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

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Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour

from $6,095 per person + air

Single Supplement $1,175

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Our classic, three-week Best of Europe tour packs more travel thrills into a single vacation than you can imagine. Starting in the Netherlands with your Rick Steves guide, you'll experience the best of Amsterdam, Germany's Rhine Valley and Romantic Road, 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

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 32 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

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

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

Plus you'll get all this, too.

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

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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the Netherlands

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

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

Day 2: Progressive, Artistic Amsterdam

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

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

Day 3: Dutch Treats and Rhine Views

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

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

Day 4: Rhine Castles and a River Cruise

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

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

Day 5: Medieval Rothenburg

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

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

Day 6: Dachau and Austria's Tirol

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

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

Day 7: Neuschwanstein and a Luge

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

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

Day 8: Italy's Incomparable Venice

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

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

Day 9: The Art of Wandering in Venice

This morning our local guide will take us on a winding walking tour through Venice, blending historic and modern-day stories of this one-of-a-kind treasure and giving us a local's perspective on Venice's fascinating past…and its uncertain future. We'll finish our morning walk in St. Mark's Square. The rest of your day is free to visit the mosaic and marble-filled St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, or the Titian- and Tintoretto-packed Accademia art gallery. Better yet, get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring the alleys, cruising the canals, and "crawling" the pubs.

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

Day 10: Florence and Michelangelo's David

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

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

Day 11: Wonders of Renaissance Florence

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

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

Day 12: Rome and the Vatican Museums

This morning we'll drive straight to the heart of Rome. After getting oriented to our neighborhood and time for lunch, we'll focus on Renaissance (Catholic) Rome at the sprawling Vatican Museums. With your smartphone in hand and the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app, Rick's voice will personally guide you through a limitless collection of treasures as you make your way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. After dinner on your own, we'll regroup to celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, with an evening stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together lively campos, classy piazzas, the spectacular Pantheon, and the splashy Trevi Fountain.

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

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

This morning we'll introduce you to the greatest church in Christendom: the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà and other artistic and architectural treasures. Then we'll uncover ancient Rome as a local guide takes us through the monumental Colosseum, history-drenched Roman Forum. You'll have the rest of your day free to explore more of the Eternal City on your own (don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way).

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

Day 14: To Italy's Cinque Terre

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

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

Day 15: Free Day in the Cinque Terre

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

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

Day 16: To the Heart of the Swiss Alps

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

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

Day 17: Free Day in the Alps

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

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

Day 18: A Hearty Taste of Burgundy

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

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

Day 19: Historic and Neighborhood Paris

This morning we'll drive straight to Paris, where you'll have an orientation to the neighborhood markets and cafés to find lunch on your own. After checking into our nearby hotel, we'll have a transportation lesson and Métro ride to the historic heart of Paris: the Ile de la Cité, where we'll meet our local guide and take a stroll through the city's early history. We'll continue on to the bohemian Latin Quarter and two of the world's most important Gothic churches: the resilient and legendary Notre-Dame and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Your evening is free for dinner and more discoveries.

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

Day 20: Parisian Cityscapes and Masterpieces

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

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

Day 21: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Tony

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime. I loved every minute of it. The opportunity to experience Europe’s deep history and to walk where my ancestors walked was life changing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I realized every stop was a WOW moment for different reasons."

Melissa

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our tour. Jody was outstanding. We had great people and we all had a fantastic time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all of it. Switzerland was never on my bucket list but the views were stunning."

Stacy

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I had a great time! It would have been amazing if it weren't for the extreme "covid" restrictions put upon us. Everyone was required to have the JAB, so, if it works, it should be the individuals choice to wear a mask. I don't walk around with a mask on for worry of contracting polio or mumps, so why? This part was horrible and took away from my enjoyment of any and all things indoors.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland for sure, breathtaking."

Patti

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I was extremely impressed with the organization of the tour and how well we were taken care of by our tour guide, Tim.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my first time to Europe. Around every corner of the tour, was a WOW!"

Sheri

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! It was definitely a very active tour but there was a lot of 'on your own time' so we could rest if need be. It was incredibly educational- I got much more out of the places we visited than I would have on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the hills on the way to Cinque Terre and Tim playing Pavarotti!"

Robert

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Places were unique and interesting as we’re local guides who are knowledgeable and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint peters basilica in Rome at 7:15 in the morning."

Karen

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was thoroughly impressed by the historical as well as the personal knowledge each tour guide shared with us especially our daily guide Tim

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was impressive however, I have to say St. Peter’s Basilica. St. Peter’s"

Patrick

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

You guys were right, despite our overall enjoyment with the variety and splendor of the tour in it's entirety, the pace was grueling! We prepared months ahead of time with hiking a few miles three times weekly which really helped but the pace of the bus ride for hours, then unloading into the hotel and having an afternoon or evening walking tour followed by a day in the town, then repeating all over again the next morning! And Repeat again...Phew!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Alps was magnificent along with a few stops in quaint places for lunch etc."

Teddy

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Rick Steves Best of Europe Tour far exceeded my expectations. My total experience was exceptional, from our guide, Tim and driver, Diddick, to my wonderful fellow travelers. I greatly appreciated the history, presented in such a "user friendly" way to "the tools" Tim gave us for enjoying ourselves on our own in each city we visited. I felt there was the perfect balance of structured time and free time...always something to do

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say that my most favorite "Wow" moment was seeing the Cinque Terra for the first time and the opportunity to hike between Vernazza and Monterosso al mare. That was a challenge that I never thought I would be able to do. I must also add that the drive over the Susten Pass in Switzerland was stunning, not to mention Diddick's expert driving. I have never seen such magnificent scenery. Quite the experience."

Bonnie

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was my first visit to Europe and it was everything that I had hoped it would be. I am ready to return either with another Rick Steves tour, or make a return trip on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of "wow" moments but the one that stands out is standing on top of the Schilthorn and taking in the view of the Alps. What an experience! The tour through the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial was a somber but impactful for me. I've thought about what I saw and learned there and am planning trips to my local library to learn more the Holocaust."

Lee

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Michele

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the Lauterbrunnen valley"

Brian

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing sights with very informative guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains in Switzerland were amazing to see."

Carol

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome and the Vatican!"

Stuart

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lori

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the mts of Switzerland"

Michael

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rita

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristin

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized and a great variety of activities!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris!"

Richard

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jana

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lindsay

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

M Cecilia

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding is THE word to describe our tour! Every detail was thought of and as a result everything was smooth sailing! I loved the "no grouch" criteria from the beginning and true to this criteria our group was fun loving and adventuresome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment was when we arrived in the Swiss Alps! The views, the green, clear skies and the fresh air all blew me away! The cow bells...what's not to love? Being from the PNW it was so refreshing to slow the pace down in such a incredible location. It was life giving!"

Nick

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Guy

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lilian

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gregory

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherry

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julie

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was truly a "best of" experience. We were able to touch on so many amazing sights, sounds, cities, countryside - it surely was a lot over three weeks. Having previously done a 14 day tour, I expected this for sure, but certainly there were days where it felt rushed. I liked the mix of areas that we stayed in (smaller city/town vs big cities) and being able to stay in the smaller, more family run hotels was terrific (for the most part). Overall, a wonderful time and learned a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had a few: Wonderful Haarlem and Amsterdam, my first visit. How fun the Dutch folks are and the interesting sites in both of these cities. Loved little Bacharach and the Rhine visit - and our incredible guide Thomas. The Cinque Terre was beautiful and charming as advertised. We also had an incredible group on the tour that helped to make it so memorable. Shout out too for our guide, Ragen, who really is knowledgeable, skilled, managed the tour flawlessly and was also fun!"

Melanie

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Helen

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being averse to group travel, we reluctantly signed up for the tour when we realized the mammoth task of planning a trip. We were delighted with the tour, the guide, the educational aspect, the free time, the careful planning. We had a wonderful time!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice and the Alps and Massa Marittima"

Catherine

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bradley

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip's design , accommodations, bus ride and driving, restaurant's, and local guiding, and overall guidance by Regan were superb. The sociocultural and historical orientations were well-developed and appropriate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The attention to land agricultural and forest land conservation and economy of space, particularly in the Netherlands, the terraces in Italy, and the expressway design and scale throughout Europe, with the possible exception of Germany."

Paul

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mike

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking from final night's dinner in Paris to a sweet spot by the fully lit Eiffel Tower. Listening to our guide, Regan, recount the highlights of each of our 21 days of experiences. It was simply an incredible end to a wonderful tour!"

Norma

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip with the right balance of planned tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps was breathtaking. Appreciated a day to hike and the multiple options on how to spend the day."

Ben

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guide Yorick and coach master Richard were thoughtful and entertaining. Informative also with geographic and historical data about the region we were about to visit. Time spent in transit was a bit consuming, but expected considering it was a 21 day Best of Europe tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps and how green they were"

Dwayne

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide and bus driver, fun team dinners, great itinerary, good hotels in great locations. While it wasn't cheap the tour was top-notch. Loved the local tour guides, even the ones with a thick accent ("Andiamo, piano, piano!") Loved the policy of leaving anyone who wasn't on time as the fear of being left made everyone on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice. I loved all the alleys and seeing how they live with only boats to get around. I'm thinking of making a game called "Escape from the Vatican" where you start in the Sistene Chapel and have to find your way outside the Vatican walls. It took us 25 minutes in real life. Or a game to find the checkstand of an Italian grocery store after having to weave down every aisle."

Steven

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything that was indicated in the documents and much more. Every aspect of the tour was well planned and managed. There was never a situation that the tour guide Yorick and driver Richard did not excel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming into the Alps from Italy to Switzerland revealed the most amazing scenery."

Valerie

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fearless leader, Yorick, and our coach captain, Richard, remained so positive throughout our adventure sampling Europe. They are great problem solvers. Yorick supported our needs to change things up to skip crowds and enjoy the outdoors. We shared the adventure with a lively group who also supported each other. Yes, our overall experience was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dancing cows and bells coming down the hill from mountain pastures. They bucked and pushed their way to a stone trough of water. I followed them to a green pasture by a church. Then followed a path along an opal hued mountain stream. Lovely memory of a sun filled day."

Linda

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 21 days best of Europe tour was a fabulous tour visiting so many exciting places along with great hotel stays. This was a tour that you won't want to end. Yorick our guide, did a great job of informing us along the way of where we were going with it's history and what we could expect to see. So many beautiful places and countries all in one trip! Yorick was always there to answer any questions. Overall this was a trip we will never forget and we are so glad we chose Rick Steves 21 days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having never been to Venice before, coming into Venice on the valporetto was breathtaking! As my husband said, since he had been there before, you will see so many sights on this trip that will blow you away, and he was so right!"

Laura

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun, entertaining, informative

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many"

Tiffany

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-organized and our tour guide Jody did a fabulous job in helping the group bond early on in the tour. The little personal touches and gifts Jody supplied throughout the tour made fir a unique experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views in Switzerland were amazing! I never would have thought to include this stop on my own travel itinerary, but this place is a must see! Will definitely try to make it back!"

Heidi

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a marvelous time learning about the history of each country we visited, food, customs, and phrases in each language from our tour guide. We enjoyed bonding with our group. The trip was all we had hoped for and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was when I opened the balcony door to our hotel room in Murren, Switzerland and the view was the Alps! From our balcony we could look straight down into the Lautenbrunnen Valley. As I looked up again, a tandem paraglider sailed past me. WOW!"

Chris

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It met all our expectations plus more. Every guide we had was passionate about their topic. Our main tour guide, Jody, kept coming up with surprises along the way, whether they were treats or entertainment. The location of our hotels in every venue was in the heart of where we had hoped to be. Our group of 21 was always on time for departures. The only challenge, which no one could control or change, was the heat, especially in venues with lots of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opening the curtains to the balcony of our Swiss hotel room and having a snow covered mountain before us as if we could reach out and touch it."

John

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with the number of activities packed into the 21 days. The company has clearly done this tour before, and applied lessons learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on Roman paving stones in the Forum in Rome, looking at the remnants of structures."

Phil

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Pace too fast. Not enough time to enjoy the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Testing positive for COVID —- WOW."

Karen

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fast paced but we were able to see so many cities, museums, castles, gothic churches, and much more. Our guide was very informed and shared so much information with us. She was so patient and kind in helping resolve issues of various tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved visiting the small, quaint villages in Germany and Italy."

Sharona

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a first-time visitor to Europe, I found the itinerary to be very well planned. The attention to vegetarian diet was disappointing. The guide was very good but missed many opportunities to enrich the trip by describing what we were seeing while driving on the bus. He also was sometimes short with people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"neuschwanstein castle"

Karin

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing whirlwind seeing unbelievable sights with an incredible guide! A trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Venice was a highlight!"

Elizabeth

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took my eighteen year old grandson on this tour. He had never been to Europe, and in fact, had not traveled much at all. This opened up a whole new world to him. He learned about European transportation systems, social services, and city planning geared toward human beings. I am a repeat traveler on this tour. I enjoyed revisiting old favorites, and learning more about how Europe is coping with Covid, social services, the invasion of Ukraine, and local, regional, and world politics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I finally had a perfectly clear morning on top of the Schilthorn! Third time's a charm? The Lauterbrunen Valley is a spectacular experience. I plan to go back on my own!"

Elaine

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steve's tour and it was a amazing. Our tour guide Andy and driver Peter were excellent hosts and planners and gave me a wonderful experience in our trip through six countries. We saw beautiful sites and gorgeous scenery and my knowledge and insights into European history, art and food has vastly expanded! The experience gave me more ideas of where to explore Europe on my next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count including; Switzerland gondola ride, the Thrill Walk and hiking down the mountain, swimming in the dark in the Mediterranean with most on our tour group, the Coliseum in Rome, the luge ride in Austria, the hike to Neuschwanstein castle."

Emily

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What a great way to see a lot of Europe in a short amount of time! We loved the condensed nature of this adventure that brought us to so many special places across Europe. We enjoyed ourselves, learned so much, saw beautiful sights and will always remember this once in a lifetime experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “wow” moment from the tour is tied between seeing fireworks above the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day and visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam."

Julie

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic group and a fabulous guide. An excellent experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment was the hike in Switzerland from the gondola above Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg. Absolutely perfect weather and views."

Juan

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I thought the group experience was very good. I don't think there was any point where my wife and I felt disappointed. I think you guy do a really good job of setting expectations beforehand. I think overall this to me is what I valued the most, the expectations were laid out and communicated well, and therefore everyone knew exactly what to expect. It was very enjoyable and nice to have everything ready for you and not have to worry about anything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think seeing the small towns and villages that normally would be skipped over. Wengen for example is a place we probably would have never gone, but it was incredibly rewarding. Bacharach, Rothenburg and Routte were other examples. The big cities are what they are, but it was traveling through these smaller towns that was the biggest surprise. The biggest "WOW" moment for us was doing a jig saw puzzle over Covid and having it turn out to be Maranola in Cinque Terre, that was pretty neat."

Laura

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew it would be a good experience but it exceeded my expectations in every way! I was so impressed with how efficiently our tour guide Dimitri handled every aspect of our tour. He was such a professional and handled all of the different personalities so beautifully. Each day was so filled with interesting experiences and just when you really needed a little break, it was there, built into the schedule. We never could have planned such a fun-filled/smooth trip. We will be back!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike to Neuschwanstein castle was so beautiful and when that gorgeous lake came into view, it was breathtaking!"

Judith

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Best of Europe tour is exactly that! I had been skeptical that we could navigate smoothly through several countries for three weeks, but the experiences, cultures and lodging were so perfectly planned and executed, that we had the time of our lives. Our guide helped us form a "merry band of travelers," a community, and I loved every minute of sharing such eternal places as Rome (classical and modern), Venice (truly wondrous), :Paris, and small German-speaking towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many experiences were spectacular, life-changing, and profound! I had not been to Rome before, and our guide took us on a passeggiata, an evening stroll unlike any other. We started with the Spanish steps, passed by the Pantheon, and played in the Trevi fountain, before stopping for dinner. Then, as evening shadows deepened, we "discovered" the Piazza Navona fountain, crossed the bridge to Castell Sant'Angelo, and approached Saint Peter's Basilica at night, like pilgrims!"

James

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first visit to Europe and my first Rick Steves tour. I cannot begin to express my gratitude and compliment Rick Steves enough for providing the experience of a lifetime. Just outstanding in every way! I especially loved the centrally located hotels, the family owned restaurants, experiences and the absolutely awesome tour guide Dimitri. I will definitely do another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many and every one made the tour, special, personal, fun and wonderful memories. If I has to pick just one I would say the wonderful seafood meal in Cinque Terre. Our group laughed and sang and bonded even more. It was also great to meet the owning family matriarch. Just added something special."

Paul

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour all around. Dimitri was a phenomenal host/guide and we were pleased with the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The accordion players at dinner in Austria. It was an amazing performance and really got our whole group involved."

Tracy

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic time on this whirlwind tour. This tour is so well designed, we really enjoyed the ease of travel without the stress of having to plan the trip ourselves. It was the perfect mix of scheduled time and free time and we were able to check off a lot of the must sees in each country. Our tour guides, Lisa and Skyla were wonderful and made the trip even more amazing. Richard, our bus driver was amazing and I felt like our safety was his first priority.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a family, we had many "WOW" moments. To name a few: Switzerland! Duomo Cathedral in Florence! Flooding of St. Marks Square in Venice!. Ancient Rome and local tour guide Francesca. Haarlem! Late night boat ride in Paris to see the Eiffel Tower lit up and sparkled. Actually, everything!!"

Cathy

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every second of this trip. Each day when I thought it couldn’t get better the next day was. I hated to come home!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a wow moment honestly. But Rome and Switzerland were beyond amazing."

Mary

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa and Richard were amazing in every way. So personable, efficient and memorable. Everything planned to the moment and I felt so awed at every stop. Lisa truly made ot magical.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Accordion players in the hotel in Austria"

Wendy

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first time in Europe and this tour exceeded our expectations. Every aspect from hotel to bus to staff to attractions were wonderful. This trip was a perfect balance of hitting top attractions and seeing hidden gems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Switzerland is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. The pristine lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, green meadows, mountains, quaint little town, and even the brown cows with their bells will dazzle!"

Jack

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the interactions with the local guides. Noticing our small group compared to most of the other groups we saw that were huge, was re-assuring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group dinner in Austria when our guide, Lisa, brought in two accordion players to entertain us. Shots were involved!"

Cassidy

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was such an incredible once in a lifetime experience! We saw and experienced more than I could ever hope for. The flow of the tour was absolutely perfect - from Germanic languages to Romance languages, with amazing local guides for each and every place we visited. It was incredibly well organized and we never had to worry about transportation, museum entrances, or anything. I had never been to Europe before, and I can't imagine a better introduction to such a beautiful place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was absolutely breathtaking. The weather was supposed to be rainy during our time there, and although I was originally worried about that, it ended up being the most visually stunning part of the trip. The fog and clouds slowly parted to reveal the most beautiful peaks - they were truly larger than life. The views from our hotel room were absolutely surreal. I couldn't believe that each morning we could simply wake up the Alps towering over us."

Susan

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was the best experience I could have given as a graduation gift to my daughter to learn more about herself and world around her. A mother/daughter bonding experience that will last a lifetime and beyond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special surprise treats throughout the tour provide by our gracious guide such as the local tasters.... from the Netherlands herring fish, Germany gummies bears, special liquors from the local region, pastries, etc."

Lisa

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I saved for this trip for me and my daughter for years, and put it off several years due to Covid. But it lived up to all that build-up! Definitely the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to limit it to one, but we loved Venice especially—we took a vaporetto from the bus to our hotel, and what an amazing way to “meet” the city."

Rita

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized and easy to participate in. Very glad we did it. The pace is fast but worth it because you get to see so much of Europe. Loved especially the RIck's favorite out of the way places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps."

Greg

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

COULDNT HAVE BEEN BETTER. I FACT WE HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR ANOTHER RS TOUR NEXT YEAR.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I LOVED THE DRIVE TO OUR SWISS ALPS STOP."

Marc

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was definitely the “Best” of Europe. A great tour for first timers, with plenty of unique experiences for those who have traveled Europe before. There is no wasted time or motion in the itinerary. Having the transportation, lodging, and major activities handled for you allows you to completely immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Europe. Our tour guide, Dimitri, along with all of the local guides added so much to every part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps, from the moment you begin to see them on the horizon, to the experience of standing on the top or a 10,000 foot peak."

Anne

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th tour but 1st Rick Steves tour and I can see why these are the “gold” standard. Loved the way the guides help the group became a close knit community. We’ll designed itinerary- appreciated the balance between large cities & small towns. Enjoyed the incorporation of the local guides. Hotels were in outstanding locations, made accessing big cities like Rome and Paris easy & enjoyable. The group meals were well thought out & well organized. Even the rest stops were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmm - so many that it’s hard to pick one. Switzerland was the most breathtaking location. Rome & the wonderful local guide (Francesca) were moving & memorable. The amazing local guide in Haarlem brought history alive. The small towns like Bacharach and Orvieto were beautiful and not places I’d usually get to see. My husband had never been to Europe before so I had many “wow” moments seeing things through his eyes. It was a wonderful way to get introduced to that part of the world."

Robin

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience exceeded my expectations!! This was my dream trip of a lifetime. Our tour guide Dimitri was great. He was fun and helpful and informative. The people in our group were so much fun. I will be recommending this tour to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"People have asked me my favorite place or moment but it is hard to say because there were so many"

Hal

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was organized and there were many add-ons i was not expecting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike from Austria into Germany will be a favorite memory."

Mary

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic! I learned from this tour that experiences as a tourist are immeasurably enhanced by having tour guides. While our RS guide Demitri was knowledgeable, kind, patient, fun & accessible, he also kept us organized, motivated & safe. He, along with the local guides really made this tour exceptional. The tour was a good mix of small town & big city & cultural experiences. You do walk A LOT, in all weather, on all terrains. I loved that aspect, but it was a very physical tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was a whole day in Rome. We started in the early morning, before the crowds at St Peters Basilica-beautiful! Later that morning we were in the Pantheon-awe inspiring! Then as we walked, the Roman Forum opened up before us- mind blowing in its history and beauty! Then… after touring the Forum, the Roman Colosseum came into view and we toured that! To see and tour these and to walk where people had walked for thousands of years was a whole day of WOW!"

Christine

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was often physically demanding, so people need to be prepared, but our tour guide Dimitri was amazing, and each local tour guide brought so much knowledge to our different destinations. Traveling with a smaller group allowed us to get to know the tour group as a family, and we looked out for each other. Overall this was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the balcony at our hotel in Murren, Switzerland, looking at the 3 mountain peaks and Lauterbrunnen Valley. Absolutely breathtaking!"

Loanne

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations! Our guide, bus driver and tour mates were outstanding! We enjoyed the variety of experiences, both planned and spontaneous. Rick Steve's Tours are a must.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments on the tour. The amazing scenery in the Alps, riding bikes in Amsterdam, walking the small lanes in Venice, the sights of Rome, St. Peter's Basilica and the view from Montmartre in Paris!"

Lawrence

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our small group (17 + guide) totally bonded and it was great fun sharing the amazing experiences with our new friends. Our bus driver was fun and friendly, and contributed to the experience. The local guides had a long history with the places they took us through, with lots of interesting stories and observations. I can't imagine a more amazing tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from our hotel in Wengen, Switzerland and the view from Jungfraujoch. Sitting at a café at St. Mark's Square in Venice listening to a quartet play Beethoven was a close second."

Brian

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was very good. The coordination and execution was well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains in Wengen were awe inspiring. The walking tour of Rome was also very enlightening."

Kathleen

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, Keith, as well as our bus driver, Richard were excellent & caring

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our bus driver ??. Seriously, the wow factor was Wengen. We also enjoyed the friendships of our tour companions."

Mary

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour mates, guide and bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toss up St. Peter's Rome or ziplining Jungfraujoch Switzerland."

Paula

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was amazing. 6 countries in 21 days was so inclusive. Although we have been on Rick Steve’s tours in these countries before, this trip included all new territory for us. Bacharach and Rothenburg were beautiful and exciting to visit. All hotels exceeded our expectations. The early planning for the trip was evident in museum visits, hotels, local guides, and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to St Peter’s Basilica at 7 am and having the entire church to ourselves was inspiring. The beauty, sculptures, marble floors and collections are without measure."

Tom

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The BOE 21 has something for everyone - a perfect mix of exploring large cities, quaint villages and natural areas. Our wonderful guide Andy imparted his passion for travel onto us! Our group of 21 was the beneficiary of Andy's mini lessons on art, history, language and culture of each region. The itinerary is jam-packed, however, the strenuous walking days are usually followed by comfortable bus travel days. Thank you, RS Tours and Andy and Peter! You all made this a trip of a lifetime for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome - the Colosseum and The Forum. Austria - hiking and swimming in an alpine lake and the thrilling luge ride. Venice - drinks and conversation on a rooftop terrace watching the sun set. And glorious Switzerland - a rainy hike from Murren to Grimmenwald listening to the cow and goat bells jingle. Then piizza and hot chocolate with friends at a hostel. Paris - Pere Lachaise Cemetery and eating with friends in a comfy parisan cafe on the Rue Cler. And who can forget the gelato and macchiatos!"

Debora

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply amazing . Andy Steves was our guide and he took such good care of us. Andy went above and beyond any tour guide that we have ever had . The food and wine on our group dinners were just ridiculous, so over the top good . This was our second RS tour and the people that go on these tours are just the best of the best from all over the world. I used to plan our trips and it is just to much work, with RS tours you can see more and not worry about the smallest details. Just sit back and enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of our favorite WOW moments were the cruise down the canal in Amsterdamn. The boat ride down the Rhine river .The day we walked to Neuschwanstein castle and had a picnic afterwards was a perfect day !! We sat at the beach on our day off in Monterosso AL Mare all day and swam in the Mediterranean, WOW !! The Swiss Alps WOW !! View from our hotel in the Alps WOW !! Saint Peters Basilica !! In Paris when Andy swept in like Superman and saved a tour member from the metro doors closing on her"

Scott

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed our tour. Guide was knowable about all countries, languages, customs and geography of each country we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"360 Degree view from mountaintop and watching paragliders sail BELOW our hotel room in Switzerland."

Ken

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps seemed unreal it was so beautiful."

Gigi

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Europe is not as enjoyable as in the pastSan

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Shapel"

Paula

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and first Rick Steves tour. The tour exceeded every hope and expectation that I had. It was fantastic! I'm already planning my next trip with Rick Steve's Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but I would rank seeing St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome as well as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. All were "goose bumps" moments for me."

Christopher

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well, just fantastic. It is hard to imagine a better introduction to, and overview of Europe for a first time visitor or one who hasn’t been in many years. Having all the logistics of transportation, accommodations, booking of attractions and local guides allows you to focus on and really enjoy the endless experiences the tour offers. I cannot recommend it too highly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many- looking down the Rhine early in the morning in Bacharach; the Grand Canal as Venice was just awakening; an unhurried visit to an almost empty St Peter’s Basilica; the gorgeous Lauterbrunnen Valley; many more."

Tina

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

How many times can a person say amazing before it loses meaning? But it was. Amazing. It delivered as promised and much more. A perfect blend of rural and urban sites, great mix of guided and free time and extremely high quality guides. We enjoyed the amount and quality of background information and general education about each location. But above all our tour leader made it fun and made each of us feel included and respected as a valued travel companion. We've already booked our next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Member One says: "Riding a small motorboat water taxi into Venice along the Grand Canal. Like I was Indiana Jones or something!" Member Two says: "Getting to experience the results of the hard work and thoughtfulness that obviously went into producing this amazing product is what wowed me. You don't get this quality of tour, tour leader and local guides without a serious and professional investment of time, effort and care.""

Akira

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a really well designed tour for those who want to get a whirlwind tour of Europe. Highly recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ruette Austria. Its so green and lush and the mountains are beautiful."

Jacob

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can say with sincerity that this tour has been one of the highlights of my life. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to share this experience with kind and passionate individuals who have a knack for adventure and aren't afraid to be challenged through travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many to pick from, but the one that stands out the most is when we were serenaded in a gondola ride around the canals of Venice."

Stephen

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every location offered something special. This was my first visit to Europe and my wife and I loved every stop throughout the tour. The hotel locations were well planned. Our guide, Tim, was outstanding. He provided very useful instructions and a lot of historical background for our stops. He was also very patient and provided clear logistical landmarks which allowed for fun outings without getting lost. The bus driver,Richard was amazing too. Everyone on that bus was value added.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments and we really enjoyed each country and stop. My favorite moment was probably the gondola ride up to the hotel in the Swiss Alps (Murren). Absolutely stunning! Our entire group was in a state of collective awe. Just an incredibly beautiful setting and town. Would love to go back there…and all the other places as well."

Thomas

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the experience was perfect. It was exactly as advertised. Our tour guide, Lisa was a true professional. The trip was very well planned. We were able to see the highlights of Europe without the anxiety that would come with a self guided tour. There was enough free time to give us choices of activities within the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but the Swiss Alps would be tops. The beauty of nature out ranked the most majestic structures."

Lauren

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it! The group was great, guide was knowledgeable, and most everything went smoothly (and when it didn't our guide solved the problem.) Loved the variety of the itinerary: big town to small town, warm beach to the alps. Also, we luckily went to Keukenhof Gardens and saw the tulips, Wow!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tiny Murren was absolutely beautiful. Loved walking down the quiet streets imagining how people live there and commute by gondola. Brunch at the revolving restaurant atop the Shilthorn was quite a treat with a breathtaking view on that clear day!"

Cary

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my forth Rick Steves' tour and the first since 2008. This tour lived up to all the aspects that we have come to expect from a RS tour. Lisa, our tour guide, was terrific, I don't know how she does it. I could not do it. She is professional, kind, funny and extremely patient. I would take another one of her tours in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two. The gardens at Keukenhof, in the Netherlands. I have never seen anything like it or so beautiful. The second was the view of the Swiss Alps from Schilthorn, Switzerland. The 007 museum was so-so, but the thrill walk and view was unmatchable!"

Calvin

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Europe was amazing, everything I imagined! The organization, travel accommodations, rooms, and food. Outstanding guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it! My eyes came home hurting from all the beauty! The climbing of the towers, eating the Florence steak, tanning on the beach in cirque Terre, street musicians playing for the crowd, Fellowship. All of it!"

Diane

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The content of the tour was outstanding. Certain problems made my experience difficult on this tour. In the way that Rick Steves warns whiners not to take a tour anti-maskers also have to be discouraged from taking the tour because they ruin the experience for others. In spite of this problem and the other problems that are not Rick Steves‘s fault… That of course it is difficult for older people to carry things upstairs or take tours of museums fully masked… We all felt like pioneers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland because of the amazing nature. Seeing the Pieta in person again."

Shannon

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an experience of a lifetime. We enjoyed each and every moment. We felt everything was well planned and executed by our great tour guide Lisa even when things were thrown at her that were out of her control. Thanks for 21 days we will cherish the rest of our lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to choose but Switzerland and riding the gondola to our hotel was breathtaking. Walking into the hall where the statue of David was in Accademia was also breathtaking."

Anne

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the hotels we stayed in. They were centrally located so that during free time we could venture off and explore the sites. Lisa, our tour guide was well informed and taught us how to get around which added to the overall enjoyment of the trip. We had so many varied experiences with a balance of museums, physical activities and nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow was our eventing gondola ride in Venice. Lisa arranged for 14 of us to enjoy the canals of Venice in the evening. We enjoyed the accordian player and singer and the beauty of Venice."

Mary

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful and enriching time on our trip, thanks to Lisa Friend, our tour guide. She kept us safe and always prepared us for upcoming challenges and gave us the skills in avoiding potential misunderstandings throughout our encounters in the different countries that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Keukenhof Gardens! I had never seen such incredible sights!"

Que Tran

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was impressed by the large number of sightseeing locations that the tour covered. The route was well thought and planned. I normally prefer travel by myself, but had to join this tour because I made the last minute decision to travel to Europe and didn’t have time to research and plan for the whole holiday. I was happy with this tour because I don’t think that I could see as many places if I planned the trip myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite activity of this trip was the walk in Lauterbrunnen. On the “free day” of the tour, our guide (Dimitri) took us to a walk from the centre of Lauterbrunnen to Stechellgerg gondola station. It was spring and the streets were lined with a carpet of flowers. We walked pass the magnificent Staubbach falls and many other waterfalls in the valley. We saw beautiful green paddies with goats and cows. We could hear the cowbells ringing, the thundering sound of waterfalls and the birdsongs."

Thomas

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour, so I wasn't really sure what to expect, although I was fairly familiar with literature and video material, so had some expectations regarding the Rick Steves overall philosophy of travel. The tour exceeded all my expectations for quality of locations, hotels, guides, bus travel, tour group dynamic, food, and serendipitous experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of the many to pick from, I'll focus on our breakfast on top of Schilthorn. The morning weather at our hotel in Murren was rainy/foggy/cloudy, and I frankly wasn't all that excited about going up to a mountaintop that would be buried in clouds. Imagine our surprise as we ascended the two stages of cable cars to find bright sun on new snow at the top, with 360 degree visibility of the Alps. We had the restaurant basically to ourselves, and the food was fantastic too."

Christine

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first RS tour, everything exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed this trip immensely and loved every single day. With the perfect mix of location snd activities, it definitely deserves the title being ‘the best of Europe’. Dimitri and Matthias were excellent guides, my travel experience has been greatly enriched by them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite wow moments were the paintings in Rijksmuseum and Louvre, everything in Bacharach, Michelangelo’s statues, museums and churches in Florence and Rome, Swiss alps and Lauterbrunnen Valley"

Winifred

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't know what to expect before the trip since this is my first travel tour and being the first RS BOE since COVID, but it impresses me every single day!! Our tour lead by very experienced and delightful tour guides: Dimitri and Matthias, a very friendly expert driver Richard; plus some top notch local guides, they have made the 21 exhausting and exhilarating travel days enjoyable, fun, and wanting the trip not to end! Yes there are beautiful scenery, museums, churches, and yes the foods!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many wow moments. My top ones: Local guide Robert gave a dazzling museum tour at the Rijks, he's a treasure! Bacharach is one of my very favorite charming villages; had breakfast at the top of the 3,000M Schilthorn, the Lauterbrunnen Valley walk plus the Trummelbach Falls visit in the Swiss Alps all unforgettable. Dachau visit is a very moving experience. Can't help but thinking of what is happening in Ukraine, still can't get it right from the 'never again' experience?!"

Amanda

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are not enough positive things I could say about this tour. It blew every expectation I had out of the water. Dimitri, Matthias, and Richard (The Dream Team) made sure everything was running smoothly and taken care of so we didn’t have to worry about a thing. The hard work was noticed and very much appreciated. It was amazing how quickly the group all became like a family. It was a trip I will always remember and will have a lifetime of memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a WOW!! It’s hard to pick just one so I will just go with my first wow moment. It was the morning we were in Bacharach. We had met our local guide, Thomas. As he took us through the village he lives and it just seemed to personal and special. Then we hiked up a hilly vineyard to see the view of the Rhine River. It was overwhelmingly beautiful and i wasn’t expecting it. I looked at my friend and said “I’m having the best time.”"

Mellani

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don’t know how it could have been any better than this; outstanding guides/driver (Dmitri, Matthias, Richard), fantastic group of fellow travelers, informative local guides, great dinners, 6 wonderful countries, just an all around magnificent experience. The whirlwind tour of Europe I was hoping for and much, much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments, but the ones that stand out most were; the luge ride, the Schilthorn Thrill walk and the after dinner entertainment in Ruette which was a ton of fun and with one of our tour members joyfully joining in on bag drum (yes, ‘bag’ drum)."

Donna

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It went beyond our expectation, after dreaming and planning for this trip over 10 years. Our group have become our friends and our guides were like family showing us their favorite parts of all the countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the small towns we visited on the way to the bigger cities and seeing the Alps with the snow falling. I had so many "wow" moments that it is hard to pick."

Joseph

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After dreaming, planning, and saving for 10 years, this became a trip of a lifetime! Not just the major cities, but the people we met and the guides we had were the best in the world!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even with all the major cities having their major draws, I enjoyed the smaller cities in Germany and Italy."

When To Go & Weather

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

Netherlands / Amsterdam

Amsterdam Weather


Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Austria / Vienna

Vienna Weather


Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Florence

Florence Weather


Italy / Rome

Rome Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


France / Paris

Paris Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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