduled activities. I liked having time to see things I selected or have dinner in a place of my choosing. This tour gives a broad view of the European heartland. I really liked it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow's-the coliseum, David, wine tasting in a cellar from the 1640's, walking in the Forum, when that jar of seafood spilled into the bowl at the restaurant in the Cinque Terra. oh wait, that's not just one. I loved talking to Otto about the Steckelburg cows. Another highlight, standing in the vineyard above Bacharach and seeing the village, the old ruin, the vines, the miniature grapes and feeling the sunlight on the stones!"

Elizabeth

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So many memories. I am glad I took lots of photos. I think the 21-day trip was beautifully organized. Our guide Tim was energized and positive and each day seemed like he was on a journey of discovery right along with us. I would classify the tour as active, with lots of stairs and walking. As a person over 65 I felt challenged at times and was glad I had prepared by walking more and increasing my stamina ahead of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our evening orientation walk in Rome. It was warm, lots of people in the streets and squares. The sun had set and the sky turned almost a royal blue, lights in the cafes and streets coming on. Wonderful huge fountains, of which Trevi Fountain was only one. My feeling, "Wow, I am really here. In Rome." The color of the sky, warm evening, alive crowded streets, and immensity of man-made structures is a memory I can easily recall."

Linda

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tim and Big John were amazing! They really looked after everyone on the tour...made the experience ever more enjoyable. They were such a great team. Loved everything that we did!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't isolate one "wow" moment...everyday brought a new surprise. Just loved being in the moment...and using all 5 senses to soak up every detail...wherever we were."

Rosemary

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This "greatest hits" tour is a wonderful way to see lots of European bucket list sights. While it is a jam packed adventure, the pacing and the schedule are well timed and well tuned. The amount of scheduled and group time vs free time is well balanced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments. One that stands out for me was the gondola ride in Venice. I have been to Venice before but did not experience this quintessential tourist activity during that first visit. This time our guide arranged an optional gondola ride complete with musicians. Taking the canal tour with our fellow travelers and singing along with the musicians was so much more fun than anything we ever could have arranged on our own."

Bonnie

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this tour was awesome. Tim was amazing. John was amazing. The hotels, food, sights, activities and group size were impressive. I really thought I got good value for the money. We saw a combination of big cities and small towns. Tim worked his magic on a regular basis getting us past the long lines and in lines when we missed our time. He was so knowledgable about the places we went and the sights we saw. It was really really fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were actually a couple. The statue of David was one. Switzerland was another. The food at the hotel in Switzerland was "wow"!!"

Susan

Campbell, TX

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour! Time Tendick provided great historical perspective, cultural information, and all with great organization and sense of humor. We saw art and architecture that we've read about our whole lives. We were made to feel very comfortable getting around in the cities, and in basic phrases that helped us while on our own. This tour definitely exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I've seen before on the website: "How do I choose just one?!" Our favorite place to stay was definitely in the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland. We enjoyed all the museums, enjoyed the architecture, and the food! A few favorites that cannot be scheduled were: happening upon a village wedding in Germany, and joining in the celebration. In Paris, asking a young teenager for help in her mother's shop and the priceless look on her face when we arrived at a word we both knew :)."

Jeannine

Smyrna, DE

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This 21 day European Tour fully exceeded our expectations! The weather was perfect; our driver, Big John, was outstanding and very personable; we got to see things that other tours didn't include.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The gondola ride with the surprise serenade by an accordionist and singer in which we all joined in on the songs we knew...the view out our hotel window of the Eiffel Tower twinkling on the hour...the castle tours...maybe the giant waterfalls outside of our hotel in Switzerland! Too many to count!"

Danilo

Stevenson Ranch, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say... every place we visited had something special, distinguishing itself to be unforgettable. Loved the people of Amsterdam, Rothenburg's whimsical storyline, getting lost in the labyrinth of streets in Rome, but if pressed, Lauterbrunnen and Cinque Terre are notable places I wouldn't mind revisiting."

Tammi

Dayton, OH

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my first experience on a Rick Steves tour. The tour guide made it especially informative and entertaining. The organization of the tour was outstanding. The diversity of the cities and cultures encountered provided an excellent introduction to the European experience. I cant say enough about how pleased I am with my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! The views and hospitality of the hotel owners were unparalleled. The scenery was breathtaking and gave me a sense of "wow". Hands down Switzerland was awesome!!!!"

Linda

Spring Branch, TX

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleased with the entire experience. Would do it again. I never once had time to miss the US. The trip has encouraged me to do more traveling with small groups and has spiked an interest for me to learn to speak languages more adequately.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Switzerland was my favorite! I had been there during my elementary years, so I had an idea what it would be like. The magnitude of the Alps and the waterfalls this time of year (May/June) were spectacular. I want to return in hopes of staying longer to pursue traveling over the whole country next time and using one particular place as my home base. I would like to use the trains and buy a monthly transportation pass, rather than the bus next time, however."

Lucia

Temecula, CA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My review is a combination and continuation of my husband, David's review. The Rick Steves' 21 day (May 22-June 11, 2018) best of Europe tour was fantastic. The tour itself was well planned and mix countries, small towns, big cities, historical locations, and fun stops along the way. The bus stops were well planned and frequent enough that we didn't bored between each city. My wife, Lucia, and I really enjoyed the extremely well balanced mix of history, language lessons, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed it all."

Douglas

Spring Branch, TX

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great experience for me. On our own, my wife and I had 'dipped our toes' into European travel once before and were very intimidated. After this tour we are MUCH more confident in our ability to communicate, use public transportation, eat, sleep and enjoy Europe. Staying on an extra day after the tour ended, we even traveled successfully by train in the midst of a rail strike. We made many knew friends and enjoyed all of our destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough question. There were several, but my favorite was probably the approach to Stechelberg through the Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland."

Nancy

Springfield, IL

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the most amazing experiences of my life. To be driven around to all the highlights of Europe plus then having your hotel already taken care of, and a local tour guide explain things to you is just total luxury. There's just no downside. If I said it was so busy, well then that's the only way to see all the sights. The small size of the group was perfect, the activity level was just right, some free time came just when you needed it! It's all so well thought out and planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every single surprise (Su!) was a WOW moment. Riding the carousel, stopping for gelato, having a private lesson in mask-making in Venice, bellinis on St. Mark's Square, going for an evening gondola ride, having a yodeling and Alphorn lesson in Switzerland... Those are the types of things I will carry with me forever."

Everett

Havelock, NC

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderfully orchestrated and executed to ensure an over the top European tour experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Roman coliseum and forum."

Jim

Springfield, IL

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of every day. Never any stress or worry. We got to focus on adventure, sightseeing ,learning and socializing with fun people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery from our hotel in the alps"

Jessica

Garden City, MI

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was so well-paced and perfectly curated that we got to experience enough art, culture, history and beauty to mull over for three lifetimes. Our guide was energetic, patient and enthusiastic, like your favorite teacher. Not only did we see nearly every major cultural space and masterpiece in central Europe, we saw them in beautiful light, after dining well, surrounded by friends, with soft music, at the perfect moment of the day. The Rick Steves team are artists in their own right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping into Piazza San Marco in Venice is like walking into a dream. Light grey stone basks in warm pink twilight and the achingly beautiful basilica at the far end anchors you in the great open space. Bands play soft music, the night deepens, golden light infuses the square and small ponds form on the floor as the tide rises. The shallow pools reflect the pointed domes of St. Mark's so there are two gleaming sets, now, and twice the light. Eventually you remember to start breathing again."

Steve

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

New sights and sounds flood your brain. It is a "best of" orientation tour so you don't have much time in any one place. The two night stays were the best; some chance to explore on your own and they didn't feel as hurried as the one night stops. Still you see a lot either way. The "vacation from your vacation" is a really good idea. Your brain is full and it's nice to be able to veg a bit. Lauterbrunnen is an amazing place: mountains you've heard of but had no idea they are so clustered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The nighttime gondola ride in Venice with live music for our group of boats was a favorite moment."

Delmer

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa and Stefanie made sure we had interesting places to stay, local food to eat, and a good introduction to each country we visited. Joe made sure we traveled safely between destinations. Thanks to them all. Althought some of them required climbing 3 flights, all of our rooms were interesting and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed becoming better acquainted with all the members of our tour. I wish I could have slept more and still seen everything we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Mark's Square in Venice in the evening and seeing St. Mark's all lit up. And, although it does not bode well for Venice, the tide-induced reflecting pools in the Square made the surprise even more beautiful."

Larry

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Exactly what I wanted when we booked this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments but the Night Watchman in Rothenburg stands out. I also enjoyed the gondola and the luge rides."

Angela

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 21-day tour was jam-packed with amazing sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and experiences. Although exhausting at moments (Rome) the overall trip was very well paced with plenty of 'me' time. The variety and pace do not allow you to get bored, yet they leave you wanting a little bit more... which to me, is what a vacation is all about. Our overall experience was fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one... but Switzerland was incredible. The optional gondola ride under the stars in Venice was an unforgettable experience. Seeing the Eiffel tower up close. Listening to our guide sing in the 'cave' at Rheinfels Castle. Seeing Mona Lisa, David, Starry Night... I could go on and on. So many wonderful memories on this trip!"

James

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Saw a lot of what I've been wanting to see, without the fuss of arranging lodging, transportation, entrance fees, and, in many cases, meals. Frankly, I couldn't have done as much in 21 days if arranging it myself, so it would've cost more time and money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice. I found the city fascinating and also the way everything has to be either shipped in or shipped out, and that most of the buildings are abandoned."

Stephanie

Dewitt, MI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour was amazing. We went with a couple who have been on a Rick Steves' tour a few years ago, so we knew a little bit of what to expect, but you really don't know until you experience it yourself. Our Tour Guide Lisa and also Stefany were very knowledgeable and kept us on our schedule, while also making sure we had a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A had a few "WOW" moments. One of them was the Gondola ride at night in Venice, and the beautiful country in Germany and the Swiss Alps. I also really loved the Eifel Tower in Paris."

Virginia

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour gave a great overview of the various countries. It was helpful for deciding which places should be explored more in-depth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night gondola ride in Venice was a treat after the daytime crowds. The Swiss Alps visit was a welcome change following the crowds in Italy. The countryside was breathtaking and very peaceful and relaxing."

Patricia

Cumming, GA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great. We got to see a lot of Europe. The places we went to were charming and worth it. We saw many out of the way places. I am so glad that we took this particular tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding into the village of Stechelberg. I felt like I was with Heidi in Rivendale. The scenery, houses, cows were just amazing. Card looked so out of place there."

David

Cumming, GA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

fun,fun. another excellent guide. number 5 rick steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hard to say as they were many."

Arnie

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of people, no whiners etc. Good food. Great education of all places visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps."

Elaine

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour, the other people on the tour were fun to travel with, the leaders did a good job, were friendly and made me feel welcome. Rome was to busy, we either needed to do less or have more time. I felt like we were 'herded' through the venues so fast that we didn't really get to enjoy it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, I loved the tram to the top of the mountain, but we had to pay for it ourselves. We also hiked down the mountain which I enjoyed. The little towns were fun and the people were amazing. The "Night Watchman" tour in Rothenburg was really fun...I think that town was my favorite... but the tour guide in Bacharach was very interesting. Germany was the country that was the most impressing because I really didn't know what to expect."

Courtenay

Prince George, BC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! It was the first time that I'd done an organized group tour and I wasn't sure what to expect. It far exceeded my expectations and I loved every minute of it. I had a lot of fun getting to know all the great and personable people on the tour. I was also really surprised at how much knowledge the guides were able to share about each location. I definitely learned more than I would have if I were travelling on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I went for a hike with a few other people from my group in the Alps in Switzerland. It was gorgeous! Such amazing views and a really fun and challenging hike. I even saw a BC flag, from my home province, on one of the chalets. Super cool!"

Michael

Dewitt, MI

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It met all my expectations, and then some. Our bus driver (Joe) was skilled and enjoyable. Our guide (Lisa) and apprentice (Stefanie) made the trip. The pace was exhausting at times, but that's what I wanted: a taste of several locations in Europe all in one trip - and there was some down time scheduled in, which was very welcomed. My only negative would be that timing bathroom functions around the bus schedule was an issue, although I'm not sure how to resolve that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, with beams of sunlight coming in from windows up above, pipe organ music playing softly, and the Pieta off to my right. I still get goosebumps."

Deborah

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip. We especially appreciated the wide variety of activities that the tour encompassed, the interesting and intimate hotels where we stayed, the flexibility of our tour guides which allowed us to see things not scheduled on the trip and the scheduled free time that allowed us to spend extra time doing things on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I would choose our first night in Venice, when after the evening meal we all opted for a gondola ride. By then most of the hordes of day tourists had retreated to their mammoth ships and tour buses, the city was much quieter; we could enjoy the lights of the city across the various canals, and the music of our gondoliers. Once the ride was finished we walked to San Marco Square where we could see the reflection of St. Mark's Basilica in the pools of water rising up in the square."

June

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My goal in taking the tour was to get an overview of European countries most of which I had not yet visited. That was exceeded tremendously. I had the opportunity to see historical sites and art masterpieces I had only heard of or seen in books. And I discovered places I would probably have never gone to without this tour. We had a terrific group of 26 tour participants, all of whom got along well. The tour was extremely well organized and expertly led.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pinpoint just one; among the top few were: standing in front of the statue of David in Florence, my wonderful and unforgettable birthday dinner and gondola ride in Venice, visit to Bacharach, Germany, the Swiss Alps and seeing the Eiffel Tower light up at night."

Philip

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first "group" tour after many years of traveling the world on my own. I enjoyed the experience more than I would have expected and found the highlight of the tour was to meet the fine folks who made up our group. The opportunity to have time to explore on our own was much appreciated and the "local" guides provided insight that I would likely not have obtained on my own. The primary downside was we moved more rapidly through some interesting areas than I would have preferred.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had seen most of the sites previously so cant say that I had a truly "wow' moment other than the rather dramatic increase in the size of the crowds surrounding the most popular "tourist" sites. As noted above, the single most enjoyable part of the tour was the opportunity to share it with the friendly, intelligent, and interesting members of our group."

Jennifer M.

Morton, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

PHENOMENAL!, in that if there were areas I was feeling or experiencing a lack in I simply went out and found out/filled my cup for myself. I made my experience richer and fulfilling by not allowing the lack of group cohesion, for the first half of the trip, to derail my thoughts or actions, on any level. I was able to make this trip my own BECAUSE all the logistics were completed and I am eternally grateful, for my Connection to Lands, Peoples and Politics manifested and bloomed beautifully!

Favorite "WOW" moment

""The WOW" was a Happening! I often experienced long periods of time, uninterrupted time, with works of art, inside churches, on lands, with trees, flowers and bees. It was Magical! Truly! -- Standing with the 4 horses inside St. Marks with no one else around, the dazzling beauty...Wow. I even had at least 15 minutes of quiet front and center with Mona Lisa. I adore Leonardo Da Vinci but Mona Lisa was not my favorite and to be transformed by her Quiet Beauty was indeed Magical!"

Janice

Yadkinville, NC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful tour the BOE 21 days was! Our travel family bonded together very quickly and our guide, Jesse, was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. So many places and incredible sights. I have told many of my friends that I would love for them to have the same experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment I stepped into the Church in the Meadow, Wieskirche, I was speechless. My feet would not move and the tears rolled down my cheeks. What an incredible, worshipful moment!"

Dean

Yadkinville, NC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good, had a great time and have already recommended this type of touring to some of my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps and the Colosseum."

Patricia

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall - this was a wonderful tour full of fun, learning and cultural activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower"

Nicole

Lakewood, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour overall was amazing. I loved the places we went to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The people we met on our tour."

Gay

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour and the most demanding. When we booked this I knew it would test the physical abilities of my 70 year old self, and it did. I was so glad to see and do so many things, a trip of a lifetime. But I missed about 4 activities and should have skipped Neuschaunstein (too much effort for so little). My tour mates were wonderful, and Jessie worked hard to meld us into a cohesive group, a family of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing rises to the top (except the Alps!) because so many, many experiences were just wonderful. I especially loved the little villages, Rothenburg, Reutte, the hill town in Tuscana, Monterrosa, Beaune, the medium-sized places like Venice and Haarlem. The gondola ride in Venice, St Bavo's church in Haarlem."

Michelle

Lacombe, AB

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe trip was a lovely introduction to Europe. Everything was well organized, which made traveling as stress-free as possible. This allowed me to just focus on enjoying the trip and absorbing the culture and history of each place we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wonderful moments from the tour, but one of them would be the moment when we were given the opportunity to walk the same route the gladiators took when we visited the Colosseum. Our guide mentioned how these were special tickets that took a bit of effort to book, which demonstrates how the tour strives to provide as authentic of an experience as possible. The little side trips to small towns while en route to the next destination also added to the experience."

Janet

Burien, WA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not be more pleased with our Best of Europe Tour experience. My husband and I so enjoyed all aspects of this tour. The pace, the opportunities for sightseeing, the amazing local guides to make all the sightseeing meaningful and memorable, and the ability to opt-out, if desired was all appreciated. It was a well-planned, well-[INVALID]d tour, with wonderfully-located, comfortable accommodations, a fantastic itinerary, and great add-ons. We loved every moment of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I have to say, seeing the Alps in Switzerland was quite the "wow" for me. And, being able to hike in them, was an even bigger wow!"

Vicki

Canyon Lake, TX

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The ability to see 7 countries in 21 days was a lifetime experience. The 21 day schedule was busy and could be strenuous at times. You always had the choice to take time for yourself for other outings, catch up on your rest, etc.. I didn't want to miss out on any offered tours and site seeing. Our tour guide, Stephanie, was patient, knowledgeable and very accommodating. She made the schedule go smoothly and gave fabulous advice that saved time, money and increase my enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many....however, my happy place was the Cinque Terra and it's beauty. Another wonderful moment was walking back from dinner in Austria. The Alps were in the background behind the houses in town and a beautiful big rainbow stretched right above the peak in front of me being able to see both endings. While enjoying the moment, the rainbow eventually morphed into a double rainbow. Something I've never seen before and will never forget."

Herbert

Ludington, MI

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the second time that I have taken the BOE 21 Day tour. I enjoyed both tours. Stephanie was great, but I felt that she worried more about Peter's (the bus driver) concerns over the condition of the bus than she did our enjoying the time on the bus. The first tour I took our bus driver was Richard. Richard was awesome in every way and the zeitgeist he fostered made being on the bus a real joy. Peter's bus, not so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was my hotel in Lauterbrunnen. We stayed at a different one on the first tour that I took and this one was much better."

Gail

Tigard, OR

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was amazing!!! well organized. Every day I'd see something amazing and then we'd get to a new place and see more amazing things. I loved every country. Seeing Dachau was very hard, but beer garden after was wonderful therapy. luge ride was a lot of fun. I would not change anything, except maybe make it longer (not more places, more time in each place) I loved every place we went. All the activities were well thought out, covering the highlights of each place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"getting to see Keukenhof flower show. Bacharach. Rhine River boat cruise. Night Watchman tour in Rothenburg. Andecht beer garden after Dachau. Gondola ride in Venice. St. Marks square empty of people because of the rain. St Mark's Basilica, but also all the churchs (St Chapelle, Notre Dame in Paris, Sistene Chapel). Rome. Orvieto. boat ride in Cinque Terre. Lautenbrunnen Valley. all the museums, but especially the Orsay (on our own time)"

Armando

El Paso, TX

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought that Stephanie and all the local guides and presenters were truly amazing. Just the "side" trips we made with the mask maker in Venice to the artist, Katrina, in Florence were awesome. Paolo our guide in Rome was so full of knowledge, but that can be said of all that guided and presented to us. Stephanie led some of us on a hike in Lauterbrunnen where I was able to take some spectacular photos that friends back home are just awe struck by the beauty and magnificence of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the hike Stephanie led in Lauterbrunnen. From the gondola ride to the 8 mile hike on the mountain trails and small villages to the spectacular scenery of the Eiger, Munck, and JungFrau peaks of the French Alps. Truly breathtaking!"

Pat

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! I enjoyed the combination of structured and free time exercise and rest. Stephanie is a natural.She was so even tempered, enthusiastic, informative and sensitive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michaelangelo's David!!!! It brought me to tears. Even though I have studied art and architecture I had no idea that it is as big as it is"

David

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and we had a fantastic time. Our guides made the trip a wonderful experience and we had a great time from start to finish. It was very reassuring knowing where we were going and not having to worry about how we were going to get there or where we were staying each night. We just had to sit back and enjoy the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There seemed to be a WOW!! moment every day. We really enjoyed seeing and touring the castles in Germany and the boat trip on the Rhine. The Night Watchman in Rotterdam was very entertaining and we learned a lot of good historical information about the town from the Night Watchman. Venice was a fun city and we really enjoyed going to the market in the early morning. The greatest WOW! moment for me was seeing the ruins of the Roman Colosseum and touring the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel."

Ellen

Lacey, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had never been to Europe before so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was truly a wonderful way to see the highlights! Of course I want to go back again! Our guides, and bus driver were fantastic. The hotels were nice and the meals were wonderful. The "extra " experiences and entertainment that we had was so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David for the first time was very moving for me. As well as driving into the French Alps ( even though cloudy) and seeing the tulips at Kukenhoff Gardens"

Ronald

Modesto, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first trip to Europe proved to be a seamless experience. Ben was the consummate professional guide. Knowledge, communication skills, humor and sensitivity best describe this outstanding man.The stops and sites visited were definitely learning experiences as well as adventurous (hotels).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rembrandt 's Night Watch ."

Ernest

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the best time in my LIFE!! the tour was everything and more, Ben was the AMAZING!! so knowledgeable and friendly and just a pleasure to be around. Monika was great too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the "DAVID" statue to me was breathtaking"

Earl

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed being able to see something new and interesting every single day of the trip. The guides were very helpful and made the trip a great success for us. We have already recommended Rick Steve's as a great tour leader to several of our friends who are planning trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many have asked us that question and there were so many it is hard to choose. I was surprised by the place in Switzerland looking so much like Yosemite only with a lot more waterfalls! I was also surprised by how much bigger the Eiffel Tower was than I expected. Several of the churches were big wows for me too."

Robert

Vinita, OK

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was excellent. I could not believe how smooth the entire trip went. Also, Ben was our tour guide and I felt extremely lucky to draw Ben as our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and I enjoyed the history with every place we went. There was a great mix of making sure we kept things moving smoothly (people showed up on time) and letting us do our own thing. The only suggestion I would have is there was a couple of smaller towns I really wanted more time in Orvietto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Venice and Paris. There were too many wows to cover. Seems like there was at least 2 or 3 each place we went."

Dave

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. I like the Rick Steve's approach to traveling, experiencing, learning and sharing. While twenty-one days is a significant commitment of time, it was a perfect introduction to the places visited and how to travel in Western Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments. The local resident guided tours in Haarlem, Bacharach, Dachau and Venice were very interesting, thought provoking and will be long remembered. The tour's design of providing a broad spectrum of local content and context was great and would be difficult for me to have done traveling independently."

Nanci

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The Rick Steves style of travel exposes travelers to so much more than sightseeing and thoroughly engaged me in the experiencing the places we visited. I had not expected to have 2,000 miles on a bus feel like living in an on-demand audio book. "Oh, there's another castle" became an opening to a fascinating story about the history or art or culture and added so much to my excitement about being there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW is not a single moment or place but how much I experienced, how much I learned and how much the experience continues to provoke thoughtful reflection about the world's history and its civilizations."

Amy

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience on the Best of Europe tour. I attended with my parents and it was great to share all of the locations and experiences of the tour with them. During the tour all of the group bonded and it was lovely to be able to leave with a "second family" with whom experiences and memories were shared that we will always treasure. The locations chosen where incredible and I was amazed how much we fit in during such a relatively short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terra views and hike, Switzerland views, shopping and "getting lost" in Venice."

Karen

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were busy non-stop, every single day, which is what we were hoping for, since we may not be able to afford to return to many of the places we visited. The tour itself hit many highlights, but our tour guide, Ben, gave us excellent information on what to see and how to get there whenever we had free time, so that not a moment was wasted wondering what we wanted to do or how to do it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"VENICE. We lucked out in that it was a NON-Cruiseship day and it was not nearly as crowded as we feared. We also worried that it would smell bad from stagnant water,and decaying buildings, but the canals were being flushed by the high tides (it was full moon), so it was actually a surprisingly beautiful, enjoyable city. It would be nice for you to schedule tour arrivals to be on NON-Cruiseship days!!"

Daniel

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour was outstanding our guide jesse was absolutely wonderful we have travelled a lot and have had many very good guides,but jesse was clearly the best we learned a great deal due to his excellent comments the hotels were very good and well situated the food was superb the travelers were interesting and fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the mountains and waterfalls in switzerland"

Bev

Kenora, ON

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything we expected and more! We saw and experienced so many wonderful places, and made a lot of new friends. If I had one negative thing to say, it would be that I was tired at times, but that is no fault of the tour. We are warned well in advance that there can be strenuous walking days, which did not bother me, but it is a go go go tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but there were a few that stand out. We were in Amsterdam during tulip time, so for me the Keukenhof gardens were amazing! Also, Switzerland was the best surprise. The beautiful little town of Lauterbrunnen in the mountains was so tranquil and peaceful, something right out of a pictureOur day in the mountain was made to order! 21°, sunny, and no wind! It was an amazing experience to ascend 10,000 feet up the mountain side and to be able to enjoy every minute!"

Larry

Norfolk, NE

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful. It was better than I expected. The Rick Steves travel philosophy matched us well. I liked the tour schedule but it was Jesse our tour guide that brought it to life. His insight, commentary, history and philosophy of life turned a tour into a lifetime experience. Your plan for two days at a hotel works well. I was skeptical of the free time. The free time turned out to be some great experiences. Jesse gave us many options and we went off with fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's David at Accademia in Florence. The skill of the artist is remarkable. Realizing that I am really here taking in the beauty is remarkable also."

Sue

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, saw much, great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just realizing how knowledge of the history and culture can be such an asset to my world-view."

Tracy

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband was slightly nervous about a three week tour of Europe but from the first group meeting to the last day, each experience was delightful. Our tour guide Jesse was amazing!!! He used our bus time to familiarize us with the upcoming towns history and how it related to the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The local tour guides were great, adding depth to our understanding. The hotels we stayed at were centrally located, clean and most seemed to be part of the history of the town as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick out just "one" wow moment as there were many. However, our last night where we celebrated the end of our tour with champagne in the Champs de Mars watching the Eiffel Tower's lights twinkle is one of my favorites. We were with 25 friends who just three short weeks before had been strangers. It was magical."

Murray

Kenora, ON

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I could not have picked a better tour or tour company to experience Europe. Being our 1st time, we wanted to experience as much as possible in the time allowed, we wanted to experience the culture and not just visiting churches & museums and finally it was important to have a small group. Rick Steve's checked all the boxes. We expected that at some point in a 21 day tour that there would be a "hick-up" of some kind, absolutely everything went off without a hitch. We will be back!!

Karen

Logan, UT

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is very rigorous and exciting; I think Jesse Blackwood is the best tour guide I've had with RS and I think I have had some great ones to date as this is my fourth tour!! He is very engaging, knowledgeable, helpful and hard working. He provided a great deal of historical perspective and information current to today; excellent! I do think this tour could be even better if we were given 3days in Rome and Paris rather than 2. Having a day off in Cinque Terre was very helpful too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to choose just one but the Swiss alps are stunning! Also time in Rome and Paris but I thought Amsterdam was excellent too."

Rosemary

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Best advice: stay tired, stay hydrated, carry 17 lb maximum luggage with contents, buddy check with a co-traveler who is a pre-travel stranger at each potential lost traveler juncture, read before during after journey, converse with strangers on public transportation in eateries along the street. Carrying luggage 5 stories, walking 8A to 11P increased overall well being and health throughout the journey, improved endurance for Tornado evacuation amidst 36 hour trip home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mature dignity and respect among picnickers on Champs de Mars who did not engage in rowdiness despite the presence of alcohol and crowd density after 10PM. Personal responsibility for abiding by laws of individuals and their expectation that we would behave with orderliness in return. The single exception was pickpocket in Louvre in front of Mona Lisa who relieved us of our cash which was our own responsibility as a consequence of ignoring guide's admonition to wear the money belt."

Ronn

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I couldn't have been happier with this tour. It was my wife's first visit to Europe and my first one since a 30-day vagabond trip during college in 1969. Revisiting major tourist sites, where I still had vivid memories, and sharing them with my wife was even more enjoyable than I anticipated. Exploring new, more remote sites together created a sense of variety and mutual discovery. Two-night stays in virtually all locations was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to pick just one moment. Most memorable activities: the exhilarating views during a perfect day on Schilthorn followed by exploration of thundering Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen Valley, hiking to and across highline179 at Burgenwelt Ehrenberg, the thrilling, surprise Colosseum entrance via the Gladiator Gate, toasting our tour group on the Champ de Mars during the Eiffel Tower light show and then visiting the Eiffel summit after the tour."

Loretta

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! We felt very well taken care of at each point. Jesse was superb, energetic, knowledgeable, understanding and developed the group dynamics beautifully! The sights were A+ as were the local guides. Restaurants were very well selected. Time schedules kept me moving but also allowed some downtime for needed sleep. I could go on for days about how grand this trip was. Derrick the bus driver was a real expert under tough circumstances. Hotels were nice, small and gave us local color.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had 21 days of near constant "WOW!" Each day the expedition and sightseeing took our hearts away. We are both historians by training and could not drink in all the information and beauty we were seeing."

Alison

Albany, OR

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned from the first day when we chose our "buddies" for the trip, insuring that no one would be left behind or miss the bus. Our guide, Dimitri, instilled confidence, curiosity, and a sense of adventure in us. His manner was humorous and infused with infinite patience as it was soon proved that we all had different ways of listening and learning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Coming around the corner and seeing the Colosseum in Rome for the first time. 2. Experiencing the Interlakken Valley area in Switzerland. 3. Hiking through the woods to Neuschwanstein Castle. 4. Venice - all of it! 5. Riding the luge in Austria. 6. The view of the Alps from the McDonald's rest stop in Austria/Italy."

Donald

Victoria, BC

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Superb tour manager (Dimitri was much more than a guide.) A very well planned agenda. Very good hotels - the hotel in Switzerland was the lowest quality for room. It would have been nicer to stay in the main village with more to do and excellent public transit. Having hotels near the centre of town was a definite "must have". The bus driver, Richard, was phenomenal. As a team Dimitri and Richard made it look easy - especially as this was the year's first tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking down from the observation tower of the Eiffel Tower and surviving the experience! The other "wow" was the overall vibe of being well immersed in the places we stayed. Everywhere we went people were friendly - even the Parisiennes. The Rick Steve's brand is deservedly well recognized. Dachau."

Lynn

Victoria, BC

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Best of Europe in 21 days, thats a long haul, but it was fabulous! Amsterdam was a great starting point to get the group together and teach us how to navigate trains, trams and buses. Our travel manager Dimitri was professional, knowledgeable, helpful, funny and patient. Everything was well organized. Well planned agenda. Our bus driver Richard was friendly, accommodating and a great sense of humor. What a wonderful team! Hotels were very good with great downtown locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moment - thats a tough one there were many! The Rhine valley, Bacharach, Rothenburg and St Goar. The Rhine River cruise! All those vineyards!! Beautiful!! Everywhere we went people were friendly. The Rick Steve's brand is very well recognized. Deservedly. Dachau."

Mary

Mankato, MN

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I expected, and more. The sights, the information, and the accommodations were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the hike from Rothenburg into Austria. Crazy, because we saw so much, but that morning hike was magical to me."

Jane

Sapulpa, OK

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide and driver were great, and worked well together. The itinerary was classic. I myself would have been happier going to Arnhem instead of Keukenhof, but I suspect I would be outvoted. Good job, RSE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley, without a doubt. The waterfalls, rushing stream, flower-filled meadows, sheep and cows, all in the mist. We walked from the Steckelberg hotel to Lauterbrunnen and back, and loved every minute of it. Very romantic, very beautiful."

Cindy

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour was absolutely wonderful! I wouldn't change a thing! I was very pleased with our guide, our bus driver, the weather and the extra fun little things added on to the regular itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I couldn't possibly pick a favorite as there were several! The beauty of the Austrian countryside, Bavaria and Switzerland were stand outs for me, however. St. Peter's Basilica was one of the most amazing man-made structures I have ever set foot in."

Laura

Maitland, FL

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a life changing trip. I accomplished everything that I wanted to do and more. I did things that I would never have chosen to do on my own. I am thankful for those experiences now. I understand that relationships formed are a huge part of why this tour is a success. People are what is important in this life and understanding their culture or world view adds value to any experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the tulips at Keukenhof was huge! But as an artist, I learned through guides, that Rothenburg was saved by a painting during WWII and Bacharach was able to recreate their town's well from an old painting. This helped me to see more value in my talent."

David

Hyde Park, NY

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of our tour were above expectations. The information provided by the Rick Steves website before our trip was accurate and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment for me was the valley of 72 waterfalls. Entertainment was fun and food was excellent."

Wendy

Hyde Park, NY

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never expected half of the wonderful experiences we had! Fabulous tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I "wowed" every single day, sometimes more than once a day! Everything was WOW!"

Deborah

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! I came on this trip with the expectation that I was going to visit six countries and get a taste of each one. I wanted to experience the culture, the food, learn the history and just soak it all in. I was not disappointed in the least. The itinerary was full with a few extra gems added in. It was strenuous as described but I prepared for the miles of walking & climbing stairs. I can't wait to go back to revisit some of my favorites & explore more of Europe. Highly Recommend

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a "wow" moment everywhere we went across Europe. One of my standouts was Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Walking up the spiral staircase, stepping into the Chapelle Haute, immediately being surrounded with color and a warm feeling of serenity from the beautiful stained glass panels being illuminated by the sun. It took my breath away."

James

Plano, TX

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves' tour and it was exactly what I expected and more. We have watched Rick's PBS show since the start and have come to understand his philosophy of travel and guiding and he has hired and trained his tour guides and drivers to be the best. The places and activities chosen for the tour are fantastic fun while being very educational, but our guide had the ability to turn the group into a family which helped make the trip wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The size of St. Peter's Basilica."

Tania

Bellbird Park, QLD

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all of my expectations. It was a fantastic way to get a taste of Europe; large cities and small villages. it showed me how I could do Europe on my own as I learnt so much from Dimitri (our tour guide) from using public transport to ordering food in a restaurant. Having the small group (28 of us) was a great number due to being able to have our own seats on the bus, it felt like an extended family as we all looked out for one another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very difficult to pick one place. For me the snow capped mountains in Switzerland another was our hike from Austria over the Germany border to visit Neuschwanstein Castle was a huge wow. Every place we went and toured were just absolutely amazing. Loved it all as each country had a wow moment."

Arlen

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I knew that this would be a somewhat strenous and generally active tour, but I knew that coming in. I thought Dimitri, our tour guide provided us with lots of background information and insight that helped us enjoy the places we visited. He was very personable and helpful in seeking ways for us to enjoy our tour. Our local tour guides also contributed to our tour enjoyment. Our driver, Matt was exceptional!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to indicate a favorite wow moment as each place we visited provided it's own moment of amazement. I really enjoyed the Alps. Just stunning vistas! I loved Venice and Rome and Paris was so fun. I enjoyed the hotels we stayed in and the food we ate for group dinners. All contributed to a lasting set of memories of Europe."

Walter

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Dmetri was excellent. Appreciated his historical perspective on the areas we were travelling to/through. Matt, the bus driver, was also excellent navigating insane traffic that we encountered. Enjoyed the itinerary with its mix of intense urban immersion and then the more bucolic small town, historical visits for short respites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland--beautiful area, weather and amazing vistas."

Richard

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was outstanding. The guide was excellent and everything worked like clockwork. The group we were with was excellent and we got along very well. Dimitri, our guide, was able to put a personal touch on the experience of Europe which I appreciated very much. The hotels were adequate and put us in locations that were close to many of the famous sites that we went on to see. I would definitely go on a Rick Steve's tour again. Rich Eltrich

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many firsts and wow moments it is hard to pick. Here are a few, Venice, Florence ,Rome and Paris. Wow moment, the Louve and Shilthorn in Switzerland"

Loren

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall opinion of tour is that it exceeded my expectations. I really appreciate getting more than I pay for and will continue to use Rick Steve's for as long as it allows me to do so. The guide had impeccable integrity and I was not allowed to worry about anything during the entire trip. I do not force myself on anyone during tours and do not mind helping when I can as long as there is no objections from other tour members. I had time of my life and did not want to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Guide made an extra stop in Orvieto. I have had Orvieto on my visit list forever. It was an extra I really appreciated. We had the right amount of time to walk the city and have lunch. I would have paid a $500 more for a day trip to Orvieto and really appreciated the stop."

Denise

Poway, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all I expected and more. Everything was planned well. The tour guide, Demitri, was wonderful, engaging and knowledgeable. He was caring and focused on the group. The places we visited were great. The amenities were exceptional, and the food, what can I say. All that was promised was delivered with some pleasant surprises. Loved every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the David in Florence. The Swiss Alps."

Stephen

Reisterstown, MD

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Almost everything was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Musee D'Orsay in Paris."

Carl

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was absolutely outstanding. Dimitri not only did an excellent job as a guide, but he repeatedly gave extra help to tour members (pharmacy visits, etc.) We could tell that the tour locations had been chosen carefully and enjoyed them all. The hotels and rooms were better than we expected. The bus was comfortable and our driver Matt did an awesome job. The additions we made (Munich, going through the pass in Switzerland) made the tour even better! The local guides were *great.*

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's tough to pick just one, so I'll pick a few: The map room with the amazing ceiling in the Vatican Museum, fall color in Switzerland and seeing Neuschwanstein Castle from the nearby bridge."

Kay

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great and so was Dimitri! I learned so much and enjoyed every country we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to say because each place was interesting and full of history. I enjoyed Cinque Terre and Switzerland for the beauty and simplicity."

BreeAnn

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough great things about this tour as it was a trip of the lifetime taking us throughout 6 countries and getting in the heart of the cities/towns and the highlights of each. Traveling alone for the first time was a fantastic experience as I was never alone as our tour group connected really well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to have a favorite as each location we went to was a highlight and somewhere that had been on my must do travel list. My favorite places were the small towns we stayed in as well as Burano, Italy; Venice and the Colosseum in Rome."

Angela

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous - overall it met all our expectation. It is a tour de Europe whirlwind adventure. I don't think we realized it would be up at 0600 daily and out the door by 0730-0800 to cover the miles you needed to to make appointments and allow time for each country. Jennifer (JG) was a great, knowledgeable guide overall however we have some comments below. The tour checked all the boxes we wanted to check in the tour and the bonus events that were not planned made the trip. <3

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, there was not one "WOW" moment that stood out. We had never been to Europe, so there were many jaw [INVALID]ping sites, amazing history and gorgeous views. At times it was all very overwhelming seeing so much in so little time. Although we understand that the crowds were lighter than peak, the other tourists personal space requirements were far different from ours. It took away from places you tried to stop and take all in."

James

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great trip. We were able to hit the highlights on many of the premium locations in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps in Switzerland."

Tom

Malvern, OH

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Realizing this was a taste of Europe, I was pleased with what we experienced. I've been to Ireland and the British Isles four times but this was my first trip to mainland Europe. Our traveling companions were great. We established several friendships that we look forward to continuing in the U.S. The efforts of our guide, Jennifer, were beyond compare.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland wet my appetite for another trip to the Alpine nation. I loved Haalem and the Dutch people. We have much to learn from them. In Italy, the hill town and Cinque Terra were absolute gems."

Rachel

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I was mostly happy with the itinerary, (Bacharach should be removed.) I was beyond disappointed in the hotels that were selected. My guide was well-informed and worked hard to make sure that the trip stayed on track. Our bus driver Ronny was a wonderful asset. If I had to give the tour a letter grade, I would take off an entire point for the hotels, ½ off for the lack of Wi-Fi on the bus, and another ½ off for the guide. That brings this tour all the way down to a "C."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time I saw a big sight in Europe it was a "wow" moment. I loved all the places we visited. The Rhine river in Germany is beautiful but Bacharach is a waste of time."

Bonnie

Woodland Hills, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time in Europe and it could not have been a better experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"People have asked me that, and I can only answer with I was in awe the whole time, Everything was new for me"

John

Hixson, TN

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met or exceeded all of my expectations. A taste of Europe; large cities and small villages. It will make it easy for me to decide where to go and what areas to avoid based on my personal preferences. It showed me how I could do Europe on my own via the back door, but it also demonstrated to me that a small group, like the 28 in this tour (ages 30 to 74), was a great way to travel. There was always someone ready to take on an activity during our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Way to many "wow" moments to discuss. Cinque Terre Italy was a favorite, but the Swiss Alps were also a "wow" moment."

Larry

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Summarizing our 21 Day European Rick Steves tour, my wife and I agree we got our money's worth...and more! What we saw and did was more inclusive and extensive than most or all other tours we investigated. But what made this trip so valuable was our tour guide, Jennifer. Her vast knowledge of history combined with her culinary background made this far more than a museum or event- focused tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our two days in Lauterbrunnen and the 4-stage gondola ride to the top of the Alps at the Schilthorn viewing the majesty and beauty of God's creation. Then hiking part-way down and enjoying an Alphorn demonstration before dinner....with everyone getting a chance to participate! A memory we shall always remember!"

Elizabeth

Hixson, TN

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end an excellent tour. Jennifer was an outstanding person for this profession. We were given information on what to expect, and so we were prepared for everything from 70 euros for WC to language tips to how to cross the streets in Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to rate. Every adventure got better! Loved the Schilthorn's majestic beauty to Eiffel tower lit up to Cinque Terre walk from Monte Rosso to Vernazzza. That was hard but so worth it."

Robert

Frankston, TX

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Europe was exactly that, we were able to touch many different countries and experience many different cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were able to pay our tribute to the Crown of Thorns at Notre Dame."

Laurene

Lower Hutt,

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing experience for us. We weren't experienced travellers, had never been to Europe before and got the 'taster' we were looking for. The walking wasn't as 'strenuous' as we thought it would be and there was the right balance of sight-seeing, time on own, dinners together and on own. The max group size and big bus was a big drawcard we knew about earlier before booking. Also happy to have a guide hand-hold us at the right level and make us feel comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the whole tour. It had lots of "wow" moments from art to architecture. My favourite "wow" moment was turning around the corner, looking down and seeing the Roman Forum, i.e. ruins right before my eyes. I literally gasped! Such amazing history and architecture in a picture."

Nancy

Uniontown, OH

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was an adventure and the experiences were all enhanced by sharing them with our wonderful tour group of new friends. The tour was well designed with a great balance between the organized activities and free time. Every location left us wanting to come back to see more. As a matter of fact, we booked our next Rick Steve's tour within a week of returning home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to choose one because I know I said "wow" repeatedly every day. Some highlights were walking onto the balcony overlooking the Roman Forum, climbing through castle ruins in Germany, looking out over Paris under a full moon from the top of the Eiffel Tower, every view of the Swiss Alps, and the artwork everywhere. My favorite guilty pleasure was having our laundry done in Cinque Terre."

James

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was overall a great experience. Lisa was fantastic. She gave us great overview of each place we visited on the tour. Its history, culture and customs. She was personable and took very good care of us. The local tour guides were great and very insightful of history and culture of the area. The accommodations and food was great. Plus, Richard the bus driver, was very professional and personable. His pride and care of us and his bus was unbelievable. I give a five star rating to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the whole tour was wow moment. I just learned so much about the places, people,history and culture we toured. It was just a great adventure."

Darren

Lower Hutt,

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. A good mix of scheduled activity and free time. The locations for the accommodation was great. The bus great. Lisa, our guide was great. Richard our bus driver was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Cinque Terre. I wish that we had more time."

Ruth

Thornton, CO

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have dreamed all my life of a trip to Europe. To make my dream come true, I worked an extra year before I retired to save for this trip. This tour MET all my dreams, expectations and more! The tour guides of this fantastic trip deepened the experience by giving the historical background of nearly every sight. I was so impressed by Lisa & the local guides who lived in the town/city, who all shared their passion for each cultural experience with detailed stories, advice & laughter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly this tour was one continuous "wow" moment after another. The time flew with laughter and beautiful landscapes! Our experience exceeded our wildest expectations by far."

Cyndy

Bowmanville, ON

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW! I think that describes my tour experience,. Once again Rick Steves tour wowed me. Loved it all.. the guide, the driver, the tour, the places we went, the activity level... awesome... Keep up the good work!!

Patricia

North Bend, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful journey to amazing countries with a great Tour leader and guide. It was my first trip to Europe, and this was a great introduction to the cultures and history of several countries. I was totally in awe of what we saw and could not have planned a journey like this on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments, but for me standing in Ancient Rome and looking at the ruins of the Colosseum. To see so much history still preserved and around every corner of Rome was awe inspiring!"

James

Uniontown, OH

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Lisa was fun and knowledgeable and knew the trip details and secrets to insure we had a trip our a lifetime and knew what we could do extra... Richard our bus driver also made the trip fun and guided us like his family.. We would go again tomorrow. This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it met all my expectations and more ( we already signed up for a RS tour to Greece in the spring . I would highly recommend a Steve's tour...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many , but doing so many new things for the first time WOW ...Subway in Rome WOW, Subway in Paris WOW... the food WOW...Paris sites WOW The beauty of Swiss Alps WOW...the Rhine river valley and all the castle's, I had no idea there were so many castle's in Europe...."

Betty

Punta Gorda, FL

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were impressed with the Best of Europe tour. We loved having everything managed for us. We learnt so much! The tour guides provided huge value in terms of information, history, language and troubleshooting! Kudos to Lisa (our guide) and Richard (our driver) and also the local guides who were awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments ...from being in places with long history like Venice, the Roman Colosseum, Florence, Rhine Valley towns, to the incredible scenery in the Alps, Rhine Valley, and Cinque Terre. And then, the fun events like the luge, Munich Oktoberfest and special dinners. One of the standout experiences for me was an impromptu Roman lunch at a guide-recommended small restaurant where we really got a taste of the culture with local people."

Galen

Topeka, KS

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is a whirl-wind tour of Europe. It provided exposure to the wide range of culture in different countries and a "taste" of art in various countries and periods. The use of local guides in different cities we visited added to the experience and provided a "local flavor" to the experience. The downside is it's a whirl-wind tour and we could probably have spent 45 days and still wanted more time to experience Europe. The tour members were an interesting and fun blend of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't limit it to just one moment. My biggest "Wow's" were the Addademia Gallery in Florence and Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery, the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, the Alps (when the clouds finally went away) and the Louvre."

Amanda

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The RS Best of Europe Tour was outstanding and I highly recommend it to other travelers. I joined the tour as a single/solo female traveler and was initially a bit nervous about heading oversees and joining a group of strangers for 3 weeks. I couldn't have been more impressed with the pre-trip communication from the RS travel department, the itinerary, the tour guides, the fellow tour members and the places we visited. Everything from beginning to end was executed flawlessly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to choose just one 'wow' moment, since the entire trip was a 'wow' moment! If I had to choose one moment that I will remember the rest of my life, it was toasting champagne with my fellow tour members in front of the Eiffel Tower on our last night of the tour."

Kenneth

Berlin, NJ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had very high expectations because I have read all RS material and everyone was surpassed on this trip. Food including breakfasts was well beyond anything I had hoped for-no corners cut here. Having a beautiful bus with extra seating and a very professional, friendly, and helpful driver (Richard) made the trip very enjoyable. Choice of cities & local tour guides were great, but the highlight was Lisa with her experience, warmth & humor- she taught us so much. Planning made trip excelle

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just going thru 8,000 pix I took - Would have to chose among 20 wow moments - even things I wasn't interested in (art, some of the cities) were made wow moments due to Lisa and every single local guide we had - I am now interested in art. Even dinners were wow moments due to Lisa, Richard and the extras. There was a wow scenic moment every day even on something as mundane as the bus ride."

Janet

Berlin, NJ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was definitely THE tour of our lifetime. Our tour guide Lisa was so knowledgeable, articulate and helpful, she made our 21 day vacation so enjoyable. Our transportation and money/tipping concerns were alleviated as Lisa helped us explore the best of Europe. Some down time on our beautiful new bus with our excellent and safe driver Richard were filled with a little historical perspective of the city along with a little language lessons. So much fun the entire trip!!!! Rick Steves' the BEST!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very difficult to pick one place. For me walking into the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica was an emotional WOW for me! The snow capped mountains in Switzerland ..another WOW. Something that surprised myself was that I am not a big art fan but seeing up close and personal these world renowned works of art was amazing. Standing in front of Da Vinci, Monet, Michaelangelo's art was a real WOW "I am here" moment. Every place we went and toured were just absolutely amazing."

Ed

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You provided an outstanding tour with just the right amount of pre-planned structure as well as the freedom to discover things on our own. Your guides were terrific and the people on tour with us were delightful without exception. The size of our group was just right. When we did hit a brief unavoidable snag your on-sight staff and your home office resolved it quickly and got us on our way again. Thank you so much for helping us make the memory of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing Michelangelo's David, the Mona Lisa and the Colosseum in person. Pictures do not do these marvels justice."

Dianne

Vestavia, AL

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour. Great seeing some countries for the first time and loved revisiting ones we had wanted to return to. We had followed Rick's book to do Italy our first time to Europe. The tour proved you can do it yourself, although having local guides add so much to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus driver suggested a very scenic route into the Swiss town we were to stay. This was one of the most surprising moments on the tour, personally experiencing this was unbelievable. Hiking in the Alps on a perfect day was great."

Carter

Orlando, FL

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience absolutely met and exceeded my expectations.The tour guides, Matt and Evelyn,took assiduous care of us all with patience and good humor. I enjoyed all the places we visited and all of the accommodations,but our hotel in Bacharach was a bit rustic. The meals together were good bonding times, and except for Bacharach, very good. Breaded salmon? You Germans! Everyone loved our driver and the bus was a wonderful way to see the scenery. More laundry stops please!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the hills of Cinque Terre and coming down into the old town."

Tracey

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fantastic! After each destination stop,I thought "it cant get any better" BUT IT DID! This tour appealed to not only those who like to travel, but art and history buffs! I loved the historical lessons Matt provided and think that I am well prepared for any JEOPARDY tournament that might come my way! I loved the different places we travelled , from bustling Amsterdam and Rome to the gorgeous coast of Cinque Terra and the rugged mountains of Switzerland. This trip will appeal to all

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well , I had several WOW moments, but our gondola ride down the canals of Venice was very memorable! I also loved the natural beauty of the Cinque Terra. I would have loved another day there to relax after my 13 mile hike! Switzerland and its sheer rugged mountains and the soothing tinkling of cow bells in the background was also a highlight."

Ray

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great overview of important culture and art of western Europe. It would have taken me years to do what was accomplished in just 21 days. It's unfortunate I became ill about 10 days into the trip, but the schedule allowed me to convalesce and make it to the end. Would I do another tour like this again at my age, probably not. I need a slower pace these days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was a competitive 'wow' moment, but not in value to the fine guided tours provided; beholding the statue of David in Florence was particularly impressive. Another moment of complete amazement was after our last dinner in Paris, i strolled away from our group and saw the Eiffel tower all lit up and shrouded in the evening fog."

Joseph

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw more in 21 days than I could ever see on my own in that amount of time and for the amount of money I spent. Each new hotel was a unique experience; the breakfasts with our tour members were very nice and a highlight of each day. The tours of each city were great; I would have been lost on my own. I even enjoyed the bus ride - very relaxing as I watched the beautiful countryside go by. I now know Europe much, much better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Switzerland was the most beautiful part of the trip. The Swiss cows with their bells clanging, blocking the road at times, was wonderful. The mountains, green valleys and peaceful atmosphere was about the best part of my trip. The museums in Florence were unbelievable with the most beautiful statuary and paintings I could imagine. Paris was great - I will definitely be going back here to visit on my own in the future."

Mark

Lakeland, MN

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Matt and Evelyn are such friendly and helpful people. A real joy to be around. Had a wonderful time with all our fellow tour members. Some, I now consider friends that I will stay in touch with. Bus broke down two times within two days which cut into some of our local tour events, but Matt and Evelyn handled it as best as anyone could have. The local guides were fantastic and made the trip for me. Food was generally pretty good. Accommodations were quite good and located perfectly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oktoberfest in Munich (an unanticipated stop) what fun!! Met a German family there sat at their table Google translate communications - what a blast. Schilthorn - it was actually clear - Sun Dogs - Mount Blanc in the distance. Amazing. Alpine hike beautiful! Coliseum in Rome - I though I was going to dislike Rome, but the local guide Marta gave us a tour of ancient Rome and it changed my mind about Rome."

Ken

El Dorado Hills, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. The Rick Steves' tour guide, the amazing sites the museum and city walk guides, the hotels, the food and the bus were all simply outstanding. This tour was an exceptional value because we saw way more than we ever would have going to these countries on our own. The best sights to see at the best possible time were selected for us, all we had to do is show up on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it is hard to pick just one. Here are a few of my favorites; seeing the Eiffel Tower at night (from a tour boat) with all its shimmering lights illuminated. Going on a night walking tour in Florence and coming across a 5 piece orchestra playing in the exquisite acoustics of the surrounding buildings; a quiet morning tour in Venice before the "barbarian's" (cruise ship visitors) show up."

David

Gillette, WY

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful tour experience (as I expected - and I wasn't let down). Exactly what I expected from Rick Steve's Tours. I am a repeat customer, and will continue to be in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am a hiker, so my two favorite "wow" moments were the day we hiked in the Alps and the day I hiked over the mountain ridges from Monterosso to Vernazza. The weather wasn't great but it didn't prevent us from going in either place. I found the Alps amazing. We don't have anything comparable here."

John

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really fun, well organized, delightful guide,driver, people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. La Salada Restaurant in Florence. They kept bringing us plate after plate of food, and bottles and bottles of wine. It was just a roman food orgy. 2. The Paris subway. I was in Paris with my 90 year old mother years ago and she refused to take the subway, so I had to walk everywhere, saw little, and was exhausted and didn't look forward to coming back. We went everywhere we wanted this time, burned thru 20 tickets each in three days, and just wound up riding around on the subway for fun."

Jeanne

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are very pleased about the quality and value of the Europe 21 day tour. We received more than what was listed! Ragen was constantly surprising us with extras. We would not hesitate to recommend your tours to anyone. Just getting into museums etc. and not waiting in the long lines was a great value. The local guides gave us info that we wouldn't get on our own. Of course, the bus and the local transportation lessons made getting around without hassles possible and headache free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was the hike in the Alps in Switzerland. I love to hike and was disappointed that the Chinque Terre was closed. The surrounding mountains were so beautiful, I felt that I was in The Sound of Music."

Janet

Lake Elsinore, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about each country and everything was planned well as far as how many days you stayed at places and the attractions we went to and the amount of free time was balanced nicely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but my favorite was the Swiss Alps."

Carolyn

Gillette, WY

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having taken the Week in Paris Tour in 2016, I already had high expectations for this Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour. Not once, was I disappointed. Daily, even hourly sometimes, I was amazed and delighted by the experiences I had on this tour. It was educational, enlightening, fulfilling, and immensely fun! I know the purpose of the scope and pace of the tour was to give an overview of the variety of Europe's attractions, but I always felt I wanted to stay longer and see and do and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot limit my "wow' moments to just one. A few of my favorite things were: the distinctive architecture of buildings, boxes of flowers around windows, green fields and grazing animals, hilltop castles, precarious vineyards, ancient city walls, art in situ with the sculpture, paintings, buildings that sprang to life, breathtaking seaside and mountain vistas, new and delicious tastes of foods and drinks, and all encompassing were the warm relationships that grew with our tour members."

Barbara

Lake Elsinore, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. With Ragen as or tour guide how could you possibly go wrong. Our tour group of 28 was just the right size. I have been to most of the countries before but it was such a long time ago that I just wanted a sampling of each so if I were to go back I could limit myself to the areas I really want to explore. Ragen made the trip fun, informative and the memories I have taken away will last a life time. The local tour guides were good as well, some better than others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's been on my bucket list to go to Cinque Terre for over 30 years and it didn't disappoint me. It was a WOW moment. And Switzerland, how beautiful and serene is this country. Riding the bus (btw, Math was a great bus driver) and going into Switzerland provided me with many WOW moments. For sure, this is God's country!!"

Bob

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first tour that my wife or I have been on. The experience was delightful. From the moment we met Regan our "tour guide" to the moment we all said goodbye. The tour felt like a well oiled machine. (I suppose an experienced tour guide has a lot to do with that). Europe in 21 days? Very well done Rick Steve's Tours! Very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bev my wife went on the tour to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. In Venice, everyone in our tour wanted to do the gondola tour. Much to our surprise (and not realizing until after talking to Matt and Debbie who were celebrating their 30th anniversary). Regen put both us couples on the gondola with the guitar player and operatic singer. Made for a very special memory for both couples. The other "wow" moment was hiking in Switzerland with Regan and the group."

Nancy

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided the level of structure and free time to explore that my husband and I were looking for. The instructions/suggestions provided prior to the tour were very helpful, particularly the suggestion to travel with a carry-on sized bag. In total we were away from home 37 days so we were truly tired of the clothes in that suitcase but the size of the bag made our travels within the tour and after much easier. I couldn't imaging getting on and off transport with a larger bag.

Nina

Orange, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect! Loved staying in historic parts of the cities and towns we visited and within walking distance of some of the best must see sites in the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence! Listening to classical musicians (buskers) in the Uffizi courtyard during our evening walking tour and sitting in a curbside cafe having a glass of vino with scooters and cars roaring by."

Patricia

Arlington, TX

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. First time to go on a Rick Steves' tour. Always in the past have planned my European excursions (using his guidebooks ) so it was really nice to go and have everything planned. Of course, I give Ragen a great deal of credit for his excellent guidance!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments . First would be the first sight of the snow capped Alps --truly reflecting God's marvelous creation. Second would be the Eiffel Tower. I'm a really really big fan of Paris!!! Pantheon in Rome was also a "wow" moment."

Julie

Twain Harte, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The group of fellow travelers were fabulous, not a single grump in the bunch. Even the dreary rain & unseasonable cold weather didn't dampen our fun. The group meals were all delicious & the extras our tour guide Regan provided such as wine at dinner, evening hunt for gelato, gentle optional hikes, and chocolates on the bus were welcome surprises. Coach driver Math is a gem & added much to our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On an evening walk in Florence, with the crowds gone and the city quiet, a string quartet was playing in the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery. It was enchanting."

Nancy

Roswell, GA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow...I am blown away how wonderful the experience of traveling on a Rick Steves was! Our guide, Ragan, was 5 stars plus some! All the locations were exactly what I would have chosen had I done a European tour on my own. I have been to Europe 4 or 5 times prior to this trip and was concerned that I would be repeating some sites. However, it was not a problem but an enhancement of the whole trip. The onsite guides were full of knowledge! I'd be first in line to do another RS trip! Thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wish I could limit the '"wow" moments but there were too many to mention. Maybe Cinque Terra? I had been there before a few times but it always "takes my breath away"! OH.....and the Alps!!!"

Gary

Corsicana, TX

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was very good except the hotel in Bacharach, Germany. While I was there at that hotel, it was so bad that all I wanted to do was to leave and come home. That place was a dump!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Debra

Antelope, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was definitely a trip of a lifetime. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and every day was a new adventure. There were days when we would stand in awe of the scenery or buildings/churches and have to pinch ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Regan had arranged a gondola ride for all of us in Venice. He also arranged for musicians to ride along with us and another couple who were celebrating their 40th anniversary."

David

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stimulus overload. I've never seen so much beauty in such a short time span. We tried to keep a journal of our trip. Soon, we found it impossible. The long days of standing and walking and gawking left us exhausted at the end of the day. But I have to say, even on our "down time" we kept up a grueling pace. There's just so much to see and do. We loved our trip and certainly hope to do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment? Only one? Impossible to say. Was it the Sistine Chapel? The statue of David, which brought me close to tears? The Pieta? Perhaps the Mona Lisa. The magnificence of hiking in the Alps? Allow me to put it this way, instead of "Rick Steves' Europe," call it "Rick Steves' European WOW Tour." Everyday had a "wow.""

Kenneth

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good tour, Demitri was very good. Knowledgeable, and very interesting. The tour group was a lot of fun and every one was a good sport.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Rome and Paris the most. Very good food and lots to see."

Mary

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unforgettable. What an amazing experience. So much more than I was expecting. Great guide and Bus Driver. All were so knowledgeable. Great sense of humor. Loved it all want more of this. So many people followed me on facebook. They all want to do the same. Loved all of the local guides. Especially Elizabeth. So funny. Thanks to all who helped coordinate such a flawless trip. Loved, loved, loved it all Rick Steves knows Europe!,,,,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Vatican and Rome. Loved allthe food and wine."

Michael

Prescott, WI

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Europe (21 days) tour was all it was cracked up to be. What always makes things like this work are the people and our tour group was so wonderful. Neither my wife or I would hesitate to travel anywhere with anyone of the group members. Our guide (Dmitri) was also something special. I particularly appreciated the fact of his willingness to discuss some very personal viewpoints of his.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the whole tour. From beginning to end, just when you'd thought you'd seen it all, you'd round a corner and something even more fabulous than before would pop up. The little surprise side-trips (e.g., to Munich) were an added bonus."

Alan

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very informative and fun experience. It was enjoyable to see places I had read about over the years and to re-visit some sites that I had not seen in many years. It was great for my wife to experience and see Europe as she had not been there before. It was much less stressful than my first trip to Europe as the Rick Steves program provided the logistics to see Europe and we could relax and take it all in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have always loved Switzerland and the Alps. We hiked in the new fallen snow to Kleine Scheidegge and although it was cloudy and snowy it was a fun experience. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is gorgeous and I took a hike on my own in the late afternoon and evening to see the stream, waterfalls and lush green countryside. Switzerland is so clean and fresh and beautiful that its a place I would return to many times. In some ways it is similar to my home state of Oregon. The Swiss were very friendly."

Judith

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 2017 Best of Europe Tour was outstanding. The group of people we were with were wonderful and that helped to make this tour great. Dimitri was a fantastic guide and made the tour interesting and fun. Jean was a great driver and also made the trip enjoyable. I am already looking at another trip for 2018.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the landscape in Switzerland. What a beautiful country. The lush, green valley was unforgettable. The waterfalls were beautiful. Hiking in the Alps while it was snowing was a cold, wonderful, memorable experience."

Bud

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very good experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"berner overlan and tyrol"

Manuel

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Way, way more than what I expected. First of all, the people in our tour group were wonderful. It was as if we had all been hand picked and brought together. And our guide, Dimitri, did a fantastic job. From the start he made all of us feel comfortable with each other. It was like we had known each other forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" was when we were in Switzerland. I never imagined that I would someday be hiking in the Swiss Alps while it was snowing. Being a person who prefers sunshine and warmth, this truly caught me by surprise."

Thomas

New Berlin, WI

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed it all! These were bucket list destinations and all unique in their own special way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our expectations were high everywhere we went. Every stop was great, but I think the Netherlands was most surprising. It was a real gem... interesting culture, friendly people, great food and plenty to see and do. In second place, was Lauterbrunnen...only because the weather, but the beauty is beyond words."

Vickie

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations. I loved the variety of activities, the local guides, eating foods from each region, and staying in small towns and villages, big cities too. Though some days were long, and we were up and out early, there were opportunities to rest. Our tour leader, Dimitri, was dynamic! He set the tone for our group creating a "family" culture from the start. His knowledge of each area and the travel skills he shared empowered me to reach out to the locals and explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. But what I will remember most is walking to the harbor in Vernazza, then climbing up the tower at Castello Doria, a scene taken right out of a photograph I have at home. Hiking in the Swiss Alps when it was snowing was very special too."

Craig

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour immensely. It was very thorough for the cities visited and Dimitri made it entertaining and informative. I enjoyed it most when we used the headsets. I was able to hear better and it allowed me to keep up on the narrative while I moved around the group photographing all of the areas we were visiting. The way we first explored as a group allowed us to feel comfortable to navigate on our own when time permitted. The sites chosen were great. Too short at some sites as expected

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we missed a tram in Rome, the look on Dimitri's face as the train left us was priceless. The real wow moment though was the Forum."

Shelley

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. We covered six countries and had many cultural experiences. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime. We also made some friends from the tour group, which was definitely a plus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Alps - the scenery was breathtaking. Quite a difference traveling from hot Rome to the snow covered Alps."

Kyle

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the best way to experience Europe, especially for the first time. The number of places we visited and the sights we saw are innumerable. I keep looking back through my photos in awe of what we did. There weren't any moments that I wish I had done differently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've had some time to think about this and I'd have to say that walking into St. Peter's Basilica was probably the most amazing part for me. It was simply so grand and breathtaking in its entirety."

Nancy

Springfield, IL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second tour, do we knew all the good things to expect. The pre-planning information is very helpful. Upon arrival the hotels used by the company do their best to please. Tim was an exceptional tour guide, as well as the local guided. The planning went off without a hitch and all of the members of the tour were very happy with the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the Eiffel Tower light up."

Patsy

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the most incredible tour I've ever taken! It had just the right amount of guided tour time balanced with free time on our own to explore the area. I have taken tours and the guides would be informative, however, the local tour guides we had were personable, while being informative. The only negative I can say about a local guide was Tom (?) in Bacharach. He went way over the length of time allowed. He acknowledged he knew he was going long but continued on for another 30+ minutes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular views traveling from Italy to Switzerland! Around every corner was another amazing view. and this was even with obstructed views of the Alps due to clouds and intermittent rain. There were a number of lakes during that drive that were also very picturesque. Everyone's cameras were snapping pictures on both sides of the bus during that drive."

Elizabeth

Rancho Cordova, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tim is a terrific guide, the group we were with were really nice folks. My plan was to get a taste of each region so I could know where I wanted to go back later and spend more time. I loved the ones I expected to, but I also loved the places I didn't expect to. The days were busy but not too overwhelming. Rooms could be snug, especially the showers, but it was a reasonable compromise to be able to stay in the interesting places we stayed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So difficult to choose! It felt like there were new "wow"s every day! If I have to pick just one it would have to be sitting in a coffee shop in Piazza San Marco, Venice after a rain storm and seeing the reflections of the buildings in the water standing in the square."

Joann

Fond Du Lac, WI

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything and more than expected. Tim was an excellent tour guide . He made the trip so much fun for everyone. Also, our driver, Richard was great. He and Tim were a great team and made the whole experience wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if there was any favorite "wow" moment. The whole trip was "WOW"! I think we enjoyed the traveling through the countryside and seeing the mountains in Switzerland, but we also enjoyed the bigger cities that we visited."

Connie

Estacada, OR

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tim was amazing. He taught us, joked with us, kept us safe, was patient and had the energy to keep going. The various guides taught us about their city clearly and for the most part in a concise manner. Each of the hotels was unique and charming. They all had a special charm. I came home exhausted but willing to go again after a long rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beaune surprised me with the owner's personal remarks, the wine tasting and the show the town puts on at night on the walls of the buildings. Very creative."

Lisa

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be and more! Breathtakingly beautiful scenery, memorable and inspirational experiences enhanced by Tim's fascinating history lessons and insights (and humor), mouth-wateringly delicious food and drink, and all of it shared with an amazing group of interesting new friends. I kept thinking, "I can't believe I get to be HERE, doing THIS, with all of these wonderful people!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day and every place produced "wow" moments. Churches and canals, museums, and gardens, sculptures and paintings, castles and ruins, bratwurst and boeuf bourgignon, the Vatican and the Alps, and on and on. Truly a trip of a lifetime!"

Barbara

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a fan of "things well administered" I'm giving 3 cheers to the RS team for the suberb attention to detail and also the cheerful willingness to go with the flow when the situation demanded (and it did). Hats off to Tim's easy going optimism and joie de vivre that helped keep everyone's attitudes in the positive range. I loved getting to know my fellow travelers and the unique contribution made by each one to the team dynamic. Now we're signed up for Ireland in the Spring!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding a small, carved wooden crucifix at the Bargello gallery in Florence, attributed to Michelangelo's 'student days.' No crowds, very quiet...just me, Jesus, Michelangelo. And food, wine, art and architecture!"

Lorraine

Thorold, ON

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived in Haarlem and met Tim and the rest of our tour group I could sense that this was going to be a lot of fun. I was not disappointed! From tasting the regional dishes to laughing on the bus...this was a trip I will remember forever. To have every detail taken care of in advance made for a seamless no stress vacation. To discover so many sights and have so many OMG! moments in one vacation is quite frankly astounding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since we've returned home I've had numerous people ask me "what was your favourite country, sight, experience etc". I find this very difficult to answer, it seemed at every bend in the road, every new village or city and every corner we turned there was another "WOW". And to have the history given along with the sights (whether it was Tim or a local guide) made the experience that much more of a Wow moment."

Becky

Davidson, NC

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great content from morning until night -- just see the itinerary! I liked the rhythm of it, sleeping two nights in a place, seeing the major sights, getting to know a place some, then on the road again. Even heavy coach days were filled with beautiful scenery, informative and sometimes humorous mini-history lessons, getting to know other folks, special lunch stops -- oh, and chocolate & gelato all along the way. Not to mention enough ideas, books, and movies to explore for the year to come.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One was the Wieskirche, the Rococo-style church in Germany. How does it get any better than beautiful rolling countryside accompanied by cow bells and church bells playing together? Inside, creamy white, blue and gold set off by abundant light. A second, realizing there wasn't just the one waterfall you strained to take a picture of from the bus coming into Switzerland. And, alas, riding into Paris with Edith Piaf playing over the speaker system. She makes perfect sense there."

Richard

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent sampler of Europe. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Now I can evaluate each country and decide if I want to do a more in-depth trip to any county.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The interior of the Pantheon."

Patrick

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip definitely exceeded my expectations. This was my first RS tour and I was a bit concerned about spending 3 weeks with 26 complete strangers. The pre-trip information and expectations for the travelers was excellent in term of establishing the right "culture" for our traveling team. The people were wonderful and all the logistical issues of travel were entirely covered by RSE; this allowed us to relax and fully enjoy all the daily amazing sights and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bacharach Germany: Staying in the Hotel Kranenturm, walking to the Werner Chapel in the morning, exploring the Rheinfels Castle and then seeing several villages and castles from the Rhine river cruise in the afternoon. (That's a long "wow" moment!)"

Kirk

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was exceptionally well-organized and executed. Transportation, lodging and meals were great. Selection of special events was excellent. Tour guide (Tim) was extremely knowledgeable and capable. His facility with multiple languages and knowledge of European history was a real plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the stay in Haarlem, with the mix of medieval buildings and modern living, and learning about how the Dutch embrace a physically-active lifestyle (bicycling). The other destinations were all wonderful, since I had not been to any before. I learned alot about Europe, which was my main goal. I was wowed by the monumental cathedrals and other buildings built during medieval times, that will never be attempted again."

Peter

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I and my family had a fantastic experience during this trip. I enjoyed not only the places we visited in Europe, but the very good explanations and historical reviews and perspectives, of the places we visited, provided by our guide. I also enjoyed our guide's humor and his ability to relate to each and every member of the team young and old, male and female.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Louvre and Versailles"

Mark

Colfax, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. It was well organized and exceeded my expectations. Tim was fabulous. Very knowledgeable, patient, organized and full of great surprises. He always made you feel that you were a special part of the tour. He knew everyone's name quickly and ensured that we were all having the time of our lives. Richard, our bus driver, was great. He engaged with the group, played great music on the bus and kept us safe on the road. An extermely skilled driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved how Tim took us through Rome at night and stopped right before we got to the Pantheon, turned the corner, and there it was in all it's glory. It was a great moment. Even better to see inside the next morning. The whole tour was a WOW experience!"

Judy

Colfax, CA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. It was well organized and exceeded my expectations. Tim was fabulous. Very knowledgeable, patient, organized and full of great surprises. He always made you feel that you were a special part of the tour. He knew everyone's name quickly and ensured that we were all having the time of our lives. Richard, our bus driver, was great. He engaged with the group, played great music on the bus and kept us safe on the road. An extermely skilled driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved how Tim took us through Rome at night and stopped right before we got to the Pantheon, turned the corner, and there it was in all it's glory. It was a great moement. Even better to see inside the next morning."

Theresa

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime for my husband and I and we had very high expectations. We were not disappointed! Cary, our guide, was amazing. She prepared us so well for every stop...from the itinerary, to brief language and culture information. Every stop was breathtaking and unforgettable. I was worried about laundry and they build that into the schedule. Yes, you actually only need a carry-on for 21 days :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to pick because there were many but Trummelbach Falls in Switzerland was spectacular. I was expecting the Mona Lisa to be, the David, and the Sistine Chapel, but the falls was unexpected. The German countryside was amazing and there were special "surprises" built into the schedule that were so much fun!"

Liz

Ashvile, OH

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike through Switzerland was beautiful and the time was perfect for everyone to choose how much they wanted to do for the day."

Susan

Escondido, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was incredibly impressed with this tour. It was well planned and expertly run. Cary and Erin did a fantastic job of orchestrating everything. It was nice to see Europe without the hassles of planning. I liked the combination of guided tours and free time. I loved the hotels and the food. This was my second Rick Steven' tour, and I hope to go on another one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing compares to the Swiss Alps, but I had been there previously, and thus was aware of their grandeur. My favorite Wow on this trip was Haarlem. I wasn't expecting this beautiful, quaint, romantic town. I wish we could have stayed longer."

Roque

Holyoke, MA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience touring Europe was very enjoyable indeed. I was very happy looking at the architecture of 500 to 2000 years ago and how well preserved and still being use for public and private benefit. Visiting the small European towns were the best part of the trip. Towns like Cinque Terrace, Rothenberger, Buchara and Orvieto were very pleasant to see and dive into the culture, history and culinary arts. They offer a plethora of sights, culture and arts that are typical of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The small historical town out of the beaten path were my wow moments."

Stanley

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Blowtorch fine!!! Carey led us from one "mountain top" experience to another. She is the WoWessa of WoW! She is the Cappo di tute Guido (guide). She is a peach! She was very helpful and organized. She was high energy and positive (when did she sleep? She helped us get tickets to the Eiffel Tower when we lost them. She gave very good advice on where to go and where not to go. We loved the historical background, maps, and vocabulary lists she gave us for each town or city we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Florence was our favorite city by far. My wife celebrated birthday and Carey got her a cake! Two little girls made pictures for my wife! Way too cool! The Academia and the Uffizzi Gallery were fascinating and a bit overwhelming. Our guide (Ricardo) at those two places was extremely knowledgeable: he pointed out that Michelangelo's David was preparing to bash-in Goliath's head with a rock, and he(Ricardo) sang for us the Puccini aria from "A Room with A View". That dude is a dude! Bravo!"

Anna

London, ON

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. It was really well organised with great guides and tour mates. A great introduction to Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris fill with music from the organ was a "wow" for me."

Joseph

Augusta, ME

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love to travel. I've been many places but never to Europe so this was my first time visiting all the places on the 21 day tour. First I would like to say that Rick does an excellent job getting you ready for the tour. He takes care to pass on his knowledge and tips on travel in Europe. What I think he has also done very well, is pass on his passion and his knowledge to his tour guides. It is Rick and in my case, Cary and her assistant Erin that made the trip so special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had it's own WOW moment. When I look back, it's hard to believe how much I saw. Many sights and landmarks made me say wow. From the Coliseum to the Eiffel Tower, every sight was amazing. I think my most incredible moments were when nature took over. The mountains and waterfalls of Switzerland made me speechless. Following Rick's advice to "get lost" at least once and see Europe through the back door made the trip great. Connecting with locals made it special."

Elizabeth

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everywhere we went was amazing. The format where we learned about the city/country and dinners together were so helpful in getting us oriented. Our tour guide, Cary and her assistant Erin were so helpful and friendly. There were no stupid questions and they each deserve a medal for answering questions repeatedly without getting too frustrated!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fireworks in Lauderbrunnen. It was amazing to be in the pasture with a huge bonfire watching (and FEELING!) the fireworks. The sound was amazing as it reverberated off the rock wall face. Then back at the hotel we could see fireworks being shot off from the rock face across from the hotel. My birthday in Florence was so special. I am a preschool teacher so when the restaurant owner's grandchild and her friend drew me pictures and encased them in a child-made envelop, I was so moved!"

Mary

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. Saw a lot and learned a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Village of Haarlem"

Gary

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw a lot....did a lot. Really enjoyed the other members of our tour group. Cary and Erin were great. They gave lots of individual attention to everyone....never appeared stressed or rattled. Good sense of humor. Good balance between bus rides and two day stays. Also, good balance between planned activities and free time. Wide range of physical activities available for everyone from avid hikers to those preferring more shuttle, gondola, Metro rides, etc. Busy three weeks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps views were unbelievable!"

Arvinder

Brea, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip beyond what I thought it would be like. The tour guides Cary and her assistant Erin were terrific in helping and guiding, The chosen hotels were interesting, clean, and comfortable and all of them had great breakfasts. All the meals provided by the tour were authentic, fresh, local and delicious. Enjoyed the passion of all the local tour guides. The group of fellow travellers was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour guide Cary was my "wow" of the trip. She was passionate, understanding, thoughtful, resourceful, inspiring, intelligent, kind, and with all the common sense needed."

Jane

Gresham, OR

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was out first time in Europe and our first Rick Steves' tour. It was awe-inspiring and phenomenal! We are still reeling from the cultural effects and the fast pace of the 21 days tour. We wake up each morning thinking we should be in Paris or Venice or Rome. We wish we could have spent an extra day in each city-no maybe a week! Everyday experiences and vistas here at home are comfortable, but do not provide the "zing" of travel. We are hooked!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments: The breathtaking view from the top of the Schilthorn, the charming town of Bacharach, the cavernous yet intimately spiritual St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the romantic gondola ride in Venice with accordion music and soloist, my professional trumpet-playing husband playing a duet on the Alpenhorn in Lauterbrunnen, and our tour group saying goodbye in the shadow of the illuminated Eiffel Tower in Paris."

Robert

Gresham, OR

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This 21 day tour was amazing. It would have been impossible to see all the things we saw and do all the things we did without the guidance and planning of your staff. My wife and I had been told by our world traveler friends that this tour was the most complete tour available - and they were 100% right! The time went by so quickly. I still wake up in the middle of the night thinking that I am in Rome,Paris,or ? and I have a bus to catch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to say what was my favorite "wow" moment - there were so many. It seemed like there were at least 2-6 "wow" moments per day! Standout would have to be: 1. Playing a duet on the Alpenhorn with the professional player in Lauterbrunnen (Cary set up) 2. Going to a concert of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" at Vivaldi's Church in Venice (Cary helped us arrange) 3. Neuschwanstein Castle, gondola boat ride in Venice, Trevi Fountain, Schilthorn, Louve, Versailles."

Virginia

Brentwood, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour delivered everything it promised & more. Every place we went was a feast for all the senses!Our tour guide Cary & her assistant, Erin were fabulous!Everything was thoughtfully planned & executed.This meant that all you had to do was enjoy the trip & create wonderful memories. The local guides were terrific & an indispensable aspect of the tour. They made history comes alive. This tour is wonderfully exhausting! Embrace traveling light & wear good walking shoes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments to choose from but the drive to the Swiss Alps & our alpine hike were my very favorite "wow" moments. Nature at its best - it was so impossibly beautiful!"

Bill

Elizabethton, TN

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

THIS WAS A BUCKET LIST TRIP. IT WAS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCES MY WIFE AND HAVE EVER HAD. WHEN YOU CONSIDER ALL THAT WE WERE ABLE TO SEE AND DO, IT WAS A TREMENDOUS VALUE. RICK STEVES GROUP TOOK CARE OF ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS AND GUIDING WHICH LEFT US WITH SPENDING OUR TIME ENJOYING THE TRIP. FAR EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"tHERE WERE SO MANY WOW MOMENTS, BUT I SUPPOSE THE MY FAVORITE WOULD BE THE ALPS. WE TOOK A HIKE THE SCENERY WAS BREATH TAKING."

Robert

Brentwood, CA

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 21 day Best of Europe trip with Cary as the principle guide was amazing, educating, physically exhausting, and perfect all in one sentence. Cary and Erin, her assistant, made every effort w/ the utmost patience, to deliver a 5-star experience for each of us. Each day started early and we were out the door to explore. We learned a great deal about local customs, different languages, meals, history, and geography. This tour comes with an emphatic - Go do it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I got up early (6am) each day. We tried to beat the crowds to heavy tourist sights. "Wow" moment(s): Our gondola ride in Venice with the music aboard. There were several gondolas for the entire tour, but my birthday was a few days before. Cary didn't forget that, as well as for another couple that was celebrating their anniversary, so the musician and singer were on our (4 of us) small boat - WOW,- LOVED IT! That was very special."

Jesse

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps walk was fantastic and picturesque"

David

Port Orchard, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Centrally located hotels, comfortable bus, and knowledgeable guide. We did have personality conflicts among some of the adults that created some tense times, but it was nothing that couldn't be handled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss mountains were breathtaking."

Jean

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience exceeded my expectations in all regards. We immensely enjoyed exploring Europe with fellow travelers and the freedom from worry provided through letting the arrangements and planning be handled by others and the presence of a fun and knowledgeable guide. Every day seemed like it was the highlight of the trip, only to be out-done the next day. We feel blessed to have been a part of a wonderful group of travelers and look forward to lasting friendships with many of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments. My favorite was the first time my 15 year old son spontaneously hugged me and said "thank you so much for taking me on this amazing trip mom." He did this many times, typically when we were out walking about and always unsolicited. We took the trip so our kids could develop an appreciation for different cultures and the rich history of Europe. The trip delivered far beyond what we had hoped for. We can't wait for our next Rick Steves tour!"

David

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was life changing to walk through Europe and travel back through time. Our guide Dimitri did an awesome job every step of the journey. I could better see and understand the changes and struggles that occurred in Europe over the past 1500 years through this tour. We also, through Dimitri and the host of local experts, got a real sense of people living today in these incredible places. We also met some incredible fellow travelers and made lasting friendships and memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to limit to 500 words. The beautiful interior of the first church in Haarlem; seeing the bikes in Amsterdam; seeing my first (of hundreds!) castle; the cruise up the Rhine; waking up in Bacharach during a storm; the hike along the lake to castles in Austria; seeing St Marks for the first time; being on the water in Venice; being in the Vatican; hiking in the Alps; Paris on Bastille day; there was honestly a wow moment for me each and every day!"

Bambi

Salem, OR

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. Was great sampler. The best part was sharing it with my beautiful daughter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to Florence, Venice and Rome which of course had wow moments. Cinque Terre under a full moon was my wow moment, the Alps in Switzerland were beautiful and awe inspiring!"

Weather

Netherlands / Amsterdam

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Germany / Munich

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Austria / Vienna

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Italy / Venice

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Italy / Florence

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Italy / Rome

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Switzerland / Bern

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France / Paris

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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