• 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 $4,295 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $825

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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 train, a mountain gondola lift, 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

2019

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 21 group sightseeing events • London walking tour • Thames River cruise • Tower of London • London–Paris Chunnel train • Seine River cruise • Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame Cathedral • 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 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to 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. We'll have fun getting to know one another over dinner together, and then we'll join an entertaining local guide on a "ghost walk" through the most haunted city on Earth. 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 a visit to the 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. After an orientation we'll set you free to come face-to-face with timeless treasures that include Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and other great works of art. After 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. Fargeaux, Burgundy (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Building a Medieval Castle

We'll begin today at St. Fargeaux'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 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. When we reach 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 amazing times, and gaze at Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome and Ghiberti's eerily 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

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."

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."

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."

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."

Beverly

Coarsegold, CA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking was lots of fun."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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"!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Tim

Beaux Arts, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wengen, Switzerland"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

Georgeann

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

You stress over and over that we should all carry backpacks everywhere on our tour, but at the last minute, as we arrived at the Louvre we were told that we could not take our backpacks. I had to make an instant decision as to how to take what I needed with me. I would have preferred knowing this in advance. My particular backpack was awkward and time consuming to use. I recomnmend a small bag inside the backpack to carry necessities (glasses, camera,tissues, money-- I found it helpful to keep

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found almost all of the tour very impressive. I especially enjoyed seeing the Alps in Switzerland. But all of the museums were extremely imopressive. The boat rides on the Thames and on the Seine were great."

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."

Harley

Beaufort, SC

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour. Anyone reading these reviews may have the same questions we did months ago: is this tour worth the money? We strongly believe the tour was worth every penny. From the hotels, to the sights, tours, and family fun events, to the precision planning and organization, to the great advice about free time - and most of all, the comraderie with the wonderful group - the value received was immense. Our kids were blown away.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ha, it was really a "wow" 2 weeks straight!"

Caren

Columbus, OH

Tour: 07/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour, and provided a great balance of having the structure and logistics provided, but also plenty of free time to do what we wanted.

Olivia

Naperville, IL

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was great. Being immersed into different cultures and learning more about landmarks that I have always wanted to see was a chance of a lifetime. And it couldn't have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment of the tour was in Switzerland. The natural beauty of the Swiss Alps didn't compare to anything else I have ever seen and when I saw those mountains I felt inspired to do, well, anything."

Nancy

Centerville, KS

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I FELT LIKE THIS TOUR WAS PERFECTLY SUITED FOR FAMILIES !! I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE LEARNING ACTIVITIES, IE THE BUTTRESSES AT THE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, THE HISTORY GAME WHERE WE HAD TO PUT OURSELVES IN ORDER BY TIME ( NO PRESSURE IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW- GOOD SUPPORT FOR ALL) THE LEARN THE NAME GAME, THE COOKING CLASS ON THE LAST NIGHT IN FLORENCE, GENTLE PRESSURE ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO TRY NEW FOODS, IE SNAILS. SARAH ENCOURAGED YOUTH TO WRITE STORIES, AND SHARE. KIDS COULD SHARE MUSIC ON BUS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"LOVED WATCHING THE CHANGING OF THE GUARDS IN LONDON, FAVORITE WAS CLIMBING THE DUOMO IN FLORENCE. LOVED OUR GUIDE IN UFFIZI GALLERY, LOVED HAVING A GUIDE FOR YOUTH AND ONE FOR ADULTS. LEARNED A LOT. WOW- FAVORITE SCENERY, SWITZERLAND HIKING."

Leo

Oak Brook, IL

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sarah & Skyla provided the leadership for the travelers to have a memorable experience. They related well to our diverse group; and they were very knowledgable and flexible. They provided a great context for all the sites & areas we visited. Their story telling ability enhanced our tour. Sarah is the best and Skyla had great enthusiasm and connection with the young travelers. We hope to travel with Sarah again, and if Skyla was part of the team that would be perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The physical beauty of Switzerland and the fun of Chinqua Terre."

Steve

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for a better 'Family Tour', met all our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the clouds lifted away from the Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau."

Liz

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with our two granddaughters and the other children and adults on this tour. Our girls really connect d to all the kids, but a few became great friends. The tour itenerary gave us all,a quick but exciting view of each of the places we stayed. I enjoyed seeing each place from a child's point of view and participating in activities we might not do as adults only. Sarah and Skyla were so fun to travel with and made each place so interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No wow moments, too many highlights to mention. Burgundy was a welcome stop after the busy cities. All of us enjoyed the lovely country house, pool, grassy yard, medieval dinner, costumes, dancing, lovely hosts, etc. We went on to Rome for three days after the trip ended and had a great time. We were well prepar d having learned to travel the Rick Steves way. Met many people using the familiar guidebooks everywhere we went."

Joyce

Oak Brook, IL

Tour: 07/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour; although we had used Rick's guide books. We went with our daughter, son-in-law and 4 granddaughters.(17-91/2) Except for our daughter, none of the rest had been to Europe. What a wonderful experience; sharing Europe with them! Our guide, Sarah kept our tour interesting and she was very organized in keeping the tour moving smoothly. Skyla, her assistant, was terrific with all the kids. We definitely would consider taking other grandchildren on another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland's beauty was definitely a "wow" moment; although as we moved to each country; our one granddaughter kept saying the country she was in was her favorite!"

Karen

Forest Grove, OR

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cary and Travis made our trip better than I could have anticipated. They were organized, accommodating, knowledgeable, and worked hard to make sure everyone was having a great experience. We enjoyed all the extra treats and experiences that were provided, such as the alphorn player, the cooking class, and the pétanque lesson. Cary and Travis frequently checked in with us to make sure we knew how to access activities and restaurants for our free time and made great suggestions, incl. post trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just one is too hard. During our two nights in Switzerland, I kept getting up during the night, just to look out the window. The view of Wengen and the Alps was so enticing! My other wow was climbing up to the monastery and crypts in Montarossa el Mare. My kids (17 & 20) and I hiked up after dark. We walked through the winding passages of tombs lit with rows of small bulbs, stopping to read about and admire the photographs of the people that were interned. It felt magical."

Theo

Arlington, VA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked it a lot moved at a fast pace but that was good for me. Liked Paris and Switzerland the best

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we walked in front of the Eiffel Tower the first time I couldn't believe it. Like wow I'm finally here"

Kimberly

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family had am amazing and life changing adventure. This tour and our guides made seeing Europe with our family unforgettable and would highly recommend this tour to other families looking for a fantastic adventure in Europe with children.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps, the playing of the Swiss Elk horn with our private group. Magical"

Helen

Forest Grove, OR

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The organization and the unique experiences they provided went above and beyond travel alone as a family. I enjoyed each place visited and wished a could've spent an extra night in almost all of them. Especially think another night in Paris would've been nice. Definitely a great way to get introduced to Europe and I know I'll be back for more after this fantastic tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I went into the trip not really expecting to enjoy Paris, I'd heard that it was dirty and over a little over-hyped. But when I got there I was not only amazed my the architecture and history, but also by the culture and people. I loved doing the boat tower and seeing all the people on the river bank gathered picnicing and dancing. It was like no other place I've ever been. The effial tower was somehow more spectacular than I would've assumed from pictures. I also, loved Switzerland."

Lorelle

Grand Forks, BC

Tour: 07/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the whole tour. The company was great and Cary and Travis were excellent guides. I did injury myself on the first day of the tour. I fell on the cobble stones in London during the haunted tour. Everyone was very good and with help from a first aide attendant, a restaurant for ice, Cary and my family I was able to continue on with the haunted tour. This was my first trip to Europe and it was such a treat to have the details taken care of eg tickets etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was a wow moment for me. I loved London and Paris particularly the cruise along the Seine river at sunset. I wanted to see art work and of course the trip included the Louvre, Accademia and Uffizi Gallery and plenty of time to see the National Gallery in London. Burgundy and Switzerland were just lovely. Italy we listened to your auto tours when we spent an additional time in Venus and Rome after the family tour. This helped focus on specific things as there was a lot to see."

Julie

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip far surpassed our expectations. Sarah and Stefanie were great guides and very attentive to our needs and made the tour go seamlessly, and when we had a minor change in schedule, it never seemed like a big deal. WE could not have done this trip any other way. We saw and experienced so many great sites! The group was great and really easy going. I think the Rick Steves litmus test of screening for "no grumps" really works. It lent to a well-rounded easy going group. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but I'd have to say Cinque Terre and meeting the mediterranean sea. The towns were quintessential postcard perfect and so beautiful. Swimming in the mediterranean sea was an added bonus and so refreshing."

Randall

Millbrae, CA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour at least met, if not exceeded, our high expectations. We enjoyed the company of the other families, and the tour had the right balance of structured activity vs. free time. Everyone had a great attitude and nobody was a "grump". The bus was generally comfortable but some of us were over 6 feet -- and bus did not have much leg room. Would prefer a bus with less seats and more room between rows (like the one which picked us up at Paris train station).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps (waterfall and valley walk) and Cinque Terre (especially Manarola) were just as special and spectacular as I remembered from my last visit 25 years ago (using the book Europe Through the Back Door)."

Betty

Metairie, LA

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I had a great time with our enthusiastic tour guides who were very knowledgeable and engaged at all times. I appreciated the flexibility of the schedule and the improvisation when the weather didn't always cooperate. I felt there was more traveling than was optimal and prefer to have more time at each of the major cities rather than just 1.5 days in partis,swiss alps, chinqueterre and Florence. I felt we could have eliminated burgundy and change the Parisian restaurant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed playing tennis in the Swiss alps with my daughter and I especially chinqueterre beaches! I wish we could have stayed there another day."

Todd

Celina, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took this trip to make my wife happy. I was a little nervous about this trip with my family. Once we met Cary and she explained everything I felt like my wife made one of the best decisions in her life. Cary and Andrew were fantastic, everything was handled first class, Andrew also was great with the kids. As a father and being on several trips with my family I was very nervous about my kids and their safety . By day two , Cary, Andrew , and all of us became one big family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't really have a favorite moment , the whole trip was my wow moment. Traveling to places I thought I would never see, feeling safe, and watching my kids have the time of their lives!!!!"

Jack

Celina, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hi,my name is Jack McGohan,I am eleven years old, and I don't even know where to begin even telling you about this trip!They took us around to the most sight seeing places of all time, and I loved it.(Bucket list,checked.)I even met some friends on the way of this adventure, and had my birthday in London.The only two reasons that this trip was good because the tour guides,(Which were magnificent!)and the people.So,if you are reading this and are wondering if you should go on this tour,DO IT!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was dancing with our tour guides in Cinque Terre.They were some good dancers!"

Stacey

Celina, OH

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I planned this tour as I wanted our family to see the highlights of Europe together. We heard from friends that Rick Steves was the best way to see and learn. I was a little apprehensive that our family would have the right balance of group sightseeing and free time. It was the perfect mix! I really felt safe and taken care of in our group setting, but also comfortable enough(with our guides leadership) to explore on our own. Absolutely fantastic!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was probably dancing beachfront until 12:30am in Cinque Terre with our kids, other families & guides! It was absolutely surreal!"

Alissa

Enfield, CT

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. Just what I was hoping for. Cary was great, engaging and interesting. We felt empowered to do whatever we wanted by the time we had our own free time. There was a nice balance of group time and alone time. The people on the trip were great. The kids got along great. It was a great mixture of ages/boys/girls. We truly felt like a big family. It's amazing how much we saw and did in such a short time. I loved the little extras like learning petanque or trying regional foods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. Words just can't describe how beautiful Switzerland is. Also the fact that everyone took the escargot challenge and tried it. And pretty much everyone liked it."

Nancy

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second time enjoying an RS family tour in Europe and there were no disappointments with the itinerary or guides. We tell friends constantly traveling this way is very efficient, helps you gain the knowledge you need to go on your own some day, and provides for less stress when traveling with young adults in your family.

Robert

Enfield, CT

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour. Our guide taught us to navigate the cities we visited, after two days in busy cities we had a nice break in rural France, there were interesting little surprises along the way. There was a good mix of educational experience and fun activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have more than one... Being in Paris and seeing Notre Dame in person for the first time was very moving. The mountains in Switzerland are spectacular. Truly majestic and awe-inspiring. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is REALLY leaning! Much more than you can tell from pictures."

Matthew

Hudson, WI

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that the guides did an excellent job. The trip was well organized and very enjoyable. Thanks for a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Switzerland was the highlight of the trip for me."

Kristina

Hudson, WI

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing. I went into this trip with high expectations, and this trip exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many amazing moments, but my most emotional, "holy cow!" Moment was driving through Paris for the first time and seeing iconic monuments like the arc de triumph and the tour effiel. To (finally) be in their presence was a life-goal fulfilling dream come true."

Joshua

Snoqualmie, WA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first trip to Europe and I can't imagine doing it any other way. This trip has made my entire family feel empowered to explore more of Europe in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our entire stay in the Swiss Alps was the wow moment for us. Everyone loved the beauty...not to mention the fondue and chocolate!"

Articia

Perris, CA

Tour: 06/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every moment of the tour was overwhelmingly amazing, adventurous, educational, and life changing but more than that partaking in a Rick Steve's family tour enabled me to have a carefree, stress free opportunity to make incredible memories alongside like-minded new friends and more importantly, my mother who was recently diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Cary and Andrew constantly went out of their way to help make our trip truly a once in a life-time, unforgettable experience. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being surrounded by a blanket of clouds while gazing down from the Schilthorn summit of the Swiss Alps felt as if this was the closest my mother and I could physically get to heaven while still having our feet planted on the Earth. The majestic beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley is indescribable but truly takes your breath away as your eyes can't believe how truly picturesque every inch of this relatively small hidden treasure of the Earth is. Can't plan my return to Switzerland soon enough."

Kim

Evansville, WI

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing experience for our entire family. We were able to experience Europe as travelers while having a vacation. The pace of our tour was the perfect mix of group time and self-directed time to explore our family's interests. The language and history lessons gave our family the confidence to explore different environments without stress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to count. From our drive to the Alps, and the view from our room in Wengen, to the views from Cinque Terre and seeing the Duomo in Florence for the first time... this was amazing."

Matt

Evansville, WI

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is hard to overstate how wonderful, how transformative, how utterly magical an experience this tour was for my family. We were excited about the itinerary before the trip, but I don't think I fully appreciated how thoughtfully structured it actually is. The shift from big city to country and then mountain, the way that long bus days adjoin heavy hiking days, the balance between free time and structured activity--I want to thank Rick and co. for putting together such a perfect 13 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. No amount of pictures can prepare you for how truly breathtaking the vistas are."

Sharon

Alamo, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! I felt so fortunate to be in such memorable places with my two daughters and two of my grandchildren!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city and small town were favorites---sorry I can't pick just one. This tour was perfect for a family tour---activities and guides were wonderfully selected with youngsters AND oldsters in mind..."

Carmen

Windsor, CO

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our family Europe trip from London to Florence! Our guide Lisa and assistant Travis were incredible. They were friendly, knowledgeable, relatable, humorous, and FUN. Each city brought forth new learning and experiences. Each unique and remarkable in it's own way. The tour balanced information overload with time to enjoy being abroad. We absolutely loved our tour group as well. Each family brought forth their own experiences and interests which made our tour even more lively.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hhhhmmmm...this is a hard one. There are so many "wow" moments all along the way. The Swiss Alps were breathtaking, so that is going to be my "wow" moment."

Judy

Akron, OH

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Family Tour was my second RS tour. What memories with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter Natalie Kate. The tour sights, activities, hotels and meals were planned with thoughtful attention to a group of people representing three generations. There was sufficient time to learn and experience the locations as a group, while leaving enough time for independent exploration at every stop. We would never have seen so much on our own in thirteen days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was seeing the Swiss Alps. The grandeur and beauty was unforgettable. Hiking the trails on a beautiful, sunny day with fellow travelers was something special. It was the perfect respite from Paris and London; a lovely bonding time. Guedelon Castle was my second "wow" moment. It is so interesting and unexpected. The children loved that entire day."

Marc

Keller, TX

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am not a "tour group" person - I don't do well with group-dynamics; I can be a bit impatient; and I don't dawdle when visiting "sites". I signed our family up for this Rick Steve's tour because of my mother's previous positive experience plus it removed the need for me to coordinate and execute all travel plans. After our 13-Day Rick Steve's Family Tour London-Florence, I can tell you that I whole-hardheartedly recommend this for everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The parts I enjoyed the most were: 1) Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. I had never been to this area of Switzerland and the sites were unlike any other I've seen around the world. We had a family in our tour group that lives in Colorado and THEY were impressed! Many thanks to our tour guides for arranging such fabulous weather! 2) Guedelon castle was great fun for kids and dads alike. This was a perfect break from the churches and museums that typically make up a European tour."

Michael

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AWESOME!! Tour guides Lisa and Travis were very knowledgeable and the tour combined the right amount of "tour" with the right amount of free time. Loved the itinerary -- also Lisa got us up early when needed to see everything and really loved her knowledge and professionalism. Special thanks to Travis, also, for hiking with my son and I in Switzerland. Special special kudos for the Rick Steves books and apps which made the whole experience more educational and worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the statue of David; the sunset on the Seine cruise in Paris; and drinking champagne with my daughter and family at the top of the Eifel tower to celebrate her 21st birthday."

Alexandra

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so nice to be able to go on a family vacation where my parents weren't stressed about everything that we were doing. For the first time, they were finally able to just relax and enjoy the vacation instead of worrying about getting tickets or directions. The schedule was the perfect mix of planned activities and free time. Our family likes to see a lot of extra sights when we go places so we were pretty busy during our down time, but we could relax if we needed a break.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was my 21st birthday while we were in Burgundy so Lisa and Travis got me a card and had everyone sign it. They brought out my dessert with candles on it and sang "Happy Birthday" to me. Years from now, it will be so nice to look back on this trip and remember that moment."

Christine

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. The beautiful scenery, amazing historical sites, and delicious food combined to make every day memorable. I was able to share this with my mother and daughter. Three generations of women from our family trekking through Europe together. It was very special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wonderful moments. Florence and Michelangelo's David were my "wow" moment. Of course, I had seen the statue in books many times. I had no idea it was 14 feet tall. It really took my breath away. I loved the art and the history that goes along with it."

Ron

Fishers, IN

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is only our second RS tour. The tour exceeded my expectations. There were only 25 participants and 2 guides: Lisa and Travis. The mix of big cities to start and people and subwways to navigate kept us on our toes. Then we eased into a laid back burgundian pace and kept it chilled through Wengen Switzerland and the Cinque Terre. It ended with a bang in Pisa and Florence with climing Giotto's Bell Tower and the Duomo. Good balance!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The history of Westminster Abbey and the C.S. Lewis plaque in Poet's Corner. 2. The Seine River cruise at sunset. 3. Snails in Paris 4. Gourmet food at a rest stop cafe. 5. The Glory of the Swiss Alps. 6. Fondue 7. The painted glory of the Cinque Terre 8. Cooking class and final meal in Florence"

Elizabeth

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a good group. Of travelers and Lisa and Travis were pleasant and accessible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we walked past the Duomo in Florence after the cooking class , there was a huge religious procession exiting the church and marching with music around the piazza. The participants were carrying lights or torches and many were dressed in clothing of ancient style representing their group. You had the feeling it could be in the 1600s. It was an unexpected encounter but very moving."

Audrey

Loveland, CO

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour will be remembered as a highlight of our family's lives together. It provided a great historical and cultural learning experience while be so much fun and delicious. Incredible! Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a "wow"! I think the best was the Alpine hike, oh no, it was the French Manor house, oh no, it was the Italian cooking class or maybe just setting in the alley café in Monterossa. Loved every minute."

George

Loveland, CO

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic, could not have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a "Whow"! Guedelon was such a great surprise."

David

Wynnewood, PA

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am a long time fan of the show, but this was my first time to Europe and my boys so want. Our experience far outweighed my expectations. Tina was fabulous and a very pleasant as was Anna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a wow moment every day!"

Edwin

Springfield, OH

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour. We are still wrapping our heads around the fact that we saw and did so many wonderful things. While there were some early mornings, each was well worth it. We were introduced to events and sights that we didn't even knew existed, e.g. the keys ceremony in the Tower of London. As a "family friendly" tour I did question being at the base of the Eiffel Tower at 11:00 p.m. after the river cruise. The kids were pretty tired. But that was one thing out of many great memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was a very pleasant surprise. When I saw the tour went there I thought it would be a nice stamp in my passport so I could say I was there. But it was beautiful. We had a much better time there than we thought we would."

Kristin

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves Family Europe tour was the perfect balance of time with the group and time on our own. Our guides, Tina and Ana, were such a pleasure. They were a wealth of knowledge and we learned so much from them. It was nice having the logistics of the trip in order so we could just focus on the experience. We enjoyed all the wonderful cities, the sights, the group of people on the tour and our guides. Everything ran smoothly. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wonderful moments on this tour. The awesome beauty of Switzerland, Paris at night, spending time on the beach in the Cinque Terre...it was all amazing."

Scott

Ionia, MI

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Pace was very aggressive but we recognize that fitting so much in over such a short period requires this. All the "biggies" were available to us. Having kids who happen to lean more toward educational pursuits meant that we would have appreciated the focus being more toward history, culture and the humanities, but we recognize that a tour of this sort must find a middle ground. We very much enjoyed our tour of the uffizi with elizabetta--highlight of the tour for us personally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss mountains and hiking"

Cheryl

Renton, WA

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience on a Rick Steves Tour. I was impressed with the organization of the tour, and also the ability of our guides to ensure our experience as travellers did not seem rigid. In other words, the perfect amount of organization/planning on the back end, so that we could enjoy it unfold as it did! Also, whether by luck or by the kind of person Rick Steves Tours appeals to, our group was tremendous. I felt a connection to every member of our group, and hope to stay in touch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several - but mostly, seeing the kids and families connect in a way that suggested we were "in this together", to help one another have a wonderful experience. Specifically, travelling up the mountain to our temporary home in Wengen, Switzerland was breathtaking. As was our time hiking (and replenishing calories!) in Cinque Terre!"

D'Lene

Green Lake, WI

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was a perfect 10! From the fantastic itinerary, the Rick Steves travel style, our wonderful tour guide, tour assistant and bus driver, and the little extras such as the surprise bus stops for photo ops, treats provided by our tour guide, and the lunch stop at Pisa, we could not have been more pleased. And we loved meeting other families and seeing the kids share this once in a lifetime experience. We did not want to come home, and our kids want to move to Switzerland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was being in Paris on Bastille Day, experiencing the excitement of the holiday. During our Paris walking tour, our tour guide made sure we were on a bridge with an unobstructed view at the exact time the flyovers were to take place. Sitting on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower with tens of thousands of mostly French folks, eating our picnic dinner while waiting for the best fireworks show imaginable to begin was a once in a lifetime experience."

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 your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into London and out of Florence ("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 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.