• Big Ben and Westminster Bridge, London, England
    London
  • Tower of London, England
    Tower of London
  • Photographing the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
    Eiffel Tower
  • Guédelon Castle, Treigny, France
    Guédelon Castle in France
  • Männlichen, Switzerland
    Mannlichen in the Swiss Alps
  • Vineyards over Manarola (Cinque Terre), Italy
    Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Pisa, Italy
    Pisa's Leaning Tower
  • Michelangelo’s David in Florence
  • Gelato break, Florence, Italy
    Gelato Break in Italy

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Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days Tour

from $4,395 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $875

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Rick Steves Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days delivers a colorful mix of must-see cities (London, Paris, Florence), and stroll-around charms (Burgundy, the Swiss Alps, Italy's Cinque Terre). Along the way, you and your kids will encounter some fascinating bits of art, history, and culture — along with a couple of castles, a boat, a mountain cogwheel train, plenty of hiking, and even a swimming pool or two. And on this tour, kids ages 8 through 17 get a $200 discount! Join us for Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days!

You may also want to consider our Family Europe: Amsterdam to Rome in 14 Days tour.

Dates & Prices

2020

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Kids ages 8 through 17 are welcome — and save $200
  • A full-time Rick Steves guide, tour assistant, and local experts — who will make the history, art, culture — and fun! — of Europe come alive for you and your kids
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Thames River cruise • Tower of London • London–Paris Chunnel train • Seine River cruise • Paris walking tour • Pétanque lesson • Louvre Museum • Guédelon Castle • Stone-cutting workshop • Medieval evening • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps • Swiss fondue tasting • Swiss folk music • Orientation for "vacation" day in Cinque Terre • Pisa • Renaissance walking tour • Accademia Gallery including Michelangelo's David • Uffizi Gallery tour • Tuscan cooking class…and more
  • All group transportation from London to Florence
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, family-friendly 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 2020
  • 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 London

Our adventure together begins in the great city of London. We'll meet at 3 p.m. for a brief "Welcome to Europe" meeting at our hotel. Your guide will give you a neighborhood orientation walk and practical London transport lesson on the way into the heart of the city. This evening, we'll have fun getting to know one another over dinner together. Sleep in London (2 nights). No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 2: The Thames and the Tower

This morning is dedicated to the Tower of London, where we'll learn all about England's oldest and most notorious castle. After some free time to sneak a peek at the Crown Jewels and grab some lunch, we'll hop on board a boat and cruise the Thames to Westminster. It's the perfect spot for your guide to orient you for your free afternoon and evening. Explore the neighborhood: the London Eye, Westminster Abbey or Buckingham Palace. Or you can walk north past the Churchill War Rooms, 10 Downing Street, and the Horse Guards to Trafalgar Square. Cheerio! Boat: ½ hour. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: The Chunnel to Paris

Let's go to France! After breakfast it's all-aboard the sleek Eurostar train to Paris, zooming along at nearly 200 miles per hour beneath the English Channel. In Paris we'll be met by a comfy sightseeing bus for a rolling introduction to this beautiful city. We'll arrive at our Paris hotel, where you'll have time to unpack and relax a bit before our big evening: learning to use the Métro (subway), dinner together on the Left Bank, and an open-air evening cruise along the Seine River — the perfect finish for your first day in the City of Light. Sleep in Paris (2 nights). Train: 2½ hours. Boat: 1 hour. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: light.

Day 4: The Historic Heart of Paris

Today we'll meet up with some locals to learn the perfect Parisian pastime of pétanque and play a few games. Then we'll explore the birthplace of Paris, the Ile de la Cité. We'll take a walking tour tracing the evolution of Paris, from its Roman roots to its medieval splendor, culminating with the resilient and awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral. Then the rest of the day is free for exploring more of Paris on your own. You could visit a gallery or two filled with amazing art (the Orsay, Orangerie, Rodin, or Pompidou), visit a kid-friendly park (the Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens), take in the city views (from the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre hill, or a department-store rooftop) — and maybe top off tonight with trip up the Eiffel Tower (avoid lines by reserving in advance). Let the kids decide. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Masterpieces and Rural France

Our morning begins with a visit to the magnificent Louvre Museum. Our local guide will introduce us to timeless treasures including Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and other great works of art. After free time for lunch on your own in the Louvre's family-friendly food court, we'll meet our driver and bus for the rest of the tour. Then we'll leave city life behind as we head into the French countryside, passing pastures and châteaux en route to our country hotel in the heart of Burgundy. This stately manor home has a swimming pool and a huge lawn, perfect for kids to play outdoor games this evening. For dinner we'll share a buffet of French specialties. Sleep in St. Fargeau, Burgundy (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Building a Medieval Castle

We'll begin today at St. Fargeau's wonderfully French weekly market, a scavenger hunt of Burgundian freshness, perfect for piecing together your picnic lunch. Next is something you'll see nowhere else: the construction site of Guédelon, where a full-size 13th-century castle is being built today — by people in traditional costumes using historically accurate tools — exactly as it would have been 800 years ago. We'll have a guided tour through the site and take part in a hands-on workshop learning how medieval stone cutters worked their magic. You'll have free time to visit the blacksmith, masons, rope-makers — and explore more on your own. We'll return to our "country estate" in the afternoon with time to relax, swim, or play before we regroup for a medieval-themed dinner together. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Scenic Drive to the Swiss Alps

This morning we'll board our bus and set a course for Switzerland. For lunch, we'll stop and fan out at a typical town's shopping mall (with several places to eat on your own) to get a taste of un-touristy French life. Today's scenic drive is the perfect time to catch up on your journal, play a game with your bus buddies — and learn a few things from your guide about Swiss chocolate. By late afternoon we'll find ourselves in the Berner Oberland's magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, flanked by towering, waterfall-laced cliffs. Tonight we'll share a fondue-tasting and a hearty dinner together — followed by a performance of traditional Swiss music — all at our creaky old chalet nestled in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 8 hours. Walking: light.

Day 8: All Day in the Alps

Don't sleep in this morning — the Alps await! After a hearty breakfast you may want to join your guide for an optional mountain excursion that includes a gondola lift and a scenic 2½-mile hike along the 7,000-foot-high Männlichen ridge. From the nearby village of Kleine Scheidegg, you'll be set free for lunch, with spectacular views of Switzerland's most formidable peaks: the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. From there you can take a cowbell-serenaded hike back down to our hotel — or rest your feet aboard one of the cute local cog-trains that run between the villages. For tonight's dinner, shop at the local grocery store for an evening picnic in the great outdoors. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Winding Our Way to Italy

This morning we'll have an encore performance of the Alps as we make our way across the mountains and dive into Italy. We'll wind our way down through the hills, past pristine lakes and the farms of northern Italy, en route to our Mediterranean getaway. This afternoon's destination is the seaside Cinque Terre town of Monterosso al Mare. During today's trip, you'll get a thorough orientation to tomorrow's fun, free day possibilities. Tonight we'll share a tasty dinner together in this corner of Italy where pesto was invented and the seafood was swimming this morning. Sleep in Monterosso al Mare (2 nights). Bus: 7 hours. Walking: light.

Day 10: Free Day in the Cinque Terre

Today is entirely up to you, and each village along the Cinque Terre is just a few minutes away by train. Pick a village to explore, have a meal or two, and become temporary locals…or burn off some energy and enjoy breathtaking views by hiking along the cliffside paths…or get your views from the sea on a scenic boat ride along the coast, past the fishing-boat harbors and hill-hugging villages…or stay closer to home, hanging out on the beach for swimming and sun. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 11: Florence and Michelangelo's David

Rested and refreshed, today we're ready to take on the impressive art and history of Florence. But first, we'll stop in Pisa for lunch and see if its infamous tower is still leaning. We'll continue to Florence, where we'll say ciao to our bus and driver, drop our bags at our hotel…and hit the ground walking on a historical introduction to the highlights of the Renaissance. We'll learn about life in those world-changing times, and gaze at Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome and Ghiberti's amazingly 3-D Baptistery doors. Our walk ends with a bang at the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's most famous sculptures: the rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. Your evening is free for dinner on your own. Sleep in Florence (2 nights). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Treasures of the Renaissance

Your morning is perfectly free. Sleep in if you like — or get an early start to scramble to the top of Bunelleschi's big dome (reserve in advance) or browse through the colorful food and craft markets. After lunch on your own, we'll rendezvous for a guided tour at the Uffizi Gallery to see — and learn the stories behind — the Botticellis, Leonardos, and Raphaels in the greatest collection of Italian paintings anywhere. This evening, we'll gather for a fun, hands-on cooking class. We'll enjoy what we prepared at our final dinner together where we can share our favorite moments and celebrate our friendship. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Florence's airport by taxi or public transportation. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

(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 Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 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 able to get up and "at 'em" in the morning, often departing around 8 a.m.
  6. Be content with the possibility of your family sharing bathroom facilities on this tour.

Reviews

James

Renton, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was was well planned,with a nice balance of free time with tour events!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river cruise on the Seine river at sunset!!"

Edward

West Hollywood, CA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My family really enjoyed our European vacation thanks to a well organized tour by Rick Steves and of course to Trish and Zen who were amazing guides who provided the necessary insight into the various countries we visited including; England,France,Switzerland and Italy. One aspect of the tour I thought was extremely valuable was the "free day" we had to explore on our own each of the cities we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it was extremely hot and crowded in Europe at the time of our tour I would have to say our families "wow" moment was when we reached the Cinque Terra. The outstanding beauty of each of the coastal towns was truly something wonderful to experience as was the delicious food we ate and the cool water of the Mediterranean provided a welcome relief to the high temperatures."

Amy

Chicago, IL

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a wonderful introduction to Europe for my children. My husband and I have traveled to Europe, using Rick Steve's tips and guide book as a reference but this was our first formal tour. Our expectations were exceeded! The mix of group activities and "on-your-own" was a perfect blend. The tour guide was informative and fun to travel alongside. The locations were varied and all nice in their own unique ways. My children really enjoyed having other teens with them .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments - my favorite was piecing together the history of commissioned art with the wealth, politics, and religion of each area. I had never stopped to consider the influence of the church over art and govern/sovereign leadership."

Maria

Camas, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really like the structure of the tour, we had some free time to explore on our own with recommendations of our tour guide, the suggestions always advise of how to save money and adjust to our own budget. My teen ager met some other teens in the tour and the enjoyed hanging out on their own without parents but close enough to know where they were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide always had the right comment to make us remember the history behind the places we visited. The most interesting thing for me was visiting the building of the medieval castell under construction, we were "transported in time" to Lear how they built castles and where they found everything they need on their own land."

Paul

Cameron Park, CA

Tour: 07/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour crams a whole lot into a very short time, but it was a perfect introduction to Europe for our 16 year old granddaughter. We were very fortunate in that there were children her age that she bonded with that made this a real fun trip for her and for us. Sarah did an absolutely fabulous job of balancing the activities and engaging the kids and us. We loved her talks on the places we visited. I am not sure how you could find such a capable and knowledgeable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"#1 - Switzerland - Hard to beat that. The bonding of the girls on this tour. The last cook our own dinner in Florence, where all participated and it turned out great."

Maximilian

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides, Trish and Stefan, were very kind and helpful and the tour group got along pretty well. Hilde, the bus driver, was outstanding and very nice. All in all a great trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the David was very cool and was much nicer than I expected"

Maureen

Spokane, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My 3rd family trip with a granddaughter and it was priceless. The guides, hotels, history, food and experiences were all exceptional. The trip really brought my granddaughter and me closer together and gave us memories to last a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I have been on the trip before, the biggest wow moment was not seeing the landmarks or famous sites but seeing the history through my granddaughter's eyes. The highpoint for me was watching her perform in the piano bar at the Swiss hotel after being asked to sing by the "Italian Piano Man." It made her whole trip and mine!"

Sarah

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The family tour was a great way to explore European cultures and cities with our kids. We have been to Europe before, but having a knowledgeable guide and assistant guide (Trish and Stefan) share history and cultural norms with us on our way to our destinations made us feel better prepared for each stop. Unexpected joy came from the spontaneous experiences including getting the last tickets for the London eye after dinner ended early and riding the carousel in Florence after our last dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list! Watching my kids identify Greek gods in the Louvre and Uffizi was a mom "wow" moment and our family hike in the Alps was spectacular!"

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beyond my expectations: extremely knowledgeable and bright guides, organized itinerary, many activities for the children, Trish and Stefan were incredibly smart, kind and organized. Kept us informed, prepared us for upcoming activities, explained why they were doing what. We felt so well-cared for and secure, knowing they would not fail us. Trish created a game to help us memorize each member's name and created a buddy system so that none of us got forgotten at any place. Incredible!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our last eve together, Trish asked the same thing, and almost everyone stated it was the togetherness and friendship of fellow tour members, experiencing new things together, sharing and caring for each other that were the highlight of the tour. I would agree. Trish and Stefan created a container that was secure and friendly in which we felt free to be expressive, outgoing and sharing."

Stephan

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. Martin, our guide, was knowledgeable and entertaining. He was a clear leader and had experience and yet fun with each day. We are a family of 5 (myself, wife, and 3 children (15,12,10)). The children had fun with the other children on the tour and where engaged when Martin was leading activities. Each of the sights from London to Florence were well set up and executed to enjoy the best of each culture as efficiently as possible. I would definitely do again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris. Relaxing with in a cafe with crepes & coffee... picnic in the shadow of the Eiffel tower with fresh cheese, bread, and wine. Wengen. hiking in the midst of towering cliffs and glaciers."

Richard

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great adventure. We hit Paris and Italy during record breaking temperature, but it didn't hold us back since many of the tour activities were indoors or at least in the shade.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along a path in the Alps toward the North Face of Eiger is like a dream."

Katie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time. The format of the tour allowed us to see and do a lot. My daughter especially enjoyed many of the activities including the swimming pool in St. Fargeau and the cooking class in Florence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrive in our hotel room in Wengen our room had two balconies and an amazing view of the mountains. The next day we had a long hike and soaked up the amazing scenery. The playground at the top of Mannlichen was an amazing surprise."

Alice

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So amazing! Great balance between being guided and scheduled and free time. Great variety of activites offered in the tou. Tour guides were exceptional-knowledgeable, capable, fun, helpful, . . . Loved the cities we traveled to, with a great balance of city vs countryside vs beach. And finally great group of people on the tour. Many friendships were forged during this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley. Such breathtaking scenery. Heaven on earth. Loved our hikes. Mountains all around us, rolling green hills, wildflowers everywhere, waterfalls everywhere you look. Unforgettable!"

Angela

Twin Falls, ID

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent European "sampler" tour. Martin and Skyla were thoughtful, insightful and flexible. They even had a few surprises for the group. Skyla especially connected with our daughter. We had some truly amazing experiences and are so pleased we chose a Rick Steves Family Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We fell in love with Switzerland. Getting to hear Amazing Grace and Edelweiss on the Alpenhorn, with the mountains as a backdrop, will always be a very sweet memory."

Richard

Richmond, VA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was a Wow experience but hiking through the Swiss Alps with our grandson was very special."

Tom

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome!!! We had heard great things about Rick Steves Tours but we were not prepared for the tour to exceed our expectations. Everything from our tour guides to the organization of the tour. The itinerary gave us a nice tasting of the places we visited but also allowed us the free time to explore. We saw things that we're certain we would not have had we done the trip on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. We took a tram from Lauterbrunnen up to Grutschalp, then walked to Murren, on to Gimmelwald, down to the valley floor, then back to Lauterbrunnen. A 10-1/2 mile hike that day! But what a great experience hiking in the Swiss Alps!"

Kathryn

Richmond, VA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I brought our 14-year old grandson on this trip. Martin and Skyla were a perfect duo - Martin often talked over the heads of the kids (8 - 17 years of age), but adored them and was very patient. Skyla was perfect for the kids and was extremely compatible with Martin and very conversant with the adults. Martin was well-regarded by local guides and business owners. It is mind-boggling that we the great cities of Europe and the staggering Switzerland, & Cinque Terre!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out the window of our bedroom in Wengen, Switzerland upon waking the first morning there, and being wowed by the spectacular beauty of the majestic snow-capped Alps in full sunshine. They had been obscured by fog the evening before. Our hike in the Lauterbrunnen, which Martin helped arrange for all of us on his day off, was unforgettable. We all felt like we were walking through the pages of a National Geographic story on the Alps."

Jennifer

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled with my father and two teenage daughters and we had a wonderful trip! The tour hit so many highlights of the countries we visited! We loved the balance of time with the group becoming oriented to the location and seeing major attractions together with our guide and then having lots of free time to explore on our own. Our guides were excellent: they took care of all the logistics, were very informative and personable, and created a great tour group environment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick! I loved each country we visited and each had its own special charm. I will say it is very hard to beat the pristine views of the Swiss Alps! I couldn't get enough of the green meadows, rushing streams, and snowy peaks!"

Linda

Belmont, CA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa and Katie were personable, knowledgeable and fun to be with. The activities on the Family Tour were unique and perfect for kids: Tower of London, Castle building in Burgundy, cooking lesson in Florence. This may be impossible for such a jam packed tour, but we all got exhausted only staying two nights per location. Many people said they would have loved to have stayed another night at the Country Inn in Burgundy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at the Country Inn in Burgundy. We also enjoyed the cooking lesson in Florence."

Becca

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing experience on my rick steves tour! I got to see all the major highlights of each city we visited. I got a good balance of time with my family and with the tour group. I enjoyed every location we visited and always felt safe and comfortable. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends because its a great way to see major highlights of europe and make new friends along the way. I genuinely had a great time on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was probably when we were hiking in the swiss alps. The view was incredible and the mountains were just breathtaking. Riding the little train up to Wengen was just great. The view from our hotel was crazy!"

Francis

Carlisle, PA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great trip, however, as feedback it would have been more fun to have ice breaker activities with the kids from day 1 until when we arrived at the French countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed Switzerland. Wish we had more time there but I understand it is just a few days everywhere."

Ben

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 11th RS tour starting in 2006. I had been to all these places before but wanted to share them with my daughter and two granddaughters. A family tour is a good way for me to do that. It was a great cross-sectional introduction to Europe. The granddaughters definitely enjoyed having other kids to interact with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Wengen in late evening admiring the beautiful homes and gardens with rain showers filling the valley ...and then suddenly the sun pops out highlighting the snow covered peaks. WOW!"

Annette

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So many fantastic memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. Big one for me was arriving in Bourgogne. The service and accommodations were stunning and perfectly timed after 4 days in big cities (London and Paris). This is really where the kids bonded too."

Kira

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience with Rick Steves was very good. This was my first time with Rick Steve and i was very impressed. We had two wonderful, smart tour guides who made the trip so much fun. I also found the tour group itself to be very fun, especially the other kids there. The places we saw were incredible and ever place had something new to offer. Besides a few bumps in the road this trip for me was absolutely amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a big wow moment in Switzerland. At the top of the mountain we went to I was in awe of what I saw. I am naturally afraid of heights so I was originally not super excited for this summit. But once I got to the top and looked out it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. I loved this hike/excursion and I hope other groups get to do it in the future."

Faith

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was so much fun and really enjoyable i liked every group activity and could have been happy with more time together because of this experience i can't wait till the next time i get to go to europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"my favorite wow moment was one of two it was either seeing the swiss alps and getting to hike around or being able to chill in th french countryside and just run around."

Madison

Boulder City, NV

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, it was beautiful"

Suk

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Reid was a fantastic tour guide. Angie was also great as a tour assistant. HIldie was quite the adept tour bus driver (weaving through narrow roads near the Alps and Cinque Terre). The sightseeing events were well planned and timely. There was a good balance of touring as well as free time. As this is a family tour, we had many children, and Reid knew how to connect with children and adults. This was our 4th Rick Steves tour, so we were satisfied with our hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking a leisurely hike in the Swiss Alps while listening to the cow bells. My family went to the top of the Jungfraujoch and the views were amazing."

Cindy

Boulder City, NV

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The London to Florence tour was the perfect mix of sightseeing, "team" activities and free time. In each location we visited the famous places one would hope to see. For example in Paris we went to the Louvre. We also had a lesson in Petanque, and had free time to go up into the Eiffel Tower. Every stop was a great mix of highlights and exploration. I also appreciated the historic information our tour guide shared. Travelling together created a sense of comradery and lifelong friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moment that left a wonderful impression. But the one that seemed most unusual and that I found the most fascinating was our stop at Guedelon. It was amazing to watch a castle being build with no modern equipment, and so much fun to carve our own building block."

Ed

Auburn, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful, perhaps two days too short. Not enough of Paris or London. I could do without Cinque Terre in the heat of the Tourist season, liked what we did but the young crowds were a bit much. Would be a lovely location when all the children are back in Classes (we had two boys with us, a 14 year old and an 18 year old, they were no problem to mom and myself) Same might be said about Pisa. Loved Florence, but could use a few more plaza dinners on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Alps, even though I shouldn't have decide to hike back down the mountain via a shortcut"

Ryan

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it. Great mix of big city tourist sites and off the beaten path local culture experience. Loved not having to wait in lines for the major attractions. Trish and Maia were great getting us ready and culturally aware as we entered new countries and cities. Amazing food. Nothing bad to say. Overall an excellent experience and I look forward to going on another tour soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to experience God's wonders and his amazing and diverse people with my daughter. Every experience was a wow moment in some way. Experiencing with and through the eyes of my daughter was the wow moment for me."

Deborah

Fairbanks, AK

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were with a great group of people and everyone got along quite well. Our bus driver, Richard was outstanding and helped to make the trip memorable. Our guide, Trish was very knowledgable and as this was a family tour, we appreciated her ability to work smoothly with both adults and children. Her energy was inspiring and despite some weather hiccups, we soldiered on! As with any tour, we always wish we could have stayed in each place a couple of days longer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My 10 year old granddaughters comment upon seeing the Eiffel Tower, " I'm speechless, I just don't have the words to explain how I feel". Also, every aspect of Switzerland was a Wow! Especially enjoyed the waterfall hike."

Owen

Billings, MT

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized. I liked the locations and blend of scheduled and unscheduled time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower with my son."

Colin

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was amazing. All the places we went were beautiful and had an extremely interesting history to them that the guides explained extremely well. In addition to having excellent knoweldege of the places we were, the guides were also extremely friendly and easy to talk to if you had questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking at the view from the top of the alps was by far the best part of the tour. It was amazing how far you could see and the different views you would get just walking along one trail."

Jeffery

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 08/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since we have not traveled to Europe much in the past, this was a great opportunity to get a glimpse of several great European countries. We loved the guidance but also the free time allowed along with tube/subway passes. This was a great way to see the big cities--our guides did a spectacular job introducing us to the subways and how to navigate with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was an easy first[INVALID]having a sunny day in the mountains was a great opportunity and truly a highlight. Second would likely be Cinque Terre."

Scott

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've never traveled with a tour before, but opted to based on the fact that we were traveling as a family in a new place; and on a recommendation from a friend who'd done a Rick Steves tour and liked it. Travis was knowledgeable and professional the entire time, while also being personable and approachable. The tour itself was a bit of a whirlwind--I'd have liked an additional day or so at most of the stops--but that's what we signed up for. Overall, I'd highly recommend the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no real expectation of Wengen, Switzerland--as opposed to the more well-known destinations like London and Paris--and it was amazing. Pictures and words can't do it justice. Taking the gondola up to hike in the surrounding peaks was amazing."

Stephen

Lowell, MA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a great was to be introduced to traveling around Europe. I think the itenerary was well tuned and had a good ballance of busy days and more relaxing days. I was very impressed on how the tour was run and the quality of staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to tell because this was my first time to all these places. Switzerland really stood out for me with the natural beauty. Touring the Guedelon castle also stood out and apealed to the engineering side of me."

Alyx

Port Gamble, WA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tor and I loved being able to see all the different cities in such a short time. I had a great group of just 21 including our guides which made it even more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment had to be going to the Cinque Terre and the Alps. The views were amazing and being able to spend time with our group without having a real agenda after the big cities was relaxing and exciting."

Elizabeth

Lowell, MA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the most amazing time of my life!!! I loved our guide and assistant(Travis and Maia) I made such great friends while on the tour. The WOW moments were really non-stop and I really loved all the history made into fun time. At the end, I didn't want to leave. I felt that everywhere I went, I made a new home. The heat was the only con. But I definitely had the best time of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a really tough question. We went to so many unique hotels and areas its hard to tell. I would have to say that seeing all the mountains and veiws from the Alps was outstanding, but Cinque Terre was awesome after doing the 2-3 hour hike to another island."

Nicholas

Lowell, MA

Tour: 07/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour was amazeing. I absoulutoly loved the history and experinces provided. every day had a new adventure for everyone even the bus days were fun with our amazing bus driver and the comentary provided over the microphone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"my favorite wow moment was driveing into the lauterbrenin vally in switserland. the veiws are simply breathtakeing and being an avid outdoorsman I was so exited by all of the moutan bikeing hikeing and climbing I saw."

Beverly

Coarsegold, CA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking was lots of fun."

Cody

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was outstanding. From morning till night, I loved the Family Europe tour from London to Florence and would recommend a Rick Steve's tour to anyone. It was the perfect tour for our family with two kids ages 11 & 14. I was little worried the girls would get tired of moving from place to place very 2 days, however, both girls did a fantastic job on the tour. Also, our tour guide, Martin, was amazing! He was very knowledgable on everything European!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "WOW" moments, it's hard to pick one. From favorite time will always be the brief time we spent in Cinque Terre. I remember swimming in Monterosso in the late afternoon and being able to see the other 4 towns. Oh, and the best Gelato we had on the trip was from Vernazza, near Monterosso! I was also surprised how much I enjoyed the French Country with my family. I wish we had a chance to spend time like that in Italy. Of course, the walk in the Alps was an amazing WOW moment too!"

James M

Coarsegold, CA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katie and Martin were outstanding. Always available for questions and very informed Always available for help and helpful hints and wuld do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive through the Alps"

Elizabeth

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good experience! The tour moved along quickly but also had the balance of time away from the group and down time on the bus. Weather was not ideal for the travel, with extreme heat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hike in the alps, the conditions were perfect that day and it is a lovely spot. Also really enjoyed the country house in Burgundy and the castle project."

Alexandra

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was hot. All of it was a bit more aimed towards adults and keeping kids interested was difficult. we moved too fast, particularly in th mornings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss alps were pretty and I liked the hike."

Oliver

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was all very good, and everything was fine except that we didn't get enough down time- mornings were mostly get up and go. A few more minutes might help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Italy, with the Duomo when we first saw it."

Phyllis

Council Bluffs, IA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed the whole tour! We had a fabulous group of people and the guides, Skyla and Travis, were personable and capable. The pace and the activities were just right, and the group meals were marvelous. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite day was the one in Burgundy: buying our lunch at the city market, visiting the castle and seeing it being built, back at the chateau for swimming and games, the medieval dress-up dinner with the entertainment and dancing. That probably was my favorite day, but the whole tour was WOW for me."

Quinn

Council Bluffs, IA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best trip ever. Everyday was amazing. The combined history, art, sights, recreation, and food was like fantasyland. Both the guides and fellow tour participants were wonderful people that made the experience that much more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pin that down. There were so many, but for some reason cruising the Seine River at dusk with my parents and kids was special, especially when the Eiffel Tower lit up and twinkled."

Chad

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour was amazing from start to finish. Travis and Skyla were fantastic; friendly, organized and fun to be around. Our group got along great. The food experiences were special. The locations and timing we perfect for a greatest hits vacation. Really, exceeded all out expectations across the board!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One moment; cant' do it. How about each location? London: Ghost walk at twilight. Adam was super fun. Paris: That first dinner felt authentic, and then the sunset river cruise. Burgundy: Picnic shopping in St. Fargeau's morning market, getting a chance to really try and connect with the locals. Wengen: Fairy tale views. What a place! Cinca Terre: That first family dinner and the Little Devil. Florence: Cooking class and cellar dinner."

Anne

Spartanburg, SC

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was just a fantastic family tour of Europe. We loved every city in every country. We felt like we exposed our kids to a wide variety of European cultures. The tour guides were knowledgable, caring, and offered the "just right" guidance at each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Turning the corner on our introduction walk to Paris and seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time."

Mark

Spartanburg, SC

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot imagine a better vacation! We had never been to Europe before so the prospect of going it alone seemed daunting. However, now that I have been part of a Rick Steve's tour group,I cannot imagine ever traveling to Europe any other way. Our Guides were extremely competent, knowledgeable, and fun. The accommodations far exceeded my expectations. We loved the balance between structured and free time. We also loved the balance between big cities and more relaxing destinations. wonderful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This question was tough to answer because there were so many. I am a nature lover, so I guess for me it had to be the Swiss Alps. I enjoyed the majesty of the mountains as we hiked From village to village. I also thoroughly enjoyed Trummelbach falls. Ok, one more: the river cruise our first night in Paris was way more fun than I expected!"

Caroline

Bow, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was amazing and i was suprised how many activities they could include without overworkig us.i especially liked my tour guude travis and his awesome asistant skyla. I will definently remember this trip for the rest of my life

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the chique terre when we got the whole day off and i got to swim and rent a boat with a slide with other tour member and we saw a school of fish jump out of the water.another was when we were in switzerland and we got to try to play the alp horn."

Kathy

Cedar Rapids, IA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved both Travis and Skyla. They were always there showing us where to go -how to do things. Making sure we were not getting in trouble. It was great to have an introduction on the history, economics and general lifestyles of the different countries before we got there. We had a health emergency on our trip. I was glad to see how both of them handled it. Made me see what a benefit it is to go on a group tour. Both of them are very professional and also fun!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THE WHOLE TRIP!"

Kelli

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime! I still find myself daydreaming about all the places we traveled and the experiences we shared with our family and new friends. The family tour was the perfect way for us to introduce traveling abroad to our children (10 and 13) and we can't wait to go on another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I choose? From the breathtaking scenery of Switzerland to the family-style dinners we shared in the Cinque Terre, it is impossible to have just one wow moment. Every day we were impressed with our tour guides, the places we went and the museums we visited. My husband and I have been to Europe many times, often using the Europe Through the Back Door books, but this family tour was beyond our expectations!"

Max

Renton, WA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Wife and I have been on multiple Rick Steve's tours, Our niece wanted to go to Europe, thus it became our first family tour. We loved our other tours, but we weren't sure how the family tours were going to work. I must say it was amazing, the families on our tour were more than anything we could have hoped for. Unfortunately my wife had a medical incident in Switzerland and we had to leave for home early so we didn't get to enjoy Switzerland and Cinque Terre or Florence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say when we were on the Seine river at night and as we went by the Eiffel it lit up with blinking lights. even though we loved London a very much."

Jessica

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away. The tour was so well-thought out and honed to perfection. Even though we covered a lot of ground, I felt like we really got to know each city's history, art, food and culture. The rhythm of the tour was perfect - lots of activities in London and Paris, a lovely respite in Burgundy, up to breathtaking beauty in the Alps, sun and surf in the Mediterranean and tons of food and art in Florence. I wouldn't change a thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many...the boat tour in Paris and seeing the Eifel tower start to sparkle at 5.. the girls swimming in the dark the first night we got to Cinque Terre...driving by Carrerra and seeing the huge blocks of marble where our kitchen counters came from... hiking through the alps... ordering a seafood crepe in my lame French and making the waiter smile... the incredible dinners in Italy...the 500 ear old musical entertainment in Burgundy and in the Alps...the Birth of Venus and the David."

Michael

Council Bluffs, IA

Tour: 07/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was one of the best>the itinerary was perfect { but we could have used 1 more day in Paris ) The guides were great Travis and Skyla hit it out of the park. I would recommend this trip to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Burgundy stop> the people were awesome the food was something I dream about. I want to go back!!"

Sarah

Louisville, KY

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything! There was not one part I wish didn't happen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swisss Alps"

Sophia

Ellison Bay, WI

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! All the fun things we experienced on this tour will not be forgotten. Especially our awesome guides Trish and Kaitlin. I wish it could have lasted longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have a favorite wow moment, unless you count the entire tour. Every day was a new adventure that I will never forget."

Kyle

Dallas, TX

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all the different countries and all the different food. I think I can look at the Underground and Metro maps and know where to go without getting lost. So if I go back on a school trip that could help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the mountains for the view, but definitely gelato had a wow factor. I ate ALOT of gelato and it was ALWAYS awesome."

Stephanie

Dallas, TX

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As the coordinator of all our family's travel, I really appreciated the ease of this tour. We wanted to introduce our boys to Europe, the different topographies, foods, and architecture. The biggest benefit to me was having someone arrange all the lodging, transportation, and many events. Our train to Paris was cancelled at the last minute. Despite the chaos, Trish managed to get us on another train (while we ate lunch) and we were only a couple hours late into Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and it's glorious scenery. Walking in the mountains, seeing waterfalls everywhere, and just appreciating nature at its finest. I also was surprised at the beauty of the alp horn. A musical demonstration was arranged four our tour and the whole family enjoyed the music resonating outdoors with the sun setting behind the mountains. I definitely would not have had that experience if I had planned the trip myself. Thank you!"

Robert

Hilton Head Island, SC

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great group of families. Although we were ten-plus years older than everyone else on this trip, we felt very much a part of the group. Our granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed being with the other girls on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel in Wengen was beautiful. Although we'd stayed there on our first Rick Steves family trip six years ago, it was still spectacular."

Mateo

Apopka, FL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time. We loved the Swiss Alps. I really like everybody I met. We had so much fun with the other kids. Our tour guides were excellent. They were very nice and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I live in Florida. I have never seen snow. We were able to play in the snow in the Swiss Alps. It was so much fun! The mountains were awesome! All the kids played in the snow and we had a great time together."

Benito

Altamonte Springs, FL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was excellent. All of our fellow travelers were very kind and great company. The kids connected immediately and had a great time. Every location we traveled to was so memorable. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Being with my family and sharing with other families was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Our guides, Martin & Hilbren, kept the mood light and full of laughter. Martin was a wealth of knowledge and Hilbren was always there to keep things interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every destination had its own distinct "Je ne sais quoi..." The most majestic was by far the Swiss Alps (Jungfrau)! Hiking the Alps with my wife, daughter, kids, and Martin while enjoying the privilege of the majestic mountains and valleys. Martin is a machine! If you hike with Martin, you better be prepared!"

Anne

Savannah, GA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose this tour because I wanted to have this experience with my 3 oldest grandchildren, ages 15, 14 and 11. Couldn't have been any better. Everything I dreamed about and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't name just one! Loved the moment we celebrated seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time with champagne for the adults and sparkling cider for the kids. Loved the medieval dinner with period costumes for everyone and period music where we all learned to dance. Loved that we stopped the bus and let the kids play in the snow one more time before leaving the Swiss Alps. Loved stopping for gelato on the spur of the moment in Florence."

Mark

Woodsboro, MD

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an incredibly knowledgeable guide and assistant who led us on an amazing tour. The things we thought were going to be great went beyond our expectations and many things we weren't expecting were suprisingly great also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were looking forward to all the history encompassed in the cities and were not disappointed. However, the sublime beauty of the Swiss Alps was breathtaking."

Jean

Barrington, RI

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved stayed in in-town hotels, walking about and taking public transit, and eating The foods of the country's. I was amazed at how the pacing worked for the youth and the adults ( well, as an adult I would have loved more time in the museums for myself, but not with an impatient 12 year old). Overall the tour exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 2 Wow moments. One was seeing David and learning so much about this sculpture from Martin. The other was enjoying an evening in Paris as the Effell Tower lite up. Off the agenda, my family decided to go para-gliding in the Swiss Alps; this was our own WOW experience."

Kelly

Denver, CO

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime for me! At 46 years old, this was my first trip abroad and I was able to see and experience so many diverse areas, art, architecture, people and cultures in two weeks (4 countries). I learned so much from our guides who are phenomenal. The bus was even fun! With every new country we crossed into, their national anthem was played & we learned about their culture. I am inspired to learn languages & feel much more confidant about traveling internationally now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With this trip it was the ability to experience so much in a short time. To be able to appreciate the diversity of the geographic regions, cultures, history, art, food, languages and people. From being on top of the world near Jung Frau in Switzerland, to swimming in the beautiful clear blue, warm Mediterranean, to seeing David 17 feet tall and marveling at the mastery to be able to create such magnificence out of one block of marble with simple tools. Very grateful to have so many "wow's"!"

Tim

Beaux Arts, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wengen, Switzerland"

Rami

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tiny sampling of regions. The perfect introduction to Europe for families whom do not want to worry about the logistics, while following Rick's philosophy of travel. Having other kids on the trip worked very well. They formed friendships, and allowed parents time and space for adult conversations. There were so many nice surprises along the way, designed to reinforce the experience of local culture. Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having traveled extensively across Europe, wow moment for me was more about how the tour guides adapted the activities to the interests of the kids (and parents). For example, most kids on the trip played soccer, so our guides, Cary and Maia, bought a soccer ball and scoped out places for the kids to play. Imagine taking over a piazza in Florence (Piazza della Santissima Annunziata) in the evening to play soccer. Wow!"

William

Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first family European trip and our first time in a group tour setting. We entrusted our valuable vacation time to Rick Steves Tours because we wanted to experience these beautiful destinations in Europe as travelers and not just as tourists. We were not disappointed and our expectations were far exceeded by the care and attention our tour guides took in making sure all of us got to experience the local cultures and people of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place had its charm and with few exceptions would draw me back to visit again sometime in the future. I have to say that our time in the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland was the most visually stunning and memorable part of our trip."

Erin

Liberty, MO

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a whirlwind adventure! We absolutely loved our tour. It was so wonderful to see so many places in the company of a wonderful group of people. I had worked on travel planning for so long and the trip did not disappoint. They were long days at times but packed full of really amazing memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are lots of "wow" moments to choose from but my favorite two would definitely be Switzerland and the Cinque Terre. The landscapes just took your breath away and I kept pinching myself to think that we were really there."

Michael

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall nice tour, guides were good, not great. Transportation and connections were handled professionally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments for us were lacking. Lots of fun but nothing we'd brag about to friends and family."

Kathy

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 06/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great experience from our orientation in London to our final dinner in Florence. Our guide, Travis was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and organized. We would not have been abke to see or learn as much on our own so I really appreciated Rick Steves' travel putting together a memorable trip for my son and I. Though we saw much as a group we also had plenty of time to ourselves for reflection and rest and other interests. Traveling with a group was very enjoyable and I hope to plan another soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the alps (Wengen, Switzerland) ties with seeing the David in Florence! My son and I enjoyed the incredible views in Switzerland on top of the world surrounded by the wildflowers and views of the alps. And I wept at the beauty of David - everytime I see him I marvel at Michelangelo's gift to the world."

Janice

Schofield, WI

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It lived up to my expectations! I loved the family style and having teens for my granddaughter to meet and enjoy was great. The idea was to share her first trip to Europe and it was a success!! We heeded your advice to travel light and were able to handle the different challenges that are a part of traveling in Europe! I also appreciated the built in free time in each location. Sometimes there is not a lot of time to get from point a to b, so it is good to be able to exhale!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do I have to pick just one? Burgundy was wonderful with the break from the cities, and to get away from the hustle and bustle. The midieval costumes with dinner and dance was so much fun!! Then the Alps with two days of glorious weather was breathtaking! Cinque Terre was awesome with the Mediterranean Sea and Monterosso to explore!"

Andrea

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Uffizi Gallery Tour Beauty of Wengen Siene River Cruise cooking class in Florence"

Emma

Norman, OK

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was amazing! Lots of walking and carrying luggage and I had my elderly grandma who recently had hip surgery with me, so that made things a little difficult but overall great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not super great at getting to know people and it is very hard for me to get out of my comfort zone, but by the end of my tour our group was like a family and I made friends who I hopefully will keep in touch with for a long time. While the sights and traveling was amazing, that really was a personal 'wow' moment for me."

James

Odessa, FL

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Traveling with 3 young kids, the tour was great since it kept everyone moving and on a schedule. They knew exactly what to expect and were ready to go each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected sunset view from the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence....so fun to luck into such a beautiful time of the evening to cross the bridge and get a few pictures."

Lisa

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first Rick Steve's tour and it was all that I imagined. My son and I made so wonderful memories. We loved every moment. We made so many friends and it really was a trip of a lifetime. We didn't have to plan every moment. We just got up and were excited to see what the day would bring. Paris is really where we started to bond. A group of us went to the top of the Arc de Triumph. We will always have that memory in our minds. Hiking the Alps was spectacular. Great tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count. Eiffel tower glowing in the night as we cruised the Seine. Cow bells ringing in the night in the Swiss Alps. The accomplishment of hiking in the Alps. Swimming in the pool and relaxing by the chateaux in rural France was excellent. Seeing all the art at the Louvre and Florence was great. The beauty of the Cinque Terre. The friends we made on the tour was priceless."

Laura

Riverside, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour. The family experience was amazing. The kids made great friends. We spent time with just our family and time with the group which made the experience more enjoyable. The itinerary was great. We alternated between busy cities and quiet countrysides or beaches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my favorite. Even the bus ride felt like a part of the tour as we drove past castles in the French countryside and through the mountains with cascading waterfalls."

Kyle

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. I've never been to Europe before and it was fantastic. I made some great friends and I had a lot of fun. We got to swim in France and Italy. The food was delicious. My favorites were gelato and pizza in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland!!! Opening the windows in our hotel room the air was cool, views gorgeous, and you could hear the cowbells. It was so peaceful there and I loved the hike in the ALPS. There was snow up there so we all threw snowballs around. I also liked the French countryside. The hotel had a pool so we all got to relax. I enjoyed visiting a castle and eating the good food."

Andrew

Nelson, BC

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour overall. The other people were all pleasant and fun to be with. We made a conscious decision to be on a family tour even though we did not bring family, as we thought it would be fun to be with kids as they experienced the sights and history...and it was. Loved our time in the Alps! We were a bit disappointed with our participation at the "Guedelon" medieval project. The way it was portrayed in your promotional material, we thought we would build/contribute something.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Uffizi tour with Elizabeth!!"

Tanis

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The family trip was better than we expected. With parents, grandparents and kids from 8 - 16, everyone made an effort to meet and learn about one another. The locations were fantastic, and hotels comfortable and clean though not always roomy! Lisa and Maia worked as a great team. Local guides and programs were top notch. This was our granddaughter's first time in Europe and she can't wait to go back. She loved each country and it was so great for her to have others her age to spend time with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We used to drive in Europe, but since taking Rick Steves Tours we love watching the scenery from the bus. On this trip the day we drove from Switzerland (snow still on the ground) to the Cinque Terre in Italy (beaches). The last night of our trip when we had a cooking class in Florence then ate the dinner we prepared. So fun for everyone to get involved. A fun way to end the trip."

Neeraja

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

With out a doubt the itinerary was fantastic. The places that they choose were very scenic and have history to them. Both of our girls enjoyed the trip. They compact so many cities on this trip that you will be constantly packing and unpacking. The best part pf this trip is the free time that they give you to explore at your own pace. The restaurants that they take you out for dinners were good. Overall this tour was good. The group we were fun to be with and had good times during the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first favorite "WoW" factor was when I was in Switzerland. I enjoyed the scenic mountain views and the natural beauty of the alps. The drive from here is one the most beautiful drive with winding down road to Italy. My second 'WoW" factor was at Vernazza. The food, views, and the colorful buildings are the best of this town."

Larry

Waco, TX

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've traveled to Europe numerous times and after being on this Rick Steves tour, I will never travel any other way. The tour guides were OUTSTANDING, they created a family atmosphere with the six families that made up the tour group and the locations we visited followed the reputation Rick portrays in his TV shows and books. The extra fun events set this tour aside from others and the mix of "time on your own" was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We all loved the small Swiss town of Wegnen and the cable lift and hike up the mountain and the private concert with the Alphorn player. Not your typical tourist trap/destination. A typical Rick Steves back woods experience in the Alps."

Keith

Little Elm, TX

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was like living in a fantasy. It was two weeks of no responsibilities, where my wife and I were going places and seeing things we'd never been. This was the kind of vacation tour we'd dreamed about doing all our lives, and it exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I hate picking favorites, so I'll go with "if I could choose one thing to do again, what would it be?" That would be our time at Hôtel Les Grands Chênes. I loved everything about that place. If the entire tour was like "living in a fantasy", this was the fantasy within the fantasy. I couldn't believe such a beautiful place actually exists."

Anastasia

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time that my children had gone overseas and what an introduction to Western Europe. We saw so many places and key landmarks in such a short period of time, although it felt like we were gone much longer because we saw and did so much. In fact, it felt like we were actually on six different vacations because the experiences at each place were so unique. We really enjoyed our tour guides Sarah and Travis who were both unbelievably knowledgeable and we all learned SO much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour group felt like a family from early on, even though we were from diverse backgrounds and from all over the US. My favorite "wow" moment of the tour was the spur of the moment dinner potluck that we had in Wengen, Switzerland at the apartment that our tour guide and bus driver were staying at. Sarah and Travis even cooked food for us. This was not part of the itinerary but was an added bonus that came together because of the camaraderie that we felt towards one another."

Tomoe

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our vacation with our group and guides so much! I wish we could have spent one extra night in Switzerland for a couple of reasons. 1. There were so many hiking options and places to visit, but not enough time. 2. It would have been nice to stay in one place for 3 nights vs. 2 nights so we could have a break from packing/unpacking so often.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been in France and Italy before, my wow moment was in Switzerland. THe scale and beauty of the mountains exceeded any of my expectations."

Charles

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the best tour yet. There was something for everyone,especially the kids who really made the tour special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For Me it was the building of a medieval castle at St. Largeaux and the stay at the B&B."

William

Pierre, SD

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. The places we visited were enjoyable, and quite informative. Our group was outstanding, and fun to be with. Our tour guides, Martin and Graeme, were extra ordinary, or as they would say in Briton, "stroidnary".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As the tour progressed, our group was definitely a "wow", and for the geographical areas, it was the Swiss Alps."

Katherine

Del Mar, CA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a long time in the making and it was at the top of my travel wish list[INVALID]for my husband and I to travel with our daughter and granddaughters to Europe. This was our third Rick Steves tour and we were so happy that we could experience so many wonderful places without worrying about the details. Martin and Graeme were the best! They added so much to the experience and set the tone for our group to quickly become a merry band of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many...but hiking in the Swiss Alps, hearing the serenade of cowbells and seeing not one but two avalanches in the distance was pretty amazing."

Andrew

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a non-stop adventure with a new favorite destination at each stop. He provided context to many of the numerous sites and attractions we saw and went through. His stories and insights helped me and my two kids (ages 10 & 14) enjoy and appreciate the history and sites that make Europe fascinating.

Andrew

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall, the tour went well. I thought that the guide did her best in giving us as much information as possible. However, I thought that much of this information was rather repetitive and uninteresting to say the least. The one thing that truly lessened my mood throughout the experience was our bus driver. This individual was incredibly unfriendly, and did not contribute to the positive attitude of the group whatsoever. He was very aggressive on the road, making poor decisions regularly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when we got the chance to spend some time in the backyard of the inn we stayed at in our second stop in France. This place was a nice quiet town, where we were able to relax and enjoy time with our families without having to race around like dogs."

Valerie

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 07/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour experience was wonderful, so much packed in to a short amount of time, but it was all worth it. I did however enjoy my Rick Steves tour in 2015 more. This one was Amsterdam to Rome. With this most recent tour, I appreciated the many "talks" out front of several churches, but as a group, did not have the opportunity to go inside for a few minutes. We would have enjoyed seeing these, even just for a few moments as we did with the previous tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two WOW moments. The hike from the second village in Cinque Terre back to the hotel and the last art museum tour in Florence. Our guide was phenomenal in the museum, her knowledge of the paintings and their history had me mesmerized."

Jeffrey

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Worth every Pennie! The tour provided so much history and sightseeing. Just exhausted at the end of each day. Our tour guides, Trish and Hilbren, we amazing. So full of knowledge about every place we went. It was a honor and privilege to meet and get to know them. I truly feel like I have a sufficient knowledge to navigate these cities and countries when we return. Thank you Trish and Hilbren for that confidence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss alps for sure. Took my breathe away. So happy my children got to experience that unforgettable place."

Weather

England / London


France / Paris


Switzerland / Bern


Italy / Florence

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 in your online customer 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 customer account.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into London (LHR or LGW) and out of Florence (FLR) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

We strongly 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.