• 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

2019

    • May 12–Jun 1 (Su–Sa)
    • $5,295 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Arnhem Open-Air Museum

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    • Jun 9–Jun 29 (Su–Sa)
    • $5,295 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Europe come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 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

Robin

Mesquite, NV

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been wanting to do this tour for years, and am SO glad we chose it as our celebratory retirement trip. It is fast paced, and there isn't a lot of time in each location, but we knew that going in. As was the case with the other R.S. tour we took, the itinerary hit the high points of each location we visited. This tour exceeded all of my expectations! We had a blast!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With 6 countries and so many stops, it is impossible to pick 1 wow moment. Walking through the castle ruins in St. Goar with the local guide was amazing! The narrative adds SO much to the experience! Hiking up the hill to King Ludwig's castle, early in the morning before it got crowded was lovely! Our weather was perfect, the fall colors bright... And the wine tasting in the cellar of a 13th century building (where we stayed!) in Beaune was magical and so informative! We will return there."

O'Brien

Columbus, NJ

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time in Europe and I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the Swiss Alps was my biggest "wow" moment. I ended up hiking down into one of the valleys and the view was just an unbelievable thing to behold. Of course, I loved all of the cities and museums, but passed a certain point you want to get away from all of that and just soak up some nature (only so many paintings and historical facts I can learn before I become overwhelmed and need a break ha ha). The time spent in Switzerland was a very nice break from all of that."

Charles

Mesquite, NV

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was as described and did not disappoint. Our trip went smoothly from our landing in Amsterdam (thanks for the details on how to take the bus to Haarlem) to our departure from Paris. I appreciated the way the tour strived to engage us in the culture and located us in central locations at each stop. We had taken a previous tour to Rome and I enjoy trying to be a participant in the experience. My wife and I had an awesome time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a hard question but I would have to say the Schilthorn trip up while we were in Lauterbrunnen. The weather was beautiful and the view of the three peaks, including the Eiger was a truly amazing sight. I went out in the evening at the chalet to hear the cowbells (a relaxing sound to me - especially knowing I'm hearing them in Switzerland). For fun I have to add the luge run in Austria (I'm glad the weather permitted!) and the accordions in Reutte."

Gerry

Forest Lake, MN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all our expectations! Wonderfully planed, extreamly will organized and a fantastic tour guide. Thank you for making our first Europen vacation an exciding, wonderful and memerable experance!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To many to limit it to one favorite; Acent Rome, the Cinque Terre & the Swiss Alps initially come to mind."

Katie

Whittier, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip, experiencing so much more then expected. Our guide Jody was a large reason we felt so comfortable and appreciative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Every country gave us a wow moment, from views, guide experiences, to meals. Wow view, the hillsides of the Swiss Alps. Wow guide, was our guide in Bacharach Germany who gave us his families personal story. Wow food, dinner in Beaune."

Donna

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were 3 in our party & we all had such a wonderful trip! Everything was well-coordinated; the accommodations were clean & comfortable, the breakfasts & tour-sponsored dinners were tasty & of very good quality, the sightseeing & city hikes were interesting, & Jody our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable & very helpful. The tour was an excellent value for everything we saw & did, which was so much! I have been recommending Rick Steves' to family, friends & co-workers since our return

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite WOW moments from the tour was the gondola ride that Jody arranged for us in Venice. It was sunset on the Grand Canal & the weather was gorgeous. It was definitely something I will always remember & cherish."

Douglas

Yakima, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip! Well organized and met my expectations for my first extensive European trip. Enjoyed every location, hotels and especially the food! I'm already looking at options for my next Rick Steves adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow " moments were many but the group interaction and our guide Jody made the trip memorable. In a short time we felt like a travelling family and a functional one at that. Long term friendships were made on this trip."

Kai

Rosemount, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was wonderful - the careful planning of everything, from meals to hotels to activities, made it almost perfect. Jody was a fantastic guide and always kept us on task and positive, and the tour itinerary was so well crafted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ending the tour in Paris, with all the different aspects of daily life on display in such a beautiful city. The true spirit of modern Paris on the left bank of the Seine really spoke to me - especially the booksellers at the green stands selling old books that have passed through many hands within a short distance of amazing historic buildings like Notre Dame. History and the human spirit really felt alive there."

Bruce

Rosemount, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fantastic and memorable experience! We researched many tour options, decided that the Rick Steves 21-Day Best of Europe was indeed the best one, and the actual tour more than exceeded our already high expectations. The structure of the tour and choice of hotels and guides made us feel like we really got to know the places we visited and the people who live there. The pace was just right to help us get the most out of our visits but also give us enough time at the right time to relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide arranged for an optional Venetian gondola ride, and my "wow" moment was emerging unexpectedly from a small side canal into the Grand Canal at sunset with the Rialto Bridge silhouetted behind us and a beautiful pink and purple postcard of Venice stretching out in front of us. It was truly magical."

Richard

Sequim, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have previously been to Europe but my wife has not. This type of tour was the perfect venue to show her the "sights" and to refresh my memories of the previous visit. There was a nice mix of big cities and quaint villages - of large cathedrals and small chapels - of fantastic museums and ancient castles. I am a history nut and a visual person. This itinerary was satisfying on both counts. While I could have taken more time at nearly every stop, I did not feel rushed by the schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt the local guides added tremendously to the understanding of the history and stories behind the cities and the artwork and the architecture and the local culture. It added a depth of understanding that is not possible to obtain from a guidebook."

Pamela

Sequim, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience with a full-on structured tour and we couldn't be happier with our decision to go with a Rick Steves tour. It was well planned with just the right amount of travel, events and sights to make us firm Rick Steves believers. We had a great time and will be looking for our next adventure in the very near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a 'wow' moment, making this a tough question to answer. From Amsterdam to Haarlem, from Austria to Switzerland, from the Mona Lisa to the statue of David, from the Forum to the Eiffel Tower...too many to choose just one."

Debbie

Dana Point, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first trip abroad and it was a wonderful learning experience. The tour kept us moving in a way that we not have done on our own, making it very cost efficient. Would have rather seen Rijksmuseum in the morning as to spend more time there and see the red light district after, which was optional "but should have been a part of the tour". Also wish the church in Haarlem was a part of the tour. 2 full days in each destination would have been better, 1 tour day & 1 free day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments! Ocktoberfest was an unexpected exciting surprise, we were so happy to go. The Swiss Alps so beautiful to look at, the gondola ride and best drinking water during the trip. Riding the luge and the Rocco church in Bavaria plus the beautiful countryside. The coast of Italy Cinque Terre it felt so good to return to the open sea and lets not forget Gelato in Italy. Really cool learning the transportation system in Europe now travel does not seem so threatening and overwhelming."

Diane

Clifton Park, NY

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This was my first tour with your company. 3rd trip for my cousin. Total knee replacement & need other done. Guide wouldn't tell me what to expect each day as far as climbing, walking, etc. 2 people drank A LOT on the bus and used the bathroom on the bus which stank it up! They ruined the bus ride No wi-fi on the bus Bus driver very gruff not very friendly Very small showers Fell and got hurt in Switzerland Told we would be left multiple times

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot Mad King Ludwigs castle Climbing through castle Orivette Gondola ride Walking through Paris Rialto bridge Trevi fountain Cinque Terra"

Micheal

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour for inexperienced travelers! Everything was take care of and well explained in advance by our fantastic tour guide (Jody). As we approached each site, Jody offered extensive information of the history and culture we were about to enter along with making it extremely enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the trails along the Swiss Alps above Lauterbrunnen, the sites were fantastic, fall colors were starting to peak and the crisp cool air of the hills was perfect!"

Michael

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Things were well planned and interesting. Dimitri was wonderful to travel with. He really did a nice job as did Paul, our driver. The meals and the hotels were quite good. Staying in hotels in the center of things was a plus. The local museum guides were highly knowledgeable and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. Luging in the Alps was pretty cool. I felt like a kid again."

Linda

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very impressed with the tour as a whole. We saw so much that I have been wanting to see for years. It was overwhelming and incredible! The guides that we had at each location were so informative and fascinating to listen to. Each of them had such wonderful personalities in addition to being a wealth of knowledge on their subject. I loved the food! The restaurants were fantastic. The bus ride throughout was very pleasant. I enjoyed listening to Dimitri talk about each area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Switzerland was. The Alps were breathtaking. And even though the hotel was so funky it was one of my favorite locations. I loved seeing the cows with their bells and the surrounding Alps. It was just gorgeous. And the walk through the town from the gondolas was so delightful. Germany was wonderful. I loved the Rhine Valley and the boat ride we had. It is very hard to pick a favorite because every place we went was so incredible."

John

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing 21 day tour! We really enjoyed all of the wonderful food, cultural experiences, and making new travel friends! The accommodations were just right, the tour bus was amazingly comfortable, and the itinerary was perfect. Surprises from our tour guide Dimitri just added to the greatness of the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment of the tour was Ancient Rome. Seeing all of that in person after seeing it in text books, history classes, humanities classes, reading about it and watching TV shows about it...just really blew my mind."

Joseph

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour!!! My wife, Susan's and my first trip ever to Europe. We thought a tour would be a good way to teach us "the ropes". We found it to be much more! Our tour guide, Dimitri, was fabulous - as was driver, Paul, who was SO much more than a driver (he kept my claustrophobic wife calm on the gondola ride in the Swiss Alps,...). Our group of twenty something became "family" over our 21 day tour of Europe. Am looking forward to future Rick Steves' tours - a truly top notch Org.!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entire tour was fabulous - but having great weather for our day in the Swiss Alps was priceless!"

Susan

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prior to the tour, my husband and I had been impressed with the caliber of tours provided by the Rick Steves organization. However, the personal experience we had on our 21 day Best of Europe tour far exceeded our high expectations. Besides the exceptional amenities provided by the tour, we realized how much the tour guide and other tour members added to our awesome experience. In our opinion, it is the only way to go!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During our visit to the Swiss Alps, my trifecta of afflictions -- claustrophobia, fear of heights, and motion sickness -- all kicked in at the same time. Dimitri, Paul and the rest of the tour members were all very sympathetic to my situation and did their best to make the day as much fun as it could be for me. Despite my situation, I was able to share in their joy of experiencing the fantastic scenery provided by the elevation as well as the excitement of the thrill walk."

Susan

Okanagan Falls, BC

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Europe or travelled on this type of tour I did not know how things would go but I found it exceeded all expectations. I think our guide, Dimitri had a lot to do with the wonderful time we had. It was so interesting to see and learn more about the history of all the countries we studied in school so many years ago. Actually being where historical things happened was an amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it is hard to choose one. I think my favourite place was Switzerland. It is so beautiful and serene. We also had great weather which also helped. Again Dimitri's enthusiasm about everything (scenic vistas, paintings, sculptures, old buildings and even "cows") was contagious and helped produce many "wow" moments."

James

Okanagan Falls, BC

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every minute of the tour. Well paced and the knowledge provided by the guides while at times could be "information overload" was much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple which in themselves were quite different. Viewing the statue of David admiring the sculpting detail and being at the top of the Mount Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps on a warm day without a cloud in the sky."

Edward

Marriottsville, MD

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an amazing experience! So much packed into the 21 days - many great memories! Our tour guide and bus driver were an integral part of that experience and I can't say enough about them - as people, as tour leaders - so knowledgeable and dedicated to our tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough question - so many wow moments! Our day in the Swiss Alps was a highlight for me - a great weather day on the Schilthorn that provided vistas I had never seen or imagined. The photos don't do it justice! Having lunch at an outdoor café overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley was amazing as well!"

Edwina

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel like I saw everything worth seeing in Europe! It was a little like European boot camp. Up and moving early. But nothing that the tour information didn't warn us of. But as an evening shift nurse, those 7:45am bus calls were brutal some days. I saw something, many times LOTS of things, I never thought I would see in person in my lifetime. Every day. I learned a TON. About what I was seeing, how to travel and the people who countries we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many...Probably stepping out of the gondola that took us to Schitlhorn. I felt like I was a the top of the universe. A beautiful, clear day. I have always had a trouble with heights. Not that day, it was life-changing!"

Linda

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the full days of travel adventures during our 21 Days Europe Tour with Dimitri. Dimitri was excellent in providing region/area historical background and potential city details with safety on free time options. We all learned basic transportation skills and saved time with pre=purchased admissions. There were a few days of strenuous walking and stiff soled shoes for cobbled streets or rough roads is essential. Local tour guides and demos were top notch FUN!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola trip to the top of Europe in Switzerland and hiking through the Alps region was refreshing and a great break for the city areas. The village areas in Orvieto and Cinque Terre were relaxing also."

Cathie

Quincy, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had done the same tour 19 years ago. Same cities but a totally different tour. Wonderful local guides. Sorry that Vernazza has been inundated by cruise ships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oktoberfest. Always a trip."

Esther

Vallejo, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great experience. Dimitri our guide took care of our needs. For me especially, he made sure my diet requirements were fulfilled. I'm grateful for having met so many wonderful people in our group. Getting to know each one was interesting, and empowering. We all come from different places and backgrounds but we all got along well. Everyone seemed to care about one another. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the places we went. I felt safe and secure lead by Dimitri & Paul.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike to the castle in Bavaria was refreshing and engaging. I love nature hikes . I had a chance to be with nature. I do photography as part of relaxation. It's like a kid in a candy store. There were trees, native plants, lake, swans, birds so much more to explore."

Debra

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip of a lifetime. Loved see so much of so many cities. Loved the small cities and then the large cities. Loved the demonstrations of cheese, mask making, glass blowing, fondue, music, beer steins, wine and gin tastings. Loved the architecture, churches, museums, original artwork, Oktoberfest, food, coffee, wine. Some guided tours were too long. Would love to have a written script of summary of local tour guides. So much information to digest. The pace was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Original artwork, architecture, churches, Dachau was most memorable."

David

Sebastian, FL

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was awesome. We knew going in to this that there was a fair amount of walking so we made sure we put the miles in before the trip. The walking was not bad. Depending on what you wanted to do with your free time you could put in a lot more miles. We would do the same 21 Day Tour all over again. It was a great experience. Great people in all of the countries. There were no rude people in any of the countries. They were patient and very helpful to us everywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was courtesy of our guide Tim. He made reservations for us and some of the others in our group to go out and have a great dinner of the HUGE Florentine Beef. Unbelievable meal. The Tour overall was a WOW moment."

Anna

Lampasas, TX

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a dream come true, once in a life time trip. I loved each day's new and exciting adventures and experiences. Our guide was fabulous, he was so knowledgeable, informative, positive and entertaining. He made all of us feel special and part of the group. Every day the beautiful places we would visit, Tim would give the history and information to help us fully appreciate our experiences. The choices of all the places were excellent and well thought out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was the Pieta and the Chistine Chapel, in Rome. I so enjoyed all the paintings, sculptures and architecture I encountered on our tour."

Pat

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I choose to celebrate our 40 years of marriage with a Rick Steves' Best of Europe tour, and it was more than we even imagined. We touched on all the most amazing sites in 6 countries, up early in the morning to board a bus, take a tour or just walk about. The hotels were simple, with hot water and great showers, comfortable beds and good breakfasts, and located near the centre of the old town sites, which allowed quick access to churches and museums or sites of interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose just one, but the top of the Alps was breathtaking. The wonderful art in the museums were a dream come true for the artist in me. Seeing two oceans, both the North Sea and the Italian Riviera were surreal. This was my husband and my first trip to Europe, and we will remember it forever. A dream come true."

Jim

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had very high expectations for the tour and I must say that it met or exceeded all of them. We chose to take a Rick Steves tour because it offered an emphasis on history, art and local culture. The tour also promised to allow ample time to explore on our own. All these offerings and promises were fulfilled and we were thrilled to share them with our wonderful travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As for a single "wow" moment, the first view of the coliseum in Rome as our group emerged from the subway station is one I'll not soon forget. There were many other "wow" moments, primarily in the Alps and at the Cinque Terre. Unfortunately, some of the potential "wow" moments we may have had in Rome and Paris were stifled somewhat by the massive crowds. We understand that crowds are inevitable in the places we wanted to see, but they had a negative impact on our experience nonetheless."

Elizabeth

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience: Great tour guide, coach and driver, sights and travel mates, etc.! I especially enjoyed learning so much about history and art history through the erudite Tim, our Tour guide, and the excellent local guides, who helped me understand and appreciate great works of art. We enjoyed the wide variety of experiences, from singing along in the Tirol, to touring the Swiss mountains, to the fabulous museums, to the sobering Dachau and WWII US Soldier Memorial in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough question, since we had so many great moments! Dachau was the most sobering and overwhelmingly poignant, learning first hand of the horrible suffering endured by so many innocents. Singing in Austria was great fun! Beaune was a wonderful surprise. Wish we could have stayed longer. Venice was my favorite new place. Most impressive were the Roman ruins in Rome."

Cheryl

Oroville, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! The mix of people, places & activities provided such a variety that the tour never became tedious. The time that is built into many of the tour days to do independent things worked well for us as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list...but I do love getting "lost" on purpose & discovering totally unexpected things. The format of RS tours allows for this opportunity. At the other end of the travel spectrum, I appreciated & relished all of the historical & current perspectives that our guide provided before arriving at a new destination."

Syd

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our Best of Europe Tour in 21 Days Exceeded our expectations. This was the first time that we have traveled with a Tour and were a little apprehensive, but were enlightened with the experience...we had such a great time and met so many wonderful friends.. We have highly recommended touring with Rick Steeves to all of our Friends and guarantee that the next vacation in Europe will once again be a Rick Steeves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the TLC from Tim and the extra experiences that we were not expecting such as... - the entertainment at dinner - the happy hour in Cinque Terra - Wine Tour - Gondola Ride in Venice including being serenaded - Paragliding in Switzerland - the fabulous Gondola Rides up the mountain in Switzerland - all the little things that were not expected! Also, the great organizational skills presented at all times..."

Nan

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My friend told me I'd like this, but I didn't quite believe her. I don't think I could have had as rich of an experience without out guide Tim, the experiences planned, and the folks I travelled with. I am so glad I listened to her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I can pick out just one. Singing in the castle, the perfect day in the Swiss Alps, group goodbye at the Eiffel Tower, amazing conversations on the bus..."

Daniel

Oroville, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was better than expected. The guides, the bus experience, the driver, the local entertainment, the group meals, the hotels...Etc. During the tour we crossed paths with other tours and it was easy to see that the Rick Steves experience was far superior to that of the other tour companies. Your organization's vast experience really paid off for the travelers. I thought the choice of destinations was very well balanced. Must see vs little gems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough question... We broke away from the first night's dinner in Haarlem to take in the organ concert at St. Bavo's Church. I know that's not for everyone, but it was a huge thrill for me."

Andrew

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is truly the Best of Europe. A sample of the high points both historically and culturally

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exiting the train station at the Cinque Terre to see the shore at Monterosso"

William

Spring Lake, MI

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tim was excellent at making the tour run smoothly and ensuring we all had fun and got to know each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to have a favorite"

Lynn

Madison, SD

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had high expectations, as we have been Rick Steves fans for many years. This tour not only met, but exceeded our expectations! The itinerary, Tim (the main guide), Richard (the bus driver), all the fun and knowledgeable local guides, the pacing, the hotels, the food, the surprise extras - everything was fabulous! Someone on Facebook commented on my posts that the trip looked fun, but exhausting. I replied that it wasn't exhausting at all - it was invigorating!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rock's "wow" moment was getting to Haarlem and feeling that 'Wow, this looks like Europe!'My "wow" moments were so numerous - David, the Eiffel Tower (it's HUGE up close!), Venice gondolas with music, Cinque Terre seen from the path from Manarola to Corniglia, Gary and Frank in Ruette, etc., etc.!"

Susan

Oroville, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our tour! We had a great group of people, a great tour guide and we couldn't have had better weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved driving through the Swiss Alps and staying at the base of the mountains. They were more awesome than we could have imagined. I kept thinking about Heidi."

Jody

Sebastian, FL

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. From day one our tour guide Tim made us feel welcome and was always available for any questions we had. To see so many wonderful places and experience so many amazing things was a dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first wow moment was seeing the Milkmaid by Vermeer. But in truth, I had so many wow moments on this tour."

Eric

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were sad to see the tour end. Twenty one days flew by. We made some great friends and created a Facebook page to share pics. I can't wait for my next Rick Steves Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The breath-taking views from the Schilthorn mountain"

Patricia

Surrey, BC

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an adventure! From our first meeting as a 'group' I felt comfortable and confident that we were in good company and great hands with our guide Matt and assistant guide Ben Everyone seemed to gel and soon became family. So many amazing sights and experiences enriched by sharing among new friends with different perspectives. My husband and I had never travelled with a tour group before and our first experience couldn't have been better. We will definitely tour with Rick Steves again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I seem to have had a daily 'Wow' moment. 3 instantly come to mind: David in Florence- because of the history and sheer magnificence Cinque Terre - the rugged coastline, beautiful waters and amazing hiking trailsSchilthorn/ Lauterbrunnen Valley- a jaw dropping day of raw beauty at 10,000 feet"

Goolpranee

Avondale, AZ

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

21 day Best of Europe tour with Ricksteves is our third one with the company. It's full of action packed. This tour gave me an opportunity to superficially touch 6 countries ' most visited attractions. When I returned home I really miss daily routine ( wake up at 6, breakfast by 7, be on the bus by 8....etc). I really like that structure. My negative is after the tour taught us how to get around the city areas, directions and transportation we had to leave that town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 day in each city is not enough. Two things I have learned from this trip are packing light and pancakes for breakfast is not a choice. Narrow and steep stairs have no mercy on anyone with heavy luggage. 95% of Ricksteves hotels have no elevators. And they don't serve pancakes for breakfast in Europe. Time spent with other tour members let us learn about each other whom I really like and wish to keep contact."

Kenneth

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was awesome except for the place at Beaune, France. We were at the 3rd floor and there was beams in the bedroom and when we got up in the middle of the night, we both hit our head on the beam. The owner was a very nice lady though.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the top of the Alps. And the two accordion players at the hotel in Austria."

Joan

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was perfect and amazing from beginning to the end, from the people we met, the cities we visited and perfect weather everyday. It never seemed long enough in each city because of driving time especially in Cinque Terre. It was amazing and we just had to put our feet in the Mediterranean Sea! Matt our guide explained what we would see and gave history of each town. There is a LOT of walking, but with the help of my family I made it and for me it was a trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow was driving through Austria and Switzerland. The beauty, peacefulness and the mountains. Seeing the alps from the top of the Schilthorn was breathtaking and we had perfect weather. My other wow was saying goodbye at the base of the Eiffel Tower at night. It was sad but wonderful at the same time. We all told stories of our favorite parts of the tour. We went from tour members to one big happy family!"

Carol

Rossville, TN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyable with a great group of people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! --Seeing Michelangelo's "David." --Sistine Chapel --Haarlem and Amsterdam"

Margo

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I hoped it would be. It was the perfect mix of activities with the group as a whole and time to do our own thing. It was so well organized and made the most of the time we had. I appreciated the balance of large cities and small towns, museums/cathedrals and walks/cruises/fun activities, meals together and on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments! Almost daily! Enjoying the Mediterranean at Monterroso al Mare day and being at the top of the world at the Schilthorn in Switzerland two days later was pretty awesome."

Mary

Grifton, NC

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing number of experiences packed into 21 days, and I will be processing everything I saw and learned for quite a while to come. I chose this tour with a friend because I had never been to the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and I was happy to visit Italy and Paris again. Tour materials clearly stated it was a physically strenuous tour, and this is true but worth every step.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three "wow" moments for me. Cinque Terra /Mediterranean Sea and then Switzerland/Schilthorn were my two favorites because of the contrast in geography and climate. The views during the trip up to the Schilthorn summit and then from the summit were indescribable. The other "wow" was the sobering experience of Dachau."

Kevin

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous experience. The entire group jelled and became like a big family of happy travelers. Matt and Ben were exceptional guides. I was amazed at Matt's knowledge of the areas we visited. He made the entire experience worth every penny we spent. The organization and workings of the tour went without a hitch. Even for the most novice and inexperienced traveler there was no need to fear. After being on this tour I could go back and see and do many things on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely going to the top of The Schilthorn on the tram and the entire Switzerland experience. We loved Austria and Switzerland. Every moment for us was a WOW moment though because this was our first experience in Europe so each time we saw something new it was a "WOW" moment."

Janice

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have dreamed for years of seeing many of the places in Europe that I saw on this trip! It was fabulous! I enjoyed meeting and bonding with the tour group and we all came away friends for life. Sharing the experience with others was a fun part. From the canals in Amsterdam to the Roman ruins of the Colloseum, to the majestic Swiss alps, it was all spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the top of the Swiss Alps with the sun gleaming on the fresh snow of the Eiger, the Monque, and the Jungfrau mountains took my breath away! It was an experience to remember for the rest of my life! We weren't sure if the clouds would be covering the top because the mountains had been shrouded in clouds the day before. That morning we got up early and the cameras on top showed it clear and beautiful, so off we went. The ride up was fun and the view spectacular!"

Richard

Avondale, AZ

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is a thoughtful blend of experiences possible because of the experience of a established tour organization. This was our third Rick Steves tour, and we are scheduling our third, forth and fifth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first hotel room in Haarlem was on an upper level overlooking the cathedral which was almost close enough to touch. As this was our first day, we had not yet become accustomed to such wow moments, there were many on the trip, but the first is the most remembered."

Allen

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

After having one of the best experiences of our lives with a couple of Rick Steves UK tours in 2014, we have learned that Rick Steves tours are probably too strenuous for us (72 and 70) for the future. The Best of Europe in 21 Days is probably particularly difficult and hectic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. St. Peter's Cathedral Napoleon's Tomb (free time) Dachau"

Marilyn

Spearfish, SD

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was all that we had hoped for and then some. Matt and Ben went out of their way to communicate with us in great detail and explanation of all the sights and schedule that we were on. We also made many new friends along the way. Would highly recommend a Rick Steves tour to all my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to name one as this was our first European trip If I named 2 they would be the gondola to the top of the Schilthorn in Switzerland. , we were lucky to have a clear view. And the ride to the top of Eiffel Tower at night. Also after the wonderful last night in Paris how Matt brought champagne to the Eiffel Tower for a special toast and his passing out berets to us, Very special!"

David

Rossville, TN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide (Matt), driver (Henry) and assistant guide (Ben). The group read and adhered to the 'no grumps' policy, and we genuinely formed new relationships with each other. The sights were awesome - some I had seen before (and it was nice to see what changed, and to see them in more depth) and others I had not (and it was wonderful to explore new places and cultures). It was a great trip, but 3 weeks was a long time and we were ready to come home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to choose one, but I'll say the Swiss Alps. The contrast of going from seaside of Cinque Terre (which was awesome) to the peaks of Jungfrau was amazing. Rothenburg was also very nice, and the restaurant 'Hell' was possibly the best meal we had on the entire trip."

Gordon

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While our expectations were high to start, this tour far exceeded them! All aspects were top notch and we couldn't be happier. Every day was a treat, offering a wide variety of experiences and opportunities to learn much about the history and context of each region. We learned so much which really contributed to the experiences. We met and enjoyed the company of our fellow tour members who hailed from other states and Canada. It was great to be able to share these experiences with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking at altitude in the Swiss Alps was simply spectacular. We were blessed with perfect weather and took lots of pics, which don't begin to capture the actual views and experience. Actually, every stop provided its own "wow" moments, but the hiking could not be topped. I wan't to do more of that!"

John

Lombard, IL

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish the trip was well planed. From the guide to the transportation and EVERYTHING in between went without a hitch. Most comprehensive trip I have been on and it was truly a "trip of a lifetime"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How thorough and complete the tour was. More than expected!!!"

Michael

Clovis, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

EXLNT tour. Got to see everything and more of what we wanted to see in Europe. A lot of extras that weren't in the itenerary. Enough free time to do our own thing or rest up a bit after the many walks in the old cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Night watchman tour in Rothenburg. It was like being tossed back in time with the very in carature guide! Wonderful. And this was another surprise tour extra that was not exspected."

Colleen

Orlando, FL

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had an amazing time from start to end. I was extremely impressed with Lisa our tour guide, the bus and driver (Matt is absolutely amazing), the daily tours and activities, the local guides (especially the night watchman in Rothenburg) most of the hotels and staff, restaurants for group meals and the food, and the people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from but I'd say " The Night Watchman Tour"."

John

Village Of Gagetown, NB

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great guide microphone should have been used more. Bus driver (MAC) was a great asset to the tour. One of the first visits was to a museum where the local guide (Tom ?) gave a art appreciation coarse on many pictures. Three would have been enough and then we would have had time to look on our own. As well he should have used the microphone. The hotel choices were excellent both as to location and quality. There was sufficient information as to luggage and distance required to walk

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either the tour of Vienna by gondola or the visit to the Schilthorn. Some of the meals were much better than expected.iu"

Charlotte

Tarzana, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I booked the tour and took my 28 year old grandson who has never been to Western Europe. I loved the itinerary and included Rhine cruise and gondola ride and ski gondola ride to Shilthorn. Lisa taught us how to use local transportation which was a good skill to acquire. I also liked having free time for our own exploring (and resting!) The tour tested my endurance on one long day of walking around Rome but since I had already seen the Coliseum and Pantheon, I stayed and rested that morning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say since almost every day was WOW! Probably seeing the Alps from the top of Shilthorn. Loved the peacefulness of Austria and Switzerland."

Dona

Gagetown, NB

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had watched Rick Steves on PBS for years, and always enjoyed his very personal approach to travel, but never really considered taking a RS tour. The tour exceeded our expectations in many ways; the bus was nicer, our Guide Lisa was so much personable and informed, the walking was easier, the hotels were more charming and there were more little extras than we ever expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Haarlam, we heard the organ recital in the "Great Church"; to sit and hear that glorious music coming from an instrument that had been touched by Mozart as a boy. It was early in the trip, and I thought to myself, "We are really here", surrounded by history."

Laurie

Clovis, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed so much about our trip. Everything was well organized, everything ran smoothly, and we just relaxed and thoroughly enjoy our wonderful expereinces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Switz Alps"

Nona

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In addition to my wow moments mentioned below, other highlights included Haarlem (which we like more than Amsterdam), and Bacharach. This trip reinforced my self-realization that I am not a city girl. My next trip will definitely focus on more village/countryside destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First wow moment was the drive into and then the day spent in Bavaria/Reutte Austria. The scenery was gorgeous. It was only surpassed by our day in the Swiss Alps. The hike mid mountain was definitely the highlight of my trip."

Camille

Lombard, IL

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa was an amazing teacher, comedian, a friend while staying professional and a great leader. I learned all there is to know about each city, town, country we visited. Lisa prepared us to enjoy the history, the food and most of all to understand the people. Without her guidance, I would have never taken the metro, adventure into the neighborhoods to meet the families, tried the area's specialty foods.20 of the 21 days were beautiful, easy to enjoy the beauty in everything we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually this may be unbelievable,b u t...it all wowed me. Each city, country, the people were completely different. Haarlem, Ruette,Venice, Switzerland,France all of them had their own story, beauty, unique adventures. It was exciting to start and new day."

Gretel

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Larry/Gretel Trinta- This certainly was a "Dream vacation." It was wonderful to go on a long trip where all we had to do was show up. Everything was well organized, from our transportation, hotels, food, tours, tickets, to exchanging money, language lessons, history of the countries we were visiting and how to navigate the Metro! Group was small, friendly, so everyone got to know each other and as Lisa said we would all be one happy family at the end of the trip. Best travel experience ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed all of it as we love the old castles and churches with all their charm and history but being nature lovers we were wowed by Switzerland. Absolutely breath-taking, along with the Cinque Terre. Personal for us was going to see relatives in Holland while we were there and Dachau. And we have to say seeing the Eiffel Tower up close. Much larger than we imagined."

Marvin

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First, let me say that Keith is outstanding. The knowledge he has is unbelievable. He is fun, easy going and whatever you pay him, double it. Realizing that everyone has different interests and likes, dislikes, I felt the tour had a nice balance for all involved. It is a great survey tour of western Europe to introduce place to return to at a later time. The largest rip off of the tour was the gondola ride in Venice. It was way overpriced for experience. That said, great 21 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The second title of the tour could be called the Great Churches of Europe. The artwork inside was far better and "wow" than the "famous" galleries and artists paintings. Also, the small towns of the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland were much better than the bigger cities. Finally, the tour dinners were outstanding..... first rate..."

Richard

Tremont, IL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, our bus driver and all the local tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable and personable. The bus was comfortable and the other members of our tour group were friendly and personable. The hotels and restaurants chosen for us were all very good or excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The weather was overcast and misty at the hotel in Stechelberg when we left for the alpine lift to Schilthorn. We were all disappointed that we would not be able to see much through the mist. But, when the gondola car rose up through the clouds and we saw blue sky and the sun on Jungfrau and the other peaks, we were blown away. THAT was my WOW moment."

Carol

Akron, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it and it was a dream come true for me. Everything was so well organized and thought out that it was a total pleasure for me, since I do all of the family trip planning and booking. I felt spoiled and I loved it! I did feel rushed and I wish we could have had more time to explore and experience different places or spend more time in the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride in Venice. It was something I never thought I would experience. It was so special, and romantic just like in the movies. Really I had many wow moments,and it's hard to pick one. The Alps were more beautiful in person than I could even imagine. I loved seeing the wonderful art works in the museums, and the age of the Roman ruins is unbelievable. The quaint little villages we visited was so interesting and just what I was hoping for. I basically loved it all!"

Randy

Akron, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This trip was for my wife, however I found myself caught up in the beauty and educational experience for myself. I could sit back and leave the driving to our bus driver...nice! Happy wife happy life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Alps and taking in the spectacular scenery. We had beautiful weather, loved the gondola up to the Schilthorn taking in more spectacular views."

Peter

Oak Ridge, TN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip- locations, guides, tour mates- everything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was great- can't identify a single moment."

Connie

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip delivered everything promised and more. The hotel rooms exceeded my expectations. I loved that they were in the heart of the areas we visited. So much was covered in 3 weeks it made my mind spin. (in a good way) I also liked how the trip was divided into visiting large cities and small quaint towns. We had a great group of people who were always all on time for everything. Our guide, Keith, was so much fun and kept the bus rides interesting with history lessons, music and goodies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many different experiences that it is difficult for me to pin point one wow moment.Our first town we stayed in Haarlem was so quaint and beautiful we said wow. St. Peter's basilica was overwhelming with how big everything inside was I said wow. Entering the small hill town for a lunch stop was so quiet I said wow. My experience in the valley in Switzerland with towering mountains, waterfalls, cow bell and a quiet walk on a county path I said wow. Eiffel tower glittering wow."

Deborah

Rockport, MA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was awesome. Keith was the best! Lots of exercise, wealth of knowledge and beautiful countries. The bus driver was wonderful and the bus very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the whole trip was a WOW moment."

Ross

Rockport, MA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of travelers. Fantastic tour guide! Great history and language lessons. Wonderful, well planed agenda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving up the winding back roads of Switzerland!"

Michael

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Everything went fairly well. However, as this was our 8th ETBD tour we found some things definitely lacking. The two primary problems we found were that no guide was provided for the Louvre Museum and the way too hectic run through the city in Amsterdam.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris is always a wow moment and the hikes we took in the Alps were also wow moments."

Sharon

Fairfield, OH

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was much better than we had expected. Enjoyed all of the surprised cultural events. Keith was a funny, informative and inspiring tour guide. He did a great job preparing us for each city. Members of the tour were positive and fun to be with. We were very sorry to see it end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondola in Venice with music and serenade was a highlight. When our 4 boats came together in the grand canal it was magical."

Constance

Nipomo, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fun & exciting tour. Recommending that we get there a day early was a great idea. We were able to explore a little on our own and get time to adjust to the jet lag. All the countries and towns we visited were wonderful. It was fun being in some of the big cities, but also fun to be in some of the smaller villages/towns. The bus was roomy and allowed us to stretch out when needed. Our guide always gave us information about the country and/or towns we were going to be visiting next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one, but I loved Venice. We had a great local guide, watched a "mask" being made, had a great dinner in a charming restaurant, and went on a gondola ride with music. We had some free time to explore on our own. It was a great experience. Also in Rome going on an optional walk with our guide at night was a great wow moment also."

Francis

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour size was excellent; plenty of room on the bus and just enough travelers to really get to know in 21 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "David" by Michelangelo."

Mary

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was exciting! Our group was happy and energetic. Wonderful guide in Jesse. Well planned balance of group and individual time. Excursions were fun, educational and plentiful. Meals delicious, local and fun. Many impromptu extras like gelato, spritz, and bus treats were appreciated! Town walks a favorite! Orientations really fun! Be ready to get up and moving early most mornings as there's so much to see and do! A trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Tour led by Thomas that took us to a vine covered hilltop along the Rhine while in Bacharach. The view was amazing! Entering the square on the way to the Accademia in Florence. Entering the square in Rothenburg greeted by costumed Renaissance performers. Soaring to the tops of the Alps on the Schilthorn Gondola. Neuschwanstein Castle. Champagne with everyone at the base of a twinkling Eiffel Tower."

Beverly

Edmond, OK

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was exciting to see cities and art that I had read about my whole life and to do so many wonderful activities. For the most part, I enjoyed staying in the smaller, more intimate places to get a feel for the local flavor. The group of people we traveled with were delightful people who helped everyone have a great time. I enjoyed the variety and scope of activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's almost impossible to pick a favorite moment. Every time I thought I had reached that moment, something just as good or better would occur. Seeing the Sistine chapel and the Pieta were definitely highlights as I had never thought I would get to see them in person. Seeing the Alps in Switzerland was awesome in the old sense of that word. Paris is the greatest city in the world, and all it had to offer, from the museums to the narrow little streets and local cafes, made a serious impression"

Anthony

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour began with enthusiasm on opening night at introductions. I was skeptical of the amount of activity level that we would be having. I worried whether I was going to be up to it or not, and found that all of it was very doable. The pace at which It runs, breakfast at seven, in front of the hotel by eight is energetic but necessary to achieve the goals set. I wouldn't change anything. Even packing and preparing for such a trip is addressed by the Rick Steve's tour company

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The age and the beauty of every city as we entered it. Also the vistas as we travel through Europe. The Dashou concentration camp is a overwhelming emotional day and it was helped for me that our guide had little accent making it easier to understand everything he said. ( I'm hearing impaired) I'm Catholic and was able to attend Mass at both St Peter's Basilaca and Norte Dame, very neat."

Francis

Nipomo, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations. We stayed three days after the tour ended in Paris. This made the whole Paris stay much more relevant. Jesse had taught us how to use public transportation, which allowed us to go where we wanted without too much concern. We got a lot of extra memories from those three days. The 25 "strangers' who started the tour with us all became good friends. Would do it again with all of them

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Days 2 through 21. Day 1, it rained. Had fun though."

Roberta

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jesse, our tour guide was great and very passionate about what he does. Our tour group of 26 was fun, you really get to know one another in 21 days. We enjoyed the variety of accommodations, always located where you could walk out the door and see the sights. A wonderful introduction to Europe. A very well thought out route and number of daily stops and overnight stays. Jesse gave us good suggestions for time on our own. A good mix of bus, tours and free time. Highly recommended!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in quiet Stechelberg at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland was a treat. We saw beautiful green hills, rugged mountains, picturesque homes and buildings with colorful flowers in window boxes. Hiking trails were magnificent. The Schilthorn was beautiful. Also fun was riding the luge where you could see the spectacular Neuschwanstein castle off in the distance and paragliders. The medieval fair in Rothenburg was great and of course, Cinque Terre was beautiful!"

Lynda

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and was an excellent overview of Central Europe. I enjoyed the amounts of time that were allotted as our free time and the time scheduled for guided walks, tours and experiences. Our tour guide, Jesse, was extremely informative, fun, patient and a highlight of our tour. He presented information thoughtfully, with context to give it meaning, and he seemed to put a lot of heartfelt care into presenting what was sometimes overwhelming amounts of information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The statue of David at the Uffizi Gallery. The stunning quiet and beauty of Stechelberg, Switzerland. And finally, the realization that the 26 people that we spent 21 days touring with were now friends."

Mike

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Wife And I had an incredible trip and were very happy with our experience. Andy was our guide and he made the trip unforgettable for us. His knowledge on the history of the countries was very impressive.We had never been to Europe and learned so much from Andy. We will recommend your company to everyone we know, great job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the Holocaust Memorial in Munich. That was the most unbelievable moment in my life to actually see that building."

Amy

Papillion, NE

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We booked on short notice after the loss of my husband. This was a trip of a lifetime for my son and I. We wanted a taste of so many places and got just that. Our group was like a family including our guides and bus driver Peter. I was so afraid to go to Europe as I had always heard that Europeans disliked Americans and our experience was just the opposite. As long as we treated folks with respect, we got the respect in return. An amazing trip. I miss it now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were way too many to mention but the most beautiful was the hike from Austria to the Neuschwanstein castle, it was awesome! The luge ride was a blast! Our group really loved it. Not gonna do that on a Globus Tour. So many special touches on a Rick Steves Tour"

Susan

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime. When my husband booked it I thought he was crazy. But getting the Rick Steves guide books, we were prepared from the get go.Small luggage was key, so it made traveling on the go very smooth. I was worried if I could keep up with the group but never had any issues. I believe by the time I got home I was in the best shape ever. Also having my birthday on this trip, Andy & Angie made me feel very special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum was a big wow for me mostly because I never imagined standing in it. Michelangelo's David was another. Hiking from Austria back into Germany and visiting King Ludwigs castle too. Everyday was another great adventure."

Rhonda

Langley, BC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. Im very happy we chose to go on the Rick Steves tour. Everything was taken care of and we didnt have to worry about anything. Our tour guide Andy was excellent as his assistant Angie. They made the tour very interesting and they were very informative with all our destinations we went to. It was alot of fun and I would do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I Loved switzerland and Lauterbrunned valley. The scenery was beautiful. The gondola lift up to the Schilthorn was amazing. Its so beautiful to be so high up and see the peaks of the mountains. breathtaking and to hike our way down was awesome more scenery. Italys Cinque Terre was another of my favourites. I loved how you could hike from 1 village to the next. the view of the deep blue sea was amazing. Dutch Haarlem was a favourite too. Love how everyone rides bikes and it is so relaxing there."

John

Orillia, ON

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything my wife & myself were hoping for.Saying that this tour is rigorous in its schedule & may not suit everyone.It is a somewhat physically active tour but that's what we were looking for. We were looking for the cultural, architectural & artistic Europe & we got all of that. Our tour guide was Andy Steve's Ricks son, he was simple amazing. He educated us all with the history, politics & the arts along with fun facts as we rode on the bus touring through Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments & too many to talk of here. Amsterdam, Germany,Austria,Italy, Switzerland & France what can one say. I think I loved the Siss Alps maybe the most. My wife & I opted not to take the gondola up to the top of the mountains but instead hiked from our hostel to Gimmewald & Muren. It was an awesome hike for us, again not for everyone. The only negative point I make is the shared bathroom at the hostel but you get use to it & it doesn't seem that bad."

Elizabeth

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 21 day tour was awesome!!! I've been scratching my head trying to come up with not so great moments, or room for improvement, just to balance out my critique. But, personally, there was no downside for me. From beginning to end, the journey was everything I'd hoped it would be...and having been on a couple of other R.S. tours, my expectations were high. The sights, the food, the group, the hotels, the guides, the driver....wonderful...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say that I had many such moments throughout the trip. Whether it was learning about how different cultures developed and interacted, viewing stunning works of art...it's evolution throughout centuries and it's reflection of history...unforgettable scenery, meeting people along the way, and the food (!)...the entire trip was a learning experience and each day filled with many wow moments."

Negin

Toronto, ON

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing itinerary, excellent mix of small and big towns, authentic experiences unique to Rick Steves' tours. From the start to the end, every detail was perfect. The travel time in the bus didn't bother me at all, the bus was so comfortable and even the travel days were full of activities. I cannot recommend this tour enough to everyone that want to experience Europe as a traveler instead of tourist.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to name.. I didn't expect to love Switzerland as much as I did. Our guide, Andy, arrange for an early time to reach the top of the Alp and we had the entire place to ourselves for an hour. The Neuschwanstein Castle visit was extra special when Andy took us on a hike around the lake before visiting the castle."

Vicki

Ludington, MI

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The towns that we visited were fabulous and beautiful. This was only my second visit to Europe so everything was so exciting to see. Every city that we visited I would always say this is my favorite so far until I realized they were all my favorites. The local guides and Tim brought every experience to life and such an enjoyment. The overall beauty of each place we visited was far beyond my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many, but my birthday arrived when we were in Venice and I had made a statement at our introduction meeting that I wanted a gondola ride at night on the canals with a musician and a man singing to me in Italian. Tim remembered that and made it happen. It was so special!!!"

Wil

Co Of Grande Prairie 1, AB

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour and with Tim as our guide, this trip exceeded my expectations on all levels. I hope to go another tour some day.

Darlene

Co Of Grande Prairie, AB

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing, the culture, the sights, the information, the memories. Tim and our group made this trip, a trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many, every day was a wow day!!!"

John

Friendship, TN

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Itenary was good the progressive left opinion of the guide + other guest was very much of a negative on a vacation. I expected a politics free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Collette

Mapleton, IA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was far better than I could have ever dreamed of! Our group was so good at bonding & we created fast friendships in such a short amount of time. All of the areas we visited were just beautiful!The tour had a good pace and allowed time to rest up and explore on our own. We will definitely go on another Rick Steves tour in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is really just too hard to pick! We went to so many great places. I would have to say looking over Florence at the top of Piazzale Michelangelo was just breathtaking! The hilltops of Cinque Terre were also very beautiful!"

Mark

Ludington, MI

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The RS - Best of Europe in 21 days was superb in all facets. Had a wonderful experience overall. While we knew there was heavy emphasis on fine art and artists beforehand, it seemed to be a bit more than I wanted. I was able to easily "depart the group" and visit other areas of interest in the museum when we had local tour guides. The The local guides were amazing. Their energy for the subject at hand was contagious. Our RS Guide (Tim) was 100% awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinque Terre. As it was a well timed break. The group dinner that evening is a top 5 dinner ever for me. The villages we visited were superb and simply fun. Could have used another one of these moments earlier in the tour."

Brian

Bothell, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall excellent. Covered so much of Europe in a very short time. I did a similar trip with my brother 30 years ago except we were self guided following the Rick Steve's Europe Through the Backdoor paired with a Eurail pass. This time I took my oldest Daughter along to celebrate her finishing graduate school. Having the bus be half full was great at making things more comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking out to the beach at Monterosso al Mare after lots of busy travel. Really, there were so many wow moment that you get spoiled."

Rex

Lafayette, IN

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was, to date, our trip of a lifetime! Our first Rick Steve's Tour, and we were very impressed. All the wonderful stops, world-class art, and a great group of people we became fast friends with. Great to not sweat the details, and spend the time enjoying the trip, and not have to do all the planning, like we usually do on our own trips! The food and hotels were, for the most part, very, very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing ancient Rome, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi and all the fountains..plus the Vatican..wow! Tough to leave..have to go back!"

Debby

Lafayette, IN

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I only have superlatives for the tour, a grand wonderous romp through 5 different countries, experiencing cultures, climates, peoples, art, and cuisine leaving us with feelings of satisfaction and exhilaration about what we had accomplished and what we had learned, and very anxious to return again. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments in 3 weeks, so many, so many glorious churches and stained glass, so many castles. Touring the Coliseum in Rome and seeing it from the gladiator perspective is something not many people ever get to experience, that was my big wow."

Susan

Boise, ID

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on our tour. The places we visited, our traveling companions and our tour guide(s) were outstanding. I felt prepared for our trip because of the all the information and advice Rick Steves made available to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment is difficult to limit! There were so many. Probably my favorite was the ancientness (is that a word?) of Europe. Literally, in Rome every corner you turn there is another historical and ancient structure. Rick Steves tour allowed us to experience it all through the trip."

Nancy

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour. It was a beautiful experience in so many ways. It began with our friends highly recommending the RS tours from their own experiences [INVALID] they were compelling! So, we signed up. From there the inside tour group began our tour by their awesome, thorough, efficient, tour preparedness materials. A road map with to-do's,due dates,how to's etc. It couldn't have been easier. Packing light was key. Our guide and driver were awesome. We'll do it again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments. But, since I hadn't been to Switzerland I will cite this country as my favorite "wow" moment. Aside from it's majestic beauty it was a thrilling (but safe!) bus ride. The spectacular views from our endless wrap-around bus windows, and the stops along the way where we would pause and take it all in were 'WOW" moments for me. Our tour had so many more surprises, to say more would spoil it for others - just do it!"

Cheryl

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fantastic! I knew being in Europe would be a trip of a lifetime and it was. However, it won't be a trip of a lifetime as it only wet my whistle for more travel! I was initially apprehensive when I learned I would be the only solo traveler in our group, even considered canceling. But...from our very first time together in Haarlem to our last dinner in Paris, I never felt like a third wheel. Everyone in our group was so friendly and welcoming and so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day I have a new "wow" moment. I loved the fresh air and beautiful scenery, the hikes and thrills in Switzerland. I loved learning the rich history of each city throughout the tour from the local guides, seeing the stained glass, the art, the gargoyles, the gardens, the ruins...there was just so much to take in! There were also quiet moments like sitting on a park bench in Paris visiting with some local moms while their children played. Each day was so good!"

Patricia

Crownsville, MD

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There aren't enough words to describe this magnificent 21 day tour of Europe. It met all of my expectations and more. The towns chosen were a wonderful sampling of Europe. Our tour guide kept us apprised of everything in advance so that we were prepared for the unusual. Each hotel had it's own personality - just what I had envisioned when watching the Rick Steves' videos. Food was excellent. I really can't offer any improvements on this great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have always wanted to see the Swiss Alps - ever since I read "Heidi" as a child. Driving into Switzerland and seeing them for the first time was a "wow" moment for me. We had a perfect day at the top of the Schilthorn Mountain which was an added plus. Another item to check off of my bucket list!"

Mahlon

Mapleton, IA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. It was better than all my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St. Peters Basilica."

Curtis

Crownsville, MD

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The only other tour I had experienced was a two week superficial tour of the United Kingdom conducted at breakneck speed. The Rick Steve's tour was in many ways the antithesis of that one by: Bringing us in touch with the local population by intimate accommodations and public transportation. Allowing us more free time to pursue our interests. Creating a sense of family among the tour group. Feeding us chocolate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By the end of the tour, there was an element of "WOW" fatigue setting in. Some of the events which lead to that condition were: Walking through Venice and seeing a picture postcard at every turn. Standing under the mountains in The Alps in the crisp air (the best cathedral of the tour, incidentally). Climbing to the top of St' Peter's and looking out over Rome (a commanding view, by the way). Drinking champagne in the night beside the Eiffel tower while watching a dazzling light show)."

Patricia

Middle River, MD

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing experience! Every single day was wonderful in its own way. We had a really great group, and I'd enjoy traveling with every one of them again. Our guide, Tim, was absolutely brilliant. Weaving together a cohesive historical perspective of all of the places we visited, he is a natural story teller able to make European history fun and easy to remember. A genuinely nice person with a great sense of humor, we were all fortunate to have Tim as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring the enchanting architecture of Venice in a small boat. Amazing vistas on the Cinque Terre trail. Stunningly beautiful cathedral ruins in the light of the setting sun. The Pantheon lit at night with boom-box Italian opera in the background. Sublime views hiking the Alpine trails. "Nike of Samothrace," "David," the Turtle Fountain, castles and chateaux, Notre Dame's North Rose window, being bathed in the light of Saint Chapelle's magnificent stained glass – it was all so very lovely."

Judy

Friendship, TN

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

No one informed me prior to the trip that it was an anti-Trump rally. Since we are from the south and the only couple from the south, the guide publicly ridicule us for our accent. After my husband went to the front of the bus and asked the guide to respect us to some extent, the entire group treated us like we had a contagious disease. However the guide did curtailed his behavior, but the climate of the mob was set in motion. We did as much as possible on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Kathy

Windom, MN

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour group. Thankful that the groups are kept small. We were on the Germany, Switzerland, Austria 10 day tour 2 years ago and it was good but this tour was out of this world wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Coliseum as a gladiator would enter."

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."

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"

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."

Jessica

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was amazing! Jody and all the local guides were very informative and made the history of Europe come alive. The context they provided made visiting the various sites all the more meaningful. I really enjoyed the variety of places we experienced during the tour, and I had such a positive experience that I'd love to visit many of the sites again sometime. We also had a wonderful group; everyone was incredibly friendly and fun to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's really hard to pick just one, but I was completely in awe of the natural beauty of Switzerland. When we rode through the mountain pass in the bus, I didn't know where to look because the scenery was gorgeous from every viewpoint. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is incredibly picturesque with its glacier-topped mountains, powerful waterfalls, and cute chalets. The photos I saw before the trip didn't do it justice, and I didn't want to leave!"

Gaynell

Bartlett, TN

Tour: 08/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The superb planning from beginning to end far exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was Francesca's powerful interpretation of the Roman Coliseum. (Having previously seen that structure only on TV and in photos, I never imagined that I would have been so moved.)"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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."

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.."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!""

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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)."

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."

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!"

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."

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 :)."

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"!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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..."

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!!!!"

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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)"

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"

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."

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."

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"

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 ."

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

Eric

Lacey, WA

Tour: 04/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on the tour! It was nonstop for the 21 days, but there was some time to relax and slow down if we wanted. The amount of walking was as advertised - 2 to 8 miles in a day. I'm glad we prepared by walking a lot before the tour started. Our group was very congenial. We all got along and became a big, loose knit family. I'm glad the group size is limited to 28 - any bigger would be difficult to manage on a tour like ours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment (out of many)_ was seeing the statute of David in Florence. The size and magnificence of the statue was awe inspiring!"

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."

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!!

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Weather

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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.